Wednesday, 25 May 2016

08:14 – Barbara has been gone for three days, but Colin and I are making do. She called around dinner time yesterday. She’s relaxing and having a good time, which is the important part. Also, Colin is behaving much better than he usually does when Barbara’s away for a few days. He’s still pestering for attention, but not as much as I expected.

He’s a very needy Border Collie, and Barbara recognized that the first time we visited him in his litter. All the other puppies clustered around our feet, playing and nibbling on each other’s paws and ears. Colin, then named Eddie, was off by himself. Barbara recognized immediately that unless someone who was very familiar with Border Collies adopted this puppy, he was very likely to end up in BC Rescue. So she picked him and he picked her. As it turns out, we agree that Colin is the smartest BC we’ve ever had, which is saying something. People think I’m kidding, but I’m entirely serious. A smart dog uses deductive logic. All of our BCs, Colin more so than the others, also uses inductive logic. It’s obvious from watching his decision-making process.


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73 Responses to Wednesday, 25 May 2016

  1. OFD says:

    Well, if he gets to abductive reasoning, we’ll know we have something.

    Looks like another sunny day on the bay; I’m off shortly to throw more $ in the Princess account because she allegedly got a flat tire with no spare up in Moh-ree-ahl. Then it’s a lovely two-hour drive down to beeyooteeful White River Junction for another hearing test, presumably in support of my VA disability filing. Ditto another complete physical next month and maybe another one after that for the Agent Orange Registry.

    Ordinarily I wouldn’t be cadging gummint handouts, but we need other revenue sources here if only temporarily until I can develop more, and assuming Mrs. OFD survives me, something for her to live on and also bury me. I’ve already long specified no embalming, a plain pine coffin, and the slate headstone with the winged skull on it. Gotta locate a nice remote Gothic boneyard, though; don’t wanna go into one of those open cheery sunshine-y cemeteries.

    Mrs. OFD should be back in Vermont around midnight tonight, and will be staying at her mom’s place; I’ll go pick her up tomorrow and we’ll do lunch at our usual lakeside seafood joint. Maybe I’ll be adventurous and get something besides my usual chowduh and haddock.

  2. SteveF says:

    Colin more so than the others, also uses inductive logic. It’s obvious from watching his decision-making process.

    But he’s not allowed to vote, while two-legs, no matter how incapable of any form of reasoning more advanced than “give me!”, are free to waltz right in.

    and also bury me

    Burial? No way! Have them pack your body with gunpowder and launch it into a volcano.

  3. OFD says:

    “…while two-legs, no matter how incapable of any form of reasoning more advanced than “give me!”, are free to waltz right in.”

    Hater.

    “… pack your body with gunpowder and launch it into a volcano.”

    I’m guessing the grieving widow won’t go for that. I’ll be lucky if she follows even the basic instructions I’ve outlined above. OTOH, she could well go before I do, so I guess we’d better fill out those advance directives and the other stuff pretty soon.

    60 is the new 30 and all that but the life expectancy tables are fairly accurate and none of us gets out alive.

  4. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “none of us gets out alive”

    That’s inductive.

  5. Ray Thompson says:

    I’ve already long specified no embalming, a plain pine coffin

    I think you should be tossed into the lake as food for Champ. Although you may be a little too sour and tart for Champ’s sophisticated palate.

  6. nick says:

    Link to a link, because the linking site looks useful too.

    http://rethinksurvival.com/800-free-survival-manuals/

    n

  7. OFD says:

    “…you may be a little too sour and tart for Champ’s sophisticated palate.”

    MOMMY! He just called me a tart! And no trigger warning! I WANT my SAFE SPACE!!!

  8. MrAtoz says:

    I’ve already long specified no embalming, a plain pine coffin

    The wife could probably prop your mummified corpse on the back porch and nobody would notice. Occasional waive from the passerby. “Wow that guy is quiet. Nice neighbor.”

  9. OFD says:

    “The wife could probably prop your mummified corpse on the back porch and nobody would notice.”

    That’s about right. I’ll run it by her tonight.

    “Try a rage room, instead.”

