Monday, August 2, 2021

Masked Man

So Big Defense Contractor I work at, like all Big Defense Contractors are masking up today, Monday, because a rainy, crowded, Bear Week in Provincetown caused a super-spreader event and inadvertently proved that vaccinated people are super-protected from death.  Huh.  Thank you gay men and crappily assembled CDC statistics that you almost certainly skewed to show one thing and instead shined the light of truth on another!    

I think mask compliance at work will be a little loose this time around.  Hell maybe zero by Wednesday among people that weren't already wearing, still.  

I won't know because I am going down to the bowels of DC (Georgetown) for a doctor appointment that morning.  Where I am three times more likely to die of a gunshot than from WuFlu.  Well, more than that because, again, I got the nanites. And people dying in that blighted metropolis are almost certainly not all previously vaxxed.

I am back to wanting to get it and survive it, again, personally.  And think my chances are pretty good, even being cancer-compromised.  I haven't felt like this since June 2020.  All of this is because of how awful our 'leadership' has been, lately.  I didn't trust authority before all this madness, you can imagine how confidence has taken a further nosedive

Next China plague better have body bags in the streets or I am simply not going to be entertained.   



Maybe lots of folks are now at the, "Whatever, come what may. As you wish, I care not," phase. 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Covidiocy

So, I see this chart on Twitter and go "Oh no, that is horrible!" 


Then I remember that this is Twitter, where political people pick a chart to show to support a political lie.

With a spike like that, death rate would be a lagging indicator but would still point up. Naw.



So, the OP may just be the usual panic porn.  


Saturday, July 31, 2021

51

Well shoulda saved the Gin post for today

Ah, well.  

Apparently it's masks back on at work Monday.  We are at numbers lower than when mask came OFF, and any upward trend may be whole contributable to importing illegal aliens, but...  Whatever

But I won't be there anyhoo, Cancer doc in Georgetown will take up the whole damn day.  And that's a doc office, so it was planned for masks no matter what.

Squall send a tree limb down on my car.  Thought I escaped damage but... it hit the pillar and cracked the windshield, so I got THIS to deal with.  Safelight prolly, that dent doesn't look too bad.  But that kind of dent can total a car if it is too big.  Drat.


How was YOUR week?


Friday, July 30, 2021

Gin

The botanicals are very strong in Plymouth gin, and are more floral and piney.

The botanicals are strong in Aviation gin and are more spicy and a bit more subtle.

I like both.  But if I had to choose, I'd go with the Aviation.  


----

Had my first Old Fashioned and properly made French 75 last week.  Just to keep up on the cocktail bucket list.  

I was told that the French 75 was half brandy, half champagne.  It's better than that.  Gin, champagne, lemon. And it didn't give me an artillery quality hangover because I had just one.  

All gun control is racist



But you know, if you go after firearm felons by increasing apprehensions and prosecution...

And I'm not talking mere possession (that wraps up a lotta folks that carry for the right reason, people interest in self defense) just give them a ticket or a warning.  I'm not talking locking felons in possession (figure out a way to make that a mere misdemeanor somehow, a big time convicted shoplifter with a piece is not really a big danger).  I'm talking only coming down hard on convicted violent felons, or committers or violent felonies, also in possession.  And throwing the federal book at them guys.  Lenient on all others.  Modified Project Exile.  If you jump on EVERY gun possessor you violate a lot of otherwise innocent people.  And those violations are problematic.  And, hell, could even be me.

Even if you just did that, just really went after the actual real bad guys... that system would still appear to be super racist.  The net bags a disproportionate amount of black men.  For one thing that effort is gonna concentrate on urban areas.  Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland, St Louis.  Where violent white felons do not concentrate (as if they concentrate anywhere)  So. There are bad optics, there, at a minimum.

I don't know how to solve this and make everyone happy.  Or at least the innocent and undeserving unviolated. I guess I am not a good Solutionary.  Sorry, Maj, I'll keep trying.    


Thursday, July 29, 2021

This is bad gris gris

You hate to see it.

Remington Offers $33m to Families of Sandy Hook Shooting Victims

I know the perfectly cromulent justifications of Remington, but it is in NO WAY Remington's fault.  


Flation


What is causing the supply bottlenecks?  It's not disincetivified labor with over generous Universal Basic Income stay-home benefits is it?  Tell me Mr. Powell, is it that or are you fibbing about the temporarinessitude and it is really The Fundamentals?

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Also...

It could just a few mutations away from turning us all into light sensitive psychotic albinos that want to get to Charlton Heston


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

I'm the dude

So your argument is you are stupid

Not leftist?

Black Rifle Coffee Company talked to the New York Times and have been doing damage control ever since.


Buncha years back a buddy of mine that was a 3D printer enthusiast, and gun enthusiast, printed up one of them Liberator .22s for fun and the Washington Post heard about him and wanted to interview him and take his picture and video of him shooting it.  

I told him that was a bad idea.  I told him over and over.  They will make him look like a crazed chump. I told him to record the whole interview himself.  He did do this last bit.  The article wasn't too bad.  Much better than BRCC's interview.  But the risk was too great.  I knew that and told him.  He sorta knew that and did it anyway.  He's a bright guy and all, but has his blind spots.  It was dumb to do.  It coulda hurt the 2A movement.  It coulda got him fired "Do you know you have a domestic terrist working there? [link to WaPo article]" Just a bad idea, IMHO.

I guess BRCC thought "what's the worst that can happen?"  Well, you may well go out of business now, is what.  LOTS of places sell coffee beans and the NYTimes doesn't use those other, better, beaneries to piss off and on conservatives.

"Black Rifle Coffee Company.  We SWEAR we aren't actually #NeverTrump commies, we are just dumb as stumps.  I have no idea why the DoD let someone as moronical as me fly their aircraft.  Please keep buying out stuff!  If I lose this job I am probably not bright enough to get another one and my family will starve."

Good luck, BRCC


Monday, July 26, 2021

You know what this means?

It means the investigation was starting to look like someone on Biden's side of the aisle was looking culpable.  And that is inconvenient to the narrative.  No big deal tho.  It was oldsters.  Not like they are real people.  Some of them were probably combat veterans of WWII.  Survive all that only to be killed by Governor Party-Tetes.  

Biden DOJ drops civil rights probe of Gov. Cuomo over nursing homes and COVID-19





Sunday, July 25, 2021

81

You know, without any publicity for the event, Obama could fill a bigger room at a moments notice, today, years out of power and off TV.  Even during a Covid lockdown.  With paying donors.


