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

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?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Rest Day

Today is Tuesday.  This is the first of 2 rest days in the Tour de France.  Those cyclists deserve it, they've ridden over 1300 miles in 10 days (give or take a mile).  They will relax and eat pasta and build up their strength for the stages in the Pyrenees which come next.  Eli and Max spent the first rest day up in Montmartre.

That evening found us having dinner with Walker Beresford and her fiancé Henri d’Eauville at Le Poisson Blanc, a basement café in Montmartre.  The long dead souls of Beat poets filled the air around us while people wearing berets smoked cigarettes in long, eloquent holders.  This was a shadowland of past and present, where shiny cell phones lay on tables next to wine glasses and ashtrays filled with unfiltered cigarette butts, where some conversed and others listened to the pale, smoothly flowing sounds of a jazz flautist.  A transfixed moment from a Romantic age now only chronicled in books and on film.

Here in the United States we have a Moral Degenerate, and Idiot Jerk in the White House who is proving he will stoop to any level in order to get himself re-elected.  He is justifying his racism by call those voices unifying against him as unpatriotic... un-American..  Four of those voices are women of color.  He is trying to rip a page from McCarthy's playbook.  For those who don't know, McCarthy was a Republican politician who saw Commie, Pinko Sympathizers every where.  He got Congress to hold hearings on Un-American behavior.  The Idiot Jerk wants to do the same thing, except his targets are minorities.  It's the 'old, white thing' you know?
One of the opinions I saw this morning on NBC News claimed he'd flipped the race card on Pelosi, tying the entire Democratic Party to the far Left.  That might be true if we already hadn't seen 2 years of the Idiot Jerk.  He is inept.  He has henchies like Stevie Miller telling him what he needs to do to hold on to his base.  This is what he is desperately trying to do, make sure they go to the polls in 2020 and cast their votes for racism.  If you weren't prepared for this, you should have been; he will pull every dirty trick in the book.  He is a desperate, angry man who represents an aging white America that steadfastly refuses to even try to understand evolution.  We are changing... and it's worldwide.  The dominant gene is brown, not white.
There will be no rest day in politics until the Idiot Jerk and his minions are voted out of office.  Vote Blue. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Grade This

My weekend begins today!  What's in store?  Yard work, of course.  And most likely a ride on the bike.
I hit the 60 mile marker yesterday on my 100 mile challenge.  I rode and completed the CBTT (Charlie Baker Time Trial) in Concord, Mass.  I was pleased because this ride has some hills.  Hills are good, they build strength and grow muscle in your legs.  The higher the grade of the hill the more power you expend.  What is grade, you ask... well, if you have 1000 feet of road and the end point is 90 feet higher than start point, you have 9% grade.  In "The Body on the Lawn," Eli remarks how the grade up to Margaret Stanley's estate is a 9% grade.  When the Tour de France goes through the Alps or the Pyrenees the grades are as high as 24%... that's almost like riding up a ladder.  The steepest hill I had yesterday riding the CBTT was 6.5%.  I took a snap of that ride when I was finished so I could show you what those hills look like.

The hills are the green bit
And, of course, the Idiot Jerk in the White House Tweeted out his ugly racism yesterday.  Approximately 89% of the Republican Party agree with his handling of the immigration crisis.  They are a slowly shrinking minority group, a fact to which they completely oblivious.  They are white, aging men and white rural communities with a small minority presence.  They are the white class of Americans who feel entitled:  they want to buy as much shit as they possibly can with low payment, interest free loans.
And now an amusing customer story.  He had bought three vinyl mini-blinds and was attempting to adjust the length.  We will cut the width down, but length?  That the customer's responsibility.  It's a timely process.  Well this customer was having problems.  He didn't understand you need to take the extra string and thread it through the holes in the bottom rail, tie them together, cut off the excess, and replace the plastic plug.  "I have all this extra string," he kept saying.  So, I repeated the process.  His response?  "If I can't figure this out, do you have a support team you can send out?"...   ...   ...  He must have thought we had a blind Geek Squad... or, well, a Geek Squad for blinds.  We don't.  I apologized and told we don't provide that kind of service and recommended he call the 800 number on the instruction sheet.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Mike and Barbara?

Something is eating my nectarines!  I have no idea what... some sort of buggy things.  It's actually not that upsetting.  I hadn't planned on being able to harvest any this year.  I'm off tomorrow and that's one of my yard work chores.
In my Trek Riding Challenge I am 98,983 in the rankings.  That sounds bad, right?  Well, there are actually 41, 208 cyclists who are doing worse than I am.  Oh, and I hit 50 miles yesterday.  Also, I can tell you that some of the few ahead of me have over 1000 miles in so far this month.  Think of that, the month is not even half over and they've already traveled more than 1000 miles on their bikes.
One of the things I did to aid myself in learning Greek was to print off a copy of the alphabet.  For me, learning a language has always depended upon specific sounds with specific letters.  Showing me a word with letters I've completely unfamiliar with is not the way to teach me, especially when at some point I'm going to have to write Greek... and that depends on spelling.  I also write down the new words I'm given.  You need to be familiar with the Eta, Beta, Theta... if you know what I mean.
On Jeff Epstein: there are a lot of words being written about how he, as a sex offender, a jailbird, managed to get so many of the rich and powerful to turn their heads.  He lent his jet to the rich and famous.  Here is a very small list of those many who flew Little Lolita down to Florida:

The names include well-known performers, including Ralph Fiennes, Alec Baldwin, David Blaine, Jimmy Buffett and Courtney Love; media figures including Charlie Rose, Mike Wallace and Barbara Walters; former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, former British prime minister Tony Blair, industrialist David Koch and the late Salomon Brothers Chief Executive Officer John Gutfreund and his wife, Susan.

Holy Shit!  Barbara Walters!  Mike Wallace!  It wasn't just Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton, there were a whole slew of people.  So, were all these people being flown down to one of his parties?  No. Before we blindly brand everybody with Epstien's evil we need to get to the truth.  He is not some dolt, like the Idiot Jerk in the White House, rather he is exceptional when it comes to muddying up the waters.  The truth he doesn't want you to see is there, all you need to do is filter the water first.  His purpose has always been to do what he wants by covering his ass.  Tell me, do you really thing Mike Wallace and Barbara Walters got massages from 14 year old girls?

Of course, you never can tell.  Maybe they made a sandwich with Tony Blair...

Oh, my, did I really write that?

