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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



Time is short and am still a little fuzzy from fire convention so Iíll make due with a few random thoughtsÖ.

  1. The big game really turned into a game. Yeah, Iíve heard all the garbage about it being Iowa Stateís bowl game and how it doesnít really matter because Iowa and the Cubs both have a September slump. RegardlessÖit was a darn good game from a football fans standpoint and everyone got their monies worth this year. Plus itís kind of nice to see the Iowa fans at work eating a little crow this morning.
  2. Forest City was the host site of the Iowa Firemanís Convention this year. Nice place, but a little on the cold side. I also wonder how far the ďPitzer 2020Ē host campaign will go.
  3. Thereís something to be said for going on vacation and getting away from work, but nice to come back to work sometimes too. Except that feeling usually only lasts about the first 10 minutes of the day.
  4. Noticed a good deal of corn and a few beans coming out from about Stanhope north. I didnít even think about stopping at an elevator to see what the yields were like but I should haveÖsome farm kid I am.
  5. It wonít be long now and Iíll have to make that annual climb up the ladder to start covering the windows with plastic. Usually this is done on the coldest windy day I can find. Also generally followed up by doing the same thing with the Christmas lights on a day as equally bad.
  6. Finally this week Iíve been thinking about Fall lately. Iím not a big as fan as some people may be but it is a nice time of year. The harvest is starting soon and the last of the summer garden is coming to season, as well as the fact that the cold snaps seem to kill most of the bugs that have pestered me all summer. But most of all Iím looking forward to some Apple Crisp, served warm with a big scoop of ice cream.
  7. See you next week...Remember, we're all in this together.