An option for snowed-in photoholics: Bird pics; and playing with captions and titles -----> 1
The "treat" is accompanied by a "trick" from this pre-Halloween snowstorm -----> 2
Slippery When White -----> 3
Taking A-Fence -----> 4
Flaky Scalp -----> 5
A variation of "Water off a duck's back" -----> 6
The snowed-under artificial flowers withstood this admirably -----> 7
The artificial flowers are just fine...but the beach umbrella is somewhat confused -----> 8
The pool was not used today -----> 9
Fed Up -----> 10
Thanks for looking...and keep smilin'!
Updated: 12:41 AM GMT on June 23, 2012
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Lousy'sPhotoDiary - Train Tale
On October 15, 2011, originating at Scranton, PA, a 102-mile (to-and-fro) train excursion took place -----> 1
The destination was East Stroudsburg, PA, where a ceremony occurred to dedicate an almost-restored, re-located station -----> 2
While in its original location, the station had been extensively damaged by fire and its owner was inclined to raze it and put a new building in its place -----> 3
...but a history-conscious community group was successful in its effort to preserve, move and fix up the station -----> 4
By the way, that's a "switch tower" between the new building (below, right) and the re-located station (below, left) -----> 5
The switch-tower is much smaller than the station...but formerly just as vital to the railroad's operation -----> 6
During the first half of the 1900s, railroading activity around the station (beyond the left puff of smoke, below) was extremely intense -----> 7
Another remnant - built in 1907 - is a water tower -----> 8
The water tower was used in conjunction with steam engines...but these days, the single track is quite distant from the structure -----> 9
In the switch tower were as many as 38 track-controlling levers -----> 10
"Chasing" the train provided lots of exercise for this professed non-train-chaser -----> 11
In picture #1, it was about 41 miles from its destination. In picture #11, it was about 16 miles closer. Below it is about 7 miles from East Stroudsburg -----> 12
Finally it arrived there -----> 13
After unloading its passengers, the train traveled in reverse a couple of miles, to where logistics were performed which put the diesels at what -had been- the back end of the train -----> 14
"What is the history of the diesels?" (I was afraid that you'd ask that :>( I'm not very knowledgeable about railroad vehicles, but...if my homework is correct, these are F3s, made in the early 1950s, originally in service with the Bangor & Arostook Railroad in Maine...then painted to portray Jersey Central equipment for 15 years...then painted colors that were seen on Erie-Lackawanna engines -----> 15
Speaking of painting, as the realigned train returned (in reverse again) to East Stroudsburg, it was difficult not to notice the conspicuous artwork (???) on a side-tracked boxcar -----> 16
So if I haven't confused you, you'll know whether the train in this picture is en route to East Stroudsburg... ...or returning to Scranton -----> 17
.....which it did faster than the first half of the trip because, like most trains, it was late!
.....but 'most everybody on board remained smiling...like I hope -you- are :>)
With yet another batch of dreary-sky pictures -----> 1
.....I head home - past Pocono Manor Stables -----> 2
.....and I see that Tyler has set up a mini-course in the parking lot and is exercising his "rescued" horse, Stella -----> 3
(Slightly in front of them is Annie, a hyper-active border collie, encouraging them with a little "body English".)
"What's up?", I ask Tyler.
"Local TV folks are comin'", he says. "They're gonna publicize the fact that Stella's gonna be on (US) -national- TV October 4th." -----> 4
Tyler tells about Stella -----> 5
.....vying for the title of "America's Favorite Trail Horse" -----> 6
Earlier this summer, Stella went to regional tryouts in New York -----> 7
.....and was selected to go to the semi-finals at a ranch in Texas. The semi-finals are televised nationally (in the US) at 8PM local time (except 7PM CT), on Tuesdays over a period of 13 weeks. Stella is in episode #4, broadcast on HRTV October 4th. -----> 8
HRTV is carried by many US cable systems as well as DISH Network - channel 404. If HRTV is not available to you, all episodes are viewable on-line! ...at..... www.actha.tv ...at any time after HRTV first airs them!
Each episode is followed by a 48-hour voting period for the 10 horses in that episode. Therefore, it is as a result of a voting process that finalists are selected for the concluding episode November 29th.
Episodes remain viewable after the voting periods...but voting for the contestants in that episode can no longer happen then.
The uncomplicated voting process is explained during each episode...but the steps are also listed here:
1. go to..... www.actha.tv
2. click on "EPISODE 4" (at the top of the screen) if "Episode #4" isn't already cued.
3. clear the check marks from the dozen or so boxes on the left and right of the screen if you don't want e-mail from those sources.
4. click the "vote bubble" for the horse which you prefer (For example, "Stella" is next to "Icees Investment" - first horse named in the fourth row down.)
5. remember to indicate your e-mail address and zip code at the top of this page
6. click on "cast vote" and then you'll see confirmation that your vote has been received.
Only one vote per e-mail address is possible...but a person can vote as many times as he/she has different e-mail addresses to vote from. (Hint, hint :>)
Usually by 10 PM (local time) on the Thursday after each episode, that episode's finalist is identified at..... www.actha.tv
Thanks for your interest!!!