Parking ramp tragedy

February 28, 2010

By now most have heard about the incident at the parking ramp
early this morning. The local Guardian Angels were on patrol
when they heard a woman was yelling ‘rape’ in the Harrison St.
parking ramp. The police were notified and when officers arrived
a young man took off in a car. He drove up to the top floor
hitting a few vehicles before he stopped the car and ran.

I’m not sure if anyone knows exactly what happened but at some
point the young man ended up four floors down on the sidewalk.
This is a sad story for everyone especially the young man. More
details are sure to come out and until then anything said by me
would be speculation. I was informed the fire department and ambulance arrived quickly but nothing could be done.

This is tragic on several levels as the young man died too soon, a
young lady may have been assaulted, and those who responded
may have some sleepless nights. The young man is not a suspect in the sexual assault and is just guilty of running from the police. The
Guardian Angels and Police aren’t the bad guys but were just doing
there jobs, and the Medics just answered another 911 call.

The QC Times has an updated article online with the young man’s name and what is known to this point.
Comments are always welcome.

Web cruisin’

February 28, 2010

Since it looks like we may have a heat wave in our future
here are some links about cars. Hopefully you will find
something that interests you and that you haven’t seen
before. These links were sent by family and friends or just
found while cruisin’ the internet.

Cars and train stories have been around since there have
been cars and trains. This web page looks at the story about the Model A on train tracks. It is probable that somebody tried this back in the day.

A really great site with plenty of pictures that covers just
about any car is remarkable cars. If you want picture of a Cord, Auburn, Model A, Nova, or street rod, it’s probably here. I know I found some car makes I’d never heard of.

Another site with pictures is Cars We Drove in the 50s & 60s. I may have used this one in a post before but I like it and since I’m getting older I may not remember if I did anyway.

Langdon’s Stovebolt is a site dedicated to the Chevy inline 6. There is even a link that lets you listen to the owners car revving up. It’s a pretty wild six and sounds sweet. It also contains a parts catalog, a how to
section, and links.

There’s a video on YouTube that I find interested. It’s called
Shonky and the SoundRacerV8. Basically it is about a device that turns your
daily driver econobox into a hot rod just by plugging in this
device and tuning your radio to a preset station.

There are a view sites to cruise on a Sunday if you’re not
watching the racing or working on the ride.
Comments are always welcome.

A benefit and a birthday

February 27, 2010

If you don’t have anything planned for tonight why not cruise
out to the Orthopedic Specialists Sports Complex (the bubble)
at 5003 North Brady Street. A fundraiser is being held from
7pm to 10 pm tonight for Justin Coon, a 25 year old young man
who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He is in need of a new
wheelchair lift for the van that gets him to his doctors’
appointments here and in Iowa City.

Admission is free and there will be a raffle, a silent auction,
and a bake sale along with activities for children. Although I’m
not sure what all will be going on I’m told by the wife that we
will be attending the event.

On another note, Happy Birthday! to John Moeller. Enjoy your day.
For your birthday here’s one of those ‘little Johnny’ jokes-

Little Johnny attended a horse auction with his father. He watched
as his father moved from horse to horse, running his hands up and
down the horse’s legs and rump, and chest… After a few minutes,
Johnny asked, ‘Dad, why are you doing that?’ His father replied,
‘Because when I’m buying horses, I have to make sure that they are
healthy and in good shape before I buy. Johnny, looking worried,
said, ‘Dad, I think the UPS guy wants to buy Mom …’

Comments are always welcome.

Enjoy it

February 26, 2010

This is going to a light hearted post based on an another email I received from a friend. The words are supposed to be George Carlin’s, but I’m not sure. At any rate here are some thoughts on aging-

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to
get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old,
you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six
and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key.

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump
to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey,
you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life! You
become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21.

But then you turn 30. Ooooh, what happened there? Makes you
sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s
no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa!
Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it,
you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a
day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle; you
HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there.
Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST92.’

