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Linda Besh (portalyst)
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Anomaly fun fact: Ann Arbor is frequently referred to as A2 by locals.

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Can't believe 2017 is almost half over! It's had a lot of adventure and leaps of faith. IPhone made me this cool movie of my adventures so far this year! Cant believe I've done so much already! Can't wait to see what 2nd half brings! more +Ingress adventures coming with an anomaly in my back yard (AnnArbor)

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I got my DNA test back! My research was spot on, I am the direct descendant of the early settlers in Pennsylvania, my family were master builders, carriage builders, and clothing industry workers (even my mom was a master seamstress who used to make wedding dresses). They were among the very first settlers in the rugged new world in Philadelphia, and also New Jersey, and Buffalo NY. They fought the British alongside George Washington in the revolutionary war and joined the Union in the civil war. They helped build the country! One relative even helped write the very first American Architectural book. Many are in history books.

You are welcome, America!

I was one of the first to move West (to Michigan). I felt as though being torn from my roots when my dad was transferred here to work at Ford Motor to start their Audio division (he was at Philco Ford and Aeronuetronics Ford in Bluebell PA prior). Every family story was around me in Philly, and Philly was my life. My great grandmother owned a house on Elfreth's Alley the oldest street in the NATION!


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5/13/17
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Up all night working on the http://Ancestry.com project and hit gold! Seeing the old hall where I was married while doing #MagnusBuilder got my attention back on my family tree...it got so good and the stories I was finding so delicious I couldn't go to bed until I saw if I could follow it to the revolutionary war - and I ended up pulling an all-nighter but it was so worth it!

I thought it might get interesting when some of my ancestors started showing "Washington" as a middle name...I thought either the family really liked Washington, were his slave, OR, had crossed paths with him or knew him and memorialized it in their children's names. The last turned out to be true...I am a daughter of the American Revolution!
I actually kinda knew that because my mom told me about a grandparent (or great grandparent) who lived on the oldest street in Philadelphia and the country, Elfreth's Alley, a famous street, and I doubted people just moved into that, it probably had been handed down for generations.

It was easy trail to follow, i can link every single person in the line with birth and death certificates and census data, it lines up perfectly...to some pretty famous Philadelphians! Here is a story about my Great-great-great-great-great grandfather on my mother's mom's side...chatting it up with George Washington giving him information on the enemy while under fire from cannons!

Now those Daughters of the American Revolution are going to have to let me help with their fundraising events! I actually was a member in elementary school and remember writing letters to other young members in the "colonies", but when i got older and tried to go to an official event, I was faced with showing a pedigree that I had no way of getting...until now!

Here is what is written about my Great x 5 grandfather John Keen:
"John Keen, eldest son of Matthias and Mary (Swift) Keen, was born in Philadelphia and apprenticed to Robert Smith. He became a member of The Carpenters' Company in 1772 and rapidly joined the inner circle of master builders; he served The Company as a committee member or officer from the time of his election as Warden in 1776 to 1785. In 1801 he became Vice-President of The Company. Nothing is known of Keen's architectural work, but he was an "encourager" of the Philadelphia edition of Abraham Swan, The British Architect (printed by R. Bell for J. Norman, 1775), the first book on architecture published in America. According to a nineteenth-century biographical sketch published in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography by Gregory B. Keen, John Keen "sided with the Colonies in the War of the Revolution, and fought in Captain Richard Humphreys's Company, in General Cadwalader's Division of Pennsylvania Militia, at the battle of Princeton, where he was slightly wounded by a fence-rail splintered by a cannon ball, while giving some information about the enemy to General Washington."

+flint dille
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Got my 3113! #MagnusBuilder! Whoot! One of the last portals ended up being the VFW Hall where I was married 35 years ago!

Funny how these journeys take you past your past! The cannon in front is a portal. The talk evergreen trees were on the ground back then, I included a picture from that night (after we'd had a few drinks. I married a handsome guy, eh?

I went to Northville Michigan tonight, which was my husbands hometown and is the next town north of Plymouth (go figure). I also went to Mill Race Village in Northville and walked around downtown, I spent many of my first nights playing in Northville. I also drove down Hines Drive, a really long parkway we have here.

I've been all over this country, and I'll tell you, Plymouth and Northville have the best downtown areas, peaceful safe and pleasant to walk through. 
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5/10/17
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My first day out working on builder I saw THOMAS THE TRAIN ENGINE! Got to be one of the coolest things to see! At The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village. Plus other photos from that day in the village.
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Some of the places I visited today while getting more than 1300 reso deploys.
Downtown Flint and I also made a stop at Yates cider mill and got donuts and cider. It is in this cute tourist trap called Canterbury Village which I was the only one there today, I'd hate to see these old places go away, but they seem empty these days.

I ended the night at 2609 resos...72 portals to go!

I used almost all L1 resos, so that other team members could fill in after me and upgrade.
I have only farmed L1 to keep it simple and fast. (That's why I left L1 behind and thanks +Gabriel Lyon good to be back out playing, I will be coming for those 37 layers next time, working on AP next).

Special thanks to @Holligan72 and @iHermit for being great hosts for their cities.

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5/10/17
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I went to see the Cognitive dress today, I put in my twitter feed and Artificial Intelligence IBM Watson analyzed my twitter feed for its underlying emotion...and lit the dress to reflect it, here are my results!
+The Henry Ford @thehenryford
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5/6/17
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Have been researching my family history on Ancestry.com and if you look at my grandfather's marriage certificate, you will see the bride's mother name is ADA TEARS....Kid.you.not. Sometimes life imitates art before the art is made.

+flint dille +John Hanke +Mike Quigley +Ethan Lepouttre +Bill Kilday +Pooja Srinivas +Anne Beuttenmüller 
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I was looking at my USA Travel map and realized I still have some states left unturned! Trying to decide which one to visit next...leaning towards a road trip to Wyoming and I need to get to Butte Montana sometime soon for a project I am working on.
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