22 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I finished cleaning the bathroom yesterday and then started on the floors. I don't remember my wrists hurting as bad a month ago when I did the floors. What I did remember was that after I get down it is hell to get back up. My efforts would probably make a hilarious video but it is not funny when you have to do it.
I'll be vacuuming the living room and the cab area this morning. Might wipe down the dash this afternoon but the window washing may not happen until tomorrow. The way my hands feel when trying to do anything with them beyond typing keeps me from rushing into housecleaning.
That will be the extent of my activities today other than this morning's walk and the one we will do this afternoon. More pixel art drawing although not very active is on tap as well as more time on the couch with Patches and a Rex Beach book on Paperwhite.
21 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
When I fill my freshwater tank I watch for it to start overflowing to tell me that it is full because the idiot light is not reliable. The last time I filled up I had Desperado's front wheel on the overflow side sitting in a slight hole. This meant that the overflow was lower than than level and I did not have a full tank. That had me filling the tank again this morning and reminded me that I still need to get channel lock pliers.
I think that will be all that I do today although I did get started on my monthly household chores. The same ones that I do just before moving at the end of a one month stay. I'll be doing them during the next 2-3 days with the intent of finishing them before my next shopping day.
There were only a couple reviews of this book neither of them having much to say. There is nothing in the book that Wells has not said before in other books so I suggest that it could be skipped unless you want to read everything written by Wells.
This book is a compilation of previously published essays and undelivered lectures by Wells which addresses the possibility of a future World State. Wells drew on the experience of the Great War to propose a socialist World State brought about through education and the manipulation of popular opinion. He outlines a new codification of morality and a readjustment of education based on the interests of the state, rather than the individual.- Edited Wikipedia
20 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I want to give GoPo® a good chance to prove that it can do me some good but knew before I started that it would not happen the first day. The regimen is to take 3x2 capsules per day for the first 3 weeks which provides 786mg of the glycoside active ingredient plus 60mg of vitamin C. After that first 3 week period I will take 2x2 capsules per day with the hope that it will keep the inflammation under control as claimed.
The order that I placed with Amazon that took 20 days to reach me from the UK could have taken an additional 14 days and been within their promised delivery time. Because of the way I live there are times that I don't know where to have anything delivered that far out except my Sierra Vista UPS Store and then I would have to pay forwarding fees.
I wanted more but the Amazon delivery issue prompted me to start looking for a different supplier and I found one. Jet is an Amazon knock off so to speak that has been around since 2015 which offers some of the same things, GoPo® among them. They offer a lower price with a promised delivery of 11 day so I have placed an order and will see if they deliver as promised. Unfortunately their web site is a big data hog; know what you want, get in and get out.
There was one other difference in the breakfast recipe that I failed to mention. The barley. In the past I have used pearled barley which is about the only kind that you can find in grocery stores, when you can find any at all. I bought some hull-less a few months back and finally started to use some of it in this latest breakfast batch. Pearled barley has had the hull removed from the grain whereas hull-less is a variety of barley that has no hull - well almost none, I think I detected some this morning when eating some of that batch. I also need to learn how to cook it, it requires a longer cooking time and the Thermal Cooker didn't do it yesterday. What I had this morning was a firm nutty barley, not bad but I need to learn how to cook the hull-less.
The 76° high yesterday was delightful but the 52° low this morning was a lot less than forecast and with vehicle backdrafts it felt downright cold. It is still below 60 at 8:40 am but the weather guessers think that the low tomorrow will be warmer but so will the high. There is just no satisfying me! HA
"Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%. - Thomas Jefferson
And the US has passed that significant tipping point. The majority now depend upon handouts from the government...Historically, once a nation has reached this point, it never goes back. It’s ripe for a collectivist revolution...Essentially, what we’re observing in the US is a standard collectivist revolution, but in slo-mo. - Jeff Thomas, Where Does It End?
19 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I was cooking this morning. That does not mean that I was doing well - I was cooking. Made up a batch of breakfast meals using basically the same recipe as last time but used raisins rather than apricot and added some 100% chocolate. After I got that mixture boiling I put it in the Thermal Cooker for the rest of today. Next was to make up some sardine and potato patties and I might even cook some salmon in the Roaster. Or, put that off until tomorrow.
The winds died down yesterday afternoon and it is very calm this morning. I think there was a weather front pass through and we are now sitting right at what is considered normal barometric pressure whereas I think we had been under a high. However, those 4 days of 70s have become only 2 and it could be 90° on Thanksgiving.
When Wells wrote this 'cult' and 'propaganda' did not have the connotations that they do now in our language. He laid out the socialist plan for a World State and there have been members of the cult working diligently for 100 years. You can see the success they are having if you read the USA Today story that I have quoted and linked.
"The world state must begin; it can only begin, as a propagandist cult, or as a group of propagandist cults, to which men and women must give themselves and their energies, regardless of the consequences to themselves…
The activities of a cult which set itself to bring about the world state would at first be propagandist, they would be intellectual and educational, and only as a sufficient mass of opinion and will had accumulated would they become to a predominant extent politically constructive…
It is too often forgotten, in America, perhaps, even more than in Europe, that education exists for the community, and for the individual only so far as it makes him a sufficient member of the community. The chief end of education is to subjugate and sublimate for the collective purposes of our kind the savage egotism we inherit." - H. G. Wells, The Salvaging Of Civilization
"A long-awaited federal study finds that an estimated 32 million adults in the USA — about one in seven — are saddled with such low literacy skills that it would be tough for them to read anything more challenging than a children's picture book or to understand a medication's side effects listed on a pill bottle." - Greg Toppo, Literacy study: 1 in 7 U.S. adults are unable to read this story [1/8/2009]
Two stories about High School students that have volunteered to provide homeless veterans with the burial rights they deserve. If you read these two stories please note the names of the two schools that are involved; Catholic Memorial High School and University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. No participation by State run schools was noted.
