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Fallen

Posted by pjsauter on September 26, 2016
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After a week with temperatures in the mid eighties, somebody flipped a switch Friday afternoon and suddenly fall is here. It was a somewhat muggy 70 degrees or so as I waited for the bus at 7:00 Friday morning, and by the time I sat waiting for the bus to take me home at four o’clock, it was a rather chilly and damp 61. Between the relative cold and it being Friday, the bus, of course, was about 25 minutes late. Plus I (as usual) attracted the attention of one of the local street people, who decided to hang out at the picnic table with me. Which is fine, of course (theses are my peeps, after all), but he had a rather disconcerting tic that was kind of distracting. Plus he was shading my view of the bus arrivals.

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Another Week Down

Posted by pjsauter on September 10, 2016
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And so I’ve come to the end of my second week of life on public transportation. Other than not really wanting to wait around for the bus at the end of the day (not that I have a terribly long wait – but it unfortunately precluded the notion of skipping out early yesterday), it hasn’t been too bad. Thursday night was the worst so far. An elderly woman (my age) got run over by a pickup truck and the cops had a bunch of streets closed off, so traffic was terrible and I was almost an hour late getting home (as for the woman, she’s in stable but critical condition in the hospital, so I won’t complain about my slight inconvenience). They also have some streets closed for the Irish Festival (which I would’ve gone over to if I didn’t think walking around would get my feet fired up – I’m feeling a flare-up coming on, so I’m just gonna keep them on ice all weekend and hope they don’t get severely crippling, because that would really suck). Walking around with ice packs strapped to my feet makes me feel a bit like John Turturro in “The Night Of” – which I highly recommend if you haven’t seen it.

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Say “So Long” to Summer

Posted by pjsauter on September 5, 2016
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Happy Labor Day to everybody out there who labors. It’s very kind of those who exploit labor for their own greedy and nefarious purposes to let us have the day off. Unless you work for one of those greedy exploiters who aren’t closed today, in which case it sucks to be you (and I hope you’re at least getting double pay). I know Costco is closed today, and while I haven’t checked, I’m betting Walmart’s open. I mean, hell, they even force their employees to work on Thanksgiving, right? I can’t imagine they’d celebrate “labor” (except to have a sale).

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A Very Humpy Hump Day

Posted by pjsauter on August 31, 2016
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So, here I am in Dilbert world. This new office location is a confusing labyrinth of cubicles, and midway through day 3 I almost know where I’m going (as long as I’m going back and forth from my cell to the break room, bathroom, or the back stairwell where I sneak out at the end of the day). If I stand up, I at least have a view of a window, which means I can kinda see the building across the street.

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Official Beginning of the Unofficial End

Posted by pjsauter on August 25, 2016
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Today marks the beginning of the NY State fair here, which ends on Labor Day. Basically summer is over, and I’ll be closing up the pool before you know it. I’m desperately hoping for a long Autumn. Like, one that lasts until February. Yesterday was the unveiling of the butter sculpture (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you be telling what it is). Day One of the Fair is Governor’s Day so we’ll be graced by the presence of hizzoner Governor Snotball himself today, and no doubt treated to photos of him choking down a sausage sandwich while pretending to be one of the common folk. At least when Bill and Hillary came here, you knew Bill was digging the food (probably being at least partly responsible for his ensuing bypass surgery).

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End of an Era

Posted by pjsauter on August 19, 2016
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It was a sad day around the office today. We’re moving to a new location and leaving our current digs behind. Not that I had the greatest office in the world (a stark, windowless room that was generally either freezing cold or too damnhot – usually too damn hot). But it was in a suburban office park with plenty of free parking and easy lunchtime or after work access to places like Home Depot, Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, Harbor Freight – you name it, we got it out here – we are moving to a downtown location with not much around it other than expensive restaurants, congested streets (by our standards anyway) and urban blight. Not to mention having to pay to park. And while I shared my office with a couple other guys (one who was rarely there, so mostly just the two of us), it at least wasn’t a cube farm, which is where I’m heading to. Yup. Dilbert World. It’s not something any of us are looking forward to, that’s for sure. I’ll now have to take a day off to visit my dentist, who is roughly a minute away from where I work now, or to get my free Toyota Care, which is roughly five minutes from where I am now. It’s all rather depressing. On the bright side, the movers were there early so I packed up and was out of the office before noon (though I’m on-call, so I’m never really away from work).

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Going for the Gold

Posted by pjsauter on August 6, 2016
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The Olympics opening ceremony (or is it ceremonies?) was last night, and apparently viewers in the US had to wait for “prime time” to watch it on NBC (meaning a 4-hour delay out west). I say apparently, because I not only didn’t watch it, I really don’t give a shit about the Olympics. Still, many people do, and they were simply OUTRAGED about it. And the commercials. And the fatuous prattling of the idiotic “Today Show” crew.

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Sniper

Posted by pjsauter on August 1, 2016
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50 years ago today, after killing his wife and his mother, 25 year old Charles Whitman ascended the University of Texas clock tower with a shitload of firearms, and spent about an hour and a half shooting people before the cops managed to kill him. 14 dead, 30 wounded in what the news keeps telling me was the first mass shooting on a college campus (I don’t condone his actions, of course, but I support his right to bear arms – lots and lots or arms). See, we need to have various categories for these things. First mass shooting at a college, first at an elementary school, high school, movie theatre, McDonalds…. So if you want to be a pioneer in the field of mass shootings here in the US of A, you need to get creative.

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Tonight’s the Night

Posted by pjsauter on July 28, 2016
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Well, tonight’s the big night, when Hillary Clinton will officially accept the nomination to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for President. I don’t think you could ask much more from Bernie Sanders and even if a handful of bummed out Bernie supporters are getting a lot of publicity (because the media loves to amplify that sort of thing), polls show that a greater percentage of Sanders supporters are planning to vote for Clinton than Clinton supporters (the PUMAs, if you recall) voted for Obama back in 2008. And, really, the thought of Vladimir Putin and the Russian Oligarchy running our government (and our economy) for the next 4 – 8 years and beyond (I envision a lot of Supreme Court justices mysteriously dying of polonium-210-induced radiation poisoning, leading to a 9-Scalia Supreme Court) should terrify any non-insane person.

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Angry Old Orange Guy

Posted by pjsauter on July 22, 2016
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Because I’m not a masochist, I watched none of the Republican National Convention – especially not last night’s official coronation of Herr Drumpf. Still, it’s impossible to ignore these things completely and there were at least a few moments of amusement. Wife #3 lifting part of her speech from Michelle Obama was kind of funny, for instance. Ted Cruz getting booed off the stage for not endorsing the guy that called Cruz’s wife ugly and said Cruz’s old man was palin’ around with Lee Harvey Oswald (I’m forced to admit a tiny nugget of respect for Cruz for that) was pretty funny. And, while it technically wasn’t about the convention, seeing Roger Ailes being forced to resign from Fux News was nice to see as well.

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