Beerguyrob

Reading Sunday Gravy this morning, I was struck at how many people from the site have already been partially vaccinated. Given that over 61 million Americans have already gotten at least one shot – and a couple of ‘grandmothers’ tried to get their second – it reminds me of how circumstance can intervene to further wreck an already broken system.

When the vaccines were announced, the Canadian government had some decisions to make. They chose to go with European distributors, rather than closer US ones. The logic of the Trudeau government seemed sound – since it seems likely that Trump would seize all US-made product & prevent offshore sales, Canada needed to ensure smooth supply from somewhere else. Then Biden won, and the Warp Speed production (gonna give Trump that credit) fell into the hands of people who believed in science & not some space ghost that determines your afterlife. Stable supply plus semi-competent distribution has led to 1-in-6 Americans receiving their first jab, including (thankfully) my Mom.

Meanwhile, in Canada, we fell victim to production disruptions from our European suppliers and inefficient vaccination strategies that fell victim to bureaucratic incompetence & identity politics. We don’t have the capacity to make any on our own until 2022 due to Conservative government funding cuts back in 2015 eliminating pandemic response procedures. We’ve only managed 1.4 million shots – a 3% success rate, the worst in the developed world. The federal & provincial governments had four months to plan a rollout, and it seems like BC came up with, “uhh…by age?” the night before the press conference. As someone in the 50-59 age range & also a teacher, I’m not expected to get my first shot until (hopefully) July.

I don’t know if I have a point here, but I just needed to vent.


Tonight’s sports:

  • NHL:
    • Montreal vs Ottawa – 7:00pm | Sportsnet
    • Philadelphia vs Boston – 7:00pm | NBCSN / Sportsnet1
      • This was supposed to be in the afternoon, but the Saturday game proved you can’t play hockey in the sun.
    • Winnipeg vs Vancouver – 10:00pm | NHLN
  • NBA:
    • Philadelphia vs Toronto – 7:00pm | TSN3
    • Brooklyn vs LA Clippers – 8:00pm | ESPN / Sportsnet360
  • NCAA:
    • Butler at Xavier – 7:00pm | FS1
  • Futbol:
    • Liga MX:
      • Tijuana vs U. de N. Leon – 8:00pm | TUDN

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A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
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bk109

After spending your entire career surrounded by the likes of BOB you either develop one … or become a spree shooter … so far he’s chosen the right answer 😛

Viva La Tabula Raza

So, I’m watching this BBC travel show on Amazon Prime called “By Any Means” featuring Charley Boorman (Son of director John Boorman). First leg (6 one-hour episodes) of the trip is from Ireland to Sydney Australia, second leg (6 hrs again) from Sydney to Tokyo, using any and all means of transport except commercial air. Got me to thinking about where in the world I have been in my life, and thought it would be interesting to make a list of those places. Chronologically:
1959-1962: Mansfield MA

1962-1965: Biloxi MS, Sacramento CA, Clark Air Base Philippines

1966-1970: Alexandria VA and Fort Meade MD (dad was attached to NSA)

1970-1973: Karamursel Turkey. Travelled all over Turkey during that time. We camped through Europe on our way back to the US in June 1973 in my dad’s Jeepster Commando and drove through and camped in Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Germany. Dad shipped the Jeep back to the states from Bremerhaven.

1973-1976: Biloxi MS, Redlands CA (did several camping trips down the Baja during our CA stay, and of course all the National Parks in that state).

1976: My dad was assigned to the US Military Advisory and Assistance Group in Tehran, Iran. We spent a little time there but it looked like it was going to get hairy (as it eventually did) so me and mom came back to the states after a couple months.

