51 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-14-17

  1. Every week has to have a Monday.

    We once went on a train ride through the Mountains when we first moved to Hendersonville and were in a touring mood.
    Some of the people in the mountains left their junk cars in the yard and an old bathtub was on the front porch.
    So? What are you going to do with an old bath tub? I understand their problem.

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  2. I did not make it to Birmingham yesterday. There are several reason why,but I was in touch through FB messages with KBells husband. He posted this on his FB page yesterday:

    Kathy had a restful night. Test results this morning show some improvement in some areas and a decline in others. More tests and changes in meds due today. Thanks and love for all the support (The Kid) and I have received.

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  3. Good morning!

    Some people would plant flowers in an old bathtub and call it yard decor❤⚘⚘⚘⚘

    Great shot, Linda. We have a nice train museum a little North of here. We took Wesley once when he was young. And we once went on one of those fall leaf excursions up to the mountains. Someone kindly gave us complimentary tickets. We could not have afforded to go otherwise. That is the only time I have been on a real train ride except around Stone Mountain which barely counts. The real train ride used an old steam engine that was really nice for Wesley to see up close.

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  4. I just saw your report, Kim. Thanks for posting it. May God’s will be done. He always knows best although we know what we would like to see happen.

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  5. When I was young, I always took the train or bus.
    Both Elvera and Chuck flew commercial before I did.
    They also flew on a jet before I did.
    Air travel used to have class. People would dress up to fly.
    Now they dress down and flying is more like a cattle round-up than travel event.

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  6. The train runs out of New Freedom (Pennsylvania) north through Railroad to Glen Rock or Hanover Junction. Last Sunday, it was held up by these robbers outside of Railroad. They got away with a sack of money and there was one casualty.

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  7. When I was in elementary school we took a field trip on a passenger train. We road the train from Mobile to Mt Vernon. The school bus met us there and brought us back. I remember the interior being very nice…nicer than I have ever experienced on a bus or plane.
    Airlines have tried their best to make flying miserable. I think they could fix a lot of it if they didn’t charge to check baggage, and more people felt comfortable checking their bags.

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  8. By the way, on the other side of the train is a wonderful walking/bike trail that runs from York, south for about 20 miles into Maryland. On the Pa. side, there is a lot of neat scenery and interesting buildings. It’s where I ride my bicycle several times a week. Of course, not the whole 20 miles and back, but usually 21 – 24 round trip.

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  9. When we got a new bathtub, the hauled the old one to the dump . . . and I never thought about it again up the question above.

    The only effective trains I’ve ridden in the US was Amtrak between NYC and Boston–but I only did that a couple times. Most of the trains have been tourist attractions, like the one in Silverton, CO. We did ride from LA to Oakland one time, just so my children could have the train experience, but it would have been far quicker and easier to drive the same route.

    Loved the trains in Europe, however. Very efficient, clean and timely.

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  10. I’m not sure I slept last night, so forgive all the typos and odd sentences today!

    “When we got a new bathtub, the installers hauled the old one to the dump and I never thought about it again until I read the question up above.”

    Yikes. It’s going to be a long day . . .

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  11. Trains: rode trains in Mexico on the high school Spanish club trip.
    Rode trains in Germany hither and yon.
    Rode trains in Greece. Our home was at the end of a line so it was a quick easy train trip to the Acropolis so we could just send or take tourists with ease.
    Took a train from our house in Italy (near the train station) to England through the Chunnel and up into and around Scotland. Other than the rude children on one stretch, very nice. Also took trains from Turin to France. Once daughter and a friend and I were headed to Marseilles but due to a train strike, ended up in Nice instead.
    Another trip we were headed to Venice but due to a train strike, we got there very late.
    Another trip to Switzerland was beautiful.
    And so on.
    But as to trips in the States, don’t think I ever did. Though my brothers used to set coins on the track. Fortunately, no trains were derailed.

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  12. Here I thought train robbery went out with the Wild West 😉

    I can take the commuter train and bus for much of the way between my parents house and the city. I really enjoy the sections which go along the lakefront, but much of the approximately 3 hour journey is spent staring at the backs of businesses and housing developments. I didn’t take that route when I came home this time, as there are a lot of transfers I have to make carrying luggage, which is difficult when one has trouble breathing; so Second Sibling and spouse made the drive and got me home.

    Old bath tubs – I’ve seen a number of them used as flower planters. One house I saw had two such planters made from the old-fashioned bathtubs with claw feet.

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  13. Our senior class trip was taken on a train to the state capitol. That train no longer runs. There has been calls to resume the line. Most people need a car after they take the train, so not sure it would have the ridership to pay for itself.

    We took our youngest daughter and a friend on a scenic train for daughter’s birthday one year. It would be fun to do this with a grandchild or two some time.

    I was on a train/dinner theater run once. I ended up with terrible motion sickness. Train rides, cruise ships etc. do not even tempt me for the most part, since I feel nauseous just thinking about them. I would make an exception for Alaska. 😉

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  14. I have seen old toilets used like that. I do not recommend it. Old tires can be made quite attractive, however. Not that we have one. We did have a large one for a sand box for awhile. One local park had several for sandboxes. Those were huge mining truck tires.

