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Year 2007

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2007 was a year of change for me. It started just like 2006, where I was living with the parents, working at Wal-Mart, and traveling to Washington DC one day every other week. By the end of the year, I was working in Dupont Circle in Washington DC and living in Silver Spring, Maryland.

As I’ve done the last three years, this is the “cleanup” set. Lots of stuff that I otherwise didn’t cover over the course of the year in the Journal and in the photo sets for whatever reason is getting fleshed out here. So here’s what happened in 2007…


At a World Can't Wait rally on January 4, a number of people dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods, intended to symbolize Guantanamo Bay detainees and torture victims.

At a World Can’t Wait rally on January 4, a number of people dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods, intended to symbolize Guantanamo Bay detainees and torture victims.


One of the demonstrators in the lineup encourages people to stop torture, and to not pass them by when they see them in the media.


A speaker reads a statement from Ehren Watada, a military officer who publicly refused to deploy to Iraq.


David Barrows showed up to this World Can't Wait rally in his "Devil Bush" costume.  This was my first time seeing David in this outfit.

David Barrows showed up to this World Can’t Wait rally in his “Devil Bush” costume.  This was my first time seeing David in this outfit.


When Katie and I made our first trip to the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville on February 14, I was shocked to see that The Hardware Store, home of a restaurant and shops, had closed!  While we certainly wish the owners a wonderful retirement, I will miss their peanut soup and their awesome sandwiches.

When Katie and I made our first trip to the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville on February 14, I was shocked to see that The Hardware Store, home of a restaurant and shops, had closed!  While we certainly wish the owners a wonderful retirement, I will miss their peanut soup and their awesome sandwiches.


A stenciled graffiti face!  How odd it is to see this in Charlottesville, which is relatively graffiti-free.

A stenciled graffiti face!  How odd it is to see this in Charlottesville, which is relatively graffiti-free.


Katie and I got our first glance of Charlottesville's free speech wall, rising out of the snow.

Katie and I got our first glance of Charlottesville’s free speech wall, rising out of the snow.


And meanwhile, like any good friend would do, when Katie landed on the ice, I pulled out the camera and captured a memory.

And meanwhile, like any good friend would do, when Katie landed on the ice, I pulled out the camera and captured a memory.


When I went to Potomac Mills on what would turn out to be my final Richmond-to-DC trip on February 20, I was surprised to notice that a photo booth in the mall had crashed!  We're not supposed to know that the booth runs Red Hat...

When I went to Potomac Mills on what would turn out to be my final Richmond-to-DC trip on February 20, I was surprised to notice that a photo booth in the mall had crashed!  We’re not supposed to know that the booth runs Red Hat…


I was far less surprised two days later, however, to see that one of the Fastlanes at the Waynesboro Wal-Mart, which run Windows XP, had crashed.  I was far less surprised two days later, however, to see that one of the Fastlanes at the Waynesboro Wal-Mart, which run Windows XP, had crashed.

I was far less surprised two days later, however, to see that one of the Fastlanes at the Waynesboro Wal-Mart, which run Windows XP, had crashed.


On February 25, it was time to start fresh, as I cleared off my desk in preparation for my new Dell computer.

On February 25, it was time to start fresh, as I cleared off my desk in preparation for my new Dell computer.

On February 25, it was time to start fresh, as I cleared off my desk in preparation for my new Dell computer.


And here it is!  This is my new Dell Dimension E521.

And here it is!  This is my new Dell Dimension E521.


On my DC trip on March 1, I noticed that someone had drawn a peace sign on some concrete in Lafayette Park, and by the looks of it, it had been there for a while...

On my DC trip on March 1, I noticed that someone had drawn a peace sign on some concrete in Lafayette Park, and by the looks of it, it had been there for a while…


Later on that same day, I discovered that Metro was once again testing new stuff at Gallery Pl-Chinatown station.  In this case, they were testing orange LED lighting at the platform edges on the lower level.  This ended up being a one-off test, as it was not implemented elsewhere.