Saturday, July 24, 2021

Bama

No why is Alabama at the bottom of the WuFlu vax compliance from a shot promoted by the CDC?  The usual suspect blame all them MAGA hate wearing folks that live in Alabama.  Going against Operartion Warp Speed because a Biden is now at the helm.   Can't just be them.  

Hmmm.

What could it be...?

Hey isn't there a town called Tuskegee in Alabama.  There was an institute there that gave black men free medical attention for YEARS starting in the 30s.  All the participants were told they had 'bad blood'.  Thing is the cure for that so called bad blood was widely available after '47.  When word got out they were studying these subjects to essentially watch the syphilis kill them, well, you can understand the community's hesitancy to trust 'free' medical care especially with the CDC involved.  Their credibility is still not up there even today.  Perhaps justifiably so.  

Hell, they only stopped this monstrous experiment in 72!  Even I remember shit in 1972.  I remember moving from Wheaton to Shady Grove the day after my birthday.  I got to sit in the front seat of the station wagon because the back was full of stuff.  My mom and Mrs. Dant were with me.  We stopped at a grocery store on the way.  It has snowed so I was wearing my red rubber snow boots.  Mom prolly got them on my feet by putting plastic bread bags over my shoes.   

So, living memory.  CDC, not always a force for good.  

This is astounding

Remember when there was variety shows?  Donny and Marie, Hee Haw, Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille, the Brady Bunch Hour, the Muppet Show?  Some acts were ok, some were pretty good.

But nothing like the incandescent talent displayed here for the Lady on the Two Cent Stamp pre WWII.  They pack a lot into this:


Not just the singers, remember the big band behind them of Johnny Mercer's.  And these are B celebrities.  Well, not quite A.  Not headliners.  

And I don't think I saw a USO clip that didn't have Jerry Colonna in it.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Refreshing

Not everyone in Gentrified-DC-Stay-On-THAT-Side-Of-The-River is defund ACAB insane.  He's prolly not good of folks defending them ownselves, but at least he isn't saying the solution to all of DC's problem is somehow... gun control?



The dividing line in DC used to be Rock Creek Park.  The 'dirty poors' used to be East of the Park, and if they knew what was good for them they'd stay there.  Well, the liberals in DC have chased out poor whites and there are only poor blacks living in DC.  And the Progs want them to stay on their side of the Anacostia.  So there is a racial element when Lefties get up in arms about crime in 'their' section.  The police chief is telling them that Lefty policies aren't going to solve it for them.


Oh, and West of the Park used to be a black neighborhood back before it built up.  Black farms inside the city limits.  Cheap housing lacking plumbing and sewage like downtown had.  More than a century ago.  They were chased out starting before WWI.  

See?

First the mayor of New York

Now Ol' Puddinhead.

The gun banners feel comfortable talking about banning hundguns again.  It's 1974 again, when Dr. Mark Borinsky founded the National Council to Control Handguns.  

Of course the proportions of revolvers back then was higher.  They are specifically concerned with 'just' semi-auto pistols these days.  They say.  You know, the most in-common-use flavor out there.  So lots of voters own one.  Lots of those voters don't want the gov't to take it.  Lots of those voters are Democrats.

How do they square the circle, here?  If you can't do it during the Ford/Carter years when there wasn't decades of "Hell no, they aren't gonna take THIS right away" purchases made...

  

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Fireworks

Neighbors are still lighting off fireworks.  They are half polite in that they always stop by 10 PM except for one time.  I appreciate that.  

Could be worse.  There are folks with them 37mm (the .mil uses .40, so they don't interchange) 'grenade' launchers.  They are sold as flare launcher.  Well, they are rolling their own fireworks and popping them off out of these.  

I am sure their existence gives the ATF the vapors.  

And if they roll their fireworks a little too hot, well that actually is a grenade launcher and big felony trouble is coming down.

But, worse, I am wondering what a big Kaboom looks like when you mess up your charge.  Can't be pretty.



Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Was tempted to buy some ammo...

But why?

Sure, my brand is available again, And the prices are more reasonable.  Not ideal, but no longer prohibitive.  

But my burn rate is still WAY down.  Anemia makes for a crappy range day, so they are few.  I can wait still longer.

Next follow-up is 3 AUG.  Two weeks.  This guy's front office is not impressing me.  

A good front desk is a sign of a good doc.  Generally speaking.  I'm not saying quit a doc because of a crappy receptionist.  But definitely take that into account.  Conversely, let an outstanding front desk help improve your confidence in the whole operation.    

Upside?  Ima need to cut another hole is this belt.  Been losing a goodly amount of weight.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

It used to be middle aged suburban dad-bods

It used to be middle ages suburban dad-bod types that carried concealed in a fanny pack.  Goofy and uncool.  Might as well wear sandals and black socks.  Or inline skates.  

Well, it's come full circle and criminals are using the fanny packs now.  Is gangster rap culture cool, or has it become as uncool as fat old guys?

Just awful.  Awful for fashion reasons, and awful, in this case, for heinous daylight street execution.  

Monday, July 19, 2021

Made a mistake

I image-searched my cancer.  Ugh.  Lots of disfiguring red facial blotches, and swelling.  From the over thickening blood you see.  Because I am making too much of a macro protein, savvy?

Do not recommend.

There is no cure for Waldenstroms.  And I only know I have it because I already have symptoms.  So...  maybe we can alleviate them symptoms every now and then, but they will always come back.  Hooray.  And get worse.  Hooray.  Over a long long time, as it is a slooooooooow burn.   Then it will kill me.  But hey, if a man lives long enough his prostate will kill him.  I won't live that long to have to worry about that.  And, I can still buy green bananas now, sure.  So I got that going for me.

That all made me think of this safety sign for high voltage.  This one usually refers to how much it will hurt as you die after getting ZAPPED.  Mine will just hurt for years and years and years...  Good thing my Morale and Laundry Officer is working overtime! 







"IMBRUVICA can be used in combination with Rituximab!"  Yeah, yeah.  I know.   Soon.  Soon.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

I'd be tempted to take the staycation, too

 I never got the months off from work everyone else did during lockdown.  


 

Maybe Boris just wants a week off.

Eat Healthy 2

Buried Lede

Sure it's embarrassing to think you are being stalked by a drone, but to be mistaken about that.

But getting stalked by the largest known planet in the solar system is WAY worse.  That thing is big enough to influence the tides if it got that close.  We did have a HUGE thunderstorm here yesterday evening.  I wonder if Jupiter in Scotland caused that?

