Sunday November 26, 2017

It was 35 degrees and breezy when I took Colin out at 7:30.

I want to thank all of Bob’s readers for the kind words of encouragement to both me and for him during this tough time.
I did not go to Winston yesterday. My sister and brother-in-law stopped in to see him to give me a day off. He knew who they were and carried on a somewhat limited conversation about me, Colin, where we live, etc. We have a very long road ahead of us but between family and friends I think we will get there.

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25 Responses to Sunday November 26, 2017

  1. nick flandrey says:

    Awesome, awesome news.

    Keep hanging in there.


  2. Al Carnali says:

    Excellent news. It sounds like he’s crossed the threshold and is on his way to recovery. I’m happy for both of you.

  3. SteveF says:

    Good news on RBT.

    Is personality change something to watch out for? Like, is he likely to want to be a Grateful Dead roadie once he’s recovered from the hospital stay?

  4. nick flandrey says:

    Heart REPAIRED, not swapped….


  5. nick flandrey says:

    Although seriously, I bet that sort of in your face forced acknowledgement of one’s own mortality DOES result in some personality changes. Having a near death experience usually does.


  6. Ray Thompson says:

    I bet that sort of in your face forced acknowledgement of one’s own mortality DOES result in some personality changes

    As does any type of major surgery involving being knocked out. Have a guy at church, generally quite intelligent, went through a knee replacement. There were complication and he had to be knocked out again for some blood clot issues. Changed his personality completely. His mind is not nearly what it used to be, forgets, seems confused, etc. Sad to seem him this way

    Maybe RBT will completely change and come back a Bible thumper on a vegetarian diet who thinks guns should be outlawed while converting to a registered democrat. Shortly thereafter Hell will freeze over.

  7. SteveF says:

    RBT will become a lobbyist for the Don’t Microaggress the Gay Whales by Using the Wrong Pronoun You Nazi group funded by Soros.

  8. MrAtoz says:

    Hey, that’s good news about Dr. Bob. Hang in there, sir!

  9. DadCooks says:

    Great news about Bob. Now that he is in the general population I would hope some more friends and family can start making short visits. Just a couple a day, don’t wear him out.

    Hope, best wishes, and prayers continue for Robert and Barbara, of course OFD too.

  10. SteveF says:

    And to Mrs Lemmings and anyone else who’s been injured or sickly lately, of whom there seem to be a mort.

  11. Vince says:

    Continued prayers and good wishes for Bob and Barbara, Mr. OFD and Mrs. Mat.

  12. lynn says:

    My sister and brother-in-law stopped in to see him to give me a day off. He knew who they were and carried on a somewhat limited conversation about me, Colin, where we live, etc. We have a very long road ahead of us but between family and friends I think we will get there.

    Good news, good news !

  13. lynn says:

    “Replacing x86 firmware with Linux and Go”

    “The Intel Management Engine (ME), which is a separate processor and operating system running outside of user control on most x86 systems, has long been of concern to users who are security and privacy conscious. Google and others have been working on ways to eliminate as much of that functionality as possible (while still being able to boot and run the system). Ronald Minnich from Google came to Prague to talk about those efforts at the 2017 Embedded Linux Conference Europe.”

    I am not understanding the repercussions of this yet. But, it looks serious, very serious.

  14. lynn says:

    “Science fiction triggers ‘poorer reading’, study finds”

    Blah, blah, blah.

  15. nick flandrey says:

    The Guardian hates SF and SF authors unless they write in a ‘literary’ style and are message fiction with SJW themes. They were one of the leading attackers during the ‘sad puppy’ Hugo Awards brouhaha… Hacks. “If you don’t like what we think is worthy, you’re stupid.” Yeah, call me stupid, but I like to read stories that don’t require ‘effort’ to understand.

    Traditional publishing is dying and so are newspapers. Did you notice their begging at the bottom of the page?


  16. nick flandrey says:

    Spent the day doing stuff around the house.

    Yesterday, got most of the lights and decor down and started going thru it to see what I have and what I wanted to do with it. Got a bunch put up.

    Today continued that. Got some more stuff down, put up a couple more lights, messed around a bit.

    Main thing today was getting the first coat of mud on the drywall in the closet remodel. I got most of what I wanted to do done. Tomorrow I’ll do the top of wall corners with the ceiling, and the one corner I forgot. Maybe I’ll get a second coat on something, but drying is going sloooowwww.

    Got some things organized and put in bins in the garage.

    Sold one thing in the driveway on Craigslist.

    Slow progress, but things are moving.

    Still eating leftovers. Still yummy.

    Got a bunch of stuff to do before year end, including getting the rent house turned over and rented…

    I’m gonna be busy for a while……………………


  17. paul says:

    drying is going sloooowwww.

    Small fan blowing in will help.

    I have lights for the house. I don’t put ’em up anymore. No one else is interested and once it gets cold (ok, cooler) I’m not going out to look at my lights. It was a lot of fun when we lived in Austin.

    Went to Austin today. Manuel’s (north). It was good, as usual, as it has been for 30 years. Er, the north location isn’t that old. Traffic was wacky. And hey, idiot in the Ford pick-up, riding my bumper so close at 60 mph that all I can see is the Ford logo the grill? What the ???

    Turkey and stuffing tomorrow. Then a few more days of smearing mayo on a slice of bread and folding in a few chunks of turkey…. snacks!

  18. lynn says:

    Drove back from Carrollton (NW side of Dallas) to Sugar Land (SW of Houston) last night, about 300 miles. Except, we went 10 miles further NW to see the father-in-law in the nursing home one last time so that added 2 hours to our journey. We ended up getting home at 2 am. A very tired 2 am but we did not want to fight the horrendous traffic home on I-45 on Sunday. We went up on Tuesday to beat the traffic.

