Jul 27

It’s Another Magic Monday

Gotta admit: I have absolutely no idea what they mean.

Men infused. Sponges. Is that like How many baby’s does it take to make a bottle of Baby Oil? As in: How many Naugas does it take to make a Naugahyde couch? Men infused. Sounds …. Painful at least.

Took a butt-ton of pictures over the last few days with my new phone. My new phone (and pretty much all phones nowadays) takes pictures in .heic format. Really high-def shit. Unfortunately, none of my programs in Linux read/write .heic format. Yet. Had to install a library or two then use the command line to convert them to .png files. Luckily the Kate editor does block mode copy and paste so I made a .sh (like a dos .bat file) and had that do all the typing for me. Glad I was so into .bat files way back when. Yes, I was actually called the .bat man cause I could make a .bat do anything. Ancient skills now.

Went to the NMARESC repeater site today and “helped” with hooking th enew heliax up to the 2m/440 antenna. Holding th erope and passing things up and down to the guy climbing the tower. Didn’t do much, I guess, but every little bit helps. Repeater is sounding good though.

Jul 25

So, Who’s Bright Idea

At Keystone RV, was it to make the (retractable) awning on the RV almost black? Sitting out under it yesterday, in the sunny 82 degree heat it felt kinda warm. So:

I mean, really? 144 degrees. I’ve cooked things in the oven at 144 degrees. So I’m wondering if I can paint it or put some kind of flexible plastic covering over the top of it (the awning) without voiding my warranty? Pretty bad when it’s cooler to sit out in the direct sunlight than sit under the awning.

We walked the mall last Friday for Date Day (where SWMBO got her ears re-pierced) after going to Red Robin for a burger. Good burger. Not really worth $11 good burger; but good burger nonetheless. Seriously, at most it’s a $5 burger, with fries, but that’s the way it is.

We ate at Carl’s Junior yesterday on our way to WinCo (we always try to have a full stomach when we go shopping for food) and it was $14 and all SWMBO had was a burger. No fries no drink; just a burger. I had the burger combo. $14. I remember when $14 would feed a family of 5 at the burger joint. And those were good burgers with everything, fries, and drinks.

Ah, progress.

Lot of burger this weekend. Sometimes you get a hankering for a taste of the sacrificial meat cooked over an open flame that cannot be denied. This was our weekend for that. I like the Whopper Jr., but SWMBO already ate at Burger King (chicken sandwich) on her way to the Genealogy Library. Her usual routine on Saturday morning.

While SWMBO was working the Genealogy Library (and before we went shopping for food), I went back to the Silverdale Mall to visit with the Bremerton Model Railroad Club and check out their layout. Nice. No, I’m not joining because model railroading doesn’t really interest me beyond looking at other layouts and watching the little choo-choo’s go around the tracks. I check these things out because they are interesting, and for places to take my Father-in-law when he comes out to visit because he is seriously into model railroading. (He had a 2nd story added to his house way back when specifically for his model railroad.) So, the more places I can take him that he’s interested in, the less I have to entertain him. Not that I do a lot of that anyway.

Then I went over and spent way too little money at Home Depot before heading home. Oscillating sprinkler heads $9.58 times 2. Plus tax. Not nearly enough to walk out of Home Depot. I could get 10 sheets of good plywood, 200 2×4’s (which aren’t actually 2×4 anymore), boxes of different screws and nails and that workbench and that picnic table and those shelf units and those kitchen cabinets for the MILA and those new french doors to go out onto the deck and that shower enclosure and etc etc etc.

Yep, I was lucky to get out of there only $20 broker. And I had the Home Depot card with me. Don’t let me win the Lotto.

Jul 21

Another Fabulous Wednesday

I’m so boring a Government Agency uninstalled the Pegasus spyware they’d installed on my phone. Kept putting their Agents to sleep. But the NSA/CIA/FBI still cover me since I’m a “Free-Range Conservative” and otherwise there’s no telling what I’d get up to. Hell, I’m just Rebel enough to take a walk outside without my mask. OMG he’s trying to kill us all!

