Fri. Aug. 21, 2020 – short shrift today

Hot again, no rain.  Humid

Nice relaxing day yesterday.  Got my sport kite to actually fly for a few seconds at a time.  Wind was a bit variable and I’ll get more practice eventually.  Didn’t want to continue crashing.

There were a few more people on the beach but still pretty empty.

We’re headed home today.  Weather coming in, and the landlord wanted more than my wanted to spend to extend our stay.  I’m fine with that.  Kids are ready to go home too.

I have a few observations, but this keyboard sucks so I’ll save them for after I get home.

There are some things I need to work on that I missed.   Changing nature of the threat and all that.  More on that later too.

 

In the mean time, keep improving your position, and stacking higher won’t hurt.

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

57 thoughts on “Fri. Aug. 21, 2020 – short shrift today”

  1. What a mixed bag. The current heat wave broke yesterday at 97f. The smoke from wildfires has produced so much cloud cover and haze it is blocking the sun. Air quality is very poor. It smelled smokey yesterday.
    Back to 102f forecast today but still smokey.

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  2. @Greg Norton re GTE, they were a good company. We know several people who retired from them. Our little exchange was one of those rural co-ops that sold first to (I guess) GTE, then was sold off to Verizon, then Frontier. When we first moved here, I don’t think they were too far removed from party lines in some spots. We used to have trouble with the telephone every time it rained. Right before he retired, the long-time local service man came out and rewired everything from the pole to the inside jacks, no charge. Everything wrt wiring has worked well since, except only when the circuits fill up on holidays… that happens less and less as more people in our vicinity give up their landlines.

    Google Voice. I know, it is THAT company, but it is pretty good, and free, with free long distance anywhere in the US. You can get several numbers, and they can be any area code.

    @JimB, good info to know. If we ever give up our land line, I would like to retain it, either on some service like that or as my cell phone number.

  3. Subbing today. First sub day of the year (for me, wife did yesterday). Teacher I am subbing for is apparently out with some kidney problems. No idea when he will return.

    He did send in instructions. Problem is that I cannot get to those resources without his credentials to the school network. Got past that with another teacher logging in. But then the video that was supposed to be shown will not work without some type of google educator account of which no one has his credentials. Then there was a video from ESPN+ that was supposed to be watched. Nope. Can only be view with an app and there is no ESPN app on the big TV/Computer screen. I really dislike when a teacher does that for a sub. It makes me look stupid. I don’t need help in that category.

    Weird environment in school. Only the second full day. Temperatures are taken of everyone that enters the building. Students must go straight to their 1st classroom so no loitering or socializing in the hallways. Seems strange without the crowds of students. Teachers and staff must wear a mask at all times. Students only when not in the classroom or at lunch.

    There is no social distancing as it would be impossible in the current classrooms. Desks are spread as far as possible but the physical size of the room constrains the distance of separation.

    Everyone is dealing with a lot of unknowns. Teachers have some students that are staying at home and the district allows them to do so if the students choose. This makes it very difficult on the teachers having to deal with both scenarios. I suspect it will not turn out well.

    Football game this evening, 1st of the year. Everyone’s temperature is checked. Must practice social distancing. Only players actually on the playing field (as in competing) can do without masks. Everyone on the sideline must wear masks. At least that is the stated plan.

    However, there was a middle school football game last night. I took pictures. No one, except me and the statistician, were wearing masks. About half the people in the stands were wearing masks. No social distancing among family members as that would be pointless. Some of the families (aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, ex-cons) are quite large. Others just group with friends. People are going to do what people do regardless of some made up rule by some local clueless administration.

    My personal opinion, based on nothing, is that school will be open for a couple of weeks, a couple of football games, then everything will shut down due to a massive spike in cases. If I am right, you heard it first. If I am wrong, I never said anything.

