Sat. June 5, 2021 – putting them to work…

Warm and partly sunny, some chance of rain. Friday it rained off and on all day. There were periods of sun, and some times when it wasn’t raining, but in general, rain.

Spent the day indoors, doing cleaning, some computer stuff, and organizing.

Managed to harvest 6 more blueberries. There should be a bunch ready today, or possibly tomorrow. One of the bushes has a nice load of fruit, and they are mostly in the same stage of ripeness.

House is freshly cleaned.

Talking with my cleaner, she had several close family get sick, and some in her extended circle died. The hispanic community really was hit much worse than the white and black communities, at least here in Houston. She said she’s finally hearing from her old clients, and they are bringing her back, just like we did. If that’s indicative of the economy in general, things are looking better.

Today I’ve got more cleaning and organizing to do, in the driveway and patio in particular if the weather will let me. I’ve also got a couple of pickups, more household stuff. We’ll see how it goes.

All this cleaning is taking a bunch of time, but it’s worth doing. We’ve let things go a bit during the last year, and it’s time to catch back up.

I’m seeing that as kind of a general feeling too. Time to get back to it and start moving into whatever comes next.

Given all the stuff happening on the world stage, I hope we don’t end up looking back and thinking about the golden year we spent at home with only getting sick to worry about.

Thoughts like that make me want to stack some more. Stack something. If you can’t, get something out and practice with it. Test it. Learn more about it. Or meet some people, and see how they feel about things. Stack it, or do something, or both, but always be working…

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Author: Nick Flandrey

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

77 thoughts on “Sat. June 5, 2021 – putting them to work…”


  1. Looks like it’s time to buy some FLASHLIGHTS

    Buy several cheap flashlights and stash them around the house, garage, autos, etc. But always get a couple of high quality FENIX or Surefire flashlight that you keep in the same spot. Preferably one that uses CR123 cells as those cells have an excellent shelf life and don’t leak. Even the cheap lights with AA cells get those cells replaced with lithium AA cells. The FENIX and Surefire lights are going to work reliably. Given a choice I would recommend FENIX based on my experience. Their LED lights are top notch.

  2. Cops are working street racing again. They’ve been having some trouble finding the racers, but that’s changing. One just remarked “these groups are getting a lot bigger all of a sudden.” A marked unit tried to pull over a guy in a Charger, but he took off. The task force is just sorta shaking their heads. They have a big bunch of resources, and they have tactics that seem to work. Single patrol cars really can’t get these guys by themselves.

    YouTube money.

    When the scene was out of control going back to the late 2000s in Tampa, you would see 3-CCD cameras, pro quality, in the hands of the film crews on scene, and that was probably just for DVD, a much more limited audience. The cameras are much better and cheaper now, and even an iPhone can produce commercial quality footage in the right hands.

  3. “––Dan Hogan and Geo Smith stuck this ceiling of Chicago, July 1913––”

    Re yesterday’s talk about specialist tradesmen:  In the comments at the link, someone says that “Chicago” was the name given a type of ornamental plaster work. People used to sign their work, that’s how proud they were of doing a good job. They were the “authors” of that work. My grandfather was a woodworker, and he signed, in pencil, the back of everything he made… not only cabinets and furniture, but also the back side of wallboard, the underside of porch boards when he replaced one. I would not have been surprised to find he had signed the back of wallpaper when he hung it. This particular work of “Dan Hogan and Geo Smith” caught my attention because they signed their work the year and month that he was born. 🙂

     

     

     


  4. Looks like it’s time to buy some FLASHLIGHTS

     

    One of our sons asked what I wanted for Christmas a couple years ago, and I said “a good flashlight”.   It was a good ask: he gifted me with an array of several types, but the most used are two solid old-fashioned handhelds, “Husky” brand,  that take regular (not rechargeable) batteries. They see almost weekly use for one project or another, helping my “old eyes”.  I don’t know how we ever got by without them.

  5. A marked unit tried to pull over a guy in a Charger, but he took off. The task force is just sorta shaking their heads. They have a big bunch of resources, and they have tactics that seem to work. Single patrol cars really can’t get these guys by themselves.

    It is much easier to chase than to escape. I hate chases. They endanger the public unnecessarily. Better to fall back and let an air unit (helo) watch. Once acquired by air, evasion is nearly impossible.

