Bluntness

I've also been told I have little tact, so if this offends you simply ride on.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Loaded with Cash

Well, here it is Monday, the start of a new work week and it just so happens to be my Friday... and I have half a weekend coming up.  That's right, I have off one day (Dental appointment) and then I get to work for another 4.  Yippee!
Some people were really surprised by the Dyson lady... well, retailers themselves are to blame.  We, like many other retailers, have very, very generous Return Policies.  This is because we're terrified that if we refuse a Return you will take your future dollars somewhere else.  Yepper.  The fear of you buying your next box of nails from Lowe's is the root of this evil.  This is also why Retailers push credit cards with expensive interest.  It's not the consumer they are concerned about, it's their purchases.  Let me load your cart up!  Buy more!  It's not their fault if you can't manage your credit.
And I was pleased to find out yesterday that I'm "loaded up with money."  That is what the Idiot Jerk in the White House said, in case you weren't paying attention to the farts he spews from his mouth.  Actually, this is his direct quote:

 "Our consumers are rich," he added. "I did a tax cut. They're loaded up with money."

Okay, now even I have to admit that was really funny.  Loaded up with cash... hahahaha, hohohoho.  He doesn't even talk about us as being...'people.'  Nope.  We're Consumers, and we're rich because 'he' did a tax cut.  The truth is he, and his minions and sycophants, are truly worried about a recession.  Here's a link for those who want to see the Republican Party doing what it does best... Lie.   The Big Guns came out.  Don't worry, the world is going into a recession, but we're not... because they're in charge.  When it was pointed out to Larry Kudlow that he had also poured water on the recession talk back in 2007, he farted out something about "being optimistic."  That's right, there's nothing wrong with being optimistic.  That's a pretty shallow way of reassuring the masses, isn't it?  At least he didn't say "well, let's look on the bright side, I got a really super great tax cut." 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Simply Amazing

Sunday, and since I work it's a not so restful day of rest.
The temps are forecast to go up into the mid-90's today... tomorrow even warmer.  People forget we're only halfway through summer.  That's right.  It doesn't end until September.  I guess a good way to describe this season so far is to say it's been sweltering.
I had some Crazy Christians buy vinyl sheeting yesterday.  Five kids around the cart and a 6th on the way.  The father was wearing a biblical T-shirt with verses on both the front and back.  They don't understand that "be fruitful and multiply" is a nice way of telling them they're nothing more than breeders. 
There was also this woman who bought a Dyson vacuum cleaner.  She asked me what our return policy was, so I told her usually 30 days.  She asked, "so, I can bring it back in 30 days?"  I told her most people bring things back much sooner if there's a problem.  "But if I don't like it, I can bring it back in 30 days?" she asked, again.  Could she have been any more obvious?  "We call that rent for free and really frown upon that type of behavior," I replied.  She looked at me and said "well, everybody does it." She did purchase the vacuum.  On the way to the register, she asked the Front End Supervisor the same question.  And, while paying for it at the register, she asked the cashier the same thing.  We all know that in about 29 days that Dyson's going to be returned. 
For those interested, I rode a little over 57 + miles this week.  The shortest ride was 7.66 miles, the longest 14.78.  My heart rate averages around 124 BPM, that includes the hills when it goes up.  I need to complete two 16+ rides to get to the next level, one of which is all up hill.  Shit.
I have over 31,000 words done on the next book and our heroes are just getting the first of the snakey parts.  rattle rattle, rattle rattle.
And I guess manufacturing is in decline.  This is not good for the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  This is also to be expected because this man is a blowhard.  He is stupid.  His own history, with 6 bankruptcies, proves he is hapless as hell.  What his adoring throngs fail to realize is that this is how he runs his business.  It's all fucked up.
For those who read my books, you know I have a recurring character named Bobby Tussel.  A police officer from Baltimore, he is on permanent disability, the result of brain trauma: he has a bullet in his brain.  He drinks wine straight from the bottle, likes warm six-packs of Anchor Beer, runs a semi-pornographic website where he's known as the Hunky Donkey, all of which are a result of his injuries.  But the one thing he does that leaves people in awe is dance.  A combination of ballet and gymnastics, people who see him dance are truly amazed.  He's going to do a little dance in The Body in the Well.  As always, I like to pick a song to play over and over again as I write these sequences.  This time I chose wonderful little tune by Owen Pallet which I think exemplifies the art of Bobby's dance.


Saturday, August 17, 2019

The hills

Today is my Hump Day.  Yeah, I know, I'm out of sync with most of the world... but then that's retail.
I found out yesterday that the position I had applied for is going to be changed to a part-time position, so I said "thanks, but no thanks."  I want to pay off my car before I even consider going part-time.
Evidently Independent voters who have supported the Idiot Jerk in the White House solely because of the economy are... leaving.  Republicans too, are slowly beginning to sour on the Liar in Chief economic policies.  They are growing concerned about Tariff Wars and their increasing damage to the American economy.  Prices are going up.  I see examples everyday at work.  This past week dirt cheap indoor / outdoor carpet that sold for .40 a square foot last week saw a price increase of 7 cents.  Some may say "hey, what's 7 cents?"  When a product goes from .40 to .47 that's a substantial price increase... it's like... 18%.  Two weeks ago our Lifeproof vinyl flooring went up .20 cents a square foot.  Corporations got a really large tax break... so why the cost increases?  The American people are paying for the Idiot Jerk's Tariff Wars and Independent voters are getting fed up.  They don't realize that in Conservative Economics the little guy is always the one getting nailed.
And I guess some white Republican is racist letters to the Mayor and City Council members of Charlotte.  Of course the writer is quoting the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  This will continue until he is voted out, and even then the stains of his presidency will remain for years to come.
Anyway, I bought myself a 'bike' pillow.


Mostly because it has a red bike on it (like mine) and because it was on Clearance at work.  Half price off.  The only things going down in price are seasonal items, everything else is going up.
My next cycling challenge is to complete the Eistobel route.  It's 16.7 miles long with hills, one with a 9.4% grade (steep).  I've gotten 2/3 of the way through it.  What's stopping me from completing the route?  The hill of a lifetime... of course.  Big.  And I know, once I climb it... in the not too far distance there will be another, larger hill of a lifetime.  So many treasure their down hill rides and their little valleys, but in the end it's always the hills that let you grow... and they can be a little scary.



Friday, August 16, 2019

Greenland???

Friday... and we are half way through the month of August.  The temps are supposed to tick upwards into the 90's (F) for the next couple of days.  Don't worry, cool days are on their way... or maybe I should say cooler.  Soon Fall will be here as we enter the days of pumpkin pie spice.  Hhhmm... pumpkin pie spice, source of inspiration for the great science fiction classic "Dune."  And, just in case you're concerned, they are doing a new theatrical version to be released in November 2020.  This is your chance to see a beardless Jason Mamoa.  My, that got your interest, didn't it?
And then, of course, there is the rest of the shit from yesterday.  The Idiot Jerk in the White House had a serious case of vocal flatulence which illustrated his total intolerance of those who speak out against him.  You know who I'm talking about:  Tlaib and Omar.  He basically told the soon to be indicted Prime Minister of Israel to keep these two American Congresswomen out of the country.  And the soon to be indicted Prime Minister obliged.  And suddenly a lot of people were saying this was really, really, really bad.  Some Republicans, like Marco Rubio, said this fart stank, but most stayed silent.  The Idiot Jerk has a personal history starting vendettas against those who don't bow down and adore him.  He wants to hurt and humiliate them any and every way he can.  In an attempt to turn public attention away from his racist agenda, his administration decided to release some sort of innocuous turd about his wanting to buy Greenland.  These people are so stupid. 
I saw this morning where Israel now says Tlaib can enter the country to visit her relatives on the West Bank.  Bebe bowed and kissed the ass of the Idiot Jerk in the White House and Jews were incensed.  Do you know how bad this makes us look?  They asked.  Sinking to such a level of petty reprehensibility?
I only rode 7 miles yesterday, and that was with a training program rather than a route.  There was construction on I81 and that slowed me down.  This evening I hope to get at least 10 miles in.
I also crossed the 30,000 word mark on the next book by finishing the back story on how the ghost town of Nancy's Notch, became known as Nancy's Notch in the first place... and it's not what you think.




