Sun. July 5, 2020 – more of yesterday, with fewer fireworks

Hot again, although we are supposed to be on the edge of a weather system, so that might mess things up.

Yesterday was hot.  Humid and hot.  Some relief in the shade when the breeze was blowing, but overall, hot.

I got several little things done, or moved along a bit.  Got a log storage rack built and in place.  Stacked all the logs and sticks that were already cut to length.  I’ve still got a couple of limbs to cut to length and stack but I didn’t want to get the chainsaw out yesterday.  I’ll probably do that today.

I worked on getting some of the garage cleaned so I can get the new freezer in, and that wall of the garage rearranged.  It’s gonna take some work, and it’s hot.  All the stuff has to come out into the driveway for a while.  Some of it wouldn’t do well in the sun, so I’ve dithered.  It’s hard to stay focused and productive when it’s so hot.

I did pull two more bins of stuff to go to the local auction.  So many more to go through.

The daughter’s new bedroom paint color is purple.  REALLY purple.  She likes it.  That’s the important bit.  I love that she’s growing up, but I miss the little kid too.  Change.  It keeps happening, no matter what the world is doing around you.

Businesses are adapting to the current conditions.  Sherwin Williams has you order online, then do curbside pickup.  Lowes and Home Depot have online ordering with curbside too.  I waited about 10 minutes for my load of pool salt at HD.   The only downside is when an item isn’t really in stock, or when you would normally browse to what you want/need.   We’re used to instant or very near instant availability to almost everything.  That seems to be changing too.  Our pizza place was very busy.   The only obvious change is that their newly renovated dine in area was empty.   Some businesses will adapt, some will die.  I’m sure some completely new businesses will arise too.

After all, change is the only constant…

And the certainty that some sort of bad thing WILL happen.  So keep working on skills.  Keep building relationships.  Keep stacking.

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

56 thoughts on “Sun. July 5, 2020 – more of yesterday, with fewer fireworks”

  1. Kanye West just declared for the Presidency. He does meet the requirements.

    Why not join the circus ? Shoot, lets have a hundred more jump in.

    Kanye West built something in the real world from scratch, which is more than can be said for Plugs, but, make no mistake, like Obama, West did not grow up in poverty and had a radical father figure.

    The Dems know Plugs is doomed as soon as the 7 day moving case number average starts to dip. We’ll have to get over the hump from the 4th, figure about two weeks, but the trends could start to work against them just as the traditional campaign season begins in September.

    Business as usual yesterday at the high end restaurants/bars in North Florida as we drove past. No one masked.

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  2. The only downside is when an item isn’t really in stock, or when you would normally browse to what you want/need. We’re used to instant or very near instant availability to almost everything. That seems to be changing too.

    The supply chain will have to be rebuilt to depend less on China. Lowes and Home Depot were huge in destroying the manufacturing base, twisting arms and dictating terms so they could put items like $60 “Hunter” fans on the shelf to make Americans think they were getting a good deal.

    $20 Reeboks. The dream lives on.


  3. The only downside is when an item isn’t really in stock

    There is no way to get the veteran 10% discount ordering online even when picking up the item in the store. That stops me from using online ordering.

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  4. I got the new Edge installation experience this morning when I woke up my laptop from sleep. I used the task manager to kill it at the first screen it presented to me, then deleted the shortcuts from my task bar and desktop. Deleting the desktop shortcut required admin privilege, and seemed to involve more than what deleting most desktop shortcuts does. I decided to check to the list of program assignments to file types, to see if Edge had been assigned to any. The list of file types is very very long, and includes many types I don’t expect to ever use. There doesn’t seem to be a simple way to change a file type to “choose a default” (unassign the selected program without choosing any other program), even though many of the file types were set to that. I still have a bunch of extensions set to use Internet Explorer, even though I never use that on purpose. I noticed that .URL is set to “Internet Browser”, whatever that may be. I found .webp assigned to Edge, and reassigned it to Paint. That was the only Edge assignment. There were many assignments that I don’t think I need, but I’m not sure enough to reassign them.

  5. @nick
    I used the leaf blower to clean up the evidence mess.
    As a kid, I’d get up early* July 5th and ride thru the neighborhood. I’d pick thru the piles of fireworks junk. I’d cart home anything that looked like it might have a bit of zip leftover. It would go into a pile in front of our house and I’d light it up. Usually it kind of smoldered and stank, however just often enough to reinforce the behavior it would go BANG or something similarly exciting.

