Fri. Jan. 22, 2021 – Finally Friday, and I can see the end of Jan. from here…

Cool and wet, super humid even if not raining.

Thursday was overcast and misty fog to light drizzle, depending on where and when.   Some of our microclimates probably stayed dry.  I was all over and it was wet wherever I went.

I spent several hours clearing stuff out of my secondary location.  This time it was mostly empty boxes.  Yeah, I save boxes.  Nope, not going to need these.   Haven’t used them in 8 years, unlikely to use them ever.   When the space was free it didn’t matter.  Now I need the space so they had to go.  Two big pickup truck loads shifted to the dumpster.  Then I moved stuff into the newly cleared area.  I think I’m going to be pretty sore today as some of the boxes weren’t really empty, and some weighed 20-30 pounds.  I had to do a lot of holding them out in front of me and over my head to get through the labyrinth…  (this falls under the heading “using what you’ve already got”)

The deal for the BOL/lakehouse fell apart.  Perfect for me, not perfect for my wife.  On top of that the owner countered with some stipulations we didn’t like,  and there are still  the questions about Army Corps flood easements…. My wife’s back looking at listings.  Armed conflict in the Capitol would have made that decision easier, but even I’m not that selfish.

I didn’t get a chance to put away all the food I bought yet.  Maybe today.  I’ve got a couple of pickups and more cleaning to do though and that’s higher priority.

I did get lucky at Goodwill and got about 10 reference books about guns, everything from modern sporting rifles, to historical black powder.   50c each.  I also got a bunch of books about hunting and fishing with a couple specific to Texas.  I like books and I like reference material in hard copy form.  With every search and web visit logged, with every purchase saved and correlated, it can’t be  a bad thing to have some stuff that is completely off the radar.  One of the books was published by Paladin Press.  Man, those guys would be going NUTS in today’s environment.  Build a reference library that won’t rat you out with every page view.

One of my local auctions closed and prices looked pretty good.  I will get some more stuff to them for their next auction.  The ‘industrial’ auction lots are getting bids this time, and look like they might be ok pricing too.  I recommend checking out your local estate sale and consignment auctions.  Lots of stuff, prices can be good to great, and “Lot 3, box of books” looks very different in a database than “Modifying your AR”, “Homemade silencers”, “Gunsmith’s Bible”, “Nosler Reloading Guide”, etc.*

One of the auctions next week is a nearby medical center that closed or somehow ended up surplussing a lot of stuff, including several pallets of masks and other PPEs.  WTF?  I guess they don’t want to just give them to the state to redistribute.   I’ll be a bidder.  Lots of weird stuff out there, you just have to find it.

And speaking of weird, this is an example of how my life works.   I bought a windows Smartab tablet for <$20.  It all works great except the wifi card.  I tried the Realtek drivers to no avail.   The card is recognized but just doesn’t work.   Just when I think I’m at a dead end with a bad card, I find the EXACT SAME Smartab in a bin at Goodwill, with a cracked screen.   I’ll be prying that one open to steal the wifi as soon as I get the time.  Weird, but that’s why I suggest being flexible and open in your plans.  Stuff happens.

Figure out what you’ve got, figure out what you might need, but be open to what the universe sends your way.  And keep stacking.

 

nick

 

*not the actual titles

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

45 thoughts on “Fri. Jan. 22, 2021 – Finally Friday, and I can see the end of Jan. from here…”

  1. Jay Valentine with some interesting comments on election fraud:

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/01/industrialscale_election_fraud__did_it_happen.html

    My own take, as always, is what I call “The Symmetry Principle”:
    If not “the one” but “the other”, will the reaction be the same?

    In this case, as most, there is an obvious “one”, namely the Democrats, and an obvious “other”, the Republicans.

    Cui bono is always a good question to ask. Often it is so obvious it doesn’t get asked, and immediately polarizes the attackers and defenders who fling so much mud in the air that the basic questions of “what and how” don’t get answered.

    The water main didn’t break, but the lie was told. Observers are not removed or inhibited for no reason. Ballot boxes don’t get placed out of sight without a purpose.

    And Little Miss Blondie Pigtails never appeared on the national news.

