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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay” panorama
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Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | Lockheed P-38J-10-LO Lightning :
In the P-38 Lockheed engineer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson and his team of designers created one of the most successful twin-engine fighters ever flown by any nation. From 1942 to 1945, U. S. Army Air Forces pilots flew P-38s over Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific, and from the frozen Aleutian Islands to the sun-baked deserts of North Africa. Lightning pilots in the Pacific theater downed more Japanese aircraft than pilots flying any other Allied warplane.
Maj. Richard I. Bong, America’s leading fighter ace, flew this P-38J-10-LO on April 16, 1945, at Wright Field, Ohio, to evaluate an experimental method of interconnecting the movement of the throttle and propeller control levers. However, his right engine exploded in flight before he could conduct the experiment.
Transferred from the United States Air Force.
Lockheed Aircraft Company
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Overall: 390 x 1170cm, 6345kg, 1580cm (12ft 9 9/16in. x 38ft 4 5/8in., 13988.2lb., 51ft 10 1/16in.)
Twin-tail boom and twin-engine fighter; tricycle landing gear.
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Boeing’s B-29 Superfortress was the most sophisticated propeller-driven bomber of World War II and the first bomber to house its crew in pressurized compartments. Although designed to fight in the European theater, the B-29 found its niche on the other side of the globe. In the Pacific, B-29s delivered a variety of aerial weapons: conventional bombs, incendiary bombs, mines, and two nuclear weapons.
On August 6, 1945, this Martin-built B-29-45-MO dropped the first atomic weapon used in combat on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, Bockscar (on display at the U.S. Air Force Museum near Dayton, Ohio) dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. Enola Gay flew as the advance weather reconnaissance aircraft that day. A third B-29, The Great Artiste, flew as an observation aircraft on both missions.
Transferred from the United States Air Force.
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Overall: 900 x 3020cm, 32580kg, 4300cm (29ft 6 5/16in. x 99ft 1in., 71825.9lb., 141ft 15/16in.)
Polished overall aluminum finish
Four-engine heavy bomber with semi-monoqoque fuselage and high-aspect ratio wings. Polished aluminum finish overall, standard late-World War II Army Air Forces insignia on wings and aft fuselage and serial number on vertical fin; 509th Composite Group markings painted in black; "Enola Gay" in black, block letters on lower left nose.
accidents with steamships in Bristol
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image above: 2007 MV Balmoral in Cumberland Basin, Bristol Harbour.
(copyright Information Description=MV Balmoral in Cumberland Basin, Bristol Harbour Source=self-made Date=8 Sept 2007 Author= Rodw)
Mv Balmoral was still looking ship shape and Bristol fashion and it was hard to believe that she was indeed 60 years old and had started her life as an Isle of Wight ferry.
Although coal to fuel them pushed up costs, steamers were useful where a short and regular service was needed, such as for the mail or for wealthy passengers. One of the first companies to invest in steamers for the mail service was an Irish stage-coach firm. Later this firm became part of the famous P&O shipping company. These first steamships, which used paddle-wheels, had an advantage over sailing ships because they were not held up when winds were in the wrong direction or if there was no wind at all. They were also very easy to manoeuvre in narrow waters such as canals or rivers.
Britain was a world leader in steamship production.
The early steamers weren’t pure steamships at all, but wooden-hulled hybrids.
There have been several collisions and other accidents with steamships in Bristol.
1850 As the steamship Red Rover waited at the entrance to the Cumberland Lock in the Floating Harbour, it suddenly exploded, sending up a huge cloud of steam. As the steam slowly cleared, a scene of great carnage was revealed to horrified onlookers. The boat carried almost fifty passengers, who were blown skywards, along with fragments of the ship. Now they were in the water, most struggling and screaming, a few ominously still.
Numerous small boats were launched to go to their aid and vehicles were commandeered to transport them to the Infirmary. An inquest was opened the following day at the Commercial Hotel, Hotwells Road.
