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WEBSITE SUNDAY Additions

Yesterday, I invited over Doug Kerr, CC Slater, and Chris Jordan for the first WEBSITE SUNDAY. basically, yesterday was all of us in my computer room/office working on websties, doing research, and having a good time. We spent about 10 hours on different things.

Website Sunday or weekend has been something Doug and I had been talking about since I moved to New York in February. And with the slow and dead witner months, what a better way to be productive. Doug was able to work on Connecticut Ends, Complete the debut of Massachusetts Ends, and do some Rhode Island page work. Slater worked on another page of his and Doug's trip to Philadelphia last month, and I, while in the midst of doing laundry and making lunch and dinner for everyone, started on South Carolina but suffered writers block and decided to do some adds to the Georgia, Missouri, and Tennessee galleries . CJ left early since he was feeling ill.

It was definitely a productive day (more after the update info) as we talked about new ideas and possibilties for our sites, Slater will be scanning a 1951 NC Drivers manual for me in the future, and we paln on doing more over the winter.

Now here's the goods on the updates:

Georgia:

Six shield photos. Five from Waycross from JP Natisiatka and one from Rabun County Georgia from Howard S. I have enough Waycross photos that I may in fact develop a feature just based on all the photos, or at least we all joked about it.

Three Road Scenes: Three great bridge shots from Howard. Two are of covered bridges near Atlanta including one in Smyrna not that far from I-285. Both covered bridges are great ideas for feature pages. The other photo is of a wood decked bridge on Old GA 180.

Missouri:

12 photos from David Backlin. It would have been 15 but three great button copy shots are on Slater's site and I decided not to include them at this time. Some great button copy all over the place and a very interesting backplate on a speed limit 65 sign.

Tennessee:

Two photos. One from Howard S. of a very unique town called Gruetli-Laager. I'd love to know the history about the town. I did a search for information but nothing at all about it. If it is like Fuquay-Varina in North Carolina. It would be the result of a merger of two towns, which is probably the case. The other photo from David, is a unique set of street signs for US 78 outside of Memphis.

Next is South Carolina, I started on most of it. But hit a wall in trying to put together the amount of news on both I-73 and the Carolina Bays Parkway that have occurred in the state over the past six months. I think after coming back for Christmas I should be recharged to finish South Carolina. I am also going to try and flush out some information on some of the Auto Trails that were in South Carolina, that I have yet to list, based on scans from Mike Roberson.

But overall, WEBSITE SUNDAY was a great success. We will be having more here in New York over the winter. Enough so that doug has left a spare computer here so he can easily work on stuff for these occassions. CJ and Slater both brought laptops. It reminded me al ot of group projects I did in college where the group would spend a day doing various tasks. Specifically the Media Management class my senior year that got the best grade Dr. Jabro had give in two years. It was groups that functioned as we did yesterday, that I got the best grades in.

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Doug said…
The website weekend (or in this case Sunday) worked out very well. I am looking forward to more of that this winter as it allows me to be very productive.

For more completeness, here's the updates I worked on over the weekend...

Massachusetts Route Ends - Fifteen new ends introduced from around the
Commonwealth, in this, the premier offering of Massachusetts Route Ends.
http://www.state-ends.com/massachusetts/

Connecticut State Route Ends - Some additional ends from around the state
added, or updated.
http://www.gribblenation.net/ctends/

Rhode Island Roadtrips - Added various photos from 2004 and 2005 to my Ocean
State collection.
http://www.gribblenation.net/nepics/ri/

Cornish-Windsor Bridge - Take a trip to the longest historic covered bridge
in the United States, which crosses the Connecticut River between New
Hampshire and Vermont.
http://www.gribblenation.net/nepics/cornish/

Enjoy!

-Doug Kerr
Great work on your websites, y'all.

Long live the "Gribble Nation". :)
I put up another Philly trip page(second in what looks to be a series of 5), added some snaps I took w/my new camera on an UPDATE! page, drunk an amount of coffee that astounded Adam(but not Doug, he's seen that bit already).

Look for that 1951 NC Drivers manual in PDF after the Philly Pages are done. Adam also gave(!) me a 1954 NC Motor Traffic Law book that's a great deal more comprehensive, not to mention screamingly funny in spots. Not only that, but I copped to a bunch of road maps from my Youth, which I've been enjoying, and highway snaps from which may wander onto a page in future.

I'd be remiss in not mentioning that Adam is a good host. He fixed Count of Monty Cristo sandwiches for lunch and Corporate America steaks for dinner. They were good. mmmmmmmm! Doug brought snax. I brought my freeloading chain smokin' arse and sucked down mass quantities. I said funny stuff, but then I always do.

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