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We had a line of thunderstorms roar through Iowa today. Bunch of trees are down throughout the state and a number of buildings were damaged - all by the high winds. Here's a slideshow of some of the damage from the NBC station, and one from the ABC station. A couple spots in our yard had some water but we didn't have much damage here. We didn't lose any trees or have other damage. My sister had called us from Des Moines to let us know the storms were pretty bad so we were able to bring chairs and stuff inside beforehand.
I finally got around to putting in the window unit in my room today. (We have central air but the way the HVAC was designed I need a window unit to cool my room as my room is at the end and it can't keep up). I think this is about the latest I've put it in. Usually I put it in earlier so I'm not putting it in when it's 1,000 degrees in the shade.
Winter isn't quite done with Iowa yet. We had snow off and on all day. It didn't amount to much and did not stick though when it hit the ground. What little did stick melted right away once the snow came out. I went for a quick bike ride this afternoon and the pavement was dry. Of course the wind gusts probably helped with that. On Easter Sunday it looks like we could have some more snow which might even be accumulating. A few inches are possible. I do have to say since we're all going to be stuck at home anyways this would be a good year for it. Save the nice weather on Easter for years when we can be around friends and family. We're far enough north that Easter weekend can vary considerably in the type of weather conditions experienced. Some years it's cold and generally a miserable time to be outside for any length of time. Other years no jacket is required and it's almost shorts and t-shirt weather on Easter. Some years the trees, grass, etc have not yet come back to life. Others the trees have their leaves and we've already mowed for the first time. Next year Easter is supposed to be on April 4. It will be interesting to see how the weather shakes out then. Hopefully it'll be a much more pleasant Easter that we can celebrate normally, with the horrors of Fuck Face and his fucked up response to the corona virus being in our rear view mirror.
47of74 posted a topic in Quiver Full of PoliticsThe Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court died unexpectedly last week. Iowans gathered today for his memorial service.
The Iowa Caucuses are being held this evening. Of course the national media doesn't care because we don't have about a dozen idiots wanting to out Nazi each other like we did on the GOP side back in 2016, or the good people on the Democrats side who were running then. They're still on, even though the weather is supposed to be bad this evening. They're good to go to if for no other reason than to hang out with other Iowans who do not think that fuck face is the Lord Jesus Christ Park 2 and that Steve King and Rod Blum are not the greatest things since sliced bread. But still I'm not risking my life to go to one if the weather is bad. It'd be different if I lived in town and was within walking distance but since I don't it's not worth the risk. In a Presidential year I might be more willing to attend even if the weather's bad but this isn't one. We have a primary later this year but I wish we'd have that here for the Presidential as well because having the caucus the weather doesn't always cooperate and people who have to work can't go.
47of74 posted a topic in Quiver Full of PoliticsUnfreaking believable iowastartingline.com/2017/02/13/police-officers-we-didnt-vote-republican-to-get-stabbed-in-the-back/ Jesus, at the rate I'm shoving Bennys, $50s, and $20s in the swear jar I'm going to be broke in no time. I'd tell these guys you made your fornicating bed, now go lie in the goddamn thing. Republicans made no secret of their disdain of unions from the get go, and cops actually thought it wouldn't affect their unions. They get what they deserve if the Iowa GOP guts labor protections.
47of74 posted a topic in Wide World of SnarkOne Edward Adams, 23, of Dubuque found out the hard way that if one steals something one should not really be posting pictures of the theft on the internetz. thonline.com/news/tri-state/article_16228b32-fc91-52e7-b467-5468e7de1ccb.html
We can hold our own here in Iowa when it comes to weird news. Business owners Brad and Carrie Sapp discovered one Jordan Kajewski, 29, was stuck in their recycling center's chimney in Carroll, Iowa. kcci.com/news/firefighters-work-to-free-man-stuck-in-chimney/39610002