Thursday, August 15, 2019

Weakest Link?

Well, my weekend is over.  I'll be working for the next 5 days.  I did apply for that fixed schedule position.  The hours would be 9:30 - 6, Monday thru Friday.  I could live with that.
I also got a letter form the Social Security Administration explaining my increase.  The whole thing stems from my early retirement when I was 62.  Major back surgery had been planned and there was a question about how well I'd walk afterwards.  Well, the surgery didn't happen because I retrained myself to walk (I have a bit of a shuffle now) and I went back to work... full time.  If you're retired you are only allowed to work part-time without being penalized.  My thought was, well, let them penalized me.  I was making a lot more full time than I would have made working part-time and collecting benefits.  They sent me letters:  You're making too much money, we can't pay you benefits.  For almost 4 years they didn't pay me benefits.  Now, those benefits are being paid in the form of adjustments upwards and higher monthly checks.  They also notified me that they may go up again.  I'm all for that.
And, for those who didn't hear, there was a bit of an oopsy on Wall Street yesterday.  A drop of over 800 points!  And, of course, the Idiot Jerk blamed the Fed (Powell) for not dropping interest rates.  You see, investors want companies to make lots of money, which means consumers need to buy, buy, buy.  Investors want you to be in debt up to your eyeballs.  Your financial pain is not their responsibility.
This morning John Hickenlooper is going to end his run for President.  He is going to run for the Senate instead.  This is what Republicans are afraid of... losing the Senate.
I also saw this bit about multi-tasking, evidently that bit about women being better than men is not quite right.  Both men and women made the same number of mistakes when doing simultaneous tasks.  While there may be some tasks where one gender might excel better than the other, in the end we are all equal.  Republicans will never believe this, however, since in their minds women are always the weakest link.  But then everybody knows Republicans are dumb as bricks.








Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Late Entry

Today's entry is a little late, not because I slept in or am concerned about Wall Street.  Rather, I was waiting for the new light.  Yep.  I bought a new light to go on top of the new wine cooler.  Sharp, huh?


UPS just dropped it off.  The leaf motif matches that of the table at the other end of the futon.  Sorry, I didn't take a picture of that.
Last evening I started watching "The Boys" on Amazon Prime.  It's about superheroes who are anything but good and the men (not boys) who are trying to bring them down.  I'm enjoying its dark, irreverent humor.
Oh, and in case you didn't know, Wall Street is having a difficult day.  This was to be expected with the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  The man has filed for 6 bankruptcies.  He knows nothing about business, but he sure knows how to spin a line of shit to make it sound like he does.  He caved yesterday on his next set of tariffs, putting them off until December so as not to impede Christmas shoppers.  He is such a loser.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

That sound you hear

I rode 12.5 miles last evening when I got home from work and last night my legs were a bit sore.  Muscle soreness is nothing new.  I remember my Mom once telling me that if "if it's sore and it hurts you did something wrong."  Well, that's not true.  The soreness goes away.  This morning my legs feel fine.  If anything, they seem to be getting hairier, which means my testosterone shooters are firing on all cylinders.
Oh, and my weekend starts today.  For funsies I'm going to the supermarkets... both Giant and Weis since there's deals aplenty at both.  I have some red beets I'm going to cut up and cook and then use to make pickled eggs.  I will admit, they are one of my favorite snacks.  I also have some peaches I want to turn into marmalade.  I don't do jelly, but I like marmalade.  This will be my first time for making it at home.
The weather today is supposed to be showery with the occasional thunderstorm rolling through.  That's fine with me.  We could use the rain.  My lawn is brown.
Fun Fact of the day:  by 2022 Latinos will be the majority population in the state of Texas.  That loud sound you hear?  That's the sound of bricks flying out of Republican assholes when they realize they're going to lose that state and its Electoral votes.  At this point, they're starting to pray they can still hold on to it in the 2020 election.  Of course, this doesn't mean Louie Gohmert's going to get off his hate box, it just means that brick that flew out of his ass is going to get thrown back at his head.
Since I'm still having problems with charging my phone, I went online to see how common this problem was... well, it seems to be fairly common with Galaxy S8's.  I'm wondering if this might be some sort of built in obsolescence.  I went back and check and the phone is only about 2.5 years old... and Samsung did just announce their S10.   Most service providers give you 2 options when purchasing new phones:  buy it right out, or pay with installments which run for...? You guessed it, 2 years.  Perhaps, in a not too subtle, way they're telling you that your phone is going to start having issues in about 2 years.
Finally, I find it rather interesting that this administration's economic policies are steering the world into Recession.  A day doesn't go by without someone mentioning it... and they're no longer being cautious.  Of course, Republicans have always been failures when it comes to the economy - that's because their greed always gets in the way of common sense.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Through an Open Window

Today is my Friday, the end of my work week.  I know there are a lot of you out there who wish they could say the same thing.  Starting Thursday, however, my schedule fritters around all over the place.  Because I'm scheduled off on 9/1 there is the tease that I'm going to be off on Labor Day... as though that would actually mean anything to me.
And, of course, everybody was talking about Epstein yesterday... did he or didn't he?  Did this administration substitute Mrs. Danvers for one of his guards... someone who very kindly "opened a window for him?"


And even though the Idiot Jerk is trying to stoke the fires of conspiracy, this is just one more tawdry episode in the shit show that is his administration.
So, I'm beginning to harvest the fruits (or I should say vegetables) of my tiny plot of a garden just below my kitchen window.  First up is a butternut squash... to be truthful, everything I planted turned out to be a squash.  Anyway, I'm looking for suggestions.   What do you do with a butternut squash that's this tiny?


I mean, it's cute... however if I had known I was planting single portion vegetables I would have had second thoughts.  And, in case you are wondering, my hands are rather small.
As I was focusing on taking a snap of the the squash, I looked over and saw Lily posing pretty as a picture.  She usually doesn't sit still, so I snapped her too.


Doesn't she look tiny?  She weighs in around 60 lb.  She has a birthday next Monday and that means white cake and vanilla ice cream for everybody.  Yummy.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Desperation

Good news!  The dog's colds seem to have passed.  Lily is no longer coming up and sneezing in my face.  In fact, right now she's running around the house with her purple Wubba in her mouth.
I rode another 11. 17 miles on the bike last evening.  The next challenge I have with Rouvy is to ride to 16 mile rides in 'race mode.'  One of them is a 16 mile climb... yep, the whole ride is up hill... for 16 miles.  Damn!
My friend Patty fell and broke her ankle last night.  I told her it just looked sprained, an x-ray said there was a hairline fracture.  She's in a boot.  You'd think by know they'd have come up with stylish colors... nope, still the same formal black.
Of course, everybody now knows Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide yesterday morning.  It didn't take long, only a couple of hours before the Idiot Jerk in the White House re-Tweeted some sort of bongo bongo conspiracy theory.  This was to be expected since he's a gutless sack of shit and he, himself, had some serious connections with Epstein.  There is that video out there of he and Epstein ogling cheerleaders.  The truth is that the Idiot Jerk is swinging into desperation mode.  This suicide happened under his watch.  Epstein was in a Federal prison.  Some official decided to take him off suicide watch.  Many people are questioning that, especially since he had already made one attempt and failed.  Billy Barr is throwing a suicide investigation party because this makes him look bad.  And the two-bit president who wants to be a dictator?  He's starting to throw shit against the wall hoping something will stick, no matter how unrealistic  As I said before, he's growing desperate.
Yesterday was my Hump Day.  That means my next two days are supposed to be easier, right? 


