Month: July 2018

Mon. July 30, 2018 – another week

83Fat 8am. No camps or classes to wake me up.

So I’ve got the kids and will be doing stuff around the house.

Since we’re going on our ‘summer vacation’ to visit family, there is a bunch of stuff to do, on top of normal stuff.

No rest for the wicked.


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Sun. July 29, 2018 – open!

Yes, I guess I over did it yesterday in the sun. Woke a couple of minutes ago feeling hung over. Hands stiff as paddles.

Time to eat and hydrate.

Only 95F in the driveway atm….


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Sat. July 28, 2018 – not as hot, still plenty of work to do

Well, we almost meet the rule of 10s, it’s 82F but it’s almost 9am. Should be closer to 90F by now. Glad I saved the lawn mowing for today 🙂

Censorship of alternative and conservative voices continues. If they want to in their non-governmental spaces, it’s legal. Unless they were ruled to be common carriers, so that they couldn’t be held liable for the things people post there, then NOT legal. I guess we’ll see. It is however ABHORRENT. Oh how far we’ve come. It tells me that they recognize the power and essential truths of those they ban. They’re scared of the speech. It’s also endgame for progs- when they have control of something, they can’t help but show their true desire for absolute control.

And Venezuela, jeez, knocking 5 zeros off the currency because they’ve waited too long to just knock off three? Yikes. ANYONE want to make the argument that those people wouldn’t have been better of with stockpiles of beans bullets and bandaids? (Bullion too, and not the soup kind.)

It was predictable and predicted. Some must have taken steps. The vast majority didn’t though. And there is a lesson in that.


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Fri. July 27,2018 – weekend coming

Hmmm, weather station says 108F, it has to be stuck. I guess I’ll be climbing up and replacing batteries…

[edit- sun came up and the station started reporting again. Currently 86F. When I took the trash cans down to the street it felt like about 74F. Still gonna be hot today.]

It feels way to early to be thinking about back to school, but we are. The hurricane season has barely started, it’s hot as hades, and yet…

So what did you all do to prep for the coming civil war/economic collapse/bad diagnosis/personal injury/job loss?

I got some random stuff this week and last. Some medical stuff. Some camping stuff. I refilled all the propane tanks. I haven’t increased gasoline storage yet, but will. I need to start the little gennie too.

I’ve let my food stores dwindle with the rat problems. Still have a bunch, but not a year by any means. Venesuala comes to mind. Slow worsening, then much quicker, now worse every day.

I should order a charge controller and big battery for the new solar panel. That I can do without spending a lot of time, but I do need to make decisions about which one, and how big…

Yes, I’ve become complacent. That is not a good thing. All the threats are still there, and there are new ones as well.

Better get crackin’


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Thur. July 26, 2018 – cooler

Only 74 at 7am. Supposedly cooler and clear for the next couple of days. I hope so….

Woke up thinking of things that had changed my life for the better. I think I need to divide the list into intentional and un-intentional.

The short list for intentional- without much thought:

-cordless power tools that really work (starting with makita 9.6v)
-lasik eye surgery
-computers (starting with TRS-80 and apple II)
-cell phone (not smart phone) with national calling plan
-MIG welding (learning then buying my own machine)

Some that just happened to me
-seeing Cats at the Shubert theatre in Chicago
-changing major to theatre
-bad motorcycle accident
-meeting the right people
-engineering drawing (shop class, 7th grade)

(don’t know if these are good or bad, but they did change me)
-Rodney King riots

I’m sure there are more, but ‘time to make the donuts.’

-engineering drawing, (drafting class in 7th grade)

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Wed. July 25, 2018 – more work to do

76F at 7am, forecast for hot and clear….

and I have more work to do. I made a start on it yesterday, but need to keep up the pace today. Unfortunately, I had other plans for today, involving stuff in other places, which will have to be done too. The piles, they are big, and the shovel, she is small.


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Tues. July 24, 2018 – lies and adulthood

7am and 83F. More hotness, and not the sexy kind….

Woke up this morning thinking about lies. Funny that SteveF’s last comment yesterday was about lies. I’ve told my kids to keep trying to lie to me to. My wife was horrified. They NEED to be able to lie, well and convincingly, and to know WHEN and to whom they should attempt lying.

Lying and our relationship to lies is one of the things that separates kids from adults. Our entire world is built on lies, polite fictions, “aspirational statements”, and myth.

Cognitive dissonance is the result of lying to ourselves. Insanity is the result when we are forced to behave as if we believed obvious lies. Propaganda in the USSR, and the “PC” culture in the USA both force one to act on beliefs that are verifiably false, as though they are true.

Advertising is pervasive and almost always a lie. The myths of our culture are lies told to shape and support who we want to be as a people. The masks we wear while interacting with others are almost certainly lies of omission, if not fact.

And yet, we expect and respect honesty. We DEMAND it from leaders while we KNOW they can’t tell us everything for good and practical reasons. We lie to our kids, and teach them that the bedrock foundation of their lives is untrustworthy.

In order for our ‘high trust’ society to work, we have to accept the lies and act as if they were honesty, both in ourselves and others. When the willingness to do so breaks down, and we assume the lies are based in ill will rather than in shared common goals, our society breaks down. Our relationships break down, and our civilization breaks down.


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Mon. 23, 2018 – time to get serious

80F and only 7am.

For “reasons” I’ve only got a couple of weeks before school starts up, and I’ll be traveling one of those weeks.

I’ve got a pile of stuff I did not want to track into the next school year. The school year is busy enough.

So, time to get serious about stuff… and get some things DONE.


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Sun. July 22, 2018 – hot, but is that gonna stop me?

Nope, not if I want a happy home. Must make progress on the pile….

Not quite 90 at 9am but close enough for the rule of 10’s.

Apropos of nothing, anyone notice the use of “gunman” consistently in place of “criminal” “murderer” “thief” or whatever the actual description should be? I don’t think it’s accidental.

Now, time to feed the kids…

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