Wednesday, 25 October 2017

09:56 – It was 37.4F (3C) when I took Colin out at 0645, but the damp breeze made it feel colder. When I took Colin again around 0900, the temperature had gone up to only 40.8F (5C).

I’d noticed the first time I had Colin out that Barbara’s hanging wire-mesh bird feeder was completely empty. That was odd, since at dinnertime yesterday it had still been half-full. But I think I know what happened.

About 2100 last night, I was finishing watching a Youtube video and was planning to give Colin a last time out. He was lying at the front storm door, calmly surveying his domain. He suddenly went into Cujo mode, barking and snarling viciously. At first I thought it was the two little dogs that have recently been showing up to visit him. When Colin momentarily moved aside, I could see that it wasn’t one of the dogs. It looked like a C-A-T, so I went over toward the door and it ambled away as I did so. By the time I got out the front door, being careful not to let Colin get past me, it was just disappearing over the far end of the porch. I could see its striped tail. A raccoon, then.

I have nothing against raccoons generally, but their place is not up near my house. They’re vicious and carry rabies. I’m sure that Colin could rip up any raccoon who ever lived, but he might get bitten while doing so. So I grabbed my big flashlight and some .45 ACP raccoon repellent, and headed out into the yard to look for it. It apparently saw me coming and got the hell out. But I think it came back later and vacuumed out all the seed that had been in the feeder.


Yesterday, I showed a lot of progress health-wise. My breathing is now pretty much back to normal, I’m back up near my normal daily fluid intake level, and I’m convinced I could sleep through the night if Colin would stop walking around whimpering every few minutes.


There was an interesting article with videos over on zerohedge.com this morning about LBGTQABCXYZ activists arming themselves and training for what they expect to be another civil war. Oddly, articles in almost all conservative/libertarian publications seem to be against this. I’m all in favor of it.

That’s because I’m a Constitutional absolutist, and in particular a 2nd Amendment absolutist. The People have the absolute right to Keep and Bear Arms. That doesn’t mean just People I approve of. That means convicted violent felons, Antifa, BLM, muslim jihadists, child molesters, etc. etc. In other words, the scum of the earth. Why? Because if we give the government any ability whatsoever to limit the 2nd Amendment, we essentially give it the ability to destroy the 2nd Amendment.


11:23 – Email from a regular reader raising the subject of powdered eggs. She was baking last night and needed three eggs. She thought she had a full carton, but it turned out there was only one egg left. She didn’t feel like getting dressed and running to the supermarket, so she decided to open one of her precious cans of Augason Powdered Whole Eggs. She made up the two eggs she needed per the instructions, and the cake turned out fine.

This morning, she decided that since the can was already open and the clock was ticking on its shelf life, she might as well try making powdered egg omelets for breakfast. She was kind of expecting the powdered eggs to taste noticeably different. She said the yellow color of the mixed eggs was not quite the same as with fresh eggs, but the omelet tasted normal to her and that neither her husband nor their son noticed anything different. Useful data point.

I did suggest that she could greatly extend the shelf-life of the remaining egg powder by transferring it to canning jars with oxygen absorbers. Just put the lid in place and screw down the band tightly. After a day or so, remove the band and check to make sure the lid sealed. If you don’t have oxygen absorbers, the lid won’t seal, but that’s okay. Just keep the band on there, screwed down tight. The remaining eggs should remain good for months if not longer.

Oh, yeah. I almost forgot to mention…

For situations where you’re using eggs structurally, like most baking, you don’t really need to use eggs at all. One excellent substitute is ordinary gelatin powder. You can buy that in bulk for $6 or $8 per pound, and it keeps for a long, long time. When you get to the point in the recipe where you’re to add a fresh egg, simply mix one tablespoon of gelatin powder with one tablespoon of room temperature water, whisk until mixed, and then add two tablespoons of very hot water and whisk until mixed. That’s the equivalent of one whole egg. From experience, I know it works fine for recipes that call for only one or a few eggs. I’m not sure how it’d work with recipes that call for many eggs. But in the former case, the gelatin proteins are doing exactly what the egg proteins do: serving as a glue to hold the rest of the components together.

