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Posted by maxman on Thursday, August 6, 2020 11:27 AM

cudaken
High Lite of the day? Two young lady's / Girls came in. One was wearing a bikini and the other one a tube top! Most shocking was the one in the bikini spent $845.00 for a futon. I was just happy they came in, I am old but not dead yet!

Did they ask for a demonstration?

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:44 PM

 

Need to fix the network closet.

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Posted by GMTRacing on Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:58 PM

MLCC - I truely hope that is not your work place. It makes Fibber McGee look like a neat freak.   

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Thursday, August 6, 2020 4:16 PM

No some picture I found on the net one time. If ours looked like that we all would not be working. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, August 6, 2020 4:30 PM

Some pictures from my recent drive through West Virginia.

-Kevin

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Thursday, August 6, 2020 4:44 PM

Howdy .

JR .... Thanks very much for your comment about my recent eye surgery. 

Steve O ..... Thank you for this morning's Mexican scrumptious goodies. I have had similar at an authentic Mexican restaurant here in KY. 

Dave ... Thanks for sharing the videos. 

Kevin .... Nice photos of WV scenery . 

MLC ... What a mess of wires ! 

Everybody .... Have a good evening. 

GARRY

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:33 PM

More Mexico, but not Mexican trains...

I'm standing on the balcony of the vacation house in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.

 The Gulf of California is right behind my wife taking this picture.  You walked out the front door of the house to the ocean about 100 feet from the front door.

 

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Posted by OldEngineman on Thursday, August 6, 2020 10:08 PM

gm pullman wrote: "Is that the throttle on an off-set, raised handle or the independant brake handle?"

Yup. That's actually an independent brake handle from a "26" brake valve (the standard handle for the "24" independent was small and straight, like in another pic above). I used to carry one of those z-shaped handles around in my bag (in freight), because they were "a closer reach".

I didn't know they would also fit into a 24 independent valve. I'd never seen one used like that before. Like I said, it seemed immediately out-of-place to me!

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Posted by GMTRacing on Friday, August 7, 2020 6:21 AM

Good Morning All,

   66F and rainy here but the temp is a nice break from the mid 80's we've had of late. I'll hav a regular and a blueberry bagel please Zoe. Driving in is still like a war zone with lots of power lines, cables and trees down all over. The roads are mostly clear though with only a few obstructions here and there. Still hundreds of thousands without power in the region.

   Appraisal came back on the house lower than the CFO figured so we will need to reconsider somewhat how we do this. I think doing some of the tidy up stuff and cleaning more all around will help a bunch. We shall see. 

   Shop is busy getting ready for our two biggest weekends so I best get back to it. Ciao, J.R.

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Posted by York1 on Friday, August 7, 2020 7:25 AM

Good morning.  I'm heading out to cut the grass.

I think we are officially off quarantine.  Now what?  I don't think we're going anywhere, but at least the jail door is open.

Hope all of you with health issues get some relief, and those with storm damage get back to normal.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, August 7, 2020 9:55 AM

York1
I think we are officially off quarantine.  Now what?  I don't thing we're going anywhere, but at least the jail door is open.

I feel exactly the same way.

We are very happy that we went through post-travel quarantine and developed zero symptoms, but now what do we do?

We could go out, but I really don't want to.

-Kevin

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Friday, August 7, 2020 11:02 AM

We went out to dinner last night, but again we were disappointed.  This usually festive and happy brewpub was quiet and seemed empty, although they were at their government-ordered maximum occupancy.  No happy hour, and the menu was quite limited.  This has gone on far too long and many small and medium sized restaurants are struggling.

Our governor has ordered another month of this level of restrictions, a move that seems more driven by railroad timetables of the 1940s than by science or logic.

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, August 7, 2020 12:19 PM

Steven Otte
And for those of you who don't like Mexican food, there's Taco Bell.

Taco Bell! Yuck!!

Been (beanSmile, Wink & Grin) there once in 66 years! I'm going to keep it that way!!Ick!

Dave

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, August 7, 2020 12:28 PM

Dianne and I went to our local diner for brunch today. That was the first time we have been in a restaurant since February. The service is always great and so is the food, but their business is suffering. Their usual regular clientelle are mostly seniors who aren't coming out for obvious reasons. Their take out business is just barely holding its own. I hope they survive.

