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2010 was a pretty fun year.  We had two blizzards, I got to go to Boston and Chicago, and got involved in lots of crazy antics over the course of the year.  Thus we arrive at this, the end-of-the-year photo set, where we tie up all of the loose ends and head into 2011.  Lots of stuff here, which, for one reason or other, was not discussed in a Journal entry or photo set, but still deserves mention.  Or perhaps it was featured, but deserves better coverage.  But in any case, here it is…


I was visiting my ex-Walmart store in January with Katie while I was in town for the wedding, and we happened upon this.  What you are looking at is a row of soda bottles, but notice the brand.  Specifically, there isn't one.  This isn't Walmart's "Sam's Choice" soda, which is the store-brand soda.  This is truly generic soda.  What's it called?  "Cola".  What's it taste like?  You probably don't want to know...

I was visiting my ex-Walmart store in January with Katie while I was in town for the wedding, and we happened upon this.  What you are looking at is a row of soda bottles, but notice the brand.  Specifically, there isn’t one.  This isn’t Walmart’s “Sam’s Choice” soda, which is the store-brand soda.  This is truly generic soda.  What’s it called?  “Cola”.  What’s it taste like?  You probably don’t want to know…


When I was stopping by the Verizon store in College Park for some service on my Droid, I noticed this screen, normally used to display information about various Verizon products, was this time showing information of a decidedly different nature.  Specifically, we all learned that this display was running Windows, as this was a Blue Screen of Death...

When I was stopping by the Verizon store in College Park for some service on my Droid, I noticed this screen, normally used to display information about various Verizon products, was this time showing information of a decidedly different nature.  Specifically, we all learned that this display was running Windows, as this was a Blue Screen of Death


In late January and early February 2010, we shuffled a bunch of offices around at work.  This photo sums up the dramatic conclusion of that process, in what I called, "The Burning of the Maps".  Basically, after the completion of the fourth phase of the move, which completed the entire operation, I very publicly tore up the maps of the different phases of the operation in that way of saying that the mission was accomplished, and we didn't need these maps anymore.

In late January and early February 2010, we shuffled a bunch of offices around at work.  This photo sums up the dramatic conclusion of that process, in what I called, “The Burning of the Maps”.  Basically, after the completion of the fourth phase of the move, which completed the entire operation, I very publicly tore up the maps of the different phases of the operation in that way of saying that the mission was accomplished, and we didn’t need these maps anymore.


Was March the month to abandon a certain style of couch in Dupont Circle or something?  Seriously, the photo on the left was taken on on March 4 on P Street NW in front of Skewers and Cafe Luna.  In this case, one arm is missing and the other has its skin torn.  Then on March 31, I spotted an identical couch in the alley next to the Avondale apartment building on P Street NW (one block west of the first couch's location).  This one, however, had the arm on it, and the cushions were spray painted.  You might think that this is the same couch, but the couch in worse condition was photographed nearly a month earlier.  Weird, but in any case, it's an ugly couch, so I can't exactly blame people for wanting to get rid of it...  Was March the month to abandon a certain style of couch in Dupont Circle or something?  Seriously, the photo on the left was taken on on March 4 on P Street NW in front of Skewers and Cafe Luna.  In this case, one arm is missing and the other has its skin torn.  Then on March 31, I spotted an identical couch in the alley next to the Avondale apartment building on P Street NW (one block west of the first couch's location).  This one, however, had the arm on it, and the cushions were spray painted.  You might think that this is the same couch, but the couch in worse condition was photographed nearly a month earlier.  Weird, but in any case, it's an ugly couch, so I can't exactly blame people for wanting to get rid of it...

Was March the month to abandon a certain style of couch in Dupont Circle or something?  Seriously, the photo on the left was taken on on March 4 on P Street NW in front of Skewers and Cafe Luna.  In this case, one arm is missing and the other has its skin torn.  Then on March 31, I spotted an identical couch in the alley next to the Avondale apartment building on P Street NW (one block west of the first couch’s location).  This one, however, had the arm on it, and the cushions were spray painted.  You might think that this is the same couch, but the couch in worse condition was photographed nearly a month earlier.  Weird, but in any case, it’s an ugly couch, so I can’t exactly blame people for wanting to get rid of it…


After more than a month without gutters due to the big February snowstorm, I was delighted to see new gutters going on in early April.  The white line along the roof is the new base for hanging the new gutters.

After more than a month without gutters due to the big February snowstorm, I was delighted to see new gutters going on in early April.  The white line along the roof is the new base for hanging the new gutters.


Patton got me to hold up a sign for a mutual friend of ours on May 27 (my last day at work before the Boston Megaraid), and this was the result.

Patton got me to hold up a sign for a mutual friend of ours on May 27 (my last day at work before the Boston Megaraid), and this was the result.


When you work in an office, and in my position managing it, you see some interesting things.  In this case, someone put some coffee in the freezer to cool it off for iced coffee, and cool it off they did.  It got nice and cool in there, all right.  Anyone for frozen (solid) coffee, anyone?

