Wed. Jan. 5, 2022 – working onsite today

By on January 5th, 2022 in business, personal, WuFlu

Cool, but not cold, 57F when I went to bed. Supposed to have several more days of this, sunny and clear. It was actually nice all day yesterday. I was in long sleeves with a collared shirt over, and long pants, and I was warm indoors, and comfortable out.

Made a bit of progress at my customer site. One of the network drops I wired backwards (put the plug on upside down) so that was during the recent work, but the other had a coupler in it that didn’t work. PoE got through, but not data. It’s possible it hasn’t worked in years, or never. The only thing plugged into that drop was a wireless remote controller gateway, and there were others in the house. It might never have worked, which is humbling.

Took care of a couple of other notes too, and I’ll be back out there today. The programmer is coming down for Wed, and possibly staying through Thurs and we hope to be completely finished by the end of the day Thursday. I won’t be headed out too early but I’ll meet him around 11am or noon. I noticed that two more of the TCL tv’s are showing image issues. They are just about 3 years old, iirc, so their replacement will be on SquareTrade through Costco’s program. They look great but they are built to a price point, a LOW price point, and I couldn’t recommend them without the Costco warranty. I may dismount them and clean the internal connectors between boards with DeOXit. That has worked in the past. It’s quicker than getting new ones.

I got a check for the work so far, so I’m happy about that. Stacking fiat currency is good too.

Stack something today, and figure out something you can use less of, and save a bit too. Think of it as practice for hard times…

nick

85 Comments and discussion on "Wed. Jan. 5, 2022 – working onsite today"

  1. Denis says:

    figure out something you can use less of, and save a bit too.

    Hmm. Skin. I could eat less, lose some, and save some money! Genius.

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  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    50F and 99%RH.

    I would specifically like anyone who was affected by the Colorado wildfires to share their experiences this year, and if possible contrast them with the last time CO burned.

    Haven't mentioned much about the fires this year.

    n

  3. Ray Thompson says:

    There's no reason for people to share their cold/flu/covid with everyone around them

    Isn't the vaccination supposed to protect people from getting the kung flu? If that is the case why should I inconvenience myself by wearing a mask to protect the unvaccinated who chose to assume the risk? If the unvaccinated want to take the risk that is their problem, not mine. I don't turn off my lights at night so my neighbor can watch the stars. That is their problem, don't like it, move. If I mow before 11:00 AM and disturb their sleep, move, not my problem.

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  4. Greg Norton says:

    Isn't the vaccination supposed to protect people from getting the kung flu? If that is the case why should I inconvenience myself by wearing a mask to protect the unvaccinated who chose to assume the risk

    It would be the height of hypocrisy for an unvaxxed individual to demand mandatory masking.

    OTOH, I doubt a lot of the politicians really took the jab.

    In related news, the local ISD’s superintendent is on the hot seat again. Remember, this is the bureaucrat who had the anti-mask couple arrested in their home for spilling the news about his extramarital affairs in open session last year.

    https://www.kvue.com/article/news/education/round-rock-isd-board-possible-suspension-superintendent/269-6d48e260-2bae-4c7c-a4b7-1522e192cc54

    Assault? Haven’t heard that before, but it doesn’t surprise me.

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  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    EXCLUSIVE: Harry and Meghan raised less than $50,000 for their Archewell charity in its first year, spending MORE money on legal fees to dissolve their original 'Sussex Royal' UK foundation, IRS filings reveal

        IRS documents obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Harry and Meghan's Archewell organization raised less than $50,000 in 2020
        The Sussexes actually spent more money – $55,600 – on attorneys wrapping up their UK nonprofit, Sussex Royal, that they launched in 2019
        UK Companies House filings show the defunct British charity had over $380,000 in its accounts in 2020 but did not transfer its cash to its US sister organization  
        The couple launched their new US charity Archewell by incorporating it in Delaware on April 17, 2020, after applying for the trademark the month prior

    Sounds like a money laundering scam to me.

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  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    I've been watching a lot of these guys videos, relevant to yesterday's discussion of vehicle drowning incidents.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isqd8OOcJpQ

    n

    like the guys finding guns under bridges, there are a LOT of vehicles in the water.

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    Completely trivial, and unrelated to anything…  I've always wondered who was buying the glass items in the thrift stores.  Seems it's this lady.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAva09WeTKo

    I set the playback speed to 1.25x with her.

    Fascinating to see her finding things to resell on shelves I skim past…  Not crazy valuable, she seems like a 'grinder' to me, working on <$20 gross profit per item, but she keeps at it.

    Shows that you can find money anywhere if you know what you're seeing.

    n

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    Skin. I could eat less,

    –eww. how much skin are you eating now?

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  9. Greg Norton says:

    Sounds like a money laundering scam to me.

    Archewell. Again, don't think it isn't part of a long term plan from that old German gangster family known as the House of Windsor.

    William and Kate's offspring on the throne of Britain.

    Harry and Meghan's child as President of the US.

    The plan goes back at least 50 years.

    The wildcard right now is whatever Prince Andrew was doing on Pedo Island.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    Scanner has a team working credit card skimmers.   They're looking for someone, and the one guy suggests checking with the LPR (License Plate Reader) team.   Guy2 says the only one in his office with access is out sick, so guy1 says– no no, call the 24hr crime unit, they have analysts sitting around waiting for calls like this….

    They also talk about uploading video to a server, but being unable to open the file, and taking it by USB drive to somewhere else where "They can do a lot more with the raw video".

    Interesting.

    n

    added- they know the guy changed his address on his drivers license in Dec. And they know he’s not on the lease at that address. I guess they asked the property manager, who doesn’t have any problem telling them.

  11. SteveF says:

    and certainly not in the US. There's too much "but.. muh freedumbs" there.

    We also aren't packed in like livestock, as in most of Europe.

