Wed. July 21, 2021 – 072121 – Wednesday already?

Possibly a little cooler, but likely to be sunny in the AM with heat and humidity to follow, with overcast and rain at some point. Pretty detailed for a guess. 🙂 Yesterday was a bit cooler, especially when the breeze blew, and mostly sunny here at the house. It was a bit more variable south of town, but I don’t think I drove through any rain at all.

Did my pickups. Chatting with one auctioneer, I asked if she’d had problems with sourcing. She said “yes, we’ve had trailers get stuck at warehouses, and no one to deliver them to us.” So there are still disruptions in the supply chain on the logistics side. That’s been going on since wuflu started. Since pretty much everything in the stores moves by truck at some point, not having enough trucks and drivers is a bad thing.

The supply chain has had time to stabilize. This is it, where we are now. I think we’ll be here for a while. Plan accordingly. Increase your stocking levels, and buy it when you see it. Be a bit more flexible with what you’re buying too. Think about alternatives, and alternative suppliers.

Speaking of which, I’ve got to hit the Costco today. If not, I’ve got to bring some TP from storage to home. I’d rather buy more. Running low on convenience meals too. And come to think of it, it’s been a while since I bought hamburger… I hope stocking levels are good at Costco.

I guess we’ll see 😉

Guys, think hard about what you couldn’t do without, wouldn’t like to do without, wouldn’t miss if it wasn’t available. Start working on those categories and building up where you are low. This is one of those things where it’s better to be too early, than too late.

And for Pete’s sake, stack it high!

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

70 thoughts on “Wed. July 21, 2021 – 072121 – Wednesday already?”


  1. Guys, think hard about what you couldn’t do without, wouldn’t like to do without, wouldn’t miss if it wasn’t available.

    My wife?

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  2. Got a letter from the White House. Yep that one. Slow Joe is happy to let me know that he’ll be giving me back some of my money. Up to 300$ per child for the rest of the year, just cuz… and it will appear in my account magically.

    I received a $167 check from the US Treasury the other day with a memo field that read “advance child tax credit payment”.

    I’ll probably end up paying it back next April so I’m not sure what they point of it is beyond attempted bribery.

    Of course they can send the bribe, but my first tax refund in a decade is still pending.

    I don’t do direct deposit/payment with the IRS.

  3. I find general anesthetic terrifying. I have difficulty waking up

    As do I. I have been sedated a couple of times for colonoscopy, not too bad. The last time they used the stuff that killed Michael Jackson and waking up left me with a good feel. I have been put under a couple of times for eye surgery, short duration, not a deep anesthesia. The last time was for kidney stones, a deep anesthesia. I had real trouble waking up, was confused, nauseous, just did not feel well. According the urologist the kidney stone procedure requires a very deep anesthetic procedure. It took me a couple of days to fully recover.

    I fear this knee procedure will also require a deep anesthesia procedure. What with cutting, sawing bones, pounding on bones. I expect the awakening to be another miserable experience. I will tell the anesthesiologist about the nausea so perhaps that can be avoided.

    I will also be getting a nerve block which is apparently a major help in managing the pain.

    it didn’t repair itself, and the next time you might be too weak to have the surgery

    Which generally echoes what the orthopaedic surgeon stated. I asked about an injection to get by and he stated that was only treating the symptom, not the problem. The knee needs replacement now, or later. Best to do it now while I am reasonably healthy for a better recovery.

    I hope they give you something early to remove the anxiety

    Based on the kidney stone experience they do. A pill is provided that is supposed to make a person more relaxed. Then you get undressed and put on the hospital gown, sit in some type of chair, they start an IV, hook up the necessary monitors, inject some stuff in the IV that makes you more relaxed. Wait an 30 minutes to an hour, then wheel you into the operating room, assist you onto the table, more things hooked up, some surgical draping, then the question “are you ready”, the mask arrives and within seconds the lights go out.

