What a week…

What a week it’s been.

My old dog is dead. He died where he spent most of his time the last sixteen years, under my desk, as close as possible to me, preferably touching. I sat with him and petted his soft ears as death took him. It’s always hard, and I honestly think your cup of coping is like your cup of courage. Finite. I know I face the same with sister soon. Well, you might say a bit of my Puggle lives on in the books I wrote with him there. A man can learn a lot about unconditional love and trust from a dog. Hopefully he learns it is something that must be repaid in kind, to the very best of your ability. I must admit I do judge people by how they relate to animals in their care. I try to cut everyone a bit of slack at first, but that’s a touchstone for me.

It’s been interesting times in the US political race too, and I think most people are sick to death of it all and are wondering whether we misunderstood the Mayan calendar. Maybe it was 2016 they meant not 2012. I’m not American, who US citizens choose to elect is their business. I’m just a bloke writing sf and fantasy, and well aware that writers, and actors, and celebrities are actually, despite delusions we have to the contrary, pretty much what Douglas Adams called B Ark people. Yes we ‘make’ stories –  and the world would be a less pleasant place without them, but, well, trust me, as a starving author, you can’t eat words. You can do without (with much regret) a movie or book, for longer than without working plumbing or food or water.  Come to think of it, B Ark people also thought themselves the vital part of society, and didn’t hesitate to tell you so, and what to think etc. Look, occasionally writers or script-writers set trends. But mostly our output is more like a somewhat time-lagged reflection of our social peer group’s values. I read my various writer friends and peers on politics… and think maybe I should get out a bit more, and so should they.

I was on ambulance service call today (which is definitely NOT a B Ark  task – and volunteering for these sort of tasks has always helped me to deal with reality and perspective.) Unfortunately it chewed a large hole into my writing time (both for this and my daily work-count, and the Createspace prep I’m doing and the Rats, Bats and Vats short I was putting into HTML for the mailing list). A couple of calls today, and every second of that time well spent, as far as I am concerned. I don’t think my books keep people alive – that just might. However: it has left me a long way behind. So forgive this being shorter and probably more chaotic than usual.

One of the things I love about the Ambulance service is that it is the total antithesis of the Puppy-kickers. We don’t care whether you’re well connected to the who’s-who of Traditional publishing or hated by everyone. We don’t care what your political ideology is. We don’t care if you’re not politically correct – or are. We don’t care what race or sex or orientation you are. We don’t care if you’re rich or poor. We don’t care who you kissed up to or joined in the witch hunt for. We just help people who need it right then. And while you do get entitled and abusive jerks, drugged, drunk or violent jackasses, and those who think they deserve special care, most people respect and appreciate what you’re doing – which is the best you can do, no matter who or what their circumstances.

But I do recall what happened in South Africa when some unpleasant, venal minds figured that ambulances would go where they were called to help – and that included the large black townships… where such soft targets were rare. So they took to calling out the ambos – robbing them, sometimes killing them, and stealing the vehicles. A lucrative, easy victim that came to you. What a win for them… today.

This had a terrible effect – the ambulance services stopped their personnel going into these areas or taking vehicles in. If you needed an ambulance and lived there… well, hopefully you had a family or friends who could get you out. The ambulance would come to a safe point (usually where they protected by armed police) but no further. There is no doubt that the shortsighted opportunism of that handful of criminals – and people who did nothing, resulted in many un-necessary deaths and a lot of suffering – even of friends and relations of the criminals, as well as innocents who had nothing to do with it all.

Those who stole the ambulances and beat up and robbed and killed the ambulance officers saw their own short-term gain only, and never looked beyond that, to the future or a wider society. They and those who were silent, afraid or uncaring, thought that trust and goodwill was an endless resource. They never thought the ambulances would stop responding. After their particular crime the next call would be a real one, and it would be evil for those people not to respond, wouldn’t it?

