Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Train Day Approacheth...

Train Day is coming!!!


Sunday, October 29, 2006

They did it!

Kim and WoWN did it! They ran the Marine Corps Marathon!!!

You all rock!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

The Marine Corps Marathon...

Tomorrow I'm going to DC on purpose to watch the Marine Corps Marathon. The last time I saw this live the UMBC Quiz Bowl Team was going to Georgetown for a tournament. We walked right into it and weren't expecting it.

This time I'm going as a legitimate fan to cheer for Kim and WoWN.

Ladies, you're gonna do great!

But now I have a conundrum...what hat to wear?
Should I go for the classic B&O ballcap I have or...as it is the Marine Corps Marathon...go for my USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Cap, the closest to a Marine cap I have.

I think Kearsarge is going to get the sortie order for tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sorry 'bout that Chief...

I have neglected my blog, but I had a good excuse...
I am friggin exhausted.

You all know about the adventures in Parkersburg then the Train Show then last week was B&ORRHS Archives-O-Rama. A sorting session where volunteers put our collecting in order. A good time for all. But another 7 day week for me.
Then Monday my cold got the best of me and I slept in.

So that's where I am. This weekend is the MCM in VA and DC. WOWN and DASRT are running. So looks like another busy-ish weekend. Then there's TRAIN DAY! the week afterwards.

Am I crazy or what?

Monday, October 16, 2006

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Stealing a Quiz...

50 Things
From Kim’s page who appropriated it from someone else…

1. How tall are you barefoot?

2. Have you ever smoked heroin?

3. Do you own a gun?

What happened to number 4?
It’s right where you left it between 3 and 5. Geez..schmuck.

5. Do you get nervous before "meeting the parents"?

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
Best at a ball park if not there then best grilled.

7. What's your favorite Christmas song?
“Silent Night” either in German, sung by the muppets, by a church choir or played instrumental on a guitar.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Orange Juice and Coffee

9. Can you do push ups?

Look, yelling at me isn’t going to help find it.

11. What's your favorite piece of jewelry?
I don’t wear jewelery

12. Do you like painkillers?
You bet your bippy.

13. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?

14. Do you own a knife?

15. Do you have A.D.D.?
huh? I was looking at something else. Oooh! Floor-pie!

16. Middle Name?

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
I’m tired
Should I go get something for lunch now?
I need to get my classwork done.

18. Name the last 3 things you have bought:
Dinner at Subway in Oakland, MD, Gas at the Exxon in Oakland, MD, Gas at Kroger in Parkersburg, WV

19. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink:
Diet Coke, Coke, Orange Juice

