The old way

July 16, 2018

Do you ever wonder what things were like during earlier times.
As someone who believes they were born too late and should have
been born in the 1800s I do sometimes wonder what it would be

I have mentioned the book ‘Manual of Social and business
Forms’ by Thomas E. Hill and published in 1875 before and
thought, let’s take another look.

Social etiquette and manners are covered in the book and after
another look it sounds like things were crazier then. Some of
rules make sense while others don’t, but here are some that
caught our attention.

Under small talk- No topic of absorbing interest may be
admitted in polite conversation. It might lead to a discussion.

Marriage- Anyone with bright red hair and florid complexion
should marry someone with jet-black hair. The very corpulent
should may the thin and spare, and the body, wiry, cold-
blooded should marry the round-featured, warmhearted, emotional

Street etiquette- When crossing the pavement, a lady should
raise her dress with the right hand, a little about the ankle.
To raise the dress with both hands is vulgar and can only be
excused when mud is very deep.

Conduct to avoid at the ball- No gentleman should enter the
ladies’ dressing room at a ball.

Bowing- A gentleman should not bow from a window to a lady on
the street though he may bow slightly from the street upon being
recognized by a lady in a window. Such recognition should,
however, generally be avoided, as gossip is likely to attach
undue importance to it when seen by others.

Lord love a duck! And that’s just some of rules listed under
etiquette. Today I catch myself saying, ‘excuse my French’ a
lot. Back then I’d probably be hung for the slip ups.

Enjoy our Monday as it looks to be the beginning of another
great week. Now for more coffee and a Snicker’s.
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.

About the 3rd

July 3, 2018

Tomorrow is the 4th of July and many will celebrate the holiday
and since we feel every day we wake up breathing is important,
here are a few things that happened on July 3rd. If you already
know what occurred you can look at the picture.

On July 3, 1754 in the French and Indian War George Washington
surrendered Fort Necessity to the French forces.

On this date in 1775 George Washington takes command of the
Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

The Wyoming Valley massacre occurred on this date in 1778 during
the Revolutionary War when the Iroquois, who allied with Britain
killed 360 people.

On July 3, 1819 the first savings bank, The Bank for Savings
in the City of New York opened.

In 1852 Congress established the United States 2nd Mint in San

In 1886 the New York Tribune became the first newspaper to use
a linotype machine which eliminated typesetting by hand.

In 1890 Idaho became the 43rd state on this date.

In 1938 the world speed record for a steam locomotive was set
in England at 125.88 mph.

In 1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated lit and
dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorials eternal flame at
the Gettysburg battlefield.

In 1962 Jackie Robinson became the first African-American
inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1979 President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for
secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.

Much more happened on this date including the fact that I got
a haircut. And I can honestly say this is the first time in two
years my ears and back of my neck have felt sunshine on them in
two years.

Enjoy our Tuesday and the 4th tomorrow. Now I need more coffee
and some leftover pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

Did you ever wonder…

June 26, 2018

why whiskey and the military just seem to go together. Well,
according to Military Times whiskey has been a favorite of those
who wear the uniform as long as people have been wearing said

Not all whiskey is bourbon yet if it’s made in America it is
considered bourbon. When the Revolutionary War started rum was
not an option as it was favored by the English so whiskey filled
the void. In November of 1775 our Congress authorized a whiskey
ration for the Continental Army.

Some even say heroic acts on the battlefield would be rewarded
with an even bigger ration of the whiskey! We can’t forget the
Whiskey Rebellion in 1794 almost threatened another revolution.

But too much of a good thing can be too much. By the early
1800s the ration was increased which caused Meriwether Lewis to
complain of incessant drunkenness in his company during the Lewis
& Clark expedition.

On September 14, 1803 wrote the following in his journal: Set
out at 11 oClock (sic) was prevented from setting out earlier
(sic) in consequence of two of my men getting drunk and
absenting themselves. I finally found them and had them brought
on board, so drunk they were unable to help themselves.

During the 8,000 mile expedition by boat and horseback, from
St. Louis to Oregon and back most of the company was drunk and
Lewis was shot in the leg during a drunken hunt.

During the Civil War medics used whiskey to calm the nerves of
the soldiers, which was also consumed freely during breaks in
the fighting. President Lincoln even developed an appreciation
for the drink. When asked about General Grant’s constant
inebriation Lincoln said: if I could find out what brand of
whiskey Grant drank I would send a barrel of it to all the other

Jack Daniel’s started the “By the Barrel” bottling program
in 1997,and in 2016 one of the master distillers told Business
Insider that the U.S. Military is the largest purchaser since
the program began.

