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Posted by wrmcclellan on Friday, July 2, 2021 11:39 AM

Afternoon all!

Nice work by LAPD and LAFD to blow up a semi, a few cars, and a couple of blocks of windows attempting to detonate illegal fireworks in a bomb chamber in the middle of a suburban street. 16 or 17 people injured. Youtube it - quite amazing lack of judgement. Surprised it did not make local or national news last night.

Ah, NJ style (and PA and NY) diners. What sets them apart is the food is prepared fresh and to order. Served hot and reasonably priced for the quantity one receives. None of this pre-prepped garbage one sees in all the chain restaurants now, inc high end restaurants.

 

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Posted by fifedog on Thursday, July 1, 2021 6:31 AM

Mornin' boys. Mornin' Becky. Rain and 68 along the Allegany front-range. Been like an Eagle lately; Take It Easy. Did pay a visit with my neighbor, John. He is still healing from his surgery, but will be in cancer treatment in a couple weeks. May ride up the mountain to visit with Dad later.

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Posted by pennytrains on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 5:58 PM

Flintlock76

 

 
pennytrains

My heart's with you Wayne.  They're coming to set up my estate sale on Thursday and I've been watching as some of the trains I sold go on Ebay.  Saying "It's tough" is inadequate.

 

 

 

Thanks Becky!

You know, I was going to start a thread on this particular topic, but decided not to.  Anyway, here's the lesson:

While the BIL is still very much alive although in poor health, he could have seen this coming and prepared for it. He had plenty of time.  Call it a state of denial, call it a hoarder mentality where he just couldn't let anything go, call it what you like, but the cold fact of the matter is all  of us are going to get to that point sooner or later.

So to all, be realistic.  Realize the time's going to come when your stuff's going to have to go.  Don't hold onto it until the bitter end and leave your families with a mess to clean up. Unload while YOU are still capable.  YOU know what you paid for it.  YOU should have an idea what you can get for it. YOU are the expert others will wish they were. And while BIL is loved by his siblings who are dreading the day when "THE phone call" comes you should have heard the way he was cursed by those siblings who had to deal with the carnage. 

Of course, none of this applies to those struck down suddenly, that could happen to anyone.  

Food for thought, for what it's worth.

 

 

I'm hip.  That's why we did garage sales for six years.  We decided it was far better to downsize on our own terms than let "the cleaner uppers" just throw everything away or sell it for pennies on the dollar.  Sure, we knew we'd never get back what we paid for the stuff.  But we still made almost $6,000 just sitting on our butts on summer Saturdays.

Oh, and the siblings?  I've got that too.  What is it they say about opinions?  Wink

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 4:47 PM

Oh 'Devil, the menus at those diners look so goooood!  

I don't know what everyone's standards are, but when we go to a diner Lady Firestorm judges it by how good the hot turkey sandwich is and I judge it by how good the burgers are.  Our late friend Charlie who accompanied us on a lot of diner visits used to judge them by either the pork roast or the meat loaf. 

And we all agreed if it's got a "Super Lumberjack" selection on the breakfast menu it's a good place to go! 

By the way, any of you ever hear of John Baeder, the photo-realist painter who specializes in subjects like diners?  Here's his website, check under "Oil" and "Watercolor" and prepare to be amazed.  Hey, maybe you'll even recognize a few places!

http://www.johnbaeder.com/

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 3:31 PM

For you Train guys in and around NJ, if you are a Blue Comet fan, this is the place to go:

https://www.clintonstationdiner.com

This used to be the Golden Coach (The Roach Coach, lol) I worked there in High School, food is tremendous and plentiful:

https://www.towndinernj.net/

There are a few other but those are still classic diners we go to.

The Princeton Diner on US 1 is very good as well.

 

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Posted by DJSpanky on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 1:15 PM

Flintlock76
No sooner said than done Mr. Vega!  Here 'ya go!

(Give it a minute to load.)

https://www.nj.com/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/12/402b9d9e681553/njs-30-greatest-oldschool-diners-ranked-.html

Been to 4 of those: the Colonial Diner, Lyndhurst, the Jackson Hole Diner, Englewood, the White Rose Diner, Linden and the Summit Diner, Summit

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 12:01 PM

V8Vega
I'm curious what a New Jersey type diner is.