I’ve seen an oddly similar in this US electoral campaign with multinational business, the mass media, the leading lights of Hollywood and the music world and international political figures – all weighing in on one side. I’ve seen many of my writing peers join them, and precious few outside Vox Day speak in support of the other side. Curiously, Katy Kay – BBC reporter, and very much a part of that monolithic one-sided reportage commented on her surprise at finding the Trump supporters at the rallies she attended to be well-dressed, middle-class and not nasty… yet you’d never think it reading the media in general. Like all things there is probably a mix – but odds are good that a lot of Ark A and Ark C people have been attacked viciously and unfairly for merely having different opinions and politics.

Now it’s not my election, not my place to choose ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ sides – but one thing that has been clear to me: despite the huge weight of the above on one side – the other side is not crushed or small. The more those with the levers of power do, the more angry and determined the other side become. The divergence has become wider, deeper and nastier. (And oddly saying ‘it is so-and-so’s fault’ actually makes it worse, not better). Even under this weight at least 40% by my guess of the electorate still rebel. That’s not trivial. The bad news is that those are generally not B Ark people.

And in a little while it’ll all be over. The election will be over.

And the assumption from all those authors, all those entertainers, all those news-sites, all those actors, those businesses… is that the next ambulance will come when they need it. That all will be forgotten and forgiven.

I don’t know who will win: not my business to support either side in the politics of sovereign foreign (to me) country. But I am willing to bet that all will not be forgotten and forgiven. Just as the puppy-kickers thought it would all be over, and their foes could be de-platformed, and that the silence thus gained equaled support. That didn’t work, and I don’t think that the two sides in this far larger battle will acknowledge a victor and merge into one again either. I think this fight is just beginning. I think the established mass media will be the biggest losers, with the alternate media publishers taking the income from the embittered sector of the population the mass media have cheerfully slandered to try to win this short-term victory. Entertainers – including authors – are next on the hurt list – which will be harsh on those who took the establishment side, and still rough on those caught between both sides. There are others who will take their place and other platforms will spring up. And multinational business who assume they can skate… will discover they still need Ark A & C to buy their products.

Not an easy place for writers. We’re B Ark people, and we need A&C people, as little as we may like to admit it.

Interesting times.

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  1. My deepest sympathies for the loss of your dog. Our 14 year-old cat lost her battle with diabetes and kidney problems a few months ago. She used to curl up on my desk, right next to my laptop, and keep me company while I wrote. If I didn’t reach of and scratch her every few minutes, she’d get up and spend a couple of minutes walking back and forth between me and the computer. She only returned to her normal spot after I made up for lost scratching time

    I remain positive that scratching her neck was a guaranteed cure for writer’s block. There was something about her rumbling purr that broke down the walls blocking me from the rest of the story.

  2. I’m sorry about your loss. It never gets easier, does it?

    On repercussions: We’re already seeing fall-out outside of publishing in the US. Just ask the National Football League. Years of political correctness and virtue signaling has caught up with them and viewer ratings have dropped. The NFL, of course, is pointing at everything but the elephant in the room, to explain viewer dissatisfaction.

    • I’ll swear it gets harder every single time 😦
      Yep. It could never be a consequence of being out of synch with the world view of their audience. And anyway, if it is, the audience has to change. They’re ‘helping and bettering’ them. ‘Raising awareness’ – not just pissing their audience off.

  3. My condolences on your dog.

    If you don’t mind me asking, what do you do after you get them in the ambulance? With less than a thousand people, I assume Flinders doesn’t have a hospital – can you call a helicopter to take them to Tasmania?

    In the age of the Internet and Facebook, it takes special effort to suffer from intellectual inbreeding. Unfortunately, too many people put in that effort.

  4. “I think the established mass media will be the biggest losers, with the alternate media publishers taking the income from the embittered sector of the population they’ve cheerfully slandered to try to win this short-term victory. Entertainers – including authors – are next on the hurt list – which will be harsh on those who took the establishment side, and still rough on those caught between both sides. There are others who will take their place and other platforms will spring up. And multinational business who assume they can skate… will discover they still need Ark A & C to buy their products.”

