Fri. June 19, 2020 – just another day

And a hot one at that.  Humid too, unless I miss my guess.

Yesterday was hot and humid.

I got some work done in the garage, and some work done going through the bins of inventory getting ready to take a bunch to auction.  My previous load sold.  Some surprises, some disappointments.  However, the stuff is gone… and money is coming.

We have swim team today, with time trials.  I’m even more concerned about our attending, as a family in our circle has all tested positive and are isolating at home.  The kids’ music teacher, her husband, and their kids are all sick.  She had gone back to work, and the kids were in daycare, so who knows what the path was.  If they know, they aren’t saying.  It highlights what I’ve been saying though.  It’s still out there.  People are still getting sick.  The reopening is happening because we ‘flattened the curve’ and there is capacity to deal with new cases.  And anywhere people are getting together, anywhere they kept working, they are continuing to get sick.

Speaking of continuing, what can’t forever, won’t.  That includes this nation as we know it.  Think about what has already changed in the last 20 years.  Or 40 years.  Huge swaths of public life are completely changed.   They will continue to change.  We aren’t going back to ‘normal’.  Start working on where you want to be and what you’ll do to get there.

Dinner was Frito Pie.   If you don’t live in the south, that’s when you dump chili on Frito brand corn chips.  Add some chopped onion, and shredded cheese if you want to.  Traditionally served in the opened bags of Fritos and eaten from the bag, I made it in bowls this time.   I’ve done it in the bag, and I’ve done it as a casserole too.   Yum.  Quick and easy too.

Keep working on getting ready for what comes next.  Keep stacking.

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

65 thoughts on “Fri. June 19, 2020 – just another day”

  1. “The homestead exemption law in Florida works against carpetbaggers -er- relocating citizens from other states, but I don’t think it is constitutional long term, having been carefully crafted to fail by the RINO Governor Charlie Christ.”

    Carpetbaggers come from the Yankee states.

    CA was part of the Union, but, in the modern era, a lot of the Locust class that drained CA, read that article, and are now packing for comparatively “cheap” real estate in TX and FL have deep Yankee roots. Zukerberg parked his car in Hah-vahd yahd …

    Sadly, it might be too late for TX. Hurricanes have a way of clearing out the two legged locusts in FL, but some places like Tampa are long overdue.


  2. Dinner was Frito Pie.

    In this area more commonly known as Petro’s. The concoction was created in Knoxville TN at the 1983 World’s Fair. It is a franchise with several fast food places in the area. No one here calls it Frito Pie, it is always Petro’s. Sort of like Coke, Pop, Soda, etc. which have regional meanings.

  3. Frito Pie, never heard of it, but did discover Cincinnati chili in my travels. It is a “Mediterranean-spiced meat sauce used as a topping for spaghetti, developed by Macedonian immigrant restaurateurs in the 1920s. In 2013, Smithsonian named it one of ’20 Most Iconic Foods in America'”.

    I thought it was “different.” Had it once. No desire to have it again, especially when there are wonderful Italian dishes available.

  4. Frito Pie, never heard of it, but did discover Cincinnati chili in my travels. It is a “Mediterranean-spiced meat sauce used as a topping for spaghetti, developed by Macedonian immigrant restaurateurs in the 1920s. In 2013, Smithsonian named it one of ’20 Most Iconic Foods in America’”.

    Skyline Chili got franchised around the country in the 80s, but, outside of the core market area, it only stuck around in Florida. And even then, only in specific markets along the coastline, away from Orlando.

  5. I knew an Asian lady that loved Chili & Rice and was always talking it up and how she was raised on the stuff, so I tried it once at Yokota Air Base. I don’t know if they’re all that good, but it was a pretty tasty combination.

    When we lived in Tulsa I had lunch at my daughter’s preschool and Frito Pie was on the menu that day. It struck me odd as it was something new for me and also seemed like an odd item to have on a preschool lunch menu.

    I always thought Frito Pie made in the bag sounded very similar to “walking tacos.” Only major difference is probably the lettuce.

