Tues. Oct. 13, 2020 – back to school

Another fairly hot and very humid day.  No rain forecast though.

Monday was so humid I was sweating just standing outside talking with the roofing contractor.  It got up into the low nineties too.  Hotter in the sun, I’m sure.  Roofing is one of those jobs that I would do just about anything to avoid.  Septic pumping is another.

I did my pickups.  Got my roof vents and the rest of my household stuff.  Not much for resale in these two auctions.

The roofers got the back side of the house and some of the garage done.  Today they’ll finish with the garage and do all of the front side.  The new color shingle looks great.  It really freshens up the look and I can’t wait to see it on the front from the street.  House will look good for the riots at least.

I really don’t like having the crew in my driveway and around the house in the back where all the good stuff is.  The generators and water tanks are pretty hard to miss if you are in the yard.  The food is a bit more undercover.  @paul would probably recognize what I’ve got going on.  I’ve used night shields (aluminized fabric set up like an old school movie screen) horizontally to cover my three sets of shelves where my canned goods are stored.  The night shields are normally used in a grocery store to cover the open face of reach in coolers and freezers at night.  I picked up three at some point.  They work great as retractable ‘doors’ in front of the metal shelves.

Hard to maintain OPSEC when you’ve got people crawling all over your house.

Once the roofers are done and gone, I’ll be able to get more Halloween decor out.  That gives me a sense of normality that I kind of need right now to counter my sense of dread for what I see coming.  Every one of these milestones I want to make as normal as possible for the kids, so if things do go pear shaped, they have that to remember.  And if they DON’T go pear shaped, all the better to have celebrated the small events, instead of skipping them.  On the other hand, I can be pretty sure we won’t be doing 4 Trunk or Treats this year.  As long as we get one Trick or Treat night I’ll be happy.

Ate one orange from my tree today.  A bit sour and woody.  Very disappointing.  I hope the others are better.  Daughter 2 wanted to make cookies, and used a box of mix Best By 2018.  It was pretty bad.  There is something bitter in there.  For everything that lasts well past its BB, there is something else that doesn’t.

On the other hand, I used a skillet flavor mix from 2018 to make chicken tacos last night and they were REALLY good.  Chicken from the freezer, ‘street truck’ one skillet flavor packet, and I made the tortillas from the big bucket o mix.  Just add water!  I’m getting the hang of it.  They aren’t round, but I’m getting them cooked more consistently and rolled out to a more consistent and thin thickness.  The dough really needs to be kneaded, and it really needs to rest.  After that it rolls out nicely.  The tortilla press was a failure again.  Operator error or just not needed, the press is going to Goodwill.  I don’t have a comal but the western rolling pin works just fine and I’ll keep trying.  Sometimes the simplest things are much harder than they might look.  That’s why we need to practice the skills.

And keep stacking.  So you have the resources to use with those skills…

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

100 thoughts on “Tues. Oct. 13, 2020 – back to school”

  1. I’ve got well over six figures in my IRA with them in commercial real estate that has doubled in value since then. I turned down double what I paid for the property in 2017 ???. I am waiting for the County tollway authority to build a new bridge across the Brazos River before I sell the property. They are on their third redesign and should be in construction around 2030 or so. Maybe 2040.

    Toll road projects around the country are being reevaluated right now. The Australian company that owns my DC project is looking for investors to buy into the rentier skims which are no longer as lucrative as they were a year ago.

    Management probably would have hesitated firing me last week if the road expansion in DC hadn’t been delayed and testing slated to start as originally scheduled in January. As it was, it took them a week to decide after I wouldn’t back down with Catbert.

    Catbert must have been hired cheap. His prior significant professional experience was 16 years in Chipotle management with a termination date corresponding to the E-coli scandals. Gotta love the Interwebs.

  2. And Anchorage’s Mayor has been a naughty adulterous jerk and got caught. Friday thru today Anchorage has been immersed in bizarro world. I cannot wrap my head around the behaviors of any involved. Must Read Alaska and Alaska Landmine have stories if you care to visit the Peyton Place I call home.

    I’ve written here before that Florida’s Shadow Governor since 2018, Andrew Gillum, got caught early in the lockdown self-quarantining in a swanky hotel on Miami Beach with his drug addict buddy and a male prostitute. The buddy OD-ed over the course of the evening, and someone, probably the prostitute, called the cops in a panic.

    Peyton Place? My friends and I call the events in Florida “Party at Kitty and Studs Redux”.

    How’s that for an obscure reference? 🙂

    All kidding aside, the scandal possibly spared Florida an even worse political mess than it already experienced over the last year. The Legislature won’t change hands next month, and redistricting will proceed next year, with three additional Congressional seats added to the mix.

    Of course, FL wasn’t simple adultery, the impact of which has been watered down since Clinton debated the meaning of the word “is” 25 years ago. In Tallahassee, Jeb! and his ex-Playboy Bunny girlfriend were an open secret during his time as Governor from 1999-2007.

  3. “His prior significant professional experience was 16 years in Chipotle management”

    –If everyone can learn to code as the base level grunt work of the 21st century, you can manage them the same as burger flippers, right?

    Of course the unintended consequence will be revoking the special employee status of programmers, turning them into drudges who are eligible for overtime. Just let that sink in- minimum wage intellects, sitting around poking at PC keyboards all day, then eligible for overtime… Think that will last?

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  4. I finally drilled the hole in the spare truck key. It’s hanging on the left screw that mounts the rear license plate. I spent more time setting up than actually drilling and mounting.

    Is this a bait car for car thieves? Inquiring minds want to know. 😉

  5. The tortilla press is used for corn tortillas. Flour tortillas need to be rolled out with a rolling pin. For both types, just cook on a hot metal plate (no oil or grease).

  6. Of course the unintended consequence will be revoking the special employee status of programmers, turning them into drudges who are eligible for overtime. Just let that sink in- minimum wage intellects, sitting around poking at PC keyboards all day, then eligible for overtime… Think that will last?

    We already had that in our non-developer positions, one of the reasons I was in trouble from the day I was hired.

    To be fair, burger flipping requires a much longer attention span and more attention to detail than the employees in some of our support groups seemed to possess. Go watch the crew at In-n-Out near the Goodwill outlet the next time you are in Austin.

  7. Thanks Roger! Operator error then.

    Since I don’t like corn tortillas, the press is still destined for the Goodwill pile…

    I did wipe the cast iron plate with peanut oil. I found the tortilla stuck too much if I didn’t, and I like a bit of fat in my tortillas. I’d REALLY like to make the oily, stretchy tortillas that the Old Town Mexican Cafe in San Diego makes on site.

    “Old Town Mexican café has been a staple in San Diego for more than 40 years. Our handmade tortillas have been called “the best in the world” by many, many people.”

