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Mateo

February 8th, 2018 · No Comments

I’m not certain I know how to pronounce this name, but I think when I first saw it along with the band of purple weather that is due over my head Friday night, I exclaimed RATS – or something to that effect.
National, this is MATEO:

Yeah, it’s going to be FUN.

It’s not so much that I mind the storm; it’s the elongated bullseye. On the other hand, if I owned a Hummer with all the bells and whistles, I would probably be waiting in said “car” eagerly anticipating the first snowflake. But I have a Buick; it is front wheel drive with a good solid 3800 Buick engine – and it still gets stuck where my driveway meets the street. You see, there is a road that intersects my street at a “T” just one house to the south; and the wind whipping down that street makes a drift in the street in front of my driveway which the snowplow moves into my driveway entrance.

Now, that’s not real bad – at first. I can drive right out through brand-new snow (unless it’s a major blizzard), but then there are ruts that form and repeated trips by the snowplow make it worse. Snow-packed tires in deep icy ruts bode ill, as in plague ill . . . and one winter it took three people shoveling and an ATV with a cable to get me from where I was stuck half into the street.
I have used a snow blower, a shovel, high-quality ICE MELT and if I am very lucky there are times when I don’t have to “run the ruts” which is not unlike running the bulls as far as jostling and disaster are concerned.

This is a rambling, whining complaint. I don’t feel any better for it. You probably don’t . . . so I suppose I should have added warning flares to the post title.

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The Jody Vance in the sidebar

February 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

Groundhog Day has come again, and once again I refer you to the left sidebar.

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School shooting . . . again

January 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

I just checked in at a news site and see that in Kentucky there was a school shooting. One dead so far, seven wounded and the shooter is in custody. The school is being evacuated as I type this.

What is it that people are now thinking they can go in someplace and commit an act of violence? It used to be you could go out in the United States and not even consider someone in your own community employing deadly force en masse with random victims.

Other political and social issues pale in the light of such behavior, in my opinion.

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Darcy Vance: 1958-2018

January 17th, 2018 · No Comments

Quite a few years ago, I interviewed Darcy about a program called Kids on the Block for a small, local newspaper. Her last name was the same as mine and I think we quickly compared family homes of our husbands. Mine came from two towns on the banks of the Mississippi River – one in Iowa, Keokuk, and one in Illinois, Carthage. Hers hailed from Danville, Illinois which is just over the Indiana/Illinois state line. So, if there was a link, it wasn’t a close one. She was very nice and personable and worked with kids, and, well, our interests were a little different.

And, after lunch, she went her way and I mine.

Yesterday, all these years later, I looked in the mail slot and found a card addressed to “Mr. Vance” and the address was indeed mine. It was mysterious and with Der Bingle in Dayton and never having mentioned anyone from Albion, Indiana, I had a hunch it was a condolence card. I suppose it could have been birthday or some other occasion, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was something very timely. The hand-printed address on the card also seemed to say, This is special. So, I opened it and yes, it was a condolence card and the name below the sentiment was totally unfamiliar to me.

I had another hunch and thought maybe if I Google Vance and obituary and Kendallville, I will find the person to whom it should have been delivered. And I was right, too right. I had thought perhaps he had been listed in the survivors of a relative from an earlier generation. No, the obituary that came up on the screen was that of his wife – the lady who was 10 years younger than I – the one I had interviewed all those years ago.

I found myself sitting there in a state of taken aback shock. She was a woman who was very involved in her community and had a tremendous relationship with her children and their friends. And I discovered she had been battling cancer for about 18 months. And now the battle was over.

I tried to find her husband’s phone number on the Internet, but the one listed was no longer in service and I had no idea if the address was current. So I am going to try and send a FaceBook message to her daughter and then go by the last address listed. I’ll knock on the door and maybe someone will be there or there will be an indication this is his house.

I guess I won’t be complaining about the weather for awhile.

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The Young Pope

January 14th, 2018 · No Comments

I had not heard of this HBO presentation until my grandson came around an aisle at Family Video with in in his hand. I did not know it was a series; I thought it was a movie. I nodded knowingly when he looked at me as if I should be aware of it and talked about Jude Law. He didn’t mention Diane Keaton who is also in the show and is about my age and in her nun hat has noticeable wrinkles. That I found out later. It almost kept me from actually watching the show; I kept thinking, “Well, this just can’t be because if it is then I’m . . .(fill in your own old person cliche.)

I got over it and watched all the episodes; I became a binger. I’m not Catholic and so two things were occurring, one being the obvious – even for a non-Catholic – big, unexpected changes in Pope behavior, and the other, just marveling at the atmosphere inside the Vatican.

