Project 313 – Post No. 281

I had mentioned I would link some of my writing . . . and then I didn’t . . . until now. HERE. This is the first of two. 

And now, the photo:

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Well . . . that turned out impressive, I tell you what!

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Correction – My previous post

I made a mistake in posting the last update . . . I had copied a post and forgot to change the title before posting it. 

Rather than have two different posts with the same titles, I renamed the post and changed the link. 

This is the correct post:

https://dispersertracks.com/2019/01/18/panama-canal-cruise-2019-the-panama-crossing/

Even if you click on the “wrong” post, you’ll end up there, but it may be confusing. Or, this post is confusing. 

Regardless, don’t be confused; just read the post however you get there. 

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Panama Canal Cruise 2019 — The Panama Crossing

I was going to continue with the progression of cruise days but decided to jump ahead to the main reason for doing this particular cruise. 

It’s not visiting all these places or exploring different cultures or even claiming any particular land as conquered. 

It was to see the Panama Canal. 

Before this cruise started, we had agreed on the “no excursions” plan. The reason is that while sometimes a decent way to see stuff, excursions can be a bit hit-and-miss. Central to the “miss” portion is the fact you’re on excursions with many other people. Rude people. Uninteresting people. Self-centered “maleducati” devoid of consideration for others. However, we fell for the siren song of this excursion (click for larger version). 

I mean, you’d think that’s the experience of a lifetime. 

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Project 313 – Post No. 280

There was a year (or maybe two) when the Thunderbirds were grounded because politicians are assholes. Luckily, other pilots stepped up for the USAFA graduation ceremonies. You can read about it HERE.

Those photos were taken with my big 80-400mm telephoto lens. They were quite the distance away, but I think the lens performed admirably in capturing them. 

And now, the photo:

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Most well-known teapots are made elsewhere (England, France, Germany and so on). This one is US made. It may not show it, but it’s brown with yellow/orange trim. 

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Project 313 – Post No. 279

The third installment of the Musem of Flight is HERE.

In case people are wondering, I’m cranking these out way ahead of time. I’m hoping rushing through these won’t affect the quality of the posts . . . I like to maintain a mediocre to low status; any surge in quality is purely accidental and will be immediately rectified.

And now, the photo:

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Until you start collecting stuff, you don’t realize how much of any one thing is out there. Once you get interested in something, you’ll notice them pretty much anywhere you go and no matter what you do. Such was the case with collecting teapots and teacups. 

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Project 313 – Post No. 278

For them who haven’t peeked ahead, HERE‘s the second post covering my visit to the Museum of Flight. 

I link all of these old posts but I know full well the only people even remotely likely to click on those links are people who have already seen those posts because they are regular readers and regularly comment. Everyone else is too busy to do much more than glance at something in between biting down on their falafel while scrolling through their e-mails and tracking their Twitter feed for the latest Trumpism. 

And now, the photo:

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The design of that teapot made it look like the pot was born to pour liquid for a living. You can almost imagine it tilting to the left and amber elixir pouring out of the spout. The pot itself was fairly worn, but a judicial application of Topaz effects returns it to its former glory.

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Panama Canal Cruise 2019 — The Third Day

I’ve been working on this post for a few hours and I’m no closer to posting it than when I started. Stuff freezes, photos won’t load, and links won’t take hold.  

This is more like the Internet service I remember on prior cruises. On the Alaska cruise, I didn’t even bother with the ship’s offerings because all but one of the ports of call were US cities and I made use of the excellent Verizon service. 

And, the first few days on this cruise, the Internet was pretty good for e-mail and stuff. It’s now just an exercise in frustration. 

Keeping with the assumption people want to know about Cruise food, that’s one of my meals. Broiled fish, two types of potatoes, a baked and stuffed salmon wrap, shrimps, and a soft bun with butter.  

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