Weekend wrap up

May 31, 2015

We’ve been busier than a one-armed paper hanger
all weekend and it looks to continue. So we’ll just
hits some highlights of what happened, or didn’t
and call it done.


You may have heard that earlier in the week the
USS Arizona Memorial was damaged when it was struck
by the USNS Mercy. It was also thought the Arizona
itself was hit but divers found it hadn’t.

The 894 foot long ship has only one screw
(propeller) which makes it clumsy in close
quarters. The dock used to enter the Memorial was
damaged and visitor traffic to the Memorial has
been halted until June 4th when repairs are done.

We also read a book that was a little different
from that which we normally peruse. It was titled
“My Honor Flight” The remarkable stories of Buzz
Company, by Dan McCurrigan.

It is about a young soldier due to deploy to
Afghanistan who was an escort for his great-
grandfather on an Honor Flight to the World War II
Memorial, recollections of war from the elder man,
and what transpired once they got there. We highly
recommend it but will forewarn you that in places
you may shed a tear.

We also had a friend share a video that we didn’t
think would interest us concerning wind turbines.
Once it got started though, we got interested. So
here it is.

And the FBI has released their annual Snapshot of
Internet Crimes. The FBI handled an
average of 22,000 complaints a month during 2014.

We could go on but are in need of pizza, and since
I got a new pizza oven, there is no time like the
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Sunday snicker

May 30, 2015

Catholic terminology edition


The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.

Your receipt for attending Mass.

A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the Parish to lip-sync.

A liquid whose chemical formula is H2OLY.

A song of praise usually sung in a key three octaves higher than that of the congregation’s range.

The last song at Mass often sung a little more quietly, since most of the people have already left.

Holy Smoke!

An order of priests known for their ability to found colleges with good basketball teams.

The original “Jaws” story.

When kids have kids of their own.

The only Greek words that most Catholics can recognize besides gyros and baklava.

The most famous trio to attend a baby shower.
Where Mary gave birth to Jesus because Joseph wasn’t covered by an HMO. Holiday travel has always been rough.

A medieval torture device still found in Catholic churches.

The ceremonial formation at the beginning of Mass consisting of altar servers, the celebrant, and late parishioners looking for seats.

The ceremonial procession at the conclusion of Mass led by parishioners trying to beat the crowd to the parking lot.

People who have been going to Mass for so long, they actually know when to sit, kneel, and stand.
The most important Top Ten list not given by David Letterman.

The only people in the parish who don’t know the seating capacity of a pew.
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A sad, uplifting tale

May 29, 2015

We don’t know the author of the following but when
the wife shared it she forewarned I might shed a
tear. While that didn’t happen I will admit my
eyes leaked just a bit.


Her hair was up in a ponytail, her favorite dress tied with a bow. Today was Daddy’s Day at school, and she couldn’t wait to go. But her mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home. Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say. What to tell her classmates of why he wasn’t there today. But still her mother worried, for her to face this day alone. And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter home. But the little girl went to school eager to tell them all, about a dad she never sees, a dad who never calls.

There were daddies along the wall in back, for everyone to meet. Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats. One by one the teacher called a student from the class, to introduce their daddy, as seconds slowly passed.

At last the teacher called her name, every child turned to stare, each of them was searching, a man who wasn’t there. ‘Where’s her daddy at?’ she heard a boy call out. ‘She probably doesn’t have one,’ another student dared to shout. And from somewhere near the back, she heard a daddy say, ‘Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day.’
The words did not offend her, as she smiled up at her Mom, and looked back at her teacher, who told her to go on. And with hands behind her back, slowly she began to speak. And out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly unique.

‘My Daddy couldn’t be here, because he lives so far away. But I know he wishes he could be, since this is such a special day. And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know, all about my daddy, and how much he loves me so. He loved to tell me stories, he taught me to ride my bike, and he surprised me with pink roses, and taught me to fly a kite. We used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a cone, and though you cannot see him, I’m not standing here alone.

