Sunday, May 29, 2011

Railroad snipe hunt

Amongst train restoration/history enthusiasts, it's ALMOST a joke about "the locomotive sitting in a pond in a quarry" waiting to be rescued.

Even with this knowledge, Thursday morning at 7 am, I set out with a group of people who should know better, for a 4 hour drive north to the site of an old train station next to a river. Here, it was related to us, had sat some old passenger cars on blocks, that were burned in place, and the metal remnants shoved over the bank next to the river. There is a picture of the cars. There is a first person account of seeing the metal over the side. So permission was eventually obtained from the railroad for salvage/access rights. These could be valuable original parts to use in our restoration of several cars.

I ended up sitting in criminally uncomfortable rear seats in a 4X4 pickup truck for a total of about 7 hours, 3 of which were unpaved bumpy roads.

After following directions, maps and Google satellite photos, we arrived to find the tracks themselves covered by 6 foot high Scotch broom plants we had to wade through to get to the bank which was covered with large trees, blackberries and poison oak. And lots of leaves and old railroad ties and metal strapping.

But nothing else.

But the river was beautiful, as was the drive (which I couldn't take pictures of due to my rear seat perch.)

                      This is the road to the river I took so I could look up and see something. (I didn't)

There were a few clearings, a lot of I can't take a picture because all you'd see is branches. 
This shot is somewhere in between. Look carefully and you can even see some rail.

An elevated shot of the river.

Oh, and it was all very wet because it rained a lot on our way there. My feet were soaked all day, and I got home at 8:30 pm.

I should also mention that the timing was partially due to weather timing and partially due to planting timing as this is located in the midst of what is known as the "Emerald Triangle" where the largest cash crop is, as they say, off the books.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Crime is not paying as well as it might

thanks to Paypal YEA! We just got notified that they are crediting back our full amount we paid towards a vacation rental in NYC.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in,

(again, hopefully this works) and stops my mind from wanderin'

Another half gallon of roof patch on top of the previous quart we tried on the first attempt.

This occurred the day before we left on vacation. The good news is that the paper sucks back in when it dries out, and we have a dehumidifier right below it.  Pain is unavoidable, suffering is optional....

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Ever wondered what those Google mapping cars look like?

Spotted one on the freeway last week.

I assume the camera is in the "tuck" position for freeway travel.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

NYC Architecture

This first bldg is "just" a multi use office bldg. The artwork is called "Metronome". It borders Union Square, which is so named because it is the union of several streets

No, it's NOT out of focus

Here it is in early evening, it is next to the Highline. As best I can tell this is called the Chelsea Pier bldg. Pls correct if I'm wrong.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

NYC Faces

She didn't look like Christy Brinkley, lots of people thought so. (Interview on Access Hollywood for her appearing in Chicago the musical)

Christy's legs didn't look normal

Mary Hart doing a promo for her stop at Letterman. She's retiring from ET after 29 YEARS?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

More NYC High line pics

Water features in early evening. We didn't stay later because it was our last night and we had to get up at 4am the next morning.


The windows only show during the day...

Friday, May 13, 2011

No longer live from NY, but I have pictures!

I love my ipad, but it's the first generation, so I can't take pictures with it, and transferring pictures from camera to ipad away from home is thus far problematic.

The thing I think we liked best was called the Highline.

This "chaise" is on rollers

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Latest sighting

We saw christy Brinkley being interviewed on Access Hollywood by the NBC Studios, we, and many others, had to be told who it was. Time and/or surgery has not been kind.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Addendum to below

While we were waiting on line, Mary Hart shot some footage of herself pointing to the Billboard. (She later was on Letterman reading a top ten list) I think that will be on ET which is on As I write this.

Just got in from seeing a taping of David Letterman

This show starred Mark Harmon. The process to get in was quite arduous, not for the meek.Lots of waiting in lines before we were essentially culled and banished to the mezzanine with all the other codgers. Very loud music.

Monday, May 02, 2011

This place really DOES hop

We wandered down to Ground Zero this afternoon, since we missed all the celebrations last night. We got interviewed by Shepard Smith(FOX News). Since then we've heard that Obama wil be there Thursday. we'll have to check that out.