Coming Across the Subway Tracks

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Today, on my way back from the bicycle store (because I love to look at bikes and bike stuff on my break and because I am getting ready pho my cycling trip–see my other blog) I came across a subway overpass that I didn’t know existed.  While subway trains aren’t exactly trains, they are cool in their own right and I decided to share them with you.

 

Two Kinds of Hobby Shops

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Years of shopping for hobby stuff has taught me a couple of things. One is that you can find useful hobby stuff in non-hobby stores.  This can be the dollar store, the hardware store or even the grocery store.  The other important thing, which was reconfirmed this weekend, is that there are two kinds of hobby shops.

There’s the one that’s brightly lit, with organized shelves and clear product areas. The store has the latest products, the least amount of dust and staff who use price guns to stalk the aisles and tell you what something costs.  They also have some cute toys for the youngest children and a good chunk of things for display.

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The other is like the one I went to. The lighting in insufficient and the windows, if there are any are covered over with displays, shelves or curtains that don’t get washed all that often.  This leads to lifting the products up to get a better look at them.

There are clear signs of organization, it’s just more general. Military models in that corner, cars in that corner, trains over there behind the wall, N on the left, HO on the right.”  You might find things in the wrong place, but that is part of the fun.  You might even find a bargain.  If you can’t find it, you ask and the person can take you right to it, and maybe tell you a story about how long they have had it for, where they got it, or how they sold twenty one snow January day.

In addition to all this, the store might have a whole bunch of stuff that you can’t find anywhere. The store I went to was no exception.  It was a treasure trove of stuff.  They had:

  • a whole pile of Tyco and AFX track for sale, including risers and lap counters.
  • a multi pack of N scale figures from Woodland Scenics (more than 16 sets bundled together for a bulk sale–the plastic on the outer pack had yellowed from years of indirect sunlight–but it was still for sale.
  • every scale of train from O right on down to Z.
  • Apollo, Gemini, space station and space shuttle rocket kits.
  • monster models and dinosaur kits.
  • educational models
  • cool prints of train artwork
  • a large number of slots car scales and kits (analog and digital)
  • a whole pile of tools for crafting your hobbies, including spray booths and choppers
  • RC car parts (though I didn’t see any RC cars)
  • New and vintage magazines (some real vintage ones)
  • used electronic parts for trains, slot cars, power boats and ….

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I could go on listing all the things I saw, but the truth is that I probably missed a whole lot more. I spent more than an hour there just wandering around trying to buy something.  The only problem is that I really just didn’t want to.  There was nothing I could justify spending money on because I have a whole room full of half complete or unopened things to do.  I am in a bit of funk and I don’t know how to get out of it.  I thought wandering the hobby shop would help, but it only made me more confused.  Starting a new hobby or a new project is fun…but seeing all the other incomplete projects makes me sad. (I did consider a race car set, and I was looking for a large scale 1964-67 Mustang Kit…and some train cars……..

I walked away with my money in my pocket….for now.

Jessica Jones

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Like most people (or at least a heck of a lot of people) I enjoyed watching Jessica Jones on Netflix.  It took me longer than most because I watched it at a Friend’s house over a couple of different weekends while drinking beer into the late hours of the evening.

Shortly there after, that same friend loaned me the compilation comic books of Jessica Jones. These are titled Jessica Jones:  Alias.

I have been a fan of Brian Michael Bendis since I collected some of his Avengers comics …I don’t even remember when that was. I definitely can see his style of writing (and dialogue) in these comics.  So far I am enjoying them quite a bit.  The conversation between Jessica Jones and Carol Danvers about the Ant Man was priceless.

The art is pretty dark and moody.  The lines aren’t too crisp, but since Jessica walks around in a bit of an alcoholic haze of indifference, I am pretty sure it is intentional.  I generally prefer something a bit crisper…but I can see the value in what was done for these books.

I can definitely see how the subdued nature of the comics translated into a darker form for the Netflix series. I haven’t read the issues in which the purple man is featured, but I look forward to it.

It was nice to read comics again. I don’t need to wax nostalgic about it, since it hasn’t been that long since I read some.  However, it isn’t one of my regular hobbies these days.  Maybe it is a space issue.

 

Amongst the Darts

I have started playing darts again.  The opportunity came up and I jumped on it.

I just thought it would be nice to share some scenes from the Royal Canadian Legion where we play.

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My singles performance was good, but my team play is a little weak.  I think it is because I don’t like people telling me what number to shoot at. By the time they tell me, I have probably already picked out another number.  Hearing this “new” number really doesn’t help my focus.

On a good note one of my teammates hit a nine count in the game of cricket.  I could explain what that means, but I don’t want to deprive you of the chance to Google that one.

One Last Ride before the Cold

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I don’t know whether it was just because it was late in the season, but I didn’t really expect to see a motorcycle, much less one with a sidecar, today. I was just walking along Eglinton near Yonge and there it was.   Pretty cool, I must say.

It was a lovely day, and I certainly don’t discourage anyone from getting that last ride in. It will probably be pretty cool next week, maybe too cool to get out on this bad boy.

Looking For My First 180

I took the plunge and bought new darts.

This was harder than it sounds. I don’t want to end up as one of those people who has multiple sets of darts and can’t choose which ones to use.  There is one guy at the club who I watched change which darts he was using more than four times in one night.  He seemed dissatisfied with all of them.  It made me think that the darts probably weren’t the problem.

I could have bought these darts through eBay or some other website (though not Amazon) but I chose to go to my local games store. This was fun as the owner is quite talkative and quite fun. I am a big believer in supporting local enterprises.

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It also gives me a chance to see what other things he has for sale. This usually includes video games, poker tables, pool tables, and of course interesting dart accessories. Did you know that they have a special dartboard with smaller beds to help you improve your aim?  Ever heard of dart golf?

I bought some different shafts and flights to compliment my darts and to make it easy to distinguish them from my previous set at a glance.

My trip to the shop was fun. Sadly, he sells very few pinball machines anymore.

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I wouldn’t mind having this on in the man cave

Suddenly, I was in the middle of a car show…

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One day….

 

 

After today’s bike ride, on the way to the coffee shop where the cyclists congregate after a ride, I found myself in a car show.

Obviously this was planned, and although I don’t live in that town (I live in the one directly south) I probably should have known about it. Sadly I didn’t.  Luckily, my phone has pretty good camera (actually, I use the camera a lot more often than the phone, so I should say that my camera has a decent phone in it).

I hope you enjoy the pictures. I certainly enjoyed walking among them.

Lately, I have been interested in hot rods–particularly the deuce coupe.  The closest I will come to building one is in plastic model form.

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beautiful!

 

There’s very little I can…or need to say about this one.

This was the reason I loved the TV show Stingray.  It might have been a tad bit hokey…but man the car.