Fri. June 12, 2020 – another week under restrictions, but apparently not enough

Hot and humid, although it should be less so than the rest of the week.

Yesterday was a bit cooler and drier than the earlier part of the week.  It was still 90F in the shade in the late afternoon, because it’s summer in Houston after all.  It was practically chilly getting in the pool after dinner.

Unfortunately it looks like Houston is about to validate a whole lot of stuff regarding wuflu.

Houston “On The Precipice Of Disaster” As Officials Weigh Reimposing Stay At Home Order Amid Spike In Cases

I’ve been saying ‘wait and see’ and ‘let the other guy see if the flame is still hot’ and it looks like it is.   I’ll give it a little bit more time to develop further, but it seems to be right on schedule and just as predicted.   That isn’t good, as it means we’ll be seeing a bunch more cases and all over the place as the Memorial Day celebrants and then the protesters get sick, right on schedule.

It’s not going to make much difference in my life or plans, but it’s gonna be a kick in the teeth for some people.  I’m in this for the long haul.  I hope you all are too.

With that in mind, I was trying to buy another freezer today in an auction.  I stopped bidding at 1.5x the freezer’s original price.  Still half of new CURRENT price on amazon, but jeez.  It wasn’t a good fit for the space I have, or as big as I wanted.  There will be more as estates keep settling.  I could just order one, and wait for fall delivery, but I want to start stocking it.

Speaking of coolers, my garage fridge wasn’t cold when I went out there last night.  The freezer was still frozen, but the air passages feeding cold to the fridge compartment were blocked with ice.   I might have lost 20 pounds of chicken and 10 pounds of lamb.    The milk is cheap and I can get more, and the eggs will be fine.  All the cheese will be ok.  Losing the meat would suck.  I’ll be looking closely at that today, and possibly just cooking it.  It wasn’t warm, and the tubes of biscuits hadn’t exploded, but it’s been warmer than 36F for at least a couple of days.  I brought the meat into the house, and unblocked the passages.  With as hot and humid as it’s been, I should have been paying more attention.  It’s a known issue for me with this fridge, but I forgot.  Little things, ignored, can have bigger consequences.  Fortunately, we’re not on the ragged edge at the moment.

I’ve got a bunch of stuff to do today, after swim team.  Swim team is looking like a bad idea in light of the rise in cases.  I guess we’ll make a decision soon.

Yesterday number one daughter used cake mix, frosting mix, and other stuff from the preps and pantry to bake cupcakes for her friend’s birthday.  Hooray baking club.  She did it all herself, with me in the kitchen, but not helping.  She even did a pastry bag with a decorator tip to apply the frosting.  #proudpapa !  They looked great, like store bought, and tasted delicious.

Dinner was grilled lamb chops, leftover french fries, and broccoli- two stems from the garden and half a head from the store.   The garden broccoli tasted and looked good, but there wasn’t much.  I cut it off the plants and expect they’ll grow more, like the last time I harvested.

It’s pretty clear to me that bad times are here, and more are coming.

Now more than ever, don’t let your guard down.  Keep stacking.

 

nick

 

 

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

70 thoughts on “Fri. June 12, 2020 – another week under restrictions, but apparently not enough”

  1. Congrats to your daughter! She’s now officially capable of real cooking. She could feed all of you if she needed to. That’s a powerful skill.

    I gave myself my 3rd haircut Wednesday. Still turning out good and I haven’t had to go find someone to “fix” it. In fact, as my husband pointed out, my cuts are better than some I have paid for. The only real problem is it has to grow out a good inch or two before I can trim it again.

    Re COVID-19. Something interesting I didn’t know about how the statistics are being tracked: “reporting is based upon permanent address.” Is this new information or just something I didn’t know?

    The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department received one positive COVID-19 test result over the weekend. The person has not been in Brown County for two weeks, nor was he tested in Brown County, because he is working out of town. He is in isolation outside of the County. He is listed in the Brown County totals, because reporting is based upon permanent address.

    It makes sense but for towns with many commuters, may actually undercount the local cases. Locally, county of ~35,000: 1593 unique individuals Tested (23 pending), 60 Positive,
    43 Recovered, 10 Deaths. So, the Infecton rate is running 3.75% of those tested.

    I picked 3 pickling cucumbers off my plants, then yesterday my dad gave me six slicers from his garden, so I hope to make some pickles today. I need to film making Hamburger Dills, but Daddy likes Bread & Butters so I may make his first. He keeps talking about the bread and butter pickles his mother made and we don’t have the recipe. If anyone has a vintage bread and butter pickle recipe from North Texas or Oklahoma, I’d be grateful for a share. In the meantime, there are three in my old Farm Journal Canning & Pickling cookbook to choose from.

