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    Good morning crew, readers, and lurkers, from hot and humid N.E. Indiana. The coffee urn is READY to go with Ashpit blend in the 'to go' cups. The air conditioning in the crew van will be appreciated with this 100+ heat index today. I'm not turning on the oven or grill in the lounge today. The oatmeal pot and the coolers are the other choice. Choose wisely. "The Greek's" looks pretty good this morning, see you there.

    The estate sale went well yesterday. Our group has become unfortunately very good at putting these on. Everything is fairly priced, and advertised online to the local area. About 50+ cars were there. The 'cashier' and his hostlers had a constant stream of buyers for the 5 hours of yesterday's sales. 5 more hours today, then whatever is left, is then sold at local train shows. Nothing ever goes on eBay, and the spouses are not getting chiseled out of seller fees.

    I spent most of the afternoon and evening swapping parts, and got the computer back on line, whew! Finished that up about 0100 this morning. It'll be nap time this afternoon.

    First trip to brunch in 5 minutes. Have a Super day!

    Take the red pill

  • #2
    Good morning everyone.

    Jim, thanks for the coffee and I'll wait for everyone else to show and go to The Greeks.

    Another +90 day here and still no rain.

    The dog and I did the most strenuous hike we've done so far.
    Very rocky and steep.
    Looked like I had jumped in a pool when we got done.
    Haven't made any plans for today.

    Have a great day everyone.
    Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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    • #3
      Morning Jim, Rick and other crew members joining,

      Estate sales are great for getting items you never thought you'd get. However, sad to see a life time collection is being sold off.

      I'm going to try and update a few threads. Have a great day ya'll.

      The difference between the almost right word and the right is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.


      • #4
        Good morning, Jim, Rick and crew. It's another day in the 90's, so we're going for a walk before it gets too hot.

        The grass is growing and hot or not, needs cut. Not sure about the rest of the day, but whatever, it'll be indoor activities.

        With sufficient thrust pigs fly just fine.


        • #5
          Good morning from St. Louis. Thank you for opening, Jim.

          I’ll be heading home in a couple hours from a day of NMRA meetings. It’s about a nine hour drive. No modeling.

          Have a good one.


          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin


          • BurleyJim
            BurleyJim commented
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            I-70 a long trip. Watch out for the other guy!

        • #6
          Another hot day today, but whole grain chocolate chip pancakes and a side of bacon make good compensation,

          Good show yesterday in Strasburg - good attendance and rather decent sales (hurray!). Got until Oct to refill/restock the tubs for the next show to clear out yet more from under foot.

          But today is accounting and recovery mode - drive back was painful in parts - the DC Beltway never disappoints in being giver of pain and frustration even if you know the alternate routes about the worse of it.

          So it goes.....
          In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.


          • Rick
            Rick commented
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            Martin, I forgot to message you yesterday to tell you I wouldn't make it to the show.

          • mwbpequod
            mwbpequod commented
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            Well, that might account for why I never saw you there; thought I might have missed you otherwise. Oct 15th is the next one.

        • #7
          Good morning Guys, and all incoming crew. Thanks for opening up the lounge Jim. Coffee, it is the best way as we all know to start off the day.

          80 degrees, and sunny here in Rhode Island today. Going to be in the 90's by noon I guess.

          Not sure what today will bring for me. I'll have to play it by ear again today. NP #6 Shop Loco in stall mode at the moment.

          Everyone have a great, safe and healthy day. I'll see you all on the RR-L Forum.

          Louis L&R Western Railroad
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


          • #8
            74 and 100 the low point overnight temp/humid, steadily climbing back up today with the threat/promise of rain chances. Viewing the radar it looks wet on the W side of the Lake Michigan. It was quite stifling yesterday in the sun.

            The Doll was home early from the “Art Fair” flushed and grumbling. Late day check in with the daughter selling there indicates she sold very well for a first timer.

            I did some Photoshop Elements experiments, tripped over the process of adding a logo to a photo, successfully making it happen but not totally understanding how. Repeatability the new task.

            Much like George, my weed patch needs a pass from the mowing machine, since I don’t have sheep, I guess that leaves it up to me. Sometime later. The buckhorn and clover are enjoying the rain we had this week.

