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Posted by maxman on Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:10 AM

Track fiddler
and fire up that new Barbie

Don't you think that it might be considerate to ask Ken how he feels about this first?

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:57 AM

I Google-Image Searched burning barbies, and to my horror there are actually a few YouTube videos of people burning Barbie Dolls.

I guess EVERYTHING is on the internet.

My oldest daughter loved her Barbies, my two other daughters hated them.

-Kevin

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Posted by howmus on Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:37 PM

SeeYou190
My oldest daughter loved her Barbies, my two other daughters hated them.

That is because your oldest daughter loved them......  You know family rivalry....???

Howdy folks! 

Just passing the time until my Lady Friend arrives and we go over to the Seneca Lake State park for a family picnic.  This is the first time she has been to my house so I have been frantically trying to clean the place up so she will not be too grossed out!  She is one who, when you enter her house, has you take off your shoes... Smile, Wink & Grin  Hope I pass inspection! 

Weather is hot here today (going up to 86°F) but down at the lake there is always a nice cool breeze coming from the cool water.  We have rented a pavilion there so we should be able to stay safe, etc.  I will be picking up some fried chicken from a highly recomended newish restaurant downtown to take and have sweet corn to cook and other items for everyone.  This will be the first time my friend and my family have met.  I have been introduced to most of her family already.

Stay safe out there!

73

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Posted by der5997 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:11 PM

Hello Ray, enjoy the picnic! Sounds like a pleasant spot, and great company.

Could you please PM me as I tried to add to a conversation we were having back in 2018 but the cursor wouldn't show up in the message field and I couldn't paste in from WORD either! Thanks.

Stay Safe!

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Posted by der5997 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:20 PM

York1 John  - we've just upgraded from a 23" to a 43" screen in celebration of our 55th anniversary. A 55", while numericly attractive for symetry, would simply swamp the room!Confused We record almost everything we watch on a pvr and so zap through the ads and un-interesting news items etc. Documentaries one way or another, and murder mysteries make up most of the rest of our diet, except we've begun to enjoy "Everbody loves Raymond". If i ever get my mini camera to run around th elayout, then that video should look good on the larger screen too...

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:24 PM

der5997
A 55", while numericly attractive for symetry, would simply swamp the room!

My living room is 14 feet across. We upgraded to a 55" TV from a 42" a couple of years ago, and it is perfectly sized for us. There is room for a 65" TV, but I think that would be too much too close.

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 4:13 PM

der5997
If i ever get my mini camera to run around the layout, then that video should look good on the larger screen too...

 

I have been thinking about doing the same thing.  I've read Mel's posts about his cameras, and I think it would be neat to see the layout from an engineer's view.  The cameras I looked at are actually pretty cheap, but I don't know about the video quality.

 

SeeYou190
My oldest daughter loved her Barbies, my two other daughters hated them.

 

All three of my daughters loved the Barbies.  We still have a toy box full of Barbies, Kens, and the clothes.   When the granddaughters visit, the dolls are used again.

Vacuuming the floor after they visit is an experience.  Vacuuming Barbie shoes makes quite a bit of noise.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, August 13, 2020 4:48 PM

LaughLaughLaugh

You guys never cease to amaze me.  The topic of conversation going from a grill to Barbie dollsLaugh

Judy asked me what I was thinking about for dinner while I was reading.  I told her I was thinking about grilling.  She asked what I was thinking about cooking.  You should have seen the confused look on her face when I looked at her and said Barbie dollsLaugh

 

While she had a smile on her face she busted a gut when I explained to her and I did tooLaugh

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:36 PM

Track fiddler
The topic of conversation going from a grill to Barbie dolls

 

Just imagine a person logging on to this site for the first time, and finding a bunch of old men posting about Barbie dolls.

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Posted by Water Level Route on Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:47 PM

SeeYou190

 

 
der5997
A 55", while numericly attractive for symetry, would simply swamp the room!

 

My living room is 14 feet across. We upgraded to a 55" TV from a 42" a couple of years ago, and it is perfectly sized for us. There is room for a 65" TV, but I think that would be too much too close.

-Kevin

 

My living room is about 12 feet across from the wall the tv is on to the wall the couch is on.  Last year I upgraded from an old 40" HD to a 65" 4K TV.  I'll admit it took a little getting used to the huge upgrade in size, but WOW!  Incredible.  Wouldn't switch to a 55" if you paid me.

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Posted by howmus on Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:11 PM

der5997
Could you please PM me as I tried to add to a conversation we were having back in 2018 but the cursor wouldn't show up in the message field and I couldn't paste in from WORD either! Thanks.

Hi John!  I couldn't send anything your way either.  Site has been having some glitches and I guess conversations are not working at the moment. 

