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JRM invited to 2011 DC Cherry Blossom Festival Sakuri Matsuri

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Wish the weather was better and could have done more railfanning.

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scott

The pictures are great--someday I *will* see this layout in person.

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Martijn Meerts

Jeff, you just want me to bring you more of those cookies =)

 

Of course, if I could stay at your place again, it would make a trip a lot more ... .economical :) But next time at the very least I'll want to treat you and Dorothy to dinner in return.

 

 

I would love to see some more of the museums in Washington, and the Smithsonian Zoo would be great to visit as well. A boat trip on the Potomac is also something I'd love to do. Definitely would want to see the Pennsylvania museum again and get some more of that open turkey sandwich  :grin  Maybe a trip to MB Klein's could be something to do as well, they're fairly close aren't they? Would definitely be a dangerous trip though, considering I still want to get a bunch of the named trains, most of which they have in stock .....

 

 

Going back to New York is on the list as well. Bernard gave me a great tour there, and we saw a ton of stuff. Would be cool to go there with a couple of people, and meet up with some more people who live in/near New York, get a little JNS meeting going :)

 

 

What I thought was interesting, was that I sort of felt at home in Washington, I really had this feeling that I could live there no problem. I've been to quite a few places all over Europe, but I always felt more or less a tourist. Even in New York I felt like less of a tourist than I do in most European places I've been to. I guess the New Yorkers found it easy to spot I was a tourist though, considering I did look up quite often, even if I tried not too. Then again, I did notice Bernard doing the same  :grin

 

 

America is definitely too big though, there are so many cities I'd love to vista, and so many things to do there as well :)

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cteno4

You are most welcome back Martijn! Hopefully it will be a time when life is more relaxed, that was a busy week with work and the festival coming up.

 

DC is pretty relaxed these days, definitely not as uptight as it was a decade ago. in the mid 90s i use to look like a martian walking around here! You will need to visit the west coast and experience the real laid back US culture!

 

Most places in the us are now pretty diverse or at least use to diversity so folks being different is less and less of an issue. I grew up in Northern California where the main thing was to never assume about people. the guy in the scruffy shirt maybe the CEO and the guy in the suit the street person... also a lot of cultural and racial diversity historically so no one really sticks out.

 

of course you would a little if you spoke no english, but even that is not deemed all that odd these days in most cities.

 

i have heard the size comment from europeans visiting so much. it does not sink in until they get here usually. its definitely a place you need to either come and do the multimonth crawl tour or come back to different regions over time. just like visiting europe, but you just cant hop on a train and jump over to the next area so easily here. you can sort of do that on the plane, but its a hassle now days.

 

would be great to have a get together in NYC as well!

 

something for the future. first get the new house situated!

 

cheers

 

jeff

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Martijn Meerts

Usually the first year after buying a house, you get quite a good amount of money back from the tax office, so that could be interesting :)

 

I'm also looking at buying a race bike early next year and do some more cycling, and of course a decent race bike is going to cost quite a bit as well.

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PhilipS

You guys get invited again and I might just fly out to see you and run some bullets with you.

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Guest ___

D'Oh just realized I psoted the 2010 video!

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cteno4

thought it looked a bit brighter than this year!

 

cheers

 

jeff

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keitaro

D'Oh just realized I psoted the 2010 video!

 

HAHAHA GOLD

 

how bout that 2011 video I am eager to see the e5 in action on it. Assuming your ran it i do recall you all talking about it being so close to the festival?

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cteno4

sorry no E5. martjin was going to bring his, but it did not arrive before he took off to fly to dc. none of the club members had one yet.

 

jeff

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keitaro

oh well next year maybe  :cool:

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cteno4

You guys get invited again and I might just fly out to see you and run some bullets with you.

 

we usually know by feb, we have been invited the last three years and i expect we will again. the first year was tough as we could not afford to pay the tent rental most orgs need to get (and we needed 3 of them) and they were trying to get jr to sponsor us. in the end they couldnt pull a sponsorship and decided to just go ahead and the festival popped for the tents. we were a big enough hit that the next year they just said cummondown w/o anything on tent rental. the second year we popped up as the most memorable thing at the festival on the exit survey they did. so i expect we will be down there next april.

 

happy to have folks come run trains! we usually have a pizza party or bbq afterwards as well with the whole club.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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Martijn Meerts

It was quite fun.. A lot of people were asking questions, but they were taken a bit by surprise by the cost of it all. That still seems a bit strange to me, considering you can get a full 16 car shinkansen for the same price as 1 (smallish) Marklin locomotive ...

