Heading home

September 27, 2017

The fickle finger of fate was pointed my way again. I had to
wonder why I love these mountains yet the altitude leaves me
out of breath. We will leave here early tomorrow and head home,
which is about 3,000 feet closer to sea level and my breathing
isn’t quite so labored.

We’ll miss waking up in the morning and leaving our room to
marvel at the mountains in the distance, and our family here.
The irony in all this is the fact I spotted a 40 acre plot just
outside of town for sale that set my imagination on fire.

I imagined buying said plot and building a house on it so we
would wake up with the sunrise and watch the sunset from the
back deck with the mountain range always to our north. Then
reality sunk in.

Yeah, the fickle finger of fate is funny that way. All in all
we have admit this trip is an overwhelming success. We’ve been
pampered, well fed, walked off the good food, saw the sights,
got some pictures, and laughed more than we have in some time.

Saturday we should arrive back home to catch on up all we missed
while we get back to reality. We’ve put over 2,000 miles on the
car and that may double before we make it to our driveway. So if
you’re staying at the Motel 6 tomorrow, we left the light on for
you. Now I think I heard some chocolate doughnuts calling for me.
Enjoy what’s left of our Wednesday.
Comments are always welcome.

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Sunday morning bliss

September 24, 2017

I got outside just in time to miss the sunrise. That wasn’t
a problem because the good Lord and the crick don’t rise
I’ll see many more. But I’m beginning to think I need an
interpreter when I go out to eat.

Case in point, we went to an eatery next store and while
perusing the menu I spotted ‘chicken fried stead and eggs’.
It came with hash browns and toast. Great! All major food
groups in one meal.

Now, while I am 6 foot tall I only weigh 150 pounds. The
waitress brought my meal to the table on a 15 inch plate
and another side plate for the toast!

Naturally I assumed people sized portions and not a
family size feast on a platter, and I was wrong. I got
most of down it but felt guilty eating enough food to
feed a homeless family for 2 days. Yet strangely
satisfyed.

The lady who follows me around got an omelette and almost
couldn’t finish that.

I think I’ll return to my biscuits and gravy breakfast as
after those I don’t need a 3 mile hike to work it off.
Here’s hoping your Sunday is as great as ours. Now we’re
on the road again to see what we find.
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The good, the bad, and the stupid

June 30, 2017

Tomorrow is July 1st, the day several new laws go into effect
in the great state of Iowa. Some make sense to us while others
have us scratching our heads saying ‘what in the hell were they
thinking?” We’ll list a few here that we like followed by
some we haven’t made sense of yet.

HF 517 goes into full effect. Stand Your Ground just makes
sense. Our doors aren’t locked for our benefit but to keep you
out if you mean us harm. By the time you kick through one of
the solid core with 6-inch screws in all the hardware you will
be looking at the business end of my 45.

SF 444 prohibits the use electronic communication devices
while driving. If you use a device to write, send, or view
an electronic message while driving it will be considered
evidence that you driving in a recless manner with willful or
wanton disregard for the safety of other persons or property.

HF 516 is the Voter Integrity Act dictates a state approved
ID must be shown to vote. We’ve been showing ours for years at
the polling place anyway.

And now, those that don’t make sense to us.

SF 362 involves claims against Fairs for damages arising from
the transmission of pathogens from certain animals housed on
the fairgrounds. If you’re allergic to animals, don’t go to
a livestock.

HF 473 establishes multiple pathways to obtain a High School
Equivalency Diploma beyond an exam. Isn’t the test enough? Or
is this another politically correct idea borne of the
everybody gets a trophy train of thought?

And finally, our favorite. SF 447 will allow farmers to
present an affirmative defense if sued by neighbors who claim
odors or other aspects of an animal feeding operation is a
public nuisance and interferes with their enjoyment of life.

City folk never cease to amaze me. If you aren’t smart enough
to plow around the stumps or didn’t know farms can be smelly,
animals have sex in the open, and dust could be an issue, you
have no business living in the country.

For a more complete list of the new laws that go in effect
July 1st, go here.

