I should’a taken that left in Albuquerque (Updated 8/16/13 Pg13)

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  1. afwdwfan

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    Your bonus feature about a ship in the dessert had better be at least as good, if not better than this movie about a ship in the dessert...
     
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  3. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    Hummmm, I’ve seen “Sahara” before, but I’m talking about the classic Bogart film that originally held the name…


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    The one you’re on about I’ve not seen …



    until now.


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    The more I think about it, the more outlandish this thing could become…

    First off, you do realize that the purpose of a Bonuses Feature it to punish you for foolishly reading along in the first place… right?

    Secondly, you’re also aware that while history, anthropology and archeology can (at times) be quite interesting, these subjects do tend to suffer from a rather obvious lack spontaneous explosions…


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    and cameo appearances…


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    by Penelope Cruz… right?


    Now how do I merge a B-Grade Action picture (yes… it’s entertaining, but still B-Grade) with a story of real ships that are actually lost in several deserts?


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    And get into just how or why these anomalies came to be (and the implication that it could have for us).


    Hummmm…


    Tell ya’ what.

    I’ll go ahead and put up the end of the current chapter (just so y’all will have something to attack, assault and otherwise brutalize) and then I’ll try to figure this mess out. This Bonus my just end up becoming an entire chapter (and the next chapter “normal” chapter of the TR already has ships in it to begin with).



    Now see what ya’ went and done.
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  4. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    Chapter 2: With Arms Wide Open





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    Part 4: Descending the Schmatterhorn ​





    When one climbs to great heights, sooner or later one must descend from that lofty precipice. This metaphor is applicable to nearly every human experience be it physical, emotional or even spiritual. Great novels have been have been driven by this realization…

    This ain’t one of ‘em.


    Go on ahead… take your shots.
    I’ll wait.

    It’s not often that I “purposely” set y’all up like that…


    Ya’ done yet?



    Ok then… as I was saying, sometimes the descent to be reckoned with is smooth and graceful, sometimes it more of a terror filled freefall.


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    But the certainty is that at some point, you will have to return to the realm from which you came. Full disclosure: there will be no terror to deal with in this part of the story (boring for you, good for me). What we’re dealing with here is simply the descent part of the metaphor. The decent back through and down the Appalachians… back toward the lower elevations of the southeastern piedmont… back toward home.




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    Wild Blue Yonder





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    The kids were going to be staying in Dayton for another day to see the finals for the World Class groups (college level… very advanced stuff… very entertaining… really.). As such, they weren’t headed back home till the next day. We had already seen better then a hundred performances by now and figured that if we did our traveling today, we’d have Sunday to recover before going back to hel… errrr…. I mean: work. The decision was bolstered by the fact that tickets for that day were pretty pricey for non-performers and we’d already paid to see the prelims, semis and finals for the high school classes.

    We were looking at about eight hours worth of travel time, but so long as we got moving by say… 1:00, we’d still be home around 9pm. That meant that we could get into something else first. Something like this…


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    The National Museum of the Air Force at Write-Patterson AFB.


    Amongst the various things going for this choice (besides that it’s just too cool to be ignored), are the proximity to where I was standing and the free admission. This is a massive facility and if you really want to take in the whole thing at once, you probably ought to give yourself a full day. Since I didn’t want to terry quite that long, we only got to see part of it. That being the case, I decided to start at the beginning (historically speaking)…
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    The museum separates the exhibits by era. Obviously those last few images were form the “Early Years Gallery”. There is considerably more to look at and learn about then just the aircraft. Individuals are profiled, vast amounts of memorabilia and artifacts are displayed, there is even a section dedicated to understanding the Holocaust…


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    One of the more interesting total galleries is the one devoted to the Second World War. So much more has been written, filmed and discussed about that era that most of the exhibits you see will seem very familiar…


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    On the right side of that last (slightly fuzzy) image is one of the more famous relics to inhabit this particular space.


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    Specifically, that is a Boeing B-29 Superfortress. More Specifically, it’s B-29 No. 44-27297; one of only two similar aircraft that were actually ordered to unleash a device that looked like this…


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    That is a mock up of “Fat Man”; the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan in the summer of 1945. The other plane to have this unique significance is on displayed in Reston, Virginia. I’ve actually seen both of them. I must say that both encounters were a little bit unsettling. Just something about knowing that this wasn’t just a picture or words on a page. This was history… with every bit of myth, legend, baggage, and ramification that goes with such an event.


    On a much lighter note…

    We even found something Disney!

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    An exhibit discussing the artwork that Walt’s studios did through out the conflict. It is said that they filled every design request for a patch, insignia or decorative artwork and never charged a penny for the service. They also did training and entertainment films for the service branches and it was those projects that kept the studio afloat.


