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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Starting again

October 13, 2017

With elections coming the endorsements, appearances, robo-
calls and junk mail is sure to increase. That’s why I don’t
watch the news either. The easiest part of this equation is the
junk mail as we just throw it in recycle.

We do get a daily paper, but I usually only look at the
classified ads and comics. And sometimes, just reading the
comics is like listening to a campaign ad. So I avoid
cartoons that tend to do this.

Today I made the mistake of looking at the opinion page. A
person, unknown to us, declared that one candidate really liked
the people of our city. How nice. But I’d rather vote for a
candidate who has never held office and hasn’t been through
the indoctrination to tell us what they think we want to hear.

Or an old fart who made the paper for spending his days
yelling at kids to get off his lawn. Some candidates like to
say they have prior public service experience. We liken that
to saying ‘we’re from the government and we want to help’.
It doesn’t put us in a happy place.

And the same people keep getting back into office even though
many voters claim to stand against everything said politicians
believe. Come election day we will do what we always do. We
educate ourselves on who the candidates are and their core
beliefs before we go to the polls and vote for the person we
feel is best for the job.

I got tired of politicians treating us like mushrooms long ago.
Don’t know what being treated like a mushroom is? It’s when
they keep you in the dark and fill you full of crap.

Enjoy our Friday, some of us may get some rest this weekend.
We’re trying something different today. Instead of pizza for
lunch and supper we’re going to have lasagna and garlic
bread.
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Thinking back

October 12, 2017

I just got the wife off to work and noticed it started to
drizzle. You know how that goes, not a hard enough rain to get
soaked yet sets a chill in your bones. But Autumn is here with
the leaves changing color, the drop in temperature, and the
steely gray skies.

Christmas displays are starting to pop up and the Holloween
candy is overflowing the aisles. On the east coast of Iowa that
means time to get the snow removal gear in order. Depending on
who one listens to we will either have a dry mild winter or
a cold snowy one.

This is also the time of year that shifts my mind into over-
drive and it moves faster than my fingers can type. We’ll try
to keep up. We’re entering the season when comfort food seems
more important than any other and the holidays start coming.
At least since I retired they let me sit at the adult table.

It shouldn’t be long before the migratory birds start heading
south to their winter homes along with folks who love the area
more than they like our winters. They usually come back once
it warms again.

And this time of year reminds me of days on the farm when the
chores came before anything else and TV was a luxury. If we
watched and hour of TV in one sitting, it was a holiday. And as
I joke with our youngest, the TV had living black and white.
When color TVs became affordable we’d adjust the rabbit ears
until we marvelled at how life like the shows had become.

Now, I’m out of coffee and the leftover pizza along with the
doughnut holes on the table are calling for me. Enjoy our
Thursday. Before we know it the weekend will be here.
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The visit

October 11, 2017

Had a good time while having a chat with Dad and his care
giver. I took over prints we had made from digital pictures
that we took on the trip and both Dad and the care giver really
liked two of them. So we’ll share the two with you today.

This first one may have been posted here before, but I like it
too because the colors just seem to grab you and drag you into
the picture. This is of a homestead between Mountain Home and
Boise and I thought these people had found the perfect place
to live.

The other picture is more personal and was taken when we went
to park that had a little lagoon full of ducks. Our son sat
down and grabbed our grand daughter and I shot the picture.
Most who look at it really like this one for some reason.

I know I said two but will throw in an extra or the post will
be too short. We may have shared this one too but if we did
bear with us. We were at the interactive center and the ladies
got together around the bubble machine. I still haven’t
figured out who was having more fun.

That concludes the pictorial chapter of this post, as for the
talk with Dad, it went good. We talked of the usual things,
the cost of living, rural living, how there are more wild
animals in the cities than on farms, and everyone’s health. He
was in good spirits so we shared some laughs.

Then he had an appointment with a physical therapist and I had
to get the car home so the wife could go to work. Great start
to a great day. Enjoy our Wednesday.
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Election results

October 10, 2017

Those who live in our part of the east coast of Iowa may have
heard the 6th Ward primary results. For those who haven’t,
Richard Clewell and Sean Liddell will be on the ballot next
month.

Out of 10,605 eligible voters, 905 took the time to vote.
Sorry Dale, better luck next time. We don’t know if the rain
had anything to do with low turnout or if it was just apathy.
Seems a shame that only 8.5% of eligible voters did use their
right to vote.

We have some thoughts on this election which we may share at
a later date if we can refine them enough to put express. For
now the party’s over for some and just beginning for others.

After saying that, I need more coffee and a pizza. Enjoy
what’s left of our Tuesday as we won’t get another until next
week.
Comments are always welcome.


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.
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.