Avondale and Waggaman – 21 October 2005

21 October 2015

Here are three mediocre pictures from the afternoon of Friday 21 October 2005, as I was still exploring locations to which I had never been in the New Orleans area; although these pictures are mediocre, they represent some firsts for me. The first first is that this was the first time I took digital pictures [...]

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Switchers Switching at Oak Point Refinery – 20 October 2005

20 October 2015

Continuing the process of getting to know my new area, I ventured after work on the afternoon of Thursday 20 October 2005 down the New Orleans Lower Coast trackage to and past Belle Chasse to the Chevron-Texaco refinery at Oak Point, the major regular customer on this part of the New Orleans & Gulf Coast [...]

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NOGC and A New Telephoto Lens – 19 October 2005

19 October 2015

On Wednesday 19 October 2005, my new telephoto lens, a replacement for the one that I foolishly lost in Salem Harbor nearly three months earlier, just a few weeks after I had gotten it, arrived; well, it might have arrived the day before, but I might have slept at a colleague’s place that night, as [...]

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Grain Train In Gretna And Algiers – 17 October 2005

17 October 2015

Hello.  These pictures were taken on Monday 17 October 2005 after a weekend that involved a visit to the Baton Rouge area and a visit to Donaldsonville.  Six days earlier, on Tuesday 11 October, I got my first-ever pictures on the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway, a railroad that I would heavily document over [...]

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S’ver and D’ville – 16 October 2005

16 October 2015

Apparently, I just felt like driving around this weekend; apparently, I didn’t need to do much work on lesson plans or anything, at least not yet.   These pictures were taken on Sunday 16 October 2005, the day after I took another drive to the north. We start in Schriever and see some static stuff. It [...]

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Slaughter and Lobdell – 15 October 2005

15 October 2015

Hello.  These pictures were taken on Saturday 15 October 2005 in the Baton Rouge area.  Due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina, I was still prevented from landing at my apartment in Jefferson Parish and was still marooned back home on the bayou.  I most-vaguely remembered that I didn’t expect to see much in the [...]

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Meet the NOGC – 11 October 2005

11 October 2015

So, it happened on Tuesday 11 October 2005; I got my first pictures of New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway action.  As regular readers of this publication know, the NOGC has become a frequent photographic subject for me.  The railroad operates close to the school where I had just started working two weeks before Hurricane [...]

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Leaving A Changing Home – 9 October 2005

9 October 2015

This is another article of tame, static, non-railroad pictures, made when I was still marooned back home in bayouland after Katrina struck and delayed my arrival in a forever-altered New Orleans, even if I was working there (well, in Harvey), sometimes staying with new coworkers during the week. “I Remember When This Was All Cane [...]

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Grassfire of Meaningful Times and Places – 8 October 2005

8 October 2015

This Means Something What brought me to this spot along US Highway 90 East on Saturday 8 October 2005 I do not recall, but I was struck by the juxtaposition of the sight of a grass fire and the sight of an impromptu, informal sign placed on the posts of an authorized highway sign. The [...]

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Flying Home, Striking Airline Workers, Disaster Recovery Workers – 20 September 2005

20 September 2015

I hope that you enjoyed the three-day Californihurrication series (see the September 2015 archives for all of those articles and more.)  Here are some images from the trek home on 20 September 2005. My flight path on this day was ONT-MSP-MSY.  I vaguely remember the Ontario airport, and I remember one specific thing from the [...]

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Cajón, San Bernardino, West Colton, Flying, and Cats – 19 September 2005

19 September 2015

[California [may] know how to party, but that’s not why Jimbaux is there.] This is the third and final installment of daily images from my Californihurrication Katrina.  Day 1 included an explanation of why the trip was made and how it came to happen, and it contains various images of the Orange Empire Railway Museum, [...]

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Cable Airport, Santa Monica, and Union Station – 18 September 2005

18 September 2015

[Jimbaux knows that California will rest in peace, a simultaneous release, but not yet!] Welcome to Day 2 of Jimbaux’s Californication Katrina; all of these images were made on 18 September 2005.  Yesterday, Day 1, showed images of Claremont, the Orange Empire Railway Museum, Perris Valley Airport, and Hemet. We start with a visit to [...]

