Monthly Archives: May 2009

Mitchell Time

I went to Milwaukee today to visit with Bob, and we ended up rearranging his house to hook up his new television, a 42″ flat screen HDTV and DVD player. Bob had a stroke four or five years ago, and … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

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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Excavating

The squirrels, frustrated in their attempts to climb the bird feeder, have apparently decided to excavate instead, digging out around the post so the bird feeder crashes to the ground. As our late and unlamented President used to say, “Bring … Continue reading

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Orson, Welles but Limp

Orson, the Foster dog, likes to take herself (Orson is of the female persuasion) for a walk every so often. That’s fine, but Orson doesn’t have the brains that God gave grasshoppers. Orson showed up at the door yesterday after … Continue reading

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Spring to Summer

We are moving, more rapidly than I am quite ready for, from Spring to Summer. A few weeks ago, when things were showing signs of new growth, Summer seemed far away. This week the bleeding hearts are in full bloom, … Continue reading

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Giant Cavorting Raccoons

Michael is 59 tomorrow. Michael’s Facebook status last night: “I have been ironing railroad patches on pink engineer caps while giant raccoons cavorted in the back yard. No, seriously.“ Now seriously, is this a sign of early-onset dementia, or what?

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Toot toot … peanut butter!

Peanut sitting on a railroad trackIt’s heart was all a flutterAround the bend came Number 10Toot toot … peanut butter! No peanuts, but Saturday was windy and we had lots of small branches down on the track. Carl on the … Continue reading

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Visit

Helen visited this week, coming in on Monday afternoon and heading home with Jay on Friday afternoon. Helen came in on the Empire Builder, which was dead on time. It often isn’t. I got to the station about ten minutes … Continue reading

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National Train Day

You may have missed it in all the hoopla over Mother’s Day, but Saturday was “National Train Day”. National Train Day is the annual commemoration of the 1869 joining of the Transcontinental Railroad in Promontory Summit, Utah, the day on … Continue reading

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Eugenia

I received news last evening that an elderly friend, Eugenia, died early yesterday morning. Eugenia was a delight, a rough and ready stick-shift Jeep driving battleaxe who told it like it was, with humor and honesty. I always looked forward … Continue reading

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