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Barry

I wonder, can I just reimagine I’m a multi millionaire and it’ll just happen?

HazHap

I am reimagining that I am taller, slimmer, and have more hair.

Hmmmmm.

Doesn’t seem to be working.

Barry

Heh, give it time Haz.

Ironbear

Ah dunno. Be careful what you ask for: he could end up looking like Cousin It. Only taller.

Barry

Well, might be an improvement… Have you ever seen Haz? 🙂

HazHap

Cousin It might be an improvement. 🙂 Don’t know if I could stand spending that much time on my hair every morning, but it would be nice to have to spend SOME time, if you know what I mean.

Barry

🙂

HazHap

I hear you on the whole ‘turn grey or lose it’ issue. I have to check my stubble in the morning to track the grey, as there isn’t much else left to check. Not much pepper left in that salt-and-pepper, sadly.

Barry

You guys just need to embrace your inner Telly Savalas…
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Ironbear

HA! No fair, you really hit me with that lament, Hap. I definitely resemble that remark.

*hides full head of hair under hat*

I’m starting to feel outnumbered here.

Barry

You can fix that with that razor of yours 🙂

Ironbear

I would be a very ugly bald guy, Barry. And I’m not very pretty as a hairy guy. 🙂

kennycan

Buscemi stands next to me at a bar to make himself look better in comparison.
😜

Barry

“I would be…”
Might fit in better with the rest of us…

HazHap

I think it is mostly genes. I had hoped I got my father’s in this area — he kept a full head of hair (snow white by the end) until the day he died. Instead I seem to have gotten the standard male pattern genes from my mom’s side. It is kind of eerie how much I am looking like older pictures of my grandad these days.

Ironbear

Yeah. It’s a male thing in our family: my dad and granddad had a full head of hair into their early 80s when they died, and all of my uncles on my mom’s side did, also. Genes.

And I hear you: it’s disconcerting how much I look like my dad did in pictures at the same ages.

Barry

Just for the record, on Tuckers show tonight, the Chinese virologist states the chicomms created and released the chinaVirus on purpose, as many of us suspected.

Ironbear

Based on the actual death toll, not quite up to weapons grade biowarfare standards.

Back to the lab-or-a-tory, Igor Ching.

kennycan

It needed help from NYC Metro Sociopaths etc.
But it was a great Fear Spreader to justify the Dem Lockdown Panic Porn Response.
SO, in that respect, wasn’t it an incredible political weapon rather than a bio-weapon?
Think back on that pivot in China, The WHO and the Dems.
It’s nothing, Party On and go Kiss an Asian!
Just a few weeks later it was “PLAGUE, We Will ALL DIE” at the same time that China went Full Lockdown for a billion people (A month later they said ‘we beat it’ and opened everything up again). Meanwhile the WHO and Fauci and Birx all swung 180 degrees around and claimed it would kill Millions if unchecked.
At which point Blue Governors and Mayor finally Lockdown and Mask Up!!

I find it hard to believe so many disparate groups somehow felt one way and then flipped right around to the other extreme on a dime and it being a coincidence.

Ironbear

Yeah, it may have been a bust as a bioweapon, but as a psychological op, it succeeded far beyond what was probably the PRC’s wildest dreams.

Barry

It was the russians that hoped to maim the Afghans rather than kill them. No reason a virus wouldn’t be designed the same. I don’t think the chicomms wanted mass death, they wanted mass hysteria. Mass death might have resulted in a war they don’t want, yet.

kennycan

A Weapon of Mass Terror.
They needed a 5th Column to stoke it though.

I say the Dem response was planned the whole way, at least with Cuomo, Witmer, DiBlasio, Newsome and the NJ guy in on it with Pelosi and other DC Dems in the Leadership.

Barry

Agreed. It was planned. They are nothing more than mass murderer’s.

kennycan

Radiohead are a bunch of dickwads personally, but ok musically, but this song is really great lyrics and needs to be set in full. Says a lot about millenials.

