Bluntness

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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Succulent is Blooming

How do I know?  Well, let me tell you, if you don't know when your succulent blooms there's a problem...  because little things shoot out the end, little flowers, you know?  This is how they make little succulents.


To be honest, some people my think me special because I have more than one succulent, in fact I have a lot... and an orchid which just started to bloom, as well.  One thing most people don't know about succulents is that they are poisonous to dogs, so if you have one, keep your dog away from it.
And for those who don't know "God's Own Country" won some top awards at the British Independent Film Awards ceremony. Congrats to all the winners for working on such a great film!
Of course in the US those wins set all Social Conservative's teeth on edge, just like the marriage equality bill in Australia.  This is not the world they want.  This is why Roy Moore is their Prince, their Storybook Hero; he represents an America where Biblical Law rules.  You can bet many of them are going to be tuned into the election results this evening without even understanding the outcome means nothing.  You see millions of Americans, a vast majority, have already passed judgement on Roy Moore in much the same way he passed judgement in his years as a judge, by what they deem to be fair and decent and right.  If Roy Moore wins, then the Social Conservatives lose in much the same way they lost when Joel Osteen demonstrated his total lack of compassion, of concern for Humanity when Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, and in much the same way they lose when ever they lay their hands upon the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  And, of course, they also lose if he fails to win Jeff Session's seat in the Senate.
Do they care?  Hell No!  They are not concerned with Caring Compassion, with Humanity; all they want is total control, the ability to pass judgement freely, and to take away your human rights.  Do they understand?  Hell No!  Will they lose?  Hell Yes!

Monday, December 11, 2017

My Nuts

Yesterday was a busy day.  I made my burritos - in fact I made way too much.  Sometime this afternoon I'll throw all of the leftovers into a big pot and make burrito chili.
And I put out my Christmas Nuts.


Nuts are a regular part of my diet, in fact, I eat them daily since each and every nut is filled with protein.  Yummy!
And yesterday was also the day I finally got fed up with my Kinetic Trainer - you know you really hate it when you spend a lot of money on something and it turns out to be a piece of shit.  The reviews, for the most part, were very good and so I ignored the few complaints...  bad decision.  The problems started shortly after I opened the box.  There were calibration issues, getting the sensor module to size my wheel at a speed of 21 mph (never happened), also the sensor module itself needed to be replaced because the Bluetooth wouldn't connect with the app.  Yesterday the app started crashing about 4 seconds after I started it on both my phone and tablet which means there's something wrong with the app (buggy as hell, if you ask me).  I shot off an email to Kinetic... a couple of hours later I received a general notification, not from a Kinetic, but from another customer who was complaining that the app had stopped working for him as well.  This is bad thing.  The app works this AM, however it's too late, I've already ordered a CycleOps Magnus.  I've used CycleOps for years so I'm going back to them. 
And for those who live somewhere other than Pennsylvania, one of three court cases begins today challenging those evil Republicans and their gerrymandering.  They and their minority party did the same thing in Wisconsin and got a big smack back.  Hopefully it's going to happen again in this state.  You would think they would realize the easiest way to stay in power is to get the majority of the voters on their side.  If they want to keep catering to minority hate groups they deserve to be stomped into the ground.
Anyway, what do you think of my nut bowl?  Made from a tree!  Personally, I think it's a little too small... my nuts just seem to overflow, which is not a good thing, and every time I turn around it seems to be empty.  Damn.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kicking ass

Here it is... Sunday, the first of 2 days off, and I slept in... kind of.  The dogs don't know I don't have to go to work today, that my schedule has changed, and so they woke me up at the same time they always do to go 'potty outside.'  Why would they know any different?  They're dogs.  Of course that didn't stop me from going back to bed for another 2 hours.  I need the rest, I've lots of things to get done today.
Grocery shopping is one of the things that needs to be done.  I'm going to try my hand at homemade burritos this afternoon, so I'm going to need to get some beans, everything else is pretty much stocked.  I'm going to use Crisco rather than lard to make the tortillas, not that I have problems with lard, it's just that there's going to be enough fat in each one as it is, I don't need to add anymore.
I want to see if I can get a 45 minute ride on the trainer.  Shouldn't be a problem (I hope) as long as I get the right music.  Or maybe a video - I don't do movies, but I have a number of cycling videos from back before my schedule had to be fully flexible.  I even have Sufferfest videos.

Now, I know there are those out there who are going to see this and think it has nothing to do with cycling... well, it does.  Sufferfest has been around for a long, time.  In fact, they are one of the best purveyors of cycling videos.  Their Tour of Sufferlandria is simply amazing!  The only thing you don't have to worry about when using one of their videos is crashing unless you're using one of these trainers:

You need to be close to a wall
And I do know the Idiot Jerk in the White House farted out some noise yesterday down in Mississippi while protests are continuing to grow in the Middle East.  Clueless.  Even though there is great doubt that he's a Believer, his administration is the most effective example of why our Founding Fathers separated  church and state.  The faithful are totally oblivious because they don't care about anybody else.  They are a selfish group of breeders, aren't they?


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Snow

Today's going to be a day of rest... not in that I won't have to work, but there's not going to be any cardio today.  While I would have liked to have jumped on either the elliptical or the bike, I reminded myself my surgery was only 3.5 weeks ago.  Healing is good.  And this does not mean I've stopped working out, I've started using my bands for arm and shoulder work - exercises which do not involve ab work.  My lifting restriction is until 12/26 which means that early on the 27th I'll head over to the gym.
Evidently the Idiot Jerk in the White House is going to Mississippi, to their Civil Rights Museum, and the protests have already started.  The only people who are happy are White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and the rest of the stupid, white people who make up his base.  This is going to be their way of saying "Screw You America."  He will make some politicized speech which does more harm and than good, keeps those bloody wounds open, and end it with about 7 or 8 "God Bless's."  In case you haven't noticed, he says "God Bless" quite a bit, not because he's one of the failed faithful, rather, he knows Social Conservatives love to hear those words and thank him by throwing money his way:  ker-ching, ker-ching.
Anyway, there's this storm coming up the East Coast:  Snow.... well, kind of since it's hugging the shoreline.  Anne Marie might get an inch or so, here in Enola?  A dusting, perhaps, which is a shame because I like snow.  I always tell people it's 'free cardio,' no gym fees so take advantage of it.  The dogs?  They Loooooove Snow!


I'm serious, there's 'snow' doubt!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Handsome is...

Well, it's Friday, and while many will post silly memes on Facebook about the end of their work week, as do millions and millions of other people, I get to work tomorrow.
How sad that Al's leaving.  One of our brightest, truest voices is throwing himself on his sword... well, kind of, since he did initiate some unwanted touchy, feely moments with women.  There is a price to pay, and he's paying it with dignity.  By doing so he is illuminating the phony Family Values of the Republicans, the Pussy Grabber, the Child  Predator, that moron Trent Frank from Arizona who wanted women from his office to be surrogate mothers since his wife has fertility issues... at least he says that it's his wife.  Hasn't Trent Frank ever heard of adoption?  Wait, that's right, he's a Family Value Republican so any children would need to come from his gene pool, right?  Dumb shit.  Anyway, Al's leaving office and my money says he's going to torch as many of those phony Family Values asswipes as possible.
I did 35 minutes on the elliptical this AM and felt great.  I'd post the results but there was a Garmin update to my phone and now I've got to re-establish the Bluetooth connection between it and my Fenix 3 HR.  Also, while I was waiting for my surgery, I purchased a Suunto Spartan Sports Watch, which is similar to the Fenix, except the stats it provides tend to be more detailed in a couple of areas.  The only problem I'm having with it is the location.  Even though I've set the thing up for Enola, PA, it seems to want to locate me in the 17th Arrondisement (Paris suburb), which would be nice if I wanted people to think I was working out in France.
And then there's Biggie.  Lily and he were chasing each other around downstairs with a purple squirrel, squeaking it at each other, and teasing each other with it's tail, for a long time this AM.  While she went to take a quick nap, I found him sitting in the computer, training, workout room.

