Chatterbox Fall 2017

13118 views
360 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    May, 2005
  • From: S.E. South Dakota
  • 11,433 posts
Posted by Murphy Siding on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 9:41 PM

    I ran across the world's biggest doofus last night in Target. He was arguing with his wife about why he should be able to take his laptop with him to an unpcoming event they both would soon be attending. His (whining) explanation was that nobody would notice, he didn't want to be there and he needed to keep up on things going on in the world.

      Once I saw her up close and they got deeper into the discussion, it became apparent that he wanted to have his laptop with him so he'd have something to occupy his time while he was in the labor room with her while she was having a baby! I hope the baby is smarter than him.

Thanks to Chris / CopCarSS for my avatar.

  • Member since
    May, 2003
  • From: US
  • 12,699 posts
Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 9:59 PM

Murphy Siding
    I ran across the world's biggest doofus last night in Target. He was arguing with his wife about why he should be able to take his laptop with him to an unpcoming event they both would soon be attending. His (whining) explanation was that nobody would notice, he didn't want to be there and he needed to keep up on things going on in the world.


      Once I saw her up close and they got deeper into the discussion, it became apparent that he wanted to have his laptop with him so he'd have something to occupy his time while he was in the labor room with her while she was having a baby! I hope the baby is smarter than him.

Maybe he wanted to stream the event live on YouTube!

         

Never too old to have a happy childhood!

  • Member since
    October, 2014
  • From: Flint or Grand Rapids, Mi or Elkhart, It Depends on the day
  • 400 posts
Posted by BOB WITHORN on Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:13 AM

Carl, The nick name for Benton Harbor became something less then complimentory. Downtown was deserted by all business and you did not drive through downtown after dark. They have made a remarkable recovery over the past few years.

  • Member since
    October, 2014
  • From: Flint or Grand Rapids, Mi or Elkhart, It Depends on the day
  • 400 posts
Posted by BOB WITHORN on Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:18 AM
The twin cities of St. Joseph on the south side of the river and Benton Harbor on the north were not twins!! The St. Joseph River became almost the DMZ.
  • Member since
    December, 2001
  • From: Northern New York
  • 17,429 posts
Posted by tree68 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:36 AM

BOB WITHORN
The twin cities of St. Joseph on the south side of the river and Benton Harbor on the north were not twins!! The St. Joseph River became almost the DMZ.

We've got a couple of neighboring villages like that here (and with a river in between).  You don't want to discuss merging the two - fisticuffs may not ensue, but you'll get some dirty looks.  Ironically, they do share the same post office...

In reality, it would be the wise thing to do, but....

LarryWhistling
Resident Microferroequinologist (at least at my house) 
Everyone goes home; Safety begins with you
My Opinion. Standard Disclaimers Apply. No Expiration Date
Come ride the rails with me!
There's one thing about humility - the moment you think you've got it, you've lost it...

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: At the Crossroads of the West
  • 8,576 posts
Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:55 AM

There is a much more friendly feeling between Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia--separated by the state line, which in downtown is down the center of State Street. When I was in college (in the fifties) there was separate post office in each city; now there is one, in Tennessee, with two zipcodes on it.

Back then, Virginia had no state sales tax whereas Tennessee had one--so the Virginia Bristol fathers levied a city sales tax so that the Tennessee merchants would not be at a disadvantage.

Because Sullivan County in Tennessee was dry, Virginia Bristol was also dry--and you could go up to Abingdom and buy your "adult" beverages there.

As well as I can tell, there is still good feeling between the two cities--except between the two high schools.

Johnny

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: At the Crossroads of the West
  • 8,576 posts
Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:00 PM

Oh, yes; east and west of downtown, State Street curves south. On the east side there is a cemetary where no one living in Virginia may be buried.

 

 

 

Remember, it is not proper to bury living people. I was caught on that the first week I was in college.

Johnny

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 11,179 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, December 07, 2017 3:13 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear when I left work.Chores to do.See the cupcake was enjoyed.

stay safe

Joe

Deshler Ohio-crossroads of the B&O Matt eats your fries.YUM! Clinton st viaduct undefeated against too tall trucks!!!(voted to be called the "Clinton St. can opener").

 

  • Member since
    June, 2001
  • From: US
  • 13,374 posts
Posted by Mookie on Thursday, December 07, 2017 4:50 PM

JoeKoh
See the cupcake was enjoyed

I washed the plate very carefully, just in case you might find some more  ^-^  

Even that tasted good!