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    We saw a great deal more that morning, but still didn’t get into any of the more modern galleries. I’ll just have to go back at some point to catch the craft from the jet age, cold war and the more modern high-tech and stealthy exhibits. I did a bit of research and came up with a few examples of what else can be found in this extensive collection…


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    Another interesting spot is the Missile & Space & Gallery,
    which includes the Apollo 15 command module: “Endeavour”.




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    Hate I missed that one…







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    We Got the Weenies




    It was getting toward midday and we needed to get on the road. If I stayed at the museum much longer, I’d need to shell out another days worth of hotel fees. The weather had also caught up to us by now and it was surprisingly cold for April. It had been very pleasant until now, but a cold rain was moving into the area. Time to get moving and try to out run that nastiness. Besides… there was one more place we wanted to stop that day.

    This place…


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    OK… what’s that supposed to be?


    Patience kohai… Patience…




    The drive back across southern Ohio was spent in and out of the rain that was chasing us eastward. We’d gotten a good bit ahead of the front by the time US-35 started climbing into the Appalachians though. Once back across the Ohio River into West Virginia, it was time to make another right turn away from the original route. WV Route-2 follows the east bank of the river down toward the Huntington area. On the way is passes through a small hamlet called Lesage. Just a smidgen south of there is this little spot on the map…


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    Welcome to Hillbilly Hotdogs

    These folks are locally famous for their advertising slogan: “We Got the Weenies” (which even has it’s own song) and for a couple of “Challenge” Menu Options (which I’ll get into later). At first glance, what we’ve got here (at least on the outside) is just about every possible knick-knack and jim-crack that fits into the stereotype of hillbilly…


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    But once you go through this here door (and if you make the mistake of grabbing that door handle to do it, you won’t be gettin’ in)…


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    Like I said, once through the door… well… you’re still in the middle of a bad stereotype (but with a good purpose). It’s basically a barely weatherproof shack built onto the side of three derelict school busses. The busses serve as dining rooms for what comes out of the kitchen at the far end of the shack. What comes out of said kitchen should be ridiculously obvious by now. Stuff like this…


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    That was my first course of a “Hillbilly Dog”. Defined as a “Deep fried beef weenie with homemade chili sauce, mustard and onions”, but I had them toss some cheese on it as well (because it just seemed like the thing to do). This was mighty fine eating. Easily one of the best hotdogs I’ve had outside of a ballpark (and those are really only as good because of where you are and not what you’re eating.).

    Accompanying the weenie is a serving of the Chili-Cheese Fries that we decided to split between us (also right tasty). The second course of the day however was actually the hit on the menu (as far as I was concerned). Introducing…

    Mettwurst


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    This was new to me but looked like it needed trying. According to the menu (which you can find a copy of right here

    Their “Mettwurst Dog” is a “hot spicy sauteed Mett with onions, nacho cheese and peppers on a toasted bun. Great with mustard and kraut”.

    Spicy? A bit… It had a good bite about it…

    Tasty? Do bears sh… Errrr… I mean… Heck yah!

    I’ll be makin’ a detour for this bit of sausage anytime I find myself in the area. You can count on that. I may have to get the fried bologna sandwich next time as well.

    Now, I discovered this little sideshow by perusing my favorite traveling dinner resource…


    Roadfood.com


    But, this joint has actually shown up on a couple of the popular “Food Shows” (I just didn’t know it at the time). What got them that kind of attention was actually something called a “Homewrecker”. This option on the menu is a hotdog that’s purported to be: “15 inches long and contains three and a half pounds of deep fried sausage and a deep fried one pound weenie topped with sautéed peppers and onion, two kinds of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, spicy sauce, mustard, ketchup and creamy slaw."

    You clear the whole thing off your plate and into your belly in 12 minutes; you get a t-shirt and braggin' rights. Otherwise, you’re payin’ for it. Actually… you’ll probably be “paying” for it either way.

    If you’re just not in the mood for a gluttons banquette of fried sausage, bun and toppings though, they also have several burgers. Feeling real adventurous… try the five-pound “Single-wide” or the ten-pound “Double-wide” (which includes five more pounds of custom-made bun, American cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise).


    If’n you’re so inclined that is…




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    The Final Descent





    Completely sated now, it was time to get back on the road. The rest of the trip was rather uneventful other then that you can see for miles off into the distance when you’re coming down the mountains…


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    That picture really doesn’t do the view justice. I’m pretty sure we could see across Virginia and into NC at this point. A little farther down the road we ran smack into the side of a mountain…


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    And came out on the other side in Virginia… where the rain finally caught back up with us. Between that and the setting sun, there wasn’t much else to see. The drive down I-77 through North Carolina lacks grand vistas anyway, so it’s just as well. A couple of hours latter and we were back home.

    I love to go out into the world, but I also like coming back to a warm comfortable place that belongs to no one but us. It’s also good to sleep in your own bead again. That’s one thing I miss when traveling. Certainly not the sameness of my work a day life, but defiantly the predictability of a decent night’s sleep.