When you work in an office, and in my position managing it, you see some interesting things.  In this case, someone put some coffee in the freezer to cool it off for iced coffee, and cool it off they did.  It got nice and cool in there, all right.  Anyone for frozen (solid) coffee, anyone?


 For a while, I was eating salads for lunch, and was eating peanuts with the salad.  One thing I noticed was that the peanut container (I believe this was the Target store brand) bore a distinct resemblance to a Soyuz spacecraft.  So I took a few sticky notes and made it so, and here is my Soyuz peanut container.  See the resemblance?

For a while, I was eating salads for lunch, and was eating peanuts with the salad.  One thing I noticed was that the peanut container (I believe this was the Target store brand) bore a distinct resemblance to a Soyuz spacecraft.  So I took a few sticky notes and made it so, and here is my Soyuz peanut container.  See the resemblance?


I always love the DC area Wikipedia meetups!  This is the group that met for DC Meetup 10, which was our last time going to Uno's in Union Station.  After this meetup, we took Uno's off the list because they made us cater the event, which everyone agreed was less than desirable.  One of our requirements for our meetups is that we want to be able to order off the regular menu.  Catered options are usually too expensive.

I always love the DC area Wikipedia meetups!  This is the group that met for DC Meetup 10, which was our last time going to Uno’s in Union Station.  After this meetup, we took Uno’s off the list because they made us cater the event, which everyone agreed was less than desirable.  One of our requirements for our meetups is that we want to be able to order off the regular menu.  Catered options are usually too expensive.


In mid-July, Mom and I went out to Chicago, to see Sis and Chris and see what Chicago has to offer.  We traveled out and back by train, which is way more fun than flying would be.  It definitely makes getting there half the fun, since traveling by train is an adventure all its own.


And here we go!  Mom poses with her luggage on Alstom 6083 on the Red Line, heading to Union Station.

And here we go!  Mom poses with her luggage on Alstom 6083 on the Red Line, heading to Union Station.


While checking our bags at Union Station in DC, I noticed this sign.  This annoyed me because Amtrak is throwing "safety and security" around when this is obviously neither a safety nor a security issue.  Let's be honest here: All passengers need to be on board the train two minutes prior to departure so that the train can depart on time.  It is a very important concern, but not a matter of safety and security to keep a schedule, unless the passengers will be revolting and subsequently offing the conductor if the train doesn't leave on time.  Keeping the schedule is important because if you're delayed leaving one stop, all the subsequent stops will be delayed as well, and that's no way to run a railroad...

While checking our bags at Union Station in DC, I noticed this sign.  This annoyed me because Amtrak is throwing “safety and security” around when this is obviously neither a safety nor a security issue.  Let’s be honest here: All passengers need to be on board the train two minutes prior to departure so that the train can depart on time.  It is a very important concern, but not a matter of safety and security to keep a schedule, unless the passengers will be revolting and subsequently offing the conductor if the train doesn’t leave on time.  Keeping the schedule is important because if you’re delayed leaving one stop, all the subsequent stops will be delayed as well, and that’s no way to run a railroad…


This is a first for me.  We were on a Superliner II transition sleeper on the way out to Chicago, and I was surprised to see a fire alarm strobe on board.  There were two signals near to each other in the center of the car.  One said "FIRE", and the other said "Nofity crew member when flashing".  This is a first for me.  We were on a Superliner II transition sleeper on the way out to Chicago, and I was surprised to see a fire alarm strobe on board.  There were two signals near to each other in the center of the car.  One said "FIRE", and the other said "Nofity crew member when flashing".

This is a first for me.  We were on a Superliner II transition sleeper on the way out to Chicago, and I was surprised to see a fire alarm strobe on board.  There were two signals near to each other in the center of the car.  One said “FIRE”, and the other said “Nofity crew member when flashing”.


Mom smiles for the camera early on in our trip.

Mom smiles for the camera early on in our trip.


We made a longer-than-usual stop in Cumberland, Maryland.  One thing we noticed was the sign on the KFC.  Due to a problem with the LEDs on the sign, it appeared to promote their "Idwich" combo.  My camera was able to resolve the missing letters, but it certainly was good for a few laughs.

We made a longer-than-usual stop in Cumberland, Maryland.  One thing we noticed was the sign on the KFC.  Due to a problem with the LEDs on the sign, it appeared to promote their “Idwich” combo.  My camera was able to resolve the missing letters, but it certainly was good for a few laughs.

(You can see what I’m talking about a bit better if you click through to the full-size image)


Good morning!  Mom took a moment to read USA Today, aka the "McPaper", as we traveled through Indiana.

Good morning!  Mom took a moment to read USA Today, aka the “McPaper”, as we traveled through Indiana.


We are definitely in Chicago now, as we crossed over the Dan Ryan and the southern branch of the Red Line.

We are definitely in Chicago now, as we crossed over the Dan Ryan and the southern branch of the Red Line.


And here we are in Chicago, on the platform at Morse as we headed out to Evanston for a couple of hours.

And here we are in Chicago, on the platform at Morse as we headed out to Evanston for a couple of hours.

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