Running Bear's Coffee Shop July 2024


Well, howdy there internet subjects. It's Troy again.

Speaking of cats, my sister wanted a new set of bread back closers, or whatever the plastic wafers are that keep the bags twisted.

She asked me to print these up for her

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I'm not sure how many bags of bread, muffins, bagels etc she has as at any one time, so I sent her four. My cat agreed that seeing four cat butts at once would be good for her.

My wife asked that I not keep any. Seems she sees enough of one cat butt on a daily basis.
Man, those are almost gross. Good thing they are pretty small. I finally gave up on those closer tabs. I now just twist up the plastic and wrap it around the remaining bread.
 
Well, howdy there internet subjects. It's Troy again.

Speaking of cats, my sister wanted a new set of bread back closers, or whatever the plastic wafers are that keep the bags twisted.

She asked me to print these up for her

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I'm not sure how many bags of bread, muffins, bagels etc she has as at any one time, so I sent her four. My cat agreed that seeing four cat butts at once would be good for her.

My wife asked that I not keep any. Seems she sees enough of one cat butt on a daily basis.
That's hilarious!

Just like a real cat, not shy about running around showing the world their business!
 
Good morning everyone!

A busy day on the horizon. Tomorrow we leave for Colorado for my wife's side family reunion. We decided to drive since its going to be a short turn around and we would of needed to rent a car on the other end. We are going to take 2 days out there, and stay at North Platte NE tomorrow night. The drive home we plan to just suck it up and drive it all.

Last night was another night of going to the basement and not doing any construction. Ran trains for about 45 minutes, but am having a hard time doing anything on the layout front constructive.

Have a great day everyone!
 
Good morning everyone!

A busy day on the horizon. Tomorrow we leave for Colorado for my wife's side family reunion. We decided to drive since its going to be a short turn around and we would of needed to rent a car on the other end. We are going to take 2 days out there, and stay at North Platte NE tomorrow night. The drive home we plan to just suck it up and drive it all.

Last night was another night of going to the basement and not doing any construction. Ran trains for about 45 minutes, but am having a hard time doing anything on the layout front constructive.

Have a great day everyone!
Safe travels
 
Well, howdy there internet subjects. It's Troy again.

Speaking of cats, my sister wanted a new set of bread back closers, or whatever the plastic wafers are that keep the bags twisted.

She asked me to print these up for her

View attachment 193718

I'm not sure how many bags of bread, muffins, bagels etc she has as at any one time, so I sent her four. My cat agreed that seeing four cat butts at once would be good for her.

My wife asked that I not keep any. Seems she sees enough of one cat butt on a daily basis.

Troy, they are hysterical, bet you could sell a ton of em.
 
Fu...d up Old Rebuilt Dodge?

About the Porsche Stories

i had once the chance to sit in a Porsche GT3 RS, and a friend of mine was driving. holy hell those cars are BEASTS! And the Sound is just love!
If i could buy any car i want, it would be a Mercedes AMG GT3 Black Series. Those cars are BEASTS the (old) V8 makes sounds that let you explode! Once seen on a race track INSTANT Love!

Okay now back to reality, iam driving a Skoda Oktavia RS :p (if thats not enough its also a Diesel :p)
Nothing wrong with Skoda👍, basically a little cheaper version of VW.
 
Good Morning All. Clear and 72°, upper 90's forecast for today. Unlike Karl, our relative humidity will be around 25%. It's a dry heat, man! Next ten days look to be about the same, but clouds may begin to form towards the end of the weekend from Gulf moisture blowing in.

Doctor visit yesterday went OK, except he wasn't there and we saw the nurse practitioner instead. She's well-qualified and I have seen her several times before, both alone and with the doctor. The only issue is that I need another steroid shot for the sciatica and she's not allowed to give that. She did give me a cortisone one to tide me over. So back again next week for a visit with him. I'll be getting an X-Ray before then, although I don't believe that there is a disc problem. I should get the results of the blood draw today, anxious to see where the A1C level is since I haven't been as careful with the carb counting as I should be. Italian bread and pasta is my downfall.

