Tues. May 12, 2020 – just not feeling it….

Another beautiful day? Cool and sunny? One can only hope.

Yesterday was a beautiful day. This spring has been fantastic weather. I can’t believe how long the nice weather has been lasting. Just awesome.

Drove around a bit, had some stuff to pick up, and some stuff to do at my secondary location. Traffic was medium light. Traditional freeway backups were still there, but for only a minute or two, and slowed instead of stopped. Very strange to see the mall parking lot mostly empty. Even with the reduced traffic, people were still getting flats and getting into fender benders.

Had a chat with my neighbor at my secondary location. He’s not making any money and is thinking about doing some practical metalworking (burglar bars) instead of the metal fab he usually does. If the security situation degrades, it sure seems like there’d be a market. Worth thinking about how you can leverage your skills, tools, or contacts to bring in money if your situation changes.

I’ll be home today, working on getting the little things done to finish all some of my open projects around the house. I’ve got all the shelves I can get here now, so no more excuses.

I have to say, I’ve been unmotivated and droopy the last couple of days. Not at all perky. Shirking. Slack. Not feeling 100% physically either. Just ‘blah’. Time to suck it up.

Dinner was not elk roast. Dinner was canned beef tamales (not bad, just kinda bland despite the red sauce), and chicken tacos (from kirkland canned chicken, and Lawry’s Chicken Taco pouch seasoning). Tortillas from the fridge. Everyone ate heartily, and I’m glad I used two cans of chicken. Even the mediocre tamales got eaten.

Number 1 daughter’s 11th year on the earth comes in a week or two, so I’ve been getting presents together. I scored 3 youth bows in this auction, two compound, one traditional. I had archery targets from one of the last auctions. I’ve got hunting arrows, but no youth or practice arrow, so off to Amazon… Freaking arrows cost more than the bows. I threw in a couple of arm guards while I was there. Both girls did an archery unit at GS camp, but anyone have a book or youtube they’d recommend for additional good instruction? It’s been since junior high for me…and I don’t think I’d know bad instruction from good, given that compound bows weren’t even a thing when I last shot an arrow?

And with that, I’m off-

Stay safe, keep stacking.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

58 thoughts on “Tues. May 12, 2020 – just not feeling it….”


  1. Dinner was canned beef tamales (not bad, just kinda bland despite the red sauce)

    That’s why we have Franks Red Sauce.

    Daughter brought over a big order of Wings at lunch yesterday. She admits to getting mild bufflo sauce (which is okay as she is nursing). Franks to the recue for me. I don’t put that sh!+ on everything, just damn near.
    Dinner was grilled brats with Beaver Sweet Hot Mustard.

  2. Thanks for the input on the garlic growing the other day… interesting Nick that you saw an odd response in chives too. The consensus from all over is that it was the extra warm winter temps, esp in March. I left some of the garlic in the ground, to try to get a permanent stand naturalize (which is why I had planted it in a different spot than normal). I will still plant some every year to harvest and braid, but I want a perennial plot of it too.

    It is supposed to rain today. We have not had a drop of rain since Easter. 30 days. It worries me that we might be entering another big drought cycle. Makes me doubly glad we don’t live in west Texas any more.

    All of my winter squash & pumpkins came up YAY… now to see if the vine borers will really leave them alone so they can make. All the types I planted are C. moschata, which are supposed to be resistent (Butternut is a C. moschata). Some winter squashes will store for a full year.

    I haven’t accomplished as much as I would have liked to during this time, partly because the wind made some outdoor work difficult. My To-Do list still has a bunch of things on it that were on there in November. One big chore is to rebuild two wooden gates that are falling apart. I need to go watch some videos and understand how to approach it.

    My mother and I think masks might become even more stylish because everyone looks younger when wearing one. Heeee! I am finally old enough to understand why “wimples” were all the rage in the 14th century (and for nuns for centuries after)! I sent her a book that Peter Grant had excerpted a while back, an oldie called “The Book of Heroic Failures” by Stephen Pile. It’s hysterical. I bought it, but when I started reading it, I knew she would love it too, so put it in the mail to her and found another on eBay for us. We’ve already had some good laughs on the phone about stories in it.


