Last Build Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:00:46 PDT
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:00:01 PDTThere is a 40% chance I'm going to get woken up by rain tonight. My basement is still wet and the ground is saturated. There is no need for more rain.It was suggested that I get myself sandbags and I block off the basement steps. Good Idea. I went to my neighborhood home improvement store and girded myself for the buying of sand bags. Many sandbags. Insurance, self protection. Happiness. They don't sell sandbags. Hurricane season starts June 1. and they aren't in the sandbag business? This doesn't make much sense to me, we get hurricanes here, we get a lot of rain here and flooding is a year round concern and they don't keep sandbags on their shelves. I could buy play sand, but that isn't the right kind. Its "soft sand" and you need "sharp sand" for proper sandbag construction. The sand they had was also in plastic bags. Proper, useful sandbags are filled with sharp sand in burlap bags or some other permeable fabric!It was suggested that I run down to another hardware store and buy sandbag bags and then fill the bags with sand my own self. This is difficult to by ones self, it is suggested that this be a two person job. I've done some research on this.I left empty handed and frustrated. Even more frustrated than when I came in. Insecure, and unhappy.Here is my dam.There are four plastic! covered bags of dirt, two very heavy plastic bins and two concrete blocks.Here is why I need a damIn a heavy rain, or any rain really, all the rain from the roof comes spilling down from there and comes crashing down onto the pad at the top of the stairs ( where it pools) and then goes rushing down the stairs to the drain at the bottom - I assume this was a design decision made lo many years ago and was a good idea in theory, if not in actual practice. Maybe weather was not as harsh back then. During a heavy rain, it does not go obediently into the rain gutters as you would imagine, it jumps that little fence and crashes down. I have watched it do it.My research has shown me this marvel, which I think I am going to get for myself :Quick Dams, Sandless Sand Bags . Have a dry week end.[...]
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:00:08 PDTToday was Administrative Professionals Day. I celebrated by leaving the house at six ayem to drop off my rental pump and then drove cross town to the doggy daycare to drop off the dog and it was off to work for an extra special fun day because today was not on APD it was also our monthly meeting which means the day will run an hour longer than usual. Yay! I walked in the door almost exactly twelve hours later.This year, in a departure from a field trip to a lovely restaurant or for several years, a visit to a country club, we ate in one of our conference rooms and lunch was salad with cold turkey and ham. Cold. There was also a cake from Wal-Mart with THANK YOU written in icing across the top.We stood there in the doorway looking at the salad on the table wondering when the rest of the luncheon was going to turn up and were we in the way. Last year we ate in the conference room as well, and were also disappointed in the lunch, but I think it was catered from somewhere. It was at the very least a hot meal.So that was fun. My boss did give me a gift card for a meal at Chili's, so that was nice.I picked up the dog from daycare, late, because I had some work to finish up, and took him home and before I picked him up I got gas in the car. I had been hopeing to get home and be able to sweep the basement but it was still too wet for that, it needs to be pretty dry for sweeping, so at least one more day with the fan for it. I also noticed on the way into the house that I need to mow the yard, I said "I will do that after dinner".Who am I kidding?I changed clothes and watched TV and remembered that Target told me that I could pick up the dogs meds two days ago, do I went to Target - not close by, but I was up for the adventure. I had been watching a show about a guy who turns peoples sheds into $150 a night rentals, but I got realy over watching him turn SHEDS into rental units, I was a little aghast. I think it helps a lot if you live in Vermont and have rustic out buildings available. I had to leave.I went all the way to Target, this is my second trip all the way to Target and again I came up empty. The last time they wouldn't give it to me because I was two days shy of the refill, this time they didn't have the whole scrip on site but they would have it tomorrow. They are lucky I am so tired and frankly, a little depressed right now or I would have gotten really upset about having to make two trips up there for NOTHING. I went to McDonalds to make myself feel better. It worked.I drove home and managed to miss my driveway. I took a trip around the hood and saw two dogs out for a stroll by themselves. I parked in the street for a while watching them wander around, they had collars on and seemed to be together, they seemed to know where there were. I drove on and looked for open gates or people looking for them but didn't see any.Got home, unloaded the dog, ate my dinner. I started to loose my McDonalds buzz. What about those dogs? What if I missed my driveway because I was supposed to help those dogs and I blew it? What if God Forbid, my dog got out?, would I want someone to just sit in their car and think about helping or would I want them to help? I failed those people and their dogs. I suck and whatever happens to those dogs happens on my head. Or in my head, which is worse.I went back out and retraced my steps in the car and didn't see them. I drove around the hood looking for them and never saw them, I also never saw anyone looking for them. I checked Next Door for anything about them being missing and didn't see anything. There is a good chance a neighbor saw them out and either took them in or put them back, or their people saw they were out and out and put them back. I am not hearing dogs barking, which would be a give way that other dogs were around. I need to not go to a bad place.Maybe by stopping in the street for as long as I did, that was how I helped. I don't know. We don't know how we are useful, or when we are used. That i[...]