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  8. Of course the unintended consequence will be revoking the special employee status of programmers, turning them into drudges who are eligible for overtime.

    My ex-programmer self thinks that will make me rich! Especially since I’m a night owl.


  9. Is this a bait car for car thieves? Inquiring minds want to know.

    No, not bait. It doesn’t show because the plate is recessed a bit and under the tailgate.

    I just want a spare for the day some dummy locks his keys in the truck. 🙂

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  10. Toll roads not making as much money as projected, because traffic is way down, was NOT on my list of economic impacts….

    Another that I missed- equipment rental companies. They borrow money to buy equipment to then rent to the construction industry. But if no one is building, then no one is renting, and then the notes don’t get paid. Two local companies in the bankruptcy auctions this month. I wonder what local banks hold their paper? I wonder if they’ll be in trouble soon…

    nick

  11. Toll roads not making as much money as projected, because traffic is way down, was NOT on my list of economic impacts….

    Tolls are not simply used to offset construction costs anymore. In the case of my DC project, IIRC, the State of Virginia sold the median and part of a bridge on a four mile stretch of 395 to Transurban, the Australian company who were my real customers, in return for a $15 million annual payment which must always be paid regardless of economic conditions. One person’s income stream is always another’s debt.

    The upside of light traffic volumes was that we were able to spend most of the Summer debugging nitpicky problems. Another reason the bosses felt comfortable cutting me loose after 2 1/2 years of mutual dislike was that the project consistently met the customer metrics by Labor Day, and the departure of key management personnel from the customer combined with lighter traffic revenue means the Aussies are going to be navel gazing until at least New Years.

    My former management will be good until well into 2021 if they can make it to the November bank holiday down under. Their Summer starts, school’s out, Christmas — it will all blur, especially if the bigtime heat returns this year.

    (I’m not violating any NDAs. It is all public record.)

  12. Jenny, hope your husband continues to improve. Also hope that Anchorage conditions get better, though that seems unlikely.

    The Alaska political climate came as a slight shock. I always thought AK was populated by pretty liberty-oriented folks, and the same for the politicians. Guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by the turn.

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  13. But if no one is building

    We are booming here, and have been since the earthquakes over a year ago. Maybe the biggest boom since settlement in the early 1940s. It is mostly commercial construction, but there is a perennial housing shortage, and the local venture builders have been stepping up. We usually run counter to national trends.

  14. Local pandemic update: My wife and I spotted a couple yesterday driving through our development, windows up, no one else in the car, but both wearing masks.

    At least the Plugs voters are easy to spot thanks to the virus.

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  15. I see more poll analyses, like 538’s, coming out with Plugs in the 90%+ range of winning the Presidency. Then you see more and more of Plugs’ rallies with three people attending. This looks like 2016 redux. Who the Hell is getting polled? This election will either be close (due to chicanery!) or a tRump landslide. It’s hard to believe the only thing between us and the Commies is tRump. And he’s no peach!

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  16. Paul, I never understood hiding keys, but that is just me. About half the used cars I have bought had keys hidden. The seller showed me one once. I removed it as soon as I took possession. Another car had a little magnetic box with a key for the car plus a house key. It was so well hidden that I only found it accidentally after several years of ownership. I never thought to look. I don’t know how anyone could have retrieved it without crawling under the car. Maybe somewhat secure by obscurity.

    OTOH, cars are trivially easy to break into, especially if minor damage is of no concern. It is to me, so I am careful with keys. I really hate it when a rental comes with a wad of all the keys permanently tied together. Then I can’t give my wife a set. And by permanently, I mean that if I were to cut or otherwise break them apart they couldn’t be put back together without some new part. One rental station used to crimp a steel cable through all the keys.

    I will admit that some newer cars will sometimes automatically lock by themselves. Had this happen to my wife in our 1991. It had contorted logic to prevent that, but it required having the key in the switch, which we never do. She had removed it and put it in her purse before walking a few feet to talk to someone in another car. As she closed the door, it locked. I had to rescue her.

    I also hate the combined key and remote keyless entry fob. I have one older car that has them separate, so I always have a way in if I should forget the key. I used to tell my wife’s women friends to keep those separate, but they wouldn’t.

    Don’t get me started on the “security” of the newer keys with RFID and other devices built in. I have written here before about those. Briefly, if you have a car that uses those, guard the original keys with your life. On Chrysler products, at least, you can get a new key cut with no expensive programming and do that yourself. The procedure is right in the owners manual. BUT, you have to have two INDEPENDENT keys with different RFID codes or it won’t work. Many locksmiths clone new keys, and to the car these are identical, defeating this convenience. I will admit, these schemes do reduce casual car theft, but certainly not the pros. If they want your car, they WILL get it, and you will never see it again, especially if you live near a border.

  17. especially if minor damage is of no concern

    Or major damage.

    Had a lowlife welfare sucking illegal immigrant drug head break into my truck to steal my GPS. Screwed up the lock which was $150.00 plus have the lock mount in the door replaced for another $500.00. At least they did not break the window.

    The GPS was five years old. Ripped the power cable leaving the plug in the power socket on the truck. Thus making the GPS worth even less. I flagged the GPS as stolen so when (or if) the illegal owner connected to Garmin to update the device would be bricked. Of course by then the lowlife would have sold the device to some unsuspecting person for $10.00.

    I always have a way in if I should forget the key

    My truck has a door keypad that I can use to unlock the door. The Highlander will not allow the doors to lock if the key fob is inside the vehicle.

    you can get a new key cut with no expensive programming and do that yourself

    The key/security fob on my F-150 will allow that. But the keys are fairly expensive and have to be cut and programmed. The highlander can also get a new key with a magical function of brake presses, door unlock/lock, and some fairy dust and an original key. I think most vehicles allow for a maximum of eight keys to be programmed.

    I actually suspect that the computers used in vehicles are basically the same, sourced from one, perhaps two, manufactures. Parameters and capabilities change by vehicle via factory programming. The basic CPU and most of the logic are probably the same for the majority of vehicles. The cost to develop a unique system is probably very expensive and manufacturers cut corners when possible.

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  18. Who the Hell is getting polled?

    Biden supporters.

    If a candidate wants to make their numbers look good why ask the opposition supporters.

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  19. Jenny,

    I want to add my best wishes for your husband to all those posted above.

