Hey weather witches! If you could bring some rain back to the Pacific northwest, please do. Oregon is on fire and I live in north Portland and just walked outside to raining ash. The fire is probably 100 miles (maybe less?) away but they have closed down Interstate 80 and the air quality is scary. It looks overcast but it is all smoke and ash and it’s not volcanic.
Here we see a westbound container train in the eastern end of the Forty-Mile Desert, in western Nevada. While the Southern Pacific here is former Central Pacific Railroad, which is part of the first transcontinental railroad, this particular segment is a newer alignment laid out in the early part of the 20th century. The original route is located a bit to the north—out there in the shimmering distance, among the alkali flats.
While it looks quite desolate, this is a really interesting area. Please see David Bain’s The Old Iron Road for some a fabulous history of the pioneers crossing the desert as well as the railroad that came afterwards. When I was there, a bit east of here, near the Humboldt Sink, I thought I could see evidence of a deep lake on the mountain ridges to the south. I now read on-line that there was once a great body of water called Lake Lahontan stretching throughout much of the Great Basin—ten to twenty thousand years ago.
Five images by Richard Koenig; taken in the afternoon of July 16th 2010. The location is along Highway 95, south of Interstate 80 by about four miles.
was about hour into my drive home, with another two hours to go. Cruising
interstate I-80 towards my destination I suddenly felt the slightest of hunger
pangs begin to make their presence known. Having just witnessed the latest Star Wars movie, accompanied by my two brothers and some of their work buddies, I
was the only one that had moved a distance away from our childhood home with my
own family, and was watching in the rear view mirror as I once again left it behind
decided to turn off at the next exit somewhere around 10pm and pick up some
grub to hold me over until I had reached home. As I got off the next sign sent
me right onto a very lightly lit street with about a mile until my destination.
Finally, after what seemed like driving for much more than a single mile, I saw
the golden arches beckoning me and I swear my mouth began to water instantly in
building and parking lot were brightly lit as they normally would’ve been as I
pulled into the drive thru. There were a few cars ahead of me, so I put on the
radio and tried to find something to listen to as I waited. Oddly enough I
could find nothing but static on every station. Even the talk radio stations
that I thought for sure would work were nothing but endless hissing in my ears.
Slightly agitated, I let out a sigh and gave up, figuring it was because I was
just in the middle of nowhere and would have to suffer without it for a few
minutes until I got back to the interstate.
I can tell you I am a very patient person and it takes a lot to get me mad. I’m
well known for being very even keeled, but after sitting there for a little
while I looked down at the clock on the display and realized 10 minutes had
passed already. Then 5 more minutes and still nothing, not even the slightest
movement from any cars ahead of me. I threw my hands into the air at this point
and had become extremely pissed off.
no one had pulled up behind me so I backed up and parked in the nearest space.
I wanted to know what the hell was going on and figured the people eating
inside had better luck than the fools sitting in their static filled vehicles.
As I got out of my car and approached the door, the strangest sense of being
watched from a far came over me, but I just shrugged it off to it being late and
to me being tired from driving.
should’ve been the first warning sign to go up had I not been so oblivious.
through the door to get in and briefly looked to my right towards where the
bathrooms were located and observed some other random people sitting down,
diving into their meals as I would be soon too. I came up behind the one person
ahead of me in line with an instant thought: Great, I hope this line moves faster than the drive thru did.
June is recognized globally as a time of reflection and celebration for the LGBTQ community. Every year, Pride celebrations are held around the world to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York, the anniversary of the Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, and individuals such as Harvey Milk and Audrey Lorde who helped pave the way for LGBTQ rights. This month, we encourage you to take a moment to remember those who took a stand for equality and join those who are still fighting for LGBTQ rights. The fight for equality is not something of the past, but the responsibility of those living in the present.
Here at Yahoo, we’re recognizing these individuals and milestones by celebrating all month long with our Yahoo Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG) and by leveraging the power of our products and network to drive inclusivity. Here’s just some what we have planned:
Yahoo Mail: Share your Pride with family and friends all month long by using our Pride-themed stationery
Yahoo Homepage: During Pride weekend, June 23 – 25, our Yahoo Homepage will commemorate this important time, highlighting our continued commitment to diversity
Yahoo Billboard: If you’re driving north into San Francisco, CA on Interstate 80, take a look at our iconic billboard, which will be painted rainbow in celebration with messages of encouragement
Yahoo is committed to making our company a best place to work for the LGBTQ community and has been recognized for the past 10 years by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, scoring a perfect 100 each time. With the help of our ERG, we strive to maintain a strong culture of diversity and equality by building a safe workplace. We continually educate our employees on LGBTQ rights to ensure our employees can always feel proud of who they are. Happy Pride Month to all of our users and our employees!
This September I drove a U-Haul van containing everything my parents owned from Michigan to California. It took five days on Interstate I-80, traveling through
Utah and Nevada.
This was a sign I saw outside Lincoln, Nebraska: “Pretzel Buns Are Better Than Man Buns.”
Could I have some JeanMarco fanfiction recommendations please? Also the links to your own JeanMarco fanfiction?
Of course! Just a warning though; this is probably going to be long.
