Circus

Posted January 18, 2017 By Ruth

The news is all over Facebook.  Ringling Brothers Circus will be closing, effective of May this year.

I’ve never been to the circus.  I always kinda wanted to, but as I grow up my tolerance for crowds has dropped.  I guess now I’ll never get to.

Reading the comments on FB I noticed a couple of major things lacking.  Well, more than a couple, but two or three really stood out.

The assumption that circus = animal abuse, even though RB’s owning family successfully fought off every single charge, and in at least one case their accusers had to pay huge fines for being caught bribing people to lie.

The assumption that the animals now in the circus will have better lives.  The Ringling Bro’s elephant retirement farm can take 13 elephants.  But I can’t seem to find a reliable report that says that 13 is all that are currently touring with RB’s.  And what about the rest of the animal crew?  Elephants and big cats aren’t something you can take down to the local no kill shelter to find a new home for.  Every report I’ve seen, that I consider reliable, says that RB’s current administration really does care about their animals, so presumably there IS a plan for all the animals, but if so it hasn’t been made public.

No one at all seems to care about the circus people.  Did you know that RB’s brought in their first ever female Ringmaster in Dec?  She made her debut performance on January 12th.  Two days before RB’s announced they’d close down this May.  The general public is cheering while hundreds and hundreds of people are losing their jobs.  Jobs that many have been in their entire lives.  How likely is it that these folks are going to find employment elsewhere?  In today’s world of instant gratification the need for trained circus people isn’t going to be very large.  And I’ll note that this could have local area impact too.  This is one less event to be touring, one less event to employ local crowd control, one less event to use local property.

I find it disturbing honestly.  This is a huge win for the Animal Rights crowd.  Peta, and HSUS, and their crews.  This isn’t a good thing.  These are groups who’ve stated that they believe that we shouldn’t own cats and dogs, ever.  Who believe that milking cows, who’ve been bred to produce such large quantities of milk that if we humans DIDN’T milk them they’d die of infection, is wrong.  Who promote such stupidity as insisting that shearing a sheep of their wool causes that sheep serious harm or death.  And they just won huge.

And I’m not the only one who’s watching this with worry.

So while you’re cheering on the fact that the circus is shutting down, take a moment to think about what is actually going on.  And the repercussions thereof.

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Found on Facebook

Posted January 12, 2017 By Ruth

Yup……

 

 

I realize that discussions with abused family members isn’t the same as what happens in public…..or is it?  At any rate…..

 

Dude…..

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Not sure the finances are there.  Unless we can get another local promo like we did last time.  Arg…..

Cuomo to shut down Indian Point Nuclear Plant by 2021

The Indian Point nuclear power plant north of New York City has been supplying low-cost electricity to the metropolitan area for more than 50 years. But to hear Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo tell it, New Yorkers will hardly miss Indian Point.

Mr. Cuomo announced on Monday that the state had reached an agreement with the plant’s operator, Entergy, to shut it down by April 2021. He minimized the effects the closure would have on the power grid, electric bills, workers and the regional economy.
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Still, other company executives and energy experts were left wondering how the state would replace the plant’s capacity of 2,000 megawatts, or about one-fourth of the power consumed by New York City and Westchester County. The state will have to do that while trying to meet Mr. Cuomo’s goal of having renewable energy account for half of the electricity delivered by utilities in New York by 2030.
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Mr. Cuomo said the state would invest in wind farms and other renewable energy sources and add transmission lines to carry hydropower from Quebec.

 

No, I’m not in NYC, but if you think this won’t affect the whole state you’re not paying enough attention!

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Bleg: Anyone recognize these gloves?

Posted January 9, 2017 By Ruth

 

3 or 4 years ago I bought these gloves at Gander Mountain.  If there was a logo or brand name on them I didn’t notice it then, and it’s worn away now.  They weren’t horribly expensive.  I know they’re not Carhartt, because that was what I actually wanted and I settled for these.  What I can read off the tag (pictured) says they’re a size M, which means they’re either women’s size or boy’s size as my hands are tiny and they’re only slightly to big on me.  The palm and fronts of the fingers are leather, the side of the thumb is black suede, the back of the hand is nylon.

Whatever they are they’ve held up to winter wear and tear (including stacking firewood) better than any glove I’ve previously tried, and kept my hands warm better than any other glove I’ve tried.  Infact I don’t even need to replace them now, but I’d like to get another pair or two to stash away.  And my husband would like a pair to fit him.  An internet search with various search terms (including the number on the remaining tag) nets me lots of gloves, some similar, but nothing quite the same.  Nor is there anything the same on Gander Mountain’s website.

