Fri. Mar. 11, 2022 – Plenty to do, and getting ready for more work…

By on March 11th, 2022 in personal, WuFlu

Cool again, but clear.  Yesterday was pretty nice by the time I got going.  Clear sky, warmish…  put me in mind of washing the vehicles.  Won’t do that, the paint needs its protective layer.

Did auction stuff, then did a pickup.  Swung by my storage unit and headed home.  STILL haven’t gotten to Costco.

Today I will swing past Costco.  I need gas in the Ranger, they have the Breathe Right strips on sale this week, and I want more rice and flour.  If they have any.  Plus, I need TP and paper towel for the BOL.

I need to also swing by my secondary and then drop something off out at my client’s place.  One trip to Conroe in there somewhere too for some auction stuff for the BOL.

I’ll be busy all day.

Some of it will contribute to my preparedness level.  Some will just contribute to domestic bliss.  And some will be a distraction.

Don’t let the news get too distracting for you.  Eyes on the prize!  Stack something…

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64 Comments and discussion on "Fri. Mar. 11, 2022 – Plenty to do, and getting ready for more work…"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    58F and 85%RH this am.   We might get a nice day.

    n

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    Suddenly everyone's a prepping expert.

    Contributor posts published on Zero Hedge do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Zero Hedge, and are not selected, edited or screened by Zero Hedge editors.

     Looks like they're not 'screened' or 'edited' by ANYONE.

    If you have a few minutes and want to see what a badly written article looks like —

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2022-03-11/quick-prepper-guide-survive-and-thrive-during-great-reset

    I'm not a 'professional' writer, no one actually pays me for this, and I've got my own stylistic quirks – I like first person, I use a lot of commas.  And I start sentences with 'but' or 'and', and sometimes they are fragments…  I misuse the ellipsis… but holy cow.

    We aren't working with a huge intelligence pool to begin with, so once the war drums started beating and the propaganda flowing, it reduced the average IQ of America to a number so close to zero it's indistinguishable from zero except by using complex differential equations to exacerbate levels of tolerance.  If you haven't figured out how the world works by now, you never will, so there's no point in writing about what's going on in Ukraine it's so obvious to any objective observers with a room temperature IQ. 

    Water is hard to store so invest in some filters not a Brita like the Alexa Pure that will filter out any kind of toxins.  Everyone knows how to fish and there is not a place in America that does not have fishing of some kind.  There will be food around, just that there will be times when there is none or few choices.

    Getting a generator is a waste of effort and will only irk the neighbors who haven't had a hot shower.  If you have some land, small windmills are best for power generation and yacht / boat batteries for storage.  If you do not have get a 100% EV car not to help the planet but in case the Gasoline infrastructure is completely destroyed you can always power your EV with your windmill.

    Life will go on without Facebook believe me.  Those with skills will be those in need – not those who have hoarded the most Gold coins, which brings up an interesting point about Prepping in general – it's a frame of mind, not a contest who can store the most goods.  Learning skills and having knowledge on hand like books, field manuals, maps, survival guide, hiking trail maps, etc. can be useful if there is no doctor in your village.

    —it's not that the advice is necessarily bad,  it is poorly presented, without a lot of consideration or thought, and jumps all over the place.  The article, however, is badly written.  Kinda ironic when the author calls people stupid, then uses the wrong words and poor grammar throughout the article…

    n

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  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hah, not me–

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/03/one-of-best-equipped-and-most.html

    But pretty well situated.  I'm in the comments, and it might shape up into an interesting discussion.

    n

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    There is something very wrong with the Kamel.  She laughs at completely inappropriate times.  Stress reliever?  Verbal tic?  Whatever, it's weird and offputting.

    Kamala stresses the need to stick with 'friends' alongside Romanian president, says Putin IS committing war crimes and record inflation is the 'price to pay for democracy' – after she was roasted for laughing off questions about refugee crisis

    n

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  5. Greg Norton says:

    There is something very wrong with the Kamel.  She laughs at completely inappropriate times.  Stress reliever?  Verbal tic?  Whatever, it's weird and offputting.

    Elitist female conversation tactic when lying and they're in over their heads. I've seen it many times in my career.

    She's casting around for deference driven by politeness from the men in the room and "girls stick together" support from the females.

  6. SteveF says:

    RickH, IIRC some years ago you were working on a "died or gone missing" notification web site. Do I recall that right? Is it working? If yes, please drop the URL.

    Just found out that yet another regular commenter on another blog died a couple months ago. Found out only because I had his email address and his daughter replied to my "you still around?" mail.

