Wed. July 3, 2019 – getting closer

74F but 99%RH. Never thought I’d see 74F again this year. I caught a thunderstorm as I was driving yesterday. Several off in the distance, and when I stopped for gas one overtook me. I was able to outrun it though. So “Mostly sunny” with scattered T storms.

One of the things that struck me during my recent driving is how generally FLAT the middle of the country is. Horizon to horizon, 360 degrees of FLAT. And most of it cropland. If something disrupts the US in a major way, a LOT of people will go hungry.

I also wonder how good those farmers are with shooting at distance from heights…. the interstate highways are like the Roman roads, in that they all lead back to the ravening hoards. Barbarians can follow the roads to civilization as easily as the Legions can disperse into the countryside.

No ebola update yet, measles cases continue to increase to the point the the US is about to lose it’s “eradicated” status.

How are you doing on being able to isolate yourself and your family for 45 days??

nick

52 thoughts on “Wed. July 3, 2019 – getting closer”

  1. I also wonder how good those farmers are with shooting at distance from heights…. the interstate highways are like the Roman roads, in that they all lead back to the ravening hoards. Barbarians can follow the roads to civilization as easily as the Legions can disperse into the countryside.

    Ever since I first saw the structure and learned a little bit of who paid for and constructed it, I’ve believed that the Archway museum built across the freeway in Nebraska was a proof of concept for … something.

    Regardless, turn off the WiFi and cable, and most people will line up for the camps which will have those things.

    Saw something yesterday that speaks volumes about the political situation in Texas along I-35 — Subaru SUV had Florida plates, an Arizona dealer’s license plate frame, and various stickers from sites in California, indicating they probably lived there a while too.

  2. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had to be in doctors’/dentists’ waiting rooms a lot more than normal. All of the TVs have HGTV running non-stop.

    I hadn’t realized how detached from reality the home channels have become until I caught “The Property Brothers” a couple of times recently. Yes, $500,000 is a reasonable budget for a widow with a small child in Nashville.

    No wonder HELOC and nothing-down mortgages are hot again.

  3. I guess we just found out what it takes to describe criminals as “black men”…

    Murder a 2 year old.

    “The two suspects fled and are still at large.

    Authorities have described them as two black males, age between 25 and 35. The men are approximately 5’10” to 6′ tall. One of the suspects was wearing a black Nike hoodie with gold letters on the front. The other suspect wore a red hat and a gray t-shirt.”

    Huh, criminals wear hoodies? Didn’t someone get in trouble for pointing that out? And a RED hat? Not a MAGA hat I’m guessing, but maybe, just maybe it might kinda sorta be gang related??

    n

  4. Ah, and just now I see a Fox News story that a ‘cooling’ housing market may be an indicator of a recession. Here in California’s most affordable market the price has been going up, but $300-350k get a reasonable 2000sf home

  5. There was an article, on DM I think, stating almost all the “property” shows are bunk. Homes to renovate are already picked and funded. The people go look at several homes, but the choice is already made. The Property Brothers are fully licensed, but don’t do reno or real estate sales, they have minions to do that, as they rake in millions from the show and endorsements. Still, better “TV” than most of the network crap.

  6. When housewives become flippers, you are at peak market….

    I’ve long believed that basic cable is a “cultural weapon of mass destruction” dropped on the US suburbs in the 80s and 90s.

  7. Still, better “TV” than most of the network crap.

    People are better off watching “Sponge Bob”.

    I wonder what the deal is with doctors’/dentitsts’ offices. Maybe I’l try changing the channel the next time I’m in that situation and seeing what happens.

    For me, home improvement shows jumped the shark when PBS fired Steve Thomas and replaced him with a bank VP as the host of “This Old House”.


  8. I wonder what the deal is with doctors’/dentitsts’ offices.

    Offend no one. News used to be popular.

  9. After years of “only ones” attitude, the realities of current attack modes are finally getting through to the emergency response sector.

