Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Denver Story

My associate at work has a brother-in-law who'd plan to make a big trip down to Denver from the Dakotas.....for couple of games with the Rockies. He made the plans a year ago....and even had tickets. He never really associated this week with the DNC convention deal.

So months ago.....he made reservations....at around $85 a night for a nice enough hotel near the middle of town. Last week, the hotel called and said they were upping the rate to $800 a night. He kinda questioned this but had plans already.....so he finally said fine.....he'd pay this much for the three or four nights he was staying in town. Well....a day passes.....and the hotel calls back. They've upped the rates to $3k a night. He passes there....desiring a lesser amount, but there isn't a hotel within 200 miles that rents less than $200 at this point.

So the guy gave up. The sad thing is that he had baseball tickets....so he won't get back that money. At $3,000 a night.....its hard to imagine who would pay that much. I'd sleep in a tent or in the car....before I'd pay more than $250 a night (trust me, I've done that). Hookers can't even make that much to cover the $3k per day.....so it makes me wonder who would pay.....other than CNN or ABC.

Hometown Election Today

My hometown is having election today. Course, I would need a complete report on the event....like some CNN or FoxNews correspondent.....but the best I can do is my brother's report which just came to me via email:


Went and voted at "x" this morning… three choices for mayor… the incumbent gave up the job this time (he’d been in the job for about 12yrs or so)… the choices, in no order of importance, are:

(1) the former chief of police, that was found cooking the books on the tickets he wrote, refused to investigate theft, was suspected of taking payoffs for local drug-sales, refused to take instructions from the mayor and council, and finally was coaxed into resigning over the potential of turning him in on bilking the state trooper’s dept on funds that paid him to write tickets up around the state line… I’m hoping he doesn’t get the job… the only folks that pull for him give the reason (for endorsing him) that he’ll get control of the replacement police chief, who’s turned out to be a real jerk to everyone in town… the current police chief’s last duty as a cop was in the city of Mobile… he’s not used to having to get along with anyone, and doesn’t appear to be eager to learn how… he’s such a horse’s arse, by description by anyone that’s dealt with him, that the former chief has actually been getting a strong support by
the merchants in town… not sure which was a better choice for "X"’s chief of police, actually…

(2) a young guy that the former mayor endorses, who came up to me not long after I moved over there, and started arguing about a property line dispute that he had with my older neighbor, "J"… I kept explaining that his argument with my neighbor was his argument, and had nothing to do with me (and I explained that I liked the old guy that was my neighbor, and wasn’t going to start in disliking him, just because someone showed up that wanted me to)… finally had to tell the guy that he was going to have to leave if he kept up dissing the neighbor… so, he set in trying to convince me that a lot that he had next to my line (the disputed line, in his mind) was a lot that he was going to put a rent-storage unit on, unless someone paid him way too much for the lot… I told him good luck with that plan and that I had to get to work… he got piased off and then tried to rent my pasture to raise prize bulls on (yeah, I want this scheming jerk on my place on a regular basis… right)… then he started ranting about a guy I’ve known since high school, that was the top project engineer at the plant this guy worked at in Florence (the company built fertilizer plants all over the world)… I finally just had to say bye and walk away from the arsehole to go in the house… his main dislike of the engineer was that he was an engineer, and they don’t know anything (a particular obsession among the blue collar crowd in the Shoals region is a hatred of engineers)… I’m hoping he doesn’t get the job, obviously…

(3) my neighbor down the street, who’s a block layer and has been for forty years…. He doesn’t wear his dentures, has his pants half off his arse half the time (needs the dual back suspenders, but only wears the single-back-strap type), raises goats and exotic chickens for a hobby (not the fighting type, btw), and has a lot of stews, bbqs, and poker games at his place… I’m pulling for him, as he’s the only non-arsehole in the lot… he really is a good guy, works hard, has earned everything he has, and still works hard at about 65yrs of age… and, he’ll make the cop investigate crime in the area… the ones against him say that he can’t get the funds for the town that they’ve been getting, due to his lack of polish and finesse… the current mayor (till tomorrow) did get a lot of money in for the town, as they currently have two semi-type fire trucks and a regular fire truck, four police cars (for one cop and two volunteers that get bored and set up road blocks a lot), and $200k in the bank… but, they don’t care about theft just outside the city limits (where I live), so I’d just as soon the town were broke, if they were willing to investigate thefts…

They had two council seats being challenged also…

One was between the block layer’s daughter (18yrs old, and just out of high school – goes to Calhoun) and somebody else that I didn’t know… I voted for the block layer’s daughter…

One was being run for by either the wife of the ex-police-chief (did I mention that the ex police-chief also played the field a lot, screwing around with young ladies that were involved in domestic disputes, and also with a neighbor of my dad’s, who subsequently tried to kill her husband by stabbing him in the throat repeatedly)… I’m not pulling for her, but it was a tough call, as her competition is a lady that I went to school with, who’s an addict to anti-depressants, and who is on psychological-disability (i.e., “gets a crazy check”), and who’s a religious fanatic and has many clinical phobias, including fear of driving (yep, can’t drive, can’t work, takes pills, and watches religion on cable all day every day)… I picked the crazy drugged up religious chick… that was the least poisonous snake in the sack to pick out, so to speak…

Its quite the election…

I didn't clean anything up and let "arse" remain.....he is half-Baptist and won't usually swear unless he's sure no deacons or ministers are around.

After reviewing his report....I'm pretty sure I might have a chance as town mayor in four years....ifing I were interested. I also think that CNN ought to hire him to tail McCain and Obama.....he might accidentally discover that both are 100 percent dimwits.