Mailbox Blues . . .

Once upon a time, there was a mailbox that was required by the United States Postal Service to be relocated from a nice safe location to a place that was supposed to be safe for the Postal Service delivery driver.

In the first year after it was moved, it was demolished by drive-by vandals twice. After the second vandalism, the owners of the property replaced it with a 2×2 square foot brick tower to enclose the mailbox.

Yes, I’m talking about the mailbox on the home my wife and I own.

Very early Monday morning, while I was trying to recover from a series of storms that kept me awake when I should have been sleeping, I answered a phone call. It was from the local police department, informing me that a patrol officer in a marked police car had fallen asleep at the wheel while driving by our residence. She demolished our mailbox, and left debris scattered all over the southern part of our property.

The brick tower that enclosed our mailbox was built 11 years ago. It cost us $500 USD at the time, and was built by someone who had just won a national brick mason’s competition. Now, we’re having to negotiate with the USPS to get deliveries until we get the mailbox replaced. The city was quick to admit all fault in the incident, and I was contacted by the city’s insurance agent the same day with a claim number, but trying to find anyone to replace the destroyed mailbox tower is proving a challenge.

The owner of the masonry company that built the original tower is now a state legislator, and doesn’t answer his business phone very often. The other 2 masons in this area are unknown to us, and so both are a gamble on what quality we’d get.

Whatever happens, we need to get the mailbox tower replaced as quickly as we can. Fortunately, the city’s insurance agent seems to be fully onboard with taking whatever estimate we get and just paying it.

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Car Accident Update . . .

I’ve posted before about my wife getting hit by an impatient motorist while she was attempting to make a left turn from a highway. The accident demolished a car we’d had for several years, and was in very good condition. Up to that point, we had no plans to replace it. After the accident, we were forced to do just that.

I’m happy to say that my wife continues to recover, and is back to work, and is doing well. We’ve also found and purchased a replacement car. It is a 2015 Black Chevy Malibu, and had a very good Carfax report. When my wife took it to the shop that we go to for mechanic work, for a pre-purchase inspection, the shop reported a few general maintenance issues we should address, but nothing that needed urgent attention. So, we bought it.

Ambulance Chasers . . .

Isn’t it amazing how having your name published in a local newspaper for being in a vehicle accident can trigger an avalanche of unsolicited offers from “personal injury” lawyers who want to profit from your pain and suffering?

I previously posted on this blog that my wife was in an accident, and that when she saw the traffic investigator’s report of the accident she contacted a local lawyer about damages resulting from the incident. I was the one who referred her to a local lawyer, based on the fact that the same firm had helped my father over 30 years ago. My wife asked me about getting a lawyer, and I told her that was a good and respectable firm.

Imagine my (extreme lack of) surprise when we started getting mail and (multiple) daily phone calls from other lawyers offering UNSOLICITED representation. This is something that should be illegal. Not only are they calling during hours I’m trying to sleep, but we never asked them for anything. These “offers” are coming in from all over the state, and even law firms that are based in other states but are licensed to practice within our state. AFAIK (as far as I know) – my wife intends to stick with the firm I referred her to.

Saturday Posts . . .

This is something I struggle to remind myself of with every challenge my wife and I face. We only succeeded in getting a rental car 3 days ago, because every time we tried to make a reservation the local dealership told us they didn’t have a car available. Despite such setbacks, we did manage to make progress towards replacing our car, by getting our insurance claim filed. My wife also decided that she wanted to pursue a lawsuit against the guy who hit her.

She made that decision (as I understand it) because of the official report from the Sheriff’s Department on the circumstances of the accident. It seems that at the exact time that she was attempting to make a left turn off of a 2-lane road, the truck that hit her was attempting to pass at least 3 vehicles, hers at the front. Someone with a massive entitlement complex thought he was in a hurry and couldn’t wait for safe passing conditions.

Worse than I thought . . .

Between my own limited research, and my wife’s, I’ve found that the agenda of President Joe Biden is even worse than I ever imagined.

The amendment to US banking law that I previously posted about is only a part of the “American Families Act”. This act would, if signed into law, authorize 2 free years of college level education for every US citizen through the community colleges. The problem with that is that there are only 2 ways I can see how he would accomplish that goal.

First – a complete take over of the community colleges by the Federal Government.

Second – a massive increase in something similar to the Pell Grant to underwrite the educations of people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get access to higher education than graduating from high school.

Here is the problem with the plan.

If the “American Families Act” becomes law, no matter which of the vectors I outlined above, there would be a federal mandate of what is “acceptable” as a basic curriculum for any community college. Any community college that accepts any form of government funding would be required by the Biden administration to teach certain liberal courses, including things that amount to revisionist history.

I do not deny that many of the US Founding Fathers were slave owners. But liberals would deny the full truth of the history surrounding those stellar individuals.

Let’s look at Thomas Jefferson. Yes, he was a slave owner. But, the colonies were territories of the British Government, and under Great Britain owning slaves was legal at that time. However, revisionist historians who want to demonize the Founding Fathers would deny that Thomas Jefferson took a slave as his mistress, and not only emancipated her but also several other slaves. One of those slaves became a very successful entrepreneur, and operated a restaurant that introduced Macaroni and Cheese to the United States, after he served as Jefferson’s personal chef for several years in Europe.

Revisionist Liberals would deny this, and cry that Jefferson was entirely evil just because he was a slave owner during a time when owning slaves was not only legal, but necessary to remain competitive in the agricultural farming markets.

