Next weekend will likely be the last for the retail operation, meaning the farm stand will close next Saturday. The farm will still have some operations, including delivery of firewood cut and split last year. They will also be felling tress, cutting them to stove length and splitting them in preparation for next year.
*********Is the luster fading for Obama? He can't even fill a room in Boston at a fund-raiser for governor Deval Patrick.
*********What good are crop-based bio-fuels if they contribute more CO2 to the atmosphere than the fossil fuels they're supposed to replace?
*********The New England Patriots played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London, England at Wembley Stadium. At least one NFL game a year is played in London because of the large number of NFL fans in the UK. (Speaking from personal experience I can tell you the British fans are just as passionate about American football as any fan in the US.)
The Buccaneers were definitely the underdogs in this game, coming into it with a 0-6 record. Like the Titans last week, the Buccaneers have a dismal record compared to last season.
The Patriots beat the Buccaneers 35-7.
The Pats are off next week, taking their bye week.
*********BeezleBub and I spent the late morning down at the lake working on The Boat, trying to get it started. As I related last week, the plan had been to pull The Boat out of the water last Sunday, but I couldn't get it started.
This morning we headed down to drain out the fuel system, replace the fuel filter/water separator, and if need be, drain the carburetor bowl. The first thing we did was remove and drain the fuel filter/water separator. To say the liquid-like substance we poured out of the filter was disgusting would be an understatement. But it explained why the engine wouldn't start – there was no fuel was reaching the carburetor. We also found another minor problem: the choke wasn't engaging properly because it was sticky.
After cleaning out the fuel system, we got a new filter/separator installed, manually set the choke, and cranked it over. Success! After taking The Boat out for a sedate trip around the cove, we went back to the dock, satisfied everything was working as it should. As long as the weather holds The Boat will come out of the water sometime late tomorrow afternoon.
Another boating season will come to an end.
*********Shawn Mallow has some thoughts on the upcoming gubernatorial race in New Jersey.
Incumbent John Corzine has dumped millions of his own money into the race, yet he is behind Republican challenger Chris Christie in the polls. Christie is limited in the funds he can spend because he is using public funding for his campaign.
I'm hoping Corzine will lose if for no other reason he has helped turn New Jersey into an economic basket case, increasing taxes and state government jobs while at the same time discouraging new businesses from locating in the Garden State and encouraging existing businesses to leave.
New Jersey doesn't need any more of Corzine's destructive and demoralizing policies.
*********Clarence Page piles on Obama about his ongoing war with Fox News.
*********Past Weekend Pundit contributor Brent Anderson has returned to the fold. As he told me, “I'm amped and ready for blogging!”
Welcome back, Brent!