Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Monday, December 28, 2020

Friday, December 25, 2020

Accidental leak?

A couple of days ago I was watching the old people news when a story about a new automated delivery vehicle popped up.  

To Mr S. I said - why are they putting bags from Fry's Electronics in this AV? When we backed the segment up, they had the below image up. 

Now unless you know the history of The Valley - this means nothing to you. But Fry's Electronics actually started out as a supermarket. I used to work with one of the heirs at a tech company. Honestly - THE tech company. None of you would be on the internet without them.

But, that would honestly be a brilliant move to go back to their roots. They have the building space! And honestly, it would be so Silicon Valley. Just when you think they are dead......

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

This is my favorite decoration this year. He was quite hard to get as airflow was on high.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Yeah, COVID again I guess.

As COVID-19 explodes, was California too strict for its own good?

I am really getting tired of this shit. To preface - I have never been in favor of the lockdowns. I can dredge up old posts from way back in March if needed. I have ALWAYS said they don't work. They make people want to flee. It's human nature! Which obviously is the opposite of what you want.

Having said that - this is complete garbage. And I know this because the WHOLE fucking summer we gleefully locked down because the sky was filled with smoke so thick you had ONE MILE visibility. No one wanted to be out in that. As proof, you can see I was blogging about this Oct 1. This is roughly where the first arrow is above.

I ate inside of a restaurant the weekend after Nov 11 for my anniversary. We knew it was going to shut down soon. So, INDOOR dining stopped somewhere around the middle of November. Roughly around where the second arrow is. The amount of people in there was ~right~ at the line I felt comfortable. I had eaten inside a couple of times by that point, but inside dining had been going on for around a month. All of these stories about California being too strict are just ignoring the reality and filling a narrative.

I just wish that people who have NOT been out in the economy would shut the fuck up. I am not in favor of the lockdowns, but the truth of the matter is - if you keep letting us come - we will. And that is what is causing the spread. Sick of this shit.

Monday, December 21, 2020

The machines got tired of being yelled at.

Today I found out that the bots have starting calling people who answer your questions "consultants" on phone trees now. Which is not nearly as satisfying to scream into the phone as OPERATOR! Nothing makes me as fighting mad as phone trees. Colossal waste of time.

When I told Mr S of this new development he said - well yeah, they got tired of being yelled at. Next they will call themselves "conversation artists."

Try screaming that into a phone. It ~is~ sort of so ridiculous that it takes the mad out of it.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Late crawl.

I'm getting a late start this year. And I'm sort of bored of Santas riding motorcycles so.....

This neighborhood has a theme I love. Every few years they get a new entrant. Martini and wine are OG's,  but over the years they added champaign and beer stein. (Not lit up tonight) 

This years new player is....... Coors light can! It made me so happy to see it because you try to think of all the new possibilities. Like shot glass I guess? How far can they take this?

Friday, December 18, 2020

And ....we are back at this stage.

I think the theory that everyone has already come into contact with Covid and has some sort of herd immunity can be proven to be bullshit.

And before everyone gets their fur up - that was also Mr. S's working theory - SO JUST STOP.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

California is about to go into some serious hibernation. Hospital capacity throughout the whole State is torched. 

Southern California is at zero percent, as is the Marin area. Santa Clara won't be far behind. The burbs are in the best shape so far.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

California opens COVID-19 field hospitals across the state ... 

But ......just yesterday Zero Hedge was saying we had ample capacity across the country. Said in the most sarcastic way.

So frustrating. We've wasted an entire year on this shit.

Monday, December 14, 2020

What makes me laugh today is.....

Texas and the Conservatives clucking about how Oracle/HP/ and Tesla are moving there. Pro tip - We aren't sending you our best!  And Texas is acting like it's the score of the century. So funny. You can have these dinosaurs. Obviously Tesla is not a dinosaur, they are just a welfare queen. Good riddance.

Oracle is flatlined for the past 10 years. Amazon and others are eating their lunch. They aren't yet Intel, but they are definitely on the downslope. You can have Intel too if you want if it would make you feel better! I say these companies are a net suck.

Oh but wait - Schwab is also moving there. So surely I am wrong. Nope - that's another loser. Revenue down 19%.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Friday, December 11, 2020

This is how delusional this market is.

