There’d Be Additional Limp-Tailed Excuses

I’m not sure when it actually started raining in the night, but as I was driving to work, I could see we’d already received enough to create curb-side waterways flowing to the storm sewers. Once it started getting light outside, I noticed the rainfall growing heavier, which made me wonder how much snow we would’ve been getting if it were below freezing. It’s really quite remarkable when seeing it pouring down rain on the 16th of January, but at least it wasn’t sleet.

Upon arrival at office, I got myself settled-in for the day, and pretended it was just another workday. I’m sure there were a number of people taking day-trips to either Des Moines or Minneapolis, just to get themselves out of town, along with possibly doing a little post-holiday buying. The thought crossed my mind yesterday afternoon regarding the possibility of my taking a day trip over to Eastern Iowa today, but when looking at the forecast, it was soon dismissed. A number of years ago, it was not uncommon for me to run over there once or twice a year, but unfortunately, I haven’t been out that way in at least seven or more years. There are a handful of my blood relatives buried in that direction, but unfortunately I haven’t visited those graves in years.

After I returned some phone calls, along with emails that had come in over the night, I changed my clothes and putzed around the office with various little chores, and when those were finished, I sat back down at my nut-cracking table and busied myself on and off nearly the entire day. After feeling my fingertips, I’m gonna have to give my fingers a rest for several days, and only because of how those sharp nut shells manage to scratch-up my fingers and tips. After what I had cracked today, I’m pretty sure I’m just a little over half finished with that daunting project. Once they’re all finished, vacuum bagged and sent to the freezer, I may have more than enough to last me well over a year, and if that be the case, there’ll not be even half the amount I’ll pick up this coming Fall.

Just for kicks and giggles, I searched online to see how much those black walnut meats sell for by the pound, and wasn’t surprised to find they’re selling for around $20 per pound, but of course you’d have to pay for the shipping. Once again I read where black walnuts have the highest amount of protein per ounce than any other tree nut, which comes as no surprise why the squirrels are always after them, and if you manage to get a squirrel that was shot in a walnut grove out in the country, you can be sure it would be the tastiest pan-fried squirrel. I don’t think I’d want to eat one that’s been living in our City because they”ll eat just about anything if they’re hungry enough.

While out taking countryside photos several weeks ago, I spied a plump and very healthy looking red fox squirrel. Back when we were on the big farm, that’s all you would see were the reds, but now it’s a different story with the grays being noticed the most. I also know you’ll find black squirrels on rare occasions out in Eastern Iowa. I’ve personally seen them, and they are the cutest. Truth be told, in spite of their being native to Iowa, I believe I’ve only seen one flying squirrel in our area, and likely because we don’t live in a heavily forested area.

I did receive several calls today on my two listings up in Manly, so perhaps they’ll be the next to go under contract. Unfortunately the both of them were listed shortly after our mortgage rates spiked, but in spite of that, there’s really not that much of a selection, so let’s hope they’ll fit the bill. I recently heard we’re still getting an influx of people coming from out of State, and most of them are retirees, which is why I still believe, with the right form of advertising, we could turn this City into a popular retirement community. Of course, the powers that be in our City, along with their preferred special interest groups, always seem to have better ideas, or so they think.

Over these past ten years, I’ve spoken with enough people about what and where they’ll be living, once they’re fully retired, and believe it or not, at least 75% have said they’ll be selling their homes and moving closer to their children who either live in the Des Moines metro area, or even farther out of State. Even the ones who don’t have children have said, “I’m outta here.” Now, how can we fix this exodus problem? I have my thoughts, but the “ears” aren’t listening. Oh, and by the way, why haven’t we heard any news about David Rachie’s “ghost” hotel which was supposed to’ve been built years ago, along with the re-skinning of that dead Southbridge Mall? I’m sure if someone would ask, there’d be additional limp-tailed excuses given.

One of my colleagues forwarded me a link to a video last night, which I watched during my lunch hour. Oh my gosh! Did you know there are an estimated 75K homeless people living in metro Los Angeles? I can’t begin to describe what I was seeing in real-life. They can be found camping along the sidewalks in some of the most exclusive areas including Hollywood. The guy who was actually walking around while taking those videos, commented more than once about the smell of urine everywhere. I knew that San Francisco Bay area has a big problem, but I didn’t realize it’s that bad in Los Angeles. I do know they have a problem in the San Diego metro area, but certainly not to the extent of Los Angeles’. If I didn’t know better, I could’ve sworn I was seeing something being videoed in a third-world Country. It was definitely an information overload, but in the end, I did need to watch it.

Once I finished viewing it, I began to wonder if more sooner than later, we’ll have homeless people suddenly showing up in North Iowa, and I don’t mean one or two, but rather, in droves. As I said to my colleague, that video was just one more example of the chronic eroding-away of our Middle Class, and if it’s no long part of our Nation, we’re all gonna be in some deep doo-doo, and all brought about by the greedy.

Tonight’s One-liner is: We could’ve saved the earth, but we were too damned cheap.

Joe Chodur

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