  6. Skyline Chili. That’s it. Should have known better than to look something up before getting out of bed and having coffee. Didn’t know it was a whole franchise. I think the place I had it was just an ordinary restaurant. That was in the late 1990s. Some travel mates wanted to go there, and I am usually adventurous: I will try most things just to see if I like them. Not so some relatives and friends. Life is short, enjoy different foods! Uh, use caution in some foreign settings. 🙂

  7. I mentioned here a few months ago that I was still waiting for my 2018 tax refunds. Almost $4000 between state and federal because of an accountant screwup, and while I don’t need it to pay my bills I don’t want the governments to hang on to it forever.

    Turns out I was unjustly blaming the federal and NYS governments.

    The refund was sent to my wife’s personal bank account because that’s what the accountant — a friend of my wife’s — put in the filing documents. No one bothered to tell me about this, and my wife just spent the money. Oh, and she needs more money because expenses are up, where “expenses” means her constant online shopping.

    Five damned more years.

    /bitching


  8. Yesterday was hot and humid.

    Heh. From your reporting here, wherever you live seems to have been hot and humid for the last three months. ;^)

  9. Nick, I just sent an e-mail to the aol address I have for you. I hope that’s still valid…

  10. That just plain sucks.

    I worked with a guy in Cali, who got up at 2am, drove into LA, parked, and slept in his car until work started at 7am. I asked him Why? He lived way the hell outside of LA so his wife and her kid would not have to live in the city. He left so early because then his commute was 40 minutes instead of 4 hours.

    One day he came home early and found her in flagrante delicto. The next week he was renting a house across the street from our shop and his commute was 20 seconds.

    n

  11. I worked with a guy in Cali, who got up at 2am, drove into LA, parked, and slept in his car until work started at 7am. I asked him Why? He lived way the hell outside of LA so his wife and her kid would not have to live in the city. He left so early because then his commute was 40 minutes instead of 4 hours.

    We have the contract for the express lanes for the road from Riverside into Anaheim intersecting with I-5 at the end. I can’t believe what people are willing to pay in tolls to live out there. Based on what my co-workers had to say about Riverside, I gather that it isn’t any nicer than living in a stucco cr*p shack closer into the city.

  12. Hell there are people in Bakersfield that commute to LA. That’s 75 min to Santa Clarita and then the traffic starts backing up. Forty miles south in Frasier Park just inside of Kern County at the LA county line has even more crazies.

  13. Frito boat. I use both Fritos and chili sometimes in a taco salad, tomatoes lettuce. salsa, sour cream on top of the rest. But we mix it up. Sometime Dorritos or plain tortilla strips. Sometimes taco meat or chili verde.
    Under no circumstances will there be cilantro on mine. Grass clippings.

  14. /rant on/
    This is not just another day, it’s Juneteenth when all of the people of non-color are supposed to prostrate themselves at the feet of the aggrieved and beg for forgiveness for the sins of our forefathers. Forget what the real history is and what has gone on since time immemorial (for some folks that is last week).

    I am getting tired of all this “I owe you 40 acres and a mule stuff”. All this protest, bowing, and special treatment is so hypocritical.

    Maybe the Seventh Day Adventists have it right. And before you attack, do you really know their full beliefs? No, I am not an Adventist.

    So now I have probably pissed-off most everyone. History is history and no matter how hard certain people and gooberments try to rewrite it and not teach it we are doomed to repeat it and I do not see the necessary sea change coming anytime soon.

    I bet you do not know who the first slaves in America were, white Europeans. I bet you do not know who was responsible for exploiting their fellow man, certain tribes in Africa who saw a business opportunity in turning their captives from tribal wars into cash.

    So to paraphrase scripture, “the poor will be with us always” and “there will always be slavery” because we have not learned from history.

    There is a sea change coming, but it is not going to be what really needs to be because the sea change needs to come from the people (all people) and not some gooberment (and that includes special interest groups).

    Peace (if you can keep it), Hope (if you see it), and watch not just your 6 but all around.
    /rant off/

  15. I bet you do not know who the first slaves in America were, white Europeans. I bet you do not know who was responsible for exploiting their fellow man, certain tribes in Africa who saw a business opportunity in turning their captives from tribal wars into cash.

