The moon with a side of news

August 10, 2017

The man in moon was trying to hide last night but did so with
class behind a sheer curtain of pastel colored clouds that
looked like lace from the east coast of Iowa. And although he
did whisper, we had our little chat.

We noticed new candidates for the city council received a
mention in the local newspaper, we know one of the two, and it
could get interesting around election day. Since I couldn’t
sleep we talked until the moon finally disappeared behind a
solid grey cloud.

Dale Gilmour is running for 6th Ward Alderman and JJ Condon is
aiming for the Alderman at Large seat. Both are small business
owners and lifetime residents of the area.

Mr. Condon is a member of the Zoning Advisory Committee and is
on the board of directors of River Action, Inc. I don’t know
anything more about Mr. Condon, but wish him well.

Dale Gilmour is a life long resident of Davenport and we went
to the same high school. He has had his business for 25 years
and has been to more city meetings than almost everyone already
on the city council. When I was still going to the meetings I’d
see him there. He also has some really neat cars.

If we lived in the 6th Ward we’d vote for Dale but since we
don’t we wish him the best of luck. The elections will be here
before we know it.

On another note, the fires are still burning our west and we
hope the firefighters take the R & R when offered. Sometimes
you just have to step back and take a short break.

Enjoy our thursday. Even though the wife doesn’t believe me
I’m going to try to act like a responsible adult today.
Comments are always welcome.


Is curiosity dead?

August 8, 2017

As the moon came up through the trees last night I thought back
to our visit to the county fair and after talking with the man in
the moon he agreed the fair had changed since the last time we
attended.

When we walked through the livestock barns it became clear we
had the place to ourselves and the arena for the horse show was
placed so far back on the fairgrounds it could have been in a
different zip code. And again, not nearly as many spectators as
days gone by.

While meandering we saw majestic Belgian horses being led
into a trailer and quarter horses getting a workout with their
riders in the ring. We saw tigers, elephants, a wild animal
show, and even New Mexico duck racing. Yet the biggest crowds
could be found near the food vendors and amusement rides.

This country boy doesn’t get it. Have we gotten to the point
that snapping a cell phone picture of your child getting
strapped into the roller coaster more popular than teaching
said child about the world around us?

Now they could have went through the livestock barns and gazed
upon the horses and tractors before we arrived. And we did see
parents with children at a small wildlife show that brought
everything from armadillos to wolves onstage, but the numbers
were few.

I also know the rides are fun and the kids enjoy them, but how
many opportunities does one get to see a six-horse-hitch pull
a wagon and make it look easy? Has instant gratification taken
the place of curiosity in the children?

The man in the moon then informed me that you can’t take the
country out of the boy. He’s right because the simpler things
mean more to me.

Enjoy our tuesday. I’m leaving in a bit to visit with the
Antique Farmer and get his take on it.
Comments are always welcome.


Did you know?

August 7, 2017

The two firefighters who lost their lives recently were part of
a Hotshot crew. The crews have 20 firefighters and there are
only about 107 Hotshot crews in the country. They must pass
demanding physical tests followed by mental training. If they
pass the pack test, walking about three miles with a 45 pound
pack on in 45 minutes or less, they move on to more tests.

The crews are on call 24/7 and don’t know where they’re going
when called or how long they’ll be there. They are often dropped
into rugged, remote terrain and then fight the fires with what
they carried in with them.

Those who fight wildfires often refer to a measurement called
chains. A chain is 66 feet long and one of these crews can cut
several chains per hour in a fire line. When they finish for the
day and return to camp about all they want is a hot meal, a
shower, and a place to lay down and get some sleep.

Before 1930 there were no professional wildland firefighters
and people were hired as-needed without any training. The
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), began in 1930 and ran until
around 1942. The CCC utilized workers for fire suppression and
thus became the first crews trained to fight wildfires.

