Louis agrees to the pap walk at LAX on the condition that the car takes him straight to Van Nuys and the plane to New York is ready to take off.  He tugs his hood up and doesn’t even pretend to smile.  85 days to go.

He feels grimy. The direct flight from London is the longest he takes, and even though the Air New Zealand beds are his favourites, with their squashy little mattresses and proper pillows, he didn’t sleep. Louis’ never slept well on planes, always marveling at Harry’s ability to fold himself into impossible spaces. Long limbs akimbo, mouth dropping open with tiny little snores.

Harry. Who got to take the short flight straight to New York.

He facetimes him from the car as it pulls away from the curb, leaving the last of the flashbulbs in their wake.

“How was it?”

Louis shrugs, tugs at hangnail with his teeth. “Means to an end, right.”  It’s a hollow answer. Words they’ve said to each other too often and for too long.

Harry’s face is etched with concern.

Louis smiles; tries to get him to relax.  Makes Harry tell him about his trip, because he knows the story will be rambling and irrelevant but he just wants to sink into the leather seats and listen to his voice.  This whole plan is stupid and risky and like something straight out of a telenovela, but it doesn’t matter because they’re so close now.

Five years down, 85 days to go.

Private plane or no, they still make Louis turn his phone off when they begin to taxi, and so he touches the pad of his thumb to Harry’s face on the screen. The substitute kiss they can finally leave behind soon but probably never will.

He asks the hostess for a beer, and picks listlessly at a sandwich as they hurtle across the night sky.

So many miles in the air. So many hours wasted apart. Louis feels scratchy and impatient. Like he does before he runs onto the field for a game. Like it’s time to go. Like he’s tired of waiting.

Harry found the New York apartment and insisted Louis go and look before they signed off the paperwork a few months back. Just as this whole circus was starting. Louis was allowed to make the detour only if he went out and got photographed, which was annoying, because he was exhausted. But so, so worth it when the agent unlocked the front door and clicked on the lights, and Louis’ breath caught in his throat.

New York is somewhere they’ve both always wanted to live.  Now the town car is sweeping over the bridge and the lights of Manhattan are lit up like a fairytale.

It’s a city with the most perfect and the most awful of their memories tied up in it, woven through its streets.  He thinks about Madison Square Garden.  He thinks about drinking in the new year by himself until he passed out, refusing to google the pictures, unable to look. He thinks about Central Park and the slightly strangled noise the fans made as the interviewer said, “From one father…”. He thinks about the way Harry once pressed him up against a wall in the bathrooms at Soho House, biting at his earlobe. He thinks about the way his Mum had tears in her eyes before that first concert, unable to say anything but, “My baby,” over and over.  It’s a city that’s always reinventing itself right around him.

Means to an end.

Parking garage. Lift. Almost there, he thinks. Almost home.

He unlocks the door.  The lights are dimmed.  He takes in the expanse of dark hardwood floors and his boy lying flat on his stomach in front of the couch. Surrounded by an abandoned copy of Monocle, two empty coffee cups and and forty pages of sheet music. He has his headphones in and doesn’t hear Louis,  so he has a moment to just take it in.  Harry’s feet are bare. The t-shirt he’s wearing is an old, stretched out one of Louis’.  His hair is up in a bun and seems to be secured with a pencil. Louis’ not sure he’s ever looked more beautiful.

But then he thinks that every time.

If Harry’s on the floor his back is troubling him, so Louis drops his duffle in the entryway and walks to the kitchen, throwing a wheat bag in the microwave as he toes off his shoes. Even up this high, the dull noise of the city is like a physical presence. Sirens; the honk of taxis. So much louder and more vibrant than any of their other homes.

Louis kneels and presses the heat pack to Harry’s lower back, and he twists his head around with a start, tugging out his earbuds.  A delighted smile spreads across his face.  

“You’re early!” he says accusingly, and Louis shrugs, sprawling out alongside him and resting on his elbows as he leans in for a kiss.  Harry tastes like coffee, and chewing gum, and he smells like clean laundry and day-old cologne.

“I was planning to be all ready,” he pouts.

“By ready, do you mean naked?”  Louis teases, running his hand down the plane of Harry’s spine and adjusting the heat pack.  Harry groans appreciatively. “Because I’m not sure your old man back could take it.”

