COFFEE POT May 2018. Another anniversary. 14 years old. Coffee and all the breakfast you want.

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Monday, May 14, 2018 4:03 PM

 

Good Afternoon from sunny 81°F Southern Ohio,

 

A great weekend was had with the family celebrating Mother’s Day.  The kids got their Nana (my bride) an air fryer, well actually my bride picked it out and ordered it, and we were all good with that.  We also got her some hanging baskets for the front porch.  After Sunday services we went to go visit the kid’s mom and it was a good visit.  After that the youngest Kale and I spread more mulch.  I believe we’re done for now.  We’ll see how badly the chickens mess it up when they are out running around.

 

Friday I got the upper sash replaced in the kitchen that cracked.  It was really easy.  It took longer to stain and finish the window than to replace it.  Saturday I replaced athe blades on the riding mower and when my weed eater started acting up again I went and bought a Stihl FS 56, and I love it.  It works really well so I spent most of Saturday afternoon weed eating.

 

Question; I want to transport my John Deere X330 riding mower.  A trailer would be great but maybe overkill.  I’m thinking about a set of Reese 90” arched ramps.  I have a set of ramps made from 2 x 12s 8’ long that I’ve used for years loading stuff into and out of my truck but by being straight the mower deck gets stuck.  Any of you have experience with the arched ramps?

 

Rich - Great new ride!  The new Mopars are really a throw back to when performance was more than skin deep and for show

 

Doug - Happy Birthday.  Yea the tinplate made me stray from being exclusively faithful the American Flyer

 

Roy - the overtime is at straight time.  The salary will be negotiated, but typically trainers are lower paid than supervisors and I would enter near the top of the pay band.

 

May God bless

 

Jim

 

 

 

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Posted by 8ntruck on Monday, May 14, 2018 7:09 PM

Thunder storms tonight.  Dog and I won't get our walk in tonight.  Right now, he is wandering from window to window whining.  I think he wants to go out and watch the lightening.

We had a kid's program at the KATY museum last Saturday.  We had maybe two dozen people show up.  One son and dat were there for about 2 hours playing with the Brio set and the Thomas the Tank Engine layout.

The baggage cart the museum has been restored over the winter.  I set up an O 36 Fastrack oval and an O27 oval on it.  Ran my General on the O27 loop and my new LionChief Berkshire on the outer loop.  That Berkshire has exceptional smoke output!

I had a 'magic smoke' incident with the surge suppressor on my 180 watt Powerhouse.  While the supressor was smoking, something went 'pop' inside the Powerhouse case.  After that, the Powerhouse was only making 6 volts, not 18.  Methinks I fried it.

102 days until retirement - but I'm not counting.

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Posted by fifedog on Monday, May 14, 2018 7:47 PM

Evenin' boys.  Stormy, stormy, stormy; that's all we hear.  I have to take FifeMax in the train room and run postwar 'til he settles down.  HVAC guy came by and serviced our system with R22.  Fixed it right up.

cnw1995Cake Did we get anything rail; or sail...?

anjdevil - The Magnum always reminded me of a modern day Nomad.  I lobbied for one as my cruiser.  No.  Diplomats were what we got.

 

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Monday, May 14, 2018 9:40 PM

Evening!

Another hot one today. 90's

Happy B-Day - DougM - Happy B-Day

Phish - good luck with the job decision

Anj - congrats - it's got a HEMI!  Automobile

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Posted by cheapclassics on Monday, May 14, 2018 9:47 PM

Good evening all,

Quiet day at work.  Spent some time with Junior High soccer kids tonight.  That was fun.  Mowed the yard as well.  Had to raise the deck one notch to keep from stalling out.  Weather hot.  Watched Izombie.  Incredibly sad episode that we knew would occur, but does not make it any better.  At least it has been renewed for another season.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by Banks on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 6:54 AM

Hello there,

hope everyone had a great Mom's day. Ours was good. Went to a matinee and saw I Can Only Imagine, good  movie.

Lots of storms the last couple o days.  The grass is wayyyy ahead o me. 

Cold and now wet is slowing planting. Some hay is ready and waiting for good weather.

Met with a financial guy yesterday. Deficit spending til we hit Medicare but we will be OK.

Happy Birthday to those I missed.

Phish. ....BIL gave me a pair of arch ramps a few years ago. They're OK but the rungs are to far apart for something with small wheels. It's much easier and safer to load on to a low trailer than a high pickup. I have both an prefer the trailer.

Best get on with the day.

 

Prayers for those in need

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:29 AM

77 and partly cloudy.  Chance of showers later today.  Then better chances rest of the week.  Get more garden plants now that it is suppose to be cooler and wet.