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:00:33 PDTAnd so it rained for a couple of three days and that sucks under normal circumstances, but it really sucks when they have built a behemoth behind your house and it has taken up the entire lot and there is no more actual ground left and thus, there is nowhere for the rain to go and now it has to go into my basement, and my neighbors yards - pretty much everywhere except the yard of the behemoth. I'm sure they weren't pumping water out all day today like we were.My new best friendIt weighs more than I do and its the size of a spaghetti pot . The hose is also heavy. They didn't mention how heavy they were at the rental space, the pump looked so small I thought it was "small", I thought it was be light and easy to work with. It was easy to work with but its made of led.It worked miracles though, it along with my sump pump got all the water out.If those are the After pictures, we need the Before[...]
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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:00:00 PDTSaturday I, along with Alphagal, Broskey and their kids and many, many, many don't-let-the-lame-stream-media-tell-you-otherwise-looking-at-you-News-and-Observer- "500 people"- bull shit.I know it was odd to march for "science", it was odd, but the Cheeto administration has shown a shocking lack of respect for facts and truth and sometimes you have to stand up for them. And sometimes that means boots on the ground and an old fashioned show of force. Also, when we wrote signs, we spell them correctly.Because that is exactly what it is: a show of force: We're here, we're real, and we are out here in great numbers. You can't steal this, you can't misrepresent this' I am here. He is here, she is here. They brought their kids. And we all took pictures. And we are posting them everywhere. You walk away feeling rejuvenated, stronger and again, not alone. It doesn't matter how many Face Book groups you join, how many Twitter Gawds you worship, how many post cards you send, how often you call your senators and representatives there is nothing like being in a crowd of people who think like you think, feel like you feel and are disgusted by the exact same things that disgust you .The constant tippy toeing around you must do even now, even after everything we have learned, after everything we have seen - its shocking. At this point we shouldn't be the ones having to be polite about where we stand. We should be loud and proud with our truth, but no we are forced by years of being taught by the FAUX news cockservitives that we should be ashamed of our beliefs and we must always be careful of offending our cockservitive brethren because , well, why? again? Really? Have they ever been careful of offending us?! Has any cockservative ever apologized for spewing their "truth" at you? Nope! Because they would never think of it, because they don't care about offending us, because we are beneath them, we are "snowflakes or libtards" and if we take offence , they take it as a sign of weakness.But Gawd forbid you offend them! Jeebus! Have they ever tried to be not offensive to us? Never. They never try to be non-offensive to us? NO! They continue to hurl creatures like Anne Coulter at us and now just about every slime eater in the Cheeto Administration at us and we're supposed to watch what we say? Bastards. If you have the opportunity to march, MARCH. Be a public Liberal, let your Blue Flag Fly.[...]
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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:00:14 PDTI spent so much time laundering the puppies things last week that I I decided to launder the dogs stuff too, its only fair. I also think that the puppy pee may have migrated outside the crate and gotten on the dogs bedding. I got the puppies things out of the upstairs, but left behind the puppy pee. Phantom pee is like living with a particularly lazy poltergeist . It doesn't throw things around or make noise, it just leaves this awful smell around.
