Well said David. Thanks for the encouragement to Michael and us all. We
all need to support each other. We are not all Rembrandts of trains, but we
are all artists.
I like what Don Avila says when he thinks something is really well done and
he is impressed. He says....."this so and so is nutz"
That's Don's way of saying he is saluting the workmanship or person.
So everyone, keep out of the heat, go grab your paintbrushes and start
Date: 8/4/2012 7:46:09 AM
Subject: [Z_Scale] Re: New member
Looks great. I didn't need to have sound to see more or less what you were
doing. You did a good job; if I could do half that well, I'd consider it a
major miracle. As the late Lawrence Welk would say, "Wunnerful, wunnerful."
Oh, and by the way, don't let the naysayers run you off. A lot of them are
just jealous, and some are just, well, snobs (have to keep it "sort of" nice
on here, anyway, lol). But also keep in mind that with the written word,
you can't always tell what the writer was really trying to convey. What
looks like sarcasm or a cut-down on paper (or on here) may actually be a
back-handed compliment, like when you introduce your new girlfriend/wife to
your friends, and they say stuff like "How the heck did a schmuck like you
end up with HER?!?!?!" On paper, it looks like an insult, but in reality,
they're saying, "Ya done good, sir." For whatever reason, guys are like
Also, some people, like myself, have what I guess you'd call an "interesting
sense of humor. As an example, if I came over to your house and saw your
layout, I might say something like "I officially hate you now," or "You make
me sick." You'd see the smile on my face, and know that I thought you had
done a absolutely famous job on your layout (as you saw me "oooh-ing and
ahh-ing, and bubbling over with childlike excitement), and that I was paying
you a compliment (I actually said that ("You make me sick") to a guy who was
part of a team putting together an awesome O scale layout (about a 2-3 year
project) at a local hobby store. He chuckled, and said "We make ourselves
sick." I complimented him and his group for the job they were doing (you'd
have to see this layout; it has several positions set up where with the push
of a button, you can make the trains run for a few seconds; kids go crazy
over it (adults too, lol)), and he invited me to "come share in the "misery.
He knew I was kidding, and was actually in awe of what they were doing
(like I said, you gotta see this thing), but if he had seen this written
down, he might have taken offense. Also, a friend of mind has an HO layout
of downtown Atlanta that would make a master modeler drool all over
him/herself (another "must-see"). His layout makes me want to donate all my
train stuff to the nearest dumpster, lol).
Just shows what you can do with a small space. Welcome aboard, and keep up
the good work! And please, do stick around. This hobby is for anybody,
from master modeler to master muddler (yours truly :-P).
Sorry for the soliloquy-length post.
PS: My Z scale layout currently consists of one container with my trains in
it, and another container for my track, just like my N scale layout (I've
moved three times in five years, and haven't been able to find the time to
work on anything, other than an occasional N scale Christmas layout for work
Heck, my ham shack is a bag with my radio and tuner in it, sitting in a
cabinet with the rest of my ham stuff). I call it the "Boxed up & Put Up,"
or the "Ol' Boo & Poo" (just like IUPUI is called "Ooie-Pooie"), lol) Guess
I need to get busy, eh? :-)
Z-scale: minimum siZe, MAXIMUM enjoyment!
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