    I saw a beautiful peacock made from aluminum cans this week at a county fair. It is wonderful to see the creativity of some people. Creativity shows we are made in the image of God.

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  15. There used to be a radio program, in the forties, , called “Grand Central Station”. It opened dramatically describing a train going through NYC and ending at Grand Central Station. The idea was that for every person in the station is a story. Joy, sadness, reunions, departures, tragedy, It made for interesting programs.

    The same could be true for LA International Airport or Piedmont Triad Airport.

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  16. Chas, there was a Canadian TV show, called Train 48, which followed the fictional lives of passengers told just through their interactions as they traveled together on the commuter train. I only ever saw one episode, and it used the kind of language which is common among commuter, i.e. lots of profanity, which didn’t make me want to see it again.
    There is also a reality TV show in Canada called ‘Hello, Goodbye’ that gets the stories of real people in the international airport in Toronto.

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  17. The profanity commuters use, by the way, is not directed at random strangers. Canadian politeness generally prevails in crowds and lineups – just lining up to get on the city bus may lead to slight pauses where two polite people are both trying to let the other get on the bus first – but in conversations with acquaintances and friends, the language can turn the air blue.

    My parents have several tire planters. They discovered that the nearby trees will put their roots up into the planters, so they have to put cement patio slabs under the planters.

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  18. The photo reminds me of Buster Keaton’s great silent comedy The General, which is one of the earliest feature length films I remember watching. Before we acquired an electronic screen (we used the computer monitor for years as our screen) and a videocassette player, my parents would borrow a reel-to-reel projector and screen from the local library. We watched Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin, and Laurel and Hardy, as well a National Film Board of Canada shorts, like this gem of Buster Keaton going across Canada on a rail:

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  19. We used to have lots of train tracks around this area, for moving grain and lumber and cattle and such. People in Grangeville used to put their children on the mail train going to Lewiston, where they would be picked up by relatives or friends and enrolled in school for the winter, living with the friends or rels. Being shipped back up with the mail when spring came.

    Most of the tracks have been removed now, some made into bike trails, others, just gone. Seems like it would have been a better way for moving goods than all of these trucks.

    We still have some of the scenic trestles (an amazing testimony to the ingenuity of man, so gifted by the Creator). And people can ride the rails on one of those little tiny train car things, if you have one. But there are not rides for sale. Though in Horseshoe Bend, you can catch a scenic mountain ride up to McCall and back. Though I enjoyed my train trips, I did get motion sick on them. Especially the ones in Mexico.

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  20. Chas (8:46), you’ve got that right.

    The roofers put in my new bathtub and hauled away the old one, all while I was at a crafts fair in Pomona with a friend last December.

    As for the old 1940s toilet from the spare partial bathroom, I never exactly knew what happened to that — plumbers’ truck was full when they returned for some call and I asked if they’d haul it off for me. It sat in the backyard for a long time but at some point it was just gone. Maybe it went with the guy who helped me clean out my garage, I told him he could have any piece of my junk he wanted.

    We loved trains in our family, my grandfather would take one out to L.A. whenever he’d visit, we’d go to Union Station to meet him. And we took the train back to Iowa a few times (and drove a few few times, too). My dad and I picked my mom and her sister (my aunt) up at Union Station on the day Jack Ruby killed Oswald — they’d been in Iowa for a couple months cleaning out my grandfather’s place after he died. My mom said all the porters, who in those days were invariably African American, were literally in tears over the Kennedy assassination. My mom and her sister were still in tears over the unexpected loss of their beloved father. It was a very dreary 3-day ride home for them.

    Does our L.A. Metro Rail count as a train? I’ve been on that but it’s more like a light rail system. I wish it went more places, it’s somewhat limited still and isn’t that convenient many times.

    I had to file a short story after church yesterday afternoon on our bike event in town. Required a couple phone calls, texts, but wound up taking a good 2 hours.

    And I see that the staff meeting today at 3 is being set up as a video call where you can listen in remotely, so that helps those of us who aren’t working today.

    I’m off the vet this morning with all the animals. I’m not looking forward to it, it’s bound to be a bit chaotic — and expensive. 😦

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  21. I didn’t do well on the NYC subways, I’ve never see such aggressive pushy crowds in my life. I still remember being left behind at some unknown station when my tour ‘guide’ — college-age son of the family I was visiting in upstate NY — got on and I was left standing there. He waved as they took off.

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  22. It’s raining while the sun shines brightly. I was out a bit ago to deal with a pharmacy issue and I thought it was almost unbearably hot. In other words the thought came to mind that it was hot as Texas. Texas toast. I considered rain would cool us down, but rain and sunshine just make for a steam pot. I will try to stay inside and write. Good plan. Thankfully I was able to get Art’s med for him. That was a major accomplishment.

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  23. I posted a photo of one of our weirder moments at the dog park on yesterday’s daily thread at the end of the day, for anyone who didn’t check back there yet today. 🙂 Dogs are hilarious.

