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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, February 17, 2024
February 17, 2024, 07:57:11 AM
Morning all.

Single digits here this morning, but we'll break the freezing mark later. 

Did my taxes yesterday, but two support people couldn't seem to fix a problem that came up.  In fact, one just said she'd be back and signed off, never to return.  Will try again today.  

I've done some touchups on the Deco kit, hope to get to the next step today.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday, Feb. 5, 2024
February 05, 2024, 08:21:45 AM
Morning all.

You "Easterners" (my mother called them "snobby Easterners"--my dad was from New Jersey) sure sleep late.  Us midwestern folk have been up awhile, set out the trash and recycling bins, read the paper (it's really thin on Mondays) and are having breakfast. 

Supposed to get to 50 today, we'll see.

the Tree Guys (that's the company name) are coming today to clear the yard debris from the snow storm of early January.   

Work on the DD build later.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, February 4, 2024
February 04, 2024, 07:55:35 AM
Morning all.

Supposed to warm to near 50 today.  We'll see if that happens. 

Will work on the Tattoo parlor build some today, hopefully.  

Iowa women's BB won last night in a game they blew an eighteen point lead.  Pretty exciting second half.  

Kit Building / DD Luci's Tattoo
February 03, 2024, 04:29:01 PM
This is a build thread for Downtown Deco's Luci's Tattoo Emporium.  Mark Dalrymple's help on my layout dilemma showed that this building would fit perfectly in the town scene.  The building I used there is a Hardware store which doesn't fit the "theme" of the bad side of town.  But this tattoo parlor will.  

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024
February 03, 2024, 07:32:01 AM
Morning all.

Another day in the low 40s here.  I'm a bit disappointed as it was predicted to be in the 50s the last couple of days.  But it's cold, windy and gray instead.  

Hit a bit of a snag on the Deco build, so I didn't get much accomplished yesterday.  Hope to do better today and start the build thread. 

Trip to the grocery store later this morning is on the docket. 

I'm always mindful of getting my roof stack/vents/chimneys perfectly straight.  This week I noticed this on the roof of the Culver's across from my office. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024
January 27, 2024, 07:36:48 AM
Morning all.

Foggy here again this morning, but were just above freezing and no rain/snow forecast.  

Hope to continue the Gusano Loco build today.

Here's a picture I took when we went to California over Thanksgiving.  It's just sitting in the street in Monterey.  No historic sign/plaque to explain what it is or why it's there.  

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Tuesday, January 23, 2024
January 23, 2024, 08:10:25 AM
Morning all.

We're on a one hour delay at work due to freezing rain and snow in the area.  Our temp is right around 32, and should go up a tiny bit, so hopefully it will just be wet later, but I'm watching the road conditions.  

Kit Building / Gusano Loco build
January 19, 2024, 04:45:03 PM
I needed something to build while watching playoff football, so started this kit.  It's Gusano Loco from FOS.  Stripwood, siding, signs, instructions windows, roofing and some water putty to make stucco.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday, Jan 19, 2023
January 19, 2024, 08:29:04 AM
Morning all.

It's one below here with a high of seven predicted.  I need to push or snow throw the two or so inches of snow we got yesterday somewhere.  Need to go to the credit union to renew a CD later today.  Otherwise a lazy day here.  Maybe some structure and/or layout work, we'll see. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday, January 15, 2024
January 15, 2024, 08:23:02 AM
Morning all.

TGIM!  Why Monday?  Because it's caucus day here in Iowa.  The extremely annoying political ads/texts will end for awhile.  

Very cold taking out the trash this morning.  Fourteen below with a wind chill of thirty one below.  We won't break zero again today.  I will venture out later to clear part of the sidewalk that got drifted in by the wind. 

Maybe some layout work later, I also started a structure build I need to begin posting on.  


Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, January 14, 2024
January 14, 2024, 07:38:50 AM
Morning all.

It's 17 below (42 below with wind chill) here this morning.  Snow is blowing around and it's icy and slippery everywhere.  I will only go out to do some shoveling touch up where needed.  Otherwise trains, computer games and football are on today's agenda, though I wonder how much longer my wife wants to keep the Christmas tree up. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Sunday, December 24, 2023
December 24, 2023, 08:03:22 AM
Morning, all.

Happy Christmas Eve!  As our celebration with the kids/grandkids was last weekend, it's just a quiet weekend here.  

Didn't get much accomplished yesterday as I spent 3+ hours dealing with installing the Ring Doorbell, which still doesn't work.  Don't get me started about their "customer support".  We'll try again today.  I'm glad I didn't throw the old doorbell out, as I think it will probably be back in place by tonight.  

Cloudy and 57 degrees here with rain later.  No white Christmas, but I'm not complaining. 

Kit Building / FOS freebie and new tools
December 23, 2023, 11:28:06 AM
This is the most recent "freebie" from FOSscale models.  Doug knows if he makes a free kit I like, he'll be getting a $50+ order from me.   ;D  I was more interested in seeing his new 3D printed details than the kit, but it's a nice looking little building.  The usual stuff in the bag, siding, pre cut windows (yea!), laser cut sides/windows, some trim and one (!) piece of bracing stock, roofing and the 3D details.  the sign/picture sheet includes an instruction diagram, which I don't think I've ever seen in one of his free kits before.  

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Saturday, Dec 23, 2023
December 23, 2023, 08:23:48 AM
Morning, all.

Very foggy here this morning.  Supposed to get up to 56 degrees later, very warm for nearly Christmas.  

Having my favorite breakfast, pie.  My wife would say there's more Cool Whip than pie, but yeah.   :D

Started a kit yesterday, will start a thread later.  I have a Ring doorbell I might install today as well since it's so warm out.  

Let's see if I can post a pic.  

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday, Dec 22, 2023
December 22, 2023, 08:12:48 AM
Morning, all.

Up bright and early this morning to start my four day weekend.  

Some "issues" arose last weekend when running trains with the grandkids, a couple of locos which worked fine the week before not running correctly, and a wire to rail solder joint that came apart (causing a derailment).  But I feel more like building a kit, which I haven't done in awhile.  Maybe I'll start a build thread after reviewing how to post pictures. 

Our Christmas was last weekend, so I don't need to do any last minute shopping.   ;D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday December 18, 2023
December 18, 2023, 08:55:35 AM
Morning all.

My grandson is drawing a monster truck next to me while his twin is making a ruckus in the next room.  The others are still sleeping.  

It will be quiet later as I think everyone is leaving today.

Our Christmas was splendid yesterday. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday, Dec 13, 2023
December 13, 2023, 09:50:25 AM
Morning all.

Slept late as I'm dealing with the remnants of an upper respiratory infection over the last few days.  Pretty much cleared up.  Will test the layout today as the children/grandkids start arriving this afternoon.  

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday, Dec. 8, 2023
December 08, 2023, 08:36:33 AM
Morning, all.

Where is everybody?  I slept really late after watching the Patriots actually look like a football team last night.  

I did a lot of outside work yesterday as it was so nice out, supposed to be in the 50s again today, but it'll be basement clean up today.  

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thursday, Dec 7, 2023
December 07, 2023, 08:09:37 AM
Morning, all.

I guess I'm first here today, though woke up an hour late as I was pretty beat after work yesterday.  Basement cleanup and maybe a trip to the dump on the docket today.  It will be up to 56 degrees today, pretty warm for December.  

It's also Pearl Harbor day, a date which will live in infamy. 

Kit Building / Challenge build 2021. Act IV.
January 22, 2022, 04:22:50 PM
Next up is a CB&Q station.  This is a special kit offered by a CB&Q dealer from LaserKit  (AMB models). 

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