Wed. Sept. 9, 2020 – still stuff to do

Hot and humid, but less so.  I really do think we may be over the hump.

I mostly spent yesterday afternoon driving.  I picked up a couple of things I probably could have easily done without.  I’m backsliding.

It was too wet to cut the grass or work outside.  We got little showers throughout the day.    I spent the morning sleeping.   Too beat to consider almost 3 hours of driving around.  Not a productive use of my time.

Today I’ve got pickups, and some of the stuff is preps so there is that.  I got mortar, cement, other project stuff, and various sundries.  The guns and ammo went for too much, but they did have some.  556 brought 70c/rd before adding fees and taxes.  One box of 100, name brand FMJ 9mm went for $53 plus about 25% for tax and fees.     All the rifles went for big money, and the pistols went for more than gunbroker prices.  There were a couple of accessories to be had cheaply though.    I should be able to get the auctioneer to commit to my consignment arriving tomorrow.  I’ll get that loaded up later in the afternoon if he will commit.

And if the rain stays away, I’ll get the grass cut.  Fingers crossed.

My ag extension planting guide says it’s time for fall beans and peas, and almost time for fall root veg.  I’ll get some beans and peas in, and get the beds ready for the roots.  Dark green leafies are due too, but I don’t know if I’ll try them again this fall.  Geez I feel like Charlie Brown and the football with this gardening business.

But hey, social unrest, civil war, crime, disease, economic collapse, famine- all possible; some almost guaranteed.   Time’s a wasting.  Keep stacking.

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

49 thoughts on “Wed. Sept. 9, 2020 – still stuff to do”

  1. Someone mentioned Tandy leather- their store here has been closed and empty for at least a year. Ebay had scrap assortments, or even good leather, but I meant locally.

    I like the idea of re-purposing as part of the project too.

    I thought I saw that the Tandy Leather store was still open in Austin when I went to pick up a set of hood lifts at the Autozone in the same shopping center last month.


  2. Hot and humid, but less so. I really do think we may be over the hump.

    Now you’ve done it. You really shouldn’t tempt fate like that! 🙂

  3. When you sign up for contests you end up getting a lot of spam.

    This one is more appropriate than usual, but still, this is the best “Ex CIA” officer and prepping author can do?

    So, here’s the list and maybe something below will help you be better prepared for whatever is coming…
    -distilled water
    -medications
    -55 gallon water drum
    -bleach
    -diapers
    -cord of firewood
    -hard candy
    -toothpaste
    -floss
    -axe
    -hatchet
    -rubbing alcohol
    -hydrogen peroxide
    -ARB refrigerator/freezer
    -gun oil (this expensive kind here)
    -fish antibiotics
    -board games
    -tow straps
    -contact lenses
    -solar camp shower
    It’s not a super-long list because we already have a significant amount of supplies.
    But, these are items we wanted to have even more of.

    Ok, I’ll play.

    -distilled water
    —why? 2 gallons to top off storage batteries should last a lifetime.

    -medications
    — NOW you’re getting extra?

    -55 gallon water drum
    — if you get one this big, you better figure out where it will live and how you’ll get water out of it. Better to get smaller containers at higher $/gallon cost so that you can manage them. Random drums are a less than optimal choice unless new, and then they should be food grade due to contamination risks.

    -bleach
    — stock liquid and tablet

    -diapers
    — in what sizes? how long do you expect to need them in storage? Better get some cloth and diaper covers.

    -cord of firewood
    —ok, if you have a fireplace or stove

    -hard candy
    —lots of reports that it all melts together when stored. I guess that’s just acceptable losses, as candy is cheap. But really? CANDY is on your short list?

    -toothpaste
    — a couple of years worth fits in a shoe box, why wait until now?

    -floss
    —this is on your short list? I’ve gone my whole life without flossing

    -axe
    — if your living arrangements require an ax you better have had one before now, and again, short list?