    I haven’t heard much lately about remote disablement. The potential for misuse and malfunction scare me.

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  6. @~Jim

    Maybe it’s just anyone who’s practiced using his tool for a long, long time?

    Variety of factors, but the primary one for a lot of jobs is that some workers have the combination of work ethic and technique that makes them more efficient aka productive. If you’re getting paid by the job, or working for yourself (think fencing for example), more productivity is the difference between starving and eating.

    Then the good ones tend to be part of the development process for better tools. Ever looked at the number of different designs for hammers and pliers? Shovels and pitchforks? There’s a reason for each one. You work in the trade and it makes sense to invest in the best tools.

    Rechargeable battery and air compressor technology has revolutionized carpentry and made work in general a lot easier. Ten times as many tools available as twenty years ago.

  7. There has been a recent explosion in both hammers and pry bar/ wrecking bars. Most aren’t gimmicky either although they might not match your style of working or habits. Incredible to see the hammer being re-thought after all this time.

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  8. One of our sons asked what I wanted for Christmas a couple years ago, and I said “a good flashlight”.   It was a good ask: he gifted me with an array of several types, but the most used are two solid old-fashioned handhelds, “Husky” brand,  that take regular (not rechargeable) batteries. They see almost weekly use for one project or another, helping my “old eyes”.  I don’t know how we ever got by without them.

    And from Ray:

    Buy several cheap flashlights and stash them around the house, garage, autos, etc. But always get a couple of high quality FENIX or Surefire flashlight that you keep in the same spot.

    Please try some modern LED lights, especially for task lighting. Rechargeable is the way to go if you find yourself replacing batteries more than a couple times a year. NiMH and Lithium ion cells don’t leak, and are more economical long run. I try to avoid lights that don’t have removable batteries. Good LED lights have electronics that regulate the battery output and provide several brightness levels, very handy for getting just enough light on the subject. They also come in a number of more useful formats. I have one of these:

    https://www.energizer.com/flashlights-lighting/led-work-light

    It will work with any AA you can put in it, cheapies, alkaline, NiMH, etc. It takes four, but they are in a series parallel circuit, so it will run on just two. It is rugged. But wait, that is only the start. After using mine for a year or so, I  bought this:

    https://www.harborfreight.com/390-lumen-magnetic-slim-bar-folding-work-light-56329.html?_br_psugg_q=braun

    Yes, Harbor Freight. For those HF haters, buy it from Amazon for a higher price. I have two of these, and they blow away the Energizer except in one area: they are not as rugged. They take one 18650, so the supplied one can be replaced with anything you want. You don’t need a charger, but I have a few and a small collection of 18650s that I swap to avoid waiting for the one inside to recharge.

    Just two unusual but useful lights. To see lots more, the best single site I know of is Battery Junction. They have a wide variety of stuff, with good detail and some user reviews. In addition to Fenix, I have had good experience with Olight, Nitecore, Sunwayman, and Jetbeam. These are not commonly available in retail stores.

    For traditional FLASHLIGHT forms, pay attention to beam spread and the user interface. For instance, Jetbeam tends to make lights that have a concentrated beam that can reach out hundreds of feet, but is less useful for indoor tasks. Olight tends to have broader beams that are less impressive in your back 40, but work well close. You will be best served by buying something, and then comparing its specs to the next one you are considering. Watch for sales. As for user interface, that is subject to personal taste. Since most lights have limited control switches, UI is important. A popular discussion is whether pressing and holding the switch for a fraction of a second increases or decreases light output. Also, most good lights remember the last mode and start there the next time you turn it on.

    Old eyes deserve good light! I have been using and modding lights since I was a kid. No longer necessary with all the options we now have. Enjoy!

  9. I like my pelican 1920 two aaa cell LED. Push the button, light comes out. If it’s too bright, do a quick double push. No sos or red modes to cycle thru. Nice fit and finish. Plenty bright.

    Useful to read menus in dark restaurants.

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  10. https://www.zerohedge.com/political/federal-judge-overturns-californias-ban-assult-weapons

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/breaking-federal-judge-overturns-californias-ar15-ban/

    –Good news as far as it goes, but the judge brings out every one of the ‘caveats’ in the history of gun control… he might have ruled the right way this time, but he’s not a Constitutionalist.

