Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017

We are thankful for those who sacrifice their Thanksgiving so
we may enjoy ours.

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Armistice Day storm

November 11, 2017

We’ve been told for some time now that climate change is going
to end mankind as we know it. Gloom and doom are predicted. We
seem to forget history along the way, and thus, are doomed to
repeat it. In my lifetime we’ve heard of impending ice ages and
heat waves beyond belief.

None of which came to be. These threats did manage to raise
the cost of certain things while not changing anything. We were
being manipulated then as now. Dad talks about the record
breaking heat wave in the summer of 1937, we’ll talk of another
weather event.

Veteran’s Day used to be called Armistice Day and on November
11th, 1940 a super-storm came through Iowa and other parts of
the country. Global Warming? On that November day in 1940, it
was 58 degrees at 9 am.! Parades were being held in celebration
of the holiday, hunters were in the field, and it looked to be
a picture perfect holiday.

During the local parade the bands wind instruments froze when
the temperature dropped to 33 degrees in about a half hour. The
storm hit the Pacific northwest with near hurricane force winds
and didn’t weaken as it raced east. The storm inhaled moisture
from the Gulf of Mexico and cold air from Canada to become a
super-storm.

The winds that hit that day were called “the winds of hell”
and it is said they reached 70 mph. And then came the blizzard.
Two trains collided, hunters died in the field, boats and
freighters sank on Lake Michigan killing 66 sailors, one million
Thanksgiving turkeys died, and Collegeville, Minnesota
saw 27 inches of snow fall.

The storm tracked from Des Moines to Eau Clair, and the
pressure dropped to around 29 inches of Mercury. When it was
over it was discovered the storm had cut a 1,000 mile wide
path through the middle of our country.

The reason a storm warning wasn’t issued was because the
Midwest headquarters of the government forecaster in Chicago
wasn’t staffed overnight to track the storm. With today’s
advanced technology we hope this couldn’t happen again.

So don’t tell us how climate change is going to cause severe
weather changes and what we have to give up to stop it. Look to
the past for the answers.

Enjoy our Veteran’s Day.
Comments are always welcome.


It’s time

October 24, 2017

After much debate and serious consideration it was decided
that is time for this post. Comments may flow in from the
haters, and others may voice their dismay over our timing, but
somebody has to do it.

Since we are nearing the end of October many retail stores
have already started to display Christmas decorations and gifts
so we’ll throw a few ideas out, add a link to the catalog, and
you can take it from there.

If yourself and lady who follows you around are always
debating if the toilet paper hangs in front, or back, this gift
may be for you. It would make it easy to switch the roll and is
only $89.99. And it’s stainless steel so would last forever.

Really in the dog house and looking for that special gift?
This could be what you need. The Crosley Bluetooth Jukebox
stands 4 foot tall and comes with a remote control to start
your trip down memory lane from anywhere in the room! This
one will set you back $1,499.99.

If that’s too much for the budget, how about silverware? What
says I love you more than a table setting that comes in its
own plastic storage case, and at only $24.99 it shouldn’t
break the bank.

Ladies if you’re at loss on what to get your significant
other, and he’s a gearhead, this could be it. A Stromberg 97
coffee mug. And it’s only $19.99.

And we won’t forget the tree either. What Christmas tree can
be considered complete without a Flying Eyeball ornament. The
perfect ornament for the perfect tree and only $8.99.

Those hints should help you on your quest to find the perfect
gift for that special someone, or yourself. If you wish to see
more of what’s available go here. You’ll find everything
you need and even things you don’t. All pictures are from the
same catalog.

We hope this helps with your gifting this year. Enjoy our
Monday because soon all we’ll hear is Christmas music.
Comments are always welcome.


The holiday and the upcoming election

October 9, 2017

Today is Columbus Day here in the U.S. of A. Except for those
places where today has been declared Indigenous People Day.
Columbus Day became a state holiday in Colorado in 1905 and a
federal holiday in 1937.

Opposing views on the day go back longer than you may think.
Indigenous People Day is just the latest attempt to eradicate
the holiday that began in the 19th century, before it was even
a legal holiday. In the 19th century some wanted to remove the
holiday because of its association with immigrants and non-
Catholics were afraid it was being used to force the religion
on them.

