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March 1st, 2007

Cranes and Carbeques

That huge black plume of smoke looming over the Dulles toll road this morning was a CAR ON FIRE westbound between Hunter Mill and Wiehle -- or a "carbeque" in the local parlance because horrifying, devastating accidents happen about six times a day on the roads around here and people are pretty jaded.

It's ... quite a thing to see something like that in real life. This isn't a TV stunt car that explodes after skidding, this isn't a videogame car that flies through the air, lands with a bang, and keeps on rolling. This is a real car that had real people in it, rapidly reducing itself to a black pile of twisted slag. That gray haze we drove through? That was rarified pieces of somebody's car! Cripes. I sure hope they got out of it okay -- but I have no way of knowing.

But the morning commute wasn't all horror. On our back route (for when the toll road is a mess, like today), at the intersection of Beulah and Old Courthouse, is a small pond of the "fishin' hole" variety that is usually populated by various types of migratory waterfowl. Year round you can find ducks and Canadian geese ("Honk, eh?") congregating there; in the summer months it's not unusual to find the occasional blue heron. Today we encountered a large, gangly-but-still-graceful variety of crane, with a light gray body and a long white head with black stripes over the eyes. So that added a nice, peaceful moment to what was otherwise a scary ride.

-The Gneech

The Goose Returns!

You may recall that I am a fanboy of The Grumman Goose. Well I was blown away this morning by the news that a company in North Carolina is manufacturing new ones -- for the first time since the 1930s!

Check out the video!

I'm neither an aviator nor a plane nerd generally, but this one really resonates with me. Somebody making new ones just makes the world a much, much cooler place!

-The Gneech

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Wanna play Celedras.

That is all.

-The Gneech

Ping xydexx!

My AC 2007 conbook submission has been uploaded to the FTP site, and the release form is in the envelope and will be in the mail in the a.m.

Enjoy!

-The Gneech

EDIT: For anybody who's curious, I've also submitted my Guest Application for Dragon*Con.

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