Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sam Brownback: Kansas Drought Helped By Water Management Changes

Written by Joanna Zelman

Huffington Post – ‎4 hours ago‎

AP | By JOHN MILBURN Posted: 07/19/2012 8:17 am Updated: 07/19/2012 8:43 am TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday that changes in water management are helping Kansas farmers and communities navigate the intensifying drought.

Some cloudy sky’s and gently rumbling thunder out there, even yet at 1230 hrs, local time. The article mentions rain today, but nothing . . . nothing. I mowed the public property I seem responsible for yesterday. I did. It was dry, but the stuff is Bermuda grass and loves hot weather, grows like weed (which it is, in my estimation), so I mowed it.

That Kubota mower is adjustable with shims. One pulls the pin, dismounts the wheel axles, putts about with the various shims, re-attach the wheels and presto; one half inch grass length (after dragging the mower about, of course).

I know that half an inch is mighty short. Mighty short. And in a drought, even yet. Why, one could visualize the grass dying even. Have I mentioned the grass is Bermuda? And, yes, I even toyed with the idea of removing the shims entirely.

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Mixed results at the PLO8 tables, lately. I’ve only increased my stakes just over virtual 1K. Which isn’t good, being a banker type player. I think, over all, I’ve played forty minutes over the past ten days.

I don’t enjoy it like I use to.

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I noticed I hadn’t mentioned the power outage screwed up the registers at the mini-wal-mart store again the last time in. I picked up several items for the school kids bags; pencils and paper and stuff. They didn’t have a ‘recommended’ buy list this year.

As a matter of fact, they generally have a complete section laid out for the drive, but hadn’t this year. Probably I’m too early.

That brings me to this: Why in the world would a boy (male, but action wise a boy) want to have his hair cut ten inches long in front of his eyes, hang his head so the hair covers his face, and work in public?

Hell. Standing straight the kid was six-six and skinny. A little exercise would probably qualify him as a hunk in female circles.

So, Why?

Do we lay that at the feet of his parents?

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I understand the old man that shot a couple of thieves, is himself, now under the gun with the law.

While, himself, not under direct threat he was present in the store being vandalized by persons armed with a pistol and a ball bat. During the threat, the old man drew and fired upon the perps, wounding both.

Some time ago, a gun writer professed that he would use his concealed carry weapon only, and he was quite clear about it, only if his life or his immediate family’s well being was threatened.

He felt, he wrote, that if you (meaning anyone not of his protectorate) were threatened you would be on your own – totally, even if he was in the vicinity and witness, and armed.

He appears somewhat prescient.

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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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