It has been a while since I last reported on how I am doing. The answer is I am just surviving, at the worst of times, and starting to look forward with anticipation of a better experience, at the best of times. Currently, I am busy organizing my ‘collection’ of color slides which date back to about 1962. This has been a rewarding enterprise for me as I am remembering events of long ago that I otherwise would not be thinking about. It is very much a trip down memory lane as I scan the slides so as to put the images into a digital format and the images can then be stored on my computer. I am planning to publish some images from time to time as my memory is refreshed and and as I gain confidence in my ability to select images without boring folks out of their minds. (How many train pictures do you want to see?)
Recently my lower legs, ankles and feet swelled up such that I almost could not put my shoes on. My cardiologist said I was reacting adversely to a change in my blood pressure medication. He changed me to another type of medication and it seems to be working as the swelling is almost gone. I am not driving at the present time and David (my son) is taking me where I need to go. My friends are taking me other places that are not on my list of ‘must go to’ destinations. These outings are very much appreciated by me as they are very pleasurable for me. David gets to take me to the doctor appointments and such – not very pleasurable – but very necessary.
The editor of the journal of the Union Pacific Historical Society ” The Streamliner”, has contacted me and he raised the possibility of publishing my draft article about the 1868 UPRR Dale Creek Bridge. He is interested because the timely construction (1868) of the bridge was a vital part of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. The 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad occurs on May 10, 2019 and there will be a big party in ogden as there was fifty years ago. I am trying, with some success, to review the details of my research efforts of several years ago. I am planning to update the draft article to include the discovery of a Dale Creek bridge, forty foot long, span that today reposes on a Wyoming ranch. It is amazing that this span exists today. This is true artifact of the beginning of the ‘age of steel’.