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dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!!

I’m sorry I’ve been absent lately. I missed you all very much. The truth is, when Harper sleeps so much, I tend to do the same. I had been checking in, but sort of lost track, what is it, a week ago? Two? Not sure.

I went back and looked at a weeks worth of threads, and saw that BrendaK and even Jerrie were about, as well as X_La and Mac and Paddy and Sven. I kept going back to see where Fatwa had gone, but I guess he is just involved in the next Big Job ™ that he has going.

I’m still doing the same job which still includes the Big Route. Harper manages to go along with me about every other time I go. She has a bit of a cold or something, of late, and so has been resting even more than usual.

On the bright side, the monthly injection migraine medicine--she finally got up the nerve to try it--seems to be helping. It’s lonely with her being asleep so much. Sometimes she gets up with renewed energy and does a flurry of work around the house. I usually do most everything, but I’m not quite as fastidious as she is and so I often wait a while to do certain chores.

Anyway, we both miss you all, and talk about you on a daily basis.

I can’t bring myself to do much, but I kind of coax myself out of bed on my days off, because really, it’s getting kind of weird, me sleeping so much.

I’ve been working on a couple of skyrim mods--not too actively--but… any hobby I can get myself to do, is better than doing nothing. I have not been streaming piano, or bullshit streams either. Although the last couple few times, I added an alt tech streaming site to the mix (called BitWave.tv) It’s pretty cool, but totally brutal. Fortunately, when I do stream there, I have the right temperament so I enjoy all the trolling and the few normal chat comments in between. But like I said, it’s been a while now.

Love to you all. I hereby resolve to keep up with the threads and comment more.

I wish we all lived in a compound together where we could walk to each other’s houses and hang out and drink a beer on each other’s porches and stuff like that. That would be awesome. Didn’t someone write a book about that? Something called “Acres of Diamonds” or some such title? I can’t remember; it’s an old memory.

I miss you all, even though I have only met Mac and Elena personally.

I’ll check back a few times today to see who pops in.

Thanks again all of you for keeping the fires burning and lighting a candle in the window for both of us.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 months ago

Happy Saturday, GN -- what fresh hell awaits us today?

Glad to see you Dv8 and to read that both you and Miss Harper are OK. Good news on the migraine front for Miss Harper -- here’s hoping it continues to work.

I’m in a bit of funk myself. Apparently my eye problems may not be so much a problem so to speak, but a symptom of some larger underlying auto-immune problem. More damn tests and such coming up for me during this month. I hit bottom the other day with all this crap this year -- don’t know how much longer I can keep on seeing doctors -- it’s become a regular 2-3 times a month and I’ve reached a breaking point with it.

That being said, I’ve got one a week for the next four weeks -- procedures and exams. After that, I’ll see what I if anything I want to do next. Ain’t happy about it, but so it goes. Prayers for Mrs Sven -- I’m not good company.

Powerline Blog has a link to a very good video on George Floyd, about 25 minutes or so and the best comprehensive accounting of the incident that I’ve seen so far. It answers a few questions I had, like why was Floyd on the ground to begin with, and it vividly portrays just how frightened and out of control he was at the time.

Evidence of racism? Not that I see. Evidence of murder by the police? No. Police misconduct? If there is, it’s marginal and was done without any racist animosity. This incident goes bad from the moment police first knock on the window of Floyd’s car to ask him about the counterfeit bill he passed at the store across the street.

Unexpectedly, I felt a lot of sympathy and sadness for George Floyd the man during these last minutes of his life. Yes, I know about his criminal past and I have no idea what he was truly like during the last years of his life, if he had turned things around or was still the same thug he had been previously. He put himself in this situation and the drugs he was on more than likely freaked him out and eventually killed him, but I can’t help but say a prayer for him.

That being said, I have no respect or sympathy for those like Crump and BLM that profit off of his death and sow their own hatred on the rest of country nor for their idiotic followers that protest and riot in support of another mostly false narrative.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/10/the-george-floyd-documentary.php

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 months ago

Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, dv8!, and Sven!

dv8 -- it’s good to see you! I’ve been thinking about you and Miss Harper. I’m glad you’re both doing well and that Harper’s migraine treatment is working. That’s got to be a relief to you both. I understand about the sleeping and lack of motivation. It can be a self-reinforcing loop that can be difficult to break free from. It would be great to have everyone close by. Every Gerbil I’ve had the pleasure of meeting has been warm, generous, genuine, and a pleasure to be around.