Fitter, happier
More productive
Comfortable
Not drinking too much
Regular exercise at the gym, three days a week
Getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries
At ease
Eating well, no more microwave dinners and saturated fats
A patient, better driver
A safer car, baby smiling in back seat
Sleeping well, no bad dreams
No paranoia
Careful to all animals, never washing spiders down the plughole
Keep in contact with old friends, enjoy a drink now and then
Will frequently check credit at moral bank, hole in wall
Favours for favours, fond but not in love
Charity standing orders on sundays, ring-road supermarket
No killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants
Car wash, also on sundays
No longer afraid of the dark or midday shadows, nothing so ridiculously teenage and desperate
Nothing so childish
At a better pace, slower and more calculated
No chance of escape
Now self-employed
Concerned, but powerless
An empowered and informed member of society, pragmatism not idealism
Will not cry in public
Less chance of illness
Tires that grip in the wet, shot of baby strapped in backseat
A good memory
Still cries at a good film
Still kisses with saliva
No longer empty and frantic
Like a cat
Tied to a stick
That’s driven into
Frozen winter shit, the ability to laugh at weakness
Calm, fitter, healthier and more productive
A pig in a cage on antibiotics

Ironbear

What’s up with Radiohead? Why are they a bunch of dickwads?

Have to admit, I know absolutely nothing about the band or its members.

kennycan

I think there was an element of sarcasm in this song. If you heard the vocal effects you’d realize they were trolling on the ‘Self Help’ trends.
A sort of “sanitize your life to this extent” and you end up driving yourself to hide in a basement taking antibiotics and going slowly mad.

Kinda captures the Millennials in the Basement trend we see now. Have you ever seen a generation so focused on being Healthier, Fitter at their ages?
What were you doing in your 20’s? Granted, maybe I wished I’d dial it back a little and I’d be in better health today, but I gotta admit I also had some fun!

SteveF

What were you doing in your 20’s?

Running with Special Forces, working to get into Special Forces*, getting shot at and shelled by friendly forces**, hunting muggers, working a 45-50 hr/wk job while going to school for a Masters and simultaneously working in a startup. Drinking to excess once in a while. Getting into bar fights and almost being killed a couple times.

Considering how much of the above could have gotten me killed, perhaps I’m not the best person to be giving advice to millennials or anyone else.

* Probably would have gotten in, at least to the trials stage, but I was foiled by … bureaucracy and paperwork. The same thing that got me out of the Army entirely, in fact. It doesn’t matter if you’ve done the training required for the next promotion, if the paperwork doesn’t agree that you’ve done it then you didn’t.

** Friendly should be read in the most sarcastic fashion possible.

Barry

If you survive that kind of 20’s, you’re a fountain of advice.

SteveF

I closed out my 20s by getting married on my 30th birthday. That was an act of such monumental stupidity that I hesitate to offer any advice to anyone on any topic. Any advice other than “Don’t be like me”, at any rate.

Barry

Well I beat you by waiting until 32, but not on my birthday.

kennycan

Drinking to excess once in a while. Getting into bar fights and almost being killed a couple times.

And there you go, my point. Even the best of us, and I bow to you SteveF for that, have our moments where letting loose needs to happen. It was probably our loss you didn’t get into Special Forces. it’s probably our loss you never got to fully use your math skills. However, you do keep us honest here on a blog. Now;

Read those lyrics again. Did they mention joining Special Forces or working hard. Some pablum about “being more productive”.

Like I said, read those lyrics, line by line. Then realize that it’s pablum, or self serving.
Careful to all animals, never washing spiders down the plughole
Then; No killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants.

It’s a degradation from k-12 Teacher pablum to telling yourself to avoid you’re inner sadist.

Will not cry in public – descending into madness.
Tires that grip in the wet, shot of baby strapped in backseat – then on to a tire company commercial.

It’s all a bunch of k-12 PC lessons mish-mashed with Government Public Service Announcements and then;

An empowered and informed member of society, pragmatism not idealism.

Oxymorons.

Again, if you listen to how the vocals are delivered; robot like and distorted, it is a very powerful indictment of Millennials, whether Radiohead meant it that way or not.

OK enough waxing philosophical. Time to play The Knack’s first album I just got and enjoy the power pop punch, nice guitar leads and 14 year old’s lyrics (kinda punk, but mostly New Wave of them) and gloat on people finally admitting RBG croaked (over a year ago).

