Saturday, November 18, 2017


You've been so long
Your blind eyes are gone
Your old bones are on their own
So take off your coat
Put a song in your throat
Let the dead-beats pound all around

We will go
Nowhere we know
We don't have to talk at all
Hand me downs
Flypaper towns
Stuck together
One and all

The bargains you drive
Buckets and bags
And all your belongings
Your train's in the sand
Ramshackle land
Let the rats watch the races

We will go
Nowhere we know
'Til we find our one and all
Hand me downs
Flypaper towns
Stuck together
One and all

Praises get spent
Your trick face is bent
Pigsties and prizes
'Cause there's no kind of wealth
You're suiting yourself
You leave yourself behind

We will go
Nowhere we know
'Til we find our one and all
Your hand me downs
Flypaper towns
Stuck together
One and all

Hey JayNola!

Stouffer legal.  They're in Towson.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Nattering Economists

On the radio the other morning.

One said that under the GOP tax plan people making less than $100,000?  For a lot of them, their tax rate is going to go up!


Wait.  Tax Rate?  You specifically said 'Tax Rate', not tax or taxes.  I don't care what that rate number is.  Will I write a check to the treasury for more than I pay now or not?  Rate doesn't matter, the dollar amount does.  Will I pay more or less.  Rate is meaningless. 

Phrasing it that way and not being called on it is a biased argument and against my interests.

They also talk about how the precious mortgage deduction is getting assailed.  Yes, last I checked for mortgages bigger than $500,000.  If you can afford a mortgage that high, you probably put at least $100,000 down.  So, I am not very sympathetic to someone not being able to take a mortgage deduction on that last $10,000 borrowed for a home that cost $610,000.  Enjoy your lovely home.   Gonna tax you 39% of $400 this year you wouldn't have paid last year, or something. 


Then Ron Wyden was heard:  "Like Yogi Bear says, It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future."

Yeah.  He said Yogi Bear.  Not Berra.  I'd have thought it a slip but Wyden is pretty damn dumb throughout the interview.  Like a bag of hammers, he.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Readily Available

When something goes bad you have to address with what you have to hand.

"I really should have self defense ammo in this house gun for the 3AM home invasion, instead of ball ammo."

I've been thinking on this because of the video of that guy that stopped that church shooter in Texas.  He has to get his AR out of the safe.  Hearing the volume of fire he might have felt a rifle was necessary, and I agree.  You can hear the anguish in his voice that he had to dig it out of the safe.  That was precious time.

He probably had quicker access to a pistol?  His CCL weapon?  He is an NRA instructor in Texas, I bet he has that in a holster.

He also has kids to home, as the reporting mentioned a daughter, so he is thinking safe storage for sure.

Now all this got me thinking.  What is the gun/guns I have to hand?  Two revolvers, really.  A snubbie and a full sized.  J and L.  Flashlights and reloads.

Which is one of the reasons I have been looking at higher capacity 9mm pistols for a house gun.  Something that has a light rail.

But after Texas, thinking on a way to make an AR more accessible in an emergency, too. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I flnch more

With the heavy 9mm than the lighter .45.  Gotta test that to confirm.  Wonder why that is?  I am confident it is fixable.

I like that.  "I am confident" that I can correct my flaw.  Been years since I could pretend that.

Working out the magazine failure on the 9.   Getting the hang of it.  Definite improvement and time for some gunsmith tuning soon.

Fundamentals:  Relax, front sight, make trigger go good.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Washer Dryer

My house was built in the 50s.  The Washer Dryer are a Maytag and an RCA from that era.  Probably 1960s?  Old and worn down look, they still work and they do everything I need them to.  And modern top loaders simply don't work because of envirowienies.  So I want to keep this old skool one as long as I can.

I rarely need to call a service man and have spent less than $300 on doing so in the last 20 years.  Many things I have repaired myself.

Well, the washer wouldn't turn on.  I suspected that little switch on the lid that turns off the works on the Maytag A606.  Easy enough.  Parts are still available, believe it or not. The aggravating thing is getting the panels off, then back together.  Easy, it ain't.  But I was confident. 

In the back of my mind I thought, 'check the plug.  Maybe you bumped it the last time you used the iron.' 

I had all the panels off before I remembered that plug again.  Yup.  It was loose.  The washer?  Works fine.  Or will when I figure out how, again, to get the panels back in place.  Glad I didn't call a service guy just to pay him to plug my washer back in.

I didn't order the parts yet, but I just may in the event they become too scarce to find again.  Time and switch.  Same with the drier. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Crap, WHY?!!

This turd burger better not hike my Prime membership when it craters.

Make 14 more Gone with the Winds while you are at it.  MONEY!

Step BACK Terry

It's Martin O'Malley's turn!

Just because you are close to the greatest state in the nation, Maryland, doesn't mean the governor of Virginia can be Preznit.

Prepper Protein

No survivalist larder is complete without cases of canned meat.

Like Hamdingers!

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Call of Duty pt deux

Oh and there is a Nazi Zombie section.  So, there is that.

Call of Duty

The new vidja game is out and it goes back to their WWII roots.

First the good.  The visuals are stunning, naturally.  They don't rehash a movie story line like they did in previous versions 15 years ago.  Which was fine, then, but to do it again, now, would be too tedious.  You follow a unit of the First Division, Normandy in.  The character acting is actual acting.

You get to fight Nazis, but without having to go full Commie.  That's always fun.  In other words it's ALL Big Red One, no jumping to Stalingrad or what have you. 

The bad.  The game is a little buggy.  Delays in lip synching.  On the troop ship before landing the hanging light over the poker table went all wonky.  And worst of all, I am not the player I was 15 years ago.  The bugs will prolly be patched a bit post release, my abilities won't.

Worth the money?  Meh.  Some games you know in the first 15 minutes if they are worth the money or definitely not.  This is neither of those. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017


I think I can still walk. One of the few things I that doesn't worry me in my aging decrepitude. I do need to pay attention to my feet. Wet socks can lead to a nasty blister on my little toe for some reason.

And if I walked 1000 miles I'd melt off a bit of this butter, and that's gotta be good.

Story of Two Grandpas

This is one of my Grandfathers.  Looks a bit like Truman, huh?  22 years younger than the president, but still old for a war.  See those glasses?  He liked boating and volunteered for the Navy, first, but they wouldn't have him because of the near sighted vision.  He played goalie on his college hockey team and got hit in the head.  Claimed that's what knocked his vision out.  Wear your helmets, people.  There were no helmets for hockey players in the 20s.  Plan B.  Army it was.  Ran a Kresge's five and dime before hostilities, so the Army put him in charge of a PX.  Looks like he got to the range, tho, and got qualified.  Had two young sons and lived in Chevy Chase.  Grammy cried her eyes out when he got orders for Europe after D-Day, she was so worried, but those got rescinded.  He left the army as a major and started a store selling Venetian blinds. Failed at that when a partner was brought on that over extended the business, had a nervous breakdown, and worked as a salesman for a larger, blind supplier, competitor.  Took to painting during that low point, when the Black Dog was at the door, but bounced back quite successfully because it turned out he was a natural public relations man and salesman.  Did more than ok.  Retired comfortably, had a cottage on the shore, loved his grand children.  And great grand children. Wore his Army ring every day forever.


This is the Grandfather I didn't meet.

Looks like a tough bastard...

Corporal.  HQ company under Hanneken, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division.  Radio man.  Died in battle, September 1944.  Silver Star.  Didn't get to run a greenhouse in Michigan after the war.  He left for boot camp three days after his only daughter was born.  Never saw her again.