Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Sept. 3rd through Sept. 9th

Welcome to The Moose Pond! The Welcomings posts give the Moose, old and new, a place to visit and share words about the weather, life, the world at large and the small parts of Moosylvania that we each inhabit.

Welcomings will be posted at the start of each week (every Sunday morning). To find the posts, just bookmark this link and Voila! (which is Moose for “I found everyone!!”).

The format is simple: each day, the first moose to arrive on-line will post a comment welcoming the new day and complaining (or bragging!) about their weather. Or mentioning an interesting or thought provoking news item. Or simply checking in.

So … what’s going on in your part of Moosylvania?

NOTE: The comments page will now split off after 20 or so left margin comments with the most recent comments on the current page. To see the older comments, scroll to the bottom of the page and use the link.


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  114 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Sept. 3rd through Sept. 9th

  1. princesspat
    September 5, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Good morning, 72 and yellow smokey skies in Bellingham. My daughters in Oregon and Seattle just sent photos of their ash covered cars. Fires are burning in BC, Wa, and Oregon so we are all wishing for a few rainy days.

    I was planning on working in the garden today but the smokey air is making my eyes burn so being in the sewing room will be more comfortable. I’ve been stacking up to do piles on my table so I won’t be bored.

    • September 5, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Oh, how awful! Hope the rain comes SOON!

  2. JanF
    September 5, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Barack Obama on Facebook just now:

    Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.

    But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.

    Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill.

    That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up. Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result.

    But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?

    Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.

    It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.

    Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.

    What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.

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  3. JanF
    September 6, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 48 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 63. Sunny this morning with a chance of rain this afternoon.

    I woke up at 2am and gave up trying to fall back to sleep. There is a definite disturbance in the force – maybe it is the full moon, maybe the cries of humanity. Sometimes it feels as though we are poised to go through a mass extinction event with the earth saying “screw you, humans, we told you what would happen and still you chose the vulgar talking yam to lead the world’s largest economy and most powerful military.”

    I was encouraged to see this: Microsoft President To Trump: To Deport A DREAMer, You’ll Have To Go Through Us

    The president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, took a notable stand. He said not only will his company lobby for a legislative solution but also that Microsoft is calling on Congress to make immigration the top priority, before tax reform. And he is calling on other business leaders to follow suit.

    “There is nothing that we will be pushing on more strongly for Congress to act on,” Smith said in an interview with NPR. “We put a stake in the ground. We care about a tax reform bill. The entire business community cares about a tax reform. And yet it is very clear today a tax reform bill needs to be set aside until the DREAMers are taken care of. They have a deadline that expires in six months. Tax reform can wait.”

    Smith also said if the government moves to deport DREAMers who are Microsoft employees, “it’s going to have to go through us to get that person.”

    Our protesting and calling is irritating to the Republicans but their base is very much in favor of repealing DACA and they can ignore us. But the business community carries a lot of weight with the ones who decide on what Congress will vote on. Between the perfect storm, Harvey – perfect because it landed in a state that has 7 powerful committee chairmen and the number 2 in Senate leadership – and the mask being ripped off the white supremacists in our government, the big losers will be the House Freedom Caucus and the Republican Study Committee. No, the debt ceiling will not be tied to cuts in safety net programs, it will be tied to the FEMA replenishment bill. And if business leaders follow the lead of Brad Smith, one of the DREAMer bills will be voted on this month.

    And let me say again how angry I am that people on the left, who should know better, are saying “not a penny for the wall in exchange for DACA!” That is the height of stupidity. You can go into the negotiations with the wall as a bargaining chip but a few billion for a wall that will probably not be built – it will be tied up in litigation – versus saving the lives of 800,000 people? Let Trump start building his vanity wall; when we take back Congress we will defund it.

    See all y’all later!

  4. Denise Velez
    September 6, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Wednesday Meese
    I got up really early again to track Irma :(
    Posted what I could find

    • JanF
      September 6, 2017 at 8:58 am

      I was reading that even residents of the Florida Keys are evacuating. When they move, it is serious – they are the hardiest of the “shelter in place” people.

    • September 7, 2017 at 8:11 am

      The little island of Barbuda seems to have been obliterated!

