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Viewpoints April 16, 2014


12/4/2013 9:49:00 AM
And then I wrote

by Dick Schilling, “Editor Emeritus”

... that I have noted here before that I feel odd when I let the efforts of my favorite sports teams affect the way I feel in general. It should not be that important, but it is very often. Some famous coach once said: “Show me an athlete who says it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, but how you play the game, and I’ll show you a loser.”

I thought about that as the Iowa football team earned its seventh win of the season by beating Michigan, thus probably guaranteeing themselves a bowl game in a warmer climate. If they don’t also beat Nebraska, there no doubt will be critics. But I suspect if anyone had been asked before the season if a 7-5 record would be acceptable, given last year, the answer would have been in the affirmative.

The Waukon High School football team did lose in its state championship contest, but played very well despite losing its best running back for the second half. Of great consolation must be the fact that The Des Moines Register named four members of the team to its 22-position player first team in the class .,. Weymiller on offense and Ewing, Hesse and Snitker on defense. The Iowa Newspaper Association had those four plus Ness and Ronan on defense. That caps what has to be considered the most successful football season ever by a Waukon team.

Speaking of football, I watched just a little of the California-Stanford game at Palo Alto, CA on TV. During the three years I spent in the area, that was always referred to as “the big game.” It rarely meant anything except to that area and alumni. But the campus is beautiful, and has (or had, then, anyway) lots of deciduous trees, which made us middle westerners feel at home for a football game. We saw Stanford play Rice.

And speaking of weather, thank goodness for global warming! Just think how cold it would have been recently without it! One thing the unseasonably cold weather with its clear nights has done is produce some spectacular sunrises and moonrises. A little haze and thin clouds in the morning brought shades of yellow and orange and pink and red along the eastern horizon that no artist’s palette could ever match. At night, an amateur astronomer could have picked out stars rarely seen as clearly. And one night, the full moon rose red.

I think sometimes we older folks tend to get a little careless and sloppy about how we dress when appearing in public. One day recently, I had a couple errands to run. I had put on a pair of holy jeans that morning (holy meaning worn out knees, and not blessed!) and every other time that has happened I have changed to jeans without holes before venturing out. This time, I said to heck with that, and wore the worn jeans. And felt guilty about it.

A couple funny lines based on public radio show comments.

Obamacare does not cover E.D., that is, electoral dysfunction.

The administration has agreed with Iran on a nuclear plan. Some sanctions imposed by the west will be lifted in exchange for a halt to further nuclear weapons development by Iran. But the administration assured Iran that if it liked its current nuclear plan, it could keep it. Period.

 






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