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You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.

Holy Uncertainty, Batman…

I heard about this over the weekend, but frankly expected it to have been reversed before my first sip of Monday coffee. Also, great headline here: DC rushes to prevent horde of law-abiding citizens from entering city Over the weekend, … Continue reading

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Morning walk-around…

…to see that everything’s in its place, and one of the two remaining Araucana cocks has finally discovered that their enclosure isn’t really intended to hold them in. Remains to be seen what he’ll do about it. I may start … Continue reading

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QoD: I suppose PTSD could affect some of us differently…

“Waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night screaming ‘In-text citation!!!’. Horrible thing to endure.” Comment in response to an article about a pinch hitter politician whose symptoms of (claimed, then unclaimed) PTSD were rather more … Continue reading

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A touch of underground commerce, before it gets too hot…

Neighbor J has a deal with the trash guy. I don’t know if the county employing the trash guy would entirely approve of this deal, but that’s none of my business. For a certain fixed fee. the guy will haul … Continue reading

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Who you calling old?

A reader just dropped this in my inbox and I got a kick out of it… And it’s funny I should have opened that email at that moment, because I was just mentally composing a post acknowledging that another reader … Continue reading

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That wasn’t the best night ever…

Oh, it got hot yesterday. And humid, even though the rain squalls never came near us for once. I was in a dreadful muck sweat: Just going out for a minute to check waterers was enough to get the sweat … Continue reading

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No, seriously, somebody wrote this and it got published.

I think maybe Beretta’s latest antics have gotten under somebody’s skin. Not sure why else anybody would write a hit piece as poorly conceived as this one. Beretta’s New Super Rifle Gun company Beretta is tone deaf when it comes … Continue reading

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So if you could go ahead and not wake me up tomorrow at 4:30?

Yeahhh. That would be great. M’kay? Thaaanks. ETA:

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You Never Completely Lose

I’m short on word count, but it seems like all I can think to add to my draft at this point is just bloat. Maybe more amusing stories will emerge, but I’m going into the editing phase in the next … Continue reading

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I can haz ennui

It’s hot. I’m hibernating. Here’s a funny picture. h/t

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In which hell freezes over…

Past few days I’ve been in the Jeep rather more than is good for my fuel budget. My entertainment choices this far out are talk radio, “country” music and a couple of guys yammering about sports celebrities. On the talk … Continue reading

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The best thing about living alone in the boonies…

You can lie in bed at 4:30 in the morning fulminating about the constant noise that’s keeping you awake, saying to yourself “I’m going to kill that bird” – and actually mean that. If it’s your neighbor’s dog that’s doing … Continue reading

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What does it say about you…

When you’re transferring speed dial numbers to a new phone, and you realize the only retailers in your phone list are a feed store and a junkyard? (and btw, is there a drearier chore anywhere than building a new phone … Continue reading

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“This is where Americans come from.”

Claire Wolfe on the calamitous 17th century. When I’m in a, shall we say, mellow mood with friends, I can occasionally launch into accounts of politics in seventeenth-century England. This usually results in incredulous stares, followed by, “Oh, so sorry. … Continue reading

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Okay, the camera’s definitely not an improvement…

…so I won’t be retiring my low-resolution digital point’n’pray any time soon. On the other hand the small file size may help the whole ‘couldn’t send this pic with the cell phone no matter how badly you want’ thing. Atmo … Continue reading

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On meeting nice people in dollar stores in small rural towns

Ever since the state where I live dropped the requirement for a license to carry concealed pistols, I’ve started covering mine whenever I go to town. It’s not for any big tactical reason, it’s just that I’m never at my … Continue reading

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Boy, I just dodged a $30 bullet…

So a friend of the blog sent me a nice nearly-new qwerty phone to replace my old faithful Tracfone whose battery has gone perilously tired. Unfortunately it turned out it wasn’t actually a Tracfone at all but something from Not-Quite-Tracfone … Continue reading

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Does anybody know what straighttalk.com is…

…and whether it’s related in any way to Tracfone? A reader sent me a nice used cellphone last weekend, which asfaik both of us believed was a tracfone. But when I tried to activate it I was informed that it … Continue reading

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Everybody loves me, baby. What’s the matter with you?

A couple of days ago there was a nice big flood that tore up all the wash crossings. Most were back in service within hours, as whoever lived closest with a tractor went out and did his or her thing. … Continue reading

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Okay, look, it’s just turned into that kind of week.

I Shall Return.

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