    While going south on I-45 in south Dallas, we got the privilege of driving over the south Dallas poo farm (sewage treatment plant) next to the Trinity river. Four+ million people are upstream of this poo farm. Plus their turkey day friends. The smell of loosely processed turkey, dressing, and various pies was horrible. In fact, beyond horrible. I had my truck a/c on recirc before we got there and the truck still smelled horrible. My wife (we took both cars with the five of us) did not have her recirc on. She and the son opened their windows five miles after and it still smelled horrible. The daughter thought that would be a good place to sentence the lifers in prison too.

  19. paul says:

    Why didn’t you get a motel? Watch the free HBO and swim in the pool. Or go eat at a weird restaurant. Yeah, I know, it’s just 300 miles. But it’s a long 300.

    When I get to Dallas I’m going in on I-35 and catching 635 to the Plano / Garland area. There’s a smelly spot on the highway … right about the time you can look left and see part of downtown.

    I won’t deny being crazy. I leave here, cruise up US 281 to Hamilton. Hit the stop sign and make a right. I think, it’s been a while. I do it on auto-pilot. Then I snag 22 to I-35 just before the split. Pretty county. Adds half an hour to the trip but I miss the joys of Georgetown and everything on the way to Waco and beyond.

  20. lynn says:

    Why didn’t you get a motel?

    The daughter got up at 5pm. Having the Lyme disease for 10+ years now has damaged her brain due to the lesions. She has lost her circadian rhythm and moves her sleeping time by 1 to 6 hours per day. She is now loosing her body temperature control which is worrisome. She was walking around in Buccees in Madisonville last night for 30 minutes and came out overheated. BTW, there were at least 500 people there after 11pm, it was unreal.

  21. lynn says:

    _Valley of Vengeance: Book Five in The Borrowed World Series (Volume 5)_ by Franklin Horton

    Book number 5 of a 5 book post apocalyptic series. There are two other related book in addition to the series. I read the POD (print on demand) trade paperback. I will continue to order and read the series.

    Life continues to suck after several hundred ISIS operatives destroyed critical infrastructure in the USA. A group of people who worked together in a state agency have formed a community in a remote region. Life is cheap and resources are scarce.

    My rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (140 reviews)

  22. Greg Norton says:

    BTW, there were at least 500 people there after 11pm, it was unreal.

    The Temple Buc-ee’s is beyond crazy on any big holiday weekend. We don’t even try to stop if we see the cars backed up down the service roads in either direction.

    I don’t understand why subsidies were necessary to attract the chain to that location.

  23. Ray Thompson says:

    I have lights for the house. I don’t put ’em up anymore.

    Same here. Mine require getting on a very tall ladder or working on the roof. I no longer consider that something I should really be doing. Kid is gone, no one really here for the holidays so it seems like a waste. Wife does the inside of the house and that is about it.

    At one time I had a really nice blue spruce tree in the yard that I would cover with lights. Looked really good. But alas something, I suspect an insect, got to the tree and it perished. My neighbor does little to nothing to treat his yard for weeds and pests thus I am constantly fighting issues caused by his neglect. This is the same guy that expects me to trim my bushes that extend over the fence into his yard. I have told him multiple times that such intrusion is his problem, not mine. If I go on to his yard and trim my bushes and injure myself he (or his homeowners insurance) is responsible.

    Drove to Nashville on Monday to visit the son and his in-laws. 150 miles and about a 2.5 hour drive. Spent the night in Mt. Juliet. Tuesday left for Atlanta for the annual get together with friends for Thanksgiving. 250 mile drive that is supposed to take about 4 hours. The traffic in Atlanta was horrible as usual. Last 30 miles took 90 minutes. How those people live in that crap is beyond me.

    What gets me is the idiot that is constantly changing lanes to get that one car advantage. Only to spotted two lanes over having made no more progress than myself. You just want to get out and slap a stupid sticker on their vehicle. The huge amount of truck traffic attempting to move over three or four lanes attempting to get to the I-285 bypass which they are required to take rather than I-75 through Atlanta. They know about the requirement miles before but wait until the last possible moment to get in the proper lane. Thus further snarling traffic.

    Chattanooga traffic was also bad on I-24 but not as bad as Atlanta. Swings down thru TN, then into GA, then back into TN. Two lanes that really needs to be widened. But GA refuses to do any widening. There is an ongoing dispute between TN and GA when GA claims the TN/GA border is incorrectly drawn too low. GA wants it higher because that would put part of the Tennessee River into GA and GA wants that water for Atlanta. TN refuses to move the border, GA refuse to widen a badly needed portion of the interstate. Assholes.

    A lot of the problem is trucks. They change lanes a lot causing traffic backups. Biggest issue is the truck doing 30.05 MPH trying to pass a truck going 30.00 MPH going uphill. Getting stuck behind a truck doing 30.05 for 10 miles with traffic backing up behind the trucks for about 3 miles on the interstate when the speed limit is 65 MPH is absurd.

    There is a section of I-40 just east of Cookeville (on my route from Nashville) where there is a steep climb for about 5 miles. A big sign before entering the grade specifically informs trucks that none are allowed in the left lane. But there is always that special SOB who thinks the rules don’t apply to him. When possible I get their truck information and call into their company and make a report. I hope it does not go well for the driver.

  24. SteveF says:

    I don’t understand why subsidies were necessary to attract the chain to that location.

    – of course the corporation will take whatever it can get; and
    – the subsidies weren’t coming from the political leaders’ pockets, so they didn’t really cost anything.

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