Dec. 31st, 2016 12:44 pm
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With the current move of all LJ servers to Russia. I have decided to jump over to Dreamwidth. Same id name as in LJ. So all my LJ buddies that are moving over can still find me.
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So I have not posted anything here for a long time.
Actually about the time I got involved with [livejournal.com profile] la_peregrina.
Needless to say this past weekend me made it official on FaceBook, that we are a couple.
A couple of what you ask? Maybe nuts, but we get each other. We have had similar loss events in our lives, and understand what each other is at.
And yes I am madly in love with the lady. So there. Arrogant little bugger, ain't I.
It just goes to prove that life can go on, and you are granted a way forward.
Where will it go from here? Ask me in a few months.
I have some ideas where I would like it to go, but i will not get ahead of myself (and her).

On another note a dear old friend, while vacationing in the Dominican Republic, was badly injured in an automobile accident, and his girlfriend was killed. This saddened me greatly. Hang on to each other, and be good to each other. You never know when things will happen.
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OK, got back to this.
So last Tuesday was a Lodge meeting. Business was dealt with.
Wednesday was Model Engineers Club. not much to report.
Thursday was a business meeting for Rusted Woodlands, it appears that Sir Tanaka has volunteered us to host a novice tourney on July 19. I of course cannot go because that is the date for Audrey and Eamon's aufruf (pre-wedding thing at the synagogue for the members of the congregation).
Friday was the other Model Railway Club. Again not much to report except they are having a party for the members on Saturday the 14th.
Saturday - Park Ridge Town Picnic. The masons have something called the ChIP or Child Identification Program. What it is is the accumulation of data on a child, with the parents permission. They collect height, weight, characteristics, fingerprints, bite registration (with a DNA sample), photographs and a short video of the child. This is all put into a envelope and handed back to the parents. They have this if for any reason something should happen to the child (kidnap, lost, etc), and the police can use this to help identify or maybe even trace the child. We processed about 40 children that day. We hoped to do more, but it was not a bad turnout. Afterwards went up to Audrey and Eamon's for barbecue and to hang out.
Sunday did chores (food shopping, laundry, etc), and then went back up to the kids place for some more barbecue.
This past Tuesday had a Board of Directors Meeting of the Model Engineers, and the new president kept us going for a while setting his stamp in place. Should be good going forward.
Thursday I have to go into Manhattan for a meeting. So will be spending time at 30 Rock.
That is all for now.
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So Thursday was Fifth Thursday Dance in Rusted Woodlands. Sir Tanaka made all the fighters break from fighting and dance. in their armor of course. The A&S exhibit was small, but very good.
So Friday was supposed to be a night up at the Garden State Model Railway Club Well I get up their and find out my friend Joe who is in the band Rewind is performing over at the Grande Saloon in Clifton, NJ. Anyway trundled over there for a bit, and got to listen to some great 50's 60's music.
Saturday was a run a bunch of errands and stay at home day. Not much happened.
Sunday afternoon was the benefit show at Monday Night Magic.com/ for David Oliver. I asked [livejournal.com profile] la_peregrina to accompany me, which she did. Also in attendance where my kids and their friends. Afterwards we went to the Washington Square Diner, which is the hang out for the staff and magicians. So we had the opportunity to speak to a few of the performers. After dinner I escorted the lady to her apartment back in Queens. Still made it home in time to see Game of Thrones, and Penny Dreadful.
this week will be another one of those simply packed weeks until the weekend. I of course will try to report on that when I have time to breathe.
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This past weekend I and my kids went up to Chemung County, New York near Elmira. Back when my late wife Eileen and I first discussed how we would want to be dealt with after death, we both agreed on cremation. She wanted to have her ashes scattered in the mountains, I wanted mine dumped out of the back of a speeding train (ever the railfan). We have dear friends that live up that way and they have a very wooded lot that abuts on an old abandoned christmas tree farm. Near the border of that land was her favorite spot to go and meditate. With the help of my son and daughter we placed her in her favorite place. So as I said some thing are finally done.
On Monday Fulton-Friendship Lodge was the host lodge for the Third Masonic District in New Jersey. The district marched in the Montvale-Park Ridge-Woodcliff Lake memorial day parade. Afterwards we fed them all. So guess where I was through all this. In the kitchen and manning the grill. I think we fed them sufficiently.
Tuesday was Fellowship night at the lodge, and ritual practice. We will be raising a couple of brothers to Master Mason in a few weeks.
Wednesday was the annual meeting of the New York Society of Model Engineers. this is also when we have the annual elections for the coming year. Yours truly was re-elected to the position of shop-steward for another year.
Thursday will be Fifth Thursday Dance for the Royal Forest of Rusted Woodlands (SCA). They are combining this with an A&S display. We'll see how that all works out.
That is all for now.
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But life must go on, and I have a need to write.

