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greg.lynch@icsenggroup.com
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Summer Vacations
greg.lynch@icsenggroup.com   8/16/2014 12:20:37 PM
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11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers & their kids!

When I was a kid, my parents took us all over the continent in the summer, exploring nature, engineering wonders and technological achievements. 

We'd always have a fun final destination, like Disneyland, but along the way, we had to stop off at dams, take tours of manufacturing plants and visit as many science centers as possible. We came to expect a stop at the local university campuses too where we'd run & play in the quad.

It was a great way to get us interested in technology & higher education. Not by reading but just by watching & witnessing.

Of the four kids, two went on to become engineers in the high-tech world and now work in industrial control systems.

I'm thankful that my education started early. I still can't believe we went so far and saw so much from that big 70's sedan without air-conditioning!

 

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Las Vegas!!!
kfield   8/18/2014 2:32:07 PM
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One of the most exciting vacation spots for me and my husband (both engineers, well at least engineering degrees) was Las Vegas - not for gambling but to take the tour of Hoover Damn, where you get to take a tour of the inner workings. Fascinating!

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Re: Summer Vacations
Max The Magnificent   8/18/2014 3:27:56 PM
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@greg.lynch: ...but along the way, we had to stop off at dams, take tours of manufacturing plants and visit as many science centers as possible...

When I first came to America fromn England, I'd be driving along and see a sign saying "Historical Site xxx Miles" .... and I'd invariably stop to see what it was all about, only to discover a plaque saying something like "Fifty years ago today, General Groober shot himself in the armpit on this spot" LOL

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Re: Las Vegas!!!
Max The Magnificent   8/18/2014 3:31:49 PM
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@kfield: ...take the tour of Hoover Damn, where you get to take a tour of the inner workings. Fascinating!

It is a brilliant tour -- and the ideal thing to round off the day afterwards was to take a stroll around the Liberace Museum -- that's a sight you don't get to see every day.


Sad to relate, the museum closed in 2010 due to a drop in admissions. However, I did hear that the Liberace Foundation plans to relocate the museum to Downtown Las Vegas opening sometime this year (happy dance)

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Re: Summer Vacations
greg.lynch@icsenggroup.com   8/18/2014 3:41:47 PM
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Please take note of specific details.

Was it the left or right armpit?

Was it standing on one foot or two?

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Re: Las Vegas!!!
Duane Benson   8/18/2014 3:47:10 PM
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" take the tour of Hoover Dam"...

Grand Coulee Dam is up in my neighborhood. It's a pretty impressive tour too. Almost as impressive are the feeder pipes for irrigation, pumping water almost 300 feet up hill to a canal.

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Max The Magnificent   8/18/2014 4:22:07 PM
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@greg: Please take note of specific details. Was it the left or right armpit? Was it standing on one foot or two?

I'll have to go back and check :-)

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Re: Las Vegas!!!
Max The Magnificent   8/18/2014 4:23:32 PM
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@Duane: ...Grand Coulee Dam is up in my neighborhood...

If I ever make it out there to your neck of the woods, you'll have to take me to se ethe Dam -- and if you're ever here in Huntsville AL, I'll take you to se ethe Space and Rocket Center.

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Sheetal.Pandey   8/19/2014 12:01:34 PM
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Yes many of the museums in US are so well maintained and are quite informative. Its a nice pass time in weekend with family. Cananda too has quite good museums in Ottawa.

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Re: Las Vegas!!!
Max The Magnificent   8/19/2014 12:07:10 PM
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@Sheetal: Its a nice pass time in weekend with family.

I just remembered that there's an amazing museum in Sheffield, England, just down the road from whrere I grew up, called the "Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet -- thsi is an old-waterwheel-powered metal-working hamlet -- incredibly interesting.

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