I was reading Fox news this evening and saw an article about a recent volcano eruption in Chile. This immediately caught my attention because my girlfriend, Natalia, is from Chile and still has family there. I have to admit that my geographic knowledge of Chile is still lacking so I wanted to know how close the volcano had erupted from the town Natalia is from. This prompted me to load up Google Earth and navigate to the place of the eruption.
Relieved the eruption was at least 2 monitor screens away (probably a few hundred miles at that scale) I decided to check out the worlds largest swimming pool, also in Chile. No matter how many times I see the pictures, I still can't get over how massive that body of water is (on a side note, I'm planning on visiting that location this December, WooHoo!).
Since I had Google Earth loaded, I went wandering around the globe and ended up in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. I visited my parents house (still under construction from the fire), a large park near my parents house, downtown and finally my house. I noted that the date of the imagery was July 12, which happened to be a Thursday. That got me thinking, where was I?
At the time I was still working at Corillian Corporation on the corporate security team. So I scooted over to that location. Since it was July, I would have been riding my motorcycle. Would I be able to see it from this high up I wondered. Compared to most vehicles, my bike is small and I wondered if I'd be able to find it in the parking lot.
Didn't take much searching, my bright red bike was very visible from that high up, and parked right where I thought it would be. In the front parking lot second spot from the right, where the CEO usually parked his 7 series BMW (much to his chagrin I'm told).