Monday, November 20, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
On Tuesday I had alluded that I wasn't feeling very good. That was sort of an understatement. For the past week and a half I've been sort of "Holy shit I haven't been this fucking sick in fifteen fucking years please shoot me and put me out of my misery" sick. I'm not going to go into the details of my symptoms, but if any of you have ever read Stephen King's "The Stand" will identify with how I felt. I had been trying to persevere with it and just keep on soldiering on but last night when I got to the yard office I couldn't go on anymore. The other night one switchman called out, and the last two nights my engineer was out with what we're now calling the "Clewiston Cruds". I got the yardmaster to mark me off for the night and proceeded to the local Wal Mart to get the Elixer of the Gods... Nyquil.
Capitol "N", little "y" Big fucking "Q"...
The "Q" had been calling me to succumb to the Green Death flavor...
I got back home and was already opening the bottle before my front door was closed. Down a HUGE shot of it and Bang! Right into the Nyquil coma.
Bliss for eight hours of un-interrupted sleep.
I'm still not feeling 100% but that NyQuil Coma was just what I needed. That and a solid night's sleep. Hopefully I'll be feeling better in a few days... I hope so. I really hate feeling like this. The crop isn't even half over yet and I've got a lot more work to do.
Is it April yet?
Copyright 2006 Thomas J Wolfenden
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
|What American accent do you have? |
Your Result: Philadelphia
Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard.
|The Inland North|
|What American accent do you have?|
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Yo Vinnie! I wunner how it figgered that wun out? Wanna go downna two street an getta chizsteak?
Copyright 2006 Thomas J Wolfenden
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Tooling down the main line heading out to one of the sugar cane loading elevators, as seen from my window of the locomotive...
Arriving at "Flaghole #4" loading elevator, slowing down to "spot" empty cane cars and pick up loaded ones...
The "Agro" Department, loading cane cars with fresh cut raw sugar cane...
Leaving Flaghole #4 with a load of sugar cane to take to the mill... (Actually not leaving, I had my engineer stop the train so I could get this shot...)
traveling along the mail line again, through large cane fields. Again, the "Agro" department busy burning the fields... This need to be done just prior to harvesting so the cane will be processed correctly and a new crop can grow next season.
A view looking out my window at my train... I look this way often, especially on curves, like this one coming into Flaghole Junction. I look back often to inspect my train for any defects and hot boxes...
Finally, Train 405 arrives at Clewiston railyard with it's load of 100 cars of fresh sugar cane for the mill, seen in the background.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
13) Reflective safety vest (Where I keep a spare switch key, knife, pen, and extra gaskets for glad hands)
Monday, November 06, 2006
hogger, hoghead, driver
Ram-rod, conducer, The Brains, skipper
brakie, pinner, pinhead, baby lifter
yard goat, dinger
yard rats, hostler
car knocker, wheel knocker, car toad, car tonk
Fucking dispatcher, dipsnatcher
Gandy Dancer, snipe
peeps (short for "people")
bull, cinder dick, pussyfoot (in plain clothes)
hogs, lokies, power, motors
hack, crummie, brain box
main, iron, high iron, high rail
string of cars
little terrorists, munchkins
"On the high iron, let the big dogs walk" means the caboose is over the switch and on the mainline so open the throttle all the way on the locomotives
"All black, well stacked, goin' down the track clickity clack" means the train looked good on the visual roll-by inspection.
"Pull the pin" or "let's pull the pin and roll" means "uncouple so we can get out of here"
"Highball it out of here." Proceed at maximum permissible speed
"Double the hill" means the train is split in half to get up a grade
"We are on the ground!" means the train has derailed
"Mosey Speed" means when you approach the limit of your track warrant and have not received a new warrant, you mosey up to the limit prepared to stop.
"Grip" Trainman's suitcase
"Dead Head" A railroad employee traveling as a passenger
"Drag" Describes the movement of a heavy train, such as a coal drag
"Dump the air" Emergency application of the air brakes causing a train to stop abruptly
"Dog chasing" A crew change out.