Bluntness

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Bitter, Old Man

 Temps today are predicted to climb into the mid 70s (F).  I can deal with that.  Tomorrow, since this is spring, rain is predicted, but not much, with temps hovering around in what they call the "seasonal" range.  This means it might be chilly, but it shouldn't be cold.  I get to work tomorrow and I don't have any yardwork planned prior to my hitting the store.

I did work yesterday and it was oh, so slow.  I did manage to get the requisite measure for the week, not all I need are the sales.  They might show up, and then again they might not.  It's no skin off my nose.

My internet was down last night.  I found out when Alexa told me he didn't know what I was talking about when I told him to turn off the lights.  Of course, I didn't know it was the entire internet in my area, so I went through everyone of those tedious little steps to make sure the problem wasn't on my end.  This is one of the reasons I have T-Mobile for my phone and Fios for my internet.  When one goes down, the other is till operational.  When Verizon finally admitted the problem was on their end, I went to bed.  This morning everything was up and running smoothly.

Today is primary day in PA.  I voted by mail.  So many people are trying to replace Scott Perry, it's almost ridiculous.  Only 1 of the 8 candidates will go head to head with him in November.  There's a fairly large Republican group that's anti-Perry, so who knows who they will be voting for since in Pennsylvania primaries, Democrats vote for Democrats and Republicans vote for Republicans.

And I saw this picture yesterday.  In case you didn't know, this is what evil looks like.


Have you ever seen a more bitter, old man?

The first witness in Trump's campaign interference trial was some guy named Pecker (I kid you not), who own the National Inquirer.  I didn't get a chance to see what he had to say, but from what I understand he's going to be telling about Trump's frequent sexual peccadillos, and how, for a fee, he kept them out of the National Inquirer.  Evidently the Moral Degenerate was even more immoral than we thought.  Today, Pecker's going to be testifying again, and no doubt, the world will hear that Trump, among everything else, was also a serial cheater.


Monday, April 22, 2024

Court Room Edition

 Monday.  I have to work a full 8 hours.  Outside, the weather is cool but not cold.  Overnight temps dropped down to 40 (F), which was better than what they had been predicting.  Yesterday afternoon I received a text telling me we were under a freeze watch... of course, a watch is better than a warning.

I paid off my trip to Greece this morning.  That's one less bill I need to be concerned with.  Now, all I need to do is save up the money I spent so my checking account is nice and plump again.

With The Body on the Lawn, I've decided that I'm going to deal just with Audible and Itunes.  This means I'm not going to go with Findaway.  While that was a good learning experience, it was just that.  And I'm still learning.  I've been watching educational videos at ACX University.  ACX is the publishing part of Audible.  They cover everything from pre-production to publication of the audio book.  Findaway made it easy, however there were glitches along the way, like The Body Under Ice only getting submitted to certain retailers, rather than all I had selected.  Findaway is now owned by Spotify, which is moving into the audiobook business.  

After listening to soooo many auditions, I've finally settled on a narrator.  An actor named Dermot, who's an Irishmen living in Madrid.  While I was happy with the work the previous narrator did, he was not open to suggestions.  He also managed to get cast in an Indie film and communications with him seemed less important, something he could get away with putting on the back burner.  Anyway, I'm thinking the audio version of The Body on the Lawn should now be out on Audible around the first week in August. 

And I saw this yesterday and thought it rather appropriate.


Today will be the actual first day of the Moral Degenerate's trial.  Opening arguments will be heard.  Donnie will have to try and stay awake.  You may not find this surprising, but I'm not the only person to have doubts about his not napping his way through the 4 years of his presidency. Maybe that was why conversations with him needed to be peppered with praise.  This is also probably the reason he doesn't read; after the first sentence he's out like a light.

Also, his rally in North Carolina was canceled because of rain.  I'm betting it wasn't because he was worried about his cultists, either.  Most likely he was worried his make-up might run



Sunday, April 21, 2024

Juror #7

 Well, here it is, Sunday, and I have to work.  Not a problem.  Temps are predicted to be on the cool side, only making it up into the mid 50s (F).  Tomorrow things are going to be warmer, but even than highs will only be in the mid 60s (F).

For the most part, work was boring yesterday.  I did manage to hit my measure goal for the week and had an $8800 sale go through.  That should keep management happy.

I have this sofa in the the writing room that the dogs used to spend so much time on, however, it looks like the dogs spent a lot of time on it, so I'm thinking of getting rid of it.  The problem?  It's very heavy.  Waste management will take it on garbage day if I call them, the trouble is getting it hauled out to the curb.  I'm going to have to start talking to people.

It seems as though I will need to turn into Max Sullivan for a bit and eliminate the Fluffy Foods from my diet.  Climbing on the scale every morning is becoming a very gainful experience.  I guess that every time I look at food I'm going to have to ask myself, what would Max think?

And I know they're trying to keep this information out of the press, but I thought you'd like to see a picture of the 7th juror.


My sister called yesterday while I was at work and left a message.  It seems as though my brother in law went out to buy a generator.  One of the many purchases he's been making which indicate he believes we're going to have a war... he's a Cultist.  Among his other purchases are light bulbs with their own battery packs, freeze-dried food, and dime-sized pieces of gold.  He loves Trump, or rather I should say the authoritarianism Trump represents.  In fact, that's one of the ties that binds most cultists together, the craving for an authoritarian government in which they are in charge.  Yep, they are the Republicans.  The same group whose mantra is "shut up! we're in charge!"  Of course, when you look at the GOP it's easy to see that when they do manage to get themselves into positions of authority, they give tax breaks to the wealthy and to corporations.  They simply don't understand that the vast majority of Americans, given the choice of an authoritarian government and one that is Democratically Centrist would chose the latter.  Nor do they understand that trying to force that form of government onto the nation would be terribly disastrous for them.  Face it, you can't fix stupid.


Saturday, April 20, 2024

Trump cuts the Cheese

 It's Saturday, and that means I get to go to work.  As you might guess, that means the clouds are going to dissipate and the sun will shine.  Temps are predicted to climb into the upper 60s (F) and that means the grass is going to grow.  With all the drizzly rain we've been having, Tuesday is probably going to turn into a mow day.

I'm rather pleased to say that I accomplished much yesterday, including a ride on the bike.  I also, after cleaning the oven, roasted a nice piece of corned beef.  I prefer roasting over cooking in a pot with cabbage and potatoes.  I don't need the soupiness of corned beef and cabbage.  My tastes run more to the Reuban, though not necessarily the sandwich.  Corned beef with sauerkraut topped with a nice chunk of Swiss cheese is just as tasty, especially if the cheese is melted.  Yum!

My new availability is going to be effecting my movie nights because on the days I work, I won't get home until 7.  We prefer shows that start before then, of course, I can always head right over to the theater from work.  This week I'm scheduled both Wednesday and Thursday.  Next week that's not the case, and I'm also scheduled off on Saturday, which rarely happens.

And my passport arrived yesterday.  It's different than the last one, more plastic and a lot more seals, the imprinted kind, not those that eat fish.

