I have arrived home from Wisconsin. I went there to attend a fundraising event of the Someday Known nonprofit group, and meet people and give a speech. The hotel was nice and I didn’t get dive-bombed by a clipboard, unlike last time. I had a great time at the event, and my speech was well received. The event was supposed to last from 6:00 to 9:00 but I didn’t leave till almost eleven.
Someone took a cell phone video of me giving my speech, but I’m saving that video for a special project I’m working on.
Tomorrow morning is my surgery. I hope I shall be back in fine form by Tuesday. We’ll see.
So on Saturday I’m going back to Wisconsin, because that night I’m due to deliver a speech to a non-profit group at their fundraiser. I am a little nervous but it should be loads of fun and they’re actually paying me!
And then I stay overnight at a hotel there, and then drive back on Sunday. Then on Monday at six o’clock in the morning (ugh) I’m reporting to the hospital where I’m getting a minor elective surgery done. Specifically, I’m getting my tubes tied, because I hate children and babies and can’t afford them anyway. I should be out of recovery and heading home by noon or so, but I suppose I’ll probably be feeling a bit down and out for a day or two after that.
So things may be quiet around here for a few days, is what I’m saying.
Today I added the 14,000th case to the Charley Project database. The honor went to Andrew Joseph Swart, a 32-year-old man who disappeared from Pasadena, California a year ago today. Unfortunately I don’t have any details on his disappearance; his is one of those cases listed on CDOJ and nowhere else.
So, if a plane crashes and they find the crash site but are unable to recover the bodies for whatever reason, I don’t usually consider those people to be missing, even by my quite generous definition. After all, their fate and the location of their remains is known.
But today, I added five people whose case fit those parameters: plane crash, wreckage found. I decided I could just about wedge the case within the Charley Project’s case requirements because, after the crash site was initially located, it vanished again. It moved.
I doubt that happens all that often, but this was in Alaska, the Land That Eats People.
A small plane carrying four Polish tourists and their pilot was on an aerial tour of Denali National Park when it hit the side of the mountain. This was at 11,000-foot elevation, on an unstable field of ice and snow. When park rangers found the site a few days later, the plane was embedded in snow right on the side of a cliff, as you can see in the photo accompanying this article. The fact that it’s gone now is not terribly surprising: shifting/melting ice and snow, wind, etc.
So anyway, the victims are now up on my site: the pilot, Craig Layson, from Michigan, and the four passengers: Janusz Intek, Maria Libacka, Kazimierz Miernik and Robert Sieniawski, all of them Poles. Rest In Peace. The mountain is their grave.
Hi all! I was finally able to pick up Orville this morning. I had thought I would be able to do it Saturday, but they still weren’t done with him by closing time, and the shop was closed Sunday. But now I have him back and I’m adding updates as fast as I can.
Also, I was interviewed for the Victimology podcast! Check it out on your favorite podcast app or here on your browser.
Per Computer Guru Jamie, the new motherboard has finally arrived at the shop, and Jamie and the techs are working on installing it in Orville. I assume this involves a soldering iron but I have idea.
I am soooo looking forward to getting the computer back. I actually get super depressed when I don’t work on Charley for awhile. Which I know is a bit ironic, given the content of the site, but *shrug*
So Computer Guru Jamie just called and they WILL have to replace the motherboard, as I had thought. Either that or upgrade the entire system, as the computer is now five years old.
I told Jamie to order the new motherboard. He says it should come in by the end of the week. It’ll be expensive but far less so than a new system, and definitely worth it to me.
I miss Orville. Since I was eight years old, one PC or other has been my lifeline. Of course my iPhone is a marvel of technology and can do many of the same things, and indeed some things Orville can’t do, but it’s not the same.
I appreciate everyone’s patience and support.