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Is winter over yet?

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 10:27 a.m. CDT

You know it has been cold if it hits 10 degrees and it feels warm out. I don’t believe the weather gods are treating us very well this winter. It’s only early January and it feels like winter has been here for three months already.

I’m sure the power company is cheering at all the money they are going to make this year. I thought the “big, bad wolf” was at my door the other night the way the wind blew all night long against the north side of my house.

I’ve heard of all kinds of pipes freezing around the local area. Many of my ranching friends have been working really hard to keep water to their livestock. It’s kind of tough for livestock to get a drink when your tank is one big ice cube.

Duck guys

I read where “Duck Dynasty” is now the highest priced television show to advertiser on. It overtook NCIS. All the recent controversy with the founder Phil Robertson has only helped to pad the pockets of A&E, the network the show is on, and of course, their own bank accounts.

The new season of “Duck Dynasty” starts next Wednesday. If you don’t know the Duck Dynasty folks by now, all you have to do is walk down an aisle at Wal-Mart. They have merchandise in all 13 departments.

Velveeta

I read that Velveeta cheese is getting hard to find on the East Coast of the United States. Ad Age reports the golden cheese is in short supply. The company says it is only a temporary situation. But, if you want to make sure you have a box of the cheese, you better grab one up soon. You gotta have cheese dip for the Super Bowl, don’t you!?

Travel

I’ve heard of several local folks who are stranded on the East Coast because of all the canceled planes. One couple is caught in Miami for a few extra days. That would sure beat being stuck in New Jersey!

New faces

The YMCA has a number of new faces after the start of the new year. It is always good to see folks getting out and moving around. There seems to be a lot of new classes for folks to get involved in, which helps to get more people active.

Bright idea?

I see the Iowa State Fair is switching over to tickets for buying your food. That should be a real inconvenience for a lot of people. I’m sure it is a way for the Fair administration to get a few more bucks out of the vendors. The Fair gets a cut of the sales, and I bet this will be a much more accurate way for them to know how much is sold.

I’m sure none of the vendors ever under reported their sales!

But, I don’t think they are going to make the million people who show up very happy about the situation. Why not up the percentage or come up with a flat rate? It’s always about the money.

Basketball

Both the Hawkeyes and Cyclones are off and running this basketball season. It could be a banner year with both currently on track to make the NCAA tournament. Also, Creighton University in Nebraska should have a good chance of being a contender for the championship. There is plenty of season left, but many of the locals are off to a good start.

Thought for the week: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity: an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Sir Winston Churchill

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