Sun. Aug. 7, 2022 – short but sweet

By on August 7th, 2022 in decline and fall, lakehouse

Hot and humid too.  Still.  Because summertime, and the livin’s easy.  Or not.

Spent the day working.  Hard work.   First in the hot garage, then in the cool bathroom.  Managed to get a bunch done though.

I’ll continue that bathroom work today.  Depending on how it goes, I might stay over until Monday.  We will have to play it by ear.

Or I may just hurt so bad, and be so crippled up, that there isn’t any point in me staying.   Hours of sitting hunched on the floor of the bathroom chiselling off old linoleum took a pretty good toll on my back even before I laid in bed for hours.   Those muscles that hurt are not “daily drivers” and I might be paying the price for pushing through with all the work.

 

The spirit is willing, and the flesh is willing but weak…

 

Stack up some greenbacks, and hire someone to do the hard stuff.   Sometimes, just ‘cuz you can, there might be good reasons not to.

n

73 Comments and discussion on "Sun. Aug. 7, 2022 – short but sweet"

  1. drwilliams says:

    Either litigate this crap out of existence or start the revolution

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/08/washington-ymca-bans-80-year-old-woman-for-life-after-she-complains-about-biological-male-in-womens-changing-room/

    ADDED:
    “If the Olympic Peninsula YMCA wants to have safe spaces for biological men to use or apparently just to hang out in changing rooms and showers with women and little girls, they are welcome to it. This is not a school or other venue at which women and girls are compelled to attend.”

    But is it a facility that is supported with tax dollars?

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  2. drwilliams says:

    maybe more people read this blog than you think:

    And maybe, most importantly of all, a few hundred could be dropped off at NPR’s headquarters, where I’m sure there’s room to board them if the employees would be willing to share their offices.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/08/npr_is_shocked_that_gop_governors_arent_making_it_easy_for_sanctuary_cities.html

    or just great minds thinking alike

    or coincidence

  3. drwilliams says:

    This is a pretty good article:

    August 2, 2022

    Republicans attack Matt Walsh for telling the truth about slavery

    By Andrea Widburg 

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/08/republicans_attack_matt_walsh_for_telling_the_truth_about_slavery.html

    even if it does have a glaring error in the first sentence:

    One of the most pernicious things that has happened recently in America is the 1619 Project, an error-riddled “history” of the United States that presents our nation as one predicated solely on the evils of African slavery, beginning when Europeans first set foot on North American soil.

    “Error” is not accurate. 

    Accurate would be:

     …the 1619 Project, 

    a factually incorrect “history” of the United States that is laden with intentional falsehoods with the intent of creating communist propaganda by presenting

    our nation as one predicated solely on the evils of African slavery, beginning when Europeans first set foot on North American soil.

    Otherwise pretty good.

  4. Greg Norton says:

    Either litigate this crap out of existence or start the revolution

    In Western WA State, certainly along the I-5 corridor in the state, you may not like how the revolution turns out.

  5. Lynn says:

    Local writer did a brief article on Alex Jones and first amendment. 
    https://mustreadalaska.com/in-defense-of-alex-jones/

    Wow, I wish that I could write like that.  

    And yes, I agree with her 100%.  I watched Alex Jones podcasts.  The man is a pig.  But I will defend his right to say idiotic things all day long to the death.

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  6. Lynn says:

    Yup, CW II could be just like CW I.

  7. ITGuy1998 says:

    I got a replacement capacitor and fan motor for the other hvac unit ordered this morning. The capacitor looks good, no swelling at all, but at $18 it is super cheap insurance. The fan was $150, but it’s 12 years old so let’s not tempt Murphy…

  8. Lynn says:

    It is 74 F this morning in the wilds of Fort Bend County.  Humid as all get out.  No rain of substance yesterday like we were promised. 

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  9. drwilliams says:

    @Greg Norton

    In Western WA State, certainly along the I-5 corridor in the state, you may not like how the revolution turns out.

    I’m sure they will welcome their new chicom masters with open arms.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    And yes, I agree with her 100%.  I watched Alex Jones podcasts.  The man is a pig.  But I will defend his right to say idiotic things all day long to the death.

    Jones made a mistake moving to Austin. He should have gone to Dallas or Florida, where a sympathetic Federal jury would have been easier to find when this kind of situation came up — it was bound to happen.

    Now the activist State Attorney in Austin is getting involved.

    The morning drive time team on the San Antonio Clear Channel station used to joke about needing a wall in Texas …. around Austin. I haven’t heard them say that in a while though.

  11. lpdbw says:

    The morning drive time team on the San Antonio Clear Channel station used to joke about needing a wall in Texas …. around Austin.