No sooner said than done Mr. Vega!  Here 'ya go!

(Give it a minute to load.)

https://www.nj.com/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/12/402b9d9e681553/njs-30-greatest-oldschool-diners-ranked-.html

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Posted by KRM on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 11:26 AM

Hot, Humid and wet is the news here. Storm

Was thinking of going north for the week but had a problem. Well I did it,, broke the Gator yesterday. Had a full bed of CA-6 gravel in it and went to set the parking break and Snapped the parking brake cable. Crap!  Looking on line I am not the first to have that happen.

When it comes to Green,,,,,, Get ready to Pay! $110.00 for a $25.00 cable and $175.00 to install it, and they got you by the short hairs because they don't publish how to make the needed adjustments unless you want to pay $161.00 for the repair book!!!. Worse part they know the cable is junk! They have replaced the old part number with a new one. That tells me after my years in engineering at Cat they had to flush the system of the bad ones. Hope this one is better. The world of today. WOW. Hard to face the sticker shock after fixing almost anything that has broken all my life but that is how these places want it. I called three dealers and got three prices????? One place said they could not work on it for six weeks??? So I put it on the trailer and drove it 35 miles to Dwight Il. to get it by next week and the price I posted. Angry   SoapBox

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:25 AM

I'm here. 90 degrees and sunny.

A little slower this AM. Climbing back up though. Meds help.

Get my shower and I will feel a lot better. Going without supplemental O2 a lot and blood ox staying up. Would not go outside today.

Probably not make it back to the PC tonight.  Someone start a new Pot.

Have a good one.

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Posted by V8Vega on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:20 AM

I'm curious what a New Jersey type diner is.

I went to a strip mall type restraunt yesterday near me that had a good buffet. I love all you can eat and have found a home. I'm so glad buffets are coming back, I was afraid they were done for because of the hysteria.

I was a hourly employee all my life but I don't need the money from selling trains. Still I guess I should make a list and send it to Trainz of at least some of my junk or not real good trains.

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 7:47 AM

Good Morning - 

Glad to see the Chief improving!!

Kev - I couldn't see the video, but congas to your grand-daughter

Fife - Glad you found a "home" on the Eagle......sooner or later, I'm gonna make good on that visit threat----especially since Jenni loves the train rides - We have a 7 Aug date with the 611 in Strasberg....

Doug - I'm SURE there is no restriction to come to Jersey, since Nesome's illegitimate brother runs the state.....

Becky - I can only imagine...I'm confident you get back better than ever, you are too talented.  The opportunity will arise....

Firelock - Sorry about your BIL - nice you had time to "visit" us here in the Socialist Republic of New Jersey. Diner food is definetly a thing, and Pork Roll is the best....IF you are here for Turkey Day - may I remind you that the Edison Train Show is Sunday of that weekend.  The future Mrs. and I always attend on Sunday.  So, if we can get Spanky out of Wayne.....We don't always buy, but browsing is free, and you never know whats for sale.

Summer is in full swing here, 90+ until Saturday

On Sunday a failed attempt to do the door hinges on Jenni's Charger was an ultimate fail - She called in reinforcements to get the door back on - yeah, new hinges will be purchased in Carlisle next weekend.

Was at a viewing for a local past chief and legend/mentor last Friday and going to a viewing tonight for a line of duty death for local firefighter.  It sucks, but it's only right to honor those that volunteer for firefighter.

Off to see the wizard - or work.....

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Posted by DJSpanky on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 7:14 AM
Mornin' all!
 
Got up early to go walking with Tyler before the heat sets in. Still disgusting outside, 74° with over 80% humidity. But I got in my 2.3 mile hill walk.
 
Hope everyone got a chance to look at my viaduct thread, will add more to it later today.
 
