Running Bear's April 2021 Coffee Shop

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Sirfoldalot

Curse You, Red Baron!
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Morning Sports Fans!
Presently we are at 60 degrees on the way to 85 for later under a bright, sunny, and breezy sky!
Just wheeled the old grill to the curb where it will go to the burial ground - I decided that I did not want to replace the charred parts from the fire the other night. Maybe I should look at one of the grills that I can smoke with too? I have never done any of that.

TomO - You scare me - well you and GREG too - with your run-ins of medical issues?
Goodness me, I will say a special message to the Man and while at it I will be more thankful for the few problems that I have had - although they were serious at the time. I have no idea how I managed to escape those problems as the first 30 years of my life - I spent lots of time in the woods both hunting and fishing.

I am playing TAXI driver this morning: Both the Spousal Unit and Sister in Law are having cosmetic work done today and I am shuffling both back and forth to the medical unit place.
I just hope that they don't come out with a Cyclops eye in the center, or one ear lower that the other? It an't cheap, but if it makes them feel better about themselves then I am for it; the wife is now almost back to the weight she was when we first met, AWESOME! She feels so much better and has so much more energy now!

Time for another run - BBL and KARL states!
 

MikeInHubCity

Well-Known Member
Good morning gang!
43° this Monday morning, heading to a high of 62°! I'll take it! No trains this weekend, Granddaughter took all of Grampy's MRR time, oh well.
Tom, I've never had Lyme's disease, but my ex wife's father did. I saw what it did to him. He was bitten playing golf, and it took him 2 years before he played again. I did have a stroke 10 years ago, so I can relate to the PT therapist/trainer/sadist remark. Those girls were tough on me, but they got me and my brain reprogrammed and back on my feet.
Time to head to the shop, BBL
I concur with both of you on the sadist but about the PT. They were able to provide with some improvements that vestibular do not touch.
 

TLOC

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Sherrel don’t be scared, live life to it’s fullest. As others besides me can attest, you never know what is around the next corner.

I will tell you from born in 1952 to 2000 I was fairly health. Appendix out in 1963, knocked some teeth out siding into second base playing baseball, for those of you dirty thinkers out there. Teeth again in 1968 playing Ice hockey. Nothing then till sinus headaches in 1976 to maybe 1990. After 2000, elbow nerve surgery in 2002, 2011 was thyroid and throat cancer, 2013 was bladder surgery, retired in 2014, 2015 was cataract surgery which was the greatest thing besides having the kids and marrying Terry. 2016 again throat cancer surgery and then a stroke. 2016 was a very bad health year. 2020 was lymph node surgery and Lymes diease. 2021 has been good except for the negative Covid tests I was getting before switching Lymes medical to qualify for Hawaiian travel rules. My doctors say I have no Covid antibodies and doubts I ever had the diease.

Besides my mostly wonderful doctors I can’t thank enough my wife, Terry that I married in 1976 and Meghan the PT therapist/trainer/sadist for my stroke recovery and Lymes recovery. Both struck with me through the mood swings and “I don’t want to” attitudes. Even with the prescription for the pool the IRS says it does not qualify as a medical deduction!

trains, I have found out there are sugar cane trains on Maui about an hour north of us but haven’t run in a few years. The equipment is available to seen and was last run as a tourist train. I plan to drive up there on one of our daily let see what’s on the island thing.

I played farmer this morning. Terry the gardener needed help and I hoed the garden. Hawaiian soil for the most part isn’t very deep or fertile. When she started the garden she had a backhoe dig 3’ deep, 5’ wide and 120’ long. She then had the planting area filled with dirt and composted cow manure and mixed weekly from January through February. Planted tomatoes, carlonroby, lettuce, onion, all sorts of herbs and spinach in March. Much of it is under shade cloth and is growing very well. This morning while my sister and I added more shade cloth Terry was planting more tomatoes, a patch of potatoes, turnips and other things. Last week the installers added a fence to keep out the critters and my sister said they had to drill into the volcanic rock to install the posts. One of the owners of a local diner told the girls in January what does and doesn’t grow. But with the shade clothes and regular care she may get lucky with the turnups, potatoes and a few things she is trying today.

Farming today took the place of the exercise program and all done before 8:15am. The brother has to head to Arizona on business and golfing tomorrow.

