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Jeffrey´s Trackside Diner February 2020 - This Month in Kentucky

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Posted by CNCharlie on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 4:08 PM

 Good Afternoon,

A frosty day here, the windchill is -42F right now and was -51 this morning, but it is sunny. Something for TF to look forward to as I believe it is heading his way. Plug in that block heater!

I took the car in this morning for its new plugs. It does run smoother. Sure do like the engine in it, smooth, powerful and sounds great revving. It is a straight 6 mounted sideways. Even though it is 10 years old the dealer is still bugging me to trade it in, offering above black book. It is in great shape and only has about 68k miles on it. I plan on keeping it another 10 years if I can. 

Rob, sure hope the results are good. Nice to hear from you. Do you still have some critters on the farm?

Henry, I used to have a lot of tarter on my teeth too but since I started using an electric toothbrush, it has been reduced a lot. 

As far a getting up in the night goes, I do too, usually once. It was at least twice before the prostate surgery. I have been getting up for nearly 20 years. For the first 10 or so it was because we had a diabetic dog who couldn't go the night. I had to out with him no matter how cold. I am lucky in that I usually can go right back to sleep, unless a light is turned on or someone talks to me. The dogs didn't but my wife sometimes would. I find that with just a night light in the bathroom, I tend to stay in the 'sleepy' mode. 

Shredded more paper today until the shredder overheated. I will do more tomorrow. I am cleaning up old bills and bank statements. 

Well time for a little TV. Robbie likes to watch NCIS with me. I just ask him if he wants to watch a 'blow up', as my wife calls such shows, and he runs to the top of the stairs. The Westminister dog show has been on and we recorded it to watch when Robbie isn't there. He goes nuts when he sees dogs on TV. We can't even say the word 'dog' or he looks at the TV for one. 

CN Charlie

 

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Posted by herrinchoker on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 4:11 PM

Cedarstrand,

Prayers, and wishing you the best on test results......

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 6:07 PM

CNCharlie

Something for TF to look forward to as I believe it is heading his way. 

 

 

 

And I caught wind of it when my knee started feeling like crap last night and all day today.  It always does with the weather change you know.

18 below and 30 below wind chill factor tomorrow is forecasted.

Thanks for sending that one down here Charlie, much appreciated.  I'll buy you a beerLaugh

Us Northern boys need to stick together in the Frigid ColdSmile, Wink & Grin

The hens seem to tuck in.

 

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 6:21 PM

hon30critter
Are you sure it isn't tree sap? Dave

Nope! Had a spoon full. How did it taste? My lips are sealed.Ick!

Victoria is calling Charlie.Laugh

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Posted by Cederstrand on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 6:46 PM

Salmon dinner with brown rice and veggies, please and thanks!

Thank you for all the well wishes guys.

***CN Charlie, have a few less than in the past, but yes I do still have a number of senior and geriatric retired horses here, plus 3 outdoor kitties and 1 last Great Pyrenees dog. That's it. Still plan on outliving the last of them by one day if possible. 

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Posted by up831 on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 8:17 PM

Cedar strand:  The salmon sounds wonderful.  Please add a nice pineapple-mango salsa and grilled too, please.  For veggies, may I suggest steamedasparagus with a nice hollandaise sauce.

Brent:  I suppose that's what you get for having the privilege to live on the warm side of the Rockies.  The cartoon is hilarious.

Just got over a bout of the "sleep all day" flu.  I was in bed all day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and most of Saturday.  I'm still not 100%.  My wife was afraid I had a mini stroke. I hope not.

We're supposed to get a little of that polar vortex tomorrow night with temps at 0 or below.

 

Less is more,...more or less!

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Posted by BigDaddy on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 8:32 PM

Red Steelhead Trout

Minus what I already ate, and wrapped in bacon, stuffed with spinach and crabmeat.

I thought steelheads were salmon.  They are the same as rainbow trout except they are andramous.  That sounded like one of those PC social justice words, but it means they are not pure freshwater, they travel from the sea to up river to spawn.

The wife ordered the filet well down and the waiter insisted she wanted it medium well and it would have no pink.  It came out cooked medium, not medium well. 

After 20 years the basement smoke detector was stone dead, despite a good battery.  It took 20 minutes to narrow down which circuit breaker and I survived despite durning off the breaker to the bathroom lights, while SWMBO was taking a shower.  I guess today was not her day.

