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Posted by CShaveRR on Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:40 AM

Do you know how long its been since I've been able to check out one of "my" specials?  

We were lucky enough, after one of my medical appointments, to catch a BNSF intermodal that contained a couple of nearly-new stack cars.  As a result, I have to send a report to my carchaeologist friends by the end of the month. 

Right now, I have about five different irons in the fire, medically speaking.  No breaks or sprains, but I should be feeling a lot worse than I do.  It's sunny out there; I hope we can get another layer of leaves off our lawn.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:31 AM

morning

Went over to Marion last night for the slide show.Csx had a local go out and back on the Indy line. On the C&O side we had two coal trains and a freight go west.On the NS side they had stack trains,frieght and coal.The coal trains were really long and had mid train dpus and pushers.Going to go check on my brother today.Matt goes back to school for Monday then he is home for Thanksgiving break.Time for some chores.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, November 21, 2021 7:03 PM

Still hanging around the house.  Not going out until the recheck with the surgeon on the 3rd.  It sure changes things when a simple trip to another room gets to be an involved process with a lot of hopping on one foot.  I'm finding some new muscles...

But, I've got plenty to do, so at least I'm staying sort of busy.  Good chance to do some decluttering.  Already finding FD stuff that's headed out the door...  Old files, etc.

And there's always ham radio...

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:36 PM

Doc say you will be OK for PEX?

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, November 22, 2021 7:16 AM

Electroliner 1935

Doc say you will be OK for PEX?

It won't even be close.  I won't even get the permanent "fix" for two weeks, then throw in 4-6 weeks of healing and PE will have ended.  

Climbing on and off the locos would be a challenge (especially the F), and working on a rocking train as on-board crew would be out of the question.

I'll miss working the trains, but I do feel for the folks that have to fill the gap I've created.

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Monday, November 22, 2021 11:20 AM

Wishing you good healing and a happy Thanksgiving. As my Oncologist said to me, "Getting Old is not for sissies" and I replied that I didn't like the alternative. Keep on getting older Larry.

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, November 22, 2021 11:56 AM

Electroliner 1935
Wishing you good healing and a happy Thanksgiving. As my Oncologist said to me, "Getting Old is not for sissies" and I replied that I didn't like the alternative. Keep on getting older Larry.

Getting old is not for the young.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, November 22, 2021 3:08 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear after work.Found out hugs will be needed.Dug the tree out of the closet.Had to move some train stuff out of the way.Matt got to come a bit early today because his professor had an emergency.Time to do chores.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 2:51 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear after work.Time for some chores.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by MikeF90 on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 4:17 PM

By contrast to tree's misfortune, I get to plan for cataract surgery in a couple of weeks. My 11 diopter myopia will be traded for something near normal.

I'm bringing the turkey for Thanksgiving supper, so I've prepared some gravy ahead of time from other poultry parts. No rush to strip the carcass and mess with pan drippings, that will be part 2 later.

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:12 PM

Since I'm not leaving the house for Thanksgiving, thus missing a visit to my daughter's family (we may do a Zoom session), a friend is bringing me dinner.

I did, however, acquire a couple of apples and oranges to go with the cranberries I already had to make my favorite cranberry relish.  I could actually do an entire dinner, but why cook if someone else is willing?

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 4:22 PM

evening

Ns had a tanker train in the siding at work.They also sent a few stack trains each way while we went home.Came home and found our elf had decorated the Christmas Tree.I went out and mulched some leaves in our nieghbors yard.As long as mother nature keeps blowing from the west we are good.Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.Hope the big parade can stay dry.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 6:53 PM

Today was a good day.  Got a call from the ortho folks, informing me that they are moving my surgery up several days.  As a result, they wanted me to pay a visit to my primary care doc, so a friend got me there (and back), my first foray outside since the accident.

The contraption on my foot right now is just holding everything in place.  With any luck, after Tuesday the permanent fix will be in and I can begin healing.

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 8:12 PM

tree68
Today was a good day.  Got a call from the ortho folks, informing me that they are moving my surgery up several days.  As a result, they wanted me to pay a visit to my primary care doc, so a friend got me there (and back), my first foray outside since the accident. The contraption on my foot right now is just holding everything in place.  With any luck, after Tuesday the permanent fix will be in and I can begin healing.

Now a days - before any procedure that requires anesthesia, they seem to require you to get a physical exam to see if you are 'strong enough' for the procedure you will be undergoing.

Had to get a physical w/EKG for my Bladder surgery and get another physical for my kidney surgery two weeks later.

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, November 25, 2021 5:16 PM

BaltACD
Now a days -

Yep - Doc said she cleared a woman for some procedure some years ago, the patient keeled over after the procedure - full arrest.  The woman survived, and may still be around.  The clearance by the Doc saved the hospital a lot of heartache...

In other news, moved the "hosts" file from my desktop PC to my laptop (finally).  It's amazing how nice the forum is sans most of the ads...

Every now and then I get a notice to shut off my spam blocker, but there's nothing to turn off - it's essentially part of the OS now...

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, November 26, 2021 2:21 PM

afternoon

Ns still has the westbound tank train in the siding.Went in for some OT.Going to relax here at home.Tomorrow it's "The Game".

stay safe

joe

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Posted by Erik_Mag on Friday, November 26, 2021 8:39 PM

MikeF90

By contrast to tree's misfortune, I get to plan for cataract surgery in a couple of weeks. My 11 diopter myopia will be traded for something near normal.