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  2. Solarwind… the gift that keeps on giving. I think they’ll need a bare metal restart for every connected system to be sure.

    Raindrop is fourth malware linked to SolarWinds attack

    Cybersecurity researchers have unearthed a fourth new malware strain—designed to spread the malware onto other computers in victims’ networks—deployed as part of the SolarWinds supply chain attack disclosed late last year. Dubbed Raindrop, the malware joins the likes of other malicious implants such as Sunspot, Sunburst (or Solorigate), and Teardrop that were stealthily delivered to enterprise networks. “The discovery of Raindrop is a significant step in our investigation of the SolarWinds attacks as it provides further insights into post-compromise activity at organizations of interest to the attackers,” researchers said.

    (Source: The Hacker News)

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  3. Solarwinds: Software sold to CxOs who didn’t understand what they were buying?

    I’m no expert on big-company IT (I mostly work with small companies), but the few times I have worked in big companies, the IT departments have been run (imho) terribly. Users as enemies, lock down computers to the point of unusability, outsource, etc…

  4. Solarwinds: Software sold to CxOs who didn’t understand what they were buying?

    I’m no expert on big-company IT (I mostly work with small companies), but the few times I have worked in big companies, the IT departments have been run (imho) terribly. Users as enemies, lock down computers to the point of unusability, outsource, etc…

    Friends who had Solarwinds in their organizations say it was always purchased at the direction of the C-suite, probably negotiated over shots of Pappy Van Winkle at SxSW here in Austin.

    My last employer was an old school Austrian company whose purchasing decisions were even crazier, seemingly based on who was a relative/friend/neighbor of the CEO in Vienna.

    BTW, I find it interesting that the Wikipedia page for my last employer omits their WWII-era activities. An Austrian company that makes transportation control systems (railroad at the time). No, nothing to see here. Move along.


  5. Hearing loss is no fun. Mine is creeping along

    I know that all too well. I am now having to use hearing aids. It is one of those things that once you have them you realize you should have done it years ago.

    I am fortunate that the VA provided mine at no cost to myself. When I see the price of the really good devices such as I have I wonder how people afford them if they have to pay on their own. Mine are $4K at Costco, one of the better places to get such devices. Private services charge almost $6K. Insurance does not cover them, Medicare does not cover them, without some financial assistance people are stuck for big bucks.

    I think that is why a lot of people who need hearing devices do not get the devices. Just too expensive. There are cheap models at Walmart, about $400.00. But they are just amplifiers. What I have contains a CPU that adjusts different frequencies, has noise rejection, Bluetooth and can be reprogrammed for specific hearing losses.

    I have been surprised at the sounds that I have been missing. I have an adapter hooked to the TV that streams directly to the hearing aids. A lot of stuff was missing from the audio in TV programs that I was unable to hear.

    I have an appointment Tuesday with a VA contracted hearing center to get my hearing evaluated again. I am rated for tinnitus at 10% (the max) and hearing loss is also considered service connected. But I am rated at 0% for hearing loss by the VA. Some funky matrix where a certain level of hearing loss, based on age, and loss difference between ears. Hearing loss can get to 90% rating which is basically deaf.

    So I am off to get tested again. This time I will not try so hard to pass the test. Last time I think I guessed at hearing some of the tones. My pride would not let me admit that I had hearing loss worse than I already knew and I really wanted to avoid the answer. This time I will not guess and press the button on a hunch that I think I heard a tone.


  6. Like the 8,000 union members that lost their jobs on the Keystone XL. Some of them are yellow dog Democrats and some are not, and maybe losing $2k a week and still having to make payments on the new GMC will make some of the hard core fade color a bit as the weeks drag on.

    To add insult to injury, plugsy signed an EO giving *federal* workers and contractors a minimum of $15/hr. I don’t know the goobermint pay scales, but the message is clear: work for the commie goobermint and you will get taken care of. The rest of you: fcuk off, you probably voted for tRump.

  7. I am fortunate that the VA provided mine at no cost to myself. When I see the price of the really good devices such as I have I wonder how people afford them if they have to pay on their own. Mine are $4K at Costco, one of the better places to get such devices. Private services charge almost $6K. Insurance does not cover them, Medicare does not cover them, without some financial assistance people are stuck for big bucks.