‘Cause my daddy’s always with me, even though we are apart, I know because he told me, he’ll forever be in my heart. ‘With that, her little hand reached up, and lay across her chest, feeling her own heartbeat, beneath her favorite dress. And from somewhere here in the crowd of dads, her mother stood in tears, proudly watching her daughter, who was wise beyond her years.

She stood up for the love of a man not in her life, doing what was best for her, doing what was right. And when she dropped her hand back down, staring straight into the crowd, she finished with a voice so soft, but its message clear and loud. ‘I love my daddy very much, he’s my shining star, and if he could, he’d be here, but heaven’s just too far. You see he is a soldier and died just this past year, when a roadside bomb hit his convoy and taught the world to fear. But sometimes when I close my eyes, it’s like he never went away.’

And then she closed her eyes, and saw him there that day. And to her mother’s amazement, she witnessed with surprise. A room full of daddies and children, all starting to close their eyes. Who knows what they saw before them, who knows what they felt inside. Perhaps for merely a second, they saw him at her side.

‘I know you’re with me Daddy,’ to the silence she called out. And what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt. Not one in that room could explain it, for each of their eyes had been closed. But there on the desk beside her, was a fragrant long-stemmed rose. And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, by the love of her shining star. And given the gift of believing, that heaven is never too far.
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Motorized mayhem

May 28, 2015


The weekend is almost upon us and it looks to a
be a wet one here on the east coast of Iowa. We’re
going to hope for the best but get the boat ready,
just in case. Weekends mean gearhead events and we’ll
list some here.

Friday, May 29th is both the Relevant Life Church
Cruise Nite in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Classy
Chassis Cruisers Cruise In at the Coral Ridge Mall
in Coralville, Iowa.

May 29th & 30th is the Our Lady of Guadalupe
Church Festival in South Hutchinson, Kansas.

May 30th is the Cars and Coffee event at the
Riverside Travel Mart in Riverside, Iowa from
7-10 am.

May 30 is also the Racing 2 Salvation Car & Truck
Show in Savannah, Missouri.

May 30th & 31th is the 22nd Goodguys Summer Get
Together at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds in
Pleasanton, California.

June 5th is the Dick-N-Sons Car Show at the Dick-
N-Sons Lumber & Flower Shop in Blue Grass, Iowa.
Things start around 6 pm. These are held the first
friday of the month.

June 6th is the 2nd Annual Cruisin’ 4 A Cure held
at 3885 Elmore Avenue (just south of Sam’s Club) in
Davenport, Iowa.

And June 20th will be the first Rollin’ In The
Oldies 2015 Cruise-In held at NorthPark Mall in
Davenport, Iowa. Things kick off at 5 pm and it
runs until the oldfarts get bored.

There are times when we want to listen to some
music that nothing beats a steel guitar. This is
one of those times.

Instead of movie we’ve decided to add a short
educational video for those who don’t know “A
Short History of the Wheel”.

There are some events, a little steel guitar, and
a little history. No need to thank us we’ve enjoyed
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What happened?

May 27, 2015


Like others we’ve met everybody from those serious
as a heart attack to those who make tiny litter
boxes for their cuckoo clock. We’ve met the
gregarious and the hermit, the militant and the

But until recently all these different types of
people got along. It appeared that although some
were nit-pickers all were content. We felt people
had the right to be, and think, differently. Until

Now everything we had been taught and personally
witnessed has been uprooted. Approval rating for
our politicians is low, consumer spending has
dropped into the basement and has taken manufacturing
jobs along with it.

There are more unhappy black people because their
unemployment and poverty numbers are high. Muslims
are upset at those who aren’t believers and the
gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered among us feel
slighted. We taxpayers are paying more every year
yet the debt continues to rise.

Affirmative Action has ensured that the most
capable won’t get the job, the administration is
anti-Christian, and the members of our military are
getting the short end of the stick.

