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calendar   Thursday - September 18, 2014

Worry, It’s Not Malaria

National EV-D68 Epidemic?

Cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) are exploding all across the country with nearly 20 states reporting dozens of cases. The outbreaks are growing so quickly that the Centers for Disease Control are lagging far behind announced cases.

On Wednesday the Washington Post reported that 16 states had reported cases of the respiratory illness. But only hours later, New Jersey also announced it had found some cases quickly bringing that number up to 17. Then Minnesota became the 18th state later that same day.

The outbreak has been growing since at least mid-August.

The CDC confirms that children are most susceptible to D68 because their immune systems are not yet developed enough to beat the virus.

Also, the CDC says children with asthma seem to have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness.

There are currently no vaccines for D68 and doctors suggest that those at risk keep their hands clean, avoid touching their faces, avoid kissing and hugging, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as counters, tables, and even toys.

So far, cases of D68 have been seen in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 140 cases of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 in 16 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

New Jersey also has confirmed a case of EV-D68, according to Donna Leusner, director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Health.

And “in the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection,” the CDC said in a statement Wednesday.
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Enteroviruses are very common. The CDC estimates that 10 million to 15 million infections occur in the United States each year. These viruses usually appear like the common cold; symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and a cough.

Most people recover without any treatment. But Enterovirus D68 seems to be exacerbating breathing problems in children who have asthma.

In July and early August, doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta diagnosed 15 to 20 children a week with serious respiratory infections—a normal number for the summer months.

Then, pediatricians started to see more children who were having trouble breathing, more parents with worried looks on their faces.

Since school started, the hospital has seen an average of 100 cases a week.

“We are seeing a double to quadruple increase in the number of children with respiratory infections,” says Dr. Andi Shane, hospital epidemiologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Over at American Thinker, from a couple of weeks back, is a statement of the blindingly obvious:

The dire prediction is that in the coming weeks and months, Enterovirus EV-D68, origin unknown, is due to spread to all 50 states and afflict great numbers of otherwise healthy children.

Referring to borders between states, ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser said a mouthful when he pointed out that “Viruses don’t tend to respect borders.” The problem for America is that if international borders are not respected, viruses native to other countries migrate as well, and to date are being scattered around the nation, rather than deported.

What more potent a formula for disaster than “unaccompanied minors” with all sorts of contagious diseases coming across the border into our communities, and more specifically into our schools, where American children are now falling ill.

That’s why the obvious question is this: Where did Enterovirus EV-D68 originate and did it ‘entero’ the U.S. via illegal children?

Dr. Besser contended that enteroviruses tend to show up in the summer, which, this year, just so happens to coincide with thousands of unvaccinated and sickly illegal children infiltrating the U.S. border.

Besser also claimed the virus spreads when children go back to school. Unfortunately, what the good doctor chose not to mention is that viruses of unknown origin have more of an opportunity to spread if public schools are overrun with illegal students infected with God-knows-what.

Then Besser said, and this is a winner for sure, that “This particular Enterovirus EV-D68 is very rare and they have no idea why it showed up this year.”

If Dr. Richard Besser doesn’t suspect that the flood of children from south of the border are bringing with them all sorts of Third-World diseases and are likely the primary source of this and many other illnesses poised to become a problem, then maybe ABC News needs a new Chief Health and Medical Editor.

Prior to this break out, EV-D68 had not been seen in the USA since the early 1960s. Nearly 50 years ago. Sure does make you wonder.

Assuming ICE hasn’t accidentally crashed its hard drives, a la the IRS, or hired Hillary’s staff to purge their emails and documents too, it would be more than educational to see where all those buses, trains, and planes full of illegal kids got shipped to, and if there is any correlation with those locations and the EV-D68 outbreaks. Um, right. Who am I kidding? You know, and I know, and so does everyone else who is even only slightly honest (which rules out nearly all the government) that the correlation is nearly 100%.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/18/2014 at 10:47 AM   
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No Worries, It’s Only Malaria

Wow, what a world we live in. A ship from Africa arrives here full of sick sailors, the docs get to work, and the fear alleviating word goes out:


It’s Only Malaria

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U.S. health officials were alerted to the situation Wednesday morning and a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they would have U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Department of Health, and EMS crews on-hand to meet vessel near New Orleans and transport the ill crewmember to a local hospital for evaluation and care.

