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The Saga Begins, and Ends - “Taking Down the Railroad”

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Posted by mobilman44 on Thursday, November 4, 2021 5:09 AM

Hi,

All thru my early '70s I prided myself on being able to do everything I did when I was younger.  I did car/truck maintenance, large yard maintenance, built a large covered deck and workbench, did tons (literally) of rockwork, etc.  

Well, I thought I was "invincible" until about a year ago.  My stamina went rapidly downhill, and when I got my annual physical a heart problem was found.  And of course, the bum knees kicked in again about the same time.  So for a year I've had a yard crew, and with some exceptions, have Ford deal with the vehicles.  I like to say that 2020-21 was the year "I got old".  Believe me, it was unexpected!

It took me awhile, but I've come to accepting the limitations and I've learned to enjoy what I still can do - which IMO is a lot compared to some others.

Still, the key to all this is (for me) is a like minded spouse and a lot of interests.  I've stretched my boundaries on music and old movies and literature with great results.  As an example, we have watched well over 100 movies from the 30s thru 60s, many of which I never would have watched previously, and it was just amazing at how I found so many of them absolutely outstanding!

Again, thanks for all the good words.......they are appreciated!

ENJOY  !

 

Mobilman44

 

Living in southeast Texas, formerly modeling the "postwar" Santa Fe and Illinois Central 

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Posted by rrebell on Sunday, November 7, 2021 8:24 AM

Oh I hear you, last decade I could keep up with the 20 year olds, trying hard not to take the next step of 40 year olds, the pandemic put a  big dent in my exersise program. Last year I could only put in a 4 hr day in construction, in my defense it was super hot then, but I was working inside. Used to be able to work, on a limited basis, a 20 hour day in my 20's and a 12 hour day in heavy construction in my 50's. Damn, now I feel like I am getting old.

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Posted by selector on Sunday, November 7, 2021 2:01 PM

mobilman44

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Well, I thought I was "invincible" until about a year ago.  My stamina went rapidly downhill, and when I got my annual physical a heart problem was found.  And of course, the bum knees kicked in again about the same time.  So for a year I've had a yard crew, and with some exceptions, have Ford deal with the vehicles.  I like to say that 2020-21 was the year "I got old".  Believe me, it was unexpected!

It took me awhile, but I've come to accepting the limitations and I've learned to enjoy what I still can do - which IMO is a lot compared to some others.

Still, the key to all this is (for me) is a like minded spouse and a lot of interests.  I've stretched my boundaries on music and old movies and literature with great results. ...

 

This sounds like a healthy, and realistic, assessment of your circumstances, and now we both understand that they are in flux...as we would now both accept must necessarily be the case over the next 10-20 years...Deo volente.  I think it's a wise man who can accept the deteriorations that age foists off on us, but still find contentment in what he/she CAN DO, and that the person struggles to continue to do that regularly to help stave off the decay and diminution that age will continue to press on us. 

There's that old saying, "Life's tough.  Then, you die."  Our bodies thrive on a little hormesis.  Hormesis elicits a little adaptation by the body and the mind.  It's a stress response, but it is necessary for keeping our vigor and potency against 'the end'.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, November 19, 2021 11:38 PM

Today I was looking at old editions of Show Me Something.

In 2019 Mobilman44 posted a lot of pictures of his layout in the Show Me Something thread. It made me kind of sad to realize the layout is gone.

-Kevin

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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Posted by mobilman44 on Thursday, November 25, 2021 5:27 AM

Thanks Kevin!

Taking the layout down and selling off most all the stuff was difficult, but it was all about "acceptance".

Once the layout was "done", I realized I wasn't running trains like I thought I would.  I am much more a builder than an operator, and it was getting to be more and more of a painful effort to access the center of the layout.

Anyway, after a couple of years of that I found that the ol ticker was a bit faulty (major surprise).  And among other things, that meant that I needed to stop doing yardwork - a major beloved chore. 

So I suddenly found myself accepting the situation for what it was, and not what I wanted it to be.  And the solution was pretty plain to me - remove the layout and turn the room into an "exercise" area.

It's been a year, and I've got a plethora of layout pics and a display cabinet of great locos/cars, and a terrific treadmill/tv room.  

It's odd.....I've "played with trains" since I was 7 or so, and they were a big part of my life for decades.  Now the layout is gone, but I have the memories/pics and I'm ok with that.  I certainly have other interests to keep me occupied, and that obviously is a big help.  

All said, every once in awhile an MR issue will have a transition era layout spread and I find myself glued to those pages..........

Take care all,

Mobilman44

Bill

 

 

ENJOY  !

 

Mobilman44

 

Living in southeast Texas, formerly modeling the "postwar" Santa Fe and Illinois Central 

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