41 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-11-22

  1. Good morning! Really GOOD MORNING IN GEORGIA!!!
    Thanks, AJ😀

    That is such a neat photo, Peter. I expected the formations would have sharp tips so that part surprised me. It reminds me of skyscrapers in the desert.

    I have my ladies Bible study group in a few minutes. Art is about to leave to see his urologist for a followup to yesterday’s scan for kidney stones (scam for kidney stones?) I am praying again the doc will tell him to stop drinking colas so we can put stones behind us.

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  2. I so enjoy that picture, Peter. I have never seen that before, so thank you very much for sharing it with us.

    Good morning to all. We will be driving my husband’s sister to a doctor’s appointment an hour away. Thankful it will be a bit warmer in the afternoon when we will be doing that. Also, thankful no snow predicted. Driving there can be quite interesting in the winter, since road conditions can change drastically about halfway. Otherwise, it is mainly good highway drive until you get to the city.

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  3. Morning! Very nice shot of those upside down icicles!! 🥶

    My cousin Buddy was giving a blow by blow account of the game last night. He said there was a bad call giving the ball to Alabama and he could see fire in the eyes of the Bull Dogs after that call. He thought it to be the most exciting college football game he ever watched. My neighbors are sad this morning though 😊

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  4. We had to have our DirecTV updated last spring. A technician came to do the job. I was not happy when he demolished one of my bushes. That apparently did not bother my husband who watched him do it, however. Then he insisted on doing whatever to add to the internet. (It doesn’t actually go on, since we have never connected it to the router since we do not have a true unlimited account. (Ours is supposedly, but after 15Gs slows way down.) At any rate, to do the job, the television must be pulled out. The cords for a VCR and Nintendo have to be sorted through. Afterwards, we found we could no longer play either the VCR or the Nintendo. It would be difficult to pull the tv out, so we just never bothered.

    My daughter was over when they were up to celebrate Christmas to help set up the sound bar they had bought for us. We pulled the television out and while she was back there, I mentioned that we have not been able to use either the video machine or game machine. She checked it out and found the Nintendo cord had actually been cut by the technician! How disgusting is that? He said nothing to us whatsoever. Not a terrible thing, but disgusing that he said nothing. I was so not happy with this guy.

    I also wrote down how to be able to also use the VCR. It is somewhat amazing to me how difficult these things have become. I remember wondering why my mom could not do certain things and now I am there.

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  5. I’m with you, Kathleena.

    The more I ruminate on my visit to the auto dealer for a simple ($400!) oil change, the more irritated I become.

    So, is that photo upside down? 😉

    StalaGmites, right, since they’re attached to the Ground? 🙂

    Working day! Heigh ho!

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  6. How bad is housing in my area? Daughter got a listing for a 3 bedroom house built in 1878, that is heated with a wood stove and has no furnace, etc.

    Located downtown a few blocks from where they are building a massive homeless shelter, it has hardwood floors, and a nice flat backyard, not to mention a lovely front porch.

    Asking price? A mere $450K.

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  7. Congratulations to the Bulldogs. I wasn’t watching the game but saw the news last night that they’d won. How happy is Art?

    It’s a news conference on the helicopter pad in the port this morning for me (US Transportation Secy is visiting).

    Michelle, that house sounds very cool, but would need real, safe heat. Asking price not surprising.

    I have no idea how some of the younger folks I work with even afford a regular apartment, especially on the salaries they’re getting paid. 😦

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  8. I think the answer to that may be different on the prairie than in the much more crowded city?

    Nice icicle candles.

    mumsee, those stumbles by the in-laws sounded painful, so glad, also, that nothing was broken.

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  9. DJ, I am not a researcher but it seems to me, though we hear of chimney fires burning down a home once in a while, we rarely hear of loss of life from it. Usually the people get out for whatever reason. Noise? alarms? caring neighbors?

    But often we hear of loss of life and home from electric faults, propane leaks, natural gas leaks. Disabled alarms? odorless gases?

    I don’t know. And of course, there are far more heating with the others than with wood so there is the ratio idea as well.

    Seems like the dirtiest: wood and coal, are the safest.

    How about nuclear?

    Then one must consider the real costs to life and limb from wind, solar, hydroelectric, nuclear, etc, the cleaner energies.

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  10. Good points.

    Just thinking there must be some regulations in over-regulated California.