Saturday, July 13, 2019


I guess today should be called my mini-hump day since I'm in a 3 day work week.
Yesterday, work was slow and boring to begin with but then, about 20 minutes before I was supposed to leave things... got hectic.  One of my customers with an expensive carpet install showed up... and did some minor changes... and signed up for a credit card.  The other 2 specialists were busy with customers of their own, and then another customer showed up, and another, and then a customer wanted blinds cut
 Oh, and we have a customer with a flooring issue:  three of the transition strips they need for her doorways have yet to be delivered.  For fifteen minutes I listened to her non-stop complaints about how her daughter had warned her we were going to be slow, how she can't have guests over because they've moved the island out of her kitchen, how she's a clean person and can't deal with the mess, how she's spending all of this money and wants the job done now.  There's only so much we can do.  We don't manufacture this product... somebody else does, there's nothing we can do if they're waiting for materials.  So, I patiently listened, and apologized... and didn't that whiny woman call back 6 hours later and go through the same song and dance with one of our Assistant Managers.  She is one of the Entitled Ones who is only patient as long as things are going her way.  Her demands are always framed in whines.  In the end they will probably knock a couple of hundred dollars off of her charge, not because it's the right thing to do, rather they'll do it to shut her up.  She is a lot like the Idiot Jerk in the White House, who feels she's owed.
Anyway, because I didn't get home till late, I didn't add any mileage to my challenge.  I did, however, print off  Greek alphabet so I know what their letters look like.  Now when I look at a word, I know what the symbols stand for, like the English 'p' is actually the Greek 'r.'  Interesting.
Oh, and I planted ηλιοτρόπιο  (sunflowers) this year... and they're black.

I will save seeds and plant them again next year.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Better Bits and PIeces

Key happy dance music!  It's Friday!  and I get to go back to work!  For 3 days!
Whew!  Glad I got that excitable bit out of my system I can move on to bigger and better bits and pieces!
For those of you interested my my Trek Cycling Challenge... I hit 40 miles yesterday.  I rode in Follonica, which is in Italy.  My route takes me past this port:

You can almost see me behind the railing, eh?
The only problem is whomever recorded the video did a pretty crappy job.
My new pedals arrived yesterday... and they're still in the box.
Last evening Eli and Max checked into the Lodge at Rattler's Den.
My local Weis Market has the 31.1 lb bags of Beneful, so yesterday I bought my dog food there.  Their Chobani yogurt and Folger's coffee is also less expensive than my neighborhood Giant... and Weis is less than a 1/4 mile from Giant.  Yesterday I save close to $4... This is how life is.
I've also decided I'm going to give Greek a try.  The language... I'm talking about the language.  I signed up for a 2 year course with Rosetta Stone.  We'll have to see how it goes.
And, of course, the Idiot Jerk caved on the Census question.  Billy Barr was standing behind him, scowling to beat the band as he made the announcement...  This was after the Idiot held some sort of Conspiracy Theory Summit.  He sure does love surrounding himself with liars.
There are more flower pictures coming.  More things are just beginning to bloom.

There are sunflowers coming and some sort of purply pointy things...

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lily in the Yard

Well, here it is... Thursday, and I have the day off, then I go back and work for 3 days and have another 2 days off.  I've said this a million times, I hate having single days off.  For some reason the scheduler has chosen to only give me 32 hours a week... I don't really have a problem with that.
How's this for the funny, crazy Christian, daft Republican story of the day?  Evidently there is a Republican candidate for Governor who has decreed women reporters following his campaign need to be joined by a male.  Not figuratively, of course, that would be sinful.  He says it's because he doesn't want people thinking he's having sex with them...  Personally, I think it's because he sees all women as the blackest of temptations and he knows he will succumb to their wanton ways.  In other words, he's pretty much of a loser.
Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, the Tour de France is playing on the big screen TV downstairs... Live.  I don't sit and watch every second of every stage... but I can hear it.  Today's stage is about 100 miles long... with hills, which means it will be a 4.5 hour ride.
I guess the Idiot Jerk is going to makes some sort of Executive Announcement today about the Citizenship question racist Republicans want on the 2020 census.  These are desperate old white people grasping at their last straws of control.  They are completely unprepared for the evolution taking place.  Blame their narrow minded religion.
Anyway, while I was doing yard work on Tuesday, Lily spent much of the time watching me.  Seig likes to sleep inside in air conditioned comfort... she, on the other hand, loves to be outside.  So, here's a picture of the lovely Lady Lillian.

It's hard to believe this little dog weighs 60 lbs.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wake up Call

Well, here it is Wednesday and I go back to work... for one day.  I really do hate this schedule of work a day, off a day, work 3 days, off a day.  I go back to work Friday for 3 days, and then I'm off for 2.  My new schedule gets posted today... I'm waiting.
Yesterday's chores are complete and more are planned for tomorrow.  I'm going to get out the chain saw and cut down a bush blocking the view from my front porch.
I also got a 10 mile ride in - I've now ridden 29. (something or other)miles in my 100 mile challenge.  Tomorrow I'll hopefully get another 10 or more miles in.  As for my standing in this challenge, right now there are a little over 93,000 other cyclists with more miles.  In case you didn't know, there are a lot of people out there who ride bicycles.  What was playing in my Senso ear buds?  Nothing But Thieves.

Amy McGrath is going to be running against Mitch McConnell.  You know, the crazy conservative who looks like he's been spending too much time hanging around Death's door?  He's a bitter, old racist who's only joy comes from fomenting hatred in the world.
Oh, and Ross Perot died.  Now there's one less billionaire in the world to worry about.
Tom Steyer, another billionaire, wants to be the Democratic Nominee.  His platform?  Impeach the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  Tom, I hate to tell you, but billionaires need not apply for this job.  As the Idiot Jerk aptly proves over, and over, and over again, you can't run this country like it's a business venture.  Starbuck's Schultz got out... or, well, maybe withdrew, or perhaps reality finally set in, though I guess he's saying he hurt is back... skiing... or something like that.
And finally... I ordered a pair of these.

They're Shimano Mountain Bike pedals.  Actually, these are considered platform pedals.  The ones I have on the red bike right now work great indoors but my shoes don't always click in the first time.  Platforms solve that problem.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Picture This

So, it's Tuesday, my day off and I slept a little late.  Lots to do today... like pay my taxes.  I am not opposed to paying taxes.  Nothing is free in life.  In case you're wondering, we have the lowest tax rate in the area.  I  don't mind paying them.
I woke up yesterday morning to an inch of water in the basement.  This happens too when you have a 114 year old stone foundation and your basement was excavated in the middle of a shale field.  I haven't checked this morning yet, but things should be fairly dry by now.  Water runs in at the back and out at the front.
I went to see Spiderman, Far from Home last night.  I enjoyed it.  The Marvel Super Hero movies have all been better when the revolve around just one character.  The storylines are concentrated to provide a single, two hour arc since there's no need to provide a large number of characters 15 minutes of obligatory screen time.  Villains have time to build character, rather than just be the bad guys, and the villain here is bad, no doubt about it.  And heroes?  You get to see their personalities grow, their weaknesses are exposed and they evolve.  Tom Holland did a very good job.  You like his insecurities and naivete.  Not only do you like him, you like his friends.  I was also please to see Jake Gyllenhaal leave his desperate Oscar aspirations behind and play a part not geared towards getting himself a nomination.

And I guess they brought in extra cleaning crews to clean the shit out of the White House after the Idiot Jerk exploded after he learned the UK Ambassador was laughing at him.  He has that ego,you know?  Inept.  Nice word.  That little 'pt' sound at the end sounds so much like you're getting ready to spit.  He has no clue as to how much ammunition he's giving the Democrats.  Picture this:  He's in debate with Elizabeth Warren and she drops this little sound bite grenade: "when world leaders are quietly muttering to themselves about how dysfunctional and inept this administration is, nothing is going to be achieved."  And it doesn't have to be Warren, it can be anybody, because now we know just how easy it is to get his head to explode.