 

 

Just make sure you're not scared by hairy and heavy dudes dressing in tiny female manga outfits. If you don't like that, you might end up getting nightmares =)

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Sir Madog

I never made it to DC in my life. I spent a fair part of my youth in Washington State, toured around the western states a number of times and went on business in the Big Apple and Philadelphia, but DC - not yet.

 

Id wish my economic situation would allow for a trip over the Big Pond to meet some of you folks, but that´ll be something which will most likely not happen to me in this life - maybe next.

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Martijn Meerts

That's what I used to think.. I think before I went to Norway the first time, the furthest I'd been was Germany, which doesn't really count much considering I live in Venlo, which is almost German :)

 

I was quite surprised that a ticket to DC was only about 650 euro, and being able to spend a few days at Jeff's place, and share a hotel room with Aaron for the rest of the days really helped cut down the cost. I'm definitely thinking about going again next year, maybe a little longer this time, and spend some more time in New York as well.

 

(Of course, buying a MacBook Air in DC really added to the cost of the trip =))

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cteno4

DC is mainly about museums and monuments. its a great place to see a concentrated bit of history and other artifacts in a really small area. nice living here as lots of folks end up passing through either in association with some sort of government work/meeting, conferences or the pretty standard take the family once to DC thing.

 

NYC is more the jaw dropper with the density and glitz. west coast is a totally different beast, then there is the south, mid west, texas (its its own country) and then alaska. its a pretty big place to try to see much in one trip unless you plan to really do the get a car and drive it, but that takes month or two to see much w/o just driving all the time!

 

cheers

 

jeff

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linkey

I am the only member of the AJMRG that has a E5 Hayabusa at the moment, she ran four times during the AMRA Model Railway Exhibition (just recently 20th-21st August). Sadly, I didn't get any video footage but I did get some photos of her. I will try and post photos later. Meanwhile the 2010 DC Cherry Blossom Festival looked great and funny to see the N700 and the 0 series gave a crash right at the end of the video. :( As one of our members says "Sack the driver" lol

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cteno4

we now have at least 1 E5 which will be out in our fall shows. im going to try and get more diligent about taking photos and videos at shows...

 

2010 cherry blossom we had a few more wrecks than 2011, we are finally figuring out some of our joint issues with the viaduct track between modules. its tough to get the viaduct track securely fastened down using the regular kato supports. at first we thought perhaps it best to do looser supports, and let the S joiners let things float a bit, but now we may be doing to making some firmer supports and screwing the viaduct down to them. the tough thing is on a module joint as the track joint is right on top of it and the track support then needs to straddle the module joint. will be looking at a way of splitting the custom supports and masking the joint.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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scott

Jeff -- will you post when you when/where the fall shows will be?

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cteno4

scott,

 

yep will do. the next timonium will be oct 29-30, although we have not yet totally confirmed if we are doing this show yet, but expect we will.

 

the lions club show will be in early nov as usual i expect, but have not gotten the details on it yet. there is an issue with that show as the seniors' center its in is having its exercise room doubled in size and construction was not due to be done before the show so there may be short space. we were the last club into this show over the years so we may be the short end if push comes to shove. hopefully will hear from them soon on the matter. its a really fun show with just layouts and lots of families.

 

jeff

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Martijn Meerts

So, planning way ahead a bit, I'm considering visiting DC again during the 2012 festival. If JRM is invited once again, I think it could be a cool idea to see if we could get more people visiting as well, make it a bit of an unofficial JNS meeting ;)

 

I might also bring my kyudo gear (minus the bow ;)) and dress up a bit. Although, I guess most people will wonder which character from Bleach I'm supposed to be, considering they pretty much wear what we wear during kyudo practice ...

 

I could also bring some of the World Kougei stuff which should be done by then for some more special trains, but I guess most people are more interested in the fast stuff anyway.. And the price of the World Kougei kits will scare them off too fast :)

 

 

(I did actually check the cost of shipping my armor, but at around 150usd it's a bit over the top for just 1 week, and bringing it as luggage on the plane... Probably not a good idea ;))

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cteno4

Martijn,

 

It would be fun to have you back again! wont know till probably feb about the show, thats usually when they contact us.

 

armor would be very cool. could you pack it in a big suitcase? its about $35/bag i think on the plane...

 

would be fun to have a jns con sometime! probably going to happen in europe easier than here though... i think a lot of us in the us are spread all over the place.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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Martijn Meerts

The armor won't fit in most suitcases, especially not the hard shell cases that'd be required. There's very little flexibility in the breastplate parts :) It would really have to be transported in it's original box (the box also serves as the base for the armor stand), but that's not something to lug around to the airport and back. The armor also weighs well over the 20 kilo max limit, so it'd be more expensive.

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