Stuttering kitten

July 27, 2014

A friend sent a joke that got us laughing so we’ll
share it with you.


A teacher is explaining biology to her 3rd grade
students. She says, “Human beings are the only
animals that stutter.”

A little girl raises her hand. saying, “I had a
kitty-cat who stuttered.”

The teacher, knowing how precious some of these
stories could become, asked the girl to describe
the incident.

“Well,” she began, “I was in the back yard with
my kitty and the Rottweiler that lives next door
got a running start and before we knew it, he
jumped over the fence into our yard!”

The teacher exclaimed, “That must’ve been scary,”

The little girl said, “It sure was. My kitty
raised her back, went ‘Sssss, Sssss, Sssss’ and
before she could say ‘Shit,’ the Rottweiler ate

The teacher had to leave the room.

Comments are always welcome.

Getting away

July 26, 2014

As mentioned we were offline for over 24 hours,
but have returned from our self-imposed exile. If
you live in our little corner of Iowa you know this
is the time of year for the Bix seven mile run.

In 40 years we haven’t run once, but we have
watched a few on TV. While this race is going on
we are almost hostages in our home and decided
this year we’d cruise the northbound highway to
find somewhere to get our sanity back.

We couldn’t go too far north or we’d once again
bump into entrants in the RAGBRAI, which is a
bicycle race across Iowa. So we settled on a stop
in Dubuque, Iowa for some stress free hours in our
normally hectic days.

We left the cell phones off and I never used the
Motel WiFi on my tablet. The wife got her steak
and shrimp, I got my mushroom swiss burger, and we
made it back relaxed and sane.

So here are a few interesting things we’ve found
online since our return. Ever heard of the Tarus
2M? The Russian military call it a motorcycle.

We have to admit that after watching the following
video we can now say we’ve seen Kubota tractor
race a Mitusbishi pickup at a drag strip.

If you haven’t watched a “Shockwave” jet race how
can you call yourself a car nut? There’s just
something about a jet powered, 60,000 horsepower
semi tractor racing at night.

Comments are always welcome.

Amazing company

July 25, 2014

We are not going to have internet access after we
post this until tomorrow afternoon so we decided
to share something to ponder.

Have you ever wondered where the tallest flagpole
in North America is? Or how tall it is, or how big
the flag is? If you have and haven’t found the
answers yet, please watch this video.

And now you know.
Comments are always welcome.

The circus continues

July 24, 2014


After reading an article in our local paper we
feel compelled to address a few of the issues that
were mentioned.

It would seem that Alderman Boom believes the
owner of the owner of the team that calls our local
stadium home is out to take over LeClaire park. We
honestly don’t see how that merits print space.

Alderman Boom stated in the article that the team
owner wanted to expand the children’s play area
into LeClaire park, had put a set of stairs on the
park side of the ferris wheel, and was turning
the riverfront in to a carnival.

Our Mayor may believe that Alderman was at the
meeting as he continually referred to Alderman Edmond
as Alderman Boom, even after being corrected by
Alderman Edmond. But we did not see Alderman Boom
in attendance.

At said meeting Dave Heller was adamant that no
stairs, entrance, exit, or egress be built on the
park side of the ferris wheel. He wanted to allow
access only through the stadium.

Had Alderman Boom attended the meeting he would
have known Mr. Heller also talked of installing a
midway between left field and the ferris wheel
complete with games of chance.

To us, a 110 foot tall ferris wheel with thousands
of colored LED lights seemed like a carnival at
the time. And unless we are mistaken, isn’t the
children’s play area on the right field side
of the stadium?

That would mean if anything was added there it
would cut into the sidewalk on the Centennial Park
side. The ferris wheel is up and running so why
beat a dead horse?
Comments are always welcome.

Our world

July 23, 2014

Do you believe you look at things differently than
others, or march to beat of a different drummer?
Think you could recognize things we see every day
if looked at from a different angle?

Well, take a deep breath, count to 10, forget the
stresses, and take a look at this.

A friend sent the video in an email that stated it
would be the most interesting thing I see today. He
was right. We knew about the eyelash mites and a
few of the others but the video held our attention
right to the end.

So if you haven’t seen this video please take a
little over seven minutes and you will be amazed.
Although we had never seen one before, we thought
the egg of a butterfly was spectacular. There is
more to see but we won’t spoil it.

We hope you enjoyed this different look at the
world in which we live.
Comments are always welcome.

A neat idea

July 23, 2014

While cruising the information highway we came
across something that had us saying “duh”. It is
a product that would make things easier for some
wheelchair bound people to get around.

To quote their website, “The Firefly is an electric
handcycle that snaps on to your wheelchair.
Go twice as fast and far as a power

And this video sure makes it look easy. Around a
bunch of old car people I can envision drag races.

These handcycles start at $1,190, weigh 25 pounds,
can go 12 mph, and have a 15 mile range before a
recharge is needed. The device can be recharged in
four hours, have a powder coated aircraft alloy
steel frame, and will support 280 pounds.

This caused us to wonder why we haven’t seen any
around. It is made by an American company that is
headquartered in San Francisco, they offer a no
risk guarantee, and a decent battery warrantee.

We certainly don’t know, but would guess that an
electric powered wheelchair would cost a lot more.
Here is another video from the many on the website
about the Firefly.

Sounds to us like somebody made lemonade when life
handed them lemons. What a neat idea.
Comments are always welcome.

Wandering mind

July 22, 2014

Sometimes the squeaky wheel does get the grease
and there is a happy ending. We mentioned earlier
the silly law the Burlington city council wanted to
pass so children couldn’t play with toy guns in


The Iowa Gun Owners (IGO) put out a call for help
and so many people called the phone lines were
jammed and they got so many negative emails their
server almost crashed.

After that attitude adjustment the city council
voted unanimously to kill the measure. Way to go!

For some reason that made me think of this video
of the world’s fastest Piano Juggler.

Which got me thinking of this video of our Mayor
calling Libertarians a cult.

That caused to look at this video again called
‘Fighting with Race-cars’.

And that brought me to this video a friend sent of
what may be the world’s largest weed-whacker.

Which had me listening to this old standard from
the Stanley brothers.

That made my eyes leak as I remembered Mom, and
this song.

It made sense at the time.
Comments are always welcome.


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