Wednesday, 24 May 2017

07:56 – I didn’t take Colin out this morning because I was having problems with my vertigo. That’s the first time I’ve had that problem in a couple of years, and only the second or third time since I first had the problem back in 2009. So Barbara took Colin out this morning.

I had her dig a bottle of meclizine out of the freezer. It was originally filled in 2009, forty 25-mg tablets, of which about 20 were still in the bottle. I’ll take one every four to six hours until this clears up, which based on prior experience should be at most a day or two.

Barbara was going to cancel both her trip down to Winston today and her week-long craft class that she’s to start Sunday. I told her not to do that. The only change we made is that she’s going to get all her errands run in Winston today and come back around dinner time instead of staying in Winston overnight. I should be fine by tomorrow or Friday, so there’s no reason to cancel her trip Sunday.

 

 

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51 Responses to Wednesday, 24 May 2017

  1. nick flandrey says:

    I tried antivert for a while, but didn’t like the dopey side effects.

    Good luck.

    n

  2. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Thanks. I’ll be fine, I’m sure.

  3. nick flandrey says:

    Cool and clear, sunny and beautiful today. Currently 61F, but with 87%RH, it’s still a nice break from the heat.

    Spent yesterday doing auction pickups.

    The kevlar armor is a much thinner sheet than I thought. I might have to use more than 2 layers to get what I want. That project just got pushed back as I need to find a range where I can test shoot it, and that’s gonna take time. I might just try to sell what I’ve got.

    I cleaned up and fixed alignment in a pair of Nikon Travellite III compact binos I picked up for $5. Someone had dropped them and knocked one of the prisms out of alignment. The result was a bad double image. It didn’t take much, only levering the prism against its built in alignment points, and it was good to go. I was generally disappointed by the binos though. They must be the very bottom of Nikon’s line. They are primarily plastic, and the glass is not Nikon quality. I’ve got another Nikon compact and some Nikon full size binos, and the clarity and brightness in those is stunning. At least I didn’t spend a bunch of money on these. It’s a good example of getting something broken for cheap and fixing it. For $5 and an hour’s time, they were a good deal. (and hey, they’re ALREADY BROKEN, so what do you have to lose by trying?)

    Anyway, time to get back to work.

    n

  4. Greg Norton says:

    If you need a recommendation for a doctor, my wife knows a GP who now works in an urgent care near Charlotte and a Sports Medicine specialist in Raleigh. She’d trust both with her life, having known them for 20+ years.

  5. Harold says:

    Weather 59f and drizzle here in Memphis this morning
    Another day in IT Security ahead. I am SO ready to leave it all behind.
    Retirement age in 10 months ….
    Between SSI and my business income I should be making 3/4 of my current salary, plenty to support the two of us. I will be using excellent Tribal health care once we move to Oklahoma. Need to start planning where to live. We will probably upgrade one of my rentals since I own them outright (minus property taxes of course). We need to refurbish our home here to put it up for rent when we leave. I have had advice that’s it’s best to take retirement at year end so I will probably actually leave at the end of 2018. My research shows that I can receive SSI after age 66 and still work without penalty so I will be doing that from May – Dec 2018. Of course retirement won’t mean sitting on the porch, I will take over daily operation of my businesses and run the ATM refilling routes myself so I won’t just be rotting away.

  6. nick flandrey says:

    While tuning around the AM dial the other day, one of the financial advisor shows caught my ear. The ‘guru’s’ point was that for retirement what one wanted was an INCOME STREAM, not a big pile of savings. OLDTHINK (and unexamined assumptions) has the idea that you need to save money for retirement with the assumption that saved money would provide an income stream from interest or dividends (or coupons, etc.)

    His point was that in the current market, there isn’t any interest to speak of on savings, very few companies paying dividends, and inflation eats your savings every day. Better to use the money NOW to provide an income stream later, than to just put it in the bank…

    I think the points were valid and bear thinking about. People’s biggest fear with retirement savings is outliving their money. With the idea of a STREAM of income, you won’t outlive it, because it keeps coming. Rental property, a business, loans, etc provide a stream….