High School Gives Deceased Homeless Veteran a Military-Style Send Off
A final tribute': Teens serve as pallbearers for homeless military veterans
18 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
Yesterday afternoon when my hands have started to feel better did not happen. I sent a Secure Message to my VA care team telling them what was going on, what I was taking as treatment and asked for an opinion. I said I wanted to up the dosage of ibuprofen to 2400mg/day during the next 10 day cycle and they said no problem.
I am now only in day 4 after coming off the ibuprofen and the GoPo® is not helping at this time. I'll continue taking it as the regimen advises but I may be adding a heavy dose of acetaminophen to see if that might help with the pain. It has not done much in the past but I can hope.
This was shopping day again with the breakfast stop before groceries and laundry after. While the washer was doing its thing I fired up my Chromebook with the idea that I would write this posting - multitasking you know. However, the Verizon signal here is very slow, timing out when trying to open some web pages, so I may not get it finished until I am back at the Park.
That cooler weather is being blown in with gusts of 31 mph. More blowing sand all around the Park which makes me so glad that I have that wall of oleanders right behind me. It may not be a good afternoon for a walk, we will have to see if it gets better or worse.
There were only a couple reviews of this book. This is another author from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that was popular and is no longer read. It is good entertainment and worth reading.
Leonard Merrick was an Anglo-Jewish novelist, short-story writer, and playwright whose works tended to focus on the theatrical and literary world. It seems surprising he isn't more widely known, since his novels are typically short, humorous, and pithy--a whole lot easier to read than those of, for example, his near-contemporary George Gissing, who dealt with similar themes. A constantly recurring theme in his work is the need for enough money to live on, which helps to give his work a contemporary feel while it takes the reader back into a now-vanished-forever late 19-early 20C. milieu. CYNTHIA, the story of a writer and his troubles with his career, his wife, and her family, is one of his finest. - Edited Customer Review at goodreads.com
"There is hope for the man who boasts of what he means to do; there is hope for the boaster who lies about what he is doing; but the man whose weakness is to boast of what he once did is doomed—he is a man who will succeed no more." - Leonard Merrick, Cynthia
This is a 'feel good' article that does exactly that but I have a small quibble with the last sentence starting with 'Perhaps'. There is no perhaps about it in my household, Patches is a family member!
“Dog ownership was especially prominent as a protective factor in persons living alone, which is a group reported previously to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death,” Mubanga said. “Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households.” - Michelle Cortez, Getting a Dog May Save Your Life, Especially If You’re Single
17 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA360 November 17, 1929
The only things that I have to write about are the ongoing pixel art drawing, the weather and my psoriatic arthritis (PsA).
This latest pixel art is 199x199 in size with over half of it covered with colored pixels that for the most part are added one at a time. I have now finished about half of it but it is slow. Probably slower that what most people would do it as a cross stitch.
The weather continues to be what the Chamber of Commerce ordered. There was a Canadian couple that flew in yesterday as part of the snowbird migration. They are a few spaces to the left of me and across the street but I pass by them at least twice a day. The high temperature yesterday was 88° with a low this morning of 63. The weather guessers think that the high today will be 86 but then starting tomorrow there will be 4 days of 79 to 82 and lows in the 53-56 range.
The PsA has made my hands a mass of pain in the early hours. It is hard to get dressed in the morning when any movement of the fingers and/ or wrist hurts. I can not get up out of a chair without a lot of difficulty and pain but once up and after walking a few steps it is not very painful. The knees hurt a lot late at night and early in the morning and the left elbow has now reached their level of 'discomfort'. By late in the day I'm feeling much better but the mornings are rough.
Ordered more Arbuckles coffee yesterday and it is in transit. I'll probably get it delivered tomorrow but might not get it from the Park office until Monday. We will see.
16 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
There are things that I don't like about this RV Park although I can overlook most of them because of the price. The limited walking routes may keep me from coming back. More importantly the lack of communication from the Park office may keep me from coming back. No biggie but they changed the way I now need to get mail and never said anything until I happened to stop at the office and saw the mailbox pigeon holes were gone. What is a biggie is the bathrooms were available 24/7 but this morning I found that they had added a code lock and did not give me the code. That was a problem.
A little shorter walk because of the problem. I was hurting when I got up so it did not take a lot to convince me to do a shorter walk. The hands especially; they feel like they are on fire when I first get up. By the time I go to bed they feel like I'm making some progress but then there is that next morning wake up. New pains in the elbows which had been spared until I felt some soreness last week, that soreness is now approaching the pain level.
Jim Quinn has started writing another series of blog posting with the Fourth Turning as the focus. This is Part I - The Unbearable Slowness Of Fourth Turnings
I think these are his best takeaways in Part 2.