The CDC said that the vessel’s itinerary did include a recent call in Matadi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but the chances of the crewmember having Ebola was thought to be exceedingly low. The CDC added that it will also be evaluating two other crewmembers reported to be showing minor symptoms of illness.

“The vessel’s itinerary did include Matadi, DRC, in addition to other ports, but there is no evidence to suggest that the crew members traveled to, or had any contact with anyone from the remote inland region of DRC where Ebola cases are occurring,” according to the CDC.

The vessel is believed to be the Liberian-flagged MV Marine Phoenix. AIS data from MarineTraffic showed that the most recent port of call was in Panama.

CDC: No trace of ebola on NOLA bound ship

In a statement released late Wednesday night, the Centers for Disease Control stressed that crew members on a freighter inbound to New Orleans were suffering from malaria and show no traces of Ebola.

First responders who took those individuals to the hospital wore protective garb as a precaution, though health officials noted early on that it was extremely unlikely that Ebola was to blame for the sickness on the Marine Phoenix.

The ship remained at anchor in the Mississippi River near Belle Chasse. It was expected to continue its voyage to New Orleans early on Thursday.

statement from CDC: CDC, along with local and federal officials, responded today to a report of illness on a ship at the Port of New Orleans. Earlier today, local EMS transferred three of the ship’s crew members to a local hospital.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed a positive test result this evening for malaria in the patient being treated at a New Orleans-area hospital. DHH shared this information with CDC and local officials. The other two patients had mild symptoms and are being assessed. Another ill crew member disembarked in the Bahamas two days ago, where he was diagnosed with malaria and later died.

Malaria is spread by mosquitoes and does not spread from person to person. Approximately 1,500-2,000 cases are reported every year in the United States, almost all in recent travelers.

The ship’s itinerary included Matadi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in addition to other ports. Based on a hospital’s request, CDC conducted testing on the crew member who died, and the results showed that this crew member was negative for the type of Ebola that is causing the current outbreak in West Africa. Ebola is not suspected as a cause of the other crew members’ illnesses. No crew members had known exposures to Ebola.

Get used to seeing news reports like this. It’s going to get much worse before it gets better.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/18/2014 at 10:07 AM   
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FYI

The blockquote is me on Facebook. I’m am seriously writing this. Drew and peiper kicked me in the metaphysical web @ss. The Skipper is probably going ‘I asked him?’ My fault. I got lazy. Won’t post often, but will post thoughtful. (I hope)

I’m working on a what would have been called a ‘paper’ except I doubt it will see cellulose until I’m finished. Then I’ll be lucky if anyone wants to touch it with an old type press.

You can see some of it jelling in my posts. Even had to tell Todd that red foxes ARE a sign. While we argue what red foxes are a sign of, we will be converted to Islam. By the sword. The sword will force you to be a dhimmi, or the sword will cut your head off. Or the sword can just nudge you into installing foot wash facilities. No other religion is so sick and demented and foul that they feel the need to wash their feet at college!

Islam knows it is evil and wrong (but I repeat myself) They need to wash constantly like Pontius Pilate or Lady MacBeth.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 09/18/2014 at 12:26 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - September 17, 2014

The Decline of the West

Oswald Spengler wrote a book titled “The Decline of the West”. I’ve been plowing through the abridged version. It’s a tough read. Some of the concepts, as Spengler defines them, are hard to grasp. Perhaps just another indication of the decline? In education?

This showed up on my Facebook page. Mr. Spengler would have loved it! It shows the decline of the West in one itsy bitsy graphic.

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 09/17/2014 at 09:42 PM   
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Our Political Trajectory

A Jim T, a buddy from Texas recently sent me a bit about how the Bergdahl prisoner swap was an impeachable offense.  I thought about it for a minute and decided it didn’t matter if it was an impeachable offense or not.  Nothing is going to happen.

Right now, there is just barely enough organized opposition to hold back, not stop, some of Obama’s insanity.

Right now, our country and our politicians are severely lacking in will. 

That sounds a lot like Fascist rhetoric from the early 1930’s.