    Great fun.

    *because if you waited too long the adults woke up and took away the matches.

    Hey Jenny, that was innovative and fun. Adults are such party poopers.

    I am a rule follower. I never did anything like that.

  6. Kanye West just declared for the Presidency. He does meet the requirements.

    He will draw more libturds than consturds. It will only help tRump. Maybe Ye is jockeying for Director of Black Wokeness.

    Maybe. It is tremendously difficult to get oneself on the ballot of the 50 states and all of the protectorates (like Washington DC XXXXXXXXXXX Douglasland). Ross Perot managed to do so with a tremendous groundswell of effort. I think that Kanye’s supporters might be more inclined to burn the polling booths down to the ground.

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  7. The only downside is when an item isn’t really in stock, or when you would normally browse to what you want/need. We’re used to instant or very near instant availability to almost everything. That seems to be changing too.

    The supply chain will have to be rebuilt to depend less on China. Lowes and Home Depot were huge in destroying the manufacturing base, twisting arms and dictating terms so they could put items like $60 “Hunter” fans on the shelf to make Americans think they were getting a good deal.

    $20 Reeboks. The dream lives on.

    Walmart even more so than the Depot and Lowes. I’ll bet that 80% of Walmart’s non-food SKUs come from China.

  8. Added: After some reading, I bought “Hach 145300 Total Hardness Test Kit, Model 5-B” from Amazon. Knowing the Total Dissolved Solids is all fine and dandy, what I want to know is “Is the water softener actually softening?”. Almost $25 with Prime, should be here tomorrow.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008FM7WLU/?tag=ttgnet-20

    We have a GE water softener on the side of the house. I have no idea if it is hooked up working. And don’t care.

  9. “The Air Conditioning Trap: How Cold Air Is Heating the World”
    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-air-conditioning-trap-how-cold-air-is-heating-the-world?utm_source=pocket-newtab

    “The warmer it gets, the more we use air conditioning. The more we use air conditioning, the warmer it gets. Is there any way out of this trap?”

    Blood pressure meds and air conditioning are allowing people to live into their 80s and 90s. You ain’t gonna take my A/C away from me.

    We can make more efficient systems though. Maybe some sun contribution might be good other than solar power panels.

  10. … what I want to know is “Is the water softener actually softening?”

    I can tell by how my skin feels after a shower. I have about 20 grains per gallon of hardness, and I can tell when the softener has cycled and I get a step change in how slick my skin feels. I don’t notice the slow decline to a kind of rougher feel over the next couple of weeks. I do notice when I stay at a hotel that has hard water. I didn’t install my softener for a couple of years after building my house. I heard some rumor that letting a little calcium build up in the pipes is a good strategy. I suppose the sodium in the softened water isn’t concentrated enough to remove the buildup. It certainly didn’t remove the two years of deposits on the shower walls. We had to use Lime Away to get rid of that. After I installed the softener, we had a few days worth of the hot water being brown, as iron had collected in the water heater. Apparently our softener takes out small amounts of iron.


  11. “The warmer it gets, the more we use air conditioning. The more we use air conditioning, the warmer it gets. Is there any way out of this trap?”

    AC systems can include storage, so that the AC unit cools off (maybe freezes) a reservoir of water during the night, radiating the removed heat to space (at least on clear nights). Then that reservoir can provide cooling during the day. The main advantage is distributing the power load, but it could also dispose of the waste heat. I think this is economical for larger commercial buildings today, but requires some investment, so isn’t catching on quickly.

  12. The Air Conditioning Trap: How Cold Air Is Heating the World

    Just read that article through. It is deeply flawed. The author fails to make the case that AC is a major driver of atmospheric temperatures. Oh sure, AC does contribute, but it is likely a small amount. Until someone with good big picture analysis skills analyzes this, it will remain an urban myth. Urban areas, with their concentration of everything, exacerbate many problems. Making AC units more efficient, while admirable, is probably not cost effective. Designing buildings to need less heating and cooling can pay handsomely, but we have trended away from that. Returning to better building design for comfort is a good step.