"The most important point to comprehend is the death of the existing social order always occurs during the course of a Fourth Turning." - Jim Quinn
"Don’t think you can escape the Fourth Turning. History warns that a Crisis will reshape the basic social and economic environment that you now take for granted.” – Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning
"Why are Democrats turning on the Clintons? Same reason Khrushchev turned on Stalin. They’re purging the Clintons for the same reasons that they defended them. They’re calling out Bill Clinton for his sexual assaults for the same reasons that they covered them up. It’s about power and money. The Democrats smeared Bill Clinton’s accusers then. Now they’ll exploit them to throw the Clintons out." - Daniel Greenfield, Why The Democrats Really Turned On Bill Clinton
15 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
It has not been 24 hours since I started the GoPo® regimen but I can provide this assessment. The sausage fingers on my right hand have returned when I stopped the ibuprofen. Will the swelling go down with the new treatment? This morning I hurt more than I did while taking the ibuprofen. But I don't think I hurt any more or less than when I stopped the ibuprofen and started a cycle of acetaminophen. I'll see how I feel during this 10 day cycle being off ibuprofen, so far no worse.
On our walk yesterday afternoon Patches and I were the catalyst for two little ankle biting dogs almost getting killed. We were walking north along Ave 3 E past a hose on the east side when these yappers came running across the road and almost got hit. The woman owner came out after them and did not blame Patches or me but if we had not been walking past the dogs would not have been in the road. They would not have been in the road either IF she had kept them inside the house and she knew this. I would have felt very bad it they had been killed however. We will not be walking past there again!
I could not get it out of my mind that the hero of this book was Wells' Superman/New Republican trying to form a One World Government and not being up to the task. It is a good read and not too heavily laced with Wells' socialism. The Customer Review provides a concise plot summary.
Mr. Wells builds novels out of ideas as other men build them of imagery and emotions. William Porphyry Benham sets out to live the noble or aristocratic life, and the book is about what happens to him because of his beautiful obsession. Starting in his boyhood, and throughout his life, it produced profound adventures, yet also made him ridiculous, and even inspiring. It was a passion for courage, for personal nobility, for service to others, for self-sacrificing, all for the social betterment of the whole world. - Amazon Customer Review
14 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
The package of GoPo® arrived yesterday which was timely. I finished my latest cycle of ibuprofen this morning at 4:00 am and will take my first dosage of glycoside of mono and diglycerol (the active ingredient) at noon.
"Claims have been made that rosehip extracts relieve pain in osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and there is a reasonable amount of research to support this." I have not found much discussion about how effective it is with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) so this is a bit of a test. There are fewer side effects and interactions listed than with ibuprofen so I don't think I'll be doing any harm and optimistically I'll reduce the inflammation pain just as well.
I got hit with big data usage yesterday per Verizon. Data Saver showed that I used about 90Mb so I was expecting 180 but got 460. I know now that Data Saver never counts the Chrome updates so I checked that first and found that I am now on Chrome 62.0.3202.82. It was less than a month ago that I went to 61 and did not expect this update so soon. I am now over my usage budget but not by much and have a lot of time to adjust.
Yesterday afternoon we walked along the border of the big open field that is west and south of the Park. Very soft sand that is even worse where there has been traffic. Then to top it off there was a tractor with
a disk that was working that field in what looks like the beginning of planting alfalfa. This was thought to be a place to walk but I have written that off for now.
The high temperature did reach 87° yesterday which I did not think was going to happen with the cloud cover. Then next 4 days are forecast to be repeats with very few clouds and then cool down to the low 80s and maybe a high 70s on Saturday with lows in the upper 50s. No mass influx of snowbirds at this Park although it is now 'the season'.
13 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
The low this morning was 60° which felt cold as the backwash from big trucks swept over me while on our walk. We have a high cloud cover this morning which I am guessing arrived in the early hours. It they had formed last night after sundown they would have retained the heat of yesterday's 86° high. Still only up to 65 at 8:30 but the weather guessers think it will reach 87 for a high today - I don't think so.
Good weather for dumping holding tanks. I got that done in less time than the last dumping and didn't hurt as much. I still could not have done it without the sewer hose wrenches but did add fresh water and got the hose connected without much leaking. I do need to get a channel lock pliers however.
That will be my accomplishment for the day I do believe. More drawing on the big pixel art project which is starting to look good but I have a lot remaining and it is slow going.
"In prosperous times, a population tends not to complain too much about being robbed through taxation. They grumble a bit, but tolerate it. However, in more stringent times, when people are finding it more difficult to make ends meet, they become more resentful of governments that are chronically both overreaching and wasteful." - Jeff Thomas, What Will Push Them Over the Edge?
12 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
The right side neighbor's floodlight is an on and off irritation (pun intended). He does not have it on every night but having it on at all is enough. Then this morning when I got up for my 4:00 am med dosage the RV castle on my left had theirs on also. My little Class 'C' was lighted up like the yard in a maximum security prison. What is it that prompts people having to have exterior lighting? I don't understand the desire nor the need.
Shopping day for me and a lot of like minded folks at Fry's this morning. I am there at about the same time every time I go and there was a bigger crowd this morning than I remember from my previous trips. I got everything that I wanted or a substitute (wanted Molina brand vanilla).
Breakfast was at the same place, had one of the two same things I have been having. The only difference was the waitress. This one was a little cool toward me as was the other waitress the first visit. I guess it takes repeat visits for them to become more outgoing.
I backed into my space at the Park so that I was in position to dump holding tanks but will put it off until tomorrow. I backed into the space this morning like I knew what I was doing, only slightly crooked. By the time I leave here I should know what I am doing. HA
11 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
This is shaping up to be a do nothing kind of day. I did get out there and do our morning walk. I will also cook some cod in the Roaster this morning. I'll get some more of the latest pixel art drawn during the day. That is about all the excitement that I can endure.