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Handsome dog, isn't he?  That's my gray computer chair to his left which will give you an indicator of just how big he is.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Follow This

Well, it's Thursday.  I had my annual review yesterday.  They rate me as an E (Exceeds expectations) 2 (well positioned for promotion) which means that should one open, I could step right into a Supervisory position.  That ain't gonna happen.  As we get older in life, the goal is to work less, have less stress, and more fun, not deal with customer service issues on a daily basis, or have metrics, or productivity goals to meet.
Oh, and the Idiot Jerk in the White House said that we, as a country, are gong to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Crazy Christian and Conservative Jews are ecstatic.  Not too many others share their ecstasy.  Of course this is a massively unpopular president who's been catering to the kiss ass crowd who helped him get elected since day one.  Does he care of this move will increase the odds of violence dramatically?  Hell No.  His ego is far to consumed with the love from his base to even begin to understand the ramifications of his actions.
And Donnie Jr. says conversations between himself and the Idiot Jerk are confidential; attorney / client privilege, you know?  I guess he doesn't understand this is pretty much an admission of guilt.  But then I'm sure a lot of people just think he's out and out lying... which would be par for the course.  Even if he isn't, that both the Idiot Jerk and the Jr Jerk felt a need for attorneys to be present is rather damning in itself.  There is the possibility, however, that no one in this family will even fart without an attorney being present.... wait a minute, that's probably true.
As for the Supreme Court hearing the gay cake case?  From what I've read, neither side made an efficient argument, some times even coming across as vague... what's up with that?  My money says when the decision is released in June no one will be satisfied, there will be nothing ground breaking most likely taking a vague anti-discrimination route... though mildly.  Using the "it's against my religion" excuse to openly discriminate, while satisfying the Crazy Christian Crowd would flood the courts with cases.
Finally, I had a customer yesterday who's a Semi-Professional Cyclist...  Skinny guy.  It was a real blast talking to him.  He's on Strava - has over 900 rides under his wheels.  I might actually follow him, even if he doesn't buy and blinds simply because it was really, really neat!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bank on This!

Yesterday was rather busy here:  a couple of loads of laundry, raking leaves in the back yard, a visit to my Mom thrown in with a couple of short naps with the dogs (they love that).
For those who didn't see, Russia was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics basically because without drug enhancement, their athletes are average, and let's face it, average doesn't win Gold Medals.  I suspect this might upset some of the Idiot Jerk supporters because... this is just one more indication that Putinland is corrupt and evil - cheat, he loves it when they win by cheating.
And in Washington?  Well, we're looking at a government shut-down on Saturday.  There are no Democratic, or Independent votes offering to help the Idiot Jerk and his supplicants.  If you look back, I believe I said this was one of the reasons Chuck and Nancy jumped on board his request for a delay.  Oops.  We're about to see the 'art of the deal' fail... big time.
But the really big news was that Deutsche Bank is going to turn over the Idiot Jerk's financial records to Mueller and his Team.  I'll be honest, I was surprised to discover that when it comes to getting a loan, the Idiot Jerk doesn't go American, he goes German..  In fact it turns out he owes a fortune to Deutsche Bank.


My money says that news gave him the hot runs.  Not only does he love this bank, evidently so do all of his spawn (Kushner has what? a $200 million + loan from them).  For a Forensic Accounting this must be a ticket to the Promised Land.  This is how they got Manafort - looking at his finances.  People who were upset when he refused to release his Income Tax Returns will find these figures much, much more satisfying.  His Net Worth will probably drop... maybe dramatically, when his total debt is released... and you know it'll be released, or leaked.  Is this going to hurt the Idiot Jerk?  You can bank on it.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Time to plug in the Toaster

Well, here it is Tuesday morning, 3 weeks since my surgery, and I was up bright and early - think 0500, because of the dogs, which is the approximate time they started jumping up and down on the bed, and licking me in the face because it was 'potty time.'
Yesterday, when I saw that the Idiot Jerk in the White House had drastically reduced the size of two national monuments, my stomach turned over and I felt a bit sick.  Later, when I got home and looked on line, I saw that his supporters were all for this - they believe what he is doing is 'good for America.'  Hopefully his decision will be tied up in the court system until he is removed from office.
Later I saw that both the Idiot Jerk and the RNC had both chosen to endorse Roy Moore...   This means they've decided to totally ignore Jeff Flake's comment that "if we become the party of Donald Trump and Roy Moore we are toast."  Even though he is a Conservative, and a Republican, Jeff Flake is not stupid, he sees the future of a minority party that keeps pushing the country so far to the right it is way beyond the boundaries of what Centrist's deem as acceptable.  And they don't understand that the country is overwhelmingly Centrist.


Even though Reaganomics started failing after 2 years, and even after the Trickle Down Economic Tax Cuts in Kansas turned into an economic and political nightmare, they just cannot comprehend that one of their core beliefs is 'bad for America.'  This is why they're endorsing Roy Moore.  They need to get their damn tax overhaul passed.  The idea that they will damage human lives doesn't even occur to them since that would mean that they are Wrong.
This is a party that totally denies evolution; they do need that Social Conservative voted to keep their minority from shrinking any farther.  They find the fact that America is getting browner day by day abhorrent. 
Their Faith has taken a selfish, ugly turn on which everything hinges on the power of the pronoun 'my.'  They are in total denial of the fact that by the time I turn 100, a mere 35 years from now, there will be more Muslims in the world than Christians; a statistic that is a knife in their heart.  The fact that the Hindus are right behind the Muslims when it comes to growing their religion is more than they can fathom.  One can only say they should have, perhaps, been not so stringent with their anti-evolution beliefs.  Had they permitted their beliefs to grow and evolve they might not be in the minority party.
The fact that this president, and this party, are chugging full steam ahead pretty much defines their "Screw America" attitude, even with horrendous approval ratings.  The time has come to plug in the toaster.  Now is when we start to burn their asses so badly it will be decades before they become anything other than the stink of scorched and blackened bread.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Traitor Trump

Well, I did about 8 minutes on the bike this morning... why so few?  Bad Music, for the most part.  I chose a group called Animal Collective and while I like listening to their music, for the most part it's Sunday Afternoon music, not the sort of thing to get your legs pumping.  They do use drums, but mostly it's keyboards and some guitar...  and sometimes their 4/4 time is rather vague.
And I guess that at least one of the Idiot Jerk's tweets yesterday was supposedly written by his lawyer who gave it to his publicity person to publish.  Doesn't this make you wonder just who is responsible for all of the horseshit he tweets?  He he really just a fat, lazy slob who's delegated his anger to someone else?  In a way that kind of makes sense, I mean he is rather a porker boy, and I can picture him (get ready to shudder) lounging around in his bathrobe, chowing down on bonbons, all the wile ogling Ainsley Earhardt. 