Enjoy our last day of June. Don’t know about where you’re at
but it’s noisy here on the east coast of Iowa. Now for a
smaller version of the new pizza I tried last week.
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What happened?

June 15, 2017

Last night we had a strange sunset after a short burst of rain
so I decided to stay up and get a few pictures of the moon
through the remaining clouds. But as sometimes happens, just
when you think you have things figured out the rules get
changed.

The moon didn’t show in the time I allotted for it to do so and
even though it was the wee hours of the morning when I ventured
back inside, sleep wasn’t in the cards. Finally around 5 am the
sandman came and I didn’t move again until the wife woke me
around 9.

Even with a solid four hour snooze I felt tired because while
I was sleeping I dreamed I never went to sleep because I was
outside waiting for the perfect shot and drinking coffee all
night. It wasn’t as vivid as some dreams, but I knew it was a
dream because I rarely use a tripod.

That and the fact that we don’t have a spiral staircase on
the outside of house. There was quite a view from the top of
the imaginary staircase though. Of course this made me ponder
a few things. Like why are the yellow pages yellow?

Or how many people know Dr. George Horace Gallup was born in
Jefferson, Iowa? If you can’t place who he is just remember
he is the founder of the Gallup Poll and a pioneer in public
opinion polling.

Sorry, got off on a side track. Enjoy our Thursday, we’re that
much closer to the weekend races.
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Late again

May 23, 2017

Earlier we went over to see how Dad is doing and he was doing
good. The health care person that was there put him through his
paces with some physical therapy and he had a good breakfast.
He said he was glad to be home and it showed.

It turned out to be a gray drizzly day and since I didn’t feel
like getting soaked it was an inside day. I ventured out a few
times to fill the bird feeder, put some peanuts out for the
squirrels, and bring in the trash bin from the alley.

Which caused me to wonder; if submarines had screen doors who
would be in charge of making sure a hatch was closed so said
door didn’t leak. I could imagine a long drawn out name for the
rate in charge of that.

Then I thought about why spiders have 8 legs. Why not 7 or a
hundred and two? Now some spiders who lost a leg only have 7
but I’ve never seen one with more than eight.

Because of trying to solve these problems this post is late.
The time flew by while my brain went into overdrive and now it
is late. In less than 2 hours I’ll get the wife up so she can
go to work. Guess I’m going to have to pay more attention to
what’s going on around me.

I’ll end there and say enjoy our Tuesday. Before we know it
hump day will be here.
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Card trick

May 21, 2017

While cruising along the information highway yesterday I ran
across and old friend of sorts and since it was Armed Forces
Day I almost did a post then. But since it is now Sunday, this
old friend is a song written in the 1940s, and it is about the
Bible, I’ll share it now.

The song first became a hit in 1948 when performed by country
musician T. Texas Tyler. It would later be performed by the
likes of Wink Martindale, Tex Ritter, and many others. It is
more recitation than song but it makes my eyes leak in a good
way.

If you’ve heard it you know it and if you haven’t watch the
video below. Turn the speakers up a little and listen to
“The Deck of Cards” performed by Tex Ritter.

Enjoy our Sunday.
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Educational chuckle

May 7, 2017

A friend shared this and it gave us a laugh so we’ll share it
with you. Hope you haven’t seen it.

Units Of Measure

1. Ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter= Eskimo Pi

2. 2,000 pounds of Chinese soup= Won Ton

3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash= 1 microscope

4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement=
1 bananosecond

5. Weight an evangelist carries with God= 1 billigram

6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour+
Knotfurlong

7. 365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer= 1 Lite year

8. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone= 1 Rod Sterling

9. Half a large intestine= 1 semicolon

10. 1,000,000 aches= 1 megahurtz

11. Basic unit of laryngitis= 1 hoarsepower

12. Shortest distance between two jokes= a straight line

13. 2,000 mockingbirds= two kilomockingbirds

14. 1 kilogram of falling figs= 1 Fig Newton

15. 1,000 cc’s of wet socks= 1 literhosen

16. 8 nickels= 2 paradigms