    Interesting coincidence – I was thinking along those lines myself, this morning. Posted this at AtH – “I’m steeling myself up for a good round of sullen, stubborn Irish democracy, myself.
    And a rather more cheerful thought – no matter how the vote goes tomorrow, there is another thing we can do – boycott the hell out of those people, enterprises, institutions, publications who have done so much to degrade and insult those of us residents of Flyoverlandia. The last thing we can do – vote with our pocketbooks. They cannot force us to watch their TV shows and movies, subscribe to their cable channel, buy their books, magazines and newspapers, buy tickets to their concerts and games.”

    • Nothing could hurt them as much as losing both the money and the possibility to influence. It’s rather like a preachy book. The author wanted to ‘convert’ or possibly virtue signal (and lets face it, it’s about that message and social status to not a few establishment authors. They have the money or supportive partners). If they ‘preach’ so offensively (either in the book, previous books, or on social media) readers will just not buy and not read. And a sermon with no listeners is an empty and bitter achievement.

  5. Ark A, B, C? What is the reference here?

    • There’s a link in the first reference to the Hitchhikers Wiki. it worked for me (Firefox for PC).

    • From the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams – The population of earth are descended from the crashed B Ark of Golgafrinchans. The Gogafrinchans put up some terrible and implausible tales of impending doom (the planet was going to be eaten by a mutant star goat – which they used to persuade the useless 1/3 of the population – bureaucrats, telephone sanitizers, hairdressers etc. — who all considered themselves the most important part of society and to be saved at all costs, first, to embark on the B Ark. Without them society on Golgafrincham flourished until it was destroyed by virulent disease from an unsanitized telephone.

  6. I’m sorry for your dog. 😢 I’ll give my own dog a good belly rub in his honor.

  7. Adding my condolences on your dog’s passing.

    I’m just waiting, once the electoral dust settles, for the first plaintive cries of “Why won’t you come back and be friends like you used to?” or the equivalent from [insert groups here]. It reminds me of the teenagers, mostly female but not always, who malign and abuse classmates, then expect them to come rushing back for more, and act shocked when the “outs” decide to band together, go off and have fun their own way, and tell the “cool kids” (or whatever the current term is) to go soak their heads.

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      Yes.

      My thinking is probably not for here.

      If things go as projected, I expect to have some comments on this at ATH by Wednesday.

    • It hasn’t even waited for the dust settle. Hillary is apparently already calling for ‘unity’ – I assume she knows she’ll get ‘FU’ – and then say ‘see how wicked and divisive they are.’ Fine for the MSM, but it will do nothing to actually heal the rift.

  8. My condolences about losing your dog to age; it sounds though he had a long, fine life.

    I don’t think people realize that the people who run the ambulances value themselves too – or rather, refuse to acknowlege ‘those people’ as actual people. Sometimes, I don’t think they’re capable of it, thinking of other people’s needs for real. There are lots of people who think of their short term joys and comforts, and burn people for the stupidest of reasons, and the greatest lure for the fall still remains the sin of pride.

    • aacid14

      Some can. Some of the ‘worst’ patients are the ones that are obviously in bad shape but don’t want to tie up ambo and ‘waste your time’. Then you got others who you thread stretcher between four parked late model cars, carry pt c/o nausea out of house and transport (with no interventions indicated endure) with full family almost hitched to your bumper. I do admit that we do show favoritism to patients. If we know you are in true medical need I may not have nicest bedside manner but you will get every ounce of effort. If I am coming for taxi runs and taking an ALS 911 Bus out of service for your bunions, then you will get the minimum effort.

      Not proud but we do break and burn.

      • grrr. People who abuse a good system just don’t see they’ll break it.

        • aacid14

          I have lost temper on scene once. 0130 call for mental distress after an earlier call led to dept director reading riot act (putting pressure socks on is not ambulance worthy).

        • snelson134

          Dave, the attitude I’m seeing over here is “Hey, you get paid by us to do x,y, and z; if you don’t want to do the job no matter the risk or how much it’s increased, then quit.”