    @JimM, from a thermodynamic standpoint, radiating heat to space is the only way to avoid heating the planet. However, the amount actually lost to space would be small compared to the other heat generated in the whole process, including electricity generation and distribution. Using ground sourced reservoirs can be effective, and is in use in some areas where the ground is suitable. In other areas, using bodies of water is another option. The problem is getting architects and HVAC engineers to work on getting the costs down. Just as important, I suspect the heat added to the planet as a consequence of AC use is certainly small compared to other sources. We need to look at the whole picture.

    As for efficiency, electric motors are an area for dramatic improvement. There has been some gain, but not much. More could be easy, but the energy standards of AC units neglect the energy consumed by the blower motor. That is analogous to IC engine gross hp ratings compared to net. Why? Probably lobbyists.

    Here in the desert, evaporative cooling cools not only the living space, but the outdoors. As long as this is on a small scale and low population density, it works. We generate cooler sensible temperatures by using the latent heat of water vaporization; the energy content of the resulting air is the same. Unfortunately, the regulators want a move to refrigeration AC to save water. Reducing lush vegetation through xeriscaping would be much more sensible. Getting engineers to more effectively communicate to politicians would help.

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  13. “The warmer it gets, the more we use air conditioning. The more we use air conditioning, the warmer it gets. Is there any way out of this trap?”

    AC systems can include storage, so that the AC unit cools off (maybe freezes) a reservoir of water during the night, radiating the removed heat to space (at least on clear nights). Then that reservoir can provide cooling during the day. The main advantage is distributing the power load, but it could also dispose of the waste heat. I think this is economical for larger commercial buildings today, but requires some investment, so isn’t catching on quickly.

    Back when I was with TXU in the 1980s, we would pay the office buildings to put in ice storage air conditioning systems. We would supply them with power from midnight to 6 am for almost free.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_storage_air_conditioning

    You can buy a residential ice air conditioning system from a couple of vendors but getting it installed is difficult outside a few areas. They just use a horizontal freezer chest with an ice maker that can make a few tons of ice a day. Then they put in a pump and run refrigerant through the system back to the heat exchanger in the house. Then you have to get on a system where you can get the grid power cost like
    https://www.griddy.com/

    I am not sure what happens if you run out of ice.

  14. I see Chicago (I grew up in the Southern [Park Forest] and Northern [Morton Grove] suburbs, 1950-1970) is having its usual long weekend, lots of shootings (67+) with some deaths (17+), a 7-year-old, and 14-year-old are among the young ones killed so far.

    I find it interesting that BLM doesn’t matter to Blacks.

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  15. Just read that article through. It is deeply flawed.

    JimB, don’t you understand? It’s not about the science, it’s about the feeelz. And women and minorities feel threatened because if the world heats up and we all die, they’ll be most affected. Check your privilege, you racist sexist! There. I hope we’ve cleared that up.

    I find it interesting that BLM doesn’t matter to Blacks.

    Why would black lives matter to blacks? If they were killed by blacks, there’s no money or special privileges to be extorted.

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  16. This post is dedicated to SteveF. We seem to be pretty well isolated from the nonsense that is in many other places. In that sense, we are privileged. I just checked, and I feeelz fine. 🙂

    We had a nice fireworks display last evening. Our valley is about ten miles in diameter, and the show could be seen from everywhere. The show is normally at our fairgrounds, but that was closed to prevent the usual crowds. Instead, the launch site was nearby, but where crowds couldn’t congregate. Smart, and good planning. The fireworks were about the usual nice display, just long enough, but not too long. There were a lot more private mortars (sky rockets) all over, and that was impressive. I think patriotism is at a new high here. We had two big earthquakes a few days after the fireworks show last year, and now the pandemic, so people are probably happy to see something positive.

    We of course simply put a couple of lawn chairs in our driveway and watched. The weather was usual: a cool breeze and comfortable. We are blessed.

    Saw the Macy’s show on TV, and it was better than usual. I read that the planners had several venues whose locations were not known to the public in advance. Wise. The show was very nice, with excellent directing and camera work. I have always wondered how much is spent on this extravaganza, but never bothered to look it up. Some things should remain a mystery to me.

  17. The protests seem to have been entirely hijacked by antifa and other white leftists.

    BLM is only a rallying cry, and a way for white college girls to meet beta white boys while flirting with the idea of alpha black boys.

    What I don’t understand is where the anger the 20 somethings have is coming from. WTF are they angry about, personally? None of them have been oppressed. The number that know an actual oppressed or brutalized person is minuscule.

