|Vietam Memorial. Washington DC (Columbia). United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Monday, May 30, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
|English: Samsung Galaxy Ace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I realize that my time and my families cheap little plan are not that important to a big company like US Cellular but I still find it mildly annoying to spend several hours activating cell phones when I could have been cooking hamburgers and puttering about in my garden. It only took a short time to activate the cell phones after I got lucky enough to telephone the one representative who knew the mysteries of the plan.
ATT had better customer service in my opinion but US Cellular is a slight bit cheaper and has better deals if you read the fine print and are willing to put up with their partially problematic customer service. Maybe I made some type of mistake but it just shouldn't be this difficult to activate a phone. ATT was easier and more professional. I believe the problem with US Cellular is that they separate the responsibility to the customer into different organizational groups and this instills a culture in their employees of passing the buck to the next group. It is at least clear that a US Cellular store does not take customer responsibility for cell phones ordered on a US Cellular website.
Oh well, the price is right and I probably won't be activating phones for a few years. I am just too old and ill for these type of adventures.
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Thursday, May 26, 2016
|English: Bill Clinton’s flyer as he ran for President of the student body at Georgetown University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The disruption at Trump events seems to be caused by external agitators and not by Trump supporters but the media does not differentiate this fact clearly. Trumps words are extensively analysed for racism and inconsistencies. I do not trust Trump but I don't trust any politician so why should he be different. Trump uses emotional statements to emphasize feelings he thinks people believe in and he clearly is not careful with his wording. It is fair to give him significant criticism but not everything he says is wrong and he should not be automatically dismissed when he talks. The liberal press has a knee jerk reaction to everything Trump says and that simply is not appropriate in a representative democracy.
The press seems to ignore Clinton's illegal emails and reviews of her comments are always slanted to put her in the best light. Her husbands sexual behavior while in office is a legitimate problem and he should not be in government. Everyone may have sinned but that doesn't mean you should put someone in a public trust when they have used that trust inappropriately in the past. Hillary plans to put Bill into some kind of public trust in her administration so his past behavior is fair game in politics.
It would be nice if we could just judge candidates by their policy viewpoints. Unfortunately, most of Trump's policies change with every wisp of wind and the majority of Clinton's policies are not acceptable to start. Third party candidates are not a viable solution at this time. There are not any presidential candidates that I would trust at this time.
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Saturday, May 21, 2016
|Example of old vine branch with ripening grape clusters. Some of the berries on the cluster are ripening unevenly with only partial veraison. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Monday, May 16, 2016
|Euphorbia wulfenii (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Still, I will have a few container veggies and some small fruit/nut bushes to be planted. Scavenged containers from Craigslist help keep the cost down. I recommend Guerneys seed and nursery mail order for some good deals on high quality plants if you wait for their sales. I don't care to plant anything that I don't like to eat so that limits what I grow. Flowers are pretty but I want something that will provide me with a little return on my investment.
The existing giant trees in my garden area need a good trim to allow some light in for veggies and other plants. We have a 27 foot manual pole saw that needs to be employed on a sunny day with no wind to get rid of all the shade producing branches. Last year we even had some one foot puff ball mushrooms spring up over night under the trees. Its time to let the sun shine in to this dark abyss. I tried using the long pole saw on an extremely high branch but its a little tricky and my muscles are not like they were 20 years ago so I temporarily delayed until I have more time. Its easy to use a 16 foot pole saw but these 27 foot honeys take some practice.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016
|English: Alarm clock Polski: Budzik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I noticed there was what appeared to be some type of alarm clock installed in the control panel. Later someone told me that George would turn on the autopilot, set the alarm clock and take naps on long flights. I never noticed George nod off when I was in the copilots seat but he did tell me to keep an eye out for any other plane in the area when I first started flying with him. This kind of worried me slightly because I am essentially blind in one eye and I greatly prefer someone with two eyes looking for any potential crash partners. He did put the plane into a deliberate dive once after I said I didn't give a damn what he did.
I heard numerous flying stories from other employees regarding George which I can't verify such as running out of fuel in flight and clipping power lines because the plane was over loaded. Apparently he used a credit card once to scrap off accumulated ice from the front window during flight after something failed so he could make an important social engagement. George is a Korean war vet and a good engineer so I didn't hold minor piloting irregularities against him.
|Schematic of patterns of disease in Crohn's disease (CD). Based on diagram of human intestine in GFDL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
When I originally started having mild Crohn's symptoms I was only being treated by an internist doctor that was unfamiliar with the disease. He ordered a bunch of tests that said I was fine. He then suggested everything was in my head and that I should take up yoga to reduce my stress. The pain finally got so bad that I staggered into his office and said I was going to die right in front of him unless he did something. At that point it was obvious something was wrong so he finally sent me to the hospital where they proceeded to tell me that I had cancer and made a giant incision on my belly. Fortunately it wasn't cancer. After I woke up a nurse told me I had Crohn's disease instead. "What's that?" I managed to wheeze. She said the doctor would explain it to me and she walked away quickly. That is when my new journey with Crohn's began.
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