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TBIF

Posted by pjsauter on November 29, 2013
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Normally, I’d be happy that it’s finally Friday, but since today is the last day of the holiday (not that I have to work over the weekend, but that doesn’t count), I kind of wish it was Thursday again. For the amount of work that gets done over the next 5 weeks or so, they really ought to just give everybody time off until after New Year’s.

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Chappy Chanukahsgiving

Posted by pjsauter on November 28, 2013
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Yeah, I know, people are have already coined the term “Thanksgivukkah” but I like mine better. The real question is, why are there two Ks in Hanukkah, but only one K in Chanukah? Anyhow, as you no doubt have already heard, today is both the first day of Chanukah, and Thanksgiving – a coincidence that shall not happen again until something like the year 79881. My prediction is that this means this will actually never happen again, ‘cuz if humans haven’t managed to wipe themselves out of existence by then, things will be a lot different and they’ll have other made up holidays to celebrate.

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Turkey Eve

Posted by pjsauter on November 27, 2013
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Phase one of the big scary storm has slid slightly to the east of us (though it looks like there’s lots of precipitating going on all up the East Coast). At some point, the snow turned into a cold drizzle (based on how wet the dogs were when they came back in this morning), but it’s supposed to get cold and start snowing again at some point later today. There’s still no telling how much snow we’ll get here – as usual, it all depends on which way the wind blows. If it comes out of the north/northwest (that would be from across Lake Ontario), then we’ll get dumped on. If it comes from due west, then our friends on the Tug Hill will get buried (as they generally do – it’s OK, they’re used to it). Normally, it kind of comes and goes, so we’ll see.’

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on November 26, 2013
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We awoke this morning under the threat of the dreaded “Winter Storm Warning.” Actually, I was awake when it was still just a “watch,” but that’s only ‘cuz I get up so goddamn early. Fortunately, this storm is looking like it’ll be pretty wimpy. They say a couple inches of snow this afternoon, then turning to rain, sleet and freezing rain, and then back into snow (snow on top of ice makes for my favorite driving conditions). Supposedly an extra 6 – 12 inches by Thursday morning. Not exactly a monster storm – just enough to be a pain in the ass. Though they say the farther west you are, the more snow it will be, and what with us being about 20 miles west of Syracuse and in what the refer to as the “higher elevations” you never know.

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Monday

Posted by pjsauter on November 25, 2013
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Always nice to start the morning off with a plow job, so I guess today was my lucky day. The snow was supposed to taper off yesterday afternoon, and when there was a break in the action, I went out and plowed the driveway. It was pretty damn cold, too. About 20 degrees (up from 11 when I got up), but there was a fierce wind, and since nobody bought me a cab for my tractor, it was pretty damn cold.

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Saturday

Posted by pjsauter on November 23, 2013
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Yesterday, of course, was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. I had just turned three, so I don’t really remember where I was when it happened. Probably playing with my blocks or asleep in my crib. It’s Bobby that I remember quite vividly (and MLK – tough years to have a last initial of ‘K’ I guess). Of course even if you don’t really remember 1963, you feel like you were there, what with all the conspiracy stuff that’s been out there year after year. I used to be really into it, but at some point I realized it was all pretty pointless. Whatever actually happened, anybody who really knows is either dead or aint talkin’. And even if somebody did come forward, how could you tell if they were legit or not?

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Sunday

Posted by pjsauter on November 17, 2013
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Yesterday, I figured I’d sleep in a bit – maybe even as late at 7:00. Fritzi, however, had other ideas so I got up at 5:00 instead. Oh well, more time to play with the new TV in my office. So that was good, until approximately 6:29 AM, when the power went out (and it got very dark). It seemed odd, since the weather was fine (no wind or any kind of precipitation). I found out later the cause was an apparently drunk 24-yr old woman had crashed into a utility pole in a Dodge Neon at 2:30. The road curves and goes up a steep hill, and she apparently went straight (but not for long). She needed to be airlifted to the hospital but they apparently expect her to live, which is a good trick. I don’t know how fast you need to be going in a Neon to break a utility pole, but I’m thinking it’s pretty fast. I saw no skid marks in the road (just her tire tracks in the wet grass she plowed trough), so I guess she was definitely going for it. Anyhow, I guess 6:30 is when they had to shut everything down to replace the pole.

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Friday

Posted by pjsauter on November 15, 2013
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I just finished listening to the latest WTF podcast with Barry Crimmins. I highly recommend you download and listen to this one (and not just because Barry is from the next town over from me – though that doesn’t hurt, either). He wrote all the best stuff that Randi Rhodes ever said on her show back in the AAR days (I know, because we had the chance to go and see him at the Unitarian Church near where we used to live, and I recognized a lot of what he said). Definitely an interesting guy – and a good lefty.

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on November 12, 2013
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I looked out the window at about 4:00 this morning, and my first thought was “must be a full moon” ‘cuz the grass looked all white. Then I thought “funny, we should only be a little past a quarter moon, and it should have set at like one or two o’clock this morning.” My final thought (at that moment – hopefully for the rest of the day) was, “oh, shit. That’s snow.” Yep. A nice little blanket of snow on everything. It wasn’t unexpected, but you still kind of hate to see it start, ‘cuz it’s a long, dark stretch ’til spring. On the bright side, now that we’ve had enough snow to track small animals, we can have Indian Summer (and it does appear that it’s gonna be sunny and about 50 this weekend – maybe not summer, but we’ll take it).

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Happy Armistice Day

Posted by pjsauter on November 11, 2013
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Way back in 1918, the first war to end all wars ended. Mostly. The news didn’t travel as fast back then as it does today. It was also the beginning of the end of the Ottoman empire (which I don’t recall learning about in high school history, but then I may not have been paying attention). Being American, I don’t think I was taught much world history as a kid. American history, of course. And the history of the area where I live before the white folks came and fucked everything up, yeah. But an ottoman was just something Dick Van Dyke tripped over every week.

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