Yesterday I got blindsided at work twice. We have a new feature rolling out which the owner has been really pushing for. I haven't done much of the work, a lot of it has been front end stuff done by our team in Guatemala, but I've done crucial internal components along with database design. So we were supposed to roll this out today, with tomorrow being a contingency. That was really wishful thinking by the owner, no one else thought it would be ready or were comfortable pushing it out. Fortunately it's been moved to next week. Anyway, on my end, all of a sudden something I built back in March and April isn't working properly. So I start digging into what I built, trying to track it down. Nope, seems to be working properly. When we finally shake it out, the Guatemala team changed how it was being used without telling me or anyone who should be aware of it. BRILLIANT!
 
The second gotcha involved another piece of functionality I built to work in a couple specific instances. I got an error report that it wasn't working in a different area. I'm like: "What are you talking about? It's not supposed to." Well we do a bit of digging, and find that someone snuck this addition into the spec without telling us. And, of course, Guatemala just blindly coded against the spec without thinking of telling me this was expected. That wasn't a big deal to add, but the day before this is supposed to go into production?
 
Gotta run out to pick up a coffee cake for the boys. Promised them we'd do that this week.
 

Have a good one!

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 9:50 PM

pennytrains

My heart's with you Wayne.  They're coming to set up my estate sale on Thursday and I've been watching as some of the trains I sold go on Ebay.  Saying "It's tough" is inadequate.

 

Thanks Becky!

You know, I was going to start a thread on this particular topic, but decided not to.  Anyway, here's the lesson:

While the BIL is still very much alive although in poor health, he could have seen this coming and prepared for it. He had plenty of time.  Call it a state of denial, call it a hoarder mentality where he just couldn't let anything go, call it what you like, but the cold fact of the matter is all  of us are going to get to that point sooner or later.

So to all, be realistic.  Realize the time's going to come when your stuff's going to have to go.  Don't hold onto it until the bitter end and leave your families with a mess to clean up. Unload while YOU are still capable.  YOU know what you paid for it.  YOU should have an idea what you can get for it. YOU are the expert others will wish they were. And while BIL is loved by his siblings who are dreading the day when "THE phone call" comes you should have heard the way he was cursed by those siblings who had to deal with the carnage. 

Of course, none of this applies to those struck down suddenly, that could happen to anyone.  

Food for thought, for what it's worth.

 

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Posted by dougdagrump on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 8:01 PM

Well you could get some here in SoCal.

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Posted by pennytrains on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 6:00 PM

My heart's with you Wayne.  They're coming to set up my estate sale on Thursday and I've been watching as some of the trains I sold go on Ebay.  Saying "It's tough" is inadequate.

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Posted by DJSpanky on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 5:59 PM

Flintlock76
"Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?" I have a confession to make, when we were growing up in North Jersey, Paramus to be specific, mid-Fifties to mid-Seventies, neither Lady Firestorm or myself ever heard of either Taylor Ham or Pork Roll! It just wasn't served in either of our houses, although Canadian bacon was in Lady F's.

Well we came up from Houston quite some time ago, at that time I wasn't aware of it either. But now, whenever we have a breakfast tailgate at Rutgers, Taylor Hame, egg and cheese sandwiches top the list.

As far as I know, it's not specific to one area of Jersey, north, central and south Jersey all embrace it.

By the way, 4 of those 5 grocery store chains are kaput. Only ShopRite remains. You were in Paramus, I'm in Wayne. Close by.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 5:44 PM

DJSpanky

 

 
Flintlock76
On the positive side, Lady Firestorm and I did get to do a bit of a North Jersey diner tour! We do miss the diners, there's nothing like them in our spot of Virginia.

 

Woah, I wish I had known you were gonna be up here! Diners are a unique staple of NJ, something that is sadly missed in other parts of the country.

Now the most important question is: Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?

 

Well the next time, whenever that is, I'll be sure to let you know we're coming!

"Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?"  I have a confession to make, when we were growing up in North Jersey, Paramus to be specific, mid-Fifties to mid-Seventies, neither Lady Firestorm or myself ever heard of either Taylor Ham or Pork Roll!  It just wasn't served in either of our houses, although Canadian bacon was in Lady F's.

I don't remember seeing either in Shop-Rite, Food Fair, Pathmark, A&P, Grand Union, or anywhere.  In fact, I never heard of it until I saw it mentioned in "Weird New Jersey" magazine several years ago.  Must have been a South Jersey thing that eventually broke the boundaries and migrated north.