    Worth examining your mental models, and see if they need re-doing…..

    n

    (forex, can’t assume 7% compounded returns)

  7. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “If you need a recommendation for a doctor”

    Thanks, but as I’ve said I just don’t go to doctors or hospitals. The only exception I’ve made to that since I was 18 was in 2009 when I first was hit with vertigo. Barbara basically dragged me to the urgent care center and I saw a doctor who prescribed the meclizine.

  8. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    As to an income stream, I agree. And that’s what I’ve been working toward for more than 20 years.

  9. OFD says:

    65 and heading to 73, they say, with a possible stray shower or t-storm. Rain on and off the rest of the week, looks like.

    Had a chat with one of the other planning commission members last night after the meeting; ex-jarhead, did three deployments to Iraq as a helicopter mechanic in Marine Aviation. He got out in 2005 and seems to be some sort of Asian-Murkan, and if you know what you’re looking at and hearing, he’s also got a nice case of PTSD. But he’s married with a new baby and has a nice inside sales job for tech products down in Burlap.

    Wife is off to the horse barn 20 miles out in East Overshoe and meeting her retired lawyer cousin and her 91-year-old aunt, so they can go riding. Then they’ll have lunch out there somewhere. Yours truly remains here to slave in the yard and start assembling my new bike, and also pay bills. Why do I get all the fun?

    But she planted a bunch of stuff yesterday and this AM (all flowers, of course) and it will be a nice little garden spot back there by her studio, where she will be teaching students on silver/clay techniques, I guess, at beaucoups piastres per day. This year we hope to have peas and tomatoes and I’ll see what I can do with garlic, onions, carrots, chives, and turnips. Hopefully any potential of frost is finally over.

    After the latest musloid atrocity in Manchester, where children were blown apart all over the landscape with a nail bomb, the “authorities” are falling all over themselves to not blame “islam” and exhorting the rubes not to get upset or hateful or vindictive.

    Can no one rid us of these meddlesome commie scumbags? Who let these subhuman creatures into the country in the first place? Yes, we now have to defend against the creatures, but we also need to hold the instigators and apologists accountable.

  10. Harold says:

    Retirement Income Stream

    I remember when I was young and riding around with my Granddad, we would be driving by a block of housing or retail and he would point to them saying “There’s my retirement”. When he sold his primary business, a chain of 30+ Movie Theaters, in 1966, he had $3 million in the bank and I don’t know how many rentals. All this from being so broke in 1933 that he left his family with his parents to go on the road as a traveling burglar alarm salesman. He once confided that when he came into a town he would jimmy a couple of doors and break a couple of windows to create a demand for his product. Too bad he was killed by a drunk driver before he got to enjoy his retirement.

  11. nick flandrey says:

    Damn, just realized became aware that dropbox doesn’t strip exif data from pictures. WTF?

    all my pic in previous comments will be broken until I get time to strip them.

    n

  12. nick flandrey says:

    Temps have come up to 87 in the sunny driveway and RH is down to 40%. Don’t know why I’m sitting inside at my computer…..

    Holiday weekend coming up, so patriotic wallpaper for you that I shot a couple of years ago on a ferry off the east coast..

    n

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/gi5cjolcqgmitxl/DSC_4183%20-%20Copy.JPG?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/xg1v7tz9dffta4b/DSC_4177%20-%20Copy.JPG?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/u16vdpic88u27uu/DSC_4178%20-%20Copy.JPG?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/3rbtq3l4zi0k66n/DSC_4185%20-%20Copy.JPG?dl=0

  13. Miles_Teg says:

    “I had her dig a bottle of meclizine out of the freezer.”

    May I ask what you take?

  14. lynn says:

    @RBT, I hope that you are checking your blood pressure. I had a major vertigo attack in 2009 followed two days later by a heart attack. I kick myself all the time for not checking my blood pressure then. I might have saved myself a lot of “heartache”.

  15. lynn says:

    I will be using excellent Tribal health care once we move to Oklahoma.

    Cherokee ? The wife is 1/4 Cherokee, undocumented.

    Who funds the tribal healthcare, the tribe or the USA government ?

