It’s not as cool as the Ketchup Train, which presumably would go somewhere near the Heinz headquarters in Pittsburgh…but one of the big benefits of being essentially forced into hibernation by cruddy winter weather is that it gives the procrastinating legal ID collector the opportunity to hunker down and attack the backlog.
Throw in the added extra bonus of having the mother-in-law in town to distract the kiddies, and it’s meant lots of time to whittle down the stacks of tapes. As I sit down to write this near the end of January, I’m down to just 20 tapes full of IDs to pull, none older than August 2010 – and better yet, the much larger stack of unscoped airchecks out of which to withdraw legal IDs is down to just 50 or so. With some degree of luck, lots of persistence and (sigh) more bad weather, I might actually get both piles down to zero within the next month.
All of which means there’s now lots of material edited down and stacked up on the ol’ E: drive ready to find its way to Toppy in the months to come. And that’s a very a good thing, since we’re getting geared up for more travel soon. Central Florida is first on the agenda in February, followed by Ireland (no legal IDs there, alas) in late March and then the annual NAB western trip in April, which looks set to take us across northern Arizona and into New Mexico for some new Toppy territory.
(And hey, I managed to work both Wisconsin and western Pennsylvania into this posting…now whatever could those two areas have in common – or rather, in competition – in 10 days or so?)