Tues. June 23, 2020 – Swim team and small projects

Another hot wet day.  Probably.

Yesterday was stormy all morning and into the early afternoon.  It looks like we got 2-3 inches of rain in a few hours based on what was in the buckets in the yard.  We lost power a couple of times and there was a ton of lightning and thunder, very close by.  Despite the storm it stayed hot most of the day until eventually the rain stopped and it got cooler.

I spent the morning doing lots of nothing on the computer.  Spent the early afternoon picking up some auction items.  Then finally the weather was cooler so I did a couple of other things around the house.  Fixed the toilet fill valve in the master.  It should have taken a minute, and involved just cleaning some surfaces in the valve, but I broke off a plastic nipple for the bowl fill hose.  That meant replacing the valve.  Since I just got a dual flush conversion and fill valve in an auction, I tried that.  Valve went in easy but the flapper replacement was too small.  The Toto has a massive hole from the tank to the bowl and needs a special flapper.  The replacement wouldn’t fill the opening. . . so I put the flapper back and will save the dual flush for something else.  It was still cheaper than just the valve.  I figure the plastic was brittle and the thing needed to be replaced eventually, so I just got ahead of the problem.  [Yeah, I meant to do that, I’m proactive.  Yeah.]  Also had to tighten the stem packing nut on the supply line.  It was dripping after turning the water on and off and on and off a few times.

Since it was cool enough to get into the attic where I keep all my plumbing parts, I also replaced the pump soap dispenser in the kitchen.   It has been limping along for a while.  We use Dawn dish soap in the dispenser for dishwashing and hand washing.   One, two quick pumps and you’re good to go.  The rinse will soap up any dishes in the sink too.

And finally, I got out a strap and pulled a fence post.  The post was for a chain link fence and gate that made a dog run behind the garage.  I pulled the fence fabric out long ago but couldn’t budge the post in the middle of the space.  I bought a high lift jack (old school, for lifting cars when they had steel bumpers and weighed 2 tons) a few months back with this project in mind.  I finally had soggy ground, lower temps, the jack, and time all at the same time and place.  The reason I couldn’t budge it by hand turned out to be 2 ft of concrete holding the post in the ground.   The jack made it slow but easy to pull it straight up.  I cut off and saved about 4ft of pipe, and put the concrete out for heavy trash.  A high lift jack is super handy, and you’ll find uses for it.  It also got used when we assembled the pool, to lift a couple of posts and put blocks under them to level the pool rail.  Mine is not an actual HiLift jack, it is just like this one.

What’s the point of all that trivia?  Prepping.  Having the tools and supplies on hand.  Working smarter as your body gets older.   I had a replacement for the soap dispenser.  I had a toilet fill valve in the attic (which I didn’t use, but it was there.)  I picked up a specialized tool to make a job easier, and found other uses for it too.  (And that I’m a clumsy, impatient dumb@ss sometimes, turning a one minute job into a half hour job by breaking something.)   I could have gone to HomeDepot but I’d already stocked up on things that I knew I’d eventually need.  I could have dug a hole to get that post out, but the jack made it almost zero effort, and using a hand truck to move the concrete to the curb was way smarter and easier than carrying it.

Two of those jobs had been nagging at me for months so it felt good to get them done, even if they weren’t life or death.  And I justified having spare parts on hand, and the purchase of a tool 🙂  Who doesn’t think THAT’S a win?

Now I need to crank through about 50 similar little projects…

Dinner was hamburgers on the grill from a frozen ‘chub’.*  Canned corn. Canned refried beans (wife’s choice), and Lay’s Potato Chips,  Classic style of course.


Hospitalizations continue to increase in number and pace in many areas, and some places are thinking about reinstating  restrictions or delaying their removal.  I know what I’m doing.  Time to pull back in.

Seattle says that now that people are getting killed in the ghetto, they’re going to work to dismantle it.  Good luck with that.

Gangbangers and the diversite’ are also emboldened and driving up the body count in our formerly great cities.  That’s not getting better anytime soon.  Judging from the number of videos of white people losing their *ahem* composure and screaming at random black people, yellow people, and brown people, some folks are getting fed up and have about had it with some other people.  Once that hits critical mass, there’ll be no putting the genie back in the bottle.  It isn’t going to be pretty.  Spicy time approacheth.

