Bad day

July 20, 2018

You’ve probably heard that Iowa was hit by as many as 27
tornadoes yesterday and reports of injuries and damages are
still coming in. From what we’ve heard the damages were mostly
in the central part of our state.

In Pella a Vermeer plant had major damage and some empolyees
went sent to the hospital with injuries. The plant that makes
agricultural and industrial equipment is closed to assess the
damage.

In Marshalltown around 10 people were injured and thankfully
none critically. Several buildings were damaged and clean up
will take some time. The tornado even took the top of the clock
tower off, which laded in the street.

In Bondurant it was much the same. Downed trees, damaged
houses, and clean up and repair. Other cities and other towns
were hit as well. The affected areas are asking that gawkers go
elsewhere to allow medical, law enforcement, and clean up crews
full entry.

Our hearts goes out to those impacted and prayers have been
sent. Enjoy our Friday as it will only feel like a couple hours
before the weekend is gone. Now for some coffee.
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The Jamboree

July 15, 2018

We decided to throw caution to the wind, ignore the 50% chance
of rain, and experience the Trucker’s Jamboree yesterday and it
worked out fairly well. We even watched a little of the Truckers’ Olympics while there.

This was the second time we’ve seen this truck but I’m drawn
to it again. One would think the colors would look hideous in
this combination but it works.

Support for veterans and law enforcement on a variety of trucks
and colorful murals from the hoods to the sleepers. It seemed a
shame they didn’t have a separate area for just trucks painted
like these.

As it was a truck show you noticed not everyone agrees on what
their truck should look like. The red and orange Peterbilts in
the picture are and example.

A few pickups were spotted like the old red International and
the older 1919 Defiance.

The rig above may look familiar to fans of scary movies that
have cars featured in them. We believe it to be a Henderson
but are correctable.

As the drizzle started we entered the last row and encountered
this trailer advertising the truck museum at the truckstop. It
caught my eye because of the old Coke delivery truck on it.
So we got some pictures, the camera didn’t get too wet, and we
cruised back home without sticking to the seats. Not a bad day.

Enjoy our Sunday as the start of the work week is only a dream
away. Now I need some coffee.
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Just some thoughts

July 13, 2018

At the grocery store the guy bagging our purchases asked me if
we found everything and I replied that if we didn’t we should
have. For some reason he must have thought that was the funniest
thing he’d heard all morning as he was still chuckling when he
finished bagging and wished us a good day.

We are thinking of cruising to the “World’s Biggest Truckstop”
tomorrow to experience the Trucker’s Jamboree. Nothing like
walking through acres of shined up, chromed out, show trucks
during a hot spell. There’s only a 50% chance of rain so that
means the odds are just as good it won’t.

If it isn’t pouring down rain we’ll be there. Plenty of sharp
dressed trucks, good food, live music, and events you can’t see
anywhere else. Things like guys pulling an antique semi tracker
with a rope up a slight incline while being timed. Last year just
watching made me sweat more.

And I’ve been missing calls on my cell phone for a while now
and decided today was a good time to figure out why. Sitting at
the kitchen table I flipped open the phone only to discover a
missed call 4 minutes earlier. My thought was that since said
cell phone was older than dirt the ringer just quit.

The phone company has been after me for 3 years to get a smart
phone. They claim I’m past due. I don’t like upgrading or want
a smart phone. I just get tired of trying to talk to anyone at
at our local cell phone provider. They try to sell me a phone
that does everything but wash the car while I tell them I want
a flip phone without a camera.

All that said, I did manage to get the ringer going once again,
and yes, it rings when someone calls. No music or sound effects
for me. What’s wrong with a phone that rings?

Enjoy our Friday as we won’t see another one for a week. Now
I need more coffee and some leftover pizza.
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About the 3rd

July 3, 2018

Tomorrow is the 4th of July and many will celebrate the holiday
and since we feel every day we wake up breathing is important,
here are a few things that happened on July 3rd. If you already
know what occurred you can look at the picture.

On July 3, 1754 in the French and Indian War George Washington
surrendered Fort Necessity to the French forces.

On this date in 1775 George Washington takes command of the
Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

The Wyoming Valley massacre occurred on this date in 1778 during
the Revolutionary War when the Iroquois, who allied with Britain
killed 360 people.

On July 3, 1819 the first savings bank, The Bank for Savings
in the City of New York opened.

In 1852 Congress established the United States 2nd Mint in San
Francisco.

In 1886 the New York Tribune became the first newspaper to use
a linotype machine which eliminated typesetting by hand.

In 1890 Idaho became the 43rd state on this date.

In 1938 the world speed record for a steam locomotive was set
in England at 125.88 mph.

In 1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated lit and
dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorials eternal flame at
the Gettysburg battlefield.

In 1962 Jackie Robinson became the first African-American
inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1979 President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for
secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.

Much more happened on this date including the fact that I got
a haircut. And I can honestly say this is the first time in two
years my ears and back of my neck have felt sunshine on them in
two years.

Enjoy our Tuesday and the 4th tomorrow. Now I need more coffee
and some leftover pizza.
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Just a couple events

June 22, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve mentioned upcoming events on
Friday so here are a couple to think about. One is in Minnesota
and the other in Iowa.

The first is the Minnesota Street Rod Association (MRSA)
sponsored 45th Annual Back to the Fifties Weekend at the
Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota. It runs from
today through Sunday and last year had over 11,000 vehicles
registered for the show.

We’re told this show is one that some don’t even see all the
cars at the event even though they spend the whole weekend
trying. One of these years we might even make it up there to
check it out.

If you’re around eastern Iowa around Labor Day, you may want to
head towards Mt. Pleasant and take in the Midwest Old Threshers
Reunion. This event runs from August 30th through September 3rd.

We won’t make this event as we’ll be cruising west toward
Idaho if everything works out. That said this is more for those
who want to know what it was like back in the day. Over the
weekend you can see horse pulls, the Cavalcade of Power on the
track, concerts, museums, steam tractors, take a trip around the
grounds on a train, and get some good eats and souvenirs too.

If you wish to know more click on the links and get the
information from the source. Enjoy our Friday as we will now
that rain stopped and the basements’ dry. Now for some more
coffee and some much needed sunshine.
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Enjoy our day

June 17, 2018


LST tour

June 12, 2018

Iowa will be seeing the USS LST (Landing Ship Tank) 325 on the
Mississippi river in two different cities later this year. This
ship was launched on 27 October 1942 from the shipyard at
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and commissioned on 1 February 1943
under Lt. Ira Ehrensall, USNR.

The LST 325 is 327 feet 9 inches long, has a beam of 50 feet
and loaded with a 500 ton payload has a draft of 3 feet 11
inches forward and 9 feet 10 inches aft. On 6 June 1944 this
ship was part of the armada that participated in the Normandy
Landings at Omaha Beach where she carried 59 vehicles, 30
officers and 396 enlisted men.

1,051 LSTs were built in the 1940s and the LST 325 is the only
one still in operation in the U.S. Home port is now Evansville,
Indiana. It will dock at the Port of Dubuque August 23 though
August 27. Then the ship will be downstream at the Isle Casino
Hotel in Bettendorf from August 30 to September 3.

Tours of about 45 minute duration will be available each day
from 11 am to 6:30 pm and cost adults $10, kids 6-17 $5, and
kids 5 and under and WWII veterans get a free tour at both
locations.

As the date draws closer we’re sure there will plenty of
information for those of us who are interested. We will post
an update also in August.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. The wife returns to work
tomorrow and things may get back to as close to normal as we
let them. Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.