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  1. 10 minutes ago, Trigger Mike said:

    I get those calls a lot.  Sometimes I tell them, good, I want free food and shelter can you hurry, I'm hungry right now.

     

    I got a call offering help paying off my student loans,  which I had paid off in the '80s, on an evening when I just couldn't get to sleep. 

     

    I strung the guy along for about 10 minutes,  got past the "initial screening for gullibility" and got transferred up the line.  I  strung that guy along for close to half an hour and finally got sleepy.   So I laughed,  told the guy I had been feeding him a pack of lies because I was bored and couldn't sleep.   He got mad at me for "wasting his time. "

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  2. 1 hour ago, Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619 said:

     

    Why suppose that? Her mother lived to be 101, and outlived her own husband by 50 years.

     

    That would mean that they were together maybe 30 years. And she was only 51 when he died.  

     

    Being 94 and losing your spouse of almost three quarters of a century is a somewhat different proposition. 

     

    As I said,  just a gut feeling.   Several of my parents friends were in their 90s, lost their spouse of 70 years and reposed within a year. 

  3. 3 hours ago, Wallaby Jack, SASS #44062 said:

     

     ..... you have a 20 mile extension cord ?   :huh:

     

     

    Retractable.   As it rewinds it pulls us back home.

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  4. 19 hours ago, Highwall said:

    Married what 73 years! How will the queen live without him? 

     

    My gut feeling is that she won't last the year.   She's 94, and while she is a strong and strong willed lady, I think that she will start going downhill soon. 

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  5. 7 minutes ago, Patagonia Pete said:

    worried if an infrequent driving schedule (as we have now) would send the batteries to an early death?!?!?

    Like just leaving the thing plugged in for a month ... hmmm ... (they warn you not to do that to your cell phone!!) ... 

    What do you think?? Did you get any guidance in that regard when you bought the thing?? s10.gif.bc8cd607f5b3be7b7786647b75bd3081.gif

     

    We were told not to change to 100% and leave it sit for long.  There is something in the owner's manual about letting it sit for an extended period of time,  but I'll be switched if I recall what it was.  Isn't an issue for me right now so I just glossed over it. 

  6. 16 minutes ago, Cold Lake Kid, SASS # 51474 said:

    in addition to the lack of infrastructure once you get out of the urban centres has me hesitant. 

     

    That is a big issue.   If you have a Tesla it isn't as much of an issue.   I think that Tesla and Target have some kind of agreement because all the Target stores around here have a bunch of Tesla chargers.  Unfortunately,  those don't work with most other cars.  

     

    EVgo and Chargepoint seem to be the ones I can use.  Once I get the app figured out.   

  7. 14 minutes ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

    What electric cat do you have, if you don’t mind?

     

    We got a Nissan Leaf S.  It's the low end version, range about 150 to 180 miles.  We tried a fast charger once, and it took about 45 minutes to go from about 30% to 95%.  At 26 ¢/per  minute that's $11.70 for a week of driving.  As opposed to $80 every two weeks.  Or I can use the supplied trickle charger on our 110 house current.  I plugged it in when I got home last night, at about 40% charge, and this morning at 9 a.m. it was at 82%.  

    It is VERY responsive.  handles well.  If I take off the Eco mode, the d-Pedal, and the B mode (all the economy and enhanced regenerative braking stuff) and punch it it will take me from standing start to 60 in about 8 seconds.  From 20 to 60 in under 4.  
    Good side mirrors, inside rear view is so-so.  Has a back-up camera so that you can see for backing up - and it projects your course with curved lines when you cut the wheels.  Also has distance marks that let you know 10', 5' and about 1.5', sounds warning at 5'.  Also gizmos in your side mirrors to let you know something is in your blind spot.

     

    So far, only two weeks in, we really like it.  Would have liked to afford the next one up, with about 250 mile range, but we rarely do more than a 100 mile round trip.  Heck, we rarely do more than about a 30 mile round trip.  Our drive to Sonoma from Santa Rosa was the longest trip we have taken in at least a year.

