Sounds good,but how do you handle the dirtiest germ fill thing on earth. Money. I've used my debit card more so than ever cutting back on handling cash but it can't be avoided. I either sanitize or wash my hands as soon as I can.Just to clarify some of what I posted earlier.
My wife will be "clean" and cannot touch anything that we have brought home. The only time she can touch something is after she has wiped it down. While I'm holding something to be wiped down by my wife, she only touches it with the paper towel soaked in bleach water with only one hand. AFTER she wipes it, I set it down and she can handle it with her other hand while she cleans the area I was touching. I CANNOT touch the item now, because I'm contaminated and it's clean. She places it in the tote. After the items are in the tote, I have to wash my hands for at least 20 seconds, then I'm considered clean and will not recontaminate anything. Then I'm free to help put them away.
I don't want anyone to skip a step and recontaminate something if you try this method. If you have any questions or suggestions, I'll answer them! Be safe!
This article in Wired Magazine is from 2016, but it's still relevant and interesting. Sweden is working hard on getting rid of cash and going to an all digital economy. The article delves into how it works, and the many challenges it brings with it.Sounds good,but how do you handle the dirtiest germ fill thing on earth. Money. I've used my debit card more so than ever cutting back on handling cash but it can't be avoided. I either sanitize or wash my hands as soon as I can.
Amtrak would have been running ICE trains in the corridor had it not been for the safety standards, but after Chase MD, and the more recent Frankford Jct. wreck, there is no hope that these standards will be relaxed.The biggest thing holding back European locomotives from the US market (especially in passenger service -- not really going to compete in non-electrified freight) are the US safety standards which require big heavy adjustments to be made to the locomotive. As the European safety standards have progressed, you are seeing efforts to accept locomotives in the US based on European ones.
Willie, you make a valid point as is often the case.Louis - As long as unemployment insurance is as generous as it is right now, very few folks are going to take those jobs that your wife has open. Let's see; $11/hour times 40 hrs/week = $440. Feds are kicking in $600/week on top of state unemployment insurance. Duh! Tax-free no less! A definite roadblock to economic recovery!
Oh my God yes! But those pitfalls makes us who we are.Very well said, LOUIS ... I agree! OTOH there were a few pitfalls I would like to have avoided!
Yep! My wife is an Angel, she never bats an eye or says a discouraging word about my purchases, but any train outside of my playpen has to have special approval. I have the ok for my front porch layout, as long as it's not too noisy. I have been granted special temporary permission to leave my tracks in place after Christmas in the family room, but I know better than to even ask about the living room or dinning room.You are preaching to the choir brother! LOLOL!!
More rivets. Many people don't know this but EMD actually stood for Every Model Different. GP38s did have the fans spaced farther apart but so did early GP38-2s. Here are a couple examples, first is an ex SLSF GP38-2 built March 1972. Well, the prototype was but I changed the fan spacing and radiator grills to match. Here it is after we got snow and freezing rain.<RIVETCOUNTING>Actually Karl, they look like GP38's without the "dash". The -2's had their radiator fans spaced closely together, while their predecessors had a ~12-15" gap between the two fans [like the ones in the photos do].</RIVETCOUNTING>
If they can't accept my AMEX card, I just steal it! After all I am wearing a mask,Sounds good,but how do you handle the dirtiest germ fill thing on earth. Money. I've used my debit card more so than ever cutting back on handling cash but it can't be avoided. I either sanitize or wash my hands as soon as I can.
I didn't know that - everyday, I learn something new - If I could make it to 10,000 then I might be pretty knowledgeable.According to the Episcopal Church calendar, today is Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, ( 10/24/1788 - 4/30/1879 ), Day. Sarah was an author and poet, best known for the Nursery Rhyme "Mary Had a Little lamb" She was also an advocate of a National Celebration of Thanksgiving, and a co-founder of Vassar. Just thought I would share that. This is what happens when one is sequestered for seven weeks and counting....
JOE -- sometimes I can lose a whole week!Louis: Easy to lose a day when quarantined. Sherrel does it frequently
It is not about them being relaxed. The European safety standards have gotten a lot more strict since the 90s and ICE and are probably akin to ours in end effect, but often the way to get there is different. (Ie, bolting on a million tons of extra heavy duty steel may not be the only solution to reach a given standard [standards written as end results vs how-you-get-there standards])Amtrak would have been running ICE trains in the corridor had it not been for the safety standards, but after Chase MD, and the more recent Frankford Jct. wreck, there is no hope that these standards will be relaxed.
