Saturday, February 24, 2007

The slop has returned

Ah, February, I hate your freakin' guts.

February is that point in the year when it ain't quite winter, ain't quite spring, but the two do battle and leave a mess here in The South of Iowa. It gets warm enough to melt the snow and get rain, but cold enough to chill you to the bone and cause tractors to still not start without assistance.

Upon the thaw and rain, I am finding I'll need a few truckloads of gravel around the driveway to keep grain semis from sinking in. Rubber boots are a necessity, and are not a guarantee against mud accumulating on your pant legs. We have a special kind of mud here, one that is almost grease like and sticks to everything.

The best thing about February is that it is the shortest month of the year; 31 days would be too much. March will be around the corner, and while it does behave like February at times, at least the temps can get into the 60's at times, and it is downright pleasurable.

I've found that spilled DDGS, properly moistened and exposed to the elements, smells like open cans of beer. Actually, that's not a bad smell after all; better than hog manure, car exhaust, or a middle aged post menopausal woman compensating for her body odor with loud perfume.

Move it along, February.


Blogger Amy Gahran said...

Hi, Bgunzy

Apologies for this off-topic comment, but I've been trying unsuccessfully to reach you by e-mail.

J-Lab, The Institute for Interactive Journalism, is compiling a new online citizen journalism directory – part of the new citizen journalism resource site. We wanted to try once more to gather information on The South of Iowa for this directory.

Please take five minutes to fill out a brief online survey so we can include your site (for free).

Here is our survey

DEADLINE: We need your response by Monday, Feb. 26 (end of today). I apologize for the rush, but I like what you're doing and would love to include your site.

Due to respondents’ suggestions, we have restructured this survey so that all questions now appear on one web page. We also have reduced the number of required fields. So if you hesitated to respond before, please check out the revised survey.

Our survey requests descriptive information that will allow us to categorize your site, location information to place it on our Google Map navigation interface, and contact information for our internal use only (to keep the directory updated).

This online citizen journalism directory is sponsored by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland, as part of a forthcoming Knight Citizen News Network initiative, and by the Center for Citizen Media, jointly affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University Law School.

Please help us track the rise of citizen journalism.

Questions: e-mail me at

NOTE: If you’re responding after Feb. 26, the above survey link may not work. Please e-mail for an updated survey link.

Thank you,

Amy Gahran of I, Reporter, on behalf of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism

4:55 PM, February 26, 2007  

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