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    "but.. muh freedumbs" there.

    –sadly a lot less than there used to be.

    Frontier mentality vs serfs tied to the land and conquered by whoever marched thru.  Being on your own vs being part of a 400 yr history of the little village.  Knowing that you're the only one around for a dozen miles or more so if you don't do it, no one will.

    Cultures of scarcity vs culture of abundance.

    Lots of reasons for the differences.  Not having the cream of our genetic heritage killed off every couple decades helped too.  Losing a generation of young men kinda takes the steam out of you.

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  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    The wildcard right now is whatever Prince Andrew was doing on Pedo Island.

    –having sex with young girls, like all the rest of them.  Anyone else find it odd that there are no young boys?  Maybe Epstein was freaked out by it?   We're conditioned to think of pedos as gay ….

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  14. Ray Thompson says:

    Why do I have to unsubscribe from emails for which I never subscribed? The selling of email addresses should be illegal. I get emails from places I have no desire with which to do business. Or is the process of unsubscribing just confirming the email is valid and now gets spread farther and wider? Email spammers should be buried butt cheeks up so at least they could be useful as a bicycle rack.

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  15. Pecancorner says:

     Shows that you can find money anywhere if you know what you're seeing.

    Absolutely true!   As a very knowledgeable antiques dealer told Paul when we were first starting out: "No one knows everything".   And he was right. My husband says he can go into any shop and find at least one thing he can make money on.  My saying is that there's always enough for everyone to find something, because we all look for different things. And, we each have a different market we are catering to.

    She bought things I might have bought in our early flea market days, and other stuff I would not have bought at all. As with all collectibles, the brand name is what matters, so she is checking bottoms for that as much as for the price.  I'd have looked through the Christmas Dishes to be sure there wasn't a piece of Spode in there.  We always look through the picture frames and the art… much treasure lies unnoticed because most people are clueless about art. The one she bought is "original" so she is on the right track, but it's starving artist decor, so there is more to learn.

    There's no telling what she passed up in that booth with all the jewelry… lots of interesting things there… nooooo go back! Look at the lusterware toast rack with its jam pot and spoon still there!  And the souvenir cow pitcher probably dates from the 1920s/30s … The peachblow rose bowl is about a $30 item, maybe Fenton, if an older one it could be Mt Washington cased glass and worth more. A Welsh love spoon.  A vintage set of Mexican Pottery nested bowls… higher prices in blue, and in lead glazed black, auction on eBay with a reserve. Mexican pottery is up and down but the old Tlaquepaque stuff is always in demand.

    Darn. Now I want to go antique shopping LOL

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  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hah, her videos are fascinating to me because it's stuff that is so far out of my knowledge zone…  but she is a slow talker, and the "haul" part of the vid is really just recapping most of what she's already shown.

    She does grab spode, looking for a 'santa' as the tree topper in the graphics.  Does all the Christmas spode have santa?

    I do find waterford crystal fairly often, usually desk clocks.  I will buy corelle dishes, no matter the pattern as they are easy to spot, and sometimes lately I'll check a maker on a plate set, or place setting.   Some of them are good money.  I end up keeping the corelle.

    I'm amazed that people get $15 for a mug, even as a collectable.

    I have the same belief as your husband.  I can walk into any thrift store and find $100 profit that someone else missed, with very rare exceptions.  And I don't even look at ephemera, glass, clothes (for the most part), or baby stuff.

    I don't want to grind on $20 items, but that is what is selling for me right now.  I just don't want to list a ton of it.  I'd rather take bins of it to the auctioneer and let him take 30% so I don't have to ship it or deal with returns.

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  17. Pecancorner says:

    I'm amazed that people get $15 for a mug, even as a collectable.

    Keep your eyes open for these. Check the mark. My husband bought a whole box of them one time LOL And the color matters… double that price if it's white. 

    Russel Wright Iroquois Casual Mug

  18. Pecancorner says:

    She does grab spode, looking for a 'santa' as the tree topper in the graphics.  Does all the Christmas spode have santa?

    As far as I know (but I'm not expert), all the Spode "Christmas Tree" pattern has the Father Christmas/Santa topper. But might be something to look into, to see if there were variations.

  19. Alan says:

    >> Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes found guilty

    Unexpected, but excellent news. She played all the sympathy notes: attractive, blond mother claiming sexual abuse. And it didn't work, kudos to the jury. Now I want to see the sentencing. Also, the civil suits for damages by patients.

    Found guilty only for defrauding investors, not patients. May make more work for proving their civil cases.

    The charges Holmes was found guilty of include one count of conspiracy to defraud investors, as well as three wire fraud counts tied to specific investors. But the jury also determined that Holmes was not guilty of three additional counts concerning defrauding patients and one count of conspiracy to defraud patients — a part of the government's case that it spent relatively little time mounting in comparison to its case pertaining to investors.

  20. brad says:

    is the process of unsubscribing just confirming the email is valid and now gets spread farther and wider?

    Yes, at least, in a lot of cases.

    We're conditioned to think of pedos as gay

    No, not really. And as RBT often pointed out, "pedo" is the wrong term. The young women were, in fact, women – not children. Not of legal age, but sexually mature. From what I've read, it seems like most of them were in the 14-17 year range.

    Who wants to take bets that there will be no attempt – nada, zero – at prosecuting the clients. Too many politically powerful people on the list. All of whom should be hung out to dry, but…it won't happen.

  21. drwilliams says:

    A smart kid with a degree and a moral compass brought down Theranos. 

    After his rich grandfather tried to help Theranos shaft him, his parents mortgaged their house to pay to fend off their lawyers. 

    (If that was my fayher I’d have a last talk with dear old dad about my plans for a documentary that was going to give his reputation a good hard shagging. Oh, yeah, and stuff your money. Why dont you start a foundation to help the patients?)