    -hatchet
    —same note as ax

    -rubbing alcohol
    —good luck finding any

    -hydrogen peroxide
    —some available locally, but aside from getting blood out of cloth, WHY? NOT recommended for use on wounds.

    -ARB refrigerator/freezer
    —yes, but too late, expensive or unavailable

    -gun oil (this expensive kind here)
    —I didn’t follow the link, but gun oil is necessary, but again, a gallon is a lifetime supply, why now on a short list?

    -fish antibiotics
    — ha ha ha ha ha ha ha… way too late. — 1st reaction, but upon checking, stuff that was unobtanium a month or two ago is now available again. It’s possible to get some stuff if you want it. Definitely on my short list if you don’t have any already.

    -board games
    —short list?

    -tow straps
    —extremely useful, recently bought some myself if he means ratchet straps. Also rope, chain, hooks, snatch blocks, jacks, rigging hardware, etc. If he’s just talking about tow straps, WTF?

    -contact lenses
    —like any expendable med, you need spares. I’d consider lasik. If not, then spare long term wear contacts, and glasses as backup to that. Readers in various strengths. Safety glasses.

    -solar camp shower
    — short list? 1oo feet of hose on your roof does the same thing and you don’t need anything new. That said, I did get a couple over the years, and also a propane fired on demand camping water heater. Heating water takes a long time and a lot of fuel.

    If I was Daisy Luther, I’d make a cheery comment here and ask what YOUR short list would look like. HECK, why not? What would YOUR 5-10 item list look like if this was the last shopping week? (assume food is covered)

    n


  4. I’ve gone my whole life without flossing

    Note to self: no smooching Nick.

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  5. Power went out three times last night where our house is in SA. About 10 minutes each time. Rain and thunder. Then CPS (TX power) decided to robocall me at 7am to tell me the power was back on last night. TLTL.

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  6. Oh, yeah, I have my cable modem and router on battery backup. I still had internet when the power was out. Way to go Spectrum.

  7. Buh bye, Luby’s:

    Used to take the family there all the time when we lived in Tejas 10+ years ago.

    The liquidation also means the end of Fuddruckers since Luby’s ows them.

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  8. Yeah, that’s a funny list. My eye immediately went to “board games”. I can maybe see having a couple of decks of cards. But in the case of TEOTWAWKI I don’t think you’re going to be bored.

    Water? This is heretical, but I actually don’t see this as a priority. Anyway, not more than a couple of day’s worth of drinking water. If you live where water is available, you need some means of purification, but boiling will do just fine. If you live in the desert, you’d better bug out somewhere else.

    Distilled water? Why? If you really need it, then distill it yourself when you’re boiling for purification.

    Axe and hatchet? You want a whole toolbox full of tools.

    Contact lenses? Um, no. Glasses for those who need them. Contact lenses are a luxury of civilization, and you don’t want to mess with contacts in a disaster scenario.

    Tow straps? Too specific. Rope in various sizes.

    Candy? WTF?

  9. If some of you enjoyed that siren article yesterday, here is another site:
    http://victorysiren.com/x/index.htm

    More articles on the world’s most powerful siren are linked there. When I was a kid, local sirens were common. They were tested at a specific time on a specific day of the month, and everyone knew it was a test. Always made me wonder what it was like in WWII London. Terrifying. By the 1950s in the Detroit area, they were mostly sounded for tornados or high winds. Scary enough.

    I tead that the Chrysler sirens were so loud that they were only tested once a year. I never heard one.

  10. Yeah, I’m thinking about what I’d put on my list of stuff to double check you’ve got enough.

    Water filter- something that works with pond water. Hiking or camping.

    Big storage battery? Inverter? USB power bank? Small solar charger? Case of AA batteries? IDK for sure but any of those would be good choices if you don’t have them. The goal being to keep flashlights and small electronics going.

    Sturdy boots, a good belt, and durable outerwear are more important if you lose climate control and will be working hard.

