Thur. July 15, 2021 – time, ask me for anything but time…

I purely suck at weather forecasting, even when I’m just saying “today will probably be like yesterday.” Today will probably be like yesterday, which was not at all like I thought it would be. In fact yesterday was very nice, if horribly humid. It did rain later in the day, so I guess I wasn’t as wrong as I thought. Still. Today should be nice in the morning, then overcast and rainy later. I said it, now for it to be true…

Spent the morning yesterday driving all over and generally hurrying around. Got done what I hoped to do, so that was good. The afternoon was less productive. I did hear from Dell warranty support and they are shipping me a replacement monitor, with a FedEx tracking number and everything. That was SHOCKINGLY good service. It still has to actually get here, but all systems are go so far.

I don’t usually have recourse to warranty for most things, as I get them used or crazy cheap anyway, but I have done a few for work related things. Speco support and warranty service was very good (cams and NVRs). Kingston pc memory replaced sticks with almost no effort on my part. Ubiquiti replaced several wifi extenders that had lightning strikes nearby under warranty and the process was painless (after all the recovery attempts failed.) Another security cam company replaced a cam with a bad lens with just a phone call, and HP was very good with their business routers and advance replacement (at least 10 years ago). There are still companies supporting their products out there and I’m very glad they are.

Plan for today is pretty much just take care of the kids, and work on stuff around the house. Hope for a nice morning, and maybe no rain in the afternoon…

I’ve got a couple of auction things to chase, but they shouldn’t take long.

I spent some time last night looking at old posts here, and missing old friends. I also added category tags to the posts that came up in my searches. There was a lot of good stuff under the “weekly prepping” tag, that didn’t have any other categories.

Use the search widget at the top of the page, and the category keywords at the right side of the page to find stuff, even if it’s in the comments. Since so much of the good stuff is in the comments, it is worth reading through them if your search result isn’t what you thought it would be. I go back and add tags whenever I get good search results, but neither RBT nor I were consistent when applying the tags, and RBT rarely applied a tag when the subject was in the comments only, or after the day of the post. Tags are still a good starting place, and they get better as I add them to old stuff.

Funny thing is, a lot of the concerns from the old posts are still relevant, and some have come to pass. We’re all terrible at timing the markets, and our financial commentary might be just a bit off. But, in 2016 I mentioned “if” I was worried about a quarantine or martial law lockdown, I’d want xxx. Many of the concerns and prognostication about Trump’s election came to pass too, although it was 4 years later. Mostly, it’s very interesting to see how far we’ve come, how much things have changed while staying broadly the same, and how we’ve gotten used to the condition we find ourselves in. It’s also interesting how LONG it’s taken for stuff we thought was imminent to actual arrive. We apparently suck at timing EVERYTHING not just the financial markets.

However, if the last 6 years have taught me anything, it’s the prudence and advisability of having stuff stacked. I was wrong about the timing, but I wasn’t wrong about the need.

Keep stacking my friends.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

69 thoughts on “Thur. July 15, 2021 – time, ask me for anything but time…”

  1. Wow, we have a huge constitution in Texas. 

    I’ve never looked into it, but the big non-conference football game scheduling snafu in Florida is what my alumni friends claim is a constitutionally-mandated requirement for UF and FSU to play the annual Thanksgiving Weekend game every year, installed by the Legislature when Miami got hot in the 80s and the two big state schools floated in and out of trouble with the NCAA.


  2. It likely can be ameliorated if you discuss with your anesthesiologist

    I intend to discuss beforehand. And don’t be using them there fancy words with more than 3 syllables.


  3. Wow, we have a huge constitution in Texas.

    That’s because to do many things it requires a constitutional amendment. In most states, the legislature has the power to do them by a simple majority.

     


  4. That’s because to do many things it requires a constitutional amendment. In most states, the legislature has the power to do them by a simple majority.

    See California as an example of how that works. One party rule with a wanna be dictator on top.

  5. Since so much of the good stuff is in the comments…

    I can attest to this as all of my contributions are in the comments. 😎

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  6. Deep Thought: If spontaneous combustion is real, how come you never hear about someone’s dog bursting into flames? Or cats. Or cows, or pigs?

