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    • November 30, 2018 5:22 PM EST
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    • November 30, 2018 6:58 PM EST
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      It's no fun when you   explain my jokes...

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • November 30, 2018 7:41 PM EST
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      It's fun to remember that great movie though, thanks!

       

      My mind free-associates like yours I think.

       

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    • November 30, 2018 8:52 PM EST
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      On posting embeds, sometimes I got fooled thinking the pop up box was highlighted... it's not automatic, one must click on 'embed' each time. A bigger box for the code is the clue.

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    • November 30, 2018 11:43 PM EST
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      Yeah, I did get the big box... but thanks for reminding me.

      I think perhaps it's my 2 plugins, but sometimes it works and sometimes it does not... very weird...

       

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    • December 6, 2018 1:32 AM EST
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      Well, I now have a value system for each cement pour, it equals one hour of nap. At first I was using the trowel to spread it out, but the mesh is more holiday than solid and pressure pushed it through. Now my mix is wetter and with an old stainless steel serving spoon I slop it on in a thinner layer. A pour is 4 scoops and 1 1/2 units water. Aprox. 2 sq. feet.

      Once the base coat is complete, I can sculpt the terrain and final texture...

      I've been taking it easy ... mesh one day, cement a couple three times the next, then power napping the next.

      I've been adding tints without planning, does it show?

      The yellow is tailings from a mine and the black glass will be from the assay smelter.

      Sharp eyes will notice the quarry, it's shape will be sculpted.

       

      In 2012 I beat lung cancer, in January I scheduled my yearly Scan and 'precancerous tissue' was revealed. The Cancer Board ordered it's destruction, in April,  via a Cobalt coagulator ... cut and cauterized methinks. After 6 months of wheezing, I scheduled a follow up and my doc ordered the scan that found the cancer ... but he forgot to call me ... 10 days later I go in to find out the results and we get a phone call 5 minutes after we leave ... oh we found a lump, 3 days later I get a call from my oncologist's scheduler and  she has me scheduled of 6am the 19th for a Brain MRI and a PET scan. The next day I meet with my doctor and hear my battle plan

      2 days before Thanksgiving I got the word, just before Christmas I get the cost. I hated chemo ... oh boy!

       

      I am concerned about The Contest tho', it's a priority.

      This post was edited by John Caughey at December 6, 2018 12:19 PM EST
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    • December 6, 2018 6:42 AM EST
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      Good luck ..we will be thinking of you ...

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    • December 6, 2018 7:07 AM EST
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      John - I have been following, but just not posting much the last few months. Your hardscape looks great and fits in well with the overall plan.

       

      Good luck with your health issues.  We need to see this railroad finished!!!!

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    • December 6, 2018 8:06 AM EST
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      Good luck with your fight John.

    • December 6, 2018 8:43 AM EST
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      Here's wishing success, on all fronts in life!

    • December 6, 2018 12:18 PM EST
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      John:

       

      This cancer stuff sucks. Please know we are all rooting for you. Sorry we are so far away physically so can't provide any material help.

       

      Now on to trains. That "lumpy hill" is looking good. Will be a nice scene break between tracks, helping to isolate them. I like the quarry. Lots of opportunity to build machinery as time and energy permit.

       

      Best of luck!

    • December 6, 2018 10:27 PM EST
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      Jim Rowson said:

      John:

       

      This cancer stuff sucks. Please know we are all rooting for you. Sorry we are so far away physically so can't provide any material help.

       

      Now on to trains. That "lumpy hill" is looking good. Will be a nice scene break between tracks, helping to isolate them. I like the quarry. Lots of opportunity to build machinery as time and energy permit.

       

      Best of luck!

      It's better that all y'all (plural) are far oft, I'm not a pretty picture on chemo. Lucky for me, the nice young man my sister hired 6 years ago is available to ferry me to and from my treatments. Frees me from trying to think, chemo-brain is a known condition.

