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April 10, 2009

Modeling related post (Indy show report)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:00 pm
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I looked back and the last modeling related post was on March 28th.  Since this is suppose to be a blog about modeling, that is pretty sad.  I am hereby recommitting myself to trying to have at least one modeling realted blog post on the site every week.

This week it is photos from the recent Indy show.  I’ve been promising these for two weeks, but life, and taxes have gotten in the way.  Better late than never.

Most of these photos will be of models in the 72nds scale categories, since that is my area of interest.   This first one is an F-104 that was entered in the same category as my Hunter.  It did not win an award, and I have no idea why as it was beautiful.  If the builder reads this, I’d love to hear from him.

ROC F-104

ROC F-104

I love WWII Italian aircraft.  Here is a very nice model of the Italeri kit of the SM-79.  This is a very nice job on a very tough paint scheme.

Italeri SM-79

Italeri SM-79

This F-18 won an award.  2nd or 3rd.  I am not sure which.

F-18

F-18

Here is the Hasegawa EF-111 that won 1st place in my category.  It was very, very nice.

EF-111

EF-111

I’ll post some more photos in the next day or two.  I think I got photos of most of the 72nd aircraft that were entered.

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April 8, 2009

The Potomac River

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 11:00 pm
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While visiting the in-lawas south of DC in Maryland, I walked over to the shore of the Potomac which is a couple of hundred feet from my in-laws front door.

When I got down there, three guys just caught a fish.  It was a monster.  The shot is a little out of focus, but I had to get a photo.

Big fish

Big fish

Here is a shot from the Maryland shore looking over to the Virginia shore.  It was a beautiful day and lots of folks were out fishing.

The river

The river

April 7, 2009

Cherry Blossom Festival-Washington DC

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 11:07 pm
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In Washington DC every April the Cherry Blossom Festival is held.  It celebrates the blooming of the Cherry trees in Washington.  Those trees were a gift of the Japanese government in the late 1920s-early 1930s.  In conjunction with the festival, a parade is held.  The Modelwife’s employer, Southwest Airlines (SWA), is a major sponsor of the parade.  The employees of the airline and their families are invited to walk in the parade with the SWA float.

 

SWA Float

SWA Float

 

The weather was beautiful but windy on Saturday for the parade.  We got there early as requested and had to stand around for an hour or so while the parade got organized.  The modelwife and modelchild enjoyed watching all the activity.

 

Modelwife and modelchild

Modelwife and modelchild

 

The parade was led off by a detachment of the Third U.S. Infantry Division. (The Old Guard)  Part of this unit supplies the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. 

 

3rd Inf. Div.

3rd Inf. Div.

 

 

The parade route was about 2 miles.  By the time the parade started, the wind had died down and a very large crowd had gathered.  The parade moved at a good pace, though we had to stop and start several times during the parade to keep our separation and proper place.

 

The parade

The parade

 

We marched pass the White House.  However, President Obama was not home at the time.  He was in Europe for the G-20 summit.  Still the White House looked great.

 

White House

White House

 

After the parade we went over toward the Japanese street festival that is held on Pennsylvania Ave between the White House and the Capitol.  Because the weather was so nice, the crowd was huge.  It was so crowded that you couldn’t really enjoy the festival or get near the booths.

 

Street Festival

Street Festival

 

We decided to walk over to Chinatown as we had never been.  On the way there, we passed Ford’s Theatre, where President Lincoln was shot.

 

Ford's Theater

Ford's Theater

 

We finally arrived in Chinatown where we had a good meal in an authentic Chinese restaurant.

 

Chinatown

Chinatown

 

All in all, we had a great time.  We had a new experience and got to see Washington at its best. (Without all the politicians.)

April 2, 2009

More legal funny stuff

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 7:41 pm
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I previously linked to a YouTube video by Harvard Law students promoting the Harvard Law Revue comedy show.  Not to be outdone, the law students at the Univ. of VA have put up their own video.  Here it is.

Its funny, but shouldn’t these guys be studying law or something?

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