After arriving home, I did household chores and honey-do's since it was still too wet from Monday's rain to be effective outdoors. I loaded the Accura with scrap aluminum cans in preparation for a trip to the recyclers, maybe 100#. Going price right now is 50¢/lb, so that will make the trip worth it. I still have about 20# of #1 copper pipe from when I replaced it with pex piping a couple of years ago, that's bringing $3.85/lb. That and aluminum window parts are a real treat to sell to them. First of all, even though I already have a "seller's card", with both commodities, they take a picture of your vehicle, the license plate, you the seller and driver's license (all already on the seller's card anyway). Then a picture of the scrap in the vehicle with you standing next to it, the scrap on their scale and the scale reading. I make the trip with aluminum about once every 18 months, but it beats paying the refuse service to haul it away in the dumpster, and I am not always sure that they recycle it as they say they do.
Today will be the day that I start to remove one of the many "eyesore" downed trees from the yard, that the tornado left me. Up until now, I have just been removing brush/branches and stuff that's been in the way, as well as intentional firewood that has been in the tree pile since last fall; thoroughly dry by now.

Out in the train shed yesterday, I did some minor weathering on the two delivery trucks and planted them on the layout. Obviously the Oscar Mayer one is behind Garner's Market and the Seagrams one is behind the saloon.
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I added a driver to the UPS truck, using a sloppily painted Chinese figure since not much detail is required.
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War stories - Don't read this if you are squeamish. I didn't serve but I heard some horrific tales from peers who served on the front lines in Vietnam. Most of the servicemen wouldn't talk about them, but one was a helicopter pilot in the Army. They would take 3 Viet Cong POW's up in a helicopter and fly out over the ocean to interrogate them. First one didn't answer and got pushed out the door, 2nd met the same fate...3rd one usually always answered. The pilot eventually had mental issues a few years later.
Mike - I got to that point with my layout once I could run trains from end to end. Scenery went on hold for nearly a year. Of course I was still working at the time so time was also limited. Have a safe trip.
Mac/Mike - Well I totally missed the "Shake It Off" reference until I looked it up! I guess that I am just not a "Swiftie".
Chet - Good to see you post again, bad to see what you posted. Glad that you are OK, I guess that the deer wasn't in good enough shape to take to the butcher.
Patrick - I always had to have a Cardiologist visit before a colonoscopy as well. I almost think that it is just doctors scratching one another's backs for the each other's $$$.

Speaking of cats, today is National Kitten Day. I have always been more of a cat person than a dog person, specifically "barn cats". But we have made the decision to be dependent-free for the foreseeable future. Today is also the birthday of the late Ronnie James Dio, vocalist of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and Black Sabbath, among others. He passed away in 2010 at age 67.

Everyone have a wonderful Wednesday.
 
One of my Porsche stories, got a few. I was volunteering up in WK&S railroad for a while, and either on saturday, or sunday i'd drive up there. It's all side roads with some sharp curves thrown in here and there. One cold evening i was flying on one of those side roads. A 20mph curve ahead and i went into it at closer to 50. Porsche 911 has the weight distribution 40/60 since both gear box and engine are in the rear. As soon as the rear end started drifting, i commited a carnal sin in 911: lifted my foot of the throtle. 180° spin into a huge mud hole and stopped about 5 feet away from a creek. I was laughing out loud...after i quit shaking😱😆😡🤣💩. After that ordeal i've had to train myself a little to keep that foot planted on the throtle pedal. Accelerating up ramps onto highways became more fun, but damn it's hard to beat that natural instinct.
 
Morning people and whatever else is lurking here

A few scattered clouds, 60F, and the first of a string of 90F+ days. Ugggg I didn't get the windows open until 3:00 am last night. It was still 72 at midnight.

A bunch of errands to run in town this morning and a neighbor who is a RN is coming up to stay with my wife while I'm out. She has this week off but may be available on specific days in the future.

I ordered some tools from Micro-Mark a week back and they were delivered yesterday by FedEx. Only the delivery photo isn't my place and the box most definitely isn't here. I'll check with a couple neighbors before trying to contact them.
 
Good morning from paradise. Maui is beautiful. Almost 4am local time and it’s 72f degrees heading into the low 80’s. Sunrise is at 5:52 but the night sky is shimmering over the water. Sitting out on the lanai I have a light blanket if I want to nap out here and I will. It generally takes me about a week to adjust the body clock but when that starts this time I’ll be on the way home.

My regular golf partner has been sick the last week or so so stayed in Wisconsin but his wife and an adult daughter came out yesterday. One of my sister’s in-laws are coming today but only staying till Saturday when she will go elsewhere on the island and stay with friends there. My sister is happy with that. No new visitors until after I leave on the 15th.

