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Six Years Ago…

April 23rd, 2012 Sears Homes 1 comment

It’s been almost six years since I met Wayne Ringer at the coffee shop in downtown Portsmouth (Virginia) for our first date.

Six delightful years.

At that first date, he handed me his business card, which affirmed that (just as he’d told me on that first phone call), he really was an attorney.

An impressive man with an impressive title and an impressive career.

I could hardly believe that anyone as wonderful as Wayne Ringer thought that I was the Cat’s Meow and the Bee’s Knees.

But he did.

We were engaged three months after that first date, and married four months after our engagement.

Then, and now, two thoughts have remained with me. First, I thank God for the gift of this man’s love. And secondly, I’ve often thought about that wonderful line from the movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

Unthinkably good things can happen, even late in the game. It’s such a surprise.


Wayne Ringer at his desk in Norfolk.

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Portsmouth’s Got a Brand-New Train

August 26th, 2010 Sears Homes No comments

Recently, Norfolk and Western’s #1134 settled into its new home in downtown Portsmouth. According to the The Lost Engines of Roanoke website, the old steam locomotive was rescued from the Virginia Scrap Iron and Metal Yard in Roanoke, Virginia where it had been dying a slow-death by rust for the last 60 years. The website also states that #1134 and her siblings (#917, 1118 and 1151) landed there in in the 1950s, having been relegated to the scrap heap when newer, more modern steam engines were ordered by the railroads.

The Virginian Pilot reports that on Tuesday (May 18, 2010), the 250,000-pound locomotive was back on the tracks again at its new home in Portsmouth. Unfortunately, this shining black beauty is not ready to be run out of town on a rail. She’s had a “cosmetic restoration,” meaning that she’ll never ride the rails again under her own steam.

Nonetheless, it’s wonderful that a handful of visionaries in Portsmouth have worked so tirelessly to preserve a piece of our country’s past. And Norfolk and Western’s #1134 is the capstone in the privately-funded Railroad Museum of Virginia. According to the article in the Pilot, contributions are welcome and can be made to:

The Railroad Museum of Virginia, Inc.
c/o Willard J. Moody Sr. Esq.
500 Crawford St. Suite 300
Portsmouth, VA 23704

The beautiful and cosmetically restored #1134 sits on the rails in downtown Portsmouth

The beautiful and cosmetically restored #1134 sits on the rails in downtown Portsmouth

Another view of N&W 1134

Another view of N&W 1134

close up of the wheels

close up of the wheels