Wed. Dec. 11, 2019 – not my volunteer day, whew…

Cold and wet. [44F and 99%RH]

It was 48f last night when I went to bed, with ongoing occasional drizzle. Temps during the day were high 50s to mid 40s depending on time and location. Drizzle was a constant though it varied in intensity.

I ended up driving my Expedition when I’d have preferred the pickup. For a couple of days, I’ve been aware that the windshield washer fluid pump wasn’t working. And when I didn’t take the time to see what was wrong, I knew I’d pay later. So of COURSE I didn’t fix it when it was sunny and warm. Now, I was faced with fixing it in cold drizzle. I wimped out. I put the hitch mounted cargo carrier on the Expy and drove that. I really recommend a hitch mounted carrier if you have a receiver type hitch. It is very handy for extra capacity. I’ve used it on the wife’s Honda minivan for bins full of camping supplies. I’ve used it to carry bins full of tools and books from my dad’s stuff. I use it for the EZup and coolers for swim meets. And I’ve used it to carry a couple of generators now… It keeps mess and fumes out of the cargo area, and it’s a lot easier to load than the roof rack. Mine will fold up across the back of the truck to get out of the way when not in use. Again, recommended.

I also recommend taking care of vehicle maintenance issues as they arise.

On a separate note, I made some grilled chicken legs for dinner Monday night. The legs were frozen in Q1 2017 and were just the same as when they went into the deep freeze. They were in the manufacturer’s heavy vac pack, but could have used the extra protection of a seal-a-meal vac bag, if I’d realized how long they’d be in there. That would have protected them during all the handling and shifting around over the years.

The prepared naan bread was probably only in the freezer for a year.

A ready in 90 second pouch with some sort of bulgar wheat in tomato sauce that was at least a year old rounded out the menu. Tasted pretty good, for something I’ve never tried before. Even the wife thought it was an ok change of pace.

I love the freezer and vac bags, and on sale bulk food. That’s a winning combination. Yes, during TEOTWAWKI I’ll need to keep the freezer powered. There’s a plan for that. A tested and vetted plan. With some redundancy. Eventually, I’ll stop powering it, or we’ll eat all the contents. In any case, it’s a real force multiplier, and very convenient. Also, not super expensive and lets you save on food by buying in bulk. Frozen is part of my plan and works well for everything less than total collapse.

Now to get the kids and wife fed and out the door….

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

41 thoughts on “Wed. Dec. 11, 2019 – not my volunteer day, whew…”

  1. RE:

    hitch mounted carrier

    Hmm … I’d never thought of that. Now that we are downsizing and our old, formerly Uhaul, box truck is loosing it’s transmission, we don’t need anything near that capacity but do need to move stuff about on occasion. I have a receiver type hitch on the 2005 Chevy Suburban and will look into this. Thanks for the idea.

  2. @harold, it’s super convenient to add that 2ft x 6ft extra space. Get a sturdy one!

    n

  3. My favorite class…not. Reviewing for the exam, at the end of an entire semester of programming, and half the class is incapable of writing a simple loop. I put a number of individuals on the spot, asking them specific questions. A few bright lights, but most of the class is deepest darkness.

    We don’t babysit them: they are expected to be adults. There is no graded homework, no attendance requirement, indeed no requirement to do anything at all. Just a final exam. Lots of recommended exercises that they could do – along with repeated reminders that programming is a skill that requires actual practice, and plenty of time to ask questions (both individually and in the group. If they did none of that, well…

    So here we are. Most people in the class clearly have not done any exercises, or else have “done” them by looking over a friend’s shoulder. The exam grades this year are going to be ugly, very ugly. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if a third of the class passes.

  4. @brad, will they then whine and moan about how unfair it all is when they fail?

    n

  5. @brad, that is one of the reasons I stopped teaching. I liked my students. I hated giving them honest grades. I was thunderstruck at graduation.

  6. Geez.

    Time’s Person of the Year: Greta Turdberg.

    You don’t get more SJW than that. “You’ve stolen my youth!” Go back to school idiot.

  7. LOL! Those are the people whining about Ghostbusters: Afterlife. (In a high squeaky voice) “The White Patriarchy has returned! They’re trying to brush the all female Ghostbusters under the rug!”

    The reboot/sequel sucked dead bunnies. When I saw it, I though, hmmm three White and one Black buster. Wonder where they got that idea. LOL!

  8. Well, honda gennie didn’t start right up. I didn’t really expect it to though. It just means cleaning the carb and replacing the gas as a first round effort. I found a note that the oil was changed in 03. Since the prof that owned it seems to have taken good care of his stuff, I’m betting it sat for years.

    n

  9. At my local Costco yesterday, the Feit Shop Lights (LED, 4 foot, single pack) was $17.99 after a $10.00 automatic rebate. So picked up two more to add to the four I already have in the garage. Great price.

