Pet peeves

February 24, 2017

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I’ve mentioned a few of my pet peeves in earlier posts and
thought it time to mention a few more. Some involve my dislike
of putting any of my business out in the street while still
others have to do with my inability to deal with stupid
people.

Not long ago our tax preparers called to inform us our taxes
were done and that they would need out driver’s license
number, date of issue, and date of expiration as they couldn’t
file our taxes without them. The IRS wants to cut down on
identity theft? How about catching the criminals stealing
the checks instead of putting the burden on us.

And we know the clerks in grocery stores work hard, are told
by management what to say, and could lose their job if they
don’t do as told, but around here is a greeting that drives me
buggy. As we put our groceries on the belt the cashier always
asks “Did you find everything okay?”

We smile and reply yes but I really want to say that I didn’t
find the 2x6s or an HEI coil! It’s a grocery store, the cart
was full of groceries; what could we have possibly missed? It
can get as aggravating as looking for 22 LR ammo.

My final pet peeve concerns auto parts stores when you have a
modified vehicle. I get so tired of hearing “that car didn’t
have that option”. Really? A 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster didn’t
leave the factory with a small block V-8 in it?

I feel much better now, have stocked up on pizza again, and
need to refill my coffee as I’m a quart low. We’re going to
get a little snow today but some of Iowa is going to get a
foot. So enjoy our Friday, the Monticello indoor car show
starts tomorrow and Sunday is the Daytona 500.
Comments are always welcome.


You ever notice?

February 7, 2017

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When I woke up this morning, as the saying goes, I felt like
I was shot at and missed and shit at and hit all over. The
wife had a bad cold all weekend and with the help of over the
counter products appeared to be over it yesterday. She must be
as I have it now.

And I had a thought. Perhaps you’ve heard those who predict
gloom and doom upon certain industries have been stating that
the auto makers aren’t going to be around much longer. Their
reasoning is autonomous cars will replace what we now drive
and none of the big three are up to speed on self-driving
cars.

Yet we wonder. They may be in trouble but what if it’s
because of the way they sell cars? Sub-prime loans adjusted
for a long term of repayment offered to almost anyone who will
sign on the dotted line. And the lease programs.

Some dealers offer payment plans of 72 months now. Yes, a
full six years. We’ve all heard the “no down payment”. “no
payment for six months” commercials. And sales have been good.

Most people don’t think leasing is a problem. Think of this,
when the lease term is up the dealer is flooded with used
vehicles. Not trade ins, the vehicles they leased out. We have
seen this ourselves.

We don’t know what’s going on but being someone old enough to
remember a while back we wonder where all the old cars are?
In the 60s if you pulled into a parking lot you would see
cars from 40s, 50s, and 60s. In the 70s in the same lot you
would find cars from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. And there were
just as many older cars as newer.

Fast forward to today and pull into a parking lot. You’d be
hard pressed to find a car from the 90s. Did the cars that
are too new to be considered antique just self destruct? Now
I’ve things to do so enjoy the rest of our Tuesday.
Comments are always welcome.


Strange times

February 3, 2017

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This whole Standing Rock DAPL protest thing is getting
stranger than a Twilight Zone episode. We can see the pipeline
workers wanting to finish, and with the spills mentioned in an
earlier post also see the point of the protesters.

Now that things have zeroed in on the Camp of the Sacred
Stones, we get confused. I’ve always thought that if you
peacefully protested, on private property that you own, you
should be free to do so.

And to put the cherry on top, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
council is siding with DAPL. Even with the councils’ blessing
shouldn’t the ATF, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Standing Rock
division of Fish and Wildlife, tribal police, and the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers should need a warrant to enter said
private property. Or at the very least explain why they do so.

Claim is these authorities did state they were “surveying”
the privately owned camp. These people are not rioting,
burning buildings, or blocking streets. They are peacefully
protesting.

It seems strange to us that with all our government has done
to Native Americans the tribal council would stand with the
government and not their members. We’re sure the whole truth
will never get out as that is the nature of our modern media.

On another note, we had clear blue skies and saw the sun
today. We even saw the moon later. Great day to be alive on
the east coast of Iowa. The weekend is here, the Super Bowl
will soon be here, and a warm up is on the way for us. Enjoy
the weekend while I seek a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


Stuck

November 22, 2016

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We’re going to touch on two things that have stuck in our
craw and hope you bear with us. The first is the fact that on
this day in 1963, president John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
When news broke the country cried and was glued to their TVs
to get the latest news.

Schools were dismissed when the news was confirmed and people
gathered in disbelief. Many of us think that he was the last
American Democrat president. By that we mean he thought the
people run the government, higher taxes were not the answer for
prosperity, and he supported the 2nd Amendment.

And the second thing you ask? The Dakota Access Pipeline
protest. Since we hardly ever follow the drive-by media and
their take on things we have our own thoughts. American
Indians are protesting said pipeline that would destroy their
burial grounds and the pipeline would run beneath their water
drinking water source, Lake Oahe.