Mike,

Good luck with your cataract surgery, had my first 2019 and my second about 7 months ago. Made a huge improvement. My wife had her cataract surgeries in the last couple of months, for the first time in decades, she can see without needing glasses - though we both need reading glasses.

Recovery was a five week regimen of eye drops to promote healing and prevent infections. Also took a few weeks for each eye to settle down.

Tree,

Good luck with your surgery as well - I had a run-in with a palm frond last month resulting in a half inch piece of the spine embedded in my finger. Had surgery a week ago to remove it. Recovery involved a splint on the finger for five days, stitches coming out in a week and a half and possibly some PT to help restore full movement in my finger.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, November 28, 2021 8:03 PM

Goodluck both of you.  Had Catarack surgery both eyes month apart.  Grat vision now especially wide vision.  not having to wear glasses any more except close carpentary work a blessing.  Night vision much better.

Had to go throgh all that pre clearances for knee replacement.  Possible heart problem almost delayed me but just beat C-19 late 2019.  Heart problem false alarm.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, November 29, 2021 2:20 PM

afternoon

Back to work Monday.Had plenty to load just needed trailers to do it.Ns was clear after work.Had sunshine and snowsqualls on the way home.It is that time of year.

Time for chores.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:32 PM

afternoon

Work is busy.Ns was clear after work.Working on taking Sis to see brother this weekend.The snow that came last night is gone.Will probably try to mulch up more leaves on Thursday after work.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 2:34 PM

afternoon

Ns had some cars uptown.Also a new sign along a switch as well.Ran errands in town.Time for chores here.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 4:43 PM

Home from the hospital, and hopefully the final operation on my ankle.  Let the healing begin!

(I slipped on wet grass on a small slope and busted it in two places)

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 6:40 PM

tree68
Home from the hospital, and hopefully the final operation on my ankle.  Let the healing begin!

(I slipped on wet grass on a small slope and busted it in two places)

When I broke my radius back in 2014, I found out I didn't heal as quickly as when I was younger - instead of a 'normal' two month healing time; the doctor wasn't satisfied that it was healed until five months on.  The fix was surgery and installing a plate and 6 screws.

I haven't flown since the plate was installed - don't know if I will set off a metal detector.

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 9:59 PM

BaltACD
I haven't flown since the plate was installed - don't know if I will set off a metal detector.

I don't know how much metal went into the fix (operated on last night), but the doc was concerned with my diabetes (controlled with diet, and before this, exercise), so he was a little extra cautious.

I'm looking at 8 weeks of recovery.  The first four are definitely no weigh, so a lot of hopping with a walker.  After that (and another visit with the doc) we'll see how things are going.  

They gave me a general anesthesia, which meant an endotraheal tube (breathing tube).  My throat can still feel it.  I've put them in, but never had one myself....

OTOH,  group of local hams is coming over Saturday to survey what it will take to get my tower up and running.  I certainly won't be much help.  Lots of little things to do to reach the point of actually getting it up and the antennas on the air.

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Posted by Erik_Mag on Thursday, December 2, 2021 12:05 AM

BaltACD

I haven't flown since the plate was installed - don't know if I will set off a metal detector.

There's a fair chance that the plate will not set of the metal detector, but if it does, the usual practice is to use the metal detection wands to localize what set off the metal detector. You would not be the first person walking through an airport metal detector with metal plates attached to bones.

OTOH, I can certainly understand why you don't want the hassle.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, December 2, 2021 3:19 PM

afternoon

Ns has a westbound empty coal train in the siding at work.Took advantage of the nice weather and mulched up so more leaves.Mother nature is going to give us whatever the next week or so but thats living in Ohio.Glad tomorrow is Friday.Time to get cleaned up.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Thursday, December 2, 2021 5:50 PM

BaltACD
I haven't flown since the plate was installed - don't know if I will set off a metal detector.

My wife of 62 years has a metal wired wrist repair, two metal hip replacements and one metal knee replacement. I call her my BIONIC WIFE. When we have flown, we tell the TSA about them and if she sets off the detectors, they wand her an she's good to go. 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, December 2, 2021 10:25 PM

Where ever I set off the detector immediately say have knee rplacements both knees.  Makes getting thru very fast .  If  I see a full full body scanner tell them before and get run thru them which is even sometimes faster which shows the knee replacements,

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, December 3, 2021 3:12 PM

afternoon

Ns had some cars uptown after work.Ran errands here at home and Csx was sending an empty hopper train eastbound.Tomorrow get to play taxi service.Hopefully we get the sunshine the guessers were calling for.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, December 4, 2021 3:55 PM

Thoughs on the various RRs loosing personnel.  Because of the way the railway labor act the unions cannot strike right now over the awful working conditions.  Could it be that many railroaders are taking the best option and striking by leaving the various RRs ?   That beggs the question of how the various roads are going to meet this problem?

Now we then have other various business that are having retention of employees.  could it be most businesses do not have unions to improve working conditions?   So the employees that can are just quiting.  We might just call this the great USA strike?  If the pols recognize this as a strike maybe something will get done?

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