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Been a long time…


So much change. Since the last post, I have moved my sites — TWICE. My old host where I had been was closing and I moved somewhere else against my better judgement… Really, when your Spidey-senses tell you to do something, you should do it. After a lot of stress and trouble, I moved where the old host suggested. They’re great!


The Spidey-senses also tend to be relevant with things like work too… Since the last post (I really thought it hadn’t been that long), I had changed jobs — to a company that I LOVED. Great pay, decent runs, not sending you out in unsafe weather (how quickly that has changed)… Sadly, the company was part of a larger, growing conglomerate — the largest mail contractor in the country. However, something that had so much promise had a such a very horrible execution. When I started, at our terminal there were over 40 drivers… now there are 7. A whole lot of runs… some the PO changed/killed, but some, many, were lost due to poor management. What kind of person thinks that letting mail sit for 15 hours is a good idea. At other companies I have been, they’d have torn a huge piece of skin off this guy’s ass — actually he’d have been fired. Bad commo is another thing — no one can reach said manager between 5p and 8a… who does that? Anyway, that and the overt favoritism just made it bad. And, I would say speaking to people in a condescending and high-handed manner doesn’t help. They are in shock that the unions are coming in all over the country at most terminals… Leia said it best: “The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin (in this case “Darth Vader”), the more star systems will slip through your fingers.” Such truth. They want it like the old days where they could treat drivers like shit and they’d accept it. Fuck that! There are a lot of driving jobs out there and you don’t have to accept ones that yell, try and get you to do unsafe shit or try to claw back money they’ve given you.

The job musical chairs was also too much — sick to my stomach every day about losing my job (and I wasn’t alone) and it finally happened and I had to move to another terminal an hour and 10 minutes away. Had to join the union —guess what, I was wrong about them… the APWU is great. Their recruiters that Jeff and I had talked to years ago, they were “not great” and cause more harm then good… but the union itself. Great. I ended up with a better run though, but the company, in it’s usual disdain for their drivers, had decided to lower the pay there at that “terminal” by $8 an hour >:-o WTF right? I’m moving on. Not just because of this company who has such contempt for their drivers — the ones who do the job that brings in the money — everyone else being just support staff… they don’t get that shit. Higher management has been known to say “Drivers are a dime a dozen” — sure they are pally, but you get what you pay for. Imagine, a company that had 5000 drivers now reduced to a shadow of that. Fuck it — I’m movin’ on. I will say, the manager have now… he’s done right by me and I think he is a good guy.

I should say, there is another part to this… the Postmaster General that Donny put in there, Louis DeJoy, he is a goat fucker. He left XPO to come here, yet he just doesn’t get the Mail. He thinks it’s a business, when in fact it’s in the Constitution. I have to have a badge and a background check, but he’s having them put the mail on the load board and all these foreign outside carriers run it; late, without screening, not being able to speak English and causing accidents, etc. (one article about it is in freightwaves: Lax oversight of trucking contractors plagues postal service). Of course, we’re wrong about that now, don’t ya know.

Corruption and Scumbaggery

You can read a bit about the above-noted corruption, the PO and the Postmaster General’s part in it… DeJoy’s Conflict of Interest.


Te Kings colour

GRIn reenacting, I have retired from WWI — in 2021, it was. Two good friends had passed and it wasn’t the same. That’s the gist of it. I’m still doing Roman, for now and playing at building a British Revvy War impression. Gives me something to do and be excited about.

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A better day


Less postal drama, but… Due to my truck being in the shop I had to take someone else’s… One that is ALWAYS on empty. An extra hour in fueling. And WAY dirty. I cleaned it for him and even armor-alled it. I’m sure that will go unnoticed. Then the first load was not ready when supposed to be, causing me to have to run attaching trip later after everything else. Did make the Dutch trip early… There was some goodness out there.

Of course, with the lateness off my return to the casa, lot Miller couldn’t hold it, but… He’s 15. I have potty pads down for him and he goes there!

Gas is sure going up. Can we say “profiteering?” Let’s hope this $ is here before the weekend. I need to get my car back… Things to do, buy a new mower, etc.

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Life and Work


Gods I am tired. Tired of assholes. Tired of FPR’s

Here’s the thing about a job that are important:

  • Don’t bounce my check or cheat me. Or, try to cheat me.
  • Don’t ask me to do unsafe or illegal shit.
  • Respect and appreciation are nice, but in this industry, very fucking rare.
  • But, the biggest thing is: have my back in regards to the post office; some in the P.O. are very good people, but there are also some who should have been drowned at birth. Anyway, if you don’t have my back in this regard, or violate any of the things I mention, don’t expect any loyalty from me.

