Archive for January, 2012

The Winter Valley Regional Railway – Main line action.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

A day on the Winter Valley Regional Railway. We find Extra 9034, leased CN power, passing through Hudson’s Mill just as the sun comes up on a mid September morning in 1975. By 0900 she is racing through down town Pearson and the way to Winter Valley. The A/B”s will slow at a crossing outside of town and ease into the station while a pair of SW1200RS’s shift Ontario Northland cars onto a siding. The Winter Valley power, an SD40-2 and a GP9 will take over from here moving the load up through High Pass to Colder and then down to Grande Prairie. There they will fuel up, sort a few cars and move on out to Edmonton and the rest of the world.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

This guy claims he can help improve my training “game”…is he legit or is he a creep?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Question by : This guy claims he can help improve my training “game”…is he legit or is he a creep?
I was working out at another location when the guy approached me several weeks back. He supposedly knew I was a trainer by the way I looked, and dressed. He said I knew circuit training, and he wanted a workout buddy to help get him through it. I just said that I was finishing up and he left.

I said hey to him another day and he stopped and showed me an exercise. He stood on top of a stability ball and did some kettlebell flips in the air as well as raises. As he did this, he spoke to me about the game of training. He said he knew how to work the floor, he knew the psychology behind it all, he said he had all the exercises that would attract people to you. He apparently trains at a MMA gym. He apparently does photoshoots. He is VERY into himself, and said the other trainers there were jealous of him. He said all the guys in there are jealous of him, and that he would get into fights. He said he learned everything he knows from a bodybuilder in the area (John Rice?) and that he would teach it all to me if I did something in turn for him. Be his workout buddy. He said he needed a female workout buddy because he gets lazy training with guys. I was very hesitant but ended up saying I would be in there a week from that date at the same time.

I didn’t end up showing up. I stayed at my work location. Several there said something sounded fishy. I ran into him yesterday and he talked about his goals. He wants to get online. Train people online. He talks about how much money can be made online. He said I have the charimsa, I have the looks. He talked about himself more. How he wants to sing, act, and model as well (He’s from San Diego) and was talking about getting into Hollywood. He brought up videos he wanted to do and said I was welcome to do it. He wants to get on Youtube. He kept telling me to look at Zuzana on Youtube (I think she’s a sl*t) and kept exclaiming that she had 16 million views on one video. I mentioned how my last paycheck wasn’t cutting it and he asked why I didn’t transfer over to that gym (much larger and of the same chain) He showed me all the trainers on the wall and talked about who “had it” and what they were good at. He pointed out the guy “to know”. I know all the trainers at this location anyway…but he seemed to know his stuff. He sounds strange, and I know I must come off as real naiive…but he does seem to know his stuff. Especially when he randomly points out some floor type psychology. I gave him my email and said I would work out with him sometime. I am not going to give him my phone # and have no interest in his online videos.

What do you guys think?

Best answer:

Answer by sexy jj
hes legit

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disappointed doggie

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

disappointed doggie

Image by judithsweet
Ellie’s look when I said we needed to put up Christmas decorations soon

i want to start collecting model trains, but i dont understand the diffrent types, like HO, G, and stuff, thx.?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Question by Joshua F: i want to start collecting model trains, but i dont understand the diffrent types, like HO, G, and stuff, thx.?

Best answer:

Answer by mike1942f
Mostly it has to do with size but also different designations in different parts of the world. All are motor driven, operable on tracks. O is the size of Lionel and American Flyer in the US, popular about the time of WWII and ten years after. Track width is about 2″. HO is half O and is intended for smaller layouts, track width is about 1″. N is smaller and for the same reason of layout size. G goes in the other direction and to my eye is about 3 times O and is Garden – lines intended to be used outdoors, so bigger scale. There are larger ones in real steam and different european sizes.
Actually, the ones that come up on Antiques Roadshow most often are not the operating trains at all, but the cast iron and stamped sheet metal play toys of 1890-1920 which are 4 to 6 inches tall.

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Boy on train

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Boy on train

Image by Grey cells
Kalka -Shimla Toy Train ride, Summer Hill Railway station, Shimla District, Himachal Pradesh

Can certain factors determine someone’s sexual orientation?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Question by : Can certain factors determine someone’s sexual orientation?
Please help me by answering the following short questionnaire. The questionnaire is for a survey research project for one of my college classes, and I need more than 20 people to answer it. Therefore, I chose to post up the question here hoping to garner more responses. I also chose to post it here so that people do not have to submit their names on the questionnaire if they wish to remain anonymous. I ask, that if you choose to answer the questions to be completely honest because complete confidentiality is assured. You can either submit the questionnaire here or answer it and e-mail it to

Please feel free to ask any further questions if needed; do not hesitate to contact me through my e-mail (

Thank you to all those who choose to participate :]


1. What is your sex?

2. What is your age?

3. What is your religion?

4. What is your gender identity (male or female)?

5. What is your sexual orientation?

6. Are you happy or in acceptance of your sexual orientation? Why?

7. How sure are you of your sexual orientation? On a scale of 1 through 10, with 1 being not certain, 5 being in doubt and 10 being completely certain.

8. At what age did you know what your sexual orientation was?

9. Describe your childhood in one word.

10. Describe your relationship with your parents or guardians during your childhood and growing up? Did you have both a male and female role model growing up?

11. Which of your parents or guardians did you have a greater bond with?

12. Did you experience any traumatic events growing up or during your childhood? Elaborate.

13. Describe your childhood playing patterns. Think about your relationships with peers and siblings, and what kind of toys or games you preferred to play with.