    Healthcare is a racket.

    An HSA with employer matching as part of a HDHP would knock out a huge chunk of the $4000 cost out-of-pocket, $2000 plus the advantage of spending tax free dollars, but most people don’t sign up for those kinds of plans with their employer. I was the only one I knew of who had the HDHP/HSA at my last job.

    Ever since the Clintons and the Pennsylvania Senate race in 1990 where it first became a big issue, people seem to have this constant fear in the back of their minds that they will die of some horrible disease, without medical care, in constant pain, living in a surplus FEMA trailer like the subjects of a Michael Moore flick. Most of the population has drunk the Dem Kool Aid on healthcare so even the slightest risk, no matter how big the upside, is out. Everything has to be covered with zero out-of-pocket.

    HSA? HDHP? What are you? A Ferengi?

    HSA’s will undoubtedly go away under Medicaid For All. They were only grudgingly included in Obamacare because one Dem Senator from the Midwest insisted on it as the price for his vote, IIRC, since a big HSA administrator was based in his state.

  8. Solarwind… the gift that keeps on giving. I think they’ll need a bare metal restart for every connected system to be sure.

    I am so glad that I retired from an International IT security position before this hit. My former colleagues are scrambling to investigate their exposure / plan remediation / present the risk and costs to the board without causing heart attacks or getting fired. Long days, no weekends, stress through the roof. Not my problem anymore. Sigh.
    My former employer got SolarWinds because the former infrastructure outsourcer used it and it became a legacy platform when they threw out the subcontinent based firm and took infrastructure back in house.

  9. Re: Hearing loss.
    My Hearing has been bad since I was young. Too many home made explosives and shooting without hearing protection im sure. When our great granddaughter came along I decided I needed help to hear her first words clearly. My company healthcare plan (later declared a Cadillac Plan and downgraded under Obamacare) paid the majority of the $5000 cost. They were programmed to fill in my missing high frequencies and the difference was amazing. This was 8 years ago. Recently the left one has quit working so I am working with my tribal health care to get new ones.
    My MIL has significant hearing loss across all frequencies. She sits in her trailer with the TV at full volume and doesn’t hear the phone or anyone at the door. We finally convinced her to get help. She went to Miracle Ear who fitted her with a pair for $8000. Their design uses an in-ear bit mold fitted to each ear, connected to the unit that sits behind the ear. Since day one, the fitted bits didn’t fit and were uncomfortable. She stepped on one unit breaking it and discovered that the insurance she had paid extra for, only covered 80% of replacement costs. I was with her at the audio examination and saw that her loss was flat across all frequencies so she doesn’t need the high end units, simple amplification would work. Her expensive aids sit on the bedside table and she’s back to her old ways. Its sad because you can’t have a conversation with her anymore. Thanks to the greedy Hearing Aid companies that put huge profits ahead of helping people.

  10. I had no idea that Beijing Biden was going to drive us into the economic disaster at 90 mph.

    –really? He wasn’t shy about it.

    I noticed that ‘the uniter’ who promised to ‘work for all of you’ just reversed policies that 74 million people supported and voted for. Heck of a start toward working for ALL of us Joe. Guess we know what you meant by that if we didn’t before.

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    I thought he was going to drive us to the economic disaster at 65 mph. 90 mph is over the top, like canceling the Keystone pipeline with 8,000 union jobs and 3,000 white collar jobs for three years. That is just crazy, even the Canucks are mad about it.

    You see, the crazy thing is, this the THIRD Keystone pipeline. There are two other Keystone pipelines that have been there for decades. Everyone knows this except the American populace.

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  11. “Now that Trump is gone, Trump shows up the Democrats and reminds the troops how well he treated them”
    https://gunfreezone.net/now-that-trump-is-gone-trump-shows-up-the-democrats-and-reminds-the-troops-how-well-he-treated-them/

    “The Democrats made the Guard sleep in a unheated parking garage.”

    Like I said, Congress is scum.

    “Trump has apparently given permission for National Guard troops to stay at his hotel.

    This is a real leader.”

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  12. “The Democrats made the Guard sleep in a unheated parking garage.”

