The Jamboree

July 15, 2018

We decided to throw caution to the wind, ignore the 50% chance
of rain, and experience the Trucker’s Jamboree yesterday and it
worked out fairly well. We even watched a little of the Truckers’ Olympics while there.

This was the second time we’ve seen this truck but I’m drawn
to it again. One would think the colors would look hideous in
this combination but it works.

Support for veterans and law enforcement on a variety of trucks
and colorful murals from the hoods to the sleepers. It seemed a
shame they didn’t have a separate area for just trucks painted
like these.

As it was a truck show you noticed not everyone agrees on what
their truck should look like. The red and orange Peterbilts in
the picture are and example.

A few pickups were spotted like the old red International and
the older 1919 Defiance.

The rig above may look familiar to fans of scary movies that
have cars featured in them. We believe it to be a Henderson
but are correctable.

As the drizzle started we entered the last row and encountered
this trailer advertising the truck museum at the truckstop. It
caught my eye because of the old Coke delivery truck on it.
So we got some pictures, the camera didn’t get too wet, and we
cruised back home without sticking to the seats. Not a bad day.

Enjoy our Sunday as the start of the work week is only a dream
away. Now I need some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

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Sunday snicker

July 14, 2018

“Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose woman.”

The priest asks, “Is that you, little Tommy Shaughnessy?”

“Yes, Father, it is.”

“And who was the woman you were with?”

“Sure and I can’t be telling you, Father. I don’t want to ruin her reputation.”

“Well, Tommy, I’m sure to find out sooner or later, so you may as well tell me now. Was it Brenda O’Malley?”

“I cannot say.”

“Was it Patricia Kelly?”

“I’ll never tell.”

“Was it Liz Shannon?”

“I’m sorry, but I’ll not name her.”

“Was it Cathy Morgan?”

“My lips are sealed.”

“Was it Fiona McDonald, then?”

“Please, Father, I cannot tell you.”

The priest sighs in frustration. “You’re a steadfast lad, Tommy Shaughnessy, and I admire that. But you’ve sinned, and you must atone. You cannot attend church for three months. Be off with you now.”

Tommy walks back to his pew. His friend Sean slides over and whispers, “What’d you get?”

Tommy grinned. “Three month’s vacation and five good leads!”


Just some thoughts

July 13, 2018

At the grocery store the guy bagging our purchases asked me if
we found everything and I replied that if we didn’t we should
have. For some reason he must have thought that was the funniest
thing he’d heard all morning as he was still chuckling when he
finished bagging and wished us a good day.

We are thinking of cruising to the “World’s Biggest Truckstop”
tomorrow to experience the Trucker’s Jamboree. Nothing like
walking through acres of shined up, chromed out, show trucks
during a hot spell. There’s only a 50% chance of rain so that
means the odds are just as good it won’t.

If it isn’t pouring down rain we’ll be there. Plenty of sharp
dressed trucks, good food, live music, and events you can’t see
anywhere else. Things like guys pulling an antique semi tracker
with a rope up a slight incline while being timed. Last year just
watching made me sweat more.

And I’ve been missing calls on my cell phone for a while now
and decided today was a good time to figure out why. Sitting at
the kitchen table I flipped open the phone only to discover a
missed call 4 minutes earlier. My thought was that since said
cell phone was older than dirt the ringer just quit.

The phone company has been after me for 3 years to get a smart
phone. They claim I’m past due. I don’t like upgrading or want
a smart phone. I just get tired of trying to talk to anyone at
at our local cell phone provider. They try to sell me a phone
that does everything but wash the car while I tell them I want
a flip phone without a camera.

All that said, I did manage to get the ringer going once again,
and yes, it rings when someone calls. No music or sound effects
for me. What’s wrong with a phone that rings?

Enjoy our Friday as we won’t see another one for a week. Now
I need more coffee and some leftover pizza.
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Something’s up

July 12, 2018

We’ve been feeding the outside critters who happen into our
yard for a while now and there seems to be an ever-changing cast
of critters over time.

Lately it’s been down to 3 or 4 cats in the lineup and one in
particular caught our attention. A tan-colored female just
showed up one day and had been showing up every morning by the
back porch for a scratch behind her ears and to watch me fill
the food and water bowls.

At some point her belly got bigger and we realized she was
pregnant yet she was still waiting every morning for me to go
out with the food and water. Until about a week ago. Then she
just disappeared like she was never here.

