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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on October 31, 2012
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Glad to hear that Sue and Mike and their critters are doing OK (though a big soggy). Hopefully things will get back to normal down there sooner rather than later. My brother on Long Island has apparently made it through unscathed, though they’re without power (probably for quite a while, if past storms are any indication). I’m glad I don’t have to deal with a flooded basement (or worse), though I can’t help be a touch envious of everybody who has the day off. Especially since today is stupid meeting day. But it beats having a tree smash your roof, or having your car carried away by the flood.

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on October 30, 2012
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Not much going on Sandy-wise here. It got a little breezy for a while last night, and it rained a bit (but not too awful much), and now things are damp, but calm (as far as I can tell – it’s still quite dark out). They say that the hills around here broke up the wind and rain, so we were spared. New York City wasn’t so fortunate, I’m afraid, as they were swamped by a record 13-foot storm surge that left most of the place in the dark. Good luck to everybody down there – especially Sue and her hubby. I reckon it might be a couple of days before we hear from Red Hook. Good luck.

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Monday

Posted by pjsauter on October 29, 2012
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Get ready for the “terrifying megastorm” (as the lo-cal paper puts it this morning). I don’t think it’ll be a major deal up here, but it doesn’t sound so great for the NY Metro area. Let’s hope things aren’t quite as bad as they’re making them out to be. Though I guess it’s probably not a good day to take the ferry to Staten Island.

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Sunday

Posted by pjsauter on October 28, 2012
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I knew my car battery was getting a little lame, since it’s hasn’t been turning over very rapidly lately. I figured I’d better get a new one before winter sets it, and since it’s the original battery in a 2004 model year car, I guess it’s about time. But of course I hate to spend money before I absolutely have to. Thankfully, the car made it an easy decision for me when it wouldn’t start this morning. Even with the portable jumper thingie, I was barely able to get it started. So, off to the big box “club” store it was, to not only get my weekly bulk shopping done, but to also pick up a car battery. I’m quite happy that it did it today, rather than tomorrow morning (or, worse, tomorrow at the end of the work day). Hopefully we’re good for another nine years or so. The only problem is, now I have to figure out how to set the clock again.

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Friday

Posted by pjsauter on October 26, 2012
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One more warm sunny day here, and then the weather’s supposed to get cold again. So I figured it was a good day to burn a vacation day. Things are supposed to really turn to crap on Sunday night as hurricane Sandy hits the area. We won’t have it as bad as wherever it hits the coast (predictions have it hitting anywhere from Mayrland to a direct hit on NYC, which would be a bummer for the folks down there) but they say even we have the potential for 50 mph winds and heavy rain. Then Sandy is supposed to generate a monster Nor’easter that will dump on us on Tuesday or something. Thank goodness it isn’t going to be cold out, or we’d get a couple of feet of snow (which is not a good thing when there are still leaves on the trees, though all this predicted wind might take care of that). Still, they’re trying to scare us into thinking we’re all gonna be sitting around in the dark next week. I guess I should fire up the generator and make sure it works.

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on October 23, 2012
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So, did you watch the big foreign policy debate last night? I didn’t, and I wasn’t really even tempted to. Depending on who you listen to, Obama was either the big winner, or it was pretty much even (the NPR coverage this morning seemed to be mostly of the “he said – he said” variety). Everyone pretty much seemed to agree that there isn’t much difference between the two of them (except Romney’s gonna “indict” Ahmadinejad for genocide because he said mean things about Israel). And so, all that’s left is the actual election, which is exactly two weeks from today. I’ll be glad when it’s over (unless Romney wins, in which case I won’t be very happy about much of anything).

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Sunday

Posted by pjsauter on October 21, 2012
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I don’t ordinarily pay much attention to Catholic-type shit, but today’s canonization at the Vatican was difficult to ignore in these parts, main because one of the new “saints” happened to be a nun from here in Syracuse. Mother Marianne Cope was the head of the Syracuse Franciscan sisters, and opened the first two Catholic hospitals here (whose charter stipulated that medical care was to be provided to all, regardless of race or creed, which was a somewhat unique concept in 1870). She was the administrator of the first public hospital in Syracuse (St. Joseph’s, which happens to be where I was born), and was instrumental in the move of the Geneva (NY) Medical College to Syracuse, where it eventually turned in to the place where I now work. Marianne Cope is probably best know for her work with leprosy patients on Molokai.

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Saturday

Posted by pjsauter on October 20, 2012
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When I saw that John Fund was gonna be on Bill Maher last night, I knew I’d be annoyed, teamed up with that Boris guy (who looked like he should be part of Tony Soprano’s “waste management” crew), it made for one of (if not the worst Realtime shows I can remember. Not even Matt Taibbi could save it, because the panel (including some MSNBC person named Goldie, who also sucked) was just abysmal. Tale about a couple of guys being inside the rightwing bubble. Oy. It was worse than having Dana Rohrfucker and my other brother Darryl Issa on together would be. Close call there, though.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on October 17, 2012
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Well, I wasn’t going to watch the debate last night, but, in the end I just couldn’t help myself. I don’t think I made it through the whole thing, but I saw enough to know that Obama did OK. The general consensus (among non-Rombots) is that Obama “won,” though Romney didn’t suck nearly as bad as Obama did in the first debate. I doubt this will actually change much of anything, but who knows?

Debate Night

Posted by pjsauter on October 16, 2012
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Some sad news today, and not just because the new Daily Kos/SEIU poll has Romney up by 4% nationally (and at the 50% mark), or that the latest Gallup poll has Romney and Obama tied among women in battleground states (what the hell’s wrong with you women? I expect more from you than that). No, the truly sad news is that George McGovern is in hospice. Details are not (yet) available, but you don’t go into hospice because you’re expecting a quick stay and then back out again.

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