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EndlessWire's Journal
EndlessWire's Journal
August 29, 2021

Fire and Flood

Take your pick. I'm currently following a major fire near me, watching the brown and black smoke being blown my way, but knowing that I am not in any danger. It would have to cross a major fwy and burn down the town before I would be forced to leave. So, I'm okay. But, others are not so lucky, and I pray for them. I keep thinking what a grand job my goats have done on the area around my place. Still, you monitor what's going on, and the sky is very ugly right now. Nothing like Calder. But, that wouldn't matter to those forced to flee.

Then, with a category 4 hurricane coming ashore tomorrow, I am frightened for those folks that are going to have to endure that. Can't catch a break. Kabul airport massacre, Hurricane Ida, and umpteen fires all around...I am listening to music with my animals at my feet, which is where they like to be. Only the loyal goats are stuck outside, but they have shelter and water. It's hot, so hot. Tomorrow it will be the same, the news filled with reports of what happened to New Orleans. When the sun goes down and I can't see the smoke anymore, I may switch to the cameras and buoy reports. I feel somewhat guilty for being able to do that, just sit here while other people are so affected by climate glitches. Kinda teary eyed, but it's just my nerves. We'll see what happens tomorrow. Good luck, people, praying for you.

August 24, 2021

The thing that I like best about my cat.

I live with a very emotional, expressive cat. I try not to humanize her, but I swear, she is every bit as articulated as any human could be. She just responds in cat verbiage, but her tonal inflictions are entirely appropriate. Her tones of response and inquiry make me feel like I have a real companion. I have dear dogs, and we communicate, but nothing like this cat. She never ignores me, but responds with every touch or brush of my hand with a question, or a comment, and it encourages me to respond to her. She is wonderful.

I know that non cat owners might not understand, but when your cat responds to you with the exact tonal inflections rising at the end of a response, clearly a question, or trails off with an appropriate comment to your own question, then you kinda wonder. If she had the withal to actually talk, it would seem entirely natural and normal and conversational. In this grave time of every one of us hurting in some way, I am grateful for this. It is so pleasant.

August 10, 2021

What depression?

What is appropriate, pandemic v. depression? Why is this not turning into a depression? We allegedly have job growth. But, people can't pay their bills. People are able to work from home, is that the difference? What measures a depression? I went through all the recessions barely touched, either because I trained myself to do with less, or because I just had a good job. I am thinking of returning to work, but Delta scares me silly. So, after I get my shot, I'll decide. Would you go to Texas to work for those stupid aholes, or set aside misgivings in order to help and also, to be sure, make a buck? In case things get worse? Would that make you a hypocrite? I am a firm believer in masking. Would you have that written into your contract, in case you ran into a situation where they said you couldn't? "It's in my contract." I believe that you can still get sick with Delta. Would it be worth it? What do you think about making money in the middle of all this? Do you think that it is inevitable that we are all going to get some form of Covid, no matter what we do?

July 24, 2021

I lied to my cat

and she knows it. Boy, am I paying. She's very old, could have dementia, but the accusing, baleful looks are getting to me. I told her she could have a different kind of cat food, which I know she wants, just because she likes to switch up every now and then. But, I didn't get it, and now we are fighting. Pestering me night and day. Making angry, anguished meows just to point it out. It's not enough to feed a good, balanced diet with clean water. Now, you have to cat-er to their every whim, or you won't get any sleep. My cat is not sick. She is the queen, and wants what she wants. And doesn't mind telling me. I suspect that she will get what she wants, shortly. I am the weak one. She knows it.

June 30, 2021

Just a piece of trivia

On this day in 2018, the tRump Administration shut down the Presidential Champions program for adults, in which I was heavily engaged and happy with. Every time I see his fat ass outfitted in white shorts with his hinny flapping in the breeze, I think about it and hope he breaks his ankles. There, I said it! I know I am going to hell, anyway, so I keep hoping he comes to a mishap while he enjoys taxpayer-paid sports activities, of which golf was the principle activity! Are we still paying for the SS to follow him around? Yes, we are! Phooey!