  4. I finally bought a new dishwasher, a Frigidaire (the old one went out on March 15th). One of my essentials was that there be enough space between bottom and top racks to hold my platters and big plates. After using it a couple weeks, I don’t “prefer” the bottom rack. There aren’t enough tall stick thingies – the ones in the center are all short, so while my platters fit, they only fit along the sides: those short sticks won’t hold them up.

    Pinterest to the rescue! Before replacing the old one, I read on Pinterest that the old racks can be “repurposed” as under-bed storage and other things. So I had pulled out the bottom rack before the service man arrived to install the new one.

    Yesterday I removed the new Frigidaire bottom rack, and put the old Whirlpool bottom rack in its place. I also changed the location of the silverware rack to better suit me. Voila! It holds more dishes now, and holds them the way I want them. Ran it last night and it works great!

    And, the “new” bottom rack with its short-to-nonexistant stick thingies, is actually more condusive to fitting storage items into for under bed storage.


  5. Frigidaire

    I still can’t wrap my head around a company named “frigid air” selling anything other refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners. 🙂

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  6. I still can’t wrap my head around a company named “frigid air” selling anything other refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners.

    Is Hotpoint still a name?

  7. Hotpoint is GE, I think a value brand. I think I saw them at the sears outlet last time i was there.

    n

  8. I had some credit time from work and used it to get to Costco before it opened (they let everyone in at 9:45 instead of 10) and scored some Clorox wipes!

    Small victories.

  9. A much older friend 🙂 , now deceased 🙁 , worked at Hotpoint in the Chicago area a long time ago, probably his first job out of school. He was an engineer, and designed appliances. I worked with another engineer who also had worked at Hotpoint. They both said there is sometimes a lot of sophisticated engineering in some appliances.

    The second guy designed a sensor for an automatic toaster. It replaced the timer, and sensed the degree of “doneness” for lack of a better term. He walked me through its operation. At the time, we owned (still do, but don’t toast anything these days) one of those toasters, a wedding gift (!), and it worked as advertised. The sensor probably cost less than the mechanical timer. Win-win.

  10. After watching the recent video of BLM / ANTIFA thugs marching through a Portland suburb causing trouble I began to wonder what things would the average home owner has that would be good non-lethal crowd dispersion tools. I first thought of power washers and paint sprayers. Both very effective. Then there is pepper spray, bear repellent, and wasp spray. you could accidentally spill a 5 gallon can of gasoline into the street or use leftover fireworks as the rioters do. What are your thoughts?

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  11. . Then there is pepper spray, bear repellent, and wasp spray. you could accidentally spill a 5 gallon can of gasoline into the street or use leftover fireworks as the rioters do. What are your thoughts?

    Federal law prohibits bear repellent and wasp spray from being used on people.

    State and Federal laws dictate the safe use of fireworks. The cretins are getting away with it without arrest in Portland because the city and state officials are looking the other way.

    Granted, I don’t think a judge would allow a self defense case to move forward, but you would be liable in civil court for injuring the cretins, self defense or not.

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  12. Manure sprayers.

    If you have that much spare shirt(-r) around your house I doubt protesters would be interested in your place.

    A pressure washer, narrowest jet, highest pressure, stings. Blasting in the face would seem to be effective. A few hundreds PSI of a water stream up the nostrils would get their attention. Non-toxic.

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  13. The advantage of spray painting, besides ruining their clothes, is that it renders their eye protection ineffective.

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  14. Also, I have seen many videos where “peaceful protestors” use bull horns or boom boxes to create a public disturbance. I’m many decades out of high school electronics but I think it would be possible to create a short range device for disrupting such or simply creating a feedback loop. Or am I way wrong on this too?

    Happily we don’t need to worry about such nonsense here in Indian country because the Indian Police, the Light Horse, don’t put up with crazies.

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  15. We’re headed home today. Weather coming in, and the landlord wanted more than my wanted to spend to extend our stay. I’m fine with that. Kids are ready to go home too.

