24-Oct-1998 -- For the complete story of Wagner's First Confluence, see
http://www.cardhouse.com/g/conflu/01/index.html. Excerpts are quoted below for the record.
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 98
From: Dr. Brody Culpepper
To: Mark, Rusty, Godfrey
I've got the topo maps for the next two confluences,
and both are EZ as pie, if you forget a few hitches. The
one in Concord is in the middle of the Concord Naval Weapons
Station, a high-security facility that contains nuclear
weapons. However, the confluence appears to be right on the
public road that transects the facility. But, taking
pictures with military installations on either side may be a
Wear golf attire, bring clubs and flags. I like the
idea of a "confluence golf". Bring chips to hog, halloween
candy, and a stash of scotch to sip when we make the
Vasco de Brody, international thrillseeker.
Arrival at the Concord Naval Weapons Station (photos #3 and #4):
If you wander around a military zone with cameras and a Global Positioning System
unit, I guess you should expect the Military Police take notice.
They did. Almost instantly.
Rusty spotted the squad truck first, pulled up behind her beloved Travelall.
We had to hustle back to prevent molestation of the Travelall. Rusty led the way.
I couldn't imagine what explanation she would offer the MP.
Inexplicably, Rusty told the truth: we were taking part in an "Art" project that
involves photographing confluences. Even more inexplicably, the MP bought the
whole story. Lesson: if you ever get busted stalking a military installation, use "Art"
as your cover. Apparently, "Art" covers a multitude of sins.
It doesn't cover an MP posing for photos with Fake Wagner. I know, because I asked
& she refused. I say she because my cohorts insisted the MP was a female. I do not
I say, Screw saying no to Fake Wagner photos! So I snapped this
photo of the MP (photo #5) as we sped away in the Travelall. Nyah.
But we weren't finished. We still had a confluence to photograph.
Here's the confluence (photos #1 and #2), as near as SA would
allow us to calculate it. SA = Selective Availability, yet another way the
military screws with us. Only the military is allowed precision in GPS
calculations. Somehow, the military's access to ultra-accurate readings
doesn't prevent them from bombing Chinese Embassies.