    “The Hartford Consensus has been the most in depth study about active shooter and mass casualty incidents and the development of best practices. According to the study, there are three levels of responder: (1) immediate responders, (2) professional first responders and (3) trauma care professionals. These traditional roles are no longer enough.

    Immediate responders’ role

    Within four to six minutes a person can bleed out and die. This is less than national average response times for professional first responders.

    Trauma is now the number one cause of death in Americans under the age of 46, and immediate responders are a vital component of survival after a mass casualty incident. Historically, an immediate responder is a bystander who, at best, would initiate a call to 911, and then sit passively waiting for the first responders to arrive. Fast forward to today, immediate responders are now deemed essential to victim survival in active shooter and mass casualty type incidents. Arguably, the immediate responders are the most critical because they are present when the event happens and can immediately intervene.”

    “Communities throughout the country need to recognize the value of these spontaneous rescuers, educate them, equip them and account for them in the planning process. As the study suggests, the nation needs to move forward from simply “if you see something, say something” to “if you see something, say something, do something.” The only way to achieve this is through public education, whole-community partnerships, and providing the equipment necessary to be successful. ”

    “You must educate your community members that when a true disaster occurs, the public safety system will be overloaded. It is in these rare instances when everyone who is able will be asked to assist as an immediate responder.”

    “It must be recognized that asking the public to act as a responder and potentially perform life-saving interventions on others will be tremendously stressful. To ensure that they are successful when called to act, public access bleeding control kits are essential.

    The study recommends co-locating these kits next to the Public Access Defibrillators, since most people know that is where to find help in the event of an emergency. ”

    I’ve been hammering every public safety official I meet, and everyone responsible for the safety of others (like our schools) on this for a while now. In any public venue or gathering place, bleeding control kits should be provided alongside either the AED or fire extinguishers. Our freaking grocery store does this already, why can’t the school?

    n

  10. From @Greg yesterday:

    Work actually thinks that they are going to get detailed telecom tech tasks done this week. If the connectivity wasn’t there Monday, it won’t be there until next Monday at the earliest.

    This junior programmer spent 17 years at telephone companies … but what do I know.

    The real howler was a customer in the Northeast thinking they could have network connections run to allow us to start an install on Friday. In the Northeast!

    Two AT&T salespeople are calling me and emailing me, desperately trying to convert our office five landlines and two DSL lines (all copper via a 25 pair line back to the local CO) to a fiber line. I have resisted so far but the siren song is strong. What could go wrong ? And who is going to connect those five VOIP lines to my PBX ?

  11. “Walmart said to lose over $1B, weighs selling off money-losing online units”
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-said-to-lose-over-1b-weighs-selling-off-money-losing-online-units-155210117.html

    “Walmart (WMT) is expected to lose at least $1 billion this year in its e-commerce division, and may sell off money-losing units as the retail giant struggles to compete with Amazon (AMZN), according to a new report published on Wednesday.”

    “Vox’s Recode cited multiple sources that claimed Walmart’s efforts to challenge Amazon are falling short, leading to internal strains and a push to curb losses in its e-commerce division. The unit is projecting losses of over $1 billion on revenues between $21-22 billion, Vox reported.”

    I must admit, I buy from Big River routinely. I also buy TP and paper towels from Sams Club website due to the convenience and better costs than Big River.

  12. Two AT&T salespeople are calling me and emailing me, desperately trying to convert our office five landlines and two DSL lines (all copper via a 25 pair line back to the local CO) to a fiber line. I have resisted so far but the siren song is strong. What could go wrong ? And who is going to connect those five VOIP lines to my PBX ?

    The copper has more state regulation than the fiber. Or at least it did. It is in their best interest to get you off of the copper and DSL.

    I’d think about fiber at the house, but (a) I’m on a special “do not call” list as a grumpy ex-employee and (2) Fiber is an either-or with copper, and I don’t want a landline which depends on a local (side of the house) battery backup instead of power from the CO.

