Electrons, Airplanes, and Duckies…oh my….

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There is a lot to do in Coastal Virginia. A lot. Maybe too much. In fact every weekend I have at least three different events to choose from and this past weekend was no different. My calender had the following things written down, “Friday– Warbirds at the Beach/ Chesapeake Jubilee/ Blues Brothers Show/ Tidewater car show. Saturday– Jefferson Lab Open house/ Giant Rubber Duck arrives at Chrysler Museum/ Warbirds at the Beach airshow. Sunday– Warbirds at the beach/ SVLAF club meeting.”

Naturally I didn’t have the time or money for all those things but here’s some pictures of what I did get done!

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Someone else took these pictures of me making my little copper cavity

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This is an ultrasonic cleaning bath! Check out those ripples!

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Here I am contaminating a clean-room!

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When I arrived at the airshow I immediately went looking for my friends Wes and Karen and I found them with Abbott and Costello!

This isn't my photo! I'm borrowing it from the Ultimate Abbott and Costello Tribute Show!
This isn’t my photo! I’m borrowing it from the Ultimate Abbott and Costello Tribute Show!

I have a yearly tradition of taking a photo with these guys!

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For the first time ever I actually sat down to watch the airshow. Usually I wander around socializing and checking out the reenactors. I’m really glad I sat down to watch because the show was fantastic….there were even paratroopers.

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When the show was over we all went out to dinner before coming back for the hangar dance. Wes and Karen and their son John Aubrey took me to a little seafood restaurant near the airport. It was the prettiest little place ever….blues walls and string lights!

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Then we came back for the music and the socializing!

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This is Michelle, she’s one of the reenactors I met last year in Pennsylvania.

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After all the fun I came home and brought Wes, Karen and John Aubrey with me. They stayed the night  and it was absolutely amazing having them here. We had so much fun and Wes and I ended up staying up until almost four am talking about life and photography. The next day I showed them around Phoebus and Fort Monroe. Then for lunch we tried out the newest restaurant on Mellen Street called The Point. After lunch our guests had to return to Fredericksburg and I were incredibly sad to see them go.

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When my guests left  I decided to go to the Chrysler Museum of Art to see the giant rubber duckie. The duck is a 40 foot sculpture by Florentijn Hofman and its only here for a week. I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks and even though I was exhausted I just couldn’t wait any longer.

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