Tues, Nov 7, Nick again…..

Once again, let me offer my best wishes for a quick and uneventful procedure and a speedy and full recovery.

Let me further offer to Barbara whatever help I can provide.  If you have some issue your local support can’t deal with, please just ask here.  Bob has built up a large network of very resourceful and capable people here.  I’m certain that some of us could help, no matter the issue.

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Today in Houston dawned with a bright colorful sky, comfortable temps in the mid 70s and 99%RH.   99%!  I guess I won’t be putting away the Halloween decor today until much later if and when it finally dries.

WRT illnesses… from reading the comments for a year at another prepper blog, I think that the most common use of preps, especially stored food, is the sudden or prolonged illness of a family member.  This is followed closely by loss of income, and a death in the family.  In the worst cases, all three of these calamities happen one after another.

When my wife made a (somewhat snarky) comment about me storing food and why are we storing enough for a zombie apocalypse, I replied that I was storing it for six months of breast cancer treatment, or a year of heart attack recovery….   [well, I said it quietly, inside my head- because I’m not stupid]

I know telling her this would have been a kick in the teeth, and I’m not actually mean either- IRL.  But other than short term hurricane recovery, those are the most likely uses for storage food and also the most likely uses for stored cash.

 

I try to recount the simple things, the mundane things, that prepping has helped me with, so that people can understand the value.  It’s not just for some mythical and far off/probably never gonna happen/doom porn scenario.  Your prepping should help you in your every day life.

Being prepared means calmly and competently dealing with the sort of things that happen to people, all the time and every day.

And that’s called living.

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57 Responses to Tues, Nov 7, Nick again…..

  1. Al says:

    I already wished Bob the best, but I didn’t realize that OFD was having some health problems too. Best of luck to him. Hope he feels better soon.

  2. DadCooks says:

    @Nick, your admonition that you prep for everyday life, especially an extended illness/injury, needs to be considered your #1 prepping priority. You need to prep for the most probable situations first then work your way down the probability list.

    @Dad is keeping everyone who is visible and invisible in this little online community in his prayers.

    Keep Faith and Hope alive.
    Be forever Vigilant, 360°.
    Keep your powder dry.
    Keep the pAntiFArt and liberals off your lawn.

  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    I knew what to expect when I saw the name of the school – Rockdale Career Academy.

    It’s a lot like having “Gardens” in the name of an apartment complex.

    n

    ADD- I think the kid is safe, teacher did specify “brain”.

  4. Harold says:

    My wife had been feeling very tired for months and some days would hardly have the energy to get out of bed. She went to her doctor for a checkup. I got a call at work from the doctyors office that she was being rushed to the hospital and would be having heart surgery ASAP. The doctor had found that she was almost totaly blocked and needed a tripple bypass NOW. After recovery, she is back walking and dancing and doing things she has not done in years. Her new energy is making it hard for me to keep up. Yes, her recovery was complicated by a very bad VRE infection but with good doctors she beat that too. I am confident that our host will be back stronger than ever after this procedure.
    I have read this blog for a decade at least and go to it first thing each monrning for interesting news and views from people I respect. Keep it up.

  5. Ray Thompson says:

    Ha ha! Here’s one for Mr. Ray:

    When I sub I tell the students who try to get difficult with me that they should not test me as I will always win. If the student gets to be a jerk I send them to the office.

    Last Friday I had one student who was copying his work off another students paper. I took the other students paper away and gave it back to the student to which it belonged. The student that was copying said “why do you have to be such a butt”. That response got an immediate trip to the office. Calling a teacher a name is considered a major violation resulting in the student spending two weeks in alternative school.

    The alternative school has no bus service and parents are required to drop the students off and pick the student up. The parent has to sign for the student. This is a major inconvenience on the parents, especially for those that work. They must drop the student off between 8:00 and 8:20 and must pick the student up between 3:20 and 3:40. If you work 8-5 that becomes difficult.