I found this to be downright hysterical.


One of the things presidential candidates do is try and present the most appealing image to the voting public, and this is done by rallies, by giving speeches, and make public appearances.  Trump's campaign interference trial is turning that approach upside down.  He's no longer able to hit the necessary fund raisers because he now has to sit in a courtroom.  The public was never given this sort of up-close and personal look at the Spawn of Satan, until now.  One of the things we're learning about him is that he likes his naps.  He nods off daily.  I don't know about you, but if I was on trial for breaking a serious law, I'd be paying close attention to the proceedings.  Not Trump.  He just dozes off.  And yesterday?  He had a problem with flatulence, what we colloquials call "cutting the cheese."  From all of the memes I've seen, it must have been truly moldy cheese.


Friday, April 19, 2024

Trump: The Footnote in History

 It's Friday.  The last of my 4 days off in a row, and the weather is going to be putzy. The clouds are not going to be clearing and this afternoon spotty showers are in the forecast.  Temps in the mid 60s (F).  This is not the recipe for joy.

Yesterday was a day of accomplishments: another walk in Adams - Ricci, a ride on the bike, and a dumbbell / band session.  Some writing was done.  And, according to Garmin, I had an excellent night's sleep, over 7 hours.  If it weren't cloudy outside, I be feeling quite refreshed.

About a month ago I tried baking some cream cheesy, peachy thing in my oven, my own recipe, and the spring form pan leaked.  It was one of those things I should have cleaned up but put off because I use the air fryer more than the oven.  Well, last evening, part of my dinner was roasted asparagus, so I fired up the oven and smoke came billowing up.  Burnt sugar smoke.  Now my house smells like burnt sugar, not the most attractive scent around.  This morning, when I go to my neighborhood Giant supermarket, I'll be picking up some over cleaner, and maybe a couple of dozen scented candles.

Here's another picture I took while walking through Adams - Ricci on a sunny day.


And, of course, there are only 7 more alternative jurors to go in Trump's campaign interference trial... or is it 6?  Either way, jury selection should be completed by the end of today.  I find it interesting that those people who've been eliminated have said, after seeing him sitting in the courtroom, is that he looks like an old, orange man.  He might look more sympathetic to the jury if he got rid of the make-up and took the blond dye out of his hair.  Juries do tend to empathize with seniors.  However, that would present a terrible problem for him.  His cult wouldn't recognize him.  They'd wonder just who is this stranger?

I find it interesting that more and more news services are showing him approaching and leaving the courtroom without any sound.  I've seen 3 so far, and the on-air reporter always mentions that we've heard it all before, and that he isn't saying anything new.  Old news.  Stale news.  Been there, done that, and it's time to move on.  That's one of Trump's many problems.  Like the GOP he now runs, he is unable to stop kicking that dead horse.  Except for his cult, who have turned his whines into a mantra, America is ready to move on.  This trial will guarantee he is only a footnote in history.


Thursday, April 18, 2024

Nature

 The weather forecasters have planned a day of filled with a solid cloud cover.  Not a wink of sunshine shall peep through.  Temps are predicted to be in the low 60s (F).  Not my kind of day, still I do want to get a bike ride in and possibly a bit more.

Yesterday turned out to be busy and tedious.  Meh!

My neighbor and I had our updated signatures validated by a notary public for the will which was changed.  That took about an hour of the morning.  She drove. All backroads.  She doesn't like driving on the highway.  And she talked constantly.  Her favorite phrase is "you know what I mean?" except she never pauses to let you answer.  She's also a smoker and said, "I hope you don't mind," as she lit one up.  Those clothing are waiting to be washed later today.  Don't get me wrong, she's a very nice person, she'll be taking care of my fish when I'm in Greece.  She just has some idiosyncrasies.  

I had lunch with my cousin and her husband and she texted me the wrong time, so I sat around and waited... and waited, for them to pick me up.  And then I ate pasta, and all I wanted to do was sleep the rest of the day.  Those damn carbs!

Here's a picture of the nature trail at Adams - Ricci that I walked the other day.


And because yesterday was such mish - mash of time consumption, I didn't really get the chance to pay attention to what was going on with Trump's Election Interference trial.  More and more people are beginning to call it that, rather the Hush Money trial, since his payment to Stormy Daniels was made to keep her from going public.  Honestly, though, I don't think the cult would have minded that much.  They swallowed so much of his guff without batting an eye.  For all I know, they might have actually found it amusing.  They're weird like that.

Oh, and evidently Fox called MTG and Idiot, not that she cares.  That, in itself, defines her as being an Idiot.  Oh, and her dipshit boyfriend was up in New York City and made the comment that he was surprised.  He'd been expecting the streets to be over run by homeless individuals and violent crime to be rampant.  This was not the case.  Of course, he listens to Marjorie which makes him an Idiot, too. 


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Swan Song

 Yesterday, the weather was gorgeous.  Weeds were wacked.  Grapes were planted.  The temps were in the mid 70s (F).  It was a beautiful spring day.  Unfortunately, today the showers are going to return, with temps in the low to mid 60s (F).  It's important to keep in mind we're barely into spring.  

Much was accomplished yesterday, starting off with a 1.5 mile walk around Adams - Ricci Park.  I took pictures with my phone!  Rather than stay on the paved trail, I took the Nature Route, which is a hillier dirt path.  There were a lot of small branches littering the extended section, as well as the normal roots sticking above the ground, and to my surprised, I passed a fellow walker wearing flip-flops.  That's right, on a path where you constantly need to be lifting your feet and watching where you put them, he was he was flip-flopping away.  Maybe he saw it as some sort of obstacle course.

I'm dealing with a bothersome legal issue right now that is not of my own making that has become a bit of an inconvenience.  Evidently 8 years ago I signed as a witness on my neighbor Eileen's will.  I don't remember it.  Anyway, about 2 months ago she died.  However, she did several changes to the will by hand, initialing and dating each of the changes, one of which was removing her brother.  I think he's complaining because now I have to sign a document saying I was one of the witnesses, and it has to be notarized.   What a bother!  Hopefully, this will be done this morning.

How about this for a headline?


Of course, Trump's trial began yesterday, and as many are pointing out, it's not so much of a Hush  Money trial, as it is a trial of campaign interference since he interfered with how his campaign was viewed by the voting public.  And, of course, he lied right from the very beginning.  Then he attempted to cover up his lies.  What else is new?  I'm getting hearty ho, ho, ho when I hear the GOP say this very public trial, one where Don Snoreleone fell asleep 2 days in a row, is not going to change the public perception of the Spawn of Satan.  He thinks he can turn these daily hearings into tiny little campaign events, like he did with the Covid debriefings, however that isn't working.  More and more, the media outlets are no playing his sound bites.  They show him, mostly in the parking garage it seems, talking but with out the sound, and, as the newscaster on NBC said yesterday, "he's just repeating the same thing, over and over again."  He doesn't realize that only his cultists will fail to realize this is his Swan Song, and it's not even going to be a One Hit Wonder.



Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Mr. Grumpy goes to Court

 Forecasters are saying we're going to have a bright and sunny day here in Central PA, and I will openly admit that I'm up for it.  Tis the season of yardwork.  Now that I'm in a short hiatus between beasties (dogs), I'm going to reseed the area of lawn inside the fence.  So, today I'm going to take my weed wacker out and decimate a large section.  Our temps are predicted to climb into the mid 70s (F), which is just fine and dandy with me.  

I did work yesterday.  It was sooooo slow.  Last week's sales figures are equal to what they were prior to the Covid lockdown.  Of course, Wall Street is demanding that we force 5% growth, so corporate is trying to squeeze water from a stone.  To my surprise, yesterday was the first time I heard one of the most conservative associates in my department complain about pricing. OSB (particle board) is selling for over $33 a sheet.  He knows it's terribly overpriced, and complained that with such high prices we're never going to hit our planned sales.  This is something Wall Street is eventually going to have to come to grips with, 5% growth year after year is unsustainable.

Anyway, I'm thinking of g3etting rid of the dog sofa in the writing room.  It's old, been used by 3 dogs, and no matter how much you clean it, the stains are never going to come completely out.  If I call Waste Management, they will pick it up with the garbage, I've just got to get some strong arms to help me get it out of the house.  Maybe I'll replace it with a small dining room set.

And then yesterday Mr. Grumpy went to court.


I was working, so I had to rely on social media for most of my trial updates, and even those were amusing.  Some people began calling him Don Snoreleone because he fell asleep, though there's no evidence that he actually started snoring.  He will try to turn the next coming days into a constant campaign stop the same way he did his daily Covid briefings.  And the speeches he's going to make?  A broken record of complaints, skipping back over and over again in an endless whine of repeat, repeat, and repeat.  I had to laugh when I heard he wanted to stand next to the judge while potential jurors were being questioned.  He so desperately needs to be seen as a person of authority.  And it was also reported that he had some terse moments with his attorney.  He wants to play armchair attorney, which will help to incriminate him even faster.  And I also had a big hoot when I saw the list of witness.  Giuliani.  Steve Bannon.  This is more like a league of liars than anything else.  I'm not that familiar with what they can and can't do in a Federal trial, but if they can claim the 5th, they will.  Of course, that never sits well with the jury. 



Monday, April 15, 2024

Fallout

 Well, it's Monday, the beginning of the work week.  Presently our temp is 49 (F) and it's expected to zoom, zoom, zoom up to 80 (F).  That's warm for this time of year.  We had rain overnight, and thunderstorms are expected later in the afternoon, early event.  With it being so warm, and with the rain, I can tell you that my lawn is going to go zoom, zoom, zoom as well.  

I do get to go to work today.  This will be the last shift I start at 0930.  That makes me happy.  Sure, I get to leave an hour earlier, but I'll be honest, that hour doesn't make that much of a difference.  I'm a morning person.  I get things done in the evening.  When I get home at 1930, all I want to do is either watch something on TV or play a video game.  The idea of starting a project, or continuing a project is the farthest thing from my mind.  I sure as hell not going to take a 14 mile bike ride.  In fact, as far back as I can remember, I've never been an evening person.  Perhaps that's why I was always late with my homework.

And, speaking of TV and video games.  I watched the new Fallout on Amazon Prime.  Loved it!  And I'm evidently not alone.  The show has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.  That same % is on Google reviews.  Yes, it's that good.  It has over the top violence that makes you laugh.  There is so much going on, I may have to watch it a 2nd time to get what I've missed.


Today is, also, the Spawn of Satan's first day in court.  Do you have any idea how good it makes me feel to say those words?  Finally.  Will he be held accountable?  I don't doubt.  I'm hearing that it make take 2 weeks for the jury to be seated.  During that time prepare for the onslaught of media reporting and opinionizing as America has never seen.  Will it hurt Trump in his attempt to win a 2nd presidency?  You bet.  He has always played the part of the injured party, but for this trial to help him he would need to play sympathetic and that's impossible.  He has always played the part of the angry victim, however, that's going to be difficult as people begin to testify.  As his sleaze factor goes on full display, Evangelical Christians are going to discover Trump was the test of Faith that they failed.  He is not the Herald they were praying for.  The cultists will rage, not because they feel sorry for him, but because he got caught.  It's always fun watching a phony great man fall.


Sunday, April 14, 2024

A Plague of Locusts

 It's 42 (F) outside.  The early morning skies are somewhat overcast.  If the weather forecasters are correct, they will give way to partial sunshine and the temps will zoom up into the high 70s (F).  That would make for a really nice day, how sad that I have to work. 

Luckily I'll be sitting at the flooring desk, rather than outside loading mulch in people's cars.  And yes, mulch season has arrived.  That time of year when customers line up to buy bags of (mostly) organic material to spread around their flower beds in order to gain optimal curb appeal.  I can only remember using it one time, and that time it ended up getting spread far beyond the the flower beds by squirrels who can never remember just where it they've buried their nuts.

And for those of you who don't know, there is a plague of locusts coming our way... well, that's not precisely correct.  This summer, two groups of cicadas are going to be hatching.  From what they're saying, they being those who know about cicadas, the numbers will be in the billions.  Two different brood groups will be making their appearance at the same time.  There will, literally, be a plague of locusts.  This summer is going to be special... but not for everybody.  When I first heard about this insect event, I thought it was going to be all over since we have locusts here in Central PA.  Wrong.  It seems that most of this pseudo-religious event will be happening in none other than the Red conservatives states.  I honestly had to laugh when I saw which states are going to be effected the most.


And barely an hour goes by with out the Orange Anus  spitting out something vile on his Truth Social account.  Everybody does know what Truth Social is, don't they?  That Trump owned Social Media platform that went public, so people could invest in Donald?  Of course, it's failing because everything Trump touches dies.  Truth Social was supposed to earn him billions.  (Can you hear me laughing?)  The stock was way overpriced, initially at $70 a share, though the bottom fell out fairly fast and it's now trading at around $29 a share.  Ouch.  A lot of cultists are losing money.  Good.  Everything about this man is a lie.  The "Art of the Deal," was a lie.  Truth Social is anything but true.  The cultists will never understand.  For that to happen they would have to not only think, but reason as well.


Saturday, April 13, 2024

Picture This

 Oh, my gosh!  It's Saturday.  I have to work.  Weather wise our temps are predicted to climb into the mid 60s (F), though the wind will be steady at 20 - 25 miles per hour, with the occasional gust.  Spring.  Isn't it nice that it is so easily undefined, a potpourri of weather patterns that shade and shine across our lawns, filtering with colors that both dim and dazzle.

Anyway, yesterday was interesting.  I've begun to play around with the digital camera I bought, a Canon.  It got good reviews, which is nice, and it was fairly inexpensive, which is nicer.  I used to have a Nikon, and the only thing I liked about it was that it was red.  Photo storage was cumbersome, the Bluetooth never stayed connected to my phone, and Nikon wanted you to use their cloud storage called Nikon Spaces.  Most digital cameras have the same set-up, so if you know how to work one you should be able to work another, meaning the Canon is quite similar to the Nikon, but without the crappy Bluetooth, and storage problems.