    And in other news I wish the media would quit calling the Blue Origin riders “crew”. They were not crew, they were “baggage” or “ballast”. The trip was entirely autonomous without any “crew”. There were not buttons to push in the cabin that anything to do with the trip. There were no gauges of any relevance in the cabin. They were not “CREW”.

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  4. Slow Joe is happy to let me know that he’ll be giving me back some of my money.

    It’s nice to know that spending is under control. No more deficits, no more running the printing presses. In fact, they have extra, so they’re refunding it to you. /s

    Anyone following the crypto world? The latest are Western government pushing for any company handling transactions to obtain the actual identity of the person on the other end of the transaction.

    On a completely related note: many governments are considering introducing their own “digital currencies” (not crypto, just “digital”). This is a psychological ploy: they want to replace cash, because cash enables anonymous transactions. These digital currencies are supposed to sound attractive – modern and sexy, riding on the coattails of cryptocurrencies – but the real goal is to replace cash with something traceable.


  5. but the real goal is to replace cash with something traceable

    but the real goal is to replace cash with something traceable taxable.

    Fixed it for you.

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  6. As do I. I have been sedated a couple of times for colonoscopy, not too bad. The last time they used the stuff that killed Michael Jackson and waking up left me with a good feel.

    Michael Jackson had a cr*ppy doctor, what is known at our house as a “pill pimp”, high paid professionals compensated for risking their license catering to celebrity/wealthy wants 24/7. Concierge medicine with a smaller client base and a “flexible morality”.

    Jackson’s autopsy revealed that he actually was in decent shape for his age — something I don’t doubt since he was in rehearsal for a new tour.

    Good luck, Ray.

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  7. The stuff is called propofol. I woke up feeling fairly refreshed. First colonoscopy was a mix of three drugs, something to put me under, an amnesia drug and a third to relax muscles. I did wake up groggy and feeling half out of it. I also have no memory of getting dressed or leaving the facility. The second colonoscopy was done with propofol as the main ingredient and the results were markedly different. Woke up alert and feeling like I had a good nap. I suspect this event will be akin to the first colonoscopy.

    Good luck, Ray.

    Thank you sir. Truth be told, deep down, I expect the outcome to be good. But on the surface I am as nervous as a long tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

  8. Only 78F and 87%RH this AM. Practically cold out. No sign of roofers yet.

    n

  9. …I am as nervous as a long tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

    I haven’t heard that one in a long time. Paul Harvey, I think. Or maybe Sonny Eliot. Both gone and missed. Maybe Will Rogers or some old Roman a thousand years ago. Once a popular phrase.

    Sonny was a local TV weatherman who was determined to bring some sunshine to anyone he met. Look up his life story some time.

  10. Science-y Alert!

    (from my cousin. We often share little tidbits like this.)

    I’ve always wondered why nitrous is used in whipping cream. Why not air? Or nitrogen? Co2? The answer lies in another question, how the heck does liquid cream turn to whipped cream so fast? It is because butter fat absorbs nitrous under pressure. When the pressure is released the nitrous escapes causing cream to fizz like soda water.

     

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  11. Also missing: Wells’ War of the Worlds, Heinlein’s Farnham’s Freehold, Zelazny’s Damnation Alley, Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids, Norton’s Star Man’s Son, Boulle’s Planet of the Apes, Pedler/Davis’s Mutant 59: The Plastic Eaters

    I read The Day of the Triffids as a teen. Scared the poopoo out of me with nightmares. Most people only know of the movie. Another scary one is Reptilicus from the 60’s. More nightmares after reading that one. Another one that most know only from the movie.

    I’ve read WotW many times. I don’t know anyone in my immediate circle that has read that great book. Movie(s), comics, and animated stuff. The animated one was good to me.

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  12. Speaking of adding more science stuff: Mr. Ray will be under, so post away!

  13. I’ve always wondered why nitrous is used in whipping cream. Why not air? Or nitrogen? Co2? The answer lies in another question, how the heck does liquid cream turn to whipped cream so fast? It is because butter fat absorbs nitrous under pressure. When the pressure is released the nitrous escapes causing cream to fizz like soda water.