By the time the proceedings terminated some days later, the dead were listed as William Brewer (41), Charles Keating (26), William Cooper (23), Isaac West, Robert Pavey, Henry Starr (21), Samuel Jefferies (28), Eliza Fulford (28) and her daughters Susan (8) and Mary Ann (6), Thomas Venn (2) and William Nicholas. Several more people were said to be in a hopeless condition.
The last named was the engineer aboard the ill-fated steam ship and witnesses at the inquest stated that, shortly before the explosion, he turned off the safety valve, causing a build-up of steam pressure. However, other witnesses were equally certain that the cause of the explosion was not excess pressure, but a lack of water in the boiler.
The Red Rover was quite an old, slow ship and some felt that it was not fit for use as a passenger ferry. The owner, Mr Anderson, was on board with his wife at the time of the explosion – both survived and Anderson was later to tell the inquest that the boiler had very recently been repaired, although the inquest jury questioned the quality of the repair work. By chance, the ship had been thoroughly inspected by an engineer on behalf of someone who was contemplating buying it and he told the inquest that it seemed in good order.
The inquest jury eventually recorded verdicts of ‘accidental deaths’ on all of the victims, adding that they believed Mr Anderson bore some responsibility for the tragedy. When coroner Mr J.B. Grindon asked if they wanted to return a verdict of manslaughter against Anderson, they unanimously said that they did not.
1898 A fire broke out on board the steamer Xema, which was moored in Bristol Docks, and cabin boy William Hawkins was trapped by the flames. The crew tried to get to him through a porthole and then cut a hole in the deck, but Hawkins had roasted in the furnace-like heat by the time his rescuers reached him. Once the fire was extinguished, the body of another crew member, Daniel Kidney, was found in the steering gear house.
The fire originated in a paraffin storage locker, which was located very close to a steam pipe. At the subsequent inquest, the jury returned two verdicts of ‘accidental death’, recommending that flammable substances should be stored away from steam pipes and commending all those who battled in vain to save sixteen-year-old Hawkins.
1859 The Porto Novo returned from Africa with a cargo of palm oil, bar wood, ebony, coconuts and beeswax. As the ship was being unloaded in Bristol Harbour, labourers James Quick and Robert Muffin accidentally dropped a candle, which ignited some spilled gunpowder in the hold. Both badly burned, they were taken to the General Hospital, while their colleagues set about dealing with the fire resulting from the explosion.
At first it was only a small blaze and the men were confident of extinguishing it. However, as the flames made contact with the highly flammable cargo, the fire burned out of control, defying their efforts to douse it with water. Eventually a message was sent to the fire brigade for assistance. By the time the fire brigade arrived, there was little hope of controlling the conflagration, which was now threatening other ships. Consequently the harbour master gave orders for all surrounding ships to be moved and decided to scuttle the Porto Novo, in the hope of saving some of her cargo.
Holes were cut in the side of the ship but, as well as being highly flammable, her cargo was also very buoyant and she refused to sink. Fed by the palm oil and beeswax, the fire burned so furiously that the entire city was illuminated. Eventually, the fire waned sufficiently for men to cut off the ship’s masts in the hope that this would sink her.
The fire burned for more than twelve hours before it was finally brought under control and the ship was completely destroyed. Although the cargo was insured, the ship itself was only partially covered, resulting in huge financial losses for its African owners.
1855 Hill’s Bridge (aka Bath Bridge), which spanned the canal between Bath Parade and Totterdown, was a large, cast-iron single arch, built by the Colebrookedale Iron Works in 1805. In 1808, a defect in the stonework on which it rested caused its collapse, resulting in several deaths and injuries and, on 20 March 1855, there was another equally serious accident, when a coke barge, John, hit the ironwork.
The bridge quivered violently for a few moments before collapsing, throwing carts, gigs and pedestrians into the canal. Although several people swam to safety, it was thought that many more had drowned, imprisoned in the mass of tangled ironwork.
There was great difficulty in determining the exact number of casualties and fatalities, since nobody knew precisely how many people were on the bridge at the time of the disaster. As an added complication, it was believed that bodies were washed out to sea by the changing tides.