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  7. Deep Thought: If spontaneous combustion is real, how come you never hear about someone’s dog bursting into flames? Or cats. Or cows, or pigs?

    Because the aliens don’t aim at them with their ray gun they’re not affected by the phenomenon due to differing body chemistry. 😂 lol

    It seems I used to hear about this all the time back in the 80s/90s, but not so much anymore. Has the fascination passed?

  8. yep, along with satanic messages in rock music, backwards recordings, satanism in general, and other panics and manias.

    n


  9. Interesting.

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2021/07/if-you-use-lot-of-flour-pasta-or.html

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    Which includes a link to this story about chicken shortages…

    https://nypost.com/2021/07/14/popeyes-stockpiling-chicken-amid-shortages-price-hikes/

    …which puts some of the blame on the damn roosters! Add some Viagra to their feed!!

    Executives at Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest producers of poultry and other meats, have also blamed the shortage of chicken on underperforming roosters that aren’t producing as many chicks as expected.

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  10. In my poking around the site last night, we were also having a chicken shortage in 2016…

    n


  11. yep, along with satanic messages in rock music, backwards recordings, satanism in general, and other panics and manias.

    Well, if you play a country and western song backwards you get your trailer, truck, rifle and dog back. The wife, not so much.

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  12. yep, along with satanic messages in rock music, backwards recordings, satanism in general, and other panics and manias.

    But Dungeons and Dragons is still evil, so some things are constant.

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  13. In my poking around the site last night, we were also having a chicken shortage in 2016…

    You would never know there have been shortages based on the number of chicken restaurants opening around here in the last five years.

    And I’ve never seen so many wing places in one area as I did along the South Texas coast on our recent trip. Big too.

  14. But Dungeons and Dragons is still evil, so some things are constant. 

    Which Dungeons and Dragons? The Hasbro-owned version is woke.


  15. And I’ve never seen so many wing places in one area as I did along the South Texas coast on our recent trip. Big too.

    I will say that pretty much EVERY local sports bar that sells wings (which, let’s face it, is pretty much every sports bar) has both raised the price of their wings and eliminated any wing specials they have (half price wings during happy hour, etc.). I shrug it off as I’m not the wing addict that so many others seem to be. Now, when the price of Chicken Tikka Masala skyrockets I will rage. 🙂

  16. When I was a broke college student, the Holiday Inn bar had 10c wings and 1$ beers. I ate dinner there for $5 so many nights…. and now I rarely eat wings. Still like them, don’t seek them out.

    n

  17. Interesting.

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2021/07/if-you-use-lot-of-flour-pasta-or.html

    n

    Which includes a link to this story about chicken shortages…

    https://nypost.com/2021/07/14/popeyes-stockpiling-chicken-amid-shortages-price-hikes/

    …which puts some of the blame on the damn roosters! Add some Viagra to their feed!!

    Executives at Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest producers of poultry and other meats, have also blamed the shortage of chicken on underperforming roosters that aren’t producing as many chicks as expected.

    I wonder if they gave their roosters the covid vaccine ? There are some doctors now claiming that the covid vaccine causes men’s testicles to shrink.

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  18. Most insurance will pay for the sleep study.

    Consider an ‘in-patient’ study at a sleep clinic if your insurance covers it. A tech will insure all the wires are properly connected and will be available to assist during the night if you need to pee.

  19. And I’ve never seen so many wing places in one area as I did along the South Texas coast on our recent trip. Big too.

    I will say that pretty much EVERY local sports bar that sells wings (which, let’s face it, is pretty much every sports bar) has both raised the price of their wings and eliminated any wing specials they have (half price wings during happy hour, etc.). I shrug it off as I’m not the wing addict that so many others seem to be. Now, when the price of Chicken Tikka Masala skyrockets I will rage.

    The price of Chicken Tikka Masala at our Indian takeout is now $9.99 plus $1.69 for a 12 inch nan just off the stove. Plus a dollar for the governor (sales tax !). I love it, my underlings at the office wanted free samples when I got it again couple of weeks ago. I threw them all out of my office.
    https://www.desitadkasl.com/

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  20. “Sec.A23. A VACANCY FOLLOWING REMOVAL FROM DISTRICT OR COUNTY
    FROM WHICH ELECTED. If any Senator or Representative remove his
    residence from the district or county for which he was elected, his
    office shall thereby become vacant, and the vacancy shall be filled
    as provided in section 13 of this article.”

