Spencerport Trolley Station

Mom and I went to see the outside of the Spencerport Trolley Station – the trolley station that was turned into a home, and recently moved by Matthews House Movers to a site in Spencerport along the Erie Canal, and turned back into a Trolley Station. The really cool thing about this, other than an historic building being restored, is it was all done by volunteers, and with grants. Here’s the side you see as you walk along the Erie Canal towpath:
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And here’s the other side as viewed from the parking lot: 15Oct2006 035

The bottom floor was added so the building could sit into the bank along the canal. And here’s the only original window left – the ticket window: 15Oct2006 036

The “eyebrow” window above the ticket window is brand new. I don’t know the function of an eyebrow window, except to let in more light, do you?

This building is going to be used as part of the Ogden Farmer’s Library. along with a bathroom and shower stop for canal travellers. This part of the Ogden llibrary will be an old-fashioned library, i.e. a library where you have to have a paper library card to show kids what it used to be like to check out a book.  It will still have wireless computers, though. This building is still being worked on as evidenced by the wood and other equipment outside. But I think they’re doing a beautiful job!

Men Working – Uh Huh

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This sign bothers me on so many levels. First, whenever I see this sign, I know I’m going to held up in traffic for an undefinable amount of time, trying my patience way beyond the limits (I don’t have much patience for time wasting things). So yesterday, I’m driving to the gym, dodging the truck drivers when *boom* – the *dreaded* MEN WORKING sign, and three lanes have to merge into one, and traffic is at a complete stand still. People, I just want to go to the gym and move, not sit still in my vehicle and waste my life looking at the ass end of your vehicles. Okay, so my patience was tried, I did the merge thing, let people in (except the ones that race up from way behind) and what do I find? Oh, I feel my blood pressure rising here. The man who was “working” was picking up the cones because they were done with whatever it is they were “constructing.”

Every time I go out, I run into “construction.” One day, three lanes merged into one, and they were spraying water on the underside of a bridge. What! I wasted time I’ll never get back in my life so they could wash a freakin’ bridge? I’m thinking this is make work, but I *could* be wrong.

Okay, my next point – sometimes (seems like most times) when I go through these construction sites – the men are *not* working, but standing around talking (and I can bet it isn’t about work, yeah, I’ve worked around enough men to know when they are talking it usually isn’t about work), or sitting on their machines smoking. Yes, these “hard” working men need their breaks, but they can’t be on break every time I drive through.

And my last – very important – point. Why “MEN?” Every once in a while I see a woman working – usually as a flag person. Okay, so why aren’t there more women working construction? And why, when I do see a woman is she the flag person – albiet a *very* important job, but why can’t she run the equipment? Is it because women don’t want to construct? I filled out a job app to do the landscaping along the highway – I figure I could do a much better job at picking out the plant material than the “experts” have done (the plants are usually freakin’ dead a year after they are planted), but they said I don’t have the “right” education. Alrighty then. Their loss. Maybe it’s because I wouldn’t fit their “Men Working” sign by being a “woman who works her ass off at whatever it is she is doing and doesn’t need a freakin’ break every five minutes.”

P.S. Thanks for letting me rant.