    They say a book you read at 25 is different from the book you read at 65.

    Good point. Maybe it is time to go back to some of the pivotal books and see what I get from them now. There are some favorites I’ve re-read every decade, but others that I haven’t read since.

  2. Speaking of coolers, my garage fridge wasn’t cold when I went out there last night. The freezer was still frozen, but the air passages feeding cold to the fridge compartment were blocked with ice.

    Solid ice or crystals?

    If it was solid and you’re occasionally seeing water on the top shelf of the fridge compartment, the cheap automatic defrosting mechanism drain line might be blocked, most likely at the plastic gizmo that prevents you from hearing the water drain into the pan under the appliance.

    Even cheap refrigerators — like mine — automatically defrost anymore, but I’ve noticed that every spring, as the humidity rises, there are issues to deal with, despite the fridge being located inside the house.

  3. I think I found a new freezer. Best Buy had one listed and let me purchase and schedule a delivery date – Wednesday June 24. We will see if that holds. If I was the suspicious type, I’d say all the retailers were listing some freezers in stock just to get an interest free loan on some money for a couple weeks… oh, it’s an upright, and 13 cf, so a little bigger than I wanted, but it fits.

  4. I just wish more people would wear masks in indoor public places. It’s the one thing you can do to knock down the case load while opening things up.

  5. I think I found a new freezer. Best Buy had one listed and let me purchase and schedule a delivery date – Wednesday June 24. We will see if that holds. If I was the suspicious type, I’d say all the retailers were listing some freezers in stock just to get an interest free loan on some money for a couple weeks… oh, it’s an upright, and 13 cf, so a little bigger than I wanted, but it fits.

    Best Buy can borrow money practically for free from banks right now. Why upset people.

    JC Penney is bankrupt and Sears is done. Best Buy has fewer competitors for selling appliances on a nationwide scale, and the Chinese supply chains are moving again, whether to US manufacturers, Mexico, or overseas.

  6. I got a haircut yesterday! It feels so much better. My last haircut was in mid January and I was overdue for one when everything shut down. I tried once to trim it myself but gave up quickly, I just can’t seem to maneuver scissors while looking in a mirror. I kept moving my hand in the wrong direction.
    The place I go to is usually just a walk-in place but for the time being it has to be by appointment. Give them your phone number, show up 15 minutes before the scheduled time, wait in your car until they phone you to come in. They were not allowed to trim my beard due to the mask (that’s OK, I have a beard trimmer and that is easy with or without a mirror) nor shave the little hairs at the nape of your neck.
    Went for the the usual cut though, no mullet.

  7. @p/c – some states use legal residence and some use where ever the case showed up. Florida caused some controversy, calling cases there NY or NJ cases if the victim wasn’t a permanent resident. It goes back to the over/under-count problem. If you are a state with a tourist driven economy, you want to minimize numbers. Later, if you want aid money based on number of cases, you maximize numbers….

    It looks like most of the excess increase in cases in TX comes from the prisons and meat packing plants, not the wider public. That’s good, but it’s still a leading indicator of things to come.

    @Ech, I have been avoiding indoor spaces as much as possible, but I agree. That’s a perfect and reasonable place to wear a mask, especially a “keep your germs to yourself” mask. I had my N95 on the whole time I was in my auction house’s office and warehouse. Outdoor spaces I’m less concerned, mainly staying upwind of others or oriented so the wind is across both of us.

    Given the reluctance to ‘flip flop’ and having just relaxed restrictions on schedule, I think we won’t hear anything about new restrictions in TX until Monday.

    n

  8. Given the reluctance to ‘flip flop’ and having just relaxed restrictions on schedule, I think we won’t hear anything about new restrictions in TX until Monday.

    Abbott won’t get away with locking down state wide again, even minimally. The hotspot counties will have to decide for themselves.

    Williamson County’s Judge has blown all credibility with regard to lockdowns, violating his own order in really outrageous ways twice, including ordering a Hobby Lobby to open for a shopping trip, so I doubt anything will change here unless a statewide order goes back into effect.


  9. I just can’t seem to maneuver scissors while looking in a mirror. I kept moving my hand in the wrong direction.

    @JLP: yep, me too. I wouldn’t be able to do anything with short hair. I wear my hair longish so the method I found to use means I can cut it without the mirror – although I have to use the mirror to make sure it is even and to spot misses. But that is why I have to wait for it to grow out. I use a variation of Method Seven, to cut a blunt cut just below chin level. I put two rubber bands on each portion, one just above where I want to cut, and then just cut it. But I do 4 different portions and make the back straight even with the front. I have been really shocked it has worked so well.


  10. @p/c – some states use legal residence and some use where ever the case showed up.

    Ah, ok. Thanks! No wonder everything is in such a mess, count-wise.