    “Tropical Depression 14 points toward Texas or Louisiana, and we still have a lot of questions”
    https://spacecityweather.com/tropical-depression-14-points-toward-texas-or-louisiana-and-we-still-have-a-lot-of-questions/

    Two big changes from yesterday, both tropical storm forecasts were upgraded to become hurricanes once they enter the Gulf of Mexico. That is a mixed blessing, the major item being that tropical storms do not have enough energy to cleanly cross from the Gulf into the land. So, they tend to get hung and become water siphons and pumps into the area that they are stuck over. But the down side of hurricanes is the storm surge and wind damage.

    Two hurricanes in the Gulf simultaneously. Next week may be crazy. Fill your tanks ! Check your lanterns. Fill the pantry, rough seas ahead !

    “3.) Tropical Depression 13: One of the most common questions I’ve seen from people is some variation of “Could TD 14 merge with TD 13 as it comes into the Gulf and create a Category 6 megacane, which would be soooo 2020!?””

    “Tropical Depression 13 is also expected to become a hurricane in the Gulf early next week, though uncertainty is equally high with this system. How TD 13 and TD 14 will impact each other’s track, if at all, is still unclear. (NOAA)”

    “The answer to that one is complicated. For the sake of time and simplicity, I’ll be brief here. There is a meteorological process known as the Fujiwhara effect. You can read about it here. In a nutshell, if two tropical systems get within about 800 miles of each other, one can impact the circulation of the other. The diagram below shows this in the case of a much stronger storm. In this case replace Bopha with “TD 14” and Saomai with “TD 13:””
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujiwhara_effect

    “The Fujiwhara effect occurs when two cyclones (tropical systems) get close enough to each other to begin orbiting around one another. (NOAA via Wikipedia)”

    “In an idealized Fujiwhara situation (unlikely), what would likely happen is that TD 13 would move into the Gulf from south of Florida, and as it comes north, TD 14 would probably slow down offshore of Texas or Louisiana, allowing 13 to go inland (likely to our east) and 14 to meander for a day or so offshore before going inland too. Now, to be clear, this is not the base case; it’s not what we expect. However, there could very well be some element of interaction that occurs between TD 14 and TD 13 because of their expected proximity to one another. That would depend on strength, orientation, etc. And since we don’t really know those things right now, it’s difficult to say how that interaction will (or will not) occur. We have also never seen that before in the Gulf. Like, ever. We have had simultaneous systems in the Gulf, but they’ve never been close enough to each other to risk that sort of interaction. In that respect, this is basically unprecedented and there will be unknowns.”

    “So to summarize: It is likely that TD 14 will enter the Gulf Sunday and strengthen, possibly to a hurricane, tracking broadly toward Texas or Louisiana. The Houston area is very much in the cone, and we’d advise folks to continue to prepare as if a hurricane were coming. There are some hurdles for TD 14 and numerous things we do not yet know, however, and impacts could realistically range from hardly anything to a full-blown hurricane in our area. Eric and I will keep you posted through the weekend.”

  16. As I have said here before, my now deceased (wow, mentioned two in one day) uncle joined the LAPD after WWII, so this is old school. Back in the day, he was trained in crowd dispersal, and was called into the Watts riots. Their favorite tool was a 12 ga shotgun with #8 shot. This was aimed at a shallow angle against the ground, preferably dirt, but pavement would also be used if absolutely necessary. The result was nonlethal, but said to be very effective. He was proud to say he had never fired a weapon on duty, so he never actually used this technique. He did say that when the shotguns came out, crowds almost always seemed to magically disperse. None of this would likely be acceptable today, but it would be no less effective, especially if used just once to prove they mean business.

    Out in the sticks where I live, the sheriffs used to say that any armed householder, when confronted by a threatening person, would be justified to fear for their life, making most forms of defense allowable. Don’t know what that is today, but I would use whatever force was necessary if I feared for my wife.

