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Pictures taken during May 2011

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Ben was shocked to discover me taking his picture
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This looks like a good hallway to roll a giant rock down
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Chris is too tired to hold his own head up
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Topaz likes to wear this shirt while DMing
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Silly Dani
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Signing to Dani about what the hell is going on
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I realized I never took any pictures of the area around our cabin.. so here's one
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I accidentally took this picture, but I liked it
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OK, this is blatently out of focus, my bad, but it's still pretty great. Unfortunately, Chris had already gone home.
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Everyone go crazy! For some reason we all screamed too
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Olympia diner was pretty awesome
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Heyyy, that's not a skylight!
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Me in the mirror!
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This is Beager's "birthday" face
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Closeup of Steve!
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Four developers walk into a bar..
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Hey bird, that water isn't clean!
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The bird doesn't care
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Little airplane!
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Bigger bird
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Much bigger bird!
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This plane flew almost directly overhead!
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Kevin mans the foosball table
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We tried to get TV coverage from the tiny helicopter
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Foosball: serious business
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My foos partner Mike watches the helicopter
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Foosball action!
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Twist those knobs!
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Kevin and Scott, our COO
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So much drama playso ut on this field
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The look of concentration..
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One mistake and you could be out of the tournament!
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Joe likes to egg people on
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Other contestants size up the competition
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Serve it up!
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Which team will win??
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I had a stress test done and this was the echocardiogram computer
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Various doctor-y things
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This was just flatlining since I wasn't hooked in yet
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Chris wonders why I'm taking pictures
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That's better!
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I couldn't get this stupid mobile internet device to work
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Starbucks.. it's coffee!
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Topaz does his Topaz impression
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"Why do you keep taking pictures of me??"
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And off they go! Off to see Thor
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This is obviously a terrible picture, but I left it in to show how I practiced the timing for the shuttle launch.. taking pictures of replays on Youtube!
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S'up buddy, long time no see!
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James has this really pitiful "family portrait" sticker thing on the back of his car.. it's just him!
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First things first.. check tire pressure! ..?
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Oh god, the clock is running!
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Filling up tires with Dragon Challenge and Hogwarts in the background. James clearly has moved to the right place..
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James checks his phone
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Chilling in IKEA
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The chair made an ominous "clunk"..
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..before suddenly tipping backwards
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This is how James transported his new plant
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Driving along
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James wisely bought a sleeping bag to use on the STS-134 vigil onthe bridge. I really came to regret not getting one
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This was supposed to be a before and after of the new TV shelf but I forgot to take the "after"!
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James' crazy bird thing.. it bobs its head and rotates in the wind
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The hunter becomes the hunted?
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James playing with the zoom lens
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My turn to play with the zoom lens! (He was about 200 feet away)
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Thinking about phones?
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This is the very moment that raw video of liposuction appeared on the tv James was watching. I love it.
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James is excited to drive out to KSC
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Some "real Florida" outside of touristy Orlando
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Kenney Space Center! Let's go!
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Cool sign
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Inspiration!
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It's actually just a big model of a shuttle, but it's still cool!
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Just six more miles!
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Ahh! It's the Vehicle Assembly Building! That's where they put the rockets together!
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We're here! The Kennedy Space Center!
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The Rocket Garden! Unfortunately, I never got a chance to go look again, so this is the only picture I have!
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We immediately jumped on the bus tour
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NASA!
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Oh man, only one day left!
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As we pulled around the corner and I saw the VAB down the road, a chill went down my spine
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It's the VAB!! The American flag is 22 stories tall!
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I believe this is the equipment they use to move the external tank around
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The Saturn Causeway! This is the road the Saturn V and Space Shuttle travel down to the launch pad!
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It's the space shuttle!! Endeavour! An actual shuttle on the pad!
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The crawler! They've been using this platform since the 60s!
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Each tread link weighs a couple thousand pounds!
