Ryan Brimm - SHU - Political Science Blogger

Day 4 - 11/22/2010
I think today was the most memorable day of the trip. I know it was the last.

We began by going to Kent State University, where four kids were killed while they were protesting the Vietnam War.

After that, we went to Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which was very cool. It was much bigger, louder, and more awesome than Chagrin Falls, the waterfall we saw on Friday.

We all went to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. They had guitars and costumes of famous artists such as Elvis, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. It was pretty cool, but not as cool as the final stop of the day.

My mom, Cameron, and Mike visited the house from A Christmas Story. Today, Ian Petrella, who played Randy in the movie, was there, signing autographs and taking photographs. I got a signed photograph and shirt, and I also took numerous pictures reenacting scenes from the movie. It, along with the Carnegie Science Museum, were my favorite stops on the trip.

I am sad to be leaving, but I am happy that I was invited. The Bliss Institute allowed me to attend along with more than 250 college students. It was cool to be there with older people. They knew more about the stuff than I did, but I had as much as fun everyone else.

Day 3 - 11/21/2010
Today was the best time that I have had in Pittsburgh. Well, the only time I’ve ever had in Pittsburgh. It was the best time I’ve had on the trip.

First thing in the morning we went to the William McKinley [Presidential] Museum in Canton, OH, which was very cool because it had many artifacts of his life and presidency.

Then we drove down to Pittsburgh, but on the way we accidentally ended up driving through West Virginia, making this a four-state trip. When we arrived in Pittsburgh, I went to the [Carnegie] Science Museum, which was really cool. They had an exhibit on robot technology and there were lots of very interactive exhibits.

Finally, our day ended with a ride up the Duquesne Incline, and I took some really cool photos and videos of the Carnegie Science Museum, Heinz Field (home of the Pittsburgh Steelers), and a gigantic Christmas tree [in Point State Park].

I am sad to say that tomorrow is our last day, but I am looking forward to seeing Brandywine Falls.

Day 2 - 11/20/2010
My second day began with some much-needed sleep. I slept like a rock—that is if rocks sleep. My day began at 9:30, so that I could prepare for my conference which began at 10:30 am.

While there, I learned different ways of campaigning for votes and how costly campaigns can be. I also learned that you should know how and where voters get their information from.

I also visited Chagrin Falls. At first we went to the wrong side of the bridge, where we found a park and a smaller waterfall. But then we went to the other side and saw a much larger waterfall. It was interesting and cool. While there, we ate at a restaurant called Yours Truly, which was truly pretty good. I had the fried cod. Fridays are “Frydays” at their restaurant.

The best time that I had today was at the Museum of Art in Cleveland. It had a lot of paintings and sculptures that I have never seen. My three favorite paintings or sculptures were: “The Boat Docks,” “An Artist,” and a replica of “The Thinker.”

My mom tells me tomorrow is going to be a longer day than today, so I am hoping I can get some sleep tonight.
Signing off at midnight, Ryan Brim.

Day 1 - 11/19/2010
Hello! My name is Ryan Brim and I’m the 11 year old “Junior-Junior Fellow,” as I am referred to by the Political Science Junior Fellows at Sam Houston State University. I am so ecstatic that I’m going on a four-day trip to three northern states: Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

My trip started with an early wakeup call around 3:15. From there, we drove to Hobby and boarded a plane to St. Louis and boarded another plane to Detroit.

While I was in Detroit, I visited the Mariners Church of Detroit, which honored twenty-nine men who died on the Edmund Fitzgerald. I also went to Greektown, where I ate a delicious roasted lamb sandwich with french fries. Finally, I visited the Motown Historical Museum which was not what I expected, although it was very informative.

My favorite thing today was probably my lunch. I had tasted lamb before, at Niko Nikos in Houston, but I think today’s food was better.
Tomorrow, I’m going to start the day off by attending a seminar with the American Association of Political Consultants. I will attend one early seminar and one afternoon seminar. The other students will have to attend all of the seminars, but I don’t have to because I am eleven.

I can’t wait until tomorrow’s adventure!

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