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53 Responses to Wednesday, 25 October 2017

  1. Greg Norton says:

    There was an interesting article with videos over on zerohedge.com this morning about LBGTQABCXYZ activists arming themselves and training for what they expect to be another civil war.

    The LBGTQABCXYZ crowd needs to get hip to the fact that the biggest domestic threat they face is from the “Religion of Peace”, not Normals.

    I recently found another mosque tucked into a quiet neighborhood not far from our house. The building looks like it used to be a standard Protestant congregation of some sort.

  2. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    People naturally form groups, and with the exception of muslims and other fascists, those groups are no threat to people who are not of their group. I have walked into biker bars, redneck bars, doper bars, gay bars, lesbian bars, etc. etc. I never felt any threat from them, probably because I wasn’t judging them. In my experience, if you don’t judge people or attempt to convert them, they’ll ignore you. Same goes for anyone from one of those groups walking into a Normal bar.

    But for fascists like muslims, antifa, BLMers, etc., all bets are off. They’re the ones who think everyone should believe exactly as they do, and if someone doesn’t they’re a good candidate to be attacked violently.

  3. ech says:

    I heard an interesting podcast segment with a strong 2nd amendment proponent who was discussing the flap about the Congress considering removing the restrictions on suppressors. He talked about what the framers meant by “keep and bear arms”. He pointed out that “arms” had a specific meaning back then. It meant a weapon that a person carried and aimed at a specific target. Hence mortars, cannons, howitzers, rockets, etc are not “arms”, they are ordnance. So, Congress has the ability to regulate private possession of such items, but rifles, pistols, etc are explicitly allowed for individuals to own.

  4. nick flandrey says:

    Private individuals owned warships. With cannon.

    They “owned” in the sense of provisioning and commanding, whole regiments.

    I think of those distinctions, hair splitting, as debating the number of angels dancing on a pin. The anti-gun crowd doesn’t care, because they don’t believe in angels. Believers get side tracked and divided. Nothing good can come of it.

    Sound suppressors, full auto rifles, stocks on pistols, and switchblade all fell victim to “movie madness.” People got worked up about threats that only existed in fiction. Capone, West Side Story, detective novels, and now the outrage of the day.

    n

  5. SteveF says:

    Nick beat me to it: that podcaster’s view of history seems somewhat skewed. I didn’t hear it, so I don’t know whether he was just making shit up, but I’ve been taking a harder and harder line on, if you lie or talk nonsense once, there’s no need to ever listen to you again.

  6. CowboySlim says:

    “I have walked into biker bars, redneck bars, …….”

    I’ll most likely do the same this afternoon, my local redneck, biker bar for two PBRs. Good folks, never a problem with any of them.

    CowboySlim, who will not go “Straight Ina’ Compton”.

  7. Ray Thompson says:

    if you lie or talk nonsense once, there’s no need to ever listen to you again

    Thus you will never listen to politicians. Which is a good thing.

  8. ech says:

    The person discussing it (Charles C.W. Cooke) was very much in favor of relaxing the suppressor rules, believes in concealed carry, said the assault weapon bans are unconstitutional, and thinks the NY and DC restrictive gun laws are unconstitutional. But he believes that the framers knew what they meant by arms and that if they intended for ordnance ownership to be protected, they would have included it.

    As his Wikipedia entry says: A staunch advocate of the right to keep and bear arms, he has described the “collective right” theory of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution as “utterly farcical” and “the legal equivalent of Moon landing trutherism.” Cooke is a constitutional originalist and a critic of the administrative state.

  9. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    He’s full of shit. Just another lying prog liar. There was no class of weapon that was not owned by individuals. All were and are “arms”.

  10. brad says:

    I have to agree with Nick. Most restrictions on weapons make no sense at all, and were probably put in place because of some on-off emotional event. “Jane’s Law” or somesuch nonsense.