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Gaps in their logic

I was making my breakfast this morning and when I walked into the writing room (nee dining room) I discovered Seig has learned a new trick: how to turn the light on in the wine cooler by pressing his nose against the sensor.  Aren't dogs simply amazing?!
A position suddenly opened up yesterday that's attractive, a Customer Order Specialist.  There's a big however... however.  It has a nice, fixed schedule, Tuesday thru Saturday.  I know how to do the job, so there wouldn't be a lot of training.  However, it is a sitting position, meaning I'd spend all of my time sitting at a desk.  I'm a walker.  When I was a child, hyperactive would have been a good way to describe me and as an adult I'm pretty much the same.  I burn some of my energy off on the bike (12.2 miles yesterday), but I like moving around.  On an average day I get between 11,000 and 12,000 steps in at work.  So, I'll probably pass on this.
I saw where Walmart, the largest retailer in the United States, has chosen to take down their signage for violent video games because its conservative, billionaire owners prefer to point fingers at anything other than guns.  Brain dead Republicans love this.  They don't understand video games make billions of dollars annually.  If you ask one why, when millions and millions of violent video games are sold around the world, is it only America that has horrible problem with mass murders they will look at your stupidly.  Or they'll respond by saying something like "why would I be concerned with what happens in other countries?"  The truth is these people want to be sheep.  They want a shepherd to move them from pasture to pasture.  They don't like to think.  I suspect it's because they are missing some of their little, gray cells and trying to think is complicated by the gaps in their logic.
And for those interested in the progress of The Body in the Well... well, our heroes are now on horseback in a chapter called Ghost Towns of Colorado.  Yes, there are 'western' elements in this book as well as the ever present cycling elements.  Colorado is very conducive to both mountain biking and horseback riding.  Cars don't do well in the hills.

This is what I'm talking about
And I know some looked at the map of Rattler's Den I posted, but in truth the town is based a lot on what I remember Breckenridge to be like.  Yes, I spent a couple of weeks in Colorado Springs when I helped open up their Marriott hotel.  This is what Breckenridge looks like in the summer.


And no, that is not a pictures of the Rattler's Den Reptile and Snake Emporium.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Ponderings

Well, here it is Friday... tomorrow is my Hump Day.          meh
At least it's not a Kid's Workshop Saturday.  I've already requested the three of those suckers off.
I bought myself a wine cooler / wine cellar.  Why they call there is that slash and the word cellar are even included is beyond me, though I guess there are some out there who might carry it down and put it in their basements.  Mine is in my dining room chilling 2 bottles of white wine.  I did not buy the more expensive model which lets you chill both reds and white.  Red wine should be at room temperature.  It holds 18 bottles so I'll probably buy a few more.  I have to admit it looks really nice when the inside light is on.
Oh, and the farmers of Minnesota are getting royally pissed at the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  Tariffs, you know?  More of them.  In case you didn't really know, this Trade War is designed to make the Rich even Richer... Again.  The Chinese had stopped purchasing American agricultural products and that $28 billion dollar bailout seems to have gone mostly to the corporation farms, not the small family business.  This whole thing was never about making the little guy Great.  Nope.  This has been a standard Republican tactic since the first Idiot Jerk in the White, Ronnie Reagan.  Some things will never change, which is why we need to vote Republicans out of Office.  Their idea of a Conservative America is nothing more than a choke hold on the average American.
Finally, I have to say I am simply amazed by how many people rely on the word 'prayer,' or a lack there of, as a reason for the ills of American Society.  The NRA claims that a 'lack of prayer in schools' leads to gun violence and mass murders.  In case you didn't know, this is their way of kissing the ass of the Religious Right.  Prayer answers everything, right?  Nope.  And what about countries where Christianity is not the prominent religion?  Take India.  I'm sure there are some Christians there, but the population is overwhelmingly Hindu.  They have multiple gods.  I doubt very much if an Indian teacher stands in front of the classroom every morning and says, "okay, now let's pray to one of our gods."  There are not a lot of mass murders in India.  Nope.  Their society has some other issues, but you never hear about some Indian taking an assault rifle into an Indian Walmart and murdering 22 people.  Maybe the Religious Right in this country look and learn.  Well, we know that will never happen.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Ride This

Okay, so it's Thursday and I have to go back to work... for an entire week.  That's right, 40 hours.
Lily still has a runny nose and sneezing, Seig is fine.  Just like human colds, dog colds run their course in the about the same amount of time.
When I checked my bank account yesterday I saw that Social Security decided to give me a little blessing.  They do this from time to time.  They look at what I'm earning and what they're giving me and give me an additional check and an increase.  It always happens in July since I officially retired in June... 4 years ago.  I think it's because I'm still working full-time and still pumping money into my Social Security account.  I always tell people, you don't have to stop working because you retire.
For those who don't know... and I know there are some of you out there, I ride bike.  I'm also a member of Strava, if you want you can join for free and follow me here.  Yesterday they emailed me my stats for July.


As you can see, I easily beat that 100 mile challenge.  Yesterday I rode for 11.5 miles up near Reykjavik on a ride that was supposed to take me to the Blue Lagoon.  It's actually not a lagoon, it's a lake, and I was a bit disappointed.
Though, I have to admit, I was not nearly as disappointed as the Idiot Jerk in the White House when he got to Dayton, Ohio.  They didn't kiss his ass and he was really upset.  He lied.  Called people dishonest because they were truthful.  And he whined.  Instead of understanding their grief and anger at the violence which has struck their communities, he selfishly Tweeted out his vehemence.  Like most Conservatives, this shoddy example of a failed human being, this loser hates the truth.  A long time ago corrupt politicians were dipped in tar, rolled in feathers, and ridden out of town on a rail.  It's time we get the rail.  It's time we said "ride this."

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Bite this

Well, I actually did sleep in this morning.
Both dogs have colds.  Seig showed symptoms first (sneezing & runny nose).  His has just about run it's course, but Lily's is kicking in.  The only problem is having them sneeze in your face.  They're dogs... they don't know any better.  There's a lot of... spray.  I'm so glad I'm not one of those hyper-sensitive types.
I saw that even after calls from her own party to resign, that bimbolina Candice Keller from Ohio has refused.  She's saying she a conservative and this is what a conservative believes... of course, we all know conservatives haven't a spare modicum of intelligence.  She said she's going to let her constituents decided: retire her ass fast.  Put her out in that conservative pasture where she can drop her cow flops with other conservatives.
And the Idiot Jerk in the White House is going to Toledo... (wait a minute...) he means Dayton (he stands corrected) and El Paso today.  I'm sure they will do their damndest to keep protesters away.  His sycophants are desperately trying to keep his ego safe.
I went to see "Hobbs & Shaw" last evening.  It was really entertaining.  This was definitely a work of testosterone inspired fantasy.  And for those who are wondering... yes, Dwayne takes off his shirt.  In fact, at one point he's dressed as a Samoan warrior.  The supporting cast is great.  Ryan Reynolds!  and he is funny.  Actually, this movie is almost a comedy, what with all the tit for tatting going on between Dwayne and Jason.  Sadly, Jason does keep his clothing  on - no skin.  I mean, nothing that you could really sink you teeth into.
And finally.  I thought this was interesting.  From time immemoriam  we've been told that the Milky Way is a flat, disc shaped galaxy.  Well, that's wrong.  We've got curves.  That's right, our galaxy is a little... bent, if you know what I mean.


