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Welcome to Jeffrey's Trackside Diner July, 2020 In The UK and British Isles

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:14 AM

Ooops,

Laid down for a nap after supper and didn't wake up until 2:00 am.

I'll start the trip to Mexico right now!

Sorry,

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Posted by "JaBear" on Saturday, August 1, 2020 12:47 AM

BATMAN
2115hrs on the West Coast.

Already 1746 hours , 1st of August here!! Stick out tongue

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, July 31, 2020 11:28 PM

Two sets of pushers heading back down so the boys can ride together and shoot the breeze.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, July 31, 2020 11:20 PM

I guess it was not.

Tomorrow will be a very busy day working on the Lanai. I hope to get at least three of the ceiling sections of drywall hung. This is going to ba an adventure.

Goodbye to the UK... on towards the land South Of The Border!

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, July 31, 2020 11:15 PM

2115hrs on the West Coast.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, July 31, 2020 11:10 PM

Is this the last post before the diner moves to Mexico?

-Kevin

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Posted by cudaken on Friday, July 31, 2020 8:52 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang a I some Fried Feet, a Beer and Dirk a dog treat.

  Wether is very strange today. It got down to 68 degress at 4:00 PM? But very humid at 97% so you are cold and sticky at the same time. That sucks.

 For some reason my right shoulder and elbow hurts today? I have not lifted anything heavy or anything hard? Guess it is because I am getting old.

 Later Ken and Dirk says Woof, Woof. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, July 31, 2020 5:51 PM

Wow, it took over five hours to run all my errands today.

We are all set for another two weeks of isolation. I spent over $1,000.00 at Home Depot, but I should have enough to get everything done on the Lanai.

The tropical storm is turning away from us. There must have been 20 people at Home Depot returning generators and chainsaws.

I decided to install three ceiling fans out back on the lanai. I hope to use it a lot more once it is complete.

My purple Crape Myrtles never did bloom this year. Once they waited all the way until mid-August, so there is still some hope.

Bear: I already had Chinese food for dinner, but your picture makes me wish I would have opted for Pete's Fish And Chips instead.

-Kevin

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Posted by "JaBear" on Friday, July 31, 2020 5:16 PM
Well the brain cell has certainly had a work out the last few days, cobwebs being blown off the dim and distant memory banks; “Mike Milligan and his Steam Shovel” and now, lard soap.
 

I can remember my Grandma making soap from mutton lard, and my Mum using it to do the laundry, the soap placed in a muslin bag sitting in the water in the centre post agitator washing machine. Monday was always Washing Day.

“An income tax form is like a laundry list - either way you lose your shirt.”-Fred Allen.

Thoughts and best Wishes to All that need them. Stay Safe.

Cheers, the Bear.Smile

EDIT!!!! Top of the Page!!! Better have a last feed of 'greasies" (though a good Fish and Chip Shop, like my local one, can keep the oil to a minimum), before we head off to Mexico.

Fishnchips. by Bear, on Flickr 

 

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Friday, July 31, 2020 5:00 PM

Now that is a truly remarkable photo:

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Friday, July 31, 2020 4:55 PM

 

York1

  

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While you are correct that soap will clean your hair shampoo will work better.

 

I didn't say that soap would clean my hair.  I said I don't have any hair to clean.

 

Um, I did notice that. My post was in part pretty heavily tongue in cheek. I mean do model railroaders  really have time to stay that clean? I'm pretty sure that wouldn't be prototypical. Especially in the coal fired steam era. 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Friday, July 31, 2020 4:43 PM

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Mom still refuses to help her as she wouldn't give up her culinary desires.

Culinary desires at 18, living at home?  I would defintely give her the option of buying her own food a Whole Foods and cooking it herself.  I thought you were going to hint at some lurid details.

Steven  bacon soap Big Smile the dog would never leave my thigh

Brent Love rum but never acquired a taste for spiced rum.  Of course if I'm out of my rum, I will drink the Captain I keep here for my son.

Saw my new house yesterday and the yard was nicely graded with top soil for sod and seed on Tuesday.  In the afternoon it poured buckets and I now have a miny grand canyon.  More topsoil, more money.

 

 

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Posted by howmus on Friday, July 31, 2020 2:46 PM

Afternoon folks!