  11. Abbott won’t get away with locking down state wide again, even minimally.

    True! He’ll be lucky if he can order any kind of limitations following a hurricane. Our State Rep, Mike Lang, has been a storm of opposition to the state lock-downs. Before this, he managed to get all his district’s counties to declare themselves 2A Sanctuaries, and when this came up, he almost immediately started working on getting them open again. Working awfully hard for a guy who isn’t running for reelection to that job but is running for a local office in Hood county. Wish the ones who treat it like a lifelong appointment would work that hard.

  12. Back when I lived in the UK, we had looting and it was never a racist word. Must be a new meaning just unearthed.

  13. I really don’t like where this country is heading.

    Me too. This is crazy.

    It’s been heading that way for a long, long time. I was a radical lefty in the 60s. I saw the same things then that I see now. And that’s been well more than fifty years ago. Same people are leading it, too. That 75 year old geezer who got whacked while trying to steal electronic data from the cops?

    That’s my generation. I’m a year younger than he is. Most of the unregenerate rads from those days aren’t out on the streets, but they have a big hand in the planning and strategy, both from within the “Movement,” and in the places of power that manipulate it – Pelosi and the rest of that ilk.

    Think Bernadine Dohrn and Billy Ayers. Their bloody paw prints are all over this.

  14. The goal of a terror campaign is to make things so bad, the population begs for change, any change. The political radical left has been running an organized campaign for decades, with terror or the threat of terror as a key component.

    The most telling thing is how bad they think it will have to be before people will accept their version of utopia.

    Their goal is to tear down and destroy all of the existing structures so they can replace them with their own.

    They also have a focus on language and a fascination with ” magic words.” They’re like modern day witches with their chanting and incantations, their fetish objects and talismens. They believe that objects like signs have intrinsic power because of what is inscribed on them.

    The worst part is that they are partly right. Just look at the word” condom ” as an example. When I was growing up, that object had a hundred funny names and almost no one said ” condom” out loud. Monty Python did a whole sketch about it in Meaning of Life. The funniest part is the use of “condom”. ( and then ” well, why don’t you then?”)

    They know very well that if you can control the words used, you can control the concepts and thought too. Homeless. Privileged. Disadvantaged. Differently able. Food insecure. Body confident. Unbanked. The list goes on.

    N


  15. Homeless. Privileged. Disadvantaged. Differently able. Food insecure. Body confident. Unbanked. The list goes on.

    Roger that. And one more for the list: Retarded is replaced with Special Needs.


  16. They know very well that if you can control the words used, you can control the concepts and thought too.

    I’ve been trying to explain this to people for a long time. It sounds simple, but it gets right down into how are brains are wired, and the whole question of epistemology: How do we know what we know?

    If we don’t have a word for it, it is very difficult to think about it. And if the words you do have don’t match with the reality you are seeing – “Peaceful protest” is supposed to mean howling savages looting, burning, and murdering – the cognitive dissonance that creates will make you crazy as a sack full of rabid rats.

  17. Might as well fast forward.

    There are several big events that occur during the summer months here that represent more than 90% of the income for our local hospitality-related businesses as well as significant income for other businesses.
    Canceled:
    – Summer in the Park
    – Allied Arts Festival
    – Hydroplane Races
    – Forth of July
    – Benton-Franklin County Fair and Rodeo
    – and any other event that has more than 10 people

    This is going to plunge the Tri-Cities into a deep depression.

    The effect of the ANTIFA (from Seattle) who were bussed in to protest and the unprotected folks who foolishly participated has created an upsurge of testing-confirmed WuHuFlu cases that is our highest level since this craziness began.

    Add to this the new norm where it not good to be a white heterosexual male (females to a lesser extent) and if you run a business you had better well declare in public and visible ways that you support the new privileged race.

    The frog is boiling.

  18. There are several big events that occur during the summer months here that represent more than 90% of the income for our local hospitality-related businesses as well as significant income for other businesses.

    This is going to plunge the Tri-Cities into a deep depression.

    Looks like The Britt schedule is cancelled which is most of the economy in that part of Oregon.

    Maybe Bruce Campbell can shoot another movie at his property. “My Name Is Bruce 2”.

  19. That 75 year old geezer who got whacked while trying to steal electronic data from the cops?

    What ? I thought he was just trying to get the cops to stand down and grabbed them. He was trying to steal data ???


  20. This is going to plunge the Tri-Cities into a deep depression.

    They’ve pretty much cancelled everything in La Porte country as well.

    We don’t depend on tourism quite as much as you guys do, but the county has a lot of Chicago folks with second homes around here. So we’ll see. I think the troubles in Chicago have actually spooked more of them to relocate to their summer places than we might normally see this time of year.