Yeah there are economic and political differences. Some of those are now lining up (use established technology vs do it ourselves leading to economic savings is a factor now-a-days). A lot of this I think is still underway and may not happen (based on the link I read a while back that I cannot find now).The reason that European manufacturers even got their foot in the door, was the inception of Amtrak, and the lobbying that took place both before Amtrak with the Metroliner, and after Amtrak with the E-60-CP and MA models, resulted in unreliable or unstable locomotives / trainsets, which performed well as designed, but not up to promises and expectations. An off the shelf, 60 MPH freight motor, will not work as a successful 150MPH passenger locomotive. A 75mph off the shelf EMU will not perform well at 160 MPH. Political pressure resulted in something not quite ready for prime time. Then dividing the propulsion between two competitors, rather than using the best possible system available sealed the fate of the US passenger equipment industry.
The other factor is private sector demands, vs. public sector development in Europe.
I made $13.75 an hour in 1983. That could be part of the problem.My Wife's retail store has been understaffed due to the availability of warm bodies to fill positions. We thought that would change with all the new unemployment applications, but no. There is still of shortage of people applying for jobs. It's not a bad job, flexible hours, full time, health care, vacation, sick days and starts at $11/hour and lots of available overtime, but still not enough applicants.
We have EVERYTHING set up to be paid by credit card. Never late and we get cash back on everything! I thought about getting a stash of cash to have on hand before Captain Trips went on the rampage, but never got it done. Just as well, we have used cash one time since the middle of March.Sounds good,but how do you handle the dirtiest germ fill thing on earth. Money. I've used my debit card more so than ever cutting back on handling cash but it can't be avoided. I either sanitize or wash my hands as soon as I can.
Willie, you make a valid point as is often the case.
There are things unemployment does not provide. The opportunity for advancement, on the job training and more.
Many years ago I was in the United Paper Workers Union. The job was so close to where I lived I could have walked to work. It was good pay, excellent benefits and a gravy job. A bell would ring every hour on the hour for a 5 minute break. Eleven days after my first daughter was born I got laid off. I did as they recommended and went straight to the unemployment office.
Before I received my first unemployment check I had already found another job. Not the best job and it was more than 20 miles each way. It was part-time, no benefits, but all the hours I wanted to work. Ten hours a day, seven days a week if I wanted and I did, often more! The pay sucked compared to what I was making, but all the overtime got me close. The job was washing trucks on third shift for Ryder Truck Rental.
When the Litho. Co., called me back I turned them down. Ryder guaranteed I could keep working over time and after 6 months I would have a raise and benefits. That first 6 months was hard. Washing trucks in an open bay through the dead of winter was less than fun. The antique steamer pump kept me warm when I was washing, but I was soaking wet from all the overspray and leaks in the thing. I would leave work with frozen clothes. I thawed out on the way home and then I was really cold, even with the heat on! Many days I stayed over to cover for people who had called out. I worked so many extra shifts Ryder gave me extra uniforms. I think they felt sorry for me working the fuel Island in soaking wet clothes.
Turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I advanced quickly, in less than 1 year I was the district tire maintenance manager. I made contacts with people who would help me as advisors and technical experts for many years to come. Ryder had only five T-5 mechanics in their entire nationwide system and I had one on speed dial as my advisor, Tom Fick. He never once asked for or willingly excepted any pay for his consultation. God Bless you Tom, I miss you buddy.
Free training provided for me from Michelin, Goodyear, Bandag, Ford, GM, International, Cummings, Dryden and later working for General Tire and Firestone was also a big help. I can't leave out Microsoft and Intel, they were a tremendous help in a later venture. I never turned down a chance for free or low cost training. Even if I had to pay my own expenses. MacDonald's, 7-11 and Motel 6 are everywhere, you can always eat and sleep cheap.
That, what many said "crappy job" later enabled me to make well over 6 figures as an independent industrial mechanic. I would have never come close as Union Paper Worker. I reinvested in all the money I made, in myself and diversified. A plethora of all sorts of sales and services. My own brand of private label computers, I produced and published my own website. NFLfan.com. You name it I probably made a profit in it, as long as it was legal and ethical.
All because I decided not to take unemployment.
Crisis presents problems, but it also can provide opportunity if you are willing to work hard, that's the American way!
More rivets. Many people don't know this but EMD actually stood for Every Model Different. GP38s did have the fans spaced farther apart but so did early GP38-2s. Here are a couple examples, first is an ex SLSF GP38-2 built March 1972. Well, the prototype was but I changed the fan spacing and radiator grills to match. Here it is after we got snow and freezing rain.
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Next is a newer GP38-2 built November 1974, again the prototype. You can see the fans are much closer together. Other differences include newer style trucks, an anticlimber and different exhaust manifold. You can see the 2344 third in the consist.
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To confuse things slightly, early GP39-2s look very similar to the GP38-s except instead of 2 or 4 exhaust stacks it has one turbo exhaust stack where the air filter box bump is on the GP38-2.
MRL and BN are two roads that stencil the model on the locomotive.
Regarding Sweden going all electronic, I actually prefer cash and keeping my own records. It's not possible any more in our society but if I had a choice.....
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