  13. We were forced off the copper at work. Ma Bell would not renew the contracts we had with the discounts. Each line went from about $35 to $140 until we came up with a new deal. Phones to fiber, no Centrex. We had a third party ISP that ATT was the local loop for. Forced us to change over to them with a managed router. I have to call to get any changes made and most of the time I get Bombay. Fortunately I now know the stateside number to get help. 80Mb instead of 10Mb and promises of better response have proven false. Speed is there but service response still sucks. Had one site down all day, no phones or internet.
    Ma is still a dick. Maybe even worse. Not only do I not have them at home but somehow the line to the house got cut.

  14. We were forced off the copper at work. Ma Bell would not renew the contracts we had with the discounts. Each line went from about $35 to $140 until we came up with a new deal. Phones to fiber, no Centrex. We had a third party ISP that ATT was the local loop for. Forced us to change over to them with a managed router. I have to call to get any changes made and most of the time I get Bombay. Fortunately I now know the stateside number to get help. 80Mb instead of 10Mb and promises of better response have proven false. Speed is there but service response still sucks. Had one site down all day, no phones or internet.
    Ma is still a dick. Maybe even worse. Not only do I not have them at home but somehow the line to the house got cut.

    I figure that I would have to keep one of the DSL lines and one of the landlines as backup, at least for a decade or so.

  15. Time to torch the house.

    When we lived in FL, one neighbor would spend huge money to resod regularly, but he wouldn’t pay for an exterminator to deal with a huge underground wasp nest in one of his flower beds.

    Never figured out the logic of the spending choic beyond the wasp nest, being underground, did not detract from the “curb appeal” of his house like a bad yard.

  16. We had two fax lines. Our phone system contractor recommended we leave one on POTS. We did and a good thing it is. The i-line often chokes on anything sent over two pages.

  17. … and I don’t want a landline which depends on a local (side of the house) battery backup instead of power from the CO.

    Power from the CO is very useful, esp. following a hurricane that has taken out most of the cell towers.

  18. Power from the CO is very useful, esp. following a hurricane that has taken out most of the cell towers.

    In 10 years living in FL, including the ugly hurricane years 2004 and 2005, I only lost dialtone on my standard Verizon copper service once — when Time Warner Cable cut the line digging a trench for the next door neighbor’s new cable modem coax.

  19. … and I don’t want a landline which depends on a local (side of the house) battery backup instead of power from the CO.

    Power from the CO is very useful, esp. following a hurricane that has taken out most of the cell towers.

    It would be nice if I could use it to power a refrigerator. “snicker”

  20. The walkout of the Republican Legislators in Oregon ended quietly the other day.

    https://www.apnews.com/141a6d202dac4c4480200957c4fe86ac

    “Sen. Sara Gelser, a Democrat from the college town of Corvallis, said the demise of the cap-and-trade bill has deeply upset many constituents.”

    God help us all. When they can’t afford to actually *live* in Oregon due to the stupidity, they move here.

  21. It would be nice if I could use it to power a refrigerator. “snicker”

    No, but, pre-cell phone, the COCOTs (Customer Owned Coin Operated Telephones) used to require more sophisticated electronics than the phone company’s models, and the better payphones charged their batteries from the on-hook line current.

    I interviewed with a big COCOT manufacturer in FL in the mid-90s. I passed on an offer because the gig was truly awful, imposing software engineering concepts on a team as management’s chore boy, but I learned a lot.

  22. Beetle killed spruce forest fire smack dab in the middle of Anchorage. Started yesterday afternoon. Public assumption is it was started by illegal campers in that public park. Smoldering, will be out in a few more days. Pretty darn dangerous. If the wind kicks up at all it’ll be a true disaster.

