Friday November 24, 2017

It was 30 degrees with a heavy frost and calm when I took Colin out at 7:15.
Bob was moved to a regular room yesterday afternoon. He is still confused and agitated.

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47 Responses to Friday November 24, 2017

  1. DadCooks says:

    Good morning Barbara. Best wishes and prayers.

    I must be the only person not at the Black Friday Chaos.

  2. Al Carnali says:

    “I must be the only person not at the Black Friday Chaos.”

    Nope. There’s at least two of us. No amount of savings could make me go out into that mess.

  3. brad says:

    Three, though I am sad to say that Black Friday exists even here, even without Thanksgiving.

  4. nick flandrey says:

    That sounds like good news Barbara, hopefully the confusion will start to abate now that the intensity of his surroundings will be a bit lower. The agitation is exactly how I picture him reacting to the situation, so that sounds normal to me 🙂

    Seriously though, if you don’t see some improvement in mental state, it’s time to start pushing to find a cause, or to find out what kind of looking they’ve already done and reassure yourself that it’s enough.

    One thing to keep in mind, based on my experiences with major injury/recovery, is that they will NEVER give you the whole story at once. They always announce a milestone, (that you thing means more than it does) and when you reach that milestone, they ‘clarify’ the prognosis to the NEXT milestone. This can be very frustrating. My takeaway from that is that every milestone means less real progress than YOU think it will, and there will be an ‘adjustment’ of your expectation as you now continue to the NEXT milestone. This frustrates the HECK out of an intelligent patient who wants to partner in the recovery and have a real understanding of the work and time involved.

    This is a time-honed and apparently effective system, so I found a way to adjust myself to it. They are the experts in the process, having done it many times. You are the expert in Bob, and rightly need to understand the intersection of their expertise and yours, and be satisfied that all is well and everything that needs to be done is being done.

    So far, it looks from here that things are improving. They moved him out of ICU, and are considering (and doing) things that move him back toward normal. His agitation should decrease as his control over his body and surroundings increases.

    nick

    (I don’t know if you already do it, but try talking to him and explaining what’s happened, what’s happening, and what will be happening. Even asleep, some of it might get thru. I bet a lot of his agitation is from just being handled, and being unsure and scared. It’s possible that no one is updating HIM and he knows it.)

    (also, since Bob himself has placed himself somewhere on the Autism/Asperger spectrum, it may be useful to discuss that with his nursing staff and see if there is anything special they do to help calm people like that specifically.)

  5. nick flandrey says:

    WRT friday of color…. (which for foreign readers is a weak joke about political correctness in the US)

    I tried to buy an AR for $250 at midnight from an online retailer who has been spamming me about the sale for a week. Naturally their website was broken. NOT from overuse, but poor design. It didn’t open for orders when they said they would, nor an hour later, and their countdown clock was almost 2 days wrong. NO grovelling apology email today, so F them. I’m REALLY not inclined to spend any money with them now.

    There is no way in H3LL I’d venture out into a real world sale today. The deals aren’t that good, and there is nothing I need right this freakin minute that is worth risking injury or imprisonment for.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-24/one-person-shot-outside-mall-brawl-closes-alabama-shopping-center-black-friday-gets-

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-24/caught-tape-chaos-multiple-fights-break-out-among-black-friday-zombies

    Sadly, we seem to have exported this nonsense to other parts of the world as well.

    nick

  6. Lynn says:

    We had Thanksgiving yesterday at the nursing home XXXXXX XXXXXX rehab and skilled nursing center where my father in law lives. It was the first time the nine of us had turkey day together in five ? years. My FIL does not talk much now but he really enjoyed the banter around the conference room table that we were using. It was also his 85th birthday.

    SteveF, I tried taunting my prog nephew who is getting a dual history and teaching degree in a semester. Didn’t work, he is wise to me and my wicked ways. So we talked about comic book movies.

    Everyone is working but me today. My fil’s 93 year old girlfriend is pulling a six hour shift at Dillards. My brother in law got called in at 3am to load trucks at UPS. My nephew got called in at 5am to open the McDonald’s he works at, he is shift trainer and the floater between classes.

