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26 June 2006 @ 04:30 pm
SPAM, SPAM, eggs, baked beans, and SPAM! The Pic Spam Post is here!  
Okay, people.  I owe you some pics.

Please keep in mind the limitations of a camera phone, okay?  ;)

This is NOT dial-up friendly.  FYI.

And away we go!

First, Charlotte!



Or more specifically, Tiff and I in Charlotte.  For those of you who are about to complain, our instructions were to take a picture of ourselves together, smiling.  Trust me, we were smiling when this photo was taken.  My feet are on the left and Tiff's are on the right.  On her ankle, she's wearing a bracelet of mine that I accidentally left in Vegas.

fewthistle, please stop making those retching noises.  They're bad for your throat. 



This next one is of us at the concert.  Once again, we adhered to the strictest letter of the law where our instructions were concerned.  The white sneaker is me.  The denim-clad knees are Tiff.  We are, indeed, smiling.



None of the pics that I took of the actual concert came out as we were a bit far back.  We also had a torrential thunderstorm break right over the ampitheatre so there were no further pictures taken that night.  I should have taken some while we were hanging out with Christy and Myk, my best friend and her husband, but I was distracted.  I was so thrilled that Christy, Myk, and Tiff were hitting it off so well that I completely forgot.  Myk even hugged Tiff upon meeting her, which I took as a very good sign.  :D  We only got to hang out for a little while--lunch and some chatting afterward--but if Tiff makes it into town in October, I'm going to have them come in for dinner or something so we can all hang out some more.  :D



The weekend of the 17th, my father and I--for reasons I will not be going into here due to the sheer mind-numbing torture that would be for me and for several others--drove from Durham, NC to Malden, MA and back in slightly less than 3 days.  I entertained myself in various ways, not the least of which was taking photos with my camera phone. 



This, I believe, is the Fort McHenry Tunnel.  A cool shot.  Reminded me of all those bad trapped in a tunnel movies. 



This is some bridge.  I'm not sure which one.  As will become painfully clear to you shortly, I have a thing about photographing bridges.  This does not make me popular with my mother (who fears bridges), with my father (who frequently needed me to hand him the toll money), or with Homeland Security, who automatically assumes the worst.  Me?  I just like bridges.



Another bridge, this time teeny weeny.  It was a new camera phone.  I was just learning how to use it.  Sue me. 



Another bridge.  I think this one was somewhere in Manhattan.  Did I happen to mention how not fun it is to drive through Manhattan in order to get to Boston?  O_o



Another bridge, this one definitely in Manhattan.  I remember almost getting killed right there.  Traffic sucks.



Okay, the last bridge pic.  Again, I don't know which one it is but it turned out so "Oooooh, shiny!" pretty!  :D



This is the Susquehanna River as seen from I-95.  At least, I think that's the road we were on at the time.



I didn't feel that I had gotten a good enough shot, so I tried again.  This is the Susquehanna River as seen from outside the car, going 75mph.  The finger?  Is me trying not to drop the new phone!  Oh crap!  Is that a bridge??  Sorry.  I didn't realize I had another bridge shot.  O_o



My father and I stopped in North Haven, CT the first day because we had spent four hours in stop-and-go traffic (we think) because of the US Open.  He was driving and was tired and we were both hungry.  So we stopped at a Holiday Inn or something in North Haven, CT.  In keeping with tradition, I offer you the following picture of myself.  No, I was not smiling at that exact moment.  I was too tired to smile.



One of the other ways I kept myself occupied on this trip (I cannot read in the car due to violent motion sickness) was to take photographs of things that were lime green.  In that vein, I bring you first, a lime green billboard:



Next, a lime green mustang:



One of four lime green water towers:



and last, but not least, a lime green semi:



I had also started a game with Tiff (she and I texted throughout this trip) where I was counting lime green vehicles vs. orange vehicles (her favorite color is orange).  After an impressive showing in the early part of the contest, I lost horribly and painfully when my father and I drove past not one but TWO Schneider truck depots.  Schneider, if you do not know, boasts semis with bright orange cabs and bright orange trailers.  I lost in seconds.  It was a crushing blow for lime green fans everywhere.

However, not to be outdone, one the way back through CT, I snapped this crappy pic of a sign for Old Lyme, CT!  Old Lyme??  A town??  Hooray!!  I win with city names!!  It's hard to see but it really does say Old Lyme. 



I was all smug and asquee until my father gently told me that there was an Orange, CT too.  I dismissed his concern.  I mean, what were the odds that we'd pass a sign for Orange, CT too?  Apparently, they were 1:1.  :/  Curses, foiled again!



I snapped some other fun pics of signs throughout the trip as another way of entertaining myself.  Here is one that--if you squint--says "Welcome to Manhattan":



For all you X-File fans out there, here is one for Quantico:



And here is one for Manassas, VA.  Or, as my parent's insist upon calling it, Man's Asses.  Every. time. we. drive. past. it.  O_O



And so ends the photo history of my trip to Malden, MA.



And now for a few miscellaneous shots.



First, fewthistle and I went to Winston-Salem again this past weekend, mostly to pick up cakes.  Lots and lots of cakes.  But while we were there, we opted to check out the MESDA museum and the Children's Toy museum.  While in the toy museum, we took refuge in front of a TV that was set on loop.  We thought, "Okay, something about toys!"  Yeah, not so much.  We watched a 15-minute documentary on soapy water sluicing over a blacktop.  It was set to harpsichord music and there was no voice-over whatsoever.  Just soapy water rushing over a blacktop.  Like this:



fewthistle and I can't decide who is the lamer set of people--Charles and Ray Eames for making the documentary or the two of us for watching the entire thing from beginning to end.