    Remember, the first purpose of defense is to stop the attacker, not to hurt or even kill him. Nonlethal techniques primarily hurt people, a questionable and dangerous use of force. Try to remember this when under attack and fractions of a second count. Training and automatic reaction are essential.

    Another thing to consider is that the bad guys know where you live, and you need to consider that wisely. They can always come back. You have to sleep. I hope it never comes to that. When I was much younger, some areas weren’t messed with, because there were stories of bad guys coming to very bad results. Probably wouldn’t work today. It might be nice to live in a mob retirement neighborhood.

    Also try to practice what I call the Jim Rockford method: charm your way out if possible, run if necessary. If this doesn’t work, be prepared to take a beating. Makes for good TV, bad real life. Garner played that well.

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  17. Two big changes from yesterday, both tropical storm forecasts were upgraded to become hurricanes once they enter the Gulf of Mexico. That is a mixed blessing, the major item being that tropical storms do not have enough energy to cleanly cross from the Gulf into the land. So, they tend to get hung and become water siphons and pumps into the area that they are stuck over. But the down side of hurricanes is the storm surge and wind damage.

    The position of the big high pressure that sits over Texas this time of year will determine how long the more westerly storm lingers over the coast. The more eastern storm has smooth sailing to LA/MS/AL but lots of land interaction along the way.

    Both storms have big obstacles in the form of the mountains of the Yucatan and Hispanola, respectively. Still, the Gulf is like bathwater. Any media figure who says they know for sure what will happen has an agenda.

  18. Happily we don’t need to worry about such nonsense here in Indian country because the Indian Police, the Light Horse, don’t put up with crazies.

    Neither does the Fort Bend County sheriff and his 865 deputies. I fully expect them to come rushing in should we have any problems out here in the sticks.

    However, I do carry a gun or two just about any where I go nowadays. Several of my friends are carrying too, especially in church.

  19. Home maintenance last weekend.

    I ordered the supplies to restring several of our window blinds. Cracked the box open this weekend and got the first three restrung and repaired. First blind took me three hours, I accidentally reversed the pull (I wanted “top-down” control on the right), and cussed, a lot. Blinds two took about an hour, blinds three about 30 minutes. No cussing on last two though there was some creative use of super glue.

    It’s so nice to have blinds that are functional and not leaning drunkenly at the top. Nice to be able to drop the top halves and let in light and sky while maintaining a bit of privacy.

    I looked at the postmark. Huh. Over two years ago? Ah well. I get to all the maintenance tasks, eventually -grin-

    YouTube. Don’t let the fact that you don’t know how to do something deter you from trying. If it’s already broken, what’s the worst that can happen?

    I need to tackle the gutters. I still have three windows from a couple years ago to scrape, prime, and repaint. I have a yard of dirt from this spring still sitting in the driveway. I have all the bits and pieces I need to build and install the winter watering system for the rabbits – that’s going to be fun and I’m looking forward to doing it. I ordered a ‘ballista’ penetrating bolt gun to aid in the dispatch of the roosters and rabbits. I’ve used a number of methods over the years that vary in humaneness, efficiency, effort. This looks like a well spent $100 given how many rabbits I hope to put in the freezer. Plus achieving some level of order in the house cleaning and meal preparation area.

    AO 2020-66 and the purchase of the buildings with CARES Act fund marches ahead. The Treasury IG initially told the city ‘no, inappropriate use’, now the Mayor’s chief of staff has an email that gives a grudging ‘ok’ to two proposed loopholes. Had a meeting last night with our core resistance and are continuing our path forward. We have a plan, but we are at the mercy of the city following it’s own rules – which they demonstrably don’t and the courts are stacked with liberal judges. Latest point was what was written as a 10 day response time, documented as a 10 day response time on the relevant forms, has become a 30 day response time per an obscure section of municipal code. The cost of this fight keeps mounting and citizen pockets are not so deep as the city coffers funded by those same citizens. What a perverse mess.