    “outer limits of Second Amendment protection”
    “dangerous and solely useful for military purposes”
    “in the hands of law-abiding responsible citizens ”
    “every law-abiding responsible individual citizen has a constitutionally protected right to keep and bear firearms commonly owned and kept for lawful purposes.”

    NONE of that is in the 2A. ALL of it has been used to deny gun ownership in the past and present.

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  11. I like my pelican 1920 two aaa cell LED.

    Nice. I missed that because I have tried to avoid AAA cells. I carry an original Nitecore TIP when going out in the dark. Different form factor, non removable battery, but I like it. There were problems with the second generation TIPs, and the third was changed. Don’t know about those. There are also different newer models. For me, a very low “moonlight” mode (usually 1 lumen or less) is a must to avoid spoiling dark adaptation.

    My light’s battery holds a charge for the six months on mostly nonuse over the summer, and still seems to have plenty of capacity. When it finally croaks, I will go back to something with removable batteries.

    Another lesson for those new to modern lights: there are so many! Try different ones and see what works for you. If you find one you don’t like, keep it like new and give it away. 🙂


  12. Maybe it’s just anyone who’s practiced using his tool for a long, long time?

    I’ve heard on the grapevine that Mr. Ray hasn’t practiced with his tool in some time now.

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  13. Huh, never got around to the “they” in “put them to work”…

     

    Got the kids interested in selling lego online.   Want them doing some sort of part time business, both for the money, and because of the discussions  that it opens up.

    Youngest will sort and identify, oldest will do the work of figuring out how to make the most of what they’ve got to sell, and doing the listings.

    I got them started on 5 gallons of mixed pieces.

     

    Oh, and that Porsche  technics kit?  unopened but missing bag 1 of pieces, which is the motor mainly.   Still worth a bunch of money, just not the easy flip.

     

    n

  14. DailyMail front page for about 6 interesting stories, including an apparent attempted plane hijacking that was thwarted…

    More on FauxXi and the wuflu, and a bunch of attacks on people at random.

    n

  15. I hope West is smart enough not to run against Abbott right now. While he is no Rick Perry, a whole lot of us are still very pleased with how his EOs made life much easier in Texas when the lockdown started… some examples I recall that made a real difference to us out here in the hinterlands were allowing different kinds of trucks to carry food, and allowing the sale of restaurant-pack/commercial pack foods direct to the public.  Abbott is a good leader, and usually stays in front of the things that matter most to all Texans.

     

    We could DEFINITELY use Col West in our state legislature, esp to work against the vile purple House Speakers our so-called GOP keep electing, and the ugly process by which that happens making the smoky back rooms of the old days look positively enlightened.  Our Senate does pretty well, but the work of the Texas House has been shameful for a long time.

     

  16. Regarding FLASHLIGHTS:  head over to the camping area of WalMart. They usually have some cheap/good LED flashlights and headlamps for $1.00 each. They work quite well.

    I have a handful of them in various places around the house. One headlamp in a central location (at the car keys spot) that I can easily grab during an outage. Works great for light when I need to hook up the generator.

    And during winter, I have two LED lanterns that are at the ready in a central location. Plus two of those plug-in emergency flashlights that go on automatically when the power dies.

    Having FLASHLIGHTS is good. Knowing where they are – better.

  17. Regarding transferring vehicles. I got burned by a ticket on a vehicle I’d sold. Fought it and win but was an annoying waste of time and emotion. When we sell vehicles now we meet the buyer at a DMV in a Box and do the vehicle transfer in person. Takes about 15 minutes, person has title in their name immediately, and we pay the $35 for our peace of mind.

    Interesting news for Anchorage elections. The assembly voted to add a seat. This means redistricting the whole municipality. This means ALL seats on the Assembly are up for Re-election in 2022. Conservative spirits are high over this. I think it’s bad. The conservatives have been consistently outspent by leftists in the last umpteen years, and receive vast amounts of money from outside. Our conservative mayor got in by a slender 1,200 votes in a city of 300k+ with an extraordinarily well run campaign and hugely committed volunteer base. His opponent had few local volunteers but money out the wazoo.

    A probable outcome of 2022 is we will lose the two seats held by conservatives. unless we can dredge up similar support across a dozen races we are in for it.

