Sun. Sept. 15, 2019 – sleeping in … you should too

Cooler and humid, probably. [well, it’s 94F at 11am, so slightly cooler, and 60%RH, still feels hot and humid.]

I’m sleeping in today.  You should too.  It’s a great luxury of wealth and civilization to be a productive member of society and still be able to sleep in.  Farmers don’t get to sleep in.  Soldiers don’t.  If my kids, bladder, and back let me, I’m still in bed.

Lots of stuff to do today.  Don’t know what I’ll get to.  Some other things that were off the radar have inserted themselves into the queue…

Can’t sleep too late, stuff to do.

 

n

43 thoughts on “Sun. Sept. 15, 2019 – sleeping in … you should too”

  1. Gratitude for Beto:

    Beto’s Presidential aspirations are doomed, though he and the uncontacted aborigines of the Andaman Islands are possibly the only inhabitants of planet Earth who do not yet grasp this. Before flaming out of the 2020 race to a life of well-deserved obscurity, however, Beto has done the American polity one great service for which I must express my most sincere and enduring gratitude.

    In September 12th, 2019, at third televised debate among the Democratic aspirants, Beto O.Rourke said “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15”. And nobody on stage demurred, then or afterwards. And the audience applauded thunderously.

    At a stroke, Beto irrecoverably destroyed a critical part of the smokescreen gun-control advocates have been laying over their intentions since the 1960s. He put gun confiscation with the threat of door-to-door enforcement by violence on the table, and nobody in the auditorium backed away.

    RTWT.

    Y’know, I wonder if Beto’s “gaffe”–if such a mundane term is appropriate for such a major mistake–is one of those inflection points that @Nick keeps cautioning us against. Will future historians cite Beto’s inadvertent truth-telling as the moment when Americans finally recognized the danger their country faced and reacted accordingly?

  2. Can’t sleep too late, stuff to do.

    Yup, church first, lunch, watch the Astros, and go water the lawn at the new used house and fix a few items. I did fix my voltmeter last night so I can check the electrical wiring at the front door and figure out why the dual LED front lights are not working. I hate light fixtures with built in lights, when the light goes out the whole thing must be replaced.

    Gosh I feel like somebody beat me with a baseball bat this morning. Man I am old. And I am only 59. And I did not work that hard yesterday.

    I am going to go put a fire in the old Expy so I can take a ladder over to the new used house. Hopefully it will make it back and forth. I also need to get all my crap out of it since I am going to junk it. I need a new truck !

  3. Yup, church first, lunch, watch the Astros, and go water the lawn at the new used house and fix a few items. I did fix my voltmeter last night so I can check the electrical wiring at the front door and figure out why the dual LED front lights are not working. I hate light fixtures with built in lights, when the light goes out the whole thing must be replaced.

    At our current house, the front door light stopped working not long after we moved in, and, when I filed an AHS claim, the electrician who came out simply took down the fixture and told me to buy a new one at Home Depot. They would come back to wire it.

    After not finding anything appropriate at the local stores, I took the old fixture to a recommended place here in town and spent $120 to have it rewired to working order. I told them the story about the AHS claim, and the clerk responded, “The glass alone on this old fixture is $300 to replace, not including labor”.

  4. I’m sleeping in today. You should too. It’s a great luxury of wealth and civilization to be a productive member of society and still be able to sleep in.

    It is a greater luxury of wealth and civilization to fall asleep in front of a rerun of “Lost in Space”.

    I turned off the TV and went to bed when the “Johnny Williams” end credits theme ran.

    Everybody starts somewhere. Just ask Mannheim Steamroller.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd5ZLJWQmss

  5. Y’know, I wonder if Beto’s “gaffe”–if such a mundane term is appropriate for such a major mistake–is one of those inflection points that @Nick keeps cautioning us against.

    No. I don’t think anyone is paying attention to the debates.

    Robert Francis and the idiot Castro brother (ok, they’re both idiots) are struggling for their political futures right now with Robert Francis money people having moved on to supporting MJ Hegar to challenge Cornyn for the other Texas Senate seat and the Castro family being supplanted in San Antonio Prog leadership by newly-reelected Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

    As one morning host noted the other day on a station I listen to on my commute, Robert Francis biggest claim to fame is that he almost beat Ted Cruz in an election where the other Republican at the top of the ticket, Gov. Abbott, won in a landslide.

    (Don’t think Abbott will win like that again, however, and it has nothing to do with the Californians.)