    What does that say about the number of employees that knew, but had no sense of ethics? I’d line them all up and break them on the wheel, one by one. 

  22. RickH says:

    is the process of unsubscribing just confirming the email is valid and now gets spread farther and wider?

    Technically, that is possible. Although mainstream companies probably don’t do that, especially with the threat of fines via GDPR agencies.

    In my case, if I get a ‘one-off’ email from an unknown source, I don’t bother to unsubscribe. It’s usually in my spam folder anyway – gmail is really good at catching spam. If I get a lot of them from the same source, I might unsubscribe. But sometimes it is easier to just hit the delete button.

    Email addresses lists are easily found. Your email is probably easily available. Check out the ‘Have I Been Powned” site at https://haveibeenpwned.com/ . Valid site to check if your email address has been ‘exposed’ in a breach of some sort. (Also has a page that checks if your passwords have been exposed.) Valid site – not a hacker’s site, so they won’t ‘grab’ your email or password that you check.

    It’s a good resource. They will also notify you if you show up on a new ‘expose’. My main email has been on several ‘expose’ lists over the years. Doesn’t worry me much, gmail is good at figuring out spam email to me.

    I do occasionally check often-used passwords to see if it’s time to change them. But it is unlikely (IMHO) that someone will put together my email with a password to a site – that’s three things they have to get right. And I tend to not reuse passwords on multiple sites, which is a good practice.

  23. Greg Norton says:

    What does that say about the number of employees that knew, but had no sense of ethics? I’d line them all up and break them on the wheel, one by one.

    What? No sense of ethics? In a tech hub? I'm socked! Shocked!

    They really do think that they are the smartest people in the room.

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  24. lynn says:

    "The 21 Best Ecofiction Books" by Dan Livingston
         https://best-sci-fi-books.com/21-best-ecofiction-books/

    Of the 21 books, I have read "The Year Of The Flood" and "Dune". I have a few to add to the list:

    1. The Red Mars / Green Mars / Blue Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
          https://www.amazon.com/Red-Mars-Trilogy-Stanley-Robinson/dp/0553560735//p?tag=ttgnet-20

    2. “The Last Centurion” by John Ringo
         https://www.amazon.com/Last-Centurion-John-Ringo/dp/1439132917//p?tag=ttgnet-20

    3. “Fallen Angels” by Niven and Pournelle
         https://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Angels-Larry-Niven/dp/0743435826//p?tag=ttgnet-20

    4. “Blind Waves” by Steven Gould
         https://www.amazon.com/Blind-Waves-Steven-Gould/dp/B002JJ7VZM//p?tag=ttgnet-20

    5. "Flood (A Novel of the Flood)" by Stephen Baxter
        https://www.amazon.com/Flood-Novel-Stephen-Baxter/dp/0451463285//p?tag=ttgnet-20

    6. "A Matter For Men (The War Against the Chtorr, Book 1)" by David Gerrold
        https://www.amazon.com/Matter-Men-Against-Chtorr-Book/dp/0553277820//p?tag=ttgnet-20

  25. lynn says:

    I am stuck in moderation.  I thought that I could slip seven URLs through but I got caught.

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  26. SteveF says:

    They really do think that they are the smartest people in the room.

    Half of my law school class was convinced that they were the best and brightest and that's why they were going to be activists and "public interest" lawyers and such.

    (Or so they said. I think the real reason was that they were dumbasses and couldn't get a job other than a McJob so they went to law school.)

    (Also, I'll note that the "best and brightest" classmates were probably mostly in the lower half of the class, ranked by brain power.)

  27. Rick H says:

    I am stuck in moderation.  I thought that I could slip seven URLs through but I got caught.

    Released. And no cheating (URLs over the limit) are allowed. 🙂

  28. lynn says:

    I am stuck in moderation.  I thought that I could slip seven URLs through but I got caught.

    Released. And no cheating (URLs over the limit) are allowed.

    I thought that the limit was seven URLs ?

    Are you sure that I am released ? It still says “lynn says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

  29. lynn says:

    "Happy perihelion 2022! Earth reaches its closest point to the sun for the year"

         https://www.space.com/earth-closest-to-sun-perihelion-2022

    "Earth is at its closest to the sun Tuesday (Jan. 4) in its 365.25-day journey. This milestone, called perihelion, coincidentally happens near the start of the Gregorian calendar year observed by much of the world, including in North America."

    "The exact moment of perihelion this year occurred at 1:52 a.m. EST (0652 GMT), according to EarthSky. Earth was about 3 million miles (5 million kilometers) closer to the sun than it is at aphelion, when it is farthest from the sun, which takes place in early July. That variation is relatively small compared to Earth's average distance from the sun of 92,955,807 miles (149,597,870 km)."

    I thought it felt a bit toasty out there today.

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  30. lynn says:

    Stack something today, and figure out something you can use less of, and save a bit too. Think of it as practice for hard times…

    Based on my weighing in today, I need way less food.  Six pounds gain in the holiday season.

  31. mediumwave says:

    Snow Laughing Matter:

    My Readers being a sensible lot, I probably shouldn’t need to post a warning about a seasonal SHTF situation like this one:

    I’m going to ignore the funny bits — e.g. the hapless Kamela Harris tweeting that “America is on the move again” — to focus on the important stuff.

    When I lived in Chicago and was faced with a drive of any distance away from home, I made sure that I had the following:

    RTWT

  32. Rick H says:

    Are you sure that I am released ? It still says “lynn says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    Whoops. Releasing a comment in moderation sometimes includes two steps. One of which I forgot.

    It's there now.

    A URL in  a message that was manually pasted (not via the 'link' button, but just as text), results in two URLs inside the comment: one of text, and the other the HREF.  Which is what caught yours.