    I was in Austin once, visiting friends from all over the country, and on Saturday night we were hanging out on 6th street.  Some outrageous person/group/behavior happened and my friend who lived locally commented:  “You’ve gotta love Austin.  It’s only 15 minutes from Texas.”

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  12. drwilliams says:

    The morning drive time team on the San Antonio Clear Channel station used to joke about needing a wall in Texas …. around Austin.

    Their forebears were well-versed in tunneling their way out.

  13. drwilliams says:

    Amazon plans to add mobility to their remote listening devices:

    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/08/amazon-buys-roomba-maker-for-1-7-billion/

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  14. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    Stack up some greenbacks, and hire someone to do the hard stuff.   Sometimes, just ‘cuz you can, there might be good reasons not to.

    There’s a couple of essays in there.

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  15. Greg Norton says:

    Amazon plans to add mobility to their remote listening devices:

    IIRC, Roomba robots continually build a 3D map of their service area and upload that information. Amazon will essentially have a blueprint of your house with furniture locations.

    Say, that couch is getting kinda old …

  16. Kenneth C Mitchell says:

    Austin, I’ve heard, is the “Berkeley of Texas”. 

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  17. Greg Norton says:

    I was in Austin once, visiting friends from all over the country, and on Saturday night we were hanging out on 6th street.  Some outrageous person/group/behavior happened and my friend who lived locally commented:  “You’ve gotta love Austin.  It’s only 15 minutes from Texas.”

    The “culture” in Austin is about drinking heavily.

    The bacchanalia didn’t really stop during the pandemic, it just went underground.

  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    85F and rising, currently 75%RH and sunny.   A lot hotter in the sun.

    Gotta figure out a better way to remove the underneath part of the 50yo vinyl in the bathroom.   All the hard parts came off, but the softer under layer is well bonded to the concrete.  The product separated into layers rather than peeling up.   I’m going to try an angle grinder later this morning.

    Considering the contortions and length of time spent on the floor hunched over, I don’t hurt as badly as I thought I would.  I don’t feel like I had a spa day, but I can move around.

    And, I figured out why the store sells pex in rolls and in straight sticks.   Straight is much easier to feed down a wall in a retrofit.   It’s probably easier for everything but a long “home run” from the outlet to the inlet   I’ve got to get some for up here.  More fittings too.

    We got a brief rain shower yesterday, but it didn’t stick.  🙂

    n

    and someone making unsupported claims about felonious behavior better have something to back it up.

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  19. Nick Flandrey says:

    Austin is “Cali lite” with a country theme.

    n

  20. drwilliams says:

    The Biden Administration Has Found a Sneaky Way to Compile an Illegal Gun Registry

    By Chris Queen Aug 06, 2022 3:21 PM ET 

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/chris-queen/2022/08/06/the-biden-administration-has-found-a-sneaky-way-to-compile-an-illegal-gun-registry-n1618915

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  21. dkreck says:

    Austin is “Cali lite” with a country theme.

    Well sorta. It sure ain’t got the same politics as Bakersfield.

  22. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    Not sure how much area you have to remove adhesive from, but freezing it with dry ice makes it pop off or brittle enough that it chips off easily.

    There are tools to straighten pex. I haven’t been impressed by the videos I’ve seen where they make 3-4 passes, but I might change my mind if I did a larger job. Seems to me that a length of small diameter round exhaust duct with a couple of center guides and two Master heat guns feeding the discharge end would do the job, but that’s a lot of messing around unless you do it for a living.

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  23. Rick H says:

    I was reminded by FB that today is Dr. Jerry Pournelle’s birthday. 

    I miss his commentary. Often think “what would Jerry say about that?”.

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  24. Rick H says:

    The reported Halloween candy shortage due to demand is not as serious as once thought, according to the Hershey folks. They say there will be enough product to meet demand.

    I’m not so sure. I’m stacking chocolate candy, just in case. Will be storing it in the freezer, hidden from others in a plain brown wrapper.

     I think Nick would approve.

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  25. ~jim says:

    Re Alex Jones

    I have said it before and I will say it again:
    Offense cannot be given, only taken, and some people hunt for it like a pig after truffles.

    EDIT: Is that a simile or a metaphor? Lol, I’ve never been able to remember which is which.

  26. ~jim says:

    SIMILE:

     NaN is like the kid who throws a tantrum at another child’s birthday party because it’s not his birthday.

    METAPHOR:

     NaN is a boob.

  27. lynn says:

    maybe more people read this blog than you think:

    I sure would like for there to be one person less.

  28. paul says:

    When I was a kid, Mom would ask “What kind of birthday cake do you want?”