I guess I could go out and take advantage of the Free Meals that are being offered to veterans on this Veterans Day. It just does not seem worth the bother when I have to go shopping tomorrow. Or, I could go shopping today - Nah. Happy Veterans Day!
10 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA359 November 10, 1929
Those that have not been reading the Will Rogers columns may wish to start with this one today. Will wrote about the Stock Market Crash which most historians mark as the beginning of the Great Depression. I have repeatedly said that I'm expecting a rhyme with that history and there will be a Greater Depression. Reading Will going forward may provide some guidance.
My new breakfast is a keeper. I don't know for how long but I think as long as the last one I put together. I did find that the small amount of apple juice added this morning when I reheated is not necessary. The added butter provides any additional liquid that may be needed. It is good!
I selected this book to download from the book list for H. G Wells at Gutenberg but he wrote only the introduction. Why he wrote the introduction is somewhat a puzzle for me since it seemed out of character from past introductions and from what he wrote in his own books. The book has no reviews that I could find and I doubt that it is on many 'to be read lists' but it is a good story and has lead me to another author.
The GoPo® that I ordered from Amazon that was to be delivered sometime between 8-27 November did not get here on the 8th or the 9th. Amazon is not the seller and with a bit of digging I find that the seller is a company in England. They do not provide a Tracking # and I did not believe that it was shipped on 26 October as Amazon claimed. So, I have sent an email to the seller asking for more information about the delivery date.
I do not want it today but have a hope that my pains will be reduced enough with this cycle of ibuprofen that I can start taking the GoPo® on the 14th. The acetaminophen that I have been taking between ibuprofen cycles does very little for the inflammation pains. I'm hoping that the GoPo® will be better or at least as effective per their claim that it reduces inflammation..
9 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I have very little to report, if you don't do much then there is not very much to write. I did make up a batch of my new breakfast that I will start eating tomorrow. This concoction still contains barley but it was cooked in apple juice with diced dates, dried apricots and walnut pieces. I intend on reheating a serving every morning in a bit of apple juice with a big dab of butter. When the butter has melted - bon appétit. I'll write about the eating experience tomorrow be it good or just another learning opportunity.
This Type 15 Pentagonal was easier to draw than I thought it was going to be. The primitive unit went together so easy I was sure that I had made a mistake somewhere along the way but they tiled just as easily. Like Type 14 this one has completely determined tiles, with no degrees of freedom other than the side lengths. All of the angles must be as shown in the single tile drawing. There are some nonperiodic monohedral pentagonal tilings and dual k-uniform tilings on the same web page as the pentagonal types that I have been drawing that I am going to try to do also. Soon, maybe.
"It is established policy in the United States that police agencies have no duty to protect citizens, and are not liable for any harm that comes to citizens due to police inaction. In other words, the taxpayers are required to pay for "protection" from police. But the police aren't required to actually provide services." - Ryan McMaken, When Gunmen Strike, You're on Your Own
8 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I love the smell of wet greasewood in the morning. That is what I had this morning while on our walk. The rain started last night about the time I went to bed and with my better ear I could hear the pitter patter on the roof. For me to hear it meant that it was coming down rather hard but the official measurement was 0.07". I think there was more because of the standing water in the Park roads and at the intersection of Ave 3 E & 19th St.
I finished the pentagonal Type 15 primitive unit drawing and started the tiling. It looks like I have drawn it correctly with the tiling coming together. Maybe finish it up today and have something to show tomorrow. I'll also be working on the pixel art piece which I think is the largest one that I have attempted so far which means it will take some time to draw.
Made up some red salmon potato patties this morning. I usually use skinless sardines because canned red salmon is hard to find and when found it is rather expensive. I get some when I can find it and decide to splurge.
This blog posting by Charles Hugh Smith Our Culture of Rape made me want to say, "Why don't you really tell us how you feel Charles?" It is worth reading.
7 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I got started on the pentagonal Type 15 yesterday and it has been coming together far easier than I thought it would. The primitive Unit has 12 tile in the group so any small error along the way in putting it together will make the tiling of the plane impossible. I can only hope that I do not make that small error.
I also started another pixel art drawing. Not far enough into that one to see any picture forming.
This book was not nearly as good as the first one that read by Pio. It is the first of a trilogy but only this one has been translated from its original Spanish. Perhaps it is a better book in Spanish and has lost something in translation but I never quite 'got into it'. His first book was written much like H. L. Mencken writes but there would be no confusion about Mencken having anything to do with this one. I cound not find any customer reviews for it either and suggest that it be read for the same reason that I did - to find out what Pio Baroja wrote.
I had a H. G. Wells downloaded on my Paperwhite that after reading the first paragraph knew that I had read it before. It was a very short book, more a short story, that had been included with other short stories in a book that I had read. I then started reading another book by H. L Mencken which was a book of verse/poetry that he had compiled versus wrote. This too was a very short book, I'm not much of a poetry reader so I skimmed through that rather quickly. No reviews for either of these.
6 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
Just another shopping day with nothing extra added, back to a usual routine. The restaurant had what I planned on getting, Huevos con Chorizo, on Special. That is two weeks in a row that has happened.
The shopping excursion took a bit longer today with a couple items on the list that I do not buy very often. Then there were some new items that I needed to pick up for an anticipated change in my breakfast fare. I go into that more in a few days when I whip up a batch of the New Breakfast.
