6/30/21 (17:55)
  • Seeing a lot of world records fall during the olympic trials. My guess is that olympic testing was either halted or severely hampered by COVID and so people could dope with impunity for 3-12 months and build up their stamina, strength, etc. I don't know for certain, but seeing multiple world records (some of them very long standing) fall during the trials seems like a big outlier. Another explanation is that athletes (who usually have another job that pays the bills beyond being an athlete) finally had the time off to train and that has led to an increase in performance.
  • We talk a lot about a safety net in society. I guess life is a tightrope in that analogy. But the net itself is its own sort of tightrope or bridge. So, maybe, the better analogy is that welfare, etc. is a bridge. Conservatives want to build a bridge that's 2' wide and without guardrails. Sure, you can get across, but you better not make any mistakes. Progressives want to build a deluxe moving walkway with those chain link fences on the sides and overhead (like you see on some freeway overpasses), so it's impossible to fall off.
  • The forest fires in CA produced at least 25% more than all the burning of fossil fuels in the state. That was from September, so it only got worse, I'm sure.

  • 6/22/21 (14:49)

  • The future is here. Amazon explore.
  • Another run to the dump. Gotta get back to work.

  • 6/21/21 (18:29)

  • KQED Forum did a bit on the growing shoplifting issue in the bay area. It's been going on for years, but better late than never. If even KQED thinks it's worth doing a story on it, then maybe there's some hope that something will be done.
  • We had a mass shooting in Oakland this weekend. You probably didn't hear about it because gang shootings that kill 1 and injure 8 don't get coverage the way that shootings motivated by just killing get coverage. Kinda weird to put it that way, but that's the truth. What's a mass shooting? I think the WaPo mass shooting tracker defines it as any shooting where there are 4 or more deaths and a single shooter. So this one doesn't qualify, though I'm not sure that matters much. It happened at Lake Merritt which is interesting because we were at Lake Merritt that morning dropping off some pastries and cash for a drummer (Aaron) we like who always plays on the corner on weekends. I was thinking that Lake Merritt is undeniably one of the best things about Oakland and it was nice seeing so many people out for Juneteenth. We stopped by the curb while Zoe got out of the car to deliver the box and cash and while she was running out to do that a cop told us we needed to keep it moving because there was no stopping on the curb that day. Plenty of cops by the lake that day.
  • Later, we were driving on the freeway near the Lakeshore exit and saw the cops shutting down the freeway and I had a thought that something may have happened at the lake, but hoped it was just too busy and so they were diverting traffic for some reason. This shit happens too much.
  • Now that you can choose your gender does that mean it's not an immutable characteristic and thus not subject to discrimination laws like race is? Probably not, but just a thought.
  • Saw a car the other day that had only two bumper stickers: "Coexist" and "Republicans for Voldemort." Kinda hard to coexist with someone when they think you're evil. This isn't a winning strategy.
  • One thing about driving around town a lot is that you see a lot of stuff out there. Here's a company I saw the other day. Melanin Maids. I don't even know what to say.
  • One of the most important attributes for kids might be the ability to tell truth from bullshit. A healthy skepticism is important. Something I should work on more with the girls.
  • I can't decide if yoga pants are the best thing ever or the worst.

  • 6/16/21 (22:03)

