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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, June 6, 2020 3:14 PM

OOOPS!  never mind, I seem to have walked into the wrong place, my mistake. Confused

I was looking for the diner, but it seems I have walked into a psychologist's office, sorry, I'll quietly leave.

Have a great day.

Mike.

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It's on me.

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, June 6, 2020 3:38 PM

Diners and bars are the best pyschologists' offices.  There are a variety of opinions, lots of sympathy, and the medicine is way cheaper than what you get at a pharmacy.

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Posted by CNCharlie on Saturday, June 6, 2020 3:51 PM

Good Afternoon,

Kevin, I have read what you posted about your dilema. I can't comment on the aspect of your relationship with your sisters but I am looking at it from a legal perspective. I would tred very carefully if I were you. I have been an executor and I handled all the legal dealings for the company I worked for including a lot of litigation. It can get incredibly expensive if you make a decision that later gets challenged by someone. 

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Posted by freeway3 on Saturday, June 6, 2020 4:26 PM

Kevin, you've received a lot a good advice already.

SeeYou190
From what I have been told, she has been in a Nursing Home for the last few years, and there are no assets. Since my father died unexpectedly in Texas without a will, she inherited nearly all of his estate (except for some real property that was in Iowa), then her next husband got everything. There is nothing left of my Father's to worry about.

My Mom died a decade ago. She was in a nursing home, and as they are very costly, it ate up all her assets. Once that happens, Medicaid (aka Medical Assistance) takes over payments to the nursing home, in the case of long term care. She had a will, but my attorney told me since no assets, it was unnecessary to open an estate with the local Wills Office. I would assume the same is true in the case of no will. No assets is the key that you need to confirm. If true, there will be no estate to worry with.

SeeYou190
I guess the real question is how this will effect my relationships with my sisters if I opt-out.

Yes, I would agree that this should guide your decision. With no estate to worry with, it's really all about the funeral or memorial.

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, June 6, 2020 4:32 PM

Got it

But now we just still sit and wait.

 

 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Saturday, June 6, 2020 4:51 PM

Good afternoon .... 

TF .... Wow .... That is very nice. 

Kevin .... My My 2 Cents .... At this stage of your life, your relationship with your wife is most important. So, the two of you should be in agreement with whatever you decide regarding your sisters .

CN Charlie .... Yes, our boyhood experiences stay with us. I recall a train trip from Tennessee to Chicago when I was maybe three or four years old. . I remember sleeping in an upper berth of a heavyweight sleeping car. Later, we moved to Chicago area, and we lived very close to the CB&Q. We were so close to the tracks that my bedroom door rattled on its hinges when a large steam locomotive was chugging through town. We stayed there as I grew up, and I have many memories of Burlington trains I could see from my bedroom. 

 

Everybody: .... Have a nice evening. 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, June 6, 2020 5:02 PM

York1
Diners and bars are the best pyschologists' offices.  There are a variety of opinions, lots of sympathy, and the medicine is way cheaper than what you get at a pharmacy.

Well put John.

TF, a great looking set, and being Kato, it will run like dream.  N scale is so tiny! 

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Posted by Lazers on Saturday, June 6, 2020 5:40 PM

Hi everyone and sorry to hear of sadness and dilemas, but Best Wishes to all.

Ladies, please could I sample a pint of 'Junk Yard King Size' and possibly Henry might like to try some too, as well as anyone else of course.

I was switching at Hiawatha Elevators in this evening's episode of 'Back to the Future - 2014', on Youtube. This was followed by North Town Yard 2014 and 2017. Normally I like watching Hump-yards - but not the speeded-up footage of the latter. It is interesting to note the way that Plate F Hi-Cubes have now taken over today's Boxcar line-ups.

Sandjam, the RRVW looks good and I am saving it for when we cross County Line.

Ed, do you enter your Asparagus in local-growers competitions? It's is a pretty hot topic in the UK and certain Dick Dastardly's will go any length to sabotage their competitors crop - which happened to my neighbour, last year (not me, I hasten to add) Like you, I just prefer to champ it with my dinner.

TF, that train looks cool. Do Kato make precision Darts as well? In the USA, your Boards have an inner Treble circle (I think) where as in Yorkshire, we mostly have an outer Double circle only. Playing 'Doubles' is the best way of practicing there is, IMO

23:39 and I can hear the Bionic Woman staggering around in the Kitchen, so I'd better say 'out' for now. Paul

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:18 PM

2 c of LION.... You will never lose by attending the Funeral. At the very least, you and your sisters will get together. Maybe there will be a nice meal.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, June 6, 2020 11:54 PM

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Kevin .... My .... At this stage of your life, your relationship with your wife is most important. So, the two of you should be in agreement with whatever you decide regarding your sisters .

