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Messages - Al Michelis

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Museum Discussion / Re: Outside the box idea for revenue
« on: July 10, 2020, 08:19:39 AM »
Both the YouTube and caboose ideas are workable, definitely worth considering, but would require a great deal of dedication.  A YouTube channel can be monetized and provide income.  However, it would be a huge effort as videos would need to be produced regularly.  Adele and I follow several people who make a significant portion of their income doing this.

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: July 03, 2020, 10:01:05 AM »

For us, that means that we have to strictly require and enforce our visitor restrictions as already outlined.  I would urge that masks be mandatory as well.

Do we have a plan if a visitor refuses to comply?  How do we enforce it?


Good question Bob.  Goveror Mills will probably sign her executive order mandating enforcement in the coastal counties, if not today early next week.  Do we make masks available to those who will give in and comply?  Or do we just politely tell them to leave.  Who is going to do this?

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: June 01, 2020, 11:51:58 AM »
I received my masks today - really like them.  I will not soil it by working at the RR while wearing it.  I have others that I don't care about.  See you all soon.

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: May 29, 2020, 04:16:04 PM »
I just ordered mine.  Perfect, as the ones I use now don't fit right (or is that left?) uh, correctly.

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: May 14, 2020, 10:59:54 AM »
If you are sick, stay home. If you have been around someone who has been sick, stay home. If you have or are around someone with a compromised immune system, stay home. Simple.

Damn it, I was looking forward to getting away from here other than to a store.

Does the gathering of 10 people include the entire campus or just groups on the campus?

Museum Discussion / Re: Museum Supporter is also in need
« on: May 06, 2020, 06:43:32 PM »
I was very happy to donate to this worthy cause.  When my wife and I visited Maine in 2002 this was where we stayed.  Yes, I know it was under a previous owner, but it was still very nice, clean, and comfortable.  We had planned to continue on to Acadia and stay there, but this place and the surrounding area charmed us, so we made this our base.  I knew then that this was the area where I wanted to retire.  This business is important to Wiscasset and the surrounding area.  Its loss would be a tragedy and in the coming business climate, it would probably stand empty for a few years.  Even if you don't stay here, a donation would be a great help.

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: April 30, 2020, 09:50:14 AM »
Just in case you missed it, face coverings, a.k.a. masks are required in public starting May 1.

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 19, 2020, 06:39:20 PM »
Mike, thanks for confirming what most of us locals already knew.  I think Wayne has said it quite succinctly.  An open area will make for better exhibit space.  I can envision a changing exhibit, perhaps 2 or 3 times a season.  Much like what Maine State Museum (MSM) does.  If interested, I can ask my friend at the MSM if she would be willing to consult with WW&F and MNG on doing special exhibits.  Perhaps this could serve as an additional attractor.

Museum Discussion / Re: Stay-At-Home Isolation "Fun" Raising
« on: April 09, 2020, 07:13:58 AM »
Some of us might consider donating the individual stimulus package payments (if and when they ever arise) to the museum.  At this point, I plan to do that.
That is what I have been planning to do.  Direct deposits should start next week.  What is the best way to do this as I don't use or have paper checks?

Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: April 01, 2020, 11:52:26 AM »

On the other hand, with so many people furloughed or laid off during the current COVIS-19 pandemic, many folks may be unable to afford vacation days or time off from work, assuming they actually have work to get back to. We have a lot to think about, and fortunately we have a lot of time to think about it.

I think Wayne is correct.  I suspect that most of the working-age folks will not be able to participate in any workweek/weekend.  SSW is usually used for ballasting.  Perhaps we could do a little each weekend once we are open again.  A couple of flat cars each day wouldn't tax us older folks too much.

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: April 01, 2020, 11:29:26 AM »
Damn, I needed to get out.  Who are all of these out of state cars wandering around?

Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: March 16, 2020, 05:31:10 PM »
The CDC is now recommending groups of no more than 10 people.

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: March 16, 2020, 11:37:50 AM »
Forgot to mention - at the board meeting, we did discuss 1918 Spanish Influenza Corona virus related issues (sorry, got caught up in the wrong century), and we have canceled Easter Eggspress.  Other events, such as Spring Work Weekend, will be dependent on what the situation is at the [time of the] April [WW&F BOD] meeting.

[Mod note: Clarified what "April meeting" referred to.]

Absolutely. I agree  ;D.
Now, what are F4s?  ::)

"Fabulous Fred" and his chief minion "Fussy Fox"

General Discussion / Re: Ship's Chow Hall is now The Hot Spot Diner
« on: February 24, 2020, 09:06:30 AM »
I am really happy that Lenny is still there.  Does anyone know if Tina and Lenny still own Ships in Dresden?  I saw Lenny's car there last summer and it looked like he was removing the last of their stuff.  I miss that diner being open.

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