    An ancestor on my mother’s side was an indentured servant in Mississippi in the early 1700s. It was either go to prison or be shipped off to America in chains according to my grandfather. The rest of the family tree on that side were dirt poor farmers, sharecroppers, etc. in the region, and the descendants still be there if it hadn’t been for WWII.

    Where’s my check?

    Of course, my paternal grandfather’s adopted mother was Southern Royalty, the last descendant of an old GA slaveowning family, and that woman, a public school teacher in relatively poor parts of The South, has probably hosed the kharma for me and my descendants by taking in my orphaned grandfather when he had no place else to go.

  16. A large portion of my family (the poor farmers and unskilled labor) were provided last-class transportation (yes, some died on the trip) and steady back-breaking jobs by the King of England to establish Australia. They had to toil (uncompensated) for the Crown for generations to “earn” their freedom.

  17. So now I have probably pissed-off most everyone.

    Not I. First, you were speaking truth, which should never be offensive to an honest man. Second, I too am getting mighty tired of the demands, the attacks, and the hypocrisy. Third, I’ve been pissed off for the last three hours so the most you’d be able to accomplish is the equivalent of throwing a bucket of water at a man out in a downpour.

    The tax/bank issue has gotten worse. Turns out I — not we, because we filed separately in 2018 because the accountant ran the numbers a bunch of ways and found that came out best — got a stimulus check. $1700, right into my wife’s bank account, where it was promptly spent. Assuming we file separately for 2020, will I be responsible for taxes on the money I didn’t know I received?

    Beyond that, my daughter has begun lying, such as about whether she checked Skype to see if one of her teachers had set up a lesson for today. The teacher had but my daughter hadn’t checked, so the kid wasn’t online for the lesson. For the third time in two weeks, I think. I strongly disapprove lying for some meaningful gain but lying about stupid things like that both baffles me and pisses me off.

    So, between actively disliking and contemning most of my co”work”ers and being pissed off at everyone in the house, I’m just loving my life right now. With any luck some BLM assholes will decide this weekend is the time for them to raid the suburbs and I’ll have a chance to go all Everyone Dies on them.

  18. @Dadcooks, for me, it is most specifically and intentionally “just another day.” I didn’t comment on Trump’s supposed statement that if it wasn’t for him picking that day for his rally that no one would even know about the day, but that was certainly true for me.

    Didn’t know, don’t know, and DO NOT CARE. If you can’t get over something in 150 years, the problem is with you not me…. (general ‘you’)

    No one in my family every owed slaves or benefited from slavery, having arrived here decades after it was abolished IN THE US (n.b. that it wasn’t abolished in Saudi until the mid 60s and is still effectively legal in large parts of the world.)

    So if that makes me something in some people’s minds, well, I can’t control what other people think, and I’m old enough not to care.

    n

  19. No one in my family every owed slaves or benefited from slavery, having arrived here decades after it was abolished IN THE US (n.b. that it wasn’t abolished in Saudi until the mid 60s and is still effectively legal in large parts of the world.)

    Kentucky and Mississippi didn’t ratify the 13th amendment until 1976 and 1995, respectively, but that didn’t matter since they were part of the US.

    I believe Mississippi is still one of the holdouts on the Income Tax amendment.

  20. Slavery was still alive and well in parts of northern Africa 30-odd years ago. In particular in a nation which officially hasn’t had slavery since before I was born. People of evident Arabic background owned slaves of Arabic and of subsaharan African background, and subsaharan Africans owned other subsaharan Africans. But I suppose I should disregard what I saw. “What are you going to believe, the narrative or your lying eyes?”

  21. Hey everyone, some of you might have noticed that Barbara didn’t update her posts in a couple of days.

    She’s in the hospital in W/S while they treat her symptoms and search for causes. She is negative for Covid but is exhausted and in a lot of pain.

    I put more detail in the comment at her site.

