December 13, 2022

In a plan to discover what could be up, I decided to see what the mainstream media had to say yesterday. I’d been running with the thought that it wouldn’t be long after the mid-term election that politics would turn into a circus again. Well, one source informed me we’re having a triple threat with Covid, the flu, and another respiratory bug and masks may be mandatory again while another stated that a recent study showed the masks didn’t work against the virus.

Not to be outdone, foreign news from Qatar proclaimed a problem with the dreaded camel flu and was complete with a picture of camels wearing stocking caps over their faces! That made us think that nobody makes an N-95 mask big enough for a camel. Then another source stated 24 people were shot in Chicago over the last weekend with I believe 6 fatalities. We know that can’t be true because Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

By now I’ve about bitten my tongue in half by keeping it in cheek. We could go on but think you can figure it out without us. So, if you’re having a real good day, check out the media and get a laugh. Just do it in small doses so you don’t get overloaded with the bull they’re shipping. Enjoy our Tuesday.

News for 2 (days)

November 10, 2022

Today is a sad day in maritime history. On this date in 1975 the SS Edmond Fitzgerald mysteriously sank in Lake Superior in a Storm with a loss of all 29 crew members aboard. When launched in 1958 the Fitzgerald was the largest ship on the Great Lakes. The Fitzgerald remains the largest ship to have sunk in the Great Lakes.

The ship was 729 feet long, before the sinking the Fitzgerald had made 748 round trips and had had several collisions. It had run aground, hit lack walls, and collided with another freighter, none of which were considered unusual or serious. None of the crew were ever found. There was even a song written about the shipwreck.

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, when we celebrate those who have served our country. It is always observed on November 11th although parades and such are usually moved to the closest weekend. It is on this date because World War I ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

In the late 1960s Congress passed a law that moved Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day to Mondays. This was done to give citizens 3-day weekends to stimulate the economy and encourage travel.

In September of 1975, then President Gerald Ford signed a law that returned Veterans Day back to November 11th starting in 1975. All that said, we’d like to wish all our brothers and sisters who are veterans a Happy Veterans Day. Enjoy our Thursday.

Almost over

November 9, 2022

We’re almost to the point where we won’t get mailers from candidates or see political ads on TV. It may take a while to count the votes and get things sorted out, but we are on the downhill side. Haven’t watched results yet as too many media people were all too happy to call the races for their favorites in the past, and they’re not always right.

Honestly, I don’t think much will change yet hope they do. We have had a dysfunctional government for too long now for a quick fix. When things fester over time things can’t be cleaned up until the people really want it to and our country is too divided right now. As the saying goes, I’ll expect the worse but hope for the best. Or at least a small change.

I’ve always gotten a kick out of actors and politicians as they both expect to be noticed when they do the jobs they were hired to do. Actors want awards and politicians want to get reelected. I’ll reserve judgement until after the results are in to tell you what I really think. I’m sure the talking heads on TV will disagree, but it looked like SSDD to me. Time will tell. Enjoy our Wednesday since it’s here anyway.

Today’s the day

November 8, 2022

It’s time to get out and vote. Everyone who eligible to vote should get out and do so, then we’ll stop the political ads and robocalls for a year or so before the next campaign begins. We don’t care who you vote for, which political party, or anything else so long as you vote. This should be an interesting mid-term.

Missed the eclipse of the moon last night and we’re told there won’t be another until 2025. The reason was I plan to be around in 2025 to miss that one, and I have pictures of others from the past. After a busy day yesterday, my eyes wouldn’t stay open that late. In hindsight, I could have laid down sooner and got up earlier.

One final thing. Yesterday I got a call about the open enrollment for Medicare and took a short survey. The questions weren’t invasive and didn’t give much information that could be used by a hacker. The last question was “how old are you currently?”. I replied that I was 71. That’s when the lady taking the poll said, “you don’t sound 71?”. I almost asked her what 71 sounds like but had a good laugh anyway.

Enjoy our Tuesday and get out and vote.

What if?

November 3, 2022

We’re going to play the Devil’s advocate for the sake of this post. The post may be a work of fiction, a partial truth, or the whole truth. You can decide after you’ve read it, just don’t get worked up about it. If you get angered by this post perhaps you should look for a blog that has a safe room and coloring books.

What if the COVID-19 outbreak was planned and a trial run was done just before the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland on October, 18, 2019? And what if Bill Gates was one the backers? You may remember the theme for the forum was “Globalization 4.0: Shaping A Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” What if it was all about population control?

What if the vaccine was designed to make you sick? The general consensus is that the vaccine doesn’t stop you from getting, or spreading, the virus. The group many used to look to for answers, the CDC, showed the incidence of myocarditis after vaccination is 3 to 5 times higher for young men than a year ago.