And groups like the American Indian Movement believes the
ongoing actions and injustices against Native Americans are
being masked by the positive Columbus myths and celebrations.
We’d recommend just enjoying the day regardless of what you
call it.

Then we have a mental nudge for those who live in the 6th Ward
here in Davenport. Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 10th, is the
primary election for your ward. There are 5 people running for
the seat and this election will pare that down to the top two
vote getters.

Those running are: Rich Clewell, Dale Gilmour, Ben Jobgen,
Sean Liddell and Chris Webster. Candidates Gilmour and Jobgen
were against the Costco rezonging. Liddell was an alderman in
Moline, Clewell was on the Davenport School board for years,
and Webster has 22 years in public safety.

If you live in the 6th ward please get out and vote. We don’t
live in that ward, but if we did we’d vote for Dale Gilmour.
Personally, I feel that there are times the best man for the
job is not a career politician. You are certainly welcome to
your opinion.

Enjoy our little holiday that most working people don’t get
off anyway, and vote tomorrow if you’re in the 6th Ward.
Now I need more coffee and have chores to get done.
Comments are always welcome.


Our holiday

July 3, 2017

Tomorrow is Independence Day, a celebration of the signing of
the Declaration of Independence. It has been a federal holiday
since 1941 yet observed since the 18th century. A day that
many of enjoy parades, concerts, fireworks, barbecues and get
together at family gatherings.

Because I don’t want to wax poetic about the state of our
state this will be short post. There will be a later post on
that. We have noticed too many of our fellow citizens appear to
be upset over things they cannot change instead of being happy
with what they have.

If you cannot wake up and greet the day with a smile in
anticipation of what a great day it’s going to be perhaps you
need an attitude adjustment. You just don’t see the flowers
blooming or hear the birds singing. Too many have their noses
in an electronic device awaiting the latest manufactured news
that will put them in a foul mood.

Some even forget that patriotism is not love of government but
love of country.
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That’s what I get for thinking…

July 2, 2017

After the wife went on her merry way to work I noticed clear
skies after sunset and many stars. So the tri-pod came out
along with the wireless remote to capture the stars. Some came
out pretty good, most looked like this.

Yes, I had forgotten that fireworks are legal now and my
neighbors must have decided to have a contest and see who could
make the most noise for the longest time. When some of these
things went off I thought for a minute I was back aboard ship
with the 5 inch 54 gun mount during target practice!

Windows rattled and night turned into day when these things
went off. But these unknown people were devious. I was lulled
into thinking things were over for the night during a prolonged
silence. I soon found out a truce was declared to allow both
sides of the feud to reload.

When things quieted down again I wasn’t fooled by the silence.
Sure enough the moment I began to nod off things heated up
again. This continued into the early morning hours and sleep
finally came around day break. Now I don’t mind others wanting
to loudly and brightly proclaim their patriotism, and some of
the fireworks were neat to watch, just not into the wee hours
of the morning.

But at my age, sleep is also nice. So if I’m a little off for
the next few days just bear with me and we’ll get through it.
Enjoy our Sunday. Here on the east coast of Iowa it’s looking
to be another picture perfect night for fireworks.
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Be prepared

June 27, 2017

The 4th of July is right around the corner so we have to be
ready for the extra nocturnal noise and possibilities of fire.
Here in our little river city on the east coast of Iowa things
are already sounding like a war zone after dark.

We haven’t noticed a big difference since consumer fireworks
were legalized this year but time will tell. What we do find
laughable is the state actually thinks it can tell citizens
when then can shoot them off.

Around our neighborhood fireworks don’t start going off until
after the legal hours have ended. We would ask those who wish
to set off the late night fireworks to be considerate of their
neighbors and pets, but then we’d have to take the time to
explain what considerate means.

Police, Fire, and Medics will be probably be just as busy this
year as they were last year and we wish them well. Back in the
day we’d cruise down to Missouri where fireworks were legal and
get some black cats and lady fingers to shoot off.

After a few bangs from the firecrackers we’d go back to
whatever it was we were doing. Today it sounds like some enemy
army is carpet bombing the neighborhood and it goes on for
hours. Times change.

Enjoy our Tuesday, I know we will.
Comments are always welcome.