Wed. Aug. 29, 2018 – more more more

77F with 90%RH, but that is misleading, since it will all change as the sun comes up. Suffice to say “Hot and Humid” today…

More stuff to do today, personal, rental, and to get ready for the first gainful employment in a few years that I haven’t been in control of. That’s a bit nervous-making…

Nice to expand the range of potential income though. Doing occasional day labor for this company could be a nice supplement, esp as the ebay sales remain at zero for the moment.

And I better get the family up, and breakfast going, or everyone will be late today.

n

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45 Responses to Wed. Aug. 29, 2018 – more more more

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    Content spam is unusually poetic today…

    “The extra you carry the more serious life will get.
    Why? ”

    “Strive to have each display show a great gift
    about necessary involved.”

    ” May the Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ pour the romance on everyone and through everyone.
    The lovemaking which followed that was intense.”

    Hmmm, pour the romance….

    n

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    And this sort of cr@p is why I don’t send money to my alma mater…

    “Two culminating public performances, which included all participants and used music, dance, theater, visual design and spoken word, addressed this year’s theme “You, Me, We: Understanding Internalized Racial Oppression and How it Manifests in Our Artistic Community.”

    n

  3. MrAtoz says:

    Same with my alma mater, Mr. Nick. Commie seeding in the educational system is complete. Miss you OFD.

  4. Ray Thompson says:

    @Rick: What is the name of the hosting company that you use. I am getting fed up with 1and1 with their price increases and separate billing for the site and then for the domain. Currently it is about $135.00 a year. I am looking for something cheaper for my minimal needs.

  5. Greg Norton says:

    Suck it Texas!

    Texas will be the last state to legalize, and I don’t see it happening as long as long as Gov. Abbott remains ensconced in Austin.

    I don’t think possession should involve jail time, but I had a manager at CGI whose mugshot was online for a POSS MJ arrest. As they say, a picture was worth a thousand words, especially in the case of that woman.

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    My experience with the mj is that it robs you of your will. So habitual users tend to just coast, which is fine with me. Less competition for jobs, females, etc means more success and opportunity for non-users. Just one more way to remove yourself from the competition.

    n

  7. Greg Norton says:

    My experience with the mj is that it robs you of your will. So habitual users tend to just coast, which is fine with me. Less competition for jobs, females, etc means more success and opportunity for non-users. Just one more way to remove yourself from the competition.

    My job in Seattle was based on my ability to produce clean pee on demand in order to get cleared to board military aircraft and install our software. It was a mixed blessing since I never really fit in with the other developers.

    It was also the only time in my career that I quit a job without notice. Management wouldn’t stop talking to me like I was retarded, even on my way out the door, an exit which f*cked their business plan for that “spin”.

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    You can’t do any work for an oil company, even just walking into their building as a contractor, without peeing in a cup.

    That gave me a real advantage.

    n

  9. Greg Norton says:

    And our future gov could be worse than moonbeam

    He won’t be Governor long. Newsom’s 2020 run for President starts in January.

    I have no doubt Newsom’s money and organizing people are at work here in Texas on the BETO campaign. Win or lose, the Progs are learning from the two statewide races this year, hoping to apply the data mining to cut Trump’s 2016 margin of victory in 2020.

  10. CowboySlim says:

    Same with my alma mater, Mr. Nick. Commie seeding in the educational system is complete. Miss you OFD.

    YUUUP! When I got the monthly newsletter with a picture of obamanous giving the commencement speech……..

    WRT to one potential employment testing, I had to do a lie detector test in addition to micturating.

  11. lynn says:

    From yesterday:

    that initial month must be CASH. Yes, I will take 100s

    I would give it to you in rolled dimes, then make you count it to make certain it is all there before I get the receipt.

    Nope, that would destroy our contractual relationship, I would refuse to accept that as payment. I have been renting residential and commercial properties for 28 years. I have found the hard way that the financial portion must be absolutely clear as to who is paying what and how much. I have had people write me checks and rush to the bank and close the account. Not just insufficient funds (I’ve had those also), but go and close the bank account.

    ADD: When I rerented the office warehouse last year, the guy had to bring me $5,000 in cash. That got our relationship off to a great start.

