It’s scary to realize these folks actually live in the same country as I do.  To each his own, but my goodness, there are some warped people walking around the streets.

To read the premise behind this video, check out Michelle Malkin (who still hasn’t opened up her sites for me to comment on . . . grrrr!) and/or Hot Air.

YouTube Bias

Just now I searched for a video I once linked to from a post that I am re-building. It’s nearly 14 years old and the link is dead. So, I searched for another version of the video.

The video was of Jason Matter outside the 2008 DNC Convention. It humorously shows the moonbat side of the Democrat Party.

Interestingly, when I searched YouTube for: Jason Mattera DNC 2008, all I received back were Obama and Biden videos that are official releases from, C-SPAN, the AP, etc. Why would the above video meet my search criteria?

“I Don’t Know What Kind of Notifications You Get, But . . .”

Just now my sister walked out and said, “I don’t know what kind of notifications you get, but we are emptying our embassy in Ukraine.”

Significant news, to be certain. To answer the query, however, none. I receive no notifications. I turn them off completly for all apps. I don’t permit any app to push informaton to me.

Yes, it is good to knwo that the United States is clearing its personnel in preparation for Russia’s aggression. But to know that this minute or an hour or two from now when I spot-check the news doesn’t affect me.

The piece of mind I have by controlling what technology provides to me is far more important for my health.

In the meantime, bless the Ukranians; it’s going to be rough here for a while.

When you’re at home, what kinds of meals do you cook, what kitchen utensils do you use to prepare them, and how long does it typically take to make them?

My food consumption works for me, but I suspect most will find it odd.

Most days I eat:

  • Breakfast: four scrambled eggs
  • Lunch: pulled chicken
  • Dinner: steak

No vegetables. No side dishes. Pure protein, although the pulled chicken has a variety of spices and I use salt and pepper liberally on the eggs and steaks.

I occasionally make other dishes like veal saltimbocca, flounder stuffed with crabmeat, etc.

I have some kitchen supplies. I brought the stainless steel pan set. I have a cast iron pan and a carbon steel pan. I have a sous vide and an Instant Pot. I have a couple spatulas and measuring spoons.

What I don’t have are measuring cups. Thus far I have been able to survive without them. I do not make anything that is technical, so have not needed precision.

I purchased a half sheet pan and a rack. I use it occasionally. I have a commercial grade strainer that I purchased because I thought I was going to make stocks and soups. It hasn’t turned out that way, but my daughter’s mac & cheese still needs to be strained, so it gets used.

I actively sought a Le Creuset dutch oven last year. I just couldn’t decide on the color. That indecision had me walk away from the purchase to the point I realized I did not need this item. While I still want to make duck confit, I will use my stainless and call it a day.

Knee Replacement, A Week Later

Post-Knee Replacement

Last week I had my right knee replaced. It’s been an amazing week.

I have walked ever since. That just baffles me. No, I am not walking well. I used a cane the first couple days. I used a walker on Sunday and Monday. I am back to the cane.

I began physical therapy on Monday. I felt great. I had my second session today. It hurt. The bike absolutely killed me.

I felt great the day of the surgery. As promised, days two and three were a bit rougher. The pain medication is doing its work. I thought there just was no pain, so we backed off the medications a bit. Yeah, pain demonstrated indeed it was present. Back to the schedule. The good stuff ends early tomorrow. We shall see how that affects things.

All in all, things are going well. I can walk. It no longer hurts getting out of the chair. Sleep has bee tough the last couple nights. Getting comfortable is a problem.

My leg is not perfectly straight. I need to be better with stretching so I am not yelled at next week.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

First off, my experience is that 40 minutes is too long for presentations. That is asking quite a bit of one’s audience.

Having said, however, I could ramble on pretty much any fourth grade mathematics topic there is for that amount of time. I could also discuss fourth grade grammar at length. Geocaching would be another topic that I could spew about. And the roles government have/don’t have and how that would improve efficiency and our lives if it kept to its purview.

Certainly I could come up with other topics, but those are probably the ones that I could pull off the best.

What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?

This blog is replete with those topics.

One that is prominent is to not have expectations. My experience is that expectations bring disappointment. I do not care for disappointment, so I eschew expectations the best I can.

Listen, we all have expectations. When I walk down the sidewalk, I expect that no one will throw eggs at me, trip me, spit at me, etc. We have to have some expectations to live in society.

But as a lengthy career working with the public has demonstrated to me, even those types of expectations have to be tempered quite a bit as the masses presented behavior I had never even thought possible.

More relevant to me, however, are the expectations that I placed on those in my life. I am becoming better at just accepting what happens. It may not always be what I desire, but it is what it is. Nothing I can do about what others do.

Here’s an example. In early August I purchased tickets to two events for my children. I let them both know the dates and not to book anything that would interfere with those dates as these were part of their Christmas gifts.

As those dates approached, Beetle decided she would prefer to do other events on those evenings instead. No, this was not my desire. I had shelled out nearly $1,000 for these events; I wanted her to join us.

