Friday, January 22, 2021

Mudlick Igloo

We probably could have chosen a slightly warmer evening (i.e. greater than 32 degrees) to try out having dinner in an outdoor igloo at Mudlick Tap House in downtown Dayton, as we needed two heaters to achieve a decent level of comfort.  We had multiple people leaving the restaurant come up to ask if we were "warm in there" which we confirmed was true at eye level, but not so much at foot level.  But it was nice to have complete strangers come over to talk to us, which hasn't happened for ten months.

Thursday, January 21, 2021


I've moved most of my Internet searching over to DuckDuckGo.  Other than the rather cute name, the major reason wasn't some urgent need to have my searches hidden from the big tech giants, but rather to send a signal (this is a pun, which will become apparent in the near future) that I don't appreciate their interfering in the political arena and while my contribution to their ad revenue is negligible, it's not zero.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Convalescent Plasma

One benefit of having had COVID-19 and testing positive for antibodies is being able to donate COVID Convalescent Plasma (CCP), which is used to treat those seriously ill and hospitalized.  Our local Community Blood Center's CCP donations are transfused directly to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients in the Dayton area.  The donation process takes about two hours with about one hour from "needle in" to "needle out".   Then you get free cookies and drinks, albeit self-serve.  Learn more and schedule a donation at this link.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Ridgeway Bridge Progress

Taken last week, the picture below shows that the Ridgeway Bridge over Dorothy Lane is gone.  Other than squeezing down to a single lane in each direction, traffic was flowing nicely.  That's decent progress for a project that started a couple months ago and is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Jeep Jack

In the eight years I've owned my Jeep I've never had to take off a tire, so when my brother-in-law and tried to install new lug nuts to replace the existing gnarly ones, we looked for the tire iron in the usual place, under the spare tire in the back.  Not there.  We had to consult the owner's manual to find it's located under the right rear seat, as shown below.  So that's what that little leather handle strap is for.

And I guess I need to get a vacuum...

Friday, January 15, 2021

Goodbye Twitter

I don't know where the right line is, but it's clear that Twitter has chosen theirs far left of that fuzzy middle area.  In a country founded on the freedom of speech, its corollary, the freedom to listen requires no effort, you can simply choose to tune out.  Engaging in Social Media should be fun, interesting, and informative, and it's clear Twitter had lost its way.  I deleted Facebook years ago when the time I was spending scrolling through crap far exceeded anything of value.  I don't miss Facebook at all, and I suspect Twitter will be the same.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Utility Sink Platform

The new washer, due to its larger discharge hose (below right), necessitated a new raised platform, used to store detergent, bleach, etc., and you certainly couldn't buy one that would fit perfectly.  But with some leftover wood, a lot of thought, and half an afternoon's time, I created the platform shown below.  The picture at the bottom left shows all the details, except that assembling requires the platform to be upside down, and trying to flip it in my head didn't work so well.  But I think I covered up all my mistakes and do-overs pretty well.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Instruments Gone Crazy

The animated GIF below was taken as the battery in my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was getting close to fully discharged (see last week's USB post), but only when the key was in the ignition and turned to the off position.  It was like there was a bunch of little gremlins invading my car.  There's no sound here, but it was clickity-clicking like crazy.  I guess that's life with a 17-year-old vehicle! 

Monday, January 11, 2021


The Urban Dictionary contains a lot of useless made-up words, but my son pointed out one that I think I will use quite a bit, "Sheeple".  They define it as "A combination of the words "sheep" and "people" meaning that the person or persons are acting as a group or to only behave based on what is trending." This seems to explain a lot of behavior in our current mess of messes.

Friday, January 8, 2021


It's been a bit busy to post a blog for the last couple of days and our grandson was the best of reasons why.  The rocker got a lot of use and was the perfect way to get this little guy down for a needed nap in his favorite position, face down.  Grammie (i.e. Grandma E) might need a few naps of her own after rocking, playing, feeding, and changing a fair number of diapers.  Grampy (i.e. Grandpa P) also changed a diaper, leading to a good laugh as I managed to put it on backward, not that the baby cared.  I guess my diaper skills, which I haven't used in 40 years, aren't what they used to be, but in my defense, girls are easier to change than boys.