She looks a little like Melanoma, doesn't she?
Notice how her teeth are toilet bowl white and her eyes look black as coal?  Makes you almost think this is evil wearing a mask.
In case you were wondering, his approval rating dipped to 34% last week.  Surprise!  Headlines are already popping up on my computer about his rage with Flynn.  The lawyer may have been responsible for one tweet, but the Idiot Jerk seems have taken back control of his phone.  This means only 1/3 of Americans approve of the him, and it case you're wondering, it will only get worse.
And if you think I'm way off in calling him a porker boy, this might change your mind.
So is everybody tired of hearing "crooked Hillary?"  I know I am.  At this point, the Idiot Jerk has shrieked it so many times, it's become impotent, stimulating only his hard core followers.  With all of the revelations regarding his kith and kin in regards to Russian meddling, I do believe we should something new, a chant to ring out this turd from the Oval Office.  What do you think of Traitor Trump?  Catchy, isn't it?  Two words that will bun his ass.  Now, if we could only get a wave going.




Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Hanged Man

Well, here it is Sunday, I hope everybody is having an exciting weekend so far.  Yesterday, being the first Saturday in December, was our Kid's Workshop at the store: 331 kids.  Have you any idea how much noise that many kids put out?  Little hammers hitting little nails!  And just 75 feet away!
The Idiot Jerk in the White House farted out some sort of nonsense yesterday... like, maybe Flynn was fired for lying to the FBI... which doesn't jive with what he said, way back then.  Of course, that doesn't matter for his supporters since they all suffer from long term memory loss, which means anything longer than two weeks ago has already been forgotten.  Besides, they could care less since they're all going to get a big tax cut!  They know the big bucks are soon going to start flowing into their bank accounts!  Their taxes will drop dramatically!  Why they know it'll be like paying nothing at all!  Right.  Because Corporations are going to use their tax cut to create more new jobs!  Right.  Even Breitbart knows this is bullshit.  Of course, because the article is so technical and doesn't fountain right wing hatred, most readers will never get past the 2nd paragraph.  Trickle down economics has always failed.  Reaganomics totally fell apart and George H. Bush had to raise corporate taxes and it will happen again now. 
As for the Idiot Jerk in the White House?  Like a bad Tarot reading, his cards keep getting flipped over revealing the ugly truth - lies, deceits, cover-ups - we're just waiting for the Hanging Man.  Everybody pretty much knows that the Idiot Jerk was giving orders to Kushner who was giving orders to Flynn.  The Idiot Jerk is a business man, who makes business decisions that are not based on his loyalty to his country, but rather to himself.  He alone decides what's a good decision, and he has no problem in lying because his self loyalty allows him to believe his own lies.  As a businessman he knows what's happening is bad, so he lies, and he talks about how great the stock market's doing.  Looking at his past, he has had no problem in declaring bankruptcy, in fact he's done it what?  Four times?  He's made that business decision and then walked away with no regrets.  It's water over the dam.  You can bet's he and his spawn already have a contingency plan in place for when Mueller turns over the Hanging Man.



He will make a business decision and move on... most likely to Europe.  I wouldn't be surprised if there was a really nice Dachau waiting for him in the outskirts of Moscow, from which he can hobnob with the Oligarchs and brag about how many trademarks he and Ivanka scored in China.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Trump kneels to Mother Russia

Okay, so instead of putting in a half an hour on the bike this AM I decided to grab another hour and a half of sleep.  That's fine.  I'm still in the recovery stage from my surgery, it's not even been 3 weeks so I feel I'm entitled. 
And how about Flynn yesterday?  Great news for America, bad news for Team Idiot Jerk in the White House.  Did the Scumbag on the Hill tweet anything about it?  I do know that the pathological liar Sarah Huckabee-Two Tongues hissed some sort of curdled message... or did she?  I don't remember seeing or hearing of her foisting some deceit from her little podium.  Most of the Republican members of Congress seemed to turn their normal blind eye - but then the Senate was all goosey gandy because they managed to pass some sort of horrible tax bill, not that it means anything, and of course that didn't keep Mitch McTurtle from doing a crazy little Texas Two Step about how great the moment was for America's Wealthiest...
We all do need to give a round of applause to Team Mueller!  With his staid appearance, who ever would have thought that he'd be such a gifted vivisectionist?  For a second I thought that might not be the best word... since vivisection is done on living things and Team Idiot Jerk has been brain dead for... well who know how long?  But there is a some sort of a pulse there, so the heart is still beating, a rather bad heart, but it still is beating.
While the collusion hasn't been proven yet, thanks the to time lines we now have, we know that Trump was already down on one knee to Mother Russia long before he was sworn into office.  That man sure does love his Vlad, doesn't he?  The sooner we get that American Traitor out of office, the sooner we take control away from the Republicans, the better off our Democracy will be.  For this to be the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave, he need and his seed need to be dumped like so much other garbage.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Outrage in the UK!

I hope I wasn't the only one who realized that when the Idiot Jerk in the White House retweeted those Racist, Alt-Right videos the shit was going to hit the fan.  What was funny was that what I initially saw was a little, itsy, bitsy blurb which, after I clicked on it, seemed to explode across the Internet.  I mean, it went all over the world!  And only the Alt-Right was happy.  If I'm correct, there's a petition circulating in the UK to keep the Idiot Jerk from ever setting foot in the country again.  This fool is an ignoramus.  My money says that those retweets pretty much squatted down on his already terrible approval rating and dumped a steamy load.
Oh, and more joyous news for the Republicans!  They had to shelve the vote on the Senate version of their tax cut until today because... it was falling apart.  I understand it was short by 3 votes... deficit problems.  It seems as though in order for them to give tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, they will need to eliminate benefits and raise taxes on those Red State people who need them the most... ahhh, now isn't that a shame.  But then this has always been a hurdle they can never get over, ever since they days of Ronald Reagan, where Trickle Down Economics ended up pissing on the lower and middle classes.
And what about Rex Tillerson leaving?  Word of this happening has been floating around for months... and he's being replaced by Mike Pompeo, a man who thinks like the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  This Fools Parade is just getting crazier and crazier - and is definitely not the way you win support or grow your shrinking base.