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Californihurrication Katrina, Day 1 – 17 September 2005

17 September 2015

[Jimbaux understands that Hollywood sells Californication.] Hurricane Katrina caused plenty of mental, emotional, psychological strife in addition to the well-known massive social, health, and economic problems that it caused. The apartment into which I was scheduled to move on 1 September 2005 was now unavailable, and at some point – I do not remember when, [...]

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Katrina Evacuees at Nicholls State University – 3 September 2005

3 September 2015

[Jimbaux cannot hold on, will not let go.] These pictures were taken on Saturday 3 September, a few days after Hurricane Katrina struck. Friday 26 August was, for me, the end of the first full week of a new job in a new area, and my most distinct memory of that day was eating at [...]

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Rice And BNSF

15 August 2015

[Jimbaux is still tryin' to figure it out, still tryin' to find a way to keep the dogs at bay.] Photographs And Their Stories So, here are the first recently-taken pictures on the website in three months. It Is What It Is Where It Is When It Is The time finally came to resume work [...]

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Flying Home, And Planespotting – 6 August 2005

6 August 2015

So, the time came, the time for this memorable expedition to parts of the USA heretofore unexplored by me to come to an end. Here we are at the Detroit airport, and I’m loving that tramway thing. Six-and-a-half hours later, we are in Nashville, where we’re waiting for our flight to New Orleans. I guess [...]

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Fourth Day At The Henry Ford – 4 August 2005

4 August 2015

Hello.  Apparently, the most memorable event on our fourth and second-to-last day at The Henry Ford was the series of rides we took on Model Ts and maybe other vintage automobiles. In many of these pictures, including the one below, I am taking the picture from one old vehicle looking toward my fellow workshoppers in [...]

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Third Day At The Henry Ford – 3 August 2005

3 August 2015

Hello.  We continue our educational and entertaining week at The Henry Ford.  We start in the classroom. The balding white male at left is Larry from Pennsylvania, and the black male with the white shirt in the left foreground is Leo from the Chicago area, both interesting hombres.  That may be Peggy from the San [...]

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Second Day At The Henry Ford – 2 August 2005

2 August 2015

Here are some pictures from our second day at The Henry Ford complex; our first day showed some various scenes, and so too will today. There is a farm or a set of farms here using old equipment and techniques and such. I don’t remember what this was, but it seems like the house of [...]

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First Day At The Henry Ford – 1 August 2005

1 August 2015

The last portion of my 2005 summer Northeast adventure had me spending a week in Dearborn, Michigan, for a week-long National Endowment for the Humanities teacher workshop on topics related to industrialization.  So, after landing at the Detroit airport the day before, here we are at the wonderful The Henry Ford. The introductory paragraph of [...]

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O’Hare, And A Senator – 31 July 2005

31 July 2015

I had to get up really early on the morning of Sunday 31 July 2005 to leave Salem and head to Logan Airport.  Where was I going?  Well, wherever I was going, I had to stop in O’Hare airport in Chicago to get there! I had never been here before, never been to the state [...]

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Salem, Massachusetts – 29 July 2005

29 July 2015

Friday 29 July 2005 would be the last full-day of the NEH teacher seminar in Salem; after my stupidity of a few days before, I was humbled, and I guess by this point I was more relaxed.  I guess; I mean, I don’t remember much from that time, for reasons that I have explained before, [...]

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Salem, Massachusetts – Schooner and Stupidity – 26 July 2005

26 July 2015

Tuesday 26 July 2005 was the second full day of the National Endowment for the Humanities teacher workshop at Salem State College, and it was also the day that I would do the most stupid, most costly thing that I did on this trip, worse than anything that I did on that afternoon in Edmunston.  [...]

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Danville Junction, Maine, to Salem, Massachusetts – 24 July 2005

24 July 2015

Welcome to Day 5 of Jimbaux’s big summer 2005 Northeast adventure.  Day 1 constituted a visit to the Atlantic Coast areas of southwestern main after I arrived at Logan Airport in Boston; Day 2 included various scenes of central Maine as I trekked in a northeasterly direction across the state; Day 3 saw me chase [...]

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Edmunston, New Brunswick, And Northern And Central Maine – 23 July 2005

23 July 2015

I awoke in Edmunston, New Brunswick, on the morning of Saturday 23 July 2005.  Despite my plans to spend the morning chasing and photographing whatever trains the Canadian National Railway would throw my way on its mainline through the area, I had to forego that opportunity due to the need to clean up the mess [...]