And, as is my habit, now that The Body in Motion is published, I started actual work on The Body in History.  I think of it as a little tale about identity theft and the intervention of fate.  The plan was always for it to take place in Greece, and now I'm going there.  Will Eli and Max meet a Pythia?  Will they have to deal with the Cult of Phoebus?  You'll find the answers to these, and other questions next April.

One of the settings for The Body in Motion is the Adelphi Theater, which was torn down in 1970 so they could build a Hilton Hotel.  One of the pieces of history that were lost during demotion were the murals painted by Mortimer Lichtenauer.  Among his other works is the ceiling of the Shubert Theater, in NYC.  Here's a photo of one of the murals in the Adelphi Theater.


Of course, I'm looking forward to Monday, as are many people in the country.  Trump in court.  Of course, this will on be for jury selection, and one thing you can count on, the Orange Anus will have his attorney's object to every possible juror.  There is no limit to the number of jurors an attorney can want dismissed, but for dismissal to happen, the attorney needs to have a reason.  Thin lips or narrow eyes doesn't count.  Trump will try and use this as a delaying tactic because he knows he's going to lose.  He also knows that the media will broadcast every filthy detail in All Caps.  This is just another way for him to destroy the Republican party.  More power to him.

Friday, April 12, 2024

The Body in Motion

Now available for Kindle and as a paperback on Amazon.  Next week the eBook will be available for the Nook at Barnes & Noble.  Do I stick it to Social Media?  Yes.


While being nominated for a Motion Award was not as prestigious as getting nominated for a Webby, Eli and Max were both delighted the little blog their associate Bobby Tussel had started for them was being recognized.  Now they had a reason for spending some time in New York City and had planned on sticking around after the ceremony to take in the sights and see a couple of shows.  Of course, those plans went all to hell after a body turns up and they find themselves in a social media maelstrom, as bloggers, vloggers, and YouTube influencers all try to get in on the action.  Everyone seems to be demanding a piece of the investigative pie, as they put together clues to solve the mystery of The Body in Motion.











Thursday, April 11, 2024

Something's Coming

So here it is Thursday, and our weather forecasters are predicting a rainy, windy day.  Joy.  This is what we have to look forward to, until Sunday, when it will once again be party cloudy, though cold, with a high temperature sitting somewhere in the upper 50 s (F).

My lower back is a little cranky this morning.  That means I need to spend more time on the treadmill.

As someone who writes, I try to constantly upgrade my vocabulary in order to use words that younger readers can relate to.  It's nice to incorporate current slang words such as sick and dope, though I don't think sick is a popular as it once was.  This is how it goes with slang.  In one minute, and then out the next.  This is why there is a character in The Body in Motion, a pseudo influencer, who's concerned about his "riz."  It's also why... wait, what was that?  A little trembling coming from New York City?  It can't be another earthquake, they only have them once a century, and they just had one.  Hhhmm.  Then it must mean something big is approaching.  And I just got an email from Bobby Tussel!  He says something huge is on the fuckin' horizon! and he included this.  I wonder what it all means.


In other news, the Orange Anus struck out for the third time yesterday in his attempt to delay his porno / hush money trial.  I'm sure his brain is flip flopping inside his head.  The legal tactics he's always used to avoid legal prosecution are failing.  And, it is good.  He splutters more and more when he speaks, that, too, is delightful.  I did chortle when I saw that one of his attorney's arguments that his trial should be delayed because it was keeping him off the campaign trail.  Perhaps its because he's not going to be able to turn his approaching courtroom sessions into a profanity laden stump speech.  Not that he isn't going to try.  A funny thing people are noticing is that some of his posts to Truth Social appear to have been written by someone else, rather than the Moral Degenerate.  They know this because there are coherent sentences and no ALL CAPS shrieking.  Don't worry, there will be more attempts to stave of the eventual. And this is more than a one, or two bowl of popcorn event.  Maybe we should buy stock.  


 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Travel Insurance

 Yesterday was beautiful.  We reached a high of 77 (F).  That was fine.  My lawn was mowed, leaves were raked, and pruning was completed on the rose bushes out front.  I've even weeded a bit.  Today, however, the overcast skies with their showers are back.  Tomorrow the forecast is simple:  rain.  That means next week I'll be mowing my lawn again.

The passport photo went well.  Maybe I'll scan one of the pictures and post it here.  Me without glasses.  I do look somber.  I suppose that's because most people don't smile, or at least not as much as we think we do.  That's something I was thinking about at work the other day, that I seem to be smiling less frequently.  But then I don't know.  I don't really spend a lot of time thinking about smiling.  So many things are running through my head, most of which are not happy, smiley thoughts, and I wonder if I've always been like this?  Probably.  Most people don't smile, unless they have a reason.

I need to get travel insurance for my trip to Greece, so I was shopping for options yesterday.  Simple coverage is not that expensive, it's when you add in the cost of getting a cancelation reimbursement that sends it through the roof.  It would be nice to be reimbursed should something happen and the trip would get canceled.  However, once I started looking at the exceptions that weren't covered, that I began to question if it truly was worth the cost.  My cousin and her husband were supposed to go to Israel and of course the war happened.  Now, the insurance company is making they jump through all sorts of hoops to get their refund, you see the insurance company still wants them to go.

The tulips at the side of the house.


Of course, Arizona's Supreme Court using an 1864 law to set a precedent on abortion in the state is roiling the Republican party big time.  I find it rather humorous.  For decades, the Republican party has catered to the the anti-abortion crowd because they saw this group as a constant, steady voting bloc.  Now that they're getting their way, the RNC has realized that all their catering is now cratering their candidates in local and state elections.  How smart is that?  But then, no one ever said the GOP was smart.  The truth is they never really thought about it.  Their only goal has been to get themselves into power.  To do that, they have turned, and twisted, and jerked themselves into all sort positions to satisfy fringe groups in order to get themselves elected.  Now... well, it seems as though they're starting to realize they've been shitting in their pants for years, and it's the American voters who are going to change their dirty diaper.  Republicans have always been more desperate than smart.


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Excitement

 We have a bright sunny day scheduled here in Central PA.  Warm, too, with the temps predicted to climb as high as 78 (F).  That's really warm for this time of the year, and my lawn is going to go zoom, zoom, zoom, growing faster than you can believe.  Tomorrow, on the other hand, that temp is supposed to drop back into a more season 66 ish (F).

I have my passport appointment this morning.  It's going to take longer to drive to the Post Office than it will to have my pics taken and hand in the forms.  I am, however, going to kill 2 birds with one stone.  While I'm there, I'm going to drop of my Mail in Ballot.  One good thing is that I have my expired passport to use for my identification.  I'm going to take a birth certificate alone, too.

