More of the story

October 19, 2017

Yesterday we devoted a portion of the post to the story of
John Deere winning a lawsuit against another company using
the green and yellow colors associated with Deere on their
agricultural equipment and thought we’d flesh out that story.

About 155 years ago John Deere hammered a steel saw blace into
a plow and made history. Before that plows were made of wood or
iron that the soil stuck to making cleaning a constant chore.
Now, Deere & Comapany is is ranked 105th in the Fortune 500
and manufactures agricultural, construction, and forestry
machinery.

Deere started making tractors in 1907 with their successful
Dain All-Wheel-Drive, purchased the Waterloo Engine Company
in 1918 and produced the Waterloo Boy tractors until 1923
when the John Deere Model D debuted. The first combine
harvester followed in 1927.

And in 1988 the John Deere green and yellow color combination
was trademarked. Since the trademark of the colors Deere &
Company has asked 40 companies to stop using their color
combination and all but 3 did so. One of those 3 who refused
was FIMCO, Inc.

FIMCO is based in South Dakota and was using the Deere colors
on its sprayers they market said sprayers under the brand
name of Ag Spray Equipment. FIMCO used the trademarked colors
and refused to stop so Deere sued.

In the lawsuit Deere claimed FIMCO deliberately chose the
colors to create the allusion of an association with Deere. The
court ruled recently, agreed with Deere, and gave FIMCO 60
days to file a plan on how they were going to implement the
color change.

What we find hard to believe is that while Deere & Company has
trademarked the green and yellow combination, it did not do so
with the individual colors. So FIMCO could still paint their
equipment all green or all yellow. We’ll just leave it there
in hopes it better explains the short mention yesterday.

Enjoy our Thursday as we can almost the weekend from here.
Comments are always welcome.

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Casual day

October 18, 2017

Had a visit with Dad this morning and we enjoyed a good chat.
Not many subjects were missed as we talked about our names, the
wildfires, food, health, and misconceptions. We even covered
John Deere and their recent lawsuit over colors.

At one point I even mentioned that the scaffolding was coming
down on the steeple of the church near us but the cross wasn’t
back on top. The cross was taken off before the steeple was
re-roofed and when the rigging was up never gave it much
thought.

The critters got fed while the rest of the chores are on hold
due to my lack of interest. It’s just too nice a day to work it
away. Time may be spent with the camera, or a nap, whichever
sounds more interesting when the time arrives.

I also found out the lady who follows me around got tickets
online to see “Only the Brave” Friday afternoon. She even
claims we have reserved seats. Many can’t believe that I have
not set foot in movie theater since the first Harry Potter
movie came out.

Never cared for watching movies inside and cell phone usage
has not changed my mind. So at 12:30 Friday afternoon we will
be in our reserved seats to view the 2 hour and 13 minute movie
along with others who attend. When that is over I’ll go back to
my mantra of ‘I can wait until they show it on TV’.

Enjoy our Wednesday, it’s a beautiful day here. Now I need
another cup of coffee and some leftover pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


Starting again

October 13, 2017

With elections coming the endorsements, appearances, robo-
calls and junk mail is sure to increase. That’s why I don’t
watch the news either. The easiest part of this equation is the
junk mail as we just throw it in recycle.

We do get a daily paper, but I usually only look at the
classified ads and comics. And sometimes, just reading the
comics is like listening to a campaign ad. So I avoid
cartoons that tend to do this.

Today I made the mistake of looking at the opinion page. A
person, unknown to us, declared that one candidate really liked
the people of our city. How nice. But I’d rather vote for a
candidate who has never held office and hasn’t been through
the indoctrination to tell us what they think we want to hear.

Or an old fart who made the paper for spending his days
yelling at kids to get off his lawn. Some candidates like to
say they have prior public service experience. We liken that
to saying ‘we’re from the government and we want to help’.
It doesn’t put us in a happy place.

And the same people keep getting back into office even though
many voters claim to stand against everything said politicians
believe. Come election day we will do what we always do. We
educate ourselves on who the candidates are and their core
beliefs before we go to the polls and vote for the person we
feel is best for the job.

I got tired of politicians treating us like mushrooms long ago.
Don’t know what being treated like a mushroom is? It’s when
they keep you in the dark and fill you full of crap.

Enjoy our Friday, some of us may get some rest this weekend.
We’re trying something different today. Instead of pizza for
lunch and supper we’re going to have lasagna and garlic
bread.
Comments are always welcome.


Thinking back

October 12, 2017

I just got the wife off to work and noticed it started to
drizzle. You know how that goes, not a hard enough rain to get
soaked yet sets a chill in your bones. But Autumn is here with
the leaves changing color, the drop in temperature, and the
steely gray skies.

Christmas displays are starting to pop up and the Holloween
candy is overflowing the aisles. On the east coast of Iowa that
means time to get the snow removal gear in order. Depending on
who one listens to we will either have a dry mild winter or
a cold snowy one.