As for the Outrage in the UK, word is going around that a planned trip there by the Idiot Jerk has been put on hold - they say he was supposed to open a new US Embassy - until some future date.  And chance he had of meeting the Queen when he does go, if he goes, has pretty much been flushed down the shitter.  I'm sure his Administration is trying to provide him some solace for this loss by arranging for a quickie with his Bromo pal Vlad.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hosed

Well, here is is Thursday and this is going to be a Recovery Day.  Everybody keeps telling me to take it easy and since I did cardio on Tuesday and Cycling on Wednesday, I've decided that today I'm going to take it easy.  Work yesterday went fine, though I realized around 5 hours into my shift I should have brought some Advil, so, guess what's getting packed with my lunch today?
So, I see that Theresa May tried to Bitch Slap the Idiot Jerk in the White House yesterday and he told her to... shut...up.  She should have realized that as long as he's hangin' with his homey Vlad she's about as inviting as a plate  of old, cold pasta.  Did she really think he cared? 
Oh, and Mattie Lauer says he's... sorry, but then that's what most useless tools say.
And what about Garrison Keillor was fired as well... for inappropriate behavior, which just goes to show that just because you're pretentious as hell doesn't mean you're grabbing, and gripping and horn-dog tipping... or at least trying to.
And Jeffey Sessions is going to be called in for a private session... and I think it's today, and I'm sure it's not the kind of private session Roy Moore would like... no little girls.  Evidently, while speaking at a church rally, he said that all of those women accusing him are liars.  Someone needs to scrap up this pond scum and lay it out in the sun to dry.
The Grammy Nominations were announced a couple of days ago... who cares.  For those who don't know there are 84 categories (and there are sub-categories as well).  The nominations are chosen by a 'committee' which is why album sales and downloads are key to getting a nomination which defines these awards as being more about popularity than quality.  I don't watch them.
Yesterday morning I told the dogs that I was thinking of maybe putting up a Christmas Tree this year.  I couldn't tell if they were excited or not.


The only thing I'd really worry about would be Biggie lifting his leg and hosing it down in a big time way... the Republican Tax plan is going to hose most Americans, not that they really care.  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sing this

Well, here it is... Wednesday and I get to go back to work after 15 days off.  Nice little vacation, eh?  Pretty much so, if you don't count that little surgery I had, and that's turning out to have been more of a nuisance than anything else.
Yesterday was fairly active:  While I didn't ride the bike, I did do 30 minutes on the elliptical, 1.2 miles, to the music of Eli Lieb.


I did do 20 minutes on the bike this AM but stopped when I realized the Kinetic app had failed to connect and I was recording nothing.  Well, I did get a new  Suunto Spartan and that recorded it, which was nice.
Yesterday I also talked to the Big Boy at my Mom's Senior Living Facility about the increase, and when I say Big, I mean Big - I'll bet that guy weighs in at around 380 to 400 pounds, he doesn't have rolls, he has waves.  Anyway, he was all apologetic, saying her increase was incorrect, and that I should throw out the letter I received because they were going to send me a new one.  Personally, I think most of his weight is bullshit, and that if you don't complain they don't reduce your rate.  
Personally, I think John Conyers needs to resign.  If we want to point fingers, we need to point them at everybody, not just the Roy Moores and the Idiot Jerk in the White House.  Why look, little Matt Lauer got canned this AM - now who would have ever thought that he was the frisky type?  What people really seem to be forgetting is the power of hormones - they rule our lives, whether we want to admit to it or not, both men and women, neither is immune, and I'm not just talking about sex here, nor am I looking for an excuse for Roy Moore whose predatory behavior was designed by his extremely social conservative beliefs.  No, I'm talking about the daily ebb and flow of estrogen and testosterone.  Let's be honest, I'm sure there a number of both men and women who would like to initiate a private duet with Eli (above) whether he wants to sing with them or not.
And I thought this was an interesting poll.  I can see where they're headed.  Bernie sees it too, except he's way, way too old.  We need a Trudeau or a Macron in this country, one individual whom the majority can get behind and support, one person to lead the way.  Every one wants to lead the chorus and not one of them can carry a tune and until that happens chaos will reign.







Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Some things are... Magic

Well, today is Tuesday and I go back to work tomorrow.  Yippee...  Yesterday my surgeon ran his forefinger up my incision and said "this is healing very nicely," and then he gave me a note saying I couldn't lift anything more than 10 lbs until 12/26, which is what I was expecting.  As I gave that note to the scheduler at the store she asked, sounding like an out of tune cowbell, "shall I put you on the schedule for the rest of the week?"  When I pulled out my phone and showed her she'd already had me scheduled for the next two she said "oh," clang, clang. 
I also got a notice from Greenfield, my Mom's Senior Living Facility, informing me that on 2/1 her rate was going to be increasing by $800 per month.  They've added a 5 tier program of what they are calling Personal Care, however they don't provide any information as to what defines that care or what requirements need to be met to put one resident in one level as opposed to another.  Oh, and they also said heating costs have gone up 10% in the last year... that's bullshit.  There are over 100 residents at Greenfield, and if all of them have similar increases, that facility is growing its revenue by about $80,000 per month.  Right.  What will happen is that the residents will have to hit up Medicaid, which means Greenfield is making the Federal Government pay for their greed.
And I see that the Republitwats (now, isn't that catchy) are struggling with their selfish Tax Overhaul with at least 2 Senators saying they have issues - those are the ones who are speaking out publicly, I suspect there are more.  Oh, and they need to refund the government because the Idiot Jerk conspired with the Democrats to put that legislation off until December.   Those were some very smart Democrats, because now the Republitwat plate is simply overflowing with... shit, and that's not including the Roy Moore shit that's been slapping them silly - can you imagine the party of 'family values' even considering that pederast as a legitimate candidate?
Anyway, yesterday my Dr said I can start working out again - cardio mostly, until 12/26 at which point I can begin my strength training.  As a result I clambered on board my scales (yes, I have 2) this AM and let loose with the "shriek heard round the world!" well, maybe around my neighborhood.  Since my hernia was diagnosed I've gained 12 pounds.  Shit.  Later this morning I'm going to climb on board my elliptical for about 30 minutes of easy cardio... and then this after see if I can do about 30 more minutes on the bike.  I'll be using my new Senso Activbuds which work super well.  Sadly, they were delivered by a rather robust US Postal Worker rather than the gent in the ad.


But, as I said, they work really well - Bluetooth, which means I'm no longer attached to the music source, almost like magic.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday Notes

Just some notes before I rush off to see my surgeon.
Russell Tovey playing an Out Gay Superhero fighting Nazis sounds like it should be right up my alley since I'm killing them in Wolfenstein II.  Evidently the CW has some sort of 2 night cross-over event in which this becomes TV reality.  Well, I watched the trailer this morning and wept... with dismay.  This is crappy, shitty TV written for people who have a maturity level comparable to that of 13 year old children, and Russell's story line appears to be minor.  Why,  they even have him wearing some sort of helmet mask.  Boo!  Hiss!


