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.

n

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

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    Was about 80F in the shade when I went into the garage for breakfast stuff. Actually felt cool. Then it was 85 in the shade and felt hot.

    Now it’s 90F in the shade, 102F in the driveway, and guess which place I actually have work to do?

    HOT

    n

  2. SteveF says:

    You know, Nick, you go on and on about the heat and your cool vest and your giant fan and all the rest of the stuff to deal with the heat.

    Wouldn’t you be better off if you yourself were better adapted to the heat? Maybe thinner blood or larger ears for radiating heat. Chip-chop, get on with it! Develop a virus to change your DNA and infect yourself. Enough with the complaints!

  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    Like this guy? Who has administered home made gene therapy to himself?? Um, NO.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/TheChemlife

    Lots of interesting stuff on his channel though.

    n

    added- my ears are getting bigger with every passing year, and hairier.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    Interesting lists in this article, although the TL:DR is “become a hoarder”, scroll down for the lists.

    n

    https://www.survivalsullivan.com/scavenging/

    ( the basic premise of the article is flawed, if the sort of SHTF happens that you can scavenge, then there will be few people around and MOUNTAINS of stuff. No need to stockpile junk in that case.)

    I will add that it makes sense to have some basic stuff tucked away. 10 0r 20 2x4x8ft studs will live nicely in between joists in the ceiling of your basement or garage, and are EXTREMELY useful. Ditto for putting a couple of sheets of 3/4 plywood up against a wall somewhere. You can even screw them to a wall in the garage and just forget about them….

    n

  5. Jenny says:

    @SteveF, @Nick
    “Genetically Enhanced”
    Alaska Singer-Songwriter Lou Nathanson
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2UR2KOQV-lE

    And the nearly finished floor. Baseboard, door trim, reload the room. Another 12 hours, I think.
    http://twogeeksandadog.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/85746B1F-B507-452B-90DE-0CED905C1183.jpeg

  6. lynn says:

    Had an exciting ending to our daily walk last night. We have three different routes, 1.1 miles, 1.3 miles, and 1.9 miles. When we started putting Lady in the wagon, we moved from the 1.9 mile to 1.1 mile walk since pulling the wagon plus Lady (40+ lbs total) just exhausts me. We occasionally expand the 1.1 mile to the 1.3 mile if we feel up to it.

    So anyway, last night we did the 1.1 mile walk and expanded it to the 1.3 mile walk. Lady did not get up in the wagon until 50 ft before our driveway. So, I stopped, got her out and took off her leash so she could run home. She likes to run home for the last 100 ft or so.

    Lady is old, 15 years of age and will be 16 in four months. She took off and ran right across our driveway heading for the neighbors. She forgot to turn left at our driveway. Lady may be old but she can still run 20+ mph for short distances. I dropped the wagon handle and shifted into high gear to chase her before she ran into the street (luckily empty at 11pm). Anyway, after she crossed the third driveway, she started slowing down and trying to figure out where she was. I caught up with her and grabbed her harness. I picked her up and we walked back to our next door neighbors driveway where I put her down and she ran to our driveway and took a right turn to our back door.

    Man, I haven’t run that fast in years !

  7. paul says:

    “The challenge,’ says Paris senator Philippe Dallier, is ‘to prevent Saint-Denis becoming a huge ethnic ghetto of two million inhabitants within 20 years.”

    Err, actually the challenge is to see if the French can grow a pair and evict the illegals. Might need to shoot a few “senators” along the way, too.

    Seems simple enough. Round ’em up, put them on a plane and drop them off somewhere south of the Sahara. Enforce the border so they can’t come back. Cut off the water supply. Cut off welfare.

    Ya think the country that seemed to like the guillotine so much would know how to handle this problem.

  8. paul says:

    The new floor looks great!

  9. Nick Flandrey says:

    @jenny, looks great! And that is one eclectic stack of books on the left. PJORourk and MZB in the same pile???

    n

  10. Jenny says:

    Thanks – I’m pretty satisfied with the quality of my work. It took too long and I had to recut more boards than I’d prefer. It went easier than I’d hoped. Kiddo is back and my productivity is down. I hope to get the baseboard in today. That may be optimistic.

