For the record I drive a Honda Pilot, the Learjet is down for maintenance right now….
See yesterday’s posts for one of the most confusing, amusing and irrelevant assessment’s of our personal lives ever written on this blog…and that’s saying something!
To the News
You know it’s bad when they’re putting Iowa DNR firefighters on notice that they could be called out to help in California. Bad it is. More than a million people are out of their homes, thousands of homes burned down or damaged by fire and smoke and that number is expected to go up. I don’t know why this doesn’t feel like the kind of disaster we had during Hurricanes Rita and Katrina but the scale is approaching that kind of incident. Firefighters say they have no control over most of the fires and that many of them will burn all the way to the ocean. Here’s an interactive map on MSNBC that explains where some of the fires are. I also saw some good video shot by MSNBC viewers. As always Iowa Red Cross will step in to help as well. Red Cross personnel are already headed out to California to help.
Do you live out west? Do you feel like you need a hospital in your backyard and if so, why don’t you like the locations of the hospitals we have right now? These are the questions I have as we get ready to build two new facilities out in The western suburbs. The State Board that hands out “Certificates of Need” to the hospitals will take up plans for a new Iowa Health Systems Hospital. I’m sure there are people smarter than me who are planning ahead for the growth of this community. I hope they’re right.
Two of my neighbors stopped by last night to tell me the city had changed it’s plans for the extension of what they’re calling the Waveland Trail. Since I’m in the neighborhood near where the trail extension is planned they wanted me to know about a change in the city’s routing. It’s closer to a lot of my neighbor’s homes and that’s why they’re concerned. No one is saying they want the trail to go somewhere else, they’re just concerned there won’t be any privacy. The trail was supposed to be routed on the other side of a creek that runs along all of these properties but I guess another home down the street complained a little too loudly about that plan. Anyway, the point of all of this is that I’m feeling like a bad citizen this morning. I feel like I should have gone to that meeting and expressed my opinion. I told me neighbors they could speak for me but there’s power in numbers and if I’d gone I would have first hand knowledge of the plans. Right now I’m just dealing with the neighborhood rumor mill/information network.
I often think of this when people get mad at a city or a school board or a county about some plan that effects their lives. Usually, no one speaks up until the end…not because there’s a lack of opportunity…it’s usually because chances like the one I had last night are blown off or deemed a low priority.
If you want to know what’s going on in your neighborhood, take the initiative and make it your business to know. If you don’t, I’m not sure how solid your argument will be when you don’t like the results.
Fun Forecast Hits the Road
Jeriann will be hitting the road during the month of November. Each Friday she’s going to find an interesting community to go out and have breakfast with on a Friday morning. She wants your suggestions. Go to the weather page and find Jeriann’s Fun Forecast for more details.
Have a good day.