Innovations

September 14, 2016

Today’s post is sponsored by Dr. Batty’s For Your Health
Asthma Cigarettes.

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Innovations are a funny thing, much like fads. What is
considered latest and greatest in one era isn’t even talked
about decades later. Much like Dr. Batty’s cigarettes. I’m
sure the FDA would not approve his cigarettes today as a
“cure”.

Other innovations that made life more enjoyable are now
combined into one gadget. Growing up we didn’t have a
computer but we did have transistor AM radios, calculators,
and black and white TVs. Now one doesn’t even need said
computer as the new smart phones have all the functions of
the above in one small device.

Bicycles have been around since the 1800s and have had many
stages of development. The industry has advanced through the
use of ball bearings, chain driven sprockets, tension spoke
wheels, and pneumatic tires. Enthusiasts have added gasoline
engines, electric motors, jet engines, and even sails.

By now you are probably wondering where I’m going with this,
so here it is. As I was cruising the information highway I
came across a website that extolled the virtues of a hemp
based pedal electric vehicle with three wheels and removable
doors.

It is called the PEBL, seats two, has a top speed of 20
mph, and prices start at around $6,000. The Better Bike has
a hemp and soy composite body, reverse and cruise control,
full lighting, is fully enclosed, and as mentioned can seat
two adults.

At first I thought it was a Smart Car on a diet! I found
this an interesting concept and if you’d like to see the
web page, or are interesting in learning more, go here.

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.
Comments are always welcome.


Ready to fix it

August 8, 2016

With the recent upturn in the number of planes flying
low over Casa Cruiser we need to do something. A friend
stated that the airport cancelled one flight which caused
a deviation in the flight paths that have the planes
buzzing our neighborhood.

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We can understand that to a point, but said airport is
across the Mississippi river and in another state. That
airport is roughly 15-20 miles away from us. Our airport
is about 10 miles from us in the other direction and isn’t
set up to handle larger planes. Why can’t they move the
flight paths into Illinois where the airport is located?

So I have come up a plan that involves learning air
traffic control, a study of ground crew movements, and a
visit to our local Farm & Fleet. What does a farm jobber
have to with any of the above you ask?

Simply put, after learning the basics mentioned above I
would purchase the proper gear to slightly alter the
flight paths over someone else’s house. A bright orange
vest, a hardhat, and a couple of flashlights should do the
trick. And if you think I have a dislike of aircraft, you
would be wrong. I’m only thinking of the wildlife.

That shouldn’t confuse you but if it does I’ll explain.
If the planes keep buzzing over us the wildlife will
panic and run away. When they run away, they will head for
the more rural areas. Farmers have enough to worry about
without an influx of wild critters.

My solution can only be a win/win situation. The planes
move ever so slightly off the flight path, the critters
stay here so I can take pictures of them, and the farmers
will thank us for the effort. Who knows, it may even work.
Comments are always welcome.


It’s possible

July 31, 2016

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After getting the chores done while having another cup of
coffee, my mind wandered off again. Nothing new there, but
this time it came back with an interesting take on the
climate change crazies.

What if our climate is changing, but not because of the
politically correct greenhouse gases? What if the very
solution to the problem, is the problem? What if the
climate change Al Gore and others have been predicting
forever is their fault?

It could be the wind turbines that are slicing and dicing
the bald eagles are causing a shift in our wind patterns
thus blowing things places they have never been before.
After all, there is now a lot wind where there used to be
none.

Then we have the exalted by the climate change movement
solar panels. Seems to me that when the sun is hitting
these pieces of glass and plastic it would have to bounce
off and produce heat. The ozone layer won’t let the added
man-made heat escape so we have a hot time in the city.

Add to that the fact that it’s an election year and all
the candidates’ speeches, the media verbally discussing
said speeches, then all the rebuttals put that much more
hot air into our atmosphere.

Yet Obama wants to add another tax to gasoline because it
is the culprit? If we run out of energy it won’t be because
of gasoline, our air conditioners, or refrigerators. It
will be because the wind turbines quit turning, as the solar
panels and the “green” power plants can’t keep up with
demand like the old ones did.
Comments are always welcome.


