I’m depressed…

I’m depressed, my truck is near empty, I have not driven it in three weeks, gas prices are under $2 per Gallon, there is a ban of driving, I’m out of beer and alcohol and my wife won’t let me leave the house.

the best price in my area is $1.89  per Gallon and the closest to me, (1 mile, all downhill), is $1.99  per Gallon .

Check your area out here: GasBuddy.com

On the bright side, the damn supermarket delivery service admitted that they shorted me a few items. I will not dwell on it whether the delivery person pilfered, made a mistake or whatever, but for the most part I will get some credit back. It should have been $15.25, but why argue over three cans of soup.

Snow here, a dusting on the grass and temp is 41 degrees Fahrenheit,  5 Celsius and for John, 278.15 Kelvin.

Maybe I’ll log into “Second Life” and hope I don’t get shot at or bombed again. LOL

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Author: Gerry_D

I'm from Pensyltucky.

16 thoughts on “I’m depressed…”

  1. Part of the reason I put up my post on the Kobe earthquake was to give people a point of reference for disasters. Things are hard on people now stuck in their homes but it is not like having a “war zone” of destruction. My neighbors who ran a rice shop had the second story of their house completely crush their new truck.

    Hang in there, Gerry.

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  2. Me too. It is in the wake of my barely-controllable outrage over the PA governor’s in effect taking over the state’s hospitals. This is the stuff revolutions are made of. At least they it used to be when people were citizens not bleating subjects demanding the next ‘free’ stuff. Disgust + powerlessness = depression.

    Maybe it’s time to try my first sourdough starter.

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  3. 10 Cents:
    Part of the reason I put up my post on the Kobe earthquake was to give people a point of reference for disasters. Things are hard on people now stuck in their homes but it is not like having a “war zone” of destruction. My neighbors who ran a rice shop had the second story of their house completely crush their new truck.

    Hang in there, Gerry.

    Good points, I DO hope you were sitting down before you read what I posted on that thread…..

    I know, there’s a lot more people, a lot worse off than I am. I’ve missed a few disasters, by luck missed them. In 1972, I was to get off active duty from the Army, I was extended, and in the three months while I was still on active duty, a hurricane hit my home town area. Thousands were without homes. A year or two ago, a tornado touched down some 15-17 miles south tracked up to within six blocks of my home but stayed in the woods and missed me. I was supposed to go for sort of elective surgery last month, but I had a bad feeling about it and canceled, then came COVID-19, it wouldn’t have been pretty. There’s at least half a dozen more I could name. I’ve been lucky. ( Can’t be “blessed”, I ain’t that good. )

    The Forsythia are blooming here.

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  4. civil westman:

    Maybe it’s time to try my first sourdough starter.

    Spoke with my daughter earlier on the phone, she’s baking bread. A tradition in the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church. I think it was her grandmother that taught he a lot of those traditions.

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  5. Well, “second life wasn’t that entertaining, I turned to YouTube. What should my eyes behold?
    America’s ‘War’ Against Switzerland
    here’s something I would venture to say a few more than just me were not aware of! Entertaining and educational.

    the downside is that YouTube belongs to google and they have anti Trump commercials.

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  6. Gas stations are open as “essential” services, yes?  Why would gas stations be open, if not to refuel your vehicle?  Get in that truck, drive to the nearest gas station, and refuel.  Then tack the receipt up on the wall to remember.

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  7. Gerry_D:
    What should my eyes behold? America’s ‘War’ Against Switzerland here’s something I would venture to say a few more than just me were not aware of! Entertaining and educational.

    On June 1st, 1940, the first armed combat between Switzerland and Nazi Germany took place in the skies above my village.  Two Heinkel 111 bombers, overflying Switzerland en route to or from a bombing mission in France, were intercepted by Messerschmitt 109s operated by the Swiss Army (the fighters had been bought from Germany before the outbreak of the war).  The bombers refused orders to land and be interned and opened fire on the fighters, which attacked and downed one of the bombers.  It crashed into a forest which is about 30 minutes’ walk from by house, which is now called the “Bois des Allemands”.

    You can still see the gash in the forest where the bomber crashed and burned.  Sometimes people walking in the forest there find small pieces of aluminium said to come from the bomber.

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  8. Well the “ban on driving” is NOT to go to the gas station by the state of course, but it is from my wife.

    Ya’ see she’s very very, did I say very, well let me say it again, Very paranoid. I go out to get the mail, in lieu of a glove I have a plastic bag over my hand to handle it. It sits on the porch for a few days. Yesterday I had to take the trash cans close to the curb, as it is they are about 15 feet away and they have to be on the curb. After that I had to come in the garage door in the basement, strip there to my underwear wash my hands for at least 20 seconds in the basement sink and then go upstairs to get clothes. This is to keep peace in the house. My hands are cracked and were bleeding from washing them so much, yes I use lotion.

