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We made it another year!

I just want to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!

Take care and I'll try to hop on again soon,

  • Watching: it snow outside...again!
  • Playing: Lego Lord of the Rings

I just wanted to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! If you are having to travel, have a safe and fun trip to your destination and back home again.

I'm very thankful for all the friends I've made here on DA and also for all the positive support on my photography.

Take care my friends,

  • Watching: it snow outside!
  • Eating: way too much!
  • Drinking: Wine

I hope this journal entry finds everyone in good spirits and ready for Halloween tomorrow!

A couple years ago I did some spooky quotes for Halloween. This year, I wanted to do some sort of ghost story, but all the really good ones were long and I didn't want to bore anyone. So, instead I found some short and haunting sentences that might be cause to go to sleep with a light on tonight....

 I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.

The last thing I saw was my alarm clock flashing 12:07 before she pushed her long rotting nails through my chest, her other hand muffling my screams. I sat bolt upright, relieved it was only a dream, but as I saw my alarm clock read 12:06, I heard my closet door creak open.

Growing up with cats and dogs, I got used to the sounds of scratching at my door while I slept. Now that I live alone, it is much more unsettling.

In all of the time that I've lived alone in this house, I swear to God I've closed more doors than I've opened.

A girl heard her mom yell her name from downstairs, so she got up and started to head down. As she got to the stairs, her mom pulled her into her room and said "I heard that, too."

I always thought my cat had a staring problem - she always seemed fixated on my face. Until one day, when I realized that she was always looking just behind me.

There's nothing like the laughter of a baby. Unless it's 1 a.m. and you're home alone.

I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, "Daddy, check for monsters under my bed." I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, "Daddy, there's somebody on my bed."

You get home, tired after a long day's work and ready for a relaxing night alone. You reach for the light switch, but another hand is already there.

Don't be scared of the monsters, just look for them. Look to your left, to your right, under your bed, behind your dresser, in your closet but never look up, she hates being seen.

 There was a picture in my phone of me sleeping.................................I live alone.

Happy Halloween,

  • Listening to: The cold October wind outside
  • Watching: Hocus Pocus
  • Eating: Candy Corn and Peanuts
  • Drinking: Irish Creme Coffee
Hello friends,

Wow, it sure has been a while. I got to admit I did experience some burn out posting pictures, but I did stay active taking them and now I have quite the backlog of pictures to catch up on. So, over the next....well little while, I'll be hitting the time machine back to last November and working my way forward to the present.

I did miss being on here and hearing from all my good friends!

Okay, back to work!

Take care,

I came across this quote that pretty much says it all...

"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one." ~Brad Paisley


I just wanted to hop on and wish you a very Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) and all the very best in the upcoming New Year!

May it bring you all the positive support, success, rewards and good health!

All my best,

  • Listening to: Christmas Music
  • Watching: it snow
  • Drinking: Chocolate Mint Coffee

39 years ago tonight the 29 brave men of the Edmund Fitzgerald lost their fight in one of the worst storms to hit Lake Superior. May their loss along with all the other brave sailors lost on the great lakes always be remembered...

The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
Music and lyrics ©1976 by Gordon Lightfoot

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they called "Gitche Gumee."
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy.
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,
that good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
when the "Gales of November" came early.

The ship was the pride of the American side
coming back from some mill in Wisconsin.
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
with a crew and good captain well seasoned,
concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
when they left fully loaded for Cleveland.
And later that night when the ship's bell rang,
could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
and a wave broke over the railing.
And every man knew, as the captain did too
'twas the witch of November come stealin'.
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
when the Gales of November came slashin'.
When afternoon came it was freezin' rain
in the face of a hurricane west wind.

When suppertime came the old cook came on deck sayin'.
"Fellas, it's too rough t'feed ya."
At seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in; he said,
"Fellas, it's bin good t'know ya!"
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
and the good ship and crew was in peril.
And later that night when 'is lights went outta sight
came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does any one know where the love of God goes
when the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
if they'd put fifteen more miles behind 'er.
They might have split up or they might have capsized;
they may have broke deep and took water.
And all that remains is the faces and the names
of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
in the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams;
the islands and bays are for sportsmen.
And farther below Lake Ontario
takes in what Lake Erie can send her,
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
with the Gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
in the "Maritime Sailors' Cathedral."
The church bell chimed 'til it rang twenty-nine times
for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they call "Gitche Gumee."
"Superior," they said, "never gives up her dead
when the gales of November come early!"