She who has no signature! cinscocom-tmw

  • Member since
    August, 2008
  • From: Calgary AB. Canada
  • 2,153 posts
Posted by AgentKid on Thursday, December 07, 2017 4:58 PM

Mookie
I washed the plate very carefully, just in case you might find some more ^-^

Happy Birthday Mookie.Happy B-Day

Bruce

 

So shovel the coal, let this rattler roll.

"A Train is a Place Going Somewhere"  CP Rail Public Timetable

"O. S. Irricana"

. . . __ . ______

  • Member since
    June, 2001
  • From: US
  • 13,374 posts
Posted by Mookie on Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:22 PM

Thank you Bruce!  And all of my well-wishers.  Been a very nice bd - even bitterly cold as usual.  Some things never change!  

She who has no signature! cinscocom-tmw

  • Member since
    May, 2005
  • From: S.E. South Dakota
  • 11,433 posts
Posted by Murphy Siding on Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:41 PM

Mookie

Thank you Bruce!  And all of my well-wishers.  Been a very nice bd - even bitterly cold as usual.  Some things never change!  

 

For years we gave our bigger customers poinsettias at Christmas time. We hand delivered them the 2nd week in December. Poinsettias are the wimpiest plant ever. In our climate it takes about 10 minutes in the cold to kill one dead as a doornail. We knew a year in advance which week in December would be bitter cold.

Thanks to Chris / CopCarSS for my avatar.

  • Member since
    June, 2001
  • From: Lombard (west of Chicago), Illinois
  • 12,957 posts
Posted by CShaveRR on Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:35 PM

Hope I'm not too late to the party--Happy birthday, SJ!

Carl

Railroader Emeritus (practiced railroading for 46 years--and in 2010 I finally got it right!)

CAACSCOCOM--I don't want to behave improperly, so I just won't behave at all. (SM)

  • Member since
    January, 2002
  • From: On the Ballast.
  • 5,841 posts
Posted by zugmann on Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:43 PM

Murphy Siding
For years we gave our bigger customers poinsettias at Christmas time. We hand delivered them the 2nd week in December. Poinsettias are the wimpiest plant ever. In our climate it takes about 10 minutes in the cold to kill one dead as a doornail. We knew a year in advance which week in December would be bitter cold.

Yeah, but seeing a greenhouse filled stem to stern with them is awesome.  My mom used to have a fit when grocery stores would put their poinsettia display right inside the front door so they'd be hit with cold air every time soemone walked in.

And of course happy birthday to our Mookie. (made it right under the buzzer).

Time to go play trains outside (I'm about as wimpy as poinsettias when it comes to working outside in this weather anymore).

The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer or any other railroad, company, or person.

I occasionally post off-topic remarks.  Adults can handle that.

  • Member since
    December, 2001
  • From: Sunny (mostly) San Diego
  • 1,515 posts
Posted by ChuckCobleigh on Thursday, December 07, 2017 9:11 PM

BaltACD
Maybe he wanted to stream the event live on YouTube!

Reminds me of Jeff Foxworthy's response to the question of whether he videotaped the birth of one of his children: "No. I. Did. Not! .... Got some great footage of the conception, though."  Which concept the audience picks up on after about a two beat pause.

  • Member since
    May, 2003
  • From: US
  • 12,699 posts
Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, December 07, 2017 10:33 PM

ChuckCobleigh
 
BaltACD
Maybe he wanted to stream the event live on YouTube! 

Reminds me of Jeff Foxworthy's response to the question of whether he videotaped the birth of one of his children: "No. I. Did. Not! .... Got some great footage of the conception, though."  Which concept the audience picks up on after about a two beat pause.

Videoing childbirth is not unheard of with the present generation, live streaming not so much.

         

Never too old to have a happy childhood!

  • Member since
    March, 2016
  • From: Burbank IL (near Clearing)
  • 10,204 posts
Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, December 08, 2017 6:46 AM

BaltACD
 
ChuckCobleigh
 
BaltACD
Maybe he wanted to stream the event live on YouTube! 

Reminds me of Jeff Foxworthy's response to the question of whether he videotaped the birth of one of his children: "No. I. Did. Not! .... Got some great footage of the conception, though."  Which concept the audience picks up on after about a two beat pause.

 

Videoing childbirth is not unheard of with the present generation, live streaming not so much.