    I heard that the Howard Johnson’s and Olive Gardens were full…

  13. Speaking of Howard Johnson’s…I loved their clam roll.

    The restaurants are gone. The hotels belong to Wyndham.

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  14. The restaurants are gone.

    Yeah, for a while now. Last time I ate in one was the summer of 86, I think, in Boston.

  15. With every search and web visit logged, with every purchase saved and correlated, it can’t be a bad thing to have some stuff that is completely off the radar. One of the books was published by Paladin Press. Man, those guys would be going NUTS in today’s environment.

    The old Book Stop chain out of Austin carried Paladin Press along with Loompanics and other fringe publishers in the late 80s. It wasn’t uncommon to walk into the Book Stop near my house to see things like the “Anarchist Cookbook” or “Uncle Fester’s Guide To Methamphetamine Manufacturing” on the store shelves.

    Barnes & Noble bought out Book Stop ~ 1990 to use the accumulated book retailing knowledge for their (then) new big box store concept. Book Stop’s inventory was sterilized, but they put a lot of knowledge into their local communities before that point.

    Austin. Houston. Dallas (IIRC), and Tampa.

  16. With every search and web visit logged, with every purchase saved and correlated, it can’t be a bad thing to have some stuff that is completely off the radar. One of the books was published by Paladin Press. Man, those guys would be going NUTS in today’s environment.

    The old Book Stop chain out of Austin carried Paladin Press along with Loompanics and other fringe publishers in the late 80s. It wasn’t uncommon to walk into the Book Stop near my house to see things like the Anarchist Cookbook on the store shelves.

    Barnes & Noble bought out Book Stop ~ 1990 to use the accumulated book retailing knowledge for their big box store concept stores.

    I loved Bookstop, had one a mile from my house in Sugar Land with plenty of parking until 1995 or so. Then they converted it to a B&N, stopped the storewide 10% discount, and moved it to the new mall with very little parking. Bookstop even had a better SciFi selection than B&N did because they carried everything Baen and Tor published.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookstop_(company)

  17. https://www.zerohedge.com/political/toilet-paper-effect-americans-scramble-ammo-amid-shortage

    –late to the party, and this is why we prep

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    Huh, I figured everybody had 10,000 rounds now. Actually, I would like sell some of my 40S&W.

    I do need get some more 12 gauge double ought buckshot. And some of the Remington low recoil ammo for my 870 Tac 14.
    https://www.remington.com/ammunition/shotshell/buckshot/managed-recoil-buckshot-loads
    and
    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1002089838

  18. I bought a heater:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I4UVGHO?tag=ttgnet-20

    Just stumbled across it. I wasn’t looking. 250 watts on High. 170 on low. $18.42 plus tax and with Prime it’s to be here tomorrow…. sure…. pull the other finger to hear the call of my Father’s people.

    Anyway. I’ll play with it for a few days in the house and then put it in the pump house and just let it run for a week or so. I want to be sure it’s not going to trip the breaker for the well.

    If it passes, I’ll buy a t-stat for (what I now know is) a baseboard heater. Mechanical. I have one in the EDC controlling an outlet I plug a space heater into. May be tacky or white trash something or another but it’s worked for me for almost 30 years.

    Yeah. That’s kind of scary. The 30 year thing. In the same house.

    Anyway. If this works, I’ll save electricity because of the t-stat. And yeah, the break even vs price of parts and electricity may make electricity a lower cost thing. Mostly I won’t be worrying about a light bulb burning out and leaving me with no heat. Ok, one obsession off of my list of worries is a good thing.

    Grid down? I have a plan for that. Cheap hibachi and some charcoal will heat the pump house quite well.

  19. “For all those who said Biden will be a return to good international diplomacy”
    https://gunfreezone.net/for-all-those-who-said-biden-will-be-a-return-to-good-international-diplomacy/

    So the Canadians want to go to war with the USA now ? Why am I not surprised ? Tens of thousands of jobs is a big deal in Canada.

    First comment, “Trump — four years, net wars are a negative number. He’d have ended more if the Pentagon brass weren’t seditious.”

    “Biden — day one, nearly starts a war with the neighboring country we’ve been peaceful allies with for about 200 years.”