    I always went for a double layer Devil’s Food with chocolate icing. One of my sisters went with Strawberry or whatever that pink cake was suppose to be with white icing.  The other sister went with a white cake and chocolate icing.  My little brother never seemed to care, any cake made by Mom was a good cake.  So he got something different every year.

    One year he had a spice cake, sort of, with butterscotch icing.  Wicked good. 

    Dad’s cake was a big production.  I never found the recipe in Mom’s books.  It was a very dense dark chocolate.  She cooked it in the one quart Pyrex mixing bowl that was sitting in the two quart Pyrex mixing bowl.  Steamed or baked with extra high humidity?  Your call.  The frosting was white and set up like fudge but vanilla flavored.

    I asked for that cake one year and “Nope, that’s your Father’s cake”.  Didn’t hurt to ask.  I can smell that cake 50 years later.

    All cakes and frostings from scratch.  No mixes. 

    So you get your birthday party with some balloons and streamers hanging from the ceiling.  Everyone has cake and then the rest is /your/ cake.  Off limits to anyone else.*

    If anything, it taught you to not grab a chunk of cake the minute you came home from school. 

    Good times. 

    *except Dad. Who made the money, right?

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  29. drwilliams says:

    My grandfather used to finish breakfast with a piece of cake.

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  30. paul says:

    A piece of hot buttered cornbread with sugar sprinkled on top or some pancake syrup or honey is pretty awesome, too.

  31. drwilliams says:

    Why steal it when you can put people in position to give it to you?

    https://hotair.com/headlines/2022/08/07/the-u-s-made-a-breakthrough-battery-discovery-then-gave-the-tech-to-china-n487992

  32. lynn says:

    “AGAIN: ATLAN! (Perry Rhodan #46)” by K. H. Scheer, translated by Wendayne Ackerman
       https://www.amazon.com/AGAIN-ATLAN-Perry-Rhodan-46/dp/B000ULW3EA?tag=ttgnet-20/

    Book number forty-six of a series of one hundred and thirty-six space opera books in English. The original German books, actually pamphlets, number in the thousands. The English books started with two translated German stories per book translated by Wendayne Ackerman and transitioned to one story per book with the sixth book. And then they transition back to two stories in book #109/110. The Ace publisher dropped out at #118, so Forest and Wendayne Ackerman published books #119 to #136 in pamphlets before stopping in 1978. The German books were written from 1961 to present time, having sold two billion copies and even recently been rebooted again. I read the well printed and well bound book published by Ace in 1974 that I had to be very careful with due to age. I bought an almost complete box of Perry Rhodans a decade or two ago on ebay that I am finally getting to since I lost my original Perry Rhodans in The Great Flood of 1989. In fact, I now own book #1 to book #105, plus the Atlan books.
       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Rhodan

    BTW, this is actually book number 54 of the German pamphlets written in 1962. There is a very good explanation of the plot in German on this website of all of the PR books. There is automatic Google translation available for English, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, French, and Portuguese.
       https://www.perrypedia.de/wiki/Der_Zweikampf

    In this alternate universe, USSF Major Perry Rhodan and his three fellow astronauts blasted off in a three stage rocket to the Moon in 1971. The first stage of the rocket was chemical, the second and third stages were nuclear. After crashing on the Moon due to a strange radio interference, they discover a massive crashed alien spaceship with an aged male scientist (Khrest), a female commander (Thora), and a crew of 500. It has been over sixty-nine years since then and the New Power has flourished with tens of millions of people and many spaceships headquartered in the Gobi desert, the city of Terrania. Perry Rhodan has been elected by the people of Earth to be the World Administrator.

    Atlan has been a prisoner of Perry Rhodan’s forces for quite a while as they try to find out facts about his history. But, Atlan has fans and they are willing to help him escape. Atlan escapes and runs to Venus disguised as a farmer immigrant. In the Rhodanverse, Venus is hot and steamy in the temperate zones but livable if you survive the deadly animals and constant hurricanes. Perry Rhodan and his forces track him down and chase after him.

    Two observations:
    1. The publisher should have put two to four of the translated stories in each book. Having two stories in the first five books worked out well. Just having one story in the book is too short and would never allow the translated books to catch up to the German originals.
    2. Anyone liking Perry Rhodan and wanting a more up to date story should read the totally awesome “Mutineer’s Moon” Dahak series of three books by David Weber.
       https://www.amazon.com/Mutineers-Moon-Dahak-David-Weber/dp/0671720856?tag=ttgnet-20/

    My rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 5 out of 5 stars (1 reviews)

  33. ~jim says:

    >> One year he had a spice cake, sort of, with butterscotch icing.  Wicked good.  <<

    What the heck is butterscotch, anyway? See’s Candy (now owned by Berkshire Hathaway, thank you Greg) used to make some confection called butterscotch and it was like brown sugar and something. An elusive something.

