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From: William and Melissa Johns <gizmology-at-gizmology.net>
Subject: Re: New England Bull Session Proposal
Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 13:19:14 -0400
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

At 11:32 AM 5/1/2004, you wrote:

>Hey Bill.  We're starting to make plans for the summer.  Have you set a 
>date for the Athens Invitational?

   No, haven't set a date yet.  Late August, but nothing more 
specific.  Right now, the community center is just a big hole in the ground 
with come concrete walls here and there.  I don't want to commit to a date 
until the building is finished!  You know how these things always run 
behind schedule...

   There is a huge field out behind the Antique Center that just might work 
for a battlefield.  http://www.gizmology.net/images/Athens_Battlefield.jpg 
is an aerial photograph (infrared, so the grass is red) showing the 
location of the existing antique center in black (the photo is older than 
the building), the community center under construction in red, and the 
parking lot in green.  I hope I have the scale right - I think it is four 
feet per pixel.  I'll measure it when I get the chance, but I think the 
field is about 400 feet square, between the westernmost edge of the parking 
lot and what I suspect is the property line.
   What do you think, Frank?  Or anyone else?  Will the field be isolated 
enough?  It wouldn't go over well if the cars in the parking lot got 
painted.  Will a 100 foot buffer zone between the battlefield and the 
parking lot be enough?  Most cars, by the way, part at the east end of the 
parking lot, and the center owns a 24' panel truck we can park in the way.
   In the upper left corner you can see Rte 9 crossing over the NYS 
Thruway.  There is a line of trees between the field and the Thruway, so I 
don't think that will be a problem.
   The huge field to the right in the image would be awesome - there 
appears to be a crick flowing through it! - but it's someone else's.  I'll 
see if I can find out who and see how they feel about paintball tanks 
romping in their field.
   (If this works out, it's gonna be SO COOL!)



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