August 11th

Well…dang, I wonder why I’ve fallen into the pattern of waking up a little after one and then up for good around 5…this morning I looked at my phone and thought it was 6:08 when it was really 5:08 so I climbed back into bed until a little after 6 and I may have even slept a little…but, I feel okay so I guess I can live with it….yesterday was not productive at all and I think I’m okay with that…I did get out to the beach for a swim and the water is still nice but I can feel the end of summer coming….and the work will start up again here in a couple of weeks and I think I’m ready for that….but it was nice to have some time off for the first time in my life and I’ll do the same next summer….DD has smoked sausage on sale of 11 pounds for only 13 bucks but who the heck needs 11 pounds of smoked sausage? I like it but it’s not good for me so I think I’ll pass on that one….I do have to get my calorie intake up since yesterday was an under 1K day…only had a small bowl of pasta salad for lunch and a pork chop with green beans from my garden but that’s not enough….I am going to do better today with getting after a couple of ripe tomatoes I have in the fridge and I am going to make some potato salad later so I think I can get to 1500 today…yeah, right…I like losing weight and want to get down to 170 by the end of summer….and I’m on my 4th day of being good at night so that helps….not much to do today….just going to have coffee and get on the bike here in a minute but it’s still a little dark out there…I did have a laugh yesterday when people were lined up all along the trail waiting to get in the “christian” music festival at heritage…I would wait in line for some groups and I have done an overnight in Chicago to get tickets to Led Zeppelin but you know me with anything religious…to each his own I guess….more later….

Trail weirdness…

Well…haven’t done one of these in a while and could have with the fox that ran across the trail in front of me yesterday, but today was weirder and I wanted to share it…after I did the first ride I was coming back past the coles bakery and marina around 8 or so and there was nothing unusual there…just boats and the nice smell of baking bread…and then I did the grocery run and read the news a bit and got back on the bike by a little before ten…and that put me at the coles marina at about 10 and I was shocked to see a small deer lying on the side of the trail with it’s belly ripped open in an area where the only traffic is bikes, walkers, and runners so it couldn’t have been a car doing the damage….now it could have been one of the electric bikers riding one of those huge things that weigh 150 pounds without a rider….but I don’t think a bike would tear the animal open…so that makes me think it was some kind of a predator but during the day? We do have bears out here but very few and there are some coyotes but that would need a pack of them since this small deer would have had a mother there to protect it….this is going to be a puzzle for a while…and I really do wonder what could have done it…

“Only criminals take the fifth”

Well….guess who won’t talk to the prosecutors in one of the NY cases against him? Yep, the big orange satan has taken the fifth for every question he’s been asked today…never mind that he has a famous quote that says “only criminals take the fifth”…and he’s justifying it by saying the investigation is corrupt and everyone is out to get him…damn, that sounds just like a mob boss and guess who never had to take the fifth….Hillary, Obama, Fauci, and every other dem that the repubs have lied about for the past twenty years….and I know the idiot thinks that taking the fifth negates all of the evidence against him and it’s just like a get out of jail free card…but it’s just one tiny bit of evidence against him and you can be sure prosecutors have enough to convict him with all of the financial records from his banks, accounting firm, and insurance company….but none of this matters to his cult…as they are out there already saying the FBI planted evidence against him when they raided his tacky golf club in Florida and will say that he is a “tough guy” for taking the fifth and will swallow his lies and love it…but the court of public opinion is not where he is going to be tried…and PR doesn’t work in court….tick tock trump…lock him up….geez…