I’m not sure what I agreed to yesterday with the wife. I know though at 5pm I’m playing 9 holes with the brother and a couple of his buddies. On carts it should take about 90 minutes to get around the course. The brother is grilling the dinner at 8

Enjoy the day
 
Morning all,

Currently sunny and 72°. Supposed to get to 95° later.
Got 15 tomatoes and 8 cucumbers this morning.
As for cars, always been a domestic man myself. Parts for many of the "imports" were always way more expensive. I have always been more into trucks than cars. Only owned one Ford, and what turned me off of every owning another was the inability of the local and the states largest dealerships to figure out the problem. A 3 year old car should have been relatively easy to fix. I spent an hour with the electrical diagrams and figured out where the issue was, but no parts available.
Fixed the existing switch in the column and traded it a month later. No sense having a car I couldn't get parts for, especially when it was only 3 years old. Never bought another, but they just haven't had anything I really liked.

Currently 80° as I started this an hour and half ago...errands called.
 
War stories - Don't read this if you are squeamish. I didn't serve but I heard some horrific tales from peers who served on the front lines in Vietnam. Most of the servicemen wouldn't talk about them, but one was a helicopter pilot in the Army. They would take 3 Viet Cong POW's up in a helicopter and fly out over the ocean to interrogate them. First one didn't answer and got pushed out the door, 2nd met the same fate...3rd one usually always answered. The pilot eventually had mental issues a few years later.
I highly doubt that story. Despite hearing this occasionally over the decades, think about how many people would be involved and then be tried for war crimes. The chopper crew, the ground support, the air traffic control, etc. They would all know what the flight was about if it actually happened. Way too many careers would have been on the line to keep it secret.
We heard about the Army Lt. William Calley case after the My Lai massacre in March 1968. Many finger pointing on that one, but it came to light because most people won't put up with that kind of behavior.
 
Good morning, all! Well, clean up continues, generators still running in the neighborhood as power has not been fully restored. As of this morning, 1.3 million in the Greater Houston area without electricity. Power company catching alot of heat for not staging repair crews prior to landfall.
We lost power for about 6 hours yesterday, suggesting the system is not stable yet.

Cars - Love my 11 year old Tacoma.

STAY SAFE
LATER
 
Back again. The computer part wasn't what I was told. Gonna send it back and try again. Getting a lot easier tearing the computer apart. Lot of practice.

I do like the car talk. As many might know, I am a car nut and have restored many cars as well as bought and sold a lot of them.
There is no way I would buy a new car today as the electronics seem to be the problem trying to get the infotainment screen to operate everything instead of having buttons, knobs and switches.
My last duty station was on the USS Little Rock home ported in Gaeta, Italy. Another guy was being transferred back states side and I bought a Fiat 1100 from him as a way to travel around the area. It really wasn't a bad little car once I found out that it was a 4 speed on the column and not 3.

I was going to be discharged in a number of months so I ordered and picked up a 1970 BMW Bavaria. Went to the factory in Munich and picked it up in person. I loved that car. BVMW's weren't a yuppimobile back then. In fact many people didn't have any idea what they were. I loved that car. Had to use a crank to raise and lower the windows. Had a third pedal on the floor. It was great. it did hurt that I had to sell it when I moved from Florida to Montana. There was no internet like there is now and the closest BMW dealer was (and still is) hundreds of miles away. If you needed an part of advice, you were SOL.

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This is not my car, but photos of a 1972. They didn't change much. These cars were top quality and extremely built, as were the Mercedes of that era. Had a great trip back to Gaeta and many weeks of traveling around Italy enjoying the FOOD.
Today, as far as I am concerned, they are garbage compared to the one I had. Too much electronics. Thay are also over engineered. The new BMW's look like a pig on steroids with the over sized grills. I have been trying to locate one over the years but what I have seen were overpriced or not in the best condition.
I saw statements that were great about how cars built by American companies in Europe were so much better than they were here. I totally agree.
Here's my favorite photo of my baby which now resides in a Chevy dealership which they keep in a temperature controlled area, be it in the shop or on display. Just for fun, I would like to find a Citroen 2CV.
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Willie - I see a few familiar items that you have posted. Thanks. I have some more for Todd and a number of freight cars also.

KreigslokBR52 - You seem to have had some experience with European cars. Volkswagen is in a heap of trouble today. Not what they used to be either.

AemJaY1 - Malta ! been there a number of times having been in the Navy. Here's my old ship in Valletta. Had a run in with a Greek (ex US) destroyer. It cut across our bow during NATO operations in the dawn hours. Almost cut it in half. You can see the damage to the bow. Spent a little over a week there this time getting repairs.

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Todd did drop off a few pieces of flex track so I can make a display above my TV but I haven't gotten muck done with the warmer weather. Now that it's hot, I may have to scrounge up a scrap of plywood and get my butt in gear. I still have boxes of structures and other model railroad goodies that I still haven't unpacked yet.

From the archives.

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Just got a phone call, gotta run.

LATER
 



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