A Hundred and One

It was another one of those days where I felt as though I were in a state of perpetual motion from the time I left home.  About a week ago, I agreed to help a dear friend who was in need of an extra pair of arms and legs, and this morning was when I was to be there.  He was already hard at it when I arrived, so without time to chat, I dug right in.  As we all know, the gauging of time needed to do something can be very much different after it’s finally finished.  I’m just glad we got what was needed done before the temps starting rising again, because it was a dirty and heavy job.

I hope everyone enjoyed all the photos I supplied yesterday of the North Iowa Band Festival.  I looked thru them again later today, and recognized a few more people I’d missed the first time.  If it hadn’t been so hot, it would’ve been a perfect day, and of course it had to be a repeat of it again today.

Another one of my morning projects was indoors and certainly thankful for it.  It doesn’t take long being out in that sun to where you really start feeling it’s affects.  As I was getting in my car, I noticed a young man out mowing around noonish who recently moved into one of my client’s rentals.  I walked down just to say “Hello”, along with kiddingly asking, “Couldn’t you wait until it got all the hotter outside before you started mowing.”  He laughed and said, “Yeah, I should’ve got out here hours earlier.”  From the looks of him, he was certainly suffering from the heat.  In such weather, it’s always best to get outdoor work done either early in the morning, or an hour or two before sunset.

I’ll be feeling all the more sorry for those employees with the road crews that are working on North Federal and Highway 122 if these temperatures persist.  I’m still not up to speed with what the end products are supposed to be when they’re finished.  If they don’t put that stoplight back at the corner of N. Federal and 9th Street, I’m afraid that stretch is going to turn into a racetrack which will certainly be a liability for pedestrians.  If they’re planning on creating inside turning lanes,  that’ll also be a driving hazard when the snow returns.

One of my afternoon appointments took me to Clear Lake to show a few homes to a buyer I’ve been working with these past several months.  Each time I’m over there, I shake my head in dis-belief at their prices.  Thank goodness I forewarned the buyer about their inflated prices before we started looking.  My greatest fear is that if we have a correction in our real estate market, Clear Lake will be hit much harder.  People’s memories have already faded regarding the number of foreclosures we had after the 2008 financial crisis.  Now that the foreclosures have lessened, I hope it stays that way for a good number of years, because bank repos always pollute our real estate values.

A well known stopped by late this afternoon just so we could play catch-up on the happenings in each others lives.  Since we’ve known each other for a very many years, we can talk all the more freely without having to weigh our thoughts before speaking.  I was glad for the visit because it helps when trying to keep our given “paths” centered.  And of course, it also helps when sharing concerns with each other, because just talking about them with someone close, seems to make them lighter to where they’re placed into more manageable perspectives.

As I was driving home today, I noticed on Culver’s marquis’ temperature sign reading one hundred and one degrees.  Seeing that made me all the more convinced we’re in for a very interesting and likely turbulent summer.

Tonight’s one-liner is:  Your actions are pointless if no one notices.

Joe Chodur

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