Tag Archives: Iowa

Who Loves You Baby?

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater

Legendary Chicago bluesman, Eddy Clearwater died today. He was 83. Born Edward Harrington in Macon, Mississippi, Eddy moved to Chicago in 1950, taking on the nickname “Guitar Eddy”. His agent suggested Clear Water, playing off of bluesman Muddy Waters. Eventually that morphed into Eddy Clearwater.

Clearwater perfected his own style of Blues, which he called “rock-a-blues”, a mixture of Blues, rock, rockabilly, country and gospel. His music career extended over six decades, and he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016.

I first saw Eddy Clearwater live at a club in Des Moines called “Blues on Grand”. I tell you, it was one hell of a show. Of all the Blues acts I saw in Des Moines, I think Clearwater was my favorite. Eddy was such a showman, and I was mesmerized by his guitar play. Clearwater was self taught, and he played the guitar left-handed and upside down. My buddy who was at Blues on Grand with me said, “Watching him play is giving me a headache!” When Clearwater was on stage, he grabbed your attention, and didn’t let you go until he was done with you.

We sat close to the stage, although at BoG, no one sat very far from it. Just before a break, Clearwater called my buddy and I out from the stage. During the intermission, he came over to us and talked to us like we were old friends. Of course, he gave each of us a guitar pick. To this day, I still have mine; it’s fastened to the dash of my old Land Rover.

Rest in peace, Eddy. You will be dearly missed.


57th Knoxville Nationals


Donny Schatz in victory lane. Photo credit: Paul Arch/Oskaloosa News

Donny Schatz won his 10th Knoxville Nationals title on Saturday. That makes ten victories in the past twelve years, and the eighth driving Tony Stewart Racing #15.

Kyle Larson, who made a strong move at the end, came up short in the third turn on the final lap, to take second.


Kyle Larson


Beware of the Winter Jokes

A friend of mine posted an obscene, apocalyptic headline Sunday night:

Winter has come…”

I’m thinking, “What the hell is wrong with you?”, but I refused to be baited, tried my best to ignore the comment altogether, and had a beer out on the deck in the sunshine.

Turns out that Sunday night was the start of a new “Game of Thrones” season.

It was probably for the best that I refrained from commenting.


It’s Pig Weekend in Minneapolis

Floyd of Rosedale

Minnesota host Iowa for Floyd of Rosedale


Nice win for the Bison!

NDSU defeats Iowa

The NDSU Bison defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 23-21 today in Iowa City. What a great game. Iowa was ranked #15. The win maintains the Bisons’ streak of victories over FBS teams. Since 2010, NDSU has beaten Iowa State, Kansas State, Colorado State, Minnesota and now Iowa. The Bison have won five consecutive FCS National Championships.


Step Two:

Knoxville, IA to Champaign, IL

Fairfield Mansion
There are some beautiful homes in Fairfield, Iowa, including this 1896 mansion.

A quick run across Illinois in the rain. The plan was to camp at Turkey Run State Park, just across the border in Indiana, but the non-stop rain forced a change of plans.

On the plus side, an earlier stop gave me time to catch some playoff hockey on ESPN.


Step One:

300ZX Cruise Mode

 

A late run to Iowa last night through the rain.  A very nice drive none the less, and a huge mental relief. It’s good to be back on the road. Let’s hope the 300 keeps rolling along.

A surprise perk: I have had no cruise control since I acquired the car. It didn’t bother me too much, since I’ve only owned one vehicle with it. After all the recent work to the car, and the search for a infrequent gas supply issue, on a whim I decided to give the cruise another shot as I ventured down I-35. Lo & behold, the car had a working cruise control.

I suddenly know how an ex-smoker feels… Now that the cruise works, what do I do with the right foot? It’s not natural.