Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Gloomy. Overcast with thunder grumbling in the distance. We had sprinkles last evening that settled the dust,  not much else. So far, no rain. The air is still smoky. The taste on the tongue isn’t sugar, for sure.

The local TV folks report that the range fire setters, controlled burners, will ot be prosecuted. They are not generally hauled into court. The ranchers are experienced at this and, for the most part, operate singly. They have large tanks of water attached to their tractors, with PTO regulators for spraying. They do good work burning strips of their lands, only occasionally losing control in gusty winds and, believe it or not, a car going by can spread the fires faster than a rancher may respond.

Speaking of chronic problems:

Problem Solvers: Driver shortage creates school bus woes

WICHITA, Kan. –School busses transporting kids to and from Wichita schools are facing more problems. Often running late, and sometimes not picking up children altogether. Wichita

Out here in the country driving a school bus is one of those jobs people seek.I’ve talked to several bus barn bosses and they are having trouble finding people that can drive buses it is the taking of the government test, the eye tests and the trial driving tests that folks donot like to  bother with.

The prospective drivers don’t like to pre-flight their vehicles and do routine test, like tires, fluids and simple brake tests.

Maybe the schools need crew chiefs whose sole job is to do minor maintenance and be responsible for X number of busses or a bus. Rather like the services do pilots and aircraft.

Seems a waste, but people are people.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

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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