Thursday, July 31, 2008
Keep in mind the water was several feet above the lower bridge further down stream. The picture does not show you all the land on the left and right that was covered in the flooding current. It's a mess.
Meanwhile... Peanut's team has reached the finals in the State tournament. They play tomorrow night against Bloomington. Keep your fingers crossed... Go MGFM (Mean Green Fighting Machine!)!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
How many of these owners lost their jobs? Who pays the mortgage on these empty homes? Who pays the insurance on these (now worthless) properties? Mitigation and financial resolution may not be availabe for 18 - 24 months. What are they to do for this period of time?
Nasty, nasty, nasty and very sad stuff. We don't know these people, but their in our thoughts, they're in our prayers.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Also, just a quick follow-up on the FEMA Trailers mentioned below. This morning's paper reported that several FEMA trailers, such as those pictured below) are being returned. They were deemed unsafe and unhealthy due to high levels of mold growing on many of the interior walls. A sad, sad finding indeed.
THE RIVERBENDERS QUALIFY
FOR STATE SOCCER TOURNAMENT!
Chalupa's soccer team won their first two (of three games to qualify for the state soccer tournament. They forfeited their third game with less than 10 minutes to go. I don't know the details so I can't report exactly what happened. The forfeit does not compromise state qualification. So they join the U12 (Addy's under 12 team), the Mean Green Fighting Machine, in tournament play next weekend. Should be a loOong weekend of soccer and you know what... it's better than a long weekend of household (moving related) chores!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
A mix bag of birthdays resulted in a five egg smasharoo. A heck of a lot easier to clean up when you're bald!
Dr. Jekal/Mr. Hyde or Dr. Andy/Mr. Pyrotechnics? You decide.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tomorrow Buzz and Beaner leave Monkey Doo to take up residence in Iowa. And soon we'll all be under the very same roof once again.
Unfortunately with this move, we'll lose our family vacation. The public schools in IA start sooner than Minn. and it just so happens the start date coincides with our scheduled vacation to the N.C. mountains. So rather than riding inner tubes down the South Tow River, the delinquents will be seated at desks and expanding their minds. The price of moving continues to escallate into the intangibles.
Hopefully, the long run benefits will far out-weigh the sort run headaches and sacrifices. We'll see.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Today it's laundry, dusting, packing more stuff for the trip to IA.
Tomorrow, Sidetrack leaves for our winter home with Chalupa and Big Dawg. Buzz will drive up nort to drop Peanut off at camp. Beaner will hold down the fort at our summer home.
Tuesday will be Buzz Dad's last day of Corp. America for a while. He will depart with Beaner shortly after work and head down to the winter home. On Wednesday, he will begin work for the City of Cedar Rapids to help with communication needs around their disaster recovery efforts. Should be interesting.
Friday, Sidetrack returns to the Twin Cities with Chalupa to pick up Peanut who will return from camp. The three of them will spend the weekend at the district soccer tournament for Chalupa (Peanut's team got a bye and heads straight to the State Tournament). Buzz will stay at the winter home to continue unpacking and settling in - with Beaner and Big Dawg.
I believe a week from Monday will be the first time the family will all be under one roof at the same time (first time in more than 2 weeks). What a nut house.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
In other news, it appears my last professional day in MonkeyDoo will be Tuesday, July 25th. If all goes well, I will begin a new professional adventure next Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. More details to follow as details get ironed-out the opportunity solidifies.
Onward and upward!
Monday, July 07, 2008
In an effort to enhance the marketability of our summer home, the colored walls have been repainted to a neutral color. Today the wood floors are getting sanded and treated to look like new. Wednesday the carpets will be thoroughly and professionally cleaned. The house WILL sell. The house must sell.
Soocer every night this week. Matches and Practices galore!
All the camera equipment is back in Iowa so no photos will be posted for a week. I'll have an updated collage from the Fourth of July and other activities... once I get upload capabilities.