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Election Eve

Posted by pjsauter on November 6, 2017
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So, tomorrow is Election Day, which first and foremost means I earn a comp day for working, because it’s a holiday for we godless public employees here in NY State. I think the idea is (or at least was originally) that we’d be able to take this day off to make phone calls for candidates or drive people to the polls or whatever. I guess there are probably a lot of state, county, and municipal employees who still actually do that, though I’ve never been one of them. And it’s not because I’m lazy (I am, but that’s not it), but because I have a really hard time calling people on the phone (I hate even calling people I know or making appointments and stuff like that) – let alone going door-to-door. But I’m also not a veteran, and I’ll be earning a day off for 11/11, too.

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Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November

Posted by pjsauter on November 5, 2017
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If your only exposure to Guy Fawkes Day is the movie V for Vendetta, you might think that this evening’s bonfires and fireworks in Great Britain are in celebration of a hero. Actually, it’s a celebration of a traitor to the Crown being caught and the plot to blow up the House of Lords and King James foiled. Fawkes was actually a disgruntled Catholic (a bit redundant) who, along with his 12 fellow plotters, was hoping to replace the Protestant James with James’ daughter Elizabeth, who was apparently a good Catholic girl. Or something. I don’t know – I really don’t get all the religious bullshit, never mind the post-Magna Carta British monarchy. Anyhow, on November 5, 1605, Fawkes was discovered underneath Parliament, hanging around with a match and a few dozen barrels of gunpowder. At which point, I’m sure he said something to the effect of “Gunpowder? Nope, that’s not my gunpowder. Just watching it for a friend.”

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Happy Birthday to the Erie Canal

Posted by pjsauter on October 26, 2017
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On this day in 1825, the Erie Canal officially opened as Governor Dewitt Clinton began a voyage from Buffalo to New York City aboard a canal boat named the Seneca Chief. In the precursor to the modern Internet, cannons were lined up within earshot of each other along the route, and as the Seneca Chief departed, the first cannon was fired, then the next and so on until the folks in NYC found out the canal was officially open – some 81 minutes later. At the time, this was the fasted form of communication ever. Supposedly.

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Last Rose of Summer

Posted by pjsauter on October 16, 2017
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Summer’s Here

Posted by pjsauter on September 22, 2017
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Now that summer is officially over, summer has returned to Central New York, and procrastinators such as myself have been rewarded with the opportunity to recoup a couple of pool days that we lost out on during the joke of a summer that’s just ended, with temperatures expected to get near 90 on Sunday. It’s not often I get to thumb my nose at you guys with your perfect manicured lawns who got your pools closed right after Labor Day (yeah, I’m talking to you, Gary), this could be the weekend, and I’ll try and enjoy it while I can.

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My Friend Irma

Posted by pjsauter on September 9, 2017
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If you live in Florida, you’re hopefully on the road to somewhere safe (or already there) and aren’t reading this right now. At the moment, Irma is whomping Cuba and getting ready to turn north to Florida. My brother and his life live down there (not in Miami, but in the West Palm Beach vicinity, I think), and his kids and grandkids are also in the area. It’s not the first hurricane they’ve gone through, but it looks like it’ll be the worst. They aren’t supposed to get the flooding that Texas got, and last I heard they weren’t evacuating. But I think they’re all pretty busy right now, and I expect once they lose power, it’ll be out for a while.

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Posted by pjsauter on September 1, 2017
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So, it’s September now with Labor Day weekend almost upon us (or already upon a lot of us, judging by the lack of people in the office today). It was a rather crisp 41 degrees here this morning. I don’t know if that’s the coldest it’s been since our alleged “summer” began, but it felt pretty goddamn cold to me. So cold that, though I hated to do it, I decided to wear my dungaree jacket this morning. I thought I’d regret it as the day warmed up (which isn’t going to be by much), but it’s f*cking freezing (or I, at least, and freezing) here in the office, so I’m actually wearing it now. I just wish I had some mittens with me.

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Fair Day

Posted by pjsauter on August 23, 2017
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In a rather revoltin’ development, the NYS Fair opens today – a day early with a “preview” day, that I think they added in order to help pay for some of the money they’ve spent renovating the facilities. This is the beginning of the end of a summer that was a really shitty summer on multiple levels. I think I was in the pool maybe five times total this year, and when you spend nine months waiting for warm weather (as we do around here), it really kind of sucks when the season doesn’t live up to expectations. It’s kind of like Winterfell around here – winter is always coming. All we can hope for at this point is a warm fall that lasts until New Years or so (and maybe more than 4 wins from the football team, though that’s kind of doubtful). I’ve seen plenty of white Christmases in my time (and Halloweens, Election Days, Thanksgivings, etc.), and I don’t need to see any more.

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So, um….

Posted by pjsauter on August 21, 2017
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I’ve been trying to think of something to say about everything that’s been going on lately. I can’t think of anything – I guess I’m just too shocked to think that it’s come to this in this country. Or depressed, I guess. I don’t know – can you be both shocked and not in the least surprised? ‘Cuz none of this surprises me. Nobody was dumb enough to actually believe there wasn’t plenty of racism (and sexism, bagism, shagism, dragism, madism, ragism, tagism…) in this country, but the assholes used to keep it among themselves and not out there in polite company. Now, well, now all’s fair in hate and loathing, on and off the campaign trail. There seem to be a number of people who think that Trump is likely to resign or otherwise be removed from office in the not-too-distant future, but I don’t fucking believe that for a second. The entire Republican political infrastructure is now built upon the concept of survival of the shittiest (and, man, it’s a race to the bottom for the title of “shittiest Republican”), and changing that would be like trying to turn an aircraft carrier. And never forget that the Democrats don’t suck, too. Not to say they’re the equivalent of what the Republicans have become by any means, but, let’s face it, they suck. Can you imagine what it takes to be the Party that allows Donald Trump to be elected President?

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August Already?

Posted by pjsauter on August 6, 2017
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I know I’m a few days late on this, but, shit, it’s already August. And it’s been kind of shitty non-summer for the most part around here, so I’m not thrilled at the prospect of what little summer we get rapidly coming to an end. Although hearing that there will be pig racing at this year’s NY State Fair takes the edge off it a little bit. Each year, I get a little less tolerant of the cold weather. I probably wouldn’t mind so much if I didn’t have to go to work, but, well, that’s not gonna happen.

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