Wed. June 17, 2020 – work work work, mess around, work, rest

Hot and humid again.  Go figure.

Yesterday was both, although it seemed pretty nice in the shade, when the wind blew.

I did my auction pickups.  Got a couple things for the pool.  Got a couple items for ebay.  Got a very specialized tool, that should make moving a safe much easier and less likely to crack flooring.  At some point, I’ll need that and it was super cheap.  I like to buy stuff before I have the need, so that it’s ready to go when I finally do need it.  That’s sorta the nature of prepping and it applies across my life.

I made some adjustments to settings in my garage fridge and it’s now reading 37F in the back.  If that holds up, I’ll be moving stuff to it again.  Add a quart of spoiled cream to the total losses during this exercise…

Dinner was instigated and (mostly) executed by daughter one.  Pasta with home made alfredo sauce, oven roasted seasoned potatoes, and grilled steak (my contribution.)  My wife did provide guidance but oldest mostly worked from a cookbook she got for her birthday.  Everything came out of the pantry or freezer.  It was very tasty.


Since I was out running around most of the afternoon, I didn’t get much time in front of the computer, so I’m a bit behind the news.  Still no official response in Seattle.   REALLY biased reporting of the defensive gun use in New Mexico.  Lots of people who thought the lifting of restrictions meant the threat of illness was gone, and now they’re sick.   All good reasons to practice rule number one, Avoid Crowds.

And keep stacking.

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

52 thoughts on “Wed. June 17, 2020 – work work work, mess around, work, rest”

  1. “Healthcare worker reveals 15 of her friends ALL got coronavirus when they went to a Florida bar… Erika Crisp, 40, says she stayed at home for months adhering to lockdown rules When Florida reopened she headed out to a Jacksonville bar with 15 friends Three days later she felt sick and was later diagnosed with coronavirus”

    That does not compute. She works in healthcare and never caught it. Suddenly it is transmitted through one night at a crowded Irish bar? 10 out of 15 in one group caught it… 7 out of 49 employees had or “caught” it too. Meanwhile, thousands of people in the same age group are in the crush of protests and riots, without coming down with it?

    Something about the method of contagion is being missed. It’s different than just random, and different than just breathing or touching a surface.

    “The dadgum squirrels ate all of the kumquats off my kumquat tree. The tree had several hundred kumquats on it. They are ALL gone now, just about when they were fully ripe. Of course, they left the seeds all over the place (mostly my driveway and patio).”

    “I put the bird mesh over my blueberries for just that reason. I hope I don’t have an issue with it for my oranges and grapefruits.”

    That’s awful, Lynn. Sorry to hear it. I wish I had a kumquat tree. Love those little things but they are too expensive to buy.

    Leaving the seeds…. that is what the deer do to my peaches if they get them. Last year I realized the timing on when they show up: right after the wild plums have finished ripening and are done for the year. Saw the first ripe ones a couple weeks ago. So on Friday I wrapped my peach tree in layers of DeerX netting. First time I have beat them to the punch – last year they ate a hundred or more green peaches in one night before I got it wrapped. I had to use a ladder this year, the tree is getting taller… I probably need to prune it before it sets buds for next season.

    Congrats to your daughter, Nick! She’s got reason to be proud of herself. So many youngsters don’t learn to cook. We’re a family with a long history of men cooking, and my sons are all good cooks… but a couple of my daughters-in-love are only just now starting to learn: my boys had been doing all the cooking.

  2. Does the EU sue a US tech giant every time they need to balance their budget?


  3. Does the EU sue a US tech giant every time they need to balance their budget?

    Somebody needs to do it. Because we certainly don’t seem to be able to prevent them from running roughshod over their ideological opposites or their competition.