  21. CHAZ will be like Occupy Wallstreet. The rapes should start soon, with the ‘healing circles’ and ‘restorative justice’ following immediately after. Half naked hippies living in their own filth. ‘Cuz infrastructure is hard.

    I’m a bit surprised by some of the pix coming out. From my background in live event production, I recognize stuff. Like rental gear. Someone rented the projector and screen they were watching the movie on (wonder if they paid the public performance fee for that movie? aw who am I kidding, other people’s information wants to be free…). There was a rental stage in one pic. Some of the crowd control is rental gear. Who would risk their gear for this?

    n

  22. Just dropped 3 grand painting and fencing one rental house hoping to rent it quickly. Now the fridge is dead … SIGH. When it rains it pours.

    We sold one of our chest freezers when we moved in Jan. We kept the big one as the new house has an upright freezer in the pantry. I hate uprights but it came with the house. I need to start emptying the chest freezer in the garage as we get our half a beef in August. Anything we can’t fit will go to MIL house. She has a small chest freezer that’s empty. No issues with beef for the next year or so.

  23. CHAZ will be like Occupy Wallstreet. The rapes should start soon, with the ‘healing circles’ and ‘restorative justice’ following immediately after. Half naked hippies living in their own filth. ‘Cuz infrastructure is hard.

    Can’t wait for the public beatings followed by beheadings for the sin of being an unbeliever


  24. I think the troubles in Chicago have actually spooked more of them to relocate to their summer places than we might normally see this time of year.

    wish my siblings would get out. One is in far west suburbs, but still commutes downtown, the other lives and works downtown. The vacation house is in Michigan and I wish they’d just go there and stay for a while.

    n

  25. One more reason not to have one of these spy devices in your home, if you needed a reason. Nothing like getting chided by a robot, and know snitch. Now you probably go on a list of bigots, which I’m sure is available commercially.

    Apple’s Siri hits back with information about Black Lives Matter when users say ‘All Lives Matter,’ joining Amazon and Google which have also updated their smart assistance to support the movement

    Apple has updates its smart assistant Siri to respond to ‘All Lives Matter’
    After the phrase is said, Siri prompts the users to visit BlackLivesMatter.com
    Google and Amazon have updated their digital assistance as well
    Both technologies have their own responses to phrases about the movement

    n

  26. One more reason not to have one of these spy devices in your home, if you needed a reason. Nothing like getting chided by a robot, and know snitch. Now you probably go on a list of bigots, which I’m sure is available commercially.

    I have an Apple Home Pod for music, a Christmas gift from my wife and kids. I don’t worry about it spying on me since, half of the time, when I send music to the speaker, the device is unresponsive, requiring a hard reset.

    I turn off Siri on the device. The moment some clever hackers crack the speaker, it will get new firmware.

  27. Anybody want to visit the nation of Chaz ? “CHAZ, a ‘no Cop Co-op’: Here’s what Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone looks like”

    Looks like not much has changed since the last time I drove through Capitol Hill. 2013 (?).

    That’s the gay neighborhood in Seattle — or used to be, anyway — and I doubt that situation will go on much longer before Costco calls their chore boy Inslee to take care of it. Beyond being bad for business, I imagine a lot of HQ employees live in the area.

    If we’re starting a pool, I’ll take Saturday night/Sunday morning 2AM PT for the crackdown to happen. That’s the time when Portland cleaned out the “Occupy” movement which was turning one of the city parks into an open sewer.

    2AM PT on Sunday morning limits the amount of spin from Meet the (De)press(ed) and George Snuffleupagus can do since those shows have to be “put to bed” with guests scheduled by 6AM ET, just an hour later. Miss the deadlines for those shows, and the propogandists just just have the weekend spin anchors for 30 minutes Sunday night. Story is stale by 7AM ET Monday when Gayle King and Robin Roberts take the air to spew, and even staler when the chickens start clucking on “The View”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8-RGQUAdno

    I think that sketch got “MadTV” cancelled.


  28. What ? I thought he was just trying to get the cops to stand down and grabbed them. He was trying to steal data ???

    I read somewhere he was using some program on his phone that could capture “something” but pretty much like having your phone search for Bluetooth and wi-fi devices with the added feature of picking up the cop’s phone ID. The purpose is to be able to track that cop.
    I may have mis-read.

    My expertise with Bluetooth is the OBD gizmo that Torque on my phone uses to get codes from car computers. And a Jabra handsfree speakerphone in the Jeep… but that connects to a Blackberry Z10. I think I have a Bluetooth USB thing for my PC but finding it and fiddling with it versus just in plugging the wire from PC to phone takes too long.

  29. Just dropped 3 grand painting and fencing one rental house hoping to rent it quickly. Now the fridge is dead … SIGH. When it rains it pours.