And, of course, yesterday was the Solar Eclipse.  I put CNN on the monitor at work so I and my fellow flooring specialists could watch.  My manager made one of those box viewers and was walking around with it.  Since I didn't buy any glasses, I hadn't planned on going outside... until they announced it over the store system. "Any associates wishing to see the eclipse can meet out in front of the building."  There were only 4 or 5 people in the store, so I went out front.  Here's blurry picture I took.  Not a big crowd, just employees passing around one pair of glasses and the box.  A few customers joined us.  I will admit I was surprised by all of the excitement.  It was neat to actually see it.  It was a dusky, not dark, and the light itself seemed to be coming through a filter... which it was, sort of, as the sunlight slipped past the moon.  I can't wait for to see the next one in 2045.


And, as expected, there were no biblical events, no Hand of God manifestations, no earthquakes, no tidal waves, just the government of Arkansas sitting tightly in their sate of emergency.  This is what happens when you choose mythology of science.  I wouldn't be surprised if there were quite a few social conservatives who were sorely disappointed that nothing did happen.  Many no doubt wished the eclipse would have been a sign, and it was, just not the one they were looking for.

Of course, yesterday the Orange Anus said he believed abortion rights should be left to the states, that was another sorely disappointing message for social conservatives.  You see, the Evangelicals want to desperately believe that he was sent by god to give them what they want, and his statement doesn't fall in line with their wants and desires.  You'd think they would have realized that everything he says has the taint of deceit, so nothing coming  out of his mouth can be trusted.


Monday, April 8, 2024

The Eclipse

Can I get a big shout out for Eclipse Monday!  For the vast majority of this planet, today will be a day just like any other.  Here in Central Pennsylvania, it will go dark, at least for the most part.  We're not under the direct path of the moon's shadow, but we will get dusky.  Temps will be in the upper 60s (F).  Winds will be calm; that's right, they're not going to get excited about something that's happened millions of times.  

As you can probably tell, I'm not that excited by today's astronomical event... or, if you want, you can call it celestial.  You see, this is not my first rodeo.  There was another full eclipse of the sun when I was a child, about 8 or 9 years old, and people were just excited.  I was excited.  Back in the early 1960s there was another eclipse, though Central PA on caught the edge of that one.  My dad, who was working at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, brought home some exposed X-ray film and cut it up into squares so we could watch the moon pass in front of the sun without burning off our corneas.  It was a big thing for me.  Today's eclipse?  Been there, done that.  What a shame for all of those eclipse watchers that we're most like going to have cloudy skies.  We will be dusky.

Yesterday work was slow.  I'm betting it's going to be slow again today because so many people are going to standing outside gawking at the sun as they try and blind themselves.

A long time ago there was a group I like named Travis.  They had a decent hit with a song called sing.  I bought the CD.  While they continued to make music, Sing was they're only big hit, and I thought they'd gone the way of most one hit wonder bands, until last evening.  The group has been putting out new music for years.  Here's their latest.  It rocks.


And, as expected, the approaching eclipse has brought the crazies out in full force, especially the Evangelical, Conservative crazies, like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the rather dim governor of Arkansas.  How dim is Sarah?  Well, Sarah's believes that today's eclipse is the equivalent of "the sky is falling."  Yepper.  Catastrophic and Calamitous events will abound..  Things are going to be so bad, that Sarah's decreed a pre-emptive State of Emergency for Arkansas.  I actually began to read her decree and had to stop because I was laughing to much, I kept spitting out my morning coffee.  She had evidently decided that eclipses are Woke, and it is her job to prepare the people of Arkansas for the end of the world.  Honestly, there's stupid, and then there's Republican stupid.  Of course, there's always the remote possibility that Sarah knows something we don't.... nah. She's just dumb as a brick.



 

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Dullards

 Today we hit the 60s (F) which is alright by me.  Partially sunny.  That's nice, too.  Tomorrow are temps are predicted to be even warmer.  By Wednesday, they're supposed to be in the upper 70s (F).  However, there's always a cool down, isn't there.  Thursday the showers are going to be moving back into the picture.  I suspect that on Wednesday I'm going to have to get out my trusty little lawn mower and give the grass a buzz cut.

Yesterday business was slow.  I managed to get 3 measures, though one was arranged by the Specialty Manager and he had me mark it down.  I'm not wild about giving free measures.  To me it smacks of desperation.  While the measure happens on Tuesday, the installation, if the couple buy it, will not happen until sometime in early June.  It's my experience that when the time between the measure and the install is that great, the customer is going to use the measure quote and shop around.  This means the free measure generates business for someone else.  I did point this out to the Specialty Manager, and he knows, if this does happen, I will point it out again.

So my brother texted me some pictures he'd taken in Scotland.  In 2 of them the skies are clear and sunny.  That is not always the case over there.  It is spring, after all.  He did say that it's very, very, very windy.  Anyway, here's one.


The Moral Degenerate posted some sort of hate video on his Truth Social account yesterday and, of course, dullards copied it and posted it on Threads and Musk's social website, the one formerly known as Twitter, but now understood to be known as "going bankrupt."  A number of these dullards reposted it as a warning, saying we should watch the evil.  They did so without understanding they are playing right into his tiny, evil hands.  This is what he wants them to do.  This is how he spreads his evil, since no one in their right mind follows Truth Social.  I even saw some of these dullards asking that the video be reposted so that as many people as possible get a chance to see his malignancy.  Again, this is just what he wants.  So, why do these dullards repost this crap?  Mostly, I suspect, it's because their little pea brains want to see how many people repost.  By now, everybody in America knows how malignant the Orange Anus is, there's no need to help him spread his hatred.  So, if you're on social media and you come across this, or other videos of Trump, do not share them.  Do not repost them.  You can bet his black heart is desperately counting the times it does get shared.  Do not feed his ego.




Saturday, April 6, 2024

Regulating Corporate Greed

 It looks as though we have a sunny Saturday ahead of us, and, as is always the case, I'm going to be working.  While it is sunny, temps aren't going to be that warm, only reaching the low 50s (F) today.  We do start a warming trend tomorrow, and Wednesday's high is supposed to be in the mid 70s (F).  I'm looking forward to that.

Yesterday was a good day for getting things done.  I have a set of Jabra ear buds that I used quite a bit when I was riding everyday.  They were, however, paired to my old phone, so yesterday I paired them to my current phone and went for a fast walk.  They work so much better than cranking up the speaker volume.  Rather than music, I started listening to a lecture series on Greece.  One of the things I learned was that the naked statues were meant to be erotic, and those that were dressed, weren't.  I found that interesting.

I also ordered a small digital camera.  Nothing expensive.  I'm too cheap, besides I don't know how often I'm going to use it.

My first schedule was posted with my new hours.  Wow.  I'll now be working between 30 and 32 hours a week, a 10 hour increase.  At first I was a bit taken aback, that was until I pulled out my calculator and did a little math.  If I work these hours until August, I'd be able to pay for 4 trips to Greece, and buy a refrigerator as well.

Ribs and rice were on the menu for dinner last evening.  They were delicious.  