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Crawlerrr
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SPACE dots??
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Boeing's Delta launch pad
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SpaceX's launch pad. The Falcon 9 launches from here!
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An Air Force launch facility
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I believe this is the Lockheed launch pad
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And of course, the big one, Launch Complex 39-A with Space Shuttle Endeavour primed for her final voyage
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It was surreal to finally see it
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Space Shuttle Endeavour, mostly concealed by the rotating service structure (RSS)
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Launch complex 39-B, the alternate shuttle launch site, now being reworked for a new generation of launch vehicles
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A wider shot of 39-A
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Wider still
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There was some serious photographic hardware at the viewing platform
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The shuttle and me! I'm finally here!
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The crawler with the VAB and some unidentified vertical structure
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Those doors are tall enough to allow a Saturn V to pass under. Over 300 feet tall!
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Giant crawler treads
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This guy had a ridiculously huge lens
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Looking down at a space shuttle main engine they had on display
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James checks his phone with Endeavour in the background
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The guts of the space shuttle main engine. It's incredible that something complex can work so reliably
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The SSME in all its glory
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This is about the closest I will ever get to the space shuttle (before they're in museums)
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Pegasus, the barge they use to deliver the space shuttle external tanks
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The countdown clock! This was the best angle I could get from the bus though
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I like the artwork on the water tower!
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The Orbiter Processing Facility! This is really the closest I'll get to a shuttle, but it's inside so it doesn't count!
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Next up, the Saturn V center!
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Hell yeah, we do!
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I was told that these were the actual consoles mission control used during the Apollo era but I don't believe them since they've all been modified
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They reenacted the Apollo 11 landing
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The status board!
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I'm not sure why they felt the need to add all these fake video screens..
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The business end of a Saturn V. The most powerful rocket ever built
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Looking down the immense Saturn V rocket
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Five F-1 engines. Unimaginable power
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Me standing under the end of the Saturn V rocket
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Each F-1 engine bell is larger than an entire Mercury capsule
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James contemplates large rockets
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You can see the cooling rings wrapped around the exterior
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So many little pieces
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J-2 engines! The power behind the Saturn V's second stage
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The back of the second stage of the Saturn V
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The rocket is still ridiculously huge even if you don't count the first stage
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The actual command module from Apollo 14
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I believe this flight plan is from Apollo 17
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Apollo flight plans
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Actual flight plans from Apollo
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The door to Kittyhawk, the Apollo 14 command module
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Last time I was here I managed to touch the heat shield on this vehicle by jamming my fingers through the plastic shielding.. not this tmie
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A moon rock!
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Various Apollo hardware
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Alan Shepard's actual lunar EVA suit
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The third stage of the Saturn V, using a single J-2 engine
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Gene Cernan's lunar EVA suit
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The suit of the last man to walk on the moon
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The last boots to walk on the moon.. for now
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This is an actual Lunar Module, LM-9. It was never flown since it was replaced by the more robust modules for the J missions
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Inside a lunar module
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James near the front of the Saturn V
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The command module of the Saturn V
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Looking down from the front of the Saturn V
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Outside the Saturn V center, we could see the shuttle launch pad. You can't really see it here due to all the launchpad structure in the way, but look carefully and you can see the orange external tank through the launchpad
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The VAB from another angle
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A bald eagle nest! It's been there for almost 40 years, weighs 700 pounds, and is big enough to lie down on!
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Palm trees!
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Recreating a shot I took seven years ago
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James kept taking pictures as I walked back to reclaim my camera
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Me in front of Explorer! A one to one scale model of the space shuttle orbiter
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The external tank and solid rocket boosters are simply massive
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The rear of Exporer
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Explorer! Not really a shuttle, but it's still amazing to walk around
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The shuttle launch facility was amazing! I liked it even more than Mission: SPACE!
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The underbelly of Explorer, with a replica of the thermal protection system
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Inside a weird little "current mission" building
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Details on the upcoming mission!