14. Think about your first crush, what was that person’s gender?

15. Think about your first Halloween, what did you want your costume to be? What did you end up dressing as? (If you do not celebrate Halloween, answer “Do not celebrate Halloween”)

16. Have you ever had or considered a non-traditional relationship in accordance to your sexual orientation? (e.g. if you are heterosexual, have you ever had or considered a homosexual relationship; and if you are homosexual, have you ever had or considered a heterosexual relationship) Elaborate.

17. Is it possible for someone to willingly change or choose their sexual orientation or sexual preference?

18. Has your sexual orientation ever changed? (For example, at one point you might have been heterosexual, and then crossed over to being bisexual.)

19. Have you ever felt peer pressure in regards to your sexual orientation? How?

20. Do you have any blood family members that are homosexual or bi-sexual? (If needed, more answers can be written.)

1. Relationship: __Sibling __Parent __Grandparent __First Cousin __Other (explain)
Sex: __M __F
Age: ______
2. Relationship: __Sibling __Parent __Grandparent __First Cousin __Other (explain)
Sex: __M __F
Age: ______
3. Relationship: __Sibling __Parent __Grandparent __First Cousin __Other (explain)
Sex: __M __F
Age: ______
4. Relationship: __Sibling __Parent __Grandparent __First Cousin __Other (explain)
Sex: __M __F
Age: ______
5. Relationship: __Sibling __Parent __Grandparent __First Cousin __Other (explain)
Sex: __M __F
Age: ______

21. Have you ever experience any of the following (check all that apply):
____1. Inadequate parental relationship
____2. Domestic violence
____3. Childhood sexual trauma
____4. Early interest in sex
____5. Peer pressure (in regards to sex or sexual orientation)
____6. Permissive childhood training
Thank you for your detailed and insightful answers 😀

Best answer:

Answer by Wisdom
1. Male

2. I’m 20.

3. Catholic Christian

4. Male

5. I’m gay.

6. Yes I am happy for accepting myself. It has liberated me.

7. On a scale of 1-10, I’m a 10. I am completely sure of who I am.

8. I never knew the word for gay people until I was 12. I was raised in a socially conservative family that never taught me to be anything but straight and get married. I remember having feelings towards other guys and the male form when I was a young boy, but I never thought anything of it until I hit puberty, which was when all of my sexual feelings started to manifest themselves. I started to realize that I was sexually attracted to men and not to women when I was 13, no matter how hard I tried to be attracted in that manner to women. I accepted who I was when I was 16 after falling for this guy in my statistics class. I could no longer deny who I was, as I never had those kinds of feelings for women. I never felt the capacity to love them, whereas with men my heart fluttered just at the thought of them.

9. Interesting lol.

10. My family definitely had its problems, as does EVERY family. Yes, there were some significant problems between my parents, but they always provided for me with whatever I needed. I did not go without, even though sometimes funds were tight. I had both a male and a female role model in my life. My mother worked a lot, so I did not see her as much as my father. My father and I had a wonderful relationship. I gravitated towards him, which a lot of male children do. He was dad. Children see their fathers as superman while growing up. I was no exception. Regardless of the problems, I had healthy relationships with both my parents.

11. Father.

12. Yes. My father had an alcohol problem and a prescription drug addiction. There was a lot of friction between my parents because of it. The problem was fixed over several years, though. The problems forced me to mature faster than my peers because I had to learn to take care of myself as my parents dealt with their issues. While it was painful, I have been strengthened as a result. Regardless of my father’s issues, he and I still had a wonderful relationship and a lot of bonding time.

13. I was like any regular boy. I liked cars. I loved Hot Wheels lol. I LOVED building model cars and boats. I liked swimming and hiking. I had two female cousins that I played with a lot. Sure they had their dolls and made me play with them. It was actually fun playing house with them haha. I also had a huge thing for zombie video games and my best friend Jeremy and I would reenact scenes from the video games all the time lol.

14. My first real crush was on a guy.

15. I was the red Power Ranger.

16. Yes. I have been in several gay relationships.

17. No. It is possible to REALIZE your sexual orientation as you get older, but you do not choose it.

18. No. I am gay.

19. Oh of course. Growing up in a conservative Christian family was immense pressure on me. My school didn’t help much, either.

20. I believe my uncle Tony is bisexual. I’m not too familiar with the sex lives of my extended family members, I’m sorry.

21. Nope. None of those.

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Lionel Trains Operating Gantry Crane

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Detailed instruction on how to move the Gantry Crane back and forth are in the November 2009 “CLASSIC TOY TRAINS” magazine. This is a video of the Lionel 2316 N&W Operating Gantry Crane on my home layout. I have modified the crane to include a homemade electromagnet and the addition of a simple motor control to allow back and forth operation. The crane has been set on 2 027 rails.

G-scale g-strings

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

G-scale g-strings
g scale trains
Image by kbaird
There are a few new models on display at Andersen Nursery.

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Are lionel trains/track “weather” proof?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Question by Marine voter: Are lionel trains/track “weather” proof?
I have a new pennsylvania railroad lionel beginner track, and I wondered if it could withstand rain,snow,etc.

Best answer:

Answer by bboy thunderblast
i dnt think so
if u already put it in snow and what not………………………good luck

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Model Trains

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Model train show at CMU, Mt. Pleasant, Mi 3/28/10
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