    There is one other issue that came up as I was putting this chapter together; a small matter of equity. Remember I said that nobody in my house likes to have their picture taken? We’ll you may also remember that I succeeded in getting a couple of pictures of everyone but myself into parts of this chapter. It has come to my attention that I need to pay them back for that sacrifice. So… against my better judgment… and with apologies to those of you reading along…

    (This is where you really need to close you eyes and press “Alt-F4” on the keyboard)

    here’s a little bit of payback…


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    Lord that’s one ugly cuss…

    (but it does prove that I was actually on the bus)






    Next up: A new chapter…

    A new trip…

    And I make good on a threat that I made earlier,
    so you may want to skip over this next one.

     
  5. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    I meant to take some mean spirited jabs at you, but just didn't quite make it that far today. I'm sure I won't have time tomorrow either, but don't worry, it won't be because I'm busy at work. I'll be enjoying a day away from the office. :thumbsup2 :rotfl2:
     
  6. KatMark

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    Nice update, Rob.

    Although not a big fan of the type of stuff you saw in the museum, I am sure I'd be interested in the World War II stuff as my dad was in World War II.

    Oh my...I got a stomachache just looking at that food. Yummy it looks...but oh so unhealthy for me. :lmao::lmao:

    And that is not an ugly cuss...and you look quite pleased with what is before you.
     
  7. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    That right there is just about the most mean spirited thing you could have said. Anything else would be but a pale shadow of an insult…

    Today, my nemesis wins. :(


    Curse you sir… curse you. :furious:


    Thanks Kat. What service and theaters did your dad serve in?
    A lot of what interests me will bore most folks beyond tears.
    That is one pit fall of reading my drivel.

    As for the food… nope, it ain’t good four you.
    But it was awful good. There will be more good “bad” food coming up in future chapters. If you're gong to be out and about, you ought to at least enjoy a great bad meal or two.

    (and , you/re right… I was pleased, nut I’m still ugly :scared:)
     
  8. Captain_Oblivious

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    Interest...fading...:rotfl2:


    In that case, let's re-visit that spontaneous explosion idea.

    Now why'd you have to go and bring that up?

    Cool! Hadn't heard of this one before. Looks similar to Udvar-Hazy.

    I know what you mean. I felt the same way checking out the Enola Gay in the museum in Virginia. Very unsettling.

    Interesting. Have you seen the news about the hush-hush Disney movie called "Tomorrowland" that they're working on? It may have something to do with Walt's work with the military back in the 1950's.

    Hillbilly Hot Dogs! Is it bad that I have never eaten here and yet still recognized it just from that picture?:confused3

    I guess I've watched too many Diners, Drive-ins and Dives episodes.

    So how do you get in?:confused3

    Oh, man that looks good.

    Steve (GoHerd1028) told me we were eating here next time I'm in the area. I'm sure he'd love to meet up with you, too.:thumbsup2

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  9. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    You're welcome! :thumbsup2

    It doesn't have to be spontaneous explosions. It can be some kind of Occult priest, Nazis, or a big rolling boulder. Just ask Dr. Jones.

    Well, I don't see why she shouldn't make a cameo appearance here. :confused3

    It isn't the only B Grade comedy in my DVD collection. :rotfl2:

    Well, I see that Mark commented, so I guess you didn't scare him off by this point.:rotfl2:

    How bad is it that I'm only a few hours away and have yet to make it in there? I've driven by a few times, but just didn't have the opportunity to stop.:sad2:

    That would definitely be a sobering exhibit to see.

    Seeing something like this makes me proud to be a fan/supporter of Disney. I wonder if the modern version of the corporation would be as generous though... :rolleyes1

    Didn't see Hangar 18???? :confused3 :rolleyes1 :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:


    Sounds good! Well worth a bit of a detour. :thumbsup2

    I definitely feel confident that I could beat the 12 minute mark, but I would tend to agree about the fact that it would be paid for later. :rotfl2::rotfl:

    Umm... How long was the drive from this point??? Not sure I'd want to be stuck in a car with you for too long after that lunch stop.

    :thumbsup2 Pics or it didn't happen.

    Sorry. But if it makes you feel better, I was at the state house meeting with legislators. I'm not sure it is much of an improvement over a day at work.:lmao::rotfl2:

    That doesn't surprise me at all. When he mentioned it, the first thought that crossed my mind was "I wonder if Mark has ever been there?" :rotfl2::rotfl::lmao:
     
  10. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    I’ll add that to the check list



    DW sees it the same way that you do.
    I rode it at first only because my boy wanted to, and…
    It wasn’t near as bad as I though it would be.



    And I hate freefalls! A lot!
    It might be the darkness or that it’s a powered descent rather then a speed of gravity thing, but it’s not as bad as I expected it would be.



    Very similar and a might larger to boot.
    Well worth the time.



    Haven’t heard about that?
    Will have to do a bit of research.