    “Businesses often fail to prepare employees for the trauma of losing their jobs…”

    Laff of the day so fah. Businesses could give a blind rat’s ass about their drones losing their jobs. And carrying that logic out a bit further, the coastal “elites” wouldn’t even notice it if 100 million peeps in “flyover country” all dropped dead at once.

  10. nick says:

    “Revealed, the first NHS doctor to join ISIS: Hormone expert abandoned his hospital job and his wife and children to fight with jihadists

    NHS doctor Issam Abuanza left his wife and children to join ISIS in 2014
    Photographs on Facebook show him wearing doctors’ scrubs with a pistol
    Father-of-two was condemned by his own sister due to his ‘path to terror’
    ISIS registration form when he entered Syria said he was to be a ‘soldier’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3607249/First-case-British-NHS-doctor-going-Syria-join-ISIS-said-wanted-soldier-terror-group-s-entry-form.html

    Bbuuttt, I thought Obammy said they just needed good jobs? And that they’re just the poor and uneducated that are drawn to jhihad????

    n

  11. SteveF says:

    wouldn’t even notice it if 100 million peeps in “flyover country” all dropped dead at once

    Not until their restaurants couldn’t feed them, because they didn’t have any food, because the trucks weren’t running, because the truckers had all dropped dead, and anyway there wasn’t any fuel for the trucks because the men running the refineries had all dropped dead.

  12. OFD says:

    “And that they’re just the poor and uneducated that are drawn to jhihad????”

    I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no trusting any of them anymore, as if there ever was. The 1,300 years of history and present-day capers bear this out in spades. You run into a musloid, assume the worst. Their own diktats tell them it’s de rigeur to dissemble and lie to the infidels. “religion of peace” my ass. It’s not even a religion; it’s a political conquest ideology of slavery and death.

    They are, in short, The Enemy. And have been since “Beowulf” days. Grendel and Grendel’s mom were a piece of cake compared to these scum.

    Get our troops out of the Middle East hornets’ nests and close all those bases. Cut all ties other than strictly diplomatic with our foreign policy masters in Israel. While telling our fundie wack jobs who believe Armageddon and the Rapture will all happen there with the conversion of the Jews to bugger off.

    Bring the troops home and put them on our southern frontier. Avoid foreign entanglements and be friends and level playing field trading partners with those who wish likewise. If attacked, obliterate the perpetrators immediately.

    Zardoz has spoken.

  13. OFD says:

    “Not until their restaurants couldn’t feed them…”

    They’re busy importing whole populations to REPLACE our own.

  14. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I’m prepared to believe that the progressives and neocons (but I repeat myself…) honestly believe that they are the benefactors of humanity. They see that the populations of the US and other first-world countries have extremely high standards of living, while those in third-world shitholes are in many cases literally starving. Being do-gooders, they are redistributing the wealth of first-world countries by whatever means they can use to benefit those who are less well-off. Being do-gooder progressives, they have no understanding of why first-world countries are wealthy, that free markets underlie all of that wealth. No do they understand that free markets are not a zero-sum game. Growing up, I always despised Robbing Hood for stealing from the productive and giving it to the leeches, but these people are simply modern-day Robbing Hoods. I always cheered for the Sheriff of Nottingham to catch Hood and hang him, just as nowadays I cheer for the reasonable people to catch every prog out there and string them up.

    Apparently, the progs want the US to accept unlimited migration of Mexican, musloid, and other third-world populations until the entire US is a shithole. We’re starting to see non-violent pushback, and I suspect when that doesn’t work we’ll start to see increasingly violent pushback, including random killings, of both third-world immigrants and their prog enablers. I’m afraid that’s inevitable. The only question is how long until it starts happening. Or perhaps I should say until it starts happening more frequently. I’m too old to take an active role in this, but I’ll certainly make popcorn and watch it unfold.

  15. Al says:

    RBT. Well said.

    I saw this morning that they’re about to release a more violent version of Roots. I guess they feel it’s a good thing to inflame already tenuous race relations even further. I’m trying to figure out just what they want. A civil war, all white people dead? Maybe it’s nothing more than laying on the guilt to get more freebees. Whatever it is, I suspect it won’t end well.

  16. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I was just reading about the rioting at the Trump event in New Mexico. Reading stuff like this, I always think about Niven’s First Law:

    1a. Never throw shit at an armed man.
    1b. Never stand next to someone who’s throwing shit at an armed man.

