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hey there jmk
same to you
(or happy Chanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, etc. :)
(I just came online to see who is crazy enough to be in IRC at 11:40 on Christmas Eve.... ;-)
oh - and belated solstice
just us non-believers, I guess ;)
yeah, Happy <insert holiday here>
(at least one of us)
I've been signing emails as happy ($Holiday)
My wife is at church, I'm home being a heathen
My wife gave up church
I think it may have been when she noticed that the churches (and the employees thereof) were all fat nd happy, but there were still poor people around
funny how that works, isn't it?
anyway, this is way too close to the two topics that ones doesn't dicuss on IRC...
religion and politics
(or even worse - wives' religion or politics)
so - you were traveling, right (or is that next week?)
anyway, the season is good for vacation from work (don't have to go back until 1/3) and visiting family (mine monday, hers the rest of the week)
we sort of escaped that this year - we've gone to Wisconsin for hte last 10 years or so
thats not a short drive for you (or do you fly?)
we normally fly, though we have driven once or twice
probably once, though it seemed like twice
was it 2 or 3 years ago when there was a really nasty snowstorm, and there were several 40-car pileups on the Pennsylvania turnpike?
we drove that year
my wife's parents live on the east shore of the Cheseapeke bay, about 10 hrs
oh cool - they can look across the water (with suitable optics) at my uncle
mine are only about 2 hrs away
uncle is in maryland? virginia? DC?
MD - just outside Annapolis
we pass Annapolis on the way (bay bridge and all that)
ah yes - route 50, right?
If you take the exit for Aris T. Allen Drive (route 667, I think), it'll bring you about 1 mile from his house
He's on the water, about 3 houses from the ocean
bay, not ocean ;-)
there's a river across the street from him (beyond the houses)
I'm used to Lake champlain, so it seems ocean-esque)
how big is Champlain?
about 110 miles long, but most of that is river-width
it's around 15-20 miles wide at its widest, I think
not "great", though it was for a little while
* jmkasunich looks at terraserver
heh - google maps, baby ;)
05401 is the ZIP code for Burlington
(or, one of them)
lake erie's about 250 long x 50 wide (thats what I thought, but wanted to check)
isn't Superior the largest?
I think so
[05:00:34] <jmkasunich> http://www.terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?T=2&S=16&Z=18&X=33&Y=331&W=3
that's where we're going next week
(Bustling downtown Bivalve Md)
heh - my old stomping grounds (close to Aberdeen)
the map at least
I thought aberdeen was on the mainland side?
oh wait - that was pretty tight zoom - it looked like the northern tip of the bay
I misinterpreted the map
(at least I don't point the Howitzers ;) )
here is a tight zoom: http://www.terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?T=1&S=10&Z=18&X=2109&Y=21193&W=3
do you drive past the Perdue plant?
their place is in the upper left corner of the triangle of roads
(or was it Tyson?)
the one in Salisbury?
could be -the smelly one ;)
we drove down from Annapolis to Virginia beach one time.
lots of chicken houses that we drive past tho
that chicken plant was the nastiest smell
fortunately this time of year they don't stink to bad
yeah - we did it in high summer
(on the way to the carrier cruise)
you said you are in burlington?
just outside it, in Essex Junction (05452)
at least you have hills (mountains)
the eastern shore is so flat...
only 4400 feet high, but close enough so you still have to look up ;)
I grew up in western PA, appalchian foothills
I don't like flatlands, boring
ah yes - nice area
it was funny when we had our wedding (here)
[05:10:44] <jmkasunich> http://www.terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?T=1&S=12&Z=17&X=683&Y=5623&W=3&qs=%7cmidland%7cpa%7c
my in-laws (to be) were getting tired walking around town, because the hills were so steep for them ;)
hmmm - where is that? (relative to Pittsburgh / some other town I may have heard of ;) )
about 40 miles NW of pittsburg
the river is the ohio
jump in and float three miles downstream and you'll be in ohio
you know, these online pics are pretty cool
I can almost be sure which house is my parents, it really needs one more zoom in
check out Google's map of Essex Junction - you can see my house
hmm, it's having a shitfit
repeated reloads of the same page
are you on a BDI?
lemme try mozilla
moz works, konq maybe not
try the satellite / map hybrid view - it's pretty cool
BDI-4.27, was using Konq, now trying firefox
have you used Google maps before?
ok, got essex junct
search fro taft street, 05452
zoom all the way in, drag the image around to pan
just off main st?
second house on the "bottom" is mine
ok, go outside and wave...
ok - now go to http://moon.google.com
and zoom all the way in ;)
though it's supposed to be green ;)
hmm, my parents place is too far out in the sticks for Google, they just have low res image
terraserver has better
yeah - the high-res imagery ends about a mile north of my house here
microsoft has the $$ for it ;)
though Google does too, now
they've got my house tho, search "1256 belrose road 44124"
that's a lotta houses
that's damned impressive really, they actually got the right house
livin' in the burbs
we actually stopped just outside Cleveland on the way to and from Wisconsin
start zooming out, there's lots more
I'm not sure I could live there - I don't think I like people enough ;)
I'd like to live someplace more rural
on the other hand, I have a 1.5 mile commute...
now that's sick - there are two golf course (or one big one) that are the same area as about 1000 house lots
oh, I see, SW of my place
between mayfield / cedar, and S green and Richmond road
two different ones
(btw, our lot is probably average, 50' x 200'
kind of points out the scale of money in the US
they cram them in
that's not bad for a city - about 1/4 acre
at least you have the park across the street
yeah, thats nice
if you go due east from the golf courses, across I-271 and lander road, you can see a large white building
actually four connected sections
at about a 45 deg NW/SW angle
thats where I work
everyone asks if I work at IBM, since they have a big plant about 1 mile from my house
ah yes - Allen Bradley Drive ;)
(have I mentioned that the satellite / map hybrid view is pretty cool?)
(work addy is One Allen Bradley Drive)
nic efire pond they've got there
nice fire ...
hey - two
one in front, one in back
and lots'o parking
and the bigger oval one across the street
I've seen a blue heron hanging around the big one
standing in the shallows looking for lunch
and of course lots of geese
oh shit :)
it really sucks to be under a bird migration
(in a military formation, where you can't move)
"under" as in "wish I had an umbrella"?
the guy next to me got crap in his glove, amazingly enough
the flock was about 1/2 mile wide, and spanned literally from horizon to horizon
I've never seen that many birds
thats a lotta birdshit
tell me about it
luckily, they had apparently just had a bathroom stop, beacusae I only know of the one hit
I think they lighten ship shortly after takeoff
"dad, why do I have to carry all this shit?"
well, my wife just got home... enjoy the holidays
same for you - see ya next week or so ;)