    Nope… I’d expect no less of you sir.



    Take a closer look along the edge of the door on the side where the handle is and see if you don’t pick up on the secret…

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    (especially toward the bottom of the picture)



    And it was… yes it was.



    I need to keep that in mind.


    We were hoping to head back up to Dayton this year for a repeat appearance in that competition. But sadly, not enough kids were interested in participating this year, so we’ll miss that appearance in 2013. Unfortunate for the ones that wanted to do the work, as I know they’d have done well again.
     
  11. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    Point taken.
    But I think I’ll try to work your specific film of choice into to it in some fashion.

    (I’m sure you’ll let me know exactly how well I accomplish the task)


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    And there will be more (I’m pretty sure of that).



    Nor mine. Adventure will trump quality in most cases.



    So take time to correct that oversight. In the mean time, I’ll not be picking.
    I could throw a rock and hit the NASCAR Hall of Fame…
    But I’ve not stopped to see that yet.

    Of course, this museum is way cooler then that HoF, but that’s just matter of opinion.


    Yep…
    Most folks seemed to walk by without much thought to it.
    I found myself standing there for a bit.




    Hard to say…
    I’d like to think so, but many things have changed in our culture since then.
    As a society, we’re far more self and profit oriented now and rather often forgetful of the Golden Rule.

    But I’d like to be proven wrong.



    Then you weren’t paying attention…
    I included pictures of every unclassified part of that facility (and all of the buildings that weren’t using some type of light bending cloaking device to obscure their visibility).

    Didn’t you see them?


    Go for it… and post the video on Youtube
    (The eating part that is… not the paying for it later part)



    about 4 more hours and you’re probably smart to be hesitant.

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  12. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

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    Bonus Feature 2: A Ship in the Desert





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    Part 1: A Desert by Any Other Name





    If you are new to my rather unorthodox brand of TR presentation, then you may not yet have encountered the odd critter that I have euphemistically dubbed: a Bonus Feature…


    Oh, who am I kidding (and yes, I know that grammatically I should’a used the word “whom” back there, but “who” just sounds better…). Now where was I… oh yah, the concept of “new” readers…

    Pppfffft… Like that’ll happen.

    Dang few read my drivel at all and I’d be stunned to think that I’ve gotten any appreciable number of new readers since completing my last actual Disney TR. More likely, I’ve lost them. Also considering that this one ain’t goin’ to Orlando (and all y’all already know that fact), then I know better as well.

    Given that, I can assume that y’all already know exactly what a bonus feature is and exactly why you ought to ignore them. So… reason follows that if you chose not to ignore this one, you have only yourself to blame for any damage done. As for this feature existing in the first place… that you can blame on Andy ​


    “It’s his fault your honor… the guy with the bank accounts…”


    Here’s the incriminating bit of evidence…


    Well… as a mater of fact, I can. But before I could write up what was going to be a rather short Bonus Feature (designed simply to make the point), Andy then muddied up the waters farther with this addition…


    Couldn’t leave well enough alone, could you? :sad2:


    OK… just so we are all on the same page, here’s a trailer for the film that my nemesis happens to be on about…


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    Now, forcing that additional constraint on top of this double dog dare is going to cause problems…

    There’s plenty of adventure and intrigue to be found in this historical story line, but working explosions and Penelope Cruz into it is going to be tough. Hummm… Oh well, I guess that those aspects will just have to be accomplished via cameo appearances.

    So let’s get on with it shall we?


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    Ahhhh….
    I feel better already.




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    By the Book





    Like I said a moment ago, when first challenged I did indeed already know of a ship in the desert. However, the specific example I knew of right of the top of my head (and pictured at the top of this post) meets the criteria of the dare with one slight technicality. That being the “exact” definition of “desert”. So I started to research it a bit closer to get my facts in order. In the process I ran smack dab into something else that meets the category even more precisely. The particulars of that discovery then led to something that is just busted my simple brain. What all this means is that instead of a short fairly harmless feature, y’all now get to suffer through a long drawn out three part one. Lesson of the day… giving me time to research something generally turns out to be a bad idea.

    So with part one, we’ll explore exactly what does and does not fit into this dare.

    Now then… by the book (Noah Webster’s book that is), a desert is any landscape or region that receives an extremely low amount of precipitation (there’s a specific number of inches per year required to qualify, but you get the idea). There are plenty of these regions throughout the globe. Like this landscape for example…


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    That one’s pretty straightforward. The Atacama Desert, a plateau in South America just west of the Andes mountains, may well be the driest place on Earth. Evidence suggests that there may not have been any measurable rainfall here since well before 1570. Studies by one group of British scientists have suggested that some of the riverbeds have been dry for 120,000 years. That certainly meets the grade school definition of a desert, but then again, there are other less obvious places that do as well. Like this place for example…


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    The fact that you’re looking at water doesn’t mean that it rains here (or that what’s there is drinkable for that mater). There are parts of the oceans that see little to no precipitation. If you were stranded here you’d very likely die of thirst long before you expired due to any other cause. Except maybe for exposure depending on the water temperature of course. And all this brings up another definition of a desert as being: a place that lacks enough drinkable water to support most “known” life forms.


