Also, Santa and his reindeer stopped by. Yay!
We've had some nice biking weather lately. I went out for a ride with Potomac Pedalers around Shepherdstown, WV and Sharpsburg, MD. It's about an hour's drive from Leesburg, but there's pretty good biking out there; rolling hills on country roads with little to no traffic. I went to Antietam National Monument and rode around there a little bit. A few of the roads were closed due to repaving, though.
I saw a few abandoned houses and some ruins along Cement Mill Road by the Potomac River, but didn't get pictures of them. Maybe next time. I should also explore the C&O Canal some more up that way.
Post-Anthrocon Tubing Trip cancelled. (Reason: Work.) Will reschedule when time permits.
Our post-Anthrocon tubing trip is scheduled for August 14. I need to send out an announcement so folks can plan for it.
So many projects, so little time to do them. I need to get some of the notepad clutter off my cellphone. Seriously, ever since I discovered my cellphone, it's slowly replaced my mini-pocketmods as a source for collecting whatever weird ideas and thoughts I have during the day. And there are a lot of them.
Everybody doesn't like something. But nobody doesn't like Xydexx, the silly inflatable unicorn.
I was feeling creative recently and created a bike bag (for my bike repair supplies) from a pair of old jeans. First, I took one of the jeans leggings and sewed one end shut. Then I folded over the open end, and stitched the corners so it made a trapezoid-shaped flap. The final step was to add a button and buttonhole, both of which were salvaged from the old jeans. I sewed the button on first, then lined up the buttonhole and sewed it on, and then made a small cut in the flap so the button could fit through.
So yay for recycling old jeans! Now I have a durable bag for holding my bike repair supplies in. You can see the picture below.
I also recently learned how to do tilt-shift photography. It's when you take a photo and manipulate it so it looks like a model from a miniature railroad or something. Here's a shot of my hometown of Hawthorne, NY with the effect applied.
The street shown is Elwood Avenue. The yellow Tudor-style building on the right is called the Ryerlyn. It's been there since I was a little kid. The storefront on the end used to be Derby Real Estate, and they had a ginormous wall map of Westchester that I would spend hours studying (this would be responsible for my life-long obsession with maps). There was a paint/wallpaper store and a health food store in that building too, I think. The top floor contained apartments. The brick building in the center contained the Hawthorne Cleaners and Bill & Larry's Delicatessen. The cleaners had an octagon-shaped clock bordered with pink neon in the front window. A young woman named Jackie used to work there. There used to be a huge weeping willow tree in the back that my brother and I would grab handfuls of branches and swing on like vines. The frame building on the right used to be a bar; I'm not sure what it is now.
Not seen (because it doesn't exist anymore) but worth a mention: Across the street from the deli/cleaners used to be The Little Bit Of Everything Shop. It was a tiny place, about the size of one room, jam-packed from floor to ceiling with stuff. I guess it was an antiques/junk/antique junk shop.
Visible behind the stores is the Harlem Division of Metro North, which goes to New York City. The end of the railroad platform is visible here. That didn't exist when I was a little kid. There was just a thin strip of asphalt for a platform, that's it. I still remember old shark-nose locomotives and the drab green Penn Central passenger cars. They always looked dirty. There used to be a (largely disused) railroad siding there too.
I haven't been able to figure out if this site is a joke or not. It looks like it was some sort of political site before the election, and then went horribly awry and got filled up with gibberish. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I hope they don't start barbequeing unicorns or something. That would be mean.
Yay for inflatable deer! Intex has come out with an inflatable Bambi! Apparently, they came out last year and I just found out about them. I need to buy at least a hundred of these!
There's a bit of conflict between which of these sites will win the battle for weirdness content. This site is going to be mostly mailarty, I think. The fact that the Holey Bubble is over there is the exception, not the rule, as far as content goes.
I was looking up information on Cranberry World (225 Water St, Plymouth, MA 02360), but it apparently closed. Ocean Spray still has a bog cam, though. Cranberry World was apparently located right across the street from an abandoned factory of sorts. Google Maps shows the factory location as a vacant lot, but if you look at Bing Maps Bird's Eye view, you can see pre-demolished factory complex frozen in time, next to the abandoned railroad grade. There's also a house on the corner that's gone as well. Neat!
Speaking of abandoney places, here's Middletown State Hospital, an abandoned insane asylum up in New York. It appears only portions of the property are abandoned, and from what I've found online it looks like it's being redeveloped.
Xydexx says if you can't see the fnords, they can't eat you. Xydexx's life is a real FNORD snow.