From a friend in the San Juan Islands of Washington state this weekend, a commuter plane bringing families from Seattle:

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While living in Seattle ten years ago, I did training in float planes at this same Kenmore Air, whose name as charter operator is visible at the rear of the plane. When the journalism business finally collapses (no, no - just kidding) this is the Plan B career path. At least in reverie.

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Yes, I am aware that very recently I inveighed against leafblowers for their pointless noisyness. And now a float plane? Differences: The float plane is in earshot of any one place only for a short period. Also, it's generally not right next to your house. And it is elegant.

Same venue, float plane en route:

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