This past week I was not home one evening.

Monday: My mother lodge (you see I am a Freemason) in New York, was hosting the visitation of a number of brothers from a lodge in Vienna, Austria. So I picked up a brother from my New Jersey Lodge, and off we went to Whitestone Temple. The reason we went was because my lodge was going to do the work (ritual) in German, and this particular brother though German had never seen it done here in the states in his native tongue. Also met up with my Mom and Dad there (my dad is a Freemason also), so got to spend a little time with them.

Tuesday: Board of Directors Meeting - New York Society of Model Engineers (NYSME). Long discussions about various upcoming items.

Wednesday: Work Night NYSME - Helped Bob Lavezzi one of the other members mount a new switch motor in the Railway Express area of the layout. A lot of fiddling around.

Thursday: Went to visit a masonic lodge in Ridgefield Park, where they where raising four brothers to the sublime level of Master Mason. They did a great job with the work.

Friday: NYSME was hosting a slide show presented by Rich Taylor on the Lackawana Railroad from Hoboken to Binghampton. Lots of pictures of the old Phoebe Snow in various locations across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Went out with the guys from Garden State Model Railway Club (GSMRC) afterwards for a bite to eat.

Saturday: This was the big one. Garden State / New Jersey divisions of the North East Region of the National Model Railroad Association meet down in Middletown, NJ. Lots of great clinics on various modelling subjects. Afterwards layout tours. Went to see on gentleman's layout where he was modeling the Western and Atlantic Railroad from Atlanta, GA to Chatanooga, TN in 1863. That is correct 1863. Yes he had to do selective compression, but it is totally believable. Forgot my camera, but took a bunch of picture with my iPhone. Will probably uploaded them to my FB page later. Visited three other layouts including one that was running G scale "Live Steam" in the backyard. Was smelling steam oil for at least an hour afterwards.
Afterwards shot back north and went to a house concert performed by Heather Dale in a SCA members house in Paramus. This was absolutely great, and I picked up a bunch of her albums. Yes I liked the music that much.

Sunday: Spent the morning doing laundry. Yeah chore day. Got a call from my son and his fiance that some friends from Middletown, NY where coming to his place in Suffern, NY. Wanted to know if I wanted to join them for dinner. So of I went. We went to Temptations in Nyack, NY. We got together with some other friends afterwards for desert. I think a good time was had by all.

That was the week that was.

So tonight i am staying in. Have a lot of stuff to catch up with on the DVR.


Sep. 30th, 2013 10:47 am
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It is with great sorrow that I must announce the passing of my wife Eileen B. Harbord (nee Worob) on 9/26/13. She was also known in the SCA as Lady Arrienna McPhearson, and in the Holistic Community as the owner of Phoenix Starr Designs LLC.

As per her wishes she is being cremated.

A memorial service will be held on 10/12/13 at:
Browning-Forshay Funeral Home
557 Lafayette Ave
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 PM on that day with the Service to follow at 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children

Mothers Day

May. 9th, 2010 01:24 pm
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To all the ladies on my flist, whether they are, are going to be, or wish to be.
Happy Mothers Day
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DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted vertical stabilser which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, "Oh s***..."

ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age.

SKILL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

WELDING GLOVES: Heavy duty leather gloves used to prolong the conduction of intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.

TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.

HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

EIGHT-FOOT LONG YELLOW PINE 2X4: Used for levering an automobile upward off of a trapped hydraulic jack handle.