The first organized hotshot crews grew out that and some of the
first crews were the Del Rosa and Los Padres Hotshots in 1946 or
perhaps the Del Rosa and El Cariso Hotshots in 1947.

Much respect and a hand salute goes out to all those who fight
these fires, the support groups on site, and everyone who lends
a hand when things get hot. You do not get enough recognition
for the sacrifices you make.

To learn more about one of the recent fallen firefighters, go
to the memorial blog.

For more information on Interagency Hotshot Crews to their
official website.

Enjoy our Monday. That means all evidence of the county fair
will soon be gone and the fairgrounds will move on to other
events. And I might have a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


Painted skies

August 4, 2017

When I awoke this morning it hit me. The wildfires have hit
Iowa. No, our state is not on fire. Nor or people stocking up
on all things needed to make smores. But when something happens
out west it ends up here.

While it makes for interesting days and beautiful sunsets the
smoke from the fires in our more western states has reached us.
And when that happens it causes one to go outside and enjoy.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we don’t worry much about air
quality when these things happen. Much like when severe storms
are in our area we grab a lawn chair and go outside to watch.

Even the critters appear to enjoy the sights.

Then again, this could all be a weather anomaly. Yet my
wandering mind thinks the winds were just favorable to push the
smoke in our general direction. Whatever the reason it gets me
outside even more. It looks like the skies were painted by
a brush in God’s hand.

Enjoy our friday. A day we stock up on pizza and Snicker’s
at Casa Cruiser. Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Fire update

August 3, 2017

We mentioned the Whetstone and Meyers fires in the past and
things have gotten interesting out there. The two fires are now
one and cover 11,593 acres.

Evacuation notices were issued as this fire keeps raging. Low
humidity, no rainfall, and winds have not helped the fire
fighters. As of 14 hours ago the fire was burning with even more
intensity and expected to get worse today.

The fire is 25 miles SW of Phillipsburg, Montana. To see the
last incident report on this fire, go here.

Comments are always welcome.


Hard to figure

August 2, 2017

The more I try to figure out what’s going on in our world the
more I like taking pictures of critters. Nothing much makes
sense to this old redneck who doesn’t believe in coincidences.

When this happens I end up with more questions than answers
and said questions bother me. Not because the questions are
there but because of the number of questions that pop up. That
being said, here are some things I’ve noticed.

Facts don’t matter anymore. We’ve all heard the abuse of
numbers when talking heads want to prove a point. It makes no
difference if they’re fact or fiction.

Too many people are buying the bull being shipped. We won’t all
die if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, gun owners are not
sadistic morons who maim puppies in their free time, and our
history is not based on the feelings of the offended.

People get flu shots every year that don’t protect them from
actually getting the flu because a different strain appears. We
are told our children need dozen of vaccinations full of
harmful things they wouldn’t normally wouldn’t be exposed to.

It has gotten to the point that being a member of a certain
political party can be harmful to ones health and freedom of
speech is on the endangered species list. We are a rudderless
ship on troubled seas and the lighthouse is without power.
And if there are houses on the moon I wonder what they sell
for.

That being said, enjoy our Wednesday and don’t worry. We’ll
get a few more this month.
Comments are always welcome.


The fires

July 27, 2017

Our youngest is out working the Whetstone fire which was caused
by lightening and as of the 26th of July covers 2,104 acres.
The smaller Myers fire is also burning about 1,082 acres as we
speak.

Ten days ago the Whetstone fire was at 371 acres and the Myers
fire at 75 acres. Watch your 6 Kenny, things can escalate
quickly. We know you like what your doing but ask to remember
that while certifications are nice, in a tight spot a gut feeling
can save your bacon.

At least these fires were caused by the weather. We’ll keep
updated on this end and thanks for the call Kenny. A short call
is better than none. To all those fighting fires, be careful
and know you are in our thoughts.

This is short but we just wanted to get the news out there.
Enjoy our thursday. Now I need more coffee and something to eat.
Comments are always welcome.