By the way, a local supermarket here in VA started carrying it a few years ago so I tried it.  (Taylor Ham.)  Not bad, not bad at all!

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Posted by DJSpanky on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 3:37 PM

Flintlock76
On the positive side, Lady Firestorm and I did get to do a bit of a North Jersey diner tour! We do miss the diners, there's nothing like them in our spot of Virginia.

Woah, I wish I had known you were gonna be up here! Diners are a unique staple of NJ, something that is sadly missed in other parts of the country.

Now the most important question is: Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?

Spank


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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:26 PM

Evenin' boys. Just hit 101 along the Patterson Creek cut-off. FifeMax caught just three frisbees before saying "No mas." Stopped by local tux retailer to order black vest for Conductor Fife. Received nice "Thank you" card from Age of Steam Roundhouse (where Buckeye volunteers).

Chief - We've got some local ice cream shops that could fatten you up! Watch cooking shows, might give you more appetite as well.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 12:37 PM

Banks
where is everyone?

Well in our case we're back from NJ and the final push to clean out BIL's apartment, he's gone into extended care and sadly won't be coming out.

The N Gauge collection, sold.

Stamp collection, sold.

Coin collection, sold.

Milk bottle collection, sold.

The Department 56 collection, sold.

Tool collection, given away to folks in the apartment complex.

The book collection, disposed of.  As a bibliophile I HATED tossing much of the collection (Accumulation?) in the dumpsters but they were all titles that NO-ONE besides himself would care about, not worth even trying to sell them.  We kept a handful of the better ones.

His paperwork dating back over 40 (50?) years that no-one cares about tossed as well.  Why in the name of all that's holy did he keep this stuff?

Kitchen stuff's gone to Goodwill.

The family photo collection we've kept for further perusal and editing, there's probably going to be a lot of "Who IS that?" in the offing.

It's amazed us all just how much room there was in the apartment once all the accumulation that would have done credit to the Collyer brothers was out of it! 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collyer_brothers 

On the positive side, Lady Firestorm and I did get to do a bit of a North Jersey diner tour!  We do miss the diners, there's nothing like them in our spot of Virginia.

Let me recommend most highly the Rochelle Park Diner in Rochelle Park NJ, little changed from the 1950's, and the Empress Diner in Fair Lawn NJ, a newer place and with great food AND if you're lucky you might see a classic car drive-in in the parking lot! 

Made it home Sunday afternoon after a three hour battle down I-95 in VA from Prince William County to Hanover County where we bailed off the highway and took the backroads home.  WHERE did all those people come from?  We had no problems driving back from NJ until we hit VA.  VA used to be the easiest part of the trip!  "It waaas, but not any morrrrre..."    

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We did have a nice visit with SIL and her family in PA, and I even got to visit Henning's Trains in Lansdale!  Picked up a Lionel Anheuser-Busch billboard car and a used MTH transformer for $25.  I can always use another transformer, especially when it's that reasonable.  If I'm lucky I'll be back there Thanksgiving time.

Glad to be home, let me tell 'ya!  

Best wishes to all!

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Posted by V8Vega on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 10:04 AM

Sunny hot and humid, normally dry heat 94

I'm going to tuesday morning senors church group, I have a cupon to get a oil change for my Del Sol on the way home. Then another cupon for a discount at a restraunt near me.

I replied to power blocks question but I struggle with electronics, I'm sure some will answer better than I did.

I use my Chromebook for entertainment in the evening. I was late getting a cellphone. My iphone 6 was old model but new when I got it 3 years ago and I am perfectly happy with it but I know I will want a newer one in a couple of years. I have been researching iphones and there are a lot of models after 6.

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Posted by KRM on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 9:25 AM

WOW the weather is nuts, 9 weeks of toast and now 6.25" of rain in four days. Water everywhere. Storm Storm Storm

Other than that been just watching the creek rise and the Turkeys get soaked.

Glad your getting back to eating Chief. That should help you out a lot.

Roy,"Been busy with some rotted wood replacement projects." Yeah been there and done that! Yes

Banks, glad the boy will recover. Sounds like it could of been worse.

