Category Archives: my film clips

Roads and Rails Museum in Frederick MD creates a Rama world

I visited the little “Road and Rails” Museum in Frederick, MD today, on East Street (MD 85 which you get on from I-270 4 miles east of the main US 15 turnoff for Gettysburg, PA).  There is a parking lot behind the building, hard to see.

The main layout is an 850-square-foot space (the size of a one-bedroom apartment) with an interior.  On the south end there is a huge volcano peak. There is farmland, suburbs (one little mountain), a big city, then a northern mountain section with a range that runs south-north with a couple more rails on top.  On the east side there is an “old west” canyon;  on the west side there are circuses and othr roadside attractions. There is one small town on the NW corner.

Imagine if you went to live in this community as a Lilliputian for your afterlife.

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The layout reminds me of Choo-Choo Barn in Strasburg, OA and Roadside America, on I-78 west of Reading PA.

(Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:15 PM EDT)

Below: Fort Dietrick

 

Taste of Arlington (VA) bigger than ever, but charges admission, leading to lines to get in

The “Taste of Arlington” (Virginia) was bigger than ever, but charged $15 admission.  Tickets were issued for alcohol, but food could be bought with cash.  Food concessions were cheaper than at many festivals (offsetting the admission).

This event was perhaps “Gay pride for dogs” (or maybe Straight pride for dogs).  I never saw so many dogs at an event, who would be more interested in each other than in all the people (although they did want the food — as a dog onetime begged me for some hamburger at Gay Pride in DC).    Some of DC’s gay community (Cobalt, Town, Freddie’s, etc.) did seem to be around. I didn’t see an HRC pavilion, which might have been a good idea.

The area started farther south on Wilson Blvd than in the past, that is, just past where the Ballston Quarter is being re-constructed. It extended almost to Virginia Square.

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There was a climbing pole and some basket-court games.  The MLB Washington Nationals (who won today in Atlanta, breaking a 4-gane losing streak) had a major pavilion and advertised their new Visa card.

Something bizarre happened when I got the wristband wrapped on. “I’ll watch out for the hair”, the salesperson said, dispassionately, almost as if a character in “Twin Peaks”.  That’s never been said even at Town.  Last time was an “iv-critic” back in 1998 in the hospital in Minneapolis after surgery for my broken hip accident.

(Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM EDT)

 

“Make America Great Again!”

Today I visited the I-81 corridor NE of Harrisburg PA.

There are coal slag heaps around Mt. Carmel PA, toward Centralia, the town abandoned because of an anthracite fire burning since 1928.  There is a municipal center building in Centralia that is abandoned.  There is a “Coal House” store outside of Centralia, E of Ashburn (which has a “Mineshaft” bar).

Hazelton was the site of a major immigration law dispute in 2006, whether landlords are responsible for knowing the legality of their tenants.

There is an ICE detention center purporting to be in Leesport, but actually it is closer to Reading, off 220, and a bit hard to get the iPhone to find easily.  A prison is across the street.  I’ll comment more on this soon on the “News” blog.

(Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:15 PM EDT)

Field trip to areas in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Matthew

Sunday, I visited the areas of eastern North Carolina affected by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Particularly hard hit was Princeville, on the banks of the Tar River, 20 miles from Rocky Mount, across the river from Tarboro.

The entire area seems to be poor with many buildings in poor shape, probably unrepaired foundation damage. There are not a lot of small road businesses around in rural areas of the coastal plain.

Kinston was also hard hit.

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(Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:45 PM EDT)

 

Working videos leading to a “DADT III” short film

Here are my first cuts at a “Unified DADT Video” started March 4.

They will address the question of moral compass from the perspective of someone who is different, and will track to the introduction and first three chapters of my DADT-III book (2014), more perspective. There is more background here.

This content will change with time.

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Video 2

Video 3

Video 4 (workshop and backyard baseball)

Here is the template for Part 1, pretty much along the lines of Chapter 1 of the DADT III book.

(Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 2:30 PM EDT)

Nats Park, and the bars

The Washington Nationals returned home from Mars-like Colorado where they dealt a 16-5 playground thrashing of the Rockies Thursday afternoon (while I was at FilmfestDC), so I went to the game last night. Max Scherzer was not shartp, as the New York Mets waited on his fastballs and the catcher drove in 5 runs with two homers.  Ryan Zimmerman hit two homes for the Nats, who almost pulled ou the game in the bottom of the Ninth when Harper grounded into a double play.  Earlier. Micheal Eaton seemed to sprain an ankle running out an infield hit .  At least we hope that’s all there is.  (Note: later reports indicate Eaton is lost for the season.)

A child sitting in a box row in front of me got possession of a foul ball, which I got to touch and photo.

The stadium has a memorial to an incident in the Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013.

Note that you enter and leave the Park behind Center Field.  The compass on my iPhone implies that the playing field must be at only 30 feet elevation.  (Coors Field in Denver is about 5,260).

 

Later, there was a spontaneous Blues concert outside (like “Two Trains Runnin'”).

And there was a military color guard before the national anthem (which could use more interesting harmonization, although when sung a cappella that doesn’t matter).

Afterwards, Town Danceboutique for a Post Cherry party.

(Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 1 PM EDT)