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Posts from — July 2018

Still Overwhelmed

Lost half a day with police reports, another day shopping for replacement tools, and then two days removing what the ‘prime suspect’ had done, in order to do it right. This has not been the most fun-filled rehab I have ever done.

Of course it is better than Trump’s week. If you don’t pay your attorneys, you end up with Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani. It is unclear which of the two is doing the most harm. 😈

July 31, 2018   12 Comments

Not Again

It is being reported that Jim Jordan, the Republican Congresscreep from Ohio who doesn’t, apparently, own a sport coat or suit jacket wants to run for Speaker of the House. We have had our fill of Congresscreeps from the Midwest who were school wrestling coaches. One Dennis Hastert is more than sufficient for a lifetime.

FYI, Jim, impeachment requires “high crimes or misdemeanors”, not whatever you don’t like. Wait until after the midterms and the new Congress may show you how it’s done.

July 26, 2018   11 Comments

Adventures In Property Management Continues

My days are filled with wandering the aisles of “home improvement” stores, hardware stores, and used appliance stores. Because of the condo rentals, you can locate good deals on ‘used’ three to five-year-old appliances from condos. The management companies want the owners to buy new at least every five years and the cleaning crews take good care of them.

I’m hoping that we can finish before the first and no one dies in the process [… or is arrested … or is arrested for murder, a twofer disaster].

My new kinetic bullet puller arrived, but I’m putting off dealing with that problem until after the apartment is done.

July 24, 2018   Comments Off on Adventures In Property Management Continues

Do You Want Fries With That?


The Entree contains:

bill of fare

From the left: .357 Magnum, 9 mm, .380, .410, .30-06, .300 Winchester Magnum, 7.62X39, .223

July 21, 2018   6 Comments

One Small Step

Apollo 11

Apollo 11


Neil A. Armstrong

Pilot: Columbia Command Module

Michael Collins, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF

Pilot: Eagle Lunar Module

Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., Colonel, USAF

Launched: 16 July 1969 UT 13:32:00 (08:32:00 CDT)

Landed on Moon: 20 July 1969 UT 20:17:40 (15:17:40 CDT)

Landing Site: Mare Tranquillitatis – Sea of Tranquility (0.67 N, 23.47 E)

Returned to Earth: 24 July 1969 UT 16:50:35 (11:50:35 CDT)

It has been 49 years since a human first set foot on another natural body in the solar system and we have digressed to the point that we can’t duplicate that feat.

July 20, 2018   8 Comments

Follow The Money

This is personal opinion based on experience in the intelligence community, law enforcement, and business.

Trump has had a half dozen bankruptcies and regular banks and financial institutions won’t go near him, much less loan him money. Putin holds all of Trump’s paper [IOUs, notes, mortgages, etc.] and can foreclose on him at any time. Trump won’t show his tax returns because he doesn’t want people to know he’s broke.

Trump hasn’t been a real “player” for years. He has been making his money leasing his brand, not creating or building anything. He is a loser and doesn’t want people to figure that out.

July 19, 2018   16 Comments

A Cinema Visit

The goodThe 

And The ugly

Theme Music

July 19, 2018   6 Comments

A Sample

tile grouting

The little bag was the quick collection of rounds, including a .410 shot shell (the red tube). In the gap between tiles on the lower left you can see embedded .223 (AR-15/M-16) rounds.

Fortunately there were no loud noises other than a litany of rude names for the individuals who though this would be a good idea.

July 18, 2018   6 Comments

My Mosquito Trap

Golden Silk Orb Weaver

The gold color is visible in the lower right. The threads are eight times stronger than steel, and some cultures actually use the webs to make fabrics.

July 17, 2018   7 Comments

Rehabbing Again

I just started working on an apartment that has a new wrinkle in interior decoration: embedding live rounds in the grout between floor tiles. .25, .223, 9mm, etc. I’m working alone to reduce the possibility of an accident. I’ll try to remember to take some pictures.

Oh, I got pictures of my newest mosquito trap that I’ll post.

Update: I dug out enough rounds to fill a half gallon milk bottle.

July 16, 2018   11 Comments

Remnant Beryl – Day 2

Remnant BerylPosition: 38.6N 62.4W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [065°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1011 mb ↑.

Currently about 420 miles [ 675 km] South of Halifax, Nova Scotia..

The Beryl has degenerated to a remnant low. This is the final NHC advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

July 15, 2018   Comments Off on Remnant Beryl – Day 2

Subtropical Storm Beryl

Subtropical Storm BerylPosition: 38.1N 65.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [025°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1010 mb.

Currently about 460 miles [ 740 km] South-Southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The remnants of Beryl have reformed over the Gulf Stream as a subtropical cyclone at Noon CDT.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

July 14, 2018   Comments Off on Subtropical Storm Beryl

Happy Bastille Day

La Fête Nationale
Bastille Day


Thank you for the help with the Revolution.

Some background.

July 14, 2018   Comments Off on Happy Bastille Day


Yes, it’s Friday the 13th again. The 13th falls on a Friday more than any other day of the week, so get over it. It’s only valid in in English and Portuguese speaking countries, so go visit a Spanish-speaking neighborhood for the day.

If you want to blame someone, it’s the calendar of Pope Gregory XIII that created this imbalance. [He obviously didn’t have a problem with the number on any day.]

July 13, 2018   Comments Off on Paraskavedekatriaphobia