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That's when I noticed a special collection of photos. This wall display was just to the left of the front door, cheap robaxin online and while I couldn't make heads or tails of the matter, cheap robaxin online I was particularly intriqued by the fact that there was a large photo of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh in the center. That prompted me to try the door, cheap robaxin online but the shop was closed for the day, cheap robaxin online so I made a mental note to go in on the first opportunity. Cheap robaxin online I greatly admired Lindbergh for his peace campaign prior to WW2, cheap robaxin online wondered if the owner of the shop was perhaps a kindred soul, cheap robaxin online and looked forward to the visit. On the day that I returned the shop was open, cheap robaxin online and as it seemed an especially formal place I entered with some self consciousness and hoped to avoid any kind of faux pas in this unfamiliar environment. A small mechanical bell mounted over the door clinged gently as I entered, cheap robaxin online and as it took a moment for anyone to appear, cheap robaxin online I again turned my attention to the mysterious set of photographs mounted up on the wall. Then an elderly gentleman entered and greeted me. Although he was a bit shorter than my own 6' 3, cheap robaxin online" he exuded a manly and athletic confidence in himself. Also, cheap robaxin online because of his White hair and equally White gotee beard, cheap robaxin online he had a theatrical appearance very much like the fascist William Dudley Pelley. When this old gentlemen asked how he could help, cheap robaxin online I told him that his set of Lindbergh photos had really stirred my curiosity, cheap robaxin online and I could see at this point that this was an entire set of enlargements of Lindbergh in Paris in 1927. "Are you an admirer of Charles Lindbergh?" he inquired. "Yes, cheap robaxin online and as it isn't every day that anyone encounters a full display of his photos, cheap robaxin online I was wondering what the story is that's associated with them. For a few moments this man's quiet made me feel a little uncomfortable, cheap robaxin online as if I was really there only by myself. This lasted for a few moments, cheap robaxin online but then the old gentleman smiled and seemed to be looking through my eyes to some extraordinary time and place far removed from his studio. "Did you see the film with Jimmy Stewart, cheap robaxin online The Spirit of St. Cheap robaxin online Louis?" "Yes, cheap robaxin online I saw that. Cheap robaxin online It was great." "Do you recall what Lindbergh was thinking just before he landed?" "Yes, cheap robaxin online when Lindbergh peered down in the dark he saw an incredible number of automobile headlights, cheap robaxin online and such an enormous number of people swirling about that it made him wonder what on earth they were all celebrating." "What else was he thinking?" I had to chuckle at that, cheap robaxin online but Stewart did a great job of verbalizing Lindbergh's thoughts, cheap robaxin online and so I said: "He was wondering 'Where the heck am I going to land?' " The old gentleman now wore the widest grin I'd seen him display to this point, cheap robaxin online and a peculiar kind of youthful energy seemed to propel all his gestures. "Where was he going to land? Yes, cheap robaxin online exactly. Cheap robaxin online And now that we've taken care of all that...." I thought for a moment that he was about to toss me bodily from the shop, cheap robaxin online as he seemed to have an almost manic kind of energy, cheap robaxin online then he began again: "I was a photographer assigned to the Expeditionary Forces in Paris after WW1, cheap robaxin online and I happened to turn on the radio in my hotel room and heard the announcer say that Lindbergh was approaching. He also said that people were coming from miles around to greet him. Well, cheap robaxin online I'm only human, cheap robaxin online and I was as caught up in the excitement as everyone else. I realized that I had my car parked below, cheap robaxin online with its top already open, cheap robaxin online and so I swept my camera into my arms and rushed down to get in. I didn't need a map to LeBourget Airport, cheap robaxin online as every vehicle was headed that direction and I only had to drift along with the traffic. 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Was I going to photograph anything? Ha! That wasn't very likely. Then I heard the motor of a distant aircraft. And my first thought was "Who would be crazy enough to try coming into this airport tonight?" I certainly didn't think it was Lindbergh, cheap robaxin online as there were all those important people and the crowd waiting for him much further over at the terminal. They must certainly know something, cheap robaxin online I thought, cheap robaxin online and I felt really isolated and left out of it all. The aircraft I had heard was now approaching to land. And while I realized it was a long shot, cheap robaxin online I set my camera up anyway right where I stood. The little plane came lower, cheap robaxin online lower, cheap robaxin online then touched down. And the pilot had to coast a bit before he could stop. 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And I'm thinking, cheap robaxin online this is some madcap dream, cheap robaxin online I'm going to wake up and my wife is going to start laughing when I recount it. But no, cheap robaxin online this is really happening. "Yes, cheap robaxin online I got it!" I shouted back to Lindbergh. Cheap robaxin online "I'll be staying at the such and such hotel" he says, cheap robaxin online come on over in the morning and we'll do some more. By this time the crowd realizes that it's him and comes running from all directions. My god, cheap robaxin online what a frightening experience for us to be standing there with thousands of people running straight at us at full speed. What you saw in the Jimmy Stewart film then becomes pretty accurate, cheap robaxin online as all those people surge around and lift Lindbergh up and overhead as is done with any conquering hero. I did my best to disappear in the confusion, cheap robaxin online and pretended nothing at all had happened in front of that camera. 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