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  7. RickH says:

    @SteveF

    RickH, IIRC some years ago you were working on a "died or gone missing" notification web site. Do I recall that right? Is it working? If yes, please drop the URL.

    Yep, that was me. It's called "Not Here Anymore" – https://www.NotHereAnymore.com . The theory is that you sign up, enter instructions and an email recipient for those 'final' instructions. Then, once every 30 days, the site sends an automatic "Are You OK?" message. If you get it, you click on a link. If not, two more attempts to get an 'Are You OK?" response.

    If no response after the third attempt, then you are considered "Not Here Anymore", and you instructions are sent to the recipients.

    So, it's not an immediate thing, there can be up to an about 35 day delay before the instructions are sent out.

    I haven't looked at the site lately – it's still active, but no users at the moment. Pretty sure the notification process works, but haven't tested it for a while. 

    I need to ensure all is working. But there is part of me that doesn't want to 'face the music' of a possible need of it for myself. So have procrastinated in testing and updating. It's on the list, though.

    You are welcome to try it out, though, and I'd be interested in your thoughts. Sign up, verify registration, create a few 'instructions' to yourself, and then wait 30 days to see the first "Are You OK?" message. Don't respond to them, and see the final instructions sent out after the third non-response to the "Are You OK?" message.

  8. MrAtoz says:

    Elitist female conversation tactic when lying and they're in over their heads. I've seen it many times in my career.

    The Kamel is the worst. A perfect VP for plugs.

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  9. MrAtoz says:

    —it's not that the advice is necessarily bad,  it is poorly presented, without a lot of consideration or thought, and jumps all over the place.  The article, however, is badly written.  Kinda ironic when the author calls people stupid, then uses the wrong words and poor grammar throughout the article…

    I had to laugh at the “get a some land” and “put up some small windmills.” Don’t bother with a generator because those *yacht* batteries will charge your new electric vehicle. Why not get the ‘57 Chevy p/u with enough spare parts for 100 years? LOL. Driving around in a new EV is like putting a target on your back while others are riding bicycles and donkey carts thanks to plugs killing gasoline.

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  10. Greg Norton says:

    I had to laugh at the “get a some land” and “put up some small windmills.” Don’t bother with a generator because those *yacht* batteries will charge your new electric vehicle. Why not get the ‘57 Chevy p/u with enough spare parts for 100 years? LOL. Driving around in a new EV is like putting a target on your back while others are riding bicycles and donkey carts thanks to plugs killing gasoline.

    The Ford Jesus truck requires 19.2 kW for eight hours to charge the base model for 150 miles of range using *brand new* batteries in ideal — read non-Winter — conditions.

    That is a 10 m diameter windmill with a 30 m tower Googling around quickly. It won’t be cheap.

    Figure a six figure project just to power the truck. My Colonel Bat Guano neighbors in Florida spent $50k putting enough electrical capacity and a charging station into their house for a custom mod plug-in Prius about 15 years ago, and they didn’t have to pour concrete for a properly-speced pad with all of the engineering and permits.

  11. Greg Norton says:

    Five months in county jail for attempting to foment a race war?

    Jesse Smollett got off easy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEt8aDyYGm8

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  12. lynn says:

    Hah, not me–

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/03/one-of-best-equipped-and-most.html

    But pretty well situated.  I'm in the comments, and it might shape up into an interesting discussion.

    n

    Wow, that is a professional prepper.  I am surprised that he does not have an underground bunker.  Or maybe he does and is not willing to discuss it.

  13. MrAtoz says:

    I guess plugs thinks Warren Buffet et al won’t control solar and fart power:

    Joe Biden changes his story again, now says ‘the bankers on Wall Street’ are preventing domestic energy production [video]

    Yeah, the bankers.

  14. lynn says:

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/03/one-of-best-equipped-and-most.html

    "plus 250 cases of freeze dried food, about evenly spit between Mountain House and Augason farms"

    There are six #10 cans in an Augason case …  That is a lot of freeze dried food.

    And don't let the price of freeze dried food stop you from buying more right now.  It could look very cheap in a year.

  15. RickH says:

    Yeah, the bankers.

    I did see an article in the past few days that Biden administration has issued just as many oil leases in his administration at this time as Trump did in his administration. (Although I think it also mentioned that Trump administration issued a  lot more in his last year.)

    The article also mentioned that many leases were not in production. I recall that the article mentioned the difficulty of getting banks to loan money for the oil lease to get into production.

    Can't find the link to the article, but is was from a major news site.