Have a good one.

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Posted by lion88roar on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:59 AM

Mornin' Fellas

TheVPQ headed to Wisconsin today for an audit. Won't be home till Friday afternoon, hope she isn't late because this weekend is our annual camping trip with the Daisy Troop. Hard to believe Christina will be bridging to Brownies on June 1st. Storms last night really shook things up! Glad I got the lawn mowed on Saturday because we're do for storms just about every night though the weekend.

Christina was invited to participate in a U9 soccer tournament in June. This is a big honor for her since she doesn't turn 7 till August, and typically they have to be 7-8 to participate. If she does well we may ask that she be bumped a level next Fall.

Still waiting on bids for the porch work in Pittsburgh... seriously disappointed with these contractors. I guess they aren't hurting for work.

Banks - My parents are trying not to tap their retirement accounts for another year. They've found it tough because Medicare doesn't cover much on my Dad's perscriptions.

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Posted by rtraincollector on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:20 AM

Morning all

Brent sorry to hear, but it makes me feel good knowing it just isn't here in hooterville. I thought it was because I was in nowhere land. Did find a good handy man thou. :) 

Not much going on here. Buying to many 810/2810 - 820/2820 tinplate train cars. LOL

Hope all have a good day.

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:24 PM

Phish...There are tons of used trailers for sale around Ohio. Auctions at farms usually have several. 

Beautiful day in Ohio. More and more of the green leaves of spring are now showing. I wonder what the swamp in Roseville looks like as the toxic waste flowes into town. Laugh

Does anyone model this colorful railroad?

 

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Posted by DJSpanky on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:31 PM

Howdy all!

Well I heard from Angelo, my mechanic - the transmission's done on the Saturn. He's currently trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with the windows - they weren't working at all. Unfortunately his diagnostic software, All Data, is telling him precious little about the problem. He's ordered a new master switch as that doesn't seem to be conducting power. We'll see - it'll be nice to get another car on the road.

Storms headed our way - my buddy up in Binghamton, NY is under a tornado watch right now.

Still haven't gotten the windshield replaced in the SS: they've now pushed it off to Saturday. And if it's raining on Saturday..........it'll be postponed again.

Have a good one!

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Posted by DJSpanky on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:38 PM

By the way, took a couple of shots Sunday of the grass I seeded 5 weeks ago, including the area that the landscapers sprayed herbicide on last fall. Here's an overall look:

And here's the area they killed off:

This is what it looked like 5 weeks ago:

In addition to herbiciding that corner, some time last July/August they began running their big machines through that area, ignoring that I had it roped off (albeit with string). So they had chewed up the soil and the 2 year old grass pretty good. Hopefully the heavier rope will get the point across this year: so far it has.

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:55 PM

Fife - There was a Cool Vanilla Police spec Magnum in Lancaster in 2016, I have a picture of it on my phone.  Black steel 5 spoke rims....it escorted the 9/11 run to a mall in Lancaster.  It was sweet.....all the lights were inside....sneak attack...

Brent - that's awesome about Christina...hopefully the VP doesn't miss out.

80s now and gloom and doom approaching, so say the weather guessers...was beautiful outside for lunch!

Spanky - hopefully your Saturn comes back soon.  There is a Memorial Day cruise in Linden at night...yeah, I know, its late on a holiday weekend, but.....I'm still looking somewhere between here and Wayne.  I'll keep looking...maybe someplace at the shore?

 

 

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 4:08 PM

Afternoon all!

Still too hot for this time of year...some rain in forecast...

DJ - yard is looking great - good luck with the Saturn final repairs.

Brent - Christina - gooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllll!

Buckeye - to my cataract eyes - looks like the KCS     Laugh

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 4:45 PM

 

Good Afternoon from sunny 92°F Southern Ohio,

 

The Marx 999 Loco and tinplate set I bought off Ebay was delivered yesterday.  It is in really nice shape.  Caboose gondola boxcar and tanker show no rust or scratches and the loco has minimal wear on the pickup shoe.  Just a little oil and grease and the loco ran and reversed great.  Even the headlight worked.  The track could be used as is but I’ll hit it with a scotch pad.  Not bad for $75.

 

Roy - It’s like spring was shorted a few weeks

 

Buckeye & Banks - I’d prefer to get a Utility Trailer for moving the mower, and a ton of other things you can do with it, but I’m tight and $119 for some ramps beats $700 + for a trailer.  If I find a deal on a trailer I’ll jump on it even if it will draw “the look” from my bride.