    A semi-recent example here: A woman attended a self-defense course. At the end, she was given a keyring, which was attached to – I don’t remember exactly – one of those objects you can hold in your fist when hitting someone. Technically a weapon, but no more a weapon than a roll of coins. She carried the keyring for years, until one day some security agent at an airport recognized it. OMG!!! She was arrested, and now has a criminal record. Switzerland is so much safer now.

  11. Ray Thompson says:

    Switzerland is so much safer now.

    And now that I know that I will plan a visit.

    I got dinged at the airport because I had one of those small Swiss knives. Had a fingernail file, a knife blade that is probably 3 cm long, tweezers and a toothpick. I was told it was a weapon and could not be allowed on the plane. The TSA good offered to dispose of it for me. I said no, I will dispose of it. I was told I could not leave the security area and would have to dispose of the “weapon” there. There were no disposal cans so I had no choice but to give it to the TSA agent. I suspect he kept the “weapon” for his own collection.

    Wife got dinged when she was carrying a small cheese knife, in a gift set, wrapped in a couple of layers of clothes in her carryon. TSA offered to confiscate that “weapon” and basically destroy the gift set. Wife was given the option of checking the gift set as baggage. Since it was an overseas flight that 2nd piece of baggage would have cost $100.00. So we just let TSA keep the knife.

    I suppose we should be feel lucky as TSA probably could have had us arrested and charged with a felony. Otherwise I could have destroyed that 747 with a pen knife. Wife could have cut the cheese and really caused a problem.

    Meanwhile the camel jockey gets TSA precheck.

  12. lynn says:

    Questionable Content, “robot sprays”
    http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3598

    Heh.

  13. lynn says:

    This morning, she decided that since the can was already open and the clock was ticking on its shelf life, she might as well try making powdered egg omelets for breakfast. She was kind of expecting the powdered eggs to taste noticeably different. She said the yellow color of the mixed eggs was not quite the same as with fresh eggs, but the omelet tasted normal to her and that neither her husband nor their son noticed anything different. Useful data point.

    That is not my experience in the slightest. My omelet had a noticeable weird taste, almost metallic. I tried to cover up the taste with cheese but that was only partially successful.

  14. SteveF says:

    Wife could have cut the cheese and really caused a problem.

    I disapprove of fart jokes!

    … when I’m not the one making them.

  15. ech says:

    I suspect he kept the “weapon” for his own collection.

    TSA sells the confiscated items. https://lifehacker.com/5967831/buy-knives-power-tools-and-other-stuff-confiscated-by-the-tsa-for-cheap

  16. SteveF says:

    That is not my experience in the slightest.

    Different brand? On the shelf different duration? Hard water vs soft water vs filtered water? Cooked in cast iron vs stainless steel vs aluminum?

  17. SteveF says:

    I suspect he kept the “weapon” for his own collection.

    TSA sells the confiscated items.

    They also “bring home” a lot. Some years ago someone blew the whistle on it. ISTR he was a contractor with TSA, not an agent himself. SFAIK no charges were filed; that was the aspect that made the news, at least in the blogosphere.

  18. Ray Thompson says:

    TSA sells the confiscated items.

    I know what they are supposed to do which may be different from reality. I watched the agent put the little knife in his shirt pocket. I don’t know if he eventually put the knife in the proper bin for items to sell.

    TSA, or the baggage handlers, have stolen stuff out of my checked luggage. Nothing that was harmful or disallowed for travel. Every single trip except this last trip in June. Something has always come up missing. A bottle of hand lotion, a FLASHLIGHT, a razor and the extra blades, etc. All allowed to be in checked baggage that strangely disappears. The bag has been opened as the seal on the bag has been broken indicating inspection. One time I even found a slip in the suitcase stating is had been search by TSA.

    I don’t trust TSA in the least.

