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  • Rich 11:41 am on June 24, 2017  

    Pioneer Loan and Jewelry Has Been Sold 

    Pioneer Loan and Jewelry has been sold to Easy Pawn. Just the location and inventory, not the name.

    I’m not sure of the exact date, but it’ll be final within the next week or so and I’m already wondering what to do next. I’m almost 66, and social security is only going to pay me 1/2 of what I make now. But I really don’t want to go to work for a big corporation. No specific reason, I just don’t want to.

    Looking around, I figure I’ve got maybe a month and a half worth of work on my house and then I start staring at the walls. –Not good.

    People tell me to take a vacation, but there’s nowhere I want to go that I can afford. I’ve already seen a large part of the world, and all costs aside, the rest doesn’t interest me enough to go through the hassles of packing, making sure the house is watched, then arranging flights and hotel rooms.

    A year ago, I was going to take some time and go back to Haifa for a week or so. At least that was the plan, until I found out if was 20 some hours on the plane. –Fuck that! I hate long flights, I’ve taken them before and my butt and my back always wound up hurting because the seats are designed for jockeys, and that was before I developed neuropathy in both feet.

    Maybe I’ll take a few days and go camping someplace green and quiet to think things over. Or maybe I’ll go with plan B and become a hermit.

    I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. I don’t know how in the Hell I got to be this old and I’m not prepared to change. On top of that I spent what little savings I had paying off my house -one of the few good ideas I’ve ever had. But I made no plans to retire, no savings bonds, no money stashed, no 401 to fall back on, etc.

    So here I sit, a little depressed, looking confused and kinda lost.

    Fuck it! I’ve survived this long, so I guess I’ll just keep moving until I can’t any more.

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  • Rich 2:03 pm on June 23, 2017  

    Enchiladas With Homemade Sauce 

    This is a recipe for homemade enchiladas and sauce I get from a friend, who just happens to be the best cook I know.

    She’s from Michoacan, Mx. They didn’t have a lot of money for meat, but everyone grew potatoes (papas), so that’s what they used for filling.

    Nope. No exact measurements. She cooks by taste and experience, so this is all the recipe you get.

    You’ll also notice that these aren’t smothered in sauce and cheese like the enchiladas most people around here grew up with.

    Basic enchilada ingredients
    Corn tortillas
    3-4 russet potatoes
    3-4 dried California chilies
    1-2 dried pasilla chilies
    garlic -1/2 clove
    4-5 tomatoes
    1 med-large white onion, finely chopped
    1-2 Serrano chilies
    sour cream
    cotija cheese shredded
    pork rinds
    hotdogs served on the side

    Boil the pasilla and California peppers until soft. About 15min -Reserve water
    Allow them to cool then remove all the seeds, ribs and stems.
    Blend with salt and 1/2 clove of garlic, adding a little of the water you boiled the peppers in. –Keep it saucy but fairly thick.

    Boil the potatoes until soft. Allow them to cool them peel and mash them with salt.

    Make the red sauce by blending 4-5 large tomatoes, 1-2 serranos and a little water, salt and oregano.

    Pour into a wide bowl or pan and add the finely chopped onion and one bunch of chopped cilantro. (Let it sit for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to meld.)

    Heat a pan with cooking oil (canola or manteca) until the oil starts to shimmer.

    Dip the tortillas in the red sauce and lay in hot oil add the potatoes and pepper sauce to the center. Use a spatula to fold each side in, overlapping in the middle. Let it fry for about 1 minute on each side.

    Make diagonal slices in the hotdogs and cook them in the same oil.

    While that’s finishing shred some lettuce or use the pre-shredded kind (my way)

    Serve enchiladas with sour cream, cheese, shredded lettuce and pork cracklings. (and Tapatio)
    Add one hotdog to each plate.

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  • Rich 5:12 pm on June 17, 2017  

    Hanging With Old Folks 

    I’ve got to quit hanging out with old folks.