 

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Posted by howmus on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 8:43 PM

Evenin' Folks!!!

up831
Brent: I suppose that's what you get for having the privilege to live on the warm side of the Rockies. The cartoon is hilarious.

But.... This is more to the point.....

Happy Valentines Day on Friday....

And for those of you who have been and are still Married...

And for those on Sick Call...

Oh, I actually opened up and ran (instead of jogging) a full mile over at the Fieldhouse this morning.  Watch said I did it in just under 10 minutes!!!  Folks I have never in my life before today actually run a full mile at that pace before!  I did finish my full 5.5 miles as well.  Fitbit now says my cardio fitness (on a scale of 0 to 50) is between 44 to 48.  Not bad for an old guy who a couple years ago couldn't run one lap, now doing 30....  Will be signing up to run a 5k in the next few days.  That is the "Middle Finger for Cancer".  (A bit of a pun as it is run at Seneca Lake Park.  Seneca Lake is the Middle Finger Lake of the seven Finger Lakes in Central; NY.

Have a good one out there!

73

Ray Seneca Lake, Ontario, and Western R.R. (S.L.O.&W.) in HO

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:58 PM

howmus
Folks I have never in my life before today actually run a full mile at that pace before!  I did finish my full 5.5 miles as well.  Fitbit now says my cardio fitness (on a scale of 0 to 50) is between 44 to 48.  Not bad for an old guy who a couple years ago couldn't run one lap, now doing 30....  Will be signing up to run a 5k in the next few days.  That is the "Middle Finger for Cancer". 

Way to go, Ray, that is so awesome. It is effort reaps reward. My heart rate is in the forties now which is a heartrate reserved for elite athletes, I was delighted when every BP rate I took for a week gave me a high forties heart rate. It takes work to get there but once you are there it is very easy to maintain. They don't call it a workout for nothing as it is hard work, but once you get there it is really easy to maintain. When I got sick 11 years ago the Doctors put me on a lot of drugs. Education and hard work mean no medications and a good quality of life. Inflammation is pain so why have a diet that causes inflammation. The only one responsible for you is you so take charge.

My brother in law was 5' 8"- 315 lbs. lost weight and now runs marathons. No records set but he finishes them. 

The best part is how you feel, very healthy and alive. There are not a lot of conditions that cannot be corrected or vastly improved by lifestyle. Medications mask the problem but don't fix it, so why not fix it?

Having a great night tonight, so all the best to all.

 

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:32 AM

Well done Ray!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:42 AM

Good morning.

Black coffee please.  All this talk of fish around here has made me hungry for some walleye with asparagus and a loaded baked potato.

Now I think I should try to find a restaurant that has that for our anniversary tomorrow.  Judy loves walleye too.

I thought Valentines Day was tomorro Ray.  It better be or I'm in trouble.  (Edit. Oh you did say Friday, my bad, thank goodness)  I wish I could run,  my knee wont take it.  Long bike rides work though.  Waiting for Spring.

Well,  the new weather report is colder than they thought.  After 10 below it really doesn't matter at that point.  Cold is cold. 

The new owners of Judy's hotel are from the South.  One of them asked her boss what wind chill was.  She was serious.  Well,  she will find out todayLaugh

 

I will take extreme cold over extreme heat any day.  You just have to dress for it, that's all.  Heat on the other hand, ... you can't just not get dressed at allLaugh

 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:52 AM

Track fiddler
One of them asked her boss what wind chill was.  She was serious.  Well,  she will find out today

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When people move down from up north, they ask what a "relative heat index" is.

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They find out in May.

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-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:03 AM

In May,  huh,  I didn't know the hotter heat started that early down there.  But it actually sounds kinda good right now KevinLaugh

 

Make it a great day everyone.

 

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:47 AM

It must be the same as some weather guessers call the "feels like" temp.

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:19 AM

Good morning.  Cold!  My SUV cranked this morning, but not nearly as enthusiastically as normal.

I remember the "heat index" in New Orleans.  The actual air temperature was in the 90s, but the heat index was about 4000°.

Our small town recently got the railroad to agree to the quiet zone.  We have four crossings.  However, some people have complained to the newspaper that one train still uses its horn coming through.  The rumor is that the engineer has a girlfriend in town.