    Books – we read anything and everything. Sci-fi, fantasy, mysteries, history, straight fiction, Christian and Judaic theology, all things dog, all things gun, all things music, study texts on computer science, learning theory, gun theory, how to’s on pretty much everything. My reading speed fell pricipitously after the 2014 car crashes so down to a book a week from 7-10.

    @Nick
    Watch the heat – glad you’re getting so much done but dang you are in an oven!

  11. Jenny says:

    @Lynn
    Glad you are getting Lady out. Glad she’s got the gumption to make a sprint for home. The walks surely help her mental faculties and keep her interested in life. Our old boy turns 14 next month. I take him sheep herding about every 4-6 weeks and we let him herd a few of the ‘gentle’ sheep in a small pen so he can’t over do it or hurt himself. He was quite something on stock just a few years ago. I’m not sure he realizes how fragile his body has become. When he has sheep he dials the clock back 6 years and acts like he is in his prime.

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn, my solar panel is a Kyocera KC80

    http://store.affordable-solar.com/store/discontinued-unavailable-solar-panels/kyocera-kc80-80watt-solar-panel

    Warranty 25 Years!

    Which can be replaced by-

    https://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Watt-Solar-Panel-Solar-X/dp/B003ZUBIP8?tag=ttgnet-20

    although there are cheaper panels with more capacity…

    I’m stoked I got it for the price I did. The listing said “lane equipment” and didn’t have pics that showed what it was. I got enough scrap stainless steel to pay back the lot, so really it’s all free! That is the best kind of panel.

    Most of this afternoon I’ve been pulling stacks out of the garage to re-stack, list, trash, etc. It’s HOT, but the station says only 101F in the driveway. I’m in a bit of shade by the garage door. Still coming in here to cool off fairly regularly. Drank about 1/2 gallon of gatoraid so far.

    Not getting to the rent house today, so I’m plugging away at the garage.

    n

  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    @jenny

    ” It took too long and I had to recut more boards than I’d prefer.”

    That is the way of DIY home repair. Good, Fast, or Cheap, pick any two. You did good work, it’s no surprise it took longer. (the cheap in this case is the DIY element.)

    n

  14. lynn says:

    Glad you are getting Lady out. Glad she’s got the gumption to make a sprint for home. The walks surely help her mental faculties and keep her interested in life.

    Hey, the walk is good for both of us (and the wife too !). She is totally deaf now, does not see well, and her sniffer does not work well either. However, she loves the walks riding around in her wagon. She constantly looks about and sniffs the air.

    And I need to get outside of the air conditioning and walk around too.

  15. Ray Thompson says:

    Round ’em up, put them on a plane and drop them off somewhere south of the Sahara.

    Round ’em up, put them on a plane and shove them out somewhere south of the Sahara.

    Fixed it for you.

    That is the way of DIY home repair. Good, Fast, or Cheap, pick any two.

    Don’t forget multiple trips to the home supply store. Does not happen much when I dealing with construction or electrical. Plumbing is a generally multiple trips as replacing one item usually mucks up another item.And the nearly finished floor.

    Looks great. Never rush yourself when doing such projects. Even it it takes 20 times longer than a pro you know what you have accomplished and have accomplished to your satisfaction.

    Last week I had to widen the door on the exterior shed at my son’s new house. He really needed to have his mower in that shed rather than the garage. But the door was two inches too narrow.

    I decided it was best to leave the existing door and install a new door next to the old door. This would give a larger opening with two doors that close together. Cutting out the old vertical studs and header would have been impossible, or extremely difficult without a reciprocating saw. That allowed me to widen the opening.

    Installed a new header and built a new door. All done with construction screws so I could take it apart if the need arose. Of course that required installing new trip around trim around the door. I then had to built a ramp as the floor of the shed is about 8 inches off the ground.

    Took longer than it should have. But the heat and humidity make frequent breaks necessary. Drank 128 ounces of water and did not urinate the entire time as the fluid was lost with sweat. My shirt and shorts were soaked. I am too old to be doing this crap.

    Without the battery powered tools (reciprocating saw, skill saw, drill and impact driver) I could not have accomplished the task. Got to love the new generation of battery powered tools.