Sven -- I’m sorry to hear about your eye and possible underlying health issues. All those doctor visits and procedures have got to be draining -- along with the not-knowing. Continued prayers for healing, my friend.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Vacuous Caturday Greetings, GN!

Hi, dv8, Sven and Paddy!

Sorry to read about everyone’s ills and very much hope for successful healing, outcomes, etc.

Apologies for being absent for so long; this job is now officially tougher than the last one (which wasn’t perzactly no walk in the freakin’ park). Oh well…if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. 😉

We got special dispensation to work today (at foreman’s request) due to lost productivity caused by the heat. I wasn’t thrilled about working today, but Jim said he’d spell me at noon.

Shortly before I arrived at the jobsite today (there’s a lot to open up re driveway gates, roof ladders, etc.), got a call from Gomez (foreman). Someone whacked his magic van (which nearly always has some needed specialty parts or tools in it) and rendered it undriveable. (He has a back-up in his garage but he’s not quite ready to deploy it yet; he’s a thrifty man).

Given many conditions on this jobsite, he didn’t feel comfortable with the crew working in his absence; Jim and I concurred. So after making a couple of calls to alert Board members, I got to turn around and head back to JimCo HQ.

Very glad to have nearly a whole two-day weekend; I really need one.

I think I’m getting too old for this shit™.

I’m blithely unaware of current events save for what I hear from MissHerTerriblyK or during my daily commutes. (Given the stress of this project, that’s likely for the better; I’ve actually been dreaming about the job the past several nights, which is not exactly restful…)

Doing a couple of loads of laundry this morning and planning a nap for this afternoon. In-N-Out may also be involved at some point; I’ve only had one Double-Double since I arrived three weeks ago.

On the plus side, I may lose another ten pounds on this gig as I did on the previous one. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

BBL.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 months ago

Hi Fatwa!
Thanks for checking in. I’m sorry to hear that this job is now officially worse than the last one. That’s teh suckage.

save for what I hear from MissHerTerriblyK

That’s MrsHerTerriblyK!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Heeee!

This one’s an unfortunate cocktail of bad site logistics, not-teh-finest 55-y.o. original construction, allowing folks to park in the driveways next to their garage doors and too many people who are home all day due to Covid craziness.

Plus a larger-than-average percentage of clueless, entitled folks.

Meh. It sucks, but when the monthly paychecks start arriving in Spring, the pain will be largely forgotten. (JimCo is financing 50% of the project; we’ll pay-off the loan entirely before Jim and I start collecting our piece.)

Really appreciating the unexpected day off; teh yay!

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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It was nice to see BrendaK and Jerrie on the wheel. Glad the job is going as well as can be expected. I think this is goodnight for me… Stand by….

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Yes. I think I reached my limit on the turning around of my schedule. Trying to get into the daylight hours. Sometimes the graveyard shift drives me a bit buggy.

Night, Gerbils.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 months ago

The New Yorker endorses Joe Biden like there was any doubt. Some of the reasoning behind their decision: “There is no underestimating the craving for restorative calm. It would surely be a relief simply to have a President who is not a chronic liar, someone who doesn’t abuse the office as a colossal grift. It would be a relief to have a President who is reflexively devoted to democratic institutions and refuses to make common cause with white nationalists, QAnon, and other inhabitants of the lunatic fringe. It is true that Biden is not a transcendent speaker or a towering intellect. Yet he has the capacity to convey genuineness and fellow-feeling to a wide range of Americans. “We’re in this together,” the phrase heard so often during the pandemic, has routinely been traduced by an ethos of selfishness exemplified by the President himself. At his best, Biden has the potential to appeal to the country in an emotionally honest way that might help to engender a greater sense of social cohesion, compassion, and mutual respect.”

What a crock. Yes, things were so much better when us Conservative white folk knew our places. “Restorative calm”? Yes, you other guys just shut up.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 months ago
Reply to  Machinist

Unbelievable! Except it isn’t anymore.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 months ago

It’s baffling how we got to this point. If you believe that media represents culture, then how did we go so far down a rabbit hole that “we” think white supremacists are a bigger threat than antifa/blm when they have been burning, killing, rioting, and looting for the past year?

Odd.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 months ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Of course we all know that media attempts to define culture, not represent it. Journalists are more media than reporters and seek to influence our perceptions rather than objectively report on them.