Disco


Was Disco more influential than Punk?  

I think they were about the same, looking back from this peak.




When KISS Dynasty came out in 79 they talk in the press (16 magazine) that one of the tracks had Disco appeal.  Disco was already dead.  Most thought KISS was at this time, too.  That was the opinion of the other 10, 11, and 12 year olds in my neighborhood, at least.  

I still have a full set of KISS cards somewhere...



Saturday, July 17, 2021

Eat Healthy!

I've been a picky eater all my life.  Been exhorted that I need to eat healthier or it will take ten years off my lifespan.

"So instead of living to 95, I'll make it to 85?  AWESOME!"

With the cansker there is a lot less motivation to forcing down celery and iceberg lettuce now.  In fact I worry a lot less about what I eat.  And have a lot less other material worries, too. 

But if I could wave a magic wand and make five foods I don't like taste delicious to me?  They’d be:

  1. Onions
  2. Tomato slices
  3. Lettuce
  4. Pickles
  5. Peppers
Yup.  Sammich fixins, among others.  But also a good base.  It would convey to other foods.  Also, add Apples.

But now, it is bacon and pancakes and real maple syrup and pulp free calcium enriched OJ.


Friday, July 16, 2021

Odds and Sods

Bought some Navy Gin at the likker sto.  Forgot to get Absinthe.  Will go back.

Currently reading this.  It's good.  Like candy.  Moscow for a Count in the 20s and 30s.  I may have mentioned it?  I don't want to read it fast because I am trying to savor it.  A Gentleman in Moscow.

Doing Genealogy.  There was family lore that some direct relative was on the Mayflower.  None of the names in the 1600s on MY list match the passenger list.  Quite a few "Born in 15-sumthing in town in England, died in mid 16-sumthing in town in Massachusetts."  So, 4th boat over?  6th?  Dragged their feet enough to keep me out of the nicer Back-Bay social clubs.

Also, family lore said direct relatives were Civil War vets.  Nope  Maybe one.  Correct age range and his tombstone says, "Lieutenant T-Bolt" on it.  Another relative was a confirmed private in the Continental Army late 1770 to earl 1780s.  Couldn't get a promotion, huh?  Didn't want the responsibilities of Corporal?  Anyway.  Nice.  

Other relatives are the correct age to serve in the Civil War, and lived in Upstate New York.  Dairy and cheese men.  Dunno how they got out of it.  Not wealthy, so hard to pay for a substitute.  A story that wasn't passed down.  Draft dodgers.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Commies ain't cool

Remember when we thought they were on the ash heap of history.  I guess they still had to ramp up some more megadeaths or something. Put on a comeback. Maybe Cuba will at least come over to the good side, soon.


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Drat!

No post queued,  Doc appointment all day.  Just follow-up style.  I doubt any of them will move the ball in a positive direction.

Been seeing a lot of stuff about how the 2nd Amendment says nothing about granting individuals permission to own a firearm.  Mentally insane Keith Olbermann being chief among them.  

I'd post a link but I am apparently blocked by Olbermann on Twitter.  Can't see his tweets.  Can only see em second hand.

This is the first time I have found I am blocked by anyone.  Olbermann!  Heh.  Awesome.

Other, less famous, say that only Scalia thought it an individual right, and everyone else consider it a group right.  Well, sue somebody.  Take that case to SCOTUS and get the group right nonsense ruled on.  Our side had to wait 75 years, so, good luck.     


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

None of those things are contradictory

In a discussion about the editor of the autobiographical papers of the greatest British hero of the Victorian Age, they described the editor thusly: 

MacDonald Fraser was a contradictory figure. A patriotic right-winger who had a deep respect for other cultures and peoples; one of Hollywood’s most in-demand screenwriters who happily lived on the Isle of Man in a self-conscious recreation of “the good old days”; a fully paid-up reactionary who wished to reintroduce corporal and capital punishment, but who loathed British incursions abroad.

But are those things at all contradictory?  At least on this side of the Atlantic.  There are conservative cases, here, both for and against capital punishment, say.  For and against incursions abroad.  You could always be a YUGE patriot and still respect other cultures and people.  If you can work for Hollywood, while also living half a world away, you are just very fortunate to not be standing calf deep in proverbial Cali filth.  

Those points just seem all consistent, to me.

And now I want to dig out my Flashman novels.  



Monday, July 12, 2021

I was wondering when they'd get back around to this

It's been 30 years since the gun ban orgs shifted focus to AR's and AK's from handguns.  Fewer people owned the rifles but nearly everyone had or knew someone with a handgun in a sock drawer.

The admitted truth is the most firearm homicides are done with handguns, but also, most self defense gun use is done with handguns.  A combination of numbers extant and convenience to the user, mostly.  

But it's a tough sell, still, to go after handguns, now as well as thirty years ago.  Go after the scary 'assault weapon' rifles.  

But that didn't work either.  It's long lost it's initial boogeyman momentum, and complaining about them only sells more of em.  So a few of the more honest gun ban types bring up that handguns are the true scourge.  

I don't think that's going to help them, even with a full court press propaganda push behind it.  Handguns and awareness that DGUs actual exist serious number are even more plentiful now than 30 years ago.  

The prohibitionists are going to have take more extreme measures.  Gunpowder causes Covid?  Hoppes cleaning fluid existing anywhere within a quarter mile of your location lowers testosterone in men and causes birth defects?  Semi-autos are fash, and bash the fash?  Yeah, I dunno. 


Sunday, July 11, 2021

Booze seasons

Like wearing white shoes, booze should be consumed in season.  Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, clear liquors are appropo.  In the colder months, the brownest of the brown liquors.  Bourbon.  Or Scotch if you are one of THOSE kind, ya filthy animal.




(Little secret?  Go ahead and drink what you want when you want.  Just pretend to civilized, outwardly.  Or not.  I like uncivilized filthy animals, too.  Yes, I knew plenty of Marines.)

There you go!  Items for a Bucket List.  Booze I wanna try but really haven't appreciated in my short life and before I get spirited away by Cancer and Vengeful God.

  • I haven't touched Tequila since a very traumatic even at age 17.   Maybe get some good stuff of that.  Try it again.  Not a WHOLE bottle just yet, I am still traumatized 35 years later.
  • Madiera
  • Proper Absinthe
  • Napoleon Brandy
  • A well made Olde Fashioned.
  • Gin Fizz
  • Lime Rickey
  • Pimm's Cup
  • Claret
  • I got good gin and quite a few good bourbons accounted for.... never hurts to expand this list, cocktail wise of otherwise.
  • ... what else?

