Some upcoming events

May 17, 2018

I haven’t been putting any upcoming car events here for a while
so thought it time to enter a couple now. Most have heard of
these by now but some have not so here they are.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 will be the Classic Car Cruise-In at
Northpark Mall in Davenport, Iowa. sponsored by the Veterans Car
Club of the Quad Cities, the event will run from 5 pm until the
last car leaves or the cows come home.

The event is held in support of military/veteran programs and
Toys for Tots and all donations will go to these programs. This
event is also in honor of all active military and veterans. If
you wish to learn more call Bruce Cheek at 563-349-4129 or Mike
DeGeeter at 563-370-2635. Rain date is June 2, 2018.

And on Saturday, June 9, 2018, the Quad Cities Cruisers will
host the Open Run XXXVI Car Show at Southpark Mall in Moline,
Illinois. The event runs from 3-8 pm and it’s $15 to enter a
car in the event.

If you want to double check you can call the Club Event Phone
Line at 563-355-0036.

So there are a couple of things to do if you need something to
do on the dates listed. Great events, great people, good food
and music, and acres of cars to gawk at.

Enjoy our Thursday as we’re almost to the weekend. Now I need
more coffee and shower as I finished the lawn.
Comments are always welcome.

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Going to be busy

May 4, 2018

We had another senior moment that lasted a couple weeks so will
mention Vintage Torquefest 2018 now since it starts today. All
proceeds from this traditional hot rod and motorcycle show go
to Helping Hannah’s Heart. The show runs through tomorrow.

The wife mentioned today is also National Nurses Day so we’ll
thank all the nurses and wish them a great day. Today is also
Military Spouse Day.

May is National Electric Safety Month, National ALS Awareness
Month, National Burger Month, National Foster Care Month,
Mental Heath Awareness Month, National Military Appreciation
Month, and Older Americans Month to name a few.

The second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day and the week beginning
May 6th is National Nursing Week.

May is the 5th month of the year and May’s birthstone is the
emerald. If you were born in May your birth flower is the Lily
of the Valley.

With that said we readily admit we know just enough to be
dangerous and list only things that interest us so if we missed
a day or week or month observed in May it was not on purpose.
If something is listed wrong while we didn’t make it up that
goes back to our drinking days when we liked to find something
to celebrate before we hit the saloon.

And any rate, enjoy our Friday as it’s looking to be great
weather here. Now for more coffee and some Flaming Hot Cheetos.
Comments are always welcome.


On May Day

May 1, 2018

Today is May Day and we thought it time for a little history of the
day. Ancient Celts called the event “Beltane”, the day halfway
between spring and summer. Young people were paired with a mate
and if the courtship continued the wedding would be held six
weeks later on June’s Midsummer’s Day.

The dance around the Maypole had a whole different meaning back
then. As happens the Maypole has been sometimes banned over the
eons usually because those who did the banning believed those
who did the Maypole dance were taking part in fertility rites.
Others banned it because of it’s pagan origins and the dance
inspired bawdy revelry.

Maypole dances today are choreographed and are something to
see. The multi colored ribbons circling the pole as the dancers
weave and twirl are usually done in historic areas today.

There are many May Day traditions and we’ll mention a few here.
Farmers plant corn, cucumbers, and turnips today. Kids can go
barefoot on May Day for the time, beekeepers move bees, and
fishermen expect to catch fish today.

Some groups crown a May Queen and neighbors might leave baskets
of of flowers on each other’s doorstep, and in Hawaii today is
called Lei Day.

Lore has it if a maiden gathers dew before sunup and sprinkles
her face with it, she will enjoy luck and youthful beauty for
the rest the year.

So enjoy our May Day and I’ll get some more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Sunday moon

April 29, 2018

Last nights moon looked close to full but tonight at 8:58 pm
the Full Pink Moon arrives. The moon will not be pink, the name
denotes the the appearance of the “moss pink” or wild ground
phlox which is an early bloomer.

This moon is also known as the Spouting Grass Moon, the Egg
Moon, and the Fish Moon. As you may have guessed these names
were used by early Colonial Americans and they learned the
names from Native Americans.

To the Native Americans the Full Moon names helped the tribes
track the seasons thus the ‘named’ full moons. These Native
Americans didn’t have calendars sitting around so they kept an
eye on the time by watching the seasons change and lunar months.

