Spent some time with my dad today out somewhat catching some trains today although we didn't have to go far. We were in the process of heading over to
Wally World to get some preemie baby clothes for my sister because she can't really find any she likes. As we were crossing over the overpass to get
to Wally World. I just happen to look off to the right and see some power setting on the yard lead and the lead engines setting close by. So after we
dropped my step-mom off at the front door to go in. We made a bee line over there and it was a good thing that we did. Get over there and the coal
train's crew was getting ready to up and move the other two locomotives out to the train.
1. With a couple of former Norfolk Southern SD60s lying around and waiting. The crew of KN39 couples onto the rear of the two SD60s to take them north
to tie on their train.
2. Shoving what I believe was a bad order or an extra car out of the consist. KN39 reverses south to clear so that KN381's power could come off the
fuel pad. If you look real close in the background. You can see KN381's power being readied to come off the fuel pad.
3. After being lined off the pit and fuel pad. KN381's power rolls out onto number four lead with a former SOO LINE/Indiana Railroad SD60 and a former
Southern Pacific SD45/SD40M-2.
4. Which one is going to go first!? KN39 patiently waits as they try to no avail to get a hold of their dispatcher in Pittsburg, Kansas to get some
track authority to go north towards Charleston. This as the power and crew for KN381 patiently wait on number four lead for the coal train to
5. Pounding over the switches at the north end of Dickinson Yard. A Norfolk Southern "Top Gon" rolls out of the yard. You can actually see the coal
falling off the car if you look real close.
6. With the coal train in the clear and long gone on up to the north. KN381's power pull the car that was set out north so they could clear the switch
and shove back into the yard.
In honor of Night's birthday, I'm sharing a blast from the past, well my own past.
My wife was the queen of Tulsa radio contests as much as she loved music and the chance to get concert tickets and backstage passes. Most of the
local DJs were quite familiar with her and her flaming red hair. Music was my wife's first love so being apart of the Tulsa music scene in the
70's-00's allowed her to meet many celebrities.
Way back in 2001, a local TV station (must have been with Paramount) was having a contest sponsored in part by Taco Bell. We were never ones to pass
on the chance of getting free food. Yes, she won some free Taco Bell food plus the grand prize which for the most part was a paid trip to Burbank to
tour Paramount Studios and see the taping of an episode of The 70's Show. Above is a clip from that episode titled "Hot Donna". As my wife had
worked in a few college radio stations she felt as one with Donna. We did get to meet Laura Prepon and most of the cast afterward. I should have the
script from that episode in a box somewhere on this planet.
The journey to Hollywood started out as just another day in of things going wrong as I broke my glasses while waiting for our connecting flight in
Phoenix. This meant that we spent the most of day one Burbank finding and waiting to get my glasses fixed. I think it was a Sunday at that.
Day two was our tour of Paramount. It was interesting to see the false building fronts that have been used in so many movies. Some of the buildings
I recognized such as what served as the cafeteria on Happy Days and Brady Bunch. Of course, we thought the water fountain out front of the studio was
cool as it is the one that is in the opening title of Friends. So I took many photos of what we were allowed to. We did get to see Moose, the dog
that played Eddie on Frazier. He was outside to take care of business of course. Also there was Tom Cruises Paramount golf cart which is bigger and
taller than most other golf carts of course. Being the Star Trek fan that I am I was pleased to see one of the shuttlecrafts from Enterprise. Before
I finish this short tour of Paramount I do want to confirm that my wife did dance on Soul Train. Well, the studio was empty except for the tour group
so she danced for a few seconds just for the honor of doing so. lol
Day two was the main event which took place at CBS Studios. I think there were about thirty people there to see the taping of the show. While we
were waiting to be let in the studio we were all sitting on some cement benches just outside the door. Some old guy with long gray hair sat next to
me. He was holding a copy of the script so I figured he worked for the show. He asked my wife and me what we thought of the show. I don't recall
what I said other than it's cool. It took me until I saw this old gray hair guy working behind the set to realize who that was. It was Tommy Chong
After the taping most of the cast came forward to say hello and thanks for being there. As my wife was the one who loves the limelight she was the
one who talked the longest to Prepon about her days working on the radio stations and such.
We were staying at the Burbank Marriott which must have been popular with celebrities as we saw a few while there. Here is the list of who we saw
outside of the cast of the 70's show:
Soleil Moon Frye and Melissa Joan Hart - at Paramount, most likely leaving the set of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
Eddy from Frazier - at Paramount.
Jenna Elfman - in the elevator at the Marriott.
Oliver Platt - eating breakfast at the Marriott.
Johnny Greco - checking in or out at the Marriott.
That is the long and the short of it other than that we also won a few things (books/autographs) from Enterprise in this contest.
You met Tommy Chong? Holy Smoke! I don't know if he invented the stoner movie genre but he was certainly a huge part of it. Friends of mine had the
record of Up In Smoke back in the day. Hilarious stuff.