          It’s being applied more to cops in the era of BLM, but others get it too. If you make it impossible for people to do their jobs without having to calculate whether it will be less painful to take a beating than use justifiable force (Chicago, last month), you aren’t going to find many people to do those jobs.

          • aacid14

            I can accept some of the arguments for a cop. I have personal issues with them on occasion but I do believe there is a small overemphasis on safety.

            EMS is for Emergencies. It is what the E stands for. Wake me up at 0300 because you cannot breathe, injured yourself, hell, even just being an invalid and falling out of bed (if we need to we will get help for you or look at assistive care). But not for the sniffles or migraine.

            • snelson134

              As someone who’s known several migraine sufferers, if they’re really having one, they can’t drive and you wouldn’t want them to try.

              • aacid14

                For individuals who are not actively med seeking or acting up I do not mind. The one that sticks in my head had husband’s car under our back bumper

    • We’re lucky in that it’s a small island community, and our senior volunteers are pretty influential and respected in this society. I think anyone who treated it as a convenient taxi service would find that the islanders giving them what-for. We love the RFDS here. They get huge per capita financial support, and the ambos are appreciated. As i said, we’re lucky, it’s a great community, shaped by the people here and where we are.

  9. Yes, the acrimony from this election is not going to go away. Not soon, possibly not ever. It has been a curious thing in my lifetime that every republican is so much worse than the republican before him; according to the media, the press, and the entertainment industry. This is the first election I can recall in my lifetime, where one side has been caught hiring thugs to attack the other side.

    Meanwhile we have a candidate on one side who has been involved in so many shady enterprises, and who is obviously very very ill with a terminal disease, but everyone ‘looks the other way’ on all that.

    And we have many government agencies that have finally been pushed off of neutral ground, and firmly into the side of one political camp, for whom they have been abusing their powers heedlessly for years now.

    Any of this sound familiar? We’ve seen these patterns before in history.
    The country is headed for a civil war. The only question now is, what level of intensity will it be at, how long will it last, and what comes after? And just what does happen to Ark B people in those situations?

    • “And just what does happen to Ark B people in those situations?”

      The prepared will suffer. The unprepared will suffer a lot more.

    • B Ark people always try to tell everyone THEY’re important. But the truth is, we’re not.

      I hope very much you are wrong – there are no winners in a civil war, just losers and less bad losers. But that doesn’t stop governments or people believing they will not be affected. And it also doesn’t stop a point being reached when the camel’s back breaks – even knowing that. Control of resources and skills is very asymmetric between those two sides. My only advocacy would be to try to break it up without a shooting war — by shifting purchasing power (don’t buy their goods) and influence (media, education and entertainment) away from them. They need the goods and services of their foes, their foes are less dependent on them.

  10. aacid14

    Perhaps the US is growing ungovernable. At least at the expectation of one capital, one rule. Maybe we should break into 50 polities who each govern their own internal behavior and decisions with the capital only needed for external threats.

  11. Josephine Tey had a description of criminals (in The Daughter of Time) that was people “who can’t reason from B to C.” It’s a concise description of people who don’t understand secondary consequences, that the actions one takes have ramifications beyond the first round. Unfortunately, one finds that in lawmakers a lot of the time.

    Take the incandescent lightbulb ban. US lawmakers decided about a decade ago to start phasing out higher wattage incandescent bulbs because they’re energy-wasting. At the time, an incandescent bulb might cost 60¢ while a compact fluorescent would run about $6, or ten times as much. But it would last more than ten times as long, so they said, so you’d save money as well as electricity. LEDs were not yet available for standard fixtures.

    Immediate effect: Hoarding by those who could afford it. Secondary effects included loss of jobs (as lightbulb manufacturers moved overseas), people unable to afford light (because while $6 may not sound like much to most people, that can be a week’s worth of ramen), increased migraines (because while you can’t see the flicker, it’s still there—as I know from my friends with migraines), the loss of terrarium bulbs (because the excess heat is not always a bug), hazardous waste cleanup needs (CFLs contain mercury), and… because you never know the circumstances… the lightbulbs still needing regular replacement. (A toddler who has discovered light switches can kill a CFL in a day. Ask me how I know!)

