July 24, 2007

Flotsam and Jetsam

I want to take this opportunity to thank Iowa Hawk's Dave Burge for helping me identify the make and model of the car in this old photograph of my dad. Turns out it is a 1948 Willey's Jeepster parked in front of the "EATS" Cafe. I am guessing Cedar Falls, Iowa early 1950's. Also over at the Iowa Hawk it's turning into a horse race in the Annual Hoosegow Honey competition and my favorite filly, April, is fading fast in 4th place.

Two events are going on this week that merit mention. The first is the Annual Oshkosh Airventure sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh Wisconsin. We visited the airplane extravaganza last year and I am still in awe. We have decided to vacation with friends on the shores of Lake Michigan so we won't be attending this year but if you love airplanes or even the occasional airshow this is a must see event.

The second event is the 35th annual "Register Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Riders left the west coast of Iowa Sunday and will arrive at the Mississippi River on Friday. I have never ridden in the event but I hear that there it is a seven day party as you travel the back roads of Iowa.

The Agriculture Department reportedly paid over a billion dollars in farm subsidies to farmers that are allegedly dead. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley responded ‘‘We passed a law that said a person must be actively engaged in the business of farming before they could receive a farm payment,’’ Grassley said. ‘‘As far as I know, the only way dead farmers can be actively engaged is if they’re pushing up daisies."

Thx to CR Gazette

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