  5. anotherdemocrat
    September 6, 2017 at 8:05 am

    The weather guy was trying to describe Irma this morning. We had a tornado, an F5 hit north Austin & suburbs back in the ‘90s. The Jarrell Tornado has it’s own Wikipedia page. The destruction was enormous — killed a family that had taken shelter in a 100+ year old house made of stone, because stone. Had withstood tornadoes before, but an F5 doesn’t care about your solidly built house, all that was left was the foundation. Irma is that but 500 miles wide.

    And on that cheery note….. Well, we’re having gorgeous weather in Austin. Highs in the 80s. This is late October weather — really good late October weather because we’ve had 100 degree days then, too. And today my boys are releasing another song. so I’m happy.

  6. September 6, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Good morning, Meese! Cloudy with rain expected all day. Currently it’s 63 F. in Northern Virginia, going up to 68 F. later. This is a day for slow cooker beef stew with hot rolls and butter, followed by stewed apples and custard. It’ll all be ready when I get home from my child-minding job.

    The news is so bad I don’t know where to start. Irma is a monster! And two more storms right behind it? And Harvey—has a committee been set up to help people secure jobs, transportation, and housing? Where are all the millions of dollars raised going, exactly? It seems to me that a lot of people would be better off moving from Houston to a less flood-prone place, but they need money to move and then jobs, housing, and transportation when they get there. If the powers that be weren’t so goddamned stupid, the aftermath of Harvey would be a fine time to set up van pools in neighborhoods and start building houses on stilts. But it will all go on as before.

    Just read in the WaPo there will be a second trial for the woman who laughed—laughed, I tell you—at Jeff Sessions. I wish a flash mob would stage a giant laugh-in in front of Jeff Sessions’ office. Imagine throwing a crowd of 1,000 in jail for laughing in front of a life-size cut-out of that pond scum.

    Will keep tuned into the news today and hope very hard that Irma will change her mind and go out to sea. Blessed be.

    • JanF
      September 6, 2017 at 9:13 am

      That the “Justice” Department has prioritized retrying a woman who dared to laugh at the insanity of appointing an active white supremacist as the chief law enforcement officer in the country shows you just how awful this government is.

      I think the DOJ and the EPA are vying for the award for “government agency with most disrespect for its stated mission”.

  7. bfitzinAR
    September 6, 2017 at 10:26 am

    44 just before dawn, 54 now headed for mid 70s today. Sunny at the moment. Got 15.8 KWHs yesterday and with the driblet so far this morning the m-t-d is 85. Which is very good for September so far. We could use some rain but the lower temps will keep things going without watering a bit longer. Actually, if we stay below 50 on the overnight lows the grass will start going dormant. Lovely thought – then i can send the money I’d otherwise pay the yard guy to one of my community needs folks. I devoutly hope we can get them all covered and off the list before winter gets here, maybe be able to go back to one at a time as we used to. Seriously focusing on opening and clearing the Channel of Good so it can flow to fill all needs.

    Evil is still being evil. The folks who demand the government do the right thing when it’s them being hurt will never be friends and they’ll only be allies in the most technical sense and on that one specific issue (think U.S.S.R. in WWII), but i will thankfully work with them on that one issue. Save the Dreamers, protect immigrants of all statuses. Save Social Security, Medicare. Fully fund ACA, FEMA. There are many issues and our technical allies will change from issue to issue – be our absolute worst enemy on one and our strong arm on another. The “purists” will never understand that. Mostly because they are so damned privileged they’ve never needed to. But that totally Deplorable Winston Churchill did – and rushed materials Britain desperately needed to the U.S.S.R in June 1941 when the nazis attacked them because he knew the value of that alliance with an in-all-other-things enemy.

    Got to get some work done and also do updates on my Helping Humpday diary which posts at 1 pm central. Ono’s diary last night by some miracle raised over $1K for Aji – much needed in many ways – cash toward finishing their home, community support on a very sad anniversary for Aji being at the top of the list. Need to check in with the Villages and the latest Irma tracker. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  8. princesspat
    September 6, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Good morning, 67 and hazey in Bellingham. I had to seriously elevate my leg yesterday so between my own discomfort, the eerie yellow light from the smokey skies, and the dreadful DACA news I had a totally grumpy day. :::sigh::: I’m going to the pool this morning and, if my leg allows, will work in my sewing room this afternoon.