Now, I know the whole plot and I won’t spill any beans because others might be as new to the show as I was, and unlike me, don’t appreciate the “go to the end of the book” thing.

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What else would I write about?

January 12th, 2018 · No Comments

Actually, I’m not posting; I am pasting.

ALTERNATE POST TITLE:

ACCCCCCKKKKKKK.

 

.. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST /NOON CST/ THIS AFTERNOON… * WHAT… MIXED PRECIPITATION OCCURRING. SLEET,FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW WILL TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW THIS MORNING. DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED, INCLUDING DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE. SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS UP TO ONE TENTH OF AN INCH ARE EXPECTED. * WHERE… PORTIONS OF NORTHERN INDIANA AND SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN. * WHEN… UNTIL 1 PM EST /NOON CST/ THIS AFTERNOON. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS… BE PREPARED FOR REDUCED VISIBILITIES AT TIMES. ICY AND SNOW COVERED ROADS WILL MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW, SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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Weather again

January 11th, 2018 · No Comments

Today the high is to be 57 degrees and tomorrow it will be 21?, maybe with snow. Yesterday, as it was warming, it was treacherous outside, with melting frozen slush ruts and perfectly flat black ice. So I went to bed planning on shoving the slush off the driveway and sidewalk after it had warmed a bit more. Well, it did that overnight. I woke this morning to see not one bit of snow or ice, and when I stuck my head outside, it felt downright balmy. It was sort of eerie.

BUT tomorrow, tomorrow is another story. At this time, freezing rain and hazardous conditions are forecast for morning commute time.

I am sorry I complained about freezing in the dry cold. I want it to be negative degrees again with no humidity and therefore no moisture. Let the little dust-like stinging frozen crystals sting my face and blow across the ground, not sticking, melting or getting in my car’s lock and freezing it shut.

Forget about calling me AmeliaJake; we’d better go with Goldilocks.

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Well, it did get warmer

January 8th, 2018 · No Comments

It is warmer, quite a bit so in comparison to the last few weeks, and as a result, the roads which were swept by a very dry snow are in a different condition:

… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EST THIS MORNING… * WHAT… SNOW, POSSIBLY MIXED WITH FREEZING DRIZZLE. THE SNOW AND ICE WILL RESULT IN DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE. ADDITIONAL WET SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE INCH AND LIGHT ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED. * WHERE… PORTIONS OF NORTHERN INDIANA, SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN AND NORTHWEST OHIO. * WHEN… UNTIL 11 AM EST THIS MORNING. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS… BE PREPARED FOR REDUCED VISIBILITIES AT TIMES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW, SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Wet snow and freezing drizzle. Rats. Sometimes when this happens, the temperature takes a dive and all the bumpy, slushy, pothole-like snow formations freeze into what feels like granite. This is so annoying when it happens right where your driveway meets the street. I think maybe four years ago, or was it only three, I spent around 30 minutes in my driveway entrance, tires trapped in icy ruts.

Well, I guess we shall see what comes.

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Circuit breaker blew -jinxed again

January 4th, 2018 · 1 Comment

I bravely, for me, got up and went marching into the shower and got wet all over, washing my hair twice as I have been instructed to do since before I can remember. I climbed into my robe and hurriedly dressed and then started drying my hair AND THE CIRCUIT BREAKER BLEW. So, I went out through the cold garage to reset things and unplugged everything but my hairdryer and, apparently, the hair dryer thermostat was affected.

Given the roll I am on, I am not going to mention all the funeral/burial plans that have been showing up in my email . . . Ah, typing that might have been a mistake.

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If I may venture a weather comment…

January 4th, 2018 · No Comments

Well, we do not have a blizzard situation, but we have more snow than we had two days ago when I jested about being jinxed with snow. Is this what Christmas Elves do when the season is over – go around peeking in people’s minds and blogs for fears and/or worries and then venting the frustration of being overworked prior to Christmas by responding with a TAKE THAT, YOU NAUGHTY COMPLAINER?

When darkness came around five yesterday, you could see the snow whipping all around the streetlight; you could see it for hours. And this morning in two hours I need to have Cameron at the dentist for a root canal. So I have to go shower and actually dry my hair before going out, not to mention that the root canalee will be in no condition to push if we get stuck coming back. Oh, Heavens, what have I done? Have I jinxed myself again? Do elves go postal? Okay, now I’ve got two groups upset with me.

Perhaps the East Coast blizzard will just back up and sit right on my head.

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