    I will update there and here as appropriate.

    nick


  22. Hell there are people in Bakersfield that commute to LA. That’s 75 min to Santa Clarita and then the traffic starts backing up. Forty miles south in Frasier Park just inside of Kern County at the LA county line has even more crazies.

    And wrecks on the I5 and SR14 every morning.

  23. @SteveF
    That’s a lot of suck. No words of wisdom or unsolicited advice. Human greed, selfishness, and ugly will always be with us, along with the poor, doesn’t make it any less intolerable. Stupid lies from my daughter infuriate me. I get lying, but why about something easily checked and for no benefit? I have no idea what drives the behavior. It’ll get you popped in the face, or fired, as an adult though. I took a lot of learning theory workshops in pursuit of my dog training hobby. I took three week long workshops with Bob Bailey, 2nd husband to Marian Keller. Marian and her first husband Keller Breland were graduate students of BF Skinner. Bob used to have dinner with Skinner. Lots of great stories during the workshop. Anyway – Marian and Keller published a short paper (3,000 words), where they looked more closely at Skinner’s behavioral ideas and wrote about where the theories broke down. As a nod to Skinner’s seminal work ‘The Behavior of Organisms’ and a bit of an inside joke, they called their paper ‘The Misbehavior of Organisms’. It’s a very good read, and sometimes I wonder if what I’m seeing from the kiddo can be explained by what the Brelands learned.
    https://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Breland/misbehavior.htm
    @DadCooks – I’ve noticed when you are most concerned about pissing people off is when I’m most likely to nod along in agreement.
    @nick
    Thanks for the Barbara update. I was concerned that her health had worsened.

    Rain today. Finally, jeez why did it take so long, got the potatoes planted. Far too late. Our yield, if any, will suck. -shrug- Rabbits are in maintenance mode. I got my hands on a 10′ roll of 1/2″ x 1″ wire, 16 gauge which isn’t great. I want two more cages, 36″ x 24″, as grow out pens. Then I’ll put the wood / wire hutch aside for emergencies. All wire cages are superior for my purposes.
    The kits eyes opened a few days ago, their fur is thick and lustrous, and they’ve begun climbing out of the nest box. Two smallest weighed 260 grams two days ago, four fatties weighed 60 – 80 grams more. Gosh, they are cute. I completed the roof extension on the now exclusively chickens side of the coop. Not fine craftsmanship. I made two attempts at getting the correct angle to have a clean join on the support arms, failed, said ppht and am reinforcing with plates instead. It’s 4′ and not going to exert much force. Not pretty, not craftsmanship, certainly nothing to be proud of, but good enough. The chickens don’t care anyway.

    Many bees on the raspberries yesterday. Tomatoes are covered with blooms. Wynoche apple tree is setting fruit. Plucked a bunch of rolled up leaves off the honey crisp. The Gravenstein sapling is unhappy and leaves have darkened. Romaine will be ready to begin harvesting soon. Dog ate four of the kale plants. She really likes kale, learned to go through an electric fence to get it. Nearly 13, if she wants to eat the kale thats fine.

  24. Crap. I need to cross town to get to a pickup today. The scanner just stopped on an incident command channel, and the traffic caught my ear. They were discussing closing an intersection. Hmm, what’s going on? Quick check of my local fishwrap and https://www.chron.com/local/article/Trae-Tha-Truth-kicks-off-Houston-s-Juneteenth-15351965.php?cmpid=hpctp

    Some sort of parade of cars for “justice”. I admit that I didn’t go looking for any potential issues before planning to leave the house today. Good thing the scanner caught it.

    I’ll adjust my route accordingly to avoid downtown.

    “Just don’t be there” is all well and good, if you know ahead of time.

    n

  25. As if my life weren’t miserable enough, it looks like I need a new meat thermometer. According to the thermometer, my roast beef was on the rare side of medium rare, but when I sliced the meat I found that it was on the well side of medium well. WHEN WILL THE TORTURE END?????

    Jenny, thanks for the sympathies. Yes, it’s the stupid, pointless lies that drive me up a wall. I’ll read the linked paper, but I suspect that the best use of it will be to print it out, wrap it around a rock, and chuck it at The Brat’s stupid head.

