Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hang on to your hat, it's some kind of windy up here...

I can't believe how windy it was today. I could barely stay on the road and that was without any distractions. Anyway, the wind has ushered in some kind of cold, too. Cold is one thing, but to be darn windy. Now, that is just unbearable.

All in all, today was not a bad day. I didn't scream at any munchkins and our dinner time was fairly calm. Now that is what I call a good day. I even managed to squeeze in a 30 min run on the treadmill.

It's not too great of a TV night, however, but there is always tomorrow. I did watch a few minutes of American Idol and, to my husband's shagrin, I really like that show. I guess I like listening to the judges' comments more than anything. And this year they don't seem as harsh as they have been in the past years.

In other news, I have started a book called "The Omnivore's Dilemma." It is by Michael Pollan and I really like it. I can actually stay awake for more than two pages. It is about corn and how corn is in everything, including us. We are, essentially, corn people. I am blown away from the explanation of crop subsidies to how most of what we eat is made with some sort of corn product. It actually cost more to plant and harvest corn than they sell it for. And unlike the conventional economics in business, farmers will over produce even when the prices are very low. (It is totally opposite of the supply and demand model that most businesses go by). Which makes the prices go down even more, which, in turn, causes them to grow more. But, what is truly amazing is the government will still pay them what the corn "should" fetch. Confused? Yes, me too. I am probably not doing the book justice with my explanation.

Speaking of corn, (well, not actually), I saw about 50 wild turkeys this afternoon chowing down on some good ole American cow poo. I pass a dairy farm everyday when I go into town. Wow, what a sight. We have seen these turkeys before and everytime I say, "Man, I wish I had my camera!" So, next time I hope to get a picture. It is really something to see. But, I bet the wild turkeys were indirectly eating corn since that is what the cattle is fed nowadays instead of what the were created/evolved* to eat.



*being inclusive--pick whichever word applies to you :)

2 comments:

Char said...

Wow. Talk about corny. haha! Our driveway up to our house is surrounded by cornfields - almost 2 kilometres of corn to look at. And look forward to munching too!

Auburn Kat said...

That's quite interesting about the corn.

I almost said....that is quite "corny" but thought it would have been a "corny" joke! HA