All posts by James DeVol

Got the new brakes…

Well….the new brakes for the bike came today and I just installed them….I can use the center pull brake levers again and it even stops just using them….so that worked out pretty cool…I was feeling a little concerned how the brakes were working…or not working on the fast downhills and the pads were leaving black crap on everything…. and vibrating so badly that the front wheel would go into a death wobble….I guess 40 years is the limit for the pads, huh? I’ll give the new ones a good test tomorrow when I get out early…and the new pads even came with new, metal valve caps that have rubber seals inside of them to keep the air from leaking out…pretty cool for 10 bucks total…and no shipping charge…

Another thing about Kelly…

Well…if you haven’t yet seen Lawrence O’Donnell comment from last night about Kelly’s screed and attack on Congresswoman Wilson, you should go out and find it…it really put some background to the racist attack…but, that’s not what I wanted to talk about now….one little detail of Kelly’s speech flew under the radar and I think I need to make sure it doesn’t…during the speech, Kelly basically said that the only people that have the right to comment on anything about the military are people who have served or lost a family member who was serving in the military…now, to use Kelly’s favorite word, I am “stunned” that a person who has sworn an oath to protect the constitution would so casually discard the protections that come from the first amendment…we ALL get to talk about anything we want and being in the military doesn’t make you better or give you more rights than the rest of us…which is what he implied when trying to smear Congresswoman Wilson…this is just bullshit…I have had enough of the military fetishism in this country and¬† that soldiers are to be “revered”…yeah, they do a tough job at times but so do a lot of people….so enough of this crap…a line from one of Graham Nash’s songs just ran through my head as I was writing this…”military madness is killing this country”.

Kelley is no different than trump…

Well….I know there have been many in the media that said that the idiot trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, was going to be the adult in the room that would rein in trump but that was just so much bullshit. With his nasty, lying press conference yesterday, he has shown that he is no different than trump…going out there with the pure intent of smearing Congresswoman Wilson, who was in the car when the idiot trump said “he knew what he signed up for” to the widow of a soldier killed a month ago in Africa. His smear included that he was “shocked” that she listened to the phone call…but the one thing that Kelly purposely¬† ignores in his smear campaign is that they were in a car heading to the airport to pick up the slain soldiers body and the phone was on speaker….what was Congresswoman Wilson supposed to do? Put her fingers in her ears and go la, la, la so she wouldn’t hear it? This entire debacle was caused by trump starting the lying when he said he never said “he knew what he signed up for” when there were at least 4 people in the car that heard him….but it was the ugly, poisoned trump administration and it’s attack dog Kelley that made it so much worse….these people are not fit to even live in the US let alone run it….just damn resign already…all of you…impeach…

October 20th

Well…running a little late today…didn’t get up til 7 and that is really late for me….and I don’t feel that hot today….my lungs are scratchy and I have been coughing…yeah, that has been going on for a week now and I’m not sure what is going on….had some problems with the bike yesterday that I finally figured out and had a nice ride….going to stop talking about my back since it has been good for over a week now and that is a relief…..didn’t get anything done yesterday other than a little cleaning but I need to do more today….going to work on the car today for a bit and I need to get out to the bank for some cash since I have 2 bucks in my pocket…..was going to wash the car today but it’s going to rain over the weekend so I think I’ll wait…more later….

Thank you, Chef Andres….

Well…with the trump administration’s racist abandonment of the people of Puerto Rico…leaving over 80% of them without electricity and almost 50% of them without food or water….there have been private citizens who have stepped in to try to keep people alive that I want to recognize since they have been doing this with little fanfare…just hard work and caring. One of these private citizens is Chef Jose Andres who took it upon himself to do something, to provide food for the people who have none….and his organization has opened over a dozen kitchens in Puerto Rico and have provided over a million meals in the past three weeks…more than twice what the federal government or the Red Cross has done….and this is not the first time he has thrown his entire being and all of his connections¬† into relief efforts…he did the same thing for Houston after hurricane Harvey and stayed there until people could survive on their own…and he did it again for the people of Mexico after the huge earthquake there. One of the things I found inspiring was when Chef Andres said that he will stay until he is no longer needed….until things are recovered enough so people don’t need him anymore…contrast that to the idiot trumps response that relief efforts can’t be open ended and they cost too much….so, thank you Chef Andres…you are a true human being….