    I once made a Christmas pudding according to Mrs Beeton. No plums involved, lol. It was delicious but a lot of effort. As I recall the candied orange peel was the hard part.

    I do cornbread in a cast iron skillet and I think Nick does too. Come to think of it, I think maple syrup has actually dropped in price. I bet those Mrs Butterworth bottles are going to be worth something in a few years.

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  34. Rick H says:

    What the heck is butterscotch, anyway?

    Well, see here :

    Butterscotch is a type of confectionery whose primary ingredients are brown sugar and butter, but other ingredients are part of some recipes, such as corn syrup, cream, vanilla, and salt. The earliest known recipes, in mid-19th century Yorkshire, used treacle (molasses) in place of, or in addition to, sugar.

    Butterscotch is similar to toffee, but for butterscotch, the sugar is boiled to the soft crack stage, not hard crack as with toffee.[

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  35. paul says:

    “What the heck is butterscotch, anyway?”

    I’m just a decent enough cook that I’ve never made anyone puke from or refuse to eat anything I’ve made.  Sure, “that wasn’t all that tasty” has happened a few times but that’s the way it goes.

    Anyway.  butterscotch.  Work the words… and you have butter scorch.

    A syrup made with sugar and lots of butter and cooked “just a little too brown”.  Oops!  Toss in some vanilla, a pinch of salt and a wisp of nutmeg or something and call it awesome.  Declare “I meant to do that!”

    Hey, Grandpa needed syrup for his cornbread.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 

    added: And Why? Why are you boiling sugar water and adding a few pounds of butter? Is it the hallucinogens from the rye bread kicking in?

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  36. drwilliams says:

    Butterscotch sauce is difficult to make correctly. The good stuff is transparent, although larger containers exhibit some Tyndall effect from the cream. 

  37. paul says:

    We do cornbread in a Corning Ware pan.  Gives a nice crust ala cast iron and can be washed in the dishwasher.  So, clean.  

    Unlike some greasy cast iron skillet that I’m to store where, exactly? 

  38. lynn says:

    Are there any good anti-inflammatories with stomach protection, over the counter or prescription ?

    The daughter’s infectious  disease doctor prescribed her one that she thought would fly past the insurance company but they refused.  The cost is $2,200 per prescription.

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  39. lynn says:

    “Senate Dems pass long-awaited climate, tax and health care bill”

       https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/07/democrats-senate-reconciliation-votearama-00050222

    “Senate Democrats passed their signature climate, tax and health care package Sunday afternoon, handing a long-sought victory to President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer even as the bill hit some last-minute snags.”

    “In a 51-50 vote, Senate Democrats approved their party-line package after an amendment process that spanned more than 15 hours. Democrats fought off most GOP efforts to change their fragile deal but did make a change just before the bill’s final passage that adjusted the corporate minimum tax provisions.”

    “The core of the legislation includes lowering some prescription drug prices, providing more than $300 billion into climate change and clean energy and imposing a 15 percent minimum tax on large corporations, plus a new 1 percent excise tax on stock buybacks. The bill also increases IRS enforcement and extends Obamacare subsidies through the 2024 election.”

    Mortgaging America’s future buying worthless crap and increasing taxes in a recession. But not increasing taxes on their friends. Favoritism is against the USA Constitution.

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

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  40. paul says:

    Butterscotch doesn’t taste like toffee.  Or treacle.  See Heath Bars.

    Maybe butterscotch came about as a way to purify molasses in the home kitchen?  Boil some molasses and water and add the butter to settle out the particulates.  Because it’s not like anyone in 1860 or so had anything like a Britta Filter for anything.

    But you want to get rid of the funk of molasses.  

  41. paul says:

    “Senate Democrats passed their signature climate, tax and health care package Sunday afternoon, handing a long-sought victory to President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer even as the bill hit some last-minute snags.”

    Their signature plan of bullshit once again like every pile of crap they pass.

    When do we use them as tree decorations or just shoot the vermin?   Declared political  party makes no difference.

    How about doing your job?  Like control the border because that’s in your oath of office RIGHT?  And …. either deport or allow shoot on sight the various illegal  shit bags. 

    Actually.  How much money do you bags of shit need?  I’m pretty sure that once you have a million bucks or so there is no way you can spend it before you die.

     So, term limits?  Forget that.  You have a million bucks in the bank?  Good bye.  I’m going to be generous and not include the value of your house. 

