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May 2020 Coffee Pot. (16 years and counting) Let's see, last night's fried chicken, reheated pizza, tomatoes, and Rolaids to get your day started. Locked

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May 2020 Coffee Pot. (16 years and counting) Let's see, last night's fried chicken, reheated pizza, tomatoes, and Rolaids to get your day started.
Posted by fifedog on Saturday, May 2, 2020 5:55 AM

Mornin' boys.  See what happens when you leave it to Fifey to kick off the month...? 

Pirate

Sunny & 46 along the Patterson Creek cut-off.  Heading to 70 today.  Wifey wants to go for a ride in the countryside.  We can surely handle that.  Took youngest princess to FedEx to send back a college book.  Still waiting for the OK to go fetch the rest of her belongings from dorm.  In train room, vaccumed up all the loose ground foam and hot glue boogers from scenery project.

Thank you Don for the updates. Bow

 

 

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Posted by dougdagrump on Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:19 AM

I was looking for leftover Pizza not chicken. 

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:52 AM

Morning folks! Thanks Fife!

Partly sunny and to hit 89 today. Ugh...too soon...it was very warm yesterday. Pundits claim we will return to low 80's next week.

Did not accomplish much yesterday, tired from lack of sleep due to allegy issues with very high pollen levels - cedar, elm, etc...was able to sleep in a bit today so feel better, not great, but better! OTC allergy pills help some with itching eyes, but not so great with the drainage. 

Dennis - some nice trains you are unearthing! Keep em moving! Kinda interesting your comments about losing some interest in the slot cars. I continually move back and forth with hobby interests, my big goal being to put minimal $$ towards any of them any more (yeah right eh!).

DonB - come on, go,ahead and reveal the very wealthy client in Sandy Eggo is none other than Dougsnotta Cool

 

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Posted by sir james I on Saturday, May 2, 2020 4:39 PM

LOL I guess we all forgot that yesterday was a new month. Sunny and 72. It feels warm but we have a pretty strong breeze with it.

fife U need to add the 16 years so it doesn't get lost.

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Posted by dougdagrump on Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:10 PM

DonB - come on, go,ahead and reveal the very wealthy client in Sandy Eggo is none other than Dougsnotta Cool

Roy, You keep talking like that and the DEA is liable to come by to see if you be smokin' something. Surprise

 

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Posted by fifedog on Sunday, May 3, 2020 5:27 AM

Mornin' boys.  Overcast and 65 along the Patterson Creek cut-off.  Need to check in on my folks, and maybe drop a line in the pond while I'm there.

Yesterday took a drive down to Seneca Rocks (she loves the area around Petersburg,WV).  It was pretty, and lots of motorcycles had taken to the road.  Park was closed, but didn't stop folks.  There were even people rock climbing up the sheer face of the mountain.  Wifey and I also checked out the old depot area in Romney, and Indian Mound Cemetary, on the west edge of town.

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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Sunday, May 3, 2020 5:57 AM

fifedog

Yesterday took a drive down to Seneca Rocks (she loves the area around Petersburg,WV).  It was pretty, and lots of motorcycles had taken to the road.  Park was closed, but didn't stop folks.  There were even people rock climbing up the sheer face of the mountain.  Wifey and I also checked out the old depot area in Romney, and Indian Mound Cemetary, on the west edge of town.

 

 
Fife... I have been in that area several times. I have been fishing between Petersburg and Franklin.

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Sunday, May 3, 2020 9:49 AM

dougdagrump
DonB - come on, go,ahead and reveal the very wealthy client in Sandy Eggo is none other than Dougsnotta Cool

Roy, You keep talking like that and the DEA is liable to come by to see if you be smokin' something. Surprise

Haha Doug! Just like there, the DEA are VERY BUSY here with lotsa other folks...I would be waaaaaaaaay down the list!

Sunny here and 90's today! Ow! Same tomorrow....back to norms middle of next week!

Working (remotely) on the Lionel TMCC1/TMCC2 protocols so we can operate switches, power blocks, and uncoupling tracks from the CTI Electronics display/CTC panel with a mouse and left/right clicks. So far success with operating switches! Unfortunately Lionel mashed up the TMCC1/TMCC2 protocols for BPC2's and did not update the 2015 version of the protocol document - argh! So having to run lots of experiments to see if we can back our way into it. Using the protocol capture capability of the Lionel LCS software and another program called eTrain (from a guy on the OGR forum). Pretty cool stuff! 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, May 3, 2020 10:34 AM

I've got a Lionel 2056, picked it up at a train show several years ago and it was one of the best buys I've ever made.

Only made for one year in the 50's (1952), I call it "The Bruiser."  The thing will pull anything tied to it's tail.  A very underrated locomotive. 

Here's the story:

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Sunday, May 3, 2020 11:26 AM

Thanks Fifey.  Good start.  Please add 16 years to your header so we don't lose count.

Beautiful day again.  Chruch on TV just ended.

Hope all OK. 

