Eaglet Update

Alert…Alert…we interrupt your regularly scheduled posting to bring you and urgent update…wow…posts only 2 days apart which is sorta quick given our current dindunuffin status but we have news.

As you know…our local eagles Harriet and M15 laid 2 eggs back before Christmas of which one hatched and the second never did, but the eaglet that hatched died back in late January or early February as it broke a blood feather overnight somehow and bled out. The humans ‘round these parts figured that they were done for the year and Neil wondered every time he drove by the nest site why there were still people out taking pictures and watching the nest with no eaglets to see and the adult eagles rarely being seen when he went by.

Well…turns out that the eagles got it on again and Harriet laid another 2 eggs in late February…we didn’t know this until on the evening news 2 days ago there was a live report from our local NBC affiliate that Harriet and M15 had a new baby in the nest. We checked the eagle cam (google Fort Myers Eagle Cam or go to
Eagle Cam
 and sho’nuff…there was an itty bitty eaglet there along with another egg with a pip (crack where it is starting to hatch) on it.

We checked back this morning…we wuz up early to be able to reserve a pickup time at Wally World for vittles…and the first eaglet (E15) is now 2 days old with the second egg having a wing outside the shell as of yesterday afternoon just before sunset. I dunno whether that’s a good sign or not…sun hasn’t come up yet and the camera doesn’t have night vision…we’ll have to wait and see what happens…mebbe by the time Ima done with this missive there will be enough light for a live report.

Hmmmmm…oh yeah, Wally World pickup. Given the crowds in the store we figgered we would give the pickup thing a try. Essentially you go their website and select your home store…then search and add stuff to your cart. Searching for say black beans gives you a list of choices so you can pick the brand you like (we generally get Bush’s or Goya) and add the items to your cart. There’s some minor issues with the site…for instance searching for pork chops gives you assorted ham options and no other search term will get your basic pork chops as an option…but whatever. Once you get your cart full you can reserve a pickup time…the options are restricted to today and tomorrow with new slots being released “every morning” whatever that means…and when we filled our cart yesterday evening there were no slots available. Since we are up by about 0600 anyway most days albeit usually we’re still dozing in our recliners, praying, twittering, or doing various other highly important web browsing for whatever…we went online and lo and behold there were slots available for pretty much anytime Friday. We selected 1000-1100, added a couple more items to our cart that we figured out after we wuz done yesterday, and checked out. Got an email with our order listed and we’ll get another one tomorrow when it’s ready. Once we receive that you check in with their Grocery App and show up to pick up your stuff. 

There are options to either allow substitutions or not…this allows the shopper to give you a different brand or whatever if a particular item is out of stock. You can either allow the substitutions globally when you order or disallow them for particular items. You’ll always pay the price for what you ordered even if a substitute is more expensive, they apparently tell you at pickup what they substituted, and you can reject any you don’t want. Sounds good…but the proof is in the puddin’ as they say…we’ll have to see how things turn out tomorrow and I will let y’all know.

After our pickup…we’ll update our grocery list on our phones…and then run by the Winn Dixie to get anything that Wally was out of as well as run into the likker store and get some more hootch…with no outside social activities we just have Happy Hour at Connor O’Laubenthals Pub here on Long Pond Road.

Speaking of grocery lists…if ya’ll are still using that ole pencil and paper thingy to keep track of it…ya gotta move into the digital age. If you check out the App Store on your platform of choice…there are a multitude of both free and paid apps that will do this for ya…but after trying a whole bunch of the free ones and determining that…well, they suck…Neil figgered out the optimum solution and I will tellya what it is so you don’t have to redo his research. Anylist is what you want…it’s available on both iPhones and Macs as well as SOB (some other brand) and on the web. Anylist is free and lets ya make up any number of different lists…we got Groceries and Home Depot. It lets you sort by department, remembers previous items ya put on there so you can type Bl and it will offer black beans, and includes a basic list of items so’s you can type in sumtin’ ya never bought before…Brussel Sprouts for instance and I can pretty much guarantee that has never appeared on our list…and by the time ya get Bruss typed in it offers ‘em up.

