Thursday, September 16, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

new and improved...

After 10 years, it was time for a new (Pepino III) swamp cooler. Pepino is Spanish for cucumber - as in "cool as a cucumber". Pepino II went through 3 pumps, 2 timer circuits, and 1 fan replacement over the years as well as a new cooling pad every year - but it was finally time to upgrade the whole system. After a day of tweaking the settings, the new one works a little more efficiently than the old one but with about the same 20° drop in temperature for the outside ambient air. For now, the timing circuit is programmed for the pump to run for 30 seconds every 5 minutes. The 12 volt cyclical timer has 18 different programming modes. The numeric display as well as the circuit can be turned on and off without effecting the saved settings. As long as I was in testing mode, I double checked the rate of water consumption on a 92° day - 1 gallon per 1 3/4 hrs.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Bringing order to the chaos...

 

Tomorrow I tape and mud.
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Monday, September 13, 2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. 11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. 13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.  

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Pandemic Saturday

This article recently came out with the clickbait title "Questioning the catchphrase: Pandemic of the unvaccinated" - which most likely leads the idiots who are refusing the vaccine (without actually reading and thinking about what the article says) to think it means they aren't to blame after all for the surging pandemic.  The article's key points are as follows:  1. hospitalization rates among unvaccinated adults are 17 times higher than among those fully vaccinated.  2. the virus has reemerged in the southern United States primarily among unvaccinated people.  3.  unvaccinated people continue to account for the fast majority of those hospitalized.  

The reason the catchphrase is in question has little to do with whether or not it's true...it's about the message it sends and worrying about how the public will react to it.  "It is true that the unvaccinated are the biggest driver but we mustn't forget that the vaccinated are part of it as well...the pandemic clearly involves all people, not just the unvaccinated".  Anyone with any common sense is aware of that - but the fact remains that it is the unvaccinated that are the MAIN problem.  The article goes on to say "branding it a pandemic of the unvaccinated is "provocitave" and "stigmatizes the unvaccinated". 

The idiots who remain unvaccinated have an opposition toward Washington and there is concern that the more you stir the opposition, the more it convinces them to not give in. A poll in July found that 45% of adults who had not yet received the vaccine said they definitely would not get it.  2 in 3 unvaccinated adults said they had little to no confidence the shots are effective against mutations like the delta variant - although the data show vaccination dramatically reduces the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death.

Bottom line:  Unvaccinated Americans are still the ones most at risk and still the main ones putting everyone at risk.  Quit following the misinformation and conspiracy bullshit you read on the internet, get over your "opposition to Washington", and if being told you are the main problem in this pandemic is provocitave and makes you feel stigmatized...then tough shit.

 

Friday, September 10, 2021

computed tomography scan


Did my annual lung cancer screening chest scan this morning at Big Bend Regional Medical Center.  Was in and out in exactly 14 minutes.  Won't know the results until next week.  Wasn't able to get the procedure last year due to Covid.  Lucky to get in this year with hospitalizations on the rise again.  A lot of people don't realize there is a trickle down effect of the pandemic.  Covid might not get you...but you might not be able to get tests or treatment for other conditions.  90,96,68,0,B