    Take care everyone.

    • anotherdemocrat
      September 6, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      What is it with us & legs? I think I pulled a muscle in my hip/groin. If I step wrong – or go up or down a step with my right leg, there is intense pain & a couple of times, I’ve nearly fallen. big loud sigh

      • bfitzinAR
        September 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

        Ice if you can and try some arnica gel – it doesn’t exactly work for pulled things, but it is wonderful for bruising. Even internal bruising. Healing Energy.

        • anotherdemocrat
          September 6, 2017 at 7:55 pm

          I don’t even know what I did. Well, not exactly. It has hurt a little for a couple of weeks, then when I was putting my plants back out, I nearly fell & it’s my right leg that I caught myself with. Ever since, and wrong or sudden move, any steps…breathtaking pain. And nearly collapse – which not doing involves more wrenching…. I’ll find a way to put arnica on it, it’s kind of a weird area. Thanks for the healing energy!

          • bfitzinAR
            September 7, 2017 at 9:14 am

            If you’ve got a chiropractor, please schedule a visit – it sounds to me (I used to work for a chiropractor) like you pulled your lower back out and it’s sort of resting on a nerve. Incredibly easy to do and not even notice you did it until you make a move so it presses on that nerve. That won’t stop being a problem until the vertebra goes back where it’s supposed to be. moar Healing Energy.

            • anotherdemocrat
              September 7, 2017 at 11:42 am

              {{{bfitz}}}

            • anotherdemocrat
              September 7, 2017 at 5:09 pm

              You’ll be happy to know I made an appointment with my doctor. He’s not a chiro, but he does do some acupuncture. If my insurance will let him….

              • bfitzinAR
                September 7, 2017 at 6:40 pm

                I am glad you’re getting this seen to. If it is an alignment issue, hope your doctor finds you a chiro rather than the standard AMA treatment of muscle relaxants – that assumes that if your muscles are relaxed your spine will realign itself (not usually) and the blasted things always mess with my mind. But definitely happy to know you are getting it checked. moar Healing Energy.

  9. Denise Velez
    September 7, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Thursday Meese

    Tired from Irma watching and more to go. Barbuda destroyed. St. Martin – 8 deaths reported so far.

    If you get a chance read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new piece in the Atlantic

    • JanF
      September 7, 2017 at 6:18 am

      I saw some of the photos last night – I am afraid to look at this morning’s. It looked like the eye was going to miss Puerto Rico although it seemed unlikely that they would not get some of the surge from that monster storm.

      Sigh. I put the Coates article up in a tab to read later. It is obvious that the driving motivation for everything Trump does is to try to soothe the narcissistic injury he got from Barack Obama. That every move he makes adds more insult to that injury – his nemesis is more popular than ever, his presidency is compared unfavorably with Barack Obama’s in every poll and by every metric – just adds to his aggrievedness. Trump is the perfect vessel for the white anger that built up from America electing its first black president – someone who is also a successful and popular man respected around the world. Sad for them that the poke in the eye they thought they were giving to decent people has turned out to be a poke in their own eyes because with Trump came the Republican Party and their people-hating policies of privilege. “Here, take my healthcare, drop a nuke, let a few cities drown, cut my Social Security, crash the economy again, cut my pay – that’ll show those politically correct lefties!!” Double sigh.

      • Denise Velez
        September 7, 2017 at 7:00 am

        Am watching Dominican Republic – and very worried about Turks and Caicos which looks like it will get direct hit.

        Bahamas in peril too – I admit to having a very soft spot in my heart for the Bahamas – where I spent my honeymoon and we swam with dolphins at Blue Lagoon.

        • JanF
          September 7, 2017 at 7:40 am

          I have been on St. Maarten – I still have a $1 casino chip from Rouge Et Noir Seaview Casino as a keepsake – and vacationed in the Bahamas several times as well. When you are on an island, there is really no place to go when a hurricane is bearing down on you. There are probably fewer tourists there right now, at least one’s with school-age children, so we can hope that everyone got out safely ahead of the storm.

