Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Drive 2009

I've been busy lately with a lot of stuff, but we managed to get away yesterday for the annual fall drive. Last year was Mississippi Palisades State Park, so this year we headed south to Wildcat Den State Park, and the Pine Creek Grist Mill. Back in 2007 we got there after most of the leaves had fallen, and sadly this year the results were similar, despite going almost 2 weeks earlier. After leaving Wildcat Den we went south through Muscatine, and crossed over to the Illinois side for the return trip, including a swing through Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. In addition to missing the fall colors peak, the cloudy afternoon started to get too dark for photos. Here are the few I took that I felt were worth posting.

Wildcat Den State Park, a perennial fall drive favorite.

The Pine Creek Grist Mill, in Wildcat Den State Park. There's a bit more color than my photo from 2007, but I'm sure things really looked good before all the rain helped bring the leaves down.

Looking downstream from the Grist Mill area.

I'd never been up to the Mark Twain Lookout above Muscatine, and that was definitely worth seeing, but by then it was getting too dim out for good photos. Here's the view, anyway. Maybe I'll dust off PhotoShop and try to brighten some of these up.

I have several posts I'd like to get done this week, including some stuff about the election, the first Mallards game, and the trip to Omaha and South Dakota I took last weekend. We'll see if I get them written and posted!


At 10/26/2009 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idea for a post. Ask as many candidates you can ideas they have. Like crime. We all have ideas why NOT to vote for someone. How about why we should vote for someone?


At 10/26/2009 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Establish a police citizen review board.
2. Require police officers to live in the City of Davenport.
3. Establish a small crimes-neighborhood unit.
4.Require police officers to spend 25% of their time walking through their beat and talking to residents.
5. Require the police department to establish policies of uniform discipline.
6. Require training in communications with people.
7. Place speed cameras by schools and on bridges.
8. Require all new police officers to walk in their assiged neighborhoods and introduce themselves to the residents.
9. Do a public study on where Judges live and how they sentence.
!0. Give property tax breaks and victim compensation to those who live in high crime neighborhoods.
11. Do a public study on Davenports criminals and where they come from and where they go to.
12. Legalize pot.

At 10/26/2009 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Tie police salaries to crime rates. (accurate crime rates)

At 10/26/2009 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can give you number 11 for free. They move around. We push them out of the 5th ward and they move to the 3rd ward. We keep moving them around.

13. The residents help the police. Don't allow the bad element get a foot hold. It is all fine and dandy for the cops to say hi and shake your hand, but it won't do any good if you don't know your neighbor. Sad to say that the 6th ward won't allow things that are common in the 5th ward.


At 10/26/2009 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, where are these acurate crime rates?


At 10/26/2009 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is the Vasquez camp going around the ward and taping up their cute little saying on the bottom of their yard signs?

I think their signs have fallen down and gone Boom!

At 10/27/2009 7:26 AM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Many of 10:59's suggestions are good, and many of them are already involved in the NETS program. A lot of the neighborhood based stuff falls under what's normally called "Community Policing." However, spreading this throughout the city would be difficult and unneeded. Asking a cop to spend 25% of his time walking their beat would be great if they weren't frequently spending 95% of their time responding to calls. Not many Davenporters would prefer to wait an extra hour for a police response so an officer can walk over. Foot patrol works in small, densely populated areas.

At 10/27/2009 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appreciate the great pics. Hard to believe some focus on small petty stuff, without taking a moment to appreciate gods beauty..

At 10/27/2009 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else find this odd:

The undersigned is not an administrator for a Shaker Village," Malin wrote in the decision. "The undersigned is a city administrator for a populous and diverse city. Cities can neither exist, nor can be sustained, without sexual activity."

Maybe this explains the lack of enforcement on 3rd & Scott Street!

At 10/27/2009 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same thing, QCI. It might worked in a few block area that they want to drive the bad guys out, but all that really does is move them to another area.


At 10/27/2009 8:23 AM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

That Malin quote was just his slightly weird sense of humor. People are making too big of a deal about it, from what I hear.

