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Year 2009

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Part 1

2009 was a pretty good year.  I replaced my Kodak digital camera, which I considered to be subpar as far as photo quality was concerned, with a Canon PowerShot SX10 IS.  Duckie continued on in its intended role as my waterproof camera.  Over the course of the year, I encountered and was involved in a lot of things.  Some of it was covered in photo sets.  Some was covered in the Journal.  And some of it was never covered at all, but still deserves mention.

Thus this is the annual “cleanup” photo set for 2009.  It’s stuff that, for whatever reason, I never discussed, but feel is worthy of inclusion on Schumin Web.  So let’s see what happened in 2009…


On January 2, I encountered this little gem at Sanzone's Italian Restaurant in Stuarts Draft.  In this case, lunch was starting at $425 - ah, just kidding, make that $4.25.  Always remember to properly punctuate, because for $425, that had better be the best Italian food I've ever seen...

On January 2, I encountered this little gem at Sanzone’s Italian Restaurant in Stuarts Draft.  In this case, lunch was starting at $425 – ah, just kidding, make that $4.25.  Always remember to properly punctuate, because for $425, that had better be the best Italian food I’ve ever seen…


This burned out van, five days before the inauguration of President Obama, certainly caused some confusion at the office where I work.  While our building was unaffected, the smoke traveled, being visible on the far side of the building, and led one concerned person inside our building to pull the fire alarm.  While the car fire was definitely legitimate, the fact that it happened so close to the inauguration raised a few eyebrows nonetheless.

This burned out van, five days before the inauguration of President Obama, certainly caused some confusion at the office where I work.  While our building was unaffected, the smoke traveled, being visible on the far side of the building, and led one concerned person inside our building to pull the fire alarm.  While the car fire was definitely legitimate, the fact that it happened so close to the inauguration raised a few eyebrows nonetheless.


At Judiciary Square station on January 28, I noticed an unusual elevator outage message.  In this case, the signage indicated that an elevator was out at Vienna (an Orange Line station), and so people should go to Medical Center (a Red Line station) for shuttle service.  That made no sense, considering the distance between the stations, and that West Falls Church is usually the shuttle destination when Vienna's elevator stops working.  I believe it's more likely that the elevator was out at Bethesda, which is right next to Medical Center.

At Judiciary Square station on January 28, I noticed an unusual elevator outage message.  In this case, the signage indicated that an elevator was out at Vienna (an Orange Line station), and so people should go to Medical Center (a Red Line station) for shuttle service.  That made no sense, considering the distance between the stations, and that West Falls Church is usually the shuttle destination when Vienna’s elevator stops working.  I believe it’s more likely that the elevator was out at Bethesda, which is right next to Medical Center.


A sweater that Mom got me, and had sent to my work.  Not a bad-looking sweater, though I can't attest to how it feels, because I still haven't worn it, unfortunately...

A sweater that Mom got me, and had sent to my work.  Not a bad-looking sweater, though I can’t attest to how it feels, because I still haven’t worn it, unfortunately…


When I got the Canon on February 17, I did the initial acceptance testing for it at home.  This involved using the camera in various lighting conditions, and my house makes a good testbed for it, because I can adjust the lighting as needed.  I would do further acceptance testing on a railfan trip the following weekend.

This is my house on a typical day.  It's not the neatest, but it works.  This is my house on a typical day.  It's not the neatest, but it works.  It is worth noting that my dining area table is always cluttered like that.  If it's clear, you know I have something special going on.

This is my house on a typical day.  It’s not the neatest, but it works.  It is worth noting that my dining area table is always cluttered like that.  If it’s clear, you know I have something special going on.

This is my house on a typical day.  It's not the neatest, but it works.  This is my house on a typical day.  It's not the neatest, but it works.

This is my house on a typical day.  It's not the neatest, but it works.  This is my house on a typical day.  It's not the neatest, but it works.


Yes, my blender actually does say, "Yes, it blends!" on it.  Then at right, that's my cease-and-desist letter from Scientology.  I specifically took photos of the letter to see how legible it would be in the shots.  Turned out that it did quite well, unlike the Kodak, which did not resolve the text of the letter very well at all...  Yes, my blender actually does say, "Yes, it blends!" on it.  Then at right, that's my cease-and-desist letter from Scientology.  I specifically took photos of the letter to see how legible it would be in the shots.  Turned out that it did quite well, unlike the Kodak, which did not resolve the text of the letter very well at all...

