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Where do you reside?

January 13, 2009

Scanning my pictures I’ve noticed that in many instances there are strangers in the background. It made me wonder how many family photo albums I might reside in.

If you’ve seen the Harry Potter movies, you know how the pictures move about and talk. I wonder what I might say to the person in the picture next to me in a random album.

And who knows, maybe I’ve been to far flung destinations and don’t even know it. I’m sure I’ve made it into pictures of random tourists. It would be interesting to see just where I’m at.

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Christmas Shopping

December 13, 2008

Yes children we have actually shopped for Christmas! Don’t bother looking, we are hiding the loot well.

I am not a shopper, for the most part I like to go in to a store, know exactly what I am after and get out as quickly as possible. I’m just not one of those women who love to browse, window shop or spend all day picking out the perfect gift. That does not mean I don’t want to get the perfect gift for someone, I just don’t want to spend a lot of time finding it. Thanks to the internet life is a lot easier. I know what electronics to buy and where. I (or let’s be more specific – Mark) can find out where the best deals are and we don’t spend hours upon hours looking. I hate crowds and will do most anything to avoid them. It has become a little easier for me to tolerate crowds, but I still would prefer to avoid them. On occassion I have wished I was more like those people who like to walk around with packages and go into every store. I just don’t think I will ever be that person.

I have only one more stop to finish up my Christmas shopping! I spent only an hour shopping last night and only about an hour and  a half today and I’m done for the most part.

There will be no Christmas Eve rush to get it all done!

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D.C. in a Day

November 30, 2008
We arrived in D.C. after a long drive from Amsterdam, N.Y.  After dropping the trailer at the hotel’s parking lot in Manassas, VA we headed in to explore D.C. at night.  First stop was The Capital Building, all my pictures from that turned out horrible.  We then made our way over to The Jefferson Memorial where I snapped the shot of The Washington Monument reflected on the pond.  D.C. at night was gorgeous.  We had another crisp night, but nothing too cold or unbearable.  We ended up lost trying to find our way around, I’m not sure why we never got the map out.  I think we were just too tired.  But thanks to getting lost (or going on an adventure as I like to call it) we ended up driving through Georgetown.  I would love to spend the day shopping there!
The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument

This is a shot of The Jefferson Memorial.  It is an awe inspiring site, both externally and internally.
The Jefferson Memorial at Night

The Jefferson Memorial at Night

Of course you can’t visit Washington without seeing the White House.  We also had an opportunity to see the National Christmas Tree, they were setting the trains up around it.  We visited the White House Visitors Center and learned a few things.  I also purchased the Official White House Christmas Tree Ornament for 2008.  Marine One flew overhead, not sure what that was about.

The White House

The White House

 I just loved this view below on The Mall, I want this as my driveway! 🙂

Walkway on The Mall

Walkway on The Mall

Here is Mark in front of World War II Memorial.  You can’t see, but in the picture he is hiding my purse.  I think he carried it in D.C. as much as I did so that I could take pictures to my hearts content.

Mark in front of the fountain at The World War II Memorial

Mark in front of the fountain at The World War II Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial was so crowded, but worth a look.  It is a regal monument.  I wish I had not been tired the night before, I think I would have enjoyed it at night.

The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial

We were behind The Linoln Memorial and I was busy looking across the Potomac and this is what I saw when I turned around.  I love the way the Sun was shining through the columns and how Mark was in shadow.  After this shot we walked to the Vietnam Memorial, then over to Arlington National Cemetery, a brief drive by the Pentagon and finally ended at the U.S.M.C. War Memorial (Iwo Jima).
Mark in Shadow behind The Lincoln Memorial

Mark in Shadow behind The Lincoln Memorial

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Trailer Trashed

November 30, 2008
Brief Synopsis: About three years ago and some change, Mark decided to move to New York.  Like all of us at one time or another we all do something that does not work out as intended.  This seemed to be an opportune time to make changes in his life.  He took his kids on a road trip to New York so he could get the pop-up camper in storage where he was going to live.  He went back a month later with a UHaul and the rest of his belongings and didn’t last a week.  He hated the J O B.  Since then gas prices have soared and timing was never right.  That was until this week.  Going to Amsterdam, NY was a great excuse to go to NYC for the holiday. 
 
Here is Mark inspecting the trailer, it is literally still sitting in the spot it was originally parked.  In fact it had made indention’s in the asphalt from sitting so long.  Please take note of the broken tail light above the license plate.  We think the weight of snow had caused it to come off.  The very kind woman at the storage facility had kept the lens, so all was not lost.
Pop-up Camper with broke tailight

Pop-up Camper with broke taillight

Here is my repair job, they use duct tape on the space station, it’s good enough for a trailer.  I ended up having to duct tape both light covers on.  We had to replace the light bulbs and the other cover snapped off as well.  They seem to be holding in place pretty well and it has kept us “legal” on the road.

Duct Tape Repair

Duct Tape Repair

 Here is Mark packing the bearings.  We were actually able to drive the trailer three miles into town to the auto parts store, the tires still had air in them!

Mark re-packing the bearings

Mark re-packing the bearings

It was a bit overcast while we were working on it, but overall the weather held steady.  There is an old barn in the far back and an old house in the foreground.  We are in the auto part store parking lot and there is a Wal-mart next to the old barn.  Below Mark is continuing checking things out in preparation prior to putting the new tire on.

Mark Changing the Tire

Mark Changing the Tire

It’s now 11:40 CST on Sunday and we are just West of New Orleans on our way home.  The trailer has made the trip like a trooper and seems to be in very good shape considering.  We took a quick peek inside without opening the top and aside from a few cobwebs it seems to be OK.  I didn’t smell any musty smells.  The only external signs that it sat for so long was a bit of algae growing and that will come right off.  Can’t wait to start the family camping trips…hopefully the big one will be next summer and the Grand Canyon!

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1.5 hours till NYC

November 26, 2008

We are coming up on Allentown, PA.  Stopped to get gas and they didn’t have Tastykakes, what’s up with that?

Mark slept through a good portion of Virginia, all of the bit of West Virginia and Maryland we went through.  Oh yeah, Virginia, they are out to get people today.  I had taken over driving and had been behind the wheel for three (yes that’s 3) minutes when I was pulled over.  I was going a wee bit fast, but afterwards I counted 10 others pulled over by marked and unmarked cars.  That averages one person per 20 miles.  The guy that pulled me over was so green.  He wanted to debate what a Registration in the State of Texas looks like and then it took him 15 minutes to write my ticket.  I watched in my mirror…he pulled his handbook from the backseat! ARGH!  Oh well..it happens.

I have seen only one dead deer and that was Maryland, not Tenn. 

It’s overcast and kind of gloomy, but there were some light snowflakes hitting the windshield for a bit.

I’m looking forward to getting in the City and having a shower.

My Thankful post will be coming up shortly…working on that in Word as we speak.

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Arkansas in 3, 2, 1…

November 25, 2008

We won’t be picking up the Beer.

I can’t say there are many redeeming qualities about Arkansas (see President Bill Clinton)! Watch for a blog a bit later regarding the West Memphis Three.  We will be through Arkansas before the evening is over.  I did once visit a lovely park Whiterock Wildlife Management Area…see I can find positives.

I will give kudos to Shreveport, LA’s FM 98.1 for some great tunes the last few hours.

We did finally find some food in Marshall, TX.