Friday, April 19, 2024

Ain't Equal

Back in 1989, Laurie Anderson had these lyrics in her song "Beautiful Red Dress":

"I just want to say something. 
You know, for every dollar a man makes a woman makes 63 cents. 
Now, fifty years ago that was 62 cents. 
So, with that kind of luck, it'll be the year 3,888 before we make a buck."

According to the Pew Research Center, in 2023, women now make $0.82 for every dollar a man earns. 

I've said for a while now, that if one insists on having a 'gender reveal party', the expectant couple should open a wallet. If it has a one dollar bill, it's a boy.  If it has 73 cents (now I guess 82), it's a girl. I wonder how real that party gets after that showstopper. 

Even in the Ocean's movies (ewww), the women only had Ocean's 8.  Or 73% of Ocean's 11. They movie makers didn't even try to hide it. 

On the surface, it would seem that Anderson's calculations would be off a bit, but not by that much. Still - $0.24 increase in 23 years is kind of astonishing compared to that rate it had been increasing prior to 1990. 

But then you take this latest wage gap example:



I get it - it's sports, and the market drives what you get paid. But does it? By that much? 

Mind you, I don't follow college basketball that closely, let alone the drafts, but even Mary Ingalls could see that this is way lopsided. Even some of the least knowledgable sportsball folks has heard Caitlin Clark's name all season. She is a phenom in basketball. 

Notice, I did not say "women's basketball". 

Yes, I get that men's basketball is more established and brings in more money than the WNBA.  But for one player, does it bring in more than 163 times as much?  One player. Now add in the Currys, James and the lot. 

For those who know of the WNBA player Brittney Griner who was detained, tried and was in prison in Russia a year or two ago, she was met with comments like:  "you don't see Lebron James playing basketball in Russia". 

Because he can afford not to. WNBA players have to pick up other opportunities to actually make money. He brings home about $42M a year - NBA pay.  Not Nike, Tonal or Sprite endosements, and to whatever else he lends his name and likeness.

So, now let's go back to that wage gap. I'm not sure my iPhone calculator could show the disparity in pay, but it is no longer $0.82 to the dollar. More like a percentage of a penny? 

Just remember folks, every single Republican - including the females - voted against equal pay act. Oh - and the GOP congressmen who sponsored the bill even voted against it.  And this year, Republicans rejected a Democratic attempt to include equal pay in the Women's Bill of Rights. 

And isn't it just fucking sad that we have to make a separate bill of rights for a specific gender? 

May I have some GOP readers. If so, they don't really speak up here. But if they are, I'm all ears to hear why they think women don't deserve equal pay. 

I'll wait.  



Song by: Megan Thee Stallion

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Dark Sunglasses

While it is not difficult to do anymore (or ever), but I am so annoyed right now. 

Apparently the networks are hounding BLOTUS and Pappy Joe about the debates. While I get it, you do know that most of the states haven't even had their primaries. It's just the forgone conclusion - one in which we truly have zero say. 

While BLOTUS 2024 signs have been up since 2021 (not kidding), I'm just starting to see ones of Pappy Joe. 

They are two sided signs. 


The first side?  Fine, I guess. 


The other side?  What the actual fuck!!!


I've checked other signs, so it's not like the rain made the ink run. They're all this way.

Does Pappy Joe have conjunctivitis?  Is he in a new Predator movie? 


What kills me is this idea had to go through multiple approvals, and this was what they deemed was the best of them? 

I seriously don't know what message this is supposed to convey, and I'm guessing most voters won't either.  For an undecided voter, this sign isn't going to sway anyone to Pappy Joe's side. 




Song by: Chrissie Hynde

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Up and Down

The title of this post could mean just about anything, right?  My moods (mood?) for starters. 

That's probably a post for another time. Maybe. 

Last evenings run with the training group was just fraught with issues. They send out an email a day before to tell us of our distance and route. Normally, I read them religiously, but I didn't even look timely. I knew it wouldn't be more than 6 miles, and I can do that. (Whoever thought I could say that ever?)

But around 16:30 (run begins at 18:00) my curiosity got the better of me and I looked. I didn't see the distance because for the first time it seems we were not running from our normal place, but much farther out in the 'burbs. 

Crap. 

