Oct 24, 2018
Life is like Humpty Dumpty after his fall. Every day, putting it together again.
And all the kings men and all the kings horses could not put humpty dumpty back together again.
Just a facsimile or caricature. Sound familiar. Sigh!
Just spent an hour reading this thread from the beginning! Very interesting. Sounds like a lot of ups and downs (with the downs hurting more than the ups make you feel good). Sorry about that, but being able to enjoy grandparenting has got to be a major bonus. Good luck and hope you get that cataract surgery done soon.
Thanks Gunner, If the picture is you, then we both need to enter the next beard contest. Mine is as white as it's going to get. They can refer to us as the bearded one's.
I was asked by a friend in Big Bear Country a simple question. Knowing how I described my experience in Big Bear. He asked, I know the one word you use for Big Bear is "Disappointed." He then asked what is the one word you'd use to describe your experience in Nampa? My answer, I'm still thinking that one over.
I can't say "Disappointed," as it's to soon to tell.
There are pluses. I live in a house compared to a tin can (mobile home) that is well insulated. I'm staying warm for the first time in 18 years compared to Big Bears Winters. First time I haven't gotten a serious cold or bronchitis.
My granddaughters although not so involved with their grandpa, is a new experience for all of us. They are busy with school activities. One a Jr. in high-school and the other in 7th grade. Too busy for grandpa...for the most part.
Medical needs. I'm able to get to any specialist without driving hundreds of miles. My daughter is helping me by fronting the money I need to pay both deductibles and co-pays in the form of a loan. Obviously I will still be paying for it. Not the answer I was looking for but thankful nonetheless for the help. I'm driving one of my Son-in-laws company cars. Living in and renting one of his investment properties. I get along great with him. Hoping that after I get settled-in, I can be his go-pher. That can't be all bad.
Friends? Not so many yet but it took me almost 20 years in Big Bear to develop and find the friends I left behind. Still friends and we communicate almost daily.
There are fast food places like Del Taco, Wendy's and Burger King. Places we didn't have in Big Bear. Prices are comparable but the Chili Cheese Baked Potato at Wendy's is to die for. Being diabetic that may be more prophetic then not.
There are two train clubs in the valley where I can get my toy train fix. The guys and gals there have been friendly but stand offish. That's to be expected.
I'm a church go'er and I've volunteered to help out with the audio visual team. Making friends in that group... slowly.
The Union Pacific main line is not more then six city blocks from me and I'm looking forward to seeing the results of UP's Steam Program, roll through. You know those stoves, steamers, valves, the epitome of locomotion. Diesels can't match! The former Morris Knudsen place will be rebuilding what looks to be AC units, SD70's...unsure. I kind of lost track of what's what in the new age of look-a-like diesels. I'd say, without counting, at least 50 of them sitting in the Nampa yard. About once a week the Boise local will pull one up to the shop. I can hear train crews talking on the scanner. Not that I do that all the time. It drives me nuts to only hear half the conversation.
Lastly but very important to me. All the feline friends I rescued from the hands of the kids in the trailer park where I lived. Those kids were bent on killing every pet (cat or dog with bi-bi guns provided by their fathers) and any other wild animal in the mobile home park. Said of the fathers, "They are Hunters." Really!! Then take them out and teach them how to really hunt and insist that everything they kill they have to eat, my response to each of them. Usually in response, I heard, "No Comprehend-e". Never mind I won't go there...DA's.
I literally untied cats hanging from a tree, digging bi-bi's, pellets and sling shot rounds out of them. One cat came around the corner with kids in the chase, shouting, screaming and shooting at her. She vaulted herself right into the middle of my chest and clung on for dear life. Literally. I dug the bi-bi's out of her and she although, getting old never left the house. She turned into my best buddy. I was allowed to bring them with me. Unlike a lot of pet owners they've all been neutered or spayed. No baby factories in this group. All thanks to a private party in Big Bear Country, who wishes to remain anonymous. I find a certain amount of joy in having them around. The first thing they noted...Windowsills! We can sit in the windows and suck in the sun. So with twice the space and room to run. Plenty of places to hide and sleep, warmer in the winter then they've ever been. Safe!! I'd say they are happy campers.
