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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Diving In

So, here it is, Thursday, my 2nd day off in a row (ain't it sweet?).
Yesterday I drove down to the VA Hospital in Lebanon and met with the Admitting Nurse and the chief Anesthesiologist (not the one who's going to put me under).  Mostly they told me things I'd already been told... except for one thing.  I can start going back to the gym now - I just can't do anything Ab related, which means that the 160 lb leg presses are out until sometime in December; upper chest and shoulders are fine.
Since those meetings were supposed to take an hour and ended up taking... oh, about 10 minutes, I took a jaunty trip out to Coleman's Park, (it was also on my way home to Harrisburg).  55 years ago I lived in a suburb of Lebanon called Avon (pronounced Ave - in ((short 'a'))) and every Wednesday during summer a break I would climb aboard a big, yellow school but at the Avon (short 'a' remember?) playground and ride out to Coleman's Park were I'd swim in the Gingrich Memorial Pool.  That swimming pool is still in operation today, which I found surprising.  This is what it looks like today.

Back then they had a diving board rather than a sleek, yellow slide.
On the Idiot Jerk side of things in this world, either he was or wasn't ignorant to the grieving widow of an American soldier killed in Niger.  Just by knowing that the first name of that American hero was LaDavid, I'd pretty much bet the claims of callousness are correct.  Except for his rabid supporters who are dumber than cow shit, everybody knows by now that the Idiot Jerk prefers to deal with, and associate with, homo sapiens who are Caucasian.  In fact I'd bet good money he would so much as wet his little toe in the Gingrich Memorial Pool since those kids swimming there are quite diverse.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dominant genetics

For a while now I've been thinking about evolution and how we as a species are continuing to grow and evolve.  While process takes a long, long time, all you need to do is look to see one change happening all around us:  skin color is getting darker.  This is bad news for certain religious sects whose theological beliefs tend to fall apart when their creation myth is disqualified.  And, we as a species are getting darker.  Certain groups in our society also find this to be an unimaginable problem; race is not an indicator of superiority. 
In their attempts to totally refute the evolutionary process, these 2 groups are on the verge of banding together, or at least that's what seems to be happening in America.  One race and and one religion are deemed to be superior, nothing else is considered.  They are trying to grow their hatred.  They will surrender nothing, but will fight tooth and nail, no matter what the cost to humanity, to maintain even the tiniest grasp of dominance. 
Of course they will fail.  As Jeff Goldblum said in "Jurassic Park" mother nature will find a way of getting around.  In fact, all you need to do is walk into any mall to see where are dominant gene is taking us.  This is life.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Lifeboats this way

Well, here it is, Monday morning.  For some of you the weekend is over and it's back to work, for me?  Well, I worked the weekend.
Lily's 'Snout Magic' arrives today.  She's not the only one with dry nose.  Big Seig's got a bit around the corners of his nostrils, which means he'll get a dab as well.  Besides, he'd feel bad if she got her nose balmed and he didn't.  They're dogs, you know?  Like little kids, jealous of what the other gets.
I did about 20 minutes on the Kinetic trainer this AM.  I'm on the fence as to whether I like it or not - I am fairly sure, however, that it wasn't completely worth what I paid.  I'm on my 2nd resistance unit.  They replaced the first because of Bluetooth issues - it wouldn't stay connected to either my phone or my tablet.  Because I'm using cyclocross tires the calibration is poor so I'm really getting accurate readings.  Details for setting up the tension on the resistance unit are very vague, like "tighten the tension knob until tire touches the unit and the add 2 or 3 turns."  I have nobby tires so only the nubs of the tire touch, not the tire itself.  What they really want is for you to buy one of their 'special' training tires.  If they wanted you to use a special tire, one should have been included with the purchase. Cheapo me went out and bought an inexpensive road bike tire - that will do.  Oh, and calling myself 'cheapo' is only a phrase, I'm actually rather expensive.
And, being that it's Monday morning, I checked to see if the Idiot Jerk's approval ratings continue to erode... they do.  I specifically went to Fox to see if they were giving him a ray of sunshine... nada.  They're actually rather quiet.  I don't know if that means they're satisfied that his approval rating is beginning to edge below 38% or whether they're just happy the damn thing isn't sinking any faster.  You know what I mean, if you don't talk about it, his supporters won't notice the bow slipping below the surface.
Actually, that's not quite right, Juan Williams, a political commentator with Fox News just published an article calling the Idiot Jerk a failed president.  We all know that to be true.  In fact, I suspect that's his way of holding up a little sign which reads "lifeboats this way." 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lilly has a dry nose

That's right, she does.  I noticed her nose looked a bit funny, in a tiny, lumpy kind of way yesterday morning.  A quick check online identified the problem - dry nose.  Evidently certain breeds are more susceptible than others and Boxers happen to be one of those breeds.  There were lots of pictures of noses, some in really bad shape.  An order of Snout Smooth is being delivered tomorrow.  We'll see how well it works.

