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Old 07-30-2010, 09:59 AM   #1
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SAM: In Search of Agent Kilo

2009-06-01 Introduction, Orders Received

My ID is S.A.M., and I work as a field agent for an organization I'll just call "The Agency". Over the course of my career, some of my exploits have been so notorious the Agency's cover story resulted in a number of copycat "reality" shows in the entertainment industry.

However, time fears no man, and eventually I had to retire to a somewhat more subdued lifestyle as an Agency consultant, which in realspeak means I was put out to pasture. While I was out making the world safe for democracy, there was a sea change of attitude at The Agency with the thought that we should be "kinder and gentler" in how we did our work, and this old spy-horse's rather (ahem) dynamic style didn't fit into their plans anymore.

And then, one day, I received the following communique:

From: HQ - Operations Section
To: S.A.M. 50615
Re: Recall to active duty


A mission profile has developed which requires your unique skills and background. The profile details are as follows:

  • Agent Kilo has gone missing during a survey of agency safehouses and has not been heard from for three reporting cycles. Agent Kilo has in their possession a "package" which is critical to an Agency mission, and will become contaminated and useless unless it's located in time and returned to Agency control.
  • Since Agent Kilo did not complete their mission, we need you to trace Agent Kilo's path and complete Kilo's mission.
  • Time is of the essence, you have three months to bring this mission to a successful completion.

Owing to your current status, the character profile we've developed for you is that of a middle-aged IT professional. Due to the nature of your mission and current budget considerations, your usual mission-spec vehicle will not be available. Instead, the motor-pool has developed a vehicular configuration which will meet both the mission requirements and our budget constraints. You will find your vehicle keys in the attached envelope.

After I checked it for booby-traps, I opened the attached envelope, and found this:


That could only mean one thing ...I had to make my trip with this:


In other words, I was going to be a flipping two-wheeled road train! No smoke screen, no oil slicks, no heat-seeking missiles, no radar, no stealth mode, and no hot women! I suppose I could be thankful for small things, since this was a recon mission, I'd have to carry a fair bit of imagery gear with me... they actually gave me a secure way to carry it:



Will wonders never cease?

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Old 07-30-2010, 10:02 AM   #2
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Time is ticking away

From: HQ Control
To: S.A.M. 51605
Date: 2009-06-02
Re: Time is ticking away

The



clock



is



ticking....



and soon - time'll be up!






(Did I ever mention how those characters at HQ Control have a rather strange sense of humor? This is their way of telling me to get a move-on...)

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Shutdown, Turnoff

2009-06-05.1 Shutdown, Turnoff

The bike's packed, I've just made the final arrangements for keeping homebase secure - the time has come to shutdown and turn off everything in sight.....because it's time to hit the road!






So, HQ, get off my back!

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Kitchener ON to Gatineau QC - Launch!

2009-06-05 Kitchener ON to Gatineau QC - Launch!

After collecting my gear and getting the transportation ready, it was time to make a short shakedown run around town before leaving Kitchener and heading out to the first safehouse located in
Gatineau, Quebec.

The bean-counters at HQ live in a world where every bean must be accounted for, so the odometer and clock reading is all for them.


Next I had to check in with Director of Advanced Directives (aka D.A.D.):


By way of comparison, the Matron Of Mystery (M.O.M.) lives in a highly classified world. If any imagery was traced back to me, it would quickly result in my taking up permanent residence in a small, windowless room for an extended period of time.



And then I was off! With standard practice at the start of every mission required making sure the equipment was working properly, so the following images are me running the camera through it's paces while en-route to the first safe-house.


First, some local topography:


then some infrastructure - there've been an accumulation of large cranes and heavy equipment gathered at this location for the better part of a year:






and then - paydirt! A truckload of government agents on the prowl make for an excellent check to see if my cover would hold, and check out my vehicle-to-vehicle shooting capabilities!

First I had to get past their standing instructions:


and then sneak up and snap a shot of the agent before he could go to stealth mode:


and then make my escape.... victory! Bwahahahah.

The rest of the day was pretty quiet - I got some more infrastructure shots:







and then, just for fun, some geographical markers:






before I encountered another rider using a smaller version of my ride:




He didn't think much of me, which meant my cover was holding up and I was fitting in with the natives.

Overall, the weather was good, the air was fresh, and everything worked as expected - you got to love it when all conditions are nominal.

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Old 07-30-2010, 10:54 AM   #5
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Son, Um, Agent Mitty?

Crawl down off the porch roof before you hurt yourself or the cat.

(keep it coming)
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:19 PM   #6
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good start...interesting technique....keep it up Tim.
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:05 AM   #7
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Son, Um, Agent Mitty?

Crawl down off the porch roof before you hurt yourself or the cat.

(keep it coming)
Thanks for what has got to be the most hilarious first comment I've ever read on a RR. More coming as ordered!
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Near Packenham Ontario

2009-06-08.1 Near Packenham Ontario

After I'd logged my Gatineau imaging data, I took off for the Agency safe-house in
Pakenham Ontario which was the home base of Agents Delta and Holiday, and a heaping helping sample of some of the big fields and trees that populate Ontario's country and farm land:







Signs of civil unrest?



A sample of local infrastructure:



The
RCMP breed the horses used in their musical ride at their Pakenham Breeding Farm:





but they discourage interaction with visitors....



After leaving the breeding farm, these horses either go to the
RCMP Musical Ride stables at the Rockcliffe Park Equestrian Centre or they go up for auction.