    So, these anti-Trump rioters were throwing rocks, bottles, and who-knows-what-else (very possibly shit) at armed men. Several cops were injured by thrown objects. Nothing happened to the rioters. The cops used smoke grenades, not tear-gas grenades, to try to disperse the rioters.

    I may be old-fashioned, but I think the way to deal with rioters is to open fire and shoot to kill. If the cops had done that, there might have been maybe a few dozen to a few hundred casualties amongst the rioters. Obviously, no big loss. But it might discourage other prog scum from rioting next time. In fact, it should discourage them from showing up for a riot at all.

  17. Clayton W. says:

    We still talk about when they did that at Kent State, but it didn’t stop them.

  18. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    The progs aren’t going to stop what they’re doing voluntarily, any more than the musloids are. And for the same reason: they’re all True Believers in the justness of their cause. The only way to stop True Believers is to kill them. Actually, simple decimation of the progs might cause the surviving 90% to think twice, but it’d probably take a lot more than decimation to discourage the musloids.

  19. MrAtoz says:

    A civil war, all white people dead?

    Fartinacan has said as much.

    o, these anti-Trump rioters were throwing rocks, bottles, and who-knows-what-else (very possibly shit) at armed men.

    Don’t forget waiving the Mexican flag. Do people need to see anymore of what the country is sliding towards?

  20. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    The kids at Kent State were engaging in peaceful and Constitutionally-protected protest. They were not rioters. In fact, the four dead weren’t even protesters. They were minding their own business, far from the NG troops that killed them.

    Shooting down peaceful protesters is a crime against humanity; shooting down violent rioters is a reasonable response, and has been the norm historically. I was about to say that the difference is analogous to shooting a shoplifter versus shooting an armed robber, but in fact the difference is far greater than that.

  21. Clayton W. says:

    Burning down buildings is not peaceful protest.

  22. Miles_Teg says:

    OFD wrote:

    “While telling our fundie wack jobs who believe Armageddon and the Rapture will all happen there with the conversion of the Jews to bugger off. ”

    HERETIC!

    “…I’m off shortly to throw more $ in the Princess account because she allegedly got a flat tire with no spare up in Moh-ree-ahl. ”

    How old is she again? No spare? If she’s so smart WTF is she doing driving without a spare?

  23. Miles_Teg says:

    “Growing up, I always despised Robbing Hood for stealing from the productive and giving it to the leeches…”

    The “productive” were the leeches and the “leeches” were the workers who were forced at arrowpoint to support the bludgers at the top, like the Abbott of St Mary’s.

  24. nick says:

    What about the Pinkertons vs the union organizers?

    Shooting into crowds is usually considered jackbooted fascism, is it not?

    I’m for trying out some of the new non-lethals, retch gas, dye packs, slippery goo.

    back that up with snipers with SILENCED weapons. I know they aren’t silent, but it would be nice to just drop the guy with the molotov and not panic the whole crowd…

    nick

  25. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I assume you’re talking about the ROTC building, which was set on fire by unknown arsonists a day or two prior to the shootings. Of the four students killed, two were not involved in the protest at all. They were just walking to class. The other two had been at the protest, but were nowhere near the guardsmen when they fired. The closer of the two was something like 75 yards from them, and the four dead averaged more than a football field away. There was no way any of them could have thrown rocks or bricks that far. They were innocent bystanders. I suspect the two who had been protesting were dispersing as ordered.

  26. Clayton W. says:

    “back that up with snipers with SILENCED weapons. I know they aren’t silent, but it would be nice to just drop the guy with the molotov and not panic the whole crowd…”

    I always wondered about that: How much of the noise is the powder and how much is the sonic boom?

  27. nick says:

    Today I won an auction for something that will make me a lot more comfortable with my gas storage. I won a couple of flammable storage cabinets. Each holds 48 gallons. I’m thinking that 5 gallon cans will take up more space and I won’t get the whole 48, but I’ll feel a lot better with the 35 I usually have on hand in a metal double walled cabinet. <$40 for 2 cabinets. I might even sell one and come out ahead.