So, what if this virus scare has been an attempt at population control? An attempt to remove those who don’t belong to organizations and go to these meetings? And what if some of the jabs we’ve seen politicians get weren’t the vaccine and those who actually got the vaccine are now regretting it?

Nah, guess it’s just a coincidence. After all, the politicians and media say that’s not what happened. Enjoy our Thursday.

Good intentions

October 21, 2022

I got something stuck in my craw yesterday and was going to do a post on it. Started out with an article about a doctor in England who said the covid vaccine is causing heart problems and deaths in young men. Then I started looking for deaths of young men and found too many to just be averages.

Then I came across an article that said the CDC is back on the vaccine for school children thing again, and that got confusing. It wasn’t a mandate nor implying that schools require vaccines, just that they should. The CDC has not been long on the truth lately and some believe it has turned into a joke ever since they changed the meaning of ‘vaccine’.

With the ‘truth’ police out there it’s hard to get a straight answer on sensitive issues such as this one. I’m going to keep looking as I find this interesting. After all, we’ve been told that children are not usually infected with the virus and have light symptoms if they are. Now they want to see more home schooling if this goes any further.

We do live in interesting times. Enjoy our Friday.

Something different

October 19, 2022

You may remember a while back we did a post on the auction at Elmer’s Toy and Car Museum. Now there is something different for those who like to recycle car parts.

Yes, we’re talking about a hiking tour of a junk yard. Information is pictured above for any who may be interested. We did notice that the sign states rain or shine, but at the end of October shouldn’t that include snow. Just saying.

If we remember correctly, the yard is the road that leads to what used to be the museum, and there were some desirable vehicles in there. Looks like there will be two tours that Saturday for both early and late risers. If you want more information, and use facebook, just search for Elmer’s and follow.

Who knows, by then we could be tropical around here. We had lows in the 20s this morning and by the weekend the highs will be in the 70s so anything is possible. Keep this event in mind if you’re looking for something to do later this month.

Now we have the cat herd and bird flock to feed and water before breakfast. Enjoy our Wednesday.

A couple of things

September 29, 2022

Before we begin we’d like to send our prayers to those affected by the hurricane. That said we have a couple of things that have stuck in our craw lately and we feel the need to address them here. The first being the city council vote last night to turn the one-ways downtown into two-ways. Many of us who now have gray hair have fond memories of the one-way streets downtown.

Most of the reasons for the change just don’t make a whole lot of sense to some of us. Perhaps our local politicians forget what traffic is like down there during rush hour or when there is construction. If one sits through a stop light now, we wonder what it will be like after the change with fewer lanes in each direction.

And saying businesses down there are all for it doesn’t ring true. If a business is on the left side of the street, keep in the left lane. We’re guessing it will go from 4 lanes in one direction to one lane in each direction plus turning lanes and a bicycle lane. Time will tell.

The other thing, also local, is the railroad wanting to more than double the traffic in our downtown. We’re sure that won’t have a positive impact on events held in park on the river. Besides blocking access to the park, the noise drowns out any attempt at entertaining the people. Why go to a concert if you can’t hear the band? And how will train traffic affect our minor league ballpark down there? It’s going to get interesting.

Enjoy our Thursday.

Good start

September 17, 2022

Once again, the squirrels are gathering walnuts for the upcoming winter. They’ve been using the power lines like an interstate highway and they’re moving a lot of walnuts. Others have been busy digging in the yard looking for where they left the goodies last time.

Signs are pointing to a cold winter, and we hope those signs are wrong. Sometimes after a hot summer we end up getting a frigid winter with lots of snow and I just have a gut feeling we are in for such a season. Time to check the snow blower and make sure we have some gas for it.

In other news, the Nitro Nationals are ending today at Tulsa Raceway so if you’re in the area, and like gassers, you should pay them a visit. It’s an experience you’ll never forget. It does get loud. And finally, the Elmer’s Toy Museum auction will end today. We believe today the cars and motorcycles will cross the block and this place has plenty of both.

Enjoy our Saturday as it snuck in while we were sleeping.

Labor day

September 5, 2022

Today is Labor Day and the end of a three-day weekend. Congress passed an act in 1894 to make Labor Day a national holiday and it’s been going strong ever since. There will be parades, 5k races, and much more today in celebration of working folks everywhere.

Here on the east coast of Iowa it’s going to be a little cooler this year with the high only supposed to reach the mid to upper 70s which should ensure a good crowd at any event held outside. And I’ll be busy today doing what I didn’t do yesterday. Don’t forget that the holiday means our garbage and recycle pick up will be a day late.

After finishing what didn’t get done yesterday, I’ll be outside looking where the old pine used to be. It had to come down, we knew it, but the back yard now seems empty without it. Plans are underway to replace the pine and plant another tree for someone else to enjoy after I’m gone.

Now, we’ve got things to do. Enjoy our Monday, and Labor Day.