June 2013

Meet the Beast

by carbonboy on June 30, 2013

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Oops – I forgot to move my pants and socks from this shot! Two months ago I would have never thought of buying another massive desktop computer system ever again. I have two antiquated desktop models stuffed away in a closet.  I am only hanging on to them to someday examine the files on them […]

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Piney Point Storm

by carbonboy on June 26, 2013

Caught this approaching storm on my iPod radar, but the cool air above the mighty Potomac calmed it down! I love weather! I just don’t want to be in the middle of some really bad aspect of it. Today I got multiple warnings (cable, phone, text) that some bad stuff was coming. I embraced it […]


Summer Solstice – Blacksburg Virginia

by carbonboy on June 21, 2013

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The new Elvis in Blacksburg? Maybe! Amazing video coming! There are pockets of hopeful rationalism in the deep south. Blacksburg is one of them (a smaller version of Austin, Texas). All one needs is intelligence and tolerance. Even though Blacksburg seems a bit devoid of actual blacks, it is still a pocket of hope for the south. […]


Healthy Smoothie – Crappy Smartphone Cameras

by carbonboy on June 20, 2013

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Pretty standard stuff but the addition of Goji Berries and Chia Seeds it becomes a Superfood Smoothie! I’ve altered my diet radically since I returned from Mexico and borrowed the concept of a recent book (and likely health fad) by not eating any meat for breakfast or lunch. Then, of course, limit portion size and only […]

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June 13th – The Power of Nature Revealed

by carbonboy on June 14, 2013

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The Most Intense Storm that I Recall! With devastating fires raging in Colorado and a super-storm ripping its way through the Mid-Atlantic, it easy to under-estimate the power of nature. The news cycle has already forgotten the deadly tornadoes that occurred a few weeks back, and the hurricane season has hardly begun. I lost power for […]


St. Mary’s County Crabfest

by carbonboy on June 8, 2013

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How to Eat Crab – Maryland Style! Tropical Storm Andrea drenched the area with a steady rain for a day and a half, but the sun was out by noon to save the day for St. Mary’s Country Annual Crab Festival (not to be confused with the world famous Oyster Festival which occurs in early […]


I’m not *ucking around!

by carbonboy on June 5, 2013

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My second bedroom serves as my home gym until I enclose half of my screened porch late this summer. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is my 2nd all-time favorite Green Day song (with American Idiot topping it). I never took the time to figure out the trilogy storyline and found their last CD a disappointment, but […]


Day 4 – Indianapolis to Piney Point

by carbonboy on June 5, 2013

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The DC Beltway after nine hours of driving with one headlight – yes it looked just like this! The last leg of the cross-country drive was incidental, short of a few near death potentials due to idiot drivers – something we go through daily, most often unaware. It was a long drive, but I did not […]


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I had to get the western Illinois to see anything resembling a family farm – everything beforehand seemed to be big Agribusiness! Wyoming is about cattle; Nebraska, corn, wheat and soybeans; western Iowa is like Wisconsin with rolling hills, and I think cute little pigs and sheep. America’s bread basket could feed most of the […]


Day 2 – Salt Lake City to Kearney, Nebraska

by carbonboy on June 2, 2013

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Big Country – somewhere in Wyoming on I-80, where the road seems endless, or drops off the end of the world! I got to the Hilton Garden Inn in Salt Lake City after everything had closed in terms of eating last night. This is an odd area where all the airport hotels are located, but […]


Day 1 – Sacramento to Salt Lake City

by carbonboy on June 1, 2013

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Donner Lake – I’d simply not like to drive any further, and just spend the summer here! This is not a road trip, it’s about transporting my vehicle across the country as painlessly as possible. And so far there has been a fair amount of pain! First, I lost a day, or a half day […]