MMeM, Vol.13 Issue 44 – Stubborn

…the list goes on and on.

Well it finally happened this month. Illinois passed a budget for the first time in nearly 3 years. Unbelievable. Like I said before, suddenly things started to break loose and stand still all over again as poorly oiled malfunctioning machines will do.

How bad did it get in a state without a budget for that long? In short, “no budget” was the standard pat answer for every unresolved issue from neighborhood associations to matching federal funds for education.

Everything and everyone suffered to some degree without exception. Elections came and went with campaign rhetoric and promises to pass budgets, cut spending, save spending, raise taxes, cut taxes, marches on the capital, bomb threats, Christmas decoration cancellations, very near junk bond rating for the state, and the list goes on and on…

Hopefully some of the state’s finer treasures survived the hardships. Take the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum for example. Surely it’s not in disrepair and shuttered…

Yeah, again, it was a tough 2 1/2+ years!

(…ok I jest, this isn’t actually THE Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, but it felt like it was headed here at times. Again, glad that’s over.)

MMeM, Vol.13 Issue 41 – Get it?

Don’t kid your self,

When you’re driving you probably pay attention to your surroundings, read signs, notice the vehicles in front of you and take note. I was driving, and I use that term loosely, as I was actually parking my way through much-needed construction. You see, after nearly 3 years of no budget in this brain-forsaken state, once one finally gets passed, it’s like that giant iceberg breaking off the Larsen C Ice Shelf. Things start to happen and stand still all of at the same time. PrOgReSs!

I digress, back to my traffic jam. I notice the 18-wheeler in front of me and instead of the typical 1-800-HOW’S MY Driving? I see, “NO PASSING.” “Well, look at me! I’m SOOoo important and I’m going to DEMAND you don’t pass my truck!”

Now, once traffic moves, and I get a better look, I get it and realize that’s not the intended message. However, how many drivers on the roads today do you think don’t get the joke?

I shudder to think. Don’t kid yourself, they’re out there following this semi no matter how slow it’s poking along all the while completely unaware.

MMeM, Vol.13 Issue 24 – Vanity Plates, nothing more


Now I know this story comes to us from our neighbors to the North, but I think this guy has a valid point. Obviously, they do hear a fair amount about what goes on down here, much to their chagrin these days I’m sure.

Dateline, March 27, 2017 Nova Scotia, Canada. Lorne Grabher had gotten a vanity plate back in 1991 with his last name. For some reason, he received a letter in December 2016 telling him that his vanity plate was being revoked due to the fact it was being viewed as “socially unacceptable”.

Ok, it’s his last name. Lots of people get personalized plates with nothing more than their last names. He’s had it for decades. Gee, I wonder what on Earth could have suddenly caused this revocation of his license plate? Oh sure, one could make the argument that GRAB HER could be misconstrued as violence toward women, but why now? Why wasn’t this ever brought up before now?

Yeah, if you let this one sink in for a minute…remember the relative proximity of Nova Scotia to our fair burg, and the recent goings on down here…it’ll come to you. Use your words….

Hmmm….why would GRABHER, GRAB HER. By golly, I can’t ….OH MY GAWD!

MMeM, Vol.13 Issue 23 – Full Circle

Talk about a huge 360!

Well, well, well. That’s just about, all I can say. Talk about a huge 360! While the rest of the world and our country is beating itself up about how in the heck we are supposed to rid ourselves of fossil fuels and there are still those that deny the need to do anything at all, something like this happens.

After we have another pandering election, with winners and losers promising to put fossil fuel producers front and center again, regardless of the future of the industry, this happens.

This, of which I speak, is the forward thinking actions of a museum of one of the pillars of the fossil fuel industry of all time.

See the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum which just converted to SOLAR power! TA-DAH!

MMeM, Vol.13 Issue 13 – So ILL

…let nature take its course.

Here in the home of Midwestern Meditations, the bankrupt state of Illinois, things are eroding, cracking, and rusting away. Take license plates for instance. How long do you think that states have been making plates in aluminum for obvious reasons? Here in ILL the aluminum plate debuted in 1950. Yeah, using the old three-letter USPS abbreviation for Illinois seems tremendously appropriate these days.

However, apparently someone in the license plate construction process used a type of paint that contained a corrosive metal subsequently making the use of aluminum plates useless. Heck, I have a license plate that began the, all to familiar around here, bubbling up rust pattern around the letters (WTL NX YR).

Fortunately, the CUBS made that license plate officially NULL and VOID last year, and I have a generic state issued ready to rust model.

The other day I saw a pristine example of our state’s great plates. Usually, I would think about obstructing the plate for the person whose plate this was, but obviously that work was not needed in this case.

Yeah, that plate is completely unaltered via photographic software.

Have you ever heard about people getting confusing combination of letters on their plates to make it harder for police to look up or write down their plates, i.e. MNMMWNM? Well, if speeders and criminals exercise a bit of patience here, they can just let nature take its course.

I’ve heard of people getting tickets for having an obstructed view of their license plate such as a tinted plate cover, etc. Obviously, no one can read this plate and it should warrant a ticket, but who should get the ticket? Not the driver or registered owner of the car, but I think the State of ILL should get the ticket!