    I would think most any court (where I presume this could wind up) would expect proof of “remove his residence.” What’s to stop the Dems from claiming they are just on vacation?


  21. Maybe Scranton Joe should start with his adopted home state. IIRC, the vaccination rate in Delaware is 57%.

    Yet the Delta variant continues to (quietly?) spread. IIRC the seven day averages for new cases, hospitalizations and deaths have started to slightly trend upward, though 99% of the new cases are unvaccinated people.

  22. Plus a dollar for the governor (sales tax !). 

    All right, all right, all right!


  23. In my poking around the site last night, we were also having a chicken shortage in 2016…

    You would never know there have been shortages based on the number of chicken restaurants opening around here in the last five years.

    Was at Popeye’s the other day (SWMBO loves spicy chicken sandwiches – so far she ranks Chick-Fil-A as #1) and hey has signs taped up “Due to excessive demand, new Chicken Tenders are unavailable.”

  24. Was at Popeye’s the other day (SWMBO loves spicy chicken sandwiches – so far she ranks Chick-Fil-A as #1) and hey has signs taped up “Due to excessive demand, new Chicken Tenders are unavailable.”

    With Popeye’s I’ll always suspect that they are playing FOMO marketing games like they did with the sandwich  couple of years ago. Certain demographics were on the local Faux News implying it was a racial justice thing that they couldn’t get that menu item when it was first released.


  25. There are some doctors now claiming that the covid vaccine causes men’s testicles to shrink.

    Well that is nuts.

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  26. Chicken Tikka Masala

    Never had that. Our only Indian restaurant closed before I got around to trying it. I do like chicken Marsala and Cacciatore. Hmm, must be lunch time.

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  27. Chicken Tikka Masala

    Never had that. Our only Indian restaurant closed before I got around to trying it. I do like chicken Marsala and Cacciatore. Hmm, must be lunch time.

    It is white chicken chunks in a very rich curry, butter, and cream chili sauce. The sauce is freaking awesome when scooped up with your nan. “Chicken Tikka Masala – Boneless chicken cooked in tomatoes, butter, cream and spices” – just the regular spices make me sweat.
    https://www.desitadkasl.com/menu

  28. “Sec.A23. A VACANCY FOLLOWING REMOVAL FROM DISTRICT OR COUNTY
    FROM WHICH ELECTED. If any Senator or Representative remove his
    residence from the district or county for which he was elected, his
    office shall thereby become vacant, and the vacancy shall be filled
    as provided in section 13 of this article.”

    I would think most any court (where I presume this could wind up) would expect proof of “remove his residence.” What’s to stop the Dems from claiming they are just on vacation?

    The Texas Supreme Court, all elected every four years, are all Republicans. Take what you want from that.

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  29. Q. What do you call a dog that spontaneously combusts?

     

    A. Woof

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  30. Chicken Tikka Masala

    It’s actually a British dish, invented in restaurants in London by Bangladeshi chefs. It’s usually a mild curry in a cream and tomato sauce.

     

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  31. AdBlock Plus barfed this morning.  It tossed up a “X # ads blocked” window.  2.6 million or something.  That’s nice, you updated?, now go away.  A few minutes later it complained that it was corrupted and needed to be un and then re installed.

    So I did all that and it wiped my personal filters.  Not a big deal.  I don’t have a lot.   A few blocked animated gifs and the right column o’ junk on twitter pages.

    The weird part is it re-installed with two filter lists.  I don’t know if that is normal.  After hitting ZeroHedge and messing up a blocked item (that gave me a blank page), I went and edited the filters.  The other filter lists I had were all back.  That’s the weird part.

    Anyway.  Firefox version 900 or whatever on Win7.

    Nice weather today.  Blue skies, fluffy clouds, 91F, humidity is “dangly parts stick to your thigh”…. more than anyone wants to know I’m sure.  🙂  But not as humid as Mobile or the Rio Grande Valley.