  7. MrAtoz says:

    My fil’s 93 year old girlfriend is pulling a six hour shift at Dillards.

    WTH! Is that typo? I hope I’m working at 93.

  8. Clayton W. says:

    I went to a Black Friday sale at Best Buy ONCE. Never again. The on-line deals are almost always as good, no waiting, no limits.

    I am going to break my rule and go out today. I need to get another pie dish. My fiance has been sick, so we re-scheduled the meal for tomorrow. I still have to make an Apple pie, but Pumpkin and Pecan are done.

  9. SteveF says:

    SteveF, I tried taunting my prog nephew who is getting a dual history and teaching degree in a semester. Didn’t work, he is wise to me and my wicked ways.

    Bummer. Though maybe the problem was your preemptive strike in trying to get him riled up. If he’d attacked first (expecting to be able to bully rather than expecting a fight, if he’s a typical progtard) or if you’d contented yourself with simply insulting him while he sat there like a steaming pile of progtard maybe it’d have gone as you’d wanted. Better luck next time.

  10. Lynn says:

    Elon Musk thinks that technology is going to kill us:
    https://www.sovereignman.com/international-diversification-strategies/elon-musk-thinks-were-all-going-to-die-heres-his-plan-b-22644/

    He may be correct. I would love to see Musk running Apple. Musk is our foremost idea man right now. Even if he is having problems getting his Model 3 production going.

  11. SteveF says:

    I need to get another pie dish. … I still have to make an Apple pie, but Pumpkin and Pecan are done.

    Rather than deal with the BS BF crowds, free up a piepan for the apple pie by eating the pumpkin pie yourself today.

    Why is it that I’m always having to point out the obvious solutions to people?

  12. SteveF says:

    Elon Musk is great at coming up with cool-sounding ideas that sort of work for a while so long as they don’t have to be practical or profitable.

    If you want to drive Apple into bankruptcy, he’s your man.

  13. Lynn says:

    Nah, my nephew is middle functional Aspergers. He does not attack, he defends. He won’t even talk to you until you say something really stupid. He is on the Deans honor role at NTSU and loves History.

  14. Rod Schaffter says:

    Glad to hear that Bob’s situation is improving. It sound like he could be suffering from Hospital Delirium, which isn’t uncommon in ICU patients. Keeping him active and with some familiar items, and of course you being there can help…

    https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/when-patients-suddenly-become-confused

    All of the best to you two; I’m praying for him and those who care for him, even though he likely wouldn’t approve. 🙂

  15. Ray Thompson says:

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/24/africa/egypt-sinai-mosque-attack/index.html

    Another good start. Now let’s keep it rolling.

  16. paul says:

    Why is it that I’m always having to point out the obvious solutions to people?

    Because you’re “special”. 🙂

  17. paul says:

    No Friday of Color shopping for me. I didn’t need it yesterday…

    The stock is simmering. Bones, skin, kneecaps, onion, garlic, “innards”. Stuff I don”t want to feed the dogs because they sleep in the house. It’s smelling good. Needs a bit of black pepper and maybe more salt. But probably no more salt. It has to cook down, be strained, and cooked down more.

    Good to hear Bob has moved to a regular room.

  18. Greg Norton says:

    He may be correct. I would love to see Musk running Apple. Musk is our foremost idea man right now. Even if he is having problems getting his Model 3 production going.

    As much as I see it as the end game for Tesla, at current TSLA prices I’d vote my AAPL shares “no” on an Apple-Tesla merger and sell all of my stock except one share — enough to force Musk to mail me an annual report and proxy ballot every year.

    Tim Cook knows what’s going on inside Tesla. I have no doubt Cook got a rundown from Chris Lattner after he (Lattner) resigned from Tesla earlier this year. Apple’s entire software direction is based on LLVM/Clang technology.

  19. Lynn says:

    No typo on the 93 year old girlfriend working at Dillards. If you don’t work, you don’t eat ! Even though she is 4ft 11in now and weighs 78 lbs. I hugged her yesterday and she is just skin and bones.

