Wed. Dec. 2, 2020 – both the Advent calendar and the Elf on the Shelf are back

Cool and damp, windy and cool, but no more freezes this week.

Froze here for about 8 hours Monday night though.  I really hope my citrus made it through.  I didn’t remember the warning and was busy so I didn’t cover anything.  I think the lowest it got was 28F and it was there for about 4 hours.  I am really unhappy about that and I’m kicking myself in the nethers for the oversight.

I spent the day yesterday doing auction stuff.  Didn’t get much else done.  Had a moment of weirdness when I noticed a guy standing around in my ‘troubling’ neighbor’s yard.  He looked like a contractor, and was acting like a contractor waiting for a meeting about the house, but the neighbor’s elementary age kids were just coming home from school, and had forgotten their door key.  So they couldn’t just walk past the guy and enter, they had to walk past him twice.  I was in the front yard watching because it caught my attention.  The kids went around to the back, and the guy got a ladder and got up on the roof.  I went to look into the back yard and make sure the kids got in, while keeping an eye on the guy.   He finished on the roof and left.  If it weren’t for the timing, I might not have noticed, but then again, something caught my attention.

The mom and dad came home shortly after, because the kids called about a strange guy in the yard and on the roof.  (They rent, so it could be legit, just something the owner didn’t mention.)  The parents were freaked and came to talk to us about what I saw or didn’t see.  We had a good talk for about half an hour about security issues and calling the Constable’s deputies if anything weird is going on.  She related that on more than one occasion a truck was parked in front of her house watching or waiting, and that one time the truck followed her out of the subdivision.   I gave them the Constable’s number and suggested that that would be an EXCELLENT time to call for a driveby….   I’ve mentioned before that something is going on with these two.  They were super keyed in on my cameras, they had the very tense custody exchange shortly after moving in, and he did the whole ‘get up in your face and see if you back down’ with me the first time we met.  I don’t usually back down.  My normal reaction is to step into it, and mention some of my experiences with cops or crims, depending on which I think will de-escalate the best.  Some things I just ignore* while noting them.  In any case, he cooled off that time.  (Did I mention, both have tats with probable gang history, although nothing as obvious as signs or facial markings.  To be fair, a lot of early middle-aged people in this area have some evidence of past indiscretion on their bodies, so it didn’t concern me but I did note it.)

I think I’ll move my new camera install back to the top of the list, pointed to cover the area in front of their house.  I have good video of the guy’s truck, but nothing great of the guy.  He’s probably just a roofing contractor who was supposed to meet the owner, and the owner didn’t show for some reason.  Probably.  But he didn’t have a front plate on his truck, and he disappeared around the back, up the driveway for a few minutes while I was watching.  Momma said he looked in her car (she didn’t waste any time putting cameras up to cover their vehicles after they moved in, and she knows her way around the system if she checked the video that quickly.)  Hopefully the landlord will shed some light, otherwise we notch up the security level.

Looking at the video took me a bit longer than I expected.  Linux has different tools for playback than I am used to, but I got good recordings of the incident.  I’ve got the motion sensitivity turned too far down for the onboard recording at the camera, as I didn’t get his truck driving away in native resolution on the cam.  I have to take another look at that.  It’s been my experience that no matter what the system, or how you’ve configured and tested it, until you go looking for video of an actual incident you don’t REALLY know what it’s recording or not, and if it’s what you need.

I’m home today with the student, so I’ll continue the auction and ebay preps, and maybe get up on the roof with a new camera.  (Both my plumber and my auction drop off got canceled yesterday, leaving me at loose ends.)  Thursday filled up, so I need to be productive today.  It’s always something.

Oh, and I went through the shelves of food I just stacked in March.  I moved some to my ‘working’ shelves, and I think I’ll move the rest back to my secondary location.  That will free up some space here, and give me some redundancy.  Turns out, I don’t need those 8 gallons of bleach to be so close to hand.  And some buckets of bulk can be shifted too.

On the other hand, I’ve got 7 cu ft of freezer to fill.

Keep your eyes and ears open.  Keep stacking.

nick

 

*once I was chatting with my local work crew in LA.  Quite a few of them had the signs of previously mis-spent youth.  I mentioned that I grew up on the South Side of Chicago (south suburbs to be exact, but South Side has a richer connotation.)  They had previously asked me “where you stay at” which is a dialectical way of asking ‘where do you live right now’.  That particular phrase indicates a subculture I’m familiar with, so when they asked me “who I was with” or “who I ‘claimed'” they were asking me about MY past gang affiliation.  Since I had none, and that would have been all in the past anyway, I ignored the questions like I didn’t hear them and kept on chatting.  Eventually though, they kept poking at it (good-naturedly) and I ended up saying “I know what you’re asking and I am not hearing you ask it, cuz I ain’t gonna answer it” which got a laugh,  and then I made some jokes about throwing signs and tags that got some more laughs.  That worked out ok because they were technically working for me, were mostly guys I’d worked with on other shows, and it was friendly and in a ‘lets see what this white boy really knows’ kinda way…   In another time or place I would have let those questions blow right by me like I didn’t even recognize what they were asking.  Sometimes it’s better to be a player, or to have BEEN a player (even better as you don’t have to keep up the same level of face) and sometimes it’s better to be a ‘civilian’ and off limits and out of play…and sometimes if you are 200 pounds with a grey crew cut, and drive a white Expedition with a push bar it’s better to let them make other assumptions about who you  might work for.