October 19th

Well…it was an okay day yesterday and I got a few things done…sorted out the credit card thing with the bank and should have one coming next week…the first step in getting my credit restored….slept really crappy last night but don’t feel it too much this morning so that’s a plus….and my back is not hurting for the 5th day now and that is a relief….well…it doesn’t hurt a lot but it does still twinge some…I think I’ve decided to wait on getting the new brakes for the car until spring…there is still plenty of pad left so I’ll just have to grease the pins next week before it turns cold…or, I may even do that tomorrow if it doesn’t rain….didn’t get a lot done yesterday but I will clean today…need to cook today, too…think I’ll have chicken for lunch or make a stir fry….more later….

Trump is an oafish buffoon…

Well…if you thought that the idiot trump could sink no lower, you were really, really wrong….he did it again yesterday when he was shamed into calling the wife of a soldier who was killed two weeks ago in Africa…after lying that he always calls the families of fallen soldiers, he really did call one yesterday…and he is so damn dumb and lacks any shred of empathy that he said this: “..he knew what he signed up for…but when it happens it hurts anyway…” and, after the call, the grieving wife said that he didn’t even know her husband’s name. Now, in any universe, is this the right thing to say to a grieving wife who was 5 minutes from seeing the casket come off the plane? Trump just frickin has to go…every day he stays in office shrinks the presidency and our standing in the world so much it probably won’t be repaired in my lifetime…..what an oafish buffoon…impeach…

October 18th

Well….running early today and there is really no reason for it….just haven’t been sleeping again and it’s just too boring to not do this….I did get the oldest coffee maker back out with the newest one dying the other day…still tastes like coffee so I think I can use this one for a while….my back started to hurt a little yesterday and I think it’s from the riding position on the old bike…but, there’s nothing I can do about that….other than buy a new bike but I’m not going to do that until next month…didn’t get a lot done yesterday but I’ll have to do the kitchen today….but not right now…I need more coffee….still don’t feel that hot this morning and I’m not sure it it’s just allergies or it it’s a cold…more later…..

Steely Dan…part two…

Well….thought I’d do a slight review of the show and the day yesterday…had a nice ride downtown with the top down and found parking in the ramp right where I planned….walking over to the arena, a woman comes running out of a restaurant calling my name and, at first, I didn’t recognize her…but then my youngest son came out behind her and it dawned on me who she was….had a nice little talk and that was pretty funny since she said that they knew I was going to the concert, she looked out the window and I was there….once I got in to the arena, I had to have a beer and the sticker shock damn near floored me…I mean, 10 bucks for a beer? After that shock, I headed to my seat in the upper bowl at the back of the arena and one of the ushers stopped me and asked if I would like an upgrade to a floor seat….so, from a 39 dollar seat to a 150 dollar seat…didn’t have to think twice about it…and the cool thing was there were empty seats on both sides of me and in front of me so I had a great view….now, the concert…all I can say is wow….the band just knocked it out of the park…probably the best I’ve heard them sound…high energy and they played all the hits but FM and Pretzel Logic…which disappointed me some but the rest of the concert made up for it….and I was close enough to actually see their faces….way too much fun and I am feeling it a little today…but worth it!

October 17th

Well….sitting here in the afterglow of the SD concert…one of the best I’ve ever seen…but, I’ll talk about that later….my ears are still feeling it this morning and I think they will be fuzzy for the best part of the day….my back is still okay today and it was all night last night…I was a little worried that it would lock up again….slept okay last night but feel a little crappy this morning with having a few cocktails after I got home…but I was so wired I had to have a few…ran into my youngest son and his wife as I was walking to the concert and that was pretty cool…..not much to do today…I need a day to de-compress from all of the excitement…so today will be a lost day…more later….