Sunday snicker

October 3, 2015


On the outskirts of town, there was a huge nut tree
by the cemetery fence. One day two boys filled up
a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out
of sight, and began dividing the nuts.

“One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me,”
said one boy.

The bucket was so full, several rolled out toward the

Cycling down the road by the cemetery was a third boy.
As he passed he thought he heard voices from inside
the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure
enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me. One for
you, one for me.”

He knew what it was. “Oh, my!” he shuddered, “It’s
Satan and St. Peter dividing the souls at the
cemetery!” He cycled down the road as fast as he
could and found an old man with a cane, hobbling along.

“Come quick!” said the boy. “You won’t believe what I
heard. Satan and St. Peter are down at the cemetery
dividing the souls.”

The man said, “Shoo, you brat! Can’t you see I’m finding
it hard to walk as it is!”

After several pleas, the man hobbled to the cemetery.
Standing by the fence he heard, “One for you, one for
me. One for you, one for me…”

The old man whispered, “Boy, you’ve been telling the
truth! Let’s see if we can see the Devil himself.”

Shivering with fear, they peered through the fence, yet
they were still unable to see anything. The old man
and the boy gripped the wrought ironbars of the fence
tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse
of Satan. At last they heard, “One for you, one for
me. And one last one for you. That’s all. Now let’s
go get those nuts by the fence, and we’ll be done.”

They say the old guy made it back to town 5 minutes
before the boy.
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Weekend odds and ends

October 2, 2015

Since it’s Friday and we usually post some car
events here are a few local shows/cruise-ins you
may like to attend.

Saturday, October 3rd, is the Toys for Tots
Cruise-In held at NorthPark Mall in Davenport, Iowa
starting at 5 pm. Santa will be there with his
Santa Mobile, the Marine Corps will be accepting
toys for families in need (no stuffed animals),
and West High School class of 1970 will be there

Sunday, October 4th, is the Buffalo, Iowa Pumpkin
Patch Car & Bike Show at 1500 Front Street in
Buffalo, Iowa. It is hosted by the Quad Cities
Gearheads, runs from 8 am to 3 pm and is free for
spectators. There will be food vendors, hay rack
rides, and you can check out the straw castle or
pick pumpkins from the patch.

Also on Sunday, October 4th, is the Hot Rods &
Harleys Car Show at Main Street Square in Hopkinton,
Iowa. For more information go here.

If you are a fan of carburetors, or just want to
keep your classic stock, the following video will
help you identify what kind of 4-barrel you have.

Think the self-parking car is something new? This
one doesn’t quite park itself, but it can get into
a tight space. That must have been something to see
in 1927.

Just because we Live in Iowa we’ll share this one
that shows how to start a John Deer model G farm
tractor. It can be tricky.

We’ll end this post with an old standard by Bobby
Bare. If you remember the 70s, you remember “Drop
Kick Me Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)”.

So now you know about some local events,
carburetors, automobile innovations, how to start
an old tractor, and heard a song. It just doesn’t
get much better than that. Enjoy the weekend.
Comments are always welcome.

Our problem

October 2, 2015


The recent school shooting is a tragedy on so
many levels we hardly know where to start and
it will take some time for all the facts to come
out so we’ll address it here.

Foremost is the fact that nine people are dead and
seven are in various stages of recovery from being
shot. Our condelences to family and friends. And
we give a heartfelt salute to Army veteran Chris
Mintz who was shot five times trying to take out
the shooter.

Then our President gave a press conference full of
the usual rhetoric, lies, and half truths meant to
inflame the emotions and not address the real
issues surrounding the problem. Defending terrorists
does nothing to help.

It has been proven in places like Chicago that
more gun control does nothing to stop the violence.
What has also been proven is that “gun free” zones
don’t work. To law abiding citizens these zones
mean leave the gun in the car. To the criminal the
signs actually say come shoot fish in a barrel.

We have said many times that the problem isn’t a
gun problem, or a violence problem, it is a moral
problem. Several things would have to happen to
stop this violence and gun control isn’t one of

Some in our country have no morals. Obviously they
were never taught them or have forgotten them. Say
what you will, but two parent families might make
a difference.

We have more people living here, thus we have more
people with mental health issues while funding for
the institutions that offer help is being reduced.
And there is a stigma attached to those who ask for

The government, our schools, and others need to
look at the facts and redirect their energies in
a direction that helps the issue. If a child
nibbles a snack into the shape of gun in the
cafeteria they get a suspension yet a gunman,
usually carrying multiple weapons, can walk right
in and start shooting.

We have to stop coddling terrorist and making
them sound like a children’s version of Robin Hood.
And we have to stop trying to get God out of our
country. We have the right to worship and if more
people did we might not be in the shape we’re in.

That’s our opinion on it and you’re welcome to
Comments are always welcome.