    Nick, thanks for the Barbara update. Best wishes to her.

  26. The refund was sent to my wife’s personal bank account because that’s what the accountant — a friend of my wife’s — put in the filing documents. No one bothered to tell me about this, and my wife just spent the money. Oh, and she needs more money because expenses are up, where “expenses” means her constant online shopping.

    @SteveF, y’all have communication issues. And no budget that you have agreed on. The wife and I are incredibly guilty of that also. But my wife does not spend a penny on herself. She only spends money on the daughter. I am the big spender in our family as I keep on buying investment items and preps.

    BTW, every day that you stay together is going to be more expensive at the divorce. Just saying.

  27. Some sort of parade of cars for “justice”. I admit that I didn’t go looking for any potential issues before planning to leave the house today. Good thing the scanner caught it.

    I’ll adjust my route accordingly to avoid downtown.

    “Just don’t be there” is all well and good, if you know ahead of time.

    I would not go inside Beltway 8 today. I am two miles inside the Grand Parkway and nervous.

    And it looks like the five million people in Harris County, the central county for the Houston, have a new mandatory mask order on the way. Our sycophant county judge here in Fort Bend County will probably order one too as Hidalgo is his hero.
    https://www.chron.com/coronavirus/article/Houston-coronavirus-updates-What-you-need-to-15352030.php

  28. Maybe I’m a fanatic about honesty, I dunno. A couple of years ago, I caught younger son in a months-long, important lie. It ripped me up, because I felt – still feel-that I have to think about everything he tells me: is this really true?

    It will take years of honesty to make up for that, and I don’t think he even realizes…

  29. Nick, thanks for the Barbara update. Best wishes to her.

    I said a prayer for her. Not sure if this old sinner’s prayer is worth much though.


  30. She only spends money on the daughter.

    I see a lot of this. Shopaholic by Proxy. It’s as if they think if they blow money at the store on somebody else to satisfy their shopping/spending/consumerism need that it makes it okay or even selfless.

  31. @SteveF: WTF does she spend thousands on? I suppose it’s obvious that something needs to happen re bank accounts?


  32. every day that you stay together is going to be more expensive at the divorce. Just saying.

    Understood. I’m staying until the youngest is an adult, because I said I would, then I’m moving out. I’ve made some legal preparations but need to do more.

    y’all have communication issues

    You know how marriage counselors will never say that one person is solely to blame for a relationship’s problems? The marriage counselor that we saw for a couple years came as close as he could to saying that the problems were all my wife’s fault. He named a lengthy list of things she was doing wrong, but the only suggestions for me were to try to be more patient and to take each day until The Brat’s 18th birthday one at a time.

    And no budget that you have agreed on.

    Oh, there have been plenty of budgets agreed upon, with the agreement broken almost immediately every time. That’s why we have separate bank accounts now. She was very angry, years ago, when I stopped depositing my paycheck into the family account and instead transferred in only the amount we’d agreed on as my contribution to the family budget.

    But my wife does not spend a penny on herself. She only spends money on the daughter.

    and

    It’s as if they think if they blow money at the store on somebody else to satisfy their shopping/spending/consumerism need that it makes it okay or even selfless.

    Yah. “It was for the family!” as a universal sword and shield gets very tiresome. Especially when the utility bills weren’t paid because there was no money in the family account. I guess keeping the electricity on or the garbage getting picked up (today’s issue) isn’t important for “the family”.

    It will take years of honesty to make up for that, and I don’t think he even realizes…

    I mentioned that to The Brat. I don’t think she gets it. Now, all the lies that I’ve caught her on were trivial bullshit, but if you lie in a small thing you’ll lie in a big thing.

    I, too, have Thing about honesty. It probably comes from being surrounded by alcoholics and liars (some category overlap may be observed) as a child, but honesty is really important to me. Apparently this makes me an asshole, as I’ll normally keep quiet but will speak only truth when someone presses me to say what I think. And I refuse to voice the popular shibboleths, whether “of course black slavery was a unique stain against whites” or “of course the holocaust was worse than any of the other genocides in history”. Yep, I’m just not suited to live among today’s Americans.