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  33. Greg Norton says:

    Half of my law school class was convinced that they were the best and brightest and that's why they were going to be activists and "public interest" lawyers and such.

    (Or so they said. I think the real reason was that they were dumbasses and couldn't get a job other than a McJob so they went to law school.)

    One of the in-laws works for Perkins Coie as a paralegal. Her salary isn't that much different than a junior associate, and she had a lot of the same assignments back when we had more regular contact.

    The gig definitely required a flexible morality and ability to read/comprehend quickly more than real thinking ability.

    During the 2012 election, the first all mail-in election in WA State, the girl kept hinting that they were doing "something special" in the Portland office in the two months prior to the election, expensing dinners and staying until midnight every night.

    I assume the paralegals and junior associates were marking WA Ballots in case they needed a strategic mail truck accident in the Governor's race. Obama was a given, but, back then, the election for Governor included a Republican who was a former Perkins Coie partner so the antics would have to be more subtle than simply finding ballots in car trunks like they did for Al Franken a few years before.

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  34. Rick H says:

    I assume the paralegals and junior associates were marking WA Ballots in case they needed a strategic mail truck accident in the Governor's race.

    If that really happened, someone would have leaked it. IMHO, bogus.

  35. Greg Norton says:

    If that really happened, someone would have leaked it. IMHO, bogus.

    We saw news reports of at least one mail truck accident during the election, but it was a small truck and local in the Vancouver area. Ballots were in the truck, however.

    It was the look on the paralegal in-law’s face when she talked about “something special” that made me suspect something creepy was up with the late nights. They knew how my wife and I voted.

    I don’t miss the West Coast and “vote by mail”. Too many things can happen.

    Inslee may be Costco’s chore boy but he’s been legitimately elected three times by wide enough margins that any fraud was irrelevant.

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  36. Greg Norton says:

    Tampa? If jobs are the factor in the "cooler" markets, how is Tampa justified? Weather?

    I spent a decade there as a homeowner and grew up in the area. When my wife and I talk about gong back to Florida, Tampa is at the bottom of the consideration list.

    https://www.zillow.com/research/zillow-2022-hottest-markets-tampa-30413/

  37. Pecancorner says:

    Snow Laughing Matter:

    My Readers being a sensible lot, I probably shouldn’t need to post a warning about a seasonal SHTF situation like this one:

    Good article. I don't know anything about snow/blizzard driving.  Are there no exits, or was traffic not moving at all for the entire time?  Or were the exits all closed or snow-bound?  Is that why they all stayed on the freeway, instead of getting off to surface streets at the first opportunity?  

    We carry paper atlases, and esp so after going through hurricane evacs and needing to find alternative routes. My husband was a champ at getting us out of the traffic and onto clear roads… it meant going in unplanned directions to unexpected locations, but kept us out of gridlock.  

  38. Rick H says:

    @pecancorner – my understanding (based only on news reports) was that the initial blockage was caused by a semi-truck jack-knifing, closing the entire road at that point. Vehicles in back couldn't get around it.

    Then the road in back of everyone filled up as they all had to stop. In addition to other wrecks caused by the first one. And people couldn't go backwards or forward. And no exits nearby. Plus a wide median that was snow-covered, so no way to cross over and turn around.

    I think there are several news reports, including those from that state's transportation, that basically said the above.

    I experienced a similar problem on my way from CA to WA. Just north of Grant's Pass, traffic came to a complete stop because of a large pine tree falling across the entire two northbound lanes (plus the median, and into the southbound lanes).

    There was no exit nearby (I was just past a rest area exit) to get around the fallen tree. So I was stuck in the traffic for about 30 minutes, with snow threatening. Luckily, there was a commercial logger stuck in the same jam up ahead. State patrol escorted him to the tree, he cut it and got it out of the way, so traffic could flow.

    There is a video of the tree falling just as a state car (road crew?) got to it. The tree fell in front of him, and he got past it enough so that only a branch hit and cracked his windshield. Article with pix and video here https://www.kptv.com/falling-tree-hits-odot-vehicle-on-i-5-in-josephine-county/video_a25255a4-e47d-5fda-a32a-7f02ca11564c.html

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  39. Rick H says:

    Added: we had stopped at the In-N-Out in Grants Pass for lunch. There is always a long wait at the drive through – probably 20-25 minute delay for us there.

    That delay was probably good for us. The point where the tree fell down is about 15-20 minutes from Grants Pass (north on I-5).

    I had thought about getting out of line, but the wife really likes In-N-Out, so stayed in the line and got caught up on email on the phone while waiting. And then got caught in the stoppage due to the tree falling across the highway.

    Interesting coincidence….

  40. Greg Norton says:

    Good article. I don't know anything about snow/blizzard driving.  Are there no exits, or was traffic not moving at all for the entire time?  Or were the exits all closed or snow-bound?  Is that why they all stayed on the freeway, instead of getting off to surface streets at the first opportunity?  

    The story I saw in the Mail about Kaine indicated that he briefly exited the freeway for gas at Fredericksburg.

    It looks like sections of the FredEx toll express lanes were open and being used by the emergency vehicles. From my time on the project, I know there were entrances and exits for the lanes intended for Quantico and specific other points as well as an emergency capability to lock the toll collection system in one direction.

    Of course they would charge. Austrailian pensioners must be paid on time.

  41. Greg Norton says:

    Added: we had stopped at the In-N-Out in Grants Pass for lunch. There is always a long wait at the drive through – probably 20-25 minute delay for us there.

    A new In-n-Out opened in Medford within the last year, convenient to the freeway at the exit to go to The Britt.

    When we heard about the new In-n-Out location, my wife and I joked about post-legalization weed munchies after concerts.

    Pre-legalization, the venue didn’t lack for weed. Strangely, the town had really puckered sphincters about any show going beyond midnight so the lights always popped on when the clock hit 12.

