Dad’s Alaska

My 14th attempt at a selfie.

5 April 2020 Sunday

In the background of the above picture you can see the snarled wiring that I am attempting to unsnarl. There is much electrical to be done. The are connections in the walls that aren’t in boxes and were covered up by sheetrock or wood paneling. Just wire nutted together and left dangling inside the walls. All of these stupidities are going to require that new wire be pulled in. What I have done in the interim is to make sure all of the wire nuts are tight and expose the wires. If there is a loose connection getting hot it will be visible and not burning behind the wall out of sight. In have worried every day and night that there is some connection unseen that will start a fire. Rewiring this house is high on the list of things that must be done soon.

Still don’t have the Corrosion Virus. I’m not rusting yet. Did not sleep well last night. My knee was hurting and burning all night. Decided this morning that it is indeed a gout flare up. The balls of both feet are slightly achy which is a definite indicator of gout. The “golden years “ suck. However, I am quite happy to have these ‘golden’ years, even if the price is some bit of pain. I‘m working with the full knowledge that “this to shall pass”. The Bible says that “to everything there is a season”. This is my season of gout. I don’t, usually, have these flare up unless I’m sitting around doing nothing but eating and drinking vodka. Seems every time I park my carcass in the recliner for extended periods I get a gout attack. Like the old saw “Doctor, it hurts when I do this.” Doctor replies,”Well don’t do that”. Good advice. I’ve got to end this sitting around crap.

It is another “Bright, bright, bright sunshiny day”. Today the wind is blowing 25+ with gusts even higher. There have been some so strong as to shake the house. Those, I’m sure, were closer to 50 mph or more. The strong wind and the temp above 35F is causing a rapid melting of the snow. Places on the property that were completely covered in snow yesterday are bare ground today. The ponds should be fully thawed in a week or so. Break up will be halted by several days of temps being just above freezing during the day and down into the teens at night. The halt will stop the running river under the house and I’ll, at last, be able to finish the last bit of house leveling. With the house level the new kitchen can be installed. Of course before that we must remove the ceiling sheetrock and do the necessary wiring to make the house electrically safe prior to the kitchen install.

I found an interesting fact today. On average there are about 7500 deaths a day in the U.S. These are completely unrelated to the COVID-19 “pandemic”. I spent 15-20 minutes on the web searching major newspaper sites trying to find out about yesterday’s death toll. I could find almost all of the hysterical rhetoric I would have cared to read but not a single word about the daily death toll. It is either so high that they are afraid to publish it or it is so low that they don’t want to give President Trump the credit or that the various government entities would have a hard time justifying all of this ‘House Arrest’. I did find that 95% of the deaths involve persons who are already deathly ill from some other disease. So in my common sense brain parts, I am thinking that it is the former reason not the latter. Why is there no body count like Viet Nam or all of the other military conflicts over the past 50 years? I did not find a single news story that gave that number. I’m starting to believe that the actual death toll is minuscule compared to the number of persons infected. Common sense commands you to know that there are tens of thousands of undiagnosed cases. And, also, that the majority of those with the virus are getting well without medical intervention, This is as Shakespeare said, “Much ado about nothing” as far as I can see. If you are healthy and under 60, your chances of dying in this “pandemic” are very near zero. Maybe I’m being paranoid but this does, in some ways, seem more about government control of people than control of an infectious disease. This seems particularly true at the state and local level. Just sayin’.

A picture of today’s weather.