  • Been watching more NBA lately. Don't have to think much and can do work while I watch it. It's amazing how much the game has gone to the 5 out offensive scheme and avoiding the midrange game like it's the plague. 20 years ago a 10' open shot would be the next best thing to a layup/dunk. Nowadays they pass up those shots for contested 3 pointers. I'm sure there's data to backup or contest my assertion, but it seems like most of the offensive possessions have fewer passes. Or, at least, there are many more possessions with one or fewer passes. Maybe the mean number of passes is similar, but the median number is lower and the modal number may have been four 20 years ago and is one today. Not a huge fan of this change.
  • Would the Beatles have been formed if they were alive today? I think the average guy that age would be less likely to be in a band. Probably making their own music on a computer. Maybe one or more of them would have been distracted by other interests like video games or porn or whatever. I think it's very likely that the Beatles wouldn't be formed today. Also, let's say they were formed....I don't know that the culture today would support the kind of live gig work that they did early in their career which led to their later success (as has been argued by Gladwell). Further, let's say they all got together and were able to practice as much as they needed to refine their craft....what would they sound like? I think they came up during a time that the available technology and instruments were limiting enough, yet opened enough possibilities. The work they did with tape loops and sitars and everything else in the studio. Would they have been too distracted if they had everything at their fingertips like musicians today do? Or would they have been even better? I think we're very lucky to have gotten what we got from them.
  • My average day is working 7a-5p and then again after the girls go to bed for another 1-3 hours. Sometimes I stay up real late and catch up on emails, proposals, invoicing, and other business stuff. I've tried to be good about job costing, but it's hard to keep up with everything and job costing is one of the first things to go.
  • The staging part of the business has grown a lot the last year. Meryl started it last year and, even with COVID, it did pretty well. Honestly, I don't know why people are willing to pay thousands for staging, but the reality is that they do. We're talking $10k for a $2m home so I think the level of home changes the dynamic somewhat. People aren't doing the same for $700k homes. Last week she staged a $6m home and I thought it was way overpriced. It sold in a day. Then the business fell through because it was revealed that both neighbors were going to be doing major renovations. Then it sold to a new person in another day. The home was staged a total of less than two weeks.
  • For me, a staged home doesn't do anything, but I'm an exception. And there's a truism in real estate that women buy homes. So you're really selling to women for the most part and staging is part of the window dressing that helps people envision themselves in the home.
  • At any rate, that part of the business not only makes a bit of money on its own....hopefully more now that our inventory is such that we shouldn't need to continue to pump as much money into it...it also sells our turnaround services and Meryl's design services. So, agents see a nicely staged home and inquire about that and then Meryl tells them that we can paint and clean up the house before staging as well. My team does the fixing and her team does the staging. One stop shop for the agent or homeowner. Also, some people see the staging and think it looks nice and want Meryl to help with design work so that helps keep her busy. Staging is effectively a marketing tool that also makes us money.
  • The downside this last year is that the staging has cost us probably $200k+ in inventory and it costs to house all that inventory if it's not at a job site. So, we continue to look for a warehouse to buy to keep those costs fixed, keep security in house, keep rodent control under our control, etc. The storage unit we have now (actually we have five) has been broken into twice in the last year and consistently has rat shit in it (seen a couple a few times as well).
  • My team is at 4 guys. Meryl has 1 guy. We share 1 woman who helps with administration type stuff and she's based in Irvine (used to live up here, but moved). In total, our business helps put food on the plate for at least 18 people plus the 4 people in our family. Meryl recently hired Kevin, who is Edwin's (who I've mentioned before) nephew. Edwin's brother also works for us. Moises is in Mexico now, but his brother and brother in law both work for us. By far the best method of finding good employees has been word of mouth. I found Moises through my electrician (who used to be married to Moises' sister) and then Moises found Edwin and the other guys for me.
  • If Google isn't doing it already, it's only a matter of time. They could easily predict dementia based upon your searches. Maybe more typos or certain kinds of typos. Maybe repeat searches for the same thing or the same kind of thing. The AI will know about your health issues before you do. Of course they already know about your pregnancy or STD before others when you search for pictures of herpes or when you buy "what to expect when you're expecting." I'm sure all this is well known already so I'm not saying much here. They could sell this to insurance companies or whomever else. A free internet has had a lot of unintended consequences. Free internet = advertising supported internet = need for more data to craft ads more specifically = no privacy
  • Back hurting the last few days. Went to Disneyland and spent too much time in the car and it was hurting before that. Being in the car and sleeping in a hotel bed made it worse.
  • It's the girls' birthdays in June so that was the occasion. Wanted to go before they opened up fully and got crazy busy. I think it was at a higher capacity than it was supposed to be, but whatever. I'm not a huge Disney fan in general, but I don't dislike them like I used to. I think being wholesome isn't such a bad thing after all. Disneyland is pretty trippy. I think being there is more exercise than most of the people there will get all year, but it's offset by all the shit they eat while they're there. It's all about the kids, though. I had a good time watching them have a good time. They had a great attitude the entire time and never turned to brats. Merritt got hot (and grumpy as a result), but we kept her hydrated and shaded and she did pretty well after that. She was scared of the rides that were fast or dark so I skipped Space Mountain while the others went on it. Our Irvine employee, Abby, happened to be there so we met her and her husband there and they went on Space Mountain with Meryl and Zoe. We stayed there all day and all night and didn't walk back to the motel until almost 11p. Girls were great. Ryan was there also, but at the other park, which I remember being a parking lot last time I went...how things change. Couldn't meet up with him since neither of us had the park hopper ticket.