Just ruminating. Dealt with some loser scum FPR’s again tonight. Still dealing with other shit. Just tired of life… I live for my dogs and the cat. That’s pretty much it right now.

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Politics, the rise of the new nazis (Antifa) and the decline of America…


So, the leftists and anti-Americans controlled by the nazi George soros are doing their best to tear us apart and bring down this country. Pretty disgusting really. You have paid political agitators protesting and causing violence. Destroying landmarks, suppressing their opponents free speech and even attacking them. I saw a video of some slug spraying tear gas in the face of some confederate reenactors. This turd was arrested, but you know he’ll get off 😡 Saw another news article where a WWII group had a dinner and a couple of the employees then got fired for taking photos with them… WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE.


Nazis, yes, NAZIS in the guise of “anti fascists” what bullshit. They’re nothing more than Nazis. Many claim to be socialists, but ya know what? ALL SOCIALISTS ARE NATIONAL SOCIALISTS! Don’t let anyone tell you that’s not true.


And now, everyone is offended about something and the left whines constantly abut President Trump… at least now they’re off the Russia kick. I find it funny that he’s now a racist when over the years he was the only one hiring blacks and gays and other minorities… Hell, even Jessie Jackson gave him an award for that. The left just knows no shame; they’ll say anything, do anything to smear someone they believe to be an enemy. So many people se another civil war coming… I hope not.

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Still blah… and now this


So, I’m still blah about everything. Looking and networking for a job. I want one that is a good fit and all.

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Okay, so that’s tomorrow. Right now, I’m grilling because someone started nagging me. It’s 2:15. It’s just us. A friend loaned me some money and I was able to buy fresh food. Of course, my “roommate” is not happy with what I dared buy… No, no. We must only buy what said person feels is apropos…

Anyway, it’s just hamburgers and some “donkey dick” as Mark calls it. Got some Amish potato salad and avocados too. Even enough for tomorrow too. Anyway, I am sitting on the deck ruminating about things. Oh shit, need to set timer for grill 😛

It’s not like most people will even think of this date in 1776… To the masses, it’s just a day to drink beer (it was complained that I dared not buy any Redd’s Apple Ale–which I like too). See, some people like to spend the money down to zero, like a money locust… I don’t. Anyway, whilst I am not that hip on the Civil War period, I do find the Revolution quote interesting. We were a “Brexit” before it was cool. Most people in this country though, are simpletons… People so shallow they can’t even tell you about our history, yet will be voting for Hillary (now that their socialist hero Bernie is out–unless Hillary gets properly indicted). They truly should have to pass a test to vote in this country. Simpletons is a good word for many.

Anyway, it’s a nice day–not cranking hot like last weekend. I wish I could have went sailing yesterday… Nice weather there and wind. None for today it tomorrow, it says. Perhaps next weekend. I know for sure, I’m going sailing on the 16th–wind or no wind.

Hope to be going to get the truck after that. Somehow, I will get to Ohio… I just hope they get her done.


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The blahs.


Really, I am numb to most things these days. I was going to go sailing (which is one of the few things that brings me joy anymore), but $ is short until payday. I got laid off on Monday, but it’s a good thing. Really! Anyone who knows me, knows just how much I was unhappy there. Yes, I hate to change jobs, but in reality, I should have last year. If my mother hadn’t have passed last winter, I would have had to, as I just couldn’t afford it. The health insurance went up $300. per month the last two years. This year, it was going to be $1570. per MONTH for the wife and I… I had to drop it and get coverage on the market. That meant the money I was getting for the health care was not usable (neato huh) and went into a 401k, like at the company before. Actually, I wish I had done it that way from the beginning, as I’d have a lot more in my 401k AND have still had health care. Oh well. Anyway, it is what it is.

The ‘Net and my inability to go there anymore

It is strange… I used to LOVE to do stuff on the ‘Net. I would read my emails (a almost dead thing now due to Facebook) and I loved to work on my websites… However, since the last job entailed me being on the Internet and computer SO MUCH, I just don’t seem to feel like it anymore. “Back in the day,” I was on the ‘puter constantly, all day, late into the evening, EVERY day. The last employer didn’t understand what I actually did for the job–it wasn’t constant, but it entailed me being there to fix things ALL day and well into the night–including weekends. I think he felt I did nothing for what he paid me. Fine–his company. Another problem was that I couldn’t go out of town overnight due to my wife’s physical stuff and me having to be here to deal w/ the animals. I understand what they needed. I hope they get it. I’m at peace with it all and the gave me a fair severance. I have nothing bad to say.  C’est La Vie!

