Rebound, Colbert, and Like Butter

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Good Morning!

It’s State Fair Parade Day. Usually the day I can count on losing 5lbs of water weight sweating out the fair route. Today, however will be a really nice day. I thought about bringing the boys down with me to walk in the parade, but they walk to slow…are too easily distracted and I don’t feel like chasing them all over the place. Maybe next year.

Brooke, Dan Winters, Elizabeth Klinge and I will be walking along the route so if you go out to the Fair Parade say hello!

Rebound

Stocks came back a bit yesterday though not close to the 600 point drop from Monday. The best news for all of us who own homes is that interest rates are going to stay low. Refinancing the home I bought last year is sounding better and better all the time.

By the time I picked this blog up again around Noon the Dow had tanked again…So much for a rebound.

Colbert

Stephen Colbert will air his Super-PAC’s first commercial tonight during our 5pm news. I will be interested to see what it makes fun of. I think people who take politics seriously (especially Republicans) will take some offense at some of the things Colbert makes fun of over the next six months. I also think we all need to learn to laugh at ourselves a little more.

Remember the kid who made a big deal out of it when the kids pranked him in school? He would get the worst of it every time because he would get mad instead of laughing it off or turning it around…take it from a kid named DIX.

I also am looking forward to seeing what they say because I’m already tiring of the Matt Foley Motivational Speaker tone of every political speech I’ve heard so far. There isn’t a lot of substance to the speeches…I’m against taxes…I’m for jobs, I support our military…This is the greatest nation on earth…etc etc etc…

I don’t know about you but I found myself wondering who is going to acknowledge the difficulties and start talking about the hard choices we have to make to get back on track? I don’t expect any of the Republican candidates would talk tax increases, but it would take some political courage to come out with a specific reforms of the tax code…budgeting reforms to end automatic increases in Federal Agency budgets, closing tax loopholes…letting the Bush tax cuts sunset, true reform of Medicare and Social Security.

I heard a quote of a Marge Piercy Poem in a book I’m listening to and thought it was appropriate…

The work of the world is common as mud.

Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.

But the thing worth doing well done

has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.

Greek amphoras for wine or oil,

Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums

but you know they were made to be used.

The pitcher cries for water to carry

and a person for work that is real.

It’s time for our leaders to stop smearing mud and start building something that will last. It can’t just look pretty…it has to work.

Like Butter

Did you see the new food on a stick for the Fair? It’s fried Butter. How, you say, can you fry butter? If there’s a way, vendors at the Iowa State Fair can do it. Megan Reuther got a taste and says it tastes like over-buttered Cinnamon French toast. I’ll buy that…not literally…but I can see it.

For me, my Fair favorites are the Greek Gyro and a Strawberry Smoothie. In fact, I’ve timed my shifts at the Cast your Kernel Booth to coincide with lunch. I can’t go through the Fair without it.

The Fair Food we actually buy and take home is Bauder’s Peppermint Bricks. They are decadent. They are also in our deep freeze.

So what’s your favorite?

I hope you all have a good day.

PWD

1 Comment

  • JC

    It's really hard to beat anything from the Iowa Cattlemen's Quarters, especially when they put the burgers on sale from 2-3 p.m. I also love, love, love the lemonade. The best and cheapest is the stand right outside the pig barn.

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