Having heard both sides of the argument we stand with the
Indians and here’s why. Those who say the pipeline doesn’t run
through the reservation so there are no “sacred grounds” are
like a peg leg pirate tightrope walker. It’s possible, but not
believable. Many forget this entire country once belonged to the
Indians until our ancestors forced them onto reservations.
One would imagine there are Indian burial grounds all over.

What we did hear from the media is the protestors are violent
and force was necessary. Yes there are some burned out cars on
the road, but yet we wonder this. If state and federal law
enforcement are on one side of the road why do they have to
fire rubber bullets while aiming for head shots and spray them
with water cannons in frigid temperatures?

Several people, including a 13 year old girl were shot in the
face, 167 people had suffered injuries, seven had to be
hospitalized, a tribal elder went into cardiac arrest, and one
woman may lose her arm because of a percussion grenade.

Drive by media keeps saying that not all the protestors are
of Indian descent and miss the point. While it is true these
people are joining the Standing Rock Sioux, media doesn’t
mention the fact that the new arrivals are veterans, patriots,
and other like minded people who don’t like peoples’ rights
trampled on.

Yet those mad that Trump won and Black Lives Matter block
roads, beat Trump voters, and loot with little consequence. If
these rioters were treated like the North Dakota protestors
are being treated we wonder how those protesters would react.

Links are supplied for those who need to check everything on
the internet and this post may be slightly biased, but I am
an American who is part Indian.
Comments are always welcome.


Based on a true story

November 21, 2016

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The wife and I have been having a discussion for some time
and neither of us would back down on where we stood on the
issue. After what seems like years of having this same
debate I decided to set her straight today.

While the wife has the right to be wrong, a guy can only take
so much. Since I’ve been letting my face hair grow out the
wife doesn’t hesitate to tell me I am going grey and look like
I just got out of prison. Of course she also tells me my
driver’s license picture looks like a mug shot.

I can’t help the last part because I was born with this face,
but as to the former I totally disagree. Old hot rodders don’t
do grey, we do chrome. And since chrome used to make our cars
look classier it couldn’t hurt my face. I’ll be shaving later.

This is due to the fact that just as I remember cars that
looked good with the chrome left on, some looked better with
the chrome removed. Since it got cold out anyway I have
decided to pursue another avenue to improve my looks. I’m just
going to buy a balaclava.

Enjoy our Monday, it’s the last one before Thanksgiving. The
good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, we’ll all make it
through the holiday unscathed.
Comments are always welcome.


Hard to believe

November 15, 2016

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While out taking pictures of critters I pondered where our
country is headed and how we got to where we are now. The
media is so biased we can’t call what they show us news,
protesters are rioting in the streets because their candidate
didn’t win, and flash mob beat downs are becoming the norm.

What a fine example that sets for the children. It didn’t
used to be that way. College aged young adults did not need
safe spaces or coloring books, hate groups were called hate
groups, and all of us had pride in our country.

Now too many believe our flag is a doormat or torch, the
world owes them a living, and we really care if their little
feelings get hurt by some imaginary slight. We disagree. I,
for one, don’t care if the Supreme Court decried that stepping
on the flag or burning it is a first amendment right.

So here goes. Our flag are a symbol of Americanism and is
recognized around the globe. If that thought offends you,
perhaps you are in the country. The colors of our flag became
official in 1777 and have specific meanings as follows:

“The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in
the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity
and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of
the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance,
perseverance & justice.”

One can surmise that these people have no beliefs. They can’t
believe in a free country because they spew hatred at anyone
who disagrees with them, the and flash mobs are racist as they
target victims of other races.

The world doesn’t owe you anything nor are you guaranteed
monies. If you expect to get paid for sitting at home, start a
business in that home. As for the groups attacking others,
it is illegal and you will learn that soon. As for us, we will
stand for our flag and kneel for our fallen.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday and keep the sunny side up.
Comments are always welcome.


No more campaigning

November 9, 2016

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We can now return to semblance of a regular existence. The
votes are in, the winner declared, and the seemily years of
campaigning have ended.

The majority of We the People have spoken, not with a wisper
but with a roar. Said roar was heard around the world and it
was sure heard here in Iowa. Our two anti-gun legislators are
not going to get sworn in again and perhaps things will
change.

We’ve all heard the talk that friendships have been ended and
safe places needed because of this election. Let’s not forget
that even though the election is over we have to wait for the
results.

By that we mean it is time for those who said they’d get out
of country if Trump won to put up or shut up. And soon we will
see if our president elect fulfills his campaign promises. The
drive by media will get over being shocked, the people in
their safe spaces will come out for food, and life will go on.

Now that the dust has settled it is time for all us to act
like adults. We who won shouldn’t gloat and those who lost
should seek solace in the knowledge that many of us served our
country for their right to be wrong.

Regardless of what we’re faced with, Americans stand together
and deal with it. If we stand together we cannot lose and if
stand divided we will surely fail. So if the results of this
election have left you traumatized, stop acting like a child
and respond as an adult would.

We’re not going to get out of this life alive so we may as
well get along. Wishing you a great Wednesday and if you have
a Veteran’s Day parade where you’re at please go this weekend.
Not becuase of who won, or lost, the election but because
we’re all Americans.
Comments are always welcome.