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Posted by York1 on Friday, September 11, 2020 4:02 PM

9-11

School was just beginning.  My wife called and told me to turn on the TV.  In one of the homerooms, I turned on the TV and told other teachers to do the same.  It took a while for me, let alone the students, to realize we had been attacked.

After the first shock, I told the teachers to try to have as normal a day as possible.  We had quite a few parents call to see if they should get their kids early.  I think they wanted to just hunker down in their homes due to the uncertainty.

 

Edit:  Top of the page!

It's happy hour here, so have a drink or two on me.  I'm cooking spaghetti, and having my drinks while I cook.

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Posted by Ringo58 on Friday, September 11, 2020 4:33 PM

Thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who lost their lives and all of the lives effected by 9/11.

I do not remember the day as I was only 2, but I remember my moms story.

She was on the way to my aunts house to drop me off so she could go to work. On the radio she heard the news and ran into my aunts to turn the TV on. 

When she got to work, her and her coworkers went and bought a cheap TV to watch the news in the brakeroom. When the boss found out, he sent out a mass email telling everyone to get over it and get back to work or else they would be fired. 

So she did what anyone else in that situation would do, she typed her resignation letter and slapped it on his desk. She turned and walked out and flipped him the bird as he tried to get her to stay.

Kinda like your situation kevin, although I hope yours turned out better.

John- Do you think you could whip me up a plate? Sounds yummy

 

 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, September 11, 2020 4:42 PM

Good afternoon .

TF ... Thanks for your comment to me. Are you sure you don't memorize signs? LOL .... I'm glad my story was encouraging to you. If you are thinking of eye surgery, I suggest going to the best available eye clinic in your part of the country. I had mine done at Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville, TN which is as good as it gets in this region. 

Everybody ..... Thanks for sharing your 9/11 memories. I should add to my discussion, we are thankful to Canadians who were very kind to very many people who were stranded in Canada as a result of the 9/11 attacks. 

Have a nice evening. 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, September 11, 2020 5:25 PM

Our family arrived in town late because they tied one on last night.  We're just getting ready to go to the hotel for two days and Judy asked me how she looked?  I said beautiful course just like when they ask do I look fat in these jeans and of course the answer is NO!

A guy usually doesn't say this but I figured what the hay.  I asked her how I looked.  She said you look like junk, go comb your hair and she got a way with thatLaugh

 

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, September 11, 2020 6:36 PM

Good afternoon from perfectville. It was another sunny day with temps in the mid-20s. Sure is lots of smoke coming up from Washington and Oregon though. 

Spent the day at the computer working on this Estate I am dealing with, man I had no idea her affairs would be in such a mess. Talked on the phone to a nice guy from U.S. Bank for a long time. Trying to figure out how to get things done with the border being closed. I picked up a cheque for many millions at the Lawyer from a land sale that was part of the Estate. I drove right by PWRS on the way to the bank with it and was thinking how many millions in stock would they have on the shelf? I kept going.Laugh

Just found out that the dog we used the 30 year old frozen sperm on is pregnant so we will be having pupsicles on Canadian Thanksgiving.

9/11 was a long exhausting day for me as was the following few days. I have told about it in the past so won't repeat it. Still wrenches the heartstrings remembering.

I was selling some artwork once and the scammer alarm bells went off. It is a long story, but I sure had fun with the guy. His name was Rev Lumpkin Williams based in England (so he said). If you Google his name he is infamous.

We placed a notice to creditors for this Estate I am looking after and boy did the scammers come out of the woodwork then. They did not get far with me.

Dave, thanks for posting all the pics of NM, I'll have to go visit and do a walkabout.

TF, sorry to hear you have to go through a two part service for your SIL. My Sister wanted the full meal deal for our parents so we did that. Starting with my generation though, at most we will have a get together at someone's house and then privately spread the ashes at some point. Big funerals and big weddings seem to be a thing of the past in our social circles. My wife and I got married on the grounds of the Hyatt in Kaui. We said we would buy dinner for those that showed up, 18 did.

Time for a Rum and Pepsi.

All the best to all.

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Friday, September 11, 2020 6:49 PM

I was playing racquetball. We came off the court all sweaty, and became transfixed by the TV at the counter for over an hour. 

We remember.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Friday, September 11, 2020 7:11 PM

It was foggy in Maryland and I was off that day watching CNBC.  They didn't know how big the 1st plane was that hit, and I knew a B25 hit the Empire State Building, so I figured it was a freak accident.  Took the dog for a walk and came back and heard a second plane hit.

