Reasoning with the Antique Farmer

October 27, 2015


I went over to visit Dad and we talked of those
who are longer with us, family, the farm, the
upcoming trip the wife and I are taking, and the
recent WHO declaration against bacon.

We got passed the deaths, the health of our
family, and our vacation alright, but the Antique
Farmer got animated when it come to learning that
the WHO declared processed meats and red meat are
as cancerous as smoking.

The minute it was out of my mouth I heard ‘bullshit!’
I reminded him not to shoot the messenger so he
said he’d been eating meat all his life and he is
90 years old. Then he asked what would happen to
all the hogs and cattle if people didn’t eat them.

I admitted I didn’t know and he asked me what I’d
been hearing about it. Reminding him everything is
a rumor at this point I told him one someone
would want to tax meat like they tax cigarettes. The
Antique Farmer said everything is too high now.

So I told him that another rumor is that the
government wouldn’t allow restaraunts to sell meat.
The look on his face was priceless before he asked
‘then who the hell would go out to eat?’

Saving what I thought was the best for last, I told
him that some scientists think animal farts add to
the pollution that is causing global warming. And
I again heard ‘bullshit!’

He thought for a bit and said that nobody was
taking his meat away in his lifetime. I swear
the man forgets he’s 90.

Not wanting to leave him in a snit I brought up
the farm and the wooden bridge over the creek that
groaned like a banshee when you ran a tractor over
it. He was calm when I left and I’d guess he was
daydreaming about running the old tractor over that
sorry looking bridge. But he still isn’t going to
give up his meat!
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Amazing things

October 22, 2015

It has often been said that necessity is the
mother of invention. As long as there is a need,
somebody will be toiling on a solution. And in some
instances it is amazing.

Ever heard of the ogo? This group has mixed
electronics, battery technology, and an innovative
intuitive hands free control system to introduce
the latest in wheelchair technology.

The following really opened our eyes. The 2nd
edition of 7 Things you never knew existed is a
mix of technology that you may not know about. The
last one is something else.

We like a Coca-Cola once in a while and although
it isn’t really amazing, this video shows 5 Crazy
Facts about Coca-Cola.

Then there is the automotive industry who is no
stranger to technology. If you haven’t seen it,
here are the TOP 4 cars changing the world now.

Then we’ll close with the Future Green Technology
Top Picks 2015. After a short commercial that you
can opt out of after a few seconds, this video
begins with the Aire Mask. This device converts
breathing into renewable electrical power. Sort of
a charge your phone while you nap thing.

We can hardly wait to what comes next.
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A day of wonders

September 30, 2015

Most days we wake up and if our name isn’t in the
obituaries we go about our business. Then when work
is done, dinner is done, and we sit on the back
porch with our favorite beverage pondering the day.
Other days while in the process of getting through
the daily grind we come across something that we
find amazing.

Today was a rare day on the east coast of Iowa as
we came across two amazing things, the first man
made and the other through Mother Nature from God.
We’ll share them with you so that you might be
amazed also.

We saw short video about concrete. We know, grey,
boring, and pot holes come to mind, but this is
different. This concrete can absorb 800 gallons of
water a minute! No more overflowing gutters or
flooded low spots. Why isn’t this in the news?

No more flash flooding or flooded intersections
would be an improvement in our city by the river.
The second amazing thing a friend shared with us
about a fly geyser in Nevada.

To see that much water in the middle of a desert
and the colorful formations caused by geyser we
will no longer think only of ‘Old Faithful’ when
we hear the term geyser.

A solution to city flooding during heavy rains and
something that soothes the work weary soul. We’ve
had a great day and hope yours was as well.
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Cruiser 1, raccoon 0

July 8, 2015


I found out last night the water got high enough
at one point to knock out our water heater. Once
the water was removed a fan was placed on the floor
to dry out the basement. And at 1:45 this
morning the water heater was relighted.

I came upstairs, cleaned up, and got ready for a
good six hour nap. The wife had other ideas and got
me up at 6 a.m. for a trip to the local Farm & Fleet.
I gulped down a cup of coffee and we cruised to
the north end of town only to find said purveyors
of all things farm and outdoors didn’t open until
8 am.

No problem. We just backtracked and stopped at the
truck stop for breakfast. After a leisurely morning
meal we were back on the road in search of a trap.
The Lord was feeling my pain because we found a
trap with a picture of a raccoon on the label that
was made in the U.S.A., included a bonus smaller
trap inside, and was on sale for half price!


