Big thoughts, tiny reality.

Let's start it off with a Cherokee proverb this time, shall we?

"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."

Now I can't speak for the ENTIRE WORLD here, but I know I've got my own part of that down. My time comes and I am so out of here. Sorry guys, you'll just have to go on without me.

I'm 52 and thoughts of mortality keep creeping into my consciousness. Give me a break. Then again, like they haven't done that on a consistent basis in the first place. But hey! I'm still here! So there's gotta be something said for that.

I gotta attribute the title of this post to Caveman Shoestore, since it's a line from the song playing in my head. Yeah, whatcha gonna do about it.

Politically I am so pissed I can not even begin to tell you the depth and breadth of it. Congratulations, DNC! You just handed Trump a second term. And oh yes, thanks for bending your base over a rail once more. Joe Biden? Are you shitting me? Like I really want a third Obama term? Is that what we really want? Billions in bailouts for the banks, and the stiff middle finger for homeowners? Yeah, in our own situation we were offered the fig leaf of a lower interest rate. Big fat, hairy deal. How about handing those houses back you stole, motherfuckers? Oh that's right. You don't even investigate crimes by the rich any more, do you? You can thank both major parties for this.

This is what US60 is like.

Bonus! While en route to a pickup out of Globe, AZ I per chance figured out how to shoot video off my navigation tablet's dashcam. I made three. So if you ever wanted to know what US 60 was like going westbound, I can show you now.

They range in length from about six seconds to around five minutes. Sadly, these three do not have audio, though I just learned today how to shoot a dashcam with audio. So future videos will most likely include truck sounds and likely narration from yours truly. I was doing narration on the longest video just in case, but no dice, so no voice...yet.

Allow me to point out certain highlights, like me going down a 7 percent grade, thankfully with an empty trailer, the narrowness of this road, the truck brake check area, a construction zone, a tunnel, a bridge, and at one point going by a runaway truck ramp, which I've never used and have no plans to do so any time soon.

So...It's arrived.

The new to me laptop is here. No AC adapter, so any plans to work with it are on hold till I get back home. I'm planning that some time around 3/25. It does have a 1TB drive, though when I get back I'll swap that out with the other 14 inch laptop I have that has a 2TB one, and make it dual boot into Ubuntu and FreeBSD then.

I'm starting to find even second generation i7's are starting to slow down even running Ubuntu now, so I'm looking for at least fourth generation processors now. Up next, a replacement for the Toshiba, so at least a fourth generation i7 with a 17 inch screen. Yadda yadda yadda I know...

Okay, after more than a month, it's time for many things.

One of them being this post! Holy cow! New information on this dragon's life. One thing I have noticed is I tend to post more when I'm home. This may or may not be by design, but home does have a certain way of focusing the mind.

Another thing I've decided on is to try and ease the transition when upgrading Ubuntu. Yes, reinstalling the latest version of the OS is the easy part here. It's the configuring and installation of software and such that's the real bitch. But, let's break it down into it's component parts, shall we? I'm already on the first step.

  1. While upgrading any machine, create a document detailing what all was done, and any necessary substeps along the way. First time through will most likely be pretty messy.

  2. Organize said document into appropriate sections.

  3. Based on said document, write a customization script that can be applied to all future upgrades, so it's all done with one single command.

  4. Pop the champagne when it all runs correctly.

So I'm first starting this process by upgrading the old HP second generation i7 from Ubuntu 19.04 to 19.10 since Ubuntu's being very MS like in not allowing updates any more. Verily. But we can deal. I theoretically could wait till 20.04 is released, but...eh. Might as well get started now.

Oh! Speaking of which, I finally did get a replacement for the dead HP desktop, and also won an auction to replace the old HP with a 4th generation i5. It should theoretically perform better anyway.

What to do in Commerce City, CO.

I've got a day off coming up on Thursday. And here's a list of things I need to do, and things I'd like to do. Yeah, had my passenger's side wiper go out on me today. No fun there for as soon as I entered NM it started raining. But I got through.

Other than that, just been shuttling freight from one spot to the other for the most part.

Need to do.
  • Book another load for this upcoming Tuesday. I'm busy through Monday at least.

  • Have work done on the truck. The wiper transmission broke, and I bought a new one at Albuquerque Freightliner. Just need it replaced.

  • Have work done on this trailer too! It seems one of the tires is leaking slowly. The autoinflate gets it back to the correct pressure, but by morning it's back to being nearly flat.

  • Go by some kitty litter, because the box is really low on it.

What I'd like to do.
  • Laundry

  • Maybe get on a bus and go somewhere.

  • Update ledgers and checkbooks.

  • Read Bruce Goldberg's book some more.

  • Work on writing a story or two.

  • Oh yes! Edit the Samhain ritual I wrote for 2019

That's probably more than enough. And if I don't get all the way through it, I still have time over the weekend as well.

So...Where IS that Dell?

I keep looking at the status page and it keeps telling me it hasn't shipped, even though I can see the charge has cleared the bank. Guess I will be calling them and one of my loads tomorrow if I don't see advancement from either of them. I still need a freight bill for my second load so I know where I'm going.

Tomorrow I will be getting up far too early to make this shipper. At least in the meantime I'm keeping my eyes peeled on laptop auctions, and trying to estimate just how much I'll need to save for something worthwhile.

So yeah, planning to arrive at the shipper at 0500 tomorrow. You read that right. 5am. Oy. And me trying to think of something more worthwhile.