    When I worked for Service Merchandise in Florida, we were under strict orders not to sell whipped cream dispenser nitrous refills to certain people without management authorization, especially pregnant women. The register even popped an auth request if we entered the order SKU to have the canisters pulled from the warehouse.

    (I know, these days there are pregant “men”. I’m sure they would be covered too.)

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  14. These roofers are the slowest guys I’ve ever seen. This despite their slapdash work practices.

    They’ve installed the ridge vents and from the street the roof looks pretty much done. It’s not. There is still about a 1/4 to do on the back side, including some detailing that is going to take some head scratching.

    As an example of how bad they are, the last row of shingles on the back side isn’t parallel to the ridge. The amount of shingle showing goes from 8 inches on the north end of the roof to about half that on the right. Freaking roof is made up of parallel lines, get it wrong and it really stands out. Something that simple done wrong should be a red flag for the whole job.

    n

  15. As an example of how bad they are, the last row of shingles on the back side isn’t parallel to the ridge. The amount of shingle showing goes from 8 inches on the north end of the roof to about half that on the right. Freaking roof is made up of parallel lines, get it wrong and it really stands out. Something that simple done wrong should be a red flag for the whole job.

    The building inspector will most likely roll by and do the “inspection” from the street if the roofing company owner is a known quantity to the planning office.

    If you are in communication with the owner and he’s amenable to hearing advice, he shouldn’t sign over the check for final payment on the job until he’s satisfied and received  paper from the roofer indicating a “release of lien” on the materials with the supply house. In Florida, the paper is known as the “Notice of Commencement” which is also filed with the county clerk .

    Driving south two weeks ago, I pointed out to my wife the gas station where the Austin contractors pick up the day labor for things like roofing and drywall. Not a lot of actual gasoline sales happen there so I know where to head in the next “gas shortage” event.


  16. The supply chain has had time to stabilize. This is it, where we are now. I think we’ll be here for a while. Plan accordingly. Increase your stocking levels, and buy it when you see it. Be a bit more flexible with what you’re buying too. Think about alternatives, and alternative suppliers.

    And the inflation is still just transitory? Sure Joe, sure…


  17. Something that simple done wrong should be a red flag for the whole job.

    Quoted for truth.

  18. As COVID variant cases spike, I wonder how long before Abbott here in Texas whips out the mask mandate again. He’s a politi-turd so reversing everything he’s said is par. Don’t want to be know as the gov who *killed* his State. There is a stomach virus running around SA, throw in monkey pox and Delta, why not mask forever? It’s for the children, you know.

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  19. Speaking of adding more science stuff: Mr. Ray will be under, so post away!

    Right. I will just let my knuckles drag and maintain that 10 to the zero power is 0 (10^0=0) to keep the illusion alive. Meanwhile I work on turning lead into gold and continue tweaking my perpetual motion machine while looking at my flat map of an obviously flat earth around which all the planets, including the sun, revolve.

  20. The last time they used the stuff that killed Michael Jackson and waking up left me with a good feel.’

     

    Propofol, a.k.a. Milk of Amnesia. It’s a fast acting sedative that induces amnesia while keeping you sorta awake. It also wears off fast. When I had my colonoscopy, I remember them starting it, then my wife (a retired anesthesiologist) saying to me “You are back now, right?”. I replied that I was. She said we had been talking for several minutes and she recognized when I snapped to from past patient experience.


  21. The launch vehicle does have a unique look.  IIRC, others do not launch a spacecraft whose diameter is larger than the booster stages.

    That’s not uncommon. Delta II and III had a payload fairing wider than the booster. The current Atlas and models since the II have a wider payload fairing than booster stage. Atlas V is about 3.8 meters in diameter and there is a 5.4 meter fairing available.


  22. The big problem is that the trip to Mars from Earth, or back, is about nine months based on the initial boost and free fall all the way.