    Oh man, so you are one of those scummy landlords. Would hate to be you !

    And yes, rental properties always die, just before your regular house. When we had a rental house in Dallas, the dishwasher died one week. The lady was calling me every day so I went up that weekend and put a new dishwasher in. The next month, our dishwasher died. We lived with it for about six months before I could afford to replace it. The wife stoically endured it except to complain about the tenants expecting everything to be fixed immediately.

    And, the wife’s three rental properties are all rented and all paid through May. Sweet !

  30. I think the troubles in Chicago have actually spooked more of them to relocate to their summer places than we might normally see this time of year.

    wish my siblings would get out. One is in far west suburbs, but still commutes downtown, the other lives and works downtown. The vacation house is in Michigan and I wish they’d just go there and stay for a while.

    My middle brother’s wife moved to Chicago in January when she got promoted to VP Special Projects for her financial services company. Her company is actually out in a suburb, she wanted to move it to downtown Chicago when she becomes prez. I wonder if she still wants to do that. My brother is commuting back and forth between Houston and there.

  31. Fell asleep in my chair and lost most of the early afternoon. Damn sugar.

    Started getting dinner ready. Figured I’d check the chicken from the garage fridge. Yup, spoiled. Damn. Checked the lamb roast, it was fine. We’ll be having lamb roast tonight. The chicken was on the bottom shelf nearest the door, the lamb was on the top, in back, nearest where the cold comes into the fridge. That made the difference. Two gallons of milk were bad too. Separated and curdled.

    Didn’t do any auction pickups this afternoon. I’ve got a full day ahead tomorrow.

    n

  32. What ? I thought he was just trying to get the cops to stand down and grabbed them. He was trying to steal data ???

    https://pjmedia.com/columns/jack-dunphy/2020/06/08/theres-more-to-the-story-of-the-elderly-protester-knocked-down-by-buffalo-police-than-youre-being-told-n508740

    The very first time I saw that video – the day it came out, in fact – that jumped right out at me. Why is that guy tap-tapping those cops with his phone?

    Do you know anybody who does that with their phone?

  33. My middle brother’s wife moved to Chicago in January when she got promoted to VP Special Projects for her financial services company. Her company is actually out in a suburb, she wanted to move it to downtown Chicago when she becomes prez. I wonder if she still wants to do that. My brother is commuting back and forth between Houston and there.

    Depends on the address downtown. Bob Hartley’s (first Newhart show) old office building is still a decent part of town with amenities and access that probably couldn’t even be touched in New York. The Tribune moved out of their building across the street, but that was being converted into Fancy Lad condos when we visited last Spring.

    https://www.chicagoarchitecture.info/Building/3498/Realtor_Building.php

    Now you know why realtors are fond of saying, “Location location location.” Wow do they have location.

    Don’t let the opening credits of the show fool you. The walk to the train to Bob’s apartment from the office is actually quite short. Maybe he liked taking in the sights.

  34. Chicago is getting a reputation as a ‘glass city’. All those new buildings and conversions sit empty, nothing but blank glass, either because they are foreign owned and not occupied, or because they are failed spec builds.

    The truly classic and desireable downtown neighborhoods are the same as they’ve been for 50-100 years. And they’re still surrounded by murder city.

    n

  35. What ? I thought he was just trying to get the cops to stand down and grabbed them. He was trying to steal data ???

    https://pjmedia.com/columns/jack-dunphy/2020/06/08/theres-more-to-the-story-of-the-elderly-protester-knocked-down-by-buffalo-police-than-youre-being-told-n508740

    The very first time I saw that video – the day it came out, in fact – that jumped right out at me. Why is that guy tap-tapping those cops with his phone?

    Do you know anybody who does that with their phone?

    I thought it was very odd at the time. And I also thought that touching a group of cops in riot gear was a Very Bad Thing. That is how one normally gets a beat down. And it happened.

  36. I was 40 on my wedding day. Wife was 36. First for both of us. We’ve got the two beautiful girls. My entire 10 year plan has been met, although it took longer than 10 years. And I never made another 10 year plan to replace it. That was probably suboptimal, but I’m pretty happy nonetheless.

    n

  37. The statements defending the old agitator are very carefully worded. They mainly deny that he’s with Antifa, without ever mentioning his other sympathies or that those would cause him to act the way he did.

    n


  38. A new report reveals the severity of COVID-19 spreading beyond meatpacking plants to food processing facilities across the US.

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) outlines this new reality of how the fast-spreading virus has infected 1,200 food processing workers at 60 plants from mid-March to early June.

    To compile these statics, EWG reviewed news articles of outbreaks and noticed many of the infections were seen at Kraft Heinz, Birds Eye, Conagra, and the Campbell Soup Company’s Pepperidge Farm, as well as those of smaller plants, like Fairmont Foods and Ruiz Foods.

