Mon. June 21, 2021 – might as well be in Houston…

By on June 21st, 2021 in decline and fall, personal, WuFlu

Hot and humid with a chance of thunderstorms. Just like home. It was not so bad in the shade during the 90+F day and not bad at all lounging in the pool. Sun came out for most of the day too, and THAT was pretty hot… Today should be more of the same.

I spent the day relaxing, reading, and eating. It was a good day. Reports from our dog watcher are good so far with the little guy fitting in and doing well with the other dogs.

A quick look at the news shows increasing violence, with Chicago leading the way. Big cities are going to get worse. Some smaller cities too. I don’t think the current violence is because of the current events, it’s because previous violence has been met with indifference or encouragement. The behavior is self-reinforcing.

Today I will probably do some grocery shopping. I’d like to get a bin of long term storage food stashed here like I did in Michigan. The museum we were looking at close by isn’t open today, and the beach trip yesterday got all the girls a nice bit of sunburn. I think today will be low key as a result.

And still the world turns.

Make a plan. Work your plan. Keep stacking.

nick

42 Comments and discussion on "Mon. June 21, 2021 – might as well be in Houston…"

  1. Greg Norton says:

    Hot and humid with a chance of thunderstorms. Just like home. It was not so bad in the shade during the 90+F day and not bad at all lounging in the pool. Sun came out for most of the day too, and THAT was pretty hot… Today should be more of the same.

    Hopefully, the rainy season started on time. That part of Florida is only tolerable in the Summer with the afternoon rains.

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  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    Haven’t seen any rain yet.

    Some sun and light overcast this morning.

    n

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  3. MrAtoz says:

    A good article on black slave owners, many or whom were former slaves includes this paragraph:

    I gave up pointing out WHITEY! Americans weren’t the first, last, nor worst slave owners. Blacks seem mostly, yeah, that’s true. It’s the ProgLibTurds, especially WHITEY! PLTs that are pushing the nonsense. Like plugsy “they gonna put you all back in chains” McSpongeBrain. The PLTs obvious play is to suppress Blacks. Here’s your reparations. Here’s your Obola-Phone. Here’s your soy rations. Here’s a couple hundred for your vices. Wake up sheeple!

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  4. MrAtoz says:

    Battery anecdote:

    My 3-year Cadillac SRX needed a new battery each year in Vegas. I wonder how much it cost then since I would just call Roadside and they would come with a new battery, put it in and test it.

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  5. Clayton W. says:

    The way to fight back against acronym proliferation is to make up your own meanings for any that come up.

    People Eating Tasty Animals!

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  6. Greg Norton says:

    The son came over after church and the wife fixed us shrimp scampi for lunch. With extra shrimp. We then watched the two episodes of Loki and episodes five through nine of Wandavision. The first episode of Loki is FINE. We then went and got some TexMex takeout for supper. When I step on the scales in the morning it is going to be real bad. 

    I dipped in and out of “Wandavision” while the family watched. The level of detail on their riff of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was impressive. I was the only one in the room who immediately got “Family Ties”.

    It is too bad that the producers lost their nerve to do “CSI”. I guess that is still a sore subject at Disney, especially with a reboot pending this Fall over at CBS.

    We may resubscribe to Disney+ for the “Behind The Attraction” series. I’m a sucker for The Haunted Mansion, and Disney didn’t even scratch the surface of their archived material for the ride with “The Imagineering Story”.

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  7. lynn says:

    Belt-and-suspenders backups.

    Come to find out one of my backup processes has only “sort of” been running for the past year. I do spot checks, and the particular directory I usually check has been backed up – and pretty much nothing else. Due to a silly configuration difference between the new house and the old house.

    I just tripped across this problem because I noticed that the free disk space on the backup disk hadn’t changed in a while. Meanwhile, the other backup process has apparently been working fine. Still, I’m glad we haven’t needed to restore anything in a while.

    Now I’ll have to watch the backups carefully for a while, to be sure I got everything tweaked the way it needs to be…

    You just prompted me to do an external back up of my home pc. I do an internal backup to a internal hard drive weekly. But I have four external hard drives for my home pc. That last external backup wax Feb 5, 2020. Right before the move from the old house to the new used house.

    Yup, it is way past time. Especially since I upgraded to Windows 10 in that time frame. And I just filed my 2020 income taxes.

    Note to self: When connecting the external USB hard drive power supply to the UPS, do not reach around and accidentally push the UPS power button. And then wonder why it got so quiet.

  8. lynn says:

    The son came over after church and the wife fixed us shrimp scampi for lunch. With extra shrimp. We then watched the two episodes of Loki and episodes five through nine of Wandavision. The first episode of Loki is FINE. We then went and got some TexMex takeout for supper. When I step on the scales in the morning it is going to be real bad.