Monday, July 8, 2019


Well, it's Monday, I work, and I'm less cranky then yesterday... though I did wake up to a torrential downpour this morning.  The dogs will sit on the back porch and look out at heavy rain, glancing at me occasionally just to let me know they're not going out.  They don't like the rain.  Once it subsides they'll go out and do their business.
I missed yesterday's Team Time Trial.  Education First came in 6th, here's their team.  They leve Belgium for today's stage, which takes the riders from Binche to Epernay, a mere 214 kilometers, and hilly.  In fact, while I'm typing this, they are riding across the French countryside.

As for my own little cycling challenge, I rode 8.65 miles yesterday.  All I need is another 80 miles to hit the goal of 100 miles.  That should be no problem.
I guess the Brits are going to apologize to Ivanka Danka for the leaked cables describing her old man's administration in some not so flattering terms.  I personally liked the "uniquely dysfunctional" bit.  Do you think the Idiot Jerk in the White House will realize this is how most foreign governments view his administration? Absolutely not.  Interestingly enough, the British government as labeled the leaker as 'mischievous.'  That shows you just how seriously they take the Idiot Jerk.  Sadly, for them, because the Idiot Jerk is nothing more than a petty, tyrant wannabe he's going to make them pay through the nose.  There will be no fair trade deals with the US if, or when, Brexit goes through.  Of course, that should come as no surprise.  This administration is totally one sided in every deal it tries to strike, phony to the end.  So, all you Brexiteers who think you're going to be able to rely on the Moral Degenerate in the White House to help you... Surprise!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Dumb Bitch

Well, it's Sunday and after a not so thrilling day off I get to go back to work for 2 days.  Well, let me clarify that.  Saturday had it's good points.  Mike Teunissen, a Dutchman, won the first stage of the Tour de France.

Not a sport for the safety conscious
He wasn't even considered as a contender but there were crashes... 2 of them, and at the last minute he pedaled his ass off... well, he still has it, he just rode like hell.  Good for him!
So, I was in a good mood.  I did chores, no laundry for a change, and decided to put in some mileage on the bike.  Everything was going well until Votis showed up.  Who's Votis you ask?  I have no idea.  What I do know is that someone, somewhere was riding the same route I was riding and he was less than 2 miles away.  That's right, the training application I use lets you see other riders, no matter where they live, riding on the same route.  Until yesterday, this has never bothered me... but for some reason yesterday I found Votis an aggravation.  He was slowly falling behind, and was soon going to disappear from my screen... yet I couldn't stop looking at that little blue balloon named Votis.  So, after 3 miles, I got off the bike and went downstairs and completed 35 minutes of cardio on the elliptical.
I did climb on the scale this morning.... Holy Shit.
Anyway, late yesterday afternoon I did something I rarely do... I looked at the sales reports of my books.  Now, I know my writing is never going to make me rich, which is why I rarely check my stats.  But there was one sale I was looking for...  I think I've already told you about my Navy buddy's wife who posted a list of books on Facebook she was planning on reading during the summer.  I jokingly asked "where's my book?"  Well, she shot back this little challenge, "have you bought mine?"  Her's is a slim, paperback volume of black and white photos... and poetry.  I had no problem buying her book.  I can gift it to my friend Betsy, she might like it.  So, I told this friend's wife I'd purchased her paperback volume (no inexpensive Kindle version was available) and she responded by saying she'd purchased The Body on the Lawn... the Kindle version.  Well, that was over a month ago and I got curious.  You guessed it.  No purchase from around that time.  Basically, she lied.  This is irritating, you know?  She knows I can see my stats, so why tell me she bought the book when she didn't?  Dumb Bitch.  This makes her look really, really bad.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Day One

Today is Saturday, a day off for me.  I requested off because of... Kid's Workshop.  Even though this is a really great thing, having 300 plus kids banging away with little hammers less than 100 feet away is not conducive to good sales.  You can't hear your customers talk, and they can't hear you.

A way more important reason for taking off was today is

The First Day of The Tour de France!

This is the reason why I have a subscription to NBC Sports Gold Cycling.  I can watch it live... commercial free.  The first stage this year is Live... From Belgium.  In fact, the first 2 stages take place in Belgium.  Tomorrow is the first Team Time Trial... and hell, I have to work.  Today's state is 194 km (120 miles) long.  Right now their average speed is 44 km per hour (27 mph).  That's fast.  My average speed is between 15 and 16 miles per hour.  Since I'm not in Brussels, I took some snaps from my big screen TV.

I wrote about the colors and the crowds in The Body in the Tower.  I also wrote about those cameramen on motorcycles.

The jobs report came out yesterday for June.  It was good... and the stock market went down.  Investors would rather have a bad report in order for the Fed to drop interest rates because Americans at work have less appeal to them then the % they're going to have to pay in interest (88% of thee investors are foreign). 
Two days after the 4th and many Americans have decided they weren't impressed with the Idiot Jerk's ego parade in Washington.  What ever happened to the America being the land of Opportunity?  Don't ask foreign investors, you won't like their response.

Friday, July 5, 2019

A Little Bit About Respect

So, the Idiot Jerk in the White House threw a party for himself and Republicans yesterday at the taxpayers expense.  Who showed up?  White Americans with MAGA hats, and signs, and posters for the 2020 election.  Donors to his campaign got VIP seating.  When those who write checks for the purpose of your re-election get special privileges, that's politicizing a National Holiday.  When the only ones who received tickets to sit close to the Idiot Jerk were members of the Republican Party, that's politicizing a National Holiday.  Don't let these lying sacks of shit try and fool you.  This was a campaign rally celebrating the Moral Degenerate in the White House.  If you think this is bad now, it will only get worse.  Republicans don't care how badly they damage the United States as long as they are in charge.  They stupidly ignore their failures, sweeping them under the rug.  They never step back and try and learn from their mistakes, instead treating then like water over the dam; for them ignorance is bliss.
Anyway, I'm off tomorrow.  Time to get back on the bike.  I've eaten way too much, as always over a holiday.  Too many wieners, and burgers, and brownies... deep, dark, and calorie rich brownies.  I won't step on the scale until Sunday.  To do otherwise would probably bring me to tears.
I didn't watch any fireworks yesterday, but I could hear them.  I'm am surrounded by communities which shoot them off.  Luckily, the dogs pretty much ignore them.  Mostly, I talked to my friend Betsy on the phone.  And I spent some time on The Body in the Well.  Here's the little bit where Eli and Max climb the stairs at Greely's Smithy and Tack Shop.

