Sun. Mar. 10, 2019 – survived the time change…

73F and 87%RH

Slept late. Looks later due to time change and that this blog runs on Eastern time.

While the DST change is inconvenient, and might not make sense everywhere, it does make sense in most places. I lived in Arizona where we didn’t change and it was a bit of a pain.

Time ZONES are an interesting story, mostly the fault/effort of one man. When you look at the jagged and strange edges of the zones they don’t make sense. But when you know that they encompassed the end point for one of the different railroads, suddenly it does make sense. Just one of the ways infrastructure and forgotten decisions continue to influence us decades later.

n

(agreed that animals don’t understand time changes. I was gonna lead with that observation, but it got covered yesterday…)

27 thoughts on “Sun. Mar. 10, 2019 – survived the time change…”

  1. I’ve got too many clocks. Some I don’t even keep running anymore. Like bathrooms, do I have #2 scheduled and complete no more than 2min, 37sec?

  2. While the DST change is inconvenient, and might not make sense everywhere, it does make sense in most places. I lived in Arizona where we didn’t change and it was a bit of a pain.

    Griping about DST is another popular meme. Granted, for certain segments of the population, it is a legitimate problem, but a lot of the gripers are just parroting what they see on TV, especially from local news droids.

    Late June/Early July ummer days in Vantucky consisted of almost 18 hours of some light being visible. Sunlight at 3 AM would have driven us insane; 4 AM was bad enough.

    God only knows what the politicians would sneak into a bill changing DST *again* or eliminating it entirely. Florida actually wants DST year-round — later sunsets are good for beach bar/restaurant business.

  3. @nick Thanks. I didn’t realize that I had to move the cursor to the field, Stupid Assumption on my part. I assumed that was where the cursor was as the screen usually changed. Adding a Blue tooth keyboard solved most of my problems. (I had been able to get somethings to work with Sling but not to work well. )

    I’ve uninstalled the Hulu, Sling and DirectvNow apps. I think I can get what I want to watch (March Maddness) with the Basic Firestick plus ESPN.

  4. The new Austin “sobering center” is going to be busy for the next week. Lots of freaks and alcoholics in town starting this weekend, and when they get their drink on, all they get all kinds of strange ideas which the center staff are equipped to handle.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/44467/ocasio-cortez-state-america-garbage-reagan-pitted-ryan-saavedra

    Wrong link. My bad.

    http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/sobering-center-prepares-for-possible-sxsw-influx

    The drunk tank (let’s be real about it) is in the old county morgue downtown. I thought my wife was kidding when she first told me about the renovation last year.

  5. I saw Captain Marvel last night. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. The main character doesn’t seem to have any chemistry with anyone in the film. There are several parts that go against what has happened in the MCU so far. I guess “time travel” will solve those.

    ***SPOILER ALERT FOR MR. LYNN***
    The Skrulls are the good guys? WTF, over?
    ***SPOILER ALERT FOR MR. LYNN***

    A good popcorn movie, though. I won’t see it again in the theater like some other MCU films.

  6. there is some good insight and lots of food for thought in this rather long article–

    https://parallaxoptics.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/on-woke-capital/

    It nails some things I’ve been saying and thinking (“is feminism just a conspiracy by lesbians and ultra high status men to get fresh p#ssy? (Yes). “)

    I’d say it was worth the slow start, where you are figuring out wth he’s even going on about, to get to the middle and end.

    n

  7. I saw Captain Marvel last night. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. The main character doesn’t seem to have any chemistry with anyone in the film

    That’s the same problem the new female lead has in “Doctor Who”.

    The theory in our house is that Ardal O’Hanlon will be the new lead in “Doctor Who” when the next series runs in Spring 2020.

    A good popcorn movie, though. I won’t see it again in the theater like some other MCU films.

    I only watch MCU films to look at Cobie Smulders. If I ran Disney, I wouldn’t be so quick to park the Fox comic book (X-Men), MCU, and Lucasfilm flicks behind a private streaming service instead of Hulu. A bad flick or two (cough … Last Jedi … cough) and people will forget.

  8. You know, I am ok with the Fall Back thing so I don’t mind continuing it. However, this Spring Forward thing sucks and should be discontinued immediately.

  9. Stay off old Boeing 767s and new Boeing 737 Maxes.

    The two recent MAX crashes have been overseas where maintenance is a cr*pshoot. Friends who have traveled to SE Asia, particularly Nepal, talk about getting on older jets with signs reading “This aircraft not certified for use in the United States of America” right above the door.

  10. The two recent MAX crashes have been overseas where maintenance is a cr*pshoot.

    Yeah, but they were NEW 737 Max planes. Supposedly these things come in threes so …

  11. Cleaning out the garage, putting in some new plastic free standing shelves. The old metal ones were crap, starting to rust with some really bad due to chemical leaks. I was tossing stuff that in my mind was no good, had not been touched in 25 years, thus out it goes. Not so for spousal unit that got involved. Most of the crap got saved and stashed again. So basically we just wound up with new shelves crowded with the same old junk. If I lived alone I would have 1/10 of the stuff and about 1/4 of the furniture that we have. A chair to sit in, a TV stand, a small table by the chair, a bed, computer desk and work desk would be all that I need.

    Wife is like her mother, boarder line hoarder. Wife complains about her mother (she is at another level) and I point out my wife is doing the same. That does not go over well. If the spouse were to pass on I would easily fill a large construction dumpster with what I consider worthless crap.