One word? What would I use as one word to describe my experience here in Nampa? Still puzzling over that. What's a synonym for "New Experience"? Adventure? The good the bad and ugly? Still thinking about it... as the good here outweighs the bad. A positive experience, well that's two words. Any suggestions?
A real WoHaa? Is that a word?
I would say "Investing"
Investing? Nice Dave. Certainly feels like it.
On another note:
I was also asked. Now that you've moved what advise do you have to give?
Don't! Until you have a clear picture of where you are going, living and health care benefits provided. Before making the move... find someone you can talk to...who lives where you are moving to. Learn what you can as to how Medicare coverage works and what things are or aren't covered.
Our health plans as provided by Medicare is not transferable. You may be living in a state, where the county you live in proved excellent health care coverage, covering most of the unwelcomed expenses. I found out, to late. It is not "Universal." It is not transferable.
Those of you who are private pay you need to check, before moving, to make sure it too is transferable.
I've never really needed medical care or insurance coverage in my youth, until I became a Senior. For years, I've paid into SS including Medicare. Now I need for them to take care of me. Where I paid Co-pays in California, I seldom had to pay Deductibles. That's because of the exorbitant taxes they are charging everyone. So double check your plans and make sure they are transferable.
Before moving I called United (against the patient) Health Care and was told, "Yes, just call us when you get there." The answer I got after arriving here was "No, it isn't transferable." Your benefit package was based on what MediCal or Medicaid, in the county you resided-in, would pay. Nice to know but to late to help me. I should have stayed in California until after my eye/cataract surgery. I would have paid $100.00 an eye instead of $370.00 an eye.
That's the biggest disappointment by moving to and living here in Nampa, ID. The fine folk of Nampa need better health care...but...at what expense to the tax payer?
I can only say, I hope that helps.
A couple of brief notes, first that is me, old and white bearded though my hair still is about 40% brown. I hear you on the Medicare/Medicaid. Although we are better off than you in costs, our supplemental insurance is VERY expensive but the trade off is we rarely have to pay anything to doctors which with my cancer (of 24 years) would have otherwise put us in debtors prison (or me six feet under).
As far as connecting with the community there, all I can say is give it time. If you look at it from their perspective, why invest in someone new if you don't know if they will still be there tomorrow. Established networks of friends are built not only on mutual interests, but also long term relationships and many of the participants have known each other for decades, not months. Doesn't make it easy, but it is what it is.
From some of the things you said, it may be a very insular population in the area (lots of lone wolf operations, I believe you said) and the groups may have formed from necessity rather than a desire to mingle. I am one of those in that I don't have a many non-family friends and that is fine with me. It is one of the reasons I like this forum and others like it. I can learn and interact from the comfort of my home and drop out whenever I like and not feel guilty about it.
As far as the grandkids go, there too, give it time. We have 4 that live in Wisconsin that we see only 3 or 4 times a year and 4 here close by that we see 3 or 4 time a month. All you can do is enjoy the time you have with them and get to know them and them, you. It would be nice if you were given a guide book when you become a grandparent.
Oh well, this was meant to be a quick note and instead it turned into the philosophy of the disreputable curmudgeon. Be thankful for what you have and slowly build on the relationships you have available to you.
You are so right on. We could make you TrainBoard's own philosopher.
I share some of your interest in the Northern Pacific and Rock Island. Would like to see a NP HW Passenger train running around my layout.
I do like the picture and the beard. I think there is a picture of me and a good friend Steve and we both have white beards. Operations night on the Gulf & Pacific Railroad, Pres., John A. Acosta. Steve has since passed on.
On what I hope is a positive note. I did see an article in the Idaho News, there will be an increase in Medicaid. Not totally sure what that means. I'm hoping that means better benefits. Most likely to late to help many of us who need it now.