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

78 thoughts on “Wed. Dec. 2, 2020 – both the Advent calendar and the Elf on the Shelf are back”


  1. I am willing to self-identify as female if the compensation is lucrative enough.

    Not I. The only practicable way to stop that kind of nonsense is not to play their game.

    The only way I’d identify as female for a job would be if one SJW were executed in my presence for every minute I was on the job. That works out to half a million angry feminists, bearded hipsters in skinny jeans, aggressive trannies, and Karens per year.

  2. “Additionally, the rules would require most Nasdaq-listed companies to have, or explain why they do not have, at least two diverse directors, including one who self-identifies as female and one who self-identifies as either an underrepresented minority or LGBTQ+. ”

    I am willing to self-identify as female if the compensation is lucrative enough. I might turn out to be a bit of a lesbian, though.

    A recent edition of The Simple Homespun Wisdom of Warren Buffett (Ghostwritten by Carol Loomis of Fortune) (TM) included in the BRK annual report goes into corporate board participation if you are curious about the perks. Cobble together a few board positions, and it is decent money for not a lot of work.

    The problem with LGBTQ being a civil rights issue requiring hiring quotas is, as I saw one upset African American woman put it succinctly in a clip on the news one night in Atlanta, “You can take off the dress, white boy.”

  3. Looking at the video took me a bit longer than I expected. Linux has different tools for playback than I am used to, but I got good recordings of the incident.

    Mint 19.3 should have VLC available.

    The only file time I haven’t seen VLC open is the weird Real Video format used for some of the classes at aduni.org, recorded 20+ years ago.

  4. @greg, it opened the .mkv fine, just has fewer or different controls. Cinematic?

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  5. I am willing to self-identify as female if the compensation is lucrative enough. I might turn out to be a bit of a lesbian, though.

    For me, the dress wouldn’t be the problem as much as the Spanx.

    When I got in trouble at the last job this time last year for hitting a sale at Pinup Girl at 2am, shopping for my wife on my work laptop during a late night install, I told management I would wear the dress to work if it was going to be an issue. The whole thing was promptly forgotten.

    In retrospect, I was never *not* in trouble at that job.

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  6. @greg, it opened the .mkv fine, just has fewer or different controls. Cinematic?

    VLC covers a lot more codecs without fussing with installation. It is handy to have around.

    I know that if I get VLC installed and can use it to play “Frozen” off of my USB DVD-RW, I can open anything. 🙂

  7. Cameras here – at least, outside cameras – are a challenge in Switzerland. You are only allowed to film your own land, with the exception of scenic webcams where no individuals are recognizable (like this one).

    I have run conduit for cameras around the house – especially towards our lovely neighbors – but I would have to be careful to ensure that the fields of view stop at the property lines. That’s not trivial, if you also want to be able to identify people (i.e., not just film the tops of people’s heads). So I haven’t done anything just yet…

    – – – – –

    “Self-identify as” – this stuff is tiresome. People need to leave their politics and personal pecadillos at home. They have no place in the office. A correct definition of “equal rights” is “no one cares”.

    On a related note: apparently some progs also find it trendy to end their professional emails with their “preferred pronouns”. Um, no, exactly not. They don’t get to dictate anyone else’s use of language – and certainly not in the name of their employer. Gender female, pronoun “she”; gender male; pronoun “he”. It’s the same in all the languages I am familiar with.

    And if someone guesses wrong, so what? I’ve been “Ms. Brad” more than once, when addressed by people unfamiliar with English names. In 99% of the cases, it’s not relevant, so I just ignore it.

    – – – – –

    End of the year coming up: lots of projects to grade, exams to write. I always subliminally think things ought to lighten up towards the holidays, but really it gets pretty intense at least through the end of January.

  8. Just another note on Californi’s seld inflicted housing wounds. I saw this awhile back and found it interesting how things are sooooo bad even the libs get fed up.

    Austin proper is getting as bad as California with the statutes allowing camping in public spaces.

    No one is fed up enough to mount a serious recall campaign for the Mayor … yet.


  9. And I just figured out why it is $600/week. At 40 hours, that is $15/hour.

    Throw in an annual COLA and why work.

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  10. “No one is fed up enough to mount a serious recall campaign start sniping… ”

    or start with cleansing fire…

    and it probably won’t ever come to that. We’ve got a long history of tolerance toward bums.

    ‘n

  11. the day started with a light misty drizzle, and had become a solid heavy rain. Not quite a downpour, but close. No rooftop camera installation for me today.

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  12. My /tinfoilhat activated last night in a dream. The COVID vaccine is killing youngsters and turning the rest of us into Zombies. Not that it could ever happen. 😉

    Lesson: Don’t have a MeatLovers pizza late at night.

  13. Even one of the ‘smartest guys in the room’ finally gets it…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/dalio-united-states-tipping-point-could-lead-revolution-or-civil-war

    “When wars—civil or external—happen you will have to decide whether you want to be in them or get out of them. When in doubt get out. You can always get back in, but you might not be able to get out.

    “You individually, and those who are leading, need to have a realistic understanding of the circumstances you are in, the range of possibilities that exist given these circumstances, and how to make decisions to produce the best possible outcomes given these circumstances.”