    What I posted on another forum, sorry for lack of pics.
    A fire started in Campbell Park Tuesday 07/03/2019, around 4:30 PM. It was observed and reported by a police officer.
    No formal reports on what started the fire. The woods are full of fuel, much beetle kill spruce and underbrush. It has been very dry, very hot.
    Speculation is it started from a homeless campfire, as several other smaller fires started last month. This is not an unreasonable speculation. I personally observed 20+ camps along that trail in that region when I was biking last month. Some showed evidence of cookfires.

    Fire was reported to be off the SW corner of Elmore Rd and MLK Drive. It is unclear from the news reports how far it has spread.

    I heard 15 acres and 30 acres. To put that in perspective, the green region bounded by Elmore and Dowling is around 220 – 250 acres. A square acre of land is about 210’ per side. If 15 acres were a square, it would be roughly 815’ per side. If you look carefully at the map, you’ll see I drew a block using the streets off Tudor to represent a 15 acre square. The picture of burning woods is oriented with Elmore running diagonal in the lower left corner, Dowling from center left to upper right. The lower right corner is Public Transit / Public Works. If Tudor were visible it would be in the bottom right.

    We are about 2 miles west of the fire, we have friends about 1 ¼ mile south, a family member is about ½ mile west. The family member has many fire apparatus parked at the end of his road where the fire fighters can access the fire. He can observe the trucks shooting water high into the air and onto the woods. Fire retardant was dropped onto the fire. Last night the fire was reported as 30% contained with retardant surrounding 80% of the perimeter. I haven’t heard the numbers this morning.

    It is smoky. And hot.

    Praying for rain.

    https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Large-brush-fire-near-MLK-Avenue-and-Elmore-512147202.html

  23. No, but, pre-cell phone, the COCOTs (Customer Owned Coin Operated Telephones) used to require more sophisticated electronics than the phone company’s models, and the better payphones charged their batteries from the on-hook line current.

    Following Katrina I spent about a week in a high school being used as a shelter. People with cell phones were lucky if they could even send and receive texts because most of the cell towers in the area had been blown down. The pay phone in the gym still worked fine and had long lines of callers waiting to use it. It eventually became inoperable because–wait for it–because the coin box filled up.

  24. Following Katrina I spent about a week in a high school being used as a shelter. People with cell phones were lucky if they could even send and receive texts because most of the cell towers in the area had been blown down. The pay phone in the gym still worked fine and had long lines of callers waiting to use it. It eventually became inoperable because–wait for it–because the coin box filled up.

    AT&T and Verizon have portable towers for disaster areas, but the demand far outstrips the supply in most cases since people aren’t going to stop with (relatively) low bandwidth voice calls and text once they see the bars return to the signal indicator on their phones.

    A few years ago we stayed at a resort in Longbeach, WA which had an hourly cap on their Internet connection of ~ 5 GB. For a couple of dozen rooms/cottages, that was laughable even then. So much for getting away from it all.

  25. @TG, in the US EMS service there is a movement to go to a “Tactical EMS” approach. Most people don’t realize that current doctrine has EMS staging a couple of blocks away and waiting for LEO to “clear” the scene. Sometimes that takes more than an hour. The Tactical EMS approach establishes a “warm” zone, which is an area where you know the killer/attacker is NOT. This becomes triage/treatment/staging for evac area. The “hot” zone is anywhere the attacker may be, and “cold” is areas that are clear.

    This current approach is what led the EMT that got interviewed in Parkland Florida to express his frustration publicly- he was from a department using new doctrine, while incident command was using (and mis-using) old doctrine. He was kept out of the school while kids bled to death. If the public understood that cops and fire will let their kids bleed out instead of entering the area, they’d be incensed.

    Along with the move to TEMS is the development of RTF or Rescue Task Forces. They are specifically formed to go in and evac wounded to the “warm” area or a staging area.

    Florida is a morass of incompetence in some counties. Parkland and the Pulse Nightclub attack showed the lack of training, outdated doctrine and general assfuckery of the agencies involved.

    n

  26. Hey Jenny thanks for sharing. Are you at all threatened by the other big fire in AK?

    n

  27. Whoooo Boy, get ready for a rash of single vehicle crashes, leaps off of tall buildings, small airplane accidents, and suicides by nailgun…..