        • September 7, 2017 at 8:15 am

          “Swam with dolphins at the Blue Lagoon”—that’s poetic!

          My elder son went to Turks and Caicos once in his bachelor days.

          Wonder what’s happened to St. Vincent and the Grenadines? I always think that sounds like the name of a rock group.

    • September 7, 2017 at 8:13 am

      The Ta-Nehisi Coates piece is very powerful.

    • anotherdemocrat
      September 7, 2017 at 8:28 am

      I heard they’re going to have a televised fundraiser for Harvey relief next week – they may have to broaden it to Irma relief as well. So sad. I wish we had listened on climate change long ago.

  10. JanF
    September 7, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Good morning, meese! Thursday …

    It is 52 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 64. Partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers later this afternoon into the evening.

    A budget punt deal was agreed to that will raise the debt ceiling for 3 months and push out the deadline for shutting down the government into December. It included FEMA funding needed as a down payment on the cost of rebuilding from Hurricane Harvey. That the deal was the one that Democrats wanted – and was a poke in the eye to Paul Ryan in particular – is funny in a Schadenfreudish way but is not as surprising as people think it is. It extends and heightens the drama, the Watch Me Every Minute White House Show gets extended for three more months and has a subplot: sad Republicans meeting with Steve Bannon to plan the demise of Paul Ryan. Tasty!!

    This deal opens up legislative time to get a DACA deal in place. It shouldn’t be difficult, the bills are ready and the only question is if the protections should be simply putting DACA into statute or if it should include a path to permanent residency and eventual citizenship. The votes appear to be there – now we just need a bill to encourage our legislators to vote for.

    See all y’all later!

    • Denise Velez
      September 7, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Here’s hoping a DACA bill can get through. Given the R track record I’m dubious.

      • JanF
        September 7, 2017 at 8:44 am

        You should be dubious! There are plenty of pitfalls because any bill will require Democratic Party votes and there will be lots of people wanting to load it up with poison pills. A Republican congressman, Coffman from Colorado in a Hillary+9 district, plans to file a discharge petition for his BRIDGE Act. I would prefer to see something like that which reinstates DACA now even if it is not perfect because the more complicated the bill is, the more difficult it will be to pass. Trying to do comprehensive immigration reform in this climate within the 6 month time frame would be impossible. “Perfection” can wait.

  11. anotherdemocrat
    September 7, 2017 at 8:09 am

    It’s actually cool this morning. Like, if my walk from the car wasn’t less than a block, I’d have regretted wearing my cap-sleeved shirt. Hey, for Texas, this time of year, that’s cool. It’s 60 degrees in town, outlying areas in the 50s. We’re probably done with 100s for the year. Rachel Maddow had another amazing night last night — back on Russia. There’s so much corruption, she & her team deserve the Medal of Freedom from the next honestly elected POTUS. Happy bouncy (sounding — the lyrics, as always, are…ambiguous) song from my boys: You’re the Best Thing

    • JanF
      September 7, 2017 at 9:23 am

      “the next honestly elected POTUS”

      January 2021 – President Al Franken with Vice President Kamala Harris in attendance. You saw it here first!!

      • Denise Velez
        September 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

        I’d vote for that duo

        • JanF
          September 7, 2017 at 10:47 am

          It has some good things going for it!

          Minnesota Democrats are going to have to get their act together, though, before I would endorse Al for president. His Senate seat comes up in 2020 and we need to make sure that it stays in Democratic hands. Minnesota berners stayed home in 2016 out of peeve and the shitgibbon almost won the state. The Republicans did win both houses of the MN legislature and are doing their best to destroy state government. Gov. Dayton already said he won’t run for re-election next year so 2018 will be a big tell if Minnesota Democrats are interested in helping the party or getting revenge for their god not getting the nomination.

        • September 7, 2017 at 10:57 am

          How about Kamala Harris top of the ticket and Al Franken for veep?

          Why does it always have to be an aging white male? Sigh.

          • JanF
            September 7, 2017 at 11:47 am

            On the off chance that people simply won’t vote for a woman at the top of the ticket (I know! Could never happen, right?) this is belts and suspenders so we have every chance to regain power in 2020. She will still be young (60) in 2028.