There was never any adequate explanation for the demise of the program. Was his miserable set of golf resorts gonna take up the slack with free memberships? No! Was he going to replace the secret pleasure of exercising for awards with a new program? No! He golfed every frickin weekend, while depriving self servicing, humble adults their places in the exercise world, buying their own awards with money that they earned, and wasn't given to them by anyone else! Now, I have to lean toward the Senior Olympics, in which I can do NOTHING!

Everything that Trump touches DIES. So, maybe one day his damned dick will fall off. There, I said it! June 30th is the day the PROGRAM died. Sniff...

June 25, 2021

Eff the USPS

I'm sorry, but the USPS can KMA. I can't get goods delivered through their services. They are not even pretending to attempt to deliver them anymore. You can see in their tracking service that they are just turning them around and sending them back, without ever trying to deliver them. They are now marking me as an unknown person or address, even though I have a long, long time occupancy at the address.

I am the sort of person that is very loyal, but no more. The DeJoy person accomplished his Trumpian mission and shed one more customer. I am slowing down my purchases, gonna do without for a long time, unless I can get Amazon to guarantee delivery by anyone else but the USPS. I don't give a tinker's damn what the problems of the USPS are now. I pay for the service, and when I can't get pet food delivered because the service is unreliable or now nonexistant, well, who cares about them? I can't afford to do so. I am thinking of having everything overnighted now, at tremendous extra expense. Eff the USPS.

I went into lockdown in an effort to avoid death and destruction. I have no family upon which I can rely to help me, so I am proactive in my own health matters. Guess I'll venture out into the soup to see what happens. Not looking forward to it, though.

June 19, 2021

Vince Wilfork

Wilfork has some son troubles these days, but I like Wilfork and think highly of him for the simplest of reasons:

For those that don't know, Wilfork was a nose tackle in the NFL for something like 14 years. He played mostly with the Patriots until his time was up and he switched to the Texans because his daughter wanted him to play there. I think (not 100% sure) he was the one involved with the famous Butt Fumble.

At any rate, the reasons I like Wilfork: 1) his loyalty to his wife. Players were making fun of the way his wife looked. She's not a super model or anything. He said, 'But, I love her..." in such a way that I never forgot. The others should have such loyalty and love cast in their directions, if ever they got lucky like that. When they are burying Wilfork, this is what I will remember.

But, Number 2 is awesome: Wilfork was playing for, I think the Texans, and, being a nose tackle, he was in the center of the field. Now, nose tackles are heavy guys, and Wilfork weighed between 300 and 400 pounds. They don't look like they can move at all. Well...some guy running the ball got away from everyone. He's running down the right sideline like a bunny. Wilfork sees this, and decides to get the guy. So, Wilfork runs from center field toward the pursuit. He pours it on and accelerates, making an angle adjustment halfway there, and HE nails the runner. I did not think the runner would stand up after that. He did pop up, but they showed Wilfork flying through the air to knock him out of bounds over and over again. It was awesome! It taught me a valuable lesson. Looks can be deceiving. I've never seen anything like this guy's acceleration as he saved the touchdown. It was unbelievable. Wut happened? I dunno, but I want to see it again!

I wish Wilfork well.

June 19, 2021


Tebow had gone to baseball, a sport I don't really watch. Then, he retired from that. Next thing you know, he's tried out for TE with Jacksonville, and he has a one-year contract.

Most football professionals are having a fit, saying he can't play football, etc. So, I get it, yada yada, but it bugs me when they talk about whether he will whiff on blocking. As a longstanding Tebow fan, let me tell you honey: the guy thrives on trucking people. Hell, he blocked when he was a QB. I've seen plays where he was running the ball and tacklers declined to attempt to tackle him. Tebow can do the sled at 1400 pounds, and he is not going to decline to block someone.