TomO
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TLOC

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I concur with both of you on the sadist but about the PT. They were able to provide with some improvements that vestibular do not touch.
MikeinHubCity, The thing was in Central Wisconsin we lived there from 1976 to 2014. We always checked each other for ticks, it was fun before the kids. Then we always checked the kids when they were young as we lived basically in a pine tree plantation. Get to the Madison area and I get Lymes from some random tick.

without my therapist I would not be as ok as I am today.

Tom
 
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MikeInHubCity

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MikeinHubCity, The thing was in Central Wisconsin we lived there from 1976 to 2014. We always checked each other for ticks, it was fun before the kids. Then we always checked the kids when they were young as we lived basically in a pine tree plantation. Get to the Madison area and I get Lymes from some random tick.

without my therapist I would be as ok as I am today.

Tom
I never had Lymes, but I did have a stroke in 2014.
 

kbkchooch

"retired" conductor
I never had Lymes, but I did have a stroke in 2014.
You got me thinking, what percentage of the population will have a stroke, then I found this on Web MD.

"A quarter of the world's people over the age of 25 will experience a debilitating stroke during their lifetime, a new study estimates.

Rates vary country to country, but in the United States 23 percent to 29 percent of people can expect a stroke sometime in their lives."

I suppose this group runs right along that percentage.
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
Good afternoon. Old man winter just doesn't want to give up. Was in the upper 60's yesterday with snow today. Not enough to be a problem but enough to let you know he's still around.

Totally forgot that we had another bowling tournament this past weekend. Didi well and we should be in the money on this one. Haven't heard about the 20 game tournament from the previous week, but being that we survived, I think we won. Have anothe3r one coming up in a few weeks.

Karl - Thankfully we don't have emission testing up here. Not even vehicle inspections, but up here you do have to have a dependable vehicle.

Willie - Enjoyed your photos as usual and really like the new grill. You'll be able to turn out some real feasts on that.

Alan - Another nice looking project you have going there.

Hughie - Nice photos.

Sherrel - You had to bring up the dog groomer. Have to get Ginger in there some day soon,

Tom in WI - Some times have to take a double take on some of your photos to tell if they are prototype or your layout.

Joe - Nice photo of the F unit but don't like the abbreviated paint job as much as the classic. Tired of all of the Covid-19 garbage. People that have had the vaccine have come down with the virus, Fauci still wants masks even though he doesn't seem top have a clue. Thankfully we are open for business up here. No more masks. We have decided not to go to the national bowling tournament in Las Vegas this year because they are requiring masks even while bowling.

Here are a few photos from the archives.

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LATER
 

GeeTee

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You got me thinking, what percentage of the population will have a stroke, then I found this on Web MD.

"A quarter of the world's people over the age of 25 will experience a debilitating stroke during their lifetime, a new study estimates.

Rates vary country to country, but in the United States 23 percent to 29 percent of people can expect a stroke sometime in their lives."

I suppose this group runs right along that percentage.
Sooner or later you live long enough to die.
 

Texas Hobo

Well Known Hobo
Good Afternoon all! Not a bad day here in H-Town, low humidity makes it really nice to be outdoors. Went out and mowed.
I did get some switching in this afternoon. Everything ran well except for one section of track that I had forgotten to clean up after spraying glue for scenery. Once cleaned all's well.

STAY SAFE

LATER
 

Boris

Beach Bum
Good evening.

Chet: I think we are all tired of Covid-19, and Dr. Fauci who seems more interested in keeping his guest appearances on weekend news programs going. The Chessie scheme for B&O power was really C&O without the script. Not anywhere as distinctive as the Blue, Grey and Black scheme, or the Blue Capitol Dome scheme.

Speaking of stokes, an ex Lehigh Valley Conductor who was in great physical condition, suffered a debilitating stroke brought on by a sneezing fit. Seems as though once we get older, it doesn't take much to set off a brain aneurysm rupturing.

On the health front, I have to get a CT scan of my lungs, and see a pulmonary specialist. I have had this persistent cough since I had pneumonia back in October 2018, and instead of going away, it gets worse...:(. Hopefully, I'll remember to call and make appointments tomorrow.

My Grand daughter makes her First Communion on May 2. Wife and I decided to drive up, first road trip in over a year. Second son is driving up from NC and will accompany us.

Looks like some of my lettuce is coming up, two weeks now, and none of the grass seed I put down on the 6th of April has germinated. it was old seed. Guess I'll have to get fresh seed and start over. Weather lately has been perfect with lows in the mid 40s and highs in the upper 60s. The only problem, is sunlight. We see it in the morning, and evening, but most of the day we have a substantial cloud cover.