  16. jim~ says:

    @Nick

    No need to detail the muslim murders during the same time….

    Christians outnumber muslims too, by over half a billion so we’d expect to see thousands of dead if this were the case.

    Abortion clinic bombing was essentially one guy, and he got caught.

    I suspect you may probably be right. The facts and numbers speak for themselves.

    My point being I have encountered more Muslims who are more Christian than the average Christian, and that’s even including LDS, et al.

    And Now for Something Completely Different!

    I have a funny video to share with you guys.

    This is a really cool video, and funnier still in the the context in which it was sent.

    http://www.alwaysthecritic.com/images/mantis.mp4

    The context is that of Pakistan’s new Prime minister, Imran Khan, a former famous cricket captain; vs. Modi, the stodgy conservative PM of India. The video is an example of exemplary micro photography.

    jim~

  17. paul says:

    It’s good about Lady. She can still “do it”.

    We had Payton/Peyton for five months. Her owner did the od on meth thing, and I had promised to take care of the dog.. Not problem at all. Tho, who the hell is 76 and smoking meth?

    Her back legs went out. So… I’m toting a 60# Boxer out for potty and back in. Because Dino stairs are too hard. She got to where she could squat to pee but pooping was a matter of falling over and, well….

    Sucks. It always does. But she had five great months of hanging with my dogs and just being a dog with other dogs and no one yelling at her “get over here”. Good times.

  18. DadCooks says:

    WRT to @jim’s video link, the Praying Mantis is one tough insect.

  19. SteveF says:

    That is the way of DIY home repair. Good, Fast, or Cheap, pick any two.

    Optimist. If things go well on a DIY job, you get one of the three. If things go poorly, you get zero.

    In this, DIY jobs are not notably different than hiring a contractor.

  20. ITguy1998 says:

    I got the iron front railing on our front porch painted today. Around 30 liner feet. Took all afternoon, since I had to do a little light sanding, pressure wash, wait to dry, then finally paint. It’s amazing how much better it looks. Eight years of sun and weather really take their toll.

    Since I had to get out the pressure washer, I had to move the portable generator. I’ll admit I have t started it in a couple years. So I decided to. You know what happens next…no start. After cranking a few times, I noticed fuel was leaking from the carb, in multiple places. What a cheap pos. I’ll see what parts cost for it. I’ll rebuild it but don’t care to spend a lot on it. I’d rather get a Honda if I have to spend real money.

  21. Nick Flandrey says:

    ItGuy, watch some youtubes, particularly on your model. It may just be cleaning and reassembly. They are pretty bullet proof. Air, Fuel, Spark.

    Mustie1 has a lot of great vids about small engine repair and diagnosis. I’ve learned a ton watching him.

    n

  22. ech says:

    I tend to avoid MZB since her daughter spilled the beans on how MZB and husband repeatedly abused the daughter and her brother. Truly awful stuff.

  23. Jenny says:

    Room is done. Reloading is all that’s left. Husband made short work of the baseboard and door trim. Found some problems with the baseboard heater that added an hour or two to the day. Nothing involving water fortunately. Returning the chop saw then dinner.

    DIY – depends on the DIY’er I suppose. I’m willing but not skilled so I make errors that cost time and material. I have done enough wood working to avoid mutilation and death thru incompetency, but not enough to figure out the slick tricks that turn out the most polished look. I’m willing to tackle most anything and capable of learning, though. My willingness often hits the harsh reality that I’m nether big not strong. I have weak hands the size of the average 12 year old. Holding power tools correctly is pretty tough because grips are large. The ‘women’ market tools I’ve tried feel cheap and underpowered. So I duck it up and use my husbands DeWalts. My husband is a better craftsman than I’ll ever be, but isn’t always as motivated as I am to git ‘er done. And I hate nagging (not saying I refrain from nagging – no one is perfect).

    I have family members that are professional level DIY’ers. I love watching their competence.

  24. Nick Flandrey says:

    @ech, yes, she is foul.

    WRT DIY, I am for many things pro-level DIY. I worked as a carpenter in Hollyweird for years, and learned a lot of tricks for doing things quickly and well. I learned how to use all the tools and make do when you don’t have the right tool. That said, I’m def not a ‘woodworker.’ I’ve built cabinets, and furniture, but I tend to build them like scenery… and I use a lot of metal and plywood when I build furniture. True construction type work I learned from my dad, then from watching shows and doing.