Harry huffs indignantly, but doesn’t disagree.  “We have five days, and absolutely no need to leave this apartment. There’s probably no hurry.”

“You’ll go to Toronto from here?” he asks, tracing his fingers along the bars of music scrawled in Harry’s distinctive style. Tapping a pattern against the wood of the floor.

“Yeah. Are they going to make you fly back through LA?”

“Nah. They’re just going to leak that’s where I’m flying from.”

“So, no one needs us until Thursday?”

They smile at each other, tangling their fingers together, as if neither of them can quite believe their luck.

Louis gets to his feet.  “I’m going to go shower all this plane off me.  Think your decrepit muscles could handle that?”

Harry rolls his eyes, and reaches out a hand for Louis to pull him up.

It’s a little after midnight, according to the bedside clock.  Louis starts the shower and thinks, 84 days to go.

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Want to fly a drone for work? Go get a hot air balloon license

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Several days a week over the past month, Alon Sicherman has found himself sitting upright in bed at 4:45AM in a motel near a town called Poughquag, in upstate New York, asking himself the same question: what the hell am I doing? He gets up, eats a granola bar, and heads to a nearby farm, where he spends two hours learning how to fly a hot air balloon.

Sicherman, a freelance photographer who lives in New York City, about two hours by car from Poughquag, does not want to fly balloons for a living, or even for fun. He, like many professional picture takers, wants to fly a drone commercially. That requires a pilot’s license, and as it turns out, the fastest, cheapest way to acquire one is to learn how to fly a giant balloon.

“It’s absurd,” Sicherman said after I had joined him and his instructor, Bill Hughes, on a recent training flight. The industry is in a legal limbo while the FAA works out a permanent set of rules for how this class of aircraft can operate. Right now, if you want to charge for services related to flying a drone, you have to apply for what’s known as a 333 exemption. About 1,000 have been granted so far, and dozens more are being approved each day. In June, the FAA granted Sicherman a 333 exemption. His elation was cut short when he discovered a clause that requires that the drone operator hold a crewed pilot’s license, something that he, and probably quite a few other exemption holders like him, did not have.

Practicing on an 18-wheeler for your motorcycle license The clause that Sicherman had stumbled upon has been a matter of much controversy since the agency began issuing exemptions. “It seems absurd to require a drone operator to have a pilot license,” said Jonathan Rupprecht a lawyer representing commercial drone users and companies, “but with a strict reading of the regulations, this is what is required since a pilot certificate is required to fly an aircraft.” Until it implements full regulations for drones, which will include some form of drone-specific certification process, the FAA is bound to the current rules for flying certifications, which were only designed for crewed aircraft. Unfortunately that’s a bit like practicing on an 18-wheeler for your motorcycle license.

Sicherman wanted to get compliant “as quickly, cheaply, and efficiently as possible.” But acquiring a pilot license is neither quick nor cheap. “Even doing a glider training, I couldn’t find anything end to end for under $10,000,” he told me. The shortest programs lasted several months, time that he would have to take off work.

It’s a bird, a plane, a drone, a balloon?
Sicherman didn’t have that much money, or that much time. One day while researching the different kinds of pilot licenses, he came across the ballooning certificate. He soon discovered that he could get a license in less than a month for under $5,000 if he went with a balloon instead of a plane, and legally they would be the same to the FAA. Hughes, a seasoned instructor who charters balloon flights around the Hudson Valley, agreed to show him the ropes for a few hundred bucks per lesson. So he packed his bags and headed out to Poughquag.
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Does learning to fly a 70 ft tall, basically unsteerable mass of heated air encased in nylon make you in any way qualified to operate a small, electric multicopter drone? I contacted the FAA to find out. In response, they directed me to a passage included in the majority of exemptions, including Sicherman’s: drone pilots, it states, “must hold either an airline transport, commercial, private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate.” While a ballooning license is probably not what they had in mind when they drafted the rules, according to this language a balloon license does indeed make you a certifiable drone operator.

Ballooning teaches the basics of airspace regulation

And as different as ballooning and droning seem, there are some areas of overlap. The morning I flew with Sicherman and Hughes was cool and misty. The predominant sensation of ballooning, along with weightlessness, is that of silence. We flew up to about 1,500 feet over the dark green landscape. After we had gained some altitude, I broke the silence to ask student and instructor about the similarities and differences between piloting a several-pound quadcopter and a hot air balloon, which weighs around 8,000 pounds.

