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Pennsylvania Coal Breakers, June 2013

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 2 comments

I felt like a character in Rendezvous with Rama, exploring the hulking remains of a long-dead civilization, surrounded by technology whose purpose I could not fathom.

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Coachella and Environs, April 2013

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

Pops made the travel plans, Mr. Max requested the time off work, and we met at LAX.

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Hospital 07, August 2012

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 3 comments

Intelligence from highly-placed sources indicated that there would be a human-sized break in the wrought-iron fence…

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Hospital 06, July 2012

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 5 comments

Our cover blown and our plate number (no doubt) recorded in a log book somewhere, we decided to abort the mission. What’s that expression? Cowardice is the better part of valor? That doesn’t sound right.

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Hospital 05, February 2012

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 1 comment

If you’re trying to get over a mild flu/cold, you almost certainly should not spend eight hours climbing around an ancient stone building breathing frigid air visibly laden with asbestos, mold and mycobacteria.

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School 01, January 2012

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 0 comments

We came in before dawn, crawling through miles of thorny underbrush, navigating by the stars, our clothing torn by barbed wire.

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5 Beekman, NYC, November 2011

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 in Urban Exploration | 0 comments

“You come with me,” he said, pointing to one of my friends. “You look strong.” Then he pointed at me. “You also come with me. You are the brains of the operation.”

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SRL in SF, November 1995

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 in Travel | 0 comments

A parking lot had been rented for the night, but I am fairly certain that the lot owners had no idea what was about to happen.

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Robot Wars in SF, August 1995

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 in Travel | 0 comments

I was a bit disgruntled that “the girls” had invaded our special time…

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Robot Wars in SF, August 1994

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 in Travel | 0 comments

Defying my expectations, it ended up being the most enjoyable trip to San Francisco I’ve ever taken. Except for the part at the end, when Eric was passing a kidney stone.

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