We did it

October 25, 2016


This morning we early voted and I’m not sure what I was
expecting but things went different than I had imagined. I
thought early voting actually involved voting with the
results being compiled daily. Not quite.

After filling out required form we headed to the table to
have volunteers verify we were who we said we were then were
handed two envelopes and a ballot. One volunteer recited
“once you complete the ballot, place it in the secrecy sleeve
and place it in the manila envelope. Then take the glue stick
in the voting booth, seal the envelope, bring it back here
and put it in the slot in that box.”

That was not how I thought things were going to go but we
followed the instructions anyway. It did not feel the same as
loading the ballot into the machine. There were the requisite
“I voted” stickers atop the box but we didn’t take one. We
have enough of those to cover the bumper of a Mack truck if we
owned one.

After completing our civic duty we visited Dad for a while
and when we were leaving he said he might go early vote
tomorrow. We explained to him that he could not go to his
regular polling place to early vote. So I told him where he
could go to early vote and he changed his mind.

At least in our part of Iowa we use paper ballots so we
don’t worry about a machine switching votes. As is my
policy of not putting my business in the street I won’t say
who I voted for, but I hope he wins.

Here on the east coast of Iowa the sun hasn’t come out all
day and the rain is supposed to start tonight. Hope you have
enjoyed your Tuesday. Tomorrow we’re halfway to the weekend.
Comments are always welcome.


October 24, 2016


We’re closing out another great day on the east coast of
Iowa and even though I did some thinking along the way I
still consider it great. Tomorrow we’re going to try our hand
at early voting and we’ll let you know how it goes.

Yet I can’t help but wonder about the state of our union.
We supposedly live in a kinder, gentler, better society than
we did when those of us old enough for Social Security were
growing up. I don’t see it.

Our schools taught more, had dress codes, and weren’t even
worried about guns in personal vehicles. Our government was
a lot smaller, we paid less taxes, and Congress actually
passed some meaningful legislation.

We had households with only the husband, or wife, in the
work force while the other took care of the home. We had
more home owners, less debt, and our dollars went a lot
farther. You could even survive on minimum wage.

Police weren’t the enemy, TV had three channels, the news
programs actually reported the news, and if racial tension
was rampant we knew nothing about it.

Today people get along only if they agree with each others
political ideologies. If not it turns ugly. Lying is now
expected, morals have no place in our society, everyone is
religious when it suits them, and some singers throw a free
strip tease in with their performances.

Men are allowed in women’s bathrooms, our colleges teach
remedial English, and people want safe spaces. Everything
offends somebody and if you don’t agree with the elite who
wish to run our country you are labeled a pariah.

My generation try to lead by example, don’t really care what
some think of us, yet are not too old to open up a can of
whoop ass when needed. And we choose when that’s needed.

Enjoy the rest of today, I know we will. Now I must go in
search of the pizza that is calling my name.
Comments are always welcome.

Two things

October 23, 2016


Once again I was outside most of the day and took a few
pictures. This time it was to calm the rage building over an
incident many may not remember.

On this date, October 23rd, in 1983 terrorists attacked the
Marine barracks in Beirut killing a total of 241 service members
including 220 Marines. This attack was carried out by two
suicide bombers driving two truck bombs.

Is was the largest loss of life in the Marine Corps in a
single day since Iwo Jima. And truth be told, I’m still mad
about it. We ask that you take a moment and remember.

Changing the subject, we have an election coming up soon
and those that ask us to re-elect them will not use the term
“terrorist”. Some prefer “workplace violence”. This election
may decide if we still have a country when our grand kids
are adults.

We don’t care who you vote for as long as you’ve been
responsible enough to know what that candidate stands for.
That being said if you live here on the east coast of Iowa
and in Scott County, our auditor has again set up an
Election Central website.

If you’re in Scott County this site has all the information you
need to find out where to go to vote early, register, a list
of candidates, and even the returns as they come in plus
much more. No need to thank us, we use it every election.

Now I’m going to make a ham sandwich and heat up some chili.
It’s not pizza but the chili sounds good and we have plenty
of ham and cheddar cheese. I think I can handle the change.
Tomorrow’s a work day, yet we hope you enjoy it anyway.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

October 22, 2016

a 007

A young priest gets up in the morning and goes to breakfast.
On his way there two nuns look at him and he says, “Good
morning sisters.”

And they reply in a sing song manner, “You got up on the wrong
side of the bed this morning.”

This stuns the priest who thought he had been very polite but
he just goes on. He encounters a Brother a little while later
along the way and he says,”Good morning Brother.”

