Homer's Travels: The "J" Cometh: Day 0 And 1

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The "J" Cometh: Day 0 And 1

One of our bestest friends in the whole wide world, the "J", arrived Monday for a week long visit. Monday, Day 0, was occupied with catching up and boy, can the Wife and the "J" catch up. Of course I held my own at times.

Day 1, Tuesday, we left the state and went over the river to Iowa. After a lunch at the Duncan Diner, we visited the weirdly fascinating Squirrel Cage Jail (Our third time this year). The "J" was fascinated by it and enjoyed being locked up in solitary.

Next we went to the General Dodge House. Gen. Dodge, one of the youngest civil war generals, was instrumental in completing the intercontinental railroad and consulted on railroad projects in France, Mexico, Cuba, and Russia (The Trans-Siberian Railway). The place is pretty impressive and reeks of wealth.

The last stop of the day was the "Black Angel". The angel, carved by Daniel Chester French, the same guy who carved the statue of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial, was based on a dream that Gen. Dodge's wife, Ruth Anne had. Supernatural events have been attributed to the statue. While it took us a while to find it, nothing supernatural happened to us.

Tomorrow, downtown Omaha and the Old market.


  1. Ever thought about starting a tour-guide business on the side? You could get one of those double-decker buses and everything!

  2. I believe that the "Black Angel" is the statue that occupies a prominent position as an outfielder in W.P. Kinsella's "The Iowa Baseball Confederacy".

  3. AB: There are more then one Black Angel in Iowa. There is another in Iowa City.