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Ambulance from 'Ariel' found in aircraft graveyard!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 7:35 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Check this out:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/akin/198125.html

Scroll down to the pics. That is the ambulance the crew took from the junkyard and painted up. Looks like it ended up in an aircraft junkyard in the desert in California.

How shiny would it be if some Browncoat rescued this piece of Firefly history and it could be saved instead of left to rust.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 7:42 AM

PSYCHICRIVER


Wow, how cool is that! Lets steal it!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 7:59 AM

ZOL


That is a strange find - I wonder if there is any loose filming props inside?

It`s actually the cockpit form a russian `Hind` gunship/helicopter, I always thought they had a much cooler retro look than the US Apache

Darin (Zol.)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 8:05 AM

THATWEIRDGIRL


Ack!

I gotta convince someone to buy it. Lesse, my uncle buys powerwagons and rebuilds them. He's well know in the vehicle graveyard market. He does something at air shows too. Maybe I can get him to take a drive and make an offer. That would be so cool.

It'll never happen.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 8:21 AM

CYBERSNARK


I just got the same kinda thrill Mal must've got in the last flashback of "Out of Gas."

It may not be Serenity, but that whitewashed hulk looks like she's just resting a bit.

Not quite ready to belong in a junkyard yet. We oughtta rescue her.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 8:22 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


I would really hate to see it sit out there in the desert and rust. Maybe I am just being sentimental, but someone who could appreciate it, and knows what it is, should check into rescuing it. If I lived in Cali I would definitely check into it. My wife might give me grief about it sitting in the garage or back yard, but it would be worth it.

Imagine what a cool coversation piece it would be for Firefly shindigs or viewings. For that matter it would be a really shiny play item for the kids, so long as it is properly made safe of course.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 8:25 AM

ICCLEDAMES


Fly it out of there!

What do you mean it doesn't really fly? Firefly's not real?! Oh for the love of god!

Strike Darth Vader pose (a.k.a. Revenge of the Sith): NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 8:28 AM

ZOL


I think maybe get Joss involved or cast members - "Save Our Ride", maybe the cast don`t even know about it?

I wonder how much work would be involved in putting it `back together` as in the TV show, looks not too bad from the angle in the photos, although it may be missing something on the otherside etc..

Darin (Zol.)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 8:29 AM

THATWEIRDGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by BrownCoat1:
For that matter it would be a really shiny play item for the kids, so long as it is properly made safe of course.



Safe schmafe. Kids need more tetanus shots. They don’t cut themselves on old rusty metal nearly as often as we did when we were kids.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:03 AM

BROWNCOAT1

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Quote:

Originally posted by thatweirdgirl:
Safe schmafe. Kids need more tetanus shots. They don’t cut themselves on old rusty metal nearly as often as we did when we were kids.





LOL!

Too true!

(Scratches head still trying to work logistics of going to California to save piece of a cancelled show)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:11 AM

STARRBABY


Okay, there is no way in hell I can go out there and do anything considering I'm restricted to the city limits until the twins get here.
However, if anyone DOES decide to "rescue" it, you should make a plea for cash from fans. I'll definately contribute.

My husband mentioned www.fundable.org
I've never heard of it, but he says it's neat.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:12 AM

XANDERHARRIS


what would the crew of Serenity do?


hmmm.....i smell a heist.




I love it when a plan comes together

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:24 AM

CALLMESERENITY


I agree, let's steal it! What we need is a plan.

Somebody get naked!


Okay, kidding.

Maybe what we need to do first is figure out if it's possible to get it out and who has the authority over it. Anyone got any ideas of where to start? How about-what's the name of the place where it's at?


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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 10:05 AM

DUCESTECUM


Please pardon me if someone has already mentioned this (I didn't read the whole thread, got too excited) but why can't we Browncoats find out how much and if too much, pitch in and buy it? Heck, I'll put it in my yard and Browncoats from the East and West can come visit. Equidistant cause I'm in Nashville, whaddayuh think?



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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 10:32 AM

THATWEIRDGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by DucesTecum:
Equidistant cause I'm in Nashville, whaddayuh think?



Whoah. Hold on there. If we're talking equidistant, Nashville ain't it. I think I'm a bit more middle of the road. I say we house it in Tulsa. What do you think?


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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 12:45 PM

ICCLEDAMES


Is nobody listening!

We can fly it out I tell ya!

We should sponsor it (somehow) or pay (somehow) to have it turned into a real ambulance. Imagine calling 999 or 911 (or whatever the number is where you are) and getting that turn up!

