Post Tomorrow

No post today. Post tomorrow.

Sorry guys, we’ve been trying to get a lot of admnistrivia in place before the end of the year. Also, it’s my anniversary.

I started to write a post on ignoring the bleakness, and how evil never wins for long and certainly not forever, but not today.

It’s overcast and gray and yucky out here rocky mountain way. But this too shall pass.

I’ll leave you with a musical theme, and go get some more work done, because anniversary or not, work needs doing.

And honestly, gut feel, it won’t be that long. But it’s good to remember, it’s never forever.

95 thoughts on “Post Tomorrow

    1. You don’t realize just how big they are until you see a picture of one being handled.

      A few years ago, I was carrying out laundry at the local laundromat when one flew over. At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, but it circled and flew back over, this time lower, and I could see that yes, it was indeed a bald eagle. I did some online searching and found that yes, there are several nesting in the Greenfield area.

      1. People have posted the occasional photo of bald eagles hunting along an upgraded percolation pond/local park area. No one has identified any mated pairs or any nests, but individuals do show up as far south as here in Silicon Valley.

      2. There are special platforms for nesting Eagles and Osprey along the Willamette and McKenzie locally. It is to keep them from nesting on electric transformers, road light poles, and in the Autzen Stadium lights … Fans are a bit upset if the lights aren’t working, or rather can’t be used, yet they get even angrier if the Raptors get kicked out before nestlings have fledged and left. We see eagles on gravel bars a lot when the water is low. Still a thrill. Get just as big a thrill when see Eagles in Yellowstone or Tetons when we go.

        1. Not sure how many are around right now (the valley is known for its eagle population). My first encounter with one was when we had two Italian Greyhounds (13-14 pounds each). An immature Bald was perched on the roofed shelter hoping for a free banquet. Nope.

          Between the Bald, Goldens and Redtailed Hawks, it’s raptor territory, and that’s not counting the owls.

          1. the valley is known for its eagle population

            Never seen one overhead here at the house. We’re about 1.5 miles west of the river in north section of Eugene. 2020 being what it is, it wouldn’t surprise me. This would be an excellent convincing reason for hubby to build a Catico or backyard protected maze …

            2020 has us seeing wild Turkey’s, feral domestic rabbits, plenty of large trees, someone reported a large owl taking up residence. We’re not really that far from farmland. Haven’t seen coyotes or heard of cougar or bear either, in our neighborhoods,wouldn’t surprise me. (other neighborhoods, yes, but not ours).

            1. Saw one Sunday, coming west from Vero Beach, Florida. Chased a bunch of turkey vultures off a roadkill hog. They’re fairly common here.

      3. a few pair are nearby I see eagles fly over the house from time to time (the property across the street from me is riverfront) and I have seen them out on the Bay. Years back when I was in Lousyana driving over a high bridge on US90 outside Morgan City, I had a classic rack station on and Styx (below) was playing, and just as it hit the “America” portion an eagle was flying just at eye level to me.
        Patriotic moment!

      4. Living the education life… there are a LOT of bird rescue places that get bald eagles, and even after seeing them pretty regularly at rather close quarters I am still shocked at how BIG they are.

        “Look, it’s a dog, with wings!”

    2. I saw a falconer in Germany with a Golden Eagle on his fist. I was impressed – by the eagle, and by the falconer’s shoulder strength!

      1. I saw a short on Mongols and their eagles and a girl taking up the tradition (outside of norms iirc but I think the family had only daughters) and her eagle was easily as tall as she was seated. She did not hold him at arms length, but few could.

      2. It used to be in Germany you could go to dinner at a castle, in the basement. The show after dinner was the falconer.

        We watched owls, falcons, and various and sundry hawks swoop and dive and return to their sturdy master. It was magnificent.

  1. “No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There’s always a boom tomorrow.”

    “What? Somebody’s gotta have some damn perspective around here. Boom. Sooner or later. Boom!”

      1. ya know, I might have one somewhere as well. or it got ate by a bad player. gotta say, I’ve only lost an MP3 by removing a hard drive, and once had a click of death ibm drive die, but songs were backed up. Can’t say that about cassettes (or 8 tracks).I should go through all my drives and back up the music on them, and somewhere all the CDs I own are still in a holder, but I had a ton of one-offs from WinMX that were Radio specials, or unreleased acoustic versions, etc.