    I also got the estimate for my salvage whole house gennie. Looks like I'll have about $1500 in it if they don't find any other problems. That's pretty good for a generac dedicated 12kva unit. Not as cheap as I was hoping, that's for sure, but a nice discount.

    nick

  28. Miles_Teg says:

    Tom Clancy talked about that stuff in Without Remorse. Don’t know how accurate he was.

  29. nick says:

    @clayton, it’s both as you run subsonic ammo, but anything helps….

    n

  30. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    @nick

    The factory owners generally hired the Pinkertons and other thugs to defend their property and persons against people who intended, at the very least, to shut down the factories or mines, and in the past had severely damaged property and injured or killed many of the people who had the right to be where they were.

    Union organizers were terrorists, pure and simple. The so-called Robber Barons were providing jobs and income. The union organizers wanted more of what the owners owned, and were prepared to use force to obtain it.

  31. nick says:

    Oh, I know, I know, I should say “suppressed.”

    n

  32. nick says:

    @RBT, the “optics” of shooting into crowds are so bad the Israelis won’t do it, and they’ve got more provocation than most. [and care less what people think of them]

    n

  33. SteveF says:

    That’s an easy experiment to perform, Clayton. Shoot some .22 shorts from a bolt-action rifle and note how loud it is, then shoot some .38 special from a revolver, then some shotgun slugs.

  34. nick says:

    And fun to do!

    n

  35. SteveF says:

    the “optics” of shooting into crowds are so bad

    That’s what privately-owned drones fitted with homemade firearms are for, duh.

  36. nick says:

    Some modern suppressed ARs with the right ammo make all their local noise from the action cycling. One of the gunnie tv shows does a segment every week on suppressors. too bad the rest of the show is so hard to watch.

    And I know Kyle Lamb is supposed to be the shinizle, but that guy just gets up my nose. I can’t watch him.

    nick

  37. Clayton W. says:

    IIRC, Without Remorse was a 22LR pistol and might have been subsonic anyway.

  38. nick says:

    Under TX law, private citizens can shoot rioters to prevent them from harming people or property, and everyone in the riot is fair game under the same rule. YMMV, IANAL….

    Cops have different ROE.

    nick

  39. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “I always wondered about that: How much of the noise is the powder and how much is the sonic boom?”

    A properly-designed suppressor of adequate size can just about eliminate the noise caused by hypersonic combustion gases exiting the muzzle. Like any other supersonic object, a supersonic bullet causes a sonic boom. Suppressing a weapon that fires supersonic bullets is still effective in the sense that it makes it nearly impossible to locate the position of the shooter from the sound of the shot. The bullet continues to produce the sonic boom until its velocity drops below the speed of sound. That sonic boom is also reflected back unpredictably by any object the bullet passes in its flight.

    I’ve fired a 7.62 rifle with a good suppressor. There was very little noise from the muzzle, but the sonic boom from the bullet sounded like a gigantic ripping noise along the bullet’s path. Conversely, my .45ACP (subsonic bullet) MAC-10 with Sionics suppressor sounded like a full-auto cap pistol. The noise reduction was significant, but the major advantage of using the suppressor was that the forward momentum of the gases on the suppressor baffles counteracted the muzzle climb that made it almost impossible to keep multi-round bursts on target. And at 20 rounds a second, it was very difficult to fire less than a 2- or 3-round burst. Without the Sionics, the first round would be on target, but the second and third would typically be off target significantly up and to the right.

  40. Miles_Teg says:

    Clayton W wrote:

    “IIRC, Without Remorse was a 22LR pistol and might have been subsonic anyway.”

    I think he had a silenced .45 ACP using pistol that had a conversion kit that allowed it to fire .22 rounds.

    But at the end of the book he had a rifle used for sniping across a road that was silenced to the extent that the victims heard nothing and Kelly could here the actions of his rifle for the first time because of the can on the front.

  41. MrAtoz says:

    That’s what privately-owned drones fitted with homemade firearms are for, duh.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    ♥ beats

  42. nick says:

    Ugg. Spent some time following links on the wife’s facebook wall. Those are some seriously deranged and out there folks on the left side of the culture wars.

