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Year 2009

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August 15 marked another “lost raid” that I never wrote about in my Journal for whatever reason.  The theme of the August raid was victims of Scientology, which involved our drawing outlines of bodies on the sidewalk and then placing signs on or near those outlines.  Pretty fun times.


Enturb draws an outline around Anyman (left), and the finished product (right).  Enturb draws an outline around Anyman (left), and the finished product (right).

Enturb draws an outline around Anyman (left), and the finished product (right).


Before this raid got started, some of the Anons trolled the Real World house, which was located just up the street from the Fraser Mansion.  This was done strictly for the lulz, and then the signs came back for our real raid.

Before this raid got started, some of the Anons trolled the Real World house, which was located just up the street from the Fraser Mansion.  This was done strictly for the lulz, and then the signs came back for our real raid.


Various signage that we carried at this raid.  Various signage that we carried at this raid.  Various signage that we carried at this raid.

Various signage that we carried at this raid.


Chalking the sidewalk, with the theme about remembering the dead.  Chalking the sidewalk, with the theme about remembering the dead.

Chalking the sidewalk, with the theme about remembering the dead.

Chalking the sidewalk, with the theme about remembering the dead.  Chalking the sidewalk, with the theme about remembering the dead.


The results of our chalking...  The results of our chalking...

The results of our chalking…


Hunter poses with his girlfriend, both holding signs remembering victims of Scientology.

Hunter poses with his girlfriend, both holding signs remembering victims of Scientology.


More displaying of the victims-of-Scientology signs.  One person taped it to her back, while I posed with a sign.

More displaying of the victims-of-Scientology signs.  One person taped it to her back, while I posed with a sign.

More displaying of the victims-of-Scientology signs.  One person taped it to her back, while I posed with a sign.


In what I would consider to be quite fitting for the theme of our raid, a zombie walk group passed by the Org as we were in the process of packing up.  In what I would consider to be quite fitting for the theme of our raid, a zombie walk group passed by the Org as we were in the process of packing up.

In what I would consider to be quite fitting for the theme of our raid, a zombie walk group passed by the Org as we were in the process of packing up.


Down in Dupont Circle station, Colimarm pretends to hitchhike from the platform.

Down in Dupont Circle station, Colimarm pretends to hitchhike from the platform.


At Metro Center, we ran into two of the zombie walk participants, who were more than happy to pose for the camera, in character.

At Metro Center, we ran into two of the zombie walk participants, who were more than happy to pose for the camera, in character.


On August 21, I posed for the camera on my office Mac with water bottle lids on my fingers like it's bling or something.

On August 21, I posed for the camera on my office Mac with water bottle lids on my fingers like it’s bling or something.


On September 10, on the way to Whole Foods, I encountered this truck loaded with porta-potties, which I found slightly amusing.  Obviously, they know where people ought to go if they need to go...

On September 10, on the way to Whole Foods, I encountered this truck loaded with porta-potties, which I found slightly amusing.  Obviously, they know where people ought to go if they need to go…


While I was at a training near Philadelphia in late September, I stayed at a hotel with an indoor pool.  Since I had my camera equipment along with me, I took Duckie into the pool with me to use Duckie for what it was intended for: underwater photography.  So I went swimming, taking various shots underwater in both the pool and the hot tub.  I soon found, however, that holding the camera still was more of a challenge than I had expected.  The movement of the water tended to make the camera rotate when it was sitting on something, ruining my shots.  But nonetheless, I had a lot of fun, and got a good amount of exercise swimming around the pool getting the shots.  Some of these photos remind me of the photos from Robert Ballard's 1986 expedition to the Titanic, catching various things on the bottom, particularly with the photos of the drain cover and the pool light.  While I was at a training near Philadelphia in late September, I stayed at a hotel with an indoor pool.  Since I had my camera equipment along with me, I took Duckie into the pool with me to use Duckie for what it was intended for: underwater photography.  So I went swimming, taking various shots underwater in both the pool and the hot tub.  I soon found, however, that holding the camera still was more of a challenge than I had expected.  The movement of the water tended to make the camera rotate when it was sitting on something, ruining my shots.  But nonetheless, I had a lot of fun, and got a good amount of exercise swimming around the pool getting the shots.  Some of these photos remind me of the photos from Robert Ballard's 1986 expedition to the Titanic, catching various things on the bottom, particularly with the photos of the drain cover and the pool light.