I was talking to this guy I know and he tells me his stocks aren't doing well all of a sudden. I tell him - be really careful - the market is at an all time high. Which of course he shrugs off because I'm always telling people to be careful. I'm fine with it.

Then he says, if I lose money on these spec stocks it will only be a couple grand. Then he goes...."I missed out on Doordash. It got too high".

I'm like - Doordash is exactly why you should be nervous. It's flashing a huge warning sign for the economy. Of course he looks at me puzzled. So I go on.

All of these restaurants are closing! - I say.

He replies - yeah, but you can even have McDonalds Doordashed these days. 

Me - Have you seen the McDonalds drive through line lately? In San Fransisco 60% of the restaurants have just closed. Whatever percent of nothing.... is still nothing!

As a side note - the ONLY restaurant I see thriving is Chikfila. It's crazy honestly. Landlords are suing them because their parking lots are unusable due to the lines.

One place I frequent in my city shut down the last quarantine. I was JUST in there on Sunday and they said they were going to stay open. Literally four days later they told me they were thinking about hibernating. Which is the new restaurant trend to stay alive. You shut down and preserve capitol. I personally think the just the propane costs would make things untenable right now. Hibernation is probably less expensive.

All I know is that everybody is in the water and specs are going to get killed. Literally every stock I look at these days is up 100 percent this year if not more. This is fucking ridiculous and it going to end in tears. I don't know how.....but everyone is completely oblivious to fear because apparently money DOES grow on trees. Contrary to what my family told me.

There is no greater joy right now than an ~entire~ freeway doing 85MPH.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

How soon we forget the past.

Every generation gets the chance of getting beat to a bloody pulp.

Also this.


This is from a few days ago I think. Time has no meaning. 

We have only had one tiny storm for November and December, so you are going to start hearing all of us Californians bitching about that. 

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

I think I'm really mad at Republicans.

I want to start by saying that I think Trump was robbed. I also think if it wasn't a close election they wouldn't have been able to manufacture the outcome.

I don't love everything he says, but I think MAGA people got over confident and kinda became assholes. I think the whole COVID denial thing turned off a lot of people who might have crossed the isle. 

Most importantly I think they lost sight of the true freedom they are losing. It is so infantile to complain about masks when Joe Biden is a puppet for China. He has been since I was a kid. Hilary and Joe sold military secrets to China every since I can remember! 

Anyone who doesn't think China is a threat - look at what going on with China v Australia! They are buying up islands and then baring Australians from living on them for fucks sakes. I will try to find the link. It was a few days ago.

Those countries have no backup now. They wouldn't have been snippy with China if it wasn't for Trump. The only way these countries gain a backbone is with American support.

I'm just pissed.

Everybody just had to tap-dance on the rattlesnake den.

Hospital ICUs full in Silicon Valley, Central Valley as California braces for more.

My Aunt has been in the hospital almost the entire pandemic. She went in around April. I never thought she would make it out as the floors filled up with Covid patients. They saved her and she was scheduled to be released. 

But......she came into contact with someone who was infected - BECAUSE SHE'S IN A HOSPITAL,  and now she is doing her best impression of that guy who lived in an airport for a while. She is in quarantine in the hospital. Bet you didn't know that could happen. Me neither.

She's scheduled to be released around Christmas if she doesn't get re-quarantined. And hopefully some asshole won't kill her after she gets out.

The absurdity of it all.

All of this will fade away like tears in rain. This is is the most ridiculous bubble in history. As will this fake ass inflation. People didn't learn ANYTHING from the housing bubble.

All of these restaurants on the verge of bankruptcy and this FUCKING company is up 80% 85%?! How are they going to make any money when all these resteraunts close?  I hope these people lose all their money because door dash rapes restaurants.

I have eaten at restaurants literally at least once every week the whole pandemic. I wanted to help save who I could. A couple of days ago I told Mr S. - you can't save everybody. It feels like Schindler's List but for restaurants. And yes I know this is inappropriate. I know this isn't an exact equivalency, but you get the idea. 

It's just so frustrating to see people's lives be ruined because other people won't follow the rules. It's infuriating! 

A few days ago I got a notice from a place in Middle California because if you pay via square you are forever on their spam list. But this is the sad truth and I wish everyone would fucking stop acting out.

Friday, December 04, 2020

 Pretty fun to see Disney almost hitting an all time high when they are laying off 30,000 people. Said in the most sarcastic way.