    You also need to be very adaptable in order to do the things you might need to do that are outside your current range of possibilities.

    You can have a better future if you put deferred gratification ahead of immediate gratification”

    –there is some solid truth in there.

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  14. Just another note on Californi’s seld inflicted housing wounds. I saw this awhile back and found it interesting how things are sooooo bad even the libs get fed up.
    https://quillette.com/2020/09/23/l-a-s-failed-homeless-policies-turned-my-home-into-a-prison/

    Over the years, I’ve met a surprising number of people who moved from California but are loath to transfer their “legal residence”, because they don’t want to lose their generous California benefits (or their Prop 13 tax exemptions). They move away, never intending to return except to get dental work done or unemployment or welfare interviews, but keep their CA driver’s licenses and complain that Texas won’t give them a Texas DL unless they surrender the CA one. The author of this article does not see anything wrong with aiding and abetting what amounts to fraud if the man is receiving any kind of California State benefits. In fact, she is proud of it and announces her active role:

    “I personally have given support to one of those easily helpable 20 percent Rufo refers to, getting him paying work and a bank account, and storing his stuff in my garage. ….. I’m happy to say he now has a roof over his head. He lives in a motel across the country, and all I still do for him is provide him with a permanent address. I receive his Veterans Administration and Social Security mail at my house, which I mail to him …. “

    I hope she didn’t send him to Texas, but it’s possible since Texas does not offer much in the way of freebies to attract people here – which is why the above scenario happens. What is very likely is that some not-insignificant fraction of the national homeless population are being counted in multiple states.

  15. We have friends who, about 15 years ago, signed up for a PO box somewhere in TX. They said they were able to claim residency, using that as their address. They are RVers, don’t own a house, and have been on the road for all those yeats. I think they might have to visit once a year.

    Anyone know about this? I could never be a gypsy.

  16. “Be prepared to expend some of that precious ammunition”
    https://gunfreezone.net/be-prepared-to-expend-some-of-that-precious-ammunition/

    “Antifa member Michael Reinoehl engaged in the cold blooded, premeditated murder of Aaron Danielson.”

    “Reinoehl was shot by federal law enforcement during the execution of a warrant for his arrest when he pointed a gun at police.”

    “Now that the election is over, everyone is sure Biden is going to be sworn in, in January, and the Biden administration won’t prosecute Antifa, Antifa is looking for revenge.”

    I was really hoping that this nonsense would go away after the election.

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  17. We have friends who, about 15 years ago, signed up for a PO box somewhere in TX. They said they were able to claim residency, using that as their address. They are RVers, don’t own a house, and have been on the road for all those yeats. I think they might have to visit once a year.

    Anyone know about this? I could never be a gypsy.

    I have read about people selling their home and buying an RV to live in. No property taxes in Texas and several other states since the RV is a vehicle and there are no property taxes on vehicles in Texas. Many of them will move the RV every six months or so to establish their gypsy claim. Some do not move.


  18. Over the years, I’ve met a surprising number of people who moved from California but are loath to transfer their “legal residence”, because they don’t want to lose their generous California benefits (or their Prop 13 tax exemptions).

    What benefits? I’ve never collected one dime from the state for anything. I’ve paid plenty. Prop 13 is a right enacted by the people of California to control a greedy government.

  19. Some do not move.

    These people move. They follow the seasons, and rarely spend more than a month anywhere.

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  20. Anyone know about this? I could never be a gypsy

    I have some friends who did the RV lifestyle for a coupla years. They informed me that South Carolina is popular in their RV set for reasons not clear to me ATM. Has to do with the legalistic difference between “residence” and “domicile”.

    Between fuel, maintenance and camping fees, I’m not sure there is any real advantage in tax and state fees avoidance.

    OTOH, my parents house in IL has had property tax rate of ~$1000/MONTH for decades.


  21. I have read about people selling their home and buying an RV to live in.

    I had an aunt and uncle do this, for many years. It wasn’t so much the taxes as avoiding their parasitical drug-addled/convict adult son.

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  22. I am willing to self-identify as female if the compensation is lucrative enough. I might turn out to be a bit of a lesbian, though.

    For me, the dress wouldn’t be the problem as much as the Spanx.

    TMI, dude, TMI.

    Although, the youtube video of you crawling into the spanx might get you a lot of hits.

  23. Most of the severe side effects appear within two months so that is why they are delaying until Dec 10.

    Given the anticipated delivery schedule, it will be sometime in January before it gets into wider delivery. The first round of vaccinations will be to health care workers (21 million people), including the staff of nursing homes. It is possible that nursing home residents will be included in this. (Phase 1a, 21 million people, 6 weeks to finish) After that is a bit up in the air, but the next up may be essential workers in education, food and agriculture, utilities, cops, firefighters, transportation. (Phase 1b, 87 million, starts week 4 and done by week 15) Then those with comorbidities. Then those over 65 w/o comorbitities. (Phase 1c 100 million comorbidities, 53 million 65+. Starts week 8, finished in week 18) That will take about 4.5 months (based on 10 million doses/week to start, ramping to 20 million in 3 months). Then general adults start (week 16) as the the phase 1 starts to end, and kids are last. This seems to be based on only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. If the J&J vaccine comes online, it will speed things up.