Heck I'd call the ambulance more often!!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 12:53 PM

DUCESTECUM


>>>>Whoah. Hold on there. If we're talking equidistant, Nashville ain't it. I think I'm a bit more middle of the road. I say we house it in Tulsa. What do you think? <<<<

Hey! I was here first and I'm more equidistant... cuz I am! What about North and South? Who's in the middle hmmmm?


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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 12:56 PM

DUCESTECUM


>>>>Heck I'd call the ambulance more often!! <<<<

Are you sharing?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 12:57 PM

ICCLEDAMES


Well I'd offer to chip-in but if we're doing this equidistant thing, well that'd put it somewhere in the Atlantic (with me being on the east coast of England) and I don't think thats much good to anyone.

And as for sharing, well I daresay there's room for a couple. We can always boot the driver out and go for a spin in it...

Obviously the police wouldn't be able to catch it and it would not look at all conspicuous driving down the street

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:03 PM

STILLSHINY


Quote:

Originally posted by thatweirdgirl:
Quote:

Originally posted by DucesTecum:
Equidistant cause I'm in Nashville, whaddayuh think?



Whoah. Hold on there. If we're talking equidistant, Nashville ain't it. I think I'm a bit more middle of the road. I say we house it in Tulsa. What do you think?


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Tulsa, I absolutely agree. Of course I may be a wee bit biased. I think Universal could pick it up and use it in a future Serenity / Firefly display. Though I truly think Tulsa would be all manner of better.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:31 PM

ANGELHARP42


No, no, Nashville sounds pretty good to me... that's where I am! Better still, how's about we park it in one of my hayfields? I've got about 70 acres, c'mon!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 3:03 PM

MUTT999


Quote:

Originally posted by Cybersnark:
I just got the same kinda thrill Mal must've got in the last flashback of "Out of Gas."

It may not be Serenity, but that whitewashed hulk looks like she's just resting a bit.

Not quite ready to belong in a junkyard yet. We oughtta rescue her.



Well said. It is kinda sad just seeing it sitting there.



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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 3:44 PM

AKIN


There wasn't any name on the fence anywhere that I could find... I'm going back up there friday for more pictures, I'll be checking again...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 3:45 PM

GABRIEL


Somebody's gotta rescue it.

I just found the junkyard on Google Earth; pictures are fuzzy and I don't think they're recent enough to include the Ariel Aerial Ambulance.

Coordinates are: 35 hours, 2 minutes, 20.15 seconds N, 118 degrees, 7 minutes, 49.89 seconds W.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 3:49 PM

GKTHURSDAY


Did anyone notice that it is missing the tail?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 4:22 PM

SIMONSAYS


Quote:

Originally posted by BrownCoat1:
Check this out:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/akin/198125.html

Scroll down to the pics. That is the ambulance the crew took from the junkyard and painted up. Looks like it ended up in an aircraft junkyard in the desert in California.

How shiny would it be if some Browncoat rescued this piece of Firefly history and it could be saved instead of left to rust.

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I bet it is out in the Mojave Desert. There are several HUGE aircraft storage facilities out there. It is really wierd to see them from the highway. Things don't seem to rust in the Mojave Desert (must be the dry HOT climate). Alot of movie props can be found out there.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 4:46 PM

HORSEPLAYER


Dear Akin

As an idiot with more money than time, I would be very interested in buying it and bringing it back to my home in Las Vegas(not too far).

I would of course, invite interested Firefly fans over from time to time to see it if anyone is interested.

If you could keep me posted on what you find out, I would very much appreciate it.

Thank you

Peter

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 4:51 PM

WHITEFALL


That is so cool.

Frankly, I think universal has the best chance of getting it out of there, as they are the only corporate entity who has reason to be interested in it.

However, barring that, we really need to find out who owns that junkyard. It'd be nice if it was free for the taking like in Ariel itself

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 5:28 PM

MONTESA


Okay, so I just saw this as I was perusing for the evening and OMG I live like an hour away from that field. We drive by it every time we travel to San Diego (which hasn't been enough lately) so I might try to convince my husband to make a trip this weekend. I will let you guys know if I can get any information on it.

Montesa

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 5:32 PM

BARCLAY


Quote:

Originally posted by Whitefall:
That is so cool.

Frankly, I think universal has the best chance of getting it out of there, as they are the only corporate entity who has reason to be interested in it.

However, barring that, we really need to find out who owns that junkyard. It'd be nice if it was free for the taking like in Ariel itself

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Isn't there this thing called Universal Studios? A theme park where they build rides for movies that get sequels? This would certainly be a nice touch to Serenity's cargo bay...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 5:58 PM

AKIN


I think this is it here... http://tinyurl.com/782vc

I looked it up a few days ago, but I wasn't going to post the link until I verified the location... I thought it was farther out than that, but I will confirm it on friday...

