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#1
Woke up to sunny and rather nice. Not really sure what is expected but that's OK I have a list of projects for both inside and out. I am sure there will be time for something train related just not what at the moment. Jeff our two pups bark whenever a dog is on the TV, I swear one of them (the female) actually watches the soaps with the wife! 

Have a great day folks.

Jim
#2
Good Morning Jeff and Bob, as well as all who check in today. It is my turn to go to a play today, we are seeing Peter Pan in Orlando. I enjoy most of these plays and getting out of the house. This coming week I need to do some sprinkler fixing, clean up the workbench and start taking a beginner yoga class. My back tends to really let me know when it's unhappy and it has been really unhappy for a while. My doc suggested yoga for stretching, said it has helped her a lot so thought I'd give it a try.

Other then that it is just another week of Saturdays for me.

Jim
#3
Good Morning;

I hear thunder in the distance and it is gray outside so I guess the rain is coming. 

I have a little different  view I guess on patient / customer issue.  For better or worse health care today is big business and the insurance company and government want to limit if not remove the customer (you) from the decision making. I can't tell you the number of times I've had to ask 'what will that cost' when told I'm sorry insurance won't cover that. The assumption is if the insurance company (or medicare) won't pay you won't have it done. I have to tell them, I'm the customer, not the insurance company, your organization makes it very clear I am solely responsible for payment so what is the cost and I will determine if it is worth having done. A good example is currently happening, Deb had breast cancer 5 years ago resulting in both breasts had to be removed and replacements installed. A month ago they detected a lump on one side of left breast. Deb's General doctor had an MRI done which showed it was not moving but what it was is unknown. She said it needed to be removed and then tested since a biopsy in that area might miss it completely resulting in false results. Now comes the Medicare man and Surgeon decision board who said first they needed to do a biopsy to determine if surgery warranted. I said no, this is my wife, we will want it removed. They said, 'that is not the proper SOP'.  I replied how much if I simply pay. They have yet to get back and time goes by so I have lined up a doctor friend in Toledo Ohio to set up surgery. It will be removed, As individuals we must be up to date to how the 'system' works, for large hospital organizations we are annuities, to Medicare and Insurance companies we are an expense. Knowing good people in both organizations are the only way to get the best health care you can afford.

Jim
#4
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday May 16, 2024
May 16, 2024, 08:29:07 AM
Good Morning;

I will open the clubhouse today. Yesterday saw another batch of heavy weather come through but we needed the rain so all good. Today bright and sunny. I am a little bored with structure and layout work so am going to switch and see what I can learn about electronic add ons for the layout. Should be an interesting change.  Hope everyone has a great day.

Jim
#5
Layout Tours / Re: Holland Odessa R.R.
May 14, 2024, 11:36:05 PM
Quote from: Zephyrus52246 on May 13, 2024, 08:10:02 AMNice structure.  Looking forward to your new layout.  It will be interesting to see how you transition between the two areas.

Jeff
Thanks Jeff, as I looked at it I did not 'feel' it so I went back and made it more 'used' overall. Here is how it will sit on layout.




#6
Layout Tours / Re: Holland Odessa R.R.
May 14, 2024, 11:26:13 PM
Quote from: deemery on May 13, 2024, 02:46:09 AMIt'll be interesting to see this come together.  I don't remember anyone doing a layout that had one part in the North and the other in the South.  Plus 1912 is a very interesting era to model, particularly for a period car fleet.

dave
For many years Deb and I had a townhouse on a small lake outside of Toledo Ohio which is where Deb grew up and her kids still live. I've spent my adult years in Central and Northern Florida so when I got into the hobby I decided to combine my fascination with turn of the century history and the two areas we come from. The layout will be essentially a branch type switching layout with much more emphasis on looks then operations. We will have to see how it comes together.

