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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Days 230-234 of Sheltering In Days 4-8 of Quarantine

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. It has been boring as all get out. I finished 2 books, and I’m near finishing a 3rd. (Ask me how I’m doing on Billy Idol’s memoir.) I’m not. I read a bit and decided to go for some mystery and other stuff.

I’m watching Wynonna Earp on Netflix. It was recommended to me by my ex-friend. She recommended it because it apparently has a lesbian relationship running through it. I’m into Season 2, Episode 1 and so far the previous episode had a kiss, that’s it. No dating, relationship, or sexy time. What it does have is a heck of a lot of gratuitous blood and gore. No worries, I don’t watch it until my son goes to bed. But I’m not into gratuitous blood and gore, nor violence. I’m wondering how far I’m going to have to endure this before a lesbian relationship is on screen. This series has 3 seasons on Netflix and I swear there is a 4th, but I’m going to have to hunt down where that is. The thing is, the main storyline is, weird. I’m talking supernatural weird. (By the way, why is it that so many books in the mystery genre involve the supernatural? I belong to 2 Kindle email book sources that have free Kindle books, or they are priced from $0.99-$2.99. Nearly every mystery, even the murder mysteries, and young adult fiction involve supernatural storylines.) Getting back to the movie, Wynonna, leather wearing, butch looking twenty-something, obviously a descendant of Wyatt Earp. His “special” pistol has been handed down to her and she is tasked with the responsibility of going in search of these “demons” that she apparently “let out of the triangle”. She works for a quasi-FBI/CIA person that gets leads on these “demons”. Each of the “demons” have their own eccentricities. One is a Jack the Ripper of sorts who seeks out a particular type of woman. He fancies himself to be a surgeon (he is not), and he performs “experimental” surgeries on them to “fix” them, but he never does. The series has yet to reveal what he seeks to “fix”, however, the surgeries are without anesthesia and involve considerable blood and gore. Wynonna uses Wyatt Earp’s special pistol (with magical powers) to permanently kill “demons”. Or send them back to the triangle. Not clear on that. While I have the series on, I read, that way I can take my attention from the blood and gore whilst I wait for the lesbian storyline.

So that is how I’ve spent my time in quarantine. That...and online shopping. Don’t judge me, I’m buying things I need and for my daughter’s upcoming move into an apartment. I’ve gotten really great deals, haven’t actually spent very much. Snagged an 11/04 online only Walmart deal. They got a great scam going. Sale starts at 7pm with very limited stock of some items. They run out by 7:05pm and tell you to come back at 7:30pm. I pounced at 7:30pm and got what I sought, checked out and I was told that I could pick it up this week. Today actually. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I got what I went for. My wife was happy. Last night I decided to check Old Navy online again. I was frustrated because when I surfed last week they seemed to have only loungewear...jogger sweatpants. I already have those. I was looking for a pair of chinos, which I eventually found after really searching. They had a 30% off/50% off sale and I had rewards points that got me another almost $6 off. I didn’t go crazy...I found a pair of jeans. The only jeans I have now are skinny jeans which really aggravate my knees. I’ve been living in loungewear and track suits this entire pandemic, until I found a pair of navy chinos in a stack of folded laundry that fit great. Awesome! The blue chinos I had been wearing are a size too large and are so old that the seat of the pants had worn so thin that the fabric is tearing. That smaller pair came in handy because I was able to order the proper size. I also got 2 Christmas gifts on clearance. So I got 2 gifts, a pair of chinos and a pair of jeans for less than the regular price of the jeans. Not bad. I went digging in an old email account and found a bunch of gift card codes for a website I used to do reviews for. Guess what? I never used some of the codes. That site also had merch for 50% off and I also had rewards points to use. I ended up getting over $200 of merchandise for $6. I still have more gift card codes, but decided to just place the one order. I’ll be looking again another day. 

Before picking up the Walmart item I stopped at Pep Boy’s to have the battery I pre-ordered (but selected pay in store, thank goodness). They think women are really dumb. Nowhere on the webpage does it mention they charge extra for some installations. $157 to install a battery in the Buick ‘because the battery is under the rear passenger seat, you know Mam’. Yes, actually I do know. I research everything before I buy or have something repaired. I watched a YouTube video of a guy replacing the battery in the same car I have. I had enough of their disrespecting my car knowledge and trying to rip me off and I told them to cancel the order and walked out. I asked my wife to call our mechanic as I drove home (Apple first). When I got home he was on the phone with her and she passed me the phone. I told him what I was looking for and asked what he sells for the Buick (I had to replace the battery on the Odyssey before I sold it, just got the least expensive battery for that.) Told him I wanted the highest cranking amps and longest warranty battery that he could get for the Buick. He said he could do the top tier battery with a longer warranty for $50 less than Pep Boy’s, and he’ll only charge me $50 for installation. Awesome deal. I have an appointment Thursday to have it installed. I don’t “need” a battery right now, I’m being proactive. The battery I have now is 5 years old (2016 Buick “born” in 2015). I also need tires because the tires are dry rotted, and also 5 years old with at least 1 split in a sidewall. I’m working on figuring how to pay for new tires. Since the last time I bought tires in 2018 for the Pilot, the prices have doubled. After the battery is done we have to see when we can have the Pilot looked at. Serious steering issues. It’s either the power steering pump (not that expensive) or the rack and pinion (super expensive). If it’s the rack and pinion, the cost will be at or above the Pilot’s value. If it’s the pump we’ll have it done and take it to CarMax and get an offer, then shop around and see what we’d get in a trade-in. If nothing fits our budget we’ll sell it to CarMax. If it’s the other, we will have to call a junkyard (they will offer $100-$200 and tow it away.) 😫😢😭 I will be crushed. I loved that Pilot. I have a new love now, the Buick, but my wife took over the Pilot and she loves it. I’m not looking forward to having car payments, but it’s hard to get by on 1 car with all the appointments we have. Living in an area with no public transportation either makes for scheduling headaches, or, buy a car for my wife. If it’s worst case, I told my wife we have to move quickly because the tags expire on the Pilot at the end of this month. We can set aside the money we spend on car insurance over the winter months and try to wait until the Spring to buy. Buying in Winter is not the best thing anyway, and this way we will have something put away to put as a down payment. 

