Friday, September 28, 2018

Summer turns to fall

Falling behind, that is.

It's been a long, miserable summer here at the Freehold. While the temperatures have been warm, it's been the tropical levels of humidity that have caused trouble here at the Freehold and around my area. I really can't recall another summer that was as consistently humid as this one. It's been bad enough that I've had to limit my work hours outside. It got to the point that, no matter how much replacement fluid I poured into myself, my body couldn't process it as fast as I was sweating.

I suppose that at some age, you get the message you aren't 25 any more. Message received.

But we finally seem to be on the down side. Not that we're seeing fall weather; we aren't. But the conditions of the last week have been far less oppressive than they have been. This means that it's time to get to it and catch up on the outside work. There are bushes and trees to trim and all that will have to be burned. There is lawn to be created by a methodology that is yet uncertain. Firewood must be processed and next year's wood obtained. I really ought to wash the outside of the house and do the windows as well.

The list goes on. I have ham antennas that I still haven't put up. Not only will that cross a big item off my list, but it will allow me to finish the long dormant series of blog posts I was doing on the process. I need to put preservative on exposed wood around the house. I want to put some sort of gutter guards on the gutters that lack them. My utility trailer needs some love. The RV wants washed and waxed. The list seems endless, but it all has to get done.

Yeah, I'm whining a bit. But enough of that, time to get moving. As they say, winter is coming.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Feed the machine

There are a number of people who wonder why the "police action" in Korea wasn't prosecuted with more vigor, why the Vietnam "conflict" was fought in a way that nearly guaranteed failure and why the the Gulf War/Global War on Terror is still going on at all.

There are also people who wonder why we put up with the joke we call "public education" and the contaminated industrial products we call "food".

Other people continue to wonder why medical costs are so high in the US, why perscription drugs are so costly and why modern medicine seems less interested in curing diseases than in offering expensive treatments that don't cure but do prolong suffering.

Color me cynical, but it appears to me that the group we call "the Deep State" views "the masses", which have more lately been  known collectively as "deplorables", as fodder for their cash cows.

Edit, 9/25/2018: Corrected an error in the final paragraph that made it clear as mud.