  6. @Nick – If you know a dry cleaners in Austin or even Houston who can handle something extremely specialized, I’m open to suggestions.

    We have an item which got used at the anime show and is ostensibly “Machine washable, gentle cycle, warm”, but I’m not sure I trust myself. The big local cleaners lost part of the last specialized item we took there.

    I figured you might know someone through your entertainment industry connections.

    Tampa had no lack of specialty resources for costumes. Feld Entertainment’s HQ was located not far from where we used to live, and many productions, including “Dancing With The Stars” and the Superbowl halftime show, had wardrobes sourced in town.

    The older Cuban exile seamstresses could make or fix anything.

  7. This again? Maybe Ginsberg is worse off than we know.

    Strike that. *Of course* Ginsberg is worse off than we know. The problem for the Dems is that the Payola Seat has been a near unanimous vote the last two times it came empty, with Republicans honoring the Dem President’s choice in return for eventual reciprocation, and a party line vote for Amy Barrett (speculating on the nominee) would need a good explanation.

    “Oh, the FBI isn’t doing due dilligence. What do we *know* about those adoptions?”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7464903/New-sexual-misconduct-allegation-leveled-against-Supreme-Court-Justice-Brett-Kavanaugh.html

    Blasey-Ford. Nice picture. No editorial bias at all. Setting aside my own bias based on experience as a member of the “Ferris Bueller” high school graduating class of 1986, does anyone really believe that the woman could truly be that fragile and survive to tenure at Stanford?

    Anyone, anyone? Bueller?


  8. We have an item which got used at the anime show and is ostensibly “Machine washable, gentle cycle, warm”, but I’m not sure I trust myself. The big local cleaners lost part of the last specialized item we took there.

    Maybe Butto could ask one of his furry friends if they know a place. I’m sure he’s an expert in *stains*.

  9. Stanford — That reminds me. I’m not an alum, but, having gone to school down the road at the other no-name Florida I-A school, I see their point in Orlando about the BCS system.

    The UCF “bounce house” cost less to build than new high school stadiums in Texas and it is still a tremendous home field advantage. The iffy construction just adds to the intimidation factor.

    https://amp.si.com/college-football/2019/09/14/ucf-stanford-score-higlights-dillon-gabriel

  10. “I wonder if Beto’s “gaffe”–if such a mundane term is appropriate for such a major mistake”

    –you can only call it a gaffe if you believe a politician telling the truth is a mistake. They are being pushed to extremism to differentiate themselves, and Burrito, because he’s young, and inexperienced, went off the rez and told the truth. It’s a mistake only if it’s their policy not to expose their endgame.

    However, we’ve seen before, fairly recently, when the gloves come off, or they feel comfortable talking about their version of the final solution. The chinese guy in Cali, or the one that wants to use nukes…forex.

    People in general may not be paying attention, but that sound bite caught a certain segment of the population’s attention. They’re out burying unpapered guns as we speak. They’re busy selling their papered guns to each other, then buying them back. They’re busy buying or reloading ammo. And they’re stepping up their PT. They may even be getting ready to drop off the grid, although I don’t think that’s possible in any real way anymore. NOT having the presence is going to be as big a flag as posting on 4chan.

    “Whadda ya think Sarge? We pulled the guy over for having mud on his license plate, but when we ran him he came back clean. I mean NOTHING. No social media, no phone, no Kroger card, no health insurance, no online presence at all.” –“I think we got ourselves a ghost gunner. Have SWAT’s sniper get eyes on him, call the takedown team, and let’s take this guy in for questioning…”

    So, yeah, this is either the point where they felt comfortable enough to take the mask off, or the point where the gen pop sees the truth. Or it could be a trial balloon, an attempt to read the tea leaves. He got applause and no denunciations… It occurs to me, that like the Hillarity supporters, I might be living in my own world, convinced all right thinking people think like me. The majority MIGHT be cheering for a chinless wonder to stand up to the NRA and all the hillbilly white murder redneck bigots…. If so, there will be blood and lots of it. Because I know the guys are buying guns, ammo, food, med supplies, and gear. Some of them are NOT gonna go quietly into the night. And I suspect the left is getting their troops ready as ‘auxiliaries’ or the ‘people’s army. The antifa rallies and protests are just them trying to find their cadre. Then they take a break, fly those to real training camps, send them to real schools, temper them in France, or Hong Kong, before bringing them home.

    added- then the fun starts.

    n

  11. Maybe Butto could ask one of his furry friends if they know a place. I’m sure he’s an expert in *stains*.

    We actually asked a guy who is connected to the people who probably made Robert Francis fur suit outfits. The problem is everything is hush hush with that crowd because serious old money and powerful people are often involved in the scene, especially in Texas.

