Losing Streak

23 08 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Well, nothing really big happened while I was at the fair.  I won’t count L’Affaire d’Ook-Ook as big.  While I know it was able to eke past the national media’s blood-brain barrier for a few hours, it wasn’t a giant story with a lot of legs that lasted longer than the typical 36-hour half life of an ordinary news story.

Now, I have two whole days off of work in order to recover, and do a lot of washing and ironing and the dry cleaners run.

Let’s See What Develops

12 08 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Breakfast Table

By the end of the day, I’ll be in Sedalia for the State Fair.  For the day job, of course.

This will be my fourth year in a row in going, and for the other three times, something big has happened while I was there.

In 2012, I was there representing the Todd Akin for Senate campaign, because the candidate himself had to come back here to do an interview with Charles Jaco.  And we all know how that turned out.

In 2013, there was the infamous Obama Rodeo Clown at the fair itself, which I did not see, and in fact, the hype about him was way bigger outside the fair than inside.  I started my current day job in late July 2013, so I was on board just in time to be able to be State Fair fodder.

And then last year, on the third day of the fair, in the 4 PM hour, I retreated to some shade to check my sail foam notifications, and there was an item about a police shooting in Ferguson.

What’s going to happen this year?

I guess I’m about to find out.  But if you forced a bet out of me, it would have to do with one of the major Presidential candidates, perhaps the DOJ announcing that it’s assembling a Federal grand jury to decide on Federal indictment against HRC.

Where Were You And What Were You Doing?

9 08 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

I was at the State Fair, last year, August 9 was the first Saturday of its week and a half run.  It was a pretty decent day out, by Missouri August standards.  I was none the wiser at 12:04 PM.  It wasn’t until the 4 PM hour that I settled down in some shade and checked my phone notifications, and saw an item from the P-D about a police involved shooting in Ferguson.  Then later on through the evening I saw more notifications about protests at ground zero.  But that’s all I knew, until after sunset the next day, when I saw a notification of a protest, and then after 10 PM, the shit totally hit the fan and the world changed.  I had to watch the whole thing unfold, including the events of the next calendar week, from two-thirds of the state away.  Plus do what I was supposed to do at the Fair for the job that actually pays me.  It was a mentally draining week.

Yes, I Will Be Watching the Debate Tonight

6 08 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Only because of Trump.

I’ll be semi-crashing someone else’s viewing party.  It’s the kind of thing where I’m neither explicitly invited nor explicitly not invited, and that my being there won’t raise any eyebrows and won’t cause anyone to call the white po-leecseseseseses.  But I will bring a case of beer and a case of soda just to make sure.  It’s at the house of someone semi-important, but someone you have to be both a St. Louisan and very tuned into local and state politics to have heard of.

Hitting the Median Wall

18 03 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

At the end of the month, I turn the age which I once read was the median age of an American, that being 38.  In reality, it’s currently 36.7, so I’m actually a bit over the hill on that bell curve.

It got me to thinking, as the miles accumulate on my odometer, I’m finding that the days I used to call “tomorrow” have now turned into “yesterday,” those things which I used to call “dreams” I now call “regrets.”

5000 Memory Lane

12 01 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Hotel Room

As I was surfing YouTube earlier this morning, I found this video on the suggested videos sidebar:

I don’t know what possessed Google’s algorithms to suggest this.  But as luck would have it, I once owned this machine.  (Google now has clairvoyance algorithms?)  I bought it, or rather, it was purchased for me, in August 1989, before I started the 7th grade.  And this thing got me through the rest of middle school, high school, the SAT/ACT, and the first year of college.  While I owned other calculators at the same time, some way more capable than this one, this was my go-to machine for all those years, and in some ways, it was my math teacher, too.  Eventually, I had to switch full time to one of my more powerful machines, simply because my math courses outclassed the fx-5000f.  And it just so happened that at that time, some of the rubber keys broke off, the mechanical contrast wheel got iffey, and the power switch got temperamental.

While my late fx-5000f has been in calculator heaven ever since the fall of 1996, I still have its manual.   Which was itself a pretty good math book.

Nothing Screams Junket

5 01 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Like I said in this space about a month ago, I won’t have to spend much time in Jefferson City during the legislative session either this year or next year, because of how much on lock down incoming Speaker John Diehl is going to have everything.

I will be there on Wednesday to witness the swearing in of the membership of 100% of the House and 50% of the Senate that won election back in November, and to watch the opening of the session.

But from there, my job has me going to some function for the rest of the week and the weekend in Sioux Falls and then Pierre, South Dakota.  South Dakota in January, should be lots of fun.


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