BarstowRick Moves To Nampa, Idaho

BarstowRick Oct 24, 2018

  1. BoxcabE50

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    My current glasses are driving me nuts. There is something I cannot put a finger on here. Depth of field or whatever it is... I've been wearing these for over six months, but simply cannot get used to them. And I reach out to touch an item, but miss it. Whatever is wrong. I can see to drive, etc. I can read fine print. But whatever it is, is not right! :(
     
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    This happens. You've kind of described what I was experiencing with my cataracts. It can also be blood sugar being to high or to low that affects it. :unsure: And/or having difficulty with the test lenses and they haven't found the right combination. I'm not the optometrist but I do know there are all kinds of factors that will change things radically in our eyes. When what you've described happens to me, I want to get it checked out ASAP. Most often controlled by what is covered by my health insurance plans or not. You know the rest. o_O

    To all who have tuned in here. Thanks for your patronage. Is that what I should be calling it? How about interest and readership. You've stopped by to take a read so I know some of you are interested in what's happening in Canyon Country. Stay tuned, you never know what's going to jump up and into my face.
     
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    Is your eye doctor an optometrist or an ophthalmologist?
    Is your eye doctor performing the tests to determine your prescription, or are you handed off to an assistant for that function?
    Are those tests being performed while your pupils are dilated?

    Are your current glasses single-vision, bi-(or tri-)focal or progressive.
    Ask local opticians which eye doctor(s) in your area seem able to provide prescriptions for lenses with which their patients are most (or least) satisfied.
    Some are able to nail it on the first try while for others it seems to be a matter of trial and error - and at your expense.
     
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    Do you want some more of "Rick's Great Train Wreck". Excuse me for borrowing that apt description.

    Funny, but because I don't have any teeth in my head annunciation has become a serious problem. It isn't going to be any better once I start wearing my false teeth. So, when I introduce myself to some one for the first time I say, remember "Rick the Wreck." They usually get it.

    Friday, and I'm looking at the weekend. Let's see. What shall I do?

    I've jumped ship on the sound system. This new digital stuff and touch screen control panel isn't my cup of tea. My fingers have never activated the prompts on any touch screen. Same could be said of my smarter then me phone. Cold fingers? You'd expect that of a retired mortician. I don't know what it is. So, nothing to do there.

    The train club is a good place to hang-out if you're needing a toy train fix. Or you like seeing trains run around in a circle. I don't. So, not much going on there. Never mind the problems and politics that can flash up. It is what it is and there isn't much I can do about it. So, that's off my radar. For now.:(

    Tabitha, one of my feline baby girls got a hold of something and I'm thinking a pill I dropped on the floor. Possibly Isosorbide. That wouldn't be a good pill for her to get a hold of. I finally found it and it appeared to have been licked on. She's kind of out of it. Never mind what it does to me.

    She hid herself under one of the kitchen cabinets. Found a hole, she could squeeze herself through. This place wasn't cat proofed. So, yesterday, I finally found a way to remove the end panel. It wasn't put in that well in the first place. Managed to nudge it open far enough to get my arm in, a Phillips screw driver and unscrew the corner panel. Allowing this bulk of humanity a way into the hollow. She hissed at me but didn't struggle or fight me. I got her out and into a car carrier. Checked her over and couldn't find any bruising, cat bites festering wounds or a fever. Gently pushed on her stomach and bowels to see if there's an obstruction. She seemed willing to let me, I didn't feel anything, a bit of gas and she released that...in my face. There can't be anything going on there. I don't think this will require a vet.

    She's in the bathroom isolated. Plenty of food and water. Just not eating any of it but she is drinking water. Hoping her kidneys aren't failing her.

    I've been over the house as in a search, to see if she got into one of my boxes with dry powder cleaning products. Nope the tape is still on them and no holes. Checked my ant poisons and flea sprays. No signs of entry.

    She comes out of her carrier when I'm in the bathroom and wants to be held. She may need sometime to get past this.

    In the kitchen replacing the side panel. I got out my chop-saw, reciprocating saw, drill motor, lot''s of measurements and several attempts at diagramming. Settling on a plan which will allow me access in the future. Off to my son-in-law's job site to see if he has any scrap-lumber. Lowe's and the local lumber company don't have any. Found what I needed and went to work.

    Not a problem, wood working and cabinets are kind of my hobby and I had it back together better then it went in the first time. I found the hole where she got in and took a piece of particle board, cut it to fit, a couple of screws and you'd have to be one hell of a cat to claw your way back in.