    Well I see that so far Penelope is not impressed…


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    Not getting off to a very good start here, am I?

    I may need to get on toward some place that both fits the definition and can actually include a stranded ship as opposed to the possible flotsam and jetsam left over from of a sunken one.




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    Endurance





    How about this desert then…


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    Despite the water locked in the ice, Antarctica is still one of the most arid places on the planet. Just ask these fellows…


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    Their ship did indeed find itself stranded in a desolate spot that most certainly qualifies as a desert.


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    This historical ship in a desert was named Endurance, and its crew was a group of explorers lead by English adventurer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. The plan was to attempt an overland crossing of Antarctica. They would not succeed in that quest, but they’d most definitely and defiantly… (haaa… caught you Andy) endure many travails and every one of them would live to tell the tale.

    The Endurance became locked in the ice of the Weddell Sea despite the crew’s best efforts to free her. Luckily, the expedition was well supplied being as they intended to cross a desert in the first place. So they stayed with the ship throughout the Antarctic winter of 1915 (quite a feat in itself). The real problem however, was that the ice was an unstoppable force…


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    …and ultimately it crushed the ships hull. If it ever were to break free of the ice, it would sink. So the group took everything they could carry (and I do mean everything) and struck out across the pack ice…


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    These fellows would end up using their wits and those boats to reach an inhospitable and uninhabited outpost known as Elephant Island. From there Shackleton and five others would then make an 800-mile journey in one of those open boats to reach South Georgia Island. Here they were finally able to get help and rescue the remaining members of the expedition. If you were to follow the links back there in this story, you’ll find far greater details on one of the most suspenseful survival adventures of the modern era (far more information then I’ll be inflicting on y’all at this point anyway, so consider yourselves lucky). But there’s a problem with this particular ship in the desert story. Ultimately, Endurance did sink. So… technically, it’s no longer stranded in a desert then is it?


    Would that constitute a problem in my meeting the requirements of the dare?


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    I’ll take that unshakable glare as a yes…




    Humm…
    might this make up for it then?


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    No?

    So… you want me to actually produce a ship…
    …in a desert…

    …an arid non-fridge one…


    Ummmm… give me a minute, I’m thinking, annnnd…
    Oh wait, I got a way out of this!




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    Kittyhawk





    You do know that in the movie which is giving me such problems here, Dirk and Al actually found two ships in Sahara, right?

    The fictional “CSS Texas” (obviously) and this one…


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    Now here me out… this qualifies as a ship…

    It’s just that it’s an air-ship. And if you can go with that concept for a minute or two, then I’ve got (a bridge to sell you… errr… I mean…) another real life example that “technically” fits the requirements of the dare.

    This one…


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    That is an American built Curtis P-40 fighter. Over 13,000 were built between 1939 and 1944 (with fewer then 80 existing is any condition today). Better then 3000 of them were turned over to the RAF and in this instance, used in North Africa during World War II. Called a “Kittyhawk” by the Brits, this particular one has been lost deep in the Wadi al-Jadid region of southern Egypt for almost exactly seventy years. Back in 1942…


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    RAF Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping disappeared while traveling between two air bases in this plane. He was most likely forced to land when his fuel was exhausted. The craft he was piloting was found decades later by a petroleum exploration team, but sadly, no confirmed evidence of the pilot has yet been turned up. The dry climate that most certainly lead to the Sergeant’s ultimate loss did, however, preserved the wreck remarkably well…


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    …a historian and restorer’s dream.

    Now, back in our troublesome movie… the plane that was found in the Sahara had actually been sitting dormant in the spot where they found it even longer then this real example (according to the Cussler book that the film was based on that is). Yet the heroes were able to convert it into a “sand yacht” and then use that to escape the predicament that they had previously found themselves in…


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    Great theater but, there is one (well… actually many, but certainly one) slight problem with that scenario. One that was far more serious then the guys later running the contraption into the side of a building out in the middle of nowhere…


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    (But that was really a lucky thing for them though).

    No this very real problem would have left them stuck back there where they found the wreck in the first place and the problem with that film-prop is quite clearly illustrated by our extremely real air-ship in the desert…


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    The skeletal remains of the elevators and rudder are completely devoid of the fabric that once covered them. Wind and sand have long since removed every thread (and sandblasted most of the paint from the metal wings and fuselage as well). Being as the plane in the film was covered almost completely in fabric and had been in the sands far longer then the real example, it’s doubtful that the boys would have been able to make a pin-wheel much less anything that would have caught enough wind to race along ancient dried riverbeds.



    Ummm…. that’s kind of a depressing thought ain’t it?