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Maine and New Brunswick, the MM&A and the CN – 22 July 2005

22 July 2015

Welcome to Day 3 of Jimbaux’s big 2005 Northeast adventure, where we get out of the “Northeast” and into the southeastern part of Canada.  Day 1 constituted a visit to the Atlantic Coast areas of southwestern main after I arrived at Logan Airport in Boston; Day 2 included various scenes of central Maine as I [...]

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Central Maine and Decision Deciding – 21 July 2005

21 July 2015

Wherever in Maine that it was where I awoke on the morning of Thursday 22 July 2005, I awoke distraught with the fear involved with quitting a professional job, which I was about to, for the first time in my life, do.  (It’s gotten a little bit easier!) I had to make a telephone call.  [...]

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20 July 2005 – Beginning Of Big Northeast Adventure

20 July 2015

The time came, it surely did; ’twas the time for decisions and destinations, determination and growth, forwardance and facing fear. Ostensibly, as the pictures shall show, this is the story of a trip to far-off lands, but for your touched author, there was so much more than meets the eye, so much more than the literal destinations traveled; this journey [...]

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Lonely Wait For The #2 – 17 July 2005

17 July 2015

I normally do not make a blog article with only one picture, but I am making an exception here.  There is not even a train in this picture, but there are some powerful metaphors of time and place, distance and desire, despair and hope, then and now. In a more nearly literal sense, this is [...]

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The Chip Local and The #2 – 12 July 2005

12 July 2015

‘Twas on the 12th of July that I finally got what I think are my first good digital train pictures.  Likely, I was hoping for afternoon westbound so that I could use the telephoto lens; westbounds are not what I got, and, a decade later, as I look at these images and note what is [...]

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First Digital Telephoto Shots – 11 July 2005

11 July 2015

By – and, perhaps, on – the afternoon of 11 July 2005, my Canon telephoto lens arrived; I had purchased it used from fredmiranda.com.  Just like for three days before when I took my first ever DSLR pictures, the pictures on this date, 11 July 2005, were experimentations, not really that great, though a slight [...]

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Going Digital – 8 July 2005

8 July 2015

A new day has dawned!  It’s the momentous summer of 2005 for Jimbaux, and the first of a few big changes came in the form of a Canon Digital Rebel delivered by UPS.  My film camera – a Nikon N80 – had had trouble, was not really working, meaning that most of the slides taken [...]

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You Feel And Experience Only What Only You Feel And Experience

29 June 2015

Hello.  Welcome back to Jimbaux’s Journal, where we have some new-old content.  In terms of arrangement of images, this article will be formatted very similar to that of the “Old And Now – A Tapestry Spanning A Decade And Two Mediums” from 13 months ago, a post in which I alternated a scanned slide from [...]

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Mais, May, Meh

16 May 2015

[Jimbaux is still alive.] Hi. Obligatory May Posting So, I took out the camera and took my first SLR pictures in two months and two days.  I freely admit that I am going through the motions right now and took pictures today largely to avoid having no postings this month, and to avoid doing a [...]

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Southeastern Nebraska – 2 April 2012

2 April 2015

Day 4 Welcome to Day 4 of Jimbaux’s 2012 Spring Break Road Trip.  Day 1 was a drive to Shreveport, Texarkana, southwestern Arkansas, and ending in Heavener, Oklahoma; Day 2 took me from Heavener to eastern-central Kansas where I crashed at El Rancho Grumpo; Day 3 saw Jimbaux foaming with The Grumpster on the BNSF [...]

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Eastern Kansas And Southeastern Nebraska – 1 April 2012

1 April 2015

Welcome to Day 3 of Jimbaux’s 2012 Spring Break Road Trip.  Day 1 was a drive to Shreveport, Texarkana, southwestern Arkansas, and ending in Heavener, Oklahoma.  Day 2 took me from Heavener to eastern-central Kansas where I crashed at El Rancho Grumpo.  Day 3 would see the big morning of foaming with the illustrious and [...]

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When Things Don’t Go According to Expectations

14 March 2015

[Jimbaux blames you (no, not you), for all the scars he bears.] Obligatory March Pictures Hello.  So that we would not go the entire month of March 2015 without there being a post on Jimbaux’s Journal (and whyever that is important to me), I decided, just as I did last month, that on one day [...]