Heard some horrific stories from people who were there, that I wish I could forget.

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Posted by OldEngineman on Friday, September 11, 2020 10:15 PM

I posted this to the "misc.transport.rail.americas" newsgroup on September 12, 2001. I've changed only a few words for this post.

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The View From the Bridge 

Like everyone else here, I turned on the television yesterday morning and couldn't believe what I was seeing.

But it was another working day. I tried to call, to find out what might be running. Didn't get through. I didn't try very hard to contact them - I knew there would be a train to run. So I left for work on my regular time.

When I got to the crew room at New Haven, I found that many of the daytime trains had been canceled, including mine, #173 on Tuesdays. In the chaos, the tunnels into and out of New York had been closed and then inspected before traffic would be allowed through. However, some trains were starting to run again, so I waited around to be available in case they needed me for something.

#149 was going to run on time from Springfield (to D.C.). That would be mine. I asked the Motor Storage engine dispatcher for my engine: the 915 - it was only one there. It's one of the last "old-time" AEM-7's, not rebuilt, no ACSES, and still has the old-time cab signal display. It's an engine that remains a pleasure to run, rather than a contest. Indeed the 915 has changed very little since my first trip on it many years ago.

The inbound train arrived on time from Springfield, and we left on time as well, but waited at South Norwalk for a Metro-North extra heading up the Danbury branch. Their schedules had been disrupted as well, and they were running what they could trying to get things back together.

We stopped at Stamford, finished the run down the New Haven line with clear all the way - unusual. Then headed down the Hell Gate Line for New York.

Perhaps the most spectacular view of Manhattan island and the boroughs of New York City is one that most people will never see: from the cab of a locomotive on the Hell Gate Bridge. You're up in the air, but not so high that you lose the breadth and magnificence of scope. You may get a similar, fleeting glimpse from the Triborough Bridge, but on the Hell Gate you have more time to appreciate what's before you.

Back in 1986 when I first got a computer, one use I found for it was to keep a database record of all my jobs. At first, I kept only essential data: engine numbers, terminals, mileage, times, etc. But then I decided I should include something more, a place to record comments about the day's trip.

The View from the bridge was one of my first experiences on my first trip over the road as a promoted engineman back May 1981, and it has earned entries in my "comment log" through the years. Here are a few:

October 28, 1990 (Conrail): "Saw a complete rainbow stretching from the Bronx to Long Island - the most perfect I've ever seen"

July 1, 2001 (Amtrak): "Saw a bolt of lightning hit the World Trade Center just before going into tunnel on the trip in"

Two days ago, Sunday, September 9 (Amtrak): "There was no one to run 57, so I took that instead of 163; on the way back, NYC looked very nice under clouds overhead"

Coming westward on the Hell Gate Line, you pass by Oak Point Yard on the left with the elevated Bruckner Expressway on your right. You're down below street level here, but at the west end of the yard you start the climb. You're slowing down here, from 60 to 40 for the sharpest curve, as you leave the South Bronx. You turn right, go across the Bronx Kills bridgework, then continue upward past the toll booths of the Triborough Bridge. As you climb towards the 50mph curve at the east side of the main span, that's when you really see it. The View.

And of course, they were gone.

We arrived at Penn Station with 6 cars, 2 trainmen, 5 passengers, and no one on the platform waiting.

When I don't see him, I'll leave a note for the outbound engineman, saying how many cars, and condition of the brakes and engine. But last night I added an extra line:

     149

     6 cars

     Brakes OK

     Eng OK

     A sad day.

Penn Station was very quiet. I walked out to 8th Avenue and 31st. Looking downtown towards the darkness, I saw what might be flashing lights far off, couldn't tell how far. I walked eastward on 31st Street, the taxi stands were blocked off with police vehicles; I heard they commandeered the taxis for emergency service. 7th Avenue was closed south of 34th Street, being used as an "emergency vehicle corridor". It was eerily quiet in midtown, almost no one there.

Back inside, there was no eastbound work for me. All earlier trains were gone and the ones coming later would have crews arriving, available to work back. So I could deadhead home.

There weren't going to be any eastward trains from Penn for a couple of hours, so I decided to take Metro-North back to New Haven. I walked to the 7th Avenue Subway entrance by the Long Island Rail Road side, with money out for a subway token, but the clerk at the booth waved me through the open gates. There was no service south of 34th Street - downtown trains were terminating there, then heading back uptown.

