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January 28, 2023


Bowling Blogging!!

We got managed and run over last night in No Longer Cheap league. We played the first place team, who has been the first place team for at least 15 weeks now, and we’re 22 weeks into the season. Ringers. Sandbaggers. They were already 8 points ahead of us, and we lost 0-7. I could not find a good line or the right throw, so I sucked; didn’t even come close to a 500 series. Major suckage. But none of us did great, and most of us did quite poorly.

And it was a mess of a night too. The pinsetter on our lane was totally messed up, dropping pins, kicking them out onto the lane, missing pins in the sets, etc. Worst I’ve ever seen. So after an extended half hour one lane practice while the staff tried to fix the pinsetter time after time, they moved us to some other pair of lanes. So we didn’t even start until 40 minutes after we should have. And the lanes were awful; having been cleaned and oiled just 3 minutes before we started using them. And whatever pattern they laid down was great for those who could throw high rev big arc hooks, but lousy for the rest of us. If you couldn’t make a really steep entry angle ( hitting the pins from the side not the front ) you didn’t stand much chance. So the 2 guys on the other team did exceptionally well - 50-70 over average per game - the rest of us suffered.

Oh well. So now they’re 15 points ahead of us with 13 weeks to go. We’re pretty much out of having a shot at first. Probably settle into 5th, as there are 2 other teams of sandbagging managers on this league, and we’ll have to play both of them at least once more each.


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January 27, 2023


[ Nope, didn’t get to it. Rats. ]


So here are the links ...



Biden screwing us yet again, shutting down the mines we need to do the whole EV thing ... China benefits.



Although the announcement was steeped in BS, NJ is scrapping it’s Green Nude Eel plan. 5 years into it, millions spent, and not a darn thing built, plus piles of dead whales. Oh, and the offshore wind farm company can’t deliver on it’s promises either. Ooops.



Iowa comes up with a radical idea to fix their education system: Each student is allocated X dollars for their school of choice. This ought to improve the quality of teaching, reduce indoctrination, and wipe out the massive administrative overhead that sucks up 70% of the school budgets. School systems will no longer be funded by fiat, but by the number of students enrolled. Goodbye pork programs, goodbye low quality instruction. Now go tune the laws to make it easier for private schools to start up, and come up with some up to date performance tests for the kids to take, which will show the quality of the teaching they’ve been given.



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January 26, 2023


[ remarkably early in the morning ... I woke up at 4am. It’s not even 6:30 yet. ]

I forgot to mention last night that we had Winter yesterday. Well, a bit of snow. It’s the Jersey way ... get some snow, and in a day or three it’s gone. This was the speedier version; it cooled off to just above the freezing point in the early afternoon, the sky was like lead, and the flakes started to fall. Several hours later than was predicted, but there ya go. And then the snow really started to fall. In a bit more than an hour we had ... a whole 1.5” of snow. And then it shifted over to rain, and by sunset what was on the ground was little more than slop. The rain continued. By around 9pm the roads were completely clear, the snow was gone, and the rain continued. Overnight it really rained, enough to wake me up for a moment. And that was that. The storm system rolled by, the winds shifted, and by the pre-dawn hours it was long over.

It’s been a very strange Winter here. I think we had a couple inches of snow at some point in November? Another In ‘n Out, Here Again Gone Again weather event. Large parts of the country are getting hammered with snow this season, and there have been major temperature drops a few times even as far south as central Florida. But for the most part, here in our Red corner of True Blue NJ, it’s been raining since around Halloween with temps in the upper 30s to low 50s. Sure, we had a week or two when it never got above freezing, and was in the single digits a few mornings. But overall this has been an exceptionally mild and rainy winter. So far. I’m glad of that, because if this had all been snow it would have been Buffalo amounts.


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January 25, 2023





While I’m feeling much better, I’m still not out of the woods yet. So I picked up another bottle of Walgreen’s DM Mucinex liquid generic. Boy that stuff works, and fast. And then shuts off in almost exactly 4 hours. Took the last of my methylprednisone tonight. Still have a few days of augmentin left to go.


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Some project progress today; the periscope duct behind the dryer stack is done, the wall is filled in, spackled and sanded. All it needs is a coat of paint and the washer/dryer stack can be installed. They’re already hooked up and powered, but sitting out in the middle of the room for now.

In better news, I was finally able to twist the contractor’s arm to do something about the squeaky tub. Turns out (as I figured) it was unsupported underneath on the drain end. The little feet were off the concrete by less than 1/4”, but that was enough to let it flex and squeak. And eventually break. So he got a pair of locking hard nylon wedges under each of the 2 feet, then built a damn from some rolled up old insulation, then mixed up a couple gallons of Level-Qwik cement and poured that under the tub through a 2” ABS tube. Not only did that cover the wedges and lock them in place forever, it also ( I hope) filled some of the gap areas between the underside of the tub’s insulation and the concrete floor. So give it a couple days to set up really well, and see. I suppose he could always flow in another gallon or two if needed, or build a couple of support brackets under the tub’s lip by the valve wall studs. And that should do it.

Tomorrow he’ll start on the tub alcove tiles, but I want him to work from the outside in, doing the header and side panels first, which gives the Level-Qwik that much more time to dry out.


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Bowling Blogging!!