     

  32. “The 30 clip banana mags of vehicles will be banned”
    https://gunfreezone.net/the-30-clip-banana-mags-of-vehicles-will-be-banned/

    “It’s Time To Ban The Sale Of Pickup Trucks”

    “Canada is one of the largest GHG emitters in the world, and has the second highest emission rate per capita of all G20 countries. As of 2019, the transportation sector was the second largest contributor to Canadian emissions.
    As such, drastically cutting emissions from the transportation sector is of the utmost importance for a successful climate strategy. One way to help do so is to ban the sale of pickup trucks to all consumers unless they’re able to meet strict requirements to prove it will be used primarily for work purposes.”

    I am amazed at the amount of dictators coming out in the plandemic. They really know what is best for the rest of us, you know, the workers of our first world societies.

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  33. It’s usually a mild curry in a cream and tomato sauce.

    That perfectly describes the jars I have bought.

    I’ve browned off the cubed chicken in peanut oil, let it simmer in the sauce, and right at the end, toss in a diced tomato. On rice. The dogs are not amused as they get nothing.

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  34. It’s actually a British dish, invented in restaurants in London by Bangladeshi chefs.

    In related news, “Chinese food” sold in takeout restaurants in the US isn’t actually Chinese. Shocking but true!

    The dogs are not amused as they get nothing.

    Paul, could you fry up some hush puppies in the leftover oil and sauce? Or is there something in it that the dogs can’t eat? Or, for that matter, do you hog up all the sauce so there isn’t even a little bit to dribble on the dog’s dry food?

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  35. “It’s Time To Ban The Sale Of Pickup Trucks”

    I am amazed at the amount of dictators coming out in the plandemic. They really know what is best for the rest of us, you know, the workers of our first world societies.

    At $40k+ each, the big trucks are increasingly out of reach for most consumers now.

    Pre-Covid, the dominant Chevy dealer in town was using tricks like 90 month loans and financing schemes where repossession of the existing vehicle is part of the package in order to move the Silverados with the turbo-ed four cyl. engines that keep exploding trying to move that 10 speed transmission down the road.

    The market will work eventually, especially if gas goes back to $5 gallon. Right now, most of the public is going along with the Dems plans under the delusion that they are going to be driving a subsidized Tonytruck around town once gas powered vehicles become unobtainium.

    At least Covid makes it possible to identify the control freaks pushing the agenda. They’re the people still running around here wearing masks to go into places like Sam’s Club or Home Depot, where that practice never made sense in the first place.

  36. My boss bought a new truck yesterday. Brand new 2021 F250 Diesel Lariat. MSRP is 79k and that’s what he paid. He had to have it now because they are getting a camper. I think I should ask for a raise…..

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  37. It’s actually a British dish, invented in restaurants in London by Bangladeshi chefs.”

    In related news, “Chinese food” sold in takeout restaurants in the US isn’t actually Chinese. Shocking but true!

    A good Chinese restaurant will have a separate menu with more authentic dishes not generally served to Americans, but the special cuisine is an acquired taste.

    No, not dog. Geesh. Don’t even go there. The spices are different in a dramatic way, and some of the sub cuisines are really into MSG — that is not a Chinese-American restaurant innovation that originated here like fortune cookies or General Tso’s Chicken.

    We used to be subjected to the “secret” menu in a place in Little Saigon in Orlando when my father-in-law was still alive and catering to his girlfriend who considered herself a gourmet when it came to Asian cooking.

  38. Today is release day ! Version 16.10 of our software hit the streets XXXXXXX intertubes today.

    The release is early because some idiot programmer made an annoying mistake. I was only helping a customer meet his needs, wants, and desires.