I will tell you my sister passed away in hospice care at her home not too long after we last talked.  I did get to talk with her via telephone for a few minutes the day before she passed.  She was kept comfortable right to the end and is with her Lord now.  I got to lead the graveside service for her over Thanksgiving in Canandaigua that year.  I was both touched and a bit overwhelmed to be asked by her to do that.  We both were ordained Deacons.  Different denominations but same office.  The lady I have been dating for some time now is also an ordained deacon.  I am Presbyterian, my sister was Episcopalian, and my lady friend is American Baptist.... 

We had a great picnic and my family and she got along very well and had some nice conversations.  Both my Grandaughters are actively involved in sports (my friend was a Phys Ed Teacher) and in music (My specialty).  So lots in common.

73

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:37 PM

I know I'm becoming a post hog, but this is important.

If you raise chickens, the U.S. government has issued a warning:

Do not kiss your chickens!

 https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/backyardpoultry-05-20/index.html

 Your tax money at work!   You now have no excuse if you continue to kiss your chickens and you get salmonella.

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:30 PM

York1
The U.S. government has issued a warning:

Do not kiss your chickens!

MusicMusic Mama don't allow no chicken lovin' here. MusicMusic

MusicMusic Mama don't allow no chicken lovin' here. MusicMusic

MusicMusic We don't care what Mama don't allow, MusicMusic

MusicMusic We're gonna love them chickens any ol" how. MusicMusic

MusicMusic Mama don't allow no chicken lovin' here. MusicMusic

 

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:47 PM

I still have my old train camera.  It's one with an RF transmitter/receiver pair that works live without having to record, remove and finally play back.  The receiver brought out the signal on channel 3 or 4, which then went into an old TV monitor.  There was a fine tuning knob on the receiver to get the TV signal just right.

Several years later I bought a big flat screen.  To my dismay, I couldn't tune the signal with the new TV.  It was too fussy about the frequency.  I had to haul out the old monitor, tune the signal with that and then re-cable it to the flat screen.  Then it would work.

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

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, August 14, 2020 12:33 AM

SpaceMouse
Mama don't allow no chicken lovin' here.   Mama don't allow no chicken lovin' here.  We don't care what Mama don't allow, We're gonna love them chickens any ol" how.   Mama don't allow no chicken lovin' here.   

Oh... are we doing chicken songs now...

This is my favorite is simply titled "Chicken", from The Cramps 35 years ago.

Punkabilly rock at its best!

I cannot believe that album, A Date With Elvis is 35 years old now. I am so old. When did punk rock become old people music?

They have Poison Ivy's Gretsch Guitar in the Museum of Pop History in Seattle. I saw it last year. I saw The Cramps live in 1982 or 1983.

That was so long ago, and so much fun.

-Kevin

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, August 14, 2020 6:09 AM

Good morning 

I finished getting the cabinet benchwork together on wheel casters last night.  I have my layout parked on it's new resting placeYes  I would consider it about 1/3 done.  These 16 drawers are going to be a bit of a challenge after eliminating the heavy expense of 3 foot drawer slides.  I have a good idea which can be dangerous sometimes.  Now I have to "stick my hand in my head" Laugh

 

York1

 

 
Track fiddler
The topic of conversation going from a grill to Barbie dolls

 

 

Just imagine a person logging on to this site for the first time, and finding a bunch of old men posting about Barbie dolls.

 

LaughLaugh  That is funny John!  I never thought about that.  Some newbies may think we're a little crazy around here.  I wonder if we are???Whistling Laugh

 

If I ever did think about kissing a chicken,  I'm sure Logic must have stepped in.  The way those things Peck,  I'm sure I must have decided I like keeping my lips just the way they areLaugh

 

Have a good one today guys

 

 

TF

 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, August 14, 2020 9:17 AM

Howdy everybody ....

I am still going to medical appointments for various issues. I went to some yesterday. 

I'll catch up later. 

 

Cheers. 

 

GARRY

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Posted by CNCharlie on Friday, August 14, 2020 10:54 AM

Good Morning,

Cloudy and showers here today. We had a nice rain yesterday which we really needed as the lawns are all brown. 

John, nice to see you back. How are things in Pictou? Wow, its been about 15 years or more since I was last there, likely closer to 20. 

Nothing new here, still waiting for that brass Pacific to arrive. USPS tracking has basically stopped now that the parcel is north of the border. It could arrive today. Must stop looking at those brass ebay auctions as I've blown the budget already. 

More coffee is what I need now.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, August 14, 2020 11:08 AM

Mornin

Hopefully your appointments are routine Garry

 I was out on the porch having coffee really early this morning.  I seen this old guy fumbling with a coat hanger trying to get into his car.  It was still dark out at around 5:30 but the yard light works.  I put my bandana around my nose and went out to see if I could help. 