  3. That’s why we have Franks Red Sauce.

    I like the heat that hot sauce brings, but most of them are vinegar based and I don’t always want to add the vinegar flavor to my foods.

  4. I like the heat that hot sauce brings, but most of them are vinegar based and I don’t always want to add the vinegar flavor to my foods.

    True, there is always salsas and El Pato hot jalapeno-tomato sauce. Sarachai is sweet like a hot ketchup and chili oil works for liquid fire. And don’t forget wasabi. Lots to choose from in our cupboard.

  5. I like Crystal Louisiana Hot Sauce. It’s light and “clean” without being too hot. Never did like Tabasco, and all the thicker flavors might have their place, but the one I come back to is Crystal. And of course, Sriracha- for the things it’s excellent for, like scrambled eggs….

    n


  6. Never did like Tabasco, …

    My favorite. The Gringo’s Hot Sauce. Of course, in a house full of Hispanics, when I say I like Tabasco more than Cholula, the mocking never ends. Jim’s chicken fried steak with Tabasco is Heaven.

    If you haven’t seen a documentary on Tabasco, it’s worth checking out. Peppers, salt and vinegar aged in barrels. That’s it.

  7. Cholula- mud.

    I’ve got a bottle in the fridge, but other than trying to find the hot sauce a local restaurant uses for Michelada mix, I never use it.

    n

  8. I have been slacking off too. Dealing with the MIL everyday (2 hr drive) has taken all the energy out of me. She is no longer interested in seeing a doctor to address her pain issues as long as she can keep getting her “pain” pills. I fear she is addicted. She’s so muddled lately I don’t know if it’s the pills or her age.
    So I haven’t gotten the last 12 large art works hung, the wifes crates of books put away, or even started in my office where I have a new gaming PC still in the box and dual 24 inch monitors to mount.
    My accountant assures me that he is recovered from whatever it was that laid him low and he will get my taxes filed before the deadline. Wasn’t at the top of my worry list.
    Have to get a move on and take my wife to a meeting in the city where they discuss kidney transplant issues and how the list works. I fear it will be another 4 hr waste of time but this one in a crowded meeting hall. Sigh. And here I thought retirement would be easy.

  9. Couple of interesting things in the FEMA daily update….

    COVID-19 Update
    Situation: FEMA, HHS, and federal partners continue working with state, local, tribal,
    and territorial governments to execute a Whole-of-America response to the COVID-19
    pandemic. Among the 17 states not presently experiencing a decrease in confirmed
    cases, 7 have no stay-at-home order in place, 1 has local or limited stay-at-home order,
    and 9 have statewide stay-at-home orders in place. Nationwide testing: 8,913,697
    (+248,129) cumulative as of May 11
    Operational Task Forces
    Community Based Testing Sites:
    • 172,547 (+666) samples collected at CBTS locations since Mar 20
    • 182,017 (+8,174) tests administered by Private-Partnership Testing Sites since Apr 5
    Data and Analysis:
    • Developed methodology to identify emerging outbreak locations and areas with
    sustained community spread; explanation/supporting graphics delivered to White
    House TF on May 10
    Lifelines Impacts:
    Health and Medical Lifeline
    Testing
    • NY: all nursing home staff will be tested for COVID-19 twice a week; hospitals cannot
    discharge a patient to a nursing home unless patient tests negative
    • TX: COVID-19 hotspots emerged in Amarillo and areas along LA border due to
    poultry/meat processing facilities; National Guard assisting with testing of 4K poultry
    plant employees
    Other Domestic Lifelines
    Food, Water, & Shelter:
    • Over 5K reported COVID-19 cases at 115 meat processing facilities nationwide
    Transportation
    • U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring 84 cargo vessels with crewmembers that embarked
    at a coronavirus port of interest within 14 days of the vessels’ scheduled arrival at a
    U.S. port; 24 will arrive in the next 24 hours

    ” Over 5K reported COVID-19 cases at 115 meat processing facilities nationwide
    Transportation”

    —couple that tidbit with this one

    “TX: COVID-19 hotspots emerged in Amarillo and areas along LA border due to
    poultry/meat processing facilities; National Guard assisting with testing of 4K poultry
    plant employees”

    —and note that getting the world back to work, and goods flowing means flows of people and disease too, as it always has.

