Ducking my responsibilities

I had a great post planned for tonight, but then life intervened. I’ve been entertaining relatives from out of town, cleaning the attic, and eBaying stuff. A quality post needs more time and energy than I have this evening. NaBloPoMo has run for 29 of 30 days, so this placeholder will have to do for…

Rule G

Brain teasers. Earlier I mentioned the Timesaver.  With my newfound inspiration, I did some research on switching puzzles.  I still plan to build a Timesaver, but I decided to start off with Inglenook Sidings.  Inglenook is a fiendishly simple puzzle designed by Alan Wright in the UK.  Simply put, you have 8 cars on three…

The attic

Cleaning the garage is easy. It can be heavy work, but there are only two questions to answer. 1. Is it useful? 2. Will it be useful in the quantifiable future? If the answer is ‘no’ to both, then out it goes. Attics are a lot tougher. Attics are full of memories and emotions. Childhood…

Conflagration

Thirty years ago tonight @0235 hours, Lynn Fire Alarm transmitted box 414 for a reported fire at 264-266 Broad Street. The first arriving engine found fire showing from the front of an eight story mill and called for the Working Fire at 0238. By 0245, the district chief had struck the second, third, and fourth…

Inspiration

Today I attended the local Tour de Chooch with a friend.  TDC is a free, annual, self-guided event where owners of some fabulous model railroads open them for visitation.  I saw some simply wonderful things and was inspired. The reality, however, is that I have neither the time nor the willpower to build a basement…

Nostalgia

I was organizing my iPhoto library, and I came across these. Engine 1 v3.0 was our last ‘rural’ fire engine.  Gas engine, manual transmission, hydrovac brakes, 3″ supply hose and a Squad 51 lightbar.  It was a relic from another era when it was new, but it served valiantly for 21 years before retirement in…

Thanksgiving

Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go. I realized today that we literally go over the river and through the woods to get to my parents house.  Of course the woods line the driveway, and the river is a brook, but still. . . I’m thankful for the big stuff…

Best laid plans, part 2

We had plans to travel for Thanksgiving. Thankfully we were driving, because everything went pear shaped. Last weekend’s stomach bug is still lurking about, so a 9 hour drive is out of the question. Today’s post is for small thanksgivings: I’m thankful half of the family lives close enough that we can still spend the…

Sparky

“Hey guys, anything interesting?” Ambulance 10 has arrived on scene uninvited and unexpected because they have a brand new trainee. Our chest pain patient is hypotensive, tachycardic, diaphoretic, and as pale as my uniform shirt. More help is always welcome. We toss the trainee and his preceptor into the extrication role, and soon he is…

The letter P

Today’s tractor repair was brought to you by the letter P: Pipe wrench Penetrating oil Patience Perseverance and a long Pipe for Persuading corroded bolts Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. –Archimedes Give ME a long enough lever and a fulcrum…