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Cherry Blossom Parade Tomorrow!

Geico Gecko

Don’t forget the Cherry Blossom Parade tomorrow at 10 AM. It’s long before the game, so I expect to see some fans out there waving! The parade goes down Constitution Ave from 7th Street to 17th Street. Look for the Gecko and the redhead in a white ’68 Mustang.

And if you happen to subscribe to Chesapeake Bay Magazine, check out the feature story in the May edition that starts on page 58. There’s even a mention of the Nationals in the article! Hee! I knew I’d tie lighthouses and baseball together somehow.

Plugging My Book

Hey, it’s all the rage amongst bloggers these days, so I have to spam my readers too! Not that my book has anything to do with the content of this site! Still, I think it’s a worthy subject, particularly if you live around here. And of course, it’s a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. Someday maybe I’ll make enough money with photography and blogging to quit my job and work on it full time 🙂 Without dreams, what would we have?! Send money! All net proceeds will go directly into the non-profit’s fund for restoring the Craighill Range lighthouse. It’s $25 with shipping and I’ll even autograph it for you! (Book is $19.99 by itself) [/spam]

Maryland's Lighthouses - book














In Colonial times, as the Chesapeake Bay and larger rivers became vital shipping channels, the need arose to mark Maryland’s dangerous shoals and waterways. Lighthouses sprang up throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, including wood-framed cottages placed upon screw pile foundations that stood offshore in the unforgiving waters. Most of these unique structures did not survive, lost tragically to ice that also occasionally claimed the lives of the keepers who faithfully tended them and rescued mariners in trouble. With the advent of electricity and GPS, many beacons succumbed to vandalism and neglect, leaving a fraction remaining.

Sooooo… what’d I miss?

I didn’t watch today’s game as I was running around. What’d I miss? Anything good? I really wanted to see John Lannan pitch in his first start of the season. Yeah, yeah… I see we lost our 4th in a row.

geico geccoNow I need to go get my car prepped for chaperoning the Geico Gecco in the Cherry Blossom Parade on Saturday! (so hey, if he shows up for the President’s Race in the middle of the 4th, then you know he has a twin!). If you’re not going to the game Saturday, come to the parade and yell if you see us! I fell into this quite by accident. I’ve done parades with the local Mustang club before, even though I’m not an official member. They sent out a request for cars/drivers for the parade and I jumped on the Gecco one (too bad the Prezs aren’t in the parade, but I guess they’ll have gameday duties). No, it’s not the Jeep – we’ll be in a pearl-white ’68 Mustang convertible. (off to buff that scratch from the side….) Hope to see you there!

(Mr. Chatter is making me sell the car immediately after the parade. Something about compounding debt…) This might be the last ride for the old pony and me.

Shameless Self Promotion

My book is available to pre-order on Amazon! Publish date is April 7th! C’mon, you know you want to learn all about local lighthouses! Man, that is so cool to see my name there. A portion of the proceeds are being donated to benefit my lil old sparkplug in the Bay, so it’s for a good cause. If you are interested in more, there will be an article in the next Chesapeake Bay Magazine that features me and my lighthouse quest too. That comes out either at the end of this month or next month – I don’t remember which.

This is a joke, right?

When all else fails, resort to talking about the weather, right?

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
1041 AM EST TUE JAN 15 2008
..SNOW SHOWERS MOVING THROUGH THE REGION…

A BAND OF MODERATE TO BRIEFLY HEAVY SNOW SHOWERS EXTENDING FROM NEAR MARTINSBURG WEST VIRGINIA SOUTH TO GREENE COUNTY VIRGINIA WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE TO THE EAST AROUND 25 MPH. THIS LINE IS EXPECTED TO REACH THE ROUTE 28 CORRIDOR IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA BY 1130 AM. ADDITIONAL SNOW SHOWERS MAY DEVELOP FURTHER EAST TOWARD THE WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE METRO AREAS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS.

THESE SNOW SHOWERS ARE CAPABLE OF COVERING THE ROADS. HEAVIER SQUALLS MAY PRODUCE UP TO A QUICK HALF INCH OF ACCUMULATION IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. VISIBILITIES MAY BE ALSO BE REDUCED BRIEFLY TO A QUARTER MILE.

I checked Capital Weather and the top post says possible snow Thursday, not today, Tuesday! So I was planning on leaving about 12:15 – which looks right about the time we may get hit?