I'm taking a break from some badly needed cleaning here at the house.  Have about 2 weeks to get everything ship shape!!  Why, you ask?  Well....  On the 13th. of August, I will be brave and introduce my local family )Son, DIL, and Grandaugters to the lady i have been dating for over a year now...  And her to them.  My Lady Friend is an immaculate housekeeper, my son and his family are borderline hoarders, and I am a slob.  I don't like a messy house, but I am just not good at cleaning... So I have started now to have enough time to make sure everything is in order when she is here.  We will be having a Family Picnic that evening over at the State Park on Seneca Lake.  That will give us a chance to not be crowded together (social Distanced) and make sure everyone is comfortable during the picnic.

So... Mehicho next month?  OK by me as long as I don't have to eat any of what they consider to be food!  They seem to put smaetters on everything.  Tomatilos I don't mind, but tomatoes are my least favorite thing.  Pukey frankly (old family buggaboo likey.  I have been told I ate them when I was very young, no problem.  But at some point I bit into one that was rotten or had a worm in it!!!) Yech!!!!  I do like the cultural and musical stuff from Mexico!  Should be interesting.

BATMAN
We have had a lot of kids come to stay with us over the years when trouble was brewing at home. Kids need to find their own path and parents need to be there to support them. They are not possessions or trophies to be displayed. I can say that most of the troubles these kids have had, stem from the parent's attitude towards them.

That is one of the reasons I hold you folks in very high esteem!  Sounds like you have raised a fine young man too!  Someday I should take a vacation over your way!?!

BATMAN
I have to change the quick connects on the pressure washer hose, I am guessing it got run over by his truck when I lent it to the FIL.

I have bought several "quick Connects" and have never had one that doesn't leak like a sieve!

Well, back to cleaning the dump I live in!

73

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, July 31, 2020 12:28 PM

Mornin all.

It has been a hot few days here and I have been floating around in the pool a lot more than usual.

Spent the day cutting tile yesterday as we made a little progress on the trainroom bathroom, I'll be glad to see the last of that job.

We have been getting quotes to get the house painted as I hate painting with a passion, it is the only thing I will hire some else to do. We are at around $9000.00 for the job. We are also getting new windows as it is time for many reasons and that is in the $40,000.00 range. We had been putting some of these things off as we were planning to move to Vancouver Island, however, we seem to have too many obligations here for the time being. We decided to put $200,000.00 into the house and stay awhile longer. New floors and Kitchen are also on the list.

I did a favour for someone a couple of weeks ago on a delicate matter and received four bottles via Loomis courier yesterday for helping them out. Usually, I get PWRS gift certificates, however, for some reason I guess they figured I needed a drink as helping them out was a little intense for a couple of days. Anyway, they know what I like.Laugh

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It will be good to give Mexico a try again, I have been there several times over the years but the last time was probably 30 years ago. Never was a big fan of the place for some reason. I have been to many third world countries and there is just something about Mexico that does not appeal to me for some reason.

We have had a lot of kids come to stay with us over the years when trouble was brewing at home. Kids need to find their own path and parents need to be there to support them. They are not possessions or trophies to be displayed. I can say that most of the troubles these kids have had, stem from the parent's attitude towards them.

Looks like I am going to get back to the hockey rink to help an upstart Sledge Hockey group get going. These are a group of wounded warriors and other disabled people. The kid is a Hockey Canada certified coach and will be running the show until they get organized. The kid has helped troubled youth get into hockey as a way to help turn their lives around and we have helped out with the disabled sports programs through the years. We are awash in corporate money for hockey for all levels and have amazing facilities everywhere we turn, not sure how long I will be involved but I am looking forward to getting back at it. 

It is unbelievable how many doors all his volunteering has opened for him career-wise. He was on one of the big media shows for an hour this week talking about the NHL playoffs, it is weird to hear your own kid on a broadcast.

I have to change the quick connects on the pressure washer hose, I am guessing it got run over by his truck when I lent it to the FIL.Laugh

Wife is going shopping with the kid as he needs a couple of new suites for all his jobs. He bugged out of Ottawa so fast when the covid thing hit, he left his good suite there. He will be going back soon and can get it then. I will stay home and trim the hedges today, I hate shopping for just about anything.Laugh

The other day I was doing a few easy push-ups as I always do and my shoulder went pop. It is the shoulder I already had surgery on a few years ago. I'll give it some time to heal up before I get too concerned. Then on Wednesday morning I woke up and climbed out of bed and my knee went pop just getting out of bed! Getting old really sucks. My knee is bad from plummeting down Whistler mountain as fast as I possibly could all those years. I am on slow-mo bike riding for a couple of weeks. If I stop altogether I'll seize up like a rusty old tin man. Good thing I have all that booze to see me through these tough times. 

