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United States : California

2.3 miles (3.7 km) NE of Concord, Contra Costa, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 31 m (101 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 38°S 58°E

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#2: Brody's golf stance: unorthodox, yet stylish #3: One almost gets the feeling of being unwelcome #4: Funny … I could swear we paid for all this #5: Screw saying no to fake Wagner photographs

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#1: Brody and Mark had thought to bring along their Haunted Weapons

(visited by Brody Culpepper, Rusty Blazenhoff, Mark Simple, Godfrey Daniels and Wagner)

24-Oct-1998 -- For the complete story of Wagner's First Confluence, see http://www.cardhouse.com/g/conflu/01/index.html. Excerpts are quoted below for the record.

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 98
From: Dr. Brody Culpepper
To: Mark, Rusty, Godfrey
Subject: Con-fluence

Hey explorers,

I've got the topo maps for the next two confluences, and both are EZ as pie, if you forget a few hitches. The one in Concord is in the middle of the Concord Naval Weapons Station, a high-security facility that contains nuclear weapons. However, the confluence appears to be right on the public road that transects the facility. But, taking pictures with military installations on either side may be a bit tricky.

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Wear golf attire, bring clubs and flags. I like the idea of a "confluence golf". Bring chips to hog, halloween candy, and a stash of scotch to sip when we make the hole-in-one.

Adios,

Vasco de Brody, international thrillseeker.

Arrival at the Concord Naval Weapons Station (photos #3 and #4):

If you wander around a military zone with cameras and a Global Positioning System unit, I guess you should expect the Military Police take notice.

They did. Almost instantly.

Rusty spotted the squad truck first, pulled up behind her beloved Travelall. We had to hustle back to prevent molestation of the Travelall. Rusty led the way. I couldn't imagine what explanation she would offer the MP.

Inexplicably, Rusty told the truth: we were taking part in an "Art" project that involves photographing confluences. Even more inexplicably, the MP bought the whole story. Lesson: if you ever get busted stalking a military installation, use "Art" as your cover. Apparently, "Art" covers a multitude of sins.

It doesn't cover an MP posing for photos with Fake Wagner. I know, because I asked & she refused. I say she because my cohorts insisted the MP was a female. I do not believe this.

I say, Screw saying no to Fake Wagner photos! So I snapped this photo of the MP (photo #5) as we sped away in the Travelall. Nyah.

But we weren't finished. We still had a confluence to photograph.

Here's the confluence (photos #1 and #2), as near as SA would allow us to calculate it. SA = Selective Availability, yet another way the military screws with us. Only the military is allowed precision in GPS calculations. Somehow, the military's access to ultra-accurate readings doesn't prevent them from bombing Chinese Embassies.


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#1: Brody and Mark had thought to bring along their Haunted Weapons
#2: Brody's golf stance: unorthodox, yet stylish
#3: One almost gets the feeling of being unwelcome
#4: Funny … I could swear we paid for all this
#5: Screw saying no to fake Wagner photographs
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