    ” U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring 84 cargo vessels with crewmembers that embarked
    at a coronavirus port of interest within 14 days of the vessels’ scheduled arrival at a
    U.S. port; 24 will arrive in the next 24 hours”

    n

  10. ” Over 5K reported COVID-19 cases at 115 meat processing facilities nationwide
    Transportation”

    —couple that tidbit with this one

    “TX: COVID-19 hotspots emerged in Amarillo and areas along LA border due to
    poultry/meat processing facilities; National Guard assisting with testing of 4K poultry
    plant employees”

    —and note that getting the world back to work, and goods flowing means flows of people and disease too, as it always has.

    They also have models of food distribution and eating needs of the nation. Neither are looking good at the moment. The winter of 2020-21 may be tough.

    Lots of farmers out there complaining that they have to kill their pigs and cattle for landfill. I read one farmer forced into a bad situation because they were not coming to get his full grown pigs and he got his delivery of 7,500 piglets with no where to put them.

    Fresh food is by nature a just in time system. If you upset any stage of the process, the following stages all fall apart.

  11. So I haven’t gotten the last 12 large art works hung

    WRT art, I made a little table all my art and how high to put the nail hole (s). Also wrote it on the back of each piece. It’s saved me a lot of time from move to move. I once spent the better part of a day evenly spacing 10 identically sized, framed prints on a wall so they were all level. The hooks were all off by half an inch or so so it was a real bitch. Looked good in the end… A level and a chalk line are your friend!

  12. I have been slacking off too. Dealing with the MIL everyday (2 hr drive) has taken all the energy out of me. She is no longer interested in seeing a doctor to address her pain issues as long as she can keep getting her “pain” pills. I fear she is addicted. She’s so muddled lately I don’t know if it’s the pills or her age.

    2005 is just a blur for me. The wife had five surgeries for her breast cancer stage 2b. Mastectomy, additional tumor found in the lymph system, and reconstruction. 20 chemo treatments and another 26 treatments of Herceptin for DNA modification.

    I maintain that if 10% of the population were sick then the other 90% of the population would spend all of their time taking care of them.

    You can’t take care of wife and MIL every day. Something’s gotta give.


  13. Looked good in the end… A level and a chalk line are your friend!

    I’ve had a B&D laser level for years that works great (especially the crosshairs). I’ve hung our wall art all over the US during our milspec moves.

  14. Rush Limbaugh is talking about the red states (opening up) feeding the blue states (locked down). That won’t work.

    Here comes the civil war.

  15. REI stores start reopening this weekend. “Face coverings” NOT optional.

    I wonder if I cut a leg off of some pantyhose and wore that, it it is considered a face covering. Is it any less effective than Stretch Pelosi’s silk scarf. What is the thinest “covering” you can wear? Any definition anywhere?

  16. Is anyone else amazed at how well Google recognizes voice commands and dictation? The other day I was trying to figure out how to word a search for the reaction between aqua regia and gold, something I would have asked RBT in days gone by. Finally I just said, “Okay Google, what’s the reaction between aqua regia and gold?”

    Poof! Up popped the answer. Later that day I aaked it, “When was Caprice Viennois composed?”, and just like magic it popped out the answer.

    So it understands French and even understands my castil and exited Spanish. Err, my Castlian accented Spanish. Lol.


  17. So it understands French and even understands my castil and exited Spanish

    No, Google reads your mind. It knew what you wanted before you even spoke.

  18. @ray, with all the search history and evesdropping, it could look very much like mindreading….