  42. SteveF says:

    If that really happened, someone would have leaked it. IMHO, bogus.

    Oh, my sweet summer child, your faith in the honesty of employees of politically active law firms is touching, really it is.

    (See, MrAtoz? You're not the only sweet summer child here.)

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  43. Rick H says:

    A new In-n-Out opened in Medford within the last year, convenient to the freeway at the exit to go to The Britt.

    Yes, and it (like all other In-n-Out's) always has a long line at just about any time of day.

    I don't know why the company hasn't figured out a way to make things move faster. They have enough people, and enough grill/fry/drink capacity at each location. They could be much more efficient. Like Chick-Fil-A, who have a similar volume, but my waits have always been under 10 minutes.

    Even if In-n-Out has external order-takers farther into the backup, they are still slow.  And I think their burgers and fries are not as good as their reputation seems to indicate. But the wife likes it, and we only get the opportunity during our trips to/from CA.

  44. MrAtoz says:

    (See, MrAtoz? You're not the only sweet summer child here.)

    I'm forming a club for us chillins'.

    Had lunch and wine at the Pahrump Valley Winery in Pahrump, NV. Fantastic!

  45. Pecancorner says:

    Re the 'Ecofiction Books': I could not post your post, Mr Lynn, even with the links removed. Really weird, that rarely happens to me.

    I've read The Word For World Is Forest and Dune.  I'm not sure I understand the "ecofiction" classification ….  I keep thinking about Richard Adams' books and even Ringworld.

    Added: we had stopped at the In-N-Out in Grants Pass for lunch. There is always a long wait at the drive through – probably 20-25 minute delay for us there.

    That delay was probably good for us. The point where the tree fell down is about 15-20 minutes from Grants Pass (north on I-5).

    I had thought about getting out of line, but the wife really likes In-N-Out, so stayed in the line and got caught up on email on the phone while waiting. And then got caught in the stoppage due to the tree falling across the highway.

    Interesting coincidence….

     Rick H, You and your wife were very very fortunate. I always assume that traffic delays are Providence looking out for me. Sounds like He was looking out for ya'll … and for the driver of that Oregon DOT vehicle too!
     

     The story I saw in the Mail about Kaine indicated that he briefly exited the freeway for gas at Fredericksburg.

    It looks like sections of the FredEx toll express lanes were open and being used by the emergency vehicles.

    @Greg Norton, @Rick H, Thank you both for the further explanation. It makes more sense now.

  46. Greg Norton says:

    Even if In-n-Out has external order-takers farther into the backup, they are still slow.  And I think their burgers and fries are not as good as their reputation seems to indicate. But the wife likes it, and we only get the opportunity during our trips to/from CA.

    In-n-Out is in negotiation with Hillsborough, OR for a location. Seattle is inevitable once they have infrastructure established in Oregon. I'll bet Federal Way first because Fat Burger is there. Maybe the Auburn side of I-5.

  47. Greg Norton says:

    "The 21 Best Ecofiction Books" by Dan Livingston

    Of the 21 books, I have read "The Year Of The Flood" and "Dune". I have a few to add to the list:

    The new Stephenson book, "Termination Shock", could be classified as "Ecofiction".

    The last book, "Fall; or, Dodge in Hell", could be classified that way as well if he expanded on the idea of the power requirements of the Singularity outpacing humanity's capability to deliver adequately, but I never finished the book before getting bored with it.

    “Termination Shock” isn’t boring, but it doesn’t seem as well researched as his earlier books through “Reamde”.

  48. Ray Thompson says:

    A new In-n-Out opened in Medford within the last year

    No In-N-Out places close to me. Did visit them while in Southern CA about three years ago. Food was average and I failed to understand the excitement.

    Whataburger is opening its first location in TN in the Hermitage area, slightly east of Nashville, about 4 miles from where my son used to live. They are expecting massive traffic issues in the area and the news is reporting on alternate routes. I suspect they will have issues for a month.

    I always eat at Whataburger as one of my first meals whenever I went to San Antonio. I will not ever be returning to San Antonio but will find comfort in Bryan TX when spousal unit and I visit them this spring.

    Dairy Queen opened in Oak Ridge several months ago, long lines. Then Chicken-Salad-Chick a few months later, long lines. Now both are about normal with the latter having almost no lines in the drive through. In my opinion their product is too expensive, good, but too expensive.

    I seem to remember that Port Townsend WA has one McDonald's located close to the Safeway. Ate there many times. I don't remember any other fast food places beyond a Subway. I also remember the Safeway having a fairly decent bakery.

    Buc-ee's will be opening soon in Crossville TN and Sevierville TN. Both just off the interstate. I except both to be mobbed with backups on the I-State ramps. After a month or two just normal crowds. Surprisingly their food is quite good, and fresh.

  49. MrAtoz says:

    I'll have to hit one of the In-N-Out's in SA when I get back. I like them, but agree "what's all the fuss about".

  50. Rick H says:

    I seem to remember that Port Townsend WA has one McDonald's located close to the Safeway. Ate there many times. I don't remember any other fast food places beyond a Subway. I also remember the Safeway having a fairly decent bakery.

    Yes, you are correct. Just the one Mickey-D's in PT, along with one Subway opposite the ferry terminal, and a Papa Murphy's take and back pizza. We usually head the other way into Poulsbo for major shopping trips at Wally World, where we also get our prescriptions filled. The usual fast food choices there.

    There is one burger place in Port Hadlock, near the QFC grocery store that I use for smaller grocery trips. It's built inside the fuselege of an airplane, hence it's name "Burgers Landing". Acceptable burgers, better fries, and hand-made shakes. Here's a street view if you are interested – zoom in to see the 'front' of the 'plane'. https://goo.gl/maps/g27hrwyHs2QJxn9X7 .

