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National Punctuation Day
hey Happy National Punctuation Day to all of you especially my
copyediting colleagues blog writers and anyone who gives a hoot about
commas colons semi colons and so forth and let me add that while this latest
National Whatever Day may not hold the morning appeal of National Coffee
Day nor the 5:00 pm excitement of National Beer Day and is certainly not
the nutritionist nightmare that is National Cheeseburger Day National
Punctuation Day is indeed one to celebrate
I must have used more paste when gluing my ski map to its cork base, because it is not sagging at all. After all, there are a mere 45 pins on it, the vast majority of which are on the upper right side. No, there are few pins in the Cascades, Rockies and Sierra Mountains, and not enough to sufficiently prevent the sagging, lumping and other visible eyesores afflicting my National Park map discussed in my previous post.
The problem with this one is the pin color selection. Clearly red pins against a red mountain outline was not the most prudent decision. Then again, nor would have white, black or blue pins been any better. Green and yellow pins might stand out more, but they just don't seem like ski colors, do they? Anyway, I may buy some bigger pins next time I'm in a crafts store. I'll also try to get a clearer picture, but, for now, here is a tabular representation of my ski resort visits; as with my last map, resorts are sorted alphabetically by state, and here followed…
Today marks the centennial of the National Park Service, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I've looked forward to this day all year. As a rather big fan of the NPS, I've visited about 20 new sites this year, some big and many smaller ones. I learned or greatly enjoyed something at every single location. Since I have posted a few other lists here, I thought it might be interesting to do the same for the parks I've visited to date: Alphabetically by state, here goes...
Denali NPAKKenai Fjords NPAKFort Smith NHSARHot Springs NPARPea Ridge NMPARGrand Canyon NPAZLake Mead NRAAZPetrified Forest NPAZDeath Valley NPCAGolden Gate NRACALassen Volcanic NPCALava Beds NMCARedwood Forest NPCASan Francisco Maritime NHPCAWhiskeytown NRPCAYosemite NPCAColorado NMCOMesa Verde NPCORocky Mountain NPCOWeir Farm NHSCTKorean War Veterans MemorialDCLincoln MemorialDCNational MallDCThomas Jefferson MemorialDCWashington MonumentDCWord War II MemorialDCWorld War I MemorialDCCanaveral NMFLChickama…
In retrospect, using old model train layout paste may not have been the best way to mount my National Parks visited map. Thankfully I'm now at 121 sites (with 30+ visited during this "nps100" campaign), so I have more than enough pins to firmly hold the map in place...
With 2016 and the NPS's centennial drawing to closes, I can certainly look back and smile on what I've seen this year, and look forward to seeing many more park sites in the coming years. Still, it's somewhat dejecting knowing that I won't add any more pins until the spring, unless a ski strip has me pass Boston or business calls me to DC, in which case I may be able to tack a few more spots sooner than later. For now, though, I can start focusing on adding pins to my ski map. 😀
For the map here, I've used three pin colors:
Red pins = National Park sites (33 of 59);
black pins = Civil War sites (16);
yellow pins = all others in the #NPS system.