Staying local

August 18, 2017

Today we are going to mention a couple things, happening or
about to happen, on the east coast of Iowa. We mention them
only because one is of interest to us and the other just goes
to prove the insanity is everywhere. So if you bear with us,
we’ll explain.

Tomorrow the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 776 are
hosting a Cruise-In at NorthPark Mall here in Davenport, Iowa.
The proceeds from this event will be used to support military
and veterans programs. Things get started at 5 pm and continue
until somebody turns off the light or the cows come home. It’s
a great event for a good cause and we hope to see you there.

Then we have the circus coming back to our city government. It
is now being said by one Alderman that another Alderman is a
racist and a bigot. The whole incident began when a former mayor
said something to the effect that the Irish were slaves too.

Of course that got those who see racism everywhere full of
righteous indignation and caused our city to pass a proclamation
that our fair city is diversified. Whatever happened to just
shrugging it off and calling the speaker a nut if you don’t
agree. It may not be popular but he has the right to say it.

This brought about the facebook melee between the two Aldermen.
She claims the other shares the views of our former Mayor and a
zoning letter he wrote to residents near a College that wants to
tear down some buildings is racist.

The complaining Alderman went before the local Civil Rights
Commission and stated “if you’re poor and black, you are not
going to understand the letter.” Hell lady, I’m an oldfart
white guy and I can’t understand it. Of course this same
outraged Alderman has a candidate she thinks would be more
compassionate, caring that will run against the one she doesn’t
like.

I don’t believe Alderman Ambrose has much to worry about but
time will tell. We wish him well in the election. An article in
our Quad-Cities Times written by Devan Patel was used as a
reference for some of this portion of this post.

Now I’m craving a burrito and a gallon of coffee so enjoy our
friday. Before we know it monday will come calling again.
Comments are always welcome.

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It keeps going, and going…

April 19, 2017

and going. The tale of our wayward Alderman is now at the
stage where the city council has to get involved. I can’t be
the only one amazed that the other members of the council who
were interviewed pulled a Sargaent Schultz again. “I knew
nothing”.

We’re not saying they’re flat out lying, but in most work
environments that involve a lot of people, it is hard to think
there weren’t at least rumors floating around. So after all
those willing to be interviewed denied prior knowledge, they
now have some work to do.

The city council can give 32 days notice and hold a special
election at a cost of about $30,000. If this is done the winner
of said special election would have to run again in November as
the term is up in January.

The city council could just appoint someone within 40 days,
unless there is a primary. They would then need a 60 day
notice. And whomever they appoint would have to run in the
November election to keep the seat.

As happens with our “transparent” city government, we doubt
anyone will know anything until something is released to the
media. Some who live here on the east coast of Iowa in our
tree lined city on the river should remember the drill.

At any rate, it will be an interesting few days until somebody
says something that amounts to nothing on the subject. Until
then, enjoy our Wednesday. The weekend will be here and gone
before we know it.
Comments are always welcome.


Interesting times

April 18, 2017

If you live here on the east coast of Iowa in our little
community called the Quad Cities, you may have heard Davenport
is short one Alderman tonight. We’re sure it will make the 10
o’clock news on our local TV channels if you haven’t.

3rd Ward Alderman Bill Boom resigned earlier today after being
found guilty of lying to a federal grand jury. Since that leaves
us with 9 Alderman, we’d almost bet there will be a special
election for a replacement.

When he is sentenced later this year, Boom could face 1-5
years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and other penalties.
Boom had been on the city council for almost 10 years and a
bar owner in the west end.

We can’t begin to know his intentions for doing this or what
his sentence would involve. Rumor has it he will get probation.
We’ll wait and see. Some will probably party tonight while
others will wonder why this happened.

We do live in interesting times.
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Here’s what happened

October 15, 2016

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You may have noticed I wasn’t around yesterday. Well I had no access to a computer as the lady who follows me around kidnapped me. I was informed that if I did not want to take up permanent residence in the dog house I would cruise around northern Iowa.

