Monday, November 28, 2022

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86 Responses to Monday, November 28, 2022

  1. DeniseVB says:

    I can’t unsee this on a regular map 😀

  2. Anthony says:

    Wonder if the rail strike is going to put the Santa Express out of business? Where is Buttgiggles? Isn’t he supposed to be in charge of this?

    • helenk3 says:

      yes, it will. no signals and inspected track, no trains

    • lateblum says:

      Actually, the Polar Express has been cancelled for this season. The Holiday Train in today’s post, doesn’t run on RR tracks. It is part of the elevated Chicago Transit Authority system. It is one of two different CTA Holiday (Santa) trains that run throughout Chicago during the month of December. I took Calamity and her big sister on both trains in the past.
      The train in the photo is the larger train and runs on the longer north to south and east to west routes. The shorter Santa train is only a couple of cars lengths long, and runs from the north city limit going northwest to Skokie. All the trains have cute little elves and live Santa’s all taking photos with children and handing out candy canes. The interiors of the cars are decked out with adorable holiday designs from the ceilings to the floors and front to back.
      Children of all ages love to ride even the shorter trains. Christmas music plays non-stop and pretty much everyone is in a festive mood.

        • taw46 says:

          That looks like so much fun! I bet your grandkids loved it.

          • lateblum says:

            They did. I don’t know if they will want to try to ride this year bc of covid. But, I might be able to talk them into climbing up to the platform and just watching the train as it arrives and passes through.

      • lateblum says:

        I had forgotten there is also a bus (or two) that provide holiday spirits to city folk as well. I’ve never ridden on one because my routes to/from work limited me to trains and more trains.
        P.s. I love riding trains❣️

        • DeniseVB says:

          Those are so darn cute. Thanks for the videos !

        • taw46 says:

          And the bus also looks like fun!

          • lateblum says:

            I know! The bus doesn’t run up here though so we’ll likely never see it in person. But what a treat it must be getting to ride the bus with Santa!

        • taw46 says:

          We don’t have buses or trains decorated for the holidays. But every year, with a bunch of friends, we ride around in either the trolley or the conch train, to look at Christmas decorations. Singing Christmas songs. Then we drive down Duval yelling Merry Christmas to all the tourists. There may be alcohol involved. 🎅🏻 🍹

          This isn’t us, but you get the idea. 😂 Lots of videos online.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Creepy Joe on Vacation. ::shudder::

  4. taw46 says:

    The medical field is racist.

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    thread

  8. helenk3 says:

    Iused to love calling crews for this train. then they stopped running due to budget cuts

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  19. votermom says:

    https://alphanews.org/controversial-energy-official-charged-with-stealing-womans-luggage-at-msp/

    Controversial energy official charged with stealing woman’s luggage at MSP
    The MIT grad went viral earlier this year when he announced his new role as the deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the U.S. Department of Energy.

    Sam Brinton, one of the first “openly genderfluid individuals in federal government leadership,” was charged with felony theft last month after allegedly stealing a woman’s luggage at MSP Airport.

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  23. elliesmom says:

    I’ve had a Roomba vacuum cleaner for over 20 years. Helen Griener, one of its inventors, is an acquaintance, and I got to be a beta tester. The original was primitive compared to the newer models, but with a little planning, it got the job done. When beta testing was over, I got to buy one of the first retail models “dirt cheap”. Back then there were separate pieces you put at your stairways to keep the Roomba from falling down the stairs. My kids named it “Rosie”, and she cleaned my floors for close to 10 years. I occasionally had to buy her a new battery, but it never needed any other repairs, When iRobot stopped making replacement batteries for that model, I bought Rosie 2.

    I had only had that one a short while when my sister-in-law had a stroke. While she was recovering, she was running my brother ragged. I offered to pay for a cleaning lady for a few months for her, but she didn’t want a stranger “touching her things”. By then Elliesdad was a lot of care, and I couldn’t drive the hour and a half each way to do it for her myself. Elliesdad packed up my Roomba and “loaned” it to my brother to get at least one chore off my brother’s plate everyday. When it became clear Rosie had moved away permanently, I bought another Roomba. This one is “Gort”. Gort is going strong, and I have no need to replace him, but yesterday my friend bought herself a Roomba, largely based on how much I have loved mine, and the new models dump their dirt collection compartment themselves. I had to empty Gort three times today. Until I saw hers in action, that’s a feature I wouldn’t have thought I needed to pay for, but when Gort retires. . .

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  25. helenk3 says:

    Bid-on passes the buck on the rail strike. He wants congress to handle it, not him. He has decided to remain uninvolved.
    Way to go Brandon

  26. DeniseVB says:

    The White House Christmas decoration aren’t too unfortunate. 😉

  27. helenk3 says:

    Whole Foods now refuses to sell Maine Lobsters. According to them the nets endanger whales. No whale has been caught in a net in 150 years.
    another industry killed by the brainless bots. Coal, oil, meat, and now lobster. They really do want us to eat insects. Then they will declare the mosquito an endangered species.

    • elliesmom says:

      No great loss. Many other places for lobstermen to sell their catch, and lots of people willing to eat them. I have to laugh, though. Lobsters are the insects of the ocean. They scurry around on the sea floor eating the detritus left by other animals. Biologically, they are closely related to the cockroach.

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    In Mollie’s world:

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