    I just shut down because the guy had a heart attack last night and isn’t going to need it anymore. -At least not until I start believing in ghosts.

    He was feeling fine, he went to bed and he didn’t wake up. –I suppose that’s a better way to go than most, but it sure upset his wife.

    I’d only known him for 20 odd years and in spite of the fact that we only talked whenever we ran in to each other, which could be only every couple of months, I’m going to miss him.

    It’s funny that only seeing each other few times a year didn’t bother either of us, but his wife, being a lot more social, kept trying to get us to do more things together. Sometimes it worked, but mostly these things involved dealing with people we didn’t know, so most times it didn’t.

    I had another dude I’ve known for 10+ years stop by this morning, he’s only about five years older than me, but his hearing is going and I have to remember to remind him what we were talking about just a few minutes ago. He’s not senile, but he’s easily distracted, and he’s starting to have trouble concentrating.

    He’s still alert and aware of everything going on around him, but knowing he has a concealed weapons permit is starting to be a little worrisome.

    And of course there’s the other worries that come with age.

    My stepfather was in his early eighties when he developed Alzheimer’s. In less than a year he went from sharp as a tack to asking where his late wife was. And as I get older I’m not sure which bothers me more; the thought of dealing with someone who has it or the fear that it might happen to me.

    All told, the biggest problem for me, is not just that I’m tired of burying friends. It’s watching them deteriorate, mentally and physically before they go.

    So, I’ll try to remember the good times and force a smile through the inevitable depression, until it’s my turn.

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  • Rich 9:22 am on June 17, 2017  

    COVFEFE Act Introduced 

    Well, like it or not, President Trump has found his place in history. He’ll be forever remembered, not for his policies, but for a late night mis-tweet.

    The non-word “COVFEFE” is likely to be written into the law.

    U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, introduced the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement or “COVFEFE” Act. This bill codifies vital guidance from the National Archives by amending the Presidential Records Act to include the term “social media” as a documentary material, ensuring additional preservation of presidential communication and statements while promoting government accountability and transparency.
    “In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets,” said Rep. Quigley. “President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented. If the President is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post.”

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: “The President is the President of the United States, so they’re considered official statements by the President of the United States,”

    Yes, we may incorporate @realDonaldTrump’s tweets about the ban into our Supreme Court argument.
    — ACLU National (@ACLU) June 5, 2017

    First I had automatically assumed that any statements made by the president that are not private are archived. –I guess I was wrong.

    But why should the format matter? These are addressed to the general public, so why aren’t they preserved for future reference?

    I had a long post outlined, but fact checking and dealing with all the political BS is literally giving me a headache.

    So, Fuck ’em all!!!! and goodnight.

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  • Rich 2:33 pm on June 16, 2017  

    I’m Freakin’ Bored 

    I’m so bored I’m bouncing off the walls, so I can’t wait until I’m unemployed and have lots of time on my hands.

    I set up this Rode Podcaster microphone to use with my Rosetta Stone language courses. (Yes, I meant plural. I caught a special at $149 for the 5 disks -downloads- and was still employed so I bought Spanish and french.)
    rode podcaster
    This little blighter set me back $65 including shipping. Normally it’s closer to $200, so I knew there were problems.

    I knew that the screen that goes over the end was missing, so, no big deal, but when I set it up and paid attention I noticed that the volume control doesn’t work. Also no big deal, I’ve never used an on-mic volume control. It’s just annoying that I never noticed before. (the volume control is for the headphones I never use.)

    Now I get to test the other dozen or so mics I own and then check the preamps, audio strips and assorted other recording stuff I have but never use.

    After I’m done with that, I guess it’s back to eBay with most of it.

    Well, it’s going to take a couple of months to get my house in order and eBay will keep me busy for another month…. So what then???

    And I’m bored already. My oh my, I really can’t wait until I run out of things to do.


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