So, I'm just saying. Anything can happen. He might get dumped by someone who is also doing his best to stick; it could happen. But, I just want the world to know that Tebow is not going to decline to block someone. He loves it, he has always loved it, and he has the potential to be really good. No, he's not 6'5 (6'3), but his speed is decent, and something good will happen here.

He also has practiced catching down through the years. He has practiced this position even if there is no demonstrable game to show. He isn't starting cold. So, he has a shot. And, they could put him on the practice squad if one of those hopefuls beats him out. So, there it is.

My favorite player is now Mahomes. But, I will enjoy every second of Tebow's remake, and if he makes the squad, I will not know what to do if the Chiefs play the Jags. Just saying. I love to watch these guys play.

June 3, 2021

Well, there, then...

"We are aware of the statements LTG (R) Flynn made May 30 and June 1. The Army is not investigating these statements further at this time," an Army spokesperson said in a statement.

Given the fact that Flynn is retired, the Army's decision is in line with the US military's typical approach to similar situations, when potential misconduct carried out by retired members who are out of uniform does not prompt an investigation by the armed services."

First, I'd like to know who the unidentified Army spokesperson was. Above or below Secretary of the Army? Who was this? "Potential misconduct..." WTF?

Oh, but here:

"1 Jun 2021
Military.com | By Steve Beynon
The Army is investigating a Reserve officer and U.S. House candidate after he made an appearance on a partisan media show in uniform and later denied that President Joe Biden is the legitimate commander in chief.

First Lt. Alex Stovall is a chaplain candidate assigned to the Army Reserve's 91st Training Division; he enlisted in January 2013. He's running as a Republican in Arizona's 9th Congressional District, which is in the Phoenix area.

"We are aware of the situation and are investigating," Lt. Col. Simon Flake, an Army Reserve Command spokesperson, said in a statement. "The U.S. Army Reserve follows the Department of Defense's long-standing policy regarding service member involvement in partisan political campaigns to avoid the perception of DoD sponsorship, approval, or endorsement of any partisan political candidate, campaign, or cause.""

Let's review: "...follows the Department of Defense's long-standing policy regarding service member involvement in partisan political campaigns to avoid the perception of DoD sponsorship, approval, or endorsement of any partisan political candidate, campaign, or CAUSE."

Oh, I forgot, in case you don't know, Flynn, the retired military general, is white, and Stovall, the reserve 1st Lt., who also states that Biden is not the legitimate President, is black. Look up his picture. Sure seems black to me. I guess the difference is that Stovall actively drills, while Flynn runs around doing the bidding of Trump.

I dunno, people, it reflects badly on the Army. Really badly. My guess is that Stovall, a Republican, and Flynn, a Republican, both get away with it. They should both be kicked out.

Why is the Army suddenly responding to these issues? Because people want to know why Flynn, et al, get to run around undermining our Government? Who's running this show, anyway?

I want Austin Lloyd to speak up strongly and start kicking their asses. He can easily do it. I want him to instruct the Secretary of the Army to recall Flynn for investigative purposes. And, guess who signed the EO enabling the Secretary to do just that? tRumpy.

April 10, 2021

A pet peeve of mine

is the fascist nomenclature of "Homeland." I hate it. Bush the Younger changed this. "Homeland Security." Bah. Homeland nothing. We are the United States. We are not some version of "Der Fatherland."

I want Joe to change it all back. We were doing just fine before! Our identity is not fascist!

I have gone so far as to reject courses labeled: "Homeland Security something." It is offensive to me, and I would not want a diploma hung on my wall with this word on it. It'd be like a Nazi award.

I don't know why brainless Bush had to do this. Now, we will have youngsters who know nothing else, and perceive it as normal.

Joe, Honey, do me a favor and just start changing it back. And, maybe while you're at it, take "In G-d We Trust" off the national money. We trust no one; we verify. And, also, I want Harriet Tubman on the $20. See if you can find a photo of her smiling.

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