  16. lynn says:

    The Queen of Word Salad:

    Here’s Kamala Harris explaining how long we should expect to endure high inflation and gas prices

    I can tell you how long without having to read the article.  Every freaking year that the USA runs a two trillion dollar deficit will have high inflation. 

    Just wait until the four and five trillion dollar deficits become common.

  17. lynn says:

    Yeah, the bankers.

    I did see an article in the past few days that Biden administration has issued just as many oil leases in his administration at this time as Trump did in his administration. (Although I think it also mentioned that Trump administration issued a  lot more in his last year.)

    The article also mentioned that many leases were not in production. I recall that the article mentioned the difficulty of getting banks to loan money for the oil lease to get into production.

    Can't find the link to the article, but is was from a major news site.

    The FDIC is auditing every bank that has more than 25% oil and natural gas loans in their portfolio every three months.  That has the bankers scared.  That FDIC rule was handed down by Biden after Chesapeake walked on $7+ billion in loans.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chesapeake-energy-bankruptcy/chesapeake-energy-emerges-from-bankruptcy-and-shifts-back-to-natural-gas-idUSKBN2A92Z7

  18. ITGuy1998 says:

    Can't find the link to the article, but is was from a major news site

    Major news site – then it must be true!

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  19. ITGuy1998 says:

    Wow, that is a professional prepper.  I am surprised that he does not have an underground bunker.  Or maybe he does and is not willing to discuss it.

    It read to me more like a survival fiction writer. 

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  20. ITGuy1998 says:

    And don't let the price of freeze dried food stop you from buying more right now.  It could look very cheap in a year.

    I'm buying 4-6 #10 cans per month. Ordered 6 from Amazon last month and 2 still haven't arrived. I look at it as fairly cheap insurance over the long term. Stores well and for a long time. My goal is to have that supplement what's in the pantry and make it go further for 3 – 6 months. 

  21. lynn says:

    Arlo And Janis: Cleaning Out The Shed

        https://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/2022/03/11

    Oh yeah, that will be on Google Street View for a while.

  22. lynn says:

    "$1,806,838,000,000: Federal Tax Collections Set Record Through February"

        https://www.cnsnews.com/article/washington/terence-p-jeffrey/1806838000000-federal-tax-collections-set-record-through

    "(CNSNews.com) – The federal government collected a record $1,806,838,000,000 in total taxes through the first five months of fiscal 2022 (October through February), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today."

    "While it was collecting its record $1,806,838,000,000 in total taxes in the first five months of fiscal 2022, the federal government was spending $2,282,422,000,000. That resulted in a deficit of $475,584,000,000."

    It does not matter how much they take in, the feddies will still run a deficit.

    Hat tip to:

       https://www.drudgereport.com/

  23. lynn says:

    "Ford Tries To Keep Up With EV Demand" by Laura Reynolds

        https://www.carprousa.com/auto-news/ford-tries-to-keep-up-with-ev-demand

    "Ford E-Transit Brand Manager Drew Walker says the E-Transit is being shipped to business customers now. He says in fact, customer demand for all Ford EVs is up across the board. Walker: "We're looking at ways to increase production off the board. So you know Mustang Mach-E we're pushing to do 200,000 per year, F-150 Lightning 150,000 per year, by the end of next year we'll have that capacity. So as far as E-transit does you know we have 10,000 orders right now which is great and we're looking at ways to increase the output. The vehicle is built right alongside the gas version at our manufacturing plant in Kansas City, Missouri, so there's a ton of upside potential and we're, we can't get enough capacity fast enough so it's really exciting."

  24. paul says:

    I'm doing a lazy "pot roast" for supper.  I cut the fat rind off off of a New York Strip.  Browned the meat.  Removed from pan to the upside down lid.  Because why dirty a plate?

    Hacked a baking potato into more or less bite size chunks.  Tossed in about handful of baby carrots.  Some dried onion.  A spoon of jarred garlic.  Plenty of salt and pepper.  About a cup of beef broth from bouillon.

    It's on Low on the back burner.  Smells good.

    Got to thinking and pulled the fat rind out of the freezer and added it to the pan.  Dogs like that kind of stuff.

  25. MrAtoz says:

    I bought a media cart on the 'Zon a couple days back. Arrived today and two holes on one of the metal sides wouldn't take the bolts. Tap and die to the rescue. MrsAtoz laughed at me last year when I ordered a T/D kit. Better than returning the whole thing or waiting for a replacement side.

