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  1. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I'm in Sunnyvale, Sunday evening thru Tuesday afternoon.

    Lodging at Maple Tree Inn.

    If that's in any of you lurkers stomping grounds, give me a call.

    Possibly, but can't guarantee, that I'll have some sipping time

    ...Jim Thompson
  2. John  Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    San Francisco's not far away!

  3. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I know ;-)

    But I'm without wheels due to my leg problems... which are in
    repair... more details later... the L5 nerve is a remarkable thing ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  4. John  Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    OK, I can drive, if you'll buy me a beer.

  5. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I'll fly up there, rent us a car, and take you to a movie if you'll buy ME a

  6. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    So you're wheelchair-bound, is that it?
  7. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Nope. Just hobbling along on muscles that had atrophied from disuse
    as I favored my right leg to avoid pain in the left.

    Problem turned out to be L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1 disc protrusions.

    Had two epidural steroid injections which finally knocked the
    inflammation down.

    Now I'm in physical therapy to rebuild the left leg.

    I'm actually doing pretty well... I can almost walk in a straight line
    now ;-)

    I'm not driving due to some remanent cramping which can double me up
    without prior notice :-(

    ...Jim Thompson
  8. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    OK! Call first... I have no idea of my availability yet.

    ...Jim Thompson
  9. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    Right- well if something is painful or hard, that means you need to work
    it. I don't exactly know what disc protrusions are but it has to be painful.
  10. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Old buildings? Dead steel mills? High humidity ?:)

    Not all that far to Pittsburgh, whose downtown is nicely restored.

    Actually I have a dentist friend who's originally from Wheeling. I'll
    I'm not a beer person, but there are several boutique wineries in Old
    Town Chandler.

    ...Jim Thompson
  11. Lucky you. I've apparently got to go to Wheeling, WV this summer. Is
    there anything around there of interest?

    I was happy to find this place in Phoenix last trip:

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  12. Phil Hobbs

    Phil Hobbs Guest

    At one time, Wheeling had the longest suspension bridge in the world.
    It blew down in a windstorm--it had a nasty resonance that the wind
    would excite, like the (much later) Tacoma Narrows Bridge.


    Phil Hobbs
  13. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Several of those Ohio River Bridges were built by the same contractor.
    I don't remember one going down at Wheeling, but there was certainly
    one at Parkersburg and maybe even one at Point Pleasant that took
    ingratious dives.

    The one at Huntington (my home town) has been "paralleled" a few miles
    upstream, and the original was then refurbished.

    I have fond memories of Point Pleasant... my wife-to-be and I would
    drive up their for picnics... in a straight-8 1953 Packard... at a
    nice steady 100MPH ;-)

    Her girl friends advised her to not go out with me, "He drives too
    fast", but we've been married now for 47 years ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  14. This one? I don't see anything about it falling down.

    The longest "single arch steel span bridge" is on the way there
    (Fayetteville, WV), the location of Bridge Day.

    "We even saw a painting of it in the West Virginia State Penitentiary,
    by an artist-convict who was later killed by a knife through the eye"

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  15. amdx

    amdx Guest

    Did he see it coming?
  16. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    When i went back to my home ground in Palo Alto, i noticed a number
    of BS signs on/by the traffic lights, similar to "$347 fine for running
    red light", and they all seemed to have a different $ number and
    (naturally) the cops do not give a shit and if any showed up would never
    stoop to do any work unless the speed demon ran into them.
    Is the same BS in Sunnyvale?
  17. Phil Hobbs

    Phil Hobbs Guest

  18. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I don't know whether passenger trains go thru there anymore but, when
    I was a kid, the train ran alongside the river bed at the bottom of
    New River Gorge.... fabulous scenery!

    ...Jim Thompson
  19. joseph2k

    joseph2k Guest

    They are not BS, they are photo enforcement systems and they will dog you a
    bit if you run a red light there. It will go on your driving record. They
    have caused major embarrassment of several politicians (by proving they
    were not where where they said they were).

    They are generally installed at "problem" intersections, so that the city /
    county / etc., can also profit from from the fines involved. They are
    usually installed by private companies who get a "piece of he action" for
    several years to pay for the installation and processing.
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