Pringle shaped is what they're saying.  That's right!  It's like a tasty potato snack made from stars and planets and gas clouds rather than itsby bitsy potato parts.  If you click on the link there's an animation where you get to see the Milky Way move.  Tasty, huh?



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Blame it on... well, everything

So, it's Tuesday, which means it's my Saturday, or in other words my weekend begins.  The dogs got me up at 0430.  They're dogs, which means I got a great jump on my chores: one load of laundry ready to go into the dryer and another into the washer.
I guess the Idiot Jerk in the White House farted out some sort of message to his base yesterday repeating to them what they've been telling themselves for years.  Basically, he absolved their sin of Sanctifying the Holy Gun and put the blame on.... video games, among other things.  The dumb shit claimed that it was "hatred that pulled the trigger," without realizing there was a small chorus behind him chanting "send them back,"  "send them back."  He ignored the fact that the shooter's screed relied heavily on statements the Idiot Jerk has used over and over again, like "an invasion of immigrants."  He refused to mention that the main targets were Latinos, not a word on that most obvious fact.  This speech was not meant to calm, to quell the anger and fears of the nation, this was aimed directly at his base because... well, Holy Shit, they might vote Democrat in the next election.  For Republicans, stupidity equals loyalty.
With so much shit hitting the fan, Republicans are finding there are fewer and fewer places to hide but that doesn't stop them from pointing fingers at everyone except themselves.  They will never look in the mirror.  They are all like the this aging, bimbolina State Senator from Ohio, Candice Keller. 

This is Candice desperately trying to look like a very young Madonna

She pulled out that old, crazy Christian laundry list, the same one they've been relying on for decades, to give direction to their fingers.  Basically, she blamed everything she doesn't like.  Oh, and in case you are wondering, Candice is not answering her phone, mailbox full, nor is she responding to emails, most likely because she also hates it when people call her a stupid bitch.  By the way, she's 67 years old.
And, speaking of Crazy Christians, they have a really big problem.  It seems like somebody photobombed their very first pic and they have no idea how to solve this.





Monday, August 5, 2019

Fallout grows

Well, it's Monday and the nation is still reeling in shock from this past weekends mass shootings.  This is not a happy time, especially for Republicans.  I guess Mick Mulvaney said these killings should not be laid at the feet of the Idiot Jerk, of course, that's the type of response you expect from a spineless sack of shit, isn't it?  For them there is going to be terrible fallout going into an election year.
Schumer said the Senate should come back early from their August recess to vote on gun legislation that has already been passed by the House and Mitch McConnell fell down yesterday morning and broke his shoulder.  Convenient, huh?
Texas, which just celebrated 6 weeks of looser gun laws, has turned into the poster child for Gun Control.  Oh, and how many Republican Congressmen have decided this is just not a good time to run for re-election.
Rumors are also flying that the Idiot Jerk didn't slap the additional 10% on China because negotiations are going slow.  Nope.  People are whispering that he did it because he wants the Fed to drop the interest rates even more.  I guess he seems to think the best way to grow the American economy is to put the American people deeper into debt.  Wait, hasn't that always been the Republican economic credo?
And finally, as some of you are aware, I'm working on a 3rd book:  The Body in the Well.  This mystery takes place in and around ghost towns in the Colorado Rockies.  This meant creating fictitious towns, the most important of which is located by the old Rattler's Den silver mine.  Since sometimes it's difficult to envision non-existent towns, I drew up a little map.  Without further ado, I give you Rattler's Den.

The only bad thing is I didn't have the margins set up correctly so some of the edgy stuff is missing.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Monster

Sunday.
I had a different entry planned... but then Saturday happened.  Or perhaps I should say Saturday and Sunday, since there were 2 mass shootings.  I believe the combined death toll is at 30 for both killing events.  The shooter at El Paso evidently left a 'screed.'  Now, doesn't that sound like a dirty word.  Screed has several definitions, but the one being applied here is for a "long, tedious speech or piece of writing." When we say something is tedious we mean it is long... boring... dull.  This 21 year old racist from Dallas wrote a long and boring piece spewing hatred towards immigrants.  And then he tried to slaughter as many Americans, and Mexicans who were in this country legally, at a Walmart.  This is what happens when you have an Idiot Jerk in the White House who spews anger and hatred towards minorities.  He has constantly compounded an immigration problem for the sole purpose of enraging his white, Republican base.
And there was another mass shooting early Sunday morning at a bar in Dayton, Ohio.  The only media outlet providing any information seems to be the BBC.  American news outlets are only giving the briefest of synopsis at this point.  This is bad.  And you know we have a Moral Degenerate in the White House who is more concerned about pleasing his racist base than he is about human life.  He doesn't understand that minority group who rabidly adore him do not have the numbers to keep him in the White House.  It's time we locked this monster up.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Credit This

Well what do you know?  It's Saturday, and I'm not working.  Any weekend day off in retail is a rarity because these are the busiest days - people have off from work.  While we have been selling installations, the number of of customers getting measured in anticipation for new flooring  has dropped off.  This is always a slow period for us - the month before school begins.  Families go on vacations.  We will have to see if things pick up as we head into fall.
About 2 years ago I bought a recliner sofa and chair from Wolf's Furniture.  They offered a deal - an extra 5% off and interest free financing for 18 months if I applied for a new credit card.  Well, I liked that 5% so I signed up.  I paid the bill off when I got my first statement.  They sent me an email sometime last night informing me that the interest rate on that credit card was now 29.9%.  Of course, I don't own anything so that interest increase doesn't phase me... but Holy Mother Of God!  When I think of all those people who have balances on their cards...  my gut turns over.  The interest rate on the card we off is at 26.9%.  They are constantly at us to sign up new people.  We are told "you are not responsible for that person's finances."  This is one of the things wrong with America.  In the last 5 years credit card debt in the United States has gone from $854 million to $1.04 trillion.  This is what they call a 'bubble,' and at some time in the future it is going to burst.  And, of course, there are fools out there who believe every time the Fed drops its interest rate that drop is going to show up on their credit card statement.  These are the same bungalunga heads who voted for the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  That's why they wear those little red MAGA hats... to keep their stupidity from exploding out of their heads.
On the positive side, the Governor of North Carolina has signed in to law a ban in Conversion Therapy for that state.  That must really piss off the Crazy Christians who believe prayer cures everything... well, except for sexual orientation... and, of course that nagging credit card debt.  They simply don't understand that Crazy Christian Conservative bankers are responsible for the latter.
Finally, the Shea butter for Lily's nose arrived yesterday.  It has an interesting odor, not bad mind you, but.. unusual.  Since I have no idea what Sheas smell like, I'm going on the premise that it's normal.  I'm going to mix it with some cold pressed coconut oil that I have (that's also good for moisturizing).  This means her nose is going to smell like a little coconut drop.







Friday, August 2, 2019

Sit on this

Oh, well... it's Friday.  I have off tomorrow.  By request.  It's the first Saturday in August which means... Kid's Workshop.  As we age we decide whether or not we want to deal with certain... disturbances.  Kid's Workshop is creates a way to bond parents, and children, and the necessary skills needed if you own a home.  It's also a great tool to drive sales.  Parents always buy at least one thing.  The Kid's Workshop in our store is about 65 feet from where  the flooring desk.  The tumultuous sound of pounding hammers eliminates conversation.  You never want to sit down with customers during Kid's Workshop.  Henceforth I am requesting off every first Saturday of every month.  If I want to ruin my ear drums and give myself tinnitus, I'll listen to rock music.
Yesterday Sixpence commented on what I wear when cycling and I'm afraid I might have given some bad information.  The only spandex I wear is in the shorts and that's because of the gel padding.  This is the reason for the padding.