  • Nothing is worse than a vacation where you spend money and try to do something special and then have the kids be brats about it. We're pretty lucky that our kids aren't brats and, if they do start down that path, we put an end to it pretty quickly.
  • I don't like writing about celebrities, but this one might be instructive. Chrissy Teigen has been caught up in some controversy. Apparently she has been pretty bitchy and bullying in the past and that is coming out now. She is being put upon the altar as the latest sacrifice to the mob. In some ways maybe she deserves to have some of this thrown back in her face. She told people they should kill themselves and stuff like that. Not nice and especially crappy when she appears to think she's a pretty great person these days with virtue signaling - often in the form of going after Trump, the Right, etc. It's a case of the Left eating itself. But it brings up a question I've had for a long time...what does one need to do to atone? What magic noises does a person need to make with their mouth to move on? Louis CK said sorry and took some time off. He went through the grinder just like everyone else. Teigen has issued several solid (IMO) apologies and continues to get pilloried. I think there's a collective catharsis that needs to happen before these sinners are allowed to move on. As noted before, I'm very much in favor of accountability, but there has to be a way to retain accountability without canceling someone forever or by mob fiat. I'm no great admirer of Teigen...I don't know much about her and couldn't care less as she's just another random celebrity to me. That said, we need to allow people some salvation.
  • The death of organized religion in our culture is something I probably would have been cheering for 10 years ago...today I'm not so sure I was right to do that. Sure, it has its limitations and weaknesses. Some religions have a checkered past and all that, but if we eliminate religion what takes its place? Everything in life is trade-offs. This is one of those truths that needs to be beaten into your head from day one and forever.
  • Well, today we don't have religion...certainly not on the Left, and so what has filled that god shaped hole in the soul of Leftists? Some make their own rules and maybe they are the ubermensch Nietzsche wrote about. I would suggest, though, that many worship at the alter of wokism or anti-racism or social justice or other causes of the day. They become part of the woke mob that sacrifices Chrissy Teigen. Sometimes it is a righteous sacrifice (Teigen, perhaps...Weinstein, certainly) and other times they might get it wrong (going after Justin Timberlake for cultural appropriation might be an example or Nicholas Christakis). Our original sin is slavery. They must be evangelicals for the cause (silence is violence). We're all born sinners (Americans are corporatists, racists, colonialists. Plus, we all have implicit bias). They search for purity not in Jesus, but in anti-colonialism (see: Indigenous cultures are at the apex in Leftist thought today) and environmentalism (see: crying Leftists scared of global warming, calls to protect ANWR or Keystone Pipeline or old growth forests). Embracing the ascetic (at least in words). The analogs go on and on. It's been interesting to hear more and more stories about scientists and Left-leaning NGOs looking to indigenous cultures for advice on how to deal with forest fires or other environmental questions. It seems to be part of this larger idea that the indigenous 1) are more pure and 2) are more in touch with the environment than we are. We are more tainted by our evil society than they are.
  • For me, the best I've got is helping people who need help. That god shaped hole that people talk about is a real thing and I think it probably refers to the desire of most to believe in something larger than themselves and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. I have no war to fight and no religion to follow so I try to build a good family, grow my business, and try to help my employees in the process.
  • Disneyland is the kind of consumerist paradise that I really hate sometimes. Same with Las Vegas. But it's also getting in touch with the Dionysian and that isn't such a bad thing from time to time.
  • What is the acceptable level of deaths as a result of COVID? Guns? Cars?
  • CA has supposedly reopened now. Most people are still wearing their masks most of the time. At least that's my observation in SF/Oakland. There are a bunch of memes going around about wanting to take off your mask, but not wanting to look like a Republican. JFC. The masking as a partisan issue thing is so fucking dumb. Trump certainly helped make this worse.
  • CA is doing a lottery for vaccinations. This is one of the better ideas they've adopted. Steven Leavitt had this idea like a year ago, iirc, along with several other economic style ideas to put the brakes on this thing. Unfortunately the government mostly just said stay home and we'll give you a bunch of money and that didn't work very well. But we have an obese country and no one talks about that for some reason. Whatever.
  • How long are we going to be scared about COVID? There are literally thousands of strains of this thing. We've known about this for a long time, but the media didn't really play this up until the vaccine came out. UK did a lot of testing on the strains, which is (not) coincidentally why we saw a couple "UK strains." Now they are playing up the Delta strain. If there are infinite strains of this virus do we wear masks and shelter in place sporadically forever?
  • Trump should have been all over the China issue...on COVID, on intellectual property laws, on fair trade policies, on Uighurs, on Taiwan... But he sucks at everything he does so, even when he happened to have the right instincts on an issue (often for the wrong reason), he still managed to fuck it up. What a failure.