    Carry gun, defensive rifle/shotgun, and good holsters and slings.

    ammonia and a garden sprayer for improvised defenses? Starting to get a little out there.

    Cigarette or bbq lighters. The ability to start a fire is a lot more important if you lose the rest of the mod cons.

    If I thought civilization was ending I’d probably buy 200 pounds of salt or more.

    It does point out the problem with lists like this. There is so much that you need and want, a last minute list is a terrible idea.

    What it really boils down to is ‘more of the stuff you use daily, or would transition to using if local circumstances changed.’ If you don’t know what those things are, you can’t buy more.

    I’ve been thinking about Little House on the Prairie. People can’t stay home for a few months without committing murder or suicide? The Ingalls family stayed in their ONE ROOM cabin for more than 7 months one winter, eating nothing but potatoes and bread, no salt or butter, shitting in a bucket, no internet, tv, dvds, no books because they didn’t have fuel for the lamp, spending every waking moment twisting hay for the stove fire so they wouldn’t freeze to death, and grinding wheat with a coffee grinder so they wouldn’t starve. The rest of the town was in similar straights.

    Food, water, sanitation, shelter. Everything else is extra.

    n

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  11. Got the lawn cut just before the rain started. Currently steady rain.

    n

  12. I’ve been thinking about Little House on the Prairie. People can’t stay home for a few months without committing murder or suicide?

    The big problem with this pandemic is that bored sick people can leave home under the cover of claiming to be unaware and asymptomatic, a first for a public health emergency of this magnitude.

    In six months, my wife has not seen one case of Covid where the patient was a random infection. Every single patient knew where the infection originated, usually a social event where someone knowingly sick did something selfish because they were bored at home and had a “FOMO”-driven lapse in judgement.

    Granted the VA patient base is a subset of the population, but I still find the statistic interesting.

  13. Getting the Subie serviced in SA. The Vegas dealer waiting area makes the SA area look like doodoo . Coffee and water only. Vegas has a large bar with munchies, fresh fruit, soda machine, leather chairs. You could live there.

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  14. Getting the Subie serviced in SA. The Vegas dealer waiting area makes the SA area look like doodoo . Coffee and water only. Vegas has a large bar with munchies, fresh fruit, soda machine, leather chairs. You could live there.

    Less demand in TX. Plus some of the manufacturers have forced the issue of fancy remodels on their dealers, but Subaru doesn’t have that kind of clout.

    I’ve had two people here ask about the road trip down from Portland because a deal they saw at Gresham (Oregon) Subaru was good enough to consider the plane ticket and gas, but the enthusiasm always wanes when I talk about the hard three day drive required, including, literally, a stretch running through Westworld.

  15. Buh bye, Luby’s:

    https://www.southernthing.com/lubys-announces-plans-to-shut-down-and-liquidate-2647524551.html

    Used to take the family there all the time when we lived in Tejas 10+ years ago.

    H/T Revolver

    I used to eat at Luby’s one or twice a week from the 1975 to 1995. They were all over Texas from south to north and had great home made food. Each manager went to the farmers market every morning and bought fresh food to be prepared at at each restaurant. Then they got in bed with Sysco and their quality went down immediately. That CEO then committed suicide but the damage was done.
    https://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/17/business/behind-a-chief-executive-s-death.html

    The Luann platter with half a baked fish or liver and onions, black eyed peas or spinach or greens, and a piece of jalapeno cornbread. Was freaking awesome until Sysco.

  16. Huh, ebay did a seller update. Two of the things they changed have to do with facilitating sales of expensive luxury watches. They are instituting an “Authenticity Guaranteed” program that checks the watch outbound from the seller, AND INBOUND if the buyer wants to return the watch. That is very cool.

    Luxury watches are often bought and sold when times get tough, so I’m putting that in the ‘coming collapse’ column.