    A friend of mine sincerely questioned why it would be a bad thing to completely ban the manufacture of gasoline-based cars. He was pointing to an article that talked about how we’d managed to develop new lightbulb technology, including a far more efficient incandescent bulb, since the ban in the US was in place. It took a lot of back and forth, but I think I finally convinced him how much essential misery such a ban would bring to a large part of the population that simply does not have the money to weather such a storm. He just had no basis of comparison for what happens when something essential is taken out of the market. I think a lot of lawmakers are in that position, where they are *certain* that the laws they are creating are enough to make life better—but they don’t have the perspective to see the fallout, and they don’t have the ability or training to reason out the B to C.

    • P.S. I love my LED bulbs.

      • And LED’s are diodes, which are switches. They really don’t “care” about switching, (though the driving supply/circuitry might) and it’s likely better to switch off and on than let heat build up.

      • Where I despair is where I find AUTHORS who plainly cannot see from B to C. Hell’s teeth THAT’S WHAT YOU DO AS AN AUTHOR: work through possible consequences, alter story circumstances to alter consequences. If you can’t work from A to least K and all the variables and modifiers you shouldn’t be writing. Your work will struggle to suspend disbelief.

    • aacid14

      There is an innate disconnect in the united states. Today we have huge population in cities and often our rulers are propelled through them as they have the machines to push people up. In addition our rulers often start upper class or better so they never see the scrimp and save. And they never have to see how their plots can affect the population, especially those not in swanky, downtown high-rises with guarded doors. Electric cars in a city make sense, especially as the energy loss while idling a gas car could. But for working trucks or distance drivers I don’t know. I’d rather use a car I know will get me from okc to Dallas and back on one tank vs one that has a battery. At least my tank size doesn’t shrink over time.

      • BobtheRegisterredFool

        Electrical cars may or may not have real viability as a solution for all consumers. You will make sure that they do not if your method of promoting them is to fund a crony capitalist who bakes engineering flaws into the design.

        Lawmakers and activists generally do not have the background to know was is and is not good vehicle engineering. Hence can run into issues when attempting to proactively manage technical development. Imagine if the worthies were trying to manage that way the transition from wagon suspension to our current system of geometries.

        • aacid14

          Oh I know. I laughed in face of Tesla saleswoman because I could get a 250 diesel and fusion and gas for a decade for less than the Tesla currently available.

          Tesla is a shell game where they get as much profit from other car companies buying favors as from sales. Is it a bad design, not necessarily but it’s viability is dependent on govt programs

          • For over 20 years now, people have been telling me how great electric cars are, and how they will be the future.
            As an engineer, I know that battery power is a dead end, and have told them so. They then proceed to ‘school me’ on why I’m wrong.
            Yet, twenty years later there are still no electric cars, except for when the government pays half the cost (using our taxes) and then gives huge incentives to buyers to buy them.
            If it wasn’t for the government, Tesla would have gone out of business years ago and there wouldn’t be any battery powered cars on the market beyond golf carts.

            • aacid14

              As an econobox in a city where you only do an hour or so travel maybe. Anything where you have more than 100 miles or so regularly, no.

              Think about how cell phone batteries die over 2 years. Car batteries not too different.

              • Aye, and I can go 400 miles on a tank, refuel in a few minutes, and go another 400 miles if I so desire. Not “Well, second tank is only 300 miles, and…” Gasoline and diesel have issues, but they’ve been pretty much solved.

                • BobtheRegisterredFool

                  We’ve solved a lot of the solvable issues, and we understand an awful lot about dealing with the problems of the unsolvable ones.

                  The inherent issue of any energy storage for a consumer vehicle is enough energy released fast enough to get you moving, without releasing it so fast that things get damaged. We’ve had a lot of diesel and gas fires, and have learned much from them.

