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July 6, 2010
BLOG: And Now I'm Back, From Outer Banks

So, we just got back last night from a week plus vacation, mainly in Duck, in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Apologies for not setting up a guest blogger this time, I had anticipated doing a little blogging from vacation but we had the worst possible WiFi setup - I had internet access only up an observation tower on our rental house, and atop the tower it was too sunny to see the laptop screen by day and too dark to see the keys at night. (Also, I ended up doing more work on vacation than anticipated; it's been that kind of year). So, I was able to use Twitter from my Blackberry, but no blogging. Hopefully, regular blogging will return shortly.

We did get a chance, on the way out of town, to check out Kitty Hawk, where the second set* of Wright Brothers chose for their spot to make aviation history, and you only have to fly a kite in the Outer Banks to see why they picked the spot - the wind conditions are perfect for effortless flight. Of course, my 4-year-old was able to walk the distance of the first flight in almost the time it took the Wright Brothers to get there by airplane. The first flight wasn't that fast. But it is striking that it's one of the very few great moments in scientific and technological history that was captured for posterity in photographs. And of course, as befitted (befat?) men of that era, everyone involved wore neckties, topcoats and top hats.

On the trip back, we caught the July 4 Mets-Nationals game at Nationals Park. It's a nice place for a ballgame, with scarcely a bad seat in the house, notwithstanding that it was hot enough there Monday to melt the One Ring. I wouldn't say it's quite as attractive a venue as Citizens Bank or Citi Field, but it's very wide-open, and when Craig Stammen is pitching (he's in the rotation the day after Strasburg), you can have any seat in the house. We sat in the field-level right field seats (Section 135L), which were awesome until the heat became unbearable, then backed up to the covered seats at the top of the section.

* - Harry and George Wright, the fathers of professional baseball, came first.

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Welcome back Crank.

Posted by: Mark D at July 7, 2010 10:50 AM

I am surprised you liked your seats in right field at the Nationals game- at my first Nats game, I was disappointed to wind up in right field directly under the scoreboard. I now make sure to identify the location of the scoreboard when I am buying tickets, so that I can sit from a viewable area.

Perhaps I am not enough of a diehard baseball fan (or too much of a computer/tv phile), but unless I am at a minor league baseball game, I expect to look up at the scoreboard every now and then and see some combination of replays, useful information, and/or useless tidbits.

Posted by: Chris Bosken at July 9, 2010 11:39 AM
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