    They aren’t educated or experienced enough to understand their long term financial situation and are disinclined to look that far ahead anyway.

    So where is the pure angry hate coming from?

    n

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  18. So where is the pure angry hate coming from?

    Twelve to sixteen years of leftist indoctrination masquerading as education?

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  19. That kind of frothing at the mouth hate takes a lot of energy. Isn’t this the generation that can’t be bothered to bestir themselves?

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  20. BLM is only a rallying cry, and a way for white college girls to meet beta white boys while flirting with the idea of alpha black boys.

    That kind of frothing at the mouth hate takes a lot of energy. Isn’t this the generation that can’t be bothered to bestir themselves?

    I have been told by a younger friend who gets (or got, before the onset of the sham-demic) to observe the younger generation in the wild, that they just aren’t having sex.

    Could this excess energy be a manifestation of repressed libido?


  21. younger generation in the wild, that they just aren’t having sex

    Probably too stupid to know how as they can’t find the game controller with the A & B button.

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  22. So where is the pure angry hate coming from?

    Twelve to sixteen years of leftist indoctrination masquerading as education?

    We need to reboot the entire educational system in the USA. I have no idea to do this. Maybe the SARS-COV-2 will do it for us but I doubt it.

    Any university that does not graduate at least 50% of its students as STEM, not STEAM !, is highly suspect. That includes my alma mater, Texas A&M, which is 60% psychology degrees now according to my understanding.

  23. Nice little rumble of thunder happening in the distance. A bit of sprinkle on the metal roof, enough that Penny out in the yard on pee patrol is like “hell no!”.

    Smells nice outside…

  24. Yum, just finished our holiday dinner. Beer brats on the grill, fresh corn on the cob, sliced saute’d potatoes, saute’d onions, ice cream…

    Perfect.

    The girls are thinking about another coat on the walls of daughter 1’s room. The dark purple is ok, but the light greyish white is having a bit of trouble covering the pale green that used to be the feature wall color…

    and I’m watching auctions close that the wife put me up for. Household goods. Scored some good stuff for the daughter’s room, and hope to score some more.

    SO hot outside, I’ve got to come in and rest often.

    n

    Girls are watching StarWars:The Empire Strikes Back while waiting for paint to dry.

  25. BLM “protesters” in Atlanta shoot and kill 8yr old black girl when her mother tries to avoid their roadblock to get to work. Police are looking for 2 black men.
    I was so upset when I read this report that I almost broke down. Now I’m just outraged at all the spineless politicians and corporations who have taken up the lie of Black Lives Matter. I’m disgusted with these rich idiots who enable the riots and murders of the BLM thugs and with the mayors who refuse to enforce the laws or protect the people. BLM is a fraud used to intimidate people with guilt. We can’t reward the fraudsters or those who support and enable them.

  26. @nick – Beware dark purple. My wife painted a room this color and we found it almost impossible to cover up when we wanted to repaint.

  27. @harold, the next color, circa age 14, will likely be black or dark red, unless I miss my guess….

    We had a tenant who painted a deep dark red, like “bordello” red, and it was shiny. It took a couple of coats of kilz, but it did cover. Back in the day, my roommate painted his bedroom chocolate brown. THAT took a few coats to cover too.

    My office is a bright cheery yellow, that my wife thinks is WAY too bright but I love it. Second office I’ve painted this color. My wife chose the colors for our bedroom and they are a rich cream with one wall of soft pistachio green. There are vinyl cherry blossom applique branches in one corner, and I’ve hung the scrolls and some small watercolors of flowers that I brought back from China. It’s very calm and restful, while still being interesting. I spent a lot of time in rentals, with plain white walls, so I’m willing to do some color even if it causes me more work down the road. I no longer buy ‘navaho white’ by the 5 gallon bucket.

    n

  28. Beware dark purple. My wife painted a room this color and we found it almost impossible to cover up when we wanted to repaint.

    Kilz. Oil base primer if you don’t mind losing a few brain cells, 2 coats of the latex product otherwise. 😛

    Used to cover fire damage and other lessor indignities to painted walls.


