West of Portland OR, on the road to Seaside, is a logging-themed restaurant: Camp 18. Engulfing the eating establishment are historic relics from the logging industry, including several railroad hulks.
There are notable rusting railroad hulks in Northern California. The current manifestation of the railway line is the Skunk Train. But historically, it was the California Western. A few cars are readily observable; others are behind a wire fence.
In the mountains east of Uyuni, Bolivia, is an operating grist watermill that uses medieval technology brought to the Americas by the Spanish. Falling water turns a water wheel which in turn rotates a grinding wheel.
The proprietor of the mill was very excited to show us the inner workings of the mill. Fortunately, the mill had a customer, a woman with a bag of wheat.
Grain is poured slowly into the center of the revolving stone and is ground between the stones. A steady flow of grain is maintained by vibrating the chute. The coarseness of the flour is determined gap between the two stones.
During the Nixon Watergate hearings, I was in US Coast Guard stationed in Wilmington, NC. During my southern sojourn, a woman from Price, Utah, went on the Today Show saying she planned on paddling across the Atlantic Ocean in an aluminum canoe. Unfortunately for us, she planned on launching from Wilmington.
We consulted our lawyers and it was determined that we should do nothing to encourage her voyage, including watching after she had set sail. One day, she and a local man who had agreed to accompany her, showed up at our office. Since I had joined the military in Utah, the commanding officer invited me in for the conversation. After a little back-and-forth, it was clear they had no idea what they were in for. No navigational skills, no appreciation for the power of ocean, poor logistical planning, etc. But they could not be dissuaded.
A day or two later, I was the senior officer left in the office. I got a call from Washington DC. ”Please hold for Senator Erwin.” Sam Erwin was the grandfatherly senator in charge of the Watergate hearings. Because the hearings were bring televised, the North Carolina senator was a national figure and a respected politician.
When he came on the line, he was very polite and requested that we stop the proposed trans-Atlantic trek or at least make sure she stayed safe. I explained that we had been advised by our lawyers to do neither. Legally, we had no authority to stop her. And watching over her might be perceived as providing encouragement. Senator Sam seemed placated, and we politely ended the call
On their first try at oceanic paddling, the pair were hauled back to shore by fisherman. They were both seasick, The local man decided that he had had enough. But the woman made one last furtive try. Again she was rescued by a fishing boat. Thus ends my story. To this day, I wonder if the woman had some religious motive for her proposed venture. But she never alluded to any such motive.
In February, 2 Peruvian friends and i travelled to southern Bolivia. One of the surprises for me, were 2 railroad graveyards. The yard in Uyuni is what’s left of a railroad repair facility, abandoned in the 1950’s. The place is impressive in its size.
The nearby mining town of Pulacayo also has some interesting railroad relics.
I really don’t like the new LDS logo. I was fine with the old one, the angel Moroni blowing his horn.
The new logo is a framed illustration of Christus, a 11-foot marble statue originally sculpted by Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1820. An exact copy is now displayed prominently by the LDS Church. And is an important feature of Mormon kitsch.
Unfortunately, the new logo looks like a nook in a Catholic church. Not exactly the image I would like to see the Church project.
As has been pointed out on the boggernacle, the logo also looks a lot like bathtub Jesus, a shrine placed in front of homes.
According to the Urban Dictionary:
Decorative lawn ornament, popular through much of New England, where an old cast-iron bathtub is buried standing up, halfway into the ground, and a statue of Jesus is placed inside. Frequently seen near or with a lawn ball. Associated with white trash.
The last sentence is way too judgmental, but you get the point.