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Storing tomatoes

Posted January 2, 2017 By Ruth

Ran across an interesting article on long term storage of tomatoes in dry (sifted) wood ash.  Digging around a bit more and it turns out that this isn’t actually a new idea, and that it actually works.  Science abstract here (gotta track down the full text, they tried various levels of moisture).  Additional info here.

Kinda cool.  My problem with trying it here is the moisture content.  I gotta see if I can track down the full article from the testing to see what moisture levels weren’t worth it.  We tend to be pretty damp here through the fall at least.

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Catching up

Posted January 1, 2017 By Ruth

The holidays went ok.  My MIL has been diagnosed with one of the colitis’s (I’m drawing a blank on the exact name) and until it’s under control she’s staying close to a bathroom and not eating much.  So the holidays themselves were fairly quiet, which isn’t a bad thing.  We got another new Cutco knife, a set of flannel sheets, and lots of gift cards.

Course, then on Tuesday, while making myself a sandwich, I sliced off a nice sized chunk of the finger pad of my left middle finger (with the same knife I nicked myself with a few years ago in fact).  Not quite sure what went wrong, I wasn’t in a hurry, wasn’t being stupid, wasn’t distracted, but the knife slipped and I was running for bandaids.  I managed to get it to stop bleeding without medical intervention, and then had to figure out how to bandage it so as to keep it clean and protected at work, your average fingertip bandaid just not cutting it.  Turns out there’s this nifty bandage type called a “teragram“, I’d used the padded versions several times, but never noticed the unpadded ones on the shelf (likely because they’re located with the actual wound-dressing bandages rather than with the regular bandaids).  I have now added several boxes to the first aid kit.  It’s basically a clear piece that almost looks like saran wrap, sticks to the skin but not the wound, waterproof but breathable, flexible enough to wrap around a finger tip without added bulk.  A layer of gauze over that for padding and we’re all set!  Its healing nicely, the only remaining issue is that it’s incredibly tender and without the gauze the slightest touch to it feels like someone is stabbing my finger.  With the gauze light pressure is ok, but lifting and carrying (or, shaping bread loaves) is even more painful.  Which is making work interesting.  But I’m coping.  Wish I’d found these over the summer when I got myself with that drill bit, but oh well!

We’re headed into the slow season at work, which means I’ll have lots of time off.  I have a not small woodworking project planned, we’ll see how it goes.  I intend to take lots of pictures so I can post about it when I’m done.

Winter wise we’re definitely in for it this year.  We did have a thaw for Christmas, but then it promptly snowed again and everything is once again white.

Otherwise there’s not much going on.  Quiet is good!

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Dear 2016

Posted December 29, 2016 By Ruth

Go away…..

 

Course, 2017 isn’t likely to be much better.  The large majority of the big name deaths this year come from the same generation……

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RIP Carrie Fisher — Strangled by her own Bra

Posted December 28, 2016 By Ruth

Carrie Fisher died yesterday.  Well, I expect the soul was gone when she had the heart attack and that they were just gathering her family before pulling the plug.  But the official statement was yesterday.

I grew up watching Star Wars on VHS, alot.  My dad’s a huge fan.  Princess Leia strangling the bad guy with the chain he tried to contain her with is a huge favorite scene of mine.

I’ve read a couple of her books, and enjoyed them alot, though they’re not my usual fair.

In her book Wishful Drinking she states:

“George [Lucas] comes up to me the first day of filming, and he takes one look at the dress and says, ‘You can’t wear a bra under that dress … because there is no underwear in space.’

“I promise you this is true,” she added, “and he says it with such conviction too! Like he had been to space and looked around and he didn’t see any bras or panties or briefs anywhere.”

“So, what happens if you go to space and you become weightless,” Fisher wrote. “So far so good, right? But then your body expands??? But your bra doesn’t — so you get strangled by your own bra.”

“Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit — so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”

So be it.

 

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Posted December 25, 2016 By Ruth

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Random bits and thoughts

Posted December 23, 2016 By Ruth

The upside to having my mother now on Facebook is I no longer need to send her photos and what not separately, she can see them and show them with my dad and it’s much easier.

The downside to having my mother now on Facebook is that she freaks out every time I gripe about getting sick, and every time I gripe about work, and…..