    I think there are people who probably shouldn’t be allowed to use power tools, but I think EVERYONE should try. It’s like cooking. You need the tools, the recipe, the techniques, and some guidance. Then you need to just do it and learn from the mistakes. The only thing the pros have is LOTS more mistakes in the past.

    WRT to strength issues, or hand size, try some different brands. With the introduction of lithium batteries, tools have gotten a lot lighter, and some brands might fit your hand better. I agree that most of the tools I’ve seen and handled that were marketed to women were cheap crap, suitable only for light crafts and picture hanging.

    I get great satisfaction from doing things myself (or with my family.) And if it’s wrong, I’ve got no one to blame buy me (which saves a LOT of drama.)

    n

  25. lynn says:

    The wife got me to go swim in the 92 F pool tonight. The 100 F hot tub was even better. Even in the 89 F air.

  26. mediumwave says:

    I tend to avoid MZB since her daughter spilled the beans on how MZB and husband repeatedly abused the daughter and her brother. Truly awful stuff.

    Agreed. However, …

    (I’ve never read Wallace, and I have only vague memories of reading MZB forty-something years ago, so I can’t really comment on their literary merits.)

  27. Greg Norton says:

    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.)

    At GTE 20 years ago, we knew where Venezuela was headed. We hoped we were wrong.

    I think everyone there, including the leadership, expected an old-fashioned CIA coup to right things long before now. A right wing military dictatorship run by a photogenic expat exec from the oil industry whose true seat of power was a Miami Beach condo, the whole thing propped up by the perverted alcoholics running the commands based at MacDill. At least there would be food, leadership to b*tch about after dinner … and a return of state-sponsored plastic surgery.

    Even Chavez wanted that end result. I’d be willing to bet that he was surprised he made it out of the US in one piece after delivering that “smells like sulphur” speech at the UN. Chavez had no clue about how to fix things, and Maduro even less.

    On a related note, if you are into accumulation of bullion buillon (soup is boullion), make sure it falls of the boat with the firearms when you go fishing. Don’t put it into the safe deposit box. Someone is practicing for a repeat of the 30s.

    https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/05/06/customers-complain-bofa-is-drilling-safe-deposit-boxes-and-losing-valuables/

    Of course it would be BofA.

  28. SteveF says:

    I think everyone there, including the leadership, expected an old-fashioned CIA coup to right things long before now.

    Over the years I’ve heard
    – Our current problems are the Americans’ fault because they installed a puppet government twenty years ago
    – Our problems are the Americans’ fault because they didn’t overthrow our dictator
    – Our problems are the Americans’ fault because they interfered in our civil war
    – Our problems are the Americans’ fault because they didn’t interfere in our civil war
    – Our problems are the Americans’ fault because there was a natural disaster and the Americans didn’t come right away with aid
    – Our problems are the Americans’ fault because they won’t lend us money
    – Our problems are the Americans’ fault because they forced us to borrow money that we can’t repay
    – Our problems are the Americans’ fault because they took all of our best-educated people

    Given that we’re going to be blamed for everything no matter what, I think that the American people, corporations, and government should say to hell with the rest of the world and act in the best interests of the American people and society. It’s a radical notion but one that’s worth a try.

  29. ITguy1998 says:

    Given that we’re going to be blamed for everything no matter what, I think that the American people, corporations, and government should say to hell with the rest of the world and act in the best interests of the American people and society. It’s a radical notion but one that’s worth a try.

    +10000000000000

  30. Greg Norton says:

    Given that we’re going to be blamed for everything no matter what, I think that the American people, corporations, and government should say to hell with the rest of the world and act in the best interests of the American people and society. It’s a radical notion but one that’s worth a try.

    More of a case can be made to interfere in Venezuela than Iraq.

    Again, I honestly believe the entire world expected the US to do something before Bush 43 left office, including Chavez.

  31. SteveF says:

    More of a case can be made to interfere in Venezuela than Iraq.

    Fine. We can compromise: the US will go in, provide food and toilet paper, and steal all their oil.

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