  42. lynn says:

    “Bernie admits Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act WON’T bring it down and will have only a ‘minimal impact’ as bill passes initial Senate hurdle after Kamala broke deadlock”

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11087361/Senate-parliamentarian-OKs-Dems-drug-price-controls.html

    “U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders slammed Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, saying it will do little to rein in rampant inflation”

    “The House, where Democrats have a slender majority, could give it final approval next Friday when lawmakers plan to return to Washington.”

    Of course, Bernie did not get his five trillion dollars of spending passed.

  43. lynn says:

     So, term limits?  Forget that.  You have a million bucks in the bank?  Good bye.  I’m going to be generous and not include the value of your house. 

    Houses.  Each one of them has many houses.  They need several million dollars per year just keep up the payments, taxes, electricity, staff, utilities, and maintenance.

    We need to have term limits for all the federal office holders.

  44. ~jim says:

    >> Are there any good anti-inflammatories with stomach protection, over the counter or prescription ? <<

    I think diclofenac comes with an enteric coating which dissolves in the intestine and not the stomach. It’s my favorite NSAID. Nick likes meloxicam, so your milage may vary.

    Worth a shot and it’s dead cheap.

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  45. Pecancorner says:

    Are there any good anti-inflammatories with stomach protection, over the counter or prescription ?

    The daughter’s infectious  disease doctor prescribed her one that she thought would fly past the insurance company but they refused.  The cost is $2,200 per prescription.

    Gosh, I hurt for your daughter each time you mention the trials she goes through.  Prayers for her.   

    I don’t know what kinds of things her doctor allows, but the following are what I do, in case this will be useful to her. 

    I know doctors all seem to hate naproxen sodium, but it is the best thing that WORKS for almost any pain I have. I take two and don’t have to take another that day.   I think it is better for my stomach for that reason: only two in a day.    I can even take it without food, but if I take it with a meal, it is fine too. 

    When I have to take something that bothers my stomach, I take a Famotidine (Pepcid AC)  “Maximum Strength” 20 mg  and it works.  

    During my chemo I couldn’t take any NSAIDS due to bleeding risk, so my oncologist told me to take Max Strength Tylenol WITH a Zyrtec (Cetirizine) (the Zyrtec was only once a day).   She told the that the antihistamine Zyrtec has some anti-inflammatory properties that would help relieve pain.   I was surprised, but it was quite successful in controlling most of the chemo induced pain.   

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  46. ~jim says:

    Funky Molasses sounds like a band’s name.

    Butterscorch it is, but like the doc  observed, it’s really hard to get butter brown without burning it.

    The cast iron goes in the drawer under the oven which no one ever uses. Stop being a neatnik and a fussbudget and just wipe the damn thing out with a paper towel.

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  47. Pecancorner says:

    I do cornbread in a cast iron skillet and I think Nick does too. Come to think of it, I think maple syrup has actually dropped in price. I bet those Mrs Butterworth bottles are going to be worth something in a few years.

    I wish I had prepped Mrs Butterworth when it still came in glass bottles!   I have started a little collection of packaging to display on top of the cabinets, and she’d be cute up there. I’ve some nice olive oil tins, a green glass prune juice “Water” bottle, a Cream of Wheat box, and a couple of Land O Lakes butter cartons with the girl on them.  

    I don’t like sweet cornbread (Yuck! Yankee stuff!), but I do like regular cornbread with syrup. Biscuits with syrup are even better.  Either cane syrup or molasses for cornbread.  I bought another bottle of Brer Rabbit molasses yesterday, found it in the clearance bin! 

    Syrup and complete pancake mix are other things I’ve prepped. It all has its own bucket.  Cane syrup, Karo syrup,  Molasses, and Maple Syrup.  Molasses is healthy, has lots of trace minerals – almost a multivitamin in its own right.  

  48. paul says:

    Ok, I’m in a bad mood today.  

    Thinking about my puppies getting old, yeah.  I know it’s going to happen but still.

    Anyway.  We’ve worked our butts off and we have a decent to us house in the middle of 27 acres.  Everything is paid off except the new truck. 

    For some random reason, the county has declared the house is worth an extra $100 grand over last year.  Why?  I don’t know.  What’s  going to be fun is when the insurance company decides that my house that’s been worth about $130 grand for the last ten years is suddenly worth a quarter million and they jack up the rates and I tell them to F-off when they double the insurance bill.

    Because.  It’s still the same house.  Because, we’re doing the pension and SS stuff, so yeah, I’m not playing that.  $1800 a year is right on the edge of blowing the budget.  Double that?  Yeah, no.  I’m going to take my chances on a tornado never smearing my house away.