A lot of cubic Bezier curve coding for this Panel #49 combined with circles. This is not drawn quite the same as what is shown on the stained glass web page but it is close or as the Bulgarians were fond of saying "It is good enough". The next panel, #50, is almost identical with onlty a different background of lines. I'm not going to draw it but will move on to #51 which is going to be another difficult one.
5 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I wore my flannel shirt again for this morning's walk and it was the appropriate dress. The low was 60° and that happened about the time we were out there. The high yesterday was 81 with more of the same to come during the next 5 days if the NWS guys have guessed right.
I made some more progress on panel #49 but there is still more difficult curves to be drawn. What I managed to do yesterday was connect 4 cubic Bezier curves to form the shape that I wanted coded in a way that the shape could be color filled. It sounds simple when I write it but no so easily coded.
I am cautiously optimistic that this cycle of ibuprofen will get the psoriatic arthritis under control. Not eliminate the pain completely but enough that I can quit taking any pain meds and see what the GoPo® can do for me. I may be receiving it by the time I finish this cycle on the 13th; Amazon gave a delivery date of 8-27 November. Or maybe not. HA
4 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I have been posting quotes from this book for the past few days which should have given you a good idea of what it was about and what it was like. The edited customer review simply adds to that.
This book is a satisfactory summary of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche...It is also, I think, a summary of the philosophy of HL Mencken, who is an enthusiastic fan of the man who provides his subject matter. Normally I think I would rather hear an intelligent critic's summary of any given philosophy than a rabid fan's, but in this case Mencken's outlook somewhat adds to the reading experience.
There are probably not a lot of people these days, other than maybe the type of person who listens to death metal, who can subscribe to Nietzsche's philosophy entirely. This is because on the one hand, Nietzsche is a fan of science, societal progress, and rejection of traditional morality, typically associated with the left. But on the other hand, he is an advocate of aristocracy and the subjugation of the weak to the strong, typically associated with the right. However, Mencken's own views combine these two outlooks. In fact, Mencken is known for his mockery of American white rural Christianity from an elitist aristocratic perspective. This is a practice which in our age has been taken up by those who are ostensibly on the left and in opposition to hierarchy, but in Mencken it is associated with an open contempt for democracy… Edited Customer Review at goodreads.com
I got started drawing stained glass panel #49 yesterday and was moving along really well until I got to the center design which requires cubic Bezier curves. I just can not wrap my mind around where I need to put the 'control points' to render the curve shape that I want. I'll get there but it is a very frustrating process.
Working on that drawing and more reading of a new book on my Paperwhite are all I have planned for today. Weather is starting to be what the Chamber of Commerce likes to brag about but haven't seen anymore snowbirds land here, at least not close by.
3 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA358 November 3, 1929
This pixel art piece did not have a frame around it as shown on the cross stitch web site but since I know how I framed it. It was included in the two color group but as a black and white like the zebra, I wanted a bit more color so it has become a three color piece. There is another one similar to this that I will do but there are others to do first.
When I think I am seeing/feeling some improvement in my psoriatic arthritis it gets worse at some other point in my body. The hip and butt feel like they have improved making it a little easier getting out of a chair. Then this morning my right hand and wrist are swollen along with the the couple of 'sausage fingers'. I'll be back on an ibuprofen cycle starting tomorrow, maybe that will reduce the swelling.
The Lame Stream Media is trumpeting the 4.1% unemployment rate but fail to give the same treatment to the new record number 95,385,000 Not In The Labor Force. If it were not for people leaving the labor force the unemployment rate would have been higher but the Media continues the propaganda that the economy is great. President Trump now owns this lie and will suffer the consequences when the bubble pops. He had an opportunity to fix this early on but wanted the Media to report that he was Making America Great Again - sad.
The Las Vegas Massacre has disappeared from the News except for some of the alternative blog sites. This quote was pulled from one of those but even that posting does not question the fact that of about 150 people that were admitted to various hospitals and as critical not a one of them has been reported as having died. I guess the Lame Stream Media does not count anyone that dies from their wounds as part of the Massacre death toll. However alternative News is reporting that " in just the span of a month, 4 survivors of the Vegas shooting have died."
- Jon Hall, The Las Vegas Massacre, Amid A Revolving News Cycle, Demands More Public Questioning Rather Than Simply Fading Away
"To the average American or Englishman the very name of anarchy causes a shudder, because it invariably conjures up a picture of a land terrorized by low-browed assassins with matted beards, carrying bombs in one hand and mugs of beer in the other. But as a matter of fact, there is no reason whatever to believe that, if all laws were abolished tomorrow, such swine would survive the day. They are incompetents under our present paternalism and they would be incompetents under dionysian anarchy. The only difference between the two states is that the former, by its laws, protects men of this sort, whereas the latter would work their speedy annihilation…
"The masses, in any nation," he [Nietzsche] says, "are ready to sacrifice their lives, their goods and chattels, their consciences and their virtue, to obtain that highest of pleasures: the feeling that they rule, either in reality or in imagination, over others. On these occasions they make virtues of their instinctive yearnings, and so they enable an ambitious or wisely provident prince to rush into a war with the good conscience of his people as his excuse." - H. L. Mencken, The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
2 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I think the snowbird migration is beginning to arrive. I now have a neighbor two spaces over on my right side that looks like they are settled in for the winter. It took them a long time to find just that right place for their dual axle 5th wheel but they were prepared with about 30' of sewer hose because the outlet from the trailer is at about the middle. They are all set now with their grill out and set up, partial skirting attached around the front part of the trailer, multiple slide outs are out and awnings are extended. It is going to be interesting to see if the awnings survive the winter winds.