    They also changed their ‘out of office’ or ‘vacation’ settings to make it much easier to take a hiatus. I wonder if they’ll still punish sellers in the algorithm for taking time off though.

    n

  17. Luxury watches are often bought and sold when times get tough, so I’m putting that in the ‘coming collapse’ column.

    I’d interpret it as a sign of bad things happening in China.

    Maintenance is increasingly an issue with nice watches in the US. The last time my wife’s Brosnan Bond Omega quartz needed a battery swap, the jeweler kept it for nearly a week because the waterproof seal had to be replaced properly. And that’s not even as complicated as a rebuild of a mechanical movement.

  18. Today I’ve got pickups, and some of the stuff is preps so there is that. I got mortar, cement, other project stuff, and various sundries. The guns and ammo went for too much, but they did have some. 556 brought 70c/rd before adding fees and taxes. One box of 100, name brand FMJ 9mm went for $53 plus about 25% for tax and fees. All the rifles went for big money, and the pistols went for more than gunbroker prices. There were a couple of accessories to be had cheaply though. I should be able to get the auctioneer to commit to my consignment arriving tomorrow. I’ll get that loaded up later in the afternoon if he will commit.

    Do you have to do the federal gun transfer background check dance at the auctioneer to take possession of the rifles and pistols ?

    I’ve got quite a bit of boxed .223 FMJ. But not much boxed 5.56. My son says that 5.56 has a bit more kick to it than .223.

  19. I’ve been thinking about Little House on the Prairie. People can’t stay home for a few months without committing murder or suicide? The Ingalls family stayed in their ONE ROOM cabin for more than 7 months one winter, eating nothing but potatoes and bread, no salt or butter, shitting in a bucket, no internet, tv, dvds, no books because they didn’t have fuel for the lamp, spending every waking moment twisting hay for the stove fire so they wouldn’t freeze to death, and grinding wheat with a coffee grinder so they wouldn’t starve. The rest of the town was in similar straights.

    My grandfather (dad’s father) grew in a one room cabin with a loft in north Texas, a mile south of Oklahoma. Their four ??? room house burned down when he was two ??? and bankrupted them. My great-grandfather built the one room cabin with the loft using throwaway boards and hand cut boards on the burned out foundation. Seven kids in the loft with very poor sealing so they froze for six months. The kids would get up in the middle of the night and move to the middle of the pile of kids to get warm. Potatoes, potatoes, and nothing but potatoes to eat for six months in the year. My grandfather hated potatoes the rest of his life. He and grandma loved fried squirrel and I ate that with them a few times (I don’t love fried squirrel, I am spoiled).

    I have a picture of them standing in front of the cabin in 1932 when my grandfather was 22 and just graduated from Texas A&M University (the first to go to college, we have no idea how he paid for it). It was rough, very rough. He went back to TAMU after a year of farming and taught drafting for 38 years at minimum wage. Then he was assistant dean of Engineering for five years and retired. He worked with the problem students and got them coop jobs to help their money problems, he assisted 6,000 students while he was there.

  20. For the list: A surgical knife (in case you want to regender!)

    ROFLMAO.

    And I read a sad thing the other day. If you are a woman in a guy’s body and manage to talk some idiot into converting you, they do not remove the prostate. Why not ? If you are inverting your wiener into a bun and removing the testicles, that surgery at minimum is tricky. Go ahead and get the full treatment.

  21. “My Family’s Slave”
    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/my-family-s-slave

    “She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.”

    Wild. And the way it was for half of the people on the planet until 200 years ago. And still is for many.

    And there are rumors that many Asian families around here have … live-in servants.

    I helped a young lady with a one year baby escape from a family nearby here about six or seven years ago. She came to my office front door and asked to use the phone to call for a cab. I took her and her baby to a hotel by the interstate. She had some money but no phone. I tried to give her money but she refused it. She thanked me and said that her family would send her money to return to Australia once she contacted them. It was incredibly weird.