        1. I need to convert a lot of my tapes to MP3. They are all filk from the late 1980s, and IIRC the copyright war is still going on over them, so they are all out of print (Leslie Fish, TAFKAHAlexander, Ceilia Hays, Mercedes Lackey, Golden Bough, and the like.)

  2. Congratulations and Felicitations on your anniversary! Which one is this one?

    And given my interactions with the genus Muse, I would predict that your Post Muse will prod you plenty when post you must.

      1. Wow, Congratulaions. 32 for me and Mrs Westernciv. Longest lasting Las Vegas marraige! Always look forward to the posts. Be Well and know that all will be well. We win They lose…may take a minute but evil never prevails in the long haul. I always forget that time is very relative. 32 years two kids grown all in the blink of an eye.

        1. Ours was 42nd on Dec 16, one child raised. Middle sister’s was 37th on 10/15, 4 children raised. Youngest sister’s was 32nd 9/4, 3 children raised, youngest graduated 2020, is actually headed to campus next week. It does seem like yesterday since the first 3, of the 8, all showed up the same year.

        1. One year after he finished his degree, one year before I finished mine. You look at the picture, and you go (well, we go) “They allowed kids to get married? WHO would do that?”
          But you know, it worked. And I’m very glad he married me.

          1. They allowed kids to get married? WHO would do that?

            Only kids are likely to be dumb enough, flexible enough, to make it work.

            1. Everyone focuses on the downsides of infatuation, but they forget that it has a purpose: to ease the painful and difficult process of welding two lives together.

                1. The welding analogy holds better than I initially thought: done badly you have a cold solder joint, which snaps the moment any pressure is placed on it.

                  Done properly you have a friction stir welding bond, which is stronger than the original material.

      2. We’re 32 years in. Reagan was still president. My wife graduated in May and we married in October. My daughter did essentially the same thing. Congratulations and many returns of the day.

  3. Happy Anniversary!

    And a couple of weeks back, one of the other members of my church’s special prayer group got a Message that went ‘Early Spring’. There was some puzzling out what the meaning of that was ’til yet another member reminded the group of Biden’s mutterings about the country facing a ‘Dark Winter’. Granted that that is fallible humanity interpreting supernatural communication through our limited understanding, but we took it for a *good* sign.

    1. China Joe’s dark winter is when Frau Doktor Biden locks him in the basement and shuts off the lights. Again.

  4. Congratulations, Sarah!
    Even your “I’m not giving you anything today” posts are encouraging, to me.

  5. It’s not musical, but it is where I am anymore.

    You can buy bags of 120 low end keyboard switches on BangGood for $30. Making a real keyboard for one of my Timex Sinclair 1000s seems like the best possible use of my time.

    Oh, and my $600 crumb because I’m not a worth while person like a Paki Tranny.

      1. $0 for me regardless. I make too much.

        It is less the amount or eligibility and more the attitude they’ve demonstrated, again. It is a sop to cover yet another round of paying off themselves and their buddies.

        1. Our household will get the full amount (regardless of what that amount is) x 3. Not one of us has missed a penny. This is the FIRST downturn in 42 years we, hubby and I, then the kid later, hasn’t been affected by an **economic hick up. It was always a challenge but somehow we’ve always come out on the other end ahead … We started out together with nothing, less than nothing if you count our student loans, and loans so we could go to *work. Isn’t that the American way?

          * How else could we pay first/last + deposits, let alone the fuel to get there? Yes the work loans were interest free, but they still had to be paid back (parental loans).

          ** Usually with me looking for work in tech field … again. Dang it! I got OUT of timber to prevent that. Oh well, it is done now. Pretty sure retirement isn’t going anywhere 🙂

          1. It’ll take several $2k kickbacks to equal what has already been nabbed via “taxes” for me. I don’t begrudge the policeman, the fireman, the road guys their due. I do not bemoan the local judges.

            The BATFE (some, not all), the law *makers* (who have to make more and more of ’em to seemingly justify to themselves their munificent pay), the minions of the senselessly bloated bureaucracy on the other hand…

            1. Hmmmm, back of the envelope calculation says that $2k would be enough to pay for the fully tricked out .458SOCOM spacegun configuration I have in mind.

