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Morning Seditionists


Posted by pjsauter on November 21, 2014
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I don’t know about you, but I order a lot of shit from Amazon (which, I know, I shouldn’t because they treat their warehouse workers like crap but, hey, I’m cheap and lazy and between 2-day shipping, free cloud storage for photos, Amazon Prime video, and really cheap Kindle books, nothing appeals to a slacker quite like Amazon). I am especially fond of the “subscribe and save” items, which is why I am currently stocked to the gills with paper towels, toilet paper, soup, rice, and pretty much anything I can get them to deliver. It’s like having Christmas every month.

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Cold Front

Posted by pjsauter on November 18, 2014
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Today, there’s some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that after a brief warm spell (really brief – as in, a few hours yesterday afternoon), it’s pretty darn cold around here, and it’s gonna get colder (and windier). The good news is that while we’re going to get a little snow, folks in Western New York and our friends to the north will be getting “feet” of snow. As in, blizzard conditions “up north.” I just hope that the bad stuff stays up there and away from us.

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Hey, What’s All This White Stuff

Posted by pjsauter on November 14, 2014
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Well, we got our first measurable snow yesterday. Not a lot, but enough to cover the grass. Looks like about an inch on top of my fake well thing that covers the septic vent. And the forecast for the next few days is snow, snow, snow, and snow. And kinda cold (though this will feel like a thaw in a couple of months). Fortunately, I had the good sense to take today off (really just trying to knock my vacation balance down a bit so that I’m under the max by the end of the year).

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If You Can’t Fix ‘Em, Sell ‘Em

Posted by pjsauter on November 12, 2014
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Or at least trade them in. While I can’t really afford a car payment right about now (I’ll be needing to break the news to the dogs that they’ll have to start catching their own food – and the cats won’t make much of a meal), I decided that the only way to get peace of mind on my daily commute was to get a new car that I won’t have to worry about for a few years. So if all goes as planned, after ten mostly happy years with my 2004 Hyundai Elantra, I’ll be picking up my new vehicle after work today. Just don’t tell my current car. I once traded in an old junker of a Chevy Impala station wagon that never failed to start – until the day I was to trade it in. I wound up having AAA tow it to the dealer – “here’s your trade-in!”

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With Weekends Like That, Who Needs Mondays?

Posted by pjsauter on November 10, 2014
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This past weekend was what I would call shitty in pretty much every way imaginable (other than nobody died – or at least nobody I know died). I’m too exhausted, disgusted, tired, stressed, and even nauseated to spell it all out. It involved cars, car repair, and, uh, the reason I should neve actually consider doing anything. Let’s just say shit broke, I had wrong parts, I was so sore and tired from 12 hours worth of grovelling on the garage floor that I couldn’t sleep on Saturday, I found more problems on Sunday which made it impossible to sleep last night, and I was waiting for something terrible to happen on my way in this morning. It didn’t, so now I can spend the ride home anticipating something bad on the way home. I’m just too old and tired and poor for this shit.

Election Day

Posted by pjsauter on November 4, 2014
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It’s decidin’ day here in ‘merica. For instance, I need to decide if I’m gonna go vote before work, or after. Probably before, but I need to get gas, too, and I hate to pack all that activity into a single day. Here in NY, besides the vote for Governor (I’ll vote for Howie Hawkins), we have three ballot propositions. The first one is a “change” to how they draw the voting districts.

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Posted by pjsauter on November 3, 2014
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Ah, November. Cold, dark, grey, bleak, leafless November. Not quite frigid yet, but you can feel winter in the air and you know you’ve got six months of shitty weather to look forward to. God, I love me some November. I trust everybody had a happy Halloween on Friday and an enjoyable game of “Jesus Christ, when did we get all these clocks?” yesterday. This falling back stuff is strange. Yesterday morning, I went through the obligatory, “I can’t believe it’s only <insert time here> – it seems so much later!” Then in the afternoon – around one o’clock or so, I kinda got used to it, and kind of bummed when I found out I was looking at a clock that had already been changed. Then by about 5:00, I was back to thinking it was later than the clock said but by the time I stayed up too late (until nine – aka, the “old” ten), I was feeling as though we set the clocks ahead instead of behind, which kind of how I feel this morning (and what I’ll wish this evening – sunset is 4:53 PM today around here, and that just plain sucks).

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Happy Halloween

Posted by pjsauter on October 31, 2014
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It’s Friday the 31 – a day that will no doubt bring bad luck to dyslexics everywhere. I had the foresight to take the day off, which I’m quite happy about at the moment. I’d rather have taken Monday off (Mondays just seem eminently better to miss than Fridays), but I’m on call next week, so I went with today to burn one of my use-it-or-lose-it vacation days. Right now, that seems like it was a pretty good idea. In fact, all day yesterday it seemed like a really good idea too – it was all I could do to get through the day.

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Giant Celebration

Posted by pjsauter on October 30, 2014
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Congratulations to you San Francisco fans out there on winning yet another World Series. Enjoy it while you can, San Fran, because your ungodly way of life is set to end come election day. By all indications, it appears that Republicans will not only remain in control of the House (in fact, my less-than-wonderful Democrat representative appears poised to lose his race), but will also take the Senate. The first thing I figure they’ll do is get rid of the filibuster entirely. If you thought things sucked before (and by “you” I of course refer to wildlife, women, minorities, working people, and the poor), you aint seen nothing yet, ‘cuz as we all know, the only thing worse than Democrats is Republicans.

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Happy Anniversary

Posted by pjsauter on October 28, 2014
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My parents were married 68 years ago today. Holy shit. That means my oldest brother is pretty damn old, what with him coming along nine months and nine weeks later. They didn’t waste a lot of time back then, right after the war. My folks had to get married in the rectory, what with my dad being “one of them.” Yeah, a Lutheran. A disciple of that dirty Kraut who screwed up the good thing the Catholic church had going back then. I mean, selling people shit that they won’t realize they’ve gotten swindled until after they die is one helluva scam. Just look at the size of those mega churches out there.

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