  22. “The new puritans are on the prowl”
    https://www.sovereignman.com/trends/the-new-puritans-are-on-the-prowl-28841/

    “In the spring of 1692, Giles Corey was 80 years old when his wife was accused of witchcraft.”

    “The entire town was in such a frenzy that even Giles started to believe that his wife might be a witch.”

    “Soon after, another person in the town was accused of witchcraft. Then another. And another. And another.”

    Just ignore his advertising. His thoughts are good.

  23. And there are rumors that many Asian families around here have … live-in servants.

    Yup. Not uncommon for Thai and Filipino to have what is essentially slave labor domestic help.

    The nurse at UT Southwestern who *arguably* killed my father-in-law and pocketed his life insurance (no argument there) was from a big money Thai family. She had a whole house full of illegal Thai labor hidden in a property with her name on the deed in Dallas. I think they’re still in the US, but when we went after the nurse in court, she sold the restaurant they ran for her.

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  24. And I read a sad thing the other day. If you are a woman in a guy’s body and manage to talk some idiot into converting you, they do not remove the prostate. Why not ? If you are inverting your wiener into a bun and removing the testicles, that surgery at minimum is tricky. Go ahead and get the full treatment.

    Removing the prostate has lots of complications and isn’t something to be taken lightly, even in the case of cancer in men who aren’t transgender.

    The former SpecOps man-to-woman my wife treats at the VA has to get an annual prostate exam. The first visit confused the heck out of the office staff because the end result of the extensive sex change surgery is *very* convincing, and no one could believe that the patient sitting in the exam room was once male much less a … SEAL … IIRC (?).

    SpecOps never does anything half-way.

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  25. Wow, I heard a commercial for “Abused in Scouting” on Sean Hannity’s radio show today.

    My prediction is that the one billion dollars in BSA assets will go to the lawyers.

    One Billion? I think that estimate is a bit low.

    The Boy Scouts have a *lot* of property which is essentially undeveloped convenient to major urban areas. This is just one example, Camp Soule, located in the heart of Florida’s most densly populated county, close to multiple major freeways and 15-20 minutes from the departures drop-off driveway at Tampa Airport.

    Developers have been dreaming about Soule going on the market for 40 years. My guess is high end housing to supplant Avila as the neighborhood of choice for Yucs players and coaches. Raymond James Stadium and team’s training facility are just on the other side of the airport.

    https://goo.gl/maps/3rZ3QbZGebMZvg5s7

  26. Removing the prostate has lots of complications and isn’t something to be taken lightly, even in the case of cancer in men who aren’t transgender.

    Yes, three of my friends have had their prostates removed in the last couple of years. Both of my grandfathers had their prostates removed before their deaths, both were stage 4 prostate cancer. The first one was 59, he lived to be 64. Of course, he did not go in for treatment in 1979 until he was peeing blood. St. Lukes tried but could not remove all of the tumors in his abdomen. He spent a month there recovering from that disaster of a surgery. I look exactly like him except he was only 200 lbs since he smoked 2 to 3 packs of Camels a day. He was 90 lbs when he passed away.

    My other grandfather had his prostate removed at age 85. My grandmother was running him to the emergency room once or twice a week before that to get catheterized so he could pee. He lived another year.

    My dad is going to be 82 this month. He has cut himself back to three glasses of water equivalent a day. And he has to get up 2 or 3 times a night to pee. Shoot, I usually have to get up once a night to pee and I am only 60. I just had my prostate exam and my PSA was 1.0.

  27. “Unions pledge walkoffs, job actions to support ‘Black Lives Matter’ before election”
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/union-workers-to-walk-a-picket-line-and-give-up-paycheck-to-support-black-lives-matter-before-election

    “Labor leaders said they would organize walkouts for teachers, autoworkers, truck drivers and clerical staff, lasting as long as needed.”

    Fire any one who walks off the job to support BLM. Especially teachers. Lots of people looking for jobs right now.