Cars aren't like the good old days to get into when you're locked out.  I grabbed my mini Wonder Bar out of the truck and put a painter's cloth around it so I didn't blemish his car.  I was lucky enough to still have a copper grounding rod that I could bend just right.  I pried his window open just enough to hit the unlock release with the copper rod.

His name was Rodger.  It's always good when you can make someone happy.

 

P.S.   Haven't heard from either Terry or Mike from Wisconsin here for quite a while.  Terry had just retired a while back.  Maybe Mike's been busy building his shed up at the cabin.  And haven't been able to Rattle Lion's cage very well.

 

 

TF

 

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Friday, August 14, 2020 11:54 AM

Pray for me people. I'm about to drive to the metropolis of Cottonwood, AZ and foray into the depths of.......Walmart. That wouldn't be so bad, but last week my knee swelled up for no appearant reason so today, I have to wrestle a riding cart from the hoards of crippled people that live in a retirement state. I'm taking my daughter so we can cruise the parking lot and she can jump out and get one.

Of course, she can push the cart that will hold enough supplies for our household.

All that is to say, I'm not doing any MR today.

Oh, it sunny and hot here. But it a dry tripple digits.

You got any tequilla. 

Chip

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, August 14, 2020 12:14 PM

SpaceMouse
and foray into the depths of.......Walmart.

I made my monthly trip to Wal-Mart last week. They are keeping short hours here still, and the store was packed.

Good luck.

-Kevin

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, August 14, 2020 1:12 PM

Morning all, it is another stunning day on the Coast with temps in the mid-20s today.

Logged a few hundred kms yesterday. The wife is breeding one of her bitches to a dog from Europe that died in the mid-1990s. She had frozen sperm sent over from him when he was seven some 30 years ago. First I had to get the shipper filled with liquid nitrogen at a place an hour East of here which took a couple of hours. Then I hit the highway to go to where it was being stored to pick up the semen and bring it home. After paying to store this stuff for 30 years I sure hope it isn't freezer burned.Laugh

The female dog will be surgically inseminated today, I will hopefully not have to go help out. 

Back around 1990 when she was trying to get this semen shipped from Europe she could not get an airline to handle it as the container was a special one not listed to fly on commercial flights. She was pulling her hair out trying to figure out how to get this stuff across the pond. She forgot she was married to a guy that knows how to get just about anything anywhere in the world. One phone call was all it took from me and it was on a freighter the next morning and in her hands that night. I picked it up not a 100 metres from my office at the airport.Pirate

Ray, glad to hear things went well for you and your lady friend with the family. How did she like the layout?

Charlie, my Dad started at the Winnipeg Post Office sweeping the floor in the 1930s and retired in Vancouver in upper-middle management. He was pretty sharp and rolled out some innovative programs over the years.

My Grandfather was a medic in WWI and suffered from the gas attacks that he endured. After the war, he immigrated to Canada and had a booming goldsmith business and did very well for himself. He started to suffer from respiratory problems as he aged from the gas attacks and the fumes from the goldsmith business were making his health really go downhill. So he sold the business and got a job as a letter carrier with the Post Office in Winnipeg because his Dr. told him to get a job working outside. So my Grandpa and my Dad both went to the Post Office picnic where my Dad met my Mom and here I am.Laugh

Had the lady from the company that's painting our house come and help pick the colours. She showed up with a huge suitcase with thousands of colours in it and I thought, this is going to take all night. The wife, daughter and her had it all figured out in 15 minutes and she was gone. I know when to just sit back and say nothing, however, I did get them to go with a darker colour on the gutters as they tend to get really dirty with all the trees we have around here.

Well, the Vancouver Canucks easily dispatched the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday and I am looking forward to tonight's game 2. Our guys are a lot younger and I think with living in the bubble and all the other considerations from playing playoffs in these unusual times they should prevail. It is somewhat strange watching the playoffs in empty buildings, but as the players say, it is just like playing in Florida.Laugh

Ken, congrats on getting the debt down, like smoking, it is one of those things that is nice to put behind you. Keep up the good work.

Jimmy B, how is the bike program going. PM me if you want some helpful hints. I won't give too much advice other than to point you in the direction of some info and you can make your own decisions from that. We are all different and need to find a path that works for us individually.

