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Harmony - The Cover Story
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Fri, Sep. 10th, 2004 02:20 pm
Harmony

So today I picked up my first ILoveBees.com Axon, at the corner of Chapel and Temple in New Haven. It was an interesting experience.


So I was reading the I Love Bees Wiki when the Recent Changes page showed the Front Page had been updated, saying new Axons had been added. I transferred the axon coordinates to the appropriate page in the Wiki, realizing as I did so that one of the coordinates lay just north east of New York City. Being just north east of New York myself, I ran off to Britain's Mapquest, which accepts Latitude/Longitude coordinates, and plotted the point. Low and behold, the map was centered smack-dab in the middle of New Haven, not ten klicks west of me. The time stamp read 1047 PDT, and doing some lightning-quick calculations, I figured out that that was in just over an hour. So around 1010 PDT, I set out from Westbrook to drive to New Haven (about a 10 minute drive, but I wanted a margin of error). It was a good thing I did, too. I spent ten minutes stopped in traffic at Exit 52 off 95.

I went blasting into New Haven along I-95, switched to Highway 34, and dropped from Exit 1 onto the streets of New Haven. To my considerable dismay, I discovered New Haven had chosen to forgo the "one street north, one street south" arrangement most cities that use 1-way streets have, and instead has chosen a "flip a coin, place the sign" approach. I ended up having to drive four blocks downstream of New Haven Green (where the site was), to double back and get there. Once I arrived on the Green, it was 1039 PDT (1339 local time), and there were no available parking spaces. Anywhere. So, I did what any good, law-abiding citizen would do when faced with no parking and a fast-approaching deadline -- I parked at an unmanned construction site within sight of the objective.

Now I left my car to complete the mission on foot. Fortunately, the dot Mapquest had plotted as the coordinates of the phone booth were right on top of a cluster of four phones. It was now 1044. Three minutes to launch. So I leaned against the phones, and watched two buses stop at the bus stop there within the three minutes (the WRTA could take a lesson from New Haven). Around 1046, two men came up to the cluster and each picked up a phone. One of them finished in a few seconds, and moved on. So I stood at the bus stop, and hoped the call wasn't coming in on the occupied phone. About a minute later, a ring came from the cluster, but I couldn't figure out which phone it was. The man who was already there picked up the phone, listened to it a minute, and chose me out of the line of people at the stop and said "Its for you." I took the phone, and lo and behold, it was the Axon call. So I answered the call, activated the Axon, and left promptly. Mission accomplished.

For all the trouble, driving 15 miles, using up my lunch hour, waiting at a bus stop in New Haven for something other than a bus, and parking, in all likelihood, illegally, all on the say-so of a webpage message 32 bytes long, almost all of which were numeric, it was far more fun than I thought it would be.


OK, back to work.

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Marty O'Donnell - Halo

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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Fri, Sep. 10th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)

That does sound interesting.


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