I really need a vacation and by that, I mean AWAY. Like going home to Reno. If it works out and I get the money like I’m supposed to AND, if I can line up a job to start, I might try and take a week to go there. I dunno. It costs like $52. a day for the dogs in the kennel. I only have two now, but she-who-shall-not-be-mentioned won’t watch them or take them out. Even just Miller, who is the calmest dog there is. I DO need to get away and I’d like to see the Fam. I used to go every year. However, since I got married, that hasn’t been possible. It was fine when I lived in Cali, but here, no. I have to fly… And the Kennel thing multiplies shit exponentially.

Some Things Are Better

My Fridge... a Samsung RF4287HAPD

My Fridge… a Samsung RF4287HAPD

My Fridge's control panel. Kinda high-tech (for when we got it 5 years ago). No cameras like now. Still, neat, but I bet pricey to fix. IF Samsung tech repair will call, which was promised a WEEK AGO.

My Fridge’s control panel. Kinda high-tech (for when we got it 5 years ago). No cameras like now. Still, neat, but I bet pricey to fix. IF Samsung tech repair will call, which was promised a WEEK AGO.

On the good front, I now have the $ (or will this week, if all goes as its supposed to) to get my pickup out of hock (it’s been in the shop for a whole year as of today 😮 ) and also, fix the fridge (control panel locked up and a sensor came loose INSIDE the freezer where I cannot get to it) and the dryer too… an on-going pain for years–had a new motor in 2013, but I think it was bad from the beginning. The dryer motor makes noise. Also, needs a roller and maybe a temp sensor… Ugh. But all in all… I have a sailboat. The club is paid until March, as is the storage!! It costs little to sail. I DO want to have someone look at the outboard motor and tell me why it just cuts out while motoring sometimes. I don’t think it’s a big thing, as the outboard starts on the first pull usually. Just when it cuts out on the way back in… 😮 My sailing partner and good friend Marv is not thrilled w/ this aspect. And, I am not yet that skilled at sailing to the dock. Something to practice–Hell, I have trouble docking in a strong wind. Last time… it was trying to keep the tiller and the outboard going same way. I am going to lock the outboard and just steer w/ the tiller. I need to make an extender for the shifter, as it is hard to reach. I DO love the boat. I was able to sail the whole day by my self on Father’s day. Marvin helped me get her int he water and then went and did his family stuff-he looked worried as I left the dock, but it was good. I got a little crispy from the sun/wind, but had a blast. I need a bimini for sure… no shade in the cockpit. Can you, gentle reader, tell what interests me? A bad da at the boat is still better than the best day at work and often home too.

On the Mooring?

A Catalina 22 on a mooring ball

A Catalina 22 on a mooring ball (not mine). I swiped the photo off the ‘Net to show what we’re talking about.

The guy I bought the boat from, and others, think I should keep her on a mooring ball, but I have been reluctant as I live so far away. If something were to happen, it is TWO hours from here to the boat, at best. However, I then wouldn’t be held hostage by the tides… that IS a problem. Of course, I also would then have to redo the bottom paint 😮 Right now, I leave the boat rigged on her trailer, but still, it takes about an hour from me getting there, to being on the dock. I have a tarp over the cockpit to keep a lot of the leaves out and thus keep the cockpit drains from plugging and then it filling w/ water. Also, the tarp helps keep the windows form leaking, which they do otherwise. Anyway, I have the mains’l bent on (look at me, all using nautical terms), but the jib is not. I wish i could afford a roller furler–it sure would make single-handed sailing easier. Still, I have two jibs and a spinnaker (don’t know how to use that yet).


I still would like to take lessons in sailing. I called a place down there (Washington Sailing Marina) and they gave me this chick’s number, but she blew me off. And, I don’t have $400. for an ASA class. I’d like to mind you, but don’t have it. Most of my life’s problems these days are about money. Ugh. Life used to be less complicated. Oh well… I read a lot and try new stuff. I saw a bunch of mylar balloons cone down in the Potomac on Father’s Day, so I sailed over and got them w/ the boat hook as I went by. 🙂 I need more practice on things like that. Need wind too. Last weekend, it was not windy–yesterday was, but I didn’t have the $35. in gas to go down there. Not sure when next trip is. At least on the 16 July–the birthday trip 🙂 I looked at my weather apps and the rest of the weekend is crap winds. Not worth driving down. Soon though.

