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Today in Rip Payne

13 Apr
by Emma Earnst

Today, as you may be aware, is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.  As the crowds gather at Monticello today to celebrate the omnipresent Charlottesvillian’s would-be 269th birthday, I’ll take you back 66 years to 1946, when local civic organizations and Jeffersonian-minded individuals gathered to celebrate his 203rd birthday.

In the present, the Tom Tom Founders Festival will also be opening today, with a free gala.  The apparently SXSW-inspired festival will be hosting a number of talks and events throughout the month, geared toward innovation, music, and the arts.

So, whether you choose to celebrate in the here and now or the then and there, you are just stuck with some Jefferson today.  So enjoy it!

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Today in Rip Payne

1 Feb

I thought I’d do something a little different today, so we are going to play a little game of “Choose Your Own Adventure.”  In addition to being one of the coolest things to play/read as a child, this allows me to potentially escape the fate of running into another wrecked train (SPOILER ALERT!) after writing a Rip Payne post about it.  More on that later…

So for those of you who have never played, here’s the rules:

I give you two options and you pick between them, then get served the Rip Payne you deserve for picking that.  This is going to be a lot clearer than the typical Choose Your Own Adventure scenario wherein, without doubt, I always ended up getting killed or in some other terrible disaster.

Here’s your scenario:

Its almost noon o’clock, and you get to read an awesome Rip Payne blog post.  If you are having a rough day, and would like a random happy picture to cheer you up, please see Chapter 1 below.  If you are having a good day, and feel ready to take on the world, good, bad, ugly, and all, please scroll down to the bottom the page (Chapter 2).  You will still get some happiness on the way.  If you are having such a bad day that only other people’s mistakes//random acts of destruction could possibly make you feel happy, please scroll down to Chapter 2.  Don’t even bother looking at Chapter 1.

Chapter 1

Mrs. Dan Townsend's Birthday Cake, 1945

Chapter 2

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965