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  20. I spoke with my Real Estate agent and my tax guy yesterday and we have decided that when my Storage Facility sells (fingers crossed) I will use a 1031 Exchange to roll most of the monies over into buying a duplex to keep tax obligation low. The storage facility takes more actual hands-on time than I want (or can) provide and is just a little too small to be a money-maker. I own the land around it but the costs of constructing an extension would require more capital than I want to invest at this time in my life. Plus, the facility is looking at some major renovation work in a couple of years. Better to get out from under it and move on. But I still need (want) a small space in that area so I will have a place to stay while the wife is in dialysis three days of the week. So I have my agent looking for a smallish duplex where I can use one side for myself and rent the other to make the payments. Not a lot (or any) duplexes in that area for sale just now but you never know.

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  21. Last week I went to the Muskogee Nation Vision Clinic and had my yearly eye test. Because of diabetes I need to have regular checkups. I also worry because two brothers have macular degeneration. No macular degeneration for me, so far, but I do have the beginnings of cataracts. Oh Joy. My tribal health covers all the costs of examinations and up to $300 for frames & lenses. I selected nice frames and all the coating options and still came in under the limit. I will have to re-evaluate my Medicare add-on coverage as I haven’t used it at all this year but still pay $138 a month.
    Next up is getting new hearing aids. I have to travel a ways to the tribal audiology clinic but since I live on tribal lands the hearing aid replacements are free. I paid almost $2000 for my current hearing aids 8 years ago after insurance but I wasn’t living in Oklahoma then and outside tribal coverage. My original set still work, mostly, but age beginning to have issues …

  22. Just getting caught up with my blog reading.

    @Jenny, best wishes for a speedy recovery for your husband.

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  23. I see more poll analyses, like 538’s, coming out with Plugs in the 90%+ range of winning the Presidency. Then you see more and more of Plugs’ rallies with three people attending. This looks like 2016 redux. Who the Hell is getting polled? This election will either be close (due to chicanery!) or a tRump landslide. It’s hard to believe the only thing between us and the Commies is tRump. And he’s no peach!

    Early voting in Texas started today. So many people voted in Fort Bend County this morning that our new voting system server crashed. The entire freaking county. And we used this system in the primaries when over 200,000 people voted out of our 820,000 person county.
    https://www.fbherald.com/news/george-extremely-disappointed-in-glitches-in-voting-machines/article_3314e77d-650c-5c1d-9bd3-fe6ed2704728.html

    My IRS buddy in Abilene reported that the wait to early vote there was 1 hour and 20 minutes. Unfortunately, he hates Trump with a passion. But even he realizes that Harris / Biden is a disaster. And he voted for Hillary.

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  24. I’ve got well over six figures in my IRA with them in commercial real estate that has doubled in value since then. I turned down double what I paid for the property in 2017 ???. I am waiting for the County tollway authority to build a new bridge across the Brazos River before I sell the property. They are on their third redesign and should be in construction around 2030 or so. Maybe 2040.

    Toll road projects around the country are being reevaluated right now. The Australian company that owns my DC project is looking for investors to buy into the rentier skims which are no longer as lucrative as they were a year ago.

    Management probably would have hesitated firing me last week if the road expansion in DC hadn’t been delayed and testing slated to start as originally scheduled in January. As it was, it took them a week to decide after I wouldn’t back down with Catbert.

    Catbert must have been hired cheap. His prior significant professional experience was 16 years in Chipotle management with a termination date corresponding to the E-coli scandals. Gotta love the Interwebs.

    Don’t worry, the COVID-19 fake pandemic scare will end soon. We already have major congestion in Fort Bend County. Everyone that I know who is not a governmental employee is back in their offices. The need for new roads in Texas is greatly needed, especially with the one million Californians, Michigans, New Yorkers, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants moving here per year. They are like ants swarming all over the place and causing congestion beyond belief.

    Pray that we do not get another two million immigrant year into Texas like 2015 and 2016. That was horrible and new congestion places popped up all over the place. I have well over 1,000 new homes built in the last five years within a mile of the new used house, all on 45 to 55 ft lots with 1.5 vehicle garages, etc, etc, etc.

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  25. All kidding aside, the scandal possibly spared Florida an even worse political mess than it already experienced over the last year. The Legislature won’t change hands next month, and redistricting will proceed next year, with three additional Congressional seats added to the mix.

    Florida is going to get two additional congresscritter seats. Texas is going to get three. Two from New York, one from California, one from Michigan, one from Illinois, etc, etc, etc. You see the pattern, right ?

  26. Next up is getting new hearing aids

    You will be amazed at the newest technology. They are no longer just amplifiers but intelligent devices. Mine communicate with my iPhone and with each device (the aids talk to each other). I can stream to the devices, take phone calls, etc. Don’t skimp, get the best you can get as they can do a lot for your hearing.

    I had a choice of battery or rechargeable. I chose battery. If a battery runs down they can be replaced quickly. Rechargeable requires time. Batteries in my case are provided at no charge to me by the VA. Even if I needed to buy some they are fairly cheap. VA also provides ear domes and wax filters at no charge to me. Taxpayers are footing the bill.

    I have Receiver In Ear (REI) and the dome does not completely block the ear canal. The actual device sits behind each ear with a small wire running into the ear. With my grey hair I got silver devices. They devices do come in many colors. Most people cannot tell I am wearing a hearing aid.

    I do have the beginnings of cataracts

    As I have stated many times, get the procedure. The results are amazing. The procedure trivial. One of those items that when you have it done, you kick yourself for not doing it sooner.

    You can get corrective lenses, called intraocular implants. You can choose distance or close correction. I chose distant as I am able to just use reading glasses and like driving without glasses and being able to use regular sunglasses.

  27. Gall bladder surgery for husband took twice as long as scheduled. It was a nasty gangrenous mess and Dr worked his butt off. Home and resting. Glad I’m not a widow. Deeply grateful for modern medicine and insurance.

    Husbands gall bladder announced itself with angry roar about 8 weeks ago. Husband was reluctant to have surgery and procrastinated. Dr said infection has been ramping up for last several weeks. I think my husband narrowly dodged a bullet.

    Don’t wait on health stuff.

    Hi Jenny, so glad that your husband is doing well. My father-in-law had this exact problem back in March 2014 at age 81. He waited until he was throwing up and then my sister-in-law forced him into an ambulance. He coded twice in the ambulance and the ER and was revived both times with the paddles. They gave him antibiotics for three days because his blood was septic. They then operated on him and removed the pieces of his gangrenous gall bladder. And then they had to scope him because they missed a small piece that lodged itself in his stomach. So glad your husband made it before that nightmare !


  28. Don’t wait on health stuff.

    Many people have passed, or developed serious problems, by not following that advice. I took it heart when I had pains in my gut. Happened on a Saturday. Rather than wait I went to the ER to find I had two kidney stones. Within a week I had the surgery.

    MIL has a heart condition that will eventually prove fatal that requires surgery. The surgeon stated that the surgery would not be survivable at her age. That did not sit well with wife and MIL. Some things you cannot avoid.