  4. Patience pays off.
    That’s my lesson from yesterday. We had an ant problem in the kitchen and on the back porch. Two different species, little ones in the kitchen, big fat ones on the porch. I tried ant spray, killed the ones I sprayed but more kept coming. I tried Raid ant bait little plastic boxes but the ants refused to go inside. So finally I tried Terro liquid. Put it on paper where the ants crawl and they loved it, swarmed it. After a couple of days the wife wanted to throw out the bits of paper with Terro and ants on it saying it wasn’t working. I convinced her to be patient. After 5 days we didn’t see another ant. Same on the back porch. Patience works.
    We had a fly and mosquito problem that kept us from enjoying evenings on the porch and in the hot tub. My son recommended we get a DynaTrap. I’d used bug zappers before and wasn’t happy with the noise or smell so I bought a DynaTrap. I bought the half acre size as I figured overkill isn’t a bad thing. After two weeks we still had bugs and the wife said I waisted my money. I noted that the directions said it would take up to 4 weeks to see a difference. Last night I relaxed in the hot tub without being bothered by flying nasties at all. Patience.


  5. So finally I tried Terro liquid. Put it on paper where the ants crawl and they loved it, swarmed it. After a couple of days the wife wanted to throw out the bits of paper with Terro and ants on it saying it wasn’t working. I convinced her to be patient. After 5 days we didn’t see another ant. Same on the back porch.

    That stuff works great. Though, as you said, it takes patience. You have to let the ants consume it and take it back to their colony. A lot of squeamish people can’t stand just allowing ants to waltz in and eat for several days. I think at one time I counted 20 big black ants all chowing down on the Terro at the same time. They were all gathered around the little puddle in a circle.

  6. I see Aunt Jemima is the latest victim of BLM. The brand is to be retired after 130 years. Personally, I never cared much for the brands that are corn syrup disguised as maple syrup. For me, it’s always been 100% Pure Grade A Dark Maple Syrup (at least since I’ve been buying my own groceries – I was raised on Log Cabin).

    Now, I am hearing Uncle Ben’s will be changing their logo and packaging as the black man featured on their packaging looks too much like a servant.

  7. So excluding minorities in advertising is now considered good? Insanity reigns. What kind of jerk would imagine to object to the traditional symbols of superior Butter, syrup, and rice? I’d say removing minorities is racist. But then, no one asked me. I’m thinking that they didn’t ask anyone, just assumed that all people are “woke” and support the racist Marxists of BLM.

  8. Sitting here at the tire (tyre for our English friends) waiting for them to get to me. I came in with a slow leak. The left rear gives me a pressure low warning about every week. Got tied of just filing it and going on. The tyre shop (tire for our American friends) is very busy and I have a two hour wait. There’s not much to do in a tire/tyre store. Once you browse the racks and admire the VERY aggressive thread pattern on the mud and snow ones, there’s only the soda machine (pop machine for my southern friends) and a TV set to the most brain numbing daytime shows.

  9. Just saw this Adobe Flash will finally die on December 31, 2020. “Flash content won’t run at all after end-of-life.”
    So decades of content, much of it irreplaceable, will simply disappear?

  10. Dynatrap – did you get the UV version? And it actually works?

    I ask, because we have a fly problem at the moment. Bought a supposedly good UV trap, but it hasn’t caught a single fly. Not one. If you have their UV trap, I wonder what the difference is?

    Adobe Flash: This isn’t the first time it has been declared dead. I hope it really dies, this time. That said, if old content stops working with old installations, then Adobe is even slimier than I thought – because that means that Flash is phoning home every time it is asked to do something.

  11. The dadgum squirrels ate all of the kumquats off my kumquat tree. The tree had several hundred kumquats on it. They are ALL gone now, just about when they were fully ripe. Of course, they left the seeds all over the place (mostly my driveway and patio).

    I put the bird mesh over my blueberries for just that reason. I hope I don’t have an issue with it for my oranges and grapefruits.

    Just a reminder that we compete with the varmints for our food. They ate most them green, ugh. And there was no flesh left on the seeds whatsoever. They carefully ate every bite available on the fruit.

    And I was really looking forward to eating a Kumquat off my tree at the new used house when they got ripe.

  12. @brad – Yeah, the DynaTrap with UV & CO2 lures. It lures the flies in and then sucks them to a trap to die. No ZAP sounds or ozone smell. Just be sure you empty it well away from a food prep area because the dried fly, moth, and mosquito carcasses will blow all over the place. I was seriously impressed with how well it worked for us. But as I say, it takes patience. I only saw the effect after about 3 weeks like the manual says.