  19. Ray Thompson says:

    There is a place about two hours drive from where I live where unclaimed baggage and stuff left on planes is sold. Visited it once and found no real bargains. I have to wonder about all the iPads with the current activation lock. Without the owners credentials the iPad cannot be restored. I wonder if the outfit has a deal with Apple to reset the devices. Lot of clothes, which were the majority of items. Some cameras, GPS units, etc. Strangest were items like snow skis, large items. Who forgets their snow skis upon arrival? Do they not contact the airline?

    Some computers. Hard to tell what they contained. Don’t know if the OS had been reinstalled or the system otherwise wiped out. Naturally a lot of suitcases. Which also makes one wonder how someone forgets an entire checked suitcase on a flight. Does the suitcase get stranded for weeks, the airline pays for the loss, and the person no longer cares?

    Most of the stuff was being sold at a premium price for what was effectively a used item with no warranty. A new iPad is $400, they place was selling them for $300. Not really a bargain.

    Maybe that price was what I considered high because the systems had been cleaned and that involved some effort on someone’s part.

    Lot of people there looking for bargains. They were opening one suitcase while I was there and people were crowded around like vultures.

  20. Nick Flandrey says:

    TX sell s TSA item s at the State Surplus store in south Austin. Bins full of knives, charger s, wedding cake sets, e readers, sports equipment, watches, belts, sunglasses. Good prices on most.

    Also surplus from state agencies. Tools, pistol mags, office stuff.

    I always stop in when in the area.

    N

  21. lynn says:

    “Amazon Announces Cloud Cam Home Security Camera”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/356994/amazon-announces-cloud-cam-home-security-camera

    “Amazon’s intelligent 1080p security camera with Alexa integration, night vision, motion detection, two-way audio, and subscriptions for up to 10 cameras and 30 days of video recordings. ”

    OK, Amazon’s Alexa has definitely entered the creepy zone.

    You know, I always thought that Skynet is developed from a military network. I did not consider that Skynet could be built from a commercial cloud such as Amazon’s Alexa.

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    Google has mentioned that their daddy’s centers have displayed emergent behaviour. And that was a couple years ago.

    N

  23. Nick Flandrey says:

    Data!

  24. SteveF says:

    Ha. I have to admit I wondered what “their daddy’s centers” meant. Thought maybe you were referring to Alphabet.

  25. Greg Norton says:

    OK, Amazon’s Alexa has definitely entered the creepy zone.

    Alexa is verboten at our house. My wife and kids know better than to even ask.

    The only “IoT” device we have installed, the Nexia thermostat, is history the moment the HVAC installer’s labor warranty expires. In the mean time, I have the Internet access shut off in the thermostat’s settings and the MAC address blacklisted at my router.

  26. MrAtoz says:

    Ha. I have to admit I wondered what “their daddy’s centers” meant. Thought maybe you were referring to Alphabet.

    More like Nickelodeon

  27. ech says:

    OK, Amazon’s Alexa has definitely entered the creepy zone.

    It’s part of their new “Amazon Key” service being rolled out in a few cities. Buy the camera system and a cellphone connected door lock and they will deliver items to inside the door. They also can have a cleaning crews and other services come in and unlock the door with a cell phone.

    https://smile.amazon.com/b?&node=17285120011&ref_=pe_3455620_258731170_em_ecg_bor_bs_ann_func

    I wonder if any of the locks were ones that got bricked when they did an update recently. Looks like no, it was a different company. https://www.extremetech.com/computing/254177-internet-things-smart-locks-bricked-bad-firmware-update

  28. Greg Norton says:

    More like Nickelodeon

    Dan Schneider. Figures. Family legend is that he was one of my sister-in-law’s regulars back when she stripped in Vegas.

  29. OFD says:

    I agree with Mssrs. Nick and RBT on the 2A stuff, mainly on the basis of “you give the fuckers an inch and they take a mile” which is what they’ve been doing here in FUSA since the 1930s, almost a full century. Let that Andaman Islander junkie pedophile midget down the street have a howitzer; if he bothers us, we’ll vaporize him. An armed society is a polite society, most of the time. I’m not buying any specious phony prog distinctions WRT to “ordnance” versus “small arms.”