Two weeks later, on my March 17 DC trip (better known for the Pentagon march), I happened upon Metro’s first test of the red LED lighting on the upper level of Gallery Pl-Chinatown station.  Unlike its orange counterpart, this ended up being deployed all over the system.  Personally, I can stand the red lighting replacing the earlier white lighting, but I find that the red lighting, when flashing, does not differentiate enough between dark and light.  With the LEDs, to make them most noticeable when flashing, they should go completely to black, rather than just a slightly darker red.


Near the end of my March 27 DC trip, while aboard CAF 5154, I took a moment to photograph the notes page in my transit log.  As you can see, I had taken quite a bit of notes on this particular trip, mostly related to an offloading at Cheverly, and figuring out how much money I had lost by my losing multiple day passes on that particular day.

Near the end of my March 27 DC trip, while aboard CAF 5154, I took a moment to photograph the notes page in my transit log.  As you can see, I had taken quite a bit of notes on this particular trip, mostly related to an offloading at Cheverly, and figuring out how much money I had lost by my losing multiple day passes on that particular day.


On April 22, after dropping my sister off at Virginia Tech, I stopped by Roanoke on the way back and headed up to the famous Roanoke Star, which is a favorite spot for me in Roanoke.  In memory of the students killed at Virginia Tech earlier that week, the city of Roanoke changed the star's color configuration from red, white, and blue to all-white.  This followed several days where the star was dark due to electrical problems.  On the first night back in operation, a number of parts of the star were not lit, lending the star a somewhat lopsided appearance.

On April 22, after dropping my sister off at Virginia Tech, I stopped by Roanoke on the way back and headed up to the famous Roanoke Star, which is a favorite spot for me in Roanoke.  In memory of the students killed at Virginia Tech earlier that week, the city of Roanoke changed the star’s color configuration from red, white, and blue to all-white.  This followed several days where the star was dark due to electrical problems.  On the first night back in operation, a number of parts of the star were not lit, lending the star a somewhat lopsided appearance.


While I was at the star, this woman agreed to let me try something artistic by photographing the reflection of the star off her glasses.  It didn't work out the way I wanted, but it was still an interesting concept.  While I was at the star, this woman agreed to let me try something artistic by photographing the reflection of the star off her glasses.  It didn't work out the way I wanted, but it was still an interesting concept.

While I was at the star, this woman agreed to let me try something artistic by photographing the reflection of the star off her glasses.  It didn’t work out the way I wanted, but it was still an interesting concept.


And of course, downtown Roanoke, with the Wachovia Tower in center position, is brightly lit as always.

And of course, downtown Roanoke, with the Wachovia Tower in center position, is brightly lit as always.


The thing that I found most interesting about the star's all-white configuration was seeing the park surrounding the star bathed in a ghostly white rather than the purplish light we normally see up there.

The thing that I found most interesting about the star’s all-white configuration was seeing the park surrounding the star bathed in a ghostly white rather than the purplish light we normally see up there.

The thing that I found most interesting about the star's all-white configuration was seeing the park surrounding the star bathed in a ghostly white rather than the purplish light we normally see up there.


The next day, Katie got additional ear piercings made while we were out and about in Charlottesville.

The next day, Katie got additional ear piercings made while we were out and about in Charlottesville.


Imagine my surprise during a trip to Harrisonburg on May 3, to see that Canterbury, home of LPCM during my years in the program, had been demolished!  It was completely wiped off the map as JMU redeveloped the south side of South Main Street, replacing a row of older structures with a new performing arts center.

Imagine my surprise during a trip to Harrisonburg on May 3, to see that Canterbury, home of LPCM during my years in the program, had been demolished!  It was completely wiped off the map as JMU redeveloped the south side of South Main Street, replacing a row of older structures with a new performing arts center.

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