    —this is in contrast to my FEMA brief for yesterday that had this….

    Lifelines Impacts:
    Food, Water, Shelter
    • U.S. meatpacking facilities for beef, pork and poultry are operating at more
    than 95% of their average capacity compared to the same time last year

    — and this regarding Houston

    Update (1745ET): Texas has joined Arkansas, Oregon and Florida in reporting a record jump in newly confirmed cases on Friday. Cases jumped 2.6%, compared with a 7-day average of 2.2%.

    Also, hospitalizations in the Houston area, a closely watched metric now that local officials have raised the prospect of new restrictions (though they lack the power to order them).

    Zach Despart️ @zachdespart

    New: #Houston area has hit a new record for #COVID hospitalizations, with 1,101.
    ICU usage 88% (hit 90% at one point last week)

    —not good.

    n

  39. and this regarding Houston

    Update (1745ET): Texas has joined Arkansas, Oregon and Florida in reporting a record jump in newly confirmed cases on Friday. Cases jumped 2.6%, compared with a 7-day average of 2.2%.

    Also, hospitalizations in the Houston area, a closely watched metric now that local officials have raised the prospect of new restrictions (though they lack the power to order them).

    Zach Despart️ @zachdespart

    New: #Houston area has hit a new record for #COVID hospitalizations, with 1,101.
    ICU usage 88% (hit 90% at one point last week)

    The quarantining was all about flattening the curve of the infected in the hospitals. It was not to permanently delay all people from getting the virus. Unless we come up with a working vaccine, we will all get this sooner or later.

    Doesn’t the Governor of Texas have to give permission for the local officials to quarantine ? That ain’t gonna happen.

  40. I was 40 on my wedding day. Wife was 36. First for both of us. We’ve got the two beautiful girls. My entire 10 year plan has been met, although it took longer than 10 years. And I never made another 10 year plan to replace it. That was probably suboptimal, but I’m pretty happy nonetheless.

    Congrats ! And you are living the next ten year plan now. Raising kids is a tremendous amount of work just to survive the flood of their needs.

  41. There is one reason and one reason only that coronavirus is spreading in those particular locations, and every single article points it out:

    “People are infected, and they come to work. They keep quiet about it,” Zambrano said.

    Every article then dutifully repeats the bogus claims, like the entertainer/makeup artist who opened her spa and got arrested did, and everybody always falls for it:

    “If we have children, how will we feed them?”

    This is not pre/post-revolutionary France. This is not Somalia. These are not marginal day-laborers. And these are not people who will be without any income for months and months and months if they stay home while they are sick. It is two weeks. 14 days. 80 hours.

    Nobody starves in the USA, nobody even goes without potato chips and Coca Cola, much less without nourishing food.

    Those people who go to work knowing they are sick: are Typhoid Mary all over again.

    And nobody, not the left or the right, not Democrats or Republicans or Libertarians or Prohibitionists, cares. The concept of quarantine of those who are contagious is dead.

  42. And nobody, not the left or the right, not Democrats or Republicans or Libertarians or Prohibitionists, cares. The concept of quarantine of those who are contagious is dead.

    Unless you test positive for TB. Then it is a mandatory lockdown enforced by random visits from local law enforcement.

    Even the skin test for TB *with many false positives* is enough to get a quarantine until either the incubation period passes or you are cleared by a better test.

  43. I agree. I’ve been prudent and made sacrifices financially, educationally, to get preps, etc. Now I’m at increased risk because someone else hasn’t.

    Oh well, I knew when I built this lifeboat that few others would.

    I’m actually surprised when I talk with friends and acquaintances that some of them are way better off than the general public. Of course there is some selection bias as I don’t normally associate with truly irresponsible or marginal people anymore. Down here in hurricane country it’s pretty easy to just go a bit farther with hurricane preps and be well ahead of the game.

    It helps that locally we’re coming off some good times too.

    n


  44. Chicago is getting a reputation as a ‘glass city’. All those new buildings and conversions sit empty, nothing but blank glass, either because they are foreign owned and not occupied, or because they are failed spec builds.

    The truly classic and desireable downtown neighborhoods are the same as they’ve been for 50-100 years. And they’re still surrounded by murder city.

    I lived one mile from DePaul University in the ’50s, before Chicongo. Not many murders back then.

  45. “Charitable Giving Update”
    http://raconteurreport.blogspot.com/2020/06/charitable-giving-update.html

    “Boxed and shipped all my bags (plural) of yard clippings and raked leaves to C.H.A.Z. as an Emergency Vegan Food Shipment. Labeled “Salad greens”.”