  51. drwilliams says:

    @Brad

    I was randomly reading a teacher's forum the other day. Apparently, during Corona, teachers were not allowed to fail any child for any reason. Teachers in grades 3-4 were complaining about the number of kids in their classes who don't know what sounds letters make. Of course, it isn't (only) the schools' fault – the parents are the problem. Ok, it's not just the parents – it's the entire subculture that doesn't care about education.

    Which is, of course, the same subculture likely to start an "ugly event". Because WTF do you do with these people? Any serious, long term solution would be shot down by the progressives, who think that good intentions will magically turn the members of the subculture into productive citizens.

    I cannot imagine a more urgent problem than fixing the education system, but that requires kicking the progressive ideology to the curb. Separate students by their results and abilities, ignoring race and socioeconomic status. Teach each group of students to the limit of their abilities. The absolutely recalcitrant must be removed from the normal schools, and placed into military-style boarding schools (which once did exist for exactly that purpose).

    Sadly, the progressives are too entrenched, and are too blind to the consequences of their good intentions.

    What good intentions? The Democrats are the party of the KKK and Margaret Sanger. They looked at the 1960 census figures and saw a solid black middle class that was on it's way to the American dream. Enter "civil rights" legislation to create a dependent underclass that has no need of education, and the "penumbra" of Roe v. Wade to hide the bodies of 65 million murdered black children, and three generations later you have your urban mob trained to the public teat and ready to riot on demand for their "rights" while oblivious to their 4th rate ethnic future as the ranks of the Mexican indio subclass with no history or desire for education expands without check of law.

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  52. drwilliams says:

    @Rick H

    Plus a wide median that was snow-covered, so no way to cross over and turn around.

    I recall seeing two features in flyover country that may indicate that the folks there are smarter than the coastal mosquito-infested swamp dwellers.

    One is something called an "emergency turnaround". I'd explain what that is, but I'm developing a 2-hour PowerPoint as my pitch to become a consultant for the Virginny DoT.

    The Second is called a "weather emergency gate". It closes the on-ramps to divided highways when there is …. Well, don't want to give that one away, either.

    Was fun yesterday watching the libtard fools pile on the new Republican governor of Virginia because he was obviously at fault, even though he doesn't get sworn for another 11 days.

    Meanwhile Ralph "Blackface" Northam was nowhere to be found.

    It's just too bad there was no Clinton Caravan on that highway. Would have been great fun to hear their explanations for the dead bodies and empty gas tanks within a mile radius of their armored cars.

  53. Greg Norton says:

    Yes, you are correct. Just the one Mickey-D's in PT, along with one Subway opposite the ferry terminal, and a Papa Murphy's take and back pizza. We usually head the other way into Poulsbo for major shopping trips at Wally World, where we also get our prescriptions filled. The usual fast food choices there.

    I didn't get the appeal of Papa Murphy's when we lived out there. Then, one day, someone told me the secret — Papa takes food stamps.

    In Vancouver, WA, it was lines out the door on a night with a big school event.

  54. Rick H says:

    It's common to have 'emergency' turnarounds in the highways here out west. But they are often miles apart. The section where I was stuck in OR (because of the downed tree) had a wire median barrier. There are some aerial photos of the Virginia highways. Looked like there were snow berms on either side of the lanes, plus a wide snow-covered median.

    Normally used for police/emergency vehicles. Also commonly used by the highway patrol when they sit there with their radar guns.

    Note: always wondered if the office says "Pew! Pew!" when they use their radar guns.

  55. Alan says:

    >> Even if In-n-Out has external order-takers farther into the backup, they are still slow.  And I think their burgers and fries are not as good as their reputation seems to indicate. But the wife likes it, and we only get the opportunity during our trips to/from CA.

    I think a lot of their buzz started with their 'secret menu' (4×4 burger, animal fries). Personally I prefer a medium rare burger and all these smashed burgers don't cut it.

  56. Rick H says:

    Papa Murphy's pizzas are acceptable IMHO. Advantage is that you cook them at home, so they are hotter when they are done, as compared to a takeout pizza that is not as hot when you get home. Usually takes under 15 minutes to cook them.

    Hot and good for that meal, but like most pizzas, less good the next day, unless you reheat them in the oven to get the crust crispy and not soggy like in a microwave.

  57. Greg Norton says:

    Meanwhile Ralph "Blackface" Northam was nowhere to be found.

    I swear he's The KKKlansman in that picture.

    Northam has never clearly identified which costume was his.

  58. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    "The 21 Best Ecofiction Books" by Dan Livingston

    I'm beginning to think Livingston is simply a young unread idiot.

    My first encounter with "ecology" was Heinlein's Farmer in the Sky (1950)

    Alien ecologies. Like Clement's Mission of Gravity (1954) and Iceworld (1953). And most of his other books.

    Forest world. Like Foster's Midworld (1975). And Sentenced to Prism is about as bizarre as ecology gets.

    Fella named Larry Niven. The Integral Trees (1984) and The Smoke Ring (1987). Wrote a couple about Heorot with a couple other fellas named Barnes and Pounelle.

    Then there's the closer-to-home classics like The Incredible Shrinking Man and Cold War in a Country Garden.

    I'm stopping there before I get to 21 with my own list.

    (Thing is, I'm already there with most of the Recluce series)

  59. Greg Norton says:

    Hot and good for that meal, but like most pizzas, less good the next day, unless you reheat them in the oven to get the crust crispy and not soggy like in a microwave.

    Use a pizza stone for Papa Murphy's. We put the "pan" right on top of the preheated stone. Crust is crispier, but, more importantly, the pizza cooks evenly.

    Unfortunately, that technique kills the convenience because it can take forever to get the oven to heat up a cold stone on a winter day.

    We bought a new stone from Big River for the Christmas deep dish pizza experiment since we made two pies. Hecho en China but better than what Bed Bath & Beyond stocks. No weird outgassing or cracking from what I saw.