    My other nephew, the 400+ lb 6 ft, is working a shift at both jobs today. He delivers pizza for Domino’s on his off hours.

  20. Lynn says:

    Apple has $400 billion in cash. Musk is your man to take care of that problem. Tim Cook is just a placeholder and the Apple bod knows this.

  21. Lynn says:

    http://blog.dilbert.com/2017/11/13/president-trumps-2017-report-card-first-draft/

    Scott Adams nailed it as usual.

    Btw, Trump has now gotten one scotus, eight appeals court, and 100+ federal judges confirmed. This is all that I wanted from Trump and everything else is gravy.

  22. Greg Norton says:

    No typo on the 93 year old girlfriend working at Dillards. If you don’t work, you don’t eat !

    William Dillard worked well into his 80s. He gave up the CEO gig in 1998 but was still touring stores afterward.

    The stores haven’t been the same since he died.

  23. jim~ says:

    Paul, ever compared the difference between a Pyrex pie pan and a tin one? I like tin, myself: bottom gets crustier. Still have trouble with the edges browning too much, and yes, I’ve tried tin foil (recycled from my http://zapatopi.net/afdb/ hat) and a ring-thing.

    Barbara, sent Bob that bit of ‘light reading’ I promised. I wish this hadn’t turned into such a rigamarole, it must be frustrating. When he’s compos mentis, see that he gets it. It’s the kind of thing he can pick up and put down and not only will he love it, but it’ll make him laugh.

  24. Ray Thompson says:

    Still have trouble with the edges browning too much

    Wrap the edges with a moist cloth before putting in the oven. That will keep the edges from heating up too fast. Wife does this all the time with cake pans.

  25. Lynn says:

    Apple is not going to merge with Tesla. Apple is going to buy Tesla outright. That is how they are getting Elon Musk.

    Elon Musk may be our first trillionaire not built on natural resources. He must get Apple to make that happen.

  26. jim~ says:

    Neat idea, Ray. Thanks.

  27. Lynn says:

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/24/tesla-says-electric-trucks-will-start-at-150000–cheaper-than-expected.html

    $150k for a 300 mile battery truck. $180k for a 500 mile battery truck.

    Game changer.

  28. Dave says:

    All of the best to you two; I’m praying for him and those who care for him, even though he likely wouldn’t approve.

    I am doing likewise, and I too suspect he wouldn’t approve. That’s just fine with me. Once he gets better, he can throw a fit and tell me to stop if he doesn’t like it.

  29. Lynn says:

    All of the best to you two; I’m praying for him and those who care for him, even though he likely wouldn’t approve.

    I am doing likewise, and I too suspect he wouldn’t approve. That’s just fine with me. Once he gets better, he can throw a fit and tell me to stop if he doesn’t like it.

    I suspect that RBT would say knock ourselves out as long as he does not have to participate.

  30. paul says:

    Game changer.

    Horse shit. $150k for a 300 mile battery truck. Man, it’s 75 miles from here to downtown Austin. $150k for a truck? That can’t get to Dallas?

    No. Tesla is a scam.

  31. Lynn says:

    Game changer.

    Horse s☆☆☆. $150k for a 300 mile battery truck. Man, it’s 75 miles from here to downtown Austin. $150k for a truck? That can’t get to Dallas?

    No. Tesla is a scam.

    This is not a pickup. The Tesla Semi is an 18 wheeler tractor with air brakes.

  32. Lynn says:

    Now here is a electric pickup with 4wd for $52k that I would consider:

    http://workhorse.com/pickup/

  33. SteveF says:

    Paul, the Tesla trucks are allegedly big rig trucks, not pickup trucks. Performance allegedly is good.

    I don’t believe it, or at least not for the first year or two — recall the initial problems with every product they’ve released so far, and the exaggerated claims for most of their products. Furthermore, keep in mind that Tesla is bleeding money (spending 110% of revenue; what do they think they are, a government?) and at some point that’s going to have to stop. Who will support your TeslaTruck then?

    There’s another issue, not directly in Tesla’s control: power. Where’s the electricity coming from? Where’s the distribution capacity coming from? Trucks in aggregate use a lot of energy, and the US can’t handle it right now.

