Thank you, guys, for all the kind words. Being part of forming this group was the best thing I have ever done in model railroading (4 of us started the group in 2009, and now we're in the mid 20s). The OGR Forum made model railroading a social hobby. The local group made it even more social on a local level.
I must give credit where credit is due:
The guys of the group are fantastic. All of us have made both new and long-term friends.
In addition, personally, I have to credit my wonderful wife, who tolerates my addiction. She gladly whipped up rasberry biscuits and pumpkin squares for the group.....before going to work, herself, no less....
She knew exactly what she was in for before we were married nearly 33 years ago. Many of our "dates" were weekly train shows in the Philly area. She gave me a mint 1953 Lionel catalog for my 30th birthday. She gave me a 60 trolley as a wedding present.....and, on our honeymoon, she allowed me to detour to Sarasota to visit Joe Lionel Rudley's Lionel Museum (a collection that was eventually bought by Richard Kughn for CaRail).
I am a lucky man.
By the way.....I have improved my pancake technique.....in the 80s, my pancakes could have been recycled as ballast for supertankers and container ships.