    I don’t take crap from the students and they are learning. The seniors and juniors are generally OK. It is the freshmen and sophomores that try to get away stuff. I am especially strict on cell phones. I tell them to put the phone away, out of sight, not under their legs, not under their backpacks, but totally put away. I inform the students if I see a cell phone, being used or not, the cell phone gets taken.

    If the student does not get pissy with me I will generally give the phone back at the end of class. If the student gets pissy with then I send the phone to the office. First offense the parent must pick up the phone from the office. Second offense is two weeks in alternative school. Third offense is expulsion for the year and alternative school. The kids are learning I have zero tolerance for cell phones in class.

  6. Harold says:

    RE: Gun Control – two stories from my life
    My mother-in-law recently lost her husband. At 84, she now lives alone on a very rural acreage with some livestock and outbuildings full of her husbands tools and musical instruments collected over a lifetime. She is unable to mow the small fenced yard around her house so she had hired a local to do it for her. Last week she was planning to visit relatives and phoned the local telling him she would be gone and never mind the mowing till she got back. At the last moment she changed her mind and went to the grocery instead. When she got back to her house she found an unfamiliar truck in her drive and two men, one the local, emptying the contents of her house into the yard. She blocked the drive with her car, pulled her .38 revolver, and held the two at gunpoint. They started telling her it wasn’t what it seemed and they were just helping her by cleaning her house and other nonsense. When she was distracted by calling the sheriff, they hopped into their pickup and escaped. When the deputies arrived thirty minutes later, they told her that given the situation, two young men caught in the act of robbery vs an elderly widow, she would have been justified to use deadly force. They said if she caught them on her property again, to shoot first and call the sheriff to pick up the bodies.

    In 1973 my very young and beautiful new wife was in our run down farm house we rented for $150 on an acreage south of Oklahoma City. She was listening to the stereo and doing the dishes while I was away at work. She looked up when she heard the front door open expecting to see her sister come to visit. Instead there were two big men standing there leering at her. “Oh my, this will be fun” said one to the other as they started to advance on her. She immediately saw what was going on and knew no one could come to her aid. She fled the kitchen into the bedroom with the men right behind. She reached behind the door and pulled my Remington 870 shotgun, leveling it at the first man through the door. He started backpedaling making lame excuses like they were lost and looking for help. The two ran for their car and my teenage wife stood on the porch with the shotgun till they were out of sight. Then she went back to her chores and didn’t tell me till I got home that night. She was raised an Army brat by a Master Sgt. who taught his children self defense and firearms use.

    Two occasions where simply having a firearm prevented tragedy.

  7. brad says:

    @Mr. Atoz: Of course, we know exactly what really happened in that classroom. Black student, no interest in paying attention. Enjoys provoking an older, white, male teacher. Knows that the teacher can’t do anything, because the kid is black.

    Of course, the kid says he “dindu nuffin”, and he’s the one the media believes. I actually thought better of the Daily Mail. Disappointing.

  8. Ray Thompson says:

    Two occasions where simply having a firearm prevented tragedy.

    Only thing that is missing is picking up a couple of bodies. Too bad granny did not unload a round or two and your teenage wife did not leave a buckshot pattern in the ass of a couple of thugs.

    There have been a few break-ins over the years in my area that did not turn out well for the intruder, as in loss of life. In all cases the sheriff and police have ruled justifiable defense for the homeowner. Of course the news media freaks out and tries to paint the story in a different light, as mean gun toting home owner kills an innocent person. Generally the deceased is black, his momma paints him as a good kid that just made a bad decision because he grew up in a home in the projects without a father. The momma being a fat assed lazy welfare leach with an iPhone in one hand and a cigarette in the other who speaks in ghetto-babble.

    They are not like us.

  9. nick flandrey says:

    While helping my folks get settled, I was exposed to more TV than normal. It appears that DM has a TV show now. I’m guessing mostly swimsuit shots of “peachy posteriors” and “enviable assets”. Along with their recent American focus, I’d expect they’ll be co-opted like the US press before too long.

    n

  10. Harold says:

    Only thing that is missing is picking up a couple of bodies.

