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    Good morning all from Sunny and warm N.E. Indiana. It hit 89 yesterday, a little too hot for me. I did work on my 'tan' out in the garden planting peppers and tomatoes. I cut way back from past years on that. No back breaking beans out there.

    The coffee urn is READY with Getoffyourbutt blend once again. The special is Ham and eggs, grits or potato pancakes on the side. After hunting for days looking to find my fine light gray ballast, I called the guy guy that I'm in "hold status" on the scenery project. Sure enough, it's in his basement. I guess I'll bite the bullet and order some. :erm:

    This search has really got me fired up to do what my clinic at last year's convention was:

    "Documenting your railroad" I have these plastic lockable cover containers crammed with parts and pieces of 'stuff'. They're years worth of acquisitiopns, project starts, and someday projects. At last count, there are 47 of them.

    Sure I have one that says "Kadee Couplers" or "Detail Parts" or yada, yada, yada. But, Kadee couplers are in 5 or more other boxes. Same goes for the Detail Parts and so forth. I know I am NOT ALONE in this realm of model railroading.

    So, I am attacking one box a day, and documenting via a spreadsheet, what is exactly in each box. After it's inventoried, it's 'locked' from changing. Not really locked, but any update has to be made on the spreadsheet for that box. I'm also building a database that when I'm finished with the inventory, I'll be able to find what I'm looking for within a calendar year. When I blow that last whistle, there should be a pretty good account of what's there and where it's located. I'm working on box 5. Only 42 to go, and in 3 more locations. Anybody seen that Details West GR-2702 fan guard for a PA-1? Why it's in Box#3! By the time I'm done, my favorite song will be "Cross-eyed Mary" by Jethro Tull.

    Have a Super day!

    Jim
    Take the red pill

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    That'll make you feel Thick as a Brick...

    Finished up some mowing stuff yesterday, fried fresh UP Big Bay De Noc bass and watched part 1 of 3 of the mini series GRANT on history.

    Shock therapy here with the temps in the upper 80s.

    Eggs and grits for me Jim, good day all.
    Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

    Cedar Swamp
    SW of Manistique, MI

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    • #3
      Morning Jim, Karl and the rest of the RR-L Crew the WARMING Tuesday morning. Going to be in the mid 80's here today.

      Had my Oatmeal and tea, coffee later. Need to go finish up the resin casting order I have this morning. Then clean stuff up and ship it later this week.

      I've been watching various Virtual Live Rail Cams and traffic is LOW except at Belem NM and Texarkana AK. They seem busy enough. Cam at Elkhart IN is bugging me. I usually like watching it as there's a lot of various traffic but something is wrong with the camera and it stalls intermittently when a long train comes through. Otherwise it runs the way it should. Some kind of a sensor is screwing it up I think.

      Well, need to finish my tea and head to the garage to cast. everyone have a cool day in the HOT Train yard.

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      • #4
        Good morning Jim and the rest of the crew. It is sunny and heading up into the upper 80's later today.

        I mowed the lawn yesterday, and think that I will take a day off from outdoor work today. Cooler weather is coming back in a few days, and it will be more pleasant to work outdoors then.

        Jim, what is the fun of knowing where everything is? Isn't the search part of the fun?

        I feel a "lazy, hazy, crazy" day unfolding.

        Enjoy!
        Bruce

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        • #5
          Good morning Jim, Karl, Walt and incoming Crew. Humid, humid, did I say humid! Took the garbage bin about 60’ to the curb and came back sweating, it’s only 73f degrees but the storms are moving in. This will become the 4th day in a row with temps on the 80. We are heading to the stables as Terry wants all 4 horses ridden today. The State of Wisconsin is opening up but the County of Dane is only opening up but at 25% capacity. Funny lots of screaming that things have to open but the Mom and Pop shops don’t seem to be in a hurry. Also, per national reports Wisconsin Covid19 cases are going up. But, if you now want a test, there are many places to go for the free test in each county. More testing shows more folks have it, makes sense! Amazing what they can do with numbers.

          Still discussing with the car leasing company about returning 2 of the cars. Leases were up in April, so they have sat in the garage for 2 months. We are getting notices and not paying them as we have not extended the leases. I found out this is a big issue since the pandemic hit. Always enjoy a good legal fight, keeps the attorney on he toes. The auto dealership seems to be the problem as they are not accepting returned leases. Have a great day.

          TomO

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          • #6
            Jim, when you're done with your shop, would you like to come over and do mine? I always wanted to be rich enough to have an 'executive assistant' do my filing. (Or as my wife would say, "to follow me around and pick up after me....")

            TomO, that's an interesting legal situation, particularly if the dealer will not accept the return. Good luck with the lawyers.

            Today starts the climb to this week's heat wave, near 90 tomorrow :-( :-(

            Today's project will be adjusting the wires to make sure the frog wires have the correct polarity for the turnout position.

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

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            • #7
              Good morning, all, from the cool and cloudy NH seacoast. I am experimenting with improvements to my cab ride video, pending an internet presentation Friday evening. But now I need to go finish getting my tractor unstuck (misjudged turn while disking yesterday). I got it half way out yesterday afternoon, now to cut some more brush.
              James

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              • #8
                Good morning again.

                Jim and Bruce: you can never be too organized but you still have to remember where the inventory sheets are stored!

                Walt, the Virtual train sites can be interesting and you are right, traffic on the cameras are way down. Even Kalmbach’s camera at Rochelle seems to be empty where before the pandemic every 15 minutes trains were coming through.

                Karl, Terry would have loved the bass, not so much me. Hope it was great.

                Dave—the last 10 years or so before retirement I had 2 assistants fka Secretary’s. It was like having 2 more wives and I was supposed to be their boss. They however all kidding aside were godsends to me. Tremendous people, well organized and kept me in line. The car leasing issue in my mind is a joke. I understand the dealerships but to keep telling us we owe after the lease is not.

                TomO

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by deemery


                  Jim, when you're done with your shop, would you like to come over and do mine? I always wanted to be rich enough to have an 'executive assistant' do my filing. (Or as my wife would say, "to follow me around and pick up after me....")

                  dave


                  If schools were in session I'd go to the 'business' coordinator and ask for a student intern to do this data entry, and cheerfully grade the student's performance and maybe offer a stipend to boot.

                  Jim
                  Take the red pill

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                  • #10
                    quote:


                    Originally posted by jbvb


                    Good morning, all, from the cool and cloudy NH seacoast. I am experimenting with improvements to my cab ride video, pending an internet presentation Friday evening. But now I need to go finish getting my tractor unstuck (misjudged turn while disking yesterday). I got it half way out yesterday afternoon, now to cut some more brush.


                    You should have been wearing Bellbottom trousers when you were 'discoing' out there. :erm:

                    The devil made me do it!

                    Jim
                    Take the red pill

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                    • #11
                      I'm not sure I've even seen bellbottom trousers in a store since maybe 1980? At any rate, I got it out in about an hour. The afternoon project was starting to take the storms off. Layout awaits.
                      James

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