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Apr. 1st, 2020

Adventures in foraging, aka, people piss me off today.

Took Mark to work, stopped at both the Food Lion and Kroger on the way in.

For the love of Gaia, people Stop. Hoarding. Paper. Products.

Cleaning supplies, fine, but seriously, how fucking much toilet paper do you really fucking need?!?

Ugh.

And polenta.

Why is there no polenta??? Plenty of grits, which is odd considering it is the South after all. And cornmeal. Lots of plain ol' cornmeal. But polenta? Not a single damn bag or package or container of it anywhere.

Yes, I know damn well the middle self checkout is open. That middle self checkout is between two self checkouts in use, meaning, there isn't enough social distancing space between them if I use that middle self checkout.

Fuck you, you decrepid old Boomer who snorted derisively at me and used it anyway. People like you are why the numbers keep rising. And yes, it was a white guy too. Asshole.

And the guy who used the empty self checkout right next to me? *Cover your damn mouth when you cough, you inconsiderate asshole.* I could not check out and get out of there fast enough.

Anyway. After two stores, I gave up on the polenta and went home. Not looking forward to doing this again on Sat when I take my brother shopping.

Today's numbers in Virginia-
15,344 tested
1484 positives
208 hospitalized
34 dead



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Mar. 31st, 2020

Ugh. Mini rant, then the good stuff.

People simply want to be told what to believe and then, believe everything they see on Facebook.

See the recent meme about Hobby Lobby closing all their stores and laying everyone off, as well as that letter about it's in the hands of god, for example. Research shows, that letter in particular is may or may not be true, the veracity has not been established, it was *Oklahoma stores only, and the rest are abiding by the state they are in guidelines. I mean, there's numerous people who either work at HL who are questioning this, saying, that's not happening at my store, where'd you hear this?

*And no one provides links!*

I mean, if you don't want to buy from Hobby Lobby because they're a bigoted, misogynistic, chauvinistic, backwards, religious zealot owned company, that's one thing and perfectly good reasons to not frequent that establishment. But to take something, blow it way up and then post it as fact? No, don't do that. *Truth matters*. Look at the Gamestop fiasco. *It wasn't true*.

Ok, rant over.

So, we found out Friday, after almost 3 years of behind the scenes work by his boss, Mark has received a promotion and a significant pay increase. As well as being switched from hourly to salary. Now, instead of doing the work without the pay or title, he has both. Heh.

So, going to salary means a big change in how I pay bills. One week next month will be a no paycheck week, but it'll be late in the month, so maybe we'll get lucky and that so called stimulus check will come that week (not holding my breath). He's stressing over causing complications in bill paying for me and I'm looking at him and saying, I got this., it'll be ok.

And it will be. Because this was a good thing and we needed it.

Sunday we tried a new breakfast recipe.

It failed, miserably.

It failed so very badly, that even though we hate to waste food, we looked at it, at each other and said it had to go away. It was that unappetizing. It didn't remotely look like the recipe for breakfast tacos whatsoever. That recipe got trashed. Our version of breakfast tacos turned out beautifully.

Dinner was a new recipe too. THAT recipe turned out great.

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Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeno-Lime Cole Slaw

Recipe courtesy of My Magazine from Kroger

Hands on time- 10 minutes ( closer to 20 if you ask me, especially if you use fresh jalapenos like I did)
Total time- 20 minutes (well....)
Serves 4 (yes, or 1-2 with leftovers)

Ingredients-

3tsp blackened seasoning (I didn't have any, so instead I used Stone Spice Company's Screamin' BBQT seasoning They are a locally, artisan spice company)
1 tsp salt, divided
1tsp pepper, divided
15-20 large shrimp, raw, shelled and deveined, rough chopped into bite size pieces
2 Tbsp olive oil (or oil of choice)
Juice from 2 limes
3/4 cup greek yogurt
1tsp honey
3 Tbsp olive oil (again, or oil of your choice)
1/4 cup jalapenos (they say to use canned, I used fresh and deseeded them), diced
1-2 scallion onions, chopped
1 bag of cole slaw blend of your choice
8 corn or flour tortillas

Directions-

1- In small bowl, mix shrimp with seasoning, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of pepper, and 1 Tbsp oil. Toss to thoroughly coat. Set aside.

2- In large bowl, add lime juice, yogurt, honey, oil, remaining salt and pepper. Mix well. Add chopped jalapenos and scallions. Stir well. Add cole slaw mix and toss to combine. Place in refrigerator until needed.