    Now how can I fix this?





    How about a hot chick with a gun?


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    No?


    So what’s it going to take to get out of this dare?
    Am I actually going to have to produce actual ships stuck in actual deserts?


    I am huh?


    Dang! Trapped like…
    like…
    like two NUMA operatives shackled in the back of a Landrover and destined to be turned over to a maniacal war-lord…


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    Well… I guess there’s no other way out of this short of compliance.




    Like I said initially, I did already know of a ship stuck in a desert and I even showed you a glimpse of it. But that one also comes with a technicality attached to it, and I sense that y’all are tired of technicalities. As such, I’ll save that one for the third part of the feature (and yes, I’m going to inflict three of these dissertations upon y’all). But you’ve forced my hand here so the second part of this literary assault (after starting the next chapter of course) will be devoted to: “The Sea that Ain’t” and its forlorn occupants…






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    See…
    I told ya’ there was one.
    More then that actually, but now you got’a wait for the next update.


    Serves ya’ right.
     
  13. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    Alright!!! A shout out in a bonus feature that 2 or 3 people might actually read. :rolleyes1 :lmao:

    Wait a minute, I thought you said it was my fault. I guess you're confused about something.

    I had a feeling that we'd be going to Antartica on this BF. :thumbsup2

    No, I'd say it is in a pretty similar location as about every other shipwreck known to man.

    If you have to ask the question, you already know the answer.

    Your argument is stretched so thin tht it broke before it got started on this one. But let's see what you have to say of value.

    Ok, really... who cares. It's cheap entertainment. And I am so going to try that myself one of these days... Maybe western Kansas would be a better place to try it though. :lmao:

    Again, if you have to ask the question, you already know the answer. :thumbsup2

    Yes. Yes you are.

    OOOOH!!! How many????? :rolleyes1 :lmao::rotfl::rotfl2:
     
  14. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    Ooooooh… you think my number of followers has really increased that dramatically?

    Question? I know why I’m here, but being so much smarter…
    just why is it that you’re reading this mess?




    Everything’s your fault…
    Best you learn that now.



    There’s very few places that I wont take a Bonus Feature




    Most… not every…



    Yes but I like riling you up.
    And it seems to be working pretty well.



    Value? You’re expecting value?
    And to think I said that you were smart just a moment ago.


    Silly me…



    So I can look forward to seeing the video on AFV in the near then?

    Cool! :woohoo:



    I suspected as much…


    [/QUOTE]


    Patience kohai… patience…
     
  15. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    This is like getting the special edition DVD of the Trip Report.

    Done!:thumbsup2

    I think you'll manage.

    See? That wasn't so hard, was it?

    Leave it to you to immediately expand the definition of a "desert".:rolleyes:

    Much like Ryder! :rotfl2:

    I guess not. But it's still a great story.

    I'm guessing you are already aware of the Airplane Graveyard in Arizona as well.

    This TR just got 57% better!:cool1::rotfl2:

    A cliffhanger?! NOOOOO!
     
  16. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    I pretty sure that’s more praise then is warranted for my efforts. :lmao:



    It’ll do, but I was hopping to do so much more.
    My intention was to add longer clips from the film so you get the full impact of both the girl and the booms…

    Sadly… my efforts to cut said scenes out of a streaming video did not pan out in a timely manner, so the cameos will have to suffice.


    For now…




    A necessary evil being as I then immediately hacked at every slipper edge and loophole in that legal definition in order to work a bunch of useless cra… errrr…. I mean meaningful, knowledgeable and entertaining information into this pile of BF.



    I rather like your riff on that theme in Barry’s TR. :thumbsup2



    ::yes::

    And the next story will be great as well…
    But in a rather disturbing and somewhat horrifying way.


    Oh yah…
    but keep tossing out bits like that. My other two readers may not know and you can never be certain as to when someone will come up with really cool info that I was otherwise unaware of.

    Heck…
    Large chunks of this TR and certainly the BFs are the direct result of someone saying: “Did you know…”

    Or in Andy’s case: “Bet you can’t….”


    Yes… yes it did.

    But it don’t take much outside influence to improve my TRs.
    The bar is set pretty low to begin with.


    “Ain’t I a stinker?” :rolleyes1:
     
  17. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    Chapter 3: A Lack of Adult Supervision





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    Part 1: Just what do you think you’re doing?​

    (Another trip… Another introduction)​





    Having both written and read my share of TRs, I can safely say that one of the most universal complaints that crop up in the various narratives are encounters (generally frustrating ones) with wayward “minors.” Specifically those oblivious and self-absorbed ones that have been left to their own devises by some unforgivably irresponsible guardian. I mean honestly, do these supposed authority figures really believe that they can just simply unleash undisciplined and untrustworthy individuals upon the greater society at large without having to take any blame for their actions? Just who are these people?


    Well… in some instances these temporarily misguided soles are among the finest individuals that you will ever meat. Say… for instance…

    My wife.