I got a FEVAH

And the only cure is more lime and gin.

Speaking of booze...

We are FULL on into Gin&Tonic season. And I remember Tam tipped me off, on her blog, to Fever Tree Tonic Water.  "How much better can it be?" sez I, "What the hell, I'll try it, I guess."

Oh my.  Thas purty good.  Nice balance.  Good straight, great with Plymouth gin (RN).  

Dammit.  I'm stuck with getting the good stuff now, aren't I?  Dammit Tam...  Well there are worse things to spend a few extra bucks on.  Thanx.



Saturday, July 10, 2021

Homer

I was gonna post about Homer Price and the Doughnut Machine, I already did last year.



Did Caffeine Create the Enlightment

Well, that and tobacco, and don't forget better/cheaper booze.  All three have some positive effect on the thought process.  All three together is the important bit.

A smoker will tell you how a cigarette can clear and focus the mind.  I can attest to this.  Yes, there are plenty of thing wrong with smoking, and I am glad I stopped, but wasn't devoid of positives.  Booze and creativity?  There are theories.

All three came together as one at about the time of the Renaissance and the Enlightment.

Those thee are much better than late night dorm room reefer schemes:



But wait... what new product widely appeared at the end of the Enlightenment?  Easy.  The widespread consumption of the potato and tomato.  Your French Fries and ketchup make you ordinary again.  But maybe more moral.  Makes you want to fight kill and die to end the scourge of slavery, them Krinkle Kuts with a side of Del Monte catsup, eh?  


Friday, July 9, 2021

30 some types of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma

Thirty!  I go through the list and point and go, "Glad I don't have that one." It's Baskin Robbins cancer.




Mine, named for the Swedish discoverer Jan Gosta Waldenström, is kinda rare.  And, interestingly enough, my sub-flavor of it is rarer, and enough to attract the attention of bigger hematologists.  So I get a 'top of the line' second opinion.

[I'm gonna omit that umlaut 'ö' from now on and just use regular 'o']

I wonder if it is prevalent in Swedes, since I am a full quarter Swedish on my mother's side, and my Swedish grandmother was my age when she died of some form of lymphoma.  

Anyway, got an appointment with a downtown doc arranged.

The deal with Waldenstrom Macroglobulimea, aka Lympho Plasmacytic Lymphoma (not leukemia) aka LPL, is you watch it and do treatment only when body produces too many of them Macro Globules or the symptoms get too bad.

But what level is bad?

  • I got neuropathy in my extremities that is very annoying.
  • My back pain might be related to the LPL.
  • My listlessness almost certainly is.  Anemia.
What I don't have, yet, is:

  • Immunoglobulin M, aka IgM, protein count levels north of 5000.  I have half that.  You have a 50th of that.  But 5000ish often triggers treatment.  That's the Macro Globule, btw; IgM is.
  • High viscosity in my blood causing vision issues
  • Viscosity in my blood causing an elevated stroke risk
  • Diarrhea
  • Night sweats
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Swollen spleen or liver
Glad I don't have some of them

The treatments are two main types.  Kill the cancer cells with chemo, and thus cease production of big protein globs.  Let the good blood catch up.  The other type is to take out my blood, filter the blood plasma to get the big globs out, then put it back.  

I am having a bit of trouble tolerating the symptoms I do have.  You have heard me whinge before.  I am concerned my current pain affects my judgement.  That this is nothing compared to what is coming.  That I should wait and endure longer, and then get more out of the treatment.  That there is only so many treatments they can do that will help before they are more harm than good.  So, that is on my mind ahead of Second Opinion Mega Doctor.  


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Insurrectionists

Remember how they put up fences and made the national guard sleep on cold concrete then put up higher fences and STILL keep the Capitol closed because the January 6 rowdies that happened to have ALL forgotten their guns that first time outburst to topple the Democracy, somehow, were supposed to be coming back any second now?


Pepperidge Farm remembers.  


Nancy?  Lame.  I don't think they are coming back.  I've thought that since the 7th.  Of January. 


I think the only MAGA types that had guns on the 6th of January were all on the fed payroll and all were in hotels on the Virginia side of the river during the brouhaha. Prolly the smartest move for them, individually.  Guard the pitiful baggage train.   

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Look at the windshield glass

Gone!




Certainly because of 1960s studio lightings.  But wait...

Superman was 10 year before Andy Griffith and:


I guess it depended on the angle or something.  LOOK at thos whitewalls.


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

I wasn't gonna send in my NRA ballot

Because to hell with Wayne LaPierre (he's got to go).  But John convinced me otherwise.  You got to August 15th to vote, sign it, stamp it and hope the mail gets it there before then.  Plan ahead.

Like youse, I am disappointed in the NRA, president and board.  Grifters.  Cancer.  But the organization can be better, needs to be better, and I hope it can get better. Also, I want the NRA to do better because they pay money to friends of mine who do actual good work for them.  JayG and Tam



Monday, July 5, 2021

SERE Training

You see they should've shifted gears to evasion.  Instead these sovereign citizen types allowed themselves to be pinned in place, hampering their freedom of movement.  

The first E is for Evasion.  Now that they are caught they gotta worry about R Reistance and E Escape.  S Survival wasn't really in play just yet.  

These particular individuals may not have had the advantages of Government Instruction, which is pretty cursory to begin with anyway.  But their real first mistake is attracting attention to themselves in the first place.  11 people looking like they are going to a church picnic but have a buncha rifle and pistols hidden out of sight?  Cops rarely notice them.  11 people in Massachusetts walking around with load bearing gear and rifles and pistols... Even the slower police officers tend to notice that. 

Lesson learned?  If you are up to shennanigans maybe don't look like you are up to shennanigans.  Hard to put the stopper back once things get all kinetic.  

Sneaking off on foot into the woods might have been a thought.  Sneaking off into the woods with a contact on the other side that might have driven you off somewhere else and all this planned ahead of time might have been a better thought.  

"They had car trouble T-Bolt!  How can you plan ahead for that?"

Two teams on parallel tracks.  In contact with one another.   Both with excess passenger capacity and both with folks with sharp overland orienteering skills?  That kind of plan?

No matter.  Escape and Resist now.  Your buddy is a Fed, tho.   



Sunday, July 4, 2021

Go Team Venture!