    I can now open up the side panel. Thinking I could use it for storage. That took more work then anything else and didn't require "More Power," followed by monkey sounds. o_O

    As I put things back together I found myself wondering why so much wasted space. There is a 2 1/2" foot square, as you measure it on the floor. And the area is in a corner of the kitchen next to the stove. With wasted space from the bottom of the cabinet deck to the floor at approximately 36 inches deep. You can now remove five screws and your back in, should there ever be a need. How about that? Space utilization is usually a big deal for kitchens and this has me scratching my head. Tabitha made good use of it. :confused:


    Sitting in my front room watching the boob tube when I heard a tinkling sound much like a wind chime. No that isn't a wind chime. Ice Cream truck? Has to be. Haven't heard or seen one in years. Quick check of the wallet and we are good. Noticed the neighbors running down the street. They had that ice cream look on their faces. So I joined them. Oh my gosh. I bought myself a Mississippi Mud Ice Cream Sandwich. Chocolate ice cream. Good enough for the discriminating chocolate lover. I went to bite into it and realized I didn't have my teeth in. Haw, haw, haw. :p:eek:o_O Of course not keeping it quiet. The vendor and my new neighbors got a good laugh out of it.

    I've got the best neighbors ever. They have the best yard sales. To easy, to easy, to spend my money.

    That's about as exciting as it gets around here. Unless I have to stop for a train at a railroad crossing OR I find a restaurant that serves Diet Dr. Pepper. Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!

    It hasn't been a bad week but I'll entertain you with one of my favorite one liners.
    If it gets any better around here the roof will fall in. :cautious::sick:

    Have a good weekend.:cool:
     
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  5. BarstowRick

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    Monday, morning and with it new challenges, fun things to do and places to go. The good news Tabitha a fairly young female kitten appears to be on the mend. Kidneys are obviously working just not sure about her bowels. For now a cat on the mend.

    An appointment with my Optometrist with high hopes of getting my far sighted vision improved.

    Saturday, I stopped by one of our local churches to check out their mixer. Nice very nice! Bad echo in the room that may take some sound deadening to get rid of it. Big honking speakers up front capable of blowing the congregation back out the back door. Over kill for sure.

    In the evening a type of girl scout and boy scout troop was passing out badges for the accomplishments of their kids. I made sure to go as my granddaughter was being honored. What I liked about it was every kid in the troop received something. Lot's of smiles and pat's on the back to go around. I put on my old uniform and you could say, I was almost out of uniform. Think about a certain movie with a old diesel submarine and you'll get my point. I did pop off my name tag. Shortly after the program I made sure to change out of my shirt into something more comfortable.

    Not much else to report.

    Train layout is still out in the shed helping to hold up the walls. Still unpacking. Seems the eye surgeries and then oral surgery took longer then I had hoped and I was in no mood to unpack. Never mind the eye surgeon didn't want me lifting and/or moving my head about. Then with the oral surgery that hurt...for a long time.

    Looks like #4 Southwest Chief is pulling into LaPlata, MO.

    More later.
     
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    Tuesday morning and I managed to catch #4 the Southwest Chief at LaPlata, MO. Thanks to Virtual Railfan and the live rail-cams. They've got the typical East, West live rail-cams and then added one that is 360. Fun to watch the 360 on my computer screen and the W. bound one on my smarter then me cell phone. I can do the same thing at Barstow, CA, at the old Casa Del Deserito, Santa Fe Passenger station. We all caught the #3 running four hours late Westbound arriving and departing Barstow, Ca. There's a number of us wearing out the Amtrak, Track Your Train Website. We knew it was coming.

    Some of us do talk outside of the chatter box, and we'd like to see Rail-cams go up in Albuquerque. Amtrak #3 and #4 will almost daily arrive within minutes if not an hour of each other. Belen and Kansas, Rail-cams are okay. Loads of freight traffic and I mean loads. Fun to watch but after awhile you get the feeling you are looking at, look alike trains and I find myself nodding off. I do that anyway. :)

    Tabitha report: She is doing very well, acting like her old self and I'd say past the critical stage. Now eating but I haven't seen any doodle's since Saturday. I've given her some Hair Ball medicine which acts a bit like a laxative. She is shedding up a storm with very coarse hair. A Siamese/Taby mix. She has the typical Siamese markings and blue eyes but a Taby disposition. Thankfully. Once the doodle, I will then reintroduce her back to the colony of feline relatives. They are all related. :D

