Sat. Aug. 8, 2020 – sleeping in, then work work work

Hot.  Humid.  Houston.

Well over 100F in the shade yesterday.  I was not too interested in working outside or in the garage.

So I went to the chiropractor, dropped in on my gun store buddy, did a pickup, then stopped by my secondary location.  Did some stuff there, then headed home.

My wife made dinner out of the pantry and freezer.  Ice cream for dessert.

Still plugging away at paperwork for taxes.  All the mundane things have been piling up.

Back is still bugging me.  I got some good movement and relief from the chiropractor, and a new stretch to try.  I’m hoping for more improvement over the next few days.  If not, I’m not sure what to do.  I’ll burn that bridge when I cross it.

Today I’ve got the yard to cut, and all the normal stuff I’ve been delaying because of my back pain flare up.  We’ll see how far we get.

The goal is to keep improving our situation.  So, keep stacking!

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

32 thoughts on “Sat. Aug. 8, 2020 – sleeping in, then work work work”

  1. Listening to Sirius/XM Radio on my iPhone. Mandy came on, oh what memories.

    Oh, Mandy
    Well, you came and you gave without taking
    But I sent you away
    Oh, Mandy
    Well, you kissed me and stopped me from shaking
    And I need you today
    Oh, Mandy

    Sorry I ruined your day. Long time lurkers will understand.

  2. Regarding Dr. Jerry Pournelle’s original files, they are on his site. You have to dig around a bit, and there are many broken links, but Mail starts here https://www.jerrypournelle.com/mail/mail.html .

    The googles/bings/ducks have indexed all of the site, including the original pages, so it might be better to search using ‘site:jerrypournelle.com’ in your search query.

    So the original files are all on the site, but not very well organized. And broken links abound. It would take major effort – and many hours – to fix everything at the old place. But all the pages that could be found are on the site.

  3. “Podcast: Biden’s Fantasy Land Climate-Energy plan would harm America”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/08/07/podcast-bidens-fantasy-land-climate-energy-plan-would-harm-america/

    “Anthony Watts speaks with Alex Epstein, founder and president of the Center for Industrial Progress and author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. We talk about Joe Biden’s energy plan, which calls for outlawing reliable fossil fuel electricity and mandating unreliable solar and wind electricity. This will not stop CO2 emissions from rising but it will destroy American industry, impoverish American consumers, and jeopardize American security.”

    “1. Energy schemes around the world based on “unreliables”—solar and wind—have been driving up electricity costs, harming economies, destroying domestic industries, and harming consumers. Germans pay 3X US electricity prices to get just 1/3 of their electricity from solar and wind.”

    Once you start telling yourself stories, why not make them really good ones? They broke with reality long ago. Besides, what chance does it have of passing?

    If it was Pelosi’s plan, and January, I’d be worried.

    I am worried. I think that this election is a real crap shoot. I have no idea who is going to win. I like to think that there is a silent majority waiting to vote for Trump but, I just cannot tell.

    And, elections have consequences. If Biden wins, I expect that to be last real presidential election of our lifetimes. And our children’s lifetimes. All presidential elections after this will be properly vetted candidates who only practice the mob values and actions. You know, like Venezuela.

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  4. “Choosing Pepper Spray for Everyday Carry”
    https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/choosing-pepper-spray-for-everyday-carry/

    “Hey, Chris Baker here from LuckyGunner.com. If you carry a gun, I think you should seriously consider also carrying pepper spray. Even if you *don’t* carry a gun, you should consider pepper spray. That’s what we’re going to talk about today: pepper spray, also known as oleoresin capsicum, or “OC” for short.”

    No for me.

  5. And, elections have consequences. If Biden wins, I expect that to be last real presidential election of our lifetimes. And our children’s lifetimes. All presidential elections after this will be properly vetted candidates who only practice the mob values and actions. You know, like Venezuela.

    Despair is a sin.

    Redistricting happens next year. Losing Congressional seats means losing electoral votes up north in places like IL and NY. The Dems are done in FL for a long time, regardless of how the state goes for President in November, and the state will pick up seats.

    TX should at least primary Abbott if either Trump or Cornyn lose the state in November. Ann Richards daughter no longer runs Planned Parenthood, and chasing “Ma” Richards ghost in the last Legislature session could very well cost the state a Senate seat that “Doors” won’t be voted out of for a very long time.

    Just ask Senator “Mom In Tennis Shoes” in WA State. 28 years in the Senate as of Jan. 1.

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  6. @Lynn:

    Choosing Pepper Spray for Everyday Carry

    I wouldn’t either, but at least you have the option. Here in UK, mere possession, let alone carry or use, is illegal under Section 5(1)(c) of the Firearms Act 1968.

    “Firearms”? Yeah, I find that difficult, too.

    G.

  7. @nick, @RickH:

    Have you reduced the “edit-after-post” window? I used to get a 1 hour edit window. Now it’s just 25 minutes. Not objecting, just for my info.

    G.

  8. @nick, @RickH:

    Have you reduced the “edit-after-post” window? I used to get a 1 hour edit window. Now it’s just 25 minutes. Not objecting, just for my info.

    Yep. Changed that Thu/Fri. One hour was too long, IMHO. 25 minutes ought to be enough, IMHO. Because people will miss any of your additions if you make it too long – lots of activity, so any edits/changes might not be noticed because they are too far up.

    IMHO.

  9. Getting chipped….

    I have Avid chips. You use a needle about the size they stick you with when giving blood. The reader I have has maybe an eight inch range with a fresh battery. But it’s over 20 years old and there were scanners with more range back then.

    Anyway. When you chip an emu, it’s perhaps 3 days at most after hatching. Stick that chip in the pipping muscle. Yeah, it hurts.