Elsewhere in the world, wuflu continues to rack up a body count and devastation on a large scale.  Korea thinks they’re seeing a second wave.  Many countries are still on their first wave, and some are really just taking off exponentially.

China and Russia are both flexing their military might and expansionist plans.   That has gotten worse, not better.  Could be it’s all distraction for the folks watching at home, or it could be they think they can get away with it at the moment.  Or embrace the power of ‘and’.  No reason it can’t be both.  In any case, another factor to watch, and consider in your medium and long term planning, and more evidence for me that we are in a period of big changes and global realignment.

So, what are you doing about it?  You can’t change those other people, but you can choose how you’ll react.  I’m stacking.  Hope you do too.

 

nick

*’Chub’ in this context means a plastic tube o meat.  I’d never heard that term before, but that’s how it appeared on my receipt.  “Chub” of hamburger.  Learn something new every day.

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

54 thoughts on “Tues. June 23, 2020 – Swim team and small projects”

  1. JavaFX is really, really good. And cross-platform, with very few problems.

    I don’t understand why it hasn’t become more popular. Maybe because it came so late in Java’s lifecycle?

    Java is encumbered by … Larry Ellison!

    Seriously. He topped IBM’s list of concerns when we went looking for a GUI.

    IBM is only too happy to write Java for clients, but the language is (or was) forbidden in their internal-use tools. At the time I was a vendor, the Work From Home Mommy (and some Daddies) Mafia was firmly entrenched, and getting PCs back from the field to replace an internal tool suddenly impacted by a court order would have been a nightmare of logistics ultimately resulting in the company simply writing a large check to settle with the aggrieved party.

    No capes!

    And this was before Ellison’s lawsuit against Google, which, if he’s successful, will have implications far beyond Android, possibly going back 40 years to the birth of the PC.

  2. Yes, well…Oracle. I do understand not wanting to deal with them.

    If they succeed in their API suit, the entire software industry (at least in the US) will be screwed. Judge Alsup took the time to really understand the software industry, and made an informed decision. IIRC he even learned to program, enough to understand what an API really is.

    The federal appeals court obviously didn’t bother to understand the topic they were looking at.

    Will the supreme court be any better?

  3. @all;

    Harking back to the “massive 18650 battery pack” video posted yesterday, I have a question.
    Please don’t take this wrong, but as a Brit it annoys me when I hear the word “solder” pronounced as “sodder”. This appears normal for Americans – it’s the 5th or 6th instance I’ve encountered.

    Can anyone tell me if this (to me) mispronunciation is taught, or is it a laxity of speech that appears endemic in America-sourced material?

    G.

  4. You caught us, Geoff. My shop teacher in 7th grade told us, “If you want to piss of a Brit, pronounce it ‘sodder’.” It’s a conspiracy of shop teachers in the US, going back probably before WWII.

  5. @geoff, it’s the way it is taught in the US. SOL-der sounds really strange to my ear, and I’ve been watching BBC since I was 15 and reading British authors (in the original language) since younger than that. I can even apply a mental filter and understand dialog produced for BBC4 in Wales!

    There is in fact a long running, mostly friendly, in joke on youtube among some of the “electronics repair guys” and other creators. A lot of (mostly) gentle teasing back and forth about various “internet famous” creators and how they say it or insist that it should be said.

    Two peoples separated by a common language, right?

    n

  6. If they succeed in their API suit, the entire software industry (at least in the US) will be screwed. Judge Alsup took the time to really understand the software industry, and made an informed decision. IIRC he even learned to program, enough to understand what an API really is.

    If Oracle prevails, my personal theory is that every PC manufacturer on the planet will suddenly owe IBM royalties going back 40 years. The legal idea behind cloning the PC is that the BIOS API was not covered by copyright and, thus, wide open to replication as long as the coordinating entity could prove the programmers did not see the IBM source code, which the company published in the reference documents for the PC XT and AT.