While I was at a training near Philadelphia in late September, I stayed at a hotel with an indoor pool.  Since I had my camera equipment along with me, I took Duckie into the pool with me to use Duckie for what it was intended for: underwater photography.  So I went swimming, taking various shots underwater in both the pool and the hot tub.  I soon found, however, that holding the camera still was more of a challenge than I had expected.  The movement of the water tended to make the camera rotate when it was sitting on something, ruining my shots.  But nonetheless, I had a lot of fun, and got a good amount of exercise swimming around the pool getting the shots.  Some of these photos remind me of the photos from Robert Ballard’s 1986 expedition to the Titanic, catching various things on the bottom, particularly with the photos of the drain cover and the pool light.

While I was at a training near Philadelphia in late September, I stayed at a hotel with an indoor pool.  Since I had my camera equipment along with me, I took Duckie into the pool with me to use Duckie for what it was intended for: underwater photography.  So I went swimming, taking various shots underwater in both the pool and the hot tub.  I soon found, however, that holding the camera still was more of a challenge than I had expected.  The movement of the water tended to make the camera rotate when it was sitting on something, ruining my shots.  But nonetheless, I had a lot of fun, and got a good amount of exercise swimming around the pool getting the shots.  Some of these photos remind me of the photos from Robert Ballard's 1986 expedition to the Titanic, catching various things on the bottom, particularly with the photos of the drain cover and the pool light.  While I was at a training near Philadelphia in late September, I stayed at a hotel with an indoor pool.  Since I had my camera equipment along with me, I took Duckie into the pool with me to use Duckie for what it was intended for: underwater photography.  So I went swimming, taking various shots underwater in both the pool and the hot tub.  I soon found, however, that holding the camera still was more of a challenge than I had expected.  The movement of the water tended to make the camera rotate when it was sitting on something, ruining my shots.  But nonetheless, I had a lot of fun, and got a good amount of exercise swimming around the pool getting the shots.  Some of these photos remind me of the photos from Robert Ballard's 1986 expedition to the Titanic, catching various things on the bottom, particularly with the photos of the drain cover and the pool light.

While I was at a training near Philadelphia in late September, I stayed at a hotel with an indoor pool.  Since I had my camera equipment along with me, I took Duckie into the pool with me to use Duckie for what it was intended for: underwater photography.  So I went swimming, taking various shots underwater in both the pool and the hot tub.  I soon found, however, that holding the camera still was more of a challenge than I had expected.  The movement of the water tended to make the camera rotate when it was sitting on something, ruining my shots.  But nonetheless, I had a lot of fun, and got a good amount of exercise swimming around the pool getting the shots.  Some of these photos remind me of the photos from Robert Ballard's 1986 expedition to the Titanic, catching various things on the bottom, particularly with the photos of the drain cover and the pool light.

While I was at a training near Philadelphia in late September, I stayed at a hotel with an indoor pool.  Since I had my camera equipment along with me, I took Duckie into the pool with me to use Duckie for what it was intended for: underwater photography.  So I went swimming, taking various shots underwater in both the pool and the hot tub.  I soon found, however, that holding the camera still was more of a challenge than I had expected.  The movement of the water tended to make the camera rotate when it was sitting on something, ruining my shots.  But nonetheless, I had a lot of fun, and got a good amount of exercise swimming around the pool getting the shots.  Some of these photos remind me of the photos from Robert Ballard's 1986 expedition to the Titanic, catching various things on the bottom, particularly with the photos of the drain cover and the pool light.

While I was at a training near Philadelphia in late September, I stayed at a hotel with an indoor pool.  Since I had my camera equipment along with me, I took Duckie into the pool with me to use Duckie for what it was intended for: underwater photography.  So I went swimming, taking various shots underwater in both the pool and the hot tub.  I soon found, however, that holding the camera still was more of a challenge than I had expected.  The movement of the water tended to make the camera rotate when it was sitting on something, ruining my shots.  But nonetheless, I had a lot of fun, and got a good amount of exercise swimming around the pool getting the shots.  Some of these photos remind me of the photos from Robert Ballard's 1986 expedition to the Titanic, catching various things on the bottom, particularly with the photos of the drain cover and the pool light.


