Thanks guys. I need to start off by apologizing to Butch, Art and Mike, for not replying to their posts from last month.
I saw a different doctor on Tuesday, and had new x-rays taken. He showed me where the break was. The new message is: It is still healing and to STAY OFF IT! The fact that I am a diabetic and on dialysis makes the healing process go slower. I have been doing a better of staying off it the last couple days, and it does feel better, but it kind of means staying out of the basement. As a result of staying it off it, I have also been able to cut out all regular Tylenol, and that has lead me to understand where the pain is originating from. Now when I feel pain, I just move the leg to a different position so it doesn't hurt.
My son is in his new apartment. He stopped by last night with a load of laundry. It's good to have him home.
Happy Fourth gang. I'm resting my leg, watching the baseball game, and gonna grill burgers in a little while.
Butch - I didn't make up those rules, the Canadians did, but it is not that uncommon to have tolls in only one direction. In the bay area of California, a number of the bridges are one way tolling, including the Oakland Bay Bridge. When we were out there we took advantage of that fact and went over the bridge twice in the free direction. We stayed in downtown San Francisco. The first time we took a day trip around the south end of the bay to San Jose. The second was when we left town. BTW, the toll on the Confederation Bridge has gone up to $47.75 to get off PEI.
Art - I have indeed returned to a more normal level of working on the layout. What everyone here witnessed, was a three and a half year push to get ready for the Narrow Gauge Convention, which turned out for me, to be a total flop. On the other hand, the layout made great progress, and has gotten closer to the real goal of operating sessions. Don't worry, once I get it to the point of being documented, I won't tear it down. I'm still scheming on ways to keep it running after I'm gone.
Mike - I haven't forgotten about sending you your surprise. I went through previous emails we exchanged from when you bought those signal heads from me, but didn't see your address. I'll look again, but you might just have to give it to me again. I think you figured out what it is.
No more old business, on to new business.
Pat - Good to have you back, been a while since I've seen you around the forum. Yeah, June was one of the busiest months we've had in a good while. If I can quit hurting myself, we should have more of those.
John - This uncoupler thing is really your project that you gave me. It has been on the back burner for a while now. It goes all the way back to Feb of 2016, and this topic. I do like to plan things out well in advance of actually doing them. I seem to have found my "round tuit". Now I remember why I dropped this ball for so long. The fascia needed to be done first. We only finished that last year.
Bob - Thanks, putting those track diagrams on the fascia is kind of fun, though it's more of a challenge these days with the neuropathy in my hands.
George - Glad you like that scene, but that is just a temporary bridge, standing on a couple 2x4's. That ravine is actually the Mississippi River. The real bridge is still years away from construction. It will look much better, promise!
Wayne - Thanks, I don't usually my better T shirts to work on the layout, but I knew I wasn't doing anything messy or "dangerous" that day. I have a number of Pink Floyd shirts.
Dave - Steal away, I stole it from someone here on the forum. I wish I could remember who, to give them the credit, but for all I know, they got it from someone else. I'll catch you in Duluth, but you'll have a hard time catching that train if you don't know its number. Your dyslexia is showing, not 1404, 4014.
Bill - I agree about it being fun to look back. I do the short version of that every month when I make the update posts, going through all the photos from the month, and putting together a story from them. The year end review is even more fun.
RTR - Thanks, though I think it might be time to start using a different camera. The lens on this one is dirty and I can't seem to get it clean anymore. I've had this one for like seven years, but for the last couple the quality seems to be deteriorating. It might have something to do with the fact that it fell six feet off the layout onto the concrete. My wife got me a new one more than a year ago, but I haven't tried it yet. It might be time.
NYC 428 - Thanks, I like watching it come together too. These things do take time.
Greg - I have one of those electronic picture frames, which I loaded many years ago, and have never updated. So I'm always seeing the old pictures of the layout. My wife has a frame which she does update, so that one has some newer shots, but only if she takes them, which isn't very often.
Mark - Thanks, it really helped having Patrick over three times last month. Would have been four times, but he had to work last Saturday so his work could get today off. The picnic is going to be a pretty small event. Just Paul and his wife, Patrick and my son. Wish you were going to be here.