    I’ve vetted this theory with Patent lawyers. Most already know the situation and are either scared silly or excited at the possibilities.

    Establish legal precedent that APIs are indeed subject to copyright, and all bets are off. Maybe AT&T dusts off the C API documents. C++ too.

    Ever notice who still owns the copyright to Stroustrup?

    And it could certainly go full circle to bite Ellison in the a**. SQL? The BSD project which was the foundation of Sun’s Unix workstations? IBM and AT&T again, respectively, with a big check going to the UC Regents for Berkeley Sockets, the API behind all that networking code.

    The legal case is a Pandora’s Box with life imitating the art in a huge way.

    BTW, Linux, about that clever Posix API implementation which put all the licensees who funded the standard out of business — let’s sit down and have a chat…

  7. Lest anyone thing I’m just running my mouth and letting my own prejudices rule me….

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8449965/Washington-DC-boy-16-arrested-charged-killing-4-separate-gang-related-incidents.html

    Teenager, 16, is charged with killing four people, including a pregnant woman who was used as a ‘human shield’, in separate ‘gang-related’ incidents in Washington D.C.

    Michael Mason, 16, of Southeast Washington D.C. was taken into custody last Wednesday and is being charged as an adult
    He is suspected of killing Terrance Griffin, 31, Jaszel Henderson, 20, Brea Moon, 21, and 18-year-old Antwuan Roach
    An affidavit says Moon was pregnant and was used as a ‘human shield’ during a shooting in April
    Mason claims he didn’t pull the trigger in that shooting but shell casings evidence suggests otherwise
    Mason is connected to nine shootings in April and May

    –and that’s just ONE guy – with a 1:10 ratio for the stuff we know 4%:40%….

    n

  8. With Big Sur, it looks like Apple is finally ending OS support for their last MacBook Pro models featuring DVD-RW drives and easily replaceable batteries, memory, and storage.

    If the ARM Macs are going to be disposable, hopefully they have a significant const advantage.

    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/06/device-compatibility-guides-for-big-sur-ios-14-and-more-from-wwdc/

    I have a 2012 MacBook Pro. I need to test it with Pop! OS. My wife’s 2009 took Pop! OS 20.04 just fine, including NVidia driver.

  9. Since it was cool enough to get into the attic where I keep all my plumbing parts, I also replaced the pump soap dispenser in the kitchen. It has been limping along for a while. We use Dawn dish soap in the dispenser for dishwashing and hand washing. One, two quick pumps and you’re good to go. The rinse will soap up any dishes in the sink too.

    Add Dawn to the list of things to stock if you’re planning for a post-apocalyptic scenario.

    Sam’s rationed Dawn purchases early in the pandemic. We usually keep a big institutional-size pump bottle under the sink to fill our dispenser and a spare in our laundry room. When it came time to cycle the supply in March, Sam’s only had the small pump bottles and limited purchases to one. Things have loosened up since then, but just be aware.

  10. Seattle says that now that people are getting killed in the ghetto, they’re going to work to dismantle it. Good luck with that.

    I came to the conclusion this weekend that the CHOP/CHAZ was a government-sanctioned Prog stunt in Seattle. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if Costco management wrote a check for the cause.


  11. With Big Sur, it looks like Apple is finally ending OS support for their last MacBook Pro models featuring DVD-RW drives and easily replaceable batteries, memory, and storage.

    I can’t wait to see the price on a new Mac Mini with A12XX chip in it. My 2012 MM is still running almost continuously serving our Apple TVs. I plan on running camera software full time on it. The new MM should be able to handle a lot of cam streams.

  12. A series of tweets telling Dr. Fauci he’s full of El Toro PooPoo:

    Spreading FACTS, not paranoia and FEAR’: Dr. David Samadi takes Fauci DOWN in series of epic, fact-filled COVID tweets

    My favorite:

    If we want a true analysis on the effect of COVID-19, we need to accurately count people who died FROM COVID not simply people who died WITH COVID.

    For example, George Floyd died with COVID-19, but he clearly did not die of COVID-19.

    We need to examine how we count deaths.

  13. With the recent increase in covid cases, I was looking for actual hospitalization stats for Bexar County (San Antonio) and haven’t found any.

