Seattle or bust

Oops. I made a fairly big mistake.


March 27, 2022

All through getting ready for this move, I've given myself plenty of time and acknowledged my age and general flabbiness by working at a leisurely pace.

Until yesterday. For some stupid reason, yesterday was my day for loading the car and final-tidying the apartment, two of the biggest chores. Should've allowed two days to do it, but instead I locked myself into finishing yesterday, because my hotel reservation is tonight, eight hours away, in South Dakota, and it's prepaid. 

Too much work. Too much sweat. Not enough breaks. No enough cinnamon rolls. I may have wrenched my back — twice — and then when a neighbor was chasing down his rambunctious dog I dumbly helped out, by cooing the critter toward me, pss pss pss, and grabbing his collar. "Got him!" I shouted, but it was a great big bulldog and he didn't want to be got, so he yanked himself away and pulled my arm half out of its socket. I am on lots of drugs now, legal and illegal and Doan's.

Also I mis-measured the back seat, by forgetting that the doors on each side have thick built-in arm rests,. Instead of tightly fitting four milk-crates, two tall across the back seat, there's only room for three milk-crates, two tall. So two milk-crates got left behind — the kitchen, basically.

Some stuff got bagged up and stuffed into the car's crevices, but — adios crockpot, farewell frying pans, toodle-doo spatulas and coffee mugs. Sigh.

And the cat. Jeez, I hope she survives this. She's locked in her carrying case, and very unhappy about it, and I have nine fresh scars on my arms and a tenth on my nose from the battle.

Didn't sleep well, back hurts, and I'm leaking blood, but — Seattle or bust. If the car is good to me, we'll be there by Thursday or Friday. Whether there'll be updates along the way depends on how tuckered I am at the end of each day, how madly the cat slices me, and the quality of the hotel's wi-fi.

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And now, my internet history from yesterday, minus the porn…  

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Biden explicitly calls for Putin to be ousted from presidency in Russia: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power” 

Seems like a perfectly reasonable assessment, so of course after Biden said it, the White House immediate backpedaled.

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Legal scholars are shocked by Ginni Thomas's "Stop the Steal" texts 

Then those legal scholars are hopelessly naïve. Ginni Thomas has been a known wingnut for as long as her name as been known.

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Microsoft is tied to hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign bribes, whistleblower alleges 

It's nice to have a whistleblower and see a price tag attached, but again — like Ginni Thomas — you'd have to be naïve as a newborn to not know already that big money bribes are behind not just Microsoft, but every large company — domestic, foreign, and international. There are no exceptions, because it's not possible to be a giant conglomerate without giant corruption.

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Realtime peer-to-peer broadcasting

Share your screen with anyone, anywhere, without ads. Especially cool if your screen is watching a movie. I haven't had time to test drive this, but it sure looks cool.

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Utah Republicans override veto, ban transgender girls from competing in sports 

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Why Republicans want to erase Brittney Griner and Lea Thomas 

As for the GOP, the commonality between Griner and Thomas is that Republicans reject them both out of hand, ignoring the plight of one and howling to the moon about the other. The Democrats have largely chosen silence, which exacts its own cost, making people feel self-conscious, shamed, or scared about holding their names up in solidarity. But it’s the GOP that has decided to tear Thomas’s identity apart while whistling past Griner’s peril. 

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NYC Mayor's "Kyrie Carve Out" has unions and workers fuming 

New York City’s labor unions railed against a new carve out officially announced Thursday that lets athletes on local teams play unvaccinated — even as hundreds of city employees still can’t get back to work without the shot.

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Vladimir Putin backs J.K. Rowling in "cancel culture" row 

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Former NASA chief James Webb, namesake of that nifty new telescope swimming among the stars, was a raging homophobe complicit in the persecution and firing of gay and lesbian federal employees 

Damned right, the telescope should be renamed. Call it Something Lavender.

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Charles Dickens is no longer shadowbanned on TikTok. 

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The true story of the Traveling Wilburys 

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One-word newscast, because it's the same news every time...

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♫♬  Sing along with Doug  ♫
"Purple Zone"
by Soft Cell, with Pet Shop Boys

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The End
Taylor Hawkins
Cranky Old Man is annoyed and complains and very occasionally offers a kindness, along with anything off the internet that's made me smile or snarl. All opinions fresh from my ass. Top illustration by Jeff Meyer. Click any image to enlarge. Comments & conversations invited.
Tip 'o the hat to All Hat No Cattle, Linden Arden, ye olde AVA, BoingBoing, Breakfast at Ralf's, Captain Hampockets, CaptCreate's Log, John the Basket, LiarTownUSA, Meme City, National Zero, Ran Prieur, Voenix Rising, and anyone else whose work I've stolen without saying thanks.
Extra special thanks to Becky Jo, Name Withheld, Dave S., and always Stephanie...


  1. Captain HampocketsMarch 27, 2022 at 6:08 AM

    Hey, brother. I already told you by email, but you know my number, and, while I couldn't come with you, I can absolutely help in an emergency. Not to be too maudlin, but I have considered you my best friend for fuckin' 25 years, even when we lost contact for a decade. Let me know if you need ANYTHING.

    1. Can you get a pizza delivered to my hotel room in Sioux Falls, SD?

    2. Captain HampocketsMarch 27, 2022 at 6:11 PM


      This is 2022, man. I can probably have a hooker and weed delivered

  2. Captain HampocketsMarch 27, 2022 at 6:15 AM

    Virginia has that Plato quote, slightly different, as a bumper sticker on her car - "The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men."


    Realtipe P2P screen-sharing - was there a link intended? It ain't there.


    >Vladimir Putin backs J.K. Rowling in "cancel culture" row

    Just the headline is like... It's very Trumpian, isn't it?


  3. Another bug in the software — if I insert an image on the same line as a link, it (sometimes) swallows the link. Repaired; the link is tacu.io/.


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