              I really can’t think of a better use for the “stimulus” than to purchase weapons.

              1. um…. I wonder if we get any. And if we do….. uh….
                Do you guys know that the guillotine kit that was making the rounds is only 1200?
                Think how good that will look installed on your governor’s lawn in the middle of the night.
                AND you’ll still have money for a bangstick. Though I don’t advise those. At least not if you go boating often and like to take the bangsticks for an airing. (As who doesn’t?)

                1. Best theory is that Trump caved because of FBI terrorism, and not vetoing was his ‘Earth and Water’. So, perhaps go to DC on the sixth, but don’t take a Trump surrender on that date as cause to surrender.

                  They may start killing us before the checks are sent out.

                  1. “Trump caved”?

                    When exactly did this happen? He jammed up the bill for well over a month instead of the 10 day maximum a veto would have been.

                    1. He didn’t.
                      People may be unaware of the details.
                      That’s a shame because POTUS did the most BOSS thing he could have done.

                    2. The cynical would say “meh, 45 day delay doesn’t change anything”.

                      But 45 days is an eternity when we are running on a *checks* 9-23 day long timeline.

                      I hope McConnell’s life flashes before his eyes on the 20th…..

                    3. Mitch “Fang Fang” McConnell. Yes. I hope the terror finds him.

                      People always give the term “meaningless” when they don’t understand.

                  2. He didn’t cave.

                    Caving is signing the bill without modification.

                    If he’d caved the House wouldn’t have overridden his veto.

                    1. There are two bills: The WuhanChineseCommieRatBastardCoronavirus Relief Bill Mark Two, which President Trump signed with “red lines” and asking for a plus-up on the benefit to $2k, approving the main thing but using actual legal authority to try and get some of the pork garbage unpassed, and secondly the defense authorization bill, which President Trump vetoed and the House since voted to override.

                      Overriding the veto depends on McConnell, who does not want to block an override because it’s a defense bill and he’s already in “reaching out, holding hands, touching you, touching me – across the aisle” mode. 67 votes are needed in the Senate to override President Trump’s veto, which they appear to have, but Bernie (!) is maneuvering to block the veto override vote until that $2k increase, which passed as a standalone bill in the House, gets passed by the Senate, that standalone bill in the Senate being blocked by McConnell twice this morning.

                      It may come down to bundling the $2k checks with the Section 230 fixes President trump wants to make Zuckerbook and TehTwitster liable for their grossly overt and unconscionable censorship actions – which would be a pretty bright move.

                      The other thing that absolutely needs to happen is for President Trump to submit both the Paris Climate Accords and the Iran deal to the Senate as treaties so they can both get a NO vote. That would nominally prevent China Joe from operating as if they were agreed to as China Joe’s muppetmasters have promised using his mouth, and it would open doors in the courts to sue if they go ahead and implement it anyway.

              2. I’ve my eye on a .308 AR-10, for more common ammo, but might grab a 6.5 Creedmore upper as well. Hmm… seeing some .458 uppers for $5-800, might be able to stretch for three barrels! 😉

                1. Careful with the .458s: a lot of companies use reverse engineered reamers and barrel extensions that don’t work properly.

                  Tromix is the gold standard, being the inventors. But there are a few others that have the correct design.

                  There is a similar problem with 6.5 Grendel.

    1. You can get that many Hako Trues or Hako Clears for $60. Better switch, more resistant to bottoming out, guaranteed to last 3x as long…

      (Remember, we’re not supposed to synchronize this type of thing. The NSA might spend millions of cycles to figure out how we’re coordinating.)

      1. These are Gateron Yellows (the other two mine are are the same price) which are common in add on 8×5 matrix keyboards for Sinclair ZX* machines, Jupiter Aces, or clones.

        1. I’ve got Gateron Blues in my current board. They’re not Cherry, but they beat the hell out non-mechanical.
          I’ve heard less than enthusiastic evaluations of their other colors, but don’t have any personal experience with them.

          Obviously, I’m currently obsessing about a new build. I’m old enough to recall high profile keyboards being very nice. (And I need to buy a router for home improvement stuff anyway.) Buying a new tool to build a new tool is pretty close to the platonic ideal.
          (Of course, my wife might have an diverging opinion on the best use of my time.)