You are right about that Garry. My wife, and her family, mean infinitely more to me than my sisters do. I am much closer to my wife's sisters than I am to my own. All the nieces, nephews, and other relations I mention in here are all her side of the family.

BroadwayLion
You will never lose by attending the Funeral. At the very least, you and your sisters will get together. Maybe there will be a nice meal.

If there is to be a funeral, I will be paying for it. Neither of my sisters can contribute, they are both unemployed high school teachers.

Lazers
In the USA, your Boards have an inner Treble circle (I think) where as in Yorkshire, we mostly have an outer Double circle only. Playing 'Doubles' is the best way of practicing there is, IMO

Every dart board I have played has a triple loop towards the center. In league we played 301, needing to double in and double out.

This is going to sound stupid... I assumed that in the UK dart boards had a triple loop also... because... in the 1981 movie An American Werewolf In London, when David is watching television in Alex's flat, the dart game he watches shows the players hitting all three darts into triple 20s.

Please don't tell me that 1980s American horror movies are not a great place to learn about life in the UK!

-Kevin

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:19 AM

Lazers
Ed, do you enter your Asparagus in local-growers competitions?

Hi, Paul. You're kidding, right?  Dee Ann enters EVERYTHING in the Geauga County Fair (Ohio's Oldest, since 1823).

 Fair_prize by Edmund, on Flickr

The fair is in late August so you don't see much asparagus, but everything else under the sun is there! I sure hope it is not cancelled this year but I'm not holding much hope.

One year they had a theme for a category that included something antique, pre 1950, or some such. Dee Ann asked me if I had anything railroady I wanted to enter.

I thought for a moment and grabbed one of my New York Central conductor's caps and a Dietz lantern, a ticket punch and a few old NYCRR tickets and seat checks. Not only did I get a blue ribbon, I got  Best Of Show!   (something Dee Ann hasn't been awarded quite yet) That was the last time she ever invited me to enter anything in the fair Zip it!

Similar to your asparagus competition, there is a stiff competition here for honey, which, allegedly, there has been some skullduggery afoot in trying to best the competition. I can say no more Blindfold

All in good fun Big Smile 

I hope everyone is holding up OK in the face of these wearisome times. Angel

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:55 AM

Kevin, check what the state will cover as far as what expenses they will cover for someone with no assets. It is a different culture up here and the Provincial Government will cover the cost of burial, cremation and a simple service up to $5000.00 for someone with no assets. 

If there is no Executor to deal with her affairs (estate) walk away. Rational thinking is often not on the top of the list at times like this. The funeral biz is a racket, why pay for a service no one attends. If the State will pay for cremation, maybe your sisters can spread the ashes in a nice spot and leave it at that.

I have spent at least 20 hours this week as an Executor of an American lady that ask me to be her Executor 30 years ago. It is not my first time in the role and I have never taken a dime for being an Executor for an Estate I have looked after. Of course the devil is in the details but from what little you have divulged and from what I know, if your sisters can get something together with the State financing the service fine, if not I would not touch it. A little time for the dust to settle may make your sisters thinking a little bit more complete as far as how to proceed. But then I don't get called Mr. Spock for nothing, I tend to be able to look at things from a completely rational point of view and little emotion.

I am still feeling off, not enough to slow me down other than being a bit tired all the time and a slight headache off and on. We were talking to some of our friends that are MDs including an ER Doc and they all said it sounds like Covid just but the way it hit me. My Daughter got nailed the same way as well but she is feeling 100% now. We are wondering who gave it to who.Laugh

Covid is well under control here and I think it was handled as well as it could have been. I give full credit to our health personal and to the politicians for staying out of it.

Good article in the New York times no less on how B.C. managed it with great success.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/05/world/canada/bonnie-henry-british-columbia-coronavirus.html?fbclid=IwAR1u9VG99dlHeX-JNLyAyB35o5dfJfa3UtL0Y59v-i8d-jqE1C2ii5h8Zno

Time for bed so nighty night.

 All the best to all.

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, June 7, 2020 1:38 AM

Track fiddler
Got it

Hi TF,

That nose is my absolute favourite piece of locomotive design. Every time I see one it makes me feel happy.

Enjoy your train!!

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, June 7, 2020 2:27 AM

This one's for you, TF:

 

Stainless at Speed Big Smile

Cheers, Ed

 

 

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Posted by Lazers on Sunday, June 7, 2020 4:49 AM

gmpullman
I thought for a moment and grabbed one of my New York Central conductor's caps and a Dietz lantern, a ticket punch and a few old NYCRR tickets and seat checks. Not only did I get a blue ribbon, I got  Best Of Show!   (something Dee Ann hasn't been awarded quite yet) That was the last time she ever invited me to enter anything in the fair

Hi Ed, That's brilliant and well done you for your awards. After that though, I don't suppose it would be safe for you to enter anything in the Fair, on your own accord? As for skullduggery, it is amazing just how seriously some people will take a hobby.