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  8. Thursday we drove to Sonoma to get her 1st COVID shot.  About 20 miles each way.  Longest drive she has been on for months, which really perked her up. 

     

    Anyway,  we now have an electric car.   It displays the estimated remaining range.   Because I  had all the forms of regenerative braking activated,  and the group fornication that traffic is from Agua Caliente all the way through Sonoma, we went about 6 or 7 miles with no indicated energy use.  Estimated driving range stayed at 50 miles,  and remaining battery at 38%.  

     

    Almost makes it seem perpetual motion is possible. 

     

    Of course,  once headed back home and out of the slow and go traffic the energy drain was back to normal. 

  9. LANGUAGE WARNING! If you go to that link be prepared for much vulgar language.

    Galvarino

     

     

    "Even these crimson hands thou sever'st from my valiant arms
    shall yield a thousand fold – for when the earth hath drunk my blood,
    an iron harvest she shall yield, of hostile hands to enslave and bind thine own."


    One of the cool things about running this site is that every once in a while I get the opportunity to write about a guy who may not have had any real significant impact on the course of history, but who, generally speaking, is completely f***** out-of-his-mind psychotic.  Sure, these hardcore war-factories may not have always been successful in their endeavors – they may not have rescued their people from imminent destruction at the hands of a foreign invader, fought off an overwhelming force by tearing a few thousand guys limb from limb with their teeth, or personally wrested a blood-stained crown from the severed head of a mighty emperor.  Hell, these pinnacles of awesomeness may not even have won the battles they were fighting – but damn it, these red-meat-crazy murderous nutjobs pulled out all the stops, went completely balls-to-the-wall, and did some ridiculous b*******t in the name of being insanely badass.  They're the stories that typically don't make the history books, yet people would still do well to remember them… if for no other reason than simply because they're totally ********* awesome.

    Galvarino is one of those men.

    There's no other logical explanation for how a real-life historical figure could inspire a piece of artwork that looks like this:

    galvarino.jpg

    Galvarino's story start back in the mid-1500s, when the good people of Spain were full-swing in the lucrative business of making North, Central, and South America its *******.  Plenty of ink has been devoted over the years to the Spanish colonization of the New World, but the undisputed fact is that the Spaniards rolled across the Atlantic in their ships, subjugated the balls off of everything they could find, mined a few billion donkey-loads of gold, and conquered a swath of land roughly ten times the size of their own country with nothing more than a hell of a lot of determination, a few firearms, and a healthy resistance to a wide array of crazy European microbial diseases.  These guys weren't screwing around – even the mightiest native Empires crumbled before the might of the Spanish Empire (and empire which, by the way, was so mega-extreme that it's motto was, "PLUS ULTRA!"), and anyone who screwed with them quickly found themselves getting summarily disemboweled at sword point without much in the way of subtlety.  The Spanish were like The Borg of the 16th century world: Resistance is futile. Prepare to be assimilated.

    After chainsawing their way through the Aztec and Inca Empires, the Spanish eventually turned their attention towards the subjugation of the Mapuche Indian tribes residing in the southern part of present-day Chile.  The Mapuche, much like their less-fortunate predecessors, weren't particularly interested in getting their butts conquered by a bunch of foreigners, and they put up a tenacious defense against the European invaders that would have made Captain Picard proud.  Under the command of a badass dude named Lautaro (a man I plan on writing about here in the future), the Indian warriors utilized cutting-edge guerilla tactics and intense face-stabbing acumen to fight off the overwhelmingly superior firepower of the Spanish forces, and seriously pissed of the Spanish commanders so hard the European generals decided to take some unique and borderline-sadistic steps towards crushing the spirits of these obstinate rebels.

    To that end, after one particularly brutal battle near the province of Lagunilla, the Spanish found themselves in possession of quite a few prisoners of war.  One of these dudes was a particularly tough Mapuche tribal war leader named Galvarino.  Deciding that drastic measures needed to be taken to further embitchinate the populace, the Spanish governor decreed that Galvarino was to have his right hand chopped off with an axe as punishment for raising arms (nyuk nyuk) against the Spanish.