 
Give it some time, somebody in the present generation will be tasteless (and clueless) enough to try that.  He just better have a good matrimonial lawyer on retainer.
The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
  • Member since
    December, 2001
  • From: Denver / La Junta
  • 8,896 posts
Posted by mudchicken on Friday, December 08, 2017 12:09 PM

The NS great god Atlanta is getting frustrated with me and may be putting me in time out. I asked (and paid for) maps in CSSH's old turf. NS can't find these old PRR/SC&S branches and they run on them every day. Think I get a prize I really don't want.EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed

I'll just go stand in the corner now.

Mudchicken Nothing is worth taking the risk of losing a life over. Come home tonight in the same condition that you left home this morning in. Safety begins with ME.... cinscocom-west
  • Member since
    August, 2008
  • From: Calgary AB. Canada
  • 2,153 posts
Posted by AgentKid on Friday, December 08, 2017 12:58 PM

mudchicken
NS can't find these old PRR/SC&S branches and they run on them every day.

Reminds me of a situation my brother, who is a Civil Engineer, found himself in. He started off with a summer job as a Draftsman at the Natural Gas utility company here.

There was a fire at a factory that had been built on a former WWI airfield. Gas heating had been used in this area since 1912 and the airfield had been equipped. Needless to say, in wartime neatness didn't count, and it seems accurate drawings of the piping had been overlooked.

Well, the Fire Dept. called the gas company, and the gas company called the Engineering Manager, and one thing led to another, so by the time my brother got to work he found hundreds if not thousands of drawings thrown all over the place by people looking for the locations of the gas shut off valves.

Then there was the story where I worked, when it was found out that all of the initial pipline pressure tests on a line built in 1960 had been recorded on the back of cigarette packages. If an oldtimer hadn't told me that story over coffee once, I don't know how that schmozzel would have turned out.

Bruce

 

So shovel the coal, let this rattler roll.

"A Train is a Place Going Somewhere"  CP Rail Public Timetable

"O. S. Irricana"

. . . __ . ______

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 11,179 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, December 08, 2017 3:49 PM

evening

Cars on Ns for uptown when I left work.People were bending fenders and trying to squeeze into one lane tonight.Mother nature is sending us snow according to the guessers.Chores to do.

stay safe

joe

Deshler Ohio-crossroads of the B&O Matt eats your fries.YUM! Clinton st viaduct undefeated against too tall trucks!!!(voted to be called the "Clinton St. can opener").

 

  • Member since
    March, 2016
  • From: Burbank IL (near Clearing)
  • 10,204 posts
Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Saturday, December 09, 2017 6:49 AM

mudchicken

The NS great god Atlanta is getting frustrated with me and may be putting me in time out. I asked (and paid for) maps in CSSH's old turf. NS can't find these old PRR/SC&S branches and they run on them every day. Think I get a prize I really don't want.EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed

I'll just go stand in the corner now.

 
Since it is my old neighborhood, part of the problem may be over which lines are still in existence and who owns what.  Most of the SC&S from Colehour to Bernice Junction has been abandoned and the ownership of the other lines was pretty jumbled.
The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
  • Member since
    December, 2007
  • From: Southeast Michigan
  • 2,871 posts
Posted by Norm48327 on Saturday, December 09, 2017 9:31 AM

mudchicken

The NS great god Atlanta is getting frustrated with me and may be putting me in time out. I asked (and paid for) maps in CSSH's old turf. NS can't find these old PRR/SC&S branches and they run on them every day. Think I get a prize I really don't want.EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed

I'll just go stand in the corner now.

MC,

I understand things get lost along the way or some idiot says 'we don't need this anymore' and it hits the trash can. But in view of almost unlimited hard drive storage I fail to understand why the records were not saved as searchable PDF files.

If they couldn't produce the maps you asked for demand a refund.

Norm


  • Member since
    May, 2003
  • From: US
  • 12,699 posts
Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, December 09, 2017 9:43 AM

mudchicken
The NS great god Atlanta is getting frustrated with me and may be putting me in time out. I asked (and paid for) maps in CSSH's old turf. NS can't find these old PRR/SC&S branches and they run on them every day. Think I get a prize I really don't want.EmbarrassedEmbarrassedEmbarrassed

I'll just go stand in the corner now.