The door to the Tack Shop was in the stall on the right side.  Next to the door was a small, black metal sign noting the store’s hours.  If I had been expecting dark and dingy, I was pleasantly mistaken.  Inside, a wide wooden stairway led up to where the lofts had been used for storing bales of hay.  We passed old photo after old photo as we climbed upwards, pictures of the Rattler’s Den silver mine, of miners standing in front of carts, and hitching posts, and store fronts, bright smiles shining through dirty faces as they had stood patiently waiting for a photographer with a black cloth draped over his head to tell them it was once again safe to move.  There were framed newspaper articles talking about the mine, the town, and the townspeople of Rattler’s Den, tiny history lessons of what life had been like so many decades ago, a vibrant age when miners, and shopkeepers, and saloon girls, rubbed shoulders with gunslingers.  And I suddenly felt the sense pride these people still must have, pride in themselves, and pride in their history, and pride that they had survived while those ghost towns surrounding them had faded into forgotten memories.

Max touched my elbow.  “They were hard working men.”

“Yes,” I nodded, “they deserve our respect.” 

This is just a rough draft, so there will probably be a change or two before the book gets published.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Fourth of July!

The downer side of this holiday is that I work.  Why?  Because there are people out there who believe the best time to get a deal is on a National Holiday.  The calls began a few days ago:  What carpets are going to be on sale? (none)  Is laminate going to be on sale? (no)  What deals are you going to be offering on blinds? (none)  On the bright side, management is going to grill burgers and hot dogs for us.  Free food is always nice.
On the bigger down sided... there's going to be a MAGA rally on the Mall in Washington.  The Idiot Jerk says it's not political yet lots of tickets were sent to groups who love to grovel in front of him... the white men in red hats.  No tickets were sent to the Democratic Party, nor to Independent organizations... only Republican...  Oops.  Can we talk about putting ringers in the audience.  And, speaking of the audience, there is evidently some serious concern about the size... or lack there of; a majority of people just don't like this Moral Degenerate.  Of course we all know size is unimportant.  He will claim the crowd was "massive! the largest crowd in American history" because he's a lying sack of shit.
Anyway, we need to look on the bright side, this is 2019.  We will only have to endure one more 4th of July with the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  Two years from now is fat, orange ass is going to be grilled as his bank accounts get sucked dry by lawsuit, after lawsuit, after lawsuit.  Until then sit back this evening and watch the fireworks displays from New York, or San Francisco, or Chicago, or... well, any city other than Washington.  I mean, if you wanted to see fireworks up close you could always drive up to Brooklyn where this guy was.

I laughed really hard when he started yelling "Holy Shit!" and will admit that maybe this was a little to close.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Firework Treatment

Well, the drawing of the blood went okay.  I didn't pass out, of course I didn't look so that was fine.  However, when I went to pee in their little cup I discovered my tinkleator was dry.  So, I stood there thinking wet thoughts as I turned on the faucet and let water trickle down over my fingers until it started... drip... drip...drip.  They did not get a full cup.  Nope, my bladder gave them just enough to run their little tests.
The FDA came out with a list of dog foods which may lead to cardiac disease in dogs.  Evidently at some point in the past couple of years, certain people without any scientific background decided whole grains were bad for dogs.  Nope, they decide things like lentils and chickpeas were going to be better.  Oops, it seems as though they're not.  Here's the list.  As I've said before, my dogs like Beneful.  There's an influential website which grades dog foods, letting you know which are healthier for you dog.  Beneful is barely acceptable because... it contains grains.
And, if you remember not too long ago, I wrote that if someone gives one of my books a good review I will publicly thank them.  Well my sincerest thanks to Anne Marie of Philly!

The only other things I did yesterday was nap, and eat ice cream and hot dogs.  It was one of those days.  As I stepped on the scale this morning, I could only wonder why wieners have so many calories. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Ride This

I don't have to work today... I'm having my blood work done this AM for my yearly physical.  That means I've been drinking my coffee black...  They have to check for diabetes.  Last time I ate breakfast before they drew those 5 stinkin' viles of blood and my doctor said "oh, I see you failed to 'fast.'  I'm very possessive of my blood, in case you didn't know.  I like to keep it flowing where it does the most good, in my veins.
When I got home from work last night I rode a little over 8 miles - the total ride is over 27 miles.

What I find amusing about this ride is that running right through the center of the route is the Reagan Memorial Tollway... which means you must pay tolls..  The highway directly to the north, Route 38, is the Lincoln Highway... and it's free.  No tolls.  What better way is there to remember a not so good president then to charge you to drive on a road named after him?  They must really love him in Dekalb County.  Or is this is just one more example of those damn Republicans gouging the average American paycheck?
And I guess the Idiot Jerk wants there to be tanks in the Washington Mall on the Fourth.  And fly overs by Navy Jets... maybe.  Some of the planned events are being kept... secret, because the Moral Degenerate wants to be another PT Barnum, albeit one from the 'dark side.'  I can hear Melanoma complaining now "D'is is goink to give him a leetle boner ent he's goink to vant sex."  I mean, that's what this is really all about.  Not America, but the Idiot Jerk.  His ego demands it.  He needs to brag about it.  And you can bet a number of failed Evangelicals will show up to praise him.  I'm surprised at how easily they bow their heads.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Trickle Down Failure

The challenge starts today.  My goal is to ride at least 100 miles, albeit inside on my Cyclops trainer, i the next 30 days.  For a while I was getting up early in order to get my rides in before I went to work.  Well, that didn't work.  While I'm a morning person and get a lot accomplished before I head to the store, riding a bike or cardio are 2 things I find myself putting off.  They fit in better later in the afternoon, after the work day is finished.
I find it amazing how China and the US agree to begin trade talks again and the Stock Market goes up.  Your average MAGA head dances around singing Yippee Skippy... while quietly, in the background, prices continue to rise because in America corporations can never make enough money.  Saturday I had customers come up to me, they wanted to buy 3 cases of vinyl planks but wanted to pay the store price, not the online prices.  No problem.  That happens now and then, the Internet price is a bit more.  That wasn't the case.  Our store price was wrong... by 20 cents a square foot.  And these prices increases are National... and the product is manufactured in... China.  Not every price went up, but a number of them did so we had to pull price stickers off our displays.  Even if a deal is struck, those prices are never going to go back down.
And it's not just flooring, and it's not just the retail corporation I work for, it's everywhere.  My dogs are fed both dry and moist dog foods purchased at my local Giant Food Store.  For a dry food, they like Beneful and I buy big bags of it.  The price has always been $29.77.  Four weeks ago I noticed the price had dropped a dollar a bag and I thought, my, isn't that nice...  Until I checked into it.  The price had dropped, but so did the poundage per bag.  $29.77 used to get me 31.1 pounds.  Now, $28.77 gets me 28 pounds.  It used to cost 96 cents a pound, now it costs $1.02 a pound.  Oh, and it appears as though the 31.1 lb bag is out of stock... even at , so I'd say this is probably a Purina decision.  And it's not just dog food, it's everything.  For those who are naive enough to believe in Trickle Down Economics, this is how it really works.  And don't forget, these are the same corporations that got a really nice tax break, thanks to the Republican Party.  So on this Fourth of July, while the Idiot Jerk is giving his shitty little rally speech, and all those little MAGA heads are dancing around his feet, remember, this is what he truly given us: higher prices so corporations can make more money.  It's why we have these tariff wars, not so our prices can go down, rather it's so corporations can make more money which is never, ever going to Trickle Down.