    Tarrant county has this – click on Hospital Capacity and look at the left graph. It shows a slow increase in bed occupancy and flat ventilator use.

    Travis county has this, click the right arrow on the central graph. That does show an increase in the last few weeks.

    Why the difference?

  14. Just stopped for our school district free lunch. We drive past a distribution point on our way to swim practice. I’ve been curious.

    You just drive up, and you get a meal for each kid in the car. No ID, no statements, nothing.

    The meal was 3 hot chicken fingers (parts is parts) and condiment packs, two small oranges, a bag of baby carrots, one half pint of low fat white milk and one half pint of chocolate, and a big chocolate muffin. The chicken was pretty good, not Chik fil a, but not Del Taco either.

    One of the kids at swim had the breakfast, it was a shrink wrapped tray, with milk and cereal, fruit, etc. so the fruit and milk were part of the lunch.

    I’m philosophically opposed to feeding the bears, but if you’re gonna do it, the food should be good, and today’s meal was way better than what they were serving in school.

    n

  15. @all:
    Thanks for the pronunciation info, especially the link to StackExchange. It would seem that we Brits may be the outlier.

    @Nick:

    Two peoples separated by a common language, right?

    Indeed. A typically Shavian thought.

    @greg:
    I, too, have a late-2012 MBP, with the DVD drive, and I consider that Apple withdrew support for it when they released macOS 10.15 Catalina. It’s been borked twice by attempted updates from Mojave, to the extent that I needed assistance from the “geniuses” at my local Apple store both times. The last time, I had the genius disable updates, since you can’t set the machine to just update – it insists on doing a “version-upgrade”.

    G.

  16. Travis county has this, click the right arrow on the central graph. That does show an increase in the last few weeks.

    Why the difference?

    Travis is the Austin Metro. Beyond protesters, the bars have been packed on 6th Street beyond state guidelines since reopening. The state made a show of disciplining a few bars this week, but the bacchanalia will continue even if bodies are stacked in the streets. Downtown Austin drinking establishments aren’t profitable at 1/4 or 1/2 occupancy, and the good bartenders are like strippers — they’ll head elsewhere when the tips dry up.

    As I’ve noted before, the Austin party is so out of control that the city had to build a new old-fashioned drunk tank last year. They call it a “sobering center”.

  17. Judging by what they send to the surplus auctions, Bexar County is POOR. They may not have the resources to provide their own page.

    n

  18. @Nick:

    I can even apply a mental filter and understand dialog produced for BBC4 in Wales!

    If it’s on BBC4, it’s produced for the whole of the UK, so other than possible Welsh accents, it’ll be generic British. For genuine Welsh content, in that language, you need S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru) It’s a lovely language, one which I wish I spoke, and almost uniquely well-suited to singing. Try the Home crowd at the National Stadium, singing their team home. Note, that’s Rugby Union, not Association football (soccer to you) Nor is it Rugby League, which is a Northern offshoot. You’ll hear tuneful unison singing of (mostly) hymns, with a leavening of 4-part harmony from the trained male-voice choir members in the crowd. As an example, try “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer”, which you may know as “Bread of Heaven”, sung to the tune “Cwm Rhondda”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iPqepdQhR8
    BTW, as someone of Welsh extraction, I have some of that accent, too, although there’s more North-West (specifically Manchester) and London, since I haven’t lived in the Principality for more than holidays since about 1970.

    G.


  19. Geoff Powell says:

    Thanks for the pronunciation info, especially the link to StackExchange. It would seem that we Brits may be the outlier.

    Um, sorry, you’ve typed in your name incorrectly. It’s “Jeff”.

    🙂

  20. @RickH:

    It’s “Jeff”.

    Yes, I have that problem over here. The with-a-G spelling is less common, but none-the-less valid.
    (and yes, I did see the smiley)

  21. Judging by what they send to the surplus auctions, Bexar County is POOR. They may not have the resources to provide their own page.

    You’re kidding right?

    The Metro Dallas counties may have more money, but Bexar County is not poor by any stretch.

    Travis County and Austin can always find cheap webadmin labor a few blocks away at UT.