If you ask anyone in the Jeanmarco fandom for fic recommendations everyone and their grandmother is going to yell “FIC: LAD!” at you. Myself included. Probably the most popular fanfic in this fandom, My Beating Heart and the rest of Like a Drum series by Lownly is a bit of a must read. Despite seeing all of the hype for it, it actually was a while before I read it. And I wish I had read it sooner. College AUs are often very overdone - not only in this fandom, but in general. They seem to follow the same formula a lot of the time and can become very repetitive. Lownly, however, brings something completely new to the figurative table to college!aus. The focus is mostly on the actual relationship between Marco and Jean; the dynamic between the two and the development of their friendship into…well, you know. It’s really well written and the progression of their relationship seems really realistic. Everyone is pretty well in character, from our two main characters to side characters. And Lownly really is an amazing writer; she can go from making me laugh aloud (for example, at Reiner’s gaydar) to making my heart wrench (at Jean referring himself to a problem). There are a lot of things I’d love to say about this fic, but unfortunately I’m not as eloquent with words as Lownly and I really don’t know how to phrase my thoughts. In short; please. If you read one Jeanmarco fic read LAD.
Another great fic everyone has been raving on about is Wisteria by butterflychansan. And in my opinion, it’s deserving of all of the praise. First of all can I just say that the writing itself is gorgeous. I can’t quite pin down what it is exactly, but it’s just beautiful. The words, the language, some of the flower metaphors - I’m completely sold. Even the first paragraphs of the first chapter talk about how people are like flowers. Even though I knew virtually nothing about the story from the first paragraph I was sold. The writing stays just as good throughout the fic, with long detailed chapters that got me right into the mind of Marco. The actual plot was fantastic as well and I enjoyed it immensely. It was incredibly heart wrenching at some points (chapter 8…my heart…) though heart-warming at other points. It basically sent my emotions flying up then down then back up again. One of my favorite things was how there were so many ups and downs to their relationship, it wasn’t simple and easy, it was complicated and hard. Like with LAD, I’ve a lot to say and I’ve no idea how to say it. But Wisteria definitely deserves a place on any Jeanmarco recommendation list.
Strings by Kenjiandco. Strings is completely different from the other two I’ve already mentioned. There’s not another Jeanmarco fic like it. While so many Jeanmarco fics have similar relationships; roommates, friends, etc, Strings takes on a completely different plot. Strings is the story of a bodyguard and his charge, and I love it. Although there still is romance in the story, Strings is also a thriller. There’s so much suspense surrounding it. Every chapter packs a punch and leaves me wanting more. It keeps me guessing at different things and I keep thinking I’ve worked something out before it changes entirely. Despite the seriousness of it, it still has it’s lighter moments. Characterization is spot on, and it has one of the best plots I’ve read - the pieces of the puzzle only coming together slowly. The writing style suits the piece beautifully - there are those moments when you know somebody is on to something, and my pulse actually quickens because I need to find out what is going to happen. Each time a little twist is revealed I find myself somewhere between thinking “Ah, yes! That makes sense, I see what’s happening here” and “Good gOD NO!” Strings keeps me glued to my screen and will probably do the same for you.
Long Time Coming by lamatikah. In general, this is a bit lighter than the other fics I’ve mentioned so far, but no less brilliant. Long Time Coming is the story of camp counselors Jean and Marco and it is just perfect. First of all, it’s quite hilarious at some parts - between Sasha and Connie’s interactions to Jean dealing with eight year olds and being a general dork. But my favorite thing about this is the development of the relationship between Jean and Marco. Jean starts out as such a stubborn ass person but as it goes on you can see him bit by bit beginning to like Marco, against his wishes. Despite being quite lighthearted it has it’s serious moments. The writing style suits it too; the writing is really good and it suits the tone and mood of whatever scene well. Long Time Coming is one of one of those stories that makes my heart beat faster and makes my emotions about Jeanmarco spike all over the place.
give and take by sinelanguage. Give and Take is one of my favorite fics ever. A cop!au, but it’s so much more. It’s so packed full of different elements; starting off as a simple work relationship between two cops. Funny shenanigans ensue but then things take a turn for slightly darker areas and the whole thing is just. A masterpiece. Again, the relationship between Marco and Jean is so great. It’s different from all of the other fics I’ve read. give and take is just a masterpiece. There’s something about it that I can’t quite pin (maybe it’s because the whole thing just seems so real, and there’s a gradual build up) that makes it a one of a kind. It’s impossible to describe it while giving it justice, so I highly recommend that you read it as soon as possible.
Interstate 80 by sinelanguage. Can you tell that I’m a big sinelanguage fan? Interstate 80 is a lighthearted oneshot that made my heart twist with joy every five minutes. I just adored it; from the characters (Jean and Marco as well as Connie and Sasha) were spot on, to the humor - I was laughing my head off at some of the shenanigans they got up to, to the ending, which was tied up nicely. Sometimes in one shots I feel that there could have been more put into it, or that it wasn’t tied up as well as it could have been, or it left the reader unsatisfied. Interstate 80 did none of those things and I had a grin on my face all of the way through it.