Yes, my blender actually does say, “Yes, it blends!” on it.  Then at right, that’s my cease-and-desist letter from Scientology.  I specifically took photos of the letter to see how legible it would be in the shots.  Turned out that it did quite well, unlike the Kodak, which did not resolve the text of the letter very well at all…


This was the testing for the camera’s video function.  The songs I’m singing are from Today’s Special.  And no, I’m not quitting my day job to become a singer.  Don’t worry.


On March 19, on the way to Funk the War 7, I noticed this sign on a pull station at the JCPenney in Wheaton. It said, "Fire alarm system out of service".  That's a little disturbing, don't you think?  More disturbing was that this sign actually was posted for months, believe it or not...

On March 19, on the way to Funk the War 7, I noticed this sign on a pull station at the JCPenney in Wheaton. It said, “Fire alarm system out of service”.  That’s a little disturbing, don’t you think?  More disturbing was that this sign actually was posted for months, believe it or not…


Speaking of Funk the War 7, the chalk markings that were left in Dupont Circle during that march were still there nearly a week later, seen here on March 25.  Pretty nice, if you ask me...

Speaking of Funk the War 7, the chalk markings that were left in Dupont Circle during that march were still there nearly a week later, seen here on March 25.  Pretty nice, if you ask me…


On an April 4 trip to IKEA with Mom, we again noticed the round bed.  Question for you: Who would actually want to sleep on a round bed?  Seems a shade strange to me, but I suppose someone does...

On an April 4 trip to IKEA with Mom, we again noticed the round bed.  Question for you: Who would actually want to sleep on a round bed?  Seems a shade strange to me, but I suppose someone does…


On April 26, before joining the World Bank protest, I stopped to smell the tulips.  There were some absolutely beautiful tulips in bloom in Dupont Circle, and I hope to convey how wonderful they were in these shots...  On April 26, before joining the World Bank protest, I stopped to smell the tulips.  There were some absolutely beautiful tulips in bloom in Dupont Circle, and I hope to convey how wonderful they were in these shots...

On April 26, before joining the World Bank protest, I stopped to smell the tulips.  There were some absolutely beautiful tulips in bloom in Dupont Circle, and I hope to convey how wonderful they were in these shots…

On April 26, before joining the World Bank protest, I stopped to smell the tulips.  There were some absolutely beautiful tulips in bloom in Dupont Circle, and I hope to convey how wonderful they were in these shots...


During 2009, the water tower next to Glenmont station was being repainted.  At times, the water tower was covered only at the top, and other times, seen here, it was fully covered.  It was quite strange to see the water tower covered like this, though.  It kind of looks like something sinister in a movie, but in this case, it's just painting...

During 2009, the water tower next to Glenmont station was being repainted.  At times, the water tower was covered only at the top, and other times, seen here, it was fully covered.  It was quite strange to see the water tower covered like this, though.  It kind of looks like something sinister in a movie, but in this case, it’s just painting…


I spotted an additional, hand-painted sign added beneath a stop sign on Gerties Lane, south of Shenandoah Acres in Stuarts Draft, on May 3.  I spotted an additional, hand-painted sign added beneath a stop sign on Gerties Lane, south of Shenandoah Acres in Stuarts Draft, on May 3.

I spotted an additional, hand-painted sign added beneath a stop sign on Gerties Lane, south of Shenandoah Acres in Stuarts Draft, on May 3.  The sign reads:

NO trespassing, bikes, sightseers, hunters, or parkers.
THIS MEANS YOU!!
Property owners and guests only.
KEEP OUT.

You always wondered if signs like this existed in real life, didn’t you?  There you go, I suppose.  One exists in Stuarts Draft.  According to Google Earth imagery, Gerties Lane continues beyond this sign, with several homes along the road.  I don’t know if the road follows a private right-of-way or not beyond this point or not, but that would certainly affect whether the person who hung this sign had the legal right to do so.


The tower at Shenandoah Acres in Stuarts Draft, in its final incarnation as home of the Pink Zipper slide, seen here on May 3.  The end of the slide normally would be closer to the water, but the lake's water level was lower than where it would normally be when the facility was still in operation (Shenandoah Acres closed in 2004).  This tower previously held a cable ride, where guests would hold onto handlebars and slide down a long cable from the uppermost level.  This is likely one of the last pictures of the tower ever taken, because the tower was demolished later that year.

The tower at Shenandoah Acres in Stuarts Draft, in its final incarnation as home of the Pink Zipper slide, seen here on May 3.  The end of the slide normally would be closer to the water, but the lake’s water level was lower than where it would normally be when the facility was still in operation (Shenandoah Acres closed in 2004).  This tower previously held a cable ride, where guests would hold onto handlebars and slide down a long cable from the uppermost level.  This is likely one of the last pictures of the tower ever taken, because the tower was demolished later that year.