    Respectfully disagree. For most people, killing is a very traumatic event. I wouldn’t have an issue myself, but females generaly get all emotional about stuff like that. Not to mention no one wants to have a gory mess to clean up.

  11. lynn says:

    “Guest Shot: What’s Old is New Again”
    http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/232162

    “Over the past couple of years there has been a trend in the conceal carry world of folks carrying AIWB, so-called “Appendix Inside the Waistband.” Because of this sudden resurgence in popularity some think this is a new thing. It is not.”

    Just don’t shoot off your privates.

    I may start carrying in church.

  12. nick flandrey says:

    Carry everywhere you morally can…

    n

  13. lynn says:

    While helping my folks get settled, I was exposed to more TV than normal. It appears that DM has a TV show now. I’m guessing mostly swimsuit shots of “peachy posteriors” and “enviable assets”. Along with their recent American focus, I’d expect they’ll be co-opted like the US press before too long.

    I expect that DM = Daily Mail.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

    I suspect that any DM tv show would not be that dissimilar from TMZ. Mug shots forever !
    http://www.tmz.com/

  14. lynn says:

    When my wife made a (somewhat snarky) comment about me storing food and why are we storing enough for a zombie apocalypse, I replied that I was storing it for six months of breast cancer treatment, or a year of heart attack recovery…. [well, I said it quietly, inside my head- because I’m not stupid]

    M. D. Creekmore reputedly lived off his food stores for several months and lived in his “bugout” place when he got divorced and lost his job almost simultaneously.
    https://www.amazon.com/Dirt-Cheap-Survival-Retreat-Mans-Solution/dp/1581607474/

    @RBT’s continual message is that one does not have to spend a lot of money in order to be prepared.

  15. lynn says:

    Let me further offer to Barbara whatever help I can provide. If you have some issue your local support can’t deal with, please just ask here. Bob has built up a large network of very resourceful and capable people here. I’m certain that some of us could help, no matter the issue.

    @nick, thanks for opening the blog today. And somedays, just a cup of cool water makes a person’s day.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    Not to mention no one wants to have a gory mess to clean up.

    Most decent-sized cities have crime scene cleanup, capable of remediation to satisfy the property insurance carriers.

  17. nick flandrey says:

    H/T to WRSA..

    “Towards a Concept of White Wounding”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-benn/towards-a-concept-of-whit_b_7985986.html

    This article is worth reading if only to understand the depths of their sickness, and to be prepared to counter it if any of your acquaintance take his advice.

    Make no mistake, they are actually sick. The author advocates seeking out pain, and inflicting it on others, or encouraging them to self – harm as he has done.

    “An injury is harder to ignore, though. And pain can be quite motivating. Hence, the need for white wounding.

    It’s time for white people to share in the hurt. ”

    As you are reading/skimming, mentally replace the word ‘whiteness’ with ‘fatness’

    Original:

    “Surely, at this point, some readers might be wondering what good this tactic would do. Won’t it just scare off “good” white people? Won’t white people refuse to engage in this work if it’s painful?

    Maybe. Shit, probably.

    But working toward racial justice cannot be about white people feeling better about our whiteness. If anything it should be about the opposite. And no, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proud of who you are, or your heritage/ethnicity—but these are not the same as your whiteness.”
    ============

    Mine:
    “Surely, at this point, some readers might be wondering what good this tactic would do. Won’t it just scare off “good” fat people? Won’t fat people refuse to engage in this work if it’s painful?

    Maybe. Shit, probably.

    But working toward social change cannot be about fat people feeling better about our fatness. If anything it should be about the opposite. And no, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proud of who you are, or your heritage/ethnicity—but these are not the same as your fatness.”

    Or if you are of a darker turn of mind, and given recent Hollyweird news, replace whiteness with abusiveness….

    Original:

    “It also means we should make sure white people, including ourselves, are aware of the harm whiteness has and continues to inflict on our behalf. Rather than focusing on healing whiteness, we suggest white anti-racists should focus on sharing the wounds it’s caused with other white people who would normally remain oblivious to them. In order to begin any process of healing these wounds, we must first be familiar with them. In a true testament to our position of privilege, this requires a deliberate process of personally seeking out and empathizing with these wounds. For this to be productive we must use that awareness to motivate our racial justice work.”