The seat... or as cyclists call it, the saddle.  The saddle is 11 inches long and 5.5 inches wide and very, very firm.  After about 5 miles, sitting on the saddle becomes... tedious (yeah, that's a nice word for it).  Painful is another one.  While I'm sure there are some out there who might enjoy this, I don't, nor do any other cyclists that I know.  To alleviate the stress on our 'saddle bones' we wear spandex shorts with gel padding.   I wear regular work out shorts on top because, let's be honest, there are only certain men who can wear spandex and get away with it.  When I take the X-6 out on the road I used platform pedals and sneakers, inside I use clipless pedals and special shoes.  Oh, and I don't wear a helmet inside, either... that would be just too damn weird.
On political news, this past week six Republicans have announced they will not seek re-election, including the only black Republican Congressman in the House.  If you're one of those brain dead Republicans, this is not good.  And another funny thing... the Idiot Jerk in the White House held a rally last evening.  He didn't get a lot of press.  The only thing I saw was a minor bit in the NYT where they said he didn't bring up 'race.'  This goes to prove that unless he says something incendiary, or inflammatory, no one gives a shit.  I tell people, he was not sent to give Conservatives everything they want, rather, he was sent to obliterate them.  He is their ending without a 'post script.'

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Cajones

So, how is everybody today?  Ducky Dandy?
I usually eat 4 taquitos (chicken) when I get home from work because... well, I like taquitos.  Think of them as an appetizer before the protein shake and Chobani yogurt I eat before cycling.  I put them on a paper towel and bring them upstairs to nibble on while I go through my emails, and read blogs.  When that's done, I get into my 'cycling gear' to put some mileage on the bike.  Last evening, while I was changing into my spandex, Seig came in - not unusual for him. Sometimes he will lay on the floor.  Dogs do that, in case you didn't know.  While I was putting on my lizard socks, he got the paper towel without my noticing....  I found a tattered corner, all that remained, on the bedroom floor.  This is not the first time and I know it will come out in the end.
Shea butter was also ordered for Lily's dry, chapped nose.  I go through nose butter regularly, but I've read that Shea butter is just as good and less expensive.  I had stopped in at the pet store to see what they had and the clerk sold me on something Burt's Bees puts out...  Well, it's shit.


There was also a debate last night.  As usual, I didn't watch.  In fact, I don't know if any network actually telecasted the event in it's entirety.  I think most of those interested get their info from the Internet since there are only 2 or 3 people on that stage anybody is really interested in hearing.  I did see that the Idiot Jerk in the White House Tweet out some sort of snotty comment about ratings...  Someone should tell that fool Faux News stopped telecasting his rallies because of... very low ratings.  Holy Shit!   Maybe he doesn't know...  Maybe no one had the cajones to tell him.... That would be so freaking hysterical, wouldn't it?  I mean he is stupid enough to believe the whole world is watching.  We all know they could show him a recording of one of his old rallies and he'd never know the difference.  That is something his sycophants would do, you know?  Because they don't really have the cajones to deal with him either.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Greek

I woke up around 0300 for a call of nature... this sort of thing happens more often after the age of 60, and as is my habit I looked out the bedroom window.  Now I don't have a really great view  because there's a river birch growing right outside, but I can see down to my driveway.  I was more than a little surprised to see the interior lights were on in my car.  Shit.  So, I got dressed and went down to turn them off, luckily they're LED and don't take much power, with this mystery roiling around in my head:  How did they get turned on.  The car was locked, which meant they had to have been on for quite some time.  One light is turned on by pressing a button, you turn the other on by pressing the light, itself.  Both button and light are about an inch apart.  I was back in the house and halfway up the staircase before the answer flashed into my head like a little light bulb.  Big Seig's Nose.  I took the dogs to the park yesterday.  Big Seig likes to stand between the driver's and passenger's seats.  On occasion his nose will touch the rear view mirror.  Yesterday he must have nosed the interior lights.  Now I know to check next time I take them to the park for it will, undoubtedly, happen again.
I tried to stream a little of the debate last night,  To my surprise, most media outlets were streaming... updates, rather then the debate itself.  It was just Sanders and Warren and Mayor Pete and Beto.  One of the headlines I saw this morning was "What ever happened to Beto?"  Well, I've said this before, he needs to go back to Texas and win and election.  Tonight it's Biden's turn... oh, and there's going to be some others on the stage as well.  This needs to change soon.
I rode the Meteora route yesterday... in Greece.  It's a short, 5 mile, great ride.  my pulse hit 193 at the beginning, which is super high.  Normally it sits around 126 when I ride.  I think that's because you start off in the town, and like every 3 or 4 seconds you turn, and you're going really fast.  The pace is neither casual or slow by any means.  Shit!  Once I started climbing, which is about 3.5 miles of the route, my pulse dropped back down to my normal riding pulse.  Interesting, huh?  The same thing happens if I'm riding along and suddenly another cyclist pops up close to me.  I don't like it when someone is chasing me.
Anyway, I get to go back to work today.  Can you feel my excitement.
I also bought a workbook to help me learn my Greek alphabet.  What I find really interesting at first was that it sounds a lot like Latin.  And then I thought... duh.  The Greeks colonized Italy and took their language with them, along with their gods, and democracy, and a lot of other stuff.   This means that the root language for Latin is... Greek.  Which is why some things are Greek to a lot of us.

Look at all those names ending in 'A'

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Ground Zero Lie

The temps are supposed to hit 94 (F) again this afternoon... before the thunderstorms arrive.  Something happening this year that didn't happen last?  My grass is beginning to turn brown.  That used to be the normal.  Last year we had rain all summer and I needed to mow my lawn weekly.  Not so this year.  I'm interested to see what next year brings?  Rain or heat... or both.  Climate change might turn Central Pennsylvania in a rain forest.
If anyone is interested, I am not going to see The Lion King.  I have absolutely no desire to sing  CGI hyenas sing.  Animals talking?  meh.  The same thing goes for that Milo Ventimiglia film.  ugh.  That's one of those films designed to manipulate your emotions.  You know going in someone... or something, is going to die.  The next thing on my list will be that Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reeling jolt of testosterone flick.  I mean, what's not to like about Dwayne and Jason?
I took my old box spring out to the curb yesterday, with Seig's help, of course.  He thought it was a lot of fun!
I also managed to get in another 10.5 miles in on the bike yesterday.  When I finish, I always wonder where the time went.  I downloaded a ride from Meteora, Greece that's five miles long.


In case you're wondering, Meteora has more to do with meteorology rather than meteors.  This should be interesting.
And I saw the Moral Degenerate in the White House lied about being at Ground Zero.  Evidently this buffoon from Hell doesn't remember... or realize, there a sound bites of him claiming to have been in his apartment watching the attacks on TV.  Remember?  He claimed to have seen videos of Muslims on rooftop cheering.  His lies make America look bad... really bad.  The sooner we vote this scumbag out of office and put him in jail, the sooner we can begin rebuilding.  Those who voted for him don't care.  All they are concerned about is "my taxes," "my money," "my guns," and "my religion."  They are humanity at its worst.
Finally, tonight there are going to be more Democratic debates.  Same thing goes for tomorrow night.  Then, hopefully, we will start to see some of the non-performers begin to realize their main purpose is not to run for president but rather help take control back in the Senate and maintain or grow the Democratic majority in the House.  I suspect that after this evening there will be four leading the pack:  Biden, Warren, Sanders, and Harris.  I know a lot of people love Mayor Pete.  I would rather see him win the Governorship of Indiana and first indict, and then jail Pence for masquerading as a human being.