Weight loss and maintenance is more dependent on diet than exercise and good health is really determined a lot by fitness. Don't worry about doing endless situps, you already have a six-pack as we all do. The ab muscles get more work every day than you know and are well defined, however, if you can't see them a little bit of goo reduction will take care of that.Laugh If you do a hundred push-ups and a hundred sit-ups in a week, even if you can start off doing only two or three at a time every few hours, you will notice a huge difference in your muscle tone. It takes me about twenty seconds to do ten pushups and I do them when I am on the floor with the dogs or down there beating up my kid or in the commercials while watching hockey. Don't do as many push-ups as you can, do half as many and then it won't be hard work and you will do it, and in a year you will knock off a hundred without the least bit of effort. I am a firm believer in the gain with no pain workout.Laugh

The kid is doing his last Hockey broadcast chit chat show today as he has had to quit that and his writing. He has too much on his plate and school is starting in three weeks. 

Game time in four hours. 

All the best to all.

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Friday, August 14, 2020 1:56 PM

bad headache today. 

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, August 14, 2020 2:10 PM

moelarrycurly4

bad headache today. 

 

Hope you feel better soon MLC. My wife gets terrible headaches caused by food allergies. Dairy is the big killer for her. 

Brent

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Friday, August 14, 2020 3:28 PM

SeeYou190
They are keeping short hours here still, and the store was packed.

SeeYou190
They are keeping short hours here still, and the store was packed.

The average time it takes to check out is about 30 minutes. I tried self-checkout, but that took longer. Too many items and no room to work.

Almost paniced. The basketed Ferrarri ran out of batteries in the turn coming out of the bread isle. Just went "clunk" and stopped dead. No juice. Stranded.

Luckily a Walmart employee came to my rescue and found me a replacement. It was faster, quieter, and more responsive in the turns. A Lambourgini, no doubt.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, August 14, 2020 4:53 PM

SpaceMouse
The average time it takes to check out is about 30 minutes. I tried self-checkout, but that took longer. Too many items and no room to work.

I only shop at Wal-Mart about every four weeks, and then only for things that are not practical to get anywhere else. I would rather shop LITERALLY ANYWHERE else.

I get trash bags and cleaning supplies from Home Depot, groceries and household items come from Publix.

Walmart has a couple of my favorite food brands I cannot get elsewhere, #11 Xacto knife blades, and some other items. They have those big bags of Luzianne Tea that Publix does not stock.

I always have a list, and usually it is less than ten items. I hit the self checkout and get out of there.

I hate it.

-Kevin

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Posted by York1 on Friday, August 14, 2020 5:27 PM

SeeYou190
I always have a list, and usually it is less than ten items. I hit the self checkout and get out of there. I hate it.

 

That pretty much sums up my idea of shopping anywhere except Menards.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, August 14, 2020 6:26 PM

Sounds like you had a Tuff Wally World Experience today Chip.  I feel for ya, I hate those.  Sounds like a few of you are having same experiences.

We boycotted the Wally World closest to our place because it's so nasty.  East Bloomington isn't as nice as West Bloomington so I never go there anymore. 

We purposely drive out of our way across the river.  We got a new one down in Burnsville last year, we call it Freeway Wallmart.  Even now-a-days if we go there early in the morning we have the whole store to our selves.

They say they're going to switch all the Walmarts up here to self checkout.  We also just got a great big Aldi up here with 10 ft shopping isles.  All of their prices comprable and some lower than Walmart.  Aldi's cashiers must have went through some kind of training program because they check you out so fast it makes your head spin. 

If Walmart goes to all self-checkout I'm going to start going to Aldi only.  I refuse to do self checkout when I'm giving profits to a store.  Especially when they're cutting people's jobs who.need them just to turn a bigger profit.

 

 

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Posted by saronaterry on Friday, August 14, 2020 7:34 PM

Track fiddler
Haven't heard from either Terry

Ha! Still here, just nothing to contribute.

Retirement is good, still too much work . Picking and choosing, just  like you, TF!!HaHa!

  Daughter has a "growth" in her noggin, waiting to find out what.

 Celebrated 20 years with the ol' ball and chain last week, rented kayaks and went down the Namekagan river! Kayaks are fun. For younger people. Ha! Actually enjoyed it but getting in and out was an effort  in not embarrassing myself. Highly recommend and will be doing that again!!

Good thoughts for all you all what's need them!!

Terry

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Posted by cudaken on Friday, August 14, 2020 7:38 PM

 Eveing Diners!

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

 Finally got the rest of the backyard cut. Some of the grass / weeds where 15" tall. Like I posted last week after I broke my rib my SIL only cut it onces in 6 weeks so it was a mess!

 How to kill / get rid of moles? I have seen the cartoon about it. Any ideas besides a Nuke? Whistling

 Got my BLI PRR Shark B unit back today. Have not taken it out of the box yet, going to let it sit for a few days.

 Far as buring a Barbbie, well I am in! I dated a Brabbie when I was 27 to 29 years old, and it was fun for a while. I now wish I had never meet her!

 I am beat so later, Ken and Dirk says Woof, Woof.

I hate Rust

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