COFFEE POT November 2018. 14 years old. Lots of Coffee and the start of the Holiday Season. Veterans Day and Thanksgiving

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COFFEE POT November 2018. 14 years old. Lots of Coffee and the start of the Holiday Season. Veterans Day and Thanksgiving
Posted by Banks on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:34 PM

Hello there,      
Nice for the most part yesterday and today. Only a few scattered showers. Rain, heavy at times tonight and tomorrow............

Inside stuff and Mom issues tomorrow.


Won a Gilbert B&O F3 from '57 for cheap on the bay. Described as lights up and hums but no go. 99% sure all it needs is cleaning.   

  Roy........lots of dead ash trees 'round here. You're welcome to come get all you want. ........

Time to crash

Prayers for those in need.

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Posted by rtraincollector on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 11:02 PM

Morning all, Happy November. 

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Posted by dbaker48 on Thursday, November 01, 2018 1:01 AM

Good Morning,

There are advantages to be on the left coast, right at the top of the first page.

Congrats RT on the house!

Boy, been busy, Dentist on Monday (2 cavities), then back today (1 cavity), no more visits until next spring.  She said I was now cavity free!

Past 3 days been working on the laptop conversion!  Finally finished only 1 open issue and that's with RR Track software.  Boy, those guys are really hard to get a hold of!
Ended up retiring one laptop and resurrecting another.  Was having extreme power/battery problems.  The laptop with a full charge would just drop off.  So now have this ThinkPad all properly configured and operating.  Thought I had something I would be able to retrieve.  Ended up I have 5 laptops laying around!  So went through each of them to see why they had been parked.  They definitely qualify as "vintage" goes back to 2000.  Mostly they became hardware outdated, but surprisingly got them all to boot up, so don't know what I will do with them.  Then realized in the house there are 3 more desktops setting around also.  UGH!

FIL situation is still so/so, he had an angiogram yesterday, and I think they are going to work on a valve and a stint soon.  Consensus is it may buy him another year.  ??

Heard something on the radio today that could have an affect on some of you (Banks).  Another measure we have on the upcoming ballot is "Prop 12", this will come to the aid of chickens, hogs/pigs, and calves.  Our legislature has realized that the HOUSING for these critters is not fit for habitation.  So minimum space requirements have been defined and all farms/ranches must comply and provide appropriate housing.  So now the knowledgeable citizens of LA, San Francisco etc. are going to edict how to raise animals.  Not only does it impact local farms, but also ANY out of state location, where these animals are ultimately sold into California.  I'm in fear the national Homeless statistics is really going to soar!  Obviously, if new housing is too costly, the only other option would be to turn all those critters free.  And they could be counted as homeless. (If you get bored do a search on California Ballot Propositions, you will find a lot of really costly and crazy stuff!!)

RJ, sounds like you might be on top of it, hope it all works out well, and you feel better SOON!

SJ, Good luck with the Urologist!

Roy, That is a great video!  Good Job!

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Posted by fifedog on Thursday, November 01, 2018 6:27 AM

Boo-y'all.  The newlyweds invited us for dinner last night, and to watch the trick-or-treaters (we don't get any at our house).  It's now back to 3-day work weeks at the RR.  Very mild weather here.

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Thursday, November 01, 2018 8:39 AM

Morning team!

48 and sunny for the start of Nov! Nice! Low 60's today.

DonB - our city has a couple of free electronics recycling events every year. Over the past couple of years I took 5 laptops and 4 old desktops (one a 286!) Along with all the peripherals. Took all the disk drives out. Bought a universal USB drive adapter and was able to see the data on all of them.

Here is the video Don refers to...Facebook video of the recipient of the Make-a-Wish layout and train furniture that TW Trainworx provided, funded by a benefactor.

https://www.facebook.com/makeawishnt/videos/186335275602824/

My son and I did all the building placement, wiring, road through the middle, crossings, etc. he even did some of the ballasting. Fun little layout with a lot of details.

Oh, and all the buildings had to be modified to secure them to the layout so it can fold up when not in use.

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Posted by sir james I on Thursday, November 01, 2018 9:00 AM

November already. Jan & Feb don't go by this fast.

No T or Ts last night. Most kids live at the other end of the block and do the Sub from there.