  39. The dogs might get a couple of tablespoons of sauce and rice on their supper.  Might.

     

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  40. “How to Build a Hard Drive: A Factory Tour”
    https://www.backblaze.com/blog/how-to-build-a-hard-drive-a-factory-tour/

    “I am a sucker for a factory tour. I marvel with wide-eyed wonder as I watch how pieces and parts get created, assembled, and tested into something you can recognize and use. Whether it’s making beer or cars—sign me up. So, when Seagate Technology offered me a chance to tour their hard drive prototyping facility in Longmont, Colorado, I was powerless to resist. After all, I’d get to see how they prototype the process for building hard drives before they scale to full production. As a bonus, I also got to see their reliability lab and to talk with them about how they perform fault analysis on failed drives, but I’ll save those topics for a future post. For now, put on your lab coat and follow me to Longmont, the tour is starting.”

    No free samples in this tour.

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  41. If I get real Chinese food, it’s from one of the neighbors, typically because I provided a casserole or a tray of cookies for one of their parties or because I fixed a snowblower or such.

    My wife’s father was a good cook. He learned because he was bored after mandatory, age-based retirement. Alas, he died almost fifteen years ago, taking with him the family’s cooking ability. (I’m sure it was quite a change, going from the manager of 200,000 people to a stay-at-home grandpa and main cook for family get-togethers. I think I’ve mentioned here that he was pretty high up in the communist party, which worked out well except when he and the family had to go into hiding in the countryside because there’d been a political change and he’d have been executed if they’d caught him.)

    My wife’s mother was never much of a cook, at least not since I met her. And lately, between her taste buds rotting and her brain rotting, what she cooks is danged near inedible, what with the near-lethal amount of salt overlaid with bottom-of-the-pot-burned-again.

    My wife is an OK cook (of Chinese food) but seldom does because her mother wants to do all of the cooking for the two of them.

    Lucky for my daughter, I’m willing and able to cook nutritious, decent-tasting meals. And your tongue doesn’t burn from all the salt! And I wash my hands before cooking and several times during!

    (That’s the other reason I won’t eat anything my mother-in-law cooks: I don’t approve of her standards of hygiene. Setting aside any suggestion that I’m just squeamish, it’s been a pattern ever since my elder son started college that whenever he comes home for a visit and eats Grandma’s food, he spends the next two days in the bathroom.)

    Side note: I went to a funeral today for one of our neighbors. (As I understand it, he picked up something in the hospital and it caused most of his abdominal organs to die, one after another. Went back to the hospital, where he spent the past six months or so in the ICU. While there, they tested him for the Chinese Crud and determined that was the cause of all of the problems. Not any flesh-eating bacteria or anything picked up during the earlier hospital stay, oh, no.) The widow introduced me to the husband’s family as the neighbor who kept them fed for the past six months. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I did bring them several meals and a loaf of bread most weeks. I made sure the stuff for the kids had meat in it because the mother is a vegetarian and won’t cook meat, though she doesn’t mind the kids eating it. The kids are all very short, and underdeveloped to my eyes. Probably not a coincidence. Anyway, the mother told the former in-laws that any number of times they’d be coming back from visiting the dad in the hospital or just taking care of the million other things that had to be done, and the kids were hungry and the mother was exhausted and stressed and money was too short to stop at McDonalds every night … and then she’d get a text from my wife saying that I’d just left something on their porch. It’s nice to be appreciated once in a while; probably half the time when I help someone out, there’s not even a Thank You.

  42. “How to Build a Hard Drive: A Factory Tour”

    No free samples in this tour.

    Or at the money printing plant in Fort Worth.

    Probably not at the Airbus Mobile tour either — that’s the next one on my list. I’ve been to Boeing in Everett, WA, where they build the 747, 777, and 787 all under one roof.

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  43. Consider an ‘in-patient’ study at a sleep clinic if your insurance covers it

    Been through that twice. Not pleasant. There are probably 20 wires glued to the scalp, and 10 additional wires attached to parts on the body, chest, legs, wrist. A tangled mess. Then there is the strange bed, strange environment and the knowledge that someone is watching at all times. Not an easy environment in which to sleep. At least in the last study they let me sleep in my underwear rather than pajamas which I loath.

    I never felt like I got much sleep. Was finally able to doze off about 1:00, woke several times to change position, then they made me get up at 5:00. I stated I did not get much sleep to the tech who replied that I got more than enough for their purposes. Apparently it only takes a few minutes of active sleep to gather the necessary data.