     

    Today I’m picking up my Gravenstein Apple sapling from the nursery where I overwintered it. I’ll keep it in a pot and overwinter it again next year as we are still rearranging the new yard. The enormous brush pike in the backyard has me feeling defeated and overwhelmed. I tried dragging stuff up the hill to curbside. It’s going to take many many hours I could be using more productively elsewhere. Pro tree guys will charge several thousand to remove it. I’m seeking a youth sports team who travel and need cash for their ventures. It calls for young muscles not skill. Once I’ve got it up top I’ll rent the 12” self feed chipper for a few hundred dollars and turn it into chips. I need to deal with it before the rains start in July as being rained on will make it all harder to untangle and chip.

    Puppy ate a flying jalapeño raisin yesterday. Administered Benadryl and she’s fine today, modest swelling on muzzle, all good. I had tried to warn her off the bee and that backfired as she took it as a personal challenge to catch it then.

     

    Working on getting a new buck rabbit. Current buck is slow to get his work done and spends as much time getting humped by the does as he does humping. Need to get the new rabbitry set up. Need to finish getting out of old place. Yada yada.

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  18. Current buck is slow to get his work done and spends as much time getting humped by the does as he does humping.

    Sounds like you’re misgendering at least one of the rabbits. Did you ask zir what pronouns zir prefers?

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  19. There is an Act! Webserver version now that any browser can access.

    Great. Can you point me in the general direction?

    What I meant was, is there a cloud App, with a good calendar and group options?

    Specifically, a URL? I’m sure I’m not alone appreciating the combination of a calendar/contact database. ACT! was a dream come true for me.

    http://Www.act.com

    I pay $1,800 per year for a five seat license of the multiple user version.

  20. $35 to release liability? Outrageous! Yeah, compared to…

    Here in CA it is free on line. Takes five minutes. For a private sale, I sign the title, give it, the registration, and a bill of sale to the buyer, and collect the cash. Done. My last sales were to friends, and also involved boxes of spares, but that is extra.

    We got DMV kiosks for routine things like registration renewals a couple years ago, but they only accept credit cards, and charge a premium. Nope. On line is free with ACH transfer. Very fast. Our local DMV has very little waiting for things that can’t be done on line. Waiting without an appointment, with my extremely small sample size, is 10 minutes max during quiet times (Tuesday after lunch,) longer with an appointment. I think I live in Mayberry.

  21. Surprisingly, the perp isn’t Amish! 

    No, but the driver appears to be from a fellow Anabaptist order, maybe Menonite.

    So hard to tell these Early Protestant Reformation believers apart just by behavior, dress, and favored mode of transport.

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  22. Sounds like the driver–honorary Amish, surely?–pulled the passive/aggressive “I’ll leave your package in the truck as long as I want” trick

    Saw a note this week that Amazon’s injury rate in warehouses is 80% higher than other companies with similar facilities.

  23. Saw a note this week that Amazon’s injury rate in warehouses is 80% higher than other companies with similar facilities. 

    Amazon also announced that they were ending drug tests for weed.

  24. @SteveF

    Sounds like you’re misgendering at least one of the rabbits. Did you ask zir what pronouns zir prefers?

    I asked him if he prefers to be fricasee’d or sautéed or roasted. I’m all for free choice. After his replacement is in place and proven.

    My Gravenstein apple tree I retrieved from overwintering at the nursery is huge – doubled in height and trunk thickness and much new growth. Best $77 I’ve spent on tree care yet. I would -not- have seen that growth had I overwintered it in my garage.

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  25. Bought some 3xD-cell LED flashlights on sale about 10 years ago. Amazing bright hot-spot free light. Bought more the next time they were on sale. Gave a bunch for Christmas. Similar to Maglites in quality, but only one color–gray. I have four lined up on the hall table.

    Left one in the attic and came back three days later to find it undimmed. D-cells rock. Not available anymore. Only id is “Protector”, which led nowhere on Google.

    Bought two original Neebo Redline 3xAAA before they “improved” the design and cut the light output 20%. Saved my butt one night when I hit a deer at dusk on a country blacktop. Deer took out the front right corner–grill, quarter panel, headlight, misc. I was standing there looking at the damage and thinking that it was nice to have one light left, and then it sizzled and died. It was two miles back to the lodge and I lit the road with the Neebo, going a slow 20mph and pulling over for the two cars I met.