45 degrees this morning with 24 hours of rain in the forecast.

S.J.

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Thursday, November 01, 2018 10:49 AM

Passing through.  Crazy busy day.

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Posted by cheapclassics on Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:15 PM

Good afternoon all,

Had all of 5 trick or treaters last night.  Weather too miserable.  Work quiet yesterday and today.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:53 PM

Happy All Saints Day!!

Halloween was a success at my house but a bummer at the parents.  Spent time at both........The kids had 2 LARGE bags of candy and it was gone by 8:30, Mom sat out until 9 and we have 1.5 bags left.  Traffic on my street with the kids was heavier than normal.  Weather was great and 60F at 8PM.   Kids had the fire pit on the front lawn and they dressed up as the White Witch and the Pastor (he was warning the kids not to go near the White Witch....lol).  Not as elaborate as past years, but nice and effective.  Good crowd of kids.

I wore my NJ Devils Jersey, since I work near Philly and I didn't get killed, so that was a success as well.....

Sunny today, up to 71F.  Rain and storms tomorrow until Saturday.  Clearing up for the Toy Run in Philly on Sunday looks like this is 60 for the high and 40 for the low.  

RT - Good Luck on the house!

DonB - I use my old laptop for a base for LED TV......good luck on the in-laws.

SJ - Hope everything goes well.

Roy - Good luck on the next project - definitely like a fun factory down there!

Light day today, the day after the end of month usually is.  My monthly evaluation came back as all 100s so I'm pretty happy about that.

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Posted by fifedog on Thursday, November 01, 2018 7:47 PM

Day off: trip to post office, grocery shopping, gas station, trip to hardware store for bird seed, up on ladder to replace faulty double spot light with new LED single spot, up on ladder to replace BR40 bulb in cathedral ceiling, cleaned out garage, leaf blower put to use on front and back porches, cleaned up Maxiepiles, masked up new tinplate factory and applied oxide red to walls, moved palm tree to front porch, filled bird feeder, played frisbee with dog, picked up youngest from school, vacuumed ground floor and stairwell, took down Halloween decor and put up Thanksgiving decor, and took out trash.

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Posted by dbaker48 on Thursday, November 01, 2018 8:29 PM
Fife, So what did you do with the rest of the day?

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Posted by cheapclassics on Thursday, November 01, 2018 9:57 PM

Good evening all,

Quiet rest of the day at work.  Still rainy.  Wife and I played several board and card games tonight for a nice change of pace.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by Banks on Friday, November 02, 2018 6:51 AM

Hello there,  

    
Predicted rain didn't show. After a few showers yesterday was warm with minimal clouds. Didn't get to take advantage 'cause Mom stuff was more than I thought. More of that today.

The trees that aren't bare are starting to turn. The colors are darker than normal. Just not the usual fall splendor.

Hopefully it will be dry enough to start gathering leaves tomorrow.

Altoona train show Sunday.     Fife. .....doors open at 9am if you can squeeze it in.

Best get on with the day.

Prayers for those in need

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Posted by fifedog on Friday, November 02, 2018 7:05 AM

Banks - So close, but yet, so far... Thanks for the tip.

dbaker - youtube.

rt - Good luck with the new digs.

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Posted by lion88roar on Friday, November 02, 2018 7:53 AM

Mornin' Fellas

Just woke up from reading about Fife's workload yesterday!

Carpet guy due to arrive any minute to try and stretch the hallway and Master Bedroom carpets. Hope it goes well and we don't end up needing to replace it!

Met with the security lady regarding prewiring the new house. Apparently everyone feels cordless phones are the way to go and giving up in-wall phone jacks... so what are they plugging their cordless phone base into? I am going with two, one in the home office and one in the master bedroom. I will use jack splitters so we can have a phone base and corded phone in the master bedroom, and a phone base and corded phone in the home office. Rest of the house will be serviced by cordless phones. Also having a very hard time figuring out the furniture layout in the new office... looking at the office from the front of the house there will be french doors off the main hallway on the right wall, a large window on the front wall, and a doorway to a garage on the front of the left wall. I was thinking of having the desk face the window, with the lateral file next to it on the right, and the credenza with hutch behind the desk... only problem there is my desktop tower will be 'exposed' to the left of the lateral file. I could turn the desk facing the french doors, with the lateral file to the left and the credenza behind the desk, the desktop tower would be to the left of the desk and 'protected' from foot traffic, problem here is the window glare... of course it depends on the window coverings... I am leaning toward the second configuration.