            That is a good point, though. I did not realize that Al is 66, would be 68 in 2020. He seems a lot younger, maybe because his energy level is so high.

  12. September 7, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Good morning, Meese, it’s shaping up to be a fair Thor’s Day in NoVa after yesterday’s rain. Current temp. is 55 F., going up to 71 F. later.

    Yikes, I can hear the child of our tenant downstairs screeching her head off because of being hurried to school. Not an amiable child, by any means. Every morning Dearly Beloved and I roll our eyes at the early morning scenes.

    Aside from training at the gym late this morning, I’ve nothing on except picking up Miss Pink Cheeks from the bus stop and staying with her at her house until her mother arrives home. It seems strange not to have her here after school after having her here on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for the last three years.

    The house is a wreck so I’d better get on with things. Wishing all as good a day as possible in view of Harvey and Irma. Heard Jose is heading out to sea but haven’t heard any more about Katia.

  13. anotherdemocrat
    September 7, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Ugh.

  14. bfitzinAR
    September 7, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Stupid me, not copying my comment before ‘previewing’ – was unlogged in between my comment to anotherdemocrat and my checkin for today. I a whole lot don’t remember what i said – something about good start to September with 103 KWHs m-t-d and grateful for having experience “establishment” pros as our congressional leadership. probably something about more people on the fundraiser list and less money coming in – definitely something about not being able to find an Irma liveblog. oh well. the chill makes my fingers ache – harder to type. Bright the day Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  15. princesspat
    September 7, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Good morning, 61 and hazey in Bellingham, but rain showers and cleaner air are expected later today. Between the fires burning in the west, hurricane Irma blowing towards Florida, and the what will never be normal to me tRump news of the day our country seems very unsettled.

    So back to my small world, where the grand kids are all happy to be back in school and my garden is still blooming.

    Hope it’s a good day for all.

  16. JanF
    September 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Hmmm … Thousands of ‘witches’ do monthly spell to protect world from Trump:

    Vicky Adams, who identifies as a witch and performs spells using ingredients and items from her store, told The Sun that the “spells” directed at Trump generally don’t call for his death or harm to him, but hope to stop Congress from passing legislation supporting his agenda on issues including immigration and the environment.

    “The Donald Trump spell is not a hex or a curse — it’s binding Trump and any of his abetters to prevent them from causing harm and destruction to people, animals, the environment, everything.”

    The witches do the spell once a month, at every waning moon, and Adams estimates that tens of thousands of people around the world perform it.

    The spell requires Tarot cards, an orange candle, an unflattering photo of the U.S. president, sage and a feather, Adams told The Sun.

    The unflattering photo would certainly be easy to find. More here at The Sun.

  17. JanF
    September 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Dee, you might find this interesting about the Sims statue. It is from a scientist I follow to a magazine that said they should keep the statue up:

    Dear Dr. Campbell,

    I was incredibly disappointed to see your editorial today, about the removal of historical statues around our country.

    It was so incredibly ill informed, it took my breath away. First, the headline incorrectly uses the word “whitewashing”. That doesn’t bode well.

    Secondly, the arguments laid forth are incredibly lazy and frankly operate as if there are no scientists of color. Oops, mistakes were made, perhaps we should put an explanatory plaque? We raise statues to honor individuals — and as our times change, it is perfectly reasonable that the values we choose to honor change as well. There is no guarantee that statues are somehow permanent guarantees. And we are only kidding ourselves when we pretend they should be left “to learn from”. They send a distinct message to people about who matters.

    That Nature chose to jump into this particular fray frankly surprised me. That you did it on a day that saw our racist government decide they would try their best to end DACA was cruel. It is ironic that Nature somehow both ascribes to the idea that science is not or should not be political — and then has the chutzpah to defend a statue of a man who experimented on black women without consent. What is most certainly assault and abuse even in historical times. To raise up such an individual is clearly to elevate the health and progress of white women over that of black women. It is pointless and harmful to defend history when history doesn’t even try to defend itself. Historians of science know better — why are scientists unwilling to learn?

    Although in the past I have contributed to your journals, I certainly will no longer be offering my labor to your publications unless or until your editorial board sits down, reads some history of science literature, and engages with how you have made such a monumental error.

    https://medium.com/@niais/a-tragic-tale-of-nature-2265da20519e

    • Denise Velez
      September 8, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Thank you so much for sharing that!