    I dipped in and out of “Wandavision” while the family watched. The level of detail on their riff of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was impressive. I was the only one in the room who immediately got “Family Ties”.

    It is too bad that the producers lost their nerve to do “CSI”. I guess that is still a sore subject at Disney, especially with a reboot pending this Fall over at CBS.

    We may resubscribe to Disney+ for the “Behind The Attraction” series. I’m a sucker for The Haunted Mansion, and Disney didn’t even scratch the surface of their archived material for the ride with “The Imagineering Story”.

    I can hardly wait for season two of Wandavision. Yes, I loved the tail end preview of Wandavision. That is why I think that there will be a season two.

    Did you know that there are going to be FIVE MCU movies in the next twelve months ? Of course, Loki qualifies as one of those movies. We be burning Disney+ down.
    https://www.polygon.com/21452835/new-marvel-movies-come-out-release-schedule

    BTW, each Wandavision episode was a cool $25 million. Each. And my wife and daughter were singing the Agatha song. And she killed XXXXXXX too !
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8u8md-NiHM

    Wait, the Agatha song reminds me of the … Munsters !

  9. lynn says:

    “The importance of good Eye Protection”
    https://gunfreezone.net/the-importance-of-good-eye-protection/

    According to the former USMC son, you have not lived until you have caught some hot brass under your back armor plate. There is just enough gap when you are leaning over for the hot brass to come down your collar and roll under the back plate. Apparently it is not uncommon for a Marine to jump up on the firing line and start dancing about.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    Wait, the Agatha song reminds me of the … Munsters !

    You just got that? There are elements of “The Munsters”, “Addams Family”, “Willie Wonka”, and “Grim Grinning Ghosts” from The Haunted Mansion mixed in there. I swear the town square scene is “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”.

    Sadly, “The Munsters” — like all of other the references — is a non-Disney property and that’s as far as the riff could go. As I explained to my wife last week when she asked why “How To Make A Monster” couldn’t make the Frankenstein look “right”, even the classic “Frankenstein” appearance which would be necessary to do “Herman Munster” is Universal IP. Some of the behind the scenes stories about “The Munsters” would have made it perfect fodder for the “Wandavision” writers.

    As a Universal production, “SuperTroopers 2” got to use the Munsters’ house as it currently exists unembellished on the backlot, IMHO the real point of this credits gag … in addition to slyly ripping the way “The Wonder Years” ended and what happened to Fred Savage’s career as a result.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfYyn5d_pV0

    The movie release got delayed a year so Broken Lizard could do that gag. I gave $25 to the Kickstarter.

    I believe the other camera angle shows the house from”Leave it to Beaver”, also on the Univeral lot. If you look carefully in old episodes, Wally and The Beav’s route home from school passed right by 1313 Mockingbird lane.

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  11. Nick Flandrey says:

    I tried to watch wandavision with the kids, but I don’t know the characters, or the story, or anything about it and that irritated me. The character design irritates me.

    Ate a bunch of sugar for breakfast and subsequently crashed on the couch for the morning. Wife and oldest were shopping in old downtown. I’m on vacation and am fine with napping on the couch. Or by the pool. Or in a chair. Or in bed.

    Vacation.

    n

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  12. Greg Norton says:

    I tried to watch wandavision with the kids, but I don’t know the characters, or the story, or anything about it and that irritated me. The character design irritates me.

    I have no clue about the characters, and I only watch MCU movies to see Cobie Smulders’ brief appearances.

    The hook in “Wandavision” for the casual viewer is figuring out which old TV shows and movies are referenced and what non-Disney/Fox properties the writers really wanted to use but couldn’t get the rights.

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  13. SteveF says:

    fine with napping on the couch. Or by the pool. Or in a chair. Or in bed.

    Embrace the power of “and”. In fact, if it’s not too much work, try to multitask by taking simultaneous naps.

  14. Brad says:

    What SteveF said.

  15. lynn says:

    Freefall: Klingon Opera
    http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3700/fc03608.htm

    Just say no to ‘The Khitomer Massacre”. The Orbital Bombardment section is a tear jerker.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    Just say no to ‘The Khitomer Massacre”. The Orbital Bombardment section is a tear jerker. 

    Tonight’s H&I “Deep Space Nine” rerun is “Sacrifice of the Angels”, with, arguably, the series’ best space battle sequences.

    The same sequences were remastered as a centerpiece of the recent “What We Left Behind” documentary, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the final episode.

  17. JimB says:

    Embrace the power of “and”. In fact, if it’s not too much work, try to multitask by taking simultaneous naps.