Missing and presumed dead were carter William Bevan and William Cooksley, who was last seen talking to Gwynne Thomas at one end of the bridge. When the barge struck, Cooksley was plunged into the water, while Thomas miraculously remained safe on the side of the bridge. By 11 April, Cooksley’s body was the only one to have been recovered.
At the inquest on his death, held by coroner Mr J.B. Grindon, fourteen of the fifteen jury men were satisfied with a verdict of ‘accidental death’. The fifteenth held out for a charge of ‘culpable negligence’ against barge captain John Domican, who was arrested immediately after the incident. (Domican had always insisted that a strong tide had accidentally pulled the barge into the bridge support.) The coroner accepted the majority verdict and there is no evidence that Domican was ever charged.
1854 Coroner Mr H.S. Wasbrough held an inquest at Bedminster police station on the death of nineteen-year-old Edwin Doddrell. On 29 August, Edwin and his friend Henry William Keey (or Kesy) hired a boat to row around the harbour, as they had done many times before.
As they rowed towards Hotwells, Henry noticed the steamboat, Lincolnshire, apparently moored in the centre of the harbour, but, as the boys drew nearer lie realised that Lincolnshire was moving very slowly towards them. Henry remarked on this to Edwin, telling him to row harder so that they would miss the steamer. Instead of doing so, Edwin stood up in the boat and turned round to look. Henry shouted at him to sit down and row but Edwin lost one of his oars.
Suddenly, the Lincolnshire collided with the rowing boat, tipping both boys into the water. Henry began to swim for shore, losing sight of Edwin.
The Lincolnshire lowered a boat to look for him and a group of boys in a rowing boat joined in the search, but to no avail. As it began to get dark, Henry climbed into the Lincolnshire’s boat and was taken to the water police, who found Edwin’s body at half-past ten that night.
At the inquest, the Captain of the Lincolnshire, William Rees, stated that he had seen something in front of his steamer and sounded his whistle. The rowing boat then steered straight across his bows and, although he immediately went into reverse, it was too late to avoid a collision.
The inquest jury returned a verdict of ‘accidental death’.
1866 As the steam tug Black Eagle towed a Norwegian barge at Hotwells, her boiler suddenly exploded, showering homes on St Vincent’s Parade with debris. Although the damage to property was extensive, there were no lives lost on shore but the five- man crew of the Black Eagle perished in the disaster.
Some persons in the Hotwell Road saw large pieces of the boiler rise to a height above that of the floor of the Suspension Bridge, and afterwards a portion of the boiler weighing 4 cwt. was found in Mr. G. Stacey’s garden, Prince’s Buildings, at an altitude of nearly 300 feet above the deck of the tug. The windows of houses in St. Vincent’s Parade were smashed by the explosion.
The roof of No. 7 was cut through, and the chimney-stacks were knocked over. This house and No. 8 (Mr. Leonard Bruton’s) suffered most damage. A good deal of injury was also done to the dockmaster’s residence, and the wonder was that nobody in or near these houses was hurt.
There were some remarkable escapes. The body of the captain of the Black Eagle (William
Woodman) was immediately found on the bank of the river. There was a large wound in his head. The mate (James Livings) and the engineer (George Ledger) were discovered killed on the boat. Four others were blown into the water and drowned, the body of one of the crew William Huish being picked up in the river at Sea Mills several days after.
The boat was refloated on the third day after the accident. The owner (Mr. Strong, of Cardiff)
was at a loss to account for the explosion. The tug was but five and the boiler only three years old. It had been tested to nearly twice the normal pressure upon it. Bristol engineers suggested that the explosion was due to a sudden inrush of water into an almost empty red-hot boiler. In this way steam would have been generated to an amount that no safety-valve could take off.
At the coroner’s inquest the Chief Engineer to the Board of Trade (Mr. Galloway) was present, and he favoured the theory that a sudden increase of steam caused the explosion. This, of course, was an accident in no way reflecting on the safety of the port.
The bodies of William Huish, Daniel Woodman, George Ledger and James Livings were recovered and, at the time of Huish’s inquest, the body of the fifth crew member was still missing. (It was also rumoured that a woman and child had been on board at the time of the explosion.) The sole survivor of the disaster was a small black and tan terrier, who swam to the Somerset bank of the Avon.
