Arkansas

Welcome to Arkansas!

It is a lovely day here in Denver, Colorado. The temps are in the 60’s and 70’s, depending on the location of the storm that just went through here. We even had a tornado warning in my area which is very close to downtown. I even received and emergency alert to take cover NOW, it said. So, what do you think I did? Nope! I went outside to see what was happening and it was very nice out. The storm that just went through might have had a questionable cloud, but otherwise it was not so much.

I lived my first 47 years in Arkansas and I’ve seen lots of storms and tornados. This, today wasn’t nothing. Back home, we all just stand on the porch and watch. If you didn’t mind the rain, like most of us, we took a little walk around the area and get a feel for the local climate.
That is what I just did here. The first thing I noticed is it was too cool. If there was a possibility of a tornado in my area, it has long gone by the time the alert was issued. Oh! How I miss the weather forecasting back home. Especially one meteorologist who worked at the CBS affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas. His Name was Ed; I can not recall the last name, but he was very good and always spot on. KTHV is the call letters for that station and it was my favorite when I lived there. I wonder if he is still there? It’s been 12 1/2 years since I moved to Colorado.
Colorado is so very nice. The climate, though, is much drier than Hog country. We don’t get a lot of rain here. We depend heavily on the snow that we get in the winter and spring to make it through the year. Farmers have the toughest time. People in the cities are spoiled and water the lawns like a crazy man. You pretty much have to though or the lawns will dry up and become tumble weeds.

The weather forecasters here, with the exception of a few, are grandstanders. I think it must be all about ratings or something, because so many of them try to over-dramatize the weather. I know that one of the local weathermen has an ego that just won’t quit.
Weatherman here, I’ll say, love it when it snows. They go on TV and try to scare everyone into thinking their little bit of snow (2 – 4 inches) will make life unbearable. But this is Denver, Colorado folks. It snows here. Two to four inches is nothing. I know that back home, they close schools for that amount, but not here. When it snows here, everything is still happening. Heck fire, even 8 – 10 inches won’t stop us. But the possibility to even have a dusting of snow here is taken as a challenge to increase weatherman’s ratings.

Now, it seems that they are jumping on the tornado weather bandwagon and using that to scare the people.
Listen, guys, your emergency alert was issued after the fact. Go, spend some time in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Learn what weather forecasting is like in those areas, then you can come back home to Denver with an education.

So, what do you think of the climate change? Well, it could be much ado about nothing, or it may be something more serious. I recall reading a report on a theory that had been proposed by a group of scientists. It was proposed that the Earth’s climate may not always be so normal. The idea was that there could be, sometime in the near future if not already, the poles on earth would move and thereby change the climate as we know it.

I was reminded of that while watching the weather forecasts during the past winter in Denver. Where was all the cold and snow coming from. Well, we all know the normal answer is the jet stream as it brings cold weather south. But this year, something else was to blame. They called it the Polar Vortex. Was it? Or was it a sign of things to come.

My lawn is much, much greener and grown up than years before. I am seeing a good amount of rainfall this year so far too. In fact, today’s weather reminds me of being back home in Arkansas. It doesn’t surprise me because there isn’t that much difference between the two states, weatherwise, except that it snows more here and rains more there. The temps during the winter are a little colder here and the cold lasts longer than it does there. So, when I first moved to Colorado, I made that observation. I also found out that rain in the summer is difficult to come by here.

Then one day I was looking on Google Earth and trying to explain to my wife what is meant by gulf moisture. This is the very thing that brings so mu8ch rain and humidity to Arkansas. I noticed something else that was very interesting. If global warming were real, and I believe it is, it would not take a lot of change for the gulf moisture to follow the Rocky Mountains and bring about more rain for Colorado. It may be happening now.

Lately, I hear the weather people talking more and more about moisture that is coming up from the gulf. Those clouds, today and yesterday were just that, gulf moisture. It sure feels like Arkansas in Colorado today. My lawn looks like it too.

Great Father’s Day!

Hello to all my readers and if you are a papa, Happy Fathers’s Day to you!  I trust you have had a great day and were able to spend time with your dearest family member’s, your children (if you have any).  If your children are grown, out of the house and working on their own families, like mine are, then they are still your babies and I hope you were fortunate enough to spend some time with them this weekend.

However, if you have yet to start your own child raising experience, you have a lot to get ready for.  You also have a father that needs to know you love him, so, please remember him today, even if you can’t see him.