  13. All the kumquats I’ve noticed in our neighborhood are way past sell by… and no one seems to be harvesting them.

    n

  14. Yes, I take the racist demeanors persoanally. My paternal grandfather immigrated properly, legally from Scotland. I really hate it when they play bagpipes and wear kilts at the funerals for cops killed in the line of duty.

    Going to change my name to Manasobriety Obnoxiousski.

  15. Funny the difference having video makes….

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8432721/Video-shows-former-Albuquerque-city-council-candidate-whipping-gun-firing-four-shots.html

    EXCLUSIVE: Shocking video shows former Albuquerque city council candidate quickly whipping out gun and firing four shots at protester who attacked him with a skateboard

    WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT
    In video obtained by DailyMail.com former Albuquerque city council candidate Steven Baca is seen allegedly firing shots at a demonstrator on Monday night
    Police officers in Albuquerque arrested Baca, 31, shortly after the wild brawl and charged him with shooting Scott Williams
    Williams was protesting for the removal of the ‘La Jornada’ sculpture that depicts a 16th-century Spanish colonial governor notorious for massacring natives
    In the video footage Baca is seen allegedly drawing a handgun after he was chased down by a group of protesters and pushed to the ground at around 8pm
    Baca was wrestled to the ground by two protesters before Williams ran in and picked up a skateboard hitting Baca hard over the head with it
    Williams, it’s believed, is heard screaming: ‘I’m gonna f**king kill you’
    Baca pulled his gun and shot at Williams four times, hitting him in the torso, the footage allegedly shows
    Williams was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital where he is said to be in critical condition

    –headline coverage is evolving to better match reality as shown by the video. this is a clear case of self defense based on the video. He retreats, he’s in fear of his life or serious bodily harm, his attackers have a disparity of force, and they have made threats and have the ability to carry them out.

    In Texas he’d be no billed.

    n

  16. All the kumquats I’ve noticed in our neighborhood are way past sell by… and no one seems to be harvesting them.

    The squirrels and the rats have been too busy eating stuff in your garage.

  17. Patience pays off.
    That’s my lesson from yesterday. We had an ant problem in the kitchen and on the back porch. Two different species, little ones in the kitchen, big fat ones on the porch. I tried ant spray, killed the ones I sprayed but more kept coming. I tried Raid ant bait little plastic boxes but the ants refused to go inside. So finally I tried Terro liquid. Put it on paper where the ants crawl and they loved it, swarmed it. After a couple of days the wife wanted to throw out the bits of paper with Terro and ants on it saying it wasn’t working. I convinced her to be patient. After 5 days we didn’t see another ant. Same on the back porch. Patience works.

    My mother fought the little crazy strawberry ants for quite a while. She tried poisons, green sprays, multiple extermination services, everything. Finally found that corn meal spread on the floor in the house was fatal to them. Took her about six months to find that out. Patience.

  18. I see Aunt Jemima is the latest victim of BLM. The brand is to be retired after 130 years. Personally, I never cared much for the brands that are corn syrup disguised as maple syrup. For me, it’s always been 100% Pure Grade A Dark Maple Syrup (at least since I’ve been buying my own groceries – I was raised on Log Cabin).

    Now, I am hearing Uncle Ben’s will be changing their logo and packaging as the black man featured on their packaging looks too much like a servant.

    So much virtue signaling, I think that we are throwing away our history.

    Rush Limbaugh has been talking about the real Aunt Jemima, Nancy Green. Apparently she was signed to lifetime contract of being Aunt Jemima and appeared at thousands of events promoting the syrup. She was made quite wealthy and used her money to set up a large foundation to help the poor in Chicago. Nice lady.

  19. “It’s time to get rid of your $20 bills…”
    https://www.sovereignman.com/trends/its-time-to-get-rid-of-your-20-bills-27979/

    “On May 12, 1703, the Russian army under Peter the Great captured an important Swedish fort on the Baltic Sea called Nyenskans.”

    “It was a major victory for Peter in his war against the Swedish Empire. Russia was a rising power in the early 1700s, but Peter was in critical need of a Baltic seaport to be able to trade with the rest of Europe.”