Catacombs by hexagram. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ve ever seen much about this fic on tumblr which is a damn shame because it’s really damn good. Catacomb’s plot is completely new for the Jeanmarco scene and it’s one I find really fucking interesting. Thief!Jean and Museum tour guide!Marco? History and archaeology? Mystery lurking in the air? That’s right. I’m absolutely sold. The plot is a new take on the pairing and it’s refreshing to see original and unique works like this. The writing is great too and there are a few sentences which make me just sit back and think “Wow. That was a great line. I wish I had thought of that.” In short; Catacombs is a story which although it mightn’t be as well known as some of the others, it’s still excellent.
Once Then, Twice Again by Flufferdoodlez. This is one of the works that makes me lean back and sigh and think “Why. Why can’t I write like this.” It’s a boarding school au, but with a unique take on it. Characters are spot on, the plot is great and the writing is just so good. It drew me in and I got lost in it, and I’m always looking forward to a new chapter. It has me laughing in some places, frowning in others and altogether looking forward to what’s going to happen next.
That’s all for now, I think. There are plenty of other incredible fics though, even just going through the Jean Kirstein/Marco Bott tag on A03 will come up with some great ones. On the kink meme too; despite the name not all prompts are focused on smut. And for the second part of your ask, the main Jeanmarco fic I’m working on is here with one shots and the like here. But I wouldn’t waste time with them. I hope you enjoy some of the ones I’ve suggested, and I hope I helped!
Iowa native Steven Sueppel seemed to have it all. Married at 25 to Sheryl Kesterson, the couple adopted 4 South Korean children and built their lives together, while Steven worked his way up to an executive position at Hills Bank and Trust Company. However, in 2008, scandal rocked the family when Steven was accused of stealing almost $600,000 from his place of work, an accusation that he staunchly denied.
When Easter Sunday rolled around that year, the Sueppels, all practicing Catholics, attended Easter Mass together in the morning. Less than 24 hours later, they would all be dead. The first to die was Sheryl, who Steven bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat in their family home. After a failed attempt to poison them by carbon monoxide, Steven’s 4 children tragically met the same fate as their mother. They were aged just 3,5,7 and 10. Early the next morning, Steven drove at high speeds into a concrete pillar on Interstate 80, where he died in the resulting fire.
A recipe book called Nut Tree Remembered the Cookbook. It contains 40 recipes, and more than 100 photos and graphics from the restaurant and retail stores that closed in 1996. As of Sep 2015 they still accept PHONE ORDERS for the remaining copies.
Nut Tree is a mixed-use development in Vacaville, California near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Interstate 505. It opened in 1921 on old U.S. Route 40. It was created by Helen and Ed “Bunny” Power as a small roadside fruit stand, and built near the site of Helen’s childhood home (‘Harbison House’ dating from 1907), which she and her husband purchased from her parents not long after their 1920 marriage.
The Nut Tree grew as US 40 became Interstate 80. At its peak, it contained a restaurant, an outdoor eatery, a bakery, a gift shop, a toy shop, the Nut Tree Railroad that gave rides from the toy shop to the airport, and an airport, which is now owned and operated by Solano County. It was a welcome rest stop on the road between Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout the year, kids enjoyed giant frosted honey cookies (personalized on request), the numerous “Hobby Horses” rocking horses and riding the train.
It welcomed several celebrities, including Ronald Reagan when he became California governor in 1967, Richard Nixon, Danny Kaye, Shirley Temple Black, Peter Marino and Bing Crosby, among others. On March 4, 1983 Nut Tree catered a luncheon hosted by CA Governor George Deukmejian for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at the State capitol 
Beginning in 1980, Nut Tree was home to a month-long October harvest event called 'Pumpkin Patch’. Pumpkin Patch attractions included a great scarecrow contest, a giant pumpkin display and weigh-in, and pumpkin carving contests.
The Nut Tree Restaurant was an early pioneer of California cuisine, with fresh fruits and vegetables featured in the recipes. By 1978, it was identified as “the region’s most characteristic and influential restaurant.” It also featured small loaves of wheat and rye bread, cooked fresh each day on the premises. A notable feature of the restaurant was its large indoor aviary, which had glass walls extending from floor to ceiling. Nut Tree knives and cutting boards, as well as books on aviation, were sold in the gift shop. A recipe book called Nut Tree Remembered - The Cookbook was printed by the Vacaville Museum in 1997. It contains 40 recipes, and more than 100 photos and graphics from the restaurant and retail stores that closed in 1996. As of September, 2015, they still accept phone orders for the remaining copies.
As part of our 20th anniversary, I’m excited to share that Yahoo has reclaimed the iconic billboard along San Francisco’s stretch of Interstate 80. The Yahoo billboard is back to surprise and delight Bay Area commuters with fun messages from the company and its employees. To celebrate Yahoo’s return to the space, for the first weekend the billboard’s inaugural message will read, “It’s good to be back.“ After that, the billboard will continue to reach commuters with different topical messages tied to Yahoo products, properties and local events that touch their lives. Now that construction is complete, we hope everyone finds a little extra brightness from Yahoo while on their journey each day.