1976-1981: San Antonio TX

1981-1985 (Navy service, some locations visited multiple times): San Diego CA, Corpus Christi TX, Yokosuka Japan, British Indian Ocean Territory (Diego Garcia), Al Masirah/Muscat Oman, Mombasa Kenya, Male Maldive Islands, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Phuket Thailand, Pattaya Thailand, Perth Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul South Korea, Pusan South Korea, Shimoda Japan, Sasebo Japan, Subic Bay Philippines

1985-present: San Antonio and Bulverde TX

1998-2019: Places my job with the USAF has taken me (and not necessarily in this order, and not necessarily just one time): Rhein-Main Air Base, Ramstein AB, Spangdahlem AB Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, RAF Croughton UK, Lake Como/Milan/Florence/Aviano AB/Venice/Trieste Italy, Lajes Field Azores Portugal, Switzerland, Istanbul/Adana/Incirlik AB Turkey, Gus Grissom ARB (Kokomo) IN, Scott AFB IL, Wright Patterson AFB/AF Plant 36 (Evendale)/AF Plant 82 (Columbus) OH, Hanscom AFB MA, Beale AFB CA, Offutt AFB NE, Holloman AFB NM, Kabul/Kandahar/Shindand Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq

I think I’ve set foot in all of the lower 48 and Hawaii over the years (never Alaska though). Been to every continent except S. America and Antarctica. I’m sure I missed listing a few places. Still, that’s a bit of travel, and yet there’s a lot of places I never got to that I would have liked to (New Zealand, Scotland, Nepal/Sikkim/Bhutan, and many more). I think at my age and with my medical conditions, my globe-trotting days are over. It was a good ride, though.

It’s pretty late, I might post this again tomorrow evening.

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ballsofsteelandfury

That’s pretty awesome!

I have a world map with pins showing everywhere I’ve traveled. The pins are color- coded to show how I got there.

White = car or bus
Black = train
Blue = airplane
Green = airplane layover
Orange = boat

It’s not as filled out as yours would be, but I’m pretty happy with it. There are very few places I haven’t been that I’d like to go to.

Viva La Tabula Raza

Nice color coding idea. I’d probably only confuse myself if I tried to attempt that.

Viva La Tabula Raza

I composed it on a Word doc. give me an email addy and I will forward. I can probably flesh it out with some more details. Balls has my private email if you want to keep it on the downlow.

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Viva La Tabula Raza

I did forget, from USAF job: NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center MD, NASA JPL Pasadena CA, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma AZ.

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bk109

Speaking of good Charley Boorman documentary series, you (and the rest of the DFO faithful) may want to give “The Long Way //X//” series a try – it’s basically him and Ewan MacGregor doing a bike trip Around the world, Down from Scotland to South Africa and Up from Argentina to LA 😉

bk109

It helps when the two presenters are a bit more mature and “well travelled” to have enough to speak about without … well, becomming as dull/mundane/faux-excited as the standard reality fare these days

Dunstan

Speaking of singer-songwriters who I came across too late in life, Glen Campbell was a gem.

Viva La Tabula Raza

Plus, excellent studio guitarist on early Beach Boys.

Dunstan

Did not know that. Thanks!

Viva La Tabula Raza

I might be wrong. He might have been a touring guitarist, not a studio guitarist. I am durnk.
Edit: It was both.

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Brick Meathook

Glen Campbell was part of “The Wrecking Crew,” the unofficial name for the top L.A. session musicians who played for Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” studio recordings.

Brick Meathook

He also had several hit records, a network TV variety show, and starred in several movies, including the first True Grit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_kbgjsuCec

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

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Brick Meathook

This is probably the best article I’ve read about the whole Gamestop stock thingy. It’s probably behind a paywall but if you can get to it it’s pretty good:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-stock-trading-dupe-is-born-every-minute-11613933258?mod=hp_opin_pos_3

Doktor Zymm

If you were describing a hippopotamus to someone who had never seen one before, how would you do it?

ArmedandHammered

Mama June from Honey BooBoo but more intelligent.

ArmedandHammered

Oh, and better parenting instincts.

King Hippo

triggered!!!

Doktor Zymm

Hulu has 10 movies it classifies as “Classics” and half of them are made after 1980. Why even bother having that as a category?

Horatio Cornblower

Didn’t Ted Turner buy up all the rights to broadcast for old movies?

BrettFavresColonoscopy

You’re thinking of bison

Viva La Tabula Raza

mmmm, bison burger.

Dunstan

What item have you owned the longest? You can’t tack on the time before you owned it — a family heirloom only counts from the time you’ve had it.

I think for me, it’s an old Radio Shack clock radio that I got in the early 80s, kept through my travels, stopped relying on recently because the alarm is dodgy, but never got around to throwing out until this weekend.