E-Z OUT BOLT AND STUD EXTRACTOR: A tool ten times harder than any known drill bit that snaps neatly off in bolt holes thereby ending any possible future use.

BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminium sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.

TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.

CRAFTSMAN 1/2 x 24-INCH SCREWDRIVER: A very large pry bar that inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end opposite the handle.


PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.

STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws.

PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.

HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short.

HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit.

MECHANIC'S KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines , refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use.

DAMMIT TOOL: Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'DAMMIT!' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.
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So the Model Railroad http://www.angelfire.com/nj4/merrcnj/ club I am in opened up for our annual open house Friday evening.
So of course stuff starts to go wrong.
Friday night a turnout (that is what allows you to move a train from one track to the other) blows up. Well not literally, but it broke. So we are repairing this turnout while the show is going on. We finally get it fixed an hour later.
Saturday we started having electrical problems in a bunch of places. Some of it was just dirty track (easily fixed), and I see some places where we have to put in bonds (this is a jumper wire where two pieces of rail are joined, this is a bigger job). Then we completely lose power in a section of the mainline trackage. Come to discover that two wires in the control panel have broken (some nimnutz had used solid wire instead of stranded in a location where the wires have to bend). So replace those wires, and discover another one had fallen off (bad solder joint). Fixed all that and we appear to be good to go.
So lets see what today brings (quickly knocks on wood, to prevent any more gremlins from showing up.
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The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading.
5) Bold and strike books you read but hated.
6) Reprint this list in your own LJ

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (at one point I had reread this once for every year I was alive)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (see # 2)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (and all of its sequels)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (my daughter stole my set)
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (see #33)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert (and all of itse sequels and prequels)
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (was the lighting director for a production in elementary school)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

There are books here I do not understand why they are here, and there are others I think should be here.  Oh Well.
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The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) just published online what is probably the last interview that Sir Arthur probably gave anyone. See: http://spectrum.ieee.org/mar08/6075

Year meme

Jan. 7th, 2008 07:23 pm
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You Belong in 1960

You are a free spirit with a huge heart. Love, peace, and happiness rule - oh, and drugs too.
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If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.
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This had to be my favorite add from last night:


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You entered: 2/9/1957

Your date of conception was on or about 19 May 1956 which was a Saturday.
You were born on a Saturday
under the astrological sign Aquarius.
Your Life path number is 6.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 6 & 9.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 4, 8, 11 & 22.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2435878.5.
The golden number for 1957 is 1.
The epact number for 1957 is -1.
The year 1957 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 1/31/1957 and ending 2/17/1958.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Rooster.

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 21 April 1957.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 6 March 1957.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 9 June 1957.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 16 June 1957.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 24 September 1957.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Sunday, 14 April 1957.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 5 March 1957.

As of 3/8/2006 11:48:04 AM EST
You are 49 years old.
You are 589 months old.
You are 2,561 weeks old.
You are 17,924 days old.
You are 430,187 hours old.
You are 25,811,268 minutes old.
You are 1,548,676,084 seconds old.

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 7.01526418786693 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)

There are 338 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 50 candles.

Those 50 candles produce 50 BTUs,
or 12,600 calories of heat (that's only 12.6000 food Calories!) .
You can boil 5.71 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1957 there were approximately 4.0 million births in the US.
In 1957 the US population was approximately 150,697,361 people, 50.7 persons per square mile.
In 1957 in the US there were approximately 1,667,231 marriages (11.1%) and 385,144 divorces (2.6%)
In 1957 in the US there were approximately 1,452,000 deaths (9.6 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

Your birthstone is Amethyst
The Mystical properties of Amethyst

Amethyst is used to increase spiritually
Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)

Bloodstone, Onyx, Moonstone

Your birth tree is

Cedar, the Confidence
Of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, wants to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy, optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

There are 292 days till Christmas 2006!
There are 305 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were
born was waxing gibbous.
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You scored as Susan Pevensie.


Susan Pevensie


Lucy Pevensie


Mrs. Beaver




Peter Pevensie




Mr. Beaver


Mr. Tumnus


Edmund Pevensie




The White Witch


Which Chronicles of Narnia character are you most like?
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