Honestly…[DOT 25/9/21]

I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through this week without a nervous breakdown, but I survived. Yay!

Hope you all had a better week than me and are relaxing on a Saturday. Maybe later you’ll have some new entertainment to share on Brain Drain.

In the meantime, let’s see what else is going on…

I like how they put ‘audit’ in quotes.

Arizona Republican ‘audit’ finds even bigger lead for Biden in 2020 election

Hand count of the 2.1m ballots cast in Maricopa county found that Biden actually won 360 more votes over Trump than was reported

Mother Nature does not fuck around.

A small home was left untouched by the Canary Islands volcano eruption. Social media is calling it a ‘miracle.’


Here’s what Robinhood executives allegedly said internally at the height of the GameStop short squeeze


Day 1 at the Ryder Cup: Previews, predictions, odds, results and more

Grandma was kinda a genius…

A gravestone missing for almost 150 years was being used as a marble slab to make fudge

Nice family ya got there.

On that note, go take a shower and have a great weekend!



  1. Hmmm…it’s after nine and no one has anything to say? Maybe everyone had a grueling week, or are shaking off the effects of their gin rickeys.

    Here’s a little good news:


    The exploitation of members of this section of the “gig economy” who are “disrupting”…what, exactly, I don’t know, is old news.

    In any event third-party food delivery services are making money hand-over-fist, but not in a really value-added way. They shake down restaurants into signing up with them, to the point where they establish phony contact methods that lead the harried and hungry consumer to them, not to the beloved local place directly. Another revenue stream comes from skimming wages and tips from their employees freelance gig workers. This legislation is a step in the right direction.


    • Still catching up on the sleep I lost over the last month.

      Tangentially related to your post: I’ve got to meet a friend today who’s been out of work for a year and a half. He wants to know my “secret” for finding a job. I don’t have any idea what to say to him. I just got lucky — that’s all. And even that isn’t completely accurate — yes, I’ve got something but I have no idea of what I may be walking into.

      He’s been freelancing (graphic design) but the market for that is limited and frankly, he’s got a pretty dated skill set. I’m going to bring up retraining and switching careers, but I don’t know how that will be received.

      I’m not looking forward to this conversation.

  2. I recently went out to Pahoa since I hadn’t been out there since the last lava flow took out many houses.  It is a very strange dynamic to drive through neighborhoods of tall lush green plants only to look down another road and see 30 ft tall hardened lava flows.  Not sure how it works in the Canary Islands but in Hawaii you want the house to be taken by lava if you have insurance.  You will never be able to get to or live in that house again and if you can, nobody will keep your insurance or run utilities to it.  I’m going to post a little photo travel log of some of my Big Island adventures soon, didn’t get too many of Pahoa since the locals make it quite clear they don’t want gawkers wandering around their former homes.


    • This reminds me that in one of my FYCEs I casually mentioned in a comment that I have a friend who makes a frittata-like thing in a Bundt pan (she is also a member of the Bundt Underground; I only know her as Agent 61 and I am known to her as Agent 212.) I owe her a call back; maybe I’ll wrangle that recipe out of her and I’ll make that for dinner tonight.

      Frittatas are super simple, but it’s the depth of the Bundt pan that baffles. I bet during the baking process there’s a lot of intervention where the eggs are carefully moved bottom -> middle -> top so you’re not eating a raw eggy mess under a burnt top. I’ll report back should I have any success.

  3. I went over to my neighbor’s last night and hung out at their fire pit. One of my other neighbors came over with this CRAZY good popcorn.

    She uses a zester and grates garlic over, plus salt and tons of butter. OMG so good. Plus she made the popcorn in a pan on the stove. Remember doing that? Crazy good. Can’t wait to make my own.

    Even though I was stuck at work til about 8 on a Friday, I was glad I didn’t start drinking when my neighbors did. I am having a much better day than they are so far.

  4. I might make pumpkin bread today. I have been wanting it for a few days but also I have self-control issues with baking. So maybe I make it, but then slice it and freeze most of the slices? I suspect it would thaw fine.

    Also I found kabocha squash in the store so I’m going to roast that beauty tonight! It’s a leftovers night, but then I’ll have that done for tomorrow, etc.

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