Good start to the day

November 15, 2017

Had another visit with Dad, got the wife off to work, and
finally have a minute to sit down. At Dads we talked of the
snow storms of 1936, the heat wave of 1937, and the blizzard of
1940 among other things.

He seemed confused over the city council talk of turning two
downtown one-way streets into two-way streets. If I understand
correctly, their thinking is that if they make it more of a
hassle to drive through downtown it will open things up for
pedestrians and bicyclists.

There are more people downtown than ever before, but if these
residents aren’t visiting the businesses now I don’t see how
changing the street to a two-way solves anything. If you don’t
want cars downtown, block it off and make it a pedestrian town
square.

Some forget that these streets used to be two-way and decades
ago were changed to one-ways for many of the same reasons the
city wants to change it back. We were for removing the parking
meters, but have to say that this idea just doesn’t make any
sense to us.

It will probably come to pass as surely as the mini golf
course at the ball park will, and nothing we say will alter
that. We’ll leave it there and get busy with things that should
have been done yesterday.

Enjoy our Wednesday. After all, it’s the only day of the week
that is spelled so goofy. And now I need more coffee, I hear
it’s good for you now.
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It’s official

November 14, 2017

The circus is here is to stay and the politicians are still
running the big top. After seeing an article by Barbara
Rodriguez of the Associated Press (AP) about the internal
investigation of sexual harassment in the Senate Republican
caucus of Iowa, I thought perhaps I was wrong about the drive
by media and perhaps they do hard hitting, fact filled news.

But I was wrong. No offense against the author of the article,
it is well written. But when the first paragraph is “An
investigation into alleged sexual harassment within the Senate
Republican caucus of the Iowa Legislature is complete,
according to a top official within the office, but there will
be no report about it and no information will be shared with
the public.”, I admit to being skeptical.

The senior aide to the Senate Majority Leader said “additional
information cannot be shared because it’s a personnel issue”.
Well, that’s comforting. The article later states that a woman
complained of sexual harassment in 2013, was fired hours later,
and went on to win a lawsuit against the state and a $1.75
million settlement.

So a state with 3.1 million residents pays almost $2 million
to a victim and it’s none of said residents business? I will
admit to being confused. The article has more to say, but this
was what got my goat. It looks like this transparent government
is working well, for the politicians.

If you wish to read the entire article, this one in US News,
go here.

Yeah, the old we’ve got nothing to hide but we can’t tell you
what happened. It’s just the same old bull being shipped on a
different day.

Enjoy our Tuesday, it means we survived Monday the 13th. Now
I need to get more coffee and count my pizzas in the freezer.
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Strange Sunday

November 13, 2017

I didn’t wake up grouchy yesterday, I let her sleep in. The
night before we watched the guy who throws darts at a weather
map to tell him what the weather is going to be. He said warmer
and rain for Sunday and I thought nothing about it when I awoke
to gray skies.

But imagine my surprise when I glanced outside and saw snow!
Yes, big white fluffy love from above when the thermometer
pointed to 37 degrees! It snowed for most of the morning and
I was waiting for enough to stick so I could start the
snow blower.

When the lady who follows me around got up I suggested going
out and catching snowflakes on our tongues. That would be a no.
I was even told I was too happy to see the first snowfall. But
this is the same woman who tells me normal people don’t talk to
their food or critters!

She may have gotten tired of me grinning, dancing around, and
jumping up and down half the day waiting for the snow to stick.
It never did but that didn’t curb my enthusiasm. This morning
the fog is getting pretty thick and those with the darts say it
will stay that way until around 10 am.

That’s ok. Fog’s fun too. It has a whole different feel than
a clear day which can help the imagination play tricks. We hope
you’re enjoying the weather where you are as much as we’re
enjoying ours. Be careful on this Monday the 13th, and now I’m
going for another cup of coffee.
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Sunday snicker

November 11, 2017

Obituary

Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one
of our most valued members, Someone Else.

Someone’s passing creates a vacancy that will difficult to
fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of
those years, Someone Else did far more than a normal person’s
share of work. Whenever there was a job to do, a class to
teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s list.
“Let Someone Else do it.” Whenever leadership was mentioned
this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as
results. “Someone Else can work with the group.”

It is common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most
liberal givers in our church. Whenever there was a financial
need, everyone else assumed Someone Else would make up the
difference.

Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing
superhuman. Were the truth known, everybody expected too much
of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we
are going to do.

Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who’s
going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else
did?

When you are asked to help this year, remember- we can’t
depend on Someone Else anymore.


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.
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Almost Veteran’s Day thoughts

November 10, 2017


USS Iowa in dry dock.

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day even though we’re having our local
parade today, and Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps today! We
won’t make the parade today as the lady who follows me around
has a goofy work schedule, but we’ll be there in spirit.

So Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have served. You are
but a small percentage of the population yet managed to keep
us free. Thank you for your service.

I was asked the other day why I don’t use the VA hospital and
so I informed the questioner that I had in the past as the VA
was doing a study on people with injuries like mine. And I went
most of the 8 years of the study.

But on the rare occasion I need medical attention, we have a
hospital 5 minutes away from our house. I just can’t see the
logic of driving for over an hour to get to the closest VA
hospital.

The truth of the matter is, I don’t like hospitals. People die
in them, and sometimes by medical mistakes. I’ve always
believed that when my time comes a doctor won’t help if God
decides he wants me.

I don’t like visiting someone in the hospital either. I can
last about an hour if I’m lucky before I work my way through
the maze they call corridors to the elevator and out the doors.
But I digress.

Enjoy our the rest of our day and the Marine Corps birthday,
Veteran’s Day tomorrow, see a parade if you can, and thank a
vet.
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The circus continues

November 9, 2017

This past July one of our city’s fire chiefs was fired by our
city administrator. Details were sketchy then, other than that
the chief didn’t attend a pre-disiplinary hearing. Being old
school I wondered what, exactly, a pre-disciplinary hearing was.

Does that come after a verbal dressing down and written
warning? Don’t believe it was ever addressed. With our more
transparent city government we citizens were told the reason
for the firing was not our business.

So now the civil service commission heard the case and
decided the chief was eligible to return to civil service at
a rank equal to that when she was fired . And of course the
city is considering an appeal to a higher court.

All that being said, I have never been a a fire fighter and
had limited training in boot camp. I learned just enough to
be dangerous. But I do have some thoughts on the subject.

Since we taxpayers will probably never know the why, it is hard
to form an opinion. My feelings in the matter are that if the
commission said she should get her job back, she should. For all
we could see she was doing her job.

Since we don’t know the specifics, and I’m stuck in the 60s
according to the lady who follows me around, that’s what I
think. But, if someone could do something about the rising
cost of living, medicine, insurance, gas, and groceries, it
would be appreciated.

Enjoy our Thursday as that means the weekend will be gone
before we know it. Now I need more coffee.
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