Friendship

Happy Independence Day

Go blow up symbolioc tyrants that can't even run their own lives. I'll be damn if they run mine, sunshine.


 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Magnum Milk

Is that mob boss washing down Chinese food with milk in Magnum ForceForemost dairy, yup.











Nuns don't work on Sundays.

Is that a Beretta, Magnum?  I thought you were always a Colt man.






Friday, July 2, 2021

Barracuda!

TeeVee

 I'd have paid Comcast more money the past 5 years if they'd have done what I said and let me have Turner Classic Movies, and ONLY TCM, as an ala carte option.  So I cut the TV cord way back then.

To replace that, I instead spend money on BluRay players and DVDs and have amassed what is essentially a sans-Osgood channel.  

Dumber than a box of hammers, and now they are eclipsed like Blockbuster.  Fools.

---

Lots of John Wayne.  Bogie.  Myrna Loy.  Hitchcock.  Plus Prime can fill in other gaps, catch as catch can.  



Thursday, July 1, 2021

Oh dear...

Because I can take a pile of metal parts that don't fit together, apply file and stone and even dremel to said parts, end up with part that DO then fit together and make a darn reliable military grade firearm...  All in the comfort of my living room.


And there a plenty of you that can get a pile of parts mailed to you, acquire a single other part elsewhere, then with a video or $14 picture book instruction put those parts together because they are supposed to all fit together as they come from the warehouse... And then end up with a perfectly functioning AR.

Are you a potential terrist?  If you just read the picture book and internalized the lessons are you a terrist?

If you can detail strip a firearm and put it back together, is that enough gunsmith skill to make you a terrist?

So many questions.  

Since 1934, was the ATF ever more than a dangerous joke?

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Some days you eat the bar…

I wonder if it will help CCW spreading with all the bear sightings happening in *towns 

A few pets snatched up in front of the family while walking the dog, or a few close encounter scares, face to face.  Then the subsequent inability for 911 to instantly swoop in and solve the problem because that is impossible, and even upper middle class white ladies that were normally anti-firearms of any kind might see some occasional utility of they, or, better, someone else very nearby, having a gun to hand.  

"Oh, don't hurt Yogi, but do scare him off.  This whole can of anti-grizzly pepper spray barely made him sneeze, but maybe shooting into the air will do?  What?  Well, yes, I will stop voting for people that want to ban guns, just hurry!  I don't think Fluffy my Labradoodle can hold him off much longer."



(*I swear I composed this post before seeing Tam's link to a bar in Indy.  Serendipity, synchronicity, whatever.  Ahem.  Bearthread.)




Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Internet Movie Firearm FB Censorship

Let's say you were chatting with a buddy on Facebook, and the subject came around to Police sidearms from 1965, and she was wondering what that was.  "I think that paleoconservative Ward Bond, playing Bert the Cop, tried to plug George Bailey with it in that holiday movie, too... and heck, that was the 40s."

"Why, it's the model 10!  Lemme get a link from imfdb.com for you.  And from It's a Wonderful Life, as well! Good eye!"

Then FB rudely informs her this:


Well, raise my rent!

How dareth they censor my speech.  Poor innocent little imfdb.

Careful, Zuckerburg, Bezos just deplatformed the liberal Right Wing Watch on youtoobs to look like he played fair with both sides so there is no need to break up HIS monopoly.  This month of all months when the idea of knocking Big Tech down a peg is buzzing around Congress.   [Update:  too much heat and Google backed down on Right Wing Watch...]

If an angel ever comes round to show you what the world would be like if you were never born, Zuckerburg, don't take him up on it.  It might have been a much better place.  And that'd be kinda depressing, no?  At least you have a swimming pool full of money to swim in to cheer yourself up.  Mad jelly!



Monday, June 28, 2021

I have many vices

But this vise is amazing.


This.  This guy.  To do what he does.  His patience, his knowledge, his skill, his skill with Olde Timey methods and his skill with new fangled methods to fabricate a complex shape with a CADCAM CNC mill...

To have been at this level I'd have ad to start at 13 and work hard at it and by 40 be kinda satisfied with my tools and skills.  THOUSANDS of dollars poured into the hobby every year.

Then I could have enjoyed what he is doing right here.

Plus... a fractal machinist vise is cool all by itself.  

Sunday, June 27, 2021

If you speak Engish

Your chances of seeing a UFO go WAY up.


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Secret replaced our regular coffee with Folgers crystals...

Gonna hang out with some work friends I don't see face to face at work, normally, over in the 'Dena today.  One of em knows I am sick.  Lessee if the others notice.  

Folks at work I DO see have made remarks.  I look pale, apparently.  Low bloodcells and hemaglobin.  I am self treating that with more steak in the diet. Maybe it will help, maybe it won't, but, still... Steak.  

Bone marrow biopsies are a piece of cake.  Erryone told me they hurt, but naw.  Unless you are fatter and have to go to a more extensive surgical procedure to get down to the bone.  That might suck more.  

If I do bone marrow extraction (for replacement later) like in a donation.. That is supposed to hurt, 'sposedly.  I'll report back if it is true or not, if and when.    



Friday, June 25, 2021

Seriously?

Does this dude realize if he makes all meat eating Americans allergic to beef a significant subset of those will go to eat HIM to teach him a lesson?


BIOETHICIST SUGGESTS RE-ENGINEERING HUMANS TO BECOME ALLERGIC TO MEAT



Why are the ethicists of the last 30 years such awful people? No matter. With this one we can be awful right back.


Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Second Amendment ALWAYS had limits

Correct, Joey B.  The 2A always had limits, from day one.

It always had limits on you, pally. 

You could indeed own a cannon, tho.  You are wrong about that.  Or hell, a whole warship full of em.  And people did.  

I kinda want a drill index

A real one.  I have a shop full of tools, but nowhere near a proper drill index.

But my shop full of tools is focused on handtool wood working.  

And the cancer has robbed me of the stamina to do much with even the tools I have.  Not like I should expand into a metalworking shop at this late date.  Spendy, huh?  Not really that bad.  I'd spend that kind of money on myself now, anyway.  What with how short life can suddenly get.   


No, at this late date, if my back and stamina issues went away I'd probably concentrate on barrister bookcases.  They are modular.  I have most all the tools for it now.  I have a pile of walnut, enough for ten shelving units or more.  And I got the books to put in em.  

"What do you mean most of the tools, T-Bolt?  What woodworking handtool tool are you missing?"