    N

  19. Hey Mr. Lynn. Thanks for bringing up “Wayward Pines”. I’m definitely rewatching that in the never ending lockdown. Do I have to wear a face covering while watching? Don’t want the “abbies” to infect me with SARS-abbie-4032

  20. I like Crystal Louisiana Hot Sauce. It’s light and “clean” without being too hot. Never did like Tabasco, and all the thicker flavors might have their place, but the one I come back to is Crystal. And of course, Sriracha- for the things it’s excellent for, like scrambled eggs….

    I like just plain old Louisiana Hot Sauce. Good stuff when my wife makes hoppin-john.
    https://www.heb.com/product-detail/louisiana-the-original-hot-sauce/33384

    I am not a fan of Tabasco sauce. Too much vinegar.

  21. Hey Mr. Lynn. Thanks for bringing up “Wayward Pines”. I’m definitely rewatching that in the never ending lockdown. Do I have to wear a face covering while watching? Don’t want the “abbies” to infect me with SARS-abbie-4032

    I think that the abbies were formed by broken DNA due to “environmental damage that rejected humans. You can wear a face covering anytime you want to ! I see people driving their cars around wearing a face mask, head scarf, and a burka. Wait, that is a muslim woman’s normal daily attire.

    I binged watched “Black Summer” on Netflix after “Wayward Pines”. “Black Summer” is a prequel to “Z-Nation” which is a spoof of “The Walking Dead”. Except, this ain’t no spoof. It is a series of episodes how the zombie apocalypse goes in a small town with the soldiers shooting anyone who has a fever, etc.

    “Black Summer” also exhibited your worst nightmare for me. My son talked about they heard the Iraqi soldiers one night shooting all of their weapons for quite a long time. The Marines decided to wait until daylight to investigate. When they went over to the Iraqi soldier camp, they found a donkey that had been shot about 500 times. The Marines called it an Iraqi death blossom. Miraculously, no Iraqi soldiers were shot.

    Anyway, in “Black Summer”, several hundred uninfected people have moved into the town center where supposedly the uninfected were going to moved to “safe” place. They found a bunch of zombies instead. So what happens when a hundred zombies run into an armed crowd of several hundred uninfected ? Yup, a death blossom. Lots of friendly fire causalities. Result, hundreds of zombies.

    There is no safe place in a zombie apocalypse.

    And I am becoming a tv addict.

  22. I buy HEB’s Hill Country Fare version of Louisiana Hot Sauce. It seems the same to me even down to the ridges on the bottle. And Mr Make a Buffalo Nickle Bellow over here is going to save 30 cents a bottle. What can I say? It’s a hobby of sorts.

    The coupon printer gave a coupon for a free bottle of Tabasco. A 4 ounce bottle? We tried it a couple of times and threw it away. It was just hot with an off taste.

    Another hot sauce to try is “Hot Sauce San Luis”. It’s in a white plastic bottle. To me it’s a cross of Choula (sp)(the stuff with the cutesy wood cap) and Tapatio. The ~quart bottle was a buck the last time I looked. The ~pint bottle in my fridge was all of 55 cents. In the Mexican Food section at Wal-Mart. Anyway, it tastes like the hot sauce served at most of the places where I ate in Puerto Vallarta WAY to many years ago.
    Dang, I sure did like Pacifico Beer at 25 cents a bottle. First bottle of the day was 50 cents with the bottle deposit. The last bottle would be left by a park bench for a kid to find.

  23. Rush Limbaugh is talking about the red states (opening up) feeding the blue states (locked down). That won’t work.

    Here comes the civil war.

    The economic relationship between the states is not that simple anymore. Florida is heavily dependent on pension flows from the big automakers and northern cities like Chicago while the pension and 401(k) plans for those remaining in the workforce are invested in CA real estate and FAA(M|N)G (pick your acronym) stocks.

    And if politics get that stressed, Texas would be ugly. The next time you are in town for a conference, get off 71 at Riverside and take that into downtown to see the problem in a nutshell.

  24. Heck, get off of I-35 at 32nd or so, near the Drum, and head south.

    I saw Tina Turner at the Drum. They had it set as a regular theater so our cheap seats were behind her. Then she saw us. It was a great show.

