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I've been to Crescent City. The sea lions were out on a rocky island making all sorts of racket.
 

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I saw this sign on a fence while I was out and about working.

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something happening here, what it is, it just isn't clear...
I said to the guy who owned it "I guess this is where they got their name."
Him: "Who?"
Me: "Buffalo Springfield."
Him: "Yeah, they made street rollers."
Me: "No, I mean the band."
Him: "What band?"
Me: "Buffalo Springfield."
Him: "There's a band named Buffalo Springfield?" (He's about mid 50s to early 60s and white.)
Me (singing): "There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear..."
Him: "That's Buffalo Springfield?"
Me: "Are you messing with me?"
Him: "We lived in San Francisco when I was a kid.
Me: "I wouldn't tell anyone about our conversation if I were you."
Him: "Ok"
 

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This is an Extendo or "long stick". I use it to open, remove, install or close fuses from the ground instead of having to climb the pole or use a bucket truck to get up there. It takes a bit of practice to master the skill but most people can do it after enough tries.

It's made from sections with the top section being the smallest and the bottom section being the largest in diameter. The protruding button is part of the section above the lower section so you depress the button and rotate the upper section and it collapses into the lower section. The entire stick collapses into a single section about four feet long. When extended, the stick is a maximum of 40'. This pole is about 45' tall.

It's quite the challenge to use when it's windy or dark.

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I thought that I has posted some of these here, but, alas, I don't see any...

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date on the iPhone images says Dec. 24 2021. These train box cars had been here for a few weeks at minimum. Obviously, there was a derailment & I never heard anything of it. I asked people who are connected to local Fire Dept., etc. nobody seemed to know what happened.

It's cleaned up now, but, interesting mystery, no doubt. I took these images driving by on I-10, about ½ mile from my house...
 

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Now to this. I saw this, date on my EOS 1D MkIII say, Apr 16, 2022...

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A different derailment, although, this one was recorded:


after the derailment, which also was less than ½ mile from my house, they used some sort of heavy equipment to haul these over, near to where the other images were taken. There were more cars, but, once again, driving on the freeway, the trees get in the way, when you're shooting & you can't really just stop...

2 derailments in a few months, both within ½-1 mile from my house...
 

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