I was very fortunate this week.  I have two grown son’s who do have their own families and both of them made a special trip to Denver to see me this year. They were here for a whole week and it was wonderful.  We were able to spend a lot of time with my son’s and their entire families; i.e. The grand kids.  They were all beautiful, smart and a bunch of fun to spend time with.  If they didn’t look like me I would have to wonder if they really developed from my genes.  But they are mine and I am very proud of them!

Taylor, Jessica, Jonathon and Shannon are their names and each is wonderful.  I love them all so much and am eager to see what they will become.  I’m sure that you will all be amazed!

Today, however, they have all returned to their homes in Arkansas and California.  What have I done to celebrate the day?  Absolutely nothing.  Rest is the order of the day and this, too, is amazing and oh, so enjoyable.

I hope you have all been as fortunate as I (or is it me?) today, this week, this summer and every day.  To those who have been affected by and suffered loss from the wildfires in Colorado, I have you in my prayers and am asking for your safety.   God bless each of you.

Not What I Had Intended To Write

Good Friday to you all! The weather is great here in Denver and it is a beautiful day. I hope you are in one of those places with nice weather too. This past week has been pretty nice here. However, it isn’t going to last long. After this weekend of nice weather, we are looking at snowfall for the middle of next week in Denver. Yes, it has already snowed in Colorado, but that is in the mountains. In Denver, that makes for a nice view. There hasn’t been any snow in Denver yet. A lot of folks who have never been here have a mistaken idea of where Denver actually is. Denver is actually on the plains about ten miles from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. However, because the plains are mostly flat and the mountains are pretty big, when you look at them it appears closer than they really are. So, the good thing about Denver is that we have pretty nice weather most of the time and if you want to go skiing, depending on where you want to play you can be there in 30 minutes to an hour and a half! What a deal!

So, besides all the road construction and repair going on, that is pretty much what is going on here. No, the Colorado Rockies baseball team didn’t make the playoffs because in the summer where they were supposed to be one of the teams to beat, they seemed to perfect the art of losing. Not that other teams were any better talent wise, but because all our talent resorted to a level of very poor mediocrity. It may be time to clean house. A few players having a bad season or a bad day is to be expected, but when it becomes the whole team that is that way, there is just no excuse. Honestly, I know he wasn’t the greatest hitter in baseball, but I feel like the team lost its heart and soul when they traded Clint Barmes. He brought leadership and a positive outlook to the clubhouse that just was not there this year. Good luck getting it back.

Finally, Tim Tebow gets to show his worth. The Broncos have decided to replace Kyle Orton as the starting quarterback. Don’t get me wrong, I think Orton is a very good quarterback and probably the best on the team. What has been wrong with the Broncos is not his fault. With an impotent offensive line and running backs that run the ball like they are playing flag football, that is doing all this jumping around laterally and getting nowhere rather than taking the ball north and south and getting first downs. But then again, we have an offensive line that has no balls and can’t open a hole in a paper sack, much less a good defense. Football is won in the trenches, guys. Your team can have the best quarterback, runningbacks and recievers in the league, but if you don’t give them a chance to do their thing in the first place, the game is lost before you ever gear up.

So, what is Tebow bringing to the table that is missing? Hopefully, leadership. Give me somebody that is capable, like Tebow or Orton, it doesn ‘t matter, who is going to demand professionalism from his line. The line we have is a mistake. It was put together by a coach who was on the job training and had too much power. He just couldn’t handle it. Yes, he had good ideas for an offense but had no idea how to put in the people that would get it done, the O line.

If the Denver Broncos want to get back to the good ole days where they were respected and feared throughout the league then they will have to start winning the battles at the front line. Over the past eight to ten years, yes even in the Shanahan era, the Broncos have played like they were afraid to take the ball into the end zone. They have moved the ball well enough in the open field, but when they get to the red zone they seem to be unable to find their way to the end zone. Correct that and they will be on their way to getting back to the team they used to be. Good Luck Tim! I hope he can be the take charge guy they need.

The Nuggets? I just don’t care this year.

The Avalanche is something I am trying to get my head around. Coming from Arkansas, hockey wasn’t a sport that we grew up with and played, so I don’t really understand the game that much. I do, however have an opinion. I think the game at the professional level can be upgraded to make it more interesting to folks like me. For instance, the net is too small. If I’m not mistaken they use the same size net for kids to play on. If I’m right, then I think the pro’s should have to defend a bigger net or maybe even put one in each corner, add another goalie and another normal player. It would bring more action to the game and more excitement. Like I said, I could be all wrong.

Well, I didn’t mean to go on about sports, but it appears I did. I think I just needed to vent. The fact is right now the only team that means anything to me is not even pro. It is the Arkansas Razorbacks! WOOOOOOOO PIG!!! SOOIE!!! GO HOGS!!!