Weekend wrap up

June 19, 2017

We made it out to the Heartland Nova Reunion show, met up with
an old friend, and saw a few more while checking out the cars.
Held at the Casino nestled on the banks of the Mississippi a
constant breeze made the morning perfect.

We haven’t been to a show in a quite a while so it was nice to
get out, meet some old friends, and stretch the legs a bit. We
had good intentions to go along the levee later and get some
pictures of the river but I got distracted so it didn’t happen.
That is on the list.

Back at home we noticed the critters were out in abundance and
acting goofy. Don’t know if they were celebrating Father’s Day
early or got into some fermented fruit. One little bird just
kept jumping in place. He didn’t go anywhere but he sure was
working his legs.

There was even a cardinal who I think believed he was Jack
Nicholson! You could almost imagine him shouting “Here’s
Johnny!” We glad the critters were enjoying the cool down and
they did put on a show.

And as the sun set here on the east coast of Iowa we gave a
nod to our God for allowing us to share another great day.

I stopped by Dad’s Sunday, had a good visit, and we may
write more about that in a later post.

Enjoy our Monday. We’re going to give it our best shot. Now I
smell some leftover pizza that wants to be my friend.
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Rain and a car show

June 14, 2017

After 18 dry days we finally got a little liquid love from
above. It only rained long enough to wet the pavement and
raise the humidity, but we’ll take it. We need a little more
rain.

When things like this happen I’m reminded that a thermometer
is needed in the office. It has natural heating and cooling,
it’s hot in the summer and cool in the winter.

And starting tomorrow, the 10th Annual Heartland Nova Reunion
will be at Isle of Capri Casino in Bettendorf, Iowa. This event
will be located in the northeast parking lot and will run until
around 2 pm Saturday. This even is free for spectators. This
show is for Novas only and we’re told this one will have one of
the biggest assortments of Novas and Chevy IIs in our area.

Friday from 7-9 pm the Neverly Brothers will play inside the
casino. We’re told this is a great band who play everything
from Elvis to the Beatles and admission for this event is $10.

The proceeds from the 50/50 drawing will go to the charity
Retrieving Freedom, there will be trophies, and the show is
participant judged. There will be vendors and a lot more. The
Casino is located at 1777 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Great show, great cars, and a good group of enthusiasts to
check out. It’s not supposed to rain this weekend and might
even cool off a little so those won’t work for excuses.

Enjoy our Wednesday, we’re halfway to weekend.
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Short list

June 8, 2017

Sometimes as we cruise through life we need to stop and smell
the racing gas. There are a few events happening here on the
east coast of Iowa that will interest some of you who live here,
or close. And here they are.

If you know Yogi’s Rod Shop, now known as Yogi’s, Inc., and
you don’t have much going on tonight, they are hosting a
cruise-in from 5-7 pm tonight. Yogi’s is located at 260 Welter
Drive in Monticello, Iowa.

Saturday, June 10th, the Quad Cities Cruisers’ will host their
Open Run XXXV Car Show from 3-8 pm at SouthPark Mall in Moline,
Illinois. A good show with great people and plenty to do. You
can call their event phone line at 563-355-0036 for up to date
information or changes.

On Monday, June 12th, the Hot Rod Power Tour will be stopping
at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa from
noon to 6 pm. The Tour starts in Kansas City, Missouri on June
10th and ends in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 16th. We went
the last time this tour stopped through and saw several cars
we normally don’t get to see.

We’re told this is a free event for spectators and that you
should park at West High School and take a shuttle bus to the
fairgrounds. We are correctable on that as it is what we’ve
heard.

There are more events going on, our intent was to list these
three. Enjoy our Thursday as that means the working folks have
another day before they get a break.
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Changes

September 19, 2016

The moon was playing hide and seek last but failed to inform
me in the newsletter. I kept going out, camera in hand, to
get a picture of my old friend and he wasn’t there. After a
few attempts I remembered that sometimes he liked to visit
the north side of the house.

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When I went around the house to the north side he was
there with a smile on his face. He seemed pleased. And that
reminded me that all things change and nothing is forever.
The moon was out this morning too highlighted by a bright
blue sky.

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This made me think of Saturday when we attended a cruise-in
that had been around for a long time. The wife had the night
off, the weather was perfect, and we met some old friends we
hadn’t seen in some time.

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We were told that we were attending the next to the last
cruise sponsored by the car club. For many years we have
enjoyed the hospitality, the people, and of course the cars.
But there will be no car club next year if we hear correctly.