  33. @SteveF
    Document, document, document, if you aren’t already. If there’s dishonesty now, the lies and outrageousness at the divorce will be hugely worse. You know this to be true as an observer of humans. Divorce court seems to reserve a special hate for fathers. Particular honest ones.

  34. The marriage counselor that we saw for a couple years came as close as he could to saying that the problems were all my wife’s fault.

    You know it’s the wife’s fault when after a few sessions of marriage counseling she doesn’t want to go anymore. lol

    This happened to a couple of friends of mine. There wives had it in their heads that it was definitely the husband’s fault and the husband didn’t want to go to counseling (as men tend to not want to) which just added fuel to the fire. So, eventually they agreed and went to counseling and when the counselor pulled all of the resentments out of each of them and examined them it turned out to be a 50/50 thing or a mostly her thing (though the counselor will never say that out loud) and then all of sudden she, who had been pushing for the counseling, didn’t want to go to counseling anymore. I’m sure the reverse is true too. Counseling can be humbling. Especially for people who have assumed for so long that they’re in the right and all of their marital problems are the other person’s fault. Most times it’s both, but sometimes it’s just the one and they’re completely shocked by it.

    I will say the sticking with a bad marriage thing is something men tend to do and people never understand why. We have a horribly sexist Family Court system in the US that almost always favors the mother. So, men are faced with “stay in a bad marriage but get to see my kids everyday” or “get divorced and only seem them part time” and they choose the former over the latter. Unfortunately, many women are wise to this and use it as a weapon by constantly threatening to take the kids and leave unless [fill in the blank]. I had a few friends who were shocked when their parents divorced the summer after the youngest kid finished high school or college. Strangely enough, I also have a couple of divorced friends who have ex-wives with benefits. That is, neither has remarried but when they both need to satisfy that urge they hook up.

    I am thoroughly aware that I am writing this from the perspective of man/husband/father and so it’s skewed that way and I’m also aware that the world has plenty of shitty husbands and fathers. However, the world is in denial that there’s probably an equal number of shitty wives and mothers.

  35. “Fauci: Americans “Don’t Believe Science””
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/06/19/fauci-americans-dont-believe-in-science/

    “Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, served up harsh criticism of Americans on Thursday, asserting that the country suffers from what he described as an “anti-science bias” problem.”

    “One of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are — for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable — they just don’t believe science and they don’t believe authority,” Fauci told the Learning Curve podcast, which is produced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).”

    No, I don’t believe Dr. Fauci. He has repeatedly lied to us. First he says that two million people are going to die in the USA. The next week he says sixty thousand are going to die. Now he says that two hundred thousand are going to die.

    In March, he said that masks do not help. Now he says that mask will help and that he lied in March so that ER personnel would be able to get masks. I wonder what lie he is telling today ?

  36. “Coronavirus: Black men twice as likely to die with COVID-19 than white men – official figures”
    https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-black-men-twice-as-likely-to-die-with-covid-19-than-white-men-official-figures-12010222

    “When taking into account religion, the figures found Muslim males have the highest rates of death involving COVID-19 among all groups, with a risk of dying that is 2.5 times higher than males who have no religion.”

    Looks like the ChiComs engineered SARS-COV-2 to go after muslims.

    Yeah, right.

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

  37. Over at the Market Ticker, Karl says Kung Flu is pretty much a fecal/oral transmission.
    Moslims have that whole “un-clean hand” thing, yes?

    Bottom line is to wash your hands. Soap and water.

    Looks like the ChiComs engineered SARS-COV-2 to go after muslims.

    Well, there is a lot of oil in the area and they tend to not be very nice people what with flying jetliners into skyscrapers and all…

  38. Looks like the ChiComs engineered SARS-COV-2 to go after muslims.

    Well, there is a lot of oil in the area and they tend to not be very nice people what with flying jetliners into skyscrapers and all…

    You left off the beheading of Christians.