    There is a possibility that nursing home residents and the like (3 million) will get pushed to the 65+ category if vaccination of the staff of the nursing homes is considered enough to keep them safe. That’s one of the calls the CDC committee has to make.

    Example comorbities are:
    Obesity
    Severe Obesity
    Diabetes
    COP
    Heart Condition
    Chronic kidney
    Cancer
    Smoking
    Solid Organ Transplant
    Sickle cell disease

    The Warp Speed people have already got the -70C freezers set up in strategic places around the US. They have been doing dry runs transporting the vaccine containers to the freezers with the dry ice in them on military and commercial planes. The sites will be guarded by the military and National Guard units. Polling on desire to get vaccinated indicates they will get good coverage of the Phase 1 people.

    In short, this (and the peace agreements in the Middle East) will be the signature accomplishments of President Trump’s administration.

    All I know is that my parents were told that people aged 70+ would get the vaccination, if they wanted, at the county hospital in Calhoun County, TX before the end of 2020. One wonders if they already have it in stock.

    I have read of two different production rates for the Pfizer vaccine, 10 million doses/month and 25 million doses/month. Both of these sound low for the anticipated usage / demand. Plus they have been stockpiling since July.

  24. What benefits? I’ve never collected one dime from the state for anything. I’ve paid plenty. Prop 13 is a right enacted by the people of California to control a greedy government.

    Ask my in-laws about CA government-paid goodies. They know how to work the system.

    Among other largess, my wife’s cousin had a paid nanny at CA’s expense after giving birth to twins. This, despite her husband working a C-suite job as a VP at VMware/Dell.

    What was really interesting is that they nanny may have been an illegal. A state employee!

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  25. My /tinfoilhat activated last night in a dream. The COVID vaccine is killing youngsters and turning the rest of us into Zombies. Not that it could ever happen.

    Lesson: Don’t have a MeatLovers pizza late at night.

    It happened in that future documentary known as Star Trek. “The Enterprise discovers a planet exactly like Earth, but the only inhabitants are children who contract a fatal disease upon entering puberty. ”
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0394905/

    Mmmm. Meatlovers pizza plus jalapenos ! Gives one some not so interesting gastronomical soundage.

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  26. All I know is that my parents were told that people aged 70+ would get the vaccination, if they wanted, at the county hospital in Calhoun County, TX before the end of 2020. One wonders if they already have it in stock.

    Doubtful if the vaccine requires special handling.

    Plus something like that would disappear in a county hospital. The defining characteristic of this pandemic has been selfish/stuipid behavior.

    My wife doesn’t even watch the local news anymore. She knows which of the public health “experts” run secret concierge clinics in Austin while spouting quotes about the importance of masking and the common good.

    At one point, my wife even interviewed with one of the doctors but for his public-facing clinic, not the secret practice with a separate entrance. I guess that required more moral flexibility.

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  27. @greg

    Among other largess, my wife’s cousin had a paid nanny at CA’s expense after giving birth to twins. This, despite her husband working a C-suite job as a VP at VMware/Dell.

    Interesting. A friend’s daughter has twins (5 children total, twins are the youngest) and lives in CA. She’s an RN, he’s the stay-at-home-dad. (Her income is enough to support the family.) He’s getting CA unemployment $ (Covid-benefits), but ‘free stuff’ is always good.

  28. “Poison the Well.”
    https://gunfreezone.net/poison-the-well/

    “Still not saying one way or the other about the election’s results, but if there is something I have to give to the Trump team is that any semblance of mandate that the Democrats thought they could have and savor, it has turned into ash.”

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  29. Interesting. A friend’s daughter has twins (5 children total, twins are the youngest) and lives in CA. She’s an RN, he’s the stay-at-home-dad. (Her income is enough to support the family.) He’s getting CA unemployment $ (Covid-benefits), but ‘free stuff’ is always good.

    A union nurse gig at Kaiser on the West Coast is really good money. Even if she doesn’t work for Kaiser, the other healthcare systems have to compete for the skillset.

    I’m not sure how the in-laws managed the state-provided nanny. Their lifestyle definitely depends on an annual check from the family’s rackets, but C-suite exec at Dell income isn’t terrible. The US Senate candidate on the Dem side from Texas this year, MJ “Doors” Hegar, has a similar title/paycheck at Dell.

  30. What gets me is that I live in California, where supposedly everything $costs. Well, maybe not everything, including property taxes, thanks to Prop 13 and having had our home for 40+ years.
    That is much more of a good deal. I can’t believe 13 has lasted so long, in spite of nearly constant attacks.

    From what I understand, Prop 13 protection is inheritable, which is the real fiscal insanity that turned average houses from places to live into generational wealth. Only a court is going to be able to walk that back.

    Just wait until being in the country without a visa is decriminalized. If you think CA real estate is pricey now thanks to Prop 13, it is nothing compared to what the prices will look like after 10-20 million Number One Sons from Asia show up with their family money.

    What is to keep the 10-20 million Number One Sons from Asia showing up today with a million dollars in a USA bank ? Isn’t that one of the ways to get around the immigration rules right now ?

    We have a lot of Mexican families who have moved to Fort Bend County and the Houston area over the last ten years. My understanding is all they have to do is deposit a million dollars in a USA bank and they are allowed in.