The greying of the hobby as older people remain and fewer
young people join, and the continuing restrictions put on
such events are a part of the problem. Hence, nothing is
forever.

All that being said, mark your calendars. October 1st will
be the last NorthPark cruise-in sponsored by the River Valley
Classics Car Club and it is also Toys for Tots night. So even
if it’s raining, drop out and drop off a new toy as the club
will be there rain or shine.

We wish them fair weather for the event, plenty of cars, and
donations enough to help the kids. Great job over the years
and thanks for the memories.
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A little late, but…

July 15, 2016

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It is Friday, so if you have the weekend off we have a few
events that may be of interest. We’ll list some that caught
our eye then end with the usual nonsense.

Now through Sunday is the Meltdown Drags at the Byron
Illinois Dragway in Byron, Illinois.

And tomorrow, Saturday July 16 is the “Rollin in the
Oldies” Cruise Night held at NorthPark Mall in Davenport,
Iowa. Things kick off around 5 pm.

Iowa’s slogan used to be “Is this Heaven?”. Now it seems
the Iowa Civil Rights Commission has stated that it is
against the law to preach the Bible! Their reasoning is
simple if not idiotic. You can read one story on it here.

Said Commission claims that since churches are places of
public accommodation they cannot discriminate against
anyone on the basis of sexual orientation. Yes, fellow
Iowans and Christians nationwide, the Civil Rights
Commission interpreted Chapter 216 of the Iowa Code to mean
that if a pastor discusses anything in the Bible that
relates to sexuality or marriage, he has broken the law!

Isn’t it about time we give these groups a reality check?
If you aren’t religious, don’t go to church. If some of the
Bibles used in said churches offend you, don’t go to
church. The government cannot tell us what our Bibles can
or cannot say. We need to stop the nonsense.

And now I go in search of something that looks like a
pizza, smells like a pizza, and burns my mouth like a
pizza. I need a little something to put out the fire from
from chicken with sweet chili sauce I consumed earlier.
Have a great weekend, ensure you have enough pizza in case
of a storm, and keep the shiny side up.
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Big weekend

July 1, 2016

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Once every generation an event is scheduled that has the
men tweaking and waxing the car in preparation, the women
making for sure everybody has clean underwear in case the
family gets hit by a bus, and the kids fidgiting for days
prior to said event.

There will none like that listed here but they do occur.
Instead we’ll list some events leading up to our 4th of
July fireworks.

Tonight will Midnight Mayhem at Cordova International
Raceway in Cordova, Illinois. Gates open at 11 pm and the
races end at 3 am. This event is open to all street legal
cars and trucks with mufflers and DOT tires.

Tomorrow is the Maple City Cruisers Freedom Fest Cruise In
at 102 South State Street in Geneseo, Illinois.

Also tomorrow is the Buffalo Days Car Show held at the
City Park in Buffalo, Iowa. The event runs from 8am to 3 pm
and the rain date is July 3rd.

All weekend, when the sun goes down the fireworks will go
off. Many cities and towns across the country will sponsor
some form of a fireworks display and some will even receive
TV coverage on Sunday and/or Monday.

Please be considerate of others when you decide to make
enough noise to rasie the dead. Some neighbors may not
fully appreciate your enthusiasm.

Regardless of your plans, or lack thereof, please enjoy
your weekend.
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Bound to happen

March 2, 2016

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When something is started there has to be an ending.
The World Series of Drag Racing began in 1953 and was
held in Lawrenceville, Illinois. The following year,
and every year since, it has been held at the Cordova
Dragway Park in Illinois.

Until this year. The powers that be have announced
the World Series will move to the Memphis
International Racway in Mephis, Tennessee. Said powers
state the event will be more centrally located and
have more room for expansion at the new venue. Even
though it has fewer seats than Cordova does.

We have mixed feelings about the move on various
levels but realize nothing can be done. As a spectator
at many of these World Series events I’m sad because
the series does draw the big names. As a former racer
at the track I know I would be welcome to return. And
as a resident of the area I know the revenue brought
in on that August weekend will be sorely missed.

If there is a problem we believe it just the growth
of the organization that runs it and too many mergers
with others who have their own agendas. And at least
we had the event here for 61 years of its 63 year
existence. All that said, we won’t be cruising down to
Memphis the weekend of August 26-27 either.

So we say goodbye to the holy grail of drag racing
and hope they at least air some of it on a sports
channel. If you’ve ever been to one you know you can’t
just walk away.
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