Dave

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, August 7, 2020 4:59 PM

Howdy everybody .

We have family members visiting us from Cincinnati this weekend. So, I won't be able to be here much until maybe Monday .

Have a nice weekend. 

GARRY

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Posted by cudaken on Friday, August 7, 2020 7:22 PM

 Eveing Diners

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

 My brake handle is dragging in the ash pit! Work in the back jungel today and it was and still a mess! I cut the rear yard about 2 weeks before I broke my rib 5-29-20. My Son In Law cut it onces about 3 weeks later. To say it was over growen is a understatment.

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

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, August 8, 2020 8:39 AM

Good morning.  The same breakfast as every day.

I think it's time to clean parts of the layout.  I noticed the building roofs and train cars have a layer of dust on them.  I clean the track fairly often, but I have neglected the scenery.

Tomorrow will be the first time in six months we will go to church.  We also will go to our favorite restaurant for the first time in months.  Both will have people spread out, but it will be nice to get a small taste of normalcy.

While this time is unprecedented for us, I am reminded of my parents' youth.

My father and mother were both born before 1920.  Their early life was difficult, but nothing prepared them for their teenage years in the depression.  During our pandemic time, we are living mostly normal but isolated lives.  My parents' lives were not normal, as they often had very little to eat, their parents had no money, and the future looked bleak.

Finally, my father joined the army.  His enlistment was nearly up when December 7th hit.  He spent another four years traveling from army camp to army camp in the U.S. and the UK before landing in France.  He spent the next year in mud and snow and fighting.

Basically, my parents lived through 15 years of horrible times, with much of it looking forward to a dark future.

When this pandemic gets me upset at my situation, it does me good to think of what my parents and millions of others went through back then.  In spite of illness and masks and and toilet paper shortages, we are in a thousand times better situation than our parents or grandparents lived through.  Enough of my ramblings.

 

One of the national parks I've never visited is Theodore Roosevelt Nat. Park in North Dakota.  Since my wife doesn't really like traveling anymore, I think I will try to get there by myself.  It's a little over a day's drive, so it will probably take several days.  I want to do some hiking there, and I'd like to see why Roosevelt picked that place to set up his ranch.  He loved it there, and I'm glad the U.S. preserved it.

It seems like the diner and some the other forum sites have been a little quiet lately.  Hopefully posters who have taken a break will rejoin us.  This forum has been a special retreat for me during the lockdown.

My computer updated last week, and it will no longer save any passwords, on any browser.  I finally decided to do what should have been done a long while ago -- I installed a password manager.  Now I only need one password for the manager.  It encrypts all other passwords and automatically connects me with the sites I use.  It even makes its own passwords out of strings of characters with no patterns.  It also syncs with any other device, so my days of password problems are hopefully over.  I just hope I don't forget the one password I need.  There is no way to get it back if I don't remember it.

My little town has five RR crossings in about 1½ miles.  We finally made the crossings into a quiet zone.  I think I am probably the only one here who misses the sounds of the train horns.  Since the coal trains have decreased, we are getting only 25 or 30 trains each day.  Ten years ago we were getting over 80 per day, all blowing the horns at all the crossings all hours of the day.

I've typed quite a bit today.  I hope no one minds.

Have a good day, everyone.

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Saturday, August 8, 2020 9:02 AM

A timely reminder about how difficult life could get. This current situation is hard but not even in the same class of difficult as the times my parents and grandparents lived through.

It is good to remember that nothing is getting blown up or destroyed by this pandemic. We are all seriously inconvenienced and many are suffering more than that. But with a little common charity for our fellow citizens we have the capability to and should alleviate the actual suffering, which was definitely not the case for our parents and grandparents.

Looking forward while still enjoying the things and relationships we have and which will survive these times are keys to getting through to the other side.   

Up here in Canada I cannot help but notice a fresh spirit of community which must be due to the current challenges we are all facing together here. I truly hope our friends down South find something similar. If we can hang onto to that feeling we will all benefit from this otherwise awful experience.

Alyth Yard

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Posted by howmus on Saturday, August 8, 2020 9:09 AM

York1
In spite of illness and masks and and toilet paper shortages, we are in a thousand times better situation than our parents or grandparents lived through.

Amen!  Amen! and AMEN!!!