    Houses being built can no longer have fireplaces and “no-burn” days outnumber days when using wood fireplaces is allowed. I think gas was OK for fireplaces, but that’s falling out of favor now, too, of course.

    Electric fireplaces?

    Battery candles, maybe.

    Gas stoves are not very popular anymore, either.


  11. A lot of folk like gas stoves for the even heating. I do not like them, they scare me.

    But in CA I believe they are being phased out to make way for greener electricity. Which has its own huge environmental costs.

    But a lot of loss of homes and lives in CA are caused by the electric grid problems. Or arsonists. Though of course that is not a direct heating issue. But if all the people have electric furnaces, it puts more stress on the grid.

    And so I wondered about wood heat and its dangers in comparison.

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  12. But I’m thinking that new “smart” televisions — which aren’t overly expensive anymore — gets by all of the technical glitches that wind up occurring in older devices as they try to “keep up”?

    And yes, many prefer gas stoves, including most chefs from what I’ve heard.

    I’m still looking for a regular (trustworthy, basic) mechanic in town for my Jeep Cherokee. Since I don’t drive very much right now — thanks to the pandemic and working from home — I’ve only had to change the oil once and did that at a Jiffy Lube.

    But I get alerts now and again for a 4WD service and apparently that’s not provided at most mechanics’ shops.

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  13. And here I am sitting by my gas fireplace warming my tootsies!!
    My sister heats her little farmhouse in. Ohio with a wood stove. They have no furnace. It meets their needs nicely. I love her little house and farmland. And I get to visit next month to get my puppy!!
    450,000 for a house like that here would have bidding wars ensuing sadly. We have become the new CA you know?

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  14. They’ve outlawed wood stoves in our country and are trying very hard to outlaw gas. During the electrical outages–which would not include this house because it’s on the hospital grid (though they tried to turn that one off during the 2020 fires until someone pointed out everything in town would go down, including the first responder campground).

    They want everything all-electric because why? The grid already is overburdened in California.

    We’re going to look because it’s a good first step for her to get a sense of what it means to buy a house.

    With her father in tow, she’ll be fine.

    Besides, he’ll need something to occupy his time when he retires soon. 🙂

    (He’s already fixed the church except, wait, the heat isn’t working these days!)

    She may buy a car instead–replacing her 14-year-old Civic.

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  15. I just checked to see if the house next door has been marked down since it has not sold yet. It’s still at 467K even as it appears it will soon be vacant. I guess no one is looking at the home for the monent while the pods are sitting there. I still long for the sense of stability we had here before the craze of hot real estate took over like a gold rush.

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  16. I had to tell Art who won the game this morning. I think he was very surprised. When he heard AL was ahead last night, I think he wrote it off as a loss at that point and lost interest. He is mysterious to me in his thinking processes.

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  17. I hate news conferences. This one was on a helicopter pad on top of a tall building in the port, surrounded by water, no parapet and some precarious see-through metal mesh steps (top 2-3 with no handrails) to go up and down in the process of getting there and leaving. And they had 13 speakers lined up, every politician for miles around. Headliner, Buttigieg, who was visiting the twin ports for the first time, spoke last for about 10 minutes, took a couple questions.

    After 2 hours of speeches, there was not much for a story. Lots of media there though. Met a female Muslim reporter from CBS I hadn’t met before.

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  18. That ascent and descent sounds scary, DJ. I have always had a fear from a young age of climbing up bleachers and falling through. Of course that was from when I was young and skinny. Nada problem these days, lol


  19. Yes, the two flights of stairs alone aren’t horrible, but those top two steps with nothing to hang on to — especially when you’re coming down and seeing the ground below — are daunting for some folks. They need to install posts or something right there for folks to hold onto if they’re going to continue having news conferences up there.

    And the TV crews have equipment they are having to haul up and down those steps.

    This was the second news conference I’ve been to up there. As it was explained to me, it’s one of the few good visual vantage points for cameras on the Long Beach side of the two ports, which is why they like to use it.

    True, the views are spectacular — container ships, bridges, cranes at work, automated terminals. But at some point a TV guy w/a heavy camera may take a stumble and then it won’t be fun anymore.

    Seems like some easy safety measures they could install, though, if they want to keep having scores of media folk up there.

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  20. And now that you mention it, yes, bleachers always got to me, too, those big gaps and the ground way down below … no backup, just-in-case hand posts or rails …

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