            NASCAR is here in Michigan this weekend. With the weather looking testy, I’m not missing that madness. Used to be what I planned my whole life around, weeks of testing shortcuts and back routes into the track, 2-3 trips to the track over the weekend and scanner tuning and camera prep. First trip to MIS was a Mother’s Day road race in 68 or 69, in rain and mud..dozens of races, NASCAR, CART, Indycar and ARCA over the years. Sending off for tickets as early as possible to assure the next year was fixed..Indy 500, better get the check in the mail the 31st of May for next year or kiss your seat goodbye. Well, what this has to do with trains? Got me…

            Enjoy the day everyone, hydrate and stay cool. Eggs and American fries at the Greeks sound good to me. Rick, the van ride won’t be up to your standards, but hang on!

            L8R KSinMI
            Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

            Cedar Swamp
            SW of Manistique, MI

            Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022


            • #9
              Click image for larger version  Name:	939D0936-450E-48D1-9319-F48CB6BDDEE0.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	187.7 KB ID:	1004482 Click image for larger version  Name:	37BD755A-F9A4-4DA0-B49B-D9C83B576B41.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	183.1 KB ID:	1004483 Click image for larger version  Name:	052BEBB3-B944-438F-9ED5-21E248A4F9C8.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	213.2 KB ID:	1004484 Good morning Jim and Crew. The over 100 degree heat index yesterday kept me in and out of the train room and the pool. I have an umbrella, so could the Van pick me up at the driveway entrance? Last night Terry was watching the news without her hearing aids so the volume was very loud. From the train room I heard the TV weather guesser say the rain would start around 1AM and continue with some severity until 6PM Sunday evening. It started raining by 11 and I don’t believe it has stopped yet. Almost 3” in the manual rain gauge. The guesser this morning says another 3-5” coming before this event ends. Well we did need the rain!

              The pool and the train room are the only things on my agenda due to the heavy rains and Sunday being a day of independence here anyway. I finished 4 of the 7 cars I wanted to finish weathering.

              enjoy the day
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              • #10
                We got back last night from 9 days in Austria (Vienna, Salzburg) and Germany (Munich). Weather there was hot, too! So that slowed us down (in addition to old age mobility...) Still, it was a good trip, even if several museums we wanted to see in Munich were closed for renovations. I went 0-2 in my bucket list goal of seeing all the Vermeers. But I bet both of those paintings are being packed up for the big Vermeer show in Amsterdam this winter. We took advantage of the "EUR 9 everywhere in Germany for a month" rail pass for local transportation in Munich, including our trip to the airport. We could have used that to go from Salzburg to Munich, if we took a regional train. But that's OK, it was fun to be in 1st class on two different train lines (West Rail Vienna to Salzburg, DB from Salzburg to Munich.)

                Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)


                • George_D
                  George_D commented
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                  Good timing on your trip with the Euro almost at parity with the dollar.

                • john_holt
                  john_holt commented
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                  Dave.......The last time you returned from an over seas trip we were gifted with a new avatar. Can we expect an avatar update from this most recent adventure?

                • deemery
                  deemery commented
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                  George, no complaints about the exchange rate! In fact I bought a couple hundred extra Euros to stash at home for our next trip. We got about 1.02 from the ATM machines. (A tip if you go to Europe, and get offered "payment in Euros or payment in Dollars" -Always- go for 'payment in Euros,' the exchange rate provided for that "convenience" is usually really bad. Many hotels do that, as one example. )

                  John, no, I'll stick with "Grumpy Roman". One museum we went to had an outstanding collection of plaster casts of famous Roman sculpture. Either they ignored "Roman verism" (the style associated with the late Republic era, from about 200 BC to 30 BC and the rise of Augustus, see or I missed a section with that part of the collection. But we did get to compare a couple of busts attributed as "Julius Caesar" that were next to each other. Another section had maybe 10 different heads of Alexander the Great, and it was fascinating to see the similarities across them.
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              • #11
                A late "good morning" to the entire crew. It is 81 and very humid here in S.E. Michigan. Rain supposedly arriving late this afternoon.

                I mowed the front lawn yesterday and the rest can wait.

                Some reading and some modeling is the plan.

                Have a great day!