    It’s not her fault that I should never be let out in public without proper restraint and supervision. Nor is it an accusation that can be leveled at the spouses and significant others of my friends and associates. And yet… form time to time… these otherwise sane women will mistakenly allow their husband or beau to travel out of their sight and among the general population. All by themselves…


    Scary ain’t it?


    And that is exactly the kind of nightmare scenario that will be played out in the next chapter of the most pointless non-Disney TR ever written.




    (of course… that don’t mean that you have to read it)



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    A Kitchen Pass




    Any rational guy will tell ya’… we know without any shadow of a doubt just exactly who’s in charge of our households.

    And it ain’t us.


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    The ladies of the house tend to keep a pretty tight reign on the goings and comings and every other aspect of how family business is conducted (and If you think otherwise… that’s exactly how she wants you to think). Generally the boss will run the operation from their household nerve center…

    the inner sanctum of all family activity…

    the kitchen.

    So if you, as the lowly and untrustworthy fell’a of the house, wanted to do something that is potentially damaging to accepted and orderly family structure (like say… spend some time gallivanting about with your friends) you’ll be needin’ permission (and proper tribute will probably need to be paid as well). To get that permission, you go see the boss in her realm and requrst pre-approval for said foolishness. I.E: a “pass” to be off the premises and out of sight… like having a hall-pass… ‘cept ‘round here, we refer to it as a “Kitchen Pass”


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    Well in early spring this past year; I succeeded in acquiring one of these rare commodities. And better yet, so did a couple of friends of mine. The result was a guy’s weekend trip to explore a little bit of history (because not only am I a geek… but so are most of my friends… Lord help us).




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    Garden City





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    From my home (which is just about as far north as you can go and still be within the boarders of South Carolina), you could just hop onto I-77 and with very few turns, one day of driving will take you as far as Washington DC, Nashville TN, Birmingham AL or Orlando Fla. But within the state itself, some of the most popular destinations require somewhat more advanced navigation. Try this little set of directions on for size:


    US-521 South
    SC-9 (Bypass) East
    SC-903 East
    SC-151 East
    US-51 South
    I-95 North
    SC-327 South
    US-76 East
    SC-576 East
    US-501 South



    Quite the mouthful. If, however you happen to live anywhere within the greater “Metrolina” region around Charlotte NC, then you’ll immediately recognize this as the “road” to “The Beach”. Specifically, the “Grand Strand” around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This is one of the default holiday and summer Meccas of choice in our little part of the country. Every area has as a similar destination. It’s the place you’ll find way too many rentable condos, entirely too much seasonal traffic and crowding, a water park or two, a golf course of twelve, the nearest “Ripley's” museum and/or “Medieval Times” dinner show and more gift and souvenir shops then you can shake a stick at. In the general MB area you can’t even swing a dead cat without hitting at least one “beach ware shop”.

    But as luck would have it… I just happen to have access to one of those “way too many” condos down there; at the extreme south end of the “Strand” in the town of Garden City to be precise. And we’ll be using this place as our base of operations for the weekend. So now you can add a few more turns to that set of directions…


    SC-544 East
    US-17 South
    Cypress Ave



    Once making that last left there and heading toward the marsh, you’ll arrive here…


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    My Poppa actually owns a small place down here just on the other side of those houses in the center. It’s on the “Second Row” which means that while not “currently” beachfront property… it is just across the street from the beach. We have a lovely view of the buildings that are beachfront, but it’s a short walk to get to the real thing so the lack of a “Water View” (as Disney would call and charge for it) is inconsequential. The best part of all this is that for some inexplicable reason my dad allows both of his young’ens to borrow the place from time to time. Gratis! Myself, I don’t know that I’d be trustin’ reprobates like us, but I’ll take advantage of the situation for as long as he allows it.


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    Our place is on the top floor of the main building here. Oh, and there’s no elevator either. It’s 51 steps up (and down for that matter). Hauling luggage up there in the high summer is none too pleasant, but it’s still a “free” place to stay and besides, this was very early spring and we didn’t have all that much to carry between us. One advantage of a guys trip… very little baggage. In any case, now we’ve got a place to bunk during this expedition and the passes to be here.

    So just who is this “we” I keep talking about?


    Well… there’s myself (obviously)


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    Ummmmm… yah, let’s not dwell too long on that ghastly apparition.



    And along for the ride this time around were these two fell’as…


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    Billy and Sal. I’ve known these guys since high school. We were all geeks in the music department back then and were still geeks today (and regularly still making noise together in the same band). Trust me this group it pretty harmless. That fact is how we succeeded in getting the Passes in the first place. But you’ll see what I mean as this chapter rolls on.




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    Road Food





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    Well since I’ve now officially explained where we’re goin’ and when we’re goin’ and how we’re goin and who’s goin’ I do believe that constitutes an introduction. Which means that ya’ can’t fuss at me for not writing one. It also means that I might as well get this trip underway.