Every morning I look at Facebook, mostly to see if any of my old Navy shipmates has died, it's an age thing; you'll do it too when you're my age.  Anyway, one of the old duffers posted a graph supposedly indicating how bad the Biden economy was. My first complaint was that the source of this graph was Grok.  For those who don't know, Grok is Elon's Musk venture into the world of AI, so right off the bat you know is screwy.  Another thing this duffer didn't consider is there is no such thing as a set price, one consumer cost that runs across the board.  He also didn't take into consideration that for capitalism to work, there needs to be competition, and by competition I don't just mean one or two competitors.  Take home improvement.  There are 3 home improvement retailers in America:  Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards.  If one of them raises prices, the others will, too, though not as much, and so the competition is to see how much they can charge the consumer before they end up taking a hit.  Corporate greed is an amazing thing, and in the end it's up to the consumer to regulate it and no one else.



Friday, April 5, 2024

Rainy Day Friday

Our flood warning expires today, though skies will remain overcast until sometime tomorrow.  We might have showers, and then we might not.  Tomorrow morning we've been told to expect snow flurries.  Highs will not get out of the upper 40s (F) until sometime on Sunday, then they'll be climbing up into the mid 60s (F) for a while.

Tomorrow, being that it's the first Saturday of April, will be our Kid's Workshop at the store.  Kid's Workshop is the reason my start time on Saturdays is 1300, or 1 PM, whichever you prefer.  While people think this workshop is good community outreach, we do it mostly because parents normally buy at least one thing while they're in the store.  They also have to deal with associates trying looking for leads and measures.  If Kid's Workshop wasn't a great resource for growing our sales, we wouldn't be doing it.  

The sun did come out yesterday afternoon and I got things done.  Grass seed was planted.  Twigs, sticks and branches were picked up.  I took the small Samsung TV off the wall in the training / computer room.  It still works, even though it's over 15 years old, so I'll see if I can find someone to take it off my hands.

I have a list of chores to do today.  I'm hoping the sun comes out again.  That would be nice.  Sadly, according to Accuweather, the day's supposed to be dreary.

I'm thinking this show looks very good. 


I will have to go to the post office today to buy stamps, a pack of 12 probably.  I rarely send things through the mail, but occasionally stamps come in handy, like in mailing my ballot for this years Primary.  There are a lot of Democrats running for all of the positions and they've all been sending me fliers.  The one thing that stands out among all of them is that they all claim to have stood up to Trump, or the MAGA cult.  One of them, Jenelle Stellson, is going after the insurrectionist Scott Perry in a very public way.  Whether it will help her or not, is something the voters will have to decide.  

We don't have open primaries in Pennsylvania.  You can only vote for your own party.  Democrats have money.  Republicans have Trump, so I'm wondering if they're candidates are mailing as many fliers.  

And, speaking of the Orange Anus, only 10 days to go until his first criminal trial begins.  Prepare yourselves, he's going to fly completely off the rails because he's going to have to sit in the courtroom through the proceedings.  This is Karma on a grand scale.




 

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Tailgate Party, anyone?

 The sun is out!  Well, on and off, so I suppose you'd say we have semi-partial sunshine.  There's also a lot of fog, thick, like you see in the movies when needs to hide in it.  Temps today are only going to climb into the low 50s (F), but the flood warnings will now end tomorrow rather than on Saturday.

And I did get water in my basement again.  Not much.  Not deep enough to float things, and it's pretty much all drained out, leaving large patches where the floor is now dry.  

I'd had a bag of very old grass seed that I spread across the bare patches in my lawn hoping it would grow.  Well, that didn't happen.  Too old.  So this morning I'll drive over to the store and pick up another bag, something that's dog friendly for when the next beastie arrives.  Don't ask me what breed yet, I haven't made up my mind (many are tossing out suggestions).  Boxers are out.  I don't have any luck with them.  Though the Von Trapp Family Boxers will remain in the books. 

My brother leaves for Scotland today.  He and his wife are very excited.  This will be their first adventure in Europe.  I told him not to drink too much Scotch.  Though, if he wants, he can bring me back a big hunk of smoked salmon; one of my favorites.

I'm sure most of you have heard about the picture the Moral Degenerate posted on his Truth Social account with Biden in the back the a pickup truck.  Well, Occupy Democrats have their own version.  I don't think they'd have much of a problem if this was copied and posted across social media.


One of things I do wish media outlets would stop doing is listing polls.  We all know their fake, yet we are bombarded daily with results that are derived from a small number of people who keep their beliefs and feelings as secret as the ballots we love in this country.  During this primary season, a better gauge as to how America feels about our presidential candidates is to look at the voting trends.  For example, if Biden wins 89% of the vote in a Red State, that's good.  However, Trump wins 56% in a Red State, and 20% of the registered Republican voters cast their ballots for Nikki Haley, that's not good for Trump.  I'm sure the fact that in these Red States DeSantis, Rammiswammy (sp), and Haley are all taking votes from the Orange Anus should be extremely troubling for the Republican party.  These are the essential voters they need.  Without them, there is no victory dance, not that there ever was going to be one.


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

The Long Blinks

 Well, we're under a flood warning here in Central Pa that's in effect until Saturday...  and it's only Wednesday.  Today the temps will climb into the low 50s (F), which is only a few degrees warmer than the high 40s (F) we had yesterday.  The rain is not steady, arriving in waves that can be drizzles, or soakers.

I'm going to have to go out into it today to him my local Giant supermarket.  I need dryer sheets.  And paper towels.  And, according to Accuweather, we are under a yellow zone of heavy rain right now.  Hopefully that will pass by the time I leave the house.

Yesterday, I signed up for 3 months of Greek on Rosetta Stone.  I'd take some courses about 2 years ago through Pimsleur, they were fine, but not great.  The idea is not to become proficient, that would only happen if I moved to Greece, rather it's to become knowledgeable.  I mentioned this to a friend who told me that "most of the Greeks speak English well," and I'm certain that's true, but I'm of the belief that knowing a little instead of none at all is a sign of respect for the culture.  But then for the longest time I've had this deep interest in the country, so for me this seems to come natural.  Would I learn Swedish if I were going to Sweden?  Probably not.  

I made ribs in the air fryer for dinner last evening and they were delicious.  I was going to take a picture of them, but didn't think you wanted to see a pile of bones.  However, I will tell you that this is what they looked like before they were eaten.


Keith Edwards had a clip of the Orange Anus on his Instagram account this morning that I sort of watched, sort of being the two most important words here.  The sound is always turned down, especially since I can't stand the sound of Trump's whiny voice.  Rather than listen to the lies, I watched his eyes as he spoke, and, as is the case with most liars he blinked frequently.  Something else I noticed, when he blinked his eyes were shut for at least one - two seconds.  That's a long time.  I Googled what Long Blinks mean, and discovered that if the person is listening they may indicate understanding.  However, if the person is speaking they can mean something entirely different.  Long Blinks can be a sign of nervousness, or anxiety, or over thinking.  Since we know he's a pathological liar, we also know his deceit is spontaneous, he doesn't think about the lie, he just says it.  Trump doesn't care if he's getting fact-checked more and more, so I suspect there's something else bothering him.  Possibly his upcoming Hush Money / Porno Trial is upsetting him, the fact that he might be publicly humiliated and lose in a court of law.


Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Millions of Voices

 The big storm has arrived.  Temps will stay between 45 (F) and 49(F) until further notice.  Rain will be steady, though, as they're not predicting, on and off, which doesn't really make sense, but then we are talking about the weather.  No matter which computer program you run the information through, there are always variations.  The European models tend to be more accurate than the American models, at least as far as hurricane prediction, though this is not a hurricane, just one damn big rain storm.

Work was boring yesterday.  Monday's usually are.  I had some sales.  One of my flooring customers is going to be coming in to purchase, but she didn't do it yesterday.  That's about a $5000 sale.  Management will be impressed.  I also did something this morning that I thought I'd never do, I opened up my hours just a wee bit.  I'm now available to work Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  That doesn't mean they will schedule me, but it does give me a few more hours a week.  It is so quiet here at the house since Lily's gone, so this will help me to fill in those silent hours.

Another thing I did, was to send David, my narrator, an email putting off the audiobook until I get back from Greece.  There are things I should have done prior to publishing The Body Under Ice as an audiobook, one being to listen to other narrators in other audiobooks.  Simply hiring a narrator from an audition recording without educating yourself is not necessarily a mistake, but it does limit your options.  This doesn't mean I'm changing narrators.  Let's just say I'm opening up the field.  There are a million voices out there, who's to say I won't find one that I feel more defines the characters of Eli and Max. 

There are also other things I feel need to be prioritized, like getting The Body in Motion published, and, probably most important, start the actual writing process for The Body in History.  

And, sticking to my usual practice, here is an artwork tease.  I just love doing these.


And, of course, the Moral Degenerate came up with a $174 million bond to keep the New York Attorney General from taking his properties.  He's going to lose his appeal and someone's going to lose their money.  

His Truth Social stock collapsed yesterday after investors were told that it lost $58 million last year.  Since we all know he's a thief, we can only wonder how much of that loss went to paying his legal expenses.

The Trump campaign team is also hinting at there being campaign events in the approaching days.  That might not be true, but then they, like their soiled diaper of a master, are pathological liars.  Whispers abound that he is so utterly consumed by his approaching hush money/porno trial that his handlers have serious concerns about him making it through an event without sounding like a blithering idiot spouting out a nonsensical word salad.  Is it likely that as he trial date gets closer and closer he will become more unhinged?  Well, we can only hope.



Monday, April 1, 2024

More and More

 Well, here it is Monday, April 1, and no foolin' we got a really big storm heading our way.  According to my Accuweather app, the temp is 48(F) outside, and we have rain.  I took some recycling out to my bin and I can attest to the rain, my skin's not sensitive enough to recognize specific degrees of temperature.  Now, these showers will hang with us into the afternoon, then we will experience a pause.  Tomorrow?  That's another soggy story.

As expected, Easter Sunday at the store was not a revenue breaker.  We did not make our plan.  No surprise there.  Back when I started working for the great Orange Home Improvement retailer the store manager was required to keep a diary that tracked events which effected sales, like weather and holidays.  This was supposed to help in the forecasting of sales' plans and provide reasons from year to year as to why sales on one particular day were either super good, or super bad.  Not anymore.  Now they look at sales by the week, and if you have a bad day, you just have to grow your sales during the rest of the week to make your plan.  However, if you have a really good day, it will affect your sales plan for next year, usually by increasing it.  This is how corporate greed works.

Anyway, they did bring food in, something they don't usually do on Easter.  There were more customers then I expected.  More and more, Christianity is losing it's grip on the general populace.  

And luckily, even though it was Easter, this bunny from Hell did not come hip, hip, hoppity down any bunny trails near me.


One of the things you still keep hearing is that the country is deeply divided between Trump and Biden.  I don't believe that for an instant.  However, media outlets need to create tension.  They want to sell advertising, and the only way they can do that if they get clicks.  Another however, however, more and more people are know what they're doing, except for the Cultists, who so desperately want to believe this rubbish.  Their dark hearts need to be constantly reinforced that Trump is dominating the 2024 election, but then they love their lies.  He bellows that his poll numbers have never been higher, that they're the highest poll numbers in history, and his cultists do backflips with joy.  Though, more and more you're hearing the creeping dread in their voices, like Charlie Kirk saying Republicans were out gunned, and out numbered.  And the Moral Degenerate is getting worse by the day.  Inevitability is approaching.  


Sunday, March 31, 2024

Sunday In the Park with George

 Easter Sunday, and the sun is shining here in Central PA.  Temps are supposed to climb into the mid 60s (F), but alack and alas, clouds will be moving into the region.  Tomorrow the showers will start and Tuesday there will be rain.  Over an inch is predicted.  

One of those things I find fascinating is that Christians who have gone to sunrise services in Central PA will see the sunshine as a sign, while Christians in Cincinnati are lamenting the fact that their Easter services were marred by heavy rains.  Too many Christians don't stop to think about weather patterns, yet they have convinced themselves that everything is according to God's will, or plan, which means the weather comes under his... jurisdiction, so to say.  This is just one of the issues they refuse to deal with, ignoring the bigger picture because it fails to fit in with what they want to believe.

Anyway, I get to work today.  The customers who show up will either be Asians, or non-Christians, or those who put looking at appliances over religion.

Since it is Sunday, I thought I'd post a Sunday picture; a Sunday in the Park with George picture, a modern recreation of  George Seurat's famous painting.  I think this is culturally amazing.  Happy Holiday!



 

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Sympathy for the Devil

 So, we have a sunny Saturday morning here in Central Pa, which is nice.  Temps are in the low 40s (F) for right now, however things will begin to cloud over, and about the time I head off to work the occasional showers should start to fall.  They're not expecting any deluges, those will come on Tuesday.

I talked to my sister twice yesterday, once around the noonish hour to wish her a happy birthday.  She's younger than I, but old enough for us to laugh about our ages, and we do laugh.  And it's not that we're old, we're not, but there there are people who look at our age and think of us as old.  We laugh at them.  I suspect too many people look at their accumulating years with a "woe is me" attitude, who look at their dwindling years with dismay, wishing there were a way to add more.  And then there are those who simply resign themselves to the inevitable and just sit back and wait.  I feel sorry for them, for their decision to give up so much.  

And I did get a lot accomplished yesterday: a nice ride on my bike near Salzburg, some cleaning, some writing, some emailing.

David, my narrator are going back and forth via email on how long of a break does a comma require.  I want barely a pause, perhaps a shift in tone, a variation on inflection, and the actor in him claims that a comma indicates a change of thought.  I will win out, of course, since I'm in charge of the purse strings.

And one of my cactus flowers is blooming.  Here's what it looks like this morning with the sun shining in on it.


And this is Easter weekend.  I'm only slightly curious to see what the Spawn of Satan, Donald J. Trump posts on Truth Social tomorrow.  Perhaps an AI generated photo of he and John Eastman tacked up on crosses next to Jesus.  Notice, I said next to Jesus since we all know that Trump would have to be front and center.  