                  I’ve also got concerns about this self driving push. Specifically, doubts about architecture and security.

                • Sam L.

                  Until RAH’s Shipstones come to be, electric cars don’t compute except for commutes.

              • Even there, there is no case for an electric car. Economically they cost more to buy, more to build, more to operate, more to repair, and more to dispose of. Pollution wise, they generate just as much, if not more, than gas/diesel vehicles and then leave a huge amount of highly toxic waste each time you change batteries.
                And then there is the issue of taxes. One of the reasons the elite are pushing electric vehicles is because you can’t tax their fuel for mileage, so this gives them an excuse to push for GPS and license plate recognition on your car, so they can track you everywhere you go (and claim they’re just doing it for ‘mileage taxes’.

          • greyratt

            and remember that the people who are demanding that we all drive e-cars are doing so because “pollution”, ect. but they don’t have a clue about where the energy for recharging the car battery comes from. in many places that would be coal fired plants. which have greater energy lose vs gas powered engines. mention to them that e-cars create more pollution, and they can not understand it.
            rant over.

            • aacid14

              Oh ya. Coal powered.

            • And meat comes from the supermarket wrapped in plastic.

              • Robin Munn

                Time to repost the perennial classic:

                For the record, the newspaper clipping is real, but it comes from a phone-in show where there’s a tradition of calling in with jokes. So while I can’t rule out that someone was serious, I think the “it was a joke” explanation is more likely.

                • TINS: while I lived in Really Flat State, someone wrote in to the Sioux City newspaper asking for the deer crossing signs to be moved, because the deer kept crossing there and getting hit by cars. Thus the deer crossings should be moved to lower traffic areas. The editors included a note that this was a legit letter.

      • The disconnect certainly applies to NY publishing and the rest of the world. It’s hard to believe we live in the same world at times.

        • aacid14

          Publishing, honestly all media and the software giants. Not everyone lives in SF Or has a job that you can telecommute to. But we keep making policy as if that is true.

    • Cash for clunkers: we have had something similar in Finland. Good compensation for your old car, no matter what its age, if you buy a new one which costs at least 20 000 euros (I think). The ideal was to renew country’s old car stock (is that the right word?), Finns have tended to drive, in general, cars with an average age closing on 10 years.

      So guess what kind of people have used that? And who are the ones who now have more problems finding any kind of car within their means? Let’s take a cleaner – they don’t work in one place for 8 hours, usually especially the ones who work at it full time will have several 2 to 3 hour jobs scattered all over the city or town, and different places on different days too. And even in places with good public transport systems getting from one place to another, well, with their own car they will waste much less time for that (time for which they aren’t usually paid – unless maybe they have a car in which case they may get some compensation for kilometers driven). If they work for a firm they may get a company car, but pretty often even the requirement of getting one of those jobs is owning a car (or at least those who have their own car are preferred when hiring).

      I suppose the main purpose wasn’t to make life more difficult for the poor, but that was achieved anyway. These damn things seem to, always, be planned thinking only of your average, averagely well paid office workers, as if when it is good for them, or at least doesn’t inconvenience them too badly it should then be good for everybody. 😡

      • Ask yourself who makes money from this law, and you will find who paid to have it enacted.

        • I will not believe they are all in that. But, okay, I do believe it plays a big part. And is then made easier by the more do-gooder (and also brainwashed by their education) portion of the people who run the system (and their voters who have similar handicaps), and who are unable to think past that “how will this affect the middle to high income people who work in offices and live in a city with good public transport system” (because most of them come from that type of backgrounds, and it’s the only lifestyle they are really familiar with).

          People who probably mean well, at least like to think they do, but are easily seduced by the money etc because they can justify it as being “good for the people”. And who are not overly eager to do any research which might prove them wrong because they they might have to make some hard choices. Like decide whether they actually are good people, or would prefer to continue as is because that is more profitable and keeps their lives easy. Talking the truth to power, for real, is not an easy way to go. Could even destroy your life.

      • Sam L.

