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For the lack of a Benjamin…

Well there it is, my friends…you’ll notice that Photobucket has locked down my pictures because I use third party hosting, what ever that truly is. They have a right to do so, it is their domain, I simply grew used to a party that had to end sometime.

With that, I won’t be posting anything for the foreseeable future, as I have much more pressing matters that $100 can resolve than a simple web page’s pictorial needs. For now, you can find me in a variety of forums on Facebook. One day, the C note may come, and I can again post pictures and how-tos, but until then…

Blessings, grace and peace to you and yours, BC

…actually, I used no less than three separate Photobucket accounts to draw pictures from…not for nefarious reasons, but simply because I would forget how to get into them and reopen new ones to carry on with. Which probably means that I need $300, which means it will be quite some time before I am up and running with pictures again.

Yes…it has been a long time…

It has been a great time of trial, one that is still leading me in dark places I could not imagine getting even darker…yet…here I am…again.

Hard to believe it has been almost 25 years since I would ponder my time being short slogging away at Rose’s, knowing that my pastorate was just around the corner.

Now that home is long gone, that store a distant memory in the chain of defunct retail outlets, my youth pastorate yet another distant memory, three states, 1600 miles and 20+ years ago. My current position is one of the most bitter I have ever worked in, and socially, mentally and spiritually as bad as junior high was 45 years ago.

I have come to the place where I could feel that I would rather be accountable for a thousand lifetimes lived as a drunken, lecherous blasphemer…than for any 10 minutes I played pastor. I am prayerless and at a loss for words, my need for a steady income to support my family being the only reason I stay where I am at.

O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy…When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble…though the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
–(Habakkuk 3)

Genesis 25:20-34

And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

Psalm 44

To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil. We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out. For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.

Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob. Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us. For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me. But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us. In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies. Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves. Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen. Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price. Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us. Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me, For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger. All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant. Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way; Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart. Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever. Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression? For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth. Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake.

Lone Star Treble O…the original N scale…

Soon after Lone Star, an English company that introduced these in the early 1960s as small diecast toys, intrepid modelers were figuring out ways to power them. A market was created and thus, N scale as we know it was introduced around 1967…

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I recently acquired one of their KCS cabooses and an unmarked flatcar they offered with a flatbed tractor/trailer tied down to it with very unprototypical rubber bands. Alas, the flatcar is missing its load…

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The caboose is actually quite nice when you take into consideration the fact that most of the detailing is two zinc castings comprised of the roof and body…

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Mercifully, it wasn’t long before Arnold Rapido came out with the more compact Rapido coupler. These resemble most European HO couplers–even in size…yikes.

 

Mehano/RSO 2-8-2 Mikado #9353 “The George Washington”…

A growing air of normalcy is slowly settling in as I pull out a remotoring project purchased before the move.  The motor was toast, giving me the perfect opportunity to shoehorn this massive German coreless motor that’s been sitting around, waiting for a job to do.  It outweighs the original motor by at least twice the original’s weight.  The torque of the motor is high enough that it will likely blow apart the gear box before it even heats up under load…sweet.

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