Out the door at 4AM to be at Tampa International by 5AM
6AM flight from Tampa to Washington Reagan and cab ride out to Silver Spring Maryland to see:
Then find building 66 on the huge FDA White Oak campus:
Into the lobby and get cleared by security. No cell phones, no recording devices, X-ray my bags and through the metal detector.
A very STRICT 1 hour meeting with Lieutenant Commander Shermer and a few members of the ODE DOD team. Not one minute longer or shorter, and never allowed to deviate from the pre-agreed agenda.
Cab ride back into downtown Washington DC with my associates. Stuck in the usual DC traffic. The U.S. Department of the Interior on the left and the Washington monument just visible through the trees on the right.
Late lunch at a historic Washington restaurant:
A nice meal after a long morning and early afternoon:
Back in another cab and heading back to Reagan National for a 6PM flight back home, DC to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Tampa.
Rolling past the Washington monument near sunset:
Jefferson Memorial from the cab before we go across the Potomac toward the airport:
Back onboard a Delta Airlines flight and headed toward home. Home by 11:30 PM / midnight.
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What wonderful old beams and planking I spy there. jonrev--where is it located?
Grayslake, IL - midway between Chicago and Milwaukee. The sweet corn and peas cannery dates to 1904, and the gelatin factory came in 1912 originally as a condensed milk cannery. The smokestack came sometime in-between. Gelatin production started there in 1922 and continued for 50 years, it was the village's longest-running factory - closing due to an energy crisis in 1982.
I was cruising along the bicycle path approaching the Glendale Recharge Ponds, when ahead and to my right I saw the Osprey just hauling ass, flapping his wings like the worlds largest humming bird.
As he did a power dive toward the top of a power pole, I realized that he was headed straight at a Bald Eagle. The Eagle spread his wings in defiance and stood his ground as the Osprey took a couple more bombing runs. Finally, the Eagle relented and headed to the next pole, where the Osprey resumed his attack.
Eventually, they headed out over the ponds and played “Snoopy and the Red Baron” for about a minute until the Eagle had had enough and departed for more tranquil skies.
To the Osprey, it was the avian equivalent of “get off my lawn”.
I saw the bald eagle again today on the very same pole the osprey chased him from two weeks ago. It was a gray day and all I had was my cell phone.
This guy came over to give me the evil eye while I was taking pics of the eagle.
I'm sure he was just trying to be friendly. He hangs out with the Hindu Camel Cow so he's probably all like, "Peace, Bro", but I don't carry carrots and I still don't trust any animal that is bigger than me.
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I suppose I should sometimes post in my own thread, but I really don't get out and go anywhere. I do need to have a few words with my dogs... about what it actually means to be a dog....but I guess this is what happens when you neuter and spay.
We have an anchorage about 10 miles long X 2 miles wide and about a mile from shore right in front of our beach. It is set aside for ships waiting to get into the busy port of Norfolk, VA.
Not exactly thrilled with a bunch of cargo ships interfering with the view but the US Navy has laid claim to another nearby anchorage for amphibious assault practice and well, they have the guns so.................
BTW, we have Mr. Trump to thank for this recent development because those are COAL SHIPS. Usually there are two to four of them out there but starting a month ago the number has slowly increased to where there are now at least a dozen at any one time.
I know, I know, this is 1st world problem. Unless some of the crew decide to swim ashore. We've got a very pro-2nd community so it could end up looking like "Normandy Part Deux".
A pair of these unidentified birds have appeared here every spring for the last 3 years--and only the one pair. I do not know what they are.
Here's one of them from last spring having a few words with noisy Mr Squirrel.
And another sure sign of Spring here. The swallows have returned. In past years, they have built one or 2 of their mud nests under the eaves near the very peak of the house, and have done so again this Spring, but I noticed this morning, a pair has also began building a nest under the ceiling of my back porch. I will probably remove this nest, as they do tend to make a mess. I do enjoy watching their acrobatics every morning and evening tho.
I was doing my walk around (happened to be in Taipei, Taiwan) when I noticed this on the nose gear. Now my airline is famous for being cheap so I can only assume this was the lowest cost option for a nose wheel. If you cannot read it, it says GOODRICH Troy, Ohio U.S.A.
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