  18. anotherdemocrat
    September 7, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Well, that was interesting. I made a doc appointment to see about my hip. Made it for the afternoon, so I could use my lunch hour for part of the time. Then, leaving work today…… it took 15 minutes to walk to my car. Out the building (one of the cleaning people came & asked if I was ok, because I nearly fell walking down the hall), out the loading dock, across the street — where I nearly fell again, very carefully into the parking garage….. Where one of my co-workers caught up with me & walked me to my car. I don’t think I’m going to work in the morning, I can’t get to my car to go to the doc’s office.

    It’ll feel fine, I’ll be walking a slow version of normal, then there’s breathtaking pain & I nearly fall over. No different from the previous step, nothing I can tell is different. And if I have to make an adjustment while walking, that hurts. I don’t know what I did. Very frustrating.

    • September 8, 2017 at 7:48 am

      That is weird, another! Sorry you’re in so much pain. Can you do telemedicine? My husband did it yesterday with his iPhone. The doctor was five miles away but through the camera he could see my husband’s legs and diagnose the problem.

      Hope you can get some relief.

    • bfitzinAR
      September 8, 2017 at 9:04 am

      {{{anotherdemocrat}}} – sounds more and more like you’ve got a vertebrae resting on a nerve (when you fee fine) that a movement causes to press on that nerve (sudden breathtaking pain causing you to almost fall over). Can someone take you to the doctor? Lots more Healing Energy.

  19. Denise Velez
    September 8, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Early Friday Meese
    If things weren’t bad enough …

    • JanF
      September 8, 2017 at 6:31 am

      It feels like the end times. Wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, a thin-skinned vulgarian with nuclear weapons – it is enough to make a teetotaler want to grab a bottle.

      I am not sure how island people rebuild. The resort owners will be fine but the people who work and live on the islands will be left on their own. I was in St. Thomas once and there were many blue tarps over buildings in several sections of the city. I asked a taxi driver (they know everything!) what that was from and it was from a storm that had hit over 2 years before. There was money to start fixing things up and then it ran out and construction halted. So the blue tarps covered the abandoned projects. There is even less chance there will be money this time with the heartless penny-pinchers running the world. :(

      • Denise Velez
        September 8, 2017 at 6:56 am

        Poor people will gather debris – and patch together housing – some family members who live elsewhere – working as part of circular migration will send money back home.
        It has always been that way – I don’t see that there will be any change :(

  20. JanF
    September 8, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Good morning, meeses! It is 54 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 64. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. Weird pre-fall weather. I don’t mind the coolness but it is definitely not normal.

    I am moving in slow motion today after spending yesterday evening trying to figure out what is going on with my accounts after the Equifax breach. I use their credit protection products and so I spent 2 and a half hours of my life on hold with them and various banks and credit card companies. I cancelled two credit cards they had access to and am pondering what to do about the other two. Should I cancel them now or hope they weren’t among the ones breached? Equifax can’t or won’t tell me (they have a Check Impact button on their web site that appears to not be connected to anything, kind of like a nurse’s call button in the hospital). It will be a huge pain in the butt to chase down automatic payments tied to them (one is for my business and one is my main personal card) but if I can plan for the loss of access, rather than have it forced on me if the cards are compromised, it will probably go better. That will also give me the opportunity to review all my passwords. Seems like just when I feel like I am gaining control of my schedule, I fall into a time sink again.

    Off to check the news and then try to get caught up on projects.

    See all y’all later!

    • September 8, 2017 at 7:50 am

      Yikes! You sound pretty clued in. Hope you can get the info you need.

      I don’t even know enough to know whether I’m in the Equifax breach.

      • JanF
        September 8, 2017 at 8:22 am

        No one knows for sure! I am assuming it to be pretty likely for me because I also subscribed to one of their credit monitoring services which included credit card “protection” (laughs bitterly). Over 143 million people were impacted – personal information, social security numbers, addresses, dispute resolution information – and about 290,000 credit cards, that they know of.

        I decided to cancel them all but on a rotating basis so I am not left without credit cards.

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