Life is Hard. Wear a Helmet.

Life is Hard. Wear a Helmet

Virginia State Constitution: Article 1; Section 13
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Alabama State Constitution: Article 1: Section 26
That every Citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the State.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday morning sleep-in #27

I've been taking advice from Brigid and toting a camera around with me.

"Dawn Redwood" Metasequoia glyptostroboides
My BIL planted one in his front yard. The Genus was thought to be completely extinct, until a grove of about 5,000 was found in remote China. Since then, people have been planting them all over the place. The tree is still listed as "critically endangered".

"The Harry Nice Bridge"
Crosses the Potomac river south of  Washington D.C.
The barge is going to be loaded with gypsum, bound for NY.

"Height of Technology"
We have a million dollars of the latest high-tech equipment filling this tank with the purest water you can imagine. If you look close, you can see a string tied to that metal marker on the rail. The string goes up over the top of the tank and down through a hole to a cork float.
Voila! Level gauge.
Yeah. Not feeling very bloggy this weekend.
I'm having a lot more fun hanging out with Mrs and Miss B, putting together movie marathons. Yesterday was Jason Bourne. We got through two and a half before I fell asleep on the couch.
I dreamed that I found a small device implanted in my hip. When I dug it out with a pocketknife, I turned it on and it projected some writing on the wall.
I was expecting a numbered Swiss bank account, turns out it said "It is a violation of Federal Law to remove this tag."
Was that an Obama dream?


Old NFO said...

LOL, million dollars of hardware, but that old float guage STILL is the reality check...

Coffeypot said...

Sometimes the simplest things are better than the highest technology. Just hope the string doesn't stretch too much.

Broken Andy said...

Cool pic of the tree.

Stretch said...

Dang! Learn something new every day. I've always called it "The 301 Bridge." Popular for crossing into Maryland to get booze cheaper than in VA's ABC stores.

Azmrmacs said...

Stretch, funny that alcohol is cheaper in Maryland and fuel is cheaper in Virginia.

And now I know what that mechanism next to the power plant is for, though where the gypsum comes from is a new mystery.

MSgt B said...

Old NFO - Cool, isn't it? That thing's probably been there for 30 or 40 years.

Coffey - Damn thing works like a charm. I watched the indicator fall while we filled the tank.

Andy - I was thinking seriously of sending that one off and having it made into a jigsaw puzzle.

Stretch - Hey! Long time. You're right. No one ever calls it the Harry Nice bridge.

Mrmacs - The gypsum is a by-product of the Flue Gas Desulfurizaton System. The "scrubber" that cleans up the emissions from the plant.

Geodkyt said...

Well, those of us who live in King George call it either the "301 Bridge" or just "the Nice Bridge", by about half and half.

Sadly, it's often faster to go via 301 to get to Alexandria and such than up 95, so travel to NoVA requires deciding if the penalty of being disarmed like a serf is worth the benefit of a faster, less stressful drive.