I've said it before and I'll say it again. The 4th of July is my favorite holiday. I love the colors, summer is my favorite time of year and what other holiday allows men the opportunity to drink cold beverages, cook on an open fire and light fireworks? Sorry Christmas, you just not on my radar! For we Americans here at Trainboard, we celebrate our independence and we usually go all out. I'm sure to the bemusement of our brothers and sisters around the globe. So with that said, it's time to raise Old Glory high from the station's flag pole and put up some red, white and blue bunting on the station. Come on in to some cold ice tea and lemonade. Grab a chair, gather around and tell us what you have planned for this extended and special long weekend. Thursday: Honestly, with the move finally behind me, I hope to get more done on settling back in. My work shop is almost all cleaned up and I'm working on organizing it, the spare room and the garage. Of course, there will be grill time and maybe a bottle rocket or two. Friday: Work continues on two layouts. The original City Job and my mini B&M layout. Years ago, my ex-wife made an embroidered skirt for a future B&M layout, complete with the McGinnis logos. The mini layout is only 6-feet long and so is the skirt. I plan to build a simple wall mount L bracket to attach to the wall and attach the skirt beneath it creating a nice uniform look while the layout simply rests on the bracket system. The mini layout will still be portable so I can take it to shows. Saturday: About a year ago, I painstakingly designed and built three lightweight Baltic Birch plywood modules with self enclosed folding legs. These were 48 inches long and 18 inches wide because I was in the middle of re-designing the City Job to the old standards. With freedom to do my own thing, these modules have been set aside. For the last year, I've accumulated a fair amount of HO and FreeMo is popular in my area. I'll end up using these three modules for HO FreeMo, but I will need to build two "mini transition modules" so I can connect to the outside world. At home, my HO modules will be a stand alone B&M switching layout. I'm hoping to work on the transition modules as well as clean and organize the garage. Sunday: Despite the holiday, domestic duties are still in the schedule. I might clean up any loose ends on the layouts and maybe get a ride on the Harley in there too. We'll see. So how about you? Do you have a long weekend? Even if it is just a regular weekend, let us know what your up to. We'll return on Monday the 8th to see how we all did. BONUS ROUND: Post a image of your Bicentennial Locomotive(s). Better yet, post an image of it on your layout if you have one. Until then, have a happy and safe 4th of July and... High Greens! And HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!