    It was… unpleasant.

    It was… unpleasant.

    Apparently these guys didn't realize who they were dealing with.  Galvarino wasn't just some chump who was going to run off crying just because some giant gorilla hacked his limbs off with a ****** axe – he was a seriously hardcore guy.  Without uttering a word of protest, the super-pissed Mapuche prisoner knelt before the chopping block and placed his sword arm on the slab.  One slice of the axe popped it off like a crappy Halloween prop.  Galvarino didn't flinch.  The emotionless automaton of a badass just had his bleeping arm removed with a hatchet, yet he was sitting there motionless, not saying a word, his expression solidly locked into "uber-ripshit pissed" mode.  Jesus, even Darth Vader held his arm in pain after getting it prematurely detached in battle.

    That's not even the beginning.  Seconds after losing his hand, Galvarino quietly removed the bloody stump-nub from the chopping block, and unhesitatingly placed his other hand out to be removed.  The Spanish executioner sliced through that one as well, because what the hell else was he supposed to do.  Once again Galvarino failed to register emotion.  Finally, the Mapuche chief put his head on the block, ready to die.

    But the Spanish weren't going to let Galvarino off the hook so easily.  Instead, they released him to return to his people without any hands, ordering him to show the Mapuche what was going to happen to them if they didn't give up their silly independence and start paying exorbitant amounts of gold to the Spanish Crown.

    Their biggest mistake was letting him live.

    Ah, good times.

    Ah, good times.

    The Spanish tried to make an example of Galvarino, but all he did was show his people an example of what it means to be totally ******* over-the-top badass.  As soon as he got back to his village, Galvarino showed everyone his stumps, screamed a bunch of angry profanity, and demanded a full-scale revolution against the Spanish for pulling such a **** move on him.  Everybody saw this bs-ettery and got understandably upset about the whole thing, deciding right then and there that they were going to strengthen their resolve and deliver an unrelenting barrage of ball-kicks to any European crotches they could get their feet on.  Galvarino was immediately elected to be his tribe's war leader, and to command his people in the inevitable death-feud against the Spanish.  Not wanting to be hampered by a little thing like "not having any hands", this guy did one of the most balls-out ridiculous things I've ever heard of – he tied blades to his stumps and went into battle with swords for hands.

    cuchulainn6.jpg

    Are you kidding me?  No matter how tough, or how great a warrior you are, not being able to physically hold a weapon is kind of a career-ending injury in the military combat department.  Yet on November 30, 1557, when 1,500 Spaniards were ambushed by 3,000 Mapuche warriors outside Millarapue, the native forces were being led into battle by a dude with goddamned steak knives duct-taped to his wrists and a bloodthirsty sneer on his face.  I think we can all appreciate the fact that this is some seriously next-level badass stuff.

    In the interest of academic integrity, I should probably take a second here to mention that the only source I was able to find to corroborate the sword-hands claim was a Spanish-language text that was translated for Galvarino's Wikipedia page, and, generally speaking, I am loathe to use Wikipedia as a primary source for anything that doesn't involve ludicrously-in-depth descriptions of video game-related minutiae.  I'm somewhat hampered, however, by the fact that I don't read Spanish, and there's not a whole lot of info about this guy printed in English.  (If any readers out there can corroborate this with a legit source, I would be grateful to see it).  However, having said that, I ******* love this story so much that I'm compelled by every fiber of my being to believe that this blade-armed madman was out there rushing through the battlefield in 1557 slicing off fools' like a hardcore Baraka fatality, tearing the Spanish new face-holes with nothing more than his endless rage and his Wolverine-style hand blades.

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  10. 23 minutes ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

    Man, Joe, you sure do make the simple things complicated...but that sounds really good. :D

     

    It sounds more complicated than it is. 

    Chop and cook the bacon and hot dogs, add onion and garlic,  add the canned pork & beans,  add seasoning and condiments,  adjust seasonings to taste. 

     

    But I've had to walk people who don't cook through making it several times,  so the overly detailed instructions are second nature. 

     

     

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