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Clouds, Trains, Water, A Dog, and Friends

21 February 2015

[When it comes to taking pictures, the thrill is gone for Jimbaux.] Obligatory February Photography Hello.  Today, Saturday 21 February 2015, I took some SLR photographs for the first time in more than one month; the last time that I took any images other than a few cell phone snaps was on January 7 when [...]

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Bogalusa To Brookhaven – 11 January 2014 – Part 2

11 January 2015

Part 2 This is the second of two parts of my set of pictures from Saturday 11 January 2014 taken “from Bogalusa to Brookhaven,” with a bonus shot being taken somewhere outside of Brookhaven to end the day; Part 1 had more pictures, showing scenes and activity along the length of Canadian National Railway train [...]

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Bogalusa To Brookhaven – 11 January 2014 – Part 1

11 January 2015

[Jimbaux sent himself searching.] A Rare Find 11 January 2014 ‘Twas a special day indeed!  Knowing that my chance to do these long, out-of-the-way, day-long foam trips well into Mississippi would soon come to an end, and wanting to really see and photograph some action on most of the former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad [...]

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More Gifts And Gratitude At Gulfport, Hattiesburg, and the Gulf – 9 January 2014

9 January 2015

[Jimbaux is no longer afraid of the gift you have given him.] All of these pictures were made on Thursday 09 January 2014, and all are presented in chronological order. Retry I still had a window of time to get over to Gulfport to chase the KCS Hattiesburg Turn, and I now knew that I [...]

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Lafayette, New Iberia, and Cypremort – Amtrak and L&D

7 January 2015

[Jimbaux never wanted to be sick of life.] After yesterday’s big day on the Abbeville Branch, it was, on Wednesday 7 January 2015, time for me to make my way back east.  This article has ‘only’ 50 pictures; that’s plenty, but it’s only half the number of pictures from yesterday, and, in a coincidental consistency, [...]

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Big Train To Abbeville On The Ex-SP Midland Branch

6 January 2015

This is a big, huge, long article, with plenty to say – including news about Jimbaux’s Journal itself and its future – and plenty of photographs, and this and tomorrow’s article will likely be the last big articles here for a long time. A reader has recently asked about a numbering system for the pictures [...]

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Unexpected Gifts After Disappointment at Gulfport – 4 January 2014

4 January 2015

Hello.  On Saturday 4 January 2014, Deacon Nitro of Nitro Pics fame and I ventured to Gulfport, Mississippi, in the hopes of chasing the Kansas City Southern Railway’s turn that operates from Gulfport to Hattiesburg and back, which I had photographed several times before, perhaps most notably in December 2008.  Things did not eventuate quite [...]

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Sometimes, Education Trumps Photography

7 December 2014

[Jimbaux hopes to fight the good fight, even if there are better fights to fight.] Warning: Not Even Close To Being My Best Pictures There is an optimistic saying among railroad photographers that “there are good days, and then there are learning experiences,” but this is true for so much more than for railroad photography!  [...]

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Back Sabbath

29 November 2014

[Jimbaux is taking a sentimental journey.] Hello.  Yesterday, you ‘enjoyed’ pictures from Acadiana, and, today, we are “back” in Whoadieville.  I have some pictures for you because, as I said recently, despite my decreased interest in taking pictures, it’s about all that I can do right now. We start with this stopped eastbound BNSF manifest [...]

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Black Foamday

28 November 2014

[Jimbaux knows that the word on the street is that the fire in his heart is out.] Hello.  Here are some pictures from the day after Thanksgiving taken in Lafayette, Duson, Elks, and New Iberia. We start at the Whataburger on Ambassador Caffrey Parkway, because, you know, I am in Lafayette and just must eat [...]

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Relics And Survivors

19 November 2014

[Jimbaux is walking away from things that he can't hide . . . or find . . . or something like that.] My e-mail backlog has grown large once again, and this situation will get worse before it gets better for two reasons that I do not yet care to mention but that probably will [...]

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Onions, Metal, Sweat, Rain, and Cold

13 November 2014

[Jimbaux knows that it is hard to take a photograph in a cold November rain.] Here are pictures from two days in one article, all because the pictures from the first day don’t deserve their own article, and I’m blogging far more lately than I had thought I would be doing. Please do not forget [...]

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You See Only What Only You See

10 November 2014

[Jimbaux is in the flesh, baby, but you can't see him, nor can you see much else.] Chances are, you have many times in your life been unfairly judged, and, chances are, you have done the same thing to others (usually without realizing it, else you might not have done it.)  Today’s photo essay, in [...]