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become
a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height.
Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them.’

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening,
whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is
the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name isAlzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5 Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person,
who is with us our entire life, is ourselves (and Jesus). Be ALIVE
while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets,
keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable,
improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next
county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the
moments that take our breath away.
Comments are always welcome.

Late rant

February 25, 2010

Better late than never. An old friend stopped by and I haven’t
had a chance to post yet. Following, in no particlular order,
are some things to think about.

The chart above pretty much sums up what I feel our government
is doing. It would be funny if we weren’t the one paying for
all the incompetent thinking in Washington, D.C.

Speaking of Washington, Obama is going to hold his first
televised meeting on the health care issue. I don’t know why
he insists on riding this dead horse.

As we know by now the City Council has passed the sewer rate
increase. It looks like there is going to be a cap of $10,000
and a $500 deductable for the homeowner. That doesn’t make it
free, but it still sounds like a good deal. The QC Times story
is here.

The thing about this rate increase that bothers me is that nobody
is willing to say how big further rate increases are going to be,
or when to expect them, only that there are more rate increases in
our future. I also wonder how this increase is beneficial to
bringing more employers to our area.

I could go on but I’ve got things to do and people to see so I’ll
end it here.
Comments are always welcome.

Ward meeting

February 24, 2010

At the last minute I decided to attend the 5th ward meeting last
night and found out a few things. You may already know what I am
about to post but I will do it for those who don’t. I couldn’t stay
for the entire meeting so might have missed something, but here’s
some of what was discussed.

The sewer rate hike was a priority and the increase is going to be
$13.29 per quarter or $4.43 per month. This rate hike will include
sewer lateral repairs or replacements after July 1. From my under-
standing this will include everything except within 4 foot of the
house. It was explained that this is due to the city not wanting
to be liable for damage to foundations. It also won’t cover
replacement of sod but is cheaper that the insurance offered with
the water company and covers more.

The city is going to go ahead with the sports center purchase and
plans to rename it “River’s Edge”. It was mentioned that the city
may run a contest to come up with a name at a later date. It was
explained that while the city would go to one rink with the other
to be used as a soccer field or like use that it would be done in
such a way that it could be returned to an ice rink in a matter of

Alleys were talked about and now the city just has to get 50% of
the owner occupied houses to agree to a new alley. All the properties
along the alley would share half the cost of the improvement. If
your alley has potholes we were told the city will fill them if they
are called.

The Blackhawk hotel came up and should be completed next year. The Forrest Block building was also mentioned and will have to be done
by late this year or the developer would lose the government money.

Discussion of starting a charter school and crime also came up. The
city is working with schools to see what will work best for us. On
the crime front, our new police chief has been pushing toward
charging criminals in federal court. Inmates have to serve a larger
portion of their sentences in federal prisons. We will also be
getting more NETS officers as soon as they finish training.

If you were there and I missed something feel free to add it.
Comments are always welcome

Really wierd accident

February 23, 2010

Sometimes strange things happen at racing events. Like this
past Sunday. During the NHRA Arizona Nationals a female
spectator was hit by a wheel and tire and died. The wheel
and tire came off Antron Brown’s dragster in an accident he
walked away from. We’ve seen wrecks like this and worse,
but don’t remember a spectator getting killed before.

Anytime you have vehicles that can go from 0 to 400 mph in
1,000 feet things can get wild. Usually when something tragic
happens a new safety feature is implemented and that’s good,
but this time other spectators have said they don’t want any
special measures taken. They’ve stated they don’t want a mesh
netting put in front of them or any such measures that might
block their view of the races.

Here’s NHRA’s take on the incident.
And this wasn’t the only wreck at the strip either. Vinnie Deceglie
ended up going the track on his top after he hit the wall when
he shifted into 5th gear. That story is here.

It certainly doesn’t help comfort the family of the woman that
this was the first spectator fatality in the track’s 27 year
history and we offer our condelances to her family and friends.

Comments are always welcome.