August 18th, 2009

End Of Block

Dangerous Train Video

This is the video that the Metra Electric conductor insisted was "against the law" to have shot. ("But we won't make you delete it this time.") If the embedding below doesn't work, try the direct link.

Not that I would have wanted to have been party to destroying evidence, because I know that's a crime. If anyone can find actual evidence of a US federal, Illinois state, or Chicago city law being broken, let me know. Note: Citing policies against video or pictures in other jurisdictions, which several people have done, isn't the same thing at all. Besides, if Metra has a policy against allowing photography, they've done a really good job of concealing it. Maybe it's a Secret Law Passed By The President -- something that a police officer has been said to have said while hassling another railfan photographer in the Chicago area a while ago according to something I recall reading in Trains magazine.

Update, 10:30: Based on the discussion in the comments below, I point y'all at Metra's web site, within which I can find no mention of photography at all. Nor can I find a way to contact them by e-mail, which means I probably won't be contacting them until I get back to California next week and have time to compose a paper letter.
Kevin and Lisa

Waiting for Our Luggage

We had assumed that shipping our excess stuff back while we took the relatively slow route by train would mean that there would be three boxes waiting for us when we got back to Mehama. We were wrong. Our three boxes are still in transit. According to Canada Post, they entered the USA yesterday. How soon they make it to Mehama, I don't know, but I hope they get here by Friday because I'm leaving to return to California on Saturday and the boxes have things like my suit in them. Also, there are papers from the WSFS Business Meeting I meant to use this week to update things. Oh, well, it will have to wait on the mail. It was still worth the approximately USD90 we spent to avoid carting an extra 20 kg of excess luggage around with us.
Hugo Logo

How Did I Miss That?

I just today noticed that I tied for 15th place in this year's Fan Writer Hugo Award nominations. I was too preoccupied with other things to look at the details in Fan Writer and thus didn't notice it at the time. Thank you to all of those who nominated me. I can just imagine the fit some people would have if I ever made the final ballot, though.