Sunday, June 30, 2019


Okay, so it's Sunday.  I don't work, which is nice since yesterday's storm brought down a small branch and it needs to be cut up.  Cooler temps are forecast - today's only up to 87 (F), it is summer after all.  I have Central Air so I'm not too concerned.
I get to work tomorrow... and then off again for one day.  Tuesday I go for blood work, annual physical, you know?  Needles... hate them.  And it's 5 vials...  I don't know why they need so much of my blood.
I've been putzing around with Google Maps... not locations, but evidently you can make your own maps.  I've been thinking about creating one for the next book.  Something I can put in front of the chapters.  That way people will know exactly where the Rattler's Den Reptile and Snake Emporium is located.  Yes, I know, snakes are reptiles... but I like the alliteration of the name.  Don't you like the way it rolls of your tongue?  Say softly.  Rattler's Den Reptile and Snake Emporium.
I guess the Idiot Jerk in the White House walked into North Korea.  His minions are shrieking "Yes!  Yes!"  Let's give a violent dictator exactly what he wants...  an American president saying "yes... yes."  You see, little Kim Jong Dumb Shit has learned the Art of the Deal.  He now knows how to manipulate the Idiot Jerk in the White House, a man so desperate to be accepted into the Dictator's Club, he will bow his head to any dictator in order to win praise.
Word is that the Idiot Jerk also caved to the Chinese.  Remember, the Idiot Jerk initiated these Trade Wars... and now he's making concessions to Xi Jingping in order to start "trade talks."  It looks like Xi has learned the Art of the Deal, too.
And the Idiot Jerk is also doing some shitty on the Fourth of July... he's making a speech during the celebration at Washington.  There's a lot of concern he's going to try and turn it into a political rally.  Excuse me, but how dumb do you have to be to not see this coming?  In his small, putrid mind he believes this is going to be great.  He does not comprehend an approval rating in the very low 40's is not good.  As long as his adoring base shows up, he'll be happy as a pig in shit.  The fact that a number of protests are being planned doesn't enter into his dictatorial fantasy sequence.  He doesn't understand a large majority of American want to wipe that shitty smile from his face.  He is stupid.  He is totally clueless that America is going to react badly when they see a lot of MAGA heads jumping around at his feet.  Democracy is going to fix this problem, and he's not going to like it.  Good.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Court This

When I got off work yesterday the temperature was 97 (F).  They finally came out with some sort of heat warning... and a thunderstorm watch.  We got the heat but not the storms.  It's not supposed to be as hot tomorrow.  Nice, I have off.  There's lawn work.  For me, it seems as though there's always something that needs to be cut back, trimmed, mowed, or whacked.  As long as it's not stinkin' hot I don't mind.
Strava is an app for runners and cyclists.  Of course, I have a subscription.  Here is my page if you have an interest.  I've signed up for a challenge to ride either 100, 500, or 1000 miles in the next month.  I'm aiming for the lower end.  Succeeding should be easy.  500 miles would be tough to do - I work full time.  I'd have to average 17 miles a day... every day.  Doubt if that's going to happen.  What will I get out of the challenge?  Maybe a T-shirt.  That would be nice.  The competition is fierce, however.  When last I checked, over 70,000 people had signed up.  You didn't know there were that many runners and cyclists in the world, did you?

And, what about that Supreme Court?  Now, I know there are Liberals out there who are expecting every case to go their way.  I hate to tell you, but that's never going to happen, so take it in stride.  You may be upset, but let me tell you, Conservatives are screaming mad.  You see, they believed that by loading the court with Conservatives they'd get to do the Happy Dance with every decision.  Holy Shit, that ain't happening.  Look at the Citizenship question... The Idiot Jerk in the White House called Chief Justice Roberts a 'turncoat.'  Think about that word.

On the gerrymandering issue?  They have never, ever... ever taken a stand on gerrymandering.  They are never going to take a stand.  If your state has been gerrymandered to hell by the Republicans, get out the Blue vote and kick the suckers out.
They kicked back when Alabama appealed a lower court's decision that parts of their Anti-abortion law were unconstitutional.  Evangelicals are pissed.  This Court was supposed to approve these strict laws.
In fact, rather than swinging horribly to the right, their decisions have more or less been Left Leaning, mostly because our Constitution is not a rigidly Conservative document, which is a serious problem for the Republican Party... and the Idiot Jerk in the White House.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Abandon Ship

Today is Friday... it's also payday.  I like it when money goes into my bank account because I like to buy things.  Don't we all?
Anyway, last night was the 2nd night of the first Democratic Debates.  As usual, I watch a bit, mostly because one of them is going kick the snot out of the Idiot Jerk in the next election.  As luck would happen, I tuned in during the "pass the torch" discussion was happening.  That's right, I saw Uncle Joe say he wasn't ready to pass the torch.  What ensued was a moment of Democratic inspirational chaos, with everyone trying to make a comment.  Looking over notes from a number of different sources this morning it seems as though 3 survived with almost flying colors:  Harris, Butigieg, and Bennett.  Nobody else, including 2 of the front runners, Biden and Sanders fared very well.  When I get the chance I need to find the clip where Maddow uses a quote to ask Sanders a question and he says something to the effect that the quote is a mischaracterization.  I guess the audience erupted in laughter when Maddow said "but you said it."  I've said it before and I'll say it again, Bernie's an old fool who's just trying to feed his ego.
On the way home from work yesterday I saw that the temperature was 98 (F).  It dropped down to 97 by the time I hit Enola.  This is funny because no one has said anything about heat warnings.  Maybe we only have heat waves in July...
Oh, my, and it seems as though the Idiot Jerk and his wealthy minions are thinking about screwing around with taxes... again.  I didn't get the gist of what's being planned, but evidently something with Capital Gains.  He knows Congress will not approve it... the election is coming, so he using some sort of Executive Action to bypass all those Senators who would vote against it.  This change will... of course, benefit the wealthy, and only the wealthy.  I see this as another sign that those around him realize he's going to fail in his bid to get re-elected.  They're trying to shove as much shit into their lifeboat as they can.