      My favorite chemo- memories: Couldn't go to sleep one night because I didn't have the Password to wake up with. and 2. If the oxygen hose falls out of my nose, will I die? 2 sleepless nights that I knew were insane, yet ... couldn't close an eye ... Asleep how would I enter the PW? Madness.

       

      Lumpy yes mucho potential, only thing holding me back is me. The next hill will be taller and if ... I see a crater to expose my Saguaro and dino egg and then swooping down to be the base for the ballasted deck bridge, now the flying fill. I think it was Cliff that suggested using some of my rocks, was going to anyway... a chimney is going in on the west end of the Lumpster. I am pleased with the method. A few odd sticks for support until the cement cures and move on. Kinda matches my speed.

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    • December 7, 2018 12:59 PM EST
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      To cold and wet today, so image engineering...

      The smelter will be compressed and the hill a tad steeper, methinks.

      Edit: I've been all through this mine, where I could stay on the ground, my buddy tried the ladders. I did crawl under straining beams holding back overburden. Oh my, I was careful not to touch!

      This post was edited by John Caughey at December 7, 2018 1:05 PM EST
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    • December 7, 2018 4:24 PM EST
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      Looking great, John! 

       

      I'm looking forward to seeing your mine and smelter (I suppose the mill is included there, right?) progress through the coming months. Or years; it's sounding like big project! Especially if you do the walk-in stopes, man, that would be so cool...

       

       

       

    • December 7, 2018 7:55 PM EST
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      Cliff Jennings said:

      Looking great, John! 

       

      I'm looking forward to seeing your mine and smelter (I suppose the mill is included there, right?) progress through the coming months. Or years; it's sounding like big project! Especially if you do the walk-in stopes, man, that would be so cool...

       

       

       

      Walk in? Like 1:1 scale?

      Out at the mine I never saw tailings around the mill/smelter foundation. Today I read that litigation ... claim jumpers kept them in court for 4 years until the market tanked!

      They did make $500,000 in silver the first year

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    • December 19, 2018 3:01 PM EST
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      Warning health update;

      I had the Brain MRI and then 2 hours later they gave me a PET/CT scan

      No rest for the innocent... I get home to get a phone call from my Oncologist's office to tell me they've scheduled me for a visit with a Neurologist, something about an old aneurysm ... Day after Christmas, party is over...

       

      "Mr. Caughey, we don't think you've shown enough anxiety, so here...."

      That worked!

       

      Tomorrow I see my doctor and I get my tentative treatment schedule.

      The noggin MRI is a brutal test, it made me feel angry It's loud and bangs you about a bit.

      But enough about me, how's yer day?

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    • December 19, 2018 3:54 PM EST
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      Fine. I drove over 300 miles today to service one machine, and only fell asleep behind the wheel about a half dozen times. So it's a banner day for me.

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    • December 19, 2018 4:53 PM EST
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      My hangnail is just driving me insane...

       

      Well, really what's bothering me is all this stuff you are going through John. Sorry to hear it. Keep plugging away and I hope your trains can occasionally distract you!

    • December 20, 2018 9:50 PM EST
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      What a day.

      Thanks to whom ever's prayers worked.

      The aneurysm was seen in 2012 and hasn't changed, was a better safe than sorry shout out or an over eager radiologist. I'll still see that doc, but no worry there. Just be aware and monitor it.

      The BEST news; all I have to do is survive surgery, the surgeon says a 98% chance because it's a cancer that can be excised and he will remove the upper right lobe with the lump and which suffered radiation burn and the middle right lobe which collapsed. (Collapsed can be a breeding ground for pneumonia).

       

      I've been hearing my favorite c word ... cure!

       

      The bad part ... surgery is Jan 9th and recovery, if I'm lucky, will be at my sister's home, if not then in a recovery facility. Sorry Dave.

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    • December 20, 2018 10:04 PM EST
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      Yes John good news. You will be in my thoughts. I am hoping you have a speedy recovery!

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