  22. Thanks for the links. Tarrant county’s lack of a surge may be due to not having the party town issues like Austin.

  23. Bexar County and the agencies there only send the most worn out and OLD cr@p to the auctions. Wealthy counties and agencies update much more often, sending stuff with life left in it. I didn’t think it was prudence or ‘good stewardship’ based on what I saw. So the people in the county might have money, but the county and the agencies in it don’t seem to.

    n

  24. @Geoff, there was one point in that youtube that they were probably singing in english, right? 🙂

    n

    (it is a beautiful sound, much nicer than bagpipes, forex….)

  25. The Brat turns thirteen within the week.

    I have failed in one of my major goals.

    For years I’d planned to be working at the South Pole, be an astronaut on a six-year mission, or at least be in jail in another country, rather than be in a house with a teenage girl.

    I screwed up. Didn’t take care of it in time and now it’s too late.

    -sigh-

  26. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/weird-clinton-pal-philanthropist-multi-millionaire-steve-bing-jumps-high-rise-death/

    –what does it say about me that my first thought after reading the DailyMail article was that ‘someone is cleaning house’…?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8449383/Kangaroo-Jack-writer-Steve-Bing-55-jumps-death-27th-floor-LA-apartment.html

    –as a meta note, the article fell from the lead story to the middle of the page and the focus changed to Hurley’s reaction pretty dang quickly. There is more there that someone just got clued in on.

    n

  27. The Brat turns thirteen within the week.”

    –I am NOT looking forward to that!

    Anyone wondering what the whole ‘man cave’ phenomenon was about?? When you have a generation that doesn’t work on cars, doesn’t have a basement workshop, and has teen daughters…. wellllllll…..

    n

  28. A high lift jack is super handy, and you’ll find uses for it.

    I have a “Farm Jack” that is essentially the same thing. Farm jacks are easier to find these days than the old bumper jacks if you’re wanting new. I’ve got some 4×4 wooden fence posts to jack out, but it’s a real pain. If I set the jack far enough from the post base so the concrete can come cleanly out without hitting the base of the jack then I’m far enough out that the jack starts leaning into the post as I jack. It’s a huge pain in the butt. I’ve got a buddy with a Bobcat. He’s offered to come over and just yank them all out with that.

    Harking back to the “massive 18650 battery pack” video posted yesterday, I have a question.
    Please don’t take this wrong, but as a Brit it annoys me when I hear the word “solder” pronounced as “sodder”. This appears normal for Americans – it’s the 5th or 6th instance I’ve encountered.

    Probably because it’s too hard for most US English speakers to pronounce an “LD” sound immediately after a “short O” sound. So, whether we attempt to enunciate the ‘L’ or not it comes out sounding like “sodder.” I just did a quick look up and dictionary.com actually shows the pronunciation as “sod-er.”

    I’ve always struggled with how Brits pronounce “ma’am” and “mum” almost exactly the same. Well, that and their profanity is more amusing than insulting: shite, arse, bloody… lol

    On the other hand, some things make more sense. Pronouncing schedule like “shedule” actually makes more sense to me than the US way.

    I was told, and I’ve never independently verified it, that the US dialect of English is similar to the dialect common in the UK during the 18th century. The UK dialect evolved into what it is today while the US version stayed rather static. Anyone know?

  29. Thanks for the links. Tarrant county’s lack of a surge may be due to not having the party town issues like Austin.

    “’This suspension is basically a $500,000 fine. When you look at the amount of revenue we’re not making and the people who depend on it, their livelihoods depend on it, this is a $500,000 fine. Not many business owners can handle that,’ Talley said.”

    https://www.fox7austin.com/news/fourth-bar-in-austin-faces-30-day-suspension-by-tabc

    Just one bar, and not even the biggest one on 6th Street. Continuing …

    “The suspension is not only painful for him and his employees; Talley said it was also a complete shock because the officer that visited Whiskey Tango didn’t mention any violations when he was there.

    “‘He said, ‘You guys are doing great.’ Shook all our hands, I mean we high-fived each other in the lounge,’ said Talley. ”

    High five!