Oh, and evidently those Crazy Christian Conservatives in the House have tacked in a boatload of special shit in their version of the GOP tax bill which pretty much proves they have declared War on every thing they hate.  There is a problem, however, everything thing they hate is pretty much status quo for a large majority of Americans.  Tax Free Churches?  They should be allowed to tell their parishioners and congregations who to vote for in elections, and of course you know that if you don't vote they way they want you to you're going to burn in hell.  This will only get worse as long as the Idiot Jerk is in the White House.  You see, he loves them because they kiss his ass, they shower his ego with looooovvvve.  Idiots, all of them.
And since I won't be watching Russ this evening on the CW, I purchased "American Gods" the first season, for $10.  Watching something like that might cause a Social Conservative to pluck out his eye.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Package This

Well, it's Sunday.  Yesterday was really warm here, near 60 F and while running around outside Big Seig got not 1 but 3 bug bites so I gave him a Benadryl, perhaps if he wasn't such a big target... Lily never gets them, Seig?  All the time.
I also had an amusing conversation with my neighbor Karen yesterday.  Her husband has, for quite sometime, been telling me that the ginkgo tree in my front yard will end up clogging my drainage pipe.  Well, evidently they had a clog... and they had to pay a lot of money for someone to come in a clean out their pipes... and while they were running some sort of camera out through their drainage system they made a surprising discovery.  When the sewer line was put in a long time ago, a direct line was run to my house, but not to theirs.  Their line leaves their house and runs into mine and my line is perfectly clear.  The clog was in their 20 foot section.  I didn't ask what it was, if roots were the problem, or if perhaps they flushing garbage down their toilet.  I suspect, however, that her husband is no longer going to be bringing up the subject of sewer lines.
Tomorrow morning I have an appointment with my surgeon who's most likely going to tell me my healing process is progressing smoothly.  If he says it's okay, I'm going to hit the elliptical on Tuesday - now, I don't know if I'll manage to my normal 55 minute, high energy cardio... probably not, but one thing is changing.  I've ordered some Bluetooth earbuds.  I always listen to music and the one thing that's always bothered me was having to be attached to source, having to find a place to put my phone that's close enough to be jacked into my headphones.  That will end tomorrow when my Senso earbuds arrive.  I can't wait.

Delivered right to you Front Door!

I don't know if the guy comes with them or not, I guess I'll just have to wait until the package arrives.
Oh, and I saw that the Idiot Jerk in the White House has proclaimed that Fox News is better than CNN... well, of course it is if you happen to be one his supporters.  Where else would you find all the fake news that made your little heart go pit-a-pat?
Then there was the bit about Steve Bannon working to replace the 2 failed Republican Senators from Mississippi with 2 even more stupid Tea Party Republicans.  Shall we talk about regionalizing hatred?  Is this like BOGO racism?  Talk about a packaged deal, right?

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Map This

So, yesterday was Back Friday.  I did go shopping in the afternoon... for mousetraps, and bought 2... and they work.
I never buy anything on Black Friday (except for utilitarian devices like mousetraps) since I know most of those 'special' deals are crap; TV's made specifically for Black Friday with inferior parts, which is why they're so... cheap.  And it's not just televisions.  We bring in ton's of 'special' merchandise designed for the 'impulse' shopper, the non-thinkers who are more interested in cheap rather than quality, those who fail to understand that inexpensive does not now, nor ever will, translate into a high caliber purchase, that these 'deals' are manufactured to last... oh... maybe a year if you're very lucky.
The dogs had their Christmas presents ordered yesterday - surprisingly 4 are repeats of the presents they got last year simply because of their durability; three of them still have squeakers that work, and one still rattles.  One that's not on the list is the muskrat with replaceable squeakers since Big Seig figured out how to get the squeakers out.
Yesterday, while I was picking up the mousetraps, I talked to a friend who'd had an inguinal hernia repaired about a year and a half ago.  When I told him I could feel the mesh he nodded, smiled, and said "yes."  When I talked to another friend, Mark, he reminded me that "they stapled that mesh in at the right side of you nut sack and went east," which is pretty accurate. 


To be more precise, the mesh starts in the southwest and moves upwards, northeast, which is the only direction it can move.
And this morning I saw this about the Far Right, and how they're furious as hell about Mueller and his probing at their lies and deceit.  For years they've been peddling their falsehoods, pushing their inaccuracies, attempting to set the nation's compass towards the land of Crazy Conservative, and no one held them accountable.  I don't know why Centrists and Liberals, Democrats and Independents, thought taking the high road was the best possible choice.  It wasn't. For years the crazies have been mapping out a crazy course for this country and we have, for the most part, sat silent.  Back when the Idiot Jerk in the White House was spitting out his 'birther' red meat, all Obama did was quietly release his birth certificate; he took the high road.  What he really needed to do was take the Middle Road and call the Idiot Jerk out, he should have set a course away from the land of delusions.  Now these people are pissed because they know that soon they'll be called liars to their faces.  Good.  They hate that Mueller is leading the country out of the wilderness they, themselves, so comfortably control. Good.  They are losing control of the map they've manipulated for years.


Friday, November 24, 2017

Food for Thought

So, I got a lot of exercise yesterday walking around my brother's new (old) farm:  the barn is... rustic, and the house has a wrap-a-around porch and large fireplace.  There are 2 tall walnut trees by the barn - walnuts are very healthy for you.  Oh, and I got to meet Wendy, the potbelly pig:


My nephew's dog Hudson took a liking to Wendy, not that she was flirting with him, but being a dog he didn't know that, and when he tried to get himself a little porcine pleasure she rebelled.  We all laughed as my nephew's wife separated the two... except for my sister-in-law, whose facial expression went from distraught... to despair... to horrified, which made the incident that much funnier.
My sister and brother-in-law brought my 84 year old Mom, Irene.  She has dementia and didn't remember many of the people around her; some found that a bit unsettling.  She doesn't care as long as people are catering to her and making her the belle of the ball.  I got a nice picture of 84 year old Irene holding 1 month old Irene, her great granddaughter.


Later, after I'd gotten home, I boiled up some bones for the dogs (their Thanksgiving Treat) and ordered their Christmas toys (they get quite a few).
The only disappointment?  I put out a mousetrap last night and this AM discovered that the damn mice had eaten the peanut butter bait without the trap working:  I was left with mouse droppings and an empty trap.  My money says they're Republican.  This afternoon, after the Black Friday rush has passed, I will drive down to K-Mart and buy some new traps.  And just like the damn Republicans, I want the damn things out of the House as soon as possible.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

And if this is not one of your traditions and you don't celebrate, make sure you have a really damn good day!
I'm going out to the farm, taking my traditional Green Bean Casserole... what makes it traditional is that I add cheese... a lot of cheese.


And when I get home, I'm going to cook up some bones for the dogs.  Yes, this is a special day for them, too!!
Maybe tomorrow I'l have some pictures of Wendy the pig - now won't that be nice!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Reflections

Well, here it is Wednesday and I'm halfway through my Leave of Absence... let me tell you, I'm not exactly looking forward to going back to work next week.
And yes, I did go see "Justice League" last evening - it wasn't baaaaad.  Ezra Miller definitely stole the show.  Gail Godot showed up and had a cocktail with Ben Affleck (I was wondering if they'd show him sucking down alcohol), and Jason Momoa took off his shirt and swam with the fish.  Ray Fisher was good as Cyborg, what a shame he's saddled down with a clunky cyborg suit.  The only thing that was really baaaaaad was AMC Theater's Premier policy.  You have to pay extra for a Premier membership (I didn't) and that gives you head of the line privileges at the concession stand.  Last night admission tickets were being sold at the.... you guessed it, concession stand which meant Premier Members could skip to the head of the line even if they weren't buying a snack or beverage.  By the time we got our tickets the line of non-Premier Members stretched back 50 feet to the shuttered Box Office, through a set of double doors, and out through the lobby.  Because there are 'family films' showing, there were adults with young children in that line, and they stood and watched while adult Premier Members jumped ahead of them.  This is horrendous customer service, so this AM I sent AMC a rather salty complaint, no language, mind you, just specifics on how big of a failure this policy is.
Oh, and the Idiot Jerk in the White House is supporting Roy Moore... was anybody surprised?  Not really, his desperation stinks worse than a bad mother's soured milk.
And another non-surprise was his administration's attempt to end net neutrality...  This is all about corporate greed, about Internet Providers being able to charge you as much as they want in order for you to watch, and read, and research what ever you want.  Of course Republicans have always been corporate puppets to this really should have been expected.
 Anyway, this morning I hung the last of the decorative mirrors I've been making, and of course I felt I should share.  The walls are going to be painted something called Juniper Berry, once I can move furniture which will make the tiles pop.  You also get to see a reflection of Big Seig as he gazes through the window, reflecting on the world at large...