  20. Also try to practice what I call the Jim Rockford method: charm your way out if possible, run if necessary. If this doesn’t work, be prepared to take a beating. Makes for good TV, bad real life. Garner played that well.

    Much of interest in your post but I upvoted just because of the James Garner and The Rockford Files mention. A great Oklahoman. 🙂

  21. Home safe, all the freezers and fridges are working appropriately. Pool is clear.

    House is fine.

    Now to get ready for the hurricanes!

    n

    and go get the dog from the dog sitter. That’s kinda important.

  22. A great Oklahoman.

    I am a big fan. I have read that James Garner was good to work with, and treated everyone well. He sure worked hard, and enjoyed it, although the stunts destroyed him. Lived a long time, however, and stood up to the studios, which at the time controlled a lot.

    Currently watching Maverick on Me TV, one show a week. Too many repeats, but watch them too. The series is much better than I recall from the last time I watched it. So many good character actors.

    Rockford was an iconic detective series, about as close to realistic as such shows get while still entertaining. The other part I like is seeing places I have been. Makes it more real to me.

    Garner’s movies were mixed, but I think he always did a good job. That’s about as far as I am willing to go. I realize that actors are doing a job, and it is all fantasy. Just a way to spend some enjoyable time. Lazier than reading a book.

  23. @Greg Norton re GTE, they were a good company. We know several people who retired from them. Our little exchange was one of those rural co-ops that sold first to (I guess) GTE, then was sold off to Verizon, then Frontier.

    I was one of the < .5% of the GTE employee shareholders who voted against the takeover -er- "merger of equals". It was clear to me what was coming even if it wasn't to most of the people with whom I worked. I got out right after the announcement about Verizon.

    Interestingly, Bob Barr was General Counsel of GTE at the time and masterminded getting the approval of the various state regulatory boards for the deal.

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  24. Much of interest in your post but I upvoted just because of the James Garner and The Rockford Files mention. A great Oklahoman.

    Have you read his autobiography ? “The Garner Files: A Memoir”
    https://www.amazon.com/Garner-Files-Memoir-Jon-Winokur/dp/145164261X/?tag=ttgnet-20

    My wife likes autobiographies a lot so I bought it for her. I had no idea that he was an Army Ranger in Korea and the only survivor of his 50 man company when the Chinese came across into North Korea. The story of his fight with the studio to get paid for his residuals in amazing. Highly recommended.

    We used to live down the street in Norman from his nephew who was my age and playmate. Of course, since James Garner was half Cherokee, he was not allowed in Norman, OK in the 1960s. There was a big sign on the main entrance to town, “No Blacks and Indians Allowed”. We moved there in 1963 and my mother was unhappy about that sign.

  25. I have a brisket in the beer fridge to thaw. It should be thawed by, oh, next Friday. I run that fridge at about 35F, I like my beer cold. As a bonus, cheese and butter keep “forever”.

    Rub it down with a generous amount of Fiesta Brisket Rub. And black pepper. And garlic powder. Probably more brisket rub. Into the so called turkey roaster…. the oval blue with white speckles thing. Fat side down and in the kitchen fridge overnight.

    The plan is to wake up and have the pre-prepped pellet grill ready to turn on to Smoke. While the coffee maker is doing what it does, turn the grill on. Feed the cats. Or let Penny out for potty. Depends on what Penny wants. Penny wanting to eat cat food isn’t happening.

    Take blue roaster from the fridge and dump the brisket onto the grill where it will be fat side up. Wipe up the rub that is stuck in the pan and smear it on. I have a few boxes of the cheap gloves they use at the grocery store deli…. go drink coffee and check e-mail.

    Smoke for a few hours. Oak. Maybe until about Noon, I usually wake up around 6AM. I have a cake cooling rack that fits in the roaster pan…. brisket back into the pan, on the rack, and a couple of cups of water poured into the bottom. Lid on, back into the pellet grill and crank the temp to 225F for about 6 hours.