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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:00:33 PDTI'm Back. I wasn't anywhere doing anything. I was puppy sitting. This was what I was doing It was hard ya'll, the struggle is real.She just looks little. She doesn't sleep, she doesn't nap and she still manages to have the energy of a hyperactive two year old, even after a 3.5 mile walk. Also she is almost completely potty trained. Let that sink in. You can't take your eyes off her ever. Add to that that she and Rocket get along like a house afire and just wanted to play and play and play. There is no back turning or looking away when you have two dogs doing their version of pro-wrasslin' ( completely harmless dog play, but wrasslin' nonetheless) in your living room. They turned my living room into their very own Dog Park. It took me too long to learn that if they getting out of hand that all it took to make them stop is a quick hoot from the air horn. It was like magic. I know its a very loud noise and it probably hurt their ears (for a moment) but it hurts me when my furniture gets damaged too! I happen to like my lamps. I wouldn't have had to stoop to such barbaric methods if either of them would have followed the commands I know for a fact they have been taught. Prior to the air horn epiphany I spent a lot of time yelling at them to Stopit! stopit! stopit! or trying to use a command they both know Leave it! nothing worked. Enter the Air Horn. Screw you dogs.Little puppy is however, super cute and as sweet as she can be. She is my niece dog, Esme. We had a really good time and I'm glad she stayed with me. I hated the idea of her spending the whole week in doggy jail, that would be mean. I hope she had a good time with us, Rocket had a blast.Just take them outside, Let them run around out there! They'll have a great time, you say. "All the time? I answer? Neither can be outside alone without fear of barking or trying to escape, if they are outside, I have to be outside. When am I supposed to eat my dinner or put away my stuff from my trip last weekend or get my stuff together for my trip this weekend? Oh, and my the way, my backyard is a jungle because I haven't mowed the lawn in two weeks since I was out of town last weekend and I can't do it this week because I can't leave the animals in the house alone! I also have two cats remember?! I haven't seem them since the puppy arrived on Sunday but I'm pretty sure they are here somewhere.I ate a lot of take out this last week, quickly. I did keep up our walk schedule. The puppy who normally does not go for a lot of walks learned by doing. Our first walk was kind of a nightmare for both of us. It took me that walk to figure out how to make the "splitter" work correctly and to learn we did not need both leashes to walk the dogs. The puppy also learned that the best way to not get dragged to her death was to lead the way. She learned fast.Everyone loved the two doggies, and they loved everyone.It turned out the puppy didn't like her food at all. She did however like Rockets food and glomed it down with abandon. Rocket wasn't as interested in his food and ate her food happily - he would, its the doggy version of the expensive food I buy the cats that he craves. Puppy needs to gain weight and he does not. Both of their foods are gluten free and neither dog had any unpleasant side effects from the food change. Yay!The puppy didn't have any accidents in the house or even overnight until halfway through her stay and then she wet her crate and I learned that dog beds are indeed washable and dryable - and if they aren't, they can and do survive the trial, twice it turned out. Fun! and time consuming.Puppy slept like a baby too. Not before crying for hours and needing to be taken out multiple times. That was the first night, after that she just cried for [...]
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Tue, 04 Apr 2017 04:00:31 PDTOkay. Buzzfeed just came out with a lovely piece about yet another Another current or former Trump advisor with a relationship with Russia . And yes, Buzzfeed, purveyors of dopy quizzes about what your lunch "really means" and how your love of 80s sitcoms foretells how many kids you will have, more and more often brings you kill peices on the Trump administration. They are not dealers in fake news.
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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:00:05 PDTDon't believe what you may have heard. North Carolina did not repeal HB2, it replaced it with a very slightly watered down version of the same bill. It is just as loathsome and keeps it in place until 2020. It also takes bathrooms and control mover them out of the control of the city and towns that they are located in and puts them under the control of The State.Roy Cooper failed us. And he lied.The Air Horn Orchestra had another concert. It was with a heavy heart, we voted for this guy! and now we are protesting at his door! This is sad. Some of our members chose not to perform with us because they found the pig attractive once there was lipstick on it, this is disappointing. We did a few new members this time though, you could tell because 1) they spoke with the reporters, 2) they played with their horns before "time".Its bad airhorn etiquette to make noise before we all make noise. Besides the true air horns run out of fuel very fast and are expensive, its foolish to waste it just fooling around. And they are ridiculously loud and they hurts everyone's ears! We wear ear protectors for a reason. Dummy.[...]