Not all tribes marked time in the same however. To some tribes a
year consisted of 4 seasons while others used 5 seasons to mark
the year. Other tribes said the year contained 12 moons while
different tribes defined the year as 13 moons.

And according to folklore, the period from the full moon to
the last quarter of the moon is the best time for weed killing,
thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-
ground crops.

Now the we know a little more about tonight’s full moon we hope
you get a chance to get a look at it. If the night isn’t cloudy
we might get a picture. Enjoy our Sunday as the race is at
Talledaga and the weather is great.

Comments are always welcome.


Tractor distractions

April 4, 2018

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We have been missing in action for a full day but have now
returned. Yesterday the skies were as gray as the hull of a Navy
Destroyer and the drizzle constant. So while no pictures were
taken it is safe to say I got wet.

When the sky clouds over and it drizzled hard enough to have
the windshield wipers on the world is a different place. Sounds
are muted and colors fade while the wipers add an almost
hypnotic soundtrack.

Then came news of the Gone Farmin’ Auction hosted by Mecum
Auctions. The event runs from April 5-7, 2018, at the
Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa and will have
at least 400 tractors and one Clydesdale horse.

One of the stars of the auction is a 1967 John Deere 4020
Standard. A 1938 Minnepolis-Moline UDLX and a 1922 Waterloo Boy
Model N will go across the block with no reserve. There is also
a 1910 International Model F roadster in the auction.

There will be John Deere, International, Moline, Cockshutt,
Minneapolis-Moline, Case, Rumely, Hart-Parr, Caterpillar, Ford,
McCormick-Deering, Oliver Hart-Parr, Oliver, Farmall, Sheppard,
Lamborghini, Allis-Chalmers and more brands of farm equipment.

If you wish to see all the lots up for auction go here.

Now that this is written I may not be so distracted. I even
dreamt I was a John Deere Model A last night. The wife claims
I was snoring, but it was a vivid dream. Enjoy our Wednesday as
we won’t get another like it this week.
Comments are always welcome.


Plenty to celebrate

April 2, 2018

On this the 2nd day of April we’ll share some things about the
month you may not know. It’s the fourth month of the year in the
Gregorian calendar, the first of four months to have only 30
days, and the second of five months to have less than 31 days.

The birthstone for April is the diamond, the birth flower is
the daisy, while Aries and Taurus are the zodiac signs for the
month. It is a month filled with observances and causes and
we’ll list a few of them.

April is Arab Heritage Month, Cancer Control Month, Confederate
History Month, Jazz Appreciation Month, National Poetry Month,
National Prevent Child Abuse Month, National Volunteer Month,
Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, Fresh Florida Tomato Month,
National Food Month, National Grilled Cheese Month, National
Soft Pretzel Month, and National Soyfoods Month to name a few.

This, the first full week of April is National Library Week,
National Public Health Week, And National Public Safety
Telecommunicators Week.

Sunday was Easter and April Fool’s Day, today is International
Children’s Book Day, Wednesday is National Day of Hope and next
Wednesday is the International Day of Pink.

We didn’t add all the events and observances because there are
so many we would need to write a book. Those not included above
were not left out intentionally as we just mentioned a few that
interested us. Which reminds me, its National Welding Month
also.

Looks like we have a lot to celebrate this month. So enjoy our
Monday as it’s the first one in April. Now for more coffee.


Amazing people

April 1, 2018

What if I told you a motorcycle rider going for the land speed
record crashed at 343 mph? Some would think said rider didn’t
survive while others would assume the rider was in for a long
hospital stay. Truth is, she walked away with only minor
injuries and did get checked for a possible concussion.

This rider was Valerie Thompson and she was born on April 17,
1967. She is a seven-time motorcycle land speed record holder
and a charter member of the Mohave Magnum 200 MPH Club.

The motorcycle is a stream-liner, but is still a motorcycle.
Early this past March Thompson was in Australia at the Lake
Gairdner World Speed Trials when her bike crashed, at 343 mph,
and spread the wreckage almost a mile over the course.

This lady is still going to make an attempt at the land speed
record of 376.363 mph. After all, she walked away from the
wreck. To make the tale stranger than fiction, the bike was
designed to protect the driver in crashes at speeds of up to 345
mph.

Enjoy the remainder of our Easter Sunday. We’ll be having
leftover ham for a while and it was worth it. Now for more
coffee and ham sandwich.
Comments are always welcome.