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  20. Actually, I would like sell some of my 40S&W.

    Nah. Hang onto it. Use some for practice.

  21. I bought a heater:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I4UVGHO?tag=ttgnet-20

    Just stumbled across it. I wasn’t looking. 250 watts on High. 170 on low. $18.42 plus tax and with Prime it’s to be here tomorrow…. sure…. pull the other finger to hear the call of my Father’s people.

    Anyway. I’ll play with it for a few days in the house and then put it in the pump house and just let it run for a week or so. I want to be sure it’s not going to trip the breaker for the well.

    I am wondering if I will have to heat my new 10,000 gallon fire fighting water tank ? And if I need to put it inside a building ? A very large building since the tank is 12 ft in diameter and 14 ft in height. Plus the low pressure and high pressure pumps. Plus the generator. Might be a 400 ft2 building next to my 150 ft2 current water tank building. Argh !
    https://www.tank-depot.com/productdetails.aspx?part=N-43132

    Shoot, maybe I should tear down the current 150 ft2 pump building and build the new building and foundation around the old pump building foundation ? It is Hardiplank and several of the lower planks are broken due to the lawn mowers. A steel building would be much better at fighting off the lawn mowers.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@29.5359501,-95.6673152,49a,35y,37.5h,45.07t/data=!3m1!1e3

    I have to put in the fire fighting tank and pumps since the county fire trucks only carry 500 gallons of water. The county fire marshal will not give me a building permit for my new office warehouses without an eight inch pipeline water source (not gonna happen) or a 10,000 gallon water storage with a four inch fire hydrant.

  22. @paul – regarding your heater for the pump house….

    I assume ‘pump house’ is for the water well pump. Which uses electricity to power the water pump.

    And during a ‘grid down’, wouldn’t the well pump be dead? And therefore the new heater also dead?

    I are puzzled.

  23. I loved Bookstop, had one a mile from my house in Sugar Land with plenty of parking until 1995 or so. Then they converted it to a B&N, stopped the storewide 10% discount, and moved it to the new mall with very little parking. Bookstop even had a better SciFi selection than B&N did because they carried everything Baen and Tor published.

    Ironically, most of the staff at the Book Stop near my house were refugees from the B. Dalton in the mall across the street, who quit en masse after Barnes & Noble bought that chain from Target in the mid-80s.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.


  24. Actually, I would like sell some of my 40S&W.

    Nah. Hang onto it. Use some for practice.

    Actually, I have a sweet Highpoint carbine in 40 S&W that shoots like a dream. We stocked only about 4 boxes of ammo for it. I actually like to shoot it better than my Kel-Tec Sub 2000 even though the Kel-Tec definitely has more “cool”.

  25. Just ordered 50 tons of 3/4 inch white limestone gravel at $575/load delivered, each load is 10 tons. I have got mud holes around the warehouse again. The road maintenance never stops.

  26. Got home from doing more cleanup at my secondary… I am sore. Only one trip to the dumpster this time, but I did get some stuff stacked out of the way.

    Waiting for chinese food delivery. Kids playing Skyrim onthe xbox one.

    Friday night.

    At some point this afternoon, the weather cleared out. Now we have 60F and clear. Hoping that stays for the weekend.

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  27. In the Instant Savings email from Harbor Freight:

    1/2″ drive, 25-in breaker bar, $8.99 (35% off)

    Combined with a 1/2″ impact socket to fit your vehicle’s lug nuts, this makes for much easier tire changes.

    And it has other emergency uses, too. 😉

  28. 7,000 National Guard will stay in Washington DC until MARCH due to ‘threat of right-wing extremism’: Jill Biden goes thanks National Guard on Capitol Hill as 15K prepare to leave

    Why is plugsy afraid? Can’t the Capitol Police and Secret Service protect him? He should live in the White House bunker and do everything via video conference. Just like the like he did from his basement. It would be like the The Corbomite Maneuver episode of ST:TOS.

  29. Here is what I do for a living. Not making YouTube videos ! Lots of Uhs, run on sentences, missed words, and way too much dead space. But I got it done in 17 minutes on the 6th ? 7th ? 10th ? try. No video editing, I don’t do that.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8tIjeE000g

    Now I need to make a video showing how to make a more complicated flowsheet with a recycle loop. About twice as many streams and equipments.