I no longer drink but when I did considered it patriotic to
have a shot of whiskey now and then. Enjoy our Tuesday as we’re
that much closer to hump day. Now I need coffee and a Snicker’s
so I don’t get grumpy.
Comments are always welcome.

Just a couple events

June 22, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve mentioned upcoming events on
Friday so here are a couple to think about. One is in Minnesota
and the other in Iowa.

The first is the Minnesota Street Rod Association (MRSA)
sponsored 45th Annual Back to the Fifties Weekend at the
Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota. It runs from
today through Sunday and last year had over 11,000 vehicles
registered for the show.

We’re told this show is one that some don’t even see all the
cars at the event even though they spend the whole weekend
trying. One of these years we might even make it up there to
check it out.

If you’re around eastern Iowa around Labor Day, you may want to
head towards Mt. Pleasant and take in the Midwest Old Threshers
Reunion. This event runs from August 30th through September 3rd.

We won’t make this event as we’ll be cruising west toward
Idaho if everything works out. That said this is more for those
who want to know what it was like back in the day. Over the
weekend you can see horse pulls, the Cavalcade of Power on the
track, concerts, museums, steam tractors, take a trip around the
grounds on a train, and get some good eats and souvenirs too.

If you wish to know more click on the links and get the
information from the source. Enjoy our Friday as we will now
that rain stopped and the basements’ dry. Now for some more
coffee and some much needed sunshine.
Comments are always welcome.

LST tour

June 12, 2018

Iowa will be seeing the USS LST (Landing Ship Tank) 325 on the
Mississippi river in two different cities later this year. This
ship was launched on 27 October 1942 from the shipyard at
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and commissioned on 1 February 1943
under Lt. Ira Ehrensall, USNR.

The LST 325 is 327 feet 9 inches long, has a beam of 50 feet
and loaded with a 500 ton payload has a draft of 3 feet 11
inches forward and 9 feet 10 inches aft. On 6 June 1944 this
ship was part of the armada that participated in the Normandy
Landings at Omaha Beach where she carried 59 vehicles, 30
officers and 396 enlisted men.

1,051 LSTs were built in the 1940s and the LST 325 is the only
one still in operation in the U.S. Home port is now Evansville,
Indiana. It will dock at the Port of Dubuque August 23 though
August 27. Then the ship will be downstream at the Isle Casino
Hotel in Bettendorf from August 30 to September 3.

Tours of about 45 minute duration will be available each day
from 11 am to 6:30 pm and cost adults $10, kids 6-17 $5, and
kids 5 and under and WWII veterans get a free tour at both

As the date draws closer we’re sure there will plenty of
information for those of us who are interested. We will post
an update also in August.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. The wife returns to work
tomorrow and things may get back to as close to normal as we
let them. Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

We didn’t know

May 7, 2018

After a late night my eyes opened to greet the sun at the crack
of 10 am. I stayed up to finish a book entitled “Granite
Mountain” by Brendan NcDonough with Stephan Talty. It told the
tale of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the Prescott fire that
took lives of 19 of its 20 members.

I was surprised to learn that these wildland firefighters are
still using the same basic tools that were used since 1911! The
pulaski is a tool that combines a cutter mattock and an axe. It
has been in use since 1911 and become the national standard tool
of the United States Forest Service in the 1930s.

The driptorch is a canister that typically contains a mixture
of 30% gasoline and 70% diesel fuel with a spout with a wick at
the end that drips fire to burn vegetation before the wildfire
gets there and makes a fire break.

A fire shelter that is made of layers of aluminum foil, woven
silica, and fiberglass big enough to cover a firefighter when
trapped and is designed to reflect radiant heat and protect
against convective heat. The first known use of a fire shelter
was in 1804 when a boy was saved from a prairie fire when his
mother covered him with a fresh bison hide.

These shelters are designed to withstand heat up to around
700 degrees yet a wildland fire can reach 3,000 degrees. There
is someone now working on a shelter that could withstand up to
1,700 degrees. Through 2013 these shelters have been used 1,200
times with only 41 deaths.

Today these firefighters do use radios to communicate but do
have any GPS device to signal their location if things go
wrong. I also learned the hotshots are not doing it for the money
and resources are slim.

The book mentioned many things but the above, which I fleshed
out a bit, were of interest to me. The survivor is suffering
from PTSD but is getting help. And you may remember of the movie
“Only the Brave” which is based on the same event as the book.

Enjoy our Monday as we only get one this week. Now I need more
Comments are always welcome.