Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Photo: Daisy's Car Battery Issues

 In early August, my wife Daisy mentions that her car didn't want to start before going to work. Luckily her car did start and she made it there without being late. I told her to drive to her dad's after work, assuming she could get the car on again. Her dad said it was probably the battery, I thought it was the starter from the way Daisy started the conversation. But then Daisy's dad checked the battery and got a "good" reading. We took it to Advance Auto Parts and the clerk guy got a similar reading. He offered to charge the old battery for nothing but it would take about another forty minutes to charge. So we go somewhere in my car and come back.  
They tested the old battery after the charge and the reader read it as bad. This does sound a little dubious, but her old car battery was at least two years old, but from what I'm guessing 3-5 years is probably the real age. Batteries rarely last longer than that and I did see the meter actually say "bad" on it so I can't say they were lying. I did notice Daisy's battery is bolted on under the hood, and the guys there didn't seem to want to volunteer to remove the old battery or install the new one. I can understand them not offering for the removal because at first we weren't sure if we were going to get a new battery or not. Thankfully Daisy's dad had the tools or else we might of been up the creek without a paddle. 

Story: Pitting Cherries

When I worked in produce, we had a guy there named Bryan who was...strange. We had sampled out cherries for the people walking down the aisles, and one lady was so happy that we pitted them beforehand. Pitting cherries is a lot of manual work, and Bryan then got a huge idea in his head. He told me he was going to pit cherries and then take them down to the flea market or something like that. I told him that it wasn't a good idea because of all the work, the refrigeration you'd need, and the fact that once you broken the skin of a fruit/vegetable it doesn't have long until it starts to rot away. If a person really desires pitiless cherries, it'd be a whole lot easier, cheaper, and simpler to get them in a frozen bag at the supermarket. He called me an idiot because I wasn't jumping on his super-cherry bandwagon. Maybe he was right, and he's sitting in his cherry-shaped mansion laughing at me right now. 

Fact of the Day: North Korean Golf

North Korea has always come up with some pretty outrageous propaganda stories about their rulers, and Kim Jong-il's first round of golf is just as ludicrous. The late North Korean dictator claimed he scored 38 under par on his first try and was so happy with the results that he never bothered to golf again.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Photo: Strawberry Frappe

One of the supermarkets here has a Starbucks inside of it, and it's my wife Daisy's usual place to find coffee. This one was new for her, some kind of strawberry frappe, cappuccino or whatever the caffeine lingo is for it. 

Question: Do You Believe Trump on Charlottesville?

You might be living under a rock if you haven't heard about the events that went down in Charlottesville, Virginia. Far-right activists all of whom were mostly white supremacists and literal Nazis protested the removal of a Confederate statue. Counter-protesters were there to stand up to fascism and hatred, and it all got horrific when a neo-nazi drove his car into a crowd of people which killed a woman. Not long afterwards I saw Trump hold a press conference where he condemned the hatred but blamed it on people from "all-sides". There was only one side wrong there, and it was the far-right, the same far-right that is trying to pass bills that would let their kind run into left-wing protesters blocking streets. Trumpty Dumpty has been adovcating bigotry, hatred, and violence since the campaign trail, and I honestly don't believe he has any remorse for what happened to that young lady in Charlottesville.  

Do you believe Trump?