We All Knew, Didnt We?

I knew. My wife knew. I’m sure you did too. We all knew something was going to happen. We all probably shared at least a couple of fears, what our orange idiot would do with his days left, especially today. We knew something was going to happen. He would not let go, he could not let go, the fact that he lost. Desperation was as thick in the air as the charge you sometimes feel before the summer bolt. Palpable. Real. You can sense it. You can feel it. Then, Boom!

My wife went yesterday and bought nearly $200 in groceries. I told you she knew. She didn’t know what, neither did we, right? But we knew it was coming. Now we know what. Probably at this point, it could have been much worse. I’m glad it wasn’t.

But, we also don’t know, what may happen next.

I’m afraid to find out what next might be. So, I sit here. Wondering. I don’t feel it yet. It will take a few days for the charge to build. But he needs to be removed, or procedurally incapcitated, or locked up in a nice padded cell, before next.

The inauguration can’t get here soon enough.

How ’bout that Georgia!!? Flipped the freaking Senate! I did not know that was going to happen. That was a pleasant surprise. May Democracy work for a future we can appreciate.

May time heal our wounds.

Elson Readers

It seems a lifetime ago, I was dropped off at my great uncles farm. He lived on the farm with his mother, my great grandmother. They lived in a rural Iowa local. We would visit them at least a couple times a year, I remember them with great fondness. My great uncle was a World War II vet. He had been one of the first group of men captured near Kassarine Pass, and subsequently spent most of the war in a concentration camp. My great grandmother was a retired school marm, she had long flowing gray hair, was sharp of wit, strong, with an honest, sometimes biting tongue, yet feeble from old age. She had taught many a child, in a one room schoolhouse in her younger days, and wasn’t the sort of lady to take any crap from anyone. One lash from her tongue, I don’t care who you are, you were toast! A great woman, they don’t make many like her.

It was here on the farm I spent some time, and I got to know and love them very well. As a young lad I did what I could do around the old farm to help. But the old farm was just that, my uncle no longer tended the fields, but he had some cows and I would help him with things that needed doing. But there wasn’t a lot to do, so I had a great deal of spare time on my hands. After a time it became boring for a young teenager. It didn’t take long for me to wade through the Readers Digest, and National Geographics that were in obvious abundance around the house. Which left me longing for something more…

One day in the old farmhouse, I was upstairs, and saw some faded dusty boxes. I snooped and discovered they were full of old books. Well I asked my great grandma if I could go through them, and she told me with a bit of glee in her voice, that yes, I could do with them as I wished.

It was then I discovered Elson Readers. These are very old reading books for schools, full of stories, fables, poems, and tales. And I devoured them. There were a great many of them ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade, so I sorted them out and started at the beginning. I spent a great deal of time with these books and came to know them well.

Fast forward to now, I have been and done a great many things in this world, have raised two families, and managed to become self dependent as we all should. I am approaching my sixties and I’m content with my place in life. But my mind often wanders back to that old farm, where I was bored out of my mind, but I remember that time with a deep longing in my heart. I am old and wise enough now, to more greatly appreciate my time there. My great uncle and grandma are long since passed, I miss them with a great hole in my soul, and have shed a tear or two writing this.

So, I decided to do a search a couple days ago, and see if I could find some of those ancient Elson Readers. They are out there on Ebay, but can be expensive. I would love to own them, I have a couple on a shelf, but I am nowhere close to having them all. Then I found a link, and I clicked it. There they are! For Free! Holy crapoli!

Now not in book form, but scanned and accessible to read online. A far cry from holding a dusty old hardback book in your hands, but it will damn well do!

I have been reading them again. They still have a touch of magic in them that is indescribable. The old fables are predictably, inherent with a moral to the story. Many of the stories are about instilling honor, truth, integrity, and in some cases love of country. Others meant to teach a bit of wisdom to still naive school children. These stories and fables are from all over the world, from many cultures, and the poems, many are from names you will recognize as literary greats.

