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Well, they have expanded the evacuation zone to about 1.5 miles from my home

I'm just southwest of Bonney Lake, WA. They have named it the Sumner Grade fire.


I need to pack up and go up to my daughter's house before noon today when the wind is expected to pick up, as it is headed in my direction. I'll take my laptop with me so that I can keep up with the news. I hope I can get my cat into the cat carrier. Wish me luck!
Posted by Trailrider1951 | Wed Sep 9, 2020, 12:13 PM (26 replies)

Here's a picture of the temperature at my house yesterday afternoon

I live in western Washington state, between Orting and Puyallup. Inside it was 79* with the air conditioner running full blast. Outside temperature was in the shade on my covered patio. I really feel sorry for you folks in the South and Southwest! Keep cool, if you can!
Posted by Trailrider1951 | Mon Aug 17, 2020, 02:07 PM (4 replies)

Giant sign a few miles north of me


Posted by Trailrider1951 | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 12:05 PM (0 replies)

Attention Amateur Photographers: Photo contest at Recreation.gov

Announcement page here:


Good Luck! Show us your beauties!
Posted by Trailrider1951 | Fri Jul 24, 2020, 04:59 PM (0 replies)

Holy shit! Gov DeSantis heckled right now!

watch here: https://www.cbsnews.com/

click unmute button to watch
Posted by Trailrider1951 | Mon Jul 20, 2020, 12:20 PM (16 replies)

Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' free to rent, includes discussion on race, change

Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ free to rent, includes discussion on race, change

Link is here: https://www.kiro7.com/news/trending/spike-lees-do-right-thing-free-rent-includes-discussion-race-change/QZIWQO3QWRFDXOPKZXEV4TSTNI/

The movie will be available through Sunday on Amazon, Apple, Charter, Comcast, Google, Redbox, Vudu and other platforms for free streaming. I've never seen this movie, and will not pass up the opportunity to view it.
Posted by Trailrider1951 | Tue Jun 23, 2020, 03:08 PM (0 replies)

Neil Young

Comes a time:

Just because....
Posted by Trailrider1951 | Wed May 13, 2020, 11:38 PM (0 replies)

Question regarding the anti-viral wipes

I have been unable to find them at my local grocery store after March 12. I did have most of a large canister of the Lysol wipes left over from our last family camp-out, and half a regular-sized canister of wipes in my car. I use the ones in my car for disinfecting my hands after a trip to the store and the ones at home to disinfect store purchases and delivered packages. I've noticed that the wipes themselves are made of a sturdy cloth-like fabric that is probably not as degradable in the land fill as are paper products. Can I re-use these wipes instead of throwing them away? I though about putting the used wipes in a plastic container and spraying them until moist with a 10% bleach solution and re-using and therefore recycling them would be a good choice. Please give my your opinions as to whether or not to re-use the wipes. Thanks for your input!
Posted by Trailrider1951 | Sat May 2, 2020, 03:21 PM (24 replies)

You know that extra $600 a week unemployment benefit that passed congress has finally

showed up. I got this e-mail this morning from my state's Employment Security department:

Employment security department

You’ll automatically get the extra $600 per week.
You don’t need to request it – you’ll start seeing those payments as soon as this week.
There’s only one exception: People who receive in-training benefits won’t get it.

Extend your benefits by 13 weeks.
Continue filing your weekly claims.
As soon as you see the option to file an “PEUC claim”, do it as soon as possible. Watch for this alert in eServices after April 18. It should appear in the same place you click to file a weekly claim, and will show up as you are nearing the end of the typically available 26 weeks of benefits.

This will extend your benefits by 13 weeks under the federal CARES Act.

Job search is optional.
On your weekly claim, say “no” on job search: It won’t affect your benefit.
Job search is currently optional as a result of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” initiative. We still encourage you to look for work during this time if you are laid off, but it is not required, so selecting no is the best option. Changes to job search requirements will be posted on our website at esd.wa.gov.

There’s always something new to learn on ESD.WA.GOV.
Take a look at the updated website. It has a new look and new information that will answer most of your questions.
Have you checked out the worker Q&A on our COVID-19 webpage lately? We update it constantly with new information about the federal stimulus legislation.

Guess I can make rent next month, and make a much-needed pilgrimage to my local grocery store. As to my $1200 stimulus, well, it is still MIA.
Posted by Trailrider1951 | Sun Apr 19, 2020, 07:57 PM (0 replies)

How about a few words of real leadership from a real president:

FDR's first inaugural speech, March, 1933:

Posted by Trailrider1951 | Sun Mar 22, 2020, 02:23 PM (2 replies)
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