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 2:52 AM

DUCESTECUM


Quote:

Originally posted by angelharp42:
No, no, Nashville sounds pretty good to me... that's where I am! Better still, how's about we park it in one of my hayfields? I've got about 70 acres, c'mon!



This is so SHINY! You are the second Nashville Browncoat I've "met" through this thread. I've wondered where all the Nashville Browncoats have been hiding. What part of Nashville are you in? I'm in Dickson. I work with a Browncoat and we're planning on seeing Serenity together. Would you be interested in joining us?

What's even shinier is that Browncoat named Peter who says he has lots of money and is willing to purchase the Ariel Ambulance. Let's hope it happens!

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 3:00 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Quote:

Originally posted by Akin:
There wasn't any name on the fence anywhere that I could find... I'm going back up there friday for more pictures, I'll be checking again...




Welcome to the board Akin! Glad to have you w/ us.

Thanks for finding the Ariel Ambulance. Let us know what you find out about the yard. Maybe if you are able you can get some kind of phone # or something. I would gladly make some calls & do some fact finding.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 3:03 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Quote:

Originally posted by GKThursday:
Did anyone notice that it is missing the tail?





I did notice that, yes. I also noticed by blowing up the pics that the glass & wings have been removed and it appears to be gutted.

Doesn't matter though. Surely if we rescue it we can fashion the missing parts for it.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 3:05 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Quote:

Originally posted by horseplayer:
Dear Akin

As an idiot with more money than time, I would be very interested in buying it and bringing it back to my home in Las Vegas(not too far).

I would of course, invite interested Firefly fans over from time to time to see it if anyone is interested.

If you could keep me posted on what you find out, I would very much appreciate it.

Thank you

Peter




A very generous offer Peter, and I am sure I can safely say I speak for the fanbase when I say that we would all appreciate your offer to rescue this gem.

Keep Flyin'!

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 4:09 AM

CYBERSNARK


Quote:

Originally posted by Barclay:
Isn't there this thing called Universal Studios? A theme park where they build rides for movies that get sequels? This would certainly be a nice touch to Serenity's cargo bay...

Actually, that's a really good idea.

Universal Studios Florida has the Time Train from BttF III outside the Back to the Future ride. Why can't some future Serenity ride not have the ambulance (and maybe the new hover-mule) sitting outside for photo-ops before we reach the "hangar" for our own Serenity trip?

In fact, make it a detail: the "ride" is Mal's latest scheme, but they've had to remove the mule to make room (you passed it on your way in), and there's an ambulance standing by in case of things going not smooth.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 4:21 AM

JADEHAND


Quote:

Originally posted by horseplayer:
Dear Akin

As an idiot with more money than time, I would be very interested in buying it and bringing it back to my home in Las Vegas(not too far).

I would of course, invite interested Firefly fans over from time to time to see it if anyone is interested.

If you could keep me posted on what you find out, I would very much appreciate it.

Thank you

Peter


I think if Universal isn't interested for a theme park thing, then fixing her up and taking her to conventions would be a great idea. I'd pay a bit to have my picture taken in that. $5 -$10 prints * millions of fans = you might make that money back.
Wish I had more money than time.


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Thursday, July 14, 2005 6:06 AM

RICKYJAMES


After some searching on the Internet, I think this Firefly prop is owned by Doug Scroggins. Check out:

http://www.scrogginsaviation.com/

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 6:42 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Quote:

Originally posted by rickyjames:
After some searching on the Internet, I think this Firefly prop is owned by Doug Scroggins. Check out:

http://www.scrogginsaviation.com/




Are you certain that it is their yard? There location is listed as the Mojave Airport & their contact info lists a Las Vegas address.

Akin was this yard near the Mojave airport?

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 7:24 AM

RICKYJAMES


Akin said in a follow-up post to his original story that he turned onto Hwy 58 at Mojave and the boneyard was on the north side of the highway right after he left Mojave. Check Mapquest.com; it shows the Mojave airport at the intersections of Hwy 58 and Hwy 14.

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=internal&addtohistory
=&latitude=Du9U3Tj1k%2fE%3d&longitude=OCEGNV%2bxGE5NBjo%2bDz%2fOLg%3d%3d&name=Mojave%20Airport&country=US&address=1434%20Flight%20Line&city=Mojave&state=CA&zipcode=93501&phone=661%2d824%2d2433&spurl=0&searchtype=search&q=Airports&cat=Airports&qc=Airports


Five miles out of Mojave, Hwy 58 in that area is the north boundary of Edwards Air Force Base. If Doug Scroggins isn't the custodian of that junkyard, he's virtually sure to know who is. There can't be THAT many people who do movie prep work for aircraft sets and props around Mojave...

