October 25th, 2003

Boromir battle

Not What I Was Expecting...

Snagged from kelloggs2066...

USS Nevada trying to escape Pearl Harbor
You are the USS Nevada. Pushing the envelope when
build, it was quickly outdated. But even in
its old age, it was the only battleship to get
under way during the attack at Pearl Harbor.
Severely damaged because of it, she returned to
action and served with distinction for the rest
of the war. Even after being assigned to be
destroyed in the Bikini Atoll Nuclear Tests she
weathered on. You are tough and resilient. No
matter how much they attack you, you stand
proud. You are someone anyone can depend on.
You may take a lot for it, but you are tough
and you can take it. I bet you can take a
direct hit from a hydrogen bomb too.

What battleship are you?
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Darn, I was hoping for an aircraft carrier!

-The Gneech

Smithsonian Institute of Cool Stuff

Lancelot: "Farewell, sweet Concorde! Your sacrifice will not have been in vain!"

Concorde: "I'm not quite dead, sir."

As folks may know, I have a particular fondness for The Grumman Goose. Back in 1995, I contacted the aircraft curator of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Bob Vanderlinden, who let me get behind the ropes and take pics of their Goose up close and personal. He was a very nice guy, who obviously cared a great deal for his charges.

Last night, purely by chance, I heard him on the radio, talking about the Concorde. Specifically, he was saying that the Smithsonian has acquired one of the retired craft, which is now housed at their Dulles facility and is due to be opened to the public in June. Among other things, this means I'll actually get to SEE one of the things! Woohoo!

My Goose will be out there, too ... poor thing, sitting all disassembled in the corner of the museum *sniff*...

-The Gneech
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