    This is one item SpaceX hasn’t seemed to address. The transit times for low energy departures are 5 to 7 months and it’s pretty clear that if you are in microgravity for that long, you will be pretty weak when you get there and land. Most of the astronauts getting back from tours on ISS have bone loss and many were barely able to get out of the shuttle after landing. The other big question is if they have sufficient shielding from cosmic rays and other radiation/particles (like a coronal mass ejection from the sun). Being outside the van Allen belts for long periods of time is not really good for your health.

     If you can boost forwards (acceleration) halfway there at one gravity and boost backwards (deceleration) at one gravity, the trip is one to two weeks depending on the current positioning of Earth to Mars.

    That would take a amazingly large amount of fuel. Not really practical with a chemical rocket and difficult even with a nuclear thermal rocket. There are some proposals for NTR systems that could cut transit time to about 3 months.

  23. AT&T did it again! At 3:15 this morning I got a text that my phone had been deactivated. So I dial 611, wait for 45 minutes while they appreciate my patience and understanding and complain to technical support that this is the third time a phone has been deactivated. First guy had an accent so thick I couldn’t understand him so I got the manager on the line and he explained that their computer was deactivating phones that weren’t branded AT&T. Even unlocked phones like the one RickH sent me or my old phone(s), despite all  being 4G.

    So he reactivates the phone, I tether it to the new one and I have data. A few hours later someone tries to call me and gets an inactive number message. Sure enough, I have data but no phone!

    This is their underhanded way of trying to sell me an AT&T branded phone. I predict lawsuits.

    They can osculate my fundament for sure!

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  24. I think the roofers are done.  I haven’t heard any activity from there in a while, and all the trucks are gone.  Interesting.  I might have to take a short walk.

     

    n

  25. Wow, rain is HAMMERING down.  1/4″ in 10 minutes so far.

     

    Guys finished up next door, but the work is not high quality.  The contractor across the street from me was talking with me about how bad the work was, and how you can see it from the street.  He hadn’t even seen the back side…

     

    Power just blinked.  Dell for small business pc just coasted thru, Dell from costco shut off…

     

    n

  26. The big problem is that the trip to Mars from Earth, or back, is about nine months based on the initial boost and free fall all the way.

    This is one item SpaceX hasn’t seemed to address. The transit times for low energy departures are 5 to 7 months and it’s pretty clear that if you are in microgravity for that long, you will be pretty weak when you get there and land. Most of the astronauts getting back from tours on ISS have bone loss and many were barely able to get out of the shuttle after landing. The other big question is if they have sufficient shielding from cosmic rays and other radiation/particles (like a coronal mass ejection from the sun). Being outside the van Allen belts for long periods of time is not really good for your health.

    If you can boost forwards (acceleration) halfway there at one gravity and boost backwards (deceleration) at one gravity, the trip is one to two weeks depending on the current positioning of Earth to Mars.

    That would take a amazingly large amount of fuel. Not really practical with a chemical rocket and difficult even with a nuclear thermal rocket. There are some proposals for NTR systems that could cut transit time to about 3 months.

    Yup, I am wondering if Musk is intending to take Starship to Mars without a rotating section for some sort of weak gravity. It ain’t just your bones, it is your digestive system also and a few other things. Musk really needs a Hermes spacecraft for the trip.
    https://the-martian.fandom.com/wiki/Hermes_Spacecraft

    I am watching “Sanctuary” on Amazon Prime right now. It is about a seven mile diameter rock forecasted to hit the Earth in the Atlantic in 186 days and being kept secret by the various governments. They just invented a working EM drive in episode seven.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EmDrive


  27. That would take a amazingly large amount of fuel. Not really practical with a chemical rocket and difficult even with a nuclear thermal rocket. There are some proposals for NTR systems that could cut transit time to about 3 months.

    Tony needs an Acme rocket…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Upt7ZTvcriY

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  28. Nick, if the owner and the HOA aren’t interested in the shoddy roof work, if you see a For Sale sign go up in front of Shoddyhouse then you should put a sign up in the front of your yard: “Ask me about the non-code roof work at 123 Whatever Street”. And make sure that you’ve copied the camera recordings before they get overwritten.

