A vision of what was

Some people just look right no matter how horribly they may be dressed.


Heck of a deal

Wonder if I’d get any takers:

Prices, I assume, may vary.


It’s the V

I have stuck by Shell V-Power despite its lofty price: of late, it’s been 50, even 60 cents higher than regular.

Apparently it could be worse:

Shell V-power is always about a dollar more than 87 here in Ohio. Growing up it was always a $.10 difference between the octanes. Are we paying for the extra additives or marketing?

The Magic 8-Ball says we are.

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Rehab: day eight

Made it from my room to the gymnasium with a walker. We’re talking somewhere around 200 feet.

No institutional kitchen can justify chicken tetrazzini.

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Final insult to multiple injuries

I mean, seriously:

On December 31, 2016, a “leap second” will be added to the world’s clocks at 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This corresponds to 6:59:59 pm Eastern Standard Time, when the extra second will be inserted at the U.S. Naval Observatory’s Master Clock Facility in Washington, DC.

In a better world, we’d already have abandoned the horrors of 2016. Who wanted this year to be even longer?

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Neighborly warning

On admittedly the thin side of “heighborly”:

So there.


As the digits actually did fall

Remember this from last month?

Victor Oladipo wore #5 in Orlando, and I was sort of wondering what would happen when he got to Oklahoma City, where Kyle Singler wears #5.

Singler moves to #15. My one correct projection: Ersan İlyasova will indeed wear #7. Daniel Hamilton will wear #25, and Domantas Sabonis #30.


Lost in the sauce once again

Jay Friedman says that salt and pepper are for sexual squares:

Describing store customers who are “repulsed” by more exotic spice combinations, Friedman argues that people who stick to salt and pepper “have a strict recipe for life … believe in sex for procreation only” and live their lives “in fear of falling off the edge.” Hence they seek “refuge in rules and regulations.”

He continues with the theme, saying people who keep their spices simple are the driving forces behind “anti-gay, anti-birth control, anti-sex education sentiment.”

They are “anti-sex and anti-pleasure, with such sentiment sometimes turning hostile,” Friedman writes. Never missing a chance to mention that he’s a sex educator, he continues that “I’ve endured angry confrontation, received hate mail, and faced vitriol that’s escalated to the level of death threats.”

Well, we certainly don’t have to traffic in vitriol. How about this: Friedman leaves me alone about my steak au poivre, and I don’t suggest that he find an anal application for sriracha.

(Via Weasel Zippers.)

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Rehab: day seven

Progress report reports progress. (My concerns were noted.) The kitchen does one vegetable very well: broccoli. And the owner of a nice pair of stems (55-ish) walked out of here today.

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Left-lane bandit alert

Hoosiers get, well, semi-tough:

The state of Indiana is cracking down on motorists driving too slowly in the left lane.

In the first year of the State’s highway slowpokes law, state police issued 109 tickets and at least 1,535 warnings to drivers that didn’t move from the left lane when they should reasonably know another vehicle is trying to overtake them. The law went into effect last July.

Hey, it’s a start.

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Nobel recommendation

The person who comes up with a hospital bed in which more than 5 percent of the population can sleep comfortably deserves everything in the world.

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And so it’s come to this

Evidently we need to talk about Kevin:

Any Kevin, doesn’t matter.

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Rehab: day six

Various reassurances from the staff. And finally, the disconnection of my dual-exhaust wound drain, which has finally quit spitting up 100 ml a day.

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The bane of my existence

Unfashionable change purse

It’s gone now. I think. I keep looking behind me to see if’s it’s hiding back there.

(Photo by Infiniti125 – I just took a photo of it, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21808204)


The rules are known

I remember when I had to learn them myself:

Nearly all of us had security clearances. The process of getting them involved an education in the requirements of the National Security Act. That Act makes anyone with access to classified information personally responsible for it. Whether through malice or negligence, if it escapes from his hands to uncleared hands, then regardless of his intent, he is guilty of a felony violation of federal law.

At the time, no allowances were made for political considerations. But we were honest then.

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Unresolved issue

Definitely a wet summer, this. It will be nice when I don’t have to whiz like a two-year-old.

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