Fri. July 19, 2019 – so slow…

86F and 85%RH this late am… Sunny and kinda hot. No one home but me and the dog means I get to sleep in. Felt good.

I can’t believe it is still July. Last month flew by so fast, but the two weeks since the Fourth have taken forever. I have to check every time when I write “July”.

This week I got some further work done on getting rid of stuff. In the process, I got some work done at my secondary storage location. I need to do a bunch more work there. Everyone should have stuff put aside somewhere other than your home. I got serious about it when I saw what the Oklahoma tornadoes did to houses. If your home is destroyed you need your preps more than ever. Make sure you have some somewhere else. Maybe you have a friend who will let you put a few bins in his garage? Maybe rent a small storage locker in the direction you’d be bugging out? Stack some food and a way to prepare it, some shelter if the spot won’t work, a change of clothes and some snivel gear, maybe even an encrypted hard drive or thumb drive with important stuff on it.

Other than the cleaning and organizing, I didn’t get much prepping done this week. My ebay sales were 0. My sellers are seeing more bankruptcy sales, smaller surplus sales, lower quality stuff in the sales, and other signs things are not going well in the broader economy.

Speaking of which, I better get started on my day today. Kids come home from camp tonight, hooray. On the other hand, this is my last day of freedom for a while….

n

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42 Responses to Fri. July 19, 2019 – so slow…

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    Activists would have you believe this never happens. But it does.

    “Oklahoma man, 37, arrested after he ‘raped a four-year-old girl in a McDonald’s restroom while she left her carers to use the bathroom during a daycare field trip'”

    n

  2. Jenny says:

    @nick
    Heads. On pikes.

  3. Greg Norton says:

    Activists would have you believe this never happens. But it does.

    I didn’t see anything in the story that the perp identifies as female or something on the LGBTQXYZ spectrum.

    There is no rehabilitation for guys like that. The only cure is a bullet to the skull.

    McDonalds free WiFi is both a blessing and a curse. When I was in the Taylor McDonalds on a regular basis to wash my hands (really) and do phone interviews from the parking lot, I started to pick up on the creepy regulars taking advantage of the network access to do God only knows what.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    “I didn’t see anything in the story that the perp identifies as female or something on the LGBTQXYZ spectrum.”

    — no nothing in the article. The problem is that their public crusade causes people to change their behavior. Previously, if anyone had seen this guy enter the lady’s room, they’d have said something. They might have even called him a pervert and chased him out. I’m reasonably sure that someone saw him and decided it wasn’t worth the public shaming to say anything or object just because McD’s is generally full of people right in front of the bathrooms.

    n

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  6. Greg Norton says:

    The problem is that their public crusade causes people to change their behavior. Previously, if anyone had seen this guy enter the lady’s room, they’d have said something. They might have even called him a pervert and chased him out.

    Gotta wonder where the daycare workers were in all of this.

    At the after school program run at the local community center, the girls in charge don’t even let a kid use the bathroom *within the building* without supervision.

  7. Ray Thompson says:

    Heads. On pikes.

    Both heads.

  8. nick flandrey says:

    There probably weren’t enough chaperones to keep control of the kids in line, and the bathroom. At a minimum they should have checked the bathroom first.

    n

  9. Greg Norton says:

    There probably weren’t enough chaperones to keep control of the kids in line, and the bathroom. At a minimum they should have checked the bathroom first.

    The daycare was probably unlicensed.

    The Daily Mail can’t seem to get enough of this cr*p happening in the US. The news blackout orders must be getting more frequent for similar stories in the UK.

    If news blackouts were a thing in the US, that story would have been buried by either the franchisee or McDonalds.

  10. nick flandrey says:

    There were home canned jars of pickled peppers in the closet at my mom’s house. Dad hadn’t canned anything at all since the mid 80’s. They might have been fine, but they looked AWFUL.

    n

  11. lynn says:

    There were home canned jars of pickled peppers in the closet at my mom’s house. Dad hadn’t canned anything at all since the mid 80’s. They might have been fine, but they looked AWFUL.

    Sounds like a winner !

  12. lynn says:

    If your home is destroyed you need your preps more than ever. Make sure you have some somewhere else. Maybe you have a friend who will let you put a few bins in his garage? Maybe rent a small storage locker in the direction you’d be bugging out? Stack some food and a way to prepare it, some shelter if the spot won’t work, a change of clothes and some snivel gear, maybe even an encrypted hard drive or thumb drive with important stuff on it.