The Yard and Garden

I don’t need to mow this weekend (a weed eating wouldn’t hurt as I blew it off last weekend when I DID mow)… with little rain, the lawn has calmed its growing spurt. I used ot water all summer, but now do as the local tribes and I don’t… only the trees and the garden. Ahh, the garden. Strawberries came back booming. This year, I put down cloth, cut around the plants and then mulched. I only have 4 tomato plants in this year. My one bed, I thought I’d not have to plant squash and zucchini, but the damned things grew on their own and are not setting fruit >:-( I’ll have to dig that bed out and get onto replanting. I finished bed #3 and have 2 watermelons and 2 cantaloupes there… extended bed #1’s drip to that one, so all is good. Maybe this week, I shall dig all the fruitless squash out and replant w/ new plants that WILL set fruit. I like them and cook with a lot. Last year, I didn’t do so much because I was stuck running a mail run all summer… 16 hours of driving a day 😮 Ugh. I was so tired all the time. Buying food on he road. Just burnt. Hell, as I was on salary, I got nothing extra for this and in fact, because I was so tired on the way home every day, I got 4 speeding cam tix in Maryland and they cost me $42 each >:-( So, in reality, me running that shit cost me money. Ugh. And for what? Not even a thank you. At least the late Lord Byron would have said that: “Captain, you’re doin’ a Hell of a job… I couldn’t do it without you.” At least you felt good. Last summer was wasted and I didn’t get to do as much w/ m nephew… he did get to go in truck to NY and I could tell it dampened an desire he had to be a truck driver 😛 He wasn’t thrilled w/ that shit at all–which is good. I don’t want him in this downwardly-mobile profession. I don’t like how talking about the garden (which I like) turned into talking about work (which I don’t)… Suffice it to say, this week, if paid like promised,  shall be finishing bed #4 (cheaply to do)… I have fence posts and wire (Thanks Joe!!), but need blocks. I have scrounged all but 4 of the blocks so far. Might just buy the rest. Is it too late to grow peas? Cukes were bitter last year and I am wary of that. Hmmmm. I keep getting the display driver crashing, so I guess I’ll sign off this post and reboot. Can’t run photoshop w/ out that. And… unless yo want my blogs to be pictureless (even more boring) I need to have that working. I think I got all the typos out. I think. I hates dat.


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Insurance scammery


Well so, now that my new insurance has started, I have found I got screwed. I talked about WHY I had to change HERE. Anyway, it turns out that even though I told them I HAD to keep the doctors, and the broker PROMISED I could, guess what? This guy, Carl, at screwed me (don’t deal with Velapoint–they are a rip off). When I called this guy back yesterday, he made some cheesy-ass excuse and PROMPTLY transferred me to a lady at who told me I was trapped. Neato huh? I had all of one day to find replacement insurance and got screwed. It never matters, I go into stuff in good faith and get fucked by THIEVES. This kind of fucking bullshit is Why I believe we need single payer. Sure, I am sure the government would screw it up, but health care is a right and they’ve now screwed us ALL. I sure hope Trump gets in there and can fix it. I would love to see all the health insurance companies go tits up.

Anyway, aetna, of course, has been totally unhelpful and seemingly going out of their way to make sure I am a disgruntled customer, that I will TELL everyone and never deal with them again. “Oh sir, there’s nothing we can do. You’ll have to keep that account until January. Really, nice. What thieves. Don’t buy from aetna and CERTAINLY do NOT deal w/ I hate liars and thieves.

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Just a Sunday


green_and_blueWhat’s new? Noting, really. A unit NCO Skype meeting later. Me reading through the old entries in this blog… some really amuse me. Ha. Things that happened years ago.

Anyway, woke up early. Was supposed to snow some, but didn’t (yay). I don’t know if I feel like talking about politics today. Or a lot of things.

