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what's been floating my boat lately:

"How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think."
-Hitler-
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
-Albert Einstein-

10/19/21 (20:23)

  • Neighbor had car broken into today. In other words, it's Tuesday.
  • Things are pretty fucked up when Russell Brand is the voice of reason.
  • If a PDF is emailed to me it requires clicking "print" three times to actually print the document. Once the PDF is open in the browser I click on the printer icon. Then it opens the same PDF again in another tab and I click on the printer icon again and it loads the print dialog screen and I click on "print." Only then does it actually print the document. This is inefficient and bothersome.
  • When I go to the bank and withdraw funds it requires probably 30+ clicks and several minutes for them to get the cash to me. There has to be a faster way for them to load my account, verify my identity, and specify what bills I want. In no world, should this simple transaction required so many clicks.
  • Still in the process of refinancing the warehouse loan. The amount of documentation they have requested is insane. None of this makes sense. Everything is far less efficient than it should be. In an age of data the fact that I have to give the same data over and over again is just maddening. Not just info like name and address, which should prepopulate in every form I'm given, but also information like environmental questions (which should be available in the environmental report I paid to have done) or loan note or title documentation. Such a painful experience for someone who hates pushing paper.
  • My kids are the best part of life. Work is pretty shitty overall lately. Financially doing as well as ever, but spending way too much trying to settle into a new house and warehouse. Really hoping that in two years we can be done with spending money on those things and put things on cruise control a bit.

  • 10/3/21 (08:11)

  • Mailbox stolen at 1am last night (checked camera). Not broken into. Not mail was stolen. The entire mailbox was stolen. $17k worth of checks and probably other things in there as well. I love this place.
  • So far this year has been pretty good in terms of theft and loss. No tools stolen yet this year. The usual amount of tools being lost. More than the usual amount of losses from jobs gone wrong. Product of not being at every job every minute. Relying on others means more things will go wrong. Just have to build that into the business. Same goes for living in Oakland. You just have to assume that someone is going to steal your mailbox once in a while. This is a society in decline. Some will say it's because fathers aren't around or because we don't believe in god anymore. Others will say it's because of systemic racism and capitalism. Whatever the cause, the result is the same - gradual erosion of society. I've tried to believe otherwise for a long time, but it's really difficult to argue otherwise.

  • 10/2/21 (21:36)

  • Trying to get my PPP forgiveness letter since the bank wants it for our home loan. Here's one of the many annoying questions I had to answer from the government:
  • 10. Does Applicant present live performances of a prurient sexual nature or derive directly or indirectly more than de minimis gross revenue through the sale of products or services, or the presentation of any depictions or displays, of a prurient sexual nature?
  • Getting pretty tired of everything lately. The next two years will be pretty pivotal. Do we grow the business enough to step away from being hands on every day? Do we get the house and settle down finally? Do the financial markets implode and leave us in the wake of the destruction?
  • Buying this house is a pretty big gamble since we'll be carrying 3 properties at once. Fixing up the new place while trying to run a business and carrying the warehouse and carrying our current house while the new one is being remodeled. I think we have a tough year ahed of us, as if the last year wasn't tough enough.
  • I've been trying to adjust my thinking to a world of opportunity and abundance, instead of one of scarcity. On the one hand that means not taking every job that comes along and that means better quality of life. It also means trying to stress less about every dollar. It also means growing. On the other hand it could mean growing beyond demand and overextending the business.
  • Most of the time I'm running at 90% capacity. I'm pretty much always in a rush. I'm working 60 hours a week. I'm trying to refi the warehouse loan. Coordinate the home loan. Juggling multiple jobs and multiple crews. It's not something I really want to do for the next several years. But if it's like this for a year or two while we grow and get two new properties then I'm fine with that. Getting those things and moving towards a goal will always require a lot of hard work. It just has to have an end point.
  • Meryl's birthday is tomorrow so the girls and I planned a surprise activity day for her.
  • Re-listened to 1984 and Animal Farm this week. Super depressing to see the parallels to today. The power of changing and manipulating language. The power of the media. The power of incrementalism (frog boiling type). The importance of shutting down free speech by those in power. The sad thing is that most of this is coming from the Left these days. The Left own the mainstream media, they're responsible for cancel culture, they're changing language on a variety of fronts, they're moving the goalposts on COVID, etc. This would all be less depressing if there were an alternative. But the Right is owned by the Republicans and they've been off the reservation for an entire generation. It's a choice between Walmart and the neighborhood fentanyl addict who has a few wares laid out on the sidewalk every couple days. I don't really want to shop at either.
  • SF mayor London Breed was caught without her mask on inside. This is a classic "rules for thee, but not for me" situation. There have been many of them now. Her excuse was incredibly lame and idiotic. No more respect for her. "My drink was sitting at the table, said Breed. I got up and started dancing because i was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask." "We don't need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing," She talked about how the real story should have been that Tony Toni Tone were in town and playing live again. I mean, you can't make this shit up. She's nuts.
  • Zoe has soccer twice a week and, during the last game, everyone wore a mask (except her). Both teams' goalies were wearing masks. These are kids playing outside...even the goalies are wearing masks. What about that makes sense to anyone with half a brain? We're in performance mode here.
  • Masks are the American flag pin of the 2020s. After 9/11 the flag pin marked you as a "patriot" and supporter of the president and his dumb ass wars and foreign policy decisions. Today masks are essentially the same. I see many people around here wearing them outside while walking alone. Wearing them inside their cars all alone. These are people who are either as stupid as the flag pin Bush-supporters of 20 years ago or have come to enjoy the faux-safety of the mask because of their own doublethink. Remember, at the end of 1984 he learns to like big brother...he learns to believe that 2+2=5. Not just for lip service, but to actually believe it. That's where we are. Depending upon the issue or the time, approx. 45% of the population truly believes that 2+2=5. Critical thinking is lost when the party declares its position on a given topic. Pathetic.
  • The Theranos trial has been going on and there's been a lot of talk about it. I've listened to the podcasts and the book written by Carreyrou. The thing that almost everyone buys into is the narrative put out by the charlatan Holmes herself - that Theranos is a tech company. No, it isn't a tech company. It's a healthcare company that tried to develop a new technology. It bears very little resemblance to other Silicon Valley tech companies and shouldn't be compared to them just because she went to Stanford and it was located in the area. The "fake it till you make it" ethos is fair enough when you're selling some shitty app and you don't lie about everything. When you're telling people whether or not they have AIDS and you lie about everything then you've crossed a few lines. If she doesn't do time then it's yet another lack of accountability. She's going for the battered woman defense because she's a pathetic manipulative loser. Hopefully no one buys this garbage.

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