I had to rush to get ready and leave earlier to get there, as it was rush hour. It's just as well I didn't look at the evening activity. I assumed, where we were going to be was going to be hill work, as it is a park with mostly one hill..........that goes up for almost two miles. So, on the drive I was mentally preparing for that. For me, hills are more mental than physical, but just by a bit. 

On the drive, I realized I left my watch at home, which means, IF I wanted to track my miles and progress, I'd hve to run with my phone, which I hate. And it was75°, which means it would feel like it was 85° .

When I got there, I learned we'd be running a mile warm-up and then do hill sprints, eight times, and then a cool down casual run. 

Well, double crap. 

With my knee, I've been semi-avoiding hill sessions. I still run with the group, but do more distance while they tackled the hills. And while my knee is not as bad, I was contemplating not doing hill work. But due to change in venue, many fewer people showed up, so it would be obvious I was skipping. So against my own judgement, I did hills. 

I'm kind of glad I did - for a number of reasons. 

1. I needed the work. I needed the experience. Elevation is a part of a lot of races. Ignoring it won't make it go away. The speed work was ok too. 

2. It let me know my knee wasn't too fucked up. Yeah, but #8, I was feeling it a little, but not like I had thought it would be. 

3. It was a bonding moment. With a much smaller group - and most of them the A-list runners - it was more of a personal commiseration with a group who is less familiar with me. 

The drill was: 45 second sprint up hill; 2 minute recovery, which included getting downhill and prepping for the next 45 seconds. Eight times. 

In theory 45 seconds x 8 doesn't seem so bad. It was work, for sure - a lot of it - but it didn't kill me or even come close. 

My phone app shows the ups (sprints) and downs (recovery).

The timing thing shows weird. 13:09 average pace also includes the waiting recovery period, as I don't pause between intervals. And obviously, while I didn't sustain it, at a time I was on pace for a 4:31 mile. Uphill. With a bad knee. 

I'm taking this as a win. 

Makes me a bit more confident for a 20 mile run on Saturday. 



Song by: the Cars

Monday, April 15, 2024

Crash and Burn

I know the BLOTUS trial started today, but that's all I know, so far. You know me, I'm avoiding it........unless it's an unmitigated disaster for him. Then I'll be all over it .

Honestly, I did think he'd dump his counsel over the weekend so force a delay in trial. So, I was wrong on that, though a friend later told me that the judge had already warned him against such an action. 

But you know, it's not like he doesn't ignore judges all the time. 

You can see from the image that Truth Social Media looks to be $32.68 a share, down from $66.52 it has been upon going public.

That was over the weekend. It's down farther to $26.62, making BLOTUS lose another $540M!

Last Friday, on NPR's Marketplace, some BLOTUS follower said he put his entire life savings into this venture. He's lost more than half of his investment and still thinks he'll make a profit. 

There is literally no helping these people see the light of day. BLOTUS could kill their only child and they'd be like "I'm sure he had his reasons". 

Allegedly, the company has said it has doubts about it's ability to keep operating. 

WHAT????  Another BLOTUS venture go belly-up???  That's unpossible. 

The company statement made me LOL:

President Donald J. Trump BLOTUS is the subject of numerous legal proceedings. An adverse outcome in one or more of the ongoing legal proceedings could negatively impact TMTG,” the company noted. “If President Donald J. Trump BLOTUS were to cease to be able to devote substantial time to Truth Social, TMTG’s business would be adversely affected.”


I think they just dinged the judge on the gag order, as well as saying that Truth Social is worth nothing without BLOTUS........since he is the only one who actually uses it. And the "man" is in his late 70s. It's not like he's going to be around for the long haul - ongoing legal proceedings or not. 

Actually, I'm surprised they acknowledged anything legal related. 

I hope the lot of his followers / investors go broke. How will they pay for their shoes and bibles? He'll still get a free pass, but it's nice someone is gonna lose. 




Song by: Sheryl Crow

My Music Monday

I bought Mumford & Sons' debut album back in 2011 (!!!!).  I wasn't wow'd with it and I'm assuming they came out with new stuff since. 

I do know they kicked one of their members out one of their members quit after a controversy of endorsing some right-wing bullshit conspiracy book.  I know their lead singer married Carey Mulligan. And from some interview when she asked Bradley Cooper to name or sing any of her husband's music, he couldn't - so that was fun.

And while I do not foresee me purchasing any of their music going fowrward, I'm not hating their new song with Pharrell Williams. 

