No, I'm retireing in 8 day's. So no more working on the railroad.
Shoulder is doing okay, doc gave me the okay to go back to work. So I will
for a bit. Fl is planned,we bought a place there last year. I'm going to go
down for a couple of months then back to MA for a month. Then back down for
a couple more months and so on until the wife can retire.
And on the way north he's gonna find out about the good food in the
mid-west... White Castles...Ruth's restaraunt...Bullwinkles Tavern.....
The suckers is gonna gain 15 lbs before I'm done with him...
That'll teach him to win all those bets off me..... <VBG>
Then back down for
On my last trip to Ohio I stopped by White Castle to see what all the
fuss was about. I have puked. Those 'burgers' are about the grossest
thing I've ever had. Tasted like a dog food patty between pillsbury pop
and fresh biscuits. Those things are nasty!!
Really, what railroad.?
I'm 3rd generation as well. Never a lay off though. I started with the
Boston&Maine, a freight railroad, which was going real well until the Mellon
banking family bought it and did a 'Wall Street" on it. Totally trashed it.
Gotta love those republicans.<G>(that'll get miles going). I moved over to
the commuter rail side of it when it was split and Amtrak ended up bidding
and winning the contract. Then a few years ago the contract was put out to
bid and a group mainly from Europe now has it. It is called Mass Bay
Commuter Rail. The group is pretty much run by Conex. They have a horrible
record in England, to the point that they were pretty much told to leave. It
isn't a happy deal anymore so it's time for me to go. Of course it's pretty
easy as I have been out of work since last Sept. with this shoulder injury.
No remorse at all. Of course I'll miss a lot of the folks I've worked with.
It is hard not to after working 35 years with some of them. But life goes
Grandpa started with the Pere Marquette in 1920. It was bought out by C&O,
which is now know as CSX. He retired in 1960. He was a locomotive
engineer. Dad started with C&O in 1950 and retired in 1994, spending most
of that as a carman and a locomotive carpenter, the last few years were as a
foreman. I worked there in 1981-82, got laid-off, then worked there again
in 1993, all of it as a carman-welder. My final (shit or get off the list)
call-back was in 2002. Officially a 20 year lay-off, as the '93 stint was
in a "special project" job that basically meant I was working for 75% of
full-rate. Railroad jobs in my area (West Michigan) have had a long history
of lay-offs and call-backs. I needed more stability. Now I work in a MI
prison as an officer. 20 years time in now (the '93 bit with CSX was during
a time when some were trying to illegally get me fired). The POS's are gone
and the dept. is a lot better. Lay-offs are a rarity and I can retire in
about 5 years at age 52. Not as bad as you might think. I spent too much
time in bars during my younger and wilder days that were a lot more
dangerous than the place where I work. Railroading does get in your blood
and I'll always look at trains differently because of the short time that I
worked on them
I learned a lot about working with steel and how to make fine adjustments
with a sledgehammer. As Dad told me one time when I was working with him,
"Damn it Kenny, it's a boxcar, not a Swiss watch, hit it again with the
sledge," after I was trying to measure something down to a 32nd. All the
work I did and I'm pretty sure my Dad did, was with freight. Not sure about
Grandpa. He's been gone 40 years this December.
Life does indeed go on and we take what we can make and what we're dealt. I
hope you have a really long retirement and enjoy every minute of it.
Past my bedtime. Gotta go.
I think they need to re-design the air splitter also, it looks like it
might have been cutting tires or knocking the valve stem off on contact. I
really don't like the rear wing, though I know they will not get rid of it,
but they need to re-think it's mounting and maybe it's design.
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