Jim
#7
Good MOrning and good luck Jeff, hope it is good news. Had a great day yesterday with it being Deb's birthday as well as Mothers day. We had a great meal at a place called Prime 3 in Leesburgh. In addition I was able to pretty much finish up a little Campbell Kit I modified some. Today some investment work and finish up the odds and ends of kit as well as clean up. hHope everyone has a great day.

#8
Layout Tours / Re: Holland Odessa R.R.
May 12, 2024, 10:11:08 PM
I thought I would catch up my story of the Holland Odessa Railroad and found it has been three years and a previous house when I had last posted, unbelievable, time is moving way to fast.

So I guess I will need to start from scratch. The layout I started with is gone, the structures were all saved but that was about it. The replacement layout will consist of a 'shelf' type L shaped switching layout highlighting NW Ohio in 1912 for one part of the L and 1912 in Central Florida for the second part. Since I will be starting over I need to pull some stuff together before sharing. In the meantime here is my weekend project just completed; a version of Campbell Kits Barrel Factory. It is suppose to be a corrugated structure but I am not really hot on that type of building so I made a modified version using clapboard siding and a ribbed roof. I simply used the diagrams and templates as well as the strip wood. Campbell instructions as some of the best and the drawings even better. It turned out a little more 'weathered' then I thought so might need to spruce it up a little but it will be located in a run down part of canal scene so we will see,

#9
Good Evening Everyone;

I had a busy day and just had a chance to catch up. Marty, my wife Deb's birthday is today as well. We had a Mother's Day dinner at a new restaurant (for us) called Prime 3 located in Leesburg Florida. What a pleasant surprise, it was the best meal we have had out in over a year. Everything was top notch, sat outside with perfect weather and the service was as good as I have ever had. It made for a great day for both my bride and myself. Hope everyone had as good a day as we had,

Jim
#10
Kit Building / Re: FOS Gorman Sign Company build
May 10, 2024, 09:01:07 AM
I agree, neat idea! Great work and looking forward to more now that you have reached the seven days of Saturday stage of life.

Jim
#11
Good Morning;

Have my coffee, the pups are on the chair next to me and I am enjoying reading world news, glad it is 'the world' meaning it is not here. I need to go out and get a gift for the bride today. Sunday is not only Mothers Day but her birthday. They seem to be coming faster and faster. Oh well, hope everyone enjoys the day.

Jim
#12
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday May 9th, 2024
May 09, 2024, 09:10:38 PM
I thought I'd pop in to catch up and found out no one opened the clubhouse today, bummer. I was able to make progress on the barrel company today, building the outside staircase and such. Had to see the doc this afternoon due to seriously swollen ankles, appears I've had a reaction to a new med they had put me on for blood pressure. So we will try something different.  Anyway I will turn the lights out and call it a day.

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#13
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday May 7;2024
May 07, 2024, 06:07:46 AM
Good Morning;

Up early today, not sure why but coffee tastes good and it gives me time to catch up on reading. Today some yard work , bench time and  whatever else I get myself into.Guess I need to wait to find out who is cooking up breakfast today. Have a good one folks.

Jim
#14
Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday May 5th, 2024
May 05, 2024, 09:14:28 AM
Happy Cinco De Mayo, the day all of Mexico celebrates Deb and my anniversary. Today marks 17 years. She bought me season tickets for local classical orchestra, music I like, her, not so much. Tonight I will take her to the best restaurant in area, she is a keeper and I am very lucky.

I have been working on a small kit this week, Campbell #422 Barrel Mfg. Company. I bought the box at a swap meet for nine dollars a couple years back, some wood is missing but all the directions and templates in place. Campbell instructions and templates are some of the best. You can build a kit just from them, the wood is a nice addition. I'm not trying to be creative on this one, just enjoying making it. Anyhow, hope everyone has a great Sunday.

Jim
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#15
Very late check in for myself, sorry but I've been catching up on going on's . I'll need to find out about Kalmbach Publishing, I had not heard about it.

Jim
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