    “The neighbor’s pooch contributed some crunchy croutons to that mix.”

    “What can I say? I’m a giver.”

    “Bonus: I’ll be legally deducting the price of 100 salads from my income tax this year as a Charitable Donation.”

    Just when I thinking about giving up on Aesop again, he gives this jewel to us.

  46. Those people who go to work knowing they are sick: are Typhoid Mary all over again.

    And nobody, not the left or the right, not Democrats or Republicans or Libertarians or Prohibitionists, cares. The concept of quarantine of those who are contagious is dead.

    The scary thing is that 35% (CDC) to 90% (meat packing plant) of the SARS-COV-2 infected are asymptomatic. Yet Covid Mary or Covid Jim are spreading it around without a clue.

  47. “I lived one mile from DePaul University in the ’50s, before Chicongo. Not many murders back then. ”

    –I worked about there, North Avenue in the mid 80’s and it was a gang war zone. Armed bands roaming the streets at night taking shots at each other.

    I visited a couple of years ago and college kids were walking the streets at night again.

    The cycle of decay and gentrification repeats.

    n

  48. “Reboot Cycle #4”
    https://westernrifleshooters.us/2020/06/10/reboot-cycle-4/

    “My working assumption is that the FUSA is in the early stages of destruction a la Yugoslavia 30 years ago. May I be wrong, but I don’t think I am.”

    No freaking way.

    “My plan is simple, and I urge others to consider it if it makes sense in your situation:”

    “Focus on the next 72 hours: do you have the security/water/food to survive the next 72 hours where you are? If yes, move on. If not, fix that.
    The next month: same questions
    The next 90 days: are you where you and yours can ride out the dissolution of FUSA over the next 3-5 years? If yes, enjoy the decline. If not, remember Matt Bracken’s formula for what many former Americans will face during the Communist takeover:”

    “YUGOSLAVIA TIMES RWANDA, ON STEROIDS”

    “Good luck with that.”

    No freaking way. And my answers to the questions are:
    72 hours, yes;
    the next month, yes;
    the next 90 days, yes;
    the next 3 – 5 years, nobody is ready for that.

    And I forgot what FUSA stand for and google is not my friend here.

  49. I don’t know about Yugo, but I do think we’re in the early stages of a massive change and global realignment, on the order of what happened between ~1920 and 1950. It won’t take as long, and hopefully there won’t be two world wars and a massive recession in the middle.

    n

    added- and if you disagree, I’m open to WHY, but “because it can’t” or “because this is the way it’s always been during my life” are not valid arguments against. It changes, we’ve got the period I pointed to as an example. you could narrow that to post WWI thru 1950 or so, if you see WWI as an extension of the British Empire expansion, but I see it as the end.

    In any case, the entire world changed in a very brief period of a couple of decades.

  50. Former USA.

    Thanks ! I keep on thinking that the F is a four letter word. Former really works there and makes this old man pine for the less crazy times.

    Of course, I spent the 60s in Oklahoma where the the most exciting thing was we got a McDonalds in 1967 or so. Mom took us over there and we got burgers, fries, and cokes while this crazy dude in white face paint and a red wig wandered around the place telling really bad jokes. No crazies in the streets, no crazies setting buildings on fire in 1968.

    We moved to Texas in 1971 where the police beat the crazy people up and threw them in the bayou. So we never saw crazies here too.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Joe_Campos_Torres

  51. I don’t know about Yugo, but I do think we’re in the early stages of a massive change and global realignment, on the order of what happened between ~1920 and 1950. It won’t take as long, and hopefully there won’t be two world wars and a massive recession in the middle.

    The massive change and realignment will be Civil War II in the USA. I just cannot figure out who the players will be. The end result will be 7 to 9 countries in place of the current USA. Holding all this mess together is just getting too hard.

  52. Anyone know when and where this video was taken ? It looks very real. There are too many real (not pretty !) looking people for this to be staged.

    Crown Point, Indiana, about 50 miles from my house. I have cousins who live there. This sort of thing is one of the reasons I feel safer here in Indiana than I did in San Francisco. We had a similar gathering here for the protests last week. They were very peaceful, and so were the protesters. Although the protesters were howing mad online about the “camo men with big guns” watching them.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/05/george-floyd-protests-armed-white-bystanders-indiana-303143

  53. Crown Point, Indiana, about 50 miles from my house. I have cousins who live there. This sort of thing is one of the reasons I feel safer here in Indiana than I did in San Francisco. We had a similar gathering here for the protests last week. They were very peaceful, and so were the protesters. Although the protesters were howing mad online about the “camo men with big guns” watching them.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/05/george-floyd-protests-armed-white-bystanders-indiana-303143

    Thanks ! I would have never thought Indiana.