    “299 Days: The Preparation (Volume 1)” is a good fictional account of this.
    https://www.amazon.com/299-Days-Preparation-Glen-Tate/dp/0615680682/?tag=ttgnet-20

    “The Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution” is a practical guide to offsite living and storage. The name says it all.
    https://www.amazon.com/Dirt-Cheap-Survival-Retreat-Mans-Solution/dp/1983810592/?tag=ttgnet-20

  13. lynn says:

    My sellers are seeing more bankruptcy sales, smaller surplus sales, lower quality stuff in the sales, and other signs things are not going well in the broader economy.

    Man, I am just not seeing this in my spectrum of things. I am seeing the typical summer slowdown though.

  14. lynn says:

    I am currently agonizing over buying this 1.4 acre lot and building a one story house on it. I last offered $185K and the guy countered at $210K. The difference drives my total costs above the amount that I am comfortable with. I want to build a 3,500 ft2 house on it which is currently looking like $120/ft2. Both are above my comfort zone. But the property is convenient to all of my stuff and is high above the flood area. Plus I will build the house and garage three ft off the ground (in fact I am considering a pier and beam foundation).
    https://www.har.com/5511-bridlewood-drive/sale_91845304

  15. Greg Norton says:

    Man, I am just not seeing this in my spectrum of things. I am seeing the typical summer slowdown though.

    Based on what I saw 4th of July weekend, a lot of money is being poured into your part of Houston. The toll road construction will extend the suburbs out at least another 10 miles beyond Katy.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    I am currently agonizing over buying this 1.4 acre lot and building a one story house on it. I last offered $185K and the guy countered at $210K. The difference drives my total costs above the amount that I am comfortable with.

    What do you get for the $857 in HOA fees? That’s probably the deal killer for a lot of people.

  17. lynn says:

    What do you get for the $857 in HOA fees? That’s probably the deal killer for a lot of people.

    Not much other than semiweekly trash pickup and free letters about cleaning / mowing one’s property. My current HOA is about $900/year. HOAs are not cheap.

  18. lynn says:

    Based on what I saw 4th of July weekend, a lot of money is being poured into your part of Houston. The toll road construction will extend the suburbs out at least another 10 miles beyond Katy.

    West Houston (Fort Bend County) is growing at 35,000 people per year (currently 800,000+ people). It is simply amazing. FBC has slowed down, it was 50,000 people per year. And we have turned liberal with all of the ex-Californians and ex-Michiganites that have moved here. BTW, I live 20 miles south of Katy.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    And we have turned liberal with all of the ex-Californians and ex-Michiganites that have moved here. BTW, I live 20 miles south of Katy.

    With Austin spreading east through Bastrop to 71, Houston spreading west down I-10, and the City of San Antonio’s appetite for annexation it won’t be long before the sprawl connects. San AHoustin.

    I joke about Fort Orlampamyers Beach in Florida, but it really is like that anymore. Sooner or later, a toll road will join Lakeland with Charlotte Harbor, and only the Everglades will be in the way of urbanization of the entire peninsula south of Gainesville.

  20. lynn says:

    With Austin spreading east through Bastrop to 71, Houston spreading west down I-10, and the City of San Antonio’s appetite for annexation it won’t be long before the sprawl connects. San AHoustin.

    Markos Kloos, an SF author, is predicting that the population of North America will be over a billion by 2050 or 2100, I cannot remember. In either case, I will be gone by then.
    https://www.amazon.com/Terms-Enlistment-Frontlines-Marko-Kloos/dp/1477809783/?tag=ttgnet-20

  21. lynn says:

    “Focus Group of Female Trump Voters Shocks CNN”
    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/07/17/focus-group-of-female-trump-voters-shocks-cnn/

    “KAYE: How many of you don’t think what the president said was racist?

    DENA: He was saying that if they hate America so much — because what we’re seeing out of them and hearing out of them, they hate America — if it’s so bad, there’s a lot of places they can go.

    SHARON: I’m a brown-skinned woman. I am a legal immigrant. I agree with him.

    KAYE: You don’t think that’s racist to say go back what you came from!

    DENA: No. Not at all.

    KATHLEEN: It’s a demonstration of how their ideology spills over. Even though they’re American now, so to speak, they’re not acting American.

