Monday, March 30, 2009

Mostly sunny Sunday.  The ice has left the trees and families are out recovering from the storm.

My fair share of the landscape suffered many broken limbs around the house. I’m grateful for the protection offered by those trees, but they’re a pain to climb and trim under the twisted conditions such storms leave behind.

My Renters Son came around with a pole saw late in the afternoon and we were able to get several broken limbs I’d been working around.

A quick survey of the North Line, where those dead trees stand proud, revealed several new limbs across the property line and the wire.

I do believe I’ll let that area rest for a time – like until it dries out some – and then take it on.

I thank my neighbor a great deal for the time he spent giving me a hand.

No great damage to the real estate other than the small tree damage and some fence repair.

Monday seems time enough to tackle those jobs.

My volunteer help reported several of the less fortunate have been struggling most of the day with the damages, around the village. One individual suffered housing damage.

That person had family to assist, fortunately.

There were cars and trucks under a few limbs. Thinking about it, it’s odd so many of us country folks survive without garages. Though we have a great many machine sheds, the trucks don’t make the level of importance required. Besides, we use the trucks every day and they get parked near rear doors; the combines, tractors, and the cars – not so often, so they get the enclosed spaces.

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Judge calls Wichitan dishonest; lawyer says he’s a victim

Gary Krause is just a guy who got caught up in some tax changes that the IRS made in the mid-1980s, his lawyer said. Krause made it worse for himself, his lawyer said, when he chose to represent himself in court.

But to chief U.S. bankruptcy judge Bob Nugent of Wichita, who sent Krause to jail on Friday, Krause is many other things: A guy who is a lawyer by trade but hasn’t argued a case except his own. A guy who had a stash of 280 gold coins, worth what witnesses said is $250,000, coins that he neglected to tell his creditors about for a long time. A guy who got relatives to help him cover up a lavish lifestyle that included a Crestview Country Club membership. A guy who has testified that he does not have offshore accounts, but most likely does have them, and who has invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself about offshore financial dealings.

A guy, Judge Nugent wrote, who "deserves credit for intellect and shrewdness, but very little for his honesty."

On Friday, his lawyer said, Krause surrendered to federal marshals to sit in jail indefinitely for civil contempt of court. His lawyer, Steve Joseph, said Krause will probably be incarcerated in the Sedgwick or Butler County jail.

"Theoretically he could spend the rest of his life there," Joseph said.

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Jeepers!  All he has to do is talk about himself.

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From the Reaches,

Ten Mile

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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