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Posted by Banks on Sunday, May 3, 2020 2:55 PM

Hello there,    

still social distancing. Some counties in PA had the stay at home order modified, retail stores can open, construction can resume,  people are encouraged to still work from home. We are still under stay at home but many are ignoring it. I'm seeing gatherings that shouldn't be happening. There is much dissenting over the counties allowed to open up. Counties with high cases and deaths are open while those with lower counts are not.

Good news at the lung doc Friday.  The fatty mass is not unusual for people carrying a little extra weight. We were also told that Mrs probably had  Covid virus back in February when she was so sick. It could take 6 months to completely recover. It's to late to test for it and the antibody test at this point is turning out to be inaccurate. I didn't feel the best for a couple of days but not like Mrs.


   Rain again overnight, 70s  with showers possible this PM. Sunny but cool Monday and Tuesday, more showers Wednesday. Prognosticators said average April temperature was lower than March.

A stack of steel showed up in the yard Friday afternoon. I'm told 3 days to complete the installation, they'll do it in sections in case of rain. I can get the garbage cans out of the attic.

Best move on. 

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Posted by fifedog on Sunday, May 3, 2020 5:13 PM

There.  Fixed it.

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Posted by rtraincollector on Sunday, May 3, 2020 5:38 PM

fifedog

There.  Fixed it. 

Laugh

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Posted by lion88roar on Sunday, May 3, 2020 7:03 PM

Evening Fellas

Been rather busy doing home projects. The patio is done, the closet organizers (MB, Christina, Pantry) are done, also had the back yard regraded and the field grass removed. Now waiting for new grass to grow, been 1 week so far. Today TheQ, Christina, and I removed 2 - 3 inches of dirt from between the house and the patio, laid landscape felt, and covered with 2 - 3 inches of crushed marble. Looks awesome against the dark gray border pavers. TheQ and I also started working on the new steps out of the Great Room to the patio. We cut 4 stringers and cut 2 4x4 posts into 4 posts. She was very concerned that I was using the infamous circular saw! Laugh But we had no incidents. Tomorrow I have to return 2 2 2x10x10 to HD and get 2 2x6x8 to make the header and filler blocks. Next up will be ordering the Trex for the steps and Trex fascia to finish around the screened porch. We also need to head out to a nursery to find some perennials and some crape mertles... lots of fun spending time with TheQ.

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Posted by cheapclassics on Sunday, May 3, 2020 7:25 PM

Good evening all,

Finally got wife out of the house.  Went over to a small falls site and then to Captain D's for a takeout supper.  Been cloudy all day.  Was nice Saturday.  Got the tire swing and tire sandbox painted.  Alley has new gravel.  Watched the virtual Indy race at IMS on Saturday.  Foyt team finally got a top ten in a wild finish.  Watched Mass on TV today.  Indiana is supposed to start opening up next week.  We shall see.  Goal is to be completely open by July 4th.  Do not really care until Indy 500 gets around.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by dbaker48 on Sunday, May 3, 2020 10:09 PM

Evening All,

I should have waited with my post the other night, I forgot that it was the 30th.

FIFE, who in the world would eat 16 year old chicken???  I doubt the Coke is very good either.  Doesn't sound very appealling to me.

I had a busy day, spent most of it touching up around the house with paint, then about 3-4 hours sorting out drill bits.  Ugh!  Especially when you got Numbered, Fractional, Metric, Alpha,  definitely helps to have a good drill index.

Need to go and get some decorative white rock tomorrow and fill in the flower beds out front.  Tried at HD and Lowes they don't have much, and what they do have is small chips and pebbles.

We are going to be getting warm again this next week.

Its uncanny with all the demonstrations going on, and the daily death count still very high.  I sure hope common sense prevails.

Banks, I must of missed it, what is all the steel for?  Incase you didn't see my post thanks for the links, I enjoyed watching them.

Lion88, Glad to see everything went well with the saw!

Take care all and be safe! 

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Posted by Banks on Monday, May 4, 2020 6:21 AM

dbaker48

 

Banks, I must of missed it, what is all the steel for?  Incase you didn't see my post thanks for the links, I enjoyed watching them.

 

 

A new roof on the house. One rainy morning last fall I found water pouring out of a bedroom light fixture. The roof is metal and was old when Dad bought the place in 56.

Glad you liked the Virtual York

Best get moving

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Posted by lion88roar on Monday, May 4, 2020 6:49 AM

wrmcclellan

 

Working (remotely) on the Lionel TMCC1/TMCC2 protocols so we can operate switches, power blocks, and uncoupling tracks from the CTI Electronics display/CTC panel with a mouse and left/right clicks. So far success with operating switches! Unfortunately Lionel mashed up the TMCC1/TMCC2 protocols for BPC2's and did not update the 2015 version of the protocol document - argh! So having to run lots of experiments to see if we can back our way into it. Using the protocol capture capability of the Lionel LCS software and another program called eTrain (from a guy on the OGR forum). Pretty cool stuff!  



That does sound like a lot of fun! Just wish I had an operating layout to work on! Sad. Lots of other projects on the list before I get to the trainroom... all in good time. 

