Got er done

May 11, 2018

Usually I’m a last minute shopper, you know the type. Christmas
Eve is early enough for Christmas shopping and the like. But
today I broke that habit and can proudly say I got the wife a
gift for Mother’s Day. And no, she’s not my mother but is the
mother of our youngest. Now I can get the lawn mowed tomorrow.

It’s like how I don’t celebrate birthdays anymore, instead I
celebrate the anniversary of the first time I was slapped. Got
so mad I yelled then didn’t speak to anyone for a few years.
Yeah, I can be that stubborn. But I digress.

Today I went to a place I sometimes go to when looking for a
gift for the wife and no, it wasn’t Auto Zone. I approached the
sales counter and before I could say anything the clerk said
“Aren’t you a little early?”.

I won’t divulge what I bought her as the wife occasionally
reads this blog. Pretty sure she’ll like it though and I know I
do as I got a good deal. Guess we’ll find out Sunday. If there
is no post on Mother’s Day, I bombed. It’s hard to put out a
post when I’m in the dog house.

And a hint for the guys, if you shop early the stores aren’t
as busy. All that said enjoy our Friday as that means we made
it through another week. Now I’m thinking more coffee and a few
cheeseburgers to charge my batteries depleted by the shopping.
Comments are always welcome.


Going to be busy

May 4, 2018

We had another senior moment that lasted a couple weeks so will
mention Vintage Torquefest 2018 now since it starts today. All
proceeds from this traditional hot rod and motorcycle show go
to Helping Hannah’s Heart. The show runs through tomorrow.

The wife mentioned today is also National Nurses Day so we’ll
thank all the nurses and wish them a great day. Today is also
Military Spouse Day.

May is National Electric Safety Month, National ALS Awareness
Month, National Burger Month, National Foster Care Month,
Mental Heath Awareness Month, National Military Appreciation
Month, and Older Americans Month to name a few.

The second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day and the week beginning
May 6th is National Nursing Week.

May is the 5th month of the year and May’s birthstone is the
emerald. If you were born in May your birth flower is the Lily
of the Valley.

With that said we readily admit we know just enough to be
dangerous and list only things that interest us so if we missed
a day or week or month observed in May it was not on purpose.
If something is listed wrong while we didn’t make it up that
goes back to our drinking days when we liked to find something
to celebrate before we hit the saloon.

And any rate, enjoy our Friday as it’s looking to be great
weather here. Now for more coffee and some Flaming Hot Cheetos.
Comments are always welcome.

Plenty to celebrate

April 2, 2018

On this the 2nd day of April we’ll share some things about the
month you may not know. It’s the fourth month of the year in the
Gregorian calendar, the first of four months to have only 30
days, and the second of five months to have less than 31 days.

The birthstone for April is the diamond, the birth flower is
the daisy, while Aries and Taurus are the zodiac signs for the
month. It is a month filled with observances and causes and
we’ll list a few of them.

April is Arab Heritage Month, Cancer Control Month, Confederate
History Month, Jazz Appreciation Month, National Poetry Month,
National Prevent Child Abuse Month, National Volunteer Month,
Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, Fresh Florida Tomato Month,
National Food Month, National Grilled Cheese Month, National
Soft Pretzel Month, and National Soyfoods Month to name a few.

This, the first full week of April is National Library Week,
National Public Health Week, And National Public Safety
Telecommunicators Week.

Sunday was Easter and April Fool’s Day, today is International
Children’s Book Day, Wednesday is National Day of Hope and next
Wednesday is the International Day of Pink.

We didn’t add all the events and observances because there are
so many we would need to write a book. Those not included above
were not left out intentionally as we just mentioned a few that
interested us. Which reminds me, its National Welding Month

Looks like we have a lot to celebrate this month. So enjoy our
Monday as it’s the first one in April. Now for more coffee.

Strange tale

March 13, 2018

Not the rig mentioned in the story.

I read the following and wondered, what are they putting in our

Loaded tractor trailer stolen from Pilot Fuel Island in Satsuma, AL., by 5th grader and two younger brothers. Halted 550 miles later by Texas hwy patrol buckshot to left steer tire outside of Tyler Texas.

This came from a truckers site that usually has reliable
stories yet this is one on that can’t be confirmed. So let’s
just say it’s true and speculate a little.