Again, save for his hit "Happy" and his work with that hyper-repetitive Daft Punk song, "Get Lucky" and the plagiaristic Robin Thicke song (for which Pharrell had to pay millions on) I couldn't tell you a thing he's done. 

That said - knowing that Mumford & Co had been fairly locked-in artistically-wise, I have to believe Pharrell is the one who brought them something newer sounding with their new song "Good People". 

While I won't purchase it, I also don't turn it off when it comes on the radio. 



Sunday, April 14, 2024

Baking with Blobby

Way way way back when, on 710's and my first official date, I wasn't invited back for a drink, but for banana bread.  

Actually, that wasn't even a euphemism. 

I don't like banana bred, but I went over to his place anyway. So, we did have "banana bread", the euphemism. 

Now and then, 710 makes banana bread, and we often make fun of that first date. 

But we had a bunch of over-ripened bananas that end up in our freezer for "later". Even though I don't like banana bread, I thought, oh what the fuck, I'll surprise my husband. And I thought, maybe if I added chocolate, I'd like it too. 

Let's get to it. 


Ingredients 

1 1/2 cups (380g) ripe and mashed banana (3-4 medium bananas), measured 
1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar 
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar 
1/2 cup (110g) unsalted butter, melted 2 large eggs 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 cup (130g) 2% Greek yogurt (sour cream also works) 
1 1/3 cups (180g) all-purpose flour 
1 tsp baking soda 
1/2 tsp salt 
3/4 cup (140g) mini chocolate chips + a handful more for sprinkling on top 

Intstructions

Preheat your oven to 325F and grease and line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper. 


In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 


In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter and sugars until you reach a paste-like consistency. This may take some vigorous whisking for a minute or two. You can either use a whisk or an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. 


Add in your mashed bananas followed by the eggs, yogurt, and vanilla. 


Once all of your wet ingredients are mixed together, fold in the dry ingredients. 


Then, fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and spread it even. 



Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top if you like.  I used dark chocolate chips. And the recipe calls for mini - but I didn't those. So they got the adult size. 



Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. Let it cool completely before removing from the pan. Store at room temperature in an air-tight container.

Mine went for about 1 hour 25 minutes because the knife did not come out clean (I don't have toothpicks). .


It turned out ok. 710 likes it more than I do. It's not that the recipe didn't come out - it's just not my thing. I've come to the realization is that the only way I like bananas are just bananas. No bread. No pie. 

Saturday, April 13, 2024

12 of 12

So I'm doing my 168th 12 of 12.

Normally it is 12 pictures taken on the 12th of the month. Since I only post once per day, you get my images the following day. All pictures taken with my iPhone. Click images to enlarge, if you choose.

Created by Chad Darnell and picked up from, what I can tell, any number of random bloggers who then link back to him and vice versa. Chad is no longer doing this, nor is successor coordinating the linking of other 12 of 12'ers anymore. 


Sorry kids - every so often, 12 of 12 displaces the pet section of this blog. I'll try to make it up to you all. Though I really don't know how that would work. 

02:27.  First wake-up. 
Going back to sleep is fraught with problem for me should I wake in the middle of the night. 
This was no different. 

05:45.  Last out. 
So I made the bed. This is the before. 

06:08.  Cheerios Distribution. 
Breakfast 1

06:43. Bike time. 
16 mile run planned for today, so yesterday I didn't run - just 14 miles on the bike. 

08:55. Breakfast 2. 

12:13.  Petrol 
Not on fumes, but closer than I'd like. 

16:10.  Welcoming Committee. 
But he didn't bite me. So: win!

16:22.  Laundry. 
I could run in dirty running clothes, but it was time. 


17:09.  Duty. 
The dog must be walked rain or shine. And it has been pouring for 55+ hrs now. It is miserable. 

19:09.  Charge. 
Need to make sure my watch is fully charged for tomorrow. 710's was already charging. 

17:18.  Salad. 
It was my "job" to make the salad for dinner. 

21:15.  It took me a bit, but I got there. 




Friday, April 12, 2024

Killer

The man doesn't deserve his picture up here. 

Orenthal James is dead. ...and not a minute too soon, if you ask me. 

I remember the slow car chase all those years ago. It started before I even left work, and I just sat at home, ordered a pizza and watched.  And watched. 

Ditto with the trial. 

The verdict was strange. Well, where I was. Everyone was at work and we piled into a medium sized conference room to await the jury's decision. 

