Monday, March 1, 2010

Winter, where is thy Spring?

OMG, I’ve gone native up here on the Minnesota steppes. Yesterday, the outside temp warmed to nearly 40 degrees. And I found myself thinking, “Where’s the challenge in that?” However, forecasters say computers hint at a foot of snow next Sunday. Hell yes, it’s only March.

In bad times, auto repossession is a growth industry that jumped 90,000 cars in 2009 over the year prior. Now comes high-speed side scan and front scan digital cameras that capture license plate numbers even at 80 m.p.h and flash them to on-board computers. Question: is the life of a repo man getting more or less intense?

In the U.S., brewery tours began in the late 1800’s at the St. Louis Anheuser-Busch plant. Want something older? The Weilhenstephan Brewery in Germany dates to the year 1040. For three grand per person, you can spend a week touring Bavarian beer country. Aspirin included.

England has twenty percent of the world’s surveillance cameras yet hosts only two percent of the world’s land mass. France. That’s where the cameras would be more fun.

Wisdom: “You will never like something as much as you like it in the store.” Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side.


The South Plainsman said...

Down here in God's Country we just had a battle between waning Winter and oncoming Spring.

It was supposed to snow all night and into today.

Instead, Spring won, and it only rained.

I am sure that there will be more such battles....that is why we have such winds in March.

But Spring is on the way!

Blog of Ages said...


In the first draft, I mistakenly wrote England has "2 percent of the world's population."

It should have read: "2 percent of the world's land mass."

Sorry, sorry, sorry.

Anonymous said...

It is time for you to return to the land of CFS and Mexican food. The folks in the know at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center are predicting a bluebonnet, indian paintbrush explosion this April.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope so, Larry! Thanks for the heads up! -- Denise

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