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    I had a guy do that to me way back in the day when I was a student at ASU. We’d done a TON of handyman and light construction at his house, trying to fix stuff his previous contractor had messed up.

    Scumbag wrote me a check on a closed account. That phone call was ill advised, but I was steaming mad, and it worked. We got paid.

    n

  13. Rick H says:

    @Ray Thompson:

    The hosting place I use is JustHost. Reasonable pricing, unlimited domains (I tend to have a lot of them), unlimited data transfer, unlimited databases (for all my WP sites). Good uptime (5-9’s), tech support is OK (live or chat, both usually work OK). Free OpenSSL on sites; easy to implement.

    Cost is reasonable. Initial cost can be as low as $4/month (depending on the length of time you sign up for) for basic shared systems. I pay a bit more for a higher level.

    Link is here. Note that if you sign up on that link, I get an affiliate referral fee that doesn’t affect your cost. Same cost if you go directly to their site.

    I also use BlueHost for some client sites; but they are basically the same company. Just never got around to doing the affiliate thing with them. Actually, I have a BlueHost affiliate thing also: https://www.bluehost.com/track/cellarweb/ . Same deal as JustHost.

    Happy with both of those hosting places.

  14. Greg Norton says:

    that initial month must be CASH. Yes, I will take 100s

    In Tampa, dealing with the alcoholic pervert REMFs from MacDill, I paid my HOA dues with Post Office Money Orders. Any mischief with the payment on either side results in a visit from a visibly armed Postal Inspector, and the REMFs only tried to “lose” my payment *once* before I educated them on the consequences.

    Unfortunately, the dollar limit on the Post Office Money Order is (was?) $1000.

  15. lynn says:

    Continued from yesterday:

    Long gone are the days when you could trade a chicken to your doctor for good medical care.

    Yes. But the drugs and tools available today are highly regulated and the liability insurance cost is simply amazing.

    We had a car wreck in 1972. My brother required abdominal surgery to repair his stomach vein. The country surgeon (Navasota, TX) charged my dad $200 and threw in setting my twice broken leg for free.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    “Long gone are the days when you could trade a chicken to your doctor for good medical care.”

    Yes. But the drugs and tools available today are highly regulated and the liability insurance cost is simply amazing.

    Add in the cost of provider student loans, which has begun to go parabolic since the program was nationalized as part of Obamacare. No one proposes solutions to that cost as part of “Medicare for All” or any of the other socialized schemes because the Treasury collects their piece of that action.

    Remember, we had to pass the bill to find out what was in it.

    IIRC, the number of people the Treasury knows have student loans of more than $1 million is above 200 and growing, mostly healthcare professionals.

  17. DadCooks says:

    An FYI:
    JustHost is just one of many hosting companies owned by Endurance International Group (EIG). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endurance_International_Group

    I find it interesting that the quality of their hosting companies varies widely, from excellent, like BlueHost, to really bad.

    So when switching hosts do your research, just because it is part of EIG means nothing.

    I have been with Site5 since they were independent. I have a pretty reasonable rate for my domains, but that sweet deal is because I am grandfathered. I have noticed less reliability and responsiveness with Site5 since they sold out to EIG. Currently, I am “shopping” as my current good deal is going to cease in December 2020. BlueHost is at the top of my list right now.

    So @Rick, get your “affiliate” thing in order with BlueHost by late 2020.

  18. Rick H says:

    @DadCooks …. actually, I *do* have affiliate with BlueHost also.

    Here’s the link, if anyone is interested. Same deal: I get a referral fee, the person signing up doesn’t see an additional cost because of using my link.

    Pricing levels are the same at BlueHost and JustHost.

  19. JimB says:

    Regarding payments in cash, just be careful not to trip the regulations, including the unwritten ones. A while ago there were stories of businesses making frequent transactions under the $10k limit that were under threat because of a “pattern” of transactions under the limit. They did nothing wrong, but were still threatened, and more, IIRC.

  20. lynn says:

    “Gillum Wants 40% Corporate Tax Rate Hike”
    https://www.atr.org/gillum-wants-40-corporate-tax-rate-hike

    “Bernie Sanders-backed candidate Andrew Gillum has won the Democrat nomination for the governorship of Florida. Taxpayers beware: Gillum wants to impose a massive tax increase on Floridians, starting with a corporate tax rate hike of over 40 percent.”

