September 1995, part 3

Once I got the picture taking thing started 20 years ago, I just kept going. Thankfully, I should be a little more mobile, which is a good thing, since between the Sat-box, my PC, and Solar heating, I may have Nelly beat on heat generation.

The next photo set I blog will be from October of ’95.

September 14, 1995 – LHS Volleyball Quad


September 15, 1995 – Football vs. Shawnee Mission East (Haskell Stadium)

September 16, 1995: Free State High School construction underway

September 22, 1995: Football @ Olathe South

More on my foot

Five days post-surgery, and most of the pain has subsided. Although the doctor had prescribed Oxycontin and Hydrocodone, I’ve made minimal use of them. I only took 2, maybe 3, Oxy out of the 20 pills dispensed to me, and, even though I received two scripts for the Hydrocodone (one at the Urgent Care, the other from the foot Surgeon) I don’t have any plans to fill the second script. Otherwise, ibuprofen and caffeine are my drugs of choice.

September 1995, part 1

OK, in scanning my negatives, Started in June, went through to August, then switched and started from the Top in January.  I guess that means I resume in September, right?

August 23, 1995 – Fall Sports Jamboree @ Haskell Stadium


August 29, 1995 – LHS Soccer home opener

September 1, 1995 – LHS Football home opener

September 2, 1995 – Topeka Railroad Days

More to come…

Foot Status

My foot hurts, even after taking my prescribed pain medication. 

Surgery was successful, albeit much more extensive than anticipated. My left foot’s big toe was shattered. 

I also saw the out-of-pocket estimate. Oh boy. If I read my policy correctly, I’ve pretty much reached the out-of-pocket max for 2016 – and I still have 11 months to go. 

First Sunday of 2016

[All this happened before I broke my foot]

The first Sunday of the month usually means cleaning the BNSF station in Lawrence. But first, I needed to get outside and catch some trains. Because of my ‘appointment,’ I elected to stay close to town and went with the UP Kansas Sub.

I hauled myself over to Laptad’s Corner, and parked myself on the east side of the crossing. At 11:14, the bells started ringing for a westbound autorack led by 7443 and 7247.


Once the first train cleared (with DPU 7633 on the rear) I noticed up by the Midland grain elevators a set of coal cars heading my way. I managed to get a faraway shot of the lead units on the eastbound going by the end of the autorack.


The lights didn’t get a chance to go off, and the gates started coming back down just as soon as they had made their way up. Meanwhile, I set up for the “wedge” shot of the coal drag, led by 6863 and 6211.


Normally, the eastbound coal trains on the Kansas Sub are in a 2×1 configuration. [Two locomotives on the front of the train, one pushing] However, this coal train wound up being 2×2 instead.


After the coal train left, I went to get lunch and take care of a few errands. Around 12:45, I wound up turning around in the Riverfront Park parking area, and noticed an eastbound approaching the nearby crossing (mentioned above by Wes) and caught a eastbound autorack with a UP GEVO and a KCS ACe.


After this autorack train left, I returned home to pick up a critical item…. a rabbit-ears antenna. It, combined with a small TV borrowed from my Uncle Marty, allowed me to keep an eye on the football.


And, of course, while the Chiefs were mopping the floor with the Raiders, we mopped the floor of the depot.


The rabbit-ears at work in the Depot.

And, when I got home, some split-screen action with the Chiefs-Raiders and Broncos-Chargers

Thumbnails of other photos in this set:

Not so graceful on the ice

The first week of 2016 has not exactly gone as planned.

Wednesday morning at a quarter after midnight, I attempted to walk down the driveway. Problem was, the snow has gotten so compacted it did turn to ice. After about two steps, I twisted my left foot, landed on my ass, and sent my phone flying. 

Although the foot was in pain, I put some ice on it for a while, watched some DVR’d TV, then went to bed.

Wednesday morning, it was still hurting. To make sure I didn’t screw up my foot, I elected to visit the local urgent care clinic. An examination and x-ray later, I found out that I broke my foot. They put a splint on it, prescribed me some medication for pain, and referred me to the local orthopedic center. Thankfully, the orthopedic center was able to get me in Thursday morning.

Unfortunately, they were not able to do anything more than the urgent care center did. They recommended surgery, and referred me to another orthopedic Center in Kansas City.I received a call back from the Kansas City center this morning, and I have an appointment Monday afternoon at 2:15.

Until my foot gets fixed, I’m kind of stuck. I’m not supposed to put any weight on my broken foot (and believe me, I can tell when I’m putting weight on it) and again around the house with a pair of wooden crutches.

As for the phone that got sent flying in the accident, it landed in the path of my dad’s truck.  Its screen got smashed. Between the smashed screen and the fact that it’s been more than 24 months since I last replaced my phone, I decided to replace my phone while I was still in town after my Thursday appointment. I elected to go with a 16 GB iPhone 6, with a white front, along with a red-orange Otter Box to distinguish it from my dad’s phone.

The first thing I did with my new phone was post a Facebook status: “Took care of my shows a phone. Now just need to take care of my shattered leg.”