    I need some brain bleach.

    nick

  43. Chad says:

    One UNM student at the protest riot at Trump’s speech in New Mexico was quoted as saying something along the lines of her being there because she has family that are illegals and wanted to stand up for them. I was just taken aback at the world in which we live where people are violently protesting because they don’t feel their criminal family members residing in this country illegally are getting a fair shake.

    People used to protest a candidate for political office by simply not voting for him or her or by voting for somebody else instead. Apparently, that’s not enough anymore. If they disagree with a candidate they don’t simply give their support to a candidate they do agree with. Instead they have to riot at that candidate’s public appearances. Why? Because he or she has a different set of ideals? That’s the whole point. There’s supposed to be a selection of candidates with opposing views. Everyone votes for the one they align with (or hate the least). He or she with the most votes wins. Why is that not enough?

    The vocal minority are such zealots with their ideology that they cannot fathom a reality where their views, no matter how fervently they believe in them, are not the majority view. When they being to feel they may not be the overwhelming majority they thought they were the disbelief soon turns to a fear that the actual majority, with whom they vehemently disagree, may rise to power. If 100 protesters show up to protest that doesn’t mean most Americans are opposed to whatever is being protested. It simply means 100 people were motivated enough to show up. Protesters are not a scientific sampling of US citizens.

  44. dkreck says:

    I would blame instant media.

  45. SteveF says:

    Protesters are not a scientific sampling of US citizens.

    No, but with a small amount of effort they can make up 100% of people who got bleach sprayed on them from a drone.

  46. MrAtoz says:

    State Dept. IG: “Clinton violated rules with private server, did not cooperate with investigation”

    Cankles: “Yawn”

    DoJ: “Yawn”

    Obola: “Yawn”

  47. H. Combs says:

    RE: ” It simply means 100 people were motivated enough to show up.”
    These days it usually means that a political action group got 100 answers to a Craigslist add for paid-protestors at $16 / hr.

  48. H. Combs says:

    Just saw this report that our nuclear forces still use 8 inch floppies.
    Where do you get those today ? And they were incredibly susceptible to magnetic disruption if I recall. I gave away my last 8 inch floppies with my Processor Technology SOL (1976 era) PC. Had the whole CPM set and some games and word processor.
    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/25/us-military-uses-8-inch-floppy-disks-to-coordinate-nuclear-force-operations.html

  49. OFD says:

    I should note there that all indications are, again, that professional agitprop operators prepare these riots and demonstrations around the country and get the mobs riled up at whatever site and then they disappear back under their commie rocks. Hopefully LE intel guys are noting them and taking pictures and vids accordingly, but hell, half of them are minions of this regime anyway and the rioting against Trump may well suit them very nicely. In short, these things are organized in advance. The smart thing would be to snipe the fuckers once they’ve been identified, make some examples.

    RBT is correct about the whole Kent State episode; the stuff we have going on now is different, but STILL, a pale shadow of what went on in the major Murkan cities during the late Sixties. At that time, as some of us well remember, the Feds had armor in the streets and they were firing Ma Deuce at the rooftop snipers who were shooting at responding firemen (for the fires they’d set). Footage on the tee-vee alternated between scenes of buildings on fire in Newark and Detroit and LA, and the latest body counts in ‘Nam. We ain’t there yet. But stay tuned, sportsfans.

    Maybe when the city of Ballmore blows off charges for the other cops down there, and it gets to be a very hot and humid July and August…and by “blows off” I mean anything less than public flogging and decapitation; the mob wants blood for blood.

  50. Dave says:

    RE: ” It simply means 100 people were motivated enough to show up.”
    These days it usually means that a political action group got 100 answers to a Craigslist add for paid-protestors at $16 / hr.

    I doubt the protesters were paid that much. The paid protesters for $15 minimum wage were paid much less than $15.

  51. Ray Thompson says:

    Just saw this report that our nuclear forces still use 8 inch floppies.

    Sounds like a tech support job right up OFD’s alley. After all, by his own admission, he is an aging creaking dinosaur. Should fit right in with an aging system. I could also qualify but I am retiring from the daily grind.

  52. OFD says:

    “After all, by his own admission, he is an aging creaking dinosaur. Should fit right in with an aging system. I could also qualify but I am retiring from the daily grind.”

