- Wed, 17:50: Look who's back for Fever Basketball! Just in time.
Here is the new puppy. Her rescue name was Michelle, but I have decided that her name is Miki. I could have used 2 k's in honor of my daughter-in-law, but that might invoke dog magnet energy second only to my own, which could lead to a canine black hole. The alternative is that she will dress in beautiful costumes and declaim lovely poetry - much less catastrophic.
#BlackLivesMatter. If "All Lives Matter" is to be anything more than an act of denial, then preserving it requires we address the lives most at risk. Black lives are most at risk, especially in police encounters. Attempting to treat them the same is like having a toilet seal leak and a basement pipe burst at the same time and deciding to address the toilet leak while letting the burst pipe flood the house because of some misplaced idea that "all pipes matter". The first rule of triage is to address the most dangerous issues immediately. We must address this immediately.
#PoliceLivesMatter. I know members of the law enforcement community who put their lives on the line day after day to protect people regardless of their skin color. Taking revenge on any accessible white police officer is as appalling and wrong as a white police officer assuming a threat from a black man and using deadly force without due cause. Whether you quibble about the use of "racist" when a population is unempowered or not, a guy with a gun is empowered to enforce his own prejudices.
THESE ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.
Not all police officers are racist fascists, Not all black men are criminal thugs. But the fact that of "not all" should empower NO ONE to argue the existence of "none", nor should it be used to invalidate the emotional response toward the ones who violate their own humanity. #BlackLivesMatter is about making people aware that there is anger and despair about something that happens over and over again - but people should take into their hearts that there is also anger and fear based on the existence of multiple shooters targeting police officers who were no more guilty than Philando Castile. To argue one's own case DOES NOT MEAN DEMEANING THE EMOTIONS OF OTHERS. To discuss "it happens more" on one side or the other is valid for determining placement of resources, but it is NOT VALID WHEN RESPONDING TO THE EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF THOSE AFFECTED.
I am in mourning for all who died. I am in mourning for a population that continues to be threatened out of proportion to its size. I am in mourning for members of a profession whose reputations are destroyed by individual and systemic racism. I am in mourning that a peaceful protest was hijacked by those who would exact revenge based on race, thus destroying any chance for dialogue and setting us against one another. I am in mourning for the shared sense of our humanity that is being stripped from us all every time we ignore the value of life and argue over semantics and refuse to find common ground.
We are meant to be one people who come as a myriad of beautiful individual parts. We are meant to find God (or our fulfillment as human beings, or both, as your beliefs may define it) by meeting these challenges, not by succumbing to them.
Once, just once, whatever side you find yourself on, PLEASE take a moment to take a breath and think of someone you find opposing you. Once, just once, think of how to join yourselves together instead of thinking about how to score debating points. Once, just once, feel each other's pain and sadness and fear - and once, just once, think of how you can act together in love.
Anger, grief, pain - all are valid responses. Let them not lead to blindness, despair, and hate. Instead, let them fuel our resolve, our vision, and our love.
- Thu, 20:17: I really think if they are going to call fouls no matter how we defend, we might as well go 90s on 'em.
- Thu, 20:20: Raps big miss at rim because of Turner's position. Next possession, Raps back door wide open hoop because of Turner's position. Rookies.
- Thu, 20:23: What's with Pacers getting in the air on defense? They should all know better.
- Thu, 20:26: Can anyone on this damn team hit a shot?
- Thu, 20:31: And another Monta stellar pass.
- Thu, 20:34: This damn team passes up more rim shots to kick the ball out for a bricked three than I've ever seen.
- Thu, 21:12: Yet Another Bad Pass. Dear God, make it Stop.
- Thu, 21:16: I want Monta off the floor.
- Thu, 21:29: The most excited down 12 crowd you'll ever see
- Thu, 21:40: Guys keep leaving a man wide open over confusion about who is supposed to stay in place. *sigh*
- Fri, 20:10: Pacers missing over 2/3 of their shots. Quelle suprise.
- Thu, 19:33: Dear refs: lifting your pivot foot is a travel, not a sneaky way to draw a foul. Kisses, me.
- Mon, 19:35: OK so far. What happens when SA starts hitting their shots remains to be seen.
- Mon, 19:42: And of course, within 5 minutes of setting foot on the floor as a Pacer, Lawson gets hurt. We need an exorcist.
- Mon, 19:56: And Mahinmi gets away with a clobber under the Spurs' basket.
- Mon, 20:23: The aromatic nature of these officials is rather appalling.
- Mon, 20:32: Well, the good news is that the Pacers aren't waiting until the 4th to make their nega-move.
- Fri, 19:03: #PacersGameNight with my gal https://t.co/1O2Ya6wHU4
- Fri, 19:23: Normal Pacers first quarter of shots rimming out. What if they started markups at 6?
- Fri, 20:41: Good news - PG not given flagrant foul for non-basketball play of hitting Hornet knee with the back of his head.
- Fri, 20:48: Free Throws for this team are precious. Need to not waste 're.
Started the day by pumping in construction adhesive and putting the soap dish in. I got the towel bar, shower rod, and shower nozzle bracket back in place, then ran into Problem.
The thickness of the wall (or, more precisely, the half-inch less thickness due to being, you know, actually square) at the faucet handles and spout has left a gap behind the handle trim and spigot. Oh, well, it's temporary, so Mr. Caulk Is Your Friend.
Unfortunately, when installing the spout, the plastic insert adapting the 1/2" cast iron pipe to the 3/4" spout stripped. I had a bit of panic because I was at first unsure if this was a standard piece or something special created for the house at some point (which would necessitate calling the plumber to replace the pipe and probably tearing out some of the tile so recently replaces), but after cleaning off the pipe it became clear that this was an adapter. Trip to Menards - my usual go-to for things appropriate for 135-year-old houses - was unsuccessful, as in the plumbing area they have not heard of such a thing. I got a brass adapter that I was able to use to clean out the rusted threads and confirm that all that was necessary was an adapter, though using it would cause the spout to stick out a further inch or so from the wall.
Today, I will be using Google-fu to try to find said adapter - and it is possible it was at Menards in the department where they actually sell said spouts, which is not the same as the plumbing department. I am also contemplating getting a die for 1/2" NPT thread so I can carefully screw it onto the existing pipe, cut off the offending extra length of pipe so the spout will install flush, then back out the die to re-cut the damaged threads. I know I can do this with a nut on softer materials, I'm just not confident it will work on cast iron.
So, unfortunately, ladyat will not have her shower back tomorrow as originally thought...