    It worked last time. Except the brisket in the pan went into the electric oven in the house. Best brisket -we- have ever cooked. I’ll see how it goes.

    The pellet grill acts like an oven. A poorly insulated wood fired oven. Keeping the heat out of the house seems a good idea while the a/c is running.

    Ok, gotta find the potato or macaroni salad recipe…..

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  26. Garner’s movies were mixed, but I think he always did a good job. That’s about as far as I am willing to go. I realize that actors are doing a job, and it is all fantasy. Just a way to spend some enjoyable time. Lazier than reading a book.

    Wait, wait, wait ! I will watch “Support your local sheriff”, “Support your local gunfighter”, “Space Cowboys”, “Murphy’s Romance”, “The Great Escape”, “Victor / Victoria”, and “The Notebook” at any time.

  27. I just bought a copy on eBay, thanks to your mention. My mother likes biographies so I can pass it along after I’ve read it. I had Thor Heyerdahl’s autobiography in my cart already.

    In 1961, we lived in a mostly Black neighborhood in Oklahoma City. I was 4. My little sister needed speech therapy so we had to move to the City for a couple of years so she could learn to talk after her cleft palate surgery. I could understand her, but no one else could. There were a lot of kids in the neighborhood and I have a lot of fun memories, it was a happy time. I remember playing cowboys and Indians with the little boy and girl next door who were about our ages. And the ice cream truck – their parents and Mama took turns buying the ice cream for us. I never experienced segregation in my life or school or neighborhoods or work.. nor did my children. I’ve always lived in neighborhoods where everyone was welcome.

  28. What @lynn said about James Garner films. I’ll still watch them. Again.

    And, I’ve watched all the Maverick shows in date order. Probably more than once.

    I coveted Rockford’s Firebird. My second car was a 1971 Chevy Camaro (bought in 1973/4 – ish ). First car I drove over 120MPH (on I-80 in Nevada, back when the Nevada speed limits were ‘reasonable and proper’). Couldn’t do that in my first car (1865 1965 VW Bug). Haven’t done it since.

    Good times.

  29. Ok, gotta find the potato or macaroni salad recipe…..

    Only if you can make better mustard potato salad than HEB can. My mother-in-law could but it took her three hours to make two gallons of mustard potato salad for Thanksgiving. Super heavy on the onions (she used to eat onions like an apple and onion sandwiches) and celery.

  30. My wife likes autobiographies a lot so I bought it for her. I had no idea that he was an Army Ranger in Korea and the only survivor of his 50 man company when the Chinese came across into North Korea. The story of his fight with the studio to get paid for his residuals in amazing. Highly recommended.

    I’ve heard good things about Dave Madden’s autobiography, “Rueben on Wry”, but I have a ton of backlogged books. I did read Rick Harrison’s book, and I took the “Caddyshack” history to Chicago last year, which dovetailed nicely with the SNL exhibit at the Museum of Broadcasting.

    If your wife is finished with “Deep Space Nine”, find a way to see this documentary. Wildly uneven and too PC, but they get some pretty good interviews, including Rene Auberjonois. Plus, the HD show footage is very cool. I’ve passed the recommendation along before, but it is worth repeating.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4LPDX6uqSM

    “Star Trek: Lower Decks” had a very cool DS9 reference this week which I cant spoil. So just who would you imagine is regarded as the most important figure in Starfleet history centuries after the events of the last “Next Generation” movie?

    Complete with statue.

  31. @MrAtoz

    One very old Bug.

    Oops. Fixed.

    I’ve been working on my Western book, set in the 1850’s and 1880’s, so I will use that as an excuse.

    I blame the keyboard.