The Brother replies in a sing song voice, “You got up on the
wrong side of the bed this morning.” The priest looks confused
at all this but goes on.

He gets a little farther and he comes across a fellow priest
and he says, “Good morning Father.”

The priest replies in a sing song manner, “You got up on the
wrong side of the bed this morning.”

Now the priest was mad. He continues his walk to the dinning
hall not saying a word to anyone. The Bishop sees him and says,
“Father …”

The young priest was not going to take any more even from the
Bishop. He looks at the Bishop and says, “No I did not get up
on the wrong side of the bed this morning!”

The Bishop looks at him stunned and says, “What?”

The priest realized his mistake and said “I am sorry your
Holiness, what is it you want?”

The Bishop looks at him and says, “All I was going to do was
ask you why the hell you have on Sister Mary’s shoes.”

Nothing to see here

October 21, 2016


The cooler weather is causing the critters to fly south,
gather food for the winter, or slow down a bit. It’s all part
of the cycle of life. But it was still great to get outside
and enjoy the crisp air while watching the frost melt.

The sound of your boots walking across the frost covered
lawn can only be heard this time of year while the aroma of
wood smoke fills the air. Soon Halloween and Thanksgiving
will be here and Veteran’s Day will be observed.

Now if we could do something about the slate grey skies
that seem abundant this time of year things would be perfect.
But we are human and as such cannot expect perfection. And I
have no problem with that.

Before long the gloves, hats, sock liners, and winter boots
will be the uniform of the day. If you follow the weather
forecasters we are either in for a cold snowy winter or a
dry warm one.

I drive the wife nuts because every time I see the first few
snowflakes fall I say I want a feet of snow. And I don’t mind
if we do get a foot, even though removal of the flaky white
stuff from God is my department.

In the mean time I have heard someone kidnapped a pizza and
is hiding in our freezer so I must go save it. Hoping you
enjoy the weather wherever you’re at. We can’t change it so we
may as well learn to love it.
Comments are always welcome.


October 20, 2016


This is late but after my chat with the man in moon I got
distracted and lost all track of time. I haven’t even had
lunch yet today!

But I digress. While talking with the man in the moon I
mentioned how he seemed to be getting thinner and asked if
he was on a diet. We laughed. Then he got serious and told
me he always gets thinner around election day. I asked him

He asked me if I knew that heat rises. So I’ve been told.
Well, moon said, with the candidates orating their outrage
in front of all the lights, cameras, and microphones in a
room lit up like a Christmas tree and filled with people it
gets warm.

Surely not enough to make a sauna where are? No, but add all
the “news” channels around the globe broadcasting from big
buildings with sets lit up like Christmas trees broadcasting
24/7 and the wind turbines needed to power them it adds up.
And don’t call him Shirley.

That almost made sense yet I felt something was missing. So
I asked him why he sometimes resembled a beach ball, and he
sighed. Governments take vacations. I had to admit that made
sense in an odd kind of way but still couldn’t shake the idea
he was pulling my leg.

Turns out besides liking Christmas trees, and not liking to
be called Shirley, he has a sense of humor. Yet still I

The weekend starts tomorrow, the temperatures here are in
the basement, and a short warm up is forecast for Monday.
Wherever you are we hope you enjoy the weekend.
Comments are always welcome.

Debate night thoughts

October 19, 2016


For all those who await the Dog and Pony Show sometimes
called the Presidential Debate, the time is near. If one
believes the drive-by media this series of debates is the
most watched in the history of debates.

Those of us who still have things to do will not be among
the viewers. What is it I have to do that is more important
than watching said debate you ask? Glad you asked.

Since it’s getting too late in the year to watch house paint
dry I am head wrangler in a critter drive to remove the area
of a certain critter. It would help if I knew the type of
critter we are going drive out the neighborhood but not
vital. They look like this-


And do you remember back in the day when dealers and
mechanics would put a vehicle way up on a pole to advertise
their business? They do catch your eye. Such a set up exists
in Wyoming, Iowa and has been there for as long as I remember
but I hadn’t had my camera out. Until now. And the wife took
the picture as I was driving.


Every time we cruise the old two-lane blacktop that goes
through the town this sight makes me smile.

And finally fall is in the air, the leaves are changing
colors, and people love to see pictures. But please, don’t
take pictures with your camera while you’re driving. Have a
passenger take the picture.


Wishing you a great Wednesday night and if you’re looking
for our place we’ll leave the security light on.
Comments are always welcome.