Good to hear back from you. Advice noted and most likely to be followed.
Eat what you enjoy and die happy.
Or, avoid what you shouldn't eat and live a longer more miserable life.
To the "Point 353".
LFMAO LOL and still COL. Truth has been spoken clearly and precisely. Well put and well played. COL
The last visit to my Primary Physician, and if you had listened in, you've of heard me say. Dr. I refuse to let this disease take away from me the things I want to-do and the things I enjoy to eat. Yes, that means I need to eat responsibly and everything in moderation. What I need from you is the prescriptions that will work best for me. Now, I ask you does that sound reasonable?
If I wait for my sugar levels to drop then it's baked potato time. Yes! uhh...err No, perhaps!
The fault in all of this is, you can never get away with... eating to much in the way of starches that turn into sugar. A different kind of sugar as compared to refined sugars, but it is still sugar. It still has a negative affect on your body.
So far so good. But in time, as the clock tic's. The toll will sound. The unavoidable, inevitable will arrive.
Just be sure when the call to return home comes, you and I... are ready. Didn't I already say that? I think so. Yep, I did.
Sounds eminently reasonable.
If your doctor doesn't sympathize with your view, then you might want to share the following cartoon:
Oh my gosh! LMAO LOL Haw, Haw, Haw, Haw. Vegan? Now that's funny. Jump off bridges? They should! Haw, Haw, Haw.
I resemble that RAT! At the moment recovering from two extractions. Almost under the covers. Sometime next month. I will go under the ether to have the rest removed. Then it will be time for falsies. I'll have the best man boob's, uhh...err false teeth in town.
No red meat! Gosh does that sound awfully close to home. Soft foods only...for now. Just temporary. Haw, Haw, Haw !!!!
Now that was good!
Thanks for the laugh, I needed that.
I heard ice cream is a good substitute for red meat in a pinch! Good luck buddy!
Now back to TrainBoard's own Reality Show.
Umm, Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream and then I get stuck with a chocolate protein drink.
How about? The one word to describe moving to Nampa. Could it be, "Exciting". In some ways YES, it is.
"Nightmare?" For sure parts of it have been. I even dream about moving. Can't figure out why certain people who didn't not show up in real life to help me load the truck... keep showing up in my dreams. What could that possibly mean?
Let's analyze this. The positive's out weigh the negatives and I'm somewhat excited by the direction I'm going. Cataract Eye Surgery, that can't be all bad. One eye done and I can't believe the difference. I can actually read what I'm writing here.
New teeth, even if it means losing the ones that have gotten me this far. Oh, don't get me wrong with false teeth there is a chance food won't taste right but it's got to be better then the acrid taste in my mouth day and night. At least I won't look like Snaggle Tooth and I won't scare the ladies off. I hope!
Okay, I'm still not happy with "Exciting" Makes me sound like one of those pyramid builders. Shamhay, Coded of course. If you get my drift.
It's an "Adventure." It is that but certainly not the best one I could have.
"Investing," I'm certainly vesting in myself but that is having a negative tone with me right about now. The cost, the cost!
"Supercalafragillistic," sounds interesting but sounds to much like "Surreal." And what does that mean...anyway?
Oh, it's "Real," alright. The pain in my upper jaw reminds me of that. Two teeth pulled in case you missed it the first time.
"Earthly," Everything is certainly down to earth and with emphasis on the "Practical Side Of Things." To many words. We need to use one word.
"Realistic?" Never mind I'll save that for my Model Railroad.
Where's my Thesaurus?
I'm working on it, I'm working on it!
It's a "Mot-icon" or does that sound to much like mortician?
I give up for now. Any other suggestions?
Get to your modeling work bench and have at it. Don't let anyone else's lack of interest in your being in the area slow you down, or dampen your love of the hobby. It's pretty much the same where I live, and frustrating as it might be, I just have come to ignore the non-inclusives. Eventually that will change for you, as it has for me. I am welcome as an asset to the local club, whenever able to get there. More folks know me now. But it took a looooong time.....