  60. drwilliams says:

    @RickH

    Western states have lots of hidden emergency turnarounds. They're often called "medians"

    The wire barriers are going up in many states to prevent out-of-control vehicles from crossing the median and killing some innocent in a head-on collision. They are effective, but the pitcher-takers still need turnarounds.

  61. MrAtoz says:

    Out: CORONA

    In: FLURONA

    Testing Site in LA Says Child Tested Positive for ‘Flurona' Co-Infection

    Will it ever end? WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!

    Happy tRump Day tomorrow. plugs sucks, tRump, tho.

  62. drwilliams says:

    @Greg Norton

    Convection oven is faster for heating stones.

    And stones last much longer with PM pizza–less thermal shock than frozen (have to use some corn meal).

  63. lynn says:

    Well, today kinda sucked.  Mom's surgical incision came open yesterday at physical therapy in rehab and she lost a pint and a half of blood.  Dad moved Mom back to Methodist in the medical center and she is going to have surgery in the morning to make sure everything is ok.  Mom had the hip replacement surgery three weeks ago and has been in rehab for a week and half now.  She has been making very, very slow but steady improvement.  My dad is worn out.

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  64. lynn says:

    The wire barriers are going up in many states to prevent out-of-control vehicles from crossing the median and killing some innocent in a head-on collision. They are effective, but the pitcher-takers still need turnarounds.

    Several motorcycle riders have been severely injured or killed by those new wire barriers in the interstate medians in Texas.  Do not slide off into the median if you are on a bike.

  65. Greg Norton says:

    The wire barriers are going up in many states to prevent out-of-control vehicles from crossing the median and killing some innocent in a head-on collision. They are effective, but the pitcher-takers still need turnarounds.

    The State of Virginia sold off the medians on I-95 north of Fredericksburg, I-395, and I-495. They're private property, owned by an Australian company, Transurban, and several pension funds based in Canada and Australia..

    The State of Maryland is about to do the same thing with their sections of the Beltway.

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  66. MrAtoz says:

    Now that Ted Cruz has declared Jan 6th "a violent terrorist attack" I guess he is running for President in 2024. This will backfire on him. I won't vote for him for Senator or President. Talk about a butt kisser talking out of both sides of his mouth. Red pilled for fame and glory.

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  67. Greg Norton says:

    Now that Ted Cruz has declared Jan 6th "a violent terrorist attack" I guess he is running for President in 2024. This will backfire on him. I won't vote for him for Senator or President. Talk about a butt kisser talking out of both sides of his mouth. Red pilled for fame and glory.

    If Robert Francis run for Governor is unsuccessful, he'll be back for a rematch with Cruz.

  68. Nick Flandrey says:

    In n Out is awesome.   Took me a while to 'warm up' to their fries.  I thought the sugar dipped McD's fries were the best.  Nope.  I usually get a double double, raw onion (big slice, something the others don't do).  I pull the tomato off and eat it with salt and pepper.

    They have done one thing to shorten turnaround times- they now throw a patty on when a car enters the line.  They cook every burger to order, but they now get started on it BEFORE you actually order.   They might have tuned the algorithm a bit and throw more than one on.

    They pay very well, have decent work rules (no "suggestive sell") and great benefits.  they get the best of the fast food employees (you might notice the kitchen doesn't look like every other McBurger either in staffing or layout.

    If they can keep from settling for sub standard staff as they expand, they'll be ok.

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  69. Nick Flandrey says:

    Freaking pirate boy is turning into an "only ones" gun grabber and some other questionable votes too.   It infects them all.

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  70. SteveF says:

    "Pirate Boy"? Crenshaw? He had a gung-ho, patriotic campaign commercial and has utterly failed to live up to the promises, explicit or implicit.

  71. drwilliams says:

    What’s Going On, What’s Going On

    By Kevin Roche

    So here is the question.  How long are you going to take this crap?  When are you going to tell the politicians and the public health experts and the teachers’ unions and all the others who won’t let go of their obsession with this epidemic that enough is enough.  How many children have to literally go crazy or commit suicide or overdose on drugs?  How many lives ruined is enough for the teachers’ union?  It is clear these people have no principles, no shame, no courage, no convictions, only politics and self-interest.

    You all have to speak out now, you have to write to your school boards, your administrators, you have to organize protests and demonstrations, you have to besiege your legislators and demand that they stop this insanity.

    I've got your protest right here: home schooling, the next generation: neighborhood collective pods.

    I haven't done a survey to determine "most", but a lot of states seem to fund schools based on attendance captured each day. Take 1% of the kids out of school and the budget starts to hurt. Make it 1% of the top-achievers and it hurts their learning metrics, too. Design a college-prep curriculum for maximum test-out performance–shave a year or better off the time it takes to get a degree. Apply some smart counseling to keep the grads out of corporations, maximize their independence, and minimize their debts.

    Obama federalized the junior colleges and made the costs not-so-junior. Screw that. Pair the neighborhood program with vo-tech training. Get some kids ready to pull journeyman electrician, plumbers, and carpenters licenses when they graduate high school. Guaranteed part-time and summer jobs and debt-free.

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  72. Nick Flandrey says:

    Or move to a sane state like Texas or Florida.   We've been in-person for what, 3 semesters?  We have sports.  We have plays.

    Better though to clean your own nest instead of befouling mine.

    The states give the money to the schools based on attendance but they take it from the people based on property tax.  So they'll just keep taking the money and spending it on something else.

