A little birdie told me

June 23, 2017

Trump was in Iowa yesterday in a city close to us and the
righteous indignation has begun. Iowa gets around 36% of its
energy from wind turbines and during his speech the president
said “I don’t want to just hope the wind blows to light up your
homes and your factories as the birds fall to the ground.”

These few words caused one of our Senators to proclaim “Trump
would succeed in ending the production tax credit in Congress
over me dead body.” Supporters of green energy spoke out and
gloom and doom was predicted over a simple sentence. Yet the
consensus is that those who attended the event cheered the
remark.

Wind energy is like ethanol in Iowa and considered by many to
be the only answer to our many problems. Both have been around
longer than people think. I am one Iowan who believes both are
over rated. Wind energy is still more expensive and ethanol is
just a stepping stone until something better comes along.

It is fun to read, and hear, all the people forecast the end of
the world as we know it if changes are made. We lived before
these fads came along and will continue breathing when they are
gone as long as the good Lord is willing. Too many people take
this stuff too seriously.

We, on the other hand, have a life. And since the wife has a
few days off in a row we are going to cruise the two lane
blacktop to somewhere, spend the night in a motel, and cruise
back when we’re ready. Until then I will have no internet
access but will post upon our return.

So enjoy our Friday, it’s the last one we get this week.
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Weekend wrap up

June 19, 2017

We made it out to the Heartland Nova Reunion show, met up with
an old friend, and saw a few more while checking out the cars.
Held at the Casino nestled on the banks of the Mississippi a
constant breeze made the morning perfect.

We haven’t been to a show in a quite a while so it was nice to
get out, meet some old friends, and stretch the legs a bit. We
had good intentions to go along the levee later and get some
pictures of the river but I got distracted so it didn’t happen.
That is on the list.

Back at home we noticed the critters were out in abundance and
acting goofy. Don’t know if they were celebrating Father’s Day
early or got into some fermented fruit. One little bird just
kept jumping in place. He didn’t go anywhere but he sure was
working his legs.

There was even a cardinal who I think believed he was Jack
Nicholson! You could almost imagine him shouting “Here’s
Johnny!” We glad the critters were enjoying the cool down and
they did put on a show.

And as the sun set here on the east coast of Iowa we gave a
nod to our God for allowing us to share another great day.

I stopped by Dad’s Sunday, had a good visit, and we may
write more about that in a later post.

Enjoy our Monday. We’re going to give it our best shot. Now I
smell some leftover pizza that wants to be my friend.
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Rain and a car show

June 14, 2017

After 18 dry days we finally got a little liquid love from
above. It only rained long enough to wet the pavement and
raise the humidity, but we’ll take it. We need a little more
rain.

When things like this happen I’m reminded that a thermometer
is needed in the office. It has natural heating and cooling,
it’s hot in the summer and cool in the winter.

And starting tomorrow, the 10th Annual Heartland Nova Reunion
will be at Isle of Capri Casino in Bettendorf, Iowa. This event
will be located in the northeast parking lot and will run until
around 2 pm Saturday. This even is free for spectators. This
show is for Novas only and we’re told this one will have one of
the biggest assortments of Novas and Chevy IIs in our area.

Friday from 7-9 pm the Neverly Brothers will play inside the
casino. We’re told this is a great band who play everything
from Elvis to the Beatles and admission for this event is $10.

The proceeds from the 50/50 drawing will go to the charity
Retrieving Freedom, there will be trophies, and the show is
participant judged. There will be vendors and a lot more. The
Casino is located at 1777 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Great show, great cars, and a good group of enthusiasts to
check out. It’s not supposed to rain this weekend and might
even cool off a little so those won’t work for excuses.

Enjoy our Wednesday, we’re halfway to weekend.
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Short list

June 8, 2017

Sometimes as we cruise through life we need to stop and smell
the racing gas. There are a few events happening here on the
east coast of Iowa that will interest some of you who live here,
or close. And here they are.

If you know Yogi’s Rod Shop, now known as Yogi’s, Inc., and
you don’t have much going on tonight, they are hosting a
cruise-in from 5-7 pm tonight. Yogi’s is located at 260 Welter
Drive in Monticello, Iowa.

Saturday, June 10th, the Quad Cities Cruisers’ will host their
Open Run XXXV Car Show from 3-8 pm at SouthPark Mall in Moline,
Illinois. A good show with great people and plenty to do. You
can call their event phone line at 563-355-0036 for up to date
information or changes.

