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Welcome to the October, 2020 Jeffrey's Trackside Diner in Michigan

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, October 5, 2020 11:16 AM

Good morning everyone!

I am planning to pull the leaking toilet, reset the seal, and finish the bathroom today.

If all goes well, pictures will be shared this evening.

TOP OF THE PAGE!

Everyone get a tall glass of Orange Juice from Flo on me.

-Kevin

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Posted by Water Level Route on Monday, October 5, 2020 11:39 AM

Hello?  I know Kevin was pulling his toilet up, but I thought it was in his house, not the diner.  Can't smell the sewer gases from here.  It's safe to come in guys.

Bueller?  Bueller?

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, October 5, 2020 1:15 PM

Water Level Route
It's safe to come in guys.

Yes, and I will shower before coming back to the diner.

It is safe to come in.

Where is everyone today?

-Kevin

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, October 5, 2020 1:28 PM

SeeYou190
If all goes well, pictures will be shared this evening.

Will the photos be before or after the escape of the elusive brown trout?Smile, Wink & Grin

Got the framing for the shower door done and today will caulk the shower.

In my last house, the downstairs toilet was up on a riser, I have no idea why but I dug down outside to see the level of the sewer pipe outside and it was plenty low enough so I rented an electric jackhammer and replaced the pipe to the outside and had the toilet on the floor like it should have been in the first place. Come to think of it the shower was on a riser as well and I did that at the same time. That was my first ever bathroom remodel and it was pretty easy to do, not rocket science. I build railroads! How hard can a bathroom be?Laugh

I have to drive into Vancouver today to drop my twelve-string off as the bridge is pulling up. I have had the guitar over 50 years and it is mint and the age has made it sound incredible. It is the second time the bridge has pulled up, the last time was 24 years ago. I am a little nervous about leaving it away from home.Crying I left my Fender Precision bass at the recording studio and the building caught fire. I had come home from a movie and turned on the late news to see the place on fire. The bass was under eight feet of water for quite a period of time before it was recovered but was salvageable and was rebuilt. 

Had some of Californias best wildfire smoke roll in here last night. It was pretty thick but was gone in an hour or so.

I have a lot of energy today and that made for an easy workout. I do 25 situps and 25 pushups every day but today I did 50 of each and did not even notice a difference in the effort. I also peeled off 1100 calories on the bike while watching my 4-4-0 and six cars do 6-minute laps all while listening to some good ole rock n' roll.

Had a young couple come to the house yesterday on a dog-related matter and he spotted "TRACK" through the door to the trainroom.Laugh His wife continued with the dog talk while we men repaired to the trainroom. He has a 10' x 10' British layout. Over the years I have had quite a few fellow model railroaders show up here with their wives for dog-related things.

It is a sunny warm day and I still have not had to turn the furnace on but it is clean and ready to go when the time comes. I wish I still had my RX-7 Turbo II for the rip into Vancouver on a day like today.

This car was spotted in Banff today. Didn't Milwaukee die in 1987?

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TO THE BATMOBILE!

In reality, it is truck or car?Tongue Tied

All the best to all.

 

 

 

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Monday, October 5, 2020 2:15 PM

ouch,

my hair hurts. I have a stinking migraine. 

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, October 5, 2020 2:35 PM

moelarrycurly4

ouch,

my hair hurts. I have a stinking migraine. 

 

My wife and daughter get migraines when they eat dairy. They never get them at all if they behave themselves. I can eat anything and do, being food-sensitive would be horrible for me. I'd never survive.Laugh

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, October 5, 2020 2:44 PM

moelarrycurly4
my hair hurts. I have a stinking migraine. 

I feel for you.

Hopefully you can get away from it all for the rest of the day and relax.

-Kevin

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, October 5, 2020 2:50 PM

BATMAN
This car was spotted in Banff today. Didn't Milwaukee die in 1987?

Nice! a MILW. ballast hopper(s), looks like more than one.  Must have been on a CP train.

I think the SOO/CP took the MILW over in 86.

Mike.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, October 5, 2020 3:49 PM

BATHROOM!

-Kevin

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Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, October 5, 2020 4:08 PM

Kevin you cheaped out and didn't get the Japanese toilet with the heated seat, front or back cleansing and blow dryer?Confused

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Monday, October 5, 2020 4:09 PM

 

finally headache is gone.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, October 5, 2020 4:25 PM

BigDaddy
Kevin you cheaped out and didn't get the Japanese toilet with the heated seat, front or back cleansing and blow dryer

No, not in the budget.