    Chubb's, the boy kitten she befriended and mothered misses her and sits right by the bathroom door. There's a whole story about him and how a neighbor found him covered with Ant Poison. D-As kids in the park. I didn't expect he'd live three days. A bath, ophthalmic eye sav, some antibiotic's, lot's of Goat's Milk (diluted). On the third morning, he finally passed a doodle and was looking at me from his carrier as if to ask, Are we good now? He sucked down one ounce of warmed up goat's milk and at interval's of every two hours, I bottle fed him for the following month. He will always have chronic sinusitis from exposure to the ant poison. Sometimes Benadryl, made for animals, helps. As for me, being diabetic and usually headed for the restroom every two hours. What the heck, I can get up and feed him. I never get a real nights rest... anymore. So, Yes! We are good.(y)

    You should of seen the mixed litter of six kittens I did his with. Talk about fun?!?!

    I never had problems finding homes for kittens. Finding homes for adult cat's? Well, you have to find the right person, at the right time, with an obvious connection and chemistry. Next to impossible.

    Went by my son-in-laws work sight. He has his hands full renovating a two story duplex. I may, help where needed and where I can. Give me something to do.

    Reflecting on Big Bear Lake, Ca., and my stay there: There was a group of us, model railroaders. Who got a long for the most part. A collective group of Toy Train Operators with the three rail O-scale mix, to Garden Railroading. Serious HO and N scale Model Railroaders. And those who just wanted to join in the fun and didn't care. The DGAS committee. Most of us had layouts at various stages of construction. A Round Robin Group. :unsure:o_O

    The thing is we would meet almost daily, during the week and sometimes on the weekends. Hardly ever the same group of guys, on a daily basis. We mixed it up. Dr's Appointments, car repairs and previous commitments. Location: CJ's in town, liked having us there as the parking lot looked busy. We liked it because in the off season, there's two seasons in Big Bear Country, Winter Skiing and Summer on the Lake. If there is a lake? They will sacrifice the lake to blow snow on the mountain. Most of the time the afternoons starting at about 2:00 p.m. are slow and we weren't in the way. Rule was and is, buy something and you are welcome. We did! Until, they changed the menu. Lost some of the guys at that point. Did I say customers? :censored::coffee::sneaky::whistle:

    Now, nothing. No one to hang with and plenty of places to go to. It takes awhile to make friends and I haven't been in any condition to get out. Even so, I haven't found a group that hangs together like we did. Kind of a bunch of lone wolves that get together at one of the two clubs. Doing their own thing. I'm hoping in time that will change but as it stands now, going to a fast food joint and hanging out isn't in my budget. Anyway! Sigh!:sick::confused:

    Poor, who said I was poor? Worse then that!:(:mad::eek:o_O
    I'm going to get me a spot at some intersection and pan-handle. Kidding! My luck someone would come along and rob me.:cautious::oops:o_O

    No thanks to my present health plan. The people of Idaho deserve a better health plan.:rolleyes::cool:
    Don't think they don't know it, old squeaky wheel and motor mouth here.
     
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    Ordinarily most people wouldn't talk about their pets. However, for some us they are a big deal and we can't help it.

    News: From my Colony of feline friends. Last night, Tabitha did a doodle at just about bed time. Since, I'm the purveyor of $#!+, I checked it out. Lot's of her coarse hair and some signs that she may of suffered some internal bleeding. However, when I checked her physically she allowed me to rub her tummy as she's done for the last week. No obvious swelling noted. Still not sure what caused all of this. I was there when she did the potty dance and she didn't show any signs of pain, while excreting the left over's.

    This morning I allowed the colony into the bathroom our Intensive Care Ward. Led by Chubb's and the two were obviously glad to see each other. She got up the courage to head out and back to her old hiding place. Only to find it blocked. Later I noted she was back in the bathroom, in her carrier, so I put out fresh food and water for her. Upon checking her later noted she had eaten. All good, and she can stay there as long as she needs to.

    Train news. I did finally find a parking area that doesn't seem to be owned by the railroad so I'm not trespassing. Most likely a city owned public parking lot. It's right next to the underpass with the Welcome To Nampa train sign. South-side of the tracks. One of the engineers in the process of setting out and picking up freight car's gave me a toot on the horn and a friendly wave. Always neat when you can connect with them. No shade trees so this will be an early morning or late evening spot to hang out at. I won't get down there every day. Thinking that when I can, I'll stop in at Burger King, drive through and get a sack lunch. You'll know where to find me after that.