  16. Greg Norton says:

    Who funds the tribal healthcare, the tribe or the USA government ?

    From the junk mail my wife used to receive about working on reservations in WA/OR, I got the impression that the US Government funded the tribal healthcare.

    http://www.ihs.gov

    Update: My wife just verified that the Federal Government pays for the IHS.

  17. lynn says:

    BTW, here is the modern version of blood pressure monitor that I use, “Omron- #1 Doctor Recommended Brand, Clinically Proven Accurate with Heart Zone Guidance 7 Series Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor”
    https://www.amazon.com/Recommended-Clinically-Accurate-Guidance-Pressure/dp/B004D9P1A8/

    I take my blood pressure each morning after I get up and log it in a stenographer’s pad. My logs go back to 2009.

  18. lynn says:

    Update: My wife just verified that the Federal Government pays for the IHS.

    I wonder what the difference between the IHS and the VA is ? My experience with the VA by taking my FIL there is that they are awesome for immediate problems and not so good with long term problems.

  19. Harold says:

    Cherokee ? The wife is 1/4 Cherokee

    Muscogee Creek in my case. My grandmother insisted she be put on the rolls back in the 30’s when being an Indian was considered a bad thing. Thanks to her, our family received aid for school clothes, supplies and tuition. One brother depends on the MCNHealth for all his care and is very satisfied.
    “The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health is one of the largest Tribal Health Systems in Oklahoma. The foundations of the current Muscogee (Creek) Nation Health System can be traced to the Snyder Act of 1921 and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976, which provide specific legislative authority for Congress to appropriate funds for the healthcare of Indian people. The basis for the development of the present system of health for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation began in 1975, with the passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Education and Assistance Act. This legislation gave Tribal governments the ability to contract and operate programs of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.
    I have the 2017 budget at home – they publish it in the tribal paper. I do know that a LARGE part of our funding comes from our casinos and other investments. We let the “white mans greed” fund our housing, road, and other projects. Love the irony.

  20. CowboySlim says:

    “BTW, here is the modern version of blood pressure monitor that I use, “Omron- #1 Doctor Recommended Brand, Clinically Proven Accurate with Heart Zone Guidance 7 Series Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor”
    https://www.amazon.com/Recommended-Clinically-Accurate-Guidance-Pressure/dp/B004D9P1A8/

    I take my blood pressure each morning after I get up and log it in a stenographer’s pad. My logs go back to 2009.”

    Roger that – how coincidental!
    I just took mine an hour ago with my Dr. recommended Omron Series 3, 121/72.
    Actually, I take mine monthly (pressure reading) but medication daily.
    (No, it is not medical marijuana).

  21. lynn says:

    Today is release day ! I am releasing version 15.07 of our software package. I really need to make a checkoff list (in a file), as I initially forgot to digitally sign the download installer. Sigh, another sign of getting older.

  22. Greg Norton says:

    I wonder what the difference between the IHS and the VA is ? My experience with the VA by taking my FIL there is that they are awesome for immediate problems and not so good with long term problems.

    My guess is that the two services are probably similar. Government healthcare is still government healthcare.

    When I interviewed for the university gig, my wife talked about moving south of Austin so she could work for the VA in San Antonio. In the past, the money sucked compared to private sector, but, under Doh-bamacare, the VA salary is very competitive for general practice.

    As things worked out, however, we will be staying put for a while, and, with the new job, I will be working out of an office near Fort Hood full time.

  23. lynn says:

    I just took mine an hour ago with my Dr. recommended Omron Series 3, 121/72.
    Actually, I take mine monthly (pressure reading) but medication daily.
    (No, it is not medical marijuana).

    Mine was 107 / 73 this morning with a pulse of 70. My bp is highly regulated by the maximum dosage of Rythmol twice daily, an anti-arrhythmic medicine with a beta-blocker embedded in it. I take it to regulate my frequent and prolonged tachycardia. The list price is $590/month but my cost is $30/month using my BCBS drug card at Walgreens. I highly suspect that BCBS is not paying Walgreens $560/month.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propafenone

  24. Harold says:

    I wonder what the difference between the IHS and the VA is ?