  • 6/15/21 (22:19)

  • We're fucked.

  • 6/2/21 (21:29)

  • Work has been insane lately. Meryl has been slammed and took on more work than she should have. I've got four guys working for me and we can barely keep up. One guy is Moises' older brother who was working for the union, but decided to work with me instead. That's three guys who have left the union to work with me. I'll take that as a compliment.
  • There's a case that went to the supreme court about a cheerleader who complained online about cheer (she didn't make the team or something) and the school reprimanded her for her online ranting. So, it's literally a supreme court case now when a teenager complains online about school. I understand the ramifications of it and I'm not going to wade into where free speech ends, maybe that's for another day. However, I will point out what I've pointed out before - there's an epidemic of bad parenting. And I'll expand that to include bad mentoring of all kinds. This is a case where adults should take over and have a discussion with the girl about what she's saying online and how she should handle herself online and how she should handle disappointment, etc. This isn't a big deal. It's a teen being frustrated and angry. The school should work with the parents to find a suitable solution here. Instead everyone's going to court. Going to court means that someone has failed at being an adult. Could have been a teachable moment, but now it's a supreme court case. Failure of leadership.
  • We've gotten to the point where Rage Against the Machine is downright moderate in some of its lyrics. For example, in Killing in the Name (infamous for its ending repeated refrain "fuck you I won't do what you tell me....") there's a line that goes "some of those that works forces are the same that burn crosses." In other words, some police officers are in the Klan. Contrast that with some graffiti I saw the other day in Berkeley that read "all cops are Derek Chauvin." The first lyric by RATM has some subtlety and allows for the possibility that not all cops are evil. The second suggests that all cops are murderers.
  • We're living through some truly nutty times.
  • Listening to NPR has gotten really strange lately. Heard a piece about diet culture the other day on Forum. It was a 40 minute program that essentially posited that being fat might correlate with health problems, but it isn't the cause of health problems in all cases. "There's no such thing as bad foods" "We want people in our home to take up space" they referred to the "cult of thinness"...there was even a bit about how "the Kardashians have appropriated looks that are culturally black, and they're not black." A lot of really odd stuff being put out there these days and it's blatantly anti-science from an organization (KQED/NPR) that claims to be all about science. Two people who called in pushed back slightly. One was a physical therapist who pointed out that being overweight does have some long term effects on joints, etc. I think most reasonable people can agree that being fat shouldn't relegate you to a second class citizen and it shouldn't mean you get ridiculed. However, to have the pendulum swing so far in the other direction is just getting nutty. I honestly couldn't make this shit up. The bit about the Kardashians was really laugh inducing.
  • Looks like the lab leak theory of COVID-19 is finally getting some traction. Like most, I heard about this theory early on in the pandemic and, like most, I mostly discarded it when the so-called experts said it was a conspiracy theory and that COVID definitely didn't come from a lab. But then I heard Eric Weinstein and others talking about it and thought maybe there was more to the story than the media and experts let on. Now it looks like it's getting mainstream attention. A group of scientists signed onto wanting an investigation into the possibility and On the Media, NPR, and others are reporting on the idea as at least plausible.
  • What's really frustrating about this isn't that the virus may have been leaked from a lab (purposely or accidentally), it's the fact that the gate keepers (scientists and mainstream media) brushed it aside as if it were a Q-Anon level hoax. On KQED's (local NPR affiliate) Forum they explored the story with David Frum and he said that the theory was so quickly brushed aside because it was associated with Trump and his anti-China bias and they didn't want people latching onto that. This is what's frustrating. When science and good reporting take a back seat to politics and potential perceptions. They did this same bullshit with the mask recommendations by saying we didn't need to wear masks. Anyone with a brain realized that masks would help, but Fauci and others said, with a straight face, that masks wouldn't help.
  • So, the end result is that they damaged their credibility greatly by saying you don't need masks (we're lying to you so that you don't take mask supply from front line workers) and by brushing aside the lab leak theory as a conspiracy (we're lying to you because it's associated with Trump and the far right and we don't want an anti-asian backlash?). They must really think we're stupid.
  • We're living in a post-truth world. Institutions have so damaged themselves at this point that it's becoming increasingly difficult to point to NPR, NYT, Fauci, WHO, CDC, mainstream news outlets, scientists, etc. as bastions of Truth. Everyone has an agenda and giving you the Truth is hardly ever a part of that.
