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Posted by Paul of Covington on Monday, October 09, 2017 8:15 PM

blue streak 1
Well we just had the best non hurricane possible.

   Here, too.   For days we were watching Nate and being warned to expect at least tropical storm force winds.   On Friday I furled awnings, moved stuff in from the yard and put the garbage cans against the house.   Saturday I waited.   Around midnight when the storm was closest, about 70 miles east of us, I looked out and it was perfectly calm and the ground was dry.   It's typical that most of the action is on the eastern side of a storm, but in this case it was extreme.

   There is something about Mississippi that seems to attract storms.   Camille devastated them in 1969.   Because of the flooding from Katrina in 2005, New Orleans got most of the publicity, but Mississippi actually caught the fiercest part of it.   In between, there have been several smaller hurricanes that, like Nate, just missed us and headed for Mississippi.   And while Harvey was dumping on Houston, we got some rain, but Mississippi and Alabama seemed to catch worse weather from an outlying band.

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Posted by Deggesty on Monday, October 09, 2017 8:25 PM

As I recall, Mississippi used to be a dry state. Perhaps the storms do not realize that the situation has changed?Smile

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Monday, October 09, 2017 11:29 PM

Deggesty

As I recall, Mississippi used to be a dry state. Perhaps the storms do not realize that the situation has changed?Smile

   You mean the storms figure that they need to wet it?

   I still get a kick out of their history on liquor laws.   It used to be a dry state, but liquor was sold openly, especially in resort areas like the gulf coast, and the state taxed it.   There was a push to legalize liquor, but the legislature didn't have the guts to do it.   Around 1970-ish, the courts finally said -- You tax it, therefore it's legal.   Shortly after that I heard that people were saying that liquor was harder to come by.   

   I used to like the Mississippi beach area better than Florida's.   The sand is brown and the water is not as clear, but it had a relaxed, easy-going attitude as opposed to Florida's intense "Spend money!   Have fun!   Buy your fun here!"   As far as I'm concerned, the gambling casinos have ruined much of that old atmosphere.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:45 AM

Weather was quite mild (almost hot) yesterday and spent the morning at Elmhurst exercising the camera. Had a good outing and also took note of the larger inbound passenger loads at the station after the morning rush.  Also stopped quickly at Berkeley station since outbound power often waits to pick up its train at that point.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:58 AM

We got frost last night. That's an ugly ome considering it just keeps raining.StormGrumpy

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Posted by Deggesty on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 8:06 AM

I lived in Wesson, Mississippi (home of Wesson Oil) 1962-65. There was a bootlegger who, of course, paid the"bootlegger tax," about eight miles down the road; I did not know anybody who admitting patronizing him. However, my mother's step-cousin (the step-daughter of one of her uncles), who lived in Jackson, and her husband had alcoholic beverages in their home.

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Posted by CShaveRR on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:06 AM

CSSHEGEWISCH

Weather was quite mild (almost hot) yesterday and spent the morning at Elmhurst exercising the camera. Had a good outing and also took note of the larger inbound passenger loads at the station after the morning rush.  Also stopped quickly at Berkeley station since outbound power often waits to pick up its train at that point.



Darn, Paul!  Just missed you by a couple of hours.  I arrived in Elmhurst at 1320 for a 1600 dental appointment.  And I spent much of the afternoon looking for shade and moving air.

Not much action, except for the scoot crowds you mentioned.  Of course, after the dental appointment, when I was ready to go home, the manifest train arrived and sat...just when my scoot arrived.  Needless to say, I missed that scoot.  The freight sat there on Track 1 while another eastbound passed it on 2 and crossed over in front of it.  So I missed the next scoot as well.  I finally called Pat and she agreed to come to Elmhurst for dinner.  When she arrived, my target freight was still pulling in.  The train yielded a few good things like more dates for a series, a lot number on a certain order, stuff like that.

So it was a fulfilling day...my tooth, my belly, and a few notepad pages all got filled!

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Posted by Deggesty on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:56 AM

CShaveRR

 Which was the most important filling?

Do you have plans for Thursday week? I expect to arrive on #29 and leave #5 on 10/19.

 
CSSHEGEWISCH

Weather was quite mild (almost hot) yesterday and spent the morning at Elmhurst exercising the camera. Had a good outing and also took note of the larger inbound passenger loads at the station after the morning rush.  Also stopped quickly at Berkeley station since outbound power often waits to pick up its train at that point.

