Posole! Remember the Christmas run in Pecos?

Merry Christmas to all!

I made posole yesterday.  This is after we ate half of it.  It may not look like much, but dish it out, throw a little red chile in and serve with a few corn chips, and it is a great New Mexican holiday tradition come alive!  I cheated in that I used some pulled pork and canned hominy, but it was still very good.

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I am re-posting the below post from earlier this year.  I used the easier (2nd) recipe from the post.  Enjoy and have a great holiday season!

Click below to see the earlier post and recipes.

Christmas run in Pecos!.

A gift of sorts to you? Twenty-five of my favorite CDs ever

Taking a short break from railroads, let’s talk music.  I am going to try the ridiculous task of naming 25 of my favorite CDs, albums, MP3s or whatever you want to call them.  Now of course this varies with time, mood, knowledge, what I am doing while listening, etc, but I’ll give it a shot.  They are not in priority order.

These are friends that help me to be my creative best whether I am writing, painting or working on the railroad.

Drops of Jupiter, Train, 2001

Drops of Jupiter, Train, 2001 — Great 90s music! Saw live in Paris twice in small venues, amazing band.

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Fruit Of Life, Wild Colonials, March 15, 1994 — Just a great sound, an original, upbeat folk with touches of an orchestra

Just Lookin for a Hit, Dwight Yoakam, September 20, 1989

Just Lookin for a Hit, Dwight Yoakam, September 20, 1989 — the best honky-tonk CD ever made, saw him live in Knoxville, TN, unbelievable show!

Ballads, Dexter Gordon, June 18, 1991

Ballads, Dexter Gordon, June 18, 1991 — great down tempo jazz

Pet Your Friends, Dishwalla, 1995

Pet Your Friends, Dishwalla, 1995 –great 1990s sound, saw live this year, still very good!

Faux Mouvement, Autour De Lucie, 2001

Faux Mouvement, Autour De Lucie, 2001 — Great French pop, sophisticated and substantive

A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay, 2002

A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay, 2002 –awesome CD, plenty of substance, great to accompany writing

The Trinity Session, Cowboy Junkies, 1990

The Trinity Session, Cowboy Junkies, 1990 — an amazing CD, country meets folk meets Jazz

Soul Station (original recording reissued), Hank Mobley, (originally the 1960s)

Soul Station (original recording reissued),
Hank Mobley, (originally the 1960s) –Classic 1960s smoky Jazz bar music!

October Project, October Project,  2008

October Project, October Project, 2008 — Difficult to catagorize, just a great sound, very pensive, but not sad

 Versions, Thievery Corporation, March 15, 2006


Versions, Thievery Corporation, March 15, 2006 — Great uptempo alternative sounds, from DC.

Everything You Want, Vertical Horizon, 1999

Everything You Want, Vertical Horizon, 1999 –classic 1990s sounds, just a classic!

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special Soundtrack Edition, 2000

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special Soundtrack Edition, 2000 — my favorite Christmas CD by, by far!  great Jazz too.

My Private Nation, Train, 2003

My Private Nation, rain, 1998? — More awesome 1990s music

No Name Face, Lifehouse, 2000

No Name Face, Lifehouse, 2000 — Rock, alternative, spiritual?

Color of Money, | Soundtrack by Don Henley and Robert Palmer, Color of Money Soundtrack by Don Henley and Robert Palmer, 1990

Color of Money Soundtrack, Don Henley and Robert Palmer, 1990 –perhaps the best soundtrack ever, blues and Jazz, music to play 9-ball by!

Classic Sinatra Original recording remastered by Frank Sinatra, 2000

Classic Sinatra Original recording remastered, Frank Sinatra, 2000 –great for background music for cocktails and dinners, break out the martini glasses!

Biographie De Luka Philipsen, Keren Ann, 2001 by

Biographie De Luka Philipsen, Keren Ann, 2001 — Great modern, thoughtful, French music by a talented singer

The Fray, The Fray, 2009

The Fray, The Fray, 2009 — One of the best bands of the 2000s, saw live in Virginia this year, a great modern sound

The Picasso of Big Band Jazz,  Marty Paich and Jack Sheldon, 1990

The Picasso of Big Band Jazz, Marty Paich and Jack Sheldon, 1990 — great Jazz, again–breakout the martini glass and make sure you don’t succomb to smoking

Under an Endless Sky,  Balligomingo, 2009

Under an Endless Sky, Balligomingo, 2009 –an original modern sound, one of my favorites from the 2000s, a little techno, but still good.

