Goodbye David

My father, the Hustler, died this morning, 2020-03-30 at 11:22 EDT.  He was a first-class manipulator, who never met anyone he didn’t feel justified in taking advantage of for his own personal gain.  When I talked to my mother later, she said that she was feeling guilty that she was glad he was gone.  I told her she should never feel guilty about that because of the horrible things he had done to her.  It’s nice that he won’t be hurting other people anymore….
And then I remembered this Wiley cartoon: Sorry to hear about your boss.

Masticator

I kept hearing about using a masticator when I was at the Bull Draw fire in August 2018, so I looked it up on youtube after I saw one roll by the ICP on a lowboy trailer.  Check it out: A masticator working to improve the fire line.  That would take care of the bushes in your yard right away…

Minnesota from the other side of the Earth

Toxic Secrets: The town that 3M built – where kids are dying of cancer

Fortunes for 2018

Had Leeann Chin’s for dinner on New Year’s Day and here were my and our fortunes:

  • Now is the time to set your sights high and go for it.
  • Now is a luck time for you – take a chance.

Don’t remember which was which, but they’re both good.  Happy New Year!

Let’s hope so, it’s Thanksgiving at our house…

You will be the guest of a gracious host.

Fortune Cookie

Minnesota “nice”

It might be nicer not to say “sorry”: A study of more then 1,000 people in Frontiers of Psychology found that people reported feeling more hurt about a social rejection when it contained an apology and that the words “I’m sorry” made people feel obligated to offer forgiveness when they didn’t want to.

Time, 2017-10-02 [edited]

Finishing School

We’re not the top species on the planet because we’re nice.  We are a very aggressive species.  It is in us.  And people talk a lot about how well the military turns kids into killing machines and stuff; and I’ll always argue that it’s just finishing school.

Karl Marlantes, USMC on Vietnam Episode 5 by Ken Burns