Ah.  Not really a hand tool.  Remember the stamina problem?  Even at full energy it is a piece of work to thickness four quarter walnut to 5/8ths.  I can and have done it.  But things can go faster with one screaming beast.  I eschew most all other electrical tooling, normally.  Well, except a bandsaw.  Same reason as the thickness planer.  It's a LOT of work resawing or ripping a board.  



But a good drill index IS a thing of beauty.


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Gun Control Compromise

Our side really misses an opportunity by not offering compromise gun bills with the gun banners.  

"Ok, this bill prevents our state police forces from ever cooperating with federal law enforcement when they are attempting to enforce federal gun laws, but to compormise with Moms, Everytown, et al, the bill also grants constitution carry to everyone in the state over the age of 18.  We'll call it the Protect the Wee Bairn Act of 2022."

If they balk we act dumbfounded.  "Why are you against compromise?" "We are trying to protect children, why do you want to endanger children?" "Look, we went along with you back in 1994 and 1986 and 1968 and 1934, it's time we came up with stuff for you to compromise on for a few decades, as it is only fair.  Why you gotta be unfair." and:

"Fine, we'll add an amendment that the state has to subsidize the purchase of a self-defense handgun for anyone over 18 that can pass a NICS check, are you happy now?  Compromise!"

Like a piece of cake?



Tuesday, June 22, 2021

On this date

80 years ago...

American and British commies stopped loving the Nazis and started hating them again.  Almost a 2 year love affair, that.

Oh you didn't know about the kissy-kissy love affair between the Reds and the Nazis?  Well, Stalin wouldn't want you to remember that little more than a year and a half when both genocidal regimes were bosom buddies.  It's a shame they both couldn't have lost the war, somehow.




Monday, June 21, 2021

Fauci

If Fauci says people that are vaccinated shouldn't be concerned about the Covid variants.

And, we no longer trust a word coming out of that fame-hungry fabulist.

Does that mean vaccinated people should be REALLY worried about variants?

Personally I'd not worry about variants that can be construed by lefties as somehow being 'racist'.  Like:  South African Variant, the Dehli Variant, the Lisbon Variant.

I'd worry about the ones with politically correct nomenclature.  The Delta Variant!




Sunday, June 20, 2021

Happy Father’s Day

When a popular Media organ

 Starts out with "this scientific study says..." brace yourself, you are about to be lied to.  Especially if it is trying to poop on something pleasurable.

I remember the article telling me processed meats were going to give me bowel cancer.  I don't remember the counter article telling me that first study was really sketchy.

And other people were running with it on the first saying there should be a health insurance surcharge for anyone that eat more than one hotdog and 4 slices of bacon a year.  As I was dining on scrapple and corn beef hash every week.

Your local journalist knows as much about journalism as I know what Passenger Pigeon tastes like.  The last time I trusted a 'science' article that told me something pleasurable was bad for me was when they said cigarettes might be unhealthy.

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"But T-Bolt, you got that counter-factual about baloney science popular media organ from another popular media organ!"

Quiet, you!  (also, get it?  'baloney' science?  snerk!)




Saturday, June 19, 2021

Smoking and Covid

There are actual studies that smokers were impacted less than non smokers.  

I won't speak to how reliable the study was.  Maybe yes, maybe no.  Been wary of  'science' even outside ignernt Newsweek articles espousing it.

And if I was still worried about catching Covid I wouldn't take up my Lucky Strike habit, again.  Fought too hard to bat that down.

But I might smoke a pipe at my desk and dare management to say boo about it.

(I've been disappointed with management and how they reacted to the pandemic from day one of this thing.  But for them to say anything to me about smoking a pipe indoors they'd have to actually come into work where I have been since the damn thing started.  Those chickenshits.  Paid more than me to stay home for a year and a half and mismanage me for much longer.) 



Friday, June 18, 2021

Oh, I need this

And a bargain at five grand!  A proper computer workstation for the home.


That would make gaming possible again.  I can't sit at my computer, still, for more than an hour.  An improvement over last month's 15 minute limit.

My bed is still comfortable enough.  So is the TV La-Z-Boy.  On bad days I can watch DVDs or whatnot.  Been last interested in TV by myself the past decade.   

I gave the chiroprocter the ol' college try.  My Brain Surgeon said "Try it, it can't hurt, and it might help."  The help was marginal, but not worth the 6 hours and $120 bucks I was spending doing it.  Did it for 2 months, just in case.  Adjustment, TENS, heat, decompress, Neuropathy-Laser.  

Meh.

I don't think acupuncture would be much better, but heck, I'd try.  If I found one the doc liked.  

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Toldja T-Bolt

Nothing to worry about!  Texas has it wired down.  Constitution Carry is now a thing there, not half an hour after you fretted about it in a post.  You worry too much.  


Good.




Gov Abbot and Constitutional Carry

Constitution Carry often runs into last minute hold ups.  Abbot said he would sign it into law, but you never know...  He might dance out some excuse.  

Ooops, not DANCE dance.  That's not what I meant.  And if I was gonna bet money I'd bet he'd sign it.  But pessimism on this is always there.  

Not like the Austin shooter cared about any type of Carry beside "C"CW.  Criminal Carry Weapon.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

I wish the Cartel would hijack a .45 truck

They are too cool to use .45 AARP caliber.  And I want .45 to get less than fiddy cents a round.  I bet they'd sell for that!

Well, I want 9mm to be less than fiddy, each, too, actually.  I don't need any 5.56.  So just another ammo case of green tip for less.  Less than now.  

But, yeah, ammo is showing up more and more, just waiting for a bit more dip in pricing.


And praying there actually IS a dip in pricing.


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"Pretty sparse blog fodder, T-Bolt."

Yeah, I know.  Working on it. Mail me some inspiration, would ya?

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Cartel Heist

So the Mexican Cartels hijacked an ammo truck.  And came away with mostly .22lr.  A round they have no 'use' for in normal criminal operations.

But the Cartels are nothing if not businessmen.  I imagine they will figure out a way to get that .22 to US consumers over the border and make a profit on it.  Especially in today's inflationary market.  

Monday, June 14, 2021

Oh, God

 The CHICOMs are harvesting Uighur organs.

Yeah, I don't know....

 I guess if you have a round in the chamber and the firing pin back the 'trigger' is protruding?  That's be a tell and you might not open the knife to cut your apple and maybe put a .22 through the Granny Smythe.

"For Automobilists!" If your car breaks and axel you can put it out of its misery?  1922 carjackings?

"Absolutely safe" I really dunno...

