Fri. Mar. 22, 2019 – nothing of note, except the end of the week

Cool and not quite as damp. That’s as precise as I can get until I change the dang batteries in my weather station. It sure got nice yesterday. Forecast is for continued clear, and I really need that for a good day selling tomorrow. I’ve started looking at the forecasters on the map, I’ll see if any are better than the others. It also looks like they changed their map software again (NOAA) so maybe back to accurate??

This week was busy but seemed to take forever.

Spring is definitely here. New growth is poking out everywhere. Garden is going to get some priority after the hamfest.

Preps this week were all about getting the ebay out the door (china boy finally paid, and I shipped to a forwarder.) Other than that, adding groceries to the pile- pork loin is back on sale at HEB, $1/pound, vac pack bulk. REALLY tasty for chops and little roasts.

I did have a problem with icing in my garage fridge. I think I lost 10 pounds of pork shoulder butt roast, I’ll know today. It was vac packed but got warmer than I like for a day or so. Fortunately the rest of the contents are sturdy and unaffected by the higher temp. I think I have the blockage taken care of so I can restock today.

I suggest checking the clearance area of your grocery every time you shop. There are often some huge bargains.

This wasn’t even a good ‘coupon’ trip (HEB has store coupons on the shelf) and I saved $27 to get to $150. I had store coupons for a couple of items (BOGO pasta, some cans), the sale pork, and a bunch of clearanced cleaning stuff for 2/3 off.) You can save a ton of money with smart shopping.

I missed our local .gov meeting, it’s the same night as my CPA class. That sucks, but the CPA stuff is good too. MEATSPACE.

So what did you guys and gals do to prep this week?

n

33 thoughts on “Fri. Mar. 22, 2019 – nothing of note, except the end of the week”

  1. I am sicker today, but ironically feel better. My head isn’t leaking as much, I slept thru the night, and so I feel better, but I’m starting to cough. It’s a nice deep resonant cough that hurts, but it does bring stuff up. So, sicker but feel better.

    Monday I’ll have time to go to the doctor if the cough gets worse.

    n

  2. No media bias in the reporting of this story, nope, none, nothing, nada—

    “‘MAGA bomber’ weeps as he pleads GUILTY to sending pipe bombs to Trump critics and high ranking Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Barack Obama

    Cesar Sayoc, 57, cried as he pleaded guilty to 65 counts in Manhattan’s federal court Thursday afternoon”

    “In October, Sayoc mailed 16 devices ‘designed to look like pipe bombs’ [first accurate description in the article, almost the last.]

    to prominent Democrats and famous liberals. He became known as the ‘MAGA bomber’ the media LABELED HIM AS…

    “All of the devices were intercepted before reaching their intended targets, and none exploded” — because they weren’t bombs, they were INcapable of exploding

    “When Rakoff asked Sayoc whether he intended the devices to explode, or to kill or injure people, Sayoc said he did not. ” — this is important because later one of the crimes he’s charged with requires INTENT.

    ” he admitted that he knew there was a risk they could explode. ” — if smashed by a sledgehammer, or incinerated maybe….. NOT from being in a package next to a timer.

    “In addition to using weapons of mass destruction, the charges include mailing explosives with an intent to kill or injure people or property…” — INTENT, disavowed above…

    “The packages were intercepted from Delaware to California. At least some listed a return address of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee.” — nice touch

    n

  3. I saw a headline that jogged my memory of an old RBT post from 2014-05-25:

    And I spotted another very strange article on CNN: Don’t machine wash your denim, says Levi’s CEO

    I actually read something similar to this a year or two ago, about a new fad for never washing jeans. That article recommended putting them in the freezer instead, claiming that freezing killed bacteria. Obviously, no one bothered to tell those teeming masses of bacteria that are happily living atop Mount Everest or in Antarctica about that. Or, for that matter, those foolish scientists who routinely preserve living bacteria by lyophilizing (freeze-drying) them. Freezing jeans doesn’t sterilize them. Not even close. If you really don’t want to wash your jeans, I recommend autoclaving them. Stick them in a pressure cooker at 15 PSI for 30 minutes. They won’t come out clean, but they will come out sterile.