Let’s not forget that Thomas Jefferson was the very first signatory of the Declaration of Independence, which began with the words, “We hold these truths to be self evident: That all men are created equal . . . “. The current liberal agenda not only denies this fundamental truth, it denies that people of European decent have any rights to equality with people of any other heritage.

It’s a “divide and conquer” agenda at it’s very most basic. If the liberal leaders can keep US Citizens fighting amongst each other over who has any right to what, we won’t be paying attention while they pass laws that progressively lead to a total collapse of the US as a sovereign nation. The true agenda of the liberal elite seems to be that the United States becomes a vassal of the United Nations, and fully subject to any global government regulations IT would choose to implement.

Saturday Posts . . .

Today I will give you both an update and a “profound thought”.  Update first.

One of the volunteer trees we transplanted from my wife’s garden 2 years ago has died.  It grew to a respectable 8 feet tall (perhaps 10 feet) before the onset of winter 2019, but so far this spring it has shown no sign of continued life.

For some reason, this caused me to get introspective on the nature of life, death, and the “circle of life” – which my introspection led me to remembering a movie my wife and I have seen a few times.  It is called “Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth”.   It is quite possibly the finest science-fiction story ever written.  If you haven’t seen it, I strongly urge you to rent it.  If you have access to the online streaming service TUBI you can watch it for free right now.  We did, just last night.

I won’t give you any spoilers, but the “profound thought” for today comes from that movie.  It is a statement made by the fictional character called (in the movie) John Oldman, and is a telling analysis that equally applies to any organized religion.

“Piety is not what the lessons bring to people, it is the mistake they bring to the lessons.”

Terrified . . .

terrified . . . . That is not a word I use lightly.  But, last night I was up until about 1:30 am doing our laundry, and after completing the laundry I tried to go to sleep.  After about 45 minutes of tossing and turning in bed, I experienced something that left me truly terrified.

It began with a trembling sensation in my right leg, which spread to my left leg, and eventually through my whole body.  I was trying to sleep under 3 blankets, but felt as though I was shaking like someone freezing to death, although I did not actually feel cold in any sense of the word. The entire event lasted about 10 minutes before I surrendered to staying awake, and I have been afraid of trying to sleep ever since.  The shivering was so intense I can only compare it to how a leaf might feel while trying to cling to a tree during a hurricane.

In the nearly 12 hours since, I have consumed nearly a liter of Jack Daniels (black label) whiskey, and still do not feel comfortable trying again to get any sleep.  I am not sure what is wrong, but there is something seriously messed up in my body.

If someone who actually is familiar with such trouble can point me in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciated.  I’m freaking out.

Going . . . going . . . gone!

I think I’ve written a few times about the challenges we’ve had keeping our 1998 Mitsubishi Diamante’ running while saving up to replace it.  We finally managed to get a newer car about 2 weeks ago, but the dealership we bought it from didn’t want the old car as a trade in.  Something about it being over 20 years old, and discontinued by the manufacturer made it unlikely they would be able to re-sell it.

There was one obvious solution to having it clog up our driveway – a salvage yard.  When we first moved to this town, there was a salvage yard about 2 miles from our house.  However, the city counsel decided that having the town look pretty was more important than having a salvage yard that could easily dispose of such problems.  They forced the business to close down, and now the closest salvage we could find is over an hour drive away.  Still, they were willing to come get the car, as long as we understood that they couldn’t afford to BUY it due to the long drive.

We agreed.  Then the weather started causing trouble.  Due to the long drive, the yard wouldn’t send out the driver in bad weather, and it’s been sleeting/snowing/freezing every other day since we got the new car.

Well, we got a little bit of a break today, warm enough to just be normal rain, and they drove over.

The old car is GONE!

Saturday Posts . . . and update

Update:  We managed to figure out a way to keep our internet connection at home, but at a drastic loss of connection speed.  No more online gaming, streaming video or Skype phone calls for a while.

But, as I said – we do know that Cox is getting competition in this area finally.  Even better, the competition is Craw-Kan – a customer-owned Co-Op that my dad has been part of for over 20 years.  He gets his electric, cable TV, broadband internet,  AND his house and cell telephone through them, and because he’s an owner, he gets a DIVIDEND CHECK back from them every year.  Oh, yes – we’ve already contacted them and asked to be informed the minute they are able to connect to our address.

My apologies . . .

My wife has pointed out that not only did I miss making a post last Saturday, but that it has been a while since I’ve posted anything other than Saturday posts.  Here is why.

I’m still holding on – waiting for the chance to place the order for the last device I’m willing to try to change the conditions living in this body is forcing me to cope with.  My wife said that we should be able to order it by the end of June – and that means before the end of this month now that the calendar says it is June.  I’ve been bouncing from one storm to the next, and one migraine headache to the next.  Sometimes they overlap, sometimes the migraine fills the gaps between the storms, but it is indeed rare that I don’t have to put up with how my body deals with either.  Sadly – I vaguely remember writing a similar statement during the spring a year ago.  Or was it 2 years ago.  Oh well – the heavy storm cycle won’t last forever, and I’m still hopeful that the migraines can be altered as well.

My sleep, when I get it, doesn’t leave me feeling rested or rejuvenated.  I walk about with a mental fog so thick that even things I know need doing get forgotten.  I have a “brilliant idea” for a blog – and by the time I get to my computer I either forget the idea or how I was going to make the point.  It happens to other things as well – I once boiled a pot of coffee almost dry by forgetting to reduce the burner temperature after it started perking.

Anyhow, before I get up from the computer, I’ll be selecting the post for tomorrow, and getting it scheduled to post.