    As for my CPAP machine I altered the settings which the doctor did not like. My response it was my machine, I had been using for awhile, and adjusted the settings which gave me the best sleep. She kind of half heartedly said OK.

    The machines collect a lot of data. How the machine determines an event, mask leak, etc. must be magic of some kind. The air supply is always ventilating through relief holes in the supply system at the mask.

    Oh, and don’t get sucked in by the CPAP cleaning machines. They use ozone cleverly marketed as activated oxygen. Such use of a cleaning machine will have a significant negative effect on the CPAP system. Don’t do it. There is nothing but clean, filtered air flowing through the humidifier, the hose and into the mask. All that needs cleaning is the mask with a damp cloth. Change the air filter on a regular basis. Remove the water tank and disassemble every so often to clean. Deionized water seems to work better than regular distilled water. I also use a cloth sleeve over the hose to make it more comfortable.


  44. Nice weather today. Blue skies, fluffy clouds, 91F, humidity is “dangly parts stick to your thigh”…. more than anyone wants to know I’m sure. But not as humid as Mobile or the Rio Grande Valley.

    More shrinkin’ means less stickin’.


  45. In related news, “Chinese food” sold in takeout restaurants in the US isn’t actually Chinese.

    Some is, some isn’t. And don’t expect it to be cooked by Chinese people.

     


  46. At least Covid makes it possible to identify the control freaks pushing the agenda. They’re the people still running around here wearing masks to go into places like Sam’s Club or Home Depot, where that practice never made sense in the first place.

    Me lately…

    No Mask
    Lowe’s
    Home Depot
    Costco (not a Sam’s member)
    Restaurants

    Mask
    Grocery Stores
    Hardware Store
    Thrift Stores


  47. Deep Thought: If spontaneous combustion is real, how come you never hear about someone’s dog bursting into flames? Or cats. Or cows, or pigs?

    No lithium ion batteries yet…at least not until Tesla revives the Aibo.

    https://g.co/kgs/RXS5iw

  48. My boss bought a new truck yesterday. Brand new 2021 F250 Diesel Lariat. MSRP is 79k and that’s what he paid. He had to have it now because they are getting a camper. I think I should ask for a raise…..

    Uh, that WAS your raise…

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  49. “My boss bought a new truck yesterday. Brand new 2021 F250 Diesel Lariat. MSRP is 79k and that’s what he paid. He had to have it now because they are getting a camper. I think I should ask for a raise…..”

    Uh, that WAS your raise…

    The year before I left the Death Star, the manager really skimped on the training budget and took home a chunk of the money as a bonus for cutting expenses. When the boss came back from Europe the following summer, he was driving a new BMW convertible, purchased in Munich at the factory.

  50. @Ray Thompson

    It likely can be ameliorated if you discuss with your anesthesiologist

    Tell the gasser to use the good stuff.

    Happy nao?

  51. SteveF, your thanks will come some day. Good on you for taking care of those in need, even though you don’t think it is much. For them, it makes a big difference. Just knowing someone cares is sometimes a lot, but it doesn’t take the place of the other needs you fill.

    I don’t cook, unless you count survival. My wife is too good. She is also an experimenter, and has a very high success rate with those trials. If something is likely to fail, it will be something she has made a lot of times. I don’t understand it, but can’t quibble.

    She once took an evening course in Asian cooking from a very talented Japanese woman. It covered much more than just Japanese cuisine. Wow, great stuff, but a LOT of work. We are selective: we go to good restaurants for the things that would take a lot of work at home, and she makes less ambitious things at home. Good idea.

    We were lucky to have visited China in 1990, kinda the standard three week tour, hitting all the popular places. For me, it was an eat-a-thon. I enjoyed everything. Others, including my wife, were a bit put off by the sanitation, even in the first class joints we visited. No one had any problems, however, a testament to old methods that might not look good, but maybe are effective. Sometimes it is just better to not know.

