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Tuesday, October 04, 2011



This is one of a couple hard maples at the entrance to Bunn Park, which I shot with my camera phone last Sunday afternoon. There was not a cloud in the sky.

* Photos of some very cool antique farm equipment, if you like that stuff.

* Marking 50 years of I-57 in Illinois. Interstate 57, which runs from Cairo to Chicago, is the longest interstate in Illinois. I don't know about south of Champaign, but north of Champaign it is one of the most boring stretches of interstate highway you will ever find. I'm falling asleep just thinking about it.

* How long is your kid's school day? Illinois. Instructional minutes.

* Forbes ranks Springfield as the third most violent city in the country. It appears that once again we see how anyone with a calculator can make numbers say or prove anything. But still, wow.

Posted by Marie at October 4, 2011 10:29 PM


Love pics of sun rays. Very nice, Marie. Maples rarely get that pretty here.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at October 5, 2011 11:54 AM

I'll have to show that farm equipment link to Dad tomorrow. I'm pretty sure that Farmall tractor is just like the one he learned to drive as a kid. He probably has some things to say about that thresher too.

Posted by: Dave E. Author Profile Page at October 5, 2011 5:26 PM

I get calenders every year through Country Magazine, Dave. They have a nice selection and if you buy three, you get one free. Anyway, one of them is called "Old Iron". It features all restored tractors. There is one big pic and several smaller ones every month. My most favorite one ever was called "The Big Minneapolis". Big old sparkling red and green tractor. Wish I had kept that calender. Those calenders are nice, inexpensive gifts.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at October 6, 2011 12:03 PM

I didn't get a chance to show this to Dad today. Maybe next week. Minneapolis was a reasonably big manufacturing city for tractors and farm implements, Rob. I remember seeing the old Minneapolis-Moline(I think) factory and some others when I was a kid.

Posted by: Dave E. Author Profile Page at October 6, 2011 5:42 PM

Hmmm. I have to take exception to your characterization of I-57 as "most boring." How could one possibly fall asleep while cruising past the likes of Monee, Peotone, Manteno, Bradley-Bourbonnais, Kankakee, Chebanse, Clifton, Ashkum, Danforth, Gilman, Onarga, Buckley, Paxton, Rantoul, and all the rest? (When I was 18, I used to drive that stretch every couple of weeks to visit my best friend and erstwhile girlfriend at the U of I; I was *never* bored, but that was probably from the adrenaline of going 85 mph most of the way.)

I-55 on the other hand. ... Wilmington's the highlight. Then you've got Braidwood, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington, Towanda, Normal. McLean County is the very antithesis of "landscape variety." (This was my drive down to Illinois State the first couple of years I was in college. I got familiar with towns like Forest, Strawn, Wing, Farmer City, Gibson City, Chatsworth, and Fairbury. I actually kind of like it down there. What's the story behind the name "Thawville"?)

Posted by: Dan Author Profile Page at October 9, 2011 1:14 AM

Perhaps it's because I've been up and down that stretch of I-55 from Springfield to Chicago so many times, to the point that I know every turn off, every bridge, every cow, every blade of grass like the back of my hand, that I'm just so comfortable with it. But, nice try, Dan. Also, I just realized my description of I-55 is very definition of boring. LOL.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at October 9, 2011 4:24 PM

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