    “The capture of Nyenskans was so important that Peter decided to move his capital there. And he renamed it Saint Petersburg.”


  20. So much virtue signaling, I think that we are throwing away our history.

    This +1,000,000 Why not put all those obnoxious statues in a “circle of shame” in their own park instead of destroying history. Good, bad, and ugly is what made this country. Virtue signaling fcuktards are no better than the Taliban trying to erase history. Shoot them all in the baby maker and then hang ’em high. And, again, 10-13% of the country plus LibFcukTards changing everything that made this the greatest country in the World.


  21. “It’s time to get rid of your $20 bills…”

    Kiss my hairy butt. Oh, wait, it’s not hairy. But anyway, none of us have owned slaves (other than their children) and none have been slaves (except as a child).
    The past is a different country. Get over it.


  22. Finally found that corn meal spread on the floor in the house was fatal to them

    I think the cornmeal dries out the pests which causes their demise.

    Kiss my hairy butt. Oh, wait, it’s not hairy

    TMI, especially for Wednesday. Or any day of the week.

    Virtue signaling fcuktards are no better than the Taliban trying to erase history

    Every statue depicting black people should also be destroyed. No statues of any human, anywhere, thus problem solved. Oh wait, that makes me racist. Too bad. I have no issue with skin color. I have a real issue with stupid people and thugs, regardless of skin color. So I guess I am racist.

  23. “BE NOT AFRAID!”
    https://accordingtohoyt.com/2020/06/17/be-not-afraid-2/

    “Look, we’ve talked here before about how the lockdown affected people. I think it was part of the reason the left was so insistent on the lockdown, and why they still don’t want it to end.”

    “People are not going out and seeing other people, catching snatches of conversation, seeing the expression in people’s faces. Instead, they’re relying for all their news on an increasingly more deranged MSM and an increasingly stranger social media. (Some of the banned words on FB don’t even make any sense.)”

    “Even I who am mostly anti-social but rely on my one day out a week, and who haven’t been getting it in far too long (do you know how hard it is to schedule things like the zoo ahead of time when we’re also in the middle of various things like the Great Office Move of 20, and don’t know what crisis will happen next?) am feeling cranky and impatient and, frankly, horrified over the bilge being thrown at us by all these megaphones.”

    “Look, it’s nothing new. I had a preview of this in writing circles last decade. These people really, really really treat Marxism as a religion and view their inevitable ascendancy as set in stone. The future will approve of them! Young people are all revolutionaries!”

    “This is all crap. Fables. It’s a Christian heresy, but frankly the Cathars and all the other early Christian heretics are looking on in awe, at how little it takes to get a heresy going these days.”

  24. Re: ants.

    I’ve heard that the ‘Febreeze’ type air freshener spray destroys the ant’s pheromone trail. So you could spray that around where they are traveling, then use a few drops of the Terro liquid for them to eat and take back to the nest.

    If you want to have more ‘natural’ bait, use some borax powder mixed in with a bit of sugar and water. Note that Borax (and Terro, which has Borax as the main ingredient) is toxic to pets, so place it carefully.

  25. Erasing history. We know where that ends, progroms.

    A world without any human sculptures or any pictures of humans…. hmm, sounds like islam to me. And that system of “justice” with no cops? Sharia law. Open the door to something else and the pedophile prophet’s followers will insist that it’s precedent for shari. The liberal ftards are 90% of the way to the hajib anyway….

    n


  26. “These people really, really really treat Marxism as a religion and view their inevitable ascendancy as set in stone. The future will approve of them! Young people are all revolutionaries!”

    The phrase I saw years ago describes it perfectly, “adolescent revolutionary romanticism.” Young people in the US all think they’re going to change the world with some radical revolution that will see their desired change implemented ASAP. Almost every generation of young people since the 1960s has had that same delusion. The Baby Boomers, Gen-X, and the Millennials were all going to overthrow the system, redistribute the wealth and power, and institute socialism. Now the Gen-Z’ers think they’re going to do it. Next thing you know Che t-shirts will be back in style.