  29. Re roofing and other work requiring materials: Is it now standard practice for contractors to demand large sums (25% t 50%) of the total bid UP FRONT to “purchase materials”? And then to keep taking $$$ until there’s only 25% or less to be paid on completion?  I keep hearing people running into this, and wondering about the safety of it. Is it only individuals/small companies, or is everyone in on the act?

     

    There was a time when the contractor put a Mechanics/Materialman’s Lien on the whole property at beginning, and did not get the bulk of his earnings until the job was complete to the purchaser’s satisfaction – at which time he released the lien as part of getting paid.

     

     


  30. Nick, if the owner and the HOA aren’t interested in the shoddy roof work, if you see a For Sale sign go up in front of Shoddyhouse then you should put a sign up in the front of your yard: “Ask me about the non-code roof work at 123 Whatever Street”. And make sure that you’ve copied the camera recordings before they get overwritten.

    If it were me, I’d be a little more discreet about it. Make sure the listing agent knows about it. If it’s not up to city/county code and/or HOA standards the seller is required to disclose that information on the “Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement.”

    Besides, the only action the HOA would take would be against @nick for an unauthorized sign.

  31. “Coffee won’t make your heart flutter, study says”
    https://beta.ctvnews.ca/national/health/2021/7/19/1_5514773.amp.html

    “Worried that coffee will make your heart go pitter-patter, and not in a good way? A new study puts to rest the fear that your daily fuel will cause heart palpitations — or cardiac arrhythmia, as doctors call it.
    In fact, a habitual coffee habit was associated with a lower risk of developing an arrhythmia, such as atrial fibrillation in which the heart races, or flutters in the chest, the study found.
    The study, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, analyzed coffee consumption by more than 386,000 people over a three-year period and compared that with rates of cardiac arrhythmia, which might include atrial fibrillation.
    After adjusting for demographics, lifestyle habits and diseases and conditions that might cause heart flutters, “each additional cup of habitual coffee consumed was associated with a 3% lower risk of incident arrhythmia,” wrote corresponding author and arrhythmia specialist Dr. Gregory Marcus, a professor in the division of cardiology at the University of California San Francisco, in the study.”

    Coffee makes my heart flutter and in a good way.

  32. Huh.  just bought a bit of used astronomy gear from someone in Hickory, NC.

    A hop, skip and jump from Sparta.

  33. As COVID variant cases spike, I wonder how long before Abbott here in Texas whips out the mask mandate again. He’s a politi-turd so reversing everything he’s said is par. Don’t want to be know as the gov who *killed* his State. There is a stomach virus running around SA, throw in monkey pox and Delta, why not mask forever? It’s for the children, you know. 

    Abbott is already in serious trouble. I think he’s one significant power outage away from being booted out of office next year. Robert Francis has been in town way too much as of late, smelling the blood in the water.

    He may throw the question of masks back to the Judges in the individual counties to decide. Anything more and we might as well start practicing now for Inauguration Day 2023. All together:

    All right, all right, all right!

    Texas is paying the price for the maskless FOMO drinking holiday. How big of a price remains to be seen.

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  34. Apparently the new buyer was the guy who visited the site yesterday, and he’s cool with it.  But then he’s demonstrably an idiot for requiring that the seller fix the defect.  Sellers will do the absolute minimum to get the house sold.  Much better to ask for a deduct and use your own contractors.

    I’m certain that any home inspection would flag the visible issues, but the buyer had an inspector there last week?   Two weeks ago?  That’s probably what drove the roof replacement.   Don’t know if he’ll ask for another inspection.

    The seller has been cagey in my texts with him.   I gave him a couple of opportunities to deny asking for the cheapest possible job, and he let them pass by.   Like I said above, seller wants to spend as little as possible.  I’m fairly sure he wants to get whatever he’s contracted for, and not feel ripped off, but beyond that?  Who knows.

    I’d never accept the work as it was done.

