The roof, the antique farmer, and a groundhog

August 23, 2017

Yesterday was the busiest day we’ve had in a long time and I
loved it! Yet since it felt like the days when I worked for a
living it will not be repeated often. If you bear with me I’ll
explain.

We need a couple roofs replaced on the back of the house and
had a gentleman come yesterday morning to look over what we
wanted. He arrived on time and we walked the entire perimeter
of the house before going inside and climbing into three
different attics. Turned out the roof we thought would last
another 10 years needed replacing also.

I discovered he was a vet and served in the 82nd Airborne so
we thanked each other for our service. By the time he left we
had the papers signed and will get 4 new roofs by the end of
the month. Since all this took over 4 hours I was late getting
over to Dads.

One of the first things he mentioned was his time in the Navy.
We talked of ships, planes, and the Navy in general. After a
good talk I checked his drain to see if my brother and myself
had fixed the problem and it appeared we did. After getting
thanked again for my service by his caregiver I headed back
home.

The groundhog? Well he was waiting for me when I got home
and his pose reminded of some old farmers in bib overalls
shooting the breeze. I could almost hear him saying ‘I
remember the summer of 36…’. I went to bed smiling.

Today won’t be as hectic but I can’t wait to see what unfolds.
Enjoy our wednesday as that means the working folks are halfway
to a few days off.
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Of zombie cardinals and the eclipse

August 22, 2017

Since we didn’t have the special glasses and another idea
didn’t work, yesterday was just another day. I kept waiting for
the magical moment when day would turn into night and critters
to put on a variety show. And while things went from a light
gray to a darker gray I didn’t see what all the hoopla was all
about.

I thought of grabbing my welding helmet and watching through
that until the wife reminded me that the neighbors already
think I’m crazy and would hide their children for the day.
So…

At the time the eclipse was going on and people were gathered
with their special glasses to watch the event I looked
elsewhere. The first odd thing I saw was the zombie cardinal.

Instead of looking straight up I glanced to the west just as
a plane was taking passengers into the clouds. It did make for
an interesting sky.

And it did get darker.

Critters did behave different than on other days as I got
closer to some and they were more than willing to pose instead
of scampering off or flying off.

I thought the best show of the day came around a sunset that
had strange cloud formations combined with smoke from the many
fires out west and some amber from the setting sun.

So even though I didn’t see the eclipse, I don’t feel cheated.
Once again the beauty was all around us. Now I need a coffee
IV and a bite to eat. Enjoy our Tuesday.
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McHale’s Navy?

August 21, 2017

My brother called Saturday and asked if I could give him a
hand with a plumbing problem over at Dad’s. Between both of us
we wouldn’t make a decent plumbers apprentice but figured two
heads are better than one.

While diagnosing the problem we talked about how there seem
to be more helicopters crashing and ship collisions than when
we were in. When we finished and after visiting with Dad, he
went his way and we went to a car show. Then yesterday came
news of another collision of a Navy ship and a merchant vessel.


Picture by US Department of Defense, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James Vazquez – United States Department of Defense, Public Domain
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The destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker
in Asian waters at around 06:30 am. But how does the lookout,
radar, and sonar miss a 600 foot long tanker? In the aftermath
10 sailors are missing and 5 were injured. A search and
rescue was ongoing when I read this in Stars & Stripes.

None of the injured sailors have life threatening injuries
and the destroyer is heading to Changi Naval Base in Singapore
under its own power. To read the entire article, go here.

The USS John S McCain, DDG-56 is an Arleigh Burke-class guided
missile destroyer with 4 GE LM2500-30 gas turbines putting out a
combined 100,000 hp and a top speed of 30 knots with a range of
4,400 miles at 20 knots. It has a crew of around 300. I can
think of no reason why this should have happened. We hope
questions get answers and solutions are found.

We’ll leave it there as my cup is dry and the pizza oven is
begging to be filled. Enjoy our monday and be careful watching
the eclipse.
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A tragedy and the car show

August 20, 2017

We’re going to show you some of the cars that were at the VVA
Car Cruise-In but before we do we have to mention something that
happened 107 years ago on this date. Bear with us and we’ll get
to the cars.

The Great Fire of 1910 occurred when hurricane force winds
prodded hundreds of small fires into blazing infernos. When
all was said and done 3 million acres were burnt in Washington,
northern Idaho, and western Montana. Two towns in Idaho and
five in Montana were completely destroyed in the fire before
a cold front brought in a steady rain. There were 87 fatalities,
mostly firefighters.