Now obviously the Anylist folks gotta make some scratch somehow…so’s what they do is this. If’n ya just want to use it say on your phone…then it costs ya nothin’, nada, zilch, zippo, absolutely no cash outa your pocket into theirs. However…if ya pay em the outrageous sum of like 7 bucks a year with one of dem “in app purchases”…then it will synchronize to however many things ya want. We got it syncing to both our iPads, both our iPhones, both our ‘puters, and the web so anything we pickup has our current grocery list on it and we can add sometin’ to it from pretty much anyplace…and poof, Shazam it practically instantaneously shows up on the other places. We tend to separate sometimes in da store to minimize wasted time and walkin’ round and if Connie is over in say the laundry aisle and pics up bleach or whatevers…she double taps it on her phone and it either gets a red line through it or disappears if you have “unchecked items only visible” selected on her iPhone…and if Neil is over in say da produce are gettin’ limes for cocktails at Happy Hour den bleach or whatevers disappears off’n his list too. Pretty darn slick if’n ya ask me…but Neil tells me it ain’t magic, just the miracles of digital devices with cloud synchronization in da internet age.

Connie’s been keeping up her dead people research…also known as genealogy on ancestry.com and she keeps finding out all dis cool stuff ‘bout our ancestors. For instance…Neil is a direct descendent of Emperor Charlemagne…ya know, da dude that ruled most of Western Europe back in the late 700s and early 800s. Figgering 20odd years per generation…dat makes him something like Neil’s 60th great granddaddy. He’s also descended from the bastard son of some French nobleman back in the 1600s or 1700s. And then there’s Humphrey Bogart…although not a direct descendant there…she didn’t figger out the ‘xact relationship there but it’s something like the 18th cousin 6 times removed…or sumtin’ like that. I understand the cousin thing but the whole times removed, which has something to do with how many generations apart the cousin thing happens…well, that just don’t make a lick o’ sense to me…but then Ima bear and we don’t have ‘nuff brain cells to keep track of stuff like that. On her side…well, she’s unhappy that she ain’t found anybody famous yet…but she did find a couple of first cousins that got married…back that ain’t even legal nowadays but it ‘parently wuz back in the 1600s or whatever in Sweden. She also found out that her sainted mother was not 100% Swedish as she always thought but only 98.64% or sumtin’ like that cuz there was this lone Frenchman who moved to Sweden and seduced one of female ancestors.

Well…da sun be up now and I can see the nest on the eagle cam…but alls I can see is Harriet brooding the eaglet and egg…it’s only 60something degrees this AM…so no further report on the progress of hatchin’ for da second egg…Ima gonna have to let ya know ‘bout that next time I reckon.

In today’s Corona news…

Yep…only in the People’s Republic of Californiastan…this numbnuts train engineer yesterday deliberately derailed a train into the hospital ship USNS Mercy as it was docked in LA…ran da train at full speed off the end of the tracks, through some concrete barriers, through some chains (like that’s gonna stop a train, what wuz they thinkin’), crost a parking lot and slides to a stop 250 yards from the ship. He…Eduraro Moreno age 44…ran from the scene but wuz ‘rrested and taken to the big hoosegow fer questionin’…where it said that he dun did it all bys hisself cuz he wuz suspicious of the ship’s intentions and was sure it wuz a gummint takeover. He missed the ship but did spill a passle of diesel fuel all over da docks and into the harbor…but den dat water in the LA harbor ain’t very clean anyways. Send him off to da big house…or better yet just string the sum’bitch from the nearest light pole.

Wackaloons…the PRC is full of em.

One of our travel blogger buddies…Gary…well, he put up a post yesterday ‘bout 11 rarely visited National Parks in North America that ya could visit during the lockdown…but then with the lockdown nuttin is open and all of em require some various combination of boat, train, plane, ATV, and dogsled to get to…so Ima thinking that he didn’t quite think that idea through ‘fore he wrote ‘bout it. Dey would be good for social distancing once ya got there though…a couple of them had massive numbers of visitors in 2019 like 175.