In fact, since I took early retirement, a lot was left out of the bathroom plan. Most notably, the wall on the right was supposed to be moved 12" to accomodate a 72 inch tub.

Unfortunately, the ONLY load bearing posts in the entire house are in that wall. It would cost an additional $4,000.00 to move that wall, so no 6 foot tub for me.

The wall tile was also opted out for a less expensive option from the original plan.

And, while not a super-smart Japanese toilet, we were going to install a fancier thing for my wife. That might still happen in the future. That upgrade did not need to be built into the house.

-Kevin

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Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, October 5, 2020 5:37 PM

I am reminded of David Letterman's Fruitcake Lady, who was late night TV's Ann Landers, on topics suitable for late night TV.  That's all I can safely say.

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Posted by tin can on Monday, October 5, 2020 5:47 PM

Kevin and daughter; good job with the sign!  

We had problems with the toilet in our bathroom related to a broken flange; I tried to fix it, gave up, and called a real plumber.  He put on a sleeve down into the waste pipe; and no problems since.

We are going to be pulling up linoleum in both bathrooms and replacing with tile in a few weeks; so that toilet will have to be pulled and reset.  We'll see how that goes.  I am hiring out the work, mainly because I have never laid tile, the space is tight, and we have saved up to have someone do it.  

We are repainting the interior of the house.  It takes a lot of time to paint with furniture in place and working a full time job.  Hopefully it will get done before the holidays.

 

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Posted by cudaken on Monday, October 5, 2020 10:30 PM

 Eveing Diners!

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please, Tin Can anything he wants and Dirk and Robbie a dog treat.

 Tin Can Long time, did the new sign get you in the door? Just so happen to be running the B&O GP 7 you sent me!

 Dirk Pip was sick today. Wife said he pooped in the kitchen this morning and later had the runs outside. Just layed around and would not eat.

 I get home, and he was a Happy Boy. Did his hello daddy give me a treat dances. Seems fine to me tonight.

 Work Front Looks like I will be working Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Looks like Skittles for Brains Jerry Dunce is becoming a Grand Father. He needs to go to Kansas City so he can sit in the parking lot of the hosptial so he can be close by? Cannot go into the hosptial nor see is daughter or grandchild, guess it is a grandfather thing.

 Kevin You did a good job opening the dinner and tell your daughter Great Job!

 Trains ar running great.

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

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, October 5, 2020 11:17 PM

SeeYou190
BATHROOM!

Nice job Kevin! You're hired!

Dave

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, October 5, 2020 11:19 PM

Lastspikemike
Anything built in the last 40 years or so will use ABS pipe anyway so this problem is very simple to repair. 

Yup. Five dollars worth of silicone did the job nicely! The flange is in poured concrete so it isn't going to move. Whether the toilet is bolted to the flange or glued to the concrete is irrelevent. It has stayed dry for 18 years.

Dave

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:14 AM

hon30critter
Nice job Kevin!

Thanks Dave.

When I pulled the toilet up this morning, the wax ring was completely out of place. I did not know it was possible to mess that up so badly.

All is good now.

-Kevin

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 9:06 AM

Did you check the plumbing code for your area before deciding to use this unorthodox repair? By chance?

You've been lucky so far to have no leaks (that you know about.) 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 9:56 AM

Good morning, Diners. 

mbinsewi

 

 
BATMAN
This car was spotted in Banff today. Didn't Milwaukee die in 1987?

 

Nice! a MILW. ballast hopper(s), looks like more than one.  Must have been on a CP train.

I think the SOO/CP took the MILW over in 86.

Mike.

 

Yes. .... I recall when the trustees of the bankrupt MILW were selling it. First they abondened all except a core system when included the cities of Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis / St Paul, and Kansas city. All western lines were sold or abandoned. 

To sell the core system, the trustees entered into a sales agreement with GTW/CN. MILW would have been merged into an expanded GTW. C&NW filed a motion with the courts which stopped that from happening. Next, there was a three way bidding war (GTW, C&NW, and Soo Line. Soo Line won. 

Upon acquiring MILW (core system), SOO then sold its Duluth - Chicago route to a new railroad called Wisconsin Central. (The original Wisconsin Central operated from 1897 until it merged with SOO in 1954.) 

Next, CN/GTW entered into a coordinated service agreement with Burlington Northern. This effectively gave CN a route to Chicago from western Canada. 