Can you even begin to imagine a debate between the Idiot Jerk and either Warren or Harris?  I wonder how many times he'd say "fuck" on National TV.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Standing Out

Thursday... the 27th of June.  The forecast is for stinking hot temperatures - up in the 90's (F).  Yesterday was hot, too.  When I got in my car to leave work the temp was 96 (F).  That's a bit on the warm side.  Since there was not a lot of humidity it wasn't too bad.  We're supposed to have thunderstorms pass through on Saturday should cool off a bit.  I am so glad I have Central Air, that was a worthwhile investment.
And, of course, the first of this week's 2 debates was last night.  I turned them on for a bit, not the entire thing, mind you, just for a few minutes.  I heard some of Klobuchar's none performance, and Warren talking about Medicare for All.  I did not hear anything from Ryan, or Delaney, or... oh, what's his name....  I was surprised at how fiery Warren was; I've always though of her a quiet.  The funny thing about Medicare for All is that it's nothing more than the Universal Health Care they have in Canada, and the UK, and... in fact, in a lot of countries around the world.  Here, in the United States, our government wants us to pay through the nose - that's American Capitalism.  Somebody needs to be making a fuckin' buck.  This is why the GOP has always been failures when it comes to Health Care.  They don't vote for anything that doesn't make some rich guy even richer.  Their wonderful tax overhaul shows just how much proof their is in that pudding, how the wealthy and corporations got cake out of the piece of legislation and everybody else got crumbs.  They will never change.  Greed is part of their nature.
I understand the BBC, Beto, Booker, and Castro, spoke in Spanish.  Nice.  Too early in the campaign, though, I think.  Being bilingual is an asset.  However, when speaking Spanish becomes the high point of your performance in a debate, rather than where you stand on issues, you fail.  This morning, while reading articles about last night, the fact that those 3 spoke Spanish got press portends problems since their positions on America's difficulties resonated little.
Reuters said Warren remained unscathed.  That's their way of saying she ruled the roost.
If you have your red pens ready, there are at least 5 names you can cross off your list.
Finally, I'd like to introduce you to another member of my rose family.

He's an orange climber.  Hopefully he will climb up the wrought iron on the side of my front porch.  He has some perfume, but mostly his color is what stands out.  In an odd way, he does what Warren did last night.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


Well, it's Wednesday.  I work... for the next 4 days.  My next schedule was posted yesterday, the one 3 weeks out and it's much better.  Until then it's single days off for me, something I don't like.
Yesterday was a good personal day off.  Not that I accomplished much other than cleaning the bathroom.
I had done a global command to The Body on the Lawn when I first published it because mostly I called my main character Eli, though occasionally I wrote Ely.  The command was supposed to make Eli universal... what it did was take those three letters and turn them into Eli throughout the book.  As a result, believe became bElieve and eliminate became Eliminate.  That has now been fixed.
Tonight is the first of 2 Democratic debates.  I may watch some.  My prediction is that no one is going to break out; rather, the results will point the non-candidates toward elected position in which they can do more for America.  America needs to take back the power.  We need to take over control in order to correct this problem and jail Mitch and Elaine for corruption.  He knows it's coming.  All you need to do is look in his eyes to see the terror.
If you knit or crochet and belong to, you now know support for the Idiot Jerk on this social website is now forbidden.
I have a baby butternut squash growing out back.  It's about 2 inches long.  I have 4 plants grown from seeds I'd saved.  So far this is the only one I've been able to identify.  I'm hoping for at least one cantaloupe.
I went to see "The Secret Life of Pets 2" last evening.  Meh.  It had some funny parts but overall it did not trigger my "woah" button.  I'm not a big Kevin Hart fan and he voiced one of the main characters.  Someone, somewhere thought having a white bunny talking trash was funny.  Nope.  This was nothing but a bad stereotype written for adult Kevin Hart fans and nothing more.
And, who ended up with the duck yesterday?

For about 3 hours Biggie had control.  It's a big duck, 15 inches long, and at one point he used it as a pillow.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Dogs and Duck on Bed

Wow!  I got quite a lot accomplished yesterday... like my whole list.  I mowed my lawn and then I whacked my weeds, and then, for good measure I pulled my weeds because sometimes it's fun.  Five loads of laundry?  Done.  A six mile bicycle ride was included in the afternoon.  All in all, I'd say it was a good day.
Today I'm going to take a personal day... I  need to rest up after yesterday.
Frank Bruni zeroed in on one of the Idiot Jerk's biggest problems.  While he's focusing on how the Idiot Jerk treats the LGBTQ community, in reality this is how he treats women, people of color, immigrants (legal and illegal), politicians... everybody except his adoring fan base.  He will give them anything to maintain their "ardor," at the expense of every other human on the planet.  He desperately wants to be worshiped...  He is two-faced.   And those who praise him?  They are a minority.  His approval rating sits at around 40%.  A large number of people don't like him.  Losing the popular vote and getting elected with only the Electoral College does not give you Carte Blanche to do what ever you want.  This has, however, long been a problem with Republicans.  Their attitude as for too long been "shut up.  We're in charge.  We're going to do what we want, so screw you."  Their mantra has always been:  My Money, My Taxes, My Religion.  The time has come to treat this minority they way they treat everyone else.  They need to be taught that they have not been Chosen.
Anyway, we had rain last night, so it's a good thing I got my yard work done yesterday.  My nectarines are beginning to ripen and I have either squash, or cantaloupes, or both, growing along the side of the house.  More dahlias are budding, which means more pictures soon.  If it weren't going to be hot and humid today, I'd take the dogs up to the park for a walk.  Of course, that doesn't mean they're not going to have fun.

That's them this morning... on the bed... with their once yellow duck.

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Man in the Hat

So, I'm off today.  If you missed my little Yippee Skippy dance, I'm sorry.  I'd do it again but, unfortunately, I've too much shit to get done.
Stupid customers started crawling out form under their rocks yesterday and I was on the verge of turning delectably dour when... my shift ended and I got to go home!
Let's see:  there was the man with the crappy phone connection who called to see if we could make a stair runner out of carpet he had left over from an install quite a number of years ago (I looked in the system and he was no longer listed which means it was over 10 years ago).  He didn't like my response... so he asked me about ceiling tile he purchased in 2015.  He got a bit upset when I told him they were only available for purchase from Armstrong, not through the store since we no longer carry that style.
Then there was the woman who called and wanted me to go over her install quote over the phone.  I told her we prefer customers to come into the store and she laid down the law.  "I'm partially handicapped so that's next to impossible."  Of course, she did not have an email copy of the quote and there were issues... many, many issues: there were charges for dismantling platform beds... 3 of them, and wall units, 2 of them (and I'm looking a pictures because our measure techs take pictures of problems).  I pointed out one piece of furniture she said "well, that's just an armoire and it's only a little over 6 feet high (and easily over 4 feet wide).  I did some changes and emailed her a copy of the quote.  I did some changes and emailed her a copy...   She's going to mull over the install.
And then there was the man in the hat.  A tall, black gentleman asked me to cut some blinds for him, on the way to the blind cutter another older, white gentleman stopped me.  "I need information on indoor and outdoor tile." I explained I was going to cut blinds and called another associate, "we have a customer in the tile aisle who has questions about indoor and outdoor tiles."  After cutting the blinds, I was heading towards the flooring desk when the associate I had called stopped me.  "There's no one in the tile aisle."  I looked down the tile aisle... no one there, so I headed back to the Flooring Desk.  As I was getting ready to sit down, I saw the gentleman in the hat had returned, so I went up to him to see if I could help.  "I've been waiting here for an hour," he growled.  Me?  I pulled out the store phone and checked the time I'd called the other associate.  "I'm sorry, but I called for assistance a little over 5 minutes ago, and you weren't in the tile aisle when he got there."  Well, he didn't like that.. at all.  I tried helping him.  Every answer I gave me was wrong.  He objected to everything... because it wasn't what he wanted me to tell him.  "I'll ask at your Pro Desk, they'll have the answers," he said, very angry.  I looked at his hat, and I looked at him, and smiled.  "They're closed on Sunday."  He stormed away.  This is the mentality that voted for the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  That little MAGA hat he wears exemplifies complete failure, and in his mind we are the ones responsible for his being a dumb fuck.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Groan... Groan