    Notice the on-line price is $39,99 after $20.00 rebate for a two-pack; slightly more. This item: https://www.costco.com/feit-electric-4'-linkable-led-shop-light%2c-2-pack.product.100462723.html .

    The ones I have in my garage have been excellent.

  10. From BH in the Fort Bend Herald:

    “Best new billboard:”

    “Democrats are scared that Americans are going to interfere with the 2020 election!”.

  11. At my local Costco yesterday, the Feit Shop Lights (LED, 4 foot, single pack) was $17.99 after a $10.00 automatic rebate. So picked up two more to add to the four I already have in the garage. Great price.

    Notice the on-line price is $39,99 after $20.00 rebate for a two-pack; slightly more. This item: https://www.costco.com/feit-electric-4'-linkable-led-shop-light%2c-2-pack.product.100462723.html .

    The ones I have in my garage have been excellent.

    I’ve got the Sam’s Club variant of these. They are excellent at throwing light. I probably need several of these for the new used house garage also (1,200 ft2).

  12. The reboot/sequel sucked dead bunnies. When I saw it, I though, hmmm three White and one Black buster. Wonder where they got that idea. LOL!

    Ernie Hudson’s part in the first flick originally belonged to John Belushi. That project was in development hell for a long time.

  13. Well, some will whine about how unfair it is. They already are: “I don’t think the school knows how hard this is”, etc, etc..

    Over the years, I’ve gotten to be really unsympathetic. There are two kinds of students who fail: the dumb and the lazy. It’s not nice to say “dumb”, but IQ is a normal distribution, and half the people are on the left-hand side of the curve. They need to be somewhere else, doing something else. Sadly, too many will scrape through a business admin degree. I would really like to see standards raised across the board, but the inevitable empire building means that schools never want to consider having fewer students.

    As for the lazy? Maybe a whack upside the head with a failing grade will wake them up. Otherwise, they need to go away, grow up, and come back some other year.

    Next semester, I’m going to be subbing for another college that does almost entirely self-study, with only a couple of days of actual class time. They want the profs to do pure “flipped classroom”, meaning that the students are responsible for learning the material on their own, and the class meetings are only for doing examples and practical exercises. I will be very interested to see if the school really means it, and if they actually have very many students who are capable of that level of independence.

  14. “Democrats are scared that Americans are going to interfere with the 2020 election!”.

    Call Perkins Coie. The Dems will need a dossier on every American.

  15. “Democrats are scared that Americans are going to interfere with the 2020 election!”.

    Call Perkins Coie. The Dems will need a dossier on every American.

    Ask Ray. It sounds like the health insurance industry already has one. And there is bad information in those files.

  16. “This may be the most important development you’ll read about this week.”
    http://www.woodpilereport.com/html/index-607.htm

    “Firearms News – Tazewell County Forms Militia in Response to New Virginia Gun Laws … incredible news coming from Virginia, and is likely a move that anti-gun lawmakers and politicians did not expect.”

    “Excerpt: ” … this is not limited to just our county, but also as part of a network of sister counties showing solidarity for both Virginia’s, and the American Constitution.””

    “Tazewell County is in northwestern Virginia. In other news, the Culpepper County Sheriff announced he will deputize thousands of citizens “to protect their constitutional right to own firearms”. Culpepper County is in northeast Virginia. ”

    “At last count more than 40 Virginia counties have declared themselves “gun rights sanctuary counties”, meaning law enforcement is advised not to enforce unconsitutional gun laws. This is nearly half the state’s counties. In response, Virginia Attorney General Herring made an announcement:”

    “WTVR Richmond – Herring said when the General Assembly passes gun control legislation those laws will be enforced…”

    If a black Suburban pulls up in front on somebodies house in Virginia in the next couple of weeks, the people inside may start shooting. If I owned a black Suburban, I would store it for a while.

  17. Reminds me of something I read (and commented on) in Borepatch’s blog. Apparently the Dems are likely to run Biden? I find that just incredible. Run those videos of him fondling young girls in public situations where they can’t escape – he has no chance. He’s a creep, and anyone with a daughter or a niece will vote for just about anyone else.
    It’s symptomatic of just how incredibly out-of-touch the “elite” is. Not only the Dems, but also the Republicans. I mean, who are the R’s going to put up in 2024? Which of the current/past crop of losers would anyone actually want to vote for?
    Maybe it’s the cynical old adage: Anyone qualified for the job wouldn’t want it.


  18. They want the profs to do pure “flipped classroom”, meaning that the students are responsible for learning the material on their own, and the class meetings are only for doing examples and practical exercises.

    In the programming field, how will that be different than getting an intro book and a free compiler, learning what you can, and going to stackoverflow when you get stuck? Just what is the school doing to earn their tuition dollars?

  19. I’ll note that I’m almost entirely self-taught as a programmer. I did have a FORTRAN class and an assembly class, but the FORTRAN teacher was so bad that I was effectively self-taught. The assembly class wasn’t badly taught, I guess, but the instructor covered the basic concepts and then the details of only one chip. I already knew the concepts and have never used that chip when doing any assembly programming, so I’m effectively self-taught there as well.