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Packenham ON to Gatineau QC Part 1

2009-06-10 Packenham ON to Gatineau QC Part 1

Once my inspection of the Packenham safe-house was done, the next stop was in Gatineau Quebec. With a full day to make a one-hour hop, I decided to free-lance a bit and explore the area. Going off-track can turn up the most interesting bits of trivia - like how small-town country spies...er....residents share their community intelligence using strategically placed trees:





I also found some locals that looked like it'd be fun to try some mind games with.

The first step is to find them -



then get their curiosity going -





"come closer my pretties"



however, they weren't buying what I was selling...





there was some milling about - was I getting through? Would they take the bait?





this didn't looking good for my side -



nope...



not good at all...




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Packenham ON to Gatineau QC Part 2

2009-06-10 Packenham ON to Gatineau QC Part 2

Having failed to entice these locals into my snare, I cleared the area before the local authorities could arrive and investigate, and in the course of my escape and evasion I came upon the town of Blakeney, Ontario.



My GPS showed that it straddled the Mississippi river which could make it of tactical interest in certain situations, and that made it a photograph-worthy area.

Their bridge over the Mississippi -





Making my way into the area:



and then gathering the intel:











One observation I have to make about the areas is how aggressive and persistent the local airborn troops are - every time I tried to my riding jacket off, any exposed skin was promptly dive-bombed and munched on with great vigor.









It was a relaxing stop overall.

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Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building, Currency Museum

2009-06-12.1 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building, Currency Museum

After I left the Gatineau safe-house, my next stop was in Kanata, Ontario, and the safehouse of Agents Tango and Rho, who, among other things, are tasked to watch the Canadian Federal Government. I needed my best undercover behavior for today's mission, because Tango and I were off to the Canadian Parliament buildings, which houses the HQ for the Federal Government of Canada.



Agent Tango's always getting into it. How he survives as a secret Agent is a mystery to me.





This is the elevator to the Parliament Building's Peace Tower.



which yields an unmatched view of the Ottawa area:











A historical artifact from "back in the day":





Here's the Peace Tower's Carillon bells:





Capturing images of these bells was a challenge because they can only be seen for ~2 seconds while the elevator's passing them. There's no time to aim or focus - all I could do was point, shoot, and pray.
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Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Memorial Chamber

2009-06-12.2 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Memorial Chamber

After we left the Peace Tower, our next stop was the national Memorial Chamber, which honors Canada's war dead:



The Memorial Chamber's entrance, which holds various Books of Remembrance:



The South African War / Nile Expedition Book of Remembrance:



The Newfoundland Book of Remembrance:



A floor inscription - the battle of Vimy Ridge. These name plates were made from the casings of actual shells used during the war.



This central platform is the "Altar of Remembrance" and contains the World War I Book of Remembrance, which includes the names of all 66,000 men and women who lost their lives during the "Great War":











Plaques commemorating various theaters of war:









Windows above the Chamber's entrace / exit.



You can see a virtual tour of the Memorial Chamber here.

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Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Wandering the Hallways

2009-06-12.3 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Wandering the Hallways

Having paid our respects at the Memorial Chamber, we started our patrol of the remainder of the Parliament buildings. The central area just inside the front entrance is the Rotunda:





The Hall of Honor houses a diverse group of sculptures and plaques and pays tribute to the people and events of Canada's past:







At the bottom floor we found a room that told the tale of the legislature's history:



Including a ballot box that was once used in Parliament:



Agent SAM Makes Mischief!
One of the lamps that illuminate the various columns in the Rotunda had a camera mounted on top. Being the kind of spy I am, I thought it'd be fun to take a picture of a camera taking a picture of a camera, much to the dismay of Agent Tango. This little maneuver drew the attention of the local security guard who wanted to know why I was interested in imaging that camera. Deleting the picture made both Tango and the security guard happy - and kept my cover from being blown.

What makes this amusing is the wide variety of locations where one can take pictures of this rather obvious security device. It's so obvious, I wonder if it's even hooked up!

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Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Outside

2009-06-12.4 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Outside

Since we'd attracted too much "official interest" inside the Parliament Building, we exited the building in order to recon the exterior:



The Olympics are coming to Canada!





This is Parliament Hill's East Block:



and Parliament Hill's Central Block & Peace Tower:



The Langevin Block is the home of the Privy Council Office and Office of the Prime Minister, and the working headquarters of the executive branch of the Canadian government:



View from below Parliament Hill overlooking the Ottawa River:





Heading up the Rideau Canal:





Somewhere on the Hill there's a facility for the care and feeding of stray cats. I wasn't able to find a similar place for the care and feeding of stray Parliamentarians...





I found it odd that most of the local residents were anything other than the official residents:










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2009-06-12.5 Ottawa ON - Canada Currency Museum

2009-06-12.5 Ottawa ON - Canada Currency Museum

After clearing the Parliament Hill area we talked our way into the Bank of Canada's Currency Museum:



This museum tracks the evolution of currency and money over the years, including such events such as the Devil's Head bill, so named because Satan snuck a cameo of himself into the Queen's hair behind behind her ear. Can you see it?



As a study in economics and supply & demand for money, these bills illustrate the effects of inflation which resulted in the local governments printing some truly huge bills:







This sounds remarkably like what the US Federal Reserve is doing these days....

Following are some examples of how religious faith affects money:



Even Prisons of War get money in POW camps:



How the Molson (beer brewing) family got into banking:



Outside of the museum was a sample of the heaviest currency on earth - a "Yap" Stone that weighs two tons:





Agent Tango wanted to send it back to HQ for further analysis, I thought it better to leave it where it was and left moving this as an exercise for the local agents. :)


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