    If the pandemic hadn’t forced closure of SXSW or the planned Indy Car event this Spring, Austin would have produced numbers not that different than New Orleans, possibly worse.

    BTW, no one drinks like Indy Car faithful. Sorry if that offends, but the race track at Disney’s Orlando property closed after just two years because the logistics of the resort couldn’t satisfy the Indy Car race fans’ thirst for booze. Of course an Austin event was a “no brainer” decision.

  30. With the recent increase in covid cases, I was looking for actual hospitalization stats for Bexar County (San Antonio) and haven’t found any.

    Tarrant county has this – click on Hospital Capacity and look at the left graph. It shows a slow increase in bed occupancy and flat ventilator use.

    Travis county has this, click the right arrow on the central graph. That does show an increase in the last few weeks.

    Why the difference?

    The local newspaper is reporting 2,700 infected for the 820,000+ inhabitants of Fort Bend County (Texas) with 50 deaths and currently 24 in the hospitals. A nothing burger especially considering that Sugar Land Methodist Hospital (the hospital of record for Fort Bend County) has over 1,000 beds. The number of infected has risen by a 1,000 in the last two weeks which I attribute to increased testing.


  31. Pronouncing schedule like “shedule” actually makes more sense to me than the US way.

    You didn’t learn that in school.

    the US dialect of English is similar to the dialect common in the UK during the 18th century. The UK dialect evolved into what it is today while the US version stayed rather static.

    I’ve heard the same, including from a guest on a history podcast. I don’t know it of my own knowledge, though.

    However, if you look at how the “proper”, “upper class” French and Spanish (Castillian) accents developed — ie, from royal speech impediments — and then think about the hoity-toitiest of Brit accents, I can imagine the same happening there. Some high-born inbred couldn’t speak properly, so all the best people copied the way he spoke.

  32. “Did lockdowns really save 3 million COVID-19 deaths, as Flaxman et al. claim?”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/06/23/did-lockdowns-really-save-3-million-covid-19-deaths-as-flaxman-et-al-claim/

    “On 8 June 2020, Nature published a paper (Flaxman et al. 2020[1]) by modellers in the Imperial College OCIVD-19 response team. Its abstract ends with:”

    “Our results show that major non-pharmaceutical interventions and lockdown in particular have had a large effect on reducing transmission. Continued intervention should be considered to keep transmission of SARS-CoV-2 under control.”

    “Using a counterfactual model, the paper also estimated the impact of interventions on deaths from COVID-19 in the 11 European countries studied, saying:”

    “We find that, across 11 countries, since the beginning of the epidemic, 3,100,000 [2,800,000 – 3,500,000] deaths have been averted due to interventions.”

    Nope. Bunch of academics claiming that they saved the world.

  33. ”The Brat turns thirteen within the week.”

    –I am NOT looking forward to that!

    Anyone wondering what the whole ‘man cave’ phenomenon was about?? When you have a generation that doesn’t work on cars, doesn’t have a basement workshop, and has teen daughters…. wellllllll…..

    The man cave is all about hiding from the drama. Occasionally the drama will visit the man cave, you must figure out how to discourage that.

    ADD: I use a large tv with the volume turned way up.


  34. Did lockdowns really save 3 million COVID-19 deaths

    I have an elephant scarer-awayer in my front yard. Thanks to my timely non-pharmaceutical intervention, our house hasn’t been trampled by rampaging elephants.

    you must figure out how to discourage that

    Fire extinguisher. Not the kind that sprays foam or powdered talc (?) because they’re a horror to clean up.

  35. you must figure out how to discourage that

    Fire extinguisher. Not the kind that sprays foam or powdered talc (?) because they’re a horror to clean up.

    I use a large tv with the volume turned way up.

  36. @Nick:

    there was one point in that youtube that they were probably singing in english, right?

    All except the first verse sung by the guys in the red shirts is English. The Red shirts (members of the male voice choir credited, I think) start singing in Welsh, and switch languages for the second and later verses. You were probably confused by the Welsh accents.
    “Swing Low” is the unofficial anthem of the English Rugby supporters. The Welsh have several such, “Bread of Heaven” is one, “Men of Harlech” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRtnWVvDX6k another, plus of course, the Welsh National Anthem, “Land of my Fathers” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kUnCwV3AYE. I couldn’t find a Welsh rendition of “Men of Harlech”, so I had to settle for English, but the all-male voices do sound good.