    Mine:

    “It also means we should make sure abused people, including ourselves, are aware of the harm abusiveness has and continues to inflict on our behalf. Rather than focusing on healing abuse, we suggest anti-abuse workers should focus on sharing the wounds it’s caused with other abused people who would normally remain oblivious to them. In order to begin any process of healing these wounds, we must first be familiar with them. In a true testament to our position of privilege, this requires a deliberate process of personally seeking out and empathizing with these wounds. For this to be productive we must use that awareness to motivate our social work.”

    =================

    Madness.

    n

  18. SteveF says:

    I hope the “remediation” companies at least leave the blood and gore on the sidewalk and steps. The homeowner can put up a sign by the door: This is what happened to the last burglar.

  19. lynn says:

    “An Open Letter to Intel” by Andrew S. Tanenbaum
    http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/intel/

    “Thanks for putting a version of MINIX 3 inside the ME-11 management engine chip used on almost all recent desktop and laptop computers in the world. I guess that makes MINIX the most widely used computer operating system in the world, even more than Windows, Linux, or MacOS. And I didn’t even know until I read a press report about it. Also here and here and here and here and here (in Dutch), and a bunch of other places.”

    Oops.

    Hat tip to:
    http://www.osnews.com/story/30074/An_open_letter_to_Intel

  20. nick flandrey says:

    “Most decent-sized cities have crime scene cleanup,”

    Chicago has BILLBOARDS advertising this service.

    And it is truly needed.

    A friend’s estranged husband committed suicide by cop, in his car, on TV. MONTHS later, the city called my friend to come get the car, as the city was done with their investigation. She blindly went to the impound yard…. where she discovered that absolutely NOTHING is done by anyone to clean up the scene. MONTHS later, in the California heat. The likely condition of the vehicle had never crossed her mind.

    And no one should have to clean up the scene themselves after a loved one ends their own life with a firearm…

    n

  21. nick flandrey says:

    “Andrew S. Tanenbaum”

    He gave it away. Didn’t even use the “with attribution” clause…

    Can’t help wondering if he’s not just a little bit sorry now…

    n

  22. lynn says:

    Can’t help wondering if he’s not just a little bit sorry now…

    I’ve got some open source software on our corporate website. They are the most popular webpages on there. No one ever attributes me, they just ask about compilation issues. And I don’t even have them GPL’d.
    https://www.winsim.com/diskid32/diskid32.html
    and
    https://www.winsim.com/steam/steam.html

    One of these days, I am going to put my Excel OLE interfacing code up there also. One of these days.

  23. Greg Norton says:

    Can’t help wondering if he’s not just a little bit sorry now…

    Intel approached him only because they had problems.

    At the Death Star, I saw misappropriation of GPL code all the time. My management referred to open source as “free sh*t”.

  24. paul says:

    “Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves U.S. isolated”

    Syria, such a powerhouse of manufacturing. I thought Turkey withdrew with a comment along the lines of “well, without the US there won’t be any money in it for us”. The various comments do manage to bash Trump.

    Nice little cold front today. Sunny and 85F yesterday. Gray and 74F today before the front, now gray and 68F half an hour later. Forecast says 46 overnight with tomorrow’s high 48 and light rain. In other words, a great day to make a big pot of chili along with a pan of corn bread.

  25. SteveF says:

    I still have Tanenbaum’s Operating Systems: Design and Implementation and Computer Networks in a box somewhere around here. Haven’t read them since I finished grad school but the OS book in particular is still considered one of the best on the subject.

    Our Operating Systems instructor wanted us to, in essence, recreate Minix from the ground up – same fundamentals but different interfaces and implementation. He seemed to have an unrealistic idea of the amount of work he could expect for a 3-credit class and of students all of whom were working full time and going to school part time.

  26. SteveF says:

    I saw misappropriation of GPL code all the time.

