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Very sedentary day, yesterday. I may have gotten up from my desk a couple of times. (The operative word in that sentence is “may.”) To pee. To prepare food stuffs. (I seem to be back into my food-as-fuel mindset. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.)

Mostly I worked. I’m way behind on my revenue generation.

Also I argued with imaginary people who live in my computer in an enchanted country called Facebookistan.

And I flirted with L’s handyman.

Not sure what it was I found so attractive about L’s handyman who emigrated from Malta at the age of seven and so has a really intriguing accent – Southern Mediterranean lilt, New Yawk City vowels.

His name is Frank. He’s a little older than me. Until 10 years ago or so, he was an engineer at IBM but got laid off in one of the regime changes. He wasn’t ready to retire, so he made a late-life career change. A lucrative one: He charges $50 an hour, and he’s not a particularly fast worker.

“But what I really want to do is travel,” he told me, eyes atwinkle.

“I want to travel, too!” I all but shrieked. “Let’s travel together!”

In the old days when I was young and gorgeous, I was often criticized by various men of my acquaintance for what they termed my “predatory” hookup style. It was unseemly in a girl.

But when I like it, I like it.

Flirting with Frank brought me back to that time in my life.

There’s the bed, I wanted to say. And when we’re through, we can book the airplane tickets.


The big debates in Facebookistan these days are (1) whether climate change played a role in the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and the devastation that will be wrought by Hurricane Irma and (2) whether it was shortsighted of Obama to push DACA through by executive decree.

Note that I vote “Affirmative” on both issues.

I never waste my time arguing climate change with people who won’t accept it. I was a latecomer to belief in climate change myself, but the tree ring studies finally convinced me. It’s real. It doesn’t make a damn bit of difference whether you believe in it or not: It’s gonna happen.

The DACA stuff…

Well. I think immigration reform is a very good thing. I think if you come to the U.S. when you’re seven years old, you deserve to go on living in the U.S. with full rights of citizenry.


This is something that ought to have been legislated.

The fact that the Democrats were unable to push it through the House of Representatives as legislation is something I attribute entirely to the ineptitude of then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a sorry excuse for a career politician.

It ought not to have mandated as an executive decree.

The executive branch of the government is not responsible for enacting what amount to laws.

I felt so strongly about this issue, in fact, that I didn’t vote for Obama in 2012.

It bespeaks a certain hubris on Obama's part, on the part of the entire Democratic Party in fact, that they just blithely assumed that whoever won the next election would be in concert with a controversial agenda.

The ends don’t justify the means.

That’s not my righteous indignation over Machiavellian stratagems boiling over, by the way. It’s a pragmatic analysis. It’s just too easy to undo executive orders. You cannot rely upon them to enact sweeping changes.

This apparently is too subtle a point for the Obama fanboys and fangirls who live in Facebookistan, and I got roundly lambasted for bringing it up.

Not that I care.

But really, it would have been a more productive use of my time to push Frank down on my bed.

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Sep. 6th, 2017 04:12 pm (UTC)
"There’s the bed, I wanted to say. And when we’re through, we can book the airplane tickets." OMG!!! this is not unseemly but admirable IMHO and would have definitely been a much better use of your time and then there might have been travel to interesting places in your immediate future.
Sep. 6th, 2017 04:23 pm (UTC)

We flirted. And it's more likely than not that we'll have the opportunity to flirt again. :-)

I might also call him up and ask him out to dinner. :-)
Sep. 6th, 2017 09:39 pm (UTC)
Handyman flirting is the best. I guess yeah, cuz the bed is right there.

I should have thrown myself at this one named Bill we got one time, Jesus Christ. I still remember!

I wish you'd shrieked :'D

Good luck!
Sep. 6th, 2017 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'll have other opportunities to shriek, I'm sure. :-)

You can't be back yet. Can you?