    Game changer? I wouldn’t bet on it.

  34. nick flandrey says:

    Over the road trucking is a massively regulated industry. Just getting airdams took years, and they still can’t get a more aerodynamic shape on the front end due to regs.

    If the truck don’t run, the owner will go broke. I watched a brand new Volvo bankrupt a friend who was doing great before he bought a new truck to go OTR. Doesn’t matter if the manf fixes the issue, they don’t replace the lost loads. You go broke making the payments.

    Can’t see it happening.

    n

  35. Ray Thompson says:

    spending 110% of revenue; what do they think they are, a government?

    That would require 200% of revenue.

    Where’s the electricity coming from?

    The grid in some locations is strained now. Imagine California with 100,000 electric cars all trying to recharge in the middle of summer when rolling brownouts are common. Add in a few thousand trucks which will require significant power to recharge over night and the problem gets significant. Blackouts will become the norm and the cars and trucks will not get recharged. Electric rates will rise by 50% as the need for new capacity is needed.

    Emergency response will have to be changed because of accidents with these trucks. Those vehicles will be carrying a lot of batteries, and within those battery packs is a tremendous amount of stored energy. One wrong move by the emergency personnel and someone will die a horrible death.

    Except for the efficiency of large scale production, which are not that great when you factor in transmission loses, electric vehicles have only shifted the discharge of pollutants from the back of the car to a centralized power plant. Electric cars will be impractical in the midwest and areas like Nevada, Wyoming and Montana where you may need to drive 200 miles to get to a decent size town as in my drive from Las Vegas to Ely. Lot of empty and I doubt the 7-11 would be able to, or would let you, recharge your vehicle.

  36. nick flandrey says:

    Speaking of that, remember the guy charged with theft for plugging his electric car into an outlet at a local park? Just ‘cuz there’s an outlet doesn’t mean you can use it….

    (and in europe, no one plugs phones and laptops into the wall outlets in the airport, because they consider it ‘theft of service.’)

    I wonder how big the service needs to be to charge up a semi tractor worth of motive power in just a few hours?

    n

  37. Lynn says:

    The Tesla Semi has four model 3 drive axles. The batteries are rated 5,000 charge cycles instead of 1,000 charge cycles for the cars.

    The electric cars are approaching 1% of the car population in the USA. The emergency services already know how to deal with then.

    Charging the electric cars at night is not a big deal since night load is typically 1/2 of day load. But the companies are installing 480 volt three phase outlets called super chargers that can charge the batteries in 20 minutes to 80%. I have no idea what the load is though. It may prove interesting to power these vehicles.

    And pollution is rearing its ugly head again. The haze in LA in increasing again, the seaport only allows cng, lng, or electric semi vehicles now.

  38. Lynn says:

    ! Is that typo? I hope I’m working at 93.

    I hope that I am breathing at 93.

  39. brad says:

    “and in europe, no one plugs phones and laptops into the wall outlets in the airport, because they consider it ‘theft of service.’”

    That’s news to me. Where have you had that problem? If you are in a public space, and there is an open wall socket, I have always assumed that it is provided for public use.

    I’m mostly familiar with Switzerland and (to a lesser extent) Germany. There are sockets in many trains, specifically for use by the passengers. They’re harder to find in train stations – maybe only available in the restaurants. I not completely certain, but I think I have also used sockets in the airports (I don’t fly often, anymore). It would be really strange to provide a publicly accessible socket, and then claim people shouldn’t use it.

    Tesla. Musk is brilliant when it comes to publicity. He completed that massive installation in Australia, but he can’t build cars even for the people who pre-ordered them. He’ll go for flashy, but can’t handle the day-to-day details, and apparently can’t even get anybody to handle them for him.

    This is all great for buttering up politicians, for getting more public grants and subsidies. It’s not so great for actually getting electric vehicles on the road. Still can’t get those pre-ordered cars built? Look! Electric semi-trucks!

    Right. Reality check. How much power would a truck stop need, to charge those trucks? What kind of power access to truck stops actually have? How much downtime will transport companies accept, while their trucks charge? Hint: damn little.