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Posted by fifedog on Monday, May 4, 2020 7:24 AM

GrumpyThere.  You don't know the power of the DARK SIDE. 

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Posted by sir james I on Monday, May 4, 2020 8:48 AM

Cloudy and 50's today. But a beautiful spring weekend in the 70's. Lot's O folk out yesterday. Many going to the parks. The boat launch sites were backed up. We stayed in but had the patio door open all day.

S.J.

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Monday, May 4, 2020 9:11 AM

fifedog
GrumpyThere.  You don't know the power of the DARK SIDE. 

MischiefLaugh

16 yr old Grits - and they just keep getting better!

Spent yesterday validating the checksum operation used in TMCC. Proposed some test code to see if we can make the CTI Electronics Trainbrain send the proper hex code to trigger a Lionel BPC2. No luck, there is possibly a flaw in the CTI TB code as TB will not compile the BPC2 instruction code. So we drafted up a letter to the CTI folks with questions to see if we are making an error or if the CTI TB code needs to be updated.

Brent - glad the house is shaping up!

Banks - 1957 to 2019 - not bad for a metal roof - 62 years!

SJ - the extra 3 min per day is adding up!

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Monday, May 4, 2020 10:36 AM

Morning.  Sunny and beautiful day out.  Been out some this AM.  Mow grass and scratch around garden plants.  Rain tomorrow.

Need to go check and see if bears are behaving and not destroying feeders.  

see corn spilling out and he walks off.

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Posted by fifedog on Monday, May 4, 2020 11:15 AM

Mornin' boys.  DARK along the Potomac Highlands.  Imperial Leader wants the front porch and siding power-washed today.  The Force is strong in the wand. 

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Posted by KRM on Monday, May 4, 2020 11:24 AM

Hello from a sunny but cool North Bluff.

What a difference a day makes.

 Nice weekend with family.

Was nice yesterday and is way colder today. Daughter and the crew came out yesterday with their new dog. The cat George had to put her in her place. Laugh Grandson ran the wheels off the dirt bike and we cooked on the grill. Dinner

We also had a nice time Saturday at the boy's house celebrating two of the grand-kids birthdays.Was nice to have all the grand-kids but one in the same place at the same time. Also cooked on the grill. Dinner

Sold my LandPride 72" pull behind the tractor finishing mower yesterday to a guy from Wi. I think I did good, I paid $1650 for it 14 years ago and he was happy to give me $1250 for it yesterday. He said new they are now well over 3k. So we were both happy. Yes Listed it on Facebook market place Friday.

Not much more.

Looks like it will be below average all week.

Nice pictures there Chief! Surprise

Kids got themselves one nice looking dog.

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Posted by cheapclassics on Monday, May 4, 2020 8:39 PM

Good evening all,

Went to dentist so she could work on crown.  Hope this works.  Mowed yard.  Lucas stopped by on his way home.  Dry today.  Got MR and Trains.  Both look to be good. Back to work tomorrow.  I hope everyone has a good day.

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Posted by lion88roar on Monday, May 4, 2020 9:22 PM

Evenin Fellas

Got the steps built today, just need to order the Trex decking, decorative posts, caps, base trim and railings. Have to do some painting now before all that comes in.

Have to get to a nursery soon to buy plants.

Was beautiful today for outside work.

Chief - nice bear outfit

Fife - did you get wet? I used that Windex Sprayer thing to clean the back windows... don't need a shower tonight. Laugh

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Posted by dbaker48 on Monday, May 4, 2020 10:21 PM

Goode Evening,

I had success with all the excitement I had today, got all the drill bits sorted and indexed.  I had to "mic" a bunch of them cause the size stamping was worn off.  Not surprised that the majority of the missing ones were all in the same size range, very small ones.  Probably broke them.

Tomorrow work on sorting out all the sockets!  Does this sound like fun or what?

Now you can get an idea why I don't post a lot.  All this excitment here can be hard to bear.  Thinking, just thinking about painting the inside of the garage. ?????

Chief, I don't think I would run into that bear at night out there.  Looks like it is pretty good sized. 

Take cary all and stay safe.

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Monday, May 4, 2020 11:11 PM

DonB - do not forget the cat in the bathtub with the water running while you are sorting your socks-etts...

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Posted by dougdagrump on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:28 AM

Ok, this should be in a "joke" section but it is for real. Just remember this is CaliUnicornia where this occurred, need I say more.  
Man arrested 3 times in 1 day under CA's coronavirus-based zero-bail policy. 

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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:51 AM

!Saludos Amigos! Mostly cloudy and 44 in the Alleghany front range.  Waiting for boss to call...

Did power wash the front and side of fifedom yesterday, in what was a gorgeous afternoon.  Celebrated with tavern burgers on the grill, and cold Coors Light.

88 - I had my swimsuit on; with this sprayer you will get soaked, especially the sneakers.  BTW, she didn't wear her bikini.Sad  I picture sitting on your back porch, watching a garden railroad, with the Catoctin range in the background... 

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