Mirror, mirror on the wall.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Cop this?

So, here it is Tuesday.  One week ago I was prepped for hernia surgery.  Two days after the scalpel sliced through my skin I took off the dressings and almost passed out.  Today, much of the discoloration is gone, there's an occasional twinge from the incision, and my fur is growing back.  I can, however, feel the mesh which was stitched into the underside of my abs to hold them together and keep my guts from pushing through.  Think of it as an itchy, scratchy nuisance that I'll have to deal with until everything grows together.  This?  I can live with.
And I see a 2nd woman has come forward complaining about Al Franken...  She's saying he squeezed her ass while having her picture taken with him at a State Fair.  She's married, so evidently he's not the only man to give her cheek a squeeze, which makes me wonder if she's going to call out every other man who touched her ass.  If she isn't, is she only doing this because he's a politician?  Was she so much less sensitive 7 years ago then she is today?  There is a world of difference between a 32 year old man taking off his clothing and laying down next to a 14 year old girl, and Al Franken's hand.  If his is the only name she spits out, than I'd say she probably has bigger issues to deal with than Mr. Franken copping a cheap feel.  Some people might not like this, but there is a world of difference between someone hitting on you, and Kevin Spacey getting you drunk.  The two are not the same.
And I see that the Idiot Jerk in the White House is going to send 50,000 Haitians packing; that's 50,000 low paying jobs that his supporters can fill.  That's how he makes America Great.  That and having a Tax bill passed which gives nothing to those low income workers that they aren't getting already.
Oh, and I also see that Congress is rapidly approaching their long Thanksgiving break.  Get out your slickers, cause when they get back they'll have to deal with immigration, funding the government, and passing a really bad tax bill.  Believe me, this upcoming cluster fuck is going to be sloppy as hell!  If you don't have a strong stomach, don't watch.
So tell me, would you?





Monday, November 20, 2017

Diving in

Well, it's Monday and some of you are going back to work.  Not me, I'm sitting right in the middle of my Leave of Absence, not that I couldn't have gone back to work today... but why?  The discoloration south of the incision is rapidly disappearing and the stubble is surging, thank God I'm into cotton and not some poly blend (can you imagine all of the pulls?) no ouchy, ouchy for me.
I may go see "Justice League" tomorrow evening, haven't decided yet.  I would like to see Jason Momoa, fins and all, however


I suspect that in real life he's pretty much of an asswipe.  And then there's Ben Affleck as Batman... after 3 films with Christian Bale in that role, Ben just doesn't quite cut the mustard.  The fact that he's so unsuited for the role leads me to believe that this was not a casting couch decision, which means someone needed to be pretty drunk to think this was good was a good idea.  Rumor has it that this will be his last dance in the bat cape... we can only hope.
Yesterday I watched some Cyclocross racing on NBC Sports Gold, live from Belgium, and where I normally really like this type of bike racing, yesterday it was just okay.  For those who don't know, Cyclocross racing is taking your bicycle off road, and then having to ride over an obstacle course. 
There are hills

and barriers, and you need to be in really, really good shape.


Yesterday's race, however, was a women's race, and as the camera panned over the riders I saw that some of them had chosen to wear makeup....  Now, why would you put on makeup if you know there's a really, really good chance that you're going to do a header in the mud?


Notice, I almost wrote this entire entry without diving into the Idiocy in the White House, or the fact that thousands of Christian Ministers, and pastors did a header yesterday by failing to call out Roy Moore?  If you don't condemn, you condone.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Squeeze this

So, I set the alarm for 0600 this AM as a start to getting myself back into a more meaningful regimen; this doesn't mean I'm not going to take a nap if I feel the need, just that I'm not going take them at the drop of a hat.  I'm at that point in my recovery where if I sleep too much during the day, well I'm not going to sleep all through the night - like last night, when I woke at 0300.
Anyway, I got up this AM at 0600, went downstairs, started a pot of coffee, and squeezed some orange juice.


Bloomberg has this really interesting piece where they continually the Idiot Jerk in the White House's rust belt voters.  The first thing you'll notice is that they're all white, which means no peoples of ethnicity voted for the Idiot Jerk in these 4 swing states.  Five of them are showing signs of disappointment at the Idiot Jerk, 2 of them are still in and Idiot Jerk induced stupor, and one demonstrates that he is certifiable (there's always one in every crowd).  And the one who's certifiable?  He's all about greed: his money, his taxes, selfish to the max.
My brother and his wife bought a pig yesterday, the first livestock for their farm.  Her name is Wendy.  That's right, they bought a 107 lb pig and named her.  Something tells me that sow will never need fear being turned into ham steaks.


Just like something tells me she will always be a virgin, never once being able to say "squeeze this."



Saturday, November 18, 2017

History Lessons

Well, here it is, Saturday, and I'm pleased to report that some of the swelling has gone down... at least a little; I've been told to be patient.  I'm not a very patient person.  "Get it done, and get it done now," has always been my motto, and here I am, saddled with cells self-indulgent in their procrastination; taking their time.
So, one of the ways I'm whiling away the hours during my convalescence is by playing Assassin's Creed, Origins, which takes place during the reign of Cleopatra.  It looks great!  What the game helped me to realize is that when she was Pharaoh, the pyramids were already over 2500 years old, and they were sitting isolated in the desert, there were people all over the place.  We don't think about antiquities that way; we liked to think that they've been hidden away, buried by sands until we discovered them.  Wrong.  Oh, sure, some were, in fact they're still discovering artifacts today, but the big ones, people knew about them.  There were also lots of crocodiles.
This is odd because, almost paradoxically, those crazy christian billionaires of Holly Hobby are opening their own, special History of Christianity Museum today in Washington.  Some of their antiquities are... questionable, but that hasn't stopped the family from buying them up for years.  It may make money at first (P.T. Barnum was right) but eventually will end up being nothing more than a huge tax write-off.  I woke up around 0330 and knew this to be a fact, (I'm being serious here).  The failure of the 2 most popular monotheistic religions will be caused by their inability to grow, to change, to evolve.  They will only remain viable as long as they maintain a rigid control over a static environment, a path with no deviation, never moving forward, but only spiraling in upon itself will lead to their own failure and breakdown.  (Maybe I should start taking my pain drugs again).
Evolution happens - there's no stopping it.  You can not live in history, only observe it and learn from it.
Anyway, while I may be able to ride a bike on my trainer soon, I suspect my lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying will be severely limited for about 4 - 6 weeks.  I say this because I measured my incision.  It's 3 inches long.  And we know the surgeon cut through my abdominal muscles in order to sew in mesh, and then he had to sew them up, which means they've got to grow back together.  This is life.

You can see these babies from miles and miles away.