  25. Daughter 2 had a spill on her bike and scraped her knee. It’s actually a fairly deep scrape and it hurts. Naturally I washed it and bandaged it, using stuff in my cupboard.

    Stuff like BAND-AID® Brand HURT-FREE® Antiseptic Wash, non-stick pads, and Kerlix wrap.

    I quickly used the at hand supply and hit my deeper storage in the garage. I’m looking to re-stock and the Bandaid wash is out of stock everywhere. I like it because it has lidocaine. Good old ebay to the rescue, there are a few bottles left there, although the prices are higher than before.

    Every bandage change uses a roll of Kerlix.

    Skinned knees were not what I envisioned using my wound care for, but they are wounds, and need care.

    As I’ve mentioned before, wound care uses up a LOT of supplies quickly. You probably don’t have enough.

    n

  26. I’ll use Dave’s Insanity Sauce when I just want to add heat to something without altering the flavor in any way. Just a small drop or two of that stuff does the trick.

    As a condiment, I use a ton of different ones. Sriracha, Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce, Mike’s Hot Honey, and on and on. One of my favorite low cal snacks is to cut up a ton of celery and then grab an assortment of hot sauces and then just use the celery as a hot sauce delivery system.

    If you go by what “flies off the shelf” at the local Mexican grocery stores then it would have to be Valentina with Tapatío and Cholula competing for 2nd place. I like all three.

    I too am not a fan of Tabasco. I keep a bottle around as I have a couple of recipes that call for it by name and for any guests that want it.

  27. “Solar Express” by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
    https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Express-L-Modesitt-Jr/dp/0765381966/?tag=ttgnet-20

    A standalone space opera book, no prequel or sequel that I know of. Note that some people call this hard science, I do not because of the alien space ship. Some people might call this military science fiction, I am not sure. I read the well printed and bound MMPB published by Tor in 2016. I have read several books by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. and have several in my SBR (strategic book reserve) to be read.

    Man, I love space opera ! This is the good stuff. Great story set in 2114 with the three major entities on Earth jockeying for ownership of the Solar System: The North American Union (Noram), the Sinese Federation, and the Indian Alliance are all moving into space in a big way with the resulting conflicts over territory and resources.

    I loved the universe building in this book. The 100 meter fusion jet spacecraft, the three space elevators, the hollowed asteroid bases at L1, etc, etc, etc. A very rich book with a decent story line. And the background politics about the cost of space.

    My rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (108 reviews)

  28. . I like it because it has lidocaine.

    5% lidocaine ointment is a must-have if you’re in mosquito territory or prone to poison oak. I don’t know if it’s OTC here but you can get it from your doctor. Just a dab will do you but it’s a godsend.

    And learning how to bandage using gauze is a good skill. I have an old text book from the 20s called _Practical Nursing_ which has a lot of neat tricks that are probably forgotten these days.

  29. All this talk of hot sauce gave me an idea for a pragmatic test of whether you have the Chinese Flu: put a few drops of liquid ass in your food. If it smells and tastes ok to you, you may be infected.

  30. All this talk of hot sauce gave me an idea for a pragmatic test of whether you have the Chinese Flu: put a few drops of liquid ass in your food. If it smells and tastes ok to you, you may be infected.

    Craig Ferguson’s last book is on my Kindle. In one chapter, Ferguson shares a story about eating dog on an SE Asian vacation adventure, and he describes the taste of the meat as being similar to how dog excrement smells.

  31. Regarding Lynn’s suggestion of splitting New York into two states and the worry that this would mean two more liberal senators, he has it exactly wrong. NYS has sent liberal senators to Congress for decades, with Al D’Amato being the last nominal Republican and he was ousted (by Chucklefart Schemer) 22 years ago. (And Al wasn’t so much Republican as corruptocrat anyway.)

    New York’s national senators and governor are elected by the NYC area. If NYC and environs became its own state they would continue to have liberal senators and governor, and upstate would have at least a chance of sending a non-Communist to Congress.

