Armistice Day storm

November 11, 2017

We’ve been told for some time now that climate change is going
to end mankind as we know it. Gloom and doom are predicted. We
seem to forget history along the way, and thus, are doomed to
repeat it. In my lifetime we’ve heard of impending ice ages and
heat waves beyond belief.

None of which came to be. These threats did manage to raise
the cost of certain things while not changing anything. We were
being manipulated then as now. Dad talks about the record
breaking heat wave in the summer of 1937, we’ll talk of another
weather event.

Veteran’s Day used to be called Armistice Day and on November
11th, 1940 a super-storm came through Iowa and other parts of
the country. Global Warming? On that November day in 1940, it
was 58 degrees at 9 am.! Parades were being held in celebration
of the holiday, hunters were in the field, and it looked to be
a picture perfect holiday.

During the local parade the bands wind instruments froze when
the temperature dropped to 33 degrees in about a half hour. The
storm hit the Pacific northwest with near hurricane force winds
and didn’t weaken as it raced east. The storm inhaled moisture
from the Gulf of Mexico and cold air from Canada to become a
super-storm.

The winds that hit that day were called “the winds of hell”
and it is said they reached 70 mph. And then came the blizzard.
Two trains collided, hunters died in the field, boats and
freighters sank on Lake Michigan killing 66 sailors, one million
Thanksgiving turkeys died, and Collegeville, Minnesota
saw 27 inches of snow fall.

The storm tracked from Des Moines to Eau Clair, and the
pressure dropped to around 29 inches of Mercury. When it was
over it was discovered the storm had cut a 1,000 mile wide
path through the middle of our country.

The reason a storm warning wasn’t issued was because the
Midwest headquarters of the government forecaster in Chicago
wasn’t staffed overnight to track the storm. With today’s
advanced technology we hope this couldn’t happen again.

So don’t tell us how climate change is going to cause severe
weather changes and what we have to give up to stop it. Look to
the past for the answers.

Enjoy our Veteran’s Day.
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An amazing woman

October 16, 2017

You probably haven’t heard of Amanda Marsh but you may if you
see the movie “Only the Brave” when it comes out on October 20.
She is the widow of Eric Marsh who was a wildland fire fighter.
Because of her husbands death she was a consultant on the film
when it referred to her husband.

When younger, she and her family lived in Chino Hills,
California. She moved to Arizona to study creative writing at
Prescott College and spent her nights in a bar. She had a
problem with alcohol when younger, had stopped, and met her
husband in a 12-step program. Eric Marsh talked at one meeting
about his work with the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

They discovered they had mutual interest in music, rock
climbing, and horses so in January of 2010 Eric proposed during
a trip to the San Juan Mountains. The first fire of that season
left Amanda alone and she knew she couldn’t live by his
schedule as work became his mistress.

She got busy and worked their horses and grew her business
while he fought fires. They had settled into a routine
until June, 2013, when she received the call that her
husbands crew was missing.

When news did come she wanted a beer and cigarette but didn’t
act on it. She remained sober a day at a time and later sold
their place with the five-horse stable and got her own place,
started the Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters,
consulted on the film, and some criticized her of being in it
for the money as her business prospered.

We believe she is an amazing lady who is surviving and keeping
her husbands memory alive through the foundation. We find it
hard to believe that some people would try to shame her for
that.

Enjoy our Monday, it’s the first day of the rest of our lives.
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Another crying shame

October 2, 2017

Our condolences to the families and friends of the victims in
the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. That said, I’ll forewarn
those who weren’t upset because it happened at an event that
caters to conservative gun owners that I will not tolerate any
such nonsense here. If you are among that group please unfollow
this blog.

I managed to catch a little of the media coverage and the
presidents speech. While said media coverage made me want to
vomit I thought the president did a good job of expressing what
a lot of us are feeling. He took action, didn’t take questions,
and looked the part.

To the media: I don’t care why this nutbar shot all the people
I’m just hoping the death toll doesn’t get much higher. I also
don’t care what kind of weapon he used as again there was no
mention of the mental heath problem in our country.

We live a world where peanut butter cannot be sold unless it
contains a label stating it contains peanuts! Obviously our
society has been dumbed down. For God’s sake, don’t take any
bull the media is pushing at face value. If something doesn’t
sound right, research it and decide for yourself what’s true.

And perhaps Hillary Clinton could explain her comment on how
much worse it would have been if the shooter used a silencer.
The last concert we went to I couldn’t hear myself think when
the band got going and my filling rattled. Never mind the
politically motivated sound bites.

That’s my thought on the matter, you’re welcome to yours if
you disagree. Just enjoy our Monday, avoid the media, and we’ll
get through it.
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Sad anniversary

September 11, 2017

Hard to believe another year has passed and 9-11 is here
again. The anniversary of the day the towers fell and Americans
rose. We cannot forget the lunacy of the terrorists behind the
attack who thought the event would bring the country to its
knees.

I remember September 11th, 2001. I arrived at a friends
muffler shop that day to hang quarter panels and rocker panels
on his 54′ Chevy and during a break went into the office but
entered the Twilight Zone.

We stood in silence watching the attack unfold on a small TV
and stared in disbelief. Some were ready to fight, others to
enlist, and a few sad. It was a day none of us will ever
forget.

2,977 people lost their lives including 31 Muslims who were
not terrorists. Please take a moment today to remember.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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