 

May God bless

 

Jim

 

 

 

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Posted by KRM on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 6:15 PM

Been a lot going on the last few days,

Well all is quiet. Kids were good and the daughter is recovering from today's surgery. Don't think she has a clue what she is in for the next week or so. After all they broke her face to reset her nose. SIL picked up the kids a bit ago and they still have not got conformation what is truly wrong with their Equinox. But my bet is the timing chain again. Kids had a good time here and as I always said,,,,,,,,,,,just let them loose and watch, they will find things to do. They road the elect dirt bike and the elect JD and Jeep. Played in the gravel, looked for snakes, and ran around in the woods. No broken bones.

 

Well I am tired. 

 

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Posted by DJSpanky on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:32 PM

I think I found something that some of us could use:

Spank


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Posted by cheapclassics on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:35 PM

Good evening all,

Brent, that is great news about Christina and her play in that ALL-American sport!!!  She will be on the national team in 10+ years.  Weather not as bad today.  Picked up sticks tonight.  Work was busy.  Seems the case managers wait until the day I do labs to give me case reports.   Go figure.  Stur-fish, great buy on the Marx set.  They made some really good stuff that never has been very much appreciated.  AJ's team was tail end Charlie today in practice.  So fast in testing and so bad when it counts.  This is 60th anniversary year at the track.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by V8Vega on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:18 PM

Tue. 73 Wed. 76 Thur. 77

 

This morning on the TV news a snake handler had brought a rattlesnake and it was on the ground coiled up and rattling. Him and one of the news guys were standing only about 4’ from it just out of strike range and they seemed completely unconcerned, not even watching it all the time.

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:05 AM

Morning.  73 and a rain  shower earlier.  Plant veggie plants today.  Meeting downtown at 4.

Later. 

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Posted by KRM on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:44 AM

DJ, That is a good one.

Got up early today went to bed before 9:00 last night.

 

Bright sun, will hit the 80s later. All the rain they were calling for is now a no go. We only got .4" Monday night. Enough to set the fertilizer into action.

 

SS payday so bills and food today. Also a trip to Farm & Fleet for shop supplies and softener salt. 

 

My Dr. apt went good Monday and he did not even yell at me. 

 

Best start on the bills.

 

 

 

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:10 PM

Well we survied the tornado warning in Buckeyeland last night.  The sirens blasted every 7 minutes for a warning. Damage was reported south of Columbus.

Roy.... My thoughts exactly! The Panama Railroad looks like the KCS. Panama is getting to be the richest country in Central America and they take great pride in their railroad and new container ports. One of the newest container ports was built by and run by the Chinese. 

Revised my cell phone plan today.  I always had a company phone before retirement. Gas prices this am $2.65/gal.  Don Baker, et. al. eat your heart out.

Can you see the Great Northern sign in the photo?  This is the Izaak Walton Inn near the top of the Continental Divide in Essex, Montana. The Inn was built next to the railroad yard in 1939 for the use of railroad crews. The town is basically the railroad yard, the hotel and a few houses.    

 

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 5:42 PM

Evening all!

Still hot in the 90's. Guess summer has started.

Busy day working on mods for my boat lift to reduce the stress on it. Got some help on validating the design from the company that sells the wire rope I use. They manufacture or supply all kinds of wire rope, from small architectural stainless to the stuff that a RR lift bridge uses. Buckeye - you'd be proud of me!

Buckeye retires and hits the road big time!

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Posted by cheapclassics on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:45 PM

Good evening all,

Today was a great day!   AJ's team was among the fastest in practice and were the fastest without a tow.  My soccer team had their first game tonight and we won 7-1.  I had a shot on goal....that went straight to the keeper, but it was on frame and a solid hit with good pace on the ball.  Weather was nice for the walk and I got caught up on case reports.   I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by dbaker48 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:19 PM

Evening All,  Thought I'm over due and need to catch up, sorry for the long post.

Buckeye, I think your email list has been comprimised.  I've gotton a couple of emails from you stating, quote "On Wednesday, May 16, 2018 10:29 AM, Frank O'Hare wrote:
Hope you are well. I thought of you when I ran into this page. And decided to share it with you http://www.t2gb.nsnrrsu.trade/don-baker/".  Don't reply or open!  Its a sales ad for a weight loss gimic, allegedly its been on Sharks and has investment commitment from all 5 investors.

Also, we found gas on sale yesterday, was only $3.39/gallon at Sam's club, $3.49 elsewhere, and that's for 81 octane. Tongue Tied 

Layout Update, Finished all my upgrade activity last week.  Ended up removing a figure 8, and configureing two additional bypass tracks and a reverse loop, accomodating some O72 engines.  Also moved buildings around, wired xing signals, non-derail (almost every switch), traffic lights, numerous electric signs.  Overall spent the better part of year doing it.  THEN this week saw where I could gain some alternative O72 capability by modifying two switches.  So tore that up what I had done, and reworked it.  NO MORE MODIFICATIONS! 