And now some pictures from the car show. You can click on any
picture to get a better look.

There were many more cars, but this should give you an idea
of the show. And now I hear leftover pizza and a coffee pot
calling my name.
Enjoy our Sunday as that means some of us rejoin the rat race
tomorrow.
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Sunday snicker

August 19, 2017

A preacher, who shall we say was “humor impaired,” attended a conference to help encourage and better equip pastors for their ministry.

Among the speakers were many well known and dynamic speakers. One such boldly approached the pulpit and, gathering the entire crowd’s attention, said, “The best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman that wasn’t my wife!” The crowd was shocked! He followed up by saying, “And that woman was my mother!” – The crowd burst into laughter and delivered the rest of his talk, which went over quite well.

The next week, the pastor decided he’d give this humor thing a try, and use that joke in his sermon. As he surely approached the pulpit that sunny Sunday, he tried to rehearse the joke in his head. It suddenly seemed a bit foggy to him.

Getting to the microphone he said loudly, “The greatest years of my life were spent in the arms of another woman that was not my wife!” The congregation inhaled half the air in the room. After standing there for almost 10 seconds in the stunned silence, trying to recall the second half of the joke, the pastor finally blurted out, “…and I can’t remember who she was!”


Looking around

August 19, 2017

We’ve been so busy taking pictures none have been posted
lately. So, here are some critters we found interesting while
out and about.

The critter above, and all shown here, were taken on my Nikon
D3300. The settings were: f/5.6, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/1000
of a second, at 210 mm for this shot. You can click on any of
these pictures to get a better look.

Couldn’t resist this one as the bird looks like he’s posing for
the camera. Shot with the Nikon with the settings at: f/6.3,
ISO 400, shutter speed 1/600 of a second at 210 mm.

This critter was working the flower and was upside down as
shown. Hadn’t seen that before. Shot at f/6.3, ISO 400, shutter
speed 1/600 of a second at 210 mm.

This critter caught my eye too. Shot at f/11, ISO 500, 1/1000
of a second shutter speed, at 420 mm.

Finally these two are of a young male cardinal feeding a young
female cardinal. Never saw that before either. These two aren’t
the clearest as I was shooting through two storm door windows.
I still like them. The settings were: f/11, ISO 1000, shutter
speed 1/500 of a second at 420 mm.

Now that we’ve bored you to tears it’s time to mosey off into
the background and scrounge something to eat. Enjoy our day.
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Staying local

August 18, 2017

Today we are going to mention a couple things, happening or
about to happen, on the east coast of Iowa. We mention them
only because one is of interest to us and the other just goes
to prove the insanity is everywhere. So if you bear with us,
we’ll explain.

Tomorrow the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 776 are
hosting a Cruise-In at NorthPark Mall here in Davenport, Iowa.
The proceeds from this event will be used to support military
and veterans programs. Things get started at 5 pm and continue
until somebody turns off the light or the cows come home. It’s
a great event for a good cause and we hope to see you there.

Then we have the circus coming back to our city government. It
is now being said by one Alderman that another Alderman is a
racist and a bigot. The whole incident began when a former mayor
said something to the effect that the Irish were slaves too.

Of course that got those who see racism everywhere full of
righteous indignation and caused our city to pass a proclamation
that our fair city is diversified. Whatever happened to just
shrugging it off and calling the speaker a nut if you don’t
agree. It may not be popular but he has the right to say it.

This brought about the facebook melee between the two Aldermen.
She claims the other shares the views of our former Mayor and a
zoning letter he wrote to residents near a College that wants to
tear down some buildings is racist.

The complaining Alderman went before the local Civil Rights
Commission and stated “if you’re poor and black, you are not
going to understand the letter.” Hell lady, I’m an oldfart
white guy and I can’t understand it. Of course this same
outraged Alderman has a candidate she thinks would be more
compassionate, caring that will run against the one she doesn’t
like.

I don’t believe Alderman Ambrose has much to worry about but
time will tell. We wish him well in the election. An article in
our Quad-Cities Times written by Devan Patel was used as a
reference for some of this portion of this post.

Now I’m craving a burrito and a gallon of coffee so enjoy our
friday. Before we know it monday will come calling again.
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