Father’s Day in Valparaiso

On Sunday, Liz and I drove over to visit Julie and Bob for Father’s Day. We started off with a late lunch (or early diner) at Industrial Revolution.

Those of you who spotted the workers on the roof will likely recognize the nod to Lunch atop a Skyscraper.

The super astute will spot the small bird, perced atop one of the men who are perched atop the restaurant.

And this guy was kind of situated on the ground. It wasn’t clear to me if this is where he was meant to be positioned, or if he had fallen. The rest on the cement tells me he’s been there a little while. Maybe he just had too much to drink?

Since this is more of a bar and grill, it’s safe to say that we hopped off the South Beach Diet for the day. I had a hamburger, fries, and sampled a local beer (Ironwood).

Inside, there were a lot of older, construction-related images. Bob pointed to one on a wall across the restaurant – and mentioned it featured a guy “riding the ball.” He also told me that he had done this a great deal, on various job sites (something that iron workers had taught him how to do).

He also talked about how one can “climb” certain beams – that there’s a way one can put their feet on either side and essentially “walk” up the beam (while also holding on to the other side). This again was something that older iron workers had taught him.

As you can imagine, none of this is really allowed now – due to OSHA regulations (Bob says that a lot of the older iron workers hate that they can no longer do this).

After lunch, we popped over to Pat’s Ice Cream Parlor for a few scoops. I had a delicious blueberry cheesecake, and am actually thinking about it again right now, as I type this.

Enjoying a brief bit of cool, on a hot day.

Afterwards, we went back to their house and relaxed for a while. I helped set up some WiFi stuff, and also got Netflix up and running on their new TV. We had a very nice visit, and a lovely time hanging out. It’s a little strange to no longer be in Frankfort, but we have a whole new town to discover – spot by spot.

Goodbye, Frankfort (Part 2)

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