    GINA: I’m glad the president said what he said, because all they’re doing is they’re inciting hatred and division, and that’s not what our country is about.”

    They get it.

  22. CowboySlim says:

    “I didn’t see anything in the story that the perp identifies as female or something on the LGBTQXYZ spectrum.”

    The news service is redacting the pertinent data. We need Perlousy and Shmucker to solve this as they solved the Barr redactions.

  23. Greg Norton says:

    “Focus Group of Female Trump Voters Shocks CNN”

    The Dems are asking for a beatdown similar to 72 and 84.

    CA is no longer even a remote possibility for the Republicans, but the electoral math is getting challenging for anyone taking on Trump without presenting a clear age contrast.

    A year is a long time. I’m old enough to remember Reagan was wildly unpopular during the Volker-driven recession in 82-83, and who thought Bush 41 wouldn’t coast to reelection looking 18 months out in 1991?

  24. nick flandrey says:

    I’m headed off to Girl Scout Camp….

    Extra 40 minutes due to time of day traffic. Joy.

    n

  25. lynn says:

    I’m headed off to Girl Scout Camp….

    Extra 40 minutes due to time of day traffic. Joy.

    Lucky you ! Did you take a vehicle with no air conditioning to make the joy truly awesome ?

    We are getting the air conditioning in our 2005 Honda fixed today. The a/c only worked at night. During a 95 F day, it would reduce the air temp to about 80 F or so. I figure that a car without a/c in Houston is almost worthless.

  26. Greg Norton says:

    We are getting the air conditioning in our 2005 Honda fixed today. The a/c only worked at night. During a 95 F day, it would reduce the air temp to about 80 F or so. I figure that a car without a/c in Houston is almost worthless.

    The dehumidification capability of the AC in the defrost mode in my car was still important in Seattle and Vantucky.

  27. Ray Thompson says:

    We are getting the air conditioning in our 2005 Honda fixed today

    Probably low on refrigerant. Get a can a Walmart (ones with the gauge)*, watch the gauge on the can until the low side indicates enough, probably OK. Does not solve the problem of the leak. If the leak is slow, one can every couple of years, just leave it for awhile.

    Had that problem on my ‘03 Highlander. Used the can a couple of times, same can as it did not take much, and the leak in the condenser lasted two years until I traded it in for the current Highlander. Still have some of the can left.

    *R134 only, if otherwise seek professional help as R12 is expensive and can only legally be serviced by licensed technicians.

  28. Nick Flandrey says:

    I played with the routes and Google’s future traffic settings and managed to get here a half an hour early by picking a route with minimal traffic. They don’t open the doors to the camp until 7 which means that i and the other 10 parents who are here early are backed up onto a two-lane road. Since I’m parked I can experiment a little bit with the voice recognition. Hey I can do punctuation. Wow and all this time I was just dictating huge wall o text posts.

    N

  29. lynn says:

    Ok, if I was tempted to get a Kindle then this would be the one. Waterproof to two meters. I have to admit that I have read in the tub before.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L5GJD99/?tag=ttgnet-20

  30. lynn says:

    We are getting the air conditioning in our 2005 Honda fixed today

    Probably low on refrigerant. Get a can a Walmart (ones with the gauge)*, watch the gauge on the can until the low side indicates enough, probably OK. Does not solve the problem of the leak. If the leak is slow, one can every couple of years, just leave it for awhile.

    15 year old car. I wanted to see how bad the leak was first and I do not have the tools, nor do I want them.

  31. Greg Norton says:

    *R134 only, if otherwise seek professional help as R12 is expensive and can only legally be serviced by licensed technicians.

    R12 is going to be unavailable after this year. It was one of the factors which motivated us to replace our downstairs AC instead of spending a couple of grand on parts and labor to replace the coils.

    Any car made since 1995 has R134.

    The thermostat on the AC that prevents the coils from freezing solid probably went out on the 2005 Honda. I’ve seen that a couple of times with various cars I’ve owned as they got older.

    The cheap fix is to bypass the thermostat and be aware enough to shut down the AC every couple of hours. Doing it right can get expensive.

  32. lynn says:

    I bought a “tactical” switch for my mini maglite. After usage for a week I gave it three out of five stars.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C1ERSRQ/?tag=ttgnet-20

    “It works but you still have to turn the maglite on. I put the switch on one of my two mini-maglights that I carry for my nightly walk. I found that I could care less about the tactical switch and just leave it on. I still turn the maglite on and off by twisting the head.”

