Saturday, June 15, 2024

Dumped On

Someone either lost or illegally dumped a bunch of stinky, nasty garbage on the side of the road right in front of the gate to my property.  I had to smell that mess the whole time I fixed my gate.  

There was hair weave, Newports, and used feminine hygiene products, along with assorted fast food containers.  I imagine it's what the free clinic smells like.

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Wet Varmint

I don't know if it's ever irritated me more to start cutting the grass and have to stop than it made me today.  
When I got home, the sky was clear.  One small, puffy, little white cloud hung cheerfully in the sky above my house.  The air was hot and the ground was very dry.  
Quickly, I changed clothes and readied my mower, stopping only to fill my stainless cup with a half gallon of water.  As I pulled out of the garage, the clear blue sky greeted me warmly.  
On my first pass, I felt something wet hit my arm.  "Big bug," I thought.  As I came around for the second pass, the were a couple of taps.  Looking directly up, there was nothing in the sky above, not even a cloud.  As I rounded the corner, halfway through the pass, however, I looked back towards the house.  
Hovering there, menacingly, was the ugliest, gray cloud.  All around it was blue, though.  Surely it would blow over.
Wrong.
Midway through my third pass, I was almost swimming.  
I have no memory of pulling the soaked and grass covered mower back into the garage.  Yosemite Sam had been channeling through me since midway through that second pass.  I heard him say, "Ooo... I hate you" as I glanced back out from under my dripping hat at the rain-soaked yard.

Monday, May 27, 2024

On Memorial Day

A lot of people died to make it possible for me to post this.  Not specifically, of course, but, as the title says, it's Memorial Day, and many patriots gave their future, fortune or lives fighting to protect these freedoms we now take for granted.  One of those is the freedom to say whatever I want without fear of reprisal from government.  

More accurately, it's the freedom to say whatever you want, so long as you don't lie with the intent to defraud or defame anyone in doing so.  It's codified in the very First Amendment to the Constitution, a part of the Bill of Rights, which the individual States required before ratifying it:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or preventing the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

An honest assessment of the current respect for this document leaves a bit lacking.  The government is full of life-long politicians and lawyers whose full-time occupation is finding loopholes to further usurp the rights of the taxpayer, funded by the taxpayer.  Most don't care, as long as they have access to the latest pop-culture thing.

That's not the point of today, however.  Today, no matter who you are, if you are able to open your mouth and say what you want in your country, you owe a debt to the people who gave their lives for that.  Remember them well, or you'll only have yourself to blame when you lose that freedom.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Tossing Bones

Well, I guess that's how life goes.  We're all just making educated guesses, anyway.  Hitting the bullseye is just a matter of luck, no matter how much you put into it.

Buy a few extra lottery tickets.  You've increased your chances of winning about as much as you'll increase your chances of guessing your path by trying.  Still, thirteen out of three hundred million is better than one.  

It's understandable that hitting that groove can make it seem deserved, or at least earned.  To a degree, it is.  To a larger degree, in most cases, it's not.  

Give credit where it can be given.  Gratitude, if called-for.  Enjoy it and toss a bone once in a while, if you can.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Happy Easter

How've you been?  How did another whole month pass so quickly?  Time's too fast.
Salvation and forgiveness are the order of the day.  You'll have to forgive me for not posting for a while, I suppose.  If not, I forgive you.
Forgiveness always requires a sacrifice, though.  Thankfully, that price has already been paid, if you're a believer.  Even if you're not, you're good in my book.  Who am I to judge?

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Go to Gulag


6 million people of the Jewish faith were killed and almost as many Russian civilians by the Nazi regime in WWII.  As horrific as the concentration camps of the Holocaust were, and as inconceivable as those numbers can be to any sane person, it is utterly mind-blowing to realize that the Soviets killed more of their own "comrades" in 'gulags' and forced starvation than the Nazis could.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Random Contact Failure

Our universe expands in random directions.  The galaxy spins off into eternity.  The Earth twirls like a top. Yet, occasionally, things line up in inexplicable and unlikely ways.  

A few weeks ago, the water went out in my parents' house.  The house is supplied by a well pump, and my Brother-in-law said the pump wasn't running.  Answering the call to check it out, I rushed over to see if I could troubleshoot the issue.  

After a bit of snooping, flipping breakers, etc., I just tried to force it on with the pressure switch.  Nothing.  On closer inspection, one of the contacts on the pressure switch was missing.  I found it on the floor nearby:

It was missing from the right side of the pressure switch, as seen below:

Two weeks later, at my house, the water went out.  I've lived in my house for a quarter century, and never replaced the pressure switch.  When I went to my pumphouse to investigate, I found this:

What are the chances of both of them failing in the same way, within days of each other?  My dad replaced his more recently, as it was much newer, but still a few years old, as he wouldn't have been able to do it the last 4 or 5 years.  Mine is probably over 30 years old.  It's not like they were replaced around the same time and both reached their end of life simultaneously. 

Quarks lined up for this.  Two universes passed through their dimensional plane at a single point of water pump pressure switch.  Or maybe it's just a weird coincidence.