  29. BLM “protesters” in Atlanta shoot and kill 8yr old black girl when her mother tries to avoid their roadblock to get to work. Police are looking for 2 black men.
    I was so upset when I read this report that I almost broke down. Now I’m just outraged at all the spineless politicians and corporations who have taken up the lie of Black Lives Matter. I’m disgusted with these rich idiots who enable the riots and murders of the BLM thugs and with the mayors who refuse to enforce the laws or protect the people. BLM is a fraud used to intimidate people with guilt. We can’t reward the fraudsters or those who support and enable them.

    That poor family!!! It is genuinely heart-rending. I grew up in desegregated Oklahoma. My friends and playmates then in both our neighborhood and in school, and my neighborhoods and workplaces since, have all been well-balanced and we long ago stopped thinking of race as a descriptor. I was able to raise my children in a nation that had nearly erased racism, but the race-hustlers are trying mightily to start it up again, hoping to use it to further their own ends. May God help us combat their evil.

  30. I am proud of myself: I managed to build a couple of wood swings today. I used our compound miter saw to cut the pieces with. I know it is not optimum but it is more stable and thus safer for me to use instead of the skill saw. I only had 1x8s so had to cut braces to reinforce the seats, but I got those attached, then drilled the holes. Tomorrow I hope to hang them. This is the kind of project that someone competent could do from start to finish in maybe half an hour, but it took me about 2 hours – just drilling the holes seemed to take forever. I sanded them by hand, and that part went pretty quickly.

    I also washed the front porch, including walls and windows, and started cutting in the ceiling. All I really wanted to paint is the cement floor, but the ceiling needs painting so if I don’t do it first it will never get done. This is where the ability to delay gratification comes in handy. Hopefully I can finish both ceiling and floor tomorrow. The guy sold me barn paint instead of floor paint, but I am debating using it anyway since this is a very low traffic porch. Halloween is the only time it gets many feet on it, because we go in and out another door on the day to day basis.


  31. What I don’t understand is where the anger the 20 somethings have is coming from. WTF are they angry about, personally? None of them have been oppressed. The number that know an actual oppressed or brutalized person is minuscule.

    Don’t underestimate the ability of people to become passionate about causes they know little about. They don’t look into things beyond the headlines and emotional stories. I think the fact that they don’t have much to complain about in their personal lives makes them take up these causes so that they can exercise their capacity to be emotional.

  32. I am getting angry too.

    Chicago’s heart is broke,’ Chicago police Chief Fred Waller said. ‘A 7-year-old girl was taken from us. She was here visiting family. Now she’s gone.’

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted: ‘Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun.

    –let me correct that for you mayor, that girl was MURDERED by a BLACK MAN involved in illegal street gangs and the violence of the drug trade. *

    At least 32 people were killed in shootings in cities across the US during Fourth of July celebrations across Saturday and Sunday

    –conflating gang and black-on-black violence* with “Fourth of July celebrations” is disingenuous at best and intentionally misleading at worst.

    Authorities said the man, who has not been identified, was uncooperative when he was interviewed by police before he died in the hospital.

    –hmm, what could possibly have led to the increase in NYC?

    The increase in shootings comes on the heels of NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanding an anti-crime plainclothes unit that had focused on stopping people and searching for guns.

    –not just the inner cities either

    Authorities in Greenville County, South Carolina, are currently investigating a shooting at a nightclub that left two people dead and eight wounded.

    Video footage posted to social media showed people at what appeared to be a rap concert inside the club. The clip shows people inside the club hurrying toward the exit before the screen goes blank and gunshots are heard in the background.

    Two Greenville County sheriff’s deputies noticed a disturbance at Lavish Lounge just before 2am, and saw a large crowd running out of the building, Sheriff Hobart Lewis said at a press conference.

    Lewis told Greenville News the incident was ‘probably gang related’.

    n

    *to a 95% certainty, without any further reporting.


  33. I no longer by ‘navaho white’ by the 5 gallon bucket

    My wife will. She paints everything white. I am sick of white but I don’t get to choose. She will ask my opinion, then tell me I am wrong. To which my response is “Why are you asking?” followed by a couple of nights in the extra bedroom.

  34. My dad was a racist for as long as I remember. At his funeral a black man gave the eulogy. I was stunned. I asked the man why since my father was a racist. His reply was “I am also a racist, so what?” That, along with other interests, were their common ground. They made racial jokes, called each other racist names, and thought nothing of it. Being racist was something they made fun of, joked about, and went about their other interests as a priority. They knew they could not, would not, change, so they made the best of it as in the scheme of things it made little difference.