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  30. Local utility had to change out a pole on a major tranmission line in my area. Result seemed to be that I lost 1 of 2 phases for a bit – the lights and microwave were acting weird. Probably a minor brownout due to load. Then all the lights went out. The two standby flashlights (plugged into the wall, turn on when power is out) went on, and the wife’s oxygen generator started screeching due to power out.

    But….a few steps to the fridge, where there is a box of emergency FLASHLIGHTS, along with LED headlamps. Grabbed one, then turned on the two LED lanterns, and turned off the oxygen generator. Brought the portable oxy box to the wife.

    Poked around on the local utility’s FB page, where I learned about the ‘planned outage’ (never did show up on my FB feed). They said the outage would be a long one (I estimate 6 hours), so I went into ‘generator mode’.

    Pulled up the garage door (by hand; glad the springs were replaced a couple years ago), and pulled out the generator. (It’s attached to a secure point with a heavy duty cable.) Got the cord connected to the bypass panel on one end, and routed to the generator.

    Remembered the three-step procedure for the generator: choke on, fuel on, switch on. Pulled the cord three times (it has a battery, but that died due to lack of use several years ago, and since it starts up OK with the pull cord, not a high priority to replace). Started right up. Choke off, plug in the bypass panel cord.

    Over to the bypass panel, switched on all 6 circuits. Load on the generator about 2.6KV. (That covers the fridge, chest freezer, and the den/MB lights, plus the oxygen generator.) Made sure all was well. Switched wife back to oxy machine to save on portable batteries (although we have spares that are fully charged).

    Watching TV (DirecTV to LED TV, so minimal power draw). Some lights on (all LED can lights). Internet works – local ISP tech told me that we’re connected to a local fiber box with backup batteries.

    Generator doesn’t cover the HVAC system, but no worries, as we have a pretty efficient space heater that will work for the den (where we spend most of the time) if needed. But, lights on, oxygen on, interwebs on. Have 10 gallons of gas ready for the generator, plus what it holds.

    Preps work!

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  31. Over to the bypass panel, switched on all 6 circuits. Load on the generator about 2.6KV. (That covers the fridge, chest freezer, and the den/MB lights, plus the oxygen generator.) Made sure all was well.

    Who installed your bypass panel for you ?

    I must admit that I am jealous, we just endure the outages for now. I would like to have a 20 kW whole house generator with an automatic transfer that runs on the natural gas to the house.

  32. Watching TV (DirecTV to LED TV, so minimal power draw). Some lights on (all LED can lights). Internet works – local ISP tech told me that we’re connected to a local fiber box with backup batteries.

    My internet does not work very long when the power is out. I am fairly sure that the battery on the pole is good for about 60 seconds at most.

  33. @lynn

    I installed the bypass panel myself. It came with very clear instructions, plus the site had a video.

    Simple to install. Detailed it all here: (part 1 https://www.ttgnet.com/journal/2019/10/29/tues-oct-29-2019-trying-again-got-stuff-to-do/#comment-172059 , part 2 https://www.ttgnet.com/journal/2020/09/13/sun-sept-13-2020-not-even-close-to-a-friday/#comment-190260 . Includes link to the panel I bought from Reliance.

    I spent about 2 hours on it, but I went slow and careful. Pre-reading the instructions and watching the video were very helpful. And some prior planning time on which 6 circuits I wanted to have on the bypass panel.

    Cost of the bypass panel was about $375. Bought a longer power cord (generator to panel) – don’t recall the cost, thing it was about $50. Installed it fall 2019. Got the generator from a local friend for only $450 (Champion 5/6KV) – got a good deal on that.

    If you are reasonably handy, you can do it. Slow and careful, with full understanding of the procedure. Docs and videos from the bypass panel site (Reliance Controls) were very helpful.

    Generator runs the essential circuits. I live in a residential area, with reliable power. We get a few outages each winter due to falling trees. Most last under several hours – being in a high-density residential area puts us higher on the list. Longest was 12 hours (pre-generator).