    As for antifa, BLM, La Raza, whomever, wanting to tool up for self-defense, let it rip. They really DO need to identify their real enemies in the West, who if given the power, would enslave and murder them all.

    WRT TSA shenanigans; wife is a very frequent traveler and now has the “Global Acess” designation. She has found her locked luggage busted open and stuff missing several times over the years, but that was over years of nearly constant traveling and a million air miles. At least one suitcase was permanently ruined. She bitches about anything the airlines screw up and always gets more free miles, to the tune of many tens of thousands.

    WRT Colin’s raccoon; I’m afraid that you will indeed have to exercise lethal procedures to rid yourself of it. They are extremely clever and resourceful buggers and can open locked safes, or so I’ve heard. Several were apprehended a few years ago messing around ICBM missile silos out in West Bumfuck, Montana. The .45 is a good solid load to use on ’em, too. Or for more fun, put a NV optic on one of the ARs or AKs and sit there some night and do the gig.

    Stove guy came today and cleaned our woodstove and associated peripherals and then went up on the roof. Upshot is that we need one thing fixed on the pipe setup coming out of the back of the stove and a bunch of stuff with the cement and flashing up on the chimney top. They will be happy to do the gig, and the guy showed me all the pics on his cell. Then he checked out wife’s studio stove and there we have a horror story; nothing in legal clearances from the walls, rusted out stuff on the back of the pipe going up, and then the metal chimney stack on top is about to blow away in the next wind gust. So she shouldn’t even be lighting it up until all that chit is fixed. Told her on the phone earlier, and she was OK with it all. $400 for today, and I can’t wait to see the report and estimates for all the other stuff. Good thing he came today, though; something else will probably have to be deducted from the Priorities list of Big Things to Spend On.

    Had intended to get some errands done, do a med appointment, etc. The guy showed up 90 minutes late so I re-scheduled the appt. Turns out I couldn’t have got to it anyway; can’t get the walker down the back stairs and I need it out and about now for even minimal stability and balance; the cane is mostly useless. So none of that stuff got done. Mail and bills piling up, no bank account for me yet, no Planning Commission last night, no groceries from the store. And I fell three times inside the house and could not even get up out of chairs several times; more crawling on my hands and knees. To top it off, no return callback from the VA today as was promised, WRT to another MRI and surgery consults.

    Wife said she’d find someone to cover for her the next two days and she’d come home and I said not to bother; I can manage here myself for a couple of days. And we’ll have to get stocked up over the weekend so I can live as a recluse for two weeks on the second floor, but I can manage that OK, too. I’ll work like a demon on the taxes, VA paperwork, and Salesforce. com stuff, among other online training classes.

    We are also getting separate bank accounts now; hers is done and I gotta get mine this next few days before she’s gone again. She’ll cover the mortgage, cell phones, and Princess stuff and groceries, and I’ll take the car, utilities, and Comcast/Xfinity bundle and groceries. (plus more food and water storage and ammo). The third account is the Money Market savings account, reserved now for back and current taxes, but in practice it’s gone for the regular stuff when her pay checks have been late, or OVERDUE, as they are right now. Again.

  30. DadCooks says:

    Dave, I am being serious and personal now, please please take care. Your health and safety is paramount. It is time for the wife and kids to step up. You have been juggling a big bag of crap, not much that I can see is your doing. You have done enough shoveling.

    You are making progress, but others need to step up more.

  31. SteveF says:

    Dave, I am being serious and personal now, please please take care.

    Agreed.

    … Assuming he’s telling the truth about all this. Wouldn’t it be a pisser if he’s in better than perfect health, plays handball three times a week and chops his own firewood — three cords per year — and he’s just been spinning yarns for his own amusement.

  32. OFD says:

    Thanks much, DadCooks; I’m OK and can manage alright; just very tricky and everything takes a lot longer; you’ve had and have much more to deal with than I do. Wife has stepped up considerably, just need the VA to do the same; and I don’t want her canceling her NZ trip. I will be fine for a couple of weeks and if need be, I can get the VA shuttle to come get me and bring me to any med appointments while she’s gone. Meet and greet new peeps in Meatspace, yeah!