It was the second boiler explosion on the boat, the previous one near Cardiff in 1859 resulting in the deaths of eight crew members. Thus the boiler was relatively new and, although many theories were advanced, the cause of the explosion was never conclusively determined.
On November 10th, 1851, the Demerara was wrecked in the Avon through careless navigation. She was a new paddle steamer just turned out of the hands of Mr. William Patterson, in whose yard the Great Western had been built. The Demerara was the largest ship, save the Great Britain, that up to that time had left stocks, her registered tonnage being about three thousand. She had been built to the order of the West India Mail Steamship Company, and was launched on September 27th.
On the day of the disaster she left Cumberland Basin in tow of a Glasgow tug to go to the Clyde to be fitted with engines. She was late on the tide, which had begun to ebb. The tug was started at the dangerously high speed of seven or eight miles an hour, in the hope of making up for lost tide.
Mr. Patterson, who was aboard the Demerara, was alarmed, and spoke urgently to the pilot. Speed was then reduced, but not sufficiently, and soon after passing the Round Point the bow of the new boat heavily struck the rocks on the Gloucestershire bank. The strong ebb tide swung the ship across the Avon. The tide left her, and she settled down, rivets starting and the deck twisting.
Here was not only damage to the ship, but a blocking of the port as effectual as any that had occurred during the past century or two. Therefore almost superhuman salvage efforts were made on the next tide, and the ship was eventually removed to the side of the river, in front of Egelstaff’s quarry, so that the navigation was free.
This was done " at night," says Latimer, " amidst the blaze of tar barrels and torches, presenting a remarkable spectacle to thousands of persons who had assembled " to watch the proceedings of the large body of workmen engaged.
It was thought to repair the ship where she lay, but unhappily she was not properly secured, and about an hour later she broke from her moorings, and was again carried across the river, where she lay until the morning tide, and suffered more damage.
Eventually she was refloated, and was taken back to dock. Exaggerated reports of the damage were widespread. The ship, insured for her full cost (48,000), was abandoned by underwriters as a total wreck, value 15,000. She was, however, repaired, sold on July 13th for 5,600, and again in September, 1859, for 200 less. By that time she had become the British Empire, being converted into a sailing ship. In June, 1858, Mr. Patterson was obliged to consult his creditors, and it was then stated that he had lost 5,900 by the Demerara, in addition to heavy losses on other ships he had built. Mr. Patterson had world-wide fame as the builder of such ships as the Great Western, the Great Britain and Severn (for the Oriental Co.), the Royal Charter and the Demerara itself. He also built the first of the naval steamers, the Dasher ; and many gunboats and mortar-boats. He had a share of the orders for gunboats given out hurriedly by the Government for use in the Crimean War. The Earnest, Escort, Hardy, Havoc, and Highlander were built in Mr. Patterson’s and Messrs. Charles Hill & Sons’ yards at that time.
And while some contractors elsewhere turned out rotten boats, those built at Bristol were fully up to specification. Material and labour, However, rose in price, and it was said at the time of his failure that Mr. Patterson had since 1850 lost 21,000 by building gunboats. The total liabilities were 8,498, of which 5,177 were unsecured. The Demerara’s figure-head, " the left-handed giant," as it has been called, from the manner in which it is holding its spear, stands on a bracket outside a corner house in Quay Street, and has been preserved there for many years.
German steamer, Kron Prinz, on Wednesday, April 1st, 1874
But the next to be recorded was one which again seriously damaged the reputation of Bristol in that respect for a long time. This was the wreck of the German steamer, Kron Prinz, on Wednesday, April 1st, 1874, and occurring as it did soon after a large sum had been spent on works of river improvement, sanctioned by the Corporation’s Act of 1865, the mishap was particularly annoying to the Docks Committee and their officers. There was a natural disposition to attribute it to a want of caution on the part of those in charge of the ship, which, it was said, should have had a second tug.