First thing that came to mind is a trucker left his rig running
at a truck stop and the kids jumped in a took off. After all who
would think three kids would steal a semi? Perhaps if spotted
people would think they got bored and were just walking around.

And, if true, how can a 5th grader drive a big rig 550 miles
and not hit anything? Or it could be that he did hit other
vehicles and it wasn’t in the report. Kid must be tall for his

As mentioned, we don’t know if it is true or not, but the site
does usually have road closures and weather reports that are
accurate. If it is true it’s scary and if it isn’t it’s food for

Enjoy the rest of our Tuesday as it has been a long one here on
the east coast Iowa.
Comments are always welcome.

We’re number 1?

March 1, 2018

Talk here in Iowa has been about the fact that on February 27,
2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Iowa the best state in
the United States.

And it’s said they are the global authority on rankings. This
involved evaluating our 50 states across 77 metrics with
thousands of data points in eight categories. They are: health
care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and
corrections, fiscal stability, and quality of life.

Truth be told, we didn’t want the secret to get out. If you
don’t mind a harsh winter occasionally it is a great place to
live. So let’s look at a few of the reasons our politicians are
now patting themselves on the back.

Iowa ranks 3rd in healthcare which is up 2 spots from 2017.

Iowa ranks 5th in education, up 3 from last year.

We rank 17th in economy and that’s up 13 places since 2017.

In opportunity we are at 4th, up 2 from 2017.

With infrastructure we’re number 1, up 15 slots from last year.

Quality of life is a new category for 2018 and I’m not sure
where we rank there. I do know last year we were the 6th best
state. As some one who was born here and came back after my
Navy hitch, I have a hard time believing we’re first in the
infrastructure category. But that’s just my opinion.

So if you’re thinking of moving out of your state and are in
search of another to call home we’d recommend Missouri or

Enjoy the rest of our Thursday as it is almost gone. Now I’m
up for a pot of coffee and a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

Got it wrong?

February 28, 2018

A friend sent a link to a site that promised the honest truth
about you according to your birthday. Not usually having any
success with such sites I decided ‘why not?’

His birthday is about a month after mine and his result said:
“He puts on a brave face every day, but the truth is that he
feels everything very deeply. He is an incredibly sensitive
person and he cares for the ones he loves more than anyone could
ever imagine.”

Sounded almost like poetry to me, and the results would have to
similar for me, or so I thought. Mine turned out slightly
different and sounded more like a judge announcing sentence.
Mine said “He will never give up without a fight. He has been
through a lot in his life and it has built up an inner strength
that cannot be easily broken. He has the confidence to know what
he deserves in life and he has no problem fighting for what he

Wait a minute. Why does mine mention fighting twice? This may
have been a good description 25 years ago but not today. It
sounds like a stranger to me yet when I read it to the wife and
mentioned my thoughts she laughed. Granted I have been through
a lot, but I am 66 years old! And I am bull-headed and it’s
pretty hard to change my mind. And I do go in with confidence
when I believe I’ve been slighted.

Oh. Perhaps it’s a better description that I first thought.
Enjoy our Wednesday anyway.
Comments are always welcome.

Auction thoughts

January 19, 2018

After watching hours of the Scottsdale auction today I came to
the same conclusion as other years. Some people have more money
than sense. Being the start of the weekend most cars brought six
figure prices.

A good example of this is the 2019 Bullit Mustang that went for
$300,000 to a charity picked by Steve McQueens son. The first
car built, a good cause, and every penny went to the charity.

Some of us remember the Charger from the Fast and the Furious.
It was one of the cars built and had a small block chevy with a
single 4 barrel under the non-functioning blower. It brought in
$140,000. That was either for bragging rights or somebody
doesn’t work hard enough for their money.

In todays auction the restored cars kept up with the muscle
cars, resto-rods, and custom builds. That seemed like a good
thing to this humble observer. Tomorrow the gloves will come off
and the prices will escalate. It will be interesting to see a
vehicle hit $1 million.

If you get the Velocity channel you may want to tune in
starting at around 3 pm again tomorrow. Or, coverage goes until
until 3 am tonight also.

Enjoy the rest of our Friday as it’s the last one we get this
week. Now I need some more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.