    I will say that I have had better versions of traditional Chinese dishes, and they were not in China. I think that is mainly due to skill and recipe evolution. Authenticity is OK, but if it tastes better…

    My grandfather was a true renaissance man. In addition to his job, he was a winemaker from the old country, Croatia. He also gardened, raised chickens, and made delicacies like prosciutto. He added on to the family house and rented it out during the Depression. He retired at an early age, and got by with rentals and barter with close friends. In later years, he volunteered a day or two a week cooking at a restaurant, just to keep sharp. My grandmother canned and was an excellent pastry baker. When I think of all this, I am amazed at how much some people can do, and without any formal training.

  52. There were two really good chinese restaurants that I went to in SanDiego. One looked like a dump, unless you understood… plastic over the table cloths. Giant lazy susan on the table. IOW, chinese family style place, NO frills.

    The trick was NOT to eat any of the standard american chinese restaurant menu items. They were cheap and filling, designed for the low end of the downtown economic spectrum. The stuff in the back pages, that was the good stuff. Shrimp or squid in ‘spicy salt’ was my favorite. Came deep fried with the shell and head still on, and DAMMMMMMM it was good. All the stuff that wasn’t a “standard” item was fresh, and delicious.

    The other was in a strip development, very unassuming, and the menu had about 30 pages that weren’t translated. ANY item we tried at random off those pages was awesome. We got some funny looks when we ordered, but they brought it out and we ate it. We were never disappointed.

    One other memorable dinner, we (all the students at the school) were invited to the 70th birthday party for the founder of the school – the San Diego Taoist Sanctuary. Chinese treat big parties as a fundraiser, you are expected to bring a red envelope with some cash in it, so everyone gets invited. We had at least nine courses of gourmet vegetarian, maybe more. Then we got a bunch of showing off and demos. Sifu Liu was one of the founding guys for chinese martial arts on the west coast. Turned out there were a lot of famous asian movie stars there, mostly martial artists of course. The food was as memorable as seeing some of the most famous villians from pretty much every martial arts film before Matrix…

    And as far as indian goes, I spent years traveling with a british born indian who had a nose for finding indian restaurants, whether we were in Minnesota or Alabama… I love northern and southern dishes. Except salted lassi. That makes me gag. Mango is awesome though.

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  53. Uh, that WAS your raise…

    My current employer provides four months of fully-payed maternity leave. (No equivalent for male employees who become fathers, which is probably grounds for a lawsuit.) Since I started working there, of the heterosexual female employees of childbearing age, four of nine have taken that maternity leave. And two of them quit after running out the four months.

    I brought that up at the beginning of the year, when all employees got a small raise, comfortably under inflation, pitched as a performance raise even though everyone got the same amount. I got bitched at for sexism or something and no one spoke in support, though several cowards privately told me they didn’t think the company’s policies were right.

    SteveF, your thanks will come some day.

    If you’re referring to heavenly rewards, I don’t believe in that but thanks anyway.

    Just knowing someone cares is sometimes a lot, but it doesn’t take the place of the other needs you fill.

    That’s why I do it, in fact. So many times, since I was little, I’ve seen people say “Oh, I’m so sorry you’re going through that.”, with “that” being a death, a heart attack, a divorce, unemployment, a sudden illness, or anything where they really could use some help. Sympathy was offered, and maybe a token offer of “call me if you ever need anything”, but no actual help. So, when I can, I’ll help get a car on the road or buy a cart of groceries or mow the lawn or bring over food. And in particular I’ll make sure that kids are taken care of because they’re almost never the reason they don’t have enough to eat or don’t get birthday presents or have parents who are never home.

  54. If you’re referring to heavenly rewards, I don’t believe in that but thanks anyway.

    Not necessarily. I respect all beliefs. Maybe someone will do something for you. Maybe it will be something you will like. I try to be optimistic, but often get wrapped up with problems, and forget. At those times, occasionally someone does something for me. Sometimes they don’t even intend it. Funny how that works.

  55. Huge downpours around town today. None here at the house though. Woodlands, Conroe, IAH, lots of lightning too. VERY dramatic.

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  56. Got my lawn mowed this evening, finishing just before the rain. It didn’t really need it yet and I was very tired to begin with but rain is expected for the next several days.

    And I’ve been thinking and thinking and still can’t think of a good reason not to just spray the entire yard with gasoline and torch it and not have to mow it again.


  57. Tell the gasser to use the good stuff.

    Happy nao?