This is also the time of year that shifts my mind into over-
drive and it moves faster than my fingers can type. We’ll try
to keep up. We’re entering the season when comfort food seems
more important than any other and the holidays start coming.
At least since I retired they let me sit at the adult table.

It shouldn’t be long before the migratory birds start heading
south to their winter homes along with folks who love the area
more than they like our winters. They usually come back once
it warms again.

And this time of year reminds me of days on the farm when the
chores came before anything else and TV was a luxury. If we
watched and hour of TV in one sitting, it was a holiday. And as
I joke with our youngest, the TV had living black and white.
When color TVs became affordable we’d adjust the rabbit ears
until we marvelled at how life like the shows had become.

Now, I’m out of coffee and the leftover pizza along with the
doughnut holes on the table are calling for me. Enjoy our
Thursday. Before we know it the weekend will be here.
Comments are always welcome.


Election results

October 10, 2017

Those who live in our part of the east coast of Iowa may have
heard the 6th Ward primary results. For those who haven’t,
Richard Clewell and Sean Liddell will be on the ballot next
month.

Out of 10,605 eligible voters, 905 took the time to vote.
Sorry Dale, better luck next time. We don’t know if the rain
had anything to do with low turnout or if it was just apathy.
Seems a shame that only 8.5% of eligible voters did use their
right to vote.

We have some thoughts on this election which we may share at
a later date if we can refine them enough to put express. For
now the party’s over for some and just beginning for others.

After saying that, I need more coffee and a pizza. Enjoy
what’s left of our Tuesday as we won’t get another until next
week.
Comments are always welcome.


Two things from Iowa

October 10, 2017

First, if you live in the 6th ward here in Davenport please
take the time to vote today. As you should know, if you live in
the 6th ward, 5 people are running and only 2 can be on the
ballot for the general election.

The other is about and article in the Chicago Tribune from
July 6, 1963. The headline grabbed my attention and I had to
read it. Said headline stated “Iowa Ends 47 Yr. Drouth on
Liqour-by-the-Drink”.

The article is above and can be enlarged by clicking on it,
but what caught my eye was the spelling of drought. I don’t
think I’ve ever seen it spelled that way before, but have heard
it pronounced in that manner.

So I did an online search and one source assured me it was just
another way to spell drought. That made sense in a way but
didn’t really fit. So after more searching the Urban Dictionary
proclaimed it was a Scottish word that meant thirsty. The
latter seemed a better fit.

Since I was only 12 years old when article came out I knew
very little about Iowa Liquor laws or how people got around
them. After reading said article I believe it must have been
a big deal for someone to fly to our Capital just to get the
first liquor license.

It also gave me a chuckle when I came to the part that
mentioned the drink price included a 10% occupational tax. The
tax is probably the only reason our state government allowed
it as the tax would bring in revenue.

I did find it a little hard to believe that our stae didn’t
allow booze to be sold by the drink for 47 years but as the
saying goes, live and learn. One can almost hear the opposition
wailing about how the citizens of Iowa were going to all be
passed out in the gutters because of this.

If memory serves me correctly the drunkest times were in the
mid 1800s when more alcohol was consumed per capita than before
or since.

Now I need more coffee and I spied some leftover pizza that
needs a friend. Enjoy our Tuesday.
Comments are always welcome.


The holiday and the upcoming election

October 9, 2017

Today is Columbus Day here in the U.S. of A. Except for those
places where today has been declared Indigenous People Day.
Columbus Day became a state holiday in Colorado in 1905 and a
federal holiday in 1937.

Opposing views on the day go back longer than you may think.
Indigenous People Day is just the latest attempt to eradicate
the holiday that began in the 19th century, before it was even
a legal holiday. In the 19th century some wanted to remove the
holiday because of its association with immigrants and non-
Catholics were afraid it was being used to force the religion
on them.

And groups like the American Indian Movement believes the
ongoing actions and injustices against Native Americans are
being masked by the positive Columbus myths and celebrations.
We’d recommend just enjoying the day regardless of what you
call it.

Then we have a mental nudge for those who live in the 6th Ward
here in Davenport. Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 10th, is the
primary election for your ward. There are 5 people running for
the seat and this election will pare that down to the top two
vote getters.

Those running are: Rich Clewell, Dale Gilmour, Ben Jobgen,
Sean Liddell and Chris Webster. Candidates Gilmour and Jobgen
were against the Costco rezonging. Liddell was an alderman in
Moline, Clewell was on the Davenport School board for years,
and Webster has 22 years in public safety.

If you live in the 6th ward please get out and vote. We don’t
live in that ward, but if we did we’d vote for Dale Gilmour.
Personally, I feel that there are times the best man for the
job is not a career politician. You are certainly welcome to
your opinion.

Enjoy our little holiday that most working people don’t get
off anyway, and vote tomorrow if you’re in the 6th Ward.
Now I need more coffee and have chores to get done.
Comments are always welcome.