In 2001, CN acquired WC, and secured a route to Chicago without the coordinated service with BN. 

 

When I worked for GTW (1972-1992), I was involved with various studies for the proposed merger of MILW and GTW which did not happen. We looked at anticipated traffic flows over MILW, GTW, and DW&P. DW&P is a CN-owned railroad which runs from Duluth to the Canadian border.  

Regarding GTW, CN stopped treating it as an autonomous company in the early 1990's. GTW effectively became an operating division of CN. Any headquarters functions were thereafter performed at CN headquarters in Montreal. Later, CN acquired Illinois Central, WC, EJ&E, DM&IR, and B&LE. 

 

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:26 AM

We left for a wedding a couple of small Eastern states away late last week.  Good start to the diner.  Back home now restocking the fridge.  We are out of bacon.  (Hmmmm...do we have some frozen?)

Lovely wedding.  Very high priced.  The big "real" wedding was put off until next year, so they had this mini-wedding this year.

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

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 11:28 AM

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Flo, please bring me a couple strips of the bacon that Mr. Beasley mentioned, and I think I will have iced tea this morning instead of coffee.

I need to go buy doors today. It rained for the last three days, so that was not possible. Mulitday rain is such a rare occurance here.

This new storm, Delta, is crazy. It was an unnamed mild storm two days ago, and now it is a compact, well formed, category 4. There are still eight weeks left of Hurricane season. This has been a scary year.

-Kevin

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:12 PM

Good afternoon Smile

My internet/DSL connection is still intermittent. A service tech is scheduled for tomorrow. I have about 500 feet of underground POTS wire. There could be a problem there.

 

Nothing a little Bondo couldn't cure —

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Kevin, thank you for the acknowledgement of your appreciation for the Dazor shop lamp in WPF. Glad it has a new, appreciative home Big Smile I had a long reply ready to post and when I clicked Submit, it went poof!

I hope everyone is doing well,

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by CapnCrunch on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:28 PM

gmpullman
Kevin, thank you for the acknowledgement of your appreciation for the Dazor shop lamp in WPF.

Ed and Kevin,

Let me add my thanks to both of you for your posts about the Dazor.  Based on what I saw and read, I decided to pick on up for myself from Ebay.  It just arrived and I couldn't be more pleased.  Very sturdy!

Tim 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 4:15 PM

Apparently Eddie Van Halen has passed away.

He was one of my guiter idols. 

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:05 PM

I was saddened to hear about Eddie

 

 

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blocking out the scenery breaking your mind.  Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

I don't think this is at all political or breaking House Rules.

It was just Erv and me and a little creativity out in Prior Lake on a beautiful day with nothing to do and all day to do it.

 

It was a joint effort and Erv colors a little wider than me

 

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:58 PM

Good evening.  We put a lot of miles on the SUV the past two weeks, but we got to see the grandkids in their natural habitats.

Now we are sitting in our house, exhausted.  I think it will take a couple of days to recover from the last several days' driving.  Don't ask me about people who use their phones while driving on the Interstate.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 7:04 PM

Here's my buddy Erv

I thought you guys should meet him sometime

 

I've had a lot of friends in my lifetime but Erv is as good as it getsYes

 

PS    He says the same thing every time I leave.  "Love you John,  Thank you,  Give Judy a hug"

And of course it's always said back with a Knuckle Clash! Pirate

 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 9:16 PM

Erv looks like a great guy to hang out with.

I went wargaming a couple of times in September and saw a couple of friends I have not been with in months. Nothing like the big wargaming Friday nights of years gone by, but only three or four people now.

-Kevin

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Posted by cudaken on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:49 PM

 Eveing Diners

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

 Far as Eddie Van Halen He could Rock!

 Work Front. Got a little good news. We are change the store hours. During the weekdays we where opening at 11:00 AM and closing at 8:00 PM. Other mattress company's open at 10:00 AM. Many of times I have been waitting to turn across traffic to get to my store and seen people leave our parking lot to go eles where because we are not open yet.

 After 7:00 PM, nothing! Last month the store had 2 customers after 7:00 PM and neither one bought a thing.

 New hours will be from 10:00 AM too 7:00 PM. Much better, if I have a good customer come in at 6:59 I will hang in there to get a sale. (if they want a $100.00 King I am out of there!) Cannot help people I don't see.

 Ed I will be calling you in the next few days if that is OK. You back night shift or day shift?

 Later, Ken and Dirk says Woof, Woof.

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