3- Heat medium-large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add oil when hot. Add shrimp and cook through, about 2-3 minutes. Let shrimp rest while you prepare the tortillas. (heat or char the tortillas or do nothing as we did, your taste.)

4- Place 2 tortillas per plate and top with shrimp. Place roughly 1/2 cup of slaw on each, top with more sliced jalapenos and scallions, even black olives and sour cream if desired. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers, obviously.

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Enjoy!


Today's numbers in Virginia-
13401 tested
1250 positive
165 hospitalized
27 dead

2 in Bedford County


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Mar. 30th, 2020

This is why we can't have nice things.

There's a 'church' here in my small, rural town, that is refusing to abide by the Governor's guidelines and restrict not only it's Sunday gatherings, but allowing congregants to gather in *numbers*.

It's the type of belief system that the pastor gets rich, while you tithe, weekly, and get a 'weekly allowance' (hearsay from someone who has a family member in this belief system) and get no where. After each Sunday service, they then, en masse, go to Walmart or other retail shops that are currently allowed to be open.

So, on Facebook, I belong to a community group for my town and someone posted a photo of the packed parking lot, questioning it.

Here, for your incredulity, is a sampling of the resulting comments-

"Just my opinion maybe people should mind their own business."

"I understand. There's only supposed to be ten people but it's their choice. If you're so worried then go tell them, call the police, call governor blackface."
(Oh yes, my small, rural town is deeply red, and many apparently hate Northam)

"Guess it's a good thing then that the death rate is a heck of a lot lower than first thought. Take care of yourself. Don't worry about others. You'll only make yourself angry for no purpose" (Except, that's not the damn point)

Comment thread- (this gives you an idea of the type of 'church')

"Why dont they do what other churches are doing and just have the pastor video his sermon and they watch it at home?"
"they aren’t allowed to use that much tech , are they ?"
"i dont know. But they have cellphones"
"They are not allowed to have tv's in their home."
"but they do have computers!"


"While I don't agree with what they're doing, just an observation I had today while out mowing (and yes I'm by myself, and having customers leave payment outside, or pay online). This is no different than the kids playing in neighborhoods. I've seen groups of kids, as large as 15, playing together. So before you go throwing your stones in your glass house, keep your kids at home.."

"Maybe instead of foul mouthing, you can call it in? MAYBE, just maybe, if there’s enough people acting on what’s right, and less fussing about what’s wrong, there will be a decision made to control this? Just a thought... see a problem, make a move. I’m pretty sure calling them stupid isn’t pleading the case." (I didn't see anyone saying they were stupid, per se, just that the whole gathering to worship right now is stupid.)

"My understanding their religious beliefs are that they don’t believe covid-19 is a problem. And that they say that God is going to handle it and they won’t get it because God is going to take care of them. I think God is going to take care of us however I don’t feel the need to risk everyone in the community. My church does service via Live feed" (Your church is smart.)

"This is absolutely hilarious!...
I didn't think this great nation had gone to dictatorship...
Let's close the schools! No more than 10 people crowds...
Hey I got a question where are all these kids that are out of school? My guess when mom and dad have to go to work they are in daycares instead.. is that any more safe? Bet walmart isn't adhering to 10 people or less! Or any of the other big box chains... liquor stores and planned parenthood still open for business... and y'all on here whining about a church... all of a suddenly because mommy government told you to be scared you goin To freak out about a church while the government controls your every move...
2112 people have died from covid-19 In The US and 24,000 people have died this flu season from influenza (the common flu) compliments of the CDC website.."
(Oh yes, someone went there.)

(Someone tells them they need to go read up on the CDC guidelines, etc, obviously they're missing something, to which they respond-)

"I have not missed anything... I'm saying there is a lot more serious things than this to be worried about..." (Oh yes, 'more serious things to worry about' than potentially killing your neighbor because you were stupid. )

" keep listening to your governor. You will end up brain washed. We need to pray for his salvation."

"f you believe anything this man says, you’re going the wrong way. I’m in the health field every day. Use common sense. Quit watching TV. Faith not fear!" (Faith, I tell you! Faith!)

And finally, this gem-

"They are already an isolated group of people. If the corona virus does break out in the congregation, then rest of Bedford will probably be okay. I remember a time in world history when people would turn other people into the government. Let's not head down that road As long as they stay to themselves just let it be. . ."