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  28. The Boy Scouts have a *lot* of property which is essentially undeveloped convenient to major urban areas. This is just one example, Camp Soule, located in the heart of Florida’s most densly populated county, close to multiple major freeways and 15-20 minutes from the departures drop-off driveway at Tampa Airport.

    Developers have been dreaming about Soule going on the market for 40 years. My guess is high end housing to supplant Avila as the neighborhood of choice for Yucs players and coaches. The stadium and training facility are on the other side of the airport.

    https://goo.gl/maps/3rZ3QbZGebMZvg5s7

    The big 2,000 acre BSA camp on the north side of Houston was sold to the developers five ? ten ? years ago. 100 acres of prime wooded flood land (swamp). Camp Strake.
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Scouts-selling-Camp-Strake-to-Houston-developer-4667251.php

    They are building a new Camp Strake up by Huntsville. I guess that it will be seized by the lawyers for their new weekend homes.
    https://communityimpact.com/houston/conroe-montgomery/development-construction/2019/02/19/new-camp-strake-construction-opening-delayed-by-weather/

  29. Fire any one who walks off the job to support BLM. Especially teachers. Lots of people looking for jobs right now.

    BLM wants martyrs, preferably pretty, young white girls whose faces elicit sympathy across the political spectrum. If they can’t goad Trump into creating a few literal martyrs, they’ll settle for scores more symbolic victims appearing on the nightly news.

    The BLM protests in Austin in front of APD HQ always feature young white girls from UT holding the signs.

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  30. Bought 20 bags of pellets for the wood stove yesterday. What a cluster o’ fun. The pallet was behind other pallets but there was a path. But no, two employees and me can’t just tote through the maze and be done? I had loaded three bags before either guy showed up. That’s after I found the pellets, wearing shorts, a tank, and flips. Just saying. Nope, gotta jack around for 15 minutes with a forklift moving things out of the way. Which was sort of fun to watch, I didn’t know the forks could move sideways to shove pallets out of the way. And then we needed two more bags. Off to somewhere with the forklift to find an unopened pallet. That took 10 minutes. Plus cutting off the plastic wraps and blah blah blah.

    Their inventory system is incorrect. The cash register said 33 bags in stock and yet, assuming a ton per pallet, which would be 50 bags at 40# each, oops.

    Sometimes I just wonder what the heck is in the water to make people so stupid, so lazy.

    The pellets are in the barn. Safe and dry and we’ll still have some hot weather…. barn gets to 120F or so when it’s 90F on a sunny day. Extra drying time. Next week, after my shoulders stop aching, and the rain stops, I’ll get another 20 bags. By the receipts in the truck’s armrest, I bought 35 bags last year. If that is correct, we used 33 bags. I know I toted 4 bags of the last batch of 6 bags to the barn.
    Anyway, I had 10 bags from last year and the year before yesterday.

    I woke up this AM at 5 and about to burst. It was raining. It rained almost all day. 2.75 inches and I don’t hear the “creek” running. The path from house to feed shed had a couple of puddles a couple of times, no river effect. It’s suppose to rain more.

    And…. Eff FedEx. My ice maker arrived in Austin on SUNDAY. Today? “It’s delivered”. Now to walk to the gate because FedEx drivers are TOO STUPID to push a doorbell button to make a gate open. UPS manages. Amazon manages.
    Bastards.