The lady Lillian
A little bit of balm will cure her problem, the Idiot Jerk in the White House?  He's a bomb of a different color.  Watching him in action is kind of like watching all the ingredients of hatred slowly being emulsified in a blender.  He speaks to a hate group and his ever shrinking group of supporters cheer.  I saw that some moron named Gorka, a sack of shit who used to be one of the Idiot's advisers... (he had something to do with the Idiot Jerk in the White House) also spoke to the same hate group.  Gorka evidently got kicked off the Idiot Jerk's staff because he was such an obvious White Supremacist, which tells you exactly where this particular hate group is headed.
Anyway, there was this  bit in Bloomberg about how the liberal media was kicking the snot out of the Idiot Jerk.  What what so beautiful about the article was the specific point on how his supporters are basically devolving into 'cult' status.  I liked the bit about how his base even cheers when he denigrates the First Amendment, but then what more could you expect from a group that has been breed for their loyalty not their intelligence.  The article is spot on.  Conservatives are not only trying to isolate America from anything which might lead to revolutionary ideals, they are fervently binding their own beliefs into a tight little knot which treats a majority of Americans not only as though they were fresh off the boat immigrants, but as illegal aliens as well.  They are desperately trying to anoint themselves as the only true Americans.
Where as on Monday evening I'll be able to rub some soothing balm on Lilly's nose, the only thing they're going to do is continue to explode in a confined space of their own making.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Trump buddies up with a Hate Group

Today is Saturday and I get to go back to work after my one day off.  I accomplished much more yesterday than I thought I might, being that some times I end up putzing away the day.  The Med Techs at the Camp Hill VA Outpatient Clinic did my pre-op EKG... and I am pleased to say that I do have a heart... and it's beating!
Another thing I did yesterday was to bake a pumpkin pie from scratch... that's right.  Tasty!!

The only problem I had was Big Seig.  He snatched the egg shells out of the garbage and munched them to pieces in the living room, but then he's a dog and doesn't know any better.
Oh, and the Idiot Jerk in the White House became the first sitting president to speak at the Family Voters thingy (can't remember exactly what it's called).  You know?  The hate group run by that faux haired Tony Perkins?  And the dumb shit, Idiot Jerk pretty much declared war on anybody and everybody who does not agree with these narrow minded moron's interpretation of Judaeo-Christian values.  Of course just about everyone with a smidgen of intelligence knew he was going to do something like this since those crazies give him what he so desperately wants:  adulation.  Even the Idiot Bush was smart enough to know going down this road will lead to disaster.  The more these crazies lay their hands on him and bow down to him, the more he's going to give them what they want.  The Idiot Jerk doesn't care if a majority of the people find his behavior despicable, he's going to anoint this evil with a nod, and a smile as his tiny, little hand gives these haters a 'thumbs up.'  But then this has always been the case with this dumb shit, kiss his ass and he's over the rainbow.  More so now than in the past, since so much of what is happening in his most dysfunctional of administrations is hitting the air waves.  Just about everybody knows it's a cluster fuck, which is why he's turning to the crazies who kiss his ass.

Friday, October 13, 2017


Well, here it is, Friday the 13th and I'm off work - I requested the day off, not because I'm in the least bit superstitious, but if I didn't pick a specific day I might have ended up working 8 days in a row.
I plan to accomplish a lot today, but know if I end up chalking 4 or 5 things off a very long list I will be satisfied, getting more done will be groovy gravy.
Amazon sent me an email  letting me know that my order for Destiny 2 (PC version) will be shipping early and I should get it on 10/23, which is nice since previously all 3 new games were going to arrive on 10/27.  This means I'll get to start killing alien scum sooner than I thought.  For those who don't know what Destiny 2 is, trailer is below.

And what about that Idiot Jerk in the White House?  Evidently he just issued another Executive Order which stops government reimbursements to insurers which offset the cost of premiums to low income individuals.  He so desperately wants to be a dictator, wants to crush people's lives with the dash of a pen.  One of the main reasons the repeal of the ACA failed was because so many lower income people who had health coverage would no longer be able to afford that coverage.  The Idiot Jerk doesn't care about those people - he never has.
I saw where Bob was lambasting those bonehead Log Cabin Republicans in a Not My President section.  I paid a visit to their website.  These people are really, really screwed up in the head.  If you have a barn and it catches fire, there are certain animals who, when taken out of the burning building, will rush back inside.  That's what Log Cabin Republicans do, and they do it so cluelessly.  They want to be devoutly, pro-gun, social conservatives without realizing that multitudes upon multitudes of devoutly, pro-gun, social conservatives want to lock them all up inside their log cabin and set the damn thing ablaze.  They are a stupid people who willingly give their dollars to candidates who want to pen them up in internment camps.  They will never learn.  The barn door is open, the barn is turning into an inferno, and they will stand their lowing the lamentable "I support you... I support you... I support you."  This is their destiny.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Real Deal

So, here it is... Thursday.  I get to work today and then I have off a day.
We had some DeWalt tools walk out of our Front Door yesterday.  Well, they didn't really walk, someone carried them out... without paying.  And then they drove as quickly as possible to the next closest store and returned them... for store credit.  Idiots.  Store credits have changed.  There was a time when you could return something without a receipt, get a store credit, and then sell it on Ebay to anyone in the country.  Now, when a store credit is issued, they scan / swipe your driver's license or state ID and that credit can only be activated by that particular ID.  Some people get angry when they find this out.  This keeps people from selling them for cold, hard cash, or on the Internet.  Oh, and if you don't have a legitimate ID you can't get a store credit.  Sorry.
Oh, and I saw on Towleroad link that Steven Bannon only gives the Idiot Jerk a 30% chance of surviving through his entire first term.  Like... what's surprising about that?  I'm amazed he's made it this long.  He's kind of like mold, you know? 
And I check out the Idiot Jerk's approval ratings, and, as usual, they are very low.  Even the crazy to the right propaganda team at Faux News can only manage to get him up to 42%.  That's kind of funny since that network gushes forth every time he Tweets out a turd, treating it as though it were the most tastiest of Bonbons.

The real deal... not a Trumpy Treat
So, my dining room has pretty much a wall of windows in this wide, but not so deep, alcove that used to hold a window seat.  Originally I thought I might buy some decorative mirrors to reflect the drapes and the windows and the rooms... and then I started looking at prices.  And then I thought... hey! I work in a Home Improvement Store!  I can make something which looks very similar for... oh, say $20.  I mean, I am a Home Decor Specialist after all.