It's not loud and it's very soothing shortly after the engines pass.
First you hear the crossing bells go off.
Then, the roar of the powerful engines. At least three out front. I saw one with eight engines last night. There was another train where I counted 149 freight cars. There were three engines out front and one at the back, pushing BACKWARDS. That was a short train too.
Engines power many things. When you say engine, it goes back to THE Orinal NAME that isn't associated with what it's inside but what it's attached to.
The engines pass quickly, then, the singing starts.
The singing can go on for 5 minutes or more. At the end of the concert is a clack, clack, clack and a red blinking light.
I bought a 10 inch laptop a few years ago for a backup so I could get online and order another laptop if mine failed. I think I paid $160 which wasn't a lot.
About 14 months after I got it, Windows tried to do a big update and there was simply not enough hard drive space because this unit had only come with 32gb EMCC and it was soldered in so you couldn't upgrade.
If you're looking for a laptop or any device using Windows 10, make sure it has at least 64GB
Here's what I replaced that computer with:
It's about as long as a pack of 100's and about 1/4 the bulk. I think I paid $135 for it and it has 64GB. It has two USB ports and a mini SD slot. The only drawback is, you must have a power receptacle as it has no battery. (you can put it in your shirt pocket but it only works with the power supply) I use it plugged into the back of a smart TV in front of my stationary bike. I built a keyboard and mouse platform that slides over the bike basket
I bought to take Hoggie riding, (then thought he might jump out and get hit by a car.)
The bigger of the two projections on the right side (below) is the wireless keyboard and mouse and the smaller one is a wireless headset with a microphone. Since it does have a real power supply, I would imagine it might run a portable hard drive but I've never tried it.
I've used laptops with external monitors and wireless keyboards and mice for years so I'm not pounding on them all the time. They sit on a shelf and the only time I touch them is to turn the power button on or to insert an external drive.
This grocery delivery and pickup thing just doesn't work when the restaurants are shut down and everybody is trying to use the service. You can wait days for your delivery and won't get everything you ordered. Who ever heard of substituting baby oil for corn oil. It'll get geared up to handle the extra deliveries. I know most of the stores re hiring as is Amazon to handle it.
social distancing, long line, no one going in.
So I stood in line for about 5 minutes and headed for another store.
I got in line at 7:12 and was in the door at 7:22.
Every 5 minutes, he would let 5 carts in the store.
First thing I ran for was those root beer barrels. (The 5 pounds I ordered on Ebay had about 20% of the flavor. I got a refund from the seller as soon as I brought it to his attention. They weren't worth the calories unless you were on a desert island with nothing else to eat.
I next went to the dairy section and got cottage cheese, sour cream, eggs, and butter. Some cat food for Hoggie and I was shooed into a new lane before I got my hot dog buns or cheese... Next time.
At least they had everything I was looking for.
It will all calm down as people realize they have enough.
Well, I didn't plan where to put the monitor very well. It was right above my head. If I swung it forward, it blocked 15% of the large screen.
It was like siting in the first row of a movie theater. When you're looking at something from that angle things are stretched. Also, the video cable from the video recorder on the top of my TV to the monitor above my head was huge and kept dropping down towards Hoggie's cardboard scratching pad and cramping his style.
Yep, I took the monitor above my head down (there's two big holes in the wall now)and I took the 27" monitor I haven't been using on the wall above my desk and hung it to the right.
I think the lithograph a client was throwing away will cover those big holes. It's not like you can see through them, as they terminate in the stud.
Yes, that's my computer screen hanging from the ceiling.
I had two wives and neither would've let me do this.
Now all I have to do is hang the small monitor back under the desk, put the face frame of that bookcase I had to make removable to get the big monitor in or out back on. Hang that picture and resort re sort this end of the room. Maybe I'll repaint the area. I have the paint, I have the time. I wonder how Hoggie will look with light yellow fur?
We are all somewhat stressed from being inside so much.
One of the first things unavailable at the grocery stores was potatoes.
I scored a 5# bag last week and yesterday, I made a quart of potato salad.
I find it difficult to get to that perfect place where the potatoes aren't falling apart before you mix the other ingredients into them. (I cook them in the microwave at 50% so they cook but don't boil over) I tried 15 minutes but they were still too firm so I put them in for another 10 minutes.
I was in no hurry. I had two hard boiled eggs but figured I needed one more so I threw it in the potato water after I had removed the potatoes to cool. (Did you know you can hard boil eggs in the microwave? You cover them with water and add alot of salt and nuke them for 10-12 minutes.)
While that egg was cooking, I chopped 6 sweet pickles and found my mayonnaise & mustard. I mixed the chopped pickles, mustard and mayo in a bowl, peeled then chopped the three eggs over the potatoes and then, gently stirred in the mayo pickle mix to thoroughly coat the potatoes.
It turned out perfect.
For me, what is appealing about potato salad is the deviled egg taste.
I've been really worried about Hoggie. He's been looking like skin and bones for about a month. As some of you know, I took him to the vet Friday. It turns out he's lost over 3 pounds since they saw him last. They don't let you in. They take your pet at your car wearing masks and protective gear. He came out of there a little changed by the new protocol, a little distrustful that I let them take him and hid under the bed when we got home.
I took these yesterday morning and it pretty much sums up the dirge upon us.
I believe it will get better through the magic of, wait for it, CHEMTRAILS!
By the afternoon the sky was full of them.
I took Hoggie out for a walk and roll and took a few pictures.
What are they? What's in them? This is not normal airline traffic.
There was loud screeching from the Eucalyptus grove across the street.
There's snow on the mountains in a straight line 80 miles away.
The only things I've bought that I normally wouldn't for this siege are one large roll of Clorox wipes (I got them a couple days after the rush began, before they changed the store hours) A box of extra large vinyl gloves, 5 pounds of Hershey Kisses and 5 pounds of root beer barrels, both of which I ordered online. I've gone to the drive thru at KFC, picked up at my cousins Mexican restaurant, went to Jack in the Box early on. All of that is pretty normal for me.
I'm thankful I can go outside and sit under the persimmon tree while Hoggie makes his rounds. He has a route he takes like clockwork. He looked a lot better yesterday.
The vet emailed me late yesterday afternoon. All Hoggie's tests were normal. His elevated liver enzyme was even slightly lower. She also said she didn't feel anything unusual in the physical exam. So why did he lose all the weight? She suggested X-rays at over $400. So I have to question whether to spend another $400+. What if they find something like cancer? Am I going to go into debt for something they can't fix? Something that may reoccur? I wrote her back that I couldn't see the wisdom in that and said, "please let me know if you have any other ideas."
At one point we had 22 cats. I believe I can observe more carefully and know if he is in pain or unable to function properly and make a decision. He and I are both growing old. We've not been apart more than a total of 14 days since he was born.
There were a lot of tears and fear Friday after they told me he'd lost over 20% of his body weight. That's when I wished for the human contact.
Life is a series of challenges. Not being a smoker is a big blessing.