General Discussion, Monday, July 20, 2020

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  1. Lucille says:

    Stellars…

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  2. ZurichMike says:

    Like many other I had the great fortune to drive that very road to Monument Valley and take in the breathtaking view pictured in today’s photo. Truly magnificent. The colors / textures of the landscape are other-worldly.

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    • stella says:

      Good morning, Mike!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And you can imagine how we saw it in the late 60s/early 70s before it became so touristed and commercialized. A couple of times we went down there just to hunt up spots where Hollywood made westerns over the decades…ah well, time marches on.

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      • jeans2nd says:

        Being part of the Navajo Rez, the Navajo Nation commercialized this, afaik. L’il Bro was BIA nurse (contract) for over 20 years there, AZ and NM, so my info is second-hand.
        L’il Bro hated to leave.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          We used to spend a lot of time down on sites in the 4-Corners area, especially on BYU-owned ones. There was little down there, in one of our areas a real live trading post (Hatch’s) was it for buying anything. A little commercialization couldn’t hurt.

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          • jeans2nd says:

            L’il Bro made life-long friendships on the rez, stayed in touch with them until he OD’d.L’il bro said the Navajo alcohol problem was massive. The Navajos would become so desperate they would drink anything alcohol, including rubbing, etc., and were hauled in to Rehoboth almost daily. Very sad

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            • czarowniczy says:

              When we used to go down there it wasn’t unusual to have some Navajos stop by to see if we had any booze or beer. They’d see the ‘BYU’ signs on the school vehicles and decide they’d just chat for a while and leave.

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          • stella says:

            Love that area.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              We’d goin thru Banding, over to Cortez and back up thru Edge of Cedars. One of my most favoritests places is a house carved into a huge sandstone boulder north of Blanding. Owners used to give tours, would be neat living in it, all of the rooms are just carved out of it. They used to heat it with one smallish stove.

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    AAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH…once again the end of the yearly ritual of The Buying of the School Supplies.

    The schools have it down pat, you can download the school’s list and fight the Mongols in the Walmart ‘special section’ or just click on a button on the school’s site and it takes you to a 3rd party who has the list compiled and ready at sites like Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc, who will bundle and ship/hold for you. It’s a $%#@&?& racket.

    Some supplies are out so I have a lot to be picked up at Walmart and two shipments coming in from other dealers. I’ve moved people around the world with less work and fewer problems. Only four more times to go.

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    • lovely says:

      Are your schools opening?

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yup. Most likely a mix of ‘there’ and distance learning but if they don’t there are going to be lots of problems.

        Even way down in Gulfport you have schools where there are lots of students whose families don’t have the money to have hi-speed internet and computers. We also have the Latinx sector who also have language issues and face-to-face schools were a heavy influence in learning the language and gaining real-world skills. There were also a lot of students who relied on the schools for breakfast and lunch programs and whose parents relied on the schools for watching their kids while they worked. Schools have become far more complex things since we went to them, it’s a whole nuther house of cards.

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        • lovely says:

          Agreed.

          We aren’t opening or we are opening or we’re doing hybrid classes or the teachers are all staying home or the parents are going to kick the governor’s butt if he doesn’t open schools or everyone id going to home school and defund the education racket or ….on and on it just depends on the day….sheer madness with a socialist governor at the helm here.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            The NOLA schools are still dithering but what’s the problem, there was another piece on today’s news about the huge numbers of gatherings, including illegal party buses around the city. The parents are acting like asses as the COVID positives again soar in the area, if the kids are going to be home with parents who act like idiots why bother worrying if they’ll be safe in class?

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    • Menagerie says:

      Czar, of all the trials of parenthood that I remember, shopping for the back to school list has to be the absolute most aggravation, in my case times three. And so expensive! They have every damned thing on that list but a new car for the teacher.

      And why do they care what brand ruler or markers? It is ridiculous.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        For this year and this year alone you need a specific scientific TI calculator for the grade. This is aside from their regular computers and tablets they have and despite the fact that US students score around 30th down on the international science tests.

