Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Proposed rate hike has some Kansas Gas Service customers fuming

Kansas City Star – ‎4 hours ago‎

A Kansas Gas Service request to raise rates for some customers but lower them for others has some crying foul. A recent notice for a public hearing about the rate increase initially seemed pretty perfunctory.

And it is still hot – I’ve given serious consideration to air conditioning.

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Housekeepers day today. She tells me she made only nine entries at the fair this year. Her ribbon totals this year, she said, were rather anemic: Four Blues; Three yellows (second place); and one White (third place).

She was a bit put-off (Verbally) that she had to help with the registration and placing entries this year because they were “Way behind.” Evidently the judging began while the entries were tagged and placed.

The saving grace, for the crew, she said, was the judges went through and threw out many entries ass being store bought rather than home grown. I wasn’t aware that home grown was restricted as to produce presentation: At least a quarter inch of stem and root must be showing or it is disqualified as store purchased.

She is getting, she said, in a grumpy sort of way, a total kitchen makeover. She finally found and purchased a 1920s gas range. One that meet her hearts desires. She found the replacement knobs (parts and springs)(original type parts) and a replacement glass – also of original thickness.

With the stove this year, the new cabinets last, she’s getting new walls and a new floor before installing the “Old” new range. She’s happy beneath the scowl because she cannot understand why everything she’s wanted has all of a sudden descended upon her.

I tried to explain that good things did not happen to good people and tried to find out the bad things she’d been doing, but she was having none of it.

(Actually, she’s a very good person)

The talk drifted to guns – not because of Aurora Co incident – but because a coyote came to visit Housekeepers area and her small dog went out to meet it. Housekeeper is a farm raised girl and cares little for coyotes.

When, she said, she clapped her hands to recall the small dog the coyote booked. If, Housekeeper avows, that coyote comes back and attacks her dogs she’s going to shoot it. And that led to considering larger hand gun. She had gotten rid of the .380 she’d started to shoot her husband with (Which her husband had purchased for her, and given her, just before getting drunk and sneaking off with another woman, causing Housekeeper to actively seek his body along road side ditches – before finding him un-clothed in his new lady friends room)..

She does say her husbands saying now, to friends, is to never buy a woman a gun (he’s also pretty well sober these days; but then, he’s somewhat older).

Anyhow, she was telling me she has a .22 wheel revolver for bedside protection and a .270 rifle, which she thinks is too much gun for her home area, so she’s thinking of a twenty-two rifle. A shot gun, she feels, would  probably take out her dog.

She’s thinking about it.

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No wheels; from the Co-Op. Ten days on a promised seven days.

PS II 1 - Bird Bing Images

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From the reaches,

Ten Mile

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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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