  35. @PC, there were a couple of these in my amazon returns auction today.

    https://www.amazon.com/Tangkula-Chicken-Backyard-Ventilation-Removable/dp/B07PB85GRB?tag=ttgnet-20

    Seems that they are actually very small, from the reviews, and not useful at all. They sure look cute.

    There were a couple of bee hives too. People are expanding their hobbies during the lockdown…

    n

    (and simply searching amazon for ‘chicken coop’ will demonstrate something I’ve really noticed lately. Amazon is turning into alibaba. there are thousands of products that are essentially the same, sold under tens or hundreds of obviously chinese brand names. They don’t even bother to sell to or create international brands, they just slap the corporate name o the day on the box and ship. Quality is chinese. Looks good but won’t last, for most items I’ve put my hand on.)

    (‘vlog lighting kit’ or ‘selfie lighting kit’ is another good example)

    n

  36. @ray, before my dad died, I had a chance to surprise him at his monthly lunch with old cronies from the steel mill where he worked. I was the one who got the surprise when several of the guys turned out to be black. My dad was one of those guys who drew a very clear distinction between a man who happened to be black and a n****r. The second word wasn’t just reserved for people with dark skin either, and was applied based on behavior and attitude.

    We never really know our parents as people.

    n

  37. BTW, amazon has some mountain house and augason farms freeze drieds in stock. They’ve been out of stock for a long time.

    It’s expensive per ounce but lasts a long time, doesn’t require much energy to prepare, and is light and portable. I think FDs have a place in everyone’s preps.

    n


  38. She will ask my opinion, then tell me I am wrong. To which my response is “Why are you asking?” followed by a couple of nights in the extra bedroom.

    Ray, she keeps hoping that you will learn the correct answers. Please try harder!

  39. Regarding paint colours, when I moved to my latest place I had selected two or three colours to be used overall for all the house areas in total but having been told that I had to pay a silly amount of money for change of brushes per colour I decided to go with just one: very light grey (silver something).

    I was terribly happy to have to live with that choice. It is smooth, neutral, warmer than I thought, suffers blemishes nicely and I have not grown tired of it over the years. Highly recommended.

  40. Grey is a very hip color at the moment.

    I don’t understand that. Grey is very depressing to me. I prefer light tan.


  41. having been told that I had to pay a silly amount of money for change of brushes per colour

    That is their way to convincing you not to do it. I suppose that they have had experience with customers miscommunicating which color goes where, or something like that. They might have learned that customers that insist on more than one color are more demanding, as well. At least you got a result that makes you happy! That is what really counts.

  42. What I don’t understand is where the anger the 20 somethings have is coming from. WTF are they angry about, personally? None of them have been oppressed. The number that know an actual oppressed or brutalized person is minuscule.

    They aren’t educated or experienced enough to understand their long term financial situation and are disinclined to look that far ahead anyway.

    So where is the pure angry hate coming from?

    TV and movies.

    Also don’t underestimate their ability to understand their long term financial situation. Quite a few of the 20-somethings I work with understand that they are f*cked long term due to their student loan debt absent a blanket forgiveness covering all income brackets.

    Granted, they didn’t borrow $200k for a ‘C’ average in “Sosh”, but I wouldn’t call the same amount of student loan debt for an engineering or business degree a stellar financial choice either given the economic situation of the last dozen years.

  43. The daughter’s new bedroom paint color is purple. REALLY purple. She likes it. That’s the important bit. I love that she’s growing up, but I miss the little kid too. Change. It keeps happening, no matter what the world is doing around you.

    When your daughter moves out, hiding the purple may require painting the walls black and then coming back with several coats of white before the wall will take a neutral well.

    I’ve seen the scenario play out several times at friends’ households. Gen-X went crazy in their first houses after growing up under severe restrictions about colors in crappy homes parents purchased in the early 80s with double digit mortgages. Resale value was king in those days in the Tampa suburbs because everyone’s parents wanted to eventually trade up out of 1400 sq ft stucco shacks — all most families could afford in that environment of FHA caps, lending standards and interest rates.

    Our rental in WA State had an awful brown on the walls of the family room and the downstairs hallways. The landlord and I didn’t even talk price when they got ready to sell because he knew I would have wanted something done professionally about the color scheme first.