    The chips move. From the back of the bird’s head down to the bottom of the neck. I don’t know why, maybe gravity.

    So. If you take a chip so you can open doors and pay for crap from a vending machine with a wave of the hand, what is that chip, there in the meat between your thumb and forefinger, going to do? Crawl into your wrist? Move across your palm?

    Maybe “people chips” are sort of barbed and not slick and smooth.

    Anyway. Just rambling over here.

  10. I have Avid chips.

    Both the dog and cat have Avid chips. The wife had to update both addresses for the chips when we moved last Feb. It was not too bad.

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  11. Took a day trip to Gatlinburg TN (about 60 miles distance) to visit a new tourist attraction, Anakeesta. Lot of traffic getting into Gatlinburg and parking was difficult to find. We found a space about 1/2 mile away. Typical for Gatlinburg.

    I took a few pictures with my iPhone 11. Check the link if you are interested in another time sink.

    There are some zip lines, a tree tops path, an elevated obstacle course, a rail runner, and some other things. Just wanted to explore the place. Will return late in the fall when the crowds have subsided. Mostly just wanted to get out for the day and do something. Surprising number of people in the entire place were not wearing masks. Outdoors so not too concerned, not crowded enough that everyone was bumping everyone else so staying separated was fairly easy.

    This area of the Smoky Mountains suffered a devastating fire in the fall of 2016. Came close to destroying the entire town. Many condos and other facilities were torched to the ground. Several people died because they did not evacuate. The evacuation process, and warnings was poorly managed along with a fire that changed directions and moved very quickly. Too much undergrowth that had not been managed and allowed the fire to spread rapidly.

  12. And, elections have consequences. If Biden wins, I expect that to be last real presidential election of our lifetimes. And our children’s lifetimes. All presidential elections after this will be properly vetted candidates who only practice the mob values and actions. You know, like Venezuela.

    Despair is a sin.

    Yeah, I know. I am a worrier. Too much crazy going on right now.

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  13. “‘Evangelicals for Trump’ Defy Nevada Church Restrictions by Worshiping in Casino”
    https://www.westernjournal.com/evangelicals-trump-defy-nv-church-restrictions-holding-service-casino/

    “In Nevada, you can’t have more than 50 people meet for a religious service. However, the state’s lifeblood — casinos — can operate at 50 percent capacity, a much less strict restriction.”

    “If you’re Evangelicals for Trump, there’s an easy workaround to that: Hold a church service in a Las Vegas casino.”

    Speaking of crazy, having tighter restrictions on a church than a casino is unconstitutional in my opinion. In fact, having any restrictions on a church, Texas does not, is unconstitutional.

    We were in a restaurant with our friends last Sunday morning and a couple our age ran into another couple inside. Both of the ladies were over the top and hugging each other. I was so tempted to be a Karen and yell “stop touching each other”. But I did not.

    Hat tip to:
    https://thelibertydaily.com/

  14. Well, I spent about 5 hours powerwashing stuff.

    Driveway, house, front walk, Expedition, some milk crates, pretty much everything in front of the house and the milkcrates. Didn’t get the driveway done but I’ll get back to it tomorrow. NICE way to spend the hot hot hot afternoon. I really enjoy seeing the difference when I power wash. It’s very satisfying.

    I picked up some gloves at one of the auctions. After the first tank of gas, my hands were vibrating like crazy. I put the gloves on and 4 more hours of washing with NO tingle or vibration in my hands. Holy cow, I thought the anti-vib gloves were mostly bullspit. I’m convinced now. Stock up on PPEs while you can. They’ll save you a world of hurt later.

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  15. Speaking of crazy, this is unconstitutional in my opinion.

    –probably, but covered under their sweeping emergency powers.

    Kinda like the 2A, you get what you can keep. EVERY gun law on the books is probably unconstitutional. Last estimate I can remember was 50K of them.

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  16. Spent a week exploring the north half of this mid western swing state. The home base hotel seemed to be doing just fine in terms of occupancy. Not difficult to find open dining rooms, usually 50% full as mandated, although the one closest to the hotel was nearly deserted both visits.

    Took 4 leisurely 1-200 mile day trips from the “home base”. 2 were to tourist areas where I noticed many “no vacancy” signs and fairly crowded sidewalks.

    Many Biden lawn signs (3 or 4:1) and one rather large “Dump Trump” banner in the very rural areas. However, the vast majority had no signs whatsoever. A chuckle: 1 gas station, in Michigan, had a “My Governor is an IDIOT” bumper sticker among an array of other, more typical smart sayings.

  17. I don’t think I’ve seen a single Biden sign.

    Wait until after Labor Day. The HOAs do not allow political signs until 30 days before an election.

  18. I don’t think I’ve seen a single Biden sign.

    I have seen a Trump sign recently. It was a four foot long flag on a 90 foot long tugboat in Port Lavaca, TX.

  19. “Trump signs executive orders on unemployment, payroll tax, evictions”
    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/08/08/Trump-signs-executive-orders-on-unemployment-payroll-tax-evictions/9641596924178/

    “Aug. 8 (UPI) — President Donald Trump signed several executive orders Saturday, including an order to provide an extra $400 in weekly unemployment aid to those whose $600 weekly benefits expired in July as well as eviction protections and student loan relief.”

    “A fourth executive order would defer payroll tax payments for people who earn less than $100,000. It would take effect retroactively and continue through December.”

    “During a press conference in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday to announce the orders, the President said if he is reelected in November he would “terminate” the payroll tax, which funds Social Security and Medicare benefits.”

    Wow. Bold.

    The financial apocalypse approaches.

    And people cannot pay their bills because their jobs have been canceled by their governments.

    Hat tip to:
    https://thelibertydaily.com/

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