And the place we'll be staying at has basically NO Internet, so I'll be using one of my portable 4G WiFi Hot Spots.
Things are going South in a hurry here. My wife she was going to arrange the junkman pick-up, but since *I* didn't get this room cleaned out yesterday because I was outside making big piles of stuff into smaller pile of throw-away and very small piles of keep, she says I broke my promise to have the room cleaned, and now it's my task to make arrangements to having the stuff hauled away.
And I'll have to park the Supra on the street starting Sunday night, as she's demanding I have the entire driveway empty so U-Haul can fill it with pods. I took the tap measure outside and measured out the area they said they'd need, pointing out that two of the six pods could be placed alongside the house, by OH NO!!!!!! The whole damn driveway MUST be empty accord to She Who Must BE Obeyed.
And other misc BS, dagger stares, etc, etc, etc.
Makes me wonder why I bothered to get married again. I can give myself this kind of abuse, and then it's over. She's running at flank speed all over me, and shows no signs of letting up.
So here's something I ginned up a while back. I was planning on making it pretty and polished, but that wouldn't really fit with this blog very well, so here it is:
Leaving Kalifornia…..Or Should That Be “Kommiefornia”?
As our time in The People’s Demokratik Republik of Kaliforniastan draws to a close, I thought it interesting to go through my time here and reflect on some things. There’s times I wonder if I made the right decision when I moved here, and ponder what Might Have Been if I’d stayed in Illinois. I can pretty much say that I never would have had the interesting career I’ve had, and I know I wouldn’t have been able to do a lot of the things I got to do while living here.
Things I’ll miss:
My family and friends
The Battleship Iowa
The weather. My wife has never lived anywhere with REAL weather. The first major thunderstorm will have her under the bed clutching the dog
The ocean. Now I’ll have the mountains, though, so I’ll call that a wash
In-N-Out Burger. The closest one is in Utah
Really good “Chinese” food. The only place I’ve that I like is the HuHot, a pretty good “Mongolian BBQ”, but the add-your-own sauces are pretty bland, at least compared to The Golden Camel in Torrance
REALLY good Mexican food, although The Kids tell us Fort Collins has some great Mexican restaurants
KLOS, KCBS (“Jack FM”), KROQ, KSWR, KYSD, and a couple of other FM radio stations
150MB high-speed Internet for a reasonable price
Things I absolutely, positively, will NOT miss:
The congestion that comes with “postage stamp” sized lots. Our lot is 5400 sqft, with maybe 15’ between the houses, and is in a neighborhood consisting of a couple of hundred other houses. I don’t want to know when my neighbor flushes their toilet, or what they’re cooking for dinner
The traffic. Used to take me 20~22 minutes to get to the Iowa in 2008. Now it takes 45 or more
The graffiti that gets painted over only to reappear a day later, larger and more colorful
The trash alongside the roads and in the parking lots. It’s everywhere. It really boils my blood to see somebody open their car door, dump a bag of McDonald’s on the ground, and then walk to a store that has a big trash bin right by the entrance...
The crime. This part of Long Beach is pretty safe, but go a mile or two North or West, and the whole scene changes….
The STOOPID gun laws
The even STOOPIDER (is that possible?) politicians. How Nazi Pelosi and Dianne Frankenstein manage to keep getting elected is astounding
The taxes. You name it, and it’s most likely taxed here. And at an exorbitant rate…..which is increasing. Our betters in Sacramento just added $1/month to everybody’s water bill, domestic and commercial, to pay for “Safe, clean water for our rural brothers and sisters”, or some equally inane reason. They’ll probably want another tax to repair Oroville Dam…..
The ever increasing numbers of The Entitled and their attitude. And their driving is getting worse. Cutting across multiple lanes without a turn signal, stopping in the street to talk to somebody, blatantly blabbing away or texting while they’re driving, etc, etc, etc
The FOURTEEN Mexican and SEVEN rap crap radio stations on the FM dial
I’m tempted to say “The DMV”, but that’s highly dependent on which office you go to
So bye-bye Kalifornia. You used to be The Golden State, but that was a long time ago, in a USA far, far away