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Barge of Death Departed Today

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Left around noon on Saturday. Redbird R-33WF 9339 and Yellowbird former R-22 Revenue car 0R722 (ex-7490). Trucks went out too. Weeks Marine tugs: Virginia, Elizabeth, and Robert.

Careless Spelling Makes You Look Stupid

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The following article is technically talking about the work/office environment, but the lesson applies just the same to the online message board and blog environments.

Article: The case for spelling in a fast-paced office

A choice quote:

Misspelling can be interpreted as: “Boy, he/she is stupid.” An occasional spelling mistake is not going to label you stupid. But if you make spelling mistakes in everything you write, then people may believe that you were at the bottom of your class.

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. You can easily tell who the stupid people are.

Bus Destination Sign Failure

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

And this bus looks like it was serviced/painted/cleaned-up rather recently, too!

::::shakes head::::

NYCT Bus Orion V 6257 (Bx20). Note that the destination sign is broken and two "paper 20's" can be seen behind the windshield.

NYCT Bus Orion V 6257 (Bx20). Note that the destination sign is broken and two "paper 20's" can be seen behind the windshield.

Photo taken with my cell phone camera. Please excuse the poor quality.

New York By Rail – Amtrak Travel Trade Show at Penn Station TODAY

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

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Today at New York Penn Station there is a travel trade show that focuses on New York State destinations reachable by Amtrak. I picked up a lot of good travel destination information. These are the people who put out the New York By Rail publication.

Here are some photos I took:

a guessing game – where was this photo taken?

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Can you figure out where this photo was taken? Can you guess what’s going on here?

What in the world???

What in the world???

NYC Subway celebrates opening days at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

New York City Transit wants you to “Take the Train to the Game” when it comes to New York baseball. And while that includes the number 7 subway to Citi Field, the B, D, and 4 subway lines to the new Yankee Stadium, and a few bus lines no one has ever heard of, does it also include historic nostalgia subway trains from the New York Transit Museum collection?

Well, they’ve done it before – they ran the Train of Many Colors (aka the SMEEs) to both the final METS opening day and the final METS game at Shea Stadium last year, and they ran the Lo-V train to the final YANKEES game at the old Yankee Stadium last year.

And now NYCT is advertising the opening days at brand new Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium as a “Special Event” (click on the poster below).

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Seems like they are going all out. So we may just be going for some historical subway rides two weeks from now!

First Photos of the New South Ferry Terminal Grand Opening

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Yesterday at noon I rode the first (1) train into the new South Ferry subway terminal, and then ran across the platform to ride the first (1) train out of the new South Ferry subway terminal (I guess you can say I couldn’t wait to get out of there). Many of you know my views on the new station, so I won’t get into that right now.

There were many photographers present at the grand opening, so instead of showing you photos you’ve already seen, I’m going to highlight what I feel are some unique photos that I took. And these are only from the first batch of yesterday’s photos – I have more to come.

Click on each thumbnail to view the full-size photo.

Riders stepping off the first train to the new South Ferry

Riders stepping off the first train to the new South Ferry

Riders about to enter the new South Ferry subway terminal

Riders about to enter the new South Ferry subway terminal

South Ferry subway - main entrance awning

South Ferry subway - main entrance awning

Ok, let me take one potshot here at the new station: the best view of the new South Ferry subway terminal is the one looking back as you’re getting the heck out of there

Through-the-cab view as the first train departs the new station

Through-the-cab view as the first train departs the new station

To see the rest of the first photos, and to watch for more in the upcoming days, go to this album: New South Ferry Stub-End Terminal

Valentines Day BARGE OF DEATH

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

The Barge of Death set sail at noon today, this Valentines Day. It was followed up the canal shortly thereafter by the Barge o’ Trucks. The Shelby pushed the Barge of Death and the Vera K. pushed the Barge o’ Trucks.

Mowing Ballparks and Milwaukee

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

I saw the title of the following article and immediately suspected that Milwaukee may be mentioned, since I recalled reading long ago about the Brewers’ groundskeepers and their famous field grass designs.

Groundskeepers Display Artistry on the Diamond

I was right.

He was an assistant groundskeeper at Milwaukee County Stadium in 1993 when a concert badly damaged the grass in the outfield. With the support of the head groundskeeper Gary Vanden Berg, Mellor mowed a busy pattern to serve as camouflage. The design, not the damage, was all anyone noticed.

“I still think that was the coolest pattern he ever made,” Vanden Berg said.

Mellor found himself with a niche, and others followed.

Daniels & Webster’s 5000th Radio Show

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

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My favorite radio duo, Daniels & Webster, are celebrating their 5000th radio show today.

Research performed by the Times-Tribune and Shamrock Communications has thus far failed to find another duo that’s worked together at the same radio station for as long as Daniels & Webster.

That’s awesome! I used to listen to them every morning on Rock 107 during middle school and high school, and I tape recorded a lot of their skits. In fact, when they released their compilation CD “Wind Beneath My Seat” in 1999, I already had a lot of the material in my personal collection. Congrats guys!

Oh, and hopefully I’ll be getting their fourth album today, “Sgt. Lumpy’s Auto Parts Club Band“.