We played Franks’ team tonight, and I was really looking forward to hanging with those guys ... most of whom I’ve been on other teams with over the years. Alas, Frank wasn’t there tonight, but Glenn and John were, so we had a good time. And our P2 was out, so we had Jamie in as a sub ... we go back years with him too. So with a sub you have to recalculate the handicap, so I asked him what his average was. 152. Say what? Jamie I remember you had a 215! Oh not any more, I can’t roll anymore. The hell you say, you’re gonna burn ‘em up tonight! Yeah Drew, you wish.

So we coached him and supported him, got him psyched up, got him to reach for his target just a little more, and by the end of the night he’d thrown a 562 series, which is a 187 average. So we woke him up and gave him back his gumption. That was good to see. Game 2 was good for the whole team, with all of us throwing near or a touch above 200.

I bowled exactly like I did Friday night: a little over in the first game, around a 200 in the second game, and then a big string of strikes in the top of the third game for an almost-250. I went 187 - 200 - 246 for a 633, which is way over the 175 average I currently have in Old Guys league.

And we won G2 and G3 plus wood, going 5-2 for the night. Which won’t hurt us in the standings either. Might not help any, but it sure won’t bring us down.


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Have to go back to the urologist tomorrow. Not really sure why or what for, but I have an appointment. I don’t think the shower will be ready to use yet, so it’ll be another kitchen sink clean up for me.


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January 24, 2023


Well here we are again.  Let’s see what’s new news out there?

•  Two more mass shootings done by Asian men against other Asians. The other day it was the old guy in the hat who gunned down 20 at a club, 11 have died. Now it’s some disgruntled mushroom farm workers, 5 dead in one Bay Area farm incident and a couple more at another farm 30 miles away. Good thing that Asians count as White folks in certain statistical categories, or this would seriously damage the narrative.



•  Arrested for pointing a loaded gun at someone and pulling the trigger, killer Alec Baldwin pleads Democrat. Ok, I stole that from the Babylon Bee, but it’s apt. Nothing will happen to him more than a minor fine and a couple weeks of community service. The prop lady is going to burn though.



•&nbsb; VDH writes a well thought out, detailed essay on the unworkability of slavery reparations. From the initial estimate that LBJ’s Great Society program has cost over $22 trillion, to trying to figure out who should pay, to the feasibility of such a thing in an age of bankrupt states, to looking at other put upon groups who perhaps should also get some pie, to his wonderful hypothesis that:

... blacks believe they collectively are not doing as well economically as Latinos or Asians and therefore attribute the lack of parity to the past, in order to find equity in the present that so far has not been attained?

Yeah right. You suck at life and can’t make the effort to improve, so it’s somebody else’s fault and they should fork over another truckload of money to you. No. Next. 

Naturally this is completely wasted effort on VDH’s part; actual reasoning and reasonable discussion is not welcome on this issue. Because feeewings!!. So all of this will be ignored.

Anyway, here’s the link.


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January 22, 2023


Police release photo of suspect in Monterey Park Lunar New Year Mass Shooting.

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Shooter may have later shot himself in a nearby van. 20 people were shot, 10 died at the scene, others are in critical condition.

Ten people were killed and at least ten others injured when a gunman opened fire at a dance club following a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California. 

“Officers from the Monterey Park Police Department responded to a local business in the 100 block of West Garvey Avenue in the city of Monterey Park regarding shots fired call,” Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters. He said the mass shooting happened at 2222 local time. 

The address of the incident area Meyer provided shows a small strip mall that includes “Star Dance Studio." 

“When officers arrived on scene, they observed numerous individuals, patrons of the location pouring out of the location, screaming,” he said. “The officers made entry to the location and located additional victims.”

Gosh, who is it who celebrates Lunar New Years?

Looks like this puts the kabosh on the All Mass Shootings Are Done By White Guys narrative. Again.


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I can’t be bothered to look up the proper foreign words for “meet the new boss, same as the old boss” and “the more things change, the more they remain the same”, but here we go again, gooder and harder ...

New New Zealand PM Is Covid Lockdown Tsar

WTF you downunder sheep humping hobbits, are you really that dickless and stupid?

Lockdown Tsar Chris Hipkins to Become Next New Zealand Prime Minister

Education Minister Chris Hipkins is set to become New Zealand’s next prime minister after he was the only candidate to enter the contest Saturday to replace Jacinda Ardern.

Hipkins, 44, must still garner an endorsement Sunday from his Labour Party colleagues, but that is just a formality now. An official transfer of power will come in the days to follow.

“It’s a big day for a boy from the Hutt,” Hipkins said, referring to the Hutt Valley near Wellington where he grew up. “I’m really humbled and really proud to be taking this on. It is the biggest responsibility and the biggest privilege of my life.”

Ardern shocked the nation of 5 million people on Thursday when she announced she was resigning after five-and-a-half years in the top role.

The lack of other candidates indicated party lawmakers had rallied behind Hipkins to avoid a drawn-out contest and any sign of disunity following Ardern’s departure.

Hipkins will have only a little more than eight months in the role before contesting a general election. Opinion polls have indicated that Labour is trailing its main opponent, the conservative National Party.

Hipkins rose to public prominence during the coronavirus pandemic, when he took on a kind of crisis management role. But he and other liberals have long been in the shadow of Ardern, who became a global icon of the left and exemplified a new style of leadership.

The only candidate. Uh huh. Sound like a tin pot dictatorship to you yet?

A “new style of leadership”. Yeah sure, new, circa 1939. If they had trains, she’d run them on time. I hear her nickname was “Ill douchey”.


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