73

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

We'll get there sooner or later! 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:06 AM

York1
My father and mother were both born before 1920.

The only elderly member of my family I had a relationship with when I was young was my Paternal Grandmother.

She was born in 1910 and saw everything change in her lifetime. She was a little girl during World War 1 on a farm in Wisconsin, and lived long enough to have email and an early cell phone.

-Kevin

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:59 AM

My Mom's mom was born in 1899, her parents died in the 1918 flu epidemic. She ended up raising some of her siblings. Her favorite thing to say was she lived from the horse and buggy age to the space age, and she voted in every election since women go the right to vote.  She passed at age 92 I was lucky enought to have video taped her telling "grandma stories" a few years before she passed. 

 

well back to mowing the jungle, i had to let myself cool off. 

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Posted by CapnCrunch on Saturday, August 8, 2020 11:43 AM

My grandmother was born in a sod hut in Kansas.  One of her first memories was going along the ATSF rails to pick up cinders  to be used for fuel by the family.  She was orphaned at a young age and taken by an older sister to be raised in the oil fields of California.  During the Depression, my grandfather worked as a night watchman at an orange packing house to keep the hobos from pilfering.  They had a camp nearby where he hung out with them and learned some great recipes that are still in the family.  My grandparents and dad lived on small piece of land that afforded them a subsistance garden and grandpa scavenged through dumps to gather materials that enabled him to raise chickens and turkeys.  After the depression, grandma worked in the the polio ward of the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital delivering food to the kids who were suffering from that awful disease.  Our current situation is difficult but I am lucky to have family experience that keeps it in perspective.

Tim

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Posted by CNCharlie on Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:17 PM

Good Morning,

A nice day here with sun and about 80F for a high.

My father's parents were born in the 1870s so they were adults in 1900 and my grandmother passed away in 1961 so she saw everything from the first car, airplane right up to Sputnik. My grandfathers on both sides had jobs right through the depression, one a post office supervisor and the other a railway policeman, so they and my parents didn't experience the hardship many went through. The post office one had a car from the mid 20s until his passing in 1947. He had a '32 Terraplane and then a '37. A Terraplane was a line of cars produced by Hudson. They were quite inovative and fast. My father said the '32 was more than a match for a V8 Ford. He said it could do 90mph. I wonder how he knew? It also was one of the first cars with metallic paint. Theirs was a copper colour that was only done on a very few cars. It just doesn't go with the reserved personality that my Dad said he had. My sister was able to get the exam results for the various tests he had to do for promotions in the post office. Amazing what is available on line. 

That sums up the exciting time we are having here. Can't really complain but we do miss seeing our friends. I did run my beach special train yesterday. 

Dust is a problem on my layout too. I use a puffer made to clean photo lenses. I bought it about 50 years ago and it does a great job as it has a very fine brush at the end of the puffer that doesn't harm engine details. 

My brass engine is on its way here. It went from Ocala to Jacksonville and now is in the Miami International sorting facility. Next stop I guess will be somewhere in the NE and then on to Toronto. 

 

Well time for a shower and then off for a veg pick up at our 'greengrocer'.

CN Charlie

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Saturday, August 8, 2020 5:52 PM

Afternoon all from the sunny West Coast.

I tell ya, I am falling to pieces, put my back out and here I sit. I took a bunch of Yoga courses about 40 years ago and doing it now is really helping a lot to get me back in the groove. Yoga is amazing for what ales you though I tend to only do it when I have injured myself. If I did it all the time I probably would not hurt myself.

I have been watching a lot of hockey this week and loving it, the Canucks eliminated the Wild and so we are on to the next round. Sorry TF. 

Speaking of TF, he is missing in action, a search party is required. I posted that photo on the Name The Place thread hoping to draw him out but to no avail. 

Charlie, my Dad worked for the Post Office in Winnipeg starting in the 1930s and transferred to Vancouver in 1957 and retired in 1976. He probably knew your Dad. Small world. Dad tried to join the Army in 1939 when the war started and failed the medical, so he tried the airforce and failed the medical and then tried the Navy and failed the medical. He had Muscular Dystrophy and would never pass, but he sure tried.

