Nice Stretch: Thursday had temperatures, as expected, generally in the upper 20′s and low 30′s. More low 30′s than upper 20′s. I don’t think I had a freeze here the past two nights because my Hydrangia still is hanging in there. We warmed, again as expected, to the low 60′s. Look for upper 60′s and low 70′s with lots of sunshine from Friday through Voting Day…no excuse not to vote.
Wanna Buy a House for a Dollar? In these days of falling prices on homes, we’ve seen stories about homes on the market for far less than they had previously sold. But, a home for a dollar? A church is selling a big house for a dollar…but there are strings attached. (CLICK HERE)
Who Cares About Halloween? Not me. I don’t get all of the hubbub with Halloween. When I was a kid,
Halloween was for kids. You dressed up and got candy. Sometime over the past 20 years adults have gotten into the act. I think that the baby-boomers wanted to recapture their youth. I think I read the other day that even in this time of economic woe, Americans have ponied up $6 Billion in spending for Halloween. All of the complaining about the economy, yet we have billions to spend on a kids day. Then there are those who take it so seriously. People who go and worship some sort of devilment and those who think that its a day of devilment and then there are those who claim it is really a Christian day that has been usurped. I know its not as it always has been the same in my lifetime and probably before because I saw Meet Me In St. Louis where Tootie goes around throwing flower in people’s faces and making a bonfire. But again, it was kids. Anyway, I’m not going into the detail about Halloween except that the weather will be great for Trick-or-Treaters. Mid to Upper 60′s for the kids. If you want to look at a history of Halloween, below are two different versions:
Wizard of Westwood:
I love John Wooden. Everyone who ever played for him seem to hold him close to their heart, even Bill Walton who was a UCLA student who tried to be involved in the fading counter-culture movement in the early 1970′s while working with the conservative Wooden. Wooden recently had his 98th birthday. Read the article from Rick Reilly about this humble man who achieved greatness on and off the court.
Buck Goes To School:
Louisville is blessed with its heavily wooded environment. I suspect that
what we see in Louisville regarding the number of trees is not natural. Photos from the early 20th century reveal that Louisville did not have nearly the number of trees that we enjoy today. Many of the large trees were planted around that time and they have a natural lifespan of 100 years and now they are falling down. We hear reporters after a large storm talk about how vicious the winds were because they
“brought down this tree that stood for 100 years” when, if you look at the tree, its diseased or has rotted wood. It
wasn’t the storm as much as the fact that the tree was near the end of its lifecycle. Anyway, I’ve wondered if our area is considered an urban wooded area. I can’t find that information and don’t feel like looking any more than I have. Nevertheless, as part of our “forest” we get creatures of the forest. Snow White and I love to go out at night and walk. She can actually talk to Owls. She hoots and they hoot back. We even had one follow us one night. I think it thought that I was a big
rat. We often see deer. I’ve had a deer running in front of me down the street when I was leaving the TV station. But, I can’t figure out how a deer managed to get to near downtown to Manual High School…but it did. Pretty good lookin’ buck. Read what happened and see the the story as it aired HERE
or see the Raw Video of Deer Roaming HS campus not far from downtown Louisville
This Date in History: The presidential polls are all over the place. Today I’ve seen polls with Senator
Obama up by 11 points and another that claims 3 points. Apparently, the polling business is quite lucrative. There are about 3 times as many polls out for this presidential go-around than 4 years ago. They claim to be scientific but they can’t all be right. I think you have to know the methodology to know which ones to believe and we aren’t privy to that. It’s kinda like weather computer forecast models. There are at least a dozen and often, they say completely different things. What you have to do is understand what is going on, analyze the models to see if what they say make sense and understand the biases of the mathematics involved with each model. Anyway, polls have been wrong quite often. Everyone remembers the famous headline from the Chicago Tribune, “Dewey Defeats Truman.” (Story as told by Chicago Tribune) But, before that there were other miscalculations. In 1916, the New York Herald proclaimed Charles Evans Hughes as President, which was a surprise to President Wilson. On this Date in 1936, The Literary Digest went out and asked its 10 million readers “to settle November’s election in October.” Their poll resulted in Alf Landon winning by a pretty sizable margin. Too bad for Alf that the Literary Digest wasn’t in charge of the election. President Franklin Roosevelt won all but two states in a very lopsided electoral landslide.