Monday, July 29, 2019

This is how I Dance

Well, I'm off today and the temp is supposed to hit 94 (F).  I'm off tomorrow and their forecasting the same high temp.  Wednesday is not supposed to be as warm... but I work.
The only big things I need to do for today are... laundry and get the box spring out to the curb.  Tomorrow is garbage day and we're allowed one large item per week.
I rode over 12 miles yesterday and felt good afterwards. I've ridden 149.6 miles in July, easily hitting the Trek Cycling Challenge.  And I made a mistake when ordering the Legion Whey... I thought I was going to be getting the Strawberry / Banana but that flavor doesn't come in the size I wanted so what I actually ordered was the Chocolate / Peanut Butter.  Holy Shit! it's like drinking a healthy peanut butter cup!
I find it interesting that the Idiot Jerk in the White House and his team of racist sycophants have decided to make race one of the Big Ticket items for the 2020 election.  Their plan, no doubt, is to split the country in an attempt to get enough white supremacists to vote for him.  Be prepared.  He and Stevie Miller have much worse planned.
As some of you know, I'm a Kaiser Chief's fan.  Their first big hit quite a while back was a song called "Ruby."  They just released their new album "Duck."  There are a lot of good songs on it, but the one that's has my full attention right now is called "Wait," and it isn't because of the lines "checking out the boys, in their summer clothes."  Oh, in case you didn't know, they're a very socially conscious, friendly group.  Here's a not so good video of a live version:


And, in case anybody is wondering, this is how I dance, like a perky little lounge lizard, no swavey deboner moves for me.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Back to our Roots

Well it's Sunday. 
The Tour de France ends today.  The winner is going to be Egan Bernal.  He is 22 years old.  He is the first Colombian cyclist to win.  This is amazing!  This is the future.


As for me?  I'm going to work again today. 
And out in Hell Creek, North Dakota a college student discovered a 65 million year old Triceretops skull.  Dinosaurs... you got to love them.  A long, long time ago, when I was in grade school, we could buy paperback books from a Scholastic Press, and publisher specifically geared towards juvenile literature.  One of the first books I ever purchased from them was something call "The Enormous Egg," about a boy whose chicken lays a very, very large egg that hatches a baby triceratops.



This was my introduction to evolution, in a round about way.  Written in 1956, I doubt very much if Oliver Butterworth had any inclination that eventually we would learn that birds, even chickens, are the descendants of dinosaurs.  Can we talk about scientific foreshadowing here?  Believe me when I tell you I loved that book and read it dozens of times.
Evolution never stops.  Just look at homo sapiens.  We originated in Africa, moved north and experimented with the recessive genes of blue eyes and lighter skin tones.  Genetically speaking, those genes were a dead end and are in the process of being written off.  The dominant genes for dark eyes and dark skin have taken helm of our ship.  Makes sense, doesn't it?  Look at the Greece, for example.  The birthplace of Democracy.  Ain't that amazing!  People with brown skin gave us Democracy... oh, and Geometry...   I guess you could say we're going back to our roots.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Back to Work

So, I'm sitting here eating my oatmeal trying not to think about the fact that in a little over an hour and a half I'll be heading off to work.  Can you feel the excitement?  On a Saturday?
For those who don't know, Stage 19 of the Tour de France was halted yesterday because of...


snow and ice storm.  They day before the temps were hovering near 100 (F) in the Alps.  Today's stage has been shortened because of... snow and ice. 
Oh, and the Supreme Court said the Idiot Jerk in the White House can pilfer $2.5 billion from the Pentagon's budget for his wall.  You know, he has to give the white racists in his basis their precious little foible.  This is why he tried loading the Supreme Court with Conservatives, so that horrid, little minority group can get what ever they want.
I put a mattress platform on my bed yesterday and moved the box spring out into the hallway.  I need to get it downstairs and out front by garbage day.  My bed is lower, by almost a foot.  I didn't know how I was going to sleep... well, I was out like a light.  The mattress is firm and I had no idea how much bouncy, bouncy the box spring had - that's what happens when you have 180 lbs of dogs jumping around on it thinking it's a toy.  The notion had cross my mind to buy a new mattress if this didn't work out, but now I'm fairly certain that will not be the case.
A workbook is arriving today to help with the Greek.  Learning the alphabet is the tricky part, teaching your mind that a 'v' now sounds like an 'n' is not as easy as you might think, and there's a letter that can sound like either a 'y' or a 'w'.  This is what's called exercising your brain.
Another thing arriving today is whey.  Legion whey.

Why whey, you say? (or ask, but that doesn't rhyme).  Protein, pure and simple.  I already use a chocolate cake batter flavor, this one is strawberry banana.  When do I drink it?  Before I ride my bike.  Before I ride, I make a shake of 4 oz whey, 6 oz whole milk, and 6 oz water and chug that sucker.  Protein helps you build muscle, that thing we tend to lose as we get older... and I'm riding more and more hills.  They're a pain in the ass... or, well, legs, and they're work.  Even though I will tell myself I'm not going to ride this evening, I know I'm probably going to climb on the bike after work... to work.

Friday, July 26, 2019

As with all good things

Tis Friday... the last day of my Staycation.  Starting tomorrow I have to work for 2 whole days before having off for another 2 days.  Next week is my last 32 hour work week - then it's back to 40 (can you hear me gnashing my teeth?) hour works until my anniversary date 9/4, at which point another 3 weeks of vacation rolls into my account.
I had my annual physical yesterday.  I'm in great shape... well, my glucose is 111.  My PSA, that little number aging men take into consideration is 2.48 which is what you'd normally see in a 40 - 50 year old man.  My triglycerides are at 88 and my total cholesterol is... (are you sitting down?) 132.  Blame it on my cycling.  Oh, and don't forget... I drink whole milk - sometimes by the glass.
I took a ride in Eistobel yesterday, which is in Bavaria which has some nice hills.

A few of those Bavarian Hills

The green bar at the top shows the terrain.  This is the first half of a 17 mile ride.  The 2nd half has even steeper climbs.  I may give it a shot this afternoon.  This is one of those rides I need to complete to increase my ranking in Rouvy.
Today I'm also going to be getting rid of the box spring on my bed in order to reduce the height.  I might end up buying one of those memory foam mattresses, or something like that.  I was pricing them the other day.  They're rather affordable and I'm most likely going to have to buy at least one more mattress.
And finally, yesterday, as I was sitting in the waiting room I started thinking about the heat wave in Alaska... and in Europe... and the one we just had, and how people are shrieking about Climate Change.  The Crazy Christians are in a terrible state of denial in order to keep reality from blasting major holes in their philosophy.  Sorry, but even bad things need to come to an end.  As a cognizant species, we have not been around that long... a couple million years.  Whether you understand this or not, we are still in our infancy.  The dinosaurs were around for what?  Sixty million years until that silly asteroid wiped them out?  Climate change will lead to adaptation.  I know some find that scary, but it will happen.  Climate Change will move us out into space - there's no climate change on the moon.  However, living there will induce other adaptations.  In two million years there may be nine or ten different variants of the human species.  This is what we have to look forward to... and it ain't bad.  As with all good things adaptation and evolution are necessary for survival.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

