trains: dual use bus – train

Last week I heard about this really awesome sounding dual use bus and train. As we look into places to potentially move, having something like this could greatly expand where we looked. This concept is quite nice and I would love the ability to have a dual use 2-person pod for the NYC subway. ;) [E would have to drive so I could knit..]

Also last week at about 6:20am on the F line a bunch of really old cars went by.. It was early and pre-coffee so I’m not fully sure which cars I saw, I think there was a redbird and a R1 or perhaps an R4 (it was on the F so I’m going to assume R4?) (it was green). It was an awesome way to start the day and both E and I were sad we didn’t have cameras quickly available. And please, catch me a break for not being more observant as to what they were as I was really tired last week. :)

trains: nyc subway.org

nyc subway is a nice site I’ve been reading on and off for years (I love the track maps). For someone who loves trains, I’m quite clueless and haven’t done as much with them as I wish. Mostly due to time constraints. I want to do it all, recognize it’s impossible so I do what I can, when I can, where I can.

Anyway, life should return to something (normal|crazy|regularly scheduled programming|pledge drive|to be determined) for me starting tomorrow. I have a short knitting post for tomorrow b/c I can’t wait longer. ;)

travel: Národní technické muzeum v Praze

The summer of 2001 found E and I in Europe for two months “backpacking”. My MIL is awesome and through her connections (never forget your friends from kindergarten) we had nice apartments to stay in for most of the cities we visited (I won’t list them so you won’t hate me). We spent a long weekend in Prague after riding the train overnight up from Budapest.

We spent a delightful afternoon at the National Technical Museum in Prague. This was awesome! There were planes (for E) and trains (for me). The museum is nicely laid out and if I recall correctly there was a nice amount of English. Transportation is a huge portion of the museum, with much of it available to awe you as you walk around and explore the other items in their collections.

Here is the lone photo E uploaded ages ago. He and I really need to work on our site, just as I need to work on my business site. Does anyone want to help me write my bio? I feel quite weird doing so. I’ll barter with you in something.

Overall I was miserable most of that weekend as I battled a sinus attack royale (I spent all of my small budget on tissues and handkerchiefs). I was also pretty sad because of my decades long inability to say more than a handful of Czech: dobreý den (good day/hello), prosím (please), děkuji (Thank you), and especially promiňte (Excuse me. I’m sorry. Forgive me.). And that can’t even be produced on the spot, I freeze and get all nervous. I also won’t get started on my (lack of) Hungarian (thankfully E can totally cover me there). *sigh*

travel: Trains, Planes, and …

This is the first in a short series of weekly posts highlighting parts of our December 2006 trip to NV and CA.

Barstow, CA has a Rail Road Museum. [photopress:tracks_barstow.jpg,thumb,alignright]On our way to the tourist info we thought we’d stop by only to discover it opened at 11 and it was just past 9. But.. there were lots of tracks. And the trains were just waking up and were dealing with a very cold morning (ice!!). And it was just the start of a day of trains… Traveling down Historic 66, we found an awesome spot to pull over and take some photos. This was WONDERFUL. I could just sit by the side of the road and wait for trains to go by? At a pace which I could photograph? Wow. I wish I was a better photographer. When we were making some wrong turns on our way to the next stop, I was thrilled to see even more trains in the mirror! Oh it was a wonderful day. :)
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For E to have some fun we stopped in El Mirage, California at the Aviation Warehouse. It is my understanding that this is where Hollywood goes to get those burning cockpits and the interior shots. It was a bit weird seeing TWA or PanAm painted on the side of a plane. We were told no pictures, so I sat in the car and knit, but I couldn’t resist this shot:
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I think that covers just about every mode of mechanical transportation, no?

And since E hadn’t written down the exact location of the boneyard, we drove around the area for a short bit. And I saw…
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SHEEP!
We had a beautiful drive down into LA and then a miserable time finding a hotel (ending up in Manhattan Beach). More next week…

And I just need to say, I know that life is unfair, but This is pure torture.

flying with sticks and string

Edited 6 Dec

Today’s post (achoo) will be a listing of links I’ve found to other sites about flying (achoo) with sticks and string. I will be taking my bamboo needles and not even checking my new addis (for fear of checked baggage going awol). Yes, I probably should learn to knit socks with two circs due to commuting (I ain’t going to chase that dpn under the seat) [thank you franklin] but …

Here’s my current list. Some might be out of date. I’ll add to it as I find. If you know of any good sites, please let me know. (how’s that for short choppy fragments?)

two unrelated bits:
a slow bday/graduation present to sara. i am going to try to convert her to wordpress. muwahh hah hah. i was going to wait to give this to her, but i was in the domain buying mood and uhm. well, did you know that i can’t find ducky fabric anywhere? (Sarah, I can’t find that orange zipper either.)

and why do all you awesome people live in places that are not very close to NYC (i.e. it’ll cost me more than a $2 subway ride?)? OR, CA, Chicago, Washington DC & area, Boston, NH, Philly … ARG!