I also got some video footage of the hot tub jets in action.  Pretty neat, no?


Swimming around the pool.


On October 25, while waiting to meet up with Isis and Cubby to photograph in Arlington Cemetery, I got to observe some of the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon in progress.  These two law enforcement officers, representing Arlington County (left) and the FBI (right), were a bit over the top.  Are the big guns really necessary for this sort of event?  Really?

On October 25, while waiting to meet up with Isis and Cubby to photograph in Arlington Cemetery, I got to observe some of the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon in progress.  These two law enforcement officers, representing Arlington County (left) and the FBI (right), were a bit over the top.  Are the big guns really necessary for this sort of event?  Really?


Afton Mountain, seen here on November 29, certainly looks different from when I photographed it in 2003.  The Howard Johnson's has lost its cupola and its sign, the Skyline Parkway Motel is gone, and now the roof over the tourist information center is starting to deteriorate.

Afton Mountain, seen here on November 29, certainly looks different from when I photographed it in 2003.  The Howard Johnson’s has lost its cupola and its sign, the Skyline Parkway Motel is gone, and now the roof over the tourist information center is starting to deteriorate.


And yet another testament to the trashiness of Wal-Mart.  I made a pit stop at the Wal-Mart in Manassas, which had recently moved to a new building.  This tablecloth was sitting on a shelf with the note saying "SERVICE DESK please do not send any merch to claims without UPC".  So rather than send it back to claims where it belonged, it ended up back on the shelf.

And yet another testament to the trashiness of Wal-Mart.  I made a pit stop at the Wal-Mart in Manassas, which had recently moved to a new building.  This tablecloth was sitting on a shelf with the note saying “SERVICE DESK please do not send any merch to claims without UPC”.  So rather than send it back to claims where it belonged, it ended up back on the shelf.


This picture and note appeared on the white board in my office at work one day in November.  It was definitely amusing, but none of the usual jokesters around the office claimed it.  I later moved it to the wall, and it's become part of the permanent decor.

This picture and note appeared on the white board in my office at work one day in November.  It was definitely amusing, but none of the usual jokesters around the office claimed it.  I later moved it to the wall, and it’s become part of the permanent decor.


On December 30, I took a drive through Waynesboro on Route 250.  It's kind of interesting to see how things change.  First of all, Roses returned to its old location in Willow Oak Plaza in late 2009, after having previously gone out of business at that location in 2001.  That was a shade odd on two fronts.  First, I'm surprised that the shopping center never found a tenant to fill that spot in the eight years it was vacant (of course, would you really want to locate your business in Waynesboro?).  And secondly, that Roses jumped in and filled it again struck me as odd.  I'd figured that they'd written Waynesboro off for good, but now they're back.  Go fig.  The sign is different, however.  While the logo is indeed the same, the old sign was white and was lit from inside.  The new sign is black, and is backlit.

On December 30, I took a drive through Waynesboro on Route 250.  It’s kind of interesting to see how things change.  First of all, Roses returned to its old location in Willow Oak Plaza in late 2009, after having previously gone out of business at that location in 2001.  That was a shade odd on two fronts.  First, I’m surprised that the shopping center never found a tenant to fill that spot in the eight years it was vacant (of course, would you really want to locate your business in Waynesboro?).  And secondly, that Roses jumped in and filled it again struck me as odd.  I’d figured that they’d written Waynesboro off for good, but now they’re back.  Go fig.  The sign is different, however.  While the logo is indeed the same, the old sign was white and was lit from inside.  The new sign is black, and is backlit.


Then on the other hand, the Food Lion on Route 250, also in Waynesboro, closed down.  This, however, was well-known ahead of its closing, as this location was replaced by one a few miles down the road in Fishersville, with a store that definitely doesn't look like any kind of Food Lion that I was used to seeing.

Then on the other hand, the Food Lion on Route 250, also in Waynesboro, closed down.  This, however, was well-known ahead of its closing, as this location was replaced by one a few miles down the road in Fishersville, with a store that definitely doesn’t look like any kind of Food Lion that I was used to seeing.

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