  26. Greg Norton says:

    "Ford Tries To Keep Up With EV Demand" by Laura Reynolds

        https://www.carprousa.com/auto-news/ford-tries-to-keep-up-with-ev-demand'

    "Ford E-Transit Brand Manager Drew Walker says the E-Transit is being shipped to business customers now. He says in fact, customer demand for all Ford EVs is up across the board. Walker: "We're looking at ways to increase production off the board. So you know Mustang Mach-E we're pushing to do 200,000 per year, F-150 Lightning 150,000 per year, by the end of next year we'll have that capacity. So as far as E-transit does you know we have 10,000 orders right now which is great and we're looking at ways to increase the output. The vehicle is built right alongside the gas version at our manufacturing plant in Kansas City, Missouri, so there's a ton of upside potential and we're, we can't get enough capacity fast enough so it's really exciting."

    Ford sold 27,000 Mach-E Mustangs in the US in 2021. So far, in 2022, US sales are ~ 5000 units with 3500 on dealer lots and 4755 produced in February, down from the 2021 average production rate.

    The company claims 81,000 have been made cumulatively since production started en Mexico last year, but a whole lot of vehicles are missing if that is true. Maybe they went to Europe.

    Maybe.

    I'd take Carpro with a grain of salt with regard to Ford right now.

    On a related note, when we picked up my wife's Exploder at the dealer last week, I saw the Motor Trend cover with the Maverick as Truck of the Year in the waiting area of the service department. I haven't checked, but it looked like the Jeep 4xe hybrid either won or was a finalist for SUV of the year.

    With that cr*ptastic Fiat 4 cylinder engine? Really?

    If anyone knows, it would be Motor Trend.

    Motor Trend must be seeing something under the table for that one.

  27. MrAtoz says:

    The Queen of Misinformation Spin:

    Turns out Jen Psaki’s ‘briefing’ for TikTok influencers wasn’t confined to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    This is the President of The United State Comms Director. Fire her. Just like plugs said he would.

  28. Greg Norton says:

    This is the President of The United State Comms Director. Fire her. Just like plugs said he would.

    Yeah, Psaki. Trump, tho.

  29. paul says:

    I'm prodding my ISP a bit.  We'll see how it goes.

    The ISP has a chat thing.  Sort of like Slack, maybe.  Anyway, most of it is Read Only.  Which is fine.  One room is called The Water Cooler.

    So I asked if there was any kind of ETA for trouble ticket 13330… it's been two weeks since you told me "next week".

    I'm not holding my breath but "gonna be there Monday after lunch" was the reply.

    Yeah, I did pay a year in advance because the deal got too sweet.  Pay for 12 months and get 4 months free.  I had the money, I'm going to pay anyway… part of the deal was a month at double plan.  In my case double plan means 60 down and 20 up.  It didn't seem any faster so I used their official speed test site.  And yeah, 15 to 27 down and point 4 to 6 up is not Plan.

    As for Rick's great idea (not being sarcastic) of dropping the mast and replacing the Ethernet cable myself, no.  It's a 40 foot mast.  My skinny ass up on a metal roof pushing up a 40 foot mast ten feet at a time isn't happening simply for needing an extra hand…. two to hold and push and another to shove the pins in. 

    Never mind I don't have the password to the radio so I can aim the thing.

    But yeah.  "Monday after lunch".  We will believe when it happens.

    That's a Royal We.  Just saying.

    I want to support the local Bubba Business as opposed to getting a mobile hotspot or Starlink.  A hot spot and it breaks?  Like Verizon is gonna even give a cow pie?

    Monday.  Sure.

  30. lynn says:

    "No indictment for Deshaun Watson over sex assault claims"

        https://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Grand-jury-looks-at-Deshaun-Watson-sex-assault-16995710.php

    "A grand jury on Friday declined to indict Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson following a police investigation sparked by lawsuits filed by 22 women who have accused him of harassment and sexual assault."

    Deshaun Watson's worth just went up $20 million to the Houston Texans.

  31. EdH says:

    I was thinking about replacing my ancient (1998) water heater before it dies, as someone here suggested. Spent the morning researching.

    So far I haven’t been able to find a SCAQMD legal ultra-low-NOx unit that runs on LP gas and has a reasonable UEF number (0.7 or above). Supply chain shortages aren’t helping.

    I could go electric, I don’t use much water and those suckers are efficient, but permitting and running and installing a separate 240v circuit would probably eat up 3-4 years worth of savings.

    I’ll probably just end up with the cheapest Rheem or Smith I can find.

    It’s all an unnecessary PITA.

  32. RickH says:

    My house also built in 1999, and still on the original electric water heater. Have had to replace the thermostats (both) about 4 years ago. Is working just fine.

    It's in the garage, on an elevated platform, so any massive failure will just run out under the garage door. Nothing on the garage floor that would be damaged.