Waiting in the subway car to leave, I listened to a gentleman who worked for Jersey Transit. From his window he had seen it all: the second plane hit, the first collapse, the second collapse.

Grand Central was all but deserted. In the quiet there, one can take in what must be the greatest public space in America. I caught the 10:17pm for New Haven. The guy running it had hired out one man behind me.

The ride home in a deadhead car gave me time to consider the day, turning everything over inside.

In 1941 about 3,000 lives were lost at Pearl Harbor. We went to war, against known enemies, known countries. Yesterday we lost ... well, who has ANY idea yet of how many? Certainly thousands.

But this time, our war must be not against a country - it must be against a CULTURE. We must fight it and do whatever it takes to win. If we are not willing to do this, we will certainly face a greater Hellfire NEXT time.

I got home 3 hours' behind my regular time.

I have yet to finish my timeslip for yesterday, and then enter it into my records. I'm unsure what I can put into my comment log to fully represent yesterday's events.

I didn't sleep long last night. The televisions keep looping videos of the planes slicing into the buildings. How many times can YOU watch it? There are going to be more videos, perhaps more chilling than before. At once, the most awful and compelling sight I've ever seen. I am hard-pressed to keep my composure when I stop to think of those hundreds or thousands of doomed people in those buildings. Those who chose to jump rather than be burned alive. May God have pity on their souls.

Last night just after sunset on the bridge, I looked in the distance and saw the ashes of their lives floating up from Manhattan and across Brooklyn.

Comment log entry for Tuesday, September 11, 2001: "The view will never be the same."

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, September 11, 2020 11:10 PM

OldEngineman
The View From the Bridge 

Thank You, Old Engineman Bow

Your testimony serves as a heartfelt, accurate account of a very trying time for all who witnessed the events. I hope your words live on forever for future generations so that they may have at least some sense of understanding for how so many of us felt.

 Hell Gate Bridge 47 by Steven Siegel, on Flickr

 IMG_0508 by Edmund, on Flickr

Thanks again, Ed

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Posted by WVogt on Saturday, September 12, 2020 12:23 AM

We were at the orthodontist with our daughter, there was a TV on and everyone was in an absolute state of shock.  How do you take something like that in?

Sacramento State Fairgrounds has one of the beams from the Trade Center as a memorial along with a huge floating granit ball with over 3,000 names carved on it.  We must never forget those lost.

On a more personal note, we had to take our old cat to the vet last night.  She was 2 months shy of 20 years old, and she just wore out.  I hate that part of having pets.  Today the air was so smokey you could see the effect just feet away.  Seemed kind of fitting.

Tomorrow will be better.  Looking forward to huevos rancheros and coffee!

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, September 12, 2020 12:57 AM

OldEngineman
Comment log entry for Tuesday, September 11, 2001: "The view will never be the same."

Hi OldEngineman,

Your log entry is very moving. It expresses the loss that we all suffered in a very poignant way.

My 14 yr. old son was home from school that day because he was sick, and we were watching television for lack of anything better to do. When the reports came on it was surreal to me. We were pretty much speechless, but I said to him that we had just watched thousands of people die! It still makes me feel cold and hollow when I think about it.

Dave

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, September 12, 2020 3:03 AM

Here is a different sort of railroading adventure:

Dave

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Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Saturday, September 12, 2020 7:09 AM

I know its 9/12 but here's my experiences of 9/11/01

I was 9 years old in 4th grade, South of Pittsburgh. It was a normal morning, until the teachers started acting different and turning on TVs on their desk.  Having a  B last name, I was close to the desks.... so I saw it all happen.  Well, I looked out the window, and saw a plane flying low..... it was the only plane all day. Later on, using thr flight plan and the parents of friends, I put 2 and 2 together and realised it was United 93. Before Shanksville.  The principal was on the speaker system saying "don't be scared, this is happening far away, we're safe here" meanwhile 93 flew over our heads. 

  Kids were being pulled out of school left and right, and I wondered why I wasn't as well. When I got home, there were only 2-3 kids on mg school bus... normally 25sh iirc. No trains ran that day. It was very quiet outside   

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, September 12, 2020 7:44 AM

Good morning.  Black coffee this morning.

Old Engineman, very good report on the 9-11 attack.