 I have to say..... Christmas music in the stores during a pandemic takes this whole surreal year to a whole nuther level.

And I guess we aren't going to get any rain this year. feels ZERO percent like the holidays.

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Still delightful.

Yes, People.... there is still some tech happening. Looking Glass seems to be making progress on their displays.  I ~love~ this scrappy little company. 

Of course I don't have first hand eyes on this, but Mr S. got to play with one about a year ago. So, this is not vaporware. I can't wait for the day when we all can ~see~ stuff again.

Remember when we thought ~this~ was a bubble?


Yesterdays news.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Friday, November 27, 2020

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

I suppose it would be wrong to tie a red balloon to his little foot. Or maybe one that says Get Well.

Stay safe everyone. Don't wind up like this guy.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Nothing matters until it does.

I would be lying if I didn't say I was really disappointed in my party. Everyone acting out was a complete distraction that could have been used to tell these dummies the good things Trump has accomplished. Like save their houses. I don't think the Republicans did anything to help Trump. It's really frustrating.  Everything he has done is going to be wiped out. And it turns out the swamp was just vacationing in Cancun.

This economy is so effing levered up, and backdoor Bernie is going to raise taxes on everyone. And I'm gonna laugh when people start losing their houses. Because they should have thought of that shit. 

Student loan delinquencies are lower than before the pandemic. As are credit card delinquencies, car delinquencies, and foreclosures. Credit scores have actually gone up! Read:

No Payment, No Problem: In Rosy World of Forbearance, Official Delinquencies Plunge, Credit Scores of Delinquent Borrowers Jump.

Also read:

In the housing crisis of the Obama years - that didn't happen. He was happy to give money to the banks and let them stall out the process for helping borrowers.

I thought I'd post this handy updated QE chart contributing to ALL of this shit. I'm sure everyone put that extra money they got under Trump in the bank for hard times. Right? Said in the most sarcastic way. I already know the answer.

Additionally....if the Democrats didn't like how Trump was handling the virus... just wait and see. Trump was able to pivot quickly to circumstance. Dinosaur Joe and all his retreads just makes me shake my head. But you have to deal with things as they are - not how you want them to be.


Monday, November 23, 2020

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Friday, November 20, 2020

What comes after helicopter money?


I will be calling the new administration backdoor Bernie. Because all of the financial illiterates have come out to play.  And Kamala doesn't know math. She's never had a real job.

The only fun is knowing that these idiots don't know what is coming for them. People vote against their best interest all the of time. We have never had a recession before where peoples finances were better than pre-ressession. And as you can see from existing home sales.......people don't normally buy houses in the type of climate we have. People are ~all~ technically poorer, but the life saving measures that Trump put in made it so no one lost their houses. In fact sales grew about 26%. Because that makes sense. Obama didn't save anyones houses.

Last night they were talking to a restaurant owner on the old people news who just paid 10 grand to enclose a deck. And now he's not even going to be able to use it because we are all going into lockdown. Yet people are just partying like it's 1999. I would guess that plastic enclosure I just talked about has to be in the 30 grand range.

The world is just completely insane right now.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Audit California.

I was right about California. Biden wasn't going to win in a landslide. When I took this shot Trump got 34.06% of the vote. Now it's up to 34.20%. Funny it's not easy to get this same information from Google. I had to use Bing. 

They still have 3% to count. I think Trump could get 35% which isn't bad for California. Let's audit this State and see what the real number is. If he even made it to 40%, that would be astonishing.

Also, it just occurred to me that if Trump doesn't win, he should run for Governor of California. Now that would be some funny shit.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Winter is probably a restaurant extinction event.

Everywhere I have been over the past month or two restaurants are building outdoor dining space. But this one made my jaw drop. It's literally bigger than the whole original restaurant. Which makes me wonder how much that crap costs. I don't know how any of these places are affording the extra costs. But it sure is making inflation look way hotter than it is.

I was picking up take out food a couple of days ago and noticed they had indoor dining. So I asked how long they'd been doing it. She said three weeks but obviously was stressed because "no one wants to eat outside". And we all know everything is getting shut down soon. If your takeout game isn't solid, you probably aren't making it.

I never thought this would go on as long as it has. Not in a million years.