    It seems the CEO has decided to not freeze jeans and calls it an “old wives’ tale.”

  4. Yeah, weird doesn’t even begin to describe it….


    It Just Got Weirder… Gov. Hickenlooper Shares Endearing Story on How He Took His Mother to ‘Deep Throat’ (VIDEO)
    by Jim Hoft March 21, 2019

    Democrat Values.
    This ought to gain him props with the liberal base!
    Former Colorado Governor and presidential candidate John Hickenlooper shared with a CNN audience how he watched “Deep Throat” with his mother.”

    For those who somehow missed it back in the day (curiously, Deep Throat was the first hard core porn to somehow make it into ordinary discourse, mainly because of how shocking it was at the time) this movie was referenced EVERYWHERE and describes an oral sex act that suddenly women’s mags were full of ‘how to’ articles on.

    The actress has since said she was an unwilling participant, and was ‘basically raped’ in every scene in the movie.

    To sit thru a hard core porno ‘because once she’d paid for it, she was gonna watch it’, says something about a person. And to sit there with her (his mom) says something else. Like- F’ing NUTS.

    n

  5. And I spotted another very strange article on CNN: Don’t machine wash your denim, says Levi’s CEO

    Levi’s denim is mostly cr*p anymore. Of course the CEO suggested it. I remember the fad

    I don’t buy Levi’s at Kohl’s, and I avoid pairs made in god forsaken places which didn’t make clothing exports before the last decade. Lesotho? Really?

    The denim mills around Columbus Ga, source of decent US denim, shut down more than 15 years ago. The Japanese bought the machines and carted them back to the homeland

  6. “Windows 7 end-of-support notifications to begin appearing on April 18, 2019.”

    Ugh.

    I’m working on turning my Windows 7 dedicated laptop into a Linux box. If I can’t get the drivers to cooperate, the hardware, a Santa Rosa MacBook Pro, is going on EBay.

    Microsoft will make things hard to stay on the platform. I will keep my main desktop on Win 7 as long as possible, but I have a Win 10 partition ready to go.

  7. “It’s not just you: New data shows more than half of young people in America don’t have a romantic partner”
    https://www.sfgate.com/lifestyle/article/It-s-not-just-you-New-data-shows-more-than-half-13706291.php

    This is a profound change of things from the boomer generation to the millenials. I am not sure what it says but I don’t think that it is a good thing. And neither of my kids, 35 and 31, have a romantic partner.

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  8. “Confidentially, I asked a Ford executive friend years later why Ford did the recall instead of Firestone, spending the 3 billion dollars. The man, whom I will never identify, simply said: “sometime, look up who is in Bill Ford’s family. The answer will come to you.”

    The relationship between the Ford and Firestone families is well know in Florida, where everyone wintered.

    Toss the Edisons in the mix too.

    If you want a cool piece of trivia, look into the history of Kingsford charcoal

  9. I don’t buy Levi’s at Kohl’s, and I avoid pairs made in god forsaken places which didn’t make clothing exports before the last decade.

    This is good to hear as I thought I was crazy. Ok, I don’t know about Kohl’s… I don’t shop there often but I’ve had no problems. Where Levi 501s are made makes a difference. From Jamaica or near, they tend to be baggy in the butt and thighs. I have one pair made in Egypt of all places, they fit the best.

  10. Microsoft will make things hard to stay on the platform. I will keep my main desktop on Win 7 as long as possible, but I have a Win 10 partition ready to go.

    Sad. And my business does not have the money to move us to Windows 10 at this time.

  11. I’ll look at Walmart batteries. Thanks for the tip.

    When my mom moved in, her van needed a battery. Off to O’Reilly’s. That battery went bad after 2 years. They seem to have NO record that we have ever bought a battery there. Of any kind. Van, Jeep, red Dodge, white Dodge, tractor, and one for the riding lawn mower. You don’t want to honor your warranty? I’ll shop elsewhere.

    O’Reilly’s wanted about $160 for a new battery. I went to NAPA, $120 and more CCA. I’ll also shop the local NAPA. (The NAPA on Kramer Lane in Austin _sucked_.)