The Kron Prinz was from Sulina, with 7,000 quarters of barley for Messrs. R. & H. Adams, and came up the river at high water. When near the Horseshoe Point she struck the right bank, and could not be moved. She lay a few hundred yards below Sea Mills Station, and, fortunately, in a position that did not block the river. But it was not until Tuesday morning, April 21st, three weeks after going aground, that the vessel could be refloated. About half her cargo was immediately washed out by the action of the tide, and afterwards, to lighten the ship, many men were engaged in removing the rest of the grain, which had become mixed with mud as the result of successive tides going over the hull.
The river bank was strewn with barley for a considerable distance. At midnight on the 20th April a large gang of men from Messrs. Charles Hill and Sons’ shipbuilding yard, Wapping, under the direction of Mr. W. Patterson, the firm’s acting manager, left Cumberland Basin to make a final effort to refloat the ship. Great preparations had been made on board. The hatches were caulked down, the masts and funnel removed, and huge hawsers had been fixed, reaching high up over the railway into Shirehampton Park. Several tugs were at hand, and in all about 120 shipwrights, riggers and labourers were engaged. After several hours’ laborious work, and with the help of the tide, the ship was righted, and slid down into the bed of the river.
There had been daily crowds of people to see the wreck, but when she was floated many thousands of spectators visited the river banks. Numbers looked on from the Suspension Bridge, and one of these, in a communication to the Times and Mirror, said he saw the Demerara across the river, but the sight was not so dreary as that of the dismantled Kron Prinz, because, although the Demerara broke her back, she remained almost upright, and therefore suggested hope, " but for the floating and denuded hulk, side uppermost, and shorn of all its accessories that suggested life, upon which I looked down from the Suspension Bridge, there was no hope." The damage was estimated at £34,000.
(scource Bristol Records Office. Bristol Journal, Bristol Mercury, The Times, Western Mail, A Grim Almanac of Bristol by Nicola Sly The History Press)
Bristol Channel Shipping Accidents
LOL… is this an Explore/Scout April Fool’s Joke?
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1. Shoe shopping really is a tough exercise for Sarah. Years of shunning girlyness really comes back to haunt you when presented with those ridiculously small sandal buckles., 2. While waiting for the train Sarah broke into toe stretches to get ready for the day of walking barefoot. My pedometer averaged 8 miles plus per day. My feet hurt just typing that., 3. Sarah contemplates the questionable choices she’s made in life: investing in rare comic book posters instead of the market, eating that truck stop vending machine egg salad sandwich, dating a guy who takes pictures during dinner…, 4. The look I get each time I innocently joke that I may have traded our convention passes for tickets to Six Flags. Sarah has NO sense of humor about those things., 5. "Uh yeah hi, is my stylist in? Great, could you ask her if ‘mango cherry breeze’ or ‘island mist essence’ would be better for my hair?", 6. So easy to use, even a bodiless pair of shins and feet can do it! You could save 15 hours or more with Roomba., 7. Sarah swinging at her old elementary school. She suddenly stopped when she realized she chased down and beat-up her kindergarten crush in that grass and dirt. I wish I could say times have changed…, 8. Sales people on Wednesday night: "Welcome to ‘Shirts ‘R Us! How can I help you?!?" Sunday night: "No we don’t have that in small. Ask me again and I’ll strangle you with this metal hanger.",
9. I give Sarah the camera, thinking maybe she’ll take picture of me. Nope, one picture of her feet on the dashboard then hits the power button. Flickr would be a much different place if Sarah was contagious!, 10. Note that the "Heavenly glow" is not an out of focus, over exposure, over processing on my old camera’s part, rather a metaphysical expression of Sarah’s joy at finding the self she needs to expand her Transformer’s collection., 11. Wrapping Christmas presents is a serious operation. This is generally as close as I want to get to the action. Not because I’m lazy. But because one wrong move and I could find myself under the tree with a bow on my head…., 12. To throw her enemies off her track, Sarah often changes her hair color with a mere thought., 13. "The dress looks sexy Hon. Shall I go ahead and