  54. “WHEN THE MUSIC STOPS: HOW AMERICA’S CITIES MAY EXPLODE IN VIOLENCE”
    https://www.americanpartisan.org/2020/05/when-the-music-stops-how-americas-cities-may-explode-in-violence/

    “(I wrote this essay in 2012 for Western Rifle Shooters Association, where it quickly racked up over 400 replies and comments. I’m reposting it here in American Partisan on May 31, 2020, during the George Floyd riots, without revision.)”

    “In response to recent articles in mainstream military journals discussing the use of the U.S. Army to quell insurrections on American soil, I offer an alternate vision of the future. Instead of a small town in the South as the flash point, picture instead a score of U.S. cities in the thrall of riots greater than those experienced in Los Angeles in 1965 (Watts), multiple cities in 1968 (MLK assassination), and Los Angeles again in 1992 (Rodney King). New Yorkers can imagine the 1977 blackout looting or the 1991 Crown Heights disturbance. In fact, the proximate spark of the next round of major riots in America could be any from a long list cribbed from our history.”

    “We have seen them all before, and we shall see them all again as history rhymes along regardless of the century or the generation of humankind nominally in control of events. But the next time we are visited by widespread, large-scale urban riots, a dangerous new escalation may be triggered by a fresh vulnerability: It’s estimated that the average American home has less than two weeks of food on hand. In poor minority areas, it may be much less. What if a cascading economic crisis, even a temporary one, leads to millions of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards flashing nothing but ERROR? This could also be the result of deliberate sabotage by hackers, or other technical system failures. Alternatively, the government might pump endless digits into the cards in a hopeless attempt to outpace future hyperinflation. The government can order the supermarkets to honor the cards, and it can even set price controls, but history’s verdict is clear: If suppliers are paid only with worthless scrip or blinking digits, the food will stop.”

    Keep your pantries full and your gas tanks full.

    Carry two loaded guns in your vehicle in an easy to grab place.

    90 days of food and propane for your bbq pit would be nice. Some amount of clean water would be nice too.

    We may be headed into spicy time. Some bad actors in the government seem to be willing to burn it all down in order to take the Presidency back. It would be simple for them to kick this up another notch.

    Stay out of the big cities.

  55. A good family friend lived in Crown Point. All the kids’ names started with K…

    n


  56. A white woman was arrested yesterday on five federal accounts of arson for allegedly setting five Seattle Police Department cars on fire during George Floyd protests in the city.

    Margaret Aislinn Channon, 25, was arrested by federal authorities wearing full SWAT gear from her home in Tacoma after investigators say she was recorded setting fires in the vehicles by multiple cameras at the end of May.

    US Attorney Brian T. Moran said Channon used some kind of flammable spray to start the fires.

    In her indictment, investigators recorded extensive details of the arsonist’s appearance.

    ‘She was wearing a white and black striped scarf-type face covering, a black shirt, black pants, light colored socks (that were mismatched), and black shoes,’ the indictment reads.

    They noted that throughout the attacks the woman was wearing a stripy black t-shirt over her face.

    Owing to ‘high-quality’ photographs taken by SPD at the scene, investigators were able to pick out a ‘distinctive’ tattoo of the woman’s left hand.

    ‘She had the letters “W-A-I-F” tattooed on the fingers of her left hand… The letters were oriented such that the bottom of the letters faced towards her fingertips,’ the indictment reads.

    ‘Also visible on the suspect’s left hand was a heart tattoo on her middle finger between the “A” and the fingertip.’

    Channon’s tattoos were linked to a missing person’s case from Texas in 2019.

    They found her social media accounts and then her address. After raiding the Tacoma home, investigators kept articles of clothing seen in the CCTV footage for evidence.

    –video and high resolution pix. Distinctive tatts. Social media. Stupidly kept her clothes… let this be a lesson for you in the coming sportiness. No mention of her cell phone tracking device….

    n

  57. A white woman was arrested yesterday on five federal accounts of arson for allegedly setting five Seattle Police Department cars on fire during George Floyd protests in the city.

    Margaret Aislinn Channon, 25, was arrested by federal authorities wearing full SWAT gear from her home in Tacoma after investigators say she was recorded setting fires in the vehicles by multiple cameras at the end of May.

    US Attorney Brian T. Moran said Channon used some kind of flammable spray to start the fires.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8415115/White-woman-accused-setting-five-cars-fire-George-Floyd-protests-arrested.html

    Wow, they weren’t kidding about having pictures of her. And it was the ATF who arrested her. The ATF don’t arrest people unless they are absolutely sure of a conviction.

    A member of Antifa ?

    Trust fund baby ?

    Definitely mentally ill. Crazy eyes. Ambien ?

    Maybe they will let her serve those five sentences together instead of consecutively.

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