  31. OTOH, my parents house in IL has had property tax rate of ~$1000/MONTH for decades.

    The Daley’s

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  32. Example comorbities are:
    Obesity
    Severe Obesity
    Diabetes
    COP
    Heart Condition
    Chronic kidney
    Cancer
    Smoking
    Solid Organ Transplant
    Sickle cell disease

    I am in the 65+ category, but I have none of the above.

  33. What is to keep the 10-20 million Number One Sons from Asia showing up today with a million dollars in a USA bank ? Isn’t that one of the ways to get around the immigration rules right now ?

    The investor visas have a lot of strings attached, including a requirement to create jobs in the US for people other than family members.

  34. Felt really weird after lunch, almost like I was trippin’ so I laid down for a while. Fitful sleep, and I feel better. Getting ready to take #2 daughter in to school for yearly pix. And since it’s the State, they can’t help but do more outside the nominal mission– they’re going to do the vision/hearing screen while the kids are there for pix.

    Now, I understand that finding a physical problem early will help the kid do better work in school. And I understand that in the old days, that might be the only health care the poor kids were exposed to all year. But that isn’t the case anymore. The ERs used to be full of low income kids with Flamin’ Hot Cheetoes tummy, and various sniffles, aches, or injuries.

    Mission creep. And no review for changing times.

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  35. “OTOH, my parents house in IL has had property tax rate of ~$1000/MONTH for decades.”

    The Daley’s

    The Daleys were minor league grifters compared to former Mayor Angelina Ballerina and the current occupant of the office, Mayor Beetlejuice. Father and son new better than to drain the corpse dry.

    When we visited Chicago in March 2019, the only way to buy tickets for the train back to the hotel from the science museum was to use an app on my phone. The ticket booth had a sign indicating it was closed for good, and the station’s touch screen kiosk was out of order.

    This is the same train stop that covers the future site of Obama’s library, across the park from the museum.

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  36. I am in the 65+ category, but I have none of the above.

    It’s that PBR, Slim.
    Shhh, it’s a secret!

    @Decayed Wreck
    Wow, she writes really well. Looking forward to reading her other essays.


  37. OTOH, my parents house in IL has had property tax rate of ~$1000/MONTH for decades.

    The Daley’s

    A reasonable assumption. However, the once quite nice house is 60 odd miles west of O’Hare, well outside Chicongo. There was some judicial activism in the early 80’s or thereabouts related to school integration. The local school district was required to build some REALLY deluxe facilities via bonds. There were other measures and increased bureaucracy but no other actual educational improvements or results. Fortunately for me, my hoarder brother bought me out some time back. Still, an appalling figure.

  38. Now, I understand that finding a physical problem early will help the kid do better work in school. And I understand that in the old days, that might be the only health care the poor kids were exposed to all year. But that isn’t the case anymore. The ERs used to be full of low income kids with Flamin’ Hot Cheetoes tummy, and various sniffles, aches, or injuries.

    We had vision/hearing screenings in my private elementary school in the 70s. We were probably the “poorest” family in the school, and my father had Ford Motor Company exec insurance. A lot of parents just don’t frigging care.

    I also remember a scoliosis screening in … 7th grade — call it 1980/81. By then we were in public school.

    What was interesting about the scoliosis diagnosis is that a lot were botched by the nurse and, subsequently, the family doctor. My neighbor had a brace for six months before his parents sought a second opinion from an orthopedist.

    (No referral. GTE line worker insurance — even better than Ford exec plans)

  39. A reasonable assumption. However, the once quite nice house is 60 odd miles west of O’Hare, well outside Chicongo. There was some judicial activism in the early 80’s or thereabouts related to school integration. The local school district was required to build some REALLY deluxe facilities via bonds. There were other measures and increased bureaucracy but no other actual educational improvements or results. Fortunately for me, my hoarder brother bought me out some time back. Still, an appalling figure.

    Friends are hardcore Blues Brothers fans, and when I moved west in 2010, they asked me to take a detour up to Harvey and get pictures of the Dixie Square Mall or, at least, what was left.

    I said, “The movie filmed in there 30 years ago and the stunt team wrecked the place. It’s long gone.”

    “No. Go look on YouTube.”

    “Damn!”

    I didn’t take the detour. I hit Central Illinois about midnight on the first leg of my run, and I turned west at the big Walgreens warehouse in S. Illinois, hoping to make my targeted hotel by 1 AM. My friends understood after doing a little more research into the neighborhood and the mall saga.

    Various Blue Brothers fans sites advised against a pilgrimage even during daylight hours. The mall finally went under the wrecking ball, IIRC, four years later.

  40. Just another note on Californi’s seld inflicted housing wounds. I saw this awhile back and found it interesting how things are sooooo bad even the libs get fed up.
    https://quillette.com/2020/09/23/l-a-s-failed-homeless-policies-turned-my-home-into-a-prison/

    “In fact, even as I write this, Politico is reporting that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is considering L.A. Mayor Garcetti for Housing Secretary. Yes, America’s municipal honcho of homelessness could be rewarded for his massive policy failures by being put in charge of housing policy for the nation: Skid Row, writ large. Like that camper outside my house, the thought fills me with dread.”

    Yeeek !