Kevin, If you Google a 'Winmau' Yorkshire Board, there is no inner Treble ring. However Boards with Treble Rings are much more common in the UK (Yorkshire is just one County i.e. State) The Boards capable of, "one-hundred-and-eighty" (loud cheer form the audience) are always used in Darts League Cash-prize Competitions, as on TV. 501 or 301, doubles in and out, just the same. Regards, Paul

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, June 7, 2020 7:38 AM

There are quite a few churches in my area with men's groups who, at one time, had dart leagues.  They were serious business.

Since my denomination has a largely German background, beer after the competition was required.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Sunday, June 7, 2020 8:44 AM

Good morning .... 

Brent .... It is good to hear you are feeling better.

Ed ..... I like the video. I recall seeing the E5's when they were still in service. I also remember riding behind one on the Twin CIty Zephyr while seated in one of the original dome cars. ... Congratulations on the award for best in show. 

The first dome car was assigned to the Twin Cities Zephyr. 

 

 

 

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:58 PM

York1

There are quite a few churches in my area with men's groups who, at one time, had dart leagues.  They were serious business.

Since my denomination has a largely German background, beer after the competition was required.

As I recall, the actual rule book of Curling specifies which team buys the beer.

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Posted by cudaken on Sunday, June 7, 2020 6:31 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please and Dirk a dog treat.

 Sorry to read many of the diners are having family problems and deaths in these strang times.

 Work Front Talked to Paul about the missing paycheck and it went the way I thought it would, badly. He will let me know Monday if I will get what I think I should have coming to me. Seems the owner wanted me to take Unemplyoment and not the Fed Loan to cover wages? Whistling Pretty much tell's me I was right, he is keeping the grant funds to line his pockets.

 Not feeling woth a dam today.

 Later, Ken and Dirk say's Woof, Woof.

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Posted by sandjam on Sunday, June 7, 2020 7:16 PM
North Dakota Historic Bridges;
Click on Blue.

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, June 7, 2020 9:20 PM

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The first dome car was assigned to the Twin Cities Zephyr. 

Garry,

I've been in Silver Dome at the Mad River and NKP Museum in Bellevue, Ohio:

 CBnQ_Silver-Dome by Edmund, on Flickr

The museum staff is trying to "un-Amtrak" the car, i.e. remove the purple carpet from the walls, etc.

 2006 photos 626 by Edmund, on Flickr

Since the floor wasn't dropped below the dome, the headroom is a little tight in there Confused

I hope everyone had a great weekend —

    Cheers, Ed

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:15 PM

Evening all, had a deadbeat day today. Only did a short go on the recumbant bike and burned 500 calories in prep of the pigout the wife was cookin up for dinner. I should be even on the day.

Ed, I just want to say thanks for all the photos and info you post in the diner and on the forum, you are such a wealth of information and I get such an education from your contributions.YesBeer

My sister has been digitalizing all our family photos from slides during the lockdown and there is a lot of them. In 1977 at the ripe old age of 20 I ordered a brand new 1978 van from the factory in Ontario, was excited when the dealer told me it was on the train and picked it up right after it rolled off the delivery truck.Laugh It came with only one seat as ordered as I was to put in swivel, recliner captains chairs. I spent as much again customizing it as it cost me to buy and was worth every penny I spent from the enjoyment I got out of it. When I sold it 14 years later they were lined up to buy it and I got what I thought was a ridiculous price for it. It was definitely one of a kind and highly recognizable around town. This is a pic right after I got it. I had just put on the wheels with TA 50s, put in the sunroof and put on the flared fenders. There was a lot more to follow and I will post pics of how it evolved as my sister sends them to me.

 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:23 PM

Ed ... Thanks for sharing the photo .... I recall riding in that car or the second dome car (Silver Castle). I was upstairs in the dome, but I vaguely recall the seating under the dome. If I recall correctly, the seating was back to back with each seat facing across an aisle towards the windows. I'm not sure, however. I would hope the museum staff has drawings of the original seating arrangement. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:33 PM

Thank you for the responses to my personal dilemma.

My wife and I have agreed that our plan will be to wait until she passes and let my sister(s) make all first contacts. If my sisters need help after that, I will help my sisters, but not help with anything directly myself.

My older sister has verified there is zero assets known.

