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Daytona Beach: Wings and Waves Air Show

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More surreal than dinner at a NASCAR track was the air show that took place right behind our hotel the weekend we were in Daytona Beach for Kelly & Seagram's wedding.

I had never been to such a thing before, so I had no idea what to expect. The sound of the F-16's afterburner overhead nearly killed me. I don't think I had ever heard anything so loud in my life.

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The show was impressive and interesting insofar as it's hard not to be amazed watching planes large and small zooming around twisting, turning for your entertainment.

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On another level, I was a little creeped out by what was primarily a military parade in the air showing off the might and power of the armed forces. It's something I always imagined happened during the cold war but died out now.

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It makes me think of Robert Frank photos and missiles being driven down main street to saluting children who have no conception of the destructive power before them.

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