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Remember, Remember, Or, Better Yet, Forget

5 November 2014

[Jimbaux knows that sometimes when you are out of rope, the way to climb back up is unclear.] Jimbaux Is No Guy Fawkes, Neither Are You, And Those Are Good Things Hello.  How are you?  Are you settling in for winter hibernation?  Do you like the idea that you are? I have a few barely [...]

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Same And Different

29 October 2014

[Jimbaux wonders what he has become.] HTFYI? Hello.  Here’s a weird set, not one of my best, but different enough to be good.  These pictures were all taken on Wednesday 29 October 2014 (which I say for future readers who might care about such things, but remember that all caption information for pictures on this [...]

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Noodles To Avondale

20 October 2014

[Jimbaux wants you to please just let him be, as he finds it hard to breathe.] Let’s Do This This article will be very similar to and shorter than the “One Or The Other” article from nearly a month ago because the pictures from this article and the pictures from that article are taken in [...]

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Weird Wednesday

8 October 2014

[Jimbaux wonders if this is just real life, or if this is just fantasy.] Thanks to some osint in the foam world, I was alerted to the fact that Norfolk Southern’s Go-Rail locomotive, which I photographed in New Orleans in April, was leading a Kansas City Southern Railway military train into New Orleans on the [...]

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Rock Bottom

6 October 2014

[Jimbaux has plenty of reason to think that at this point, if not for back problems, things can only get better.] Good morning.  Good afternoon.  Good evening.  Whatever. After and eventful but painful weekend that saw me chasing the IAVLB from St. Charles to Berwick followed by a trip to Slidell to work on a [...]

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Go East, Young Man

5 October 2014

[Jimbaux is digging his way to something better.] I went to Slidell today – Sunday 05 October 2014 – to meet with my videographers to work on my “That’s How We Survive” music video that we started videoing two weeks before, a project that I will need to yet again shelve due to yet again [...]

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Reliefs And Rationalizations

4 October 2014

[Jimbaux can breathe again.] The Start Of The Holy Season Today, Saturday 04 October 2014, had (you know that I’m not really writing this “today”) such a great sense of relief for so many reasons, but it had me rationalizing some possibly-not-good decisions away. Relief We awoke this morning to cool weather, and it felt [...]

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Très Bien Ensemble

29 September 2014

{Jimbaux needs to make you see . . . ] Hello.  How are you doing?  Wasn’t this weekend gloriously photographic? especially yesterday?  I think so. Tres Coming off of a much more photographically climactic weekend, I did manage to get a few not-so-inspiring pictures this afternoon.  Let’s see them. A Different Same View We start [...]

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Weekend Whoadification Too

28 September 2014

[Jimbaux knows that Mom's going to flush it all away.] Glory Be Today, Sunday 28 September 2014, was a glorious and memorable day in New Orleans, a place that continues to stir within me various emotions, many in perpetual states of conflict with each other, as it did to me this weekend.  These pictures are, [...]

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Weekend Whoadification Won

27 September 2014

[Jimbaux knew that they could never tear us apart.] Or can they? whoever “they” are? Some New Orleans Non-Frontin’ Frontin’ This is the first day of a special weekend.  In positive ways, it was something of a taste of the past and simultaneously a likely taste of the future; this weekend is a mountain in [...]

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One Or The Other

24 September 2014

[Jimbaux somehow gets by.] It was either the 393 or the 345; I don’t know which train it was, but it was one or the other.  I caught it coming across the river on the Huey P. Long Bridge late in the afternoon today, Wednesday 24 September 2014. Absent from this train today are the [...]

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Steamy Yellow Dusk

15 September 2014

[Jimbaux says, "Don't ask me; I don't know."] What, no non-railroad-related and non-photography-related comments on the previous article, with the new views and all of the “views” discussed after the views? Railroad Pictures Damn, It’s Hot Fall showed no sign of approaching today, as the heat and, especially, the humidity were quite oppressive.  Before I [...]

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Foamin’, Frontin’, and Frustrated On Tuesday

9 September 2014

[Jimbaux is feeling miles away.] New Views From the NS Back Belt I just love, love, love that song! Feeling Like A Candle Burning At Both Ends In response to some goofy middle-of-the-night text message about whoadies that I had sent out to a few whoadie-friends over the weekend, Captain Sal replied that “he who [...]