    It ain’t easy. I tell her over and over, no one came into the house, there is no virus in the house, but now I can not sit on the floor. I hide in the basement with my computer.

    John, you should watch that YouTube clip, a lot in there I never knew!

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  9. Gerry_D:
    Well, “second life wasn’t that entertaining, I turned to YouTube. What should my eyes behold? America’s ‘War’ Against Switzerland here’s something I would venture to say a few more than just me were not aware of! Entertaining and educational.

    I like that one of the POW camps was at Davos. Can we please intern all the globalist Davos Men there now?

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  10. Gerry_D:
    Well the “ban on driving” is NOT to go to the gas station by the state of course, but it is from my wife.

    Ya’ see she’s very very, did I say very, well let me say it again, Very paranoid. I go out to get the mail, in lieu of a glove I have a plastic bag over my hand to handle it. It sits on the porch for a few days. Yesterday I had to take the trash cans close to the curb, as it is they are about 15 feet away and they have to be on the curb. After that I had to come in the garage door in the basement, strip there to my underwear wash my hands for at least 20 seconds in the basement sink and then go upstairs to get clothes. This is to keep peace in the house. My hands are cracked and were bleeding from washing them so much, yes I use lotion.

    It ain’t easy. I tell her over and over, no one came into the house, there is no virus in the house, but now I can not sit on the floor. I hide in the basement with my computer.

    John, you should watch that YouTube clip, a lot in there I never knew!

    You’re lucky!

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  11. I’m too freaking busy to be depressed.  While one customer is “essential” in the medical sense, the bulk of the work is oil-field.  Of all things.  Gobs of overtime, mostly remote, and probably continuing like that for a couple more months.

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  12. well if things were not so bad, now they are.

    my venerable old windoz 7 machine sort of died. as I type this on an equally old laptop with ubuntu on it I’m trying to restore the beast. I may yet have to buy a new box and update to the dammed windoz 10. I hope not. it’s been freeky lately not allowing searches and taking a darn long time to shut down. this one has a weak space bar.

    HORRAY!

    Some errors have been corrected. I will havetotest itout, format my external drive andmakebackups overnight.

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  13. Well the software has been corrected, it seems to search well and I will immediately make a backup.

    Great on the gas purchase! Maybe I can con her into letting me outside tomorrow to do that.

    A little while ago I went out to get the mail and she immediately ushered me into the basement to wash and sprayed the three feet between the back door and the basement door with Lysol. I tell ya’ I’m gonna be a saint…

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  14. I also solved a potentially expensive computer problem with my coffee this morning. This, like about every other thing I write, is another example of life having become too complicated to be lived by mere mortals. I’m afraid I am becoming more amenable to the singularity or at least an upgrade via cerebro-silico connection.

    It began when Apple started to transition to 64 bit processing, and Fujitsu flat out abandoned its users of multiple series of high-end scanners like my S1500m (~$500), by deciding to not update the software to support 64 bit processors. As of OS Catalina, 32 bit support ended entirely. A week ago, I bought a new MacBook Air to replace my 5 year old one. It came with Catalina. Fujitsu suggests I buy a new scanner from them so I can scan with my slick new computer. Not likely. They really should know better.  Since this issue had slipped my mind (I only use the scanner once a month, but it is important), I wiped the hard drive of my old OS Sierra machine so I could give it away to my grandkids. I then discovered neither is the scanner supported on my (disposable) chromebook. Aftermarket software ($80 or so) designed to fix the problem get lukewarm reviews; it seems it is unintuitive with complicated, outmoded user interface. So, what to do?

    Turns out I have a high-end Win 10 VR machine I use exclusively for Oculus Rift flight simulation, exclusively. Minor miracle, it has one open USB port (and I am afraid to unplug anything from such a working, bug-free Windows machine running Oculus Rift, since the cables form an impressive spider web-like array). I found and downloaded the Fujitsu Scansnap software, got a bit lost in trying to put it on the 2TB hard drive rather than the 500GB SSD, as, somehow, I lacked the administrative privileges required (beyond me, as Windows systems have always been). In passing, I must say that having the WIN 10 OS on the SSD allows this machine to boot in 10 seconds and I was afraid that cluttering that drive might impair boot performance.

    Eventually, by trial and error, I pointed, scrolled, back paged, and clicked my way to a successful scan and am a bit (maybe only 32 but not 64) satisfied with myself. I then unplugged the USB cable from the scanner, fired up my flight simulator and buzzed all my favorite spots in Switzerland at mach 1.1 at 200 feet AGL in an F-18. I am told that naval pilots of the carrier-based F-18 Hornet use a homophone for ‘hornet’ which suggests the allure the aircraft confers upon its pilots insofar as members of the opposite sex are concerned (In keeping with Ratburger decorum, I am refraining from writing the two word epithet, counting on members ability to sound it out).

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