Saturday, August 15, 2009

Summertime in Urbana, Iowa...Going Once, Twice, Sold

Mid- to late summer in 42N country means billowing clouds in late afternoon. These tend to lead to thunderstorms and perhaps more severe weather. This particular afternoon a crowd gathered at a weekly auction north of Urbana, Iowa on a farm. The auctioneer (in the red hat and stripped shirt) conducts the outside portion of the sale first then moves indoors. His sale includes about eight hay racks full of miscellaneous household/farm items that generally sell cheaply -- like that white chair seen in the foreground. It now resides in my backyard. Besides the sale of material that you would expect from any auction this is also a time to talk to people and see the countryside. There are stories out there. Know that.