Friday, September 23, 2022

Encouraging

These arrived in the mail yesterday to our 96 unit building. Next to the mailboxes is a trash can. Very few ended up in the trash can.

Seniors tend to vote more than most demographic groups and this indicates to me my neighbors are taking this election as important. Two years ago the trash can was overflowing.

Inflation is now the topic of conversation in our common areas. With most residents on fixed incomes, Section 8, etc., inflation bites hard.

Several neighbors have told me they regret voting for Biden.

If, and this is a big if, we have honest elections this may be a turning point in our country.

A recent newsletter from the Veterans Administration encouraged vets to become poll watchers; that there is a shortage of poll watchers nationwide. I’m not doing it for one reason, a 45 minute bladder.

As always, YMMV.

(Maybe someday I will learn how to get photos to post the way I want – someday)

 

Monday, September 19, 2022

Sobering


 While poking fun at less than stellar police work in my last post, this was happening.

Weld County Sheriff's Office

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Weld County Sheriff’s Office seeking information about driver in fatal hit-and-run

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with information about a driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash north of Greeley.

The crash occurred about 5:30 p.m. between a white van and a motorcycle near the intersection of AA Street and Weld County Road 37. The driver ran from the scene as deputies were responding to the area.

Deputies, Colorado State Patrol troopers and officers from local agencies are actively searching for the driver of the van. He is described as a slightly heavy-set Latino man, in his 40s and standing about 5 feet, 7 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes as he ran into a nearby cornfield.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.

The victim was a 24 year old correction officer on her way to work. The accident occurred just a few blocks from her work.

 The driver who struck her fled but left behind a forged green card and social security card in the van. The authorities have his name. As of now, he remains at large. Surprise! Alcohol was involved.

 Funeral arrangements are pending with a call for donations to her family. I scratched a check payable to the Weld Country Sherriff Posse, Weld County Sherriff Department, 2110 O Street, Greeley, CO 80631.

 R.I.P. Deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz

UPDATE: As of midnight 9/20 a suspect is in custody

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Oops, Police Division

Police chase ends with the offender stopped just over three train tracks. The officer who made the stop was still on the tracks. After the offender was cuffed, the police car wasn’t moved. Other involved agencies placed the offender in the car still on the tracks. A Union Pacific freight train then hits the police car with the handcuffed offender still in the car. The offender is now in the hospital.

Now, the manure will hit the fan. Can you say, “Lawsuit”?

https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/09/17/platteville-police-train-hits-vehicle/

I’m fortunate to live in a safe small city in a tough on crime county. That is diluted by living in a Blue State. Our local police chief lays it on the line.

https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/09/17/opinion-chief-adam-turk-addressing-crime-in-colorado/

Day in and day out our police deal with “people”. I couldn’t do it.

https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/09/15/greeley-cop-log-caller-complains-of-neighbor-seducing-husband-two-drive-thru-fights-reported/

My plan is to simply enjoy the day. This morning was the monthly $9.00 breakfast at the VFW. Visiting with family and friends is always welcome. Banner waited in the car but was let out to say hello and got a piece of bacon and petting from all present.

Yesterday Banner spent the day at my sister’s house while I worked.

I’m not sure what to make of this.

Life is good!

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Memory Lane

While not owning a television for several years, I do enjoy offerings on YouTube.  For whatever reason, I enjoy watching tow trucks, especially off road recoveries. One channel I watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShwQHSU0S34&ab_channel=CaseyLaDelle

This one was different and involved gold dredges. That stirred a memory. In the aftermath of WWII returning veterans found scarce jobs, as much hadn’t changed from the Great Depression. My Dad found a job in Breckenridge, CO operating a gold dredge. One day while trying to put cable back on pulleys, his coworker took up slack while my Dad’s fingers and thumbs were wrapped around the cable. All his finders and thumbs were broken. The local doctor used metal splints to fix his broken fingers. My Dad had his brother bend each splint until my Dad’s hands were in a claw shape so he could still grasp the dredge controls and continue to work. His main complaint was not being able to button his Levis.

Along that same time I, at age four, fell out of the back of an old Ford sedan doing 40 mph or so on a dirt road landing on my head. The scars remain to this day. My Dad and uncle held me down on the floor while the “doctor” stitched my scalp together. The “doctor” was a former service medic/corpsman and what was available in what was then a remote Colorado mountain town.