Working at a large higher educational area at the time, I'd say at least one-third of those in the room were persons of colour. When the verdict was read aloud, it was the most most most uncomfortable scenario:  white people groaning; black people cheering. It was a weirdly divisive moment.  And somehow it brought us the Kardashians, so..........another tragedy on top of it all. 

Oddly, just the other day somehow in random conversation I brought up Kato - but me from the Green Hornet or Lantern or something.  710 goes, "you mean Kaelin?". I suppose everyone has their cultural references. Talk about your fame for 15 minutes. 

The group was texting yesterday (which is where I got the title image - thanks Mort) and I poked, "He never did find the real killer" as he claimed he'd do, and then I added on "I guess he never had a mirror". 

Comedy never waned when it came to an OJ reference.  SNL did a skit not that long ago that was well done - though Gal Gadot is all about the cue cards.

 

And Family Guy has tons of things OJ related. I found this one the funniest. Really this should start at the 2:08 mark, should it not, just move the bar to get you there.  



The internet is a little abuzz about it all. Not as much as I thought it would, but then I don't have X or Threads or anything. 

Some of them blah, one or two were good.  Like this one. 





Song by: Seal

Thursday, April 11, 2024

News

Sometimes I get to submit movie reviews here just to warn you all to stay away. From the movie that is, not the blog. 

I watch them, so you don't have to.

On a whim, we watched Scoop - a semi-recent tale of probable semi-truths of a BBC show called Newsnight snagging an interview with Prince Andrew regarding his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and his probable "relations" with underaged females that Mr. Epstein and his pimp girlfriend acquired. 

BTW - "relations" is code for "rape", as the girls were minors, it is actually rape. 

I don't care one way or another about the royal family. We haven't even bothered with the last two seasons of the Crown. The first two, we weren't born yet, so it was of interest. The second two - well, Olivia Colman. While I like Delores Umbridge as sovereign (I assume, as I haven't actually seen her in the role), the idea of Diana / Charles / Fergie / Randy Andy and Camilla bore me. 

Scoop bored me. 

The draw to the Netflix movie was Gillian Anderson - plain and simple. And she's lost in this. She's fine and all, but hasn't quite given up her Margaret Thatcher accent fully since the Crown. Her role quite wasted. 

The protagonist, if you will, is the woman who secured the interview for Newsnight. Billie Piper is the actress' name, I searched her IMDB, but haven't seen her in anything. Those who watch Doctor Who might. Perhaps she has the character down, but it's distracting. Looks. Mannerisms, Speech. 

It's another reason to watch a movie with closed caption. You shouldn't have to work so hard with some English accents, but ya do here. 

Perhaps because we know the story, there is zero intrigue here. The interview ultimately got Andrew his titles stripped away from him. Well, the rapes did. The interview sealed it. 

Assuming it's true, Andrew bringing one of his daughters into the negotiations was just creepy. While clearly she has internet access and two ears, to hear people discuss her father in front of her while taking notes is unsettling.  The filmmakers didn't quite make it a point, that is my own take. 

There are no awards coming this way for anyone associated with this.

I've saved you one hour and forty-two minutes.   

You're welcome. 


2024 Movie Count / Goal: 06 of 15



Song by: Dire Straits

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Slippery People

Good lord - I'm a fucking mess. 

Eclipse day did not go without errors, not that the sun or the moon had a thing to do with them. I think. 

Hours before, I did my daily visit to the gym. Workout was not a problem. Showering was not a problem. 

Post shower???   Problem. 

I'll set the scene. 

Now, when I shower (or sauna) I either have shower shoes on or dry my feet upon my exit. This other guy - built as he is - doesn't. Didn't. And I didn't notice. 

He was in the sauna while I was in the shower. By the time I had gotten out, so had he and he was doing something in front of the sink and mirrors. I went to my locker to get my potions, lotions and cremes. A man's skin needs to be moisturized and hydrated and SPF'd dontcha know. 

While I went there, he went into the shower. Blobby did what he always does and made his to the mirror / sink area - wrapped only in a towel.  ....not that that has any bearing on the story, but I thought I'd give you all a visual in your head. 

Had I looked down, I'd have seen where the guy had been was wet. No - not wet. Sopping. I don't know if he just splashed in the sink, or if he was just dripping sweat from the sauna - or both. Seriously, it was like nine square feet of wet - slick wet. 

I know this now after the fact. 