    The “Split New York” notion has been floated several times. Always shot down by Democrats, so far as I know. Nick’s idea of a Hawaii/Alaska-style compromise could possibly work. The problem would be in finding a liberal section of a predominantly conservative state which wants to split off. Austin secede from Texas, maybe?

  32. Valentina is good stuff.

    As a kid, ads on TV for Bactine. Mom would not buy the stuff. Too expensive. I’d rather bleed to death than suffer Mercurochrome ever again.

    I bought a spray bottle of Bactine a few months ago. I used some because Missy gave me a few good scratches during “that” time.

    Wash wounds with water, pat dry, spray on Bactine Plus and what wound? The stuff they sell now works. Maybe in the late 60’s not so great?


  33. he describes the taste of the meat as being similar to how dog excrement smells.

    Hmm. I’ve wondered about this. Not that I want to eat my dog. But don’t they pen the dogs and feed them a lot of veggies?

    Oh, wait. Dogs. And self cleaning the pens. Because they are hungry.

    Never mind.

  34. The “Split New York” notion has been floated several times. Always shot down by Democrats, so far as I know. Nick’s idea of a Hawaii/Alaska-style compromise could possibly work. The problem would be in finding a liberal section of a predominantly conservative state which wants to split off. Austin secede from Texas, maybe?

    I’ve seen legal theory that the treaty which admitted Texas to the Union as a state grants the former republic the right to split into five states, each with the appropriate number of Senators, Representatives, and Electoral College members. This is often floated as a potential counter to California’s plans to split itself or the Democrats regaining a 2/3 majority in the Senate.

  35. Austin secede from Texas, maybe?

    The San Antonio talk channel’s morning drive hosts are fond of saying that we’re building the wall in the wrong place in Texas. We know how to handle illegal immigration across the Southern border into the state if we really wanted it done; we have no clue as to what to do about Austin and, lately, San Antonio.

    I live in Williamson County, 800 yards beyond the point where the wall would run around the piece of Austin annexation that grabbed the Applied Materials plant hidden near Lakeline Mall.

  36. Our Texas AG Paxton just told the county judges and city mayors to go pound sand. “Texas AG says Dallas County can’t require people to wear masks”
    https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/texas-ag-says-dallas-county-cant-require-people-to-wear-masks/287-7d789f10-1ed7-4006-adb2-3d1ace0cb421

    “In a letter sent to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, AG Ken Paxton said local orders can’t be stricter than statewide executive orders.”

    “Dallas County officials can’t require people to wear at masks or stay at home, according to a letter sent Tuesday by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.”

    “The letter says local orders cannot conflict with Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

    “Similar letters were sent to officials in Bexar and Travis counties.”

    Awesome !

  37. The “Split New York” notion has been floated several times. Always shot down by Democrats, so far as I know. Nick’s idea of a Hawaii/Alaska-style compromise could possibly work. The problem would be in finding a liberal section of a predominantly conservative state which wants to split off. Austin secede from Texas, maybe?

    I’ve seen legal theory that the treaty which admitted Texas to the Union as a state grants the former republic the right to split into five states, each with the appropriate number of Senators, Representatives, and Electoral College members. This is often floated as a potential counter to California’s plans to split itself or the Democrats regaining a 2/3 majority in the Senate.

    That legal agreement was superseded by the reconstruction agreement after the Civil War. Texas no longer has the right to split up into five states. And even if we did, not all of the states would be conservative.

  38. Elk is out of the oven. Slicing and serving soon….

    and some comments later.

    n

  39. “Backblaze Hard Drive Stats Q1 2020”
    https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-hard-drive-stats-q1-2020/

    “At the end of Q1 2020, Backblaze was using 129,959 hard drives to store customer data. For our evaluation we remove from consideration those drives that were used for testing purposes and those drive models for which we did not have at least 60 drives (see why below). This leaves us with 129,764 hard drives. The table below covers what happened in Q1 2020.”

    “The Annualized Failure Rate (AFR) for Q1 2020 was 1.07%. That is the lowest AFR for any quarter since we started keeping track in 2013. In addition, the Q1 2020 AFR is significantly lower than the Q1 2019 AFR which was 1.56%.”

