I had an opportunity today to photograph some of the normally "off-limits" areas on the USS Yorktown.
This is a huge vessel, and some areas still contain (consumable type) items used while it was in service during World War 2. Our engineers have been working on a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) project which involves documenting, analyzing, and managing inventory data. This is necessary for many reasons. Anyway, without getting too technical and rambling about things that I know very little about, it was a fascinating look behind the scenes.
A little history ... The USS Yorktown (CV-10) was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy. Under construction as Bon Homme Richard, this new Essex-class carrier was renames Yorktown in honor of Yorktown (CV-5), sunk at the epic Battle of Midway (June 1942). Built in an amazing 16 ½ months at Newport News, Virginia, Yorktown was commissioned on April 15, 1943. Yorktown participated significantly in the Pacific Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. Yorktown received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II. Much of the Academy Award-winning (1944) documentary "The Fighting Lady" was filmed aboard Yorktown.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I had promised myself I was not going to over-indulge, but how can you not on Thanksgiving Day? Tomorrow will be my day of atonement with extra laps at the pool, but today it was mimosas at Pam & Bubba's in the morning, and Thanksgiving dinner at Nancy's in the afternoon. Great food, fun times, and now I feel like a python that swallowed an elephant.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009
The Ace Basin Task Force celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Ace Basin Project this afternoon at the beautiful Willtown Bluff Plantation on Yonges Island. The event saw the gathering of a veritable "who's who" in the land conservation arena on a local, State and Federal level.The weather was disappointing - cold and rainy, but everything else was first class.
Posted by Vanessa Kauffmann at 9:08 PM
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Today was the annual GEL Christmas party - only we combined Thanksgiving and Christmas this year and had it early in the season.The weather held off, there was plenty to eat and drink and I'm told the oysters were the best!Poplar Grove Plantation is a really great place to throw a party.
Posted by Vanessa Kauffmann at 10:37 PM
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
So its the weekend again and there's lots to do. It would be really nice to see the sun again .... Maybe tomorrow. However, it's the season of oyster roasts and Thanksgiving, so maybe not.
Posted by Vanessa Kauffmann at 6:23 PM
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
It's been almost a year since I began this, and I will finish the year out, but what began ambitiously as a daily blog degenerated quickly into an (almost) daily blog, and next year will become an occasional blog. It's been an interesting exercise, and useful for overseas family who like to keep abreast of my activities, but I'll just have to be better about writing in future! I plan to spare readers (if there are any left) the bland details of my daily grind, and save this space for special trips and events.
Posted by Vanessa Kauffmann at 11:37 AM
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I think I could probably teach a class on how to maxx out the hours of a day. Suffice to say that I got a bunch done and I will sleep well tonight - well, maybe. Did a family portrait shoot this morning, finished designing and printing wedding invitations, swam laps, took Logan to TWO parks, cooked dinner for the kids.. Is that all? Feels like it should be a longer list. Anyway, here are a couple pics of Paul, Nicole and Brennan (and dogs.)
Posted by Vanessa Kauffmann at 10:44 PM
Friday, November 6, 2009
So Friday seems to find me at Folly - the instant antidote for the work week. This evening was great - cool and so pretty. Logan had a ball, and I got some good exercise.Later, family and friends got together for dinner, and it was a fun evening - war of the generations, and some payback for the times the kids thought they ruled. This pic is of my crazy kids - Leigh (five foot and not much) giving Matt (six foot something) a piggy back around the kitchen.
Posted by Vanessa Kauffmann at 10:16 PM
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Today saw the first day of a very important 2-day seminar at GEL. We had 40 participants, some of whom had flown in from the West Coast to attend. It was a long day but it went well. The food was fine, the AV equipment didn't malfunction, everything pretty much went as planned, so one down, one to go. This is what most of my day looked like.....but inside my head it was a cool, fall evening and I was sitting looking over the Charleston rooftops and waiting for the moon ...
Posted by Vanessa Kauffmann at 6:54 PM
Sunday, November 1, 2009
It's Sunday evening and hard to believe tomorrow is Monday. Even harder to believe that we are into November - season of Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations everywhere. Please ... I'm really not ready for caroles. Anyway, a couple photos from today because it's the only time I managed to get out and shoot. Spent some time on Edisto this afternoon and then came back to Charleston with a plan to shoot the full moon rising over the city. That sort of worked, mainly because the clouds tended to obscure the moon, which became a secondary issue. It was a great evening nevertheless.
Posted by Vanessa Kauffmann at 7:13 PM
On Friday, as part of the GEL Trident United Way campaign, we had a fundraiser that involved buying tickets for the opportunity to throw a pie at someone, usually a group leader. This is becoming a very popular annual event - nay tradition! Anyway, the targets were really good sports, some of the throwers were really terrible athletes. You would think they could hit the target at 6 feet out, but many missed. It's hard to tell, but I think the bottom photo is of Bob Pullano ... :)
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