  • The fact of this is part of the reason we got Trump, by the way. Oddly, but understandably, people wanted a truth teller and thought that Trump was the guy. He's the guy who admitted that the system was rigged and he knew how to play it. He was seemingly unafraid of telling the truth that no other politician before him would tell. Of course he turned out to be probably the biggest liar in presidential history so that didn't work out, but you can understand how a certain type of person, who pays attention only a bit, could see him saying things no politician ever said before and be fooled into thinking that this guy doesn't have a filter like the other phonies we usually get. Sure, he's a piece of shit, but he's saying shit that no one else admits so maybe he's the change Washington DC needs.
  • Speaking of anti-truth. There's a bit of a stir about hot cheetos...Planet Money (one of my favorite podcasts) ran a story (one of their worst episodes, more on that later) about a guy who claimed he came up with the idea of flamin' hot cheetos because he's a latino and latino culture likes spicy things and his idea took off. Well, turns out that the story of Richard Montanez inventing flamin' hot cheetos probably isn't true. LA times ran a piece on it shortly after Planet Money. What's interesting here is that people are invested in this idea because he's latino. If it was a white guy the story never would have been run by Planet Money. They bent over backwards to do the story even though it doesn't really have anything to do with economics. It's a puff piece with some economics window dressing and it turned out to be wrong. This is what happens when you are motivated by a certain point of view. You saw it with This American Life when they reported on how Apple was abusing labor as well. They liked the guy who did the story. They liked the narrative. They liked the message and so the reporting got sloppy. When you want something to be true you don't do anymore digging. I've written about this before.
  • The other bit about this cheetos story is that the latino community is upset about it. Forum had an episode about it and one guy was saying essentially that his group was standing by Richard Montanez because he's latino. Meanwhile, Gustavo Areano was standing by the LA Times fact check that asserts that Montanez was lying because he thinks that's the true story. If you listen to the program you'll see that one of the guests essentially admits that he's sticking by Montanez because people always want to tear down latinos and so he's saying Montanez invented flamin' hot cheetos in an effort to stand by latinos. It's the kind of racial identity politics that is really awful, but completely acceptable (in polite society) and predictable (thanks to racialized thinking).
  • This is the kind of anti-truth, racialized thinking we're going to continue to see for a while. We've lost our collective minds and don't care about Truth anymore. Perhaps that's okay. Perhaps it's going to be beneficial to view everything racially now. "That woman didn't hold the door open for me because she's white." "That guy crossed the street because I'm black." You can do this for essentially every single interaction you have. Believe me, I've done it. I guess I listen to NPR too much. You should try it as well. Listen to NPR all day for a week. Then pretend you are black or female or trans or unibrow having or whatever and notice every time a person looks at you a little long or averts their gaze quickly after seeing you look at them or doesn't hold the door open for you or doesn't wave you on when you get to the stop sign at roughly the same time while driving or helps someone else in the middle of helping you at Home Depot or doesn't smile at you when you get to the register, but they do smile at someone else or only tips you 15% when other people have been giving you 20% lately or or or... It goes on forever and you can make it about race or gender or whatever as much as you want....because THAT'S YOUR TRUTH.
  • Don't get it twisted, though. This isn't the same as saying that discrimination doesn't exist. I've pointed out before that it does, and probably always will. I've pointed out that we all want to live long, to be old, essentially....and yet ageism is a real thing. If we discriminate against a thing we eventually want to be, then is there any hope that there will never be discrimination based upon other things? So, yeah, some of those perceived slights and microagressions may be real. And maybe you're so great at reading minds that you even know which ones are real, in which case all the more power to you. But I think it's probably a more honest, helpful, and healthy approach to assume good intentions as much as possible.
  • Julia Galef recalls an idea in her new book, but I forget who it's attributed to. Basically it posits that it's best to eschew as many identifying groups as possible because once you identify with a group you are tied to them and will feel compelled to defend the group. I've written about this before with regards to my not belonging to the two major parties. It's quite freeing to not have to defend one party or another. I did vote for Biden, but I think I've so far avoided defending him too much just because of that fact. At any rate, when you identify with any group you are more likely to want to defend that group and you see that with the flamin' hot cheetos story, as pathetic as that sounds. This mindset is the soldier mindset where you have an idea (or an identity in this case) and you feel compelled to defend it.