    I keep an LED lantern on each level, and a clear PET container in the hall closet with 6 cheepo LED’s and batteries to run them in a dated ziploc. Switch the batteries out for fresh every year. Same cheepo’s in the door pockets of all vehicles. Larger flashlight in the consoles.

    I’ve found the penlight style with the front-mounted LED’s very handy, particularly with a magnet base. I keep clipon caplights in the vehicle toolboxes and have one good headlamp in the workshop.

    A few years ago they came out with a stickon light that looks like a 1/2″ thick electrical switchplate with LED’s on the front. Runs off two AAA batteries and puts out an amazing amount of light. Perfect for unlighted closets, but also very nice inside the truck topper at night.

    Batteries have come a long way since the old zinc-carbon cells. Alkalines can sit for a year and still be good, and lithium even better. I date packages when I buy them, and the batteries when they get installed.

  26. “Why are Liberals so violent? Shrink wants to shoot Whites in the head.”
    https://gunfreezone.net/why-are-liberals-so-violent-shrink-wants-to-shoot-whites-in-the-head/

    “A New York City-based psychiatrist told an audience at the Yale School of Medicine in April that she had fantasies of “unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way.””

    “Dr. Aruna Khilanani spewed the race-hating virtual remarks — in which she also said she’d walk away from the shooting “with a bounce in my step” and that white people “make my blood boil” and “are out of their minds and have been for a long time” — at the Ivy League institution’s Child Study Center on April 6.”

    Yes, they want to kill us normals. I have no idea why.

  27. I just wandered past the TV.  Some cooking show on PBS.  I think.  Anyway.  She was sauteing diced mushroom and “whatever” and a few big sprigs of what looked like parsley.  In an enamel costed cast iron pot.  It looked like she had already browned whatever the meat is or someone’s not so awesome at cleaning pots… for a TV show.

    Thing is, she was stirring all of this together and while it looked interesting, why is she stirring with her elbow jammed into her belly?

    The camera panned out for the next step.  Half a cup of white boxed wine.  And WTH, why don’t you move the bottle of cognac out of way of your arm?

    Duh.

     

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  28. Yes, they want to kill us normals. I have no idea why.

    Why are they in our country? Since they hate whitey so much?


  29. I’ve heard on the grapevine that Mr. Ray hasn’t practiced with his tool in some time now.

    With smaller hand tools they are easier to handle. Practice makes perfect I have been told. Thus no more practice is necessary. Hand tools many times produce a finer finish. Like comparing a chainsaw to a scroll saw. Keeping the tools free from corrosion requires regular rubbing.

    As for FLASHLIGHTS I carry two on my keychain. One is a small but bright Fexix light, two levels, USB rechargeable. The other is a light made by Peter Gransee. AAA battery in a tube, tighten the cap to make the LED module turn on. Only moving part, highly reliable.

    LED technology has really made a difference in handheld lights. Life would have been much easier on the farm with such lights. Especially some head lights. Wonderful for working hands free. I get the Costco 3 packs for $15 on sale, with batteries. When the batteries die it is cheaper to just replace the light.

  30. Youtube:

    Ozzy Man Reviews: MEGA COMPILATION #10

    Jenga-playing dog

    Delicate adjustments on the soccer field

    Honey badger opens can of whupass on jaguar

    The shy nature of Jack Russell Terriers

    CAUTION: Ozzyman does believe that liberal use of the f-word helps the narration flow.

  31. Regarding transferring vehicles.

    Someone *gave* me a trailer an hour ago.  He didn’t have room for it, a Steel tandem axle boat trailer that someone was converting into a cargo hauler.  One axle is cracked.

    It has no registration, pink slip, or nameplate or license plate – if I want to use it I’ll have to go get it inspected at a Ca. DMV station.  Done that once before, but it was a pain.

  32. Second trailer episode of the day.

    I’ve been storing a boat trailer with a “pirate ship” float on it for years.  The owner wants to sell. So I was out with the little 3gal compressor inflating the tires this morning.

    They are circa 2007, and one at least, was made in Africa, of all places.

    The owner is selling “as is”- my goal is to get it off my property before they fail.

  33. http://Www.act.com

    I pay $1,800 per year for a five seat license of the multiple user version.