Yesterday, he posted a picture of Biden bound and gagged in the back of a pickup truck.  He will get worse.  He knows that his cultists will dismiss his Hush money, Porno trial, it's not going to endear him to Centrists in this country, those swing voters essential for him to even come close.  This is why he's trying to delay, delay, delay.  I do suspect this is why he is working as hard as he can to break his Gag order.  I don't doubt that in his Adderall demented mind, he sees getting arrested for contempt of court will swing the sympathetic vote in his direction.  Stop Laughing!  You have to remember this is why he projecting himself as the injured party.  He wants your sympathy! 


Friday, March 29, 2024

Ghostbusters

 Hello Sunshine!  That is the forecast for today.  Nice and sunny.  I like that.  There have been too many gray clouds hanging overhead.  The bright sunlight shining in through my windows has been sorely needed.  Of course, it is Spring, and rain will return, but not today.  This coming week, however, we will have consecutive days of showers and drizzles, and possibly a soaker or two.

There are chores to do today.  And shopping.  I want to swing by the store and pick up the quarter round I need to complete my kitchen floor.

While I was making my breakfast, I went through my cupboards to see which essentials needed to be refilled, honey, cereal, and olive oil were all on the list.  Since it is Friday, sometime this afternoon I will be cooking my weekend lunches, pork, cabbage, and potatoes.  I'm so glad my beliefs don't affect my diet.  I feel sorry for those who can't eat pork.  That other white meat is one of my favorites, in fact, I eat more pork, chicken, and fish than I do beef.  

Today's my sister's birthday.  I will call her.  Our calls are usually filled with laughter which is good.  Her life has not always been the greatest, and now she's discovered she's married to a cultist.  Smart woman, she laughs at him.

I went to see the new Ghostbuster's movie last night.  I really enjoyed it.  What most people have forgotten is that the original Ghostbusters was a comedy.  That's right, it was funny.  That's what made it a big hit.  The newest film in the franchise has gone back to its roots.  There are some very funny scenes.  The Sta-Puffed Marshmallow man returns... in miniatures, lots of miniatures.  It's so nice when you go see a comedy and the audience is laughing loudly at the jokes.  


Joe Biden had the largest, biggest, wowiest fund raising campaign event last night in New York City where he raised $25 million.  Yeah, that's right, $25 million.  In one night, Biden raised more than the Orange Anus did in the month of February.  Ouch!  While the Democrats are raising money like gangbusters, Trump is funneling money from the RNC to pay for his legal bills... oh, and he's shilling bibles, too.

Republicans are aware of their shortcomings.  That's why, in the deeply red states, they're passing agendas they believe will allow them to hold their grip on power.  Of course they're going to fail, and they have no idea what to do to save their sorry butts as evidenced by this post from Charlie Kirk.









Thursday, March 28, 2024

The Kitchen

 So, it's Thursday and the clouds are still here, it's not raining, however, so I guess that's a dim bright spot.  Tomorrow, things will be a little brighter.  Partial sunshine will do that, however as we move into the weekend rain showers and possibly a soaker or two will move back into the region.  Temps will spring into what are consider normal highs and lows for the season. 

One of the things that's bothered me about my trip to Greece was the return flight.  Having to wait in Madrid for 13 hours before my return flight to the states was irking.  I'm not a sitter, or waiter, and having to do so weighs heavily upon my impatience.  Doing nothing.  Ugh.  And since the layover was from 11 PM until 12 the next day, it wasn't as if I could leave the airport and take in a single, solitary sight.  So, I revisited the return flights and discovered that if I left Athens at 0830, I could be back in the states on the same day.  Realizing this, I had no problem in changing my return itinerary.  Now, I'm leaving Athens at 0830, and flying to Heathrow, where I'll have a 4 hour wait, until flying to Philadelphia.  Believe me, cutting out that 13 hour layover turned out to be such a relief.

Here are two pictures of my new, old kitchen.  I still need to put the quarter round down, and there are a few touch-ups I need to get the paint brush out for, but otherwise it's finished.  I'm pleased with the way it turned out.  The flooring is Lifeproof, Chelsea Pond and, as I might have expected, it's a color that is no longer sold.  Good thing I bought 2 extra boxes.



John Eastman was disbarred yesterday, or at least a judge ruled that he should be disbarred.  He's a Trump zealot, who was once a law clerk for Clarence Thomas.  Now tell me, doesn't that make perfect sense?  

And even though there's a gag order on the Orange Anus, he's still spouting out his hatred, aiming his attacks at those involved in his porno trial whom he thinks the most vulnerable.  He will continue to do this until he's actually punished.  That's the only way his attorney's might convince him to shut his mouth.  In my opinion, that would be outstanding.  He's always believed his words and actions are above consequence.  Wouldn't that be a delight, having him handcuffed  and taken to spend a night in jail?




Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Ludicrosity

 We got rain coming in people, lots of showers, and possibly a few hour-long soakers to make your gardens grow.  Daytime highs are going to be hovering in the mid 50s (F) for the next few days, and showers and mini-soakers seem to be the norm.  There is that occasional day in which the skies are just going to be overcast.  Gloomy.

Though the showers and soakers are going to be nice.  Green is good.  I had an old bag of grass seed which is now strewn over the patches of my lawn that are bare of grass.  Female dogs, more so than males, are sod killers.  Salt in their urine spots and destroys your lawn.  Males?  Not so much since they lift their legs and shoot, meaning your backyard prefers shooters to squatters.  AS I said, the seed is old, so I'll have to wait and see if it grows.  If not, I can always buy another bag.

I installed the cove baseboard in my kitchen yesterday.  Cove is that rubber baseboard that fits in the kick area under your kitchen cabinets.  Some people don't like cove, saying it looks kind of cheap, and I'll admit that using white, or black this does tend to be the case.  But I used a pale brown that coordinates the the brown in the flooring.  I'll probably take a pic or two this afternoon and show the world tomorrow.

And for those who like their religion deeply intwined with their politics there is this.


Yep, Trump is grifting of bibles again, though not just any bible.  He's hawking the USA Bible, so for only $59.99 you can not only read you bible, you can read the American Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights.  These are not signed!  At least not that I'm aware of, though I suppose there is an option for you to buy and autographed copy for an additional fee.

And NBC canned Ronna, though most likely it isn't that she's been fired, more than likely they are just not going to renew her contract.  It's easier to pay her the $600 thousand she's owed, then deal with lawsuits.  I read someone said she should sue them for defamation of character.  Big problem, everything said about her was true, and there are soooo many video clips to back that statement up.

Finally, there was a special election down in Alabama and a Democrat won.  Alabama is a very conservative state, in case you hadn't heard.  It was the Alabama Supreme Court who said that a fertilized human egg was a person.  In Vitro Fertilization clinics immediately shut down because if something happened to one of those frozen embryos, they could be charged with murder.  Marylin Landis, a Democratic using the abortion and IVF issues, just won the special election for a seat in the Alabama senate.  She won in a Trump district.  Ouch.  And she won by a large margin.  Republicans are in trouble.