2022 January

Friday, January 2, 2022

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[Pittsburgh’s Frick Park Bridge Collapsed] Several cars as well as a Port Authority bus were involved in the collapse. The bus had three people and the driver on board at the time of the collapse–none were injured! Video

[Age Wisely] It’s time to use the money you have saved. Spend it and enjoy it. Don’t just keep it for those who may have no idea of the sacrifices you made to earn it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a relative with big plans for your hard-earned money. This stage of life is also a bad time for new investments, even if it seems risk-free. Investments this late in life only bring problems and worries.

Stop worrying about the finances of your kids and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad about spending money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter, and support. It is now their responsibility to earn their own money and provide for themselves. They will be OK on their own.

Stay healthy without a lot of physical effort. Do moderate exercise, like going for walks every day, eat well and get plenty of sleep. It’s easy to become ill, and it gets harder to remain healthy.

[Electric Bicycles] I was in a parking lot on North Roosevelt Blvd in Key West yesterday and watched electric bicycles, scooters and skateboards whizzing along the sea wall. KW is the perfect place for electric bikes—no hills!
[Traffic] Anyone traverse N. Roosevelt Blvd in KW lately? It’s a death trap. Years back when state DOT was planning it, I called them, emailed them, contacted city officials too. I wanted one lane west into city, one out heading east, and a center median with plants, flowers. Result? Dangerous blacktop expressway. Poor tourists who saved $10 to stay around MM4, and take their lives in their hands walking, biking, even driving


[Cart Parking] I don’t know one successful person who leaves their cart in the middle of the parking lot. If you’re too big to do the small things, you’re too small to do the big things.

[“Free N95 masks will soon be available in Florida”] Man, that’s wonderful! In a State where there’s no mask mandates and businesses are free to do as they please. Not to mention, half the world is repealing mask and vaxx passports after realizing C19 is here to stay, just like the seasonal flu. Now the sick will be able to protect the rest of us from their spreading of the virus, thanks to a free mask
As Americans began receiving free at-home COVID-19 tests kits distributed by the Biden administration this week, many Americans began noticing something odd about the tests:  They are made in China
[Charlatans] Get this! Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife now admit the whole evangelical power couple thing was an act. “Because of my last name, people think I’m a religious person. But I’m not,” Falwell told Vanity Fair magazine. “We had to put on an act,” his wife added.

These bible-thumpers don’t pay taxes either. Is anyone surprised?

[“Transgender Athletes”] Women have the power to do something positive instead of just crying about how unfair it is to let mental defective men competing in woman’s sports. Ladies, you have the power to put a stop to the woke decision that is ruining your sports. It’s actually very simple. If a defective male is spotted, getting ready to compete, just don’t compete. Just refuse to compete. This can be much more effective than crying. After several meets with no competitors, the message will be out there. No competition, no interest which will relate to no money. Ladies, you’ve got the power, use it!
[Tax Prep] With the IRS forecasting a particularly difficult year for taxpayers, the United Way of Collier and the Keys (UWCK) is committed to ensuring those needing assistance get the maximum refund possible.  The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program opened on January 24th and provides free federal tax preparation services to anyone making less than $66,000 a year. Link
[“Crossing over”] A crosswalk is intended to be so. Pedestrians have the right of way! If you’re that stupid to not pay attention, perhaps it’s time you turn in your driver’s license. Probably you are the same fool that drives nears a snorkeler or diver in the ocean. Keep 300’ away for the ill-informed on waterways.


[Split Personality] Yup, that’s a VW rear with a VW bus front.

Some redneck crying over M&Ms for some unknown reason. Last week the MAGAts were losing their minds over Carhart clothing. This week it’s M&M’s! What a bunch of “Snowflakes.” Video
(Editor: ‘MAGAts’ Ok, I give up. I’m not going to put a bracketed question mark next to things I don’t understand any more. That’s because there are so many things I don’t understand. I’m so out of touch. I don’t even know one of this week’s top 40 hits—not one! Ask me about some oldie and I can probably tell you who was in the band.)
Rolling Stones–Out Of Time

[Don’t Be a Litter Bug]
Litter bugs are thieves who steal nature’s beauty.

[Friday Joke] Once during an adventure, a farmer named Bryan Clay stumbled into a cave and found a magic lamp. Upon rubbing the lamp, a Genie appeared and asked him what his wish was. The farmer told him that he wished he were very rich. The Genie said okay and asked him, “Alright, Mr. Very Rich, what is your second wish?”

[The Ragman] I remember the ragman’s horse’s name from post WWII New England. His name was “Applehead” and he was the first horse I’d ever seen. You youngsters might ask what a ragman was.
In China, men outnumber woman by 34 million.
[Embalmers Find Veins & Arteries Filled with Never Before Seen Rubbery Clots] Here is a video interview by Dr. Jane Ruby with a funeral embalmer who is finding weird fibrous rubbery clots that he says look similar to worms when he is draining blood to replace with embalming fluid. He shows photos in the interview, and says one was almost as long as the leg that he pulled it from. He said a normal clot will dissolve under finger pressure, but these things he can wash off, to reveal whitish fiber formations. These are a new phenomena in the last year or two. A few months ago, he was seeing these in about half of the  bodies, but this has been increasing steadily. Out of about 35  bodies in the last month, he pulled these “worms” out of about 24. His gut feeling is that these are something that develops in those that took the clotshot. He says other embalmers are reporting the same thing, and that business is picking up. He wondered how people are functioning with these things clogging their circulation. No microscope is required to see these things, that can be picked up! Video
[Book Club] Monroe County Library’s list for possible book selections for March and throughout the year. We meet on the last Saturday of the month at 10am (this Saturday’s discussion is on The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofe).
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Dutch House – Ann Patchett
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
In the Unlikely Event – Judy Blume
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
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[Friday Joke] The wife said, “Have you ever seen 100,000 dollars all crumpled up?”
He said, “No!”, trying to figure what she meant.
She said, “Check the garage.”