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Static Miscellany

3 September 2014

[Jimbaux knows that today is not the past and that he doesn't need to relive it.] Not That Much This brief article of pictures that I took today – Wednesday 3 September 2014 – will likely not be pleasing to those of you who come here for good photography, but it might be okay for [...]

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Repeat Rebirth

27 August 2014

[Jimbaux knows that all these places have their moments, with lovers and friends he still can recall.] Sobrevivo Todavía Estoy Aquí Hello.  I am alive and mostly okay.  Today, Wednesday 27 August 2014, I got my first pictures since before the surgery that I had two weeks ago, the second such surgery this year.  Thanks [...]

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Pre-Op

8 August 2014

[Jimbaux is on that painkiller, painkiller, painkiller.] Yes, I’m Alive, But Not Necessarily Well Friday Frontin’ Hi.  This is the first post of new pictures on the blog since early May.  I hope that you enjoyed the 2004 Mexico series; I put plenty of effort into it, and I’m glad that it is all done!  [...]

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Back In The USA, Southern Texas – 18 July 2004

18 July 2014

[Jimbaux just needed . . . to realign.] Repatriated Hello.  After an intensely memorable last day in Mexico in which I left Monterrey, drove on a two-lane state highway to the border, got pictures of trains, and crossed into the USA well after dark, a new day dawned, and it was time to trek across [...]

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Leaving Mexico, Ending a Life-Changing Experience – 17 July 2004

17 July 2014

Goodbye, Monterrey It was time to go home.  A life-changing, mind-stretching, formative experience was now coming to an end.  It was an emotional day, as I would leave one world and re-enter another world, forever changed by my experience of being away from it. Saturday 17 July 2004 started just as the previous day ended: [...]

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Last Full Day In Monterrey – 16 July 2004

16 July 2014

[Jimbaux did not want to waste time like it was free.] The pictures here were taken on Friday 16 July 2004.  Perhaps more important than the pictures, though, is the story after the pictures, the story of my last night in Monterrey, spent with some of the railroad enthusiast friends that I made in the [...]

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Cañón Huasteca – 15 July 2004

15 July 2014

[Jimbaux is alive, for you, awake.] On Thursday 15 July 2004, one day after the Ray of Beast and I visited El Obispado and I photographed some interesting TFM action at Salinas-Victoria, my Mexican-Canadian friend Joel and I visited what is perhaps the most spectacular natural wonder in the Monterrey area. These pictures are shown [...]

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El Obispado Y El TFM – 14 July 2004

14 July 2014

[Jimbaux knows that the spiral never ends.] The afternoon of Wednesday 14 July 2004 was a very photographically productive and personally memorable one.  A paisano and I went to visit a major historical site of international importance in Monterrey, and then I got some of my better train pictures from that summer.  So, this relatively [...]

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TFM Action and Getting Reported For Being Suspicious – 8 July 2004

8 July 2014

This is the story of my afternoon adventure photographing TFM trains (Transportación Ferroviaria Mexicana was a Mexican railroad created in the mid-1990s when the Mexican railroad system was privatized, it was 49%-owned by the Kansas City Southern Railway, and it became the KCSdeMexico in 2005 when KCS acquired it in full) north of Monterrey and [...]

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A Vist to Señor Oscar’s Business – 7 July 2004

7 July 2014

Señor Oscar invited me to his shop to take some pictures on Wednesday 07 July 2004.  I was delighted to get a first-hand look at a Mexican small business and to see what my host family did for a livelihood. He operates a custom glass and window shop, but according to him and his son [...]

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Acción de TFM – 5 July 2004

5 July 2014

[Jimbaux  is craving everything that he thought was alive.] Determined, after an emotional weekend of telling my roommate goodbye and giving a railroad slide show to local railroad enthusiasts and of introspection partially prompted by passing an American holiday outside of the country, to get some railroad action pictures in the limited time that I [...]

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Cuatro de Julio en México – 4 July 2004

4 July 2014

[Jimbaux just needed . . . to realign.] Experiencing an American holiday in another country was weird – in a good way.  On the previous day, I said goodbye to my roommate Michael and then went and gave a railroad slide show a to a group of local railroad enthusiasts.  A question posed to me [...]