    Yep. It’s safe to use it in violation of FSF’s copyright. Even if someone notices (unlikely but it does happen) and brings a lawsuit (ditto), the judge throws it out. It’s happened several times that I know of. I don’t know whether that was because the judge didn’t understand the terms of the GPL or because of outright corruption. (I lean toward the latter but have no evidence to support it.)

  27. nick flandrey says:

    I wasn’t gonna link to this because there is so much fail it will make your blood boil, but it’s rising in awareness, so–

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/11/illegal-immigrant-assault-rifle-shoots-interstate-drivers-seven-year-old-girl-hit-head-video/

    “Illegal alien Rolando Martinez was arrested Saturday after a late night shooting spree.

    Martinez, who claims he was [blacked out] drunk, shot at drivers with an assault rifle on an 18 mile stretch of Interstate 35.”

    “Four people including a 7-year-old girl were hit. The child remains in critical condition as of Saturday evening.

    Austin police say the shooting began about 2 a.m. Saturday and ended around 3:15 a.m. ”

    “…Officials arrested Martinez at a home on municipal traffic warrants Saturday. —snip—
    …Martinez’s bond is set at $1 million. According to Travis County Jail records, he has an Immigration and Naturalization Service detainer on him.”

    ==================

    Let’s start with the useless advice, “Don’t be there.” Driving on the interstate.

    It’s ‘victim blaming’, which is generally bad, but sometimes the victim DOES contribute to the outcome.

    But maybe we can apply it to the 7 yo? No? Then certainly her guardians who had her out and driving around after 2 am. WTF is going on there?

    Maybe there’s a good reason, like her mother runs a food truck, can’t leave her at home, and was headed home after work… but generally, I don’t like seeing little kids out late.

    Perp- illegal to start with. WTF did he get a rifle? Austin is a sanctuary city isn’t it? Guess that’s why he didn’t feel like he had to appear on any of the traffic violations, that he skipped, which turned them into warrants to appear…. note the plural. Serial and habitual law breaker, starting with his very presence. PROTECTED BY THE CITY until last month. No mention of employment, which would be illegal, or known associates, who are the sort to help him get a rifle no doubt.

    “KXAN spoke with one of Martinez’s sisters and learned he’s the oldest of six siblings. ” so are the other 5 siblings illegally here too?

    Build a wall. Send them home.

    n

    [ http://www.statesman.com/news/local/travis-county-will-honor-ice-detainer-requests-after-court-ruling/AvbXCExvg06dffAMLkVG8M/ ]

  28. nick flandrey says:

    Man, this DST time change is really messing with me. I feel like I’ve wasted MORE than enough time today, for it to be too late to really get anything done. And then I see that I still have plenty of time left and I’d better get something accomplished.

    More work avoidance disguised as letting my brain cool down after being in the attic. Did I mention that the temp rose to 92F? I think the actual water in the air stayed the same but the RH dropped to 55%. Don’t have a chart to see…. maybe one of the science-y guys wants to comment????

    In any case, it’s miserable out. Only saving grace is that it’s only partly sunny.

    n

  29. lynn says:

    “Friend says Rand Paul does not know what prompted attack”
    http://www.wgauradio.com/news/friend-says-rand-paul-does-not-know-what-prompted-attack/6tWEa62jVojoya9kzwE14I/

    “LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul does not know why a longtime neighbor tackled him in his yard and broke five of his ribs, sidelining him from the Senate, a close friend of the lawmaker said Tuesday.”

    “Rob Porter, who says he has known Paul for 20 years, visited the Senator on Saturday just one day after the attack. He said Paul was mowing his yard and had stopped to remove a limb when 59-year-old Rene Boucher, Paul’s neighbor for 17 years, tackled him from behind, slamming him to the ground. Porter said Paul was wearing ear protection and did not hear Boucher coming.”

    I know what prompted the attack. Progressives are often irrational. And the attacker was a respected doctor and surgeon. Not any more. Hopefully Rand Paul will sue his ass into the ground.

    This is serious stuff. The progressives are attacking the conservatives. Both verbally and physically. This needs to stop and it needs to stop now. We, the USA, will end up in a civil war over this.