    No grit buildup in the tank; a flush didn't show any settled dirt. The filters on the house inside faucets don't plug up. And there is no grit in the bottom of the toilet tank (a great place to see if your water supply has a grit problem).

    The water here is slightly hard, and sourced from neighborhood wells. The local water district keeps it clean an sanitary. Pipes are under the house, but all insulated, and in an insulated crawl space.

    The only water issue I have is during the winter, when the water from the underground pipes get really cold – like during hand washing. In summer, it is still cold, but not uncomfortable. Part of the benefit of living in the Olympic Peninsula (WA). 

    I had to replace the furnace in 2019 (electric, forced air, heat pump) when the fan motor failed. It was old enough (20 years) to not be worth repairing. Put in a full forced air system with a high-efficiency heat pump.

  33. lynn says:

    My house also built in 1999, and still on the original electric water heater. Have had to replace the thermostats (both) about 4 years ago. Is working just fine.

    It's in the garage, on an elevated platform, so any massive failure will just run out under the garage door. Nothing on the garage floor that would be damaged.

    No grit buildup in the tank; a flush didn't show any settled dirt. The filters on the house inside faucets don't plug up. And there is no grit in the bottom of the toilet tank (a great place to see if your water supply has a grit problem).

    The water here is slightly hard, and sourced from neighborhood wells. The local water district keeps it clean an sanitary. Pipes are under the house, but all insulated, and in an insulated crawl space.

    The only water issue I have is during the winter, when the water from the underground pipes get really cold – like during hand washing. In summer, it is still cold, but not uncomfortable. Part of the benefit of living in the Olympic Peninsula (WA). 

    I had to replace the furnace in 2019 (electric, forced air, heat pump) when the fan motor failed. It was old enough (20 years) to not be worth repairing. Put in a full forced air system with a high-efficiency heat pump.

    I thought that a 2004 electric 50 gallon water heater in the office should be good for 20+ years.  It was not and split the tank in half one weekend in 2020.  It was upstairs in the office building of course and dumped quite a bit of water all over the place.  I will replace all water heaters before 15 years now.

  34. Greg Norton says:

    I thought that a 2004 electric 50 gallon water heater in the office should be good for 20+ years.  It was not and split the tank in half one weekend in 2020.  It was upstairs in the office building of course and dumped quite a bit of water all over the place.  I will replace all water heaters at 15 years now.

    Our plumber claimed six years was now standard for rew tank water heaters, gas or electric, but he was trying to "have the conversation" with me to go with the $6000 Rinnai install, which he claimed would last about 15 years.

    For $6000, I figured I could have three replacements done for 18 years of service worst case.

    The plumber is pricey, but I never have them out twice to do something, and he found a hairline leak in our master toilet on his first call to our house which had stumped two other plumbers since the water pooled 10 feet away under the carpet in our master closet..

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  35. lynn says:

    Our plumber claimed six years was now standard for rew tank water heaters, gas or electric, but he was trying to "have the conversation" with me to go with the $6000 Rinnai install, which he claimed would last about 15 years.

    For $6000, I figured I could have three replacements done for 18 years of service worst case.

    I think I should probably replace at every ten years for water heaters in elevated places over occupied places.

  36. MrAtoz says:

    Oof:

    West Point cadets are identified as the six Florida Spring Breakers who overdosed on fentanyl-laced cocaine: Two who hadn't taken drugs poisoned when they gave their friends mouth-to-mouth

    I blame Putin. plugs, tho. Cashier them all, please, West Point. Exemplary leaders one and all. The Obola military. They one upped the "Choom Gang" CINC.

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  37. lynn says:

    "18 GOP Senators Voted for Gun Control"

        https://www.gunowners.org/na03112022/

    "On Wednesday at 1:30 AM, the House of Representatives dropped a 2,700+ page, $1.5+ trillion spending bill containing the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act (VAWA) and the NICS Denial Notification Act—both of which included gun control."

    My wannabe RINO Senator Cornyn from Texas voted for this piece of trash.

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  38. Greg Norton says:

    I blame Putin. plugs, tho. Cashier them all, please, West Point. Exemplary leaders one and all. The Obola military. They one upped the "Choom Gang" CINC.

    That's not a traditional "Spring Break" area in Fort Lauderdale. Still, the friends ODed because they bought what they thought were "harmless" street drugs.

  39. Greg Norton says:

    My wannabe RINO Senator Cornyn from Texas voted for this piece of trash.

    I'm surprised Little Marco isn't on that list. I believe he is in trouble, however.