I discovered that my new neighbor also has a floodlight on his mobile castle that lights up the space between he and I better than those used for the Iron Curtain. Maybe he just forgot to turn it off but I doubt that. More than likely I'll live with the light pollution until someone moves into that vacant space to block the light. I feel for whoever does move in there, I could have sat out on my slab and read a book at 4:00 am.
The weather is beginning to be what the snowbirds come here for. The high yesterday was 83° with a low this morning of 67. The next 5 days are forecast to be low 80s for the high and low 60s for the low. I got here a couple weeks early and had some 90s but got here and had my A/C fixed which I could not get done in Pahrump. So the weather is shaping up, now if only my psoriatic arthritis would do the same I would be in tall cotton!
Say this 3 time - real fast. HA
"We think a thing because all other people think so; or because, after all, we do think so; or because we are told so, and think we must think so; or because we once thought so, and think we still think so; or because, having thought so, we think we will think so." - Prof. Henry Sidgwick, quoted in The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, by H. L Mencken.
"It seems plain, in a word, that so soon as any considerable portion of the women of the world become capable of doing men's work and of thus earning a living for themselves and their children without the aid of men, there will be in full progress a dangerous, if unconscious, war upon the institution of marriage." - H. L. Mencken, The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
1 November 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
Where o where are all the Leftist when we need them. Why no immediate call for a truck ban or even background checks. If Sayfullo Saipov had used a gun to kill those 8 people in NYC that would be THE topic of the day. But using a truck is acceptable, after all there are thousands killed every year by motorized vehicles and it rarely becomes headline News. So just move along, nothing to see here.
A report on the prolonged saga of my psoriatic arthritis. I don't want to put a hex on any improvement but I felt better this morning when I got up. I think it has even been easier to get up from my chair. I still have the swollen 'sausage fingers' on the right hand and both hands are still painful but overall I think I'm better. I'll now go see if I can do the holding tank dumps. Be right back.
Well, I got 'er done. It hurt to do it - not a lot more than the hurting I do getting up out of my chair - but it took about twice as long to do. The Park added some other fittings to the sewer inlet and removed the loaner connection so I was able to use my fitting and sewer wrenches. Without the wrenches I would not have been able to dump. I need to get a channel lock to tighten the water hose connections as well, I can not tighten them enough by hand.
"That the lifting up of the weak, in the long run, is an unprofitable and useless business is evident on very brief reflection. Philanthropy, considered largely, is inevitably a failure. Now and then we may transform an individual pauper or drunkard into a useful, producing citizen, but this happens very seldom. Nothing is more patent, indeed, than the fact that charity merely converts the unfit—who, in the course of nature, would soon die out and so cease to encumber the earth—into parasites—who live on indefinitely, a nuisance and a burden to their betters. The "reformed" drunkard always goes back to his cups: drunkardness, as every physician knows, is as essentially incurable as congenital insanity. And it is the same with poverty. We may help a pauper to survive by giving him food and drink, but we cannot thereby make an efficient man of him—we cannot rid him of the unfitness which made him a pauper." - H. L. Mencken, The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
31 October 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
Shopping day. Same routine. Breakfast at Los Manjares de Pepe and then groceries at Fry's. The only thing even slightly different was that I planned on having Huevos a la Mexicana and it was the Breakfast Special.
After getting groceries it was a cross town trip to Sprague's Sports. I got there only 10 minutes early so not much of a wait until I got inside waiting for someone to help me. It then did not take very long for them to change the grips so that I can now use the speedloaders which would not clear the factory issued grips.
Back to the Park and backed up to a position to dump but will see if I can make it through today and do that early tomorrow while it is cool. The weather gurus were spot on with their guess of 88° for the high yesterday. I hope they are right for the next four days with their predictions of 82-83. This morning was a little cooler at 66 but the humidity was near 80% and I soaked my flannel shirt with sweat again. Maybe t-shirt and windbreaker is the appropriate dress?
"It’s in California. Everything is in California, all the great sights of nature, and along with all these wonders we have out here is the World’s greatest collection of freak humans on earth. We maintain more freak religions and cults than all the rest of the world combined. Just start anything out here and if it’s cuckoo enough you will get followers." - Will Rogers
"Simply that Nietzsche preaches a mighty crusade against all those ethical ideas which teach a man to sacrifice himself for the theoretical good of his inferiors. A culture which tends to equalize, he says, is necessarily a culture which tends to rob the strong and so drag them down, for the strong cannot give of their strength to the weak without decreasing their store. There must be an unending effort to widen the gap; there must be a constant search for advantage, an infinite alertness. The strong man must rid himself of all idea that it is disgraceful to yield to his acute and ever present yearning for still more strength. There must be an abandonment of the old slave-morality and a transvaluation of moral values. The will to power must be emancipated from the bonds of that system of ethics which brands it with infamy, and so makes the one all-powerful instinct of every sentient creature loathsome and abominable. It is only the under-dog, he says, that believes in equality. It is only the groveling and inefficient mob that seeks to reduce all humanity to one dead level, for it is only the mob that would gain by such leveling." - H. L. Mencken, The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
30 October 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I get these dark thoughts from time to time usually early in the morning just after I wake up. Maybe the continuation of a dream? The one that I had this morning was that my psoriatic arthritis condition right now is the 'new normal'. It is not going to get any better than this and the next flare up that I have will be some magnitude worse.
