A Taste of Things to Come

April 27, 2020

So I looked out my window this morning, and saw a well dressed young man with a plastic Walgreens shopping bag in each hand walking down the sidewalk across the street…and he kicked to the ground three garbage bins: one green, one blue, one black. He then walked on, leaving trash spewed along the curb. An elderly man with a walker who passed by when this happened, turned around to cuss him out. So I thought:

“He’s obviously housed, but this will be blamed on the homeless. I wonder how many other people with a roof over their heads may be doing this, to stir up further hatred against those who live on the streets?

“How many other groups will be targeted as the frustration of lockdown mounts…such as baby boomers like me, people of color, LGBTs and so forth? People queu up by the restaurant next to my apartment building, and some block the front gate and act rude when I step out or back in, instead of keeping the line along the curb. They’re young, and I’m obviously a ‘boomer.'”

One fellow who was leaning on the gate, got snarky with me when I told him the red-tape square with a big X in the middle in front of the entryway is to remind customers to not obstruct residents’ passage. Then a 30-something, chunky black gal who was standing in the middle of the sidewalk instead of by the curb blurted out I’m not wearing a mask. So I corrected her, that it’s fine to be outdoors without a mask, so long as you keep your distance…and besides, she should not be standing in the middle of the walkway diddling on her smartphone, making it impossible for pedestrians to walk by safely. She said nothing further, but just glared at me with rancor…all the more prominent thanks to the perky floral mask covering the lower half of her face.

“Enjoy your death burger!” I called while closing the gate behind me.

There are more angry men sauntering up and down the sidewalks, than I’ve ever seen before. They are also mostly homeless. And you really want to avoid them, if at all possible (which it usually is not), considering they just might lash out violently. Some muttering threats…some screaming them. Also, packs of skinny, white teenage males who live in nice homes, overrunning the sidewalks on their skateboards, acting like punks, like they own the turf…and you have to jump out of the way.

After looking out my window to see that fellow kung-fu kicking the trash bins, a bus rolled by with this ad plastered on the side:

“One Medical: See a doctor same day, not some day.”

And, being a low income person with no access to decent medical services, I thought:

“What a kick in the teeth. Let it all collapse, let the smug affluent of this city taste the gray rainbow of poverty.”

And that, my friends, is a taste of things to come.

Covid Gelato

April 6, 2020

Capitalizing on the pandemic!

Police Activity Below My Window

February 8, 2020

February 6, 2020: Flurry of cops around my building here in the Castro. Don’t know what it was about, but there was a surprising number of skateboarders all dressed in black pants and hoodies, racing down the sidewalk a few minutes earlier, when I was outside. I had to jump away to keep from getting hit. When I returned to my apartment, I heard a continuous stream of skateboarders, then two young ladies screeching in the middle of the street, around the streetcar island. I saw a man filming them with his smartphone, and they kept moving away from him, threatening him all the while, sometimes punching him. Upon one punch, his smartphone was knocked out of his hand, but he quickly retrieved it. As I watched from my window, he called the cops and very quickly, they showed up…then a whole passel of ’em showed up. The two ladies ran down the street, but they got arrested anyway. And that’s all I know.

Google is Insane

January 30, 2020

I doubt any real human could figure out the characters in Google’s anti-bot capcha…so why not just click on the audio and be done with it? The voice or voices you hear are not my own, including when someone interjects: “Once again.” It’s all part of the audio option, believe it or not!

Another Good Reason I Don’t Celebrate Xmas

December 29, 2019

We are supposedly a secular nation, yet we don’t give equal billing to the end-of-year holidays celebrated by other religions: Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan and so forth. It’s always Christmas, Christmas, Christmas till I’m ready to barf up chunks of tinsel and eggnog. In fact, if you step out of line and don’t care to participate in Santa Claus jollity, you are decried as a traitor fighting in a “war on Christmas,” which war is actually nonexistent. Our society is saturated with Christian dogma, even unto our own, Christian-biased laws that treat non-Christians like third-class citizens…and give white supremacy full reign. And here is but one among many sad outcomes:

Anti-Semitic hate crimes up 50% in New York:

Never Biden

December 7, 2019

It should be as plain as the nose at the end of anyone’s face, that Joe Biden is the Democratic Party’s equivalent of Donald Trump. He’s every bit the white elitist and corporate butt licker that Trump is…they travel in the same circles. Those two are friends, and they’re playing a game at the expense of this nation’s sovereignty, ideals (no matter how badly tattered they may be at this juncture), freedoms (including the most important: your right to privacy), and universal respect and opportunities (for all citizens no matter their background, gender, skin color, financial class, bodily or facial appearance, hair color or eye color). By “universal respect” I mean all good things that come out of it, such as (but not limited to) quality education, housing, health care and job offers.