A First - Last Saturday attended my first "None Wedding, Wedding".  Kay's niece got married and we received the invitation about 6 weeks ago, and was to RSVP on line.  So went on line and the invite indicated that we were invited to 2 of 3 events.  (Hmmm)  We were invited to the Cocktail Hour, and Dinner/Reception.  (The invitees for the wedding ceremony was to be a private "immediate" family affair.  Kay's parents (brides grandparents) received the same invitation as we did. 

Unfortunate follow-up!  Sunday after the wedding, the Bride & Groom were staying in a hotel in Newport Beach area before they left on there Honeymoon.  While relaxing at the hotel's beach they were realaxing on the beach.  He was laying on his stomach and the wind picked up the umbrella and came back down on him!  The pointed end hit him in the back of the neck!  He was immediately taken to ER and they were concerned about paralysis.  Fortunately!  He came out of it on Monday night after all kinds of testing and was released!  Has to maintain low activity for a couple of weeks to promote healing.  Terrible way of starting a marriage!  Sure hope he makes a full recovery.

Lizard Update, I was hoping the Iguana was gone, but no such luck.  Hadn't seen him for over a week, he was on the deck again today.  Tried to catch him but that didn't work, this time Kay saw it and was quite upset.  The thing made it to the block wall then up a tree, stayed up there all afternoon, about 30 feet or so.  I'm wondering if Buckeye had anything to do with this?  He was in Panama, and the Iguana's are indigenous to Central America.

Other than that, all is about the same, Kay's dad is still at the intensive care facility, and she is shuttling her mom around and doing errands.  Some progress being made but not much.

Take care all and stay healthy!

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Posted by dougdagrump on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 11:20 PM

lion88roar


Banks - My parents are trying not to tap their retirement accounts for another year. They've found it tough because Medicare doesn't cover much on my Dad's perscriptions.

 

Brent,

Depending on which drugs your Dad is taking and the cost involved look up the manufacturer to see if they have any kind of patient assistance program.

My cancer drug, by Novartis, was going to cost us about $3500 per month. Thankfully I qualified for their program otherwise it would have really hurt. Eventually Medicare would kick in after the fact but that initial cost was a killer. 

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Posted by SPMan on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 11:57 PM

Good evening all, well I finally got that bad tooth pulled today and it went well.  They put me to sleep so it was over before I knew it.  They had to dig out the roots and put in some stitches but I'm not having any bleeding now.  Taking pain meds and antibiotics.  Was concerned about whether I could get my partial in for eating but it worked out OK.  Have to go back on the 22nd for follow up.  Only bad thing today was I had to wait an hour past my appointment time due to a problem patient ahead of me.  I had a friend take me and he had to stay there and wait for me.  I was more concerned about his schedule.  When they took my blood pressure this morning it was elevated but I'm sure it was caused by having to wait so long after I was ready to go.  The oral surgeon apoligized all over the place for the delay but I told him not to worry because it was not his fault.  Don, sorry to hear about your in law health problems.  Hope things work out for them.  Talking about your Iguana problem, I ran over a big lizzard in my driveway yesterday and killed him.  I gave him a decent burial in the backyard.  I have a small rock garden near the front of my house and they just love to live there.  They come out on the driveway or walkway to sun themselves.  They used to startle me but I'm getting use to them now.  Maybe they will keep some unwanted insects under control.  Have a good week all,

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Posted by lion88roar on Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:36 AM

Mornin' Fellas

We are 3 days into a 5 day storm. I can't believe how much rain we've received over the past 3 days, and we're not done yet! Ground is soaked so deep there is no where for the additional water to go, so it just runs off. Lots of fun. Camping trip as been cancelled.

Just tryin to stay dry!

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Posted by V8Vega on Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:54 AM

Cheapest gas is $3.49 Man I hate Communists. 73 today.

Were going shooting in a little bit and the range is overrun with little lizards.

For people like me a medical procedure where I can't drive myself there and back is a real hassel.

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Posted by sir james I on Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:23 AM

Reg. gas here is sitting at $3.00. They always have a reason don't they.

Sun and 70s today. No more rain till Saturday. I cut the grass yesterday and the ground is like a sponge from all the rain we had over the weekend. My wife has scrubbed everything in sight on the front porch and planted some flowers so I think the front is done. It sure is nice to get outside and see green grass, trees and flowers again.

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