Washer and dryer are still in the garage. I’ve been told that work will begin on the basement Tuesday. 🤞

So back to Wynonna Earp and the “Iron Goddess”Kindle book I got for free.

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Sunday Stealing-More Random Questions

November 8, 2020

Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!



Stolen from Random Question generator



1. What’s something no one wants to hear but everyone should

This year for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and probably NYE you can’t have, or go to a big gathering due to Covid-19. Nobody wants to hear it. Everyone has Covid-19 mitigation exhaustion.

2. What’s the most annoying animal you’ve ever encountered?

My cats, actually all 3. 1-male is like that photo that’s making the rounds of obnoxious things cats do. He must get in the bathroom with you. Must do a drive-by, or figure 8 around my legs. He also MUST be touching you. I move around at night a lot because of chronic pain, so it’s a pain when I’m having to push him away. 2-female MUST be petted until she decides you are done petting her. If you stop, she slaps her paw on your arm, or wherever and does it repeatedly until you start petting again and won’t stop until she decides she’s had enough, or I tell her no. Repeatedly. 3-female MUST have head foot rubs. She wants it so bad that you don’t have to do anything. She does all the work, rubbing her head under 1 of your feet. Won’t stop until she’s ready to stop, or I move my foot away.

3. How much does language affect our thinking?
I’m not sure I understand the question. I would think that for someone who speaks/understands more than 1 language, it would affect their thinking all the time, having to translate in their head the language of the person talking to them. As someone who speaks/understands 1 language, with an infinitesimal amount of high school Spanish, language doesn’t affect my thinking at all.

4. Do you prefer to watch movies in the theater or in the comfort of your home?
I prefer watching at home. I can watch it in my pj’s, have my preferred beverage (without 1,000% Mark-up), have my food or my preferred take-out (without 1,000% Mark-up and their food could be nasty). I can stop the movie for bathroom breaks, runs to the fridge, then start it do I don’t miss anything. I can move around, change seats, lie down, whatever I need to in an effort to be as comfortable as possible.

5. What topic could you spend hours talking about?

Just about anything. I am starved for conversation. Usually always because I have no friends. Especially since Tuesday. A dumbash friend of my wife’s knew Sunday she had COVID-19 symptoms, yet took no precautions, didn’t tell us until she called Monday saying she tested positive. My son and I went there Sunday to drop off a food bank box of food. My son and I got tested Thursday, no results yet, so we have been quarantining on the 2nd floor, with my wife being on the 1st floor since she was not with us, thus not exposed. We’re doing ok. Some mild symptoms. This could just be a cold or flu. Our doctor instructed us to every day take 100mg of Zinc (order on Amazon. Nowhere local has any. We got the caplets because the lozenges are nasty tasting), 1,000mg Vitamin C 3 times a day, 10,000IU Vitamin D. 

6. If you could run away from it all and start fresh somewhere new, would you?
If I say yes, is that bad?

7. What’s the most polarizing question you could ask a group of friends?
Who did you vote for? Everyone will have that answer. Something just as polarizing? How much do you weigh?

8. Do movies have the same power as books to change the world?
Movies. Probably only because more people see movies than read books.

9. What would you rate 10/10 ?
The Kung Pao Chicken I made last month. Had it from the Chinese takeout by my house 2 weeks ago. Mine was better. Mine was like the last really good stuff I got from takeout. 

10. What are you really good at, but kind of embarrassed that you are good at it?
I'm pretty good at having pain and complaining about it.

11. Who do you go out of your way to be nice to?
I’m pretty much nice to everyone. I wave people on at 4-way stops or wave thank you. I’ve been talking to people at the grocery store. Mostly pleasantries, sometimes about products. Wait...that is not me! Where is me?

12. What problems will technology solve in the next 5 years? What problems will it create?
Hopefully technology will find ways to mitigate or reverse climate change. 

13. What from the present will withstand the test of time?
Hopefully, lessons learned. 

14. What movie would be greatly improved if it was made into a musical?
“Pretty Woman”, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”. Any “Airplane” movie. A Woody Allen movie-“Annie Hall”, “Sleeper”. “Scenes From a Mall”.

15. What is something common from your childhood that will seem strange to future generations?
Rotary telephones, answering machines with cassette tapes to record messages, roof-top television antennas, a percolator, 8-track tapes, black and white television, Tang, Fresca, Tab, Jello 123, TV dinners with foil trays, not cardboard.

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