Monthly Archives: September 2009

#82

#82, circa 2002 I took another step in steam training today, learning to run #82. I went to the railroad this morning to learn how to receive inventory at the Museum Store, but the necessary invoice hadn’t yet come in. … Continue reading

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Television Follies

Helen e-mailed yesterday to ask how I liked the new television, and we ended up, after a few one-line exchanges, calling each other to actually talk about our respective adventures with new flat-panel televisions. Helen and Jay’s television is set … Continue reading

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Autumn Tasks

It is now in the fifties during the day and down to the upper thirties at night, and it is time to get started on Autumn tasks. I brought in the fountain off the deck yesterday and put it away … Continue reading

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Tom Thumb

I began the process of learning to run a steam engine this weekend, under Gary’s careful and patient tutelage, and late afternoon yesterday I made a half dozen short “solo” runs on the main line with the Tom Thumb to … Continue reading

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Inside, Outside

Michael might have to spend a month or two in Texas sometime later this year, and he is training me as the designated backup for his job managing the Museum Store at the railroad, so that I can do the … Continue reading

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Bullet bit …

I finally bit the bullet this morning and bought a flat-screen television. The price on entry-level plasma televisions from Samsung and Panasonic are now in the $750 range, and the Panasonic TC-P42X1, the current Consumer Reports recommended entry-level plasma, was … Continue reading

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Home

I picked Michael up at Union Station yesterday afternoon, and we took a long drive back, construction zone after construction zone. It took us an hour and a half to make it from the loop to O’Hare. The rest of … Continue reading

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Milk

I’m in Evanston, visiting Chris for a few days. We’ve been loafing around, or at least I have been. Chris worked Tuesday and yesterday. He’s staying home today, though, so we might have some time to knock around a bit … Continue reading

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Amtrak

Michael is coming home from Texas today — he is enroute on the Texas Eagle as we speak — and I’ve gotten interested in Amtrak’s “Train Status” system. The system follows the movement of a train as it crosses the … Continue reading

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Sitting still …

… is not my forte in the best of times, and it is positively painful with my back on a terror. I had the occasion to spend about four hours in the car yesterday, strapped in and relatively motionless. The … Continue reading

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