These books aren’t arranged in order, and they aren’t all there, I recall different volumes in my great grandmothers many boxes of books. But by gosh I wish to give you a little bit of me. For some of me lives in these old Elson Readers. As my great grandmother once said to me, “do with them as you wish.”

P.S. Some of the pages were poorly scanned, and difficult, but not impossible to make out. Just FYI. Also you will have to sort through them to differentiate between the readers and the teachers version.

P.P.S. Anyone who might have use for a bedtime story for the kids or grandkids, could do much worse than the text in these old readers.

EDIT: Oh! I found modern reproductions here, ~15 bucks per would add up:

https://www.rainbowresource.com/category/951/Elson-Readers.html

Which Begs the Question…

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201211083113.htm

If you want to save time by not reading the link, the short story is, researchers have concluded that mass extinctions occur every 27 million years or so. Which, begs the question:

How long ago was the last mass extinction?

The graph plots percent extinction occurrences versus time in millions of years before present time, starting 550 million years ago. Extinction occurrences increase and decrease in a cyclical manner. At the lowest points on the cycle, extinction occurrences were between 2% and 5% percent. Spikes in the number of extinctions occurred at the end of geological periods: end-Ordovician, 450 million years ago; end-Devonian, 374 million years ago; end-Permian, 252 million years ago; end-Triassic, 200 million years ago; and end-Cretaceous, 65 million years ago. During these spikes, extinction occurrences approximately ranged from 22% to 50%.

If you will study this chart for a moment, indeed it appears every 25 million years, roughly, there is a definate uptick in extinctions. We can also extrapolate (if we ignore the slight uptick approximately 12 MYA, read the chart from right to left, zero is where we are now) that we are overdue.

Right now, given the state of the world, and the U.S. specifically. I’m not so sure it would be a bad thing. Let’s just have a do over!

Y’all stay safe out there. Thank science the covid vaccine will soon be available. Just in time for our extinction event πŸ˜‰

It’s a Disease

As often happens while I am scrolling through my reader, I will catch one of those WP recommended posts that piques my interest enough to click on it. As usual, I live to regret doing so. This fine morning I found a rightwing nutter proclaiming that a Biden presidency will cause the collapse of the US. even faster than our orange idiot is running it into the ground.

The post is heavy on scaremongering, the lifeblood of the R party. But the best part is… the s.o.b. accepts donations to his Paypal account!

I suppose the best indication of flattery is imitation. This blogger is grifting just like the orange idiot he/she worships.

I left a comment that will never see the light of day:

“Where do you get your bullshit pills? In any event I think you have had enough. Oh, lol! And you are running a grift to boot? Fucking priceless!”

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/32975569/posts/6596

Inflation?

My mundane life. I got up yesterday morning to a note on the microwave. It explained that the microwave gave up the ghost at some point in the night while I was sleeping. No biggie, last time I bought a microwave it was right around fifty bucks including tax.

Imagine my surprise when I got to the microwave isle and saw that a similar microwave was going to cost seventy bucks, plus tax. Making it damn near an eighty dollar purchase. (10% sales tax in Tn.) Jebus fricking christ!

Then yesterday as I took my wife to work, (note I said my wife and not “the” wife*) I saw the price of gas was holding steady at $1.72 a gallon that morning. By three- o- clock in the afternoon gas had jumped to $1.99 a gallon. A twenty seven cent increase in less than ten hours! WTF?

Now I suppose the orange idiot tariffs could have something to do with microwave prices. I dunno.

I also understand if you are looking for a freezer these days, good damn luck! It seems they are in high demand and slow to stock. Just FYI…

Will an assassination in Iran cause a darn near thirty cent jump in gas? I guess. I can’t think of a good reason besides that. But whatever. It is what it is, we have little say in the fluctuations of the consumer goods department. We as consumers are just along for the ride. I can say for sure though, the cost of the needs, sure puts a dent in the wants.

I hope this post finds you all in good health and maintaining covid protocalls. Y’all stay safe out there.

* I made a post on Pharyngula several days back, and described a situation in which I typed the words “the wife.” Someone made a comment thusly: “The wife, ugh!”