Video to the song:

In 2010 Gordon Lightfoot change the lyric "At seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in" to " At 7 pm, it grew dark, it was then" as the cargo hatch failure theory was proven incorrect. The lyric change made several of the crew members family very happy as they felt the original lyric in the song made the crew look incompetent and put blame on them for the loss of their ship.

  • Listening to: The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
  • Reading: The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
  • Watching: it snow
  • Eating: Trail mix
  • Drinking: Chocolate Mint Coffee

Sorry it's been a while since my last journal entry. As the title suggests, I've lost a little steam, enthusiasm, ran into a creative block, etc. I know all of us creative souls run into this more often than others, this just happens to be my time for it.

On top of that my trusty Nikon D300 needs a serious sensor cleaning as I noticed when processing some pictures. So, I've been doing some research on purchasing some sensor swabs (not cheap), cleaning solution and a rocket air blower to really move the crud off. Until the purchase of these items is done, I've sidelined my D300 which is my only camera right now. Hopefully in 2015, I'll purchase a second DLSR as a backup.

I do have a backlog of shots still to process and post here on DA that hopefully I can stretch out for a while until my D300 is up and running and I'm feeling a little better about photography again.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by, the kind comments and for all the creative feedback!

Take good care of yourselves,

  • Watching: It rain outside

1:28am and why am I still awake??!!

Well, I was anxious to get some work that is starting to get backlogged downloaded tonight and I finally just finished. I'm also going to try something kind of new/newish. In the past I've only downloaded just a small amount of pictures from a photo outing and being cautious not to put up too many. Hence my slogan "Quality First". However, I always wondered in the back of my mind if I was being too picky and left out some potentially good shots. After all everyone has different opinions and likes. So, I went ahead and gave that a try tonight and will do so for a while and see what flies and what takes a total digger. A good example of this is three different shots of Union Pacific 1601 in my galley that I just uploaded. The first was almost ground level of 1601 and her other two counterparts, The second was elevated with more of the rich summer light on it and the second was a going away black and white with some sun glint, humidity and a whole lot of diesel exhaust. Like I mentioned, in the past I probably would have only picked one and the others would have never been seen.

Yes, this also pertains to my non railroad photography as well. No...really I do take pictures of other joke....oh come on....I really do! Trust me I'm working on it. Like any other artist I just got in a comfy rut so to speak and it's long over due to stretch my other creative sides.

So there we go and here I go off to bed!

Take care and as always "Thank You" for stopping by my page and your kind words of support!

  • Watching: My eyelids sinking
Have a very fun and safe 4th to all my friends that celebrate it! :flagus: wavy revision   Fireworks Cuddles: Fireworks Enjoying the Fireworks - NaNoEmo Day 7 Fireworks

Nine days into the New Year....had to change....Christmas journal too old....write later....spell check going crazy....have to fix too many spelling errors....sleep now.
Hello Everyone,

Well, we've rocketed from Halloween, past Thanksgiving and now find ourselves in December and the Christmas season.

No matter what holiday you celebrate, I want to wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Fun one!

I also want to wish you all the best in the coming New Year! May it be better than this last year and keep getting better year after year for you and your family!

All my best,

  • Listening to: Christmas Music
  • Drinking: Chocolate Mint Coffe
Hello my friends,

I just wanted to wish all of you a safe and frightfully fun Halloween!

  • Watching: The ghost and goblins creeping about

From John Cleese

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards." They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France 's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."

The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbor" and "Lose."

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels ..

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be right, Mate." Two more escalation levels remain: "Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!" and "The barbie is cancelled." So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

John Cleese ,
British writer, actor and tall person

And as a final thought - Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BC.

Life is too short...
Hello everyone,

I have some very good news that I would like to share with you!