Except they are not an isolated people. They go to grocery stores, they go to big box stores, they go to restaurants, etc. If it does break out in their congregation, it will not stay there.

It devolves from there. Until an admin finally turned off comments.

Oh, hey, bonus! We are now officially under a Stay At Home order as of today. That means it's no longer a *suggestion*, it's now an official *order* and will be enforced by law enforcement. Executive Order 55.

Today's numbers-

12,038 tested
1020 positive
136 hospitalized
25 dead.

In my County-

79 total tested
2 positive (I guess someone recovered)

Tomorrow, better news, I promise. And a new recipe!


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Feb. 5th, 2020

Misled is a good term for this feeling.

We made a decision last night, after a meeting after martial arts class, that essentially confirmed what we'd known at the back of our heads for the last almost 5 months now.


When we first started with the CIT (Certified Instructor Training) program, it was because they had asked us to eventually become instructors. That was well over 2 years ago.

About 8 months ago, they announced we'd be doing STORM training, which was a path to becoming instructors. So we went through and completed the course to become what they said was 'blue tops'.

A martial arts event happened in Lexington last summer, we were unable to attend due to finances. One of the others in the CIT program did. I had a bad feeling after that event, one I couldn't explain.

All well and good. And in class, they kept up with using us to lead the classes in warm ups, occasionally to train a technique, etc.

Gradually that stopped. They said they'd return it to it. They never did. They started getting on us for things we weren't doing, for things *full instructors* were supposed to do, for things they *said* were happening *outside the dojo* (case in point- they claimed one of the parents overheard one of the CIT swearing in front of the kids. We know for a fact we never do that. But the implication was that it was either me or Mark.) That was the first time I thought, I don't want to do this anymore.

4, almost 5 months ago- last fall, they said the course for red top was coming up, that it was a streaming thing. WE explained, along with the other guy, that none of us could stream. We were told about an app we could use to conference call in. That we'd be told when it was starting.

Only we never were. And the other guy was. Occasionally after C.O.B.R.A. class, he'd be called into the office to do this course. We knew this because once we overheard them. That was the second time I thought, I don't want to do this any more. I should have listened.

The other guy shows up, in December, in a red top. We looked at each other with knowing looks. We had deliberately been left out of that course. I think it was then we both figured out, we were never going to become instructors.

He went to black top and asst. instructor the week after he went full black belt.

The January meeting was cancelled. We weren't given an exact reason as to why.

Last night, we had a meeting, where upon its announced we are no longer CIT, we are instead 'Leadership', ie, model students. Only, we would be model students doing things instructors are supposed to be doing, like greeting parents, greeting new kids and getting to know them, then getting to know their parents, lining kids up, holding pads for pad drills, cleaning the dojo, etc.

Mark asked if we were still to become instructors and we were told, quite firmly, that was a whole other conversation that needed to be had. That it was a three year program that required a lot of hours and commitment to do. Never you mind we'd already put in over a year. Never you mind we'd already had that conversation.

Let me tell you, my poker face was on point.


On the way home, man, we vented. Betrayed. Irritated. Disappointed. Discouraged. All those and more.

So, we decided after tossing and turning for a good portion of the night, after investigating why someone drove down our driveway to the empty house next door at 1230am and drove through their yard, that we were going to step down from this 'Leadership' group thing.

It was not what we had originally signed up. It was not what we had been asked to join and it was not what we had been told we were working towards.

We both also had noticed over the last month to almost 2 months, a distancing between us and the full instructors and the guy that is now an asst. instructor. We decided we didn't want to deal with this crap anymore.

so tonight, at COBRA class, we will inform them that tomorrow will be our last class as former CIT/Leadership. That we had decided it was in our best interest instead to step back as students and focus on the upcoming black belt pretesting and testing. That we'd revisit the possibility of working towards becoming instructors again after May.

And next Tuesday, we'll go back to wearing our regular uniforms and attending only our class instead of both our class and the beginner/intermediate class.

I rather feel like they've done this to themselves, by telling us one thing, then excluding us and preventing us from actually *doing* that thing, then changing the program completely, all while deliberately excluding us from pre-class talks, from meetings and generally making us feel like outsiders. They could have just been upfront and told us they changed their minds and no longer wanted us to become instructors. We might have been ok with it then.

But instead, they wanted us to do the work of instructors,while still being *students* without us actually *becoming* instructors and I'm sorry, but it doesn't work that way for us.