clear out some room in my pockets for your keys and wallet?", 14. Ok… you have GOT to hear the story of why my Girlfriend is dancing. I can’t give it up here, she’s too shy for me to say it. So you’ll have to click on the picture and read the full description for the story. But it involves Sarah,…, 15. Dating Tip #37: When your girlfriend comes into your office, kicks off her flip-flop, puts her foot up on your lapboard, and randomly says "So, what’s up?" There is a pretty good chance she isn’t just making conversation., 16. There is no case of my sore feet that Sarah can’t help out by making me take 4 flights of stairs. I know, she walked around the convention for the whole week barefoot and I’m complaining… but hey… it is just what I do!,
17. NOW IN 3D! “The last thing Sarah’s punching bag sees before it is kicked to the ground” Playing in selected cities this summer., 18. I know what this looks like, but Sarah is not in fact physically repelled by kitchenware., 19. This is either the most boring game of Chicken known to dog or the most improbable "staring game" ever played., 20. "What do you mean you want to hang something on the walls?!? You never mentioned that when we first met! You should have said something before now!", 21. They really shouldn’t put those mini power polls so close to a swing set. When people like my girlfriend swing barefoot splinter danger is at an all-time high. She finally learned her lesson though.=), 22. Bottle opening continues. Does this look like a road construction crew to anyone?, 23. A date w/ a geek 03: In my continuing series of observations on the opposite sex I have to point out the "Winter on the top, summer with the feet" approach to Sarah’s attire. You think THIS is weird, try laying under a blanket with her!, 24. I think the secret is out… She wore her 80s TMNT hoodie to my parent’s house. My family knows I’m dating a geek.=),
25. "Welcome back to Wheel of Fortune. The category is ‘Before and After.’" "Pat, I’d like to solve the puzzle: ‘Bare Foot Ball’", 26. The start of a "small" water change. A big one before the hurricane was more like 30 buckets. It is a wonder Sarah and I didn’t look like He-Man action figures just from lugging buckets., 27. You might want to sit down for this. I have several pictures of Sarah wearing both a skirt AND pantyhose! Still no purse, bra, or makeup… but she gets girl points for that right?=), 28. More evidence for why I should have been kept away from Aperture Priority and different F stops before I got a DSLR., 29. Frustrated with English, Sarah breaks into a mime routine to remind me to take out the trash., 30. My girlfriend uses her super powers to mess with my camera more than fight for truth, justice, and the American way. In this case she chose to phase in right by me as I took this shot., 31. So it costs 5 bucks for a large bottle of water at a football game in a town with a dramatic EXCESS of water at least once a year. By that standard, how much would stadium water cost in a desert?, 32. Sarah frowns when she realizes all the really GOOD toys are on the top shelf. Oh the joys of being three and a half feet tall. I guess going barefoot all the time doesn’t help either…,
33. Are 1980s brown loafers REALLY back in style now? Wow… you learn so much from visiting a college campus. I am NOT getting my Members Only Jacket back out of storage. NO! BAD FASHION DESIGNERS!, 34. "Hey Chuck… this broad wants a super hero shirt… do we have any of those in the back?", 35. She’s lost in thought; I’m lost on the map!, 36. Rare footage of a geek/tom boy at the Houston Galleria parking garage. Her species is usually repelled by girl things like shopping. This is indeed a truly rare capture!, 37. *SIGH* Sarah sure spends a lot of time getting pedicures. Something tells me mud and gook are part of the cause for that!, 38. Sarah calmly explains the details of Oan Power Batteries and the Green Lantern Corps. I don’t think anyone at these parties knows she is a geek. I mean… how would they know? Really?, 39. Sarah getting Rock Band ready to go. She would have been much quicker with this, but she was a bit thrown off by the pinkish Wii-mote cover. Pink is her kryptonite., 40. Walking down the sidewalk on our way home from getting the pizza.,