    I just need to get that stupid terminal off. And then load up the smallest dead battery I have sitting around to take for a core. Why the smallest? When I clean out the clutter of scrap metal, the recycle place pays by weight. So Group 27 batteries go to scrap, Group 24 get used for core charges.

  12. The last car battery I bought was for my 2009 Camry. The previous battery (Autozone, I think) had lasted as long as it was supposed to.

    I was going to replace it with another Autozone battery, but they cost too much. .Went to “Wally World” (WalMart) and got one for about $95. Let them install it (I could do it, but installation was free). They did a nice job, used the ‘red paint’ stuff on the terminals to keep them clean.

    This was last year, I think. No problems since then. Only use the car a couple times a week, but it starts right up each time.


  13. And neither of my kids, 35 and 31, have a romantic partner.

    I’m an 80 year old widower, so I’m dodging them.

  14. “Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?”
    https://theweek.com/articles/830443/why-are-2020-democrats-weird

    “I wish I could say that the worst thing about John Hickenlooper’s CNN town hall on Wednesday night was the part where he talked about watching Deep Throat with his mom. The former governor of Colorado, who is one of roughly 173 declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, explained that the porno-with-mom thing was not an accident. He said he knew that the movie was “naughty” but thought his mother might enjoy getting out of the house. Apparently after the infamous X-rated flick began she was “mortified.” That poor woman.”

    No freaking way !

    Surely “173 declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination” is an exaggeration. Surely.

    “The water is still warm, Hillary.”

    Oh no, it is not. The water is cold and there are a lot of sharks in it.

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  15. Sad. And my business does not have the money to move us to Windows 10 at this time.

    Win32 will be around a long time, and big customers will get whatever they need to keep Windows 7 apps running on employee laptops. The problem is the percentage of your customer base who do not have Redmond’s attention (don’t pay Microsoft a ton of money).

    The intern should have managed to get your application running in Wine on CentOS 6 Linux last summer. This summer should be tweaking the arrangement for CentOS 7.

  16. This was last year, I think. No problems since then. Only use the car a couple times a week, but it starts right up each time.

    How cold did you get this winter ? That is the true test of a battery.

  17. The intern should have managed to get your application running in Wine on CentOS 6 Linux last summer. This summer should be tweaking the arrangement for CentOS 7.

    What intern is that ?

  18. @Lynn

    How cold did you get this winter ? That is the true test of a battery.

    We had some days in the low 20’s (F) (in eastern Olympic Peninsula WA). Along with about 14″ of snow for a couple of days. And the car is always parked in the driveway, west side of the house.

  19. How cold did you get this winter ? That is the true test of a battery.

    We had some days in the low 20’s (F) (in eastern Olympic Peninsula WA). Along with about 14″ of snow for a couple of days. And the car is always parked in the driveway, west side of the house.

    Excellent !

    I had my truck start right up when it was 23 F outside, snowing, and a 1/4 inch of ice on the windshield, hood, and north side of my truck this winter in Norman, OK. And it had not been started in four days. I was very proud of my $5 positive battery terminal clamp homerig.

  20. Almost have the truck loaded for the hamfest. Still some light left so I better get back to it.

    n

  21. Almost have the truck loaded for the hamfest. Still some light left so I better get back to it.

    Might be a nice rainy day for you tomorrow.

  22. yes, NOAA says rain, right on the edge of the front. Since theyve been wrong so much lately, I’m hoping for sun.

    n

    and now to bed.

  23. Jeans, or clothes in general – we are real boring. Most stuff comes from Lands End (which delivers very nicely into Switzerland). I’ve had the occasional order to Boot Barn, because someone here recommended them a few years back. The main thing about mail order is that the sizing is reliable and exact.

    I wear almost nothing but jeans anymore, so I’ll order 2-3 pairs each blue and black, and I’m set for a couple of years. Not “stacked” – just the long enough to reach the bottom of my leg, thanks. Yeah, boring…


  24. Not “stacked” – just the long enough to reach the bottom of my leg, thanks. Yeah, boring…

    With stacking, long enough to reach the top of my boots, while sitting down.

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