Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, December 18, 2017 6:13 PM

Before I forget to do this since I'm taking a road trip this weekend, here's something by way of a "Christmas Card" from me to you.

It's a lovely video I found featuring the great maestro himself, Enrico Caruso, singing to us from another century.

There's even a little railroad content we can all relate to! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwAdCWHf_Uw

My grandmother heard Caruso sing, she said he was the best!  She was right.

Best wishes to everyone, I love you all.

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Posted by robmcc on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 5:58 PM

All the best to you and yours too, Firelock!

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Posted by fifedog on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 5:52 AM

Firelock - Safe travels, and Merry Christmas to you.

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Posted by cnw1995 on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 8:21 AM

Happy Christmas Firelock - and to all, a good night!

Doug Murphy 'We few, we happy few, we band of brothers...' Henry V.

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Posted by KRM on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 3:27 PM

Merry Christmas to you Firelock and all the rest of the gang here on CTT!!!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 6:40 PM

Merry Christmas!

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Posted by lionelsoni on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 7:31 PM

Our julbock is up on the Christmas tree, and our Swedish daughter-in-law (and our slightly Swedish son) will be here in a couple of days.  So, God Jul och Merry Christmas!

Bob Nelson

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Posted by traindaddy1 on Thursday, December 21, 2017 9:07 PM
Firelock76: A very Merry Christmas and a healthy Happy New Year to you and yours. Stay safe.
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Posted by Karl Reichenbach on Friday, December 22, 2017 10:40 AM

Merry Christmas to All

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Posted by rtraincollector on Saturday, December 23, 2017 10:52 AM

Merry Christmas to all 

here's some holiday Tips for you all

Holiday Eating Tips
 
1.  Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit.  In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
 
2.  Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly.  Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch.  You can't find it any other time of year but now.  So drink up!  Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip?  It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something.  It's a treat.  Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
 
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy.  Gravy does not stand alone.  Pour it on.  Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes.   Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano.  Repeat.
 
4.  As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass.  Why bother?  It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
 
5.  Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free.  Lots of it.  Hello?
 
6.  Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's.  You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do.  This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
 
7.  If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention.  They're like a beautiful pair of shoes.  If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
 
8.  Same for pies. Apple.  Pumpkin. Mincemeat.  Have a slice of each.  Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin.  Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert?  Labor Day?
 
9.  Did someone mention fruitcake?  Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost.  I mean, have some standards.
 
10.  One final tip:  If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention.  Reread tips; start over, but hurry.  January is just around the corner.
 
Remember this motto to live by:
 
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming,"'WOO HOO!  What a ride!"

Life's hard, even harder if your stupid  John Wayne

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, December 23, 2017 5:31 PM

Great Tips! I'll make sure to follow your instructions to the letter! 

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Paul

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, December 24, 2017 10:10 AM

Rtrain collector, you poor guy, obviously you've never had any good fruitcake, if that's what you feel about it!  Fruitcake well-done as it should be is something you shouldn't pass up!

The problem could be there's too many amateurs making it that just shouldn't try!

Aside from that, I agree with everything else you said!

"Live fast, die young, and leave a good-lookin' corpse!"

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Posted by fifedog on Sunday, December 24, 2017 10:44 AM

rt - Here here!!!

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Posted by arkady on Sunday, December 24, 2017 4:27 PM

And a very Merry Christmas to one and all on this forum!  My childhood 2026 and three 027 passenger cars are running on my 3rs layout even as I type, just as they have since 1951.  May all of us enjoy our holiday traditions as much as I do.

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Posted by rtraincollector on Sunday, December 24, 2017 5:20 PM

Firelock76 I have always been told there is just one Fruitcake and it has been sent from family to family for over 500 years now. 

 

No I don't mind fruit cake if it is done right. But when you get that all dried up fruit cake which someone did and looking for complements on it I tend to leave as a baker I would not claim it. LOL. 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, December 24, 2017 7:46 PM

Rtraincollector, and everyone else, I don't know about you but when I was a kid I knew the Christmas/ New Years holidays were over, truly over, when the last of the Christmas cookies and fruitcake disappeared at the first Sunday dinner after the same.

Nothing to look forward to after that but the long, dreary winter.

And thanks all for there good wishes to me for a good trip, we made it to Florida in one piece!  Now, we gotta make it back in a few days!

Ah, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it!

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Posted by Plate Rail on Monday, December 25, 2017 4:00 PM

Merry Christmas to all! 

The big guy gave us a double dose of snow last night.  About 10" on the ground now.  The ski hill guys got their Christmas wish.

Following RT's rules to the letter (burp)  Geez, that turkey smells deelish!

Yep....nothing to look forward to after this but more train shows.  Best remedy for cabin fever in the world.

Happy Holidays Uz Guyz!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, December 25, 2017 5:17 PM

Plate Rail
nothing to look forward to after this but more train shows.

Mine's on the 6th!  Wink

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 8:42 PM

Penny Trains
 
Plate Rail
nothing to look forward to after this but more train shows.

 

Mine's on the 6th!  Wink

 

Mine's on 1/20, and Shotgun Charlie's coming for this one! 

Gonna be a fun weekend!

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Posted by Dominion Atlantic Railway on Friday, December 29, 2017 7:33 AM

Happy Holidays to everyone.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Friday, December 29, 2017 10:06 PM

Penny Trains
 
Plate Rail
nothing to look forward to after this but more train shows.

 

Mine's on the 6th!  Wink

 

I hope the snow's cleared away enough by then so you can get to it.  From what I've seen on the Weather Channel it looks like Ohio got hammered!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, December 30, 2017 6:31 PM

Well it's at the UAW hall which is almost withing spitting distance so....I'm not worried.   Wink

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Posted by Leverettrailfan on Sunday, December 31, 2017 1:17 PM

I’ve got mine to look forwards to, at the end of January... 

I better start saving, or I won’t come home with enough ”train crap” (as my family Surely feels about it) to rival last year!

"If it don't work, then gosh darn it, get a' fixin!"

Can I fix trains? Mostly. How long have I been doing it? Took me years to get much success beyond the "taking it apart" step. Where am I at now? Well, does she run?

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