My physical's today, the 5th day of my StayCation

That's right, today I'm going to find out what those 4 (or 5) vials of blood they drew from me two weeks ago reveal.  Meh.  On the way home, I'm planning on buying some new candles.
I took my first shower with Every Man Jack yesterday (hows that for a phrase?).  The Cedarwood scent is light, not highly perfumed, which is nice.  The last thing I want to smell like is a two bit whore preparing to flounce.
Seig had his physical yesterday... and he weighs in at 117.  As we left the examining room the assistant smiled and said "see you later, handsome," she was talking to Seig, of course.  We did not do the blood work for heartworm and he is on no regime.  According to the National Heartworm Assn, Central PA averages 1 - 6 reported cases per clinic per year.  Do you have any idea how low that is?  If the incidence level were higher, I'd put him on meds.
We also didn't do the fecal exam for parasites, nor the Lyme Disease vaccination.  Lyme Disease is different in dogs; 85% of infected dogs will never, ever show any symptoms.  If symptoms show up the standard treatment is the antibiotic doxycyline.  Besides, my dogs are on Frontline anti-flea and tick medication - no fleas and no ticks.
For those who missed it, Mueller testified yesterday.  I don't know what people were expecting.  He pretty much repeated just about everything he'd said in his report.  Did they think he'd suddenly start blabbing his mouth off?  There were some juicy tidbits but mostly it was meh.  The one moment I did enjoy was when he said the Idiot Jerk in the White House could be indicted after he leaves office.  Thank you Robert!  You've just given the Democrats a chant for their rallies!  Indict!  Indict!  Indict!
And finally, that bumble-brained idiot Boris Johnson is now the Prime Minister of the UK.  He's intelligent but he's not smart, if you get my drift. Like the Idiot Jerk in the White House, he has a problem with veracity.  He is high on panache and low on substance, making bold promises without totally understanding the steps which need to be taken to achieve the results he guarantees.  For all intents and purposes, I wouldn't be surprised if he happened to be one of the Idiot Jerk's bastards.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

StayCation day 3 (or Biggie goes to the Vet)

Yep, it's day 3 already... my, how time flies when you're having fun.
Yesterday was fairly busy:  had the car serviced, shined the candelabra:


I took the dogs for a walk in the park, they loved it, though Seig was exhausted when we got home.  He's good for short bursts of speed and walks around the block.  I also rode 12.19 miles of a 16.18 mile ride in Canyonville, Oregon.  Rouvy has a little clip if you want to see what I see.  The clip shows several cyclists and usually it's only me.  Occasionally there are other riders, but we never really get close.


Gallup has an interesting article on how the number of people who respect organized religion is continuing to drop.  They cite several reason:  the priest scandals of the Catholic Church and Evangelicals forcing their way in to politics.  Their comment about the latter was something like: Republicans may like it but Democrats and Independents don't.  Remember, the election will be here before you know it.
And finally, Seig goes to the Vet today.  He needs his distemper and rabies shots.  As always, I like to remind people with pets that they need to manage their Veterinarian.  He may talk puppy or kitty talk to you pet in a very trustworthy voice but the bottom line is he is running a business.  He is a lot like the big, home improvement retailer I work for in that he wants to fill your shopping cart.  Here's one example:  Seig was wormed when he was a puppy, yet they wanted me to bring a stool sample so they could run a fecal test for parasites.  A small modicum of research on the Internet will educate you on what symptoms your pet will exhibit if he have worms.  The last time Seig weighed in at 118 lbs, it's why we call him Biggie.  He does not have worms, but that's not going to stop them from charging me $40 to run a fecal exam... just to be on the safe side.  Once you begin to manage your Vet he will learn to reach into someone else's pocket to pay for his Mercedes.





Tuesday, July 23, 2019

On day 2 of my StayCation

I got up at my usual time, 0500.  I'm having my car serviced, either at 0715 or 0730 - I didn't write down the specific time when I made the reservation.  Silly me.  Shit, I hope that's not what they call a senior moment.  I should have paid better attention.  After I made the appointment I got a notice, "add to calendar," which I clicked on - well,  the date was scheduled but not the specific time.  Shit.
Yesterday I completed my 100 mile challenge... barely.  I had just completed a little over 5 miles when I received an error message.  The route I was downloading failed and that shut down my system.  Everything stopped.  The video, which had been locking up briefly stopped and I was taken to the 'ride completion screen.'  I'd had ridden 3/4 of a mile past the necessary 100 miles.  Golly!  I wanted to put in at least 11 or 12 miles.  I will add those miles this afternoon.  And, what do I get for riding over 100 miles?  A Trek T-shirt.  It's should be read for pick-up at Holme's Cycling in Camp Hill in mid-September.  This is funny since I'm a Cannondale man and ride Cannondale bikes no Trek bikes.  Will I wear it?  Don't know.
My neighbor got a bull mastiff puppy.  He was out in the front yard yesterday doing the house training bit.  He and his wife already have one... but it must be around 6 or 7 years old.  I gave him a 'thumbs up' as I drove by.


Big dogs are great!
Update... my appointment was for 7:30 so I got here 20 minutes too early.  Shit

Monday, July 22, 2019

On the First Day of my StayCation

I did not sleep in.  Nope.  Up at 0515, normally up at 0500, so I guess I'd have to admit to a minor bit of sluggishness.  What can I say, I had 3 glasses of wine last evening.
We had rain over night and things are going to cool off - the temp is only supposed to hit 84 (F) today.  I can live with that.  The dogs like temps in the mid 80's.  When it gets really warm Seig starts melting into the veranda... well, he doesn't really melt as much as decided he's going to lay down,,, and not move.
Speaking of Seig, he was out on the front porch this morning as I took a snap of my sunflowers, more of them are opening. Can you spot him?


Sometimes brindle can be so hard to find.
I saw where the Idiot Jerk in the White House says Rep Omar needs to apologize to America.  If I were her I'd say "America, I'm so sorry you have to deal with this liar in the White House, a man foreign dignitaries have called inept.  I am so sorry you have a president who has no problem destroying the finest things about this great country as he desperately clings to power."  I'd continue, but you get the gist.  Remember what I said, let him use his own words to get him out of office.  An apology like that would get him doing double back flips.  Turn his own words back on him because he's stupid.
Okay, and finally, so I know everybody is wondering just which body wash I chose to lather away the dirt, and grime, and post cycling sweat... well I just placed an order for Every Man Jack, (how's that for masculinity?)  Here's their website.  And a picture:


Organic, no animal testing, and just think, I'm going to smell like a cedar tree.  Say that name several times.  Don't you like the way it rolls off you tongue?  Every Man, Jack... oh, that's right, there's no comma.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Starving the Ego

When I got this morning at 0500 the temp outside was 84 (F).  That's warm.  The forecast is for thunderstorms this afternoon.  They're supposed to be cooling things off for the next week.  People need to remember that these are the dog days of summer.
As for my Trek Cycling Challenge?  I have 4.5 miles to go before I hit my hundred miles.  That will happen this afternoon.  What happens when I hit it?  Well, I get this little badge for my Strava Account and a T-shirt.  If I managed to get a total of 500 miles in before the end of July, I'm entered into a contest to win a Trek bike.  I'm a Cannondale man, so that doesn't excite me too much.
The store is most likely not going to be busy today - the heat.  Those who do show up will be there to buy portable A/C units.  I don't understand their lack of fore planning. Every summer they show up, and then they white "that's all you have in stock?" We only get so many units.  Corporate does not keep shipping them in on a weekly basis.  When they're gone... you're shit out of luck.  Plan ahead.  Don't wait until we're in the middle of a heat wave to decided you want a little A/C comfort.  People do the same thing with snow blowers and shovels and icemelt.
And, of course, now I'm going to need to change my body wash.  Shit!  For years I've used Nivea's Body Wash for men for my after workout shower.  I like smelling fresh as a daisy, you know?  Well evidently Nivea has decided that they don't do gay.  What's is that their ad agency does... gay.  In fact, one of the owners is... gay.  So, the ad agency pulled an Nsync on them and sang "Bye, Bye, Bye."  There's no way I can support a company that doesn't do gay... you know what I mean?  So I'm in the market.  I'd like to avoid products by Unilever is possible since they do a lot of animal testing.  Suggestions are welcome.
Finally, I understand the Idiot Jerk in the White House is still verbally attacking Rep. Omar.  What I find interesting is that he's not making headlines... at least not the way he had been after his rally in North Carolina.  Fox News likes to smear around his shit, but most of the other media outlets seem to be playing it down.  There blurbs and and articles about racism, no doubt because his decision to play the race card is directly related to the White Republican Party.  However, there are no banner headlines and that must piss him off.  His ego needs feeding.  He does this by stoking anger and fear.  It's time we started starving that sucker.





