Sunday, November 29, 2009

Margin Notes: Lights, Winter, Pretzels, Palin

The Toronto Railway Historical Association's Whitcomb diesel #1 was nicely lit by new LED lights at the John Street Roundhouse in Toronto, Ontario on 28-November-2009

TORONTO, ONTARIO - As the John Street Roundhouse and surrounding Roundhouse Park here continue to look more and more like a legitimate public attraction, LED lights have been installed outside the roundhouse doors that shine toward the center of the turntable. The result is a very attractive illumination of the Toronto Railway Historical Association's switching locomotive, Whitcomb #1, sitting at the center of the turntable as seen above.

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The early winter scene at the Humber River in Toronto, Ontario was observed as Canadian Pacific Expressway Train #122 passed on 29-November-2009

Such views are possible earlier and earlier in the evening as the winter solstice approaches. It may not technically be winter yet, but in terms of foliage, it already looks like winter. Compare the Humber River in mid-October with a view taken earlier today, with same train passing.

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The winter season is a travel season for many people, and some of you may have noticed the overhaul of the Amtrak web site in the United States. As I looked at various travel possibilities, I found one thing very confusing, the symbol used when snack service was available on a given train. It took me a long time to figure out that the symbol was supposed to be a pretzel--not a butterfly, a Mardi Gras mask, or Sarah Palin's hair.

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I've been avoiding any mention of Sarah Palin since I just don't think she warrants attention at this time, but the CBC satire show This Hour Has 22 Minutes did make her relevant to Canadians. In a piece of ambush journalism (18 minutes into the program), the show managed to get Palin to state that she thinks the Canadian health care system needs more private enterprise. Sigh. I suppose that's her advice for Dubai and Somalia as well?

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