We all have an idea of what’s right and it’s obvious that there’s a lot of wrong out there these days.  We’re all watching our Federal Government stumble in a series of illegal/political screw ups from Benghazi to the IRS.  There’s plenty already known to take out large parts of the Obama admin, yet nothing is happening.

Unless you almost literally have a picture of Obama with a smoking gun in his hand and a dead body on the floor, he’s not going to get impeached for anything.  We already have a demonstrable and probably indictable IRS scandal, yet no one is doing jack diddly to actually bring any sort of court cases forward.  It’s a slow motion clusterf*ck.

The scariest part is that along with this horrendous Liberal spasm we’ve been on is the lack of a well organized opposition. 

Another problem is that the coming generation of “conservative” politicians won’t want to let go of the surveillance and control system begun under Bush Jr. and fine tuned under Obama.  Actually, it would be more honest to say that it got huge boosts from Bush2 and Obama.  Does anyone besides me remember ECHELON and CARNIVORE?  It’s been in the works for a while.

It’s a system overlapping federal, state and local governments.  The NSA, FBI and whoever covers overall filtering of the internet and cellphones while local cops play with license plate scanners and facial recognition on the street.  Add in a couple of drones, whatever the latest state of Posse Comitatus is (or isn’t) and you’ve got a recipe for a power mad dictatorship of some sort.  We have some very dangerous forces loose in the world and I’m not sure they’re very well contained. 

Right now, I have trouble with EITHER side of the political spectrum in control of that kind of power.  The technology cannot be unlearned, so the question is how will we establish oversight and control to minimize the negative aspects? 

I don’t care if you agree with me, but I want to hear your ideas on solutions, either broad or specific.

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This is now my first actual posting on BMEWS.  I want to give a special thank you to Drew for the honor.  I appreciate your patience.


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Posted by Dr. Jeff   United States  on 09/17/2014 at 04:37 PM   
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Hog Heaven

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The farmer’s market a few roads over the hill still has some nice meaty locally grown beefsteak tomatoes. Lightly toast some fresh bread, get out some crisp Romaine lettuce, open up the Hellman’s ... I think it’s lunchtime.

... and maybe I ought to pick up some oysters or scallops to go with dinner.

UPDATE: OMG, I opened the package and almost got high from the woodsmoke aroma. Wow. I’ve got half a dozen slices baking in the oven on parchment paper. I should turn on the fan, but I don’t want to. The whole kitchen now smells like a campfire. Can’t wait to eat some!

Tasting notes: Not at all what I expected. With that potent an aroma, I was expecting a thick, salty, chemical smoke flavor like gas station beef jerky. Turn it around 180 degrees! This is some of the least salty bacon I’ve ever had. The flavor is light, with good hints of apple fruit coming through. Excellent mouthfeel from the leaner cut meat. No chemical taste at all. I’m still at sea a bit on the flavor; it’s so gentle I may have to have a few more servings to get used to the taste. If this is what bacon is supposed to be, then I have to retrain my palate. All I can say for now is : Wow. Crispy smoked pork.  I cooked this batch just to the edge of crispy; next time I’ll take it out sooner for a more chewy result. Chewy bacon usually gives you a better flavor from the fat anyway. Gosh ... I finished eating 10 minutes ago and I can still notice the aroma. Bacon breath! Woo hoo!!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/17/2014 at 09:57 AM   
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a never ending problem

Ah, there’s good news tonight.

Heard on the news.  Up to 500 would be migrants heading for these shores went glub-glub off the coast of Malta last wkend.  Now that’s a nice number.
Their boat was rammed, it was reported, by “people smugglers”.
I know the folks referred to as people traffickers have a very bad reputation, and I’m sure it’s well earned too.  But sometimes they do good works, as here.
Unfortunately …. there’s a bit of bad news too.
Three are said to have survived, one a pregnant woman. Damn. More breeding in the future. Oh well, mustn’t dwell on the bad news and be happy with the good news.
Btw … BBC news says that the death rate has increased this year, with as many as 3,000 would be migrants having gone to meet Davy Jones since Jan. 1, 2014.

Meanwhile in other news of the day.

The white man’s burden continues unabated.  Sadly, it’s also a fatal burden for some.

Burton is said to have “attention deficit disorder” and the maturity of an 11 year old.  Oh well. Lets just excuse the rotten n***** and his pal.

