Friday, 7 June 2013

07:36 – Barbara’s dad isn’t doing well, physically or mentally. For several days, he was back to his old self, but for the last couple of days he’s been declining fast. He’s angry, frustrated, and confused, all of which is understandable. Unfortunately, he takes it out on Barbara and Frances, which can make it pretty unpleasant for them to visit Dutch.

Yesterday, he said, “Barbara is doing everything for me”, which I first thought meant he appreciated what Barbara was doing. Far from it, as soon became clear. He was upset that he could no longer make decisions or do anything for himself and that Barbara (and Frances) were now making decisions for him and doing things on his behalf, including the sale of their old house. I explained to him that someone had to do these things for him because he sure couldn’t drive down to the closing at the attorney’s office, and that he was very lucky to have two daughters to take care of things that he couldn’t. But obviously it’s very difficult for Dutch, who’s used to making his own decisions and doing things for himself.


19 thoughts on “Friday, 7 June 2013”

  1. obviously it’s very difficult for Dutch, who’s used to making his own decisions and doing things for himself.

    Been through that. It is not unusual. Again, you have to remove the emotion from the decisions and do what you know is correct. The person you are doing this for will get angry, really angry, calling you names, perhaps even attempts at striking you. It is not them. It is their brain losing function.

  2. Thanks. I know and so does Barbara. But, as you know, that doesn’t make it any easier.

  3. Not easy at all.

    Overcast with drizzle and fog yesterday and today here in Retroville, temps around 60; more like early spring or early fall than late spring/early summuh. This has gotta be one of the wettest and cooler springs we’ve had in a while.

    Gotta get Mrs. OFD from the airport at midnight tonight; back from a two-day gig in Chicago then she leaves Sunday for a week in Connecticut. And life goes on.

  4. that doesn’t make it any easier.

    It will get easier to make decisions as you realize it is not Dutch. You will get over the initial shock and realize that what is happening is beyond your control and Dutch’s control. It is not him, it is a fragment of him. Dutch doesn’t like it and who can blame him. His only recourse is to lash out at those who still in his life making the decisions. You have to keep telling yourself that you are doing what is best for Dutch.

  5. Yes, thanks. To some extent we went through the same thing with my mother, although she was so sweet-natured that she never got nasty at all. Barbara and Frances both know they’re doing what needs to be done, and neither is taking Dutch’s nastiness personally.

  6. Reading all the articles and blog posts about the US government’s data taps (PRISM), I find myself struck by a particular hypocrisy that everyone seems to accept without question: It may be awful that the US government spies on US citizens, but it is perfectly fine to spy on foreigners.

    I wasn’t aware that the Constitution limited its protections to US citizens.

    Does this mean that the US government can spy on any non-US person that it likes? Detain them indefinitely without trial? Torture them? Murder them? I mean, the U.S. government does all these things, but surely it shouldn’t be condoned? I find it shocking that people think that restraints on government power end at the border; that the government can do anything it likes to anyone not blessed with a blue passport.

  7. This regime believes it has the right and the duty to control the entire world and if that means blowing people away, either here or overseas, they will do so. They have done so already, of course.

    I am not one of those people who believe government power here extends beyond our borders, of course. We ought to mind our own business and take care of affairs at home. But that’s a pipe dream. We are ruled by a criminal terrorist regime that is increasingly out of control.

  8. Did you know that the USPS takes pictures of the front and back of all pieces of mail?
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/woman-arrested-for-obama-bloomberg-ricin-letters-687435

    “A high-tech computer system that captures images of “every mail piece that is processed” by the United State Postal Service was critical in helping federal agents identify the Texas woman arrested today for allegedly sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.”

    It is getting very weird out there!

  9. Yes it is. Been ramping up for a long while now. Hold onto yer hats, gents. Eric Blair didn’t know the half of it, but the funny thing is this shit started up in earnest not long after he wrote his most famous book.

  10. I see Limburger is telling us that a coup d’etat is taking place; he’s a little behind the times; that caper went down in 1787 in Philly.

    This here is just a little icing on the cake.

    Lock and load, boyz, lock and load.

  11. Ping Ray!

    I have a question about Windows OS keys I think you’ve answered before, but I’ve forgotten the answer:

    Given a running Windows system, is there a way to extract the installation key? (I’ve got a squillion systems and a squillion keys and install disks but not sure how to work out which belongs to which.)

  12. Given a running Windows system, is there a way to extract the installation key?

    Yes, just run some software. This will get you the activation keys for several products, not just Microsoft.

    http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder

    The following is also another good tool for finding a lot of information, activation keys included, about a running Windows system.

    http://pcsupport.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=pcsupport&cdn=compute&tm=5&gps=73_8_1569_982&f=00&su=p284.13.342.ip_p504.6.342.ip_&tt=6&bt=1&bts=47&zu=http%3A//www.belarc.com/free_download.html

    The only issue with Belarc is the licensing for use in a corporate environment. I can tell you from experience the program does not check if you are in a corporate environment.

    The install discs will work on any system. It is the activation key that is important. You can just keep the activation information that was provided with each disc and toss all but a couple of discs. Unless you have Dell systems which have the OS install disc modified to only work on Dell systems. Also the activation keys for Dell systems will only work on OS discs provided by Dell (OEM install discs).

  13. I see Limburger is telling us that a coup d’etat is taking place; he’s a little behind the times; that caper went down in 1787 in Philly.

    And here is your URL:
    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/06/07/america_in_the_midst_of_a_coup_d_etat

    I think that Rush is a little worried that Barrack Obama is setting up things for a perpetual takeover of the USA government. That Mr. Obama is trying to setup things so that the liberals win all the next elections, no matter what. For instance, the immigration bill will get us a lot of new voters who will vote Democrat. They specifically want to turn Texas from Red to Blue. People forget that Texas was a blue state until the 1990s and could easily go back.

    All I know is that the USA government is turning into a bunch of creepy old guys and creepy old gals. The NSA / CIA / FBI is a bunch of Peeping Toms, running around neighborhoods at night time and peeping into people’s windows. The USA constitution is a living breathing document and specifically forbids this behavior.

    Wasn’t Roe v. Wade all about privacy? That people had a right to privacy and that privacy could not be casually violated by government be it federal, state or local?

    I do not mind if they have the capability to grab phone records, emails, instant messages and whatever easily. All I ask is that they have search warrant. Someone has to go to a judge and get a warrant. This situation of being able to grab records with nothing other than a hunch is unacceptable.

    I had run-ins with the FBI and CIA in the 2000s. Very strange people and I am not interested at all in dealing with them. The CIA guy actually asked me if I would compromise my ethics and put a special calculation failure into my software for certain customers. I told him no way possible and he left.

  14. “The CIA guy actually asked me if I would compromise my ethics and put a special calculation failure into my software for certain customers. I told him no way possible and he left.”

    That time he left. But what if he decided to make life a little more difficult for you and yours? Very easily done. And easy to escalate.

    Yes, these people are very creepy and they have nothing good in mind for us.

  15. That time he left. But what if he decided to make life a little more difficult for you and yours? Very easily done. And easy to escalate.

    Then I would have gone to the news media at that point. I was very close to it at the time with “Mr. Smith”. I have to admit that he made me feel embarrassed about my country at the time.

  16. Mr. Smith, eh?

    Embarrassment for our country and our government seems to have become the standard feeling for decades now, sadly.

    But your instincts were correct, in my view; splash all this kind of stuff in the media and the net, make it go viral. Handy to have are smartphone camera and video recordings of this sort of thing plus witnesses. Let’s embarrass them for a change.

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