“It’s a lot harder,” said Sicherman, keeping an eye out for air traffic. “The technology they put in drones makes them so accessible.” He has had to learn how read the weather, and he now knows the difference between class G airspace and class B airspace. He has memorized the lingo to talk to Air Traffic Controllers. These skills, he admitted, would definitely come in handy while operating a drone.

“With all of these new crafts, you can really do stupid things.” “He’s learning a lot more about airspace,” said Hughes, a former Navy helicopter pilot with over 2,500 hours of ballooning under his belt. We were hundreds of feet above the ground, but Hughes was casually sitting on the edge of the basket. “He’s going to have a good foundation in regulations.” Hughes instructed Sicherman to land in a baseball field. As we descended, a gust of wind pulled us backwards. We floated over a row of large houses. “Try again,” Hughes said.

While he’s obviously not thrilled to be spending $5,000 learning to fly a balloon, Sicherman is quick to defend the FAA’s efforts to tighten the restrictions on drone use. “The technology has changed to the point where it does have to be regulated,” he explained. He now had his eye on a nearby middle school playground (he had given up on the baseball field). “With all of these new crafts, you can really do stupid things.”

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Sicherman is by no means the first commercial drone operator to be caught off guard by the rule. “It is very common,” explained Brendan Schulman, a national advisory board member of the US Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers and DJI’s vice president of Policy & Legal Affairs. Worryingly, many operators simply dismiss the certification requirement as unnecessary. “Most seem to ‘belly-ache’ about the pilot license requirement being almost completely irrelevant to drone flying,” says Rupprecht. “Yet these individuals spend very little time learning about airspace or meteorology, which are very relevant.”

Near misses between drones and planes have doubled since 2014 While learning how to fly a balloon might not have direct relevance to operating a drone safely, knowledge of the rules of airspace deconfliction and classification, which is required for all pilot certificates, certainly does. The consequences of operating a drone without airspace savvy can be grave. And instances of unsafe drone use are becoming worryingly common. Last month, firefighting aircraft were repeatedly forced to abort missions over California wildfires because of nearby drones, some of which are thought to have been used flying in a commercial newsgathering capacity. Meanwhile, last week, the FAA announced that so far this year there have been 650 near misses between crewed aircraft and errant drones, compared to 238 in all of 2014.

Sicherman is also by no means the only drone operator to find a creative solution to the certification problem. When Douglas Trudeau, a realtor in Arizona, was granted the first ever drone exemption for real estate photography, he, too, had no idea that he would need a pilot license in order to fly. “They did not make that clear until they started approving petitions,” he wrote in an email. “Spending several thousand dollars to risk my life on a solo flight to pilot an airplane I will never fly again to commercially operate a quad-copter weighing under 3 pounds makes absolutely no sense at all.”

Hiring a licensed pilot is cheaper than becoming one yourself

Turdeau decided against going to flight school. Instead, he came up with a solution that is just as pricey as Sicherman’s, and almost as odd. He found a local certified pilot whom he pays $100 an hour to physically operate the drone while Trudeau stands by, giving instructions.

According to Schulman, this is a common workaround for uncertified 333 holders. “The ‘creative’ approach seems to be to find retired pilots in the area and to offer them compensation to participate in the operation and to learn how to operate the UAS,” he explained, adding that he considers it to be a counter-productive arrangement. “It means the person with the least experience at operating the UAS is the one required by the FAA to be in command.”

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After the flight, I watched Sicherman carefully pack up the balloon and the basket. When he spotted me watching him struggle to fold and tie the massive reams of colorful nylon, he just shook his head.

“Whether it’s a balloon or a helicopter or a plane or a glider,” he said as we drove back to the Poughkeepsie train station, “the skills that you gain from actually piloting those crafts really, as far as I can tell, don’t really translate to piloting drones.”

“Screw the rules, I’m just going to fly anyway and hope I don’t get caught.”

And yet Sicherman doesn’t want to follow the example of “the people who are just saying, ‘Screw the rules, I’m just going to fly anyway and hope I don’t get caught. As tempting as that is, it’s always better to be on the right side of the law, both for legal purposes and monetary purposes.”