  39. Over at the Market Ticker, Karl says Kung Flu is pretty much a fecal/oral transmission.

    I read that too, and I think it explains the strange clusters of infections — nursing homes, prisons, shanty towns (Brazil), and Memorial day (think tubing in the river).

    The vitamin D theory to explain severity makes a lot of sense too.


  40. they just don’t believe science and they don’t believe authority

    Putting science and authority together like that in a sentence implies they are linked. Interesting choice of words. I’ve rarely found them to be linked.

  41. Looks like the ChiComs engineered SARS-COV-2 to go after muslims.

    Yeah, right.

    I still believe it was the never ending quest for sexual potency that drove some people to eat the bat meat and begat the pandemic.

    With my wife’s family, we’re the only household among the cousins who can ignore the Big Ayee’s — Auntie — medical “advice”. We don’t get a regular check from Big Achoo (sp?) — Uncle — for our share of the family rackets, and I really never want one.

    It doesn’t matter if, like in my wife’s case, the Big Ayee is senile and a permanent resident in Crazytown.

  42. I took a pick-up bed of crushed cans to recycle today. I prefer 45¢ a pound over 25¢ pound. But hey, it’s better than just filling the trash can.

    Schlotzsky’s lost a sale. The sign on the door says you’re welcome to sit on the patio to eat your drive-through order. Yeah, no, I’m parked in the next parking lot so I can get to Wal-Mart without getting on the highway. I’m not even interested in trying to walk through the drive-in.
    We had Subway a couple of weeks ago. Not in the mood for Dairy Queen. Hey, Taco Bell! Nope, drive through only. If I want to eat in my truck I’ll go to Sonic. I’m not crazy for Sonic and I don’t want to eat in my truck….
    So, Papa Murphy’s. It’s a pain in the backside to get in and out. I bought the meat lover’s or something like that, family size. If I read the overhead sign correctly, it should have cost $14.98. Rang up $16.98 and the card reader offered the option of several amounts of tips…. no thanks. Decent pizza, plenty of leftovers. The sauce seems to be sweeter than it was a couple of years ago.

    Tractor Supply for cat chow. Caught just enough rain sprinkles when almost home to spot the dust on the truck.

    It’s not too bad in the shade, 95F, plenty of breeze. Works for me.

  43. Well, I mostly avoided the rally. It must have petered out before it passed me going the other way, because it was only a few dozen cars. It had a police escort. Downtown was messed up more than normal all afternoon too.

    Did my pickup. Looked for some missing ebay items. Didn’t find them. I HATE moving stuff around as I can’t remember where it got moved to. I can usually remember just fine the first place I put it. It’s worst with stuff that doesn’t have a ‘place’ or a general area for that kind of stuff. I can go years without seeing an item but if I know it’s with ‘the rigging stuff’ I know about where it is.

    WRT the lying thing, sometimes it’s laziness. Sometimes it’s trying to carve out a bit of control and space in their lives. They are surrounded by deceit and lies, and sometimes they just don’t get why they shouldn’t lie too. Right now we can spot all of our kids’ ‘tells’ and they are not good liars. I’m kinda giving them feedback because if you choose to lie, and sometime there might be a REALLY GOOD reason, you should be convincing.

    n

    (like when asked where the safe is, or where’s the rest of the f-ing jewelry b!tch…)

  44. @lynn, you might want to check out something like this —

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/NEXT-by-Danco-HydroStop-Flapper-Alternative-Toilet-Repair-Kit-FLT231T/203228546

    I haven’t used it, but I did buy one. I might put it in my master bath, as the one there sometimes just runs on. That usually is a simple fix, as stuff gets caught in the float. I’ve had that weird feeling for a couple of weeks that I should have a toilet valve close at hand, so I got one cheap in the auctions. Two actually.

    n


  45. Looks like the ChiComs engineered SARS-COV-2 to go after muslims.

    Tin Foil Hat Time!

    If going after moslems, maybe that’s just a trial run for something to depopulate Africa south of the Sahara. With the benefit of clearing out western China. A sort of “kill the smart ones first” event. Though Ebola and Malaria and whatever else has not worked, so, Africa wins again.

