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Frosted Flakes: Blizzards and COVID, Flamethrowing Drones and Best Photos of 2020

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Here’s to turning the page on a weird and unsettling year

Entertainment & Tourism Industries In New York City Struggle Under Pandemic Restrictions Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images

A lot has happened this past week here at the ranch.

We made it through the blizzard with all the cattle tucked away behind a line of trees that completely blocked the wind. The air was hardly moving where the herd decided to huddle up for the day.

Now, we’re getting ready for the next one (tomorrow).

It was a bit of a weird Christmas because COVID invaded the confines of our little island. No, it wasn’t the college students that brought it home. Nor was it the traveling salesman or the high school student.

It was the work-from-home, rarely-leaves-the-ranch person. I took Ranchhand 3 to get an MRI for his back and then we went to a store afterward so he could pick out Christmas gifts for his brothers. Three days later, I started to get body aches. Two days after that, I was out helping Ranchhand 2 clearing some trees out of the road ditch. I was just moving some small branches and ended up so out of breath that I had to stop. That is when I realized that it probably wasn’t just a normal cold.

I’m doing fine. I’m still a bit tired, but doing much better than a few days ago. Considering what this virus has done to so many people, I’m feeling pretty fortunate to have gotten off this easy. I’m pretty certain that I forgot to use hand sanitizer when I got back in the car after going in the store for the Christmas gifts (I keep a container in my purse, one in the center console of the car and another in my coat pocket.) I must have touched my face or rubbed an eye or something like that.

Months of being careful was undone by a momentary lapse.

Stay safe everyone.

Frosted Flakes

Midwestern universities form alliance to lure Space Command to N - METRO - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA
University of Nebraska President Ted Carter said the partnership with the University of North Dakota, Kansas State University and Purdue would develop new degree programs and research initiatives, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Steven M. Sipple: NU defense’s improvement gives Chinander nod as top Husker assistant | Column | journalstar.com
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander nabs Journal Star’s annual award for NU assistant football coach of the year.

Husker offseason primer: Busy weeks, months ahead before NU begins spring ball | National | timesherald.com
There are many decisions to be made in the coming months that will affect the program in 2021 and beyond.

Husker notes: Family and friends watch in the stands for first time this season | Men’s Basketball | omaha.com
“It’s just really good to see our family, and kind of enjoy the holidays as much as we can,” Trey McGowens said.

Big Ten’s 2020 winners, losers: While Michigan football suffered, Michigan State actually won
The Big Ten managed to play football in 2020. But it did not get through it unscathed. Nether did some of its teams, including the Michigan Wolverines.

I’ll give you one guess which other team ended up in the ‘losers’ category.

MUST SEE: Nebraska Rancher gets cattle to pay amazing tribute to essential workers - KLKN-TV
BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (KLKN) – A Red Angus Cattle Rancher has paid a tribute to all essential workers you won’t soon forget.

I really love this picture.

Nebraska Pipeline Rupture Causes Explosion; No One Hurt | Nebraska News | US News
LYONS, Neb. (AP) — A natural gas pipeline in rural Nebraska has been repaired after a rupture caused an explosion that was large enough to be seen by satellite.

Oops.

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

Utah Utes RB Ty Jordan, Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, dies
Utah running back Ty Jordan, the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, has died, the school announced Saturday.

Reggie Bullock endured a very Knicksian jersey snafu - Sports Illustrated
Bullock in the front, Robinson in the back?

Arizona HS football coach survives COVID-19 after time on ventilator
During week of high school football scrimmage, coach Russ Stryker went to the hospital with COVID-19. He spent the season intubated on a ventilator.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

National Wildlife Federation photo contest winners: See the images
The National Wildlife Federation and National Wildlife magazine share winning from its 49th annual photo contest, chosen from nearly 30,000 entries.

Illegal winery found at wastewater facility in Rainsville, Alabama
The mayor of Rainsville, Alabama, said the supervisor of the wastewater treatment facility has been suspended without pay, pending an investigation.

I’m glad I skipped the tasting tour.

Why do different countries have different electric outlet plugs?
There are 15 different kinds of electrical outlets around the world. One standard would be more convenient, but no one wants to change theirs.

In 2020, AP photographers captured a world in distress
Behold, a world in distress: A 64-year-old woman weeps, hugging her husband as he lay dying in the COVID-19 unit of a California hospital. A crowded refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, engulfed...

'He's the deer of the year': Carrot on way to recovery after arrow pulled from head | Animals | The Guardian
Whitetail deer made headlines last week for shocking injury but appears to be doing well after officials removed bolt from his head

I clipped a story about this deer having an arrow in his head in last week’s flakes. Here is the follow-up.

Think your mail is slow this Christmas? Spare a thought for people in these remote parts of the world - ABC News
There are places where mail can only be received during a particular season, while senders at one secluded location rely on the kindness of strangers to get their mail delivered.

Space Station 20th: Celebrating the Holidays in Space | NASA
Space Station 20th: Celebrating the Holidays in Space

Best Photos Of 2020
A look back at our favorites as we shut the door on 2020.

Why yes, I clipped a lot of “best photos” articles this week.

Another Week - Another Poop Article

Coprolites - Information and Photos | Poozeum - Coprolites & Dinosaur Poop
Galleries showcasing some of the finest coprolites, fossilized feces, and dinosaur poop specimens in the world. How to identify a coprolite.

How did I not know there was such a thing as the poozeum?

Then There’s This

Chinese Village Invaded by Legions of Deadly Wasps Raise Funds For Flame-Throwing Drone to Incinerate Their Nests
After deadly stinging wasps invaded Zhong Province, rural Chinese funded a drone equipped with a flamethrower to burn their nests

Someone else tweeted that it was 103 or 105 shots in a row. Wow.