Hey Team,

Yesterday got off to an inauspicious start. I was dropped off in a little town called Ridgley, Maryland. Apparently the police in Ridgley, MD “Don’t take kindly to people walking around airports with cameras.” Or so I was told…by the policeman who pulled over to tell me so.

“You know, people don’t take kindly to folks with cameras around airports.”

“Pardon me?”

“People don’t take kindly to folks with cameras around airports.”

I wanted to say, “I heard what you said. I just think it’s retarded. Why are you hassling me for walking down the road with a camera around my neck?” What I ACTUALLY said was, “Okay.” This didn’t appear to be an acceptable answer either.

“You’re making people jumpy.”

“Seriously? Someone called you to tell you I had a camera?”

He gave me that look that says, “I don’t like you, I don’t trust you, and furthermore I think you’re an idiot.” Then he said, VERY seriously, “I wouldn’t be here if they didn’t.”

“Wow. Okay.” What else was there to say? It didn’t feel appropriate to apologize for owning a camera.

“Where you off to?”

“The airport.”

“What’chu planning on doing there?”

“Hang gliding.”

I was afraid that if I gave him too long of answers I’d get on a roll and forget to stop talking while I was thinking things like, “I can’t believe you’re here…this is easily the stupidest thing that has ever happened to me. Don’t you have anything better to do?”

He gave the squinty-eyed, “I don’t like you look again,” stared for a bit and then decided to speed off.

If I’m not mistaken, he seemed very disappointed I didn’t appear to be dangerous.

The day improved DRASTICALLY from there.

I smelled a cloud.

Hang Gliding!

Number 23 is dead.

And thanks to Highland Aerosports…Ridgley, Maryland suddenly became one of the coolest places on the planet.

There will be A LOT more on this later. Video either tomorrow or Friday!

I’m done.


Welcome to the wonderful world of the kindness of strangers:

Why NOT be a kind stranger?