Now I’m not exactly sure what I did wrong there. I am getting to be an old fart and might be out of touch with all of the wokeness, and feminist leanings of the day, but as far as I know “the wife” isn’t a derogatory statement. Though I can see, if I squint, and try really hard, how it possibly could be interpreted that way. But I can assure you, and anyone else, that I’d never ever mean it in a derogatory fashion. It is an term I grew up with and never saw it used in a negative way. But I am mentioning this here, instead of there, as I wasn’t going to touch it with a ten foot pole on the Pharyngula blog. That place is a piranah tank for the unwary. I am not the unwary. πŸ™‚

If anyone can help me sort this out, without depriving me of a few appendages, I’d appreciate it.

Please Tell Me I’m Wrong…

Our recently, legally, and effectively defeated, orange idiot, fired the defense secretary yesterday. From what I’m hearing he has installed several loyalists (a dozen or so) within the Pentagon over the last 24 hours.

Is this sorry sack of shit about to attempt a military coup? Is he about to declare we are no longer a democracy? Like the title says…

Please tell me I’m wrong.

If it comes to that, there will be a rebellion at some level. Either the military will rebell by not going through with it. Or the people will rebell if and when they do.

I really, hope I’m wrong. I don’t mind being wrong.

Best I can hope for right now, is that his boot licking comrades are being installed to pilfer military secrets, or just to sow chaos. Neither of those scenarios are good either.

Let me just be wrong… But something is afoot. We just don’t know what yet. Why make these moves now? What good explanation is there for these actions? The hell of it is, we really just don’t know what that asshole is capable of. He has 70 more days to make his move if he is going to. As it stands right now he is no longer president come Jan. 20. Unless of course he is a dictator by then…

I’ll also mention the actions of the R party right now are questionable too. It would be more reassuring if at least a few of them would stand up and show some backbone. But hell will likely freeze over before that happens. It sure looks to me like they would back any move our orange idiot might make. After all they would be in power, we have seen they will go to any length to stay in power.

Again, I hope I’m wrong. But would it surprise me if that is what he tries to pull? No, no it would not. Just so ya know, I’m no tin foil hatter, it’s just what I see, concerns me. Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions. Maybe it isn’t as nefarious as it looks. Maybe I’m just wrong. I’m ok with that.

Let me be wrong. Because if I’m right, the revolution will have come to me. I won’t need them to call.

Can it Be?

It appears Biden has won the presidency. I mean, this is what we of good sense was hoping for, but now it just seems surreal. I’m not sure if up is down, or down is up, or if I woke up in an alternate universe this morning.

Can you imagine no more more idiocy from the White House? Can you imagine white supremacist assholes crawling back under their rocks? Is it possible America can be respected and taken back as allies with our old allies? Will Twitter and Facebook and Faux news fade away into some unpleasant oblivion? Will Q-Anon recede back into their parents basements? Will things ever get back to when somebody says something audaciously stupid that they are ridiculed and soon forgotton? Can what we once knew as normal, be normal again?

The last four years has been downright tiresome for anyone with two neurons to rub together. We have been beleagured, beaten, downtrodden, assaulted daily, by lie after lie, scandal after scandal. We have been insulted with stupidity each and every day from our orange idiot, and Republicans have been acting like it’s just Jim Dandy, and nothing at all wrong with that. Hell that S.O.B. was caught red handed and impeached for fucks sake! And the R Senate turned their heads and coughed. Apparently the orange idiot held all of their nuts in a vise. Or maybe they sold their souls long ago? Party over country, no matter what.

All I know is the past four years has taken what feels like eight years of my life. The era of the orange idiot has left me exhausted. I feel like I have just been released from Hell, and I don’t know what to do next. I’m not even comfortable with fully accepting that Biden has won, because I don’t know what crazy shit that idiot might do. Maybe, just maybe if I don’t believe it yet, nothing bad will happen? I want to believe, but I don’t feel safe to do so just yet.