Yesterday as I was filling the food dish I felt a familiar head
butt on my hand and sure enough, she had returned. She is now a
much slimmer looking critter and we think that means we’ll be
getting a visit from smaller versions of the mama before long.

The cat showed up again this morning wanting attention and
some food. We haven’t found where she has her kittens yet but
we’re sure they’re good hands. If you must have feral cats
around it makes things easier when they’re well-behaved.

We do wish people would stop disposing of unwanted animals by
throwing them out like trash so they can become other people’s
problem.

Enjoy our Thursday as that means Friday is only a dream away.
Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Getting distracted

July 11, 2018

After watching a little bit news that the wife had on the TV
yesterday I decided to leave our air-conditioned abode and step
into the heat to watch some nature. I saw a segment where a
politician was accusing the Supreme Court nominee of being a
Contitutionalist, like that would be a bad thing. So rather than
listen to their sponsored outrage I figured it had to be better
outside.

As someone who likes to look at clouds to find shapes, animals,
and even numbers in the white wonders in the sky. The clouds
above sure looked like a 7 to me.

The I noticed this bird on a nearby roof. It also looked like
the roof was designed so it wouldn’t clash with the bird.

The white and green object in the picture above made me think
of the old Horror movies we watched as kids. It had my attention
for some time as I was sure it would start shaking, the bud
would open, and an eyeball would stare back at me. It didn’t.


And finally, the cardinals were out and about. This time of
year it can be hard to get a good shot of them as the trees are
all leafed out. You can hear them in the trees yet can’t see
them unless the tree is dead, so I took these when a few
ventured out for lunch.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we will since a little cool down has hit
our little plot on the east coast of Iowa. Now for some more
coffee and leftover pizza for breakfast.
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Choices

July 10, 2018

Had a good visit with Dad this morning and talked of many
things. The farm, the fair, the weather, getting older, and the
fact his sister, my Aunt, is going to visit the town nearest the
farm and probably the old farm also. He thought it odd that
after all the years since she left she now wants to return after
70+ years.

Things have changed in the little nearby town, but the land
seldom changes. Near big cities farmland can become housing
developments and in the more rural areas large corporations can
buy up farmland so enormous buildings can be erected to make
their product, but for the most part the land remains able to
produce food to feed the world.

If she really wants to see the old farm, minus the farmhouse
and outbuildings, I hope she gets to. For her to venture from
northwest Montana to southern Iowa and visit the old homestead
at 90 would have to be a trying experience. Yet I have a
feeling she’ll make it and have a huge smile on her face the
entire return trip.

We all have choices to make and there are times when people
take the easy way out. But there are times when the choices are
the hardest and the hardships many that have the biggest effect
on who we are.

Now I need some coffee and a Snicker’s to make it until pizza
time. Enjoy our Tuesday as we will.
Comments are always welcome.


Sad anniversary

July 9, 2018

On July 2nd, 1994, the South Canyon fire began with a bolt of
lightning near the base of Storm King Mountain seven miles west
of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. This persistent little fire
would go on to claim the lives of 14 wildland firefighters and
the fire was also called the Storm King Fire.

By July 4th the fire had only burned 3 acres but residents of
nearby Canyon Creek Estates became concerned and it was decided
that the firefighters would start the battling the blaze the
next day.

On July 5th the firefighters started to approach the fire
which was made harder due to the terrain and began cutting
firelines to hold back the fire. That evening smokejumpers
arrive to help and all quit early because of the danger from
rocks rolling down from above.

On July 6th twenty Hotshots from Prineville, Oregon rushed to
help fight the fire. A cold front passed through the area which
increased the winds and fed the fire. By 4 pm the fire had
jumped the fireline and was now below the crew and to the west.
It raced towards the firefights fueled by the dense vegetation.

12 firefighters couldn’t outrun the fire and perished along
with 2 helltack firefighters who were also killed. The Storm
King Mountain Memorial Trail. leads visitors to the memorial to
those who died.

Those are:

Prineville Hotshots- Kathi Beck, Tamera Bickett, Scott Biecha,
Levi Brinkley, Douglas Dunbar, Terri Hagen, Bonnie Holtby, Rob
Johnson, and Jon Kelso.

Missoula Smokejumper- Don Mackey

McCall Smokejumpers- Roger Roth, Jim Thrash

Helltacks- Robert Browning, Jr., Richard Tyler

John Maclean wrote a book called ‘Fire on the Mountain: The
True Story of the South Canyon Fire. If you wish to learn more
about the fire, loss of life, and how it happened, go here.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s the only one we get this week. Now for
some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.