    And anyway.  Come the tornado, the insurance folks ain’t gonna pay enough to replace the house.  No matter what they say.

    House goes away with all our stuff, new house is gonna be a double wide..

  49. Pecancorner says:

    I once made a Christmas pudding according to Mrs Beeton. No plums involved, lol. It was delicious but a lot of effort. As I recall the candied orange peel was the hard part.

    I’ve been intending to make a Christmas fruit cake for two years now, and hope to do so this year. Someone shared a recipe with me that I am excited to try.   

  50. drwilliams says:

    Guardian: We Should Consider Prepping to Survive the Climate Apocalypse

    Essay by Eric Worrall

    Prepper Ben Green thinks the coming climate apocalypse will end the Capitalist system – but if you pay him €3,500 you have a non guaranteed place in his survival compound.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/07/guardian-we-should-consider-prepping-to-survive-the-climate-apocalypse/

    Eric’s commentary is pretty spot on.

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  51. lynn says:

    Anyway.  We’ve worked our butts off and we have a decent to us house in the middle of 27 acres.  Everything is paid off except the new truck. 

    For some random reason, the county has declared the house is worth an extra $100 grand over last year.  Why?  I don’t know.  What’s  going to be fun is when the insurance company decides that my house that’s been worth about $130 grand for the last ten years is suddenly worth a quarter million and they jack up the rates and I tell them to F-off when they double the insurance bill.

    Didn’t you just turn 65 ?  If so, put on some pants and run to the County Appraisal District and file the paperwork to freeze your taxes since you are now an aged person.

    I am assuming that you have a Homestead Exemption on your house.  That should limit you to tax increase of 10% per year, the scum.  They should only be allowed to increase our taxes by 1% a year.

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  52. Pecancorner says:

    For some random reason, the county has declared the house is worth an extra $100 grand over last year.  Why?  I don’t know.  What’s  going to be fun is when the insurance company decides that my house that’s been worth about $130 grand for the last ten years is suddenly worth a quarter million and they jack up the rates and I tell them to F-off when they double the insurance bill.

    Because.  It’s still the same house.  Because, we’re doing the pension and SS stuff, so yeah, I’m not playing that.  $1800 a year is right on the edge of blowing the budget.  Double that?  Yeah, no.  I’m going to take my chances on a tornado never smearing my house away.

    Is it your homestead?  And as a result of being over 65, your Texas property taxes are “frozen”?   Here’s why: The State of Texas gives each county appraisal office a secret target for how much to increase the total tax valuations every year. If the appraisal office does not meet that increase in total valuations, the State of Texas punishes the local ISDs by taking more of their tax funding, or by not giving them back as much (Robin Hood still exists no matter what they say).   The local ISDs bat their eyelashes and say golly we did not raise your taxes, that’s the appraisal office….. 

    SO: because the law prohibits them from raising anyone’s homestead taxes more than 10% a year, and because landlords and people who own multiple properties scream loudly if the appraisal office tries to raise their valuations, the appraisal office is sneaky, and raises those of us whose taxes are frozen, betting that we won’t scream about it “since it doesn’t cost us anything”.    

    They have ours up now to double what the same house next door actually sold for last year. There’s no reality nor “fairness” to what they claim the “fair market value” is. Taxes are a racket. 

     We gave up our homeowner’s insurance years ago, because the insurance companies were charging us so much that in 20 years we would have paid them what the house was/is actually worth. AND they would not cover the roof because it is metal.   Insurance is a racket. 

  53. ~jim says:

    >> Thinking about my puppies getting old, yeah.  I know it’s going to happen but still.<<

    Awww. Someone needs a hug.

    It’s no consolation, but Life has a way of carrying on, whether it’s you or Penny or Buddy.

    Give ‘em a treat for me. Fry some bacon in that seldom used cast iron pan and let ’em lick up the grease.

    EDIT: My ferrets used to love that.

  54. paul says:

    Oh.  We have the homestead and over 65 thing going on.  

    What I’m gripping about is IF the insurance company goes, hey dude, your house is now worth a quarter mil so we’ve raised your rates to cover the increased price of lumber and all that stuff.

    I have a metal roof.  

    I’ve made one claim ever and good old Travelers noted that after all the years that we had never made a claim.  Make a claim, and the next year the premium doubled.    And what they  paid was about 1/2 of all the premiums I ever paid.  

    What USAA is going to do is unknown.

    added: I’m pretty much “I can stuff $2000 a year into a savings account” and I think I’ll come out ahead of buying insurance. But other folks here disagree.

    Then again, $2000 a year over the last 30 years is nothing to be sneezed at.