        I drive a 13-yr-old car, and my wife a 17-yr-old pickup. Not looking to replace either.

    • “I think a lot of lawmakers are in that position, where they are *certain* that the laws they are creating are enough to make life better—but they don’t have the perspective to see the fallout, and they don’t have the ability or training to reason out the B to C.”

      I used to think that. Then I finally understood, having been slapped in the face with it for forty years, that they really -do- have both the ability and the training. They can and they do reason B to C.

      They just don’t CARE what will happen. Because they are stealing the money. It is difficult to credit the sheer cynicism of the government set, their lack of morality is breathtaking.

      But when you look at windmills, and understand that every engineer involved has been screaming at them for forty years that it won’t work, and understand that every country which has them in any number has proven they won’t work, since the 1980’s in some cases, then you begin to understand. They are stealing your money.

    • Arwen

      I hate fluorescent lighting. I miss my incandescent light bulbs. I didn’t have the money to hoard with the option was there. I need a third option.

      • LED bulbs. Yes, expensive – between $4 and $5 each, in the “cheaper” ones I buy at Home Depot.

        But – you don’t have to put them in every fixture in the house. I use them only in the ones that we are in the most. A little bit of flicker in some rooms, like the utility closet or pantry, wouldn’t drive me nuts, whereas in the living room or my office, it would. I only have (counting…) about ten of them, and I’ve only replaced two in the last five years or so.

        Now, admittedly, I switched those out mostly to reduce the heat, every little bit helps in the summers here. And I did hoard about three cases of sixty watt incandescents, and a case of 100 watters for the one fixture that is rated for it. Cost me less than fifty bucks, because I got in early when the law was still in debate. So I don’t have flicker anywhere…

        • IKEA has them down to $2 for a 2 pack. About 400 lumens.

          • There are good ones and there are crap ones. The ones we have here at home have good color, and they seem to last longer than incandescents (of which I have about 50 in stock still).
            The thing I like about the LED’s is that they have lowered my electric bill by going to them. The florescent lights that screw in? Those make me ill. They also don’t work if they get too cold, and they don’t last all that long. Just overpriced junk.

      • Bibliotheca Servare

        Halogen “incandescent replacement” bulbs. Dimmable, warm, and none of the potential downsides of Fluorescent and Compact Fluorescent bulbs. Plus, it’s an older tech than CFL or (kinda obviously) LEDs, so it’s pretty well debugged, so to speak. Of course I’m the furthest thing from an expert on the tech, but I’ve had nothing but eexcellent results from my use of them. 🙂

  12. adventuresfantastic

    I hate to hear about your dog. Please accept my condolences. Ours are getting older, and my mind has been thinking about how much longer they will be around. You comment about unconditional love and trust made me think of one of the best prayers I’ve ever heard, “Dear Lord, please make me the person my dog thinks I am.”

  13. Dave, sad to hear your dog passed on. Those kinds of things are the hardest to bear in life, you have my condolences.

    My dog had been gone ten years or so now. I made him a character in my books, to keep him here with me. Its an odd thing to do, I suppose, but it works for me.

  14. Arwen

    I’m sorry to hear about your dog. We lost a beloved dog in January and it hurts.

    • Thank you. Yes it hurts, but it was the best I could do for my old guy. Believe that is always the hardest decision, and one made with more love for the animal than yourself, because it will hurt you far more than him, and I knew that. I miss him so.

  15. Sorry to hear about your dog. It’s always difficult to lose a good friend.

    • Yes, they are that. Mine are always more like adoring young kids for some reason, which is harder than losing a friend of equal age and intellect.

  16. Dave, I’m very sorry to hear about your dog. Please accept my condolences.

  17. Bibliotheca Servare

    They make a place for themselves in our hearts, and they never truly leave. I believe to the deepest reaches of my being that we will meet them again and see them for the angelic creatures they truly are, in my opinion. You have my most heartfelt condolences for your loss, Mr. Freer. Also hugs, if that’s acceptable. *sad smile*