    Amazing. Those drives are running in a high temperature and high vibration environment.

  40. I bought a spray bottle of Bactine a few months ago

    My mother swore by Bactine in the late 50s and I certainly gave her plenty of opportunities to use it. I liked the smell and the fact It didn’t burn like Mercurochrome.
    I didn’t know that they still had it.

  41. Lynn I’ve read some of L. E. Modesitt, Jr. work and enjoyed it. Thanks for the tip on this one. I have ordered it for my Kindle.

  42. Lynn I’ve read some of L. E. Modesitt, Jr. work and enjoyed it. Thanks for the tip on this one. I have ordered it for my Kindle.

    I hope that you enjoy it. I loved the hard science portions set in 100 years of space flight improvements. And the ending was neat.

  43. I thought Bactine was a lie when I was a kid. Turns out it has lidocaine in it too and they still make it.

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    Some fun with comment spam– first off though, if you have asked a serious question about what platform this site runs on, or for advice getting started blogging, you went to spam. On the off chance the question was legit, wordpress. It’s free and easy.

    —now, I’ve gotten a lot of very complementary spam lately, I think…

    “Either way stay up the excellent high quality writing, ”

    –yep, I’ll stay up the quality.

    “Great goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too fantastic.”

    –aw, I’m fantastic!

    n

  44. Well, elk turns out to be delicious.

    I ended up going with the Joy of Cooking advice, which was to just cook it as a beef roast, 20 minutes to the pound. I let it get a bit past medium rare (which was the recommendation) and it was a bit dry and chewy. I baked it in enameled cast iron with root veg and beef broth so there was plenty of juice to go with the meat. We sliced and ate the center portion, and I cubed the rest and put it back in the pot. I’ll let that slow cook for another few hours, then put the veg back in and eat the leftovers as stew.

    It has a very dark rich flavor, not gamey but a little bit of blood? like very mild liver taste? Sometimes beef roast will get the same flavor. I like liver, so I like the taste. Wife and daughter 1 ate well, daughter 2 didn’t like the idea of eating elk. She is a big time carnivore usually, so I’m a bit surprised. When we have lamb, she just puts her favorite stuffed animal (a lamb) in the other room, and digs in with both hands. Weird that elk is the animal she’s freaked about.

    Spent the rest of the time working on my monitor stand arm (finally got it set) and working on organization and storage in the garage. I moved 3 big toolboxes, a set of 2x3ft shelves, and added another set of shelves. Tomorrow I’ll put stuff on the shelves. I found some project parts I’ve been missing for a few years. 5 to be precise. Needless to say, there was no progress on the project in that time.

    It was hot in the garage today. Temps were high 80s, low 90s but the humidity was high. Soaked thru with sweat.

    Progress is being made, if slowly.

    n

  45. I had the opportunity to eat Reindeer while in Norway. Cooked three different ways on different trips. Really good. A lot may depend on how it is prepared. Light flavor, tender, excellent.

    I also had the opportunity to eat whale on my last trip to Norway. Never going to eat whale again if I can avoid it. The texture just sucked, the flavor was so-so. Apparently a delicacy and expensive in Norway. I am certain my hosts thought they were being gracious and I agree. Just not something I want to eat again given a choice between corndog and whale the corndog wins. Did I mention I don’t like corndogs either?

    I generally don’t care for fish or any meat that swims in the water. Maybe that influenced my decision. Every trip I have made to Norway I have eaten fish, served many different ways, many different types. It was OK and I would eat again. But not whale.

  46. I got my fangs scraped and sharpened today, to quote RBT. The experience was a little strange with the hygienist all gowned up with a mask AND a face shield. There was a extra $15 PPE charge. My dentist reopened yesterday, I have no idea what I would have done in a dental emergency. When I had one 20 years ago (split a molar in half), he met me at the office at 8 am. I am not sure that he could have done that this time since he was told to close his office several weeks ago.

