DEAR ABC: NEBRASKANS AREN’T ALL PSYCHOTIC RUBES

DEAR ABC: NEBRASKANS AREN’T ALL PSYCHOTIC RUBES

I waited a few weeks after the debut of the new ABC sitcom set in rural Nebraska - “Bless This Mess” - to write my review of the program in hopes that it would get better. It hasn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty good show if you enjoy watching Nebraskans depicted as flannel shirt-wearin’, tobacco chewin’, watermelon seed-spittin’, cousin-kissin’, outdoor pissin’ rubes who are wholly disinterested in anything not having to do with crops, cows and...well, that’s it, just crops and cows.

HIDDEN ART OF COUNCIL BLUFFS

HIDDEN ART OF COUNCIL BLUFFS

You’re probably familiar with the four large, unusual sculptures, two of which are pictured below, adjacent the South 24th Street Bridge on Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs. The somewhat confusing work called “Odyssey” cost $3 million, much of that taxpayer money, when it was commissioned in 2010. But did you know there are many other lesser known works of art on the streets of Council Bluffs that are frequently located off-the-beaten path? Check out my compilation below highlighting some of these hidden gems. 

I WATCHED MeTV FOR 15 HOURS STRAIGHT

I WATCHED MeTV FOR 15 HOURS STRAIGHT

I spend too much time watching TV news channels CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Lately I’ve grown so sick of the political rancor and finger-pointing that permeates these networks that I vowed to stay away and watch nothing but MeTV for one entire day. Last Thursday I viewed the classic TV network almost nonstop from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Below is a diary of my experience.