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    Good morning all! Overcast and 41 heading for cloudy and 46 with a chance of even more rain. A fresh pot of YardMaster coffee is ready for your cup and the breakfast menu includes biscuits and sausage gravy along with a side of hash browns. As always, oatmeal is available as well.

    Still liking the new job, but yesterday was a little overwhelming. One of my bosses came from the district office yesterday for multiple things. One thing he did was take me to the networking closets. Those had network cabling that resembled someone throwing several truckloads of spaghetti into a big pile. One of my eventual tasks will be to work on making that not look so terrible. He also went over several other things he wants me to work on, some of which I really wouldn't have considered an IT responsibility but I guess here they are. By the time he left, I was feeling overwhelmed for sure. I was already really tired due to not sleeping well and then all of this had me wondering if I'm in over my head. I'll get through it, but it was a lot to take in all at once.

    It really wasn't a bad day yesterday. I still am very happy to have the new job. Honestly, I'm happy to have a lot of projects to work on now. The previous day was pretty boring because I had only one call for service all day and spent the rest of the day just learning what all was in my office. Nice to have some things to work on. Today I plan to make a list of things to address and get started on them.

    So, that's about it from here. Hope you all have a great day!
    Ken Pryor
    Oil Belt Traction Company (someday!)

  • #2
    Good morning Ken and inbound Crew. Sounds like the new adventure Ken will be keeping you busy. So we’re you hired asan IT guy or the networking guy? Either way, work through the network cabling one at a time. That does surprise me about the cables. Every network room I have been in were neat and with just enough cable to connect where they should.

    I have an open diet Dr Pepper and am not to sure what I want to eat, it’s still early.

    The daughter and family leave at 9am she was hoping, for a weekend in St. Louis. They have tickets to the Blues NHL hockey game and have a few things on their list but strangely no train museum visit! Anytime after noon today I expect a call from the son telling me he is on final approach and start out to pick him up. It’s about 15 minutes from the house. The power went out at 4:58 this morning and the backup generator kicked in. The alarm on my cell phone notified me of the event. I got up went down to the power room and gazed inside. No clue what triggered it but by time I got there ( maybe 10 minutes) the generator was off and the power was running via the powerwalls. I will sit down with the email report that I should be getting almost any minute. There is a service that monitors the system and I will get a report in understandable English explaining the issue or issues. It’s my month to get the alarm notifications as I alternate with the SIL and the daughter.

    No trains today as it is final packing and planning day for the trip. We should be in Nashville Friday by noon and yesterday I was informed that the rental car maybe available due to staff and car shortages between 3 and 6 pm. So, I looked to other companies for a car and then decided in Nashville we will be using Uber, a first for me. The rental prices are outrageous!

    Enjoy your day


    • mwbpequod
      mwbpequod commented
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      You may find that Uber is also outrageous now. Son in FL found it was crazy priced getting from the airport due to driver/car shortages.

  • #3
    Good morning. Thank you for opening, Ken.

    We have overcast skies and cool temperatures here in northern WV. Looks like it's been raining but I think we're good for getting outside today.

    I did a little scenery yesterday and will probably continue today. I will also do some tasks around the house, maybe some painting.

    Have a great day!


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


    • #4
      Grey and damp here today........might spend it on the office and shop, or reading - got a new stack of new books from the library and the clock is ticking on them...

      And everything bagel with cream cheese, and good hot sweet lime tea, and I should be good to go shortly. Longer range weather forecast looks like winter might have another gasp in a few days.....drag out the firewood boxes, again....Gardens might be put off for another week or 3 - got 40 bags of mulch arriving Sat. - local school fund raiser every year and this year they are delivering so beats seeing how many bags I can get in the Outback.

      Some NMRA work and some magazine work (maybe!!??!!) and then some journal work......

      Maybe April will be more tenable.
      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.


      • #5
        Good morning Ken and the rest of the crew. It is 45 degrees with off and on drizzle here in S.E. Michigan. Temps should hold steady most of the day.

        Ken, whenever I felt swamped at work, I made a list of bite sized chunks and tackled them one at a time.

        Hobby time was split yesterday between the Coal Tipple and cleaning up the modeling area. It is amazing how much stuff I dragged out in the time since Christmas.

        Have a great day!



        • #6
          Good Thursday morning Ken and the rest of the RR-L Crew. 47F here in Fishers IN with overcast skies. More rain expected today.

          Talking with third fellow about selling the 3D products line of Rusty Stumps. Then I'll be able to have a hobby again. Then I got to see what I can do for the fellow down in Australia that's looking for wholesale ordering of parts. Seems no one down there does such work and only print things like teddy bears (laugh)

          Well, better get my nose to the grindstone as I have a lot of work yet to get done. Everyone have a FUN and SAFE day in the Train Yard.



          • #7
            Good morning, Ken and all. The NH seacoast is cold and rainy, to continue into early Friday. Our middle finger to the oil profiteers: The oil furnace is out and we're burning wood for the remainder of the heating season. My Bolt gets it's warranty battery replacement tomorrow, but only the Prius can take my modules to the Wilmington MA show. It's next tank of gas may take us all the way through April.

            NMRA, town and bill-paying work this morning. Should also place a couple of model material orders, then back to scenery.


            • #8
              Cold, wet and ugly here. THE Bridge is closed today. Unreal.

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              Ken, nothing like a new start. I’m sure it will smooth out. That closet sounds like the space under my computer desk. Everything from’ wall warts’ to Ethernet and audio/video chords and cables, all in an exaggeration of Medusa’s hairdo in a windstorm.

              Better go…

              Be well.

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              Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

              Cedar Swamp
              SW of Manistique, MI

              Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022


              • k9wrangler
                k9wrangler commented
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                1330 hrs, just heard from one of the folks near Northern Command, they've had an ice storm and the power has been out, off and on for a day and a half. Checking power co site, it looks like several thousand in the Eastern half of the Yoop. Meanwhile the 1,000 footers are lined up for the locks to open at 12:01 tonight, Edgar Speer, my computer screen saver is first in line.