    Thanks Lynn! Might give it shot just to see what’s up. I sure miss the calendaring and it would be great on a phone. Looks like they changed hands again, too. I think Act! started life as a Symantec product, if memory serves.

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    Watched Dead Alive again last night. It’s been years. What a hoot. Peter Jackson before LOTR.

    https://m.ok.ru/video/275253561934

  34. Sam’s Club run today. Chicken totally unobtainium with a “Limit 2” sign above one of the empty refrigerator cases.

    Managers were scrambling to spread out the ground turkey and fish to fill the vacant space.

  35. Interesting ruling from a CA judge

    A federal judge overturned California’s longtime ban on assault weapons on Friday in a ruling that likened the AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife.

    Assault weapons have been banned in California since 1989, according to the ruling. The law has been updated several times since it was originally passed.

    According to the ruling by US District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego, the assault weapons ban violates the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms and deprives Californians from owning assault-style weapons commonly allowed in other states. Benitez issued a permanent injunction Friday so the law cannot be enforced.

    “Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment,” Benitez said in the ruling. “Firearms deemed as ‘assault weapons’ are fairly ordinary, popular, modern rifles.”

    In his ruling, the judge also criticized the news media, writing, “One is to be forgiven if one is persuaded by news media and others that the nation is awash with murderous AR-15 assault rifles. The facts, however, do not support this hyperbole, and facts matter.”

    Judge Benitez has previously ruled against other state firearm restrictions. Last year, he ruled California’s ban on high-capacity magazines was unconstitutional. He also struck down the state’s restriction on remote purchases of gun ammunition.

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/05/us/california-gun-ban-overturned/index.html

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  36. “Why are Liberals so violent? Shrink wants to shoot Whites in the head.”

    These are the same people who laugh about abortion and stomping on aborted foetuses.

    A recent study says liberals  are twice as likely to use shrinks as conservatives.

    Believable.

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  37. Gee, you’d think with those big new edit buttons I’d hit Save and not Delete…

    Thanks for the link, Lynn. For $15 I’ll give it a spin. I really miss the calendaring/contact interface, it would be great on a phone and office. Looks like they changed hands, again. ACT! started out as a Symantec product, if memory serves. A couple iterations after that, IIRC.

     

    Saw _Dead Alive_ again last night. It’s been ages. What a hoot. Peter Jackson before LOTR.

     

  38. @Jim

    Gee, you’d think with those big new edit buttons I’d hit Save and not Delete…

    Those buttons are for the visually impaired, not those that are otherwise impaired…

    Not sure what else I can do to help you out.  🙂

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  39. Not sure what else I can do to help you out.

    Try hitting him in the head with a hammer. Maybe it’s like a click-pen, where hitting the button once pops the tip out and hitting it again pops it back in. If someone acts like he’s been hit in the head with a hammer, another hit might just cure him. #FollowMeForMoreSuggestions

  40. Back from my afternoon’s exertions.   FILLED a cart at the goodwill outlet.  About 100 pounds of stuff.

    Great pyrex casserole dishes.  Some corel to match a piece I already have. 6 pounds of brass drawer pulls.  Extension cords.  More DVDs and CDs for the collection.

    Some stuff for resale, like this item that I didn’t even know existed…

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/373414266408?hash=item56f1398628:g:Xs4AAOSwy8Vf72nH

    It’s a case for transporting your tabletop gaming figures to games…  Too bad it was empty.  Those figures are not cheap.

    Selling the case will almost pay for all the rest.

     

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    added- and a couple dozen ball and mason jars. left the kerr behind.

  41. It’s a case for transporting your tabletop gaming figures to games… Too bad it was empty. Those figures are not cheap.

    Fine for figures, but dice go in an old Crown Royal bag.

     

  42. A recent study says liberals are twice as likely to use shrinks as conservatives.

    Only twice as likely?

    I established with a new doctor this week to get to the bottom of some problems I’ve had since being canned in October. I want to make sure I don’t have something heart related, but, like a lot of Austin doctors, the guy runs quite a few ADD patients so I got the impression he thinks I’m trying to find a way to be a good corporate drone — better living through chemistry.