What are you guys' thoughts on in-floor outlets? The security lady and the builder are recommending them in the home office and great room floors... my concern here is if we do that, won't we be 'restricted' with furniture layout?

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Posted by fifedog on Friday, November 02, 2018 8:05 AM

88 - In a great room floor plan, in-floor electrical outlets would be practical.  I would want a design that would allow for concealment from time to time.  Would really free things up for a Christmas tree/layout as a centerpiece.

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Posted by rtraincollector on Friday, November 02, 2018 8:19 AM

88 I have one phone jack in the house which is thru the cable company. I also have internet thru them and I use my computer line ( without any problems and computer doesn't need to be on 24 x 7 ) and have magicjack with a second phone number. For about $40 a year with the 911 access fee I actually prefer that phone. I only have the other one because to get the TV & internet discount had to have it thru the cable company. Just a thought and I have I use a base with 4 phones. You probably could do two phones thru them for like maybe $80 a year instead of a month. And it actually has many features with it

Call Features

911, automtic call screening, call blocking, call forwarding, pinless conference, voice mail on/off/delay, voice mail via email, and caller ID name

I know they also offer a business phone service also. 

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Posted by V8Vega on Friday, November 02, 2018 8:32 AM

We went shoting yesterday and I was so tired I went to bed at 7:17. I sure hate to be old. And up at 5:33. I'm off to bulletin stuffing soon. puting inserts into bulletins for the big church I go to. A big social event and fun for us senors.

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Friday, November 02, 2018 9:10 AM

Morning.  Rainy and warm.  Town mess of yesterday gone I hope.  Sad.  About former PD Chief.

Slept late so must have been tired.

Have a good one. 

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Posted by Banks on Friday, November 02, 2018 10:39 AM

88 floor outlets are ok. Make sure to get the ones that are flush to the floor even with a cord connected and capable of supporting foot traffic when not in use. These are commercial grade and may not be available at most places.  Good luck with the build.

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Posted by KRM on Friday, November 02, 2018 1:16 PM

Good afternoon,

Cold and gloom, winter taking hold. Payday yesterday so bills were on the menu. Wife had a doc apt for her breast scan. So we held off till today to do the shoping @ Krogers. Had lunch at Wendy's, boy did that suck! Ick! The place used to be good?

Did about 15 sweeper loads of leaves yesterday when wife was gone so i am caught up on the leaves for now. Fire is still burning today. They were kinda of damp so a nice slow smokey burn.

 

Check out these MX series machines by Cub. A lot in the standard package for the money but they are bigger than I want. At Big R they are more than a $1,000.00 less than shown here. Not a bad deal.

 

https://www.cubcadet.com/equipment/cubcadet/utility-vehicles

This is what I am looking at, only 50" wide. The XL with locking Diff would do me fine.

 

https://www.cubcadet.com/equipment/cubcadet/utility-vehicles/new-challenger-400/features

Floor outlets can be nice but they never end up where you need them. JMHO.

Best get to it.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Friday, November 02, 2018 4:51 PM

.... masked up new tinplate factory and applied oxide red to walls.....

Zzz

 

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Is this the building you are talking about fife?  What is your process for painting it?

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Posted by rtraincollector on Friday, November 02, 2018 6:13 PM

Northwoods Flyer

.... masked up new tinplate factory and applied oxide red to walls.....

Zzz

 

Is this the building you are talking about fife?  What is your process for painting it?

Enjoying the World's Greatest Hobby

Northwoods Flyer [/quote]

I have that on order at present along with the General store, and the Farm House. Waiting for them to come in. Supposely Tuesday. 

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Posted by dbaker48 on Friday, November 02, 2018 9:05 PM

Good Evening,

Congrats RJ on the house, looks like you will have a busy time the next couple of months getting ready for the move!