Oh yeah! I got to see the awards ceremony Saturday night at the Gallery Theater for the 2019 season. Well had to be there. My wife was in The Addams Family musical after all! Was funny to see some familiar faces, and even remember some of the acts recreated right there, though not in costume. A gala event had by all. I had to wear my patent leather shoes, since my other pair of wearable dress shoes are still in the box.

Dude, you're getting a Dell!

Bit of happy news this morning. I log in to Shopgoodwill and find that I won an auction for an old fourth generation i7 for $64.40. No hard drive, but I've got two 1TB drives from the dead HP I can throw in, plus a 2gig video card to boot, IF it'll cooperate. I remember the card was notoriously finicky.

Maybe I'll set it up in this computer room, or maybe I'll set it up in the mate's and she can have more than just a laptop to work with.

Still need a third laptop though. Ecch.

Another One of Those Things.

I haven't abandoned this journal at all. Ideas for entries still pop into my head all the time. It just seems that the lag between them appearing and me being able to sit down and type them out just kills it. Then again, there's that momentum thing. The more you write it seems the more you want to write, and find time to write.

So what has happened over the past oh, three and a half months? Let's see.

The biggest event was at the start October, in fact over my birthday the mate and I took a jaunt over to Jacksonville Beach, FL. We parked the truck in the Atlanta area, rented a car, and well the two spots are less than three hundred miles apart, so it's like a day's drive down and back.

The weather for the most part cooperated, just a sprinkle or two towards the end. There was some business conducted as well, as we visited the agency down that way that we've signed up with for the past two years, Momentum, for hauling freight going to Google data centers.

November came and I started driving, or at least trying to drive for Momentum solo. Everything was all right until it was time to come home for Thanksgiving. Then, no freight to Oregon. Uhhhh, that's a problem. I did find another load that worked, and did get home in just enough time. In fact, I got home soon enough that I could contribute, making my signature chocolate espresso cheesecake, which of course was a big smash. Yay! I didn't get to do that last year. I got as far as making the crust, and then it sat in the fridge for the next twelve months. Oddly, it still looked good. Whoa.

Now it's December, and this year for the holidaze I'm flying down to AZ to visit Mom's side of the family once more. As I am now fifty two years of age(Whoa), and both my parents could be in better health, you never know when this might be the last time you'll see them. I hope I might be able to pay Dad a visit down in San Diego come February, which is when he'll be back in the states next.

Work is being...work. Computers are being...computers. And the truck is still being...the truck. Yes I'm here at the Freightliner in Salt Lake City hoping they'll get it into the shop soon. The Detroit 60's been throwing code 42, which is the SRS sensor failure code. That combined with the fact that twice now it didn't start right away after the engine's been pulling hard and running hotter than normal leads me to believe that yes indeed that sensor is going out. From what I've read, one should replace both the SRS and TRS sensors at the same time, as one going bad tends to make the other one go bad as well. I'd love to do this job myself. I can see where both sensors are, and it only needs a one half inch wrench, but try as I might, the bolts are frozen on for me. I'm hoping to get out in the next couple of hours. If not, I may have to cancel the work, cross my fingers, and try and get home, only turning the truck off when the engine has time to cool down. Then I can just take it to the local shop and they can work on it at their leisure.

The Latest Dog and Pony Show.

In other words, the Democratic Party debates and primaries.

Maybe it's just the Gen X in me saying this, but why are we even bothering to watch? You know what's gonna happen when the chips are down.

The leadership's all gonna line up and annoint the most "electable" candidate who just happens to be...coincidence of coincidences!...the most corporate friendly one. Don't believe me? Then just stay tuned, and remember these words.

Though I suppose a bit of recent history also helps to illustrate, and least on the national level. Let's cover the presidential campaigns since 1988, around the time the Democrats decided to become watered down Republicans. I've considered since 1980 or even before since the 1970's saw the repeal of the usury laws allowing credit card companies to charge whatever interest rate they wanted, and boy did they. But that's a bit of a digression. Let's stick with 1988 to the present.

1988 Michael Dukakis. Lost.
1992, 1996 William Jefferson Clinton, whose watch gave us Nafta, the repeal of Glass-Spiegel, welfare "reform", and so on. This was a win?
2000 Albert Gore, lost.
2004 John Kerry, lost.
2008, 2012. Barack Obama. I had hope for this guy. I really did. But it only took one look at his financial team to know nothing would change that way. Nothing but Wall Street insiders. Despite all the ballyhoo about public contributions, his biggest contributors were still the investment banks. And while we're at it...

That ACA(Affordable Care Act). This was a big, fat, wet kiss on the unrepentant ass of the insurance industry, because it created a captive market. Everything that was good about the act(eliminating pre-existing conditions, extending the age offspring can be on their parent's policy to age 25, etc) all of that could have been passed without the legal mandate. And I couldn't help notice the public option was the first thing jettisoned off the bill almost like...gee were they really serious about it to begin with? And of course banking reform went nowhere, even with Democrats in control of both houses of Congress and the White House. Of the two, I would have rather seen the latter gotten behind and passed. At least it would have left more money in the pockets of the general populace to afford things like...you know...health insurance. The emphasis on renewable energy was laudable, but as we've seen easily reversible. Again, this was a win?

2016 - You know the answer already. Let's not go there.

So, if you sort by year, the success rate is fifty percent. If you sort by candidate, the success rate is thirty three and a third percent.

Yeah guys, that's a real winning strategy all right.