  12. Time change? Not a big deal. I have to pay attention for a few days because the dogs run on solar time. Then again, so do I for getting out of bed.

    Spring is sneaking up. The elms are just leafing. The Blackjack Oaks are budding and so the Post Oaks will be along in about two weeks. The Live Oaks look like they have just died as they shed their leaves. The other kinds of oaks are in the middle. I think I have seven or eight kinds of oak tree here.
    The plum tree is in full bloom. So are its children. I have a small forest of plum trees over there. Smells great!
    My silly pear trees are blooming. Same for the wild peach trees. I haven’t looked at the grape vines.

    I thought three nights of mid-twenties would have killed all of the blossoms. It has in the past. [shrug]

    The Arizona Ash is looking sad. Just a bunch of brown leaves. But the twigs have a bit of green. No telling… maybe it will re-leaf just with leaves and not leaves and seed pods.

    I have a couple of mesquite trees I watch. They have green twigs. When they leaf, it’s officially Spring.

    And…. bluebonnets are sprouting along the driveway. Plenty of DYCs, too.

  13. Wife is like her mother, boarder line hoarder.

    Sounds like me. But I know where stuff is. Mostly. I drove the van the other day. Turned it off at Dairy Queen and the key broke. The key ring loop on the key, snapped right off. It’s a chipped key and if I knew where the chip was, I would just drill a hole for another split ring. But I don’t.

    Off to Wally World for super glue. Yes, I know I have some. Where? No clue. But for about $1.25 for four tubes, no problem. I glued the key together and while peeling my fingers off, looked up and found my missing super glue. 🙂

    One of my best b’day gifts ever was a roll off dumpster. It was almost 30 feet long and seven feet deep. $700 for a month. I filled it. Heaping full. Sure, I tossed some stuff I have since looked for… oh well.

    I’m almost due for another dumpster. A smaller one.

  14. I saw some bluebonnets sticking their heads up in the medians around town… my client who lives in the country usually has a yard full, but I didn’t see any out there yet.

    Changed a watch battery. Dropped the little tiny screw and had to clean up around my desk to find it.
    I have hoarder tendencies but it’s all useful stuff. No piles of newspaper, or urine saved in jars….

    n

  15. I have hoarder tendencies but it’s all useful stuff.

    That’s what we all say. Valuable Stuff. 🙂

  16. Not valuable, USEFUL! Most of it IS junk, but it’s all junk that can be used for something, beyond firestarter….

    I saved some industrial packing material from some projects I worked on. I’ve been slowly using it up since (7-10 years so far). It would have been very expensive to buy, but it was free except for storing it. And the marginal cost of its part of the storage is minimal. I’ve got a bunch of stuff like that that I’ll eventually use. I DON’T need any more circuit boards for spare parts though.

    I’m a tool hoarder for sure. NO ONE needs as many socket sets and wrench sets as I’ve got. I’ve started thinking about selling them though. I could use the storage for food.

    I should probably get rid of a few coleman lanterns and stoves too. And coolers. But if SHTF, I’ll want those extra coolers. REALLY want them. And since spare parts won’t be available, having spare lanterns and stoves won’t hurt. See how easy it is?

    n

  17. If the spouse were to pass on I would easily fill a large construction dumpster with what I consider worthless crap.

    We filled 20 cu yd dumpster when my father in law cleared out of his FL house. And that was just clean fill, things which could be put in the dumpster legally.

  18. See how easy it is?

    Big Chill – Rationalizations

    You don’t get more Early Boomer Narcissist than the characters in that flick.

    Goldblum was a little young to be in that cast, but he was believable.

    Kevin Costner was young too, but he played the corpse. All of his other scenes got cut.

  19. I’m a tool hoarder for sure. NO ONE needs as many socket sets and wrench sets as I’ve got. I’ve started thinking about selling them though. I could use the storage for food.

    One can never have enough tools. I used to put my tools up, now I just leave them everywhere (getting lazy !). That requires a lot of backups and tool stashes.

  20. I have “enough” tools, which mostly means two of everything. No more than that, and power tools there’s only one each. That’s already a lot of space.

    I have a cousin who’s a retired contractor. He can do damned near anything, although I flinch at some of his shortcuts. Anyway, he has so crazily many tools that a lot of them are outside, under an overgrown carport-style roof. Rusting away, which just hurts my soul to look at.

  21. Ohhh… a contest! Before we could sell my Dad’s house, we had to clean it out. He hid stuff (gold coins for example) so you could not just toss stuff. You had to check inside. So, check inside old boxes. Old paint cans. Old coffee tins. Envelopes because of his stamp collecting (well that was wasted time). 3 long weekends. Each weekend filling a 20x8x8 container. One was just the contents of the garage. Not just old paint tins and boxes full of broken junk. About 20 electric motors and 5 gallon tins full of scrap copper and aluminum (yes, that could have been sold, but I don’t own a pickup and its too heavy for a car in one trip). Lots of tools – he was an electrician. One container was just paper – he kept every bill he ever paid – I had phone bills going back to the early 1950s – every single one up to 2012. We never did clean out the shed in back – another dumpster’s worth but covered in animal urine. I blame this on who he was and both where and when he came from. The “who” is just a tendency to collect. The “where” and “when” is being born in a poor country during WW1. He did not grow up in a consumer society so you kept anything in case it could be repaired or used to repair something else. Then combine that with the change to a consumer society and suddenly there is far too much stuff to keep. I shudder to think how much stuff he would have had if he hadn’t left Europe after WW2 with just one suitcase – that would have given him 40 more years to accumulate stuff.

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