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My Roommate and El Club – 3 July 2004

3 July 2014

[Jimbaux listens to the rain falling day by day by day.] Apparently, I took no pictures at all in the two week period between the second day of the Zacatecas trip on Saturday 19 June 2004 and the day that I had to say goodbye to my great roommate on Saturday 3 July 2004, the [...]

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Zacatecas, Día Dos – 19 June 2004

19 June 2014

[Jimbaux knows that we rot away, live again, here forever, the spiral never ends.] Previously, on Jimbaux’s Journal, we arrived in the Mexican city of Zacatecas on Friday 18 June 2004 and took many pictures.  It was the farthest place south I had ever been until the next day when we went a few dozen [...]

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Zacatecas, Día Uno – 18 June 2004

18 June 2014

[Jimbaux is alive, for you, awake.] Two weeks after arriving at ITESM, a weekend trip to the historic mining and mountain city of Zacatecas, organized by the university’s international student program, approached.  You have seen so far that we had done some day trips or afternoon trips, like a visit to Parque Chipinque, a visit [...]

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La Casa Y La Calle – 14 June 2004

14 June 2014

The date in this case is not really all that important, but on Monday 14 June 2004 – or lunes 14 junio 2004 – I photographed a couple of scenes on the street where I lived in Monterrey. You can see a foreshortened view of Cerro de la Silla.  That is my truck parked at [...]

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García Y el TFM – 12 June 2004

12 June 2014

[Jimbaux drags you through his wasted life; are you forever dead?] On Saturday 12 June 2004, I made two trips out to the mountainous and desert area west of Monterrey, the first with a group and the latter on my own, during which I got my first real train action pictures in Mexico. The Roommate [...]

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Gran Plaza – 10 June 2004

10 June 2014

[Jimbaux is searching for nothing, wondering if he'll change.] After class one day, the day after some of us went to MARCO, I took Dan and Matt to the Gran Plaza, also known as the Macroplaza, the middle old part of Monterrey.  Here they are, respectively. That tall thin thing at right is the Faro [...]

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MARCO – 9 June 2004

9 June 2014

[Jimbaux was finding a way to be.] After class on Wednesday 9 June 2004, or miercoles 9 junio 2004, some of us took an ITESM-organized trip from campus to MARCO – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo – downtown.  Modern art is by its nature usually is unintelligible to many of those who attempt to imbibe it, [...]

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Una Visita Al Parque Chipinque – 05 June 2004

5 June 2014

[Jimbaux sees all these faces, changing their shape . . . ] Ayer Before I get to the pictures from 05 June 2004, I have one to show from the previous day.  This image did not warrant its own post, but it is of the first train that I photographed in Mexico. The light wasn’t [...]

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Señora Gloria’s Graduation – 03 June 2004

3 June 2014

[Jimbaux enjoyed a prelude of good regiomontano things.] Meet my host family!  On only my third night in Monterrey, while beginning my brief studies as a student at ITESM, I attended the graduation ceremony – at the same academic institution where I was studying – of my host mother Señora Gloria.  Like many even middle-class [...]

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Goodbye, USA – Bievenidos A México – 01 June 2004

1 June 2014

[Jimbaux just needed . . . to realign.] I awoke the morning of 1 June 2004 in Laredo prepared to enter Mexico for two months, rested after a long day of driving from Bayou Lafourche from shortly after midnight and ending with some pictures of trains on the international bridge over the Rio Grande (or [...]

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Laredo, A Gateway In Many Ways – 31 May 2004

31 May 2014

[Jimbaux was running blind on 31 May 2004.] Here it is!  This is the first post of the two-month-long series of pictures from my 2004 experience at and going to and from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and all of the ancillary things I did while in the Monterrey area.  I had [...]

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Old And Now – A Tapestry Spanning a Decade and Two Mediums

28 May 2014

[All Jimbaux wants is to feel this way, to be this close, to feel the same.] Et Cetera And It Won’t Matter Now Hello.  How are you doing?  We’re going to do something very different this time.  I will show some more scanned slides from 2001-2003 interspersed with cellular telephone pictures from late 2013 and [...]

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Foamy Finals Friday

9 May 2014

[Jimbaux must have been . . . high . . . he must have been . . . so . . high.] Getting High Is Not Necessarily Reckless Hello.  How are you doing?  Here are some pictures that I took today at different times during the course of the day in New Orleans, probably my [...]

