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Notes from Steve

February 11, 2016

Kudos to all who braved the blizzard and went above and beyond. I seriously hate February. Not in a jokey humorous way - but rather, in a full out deep seated hate. I realize that February, and all its dreadfulness is as it is in Iowa AND nothing short of full-on global warming will change this, but the hate continues. "Steve, why not make lemonade out of lemons?" Yes. There's that. If I had a superpower it would be "to be able to change perceptions". I'd be having people drink vinegar and think "sweet nectar of the gods!" and loving blizzards ("what fun!") ... but alas, I would still know the truth. 19 more days ... *

People have commented to me that this is a running issue every year with me. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing, and perhaps I don't have all the signs and symptoms, but we all can get a little cabin fever this time of year. It doesn't help that the skies and landscape are all white all the time. My friends say that I probably should consciously practice a little patience more this time of year; also, plenty of rest, exercise, and proper nutrition helps as well. So my advice would be (and hopefully practiced by me) - go a bit heavier with the compassion and caring this time of year. Never hurts to love a little more.


Amy told me that she heard through the police department that people ignored the travel advisory on Monday and cars were abandoned and people were stuck on the highways and calling for help. Really? The advisory wasn't "it's kind of bad out there, if it were me, I'd stay home and be safe" it was "DON'T TRAVEL". If you have a true emergency that's one thing, and in that situation, have a travel pack (extra clothes and supplies), make sure your phone is charged, gas is in the tank, and go slow and be careful. If you feel you need to go to another town because you need bread or you're just really curious, stay put - the cops and emergency crews really don't like to have to rescue for reasons of stupidity.


-Steve Simonin, President & CEO

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