    There are two less “campers” in LA as of last week. My wife’s BFF drove to LA and got her daughter with her daughter’s boyfriend and moved them to the boyfriend’s mother’s house in Missouri. Driving of course. Her daughter had rewarded her with another heroin overdose for Halloween with a week or so in the hospital in LA so she and daughter’s boyfriend mother managed to talk their kids into leaving LA and moving to Missouri. BTW, they were “camping” behind the Jack in the Box on Sunset, right next to the dumpster. I don’t see how they kept from getting run over by the frequent drive through cars.

  41. https://youtu.be/RFzTuaVS8Kk

    Trump’s 45 minute long speech laying out (in a general way) the vote fraud charges with supporting graphs and soundbites.

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    around 30 minutes in he starts laying out charges one after another.

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  42. I don’t need those 8 gallons of bleach to be so close to hand.

    After reading our dear departed host on how quickly bleach solution deteriorates, I only store clorine bleach tablets that have an effectively infinite shelf life in sealed mylar yet stir up a gallon of bleach solution in minutes. They are cheap and available almost everywhere from Amazon to Wal-Mart. In fact, back in March when people were emptying the stores of bleach solution, I found these tables still available.

  43. I don’t need those 8 gallons of bleach to be so close to hand.

    After reading our dear departed host on how quickly bleach solution deteriorates, I only store clorine bleach tablets that have an effectively infinite shelf life in sealed mylar yet stir up a gallon of bleach solution in minutes. They are cheap and available almost everywhere from Amazon to Wal-Mart. In fact, back in March when people were emptying the stores of bleach solution, I found these tables still available.

    Interesting. Like this ?
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Evolve-Ultra-Concentrated-Bleach-Tablets-Linen-Breeze-Scent-32-Ct/31958725

    I get very fancy bleach tablets for my septic tank that I have to put in each month.
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Norweco-Septic-Tank-Treatment/38470510

    Ah, I see the difference. 70% chlorine for Norweco versus 7% chlorine for the bleach.


  44. Sometimes it’s better to be a player, or to have BEEN a player (even better as you don’t have to keep up the same level of face) and sometimes it’s better to be a ‘civilian’ and off limits and out of play…and sometimes if you are 200 pounds with a grey crew cut, and drive a white Expedition with a push bar it’s better to let them make other assumptions …

    In my teens I rode with the Oakland Hells Angels because a couple of my buddies were members and they threw some exciting road trips. Got to know all about outlaw culture and how to deal with most of them. Met Sonny before he went to the big house and I helped put his bike into long term storage in San Rafael. Individually, they weren’t too bad but all together they were VERY bad. A couple were just crazy, Hammer, never learned his real name, told everyone he didn’t worry about anyone stealing his bike because he had wired a stick of TNT into the gas tank and if you didn’t know how to disarm it before you tried to kick it over, “boom”. I figured it was a good story, until one Saturday when he tried to take off while really wasted he took out the Salinas club house and injured a bunch of brothers. When I declined the offer to pledge, twice, I was rewarded with a missing Harley and an invitation to leave the Bay Area. Great timing, never rode a harleyin California again. But the stuff I learned has been useful ever since. Like when to stand up and when to back down.


  45. I have read about people selling their home and buying an RV to live in.

    My daughter and wife live in an RV in the Seattle area. They move every 3 weeks. They have a mailbox at a copy shop for packages and physical mail. (The reasons why are complicated.)

  46. From @lynn

    All I know is that my parents were told that people aged 70+ would get the vaccination, if they wanted, at the county hospital in Calhoun County, TX before the end of 2020. One wonders if they already have it in stock.

    The CDC decision is a recommendation only. The states will have the final decision. I would expect that going against the panel’s decision will be hard to justify. They have done a careful evaluation of different strategies from the briefing I saw. I think someone along the chain misunderstood the dates.

    I have read of two different production rates for the Pfizer vaccine, 10 million doses/month and 25 million doses/month. Both of these sound low for the anticipated usage / demand. Plus they have been stockpiling since July.

    They didn’t start the trials until the end of July and the last second dose was November 13.

    From Pifzer:

    Based on current projections, the companies expect to produce globally up to 50 million vaccine doses in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021. Four of Pfizer’s facilities are part of the manufacturing and supply chain; St. Louis, MO; Andover, MA; and Kalamazoo, MI in the U.S.; and Puurs in Belgium. BioNTech’s German sites will also be leveraged for global supply.

    So assuming 3/4 of the production is in the US that give us 37 million doses in 2020 and almost 1 billion doses in the US in 2021, which is more than enough to vaccinate everyone.

    Plus, the Moderna vaccine and the J&J vaccine are not included in this. Plus there is the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK/EU.

    A good graphic in the article on how the vaccine works.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9009025/EVERYTHING-need-know-Pfizers-Covid-19-vaccine.html

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  47. Tyler Durden cowardice. I’m guessing the writer works for the local paper or a TV station because he/she also mentions part of the Williamson County Judge’s hypocrisy, kinda obscure for anyone not living in the area.

    Not mentioned is Judge Gravell’s $9000 shopping excursion to Hobby Lobby in Round Rock during the period when the craft store was closed as “non essential”.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/austin-mayor-urged-citizens-not-relax-stay-home-while-vacationing-cabo

    Mayor Adler is inept, but Austin voters reelected him in 2018 despite the city being under a “boil water” notice for weeks.