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

  30. Greg Norton says:

    I know what prompted the attack. Progressives are often irrational. And the attacker was a respected doctor and surgeon. Not any more. Hopefully Rand Paul will sue his ass into the ground.

    I read that there was a dispute over a landscaping issue.

    Rand Paul’s lawn looked kinda rough. I have a live and let live over that kind of thing with the neighbors, but, back in Florida, I was threatened with bodily harm over a sod issue by the ex-SpecOps types running our HOA.

  31. SteveF says:

    Send them home.

    Oh no no no. Non-uniformed members of an invading army have no rights at all. They can be detained with no recourse to habeus corpus. They can be summarily executed. They can be tortured to death and no law protects them.

    Mexico has declared war on the United States. They’re too cowardly to do it properly, but the effect of their words and actions are clear. The same goes for most of the Central American nations. The US government and many individual politicians are too stupid, cowardly, or venal to respond in kind, so it is up to individual Americans to do so.

  32. dkreck says:

    and ‘Rand Paul was mowing his lawn’ ?????
    Really?
    A doctor and US Senator mows his own lawn!

  33. MrAtoz says:

    Mexico has declared war on the United States.

    Thank you every President before the Glorious tRump.

    tRump 2020!

  34. nick flandrey says:

    So the TX church murderer was at one time an escaped mental patient… and T was right.

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=232544
    KHOU reported:

    Devin Kelley was sent to the Peak Behavioral Health Services Center in Santa Teresa, New Mexico after beating his wife and child while stationed at Holloman Air Force Base.

    On June 13, 2012, Kelley escaped from the center and fled across the state line to El Paso.

    In the missing person report, Kelley was described as “a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking fire arms onto Hollomon Air Force Base.”

    The report said Kelley “was attempting to carry out death threats” he had made on his military chain of command.

  35. nick flandrey says:

    ” ‘Rand Paul was mowing his lawn’ ?????”

    That was my first reaction too.

    Maybe he’s just had something similar to Harry Reid’s “workout” accident. We’ll see if he announces his retirement sometime soon….

    n

  36. nick flandrey says:

    Anyone else get a hair raise thinking about the fact that both Lindsey’s Technical Books (for the tinkerer) and Paladin Press have both just gone out of business? Sign of the times, or like the move to eliminate cash?

    No printed books to spread badthink, or to contradict the malleable online experience….

    Or is my paranoia running at 11 today.?

    n

  37. lynn says:

    Anyone else get a hair raise thinking about the fact that both Lindsey’s Technical Books (for the tinkerer) and Paladin Press have both just gone out of business? Sign of the times, or like the move to eliminate cash?

    Millennials do not read books. Or newspapers. They only read facecrack, twitter, and blogs.

    The entire publishing industry is slowly melting down as the baby boomers and gen x die off. Plus Big River (Amazon) has legitimized the self publishing industry which is alive and doing very well.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_X

    Our host is an early example of this. He jumped from publishing technical books to selling home schooling solutions over a decade ago.

  38. medium wave says:

    Anyone else get a hair raise thinking about the fact that both Lindsey’s Technical Books (for the tinkerer) and Paladin Press have both just gone out of business?

    AIUI, Lindsay retired due to age.

    In addition to the links at the page above, many of his books are still available at AbeBooks

  39. paul says:

    That “Illegal alien Rolando Martinez “? I have a cure and it doesn’t even add the expense of a couple of cinder blocks. Ty-wrap or hand cuff him. Do the same for his ankles. Toss his sorry ass off of Mansfield Dam. Either side. Into the water or down the spillway.

    Buzzards gotta eat. Catfish…

  40. lynn says:

    [ http://www.statesman.com/news/local/travis-county-will-honor-ice-detainer-requests-after-court-ruling/AvbXCExvg06dffAMLkVG8M/ ]

    Typical lib. Too good to wear a sheriff’s uniform like my county sheriff does.

    I’ll bet you a doughnut that she does not even carry a gun.

  41. paul says:

    How is a woman a Sheriff in the first place?

