The advertisement

October 21, 2017

You may remember we mentioned our trek to the movie theater
yesterday and the movie we saw while there. A day or two before
we left on that adventure we received a glossy advertisement
from the multi-screen theater airing the show.

Said advertisement stated in all bold letters that the
reserved seating featured luxury loungers that were all new
luxury recliners. It went on to add that the recliners were
electric-powered with recling backs and extended footrests and
that they were ergonomic, plush recliners with tables.

When the wife handed me the flyer to read about these modern
marvels she awaited my reaction. I believe that went something
like ‘Oh hell no!’ I can say after the experience that the
seats were comfortable and did kind of work as advertised. The
leg portion would raise so your legs were straight out, but the
back would only recline about an inch.

The wife used this feature, I did not. If I had used it my
snoring would have probably caused a rucus. The tables? Think
the school desks of our childhood. I do not consider a sliding
piece of artificial wood with built in cup holder a table.

This was a lot of luxury to someone who remembers getting in
to see movies for around 70 cents in my youth. Back then, movie
seats were mohair and wouldn’t move if you hit them with a
Mack truck. There was also a lot more people crammed into the
theater and your neck got sore from looking up at the giant
screen.

We’ll post a snicker later today so enjoy our Saturday.
Comments are always welcome.

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October 17, 2017

Since the morning chores are done this looked like a good time
to get a post done. The feral kittens are letting me get a
little closer, the birds are fed, and I’ve had just enough
coffee to be semi-coherant.

The California fires have been in the news lately, not because
it was bigger than others, but because of the casualties and
property losses. And it amazes me that people are looking for
the cause of said fires instead of answers on how to avoid the
next one.

Wildland fires have been around since we’ve had wildlands and
there are even controlled burns at times to cut back on excess
vegetation. But what would be wrong with putting in fire breaks
before the fires start? Environmentalists won’t like this idea,
but if cutting down some trees now could stop fires later,
why not?

You may remember when lumber companies cleared land to make
lumber to build our houses before all the protests and new laws
to save the three toed frog or whatever. With millions of acres
of wildland there are places this could be done without ruining
the natural beauty of our wildlands.

And other natural firebreaks have been removed by either a
government agency or our need to live closer to nature. We no
longer see much bare land around the forests as fear of erosion
fueled some to fill the bald patches with plants while builders
are more than happy to erect homes on the edge of said forests
for those who like to wake up to the natural beauty there.

Somewhere common sense has to prevail in this matter. Those
who say putting in fire stops harms the planet evidently don’t
consider what the smoke from all the fires does to air quality.
If people just stayed calm and drank more coffee we could
figure out a solution that most could agree with.

Enjoy our Tuesday.
Comments are always welcome.


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.


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.
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.


Crime

October 5, 2017

The FBI has released its annual Uniform Crime Report and as
usual it covers a lot of ground, so we just looked at violent
crime. The link given above has links to all reports for those
interested.

The FBI classifies murder and nonnegeligent manslaughter,
rape, robbery, and aggravated assault as violent crimes.

Figures for 2016 put violent crimes increasing 4.1% over the
2015 estimate and 12.3% below the 2007 numbers. Last year there
were an estimated 386.3 violent crimes for every 100,000 people.
The report also stated that aggravated assaults were 64.3% of
all violent crimes reported,

The rate of this years report averages 5.3 violent crimes per
100,000 people in our country.

In 2016 there were an estimated 17,250 murders which was 8.6%
higher than 2015.

This seems to indicate that we had more violence last year
than a year ago but less than 10 years ago. As mentioned
earlier, if you wish to know more we have the link at the top
of the post.

In the past we have researched local and state crime rates
but will not do so this go round. The report has links to
browse nationally, by region, state, county, or city if one
is so inclined.

The figures stated reflect crimes reported by other law
enforcement agencies to the FBI. We always wonder how many
crimes go unreported. If the victim doesn’t report the crime
the police don’t have a crime to report to the FBI.

On a happy note, enjoy our Thursday as I need more coffee
and some bacon and eggs.
Comments are always welcome.


Another crying shame

October 2, 2017

Our condolences to the families and friends of the victims in
the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. That said, I’ll forewarn
those who weren’t upset because it happened at an event that
caters to conservative gun owners that I will not tolerate any
such nonsense here. If you are among that group please unfollow
this blog.

I managed to catch a little of the media coverage and the
presidents speech. While said media coverage made me want to
vomit I thought the president did a good job of expressing what
a lot of us are feeling. He took action, didn’t take questions,
and looked the part.

To the media: I don’t care why this nutbar shot all the people
I’m just hoping the death toll doesn’t get much higher. I also
don’t care what kind of weapon he used as again there was no
mention of the mental heath problem in our country.

We live a world where peanut butter cannot be sold unless it
contains a label stating it contains peanuts! Obviously our
society has been dumbed down. For God’s sake, don’t take any
bull the media is pushing at face value. If something doesn’t
sound right, research it and decide for yourself what’s true.

And perhaps Hillary Clinton could explain her comment on how
much worse it would have been if the shooter used a silencer.
The last concert we went to I couldn’t hear myself think when
the band got going and my filling rattled. Never mind the
politically motivated sound bites.

That’s my thought on the matter, you’re welcome to yours if
you disagree. Just enjoy our Monday, avoid the media, and we’ll
get through it.
Comments are always welcome.