Monthly Archives: May 2008

Oh, dear lord …

While Jack Flemming and I were peacefully inspecting the track yesterday morning, in preparation for the day’s passenger runs, a kamikazee squirrel attacked Baraboo’s power grid yet again. According to this morning’s newspaper, the squirrel brought Baraboo’s power grid down … Continue reading

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Engineer

I qualified as an engineer for the passenger trains this morning. I hadn’t planned to do that yet, but an early season mix up in scheduling left us without the scheduled engineer for the day, so I completed three check … Continue reading

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Ah, one of those days …

Tuesday was one of those days … I woke up, feeling fine, and within three hours was going down. By the end of the day, I was immobilized in front of the television, watching a movie, moving my head when, … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

Michael and I attended the Memorial Day commemoration in the Dells, as we do every year. Our commemoration doesn’t amount to much, by today’s standards. The flag is raised, the National Anthem sung, a prayer said for the fallen, a … Continue reading

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Remembrance

Among the 58,178 who died in Vietnam … TERRY ALBRIGHT – Marine Corps – PFC – Age 21;DENNIS CALTON – Army – 1LT – 196th Light Infantry Brigade – Age 23;ANDREW CHICANTEK – Marine Corps – LCPL – Age 18;RAYMOND … Continue reading

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Santa Fe

As Helen noted, it was the end of an epoch, the final college commencement. I headed for the Twin Cities Tuesday, to spend the day poking around with Helen, doing a bit of gardening and watching American Idol. We headed … Continue reading

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Quickly …

I spent just about the entire day cutting grass, here and at the railroad. I won’t have a chance to cut again until next Monday, so I wanted to get it done and make sure that I wouldn’t come back … Continue reading

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Sun and Shadows

I’ve spent much of the day — in between other things that needed to get done or just happened — slowly reading and absorbing the California marriage decision. The decision is remarkable because it addresses a single question: “Whether our … Continue reading

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Certified

I spent a few hours with Jim Hagen at the railroad today, clearing track of leaves and other flammables. During the course of the day, I finished the final requirement for basic certification as an engineer, which means that I’m … Continue reading

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Cats and Dandelions

I’ve been working to keep the dandelion population around the house under control during the last week. I go out from time to time with trowel and bucket, and dig up the dandelions that are flowering. I’ve removed a few … Continue reading

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