Doktor Zymm

I’ve still got one stuffed animal from when I was maybe 2? Not something I will ever voluntarily get rid of.

litre_cola

1980 Winnipeg Jets jerseys, home and away from when I was real little.

Doktor Zymm

It might still be at my parent’s house somewhere, but I went on a school trip to Toronto in 7th grade and got a Maple Leafs t-shirt

Dunstan

Burn it. Kill it with fire.

Dunstan

That’s awesome. I don’t think it was that common to buy jerseys then, not like today when some fans own the home, away, alternate third, retro, reverse retro, xxth anniversary throwback, etc. Then their favorite player gets traded and they buy a whole new set…

litre_cola

Luckily there is no names on the back. I will give them to Decilitre until I put them up in my basement pub when we buy a house.

ballsofsteelandfury

Same here. I have a stuffed bear from the 1980 Soviet Olympics.

Dunstan

The bear broke the boycott? Jimmy Carter does not approve.

Viva La Tabula Raza

Nor do the Afghans.

Horatio Cornblower

Same. I passed it on to my daughter, but there is a very beat-up stuffed panda that is probably pushing 50 in our house.

I also have a Social Distortion concert T-shirt still in regular rotation despite dating to 1992.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

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Horatio Cornblower

“I know I say this every millennium…”

yeah right

I have a collection of concert t shirts from the 70’s. Including Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Yes and Black Sabbath with tour dates included. Talking Heads shirt was from the early 80’s so it’s a poseur. Although my Devo shirt fucking still rules.

Viva La Tabula Raza

I still have a Swiss Army Knife I received as an X-mas gift in the early 1970s.The tweezers are long gone, but the plastic toothpick is still there.
I still have a lot of the stamps in my collection that I’ve had since the late 1960s.
Still have the first rock and roll LP I ever bought, late 1969. Led Zeppelin II.

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Don T

A linear algebra textbook from ‘91 that was included in one of the divorce boxes. I thought I had burned it and pissed on it after finally passing the damn class.

Dunstan

Ok, but if the weight of the book was x, and your piss weighs y and was added at a rate of z ml/sec…..

ArmedandHammered

and don’t forget the burn rate of g/sec.

Don T

I will die convinced of the utter uselessness of matrices. Those fucking things gave me nightmares.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

THIS GUY DON T I CALL HIM MORPHEUS CAUSE HE DOES NOT LIKE MATRICES.

Viva La Tabula Raza

As the weight of urine asymptotically approaches zero, then what?

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Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

I’d have to dig through my old stuff – the only thing that instantly comes to mind is my high school yearbook.

Gumbygirl

I have my Junior High Yearbook(9th grade) in which Gumby wrote: “To a nice girl. A bit strange, but nice.”
Reader, I married him!

bk109

… Uhhh, don’t spoil the book ending for us, okay?! We’re all still at like Chapter 10 (The Weird Haircuts and Mixtapes Phase) 😛

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Doktor Zymm

Old wrestling is super weird
https://youtu.be/CoABAhrzP4A

Horatio Cornblower

Awfully quiet, too.

Doktor Zymm

Metuchen is a place in New Jersey. Manassas is a place in Virginia. Metuchen Manassas can be a fun activity!

BrettFavresColonoscopy

Wow and i thought I was being pessimistic thinking i wouldn’t get my shot in LA til June or so, and I’m not a teacher or an old.

Horatio Cornblower

Well, you’re not a teacher.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

Careful pot, calling a younger kettle old

Dunstan

Earlier this week, I watched a documentary on Amazon Prime, “Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind.” Really good if you’re into his music or just the 60s-70s folk/pop scene. Lots of cool old footage of him and other figures of the era (including him being interviewed by a young Alex Trebek), and the little clubs in Toronto and NY in which he played.

I got into Lightfoot kind of late — for most of my life, he was just the Edmund Fitzgerald guy. But there was a guy who used to play the bars in my college town, and I have a couple of old cassettes of his sets, and one of them has his version of “Song For a Winter’s Night.” I used to break those tapes out every now and then when I was feeling nostalgic. About ten years ago I started going through Lightfoot’s catalog because of that song, and I was amazed by how many great tracks he has.

