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Year of Many Cameras

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Katie and I discuss our day so far.


After we finished in the tower, we found a small arcade in the building's ground floor, and Katie got to play her first-ever game of Pac-Man.

After we finished in the tower, we found a small arcade in the building’s ground floor, and Katie got to play her first-ever game of Pac-Man.

After we finished in the tower, we found a small arcade in the building's ground floor, and Katie got to play her first-ever game of Pac-Man.


At the Iwo Jima Memorial in Rosslyn, we discovered that the memorial itself was crawling with kids from a school group or something of that sort.

At the Iwo Jima Memorial in Rosslyn, we discovered that the memorial itself was crawling with kids from a school group or something of that sort.

At the Iwo Jima Memorial in Rosslyn, we discovered that the memorial itself was crawling with kids from a school group or something of that sort.


Squirrel!

Squirrel!


So instead, Katie and I spent some time at the nearby Netherlands Carillon while we waited for the children to leave.

So instead, Katie and I spent some time at the nearby Netherlands Carillon while we waited for the children to leave.

So instead, Katie and I spent some time at the nearby Netherlands Carillon while we waited for the children to leave.


Once the group cleared, Katie and I got someone to take a picture of us in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Once the group cleared, Katie and I got someone to take a picture of us in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial.


As we left, we got the surprising sight of seeing a Metro employee on a motorcycle taking an on-ramp.

As we left, we got the surprising sight of seeing a Metro employee on a motorcycle taking an on-ramp.


Katie and I discuss our day as we head to dinner.  Before Rosann, Katie’s mother, left after dropping Katie off with me the day before, she said not to hurt a hair on Katie’s head.  Not to worry – I didn’t hurt a single hair, but my coworkers accidentally beaned her a few times with wayward volleyballs during a game on the National Mall.  So if Katie came back with a bruise, I didn’t do it.


Katie agrees with me that I do not suffer quietly, as I discuss getting a surprise on the escalator at Wheaton.


While on my Virginia Beach vacation at the end of August, I just set the camera to record at times, and so here is almost four and a half minutes of the waves breaking on the beach…


In Rosslyn in September, I spotted a taxicab operated by EnviroCab.  Apparently this cab company promotes itself as being "green" by using hybrid vehicles, but is an SUV, hybrid or not, really all that "green"?

In Rosslyn in September, I spotted a taxicab operated by EnviroCab.  Apparently this cab company promotes itself as being “green” by using hybrid vehicles, but is an SUV, hybrid or not, really all that “green”?


On September 7, while photographing the demolition of 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, I also swung by Freedom Park, and much to my surprise, discovered that the Freedom Forum had vacated the park!  All the exhibits, as well as the Journalists' Memorial, had been removed, and evidence of their ever having been there was removed.  The only thing left was the enclosure around where the sections of the Berlin Wall were once housed (the wall sections were moved to the Newseum in Washington DC).

On September 7, while photographing the demolition of 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, I also swung by Freedom Park, and much to my surprise, discovered that the Freedom Forum had vacated the park!  All the exhibits, as well as the Journalists’ Memorial, had been removed, and evidence of their ever having been there was removed.  The only thing left was the enclosure around where the sections of the Berlin Wall were once housed (the wall sections were moved to the Newseum in Washington DC).

On September 7, while photographing the demolition of 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, I also swung by Freedom Park, and much to my surprise, discovered that the Freedom Forum had vacated the park!  All the exhibits, as well as the Journalists' Memorial, had been removed, and evidence of their ever having been there was removed.  The only thing left was the enclosure around where the sections of the Berlin Wall were once housed (the wall sections were moved to the Newseum in Washington DC).  On September 7, while photographing the demolition of 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, I also swung by Freedom Park, and much to my surprise, discovered that the Freedom Forum had vacated the park!  All the exhibits, as well as the Journalists' Memorial, had been removed, and evidence of their ever having been there was removed.  The only thing left was the enclosure around where the sections of the Berlin Wall were once housed (the wall sections were moved to the Newseum in Washington DC).

On September 7, while photographing the demolition of 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, I also swung by Freedom Park, and much to my surprise, discovered that the Freedom Forum had vacated the park!  All the exhibits, as well as the Journalists' Memorial, had been removed, and evidence of their ever having been there was removed.  The only thing left was the enclosure around where the sections of the Berlin Wall were once housed (the wall sections were moved to the Newseum in Washington DC).  On September 7, while photographing the demolition of 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, I also swung by Freedom Park, and much to my surprise, discovered that the Freedom Forum had vacated the park!  All the exhibits, as well as the Journalists' Memorial, had been removed, and evidence of their ever having been there was removed.  The only thing left was the enclosure around where the sections of the Berlin Wall were once housed (the wall sections were moved to the Newseum in Washington DC).

On September 7, while photographing the demolition of 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, I also swung by Freedom Park, and much to my surprise, discovered that the Freedom Forum had vacated the park!  All the exhibits, as well as the Journalists' Memorial, had been removed, and evidence of their ever having been there was removed.  The only thing left was the enclosure around where the sections of the Berlin Wall were once housed (the wall sections were moved to the Newseum in Washington DC).


When I felt an odd rubbing feeling on my left foot, I checked it out, and was surprised to see that I had blown out a flip-flop!  I burned straight through the left sole, leaving a small hole.  Never before had I burned through a pair of flip-flops like that...  When I felt an odd rubbing feeling on my left foot, I checked it out, and was surprised to see that I had blown out a flip-flop!  I burned straight through the left sole, leaving a small hole.  Never before had I burned through a pair of flip-flops like that...