Over in Texas way…there were these 70 Gen Z college student idiot morons who…after the lockdowns started ya know…chartered demselves a plane and flew down to Cabo for Spring Break ‘afore flying home. Yup…ya guessed it…28 of dem dumbasses now got da virus…but heck, dey ain’t skairt of nuttin’ since brain dead teenagers are immune to death ya know (and yes, I know they’re actually over the age of 21 and technically not teenagers anymore…but typically the brain dead teenager mental mindset extends to at least 25, mebbe even 30 in some cases).

Best Korea…ya know, da one ruled by Rocketman Kim…they report they dun got no corona…nope, none atall.

Speakin’ of dumbasses…Representative Jim Banks of Indiana has demanded that the State Department investigate the disappearance in China of 3 Chinese citizen “journalists” who were investigatin’ the origins and numbers of cases of the corona in Wuhan. Now mind ya…these are Chinese citizens and while they may (or may not but probably have) been disappeared by the Chinese gummint…they’re in China for crikey’s sake and we in the US ain’t got any jurisdiction over there so just what in the heck does dis idiot think we can do about it. Sure…if dey wuz disappeared dat would be a bad thing under our laws…but dem Chines jus’ don’t give a frick ‘bout our laws since we ain’t in charge of them.

Ms. Pelosi…well, she dun got herself a wundermous idea…at least she thinks so. As you may or may not know depending on how close you follow the tax laws and whether you are a resident of NY, CT, or CA…the tax law passed in 2017 limited the amount one can deduct form your federal 1040 for state and local taxes to $10,000…at the time those states screamed that the law was discriminating against them because their taxes were so high and the majority in the Congress said that your taxes are so high because you have so many bloated programs and the rest of the US should not subsidize your foolishness in tax policy. Anyway…that’s the law. So her…just ask her…brilliant idea is that this limit should be retroactively lifted to put “more money in worker’s pockets”. Unfortunately…there are more holes in this idea than a cheese grater…in the first place, it would only help those rich bastards that the Democrats love to hate on even through they already got theirs…in the second place it would only help blue far left leaning states who are the ones with the dumb tax policies…and in the third place if she thinks that this is anything but a partisan demand for liberal/socialist policies then she has gone even more senile than most Republicans think she already is. Even Business Insider…which is typically left of center but not wacko left of center…has said her idea won’t help those that actually need help but will benefit the rich…ya know, the people Democrats hate. She and Mr. Schumer are already demanding another stimulus bill to be passed and once again will try and pile all their partisan demands into it. Nothing wrong with partisan demands being placed into bills in normal times…both sides do it whenever and wherever they can…but these ain’t normal times and if you’re working on a virus stimulus bill then you pretty much lose all credibility if you try to pile a whole bunch of partisan demands that the other side doesn’t want and that have nothing to do with the virus into it…like funding for PBS, requirements for mandatory diversity on corporate boards, and more solar panel factories.

So the administration…they’ve got this new plan for regime change in Venezuela. In case you haven’t kept up with this…the Communist socialist dictator in charge Maduro keeps winning the elections…which his opposition says is because they keep rigging the elections. So …Guaidó…who is the head of the legislature and the head of the opposition…well, he appointed himself the real President of Venezuela back in 2019 under the legislature’s view of article 233 of their constitution. Based on my reading of that article…well, it depends on whether you’re on Maduro’s side or Guidaó’s side because the article says “when the president-elect is absolutely absent before taking office, a new election shall take place (…) And while the president is elected and takes office, the interim president shall be the president of the National Assembly”.

After Guaidó declared himself President, their Supreme Court declare Maduro President and the legislature null and void…both sides appealed to the UN which amazingly enough was deadlocked and did nothing…and countries around the world started taking sides. Those with democratic or non dictatorship governments say Guaidó…those with strongman governments say Maduro and there we sit with both sides down there taking pot shots at each other, the economy in a shambles, and the pro Guaidó countries implementing pretty severe economic sanctions which made the problems worse.