Perhaps my reading a blog posting by a woman that is also a victim of this condition put the thought in my mind. She is on methotrexate
which she describes as scarry (severe toxicity of the liver, kidneys and bone marrow, which require regular monitoring with blood tests) and still has the same pains and problems that I am having now. So the psoriasis will never kill you but the treatment can - Scarry!
On a happier note there is James Howard Kunstler's blog posting for today Thar She Blows!. I have not quoted anything just recommending it as a good read
The customer review that I have copied is spot on. The five short stories as told by the husband (never named) are far better than the previous three books that had Jack writing his pal Al. Jack was a country boy and spoke the country vernacular, the husband is more cosmopolitan and speaks with the Chicago vernacular and a sharper wit. Groucho Marx is said to have loved Ring's writing and I can see why, they had similar quick wits and comebacks which had me laughing as I read.
Lardner is neglected, but he's worth seeking out. These five connected stories, about a lower-class Chicago couple circa 1916 with pretensions of upward mobility, are narrated by the husband in vernacular, a Lardner specialty. They're a delight to read, as the husband skewers much of what he encounters, and as we see what he doesn't, which is that people are laughing at him and his wife. Often laugh-out-loud funny.
I need to get busy today and get the next month's Will Rogers weekly articles copied and formatted. Probably finish doing that today or tomorrow for sure. It has become easier to do since I have been using Chrome but it is still time consuming and tedious.
I was overdressed this morning with my flannel shirt. The low was about 70° with the humidity at about 70% and I was sweating more than when on our afternoon walks in the 90s.
29 October 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I was anticipating another delivery (dummy rounds) yesterday from Amazon which split my order into two deliveries for 3 items. The USPS tracking number claims it was "Delivered: To Mail Room". What that means I have no idea. I asked the Park 'manager' about it and he said that he did not receive anything for me. If it does not show up on Monday I'll go to the Post Office on Tuesday and see if they can tell me where it was delivered and how do I get it.
Update: My package was delivered to another space here at the Park yesterday by the 'manager'(?) in error and a woman brought it to me this morning. As with about ½ of all the Parks that I have had mail sent to this delivery was botched in one way or the other. Receiving mail as a fulltimer living in multiple locations throughout the year is a challenge. I don't know that there is a 'good' way to do it.
The NWS and The Weather Channel are now in agreement that the expected high tomorrow will be 88° and no more 90s in the extended forecast. I now have my doubts that the high tomorrow will be below 90.
I could find no reviews for this book although there are probably a lot of them for the Spanish edition. It was originally published in Spanish in 1919 and translated to English by Lewis How in 1976. If this is a representative sample of Pio's writing I am sorry that I do not read Spanish because it is a very good novel and there are few of his that have been translated. There is one more of his that is in English that I have downloaded from Gutenberg that I will get to soon.
Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District and the author of The Economic Collapse Blog which he started in 2007.
His latest series of postings are How The Elite Dominate The World:
They are worthwhile reading although they serve as a campaign pitch what he has to say contains a lot of truth. IF he should be elected and IF he does what he says he will do what we need is more people with his same views in the House.
28 October 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
I didn't hurt quite as much when I got up this morning. We did our usual 2 miles but I know we have been doing them slower since this flare up started. I saw this morning that I have now developed the classic 'sausage fingers' on my right hand index and middle finger. The right wrist has been painful and swollen also which did not happen with the first flare up that I had.
The appearance of 'sausage fingers' give the medicos the evidence that they need to diagnose psoriatic arthritis versus the common garden variety of arthritis. You have psoriasis, you hurt like someone with arthritis but have no rheumatoid arthritis blood marker and you have 'sausage fingers' - Voilà! You have psoriatic arthritis.
I'll not do much today, like most days. I did get a batch of breakfast meals cook yesterday. I also got my sewer inlet repaired but this Park has some very old plumbing and the fitting I have for my sewer hose is not the same size. One of the other Park residents has put his on the inlet and I'll use the while I am here.
The daily high temperatures continue to drop each day. Not by much but they are going down with the expected high on Monday to be 87-88°. The migrating snowbirds should be showing up soon after that. I don't know if this Park get a lot of them or not I'll have to wait and see. Right now I have an empty space on my left side, 4 empty on the right
And two empty in front.
Received another package with part of my Amazon order yesterday. This was the loaders with the 'dummy rounds' maybe coming in today if the email from Amazon is correct.
The Las Vegas Massacre narrative has changed again. It is the time line that they can not seem to get right. Jesus Campos was originally shot 6 minutes before there were any shots to the crowd. Now the story is the shooter fired single rounds at the crowd and then one minute later shot Campos. The shooter then fired 12 'automatic' bursts into the crowd with some more shooting inside between burst 5 and 6 for an estimated total of 900 rounds.
I don't much care about the timeline, I think that is a distraction, but have a problem with the 'automatic' bursts. The shooter had twelve of the rifles modified with a “bump stock” which would simulate an automatic however the magazines that the Lame Stream Media have been showing appear to be 60 round capacity in weapons without 'bump stocks' (so be it, 12X60=720). What is this estimated 900 rounds is there not someone capable of counting the number of shell casings found in the room? The more they spin the narrative the worse it gets!
27 October 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
Read Will Rogers column 88 years ago: WA357 October 27, 1929
It has sure has been a busy 10 days since we left Whiskey Flats. I'm looking forward to not driving anyplace for these next 3 days. I think Patches is looking forward to having her usual routine return also.