Best get at it.

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All the best to all.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, July 31, 2020 11:28 AM

I woke up sore today.

Not working on the house at all today... it is shopping day. I need to go to Home Depot, Bank, Post Office, Publix, and .... WAL-Mart. Boooo!

We have not been out of the house in 16 days. I hope to get enough supplies to last another two weeks. It is crazy down here in Florida.

I have lists for all. This will be a chore.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, July 31, 2020 10:50 AM

Painting break

The guys from Lowe's are here to measure up for carpet.  I took my social distancing down the hall back to my place for an early sandwichDinner

LaughLaughLaugh  Bacon soap Steve?  I have heard they have bacon chewing gum, bacon ice cream, bacon everything.  But soap?

Good, ...Now I can lather up in the morning and not only be a Post Hog but smell like one tooStick out tongueLaugh

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Friday, July 31, 2020 9:05 AM

All right, Steven.  You did it!  You posted something I have never seen before, so I had to look it up.  Bacon soap!

The seller describes it:  "It's a sunny Sunday morning and you wake to the sweet smell of bacon wafting from the ... bathroom?"

As much as I love bacon, I'm not sure people sitting near me in church are going to understand why I smell like that sitting in the pew!

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, July 31, 2020 8:57 AM

Howdy .... 

Sorry but I have no soap pictures to post today. (Said, Garry, holding no bars.) 

Ed ... The Dial liquid soap with CP loco is remarkable. 

Dave .... Thanks for your willingness to start the August Diner. Should be enjoyable in Mexico. 

Everybody .... Have a nice day. 

GARRY

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Posted by Steven Otte on Friday, July 31, 2020 8:53 AM

Track fiddler

Personally I prefer Irish Spring,  "Manly yes but I like it too"

Now we have the Winter soap, the Spring soap,  what the heck am I going to do for the Fall soap? 

Step on it in the shower!

I'm usually offering delicious breakfast here in the Diner, but since we're talking soap today, maybe I'll combine the two. 

Scrub-a-dub-dub!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, July 31, 2020 8:38 AM

York1

I didn't say that soap would clean my hair.  I said I don't have any hair to clean.

 

LaughLaughLaugh

Nice come back John!

Personally I prefer Irish Spring,  "Manly yes but I like it too" LaughLaughLaugh

Now we have the Winter soap, the Spring soap,  what the heck am I going to do for the Fall soap? SoapBoxLaughLaughWhistling

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Friday, July 31, 2020 8:18 AM

Lastspikemike
While you are correct that soap will clean your hair shampoo will work better.

I didn't say that soap would clean my hair.  I said I don't have any hair to clean.

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Friday, July 31, 2020 8:13 AM

Be careful asking for a pouf in say, Australia or the UK, especially in connection with showering. If you also suggest it is for Canadian Pride you may be misunderstood completely. 

Yup, the pine beetle (we generally don't refer to it as the borer) is another import from the USA we can readily  get up here. If we can't freeze the little b a s tards we burn them out. We are not in control of either method unfortunately. 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, July 31, 2020 8:11 AM

gmpullman

WE have "up here?"

 

I haven't personally encountered any of those but we DO have the Emerald Ash Borer.

Oh, there's another thirsty predator around here known as the full beer keg borer.

You gotta watch your bung when he's around 

 

LaughLaughLaugh

I may stand corrected on the pine borer after reading the University of Minnesota report.  I just figured since you have many pines trees, you would have them too.  I guess the one I am familiar with is the sawyer pine borer.

Yep,  we got em.  Many of times working the docks in Voyageurs National Park I'd have one of those creepy things land on my arm.  The first time I encountered one was at Birch Grove Resort when my friend Jeff yelled  "Pine Borer!!!" and swooped it off my arm.

I was only bit by one once.  It felt like being pinched with a needle nose plier and did draw a little blood.

We have an emerald ash borer problem here as well.  You can get a big fine for transporting firewood across county lines.

As far as the keg borer goes, I've heard they have a problem with those everywhere.  Nobody seems to even worry about those around here anymore as they seem to be relatively harmlessLaugh

 

 

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Friday, July 31, 2020 7:58 AM

While you are correct that soap will clean your hair shampoo will work better. In fact, shampoo also works better than soap for skin, assuming daily showers are your habit. Bear in mind that plain water will wash dirt off you, eventually. Oi are impervious to plain water washing.