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  48. Heh. I just noticed that the masthead says November 2nd rather than December 2nd.

  49. Heh. I just noticed that the masthead says November 2nd rather than December 2nd.

    Fixed it for you, Nick (who did say that he felt a bit ‘off’ today….)

  50. They didn’t start the trials until the end of July and the last second dose was November 13.

    I was wondering when you had to take the second dose. Sounds like the second dose is the same as the first dose.

    So assuming 3/4 of the production is in the US that give us 37 million doses in 2020 and almost 1 billion doses in the US in 2021, which is more than enough to vaccinate everyone.

    Half of the vaccine production for Pfizer is obligated to UK and Europe. Not sure about the others.

  51. Dang it I thought I caught that before I hit ‘save’.

    When I first started here I would sit down after giving the kids their first wake up call and bang something out in about 10-15 minutes most days.

    At some point I got in the habit of doing a longer post the night before, and setting it to ‘go live’ around 530am the next day. That’s how I miss things like Veterans’ Day, I’m not actually writing the post that day. Lately I write the post between 1230 and 130am just before bed which keeps the ‘yesterday’ and ‘today’ straight in my head.

    I’ve been pretty tired lately. Sometimes that shows more than others….

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  52. Most liquid chlorine bleaches are 5-6% solutions of water and sodium hypochlorite. They typically lose about 20% of their strength per year of storage in cool room temperatures (below 70F). Good idea to write your purchase date on the bottles.

    You can buy pool shock at pool and big box stores. The good stuff is pure calcium hypochlorite with 78% available chlorine. Claimed shelf life is usually 5 years, but effectively much longer in a sealed container.

    NB: Do not try to substitute slow dissolving sanitizer tabs (dichlor and trichor)–not the same.

    Chlorine bleach and related products are strong oxidizers. Read directions and store them properly.

  53. I haven’t found that the deterioration is a problem. I just use more bleach. If you can feel it oily on your fingers, it’s plenty strong (not that I recommend that.) If it still smells, it’s plenty strong.

    I have tablets, and bags of pool shock somewhere. You have to be REALLY careful where you store them though, or you’ll ruin everything near them. I have them as backup, and find the liquid to be sufficient.

    If I thought the gallon was too weak, I’d use it to clean the patio. If the black stuff goes away, it wasn’t too weak.

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  54. https://youtu.be/RFzTuaVS8Kk

    Trump’s 45 minute long speech laying out (in a general way) the vote fraud charges with supporting graphs and soundbites.

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    around 30 minutes in he starts laying out charges one after another.

    I just don’t see SCOTUS taking this on. It is obvious that there is some serious fraud going on here, especially with the mail-in ballots. Too many people are reporting weird things like the USPS truck drivers.

    I do hope that the Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona legislatures invalidate their electors and send the Republican electors to Congress instead. This is the correct way to handle things. But I doubt that it will happen.

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  55. Take a look at the bleach label. Name-brand and better grades of off-brand product will have stabilizers added–typically a bit of sodium hydroxide that elevates the pH and shifts the equilibrium of the decomposition reaction.

    Opened containers of bleach decompose more rapidly. Every time the container is opened, chlorine escapes. When the container is closed, the decomposition reaction will evolve more chlorine until equilibrium is achieved.

    Sodium hypochlorite bleaches are more stable that bleaches made from calcium hypochlorite. When you make your own, just make what you are going to use.

  56. POTUS needs to make the case to the electorate, first to explain the nature of the fraud, and second to explain the necessity for the voters to require that their legislators stand up and do their duty.

    The left already has their intimidation plans ready to go, so the legislators are going to need help.

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  57. Felt really weird after lunch, almost like I was trippin’

    Was it you who quite recently mentioned caution in going mushrooming?

    My wife doesn’t even watch the local news anymore.

    I don’t watch TV at all nor watch any TV shows online. I don’t listen to the radio except in the car, which has been very seldom lately. This afternoon, for the first time since March, I listened to the entirety of a 5-minute “news” segment on a news/talk station. Note the sneer quotes. Apparently we’re all gonna diiiieeeeee because of the increase in corooooooonavirus cases, where “cases” apparently means “tests given” because “positive results” and “hospitalizations” were mentioned separately a moment later. Also, up to 200,000 people might diiiiieeeee of the Chinese Flu in the next three months. I think that’s on top of the 3,000,000 who were projected to have already died. There was also something about George Floyd’s murder, but by that point I wasn’t really listening.

    I only store clorine bleach tablets

    Does anyone know how to get fads going? Especially among those lacking intelligence or sense? “Hey, cool kids — you know who you are — the TidePod challenge is for babies. Teeny, tiny babies who still need their mommies. What you edgy winners need to try is the Bleach Tablet Challenge! Don’t wait! If you don’t take the Bleach Tablet Challenge soon, it’ll be popular and the losers will be doing it. You don’t want to do a cool thing that losers are doing, do you? No! Tell your cool friends and then take the Bleach Tablet Challenge today!”

    Asking for a friend.

  58. I just don’t see SCOTUS taking this on. It is obvious that there is some serious fraud going on here, especially with the mail-in ballots. Too many people are reporting weird things like the USPS truck drivers.

    Nope. Roberts won’t touch it. There is a defined solution, and Roberts doesn’t like politicizing the court because the voters make foolish choices.