    The 2 ” downpour is a great stress test, I texted him suggesting someone enter and look for leaks.  2.18 ” according to my weather station.

    n

  35. If the buyer tries to flip it to some unsuspecting people, I might have to pull them aside.

     

    n

  36. That’s not uncommon. Delta II and III had a payload fairing wider than the booster.

    Sorry about my forgetfulness.  I had to go to the top of the launch platform for solving a problem on a Delta II payload and can’t recall a larger payload fairing as I was right next to it.

    I did solve the problem and went back home and then watched the successful launch from our office.

    WRT Delta III, program cancelled before a real payload was launched, IIRC.

  37. Ray, best wishes for your procedure and a full, speedy recovery!

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  38. Roger that on the good luck to Ray.

    Somewhat related, if anyone is due for a colonoscopy, let me know and I will suggest what type to get.  I’ve had both and the latest is 10 times less stressful than the usual, previous.

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  39. Mr. Ray use this board to bitch and complain about your recovery. We are all with you. Best wishes on the surgery and recovery. DO ALL PRESCRIBED PHYSICAL THERAPY!

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  40. @Jenny,

    My deepest condolences and I know the experience.  Our ninth Boston is on the couch sitting next to me as I type.  Yes, I’ve said goodbye to eight that I dearly loved.

     

    @Nick,

    I had very good luck with my ninth in training.  After bringing him home from the breeder, I took him out on a schedule, about every two hours to start during the day and about four during the night.  I kept treats right at the door and took one out with us.  When he let go, I gave him a treat right in the backyard.  At most, only one of each indoors.

     

     

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  41. Apparently the new buyer was the guy who visited the site yesterday, and he’s cool with it. But then he’s demonstrably an idiot for requiring that the seller fix the defect. Sellers will do the absolute minimum to get the house sold. Much better to ask for a deduct and use your own contractors.

    My guess is that attempting to go to closing with the bad roof and a credit would reduce the mortgage company’s appraisal, resulting in the buyer being required to come up with more down payment to avoid PMI.

    If $40k roofs are common in your community, the hit to the appraisal would be substantial in this case.

     

  42. @Cowboy

    I’m due for one and have asked about a “wet” colonoscopy but no one seems to have heard of it. Perhaps I’m using the wrong term. Is this what you’re referring to? It is supposed to be more accurate as well, because the polyps stick up like anemone tentacles in a tide pool.

  43. Thanks all. You may not hear from me for a couple of days.

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  44. @~jim,

    My most recent was called “virtual” colonoscopy.  They put one little hose in and through a donut that they blew up to seal it off.  Then they inflated my colon and I was on the in and out platform to go in and out of the MRI machine 4 times, left side down, right side down, on my back, and my stomach and done.  Very mild ananalgesic and all done in 5 minutes.  Not told  to be driven home and off I went.

    OK, I assume that if they had seen polyps that needed removal on the MRI data, I would have to go back for the tradional removal colonoscopy.

  45. @Nick

    If I were in your situation, I would act to protect my own investment by

    1 Talking to the building inspector and telling him that it is doubtful the new roof would pass inspection, and you will be sending him a registered letter to that effect with some of the specific issues.

    2 On the cc list include: His boss, your city council rep, the city attorney, the HOA, and your attorney. Others may suggest themselves.

    Gather up the photos and video and make copies. One to your attorney, one offsite, one to the city attorney—he can make copies for other departments.

  46. @ray, you have my best wishes too.  I’ll burn some incense for you… or light a candle, or put a penny in Ganesh’s tip jar.  Let us know you’re ok when you feel up to it.

     

    nick

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  47. Finally ! Sams Club let me place an order for four Charmin Blue TP and four Bounty PT for the office for delivery next week. It has been a year and a half since they last let me place an order over the intertubes.

  48. Finally ! Sams Club let me place an order for four Charmin Blue TP and four Bounty PT for the office for delivery next week. It has been a year and a half since they last let me place an order over the intertubes. 

    Our local Sam’s had plenty of both when we stopped this weekend.

    Tomato soup still hasn’t reappeared.