Also there is a field that fewthistle used to sit upon during the soft twilight evenings of her undergraduate years at Salem College.  She pointed it out to me and I took a photo of it.  She says the small tree in the foreground is planted just about where she used to be on those evenings.



Here is a shot of the view out my window at work.  My boss, Ellen, says we're going to name that spot Greasy Bear Butte Gardens and we're going to put a little patio/meditation garden/fountain/sunning spot/shady glen out there for us to work in when it gets stressful inside the building.  I love my boss.  LOL



And lastly, a picture of my cat, Buster.  He is attempting (and failing) to get in the front door.  He was not amused when I just snapped the pic and walked away.  LOL



The end!



I hope you all enjoyed the pic spam! 

Twoodles,

Erin
 
 
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Tiffany: takes my breath awaypiekid on June 26th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
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My leg looks fat. Nice trim job on that shot though, LOLOL.
seftiri: Casey Musicseftiri on June 26th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
LOLOL!

And the only reason your leg might look, as you say, "fat", is because of the angle of the photo! Your legs are anything BUT fat!! ::smooches::

And yes, it was a good crop, wasn't it? ;) Thank Google, I remembered. LOL
Tiffany: celtic love knotpiekid on June 26th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
Believe me, if you hadn't remembered I would have quickly reminded you. Eeek.

That same fat leg problem happened in another recent pic... LOL
seftiri: Liv's Girlseftiri on June 26th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
That same fat leg problem happened in another recent pic... LOL

Oh, you mean the pic that I'm having blown up, framed, and hung on my bedroom wall? ;)

I didn't notice. :D
Tiffany: vm *facepalm*piekid on June 26th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Very. Funny.

I'm sure your mom would just love to see that all the time.

BTW, I don't like actual Spam. Not even egg, bacon, sausage and Spam. LOL
seftiri: O_oseftiri on June 26th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
You have a point about my mother. LOL

As for actual Spam, I'm not fond of it either. Any meat that can stay edible for 20 years on a shelf in a pantry cannot be healthy.

Not one little bit.

Tiffany: celtic love knotpiekid on June 27th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
You know, in that second picture of 'us', I'm not sure if I was smiling or if I was saying "What the fuck are you doing?" when it was taken.

LOL
Kathryn Erbe's biggest fan: actress Diane /green eyes and red lipsaudragoren on June 27th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
Its actually the Leanord Zachim bridge and the tunnel is either the Sumner or Callahan they both look the same and are only minutes from each other. Sorry but I live near Boston :)
seftiri: Benson Cute Smileseftiri on June 27th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
Don't know which bridge you're referring to but you could be right. However, that tunnel was in Delaware. We didn't go through any tunnels in or around Boston.
Kathryn Erbe's biggest fanaudragoren on June 27th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
Really? that looks exactly like those tunnels. The Zachim is the bridge closest to the bottom of your pics. It was recently finished. There was alot of hub bub about the naming and there were threats from Neo Nazi's. Like you wanted to know that right??!!
Angelina Ballerina: Casey - Glare/Angry/Grrgreenovalfruit on June 27th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
GOD. DAMN. YOU. ERIN!!

*grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr*

FOTOS OF FACE!! FACE!!! FACES!!! FACESSSSSSSSSSS!

::facepalm::

Gar.

We have an Orange in Australia. My friend Lucy goes to school at Kinross, in Orange. It is a bogan town. Trans - Hillbilly town.

And you think you're good? Marcy (deliriums_fish) took this for me, somewhere on the way out of Vegas.

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SNAP!
Trublutrublusvufan on June 27th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
GOD. DAMN. YOU. ERIN!!

*grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr*

FOTOS OF FACE!! FACE!!! FACES!!! FACESSSSSSSSSSS!

::facepalm::

Gar.


I second that!

And JEEZ, you were in MALDEN and didn't bother to tell me? BAD ERIN!!!
seftiri: One Girl Armyseftiri on July 1st, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
Oh, honey! I'm sorry twice. But really, my dad and I were in Malden for almost exactly 2 hours. We came into town at 9:15am Saturday morning, handled what we were there to handle, and were back on the road to home by 11:10am.

Unfortunately it was not a pleasure trip. :(

Next time, though, I'll let you know. :D
seftiri: First Dayseftiri on July 1st, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
*pouts*

But I think our feet are cute!

I do also like your Lime sign!! :D Maybe Tiff will take me there next time I'm in Vegas. :D

Angelina Ballerina: Helen - Drink = OTPgreenovalfruit on July 1st, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
YOu know perfectly well that I think your feet are cute as well (I mean, who wouldn't?) but DAMN.

Heh. Marcy thought of me when she saw that and took a photo. And when she sent it to me, I could only think of you.
Shut up and smile: Misc; Beginning of the universemorningafter2 on June 28th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
Aww... as mildly annoyed as I am that you found a loophole, congrats on doing so. XP

[Am I mildly annoyed? I dunno. Disappointed, sure, because I am the single most curious person on the face of the planet. But probably noy annoyed. Because I'm more impressed that you found a way around it. /babble]

I guess people will be a lot more specific when they ask for photos next time, though.
seftiri: Casey In Her Eyesseftiri on July 1st, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
I believe you are right. Loopholes will be harder to find then. LOL

Sorry you were disappointed though.
a_noni_muss on June 28th, 2006 10:17 am (UTC)
hahaha

GOD. DAMN. YOU. ERIN!!

*grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr*

FOTOS OF FACE!! FACE!!! FACES!!! FACESSSSSSSSSSS!

::facepalm::


that had me laughing for a good five minutes. glad to finally 'see' you.

seftiri: Limers Will Buyseftiri on July 1st, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
I'm just a snarky kinda girl. ;)