    And since DirecTV doesn’t rely on cable systems, an advantage there. Streaming still available since interwebs work.

  34. Why is plugsy afraid? Can’t the Capitol Police and Secret Service protect him? He should live in the White House bunker and do everything via video conference. Just like the like he did from his basement. It would be like the The Corbomite Maneuver episode of ST:TOS.

    If life is imitating any “Star Trek” art right now, it is “Patterns of Force”.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patterns_of_Force_(Star_Trek:_The_Original_Series)

    How soon before they are propping up Biden behind a big microphone to deliver his nightly address to the people?

  35. Weekly newsletter from our Governor had this to say….

    MEETING WITH HOUSTON HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

    On Monday, I met with Houston Methodist Hospital staff members to discuss strategies to build a healthier Texas during and after the pandemic.

    Thank you to Houston Methodist Hospital for serving as a model for vaccine administration. Houston Methodist is one of 77 vaccination centers throughout the state and the hospital currently administers an average of over 4,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day.

    So far, over 1.7 MILLION vaccines have been delivered to providers across The Lone Star State. And over 1.3 MILLION have been administered.

    This week, Texas is slated to receive its largest supply of vaccines totaling 843,000. Of those doses 333,650 are first doses and 509,400 are second doses.

    As we continue to ramp up our vaccination efforts, Texas will work with our public and private partners to reduce hospitalizations, mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and ensure a healthier future for the Lone Star State.

    ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS

    Yesterday, I held a roundtable discussion with law enforcement and public safety advocates to discuss legislative priorities to ensure a safer future for every Texan.

    Texas will always be a law-and-order state, and we must lead the way for the rest of the nation when it comes to supporting our police.

    The government’s number one responsibility is to keep its citizens safe, and we will not allow cities to recklessly defund the police and put innocent lives in danger.

    I look forward to working with my partners in the Legislature this session to build a safer future for the Lone Star State.
    ​​​
    TDEM ESTABLISHES A COVID-19 CENTER IN LUBBOCK

    This week, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) established a new COVID-19 therapeutic infusion center in Lubbock.

    This facility will help us reduce hospitalizations and save lives. Previous infusion centers have been established in El Paso, Laredo, Harlingen, Austin, Fort Worth, Irving, and more.

    Thank you to our partners from the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County, Covenant Health System, and UMC Health System for working with TDEM to launch this new center.

    REINSTATEMENT OF AUSTIN’S HOMELESS CAMPING BAN COULD BE ON MAY BALLOT

    If Austin doesn’t reinstate the ban on homeless camping the state will do it for them.

    Contrary to what Austin leaders think, no one has a right to urinate and defecate wherever they want.

    Homelessness promoted by Austin has also endangered public safety.

    –works for me

    n

  36. @lynn, PSA had 12ga 00 buck 10rd/$15…. don’t know if it’s still in stock.

    They also had 7,62 in spam cans. Not a great price but they had it.

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  37. Got my WuFlu vaccination today at my primary care doctor’s office. Moderna was the provider. They provided a lot of paper work and a CD Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card which included the lot number, date and time. No noticeable effects.

    I was surprised when the nurse commented on my hearing saying that it seemed top be much worse. I told her I had an MRI yesterday and as a result the ringing in my ears is awful.

    Light rain here in Montgomery AL most of the day. Didn’t get much done. Visited a Flea Market with large book selection. Picked up several at $2.00 or less. Finished “The Firm” by John Grisham. Several other books are started.

  38. Thank you to Houston Methodist Hospital for serving as a model for vaccine administration. Houston Methodist is one of 77 vaccination centers throughout the state and the hospital currently administers an average of over 4,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day.

    Methodist emailed me today and said that I will be scheduled for the vaccine in about two weeks since I am a current heart patient (my last heart surgery was Aug 2018).

    I talked to Dad today and his reaction to the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine lasted about 24 hours (fever, shakes, chills, soreness) and went away totally. Mom had no reaction to the second shot at all.

    I wonder if my wife will be setup by MDACC since she is still an annual patient. She is dead set against the vaccine.

  39. Scanner has the cops working street racers again tonight. They are following the racer’s group messaging. Don’t know if they got someone to hook them up, or if the .gov has access to messaging normally.

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