    On the east end of town is a dog park, right next to the tracks but not much action. There is shade there so this may be a welcomed oasis during the summer dog days.

    I have work to do at the duplex and then it will be time to rearrange things in the house so I can feel more at home.
     
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    Friday and the weekend has already started.

    Typically, Memorial Day, as celebrated by most folks in the various places I've lived, marked the start of summer. You knew the weather was going to warm up and it would be a perfect time to plan a backyard barbecue. Over a fire pit?

    Neighbors are planning different kinds of yard and garage sales. Various covers to keep out the rain that has been forecast. Stuff in piles out front under tarps.

    Memorial Day and did I miss something? Isn't this when we typically remember those who left us behind. I guess that's the whole point, they did leave us behind. What, we aren't good enough? So, it's time for those all important survival yard sales. :confused:

    Leave it to me to find the local cemetery or assorted funeral homes. Just can't keep a retired Mortician down. No this is not a Trix candy bar commercial. I ended up behind a funeral procession and instinctively wanted to move to the head of it, to drive the hearse. Aiiyiiyii Self, I said, Stop That!!!! ;)

    Busy rearranging the only other bedroom in the house. There you can find the kitty litter boxes, oh such sweet reminders of my feline friends. I have some dressers that once resided in the train shed, under the layout. Full of tools, train parts, scenic makings, track, assortment of toggle switches, small motors, soldering irons, Dremel Tools and you name it. I'm sure I can cover any list you hand me.

    I don't want these dressers or the layout in the shed. Wish I'd done what George, did over on the T.H.E.R.R thread. Except the city here wouldn't allow that parked at my residence. For now I want the layout in the house. So, best alternative. Every-man's dream...in the front room. Cat's or no cat's. No human feminine types in the house translated, no one to argue with. Gosh, I miss the fun of a fight. :sneaky:

    As to the layout, I just have to figure out how to do that. Thanks to old age...football back injuries and other problems I can't do the heavy lifting I used to do. I heard that. I wasn't going to use "Dead Weight," but since you brought it up. That's partially to blame for the aggravated back pain. Although, I was in better shape during my working years. When everything in my body starts barking, all joined in, I'm unpleasantly reminded of my limitations. :censored: Sigh.

    Vision is doing okay. Not happy with my farsighted vision. Seems to be pulling back on me so a trip to my optometrist, Dr. Howard, a great guy! I think he found the problem and my new glasses should be here next Tuesday. NC

    Teeth report: Not yet, my upper lips and all the bruising is still extra sensitive. A trip back to New Smiles, is in the works. I'm hoping the dental technician can trim some acrylic off the upper set of dentures. In the meantime I'm getting quite adept at eating most things without them. You ought to hear me talk without them. And you thought this was bad. o_O

    I continue to hear from the Caldwell MR Club, via the internet. Glad to remain on their list. Hoping to get back to them here in the near future. I need my toy train fix. :whistle::sick::)

    Here's to the weekend. Be :cool:

    Stay alive!:D
     
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    Now where in my budget can I afford a barbecue grill? Hummm...

    Did you say watch the yard sales? I have! So far you wouldn't want what I've found.

    A new one at Albertson's or Wall Mart for under $200.00 / propane. I do like that but would rather barbecue with briquets.

    A wait and see situation.

    Any and all donations accepted. What? What? What did I say? o_O:eek: No, I didn't say that.:rolleyes:

    Pretty sure my son-in-law might have one stuck in one of his construction sheds.

    Nope, so I'm still on the prowl.
     
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    A basic Weber kettle charcoal grill is available at Home Depot or Lowe's for $109 (with some assembly required):
    https://www.weber.com/US/en/grills/charcoal-grills/original-kettle-series/741001.html
     
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    Turns out, after checking my calendar Memorial Day is the 27th, last weekend in May. I went down to my neighbors and they too had thought it was this upcoming weekend. Oop's !! Like they said, they are ready.

    Wish I was in still living in Kettering, Ohio. We could drive down to Cincinnati, on the Ohio River and watch fireworks. The barges would come up and it would be a fireworks extravagance. Courtesy of Toyota, Camry's assembled in Kentucky. You'd have to see it to believe it.