As I approached said sink, my dry feet were no longer dry. I hit the sweat / water mixture (let's hope that's all it was) and I slipped. 

Not just slipped but skidded, if you will. Lost balance. I was going down. I was trying to avoid hitting the sink (somehow) and I did (somehow). Unfortunately, above the sink is a metal shelf where I would have placed my toiletries. 

I cracked my head on the left corner of said shelf. 

Somewhere circling my head were stars or birds, as they do in cartoonland. 

I regained my composure somewhat quickly, but it felt like forever. I looked and saw the gouge, but no blood, though I knew it was coming. And it did. 



I went to dress, then came back - carefully and with shoes on - and cleaned the wound and (now) blood. But it would take pressure for the drive home where I could get antibiotic cream and a steri-strip. 

Out walking later that evening, 710 told me that our neighbor Tish asked what happened to my head. I missed that, as her husband and I were talking eclipse. I need to come up with a good story - not the actual one. That seems little fun to me. 

I think Blobby is gonna have a new scar. It's ok. Chicks. Dig. Scars. 



Song by: Talking Heads

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Eclipse

It. Was. Amazing. 

I completely get why people travel hundreds, or thousands, of miles to be in the direct path. 

I'd venture to say most of us has seen a partial eclipse - be it Lunar Or Solar.  And while I was wow'd by the approach and watching diligently from 14:00 on, nothing prepared me for the awesomeness of Totality. 

Had I done enough (read: any) research on how to take pics with my iPhone my images would have been better. They seemed good at the moment until I saw other folk's pics. 

The one above is from a psychologist friend of mine with his real camera. He captured the early moment of one of the flares. We saw no Bailey Beads, nor the comet that might have been visible. We did see Venus. 

We started off the day with grey and rain. It was 100% clear by 10:00.  But clouds started to creep in about the same time as the start of the moon appearing. 

The approach was nice. The darkness was much darker than I expected, save for the 360 degree sunset - which was a little disorienting. The lights came on, the birds stopped singing, the temperature dropped and maybe I'm assuming things, but Shep was very clingy and going back and forth between 710 and myself. 



And the title image is nice, but doesn't do the eclipse justice. No picture I've seen was as good as the naked eye. Yes, for the 3.5 minutes of Totality, one could take off their glasses. 

Below is downtown Cleveland during Totality. 



One of the more amazing things is how quickly it got light afterwards. Honestly, like seconds, whereas it took minutes to get dark. 

It is doubtful I will see such a thing again, but given the chance, I'd do it - travel to it - in a heartbeat. 




On another eclipse-related note: 

the day before, I ran a Total Solar Eclipse 5K.  It felt tough to me - lots of elevation. LOTS of it. But my app was on and I knew a mile in - while I thought I was slow - and I was anything but, running under a nine minute mile.  I'm very proud to say I came in first in my age group - and yes, there were other in my age group. 

I said a few weeks ago that I'd never place in a race in an age group. I was wrong. It was a lot of work, but it's because I'm not sure I've run faster......and that's on a bad knee. 



Song by: Pink Floyd

Monday, April 08, 2024

My Music Monday

Honestly, what did you think what else today
s selection could even be? 

To be fair, I toyed with Pink Floyd's "Eclipse", but you know.....it's Bonnie Tyler and today is a "total eclipse" - at least here in Cleveland. 

As Jim Steinman goes, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is well put together, from writing to arranging to production to vocal. 

I don't know if Steinman had other options for singers, but this wasn't one for Meat Loaf and it predated (I think) his work with Air Supply and Celine Dion. Tyler did it right. 

The original recording was seven minutes long, which is about three minutes too long for radio play back in 1983. The edited version is about four and one-half minutes. This video version adds another minute to the single version. 

And whether you like or dislike the song, I'm guessing you know it. And there is something to be said for that in terms of relevance. 

So, here's hoping today's skies are clear. Cleveland is in the path for totality, so I'm hopeful - though this day in meteorological history is 66% cloudy.  

C'mon 44%. 



For the record: this song has over one BILLION views on YouTube. 

Sunday, April 07, 2024

Stuck

The knee. 

Still with the knee. It's becoming tiresome. 

The cortisone did some of the trick, as did the draining. Still the patella continues to be problematic. And no shot is gonna help that. 

I saw my chiropractor a few days back. It went well-ish. There was pulling, stretching, manipulating and acupuncture. 

