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This young alpaca has been hand fed since birth and she is very friendly. Unlike the goats and sheep in the barnyard area of the Reston Zoo, this alpaca doesn’t want to eat the feed pellets. It just wants affection.
And is it soft? This critter is a fluffy pillow with feet.
I flew back into town this morning and spent the rest of the day doing a ton of computer related stuff and had no time for blogging. I also made sure I got my boy out to the Reston Festival so we could ride some rides and enjoy a great summer evening. At one point we were hit with a deluge so we hid beneath the overhang of the Cotton Candy trailer and munched while we waited with other rain refugees for the storm to pass. We also got to listen to a local cover band entertain the crowds and Cartney took this opportunity to splash in the puddles to the beat of the music. Yeah, I know, he’s got no rhythm. He’s 4 and white. Whaddyagonnado?
And yeah, he got lots of accolades for his Piggly Wiggly shirt!
I had dinner with the family at the fantastic restaurant Calypso at Reston’s Lake Anne tonight. The dinner was fantastic, and we got to tour the gallery full of local paintings of Reston artists. I lolled when I saw these two black and white pastels.
First up is Queen Amadala, but I really don’t think it compares to the spectacular Barney Fife’s look of surprise.
I have been exploring Flickr for photos of my hometown and I found NearDC’s shots of Reston Town Center. Fantastic use of HDR techniques to highlight one of my favorite places. You can click thru his credits to see his photostream to witness some fantastic shots of cityscapes at night.
At least for the most part- I did manage to take part in some blu-ray sales at Target, but that was after 1 PM today after the crowds went away. Then we spent some time at Reston Town Center watching the tree get lit by Santa and his wife.
Its storming here today, removing the great fall colors that have graced our neighborhood the past couple of weeks. This was taken late yesterday near sunset on the footpath in a nearby wood.
It has been a warm weekend so far and Cartney wanted some impromptu lessons in gravity and inertia, so we headed out to the Town Center.
And yes, he did get all of those little scratches you get when you wallow in grass- you remember, the kind that stings when you take your bath at night? He didn’t seem to mind much.
Early one morning someone strapped a remote camera to a RC airplane and flew it right over Reston Town Center. Being able to see so much of this in such high quality video is truly amazing. I love how it takes off, cuts across a busy street and soars above the real estate building. And the landing is also fun to watch too!
Cartney pushes a purple plastic shopping cart around the neighborhood like its his job! He literally runs laps on the sidewalks, despite our chronic fussing at him to slow it down a little. When he really gets a head of steam going, he fishtails behind this cart with his legs flying first to one side and then the other.
In the pic above he is going down one of Reston’s many wooded jogging trails. In the video below he takes a short breather to point out some bugs.
I don’t get hangovers, I get “celebration echoes.” Last night was awesome. Jess and I dined at Reston Town Center and then enjoyed a few cocktails celebrating four great years together.
The autumn colors are really bright in the region now and we discussed how great it is that our anniversary coincides with the beautiful change of season.
I love my new adopted hometown of Reston. It is a beautiful planned town with a robust commercial Town Center and beautiful tree-lined communities. But there are some extremist liberals that infest the neighborhood. Take Ken Meyercord for instance. He is a holocaust denier, wants to choose who gets to have children and who gets sterilized, and was rabidly anti-war during the Iraq war and wrote books fantasizing about an invasion of the US. He tried to run for the Reston Citizens Association and was destroyed by a write-in campaign as a reaction to his disgusting personal politics.
From the WashingtonPost here:
Ken Meyercord has an Ivy League education, a high-tech job at Freddie Mac, a local public-access cable television show on international affairs and a long history of writing about what he says are “myths” of the Holocaust, including a piece called “(Holo-) History is Bunk.”
“Survivor accounts of the cremation process gives new meaning to the word ‘tragicomic,’ ” he wrote in the article. “To hear eyewitnesses tell it, it took little more than a match for the corpses to spontaneously combust.”
Residents, mortified by his views on the Holocaust, have thrown together a last-minute write-in campaign to stop him.
In an interview yesterday, Meyercord described himself as “a Holocaust revisionist,” taking pains to distinguish himself from Holocaust deniers. He also denies that Nazis used gas chambers to murder Jews, saying gas chambers did not exist, and expresses skepticism that the number of Holocaust victims reached 6 million.
His other writings include a piece comparing Israel’s treatment of Gaza to the Nazis’ handling of the Warsaw Ghetto; an apocalyptic fantasy in which an invasion of the United States is an allusion to the war in Iraq; and a booklet called “The Ethic of Zero Growth” that argues for holding the world’s population at current levels. And Meyercord has posted the lyrics of two song parodies on the Web, including an off-color, political satire set to “America the Beautiful” called “America the Doody-full.”Meyercord said his views of history changed after living in the Middle East. After attending Dartmouth, he obtained a master’s degree at American University in Beirut, where he also met his wife, who is Palestinian, and became more sympathetic the Arab view of the conflict with Israel.
The WaPo was being kind in their descriptions of this racist. Meyercord only received 23 votes in the election. A write-in campaign elected Colin Mills instead with 1,157 votes. Way to go Reston!
Cartney sports his new shirt at the Reston Festival. He is holding a foam beer hat and eyeing the carnival rides.
It took a while, but summertime finally arrived in Reston. Daytime temps have risen above 85 for the first time. Not bad for mid-July.
I was stunned when I went into the Greater Reston Arts Center at the Reston Towncenter the other day. The main gallery looked empty except for what looked like some bizarre storm damage. An uprooted dead tree was lying in the middle of the floor.
The artist, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, had the tree dumped there on purpose. Below is a shot of workers trying to cram a dead tree through the double doors of the art center.
I can’t wait for the next exhibition at GRACE, which should be a diesel powered wood chipper.
To moonbats who worship dirt and trees, I reckon using a dead tree is the equivalent of Vincenzo Foppa’s Crucifixion. Different religion, but godless liberals are just ripping off the iconography.