Sad that the US government sent him to prison for nine months but he took the plea to protect his wife. His crime? Lending his name and image to his
son's company that "drug paraphernalia". The weird thing is that his son was never charged. The US government wanted to make an example and show their
power by charging a high-profile person. Quite sad. In the UK if police see scales or pipes/bongs, they see that as reasonable cause to execute a
search. It sure must be one evil plant. Reefer Madness.
While inside he met the real Wolf of Wallstreet and encouraged him to write his story which went on to become the movies with Leonardo di Caprio. (I
haven't watched it)
Speaking of stoner movies (they've come a long way since Cheech and Chong) is anyone is interested, Super Troopers 2 is being released on wait for
it... 4/20. The original was a riot and has gained cult status and number 2 looks like it will do the same.
Number 2 trailer
You will laugh and don't need to inhale any smoke.
I take my boy on holiday with a few other families with autistic kids and I met this amazing kid, about 14 he was. He knew everything about trains. I
mean everything! He could identify a train by a CM square of paintwork. It was fascinating. I listened for hours. To be honest it wasn't the trains
that necessarily fascinated me, it was his savant trait, his knowledge and his own deep interest. I love listening to people about their passions.
His mum asked me if I was "bored of trains yet?" but seeing into that mind was awesome (in the truest sense of the word). I have a bit of an affinity
with trains as my dad worked on them all his working life. I would get to ride in the driver's cabin, it made me feel special 🙂
They are mighty contraptions indeed! One of my dreams is to travel on a steam train one day. Maybe I'll take young Josh and he can tell me all about
it as we chug through the countryside.
As I haven't had coffee yet, I am far from being awake but felt the need to pass on this message from our Jacy:
She loves everyone here and wishes Night Star a happy birthday. Jacy is still living in the women's shelter on a day by day basis. Meaning that if
someone new wants to stay at the shelter then she gets kicked out and will have to live in her car. She continues her search for an apartment but
having limited income is making the search difficult at best.
No problem..lol shoulda asked me sooner.. Sry for the let down
Awesome photo's it's awesome you and your pops share a common hobby.
Cool train, I bet your kids love it when you take them!
What a wonderful memory, thank you kindly for sharing that with us here. Your wife sounds like a great woman full of life and exuberance..,I am glad
you are keeping her alive in spirit, every time you reminisce and share, you spread her presence and
We all are much better for it.
originally posted by: LightSpeedDriverYou met Tommy Chong? I don't know if he invented the stoner movie genre but he was
certainly a huge part of it.
Chong? Invented stoner movie genre? Far from it. Every pill is OK if it works somehow, and brain activity is next to a small rock. Puts all stoners in
a very, very bad light. Can't stand those movies due to polysubstance dependence.
ETA: But i gladly read other recommendations. I kinda liked the one where a dude died and they used his ashes to fertilize the soil and weirdness
began. But... it should be really easy and calm to watch. I mean, of course forbidden from children due to being a "stoner movie" but otherwise
practically children's stuff type. Normally when i watch movies, a beating or a murder here and there is ok as long as it is not the whole point of
the movie. But when i watch a stoner movie, even a tiny bit of violence feels extra bad even when i understand it is all just acting.
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Just heard from Jacy and it looks good that she will get an apartment. Time will tell of course, but I feel better knowing it looks like her chances
are good. Once she gets settled, she will be living in here with us. The pages will surely fly.
Hello to everyone! I hope you are all having an enchanting day! Need coffee!
Spirit Cat Card Reading. Cards illustrated and written by Nicole Piar
Meet Alice. She is small, but brave, jumping head first down the rabbit hole. Although the unknown may seem scary and fraught with danger, we should
always hold faith in the beautiful possibilities and discoveries awaiting us. True courage is listening to our intuition and moving in the direction
of our heart's deepest yearning, even when we are afraid and want to turn back to our comfortable, familiar world. Trust yourself enough to take that
leap,. And always remember, no matter where you land, the ride will be strange, magnificent and oh so worth it.
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originally posted by: Night Star
Hello to everyone! I hope you are all having an enchanting day! Need coffee!
Hello to you too, star of the night. Have a great day too, and i am also having coffee. at 23:30pm... just had a solid 7 hour nap. Sometimes it goes
like this, then the sleep rhythm fixes itself automatically.
So it is going to be friday, got an invitation to a party, friend turns 47. About 10 people coming there, maybe some women too. He is going to make
some punch. I am not afraid now because i don't need to drink to kill my pain, i can just have a few, feel a slight buzz, and wake up the next morning
remembering everything and no physical wounds.
I think it could do some good for me to talk to people who i have never met before. A short getaway from my introvert self. The host has a billion
good quality vinyls to play and he won't tolerate annoying people around him, ever, so it could be good time. Luckily some people i already know are
coming too, so i am not too far away from my comfort zone.
Yep, I've met Tommy Chong in addition to some other celebrities in my day. It is a shame that Tommy had to go to prison to set an unneeded
That's for the heads up on the upcoming movie. I'll have to check it out once I can find it online.
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