41. As usual the dogs go to Sarah for comfort and relief from their costumes. Is this the same phenomena as hostages bonding with their captors? One more question for dog psychologists to tackle., 42. You know you are officially a couple when your girlfriend comes over to help you move into a new apartment…. not to be nice or to help out, but to make sure you leave enough room on your shelves for her stuff!, 43. A date w/ a geek 02: When you are going out on a date with a geek, you can’t leave for a night out without checking email. SEXY! Geek girlfriend…=), 44. A shot of Sarah I and leaving to run some errands, her begrudgingly allowing a photo, while I fumble for my car keys. We live a complicated life, particularly in terms of sentence structure., 45. Hm… three dogs are sitting in a row as commanded… must be pancake time., 46. Even with her mom walking right beside her, Sarah callously steps on a crack and breaks her mother’s back. She is SOOO inconsiderate!, 47. I thought I might have to reboot her. She just kept staring at herself in those sandals. Guess she’s not used to being tall. The air IS thinner up here., 48. Known for her patience with frustrating tasks, Sarah is often put on bottle opening duty. That went well!,
49. How many girlfriends would let all these model kit parts, paint, and tools stay on the kitchen table like this? Uh… maybe this one since it is HERS! I think I should get to move more of my bachelor pad stuff in from the garage., 50. And so it beings anew… The mad rush to collect all 5 covers of the 1983 special edition Batman comic., 51. Sarah putting on a brave face during last minute Christmas shopping a few years ago. Really… she did great. Only two people died and JC Penny finally lifted the ban on her concealed sword. Life is good., 52. Girls are weird. This was shot last November (probably pretty cold out). Sarah is wearing like 5 layers of shirts on top, but she has on shorts and is barefoot. How is it that much warmer below her hips?!?, 53. Sarah doing her impression of a hood ornament. It is either that or the scene in Titanic at the front of the ship. Either way, she’s doing her majestic posing best!, 54. Khaos is pretty sure the leash wants to eat her. Meanwhile, for the first time, Pokey discovers Sarah paints her toe nails. Getting ready for a walk is complicated when you are a dog., 55. She got a flat tire., 56. Not shockingly the geek crowd doesn’t really make use of the smoking porches. But they do make a good place for a quieter phone call spot.,
57. Still annoyed from our football team’s performance the day before, Sarah started randomly demonstrating the proper procedure for signaling a "fair catch.", 58. Legend has it that Elvis Presley wrote "Blue suede shoes" because men would notice they were standing next to him at urinals in public bathrooms. They would turn to say something and forget what they were doing…, 59. Sarah might be able to survive on cherries and cold cereal alone., 60. "Hon, I know your glasses make you look nerdy, but you’re not even CLOSE to that pin!", 61. As with the busses, on certain Saturdays in College Station, all crowds point to one destination. Well, assuming those crowds are dressed somewhat the same way as us., 62. This is a game!, 63. When your tastes lean toward comic books and other "boy" things, you have to get creative when shopping for shirts. But rather than learning to sew and screen-print, Sarah spends a lot of time in the boy’s section of the store., 64. Dirty feet are an obvious outcome of going barefoot all day. A surprising outcome: how much Sarah likes to terrorize me by randomly touching me with her feet. My girlfriend is an odd bird…,
65. Restaurant tables really should come with camera tri-pods installed. This self portrait sort of looks like I’m trying to get someone else into the picture., 66. “This is going to be one of those weeks at work… do you think people would be able to smell tequila through this lid?”, 67. Sarah before an Aggie football game. She’s a non-conformist. See? She’s NOT wearing maroon pants!, 68. It is a long walk to the nosebleed section of Kyle Field. We only made it because we traded for a bottle of oxygen at the first base camp (located just below the first deck ramp)., 69. "Hey Charlie, what is that up there?" "No idea Zoe, but I want it." "Me too, now how do we get it?" "Not sure, it’s pretty high. Let’s give the humans puppy dog eyes." "WHAT? No way, KITTEN eyes!" "Puppy dog eyes!", 70. The boot-up cycle for this model of girlfriend is quite slow. There is a full minute of silent blinking. That is followed by 4 or 5 minutes of aimless walking around/bumping into things., 71. "Measure twice, cut onc… wait, MEASURE?!?" Yeah… Sarah is more of a "wing it" kind of girl., 72. It really doesn’t matter what position they are in, or what they are doing. A Cavalier is always willing to look up and pose. Now… how do I train Sarah to do that…
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