    Her attitude changed dramatically and she is now just waiting to die.

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  29. Pray that we do not get another two million immigrant year into Texas like 2015 and 2016. That was horrible and new congestion places popped up all over the place. I have well over 1,000 new homes built in the last five years within a mile of the new used house, all on 45 to 55 ft lots with 1.5 vehicle garages, etc, etc, etc.

    We see it in Austin, particularly N-NW of me, the only reasonable growth path for now north of Downtown.


  30. Her attitude changed dramatically and she is now just waiting to die.

    How incredibly sad. I’ve see two attitudes among relatives that were given a relatively short time to live. One simply sat in the recliner in front of the the TV and waited to die. She would have likely lived a year longer if she had exercised or taken care of herself. The other, an aunt, said “If I have only 6 months to live there’s a LOT I want to do” and she did. She worked on her bucket list, traveled the world, caught up with old friends, went on a cruise, saw the pyramids and the great wall and lived almost 3 years before the cancer took her. Make the most of what you have left.

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  31. Florida is going to get two additional congresscritter seats. Texas is going to get three. Two from New York, one from California, one from Michigan, one from Illinois, etc, etc, etc. You see the pattern, right ?

    People roll straight down 95 from New York to Florida so it makes sense the state gets two of NY’s seats, but NY could easily lose a third. Maybe that will go to GA.

    The difference in Florida is that the Republicans will completely control redistricting in addition to gaining seats. The last two redistrictings drawn by the Republicans in the Legislature and Governor’s Mansion were hampered by the state’s court system, dominated by appointments made by Democrat Governors in the 80s and 90s and RINO Charlie Crist in the late 00s.

    By nominating Andrew Gillum for Governor two years ago instead of the infinitely more electable Gwen Graham, heir to her family’s political dynasty, the Dems in Florida rolled the dice on making a national statement. Instead, they’re locked out of statewide office save for the Agriculture Commissioner and the Congressional delegation will be a gerrymandered dream.

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  32. Deep Pantry
    I grew up in a house with a deep pantry. Literally. The pantry was the room between the maids quarters and the main kitchen (well it was a mansion). It was the size of most bedrooms with floor to ceiling shelving and a large chest freezer. It was always kept fully stocked because my parents had lived through the depression and remembered what it was like to have to join the bread line. After going out on my own I never had a pantry, just regular kitchen shelves that held a few days worth of food if we could afford that much. At times, when in college, I would walk the roadside looking for bottles to turn in for the deposit to get enough for that days supper.
    Living in abroad, in the UK, Hong Kong, and NZ, no one had any food storage. Why bother when the kitchens were tiny and the shops were usually just a block away. Grocery shopping was an everyday activity.
    Back in the US, and a bit more mature, I began to pay attention to the need for storage. Living in Mississippi for 12 years my options were limited. I had lots of storage in the garage and attic but it wasn’t climate controlled and I learned the hard way that canned goods don’t like to be frozen in the winter then heated to 90f in the summer. So when selecting a retirement home, food storage was one of the criteria. The home we selected has a dedicated pantry space located between the garage and the kitchen. It has deep cabinets and a built-in upright freezer. Being in the climate controlled area of the house, I am happy storing canned and boxed goods there. I put up shelving in the underground bunker and store bulk items there that won’t be damaged by the high humidity and cool environment. I have recently put a fan in one of the vent tubes that runs twice a day trying to keep the humidity down. Paper products go in the upper tier of shelving in the garage and in the attic. At last I feel I have a decently deep pantry to tide us over for a while.

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  33. As I have stated many times, get the procedure. The results are amazing. The procedure trivial. One of those items that when you have it done, you kick yourself for not doing it sooner.

    I had my cataracts done some 5 years ago and probably would have held off longer were it not for Ray’s enthusiastic encomium. Like he said, you’ll be glad you did!

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  34. As I have stated many times, get the procedure. The results are amazing. The procedure trivial. One of those items that when you have it done, you kick yourself for not doing it sooner.

    My wife had cataract surgery a couple of years ago and for the first time in decades doesn’t need glasses. She’s very happy with the results. I am told that I will likely need surgery in a couple of years. My only issue is that ever since getting an ember in my eye when I was 3 at a bonfire, I’ve had a STRONG phobia of anything touching my eyes. I recognize it’s purely psychological but my stomach still clinches at the thought.

  35. I’ve had a lot of eye damage and various procedures over the years. I count myself lucky to see at all, let alone as well as I do.

    Eye issues are scary.

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  36. Ray’s enthusiastic encomium

    I am not a doctor, but stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.

    I was really apprehensive when I had my cataract surgery. By that time I had already had Lasik and vitrectomy on each eye along with the retina being lasered. The thought of removing the lens was just scary. I had to have one eye done twice because the lens installed did not do the necessary vision correction. Of course I had to pay for the correct lens.

    On the second eye I did not follow the doctor’s orders to the letter. Missed one of the eye drops one day. The next day I suffered and had make an emergency trip back to the eye doctor. At which time it was explained to me in not so subtle terms that I was an idiot. I think I missed the steroid drops.

    The doctor’s orders MUST be followed explicitly and to the letter. If the instructions say every 6 hours, don’t do it at 6 hours and 30 minutes. Lesson learned.

  37. I really don’t like having the crew in my driveway and around the house in the back where all the good stuff is. The generators and water tanks are pretty hard to miss if you are in the yard. The food is a bit more undercover. @paul would probably recognize what I’ve got going on. I’ve used night shields (aluminized fabric set up like an old school movie screen) horizontally to cover my three sets of shelves where my canned goods are stored. The night shields are normally used in a grocery store to cover the open face of reach in coolers and freezers at night. I picked up three at some point. They work great as retractable ‘doors’ in front of the metal shelves.

    Hard to maintain OPSEC when you’ve got people crawling all over your house.

    Oh, the fix it people see everything and try to forget it all. My plumber buddy was telling me last week about going to his best customer earlier in the day. A mom and three daughters with continually plugged house drains. This time he pulled all of the tampons out of his fancy fancy fancy battery operated 75 ft drain cleaner and laid them on the driveway. He has been telling them to throw away the tampons rather than flushing them. Then he took them all outside and showed them the 30 ? 40 ? tampons laid out on the driveway. He may have gotten his point across this time but he is not sure. He just wants the horror to go away.

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  38. Will people in the future understand this comic ?

    People don’t understand “Dilbert” now, ironic since the very people who inspired Adams to create the strip, legacy PacBell middle managers turned C-suite execs, starting with John Stankey, are now running AT&T into the ground, spouting the exact same lines as the PHB has for 25+ years.

    Plus, with his “daily sip” commentary on YouTube, Adams has ticked off lefties so he’s a non-person in the minds of half of the country.