    Once again, SteveF stated something I would NEVER have thought of. I will have to try that later today. I have noticed that men don’t multitask as well as women. Some of us prefer concentrating on a single task. But napping… hmmm, could be the start of something great.

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  18. lynn says:

    fine with napping on the couch. Or by the pool. Or in a chair. Or in bed.

    Embrace the power of “and”. In fact, if it’s not too much work, try to multitask by taking simultaneous naps.

    Or, just like Wanda and Dr. Strange, get your magical self to take a nap also.

  19. lynn says:

    “The Rosenbergs were executed for spying in 1953. Can their sons reveal the truth?”
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/19/rosenbergs-executed-for-spying-1953-can-sons-reveal-truth

    “Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were sent to the electric chair for being Soviet spies, but their sons have spent decades trying to clear their mother’s name. Are they close to a breakthrough?”

    Good luck.

  20. Ray Thompson says:

    try to multitask by taking simultaneous naps

    Yeh, like Joe Biden. If you can’t be anything else, at least be presidential.

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  21. lynn says:

    “Flinx Transcendent (Adventures of Pip & Flinx)” by Alan Dean Foster
    https://www.amazon.com/Flinx-Transcendent-Adventures-Pip/dp/0345496086/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number fourteen of a fifteen book science fiction space opera series. I reread the well printed and well bound paperback that I just bought new since my old one is packed away. I have acquired book fifteen in the series and will read it soon.

    Flinx has his own FTL spaceship, the Teacher, built and given to him by the Ulru-Ujurrians. Flinx is searching for the Tar-Aiym planet full of Krangs that has moved itself across the Galaxy to a new location. Flinx has returned to the Commonwealth to pickup Clarity, Truzenzuzex, and Bran Tse-Mallory to help him search for the planet of Krangs. And a surprise passenger.

    The reading order of Pip and Flinx:
    https://www.fantasticfiction.com/f/alan-dean-foster/pip-and-flinx/

    ADF has a website at:
    https://www.alandeanfoster.com/

    My rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (189 reviews)

  22. Ray Thompson says:

    Well, well, well. Idiot failure. I bought a UPS for the TV, cable box and other items. On a couple of trips out of town I notice the systems connected had reset indicating loss of power. I thought the power outage exceeded the battery time. Seemed reasonable.

    Cue dummy alert. Several minutes ago there was a short outage due to storms. Everything reset. Hmmmm, not good. So I checked the UPS. No alarms. But I had connected all the plugs to the surge outlets not the battery protected outlets. Sometimes I amaze myself with my stupidity.

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  23. SteveF says:

    Once again, SteveF stated something I would NEVER have thought of.

    -wise nod- Yes, it is true that I am full of wisdom and — dare I say it? — genius. In fact, I’m writing a book, The Wisdom of Steve.

    Not joking, actually, at least not about that last part. The introduction goofs on me and my inflated notion of my own awesomeness and wisdom, but the content will be solid advice and things to think about for teens and young adults. I figure to post parts of it at Daily Pundit and will put links here.

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  24. Alan says:

    We may resubscribe to Disney+ for the “Behind The Attraction” series. I’m a sucker for The Haunted Mansion, and Disney didn’t even scratch the surface of their archived material for the ride with “The Imagineering Story”.

    Disney+ (and ESPN+ and Hulu and Discovery+ and Google Play Pass all) free with certain Verizon unlimited plans.

  25. SteveF says:

    Sometimes I amaze myself with my stupidity.

    No no no, Ray. What you need to be doing is finding someone to blame. It works for women, blacks, hispanics, mohammedans, lazyasses, addicts, trannies, and liberals (some category overlap may be observed) and there’s no reason it can’t work for you.

    Not unless you’re a straight, white, man who’s proven able to hold down a job. If you’re all of that, well, you’re screwed.

  26. Greg Norton says:

    We may resubscribe to Disney+ for the “Behind The Attraction” series. I’m a sucker for The Haunted Mansion, and Disney didn’t even scratch the surface of their archived material for the ride with “The Imagineering Story”.’

    Disney+ (and ESPN+ and Hulu and Discovery+ and Google Play Pass all) free with certain Verizon unlimited plans.

    It isn’t about the expense as much as I don’t like how much time gets wasted on streaming at my house if the services are readily available.

  27. SteveF says:

    I don’t like how much time gets wasted on streaming

    ding-ding-ding-ding-ding!

  28. Ray Thompson says:

    What you need to be doing is finding someone to blame

    Ok, point taken. It’s all SteveF’s fault. He has poisoned my thought process.

    Hey @Ray; make sure they only operate on your knee.

    I will tell the surgeon if what he is replacing is not hard, it’s the wrong part.