        The students say that they don’t use all of the stuff anyway, but the district is glued into this pattern and Walmart’s setting up dedicated aisles over a month in advance, we’re tied to the tracks and the school supply train’s acomin’

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  4. lovely says:

    Thank you Dan Scavino.

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  5. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ all. I am sure looking forward to WINTER. I’m done with summer. 😦

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  6. Morning Everybody 🙂

    Sorry I missed the whole weekend!

    Woke up to a grayish day (supposed to be sunny, but then weather forecasters still get paid when wrong – just like politicians).
    Here is Dawn Showers by an artist Stellars liked before: Erin Hanson who paints amazing desert scenes.

    Have a great day everybody! 🙂

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  7. stella says:

    No kidding.

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  8. stella says:

    Plumber is here. He doesn’t recommend removing the toilet and capping that drain. Said if the pressure is as great as it was when the sewer line backed up, the water would get in anyway, and possibly get up to the first floor. We are replacing the second sump pump, however.

    He agrees with me that the town storm drain couldn’t handle the amount of rain that fell in a short period, and therefore the sanitary sewer filled up with rain water and backed up into my basement.

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    • stella says:

      We discussed the back flow valve on the sewer line. He told me that he doesn’t have expertise with that, but will have his boss call me in the next couple of days. If I have one (a plumber told me a few years ago that I do), it obviously isn’t working properly, so would need either repair or replacement. Replacement would be quite expensive.

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  9. stella says:

    I asked the plumber (a young man) how he liked being a plumber. He said, “This job has afforded me many advantages that other people my age do not have.”

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    • Lucille says:

      What a good man! Appreciative of what it means to be an American with opportunities unknown to much of our world.

      My friend’s father was first generation born in America…this was around 1910 on the East Coast. The family was very poor. To help them out when he was 7 or so years old during World War I, he got the idea of going around the alleys to pick up the wood slats from delivery boxes left out for trash behind businesses. He took a makeshift cart into the housing neighborhoods and sold the slats as firewood. When he got older, he was always looking for ways to bring money home to his mother (the family tradition was to give Mom all your earnings and she would dole out monies as needed).

      When he was the first person in his family to graduate from high school, it was a big event. He decided to become a plumber because he knew he’d always have a job. On his mother’s kitchen table, he experimented with how to hook up plumbing lines. No one complained of the smell and mess because they knew it was his way of getting out of the poor neighborhood. He finally took the test to join the plumbers’ union and passed with flying colors. In a few years he had his own business, got married, and in the early 40s because they wanted to live in a warm climate, he moved his family to Los Angeles. I think my friend was about 13 or 14 at the time. His father having to re-establish himself businesswise, started another plumbing business and made a success of that, too.

      When my friend wanted to go into business after he got out of the military, his parents mortgaged their house to give him the cash to start his own company. They were that confident he would make good. He not only succeeded in his first ventures and paid his parents back every penny, he started annuities for them to help later when they retired. It was a very tidy sum when they did so.

      There are simply millions of middle class folk in America who have similar stories of family members working hard to make something of themselves. Rather than hating the misguided souls who despise America, I feel deeply sorry for them that they can’t see, can’t understand what a great nation we have and what great people have lived and continue to live on our shores.

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  10. jtrstill says:

    I had a really good plumber a long time ago. He was the husband of a friend of mine. He once came to fix my sewer pipe that ran from the front yard into the street’s sewer.

    Bless him, he was up to his elbows in excrement and I asked him how he could deal with this every day. He just smiled and said “It smells like money to me”!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      There is a septic tank business who ends their very nice ad on the radio with, “We want your stinkin’ business.” I get tickled every time I hear it.

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  11. jeans2nd says:

    Stella – who is correct here, Thaddeus McCotter or Pres Trump?
    Somehow, methinks you’ve better info than either.

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  12. Lucille says:


    UPDATE: Missouri Attorney General Files Brief to Dismiss Junk Charges Against McCloskeys –With VIDEO
    By Jim Hoft – Published July 20, 2020 at 7:14pm
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/update-missouri-attorney-general-files-brief-dismiss-junk-charges-mccloskeys/

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