  32. @Pecancorner & Lynn
    I was raised in and around OKC 1952 to 1966. If you lived there in the 60s you probably attended one of my Grandfather’s movie theaters. He owned 27 both indoor and drive ins. The whole family worked in the movie business. I spent many hot summer days rewiring car speakers that had been pulled from the drive in posts.
    My great grandparents lived in Norman and I don’t remember the sign. We did have lots of black employees in OKC and grandfather would give business to people in “colored town” down by the river because they did better work. Back then “colored town” was prosperous with everyone wearing suits an nice dresses. We moved to California in 66 due to a family spat.

    After an exciting life literally all over the world I have retired back to Indian territory, the Muskogee Creek nation.


  33. @PecanCorner – your link requires a log in.

    aw drat. Sorry about that. It’s on Bushcraft USA , apparently on one of the threads that is only visible when logged in. Anyway, the discussion on August 6th was much as ours here was, with someone commenting:

    “I’ve seen a proposal that the sarcastic font should be backwards italics, i.e. slanted towards the left, which sounds like a good idea to me. However, nobody’s implemented it; don’t have the functionality, much less people understanding what it means…”

    And someone else suggested, as did SteveF here, “Comic Sans

    It was just funny to me that the conversations paralleled each other 🙂


  34. I was raised in and around OKC 1952 to 1966. If you lived there in the 60s you probably attended one of my Grandfather’s movie theaters. He owned 27 both indoor and drive ins. The whole family worked in the movie business. I spent many hot summer days rewiring car speakers that had been pulled from the drive in posts.

    @Harold Combs, I bet I did! My mother wouldn’t date anyone who didn’t want to take us with them to the movies, and she never left us with babysitters. Although I was very young, I remember being at the drive-in while we lived in OKC. We moved back to Ardmore in 1963 so that I could start school, and over the years went to all the theaters there.

  35. I was raised in and around OKC 1952 to 1966. If you lived there in the 60s you probably attended one of my Grandfather’s movie theaters. He owned 27 both indoor and drive ins. The whole family worked in the movie business. I spent many hot summer days rewiring car speakers that had been pulled from the drive in posts.
    My great grandparents lived in Norman and I don’t remember the sign. We did have lots of black employees in OKC and grandfather would give business to people in “colored town” down by the river because they did better work. Back then “colored town” was prosperous with everyone wearing suits an nice dresses. We moved to California in 66 due to a family spat.

    We went to the drive-ins. Dad was a college prof at OU in the 1960s, not much extra money.

    I did not quote the exact words on the sign. The letters were a foot tall and the word Blacks was not used. Instead, they used the N word. I don’t remember the sign either, I was ten when we moved to Lake Jackson, TX (south of Houston) and lived with my grandparents for two years before we moved to Houston.

    Mom was born in Wharton, TX in 1941 and spent a lot of her time there with her grandparents (both sets) in the summers. The population was majority Black, most of them very nice people. They all worked hard on their farms. The sign in Norman was very offensive to mom.

  36. “Portland BLM Thug Who Kicked Innocent Man in the Face Arrested, Charged With 3 Felonies”
    https://amgreatness.com/2020/08/21/portland-blm-thug-who-kicked-innocent-man-in-the-face-arrested-charged-with-3-felonies/

    Yes ! There is some justice on the planet.

    Antifa And BLM Are Begging People To Stop Posting Videos Of Riots Because They’re Getting Arrested

    “The police are using these pictures to track people down and by posting pictures of them you are threatening their lives.”

    Threatening their lives … Snork!

  37. Antifa And BLM Are Begging People To Stop Posting Videos Of Riots Because They’re Getting Arrested

    “The police are using these pictures to track people down and by posting pictures of them you are threatening their lives.”

    Threatening their lives … Snork!