Bernie is the only one who even comes close to these ideals…with Biden a very distant second. But he’s all lip service and no tongue. We need at least a fighting chance, and having Biden as president will most certainly not give us that chance. He will be a weak opponent against Donald Trump, and intentionally so…he will cave in to him, intentionally so…because that’s the plan! And it’s been the plan all along, just as it was for Hillary to lose. And clearly explains why the DNC could not afford to have Mr. Sanders run against Trump…and so they sabotaged him. Think about it; that’s all I ask.

The only reason any democrat would vote for “The Pride of Scranton” is but one: they are white and affluent themselves, and identify with him, and not the common man. Their smugness knows no bounds, even when it comes to selling out their party…even when it comes to the destruction of all life on this planet. (Or, at least, the destruction of all higher life forms, that is: anything above one cell. Certainly, those rooting for Joe Biden have no more than one cell for a brain!)

These used to be called “limousine liberals,” but nowadays they’re called by either one of two interchangeable terms: “neoliberals” or “centrists.” And they are precisely the ones who’ve turned the rural and working class against the Democratic Party…starting with Bill Clinton, who manufactured the concept of “centrist,” though it only be a wolf in another clothing. A stridently pro-corporate wolf, just like the Republicans had already become a decade or so earlier, under Ronald Raygun. However:

Arguing for Bernie Sanders and against Joe Biden is just like arguing with Trumpsters over what a tragic mistake they’ve made: either way, you can’t change a single mind. As cartoon character Pogo once said: “We have met the enemy, and he is us!”

Can R2-D2 Do This?

July 1, 2019

This is my new, portable washing machine that I purchased for $52.88. It washes and rinses all clothes and other fabric except large or heavy items such as winter coats, blankets and sleeping bags. I have used it twice so far, and am very pleased. It takes small loads of course, but is the perfect solution for those living in small spaces and hate going to laundromats, or they’re too far away for frequent use. Use cold water only, which you can either hook up to a faucet with the hose it came with, or just use a bucket. In my case I use a 2 quart saucepan, because the sink is too small for a bucket…besides which a saucepan is much easier to handle. The washing machine holds up to four gallons or a tad more. Liquid detergent is best.

Click here to see it in action during wash mode.

The dial on the left has three settings: wash, spin and off. The dial on the right is the timer, which can be set for up to 15 minutes. The appliance uses only 200 watts, and is not too noisy. I rather enjoy hearing the clothes slosh around in the water, and later the unobtrusive “whir” of the spinner. After the first wash, I run my clothes through two rinses. So that means first draining the appliance, then filling it up with plain water each time, and running them on “wash” (minus detergent) for five minutes or so.

I was able to fit three large T-shirts, three boxer briefs and six crew socks into one load. I had to divvy them into two portions for the spin cycle, which uses a small, soft plastic basket. It only takes five minutes or less to spin each load, whereby they’re still very damp, but not enough to cause any dripping when hanged to dry.

Click here to see it in action during spin mode.

I have yet to wash any longsleeve shirts, dungarees, light jackets or sweaters, but I imagine I should limit myself to one pair of denim pants at a time (for example). Or three shirts, or two jackets or two sweaters, in each load. The entire machine wobbles when in spin mode, but not so much it moves, or falls off the milk crate upon which it’s set (so the water can be fully drained into the bucket).

In the photo above, you can see the drain hose on the other side of the washing machine. There’s a little hook to keep the hose pointing upward, which is necessary for the wash cycle. When the wash is done, lower the hose into the bucket, so the water can drain.

Here’s the inside of the device, with the white disk on the bottom that does the spinning. It has a bump in the middle, with four ridges radiating out, so you can snap the spin basket into place.

After the clothes have been washed and twice-rinsed, I wring them out a bit and place them into a tub. Then I snap the basket onto the spin disk and load it with around half the soggy laundry.

Here’s the basket before I pack in the washed items. Once it’s filled up I then snap the plastic lid in place, to keep items from escaping.

And voila! My clothes are now hung out to dry, on a nylon cord strung from one corner of my room to another. I’ve learned it takes 1-1/2 days for the briefs and T-shirts to dry fully, and 2 days for the socks. I will plan my laundry schedule accordingly.

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