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A plaque at the Space Mirror
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A sobering reminder of the cost of human spacefilght
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The T-38, a jet astronauts use to practice shuttle landings
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Me with a few of my fake astronaut buddies
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James poses with his hand and.. NASA itself..
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A mockup of the Orion capsule
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Ten bucks says Orion never flies
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A space tree! The seed that this tree came from was flown to the moon and back on Apollo 14!
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There's a nuclear power plant outside of Orlando.. cool!
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This was the best shot of Hogwarts at Universal I got all week
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James gets caught off guard
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My STS-134 hat
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James' obscene Waffle House meal: quadruple hash browns with cheese, smothered in salsa (followed by a slice of chocolate pie)
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Universal Studios! Right across the street from James' apartment
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This power line goes right by James' house
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Don't touch it!
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Looking up the pylon
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These weird turkey-faced ducks were all around James' apartment complex
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Pylon in the sunset
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There were a million "lovebugs" in the air, so every car was covered with them
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Token man runs over with some tokens
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It's air hockey time
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I crushed him at air hockey. Who knew?
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Gecko!! They were all over the place
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Behold! The ultimate asshole parker! I guess he has an excuse though..
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Looking down the road that James lives off of
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Weird enclosed walkway..
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James' fish!
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Fish!
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You can't hide from me, fish
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Fiiish!
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The A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway, the bridge we camped out on to watch the launch
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The view of the launch pad from our vantage point on top of the bridge
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The VAB is looking good in the sunset
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Zoomed out a little more so you can see the launchpad (on the left) and the VAB on the right
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Zoomed a little more out. This is more or less what it looked like to the unaided eye.
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Believe it or not, we weren't the first group on the bridge. These people had been camping out all day!
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James tests out the binoculars
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A beautiful Florida sunset
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James waits for a long night as the VAB sits in the distance
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A destination from an earlier time
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At this point, the bridge was still empty
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A 120 second exposure of thet launch pad and VAB. The bright spotlights on the shuttle really light up the sky
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A fellow photographer checks his camera in the early morning light
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Positioning cameras..
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There were a lot of boats on the intercoastal waterway
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James' decision to buy a sleeping bag really paid off in the end
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As the sun rose, more and more people turned out on the bridge
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Awaiting the sun
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Lots of photographers were making final calibrations to their setup
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At this point, these guys had been on the bridge for almost 24 hours
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Our empty bridge is filling up!
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A camera pointed towards the launch site
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That is one hell of a lens
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This guy with the blanket and the can made me laugh
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What a crazy dude!
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A wild dolphin!
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The launchpad, seen through the morning mist
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The VAB is so massive it's difficult to think about
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The sun is almost here..
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Finally, the sun peeked up above the cloud bank
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Sunlight falls on the waiting masses
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A crane?
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Nice backpack
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At this point, lots of normal people started showing up since it wasn't so crazy early
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I'm really glad i eschewed "Space Park", that place is packed!
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The police shut down the bridge two hours before the launch
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I took this picture for Bryce. He thinks those "Big Dog" shirts are ridiculous
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The bridge is really filling up!
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There were several street vendors selling various NASA gear
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I believe this is the T-38 piloted by astronaut Steven Lindsey as he gauges the crosswinds at the Shuttle Landing Facility
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A boat hurries to the small island closer to the launch site
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Another dolphin!
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The big moment is here at last! Main engines start, SRB ignition, and liftoff of Space Shuttle Endeavour!
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The camera automatically took pictures while I watched with my naked eyes. It was almost too bright to look at
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Photos cannot do it justice. It is simply breathtaking. It was absolutely worth all of the time and effort
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The exhaust plume puncturing the low lying clouds
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Now here's something I don't recall seeing before.. the swirly aftermath of the exhaust plume
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The clouds blocked the shuttle from our view, but the seeing the shadow of the exhaust plume cast on it spanning the sky was incredible
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It spanned across the entire sky
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Me and the remnants of Endeavour's exhaust plume
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I don't know how I've never seen this before!