*sigh*

 

Speaking of Facebook, there’s a video going around of a Comcast worker doing work on the side of the road and a bunch of cars almost hitting him.  The general FB opinion is that the Comcast worker is EVIL and why didn’t he put out more cones, and OMG!!!  GONNA BOYCOTT COMCAST!!!!  Meanwhile I’m looking at this video thinking those morons are going WAY TOO FAST for road conditions and they better hope their insurance companies never see this video……

 

A few months ago I ordered custom muzzles for both dogs.  Arty needs one for vet visits, and I’d been trying to train Apollo to wear one just in case but hadn’t been able to find a premade one I liked.  The company offered the option of matching leashes (both leashes and muzzles made out of biothane), so I ordered one for Arty (we’re really picky about the leashes we use on Apollo).  Everything arrived, and I love the muzzles.  The leash….well, the biothane is awesome, but the clip they used is cheap crap (one reason we’re picky about Apollo’s leashes).  Since its technically a custom piece I decided it wasn’t worth griping at the company, I’d just replace the clip at some point with something heavier.  But I figured the cheap one would last the winter at least……

I was wrong.  Last Saturday, while I was at work and Husband was taking the dogs out for one last potty before he left for work, the clip on Arty’s leash somehow popped open (I suspect ice in the spring, and the cheap spring not being enough to keep it closed anyway), resulting in him taking off in mad-cap zoomies down the road.

Apollo saw him taking off, got all excited, and bounced off the end of HIS leash (another reason why we’re picky about his leashes), at which point HIS COLLAR CLOSURE popped open and he took off after Arty.  They were easy enough to catch, they only got a couple houses down the road before the excitement wore off, so everyone’s home and safe.

We’re not quite sure what happened with Apollo’s collar, in theory it’s possible that we just caught a large enough chunk of fur in the closure, resulting in it not closing properly.  However this collar is 4yrs old and I’m having a hard time believing that we’ve never gotten large chunks of his fur caught in it before.  Which makes me think that even if we DID get fur caught in it the closure itself is failing.  Which wouldn’t be a huge shock since it IS 4yrs old and gets put on him and taken off him multiple times a day.  But it is frustrating.  So until I can find a new collar I like for him we’re double collaring him.  His current collar (which, when closed, can’t slip over his head) and his old martingale (which, even when fitted properly, he’s proved he can slip out of if he really wants), in hopes that the double collar will be enough to keep him restrained.

And no, neither dog has all that great of a recall.  Normally we do have a GREAT emergency recall.  But Arty was in psycho zoomie mode cause he’d been cooped up in the house due to the cold, and Apollo wasn’t letting him go by himself.  We’re back to using Arty’s old leash, not the end of the world, but annoying.  Lotsa fun….

 

My work has been typical Christmas madness.  This is the time of year when I tend to really hate people in general.

And then I had to explain to a casual acquaintance that the use of “frenzied beasts” (by a mutual acquaintance) when referring to Black Friday/weekend crowds was not racist.  Her argument consisted of “but it’s OFTEN racist!!”.  I pointed out that context matters.  She asked if there were any terms that I thought were ALWAYS racist.  I said I always consider “nigger” to be racist, but if the community as a whole really wanted it taken that way they needed to stop using it in media.  To which she responded that it’s alright if black people call each other “nigger”, cause context mattered!  To which I responded “so why are we having this conversation again?  Cause you just proved my point”.  She hasn’t spoken to me since.

 

Speaking of retail, and people in general.  Please take some thought as to how you treat people in front of your kids (or grandkids or random children around you).  A while back I had a lady approach me looking for a particular product.  She was pushing a cart with a kid in it, probably less than 5yrs old, though I suck at guessing ages.  Kid called her gramma.  She told me that she was looking for two specific products, either of which would work for her project.  I told her that I wasn’t familiar with the one, but the other is right over here if you’ll follow me.  As I turned to lead the way I hear the kid say “you must be new here if you don’t know….” at which point gramma shushed him.  I pretended to not hear, though I’ll admit that what I wanted to do was snap at the kid about manners (which wouldn’t have been useful, but yah).

But someone in this kid’s life has said that to people who are trying to help him/her.  And not just once, likely it’s been said multiple times.  The kid rattled it off word for word.  5 yrs old or less and he already thinks that’s how you treat people who’re trying to assist you.  Oh sure, he doesn’t understand the context of it.  Doesn’t matter.  With that as his guide how do you think he’s going to grow up?

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