I can see a trapper use this for his trapline if one of his fur bearing animals is not dead, but...  There are better knives for knifing and a .22 revolver isn't that bulky.




Sunday, June 13, 2021

No Mask

Biggest plus about not having to wear a mask at work?  I don’t have to do laundry every week to clean my five favorite masks.  I have more than 14 pairs of socks and underwear and workshirts.  

Yeah.  I AM that rich.  14 suits of clothes.  My great great great great grandfather would be so proud.  Well, I am proud of YOU for coming back alive with Napoleon from Moscow.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Combat Aircraft Info

I consumed a LOT of coffee table sized books about military aviation in the 1980's.  Remaindered books, less than $10.  Loved them.  A snap shot of history, now.  

And back when the history channel had history, they'd sometimes do similar stuff, but ad-laden and light on detail.

Well YouTube solves the lack of detail, and scratches that itch I still have.

For instance, I knew what the Blinder was, but I had no idea it was a vodka truck.  The coffee table book missed that and the History channel was too busy selling me hand lotion and cellular plans.

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The channel is still kinda new.  So now is the time to get in on the ground floor.

Friday, June 11, 2021

My County and Ghost Guns

My county passes lots of stuff that get overturned by pre-emption.  For instance, mail order ammo was only illegal in MY county back in 2007, but within a year or two that was pitched.  CheaperThenDirt even knew not to send me a box of .22 while the law was in effect.

No my county is panicking over 'ghost guns' and gone further than the state has.  But before the state has a crack at it "Hey WE make the gun rules, see?!" my state's CCW Shall Issue advocacy group is suing their sorry ass.  Get em!


Thursday, June 10, 2021

That's Awful!

 But, you know....



Assault Weapons Ban

So, a District court judge overturned the AWB in California, the State should have to lift it by the 4th of July.

I full expect the 9th Circuit to put a stay on this ruling, then rule against it.  So nothing comes of the ruling in the near term.  Maybe this has already happened as of today, Wednesday morning.  No hurry, 9th, you got til the 3rd.

Eventually it gets to SCOTUS.  Then is depends on Roberts.  Prolly a lotta foot dragging before then to run out the clock.  Maybe a conservative justice will lead the bend and President Susan Rice can nominate a new one.  

The ruling isn't bad news, but it's not the good news I would prefer.  My curmudgeonly pessimism has taken the reins of late, for some reason.

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I'm trying not to dwell on the negative.  It is the CORRECT ruling, of course.  

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Rx

My internet friend and colleague RobertaX is getting eye surgery.  

She dreads it.  And for good reason.  Eyeballs that work are kinda important.  Especially for those of us that are voracious readers.  Plus the actual procedure is kinda squick-inducing.  Some people don't mind eye docs getting all up in their peepers, others would rather eat a big plate of cicada stew.  (Them bastard are on my mind for some reason...)  Rx is the latter kind of person.  I have no idea but I bet her response to people who suggest "Hey you should get contacts!" over the years has been, "HELL, no."

But I wish her every convenience and happy outcome.  

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

All this started

With back pain.  My chief complaint.  First back pain,  Then the numb feet.  I figured the lumbar issues were causing the numbness issues.

They'd found SO many other things.  And tried SO many other things to try to fix it.  Including the unwelcome lymphoma diagnosis.

I just wanted my back to hurt less.  

I gotta get a second opinion.  From a miracle worker for backs.  I'll be patient.  Wait til the weekend. No improvement I am pulling the trigger and calling on Miracle Max.  

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If Maryland became Shall Issue I'd be SOL.  Hanging a holster off my belt for CCW inside the wasteband would be painful.  

Monday, June 7, 2021

Monday Bupkis

I got no blog ideas, so you are getting a health update.

So, whining about back pain the past year, here, which may or may not be cancer related.  Nothing permanent provides relief.

"Whadaya mean by permanent, T-Bolt?"

Well, steroid shots work good, but fades after a week or two.  Get's the pain from a 3,4,5 out of ten down to a 1,2,3.  (5 is 'Bees?' and 6 is 'BEES!').   Oxycontin works even better, but I don't need to tell you the downside of long term use.

Last week I got Radio Frequency Ablation.  Essentially, the nerve are zapped and don't transmit pain signals as much.

My verdict?  Meh.  It helps, yes.  My legs definitely feel stronger now.  I did a long drive to Fredericksburg and back a day later and tolerated that much better than I would have.  I was hoping for more, tho.  The pain isn't down to 1,2,3, but more like 2,3,4.   Drat.  

Sunday, June 6, 2021

D-Day Blog Post Placeholder

Huh.  I usually have something new and interesting to say about this day, 1944.  Been a little distracted and I am away from home right now trying to have fun.

I saw bits of a reaction video to Saving Private Ryan not long ago.  Some Millennial, first time watching.  "I need to learn more about history, I don't even know where this cemetary might be." At the beginning and the end of the movie.  

No worries, you can see it from space!

See it?



How bout now?  It's easy with the labels.  But if you don't know where Normandy is and you just followed the North France coastline you'd see this little bit of US territory overseas.


You can almost make out the stones.


You definitely can here.



Saturday, June 5, 2021

Literature

In lots of English fiction from 100 years ago, a handgun is called a revolver.  Doesn't matter if it is a revolver or one of them fancy new semi-autos from Colt or Savage or imported from Belgium.

(And being when it was, those semi-autos were invented by...?)

Which bring us to our second point.  In France a pistol was apparently call 'Le Browning', no matter what it was. 

I found this interesting.


Friday, June 4, 2021

Battles

Saw this meme on the internet:

 



I've a degree in history, and I like war stuff.  I should be able to think of a bunch and... oh crap.  I can't.  Not a bunch.  Two leap to mind.  Tours with Charles the Hammer in the 700s turning back the Muslim Horde, and Agincourt in the large 1300s where Henry the Vee had long bowman make pin cushions out of the flower of French chivalry.  

That’s as good as I can do with dates.

Now I have to think.

Right!  1066 and all that.

Longshanks at Bannockburn. 

I could DuckDuckGo, and I will when I give up.


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CRAP!  Agincourt was in the early 1400s


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Reiteration

Multiple Myeloma.  BAD bad.  Stop putting all that money into a 401k and don't buy any green bananas.  Pick out a playlist for the funeral.  (Mine would have been Pop Goes the Weasel on loop.)

Lympho Plasmacytic Lymphoma.  You can linger for decades with this.  Don't give away all your guns to worthy friends and relatives.