Breathe, Blue Stone, 2006

Breathe, Blue Stone, 2006 — great ambiance music to chill out with

A great "world" music sound, haunting and beautiful, a modernized Fado sound from Portugal

A great “world” music sound, haunting and beautiful, a modernized Fado sound from Portugal

The Last Decca Years 1949-1954, Ella Fitzgerald -- a true classic, great ambiance, can't help but be classy when you listen to it!

The Last Decca Years 1949-1954, Ella Fitzgerald — a true classic, great ambiance, can’t help but be classy when you listen to it!

The Ultimate Collection, Hank Williams, 2002 --unbelievable how good this guy was, grab a beer, shoot some pool and wait for a character from "The Picture Show" to join you

The Ultimate Collection, Hank Williams, 2002 –unbelievable how good this guy was, grab a beer, shoot some pool and wait for a character from “The Last Picture Show” to join you

As I wrote this post, I realized how ridiculous this is.  I love hundreds of CDs and I doubt few of my readers care at all about what kind of music I like.  But maybe, just maybe, you may find a CD or two to check out.

Merry Christmas!

Perhaps the finest locomotive paint scheme ever devised?

The first use of railroads in the United States, may have preceded the United States.  Some contend the first railroad in what would become the United States was in 1762 when British military engineers constructed a gravity railroad at the Niagara Portage in Lewiston, NY.  Beginning in the early 1800s, rail became an important part of the transportation scene in America.  Over the years, many methods have been used to create corporate identities.  Since the mid-1950s, railroads have commonly deployed colorful paint schemes on locomotives and rolling stock to foster a brand.

ATSF 2349 in San Bernardino CA on February 14, 1987.  ©photo by Greg Sommers. http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=132150

ATSF 2349 in San Bernardino CA on February 14, 1987. ©photo by Greg Sommers. http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=132150

There have been many classic, attractive schemes employed, such as Santa Fe’s warbonnets (both red and silver and blue and yellow) and Union Pacific’s.

UPY 719 in Rochelle IL July 11 2006. ©photo by Collin Reinhart. Courtesy of RR picture Archives --http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=441139

UPY 719 in Rochelle IL July 11 2006. ©photo by Collin Reinhart. Courtesy of RR picture Archives –http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=441139

The competition is tight, but perhaps my favorite all-time locomotive paint scheme was the one used by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad beginning about 1969.  The DRGW must have liked it too–it was the principal scheme from 1969 to the date it merged into the Union Pacific in 1996, by way of its merger with the Southern Pacific in 1988.  As a result, it was the principal paint scheme for almost 30 years.

Rio Grande 3096 Backman's Crossing,Provo,UT Early Spring 1994. --photo by Quinn Clegg.

Rio Grande 3096 at Backman’s Crossing near Provo,UT in Early Spring 1994. –photo by Quinn Clegg.

Back in the early to mid 1990’s well into the SP era, it was still possible to catch pure sets of Rio Grande power on Southern Pacific trains.  The DRGW continued to use this scheme pretty much throughout the SP era.

DRGW 3095 at Desert, UT on Apr 1 1988. ©photo by Mike Woodruff courtesy of RR Picture Archives.

DRGW 3095 at Desert, UT on Apr 1 1988. ©photo by Mike Woodruff courtesy of RR Picture Archives.

What a great scheme.  Of course, it didn’t hurt that the DRGW operated in some of the most beautiful parts of the United States.

Here the scheme was applied to a GP-30.  Rio Grande train north of Provo,UT in 1994.  --photo by Quinn Clegg

Here the scheme was applied to a GP-30. Rio Grande train north of Provo, UT in 1994. –photo by Quinn Clegg

I really like the above picture.  In a sense, Quinn Clegg has captured the essence of the DRGW–attractive trains passing through often lonely but beautiful scenery.

The DRGW also had great schemes applied to their rolling stock, but that may be the subject of a future post.