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Minstrel 27 May 2013 11:01 PM

Pictures of Snopesters
Our most recent photo thread seems to be full and locked, but I just have to brag about getting to ride a Zamboni on Friday night. :D

And just for good measure, here's a non-blurry version of me:

Richard W 27 May 2013 11:16 PM

The non-blurry version of you looks better...! What's a Zamboni?

I did some walking in Wales last weekend and ended up with a couple of photos of me that aren't too bad. Especially since I was feeling completely knackered in the first one, at the top of Snowdon.

WildaBeast 27 May 2013 11:25 PM


Originally Posted by Richard W (Post 1739369)
What's a Zamboni?

It's that machine that smooths out the ice on an ice rink. Well technically it's the name of a company that makes that kind of machine, but it's become one of those generic trademarks, like Hoover in the UK.

Moku 27 May 2013 11:32 PM

Lol, I was reading vacuum cleaner reviews on yesterday; whatever the brand or model... all the reviews were for hoovers!

Cervus 03 June 2013 04:10 AM

I recently returned from several weeks in Peru. Here's me sandboarding on the dunes near Nazca:

Posing with some wildlife at 14,000 feet:

And having some fun in the jungle:

SatansHobbit 03 June 2013 11:32 AM

Are those trails behind you in the sand, what it took for your toes to slow you down? :eek:

Cervus 03 June 2013 08:21 PM

Yes. I'd just come down a massive dune and, having no previous experience, was instructed to use my feet as brakes. On most occasions I just kept my toes in the sand during the whole run, otherwise I just shot like a bullet.

NorthernLite 03 June 2013 09:17 PM

You look like you were having an absolute blast.

Cervus 04 June 2013 03:15 AM

It was fun and terrifying and I was picking sand out of my hair for a week.

ASL 04 June 2013 03:19 AM

Yes... You might say that "blast" you had was a sand blasting. I'll be here all week.

Cervus 04 June 2013 03:25 AM

My watch face actually got etched by the force of the sand! I'm glad I was wearing my "old lady" sunglasses to protect my regular eyeglasses.

Spamamander 04 June 2013 04:55 PM

Putting my brave face on... try not to be horrified! An image of me from the Seattle Slutwalk 2012 from their flickr feed: (linked to since there's visible bra and such, not bad but just in case)

Spamamander and Shimi the slut-dog

GenYus234 04 June 2013 05:17 PM

And here is a picture of me and Michael A Stackpole, as taken by Timothy Zahn.

Here is a picture of me and Timothy Zahn, as taken by Michael A Stackpole.

NorthernLite 05 June 2013 06:22 AM

I had mentioned earlier in one of the threads that I had to deliver a truck to Yellowknife, NWT and was going to fly back to Hay River to meet my ride south. WildaBeast had asked if I was flying Buffalo and indeed I did. Tada

Oops, wrong buffalo. This is better.

And up front in the cockpit was Buffalo Joe. But I didn't get a good shot of him.

That's not him either. That's just some goober from Alberta.

gopher 05 June 2013 05:38 PM

How old was that beautiful plane? Love the Dakota/DC3/C-47.

NorthernLite 05 June 2013 05:47 PM

I've been trying to find out but it doesn't list the ages anywhere that I have found. The interior of that particular plane looked quite well used.

WildaBeast 05 June 2013 06:22 PM


Originally Posted by NorthernLite (Post 1741955)
I've been trying to find out but it doesn't list the ages anywhere that I have found. The interior of that particular plane looked quite well used.

I'm so jealous that you actually had the opportunity to fly on a classic DC-3!

As for looking up the age, have you tried searching based on the registration number? In the US that almost always brings up the FAA record on the plane, which includes the year of manufacture.

ETA: After a little detective work (I had to search for pictures of Buffalo DC-3's in general to figure out your plane was registered C-GWZS, not C-GW23 like I first thought from your photo), I found a few sources that say it was built in 1942.

GenYus234 05 June 2013 06:30 PM

C-GWZS was built in 1942.

ETA: Go here and put C-GWCZ into the mark field to find the record.

ETA2: According to Wikipedia, the 3C designation means it was a C-47 rebuilt by Douglas.

NorthernLite 05 June 2013 07:04 PM

So she's 70 plus years. And damn rugged for her age. We hit turbulence at the edge of a thunder storm about five miles out from Hay River. We dropped twice, fast enough that all the magazines in their pockets and the guy behind me hit the ceiling. I remember thinking that another one of those and we'll be through the ice on the lake. It was a bit of a thrill.

Lainie 05 June 2013 07:17 PM

I like the first buffalo pic, too. 'Cause BABIES!

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