    The switch is for the mini LED maglite:
    https://www.amazon.com/Maglite-2-Cell-Flashlight-Holster-Black/dp/B005UUSAAM/?tag=ttgnet-20

  33. pcb_duffer says:

    The Hyundai drive I posted about was sold out by the time I actually tried to purchase it. I bout a 240 gig Crucial for $29, including shipping. I hope it’s here tomorrow.

  34. lynn says:

    The thermostat on the AC that prevents the coils from freezing solid probably went out on the 2005 Honda. I’ve seen that a couple of times with various cars I’ve owned as they got older.

    The air conditioning works fine at nighttime. It just does not work very well during a hot day (95+ F) from noon to dusk.

  35. nick flandrey says:

    AC can only remove about 20F from the air, so to get colder you have to recirculate the already chilled air thru a second time, iirc. Could just be a duct damper isn’t working…

    n

  36. nick flandrey says:

    More proof that it’s fuking pedos all the way down–


    Mueller probe witness George Nader is facing MORE child sex charges after he ‘transported a boy, 14, from Europe to Washington to engage in sex acts’

    Lebanese-American businessman George Nader is accused of transporting a boy, 14, from Europe to Washington and engaging in sex acts with him
    It comes less than two months after he was arrested and charged with bringing child pornography into the US for a second time
    Nader pleaded guilty to an identical child porn offense in Virginia in 1991
    He also served jail time in a Czech Republic prison in 2003 after being convicted of sexually abusing minors
    Nader provided grand jury testimony in FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling
    In December 2016 he reportedly attended a meeting at Trump Tower with Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon and Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi
    His name appears in Mueller’s report more than 100 times “

  37. nick flandrey says:

    I’m going to bed, and intend to sleep in. The kids were toast and should sleep late.

    n

  38. brad says:

    Looks like I’m off to a hearing center in the next week or two. Hearing loss runs in my family, and I knew I was getting hard of hearing. Some time ago, I told my wife to let me know if it was getting obnoxious. She has duly raised the flag…

    Any suggestions as to what I need to look for, in hearing aids? Features worth having? Features not worth the money? Etc.?

    Getting old sucks, but it is better than the alternative.

  39. Nick Flandrey says:

    @brad, digital processing, listen to the lag time. Here Costco will give you a demo pair and let you walk around the store.

    Almost all come with either an app or a remote to choose different correction profiles, like conversation, music, restaurant, screaming child…. kidding about the last one, that’s what the off button is for.

    All of them require some sort of mental adjustment, as your brain needs training to properly work with the different sound.

    From watching others, I know it can be life changing…

    n

  40. Ray Thompson says:

    Any suggestions as to what I need to look for, in hearing aids?

    I have mine on order from the VA. Lacking VA, Costco gets really high marks for quality, service and price.

    Rechargeable aids are a little bigger than replacement battery types. I settled on a behind the ear with receiver in the ear canal. Small unit with a tiny clear tube into the ear where the speaker is housed. The unit does not completely block the ear which I am told is better. They are called RIC units. Seemed to be the best choice of hidden and function.

    The battery in each unit is supposed to last at least a week with some getting two weeks before changing. Amazing for what the device has to do and such a small battery.

    I have read about the nightly cleanings and the regular replacement of the wax filter (for my model). Not difficult but must be done.

    They come in many colors, I chose greyish silver to match my hair. The unit can be controlled with an iPhone app.

    The units are pricey, mine retail for $2,700 each. I will pay significantly less, as in nothing, so price did not affect my decision. My batteries will be at no cost so I chose the battery unit over rechargeable. Biggest issue is time to deliver the units, 3.5 months due to VA backlog. If you self pay, as the units are not covered by insurance, your decision will be affected and not match mine.

    Keep us, well me, posted on your experiences as I will do when I get my units. If you can afford it go for the best in the model you choose. Cheap will not provide a good experience.

  41. ayj says:

    well July 20th, Moon, sounds strange to me that nobody said nothing here, but, I remember.

    In OTH I am trying to convince my relatives to buy an studio in NY, as I read here that rates are very low, maybe I am wrong and my friends who say if you doesnt live in the city dont do that, lets see

    cheers and rememebr, once human race went to the moon, I saw it

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