I forget when I got this one because time is infinite yet meaningless.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

My rabbits ear is growing rabbit ears.

Lacy is going in for surgery this week to have ..... this .... removed. I have actually been dealing with it for most of the year. I never get normal stuff. It's really just a skin tag. Oddly enough. Apparently they can grow stalagmites. They called it something else. I forget.

In May I had my regular vet try to freeze it off. And nothing happened. By the time I needed to bring her back, everybody was in serious lockdown. All of a sudden you had to smuggle your pet into the back door of the clinic, and you can't come in. You think things are crazy in normal medical land, try needing something for your bunny. Vets obviously are ALL in the high risk category, so I get it. It takes a long time to become a vet. 

When my next appointment time had arrived they called to say they were out of freeze spray and didn't know when they were getting more.  Because supply chains broken.

A couple of months passed and this thing started to grow wings, and I tried to schedule it to be burned off, and I found out the bunny anesthesiologist had retired and they were sending me to their sister clinic in another city. 

If I had to go to someone I didn't know I might as well try a different vet in my city who has a special exotic ward. Which I am. But I'm fairly anxious. It's right by her ear vein. And I have never even put eyes on this doctor. Only a phone convo. I've been waiting for her surgery for a month.

Friday, November 13, 2020

I guess I'm going to wade back in....

At the risk of alienating EVERYONE.

I haven't been writing down my thoughts the past few months because I'm just frustrated. I was hoping by now the election would be over and I could talk openly without getting harassed by people in my own party. 

I'm extremely frustrated that we are 9/10 months into this virus and we are still fighting about the exact same exact shit. This whole thing has just turned into a fuck you - no FUCK YOU - match. And I get it. As a Republican in CaliforniaI understand being mistreated by the other side. But the last few months ~our~ side has just been obnoxious. And I can't figure out who they belong to. Never Trumpers, anti vaxers, tea party. I'm not sure. But, Trump was the only candidate that could have pulled from both parties, and this behavior turned a lot off people. No one could have possibly believed the virus was a hoax and that it was going away without a vaccine. Right? It defies common sense! Everyone could see with their stupid eyes this wasn't going away. 

For a group that talks about their "freedom" to not wear a mask, it's become depressingly clear that property rights are completely dead. I wouldn't dream of stepping on someones' property and not abiding by their rules. And I guess I feel like if you think wearing a mack infringes on your freedom, you don't quite understand what freedom is about. 

I'm honestly pissed that Trump didn't get out in front of this virus issue and say - this virus is serious, but thankfully manageable. Do the responsible thing. That he even let this be a talking point for the Dems is fucking irritating. The whole thing has been a fucking distraction that could have been used to beat Biden around the head about selling America out to every other fucking nation. I honestly didn't even think this guy had a chance. And yes I do believe in voter fraud. Every single person believes in voter fraud until their guy is winning. If he just would have told people to follow protocols, we could have all voted in person.

And then finally.... if Trump doesn't prevail with recounts, not a single person on earth has been talking about this economy. It's like we are living a fever dream. Trump has thrown everything financially at this economy including the kitchen sink. I would dare say that he has printed more money than Obama now and it is so deeply irritating because if people would just fucking stop acting out we could try to get back to some type of normal. I railed at Obama for eight fucking years over this kind of money printing. And now people just think it's normal. Bush really did destroy capitalism.

Biden is never going to be able to reproduce the enthusiasm that Trump is able to produce. What financial runway does he even have?! And he gets to try to shut down the country because people couldn't fucking act right.


Additionally I'm pretty annoyed with this narrative if people can protest, I can ignore the protocols. It's just another form of acting out. How are we suppose to break that shit up? Tell me? How? And to some degree we don't care if those people get infected. 

People have it in their power right now to make things better, but they just won't. It's astonishing honestly. Two years ago EVERYONE wanted to save the world. Buuuut..... not if it means wearing a mask I guess. Some days/weeks the world is just really disappointing. Good job America.

Thursday, November 05, 2020

 I think it's safe to say that Californians ruined Nevada. Georgia and Arizona.

On the flip side..... California voting was the most rational I've ever seen it. They voted down rent control and affirmative action. And when I say "they" of course I vote but what I think doesn't matter. Obvi. 

On the whole I was shocked those didn't pass. But glad. Again Obvi.

Monday, November 02, 2020