China reports first human case of Monkey B virus. Anyone else hear another lock-down “to flatten the curve” coming our way? Next year we’ll get the dreaded COVID-MONKEY B Delta virus and Fauci will require us all to wear 3 facemasks and a jock-strap “just in case.” (Wearing a bra over your head would do just as much good.) Big Pharma must already have a high-priced vaccine in the works or we’d have never heard of it.

And now we have an acid-shooting “spider-scorpion” to worry about. Hey, Texas! You could have come up with almost anything else and it would have been okay with us. (I know the Vinegaroon isn’t really dangerous; to us. The Headline makes it sound otherwise though. Which is why you should take Headlines with a grain of salt. Don’t get me started.)

LIke: Ohio mother allegedly shot son, 5, while intoxicated. Really? What the hell’s a 5 year old doing drinking in the first place? Poor kid. Bullet went through both knees AND he has his Mother as a parent. Now he needs a drink.

Texas Dems expose leaders to COVID. Leaders? They met with Leaders? I thought they’d just met with other Democrats. Not a leader one in that group. I’ve known greater integrity from Trailer Trash than any Democrat I’ve ever met. Leaders? Supposed to be Employees.

Soccer players kneel to start new era of Olympic activism. Then got their asses handed to them. Karma. Pronounced “Fuck You!”

Boredom’s link to mental illnesses, brain injuries and dysfunctional behaviors. Don’t get me started. Try dealing with Boredom AND Depression. Without meds. Feel a need for a “Tremors” marathon suddenly.

Can science cure death? It sure looks like it. Not in my lifetime. That and definitive proof of extra-planet aliens.

Greene: Reporter’s question about vaccination status ‘a violation of my HIPAA rights.’ : But it perfectly okay to give that same information to someone so they can come knock on your door to let the UN-vaccinated know they’ve shit for brains.

Ancient 14,000-year-old Viruses identified in melting Tibetan Glaciers. Easier to find than Illegal Aliens in the States. You know someone is out there thinking “Hey, let’s introduce these to the COVID and see what happens!”

Video shows how long it would take a ball to drop on different planets. As long as they drop …

Dropped my truck off at Haselwood to (FINALLY!) get the radio/info center replaced. Only took two years of complaining. They’re going to keep it overnight and finally apply the windshield treatment thingie I paid for that hasn’t been done. Some kind of diamond coating treatment thing to make the windshield harder to bend, fold, or mutilate.

SWMBO picked me up and gave me a ride home. Her driving kinda scares me. Sorry.

Jul 21

Moon Day!

I was alive when Mankind had never walked on the Moon one day and the very next day had.

On July 20, 1969 I was a skinny 17 year old long-hair wanna be attending the Upward Bound summer school program at Arizona Western College (we lived in the dorms for the summer) and I was absolutely glued to the black and white tv in the tv lounge during the first Moon landing. I don’t remember if it was day or night outside cause I didn’t pay any attention to that (and didn’t care actually) until after it was over. As a reading life-long sci-fi fan I was living the dream.

Two men had walked on the Moon! Finally! Mankind was on the teetering edge of going on in greatness. And it made absolutely no fucking difference. Every thing stayed the same except we’d actually been to the Moon. Damn.

Sixty years later and still no “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” No impulse/warp drives. No Alita in a stunningly short mini-skirt on Mars.

What the hell did we go for?

Anyway, lazy day. Was sprinkling for our walk this morning. SWMBO needs to learn to close her car windows if she’s going to be parking outside.

Learning how to convert one of my favorite planes, the T-28, to X-Plane 11 format. First on the list was download and install X-Plane 10 …

Which I just happened to own thanks to Steam. So most of last night and today was taken up with the download (18gig) and getting that set up. Then I started on the plane. Kind of fun, actually.

Grilled some chicken for dinner. Fire was a bit hotter than I thought and burned some of the chicken. I ate it anyway. I’m that way.

Think I’ll go try to join the net on 28.450 with my new radio.