About Stan

Just an old guy trying new things.
Oct 13

So, The New Superman Will Be Bisexual

Which means another franchise I won’t have anything to do with. Cocksuckers are ruining this world and everything we grew up with. And it’s my generations fault. (Oh, and by the way, ass-wipes. It’s LOIS. Not Louis.) This is as bad as making Sulu actually gay in the latest Trek series simply because Takai is gay in real life. The new Thor a woman because boobs are under represented onscreen? That’s like making Nick Fury white. (Oh, wait …)

Today was bacon, hash brown patty, and egg (over easy) day and a first for me. Made the bacon as advised in a YouTube video (cold pan heated slowly) and it was so yucky that I actually threw a piece away. First time in my personal history I’ve ever thrown away bacon.

The fuckin’ world is ending! I’ll give it to the Dog later. He’ll eat just about any fuckin’ thing. Maybe I missed something in the video?

Had to change out my cpap harness and mask yesterday. That “new mask not yet conformed to the contours of your face” was so uncomfortable I got about an hours sleep last night. Well, very early this morning. So tired I cut our walk in half this morning. Yeah, those masks are soft and pliable, but, until they’re worn in a bit they are just freakin’ uncomfortable. And getting the straps at just the right tension can take forever.

I’m going to check mail.

It’s Tuesday, right?

i have 8-10 55 gal garbage bags of crushed cans that I’ve collected over the past couple of years out by the side of the house. All the bags have degraded to the point that they’re falling apart. So I got out with new bags and started transferring the cans. Woah! Crushed cans all over the place! Feet got soaked from the captured rain. Probably about time to trade those in. And quit saving them so long.

Honestly, for the past 6 months or so I’ve been watching for those folks that collect cans by the side of the road to just offer my cans to them. I’ve only seen 1 or 2 folks that have pretty much disappeared by the time I got turned around. If I don’t turn in the cans by the end of the week and I see someone while driving the back roads …

Made some fried chicken for dinner. Unfortunately, tried using sunflower/avocado oil instead of canola or just regular lard. Won’t be doing that again. The canned zucchini in tomato sauce had been in the can too long too. (SWMBO won’t eat that and this is the first I’ve looked at it since I got it who know how long ago.) Still, ought to go through our pantry a bit more often. Trying to eat everything I got that I like that she won’t eat (like fish in any shape or form not shrimp) so we can go back to our regular diet when she gets home.

SWMBO called and they lowered her O2 level again. Another ABG tomorrow. I am really missing her being here.

Listening to Nightwish on YouTube. Nice. I tend to Oldies, Country, OLD country (KWPX Internet Radio), rock-n-roll, ChillTrax, and mellow. Costa Del Mar on the Internet radio is a favorite. Enigma, Pink Floyd, Trace Adkins, Blood Sweat & Tears, CCR, Three Dog Night, The HU, almost anyone I can sing along with. Been known to spontaneously break out into the sound track from Jesus Christ, Superstar occasionally. Really upsets the other shoppers at Walmart. Our CD’s converted to .ogg or .mp3 comes to 60 Gig not counting a shitload of songs added here and there. And I have about 1500 hours of internet radio on a thumb drive in the truck.

Oh yeah: Disturbed and Puddles Pity Party versions of Sound of Silence. Wow. I can match Puddles but the outright power behind Disturbed’s voice is way beyond my abilities. Wish I could though.

Oct 12

Indigilumbus Day! Fookin’ Nimrods.

Y’all do realize that I’m probably posting more ’cause SWMBO ain’t around to grab my attention? Poor You. 😛

Watched this movie on YouTube and rather enjoyed it. Russian (who are BIG on the great Patriotic War) dubbed in English (Well, more American than English but don’t get me started). The movie was pretty good (spoiler alert!) until they got to the German’s surrender scene and the very last scene with Hitler at the fireplace. I wouldn’t have included either of those. Personally. Although, reading the reviews at IMDB, folks did like those scenes.

Another good Russian tank movie was “T-34.” Bought the Blu-ray at Walmart. Was totally worth the $24 (if I remember right).

$24 for a movie! Yep, about what it’d cost for me and SWMBO to drive to the Galaxy Theater in Gig Harbor (the only theater I go to anymore) to watch a movie. I have a 65″ TV/Monitor with Sound Bar & Blu-ray attached and I can hit pause and go piss in my own bathroom when I need to. . SWMBO and I try to synchronize bladders too. But not in the same bathroom at the same time. Nevermind. (Too much information, Dude!)

And these days I don’t mind waiting until a movie I want to see comes out on Blu-ray. Totally worth not having to put up with talky people or their loud fuckin’ kids. Why people don’t take their kids out in the hall so the rest of us can enjoy the movie …? Dipshidiots.

I mentioned American vs English. When I made the WESTPAC on the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) (Holy shit! Back in 83) we stopped in Kagoshima, Japan. Out just walking around with a shipmate, a guy offered to buy us dinner if we’d let him practice his American. Said there was a distinct difference between American and (British) English. So, we got fed to teach a Japanese guy “Ain’t no thing!”

Heard it said that the English used to talk just about like we do today. Well, like we do in the northeastern states. But the Rich wanted to be considered “better/different” so they started talking how everyone there talks today. The poor started copying the rich in speech and manner and that’s why they are today. Don’t know if that’s true or not; but it sounds like it could be.

Legs feel better this morning. Dog and I got out on our usual walk and I did pretty good going up the hill this time. Cool. I like it when I do things with the ease I did those things 20 years ago! Rare occurrence these days.