On Monday, June 12th, the Hot Rod Power Tour will be stopping
at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa from
noon to 6 pm. The Tour starts in Kansas City, Missouri on June
10th and ends in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 16th. We went
the last time this tour stopped through and saw several cars
we normally don’t get to see.

We’re told this is a free event for spectators and that you
should park at West High School and take a shuttle bus to the
fairgrounds. We are correctable on that as it is what we’ve
heard.

There are more events going on, our intent was to list these
three. Enjoy our Thursday as that means the working folks have
another day before they get a break.
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Quick update

May 3, 2017

Sorry again for the late post, we’ve been home for hours but
with the phone and doorbell ringing haven’t had the time to
sit down yet. We talked with Dad’s doctor this morning and the
prognosis was good. He’ll still be in the hospital a few days
but he’s ok with that.

Thank you all for the prayers and good thoughts. We talked of
things that happened on the farm having a good laugh and were
really happy to see him better. The drama continued, but again
I brushed it off. Since some weren’t talking to me I don’t
know what their problem is nor do I care. I’m just sorry this
has bothered my youngest brother so much.

And once again the Vintage Torquefest is coming up this week.
Things will kick off in downtown Dubuque at 6:30 pm with an open
header cruise before things end up at the fairgrounds for some
live music and a summary of what’s going to happen Friday and
Saturday. If you know John, he puts on a great show and all
proceeds goes to Helping Hannah’s Heart.

It’s a good charity that helps children with heart defects and
you can spend the day and not experience everything. It’s not
looking like we’ll make it this year, but we’ll be there in
spirit. Enjoy what’s left of our Wednesday, it’s the first one
in May. Now it’s time to find a pizza, grab a Coke, and take
my boots off.
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Just two things

April 28, 2017

The weekend is upon us, we’re edging closer to summer, and car
shows are beginning to pop up. We’ll mention a couple here. The
Vintage Torquefest 2017 is next weekend May 5-6 at the Dubuque
County Fairgrounds in Dubuque, Iowa. John always puts on a
great show and this year is no exception.

Friday is a backroads country cruise to the Potosi Brewery,
mini-bike races on the dirt track, show cars on the dirt track,
a flat track motorcycle exhibition, dirty drags, chain racing,
and flame throwing cars after dark.

Saturday sees mini bikes in the back forty, flat track
motorcycle practice, mini bike and go kart exhibition, the pin
up contest, car owners showcase on the track, more dirty drags,
flat track motorcycle races, an art auction, jalopy heat laps
on the track, and of course bands, vendors, and a swap meet
both days.

All this makes it a fun show and proceeds go to Helping
Hannahs Heart.

The other event is the 33rd Annual Spring Auto Parts Swap
Meet and Car Corral held Sunday, May 7 at the fairgrounds
parking lot, 700 N. Maple Street in Monticello, Iowa. The event
runs from 7:30 am to 1 pm and is open to high performance,
custom, stock, and antique cars and parts.

Monticello also hosts a Rod and Custom Car Show that will be
held February 25-26, 2018. Now you know. We’ll leave it there
and hope you enjoy our weekend. It’s been raining here, but we
all know it has to rain to get a rainbow.
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Going to be great

April 20, 2017

As the sun went down on another beautiful day in Iowa I hoped
people around the world could view it. So if you didn’t get a
chance to see one where you’re at, we’ll share ours.

Many things happened in our history on this day, April 20th,
which is the 110th day of the year. And that means only 255
more days until 2018. Here are a few of the things that
happened on this date.

In 1826, Major Gordon Long was the first non-Muslim to enter
Timbuktu.

In 1836 the United States Congress passed an act that created
the Wisconsin Territory.

The Civil Rights Act of 1871 became law.

On this date in 1902 Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the
radioactive element radium chloride.

1914 saw 19 men, women, and children killed in the Ludlow
Massacre during a coal miners strike in Colorado.

In 1946 the League of Nations dissolves and gives most of its
power to the United Nations.

And in 1972, Apollo 16 lands on the moon. The mission
commander was John Young.

Adolf Hitler was born on this date in 1889 and Bram Stoker
died on this date in 1912.

If you’re in a mood to party here are some holidays to
celebrate today.

Today is: Lima Bean Respect Day, National Cheddar Fries Day,
National High Five Day, National Pineapple Upside-down Cake
Day, National Pot Smokers Day, and National Look Alike Day to
name a few.

For these reasons, and because I didn’t see my name in the
obituaries, it’s going to be a great day. Enjoy our Thursday.
Comments are always welcome.