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One last look at the launch site. Time to head home.
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Mass exodus!
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There was a scramble to get on the roads before the filled up
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But of course.. they filled up immediately anyway. Worth it!
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They had a big tram to pick us up from the parking lot
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James loves pictures
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Animal Kingdom! Be careful not to cover the "I" and "M" in your family photo
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That big tree! It's actually made out of an oil rig
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You can hide from raptors on top of this
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Creepy skeleturtle
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Time machine?
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Fancy wig
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Fake mountain!
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James will be mad that I can't remember the name of this ride
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Hey cool, prayer flags
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Lots of little kids wandering around
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It was an impressive fake mountain and looked tallker than its 190 feet
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Nice path
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These bats are HUGE!
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Tiger!
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Cats are always sleeping
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Cow? Or.. something
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Deer? Or.. something
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Lots of prayer flags
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They had them all strung up over the path
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This was the best shot I got of.. whatever primate this is. I was hoping he'd climb aroudn more but it was hot
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Moments after I put the camera down, the owl completely freaked out
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It's safari time!
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Our guide was great. Very funny and knowledgable
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James!
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Some animals we might see
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Here we go!
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White bird!
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Rhino!
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Hippos under water
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Pelican?
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"They look like baked potatoes"
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He's watching me
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This vulture was just hanging out like this
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Alligators lounging around
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"Hello"
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Savannah animals
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Too lazy to stand and eat?
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Little fast looking animals
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Maybe a gazelle? Who knows
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Some termite mounds
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Big horns
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Wildebeest
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The giraffes were really cool
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I like this closeup of him eating
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Love the pattern
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This Sigma lens really came in handy on the safari
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Elephant!
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These elephants were goofing off in the water
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Baby elephant drying off
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Trunk fight!
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Flamingos hanging out
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I hear they're pink from the shrimp they eat.. or something
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This is what our truck looked like
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More rhinos
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The lion was also sleepy
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Female ostriches
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I don't like the way the ostriches hold their head
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That's better
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The guide says this guy can go his whole life without drinking water. He gets it out of his food
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When Steve saw this picture he said "you should've stuck a french fry in his mouth"
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Back on the tram
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Looking back at the lady on the PA
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Epcot! It's the big golfball, aka Spaceship Earth
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Disney is funny because even mundane things have whimsical labels like this
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James ruins another perfectly good picture
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Showing off his Disney employee ID
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Monorail black!
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Monorail teal? If I get that wrong I'll be hearing from James..
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Buzz Lightyear!
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Planty Woody
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Can you find the pentagon?
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Monorail gold passes behind the Woody topiary
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Toy ball
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I love the patterns
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Me standing underneat Spaceship Earth
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Dynamic angle!
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Time to get on Spaceship Earth
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Closeup of the triangles
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Weird robots
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They were sort of creepy
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Working on dials..
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The moon landing!
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This guy was really creepy
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James thought this lady was funny
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Steve Wozniak!
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A crazy picture of the LED room
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Mission: SPACE, the ride I was most looking forward to
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Nice helmet
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Of course, I had to try one on too
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Inside the line for MIssion: SPACE
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They had a big 2001-esque wheel
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This was apparently the employee break room because they were hanging out on the other side of this panel
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Pre-flight briefing
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Are you ready to go to Mars?
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The view from on the ride. The G-forces were intense!
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On to Test Track
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Creepy crash test dummy parts were everywhere
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This couple looked like they were having the time of their lives
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The rear of the ride vehicle
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These weird shapes were supposed to allow us to speak quietly but still hear each other. Didn't really work..
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Free Segway rides? Hell yeah!
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I'm on a Segway! It's harder than it looks
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James tried one too
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Dolphin!
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What's your problem?