Here I am heading in to my 5th day of work.  Luckily for me and my brain I'm off tomorrow.  After that I'm supposed to work for another 5 days straight.  Where as my schedule had been great for a few weeks - now it sucks.  I'm set up for 'consecutive days off,' and that's not happening for the next 3 weeks.  This is why one accumulates personal time.
The dogs just ran by on their way into the bedroom with their purple wubba.
Anyway, I'm going to pick up a couple of bags of mulch when I leave work this afternoon.  My Mom always said mulsh instead of mulch, I think she thought it sounded sophisticated.  My Dad did the same thing with Hawaii, he always pronounced it Havaii trying to make it foreign and exotic.
So, I'm wondering if there's infighting among the Idiot Jerk's sycophants since he's been flip-flopping quite a bit lately.  First he's 'cocked and loaded' for Iran, than it's '150 people might be injured,' and ICE is going to pick up thousands of illegal immigrants, and then it isn't because of the Democrats.  That last one is really funny, you know, trying to put the blame on someone else because he's incompetent.  2020 is approaching and the last thing the GOP wants is an unpopular war.  His problem is Bolton wants a war, so does that Crazy Christian Pompeo, they just want to kill themselves some Muslims, but only the ones who aren't buying weapons from us.
On the utter laughable scene, Jared the Stupid revealed a Middle-East Peace Plan which is solely dependent upon investment... $50 billion in investments.  Money is evidently the answer, especially for the investors who are hoping to make a boatload of money.  Nobody's buying, well, maybe Netanyahu because Jared's a nice Jewish boy who comes highly recommended by his father-in-law.
Well, it's time for me to get ready for work... groan... groan

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Beware the Wolf

Well, it's Saturday... The weather is supposed to be nice.  Today is not the first Saturday of the months so do not bring your children to the store for Children's Workshop.  Every Saturday people show up with their kids and we tell them that's it's only on the first Saturday of the month.  Tired of hearing the sound of little hammers only one hundred feet away, I've taken to requesting off on the first Saturday of every month.
More of my Dahlias are blooming, though from the same plant.  I have 5 other plants of different colors.  I'll post pics of them when they begin blooming.
Did you ever hear about the wolf in the sheep's clothing? 

it's about people who masquerade as one thing when in reality they are something completely different.  We're dealing with that very issue right now.  I saw this article in The Hill. There was something similar in Towleroad.  I'm speaking about the Evangelical Sect of Christianity, those crazies who love the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  He loves them back because they lower their heads and bow to him.  He gives them the power they so desperately crave.  They are going to do everything they can to get that Moral Degenerate re-elected.  His approval rating is sitting around 40% and they make up a large chunk of that percentage.  They are a minority group who wish to dictate life for a majority of Americans.  For their votes, he will slice apart every style of life they hate and let them pass judgment on all.  Remember that war crazy eyed Michele Bachman ranted about?  They have just declared it... and they will do anything to win it.  We can not let that happen.  Ever.
I picked the last of my peaches from the tree.  They are tasty!  I didn't think I'd get any this year and ended up with 7.  My nectarine tree has about 20.  I'm pleased.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Run for the Senate

I checked my calendar this morning and it's... Friday.  Now, imagine that.
We had some hefty downpours but nothing torrential.  It rains like hell for about seven or eight minutes and the stops for a couple of hours.  You'd almost think your lawn was on steroids.  And it's everything, not just your front yard.  Supposedly the sun's supposed to come out tomorrow... can someone cue Annie?
I've started alternating my cardio, one day it's the bike and the next it's the elliptical.  Yesterday it was the elliptical.  I put together a new playlist and... it was terrible.  It needs work.  Too many slow intros making me lose my stride.  Usually I listen to whole albums when I'm on the bike because there are hills and they slow you down.
Evidently there are quite a few Democrats out there who feel that those 15 - 16 longshot candidates need to get out of the presidential race.  Maybe if enough of us started shouting at them they might understand.  Run For The Senate!  Perhaps if we all emailed them a copy of Samantha Bee's Public Service Announcement they might get the hint.

If you need to cut out this Republican cancer, this tumor of conservationism, you need to start slicing away at the source.  Believe it or not, I'm not talking about the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  It's the Senate that's protecting him, tonguing his stinky little bunghole.  We need to pack them all in a short bus heading towards Lemming Land where they can all jump off a cliff.  Unfortunately, these "candidates" don't seem to realize that when we move a Democrat into the Oval Office, unless we change the Senate, not much is going to be done.  Oh, sure, those Executive Orders the Idiot dictator wannabe has issued will disappear.  But legislation?  Remember Merrick Garland?  That was the Senate.  Think of all of those unqualified people the Idiot Jerk put in positions of power simply because they too tongued his ass.  The Senate, under Mitch McConnell, voted them into those jobs because they had a majority.  If we had control of the Senate, the Idiot Jerk would have been gone a long time ago... so would his 'nelly nazi' vice president.
A Blue Wave doesn't just mean the House of Representatives and the Presidency, it includes the Senate as well.  As Americans, we need to let these wannabe candidates know what our priorities are, and tell them to Run for the Senate.

Thursday, June 20, 2019


It rained hard last night.  The first thing I did this morning was check in the basement for water.  Very old stone foundation here and with heavy rains I can often look down and see that a river runs through it.  The deepest it's been has been 18 inches.  Today there were just some damp patches so there was no need to pull the pump out.
I only did a little over 4 miles on the bike last night.  I'd chose a new route which started off with a hill.  That will only be a good idea if I do a shorter ride first to loosen up my legs.
And what about that racial flap circling around Biden?  A few of the contenders want to knock him out of his Front-runner status, this, however, is not the right way to do it.  Their desperation to get points in the polls is taking them into divisive territory.  Dividing the Democratic Party just so you can make points is a bad idea.  Bernie did it in 2016 and no matter what people want to tell you, the party never truly came back as a whole and... we ended up with the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  Racially dividing the base is a bad idea, and if they are not careful that is what will happen.  Let me tell you, if you think the last 2.5 years with the Idiot Jerk have been bad, an additional 4 years will the total ruination of this country.
Part of the problem is that we have too many candidates.  Except for Biden, Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg, no one stands out....  Beto's fifteen minutes are over for the time being, he needs to take a step back and do something in Texas, like take out Ted Cruz.  Bill de Blasio?  Nope.  Booker?  Nope.  Let me toss out a few other names that just roll off your tongue when you think of presidential candidates:  Delancey, Gabbard, Inslee, Swalwell, Williamson, and Yang.  And there are more.... but I think I've already made my point.  I had the joy of seeing and hearing Obama speak in Harrisburg a number of years ago.  He spoke of many issues which needed fixing: health, education, women's rights, human rights, the economy.  Many of today's crop of candidates have only one issue they're going to fix... and with some it isn't even a major issue.  We have 2 nights of debates coming up.  Very few will watch both nights.  Personally, I think the Democratic Party set the bar too low.  They should have raised the criteria to reduce the number of candidates.  Because they didn't do this, these candidates will begin to attack each other in order to grow their own base.
By blowing up this issue of Biden working with Segregationists a long time  ago, Booker and Harris have given the opposition sound bites to use against Biden in a National campaign, if he gets the nomination.  Oh, shit.  Do not give the Idiot Jerk ammunition.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Aladdin... and other stuff