Saturday, July 20, 2019

And... the heat is on

It's Saturday and the temp is supposed to hit 98 (F) today.  It was 99 (F) when I left work yesterday, and last evening, after things had cooled down to a sweltering 95 (F) my mowed his lawn... with a push mower.
I have 15 more miles to go before I complete my Trek Challenge - a lot of those will be done today.  Inside on my trainer, of course, since riding around outside today might be considered grounds for committing me to the nearest cycling asylum.
Interestingly enough, I least I think so, in The Body in the Tower Eli and Max fly down to Pau, France, for the mountains stages in the Pyrenees and yesterday this year's tour was actually in Pau.


 I did see, as I copied that link, Amazon has the paperback version on sale for Prime members.
So, besides riding what am I going to be doing today?  Well, lotsa laundry.  My, doesn't that sound fun.  Remember, it's going to be at least 98 (F) outside.
And, of course, even though the Idiot Jerk tried to distance himself at first from the racist chanters at his rally, now he's defending those white supremacists.  That should be no surprise.  He wants to turn himself into a god for his base, a group of aging white people committed to the denial of science.  They are desperately clinging to the dark ages of the 1950's as though they are the last life preserver from the Titanic.  They don't know the smart people, the ones who used their noggins, are the ones who got in a lifeboat, or jury-rigged a raft.  There is no salvation for them... literally.  The heat is on and instead of understanding they need to work to save the ship they're jumping overboard.
Finally, I started watching "Dark" last night on Netflix.  It's a bit of a scifi supernatural thriller and it is... good.  Here's the trailer.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Meh

Today is actually my Friday, I'm off tomorrow, of course I'm back to work on Sunday... but just for one day.  Then I'm going to have five days off in a row.  Now... just what will I do?  Maybe paint.  Three things that are scheduled are my annual physical, my car gets serviced (oil change), and Seig goes to the Vet.
And, of course, repercussions and accusations are still flying into the walls of American morals after the Idiot Jerk's rally in North Carolina.  While his base sings and dances to his racist song, far more Americans saw him step into a deep pile of shit.  Does he, and the rest of these dung dancers, really care?  Absolutely not.  He has an adoring base and as long as they give him what he wants, praise and veneration, he will spew hatred.  For him, the only true American is one who bows before him.  His problem, and it's a serious one, is that large swaths of voters took a step back and said "what the fuck?"  The crowd at his rally was not all local.  Some drove from as far as Florida to spin and whirl in his hatred.  The response by a majority of Americans was to scratch their heads in disbelief and say "shut up!"  Prepare yourselves, he and his white party will continue to shit in their pants.  It's the only thing he really knows how to do.
On the bright side, Rep. Omar went home to praise from constituents.  The Idiot Jerk has no clue as to how much he helped with her re-election campaign.
And on the 'meh' side of life.  The trailer is out for "Cats."  Deep, deep groan.  I saw "Cats" on Broadway.  Many words have been written, not about how great this show is, but rather how it's a one song musical.  "Memory."  There, I've said it.  The rest of the music is... meh.  How meh?  The London cast version had different songs to sing than the New York version.  Meh.  I like shows that use dialogue to move the story forward.  "Cats" is a dance musical...  No dialogue.  In fact, this is a concept show, meaning there is no real story per se.  They do sing "Memory" though, a couple bars here, a couple bars there, and then the full song at the end.  Now, I don't mind watching people dance on the stage for short periods of time... though not for 2 + hours.  Meh.  I watched the trailer and I think the actors look less like cats and more like aliens with kitty-cat ears and tails.   Meh.  Don't believe?  Watch?


There's almost as much dancing here as at one of the Idiot Jerk's rallies... well, maybe not that much.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Time to Unify

It's Thursday... I know this because I checked my calendar.  For some reason I thought it was Friday... wrong.  Believe me, I would really like it to be Friday.  It's my approaching vacation... and the fact that it's slow at work.  This is not flooring season.
I went riding in Utah last night, not my normal 10 or 11 miles, I was on a new route... with hills, strep hills - 10% grade.  I took a snap.  My position is marked by the little blue helmet.


My legs are a little sore this morning, so I'll take the day off. I like this ride, though, so I'm going to focus more on it and build up some strength in my legs.
The Idiot Jerk held a White Republican Rally in Greenville, North Carolina.  It was racist as all get out, with the very white crowd chanting "send her back."  The ugly man is fueling hatred towards minorities because he wants to, because it gives him joy.  He so desperately wants to wear the mantle of American Dictator.  His approval rating has gone up a few percentage points... among white Republicans.  The rest of America is inching backwards in horror as the party of the Idiot Jerk creeps deeper into fascism.  Believe me, the Idiot Jerk would love to run a fascist country and so would the Republicans.  They hate the constitution because it restricts them, binding them with rules which deny them the control they so desperately want.  One good thing is that they are a minority group, themselves.  Vast majorities do not stand behind the Idiot Jerk.  His approval rating has been sitting, for the most part, in the low 40's since his election.
Democrats need to come together.  The infighting between the middle and the far left needs to stop until after the 2020 election.  If this means AOC needs to bite her tongue... well, then she needs to bite her tongue.  Centrists and Independents are the key.  Do not piss them off.  The Idiot Jerk does not know how to deal with a wall of unity.  He and his sycophants will chip away at every crack they can discover.  Unification is the only way to beat this Evil.  I like The Squad, but they need to become for Centrist in their message if we hope to defeat the Idiot Jerk.  The Squad needs to become a name he hates.  They need to represent truth, justice, and equality for all Americans.
And, now that Al Green (D - Texas) has failed at his little impeachment stung, he needs to put on his Big Boy Pants and join the team.  His priority must be to help win the White House back from the Idiot Jerk.  He needs to pocket his hatred until we Americans can begin to prosecute the Idiot Jerk and his henchies.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

How to Treat an Inept Politician

Holy Crap!  It's Wednesday... and I go back to work for 3 days.  Trois jour ou les temperatrues seront tres chaudes...   The humidity is already here.  Yikes!
I had an eye exam yesterday.  It's been 6 months since I stopped using the eye drops.  And the good news is?  I don't have Glaucoma, as diagnosed by my first specialist.  That's nice.  The pressure in my left eye actually dropped... now ain't that nice.
I have 79.5 miles completed on my challenge.  That will be easy peasy.  For those who are curious, here's a snap of my riding set-up.


When I'm riding a route, the TV in front of the bike show a video of the route.  The only thing bad is going around curves because I'm on a stable bike and the camera leans into the turn, the way I would if I were riding the actual road.  I can live with that.
The House passed a bill censuring the Idiot Jerk for his inflammatory rhetoric yesterday.  Oh, and some dingle-brained Democrat from Texas introduced a bill of impeachment.  Don't try and impeach!  The last time a political party impeached a president, Clinton, he went on to win a second term.  We need to legally vote that Moral Degenerate out of office, and then prosecute... prosecute... prosecute. We need to get the AG Billy Barr disbarred.  The rest of the Idiot Jerks terror team will be jailed for committing crimes against humanity.
And the Idiot Jerk's rhetoric?  It will not only continue, it will get worse.  Instead of throwing temper tantrums, our representatives need to begin to throw it back at him in a very... nonchalant way.   Don't take his bait.  They need to start using phrases like "These are the things you expect an inept politician to say," and "These are the words of a failed political hack."  When people call him things like this he flips out and makes himself look even worse.  Don't try and impeach the sucker, just piss him off.  Let him do the dirty work himself.
And now, for some pretty snaps... of my purple dahlias.  Yes, they are blooming.



Now, ain't that just beautiful?