But there was another bonus. The trap listed that
raccoons, opossums, feral cats, groundhogs,
armadillos, and muskrats could be caught with the
trap. So if I ever find an armadillo in the base-
ment I won’t need another trap.

While I was feeling blessed and lucky I decided to
seek out a pair of rubber boots since I’d had no
luck yesterday. You got it. Not only did they have
the rubber boots in my size, they were made in the
U.S.A., and on sale. And people say they hate this
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The critter has been captured, and hauled away.


Last seen it was running as fast as it could and
I can only imagine to get away from me.

Brilliant idea or propaganda?

May 22, 2015


It should be no secret that I don’t like ethanol.
I get confused on why it is a good thing when it
harms cars and small engines, reduces our gas
mileage, and pollutes more than what it replaces.

Now comes talk of E15 and how is supposed to help
our environment even more because it harms cars
and small engines, lowers our gas mileage a little
more, and pollutes more than what it replaces.

Well if it so safe to use in our cars, why are the
automakers saying hold the phone? Why? You may
remember when the talk of E15 first started we were
told it could be used on models 2001 and up.

A few asking questions and few more spouting facts
didn’t do much to stop the mandate. But forgetting
what we’re told, and what is listed on the label on
the pumps, what do the automakers say?

Ford states it is acceptable for 2013 and newer
models, GM said it can be used on cars made since
2012 except the 2015 Chevy City Express, and
Chrysler says not to use it in any of its vehicles.

The backers of E15 usually pipe up about this time
and state that only one American manufacturer has
actually come out against it and they are uninformed. Ok.
Then how about Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, and Volvo all said
no to E15. For their cars built after 2012 they say to
check your owner’s manual and if E15 isn’t recommended,
keep using E10.

We are getting the bull shipped again. Who would
you rather believe, the talking government head
with an agenda, or the people who build the cars
we drive? Even AAA has an opinion.
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Steam powered what?

April 7, 2015

Did you know that the first police cars in Boston
were steam powered? The first police vehicle in the
city was a 1903 Stanley Steamer. These steamers
were faster than their gas powered counterparts,
but only held together for about 7,000 miles.

Why are we bringing up steam powered police cars?
Glad you asked. It ties into a story about how
California decided to fund a trial of steam powered
law enforcement vehicles to offset pollution.

What could go wrong with that idea? Would you
believe just about everything. Oh, did we mention
this happened in 1969? Anyway, the California
legislature funded a trial of steam powered police
cruisers and even found two companies who take on
the task of converting gas burning police cars to
the more environmentally friendly steam power.


The Dodge Polara was chosen as it was popular
model in law enforcement at the time along with an
Olds Delta 88. The Olds was sent to Thermodymanic
Systems for conversion and the Polara went to
William P. Lear’s company.

Neither vehicle was ever seen again. The group
assigned the Olds raised the white flag almost
before they started and the company working on the
Dodge soon followed. Of course when this happened
the plans for steam powered buses also went up
in smoke.

We can’t pretend to guess if the government even
thought this one out before passing it. A heat
source had to be available to make steam and
propane was being seriously looked at as a source.
But the government wanted no pollution and the
project was finally officially ended.

And that is yet another reason some people scream
in fear when they hear the words “I’m from the
government and I want to help”.
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Keep on trucking

March 21, 2015

Sometimes something catches our eye and usually
that something has wheels and an engine. This is
no exception to that rule.

People either love or hate WalMart. We find it
good exercise to walk the acres of aisles while
trying to find something we don’t really need.
But WalMart has another side you may not know

WAVE, or WalMart Advanced Vehicle Experience, is
the truck design end of the company that looks to
improve efficiency, lower emissions, and thus
have an impact of their bottom line.

As the video shows, the aerodynamic truck cab has
a center mounted steering wheel with LCD screens
on both sides instead of gauges. The power-train
is a Capstone micro-turbine and an electric motor.

Even the trailer is different as it made of carbon
fiber. The single piece 53 foot sides are the
largest carbon fiber pieces ever manufactured. But
enough of our take on it, Watch the video and judge
for yourself.

Since we’re talking about trucks anyway we’ll add
a couple more to the mix. Even if these never hit
the road they are fun to look at. And there are
some out there that look stranger. Check out the
following and see for yourself.

In 1992, the Mercedes EXT 92 debuted at an
exhibition in Hanover. All these years later and it
still looks like something from the future.

So we wonder if we will see WalMart’s version, or
one of the other versions, in our lifetime actually
cruise the concrete ribbons. That would be
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