I do know I have hope of getting my pick up back soon. Hey, it went to Ohio July 1. I do know it has the 5 speed in it and drive train hooked up. Mech was going to button up the dash and test drive. I hope it all works. WHY, you ask, did I want to change to a manual trans? Well, a couple years ago, I had the auto rebuilt by a guy in Orbisonia–the BEST GUY IN THE WHOLE AREA all the people I new said. Well, that turned out to be crap. Johnnie, that was his name, had a shop. Anyway, ol’ Johnnie had my truck from August to mid-October and lo, while he rebuilt it, after 21k miles, it took a shit. When I called him, he aid, “Well… it’s out of warranty, I’d like ta help ya but I’m not gonna eat it.” Then, whenever I tried calling this jackass, he was never there. They are going to do an autopsy on that trans soon. Anyway,  just don’t want to deal w/ it. It’s not like a old Turbo 350 that would go for YEARS without problems. My old trans was a 4L60E transmission and those, I have read, have a lot of problems. Anyway, m friend Alan found me a 3/4 ton w/ a 5 speed and we got all the stuff for it. It’s been a bit of a bear getting done. Hope it will be done soon. Need it to splash and tow the boat–I think the jeep isn’t enough. Certainly, I can’t get it into the water w/ out the rear doors going under water.

Onward. MTA is coming up soon. Don’t know what will happen because people who say they want to come can’t be bothered to get their stuff back. Ugh.

Work. Computers having problems. Crashing, then messing up logs for driver side of the system. Hope the can fix it.

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Healthcare woes


hulkpainSo, Wednesday morning, I got a shock. Talking to the office manager, I find that not only is my healthcare going WAY up (another $300 a month), but that I was supposed to choose 2 days before what I was going to do but I never got the paper or knew. Ugh. Immediate chest pains and stomach. Ugh. $1750 a month?! That’s like $21,000 a year?!? WTF? I can’t afford that. I was already in serious trouble since last year’s increase of $300. a month. Aaiiiheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, FUCK!

reliefWhen I got home and had time to breathe, I called my car insurance place and wonderful Jennifer there gave me a number to call. Turns out I can get a “silver plan” which is ca. $409. for both the wife and I. Co-pays are less, except for specialists, but the deductible is more, about $3k, but I’m sorry, I cannot pay what they want on the old plan–how can anyone?

As it is, the “Health and welfare” portion of my check, ca. $860. or so a month, well, I can’t use that–only for the company insurance. See, due to the evil machinations of a company I used to work for (no, not the Bad Horsey), most mail contractors don’t pay you the health and welfare money anymore, so as to save on their payroll tax. So, I can’t actually USE the money meant for m insurance unless I buy the company insurance which costs over 4 times what the one I got on the market cost??! 😮 What they do, is put that money in a 401k account. Joy. Hell, the last company, Bad Horsey, well all of it went into the 401k and in the end, he shafted me out of about $20k. Nice huh? A friend too. Wonderful guy who is going to go to jail to learn the lesson that theft and misuse of pension funds is a felony. The government (who is prosecuting him) say he owes our pension plan like $1.8 MILLION dollars–I’ll never see any of it. Anyway, so… with this way, I will have $860 or so in my 401lk each month, still have decent insurance and get a little more in my check each payday (still keeping me poor, but not NEARLY as poor as if I had kept w/ the other insurance). Wow, perhaps I will get to retire someday… I doubt it, but maybe.

Don’t get me wrong, the company insurance wasn’t bad, just expensive… but… I certainly wasn’t thrilled to find out that I had been paying $100 a month more to be out of state either. It had a $1700. deductible.


What I want

Many of my friends call me a “socialist” or some shit because I want single payer health care. Sorry, I believe health care is a basic right. Sorry Fritz, I do. Anyway, the system that we had before was pretty sucky and while the intent was good, the application of Obamacare made things INFINITELY WORSE! “Why can’t we go back? say some. Because, with the advent of Obamacare, the genie is out of the bottle, not to be put back in. M brother Jim thins perhaps it was planned this way to force single-payer. Maybe, I don’t know. I do know that yes, we will pay more taxes for it, but then I won’t be paying nearly the rapacious amount health insurance costs. Organized thievery with no real concern for health.

Many, including Fritzel and my friend Tim, think the government cannot be trusted to run it. Perhaps. But I see no real solution.

Life Goes On

Hopefully, this will help get things back on track with me. I am also working to re-fi the house. It would be done by now, but hit a snag. When I was unemployed due to the shithead ex-owner of Bad Horsey (see how I don’t mention any real names in here…), I got behind on my mortgage and had to get it modified. Somehow, and I don’t remember this at all, they put the difference in a second to be paid off when I sell. It’s taking some time to do, I think it’s called, a subordination. It will be worth it though, as it will lower the mortgage–not as much as I want, but even a little over $100 a month will help.