And what I didn’t realize until this documentary was how many of his songs have been covered by so many people. Elvis, Johnny Cash, Glenn Campbell, and tons of modern artists have done his songs.

I’ve seen him live a bunch of times now, because he still comes through L.A. regularly. His voice isn’t what it used to be, but it’s a great show.

BC Dick

Lightfoot makes good songs.

Brick Meathook

I bought two deck chairs and a pasta maker at Gordon Lightfoot’s ex-girlfriend’s yard sale.

Dunstan

Was she the one who killed Belushi? And does the pasta maker still work?

Brick Meathook

No, she was not a killer.

The pasta maker (it was actually a hand-cranked device that cut pasta dough) worked fine but sat in a kitchen drawer for 15 years. I gave it away 3 years ago.

Dunstan

A friend gave me a hand-cracked pasta roller/cutter recently, and I got into making my own pasta. It’s a nice option to have — certainly better than dried.

yeah right

Unfortunately he was a horrible abuser. One of our old salesmen at the radio station told me stories. The song Sundown tells the tale. My old sales guy would joke “Old Sundown. Hope you know what you’re doing. That old Sundown.”
He was an old drunk but a hell of a radio salesman.

He went by Rough Kobnotchie. On account of being from the desert and he could have been an extra from a Cormac McCarthy story.

Dunstan

I’m not surprised. The documentary sort of glossed over it, but you can read between the lines. At one point Murray McLaughlin just diplomatically declines to go into details.

Sundown always struck me more as about a jealous guy wanting to kick the shit out of the guy fucking his girlfriend, not the girlfriend. But that is obviously a fine line…

BC Dick

They’re both gonna have to go though so it’s more about the order. Either way, that cheating trash and uncle Jimmy are getting theirs.

Doktor Zymm

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Mr. Ayo

I cheated so I’m not answering. But awesome picture.

Dunstan

You doing Princess Leia cosplay?

Horatio Cornblower

Ella Fitzgerald?

Horatio Cornblower

I did take a real guess, which I’ll keep to myself in case anyone else is thinking the same, and I was way off.

Doktor Zymm

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Dunstan

Betty White?

Doktor Zymm

Yes, well done!

BC Dick

I wish I knew. I’ve gotten into older movies in the past few years but I can only recognize a few stars.
The best of that era are so much richer than the best of the current movies. They have no way to cheat with computers or effects so the story and acting have to carry it. At least I think so.

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yeah right

Betty White.

Doktor Zymm

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Horatio Cornblower

So far tonight my wife has hollered at her Trump-loving ‘All Lives Matter’ father, (she wrecked him), the dog has howled at something that I can’t see in our yard, even with the super-flashlight, and now the cat has insisted on going outside, so whatever it was the dog was howling at is probably gonna eat it.

How’s everyone else’s evening?

Dunstan

Pretty good. I’m finishing up cocktail # 3, the duck legs are finishing up, and I’ve given up on housecleaning and am just rambling about games here.

Horatio Cornblower

I kind of want to get back into D&D, over the net probably, but I’m not sure I have the time or, based on a cursory review of some of the latest manuals, the brains to have any idea as to what is going on.

Dunstan

In some ways it’s easier than ever. I play in a weekly group online now — we use Discord for the voice chat and Roll20.net for the other stuff.

The Roll20 thing automates a lot of the process, so you don’t have to keep looking up “what’s my to-hit bonus with the mace” and stuff like that.

It’s pretty cool. D&D is now on its 5th edition, and while you still run across people who are nostalgic for earlier versions, the current one fixes a lot of the old problems. Lots of options beyond just “I hit it with my sword,” more balance between classes than the old “well, it sucks to be a wizard at first level, but you’ll be awesome at level 10” (though that still persists a bit), etc.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

First level wizards really were the worst kind of cannon fodder. Like, you’re gonna take on five orcs with a dagger and a single magic missile spell?

Dunstan

The common term for those nowadays is “glass cannon” — you can be pretty effective ONE time all day, and then you’re useless.