    I hated working from home. I think it was part of my problem with management who would have liked to close the Austin office permanently or, at a very minimum, shrink it so that senior leadership could move back Downtown with 24/7 365 paid parking for events like Austin City Limits and South-by-Southwest. The dead giveaway was the “Sonic Highway” poster in one VP’s office.

  39. Another that I missed- equipment rental companies. They borrow money to buy equipment to then rent to the construction industry. But if no one is building, then no one is renting, and then the notes don’t get paid. Two local companies in the bankruptcy auctions this month. I wonder what local banks hold their paper? I wonder if they’ll be in trouble soon…

    My banker brother told me the other day that of his $2.4 billion in loans, only $100 million is in trouble (behind on payments) and he thinks that only $25 million will go south on him. He does not have any exposure to the 300+ oil and natural gas companies in the USA that have filed bankruptcy or are getting ready to file. There are 600+ oil and natural gas companies in the USA …

    His big problem is that 30 of his 470 people have either gotten the COVID-19 or been exposed to it. He requires them to stay off the job for two ? weeks plus they test clean twice. He is not going to open the lobbies on his 31 banks this year, drive throughs and mail only.

  40. The Alaska political climate came as a slight shock. I always thought AK was populated by pretty liberty-oriented folks, and the same for the politicians. Guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by the turn.

    Any city above 100,000 people seems to be run by the progressives nowadays. And they seem to have ways to get at the government programs themselves for personal enrichment.

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  41. I spoke with my Real Estate agent and my tax guy yesterday and we have decided that when my Storage Facility sells (fingers crossed) I will use a 1031 Exchange to roll most of the monies over into buying a duplex to keep tax obligation low. The storage facility takes more actual hands-on time than I want (or can) provide and is just a little too small to be a money-maker. I own the land around it but the costs of constructing an extension would require more capital than I want to invest at this time in my life. Plus, the facility is looking at some major renovation work in a couple of years. Better to get out from under it and move on. But I still need (want) a small space in that area so I will have a place to stay while the wife is in dialysis three days of the week. So I have my agent looking for a smallish duplex where I can use one side for myself and rent the other to make the payments. Not a lot (or any) duplexes in that area for sale just now but you never know.

    How many units does your storage facility have ? I would love to build something like this on our 9 acre land or the 5 acre land but I cannot figure out how to afford it. Plus I do not want to spend much time showing it and collecting rent.
    https://www.har.com/homedetail/425-crabb-river-rd-richmond-tx-77469/9466283

  42. Pray that we do not get another two million immigrant year into Texas like 2015 and 2016. That was horrible and new congestion places popped up all over the place. I have well over 1,000 new homes built in the last five years within a mile of the new used house, all on 45 to 55 ft lots with 1.5 vehicle garages, etc, etc, etc.

    We see it in Austin, particularly N-NW of me, the only reasonable growth path for now north of Downtown.

    My customers in Buda, TX (south of Austin) tell me that it is a part of Austin now. They are not happy.

  43. Cataract surgery is often safe and effective, but mine wasn’t. That doesn’t mean I would recommend waiting until vision deteriorates too much. And, some of the effects I will describe cannot be predicted. Mine weren’t. Oh, I have no fears of any eye procedures. I have a history of them. Eyes are tough. That said, I have been to a couple of the best eye surgeons in the West, and am still having problems. Some people have bad teeth; I guess I have bad eyes. Still, some of my suggestions might be useful.

    Before the cataract surgery, my intraocular pressure was at or below normal, enough that a doc once said I would never have macular degeneration. He was half right. After cataract surgery on my first eye, the pressure in that eye went up enough that I have been on two different drops permanently. I also had an SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty) on that eye to lower pressure, but it did not reduce the need for the drops. With that history, the doc installed a small tubular device in the second eye during cataract surgery. It might have helped, but its pressure also went up, requiring the same meds as the other eye. Maculae in both eyes are OK, but are under watch for any problems. I am told that as long as I keep the pressure under control I should be fine.

    I also had a film develop on the implant of the second eye, immediately after surgery. The doc said that was very unusual, but not unheard of. Fortunately, another course of steroids cleared it up. He said if it hadn’t, he would have had to go back in and clean the rear surface. Lucked out.

    The first eye developed a complication unrelated to the cataract surgery, distortions in the cornea. Glasses could not correct that after several tries, so I now wear a semi-scleral contact lens. That makes my vision excellent in that eye. The other eye is very good so far. If anyone has problems that these contacts can correct, they are like a new front corneal surface. Find a good optometrist, possibly one recommended by your ophthalmologist.

    As for what kind of implants, I highly recommend correcting the vision in each eye as much as possible while avoiding accommodating or multifocal implants. These might not be fully covered by insurance, but are well worth it IMO. I have an accommodating implant in my first eye, and it does not work very well. Maybe more recent developments are better. My other eye has a non accommodating implant that corrects its astigmatism, and makes the eye nearsighted for reading. I have had that setup since my first corrective surgery in 1990, and I really like it. Some people don’t, so I can’t recommend it. If you want to try it, you must get contact lenses (not glasses) and adapt to them for a few months to see how you will get along. I don’t need reading glasses, and really like the ability to read menus and work on cars in awkward positions without cheaters. Works for me. One eye is corrected for infinity, and the other for about two feet. Everything visual is a compromise, and the brain is a wonderful visual processor.

  44. My customers in Buda, TX (south of Austin) tell me that it is a part of Austin now. They are not happy.

    They haven’t seen anything yet. Even though the Raiders went to Las Vegas in the end, San Marcos was the backup plan and is still being eyed by the NFL for expansion, with a team temporarily in the Alamo Dome until a new stadium gets built, most likely where the Texas State stadium sits now.

    The newly rebuilt freeway access to the stadium is *way* overbuilt for the school and current stadium’s capacity, and any new NFL stadium is immediately on the short list for a Super Bowl the year after it opens — Austin-scale bacchanalia is expected, and Coach Pop will bring the wines up from San Antonio.

    Also, SH130, currently ending in the Toll 45 interchange at Buda is a direct route to The Real Life Tony Stark’s (TM) Cybertruck factory near the airport. No, that wasn’t one of our toll roads — a Spanish (?) company owns that and was slowly going broke until the factory deal was announced.

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  45. Any city above 100,000 people seems to be run by the progressives nowadays.

    Great. Our city is less than 15k. I don’t even live inside the limits. 🙂

    The nearest city larger than 25k is 90 miles. Yay.

  46. My customers in Buda, TX (south of Austin) tell me that it is a part of Austin now. They are not happy.

    That’s the trouble with many of the good places: everybody wants to live there. Eventually, they are no longer good places. I would rather live in a less good place; at least we don’t have growth problems. Steady pop for decades. I used to worry. No longer.