    Robert Francis is serious old money. His in-laws are serious new money, 100-millionares or billionares depending on whose analysis you want to believe. Google William Sanders.

    For the record, the item is a piece from my wife’s corset stash. We’re not furries.

    While we didn’t do it this year, we’ll sometimes hit events as “Devil and Dominatrix”. Though, in my case, I end up looking more like “Phil from Heck”, the Devil from “Diblert”.

    All I’m missing is the big spoon that Phil carries. We could hit Disney’s Halloween event in full costume and no one would even bat an eye.

  12. @greg, I don’t have to get anything cleaned anymore, and I’ve distanced myself from the theater crowd- because even in Texas, they are too liberal for me.

    General advice would be a store that has their own “on premises” plant, because it will cut down on the chance of losing stuff if it moves less. You have a chance of talking to the person that did the work too.

    If it’s serious money, you might call the costume shop on campus (or whatever road house is downtown) and ask if there is someone they’d recommend. They probably do the laundry in house, but any drycleaning goes out.

    n

  13. WRT big money having big kinks, if you’ve been passed around like a bowl of nuts at a party since you were 8, you’re going to be looking a bit farther afield for your own interests.

    n

  14. @Lynn. re front porch lights. At my daughter-in-laws rental a few days ago it turned out to be the switch, easy fix, I even had one.

  15. Two fixtures being out suggests the problem is upstream of the fixtures. Maybe there is a light sensor? Or it’s a 3 way switch?

    n

  16. Two fixtures being out suggests the problem is upstream of the fixtures. Maybe there is a light sensor? Or it’s a 3 way switch?

    I’ve seen 3-way switches wired wrong at every house we’ve lived in for the last 20 years. The book on basic electrical work at Home Depot has a Spanish edition for a reason.

    I never touched the wiring in the rentals, but I was tempted.

    I did a lot of other minor repairs at the WA rental, including saving the landlords $300 on a new icemaker for the fridge (you leave them in FL and WA but not TX) just by watching a YouTube video, but they still ginned up $700 worth of hits to the deposit — exactly what a plane ticket and hotel to challenge them at the arbitration would have cost.

    Kinder Kare lead accountant and a bank VP. They knew numbers even if they were clueless about how to maintain their properties properly. When I asked for an invoice on the cleaning hit to the deposit, the response was, “You know there wasn’t an invoice.”

    Meaning — illegal labor.

    At least I didn’t paint for them even though the living room was a illumination sucking black hole of dark brown on the walls.


  17. Y’know, I wonder if Beto’s “gaffe”–if such a mundane term is appropriate for such a major mistake–is one of those inflection points that @Nick keeps cautioning us against.

    No. I don’t think anyone is paying attention to the debates.

    True enough, but those few seconds of video are a political gold nugget, the kind of gift that keeps on giving.


  18. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7464903/New-sexual-misconduct-allegation-leveled-against-Supreme-Court-Justice-Brett-Kavanaugh.html

    New York Times Publishes New Uncorroborated Allegation Against Brett Kavanaugh by Former Classmate

    There’s also a crucial bit of information in the book not included in the article, “The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event. Seems, I don’t know, significant.”

    So, Max Stier named the alleged victim of the incident, but she denies the story. Wow. Why are we even talking about this?

    Excellent question!

  19. True enough, but those few seconds of video are a political gold nugget, the kind of gift that keeps on giving.

    For a future opponent, the gift is there, but stick a fork in him. Robert Francis is done.

    He may yet take a shot at the nomination to take on Cornyn, but the money people who backed his effort last year have moved on to MJ Hegar, a Dell exec with a dramatic life story whom they backed in her failed bid to unseat the local Congresscritter in the same election.

    Anything is possible, however. The big downside of MJ Hegar is that the Republicans know how to beat her running against an incumbent. She doesn’t offer any message beyond “Girls stick together” and has zero political experience. Plus, much like Congressman John Carter, Sen. Cornyn has a list of pork he’s delivered to Texas.

    I will concede that Robert Francis has political experience and a proven ability to deliver pork. Plus he speaks Spanish — the reason a Castro brother didn’t challenge Cruz or Abbott for statewide office last year and wont go after Cornyn this year.