    I can’t speak for all tribes but the Muscogee Creek Nation manages their own helth care service NOT the BIA. So it is run by the Tribal Government it’s NOT the Feds.

  25. lynn says:

    “Get Ready to Unpack for Airport Security”
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/get-ready-to-unpack-for-airport-security-1495640411

    “Changes are coming to airport security checkpoints: TSA wants you to declutter your bags.”

    “New procedures, such as requiring all food or all electronics larger than cellphones be placed in bins separately, are still being tested. Changes haven’t yet been finalized, but senior Transportation Security Administration officials agreed to discuss them publicly for the first time. Decisions will be made in a few weeks, with new rules implemented after the summer travel rush, once screeners are trained and announcements made.”

    Sigh. As if the TSA were not difficult enough.

    Hat tip to:
    http://drudgereport.com/

  26. Harold says:

    “Get Ready to Unpack for Airport Security”

    So they want to steal from your luggage right in front of you now?
    The TSA is the largest petty theft organization in the country.
    No wonder I never want to fly in the US again ….

  27. DadCooks says:

    WRT TSA article in WSJ, if you get stopped by a paywall:
    https://consumerist.com/2017/05/24/you-could-soon-be-unloading-a-lot-more-from-your-checked-bag-at-airport-security/

    A better way would be to have all passengers pet a pig and eat a bacon sandwich 😉 while a flaming LGBTQXYZ+it fondles all their parts 😉 😉

  28. lynn says:

    A better way would be to have all passengers pet a pig and eat a bacon sandwich while a flaming LGBTQXYZ+it fondles all their parts

    Last week, my 78 year old dad was talking to the TSA agent fondling his private parts about Nazi Germany. The agent just ignored him (thankfully !).

  29. lynn says:

    “EternalRocks Worm Spreads Seven NSA SMB Exploits”
    https://threatpost.com/eternalrocks-worm-spreads-seven-nsa-smb-exploits/125825/

    “Someone has stitched together seven of the Windows SMB exploits leaked by the ShadowBrokers, creating a worm that has been spreading through networks since at least the first week of May.”

    Ah, the gift that keeps on giving. The NSA that is.

    One wonders if the NSA is for the USA or trying to break it apart.

  30. MrAtoz says:

    TSA, another Federal Agency with no oversight. Why doesn’t Congress reel them in? I hope the airlines are lobbying the shit out of this nonsense. Who will want to fly anymore. I’m not checking my gadgets so the goons can just steal them.

  31. SteveF says:

    RBT, try getting drunk as a vertigo cure. Depending on what way the room is spinning now and what way the booze makes it spin, you’ll either be fine or be twice as bad. What have you got to lose?

    As helpful as ever,
    SRF

  32. Greg Norton says:

    Sigh. As if the TSA were not difficult enough.

    I’m on my second “TSA Approved” laptop bag. I’m sure a new “TSA Approved” bag design will appear at Sam’s just in time for Christmas.

  33. OFD says:

    Mrs. OFD advises that one of the first testing sites for the new TSA bullshit and security theater is Boise, Idaho, where she is going next month. Being of Irish-Murkan extraction with red hair and blue eyes and a professional-type citizen almost guarantees they’ll put her through the mill, while religion-of-pieces adherents sidle by, smirking.

    She checks her Windows netbook through and the only other gadget is her cell.

    OFD himself has no plans to fly anywhere anytime soon. Trips to Italy, Tennessee, etc., have failed to materialize, for one reason or another.

  34. pcb_duffer says:

    Does carrying a copy of the Koran help one get through the screening line? A few years back, I came within a hairsbreadth of having to make a same day, walk up and purchase the ticket back & forth to Atlanta to escort a friend’s mother on the last leg back home. I swore to my friend that I was going to bring only the above mentioned book with me, just to cause trouble.

  35. OFD says:

    From the Folks Who Brought Us 9/11 Department:

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/05/bionic-mosquito/the-enemies-list/

    http://original.antiwar.com/mbenjamin/2017/05/23/why-were-the-saudi-streets-so-quiet/

    http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/05/23/the-war-on-terrorism-isnt-working/

    Justin Raimondo also writes for Chronicles magazine, which I’ve subscribed to and studied since the 1980s.