Well put! Yep, I couldn't agree more. It took tooo loooong in Big Bear to get acquainted with the group of guys that eventually became the BVMR's.
We had fun for awhile until health issues started cutting into our activities. Just a group and we liked it that way. No dues, no offices to fight over. But, I had to prove myself to each and everyone of them. That only worked to a point. Stubborn ideals would get in the way and don't think I'm not quilty of the same. I have my own ideals and How-To's. So It was interesting.
Ken, I'm still unpacking. Believe it or not.
There's a word that might work. A derivative of believe, "Unbelievable." That might just be the one word I've been looking for.
Digging into my train collection and inventory is top priority. Going through my Bad Order stuff, is part of it. Not sure what's next after that. I've already started on the BO stuff. That's not Baltimore and Ohio or Bad Odor!! Yes I do stink at times. Although I have a B&O E8, given to me by DGAS. I bought his collection and that was part of it. Pretty much parts fodder.
In case you are wondering DGAS stands for, "Don't give a $#!+". his favorite line. For him a coping mechanism of sort's.
In my collection: I found some Santa Fe E type units, I'm sure I didn't buy those. One of them is a Life Like and resembles the early E7 with a kind of pointy nose. I found myself wondering out-loud where they came from. NO! Correcting self. I know without a doubt where they came from. My pack rat - klepto of a fri-end. Wondering now what I gave up to end up with them. He wouldn't' leave me something that worked but he'd take something of mine that was top of the line, ready to run and in perfect shape. I pretty much had to fix or repair anything he gave me. Frustrate, frustrate, frustrate. Same guy I talked about earlier. Yes, the one I set up a sting.
For this old fart. The weather is too cold outside to work on rebuilding the layout. Don't think I don't sit down daily and hand draw up schematic's as to how I'd like to rebuild it. I may be onto something that will be better then what I had in Big Bear Country. More on this later.
Another question posed by a friend. Why are you disclosing so much on TrainBoard.com? That's easy. Right now I don't have anyone else to talk to. Let me explain. One of the neatest guys I've met and became a true friend. The one, I could talk model railroading with. Well...he up and left me behind. Totally unfair because he's now in a better place. More then likely he's caught up with the other model railroaders and he's shoveling coal into one of the newest live steamers aka stoves. He'd like that.
I have one other friend who I can talk about such neat things. You know my feline buddies, train activities and my model Railroad. Although he's not a modeler. Together, we put in a sound system in one of the local churches and a mortuary in Big Bear Country. Wiring for it can be just as complicated as what we MR's do. A true friend and right there when I needed help. Thankful for such friends.
Monkey see monkey do. Odd comparison. I loved what John Moore was doing and still follow his thread. So why not. Unless I'm breaking the rules here?
Making friends is never easy. Trust, issues. Most of us have in our history friends that betrayed us, rejected us, abandoned us and in general made us feel like $#!+. Fear it will happen again. We develop what we hope is thick skin. So if it happens again we can blow it off. Yes! Building a friendship can be difficult. How far do we open that door and let the new, the unknown, into our lives?
Ken is right. It takes a loooong time.
"Unbelievable," I think that's it. That's the one descriptive word that best describes my move to Nampa. Unbelievable!!!
More later unless you are getting tired of it.
Has anyone heard from or seen anything from Jim 157? A while back he was sending me pictures of his truck trips and the train stuff, in the 1:1 foot scale, that he managed to catch and shoot. I started a thread, "Where is Jim 157." We had a good time with it for awhile but then he seemed to find himself busier with both family and his trucking runs.
So, where in the heck is Jim 157?
Nope. Not at all.
In the meantime, get an oval of Kato Unitrack and set it up on a table or desk top so that you can run some trains.
Good idea and I may do that. I'm not one of those who'd ever be happy with an oval. I was thinking more point to point as in a...ready for this...a five foot test track.
A HO and N scale test track will be the first things up.