  55. paul says:

    Awww. Someone needs a hug.

    I’m pretty whiny about my dogs.  Not gonna apologize either.   🙂  

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  56. ~jim says:

     >> I’m pretty whiny about my dogs.  Not gonna apologize either.    << 

    No need, and who’s asking?

     What I find interesting is how attached we become to our pets. My first ferret Ammu lived for nine fucking years and I was a total wreck when she died. We’re talking about an effing ferret!

    Thank God it wasn’t a goldfish.

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  57. Alan says:

    >> My grandfather used to finish breakfast with a piece of cake.

    Cake is breakfast. 

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  58. Alan says:

    >> Are there any good anti-inflammatories with stomach protection, over the counter or prescription ?

    VAZALORE? 

  59. Pecancorner says:

    Most kinds of modern insurance other than medical never pay for themselves. They are all bets against ourselves at a casino.     

    We used to have a  liability policy for the business when we had a brick and mortar store. It not only covered liability, but also losses for fire and some kinds of theft.  A couple million dollars in coverage for $200 a year.  That made sense: the insurance company’s risk was very low, and for us the premium didn’t eat into our profits.     

    With the monetary inflation and insurance being a hotly traded commodity today, I doubt that such policies are still as affordable. 

  60. Nick Flandrey says:

    Family is on the way home, I’m staying another day.

    Ended up grinding all the stuck flooring off.   I peeled the plastic layers which left a cushioning layer stuck down.   I don’t even know if there was actual adhesive, if there was it was squiggles and a perimeter.

    The cushion seems to be a mix of paper and rubber.   Smells like rubber when you get it too hot, but it scraped and cut like thick paper board.  

    I had a very aggressive flap disk in the grinder.   Course dust everywhere.  I spent about half as long cleaning as grinding.  It’s done now.  Nice smooth concrete floor.    I didn’t know the dry ice trick, I was planning to use a citrus based adhesive remover if I had to, but nothing under the layer was actually sticky.

    I’m gonna say I was grinding for about 4 hours, maybe 5.    MUCH less physical work for me than chiselling.

    Got out the hammer drill and installed the repair toilet flange.  I think I’m going to set the toilet tonight.  Still have at least an hour to  work before floating and drinking a beer as the sun sets and the stars come out.

    FWIW, for years I tried to get by with cordless hammer drills and a small Bosch “Bulldog” for bigger holes.   When I was remodeling my closet I was having a hell of a time drilling the anchor bolts so I bought a big proper hammer drill (Bosch again, but the kind with the motor mounted 90 degrees from the bit.   It was worth every penny.    Cuts thru the concrete and steel like butter.   If you are making more than the occasional hole in concrete, get the big drill.

    Now, to set a toilet.   I’m using a wax ring replacement that is a foam seal and a plastic funnel.   The foundation guys will scope the drains as part of their work, so I know it will be coming off once for them, and I’ll take it off again to do flooring.  The foam ring is excellent for that.   

    If we like the toilet (Toto low flow, with integrated tank) I’ll buy the missing tank lid.    If we don’t like it I’m only out $2.  I love the auctions.

    n

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  61. lynn says:

    >> My grandfather used to finish breakfast with a piece of cake.

    Cake is breakfast. 

    Bill Cosby said he got sent down one day to feed the kids breakfast by his wife.

    He could not figure out what to feed them, then he saw the chocolate cake on the counter.  He said to himself: eggs, wheat, sugar, salt, etc.  So he fed them the cake.  His wife came down, found the kids eating cake, screamed, and sent Cosby to his room.  That was where he wanted to be !

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  62. ~jim says:

    >>I wish I had prepped Mrs Butterworth when it still came in glass bottles! <<

    No more? Jeez, I remember when Log Cabin came in tins. I bet those are worth a pretty penny nowadays.

    Hershey’s cocoa, too.

    Did Quaker Oats come in a tin or was it always cardboard?

    I wonder how they market that in Pakistan. Allah Oats?

    ~jim

    Who’s concluding yet another Silly Sunday. Please don’t ask about Prince Albert.

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  63. lynn says:

    We used to have a  liability policy for the business when we had a brick and mortar store. It not only covered liability, but also losses for fire and some kinds of theft.  A couple million dollars in coverage for $200 a year.  That made sense: the insurance company’s risk was very low, and for us the premium didn’t eat into our profits.     

    With the monetary inflation and insurance being a hotly traded commodity today, I doubt that such policies are still as affordable. 

    The liability on my office property is almost $2,000.00 per year.  The property damage on my million dollars of buildings is over $6,000.00 a year since I have had two events (water heater failure and pipe freezer in Feb 2021).