    Ok, enough tin foil….

  46. That HydroStop Flapper gizmo is interesting. Lifting the handle to stop the water….

  47. I did nothing for Juneteenth. Because I really don’t care. Enough of this crap.

  48. “lift the handle to stop” that’s the part that Mr Lynn might need the most for daughter…

    n

  49. @lynn, you might want to check out something like this —

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/NEXT-by-Danco-HydroStop-Flapper-Alternative-Toilet-Repair-Kit-FLT231T/203228546

    I haven’t used it, but I did buy one. I might put it in my master bath, as the one there sometimes just runs on. That usually is a simple fix, as stuff gets caught in the float. I’ve had that weird feeling for a couple of weeks that I should have a toilet valve close at hand, so I got one cheap in the auctions. Two actually.

    Vormax toilets have two flush water injection valves. “VorMax features dual-injection flush valves that are opened almost simultaneously, delivering water to the toilet bowl in two ways, first to the jet hole for a powerful vortex scouring action in the bowl and second towards the trapway to create the siphon which disposes of all the waste.”
    https://www.americanstandard-us.com/vormax

    I now know what happened. I have no idea how to fix it yet. Think big turds that instantly plug the trapway.

    TMI.

  50. You guys are making the mistake of thinking muslims are like us. Muslims living in muslim dominant cultures have the ‘inshallah’ attitude. “If god wills it”. In otherwords, “It was those poor peoples’ fate to die.”

    Trying to get muslims to embrace even the most basic safety gear and practices was an uphill battle. If your foot got crushed it was god’s will. To wear safety shoes to PREVENT your foot getting crushed is dangerously close to going AGAINST god’s will, and definitely shows a lack of faith.

    Western religions believe in free will and settled the idea of predestination long ago. Muslims, not so much.

    Ergo, they get covid because they don’t do anything to prevent it. Also, muslims in general, and arabs in particular stand MUCH closer to each other than westerners. They want to “feel your breath” when having a conversation. For a disease spread by airborne droplets…. well….

    n


  51. Big Achoo (sp?) — Uncle

    Jiù-jiu, probably. (Mandarin; I don’t know any Cantonese or other dialects.)

    “Big Uncle” would be “Da Jiu-jiu”, which could be where you got “Achoo”.

  52. The ‘inshallah’ attitude seems _to me_, to be a lot like “mañana”. Looks like laziness.

  53. “Big Achoo (sp?) — Uncle”

    Jiù-jiu, probably. (Mandarin; I don’t know any Cantonese or other dialects.)

    “Big Uncle” would be “Da Jiu-jiu”, which could be where you got “Achoo”.

    Everyone is from Taiwan. I don’t know what the dialect of choice is there.

    I don’t know why the Mainland is so obsessed about having that island back. If my in-laws are any indication, an occupation would just be one big headache.


  54. Flush a lit cherry bomb?

    A student did that when I was in high school. Blew water out of all the toilets. Girls using the toilets were not happy. The student was lucky the pipes survived. A 60 year old building with steel pipes. He still got slapped with a costly cleanup bill.

  55. LETS ALL CELEBRATE JUNE TEENTH
    To remember when Republicans overcame Texas Democrats and freed the slaves of Galveston.
    Growing up in the south, I’d never heard of this obscure Texas holiday till this week when leftist whiners tried to use it to stop the President’s million man rally. But I think it’s great for the nation to remember the evils of Democrat slavery and how Republicans saved the day.

  56. Everyone is from Taiwan. I don’t know what the dialect of choice is there.

    I don’t know why the Mainland is so obsessed about having that island back. If my in-laws are any indication, an occupation would just be one big headache.

    I would not assume that anyone will be alive in Taiwan when the ChiComs take it over. The ChiComs have lots of people, just a shortage of usable land.

    And the ChiComs want to rule the world. Today. I’ve been told that using a human back as your footstool is the goal of every person.

  57. Why waste your money on footstools when you have idle servants lolling around?

    n

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