“See Ya Guys” killer laughs as he is jailed.

Schoolboy, 15, LAUGHS as he is jailed for life for stabbing market trader to death after being asked to hand back a stolen watch

Karlton Burton, now 15, plunged a knife into the chest of Rashid Naeem, 29
He was sentenced today to life imprisonment, with 15 years before parole
Friend Javauntee Campbell, 16, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter
The boys attacked the trader in a row over a stolen watch at Queen’s Market
Judge Richard Hone QC described the east London stabbing as ‘primeval’

By Rebecca Camber for the Daily Mail

A boy of 15 sat laughing beside his mother in the dock yesterday as he was jailed for the ‘primeval’ murder of a market trader.

Karlton Burton grinned and shouted ‘see ya guys’ when he was led down to the cells after being convicted of stabbing Rashid Naeem to death.

He and his accomplice, Javauntee Campbell, stole two watches from Mr Naeem’s street stall, taunting the 29-year-old father of two with the words: ‘Are you scared?’

The pair ran off, leaving their victim bleeding heavily. He died in hospital.

Burton, who was associated with gangs, was on bail at the time for attacking a rival’s car with an axe.

Yesterday Judge Richard Hone QC allowed him to sit next to his mother in the Old Bailey dock for her to try to control his behaviour. He is said to have an attention deficit disorder and the maturity of an 11-year-old.

Despite the special measures, the thug, who is obsessed with knives and computer games such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, continued to laugh, whispering to his mother and calling out to his friends in the public gallery.

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Javauntee and Burton

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If that isn’t bad enough, there’s this. And it’s beyond reason why this miserable shit wasn’t jailed long ago or deported or both. Whatever.
He came all the way from Swaziland age 9 end up murdering a pretty young white girl 12 yrs later.  All cos the authorities never dealt with the black bastard.


Mentally ill killer hadn’t been treated for 12 years

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Phillip Simelane, 23, killed 16-year-old Christina Edkins on a bus

Happened months after he was freed from prison without treatment

His own mother had called police 21 times after string of attacks on family

Damning report has now found her death could’ve been prevented

By Amanda Williams for MailOnline and Luke Salkeld for the Daily Mail

A girl of 16 was stabbed to death on a bus by a paranoid schizophrenic who had not been given proper treatment for 12 years, a damning report reveals.

Christina Edkins died on her way to school when Phillip Simelane plunged a nine-inch kitchen knife into her chest in a tragedy that the report says could have been prevented.

Simelane, 23, was caught hours after the attack at a supermarket with the weapon in a carrier bag, and was jailed indefinitely after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Three months earlier, he had walked free from prison unsupervised despite his serious mental illness.

Yesterday’s report revealed how medical staff, police and the prison service missed a string of chances to get Simelane treatment over a 12-year period.

From April 2009 to December 2012 alone, he went through 17 mental health reviews or formal assessments by four organisations, involving a number of healthcare experts. Incredibly, none resulted in his detention under the Mental Health Act before Christina’s death on 7 March 2013.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/17/2014 at 09:22 AM   
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Too Much Education

Don’t know about you, but my kids wouldn’t be going to this daycare center.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/17/2014 at 09:11 AM   
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Getting An Education

LA School System Armed With MRAPs and Grenade Launchers



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Because every school needs a tankette or two, and short range thermobaric explosives



Los Angeles Unified School District police officials are considering whether they need the armored vehicle and grenade launchers they received from the U.S. military.

The military hardware at the disposal of LAUSD police officers includes a 20-foot-long, 14-ton armored transport vehicles, much like the ones used to move Marines in Iraq combat zones. The armored vehicle is worth $733,000, and the school district’s police force got it from the government for free.

How would LAUSD use such a vehicle?

“For us? That vehicle would be used for extraordinary circumstances,” LAUSD police Chief Steve Zipperman said.

The armored vehicle, which is stored at a secret location, has been in the department’s possession since July.

“It’s something that we believe is a life-saving vehicle,” Zipperman said. “And certainly we realize we need to take a look, is this the best alternative right now for us until we find something else that is more conducive to a police-type of rescue.”

The district is also in possession of grenade launchers, which it received for free from the military after 9/11. Neither the armored vehicle nor the grenade launchers have ever been used. But the district doesn’t plan on keeping them.