August 10th

Well…darn…1:41 and then up at 5:37 but in between those times, I think I slept okay so I guess I’ll take that three hours…when I told my new doctor about how much I sleep every night and he didn’t seem to be alarmed but from everything I read, 4-5 hours is not enough and can cause health problems….but I wonder when they would manifest after sleeping like this for 40 years? I have had the moving pain again after it started in my right thigh, moved to my right calf, then to my right tricep, and yesterday my left thigh started to hurt when I was just sitting here and it still hurts this morning….and last night, my left upper arm started to hurt and I wonder if some of it is a little reaction to the pneumonia shot I got a week ago? It’s all tolerable so I guess I shouldn’t bitch too much…didn’t get much done yesterday but laundry and a run out to the beach but I do have the grocery run to do today after I get the first ride in here as soon as it gets light….having problems with the kitchen drain again and I think I may put a union in it to use as a clean out so I can run a snake both up and down stream when it gets slow….tried some drain cleaner on it the other day and it seems to be running better and I think I’ll do that again today to try to maintain the flow in it….it a really long drain pipe with not much slope to it and the clean out port is in the crawl space that I don’t want to have to climb into again….not much to do today…I do need to make potato salad again since I cooked the eggs a couple of days ago and the lists for groceries have grown to a three bag day at aldi’s along with a long list at Meijers since I now have tomatoes that need to be used and that means tacos, chips and cheese smothered in chopped tomatoes, and just slices of them with tortilla chips…and I have cukes that will be ready to make into pickles in a couple of days so I need the spices for that….and then need to slice them and get them into jars…going to try to make some pickle spears, too…a low calorie snack that is the only way I like cukes….more later….

“This is the first time ever…”

Well…I’m not sure that the maga folks know that the arguments that raiding trump’s golf club was “the first time ever that a president’s home had been raided” with breathless repetition are such good ones when you sit back and think about it for a minute…let’s turn that around a bit using the same “it’s the first time ever” as a descriptor of the idiot boy’s criminality….ooo, let’s start with taxes…it’s the first time ever that a presidential candidate lied about this tax returns being under “audit” and kept them secret from the public…here’s another one…it’s the first time ever that a president was under criminal investigation in more than one jurisdiction  in the history of the country…see how this works? It’s the first time ever that a president was impeached twice in his first term…it’s the first time ever that a president conspired with a foreign power to throw the election to him…it’s the first time ever that a president led an insurrection against the constitution he has sworn to protect…it’s the first time ever that a president ignored a pandemic that killed and extra half million Americans from his inaction….I guess I could keep this up all day…oh, and let’s not forget why the FBI raided his house yesterday…idiot boy walked off with 15 boxes of highly classified papers and would not return them in direct violation of at least three felony statutes….and I’ll bet they will find he was trying to sell some of them to enemies of the US, he is just that amoral and venal…hey, maga assholes…want to play this “first time ever” game some more…no, I didn’t think so…cretins…

Isn’t threatening the AG obstruction?

Well…we all know that the repubs are not too bright but Kevin McCarthy went over the top when he actually threatened Merrick Garland by name that he will be investigated for the raid on trump if the repubs take back the house in the fall…to me, this looks like trying to derail an active investigation into the criminal trump and that is obstruction of justice…it’s not free speech that is protected by the 1st amendment that they go on and on about…imagine if a mob boss made this same threat against the Ag of the US in an active criminal investigation…he would be sitting in a jail cell right now after being charged…and don’t give me the bullshit that this is a political investigation…there had to be probable cause for the warrant to be issued that a reasonable person would look at the evidence and conclude that a crime had been committed….and Merrick Garland had to sign off on that warrant and the evidence presented along with a judge and the FBI director…all trump appointees by the way….all of this is just projection on the repubs part since they know that the Benghazi hearings and investigations were purely political and found no wrongdoing by Hillary…but that didn’t stop them from doing at least 8 investigations…and McCarthy was on record saying they were specifically to hurt Hillary’s election chances…let’s remember one other important part of the law that idiot boy has broken…if convicted, trump is barred from ever holding office again…something that needs to happen to protect this country…geez…