    Wife and I have also been through some very serious chit in our lives and got through it and we’ll get through this, too. With help from You-Know-Who….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blDM-ibezJQ

    Crank it up!

  33. OFD says:

    “Wouldn’t it be a pisser…”

    It sure would. Actually I camp out in the mountains nights, play doubles tennis four or five times a week and hang out in rough C&W bars……oh wait…..

  34. CowboySlim says:

    Oh-oh, that was me, but only twice a week for tennis and once a year for camping up in the High Sierras. Well, just did get back from my local dive bar with C&W music on the jukebox.

    Best of wishes and good luck to OFD, I really do expect that you will get better!

    CowboySlim, who hope for all the best and recovery for OFD!

  35. lynn says:

    I will be fine for a couple of weeks and if need be, I can get the VA shuttle to come get me and bring me to any med appointments while she’s gone.

    My wife got the VA shuttle to pick up her father couple of times when he was still living at home. It worked ok as long as it was scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. He could not get it done himself as his mental capacity was dropping then.

  36. lynn says:

    plays handball three times a week

    Nah, he’s been using his standup paddle board three times a week in the pond down the street from his house. Some people call that pond Lake Champlain.

    I’ve heard that it is hard to get those standup paddle boards going when the pond is frozen over through.

  37. nick flandrey says:

    Dave, seriously, you are NOT OK. Your mobility has been degrading steadily and significantly for the last few months. You are FALLING DOWN. CRAWLING.

    This is seriously f#cked up! This is NOT NORMAL. It’s clear you are good at compartmentalizing and ‘just pushing thru’, but this is not right. I’m not sure what more you could be doing, but THIS IS SERIOUSLY NOT RIGHT. People do not just fall down and have to crawl around their houses.

    I don’t know if the VA isn’t taking it seriously, or if you are Rangered UP! when you describe the symptoms and incidents to them, or if it’s just their low standard of care, but look back at your posts. You’ve gone from losing weight and working around the house without problem to CRAWLING because you’ve fallen, in only a few months.

    That’s a big change in a short time. There is a serious, life changing issue here.

    Don’t just tough it out. Something IS really wrong. You need help you aren’t getting. Someone needs to step in and start advocating for you.

    with nothing but genuine concern and respect,

    n

  38. OFD says:

    “…my local dive bar with C&W music on the jukebox.”

    Old-school C&W, I hope?

    …”his mental capacity was dropping then.”

    As is mine. Just fiddling with stuff here is draining what’s left of the important cells.

    “I’ve heard that it is hard to get those standup paddle boards going when the pond is frozen over through.”

    Deuced hard. So they put sails on them and get going 40 MPH some days. It’s amazing to watch.

    “Some people call that pond Lake Champlain.”

    Well, it’s a tad bigger than that drainage puddle you have down there and there ain’t no gators in it. (so fah as we know….) (Plesiosaurs, maybe….)

  39. OFD says:

    “…with nothing but genuine concern and respect…”

    Thanks much, Mr. Nick. Yeah, it’s pretty fucked up. I’ve been cowboying up for several months now but it’s gotten kinda bad in the last week. Not the pain, the paralysis. I’ll be on the phone again tomorrow and using the special VA keywords, like “I’m scared now” (losing strength and mobility in my arms, too!) and “I’m depressed and feel myself a burden to others,” and “starting to pee myself.” That should generate some more activity. Wife also recommends bitching about the standard of care and contacting the Patient Advocate, which I will also do if I don’t have positive developments by Friday.

    I’ve been a good do-bee and done everything they’ve asked or told me to do, including the drugs, all to not only no effect, but continued deterioration. And I have the documentation of it all, as do they for the actual medical stuff.

    I can only do a bit more of the spec ops crawling and then I gotta get some more help.

  40. nick flandrey says:

    I was gonna detail MY experiences today with our local EMS service and ER, but I’m more worried about OFD….