  • Galef's book (Scout Mindset), by the way, is good and recommended. Most books basically follow the formula of giving the grand narrative and then restating it in as many ways as possible in order to fill up space or flesh the idea out. It's one reason why I prefer podcasts over books. I think podcasts distill the ideas more than books usually do. Scout Mindset falls into that category, but it's still an important idea and the last chapter and conclusion are worth it. The general thesis is that having a scout mindset is about trying to find out the reality of things instead of having a point of view and then defending it. That's a shitty summary, but you get the idea and I'm tired. I like everything she does.
  • I linked it above...check out the unibrow video. Mark Rober is good and the fact that people discriminate against unibrows is just another way of pointing out that discrimination is inevitable and ubiquitous. Check out this video as well. I like Eddie and the guy he's talking with points out in the end that discrimination happens all over and people will always find a way to discriminate....because they're people.
  • Lex Fridman was talking with Sam Harris (?) about life and human suffering (I forget the exact context) and Lex (who was born in Russia) pointed out that he knew Sam Harris wasn't Russian because Sam said something about life being about pursuing happiness or something along the lines of human flourishing being avoiding suffering. I wish I remembered the exact context and quote. Essentially, though, it was about the Russian worldview being steeped in the reality of life as suffering. This resonated with me. Perhaps this is my inner Russian Jew coming out, but I don't expect life to be great. Part of life is that it sucks and involves suffering. I've written about this in various ways before. Americans expect free healthcare and internet and everything else. I don't suffer under the illusion that any of these things are guaranteed. In some ways I'm just happy I'm not fighting off a warring tribe every week while foraging for food.
  • There's Brazilian guy who does a lot of moving for us and he put it like this: "Americans believe in happy endings." I think that's well put. Americans expect everything to work out. We expect that things will go well. It's good to be optimistic, but it also comes with some entitlement so it's a double edged sword of sorts. I definitely expect less than the average person in these ways. When COVID hit I pretty much took it as a return to reality. For me, in some ways, polite society, with everything working, is the exception - not the rule. Chaos is the natural state of things, not order.
  • What's actually frustrating for me is when we say things are supposed to be ordered, we claim we live in a law abiding culture, we claim that there are cultural norms and mores and all the rest, but in reality no one is doing their job and everything sucks. I prefer we drop the pretense and just assume things are all going to shit. When COVID first broke that was the mindset I had and it was actually a better place to be in some ways.
  • The Bay Area is in full shit hole mode lately. Perhaps I should be more accurate. Oakland and SF are the real shit holes. Homelessness is totally rampant at this point. Oakland will try to clean things up from time to time, but it's pointless. A couple examples 1. 2. 3. SF's Tenderloin has long been a cess pool. It's a city that supposedly cares about liberal values more than any other and yet they have yet to find a way to solve the open air drug market and help significant numbers of people out of chronic poverty. If you go to the Tenderloin video and read between the lines, the police chief says he's going to keep doing his job and give other people a chance to do theirs. By this he means he's going to give the DA the chance to prosecute people for their crimes. The DA hasn't been doing a lot of prosecuting of crimes in SF for a while now. The most famous statistic I've seen is that a couple years ago there were 30k+ car break-ins and 1 prosecution (which failed). This is essentially allowing people to do whatever they want. CA also passed prop. 47 which allowed for looser penalties for small crimes and we may be seeing the effect of that now.
  • Some businesses in Oakland are still boarded up while remaining in business. Every day I see burnt out cars and the kind of thing you see in post-apocalyptic movies. I helped board up a woman's front window the other day (second time I've done it for her in the last year) because her home was shot at during a drive-by that involved someone else. She called 311, which is supposed to help with this kind of thing, and they said that the police have to initiate this kind of service. 1. Why? 2. Why didn't they do that last night when they were collecting shell casings and interviewing witnesses? So then she called a few different services and only one of them called back. They wanted $4,000 to board up a single window (3' x 8'). So the property manager called me and I took care of it the same day.
  • I was in SF today and I saw two women get into a car accident on my way to a job. On my way back I saw a tree branch that fell on a car and was blocking almost the entire road.

  • This is the kind of stuff I see on a weekly or daily basis. This is the kind of thing that happens when a society falls apart.