I agree with those that say we have had it easy compared to those that came before us. I really worked hard to get what I have and have had my share of trials and tribulations, however, I never had to stop and go fight a war. Knowing no matter how bad things could get I would have a full stomach, somewhere to sleep, healthcare and access to education just made life a little easier.

Had the first Sledge Hockey session last night and it went well. I don't think the group will need our guidance for long as they are a capable lot. I guess if you have seen combat or have successfully managed a disability you can do just about anything. It is good to help get them up and running. The kid had left his skates in Ottawa and borrowed my 40-year-old Super Tacks. He loved them and I don't think I am getting them back.Laugh

Just about ready for the painters, only a couple of small repairs to do. I tend to keep everything as perfect as I can at all times. After the painters go the windows will be next if we can schedule it as we are going to be busy and away from home so it might have to wait until spring. The wife has pretty much narrowed down the hardwood floor colour and will figure out the new kitchen stuff before we pull that trigger. I'll be glad when it is all done but something tells me it is going to take longer than we think with our other commitments. Also, even with things somewhat back to normal on the covid front, it is taking time to get items from offshore.

On the news/ storm warning front, we always heed the weather office when a big blow off the Pacific is headed our way. Sometimes you are lucky and sometimes not. My sister lives 10 miles away as the crow flies but that is enough to make a huge difference in the amount of storm damage either of us may get. Don't blame the news for getting lucky.

In 1885 the town of Notch Hill came into being as a CPR pusher station. Notch Hill was the steepest grade in Canada and many engines would be added to help get the trains headed East started on the climb through the mountains. With pushers no longer needed this church from that seemingly forgotten time still stands watch over the railway and its workers as it did so long ago.

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All the best to all.

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Posted by cudaken on Saturday, August 8, 2020 6:01 PM

 Eveing Diners

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

 Seems the wall is working. It is keeping diners out of Mexico? Whistling

 Seems I over did it yesterday. Felt like ash pit today at work . I left 2 hours early not that it mattered.

 Summer is back. Sigh

 Need to take Dirk and the wife out, so later.

 Cuda Ken and Dirk says Woof, Woof!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, August 8, 2020 11:08 PM

It looks like it has been about a week since Track Fiddler dropped by the diner.

Maybe we should send out a search party for our post hog.

-Kevin

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, August 9, 2020 6:45 AM

Just checking in quickly, no breakfast yet.

That's a neat picture of the church, Brent.

Our first day out in over two weeks! -- I'll hold my breath out the front door.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 9, 2020 8:30 AM

Good morning and Hello all

No sense sending out the search PosseLaugh but thanks for the concern Kevin, Brent.  I'm still here, I've just been a little scarce latey.  I finally got my Peco Unifrog turnout problem resolved.  There is a shortage on Right turnouts but I finally found some and they are on their way.

My benchwork I originally designed and built was cantilevered out from the wall and the top of the layout would slide out so I could crawl under and work on the other side.  This was a very unuser-friendly poor design (I hate it, I'm always moving stuff out of the way) and I have no idea why I spent the money and did things this way.  So I've been busy with all of my spare time building new cabinet benchwork on wheels to get ready for laying my track. 

 

Congratulations BrentWink...Sad  The overtime Canucks-Wild Tie-breaker game was intense!  Joyous for you and heartbreaking for me.  I'm sure Chris Tanev is a Great Canadian Hero up there eh? Smile, Wink & Grin

Well,  I ain't ready to give up hockey just yet!  What's that saying? ..."If you can't beat em, join em" YesWhistling 

 

Well,  Back to my benchwork.

Have a great Sunday guys

 

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, August 9, 2020 8:38 AM

Track fiddler
No sense sending out the search Posse  I'm still here.  I've just been a little scarce latey. 

Glad to have you back, TF Yes

Now to locate that missing LION. Wildebeest for bait? I hope the ol' boy is OK.


Something new from Broadway Limited:::

 PRR_3768 by Edmund, on Flickr

I'm having some Boston Cream Pie for Sunday breakfast. Plenty here, grab a plate Dinner

 BC_pie by Edmund, on Flickr

Cheers, Ed

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, August 9, 2020 8:55 AM

Right Ed! 

I hope He's okay as well.  Maybe your idea will help Lure Him out

Here Lion Lion,  Here Lion Lion!  Rare Prime-rib wildebeest hereDinnerLaugh

 

And thanks for the pie

 

 

TF

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