The lady who follows me around is sleeping and I am typing this on a laptop I found while locked in the trunk. Don’t worry, I do have bottled water and a bag of cotton candy snack balls for nourishment.
Something tells me I will be released from said trunk to start cruising again soon and may be back at Casa Cruiser later today.

It hasn’t been too bad cruising the back roads and seeing the more rural parts of Iowa. I also noticed birds in prey in the sky a lot more than one would in town hoping they weren’t looking for me. I even managed to get a few a pictures which I will process when home.

Since it is Saturday, and if I make home today, we’ll do a Sunday snicker post later. If we don’t make it back I’ll make a list of my demands for release and a pizza. Until then, enjoy the weekend.
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Never a dull moment

October 9, 2016

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We do live in interesting times. The information highway is
flooded with news of just how crazy our society has gotten
and usually biased in some way.

We heard of the two police officers killed in Palm Beach and
the officer in Chicago that was assaulted by a guy on PCP
and wonder where we went wrong. Today we had our own bit of
excitement here on the east coast of Iowa.

I was loading recent pictures onto the computer when I heard
three loud, and fairly close, gunshots followed by the wail
of sirens just a few minutes later. The commotion woke the
wife up and she came down to ask if had heard the shots.

The wife thought the shots came from the south but I wasn’t
so sure. Turns out the shots were fired at a house just 3
lots west of us. The picture above shows a squad car that the
blocked the alley at our driveway.

Later the doorbell rang and I went out to meet an officer
who asked me a few basic questions. She was professional and
wrote down what was said. As she was leaving I told her to
stay safe and she looked at me like I grew another head.

She left her card and told me to call her if we had any
problems or remembered anything that could help and went on
her way. We still don’t know if anybody was hit but realize
she couldn’t tell us if there was.

If we don’t back the blue, get our country back, and elect
judges who will enforce the law, the future isn’t looking
rosy.
Comments are always welcome.


Interesting house

September 28, 2016

Ever been by an old house and never give a thought to the
old adage ‘if those walls could talk?’. A car club we used to
be members of met in the carriage house of the Deere-Wiman
house. The carriage house is neat, the view from atop the
bluff is amazing, and the Deere-Wiman house is a local
treasure.

The following 11 minute video may not change your vacation
plans, but it could open your mind to what a mansion looked
like in 1872. Or it could bore you, but we hope not. This
house is located in Moline, Illinois.

If you think this a place you’d like to visit, or just want
more information go here.

The link above is for the Butterworth Center and the Deere-
Wiman house. Standing a block apart they are both worthy of
visit if you like old houses, history, or something you don’t
see every day. The pipe organs in these houses alone are
works of art.

So enjoy the virtual tour and enjoy our Wednesday. Besides
being the only one we get this week it also signifies we have
one less day until the weekend.
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Our town

September 12, 2016

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Our fine city has been called everything from Iowa’s
Armpit to Iowa’s Front Porch and just about anything else
in the book. A once a rowdy riverboat town, itt has been
slowly gentrified until it no longer resembles the town of
bygone days.

The Around Iowa site did a piece on the old home town so
we’ll share it along with some comments. The article lists
6 reasons to visit here.

Since the story above wants people to visit our fine city
it does leave out some things. Like our two truck eating
bridges, red light and speed cameras, or our beautiful
sky-bridge to nowhere.

Davenport is on the east coast of Iowa where the mighty
Mississippi river runs east to west and home of the first
railroad bridge to cross the same. Davenport has roughly
100,000 residents and is part of the Quad Cities which is
actually made up of five cities.

Some older denizens may tell you the bread slicer was
invented here and/or the Dred Scott decision was signed
here. Amenities abound and we have almost as many churches
as we do taverns.

If you’re ever in the area you should check us out. And
now I go in search of something that resembles a pizza.
Enjoy the day.
Comments are always welcome.