    Thanks for the heads up. I will be checking it out.

    Busy day tomorrow.
     
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    Hi Rick,

    I remember the early years for the WEBN fireworks. It was more about the festival at the Serpentine Wall and Sawyer Point. The fireworks were an anticlimactic affair at the end of the festivities. Man how things changed!
    Nowadays I’m told old and cranky to put up with the crowds and traffic. Have some great memories of it though.


    I have a co-worker who works part time for the outfit the puts on the fireworks. He takes a week off work to help set up the explosives on the barges and a bridge. Hot sweaty work, but he loves it. He has some great stories!
     
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    It was fun! I agree just not so much for me anymore. The crowds I used to push my way through aren't so easy to deal with.

    My son sets up fourth of July fireworks in South Carolina. He's said of it,"That's one of the escapes from the daily realities and routines", he enjoys. Otherwise he's out on the lake dodging the drunk drivers and city morons that tend to congregate in such places.

    This morning as I turned to live steaming from Virtual Railfan, specifically LaPlata, MO.. All I'm getting is buffering. I can't get past the introductory picture. Pretty, snow on the ground but no trains passing by. This seems to be a constant problem here in Canyon Country.

    Looks like my neighbors are attempting to get a head start on the yard sales.

    For the rest of us.

    Have a good weekend.
     
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    Which camera (and what picture quality) have you selected?
    East and west cams seem to be working fine, but the 360º camera is supposedly out of commission until tomorrow.
     
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    The LaPlata, MO., live rail cam that continued to buffer was the one looking East. I tried watching the 360 live stream but it didn't seem to be working. I then moved over to Barstow, Ca..

    On my Dell screen things come into focus when set at 360 or 480. At night I go to HD 720.

    How did you add the degree after 360_?

    Just a thought. If you want to monitor the economy, monitor the number of freight trains daily. A pretty fair indicator.
     
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    If you go to https://www.speedtest.net/ and run the test, what is the result for download speed?

    You need to know the secret handshake.
    Press and hold down the ALT key while typing 0176 on the numeric keypad.
     
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    I'll try the test the next time I have trouble.. Thanks for the heads up.

    Secret handshake. Guessing I need to hold my mouth to one side. I got it.
    Gosh, I had to ask. That's good to know but to much trouble. Aiiyiiyii!
    Looked good.

    I just finished watching #3 SWC arrive in Flagstaff almost 3 hours late. At this rate the #3 that left LaPlata, MO earlier this evening will catch up with #3 before it arrives in Los Angeles, Ca. Okay, an exaggeration but gosh if that hexed train and it's grew goes any slower...
     
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    I keep thinking if these trains get any later they will disappear off the rails into a different time warp. #3 did make it into Los Angeles well over three hours late. I did catch it coming through Barstow,Ca.. Courtesy of Virtual Railfan.

    Now the WB, #4 SWC is over two hours late getting into LaPlata, MO. Might as well make up a new train schedule and factor in how late they are and set-up time tables accordingly.

    Nampa celebrated America by putting on a local parade. Unlike Big Bear Country, CA., they did not block off residents from getting in and out of their homes. Having more then adequate detours, parking and access to the parade route. Well done Nampa, well done.

    Train news, well I stirred up the hornets nest but didn't get stung. I pulled into a paved area, no trespassing signs posted and was politely confronted by a security guard. He came out of nowhere. Actually my blind spot. He wanted to know what I was doing. I had pulled in to watch a local shoving cars into one of the yard tracks. I pointed it out to him and he stood there with me watching it. Apparently the area I stopped at, it's a turn around for large rigs allowing them access to a plant. He allowed me to stay long enough to watch the move as we chatted. Nice guy! I thanked him and by then the move was completed and I meandered down the road. Now I have a better understanding and will avoid that location. Unless, he see's me and waves me in.

    While out and about and on the North side of the yard, a residential area. I did notice a bunch of guys at a cul-de-sac that ended right by the tracks being chased out by a U.P. M.O.W. employee. I've said before U.P., isn't all that Foamer Friendly.

    From my home you can hear train action in the U.P. Nampa Yard. There's always something going on. Hoping to catch the Big Boy and her sister 844 if and when they should come through here.

    Checked out the turntable and once again it doesn't appear to have been moved.
     
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    From the 360° cam view, it looked like tonight's #3 had the mosquito fogger running in notch eight as it departed La Plata.
     
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