We recently completed a trip to Arizona to check out the possibility of relocating. Arizona offers considerable savings in cost of living. Taxes and housing are cheaper than Cali.
On the way down, we passed an unusual load on being carted down I-10. It looked like a large cat or a possible bat mobile. Well, my guess is that it a space plane called Dream Chaser. My former employer develop this machine to compete on the NASA space station program. I could be wrong and it might be a bat mobile after all.
Being away means that you have a pile of mail to go through. Most of the mail was pure junk. There were flyers from cemetery plots, Neptune Society, burial insurance and assorted junk. Wow! What a downer. Maybe I needed to go down to Costco and pick out an appropriate box.
Someone said that age is a state of mind. My state of mind is positive so I must be still young. Since I just didn’t fall off the turnip truck, I am thinking that the clock is really ticking down.
When your modeling time is limited, you must focus on an achievable objective. All too often modelers run out of time to build the empire of their dreams. We are all “collectors” of kits, parts and such. How much time does it take to build a kit? A quick scan of the project shelf will show a lifetime of work. I have done the look. This has triggered selling many kits, completed cars and books. I went through my magazine collection and “clipped” for useful information. There are probably too many plans and articles in my pile of clipped material. All of my Mainline Modelers are now being recycled. The last several year of that magazine probably had little or no useful information. In retrospect, you could see the slow death of a once great magazine.
I am in the process of tearing out my layout saving a few sections for use as a photographic stage. The next version will be smaller and uncomplicated.
What do you really need to pull of an achievable railroad? One or two locomotives is really all I need. I am fortunate to own several Glacier Park brass imports. A couple dozen cars and a caboose or two is all I need. I can concentrate on structures and scenery.