    Me now understand.

  58. “Trucker Gary Brown Arrest: This is Why We Need National Concealed Carry Reciprocity”
    https://conservativefiringline.com/trucker-gary-brown-arrest-this-is-why-we-need-national-concealed-carry-reciprocity/

    “Texas trucker Gary Brown carried numerous firearms in the cab of his semi, which is completely legal in Texas. After all, at least 30 truckers have been killed in the last 18 months, so defending himself was a priority. But last September, on a run from Texas to Michigan, he was stopped by Michigan State Police and arrested when they found the weapons in his truck. (Bearing Arms)”

    ” “I didn’t realize I was breaking any laws here,” Brown said, “so I was surprised when I got pulled over and arrested.”
    Despite the reduced charges, Brown was still ordered to pay $325 in fines, costs, and other court fees as well as the forfeiture of his weapons and ammunition, worth about $4,000, by Judge Susan K. Sniegowski, a ruling Brown’s attorney did not agree with.”

    This is thievery by Michigan.

  59. I’m beginning to understand why there are so many anti-government militias in Michigan.

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  60. Nearly 40% of all US COVID deaths were people with diabetes, expert suggests

    Diabetics account for two out of every five COVID-19 deaths in the United States, according to the American Diabetes Association
    The organization recommends unvaccinated diabetics get the shots because diabetes can worsen COVID-19 outcomes
    Managing diabetes can be hard in America, as it requires a healthy, steady, diet and may require the purchase of insulin
    More than 40 percent of Americans have obesity, the primary risk factor for diabetes

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  61. Almost a MILLION migrants have apprehended at the border since January: Staggering projections show more than the population of San Francisco has already crossed and there could be 2M by end of 2021

    Projections reveal at least 1 million illegal immigrants will have been encounter by Customs and Border Protection by the end of July
    CBP numbers for June have not yet been released, but a source revealed CBP will reveal they encountered 188,000 illegal immigrants last month
    ‘We will lose our Country if this is not stopped,’ Trump said in a statement relayed to DailyMail.com by his spokeswoman Liz Harrington on Thursday
    If the current apprehension trajectory continues Biden’s six months in office will be marked by one of the largest migration crises in U.S. history
    From January to May, 711,784 migrants were encountered by CBP at the border

    –those are the ones they caught.

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  62. REVEALED: White House has quietly met with economists fearing inflation could last YEARS – not months – despite publicly saying it would be a ‘temporary bottleneck’ after the largest surge in prices in 13 years

    Top Biden economic aides met with economist Larry Summers Tuesday
    Summers has warned about inflation and inveighed against Biden’s American Rescue Plan
    Fed Chair Powell testified in Congress this week after the government released figures showing a 5.4 per cent jump in inflation in June compared to a year ago
    It was the largest spike in 13 years
    Powell said inflation will remain ‘elevated’
    On Thursday Powell called it a ‘big uptick’

    –that’s the spike they’re admitting to with their cooked numbers.

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  63. Yeah DM. T&A but always follow up…

    Crooked Florida deputy, 28, is jailed for more than 12 years after being caught on bodycam planting drugs on drivers during minor traffic stops because ‘he wanted to join narcotics division’ – forcing prosecutors to drop nearly 120 cases

    Zachary Wester was sentenced Tuesday to 12 and a half years in prison for planting drugs on innocent drivers during traffic stops and then arresting them
    Wester was found guilty on 19 charges in May including racketeering, official misconduct, fabricating evidence, perjury, false imprisonment and more
    Prosecutors had to drop charges in nearly 120 cases that occurred between 2016 and 2018 because of the accusations that Wester planted evidence
    Investigators found drugs hidden inside Wester’s patrol car and analyzed over 1,300 minutes of body-camera video to build their case against him
    Among those present at his sentencing was Teresa Odom, a woman who was arrested and convicted after Wester planted methamphetamine in her car
    Odom spoke directly to Wester, telling him that he ruined her reputation and deprived her of time with her grandchild; her conviction has been thrown out

    –I’m sure it’s just a few bad apples. {a few bad apples…. spoil the whole barrel. people forget that second part.}

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