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Old 08-06-2013, 03:03 PM   #11401
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Lamest Grab Pic I've Ever Posted (Snout Barely Visible)

Grab:
American Statistical Association
732 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1943





I blame the Happy Meal golf ball. . ..

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Old 08-06-2013, 03:21 PM   #11402
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Clue: Locate the remains of the Franklin Building. You may want to drive on Westpark. The Fast Lanes will help you zip by Beltway traffic. You know that you are close when you find Jones Branch.

Happy Tagging!
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:24 PM   #11403
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Bruced!



The empty beer cans just furthered my malaise!

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Old 08-07-2013, 02:28 PM   #11404
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:36 PM   #11405
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Regrets, TH!

Hadn't it been for the new zip lanes on the Beltway, you'd have grabbed Ali for sure! I FLEW around its circumference, from Braddock Road to Westpark Drive, where I found Ali at the ruins of the old Franklin building, near Jones Branch Drive:





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Old 08-07-2013, 03:10 PM   #11406
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I re-traced my earlier route at warp speed, exiting the Beltway to tag Ali.

Ali asked, "Where to now?"

"Well, much as I'd like to head out toward Shenandoah's waters, I'll put aside my Pride and tag you within the RLD:"



Examining the utillity pole in the previous image more closely, Ali could just barely squeeze under the plastic protective shield:



Barely camouflaged, remember: "'A' is for 'Alligator!':"



As Ali settled in, he mentioned, "You've LOTS of history around here, haven't you?"

"Indeed," I said; "In fact, the road where we are could have been named for the Virginia settlement historically notable for the fact, John Wilkes Booth was killed about two miles outside town by Sgt. Boston Corbett, part of a contingent of federal troops, at the now obsolete Garrett farmstead on April 26, 1865 after Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on the night of April 14, 1865, in Ford's Theater in Washington, DC. (Paraphrasing Wikipedia.)

"Incidentally, Sgt. Boston Corbett was captured by Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby's troops in a raid on Fairfax courthouse (we've been ALL OVER the Mosby Heritage Area together). A Confederate soldier was about to execute Corbett, when a Confederate officer stepped in and insisted he be given the humane treatment due a military prisoner of war. Thus, Corbett was spared to accomplish this deed . . . "

As I handed Ali his evening boxed meal, he asked, "Got milk?"

I replied, "You'll not want for MILK, Ali!"

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Old 08-07-2013, 03:47 PM   #11407
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Arghhh. On my way home to lick my wounds I drove right by the tag site. Alas is me, I will simply have to wash my dirty bike to break me out of the Bruce induced funk that clouds my sad eyes!
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:44 PM   #11408
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Try some milk. . ..

XDrag, nice grab and a timely tag, as it seems the facility will be shuttered shortly (if not already). . ..
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:14 AM   #11409
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XDrag, nice grab and a timely tag, as it seems the facility will be shuttered shortly (if not already). . ..
Yes!

I didn't realize the transitory nature of this place 'til after I made the tag, then reverse-engineered the clues to see if they were solvable through Google-fu. The imminent demise of the enterprise was disclosed (come to think of it, no one was SMILING, when I made the tag!).

Hard times; loyal employess could have worked their entire careers at this location. Of 110 employees, all but 40 will be laid off; those continuing will work for a new product name and at a new address. Not my career field, but . . . I would have thought, "This is a STEADY job!"

The road appears a sort of "Bermuda Triangle" for businesses; not too long ago, a huge private package-shipping company had a significant local headquarters in the neighborhood. A Federal technical center was nearby, and . . . a used-computer enterprise once occupied a building on the same side of the street.

The road in question is a dead end; perhaps in more ways than one!


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Old 08-09-2013, 04:46 PM   #11410
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A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal:

Someone grab Ali; then . . . transport the mascot to the Meet/Greet/Eat/Ride in Marshall, VA (Old Salem Restaurant, noon Sunday, 11 August 2013), to pass on to one (or more) of the revelers there.

Ali could be grabbed on the way to the event; tagged on the way back.

This scenario has been exercised successfully in the past.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:57 PM   #11411
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Sounds like a plan!
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:02 PM   #11412
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Man, this is only a mile from my house, maybe I should see if the movers could not pack the bike right away and do one last grab...
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:08 PM   #11413
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Man, this is only a mile from my house, maybe I should see if the movers could not pack the bike right away and do one last grab...
Do it, geoff2K!

Or, as Nike says, "Just do it!"

Then, tag if you like (any virgin water towers nearby?), or hand Ali off to an inmate bound for the Meet/Greet/Eat/Ride gathering.

Ideally, make the scene Sunday, in person!

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Old 08-09-2013, 07:03 PM   #11414
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Yea !

Do it !
What could go wrong?
Good weather, good food and er..ah ...people.

We'll even include you in the class photo.

Hope to see you .

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Old 08-10-2013, 07:27 AM   #11415
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There's just too much left to do... I'm not going to be able to grab Ali :(

Have a good RTE folks!

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