  20. I heard he doesn’t actually speak spanish and if he tries, it’s all wrong…

    I stand corrected.

    Unless the VP caculus requires Texas, I doubt much of anything Robert Francis says will be remembered next Fall.

    In the short run, the gun dealers could use the business. And didn’t an American company license manufacturing AK47s within the last few years?

    Gotta wonder how many gun dealers lease space in William Sanders’ shopping plazas. There’s your conspiracy theory.

  21. For a future opponent, the gift is there, but stick a fork in him. Robert Francis is done.

    Just to be clear, what I’m saying is that, 2020 nominee or not, Beto has done irreparable damage not just to himself but to the entire Democrat party.

  22. Ruh-roh. The Lineage OS project just made keeping my “all open source” phone up to date much tougher by removing all of their official build files for the platform.

    I can still build/install security updates, but anyone who wants to get started today with a phone not supported by the Lineage OS 15.1 release is out of luck.

  23. For a future opponent, the gift is there, but stick a fork in him. Robert Francis is done.

    Just to be clear, what I’m saying is that, 2020 nominee or not, Beto has done irreparable damage not just to himself but to the entire Democrat party.

    One can only hope.

    Me, I am wondering where to put my bury boxes. My four properties over 15.5 acres have a lot of good spots.

  24. Me, I am wondering where to put my bury boxes. My four properties over 15.5 acres have a lot of good spots.

    Hey, I wonder if I can rent gub bury spots on my land ?

    I would advise people to use waterproof bury boxes though.

  25. There’s an obscene joke about a choking man, two homosexuals and the “hinnie lick maneuver” that springs to mind….

    IN the mean time, I’ve been assembling my new roof rack for my expy. I have wanted a low profile rack for a long time, but didn’t even know they existed. I’ve been gathering materials to make my own. Then this beauty came up in the auction, with some damage to the box…

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rhino-Rack-Pioneer-Platform-107-x-58-42105B/254325802991

    At $250 I didn’t think I could lose. No matter the damage, I’d be well ahead of the game wrt building my own even if I just modified it a bit or used the aluminum planks.

    There was damage to one end, and all four corners. It was too long for my roof anyway, so I cut about 1.5 feet off, including all the damage, and put it together. I will attach the front and rear piece later, when I’ve had a chance to 3D print new corners. It will undoubtedly howl in the wind until then, but I’ll live.

    This was one of the things that was NOT in my queue. I needed to get it out of the pickup truck though so I can use the pickup this week.

    And that’s how my life works, and why I can’t get anything done. No discipline!

    n

  26. And that’s how my life works, and why I can’t get anything done. No discipline!

    Yup, the story of my life also. I was wandering around the garage yesterday looking at the unfinished projects. Starting with the project to unpack my tools almost seven years ago. Gonna be different in the new used house, I tell you.

    Look, shiny !

  27. “One person messed up a whole day of football…”

    That’s how one of the witness reacted to this active shooter. Funny that “active shooter” doesn’t appear in any of the coverage I looked at.

    https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2019/09/14/dispute-pee-wee-football-game-shooting-2-injured-fort-worth/

    ” Fight at a youth football game in Texas leads to gunfire, injuring two”

    A guy shooting into a crowd is the very definition of ‘active shooter.’

    n

  28. Well the roof rack is 95%. Had some daylight left so I got up on the roof and I got my UHF eggbeater antenna remounted. That’s been bugging me for a couple of weeks. Blew all the debris off the roof and cleaned the gutters while I was up there, and took a broom to the drip edge and the siding. House looks better with the cobwebs and black drips gone. I still have to cut back the oak that overhangs the house.

    Blew all the leaves and cr@p off the porch and walk too. It’s amazing how much the little touches matter.

    Picked a couple of banana peppers. Plants are still going strong. Ate one apple off the tree. It was racquetball sized and golden. It fell by itself so I know it was ready. I’ve been checking every day. Tasted great. The tree has one other fruit growing and a couple of flowers. I didn’t expect to get any fruit from the two new trees this year so it was a pleasant surprise. I hope they both start to bear next year. Still haven’t seen a peach, or even a flower since I planted that stupid tree. It’s been what, 3 years?

    It got pretty hot in the sun late in the afternoon. Kinda snuck up on me. Shade and breeze was nice but the sun was hot.