    Cornyn had the advantage of riding Trump's coattails and the Dems running MJ "Doors" Hegar for the office after she had just lost the race for Congress in the midterms the cycle before.

    Royce West would have presented a bigger problem for Cornyn, but "Doors" had the support of Robert Francis' CA money and her employer, which I'll leave it to the reader to research.

    My guess is that “Doors” will go after Cruz in 2024, especially if the Dems have a Jesus candidate for President.

    Third time is a charm.

    Cornyn is better than having this in office right now and having to think about how to get rid of her in 2026.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIYHz6fPAgo

  40. lpdbw says:

    Cornyn is better than having this in office right now and having to think about how to get rid of her in 2026.

    And dysentery is better than cancer.  Cornyn sucks, no matter how you slice it.

    H-e-double hockysticks, Cruz isn't conservative enough for me.

    (I have trouble adjusting to family friendly posting.)

  41. lynn says:

    Well that was an invigorating 1.2 mile walk outside at 6pm.  45 F with a 30 mph headwind going out and a 30 mph tailwind coming back.  Plus ice pellets transitioning to large water droplets.

  42. lynn says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10603221/Six-Spring-Breakers-sickened-overdosing-fentanyl-laced-cocaine-Florida.html

    I blame Putin. plugs, tho. Cashier them all, please, West Point. Exemplary leaders one and all. The Obola military. They one upped the "Choom Gang" CINC.

    That's not a traditional "Spring Break" area in Fort Lauderdale. Still, the friends ODed because they bought what they thought were "harmless" street drugs.

    There are no harmless street drugs.  I don't know what one has to do to get this across to these idiot kids.  They are lucky to be alive.

    Football players too. Nope, not gonna say it.

  43. Greg Norton says:

    And dysentery is better than cancer.  Cornyn sucks, no matter how you slice it.

    Getting rid of MJ Hegar once ensconced would have been nigh on impossible.

    Could be worse. In Florida, the price to get rid of Bill Nelson as the Senior US Senator from the state was putting Rick Scott into the seat.

    Google for some of his career … highlights.

  44. ITGuy1998 says:

    It was 68 degrees this afternoon in north Alabama. I did a 4 mile run today. It is supposed to snow tonight starting at 2200. No running tomorrow.

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  45. Greg Norton says:

    That's not a traditional "Spring Break" area in Fort Lauderdale. Still, the friends ODed because they bought what they thought were "harmless" street drugs.

    There are no harmless street drugs.  I don't know what one has to do to get this across to these idiot kids.  They are lucky to be alive.

    Wha? Oh, please. Oregon legalized possession of small quantites of crack, meth, and heroin. Perfectly safe.

    When I made a quick Sam's trip earlier, the reporter from the Daily Mail who broke the original story in Fort Lauderdale was on the San Antonio talk station's evening drive time show.

    Sam's run report: Spaghetti Os completely gone for the first time I've ever encountered at that store. Neither of my ATM cards worked, but the Costco (!) Visa ran fine.

    Driving home, I stopped at my direct deposit credit union, and neither one of the ATM cards worked there, including the card for their machines.

  46. SteveF says:

    Hacked a baking potato into more or less bite size chunks.

    !!!??? Sacrilege! That's what roasting potatoes are for!

    Two who hadn't taken drugs poisoned when they gave their friends mouth-to-mouth

    Huh. Didn't know that was a thing, but it makes sense now that I've heard of it. I'll have to remember not to try to rescue the next person I see not breathing.

    I've done CPR some times in the past, once with another guy doing the chest compressions while I did the breathing. What I don't recall hearing mentioned in the Red Cross classes is how exhausting it is. I was in my 20s and in excellent cardiovascular condition and still I couldn't walk by the time the paramedics or whatever showed up. I don't know how long I was doing CPR; certainly more than a minute, but I have not a clue beyond that. It was just a cycle of breathe … wait … breathe or breathe … move … bunch of presses … move … breathe and everything else was tuned out.

  47. lynn says:

    That's not a traditional "Spring Break" area in Fort Lauderdale. Still, the friends ODed because they bought what they thought were "harmless" street drugs.

    There are no harmless street drugs.  I don't know what one has to do to get this across to these idiot kids.  They are lucky to be alive.

    Wha? Oh, please. Oregon legalized possession of small quantites of crack, meth, and heroin. Perfectly safe.

    Yeah, the first thing that the street dealer does is cut his pound of heroin into two pounds.  If you are lucky, he used baby powder.  If you are unlucky, he used fentanyl.

  48. Greg Norton says:

    Yeah, the first thing that the street dealer does is cut his pound of heroin into two pounds.  If you are lucky, he used baby powder.  If you are unlucky, he used fentanyl.