    “Obama: If you see something suspicious, say something”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQinRBd_IQs

  38. “Teacher Spying on Student During Virtual Class Sends Cops to Search 11-Year-Old’s Home After Spotting a BB Gun”
    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/paula-bolyard/2020/06/11/teacher-spying-on-student-during-virtual-class-sends-cops-to-search-11-year-olds-home-after-spotting-a-bb-gun-n518679

    So many things went wrong here. What happened to the Constitutional Right to Privacy that the libs claim that we have ? BTW, I think that we have a Constitutional Right to Privacy also. For those who do not know, Row Vs. Wade is based on a Constitutional Right to Privacy from the 14th Amendment.
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv

  39. So many things went wrong here. What happened to the Constitutional Right to Privacy that the libs claim that we have ? BTW, I think that we have a Constitutional Right to Privacy also. For those who do not know, Row Vs. Wade is based on a Constitutional Right to Privacy from the 14th Amendment.

    I’m surprised that it took this long for the home inspections to start.


  40. “Teacher Spying on Student During Virtual Class Sends Cops to Search 11-Year-Old’s Home After Spotting a BB Gun”

    Should have used Teams. You set the background with a picture and they only see you. 🙂

  41. What about the article saying some district wants parents to sign a contract that they won’t watch the kids’ lessons? I intend to follow along as closely as I can to my kids…

    It will be the first time I’ve had a chance to really see what they’re teaching. I’ll be a LOT of parents are in for some surprises.

    n

  42. and then there’s the high school kid who decided to flash his teacher on zoom…

    It ain’t chatroulette kid, and you ain’t any mouse….

    n

  43. “Californian Blackout Fury: “It’s Not Just the Heat, It’s Also the Anti-Nuclear Power Stupidity””
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/08/20/california-blackout-fury-its-not-just-the-heat-its-also-the-anti-nuclear-power-stupidity/

    “Rolling electric power blackouts afflicted as many as 2 million California residents last week as a heat wave gripped the Golden State. (It’s apparently eased up for now.) At the center of the problem is that power demand peaks as overheated people turn up their air conditioning in the late afternoon just as solar power supplies cut off as the sun goes down.”

    “Completely ignored in the reporting is that California has been shutting down a huge source of safe, reliable, always-on, non-carbon dioxide–emitting, climate-friendly electricity—that is, nuclear power. In 2013, state regulators forced the closing of the San Onofre nuclear power plant that supplied electricity to 1.4 million households. By 2025, California regulators plan to close down the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant that can supply electricity to 3 million households.”

    And Sleepy Joe Biden wants to shut down all nuclear, coal, and natural gas power plants in the USA.

  44. It will be the first time I’ve had a chance to really see what they’re teaching. I’ll be a LOT of parents are in for some surprises.

    “If Your School District Pulls What One Tennessee District Did, Know Your Rights”
    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2020/08/20/if-your-school-district-pulls-what-one-tennessee-has-know-must-your-rights-n816914

    “My daughter just started second grade @MetroSchools. I will be pulling her out immediately.”

    “Her first “English” lesson of the year is teaching her that white people are bad, mean & racist against African-Americans & Mexicans.”

    “My daughter, 7, is not a racist nor is her family.”

    I wish I was surprised at the school curriculum.

  45. @lynn, San Onofre was terrifying. RIGHT on top of a faultline. Aging and crumbling from what I remember too.

    n

  46. “Trump doesn’t mince words, paints a stark and scary picture of 2020 election consequences”
    https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/08/21/trump-dems-want-to-cancel-youturn-your-family-against-you-for-speaking-your-mind-indoctrinate-your-kids-962855

    ““They want to cancel you. Totally cancel you. Take your job, turn your family against you for speaking your mind, while they indoctrinate your children with twisted, twisted, worldviews that nobody ever thought possible,” he said.”

    True dat.

  47. @lynn, San Onofre was terrifying. RIGHT on top of a faultline. Aging and crumbling from what I remember too.

    Yeah, but they replaced the power with unreliable so-called renewables.


  48. Should have used Teams. You set the background with a picture and they only see you.

    You can do this in Zoom, also. You need enough horsepower to do a virtual Green Screen in either. If you use a real Green Screen in Zoom, a cheapo PC/laptop should be able to use a background. You can use video backgrounds, too.

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