I think today is cleanup the yard day.  We've had three days of rain, wind, thunder, etc.  The rains are past, and we have a yard full of leaves and branches.

On top of that, the squirrels are having a field day in our oak trees.  They are cutting off leaves, dropping acorns, burying acorns, teasing the dog, etc.  We can't let Daisy the Dachshund look out the window -- it is constant barking at squirrels.

After the yard work, there should be time for more work on the layout's donut shop.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Saturday, September 12, 2020 8:49 AM

Good morning .... 

Again, thanks to those who shared 9/11 memories. 

Old Engineman ..... Thanks for sharing your story. Perhaps, you should submit it to Trains for publication in their September 2021 edition. 

Jimmy .... I bet you never forget your seeing Flight 93 in its final moments. 

Ed..... Nice photos. 

Dave ...... Railbiking looks like quite an adventure.

Everybody ..... Have a good Saturday. 

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:44 AM

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It's happy hour here, so have a drink or two on me.  I'm cooking spaghetti, and having my drinks while I cook.

 

TIGERS LOVE SPAGHETTI: It has orange stripes!

 

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:51 AM

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TIGERS LOVE SPAGHETTI: It has orange stripes!

Sorry, Lion, we ate it all.  Daisy did get several noodles under the table.  Even a tiger wouldn't be able to get the noodles away from that ferocious dachshund.

It doesn't look like I'm going to make North Dakota this fall.  I'm going to aim for spring.

Between going south to see grandkids and the winter, I'll have to wait.  Normally, winter wouldn't matter too much, but my reason for getting to Roosevelt National Park was to hike some of the trails there.  Maybe next spring.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:51 AM

We have a Tropical System moving through right now, not a hurricane, not a storm, not even a depression, this is just a "system".

We are forcast for 2-3 inches of rain and 20 MPH sustained winds with gusts to 35 for the next two days.

The weathercasters finally have something to talk about! They are so excited on the news right now. We do not need the rain, and the ground is saturated, so there might be some low level flooding in inland counties.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, September 12, 2020 12:24 PM

Last night at the hotel was fun  I never laughed so hard in my life and I'll tell you about that later

This morning was trying  Barbie and Judy are a mess  We need to stop at the flower store and be at the cemetery at 2   There is tears all over the place today

Hopefully we will be through this soon as I understand round 3 at dusk with the release of the candle light flowers on the pond is coming up next

Mom has offered to pay for counseling for both Judy and Barb  They just can't let go of their little sister

 

 

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Posted by cudaken on Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:25 PM

 Eveing Diners

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

 9-11 I was a manager of a Midas and we had a TV in the custmer waitting area. I was stund by the first plane, the second I knew we where going to war. Sigh

 Dirk Pip and the Vet. Dirk started lipping again and had to take him to the Vet before work. He will not stop chewing and licking his paws. This time he has a yest infection on his feet? Guess from all the licking. Cost me $112.06 that I did not really have but he is worth it!

 Time to sit out with Dirk, so later and Dirk says Woof, Woof.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:22 PM

Ken .... I hope Dirk's paws improve soon. 

Kevin .... I hope you did not have too much rain.

TF ..... Praying for Judy, Barbie, and the rest of your family. It is a difficult time, I'm sure.... Also, if you think you need eye surgery, I would suggest to not delay it too long. 

Lion ..... Thinking of you. Last I heard, your brother was recovering from Covid, and I hope he is better. 

 

Everybody .... Have a good night. 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:56 AM

Heartland Division CB&Q
Kevin .... I hope you did not have too much rain.

We only had a very light rain on and off all day. The evening newscast said we had about a half of an inch. The breeze was steady all day, and it only got gusty one time.

Tomorrow is supposed to be just a little worse, then the system will move into the Gulf Of Mexico where it is predicted to develop into a Tropical Storm.

Time will tell.

-Kevin

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, September 13, 2020 4:19 AM

This is what happens when that little screw comes out of the truck bolster:

They should have put a little drop of canopy cement on the threads.

(story here)

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, September 13, 2020 1:59 PM

Quiet Sunday in the diner.

I hope Chloe arrives with that bowl of chili soon.

We have had rain on and off for about 36 hours now. It has been a light rain. Nothing bad to speak of. The wind has been much lower than predicted.

I hope everyone is OK, and has a great Sunday.

-Kevin

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, September 13, 2020 8:43 PM

Well isn't this joint a hive of activity. 