    Fentanyl is about increasing the addictive qualities of the product rather than increasing the apparent volume.

    Austin has seen a series of overdose deaths recently just as the SXSW bacchanalia starts to heat up.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/austin-police-warn-against-buying-illegal-drugs-after-deadly-overdoses-before-sxsw/ar-AAUQOFI

    Shoulda stuck to those shots of Pappy Reserve.

  49. Nick Flandrey says:

    My goal is to have that supplement what's in the pantry and make it go further for 3 – 6 months. 

    an excellent plan.

    My wife found a valve on the new hot water heater that was not quite open completely.   It must have been a 1/4 turn valve, because opening it restored the full flow we were used to from the old heater.   It's still a much reduced flow, we have 50+ year old galvanized steel pipes and crusty water…  Pex repipe is on the project list.

    Got home from my errands and site visit.  Did what I'm going to do this round of upgrades.  Time to invoice.

    Tomorrow and next week will be interesting.   More in the post, but I'll be at the lake house with no internet for a week.  Probably no internet.   No cell phones either, unless I get the booster working.

    Gonna be interesting.

    Currently 41F with serious gusting.   I believe I saw a snowflake at my clients place.  It's a little bit north and out in the country, so it is always colder there.  They are forecast to get down to 31F tonight.

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  50. lynn says:

    Tomorrow and next week will be interesting.   More in the post, but I'll be at the lake house with no internet for a week.  Probably no internet.   No cell phones either, unless I get the booster working.

    Hopefully you are going to have electric and water.

    We are forecasted to get down to 31 F tonight, 20 miles south of you !

  51. lynn says:

    "A.F. Branco Cartoon – On Bended Knees"

        https://comicallyincorrect.com/a-f-branco-cartoon-on-bended-knees/

    "Biden is begging for oil from dictators after shutting down America’s main energy sources. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2022."

    Wow, is that ever true.

  52. lpdbw says:

    What I don't recall hearing mentioned in the Red Cross classes is how exhausting it is.

    The firefighter/paramedic who taught my last CPR class mentioned that.  And the fact that to be protected by the good Samaritan law, you can't stop once you start CPR.  The rule was:  when the medics got to the scene, they better have one victim and someone performing CPR, or two victims due to exhaustion.

    Which convinced me not to do CPR on strangers, ever.  Close family members, yes.  (The other reason was that he pointed out that when you do mouth-to-mouth, the victim ALWAYS pukes.  And you have to continue.)

    The numbers show that CPR done by civilians does not generally work out well.  Just enough success stories to keep it going.  About 10% of cardiac arrests survive to be discharged from the hospital.  The American Heart Association claims CPR can double or triple the survival rate.  Of course, they also told us that saturated fat, salt, eggs, and bacon would kill us and we should load up on carbs instead.

    I think the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are the game-changer here.  No extensive training is required and the instructions are in a comic book attached to the device.  Industry claims about 30% to 50% of cardiac arrests would survive.   I have my doubts, but I'm sure it's good tech, and really, CPR is just manually maintaining until the paramedics can deliver drugs and shocks, and the AED gives the shocks if needed.

    There's probably some sweet spot between AED and added CPR, but that's too much of a rabbit hole for me to follow.

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  53. Alan says:

    >> There is something very wrong with the Kamel. She laughs at completely inappropriate times. Stress reliever? Verbal tic? Whatever, it's weird and offputting.

    So if HC is "Cankles" how about "Cackles" for KH? 

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  54. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2022/03/11/texas-rangers-execute-search-warrant-at-office-of-harris-county-judge-lina-hidalgo/

    — I hope they find what they need to nail the little tyrant to the Fing wall.   She's the one who seized the masks from one of my auctioneers early in the wuflu panic.  Never paid for them either.   She was a stompy foot lockdown tyrant too.

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  55. Jenny says:

    My rabbit doe kindled today. 

    Ten kits. One dead. One tiny and likely to die.

    The doe used the new nest box which is set below the level of the cage floor. If she drags a kit out again, it will have a chance to fumble it’s way back to the nest. Luck and gravity. 

    I have a nest box warmer in the bottom of the nest box. It’s in the low 30’s f. The nest box and kits were appropriately warm. Doe pulled a reasonable amount of fur, not as much as I’d like but sufficient. As the fur packs down I’ll supplement with a cotton wool product designed just for that purpose. 

    Her other litter (born January 20, 2022) is strong and growing well. I split them between two cages earlier this week. They also have a nest box warmer to help them out. The nest box warmers cost me about ten cents a day. That’s cheap insurance against the cold.

