A journal following the history, design, construction and operation of Bernard Kempinski's O Scale model railroad depicting the U. S. Military Railroad (USMRR) Aquia-Falmouth line in 1863, and other model railroad projects.
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April 10, 2020

Hamlet and Analysis-Paralysis

To bridge, or not to bridge, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to simply
Model a scene of pastoral beauty,
Or to create a massive canyon
And by opposing bridge it. To chop—to bang,
No more; and by a banging say we end
The debate and the thousand second guesses
That devils us: 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To chop—to bang;
To build, perchance to dream—ay, there's the rub:
For in that blank sheet what dreams may come,
When we have driven the last spike,
Must give us pause—there's the respect
That makes deciding so hard.
For who would bear the wise guy quips and scorns of time,
Th'doubter's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of opportunity lost,
The creeping doubt, and the worry
That something better could have been,
When he himself decided 
With an open heart? Who would stringers and beams bear,
To grunt and sweat over a steamy swamp,
But that the dread of something after deciding,
The undiscovere'd country, from whence 
Something else could be built, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ideas we dream
Than stay with that we have decided?
Thus indecision does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action.

Dedicated to all of us with analysis paralysis.

With apologies to the great bard, if you haven't figure it out, this morning has me pondering what to do with the scene before Falmouth. Do I go for a simple pastoral scene or the mega bridge?  Decisions- decisions.  No need to decide right away, but it was fun to bend Hamlet to my task.