    You’ll be glad to hear that this will be a relatively short chapter. That’s because the drive down to and back from the coast was fairly uneventful (and this is true only because we didn’t have extra time to get into any of the roadside attractions). Good for you because that’s two entire parts of this disaster in the making that I don’t really need to worry you with. One exception however, would be…

    Dinner.

    We indulged ourselves with two spectacularly excellent meals during this expedition and one of those was encountered on the way down to the coast. Now as I pointed out in the previous chapter, one of my go to sources for finding excellent traveling eats is a series of books and a website know as “Roadfood.com” the authors and creators of these resources are a couple named Jane and Michael Stern and if you were to spend a good amount of time on the road I’d highly recommend picking up one of their books. If you were to do so and then flip through the pages to the map showing their top choices in the “Deep South” it would look like this…


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    Great choices all, but the one circled in red there is actually only about a fifteen-minute drive from my humble little house. It’s this place here…


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    521 BBQ and Grill


    A very unassuming little spot that is tucked into the far end of a very nondescript little strip mall about half way between Charlotte, NC and the Town of Lancaster, SC…


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    As it turns out, neither of my friends had ever been to the little paradise. That oversight has now been corrected and both of them are also now complete converts. I could easily go into great detail discussing this little hole in the wall, but we’ve already determined that my writing ain’t worth reading.

    So….

    I’ll let a professional food writer ‘splaine it to you. Someone like the guy that wrote the books I was on about: Michael Stern. Here’s his take on one of the better aspects of any meal at the 521…



    “One word: Marcia. Call ahead to see if she’s cooking, because she makes possibly the best tasting hushpuppies we’ve eaten anywhere in the country—crunchy, gnarled, brown beauties. 521’s BBQ is top-shelf pig, and their housemade spicy vinegar sauce can be ranked with Carolina giants Stamey’s, Lexington #1, and Bill Spoon’s. And remember: no one cooks hushpuppies like Marcia.”


    Now let me say that the other cooks have since gotten almost as good about making these culinary jewels as Marcia, so trust that these are gonn’a be excellent. And make sure to order extra…

    They’re that good.

    But this is at its heart a barbeque joint.
    So this is why you need to stop in here if you can…


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    Again, Michael Stern’s take on it goes like this…


    "There are no words to describe how tender these ribs are, nor how flavorful. When the meat slides off the bone, you practically can hear the piggy juices ooze inside the caramelized-sauce coat that encloses the meat."


    They start with Baby backs covered in the house rub and smoked five to seven hours depending. When ordered, they’re pulled from the smoker, cut, brushed with just a little bit of the house sauce and slapped on the grill just long enough to caramelize the coating. They’ll make a few batches across the day, but it is possible for them to run out. It’s never happened to me… but it’s possible.


    As you’d expect, they also do Carolina style chopped pork.


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    Boston butts are given the rub and then smoked 14 hours on site. Afterward they’re chopped and mixed well enough to give a good balance of inner meat to bark in every order. Now it’s a fact that “good’ BBQ don’t need no sauce (and this is good BBQ), but if, that’s just not your thing when it comes to pulled pork, I’d recommend using the house vinegar based pepper sauce. That’s some seriously good eats. The folks at the 521 claim that none of their “Que” is ever re-heated and no leftovers from previous days are ever served (and I believe them).

    After you’ve had your fill and stuffed the leftovers in a to-go box… you’ll also find that they keep a few deserts on site including banana pudding (a proper South’rn staple) and a couple types of cheesecake. But I have a slightly different take on “dessert” and if the ribs and puppies just ain’t enough to fill you up… chase ‘em with one of these fresh off he grill taste treats…






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    Slather just a little bit of the house mustard on that bad boy and you’re good to go.






    Now that’s dessert!







    Next up: The Fighting Lady

     
  18. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    I never said that... I believe my quote was:
    Completely different. :rotfl2::lmao:
     
  19. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    Details… details…
    Never let fact stand in the way of a good story. :rolleyes:


    Besides, it was still like waving a red flag in front of a bull.


    ‘cept that bulls are red/green color blind…
    But I am bull headed, so it still counts.
     
  20. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    :wave2:

    :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: This is hilarious!

    :scratchin I've heard of it.

    It'll be called "Wings" or "Eagles". Not sure why.:confused3

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    :rolleyes1 :rotfl2:

    :scratchin I've heard of it.

    You had me at barbeque.

    I'm not as big a fan of the vinegar-based sauces. But usually the meat is so good and tender that it just doesn't matter.

    I think I'd choose that over banana pudding. :crazy2:

    The bbq looks awesome! Definitely worthy of a visit.:thumbsup2
     
  21. mm1971

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    Sorry, wasn't following along as things got crazy busy and there was sickness running rampant through the house. Heading back to try to catch up.
     

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