Showing posts from June, 2011

My Vacation or Terror at Thirty-Thousand Feet

Sitting around MySideOfTheBar this week and the discussion turned to vacation. As the next two weeks are the busiest vacation weeks of the year I thought this poem of mine from vacation days of old would be apropos.

I remember the day I tried to touch the sun
Into the air the steel bird arose just so I could have some fun
My pulse did race My brow was hot with sweat
My hands were cold, clammy, and wet
The voice of the captain said all was well
But If that was the case then why did I feel like hell
We cruised along at 30,000 feet
Which was also the pace my heart did beat
The stewardess asked if I wanted a drink
I said look at my face and tell me what you think
It was dark outside and the lightning did flash
I was so scared I had to close my sash
I swore that should my feet ever touch the ground
There would be no more of this fooling around
The engine roared as the bird approached land
I had my friend hold my hand
When the wheels touched down I let go a sigh
As you can tell I really do …

And You Can Believe What You Want

Good conversations sitting around MySideOfTheBar and you can believe what you want :)

June 24: General Interest
1997: U.S. Air Force reports on Roswell

On this day in 1997, U.S. Air Force officials release a 231-page report dismissing long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, almost exactly 50 years earlier.

Public interest in Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, began to flourish in the 1940s, when developments in space travel and the dawn of the atomic age caused many Americans to turn their attention to the skies. The town of Roswell, located near the Pecos River in southeastern New Mexico, became a magnet for UFO believers due to the strange events of early July 1947, when ranch foreman W.W. Brazel found a strange, shiny material scattered over some of his land. He turned the material over to the sheriff, who passed it on to authorities at the nearby Air Force base. On July 8, Air Force officials announced they had recovered the wreckage of a "…

The Damn Hole Tour

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of visiting the Lake "Formally Known as Lake Delhi."

For those of you who may not have heard the story (Have you been drunk for a year?)

Here is the story:

Iowa's Lake Delhi Dam Bursts Due to Flooding

Central Patti and I have spent many a great weekend on this lake in the past dozen or so years with our good friends J. and L. P. and K. and S. D. After all who could forget the black-eye hot tub incident or one of my favorite quotes of all time as we were again sitting in the hot tub one night, err early morning.

"What is that bright light up in the sky"
"Um, that is the sun dumb-ass we have been up all night!"

Also some of the best fun we have ever had anywhere with BBQ Shrimp, home made Cheese Cake, Hog Roast, the beer fridge, and some great fireworks.

So with the upcoming one year anniversary of this disaster we took "The Damn Hole Tour"

So without further ado, here is the tour:

Me outside of the former Ca…

The Forth Street Cruise – Waterloo Iowa

Hey all you cool cats, if you missed this year’s Fourth Street Cruise in Waterloo Iowa then you missed one great festival. This year marked the 30th Anniversary of the Cruise which traverses the route that used to be the “Main Drag” in the 50’s. There were approximately 1600 cars in this year’s Cruise and we were fortunate to be in one of them. My Father has a fully restored 1951 Ford Victoria and used to cruise the same route in the same model of car we spent this fine Saturday in.

One of the coolest cars we witnessed was a 1949 Ambulance/Hearse called The Soul Taker

Here is the Video of interest (Watch the tail pipes of the car in front of us)

All in all it was a very fun day and yes they had a beer tent and even a Jamaica Smoothie Tent (Sans Vodka, but we know how to fix that)

Dad,Marilyn and Me

Marilyn and Me

The Professor

The Tulip Festival

My apologizes for taking last week off, however if you look at my stats for the year and a half I have been blogging here at MySideOfTheBar you probably noticed that I have only missed three blogs.

The last couple of weeks have been particularly busy with a trip to Orange City Iowa for the Tulip Festival, a trip to Waterloo Iowa for graduations, catching up with old friends, (I hope Ingrid and Lisa recovered from the Tequila Shooters and thanks to Cindy and Pat for the transportation) the Forth Street Cruise, a trip to the lake formally known as Lake Delhi for a Birthday Party, S.D.’s homemade cheese cake “The Damn Hole Tour” and helping to build a swimming pool all followed by a quick trip to our condo (man I am tired just typing this) you can see we have been busy!
(recaps of all the above in the coming weeks)

The Tulip Festival

So to start to catch up we had the privilege of being in Orange City Iowa for the 72nd Annual Tulip Festival.

Tulip Festival is celebrated annually on the…