The cold doesn't seem to bother Daisy the Dachshund.  She wants to go outside again to smell the yard.  She will even dig her nose down in the snow to get to her favorite smells.

 

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Posted by howmus on Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:32 AM

Morning from White ol' Geneva, NY...

Thanks, Brent and Dave.  I have been keeping track of my blood pressure and heart rate for a while now and keep a log on my computer of it.  My averages (taken under several different times and cirumstances) are BP:  131/73 and HR: 62.  That includes several times right after walking in the neighborhood...  A whole lot better than back when I would sit in the Doctors office and have the nurse freak out when Systolic was over 200!  Doc would come in, retake it and it would still be 180/100 or so.  Now, I still am taking my BP meds, but I do feel a whole lot better!

I sure hope the weather is OK Friday here in Central NY as I am planning to take a certain beautiful lady out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants for Valentines Day.

Yesterday morning while sitting on the "Euphemism", I looked down the hall to see a Mousie in my Housie....  Set a couple traps and found I caught one overnight.  Will be resetting that one down cellar to see how many more are living down there.....

73

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:11 AM

Howdy ..

We were in Nashville early this week .  Regarding the eye surgery I have been talking about, thanks everybody for the encouraging words. The surgery has been postponed until early March.  This is because I changed my mind regarding replacement lenses.  I decided I now want the Toric lenses. these are the best available. They cost more than insurance allows, and I will pay the added cost. They will greatly improve the odds of correcting my astigmatism and nearsightednes. I may end up with close to perfect 20/20 Vision. This will be a big change to me because I have been wearing eyeglasses since elementary school.

 

Rob ... Prayers and best wishes for favorable test results and a speedy recovery. 

everybody ... Have a good day. 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:12 AM

Good Evening!

Today´s Petra´s birthday - the 62nd! The first birthday of hers we celebrated together was her 26th! It was a bright and sunny day, back then. I got off early from work to fetch her from school, where she was teaching housekeeping and cooking and we went to our favourite Italian restaurant. Well, today was sort of a miserable day, wet and windy, no sunshine, and temperatures not much above freezing. We went out for lunch to our favourite restaurant, which is not an Italian one, but an Asian place. We haven´t been there for over a year and while the place and the food hasn´t changed, the prices did. They are still reasonable, but 20% above the 2018 prices. Oh, well... It was an enjoyable meal, nevertheless!

My BP was 125/80 today, the heart rate at 75, which is quite normal for me. The worrying thing is that the BP can skyrocket for no apparent reason and the heart rate go up and down from as low as 45 up to 180. Usually it shoots up before dropping into the basement. Seems to be a kind of safety valve, letting of steam before the boiler explodes. Yes, it is most likely stress related, but how to avoid stress under the given circumstances? I asked my doc whe he said I should avoid stress, but he couldn´t give me an answer.

 

Happy times!

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Posted by RideOnRoad on Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:33 AM

BATMAN
. . .She said finding fit old guys is becoming more of a challenge every day. The movie/TV industry is suffering a real labour shortage right now and is screaming for people and will take anyone, even me. The shoot pays $4000.00 and I get to keep the suits they make for me. . .

I am old, fit, not allergic to make up, and could use a little extra spending money and a couple of suits. If they are ever in Arizona, tell them to look me up. Wink

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Posted by Weighmaster on Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:09 PM

Tinplate Toddler
Today´s Petra´s birthday - the 62nd!

Happy birthday to Petra!  Ulrich, I have extended the subscription for another year today, and hope you continue to enjoy!Big Smile

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, February 13, 2020 4:23 PM

I guess we're still in Kentucky?

 

Here's L&N 152 on a Kentucky Railroad Museum fan trip in October 1986:

 LnN_152_10-1986 by Edmund, on Flickr

I wish everyone well,

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Thursday, February 13, 2020 4:54 PM

Weighmaster

 

 
Tinplate Toddler
Today´s Petra´s birthday - the 62nd!

 

Happy birthday to Petra!  Ulrich, I have extended the subscription for another year today, and hope you continue to enjoy!Big Smile

Gary

 

Gary - thank you so kindly! The monthly copy of MR is very much a highlight these days!

Happy times!