Sep. 6th, 2017 10:38 pm (UTC)
Walking in to mini roses! *wipes tear*

Catch up later. I'm beat xoxoxo
Sep. 7th, 2017 12:10 am (UTC)
there are people (one in particular) I wish I'd been more predatory toward! But for me I guess it felt like going against my identity to flirt that way, so maybe it just wasn't in the cards.

I looked at your facebook. Group hug! HAHAHAha!
Sep. 7th, 2017 02:45 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Close to 100 comments. They're nuts. :-)
Sep. 8th, 2017 04:26 am (UTC)

I read the thread on your FB........ I was left with the impression the guy posting the anti-climate change stuff was one of those people who realized there was no solid argument for climate change being anthromorphic so he feels very, VERY clever pointing this out.

In fact.......that guy really annoyed me with his smug Tucker Carlson style of argument.
Sep. 8th, 2017 11:48 am (UTC)
Part of it was the history that guy has with the people he was arguing with.

We're all old WELL people, and Katz has been arguing with most of those same people for 30 years. Literally! He enjoys making them spin and sputter. He's actually a decent guy in many respects.

My amazement is more along the lines of, Really? You are going to spend... how many hours arguing with imaginary people who live in your computer? :-)

Sep. 8th, 2017 04:33 am (UTC)

The most compelling argument I've heard for climate change being a serious problem -- hurricanes only occur when the ocean temp is ~80 deg or more. The heat of the ocean gets converted to energy that powers the hurricane. For each deg increase in temp the ocean will be able to add an additional 4.18kJ energy per kg of water. And its probably a non-linear process....... hurricanes will get larger in addition to more powerful. Who knows, to answer your friends question, perhaps parts of the Gulf and the Carribean will be unihabitable in a decade or two.
Sep. 8th, 2017 11:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, Bill Braasch -- by whatever pseudonym he's presently going in Facebookistan -- brought that argument up.

It's just so crazy to me that the debate has become politicized It's as if the Republicans had decided to make the notion that the sun goes round the earth part of its platform.
Sep. 9th, 2017 01:49 pm (UTC)
The global warming is not the politicized part - it is the idea that the solution to global warming is to punish all the rubes in flyover country, and force them to pay for any solution dreamed up by the ivory tower crowd.
Sep. 9th, 2017 02:22 pm (UTC)
Right. Well, I understand why middle-class Americans are resentful.

There was an excellent public transportation system in most parts of this country right up through the end of WWII.

At the end of WWII, they started tearing down those systems and focusing on massive highway construction projects. In a very real sense, middle-class Americans fell victims to a three card monte scheme: Yes, yes, yes! Move to that suburb that has no commercial activity whatsoever so that you have to drive 10 miles to buy a loaf of bread and 30 miles to get to your place of employment! By all means -- become totally dependent upon your car!

And now they're being told, Wait! NO! Cars are baaaaaad. And you have to pay to make cars good!

I totally understand the resentment.

But the resentment is counterproductive. The resentment is irrelevant. The resentment, the inconvenience, is very small compared with what's going to happen if action doesn't begin immediately on this one.

Just my opinion, of course.

Edited at 2017-09-09 02:23 pm (UTC)
Sep. 9th, 2017 03:35 pm (UTC)
We of the working poor, hillbilly rubes that we are, will suffer the cost and the pain, but will not be around to reap any benefits.
Sep. 9th, 2017 03:45 pm (UTC)
Your children and your grandchildren will be around to reap the benefits.

It's the same equation that immigrants face, N: Yep, yep, your life is probably gonna be harder if you come here rather than staying there. You're doing it for the generations that come after you.
Sep. 9th, 2017 04:20 pm (UTC)
In the deep hole I sit today, the future under current trajectory looks dystopian at best. I can only picture them as slaves to the ivory tower types, as they are not members of a sainted protected race.
Sep. 9th, 2017 04:28 pm (UTC)
Ouch! :-(
Sep. 8th, 2017 04:50 am (UTC)
Frank sounds promising!
Sep. 8th, 2017 11:49 am (UTC)
He's attractive to me for whatever reason.

We shall see! :-)
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