  20. Reminds me of something I read (and commented on) in Borepatch’s blog. Apparently the Dems are likely to run Biden? I find that just incredible. Run those videos of him fondling young girls in public situations where they can’t escape – he has no chance. He’s a creep, and anyone with a daughter or a niece will vote for just about anyone else.

    The widely held theories center on Biden being a placeholder for … someone. Exactly who he’s subbing for is where the theories differ.

    I don’t think the eventual nominee is currently in the race. That person may just decide to skip Iowa and let Biden have one last hoorah before dropping the dime on Ol’ Joe.

    Also, I doubt the nominee will be Moochelle as some of the theories suggest. She can’t afford the pay cut. The Obamas are on track to be billionares from speaking fees alone in the next decade.

    My money has been on Newsom for some time. He learned about winning Texas with his money people funding Robert Francis’ campaign, and the same people are funding “Doors” run at the senior US Senator for TX, John Cornyn. Newsom will go on TV sometime before New Hampshire and proclaim that while he owes a great deal to the people of CA, the emergency at the national level is too great for him to ignore.

    Have a shot at winning Texas and Trump is done. Other than Newsom, the only other calculus which makes it possible is Robert Francis as VP.

  21. “Microsoft to Badger Windows 7 Users With Upgrade Pop-Ups”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/372461/microsoft-to-badger-windows-7-users-with-upgrade-pop-ups

    “The full-screen notifications will appear on affected machines starting Jan. 15, 2020, the day after Windows 7 officially loses support, and urge users to upgrade to Windows 10. ”

    It is about $2,000 to upgrade all my shop PCs to Windows 10 Pro. I really do not want to do this.
    https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-10-Pro-Download/dp/B01019BOEA/?tag=ttgnet-20

  22. I keep hearing Cankles, too. The real question is will enough independents want another Klinton White House? I don’t think so. tRump wins the EC again, more outrage, lawsuits and another impeachment circus.

  23. I think Hillary Bitch Clinton will throw her pantsuit into the ring* because it’s the only way to kick the money machine back into high. The only thing stopping her will be a stake in the heart**, filling her mouth with salt and sewing her lips shut, and cutting off her head. Even that might not suffice, depending on how good the stunt double is.

    * You’re now thinking of Hillary Bitch Clinton standing there, sans pantsuit. You’re welcome.

    ** Alleged heart. Lump of coal where the heart would be in a human being.

  24. It is about $2,000 to upgrade all my shop PCs to Windows 10 Pro. I really do not want to do this.

    Did the intern get your program running under Wine on RHEL/CentOS 8?

    I don’t think Linux is ready for general users, but I gather that your customers are technical.

  25. I’m starting to wonder if we are at the logistical limits of the Brown Truck Store this holiday season.

    I’ve had a few packages for neighbors delivered to my house by mistake, and, likewise, the neighbors’ have received a few of ours. Right now, I have one non-Christmas shipment missing but showing as delivered in UPS’ computer for the last few days.

    The Brown Truck Store is highly reliant on everyone being honest citizens right now. That’s asking for trouble.


  26. Mein Fuehrer! I can walk!

    “- Col. ‘Bat’ Guano: You wanna know what I think?
    – Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Yes!
    – Col. ‘Bat’ Guano: I think you’re some kind of deviated pervert. I think General Ripper found out about your perversion, and that you were organizing some kind of mutiny of perverts. Now move!”

    The Klinton Foundation.

  27. We hit the brown truck store limits a long time ago. I consistently have packages not delivered. They are now as reliable as our local postal service. That is not a glowing comparison.

  28. I’ll note that I’m almost entirely self-taught as a programmer. I did have a FORTRAN class and an assembly class, but the FORTRAN teacher was so bad that I was effectively self-taught. The assembly class wasn’t badly taught, I guess, but the instructor covered the basic concepts and then the details of only one chip. I already knew the concepts and have never used that chip when doing any assembly programming, so I’m effectively self-taught there as well.

    My career is based on a FORTRAN class taught using surplus 3B2 Unix System V minicomputers. It wasn’t about the language as much as learning vi and the shell environment.

    The rest is learning from endless git-er-done deathmarches.

    Speaking of which … my current work group just crossed 100% turnover in 20 months this afternoon when our longest tenured member turned in notice.

    I’m spending the evening waiting for a bucket truck to show up at our site in VA and swap out a sensor unit so I can reconfigure the system remotely.

  29. One more reason why amazon is developing their own “last mile” solution. Our last prime order was delivered in 2 days, which happened to fall on a sunday. Amazon drivers apparently work on sunday as a matter of course.

    n

  30. No problems here opposite Mutiny Bay WA with the Brown Truck, the USPS, or the FedEx guys. All packages ordered here (and my wife orders a lot, especially this time of year) arrive in a timely and accurate manner. Even on Sundays.

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