I had a very interesting and thought provoking day!  I had an appointment at the VA hospital today, I was waiting for an appointment in the waiting area.  And a young man and his daughter walked up to me, each was carrying a bundle of envelopes.  The young walked up to me and said "Sir, I would like to thank you for your service", and handed me an envelope.  I thanked her, and as she walked away I opened the envelope.  It contained a hand made greeting card with an American Flag, and a stick drawn soldier.  And repeated the compliment, and signed by Jenifer.  The card was really cute, and done in crayons.  Also, inside was a new $1 bill!  I was overwhelmed.  As I departed the building I passed on the envelope & card, (with a $5 bill) to a veteran looking down on his luck outside of the building.  Then, on the way home I stopped at Lowe's, as I have a handicapped placard, I looked in that area.  Boy was I surprised, there were 2 signs put up that read "Reserved for Veterans"  "Thank you for your service".  All in all it made me so proud, and I felt like a celebrity.  As I was checking out, I asked the clerk how they verify Veterans are using the space.  She replied "Oh, they put them up!"  And as far as she knows its on the honor system.  Can you beat that?  Both these things on the same day!

Just had to share this.

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Friday, November 02, 2018 10:40 PM

Evening all!

Busy day today. 

DonB - nice day!

Kev - seems you are getting very serious on the new JD!

Northwoods Greg, Fife, and RT - looking forward to how the painted Ashland structures come out. Greg thanks for the photo that shows the scale. Is the water tower part of their offerings also? I did not see it when I found the link at MichaelsKids.

Brent 88 - glad you are able to start thinking more about the new house vs the ones youve been repairing!

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Posted by 8ntruck on Saturday, November 03, 2018 12:13 AM

Spent most of the day today loading the Polar Express layout pieces parts into out van and truck and setting it up for tomorrow's local train show/swap meet.

While I'm setting things up, my attention was called to a UP M10000 train - a locomotive, two passenger cars and the rear car.  They are in reasonable condition, but cars have sag in their chassis, and there is some variation in paint color from car to car.  I'm trying to decide if I should buy them tomorrow or not. 

These things are supposed to need 72" curves - the largest curves I have are 60", which I don't get to set up very often.

I've still got to set up a couple more loops of track on a second layout for the show tomorrow, so off to bed.

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Posted by cheapclassics on Saturday, November 03, 2018 12:41 AM

Good evening all,

Quiet but productive day at work.  Rain finally stopped.  Still cool.  Watched Blue Bloods tonight.  Don, that was a good day.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by fifedog on Saturday, November 03, 2018 6:39 AM

Northwoods Flyer - That's the structure I have.  I liked the rusty sheen of the window sashes, thin smokestack, and the shed braces, so I masked them to start off with.  After oxide red dried, masked over the walls and floors, and painted roof and chimney black.  Then I applied earth tone artist chalks to the entire structure, as I wanted to tone it down (youngest priness wanted to add her touch, too).  If I was operating a pure tinplate layout, I would have skipped the weathering.  I would like to add wax or parchment paper to the interior of the windows.  Since the back will face a hillside (I plan on using the whole structure as an access point to hidden track), I might snip out a hole to allow for access to the interior.  

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Posted by sir james I on Saturday, November 03, 2018 8:52 AM

Suppose to be sunny but we got 37 degrees and cloudy.

Brent you new house looks great but I gotta ask why did you spend all those years of work AND PAIN just to walk way? Yes I know improvements mean a higher sale value but still in your case, well you know...lol

Gonna be a football day. Only good thing I can think of about fall.

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, November 03, 2018 9:17 AM

RT,

I liked the general store too, but I already have a building that looks like it that is a one of kind tinplate building.  

Roy,

Yes the water tower , and the windmill that I didn't purchase, are both part of the Ashland line.  The windmill uses the same kind of construction for the tower.  I think the size is pretty good to go with O gauge tinplate.  BTW, it was great chatting with you at York.

fife,

I think we need to see some photos of this process. Are you priming the building first? Is there any coating on the building that has to be removed? 

I think this bulding has a lot of possibility for multiple uses.  I happened to purchase mine in the store and when I checked out I got a coupon for 50% off one full price item.  I think the Christmas items in the store are on sale (40% off) through today and if they go back to full price I may have to go back and look a little closer at the other offerings.

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