    I would, in fact, fit right in with the aging nuke system, only I use a 9-inch floppy. And hearing aids are enroute after today’s little exam 120 miles south of here. And I was advised that I can download an iPhone app that works with them, too. All free of charge for the war hero, lol.

    Your retirement, Mr. Ray, has been cancelled. Report at once to the nearest re-education center.

  53. Ray Thompson says:

    Report at once to the nearest re-education center.

    Do I bring my 8″ floppy discs, 5.25″ floppy discs (single sided, double sided), 3.5″ floppy discs, a few zip discs, and my greenbar listing of V-Series MCPVS? I also have core memory board from a B-5500. I could also dust off my Pickett Sliderule if necessary. May even have a few B-3500 assembler coding sheets. I did toss my hollerith card deck with the 1401 bootloader.

  54. dkreck says:

    Nightmares of Persci drives. When they worked they were fast. When you really needed them to work they didn’t.

    http://vintagecomputer.ca/persci-drive-is-a-299-what-are-the-controller-boards/

  55. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “I did toss my hollerith card deck with the 1401 bootloader.”

    Hah! I still have mine.

  56. OFD says:

    “I could also dust off my Pickett Sliderule if necessary.”

    You should, for when the Grid goes down and no fancy calculators on yer iPad.

    We all still have plenty of junk we could get rid of and replace it with AMMO and FLASHLIGHTS. I still have an OpenVMS Systems Mangler manual around here somewhere. And a stack of 3.5″ floppies with the external USB floppy drive for them.

  57. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] Just saw this report that our nuclear forces still use 8 inch floppies. [snip]

    Why do I think that security, rather than institutional inertia, is at least partially at work here? It wasn’t *too* long ago (except by PC evolution standards) that Social Security stopped accepting W-2s & W-3s on 8″ floppy. I actually sent mine in on one the last year they did, just for kicks.

  58. DadCooks says:

    WRT nuclear forces using 8 inch floppies: that is the totally inept Air Farce (sorry flyboys), but the U.S. Nuclear Navy has been using memory sticks since before they became an everyday commodity. 😉

  59. OFD says:

    While I was waiting for the audiology doc to come back with some stuff, I was chatting with the serf who was manning (micro-aggression!) the appointments PC, which had two monitors set up, both captive to the Fed/VA IT infrastructure and whatever goofball menu system they have. I asked the kid (another micro-aggression) if they were up to Windows 7 yet and he laughed out loud and showed me one of the screens; it was a friggin’ DOS menu system. He said they’d likely get Winblows 7 in about thirty years.

    Which could be one reason my previous hearing aid order “slipped through the cracks.”

    They wanted to know all about my mil-spec jobs and combat chit but I somehow neglected to inform them about all the rock concerts I went to over the years. Any of youse ever been to see The Who?

    “…the totally inept Air Farce (sorry flyboys)…”

    No offense taken. There was/is the Air Farce, and then there was the chit. My four years was mainly in the chit, and I discovered to my surprise that there were squared-away, down-to-earth officers: they were all pilots. The rest of them mainly sucked, except for one Brigadier chaplain I met in Maine who came out to my ice-choked sentry shack by the fighter-interceptor alert hangar one very brisk central Maine day and hung out and shot the chit wid me. And his line badge was correct and prominently displayed, too.

    I had zero contact with any swabbies or deck apes during my time with Uncle, though my own uncle was a Bronze Star gunner’s mate on the destroyer U.S.S. Beale. But I did have beaucoups contact with jarheads and Green Berets. I was also impressed by the jarhead infantry officers.

  60. nick says:

    Saw the Who in Chicago in the early 80s. Last Chicago date before they announced that this would be their farewell tour. They had to come back for another night after announcing that. Probably still have the black t shirt with the white 3/4 length sleeves…I’ve got an unusual smell stuck in my brain associated with that show.

    Don’t remember much about the concert. Lotta dope smoke….

    Saw Rush and Bowie around the same time. The Rosemont Horizon was a terrible sounding venue, but my scalper xxxxxx ticket agency always had good seats.

    Good times, and the tickets, even from the “agency” were affordable to a high school kid with a part time job.

    Ears would ring for days……

    nick

  61. OFD says:

    “…and the tickets, even from the “agency” were affordable to a high school kid with a part time job.”

