May 6th, 2010

complaining, Huffer

Strange Geographies: The Mojave Desert’s Airplane


From mental

I thought it was a mirage the first time I saw it. I was driving
through the wastes of the Mojave Desert, two hours from anywhere, when
off in the shimmering distance appeared the silhouettes of a hundred
parked jetliners. I pulled off and tried to get closer to them, but a
mean-looking perimeter fence keeps onlookers far away. All I could do
was stand and stare, wondering what the hell this massive armada of
airplanes was doing here, silently baking in the 110 degree heat. For
years afterward I’d ask people what they knew about it, and I kept
hearing the same thing: the place has been on lockdown since 9/11, and
they won’t let civilians anywhere near the boneyard. But last week my
luck changed — I met a very nice fellow who works there, and with a
minimum of cajoling on my part he agreed to take me beyond the
high-security fence and show me around. Of course, I brought my

it out!

Week in Review – Week of 2010.04.25 – 05.01

Last week was productive, with a lot of running around and then
finally a tranquil weekend camping. We got pandara a new car, which
will make like easier for her, and I got in some fun derby practice
and MUXing. I thought I’d have more time to myself, but locking my
keys in my car ruined my timetable Tuesday night, and the rest of the
week was just too busy. Still, it seems like a relaxing paradise
compared to the over-scheduling I have to contend with this week…

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My week was good, even with the hassle of locking my keys in my car
and having to run around every night running errands. Lothlorien was
very peaceful – there were so few people there that it didn’t have a
festival feel, but a quiet weekend in the woods was just what I needed
after a busy week. salamander42 and Pandara were there if we wanted
company, or we could just hide in the tent to enjoy the thunderstorms.
Even standing in the rain around the dwindling fire was nice. It was
a tremendously pleasant end to the week.

"Be good and you will be lonesome."
-- Mark Twain