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‘Wegoadie Gone – Alimia Day

30 April 2014

[Jimbaux experienced the glorious send-off of a whoadie gone, and he is sharing the pictures with you here.] Gratitude This is an illustrated story about life, death, service, reconciliation, friendship, community, and hope; these are the pictures that I took of the day that Philip Vincent Alimia, a public servant and the father of my [...]

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A Hammerhead And Metalheads

21 April 2014

[Jimbaux is reminded that overthinking, overanalyzing separates the body from the mind.] Yin And Yang Today – Monday 21 April 2014 – was a mixed day in many ways.  Both despite and because of a good Easter weekend and the changing of seasons, I was agitated and cranky today, not running on full cylinders both [...]

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New Orleans Introduces To The World – 17 April 2004

17 April 2014

[Jimbaux liked those big-city - or Mid-City - nights.] Accompanying one picture, this is a story about, among many other things, jealousy, desire, life goals, Mexico, New Orleans, personal growth, Hurricane Katrina, money, learning, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, experiencing life, railroads, and existentialism.  The vagueness of the title of this post is mostly a reflection of [...]

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The Way That It Is Today – NS Back Belt and NOPB Action

14 April 2014

[Jimbaux wants you to say you will, say you won't, make up your mind tonight.] A Difference of A Decade Is A Difference of Place, Habit, Priority, Identity, and Perspective This morning, 10 years to the day after I shot a pair of westbound trains at Thibodaux Junction back home in bayouland and five years [...]

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Two Westbounds at Thibodaux Junction, One With a Cascade Green Leader – 14 April 2004

14 April 2014

[Jimbaux knows - and wants you to know - that there is more to the picture than meets the eye. ] My, My Hello.  Here are some pictures – more scanned 35mm slide film – of a couple of westbound trains at Thibodaux Junction, a location that you have seen here before and that was [...]

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NS GoRail Locomotive and Detouring CN Trains

9 April 2014

[Jimbaux is back in the saddle again.] A Day To Be Remembered Wow, what a day today!  This will be day long remembered.  (The Mid-City Marine would probably tell me that it is not wise to say “this will be a day long remembered” for the same reason that it is not wise to say [...]

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Stacks, Arches, and Cypress – 4 April 2009

4 April 2014

These pictures were taken on Saturday 4 April 2009, the day that I helped Saint Jude buy his bicycle. We see a Union Pacific Railroad intermodal train descending the eastern approach to the Huey P. Long Bridge. That McDonald’s had recently been built where a Shoney’s restaurant once was, and I knew one of the [...]

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Thibodaux Junction Meets – 3 April 2004

3 April 2014

These pictures – more scanned 35mm color slides – are not among my best, but they show the westward view from the no-longer-publicly-accessible Thibodaux Junction location that I have recently shown. On the morning of Saturday 03 April 2004, I got to the track in Schriever (mp 55, Lafayette Subdivision) at around 07:30 and saw [...]

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Lone-Car Train on the Lockport Branch – 31 March 2004

31 March 2014

[Every mother's son had better hear what Jimbaux said.] There Is No Place Like Home Yes, friends, we are back home on the Lockport Branch, the no-longer-active 14-mile (the first mile in Raceland is still in use) former Southern Pacific Railway branch down the eastern bank of Bayou Lafourche, and we are looking at scanned [...]

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Bernadotte Line and Engineer Black – 29 March 2009

29 March 2014

[Jimbaux loves those Mid-City, Mid-City nights.] Usually, the NS Bernadotte Line – an urban railroad branchline in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans – is served sometime between midnight and dawn (and usually on Mondays.)  On the evening of Sunday 29 March 2009, the line was served a few hours before midnight, and I took [...]

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New Orleans Trains – 28 March 2009

28 March 2014

[There are many things that Jimbaux would like to say to you, but he doesn't know how . . . ] Here are some pictures of trains taken in New Orleans (or nearby Metairie) on Saturday 28 March 2009.  They are generally my typical fare, not too great but not terrible either (well, they wouldn’t [...]

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Waggaman and Raceland, Foaming Home – 22 March 2009

22 March 2014

[There Jimbaux goes, on the road again.] All Along The Lonesome Highway . . . The Mathews Foamer’s father died in a car accident in late March 2009.  On the afternoon of Sunday 22 March 2009, one day after I photographed Union Pacific train QLISNL at Elysian Fields Avenue, I left New Orleans to spend [...]

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