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Roadskater.net Photos Revolved: Faster, Better, Fetching Views of the People, Days and Places That Brightened My Life

A few years ago I had to shake things up as the old joys were no more....at least for a while. Thanks to three lovely young skater friendgirls, I started skating, and it turned out I was quickly more addicted than they were.  The Year of Skating Dangerously saved my joy. To honor that time, I present: http://roadskater.net/rsn/photos/index.htm .

I was looking to create something other than what I had tried before, which had all dried up. So I bought a cheap digital camera and decided I would take photos and edit them and post them mostly without comment (hard for me!). The collection grew to 31,000 photos! Before September 11, airline flights were cheaper than the gasoline to drive some places. I had free places to land on floors. I went. I took photos. I edited them. 

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Hurricane Irene: Cone of Uncertainty, Hurricane Tracker, Storm Surge

I feel compelled to air some thoughts about the current hurricane threat, and to throw in some useful links. I'm sure anybody in the path of Hurricane Irene knows  where to go for the latest satellite, radar and projections. I'm hoping they are also giving a great deal of thought to a Storm Plan, in case things get rough. 

Of interest with Hurricane Irene are the Northeast States, if only for their dense populations. As with NOAA's SPC and the deadly Missouri-Alabama-Tennessee tornado outbreak in April this year, the NOAA National Hurricane Center has been pretty sure about this particular storm's trajectory now for the past 3 days. Perhaps that's the nature of the East Coast storms, as opposed to those in the Gulf of Mexico. It seems to be clear to those monitoring the tropics by the time a storm has approached the Bahamas, as to whether it's going to head out to sea, or make for the US coast. 

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Washington Area Roadskaters Can Show You Some Inline Skating Fun All Around DC, Maryland and Virginia

These guys have a great group, a fine email list (yes they still exist and serve a nice niche), and they do lots of free skate-ups. I am really glad to see they got a nice write-up with some visibility for their happy efforts. If you're going to DC, you really should bring your skates and get hooked up with these guys for some rollaround time. With a backpack for your skates an a pair of shoes, you can go far on your own, but drop that stuff in the room and cruise with WAR for some roadskating thrills and probably some hills. 

SkateDC is a free and fun skate weekend where the roadskaters host rollers from out of town. It's a good time for skaters, and their families can find plenty to do around DC in May (when it is usually held). If you're into racing, I believe they still do the Skate of the Union (coming up soon I believe), where they take over the driving course for a local law enforcement agency to do laps on the track. 

Location

White House at Lafayette Square
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
38° 53' 55.554" N, 77° 2' 11.6232" W
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K2 Radical 90 or 100 or Other Inline Skates, Plus Wheel Size and Frame Placement Tips, Blisters, Pain, Pronation, Supination

Someone on a semi-private internet email list (is there such a thing?) asked a question I thought was well-asked, and I wanted to answer it for them, and for everyone out there who might be thinking about inline skating but doesn't know what to think about all the choices.

Here are the main points of the question, or the ones I wanted to address...

Locations

Silver Hill Road
Stone Mountain, Georgia
United States
33° 49' 30.9576" N, 84° 9' 52.3944" W
Stonewall Jacson Drive Stone Mountain, Georgia
United States
33° 47' 43.5444" N, 84° 7' 56.4456" W
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Fresh Snow, Dreams Deferred, Two Young Friends of Decades Past, President Obama, the United States, and the Inauguration of 2009

After some days of often solitary study, testing, learning, failures and some successes (think Ubuntu Server, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Nginx, lighttpd, Memcache, Varnish, Squid, Alternative PHP Cache), I drifted to sleep as though it were the night before Christmas. Would there be snow? Would there be joy? So I awoke early on Inauguration Day 2009 with anticipation, and yes, my world had been treated to a fresh forgiveness of snow outside.

Location

United States Capitol Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
38° 53' 23.334" N, 77° 0' 35.8164" W
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Skate DC Weekend: Washington Area Roadskaters (WAR) Free Inline Skating Roadskating Festival

2008.05.09 7:00 pm
2008.05.11 4:00 pm
US/Eastern

Location

Beacon Hotel
1615 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20036
United States
Phone: 800-821-4367
38° 54' 24.2748" N, 77° 2' 16.7172" W

Eddy Matzger Roadshow in Washington DC Area

2008.05.30 7:00 pm
2008.06.01 5:00 pm
Etc/GMT-5
 
Spring is really here so it's time to stop thinking about signing up for Eddy Matzger's Roadshow workshop and actually do it. The Roadshow will be in the DC area the weekend of May 30 - June 1which is NOT Memorial Day weekend. For details see  the web site or contact me off list (patchc@mindspring.com)

Location

Washington DC Metro Area McLean, VA
United States
Phone: (727) 458-4420
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USA CPSC and Specialized Recall Model 2D Skate/Bike Helmet (Bicycling/Inline Skating)

If you've seen that Specialized helmet that looks like is has a shark's mouth on the front, you may want to mention to the person who owns it that they should consider getting a free refund or replacement from the company, and that even if they don't do that, to seriously consider not using it any more.

If you don't know what helmet I mean by my description, check for the model 2D written on the rear contours above the ZED in SPECIALIZED. This item is from fuzidave on the Pegasus list and thanks to him for that.

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Joey Cheek Keeps On Fighting for Darfur

Latest news on Olympic speedskater Joey Cheek: Having collected 42,000 signatures on petitions calling for China, Sudan's largest international trading partner, to help in putting an end to the genocide taking place in Darfur, he personally delivered the petitions on July 25th to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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