Almost everybody has a complaint and almost nobody
is paying attention to the damage being done. Isn’t
about time we take our country back? We have to
stop the nonsense and bring back common sense and
personal responsibility.
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The whole truth

May 26, 2015


In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by
the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a
healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy.

Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder, and
long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon
Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost
thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods
when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?

And Abraham did look at her as though she were
several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply
said, “How, dear?”

And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns
and drums in between to send messages saying what you
have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath
the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and
delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have
her way with the drums.

And the drums rang out and were an immediate success.
Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price,
without ever having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what
the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only
she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send
Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a
language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew To
The People (HTTP).

And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading ‘as
doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung’. They
were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican
Sybarites, or NERDS.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new
riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one
noticed that the real riches were going to that
enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates,
who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed
he did insist on drums to be made that would work
only with Brother Gates’ drum heads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started
is being taken over by others.”

And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or
e-Bay as it came to be known.

He said, “We need a name that reflects what we are.”
And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner
Operators.” “YAHOO,” said Abraham.

And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO
Dot Com.

Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious
Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon
started using Dot’s drums to locate things around
the countryside.

It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to
Locating Everything (GOOGLE).

That is how it all began.

And that’s the truth
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Obama, a cooler, and a song

May 25, 2015

We sometimes mention how our country has gone from
being a super power to a laughing stock. Other
countries use our politicians as punch lines and the
media here doesn’t seem to care.

But what does the Muslim world really think of our
president? A friend shared a video published May,
20, 2015 with the answer and we’ll share it with

The video would make it appear that panel members
in the video understand what’s going on here better
than the uninformed voters, liberals, and Obama

Then we received a video about the coolest cooler
kickstarter. We don’t know if he raised the money
to start making the coolers, but we like his

When we watched the cooler video a song popped
into our heads that took us back to the time when
we practically lived out of a cooler. From 1952 here
is “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” by
Kitty Wells.

Memorial Day is drawing to a close, we observed
our moments of silence, and life goes on. If you
remembered the fallen the today, thank you. If you
didn’t, please do, and if you won’t, bless you
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Random thoughts

May 24, 2015

Today, May, 24th would have been mom’s 86th
birthday. Although she has been gone almost 5 years
we think of her every day. Hope you got our
birthday wish.


Tomorrow is Memorial Day and we ask that you
please think of helping the IAVA with their Go
Silent campaign and observe a minute of silence at
12:01 pm ET.


And Tuesday Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered
flags to fly at staff from 8 am to 5 pm in honor
of slain Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco who was
killed in the line of duty.

She was from Walnut, Iowa, a one time resident of
Council Bluffs, Iowa, a wife, mother, and a police

We’ll end with a little walk down memory lane and
this video of “Memories of the 1950’s.

Enjoy the holiday if you have it off, enjoy the
day if you have to work, and if you woke up
breathing thank your God for another beautiful day.
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Memorial Day

May 24, 2015

Monday we honor all those who gave the ultimate
sacrifice. The following video drives that point
home better than we could, with one exception. 4
minutes and 47 seconds into the video comes a
picture of a curved wall filled with gold stars,
with no explanation.

The Freedom Wall is at the World War II Memorial
and each gold star represents 100 American
military deaths. There are 4,048 gold stars on
said wall. The 405,399 American military personnel
who perished or remain missing from WWII is second
only to our loss of 620,000 Americans during our
Civil War.

“Here We Mark The Price Of Freedom” is inscribed
below the Freedom Wall.

The IAVA (Iraq and
Afghanistan Veterans of America) asks us to join
them in their annual Go Silent campaign.

You may go to the link to take the pledge that you
will observe a full minute of silence at 12:01 pm
ET on Memorial Day. Or you could just do it on your
own. Enjoy the day but please don’t forget.
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Sunday snicker

May 23, 2015


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