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  47. That’s the trouble with many of the good places: everybody wants to live there. Eventually, they are no longer good places.

    Did someone say Seattle? Seemed like good idea at the time. Sigh.

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  48. I’m reading and storing all of the tidbits about hearing aids and eye problems. That I’ll remember any of it when I get old is another matter.

    Hearing? I’m good though the cicadas in one ear (mostly) get pretty loud sometimes.
    Vision? Glasses, no glasses, readers, ok. Whatever works. I’d like to see the moon as round, with a man on it, like when I was a kid. The somewhat fuzzy egg shape is just wrong. A goal.

  49. @lynn – RE: Self Storage Facility
    We have 78 units. I bought the facility 5 years ago and we took it from 72% occupancy to 93%. The problem today is delinquency with layoffs from virus closures. I am waiving all delinquency fees till the governor ends the state of emergency.
    I think that 80 units, at least in our area, is the minimum to make any $$. We are paying the mortgage ($1800/mo) and bills but only clearing a couple of grand each month. With 100 units we could afford a full time site manager. I’ve found that on-site management makes a HUGE difference. More than once I’ve had someone show up with a pickup load of furniture saying they needed a unit NOW!! and the facility down the road was closed and couldn’t rent to them till Monday. You also get to hear all peoples problems from being kicked out by a wife to having to store a dead parents furniture to going to prison for 2 years and need to store stuff till he gets out.
    My advice, for what it’s worth, if you can have on-site management, anything over 80 units will make money.

    UPDATE: I looked at the facility you linked to. Nice exterior space for storing boats & RVs. We don’t have that but it’s easy $$. On the other hand, liability and insurance are different (read more expensive) when you store vehicles. One upside is that you could expand the interior storage into areas now used for vehicle so it’s flexible. I see the price is $2.9 mil. We bought our 78 unit facility for $290K and spent an extra $18K to get the adjoining lots for expansion. Of course our facility is in tiny Tecumseh OK but still on a major intersection of HW 270 and HW 9. Our prices run from $55 for a 10×10 to $100 for a 10×20 which is competitive in the area. We originally partnered with UHaul to rent trucks and trailers but found UHaul to be unreliable, their on-line portal was down more often than not and it cost us customers so we dropped them.

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  50. Hearing? I’m good though the cicadas in one ear (mostly) get pretty loud sometimes.

    Mine is a 100 hp three phase electric motor running at 3,600 rpm. Gets worse at times. I just crank up the volume.

    I just got a haircut and could barely understand the lady through her face diaper. She has a strong Spanish accent with lots of rolling Rs and the face diaper muffled all that.

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  51. We are still having long lines for early voting here in Fort Bend County. They just extended the early voting hours to 7pm from 5pm all this week. A lot of my friends have been eagerly waiting to vote, mostly for the Trumper. Of course, many of my friends are active Christians and active gun carryers.

  52. I don’t do early voting.
    At 68 I’ve been doing it the right way for 50 years so why change now?

  53. We are still having long lines for early voting here in Fort Bend County. They just extended the early voting hours to 7pm from 5pm all this week. A lot of my friends have been eagerly waiting to vote, mostly for the Trumper. Of course, many of my friends are active Christians and active gun carryers.

    The parking lot of the early voting site near our house was empty when I headed out to Home Depot earlier.

    CA money gave MJ Hegar money for a new “Scorsese”-style commercial back at her fake house which allows for the crazy camera movements like “Doors” re-creation of the “Goodfellas” opening.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsIYBd9T73Y

    I’m not buying it for a second that she lives there. I’m not sure what the idea is with Scorsese and the target demographic.

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  54. “Amy Coney Barrett goes viral holding up blank notepad when asked if she’s referring to any materials”

    The Notorious ACB is simply owning the Dumbocrats. Crazy Mazie asking her if she ever sexually assaulted anyone. 88 out of 1400 faculty at her alma mater sending a letter she should recuse. Not one from the law school or hard sciences. ProgLibTurds still screeching how Crone Gingsburg’s “dying wish” should be honored like it is law. Please, Cocaine Mitch, just hold the vote and put the PLT’s out of their misery.

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  55. CA money gave MJ Hegar money for a new “Scorsese”-style commercial back at her fake house which allows for the crazy camera movements like “Doors” re-creation of the “Goodfellas” opening.

    I wonder how many times they shot that to get it right.

    “Vote for Meeeeee ‘cause I’m cool n shit!”

    HARRIS/plugs 2020!

  56. @Lynn – I noticed someone started an f2cpp on Sourceforge around 12 years ago. Sadly, it never went anywhere.

    f2hack for HHVM would be an interesting experiment. I learned the hard way not to target the HHVM bytecode since it is a moving target.

  57. _Fat Vampire 3: All You Can Eat (Volume 3)_ by Johnny B. Truant
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1629550035/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number three of a six book vampire fantasy series. I read the well printed and well bound POD (print on demand) trade paperback self published by the author in 2013. I have ordered book #4 in the series from Big River.

    Maurice has lost total control of the USA Vampire Council and they have lost control of the vampires in the USA through fangbook and other means. Vampires are now creating new vampires without going through the proper procedures and getting permission. It is chaos ! It is pandemonium ! Humans are afraid to walk the streets at night due to fear of attack from rogue vampires.

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (86 reviews)

  58. CA money gave MJ Hegar money for a new “Scorsese”-style commercial back at her fake house which allows for the crazy camera movements like “Doors” re-creation of the “Goodfellas” opening.

    Is it just my imagination, or does MJ Hegar bear more than a passing resemblance to Kamala Harris?

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  59. Lordy! Playing some bingo at the South Point Casino and there are a bunch of WHITEY! people wandering around with “tRump 2020” face diapers. Not a HARRIS/plugs diaper in sight. And last week the casino security shot and killed a perp flashing a gun around by the front/valet. The casino keeps a small cadre of “armed” security for money matters. Off duty cops and such mostly. Glad I wasn’t standing next to that guy. Death by security guard. Apparently it started in a time share place next door. The perp was looking for revenge for something and got “lead instead.”

  60. “CA money gave MJ Hegar money for a new “Scorsese”-style commercial back at her fake house which allows for the crazy camera movements like “Doors” re-creation of the “Goodfellas” opening.”

    Is it just my imagination, or does MJ Hegar bear more than a passing resemblance to Kamala Harris?

    It is probably deliberate, like Robert Francis Kennedy-esque makeup invoking Iversons.

    The Dems have to assuage fears among the suburban female voters in the suburbs of DC and the tech hubs that their current lifestyle won’t be affected by a Plugs victory and the Senate changing hands.