I received my first package yesterday, the new grips. Amazon's tracking claims I'll get part of my orders today and tomorrow. I'm not sure how much of everything that I ordered will be in those two packages but NOT the GoPo®. That will be coming sometime between 8 November and 27 November.
It is just as well that will not be available. I hurt a lot in the morning when I get up and I'm on the 10 day acetaminophen cycle. That means I need to do another 10 days of ibuprofen and maybe more. I want to get the pain level down to a level that I'm not taking any pain meds before starting on the GoPo®. That does not mean pain free but down to the 1-2 level on my pain scale.
The weather guessers were very close again with their predicted high yesterday. It was cooler than the day before but with no wind I did a shorter afternoon walk. When I started out this morning I was not convinced that I could do our usual 2 miles but started to hurt less at about the ¾ mile mark so continued on. I am soooo looking forward to The Weather Channels forecast high of 77° on 5 November.
As I said before the Jesus Campos story becomes more unbelievable the more I read about him. He not only survived but was able to drive within a week of getting shot in the right leg at relatively close range with a deformed AR-15 bullet. It is a miracle or he is certainly one tough hombre.
"Customs and Border Patrol documents obtained by Fox News show that the 25-year-old [Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos] entered the United States from Mexico at the San Ysidro border crossing in California — one week after the mass shooting. It’s unclear how long Campos was out of the country. The documents only show that he re-entered the US." - Chris Perez, Jesus Campos reportedly left the country days after Vegas massacre
I have not quoted from this blog posting by Doug “Uncola” Lynn but suggest it as worthwhile reading, Stabbing With Their Steely Knives, They Just Can’t Kill the Beast
26 October 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
Not doing much today other than take Patches for her bath appointment and then wait, wait and wait. While waiting I did go to the nearby main Post Office and send a second check to my holster maker.
I finally received an email reply that said that both of my previous emails had been replied to but I received nothing. Anyway, I owed for the shipping that will happen in 5-6 weeks - I hope. The main Post Office had 5 clerks 'working' and a line of about 15 people when I joined it. Maybe 10 minutes later I had purchased the one stamp needed and was on my way.
The actual high temperature was one degree over the gurus guess again, but I give them a gimme if they are that close. Today the NWS thinks it is going to reach 95° which is one degree less than The Weather Channel. The two groups of guesser also disagree about when we will start seeing 80s with The Weather Channel in favor of Monday but NWS has forecast that to be 90. I'm hoping that The Weather Channel gets it right.
I have started another pixel art drawing that looks like it will be interesting. I'll be putting another frame around it just because I now can. The stained glass panel #49 is in the contemplation stage. I'm trying to think of a way to draw it although I know it will require a lot of curves.
25 October 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
We started the day like any other shopping day with breakfast soon after our walk. This morning that was at Los Manjares de Pepe Foothill, which will be stop of choice while here, where I had Huevos con Chorizo, home fries, beans and a lot of each. Then just up the road a few blocks to Fry's.
I then went to a laundromat near Wal*Mart and a Wells Fargo. Walked in looked around a walked out. About 1/2 of the machines had Out Of Order signs on them and I was not in a gambling mood. The machines also required buying a card which I will not do although I see the day coming when it will be required that I have a Smartphone to do laundry.
Went back where I had come from to a laundromat across the street from Big O Tire. I had considered it but did not like the outside appearance. It is a much better laundromat than the one near Wal*Mart and is open my kind of hours 4:00am to 7:00pm. While doing the drying cycle I had Big O check tire pressure and they found another leaking valve stem. That makes 3 now. When I get new tires in February-March I'll make sure they install high pressure all metal valve stems.
The last stop was at a Post Office not to far from Fry's where I mailed a check to the holster maker. I had a bad experience with a holster maker some years ago and hope I'm not getting into the same situation again. This one has a lot of favorable reviews on the S & W Forum so maybe I'll get what I want when I want it.
The high temperature was 99° yesterday, a degree over expected. Today they are guessing that it will reach only 97 but it was 90 at noon. There is some difference of opinion about it being 90 or less on 31 October but then moving down into the 80s in November.
This Type 14 Pentagonal was realatively easy to draw since it is very much like the Type 11. However, this one has completely determined tiles, with no degrees of freedom other than the side lengths. All of the angles must be as shown in the single tile drawing. The tiling of the Units was even easier than most of these have been. There is one more type that has been found and remaining to be drawn, it is going to be a doozy.
24 October 2017 Southern Mesa RV Park (Yuma, AZ )
This book is another of Ring's that has Jack writing letters to his friend Al. This was published in 1918 and Jack was in Army training prior to shipping out which is where The Real Dope published in 1919 starts. It probably would have been better to have read them in the order of their publication date with You Know Me Al published in 1916 coming first. An entertaining read, certainly not literature.
The weather guessers were one degree under yesterday's actual - a gimmie. The bad news from them is they have extended the 90s as the high temps until 30 October. Then the 80s begin and become cooler as far as the forecast has been made. I'm looking forward to them being right since it is already 81° this morning at 9:00.
Busy today ordering accessories for my new S & W; a holster, different grips, loaders and training cartridges (dummy rounds). Also ordering health 'stuff'; more Glucosamine & Chondroitin for Patches, some GoPo® (Glycoside of Mono and Diglycerol) for me. These supplements claim to maintain healthy joints and the Glucosamine seems to have helped Patches, I am hoping that the Gopo® will help me. I'm also getting the jar opener that I need and ordering for a second time some Frontier 90000 Heat Unit ground cayenne pepper (they were out of stock the last time I ordered).