Little did I know that when we checked out "Elephant and Piggy" from the library on Tuesday that we would be destined for adventure. It was perfect timing as Axel got to take them on a sleepover to Grandpa Moustache's house and today, after surprise company for lunch, we took them to the big city.
The Foshay tower has been on our list since we moved in. What used to be the tallest building in Minneapolis (built in the 1920's) now is dwarfed by such giants as the IDS Center. Never-the-less, for $8/adult (kids FREE) you get a special card for elevator #4 which will take you all the way to the top. First stop – Floor 30. A tiny museum (complete with guest book) and of course, the observation deck lies above even that.
After signing in we were heading up the stairs. They have step stools for the kiddos (it's pretty safe but in general I tried not to think about it), telescopes (with which we checked out some spectators at Target Field) and a complete 360 degree view of the Mill City. I think we could see our house.
After descending once again Axel decided to walk the skyways with Elephant and Piggy, taking their picture at sights along the way. While stopping by the clearance racks at Hubert White (IDS Center, ground floor) I noticed a familiar face. It was none other than former Mayor/US Senator Norm Coleman. For those of you who don't know him – you can wiki his stats – but he was the mayor of St. Paul in the 1990's for two terms, one as a democrat and the other as a Republican. He later ran for Governor of Minnesota and lost to Jesse (the Body) Ventura...hmmm...wonder if that still hurts.
I told Axel that Norm does work similar to the President. "Barack Obama?" Axel wondered with huge eyes. Norm was impressed that he could name the President.
When I tucked him in tonight Axel said, "Norm Coleman will never forget my name. He probably already told it to Barack Obama."
For the record: Norm was a super swell guy. He had no one with him, didn't seem in a hurry, was shopping on the clearance rack as well, when I asked him for the picture (in the name of Elephant and Piggy's big outing) he was thrilled. He then hung out with Axel while I finished paying. They talked about Norm's son Jacob.
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