    Hegar has the added burden that Texas Dems are suspicious of her true beliefs because of her military background and C-suite day job at Dell between campaigns.

  61. @Lynn – I noticed someone started an f2cpp on Sourceforge around 12 years ago. Sadly, it never went anywhere.

    f2hack for HHVM would be an interesting experiment. I learned the hard way not to target the HHVM bytecode since it is a moving target.

    Yup, the only real thing out there nowadays is Fable – Fortran 77 to C++.
    http://cci.lbl.gov/fable/
    and
    https://scfbm.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1751-0473-7-5

    “Conceptually FABLE is similar to the F2C program developed two decades ago [9], but the C code generated by F2C was never intended to be human-readable. The F2CPP [10] script helps by automatically rewriting the F2C output using C++ syntax. However, both F2C and F2CPP convert Fortran global variables to C global variables, which has the drawbacks mentioned above. Commercial Fortran-to-C++ conversion services are offered by a number of companies, and although a full listing is beyond the scope of this article, we did engage such services for a predecessor project [11]. One major issue identified in this project was a dependence on laborious manual changes after the automatic Fortran-to-C++ conversion but prior to testing. During the period of manual changes we could not avoid the continued development of the Fortran sources, therefore these new developments later had to be laboriously converted and merged with the C++ code. FABLE avoids this situation by permitting the converted code to be immediately tested. A second major issue was that the C++ code generated in the conversion preserved Fortran global variables as C++ global variables. It was therefore necessary to develop a series of ad-hoc scripts to automatically rewrite the C++ code, moving Fortran global variables to C++ structs. The result of these automatic rewrites is similar to the approach now used by FABLE, as described below.”

  62. CA money gave MJ Hegar money for a new “Scorsese”-style commercial back at her fake house which allows for the crazy camera movements like “Doors” re-creation of the “Goodfellas” opening.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsIYBd9T73Y

    I’m not buying it for a second that she lives there. I’m not sure what the idea is with Scorsese and the target demographic.

    Nice Harley. Is that really her riding it or is that a double ?

  63. Yup, the only real thing out there nowadays is Fable – Fortran 77 to C++.

    Maybe we’ll get a new Cold War and research spending to unlock the old source code.

    C++20 added modularization beyond namespaces. That may help with the globals problem.

  64. Nice Harley. Is that really her riding it or is that a double ?

    I doubt it was a double. From Round Rock north, I35 doesn’t lack for Harley dealers selling toys to C-suite execs at Dell, military, and doctors in Waco and Temple. Plus, back when her campaign was broke and filmed the “reintroduction” video last year she rode a bike.

    That video had a fake Congressional campaign HQ in flashbacks, however. The real office from two years ago was next to the Round Rock Spec’s store across from Ikea. They had access to good/cheap Indian food on the other side of the office, which may have been a factor in the selection.

    It looked like the “reintroduction” shot the rides on the road out to our test site in Taylor. Great scenery in the area, but one of our guys was nearly killed on his bike by a careless driver. More manipulation of reality.

    Hopefully, she’s back at Dell after this cycle for good.

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  65. Husband was rough this morning from yesterday’s surgery. Thank you all for your good wishes.

    I tallied Sunday’s rabbit venture – 11 rabbits born 7/23 yielded 31 pounds 13 ounces of bone in meat. Smallest was 2 pounds 2 ounces, three largest were 3 pounds 6 ounces. I haven’t tallied my feed bills however we were going thru about 50 pounds of pellets and a couple pounds of hay a week towards the end. That feed also fed feeding their three siblings waiting for freezer camp, a half sibling from June were keeping to breed, a buck, and three does.

    Back of the envelope scratching, $2.50 pound, 6 hours processing and another 10-11 hours in care.

    I’m calling this a win.

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  66. Husband was rough this morning from yesterday’s surgery. Thank you all for your good wishes.

    Thoughts and prayers.

    Unfortunately, the closest medical resource we know even remotely close to you is currently located in Centralia, WA.

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  67. It is Patch Tuesday again.
    Win10 2004 is mainly security issues.
    https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-releases-windows-10-builds-19041572-183631139—heres-whats-new

    Sigh. I need to upgrade my entire shop to Act! v 22 and Windows 10 x64 Pro. Both servers need some tender loving care but at least the eight workstations are running ok. Except for mine which has the 4 TB hard drive limit (requires constant reforming of the internal LAN backup in my pc). All my other LAN backup drives (3 internal and 7 external) are 8 TB to 12 TB.

    I did note that WD 2 TB SSD drives are now $176. That means that the general file server will be jumped to a SSD drive from its current WD Black 2 TB hard drive. The source code server has a 500 GB SSD waiting for it primary drive but the data drive will remain a WD 4 TB Black hard drive.
    https://www.amazon.com/Blue-NAND-2TB-SSD-WDS200T2B0A/dp/B073SBRHH6/?tag=ttgnet-20

    I just read the release notes for Act! v22. We are still running Act! v14 with a 3 GB database and 29,041 contacts. We have to completely remove the old Act! version including the MS SQL 2008 server before installing the new Act! on each server and workstation. I am so excited ! Not !

    About a months worth of work for this old broken down hack.

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  68. Nice Harley. Is that really her riding it or is that a double ?

    I doubt it was a double. From Round Rock north, I35 doesn’t lack for Harley dealers selling toys to C-suite execs at Dell, military, and doctors in Waco and Temple. Plus, back when her campaign was broke and filmed the “reintroduction” video last year she rode a bike.

    I want to see her husband on the back post. That should be interesting if she cannot flat foot the bike on both sides. Wait, there is no back post on that bike.

  69. @lynn – RE: Self Storage Facility
    We have 78 units. I bought the facility 5 years ago and we took it from 72% occupancy to 93%. The problem today is delinquency with layoffs from virus closures. I am waiving all delinquency fees till the governor ends the state of emergency.
    I think that 80 units, at least in our area, is the minimum to make any $$. We are paying the mortgage ($1800/mo) and bills but only clearing a couple of grand each month. With 100 units we could afford a full time site manager. I’ve found that on-site management makes a HUGE difference. More than once I’ve had someone show up with a pickup load of furniture saying they needed a unit NOW!! and the facility down the road was closed and couldn’t rent to them till Monday. You also get to hear all peoples problems from being kicked out by a wife to having to store a dead parents furniture to going to prison for 2 years and need to store stuff till he gets out.
    My advice, for what it’s worth, if you can have on-site management, anything over 80 units will make money.

    I see a self storage with five buildings and many lockers in Tecumseh that meets that description. Looks nice ! Exactly what I would like to add to the back of my 9 acre place here. Or the back of my 5 acre place. But having management on site would be a killer on the daily cost.

  70. -this one might have been accidental, or not, but the next one won’t be.