For many years I was teased about having, “rocks in my head”.

So, WSF, is there a point to this? Yes, woke breath, generations in this country survived by doing what was necessary to survive. The solutions weren’t elegant. You survived or didn’t but nobody seemed to be appalled and nobody looked to the “government” for help or even expected help.

We have lost that expectation and are poorer as a people and  a nation, IMO. As always, YMMV.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Angst


A horrid weekend for Colorado football fans. Other than the Air Force Academy (who beat CU) all the major college teams lost; CU, CSU, and UNC. Then, tonight, the Broncos lost to Seattle.

I’m a tepid, at best, football fan. Between the woke bullshit and the tons of commercials, I pass it by.

As always, YMMV.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Paranoid


A young friend called today concerned he might be on some government list as a militant radical. They have an eight year old high functioning autistic son they pulled from public school and are  home schooling.

I advised him he was already in someone’s data base with the tattoos he has similar to these.

A terrible place we have reached in this country when productive citizens, simply living their lives as they see fit, have faceless government employees tracking them.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Outrage and Getting Old


You bloggers who can put up something worth reading every day, or even twice or more every day, have my admiration. The muse doesn’t come around and kick my ass that often. I sincerely appreciate those of you who do this, add to my knowledge of the world, and make me think!

Life with Banner is fairly mundane. He has no interest in politics which nicely balances my daily, sometimes hourly, outrage as I read politically slanted blogs, Falsebook positings, and news article. As an example:

https://nationalfile.com/joe-biden-quietly-signed-an-executive-order-seizing-control-of-cryptocurrencies-to-create-a-cashless-society/?fbclid=IwAR0tx4idZPHC-iEaXgznz6hE3tYS3bYUAOwm1KPPJr1RCSi8godKAE_wm_Q

Xiden continues to rule by decree with no enabling legislation to support his actions.  The Constitution? The (P)regressives regard it as some archaic impediment in the way of their “Build Back Better” pipe dreams. After all, they know what is best for us dirt people.

Perhaps Trump’s greatest legacy will be the number of judges he got nominated and appointed to the Federal Courts. A special shout out for keeping Garland off the Supreme Court.

Speaking again of (P)regressives and the Constitution, will they abide by the provisions of the separate but equal provisions? (Yes, I hear the laughter of a certain globetrotting Arizona resident).

One value in my life is, “Don’t bitch about something if you don’t offer a solution and are willing to implement it”.

I can’t stop bitching and am frustrated that I don’t have solutions beyond voting and resisting. I see this at a national level. So many of us “Deplorables” are fed up but are disorganized and fragmented. How does this change?

Also in the mix is the whole getting older business and awareness some mental abilities are deteriorating. The 5am bladder call followed by an hour of the uncontrolled mind going over a lifetime of errors and omissions. The obituaries of people you knew who are younger than you dying. The checklist by my door that includes keys, wallet, glasses and Zipper!




Banner provides a nice counter balance. Food, naps, walks, car rides, stays with Sisty, and the many neighbors who feed him treats and give him lots of petting is his life. He makes me laugh and smile several times a day. His biggest concern is when he gets to prewash the dish will used to microwave my breakfast bacon.

Not winning the lottery means I should keep working. This inflation is devastating to those who only have social security. Many of my neighbors in this 96 unit Senior apartment building rely on the food bank. Today we have a community cookout that may be the only big meal some will have all week. Sad state of affairs.

To end on an upbeat personal note, my health is good with no crippling ailments and, thanks to a CPAP and pacemaker, I’m still able to do much of what I want. Probably won’t try climbing Longs Peak this year, not that I ever did or even want to, but can do short hikes and make minor vehicle repairs.

As always, YMMV.

ADDENDUM; This is a serious news article? More like floating a balloon propaganda. Maybe the Big Guys 10% has been cut off.

https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/09/04/biden-weighing-actions-to-curb-us-investment-in-china-technology/?utm_email=2324337475602411D46EA5DA6A&g2i_eui=Lx4rIdmvnRa7A%2bqYE6zWoV9Xr2DQfA63&g2i_source=newsletter&lctg=%c2%a02324337475602411D46EA5DA6A&active=yesD&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fwww.greeleytribune.com%2f2022%2f09%2f04%2fbiden-weighing-actions-to-curb-us-investment-in-china-technology%2f&utm_campaign=pmp-greeley-tribune-headlines&utm_content=curated