-Kevinb

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:38 PM

BATMAN
In 1977 at the ripe old age of 20 I ordered a brand new 1978 van from the factory in Ontario, was excited when the dealer told me it was on the train and picked it up right after it rolled off the delivery truck.

Nice 'Love Wagon'!!! Two of my brothers-in-law had them at about the same time. We borrowed one to tour through the Rocky Mountains and it was a really enjoyable experience. We were in our 20s so the cramped quarters didn't bother us at all. It was the easiest camping that we have ever done!

I am glad to see that you are feeling better! We are still being very cautious about Covid-19. A couple of days ago we were in Home Depot buying hardware for the layout. We were the first ones in the aisle but that didn't stop several idiots from crowding in around us to get what they wanted. I was too darned polite to tell them to back off and wait their turns.Bang HeadDunceGrumpy I figure we will know in about two more days whether or not any of them were positive!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:41 PM

hon30critter
We were the first ones in the aisle but that didn't stop several idiots from crowding in around us to get what they wanted

I needed a 3/4" CPVC elbow today, and I waited about 10 minutes to be able to walk down that aisle, and as soon as I did, sure enough, they all crowded around me.

I think less than 10% of people are even wearing masks... I am!

-Kevin

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Sunday, June 7, 2020 11:06 PM

Good evening .... 

As I mentioned CB&Q did sometimes run E5's to the Twin Cities on its Twin Cities Zephyr. (E7's were more typical, however.)

Here is my E5A and E5B.

..

Kevin ... It is good to hear your wife and you agreed on a good plan to hanlde the situation. ... It is best to make the right decision and stick with it. The rest of your life, you must live with your choices. 

.... 

Regarding the virus, we continue being hermits as we have done for 12 weeks. I did get the boat in the water, and it is nice to take it out in the lake.

 

We saw a mink on our shore yesterday. It was probably looking for a fish to eat.

Everybody .......... Have a good night. 

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, June 7, 2020 11:20 PM

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We saw a mink on our shore yesterday. It was probably looking for a fish to eat.

Hi Garry,

We used to get mink under our dock at the cottage. We would sit on the dock at night so we had a clear view of the skies and many times the mink would sit on the dock floatation right underneath us and crunch away on crawfish. We were thrilled to be in their company despite the noise!Smile, Wink & GrinLaughLaughThumbs Up

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Posted by Water Level Route on Monday, June 8, 2020 6:01 AM

Good morning all.  Chloe, a large coffee and a cinnamon roll please.  The big one with pecans all over it.

Feeling a little sore this morning.  My neighbors are both in their mid-late seventies and asked if I would be willing to replace the boards on their deck with Trex decking.  The original boards were starting to lift here and there creating trip hazards for them.  The bulk of the supplies showed up Saturday, so guess how I spent my weekend.  The only thing lacking was the three trim boards didn't show up, so there will be that to finish.  Minimal repairs were needed on the frame, so that was good. Yes  The whole deck basically sits right on the ground, so it was all up/down/up/down all day for two days.  I'm paying for it this morning!

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Posted by GMTRacing on Monday, June 8, 2020 6:18 AM

Good Morning All,

    A regular and a blueberry donut please Zoe.

    I'm sorry to see so much illness and worry in here of late. My best wishes to those of you recovering and I hope family members recover quickly and fully as well. 

Kevin - to my thinking, the most important part of the debate on the step-mother issue was the "my wife and I have agreed" part. We went through the probate stuff for my mother who passed in Canada with all their crazy probate laws and taxes and my mother in law who had been in a nursing home after assisted living was not enough. My mother in law had been a ward of the state so there was no money involved and probate was fairly easy (we did still have to go through that in Ct.). My mom had been predeceased by my father but still had a house and assets. The decline was long enough that all of us kids were able to meet and work out a plan that avoided the all to common stressers that arise in these circumstances. We had all been estranged and moved away from each other but a face to face of the principles and a few bottles and some intense conversation got it all worked out. 

Garry - being a New Haven enthusiast I'm more and Alco guy but those E series diesels are true classics and just gorgeous. GE did most all the electrics and we didn't really have any GM stuff until the FL9 and a few Geeps right at the end. 

   Our new next door neighbors and the albino skunk that lives in their back yard met last evening. Hopefully none of them got a direct hit. It took us the better part of a month to get the smell out of our mutt when she got too close. And yes we tried every remedy that didn't sound dangerous. 

   Not too much to report on the layout front. I'm still struggling with the parking lot and road at the back. I wish at this point I hadn't been too idle to go get more of the 1/8" foam sheets from the craft store. I have come to the conclusion I am terrible with drywall mud.

   Time to pick up tools and get going. I have a bunch of trailer work to do and I can see the first weekend of the renewed season barrelling at me.  Ciao, J.R.

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