    I don’t really care about fixing whatever psychological problems I have which contributed to my being fired and keep me from being a model employee. If anything, I believe too much Adderall and T therapy happening in my management chain was the issue at the last job. One manager had so much of that combo going in his system that his hands twitched all the time. Join the club? Good Lord no. I just don’t want to die from a heart attack.

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  43. Couple dozen pokemon cards, nothing 1st ed.

    Some nice cds, benny goodman I didn’t have, and a tommy dorsey,   along with coolio’s extended single- gangsta’s paradise.  Nice Puccini box set of La Boheme, and the Howlin Wolf london sessions set didn’t have that yet.

     

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  44. Some nice cds, benny goodman I didn’t have, and a tommy dorsey, along with coolio’s extended single- gangsta’s paradise. Nice Puccini box set of La Boheme, and the Howlin Wolf london sessions set didn’t have that yet.

    People are shedding physical media.

    The 35th anniversary of the “Atomic Shakespeare” episode of “Moonlighting” occurred recently. Unfortunately for Disney, Fox never reupped the music rights so a reissue of the series is nearly impossible for now and streaming is out.

    The only way to see one of the greatest hours of TV from the 80s is old DVD sets collecting dust in basements … or on Goodwill shelves.

  45. You won’t see mammie chasing tom and jerry with a broom on stream or rerun either.  Or lots of other stuff.   I’m surprised the Friends release didn’t come with trigger warnings and redactions or at least 2 minutes of hate sessions in the commentary.

     

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  46. There has been a recent explosion in both hammers and pry bar/ wrecking bars. Most aren’t gimmicky either although they might not match your style of working or habits. Incredible to see the hammer being re-thought after all this time.

    Old saying we used in IT every time TPTB brought in some new-fangled software that they promoted as the next great thing – “When you’re the hammer, everything looks like a nail.”


  47. Looks like it’s time to buy some FLASHLIGHTS

    Besides FLSHLIGHTS, I also seem to have accumulated a number of TAPE MEASURES. Different lengths (3 to 50 ft), different widths (really wide if I need a longer ‘stand out’ without bending), different markings (16th divisions, fractions, etc.), different lock mechanisms. My old favorite, the one that’s on my tool belt is the Stanley chrome-plated 25 foot Powerlock II.

  48. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9654323/Moment-flight-attendants-tackle-Delta-passenger-tried-force-way-cockpit.html

    –which is why I actually carry some really big zip ties in my carryon

     

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9655717/Asheville-North-Carolina-police-WONT-respond-person-911-calls-theft-fraud.html

    –yup, defund and abuse, and get less service

     

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9653135/Norwich-pick-truck-artwork-kidnapped-woman-tied-investigated-police.html

    –in poor taste, certainly.  Worrying?  Certainly.  Hate crime?  WTF England.  Hate crime.  We warned you about the slippery slope.

    “It is beyond disgraceful. I really hope someone reported the driver and that there is something that can be done about it.'”

    —I don’t like it so won’t someone DO SOMETHING!@!11!1!1!!!!!!11—-
    n

     

     

  49. “Old saying we used in IT every time TPTB brought in some new-fangled software that they promoted as the next great thing – “When you’re the hammer, everything looks like a nail.” ”

    Was Goethe wrong?

    Is nail the third option?

  50. I keep an LED lantern on each level, and a clear PET container in the hall closet with 6 cheepo LED’s and batteries to run them in a dated ziploc. Switch the batteries out for fresh every year. Same cheepo’s in the door pockets of all vehicles. Larger flashlight in the consoles.

    I keep six led lanterns in the house, ready for turning on, already deployed. Plus two in their boxes ready for batterying and deployment. Yup, paranoid with a paranoid daughter.

  51. Looks like it’s time to buy some FLASHLIGHTS

    Besides FLSHLIGHTS, I also seem to have accumulated a number of TAPE MEASURES. Different lengths (3 to 50 ft), different widths (really wide if I need a longer ‘stand out’ without bending), different markings (16th divisions, fractions, etc.), different lock mechanisms. My old favorite, the one that’s on my tool belt is the Stanley chrome-plated 25 foot Powerlock II.

    I have lost my 100 ft tape measure. Not good. I got it 40 years ago and it was easy to deploy or wind up.

  52. @Rick, something changed again…. I got sent to comment moderation for 3 links in a comment…

    I’m a bad boy.

    n

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  53. Potential new puppy has been identified. Work friend of my wife has ‘accidental’ chihuahua/dachshund puppies to get rid of.

