You may recall from a previous post that I had an appointment to meet with Delegate Matt Lohr concerning the anti-NAIS bill to which he wanted to add an amendment. The HB1990, simply stated “The Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall ensure that the Department does not participate in or provide any assistance to the establishment of the National Animal Identification System or any substantially similar program.” Delegate Lohr wanted to add an amendment that essentially destroyed the purpose of the bill – he wanted to state that it would be “voluntary”. I met with Delegate Lohr and he stated that he intended to move to kill the bill this year, do some studies and then address it next year. It was tabled in Committee.
We actually first met Matt Lohr, before he was elected, at Senator Obenshain’s home. Matt was not a delegate at the time – in fact he had just announced his candidacy for the seat. Matt gave us the distinct impression he would support our bikers’ rights legislation. Well, he is now a delegate and he has not supported one piece of legislation for bikers’ rights.
This weekend Bernie and I went to Harrisonburg in search of a tractor place that could replace the tires on our back hoe. We found one, and we’re pretty excited to get that taken care of. On the way home I was in desperate need of caffeine, so when we saw a 7-ll just on the edge of Rockingham county, we pulled into the parking lot, and headed inside. We were walking toward the refrigerated section when I hear “Hey! How are y’all?” I looked up to see a man in a sweat shirt, jeans, baseball cap, and with beard stubble on his face. He was holding a very small child that had a jester hat looking thing on it’s head. I gave them a blank stare. The child blinked at me. I had no clue who this man was, and even though his kid was cute, they were standing between me and the Diet Pepsi that was screaming my name from the frig. I looked at Bernie for help. He shrugged and headed over to the Big Gulp machine. I was just about to say “Look I don’t know who you are, but I don’t have any money to give you.” when he said “It’s me! Matt Lohr! How have y’all been?” I almost laughed out loud with embarrassment. I am not besmirching the man for being in “weekend” attire – heaven knows I looked no better with my hair pulled back, no makeup, and wearing jeans and a sweatshirt – but I really didn’t recognize him without his suit and tie and well groomed appearance. It did surprise me that he recognized me in jeans, sweatshirt, no makeup, and hair pulled back. Maybe I should spend more time on grooming before I head to the capitol next time.
Matt Lohr did turn on us to a New Holland dealer outside of Harrisonburg that may have some parts we need for the back hoe. That was pretty cool.
Bernie drove me crazy this weekend because he decided that since we were scheduled to switch to Daylight Savings Time Sunday morning at 2AM, he would set his watch forward FRIDAY night so he could be prepared. Well, I am of the firm belief that we are being robbed of an hour by the government, so I refused to give it up voluntarily. As a result, we were in two different time zones all weekend. Everytime we discussed anything related to time, I was forced to ask “Is this real time, or Bernie time?” How annoying. Unfortunately, it is now Sunday and my hour has been officially stolen from me. We are now back in sync with our time zones.
We did manage to chop, split, and stack some wood this weekend. The bees were doing a happy dance as the temperatures hit the high 60′s yesterday. They were a buzzing blur of joy around the hives.