Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

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  1. popscycle

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    Remembering when "April showers" was in fact "April snow", shown below; you might do well to book into May this year. Not being a pessimist, but just saying. :D

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    Above pic taken early April from the old place, looking across the street.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 12: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The twelfth of these is the Focke-Wulf FW 190, which was a German WWII aircraft built between 1941 and 1945 Some 20,00 of these planes were produced during that period.

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    The FW190 was, in its later versions, a very capable fighter. It is believed some 28 still exist. The one pictured above was on loan to the AF Museum (Wright Pat) from the Smithsonian. The last time I looked, two were in the hands of the Collings Foundation undergoing restoration.
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    Snow In The Yard: Stopped by the PA rail yard yesterday, just long enough to see there was no activity. Some snow had piled up, though.

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    Naked Aviation Porn 13: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The thirteenth of these is the Consolidated PBY Catalina, which was an American an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s. Over 3,300 of these planes were produced during that period.

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    During WWII, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escort, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport.
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    A Run To The Sausage Place: After ducking out at lunch for some burgers the other day, we decided to go on to the sausage place and replenish our supply of chops. Any excuse to get out this time of year is good but lunching and then restocking the pantry makes for easy justification/rationalization. This time, the place wasn't busy and there was only one person ahead of us.

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    The last time we were here, there was a decent line (for custom orders) and the refrigerated display cases were empty. This time, we got a dozen of these beauties fresh cut.

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    I took them home, wrapped them in individual freezer bags and put them in the freezer for later, when we run out of crock pot meals. They cost about $3 each and make for a really good meal when thawed and quickly seared on each side.
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  6. KMichael

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    So, having traveled home for the weekend I just indulged in one of these chops with the maple apple drizzle. I have but one regret -- not asking John to cook 3 chops and a 4th one for dessert. That's some tasty eating right there.
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    John; smoked chops look delicious. Here is a summer reminder to cheer you up from the dull winter season. Taken last June as OSR were lifting full auto racks at the Cami Automotive plant in Ingersoll to take to Woodstock to exchange with Canadian Pacific. Love to see these F units still in revenue service.

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    Steam Engine Art: Below is an artistic rendering of a two cylinder stean engine, based on a picture I took of the same on a really fun ride several years back. The art piece was something I worked on this past weekend.

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    I like steam engines, especially those with a primitive Reeves drive.
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    Dreaming Of Milling Around: With dreary winter weather trying to invade my senses and sensibilities, I am looking ahead to some spring milling around like I did several years back.

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    Previously not posted ( I think), the pic above was taken in May of 2017 and shows two of the things I love - some really good gravel that leads to old places.
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    Hometown Railroad Had A Real Oddball: It was quite by accident that I learned of a real oddball locomotive yesterday. Only one of these was ever built and it was used by the railroad (i.e., GM&O) that ran through the town I grew up in. That oddball was the Ingalls 4-$ diesel-electric locomotive built by the Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, MS. Shown in an internet photo below, it was used by GM&O until 1966, after which it was scrapped.

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    Aside from living only several blocks from GM&O mainline tracks, one of the railroad's larger yards/maintenance facilities was just a good motorcycle ride away. Back in those days, though, work, school, sports and girls displaced any interest in railroad stuff.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 14: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The fourteenth of these is the McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom II, which was an American jet fighter of the late 50s, early 50s and beyond. Over 5,000 of these planes were produced during that period.

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    I photographed this plane in the New England Air Museum, which is a nice 1.5 - 2.0 hours motorcycle ride from the house, depending on the route.
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    Remembering Flying IFR: I learned to fly a plane in college. Having managed to get through my solo x-country and surviving an engine failure (no damage to plane putting down in a cornfield), I ran out of interest and money to continue (working nights to pay for going to college during the day) and eventually went back to motorcycles, which were more fun (better, more immediate scenery at less cost). The "I Follow Railroads" meaning of IFR, like what my father did when puddle jumping an Aeronca Champ around the countryside, took root and is still a favorite motorcycle pastime. Below is another of several pics taken of this spot several years ago (i.e., what happens when you accidentally have the camera set to action shots rather than single shot).

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    Flying down an umimproved service road next to railroad tracks is, for this old fart, the epitome of fun. If you encounter a train to watch/photograph, so much the better. It should be noted that the best country for roads or trails that are up close and personal to RR tracks may be Germany, however, they seem to be more often paved, IME. You can check this out for yourself by searching for fuhrerstandsmitfarten on youtube.
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    Love the F4 Phantom. Great design to look at. Thanks for posting this photo John.

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    Another IFR Ride: There was this time some years back when I tried to to go IFR (i.e., I Follow Railroads) on an old freight line that no longer existed.

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    I did not find much left but did find the old freight house though. It appeared to have been maintained over the years and appeared to be somebody's storage building.
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    Nice Ice: While passing thru the north end of Brattleboro, VT, on Rt. 30, we noticed a gaggle of ice fishing-folk on the West River flowage.

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    What you see above isn't half of what was out on the ice. Both sides of Rt30 were lined with (mostly) trucks that had parked to get out on the ice. Good temps (i.e., high 30s) with no wind made for a good ice fishing morning.
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    Dullsville: You know things are dull in the yard when the most interesting thing there is a (relatively) new or reconditioned tamper.

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    There were still piles new RR ties stacked around the yard at various places, suggesting PA will be upgrading track somewhere, sometime.

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    What they really need to do is upgrade the Hoosac tunnel so double stacks can come through.
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    What You See This Time Of Year: As we've often said, there is a plethora of lakes, ponds and reservoirs in our neck of the woods and it is almost impossible to take a ride without passing at least one. When you pass them this time of year, the chances are good you'll see this type of scene.

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    That would be those hearty ice fishermen who're content to simply sit on the ice, watch their hole and avoid the hassle of hauling a fishing shack or shelter out onto the ice. It's not at all unusual to see them gathered around a bonfire out on the ice if it's especially cold.
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    Strange winter here so far John. No ice in the lower Great Lakes and all the streams and ponds around me are still ice free. Lots of snow coming in the next 3 days though.
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    This winter's been a little out of the ordinary. It seems colder with more pond ice but less snow. My memories of past years make make me think of the scene below, which was taken at the old homestead some years back on this very day (Feb. 5).

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    Right now, there's not one lick of snow left. Thus far, all we've gotten is a dusting (i.e., a dusting = a couple of inches). Inches are better than feet.
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    More Memorable Motorcycle Meals: I have variations on a favorite meal for when I come home from riding or, for that matter do anything associated with riding or nothing at all. Today the riding event was getting the bike out of the garage to be picked up for spring service. Prep work is minimal but was started early. Below is the result after 10 hours in the slow cooker.

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    If you put sirloin in this concoction, it's called pepper steak. Today it was a 4 lb. boneless chuck roast, so it's pepper roast. Prep is easy. Cut up and slice 4 peppers and one large onion. Combine onion and packet of ranch dressing mix with 3/4 cup of beef broth in bottom of crock pot. Add the roast and cover with peppers. Add salt, pepper and 1/4 stick of butter. Cook on low for 10 hours, after which the meat will fall apart. Plate a portion, saving some for later) and drench with the pepper/onion/meat broth. Tasty! Another variation adds bacon slides/pieces to the mix.
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