    Jeffrey Epstein court files unsealed: Allegations of sex abuse by politicians, executives, presidents and a prime minister contained in documents from accused child rapist’s civil case

    2,000 pages of records related to a civil case filed against Jeffrey Epstein over a decade ago were ordered unsealed on Wednesday
    These file could detail how Epstein and his accused accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly trafficked underage girls
    New allegations of sexual abuse by ‘numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents’ are also in the docs
    There are allegations about ‘a well-known prime minister and other world leaders’ as well ”

    “Records in the defamation case contained descriptions of sexual abuse by Epstein along with new allegations of sexual abuse by ‘numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister and other world leaders.’

    The appeals court found that the judge in the case did seal a number of documents without a justifiable reason when ordering the release.”

  28. Currently in Portland at the Hyatt Cascades for a very early (or real late at night) wake up call to get to the airport for a 6:00 AM flight back to TN. Nashville to be exact, then a three hour drive home from the airport. Nashville is 40%-50% cheaper than Knoxville, the closest airport.

    Did take the train from the station close to the hotel to the downtown shopping center. Passed a couple of homeless camps. Traffic is terrible. Lots of places are dumps. Swapped out my BOSE noise cancelling headphones that I have owned for about 30 years. Ear cushions are going bad and could have been replaced for $35.00. But the newer headphones are bluetooth, better sound quality and better noise cancelling. Technology has come a long ways in 30 years so it was time to upgrade. BOSE gave me $100.00 off the price of the new headphones in exchange for the old headphones, which I paid $200.00 about 30 years ago. Many trips CONUS and overseas with those headphones. Well worth it to get rid of the airplane roar.

    Tried to stop at Multnomah Falls from highway 30. Traffic was backed up for 3/4 of a mile with people waiting for a parking spot. I turned around and entered the park from the interstate and immediately found a parking spot. Lot of people, mostly orientals, all taking selfies on their phones, generally rude getting in people’s way. Or maybe I am just a bitter old man.

  29. Whoooo Boy, get ready for a rash of single vehicle crashes, leaps off of tall buildings, small airplane accidents, and suicides by nailgun…..

    Oof! I can’t wait to see that list. Cankles probably has several hit men on speed dial.

  30. Lot of people, mostly orientals, all taking selfies on their phones, generally rude getting in people’s way. Or maybe I am just a bitter old man.

    Nah. They’re rude. Maybe you saw my in-laws. 🙂

    It isn’t so much that they’re interested in the experience as much as someone at home not getting to experience the same thing. I forget the Chinese word for it, tagged to behavior often observed in Singapore, but I call it “You ain’t got no ice cream”, as in the Eddie Murphy routine from one of his concert flicks.

    Glad to hear you had a good time otherwise.

  31. Speculation is it started from a homeless campfire, as several other smaller fires started last month. This is not an unreasonable speculation. I personally observed 20+ camps along that trail in that region when I was biking last month. Some showed evidence of cookfires.

    Stay safe.

    Do you bike with someone?

  32. “Whoooo Boy, get ready for a rash of single vehicle crashes, leaps off of tall buildings, small airplane accidents, and suicides by nailgun…..”

    Oof! I can’t wait to see that list. Cankles probably has several hit men on speed dial.

    Here come the bloodless suicides by self inflicted gunshot wound in Fort Marcy Park

  33. I wonder if the Austin city fathers are aware of the situation in Anchorage?

    Yes, but the Legislature and Governor did nothing to squelch their Prog agenda this Spring.

