There is a weekly happy hour put on by young postdocs and employees of the lab that is open and regularly welcomes newcomers. It started because Amber, now the happy hour president (yes, I said that), did laundry on Friday nights and went to the Canyon bar to drink while she waited. Since Los Alamos is a small town, it wasn’t hard to convince some friends they should drink with her while her clothes washed and dried across the parking lot.
If you know me well, you know I can’t sit still. It is hard to relax when there is work to be done and a world to see! I folded my clothes, went back to the Canyon for a giant glass of water, and said my goodbyes. I was off to discover downtown Los Alamos on a Friday: good jazz, loads of people (for a small town), and free admission to all the museums in town.
Los Alamos has a long history of secrets and innovation and they do recognize that here at the Bradbury. I would like to go back for a more careful walk through, so come visit me!
The Trinity Test, the first nuclear bomb detonation, took place July 16th, 1945 near Soccoro, NM. There are still protests at the lab every year on August 6th, the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
I also went to the local art gallery. It was very tiny, but worth a visit.