Perhaps the strangest thing about Sicherman’s adventure, as he likes to call it, is that in less than a year the FAA will finally release its new set of rules, meaning his ballooning license — and, by extension, all of the 4:45AM wake-ups, not to mention the five grand he has just spent — will no longer add any value for his drone photography business.

But that doesn’t mean he won’t still use it. Despite all his grumbling, he said that he had started to enjoy himself. He is even considering joining a ballooning club. “I’m getting kind of into it,” he said.

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Just two and a half hours from New York City by train or car, the Jersey Shore town of Asbury Park is emerging as a hip alternative to the Rockaways for urban weekenders, steeped in rock ’n’ roll history, cooled by Atlantic breezes, and filled with trendy boutiques and cafés. Make a long weekend of it—before it gets too cold.


The train lets off downtown, then it’s a fifteen-minute stroll down Cookman Avenue to the ocean, with plenty of shops to peek into along the way. Browse the beach-cottage decor at Salt Design Co., Shelter Home, and House of Modern Living. Or sift through vintage threads at Backward Glances, in the basement of The Shoppes at the Arcade, and stock up on breezy tie-dye dresses and Breton tops at Interwoven.

But don’t linger too long. Have a pint at boardwalk surfer bar Asbury Park Yacht Club as the sun sets over the Atlantic. If the spirit moves you, switch to craft brews at a long wooden table in the European-style Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten.

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Stylish hotel offerings are still limited, so book early to score one of the four rooms in the Asbury Park Inn, a chic spot to lay your head just three blocks from the sea with gourmet breakfasts and bright, modern design. The neighboring town of Ocean Grove is also filled with cozy Victorian B&Bs, many with porches looking out to the sea.


Along the mile-long boardwalk, New Yorkers may feel like they’re back on the Williamsburg waterfront. Food trucks—ceviche and empanadas at Runa, egg sandwiches from Johnny’s Pork-Roll—gather just north of the Convention Center at North Eats. At the seasonal Market at Fifth Avenue, independent designers hawk eminently stylish goods, like woven leather belts (Gitli Goods) and locally made wooden sunglasses (ACDWSH).

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For a quieter afternoon, wander down the boardwalk to neighboring Ocean Grove, a town founded as a Methodist summer retreat, with Victorian mansions; canvas-tent summer homes; and an 1894-built, 6,000-seat wooden auditorium that hosts free concerts with the 11,010-pipe organ on most Saturday afternoons.
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As the sun goes down, explore downtown Asbury Park’s burgeoning dining scene. Talula’s, opened by vets of New York City’s Saltie and L.A.’s The Bread Lounge, fires pizzas topped with regional produce in a wood-burning oven. Mogo serves Korean-fusion tacos at a sit-down spot in downtown and a stand on the boardwalk. And the just-opened chowder house The Bonney Read shucks fresh oysters and pours cask rums on Cookman Avenue.

The sixties doo-wop- and R&B-infused S.O.A.P. (Sound of Asbury Park) and Bruce Springsteen’s 1973 classic Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. put the city on the musical map, and venues like The Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, and the vintage bowling alley–music hall Asbury Lanes keep the tradition alive. Save your quarters to try your hand at the vintage pinball machines at the boardwalk’s Silverball Museum. And see why Asbury Park is the center of gay nightlife on the Shore, by stopping by the poolside Paradise Nightclub at The Empress Hotel, owned by Shep Pettibone, who produced many of Madonna’s eighties hits.

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After a morning enjoying the waves, stop for a lazy late brunch on your way out of town. The Speakeatery makes gourmet versions of the Jersey Shore staple overstuffed Italian sandwiches—try the Back-Alley Brawler, a chicken cutlet, homemade mozzarella, and sautéed broccoli rabe on a garlic-bread hero. Or linger over Toast’s grilled cinnamon buns and crab cakes Benedict. Then visit downtown galleries—Parlor Gallery and Exhibit No.9 are standouts—as you make your way home again.

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New York car accident attorneys note that news from the Tracy Morgan accident took a positive turn in August 2015, when the comedian made a public appearance at a baseball game in New York City with his fiancée and child. The accident, which occurred in June 2014, seriously injured the comedian and three other passengers. Fellow comedian James McNair was killed after a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer slammed into their limousine.