  36. MrAtoz says:

    Maybe the TSA is trying to fill the coffers with preCheck. Just like cops setting up speed traps on a 100 mile long straight stretch. They’ll probably enact (yes, the TSA goons act like royalty) a new pay-to-get-through-fast program. Free for Mooslims and celibriturds, $1,000/mo for us peons.

  37. OFD says:

    “…I was going to bring only the above mentioned book with me, just to cause trouble.”

    Hey, in for a penny, in for a pound; next time, having grown a beard, wear those funny white jammies with the tunic/pants combo and Jesus boots, toting the Q’uran and mumbling stuff. Enjoy the spectacle of Mr. and Mrs. Boobus Americanus being made to take their shoes off, having their genitals fondled, and all their chit spread out on a table for anyone to examine and pilfer.

  38. OFD says:

    It’s getting pretty tiresome living in a country that privileges terrorist subhumans and crimigrants over Old Americans like me and my siblings. Where the National Administrator works deals with the same terrorist subhumans who lit off 9/11 on us and run their country like a concentration camp.

  39. Miles_Teg says:

    “…next time, having grown a beard, wear those funny white jammies with the tunic/pants combo and Jesus boots…”

    Nah, just wear your undies on your head. (won’t work for ChuckW, who tells us he always goes commando…)

  40. pcb_duffer says:

    Alas, the opportunity to cause mirth only came up a day before the potential travel, so growing a beard wasn’t particularly feasible. And I don’t understand why OFD’s status as having descended from people who have been here a long time should count any more than say my youngest niece, who’s just as much a citizen of the USA despite having been here since 2002.

  41. DadCooks says:

    Hey, in for a penny, in for a pound; next time, having grown a beard, wear those funny white jammies with the tunic/pants combo and Jesus boots, toting the Q’uran and mumbling stuff.

    Are you saying Mrs. OFD is growing a beard? She really needs to to be most like many of the burka wearing mooslems, who BTW do not shave anywhere else either.

    Also, be careful when carrying a copy of the Quran/Koran. Technically it is not to be read or touched by a non-believer.

  42. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I wish someone would make koran-printed toilet paper. I’d like to use it routinely.

  43. pcb_duffer says:

    Can we get that t p in KJV, too?

  44. lynn says:

    Can we get that t p in KJV, too?

    How do you feel about wood chips in your tp ? Although, I think that they commonly used corn cobs back in the 1600s.

    I still enjoy reading the KJV occasionally. It is definitely a good reference as our Sunday school teacher taught the book of Ephesians for the last quarter. He continuously referred to the KJV, Phillips, Living, NIV, and several other translations.

  45. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    You guys should give up on all of those and start reading The Gospel According to Yours Truly.

  46. paul says:

    What’s the ISBN?

  47. lynn says:

    “…next time, having grown a beard, wear those funny white jammies with the tunic/pants combo and Jesus boots…”

    Nah, just wear your undies on your head. (won’t work for ChuckW, who tells us he always goes commando…)

    Here you go, a woman in her underwear going through TSA in a wheelchair:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zFi18ioqYk

  48. nick flandrey says:

    I’ve watched them wand people’s bare feet and legs.

    n

    BTW, if they wanted security, when you opt out of the naked scanner, they’d send you thru the metal detector, THEN off for the full grope. Instead, once you opt out, all you get is the grope. Why skip the magnetometer?

  49. nick flandrey says:

    I’ve also seen and heard discussion of them wanding the same body part over and over, with puzzled looks, never once asking the person they are wanding why the hand scanner is beeping*. Finally they give up and send the person thru.

    n

    *in the case of my co-worker, it was shrapnel from Mogadishu, with some nice scars as visual aids. He would occasionally get asked if he new why and he’d lift his shirt and say “Fucking Mogadishu mate…”

  50. Dave Hardy says:

    It’s all just security theater, anyway. And another chance for the State to ratchet up control over all of us. Which they’ve done. And constantly looking for new ways to do it, too.

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