The chief says the armored vehicle will stay but will only be deployed on his direct orders with the approval of the school superintendent.

“To suggest that it’s a threatening type of equipment or equipment for a show of force, that is not the case,” Zipperman said.

Funny thing there, Chief. Nobody believes you, not for a second. Nothing like a 12 foot tall armored truck for not being threatening in.

Remember how the Left had such conniptions after the Sandy Hook shooting when some Conservatives suggested arming some teachers? How that was so bad? But now heavy armor and grenade launchers is OK? Really? Seriously???

ps - Oh, phew, never mind, the school is going to dispose of the grenade launchers. Really? To who? The Army gave them away in the first place. Who is the school system going to sell them to? Hunters? In California? I don’t think so. The drug cartels? I wonder.

UPDATE: Oh goody, the school is giving back the 3 grenade launchers. But they’re KEEPING 61 RIFLES. Read more at The Blaze.

Could someone please tell me what the %!*#~)(=`! a school system needs with SIXTY ONE MILITARY RIFLES? Much less even one?  This is just another step in Obama’s “civilian army”, arming up the government workers in every department from top to bottom. What a chickenshit tyrant.

Oh, and this one earns the Heywood Jablowme award of the day. Srsly. Shut your effin’ EBT suckin, race card playin’ overfed pie hole, you ignorant lying dumpster sleeping crack whore:

Deborah Fowler, deputy director of Texas Appleseed, a social justice nonprofit, said in a statement that other more common weapons used by officers and security guards, such as Tasers and pepper spray, have been misused in schools. Much of this excessive force is targeted at students of color and those with disabilities, she said.

... and unless there is a typo at Teh Blaze, it seems LA school system has had M16s since 2001? Really? And reading between the lines, I think they may only be giving back 3 of the grenade launchers, and keeping some. They are keeping the MRAP.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/17/2014 at 08:35 AM   
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Music For A Low Stress Commute

Happy happy humpday. Here’s a tune for happy driving on you way to work. Beats me how you’re going to access BMEWS or YouTube while you’re driving, but if you catch this post ahead of time, it’s likely you’ve got this album sitting around in some form or another. So grab it an go. And don’t text and drive.








Oh heck, let’s go around again and kick it up a gear. After all, music like this is why stick shifts, V8s, and Camaros were invented.





Happy motoring. Don’t get a speeding ticket. I always liked the uptempo covers of this old Don Williams tune better than the resting heartbeat original. Drew, you old speed freak.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/17/2014 at 07:50 AM   
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Vengeful


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/17/2014 at 07:36 AM   
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calendar   Monday - September 15, 2014

As You Like It: Out On the Lanes Again

Bowling blogging!  I know you’ve missed it. Rich K is even asking for it. So here you are.



Friday Fun League is up and running. Winter league has begun. And so have our problems. Once again, almost as usual, my team finds itself down a bowler. This is what happens in a couples league when the other half of your team breaks up. We kept him, and she went to another team. And we have a vacancy. The league as a whole is down about 4 teams this year too; from 16 to 12. That means we’re going to go through 3 full rotations this season, or almost 3 if they insist on doing a position round at the end of every rota. I hate position rounds; I think they’re a waste a time. Just do the Round Robin and be done with it.

We went 5-2 the first week, in a rather uncomfortable night. Because wouldn’t you just know it, we started off the season with him on our team, and her on our opponent’s team. Figures. And we’re in the middle, trying to make nice-nice with everybody. Whatever. Eye-roll. So we took the first game by a landslide, more than 100 pins ahead. And then we took the second game by a solid 55 pins or so. And then? And then we went to sleep or something. Or they were downing Red Bull and suddenly grew wings. Beats me, but they woke up and did some of the best bowling I’ve ever seen them do. She, who usually rolls in the 120s, starts whacking strike after strike after strike, and finishes with a 203. All last season, she only had 1, maybe 2 200+ games. Two others on that team rolled 40 or 50 over their averages too, and their anchor really delivered, throwing a scorching 247. We ... sucked. In the end not only did they win the third game, they ate up almost all our pin lead from the first two games. Thank goodness he on our side finished off with X, XX9, because when the final numbers were added up we held onto Total Wood by an anorexic 11 pins. And that gave us the extra point, so we avoided the 4-3 split score and held on for a 5-2 victory.