  34. A couple of interesting resources from anon in the comments over at aesop’s place

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

    Terror tracker

    https://www.globalincidentmap.com/

    Unfortunately, the commenter also shared–

    An unknown disease that led to the death of an internal medicine physician and that has another 2 in serious condition has led to the activation of health protocols in Bolivia, requesting assistance from international medical teams in order to identify the etiology of the disease, it was announced on Mon 1 Jul 2019 by the Minister of Health, Gabriela Montano. Initial diagnostic tests indicated a “viral disease,” but through the analysis of the physician who died and the 2 other professionals who are in intensive care, “they have discarded influenza and other viral diseases,” such as dengue, according to Montano. In the last hours, Montano increased the number of infected individuals to 5. “We have 3 suspected cases in addition to the 1st 2 cases, the doctors; the other 3 are in the same hospital (in La Paz) as the original 2 cases,” the Minister of Health said at a press conference. “Two of the 3 new cases had contact with the 2 doctors who were infected. The 3rd person did not have contact with the professionals, but presented similar symptoms,” said Montano. In order to establish the origin of the disease, an infectious disease specialist from Brasil and another 2 specialists from Atlanta, United States [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC], will help the national teams in the investigation. The health authorities have not declared a state of epidemiologic emergency, while the representative from the Pan American Health Organization [PAHO/OPS] in Bolivia, Alfonso Tenorio, asked to follow protocols in order to “be calm.” “Bolivia has “the equipment and personnel fully trained in order to take the appropriate diagnostic steps, treatment, clinical management, and epidemiologic control,” said Tenorio at a press conference. As part of these protocols, the Ministry of Health ordered the mandatory use of masks and latex gloves in local hospitals. At the end of last year [2018], Caranavi, the semitropical zone in the northeast of La Paz, where the deceased doctor was infected, reported a dengue outbreak that claimed the lives of 5 people.

    A-a-a-a-nd further from Bolivia:

    This outbreak is being discussed on Flutrackers.com. It isn’t Ebola but possibly something that mutated.

    [url]https://flutrackers.com/forum/forum/south-america/814562-bolivia-unidentified-viral-disease-in-la-paz-department-2-possible-deaths-5-suspected-cases-in-level-4-isolation-june-30-2019-arenavirus-confirmed[/url]

    Unknown virus was preliminarily identified as “arenavirus”: Montaño (Advance)

    La Paz, July 3 (ABI) .- The Minister of Health, Gabriela Montaño, informed on Wednesday that the unknown virus that affected several people and that caused the death of a doctor and a citizen in the town of Caranavi was preliminarily identified. as “arenavirus”.

    “Through national laboratories such as Cenetrop and Inlasa it has been possible to identify arenavirus in an inpatient and we have a preliminary result from the Atlanta disease control center that also tells us about arenavirus, therefore all these elements as a whole they allow us today to give that information to the population, “he told reporters.

    According to experts, arenavirus is a group or family of viruses whose members are generally associated with conditions transmitted by rodents in humans.
    xsz / rsl ABI

    [url]https://www1.abi.bo/abi_/?i=429862&k=20190417037b[/url]

  35. @nick
    The wildfires, there are several, are distant. No threat to Anchorage. Homeless / meth head fires in the park system that runs thru Anchorage area real danger, however. Spend some time on Google maps in Satellite view and you can see what I mean. Our local government is bent on solving homelessness by feeding and providing services. What you reward you get more of.

    @Greg
    I use a bike as a transport tool, rather than pleasure – we are economizing this summer and sharing a vehicle. I bike alone, or with my youngster on back, which is worse than alone. I assume bad sh*t can happen without warning, that I can be nearly effortless physically overcome due to the disparity between male / female physique. If I see many homeless on a trail then I don’t use that trail as a shortcut again. I take other proactive steps that I think are helpful and suitably abhorrent to a segment of the population (insert SteveFs humorous, cynical, and biting commentary here).

    @JimB
    I’ve been lurking but busy with life. Summer means keeping kiddo is more time and brain intensive.
    Taking two classes this semester. Nand2Tetris was great fun. Now into Databases 1 and Web Programming 1. Neither are demanding (been there, done that), but huge time sinks. We replaced our z9 with a z14 last weekend. My role was mostly watch, learn, ask fool questions. Another time suck and it meant I missed competing in chanter at the Scottish Games.