As Beetle is fond of telling me, she’s almost an adult and should be treated like one. I did not tell her that she couldn’t attend the other events. I did share that I was disappointed though. And I moved on.

The money was already a sunk cost. Being upset wasn’t going to make me enjoy the events. Fritz and I would still have a grand time. It is what it is.

Tour de Cache – NJ County Challenge

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So, flowers22 came to assist me with my knee replacement surgery. She arrived a couple days early to ensure she was here given all the airline cancellations. That opened up a day or two to play.

We attempted Gerbil, but the mountain was a singular slab of ice. We abandoned that and decided to chase counties. flowers22 arrived with a goal of adding 100 new counties to her total in 2022. As we looked at things, I suggested that since we would be up north, we get caches that would satisfy this challenge. Given the extra time since we weren’t climbing a mountain, I was able to compete the challenge. flowers22 finished it the following day.

I posted the following to the cache page.

My sister is visiting. She asked to gobble up some counties for a challenge she is working on. As we bopped around the state, realized that I had completed this. We had fun driving around yesterday/last night asking Siri what county different towns we in. Amusing and paid off with a ribeye dinner. 🙂

Thank you for the placing this for us to focus on; I appreciate it.

Since 2006-08-26, I have found required number of caches (1) in each of 21 counties (required number of counties: 21).
Finds in required counties are listed here:

Cumberland County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Magnolia Park Trio (GC1NW3Z) | 2016-10-27 | 2009-03-18
Atlantic County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) WARMER…. WARMER—–HOT! (GC2P24J) | 2016-10-29 | 2011-02-19
Gloucester County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Water’s Edge (GC24PVB) | 2016-11-12 | 2010-03-07
Salem County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Oops, I Stumbled Again (GC3GRC1) | 2016-11-19 | 2012-04-10
Cape May County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Welcome to Cape May! (GC5Z59Z) | 2016-12-26 | 2015-07-11
Burlington County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Batsto Earth Day Cache (GC271Q1) | 2017-03-04 | 2010-04-18
Camden County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) GHPCC-Berlin Cemetery (GC2CVQF) | 2017-09-01 | 2010-08-04
Ocean County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) LBIGT – Gateway to LBI (GC4HRQW) | 2018-02-18 | 2013-08-02
Hudson County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) My Dad’s Spirit of ’76 (GC4AVND) | 2018-07-30 | 2013-04-28
Essex County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) I scream. You scream. (GC4M16H) | 2018-08-01 | 2013-08-27
Mercer County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Robeson in Princeton (GC58X0H) | 2018-08-01 | 2014-07-14
Middlesex County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) CNJC Cache to Eagle Series: Trustworthy (GC2C4VJ) | 2020-11-01 | 2010-07-22
Union County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) A Lift Cache 5 (GC50PBK) | 2022-01-10 | 2014-03-20
Passaic County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Bridge Over Troubled Waters (GC7ZYJH) | 2022-01-10 | 2018-11-04
Bergen County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Log Jam (GC63ZM5) | 2022-01-10 | 2015-09-23
Morris County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Urban Oasis (GC3NGEW) | 2022-01-10 | 2012-06-13
Sussex County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) El Cheapo Grande #1 (GCMPM4) | 2022-01-10 | 2005-02-05
Warren County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Autumn in Allamuchy (GC5CGHA) | 2022-01-10 | 2014-09-07
Hunterdon County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Nothing to stress about (GC97C78) | 2022-01-10 | 2021-03-08
Somerset County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Lobster with Candy (GC47XKK) | 2022-01-10 | 2013-03-18
Monmouth County (NJ) (New Jersey, United States) Jumping Over Speed Humps (GC5HE6B) | 2022-01-10 | 2014-12-04

I also sent a message to the cache owner on the 11th.

My sister is visiting from out of state. I am having knee replacement surgery tomorrow. I completed the NJ County Challenge and posted my list. My sister will be finished today. We are heading out in a few minutes.

Any chance we could get the final coordinates so we could find that today before my surgery?

I would appreciate it.

All the best!

The owner had last logged into the account on 9 January 2022. As you can see from the screen capture above, the owner last logged on on 15 January 2022, four days after we posted our list and message for coordinates.

No response has been made from the owner to us.

I am out of the question as I will not be hiking for a while given my knee replacement. But flowers22 would probably take the drive to find this before she returns to Chicago. But how can she without the owner doing his job?

This is why Groundspeak ended this kind of challenge. It falls apart due to the owner’s behavior. I’ve met the challenge, but I cannot log it because of someone else’s behavior, not mine.

I suppose some of this was hashed out 15 years ago. Of course, I have changed my perspective on some things I stated on that post. I suppose others have as well.

This is akin to what happened with The Wharton Challenge. I completed it as stated I should. I never received the owner’s blessing (or curse, I was just ignored) and therefore never was able to claim a find.

It looks like it’s the same situation with the Delaware Delorme Challenge. One follows the what the cache owner states is needed to be done, but the cache owner doesn’t follow through.

In the end, it’s merely an annoyance. How I respond to that annoyance is what matters. I think I shall forget it and move on. Oh look, there’s something that makes me smile over there. 🙂

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