If you remember back a few journals ago, I mention the free model train online magazine "Model Railroad Hobbyist"   Well, I had started a blog on their website that introduce myself and my time in the hobby. I also posted in that blog the model train picture I had done called "A Helping Hand" which I'm sure a lot of you remember. About a half hour later the editor of MRH contacted me and asked if they could purchase it! Wow!! Needless to say I was stunned and thrilled at the same time!  So, I'm very happy to announce that my photo will be published in a future issue of MRH! At his time I don't know the exact release date, but I will let you know as soon as I do!

To abide by the publishing guidelines, I have removed the picture from this website, but as I mentioned it will be viewable again in a future issue of MRH!

I am so very happy and proud to be part of a growing online magazine that dared to do what no other model train publication had done! Make a magazine that is full of information, photography, tips, video's, blogs, with so much more, and make it totally free!

Until next time, take care and I'll talk to you soon.

Hello everyone,

Wow, here it is that last day of spring here in the US all ready?!

In the spirit of spring, I'm doing some late spring cleaning. I've been going through some images here on my DA site and making some corrections, what I would feel would make them better. Most of this is done without you knowing..he...he...he, but some are being a real pain in the butt and I'm forced to delete the whole file and download it again. For some reason, DA remembers how the first file is downloaded. In a couple of images I received an error on the image size and I could not put these up for sale as enlargements or photo merchandise??!! No matter what I did to the image to correct this, I would get the very same error. Very frustrating!!!

So, basically your going to see some images reappear that you have all ready seen, commented on and put in your favorites over the next month or two. Please feel free to re-add them to your favorites and post comments, that's if you like the changes that I have done to the image/images.

Of course there will be some new photo's being posted soon along with the older ones! My time in the summer is much more limited, so hang in there and I'll get them up soon!

As always, thank you so much my friends for your kind words and support! It means more than I could possibly put into words and type!

Take good care and have a fun summer!

Talk to you soon,

  • Reading: June Issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist
  • Playing: Wii Lego Indiana Jones

I hope this journal entry finds everyone doing great!

OK, so last month I had a journal entry on real trains and now this month is one on model trains!

Basically I wanted to tell you about a great online model train magazine called Model Railroad Hobbyist. Since it's an online magazine they are not limited to page count which means that they can put out extremely detailed articals on the hobby. A lot of them have video links to watch certain techniques, tips and layout tours! The best part is that the current, future and all past issues are 100% FREE!  They thrive strictly on the advertisers and word of mouth.

You can find MRH here

No, I don't work for them. Whenever I am this impressed with something I always like to pass it along. After all that's what model railroading is about. Sharing and passing along information to help our models look and run better!

Oh, to wrap up last months news on the UP SD90/43MAC's, is that UP has sidelined them for evaluation and to fix the cracking in the frame behind the front truck. So, it looks like when that is done, we will be seeing them ply the rails once more for some time!

All right that is going to wrap it up for now.

Everyone take care and I'll talk to you soon!

  • Reading: May Issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist
  • Watching: it rain outside
  • Playing: Wii Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga
Hello everyone,

Wow, I just got a notice the other day from DA congratulating me on my 1 year anniversary February 2nd! Really? A year has gone by that fast??!!

Well, it's definitely been a fun one here! I have never found such a friendly community of talented photographers and artists than here on DA! I've received some great comments on my work which is so very appreciated to help me know that I'm getting something right! Not to mention I've made some great friends along the way!

So, here's to another great year in which I'll be posting some new types of photography to flex my creative side along with other the types you've seen from me.

Take care everyone and thanks again for everything!

All my best,

  • Playing: Wii Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga
Hello everyone,

I just wanted to wish all of you a very happy, healthy, prosperous and extremely fun New Year!

All my best,

  • Playing: Wii Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga
Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to wish all of you the best in whatever you celebrate this Holiday season and in the coming New Year!

If your plans take you out of town, have a safe journey both to and from!

All my best and Merry Christmas from my home to yours,

  • Listening to: Christmas tunes on the radio
  • Playing: Wii Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga
  • Eating: Fresh baked Gingersnap Cookies
  • Drinking: Chocolate Mint Coffe