  29. Marcelo says:

    Hey @Ray; make sure they only operate on your knee.

    I will tell the surgeon if what he is replacing is not hard, it’s the wrong part.

    And then pray for ugly nurses…

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  30. SteveF says:

    It’s all SteveF’s fault.

    Well. Um. Hmm. It seems that my advice was faulty, as it was followed perfectly but led to an undesired outcome.

  31. JimB says:

    Not joking, actually, at least not about that last part. The introduction goofs on me and my inflated notion of my own awesomeness and wisdom, but the content will be solid advice and things to think about for teens and young adults. I figure to post parts of it at Daily Pundit and will put links here.

    That’s a great idea, and I look forward to the samples. I remember telling my wife how you let that youngster stay at your home a few (?) years ago. Noble of you, and probably did the kid a lot of good.

    Beneath that fragile crust there is a gooey softie, but I won’t tell anyone. (Did I really write that? Blecch!) Long day, and brain is withering.

  32. SteveF says:

    you let that youngster stay at your home a few (?) years ago

    Depends on which you mean. We’ve let several of my daughter’s friends stay with us, whether for five afternoons and evenings per week or for days or weeks at a time, and whether because of bad parents (just the one) or busy parents (a couple). A few miscellaneous others but those were less regular, such as taking a couple of teen girls for a short while for the parents to have some time together. (And I even resisted the temptation to tease the girls about what their parents were doing!)

    The current girl looks like she’ll staying with us six days per week all summer. A bit of time apart is probably good for both girls and the mother told my wife and me that she views it as the kid going to summer camp — she’s learning things, she’s having fun, she’s not moping around the house, and she’s not allowed to be on computers and tablets and game consoles twelve hours per day. I still find it rather questionable that the family doesn’t seem to mind her being gone essentially all summer, but I guess I’m not going to worry about it unless a problem brings itself to my attention.

  33. lynn says:

    “Nurse, fired for refusing COVID-19 shot, slams mandate”
    https://onenewsnow.com/medical-health/2021/06/21/nurse-fired-for-refusing-covid-19-shot-slams-mandate

    “Today is job termination day for Texas registered nurse Jennifer Bridges and many others who refused to get the COVID-19 shot, and the nurse insists she has no regrets for refusing to get the Johnson and Johnson shot in order to keep her job.”

    If somebody funds the quarter million dollars to fight this to SCOTUS, this could become a landmark case.

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

  34. JimB says:

    I still find it rather questionable that the family doesn’t seem to mind her being gone essentially all summer…

    Yes. I never understand that, but have seen it, too. Keep up the good work. May you have someone to take care of you in old age. 🙂

  35. drwilliams says:

    @SteveF

    “-wise nod- Yes, it is true that I am full of wisdom and — dare I say it? — genius. In fact, I’m writing a book, The Wisdom of Steve.

    So, Steve Full of It?

     

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  36. nick+flandrey says:

    Another leisurely round of fun with the kids in the pool, then off to bed for me.  Early day tomorrow, something I don’t encourage for vacations…

    n

  37. lynn says:

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/06/21/texas-starts-waking-up-to-the-issue-of-the-full-costs-of-renewables/

    As I have stated several times, the renewables only work from 32 F to 95 F. Below that range and above that range, the renewables must be backed up with dependable power generation equipment with at least a weeks worth of fuel. There is a quantifiable charge for that capability, Warren Buffet can tell you what it is. Not cheap, not cheap at all.

    BTW, Texas can only transport a maxiumum of 12,000 MW from the wind turbines in west Texas to east Texas (Houston and Dallas). The ratepayers (ten million electric meters) in Texas are paying $3/month each for several high capacity 345,000 volt transmission lines already (each line can transport up to 1,000 MW if there are four circuits (wires)) at a cost of about $10 million per mile. No more transmission lines will be built as the return is too low for undependable power

    All future wind turbines and solar in Texas will be built in central Texas or along the shore lines. The new wind turbines are 700 ft tall and quite impressive.

  38. SteveF says:

    May you have someone to take care of you in old age.

    If I make it to old age, defined by needing someone to take care of me, then something’s gone wrong. I plan on dying violently.

  39. ech says:

    I can hardly wait for season two of Wandavision.

    Not likely to happen.

    BTW, the Loki series is off to a good start.

     

  40. Ray Thompson says:

    Buc-ee’s has announced they will be building the largest convenience store in the world in TN. The store will be located east of Knoxville off I40/75 near the exit for Sevierville. Which also happens to be main exit for the Smoky Mountains and Dollywood. It is about an hours drive from my house. I will not visit that store for at least six months after it opens.

    https://www.wate.com/news/buc-ees-to-built-worlds-largest-convenience-store-in-sevierville/

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