Ironbear

All of my twenties? We’d need a longer comment field. That was a busy decade.

But Steve has me beat on doing impressive stuff. Cool.

SteveF

I think both Barry and Bear are missing my point. Kenny mentioned the safety-consciousness of today’s youth and I listed some of the things I did which were likely to have gotten me killed either violently or by working myself into a stroke in my mid-20s. “Impressive” wasn’t the point of my list unless “impressively stupid”.

Plus that whole first marriage thing. Stupid stupid stupid…

Barry

Oh, I got what you meant. I just disagree with you.

And for the record, while I didn’t do anything as admirable as trying to become special forces, I certainly did a number of things that could result in death. Truthfully, I never thought I’d live past 30.

SteveF

I never thought I’d live past 30.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say I expected not to make it to 30 but I understood the danger of what I was doing and thought it worthwhile, both the military things and clearing muggers and rapists from the streets.

I’m working on a short story on that theme, probably to be titled Worthwhile. I’m having trouble bringing it together because it cuts so close. That was the intent, to cut close, but I hadn’t expected it to hit me so hard, seein’ as I’m the one writing it.

Barry

I know the feeling. I’ve been writing a book for 20+ years. In my head I’ll have the next chapter and then when I sit down to write it…
I’m not a writer by any means but there are some interesting stories to tell.

Ironbear

We were all younger and stupider once, Steve.

A lot of today’s youth wouldn’t have survived my twenties, either. Or probably my teens.

Look at it this way: at least you did stuff, and you survived it. So, cool.

Likewise, I have no business giving advice to Gen-Z’ers either. But I’m long out of the advice business anyway. Free advice is always worth every penny, and no one ever learns from someone else’s mistakes.

They’re gonna have to make their own mistakes and survive them.

kennycan

Isn’t that a point? Listen to me and go out and mow that lawn.
Get the weedwhacker and trim that edge,’
But Dad, if I go to the golf course to carry a golf bag for three hours they’ll give me twelve dollars.
Go ahead son…
And so on and so forth…

kennycan

Just gave a second donation to Dan Forest.

Barry

I need to put that on my list for a 2nd as well.

Good for you!
(and all us North Carolinians)

Barry

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Hmm, not working…

Barry

The witch is officially dead, Ginsburg.
I would have preferred it come after the election. This may energize the unenergized. Hmm, makes one wonder…

Ironbear

You beat me to it. I was just on my way here to post this:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

Trump gets to nominate/appoint another Supreme Court judge. The Left is gonna go so far past insane they’ll come back around the curve again.

Barry

It’s going to go around the curve several times.
I don’t like it. Our side is already energized and didn’t need any help. The marxists were in need of help.

Ironbear

Could go the other way: If they try to do a Cavannaugh on whomever the nominee is and fail, it would be hella demoralizing for them.

I’d push a nomination through ASAP and I were Trump. Watching the Left go even uglier would be a hell of a wakeup for everyone right before the election.

HazHap

The timing is certainly helpful to the left. And like others, I do not think it is coincidence. Someone chose to pull the plug on the life support at this time for political reasons. Expect all discussion of Biden’s mental state to vanish as the new topic sucks up all possible oxygen.

SteveF

The October Surprise came 12 days early.

Barry

Bingo.

Barry

We have way too many left wing kooky republican senators. We can only lose three, and the witches from Alaska, Maine, and Utah are guaranteed to say no. You can’t lose one more but I’ve heard from my wife that Lindsey Graham has already said no.

If the last is true, Trump should make it clear to everyone in South Carolina, vote for the democrap, get rid of the POS R.

Barry

Apparently there is some misinformation being put out as I see nothing regarding Graham or any of the other R pussies.

SteveF

I saw something about Graham saying to push forward the nomination, and I think to hurry it through and presumably to consent to the President’s selection unless there was good reason not to. I don’t know the provenance of that statement, assuming it’s true; it could have been right after Kavanaugh’s confirmation and recycled this morning.

Barry

Yes, you are right. I just read it, after my comment above. Apparently he has said otherwise in the past, but said that the Kav hearings changed him completely. So, he has said it during the Kav time and has now made it again clear he supports the president pushing this through.

MarkMatis

Hallelujah!!!

Barry

Goodun!

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