August 9th

Well…damn, my coffee maker just freaked out and made steam instead of water pushed into the basket for the coffee to drip…but I just turned it off and back on and it appears to be working normally again…might just have to start looking for a new one…I’ve had the Mr. Coffee for 8 years now and that is 8 times longer than any other one has lasted…but, we’ll see…it sounds right…okay, let’s go see…okay, have my coffee and all is right with the world….must have had an air lock…wonder if I should run some vinegar through it? Hmmmm…had an okay day yesterday and got a few things done but probably won’t today…I did want to get out to the beach for a swim today since I haven’t been out there since last Friday and I’m running out of summer…and my tan is fading and it needs a jumpstart so no sunscreen today….I was good last night so I feel okay this morning…lots of energy even with about 4 hours of sleep and I hope the deficit will result in getting a good night tomorrow night to make up for it….it is a little cool out there this morning but that will be a welcome change after the heat and humidity of the last week where I was sweating just sitting here…not much to do today…I really should clean some and probably will and need to launder the bedding and the couch blankets to take advantage of the cool weather….but right now I need more coffee before I get on the bike here in a few minutes…..more later….

Ha, ha, ha…the feds just raided Mar a Lago…

Well…I wonder how much evidence the feds have of the idiot trump’s crimes to be able to get a judge to sign off on a warrant to raid his tacky golf club in Florida? That just happened a little while ago…a no knock raid by the FBI who broke into idiot boy’s safe and everything…okay, I can’t stop laughing…and idiot boy is out there on his twitter clone whining his ass off that he is being persecuted and the Russia investigation and the two impeachments were all a hoax and he is the most persecuted person in the history of the country…blah, blah, blah….the feds must be getting close and I am curious which of his hundreds of crimes this is about? That should come out in a couple of days and I am going to smile all that time as I wait…ha,ha,ha…..about time…

It’s been a day…

Well…after having to wait til around 10 this morning to get out for the first ride with the rain that we got…yep, we actually got rain here last night and today…and the wind was blowing almost 25 out of the west and I looked like a damn mime trying to ride into it out on the point..all the way down to 3rd on the back sprockets which I normally only use on the steep climbs, and that went on all the way out to the beach and the waves it was making were huge but there is no way I’d ever get in the water like that out here….but the way back on both rides was fun and I got into 24th gear (high) at the top of the hill by the country club and ran that all the way back to the bottom of the hill by Heritage Landing….almost 4 miles wide open and when I got back here I was soaked with sweat and then proceeded to mow the lawn and do some other outside work that needed to be done…about 5 hours of work including the bike rides and I am dehydrated again with my toe starting to scream at me with a bit of the gout again…but, the weather has changed and the humidity that made the air thick enough to cut with a knife has dissipated…don’t even need the fan on and it is getting down into the 50′s tonight so I’ll close this joint up except for my bedroom window….it was nice to get some things done this afternoon and I even picked some tomatoes…both cherry and big ones and had one for a snack this afternoon…still aren’t going to get a lot off the plants this year so that is a little disappointing…there are still lots of cherries on the plants so I guess I’ll have lots of those….I wonder if I should cut up some of those and add them to mac salad I made this afternoon? Need to see a recipe to see if they will work before I do….end time….no more later…

Now what are they going to run on?

Well…the plan for the repubs for this fall’s election was to hammer the dems on inflation and gas prices…blaming Biden for all of it when inflation is world wide and high gas prices are a result of price gouging by the oil companies. But, guess what? With reports out this morning, the expectations for inflation to moderate back to pre pandemic values by early next year and gas prices have been falling for 60 days in a row now and are under 4 bucks a gallon out here…so now what are the repubs going to run on? Making sure diabetics have to pay thousands for insulin instead of the 35 dollars a month cap that the dems wanted? Or gutting Medicare and Social Security like ole Ron Johnson the senator from Wisconsin has just publicly stated and that is the holy grail of shredding the social safety net that the repubs want….I guess they can run on being against everything that the dems want but most of it is pretty popular so that probably won’t work….more guns on the street? 80% of the country doesn’t want that…outlawing abortion in the states? 70% of the US doesn’t want that so that won’t work…look, they have nothing but hatred to run on in this election and I think the US is getting tired of that bullshit…so maybe this could be a good election for us especially after getting the inflation act passed…once people know what is in it, they will love it…and not one repub voted for it…but that hasn’t stopped them from lying and taking credit for it and the good things it will do….it’s what they do every time…geez….

What you never want to be….