  27. The Baby Boomers, Gen-X, and the Millennials were all going to overthrow the system, redistribute the wealth and power, and institute socialism.

    My generation (X-er) never aspired to install Socialism. Don’t blame us. The Dem political operatives my age cut their teeth discrediting Plugs and Al Gore heading into the 88 election, and Mike Dukakis was, in turn, ultimately undone in part by the Republicans using opposition research conducted by Gore’s people (Willie Horton).

    Bill Clinton was Boomers, both believing in “Don’t Stop (Thinkin Bout Tomorrow)” and those who voted for Perot believing that he was for real.

    Right now, my generation is on mop duty, and the Faustian bargain we all face is either cough up the money to keep Social Security and Medicare afloat, despite the possibility of never getting a dime from either, or our mothers (see “I, Tonya”) move in as various states dust off their elder responsibility statutes.

  28. Something about the method of contagion is being missed. It’s different than just random, and different than just breathing or touching a surface.

    Somewhere between 35% and 90% of the infected are asymptomatic. If you do not have symptoms then you go skipping about your day, infecting others willy-nilly.

    Plus we are testing across the fruited plains like crazy. Especially in Texas, 1.5 million tests and rapidly rising. Over 26 million tests across the USA. Less than 10% of the tested are infected which is weird.
    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/usa/texas/

  29. Somewhere between 35% and 90% of the infected are asymptomatic. If you do not have symptoms then you go skipping about your day, infecting others willy-nilly.

    I’m calling BS on those people being totally asymptomatic. Anyone showing up for voluntary tests is suspect IMHO.

    People know when they’re sick. I think that most hiding it are scared that anyone with the antibodies will eventually be hauled off to a government camp against their will on the orders of the Orange Man. Or Plugs. It depends on which brand of tin foil they prefer for headgear.

    Again, the camps will be voluntary. They will have WiFi and free streaming Baby Yoda season two.


  30. TMI, especially for Wednesday. Or any day of the week.

    Yeah. But I’m not at all going bald. So I’m cool with like four chest hairs that disappear the day after I notice I have some chest hair.

    I suppose /that/ part of puberty is not going to happen for me. 🙂

  31. Somewhere between 35% and 90% of the infected are asymptomatic. If you do not have symptoms then you go skipping about your day, infecting others willy-nilly.

    I’m calling BS on those people being totally asymptomatic. Anyone showing up for voluntary tests is suspect IMHO.

    I repeat myself, “Over 26 million tests across the USA. Less than 10% of the tested are infected which is weird.”
    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

    Why are so many people testing negative who are getting a voluntary test ??? Does the test have a lot of false negatives ?

  32. Why are so many people testing negative who are getting a voluntary test ??? Does the test have a lot of false negatives ?

    The people lining up probably have one or more of the symptoms which turn out to be run of the mill illnesses. Strange as it may sound, for now, most people have not been exposed or even been in situations where exposure would happen.

    And, as my wife can tell you, there are really are Cameron’s like on “Ferris Bueller” — people who feel better when they are sick.

    False negatives would be national news. It would be Trump’s fault, of course.

  33. “People of color account for majority of coronavirus infections, new CDC study says”
    https://news.yahoo.com/people-of-color-account-for-majority-of-coronavirus-infections-new-cdc-study-says-214850885.html

    “WASHINGTON — African-Americans and Latinos are vastly overrepresented when it comes to coronavirus infections, according to an analysis released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday morning.”

    “The findings provide additional confirmation that, as the CDC’s own report says, black and brown communities have been “disproportionately affected” by the pandemic. African-Americans account for only 13.4 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Census Bureau, but the CDC says they accounted for 22 percent of coronavirus infections studied in the new analysis. (A little more than half of all coronavirus cases in the U.S. do not include racial data, making a complete picture of the pandemic’s racial outcomes effectively impossible.)”

    “Latinos represent 18.3 percent of the population, according to the last census of the American population, conducted a decade ago. But the CDC found that they suffered 33 percent of the coronavirus infections in the cohort covered by the study.”