Friday, November 17, 2017

The Mouse in the House

Well, here it is 3 days after my hernia repair and the surgical site looks... disgusting... there's nothing wrong, I was just expecting things to look... neater, not as bruised. My bits and pieces? My crank and nuts... what ever you want to call them?  All are hued with tints and tones of black and blue and look like I had a bad date with an octopus.  Anyway, these shades shall pass... eventually.  Just be thankful I'm not taking pictures.
I slept without meds last night, but did take a naproxin this AM because there is some ouchiness.
The dogs got a mouse this morning.  Yep, it's that winter mouse time of year, when I put out the traps and get a couple.  I always get them.  This one met his fate at the paws of either Big Seig or Lily.  I found him lying on the living room rug all mouthed up.  I don't know why, but dogs do seem to like running around with dead mice in their mouths.  He's out on the hill now, where he'll fertilize next year's weeds.
Yesterday the House of Representatives passed some sort of Tax overhaul thingy which isn't going to go anywhere, and of course they jumped around like teenage boys who'd just had their first orgasm.  And, of course, it's going to fail, and they are oblivious to the fact that this is going to happen.  At this point they are so out of touch with the American People, and they don't care.  They are desperately trying to prove that they can do at least one thing, even if it means proving they are failures.  Remember how they were going to write the ACA out of the books?  This is the same thing, and once again they're going to be doing it in a very public forum.  We're will need to endure about  3 weeks of blood and gore while the Republican carcasses slowly pile up.  The difference between them and the dead mouse I found this morning?  He will lead to growth, they will just stink to high heaven.
Oh, and bit of a blossom to their ever ripening bouquet.  The approval rating for the Idiot Jerk in the White House has reached a new low.  There are some funny comments here.  I like the one about it being Ground Hog Day again.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Baking with Biggie... and other things.

So, here it is, Thursday, and I get to take the bandage off of my surgical wound.  I slept without taking any of my meds, but took the Vicodin this AM because sitting down is a real bitch.  People think that stairs should be the problem, they're not, it's sitting down and then getting up - that's what hurts.  I'm also going to shave this AM - getting rid of that old, grizzled gray look. 
And I saw that Jeffey Sessions testified again yesterday, which is a very good thing.  The more he presents himself in public, the more he obviously lies and obfuscates the truth, the more people begin to realize he is an evil, little man.  He will never understand just how terrible he is because that would require him to question his own feelings of superiority - and he does believe himself to be quite superior.  Roy Moore is the same way, so special in his own eyes he fails to recognize his own contemptability.  America sees, however.  These people are so lost in their own failed belief systems they will never understand what is good and what is right.  They are total failures as human beings.
Oh, and the big Idiot Jerk in the White House is evidently supposed to meet with a lot of the little Idiot Jerks in the House to talk about their tax overhaul.  These people are so desperate to pass some form of legislation they stink worse than a two bit whore,  and what they're going to attempt to foist on Americans is being described as a dumpster fire.  Do they care?  Absolutely not!  They keep telling themselves they know what they're talking about, that their fiscal policies are great, in spite of the fact that they've always failed. 
Yesterday I also baked cookies, chocolate chip, from scratch... and I had help in the kitchen.  Big Seig.


What he really wanted to be was the official taster.  As you can tell from the picture, he's pretty much counter high, and he kept licking his chops every time I pulled a batch from the oven.  Did he get one?  Nah, chocolate's not good for dogs.  He did get treated to a couple of Gravy Bone dog biscuits as a reward for not standing up at the counter and eating them all in one fell swoop.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Crossing the line

Well, I survived yesterday, of course, there were never any doubts.  Instead of repairing the hernia orthoscopically, my Dr did the old slice and dice which means I now have a 3" incision.  The bandage won't come off until tomorrow morning so I haven't had the chance to look at it yet.  They did paint me with betadine from side to side so my important parts are now Home Depot proud.  They also gave me a Tap Block which wore off around 0630, that's when I took my first Vicodin - they gave me 40 of the little white suckers, so I now have a bit of buzz.  Translation:  if I go to Amazon, I'm going to buy a couple of thousand dollars of shit I don't need.  I also got to where a cute, little bracelet with my picture on it.

I saw they ripped Jeff Sessions a new ass yesterday... and he didn't like it one bit mostly because he lied... no... wait... he didn't like... he forgot until yesterday.  You have to remember that this fool is a Social Conservative, not only does he lie and then ask forgiveness from his deity, he will excuse his lies saying they were done for his deity, to show his love and devotion to his deity.  The truth is that Sessions hates everything that falls outside of the narrow vision he allows himself.
And what about Roy Moore's women issues?  Evidently there have been rumors for years.  He's another one of those Social Conservatives who thinks that he's special.  While he's judged people for years, he, himself, hates to be judged.  Can't you hear him saying "I will be judged by a Higher Authority than you?"  This is because, like a professional scam artist, he sees nothing wrong with his behavior.  I mean, with faith as strong as his how could he do anything wrong?  Shit head.
Another funny bit this AM was John Schnatter's sudden about face.  You know who I'm talking about - he owns Papa Johns and blamed kneeling football players for lackluster sales.  That was until the Alt-Right said "yippee skippy, he's our guy," at which point he realized that Neo-Nazis buy a lot less pizza than... oh, say, political Centrists, or Liberals, or... black people, and changed his tune.  Will it help?  I doubt it.  This is what happens when you buy a house on Dick Head Way.
Then I saw this on Bloomberg this morning:  how those great Middle-Class tax cuts are only going to be temporary.   Corporate tax cuts are going to be permanent, however, as will the tax cut that John Schnatter's going to be getting.  Oh and their hatred for the Affordable Care Act has surfaced again.  Now, isn't that amazing.  Once again the 'Do Nothing Party' is going to do... nothing, mostly because they're doing it for themselves, not for America, and most assuredly not for Americans.
Finally, I can't wait to get back to the gym.  I need to get back to the gym... soon.  You see, I just realized that this scar is going to be above my Speedo line.


I don't know if that's a line I want to cross.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cut this

Well, here it is.  The day of my surgery has finally arrived.  I need to be at the Lebanon VA Outpatient Surgical Unit at 0900, and by 1000 the scalpel should be at the ready.  They've slotted an hour and a half for the procedure - though it wouldn't surprise me if they're done a lot sooner.  Back when I had my consultation, my Dr had said he thought they'd operate in the afternoon - I prefer the earlier time.
And what's happening to me is so much nicer than what's happening to the GOP.  Bannon's calling on the Jews to rise up against the GOP establishment and Mitch McTurtle believes the women accusing Roy Moore... and another woman came forward today.  Watch out, they's be reaching for their clubs, and let's be honest, there's nothing wrong with a little Republican blood sport.  In the end, both sides will be bloody and beaten to an impotent pulp.
Oh, and the Idiot Jerk in the White House said something about making sure that the 'rich get a tax cut.'  Sorry,  they don't need a tax cut.  They're rich.  They sleep in clean sheets every night.  Someone else scrubs their toilets, and cooks their food, and most probably wipes their asses.  These are people who have an employee who helps them pick out their clothing and helps them get dressed in the morning, who most likely hand washes their delicate dainties.  These are people who have never washed a dish, or dusted, or vacuumed, and may be hard pressed to tell the difference between a broom and a mop.  They don't deserve a tax cut.  Yeah, that's the penalty for being rich, you have to pay more taxes than us poorer folk.  Tough Shit.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Personal and Political Surgery

