Kevin Woster makes a few interesting posts at KELOLAND, but comments seem minimal. Perhaps because his idea of "moderating" is ignoring them. I stuck one in on November 27, 2013 and as of December 18, 2013 is is "awaiting moderation". Probably worth reading Kevin's posts, but not worth time to comment on them. [[[ Just noticed at about 11PM that my comment as been "moderated" by being deleted. Kevin must be picking up skills from Pat Powers. Guess I will expand my comment there with a post here tomorrow]]].
Oh well. Kind of recovering here from driving. We picked up a few groceries in Rapid City that appeared to be significantly less expensive than here in Winner, SD and also got a snowblower loaded. Combined the trip with getting a neighbor who is even older than I am out to Rapid City for some surgery. He came out of it OK and rode patiently in my noisy, junky pickup truck. We boarded with my son in Rapid and ate his food and used his driving talents to get around. Took a little extra time so we wouldn't be driving at night or directly into the setting or rising sun.
Shopping for some things we thought would be nearly anyplace in Rapid City brought a couple of surprises. My wife whips up some divinity candy during Christmas season and the recipe uses Karo White Syrup. That was a real goose chase with a number of stores not carrying it. Finally a helpful Walmart employee checked an empty spot on the rack with computer scanner and determined there were 140 of them someplace. It took him about 10 minutes, but we might even have some of that deliciously unhealthy candy with a few chopped walnuts in it soon. It really is only a few days until Christmas.
Another scarce commodity seems to be children's wood blocks with the alphabet and numbers on them or even similar plastic blocks. All kinds of plastic junk toys hyping some TV, video or movie connection however. A friend in Kansas was looking for toy trains like those that used to be in every department store and hardware store when we were kids. He found a whole lot of "Thomas the Tank Engine" plastic toys, but nothing like the old windup or electric train toys.
Maybe times really have changed after all.
*** Stay tuned. We have nice weather today and forecasters say it will be getting terrible again tonight or tomorrow-- Doug Wiken