    “White Americans accounted for 36 percent of coronavirus infections, while they make up 76.5 percent of the nation’s population. Asian-Americans, people of Hawaiian-Pacific Islander background and people who identified as biracial or multiracial represented much smaller shares of the infected population.”

    SARS-COV-2, Coronavirus, is not very woke.

    Hat tip to:
    http://drudgereport.com/

  34. Everything is Trump’s fault. Just ask John Bolton.

    The book is probably a big nothing burger. Trump was Mustache Boy’s last shot at starting a World War. The Progs would never trust Bolton, and the next Republican President won’t be another Boomer.


  35. People of color account for majority of coronavirus infections, new CDC study says

    Bullshit. Race doesn’t exist. Individual variation is much greater than any so-called variation between the so-called races, so any discussion of “race” is politically-motivated nonsense.

    Amusingly enough, in a science podcast* I heard just a couple days ago a woman made that point in almost those words, then not three minutes later (in podcast time, possibly longer in meatspace interview time) went on and on about different effects diseases, medicines, and treatment regimens had on the different races and how insufficient testing of medicines on members of different races was a symptom of racism. The BBC interviewer did not call her on talking out of both sides of her mouth.

    * that is, a so-called science podcast from the BBC; the quality of factual, non-politicized science reporting has dropped to the point that I’d drop the feed if I remembered which one it was

  36. Well, I’m feeling kind of pleased with myself.

    A couple of weeks ago on side of my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 popped loose. A few days later, the other side popped loose. I thought I had somehow warped the phone. But when I Googled, I discovered that my battery had swollen and was probably about to explode. That seemed like something I ought to take care of. I called the guy I usually had work on my phones (he’s replace a couple of cracked screens for a reasonable price) but nada. Nobody home.

    In fact, neither was the other shop that did phone work in my little town.
    So I Googled “replace Note 8 battery” and watched a few videos. Then I ordered a kit from Amazon ($16.95, made in China, natch, but so was the original, probably) and it came today.

    I got out my lighted magnifier glasses, opened a how-to video, and started in. Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about the somewhat complicated process of removing the back of the case since my swollen battery had already done 90% of the work for me.

    I just took it slow and easy, and after half an hour or so I had a new battery in a phone than no longer had a bad case of electrical mumps. The toughest part, in the end, turned out to be getting the adhesive properly stuck on. But everything seems to work, and the phone is taking a charge right now.

    I also took care of the pesky p410 CEL I was getting on my 1998 SLK230. Nothing more than a fuse, thank goodness.

    Next project is troubleshooting the driver side window on that car. Intermittently it will decide to go down, but not up. Intermittently means right now, at the moment. I expect it will be a relay, because the fuses look okay.

    DIY – it’s for geezers. I can’t imaging a Zoomer even trying.


  37. and the next Republican President won’t be another Boomer.

    Trump’s not a Boomer?

  38. Isn’t Trump like 102 years old?

    I think he’s technically a boomer.

    n


  39. I can’t imaging a Zoomer even trying.

    Some. Not many.

    I keep mentioning the pathetic knobs employed by my employer. The least pathetic owns two, two-family houses and rents the units he doesn’t live in. So far, so good. He doesn’t fritter away his money on vacations and avocado toast and then complain about the difficulty of making his student loan payments so that puts him ahead of all of the other 20-somethings and most of the 30-somethings.

    But the questions he’d ask me in the distant past when we worked in the office revealed massive cluelessness about all but the simplest home repairs and even much basic maintenance. He doesn’t do any of his own car work. I keep thinking I’m being too harsh when I think he’s pathetic, but then I think about what my brother and I were able to do at a younger age and conclude that yes, he’s pathetic. And the others are worse.

  40. “Officer charged with murder for shooting Rayshard Brooks”
    https://apnews.com/f3c3747e6d8c0bd63ba7c57c6d363868

    “ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors brought murder charges Wednesday against the white Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back, saying that Brooks was not a deadly threat and that the officer kicked the wounded black man and offered no medical treatment for over two minutes as he lay dying on the ground.”

    “Brooks, 27, was holding a stun gun he had snatched from officers, and he fired it at them during the clash, but he was running away at the time and was 18 feet, 3 inches from Officer Garrett Rolfe when Rolfe started shooting, District Attorney Paul Howard said in announcing the charges. Stun guns have a range of around 15 feet.”