    Skinny playful female, short chocolate hair.

    Chubby active male, black with brown features, fuzzy hair.

    Skinny shy female, chihuahua head and look.

    I’m thinking fat boy, but we’ll have to meet and greet.

    n

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  54. @nick – haven’t changed anything in regards to number of URLs in a message.

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  55. Potential new puppy has been identified. Work friend of my wife has ‘accidental’ chihuahua/dachshund puppies to get rid of.

    Skinny playful female, short chocolate hair.

    Chubby active male, black with brown features, fuzzy hair.

    Skinny shy female, chihuahua head and look.

    I’m thinking fat boy, but we’ll have to meet and greet.

    n

    Both !

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  56. @rick, someone did. Had to let myself out of moderation.

    n

  57. @nick

    @rick, someone did. Had to let myself out of moderation.

    Only you and I have access to those discussion settings as admins. Plus Jenny, who is also an admin.

  58. Check the dashboard, three links got moderated.

     

    n

     

    Weird, very weird.

     

  59. Oh, On refresh the four link comment got moderated too.

     

    n


  60. Only you and I have access to those discussion settings as admins.

    Update to WordPress or the plugins?

    Plus Jenny, who is also an admin.

    Or another possible culprit may have been identified.

  61. A quick poke around in places I probably shouldn’t have access to says only one plugin has autoupdate turned on, remojii? something to do with comments and making them better.

    In the mean time, if you post a linkfest post a comment letting us know it’s stuck in moderation. And we’ll ‘free the farts’…

    n

  62. Both !

    –don’t know if I have the energy for TWO pups.

    n

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  63. Puppy ate a flying jalapeño raisin yesterday.

    Jenny’s been sneaking in some devilment!

    n

    Jenny does not have the time to turn around !

  64. Both !

    –don’t know if I have the energy for TWO pups.

    n

    Gonna be less crying and separation anxiety. But you will have to get them fixed fairly soon.

  65. Sam’s Club run today. Chicken totally unobtainium with a “Limit 2” sign above one of the empty refrigerator cases.

    We came home from a 10 day trip yesterday. While out, visited two Costcos, one in Rancho Cucamonga (I have always loved that name) and the other in Orange County. My wife buys most stuff at Costco, and said both were fully stocked, but few sales. I walk around looking for sales on things I might be interested in, but nothing. Gasoline at Rancho Cucamonga was ~$3.50, not bad for S CA.

    While out and about, saw a few stores with no mask signs, but almost everybody inside wore them. Our town increasingly maskless (50%?) even though Nuisance refuses to say when he will relinquish emergency controls. He needs to go.

    Been busy since arriving home. Lots of things need attention. No rest.

  66. Catching up, this caught my attention:

    Try hitting him in the head with a hammer. Maybe it’s like a click-pen, where hitting the button once pops the tip out and hitting it again pops it back in. If someone acts like he’s been hit in the head with a hammer, another hit might just cure him. #FollowMeForMoreSuggestions

    Made me laugh out loud. Brightened a long day. Now time to rest. ZZZ.

  67. @Nick

    data point:

    You and I both posted at 21:15.

    I saw your post above mine after I posted. I did a quick edit within a minute, hit save, and your post was gone. Not sure how long it took to show up again.

    But, yeah: weird, definitely weird.

  68. @Nick

    data point:

    You and I both posted at 21:15.

    I saw your post above mine after I posted. I did a quick edit within a minute, hit save, and your post was gone. Not sure how long it took to show up again.

    But, yeah: weird, definitely weird.

    and now I get “duplicate content”.

     

  69. Got myself out of moderation just so the thread was complete.

    Extra child in the house today and tomorrow, so they girls are all up WAY too late watching movies. FINALLY bedtime.

    n

  70. Jenny’s been sneaking in some devilment!
    I’m often up to mischief, but not on ttgnet, and no mischief today.
    I toted umpteen buckets of D1 gravel to fill in a mud prone path along the garage.
    And found out the birdhouses around the property from previous owner are actually in use! Baby birds!

    Two pups are four times the work of one pup. And training them to listen to you instead of merrily gamboling with one another is effortful. Still – it’s great fun watching them go full barbarian on each other.

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