20. What time did you wake up today?

22. Current worry?
The Presentation I was just assigned.

23. Current hate?

24. Favorite place to be?
A good bookstore/library

25. Least favorite place to be?
Traffic back-up

26. Where would you like to go?
London and Scotland and CHICAGO!

27. Do you own slippers?

28. What shirt are you wearing?
Black t-shirt and my arrow green dress shirt

30. Favorite color(s)?

31. Would you be a pirate?

32. Last time you had an alcoholic drink?
Someone’s wedding…Jess’?

33. What songs do you sing in the shower?
I have no set mental playlist

34. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?
I dunno

35. What's in your pockets right now?
Wallet, keys, comb, change, ID, metro pass and glasses wipe

36. Last thing that made you laugh?
NewsRadio re-run yesterday about “The Shaft”

37. Best bed sheets you had as a child?
Empire Strikes Back

38. Worst injury?
Rheumatoid Arthritis

40. How many TVs do you have in your house?

41. Who is your loudest friend?

42. Who is your most silent friend?

43. Does someone have a crush on you?
I hope so.

44. Do you wish on shooting stars?

45. What is your favorite book?
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

46. What is your favorite candy?

47. What song do/did you want played at your wedding?
“A Kiss to Build a Dream On” as performed by Louis Armstrong

48. What song do you want played at your funeral?
“Smile” performed by Nat King Cole

49. What were you doing 12 AM last night?
Reading my email.

50. What was the First thing you thought when you woke up this morning??
15 more minutes

Monday, October 09, 2006


Well, I'm back after 5 days of trainy goodness. First I went to Charleston for a meeting with the widow of a noted railroad photographer and the archivist of West Virginia at the cultural center in Charleston. I was traveling with a fellow Historical Society member and a noted expert on diesel locomotives. We met at my place and were on the road at 5:30am for our first stop: Cumberland, MD. Some thoughtful soul put a Roy Rogers right next to the B&O Main Line there and we had a nice breakfast as dawn broke over the Queen City of the Alleghenies. However, I did spill my coffee all over my pants to start things off. Fortunately I was standing up, so no vital equipment was burned and lo and behold, I had a change of pants in my suitcase!
Then we did a short jaunt to Mexico, MD to look at trains. Then back in the car, a fill of the tank at Sheetz and we were on our way to Charleston.
We took I-68 to Morgantown and then broke off south on I-79. The trip too longer than planned due to our jaunt to Cumberland with it's trainy goodness and "The Coffee Incident." Our ability to make up time was not enhanced by SIX MILE LONG work zones on I-79. Oy vey!
We made it to Burnsville, WV, got gas at the Exxon there and again enjoyed more trains as a CSX coal drag was waiting to go north to Grafton, WV with a load of hopper cars. There were also some leased locomotives belonging to the short line that services the coal mines in the area visible from the road. However, time was a factor here and we had to hustle south.
We arrived in Charleston and spent the next six hours adding caption information to railroad photos that had been donated to the state archives. Then we had a nice dinner with our hostess and hit the hotel. My traveling companion and myself had a total of 4 hours of sleep between us before we left (he was keyed up about the trip, I was doing a class assignment due the Sunday I was to come back) and we were out like lights by 9:30pm. The only thing we noticed was a hellacious thunderstorm that hit Charleston at 2am Thursday and was loud enough to wake us both up.
Thursday we were back on the road at 8:30am after a fine breakfast at the hotel. We arrived early in Parkersburg, WV at our convention hotel. This was fortunate as there were some logistical problems that needed to be addressed and my traveling companion went to work and I vegged out until the Board of Director's meeting.
Following the 5 hours of "fun" that is a BOD meeting, our convention began in earnest. I only caught some of the presentations as I was running around doing errands and...checking my email...yes, it was there and I had to get my fix.
Friday was Tour #1 in the rain, it was a good time and the day did clear up so that the afternoon was magnificent. Had a grand time. Again, got the short end of the presentations but still circulated enough to meet some new people.
Saturday was glorious and a great day to be running around, WV and Ohio. We toured a Carbon Black Plant and had some nice historical vignettes on the B&O Railroad in the Ohio River Valley. I was surprised by how important that area was and is to our industrial base even today. During the trip I did have one interesting adventure on my own. My digital camera gave me the "batteries are dying dude" light and I went in search of new batteries in Marietta, OH. Walking through town during the lunch break I found a hotel where I was informed that a CVS was "2 blocks down the street." Now, this is 2 Ohio blocks not DC or Baltimore blocks as I walked about a mile and a half to get to the CVS. Still, I got my batteries, got my lunch and made it back onto the bus for the trip back to the hotel and a chance to clean up for the formal banquet.
The banquet was really nice, had a great speaker and I made it a point to sit with some society members who I didn't know. I try to do that each convention and I think it's a good way for me to meet people and for people to meet their society archivist. One never knows who one may meet or how one can help them out.
Afterwards I helped pack up our society retail store set-up and went to bed. I awoke Sunday for breakfast and a general business meeting where I presented on the state of the society archives. Then back in the car with my cohort and we were on our way home...the long way.
We took US 50 East to Grafton, WV. This is a holy grail of B&O railfans, lots of locomotives and still rather busy. On our arrival we just happened to meet a noted railfan and RR Historian who advised us that he was about to go chase a train that was leaving the yard going eastbound and inquired if we wanted to go. We looked at each other and said, "Let's roll." and off we went at some unsafe speeds on narrow country roads chasing a freight train. I have to say, it's hard on the driver to do this, especially if the driver has no bloody idea where he is and is only following the jeep in front of him for dear life lest he be lost DEEP in the wilds of WV. I was able to keep up, boy I was tired afterwards. Got some nice pictures though.
Then we split up from our guide and went to Rowlesburg and M&K Junction, WV. Another B&O railfan hot spot. We met a kindly tower operator who allowed us to take photos within the bounds of safety of the locomotives and the tower there. She was also kind enough to tell us that a westbound train of empty hoppers would be at Terra Alta, WV around 3 or so. Again, into the car and off we went. We made it to Terra Alta with 15 minutes to spare, got our pictures and then went to Oakland for dinner and pictures of the 1884 Baldwin Station there. Then straight home. I got back in after 6pm. A long day, but a good day.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

I have returned...

And apparently, I've been called in for a blog coup attempt. Film at 11.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Off the Grid is Off the Hoof!

My last day until the 8th connected to the internets.
I know I'm going to go through WWW withdrawl. I'll need some way to check my mail, check the blogs, etc. I'm giving it up for the next 5 days.
So, just a heads up, you can ignore the blog until the 8th when I'll be over-trained and full of digital photos.

On that note here are some random thoughts, I call it "My Moment of Larry King."

The Chicago Bears are going all the way this year.

There's nothing better than a good Italian restaurant.

Cary Grant and Gregory Peck are two actors who really deserve an Oscar.

What's Mike Ditka up to these days?

Dusty Baker will be the next manager of the Washington Nationals, you can bet money on it.

Joe Gibbs smiled and laughed like the old days at his Monday press conference, the only thing missing was Jack Kent Cooke beside him.

Bush Administration officials need to get parking spots reserved at Capitol Hill now since they will be testifying before Congressional Inquiries for the next two years.

If the Wizards can figure out Miami, they're gonna make it to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

I haven't had a good pecan turtle in a while.

See you all Sunday! Go Redskins!