Monday, October 27, 2008

Successful weekend ends

The last weekend in October has ended. It was a very successful one for the Gators, both the football team and the little homestead here in Maine for a Gator guy. The football team sort of beat Kentucky 63-5 in their homecoming game Saturday. Of course none of the TV outlets wanted to show that game around here. The “Big” game comes up Saturday. The World’s Largest Cocktail Party will be held in Jacksonville as the Georgia Bulldogs and Gators meet.

That name is no longer allowed on the Florida campus because it refers to drinking, a universal college and university problem. The University has even asked the media to refrain from referring to the Florida/Georgia pre-game event as the World’s Largest Cocktail Party. However, for many of us who’ve been to these games, the name is what it is. Naturally, I didn’t drink.

At my home, our completion of the newly braced village frames was accomplished. They are now patiently awaiting a massive decoration project beginning Nov. 11th. As I’ve mentioned, we have a huge Department 56 lighted display, complete with “snow” and trees, houses, businesses, a waterfront, a forest, many accessories, and this year, if we can make it work, a mountain. You’ll be hearing a lot more about the Village in November.

I was going to show you the completed frame sans top in its proper place right here along with showing you the completed long frame behind the couch. “Was going” are the operative words here. But I’ll take a page from my Democrat friends’ playbook and tell you I intended to do it so everything is O.K. Well, not quite. My camera is dead. I’d guess it needs batteries and a quick check showed my stash of them has been used up. I’ll have more when village time arrives, but at 6:15 this morning, I wasn’t going to head out for some.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch. Wow! Now that’s a trite statement from out of the past. One thing we didn’t get to this past weekend was the outside. The acorns that were there Friday are still there, but it does appear the major drop has ended as there doesn’t seem to be too many new ones. One tree is now totally without leaves. Most of the others around our home are still pretty full. The oaks, of course, probably won’t lose their leaves until snow falls. But the maples and the birches are still pretty full. It doesn’t look like the weekend winds hardly touched them.

Our irrigation system will be shut off today and flushed for the winter. We really haven’t used it since late August, but the company schedules us for late October for the maintenance. We have eight zones but it will take the company less than 15 minutes to complete the process.

Have you noticed that the advertising for Sen. Collins, both her own and related ads, have subtly changed from using the word “Republican” to describe her and now highlight “Independent?” She prides herself in being “be-partisan” and now even has said that Sen. Obama’s health care plan has merit. My guess would be she’s setting herself up to continue to work with the Democrats. I can’t help but wonder how much that has helped either her or Maine in the past. Her “good friends” have been crapping all over her during this election year.

I also wonder how many votes this leaning might be costing her in this election.

I like most traditions, but sometimes they must be revisited. The number of advertisements has grown considerably and will probably blitz the airwaves for the next week. With the unrestricted absentee ballot voting, a lot of Americans have already voted. Including me. So the tradition of a media blitz in the last week might be one of those that need to be revisited. In any case, I hope the next election doesn’t begin on Nov. 5th.


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