    Suffice to say, I’ll be learning what our insurance covers and what ambulance rides/er visits/ and a bunch of diagnostic testing costs in Houston. I’m fine now, but passing a kidney stone is just about the worst sudden pain I’ve ever felt, and not knowing WHY was seriously scary, esp. when home alone. Next time I’ll know I’m not gonna die, but this time, well it was really sudden, and really painful. Really. No REALLY.

    n

    (and it’s not like I had a free day in my schedule to hang around the ER…but as the end result of all that pain, I’ll take it. Much less bad than LOTS of other things.)

  41. nick flandrey says:

    So my ebay buyer is replying to my questions and emails with non sequiters while avoiding the questions and requests. That’s a pretty good indication of someone scamming.

    I sent him this:

    Your responses do not make sense to me. I told you several times the size and weight of the box I sent you. I described how the [items] were packed in individual boxes (USPS Priority mail boxes) and placed inside the larger UPS package. You received that package 3 weeks ago. I do think that someone in your office opened that package, and misplaced the other two [items]. I have never seen the white box in your pictures and it doesn’t match the size and weight of the package UPS accepted for delivery.

    It does not make any sense that UPS would have a thief who opened the package, removed all the [items] from their USPS boxes, and then sent you just one [item] and the cables in a different box, taking the time to move the shipping label and invoice to the new box. It doesn’t make sense.

    UPS accepted the large box, and checked it against the label for size and weight. They would not accept the box if it didn’t match the printed label.

    Please send a photo of the ENTIRE UPS label, including the printed size and weight. You will see that the label is for a box 20x18x18 and 31 pounds actual weight, 47 pounds billable weight.

    Someone in your office signed that they received the package, the signature says “Leo” or Les on Sept 29 at 11:34AM.

    I will help you to resolve this in any way I can, but I will not adjust the price or offer any refund. I can see the large number of packages in your office in the pictures you sent. Please look for USPS Priority Mail Boxes sized like Medium Flat Rate boxes. I’m sure the [items] are there some place. Perhaps an employee moved them? Or added them to your inventory? Or mistakenly shipped the USPS boxes to someone? What does your outgoing shipping look like in the days following the 29th?

    Once again, I am as frustrated as you seem to be and will do what I can to help you resolve this issue. If it is time to call UPS and accuse them of stealing the [items], I believe the receiver must initiate a claim for losses in shipping. If I must do so please let me know so they can investigate. I’m sure their cameras will be able to identify when the box changed from the brown box I used (probably a UHaul box) to the white one.

    Please let me know if I must call UPS, and please send me the picture of the complete UPS shipping label.

    regards,

    [my real name]

    scammer.

    n

  42. OFD says:

    Sounds like you went above and beyond with that guy, Mr. Nick.

    When was the kidney stone deal, recently? Sorry if you mentioned it before and I either forgot or missed it; senility is kicking in hard now.

    Seriously, I’ll be OK; folks at the VA seem to have short attention spans sometime and it looks like I’ll have to rock ’em a bit again. If no action by Friday, I’m sending stuff to the Patient Advocate and whoever runs the Burlap and WRJ operations. I’m concerned about fixing this stuff before it goes past the point of no return, if possible.

  43. lynn says:

    Thanks much, Mr. Nick. Yeah, it’s pretty fucked up. I’ve been cowboying up for several months now but it’s gotten kinda bad in the last week. Not the pain, the paralysis. I’ll be on the phone again tomorrow and using the special VA keywords, like “I’m scared now” (losing strength and mobility in my arms, too!) and “I’m depressed and feel myself a burden to others,” and “starting to pee myself.” That should generate some more activity. Wife also recommends bitching about the standard of care and contacting the Patient Advocate, which I will also do if I don’t have positive developments by Friday.

    It is time that you checked into the hospital via the E-R.

  44. OFD says:

    Not quite ready for the ER yet. Soon, maybe; I’ll consult with wife shortly and in person by Friday. That might wake up some people at the VA, I dunno. I might do it at the med center over in the “city,” too. Outside the VA System. But I’m afraid of the billing that might ensue.