    Yup, that’s when rock concert tickets were still affordable. I saw The Who in 1976 at the old Boston Gahden, from up in the nosebleed seats. About fifteen minutes into the show, Keith Moon pitched forward suddenly and collapsed over his drum kit. End of show. They did a rain check concert there a few months later and blew the place apart for four hours straight.

    Also saw the Stones there around the same time, when they had Billy Preston with them; tons of dope smoke that night, including hashish, washed down dry throats with Jack Daniels.

    And also in that year, the big-ass Bicentennial concert on the Boston Esplanade on the Charles River out of the Hatch Shell, by the Boston Pops Orchestra. The “1812 Overture” was punctuated near the end by massive fireworks explosions that broke windows in the buildings around us. Pissant spoilsports complained later.

    My gf at the time was a formerly practicing witch and her ex-bf was a practicing warlock out in Kalifornia.

    Oh what a long strange trip it’s been…

  62. OFD says:

    Mrs. OFD just called; flight delayed/cancelled and she got stuck in Sacramento for the night; will be at the airport out there at 05:00 tomorrow and back in VT late tomorrow afternoon.

    Then we’ll be spending a month here together working on the raised beds and container plants, experimenting with root veggies in grow bags. And any time she’s working on jewelry in her “studio” I’ll be back on the attic work space stuff.

    June 17th is the date for another big VA physical; July 1 to be fitted with the new hearing aids; last week of June we’ll be down in central MA, my old stomping grounds from the wunnerful 1980s.

    And tomorrow I gotta talk with yet another recruiter about yet another IT drone gig down in Burlap; whatever, just going through the motions and exercising due diligence. Supposedly another Winblows shop but also has IBM’s version of UNIX, known as AIX, for which I did minimal support occasionally back at Big Blue. I’m telling her/them I will only do very minimal Winblows help desk chit, if any at all and if that’s a deal-breaker, so be it. Never again.

  63. OFD says:

    Some old guy 1,500 years ago had some thoughts on empire:

    “Justice being taken away, then what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when the king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, ‘What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor.’ —City of God by Augustine

    Apply to present-day circumstances as you see fit. Or not.

  64. Rolf Grunsky says:

    I was never a great enthusiast for concerts. I did get to see The Velvet Underground and Jefferson Airplane. I think the last rock concert I went to was The Doors.

    The Kodo Drummers or Laurie Anderson are more in my line.

    These days the only concerts I go to are put on by Scaramella (http://scaramella.ca). OFD would enjoy these if they weren’t a seven hour drive away.

  65. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I didn’t go to that many concerts back in the day because I can’t stand crowds generally, let alone the hippie-dippie dope-smoking crowds at those things. I fit right in visually, though, with my red afro, long beard, wide-brim jeans hat, and purse. People might easily have mistaken me for a McCarthy liberal.

  66. SteveF says:

    I didn’t go to that many concerts back in the day because I can’t stand crowds generally

    Ditto.

    I did go to some small-venue shows, usually because I liked the band rather than for the “experience”. Usually was disappointed with the live performance. Full kudos on this score to Natalie Merchant, who opened for Bob Dylan in 1999 or 2000. She gave an excellent set, then sang a couple-three extra songs because Dylan “wasn’t quite ready yet”. Contrast with Bob Dylan, who sucked donkey balls once he and his band finally made their way out.

    (Considering the number of porn jokes I make, I should clarify that Bob Dylan did not literally come out on stage and suck donkey balls.)

  67. nick says:

    That would have been more interesting to watch and probably sounded better than that aging fukcer moaning out some geezer rock….

    n

  68. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I like Dylan’s stuff, although I’ll admit that I much prefer his studio tracks to live ones.

  69. SteveF says:

    I like Dylan’s stuff

    Yah.

    … from about 40 years ago.

  70. nick says:

    Dylan is proof, if any more examples were needed that you can be a rock star without being a musician, or a singer, or good looking.

    n

  71. dkreck says:

    Well there was The Traveling Wilburys that produced some great music. Might have done more if Roy hadn’t kicked it.

    and there is this
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKxLGcu4or8

  72. nick says:

    Oh, it helps if you can sing, play an instrument, or are good looking, but those are not requirements.

    vis The Ramones

    vis Mick Jagger

    nick

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