Sunday, June 16, 2019

Local Tractor Show

Small show but interesting. The big show is July 20-21 with close to 100 entries. The show is usually free.

If you like old tractors, the best collection I know of is in Burlington, CO. If you are traveling I-70, budget two to three hours to visit their museum. You will not be disappointed. Over 100 tractors, all inside an a/c building, plus lots more.

It is a small town but they do things big.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Cottonwood Square Car Show - Greeley

Something of an annual affair on a Saturday morning once a year. Informal, no admission, local folks. You seldom know what you will see.

There is always one that makes me lust to own.
Fun way to spend an hour or two. Unless you own this.
Camping, anyone?

Friday, June 14, 2019

Could Have Gone South In A Hurry

The police seldom know what they might come up against. How do you train for something like this?

Missile Park was the site of an Atlas missile silo about eight miles WNW of Greeley, CO in Weld County.

 Weld County has something like 23,000 oil and gas wells. Of course, not all are active. The county ranks around 11th of all USA counties for petroleum production and produces 2/3rds of Colorado’s petroleum.  Energy production and storage sites are everywhere including Missile Park.

Not much happens out there. A few live there in their RVs until they are told to move on. It is a popular spot at night for car romances. The road dead ends and only a few houses are out that way.

Hats off to the LEOs that managed to, liberally, defuse the situation with no loss of life.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

News For Steamer Fans

The Union Pacific will be showing the X4014 “Big Boy” extensively this summer in the Midwest. You can find the schedule at the official Steam Club along with updates and useful information, apps, etc.

A chance to see something few people now alive have seen and memories for grandchildren. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Mundane police calls as reported by the local rag serving our small city.

2:15 p.m.: Greeley police responded to a grocery store in the 2100 block of 35th Avenue for a report of a man who parked too close to the line, making it harder for the caller to load her child into the car.

7:30 p.m.: Police responded to a park pond in the 400 block of 35th Avenue for a report of an alligator sighting. Once on scene, officers asked a woman if it was possible she saw a snake or a turtle instead. The woman described what she saw as “a log with eyes.” Officers approached the pond to investigate, at which point they encountered a beaver.
9:30 a.m.: A woman called Weld County dispatchers claiming to be “America’s Most Wanted” and “testing the emergency broadcast system.” The woman said she was recently released from a mental health institution where she was participating in a study “undercover.” When asked if the woman was intoxicated or on drugs, she replied “I’m under the influence of God.”

2 p.m.: Police responded to a Greeley residence for a report of “some kids” who had “done something” to the caller’s car. When police arrived at the scene they learned the children dropped a sack of marbles and were picking them up. Some of the marbles had gone under the caller’s car.
4:30 p.m.: Police responded to a park for a report of a homeless man acting weird. When asked to explain how the man was acting weird, the caller said the man was picking up children’s water bottles and smelling them.
7:45 a.m.: Police responded to the 2700 block of 19th Street for a report of a woman, carrying a bag of flour, walking in circles around the caller’s trashcan.

Like any place where there are people, we have crime. Burglary/car prowl is the most common and, always, drugs and the problems associated with drugs. Still, it is nice to live in a boring burg.

Does make it hard sometimes to come up with a blog subject.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Hypocrites To The Right, Hypocrites To The Left, Tongues Waging

With apologizes to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, once again off on a rant.

 Breathless article in the (P)regressive propaganda rag, aka Denver Post, declaring Shannon Watts, “Moms Demand Action” the NRA’s worst nightmare.


 If she and her group didn’t exist the NRA would invent her, or something like her, to fuel their never ending quest to raise money to 'fight' for the 2nd Amendment and, at the upper levels, live high on the hog.

 Likewise, without Bloomberg’s money, Shannon Watts would be just another mother of five with an expanding ass. From her pictures, she seems to have acquired some high priced fashion and makeup talent.

I know most of the ten readers of this blog are NRA members and I recognize the good the NRA does in terms of firearm safety, training range officers, etc. If I could support that, and nothing else, I would renew my membership.

When President Trump, a friend of firearm owners, took office, the GOP controlled both the House and Senate. Yet, the National Reciprocity Act the NRA supposedly advocated (and raised money off the issue) didn’t get it done. Why? My opinion, they didn’t want to lose a lucrative fund raising issue.

I was briefly swayed after the Parkland debacle and still get the inflammatory emails and offers to enter contests for poor quality merchandise (which they will happily sell me) with their logo stamped all over it.

 Sorry, I don’t care to have people know if I’ve replaced any firearms after my tragic boating accident or that my untended parked vehicle(s) might be worth breaking into. YMMV

So Ms. Watts has written a book and was signing copies at Denver’s Tattered Cover Book store (a place I have dropped serious money in the past) and her hypocrisy was on full display. Armed guards were everywhere to ‘protect’ her precious hide with a secondary mission of keeping the Deplorables at bay. Great theater for the gullible and her fellow travelers. I doubt any firearm owner would bother to waste ammo on her.

(P)regressives want firearms gone, period. Not that they care a rat’s ass about gang bangers offing each other, no, they don’t want the Deplorables able to shoot their power seeking asses. Dominion over the masses without a risk to their privileged asses is the goal.

They bleat about 100 people a day dying from ‘gun violence’ (in a country whose population is more than 316,000,000).  How many people in the USA die every day from malnutrition? Not as glamorous a problem, but one with solutions. If they care so much about lives, why aren’t they working on this problem?

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Time Marches On

Brighid    has a post showing granddaughter growing up. Made me think of my three youngest who will be a high school senior, high school freshman, and elementary fourth grader.

Doesn’t seem that long ago.

Two oldest are off on their own. No great grand-kids yet. Better for them to get established in life I believe.

My middle son has a son but the birth mother is crazier than a bag of cats (h/t Kim du Toit) and restricts access. Hopefully that will change in the years ahead.