    I thought that Florida did not have a state income tax ? No wonder why Floridians are moving to Texas.

    ADD: Why not raise the Florida corporate state income tax 100% ? Shoot, lets go for 200%. 300%.

  21. lynn says:

    Regarding payments in cash, just be careful not to trip the regulations, including the unwritten ones. A while ago there were stories of businesses making frequent transactions under the $10k limit that were under threat because of a “pattern” of transactions under the limit. They did nothing wrong, but were still threatened, and more, IIRC.

    I take checks after the first month’s rent and the deposit. So, it is an unusual thing. And I am very careful to document the hound out of the transaction.

  22. Clayton W. says:

    Florida does not have a State Income tax, but they do have an Intangibles tax. I guess a Corporate tax as well.

  23. lynn says:

    “Senate confirms seven more of Trump’s judges”
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/28/charles-goodwin-susan-baxter-among-7-donald-trump-/

    “The Senate confirmed seven of President Trump’s district court nominees on Tuesday after Republicans struck a deal with Democrats to shorten the usual vote times.”

    “And the GOP set up another eight votes on district judges for next week, when the Senate returns after a brief Labor Day vacation.”

    “The seven approved this week now give Mr. Trump 35 districts court judges approved so far. He’s also won 26 judges to federal circuit courts appeals, and one Supreme Court justice.”

    Wow, more and more gravy. And there is a whole big pot of gravy coming in September, Brett Kavanaugh.

  24. Greg Norton says:

    I thought that Florida did not have a state income tax ? No wonder why Floridians are moving to Texas.

    Personal income tax is banned by the constitution. Certain businesses pay 5% IIRC. I believe the intangibles tax was pulled by Jeb!, but it never applied to me since my stock holdings were below the six figure trigger amount.

    Gillum won’t win. If he does, the Republicans still hold control of the legislature until districts are drawn again in 2020. Not much will change since the current Governor and the Legislature don’t get along, despite Rick Scott having an (R) behind his name.

    The tech job situation in FL isn’t all that great unless you have a pre-existing security clearance. If you do have a decent tech job, chances are the money is substandard.

  25. Nick Flandrey says:

    There was another incident with a con man who, after a very tense meeting with all of us unwilling to remove outerwear despite the 90F plus temps in the apartment, wrote us checks for what we were owed, but by the time we got to the bank the next morning, he was gone. Moved out of state, gone.

    Vanished.

    And we were some of the smaller amounts owed. The guy’s name was Gil Ridgely, and if you ever come across him, stay clear.

    n

  26. lynn says:

    “Trump says it’s ‘disgraceful’ Bruce Ohr still at DOJ”
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/29/donald-trump-says-its-disgraceful-bruce-ohr-still-/

    “It is the second time in two weeks, Mr. Trump has skewed Mr. Ohr. On Aug. 17, the president said he was considering removing the 27-year Justice Department veteran’s security clearance.”

    Yes it is. And Bruce Ohr is getting ready to learn a lesson as Machiavelli said (Lynn’s translation), “never do the King a small harm”.

  27. Chad says:

    BSA requires all “suspicious activity” to be reported. So, anyone making repeated deposits/withdrawals just under that $10,000 limit qualify as “suspicious” and a report gets sent to Uncle Sam. Though, considering how many SARs get sent every week from banks and credit unions across the country you’d really really have to stand out. When I worked banking it was “When in doubt – fill out a SAR.” Tellers and bankers were trained that if you aren’t sure if you should fill out a SAR for something, then you should probably fill out a SAR. You couldn’t be reprimanded for submitting too many SARs.

  28. Ray Thompson says:

    Shoot, lets go for 200%. 300%.

    Can democrats do such math.

  29. JLP says:

    To me there is nothing suspicious in wanting to avoid being hassled by the government because of arbitrarily set numbers.

  30. Greg Norton says:

    “Shoot, lets go for 200%. 300%.”

    Can democrats do such math.

    *If* Florida elects Andrew Gillum as the next Governor, Disney and Publix will make sure he understands how things really work in the state very quickly.

    Darden Restaurants owned the last Democrat Governor in the state, “Walkin Lawton” Chiles, but that company has faded in importance to the state’s economy as of late so they don’t bother with owning politicians like they used to.

