Unusual bonding time activities

May 20, 2018 sscomm 0

Ah bonding time. Everybody has different take on this and we can argue all day what quality family time means. Do we always have to stuck into meaningful conversation about some sophisticated matters or our kids just need our full attention or maybe we must have fun together?

I’d like to think that the last two are the ones that matter. Remember the saying: people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you make them feel!

I want to make my son feel special. I want us to engage in fun activities just for us, the father and son.

So maybe you will be amazed if you hear that one of those activities is shaving our heads every month or so. Frankly I am not a big fan of going to a barber. Not that I don’t have the money but that I want to save myself the trouble of calling ahead of time and then driving back and forth. I used to have an old pair of clippers and my wife used to help me with the areas I was not able to reach.  

Years passed by and so did my old trusted Andis. It was high time I got a replacement. Having seen me clipping my own hair for years, my son asked if I could give him the same haircut. Sure I said, just let’s see what mommy will say. With the go ahead of mommy, we prepared for shaving. Apart from the Wahl hair clippers I also got the Andis T-outliner – deemed the ultimate hair edgers for barbers. Having the right tools is crucial and after the shopping we got home and started with our little family affair.

We didn’t want to make a mess in the sparkling clean bathroom, so I got a chair and just put it outside.

I clipped his hair – nothing fancy – #3 on the top and #2 around the head. Little clipping with the liner around the ears and on the back of the head and what a difference it made! He loved his new hairstyle. Being proud of myself, I asked him if he would like to cut my hair and he agreed. He only needed a little help from my wife for the area around the ears and did the rest himself. I’m so proud of him!

We will definitely be shaving our heads the next month, too!…

Best US live steam clubs you can join and what to bring when visiting

September 14, 2016 sscomm 0

If you are a live steam enthusiast, then you probably are familiar with many of the other railroads in your area. But have you thought about visiting the railroads in other states or even I other countries? Well, surely traveling and visiting new railroads and live steam clubs could definitely be beneficial. You can exchange experience and share or receive new ideas by the other people who enjoy your hobby. You may think that you know just about anything there is to know about live steam railroads, but surely there are other people who have at least as much experience as you, and you can learn something new from them too.

waterproof bootsAnyway, it is a great idea and a lot of fun to pack some warm clothes and comfortable waterproof boots and hit the road. No two railroads are absolutely the same, so every new one is likely to be a fun experience.

My experience shows that the majority of the hosts are truly friendly and welcoming, so your visit to new railroads can actually lead to new friendships and future collaborations as well.

Plus, many railroads are located amongst great scenery, so will be able to enjoy some incredible views while visiting them and enjoying your ride.

You may find some of the railroads which have bridges, signals, trestles, tunnels and bi-directional running, which is always an amazing experience for the true enthusiast.

Here are some of the most highly recommended railroads around the US according to number of railroad fans:

Bitter Creek Western Live Steam railroad in Arroyo Grande, California. It is a private railroad with a 7½” – 6300′ gauge and mainline track. It can be visited after prior contact has been made.

The Eagle Point Railroad is located in Dunlap, Tennessee, and is another private railroad with a 7½” gauge and a length of 12000′.

The Maricopa Live steamers railroad is the railroad to visit if you are in North Phoenix, Arizona. It is actually a railroad museum, with a 7½”, 40,420′ track, plus an additional non-mainline track of 33,500’.

Another excellent destination you should visit is the Train Mountain Museum, which holds the largest number of Cabooses, a snow removal collection, as well as interesting tank cars, speeders and flat cars.

The Willow Creek railroad club is definitely worth visiting too. It is located in Brooks, Oregon and has a 7½” – 5575′ track. It has a museum and a wide variety of amazing trains and features.

Overall there are more than 400 railroads in the US which are officially listed, so make sure to take a look of the lists for a particular state or area when you are planning your trip. 

If your favorite live streaming club is not listed here, let us know in the comments below!…