(Some-Day-Maybe) SIL has to get knee surgery next week. He blew it out bad.  They wanted to do it tomorrow but he is afraid of the Vaccine so till he can prove he is clean from COVID they said nope. I would rather have the shot than that thing stuck up my nose to my brain to get checked. Laugh

About it.

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Posted by MartyE on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 8:11 AM

Morning all.  Been a couple of weeks.

I see Chief is feeling better. Yes  Keep getting better!

As most of you, the mercury has been in the upper part of the thermometer.  Getting into the mid 90s today it sounds like.  Got in the pool yesterday and it was 86, YUK.

Looking at the next few years it looks like we'll have a lot of work.  Unless the tick me off or me them I should retire here.  I'll be here 35 years next January.

 

Everyone stay cool and safe!

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 8:02 AM

Good morning all!

To be sunny and HOT/HOOMID Cowboy

Not much to report. Been busy with some rotted wood replacement projects.

Chief - glad you are feeling better!

Banks - great news about the injured boy. Prayers!

DJ - glad you got the dentist issue straightened out. Good luck with finishing the class. Raises are always good!

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 7:48 AM

Slept good. Now got to work on rebuilding lungs. Blood ox is better. Got to gain weight. Eating good again.

Have a good one.

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Posted by Banks on Monday, June 28, 2021 10:58 PM

Hello there, 

where is everyone?

Thanks for your Prayers Quick update on the injured rider. No internal injuries as feared. Both bones broken below the knee , broken shoulder and probable concussion . He spun of the side of the hill, through the woods and off a steep embankment .  Not sure how he wasn't stopped by trees or brush before getting to the embankment. 

Best get to sleep.

Prayers for those in need

Nook

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Posted by DJSpanky on Monday, June 28, 2021 9:32 AM

Mornin' all!

Just got off the phone with the office of the oral surgeon. I had sticker shock on the final bill on Friday, but I was out of it and told them I'd pay it today. Well, they charged for other work which I had only discussed with the doctor, not even planned. (Supposedly I have a back molar that had a root canal and crown which has to come out?) Yeah, that was an extra $1600 which was gonna come out of my pocket and not the HSA. Fortunately we got that cleared up. DOH!

Trying to finish up this online class I've been taking for the last couple of months. Got a raise tied to it. Been doing it early Monday mornings and some on the weekend. Right now the guy is teaching me stuff I already know, so I try to skip ahead a bit when I can. Boy is it dry material, especially when it's delivered with a Middle Eastern or Indian/Pakistani accent. Only got a little more to do, may try to wrap that up another morning or two this week.

Getting hunkered down for some miserably hot weather. Not as bad as what they got in the Northwest, but still miserable. Gonna stay in as much as possible.

Yay, meeting mania is about to begin.

Have a good one!

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Posted by Banks on Sunday, June 27, 2021 10:49 PM

Hello there, should be sleeping but wide awake.

Prayers needed for a young man injured at the Hillclimb today. First time in 45+ years I saw a serious injury on the hill.

Chief... Prayers continue.

Roy......sounds like quite a show

Back from da beach yesterday. Uneventful except for traffic delays in unusual places for no obvious reasons. The week finished slow. Sunny but almost cool enough for a jacket. Did make a visit to TOY TOWN ANTIQUES. Left with only a Lionel HO exploding boxcar.

Daughter & family surprised us showing up Thursday PM. Was great to have the whole clan under one roof. She moved to a motel for 2 more nights after we left. Material delays gave SIL a chance to get away.

Lightning storm Friday night before we left smoked the fence charger despite a lightning arrestor. Replacing it was one of son's projects Saturday before his family joined us Sunday.

Last evening found the lightning blew several fuses in both garages, tripped a couple breakers on the house too. Thankfully so far no other damage. Knock on wood.

Tomorrow has been designated a recuperation day.


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Posted by fifedog on Sunday, June 27, 2021 6:20 PM

Evenin' boys and girls. Two long days on the train, and my tootsies are tired. I've been qualified as a conductor again, and I'll be getting all pretty for next Saturday. I really like the people I work for, and work with. The downside is lack of time with family on the weekend.

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