  44. Worst case, I’ll just drywall. It’s quick and I like doing it. But yeah, I think black will be on those walls at some point…for whatever reason.

    n

  45. Made it back from North Florida without incident.

    Buc-ee’s on the Alabama-Florida border was insane this morning at 10 AM. Hundreds of people, most without masks, no distancing. I waited in the car while the rest of the family went in with masks.

    Dinner was a McDonalds drive through near Lafayette, LA. Dining rooms were closed in a lot of places in Louisiana.

  46. Painting over a dark color: general advice seems to be to use white (or maybe tinted gray) primer, two coats, then the final color (one or two coats).

    It is possible to tint white primer to the final color, but will then still require two primer plus one final. Kilz paint for the first one or two coats might cover better; perhaps tint that also to gray.

  47. I worked in a darkroom that was all flat black. We could handle sensitive film in the open, and of course do printing. For printing, we had dim safelights. For other work, such as preparing chemicals, there was normal lighting. It was restful having those walls that didn’t seem to exist, but I wouldn’t want any other kind of room with black walls.

    I also worked in broadcasting. Some rooms had sound absorbent panels on the walls, and it was very dead, the sound equivalent of black walls. This was not the extreme of an anechoic chamber. It was also restful, but it made normal rooms seem very lively by comparison.

    My current office is in the basement, and has a lot of things that absorb sound. It is peaceful, although I am near the furnace. It makes more noise than I like. Will isolate it better some day.

  48. Regarding wall colors and painting over, I hate that all cars I have had have contrasting undercoats. This makes small chips and scratches more visible than they should be. It was done in the old days to make it easier to apply the color coat manually, but since cars have been painted by robot for decades, that reason is gone. Maybe it is done to aid manual repairs, and so the new paint will look the same as original panels. Most auto paint has more transparency than people would expect.

    I painted a motorcycle black, and used very dark grey primer to make chips less visible. I had no trouble spraying the top coats. Don’t forget that the final coat in a two color coat system (the most common a while back) is sprayed over the same color. Hmm.

  49. Worst case, I’ll just drywall. It’s quick and I like doing it. But yeah, I think black will be on those walls at some point…for whatever reason.

    The “goth” thing is kinda played out, but it could happen.

    My youngest learned a hard lesson about haircuts over the last month. Today, checking out of our hotel, the clerk at the desk told her to “Have a safe trip home, sir.”

    Cue Sean Connery “Celebrity Jeopardy” laughter – ~4:20 mark in the video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zq3KCBed5Q

    As long as it isn’t a tattoo, I’m going to laugh.

  50. Um, do they not see the risks of being able to print stuff like that? Or are they so full of the ability to DO that they can’t see why they should do not….

    There’s been plenty of SiFi written about what could go wrong.

    n

  51. 2am and the Sheriff’s Deputies are having some excitement. Some guy fled a scene, dumped a gun, ran into the woods. They got a bunch of units vectored to site, spun up the helo, and had K9s on the ground. They grabbed the guy pretty soon after that. Multiple agencies are working the call, so it must have been something more than just a chase.

    Maybe it’ll be in the news tomorrow and I’ll find out what the deal was. The frustrating thing about the scanner is lack of context and followup.

    n

  52. None of them have been oppressed.

    Microaggression! You don’t understand what they’ve been through! I had the misfortune to come across a post by some woman who claimed to have PTSD from her work in a call center. Everybody has anxiety, or OCD, or ADHD, or some other psychological ailment.

    Telling them to pull up their pants and get on with life? That’s just one of the ways they are oppressed…

    I grew up in desegregated Oklahoma. My friends and playmates then in both our neighborhood and in school, and my neighborhoods and workplaces since, have all been well-balanced and we long ago stopped thinking of race as a descriptor. I was able to raise my children in a nation that had nearly erased racism

    We can’t have that, can we? I mean, that would make the NAACP, the SPLC and a whole host of other organizations irrelevant.

    It would also mean that failures by people who happen to be black would be individual failures. They would have to accept responsibility for their own lives, instead of blaming others. We can’t have that either…

    Regarding paint colours…

    Our kitchen and dining area will be a pale orange; should look glorious in the sunset, and otherwise somewhat Southwestern.

    Bedroom will be a dark blue. A lot of the walls are behind standing closets, though, so only about half the room will have visible color.

    The living room: About half will be a deep, wine red. We’re supposed to choose today exactly how much “about half” is…

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