Going into the second week, the alley folks found a couple who were willing to join the league if they could bowl together. So M, who works the front desk and pretty much runs the place, asked him if he’d go to another team so they could replace him and our vacancy with this new couple. He wasn’t willing. Good. He’s part of our team, and we don’t want to lose him too.

So for Week 2 we played Team Bubbles. Bubbles is the nickname for one of their bowlers, a teeny tiny little woman with a giant personality. She’s a hoot. She isn’t the greatest bowler, but it’s fun to watch her plop the ball out on the lane and then stand there, hands on her hips, giving it the evil eye, demanding that the ball do what she wants it to. And spanking it when it misbehaves. Bad ball! Naughty ball! But alas, she had to work late, so she wasn’t there. Joe was there, back on that team after a year off. Joe - or “grampy” as my wife calls him because of his gray hair and beard (which makes me wonder if she calls me “Santa” behind my back! Although I don’t do the beard thing.) - Joe and I go way back. We’ve been bowling together or against each other on various leagues for the better part of a decade now. He was on our Greed League team last year, but he had to quit when he took a new job. So he was the sudden mid-season vacancy that sunk us. Well, Bob being absent 2/3 of the season didn’t help either, but that team dissolved, and now none of us are on Greed League any longer. Good riddance. But we had a good bunch of guys while it lasted. So Joe is back, and that inspired me to compete. Pity the lanes weren’t cooperating. OMG. The left lane was totally different. It was at least 4 boards off, ball reaction -wise, and the back end was muddy. The right lane was fine, typical house conditions. I wonder if the kid cleaning the lanes skipped our left one. Or maybe they rented it out before our league arrived, and about 20 games got rolled on it. That’s how it felt. Pushed flat and dirty. Not dried out, just ... ewww.

But back to me vs Joe. Looking at it mano a mano, I beat him in the first game. Not that I threw anything magical, but I beat my book average by 12. And he didn’t come close to his, and his book is 30 pins more than mine. Our team won by 65. For the first 7 frames it looked like we were losing. No matter how well we threw, and our him was rolling really well, we just couldn’t get ahead. And then somebody noticed that our vacancy bowler was hardly registering any score. On this league, a vacancy score is a 140, which means 14 pins per frame. Whoever entered the names and averages did it wrong, so our Vacancy had a 14 average instead of a 140. Ooops. Once we fixed that we were suddenly in the lead. I had some issues, leaving 3 opens and even tossing a gutter ball on a mark. Horry crap. That sux. I rallied, marked out the last half, and made my numbers. And our team did well enough to win it by a good margin.  I was down some in the second game. Joe didn’t bowl so great either, but he did better than me. So he got me in Game 2, but our team won that one handily, a big thanks to my wife, who was on the mark and made a really good score. In the third game the Bubble-less Team Bubbles seemed to lose their carbonation. They just went flat. All of them were well under average. We were all a bit over average. It wasn’t a very exciting match up, but we all had a good time socially, and we won Game 3 by a wide margin. So we won all three games, 7-0.

Going into the 3rd week we’re now 12-2, which should put us pretty close to first place. It’s a long, long season, so this doesn’t mean much. But we’re off to a good start.

I might have to buy a new pair of bowling shoes. The ones I have are stretched out and seem a whole size too big. Plus the heel cup is torn on the right one, which makes my starting step sloppy because my foot slides back instead of getting traction. My bowling bag isn’t doing too good either; the handle has come loose. But I think I can fix that with a couple of bolts and some washers.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/15/2014 at 12:20 PM   
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Monday : plus ça change

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See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/15/2014 at 08:41 AM   
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weather or not

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No no no!! I refuse to turn the heat on!! The air conditioner was still running on Friday!

I demand at least 3-4 weeks every year when I don’t have to use either the heating or the cooling. Come on. Cut me a break here.

OK, I’ll settle for 3 weeks. 10 days in row in the Spring, 11 days in a row in the Fall. Not 2. 2 is unfair.

[ ... Drew furtively checks the 10 day local weather forecast looking for predicted snow ... ] phew!. Right! At least 5 days in a row!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/15/2014 at 07:14 AM   
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The Real Stuff
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