    Governor KKKlansman is up for reelection next year, a huge test for 2022 if Plugs wins this year.

    KKKlansman is toast if the DC suburbs lose faith too soon.

  71. It’s glorious watching Stretch Pelosi melt down against Wolf Blitzer. “You’re a Republican apologist!” LOL! Wolf Blitzer? His nose is still brown from being up Obola/Plugs’ ass! Another crone who needs to retire. She’ll want to die in office. Get rolled in to “vote”. “She moved her left eyelid! That’s a yes on the Green New Deal!”

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  72. Even though the Raiders went to Las Vegas in the end, San Marcos was the backup plan and is still being eyed by the NFL for expansion…

    Four words to remember:

    Irwindale Welcomes the Raiders

  73. “CDC Study: Most COVID-19 Cases Were Admitted Mask Wearers”
    https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/cdc-study-most-covid-19-cases-were-admitted-mask-wearers

    “The study, which was conducted in the United States in July found that when the CDC compared 154 “case-patients,” who tested positive for COVID-19, to a control group of 160 participants from the same health care facility who were symptomatic but tested negative, over 70 percent of the case-patients were contaminated with the virus and fell ill despite “always” wearing a mask.”

    “In the 14 days before illness onset, 71% of case-patients and 74% of control participants reported always using cloth face coverings or other mask types when in public,” the report stated.”

    Oops. Maybe if we wear five masks everywhere ???

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

  74. “Mazie Hirono Cements Her Insanity, Asks Amy Coney Barrett if She’s Ever Raped Someone”
    https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2020/10/13/mazie-hirono-cements-her-insanity-asks-amy-coney-barrett-if-shes-raped-someone/

    “Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono is a certified insane person. That’s been known for a while, yet she continues to up the bar every time she ends up in the spotlight during a hearing. After previously trying to disqualify Amy Coney Barrett over her religion back in 2017, something that’s blatantly unconstitutional, Hirono strapped on the water skis and had the guy driving the boat floor it towards the shark in today’s confirmation hearing.”

    This Senator XXXXXXX person is mentally disturbed. I can come up with no other excuse to ask a decent, honest, mother of seven, lady an indecent question like that. You do not treat a lady like this. I conclude that the senator is no lady herself.

    What have we become that our representatives are indecent like this ?


  75. WRT politicians, it seems that the more they are in the public eye, the more shady stuff they get up to.

    Nah, it just gets notices more. With few exceptions, the kind of person who makes a career as a politician is egocentric. Surrounded by hangers-on and lobbyists, it’s easy for them to believe they can get away with stuff, and that they are even justified in doing so. If they weren’s slimeballs to start, they wind up as such.

    Like our lead parliamentarian, who sits on somewhere between 25 and 30 corporate boards. He can’t possibly contribute anything useful to that many companies, except his political influence. It’s nothing but legalized bribery.

    To be fair, burger flipping requires a much longer attention span and more attention to detail…

    Seriously, it really does. I was in a McDonalds a few months ago that was set up with a clear view into the kitchen. It was a busy lunchtime, I had a fairly long wait. Most employees were were multi-tasking like crazy – I don’t see how anyone could work that concentrated for more than an hour or two. But the manager should have been fired, plain and simple. You know those categorized racks, where each kind of sandwich has a spot? Didn’t have one of those – everything from the kitchen slid out the same slot, into one big, confused pile. Brilliant.

    Gall bladder surgery for husband

    @Jenny: Best wishes to your hubby!

    Do We Live in a Simulation?

    Actually, this isn’t a new idea. And there are some entirely reasonable arguments behind it. For example: on the quantum end of things, there is a smallest possible increment in distance, and a smallest possible increment of time. And weird things happen when you fool around at these limits. Not so dissimilar to what happens when running a discrete computer simulation.

    In the end, what difference would it make? Creator of the simulation = Deity. It’s just a fun mind-game.


  76. Husband was rough this morning

    Uh…

    from yesterday’s surgery.

    Oh.

    For future reference, you might want to consider the expectations and implications raised by the first part of what you write.

    Best wishes to him for his recovery. And for … you know …

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  77. Nah, it just gets notices more.

    What Brad said. Same goes for news reporting (agenda and lies from the beginning, covered by a self-generated reputation for honesty), the FBI (corruption, crime, and manipulation from the beginning, covered by Hoover’s ruthless control of media presentation of the feebs), and probably every other institution that had a good reputation.

  78. Oops. Maybe if we wear five masks everywhere ???

    I think the virus is transmitted via “ass gas”. We should all be wearing charcoal butt masks. If that is the case, that person on my recent elevator ride could have infected half of Rhode Island.

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  79. Anyone who shows up sick is going to insist they wore their mask all the time…

    And there is research that it enters a family then spreads thru the family. Since almost no one wears masks with just family, you can wear your mask — which doesn’t protect YOU, BY DEFINITION unless it’s N95– get wuflu, then bring it home and spread it.

    Useless study because people lie, and it doesn’t address the other issues. And, as stated pretty much everywhere, cloth masks don’t protect the wearer, and AREN’T MEANT TO.

    n


  80. Anyone who shows up sick is going to insist they wore their mask all the time…

    This. Self reporting of such behaviors is notoriously unreliable.

    And as Nick says, masks are about reducing the amount of virus you exhale, not inhale. Especially since evidence is that the peak of being contagious is reached before symptoms start. Plus, there is evidence that most non-familial cases are caught from superspreaders.


  81. And as Nick says, masks are about reducing the amount of virus you exhale, not inhale.

    Sure, but many people wear a mask with a vent, which doesn’t protect others, either. Theater.


  82. I can come up with no other excuse to ask a decent, honest, mother of seven, lady an indecent question like that.

    I can. Battlespace preparation for when the Dems produce a bunch of crazy liars claiming that Barrett verbally or sexually harassed or assaulted them.

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  83. You mean like they did for Cavanaugh? Surely the democrats are not that evil and perverted!

    I will quietly now go away.

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  84. I don’t need reading glasses, and really like the ability to read menus and work on cars in awkward positions without cheaters. Works for me. One eye is corrected for infinity, and the other for about two feet. Everything visual is a compromise, and the brain is a wonderful visual processor.

    I am a long way away from needing eye surgery, but it is in the family (my Dad) so I guess I will just wait for it. He could and would not follow instructions, and ruined one eye (focused up and to the left). I will try to NOT do that. Had a friend who had his eyes cut (laser) that way (infinity for one, reading for the other) and my contact lenses are setup that way. Works wonderfully for the most part, but if I spend hours looking at infinity (say a softball tournament), my eyes really resist adjusting for reading. It is an almost perfect solution for sports. I wear continuous trifocal glasses most of the time. Easier except for sports.

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