At 10/27/2009 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Malin is in love with his writing. It is what he sees when he looks in the pond. Images is a Malin suporter so he excuses whatever Malin does. Peas in a pond. Same with Boom. He can have a yard sign on City property in front of his bar for a month but that is o.k. with Image or he doesn't have to paint the boarded up windows of his establishment acording to code. Again o.k. with Image. Ponds at pea.

At 10/27/2009 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And no pond to "pea" in.

At 10/27/2009 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how much Boom is paying that guy that sits in the front row of council meetings with a "BOOM" t-shirt on? Looks like he is trying to get a little free TV advertising.

At 10/28/2009 7:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not much considering council meetings are not must see tv.

Maybe the next council meeting can have a dress code for everyone?

At 10/28/2009 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy wearing the t-shirt name is Marty. Marty is a staple in the d-town and is well known by everyone. Marty is disabled and has many challenges facing him daily. All the businesses owners, bartenders, restaurants keep an eye out and protect him, as I am one of them. He is at every council meeting doing his part in the process and looks forward to going to every council meeting. He wears the Boom t-shirt EVERYWHERE, just not to council meetings.
My suggestion..Leave Marty alone.

At 10/28/2009 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marty is mentally challenged, and knows no better.
Come on people, are U kidding me?
Some must be political season in Davenport when they start complaining about the man named Marty.

At 10/28/2009 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like everyone in the city is supposed to know that this guy is handicapped and doesn't know any better- give us a break!

At 10/28/2009 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sound like Boom is using Marty. Sounds like Boom. Sounds sad.

At 10/29/2009 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares what the guy wears? Did it really make you change your mind? If it did, maybe you should not be allowed to vote.

The guy is a Boom supporter. It is his choice to wear the shirt or not. If it offended you , I hope your guys win. Then the government can pass an ordinance dictating what to wear at council meetings.


At 10/29/2009 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nitrous may be right with his comment regarding "who cares" but that is part of the problem with Davenport politics.

Too many of our elections seem to be decided by who has the most yard signs or who can stuff our mailboxes with the most junk mail. The elections are run on name recognition only and the majority of the voters have no idea where the candidate stands on the issues.

We have two public access TV channels available to the city and I fail to see why we can't have real live debates among the candidates so the public can make an informed decision.

Marty may be an innocent bystander but maybe someone is using hime to get a little name recognition out there. Who knows?

At 10/29/2009 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First comment was Boom was paying the guy to wear his t-shirt

Next comment was Boom is using/influencing the guy to wear the t-shirt

Geez people. Now we have conspiracy on why a mentally challenged guy wears a t-shirt to a council meetings????

Are you kidding me people????
Get a grip.

At 10/29/2009 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:52, All the signs, junk mail and t shirts do is get name recognition. It may help, but I doubt much.

If I had my way, I'd prefer to get rid of the signs, junk mail and phone calls( I know, freedom of speech). I would have the local papers have a section with a press release from each candidate stating why they should be elected. Then have several debates/meetings broadcast at least on the city channel and maybe even radio. I would have the meetings where the public could ask candidates questions about their ideas.


At 10/29/2009 4:37 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Some of this stuff is getting ridiculous. The same person complaining that we don't have a "real debate" has turned this thread into an argument over the shirt-wearing tendencies of a special needs person that frequents council meetings.

At 10/29/2009 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen QCI! THANK YOU! It is just Ridiculous!

At 10/30/2009 4:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

QCI, Images, Mr. Security or whatever you call the guy. He couldn't feel a nail in a board if he slept on it.BLOGGER on his T-shirt. Just a stepp up from the discussed with a box and a computer. Shush.Apparent why Davenport has holes in its fabric. In any other city he would be a knot hole.

At 10/30/2009 7:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

QCI, I did not bring up the shirt. Someone commented about it, I commented back. Others did too.


At 10/30/2009 9:31 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Yeah, I was referring to the person making the big deal about the shirt, not you Nitrous.

At 10/31/2009 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No harm.

Have you heard Lynn on Fisher's show talking about micro loans? I didn't hear everything, but sounded interesting. Just don't have anyone from Freddie or Frannie in charge of who gets a loan.

I also was inpressed with Ortez (i think) who was on Fisher a day earlier.



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