Here we go

August 11, 2017

I know this post is late but couldn’t decide between two very
different stories. One was straight forward and featured a few
upcoming events that we will be attending and the other about
suicide. So I took the bull by the tail, faced the situation,
and chose the later.

After reading an article about the recent death of a smoke
jumper I admitted to being confused. Said article mentioned the
firefighters’ name but not cause of death. Then when I got to the
bottom of article there were 3 links that were all about suicide.

I was surprised when reading another article that mentioned 1
million people worldwide commit suicide every year and the
smokejumper was the 5th suicide in 7 years, of smokejumpers.
Knowing these are people that jump out of planes into remote
areas of our country to be the first line of defense against
wild fires it was a shock.

So rather than talk of the right or wrong of suicides a link
will be provided to an article about suicide prevention. It
covers all the bases, and is lengthy, yet talks of everything
from understanding suicide, to risk factors, to a list of
suicide prevention hotlines.

If we learn the warning signs and know how to respond quickly
while offering help a life may be saved. Here is a link to the
Suicide Prevention article.

Enjoy our friday. Now I have to find a pizza with my name on
it.
Comments are always welcome.


Thoughts and tractors

August 6, 2017

Yesterday the wife wanted to go to the county fair and I nixed
her idea which didn’t make mama happy. Then shortly after our
youngest son called. He mentioned 2 firefighters had been killed
this week fighting the wild fires. Timber isn’t that important
but surrounding homes and families are. Our condolences.

So we went to fair after one of my unhealthy breakfasts. I see
nothing wrong with eggs cooked sunny side up in bacon fat yet
it drives some people crazy. If what these people say is true,
added to my years of cigarette smoking, I should have died 17
years before I was born!

At the fair we saw some good looking livestock, some wild
animals, rides, and of course tractors. It wasn’t a big show
but we’ll share some pictures. And some of the tractors aren’t
even green.

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Mamabear can show the pictures to her grandson and make his
day. These pictures were taken by the wife as my little Sony
quit working after two pictures. Although the display showed
a full battery I didn’t charge it.

Enjoy our Sunday.
Comments are always welcome.


How not to die

April 25, 2017

There has been a little drama around the place lately so when
the chores were done it was time for reading. When I came upon
the Old Farmer’s Almanac newsletter, I hit paydirt. Their post
is called “100 Ways To Avoid Dying”.

The claim is the list was compiled by students of folklore
and anthropology based on beliefs from all over the U.S. of A.
Some of these make no sense to us while others do and we’ll
share a few here.

For instance, we couldn’t figure out how placing a broom on a
bed could be fatal or how you would live longer if you kept
your cats off the piano keys. That one’s easy for us as we
don’t have a piano.

Another one that made no sense to us is never carry a peacock
feather into a house. Do others keep their jealous peacocks in
the house?

We wondered what part of the country number 30 came from
which says never wear another’s new clothes before they have
worn them. Although I would imagine breaking into someone
elses house and trying on their clothes might get you shot.

39 states- be sure that someone else cooks your birthday
dinner.

42 says don’t sing in bed, but one could see where that act
may enrage an insomniac.

50 I do every year. It says absolutely no haircuts in March.
That could be how I made it to 66.

52 left the wife and I scratching our heads. It states- don’t
let two people comb your hair at once.

81- never sell a dog.

But our favorite is number 100- Whatever you do, don’t let a
lizard count your teeth. I don’t think that will be a problem.
If you wish to see the entire list, use the link above. Enjoy
our Tuesday, before we know it Wednesday will be here.
Comments are always welcome.


Humbled

March 20, 2017

I was having an oldfart moment complete with cussing, ranting,
and speaking in tongue. Way worse than when a couple kids tried
to steal our statue of the Vigin Mary. I had gone into another
room to open the open the windows only to discover one of the
cats had thrown up on my shop vac. Running water and toothbrush
took care of the problem, yet I was wondering why me?

Then I read a post on Echo Of Hope and one families problems.
Mine seem tiny after the read and I felt like an idiot. The
story is “What’s Up with Ari” and is about a 4 year boy at
Boston Children’s Hospital who was having serious heart
problems.

Ari needed operations all this week while going through
rejection treatment. As this was going on the family found out
a portion of their house will have to torn down, or even the
whole house. Anyone who lives in an older house knows these
things can happen.