 



Darn, Paul!  Just missed you by a couple of hours.  I arrived in Elmhurst at 1320 for a 1600 dental appointment.  And I spent much of the afternoon looking for shade and moving air.

Not much action, except for the scoot crowds you mentioned.  Of course, after the dental appointment, when I was ready to go home, the manifest train arrived and sat...just when my scoot arrived.  Needless to say, I missed that scoot.  The freight sat there on Track 1 while another eastbound passed it on 2 and crossed over in front of it.  So I missed the next scoot as well.  I finally called Pat and she agreed to come to Elmhurst for dinner.  When she arrived, my target freight was still pulling in.  The train yielded a few good things like more dates for a series, a lot number on a certain order, stuff like that.

So it was a fulfilling day...my tooth, my belly, and a few notepad pages all got filled!

 

 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:39 PM

afternoon

Ns sent some power westbound after work.The local was working uptown as well.Chores and such to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 3:00 PM

Johnny, I wouldn't blame you for not believing this, but our regular dental checkups are scheduled for the 19th (my visit yesterday was due to an old filling that finally fell out).  Our appointments are around noon, so a trip in beforehand is out of the question.  Might be able to hurry down afterwards, but please don't hold us to anything.

We were supposed to go right from the dentist to visit my oncologist (quarterly checkup, semi-annual shot), but that appointment was moved ahead a couple of days.

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:51 PM

Back home from returning the daughter's dog to them - funny how I'm still thinking in terms of "where's the dog...."

Daughter brought back a suitcase full of old photos and other memorabilia from my late aunts.  There are some real gems there, not to mention some photos that will take cross-referencing to make sure I have the identities right.

And a whole lot of scanning - the vast majority of the individuals are already listed on the geneology on Ancestry.com, so these will be added to their files there.

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Posted by Deggesty on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 5:04 PM

My wife had a host of pictures, mostly family, that no one can identify. Her children are not interested in them.

My cousin, whom I visited last month, had sent me several pld family photographs, some with somewhat vague descriptions written on the backs. SOme I was able to figure out, and some were indecipherable. The best one was of the stone at my paternal grandfather's grave--she asked me if I knew anything about him--and I was able to tell her and, with a little more information, tell just how she is related to me (her great-grandmother was my grandfather's sister).

I am a strong believer in identifying people in photographs. 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:02 AM

The problem with old family photographs is that faces can be familiar but you're not quite sure and nobody else is, either.  I remember when I was about 11 or 12 seeing Dad's photo album from prior to WW2.  The names are often familiar but the faces other than Dad and his sisters are not.

The up side of all this is that some historic gems can turn up.  Dad's album also included some pictures (taken on the sly) of the first tank (an M-4, I believe) built at Pressed Steel Car Co. in Hegewisch in 1941 in the months prior to Pearl Harbor.

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:11 AM

I'm fortunate that there are a number of pictures, some with those appearing in them written on the back, so while it will take some cross referencing, I can figure out many of the major players.

It'll be interesting.

There is a lesson there, though - you may think you'll remember everyone in the picture, but odds are your grandchildren won't have a clue.

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Posted by samfp1943 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:59 AM

tree68

I'm fortunate that there are a number of pictures, some with those appearing in them written on the back, so while it will take some cross referencing, I can figure out many of the major players.

It'll be interesting.

There is a lesson there, though - you may think you'll remember everyone in the picture, but odds are your grandchildren won't have a clue.

 

          Amazing some of the subjects that can show up when going through old phots...some in albums, but mostly in boxes...found a photo of my dad's old ship on a official web site [www.navesource,org] tied up at Corsica, after landing in Sicily (Jul43)...and another of him standing in front of the statue of Tecumseh at Annapolis in Spring of 1942. Dad was in the ist Class of '90 Day Wonders'.  I cannot imagine how many times those photos have been moved in the interveaning years...Too many!  Not to mention the old photos that have been'lost'.

Larry, your statement is so true! 

Sam

 

 


 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:57 PM

afternoon

Rain here in Nw Ohio.Ns was clear.Sister and niece went through family tree.What really helped was Aunt and Great Aunt had worked on it before.Going to see if the teams can play ball or Mother Nature wins again today.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by AgentKid on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:02 PM

I want to thank everyone for their condolences.

Mom had been in poor health for a few years now and a series of mini-strokes starting on Thursday morning led to her passing Saturday afternoon. She was 87.

