Friday, August 31, 2012

So, which is it?

August 25.

(On the left: front page from 8/20.  On the right: front page from 8/24.)

Are there enough apples?  Or aren't there??   WHY MUST YOU TOY WITH US, DAILY PRESS?!?

(I don't know, maybe it's just me, but it seems kind of goofy to run one story about an apple shortage one day, then come back a few days later with an "oh, never mind.")

Tad, Crig, Blig, Marble, and Flapjack.

I've been trying to ignore the presidential election hoopla as much as possible, because frankly, I'm tired of it.  It starts too soon and drags on way too long, and by this point, don't most people pretty much already have their minds made up one way or the other? 

Anyway: I'll make an exception for funny election coverage, and the Daily Show's mockery of the Republican convention has been great, as usual, particularly this "advance copy" of Mitt's biographical film.
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Also:  thanks to the DJs on the local morning show I listen to for bringing this up over & over again.  Never gets old.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A late night for Grandpa Skip.

My friend (and ace historian) Ranger Bob recently gave a lecture on the history of the DuPont explosives plant in Barksdale, and came across this picture while he was researching a huge explosion at the plant in 1952.

Grandpa Skip by the blown-out windows at the A&P, October 1952.

The explosion was so powerful, it blew out windows all over downtown Ashland, which is seven miles across the bay from Barksdale.  This is a picture of the A&P (later, the Super Valu, and now the site that Walgreens sits on), which was managed by my grandfather Harold "Skip" Asbach.  And here you can see Skip surveying the damage, and probably trying to figure out where he was going to get enough wood to board up all those holes where the windows used to be.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Police blotter.

Monday, 8:35 A.M.:  Caller reports that his neighbors have set up a coyote noisemaker at the edge of their property in retaliation for the rooster making too much noise.

Tuesday, 7:50 P.M.:  Ashland County Fair Board is requesting same law enforcement coverage as last year, but with more patrols by the horse barn after midnight as intoxicated people try to feed beer to the horses then release them from the stable.

Wednesday, 11:10 A.M.: Report of hammering noises heard in garage in back of house. Update: people were working on a car in an auto shop.

Thursday, 1:30 P.M.: Deacon from the church in Moquah states a former grounds employee damaged the church's riding lawn mower and has a part for it and refuses to return it. Update, 2:56 P.M.:  Caller reports he is being harassed by the Moquah priest and another person about some property that apparently belongs to the church.  Caller would like officer to stop the harassment.

Friday, 7:50 A.M.:  Motorist reports a blue jug of liquid on the highway in the eastbound lane.  Stated he was familiar with that type of jug and was concerned it may be acid leaking into the water. Update: empty laundry detergent jug located and removed.

Saturday, 11:10 A.M.:  Vehicle stopped for speeding on Highway 2.  Driver advised officer of a hair emergency for the wedding she is in today.  Driver warned for speeding and told the hair emergency did not qualify as an emergency.

Sunday, 11:18 P.M.:   911 caller reported a "tiff" with his girlfriend.  Caller said was it was only verbal but he's "sick of this sh*t."

Thursday, August 23, 2012

What's making me happy this week.

Seeing someone walking around downtown in a tiger costume for no obvious reason.

Tiger walking down the street.Headed to Burger King to stalk a Whopper or a gazelle or something.

Oredock demolition update.

It's moving along...

Oredock, August 13th.

(Compare to pictures from July 23.)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Swarm! Swarm, my pretties!


We have to be careful whenever we walk in & out of the house, because these little monsters are so focused on the feeders (and on fighting amongst themselves) that they're constantly almost crashing into us/the walls/the windows/each other.  It's like a hummingbird demolition derby waiting to happen out there.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Police blotter.

Monday, 9:28 P.M.: Complaint of a loud bird mimicking dogs.

Tuesday, 10:25 A.M.:  Caller reported that their neighbors were verbally arguing.  Caller did not know who the people were, but doesn't think calling each other names is a way to solve problems.

Wednesday, 6:24 A.M.:  Caller reports his neighbor has chickens that crow at 3:45 and 4:00 A.M. every morning and he is sick of getting awakened every morning.

Wednesday, 5:10 P.M.:  Caller was concerned about a turtle trying to cross the highway near the Great Lakes Visitor Center.  Dispatch responded that they would try to do what they could for the turtle.

Thursday, 5:48 P.M.: 911 caller screaming about a crotch rocket going 90 mph.

Friday, 2:22 P.M.:  Report of a possible "mom fight" by the flag pole.

Saturday, 12:03 A.M.:  Caller in Glidden reports she went outside to smoke a cigarette and left her two kids in the house.  She locked her keys in the car and now she's locked the house with her children inside.  She refuses to call a tow company to unlock the doors and will wait outside until her children wake up.

Sunday, 5:03 P.M.:  Caller would like to speak with an officer about being "harassed and stalked" by his ex-girlfriend.  Caller said that his ex drives up and down his street and gives his new girlfriend "dirty looks."  Dispatcher advised caller that you can't tell someone where they can and can't drive.

Friday, August 03, 2012

What's making me happy this week.

Thanks to this article on the AV Club, this week I'm loving the following Mad Men ephemera.

(Caution: if you haven't seen the last season yet, these could be spoiler-y.)

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Be on the lookout.

July 30.

(Found on a counter at the post office earlier this week.)