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Sundays in the Park with Gini [Oct. 2nd, 2006|09:22 am]
Zoethe
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Went for a ride in the Rocky River Reservation, something I have not done nearly enough of this year. We are quite fortunate to live near the western end of the "Emerald Necklace," a series of parks and reservations that are bordered by the Cuyahoga River on the East and Rocky River on the west. The parks actually swing in an almost contiguous hoop around the Cleveland metropolitan area, and contain over 60 miles of paved multipurpose trails and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Alas, I have explored far too little of this natural treasure, but yesterday at least saw me biking on the familiar stretch that is the Rocky River portion of the trail system. It runs a total of 13 miles from Berea Falls to the Detroit Bridge, and I generally bike some distance south before dropping into the park and biking north (I like doing loops, not turning around and going back the same route). Yesterday's ride was a middling-distance 18 miles. I'm hoping the weather holds next weekend and I can get in at least a couple more good, long rides before the season ends.

I've ridden this section of trail often enough that it is quite familiar to me, and there are always landmarks that let me know how far toward my goal I've come. One of them is the "relative distances solar system" markers, which originate in one of the picnic areas. The sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Earth are all in very close proximity to each other (the signs are not concerned with size proportions, just relative distance), then Jupiter is at the other end of the picnic area, and to see the further out planets one must hike a distance down the bike path.

I ride in from the other direction, however, moving toward the sun on my journey. So the first signpost I cycle past is the planet Pluto.

Or used to be.

I was actually past the signpost for the planet Pluto before it registered what I had just seen, and another 20 yards before I comprehended it. Then I laughed aloud.

The Planet Pluto description has been removed from the signpost. In its place, baying mournfully skyward, sits the Disney dog Pluto instead.
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[User Picture]From: ldy
2006-10-02 01:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, my-- that's really funny! I'm going to have to check our little solar system to see if it's been similarly tampered with :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-02 02:06 pm (UTC)
I thought it was an amusing way to educate, and better than just yanking down the post.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2006-10-02 02:08 pm (UTC)

Pluto-less

Oh, good Lord, it's like the airbrushing of Trotsky from Communist pictures under Lenin!

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-02 02:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Pluto-less

Well, if it is no longer a planet, then continuing to list it as such would be rather misguiding. At least they acknowledge that it used to be one!

(I feel even worse for the other poor fellow swho had to go - the one who used to be over Trotsky's shoulder, one in the foreground, another back and to the left - like Charon, they're forgotten without even mention!)
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From: zathrus1
2006-10-02 04:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Pluto-less

Actually, Charon was never formally a planet, it's always been a moon of Pluto. In fact, it's probably why Pluto was even classified as a planet in the first place (it's nearly as large/massive as Pluto, so when Pluto was first discovered it was thought to be nearly twice the size it actually is).

If you want to talk about a list of forgotten planets then there's Ceres, Juno, Vesta, Pallas, and 11 other asteroids that were classified as planets from when they were discovered up until 1852 when the definition eliminated all of the bodies found in the asteroid belt (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet#History).

Honestly, other than Ceres, I didn't even remember the names of any of the other asteroids.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-02 05:04 pm (UTC)

Re: Pluto-less

Yes, but no one talks about Charon. I was just trying to be funny.

Interesting about the asteroid belt nonplanets, though! Thanks for that.
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[User Picture]From: lacey
2006-10-02 03:05 pm (UTC)
That is both funny and a little sad.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-02 03:44 pm (UTC)
Sort of a fitting tribute.
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From: jrtatsc
2006-10-02 04:33 pm (UTC)
That's pretty funny. They could also have changed the description to "dwarf planet" or whatever it is these days.
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2006-10-02 05:22 pm (UTC)
I find it kind and appropriate.
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[User Picture]From: geli_tripping
2006-10-02 08:37 pm (UTC)
That is too funny! Y'know, I actually wondered how/if the Metroparks would change that sign!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-02 08:48 pm (UTC)
I thought about it once back when it happened, and then forgot all about it until yesterday.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-10-02 11:42 pm (UTC)
Interesting that Cleveland has an "Emerald Necklace", as Boston has one, too! It's the creation of William Olmstead, about 1878.
I LOVE the Pluto sign! What a clever idea!
The photo thing in Russia was pretty scary, as each new leader took the old ones out, and not just in the photos!
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