...which turned out to be an N-scale wheelset.
A little more looking and I found the truck it went to; and Mrs. Fungus called my attention to a black square of plastic on the family room floor: a simulated coal load.
Made an exhaustive search of the floors, nooks, and crannies, and turned up the caboose, less its cupola...which I found a few feet away. But no sign of the other car.
So here's what I have of the C&EI hopper car: one truck, and the load. Nothing else.
I can't even be mad about it. It's my fault I left that stuff where kittens could get at it, instead of putting it away.
But I can't find that hopper car. I'm pretty sure they didn't eat it, but where did it go?
Well, it'll turn up, eventually, I guess.
* * *
No, I'm not getting the fscking flu shot. This year's flu shot is 10% effective against a strain that's not going around this year.
Why do it?
* * *
Tuedsay was a day, let me tell you. The first hour and a half felt like three. I was busy the entire time, but then I looked at the clock and saw that it was only 11:30. WTF.
Plus side: a long, slow day at that place beats a short, quick day at the last job.
* * *
I really do wonder where that hopper car got off to. In any case, looks like I'm putting that train set away tonight.
(I did look under the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher, with a flashlight. Not there.)