Archive for October, 2010

Leading Lady Andrea Bowen Discusses The Preacher’s Daughter Movie

By From http://rifilmfestival.com • Oct 31st, 2010 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

“Some sins are never forgiven, especially in a small town” read The Preacher’s Daughter Movie’s seductive advertisement. Director Michelle L. Bower’s highly anticipated Indie film is still in production but this week RIFF fans get to hear what the leading lady has to say about her exciting and demanding role. The lovely and incredibly talented […]



Rally to Restore Sanity

By From http://fredericksblogger.blogspot.com/ • Oct 31st, 2010 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I’m a big fan of both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. I watch their shows whenever they’re on, or as long as I can keep my eyes open. So I was excited about their “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” coming to D.C. Ordinarily, I would stay away from something that promised to be a logistical nightmare: the traffic tie-ups, the lack of parking, the overcrowded Metro, the hordes of people. But when I had the opportunity to join a chartered bus of Fredericksburgers, I decided I couldn’t pass up the adventure.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. There wasn’t much advance publicity about what the show would actually entail. I wasn’t sure if the crowd would be so big that I wouldn’t be able to see or hear much. But as it turns out, I had a fantastic time. The ride up was easy, we were dropped off within a short walk of the mall, and from the outset, the crowd was in good spirits, with plenty of creative signs and funny costumes on display. We maneuvered our way within one Jumbotron of the stage, where we could hear and see perfectly well. And the show was a lot of fun: doing the wave with a couple hundred thousand people, jumping in unison, listening to some good music, and enjoying a solid Stewart/Colbert comedy show. Best of all, everyone around us seemed to be very relaxed, just there to enjoy a good time–no stress, no problems.

I don’t think this rally is going to change the tenor of political discourse in our country (but wouldn’t that be nice?). But I was happy to go and be counted, to enjoy the laughs and the camaraderie of friends and strangers, to meet and chat with some new people, and to enjoy the experience of the peaceable gathering.

In his closing words, Jon sums up the point of the rally very eloquently.

Our bus arrives near the Mall:

Gathering before showtime:

The trees were the perfect perch, even for Santa:

Just a couple of typical rally-goers:

My favorite sign:



Rally to Restore Sanity

By From http://fredericksblogger.blogspot.com/ • Oct 31st, 2010 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I’m a big fan of both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. I watch their shows whenever they’re on, or as long as I can keep my eyes open. So I was excited about their “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” coming to D.C. Ordinarily, I would stay away from something that promised to be a logistical nightmare: the traffic tie-ups, the lack of parking, the overcrowded Metro, the hordes of people. But when I had the opportunity to join a chartered bus of Fredericksburgers, I decided I couldn’t pass up the adventure.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. There wasn’t much advance publicity about what the show would actually entail. I wasn’t sure if the crowd would be so big that I wouldn’t be able to see or hear much. But as it turns out, I had a fantastic time. The ride up was easy, we were dropped off within a short walk of the mall, and from the outset, the crowd was in good spirits, with plenty of creative signs and funny costumes on display. We maneuvered our way within one Jumbotron of the stage, where we could hear and see perfectly well. And the show was a lot of fun: doing the wave with a couple hundred thousand people, jumping in unison, listening to some good music, and enjoying a solid Stewart/Colbert comedy show. Best of all, everyone around us seemed to be very relaxed, just there to enjoy a good time–no stress, no problems.

I don’t think this rally is going to change the tenor of political discourse in our country (but wouldn’t that be nice?). But I was happy to go and be counted, to enjoy the laughs and the camaraderie of friends and strangers, to meet and chat with some new people, and to enjoy the experience of the peaceable gathering.

In his closing words, Jon sums up the point of the rally very eloquently.

Our bus arrives near the Mall:

Gathering before showtime:

The trees were the perfect perch, even for Santa:

Just a couple of typical rally-goers:

My favorite sign:



Rally to Restore Sanity

By From http://fredericksblogger.blogspot.com/ • Oct 31st, 2010 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I’m a big fan of both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. I watch their shows whenever they’re on, or as long as I can keep my eyes open. So I was excited about their “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” coming to D.C. Ordinarily, I would stay aw…



One more 2010 chase?

By From http://stormsrus.blogspot.com/ • Oct 30th, 2010 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

This is the GFS forecast graphic for two weeks from today, and it shows a setup that could allow another round of severe weather to roll through the Mid-Atlantic.  I know, I know,  this is way too far out to count on anything like this to act…



Wrapup of 27 Oct chase

By From http://stormsrus.blogspot.com/ • Oct 29th, 2010 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

     This velocity radar grab (courtesy of Weather Underground) shows the low level rotation in the storm relative to my position at the red “X”.  This was just before I pulled up stakes and moved a couple miles eastward to get…



A Day In The Life……………….

By From http://roadsdivergedwood.blogspot.com/ • Oct 29th, 2010 • Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

“The hammer banged reveille on the rail outside camp HQ at five o’clock as always. Time to get up.” Alexandr SolzhenitsynAnd your off……. Welcome to the rat race. There are many who probably can relate to Solzhenitsn’s protagonist Ivan Denisovich Sh…



Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 2010-10-29 16:33:00

By From http://roadsdivergedwood.blogspot.com/ • Oct 29th, 2010 • Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

Time for a Morning Cup of Joe.OK while you are spilling your coffee either on yourself or on the person next to you as you slam on the brakes and veer right to keep from hitting that (expletive deleted) who just cut into your lane while at the same ti…



Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 2010-10-29 16:17:00

By From http://roadsdivergedwood.blogspot.com/ • Oct 29th, 2010 • Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

The Inner Sanctum….My office…well not really as I share the room with my wife. Which brings into question the whole inner sanctum thing. I’ve been told that Bogart has to go as its encroaching on my wife’s space. Hey, see if you can find the 1916 …



Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 2010-10-29 16:06:00

By From http://roadsdivergedwood.blogspot.com/ • Oct 29th, 2010 • Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

It’s Lunchtime in the Burg.Olde Town Grille in downtown Fredericksburg. I always sit at the counter and marvel as Shawn (pictured) and Dan the owner (one of my wife’s former students) whip through multiple orders at one time. Today it’s a bacon cheese…