Visiting the Doc

October 1, 2015

I have a doctor’s appointment the same day we vote
in the primary and to most people it is a routine
they’ve become accustomed to. Since I have one
every two or three years, whether I need it or not,
I’m still getting used to them.

The other night the wife was telling me what to
bring up when I visit our Doc. I admit I got a
little flustered because, after all, I made the


So I explained it to the wife. I was produced in
1951, have never been restored, still have most of
the parts I left the factory with and some of them
still work. Some body panels are starting to sag,
my tires wobble a little at speed, the rear end is
noisy, sometimes strange sounds come from the
middle, and the paint on top is getting thin.
She is so lucky being married to a classic.

After she got done laughing we went through what I
was supposed to say again. But she was there to see
the expression on my face when said Doc told me
they wanted to stick a camera up my tailpipe and
look at my muffler! I told him in no uncertain
terms that wasn’t going to happen and he replied
that he had to bring it up because of my age.

He always wants me to get a chest x-ray. I ask the
person doing the x-ray if I’ll glow in the dark
after so many and they say no. But they’re the ones
wearing the lead apron standing behind a wall while
I get zapped. Some even wear masks to hide thier

Needless to say, I have issues with trusting what
the Docs believe ails me and what I need to do to
fix it. I’m working on the trust thing. After all,
I’m a classic.
Comments are always welcome.

The candidates

October 1, 2015


Tonight there will be a debate between the
candidates for our Mayor. It will be held at
United Neighbors at 7 pm until 8:30 pm. We can’t
make the debate, but here are the candidates.

Bill Gluba has been our mayor since 2007. He was
born in Davenport and got a bachelor’s degree in
political science from St. Ambrose University.

Frank Klipsch is a retired CEO of the Scott
County Family Y who believes leadership isn’t
something you retire from.

Dave Hereid is 41, a former volunteer firefighter
who wants to end wasteful spending, and deal with
the infraatructure. He graduated from Clinton
High School and attended Scott Community College.

Dean Weber runs a street sweeper for the city
who says he knows every pothole in town and wants
to fix them.

It is no secret we don’t like Gluba’s tax and
spend progressive viewpoint or his anti-gun stance.
We think Klipsch would be Gluba-lite, like what
we’ve heard from Hereid, and don’t know enough
about Weber. If you can make the debate, it is a
good way to get a feel for the candidates when you
are undecided.

The primary election is Tuesday and these four
will be pared down to two. We will also vote for
Alderman-at-Large, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Ward
Aldermen in this primary.

Who we vote for Tuesday will determine who is in
the general election next month. Please take the
time to vote and have a say in the future of our
Comments are always welcome.

A day of wonders

September 30, 2015

Most days we wake up and if our name isn’t in the
obituaries we go about our business. Then when work
is done, dinner is done, and we sit on the back
porch with our favorite beverage pondering the day.
Other days while in the process of getting through
the daily grind we come across something that we
find amazing.

Today was a rare day on the east coast of Iowa as
we came across two amazing things, the first man
made and the other through Mother Nature from God.
We’ll share them with you so that you might be
amazed also.

We saw short video about concrete. We know, grey,
boring, and pot holes come to mind, but this is
different. This concrete can absorb 800 gallons of
water a minute! No more overflowing gutters or
flooded low spots. Why isn’t this in the news?

No more flash flooding or flooded intersections
would be an improvement in our city by the river.
The second amazing thing a friend shared with us
about a fly geyser in Nevada.

To see that much water in the middle of a desert
and the colorful formations caused by geyser we
will no longer think only of ‘Old Faithful’ when
we hear the term geyser.

A solution to city flooding during heavy rains and
something that soothes the work weary soul. We’ve
had a great day and hope yours was as well.
Comments are always welcome.

Dad, our talk, and hedge balls

September 30, 2015

I stopped by to talk with Dad yesterday and we
talked of many things. The recent drop in the
temperature and the leafs starting to litter his
back yard, family, the gas prices, how big Pharma
is too greedy, and hedge balls.



It is the time of year that signals snow will be
here before we know it and it’s time to get the
chili fixings together to warm the body and soothe
the soul. And the time approaches when we go to the
polls to vote against the status quo but watch them
get re-elected anyway.

Then I mentioned that I remembered in the fall
we’d go out along the back roads looking for hedge
balls to put in the basement. You may know them
as hedge apples, horse apples, monkey balls, badock,
or osage oranges.


The picture above by Bruce Martin shows that of
which we speak. They grow on trees or large shrubs,
are sort of round, have bumps all over, are filled
with sticky goo, and are not oranges.

The reason we used to gather them in the fall is
because Dad swore they repelled spiders and said
spiders liked to find ways into basements during
the winter to stay warm.

So I told him that scientists now say they don’t
repel spiders but won’t hurt anything if you put
them around your basement. To which the Antique
Farmer replied “Bullshit!”. I had to laugh but
couldn’t argue his statement that we never had a
spider in the basement. I know when I’m licked.
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