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.
Comments are always welcome.

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Two things from Iowa

October 10, 2017

First, if you live in the 6th ward here in Davenport please
take the time to vote today. As you should know, if you live in
the 6th ward, 5 people are running and only 2 can be on the
ballot for the general election.

The other is about and article in the Chicago Tribune from
July 6, 1963. The headline grabbed my attention and I had to
read it. Said headline stated “Iowa Ends 47 Yr. Drouth on
Liqour-by-the-Drink”.

The article is above and can be enlarged by clicking on it,
but what caught my eye was the spelling of drought. I don’t
think I’ve ever seen it spelled that way before, but have heard
it pronounced in that manner.

So I did an online search and one source assured me it was just
another way to spell drought. That made sense in a way but
didn’t really fit. So after more searching the Urban Dictionary
proclaimed it was a Scottish word that meant thirsty. The
latter seemed a better fit.

Since I was only 12 years old when article came out I knew
very little about Iowa Liquor laws or how people got around
them. After reading said article I believe it must have been
a big deal for someone to fly to our Capital just to get the
first liquor license.

It also gave me a chuckle when I came to the part that
mentioned the drink price included a 10% occupational tax. The
tax is probably the only reason our state government allowed
it as the tax would bring in revenue.

I did find it a little hard to believe that our stae didn’t
allow booze to be sold by the drink for 47 years but as the
saying goes, live and learn. One can almost hear the opposition
wailing about how the citizens of Iowa were going to all be
passed out in the gutters because of this.

If memory serves me correctly the drunkest times were in the
mid 1800s when more alcohol was consumed per capita than before
or since.

Now I need more coffee and I spied some leftover pizza that
needs a friend. Enjoy our Tuesday.
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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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Three problems

August 27, 2017

While the rain has put a damper on outdoor activities on the
east coast of Iowa news of all sorts has been filtering through
our daily lives. The storms in Texas, the nut job with the bowl
haircut firing a few missiles, and the Navy not being to
navigate friendly waters come to mind.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Texas, we can only
imagine the grief caused. We know the fact that help is on the
way is of little consequence to those hardest hit but there is
not much more to be said at this point.

North Korea fired off three missiles yesterday and a thinking
man has to wonder where the threat is. The first missile failed,
the second blew up shortly after being launched, and the third
missile failed. This means only one of two things.

Either they are dumber than bricks for trying the same thing
over and over, are they are intentionally firing off the duds
so others get complacent. I don’t like either of those options.

As I perused the Navy Times a story caught my eye and had me
staring at the monitor in disbelief. The headline was ‘Maybe
today’s Navy is just not very good at driving ships’. Huh?
Isn’t a Navy supposed to involve ships?

As I read the article I was concerned as the statement came
from a retired Navy Captain. First off, you don’t drive a ship.
A helmsman pilots the ship. Surface Warfare Officers don’t even
know the terminology? According to the retired captain ‘the
current generation of officers rising into command level
billets lacks the skills, training, education and experience
needed to operate effectively and safely at sea’.

This begs the question, who on the ship does have the skill to
operate the ship safely? 17 dead sailors this summer because
the ability to operate a ship in open seas is unknown to those
doing so? I’m glad my hitch occurred when we knew how to do it
safely and bring all hands back to port.

It may just be time to bring God back to the public. Enjoy
our Sunday, I’ll still be shaking my head tomorrow.
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Choices

August 26, 2017

This weekend on the east coast of Iowa we have Farm Days in
the Village, the Corvette Rally in LeClaire, and the World
Series of Drag Racing across the river. We couldn’t make them
all and had to choose one. Here is what we chose.

And just a short walk away is a spot on the bluff overlooking
the Mississippi river that I like to go to and see what’s going
on below.

Not as exciting as drag racing or as flashy as the Corvettes,
but just as enjoyable. The tractors and exhibits will be in
the Village until 4 pm tomorrow if you want to take a look.

We will post a snicker later today as time allows. Enjoy our
saturday.
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A tragedy and the car show

August 20, 2017

We’re going to show you some of the cars that were at the VVA
Car Cruise-In but before we do we have to mention something that
happened 107 years ago on this date. Bear with us and we’ll get
to the cars.

The Great Fire of 1910 occurred when hurricane force winds
prodded hundreds of small fires into blazing infernos. When
all was said and done 3 million acres were burnt in Washington,
northern Idaho, and western Montana. Two towns in Idaho and
five in Montana were completely destroyed in the fire before
a cold front brought in a steady rain. There were 87 fatalities,
mostly firefighters.

And now some pictures from the car show. You can click on any
picture to get a better look.

There were many more cars, but this should give you an idea
of the show. And now I hear leftover pizza and a coffee pot
calling my name.
Enjoy our Sunday as that means some of us rejoin the rat race
tomorrow.
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Be careful what you wish for

August 17, 2017

The media isn’t going to tire of stating their opinion about
the incident at Charlottesville, Virginia any time soon. Once
again our country is divided over what happened and facts don’t
matter.

It seems the media blames our president, the mayor, the police,
and the group who had the papers and permits signed. Yet the
group expecting a free pass after the melee came wearing helmets
and carrying bats and mace. They later also destroyed a
monument because they thought it racist and battered a female
reporter.

The police didn’t interfere because they were ordered not to
out of fear that the rioters would destroy the city and the
lawsuits would be plentiful. And now statues and monuments are
taken down while the Lincoln memorial is defaced.

Two wrongs don’t make a right. I agree with our president that
both groups are to blame. No one has denied that the first
group is racist and many don’t like it. But they have the right
to be so. Instead of the media issuing blame, how about they
talk of a solution?

Trump is our president, and hard as it is for some people to
grasp, it is because of all the bull being shipped by the media
and by the corrupt politicians.

But the bottom line is the title of this post. If these rioters
calling themselves “protesters” get too cocky and start trying
to tear down the wrong memorial they will open a can of whoop
ass the likes of which this country hasn’t seen since the Civil
War. So be careful what you wish for.

Enjoy our thursday as we’ve used our allotment for the week and
won’t have another until next week. Now I need a pizza and
another cup of coffee.
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