More recent editions fixed this by giving low-level wizards a extra spell slot or two, but more importantly, unlimited cantrips that are reasonably effective in battle. So instead of cowering in the back ineffectually shooting darts, you cower in the back and fire pretty effective Eldritch Blasts or whatever.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

You should find some people and play the Wendy’s version!

litre_cola

I did something to my back and now am hobbling around like I am 80. Have to go to the doc and guess some Hippo meds and a scrip for physio and massage (non_Kraft variety)

BC Dick

Get the Kraft kind. It is the superior massage.

litre_cola

Not sure Mrs Cola would appreciate the ole rub and tug, she would send me to live with you. Plus my masseuse is 55 years old and nawt attractive.

BC Dick

Oh yeah I know Wendell. Get the kraft.

Doktor Zymm

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Dunstan

Oh, cocktail #3 ended up being: rum, amaro, blood orange, and Chambord. Not sure how I feel about it — the bitterness makes it a left turn from the first two drinks, but it’s not bad. I think it might need a slight tweak in proportions or an extra ingredient.

herodotus450

Would it really be too much to ask for a deadly lake Tahoe avalance to bury both these teams beneath 100 tons of snow, ending the franchises forever? I’ve been good!
/Except for all the hookers
//and all those dead hookers

litre_cola

Herodotus became Scotchy so quickly no one noticed.

Doktor Zymm

I have no idea who roughly half the mystery guests on 1955 What’s My Line are

Doktor Zymm

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scotchnaut

Did he bust her crab?

/got nuthin’

scotchnaut

Johnny Wise Mustache?

Dunstan

I regret to inform you all that Dunstan has kicked the bucket.

As in, he was on his way to finish making cocktail #3, when he kicked over the mop bucket full of dirty water, and then had to spend the next ten minutes doing some emergency work with a carpet cleaner. Fortunately, his cocktail was on the table in reach while using the carpet cleaner, so little drinking time was lost.

However, he is speaking in the third person now for some reason, so that’s going to be annoying.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

Man, I fucking hate it when something interrupts my drinking like that.

Doktor Zymm

That’s the downside to mopping up in the first place

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

The lesson is: never mop.

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Dunstan

So one of the reasons for my de-cluttering campaign is that I’ve started to run out of shelf and storage space because, in addition to my excessive wine and liquor inventory (which, I know, you’re all willing to help me with), and the overflowing bookshelves, I got into boardgaming in the last couple of years, and now I’ve got like a collection of 30+ that need shelf space.

Any other gamers here?

BC Dick

Board games are great. I wouldn’t call myself a gameboarder by any stretch but I like them. Sorry is my favourite. And Risk but I suck at it.

Viva La Tabula Raza

When I was 12 or 13 years old, me and my friends took a 3′ x 5′ world map and drew borders in black magic marker on it with a lot more individual territories than the Risk board came with. We would have games that lasted for days.

yeah right

I can count the number of games of Risk that DIDN’T end up with someone knocking the board over. I lost track of the games that did.

Dunstan

When I was helping a friend write jokes for his stand-up, we came up with a couple of Risk jokes, mostly exploiting the fact that Kamchatka is an inherently funny word — something about the k sounds I guess.

BC Dick

Is that referring to Bobby Hill’s clown teacher? Ehh I probably don’t remember it right anyway

yeah right

I play. It’s been mostly cribbage and backgammon for the last year since I can’t picture letting enough people to play a decent game in my house. Love Risk and Monopoly and still play Clue and Masterpiece. Cribbage is a regular occurrence and we usually play buck a hand. Card game of choice is Hearts and it’s a killer since I just taught both of my daughters and Eldest granddaughter to play just before the pandemic.

Dunstan

I played cribbage from a young age — it was my dad’s game and his dad’s. (I think the first time I asked to play, they thought they were humoring me, but I was good at math so counting to 15 was hardly going to faze me.)

I never really played backgammon until around 30, when I started playing online with a friend. I had assumed it was mostly a game of luck, until I noticed myself losing like 4 out of 5 games….

Hearts was a staple in my high school cafeteria days.

Mr. Ayo

Love cribbage. Prefer spades over hearts, but both are good fun.

Dunstan

Never really played spades. Did a fair bit of bridge in law school and then online for a while. I still miss it, but online bridge is plagued by assholes and cheaters, so I’m not likely to go back unless it’s with people I know.

Doktor Zymm