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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Thursday salutations, Wheelizens.

Pretty sure teh Thread Kitteh was just checking teh seasonings on Mr. AirBnB’s face. 👿

Rather disconcerting that the MSM and social media have seemingly quit trying to “fig leaf” their hackery.

Leading me to hope for a Trump landslide; I will never forgive them for that.

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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Was watching the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this morning. The Dems did their kabuki theater by not showing up and Barrett was confirmed to move ahead to the Senate for a full vote. Not only Barrett, but without any Dem interference, the Committee also confirmed maybe another half dozen judges to move ahead for a Senate vote for lower court positions.. And Graham voted on a subpoena for testimony from social media corps.

Good stuff.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa! and Sven! who snuck in while I was slow typing.

Fatwa -- not only the MSM and social media, but the deep state has also been exposed. The FBI has had Biden’s laptop since December and has done nothing but protect the Biden family.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Good morning, Fatwa and Paddy. If you have time, pop over to CSPAN and catch the recording of this morning’s Committee meeting. For a change, Republicans, especially Sen. Mike Lee, pulled no punches in their comments.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago

Greetings, Gerbils!

I got a little too emphatic at work yesterday talking with a “conservative republican” about the election. She only watches CBS and PBS, and even though she has some pretty sensible views, she seems to believe all the fake stories about The Donald. And is probably going to not vote for anyone for president.

Now, I actually respect someone when they say “I don’t like Donald Trump.” or whoever, “So I can’t vote for him.” To me, that’s at least a concrete (ish) reason:

I don’t like X dude, so I’m not voting for him.

But then when this lady tries to give me something more than that, it’s all fake stories. What is interesting, is that She is somewhat aware that the media is slanted, but I think she doesn’t really understand how much is actually FAKE.

Anyway….. on a different topic, I thought maybe I’d take my bike out for a ride today.

I was thinking about doing that this morning, but just now I got a call that my glasses are in. So I guess I’ll run down and pick them up. Cottonwood Walmart is like 20 minutes away. But there is essentially nothing normal in Sedona. If you want normal, you have to go to Cottonwood or Flagstaff.

When I get back, I may take my bike out. 10 years ago, I would have considered riding the bike down there. (maybe once) The ride back up the hill would be so slow and would take all day. Even when I was younger and in better shape, I probably would have taken a bus back home.

Now, when I ride, I just ride around town here, and I don’t go downtown, because, once again, that’s a steep hill and a very dull, slow, uphill ascent to get back home. So I generally stay in West Sedona which is mostly on one level--at least the highway area, Everywhere else is either up or down from that. My worst hill here, is just just riding up the main street to the highway. That’s a pretty decent hill also.

My bike has been sitting for a while and the cables need adjusting.

Anyway, this is me going down to walmart.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago
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My Scrap metal mountain bike.

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Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
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Lookin’ good, dv8! When I was in high school I used to ride my bike to school -- uphill, both ways. The school sat on one coastal plain, and home sat on another, with a ravine in between. I have no desire to ride uphill, unless in a powered conveyance.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago

We’re both in a couple of public videos anyway, So here’s a recent picture, fwiw.

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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago
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What a good looking couple and with beautiful smiles.

X_LA_Native
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1 year ago
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That’s just the loveliest thing I’ve seen all day.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
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Thank you for sharing this! It brightened my day to no end!

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago
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I’m so glad that such a simple thing would brighten your days. You folks have been so great to both of us.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
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Wow. I remember The Amazing Randi.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago
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wow! he lived a long life. I remember him well!

X_LA_Native
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1 year ago

Well hello EveryGerbillyBody!

My journey in the Evelyn Wood Course on Small Business Administration continues. It’s good. Overall they’re long days, but they go pretty fast. It’s really nice having a good boss again. One that’s a good man, too.

I go to QuickBooks training next month to learn ‘tings and also see if I can clean up some of this stuff mess -- jeebus there’s 18,000 items listed in this thing, and the report I just exported was over 400 pages. I don’t know if I bring in my laptop that its database program will handle the input. o_0

Other than that, it’s the usual for Texas -- hot. And I *think*, if I’m reading my statement right, I pay off the house at the end of this month. It’s an accomplishment, but it also feels like a turning point and it’s got me in a strange frame of mind.