Just to correct what Miningmaan mentioned, she was born south of Sheerness in the Duchess area. The farmhouse still stands, in a different location. She lived without power or running water until she had to leave to continue on to High School in Brooks, due to a lack of students in her area. That served her well to be a Station Agent's wife; as Hatton, SK had coal heat, no electric service, and no running water. Irricana, AB, did have electric service. The only house my parents ever owned was in Calgary, after Dad became a Dispatcher. She lived there until 2013.

The arrangments for a service and whatnot are proceeding, so I wanted to take this moment once again to thank everyone.

Bruce

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:03 PM

We know the RRs complain about over regulation and unnecessary regulations .  Why in the word does a state have to approve improvements to crossings that wil be paid just with NS funds ?  This will probably get MC's road bubbas jobs ?

 

http://www.progressiverailroading.com/norfolk_southern/news/Ohio-panel-OKs-Norfolk-Southern-grade-crossing-projects--53018

 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:04 AM

The last paragraph in the article should answer your question.  Since these are grade crossings over public highways, public safety issues are involved.

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Posted by mudchicken on Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:54 AM

CSSH pretty much got it and it is the fact that it is a public road seals the deal. PUCO puts out a decision which sets out who owns, operates and maintains exactly what at any public grade crossing. PUCO or whatever the agency is in the state you are in (like ICC in Illinois) has ombudsman/ public law judge authority in that particular state. Once the crossing is built, it stays that way  in terms of width, angle of crossing, number of tracks, circuitry, etc.; move anything and it's a "mother may I?" petition to the PUCO or whoever. Keeps the local rubber tired bubbas in check, keeps the local political agencies in check (they can't create a public road from a private one - especially for development) and keeps the railroads in check. PUCO is on its own side in a dispute as an ombudsman.

I do get concerned when an agency like PUCO or ICC gets rolled into a state DOT by legislature in a consolidation move. (Rubber tired bubba inbreeding becomes a much more serious issue on the objectivity of the agency ... most DOTs can't railroad, period.)

 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, October 12, 2017 3:47 PM

afternoon

Just wondering when NS will get the "GO" to do the crossing at work on Barre road.Ns had some cars uptown.Ran errands.Very impatient driver behind me really needed to get to WalMart.The phone is starting to ring at work.Going to be busy.Need to check Matt's homework.

stay safe

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Posted by Mookie on Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:21 PM

JoeKoh
Very impatient driver behind me really needed to get to WalMart

Blue Light Special, maybe?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:54 PM

Unknown here is whether any agency in the State of Georgia has to approve crossing improvements ?

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:00 PM

Mookie
 
JoeKoh
Very impatient driver behind me really needed to get to WalMart 

Blue Light Special, maybe?

Then they needed to go to K-Mart.

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:02 PM

Mookie

 

 
JoeKoh
Very impatient driver behind me really needed to get to WalMart

 

Blue Light Special, maybe?

 

 

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Posted by mudchicken on Friday, October 13, 2017 12:39 AM

blue streak 1

Unknown here is whether any agency in the State of Georgia has to approve crossing improvements ?

 

Crossing Safety/Regulation with Georgia DOT's Office of Utilities

Georgia Public Service Commission (started as the Georgia RR Commission in 1879) turned it over to GaDOT circa 2002. If they are smart, they will put the clearance regulations they dropped back (Iowa learned the hard way)....Rubber-tired bubba statement applies in this state

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Posted by Mookie on Friday, October 13, 2017 5:32 AM

Murphy Siding
Are you sure you don't have your *marts* crossed up? 

two things - I hate shopping. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I have been in either "mart".  And we have had both - even a super whatever.  #2, interesting who actually knows which one has a blue light special.  Mischief

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, October 13, 2017 5:56 AM

Mookie
interesting who actually knows which one has a blue light special.

Heck, I can even remember when they announced one and had a flashing light set up to help you find it!

Anyone recall what the K in K-Mart stands for?

(Ours just closed, by the way.)

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Posted by AgentKid on Friday, October 13, 2017 6:06 AM

tree68
Anyone recall what the K in K-Mart stands for?

Kresge's. I remember, because there was one Kresge's left at the Chinook Mall in Calgary long after there were K-Marts, for corporate reasons I heard.

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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Friday, October 13, 2017 6:40 AM

Not only remember the BLUE LIGHT, but was a dept. asst. mgr. and setup BLUE LIGHT specials.  Man, what a junk job that was.  Probably why I got fired for telling the store mgr. what I thought of him. Of course I used only proper language when,  well never mind, I lasted 3 months.

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