    @SteveF
    Man, you were NOT wrong about the difficulty of bagpipe. My overconfidence has been suitably humbled. I’ve been given the go ahead to purchase pipes, a year on chanter and have just about got a handle on the fundamentals.

  36. Our local government is bent on solving homelessness by feeding and providing services. What you reward you get more of.

    I never figured that the homeless would do real well in Alaska.

  37. Florida is a morass of incompetence in some counties. Parkland and the Pulse Nightclub attack showed the lack of training, outdated doctrine and general assfuckery of the agencies involved.

    Dade. Broward. Palm Beach. It never changes.

    Pulse was such a mess. The City of Orlando knew the place was too crowded for the security to handle but never stepped in until after the tragedy. It was a tough call because Disney sucked all the nightlife out of the city with Pleasure Island for about 20 years, and the city looked the other way.

  38. @Greg
    It’s quite a mix. I have heard estimates from 800-1800. Druggies, mentally broken, banished from their villages, a few runaways. A handful of plain down on their lucks.

    Our winters have become mild. Farther back, 10? years ago a handful died of exposure and the city under pressure prioritized winter accommodations. Our economy and drug use are in rough shape, we systematically bull dozed a large number of trailer parks. Trailer parks get a bad rep up here but they filled a very important niche. Anyway. Boom, large increase in homeless.

  39. Went and saw “Yesterday” tonight with my 80 year old dad and 36 year old son. If you like RomComs with a little bit of alternate history, I’ve got a very good movie for you. Basically a rock-n-roll wannabe wakes up from getting run over by a bus and the Beatles never existed. He is the only person to have ever heard their songs. 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. Recommended.

    “Yesterday” is on my list because I am a huge Richard Curtis fan going back to “The Tall Guy” and, before that, “Blackadder”.

    His career was in a mini-slump after the financial disappointment of “About Time”, but I liked the flick. Bill Nighy was awesome as always.

    Curtis’ fortunes — and those of Hugh Grant — seemed to turn around after the “Love, Actually” mini sequel for Red Noses Day a couple of years back. There is even talk of another “Blackadder” series complete with Hugh Laurie.

    “About Time” is on Netflix. “The Tall Guy” is only available on a butchered Miramax DVD, the studio having removed all the “too British” bits, but it is worth the effort just to see Emma Thompson in that British nurse uniform.

    (“The Tall Guy” is also the only movie where you will see topless Emma Thompson AFAIK, but that isn’t nearly as interesting as the uniform.)

    I’m not sure there is a legal way for US residents to see the “Love, Actually” mini sequel right now. YouTube has the trailer. Hugh Grant’s monologue strikes just the right tone for present times, and his chemistry with Martine McCutcheon is still fun to watch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au5eSHFduJo

    And Hugh Grant is awesome in “A Very English Scandal”. What did he do again? Really? Everyone a consenting adult? How 90s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggDTJc470Co

  40. Up at 3:00 AM to catch the 6:00 AM flight. Not too bad as I never really adjusted to the time change on this trip. Don’t know why. Waking up at 4:00 AM and to sleep by 9:00 PM. I really need more sleep. I think part of the problem is that it has been a different bed every night except for the three nights in Grants Pass. And a three hour time change is not a radical enough change to completely reset my internal clock in a short amount of time.

    The drive home from Nashville this evening will be interesting. After a full day in an aluminum tube packed with a bunch of other people I will be irritable. May catch a nap on the plane. Regardless three hours on the road after the trip will not be fun.

    I did drive almost 1,600 miles on this trip. Portland to the coast, down the coast to northern CA, then to Grants Pass and several side journeys, trip to Crater Lake, on to Eugene, then Mt. Hood, off to The Dalles, then back to Portland. Lot of AIS time. It will be good to get home.

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