I’m thinking on it.
And all of you everyday -- prayers for those who need ’em and those who don’t.
*mwah!*

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago
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Very cool -- paying off the house. Congratulations!!!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
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Paying off your house? Wow! Congratulations! We hope to be able to do that someday -- preferably before we’re dead.

In re: Quickbooks -- it’s a pretty straightforward program to learn, especially if you have any accounting background. Backing out transactions is a one-at-a-time proposition and the reporting engine leaves a lot to be desired if you want to really customize your reports -- oh, and you can’t change field labels, which is a pain if you aren’t doing standard stuff. Given your experience, you should have no trouble with it.

X_LA_Native
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1 year ago

The money my parents left me I threw at the house, so that’s why we are where we are. Even through unemployment and the Chinese Flu and COBRA. It’s a good thing.

Thanks, Paddy.

I don’t have that background, but I’m learning. Quickly. We’ve got QuickBooks at home, so I’m somewhat familiar.

Backing out transactions is a one-at-a-time proposition

Hence the >400 page report (and that’s 2007-12!). I’ll have to go through *each* invoice, bill and credit the ‘ting is attached to. ::rolleyes:: But I think it’d be good to have parts standardized … we can add part numbers in the detail.
There are slow moments here and there, so we’ll get there.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago
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You should look at the courses at lynda.com for Quickbooks -- it’s my go to for all most software training and reasonably priced.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago
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be prepared for a small adjustment at the end. $$ based on calculated interest.

ALSO: DON’T forget to apply for your impound money back. They often don’t return it and it sits in escrow, until, that is, one of those found property companies calls you and offers to retrieve it for you for an exorbitant percentage. (usually between 10 and 50% depending on its size)

This is very common: Escrow companies aren’t doing anything underhanded, really, but they honestly think you have a zero balance when they actually have 2000 -- $5000 of your money without even realizing it. It eventually goes into some kind of public record and these companies research it and then contact you.

(I used to work for a recovered assets/unclaimed property company in Portland, so I know about this stuff to some degree, even though I only worked in I.T. there.)

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago
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but let me echo everyone else: Congrats!!!!

We paid ours off about 3 years ago, so it does feel good.

Also you may keep getting wacky statements for a while afterward, but those should go away once the paperwork catches up.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

I imagine that Basement Joe isn’t too worried about Tony Bobulinski and the latest Chinese kickback reveals cuz he doesn’t remember them -- he can’t even remember what he had for breakfast.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago
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Yup.

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dv8
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dv8
1 year ago

So I ended up going for a bike ride after getting my AWESOME computer glasses. I’m using them right now, by the way, they’re perfect.

While on the bike, I had a nice chat with Linux Rob and called my friend

https://www.youtube.com/hardtailparty

Mentioned to him that I enjoyed watching him edit video yesterday and that I was out riding my bike, all because of him! I happened to mention that I needed to adjust my front shifter cable, and he said to bring it over and he’d do it for me (he has a bike stand and lots of amazing tools to work on bikes, because that’s his business)

I didn’t think it would fit in the Kia, so I fired up the Caddy with it’s giant trunk (new kill switch worked great; it started right up) and brought it over. He actually adjusted everything on it and did a whole bunch of other work on it. So both front and rear shifters are great now! He even fixed my handgrips which I had cut off a while back but not quite short enough.

Anyway, It was nice riding my bike again, and fun getting it worked on.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago

Also, I had an update go awry with my “TV Computer” The aforementioned MX19.2 Linux machine. I don’t know linux like I should, so all I was getting was a GRUB debug prompt. It’s used for recovery. Couldn’t even get a text shell. I have no idea what happened.

Well, anyway, I don’t really keep anything significant on it anyway. It’s just a glorified web browser for the TV, in essence. So… I’m just reinstalling Linux on it again. Maybe I should turn auto update off. I dunno. There’s not enough going on on the machine to actually warrant updating, most of the time.

But either way, this is a big drag. Because I have to reconfig the machine again. Mostly it involves installing my favorite browser, and setting the desktop mode, and also setting the audio to HDMI as default. That’s about it. But it’s not done yet, and I’m dreading it.

I have only installed it so far. I haven’t configured those few things yet.

Oh well.