  31. Bought 20 bags of pellets for the wood stove yesterday.

    $5.18 for a 40 lb bag of pellets that lasts 24 hours ?
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stove-Chow-Premium-Wood-Pellet-Fuel-40-lb-Bag-40100/205700777

    Do you have some way of distributing the heat ? We had a natural gas floor furnace in our four room house in Sweetwater, Texas back in the early 1980s. When it was 6 F outside, the living room was 80 F and the two bedrooms were 50 F. I had to buy an electric heater for the baby’s room to keep him warm with those leaky partitioned windows that we had.
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/1201+E+12th+St,+Sweetwater,+TX+79556/@32.4808248,-100.4000378,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x86560fcda8a971f1:0xfe564ac01699df0b!8m2!3d32.4808203!4d-100.3978491

  32. “And that’s not even as complicated as a rebuild of a mechanical movement. ”

    –they might not have had the seals in stock, and it’s been difficult to get parts from certain large companies that own a bunch of big brands…. They changed their policy to only sell to authorized service centers, no independents, no matter what their training. I changed the battery on my wife’s Tissot Quartz, but had to order a knock off gasket when I damaged the original.

    @lynn, for firearms transfers you typically need to do it thru an FFL with the 4733 form. There are estate agents that claim to facilitate the person to person transfer from the estate to the buyer, but they have to be VERY careful in the actual process to be sure they don’t take possession of the firearm and then transfer it to you. I have one estate seller that does no paperwork transfers, one that uses a local FFL for the transfer, and one that has an FFL and does the transfer themselves, no charge.

    n

  33. Ed,

    Didn’t dig out the dashcam boxes. Most of the day was, as expected, busy, stressful, and very very annoying. I could have looked mid-morning but, er, forgot, and by the time I remembered I was dealing with several coworkers who think nothing of setting up something where I, but not they, would have to work all weekend to take care of problems they caused. Anyway, I’ll dig the boxes out tomorrow unless -cough- I forget again when I have breaks between problems.

  34. Huh, ebay did a seller update. Two of the things they changed have to do with facilitating sales of expensive luxury watches. They are instituting an “Authenticity Guaranteed” program that checks the watch outbound from the seller, AND INBOUND if the buyer wants to return the watch. That is very cool.

    The fraud out there is immense, “Amazon Sells Customer 16TB External HDD With an 8TB Drive Installed”
    https://www.extremetech.com/computing/313193-amazon-sells-customer-16tb-external-hdd-with-an-8tb-drive-installed


  35. The implication here is that the reason Amazon doesn’t deal with these problems is that it’s cheaper to take stuff back within a 90-day window than it is to pay someone to inspect it in the first place.

    — I’ve been mentioning the prevalence of amazon returns fraud for a while. The blended stores have the same issue. I see auctions full of Lowes returns with all the batteries stolen. Very easy to mail something back with a lie, somewhat less easy to do it in person. No fault returns are to blame generally.

    This was an issue at Fry’s over a decade ago too, and Best Buy had a number of scandals involving bricks in returns, but the problem is much more widespread now.

    n


  36. Getting the Subie serviced in SA. The Vegas dealer waiting area makes the SA area look like doodoo . Coffee and water only. Vegas has a large bar with munchies, fresh fruit, soda machine, leather chairs. You could live there.

    The Subaru dealer in Austin has a coffee bar, snacks, canned drinks in a fridge, stools, tables, and comfy chairs.

  37. Master trolling by President tRump:

    Trump Dangles SCOTUS List After Bob Woodward Recordings Go Public, Names GOP Sens. Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley
    https://lawandcrime.com/supreme-court/trump-dangles-supreme-court-list-after-bob-woodward-recording-goes-public/

    h/t https://thelibertydaily.com/

    True dat. And we cannot go without Ted Cruz here in Texas. We’ll probably get Bozo the clown again unless he decides to go for the governor in 2022. Or Doors who is giving John Cornyn a big scare right now.

    Still, all I wanted from Trump is a conservative SCOTUS nominee. I’ve gotten two of them now. Everything else is gravy.

    Bummer, Ken Lee is not on that list. Yet. Ninth Circuit judge Ken Lee was one of the Rooftop Koreans.
    https://www.courthousenews.com/ninth-circuit-strikes-down-california-ban-on-high-capacity-gun-magazines/
    and
    https://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/politics/9th-circuit-judge-ken-lee-was-a-rooftop-korean/91483459/

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