Cool Chemistry

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Thursday, I picked up my new glasses, but had to wait until Friday for the prescription sunglasses. I really like both; I can see much better now. Since the sunglasses are polarized, driving is now much easier on my eyes also. I had forgotten how much driving vision improves when I'm wearing polarized lenses.

Speaking of driving, my car will turn 210,000 miles this week. I'm going to take it in for the 30,000-mile maintenance/tune-up next week, if I can get it scheduled.

I drove home Friday night, and, on my Dad's recommendation, I bought Remember the Titans on DVD. I was very impressed with the movie. For a Disney production, it did an excellent job of telling the story, without trying to make a social/political statement.

Saturday morning, I did some laundry and then drove down to Valpo. I was headed to Purdue for their Axe chapter's initiation. Although Erica couldn't go, Chrissy wanted to, so I offered to give her a ride. Erica and I had a quick lunch, and then Chrissy and I headed off for West Lafayette. Initiation went well, although I ended up getting a headache because I offered to help, and I did my part right around the time when I should have been getting something to eat. By the time initiation was done, and we were all back at the chapter house, I was getting a pretty good headache. Mike, Chrissy and I took a walk around West Lafayette, and ended up at at coffee shop (that served overpriced, watered-down coffee), where we stayed for an hour or so. I had taken some ibuprofen, and dozed off for a while while Mike and Chrissy talked. We walked back to the house around 1:30 or 2:00, and, since I was feeling better, and neither Chrissy or I really wanted to sleep at the house (on a random couch or the floor), we decided to drive back to Valpo that night. We got back to Valpo around 3:00, and I went up to Erica's room and slept there.

Erica and I went to the 10:30 Palm Sunday service on campus, which ended up running almost an hour longer than usual. Since she had to start setting up for Kids' Discovery Day at 12:30, we had a rushed lunch, and then got ready. Erica is in the Valpo Chem Club, which was doing demonstrations as their part of Discovery Day, which they called Cool Chemistry. Since I had done many similar demonstrations as part of Iota chapter's Chemistry on Wheels program, and since I love doing them (and interacting with kids), I decided to stick around and help out. We performed the demonstrations for four groups of about ten kids each, and it really was a lot of fun. After helping to clean up, I left around 5:00 to head back to Indy. I got some dinner, talked to my parents for a while, talked to Erica on icq for a while, and then went to bed.