Mark said he actually *slept* after we had our discussion and made our decision. Quite frankly, so did I.

Which means, for us, this is what we need to do.


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Jan. 17th, 2020

Death is only the beginning...

It's official, my computer is starting to die.

Well, it is over 8 years old, so to be expected, honestly. Luckily, much of my important stuff is already stored on my external drive, so when the hard drive does finally fail, I won't lose too much.

So, come tax refund time, we'll be getting me a new computer this year. I so look forward to reinstalling all my Sims games... not. Heh.

In other news, they passed 3 'gun control' bills this week here.

One, reinstates the repealed 'one hand gun per month' law, another allows localities to ban guns from certain areas, such as government owned buildings, and the third expands background checks yo all fire arms sales and commercial transfers.

People are already angry over these bills, claiming, wrongfully, again, still, per usual, 'they're coming for my guns rights!' If you can't control yourself and buy *one* gun per month, then you have issues. If you can't understand why government officials don't want guns anywhere near where they're holding court proceedings or passing laws, etc, then, again, you have issues. If you are so against expanded background checks, then *you must have something to hide*, and you have issues.

I mean, seriously, they already arrested three alleged white supremecists, with *way more ammo than they really need*, enroute to the 'rally' in Richmond. Do you really think they were planning something, with 1500+ rounds?? Are you that out of touch with reality?

Some people, apparently, are that out of touch, mind. That's why idiots are trying to form an illegal militia in Floyd. Form a gun club, form an organization. That's fine. You just cannot call yourself a militia. Only the *state* can do that.

I swear, my state gets more insane with each passing day, because no one will read what the proposed gun bills actually do, and they believe rumors and misinformation spread via Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, et al.

For gods sakes, they're trying to claim Virginia is 'criminalizing gun ranges, cellphones for anyone under 21, and martial arts', among other things.

Yup.

News to me, particularly that last one.



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Sep. 25th, 2017

That's not how rights work.

You don't get to tell someone when, where or how they can protest.

They have the right to peaceably protest, when, where and how they choose. They do that knowing there may be consequences.

You do have the right to disagree with when, where and how they protest. But you *do not* have the right to tell them they cannot protest, simply because you disagree with it.

That's not how rights work.


As a US Marine Vet, I , and others, served so you and they could have those rights. I will defend their right to peaceably protest, and I will defend your right to disagree with them.

They have the right to protest by kneeling during the national anthem. You have the right not to watch or support the players or teams.


So. Call me a ' snowflake', tell me I'm 'no true Marine', or claim I'm 'triggered', all you want. That is your right and I served so you could do so.

*That's* how rights work.


By the way, while you're complaining that NFL players are 'disrespecting' the flag, millions of Americans are currently without power, running water or communications, thanks to the recent hurricanes and being all but ignored by the president in favor of complaining about NFL players, North Korea and imaginary stories about Clinton. Your fellow Americans are being systematically killed for the color of their skin, daily.


Where's your outrage over *that*?


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Sep. 5th, 2017

DACA and the ramifications.

So.

How many Trump supporters who are currently cheering the end of DACA, are going to step up and fill those jobs and positions the Dreamers who now stand to be deported- roughly 800,000- that were supposedly 'stolen' from them? You know, the jobs none of them would have done even if they'd been given the opportunity.

How many are going to step up and buy the properties the Dreamers who own them, now have to sell before they get deported? You know, the houses they paid taxes on, the vehicles they paid taxes on, and so on.

Trump supporters, the DACA recipients are your neighbors, your friends, your children's friends, and even your coworkers. Some are parents to naturally born American children themselves.

Congrats, you've helped screw them over.

I hope you feel proud of yourselves, when the cost of produce goes up due to lack of labor to bring in the harvests, when the price of goods you took for granted goes up because there's no longer anyone to stock the shelves, to transport the goods to the stores, to even manufacture the goods in the first place.

Don't give me that line about how they should have come over legally. Age of consent in the US is *18*. Not a single Dreamer was of age to consent to being brought to the US.

As far as doing it legally... What the devil do you think they *were doing*? What do you think they were registering every year to two years, paying hundreds of dollars each time, keeping their heads down, paying taxes, being good citizens for? *They were doing it legally as they were allowed and told to do*. It costs *thousands* to become a US citizen,as well as *years* and many need a sponsor first. That's what they were working towards when they came of age.

And now, all that work is going to be taken away from them.

This is what you've wrought. Now we all have to live with it.



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