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:00:29 PDTContinuing on the On This Day Theme : On This Day in 1973 the last of the troops were withdrawn from Vietnam.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:22 PDTWhile I didn't remember anything about the plan crash, I do remember this. Mostly because my family live just outside the evacuation zone and I think if the threat has lasted a little longer they were going to increase the area that had to evacuate but fortunately, they got it under control before they had to bug out ( still? the plume? that place spewed nuclear fallout into the air, for gawd knows how long. I still would have left, I would have loaded up the car and driven the kids down to Texas to see us. Today in History Cheeto willfully gutted the EPA and its rules to protect us from disasters like this. Expect more disasters like this befall us as we move into the future. Russian steel is not as good as American steelSo in its entirety:At 4 a.m. on March 28, 1979, the worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry begins when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island fails to close. Cooling water, contaminated with radiation, drained from the open valve into adjoining buildings, and the core began to dangerously overheat.The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant was built in 1974 on a sandbar on Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River, just 10 miles downstream from the state capitol in Harrisburg. In 1978, a second state-of-the-art reactor began operating on Three Mile Island, which was lauded for generating affordable and reliable energy in a time of energy crises.After the cooling water began to drain out of the broken pressure valve on the morning of March 28, 1979, emergency cooling pumps automatically went into operation. Left alone, these safety devices would have prevented the development of a larger crisis. However, human operators in the control room misread confusing and contradictory readings and shut off the emergency water system. The reactor was also shut down, but residual heat from the fission process was still being released. By early morning, the core had heated to over 4,000 degrees, just 1,000 degrees short of meltdown. In the meltdown scenario, the core melts, and deadly radiation drifts across the countryside, fatally sickening a potentially great number of people.As the plant operators struggled to understand what had happened, the contaminated water was releasing radioactive gases throughout the plant. The radiation levels, though not immediately life-threatening, were dangerous, and the core cooked further as the contaminated water was contained and precautions were taken to protect the operators. Shortly after 8 a.m., word of the accident leaked to the outside world. The plant’s parent company, Metropolitan Edison, downplayed the crisis and claimed that no radiation had been detected off plant grounds, but the same day inspectors detected slightly increased levels of radiation nearby as a result of the contaminated water leak. Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh considered calling an evacuation.Finally, at about 8 p.m., plant operators realized they needed to get water moving through the core again and restarted the pumps. The temperature began to drop, and pressure in the reactor was reduced. The reactor had come within less than an hour of a complete meltdown. More than half the core was destroyed or molten, but it had not broken its protective shell, and no radiation was escaping. The crisis was apparently over.Two days later, however, on March 30, a bubble of highly flammable hydrogen gas was discovered within the reactor building. The bubble of gas was created two days before [...]
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:12 PDTJust to remind us that we aren't the only ones that experience bad things being visited upon on and it could be much, much worse. Saturday marked the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that killed 123 young, mostly immigrant women and 23 young men. In response 80,000 people took to the streets of New York to protest poor working conditions that led to the grisly and unnecessary deaths of these young people, in 1911! If I was good at math I could figure the number of people who lived in NYC at the time and the number now and factoring in values and calculating percentages and how many 80,000 1911 people versus the population 2017 would be now, and I bet it would be in the millions. This is why we have unions and why we regulate business and why we have many of the government agencies that Cheeto wants to end. If we don't regulate business they lock the doors and let girls burn to death. Cheetos and his minions believe then as now that it is more important to save a few cents than to save lives. Unions and oversight save lives. Cheetos desire to gut the laws and remove over site will lead to move deaths like these. These young people did not die in vain, don't let Cheeto roll back the clocks and piss on their graves. Never forget.What of the owners? Those Job Creators: What happened to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory’s owners?Not much. They survived the fire by fleeing the the roof and were later indicted on charges of first and second degree manslaughter. The two men were acquitted, but they lost a subsequent civil suit -- the plaintiffs won $75 in compensation for each deceased victim. Two years after the fire, one of the owners was arrested a second time in for locking the door in his factory during working hours. He was fined $20.freelancersunion.orgAnother fun anniversary today is the 40th anniversary of the Tenerife Airport Disaster , from Wikipedia and here is another retelling of the day Tenerife Airport Disaster, from the surviving captain of the Pan Am plane. Fascinating reading.The Tenerife Disaster was a huge loss of life and they should be remembered. My only actual connection to either airline is that my grandmother had a very cool round Pan Am bag that she had for years and years and I coveted it, but it went its own way years ago.I do have to admit that I have no active memory of this. I was eight or nine when it happened and I don't think it would have been talked about at the dinner table with air travel uncomfortable father present or on the playground or in third grade current events. It was too awful, but I'm not sure anything could have been done there. I don't think we would have spoken of it at school as DFW is very close by, and many of my classmates parents worked at DFW and for the airlines and we probably didn't focus on bad things happening to airplanes. It was a good fifteen years later before we had two back-to-back ( it seemed) massive crashes at DFW, and by that time the jig was up. I did learn something from that though - NEVER fly Delta into Dallas. Ever.[...]
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