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  73. Nick Flandrey says:

    This policy is pure insanity by a Soros-funded, woke DA who is opening the door for even more crime and chaos on New York City streets. 

    but but but,  I thought the whole "Soros-funded" thing was just a crazy conspiracy theory…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10371907/Open-season-violence-Fury-woke-Manhattan-DA-Alvin-Bragg-WONT-prosecute-criminals.html

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  74. Nick Flandrey says:

    Picked up my checks for my 300 and 200 lot auctions.  Did better than I thought actually.  About $1600 total to me.  Not the $4k-5k I was hoping for but not nothing.

    And he'll list the rest of the stuff too.  Hopefully lessons have been learned.

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  75. Nick Flandrey says:

    Spent the afternoon at my client's house.  After a good bit of troubleshooting, I determined we have a silent audio visual receiver.   What would normally be a simple swap isn't because, apparently there aren't any for sale.

    I've got to do some looking myself, but it would explain why an Onkyo receiver went for $800 in one of my auctions today.

    I'll have some comments about supply chain issues as my main post tomorrow.  Costco freaked me the F out today.

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  76. SteveF says:

    but but but,  I thought the whole "Soros-funded" thing was just a crazy conspiracy theory…

    The difference between a conspiracy theory and accepted truth is …?

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  77. Nightraker says:

    The difference between a conspiracy theory and accepted truth is …?

    About six months… and falling. 

  78. Nick Flandrey says:

    Wow, got this from FedEx

    Operational Impacts
    Wednesday, January 5, 2022
     
    The FedEx network has recently been impacted by severe winter weather across the country. We continue to closely monitor weather patterns, especially those developing in Memphis that could potentially impact tonight’s and tomorrow’s operations (January 5th and 6th). Additionally, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is affecting staffing, putting strain on operations, much like it has the entire airline industry. Employee safety is our number one priority, so please expect delays.

    We are implementing contingency plans and adjusting operations to the best of our ability to continue providing the best possible service to our customers during these difficult times. Volume currently moving through the network will be prioritized for processing. However, we will pause pick-ups for Deferred and Premium Express Freight and International Priority Direct inbound to the US until Monday, January 10th.

    If you have Express Freight that must move before January 10th, consider the alternative options:

        Transition domestic volume to FedEx Freight or your preferred LTL carrier
        Upgrade critical freight to First Overnight Freight

    5 day pause on pickups, and the suggestion to use other carriers…

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  79. Alan says:

    >> They have done one thing to shorten turnaround times- they now throw a patty on when a car enters the line.  They cook every burger to order, but they now get started on it BEFORE you actually order.

    Five Guys does the same but when you walk in the door (afaik they don't have drive-thrus), one patty on the grill per person entering.

    And they have really great fries. Plus you always get way more than should come in the size you ordered.

    ADDED: best fries ever are from Nathan’s in Coney Island, NYFC.

  80. drwilliams says:

    On the Northern Tool website, the least expensive waste oil heater is $4500 (120,000 btu/hr).

    Similar design for a natural gas heater is $750 (125,000 BTU).

    $3750 buys a lot of natural gas.

    Last time I saw a kit to convert a couple of 55-gal drums, it was less than $1000. Looks like they're about $1500 now. YouTube video starts by building a burner from a candy tin…

  81. drwilliams says:

    Last month, well-known DIY repair site iFixit blew the whistle on an unfriendly new “feature” in the iPhone 13 lineup that would have made it far more difficult for small third-party repair providers to swap out a broken iPhone display. The problem, iFixit pointed out, was that replacing the screen on any iPhone 13 model would break Face ID unless very specific — and extremely complex — steps were taken to also move a very small microchip over from the old display, and delicately microsolder it into the new one.

    https://www.idropnews.com/news/ios-152-makes-it-easier-to-replace-the-screen-on-the-iphone-13/176435/?utm_source=tapp&utm_medium=tapp&utm_campaign=01032022&utm_term=tapp

    If they can turn it off in software they can turn it right back on.

    I can't imagine why the engineers would add an extra chip by accident, so it must be on purpose, and the probable explanation for the purpose is not anything that looks like the benefit of the owner.

    My bet is that this particular "feature" can be used to bypass Face ID. Why would Tim Cook's masters, the Chinese communist totalitarian kunglu murdering scum, want such a feature? Do you suppose it's to enforce their strict Feng Shui regulations on the organization of icons on the homescreen?

  82. Nick Flandrey says:

    Serializing replacement parts to prevent third party repair is becoming more common.

    Apple is leading the way.

    See also Louis Rossmann on youtube, particularly his vids about right to repair.

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  83. lynn says:

    On the Northern Tool website, the least expensive waste oil heater is $4500 (120,000 btu/hr).

    What do you do with the chrome and other nasty metals in the waste oil ?  Plus the antifreeze that some people dump in the oil ?

    I bought a natural gas generator because I did not want to buy propane by the truck load. And you would be shocked how quickly a generator can blow through 500 gallons of propane.

    BTW, the power plant that I worked at in west Texas for three years as a junior engineer had 650,000 barrels of #6 fuel oil in storage when I arrived there. One year the Texas PUC ordered us to cut our fuel storage in half so we burned 300,000 barrels one summer. One freaking burner for 2+ months and we burned 300,000 barrels. The other twenty-three burners were still natural gas. Does that give you an idea of how much fuel a power plant can go through ?

  84. lynn says:

    "Biden powers his own political disaster with energy fantasy"

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/01/05/biden-powers-his-own-political-disaster-with-energy-fantasy/

    "Anticipating earlier in December that Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) might scuttle his climate plan (which he did Dec. 19 on Fox News), President Biden signed an Executive Order commanding that all the electricity that the federal government uses be from “100 percent carbon pollution-free” sources by 2030."

    I wonder how many diapers Biden goes through a day ?  And if Dr. Jill has to change them ?  And if those diapers could be used for power plant fuel ?

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  85. Nick Flandrey says:

    Spontaneous human combustion.   There is a lot of potential heat in the human body….

     if they can make energy from turkey guts and trash, surely some high grade politician would work.

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