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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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Oh, Thank Heaven

Posted by pjsauter on July 11, 2016
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I’m pretty sure there are no longer any 7-Elevens around where I live anymore (a quick search tells me the closest one is about 10 miles away from me). But if you have one near you, you can go get a free Squishy Slurpee today, because it’s 7/11. It also happens to be my anniversary – 18 years. I’m celebrating by being back at work after 10 days off (though I was on call this weekend, so I was only “off” in the sense that I wasn’t getting paid). Fortunately for my wife – this, coincidentally, is her anniversary as well – and the dogs, she’s off today.

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Eye of Newt?

Posted by pjsauter on July 3, 2016
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AS if the prospect of a Trump presidency wasn’t chilling enough, according to Cris Cizilla, Newt Gingrinch is the favorite (amongst a group of thoroughly depressing prospects) to be chosen as Herr Drumpf’s running mate. Though I take everything I read in the Washington Post with a large pillar of salt ever since Jeff Bezos took it over, the prospect of Professor Pollygrip being one fat old guy heartbeat from the presidency probably even scarier than I find the prospect of a Trump presidency.

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Summer’s Almost Over

Posted by pjsauter on June 28, 2016
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Well, now that the summer solstice has come and gone the days are getting shorter again. It sure seems like the days get shorter a lot faster than they get longer after winter sets in. It was a tough weekend for me last weekend. Not just because I had to do a major upgrade on Sunday morning (always nice to work for free on Sunday), but because my trackball’s scroll wheel stopped working.

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Dad’s Day

Posted by pjsauter on June 19, 2016
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It’s a big day around here today. Not because I have a (living) dad, and not because I’m anybody’s dad (stepdad, yeah, but that doesn’t really count for much – let’s just say I’m not anticipating any cards, ugly ties, or phone calls today). No, the big thing for me is that it’s the Father’s Day Fly-In Pancake Breakfast at the little airport in our town. That means that the skies will be full of single-engine planes, ultralights, and maybe even choppers (last year they were doing helicopter rides that flew over my house every 20 minutes or so).

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On to the General

Posted by pjsauter on June 9, 2016
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Well, it looks like Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for President. It of course has actually been looking like that for quite a while, but now, even though she doesn’t have enough pledged delegates to win the nomination, she’s got a majority of them (even if Bernie were to get all the DC delegates in the final primary) and barring an indictment, I don’t see any super delegates (who are actual party members, as opposed to people who are just registered to vote as Democrats) changing their minds. It’s been a foregone conclusion for a while now, but I think you’ll see Bernie conceding shortly (once he gets whatever relatively meaningless concessions he can get – a prime time convention speech, at the very least, I would think, and maybe a promise from President Obama today to force the Florida Payday Loan Queen out of the DNC Chair).

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Shouldn’t Today be a Holiday?

Posted by pjsauter on June 6, 2016
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It seems to me that when I was a kid, the D-Day anniversary was a big deal. I guess that’s because it was a mere 20 years (give or take) after the war and things were still pretty fresh in our parents’ mind. Now, 72 years later, there aint many of the Greatest Generation left, and there’s barely a mention of the Normandy invasion. D-Day always fascinated me (not as much as teh Civil War, though), because try as I might, I could never (and still can’t) imagine myself running across that beach with the Krauts dug in and trying to kill me. I mean, basically they just had to choose who to shoot – not a lot of cover on a beach – and if they chose you, you were dead. I suppose when they drive the LST up to the shore and drop the front door open, you don’t really have much choice, but, still…. I’m glad I didn’t have to do it (and I’m glad that truth, justice, and the American way didn’t have to rely on me, ‘cuz we’d all have been screwed).

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Longest Day of the Year

Posted by pjsauter on May 31, 2016
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No, it’s not the summer solstice. It’s just that I took last Thursday and Friday off, and here I am back at work after five days off so this day should prove to be excruciatingly long. And even though it’s a Tuesday that feels like a Monday and a four-day week, I guarantee this week will be torturous. I caught a frog in the pool this morning. Thought I was doing him a favor by keeping him from drowning, but when I chucked him over the fence and into the yard. he landed on his back and wasn’t moving. I don’t know if he landed on his head or broke his neck (do frogs have necks?) or what. Then there was a huge dead snake in the driveway (had to be at least 5 or 6 feet long) when I pulled out this morning. I don’t know if these are omens or not but if you’re a reptile or an amphibian, you might wanna steer clear of my place.

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Summer?

Posted by pjsauter on May 25, 2016
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After a relatively mild (yet persistent) winter, I’m cautiously optimistic that summer is finally here. Or at least that we’re done with frost and snow. Last weekend was slightly on the crappy side, but things have gotten steadily warmer all week and they say it should be in the upper 80s by Friday. A shame that the pool’s not open yet. Even if it was miraculously free of algae when I pull the cover off, it’ll be way too cold to swim in. And there aint much propane in the tanks, so I don’t know if I can get it warmed up by Memorial Day. We’ll see, I guess.

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Happy Nurse’s Day

Posted by pjsauter on May 6, 2016
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On the way to work this morning, I was behind a flat bed truck hauling a burial vault. I hope that’s not some kind of omen for the type of day it’s gonna be. Now matter how terrible things get today, at least it’s finally Friday, and what a big week we’ve had.

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