Do you think the king has the right idea?
November 13, 2014
Do you think the king has the right idea?
November 13, 2014
Yesterday Andy spent some time cleaning up the sides of the roads in preparation for plowing this winter.
Are you doing anything to prepare for winter?
November 12, 2014
Andy didn’t go up to the land yesterday because his usual route up there was closed, and the alternate route would have taken between two and three hours each way.
The road was closed because of a one-vehicle accident in the morning, and it didn’t reopen until about 6:30 last night. The accident was serious— the driver died — and because it was a commercial vehicle (truck?), the Department of Transportation had to investigate it. Presumably the investigator had to come from Santa Fe.
That’s too bad about the driver. There are some sharp curves on the road coming down from the mountains, so accidents do happen there.
On a different note, here’s a video of a dog trying to show a baby how he’s supposed to jump in his swing:
November 11, 2014
Lately I’ve been trying to get to bed a lot earlier, and about 1 a.m. yesterday I was brushing my teeth when most, but not all, of the lights in our apartment went out. It was so strange I woke up Andy. He checked the circuit breakers, which were fine. We have plenty of flashlights for such an occasion, so Andy looked up the emergency/after-hours phone number for the apartments.
When I phoned it, the fellow asked about the circuit breakers, said there was no way to contact the county then, but he would send someone over in the morning to see what was going on. If things changed before then please phone him.
Okay. I know the county crews work nights and weekends, so I ended up phoning our friendly police department to find out what to do. The dispatcher was very helpful. She waited while I double-checked that it wasn’t just our apartment that was having problems, took my phone number, and contacted the county for us. The fellow there phoned us to get the details, and a few minutes later a county truck appeared in our parking lot and a couple of guys started looking for the problem. Andy and I went to bed.
I woke up briefly around 6 a.m., saw the lights were on in the other room, and phoned our after-hours apartment fellow to tell him the problem had been fixed.
Today I wrote to the police department and the county public works department to thank them for the prompt service. Yay, electricity! Yay, county! Is it any wonder I love this place?
November 10, 2014
The above cartoon is a bit of an exaggeration, of course. And as I’ve said, the customer service department of our health insurance company is easily accessible. The billing department, not so much.
But progress has been made. We recently received an email saying they’re now trying to get the refund from the provider instead of from us. According the Customer Service the provider returned the money months ago, but at least we should no longer be pestered. Yay!
November 9, 2014
As an independent film producer admitted last weekend at the Middleburg Film Festival, when asked what he thought the audience was for one of his films, “I don’t really think about the audience when I’m producing a film. Maybe I should.”
—Critic’s notebook: ‘Interstellar’s’ sonic soup or: How auteurs diss their audiences
I imagine movie producers who want to produce blockbusters think about their audience, but they certainly don’t think of people like me — people who don’t like loud noises but do like clear dialog. It’s been years since I’ve seen a movie in a theater, and even then I wore ear plugs plus industrial-strength ear protectors.
I do sometimes watch movies using Netflix, so I can set the volume to a comfortable level, and if it’s hard to understand the dialog I turn on Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
I like movies and TV programs that are more about the characters than about action and special effects. What about you? Do you go to many movies? If so, what kind do you like?
November 8, 2014
In the wake of Tuesday’s elections, U.S. President Barack Obama cuts a lonely figure. In fact, he may end his term of office as the most isolated president since Richard Nixon. If that is the case, it will largely be a plight of his own making.
The isolation starts with the fact that from the beginning, for the president and his campaign team, it was never about the Democratic Party. It was never about the rest of their team in the administration. It was never about a network of international relationships. It was always about one man who was the product, the messenger, the mission, and the raison d’être all wrapped into one. And for the next two years, it seems highly likely that any brave post-election faces they try to put on this to the contrary, Obama will reap the results of his political and policy narcissism in a way that will not only be difficult for him personally but will be bad for America and its role in the world.
—David Rothkop, This Man Is an Island
It should be interesting. It’s too bad so many people are affected by it.
(If you’re interested there’s also the New York Times: President Obama Left Fighting for His Own Relevance.)
November 7, 2014
So the Republicans won control of the Senate by running against Obama. He says the people sent the message that he and Congress should stop the gridlock and cooperate to get things done.
On the other hand, he promises to use his authority to let millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country. What do you think the chances are that he and Congress can really work together?
What do you think the chances are that the Republicans can work with one another to get things done now that they control Congress?
November 6, 2014
Yesterday was official voting day here in the U.S., but I was one of the many who voted early. Now it’s so much easier here than it used to be. Before you could only vote on the official day, and you had to go to the voting place for your precinct. You told them who you were, they looked it up in their book of voters, and you signed next to your name. Then you had to wait for one of the few voting booths before you could push the right levers for the candidates you wanted. It took time, and I didn’t vote in one presidential election because the line was two hours long.
Now it’s so much easier. You go to the voting place of your choice, tell them your name, sign a signature pad and get your ballot.
You take your ballot to one of the privacy areas and mark it with a pencil.
Then you feed your ballot into the ballot counter and you’re done.
What’s it like to vote where you are? Do you think it’s a lot easier than it used to be?
November 5, 2014
Greg temporarily hooked up the batteries Sunday. (He has shorter cables on order, and he’ll come back when they come in.)
And there was enough sun today on the photovoltaic panels to charge the batteries. It wasn’t as sunny as in this picture — it was partially cloudy — but it was enough.
So we have electricity again!