I suspect things were bad enough back in the old paper days, however, when the push came to convert things to a computer based system, the lowest paid, least caring 'hired help' was brought in to get everything done yesterday.  Suspect not much of a filing system was set up for the computer fileings and even that was beyond the ability of the 'hired help' to follow.

If you are standing in the corner - keep tapping your foot so they don't forget that you are still there and still waiting - IMPATIENTLY!

         

Never too old to have a happy childhood!

  • Member since
    December, 2007
  • From: Southeast Michigan
  • 2,871 posts
Posted by Norm48327 on Saturday, December 09, 2017 9:56 AM

BaltACD
the lowest paid, least caring 'hired help' was brought in to get everything done yesterday.

Balt,

Why does your statement remind me so much of Trains forum software? While I don't know exactly what the problem is this sot=ftware and the IT people responsible for maintaining it are still living in the stone age.

Norm


  • Member since
    December, 2001
  • From: Denver / La Junta
  • 8,896 posts
Posted by mudchicken on Saturday, December 09, 2017 10:53 AM

The problem goes back to CR in Philadelphia. The NS folks, having worked for them many times, will make it right. While working for them in Des Moines, dealt with a piece of WAB that N&W wound up with; we recovered every scrap of mapping at ARCHIVES-2 for the defunct Des Moines Union and rebuilt a new map in an area without any present day coverage.

Mudchicken Nothing is worth taking the risk of losing a life over. Come home tonight in the same condition that you left home this morning in. Safety begins with ME.... cinscocom-west
  • Member since
    October, 2006
  • From: Allentown, PA
  • 9,208 posts
Posted by Paul_D_North_Jr on Saturday, December 09, 2017 11:42 AM

Stopped in at the Ligonier Valley RR Museum (~70 mi. ENE of Pittsburgh) over the Labor Day weekend.  They have their ROW/ Val Map of the downtown area mounted on a board and displayed.  Lots of fun to look at and see what's still there or not, and what traces still remain - more than you might think, even though it was abandoned 60+ years ago.  Notably, the HQ building - built like a large bank, with big limestone blocks and the like - still stands, and is now the school district's administrative building; look SW from this point: N 40.24623 W 79.24314   Better yet, the former platform shelter/ roofs have been repurposed to serve as covered parking for the staff!  Look NW from this point on Railroad Street: N 40.24563 W 79.24225 

I took photos of that ROW/ Val Map to send to you - some real neat track arrangements and geometry on it - but you might cry from the comparision . . . Crying  

- PDN. 

"This Fascinating Railroad Business" (title of 1943 book by Robert Selph Henry of the AAR)
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 11,179 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, December 09, 2017 1:59 PM

afternoon

Snow here in NW Ohio.Ns was clear when I left work today.People had their ditchfinders on too.Going to do chores here at home.

stay safe

Joe

Deshler Ohio-crossroads of the B&O Matt eats your fries.YUM! Clinton st viaduct undefeated against too tall trucks!!!(voted to be called the "Clinton St. can opener").

 

  • Member since
    May, 2003
  • From: US
  • 12,699 posts
Posted by BaltACD on Sunday, December 10, 2017 1:24 PM

Yesterday's snow ended up being about 5 inches, however, with the warm roadways there was limited accumulation on the roads.  Today's mid 30's and sun is rapidly erasing yesterday's snow.

         

Never too old to have a happy childhood!

  • Member since
    December, 2007
  • From: Southeast Michigan
  • 2,871 posts
Posted by Norm48327 on Sunday, December 10, 2017 1:36 PM

Balt,

Wishful thinking on my part cause I know it ain't gonna happen.

We had just over an inch yesterday and the temperature never got above freezing but there was snow and ice on my car this morning. It's called the joys of Michigan winter.

Getting just old enough I would no longer enjoy walking my Norwegian Elkhound across the frozen lake.

Norm


  • Member since
    December, 2001
  • From: Northern New York
  • 17,429 posts
Posted by tree68 on Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:46 PM

As noted on the snow thread, light snow - an inch or two - in Utica.  Better than a foot on the ground as I drove through a lake effect squall on the way home, and bare roads here at the house.  Wheee!

LarryWhistling
Resident Microferroequinologist (at least at my house) 
Everyone goes home; Safety begins with you
My Opinion. Standard Disclaimers Apply. No Expiration Date
Come ride the rails with me!
There's one thing about humility - the moment you think you've got it, you've lost it...

Join our Community!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy

Search the Community