Much Later

Got off my duff and worked on Summer’s bathroom wall. She had taped and mudded the wall. Problem is she had no idea of how to do it. The remedy was to use the mud knife to scape the dried mud as smooth as possible and then use a wet sponge to smooth it out. I’ve been using the wet sponge method on drywall for decades. It beats all of that sanding by a mile. Of course, there are still an few spots to be sanded but you aren’t spending hours breathing in the sanding dust. A bucket of water and a tile sponge gets the job done,

I often feel like that guy in the old donut commercial. But instead of donuts it’s dishes. Take the dishes down, use the dishes, wash the dishes, stack the dishes, take the dishes down, use the dishes and on and on ad nauseam. We try, as much as possible, eat off paper plates. Yep, I am aware that some people think that it is bad for the environment. “You’re killing trees.” “Yes. But I’m saving water.” The next day someone is saying something different. You please one eco-wacko and anger another. There is no happy medium or common sense being applied. The truth is that there are more trees in America now that when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. There are, also, more deer and lots of more of other game in America than when the Pilgrims landed. I’m surprised that more of them didn’t starve to death. Management of our natural resources has been seen as a critical need and it is being met. BTW, I am truly sick of dishes. Maybe I’ll just start eating out of the pot or pan. Laundry is a lot like dishes. Maybe I’ll try to find some paper clothes or just go naked. Nope. On second thought naked isn’t an option in Alaska. Could have done it in Florida but not here. Oh well.

I think I’ve sorted out why I am having this gout attack. I drank over a half bottle of really good red wine on Friday and woke up yesterday morning with a sore knee. Drank some more of it yesterday. I barely slept last night because of the pain and now have pain in the balls of my feet. Since the red wine is the only difference in my daily diet, it must be the cause. No more large volumes of red wine. I will miss it. Maybe I can have a glass now and then.

The washer is playing that pretty little tune that says that its’ job is done and that now it’s my turn.

Dad’s Alaska

Who’s afraid of the big bad virus?

2 April 2020

ANSWER: Just about everyone. The problem is that if you are living in fear of something you aren’t really living. You are simply surviving until the next thing that scares you. But I guess, in this case, staying home might be in your best interest. I suspect what I really object to and vehemently dislike is that the government is forcing the isolation. I guess that makes me some kind of Constitutional extremist.

There is a theory that the reason California cities have been hit less hard that New York City because of ‘Herd Immunity’. There have been thousands of Chinese in and out of California over the past year. It is theorized that many Californians got some version of COVID-19 and thought is was just whatever flu that was going around at that time. There was no obvious outbreak and no symptoms beyond that expected from the flu. Also, like the flu a few people died but most got well never suspecting that they had some new strain of virus. That seems to be the only reasonable explanation.

Today was spent pretty much like yesterday. Eating, watching TV, loading the dishwasher, rearranging the kitchen, folding clothes, bringing in firewood and working on the Great American novel. In other words, BORED SILLY. The weather is making my life miserable because I truly hate being trapped inside.

Today was supposed to be about the final leveling of the house. The mitigating factor that allowed me to avoid this task one more time was rain. It was supposed to snow and yet it rained all day. Underneath the house was a running river and a mud pit of the first order. Any excuse not to crawl under the house is a good excuse. The problem is that we are destined to have another hard freeze Sunday night and Monday morning. When the mud is frozen solid I will have no excuse. Dammit!!

The weather is and has been a bit strange last summer and this winter. Summer was hotter than normal for longer than normal. This winter was colder than it has been in near ten years. One day is near 40F degrees and the next it is 20F something and the day after that it is -7F. I’m surprised that more people haven’t had more colds and flu that seems to go with the radical temperature shifts. Maybe the temp shifts have nothing to do with catching a cold. But everybody’s mother has said, “Put on your coat or you’ll catch your death of cold”.

Found a new TV show ‘Prodigal Son’. Summer and I have now watched all 17 shows of the first season. Unfortunately by the time Season 2 comes out we will have forgotten about it and that we liked it. I’ve lost numerous shows that way. Somehow we get wrapped up in another show and the old show fades into the background. Occasionally, I rediscover a show. Usually it has been so long since I first watched it that there are now four seasons to watch. Because of the time gone by, I have to go back to Season 1 to reacquaint myself with all of the characters. Maybe I should try to do something besides watch the infernal thing. Maybe I should take up a hobby like origami or knitting.

It is 11:00 PM here and 3:00 AM on the East Coast. Time to prep for bed and another night of nocturnal rolling and turning because I’m not physically tired. Good Night.