  45. nick flandrey says:

    It was this morning. Man that hurts. I’ve got to pass it ‘out of my system’ still, so am on pills to make me pee and instructions to drink gallons…

    Got a notice from my HOA about the ‘clutter’ in my driveway this week too. This time they referenced some secret (but public record) statement that they added 3 months before I bought this house that allegedly gives their Architecture board power to do just about anything it wants. We’ll see about that as soon as I have some time to research. Certainly nothing I signed. And I never saw any references to outside docs either in the “official” online version of the CC&Rs. In the mean time, I’m gonna make my driveway as ugly and cluttered as possible, after all, they’ve ALREADY noticed me.

    Just my week in the barrel….

    n

  46. MrAtoz says:

    Get better Mr. OFD. Do I have to come up there and nanny you?

    My BIL is dealing with the VA here in NV. He already fired his PCM, a female. She is older and on contract, seeing 1,000’s of Vets and just writes scripts for drugs. Ridiculous. She had him running from North Las Vegas, to further North, to South on all kinds of referrals. He finally went to the Advocate and got a new doc who is working with him rather than shuffling him around.

  47. Greg Norton says:

    So my ebay buyer is replying to my questions and emails with non sequiters while avoiding the questions and requests. That’s a pretty good indication of someone scamming.

    Time to get the Postal Inspector involved.

  48. MrAtoz says:

    To bring some cheer:

    KANKLES KLINTON WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT!

    Now that it looks like the Klinton Krime Family paid for the “Golden Shower” dossier, a complaint was filed with the FEC to investigate Kankles for not disclosing it. Is she still on her World “I fucked up” tour? I can’t wait for the Sgt Schultz act. “I know nuthing, nuthing.”

  49. OFD says:

    “…Just my week in the barrel….”

    Yikes, Mr. Nick, I heard the kidney stone thing was awful; hope that’s an end of it for ya. Awful pain involved. Better be over for good.

    @MrAtoz; his PCM or PCD or whatever sounds like mine; overworked and issuing scripts for stuff that after months still doesn’t work, although I suppose the Gabapentin prevents the sciatic flash burns. The Prednisone, even though I jacked up my dose by 50%, hasn’t done jack chit after five days. So drastic action is imminent.

    Just got off the horn with the after-hours triage unit at the VA, ten minutes on annoying hold with slogans about this and that, and then ten minutes with her; she said take an ambulance to the local med center; she can’t authorize payment (yeah, I know, but the VA WILL pay, hell, they paid for my PT there last year for eight weeks). So I’ll get a night’s sleep and get cleaned up in the AM and give ’em a ring. No red lights or siren but I can’t drive myself now, not w/o too much risk. They’ll probably have to wheelchair me in, no stretcher.

    Will text wife at that time and let her know; she told me to do the same thing, but by Jeezum, Mr. Lynn was FIRST!

    So tomorrow could be an interesting day and since the triage peeps will notify my PCDs, maybe somebody will wake up down there and do something before it’s too late.

    Thanks for the good thoughts and ideers, folks; will update when I can.

    Pax vobiscum, et semper paratus… (We dint see this coming, so there’s a lesson there….)

  50. lynn says:

    Maybe the VA (Burlington ?) could send a VA Transport for you in the morning. Transporting between hospitals is difficult on a good day. If, you want to end up in a VA hospital.

  51. nick flandrey says:

    And I’m off, early to bed…

    Maybe I can get one of the three…

    n

  52. Greg Norton says:

    Now that it looks like the Klinton Krime Family paid for the “Golden Shower” dossier, a complaint was filed with the FEC to investigate Kankles for not disclosing it. Is she still on her World “I fucked up” tour? I can’t wait for the Sgt Schultz act. “I know nuthing, nuthing.”

    Perkins Coie was involved. They’re the law firm that finds the “ballots in car trunks” for the DNC.

  53. dkreck says:

    Just more layers of deniability.

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