Willie, GT, Hughie and Troy: Y'all have it right. No one, not even Dick Clark was able to live forever. However, I would like to get a fair return on all the RRB money deducted from my pay while I was working. So far, I've managed to duck Lymes, although Deer Ticks are everywhere, and we managed to duck Covid too. Now that I have the shots, I'm very Cavalier about going out. We are still wearing masks, as it also helps with colds and regular flu etc. Ultimately, though, mask use will fade away, no matter what any TV talking head says.

George: Good advice...make sure the Trust is irrevocable also.

Terry: How are things going?

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PC Alco S2 drilling at Frankford Jct in the 1970s. Mack "B" and Mercury Comet among the eye candy. Last time I was at Frankford Jct, the street looked the same with probably a little more litterd debris and weeds. Photographer Unknown.
 

MikeInHubCity

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You got me thinking, what percentage of the population will have a stroke, then I found this on Web MD.

"A quarter of the world's people over the age of 25 will experience a debilitating stroke during their lifetime, a new study estimates.

Rates vary country to country, but in the United States 23 percent to 29 percent of people can expect a stroke sometime in their lives."

I suppose this group runs right along that percentage.
For me, it took getting a 2nd opinion from a different medical organization to get the stroke diagnosis. Since I had a pacemaker implanted 2 months after when we believe the stroke happened, they couldn’t do the cranial MRI, so neurologist had to do every test they could to rule out a stroke. They finally diagnosed me with having a cerebral stroke after they ruled everything else out. When I fell this winter, they deemed that with each concussion(had one in 9th grade- wrestling injury), I become more susceptible to more concussions. I have mobility issues(use a cane & occasionally a Walker with a seat) & mental health issues as residual effects of the stroke.
 

GarryCBQ

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Howdy .....

I began typing a response last night, and was interrupted. I'm just getting back now, and my original typing is gone.

Willie ...... In your Saturday post, the first photo includes a Mercedes 300 SL gull wing sports car of the 1950's parked in front of the boutique. I noticed because my Dad owned one for many years. It's always good to see your layout photos. That is quite a grill!

Boris ..... Nice photo of B&O passenger train. You mentioned the Mercury Comet as eye candy in the picture with the PC S2. the real gem to me is only partly visible. It is a white 1962 Chevrolet Impala convertible with black canvas top. That is exactly what I owned when I was much younger. Mine was white with the red stripe on the side like that one. Interior was red.

My 1962 Impala looked very much like the 1961 Impala model made by Oxford which I have on my layout :



Chet .... It is always a pleasure seeing photos of your layout with classic vehicles, nicely detailed buildings, attractive scenery, and Alcos !

Mike Hub City .... I read your post, and I am sorry to learn you have the health issues you talked about. Best wishes and prayers for you.

Phil ..... If you get a chance to talk with Curt, please again let him know we are still thinking of him and wish the best for him and his family.

I have been working on the boat and the dock getting ready for boating season. If all goes well, the boat will be in the water tomorrow afternoon.

Everybody ..... Have a good night
 

Jaz avalley

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Sorry been MIA but am imitating a blue bummed fly :D, livestock, babie livestock,ill livestock,vet, plants,seedlings being potted on life is hectic, have not even been able to read and catch up :( just saw some lovely pictures on this large page, at least the way the coffee shop works I can go back through April’s when I can catch up, so I’ll throw a picture or two before I disappear in a puff of smoke like Jean genie but no harem outfit LOL
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this is loosely based on Dads Army a Brit Comedy old style, genuine humour
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in the Uk there are a number of preservation railways with stations and they do special days music,jazz, and WW2 r enactment etc etc so this can be like a live museum, I love that real life gives us the opportunity to get away with blue bloody murder lol. Go safe guys I’ll be back and catch up as soon as I get a chance to sit down and read ‘ type
 

tootnkumin

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this is loosely based on Dads Army a Brit Comedy old style, genuine humour
Ahh! Dad's Army. One of, if not the best of British send up situation comedies ever. It was the characters that made it. Each actor perfect for their part. Britain's great theatrical strength is there are so many to choose from. They did a movie version in relatively recent times, but you just can't replicate the original TV series appeal with other actors, even British ones, no matter how they may try.
 
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