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Apparently you can pay to SCUBA dive with the fish
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The Tron monorail
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Duck!
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Sunset over the monorail
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Looking back on Spaceship Earth
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Sweet flowers
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The Japanese pavilion. I never ended up going since it was far away and we didn't have much time before the fireworks
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James checks out the sunset
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Monorail with Spaceship Earth
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This lady was trying to feed the squirrel
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Is it firework time yet?
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Looking out where the fireworks will be
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Big fires lit up the area
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The firework show begins!
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The giant lightup earth
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Lasers and fireworks!
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Oooohhh
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Ahhhh
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Bright lights!
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Firing rockets towards the center
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Even without the inferno barge, the show was spectacular!
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Colorful fountains
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Spaceship Earth looks great at night
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Closeup of the colors and patterns
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One last look at Disney!
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I noticed this place in the airport on the way back, too bad it wasn't open!
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And of course, the Kennedy Space Center gift shop! Great trip!
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We got a huge table
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What are you going to order?
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"You always end up taking a picture of me making a face like--" *CLICK* "--damn it!"
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Tim
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Jesse
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Veena stole my camera to play with it
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Gotta use the wide angle for shots like these
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Clearly having a fun time
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Phil seems offput by something..
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What am I talking about?
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Yaay, STS-134 hat
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Wide angle adapter!
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Does this mean Ford is going to have a good year?
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Nice clouds
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Another rainbow!
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I just thought these clouds were cool
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Expecting a big turnout!
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So far it's just these two
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Also this guy
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Shawn listens to the conversation
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I call this guy "Mr. Rogers"
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It wouldn't be "drinking" skeptically without drinking!
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I opted for a gin and tonic over beer
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Just in case it wasn't clear what group this was..
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Shawn's beer has a cherry in it!
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Shawn with some girl from the group
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Telling some story
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I guess this girl is sort of famous online. "SkeptChick"
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Extra pizza!
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The bald guy was sort of creepy
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Lots of people showed up in the end, way later than expected
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That is a lot of beer
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Phil's got some cool shades on
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Megan apparently isn't a fan of Phil's shades?
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Steve's Grandma
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Steve's Dad
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Steve's Mom! We've got Steve's entire family here in these few pictures
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Phil on the railing
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I don't remember this guy's name
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Steve caught me taking his picture
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The infamous red cup
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Steve and Megan
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Throw!
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Steve's ready for some Kan Jam
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Kan Jam
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Steve was having a good time
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Steve's Dad almost got his head taken off by a frisbee. Phil thought it was pretty funny
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I brought bubbles. Everyone thought it was silly at first, but in the end it was awesome
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Bubbles!
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Phil spins the frisbee around
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Bubble!
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Someone brought this really cool dog
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Judging by its ears, its mother was a bat
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Smiley Shawn
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Frisbee coming at the camera!
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Football Shawn!
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We kept trying to get the football in focus in midair. This is pretty close!
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Drinking and throwing
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What's with Shawn's finger?
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Slap it!
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Get it in!
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Nice throw
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I'm not sure what this face is all about
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The photo of the evening
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Dustin's got an awesome t-shirt
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Hanging out on Steve's sweet porch
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Megan!
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Phil and Dustin
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What's this pose all about?
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Mmm, strawberries
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Dustin's got a beer
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Shawn listening to a story
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When we went out for beer, I printed this picture that I had taken earlier. Steve put it on his window
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I also bought Shawn a toy car that looked sort of like his car
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So much meat!
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Manning the grill
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This baby was giving me the stinkeye.. as babies are wont to do
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Grill!
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Steve's Dad explains a story to Shawn in front of the wall of booze
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Alcohol infused whipped cream!!
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Considerably intoxicated Kan Jam!
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Catch it, Steve!
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Foof chair time!
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These pictures will come back to haunt Steve some day
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Who's that girl who appeared on the foof chair?
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Fire Phil?
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