We still have Barr, Giuliani, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, and a host of other semi powerful sycophants ready and willing to do the bidding of their failed leader. And that bunch still has Faux news and social media outlets chomping at the bit to fight back no matter how ridiculous it might make them look. Shame, honor, and integrity, no longer valuable human traits for any of them. I’m almost expecting a dancing clown show with elephants on bicycles for the next several months. I can’t relax yet.

Especially knowing that 70 MILLION Freaking MORONS voted to keep that mother fricking idiot in power! How well are you going to sleep knowing that?

Even though it looks like it might be over soon, and I sure hope it is, but we can’t just expect this to be written off to history just yet. Stay vigilant. Stay safe. When this is all over let’s have drink πŸ™‚

Karma Is A Bitch

Ha ha ha, the orange idiot and his mate have covid.

I can’t think of a better way to drive home the failures of this president. He has turned the presidency into a joke. He has turned our country into a joke. He has turned our country into a laughing stock around the world. He has riled up white supremacists into thinking they are welcome in our society. He has turned the head of our legal system into his lap dog. He has, and still is, as far as I know, still separating children from their familes and putting them in cages. He took a great economy gifted to him and run it into the ground. He tells a lie each and every time he opens his mouth to breathe. And he…

Completely and fully failed on covid 19! Now it’s biting him in the ass. Good. Schadenfreude is a pleasant friend at this juncture.

Y’all stay safe out there and be smart. This covid thing is still looking for you too.

Covid Update

Well as of today my covid positive son is officially out of quarantine. As it stands right now no one else has or is showing any symptoms. So at least for now we can put this episode behind us.

I just wish the prognosis for our country looked better. In more ways than covid…

Y’all stay safe and be smart out there. Oh, and thanks again forn the well wishes!

Covid In The House!

Are we having fun yet?

Last week my youngest son finished up his work week on Thursday and he slept a lot the next couple of days. I figured, yeah he works outside in the sun, had a long week, sure he ought to be wore out a little. Let him sleep.

The next morning he informed us he had no sense of smell or taste. It was like a huge boulder falling from the sky and squashing us. I took him to a Fast Pace clinic as it was a Saturday and the family Dr. was enjoying his weekend. My son was tested for covid, and as we expected, is positive. We have absolutely no idea where he came down with it.

Now he is on his second week of quarantine, he stays in his room as much as possible, and wears a mask when he goes to the kitchen or the bathroom. If we are around we put our masks on when we see him. Being stuck in his room isn’t too awful as he has a tv, cable, a Playstation with wifi, and a damn mini fridge in there. An eighteen year old’s dream scenario. The only downside is we are a close family and we often hug and jostle around, and spar with wit for fun. We are social. It sucks on both sides not being able to interact. I can hear the rat a tat tat of some sort of weapon from behind his bedroom door. If you are playing Fortnite right now watch out!

Fortunately, thus far, he has had a mild case. He slept a lot at first. Then no smell or taste. After that he battled a lot of body ache for a few days as well as just general discomfort from being ill. Right now his sense of smell is returning slowly and he seems to be over the worst of it. Oddly enough he never really had issue with coughing, wheezing, sneezing, or even a fever that we know of. So a mild case, which is good.

The wife, being a nurse, had to get tested. She tested negative a few days ago. She missed a few of days work already while we were in covid limbo, (well we are still in covid limbo!) but they did let her start back with the negative result. She wears her mask diligently. We are always on the alert for any sort of symptom from any of us and will respond accordingly.

If the wife is negative, maybe I am too. As if she was positive, that would likely be my outcome as well. Anyway neither of us have shown any symptoms as of yet. We are well aware that a negative test today could easily be a positive case tomorrow. Yet we are holding out hope that if we stay smart about this, we can get through it with no added infections.

I have alerted the neighbors to stay away, though a couple do still drop by with full knowledge of the situation. I won’t let them in the house, and I always wear a mask and demand a certain amount of social distance when we interact.

The hell of it is, and this is the clincher, why it is so bad… We, whether we like it or not, are social creatures. It is extraordinarily difficult to not be that which we are. But let’s be damn smart about how we do it.

Y’all stay safe out there, and do NOT visit my place just yet πŸ™‚