    If they can tell us to close our dental offices, I wonder what else they can do ? Can they tell us to line up against that wall and wait for the machine guns ?

    I go to get my eyes recalibrated tomorrow. I am not looking forward to this as I missed my last appointment in 2018 (it was four days after my heart surgery) and have not been back since. I am way late for this and know it.

  47. “AMERIKA: The coming epidemic of shortages”
    https://www.wnd.com/2020/05/coming-epidemic-shortages/

    “William J. Murray: When millions are paid not to produce, Soviet-era misery is the result”

    Yup, I am restocking now. Got the pantry to full again. We never hit the LTS (long term storage) but I am thinking about seriously adding a few months of canned goods to it.

    Hat tip to:
    http://www.woodpilereport.com/html/index-627.htm
    “WND – The coming epidemic of shortages … 47% of the population being paid to do nothing”

    And

    “Daisy Luther at Organic Prepper sees desperation setting in:”
    https://www.theorganicprepper.com/lockdown-masks-money-civil-unrest/

    ” A whopping 71% of jobless Americans haven’t gotten their unemployment payments from March. Lines at food banks are literally miles long in some areas. Rents and mortgages are not being paid. Anger is increasing. Soon it’s going to bubble over into rage and when it does, we could see unrest and crime like we haven’t seen in this country in centuries.”

    Oh crap. I was really hoping beyond hope that those checks would get out there.

  48. I’ve been thinking about the Dogs In Elk story the whole time!

    I almost ruined what stew was left. I let all the water and juice boil out of the pot. I smelled the change and went to check. I moved all the meat to the veg and poured beef stock on it all. Then I put it into the fridge. I tried the pan drippings but they were bitter. The meat was fine. Glad I took the veg out.

    I ordered extre kerlix, wound wash, bandaids (large, knuckle/fingertip, etc). I have been just paying and buying instead of waiting for a bargain. If we had time, I could wait. I don’t feel like there is time.

    I feel like it’s time to get what you can and get ready for the economic collapse that will come right when the second wave is peaking. Heck, what does a year from now look like, with the massive changes in supply chain, with everyone broke from being out of work, with 6 TRILLION in devalued currency, rent moratoriums, Trump in his second term.. or with massive civil unrest, rioting, CWII? Snitching engrained in culture, everyone getting ‘even’ over some slight? It can get REALLY bad.

    Another Beltway sniper, only shooting at food deliveries? And the idea to starve the big cities after the massive voter fraud elected sleepy perv Joe starts catching on, with ordinary people monkey wrenching deliveries, services, infrastructure???

    Or a nice big couple of hurricanes, one in FL, one in TX, maybe one up the East Coast?

    Jeez, now I sound like zerohedge, but there are a LOT of ways this situation can get worse, and not as many where it gets better.

    n

  49. Archery is fun!

    I don’t have a good book recommendation. I do think that “instinctive archery” is the most fun as a sport. Put simply: “point and shoot”. The trick is to focus entirely on the target – not on where the arrow is pointing. Practice. Change the distance, practice. Set the target up, or down, and practice some more. Humans really do have some sort of innate ability to judge things like this – it just takes time and patience to bring it out. Once you have, it’s a really amazing feeling.

    Personally, I am not a fan of arm guards, because it seems to me that they support bad habits. Just like shooting a pistol: your elbow should be slightly bent. If it is, then the string won’t graze your skin, and the armguard is unnecessary. If you completely straighten your elbow (and some girls actually bend their elbow slightly *backwards*), that’s not good for the joint – and getting burned by the string is a reminder you won’t ignore. OTOH, it hurts a lot, and can put people off of archery altogether.

    As with firearms: know what’s behind your target. Unlike firearms: know what’s all around your target. Sometimes practice arrows take really weird bounces followed by even weirder flight paths, and can fly 30 meters or so in just about any direction.

  50. No archery recommendations from me, either, other than not straightening your elbow completely. Contrary to (my) expectation, the arrow (practice, blunt) goes anywhere but where you point it, because your arm reacts to the loss of pressure when you loose.
    So my instructor said, and so I found.

    G.

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