Railroad Bridge on Fire Collapses


This former GCSF / Santa Fe rail line is now owned by Heart of Texas Railroad HOTR which recently bought out the former, financially troubled, Gulf, Colorado, & San Saba Railroad (GCSR). HOTR was still operating (leasing?)the GCSR GP15s on this line with the exeception of one, notable grass fire starting, locomotive unit which is now stranded in Brady Texas. The three GP15 units were idle in the Lometa yard (BNSF interchange) at the time of the Sunday fire.

Posterous is no more

Posterous was a simple blogging platform started back in May 2008. I was an early user and liked it's simplicity and automated cross-posting. I could write an entry using the rich-text editor, add an image, and post it. Simple. But Posterous was designed for mobile blogging. I could send an email, with photo attachments, MP3s, documents, and video. That email too would be posted to the blog.  Like I said, simplicity.  

Posterous had its own URL shortening feature which could post to Twitter. Lastly, Posterous developed PicPosterous, an iPhone application that made it possible to post photos to Posterous directly. Way cool. 

Sadly, this past February Posterous announced that they will be shutting down—they were acquired by Twitter. I have been able to back up my old Posterous account and will be reposting selected blogs entries from the old Posterous.  

Posthaven, the Posterous "replacement," is a web-based service being developed by two creators of the original Posterous. They promise "websites come and go. This one is made to last forever." We'll see. Their business model is a $5/month fee which, they claim, is the incentive they need to keep it going … forever. "We'll never be acquired. We'll always keep our URLs online. We'll always keep it the best place to post,"

I hope so.

We stole time

The ticket expired one hour ago for our car in this parking lot. But it was alright; we spent an hour in Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena. I first went to Vroman's 44 years ago when I started teaching in Pasadena.

Scudding clouds

When they say "The clouds were scudding along ... " this is what they mean. These low-lying cumulus clouds are  "scudding" along driven by the brisk winds.

scud  (skd)*

intr.v. scud·dedscud·dingscuds
1. To run or skim along swiftly and easily: dark clouds scudding by.
2. Nautical To run before a gale with little or no sail set.
1. The act of scudding.
    a. Wind-driven clouds, mist, or rain.
    b. Ragged low clouds, moving rapidly beneath another cloud layer.

Roofing project

Our roofing project is in full swing. 

The workers have removed all the existing shingles (2 layers of asphalt shingles and the original layer of wooden shingles) exposing the slats below that serve as the roof. 

Current building code no longer allows slat-style roofs and the next step in this project will be to cover the entire roof with plywood sheets.

Now comes the arduous task of getting all materials on the roof to be installed. This worker, working 4 days straight, carried fifty-three 40+-pound shingle bundles from the back patio to the front of the house and up to the roof for the installers to nail the shingles. He also carried up all the plywood sheeting, the felt paper underlayment, and the specialized material used on the back side of the house. This guy earned his salary.

Here the heavy felt paper is being laid before the shingles are installed on the front side of the house.