Jul 08

Independence Day! Duck And Cover! Them Bullets Gotta Come Down Somewhere!

So, turned 70 last Monday. Joy. Except for the Bear coming through at zero-dark-thirty it was a SSDD day. Well, except SWMBO took me to Red Lobster for lunch where we spent $70 on shrimp. That was fun! She’s still the best date ever.

Walked the Silverdale Mall afterwards and didn’t see one thing I couldn’t live without. Which says a lot about where am these days. Seems I have the bucks; no longer feel the need to spend it all. What a weird place to be in life. Don’t get me wrong, I have TONS of projects that we’ll be spending on, but I’m not in that “gotta have it!” place anymore. Maybe I’m getting old.

But there is that new Yaesu FTDX10 Compact HF/50 MHz 100W SDR Transceiver … ($1400.00 ON SALE!) But I probably ought to get a better antenna. A multi-band yagi and rotor. I mean, I do have a tower and it should hold more than a couple of 2-meter/440 antennas.

And we’re thinking of Starlink. This DSL crap is really getting old. High initial outlay and $30/month more expensive than what we’re spending now; but maybe worth it. We do a lot of Youtube, Discovery+ and Wondarium. Not to mention the Roku stuff SWMBO watches.

Today is July 4th and around here there has been an awful lot of “practice” explosions. People testing their fireworks. Shooting into the freakin’ air! Dorks!

OK, I admit. I’ve been sitting on this post for almost 2 weeks now. Got busy and when I’d remember I hadn’t done anything here I didn’t want to get out of bed to finish it.

The guy that was dating SWMBO when I stepped into the picture almost 40 years ago called her out of the blue and wanted to bring his wife and daughter to stop by and get caught up. Cool. They were hot and heavy way back when and he even got her preggo (which she lost to miscarriage (bummer)). Good thing i have absolutely no jealousies of her life from before US. None.

So, they’ve been visiting for the last 3 days. Turns out they live over in North Bend. He brought his black-powder rifle and pistols and we’ve been out back shooting some. (He handed me a loaded pistol and I looked at him and said “Aren’t you glad I’m not the jealous type?”) Was fun.

But it has been a hassle cooking/making 3 meals a day for 5 adults. And the cleanup!

And I’m kinda tired of hearing sea stories or health issues. Nice guy but he’d be the rock star of the Old Folks Home.

Anywho. Enough. We went down the the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) the other day and I got on free because I’m a shipmate. Was fun walking around and telling stories from the last deployment and seeing my Sick Bay again.

Was adding their daughter to my NAS so she could watch movies on her laptop and the damned thing gave me that updating circle for a minute (way too long), rebooted, and all the drives came up empty. Damned thing forced me to choose a raid type and reformat! AAAAAarrrrgggghhhh!! Fuck! Fuck Fuck!

Yes, I have everything (or mostly everything) backed up (except the actual Backup directory (go figure)) and can rebuild the NAS; but that’s damned time consuming.

So, I’m almost convinced to just set up a raspberry pi with a couple of 5-tb drives as a NAS and go that way. Wouldn’t use as much power. Take up less room since I could hang it on the wall behind the tv. Hmmm… One drive for movies and one for tv stuff. Hmmm. May have to futz with the power some… I already have the pi4 set up with KODI…

Want to give a shout out to all you folks I “follow” and get your posts when you post. I don’t stop by your sites much; but I do read your posts when they show up in my e-mail.

Jun 22

Nothing Says Lovin’ Like Your Head In The Oven But Don’t Get Me Started

My Father-in-law gave me a stack of old pc games discs. Computer Gaming World, PC Gamer, PC Magazine, others. And I’ve been slowly making .iso’s out of them. No, I don’t know why. Just started doing it and am now going to finish the job.

Anywho, on almost every disc is a directory for Earthlink (and a few AOL) and  the description for it is: Unlimited Internet access, 6mb web space, and tons of extras – Earthlink makes the Internet fun and easy!”

Well, that hasn’t aged well at all! Remember when “The Internet” was a “special” thing?

It’s Wednesday. Two good things for today: My SS check is in (I can BUY stuff again!) and it’s World Pantyless Day. So I guess *I* won’t be wearing any (panties) today. Might go to Walmart and try to see how many other’s will celebrate. Naw. SWMBO would probably get upset.

We appear to have become a nation that has lost its collective mind!

* If a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him.
* Somehow it’s Un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America.
* Russians influencing our elections are bad, but illegal Mexicans voting in our elections are good.
* Twenty is too young to drink a beer, but eighteen is old enough to vote.
* People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves.
* Inflammatory rhetoric is outrageous, but harassing conservative people in restaurants is virtuous.
* People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for useless degrees.
* Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you’d better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.
* Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate Central-American gang-banger who jumps the southern fence is welcome.
* $5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for ‘free’ health care is not.
* If you cheat to get into college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country you go to college for free.
* People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President.
* We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, and it seems like a great plan to some of us.
* Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.
* Criminals are catch-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it’s a violation of THEIR rights.
* And pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us “racists”?!

NOTE: This post was made with 100% recycled electrons. No electrons were harmed, No trees were destroyed, No animals were killed, and No political correctness was observed in making or posting this post.


Jun 16

Y’all Know What Else Happened Jan 6, 2021? I Filled My Truck Tank For Only $2.25 Per Gallon. 20 Gallons Total.

Sorry about that. Been catching up around the house and getting back into freeze drying and totally forgot to post. Not that anyone is really interested in the daily routine of SSDD around here.

The “post trip’ mellows have finally arrived. My body no longer feels like it’s still speeding down the highway when I sit and relax for a moment. Which was an all over body quiver back when I was still riding a bike but is only a sudden jerk when I close my eyes now that I’m approaching 70. (Years. Not speed. 70 years. Nevermind.)

Several things I noticed on our trek: Lots of American flags across the middle of our country. The Prairie views are just as pretty as the mountain views (but, my God is it flat between Wyoming and eastern Ohio!). And both Gun Shops and Gas stations were doing good business.

Speaking of which: Never saw a gas station closed for lack of inventory. Prices are way (way!) up because of distribution difficulties and lack of imported fuel, but no stations have closed down because of it. Just seems weird. One has to wonder then, if the stations aren’t getting “new” gas, how come we’re paying more for old inventory? A few weeks ago we were paying $4/gal for gas they bought for $3/gal. Now we’re paying $6/gal for that $3/gal gas. What changed?

When gas is $6/gal you can figure I’m going to rent some goats or sheep to “mow” my lawn(s). Hear goats are hell on blackberry bushes. Just the leaves though. Hell, my dog eats blackberries off the vine.

I read that Fauci caught the covid. There *is* a Just God. And I see where the guy (him) who owns some of the Wuhan lab and funded “gain of function” studies on the COVID virus now states that there is “strong evidence that the COVID is naturally occurring.” Yeah, and Santa lives in your underwear. I’d believe Killary had nothing to do with offing Epstein before I’d believe Fauci.

And only in today’s America can Border Patrol Agents cleared of any wrong doing be punished for actions they didn’t do by another Government Agency that has nothing to do with the Agents jobs. Kind of like your Dad punishing you because your sister didn’t shave her legs I guess.

Got out and did some more of the whack-weeding between the raindrops. That electric weed-whacker is doing real good and when the battery shuts off it’s time to take a break!

Date day tomorrow. Think I’ll take SWMBO to the all-you-can-eat Chinese place.

Ah, well. Just trying to catch up and let everyone know I still breathe.