Good evening from the West Coast where it was a glorious sunny day so we've been told. The smoke is so thick from the fires south of the border that you cannot see the sun at all, not even the tiny orange dot that you can usually see through fire smoke. It feels like everyone on the planet is gone as it is so quiet. It is also about 10c colder as the Sun cannot penetrate to warm us up.

TF, been thinking of the tough couple of days you and the family have had, hope you can now turn the corner and are able to move on.

Dave watched the rail biking adventure. I think I could enjoy that trip, thanks for posting. I also watched some others as well.

Got the lawn cut and spent an hour on the Estate I'm dealing with.

I think I'll go watch a long movie as it is still early here. Watched a movie called "Memorial Day" the other night, it was quite good, I really enjoyed it. It sort of reminded me of my Uncle not ever wanting to talk about the war until one day he just opened up to me about it.

They say the food is best when the diner is at its busiest, so I'll be back later.

All the best to all.

 

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Posted by cudaken on Sunday, September 13, 2020 8:46 PM

 Evening Diners!

 Flo, Wake up, I will take a Beer and if the gang shows up I am buying. Give Dirk his dog treat as well.

 Boy it was nice outside today in Maryville ILL! High was only 75 degrees. I should have did yard work, but I worked in the house instead.

 Toliet had not been flushing well. Usally had to dump a glass of warter down it to get it to flush right. We have hard water and there was a lot of calcium build up where the stuff needs to go down. I turned off the water, drained the bowl and dumped in CLR. Boy that calcium felt like coral! I was using rubber gloves and the calcium was so rough it tore a rubber glove!  I used a scotch brite pad and scubbed, wait 10 minutes and repated over and over. This was repated for 2 hours! Now flush well and all most looks new again.

 I have no idea how old the toliet is. I bought the house 26 years ago and it was here then. Could be from when the house was bulit in 1969 far as I know?

 Later, Ken and Dirk says Woof, Woof!

 

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Sunday, September 13, 2020 8:49 PM

" How about some more beans Mr Taggart?"

 

I am back from Southern Command. I got the new door put on the "crawl space", the one the idiots tore up trying to steal stuff. 

I rebuilt the ramp we have that goes to back porch.

painted front porch ceiling and floor and back porch floor. 

9-11, I had just started a new job and a start up marketing company. I was on my way to work listening to a national morning dj show ( Kid Craddick)  He reported th first plane. I told co- workers it was terrorist attack and they did not belive me until we were setting there watching as the second plane hit. The reality hit when they came down. I still shudder everytime I think of that. 

 

 

Luckily still no symptopms of cooties. My co- worker has kicked the fever and congestion. He supposedly gets to come back on the 16th if no symptoms. 

I actually think I had a mild version of the cooties back in Feb before this mess hit hard. 

 

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, September 13, 2020 9:05 PM

Good Sunday evening.

We've had a nice fall day -- just-right temperature, sunny, light breeze.

I didn't do much today.  We had a nice family Zoom meeting with the daughters' families.

TF, I hope things go better from now on.

Shiprock, the core of an old volcano, rises 1583 feet from the northwest New Mexico desert.  It is visible for miles.

This is an old picture from a college geology class trip I took in the early 1970s.  This land is considered sacred and is now restricted by the Navajo Nation, so I don't believe you can get this close to it today.

 

 

 

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Sunday, September 13, 2020 9:15 PM

BATMAN
The smoke is so thick from the fires south of the border that you cannot see the sun at all, not even the tiny orange dot that you can usually see through fire smoke. It feels like everyone on the planet is gone as it is so quiet. It is also about 10c colder as the Sun cannot penetrate to warm us up.

That's the way it's been down here in Arizona. Finally today, the blue sky returned for a bit. You still see the smoke. It was just pushed up against the mountains.

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, September 13, 2020 9:18 PM

Dianne and I have just cancelled a get together in late September with friends that we have known for 50+ years. The eight of us get together a couple of times a year to spoil ourselves with great food and wine and even greater company. The Covid-19 risks just aren't worth it!

We are hugely disappointed and we have agonized over the decision for weeks, but as we told our friends, we would rather not kill you unless we are listed on your insurance policies! Seriously, we have enough health problems without adding any of the potential Covid-19 side effects to our list. Getting Covid-19 would seriously impact our independance.

So, the party will have to wait!

Cheers!! (I guess)

Dave

I'm just a dude with a bad back having a lot of fun with model trains, and finally building a layout!

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