Then along comes corona…so the administration has proposed a new plan…but naturally this plan favors the side we like…funny how that happens. Under the plan…both Maduro and Guaidó will step down and an 5 person governing council will be formed. Four of these people will be appointed by the legislature (which is dominated by the opposition and Mr. Guaidó) and the 5th, who will be the head of the council will be appointed by the first 4. The council will rule the country until a new election for both the legislature and President is held…in such an election Mr. Guaidó may run but Mr. Maduro may not run…and the election must be monitored by “independent election monitors” who will be presumably appointed by either the US or countries who like the US are on Mr. Guaidó’s side.

Now while Mr. Maduro is a communist and socialist who has arguably bankrupted the country and enriched himself and his cronies according to everybody who’s not on Mr. Maduro’s side…but whether that’s true or not doesn’t really matter…what matters is should the US and the rest of the world who doesn’t like Mr. Maduro be in charge of regime change in Venezuela…and at least from what I’ve read Mr. Guaidó ain’t really that much of a white knight either but as I said that’s neither here or there

Anyways…in support of this idea, the administration will lift all sanctions on the country as soon as the new governing council is in charge…never mind that most of the sanctions that affect medical or humanitarian relief have already been temporarily waived.

Yeah…sounds like a really fair deal to me. Me…I don’t give a hoot ‘bout Venezuela or their government…it ain’t our country and while they do have a dictator and a lousy economy…so do a number of other places in Asia, Africa, South America and elsewhere and worldwide regime change ain’t covered in the US of A’s job requirements. Yeah…we’re the only superpower left and there’s some validity in saying that we need to be the official world police but until the rest of the world agrees with that idea I’m not sure how strongly we should take that job.

Last week in Texas…at a Sam’s Club of all places…an Asian-American family was attacked and 3 members were wounded including a 2 year old by a 19 year old nutcase who thought they were Chinese and were spreading the virus…it only took authorities 2 weeks after his confession as to why he did it to classify it as a hate crime. And no…before you think it…it wasn’t a white nationalist. Guy’s name is Jose L. Gomez. And no…again…before you think it was an illegal immigrant…no information regarding his citizenship was given so he could either be a natural born citizen with a Spanish name, a legal immigrant, a citizen who was a legal immigrant, or an illegal.

From the “HoAs will be HoAs” department…up in Jacksonville a couple whose husband works for the DoD and the wife is a nurse at the local hospital…she’s been working from home triaging calls and managing patients but because of staff illnesses will soon have to go into the hospital to work. They have a special needs daughter in the house and she might become infected at the hospital…so they moved their RV from storage to their driveway to pre-stage it as an isolation location should that happen. Now most HoA rules prohibit putting an RV in your driveway since they deem it to be a nuisance…and there’s no problem with that…but one would think that HoA management would use their noggins (yeah, like that’s gonna happen)…and talk to the owner. But no…after a couple of days the Magnolia Point HoA…no relation to our Magnolia Landing HoA…without talking to the couple…taped a note to it saying to remove it immediately or else they would get fined $1,000. The owners tried to talk to the HoA president who…according to the article at Newsweek.com…refused to negotiate with her. Newsweek reports that they reached out to the HoA president but she did not respond back in time for publication. Now I’m all for HoA rules…well, actually I’m not because they’re frequently stupid but they are the rules and if you move into a community with an HoA you’re bound by the deed to follow the rules…and really, the owners should probably have reached out to the HoA to get approval ahead of time…but then we’ve reached out to our HoA folks and they are mostly not very responsive at the best of times and even less so now that they’re short staffed and working from home…but once contacted one would think that the HoA just might see their way clear to be reasonable…but that’s about as likely as them using their noggins.

Yeah…dumbasses all the way ‘round the world…but then as Neil is fond of saying…”People are stupid”…he also says that they’re buttholes too…actually he says that first.

Looks like the lockdown will extend through April and May at this point… 

In good news though…hopefully it will become a trend…Shenzhen China has become the first city in the country to ban the sale or consumption of dogs or house cats.

Still no report on the second eagle egg hatching…and while the sun is well up now the camera just shows Harriet brooding on the nest with neither E15 or the egg visible.

Interesting things found on the net.

T-shirts you might need.

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My fave of these…and it’s not even close.

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The full time RV travels and experiences of Gunther the Bear and Kara the Dog…along with their human staff neil and Connie.
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