When I felt an odd rubbing feeling on my left foot, I checked it out, and was surprised to see that I had blown out a flip-flop!  I burned straight through the left sole, leaving a small hole.  Never before had I burned through a pair of flip-flops like that…


One fun thing about Rosslyn is that it’s on the “River Visual” flight path to Washington National Airport.  Thus it’s easy to do some casual plane-spotting while out and about.  The resolution on my camera is sufficient to read tail numbers, which makes things fun after I get back, because then I can go look up the tail number on Airliners.net and see more pictures of the same plane.  This particular plane has the tail number N931DL, and true to form, I looked it up.


Following another trip to Rosslyn on Ovtober 4, I swung by the Washington Convention Center.  There, a number of my protest buddies were putting on a demonstration called "Funk the HRC", which challenged the Human Rights Campaign to take a better position as it relates to transgendered individuals.  Following another trip to Rosslyn on Ovtober 4, I swung by the Washington Convention Center.  There, a number of my protest buddies were putting on a demonstration called "Funk the HRC", which challenged the Human Rights Campaign to take a better position as it relates to transgendered individuals.  Following another trip to Rosslyn on Ovtober 4, I swung by the Washington Convention Center.  There, a number of my protest buddies were putting on a demonstration called "Funk the HRC", which challenged the Human Rights Campaign to take a better position as it relates to transgendered individuals.

Following another trip to Rosslyn on Ovtober 4, I swung by the Washington Convention Center.  There, a number of my protest buddies were putting on a demonstration called “Funk the HRC”, which challenged the Human Rights Campaign to take a better position as it relates to transgendered individuals.

Following another trip to Rosslyn on Ovtober 4, I swung by the Washington Convention Center.  There, a number of my protest buddies were putting on a demonstration called "Funk the HRC", which challenged the Human Rights Campaign to take a better position as it relates to transgendered individuals.  Following another trip to Rosslyn on Ovtober 4, I swung by the Washington Convention Center.  There, a number of my protest buddies were putting on a demonstration called "Funk the HRC", which challenged the Human Rights Campaign to take a better position as it relates to transgendered individuals.


 


Overview of Funk the HRC demonstration.


Radical cheerleaders perform “Pervert” at Funk the HRC.


A representative from the HRC speaks with the group.  A representative from the HRC speaks with the group.

A representative from the HRC speaks with the group.


Meanwhile, in Stuarts Draft, in a surprising move for my parents, they put Mark Warner and Obama/Biden campaign signs in their front yard.  And true to form for the Republican-dominated area in which they live, someone stole their signs.

Meanwhile, in Stuarts Draft, in a surprising move for my parents, they put Mark Warner and Obama/Biden campaign signs in their front yard.  And true to form for the Republican-dominated area in which they live, someone stole their signs.


We all have our moments of great immaturity.  When Katie and I were goofing off at the Kmart store in Waynesboro the week of Thanksgiving, I made this impression on one of those pin toys.  Yes, that is exactly what you think it is.  Katie, unfortunately, would not let me leave such a rude gesture on there, and cleared it before we left.

We all have our moments of great immaturity.  When Katie and I were goofing off at the Kmart store in Waynesboro the week of Thanksgiving, I made this impression on one of those pin toys.  Yes, that is exactly what you think it is.  Katie, unfortunately, would not let me leave such a rude gesture on there, and cleared it before we left.


When Mom and I were out and about in Charlottesville, I ran across this - a fire alarm basically dangling from a panduit.

When Mom and I were out and about in Charlottesville, I ran across this – a fire alarm basically dangling from a panduit.


Sadly, 2008 was also the Brian MacKenzie Infoshop's final year, as a five-year run came to an end as the Infoshop closed its doors.  I took this photo during the Infoshop's final weekend in operation, after my last visit to the space.  The Infoshop will be missed...

Sadly, 2008 was also the Brian MacKenzie Infoshop‘s final year, as a five-year run came to an end as the Infoshop closed its doors.  I took this photo during the Infoshop’s final weekend in operation, after my last visit to the space.  The Infoshop will be missed…


This was the situation that Metro found themselves in with the Breda 4000-Series cars at the end of 2008.  The windows were starting to cloud up, making it very difficult to see out of the windows, and distributing sunlight in such a way to make it blindingly bright on the morning commute.  This window has a moderate case of clouding - some windows were completely clouded up.  Thankfully, these were fixed in early 2009.

This was the situation that Metro found themselves in with the Breda 4000-Series cars at the end of 2008.  The windows were starting to cloud up, making it very difficult to see out of the windows, and distributing sunlight in such a way to make it blindingly bright on the morning commute.  This window has a moderate case of clouding – some windows were completely clouded up.  Thankfully, these were fixed in early 2009.


And lastly, this was Katie's "new" computer.  She got this for free, and set it up in hopes of being able to get on the Internet.  Unfortunately, however, this computer could barely run Windows 98, which is what was already installed on it when we got our hands on it.  I spent a little time with it, and determined that even for just getting online, this thing was worthless.  Katie eventually got a new laptop, which seemed to suit her needs better, and she junked this one.

And lastly, this was Katie’s “new” computer.  She got this for free, and set it up in hopes of being able to get on the Internet.  Unfortunately, however, this computer could barely run Windows 98, which is what was already installed on it when we got our hands on it.  I spent a little time with it, and determined that even for just getting online, this thing was worthless.  Katie eventually got a new laptop, which seemed to suit her needs better, and she junked this one.

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