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Old 04-30-2017, 02:26 PM   #31
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LOL...yes, you're probably right...and cursing us to no end!
They'll get over it.
If not, we won't be around to care anyway, will we?
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Old 04-30-2017, 03:07 PM   #32
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They'll get over it.
If not, we won't be around to care anyway, will we?
Nope...and they'll be getting treatment for the carpal tunnel syndrome from pressing all those video game buttons....
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Old 05-01-2017, 08:57 AM   #33
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I have an even darker view on all of this....I'm 55 and have been involved with HO and N scale since I was a child, it's a part of my life....my kids could care less, as many times as I tried to get them involved in any of my hobbies, they gravitate to the electronic games. They do nothing mechanical. I'm thinking that in the next 40 to 50 years, anything we own now will be worthless junk. Our heirs won't have a clue what to do with it, no market for anything on eBay. it will be forgotten junk. All the time we spent soldering decoders and the hours upon hours making scenery and doing maintenance on the layout will have been for ourselves, not anyone else. it's sad but I think it applies to a lot of people in my generation, when we're gone, our stuff will be gone too. I guess James Taylor was right...."The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time..."
40 to 50 years is a lifetime. People change as they get older. I don't see the world as I did in my teens and twenties.

A friend was listening to 70's music and his kids who listens to that hip hop crap said, "Wow Dad your music was cool." Now they listen to it too.
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:22 AM   #34
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40 to 50 years is a lifetime. People change as they get older. I don't see the world as I did in my teens and twenties.

A friend was listening to 70's music and his kids who listens to that hip hop crap said, "Wow Dad your music was cool." Now they listen to it too.
Yes! That's seems to be the one thing that transcends the generations...when I was a kid NO ONE listened to Benny Goodman or Frank Sinatra like our parent did...today, my kids listen to Led Zeppelin, the Stones, etc...heck, my 23 yer old son has a picture of Frank Zappa on his wall! But, sadly...all this interest in rock in the youth of today also has its roots in video games...my kids were introduced to it by Guitar Hero...it was HUGE...
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Yes! That's seems to be the one thing that transcends the generations...when I was a kid NO ONE listened to Benny Goodman or Frank Sinatra like our parent did...today, my kids listen to Led Zeppelin, the Stones, etc...heck, my 23 yer old son has a picture of Frank Zappa on his wall! But, sadly...all this interest in rock in the youth of today also has its roots in video games...my kids were introduced to it by Guitar Hero...it was HUGE...
I grew up listening to big bands until I was twelve and then I started listening to the music my friends were.
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:16 PM   #36
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I grew up listening to big bands until I was twelve and then I started listening to the music my friends were.
Oh GAWD....NEVER! Appreciate it now but if you listened to that stuff where I lived...you got a butt kicking.
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Old 05-01-2017, 02:09 PM   #37
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I have an even darker view on all of this....I'm 55 and have been involved with HO and N scale since I was a child, it's a part of my life....my kids could care less, as many times as I tried to get them involved in any of my hobbies, they gravitate to the electronic games. They do nothing mechanical. I'm thinking that in the next 40 to 50 years, anything we own now will be worthless junk. Our heirs won't have a clue what to do with it, no market for anything on eBay. it will be forgotten junk. All the time we spent soldering decoders and the hours upon hours making scenery and doing maintenance on the layout will have been for ourselves, not anyone else. it's sad but I think it applies to a lot of people in my generation, when we're gone, our stuff will be gone too. I guess James Taylor was right...."The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time..."
Darker?

I don't do this to provide a legacy to my kids. I do it because I enjoy it. The hours soldering decoders and making scenery were invested because it's what I wanted to do to make my model railroad something I would enjoy.

When I'm gone, if the kids want to shove everything into a box and sell it, that's fine with me (I'll be past caring).

Likewise, I'm a little less worked up about the demise of the LHS than many. Commerce is constantly evolving, and I don't see the new wave of the future as any less satisfying than the old way. So long as I can get what I need, at a reasonable price, I'm happy. The Internet has given me access to items I would never have found otherwise, and often at better prices.
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Old 05-02-2017, 08:35 AM   #38
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Oh GAWD....NEVER! Appreciate it now but if you listened to that stuff where I lived...you got a butt kicking.
My mother and father wanted me exposed to all kinds of music. They also bought me 45's of The Beatles, Donavon, The Four Seasons, Petula Clark and the Temptations. Everything from big bands to rock to R&B. Plus I started playing bass in 1970 and listened to anything that had a great bass line.
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:25 PM   #39
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Dear Valued Moose Caboose Customer,
April marks 15 years in business for The Moose Caboose. After all these wonderful years, it is with great sadness that we've decided to close our retail store. I am retiring from the retail business to devote time and effort to other ventures. This has been a very hard decision for The Moose Caboose family.
We will be closing the store by the end of June. More information about our closing will be coming soon.
As of May 1st, all sales will be final. We are still happy to order in-stock items at our usual generous discounts from our vendors until the end of May. If you placed anything on back order with us - please contact us so we can give you alternative options as to how you will be receiving these orders. If you are holding on to any unexpired gift certificates, we urge you to use them soon.
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Old 05-23-2017, 12:49 AM   #40
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I have an even darker view on all of this....I'm 55 and have been involved with HO and N scale since I was a child, it's a part of my life....my kids could care less, as many times as I tried to get them involved in any of my hobbies, they gravitate to the electronic games. They do nothing mechanical. I'm thinking that in the next 40 to 50 years, anything we own now will be worthless junk. Our heirs won't have a clue what to do with it, no market for anything on eBay. it will be forgotten junk.............
I dunno...it might just be your kids

I see hundreds of kids at train shows that excited to be around model trains. My grandkids go nuts when they catch sight of them.

I agree it's a changing world - it always has been. But I'd bet the house that ebay will be doing just fine helping model railroaders buy and sell our stuff in the next 40 to 50 years
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