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  59. I do hope that the Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona legislatures invalidate their electors and send the Republican electors to Congress instead. This is the correct way to handle things. But I doubt that it will happen.

    Georgia Republicans have to hold the Senate delegation or face the possibility of the Shadow Governor Stacy Abrams becoming the Governor in two years.

    Arizona is done. Cindy McCain’s family business, AZ’s biggest beer distribution company, owns the Republican party in the state.

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  60. @ SteveF
    Please don’t joke about bleach tablets.
    It’s been nearly twenty years since a friend told me about a case where a young girl of limited intellect got into a trichlor feeder and ate some of the tablets. I can’t imagine why that would seem attractive, but it happened, and the results were life altering, although not fatal.

    @Greg
    I always wondered why John McCain’s defining moment was supposed to be a choice he made as a young man, and not the choice he made later as an older, wiser, and greedier junior senator.
    If we have a republic fifty years from now, historians will recognize that his main accomplishments were staying out of prison and constructing the “Maverick” illusion.

  61. Please don’t mix x and y, you’ll get a face full of z.

    That’s known as a breathtaking experience.

  62. I got a card in the mail today from an Amazon seller I bought a product from over a year ago asking me to please leave a 5-star review of that product and email them a screenshot of the review and they will send me a $20 Amazon gift card. I reported them to Amazon.

    @Chad; if you would have independently reviewed this product how many stars would you have given it?


  63. Word processing on computers and using the internet for research and communication has changed the craft of writing.

    And also self-publishing on Amazon.


  64. Example comorbities are:
    Obesity
    Severe Obesity
    Diabetes
    COP
    Heart Condition
    Chronic kidney
    Cancer
    Smoking
    Solid Organ Transplant
    Sickle cell disease

    Those are the Covid comorbities…still trying to find out what comorbities (these, others, none) were included in the Phase 3 trial population…so far still no luck.


  65. I do hope that the Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona legislatures invalidate their electors and send the Republican electors to Congress instead. This is the correct way to handle things. But I doubt that it will happen.

    I presume if attempted this would elicit court actions by the Dems, state and/or federal, quickly getting appealed up the the various state supreme courts and/or SCOTUS.


  66. POTUS needs to make the case to the electorate, first to explain the nature of the fraud, and second to explain the necessity for the voters to require that their legislators stand up and do their duty.

    Half the electorate won’t be listening. And the various state legislators already did their duty by defining the elector selection process before the election. They certainly can attempt to retroactively change the process but then they’re probably stepping into some deep doo-doo.

  67. Youtube version of the wiki wander, ended up with a country chick, singing “Breaking up with you is like taking my bra off…”

    “Feelin’ free and loose like the T shirt I got on…”

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  68. I do hope that the Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona legislatures invalidate their electors and send the Republican electors to Congress instead. This is the correct way to handle things. But I doubt that it will happen.

    I presume if attempted this would elicit court actions by the Dems, state and/or federal, quickly getting appealed up the the various state supreme courts and/or SCOTUS.

    Like Trump’s issues, SCOTUS will refuse to deal with these too. Except to affirm that the state legislatures have the ultimate responsibility for the electors sent to Congress as the USA Constitution says.

  69. What is to keep the 10-20 million Number One Sons from Asia showing up today with a million dollars in a USA bank ? Isn’t that one of the ways to get around the immigration rules right now ?

    It’s not getting around the rules at all. Most countries have this: prove that you are self-supporting, and you can immigrate. One of the ways to prove that is a chunk of cash in the bank. Some countries then block the account for several years (dunno about the US), so you actually need *more* than that to live off of.

    I do hope that the Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona legislatures invalidate their electors and send the Republican electors to Congress instead. This is the correct way to handle things.

    Nah, not gonna happen. Trump’s team had about a week to come up with incontrovertible proof of widespread fraud. They failed to do so. It’s over.

    Mind, I’m not saying that fraud didn’t happen – it pretty clearly did. Trump’s team failed by not being ready for it. Take PA as an example: The observers should not have allowed themselves to be distanced from the counting. They should have been ready for the attempt, and had plans in place. They also should have been filming, inside and out, the entire time.

    Now? It’s already too late. The public is occupied with other things. Biden is listed as “President elect” everywhere, and that is soaking into the public consciousness.

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  70. “Biden is listed as “President elect” everywhere, and that is soaking into the public consciousness.

    –that is not by accident…

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  71. They certainly can attempt to retroactively change the process but then they’re probably stepping into some deep doo-doo.

    Yes. It would result in flipping the legislature from (R) to (D). I can’t think of a better way to energize the Democratic base and push the suburban electorate even further towards them.

    Trump lost. Fair and square? Probably. Look at the court cases filed by the campaign. Even if they won all of them it wouldn’t change a state. As the courts asked them to put up proof, they narrowed the claims further and further.

    All the Dominion claims fall down in Georgia. The vote was done electronically on one kind of machine, printed ballots produced, and then counted by Dominion machines. The hand count matched the machine count within a few votes except in one county where a few thousand votes were incorrectly tallied. The other claims of spikes don’t hold up on scrutiny. In one case it in Michigan it was a typo that got corrected when the state offices saw it, in other cases it was urban counties where Trump got very few votes – as expected by the pre-election polling and the precinct makeup. In other cases, the allegations were just not true.

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