    Publix owned Opie, who lost the (R) primary.

  31. paul says:

    To me there is nothing suspicious in wanting to avoid being hassled by the government because of arbitrarily set numbers.

    This deserves a Like button.

  32. JimB says:

    “…document the hound out of the transaction.”

    That’s a new one on me. +1

  33. Ray Thompson says:

    Got the new travel trailer. Truck pulls it fine just not going to get anywhere fast, especially up hills. That is fine with me.

    Surprised me the intelligence that was built into the brake controller. The computer knows the trailer is attached and displays the amount of braking force that is being applied to the trailer brakes. You can set the amount of gain and I have no idea what the optimum setting should be for the gain. I want some force applied about equivalent to what I am applying on the truck brakes. I have the gain at what I think is a good setting. You can also manually apply the trailer brakes with a control on the dash. The display also shows that number of miles you have been towing the trailer.

    Load leveling hitch barely causes the truck to sag. Sway thus far does not seem to be an issue although I have not experienced significant winds, just a couple of truck passing me. Truck seems to move a little more than with the boat (no load leveling hitch), subtle but noticeable. I suspect it has to do with the load leveling hitch transferring some of the trailer bounce to the truck itself.

    Trailer will fit under the boat awning with about a foot to spare. Will have three feet of horizontal clearance so will park with about six inches on one side so we can open the doors on the other side.

    Fifteen amps is not enough to run the air conditioner. Tripped the breaker. So I need to have an electrician install a 30 amp 115V outlet on the side of the house. Will not use it much but will be nice to have in case we do want to run the A/C. Also has an electric/gas water heater and electric/gas area heater. Refrigerator is also electric/gas. All the appliances will automatically switch to electric when available otherwise will use gas. Stove and oven is gas, microwave is electric as they have not figured out how to make a gas powered microwave.

    First trip is tomorrow, only about 50 miles to the spot. Will leave early Sunday morning. Shakedown cruise to figure out how every thing works.

  34. lynn says:

    microwave is electric as they have not figured out how to make a gas powered microwave.

    Just hang a propane powered generator off the poop deck back there.

  35. paul says:

    My trailer seems to default to electricity as far as the fridge goes. I have to switch the water heater manually. I do have gas heat but we’ve never used it. Electric heat is a space heater.

    Trailer brake controller….. I’ve been told to set it were you can feel the trailer trying to pull you to a stop and then loosen it up.

  36. Ray Thompson says:

    Trailer brake controller….. I’ve been told to set it were you can feel the trailer trying to pull you to a stop and then loosen it up

    OK. I will try that and see how I like it. Where I have there have not been any issues with stopping.

  37. Ray Thompson says:

    Just hang a propane powered generator off the poop deck back there.

    Thought about getting one. There is a propane outlet on the trailer to hook up a generator. But I seriously doubt we will ever stay anywhere there is not full hookups, water, sewer and power.

  38. SteveF says:

    Ray, you should adjust your trailer’s brakes similar to the way engineers design bridges: Drive on steeper and steeper hills, on slick roads, and with heavier loads in the trailer. Adjust the brakes in small increments as you do so, making careful notes about everything. When you get to where you can’t properly control the truck and trailer and wreck it, buy a new truck and trailer and set the brakes to where they were on the trip before the wreck.

  39. Nick Flandrey says:

    Genius! I’ll do it!

    n

  40. JimB says:

    The Romans had the engineers stand under the bridge while soldiers loaded it. If it failed, problem solved… for the Romans.

  41. Ray Thompson says:

    When you get to where you can’t properly control the truck and trailer and wreck it, buy a new truck and trailer and set the brakes to where they were on the trip before the wreck

    Wife would think that is just an excuse to get a new vehicle.

  42. Nick Flandrey says:

    But sweetheart, it’s a time honored methodology!

    n

  43. DadCooks says:

    @JimB said:
    “The Romans had the engineers stand under the bridge while soldiers loaded it. If it failed, problem solved… for the Romans.”

    When a new submarine goes out for the first time before it is accepted by the U.S. Navy all the Shipyard Designers, Engineers, Craft Leads, and Shipyard Management involved in the construction of the sub go out on that first short run and initial dive. The same thing is done after every overhaul. Or at least that’s how we did it back in the day.

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