Monday, April 30, 2007


I'm home, and I have pictures of the trip back!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Charleston, Day 2...

Well, our trip to Charleston is winding down. The Archives Crew completed their second day of captioning the photos of JJ Young's that were at the State Archives. We really had a good crew and fortunately or unfortunately, we need to come back. We didn't finish. So, once more unto the breach dear friends...but I think I'll take the train this next time.

I've updated my picasa link with photos from the session today. Tomorrow is a trip along the West End of the B&O. More photos should be forthcoming.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Blogging a trip...

Well, the Archives Team is in Charleston, WV. I'm guessing they, like my co-pilot Jim, are asleep in their rooms. It's been a long day. But a good day.
I have a new album of photos on my Picasa Page with pics from Burnsville, WV. It was the first place we saw some good quality sunlight. So, check out the new Album. More will be added to this as I get a chance to snooze and recharge.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Expedition...

Tomorrow I leave for Charleston, WV for a special archival/historical expedition. A crack team of archival volunteers will be helping the WV State Archives caption their photographs by noted railroad photographer J.J. Young Jr who died in 2004 and left all of his Wheeling area photos to the state archives. Unfortunately he didn't caption them because he remembered all the captions himself.

The B&O Railroad Historical Society has put out a calendar of his photos with the permission and assistance of his widow so that's why I'm going deep into West By God Virginia.

I'll have my digital camera, laptop and a hotel room with free internet so I may try this whole blogging on the road bit.

Monday, April 23, 2007


I have reached VT Saturation. Any more news about this horrible tragedy and I'm going to give it the same dismissive nod I give the other overexposed horrible tragedies in the world, Iraq, Darfur, Global Warming, Lost, I hear or see a story and go, "meh."

I'm beyond caring about Iraq. We lost, get over it.
Darfur? No, it's nearby, you just turn left after you take the next exit, you can't miss it, really it's darnear.
Global Warming, where is that new catalog of SUVs? If I just park one at Al Gore's house will he come out to lecture me? If so, could I get him to autograph a copy of "An Inconvenient Truth?"
Lost, I'm glad a TV show accurately describes its audience. For gods sake, find the professor, make the radio and just live there. Hilarity will ensue, trust me.

Seriously, please please please can someone in the FCC just send out a shut the F*** Up notice to the networks and local stations and cable news networks and crap. I'm done. Any more and...I will actually not care about the entire episode. I will be so numb that it will be a story that I just turn off or change the station to. It will be so omnipresent in my daily routine that I will not care at all about it.

Please someone tell the President to go on TV and say, "Alberto, you're doin' a heckuva job here" so the network lemmings can all run somewhere else.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

What I've been up to...

Well, work, railroad stuff, and some more work. That's about it.

I just got a new book that was mentioned on another blog I read. Called "Conquering Gotham" about the building of Pennsylvania Station. So far it's been pretty good, though the PRR management is getting off pretty easy. Andrew Cassatt, president of the PRR was not as super nice as he's being shown here. Though he was better than his old boss, Tom Scott.

Still, pretty good reading.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

People, people...

Look, I think it's great that they're going to save the Tasmanian Devil. But, this concern about the other wildlife...people, WE ALL KNOW that a rabbit is generally smart enough to save himself by putting a bear trap in his mouth, putting on a dress and lipstick and pretending to be a Tasmanian She-Devil.

Hello? Duh! You know these scientists would be a lot less uptight if they knew the capabilities of the humble rabbit and duck. (I'd say its even money with Daffy alone. 8-5 in Daffy's favor if Porky is with him.)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Work work work...

Sorry I've been quiet for a while. Work has been busy and there are a couple of nice trips coming up for me. (YAY!)

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


NASA just released this shot of Io.

The eruption in the photo is from Tvashtar, the largest active volcano in the solar system. That's molten sulfur spewing out. The red dot is a fountain of lava.

Impressive, no?