I have the second one.  Was only briefly scared I had the first.

Mr. Brightside

So, for that week when the diagnosis was "No WAY you see 60, buddy, the myeloma will carry you off before that" what are the upside to the death sentence?   (It's not, to keep things in clarity.  It is NOT myeloma this week.  It might have been myeloma a few weeks back for exactly one week.  It is just a flavor or non-Hodgkins lymphoma.  Myeloma is being on fire, Waldenstrom is a sun burn.)

Thought process then: Well, I don't have to worry about going senile.  The rest of the T-Bolts are normally known for long lives, and old age dementia is a part of that.  (Still might dodge this one. ) 

I wouldn't  have to worry about saving enough for retirement if it was myeloma.  In fact, I shoulda changed my 401k contribution to something less than 20% already.

I wouldn't have to do much clothes shopping, going forward.

My roof just got replaced.  Check that off the list of things to worry about if less than 60 was gonna be it.

I wouldn't have to watch the long slide into weakness that the PC Marxists are dragging our civilization.  You youngins should learn Chinese.  Freedom?  What is that?




Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Bucket List

"Ok, so, you are not long for this world, T-Bolt.  What's on the ol Bucket List?  Things you wanna do before you kick the bucket."

I was already thinking on this.  And there isn't really anything...  Comes from being kinda satisfied with my lot in life.  

  • Lounge on a boat on Lake Como near Tuscany?  Naw.  I'm not into travel.  I've seen pretty places.
  • Jump out of an airplane?  A perfectly good airplane?  Naw.  Parachuting is cool and all, but I don't need the thrill.  Even if I had good ankles and knees
  • Fire off a machinegun!  Did it.
  • Safari?  Naw.  It'd be cool to eat a whole different set of ungulates, and I'd be less afraid to go after a Cape Buffalo, now, but...  the travel thing really is not my bag.
  • Step in front of a charging Houston tiger to save a complete stranger?  Hell I'd do that if my life expectancy was guaranteed to be age 90+.   I guess if it happens now I'd be less afraid. 
  • Sex with a Hong Kong hooker.  Already done it.
  • I'd like to attend a baseball game at every major league ballpark.  Nope.  That's impossible.

See?  

"You wasted all that time being a slug-a-bed."

Naw, it was delicious.  No ragerts.

No regrets on lotsa stuff.  No big ones.  Little things.  Stuff where I causes someone pain.  I'd take some of those back.  Sure, a mulligan here and there'd be nice in some specific instances.  But they sorta made me who I am, and I wouldn't want to change that.  

"But what if you could go back and start again from the beginning?"

You mean like take up shooting earlier?  Restrict myself to the core handful of boomsticks I like with a tight purchasing discipline?  Choose a different college, or learn to be a watchmaker instead?   Major in something else?  Not waste my time and join the Navy to have the Cold War just end?  Again, doing all that stuff the way I did made me who I am.

Wait.  I'd be better at math. How's that?

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

I get to do this joke for YEARS

"Give yer Uncle T-Bolt a hug, this is probably his last Christmas!"

Video of me at work this week

Ima Hulk....



Cuz General Triester had the Cansker!

Health Blog

I know I have been putting up boring health stuff.  Whining "Oh, my back!  Oh, my numb extremities. Oh, woe is me!"

Well, it's about to get a little more exciting.  The doc finally found the reason.  It's the Cansker!  

Don't you just hate it when the doc says a word with 'Oma' in it?

Well, I'd blog about my chemo journey for the next 3-5 year then die, but, despite the back pain the good news is it isn't myeloma...  a death sentence.... like we were first worried about a couple weeks ago.  It's merely Waldenstrom's disease.  Which is Chronic as opposed to Lethal.  A form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

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Ok, wha happa?

Part of the whole neurological stuff involved extra fancy blood-labs.  Be sure it wasn't Lyme disease causing my trouble up to now, plus a whole bunch of other stuff.  Semi-uncommon checks.  One of them is for something like Immunoglobulin M. High normal for that is 175 units or so.  I was at 2700.  Huh.  That's funny.  (the other out of normal items was mostly me being fat and at high normal, but not way out of range.  I don't have the Diabeetus.)  


So, off to the Hematologist.  Blood doc.  And he's also an Oncologist, but no one told me that...

That's the guy that said the oma word.  Myeloma. A form of bone marrow cancer.  Which jibed with back pain.  But the PLETHORA of MRIs I have had recently show no cancerous voids in my spine.  Which is good.

"Sheesh, T-bolt, that really sucks, otherwise."

Naw, it's just lymphoma,  Just 'watch it for a while, see what develops, and THEN we have a chance to attack it with treatments'.  That's where we are after even FURTHER blood workups.  So... Phew.  Keep treating the back pain with anatomical interventions.  It might be wholly divorced from my lymphoma.

Here is one thing. My grandmother and her brother?  They were about my age when they died.  I was told lung cancer, but... it was lymphoma.  Well, dang.  Shoulda mentioned this sooner, Ma.

But no chemo, now, like I thought.

"Don't act so disappointed, T-bolt."

Naw, naw...  it's just that... that would provided a bit of blog fodder.  Plus a 3-5 year life expectancy for a week really focuses the mind.  I tell you what.


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"Aren't you worried about privacy, T-Bolt?"

This is a BLOG.  No one reads these.  I've already informed my family.  No one at work reads this.  Maybe 8 people that read this post know me in real life, and they are all cool.  Or they better be.

"Do you need any help, T-Bolt?"

Naw.  If and when chemo starts I won't even need a ride.  And I got insurance through work.

"So what will the progression be like?  What symptoms do you have now?  How long have you had it?"

Shrug.  The Doc doesn't even know that.  The symptoms now are similar to what getting old feels like.  

The neuropathy in my extremities is probably due to it.  Lacking energy is another one, probably.  My feet get colder, easier than they used to.  For a while I just seem to feel older than my cohort peers, but that could just be me whinging.  But Immunoglobulin M is a BIG ol molecule and that is the why extra IgM is an issue.  Clogging the works.  I don't seem to bruise a LOT easier yet, nor have I gotten extra infections or nosebleeds.  My spleen may eventually be a goner.  But not today.


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This also means all y'all gotta wear a covid mask whenever I get within 100 feets of you.  So you don't kill me since I have a compromised immune system.  ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ME?!!

Just kidding.  I'd kiss you on the mouth.  Today, or 9 months ago.  Pucker up, Ima comin'!  Like an unsupervised Joe Biden!