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A Picture from Edna

This is my very first panorama photograph ever! I was not sure which size focal length to use, as my images were recorded as 5mm focal length. 5mm was not one of the choices for the Canon software, so I used the shortest available – 24mm. Then I went to Picnik and made a poster from it.

My neighbor Jeff was my inspiration. He posted one of his creations of the Lincoln Memorial at Facebook. Of course, Jeff is a professional photographer for the AP, so it was quite a photo. I hope this photograph will be inspiration for my Red Hats ladies, as I shot it from the very same hotel that they are planning on staying in next Spring when we all descend with our Red Hats on Salt Lake City to do some genealogy. 🙂

The image, Salt Lake City Skyline Poster, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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Remembering warmer days on the beach at Assateague Island, whilst hoping for warmer days to return again. Remembering days that will never come again, whilst I “shed a bitter tear.”

A Picture from Edna

The sea was wet as wet could be,

The sands were dry as dry.

You could not see a cloud, because

No cloud was in the sky:

No birds were flying over head—

There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter

Were walking close at hand;

They wept like anything to see

Such quantities of sand:

If this were only cleared away,”

They said, “it WOULD be grand!

If seven maids with seven mops

Swept it for half a year,

Do you suppose,” the Walrus said,

That they could get it clear?

I doubt it,” said the Carpenter,

And shed a bitter tear.

(“The Walrus and the Carpenter” from “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll)

The image, Assateague Island, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s Flickr account.

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A Picture from Edna

We saw Kooza at Cirque do Soleil last night. Here am I the morning after. It was a wonderful show. I am so happy that I was not the lady whose seat popped up in the air during the show. She looked like she was about to have a heart attack. I think I would have. We did get popcorn, confetti, water spray and every other harmless thing you can think of sprayed upon us. We were in the second row in front of the stage. Actually, I found it somewhat frightening being so close – in case any of their acts were to fall or structures collapse. But it didn’t happen, so we had a good time.

We drove over to National Harbor at Fort Washington, Maryland. Although the Wilson Bridge was to be mostly closed off at 9 pm, we avoided that pending disaster by going over the bridge in the other direction. Next weekend we must remember to not go over the bridge towards Virginia anytime after 9 pm on Friday night.

The image, Kooza from Cirque du Soleil, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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Chicago’s Museums


In October my husband and I had a most delightful and luxurious trip to Chicago. I had not been there since I was a college kid changing trains for the West in the autumn of 1960.  During our stay this year we were given lovely introductions to both the Museum of Science and Industry and the Field Museum. I took many, many photographs, as I usually do, and when I downloaded them and identified them from my camera, I got them all a tad bit confused. Actually “tad bit confused” is quite an understatement.

These are the times in my life when I am not sure where I be nor who I are, much less know where it was that whoever I am was once upon a time, even when “once upon a time” was but last week … or even yesterday.

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Lexus 2007 GPS to Me – USE MAPQUEST!

This is one of those vanishing memories that I wish would vanish for good. Last December I was so excited to finally purchase a new car equiped with a navigation system like my son has on his Mercedes. I felt that I really needed a guidance system to help me wend my way along Route 66 and the other highways and byways of  my very congested metropolitan area. However, … it has been a big and costly disappointment. I find myself suffering GPS envy whenever I visit Costco and see the various portable navigation systems available for just a few hundred dollars. Those seem to be up-to-date and offer features that my system does not have and never will. If my GPS ever does get around to updating itself, I was told by the dealership that those updates would sell for about $600. Well, that is about double what a brand new portable GPS navigation package costs at Costco or WalMart.

The biggest disappointment has been with the guidance it gives me on the major highway leading from my home to the city. I get NO proper direction anywhere along that thoroughfare until I arrive at the banks of the Potomac River. At that point, the GPS system miraculously recovers itself and begins safe and proper guiding. If I program in a destination anywhere along that highway before reaching the Potomac – forget it. I’m on my own. It’s me and my map!

I explained this to the dealer’s service people in September and they said that they test drove it and found nothing unusual in the operation of the navigation system. This is a navigation system which directs its driver upon leaving the Springfield interchange onto Shirley Highway (I-395 North) to make sharp left turns, which if accomplished would take the Lexus vehicle across concrete barriers facing oncoming traffic travelling 60+ miles per hour. Very interesting to say the least.

Lexus 2007 GPS to Edna – GET A MAP!

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All’s Well – Bags Found


After a day and a half of waiting for our missing luggage to arrive, Cliff motored out to the airport this morning to personally track them down. He was successful. They were in a locked room at United Airlines. Apparently neither United nor Northwest felt a responsibility to deliver them to us. So they sat and sat and sat, and the message from Northwest Airlines was that the bags had not been properly identified. In airline parlance that seems to be code for – “pass the buck.”

There was NO message from United Airlines because we could never contact them. But then, the luggage stubs we had were from Northwest.

Good job, Cliff!

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Northwest Airlines – Where is my Luggage? I have been waiting since 6:30 pm last night and still no word. When I left the Northwest Airlines baggage claim office at Dulles Airport, I was assured by Derrick that our “misplaced” bags were coming in on the next United flight from Detroit, just before 9 pm. Derrick said that our luggage would be delivered to our home last night, or at the latest, by this morning. We have phoned the number on the baggage claim and its recorded message relates that our luggage is perhaps located, but that information has not yet been verified. It is now 3 pm and no luggage and no other information. Now I am waiting and hoping for a response to my email, although I am sure it will be another automated one. I can find no way to contact a living, breathing NWA employee about my lost bags. 

7 pm UPDATE: It is now more than 24 hours since my two pieces of luggage did not arrive from Detroit to Dulles, Virginia on Northwest Airlines. I can go to the Northwest website and check the status and this is what I find:

Bag 1 Status ITEM LOCATED, PENDING CONFIRMATION
Bag 2 Status ITEM LOCATED, PENDING CONFIRMATION

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We were privileged to be invited to Ocean Tomo’s Gala Dinner held at the beautiful Field Museum in Chicago. It was a grand event to dine amidst elephants, dinosaur skeletons and lovely orchids.

The Slide Show – The Gala

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Chicago’s El


On our first morning in Chicago we explored a bit before lunch by hopping aboard the El at the Adams Street Station near our hotel. These pictures begin at the Palmer House Hilton and end there, and the images in between were made along the route or through the window whilst aboard Chicago’s elevated train known as “The El.” Afterwards, at lunch when we related our adventure, everyone was horrified that we did such. But how else could we have gained such grand vistas of the Windy City? 

The Slide Show

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