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 7:28 AM

JADEHAND


I don't know much about that area, being east coast and all. However Akin posted this above:

I think this is it here... http://tinyurl.com/782vc

If you pull back there is a landing strip NW of the site. I can't say if it's a USAF base or just an Airport.

Edit: Scrolled over with the arrows and it's an Airport not a USAF base. (commercial airliners).



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Thursday, July 14, 2005 7:37 AM

RICKYJAMES


That landing strip the the NW in your picture is indeed the Mojave municipal airport. Google Earth shows the coordinates of the boneyard as 35 deg 02 min 21 sec latitude and 118 deg 07 min 49 sec longitude. It also shows that the boneyard is connected to the Mojave Airport via a number of dirt roads, further reinforcing the probable connection with Scroggins, who operates out of Mojave Airport. If you use the Google Earth software, you can actually zoom in even closer than the photo in your link and see the individual airframes!!!

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 8:30 AM

RICKYJAMES


Below is an email I sent to doug@scrogginsaviation.com ; I'll keep you posted if I get a reply...

Hi -

Do you know anything about a Soviet helicopter airframe (MI-24 Hind?)
that was painted white with fake medical insignia for an episode of
the sci-fi TV show Firefly a few years back? This prop has been
sighted in a boneyard near the Mojave Airport and a group of fans are
trying to find the owner. Some digging on the internet suggests your
company may have provided it. Know anything about this, or who we
might contact next? If you are the owner, what's a ballpark price if
you want to sell it?

Thanks,

Ricky J. Roberson

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 8:44 AM

CALLMESERENITY


RickyJames, you are a mind reader! I was reading along thinking "Why don't I email this guy and ASK him if he has the ambulance?" and you went and did it.

Oh, can't wait to hear the response.

I didn't mention it before, but if there's going to be a "Save the Ambulance" fund, I will definitely pitch in.


"Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us." ~Jerry Garcia

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 9:28 AM

RAVENWHYTEWING


You got my checks, that's for sure. I'd make it a roadtrip with at least four friends to just go out and have a photo-op next to it.

Our scars remind us/That the past is real

I'm awake/But my world is half asleep.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 9:50 AM

RICKYJAMES


Interesting article on Doug Scroggins:

http://starbulletin.com/2005/06/14/features/story1.html

The article says he provided the airplane used on the TV show "Lost" and that he's got a storage yard in Mojave...

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 11:35 AM

AKIN



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Thursday, July 14, 2005 11:37 AM

AKIN


Quote:

Originally posted by rickyjames:
Below is an email I sent to doug@scrogginsaviation.com ; I'll keep you posted if I get a reply...

Hi -

Do you know anything about a Soviet helicopter airframe (MI-24 Hind?)
that was painted white with fake medical insignia for an episode of
the sci-fi TV show Firefly a few years back? This prop has been
sighted in a boneyard near the Mojave Airport and a group of fans are
trying to find the owner. Some digging on the internet suggests your
company may have provided it. Know anything about this, or who we
might contact next? If you are the owner, what's a ballpark price if
you want to sell it?

Thanks,

Ricky J. Roberson



It actually is not a Hind, it’s made of fiberglass over plywood… I was inside it a couple of hours ago… more pics will be up on my LJ soon at http://www.livejournal.com/users/akin/.

I also made contact with some folks at the Mojave Airport, they didn’t know off hand who owns it, but they’ll get back to me when they find the guy’s name…

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 11:38 AM

AKIN


Quote:

Originally posted by BrownCoat1:
Quote:

Originally posted by rickyjames:
After some searching on the Internet, I think this Firefly prop is owned by Doug Scroggins. Check out:

http://www.scrogginsaviation.com/




Are you certain that it is their yard? There location is listed as the Mojave Airport & their contact info lists a Las Vegas address.

Akin was this yard near the Mojave airport?

__________________________________________




Yup, within sight of it...

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 2:07 PM

ANGELHARP42


Quote:

This is so SHINY! You are the second Nashville Browncoat I've "met" through this thread. I've wondered where all the Nashville Browncoats have been hiding. What part of Nashville are you in? I'm in Dickson. I work with a Browncoat and we're planning on seeing Serenity together. Would you be interested in joining us?


Dickson!? I live in Fairview!!! I go to Dickson to go to Wal-Mart! Multiple shininess! Is it going to play at the Roxy opening night? If so, that's where I plan to be!

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