And two massive back cracks. 

It helped for a bit. But my long run yesterday was four miles short. Honestly, it wasn't th knee (except for the hills) as it was my legs felt like lead. 

Oh, I also got taped up.....as you can see. And additional tape to redo it when it comes off. 

And honestly, the biggest pain of the entire session is yet to come. That adhesive is stuck to a fuck of a lot of hair. That's gonna hurt.

It seems there is fluid building back up on the knee. Not tons, but I might need it re-drained at some point. Until then, I have at least two more appointments with the chiropractor. 



Song by: Echosmith

Saturday, April 06, 2024

Hold Me

No intro. Not really.  Dogs and Cats.  It's why you come here.


Neighbors always decorate for most holidays. 

Trying to wedge himself in that nook under the drawer.  Weirdo. 

I asked who the pretty shepherd in the back of the room was, and they said "Kona". 
When they said her name, she ran to me and promptly got pets!

Our little Kitler. 

This is how we spend our non-bitey time. 

Daycare Star!


710 can hold Simon and get purrs. He tries to burrow it seems. 
I try to hold Simon and I have a struggling cat with claws. It's hard being me. 





Song by: Fleetwood Mac

Friday, April 05, 2024

Signs

I've decided I want to win the $1.23 BILLION Powerball this Saturday. 

If someone can make that happen for me, I'd appreciate it. Maybe even democracy will thank you for it. 

Sure, I'll buy a few nice things for myself and Shep, and sure, I'd pay off every child's lunch debt in the U.S, and make sure all shelters have plenty of things for abandoned animals. 

But I'd be using a chunk to purchase billboards. Strategically placed billboards. 

Like the above (which is allegedly less than 5 miles from Mar-a-Largo and Ivana Trump Resting Place), I'd be trolling the fuck out of BLOTUS. Every city he visited. Every rally he held. And on the routes he'd be, as well as his "followers". 

They say many lotto winners usually go broke due to financial mismanagement, and I'd be no exception, except that I'm in the later part of my life and $1.23 billion goes a long way. They say you can't take it with you. So, while I'd use my winnings for good, I'd use an equal amount to make some people miserable. 

The "man" is so thin skinned it wouldn't take much more than the one above to stick in his craw, and it's not like he could pay to take over the space. 

His bond was lowered from $540 million to $145 million - and he still had to have someone else post it. With his self-reported 8 billion dollars, he doesn't even have a fraction of that. He couldn't take over some anti-BLOTUS rhetoric. 





Some people have alread done some of the legwork, so I can piggyback off of that. 

I just need that winning ticket. 



Song by: Five Man Electrical Band

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Nothing

The Muses, or someone like them, have abandoned me. 

I can't say I blame them. As I've been told by others, I'm exhausting. 

I'm not informed enough to comment on Taiwan's earthquake.  Or was it Thailand?  And I can't with anything BLOTUS related either.

There are 43 days until the Cleveland Marathon, of which I feel ill-prepared. If I can get to 18 or 20 miles, I'll feel more confident. Actually, I am confident I can finish, but not with a record time.   ....and I have enough running posts. 

So, I'm calling it. 

Hopefully, the Muses shall return......should they exist at all. 




Song by:  Dwight Yoakam

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Site of the Month

As you might be aware, we are five days away from a full solar eclipse. 

Depending where you are, you'll see something, or maybe it all.  

Cleveland is in the path of Totality: 
95-100% of the eclipse - you know, assuming it's not cloudy or rainy. But it's Spring in Ohio, so who the fuck knows. 

Schools are off for this. Businesses are shuttering for the afternoon event. The world might easily end before the 2033 one, depending on the 2024 election. 

We haven't truly picked out our viewing station yet. The easiest is the football field at the end of our street which is pretty open. And while you think 'light pollution' is only at night, it's not. Cleveland has steel plants and manufacturing that could dull the sky / light close to the city. 

There is a space out closer to where I grew up that is proving to be ideal, so that's on the short list. 

We already have our glasses!

But there is other stuff to know - like the possibility of seeing a comet at the height of Totality.  SWEET!

I found the below video fascinating from Secrets of the Universe.

I could have done this post closer to the time, but it is five days. If you're getting ready, there are things to know here. Or at least wow at. 

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Good




All those suckers who bought stock in Truth Media - it went down 26% in a day. 



Song by: Better Than Ezra