    Tomorrow I’m doing a little web page work in WordPress for a local riding instructor. Trade for lessons for daughter. I think it’s going to be painful. Hopefully it will be worth the effort.

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  56. ~jim says:

    I'm still here, but it's getting rather tedious because a few people are what Miss Manners would call conversation hogs.

    It's like a kindergarten with the added bonus of geriatric testosterone ooze: "My mortgage was bigger than yours!" "But my gub is bigger!"

    Then there's the playground names. Neener, neener, neener. I still don't know who the fuck some of you guys are talking about! 'ProgLibTurds'? Show some manners, ferchrissake. 

    This place is not a salon, it's turned into a barbershop quartet of Grumpy Old Men. You might as well be discussing your varicose veins like the bubbas down at the beauty parlor.

    Ain't it Awful! 

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  57. EdH says:

    It's in the garage, on an elevated platform, so any massive failure will just run out under the garage door. Nothing on the garage floor that would be damaged.

    Sadly, mine is in the house proper.  There is some sort of sump and drain line to the outside, but I haven’t tested it. 

    As lynn said, the new tanks seem to be designed for a warrantied lifetime about 6 years. 

    If anyone has a NOS, Reliant Model 640PORT, drop me a line, maybe we can strike a deal.

  58. ~jim says:

    And lest I be the one complaining, here's a thought for ya’ll: We hear a lot about China's and Russia's hypersonic missiles. Yet you never hear about ours. How much are you willing to bet we don't have something up our sleeve?

    Putin would be wise to remember a lesson from Reagan: don't play poker with Americans. We're really good at that game and you're gonna get screwed one way or another.

  59. Greg Norton says:

    https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2022/03/11/texas-rangers-execute-search-warrant-at-office-of-harris-county-judge-lina-hidalgo/

    — I hope they find what they need to nail the little tyrant to the Fing wall.   She's the one who seized the masks from one of my auctioneers early in the wuflu panic.  Never paid for them either.   She was a stompy foot lockdown tyrant too.

    Our local "Judge" the Right Reverend RINO Gravell was exposed as a hypocrite early in the pandemic, ordering the local Hobby Lobby to open during lockdown so he and his family could procure "mask making supplies".

    Just be aware that when I checked the other day, the Texas Supreme Court still hadn't ruled about mask mandate power being in the hands of the Judges. Austin PD had been practicing enforcement intimidation at the local Sam's until it got obvious.

  60. Greg Norton says:

    And lest I be the one complaining, here's a thought for ya’ll: We hear a lot about China's and Russia's hypersonic missiles. Yet you never hear about ours. How much are you willing to bet we don't have something up our sleeve?

    Launch on demand for the Boeing mini shuttle, whatever that carries in its payload bay.

    As far back as Summer 2016, the Boeing facility at Kennedy next to the VAB has been off limits, with a yellow perimeter painted around the building and armored personnel carriers parked out front.

  61. lynn says:

    "The Adam Project", started on Netflix today with Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, and Jennifer Garner, is a pretty good time travel flick.  4 out of 5 stars.  Recommended.

  62. Geoff Powell says:

    @EdH:

    Sadly, mine is in the house proper.  There is some sort of sump and drain line to the outside, but I haven’t tested it.

    This is UK practice, as well, although we don't normally equip even a drip tray. This bit my wife's cousin, Liz, earlier this week. She noticed water dripping through the ceiling of one bedroom. So I called a plumber, on her behalf. And he discovered that the existing cold tank, that nearly all the water flow within the house, except one mains-connected faucet in the kitchen, goes through had corroded through. Touching the leak point provoked a torrent, so we had to rush to put buckets to catch the worst of it, until we could turn off the main water inlet, and drain the tank (probably a metre on a side, I haven't seen it) with a big wet-and-dry vacuum cleaner.

    The old tank is probably 40 years old, if it's a day (it hasn't been replaced in living memory) but it only just failed. So good life there for an iron tank. The replacement (to be installed Monday) will be fibreglass, I'm told, and will be a 2-man job to lift up through the loft hatch.

    All-in-all, it could have been a lot worse, like what happened at d2's flat, when her upstairs neighbour suffered a pipe break in the only bit of iron pipe in the flat, again due to corrosion. Unfortunately, this was right at the inlet, but just downstream of the shut-off valve, so there was mains water pressure behind that leak, until it could be turned off. Took about 2 weeks to dry off, with 2 dehumidifiers going 24/7, and eventual flooring replacement (thank $DEITY for insurance) to fix.

    G.

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