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Chatterbox Spring 2017

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Chatterbox Spring 2017
Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, March 19, 2017 4:51 PM

Good evening

Spring starts here about 6 am tomorrow morning.I am usually in at work watching Amtrak's westbound capitol(if on time) go by before I punch in.It is also Stacey's birthday tomorrow. Guessers say more rain on the way this week.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by Norm48327 on Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:27 PM

Been waiting for Spring for three months. Dang; I hate Winter.

Norm


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Posted by Mookie on Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:03 PM

Norm48327

Been waiting for Spring for three months. Dang; I hate Winter.

 

+1

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Posted by BaltACD on Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:11 PM

Spring was here a couple of weeks ago - then it disappeared!

Never too old to have a happy childhood!

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:12 PM

Heck, we've had spring for half the winter.  Now that spring is here, we've got winter.

The good thing is that the temps are dipping below freezing at night and going above freezing during the day - perfect maple syrup weather!

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, March 20, 2017 6:28 AM

Spring is spring

The Grass is Riz

The Leaves have Come

Upon the Triz

I wonder where the flowers iz....

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Posted by diningcar on Monday, March 20, 2017 7:42 AM

90 degrees in Lawrence, KS yesterday, high 70's expected today.

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Posted by Mookie on Monday, March 20, 2017 1:06 PM

diningcar

90 degrees in Lawrence, KS yesterday, high 70's expected today.

 

We had 87 here in Lincoln NE.  Possible snow showers later this week. Isn't it great to have variety daily?  

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, March 20, 2017 2:34 PM

afternoon

Had thunderstorms this morning.2 area teams are going for state basketball crowns this week.Ns tie train looked like it was looking for somewhere to park for the day when I left work.Cars for the local were in another siding uptown.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Monday, March 20, 2017 5:16 PM

We've enjoyed two weeks of perpetual spring in California...took my jacket off when we arrived March 8, and haven't put it on since.  We have to keep our jackets/hoodies handy for the return trip--on Thursday Lombard will have a high in the mid-40s.

But that time is coming soon...here's what I wrote this morning, to nobody in particular.

 

Our last full day in California. We are sitting by the beach just east of Linda's Alma Mater...watching planes take off from the nearby airport, seeing pelicans take off from a runway closer to us, and watching waves roll in. I'm not an expert on tides, but I think it should be going out at this point.

The islands across the channel are visible through the haze, and the wooden pier to our left blocks the view of Santa Barbara's famous (and infamous) offshore drilling rigs.

In a few minutes, Linda and her mentor will be coming here to have lunch at the nearby restaurant (the pier may have something to do with that place). She's spent most of her morning after radiation at the UCSB library, doing some work on an annotated bibliography to go with her Mendelssohn studies.

Pat's reading, and I've actually gotten a few things done, too. After lunch we'll go home...Linda should be ready for a rest by then, and we've got to start organizing our luggage.

This part of California was much greener this time than it has been in our past two visits. Some of it is seasonal (wait a couple of months), but a lot has to do with the uncommonly wet winter they've had. The drought isn't busted in these parts (further north, it has been), but the green of the grasses and leaves is welcome!

Some of the waves are making quite a splash at a breakwater (?) far to our right, beyond the UCSB campus. There are plenty of palms around us, and the largest of the channel islands has a bit of a cloud halo over it.

No trains in sight (Pat says she heard one). But I'll still miss this area.

Carl

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:29 PM

afternoon

nice sunshine here in Nw Ohio today.Ns has a coal train in the siding at work.The have some empties to pick up uptown as well. Heard a news story that under a new budget,Amtrak's stop in Toledo could be cut.Chores to do as usual.

stay safe

joe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7:27 PM

Greetings from the Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge in Los Angeles.  It's upstairs and well removed from the regular waiting room.  It's much more relaxed,and the attendant will ensure that we don't miss our train (one hour from right now).

Linda is having a hard time wth her platelet level right now...she had an infusion Sunday, and is due for another one tomorrow.  Her sister-in-law is replacing us as the helping hands around their place, and she will have her hands full with tired people, particularly a cranky and contrary grandson. He's improved since we got there, but there's a way to go.

Linda herself will not be deterred from doing as much as she can.  After her filming of Jeopardy! next month, she's due to fly out to Oberlin College (Ohio) to make a presentation.  Other such trips may be in the works; she could Skype the presentations if she can't travel for whatever reason.  But we'd rather see her angry (angry enough to fight!) because she can't do everything she wants to, than depressed because she can't keep busy enough.

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:01 PM

Determination is a good thing!

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Posted by Uncle Jake on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:26 PM
Spring is here in central Washington. March is being itself. Work is starting to get busy as farmers can now start to do fieldwork without getting stuck. Supper is ready.
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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:39 AM

Ok, I give up. It's 19 degrees at 6am in this tropical paradise, aka FLINT, Mi. We get a balmy 30 degrees for a high today, and 60 deg. on Friday. Then back to the upper 40's on Sunday. Mother Nature must be ticked off about something.

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Posted by CShaveRR on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:09 PM

We apparently didn't get rid of the gremlins that have accompanied us on our last two Amtrak trips--we're currently four hours late and losing time.

At Fullerton, we stopped just shy of the boarding area (our sleeper had a great view of the Union Pacific Spaghetti Factory).  While we  were there, an Amtrak police officer was walking the platform.  By the time we got out of Fullerton, we were already a half hour late, and it was dark by the time we got to Riverside.

Good news at this point:  the rainy skies along the coast gave way to bright starlight for the ascent of Cajon Pass...I fell asleep at about Barstow.  

A little later I was awakened by silence and a lack of motion.  We were stopped between Needles and Kingman, on the Arizona side.  Several trains went past us while we were there; I couldn't tell which way they were going, as they were on the other side (biggest disadvantage of the roomette so far is that we can't see out of both sides of the train at once).  We stayed in the same spot for well over an hour.  I was asleep when we went through Kingman.

But I woke up again when we were once again stopped in the middle of nowhere.  This time the view was outside our window...we were on a third track, and the two main tracks were occupied by trains much of the time... two overtook us and two met us in the hour we sat there.

After we passed Williams, we saw track work--apparently only one track in service in that area (looked like not only tie replacement, but also some serious grading was taking place).  I also noticeed that our train was now headed by a BNSF unit.  This would explain the jolt I felt when we were on our second long stop.

So, with a non-Amtrak unit on the point, we're limited to 60 m.p.h. (instead of 79 in non-ATS territory and 90 in ATS, I think).  MC, I think we'll be in La Junta a little past your bedtime...

Linda says that Linus misses us, and wants to go to Chicago.
So do we, kid...

Carl

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:39 PM

Watch the platform at LJ  Carl. - BossH and Duncan won't be along now, but I'm gonna still probably be around. Amthrax would have to go croak out in Ya-te-he country.

 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:28 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear when I left work.Cool but nice sunshine.Chores to do.

stay safe

joe

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