    Also MIA now are packs of turkey burgers at the local store. They’ve substituted 97% lean hamburger patties.

    Hmmm, that is a tasty but dry burger.

  49. @Greg

    Be interesting to ask what part of the animal is 3% fat.

    Unless they’re making burgers out of hooves, it sounds like a new version of pink slime.

    ADDED: Actually, that may explain the shortage of Charmin Blue–they’re using it as filter media to take the fat out of pink slime.

  50. Be interesting to ask what part of the animal is 3% fat.

    I’ll take a closer look at the package the next time we are there.

    I just looked quickly for the turkey burgers, noted the substitution, and moved on. I wasn’t shopping for beef patties.

  51. Did a costco run after our deluge.  They had several pallets of charmin blue, one partial pallet of charmin red, and some other brands.  Paper towel in the selecta-size was actually on sale, $5 off.

    I was running low on hamburger so I got 7 pounds at a reasonable $3.79/lb.

    They had prime top sirloin at $10/lb so I got some.  They had lamb in three forms in stock so I bought some of each.  Checkout says lamb sells out quick now.  Still no spiral slice ham, they may not get it back it’s been gone so long.

    They had a bunch of wine for ~$10/bottle.  This is a big change.  They have dramatically increased the selection at the low end.

    Chicken in just about every form was 99c/lb so I got legs and thighs.  I like their vac pac pouches.

    Kirkland thick slice bacon was only 2c/lb more than the house brand at HEB, which is the cheapest I’ve ever found, so I got 3 lb to try.  I think there was another reason I don’t buy it.

    Eggs and milk were depleted, and limited choices but it was late in the day.

    In general I saw that some items are on sale again.  Some items are still in short supply but are there, and most of what I was looking for was available.  The only thing I couldn’t get was the plastic flip top bins.  None in the store.  They had the black bins with yellow tops on sale, $1 off.

    There were a couple of generators on the shelf.  They had 4 packs of lifestraws, $50, which I thought was too much.   They also had the Adventure Pack Mountain House box .   Too much cheap breakfast in the meals, but I still picked up a box to encourage them to keep carrying it.   All the canned veg were national brands and they were less than $1/can.  No Kirkland.   Sugar and rice were 80c/ pound, that’s up a lot.   I bought a lot of meat, and things I don’t buy on every trip so I dropped over $800.  I normally spend about $400 on a big day there.   Wine, canned air, and meat ran up the bill.

     

    I didn’t buy any bulk food, or meds/supplements etc.

     

    n

  52. I bought a bunch of convenience ‘heat and eat’ entrees too.   They’re a bit pricey compared to cooking, but cheap compared to takeout.

     

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  53. I bought a bunch of convenience ‘heat and eat’ entrees too. They’re a bit pricey compared to cooking, but cheap compared to takeout.

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    Takeaway has jumped about 20% in price since the beginning of the year. Probably going up another 10% by the end of the year. Salaries and the raw food are jumping in price.

  54. @ray’s just getting up in an hour or two, and I’m going to bed.

    I’m hoping everything goes well Ray, the drive to the facility is probably the most dangerous part…

    Good luck,

    nick


  55. @ray’s just getting up in an hour or two

    Indeed I am. Only got two hours of sleep last night. Final shower and scrub down with the pre-surgery soap. Leaving at 5:30 AM EDT, stop at Hardee’s so the wife can get some food. I only get to smell the stuff. Hospital at 6:00, surgery starts about 7:30. That 1.5 hour prep and wait is llllloooooonnnnnnggggg. Should have some drugs in the system by then to take the edge off.

    Surgery is supposed to take 1.5 hours. Hope to be awake and in my room by 10:00. Private room. VA balked at that option but that is all the hospital has in the Orthopaedic section.

    There are some issues with therapy, whose doing it, and who is paying. More on that later when this over. I will get therapy but there are a couple of pissing contests involved. As of now University of Tennessee hospital is sending someone to the house for therapy.

    It should not be this difficult and stressful.

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