Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

"Sierra X" Mullan Helper Pinch Hit - TWJ Preview

First time I have seen a non MRL unit in one of the Mullan Helper sets. Possibly an artifact of all the detours of the Hi-Line due to the Marias Pass closure. Unit went east on a coal train the next day.

My Scott Miller Obsession

Scott Miller of Game Theory and Loud Family committed suicide in 2013 at the age of 53. This fact of his demise was not widely revealed until recently. There is now a biography (Amazon,) which I have yet to read, and there is an extensive Wikipedia entry on Scott. The question of course, is why a man with a wife and two young daughters, and a successful IT career in addition to his music, would take his own life. One hint may be the Loud Family song "Deee Pression" on Days for Days, or the marvelous "Slit My Wrists" on Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things. In any case, depression is a bitch. Ever since learning of the suicide I have been on a constant Scott groove.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Greatest Power Pop LP Ever? - Let's Active Cypress

Had this on cassette and used to play it continually in my car on my 41 mile one way commute between Diamond Bar, California and Carson. The tape was completely in synch with the length of the drive, certain spots on the 91 Freeway were indelibly linked to particular songs.

New Computer - New Content! - TWJ Preview

MRL SD40s leased to BNSF lead a LAUPAS out of Helena, Montana last month.