  42. Nick Flandrey says:

    Austin, Cali lite.
    N

  43. lynn says:

    There are plenty of women who I would love to be a Sheriff in Texas.

    But not this woman. Not wearing the uniform on daily duty is the first bad sign.

  44. CowboySlim says:

    ” ‘Rand Paul was mowing his lawn’ ?????”

    I don’t mow my lawn either.

  45. CowboySlim says:

    “Our host is an early example of this. He jumped from publishing technical books ….”

    I have BTPPC upstairs at my computer desk.

  46. MrAtoz says:

    I don’t mow my lawn either.

    I can’t mow my xeriscaped gravel “lawn”.

  47. MrAtoz says:

    I’ll bet you a doughnut that she does not even carry a gun.

    Mrs. Andy Taylor is infringing on my Fife territory. All I need is one bullet.

  48. lynn says:

    As a matter of note, we replaced one of our two WD 150 GB Velociraptors today. It has over 70,000 operating hours on it. Pretty good for a hot little drive turning at 10,000 rpm.

  49. lynn says:

    All I need is one bullet.

    And a slingshot ?

  50. Greg Norton says:

    Austin, Cali lite.

    Check out Plano sometime.

    Friends in FL asked me if Uber was back in Austin yet. I replied, “Yes, of course. Most of the 6th Street party animals would wake up on sidewalks on Sunday morning if they didn’t have the ability to summon a paid ride home with a single button press.”

    Fun, fun, fun until the kids come along. Then they all want to move to my neighborhood in Round Rock, next to the LDS church if at all possible.

  51. Greg Norton says:

    Bob — Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  52. Greg Norton says:

    As a matter of note, we replaced one of our two WD 150 GB Velociraptors today. It has over 70,000 operating hours on it. Pretty good for a hot little drive turning at 10,000 rpm.

    That reminds me — my FireCuda 1 TB 2.5″ drive is still going strong after 15 months of continuous use in my MacBook Pro turned Windows 7 machine. My only gripe is that restart from hibernation is really slow.

  53. Greg Norton says:

    There are plenty of women who I would love to be a Sheriff in Texas.

    But not this woman. Not wearing the uniform on daily duty is the first bad sign.

    Travis County Sheriff.

    Travis is the only county in Texas that voted Wendy Davis for Governor. I still see the focus test “Stand With Wendy” stickers on cars driving around Austin.

  54. lynn says:

    Austin, Cali lite.

    Check out Plano sometime.

    And Sugar Land. We got a letter from Sugar Land the other day about getting our subdivision, Greatwood, annexed on Dec 12 of this year. They had a big long list of things that we would need to get building permits and inspections for such as water heater replacements or painting our home. But the end of the letter said that we would not have to get a building permit to mow the yard. I thought that was fairly crass of them.

    Yup, Texas is gonna be blue in 20 years. I’ll be gone by then so won’t care but my wife and kids will witness the nightmare.

  55. nick flandrey says:

    Beautiful evening, 72F and just a bit moister than ideal. Nice gentle breeze. Youngest lost her semi-final soccer game, so that’s that for a year. ‘course we’ll probably be working on skills before next season.

    Someone was flying a drone nearby. The lights moving caught my eye. First thought it was a small aircraft off in the distance, but the movement is just unnatural. Had it up for longer than I thought likely, and ranged over a wider area than I would have thought. Of course I’m thinking about Aesop’s nightmare scenario the whole time…

    And I’ve got the sinking feeling that my kids will be telling stories that start out, “When I was young, we used to play soccer in open fields, with no fences or security, no defensive aerostats, no profiling, and the girls all played with bare heads and visible knees….”

    nick

    I’m gonna get to bed early tonight. you kids enjoy yourselves.

  56. lynn says:

    And I’ve got the sinking feeling that my kids will be telling stories that start out, “When I was young, we used to play soccer in open fields, with no fences or security, no defensive aerostats, no profiling, and the girls all played with bare heads and visible knees….”

    Now you have brought visions of girls wearing burkas playing soccer to my vision. That won’t go away for a while.

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