    Tired.

    n

  29. Well that was fun. I was changing a dead outside light bulb and a 7 inch lizard fell on my face. I recoiled backwards and fell off the third rung of the ladder. Landed on my butt in the grass. Man the ground was hard. The butt is sore and the left shoulder is sore. You know, I did not bounce.

  30. I do not think that the yard on the new used house has been watered in the last 2 years while the tenants were here. Of course, we did have the 17 inch rain last may 7 but that wore off. I’ve got soaker hoses and two sprinklers going now.

  31. I drove my old Expy here with hoses, ladder, tools. It started great, it just does not want to run above 3000 rpm. I may just drive it until it explodes.

    Was 96 F when I drove over here.

  32. Dang, another rock legend:

    “The lead singer of The Cars has died at the age of 75 after being found ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ in his Manhattan apartment. Ric Ocasek was discovered by estranged wife Paulina Porizkova at around 4.14pm inside his Gramercy Park home in New York. The frontman was pronounced dead at the scene and appeared to have died from natural causes. Ocasek and the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April last year. They were described as ‘hook-savvy with the perfect combo of new wave and classic rock,’ by the institution. “

  33. Dang, another rock legend

    He also had production credits which reached beyond The Cars, including several of Weezer’s better albums.

    Hopefully, “natural causes” doesn’t end up being opioids like Tom Petty.

  34. “Natural causes? Why, this man’s been SHOT!”

    -“Well, it’s natural to die after you’ve been shot!”

    n

  35. Jeez man, falling off ladders is EXACTLY what you DON’T want to do! SRSLY.

    If this is what turning 60 is like, I am not sure that I want to play the game. Just kidding.

    Man, I am sore. I think that I have stretched the first joint on the middle finger of my left hand. Hopefully I did not break it again. Taping it to the other two fingers for a month sucked 10 ? 15 ? years ago. Made it really hard to type using my modified hunt and peck.

    I got the following items done at the new used house this weekend:
    1. swapped out all three deadbolts
    2. soaker hose around the entire foundation and run for five hours
    3. two 100 ft hoses with sprinklers installed and run for five hours in the front yard
    4. brought over medium size fridge and installed in garage
    5. brought over six cases of water bottles, ladder, tools, etc, etc
    6. replaced many outside lights with leds
    7. examined the two front porch lights with integrated leds and determined them to be goners (dont buy light fixtures with integrated leds !)
    8. took out the trash and cut up a 20 ft branch left for me into the trash
    9. fixed my voltmeter with a new fuse and a new battery (why was the fuse blown ?)
    10. got the water, electric, and natural gas turned on, no sewer as we have a septic tank
    11. killed three fire ant beds under the foundation (killed about a billion ants)
    12. killed many wasp nests
    13. spent a lot of time and money at Home Depot
    14. filled in holes in back yard from tenants dogs with sand

    Man, moving to a new used house is a lot of work !

  36. ” … and a 7 inch lizard fell on my face. I recoiled backwards and fell off the third rung of the ladder. ”

    Even more effective than just being seen, exiting fast in the weeds, but that’s how non-venomous reptiles and amphibians kill!

    Took me a little while to train myself not to slap the tiny frogs that sometimes jump on me, around here.

    Learn to treat small wiggly critters as interesting potential friends; you’ll be better off.
    Feel free to step back a bit (ideally not off a ladder, of course), but the odds are it’s not a threat to you.

  37. ” … and a 7 inch lizard fell on my face. I recoiled backwards and fell off the third rung of the ladder. ”

    That’s puny compared to the iguanas which are starting to spread around SW Florida.

    About a decade ago, someone produced a cookbook with recipes for iguanas as a joke. Some joke — since the author died and the problem with the iguana population become worse, the cookbook is a collector’s item.

    https://www.amazon.com/Iguana-Cookbook-Save-Florida-Eat/dp/057801226X/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=iguana+cookbook&qid=1568643892&sr=8-3&tag=ttgnet-20

    I looked at that very book several times in tacky tourist stores and never imagined it would be in demand.

    If you still want an iguana recipe book, nature … as well as Amazon … abhors a vacuum:

    https://www.amazon.com/KWIKC-west-Iguana-killers-club-ebook/dp/B078KSBTQQ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=iguana+cookbook&qid=1568643975&sr=8-1&tag=ttgnet-20

    Might be worth considering for your prep stash. If Houston, like Naples or Fort Myers, isn’t prone to freezing, don’t worry, the iguana supply is on its way. 🙂

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