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12 Months Later Morgan Still Healing

The accident occurred as the comedian was returning from a comedy show in Delaware with other performers. Morgan suffered a traumatic brain injury, a broken leg and broken ribs when the truck crashed into his vehicle. The crash put Morgan into a coma and two of Morgan’s friends were also seriously injured in the accident. His fellow performer and friend James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed.

The accident on the New Jersey Turnpike involved six vehicles, including the Wal-Mart truck that crashed into Morgan’s vehicle. Several lawsuits were filed against Wal-Mart. According to a media report, Morgan has stated that he will return to comedy, but his current goal is healing and getting better.

Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation

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Tesla car gets best-ever rating from Consumer Reports

New York (AFP) - A new Tesla electric car has earned the best-ever vehicle rating from Consumer Reports, sending shares of the automaker racing higher Thursday.

The new Tesla P85D “performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, breaking the Consumer Reports Ratings system,” said Mark Rechtin, automotive editor for the consumer group.

“With a six-figure price tag, the P85D is expensive, meaning its virtues will be experienced by a rare few. But its significance as a breakthrough model that is pushing the boundaries of both performance and fuel-efficiency is dramatic.”

The four-wheel drive P85D, which is a modified version of the Tesla S sedan, will cost upwards of $125,000 with typical equipment, Consumer Reports noted.

But the group said the breakthroughs suggest positive things for the sector, with Tesla due to introduce its Model X crossover in 2016, followed in 2018 by a “more attainable compact sedan,” the Model 3, estimated to start at about $35,000.

Consumer Reports gave the P85D a 100/100 rating, topping the 99/100 rating of the Tesla S two years ago.

Rechtin said the vehicle “initially scored 103 in the Consumer Reports’ Ratings system, which by definition doesn?t go past 100… so we had to make changes to our scoring to account for it.”

The new vehicle was impressive in energy efficiency, safety and performance, the group found.

“The P85D is brutally quick, with instant acceleration,” Rechtin wrote, noting that it could reach 60 miles (100 kilometers) per hour in 3.5 seconds.

“The car’s thrust is forceful and immediate. Its near-instant g-forces can otherwise be achieved only by leaping off a building?literally.

The acceleration "makes it frighteningly eerie in its silent velocity. It’s so explosively quick that Tesla has created an ‘insane’ driving mode.”

Tesla shares jumped eight percent in midday trade to $243.01, extending the spectacular market performance of the carmaker, which produces only a small number of coveted vehicles.

Earlier this month, Tesla reported a quarter loss of $184 million as the electric carmaker geared up for expansion.

Tesla plans to invest about $1.5 billion this year to expand production capacity, construct its huge “Gigafactory” for batteries and expand its network of charging stations.

Tesla is also gearing up for a new project to adapt car batteries to store power in homes and businesses.

Want to fly a drone for work? Go get a hot air balloon license

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Several days a week over the past month, Alon Sicherman has found himself sitting upright in bed at 4:45AM in a motel near a town called Poughquag, in upstate New York, asking himself the same question: what the hell am I doing? He gets up, eats a granola bar, and heads to a nearby farm, where he spends two hours learning how to fly a hot air balloon.

Sicherman, a freelance photographer who lives in New York City, about two hours by car from Poughquag, does not want to fly balloons for a living, or even for fun. He, like many professional picture takers, wants to fly a drone commercially. That requires a pilot’s license, and as it turns out, the fastest, cheapest way to acquire one is to learn how to fly a giant balloon.

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Want to fly a drone for work? Go get a hot air balloon license
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Several days a week over the past month, Alon Sicherman has found himself sitting upright in bed at 4:45AM in a motel near a town called Poughquag, in upstate New York, asking himself the same question: what the hell am I doing? He gets up, eats a granola bar, and heads to a nearby farm, where he spends two hours learning how to fly a hot air balloon.

Sicherman, a freelance photographer who lives in New York City, about two hours by car from Poughquag, does not want to fly balloons for a living, or even for fun. He, like many professional picture takers, wants to fly a drone commercially. That requires a pilot’s license, and as it turns out, the fastest, cheapest way to acquire one is to learn how to fly a giant balloon.

Continue reading…

Written by Arthur Holland Michel on The Verge on August 27, 2015 at 10:09AM