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  24. I use to take the MARTA train to work for years to downtown Atlanta. I was not counting that as a regular train. I loved the efficiency of that. A station was at the state office buildings so I did not have to even go outside when I got off the train. I just went on the elevator up to my office. I worked first in the west tower and when I changed jobs I worked in the east tower of Atlanta’s twin towers by the Georgia state capitol building.
    MARTA=Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

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  25. The commuter train, called the GO, shares some sections of rail with the national passenger train, VIA Rail, and the CN freight trains, so it is a regular train. The clips around 7:01 minutes of the film show sections of the track shared by all three trains in downtown Toronto. There is a separate subway system in Toronto, which also uses streetcars as well as buses.

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  26. Kizzie, the ruling families of the farming community where I grew up (my parents were newcomers to the area) has mostly a Protestant background, with the nearest village having a United Church (now defunct), but one of the families is Irish-Catholic. I don’t know whether they own the farmhouse that has a Mary shrine that looks a lot like those pictured, but it took me the longest time to figure out what the object sitting out in the house’s front yard was. I wasn’t aware that such shrines were a thing elsewhere, as it is (it was still there the last time I went by the house) one of a kind here.

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  27. When my oldest wanted to visit several colleges, we took the train. They had a special family rate which greatly reduced the fares, so we took along little sister and a friend. Went from central California to Seattle, to Spokane, to Chicago, and then home through Denver. The seats were comfortable and you could walk all through the train at any time. You just had to remember when they dimmed the lights at 10pm, you needed to get some sleep as the babies would be awake early.

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  28. I think Georgia Tech has an annual race, something like a Heck of a Wreck race where the engineers put together a funny vehicle to enter. Bathtubs work for that, too.

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  29. A few days ago, I wrote a little about some of the people with Moebius Syndrome, & I posted a link to a photo of myself for those who haven’t seen me on Facebook. Please bear with me while I share with you a little something about my own Moebius, something that I really wish I could tell – & show – my parents.

    Some people with Moebius have full lip closure, but a lot of us don’t. I do not have lip closure. (My half-smile in that photo pulls my bottom lip up a bit, so that fact wouldn’t be as noticeable in the photo.) When I was a child & teen, my well-meaning friends would tell me to “just try” to close my lips, but there was no movement.

    Well, within the past couple years, I’ve discovered that I now can make myself close my lips!

    It is not a natural thing, though, it has to be somewhat forced, so they don’t stay closed. Although I still continue to talk the way I have since I learned to talk – using my bottom lip against my top teeth to enunciate letters like b, m, or p – I will sometimes use my lips to enunciate a word with those letters, if I need to make myself particularly clear. But again, it doesn’t come naturally, so I have to think about it & make myself do it.

    Anyway, I get a little kick out of closing my lips from time to time, something I could not do for over 50 years. I wish I could show my parents. (“Hey, Mom & Dad! Look what I can do now!” 🙂 )

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  30. I could generally make myself understood, but the letter b would sound like a v. Raising my daughters, I was concerned that as they learned to talk, they might pick up my v-for-b pronunciation. Sure enough, Chickadee pronounced cabinet as cavinet, & bench as vench. But she eventually changed to the b sound. (It was kinda cute, though.)

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  31. One of my brothers has quite a huge miniature train set up. He also built an ore dock trestle in miniature. It is exactly like the real one. He got a grand prize at the fair this year and will have it permanently on display at their local museum. He also painted a mural for them. I was blown away when I saw it. I asked him when he started painting and he said that was when he started! I have seen so many people really blossom after they retired. I hope this encourages others to try new things or develop crafts and hobbies even more while you still can. Don’t think you are too old.

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  32. Couple fun stories from the vet this morning —

    I’d mentioned Annie’s escapade of sliding down the furnace vent and he told me cats seem drawn to those openings. Someone brought a feral cat into the office once and as soon as they opened the cardboard carrier in the exam room the cat shot out, literally scaled the wall, got the vent off near the top of the ceiling, and vanished. The staff put food out in the room for him each night and it was gone the next morning but they were not able to get him out of the ceiling crawl space for 6 months.

    Someone brought a praying mantis in recently but when the insect molted, something went wrong and he came out handicapped, if you will. The vet’s son, an entomologist, said kill it. Vet and his staff thought, well, he’s eating and seems to feel OK … they constructed a little back brace out of a sticky note. And on he lives. My vet, who identifies himself as a Christian (though I think with some new age thought mixed in), said they prayed for the mantis and he realized later that his own praying for that little insect had kept him focused and busy as the world around us — amid talk of nuclear war and other horrors — unraveled. He thought it was probably a good use of his time, spiritually speaking. 🙂

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  33. I have so much to do. This is one of the too busy weeks.

    The book I have a story in arrived today. The title is Loving Moments: 59 Inspirational Stories of the Many Faces of Love. It was compiled by Yvonne Lehman, and proceeds from sales of the book go to Samritan’s Purse.

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