    It ain’t gonna work today, not tomorrow either, but it’s yet another great distraction from his fundamental production problems.

  40. Greg Norton says:

    And pollution is rearing its ugly head again. The haze in LA in increasing again, the seaport only allows cng, lng, or electric semi vehicles now.

    LA needs to rethink zoning distribution centers and warehouses out on the other side of the hills in places like City of Industry with the port located in Long Beach. Unfortunately, with one bedroom cr*p shacks in Compton turning into upper six-figure real estate “diamond in the rough” opportunities, nothing will change until a real estate crash more brutal than last time around.

  41. Dave says:

    I ventured out yesterday, only to venture out in the afternoon to get a couple of things I discovered we needed at the last minute. Also ran out to grab a late lunch that was turkey free. Don’t get me wrong, I love turkey, but I had already had enough before lunch yesterday.

  42. nick flandrey says:

    “Charging the electric cars at night is not a big deal since night load is typically 1/2 of day load.”

    Most of the current infrastructure was sized and designed when houses had 100A panels and 150A panels. I’d guess that MOST newer houses have 200A panels and many have additional panels for hot tubs, electric heat etc. The problem is that by undersizing the distribution, they could save money, BUT it has to cool down overnight, when demand is low. Utilities are ‘scrambling’ to upgrade transformers for 24hour service. I’ve posted links to the articles here before, a search should turn up more than one…..

    (there is some discussion of related under-provisioning in the info space over at bayou renaissance man)

    @brad, it’s been a few years since I flew thru japan, amsterdam, scotland, norway,…but I was def caught off guard by the general lack of outlets, and when there was one, no one was using it. I asked, because in the US, every outlet has people plugged in.

    I’m not talking about the outlets that have been provided for people to use. That is a relatively new thing and people are very glad of it. I’m talking about people using the outlets at the base of walls that allow airport staff to run their cleaning machines. Perhaps it’s changed enough that it’s no longer even noticeable.

    nick

  43. Lynn says:

    We are becoming more electrified by the day. Upgrading the distribution network is just a part of normal business expenses. The electrification of car and trucks is going to be a slow process over 20 years.

    Also, these cheap electric rates in Texas are not going to stay with us forever. More and more people are putting in solar panels and shingles.

  44. DadCooks says:

    States are going to have to be way more protective of the electrical power they generate. Were it not for WA State’s Hydro-Power (considered non-renewable by the eco-weenies) Californication would be dark. But Clifornication eco-weenies are doing their best to destroy WA State’s hydro infrastructure.

    The Federal Gooberment and the eco-weenies are in no way pro-power of any sort. They expect it to come from thin air and get to them via magic.

    Power generation must always be multifaceted and realistic; coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, and hydro. These are all proven and all the environmental problems have been worked out.

    Wind and solar are jokes for anyone except for the off gridders. They cannot be depended on and are not cost effective for supplying the grid. Their true complete cost per KW is the highest of all forms of generation. We need to stop subsidizing this folly.

    Batteries of all types have a tremendous negative and expensive environmental impact. Batteries only belong in FLASHLIGHTS, backup power supplies, and submarines.

    Elon Musk is nothing more than a grifter as is anyone who is accepting subsidies from the Gooberment.

  45. Lynn says:

    Also, blue collar people are not going to buy the new electric cars. The people buying electric cars now are making six figures or close to it. The only affordable electric car now is the Nissan Leaf and it is $10K more than the Sentra. Maybe the Chevy Bolt.

  46. Lynn says:

    We are shutting down coal power plants quickly in Texas. On Jan 1, Luminent is shutting down 3,000 MW of coal / lignite power plants in Texas. Coal power plants at 30% efficiency are just not competitve with natural gas combined cycle power plants at 60% efficiency when the fuel cost is the same now.

  47. Lynn says:

    And yes, all federal subsidies for solar / wind should stop immediately. BTW, Texas is approaching 20% of our power from wind. California is over 20% solar now ?

    The states should do whatever they want to do. If they go black, then so be it.

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