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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.
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