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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: May 7
« on: Today at 11:35:52 AM »
Happy birthday, Judge!

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Wednesday, May 5, 2021
« on: May 05, 2021, 05:27:13 AM »
¬°Feliz cinco de mayo! 
Work is a bear this time of year. I think most workplaces could be improved with the simple addition of a margarita machine.

Ah, well. 

--Opa George

Second shift reporting...
My Jerusalem Artichoke bulbs arrived from the nursery yesterday just in time for me to get them into the soil before an all night steady rain.  Good timing.   

Dinner is on the stove--leftover curry--then my grandson's baseball game if the rain holds off.

"Be well, do good work and keep in touch."
--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: May 01, 2021
« on: May 01, 2021, 07:30:21 AM »
Happy May Day!  Weekly grocery shopping after breakfast, then gardening. We spotted our first hummingbird yesterday, a real sign of the season in PA.

Fortunately no damage from the high winds at the palatial Opa suburban estate last evening.

Take care, everyone.
--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: FOS Marshall's Boat and Gas
« on: April 30, 2021, 06:30:43 PM »
Really enjoying this build, Bob.  Nice little kit that I may have to pick up one day.
I also like the corrugated roofing material in these kits. I think it's easier to work with than the actual metal.

Looking good so far!

--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday, April 26, 2021
« on: April 26, 2021, 12:09:31 PM »
That IB stuff was new to me when I first read about it maybe 20 years ago, when did it start?   (I went to a high school where I would have expected this to Be A Thing if it was around in the early '70s.  I do remember Advanced Placement exams, but my college wasn't interested in them.  Instead, I talked my way into Sophomore Calculus when I got there, without the hassle of the exam :-) ) 

I started today with more work on my geology project, handing off more data to my lab partner to look at.  She's wrapping up her Senior research project for another course, and then we'll turn to the project in Tectonics.  I've been with the same 2 or 3 kids for all of the courses the last 3 years, it'll be sad to see my "classmates" graduate.   Speaking of the geology, here's 2 live volcano cams from Iceland.  Be sure to check them late in the evening, the nigh time images have been really spectacular:

Maybe some time in the train room this afternoon, pondering a new project.  (But I've said that before.)  Since the backdrops are in place under the stairs, I think I'll try to do scenery work there.


IB has been around since the 70s, but has only gotten popular in the US in the past 20 years as an alternative to AP classes.  Since then, it has really taken off.  Our school is deeply committed to it and we're the only school in central Pennsylvania to offer a full continuum IB curriculum (Kindergarten through senior).

Here is our info:

--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday, April 26, 2021
« on: April 26, 2021, 05:14:19 AM »
Good morning, all,

Back to work after a highly enjoyable and productive weekend.  This is the final week of classes for our seniors. They have International Baccalaureate exams all next month.  Everyone has remarked how this school year has somehow simultaneously been the longest, yet the quickest anyone can remember.

Have a wonderful day!

--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, April 25th
« on: April 25, 2021, 10:54:58 AM »
The sun was out for a glorious half-hour, now cloudy again but at least it stopped raining. I planted some flower seeds given to me as a gift, yesterday, so the rain will help them work into the ground.  Ordered some Jerusalem Artichoke bulbs yesterday for a hard to grow area. I had them years ago and recall they take charge of whatever area they are given (and then some). Beautiful flowers through the summer and delicious tubers in the late fall.

I love gardening time.

--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: Fos Scale Bandit's Roost Build
« on: April 23, 2021, 05:29:08 AM »
  I tend to drift between projects, and do what feels better to do at the time.

Very nice, Mark. Should look fantastic with color stain.  Yes, I do the same.  It's for relaxation, after all (and no boss to tell us what is next).

--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday 22APR2021
« on: April 22, 2021, 09:07:19 AM »
Good morning,

JIm, hope your wife feels better as the day goes on.

I did get some bench time in last evening.  I'm working through several ideas to finish the large junction wharf on the town end of my layout. I started an older FOS freebie: Big Lou's Hot Dogs.  Nice little kit to get me warmed up for something bigger in a few weeks.

--Opa George

Kit Building / Re: Fos Scale Bandit's Roost Build
« on: April 20, 2021, 04:32:54 PM »
I like it. Your placement and terrain features really highlight the structures.

--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday - April 20, 2021
« on: April 20, 2021, 02:01:12 PM »

Nice picture, Tommy. That gas station reminded me that someone local is putting together a coffee-table book of period photographs of all the old gas stations in the Harrisburg, PA area, circa 1910s to 1950s.  That is going to be a must-have once it is published.
--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, April 18, 2021
« on: April 18, 2021, 07:13:07 AM »
Family is coming over for Sunday pancakes in about an hour. Everyone is now fully vaccinated, so we're taking advantage.  Sun is out, the bird feeders are filled and it's looking like a beautiful spring morning.

Take care, everyone.

--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Saturday 17APR2021
« on: April 17, 2021, 02:06:25 PM »
Good morning! More moving stuff on the agenda for me, today. My brother and I are still cleaning out my mother's house so we can sell it. This is not an easy task, my friends. I hope to get back to finishing my challenge build next week.  Better late than never. :-[ ;)  I hope everyone has a great day.

John, you have my best wishes for endurance in your work. I was the executor of my step-father's estate and he consoled himself while my mother was ill and especially after her passing with "collecting."  He had rooms filled with boxes of collectibles, with only a path through, plus an outdoor shed filled to the roof. We hired a top-notch antiques auctioneer to clean out the house and sell it.  For our situation, it was a good decision.

Still, we spent months cleaning, doing yard work, etc to keep the place in shape till the auction.

Take care,

--Opa George

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sunday, April 11, 2021
« on: April 11, 2021, 07:43:41 AM »
Happy Sunday!

Yesterday was yard work day. Today it is raining, so that allows time at the workbench.  I have lots of small things, odds and ends, to finish before clearing off the workbench for a major kit.

I have Rust Rock Falls from FOS on the agenda this summer. It will occupy the heights and provide a visual view block between my Old Head Harbor and the swamps/marshlands of Ragged Edge.

Have a happy day, all!
--Opa George

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