          1. I’ve been sitting in front of a computer too long. My first take on “router” was “Wi-Fi or wired?”. OTOH, I have two of the whirly noisy variety, and will likely have more than one computer in the shop, so a router for home improvement isn’t that far of a stretch.

            I want to look at the Dremel router attachment. I have an application…

          2. The yellows were recommended because of how the ZX series does their keyboard scan. Linear switches are much less likely to signal too fast to be caught. Yellow is, of course, the medium pressure. I was thinking of black.

  6. Happy anniversary, Sarah!

    I think things are nearing a corner. Just a gut feeling. Maybe because I had a far branch cousin ask me the other day about when book 2 was coming out. He’s cousin on my cousin’s other side…anyway, he and I are 180 degrees apart politically, but he liked my book! And, wants more! I got energized by that.

      1. Likewise for Em and myself, except our 20th will be in April.

        Sarah and Dan make us hopeful as an old married couple.

        My folks are putting us all to shame: 67 years next August.

        1. Maternal grandparent’s saw anniversary #72 before they passed away within two weeks of each other the spring before their 73rd. Aunt and Uncle’s 65th was this December. We attended their outside anniversary party this last August. Their daughter figured trying to have it the actual month given 2020 was a bit problematic, as likelihood of standing in 2 or 3 feet of snow was not optimal. Mom and Dad’s 65th anniversary would have been last July (dad died 12 years ago this next March).

  7. Happy belated anniversary! We will make 35 this year, God willing.
    My srepdaughter was about 6 when I married her father. Now her kids are in college. How did this happen?

  8. Happy anniversary, belatedly! I think Chesterton was the guy who said that marriage has to be entered into without knowing what you’re doing, because there’s no way to know about marriage until you are married.

    Among all the other stuff he was doing yesterday, President Trump signed a proclamation that today would be the 850th anniversary of St. Thomas Becket’s martyrdom, along with an interesting reflection on the archbishop’s life.

    Happy St. Thomas of Canterbury’s Day!

    1. I think Chesterton was the guy who said that marriage has to be entered into without knowing what you’re doing, because there’s no way to know about marriage until you are married.

      On of the great tragedies of life is that there are few statements as true as “Youth is wasted on the Young, and Wisdom on the Old”.

      And with becoming a parent as well…

  9. Yesterday, December 7th, 1941-a date which will live in infamy- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking towards the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

    What a scandalous commentary on our age and its standards! For the Senate knows about all the things. The consul sees them being done. And yet this man still lives! Lives? He walks right into the Senate. He joins in our national debates – watches and notes and marks down with his gaze each one of us he plots to assassinate. And we, how brave we are! Just by getting out of the way of his frenzied onslaught, we feel we are doing patriotic duty enough.

    Soon there will be war. Millions will perish in sickness and misery. Why does one death matter against so many? Because there is good and evil, and evil must be punished. Even in the face of Armageddon, I will not compromise in this.

    Cruel necessity.

    Sic Semper Tyrannis.

    I beg to move, That this House welcomes the formation of a Government representing the united and inflexible resolve of the nation to prosecute the war with Germany to a victorious conclusion.

    Whereas the laws of the United States have been for some time past, and now are opposed, and the execution thereof obstructed, in the States of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Missippi, Louisiana and Texas, by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, or by the powers vested in the Marshals by law, Now therefore, I, Abaraham Lincoln, President of the United States, in virtue of the power in me vested by the Constitution, and the laws, have thought fit to call forth, and hereby do call forth, the militia of the several States of the Union, to the aggregate number of seventy-five thousand, in order to suppress said combinations, and to cause the laws to be duly executed. The details, for this object, will be immediately communicated to the State authorities through the War Department. I appeal to all loyal citizens to favor, facilitate, and aid this effort to maintain the honor, the integrity, and the existence of our National Union, and the perpetuity of popular government, and to redress wrongs already long enough endured.

    Don’t give up the ship. Fight her till she sinks.

    I’d like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come at too high a price. I want to look up into your lifeless eyes, and wave like this.

    Carthago Delenda Est.

  10. Happy Anniversary…

    Yesterday I was not feeling well so I took a mental health day and stayed away from social media– all of it. I feel much more myself today.

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