After rejecting the idea of a gofundme page for some time the
parents had to admit they needed help. After all, they’re still
paying the mortage on the house that has to be torn down AND
come up with a way to build a new one with a child in the
hospital. We wish them well.

I told God I had seen the light but he must have thought I was
fibbing because the very next thing I see is about a 10 year
girl who talked to angels and knew she would die young. She
died at a rodeo when her horse got spooked and fell on her. If
you haven’t heard about Piper Faust, just follow the link.

If you thought you were having a bad day, this may change
your mind. Enjoy our Monday as it’s that much closer to the
weekend.
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Sad anniversary

February 2, 2017

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Sometimes stories you’ve heard many times get your interest
again and then you look back only to find you had forgotten
more than was remembered. Such is the case as tomorrow draws
closer.

What’s tomorrow? For those who don’t remember we’ll give you
a clue: Don McLean wrote a song about the incident in 1972
called “American Pie” and since then tomorrow has been known
as the day the music died.

On February 3rd, 1959, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P.
“The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear
Lake, Ia. The pilot also died.

But the previous night they played the Surf Ballroom in Clear
Lake, Iowa in what they didn’t know was their last
performance. Holly, Valens and Richardson left after the show
and went to Mason City to charter a plane. The plane took off
at 12:55 am and not long after crashed.

Waylon Jennings was in Hollys’ band “the Crickets” and was
scheduled to fly along but gave up his seat to Richardson who
had the flue. Tommy Alsip, also with the Crickets was supposed
to be aboard but lost a coin toss to Richie Valens. Alsip
passed away January 11, 2017.

Of course that’s not all that happened on February 3rd so
we’ll add some other things happened on that date.

In 1855 on February 3rd, the Wisconsin Supreme Court declared
the U.S. Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional.

In 1941 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld minimum wages and
maximum hours.

In 1953 the chimpanzee, J. Fred Muggs, became a regular on
NBC’s Today Show.

And in 1971 OPEC madates a total embargo against any company
that rejects a 55% tax rate.

So if you remember the music you may be humming along right
now and if you don’t perhaps you learned something. At any
rate, enjoy the eve of the day the music died. And now I go
in search of the elusive bacon cheeseburger pizza to see if
it can fill a void.
Comments are always welcome.


Gone to Heaven

January 16, 2017

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Bill Edmond will be laid to rest tomorrow in the National
Cemetery on Arsenal Island with full military honors. Seems
fitting the forecast calls for rain because even the angels
are feeling the loss.

Bill was our 2nd Ward Alderman for six years until 2015. He
was a husband, father, Vietnam veteran, and former
semi-pro athlete, He sold cars, liked horses, loved being
outdoors, and was a former TV weatherman on WQAD. He also
liked history, around the civil war era if I remember
correctly.

But I’ll always remember a man who didn’t pay lip service and
was a man of his word. You knew where he stood, and if you
didn’t he’d gladly tell his opinion. If he told you we would
look into something it was as good as done. People like are a
rarity today.

He was 67 years old, born in Pennsylvania, married in Nevada,
went to high school in Michigan, then attended college and
played semi-pro baseball and football in Texas.

His comments and corrections on this blog will be treasured,
and missed as will he.

Our sincere condolences to the family.


Just a few things

January 13, 2017

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Today is Friday the 13th and a full moon. This is a year
where we will see two Friday the 13ths, the next one will be
in October. Don’t know if that one will be accompanied by a
full moon or not.

People have been asking me why I haven’t mentioned the fact
that former Alderman Bill Edmond died Tuesday, as he commented
on this blog from time to time and was a friend. Truth of the
matter is I’m having a hard time translating my thoughts to
the keyboard. Our condolences to his family.

He was a Vietnam veteran and will be buried with full military
honors, was one of the most honest men I’ve ever met, and we
talked when we saw each other. There will be a post before his
burial on Tuesday.

Finally, we are preparing for a possible storm with freezing
rain, sleet, and all the fun stuff we associate with that. We
have coffee, bread, and enough pizza to feed a family for a
couple weeks. We’re good if it hits us, good if it don’t.

Yet with the record our local forecasters have we are not
holding our breath. We’ve had these storms predicted before
and we sometimes just got a little wind and other times got 5
times as much fluffy love from above as forecasted. I have the
gear to get out in the worst of it and the equipment to
remove whatever comes.

Enjoy our Friday the 13th, we see another until October.
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