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Thursday, February 13, 2020 5:08 PM

Ulrich ... Happy Birthday to Petra ! Happy B-Day

Ed ... when I get a chance, I will post more KY railroad pictures. 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:26 PM

Hello Kids!

First of all ... Happy Birthday to Petra, wife of Ulrich,  the original starter of the forum here.  (anonymous)Yes 

I understand she makes some really good Cakes and Pastries, not to mention the good lunches you have often talked about.  

I would like to have tried a few of those treats!

 

You have a good wife Ulrich.  She sounds just as wonderful as my Judy.

 

Rest well tonight my Friends, ... I'm going to hit the rack!

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:41 PM

Have to get up early, so I'm quitting early tonight.

Ulrich, tell your wife happy birthday from someone in the middle of North America.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:49 PM

Nighty Night now.  Nighty Night!

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:44 PM

Track fiddler
You have a good wife Ulrich

She must be! Afterall, she is "enduring" me for 36 years now!

Happy times!

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, February 14, 2020 1:05 AM

 Good late evening from the Coast of Canada of America.Laugh

 

Had a killer day today, all day spent on the lady whose affairs I am dealing with. Many meetings and lots of driving. Got some nice comments on how much easier I am to deal with over the last guy that was looking after it, that was nice.

RideOnRoad

 

 
BATMAN
. . .She said finding fit old guys is becoming more of a challenge every day. The movie/TV industry is suffering a real labour shortage right now and is screaming for people and will take anyone, even me. The shoot pays $4000.00 and I get to keep the suits they make for me. . .

 

I am old, fit, not allergic to make up, and could use a little extra spending money and a couple of suits. If they are ever in Arizona, tell them to look me up. Wink

 

Jigsaw Casting is looking for old very fit bike riders to act as cycling coaches for a shoot in Toronto. Pay is better than the suit job. They contacted me about playing an old geezer hockey coach that can really yell. I look and know the part but I have never been a yeller. People never believe my kids when they tell them I have never yelled at them once in their lives.Laugh Quiet explanations work better in my book. I was the same when coaching. 

Went out for Thai food at this amazing Thai joint we like. I broke down and had a Singha so there will be a little bit of a longer bike ride tomorrow. Had not had a beer since our first night in Vegas and that cost me a run up 28 floors.Laugh Actually I am down a few lbs so it is a freebie.

Both kids are writing big exams tonight and tomorrow morning and then it is homeward bound for both, can't wait. Daughter takes the ferry from Victoria and the kid is on the redeye from Ottawa. Hoping to get to a Canucks game or two with the kid but his girlfriend might have something to say about that. I may have to buy her a ticket as well.Laugh Also, he has a couple of days lined up on Supergirl if they are on schedule. 

Sister is having amazing adventures in Costa Rica I really want to go there now, the pics are incredible. She needs two new knees as she can hardly walk yet she made it through a couple of 10km hikes. There are hot springs everywhere she says so those help her recover somewhat.

Ulrich, Happy (a day late) Birthday to Petra. Spent every minute of today with my perfect wife and could not have been happier. We are lucky guys. Is she retired?

The eyes usually close about 0100hrs and open at 0630hrs like clockwork, I don't think I'll make it that late tonight.Sleep I never have to get up to pee and sleep so soundly I am in agony in the morning because I have not moved an mm all night.

Quarterly Doc visit tomorrow. He will say for a guy in such rough shape you are amazingly healthy.Laugh BP WAS 106/64hr46 this morning.Yes 

My jellied ltr can of contact cement has returned to liquid form now it has warmed up.Smile I need to test it to make sure it still works.

2300hrs, time to hit the rack as Mr TF would say.

There they are again, those two peaks are called the Lions and they stand guard over Vancouver. That's where the name Lions gate entertainment comes from on movies you watch. I think I may have one more climb left in me if I take the easy route. I will wait for the snow to melt, I am not that young anymore.Laugh

Image result for vancouver cherry blossoms

 

All the best to all.

Brent

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Friday, February 14, 2020 1:13 AM

BATMAN
Is she retired?

She "retired" 33 years ago, shortly before our son was born. She decided to be a professional mother and housewife, and a loving wife to boot. What better choice is there? Anyhow - can a houswife ever retire? I don´t think so.

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, February 14, 2020 8:13 AM

Ulrich,

Happy Belated Birthday to Petra!!!    Happy B-Day

Dave

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