Today is Wednesday and it's my 'get to go back to work for pay day.'  I'm not excited at all. The idea of working for 5 days, having 1 day off and then working for another 5 days just isn't tickling my fancy.
I went to see "Aladdin" last night.  I had the same problem with the live version that I had with the animated version.  While the first 15 - 20 minutes are interesting, the fun doesn't start until the genie makes his appearance.  This is my way of saying Will Smith does a really good job, and he is really blue... most of the time.  In the animated film "Never had a Friend like Me" is entertaining, in the life action film it is a fully blown showstopper.  The film takes on a whole new dynamic once his lamp gets rubbed.  Also, hats off to Disney for using a cast which is of middle eastern decent.  Sadly, it seems as though only genies get to take their shirts off.

In case you missed it, the Idiot Jerk in the White House held his kick-off rally last night.  His campaign slogan is "Keep America Great" and he was surrounded by white people wearing MAGA hats.  I'd have posted a picture but I don't think my security software could handle all of that corrupt data.  The last thing I want is for an image of him to crash my expensive gaming PC.
After over a month, I've finally gotten back on my bike, yesterday for over 5 miles.  I've been riding the CBTT Concord.  That's actually the Charlie Baker Time Trial for Concord.  There are some nice little hills which give the legs a good stretch.

The only thing odd is that the ride was filmed (that's right, on my monitor it actually looks like I'm pedaling down the street) in the late fall or late winter since there are no leaves on the trees.  That must have been one cool ride.  Once I get this nailed, I might try the ride around Red Rocks Amphitheater just to see what that looks like.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Dahlias are coming!

Well, it's Tuesday.  This is my last day off, tomorrow I go back to work.  I'm not excited.
My sister, brother and I are having breakfast this morning.  They're getting their copies of The Body in the Tower.  Yippee!
I do believe it rained most of the night.  My lawn's going to be too wet this afternoon to mow, and I'm not off again for 5 days... that's right, I get to work for 5 days before celebrating with 1 day off.  Then I work 5 more days.  This shitty schedule is my fault.  I did a request off believing the scheduler would be generous.  She wasn't.  Damn.
I saw this interesting tidbit from The Hill.  The Republican base truly is shrinking.  It looks like the Grand Old Part is really old... and white... and more than a little dumb, no doubt because of those silly red hats they wear.
I took a snap of some of my dahlias yesterday... in the drizzle.

There are more on the way.  Next year I think I'll put a bed of the out front among the roses.
And finally, Kaiser Chiefs are coming out with a new album on or around July 26.  The date is already on my calendar.  Here's the explicit version of their first release.

And, as always, the work continues.

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Truth about Ratings

Okay, so it's Monday, the 2nd of my three days off in a row.  Yesterday it was supposed to be rainy... didn't happen, at least not over my house.  I got so much yard work done.  Today the weather is not going to be as accommodating.   I was surprised this morning to see Accuweather has us under a Flash Flood Watch... until tomorrow afternoon.  That sucks.
Yesterday, besides the lawn work, I also got a haircut and trimmed my mustache, just in case anybody was wondering.
Even Fox News is releasing polls which show the Idiot Jerk in the White House in trouble.   How accurate are these polls?  While not being spot on, they're closer than those used in the 2016 election.  Algorithms have been adjusted; now they incorporate fundamental questions skipped back then, like 'are you a middle-aged, white person who loves to run around wearing a MAGA hat?'  Of course, the GOP is using these polls to scare the shit out of his base.  They're terrified power is going to wrenched from his dirty, little fingers and he'll go into self-exile in Moscow.  They have reason to fear.  They have a moral degenerate in the White House who has no problem telling George Stephanopoulos he'd have no problem colluding with a foreign government if they offered him dirt on his political opponent.  This is a really, really bad replay of the Trump Tower meeting.  How much do you think that little turd did to his approval ratings?  It doesn't make a difference who the Democratic nominee is, that sound bite will air constantly up until the second the last polling station closes, and they know it.  Pardon my language, but this guy is a dumb as a fucking brick.
Speaking of ratings, if you buy The Body in the Tower, or have bought The Body on the Lawn, please go to Amazon and give it a rating.  They mean everything on Amazon.  No matter what people go to that Internet Retail Giant looking for, be it mystery suspense novel, or coffee maker, or headphones, the first thing they click on is the rating.  Customers like to buy something which has been rated 'good,' they don't like to gamble.
And finally, yesterday I received this comment:

Your book, "The Body In The Tower" is now part of the collection at The Stonewall National Museum And Archive.
I don't know who Anonymous is, but if this is true I do believe it's a bit of an honor.  Unfortunately, it was posted by an 'unknown person,' so I can't really thank him or her personally.  I don't even know how you put a book into this collection.  Anyway, whom ever you are... Thanks!!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Rattle, rattle

Here it is, Sunday, my first day off of 3 in a row and I'm sure a lot of you are thinking I slept in... well, I didn't.  Too much to do.  Besides, sleeping in can turn into a bad habit.  So far I have paid some bills, am in the process of finishing up my first load of laundry, and spent an hour doing research.  Rattle snakes, you know?  Diamondbacks.  Did you know you will start to feel the symptoms of a rattlesnake bite almost immediately after being bitten?  I don't mean the pain of being bitten, but rather the symptoms of the venom.  Also, and this I found amazing, the venom does not travel through your blood stream.  Nope, it circulates through your lymphatic system.  This actually improves your chances of survival since it moves much slower than if it traveled through your blood stream.  It turns out I know someone who's been... snake bit.  One of the most fascinating things I've learned about Diamondbacks, in fact it's true with all rattlers, is that they don't always rattle before striking... that's a myth.  Sometimes they warn you... but not always.  That's right, you don't always get this:

And evidently Mike Fuckabee was so rattled by a CNN reported who basically claimed his daughter, Sarah Fuckabee Slanders, was a lying sack of shit.  The truth is both of these MAGA heads have sold their souls to the Idiot Jerk in the White House in order to get the power they so sinfully crave.
Speaking of the Idiot Jerk.  I suspect the internal GOP polls have him more than a little rattled.  They paint a bleak picture of what Americans think of the Moral Degenerate in the White House.  That picture's going to get worse because starting today India is putting tariffs on almonds and apples.  In case you didn't know, India is our largest importer of almonds and apples. You see, the Idiot Jerk thought India would cave... and they didn't.  How rattled is the Idiot Jerk?  He Tweeted out (I think it was a Tweet) some sort of nonsense yesterday about the stock market crashing if he doesn't get re-elected.  This guy's a moron.