    So you are suppose to measure the distance between the stun gun that the guy stole from your paartner and your body at all times ? And you need to count the number of times that he fired the stun gun while your partner lays on the ground after being suddenly beaten by the perp ?

    I doubt the officer will be convicted. In fact, I doubt that the case will go to trial.

    If I was a police officer in a large city, I would quit tomorrow and move out to the suburbs. Or a small city. The risk is just not worth it.


  41. Isn’t Trump like 102 years old?

    He’s two weeks younger than I am, and I turned 74 on May 30th. Which used to be a national holiday until it was stolen from me so you goobers could have another three day weekend.

  42. “and the next Republican President won’t be another Boomer.”

    Trump’s not a Boomer?

    Yes, he was born in 1946.


  43. Dr. Fauci reveals public weren’t told to wear masks at start of coronavirus pandemic because of fears of shortages for healthcare workers – and says air conditioners are still an ‘unknown’ in virus spread

    Dr. Anthony Fauci explained the only reason the public were advised that masks were not initially needed was because of concerns over supply
    Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said a fear that healthcare workers would not have masks prompted the guidance

    He now advises that masks be worn when physical distancing is not possible

    –I believe I mentioned that their concerns were not necessarily YOUR concerns at the time.

    n

  44. He now advises that masks be worn when physical distancing is not possible

    My wife saw a full range of 3M masks at CVS over the weekend. There’s probably a flood of those coming on top of all the Chinese junk that has been around for a month or more.

    Hopefully, the products are common enough that they are back at Home Depot soon. The AC guys installing a new system next door were doing the “Lets rob the 3:15 stage” look with bandanas today, and they emerged from the attic covered with fiberglass insulation.

  45. Anyone contemplating spicytime, should read this short article all the way thru.

    FBI tracked down white woman who set cop cars alight by tracing the t-shirt she wore at a Philadelphia demonstration to Etsy – which led them to her LinkedIn and Poshmark accounts

    Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, 33, faces two counts of felony arson for her role in setting ablaze two Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) vehicles on May 30
    Black Lives Matter protesters and other peaceful demonstrators convened in the city to protest the killing of George Floyd
    Photos and videos taken at the scene show a woman using a burning piece of wood from a police barricade and throwing it on two videos
    Blumenthal faces up to eighty years in prison if convicted, followed by three years of supervised release
    She faces a fine of up to $500,000

    –And note that until they asked etsy to confirm that someone bought the item, and where it was shipped, everything was public info…

    n

  46. I used to work on my own cars, but since they’ve turned totally electronic, I don’t even change the oil anymore, because that’s about all that you can do without special equipment. And, anyway, it’s a mess without a proper lift.

    OTOH I do a lot of home repairs. The only thing I try to avoid is plumbing, just because I dislike it. Not for any particular reason, I just do.

    In the new house, I’m finally involved. The painters are doing all of the living areas, but – to save a bit of money – I’m doing the workroom, garage, and pantry. Right now, I’m plastering all the seams, screws, staples and dents in the wall panels. They’ve used what translates as “gypsum fiber boards”, so basically drywall with fibers to give it more structural strength.

    The lead painter is a pretty, but rather dour young lady. Finally got a smile out of her today, when I was asking if they also had to plaster everything twice. Apparently my work is up to her standards – I think she was worried about the clueless owner making a mess of “her” project…

    Anyhow, I’ll start the second round of plastering today, since the stuff always shrinks when it dries. Then sand the rough areas down over the weekend and vacuum up the dust. Monday comes caulk in the seams with the ceiling (and floor? Not sure, I may do those later). Then endless priming and painting. I may finish my couple of rooms by the time the professionals have finished the rest of the house.

  47. I despise drywall finishing. I’ve done enough to be competent, but I’m slow. And messy. Like most other things, it makes you appreciate the skill a true pro has.


  48. Only allows one vote per person/cookie. Can be one vote/IP address.

    Been in IT for too long. Gotta test the product…
    Doesn’t prevent cheats from up-voting themselves. 🙂

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