Set up the camp stove and tried seasoning my wok again. Heat until it changes color (done), spread some oil all over the inside and heat until it changes color again (done), cook some chopped up veggies in it (done). All seemed to work well until I tried stir frying some left over pork strips (from my stir fry the other night). It seemed to stick a bit. This wok might be okay for stir fry but not sure I’d actually cook the eggs in it. So my stir fry might be a two skillet meal. Sucks. Maybe I ought to buy an already seasoned wok? I’ll experiment with it more though.

“Don’t worry, relax, have another glass of wine. It’s only cooking.” Chef Jean Pierre

SWMBO called. Her ABG (arterial blood gas) test today was 70. That’s not good. Her last one was 104. So they upped her O2 again. Crap. I know we must expect set backs, but, damn. So I’m trying to up her spirits to continue working on getting better enough to come home and not get discouraged. Then I gotta work on my spirits. As a life long sufferer of depression, it’s a good thing I know about self talk.


Oct 11

Tremors Marathon Day. Just Because.

Incorrect Headline of the Day: Medical Miracle: Man Survives 9-Story Plunge to Certain Death

Should be a period after Plunge since it appears Death wasn’t so certain.

Not that I got to just sit and watch the Tremors movies. Too much to do.

Did tune in to 40 meters while eating my stir-fry for dinner. Some kind of “For Sale” net then just some folks talking. Colorado and Southern Calif and somewhere on the East Coast all coming in 5-9. Guy in Woody Creek, somewhere just checked in.

Think I’ll finish this tomorrow. It got late and I’m boring.

Fook this getting old crap! Was an ok day outside; only occasionally sprinkling, so I thought to do the yard waste burning. Which I did. And now my legs are sore from moving tree branches around and standing out and watching the fire to be sure it didn’t jump to the house or RV. Not a hard job. Not even physically taxing really. But my legs ache none-the-less. You know, I probably ignored my parents and grand-parents when they complained about the exact same things. That’ll teach ya!

Raining hard now. Heard thunder once earlier. Also heard a warplane but didn’t see it. They sound different; ya know.

Gazing at the fire I flashed back to my Dad and his “camping” trips that he used to take us on. At some point he’d pull out the bag of marshmallows and make us find some sticks. (Oh, and you HAD to participate cause “that’s what you do when you go camping!”) Then he’d pour about a gallon of gas into the sand/dirt, yell at us to “Stand Back!”, and flick a lit match at it. WHOOMP! You Got Fire! Now roast your damned marshmallows and be happy.

SWMBO doesn’t really understand why I associate roasting marshmallows over an open fire with the taste of burnt gas and that black coating wasn’t burned sugar.

SWMBO called earlier and she’s doing okay. Coughing more and bring up the bad things. If her next blood gas test (senior moment. ABG? Yeah.) comes up 110 or better they’re going to lower her o2 levels again. Here’s hoping!

I see where the Air Traffic Controllers had a “sick in” (or out as it were) protesting the covid vaccine mandate. Good for them!

I really want to put a vertical axis wind turbine on the top of my radio tower AND upgrade my batteries to 6-8 12v 200Ah LifePo4 batteries. And I’d like to play with the rust battery. (Look it up on YouTube.)  And put in a Tesla wall for the MILA.

Oct 09

Nothing A Shower With SWMBO Wouldn’t Fix

So, got another phone call from a guy that wants to build/manage my website (olddocking.us), and, after he (in an obvious Indian (country) accent) introduced himself and asked if he was talking to (me), I came right out and said “I am not looking for someone to build/manage my web site.”

He was silent for a moment then asked “How did you know I was going to talk about that?”

“Because” says I. “Every phone call from a person with your particular accent is about wanting to build/manage my site. EVERY one.” (And I am NOT exaggerating. Honest.) (And if that sounds racist …)

He was silent for another moment, then, to give him credit, he still tried to sell me on it before I hung up on him. Since I registered olddocking.us I’ve been getting these phone calls. I rarely answer the phone anymore unless I recognize the number. Doesn’t help to block them either as they always have a different number the next time they call.

I know that if we ever got real Star Trek type communicators, it wouldn’t take a week before they’d be cluttered up with spam calls.

Well, SWMBO got moved from the 3rd floor (where the really sick folks are) to the 4th floor (where the not-so-sick folks are) because she’s doing better than most of the covid pneumonia/acute respiratory failure folks usually do. She’s still on O2 but 50/60 last I heard. (50% O2 @ 60 l/pm.) She’s being encouraged to walk around her room more often now. Cool!

I told her that when they move her to the roof I’d come get her. She said she’s got acute angina. Told her her legs are pretty nice too. (Not really. No wait. Her legs are nice. Still. The angina part wasn’t real. Nevermind.)

Date Day again. Not with SWMBO again. Got my meds refilled at the drive through at the Naval Hospital. Stopped by Burger King for Breakfast/Lunch before hitting WinCo for the few things I needed for the week. Stopped at what used to be “Cash & Carry” on the way home and checked out their prices for “stuff.” Bought some Chinese Restaurant paper bowl thingies to put leftovers in instead of using plastic containers all the time. Another experiment.

Does anyone else see where this is going to lead? Quote: Researchers in Japan have developed a vaccination strategy in mice that promotes the production of antibodies that can neutralize not only SARS-CoV-2 but a broad range of other coronaviruses as well. If successfully translated to humans, the approach, to be published today (October 8, 2021), in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, could lead to the development of a next-generation vaccine capable of preventing future coronavirus pandemics. Unquote.

How about “Let’s try this one next!” on the general population.

Heard a woman say she wanted her son to turn out just like Joe Biden. Got mad when I handed her a plastic bag and told her to tape it over her kids head for an hour and he’d turn out just like Ol’ Joe.