Spring forsythia along creek

Yes! We needed a SPRINGTIME story. It’s SPRING!

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This is the creek which runs along the side of my apartment house where three bridges cross. My grandies love throwing bread crumbs to the ducks. It separates Ohio Wesleyan University campus from โ€œtowniesโ€ who live along the opposite side.

๐Ÿฆ† ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ ๐Ÿฆ† ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ ๐Ÿฆ† ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ ๐Ÿฆ†

I mentioned Three Quotes, Three Days

challenge. Holly from House of Heart

sent this request my way:

http://houseofheartweb.com

Here is the second

quote in this series:

โ€œI do not want my house to be

walled in on all sides and my

windows to be stifled.

I want all the cultures of all

the lands to be blown about my

house as freely as possible.

But I refuse to be blown

off my feet by any.โ€

~ โ€ขยฐโ€ข ~ โ€ขยฐโ€ข ~ โ€ขยฐโ€ข ~

Mohandas K. Ghandi ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ

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Day 1916: Time Matzahs On

I enjoyed this so much!

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

โ€œTime matzahs onโ€ is something my late father used to say during Passover, which started last night.

Here are some timely and matzah-related images from last nightโ€™s seder at my sister Ellenโ€™s.

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Itโ€™s time for two versions of that song โ€” the original and one with matzah.

As time matzahs on, Iโ€™ve had a ball at many seders and many baseball games at Fenway park in Boston.

I look forward to your comments, with or without matzahs or puns.

So matzah thanks to Ellen, her spouse Linda, my cousin Lani, Michael, my late father,ย  my late mother, dramaramasam,ย  everybody else who helped me write this โ€œTime Matzahs Onโ€ post and โ€” of course! โ€” everybody who matzahs over to this blog to read it, including YOU.

TY009-web

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SQUARING THE CIRCLE OF THE ENGINE IN AN OLD AIRCRAFT

Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

Circles and squares in squares. What could be simpler?

Seeking squares and circles for the month of March! From the fabulous Becky B, this is the last day of the challenge. We made it! Squares and circles every day for the whole month of March!

How amazing is that?

The following picture is the propeller and engine in a World War II fighter aircraft. It is round in a square โ€ฆ and to me, thereโ€™s something special about this.

Propeller and engine in an old aircraft

Squaring the SQUAREs IN MARCH

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Yankee Stadium: The ultimate guide to the Bronx ballpark

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

Curbed New York

From the best transportation options to where to sitโ€”and eatโ€”once youโ€™re there

he House That Ruth Built. The Cathedral of Baseball. The Bronx Zoo. Whatever you call it,ย Yankee Stadiumย is undoubtedly one of the most iconic New York City landmarksโ€”even if its current iteration isnโ€™t the historic ballpark where Babe Ruth once played.

In the Bronx Bombersโ€™ 117-year history, theyโ€™ve called four different venuesโ€”including the long-lost Polo Grounds and the original Yanks ballparkโ€”home, with the new iteration of Yankee Stadium opening in 2009. Though it lacks the nostalgic qualities of theย actualย house that Ruth built, the Yanksโ€™ new home is a major improvement over the old one in many ways. The seats are roomier, thereโ€™s legroom (and cupholders!), the food options are more diverse, andโ€”cruciallyโ€”there are more bathrooms.

Thinking of becoming a fan or switching allegiances? The more the merrier. To get you started, hereโ€™sโ€ฆ

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Amtrak grades host freight railroads’ performance

Progressive Railroading

Amtrak has begun posting a quarterly “report card” that rates how long its trains are delayed while traveling on host freight railroads’ tracks.

The majority of Amtrak’s network operates on track owned, maintained and dispatched by freight railroads. Amtrak delays on host railroads are caused primarily by freight railroads that require passenger trains to wait so that freight trains can operate first, Amtrak officials said in the report card.

Federal law requires that Amtrak passenger trains must be given preference over freight trains using any rail line. There are only a few exceptions to that rule, according to Amtrak.

Amtrak’s first Host Railroad Report Card gives letter grades to six Class Is based on delays per 10,000 train miles. Specifically, that is defined as the number of minutes of host-responsible delay, divided by the number of Amtrak train miles operated over that host, times 10,000.

The first report card covers January through December 2017. Amtrak gave Canadian Pacific a grade of A for performance, BNSF Railway Co. a B+, Union Pacific Railroad a B-, CSX a C, and Norfolk Southern Railway and CN an F.

Following are some Amtrak comments regarding hosts’ performance on sample routes:
โ€ข 97 percent of passengers on Amtrak’s Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha service, which operates on CP track, arrived at their destinations on time. Ninety percent of trips experienced no freight train interference.
โ€ข 90 percent of passengers on Amtrak’s Carl Sandberg/Illinois Zephyr service arrived at their destinations on time with less than 4 minutes of delay by BNSF freight trains.
โ€ข More than 57 percent of passengers arrived late at their destinations on the Coast Starlight service, which operates on UP track. On an average trip on this route, passengers experienced 4 separate instances of delay caused by UP freight trains, accounting for 48 minutes of delay on average.
โ€ข 50 percent of passengers traveling on the Amtrak Cardinal service on CSX track arrived late at their destinations by an average of 1 hour and 27 minutes. On 85 percent of trips, the Cardinal’s 350 passengers are delayed by CSX freight trains.
โ€ข Over 67 percent of passengers arrived late at their destinations while traveling on Amtrak’s Crescent service, which operates on NS track. The typical Amtrak train, carrying 350 passengers, is delayed over 1 hour and 40 minutes due to NS freight trains. Many Amtrak trains wait as long as 3 hours and 12 minutes for NS freight trains using this track.
โ€ข Over 200,000 passengers arrived late at their destinations on the Illini/Saluki service, which operates on CN track. Amtrak trains were delayed by CN freight trains on nearly 90 percent of trips on this service.

To read the Amtrak report card, click on this link