Some interesting work possibilities are in progress. Bids are out on four projects; two in the Bay Area, one in Cleveland, and one in Ogden, Utah. Of the four the Ogden job is vastly preferable. As far as the work itself there is little to differentiate the four, but the Ogden area is vastly preferable to the others; quiet, scenic, friendly, reasonably close to home, and the climate and landscape are familiar. We are reliably informed there is some great waterfowling in the area.
Gasoline prices continue to drop. We filled up Mrs. Animal’s Explorer today for $2.66 a gallon. Before the Thanksgiving holiday gas here in the metro Denver area was over $3. Apparently the Saudis are ramping up production to try to squeeze out the boom in North American shale production, but either way it’s good for consumers, and when the sheiks run out of oil the shale fields will still be there. And they can’t touch us on natural gas production, which will continue.
The 2016 presumptive Democrat Presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton, is underwhelming crowds. In the considered opinion of yr. obdt., who has been a dedicated election-watcher since the 1976 contest, she won’t be the nominee. She is carrying more baggage than a Samsonite factory, and she is old news. And remember – she was the presumptive nominee in 2008 as well, and was adroitly taken out by a newcomer nobody much had heard of before that year.
One of our favorite state wildlife areas, the 891-acre Brush State Wildlife Area, no long requires reservations! This SWA is a great place to jump-shoot some tasty wild mallards, and there are white-tailed deer, rabbits, a few pheasants, quail and squirrels on the land as well. The Brush SWA is also not what most non-Coloradans think of when they think of our state; east of Ft. Morgan, it’s all Platte River lowlands, flat and lightly wooded with cottonwoods and ash trees. It’s a fun place to take a shotgun and wander around for a couple of hours, and now that we can do it on short notice – which work schedules frequently mandate – it’s back on the list of Things That Need Doing. Maybe this week sometime.
One that outdoorsy note, we return you to your Thursday, already in progress.