Okay, so tomorrow (sometime) I'm going to have my Right Inguinal Hernia repaired.  Right now it looks something like this, though mine is on the right hand side:


Evidently they inflate air into the area between my abs and my fat layer and do something like this:


The only bad thing about the above photo is that the Inguinal Hernia looks a lot like female genitalia.  However, after some relatively minor, out patient surgery I will end up with a chest like this:


Well... maybe not quite like that.  Hopefully I will be able to start hitting the elliptical in about 2 weeks, and the gym a week or so after that.  I dropped off my old Cannondale X6 to have the bike shop fit it to me and cycling's a great way to burn off calories and put on leg muscle.
Anyway, I took a personal day today since I want to clean a little, there are going to be people coming in and out over the next 2 days.  They didn't like it but... this is how life is, you know?
I got a chuckle when I saw our failed Senator Pat Toomey jumped on board the Roy Moore hate bashing train.  For a self-serving Conservative like him, my money says the only reason he bought his ticket was because of his own career political ambition.  Toomey has always done what the GOP wants, and right now the Party wants Bannon and Bannon's boy Moore out of the arena.  They want him out soooooo baaaaad, they are willing to let a Democrat win that Senate seat.  Shall we talk about hatred here?  Shall we talk about open warfare?  About sacrificing a solid majority vote?  Ain't it great!!  They are about to operate on themselves, without anesthesia.  If thine eye offends thee, pluck it out, and make yourselves blinder than you are already.  Can I get a smile from everybody?



Sunday, November 12, 2017

When things fall down

Well, it's Sunday.  I get to work, of course, but then what else is new.  I'm supposed to work tomorrow, the day preceding my surgery, but I may take a personal day.  There are things that I need to get done, especially since I'm going to be laid up for a bit, like rake my front yard.  With all of the really cold nights we've been having, all of the leaves have fallen off of my ginkgo tree... and they did it in one fell swoop (they showered down like yellow rain).


And even though they are beautiful golden color, I purposefully did not want to used the words 'golden' and 'shower' in the same phrase.  Believe me, the last thing I'd ever want to see is the Idiot Jerk in the White House dancing around naked on my front lawn.
And since it's the Sabbath, I thought I'd note some about the White Evangelicals who have no idea how bad a year they're having.  The Associated Press has a really good article on this.  Unfortunately, most of it only deals with Roy Moore, and his self-centered faith.  To have a really good perspective, you need to flash back to all the bad judgement's they've made, like laying their hands on the Idiot Jerk in the White House (in fact there's a whole litany of bad turns they've mapped out with him).  There's also Joel Osteen's unspoken statement that Evangelical Greed is Good and that the only Good Evangelical is a Rich Evangelical.  And, of course, there is Roy Boy who's judged himself to be superior.  For some time they've prayed for a reckoning, however the one on their doorstep is not the Reckoning they wanted, this is their price for their self-deception.  Sadly, they believe that the Idiot Jerk in the White House is going to help them rise up and dominate, rather, he seems to be leading them towards a fall.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Is Roy Moore a Pederast?

Well, it's Veteran's Day and I, as a Vietnam Veteran, have to work to get paid.  Shall we talk about a paradox when it comes to celebrating who I am and what I did?
Anyway, as Roy Moore enters the Center Ring, we all know the show is just getting started.  He represents that narrow minded band of Crazy Christian Conservatives who hate everything that doesn't worship the ground they walk on.  As I said in a comment to Rozzie, he has no clue that this is the Karma (or Divine Retribution) he, himself has earned.  For years he has played God, using his far right, Crazy Christian beliefs to dole out justice.  I think everybody know by now that Roy is an Old Testament kind of guy; he loves the Ten Commandments, especially since there is none that says "Thou Shalt Not Lie Down With Children."  Back then people had no problem with Child Brides, but back then people were lucky if they lived into their 30's, especially women who were expected to make lots of babies.  An Op-Ed in the LA Times this morning hints that this may be the tip of the iceberg for Evangelicals.  Lying down with a 14 year old (whether male or female) and put that child's hand on your penis is no doubt part of the clinical definition of pederast.  The fact that he claims it never happened means... well, nothing.  With 4 other women claiming he 'hit' on them, one can only surmise this was standard operating procedure for him - if it was part of his SOP he wouldn't remember it since nothing memorable happened.  And, of course, the GOP has no idea how to handle this cluster fuck.  This is their End of Days.
Oh, and I saw that both Paul Ryan and Mitch McTurtle have both retracted statements regarding the GOP tax overhaul.  Evidently not everybody is going to get a tax cut.  Holy Crap! (like that's a surprise).  There are those in the Middle Class who might actually see their taxes go up.  Hhhmmm, this is not a good thing.
And did anybody see the pics of the 'informal' meeting between the Idiot Jerk in the White House and his BroMo buddy Vlad?  Since it wasn't 'official' they could pleasure each other without restraints... well, I don't know if that's true.  Vlad just be a 'handcuff' kind of guy.
To end on a bit of lighthearted note - my Mom's Hospice social worker called to tell me my Mom's getting married in 2 weeks... John, who lives in the other building.  Not that we would have a problem if she met someone... real, however there is no other building.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mirror... Mirror

Well, wasn't yesterday's news flash about Roy Moore so delectable, so deliciously and deviously wonderful?  I thought so.  That this fake paragon of Christian Virtues had lain naked with a 14 year old girl when he, himself, was 32 years of age, will ripen most people's indignation.  He says it never happened, my money says his mind thought it too trivial to remember.  I'm quite sure that because "Thou shalt not lie down with 14 year old girls" is not one of the 10 Commandments he would have had no problem with taking her hand and laying it upon his member.  Besides, in his mind 'all shall be forgiven,' without understanding just how far out on the crazy edge of Christianity he liked to sit.  In his mind, his devotion to his divinity has made him special.  Now he's going to find out just how special he is as his bad Karma whips his reality back and forth at lightening speed.
My Mom had called to wish me Happy Birthday which was surprising since she doesn't remember a lot these days.  We've all learned to let her calls go into our voicemail simply because a lot of times she just rambles on and on and on.  When I called her back to thank her, she'd already forgotten that she'd called.  And then she told me that my Dad was there (he died of lung cancer 12 years ago) and that I could come over and see him if I wanted to (I didn't go over).  She's already told my sister that most of the time she doesn't know if it's real or if she's dreaming.  This is how it goes.  She still knows who we are, but that will change in time.  This is how it goes.  Her reality is about as fractured as Roy Moore's, so much so, I wonder if he could be diagnosed as having Christian Dementia.
A while back I'd said I was looking for mirrors to hang in alcove in my dining room which used to hold a window seat, and that I thought the ones I'd seen were overpriced.  Well, the designer specialist in me has been working on that problem.  I'm making my own.  Here's the first one.


Part of a matching pair, the other hangs on the opposite wall of the alcove.  I have 2 more nearly ready to hang, different colored tile.  The total cost for all 4 will be about $80, which was the cost of just that looked halfway decent on Amazon.  Not bad, eh?