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  64. Rick H says:

    Speaking of butterscotch, this popped up in my FB feed – “Incredible Butterscotch Cake”. Have not tried it; not a fan of butterscotch.

     (It was not a sponsored post, so it’s not because of some FB algorythm – it’s a post from a friend. And I have the FB Purity add-in, to reduce sponsored posts, plus sort things how i want. Excellent if you want FB to do what you want.)

    I prefer my cake to be chocolate-based. Or maybe “yellow” cake with chocolate frosting. 

    (Urk….now I have a craving. And if I want it, I’ll have to fix it myself after I purchase the ingredients. In the meantime, a single-serving pint of Cherry Garcia will have to do.) 

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  65. lynn says:

    The wife has decided that she is going to sign up for the Cherokee Nation.  Even though she does not live on the rez, she will get health benefits once she proves that she is ¼ Cherokee.  She was talking to a friend in church this morning who is over 65 and registered as a young adult, apparently you have to be a minimum of 1/16th.  Her friend is now getting benefits from the tribe to supplement her Medicare. Can’t hurt.

  66. Nick Flandrey says:

    Well, set the toilet.   Had to make some modifications to the water supply valve.  Angle grinder and drill made what I had here work.  It’s all gonna change to pex anyway.   Toilet is running and I can’t find why.  Flap seems to fit and seal, but it must not.   Tomorrow.

    Got on my inner tube with a cerveza michelada style.   Watched the stars come out.   Got the filth off me.

    Set up the fire ring and the radio for some listening tonight.  It was chilly to have the breeze on my wet body, where I was out of the water.   Water is bathwater warm and it is actually 88F but the breeze is pretty stiff.

    Maybe alex jones will be on…  nope, it’s Sunday and they have a service an religious programming on Sunday night.

    Well, maybe I’ll hear some interesting music on Vatican radio, or Prague… or Cuba.

    n

  67. lynn says:

    >> Are there any good anti-inflammatories with stomach protection, over the counter or prescription ? <<

    I think diclofenac comes with an enteric coating which dissolves in the intestine and not the stomach. It’s my favorite NSAID. Nick likes meloxicam, so your milage may vary.

    Worth a shot and it’s dead cheap.

    The wife checked and a few of these did have anemia as a side effect.  Since the daughter already has extreme anemia, we have to be real careful.  

    The Zyrtec and Tylenol combo sounds very interesting to the wife. 

    Thanks for the help !

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  68. Greg Norton says:

    What the heck is butterscotch, anyway? See’s Candy (now owned by Berkshire Hathaway, thank you Greg) used to make some confection called butterscotch and it was like brown sugar and something. An elusive something.

    Berkshire also held the notes on Mars purchase of Wrigley for a while. Mars paid those off early, but Warren never forgets a good customer, especially one who pays back a $4 Billion loan ahead of schedule. Costco took on an insane amount of Mars product this time last year, and I don’t think that is unrelated.

  69. Greg Norton says:

    Are there any good anti-inflammatories with stomach protection, over the counter or prescription ?

    The daughter’s infectious  disease doctor prescribed her one that she thought would fly past the insurance company but they refused.  The cost is $2,200 per prescription.

    Have you talked with the ID doctor about working with the drug rep for the company to arrange for a sample dosage and/or financial assistance?

    I used to see ID at all those dinners. NSAIDs were a huge topic of research and talks at those things 25 years ago. I guess some new patented formulations have emerged.

  70. lynn says:

    Have you talked with the ID doctor about working with the drug rep for the company to arrange for a sample dosage and/or financial assistance?

    I used to see ID at all those dinners. NSAIDs were a huge topic of research and talks at those things 25 years ago. I guess some new patented formulations have emerged.

    The wife is going to talk with the ID Doctor about the Tylenol and Zyrtec combination tomorrow.  

    Yup, NSAIDs are huge.  I remember the Vioxx controversy a couple of decades ago.

  71. Nick Flandrey says:

    Meloxicam has been great for my lower back and has no side effects for me.  No stomach or liver issues in a decade.  I used to take another old and effective one for my knees but I can’t remember what it was.   I was on Vioxx for a while, but  it didn’t work well for me.   Celebrex worked, iirc but must be taken constantly, not occasionally.

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    Radio propagation was good tonight.  Several hams commented on it too.  Very pleasant night on the water.

    n

  72. lynn says:

    I’ve been watching the first season of “24” on Hulu all weekend.  I am now hooked.

       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24_(TV_series)

  73. Alan says:

    >> Who’s concluding yet another Silly Sunday. Please don’t ask about Prince Albert.

    https://youtu.be/OQaLic5SE_I

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