Oct
31
2019
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Happy Halloween!

Trying to maneuver around the precipitation window right now: we got thunderstorms coming in soon, and there was a tornado watch lining up for later tonight. We should have a decent window for trick-or-treat between 5 and 7 PM, but it’s subject to change. I do know that my kids want to be photographed in their costumes, so we’re going to do at least that.

Oct
30
2019
1

So now we wait…

…to see if This Town goes insane. Top of the ninth, Washington ahead of Houston 4-2. If they win, it’s gonna be a fascinating night for law enforcement and emergency medical personnel around here. Friday might also end up being a federal holiday in DC, or something. Too close to call.

Gotta say, though: hell of a World Series, huh?

Oct
30
2019
1

Yard Decorations!

Kids helped my wife, and I think it came out nice. Positioning, and all that. They have pretty good eyes for positioning and whatnot.

Oct
29
2019
1

Well, that was fun.

Medical issues, now resolved. Shan’t discuss further, not least because I am trying to be Christian about delays at the hospital. Everything is now fine, but I’ve been running for fifteen hours straight and am about a minute away from crashing.

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Oct
28
2019
1

‘If Horror Movies Really Took Place in the South.’

A year old, but funny.

Of course, I live in Maryland now, which is only in the South if you’re from above the Mason-Dixon Line. We don’t really get kudzu, cottonmouths, and (thank God) fire ants. Poison ivy, sure. Everybody on the Atlantic Coast has had to deal with that, I think. But what are sand spurs? They sound… pointy.

Oct
27
2019
5

Tweet of the Day, The USAF Suddenly Seems Keen About Publicizing The X-37B Spaceplane edition.

The first stab at the title was even more of a mouthful. This is, by the way, a real story and a real unmanned spaceplane. They just never, ever talk about the X-37B. Until now. I wonder why?

Via @kennethhite, who is already (hopefully) thinking about this, in that way that he has.

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Oct
27
2019
7

I am shorn.

You ever have one of those days where you looked at the mirror and said “Forget just trimming the beard. It all comes off“? Today was that day. No photo because I like to try to keep some sort of mystique about it all: well, more accurately, I have no idea whether I look good shaved. My two children were absolutely goggle-eyed at the change, but that was kind of expected.

Plus side, though: no itching. Beards itch like nobody’s business. I also look forward to being able to eat BBQ without needing an extra moist towelette for the beard.

Moe Lane

PS: Decided to try to take a picture anyway. ….Yeah, no, I look really weird right now. Younger, but also fatter and kind of red-faced. I tend to be flushed a lot, actually.

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Oct
26
2019
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Guy just gets HANDED a Emperor Norton promissory note. He just gets HANDED one.

Well, he had to spend a grand to get it, sure. This turned out to be a very intelligent decision, because mint versions of that are worth up to fifteen grand. It would have been one even if it hadn’t been actually an authentic* Emperor Norton promissory note. But it apparently was!

Kevin DeMattia, co-owner of the Emperor Norton’s Boozeland in the city’s gritty Tenderloin, bought the note from an Oregon man who contacted the Norton-themed bar via Facebook and offered to sell it.

“I decided to buy it sight unseen and sans authentication,” laughed DeMattia who collects Norton memorabilia to display in the bar.

Via Facebook.
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Oct
25
2019
4

Tweet of the Day, Ohhhhhh NOW I Get It edition.

I first saw this on Facebook (and promptly lost it somehow and can’t find it, because THAT makes sense, Zuckerberg), and it took me a minute to figure it out. I’m not a music nerd, but when I realized what it was, I laughed. Didn’t make the face, though. Again, not a music nerd.

Oct
24
2019
1

Adventure! in radiator lights.

Turns out that’s one of the bad lights. Extra fun: it showed up in my car as I was idling to pick up my wife as she was dropping off her car at the shop. Fortunately, we got home all right, but tomorrow is going to be scheduling hell as we coordinate picking up cars and dropping off cars and probably falling back on Uber at some point.

I know, I know: First World problems. And it could be worse. But it’s been a day.

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