Whike both clean they operate differently chemically. 

Shampoo and "body wash" are detergents, not soaps. 

Detergents  work mainly as surfactants and are more effective at cleaning oils from your hair and skin (and grease from your dishes, soap is pretty much useless for this purpose). The detergent creates an emulsion with oils and greases and literally dissolves them into the wash water. Water is dipolar and oil is not polar. Detergents allow water to electrically attach to oils.

Soaps are different. Soaps aggregate particulates like skin cells and dirt and help the water slide them off your body and hair. Soaps tend to stick around though especially in your hair (the bathtub ring effect). The more hair you have the less likely you will be to use soap instead of shampoo.

And just incidentally, nobody would use soap to clean up a locomotive shell before trying to paint it, and that's why soap doesn't work for that, you need the surfactant and dipolar effects. 

Ah, chemistry, it's everywhere. 

 

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Posted by York1 on Friday, July 31, 2020 7:34 AM

Good morning.  One last full English breakfast before we move south, please.

I quit worrying about (and buying) shampoo about 40 years ago.  Not that I have anything against shampoo -- it just seems like a waste of money.  Plain soap works just as well on the bare skin on my head as it does on my arms.

 

I had to deal with some disfunctional families. 99% of the parents were good -- working at being the best parents possible.  That other 1% made me lose my hair.

I know one word in Spanish -- si. Outside of that, I'll have to dial up Google translate.

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, July 31, 2020 7:24 AM

Track fiddler
Not to mention that creepy insect you have up there called the pine borer

WE have "up here?"

https://extension.umn.edu/forest-pests-and-diseases/managing-pine-bark-beetle-damage

 

I haven't personally encountered any of those but we DO have the Emerald Ash Borer.

Oh, there's another thirsty predator around here known as the full beer keg borer.

You gotta watch your bung when he's around Pirate

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, July 31, 2020 6:38 AM

Ed- LaughLaughLaughLaugh

Good luck this winter smelling like a Walking Forest.  Try to stay away from squirrelsLaugh

Not to mention that creepy insect you have up there called the pine borer

 

Oh, ...And I'm easy,  Mexico is just fine with me, ...Si!

See you all tomorrow in Mexico Amigos!

 

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, July 31, 2020 6:21 AM

 

'mornin'

Friday already! END of July already. Yep, it's true. The older you get the faster it goes!

Stopped into my local closeout store to see what I could find and lo, what should jump out at me but this!

 Dial_0ft by Edmund, on Flickr

Right away I see the bright red CP loco and Beaver emblem, so what gives?

 Dial_0fd by Edmund, on Flickr

I hoped it would be scented of Diesel fuel and brake shoe smoke, but alas — it smells like pine cones dipped in cinnamon Sad

 Dial_0a by Edmund, on Flickr

Squeeze on to a wet body sponge or POUF? Anybody got a pouf I can borrow Whistling I wondered how this stuff wound up in a closeout store (not exactly a closeout price! I usually don't spend more than a buck on shampoo).

I noticed a little sticker on the back. (just below the "Show Your Canadian Pride")

 Dial_00 by Edmund, on Flickr

Oh, yeah! THAT was a great marketing strategy!

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Mom still refuses to help her as she wouldn't give up her culinary desires.  Incredible.  At least Dad came a little to his senses.  Sure hope it works out for her.

Too bad there isn't a screening process for parents DunceDunceDunce A young person needs all the support and encouragement they can get. I gave my kids guidance, the best I could, but the choices and decisions were entirely up to them. They seem to have done OK.

 

See you in Sunny Mexico. From what I gather most of the railroading is run by UP, BNSF, Kansas City Southern and, yes, Canadian Pacific!

Still, the food will be great!

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, July 31, 2020 6:19 AM

That is a plain shame Mike.  Unfortunately common in some families.  We are all individuals with our own mind and interests.  Every human being should be allowed to make their own decisions whether anyone else agrees or not.  

Live and Let Live is my motto.  Ones opinion is warranted but should not be enforced.

Furthermore, look at all the highly successful Chefs in the world.  One would think a parent would have alot of faith in the daughter they raised.  If that's what one of my daughters wanted to do, I would completely support and believe in them.

 

 

TF

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