    G.

  37. Nope. Bunch of academics claiming that they saved the world.

    Pray one of the drug companies comes up with the first vaccine and not a research institution.

    Preferably, Bayer or another former component of IG Farben. Big Smile!

  38. Nope. Bunch of academics claiming that they saved the world.

    Pray one of the drug companies comes up with the first vaccine and not a research institution.

    Preferably, Bayer or another former component of IG Farben. Big Smile!

    I am just hoping that I do not get forcibly vaccinated by Bill Gates with his amazing new tattooing hypodermic.

  39. There are a few words I have mispronounced and then been laughed at. If you never hear the word, how are you to know where the syllable breaks happen?
    Thats the breaks for reading at College Sophomore or so while in 6th grade. 🙂

    Hey, “Willamette”. How would I know they say “Wil lam et” and not “Willam et”?

    As for “Jeff” being the same as “Geoff”, I use to read “G-off”.

    The forecast says rain for the rest of the week. Nice blue sky with a few puffy cotton balls of clouds. Shrug. The van is loaded. Dining table, about 3×5 feet (with leaf installed), the four chairs, a so-called coffee table that is a bit more than 2×3 feet. And a dehumidifier, it was there, why it came back is a mystery. Then a few old bath towels for padding. The temp was 78F but felt like 100F.

    Did you know an extra table in the dining room will collect a lot of stuff under? I have that project for tomorrow.

  40. @lynn,

    Fort Bend Cty is part of TSA Q, which is greater Houston.

    Trauma Service Area Q
    2020 Population Estimate – 6,688,587
    Total Staffed Hospital Beds – 12,222​​​​​​​
    Available Hospital Beds – 2,222​​​​​​​
    Available ICU Beds – 179
    Available Ventilators – 1,299​​​​​​​
    Lab-Confirmed COVID-19 Patients Currently In Hospital – 1,293​​​​​​​

    –You’ll note that ALL OF GREATER HOUSTON, including Ft Bend Cty, has only 179 more ICU beds available. Only 1700 people need to get sick enough to be hospitalized to use up all those remaining beds. 1700 out of the 6.7M is not a lot. WAY less than even the most optimistic infection rate…

    Your neighbors in Victoria et al, and Galveston service areas have an additional 26 and 15 available ICU beds.

    I think your optimism isn’t supported by the bigger picture. If Harris needs your beds, they will have them and then you won’t.

    n
    n

    https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/0d8bdf9be927459d9cb11b9eaef6101f

  41. As a data point.

    30 pounds of rice almost fills a 5 gallon bucket.

    Thats about 75 one cup servings per bucket

    Or roughly one month of rice at 2 cups per day.

    I still have rice in bags and I’m out of bucket lids.

    n

  42. @geoff,

    of course it took me two or three listens through whole albums to figure out that Kate Bush was singing in english, so I’m definitely not a good judge…

    n


  43. Thanks for the pronunciation info, especially the link to StackExchange. It would seem that we Brits may be the outlier.

    I suspect that most of the other colonies agree with the UK pronunciation. The problem is that the yanks are very good at marketing and butchering the language. It just ends up being Rubbish. And that last one is only used by Brits and dearly with a special face of contempt… 🙂

  44. [snip] The Brat turns thirteen within the week. I have failed in one of my major goals. [snip]

    That’s because you’re a father, not just a “baby daddy” (to use a colloquialism I learned at my previous employer). Move out of the house, impregnate a series of females, and never make a child support payment. You’ll fit right in.

  45. –all of those beat “Aussie Aussie Aussie Oy Oy Oy”
    Strewth!! 😉

    Just for reference, most British words/terms are part of Australia’s vernacular as you would expect..
    Same goes for most of the commonwealth I guess. 🙂


  46. Hey, “Willamette”. How would I know they say “Wil lam et” and not “Willam et”?

    Willametet damit! (only way I remember)

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