Happy New Year #SoCS

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If we were having a beer, you would find it impossible to not go there…

“Can I assume from previous years that you won’t be making any resolutions?”

“Yes. Can I assume that knowing that will allow us to move on to other subjects?”

“I’m afraid not.”

“You boys aren’t going to start this debate again…are you?”

“Tired of hearing us argue, Cheryl?”

“You guys always argue. I’m just worried that one of you might resolve to quit drinking or eat healthier.”

“I wouldn’t worry about either of those.”

“Do I take that to mean one Yuengling and a glass of Meiomi?”

“The young man always has a beer, but what if I wanted Bourbon?”

“I’m sorry. I thought it was your turn to pay.”

“Is it my turn to pay?”

“It is. I paid last week, and the week before that.”

“Then a glass of Meiomi will be fine.”

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Ghosts: A Possessed Painting!

Book 'Em, Jan O

Readers, you’ll love this story about a very haunted painting!  Several weird events around this work of art are described in chilling detail! From Thought Co.  https://www.thoughtco.com/the-haunted-painting-2596730

And please check out my new book, Sepia Seepage, a short collection of  four ghost stories, free on kindle unlimited or kindle users library, or 99 cents to buy! Like the above, these tales center around paranormal pictures (but unlike it, they’re made up.  But who better to tell you these tall tales!) 🙂  https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Olandese/e/B071FK9L75 

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Where Could We See Passenger Train Service Every 30 minutes?


By Noel T. Braymer

The current draft of the California State Rail Plans calls for most local passenger rail services to run at least every half hour by 2040. This would create good connections to rail service to almost anywhere in the State including future High Speed Rail service. So where are the places that are likely to see half hourly service in the near term? Once Caltrain is electrified in a few year, it is expected to run more frequent service. During the weekends now Caltrain runs service less than every hour and roughly hourly on off peak times during the work week. The first segment of High Speed Rail from the San Joaquin Valley to the Bay Area is expected by 2025. High Speed Rail is expected to run several trains an hour most of the day, 7 days a week from the beginning and add more train…

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I Think I Know Why They Stayed Alone — Timeless Classics

By the Mighty Mumford

I think I know why they stayed alone Dickenson, Austin, those reclusive felt ‘Twere best completely keep themselves away From treatment by the outside world were dealt Which, unsuspecting their superior Cognizance and sensitivity, Looked harshly upon their seeming pretence To beauty, romance and delicacy Yet worse came from those few who did suspect They […]

via I Think I Know Why They Stayed Alone — Timeless Classics

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The Gardens of Fort Ticonderoga

Jazzersten's HDR Blog

Fort Ticonderoga was originally a French built fort that was captured by revolutionary forces and used by the USA.  After the war, it was deeded over to NY State in 1785 who let it fall into total disrepair or ruin. In 1820 the Fort and lands surrounding it was deeded over to a New York wealthy merchant William Ferris Pell. He built a very large summer home below the fort right on Lake Champlain and maintained the Pavillion and the Kings Garden there. It became an attraction for those interested in history. The house was large and was used eventually for a Hotel until 1900.  After that, Pell’s son took over and started to restore the Fort itself. For more history see: Fort Ticonderoga History

Here is a gardener working in the vegatable gardens just outside of the walled Kings Garden:

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By M.E. Singer

In response to your parochial perspective expressed in your ROAD & BRIDGES editorial, (see below*) “Amtrak Derailment Over I-5 Raises Questions” (18 Dec), as a proud member of the railroad industry, I take strong umbrage at your overt slant that reads more like a story planted in Pravda. Instead of building more congested lanes of traffic on I-5, the State of Washington, Feds, Amtrak, and the BNSF Railway diligently planned and constructed this new right-of-way in order to speed-up the ever popular Amtrak Cascade schedules by avoiding the growing freight traffic around the yards. Rather than inferring inferior construction or problems with the equipment, you should check your facts to learn how the new Charger locomotive was built in Sacramento, CA and powered by Cummins diesels. The Spanish-built Talgo consist has a long history of running at speeds grater than 125mph; is constructed so in an accident the cars would not telescope…

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