Crazy days

May 6, 2016

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When I glanced up the sky was filled with more clouds
than one would care to count. Yet with all the clouds it
was still bright out. The vivid colors seem to say take
the day off and look at me.

It did get toasty bundling brush for pick-up and
cutting large wood pieces into smaller ones so I came
inside for a glass of lemonade. When I turned on tv for
a glance at the news it was stated our elections have
turned into a circus.

Even our president did a cameo proclaiming the job of
president has to be taken seriously. He did not mention
how he knew this. So that got me thinking.

Across the media are tales of members of political
parties tearing up their cards, voters who say they
aren’t going to vote, and the requisite number of
celebrities and famous nitwits proclaiming they will
leave the country if a certain candidate is elected.

Nowhere we looked commented on the fact that such
childish behavior would have resulted in an attitude
adjustment back in our day. I see no real difference
between this election and others in the past. For myself
anyway, there is no perfect candidate.

If enough of us feel the Bern we all will be paying a
lot more in taxes, if enough vote Hillary we will be
paying more in taxes and fighting for our guns, and if
a majority jump on the Trump train we will have a wall
along our southern border and a lot of pissed off
whiners.

It does make one wonder what they’re trying to pull
while putting so much bull out. It’s getting so deep MY
eyes are turning brown. This election is a drama lovers
dream.
Comments are always welcome.


Not again

April 25, 2016

You may remember a while back I related a tale about
the moon getting caught in our pine tree? Well we had
another problem with said moon.

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Yes it caused issues again. This time it chose to get
hung up on the telephone wires that run across our yard.
With my lightning fast reflexes I took this photo just
before said wire fell to the ground!

I didn’t realize the moon got that hot but I’ve been
told we learn something new everyday. I also didn’t
think the moon got that close to us, but the photographic
proof if hard to argue.

I was assured by the Telephone Company that the hanging
wires aren’t dangerous as they only carry a small amount
of electricity through them. In any case yard work has
been cancelled until the situation is rectified.

If you’re a night owl or an early riser you may want to
look outside for this potential danger. Looking up is
better than looking down. Unless you’re standing on the
edge of a cliff.

This tale was loosely based on a true story and
the moon was not harmed during this photo shoot.
So enjoy your day as I know I will puttering around
the garage.
Comments are always welcome.


Star gazing

April 13, 2016

Since things have warmed up here on the east coast of
coast of Iowa we took a couple of photographs outside to
see if they would work. We think they did so we’ll share
them.

This first one was right around sunset looking through
all the trees and power lines. We’re not sure if it’s
any good, but as mentioned, we like it.

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After snapping the picture above I went back in the
house to spend some time with the wife before she left
for work. After she was safely on her way I grabbed the
camera and a tripod to try again and got this one.

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It isn’t a full moon but it was glowing so brightly the
tops of the tree are lighter than the rest. I thought
dozens of stars were dancing around the moon in some
sort of celebration I wasn’t party to. What a great
sight. And if you want to see a bigger picture just
click on the one shown.

The good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise I’ll
live long enough to get one shot I think is perfect.
Until then, drive no faster than your guardian angel
can fly. Now I need to find another pizza that wants
to be my friend.
Comments are always welcome.


Weekend ramble

March 25, 2016

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I was waiting for my friend to show up and lost track of
time. Usually the man in the moon shows up around 9
0’clock this time of year but he was stubborn and didn’t
show up until after 10.

By then it was in the 40s again so a jacket was needed
for any long discussion. He informed me that my favorite
neighbor, the one who likes to call me crazy, saw me out
doing my snow dance during the recent snow. And she
thought I was crazy but it was too cold out to tell me
to my face. I don’t doubt it.

A old friend stopped over earlier and we had a nice chat.
We talked of everything from hot sauce to fine art. I
even showed him a truck that was for sale with the help
of my laptop. I don’t think he believed me when I told
him it had fender skirts front and back, but when he
looked at the picture he liked it too.

And it looks like we’re in for a flood here on the
east coast of Iowa and it should impact us next week.
Projections are running about 2 foot over flood stage
and it will cause some road closures.

Sunday is Easter and we wish you a happy Easter. If you
don’t celebrate have a happy end to the weekend anyway.
I would ramble on but must search for a pizza with my
name on it as I forgot lunch again.
Comments are always welcome.