This doodle, at left, is one I did after a coworker agreed with my description of their dentist's office as "the Wal-Mart of dentist's offices".  Note the fact that no employee can be found (in typical Wal-Mart form), and the patient is screaming in pain, probably because Wal-Mart would skimp on the anesthesia to keep prices down.  I later colored it in and added a proper department sign, to make its Wal-Martness complete.  This doodle, at left, is one I did after a coworker agreed with my description of their dentist's office as "the Wal-Mart of dentist's offices".  Note the fact that no employee can be found (in typical Wal-Mart form), and the patient is screaming in pain, probably because Wal-Mart would skimp on the anesthesia to keep prices down.  I later colored it in and added a proper department sign, to make its Wal-Martness complete.

This doodle, at left, is one I did after a coworker agreed with my description of their dentist’s office as “the Wal-Mart of dentist’s offices”.  Note the fact that no employee can be found (in typical Wal-Mart form), and the patient is screaming in pain, probably because Wal-Mart would skimp on the anesthesia to keep prices down.  I later colored it in and added a proper department sign, to make its Wal-Martness complete.


May 16 was one of a few "lost raids" from 2009.  Anonymous raided, and for whatever reason, I never gave it any coverage in the Journal.  In May, Scientology was having an off-site event at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle.  Thus we went off-site, too, from the triangle across from the Fraser Mansion (still the home of FCDC at that time) to Thomas Circle, and raided.  It certainly felt strange setting up in Thomas Circle, but we managed.  May 16 was one of a few "lost raids" from 2009.  Anonymous raided, and for whatever reason, I never gave it any coverage in the Journal.  In May, Scientology was having an off-site event at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle.  Thus we went off-site, too, from the triangle across from the Fraser Mansion (still the home of FCDC at that time) to Thomas Circle, and raided.  It certainly felt strange setting up in Thomas Circle, but we managed.  May 16 was one of a few "lost raids" from 2009.  Anonymous raided, and for whatever reason, I never gave it any coverage in the Journal.  In May, Scientology was having an off-site event at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle.  Thus we went off-site, too, from the triangle across from the Fraser Mansion (still the home of FCDC at that time) to Thomas Circle, and raided.  It certainly felt strange setting up in Thomas Circle, but we managed.

May 16 was one of a few “lost raids” from 2009.  Anonymous raided, and for whatever reason, I never gave it any coverage in the Journal.  In May, Scientology was having an off-site event at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle.  Thus we went off-site, too, from the triangle across from the Fraser Mansion (still the home of FCDC at that time) to Thomas Circle, and raided.  It certainly felt strange setting up in Thomas Circle, but we managed.

May 16 was one of a few "lost raids" from 2009.  Anonymous raided, and for whatever reason, I never gave it any coverage in the Journal.  In May, Scientology was having an off-site event at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle.  Thus we went off-site, too, from the triangle across from the Fraser Mansion (still the home of FCDC at that time) to Thomas Circle, and raided.  It certainly felt strange setting up in Thomas Circle, but we managed.  May 16 was one of a few "lost raids" from 2009.  Anonymous raided, and for whatever reason, I never gave it any coverage in the Journal.  In May, Scientology was having an off-site event at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle.  Thus we went off-site, too, from the triangle across from the Fraser Mansion (still the home of FCDC at that time) to Thomas Circle, and raided.  It certainly felt strange setting up in Thomas Circle, but we managed.

May 16 was one of a few "lost raids" from 2009.  Anonymous raided, and for whatever reason, I never gave it any coverage in the Journal.  In May, Scientology was having an off-site event at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle.  Thus we went off-site, too, from the triangle across from the Fraser Mansion (still the home of FCDC at that time) to Thomas Circle, and raided.  It certainly felt strange setting up in Thomas Circle, but we managed.  May 16 was one of a few "lost raids" from 2009.  Anonymous raided, and for whatever reason, I never gave it any coverage in the Journal.  In May, Scientology was having an off-site event at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle.  Thus we went off-site, too, from the triangle across from the Fraser Mansion (still the home of FCDC at that time) to Thomas Circle, and raided.  It certainly felt strange setting up in Thomas Circle, but we managed.  May 16 was one of a few "lost raids" from 2009.  Anonymous raided, and for whatever reason, I never gave it any coverage in the Journal.  In May, Scientology was having an off-site event at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle.  Thus we went off-site, too, from the triangle across from the Fraser Mansion (still the home of FCDC at that time) to Thomas Circle, and raided.  It certainly felt strange setting up in Thomas Circle, but we managed.

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