This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
We are on the eve of a new year. To say 2020 has been “interesting in a Chinese sense” is an understatement. Unfortunately, several of the issues of 2020 are guaranteed to carry forward into 2021. The Chinese Wuhan Covid pandemic show. The Governors issuing “mandates” that clearly violate the Constitution, yet despite courts ruling against them, they continue. When our “leaders” have no respect for the Rule Of Law, how long before the general population “follows” them in that? Eh? The ongoing “Almost a Brexit” and “Almost an Election”.
I’m making this posting a little early as I’m going to be “On the road again, again” again… I figure somewhere in the middle of West Texas where WiFi may be slim pickens and typing on a tablet a PITA.
Why am I going on the road? Partly as my legal life is split between two coasts. There’s some stuff I need to do in Florida to maintain that. The intent had been to be packed and moved to Florida by now, but selling a home during “lock downs” and “curfew” is a challenge. Heck, just getting ME on the road out of State is a challenge. ( I have from 5 am to 10 pm to “get ‘er done” or am in violation of Imperial Edict From Der Grubernor – and a 9 hour drive. “Enough time” with 6 hours to spare, as long as nothing goes wrong and I leave an hour ago. Oh, wait….). So I ether collapse the stuff in Florida, or maintain it. Maintenance is easier.
Then the other part is that My President has asked for support. I don’t know that I can make it to D.C. by the 6th. But I do know that I must try. I could not feel satisfied with myself if I didn’t at least try. I’ve got 2800 miles, then a day or two break, then another 800 miles if I’m to make it to D.C. on the 6th. I have no preparation for D.C., no hotel, not even any idea where to go or what to do. Last time I was there was about 40 years ago, so I suspect much has changed. I might take the advice to ride the Metro in. (I used it in 1982 or so…) Or I might just hang a cheap American Flag out the window and drive around town (or more likely join in making the Traffic Jam From Hell – a statement in it’s own right…)
Once in Florida, I’ll work on the details. I’ve a few days of driving to think on them…
I checked various States for their guidance on travel-with-Covid. It was amusing. California’s POV is “Don’t even think about it, people will DIE!!!! AND we’ll arrest you at night!!”. Arizona was ‘well, just be careful’. New Mexico said “IF you even touch our dirt, quarantine for 14 days!!!” and after some searching you find ~”Or how ever long you are in the State so if you are passing through just don’t mingle, ok?”. Texas official State page basically consists of links to the CDC with a “Read what they say, then y’all do what’s right.” attitude. I think they left of the /snarc; or /sarc; tag ;-) Across the rest of The South it is the same.
Don’t know what the “rules” are yet for I-75 up the East Coast. Don’t know that I care to find out. IF I start making that run on time, the last thing I’ll care about is the “rules” in some State I’ll have passed through in a couple of hours. If worse comes to worse, I’ll just hit up Georgia and protest at their election (Jan 4 IIRC).
Knowing things might be ‘sporadic’ on the road in terms of open hours or availability of services, I’ve ‘walked the whole route’ on Gas Buddy. Gasoline prices vary dramatically. From about $3.50 over most of California (and the occasional $4 in the middle of nowhere take-it-or-run-out land) down to about $1.61 / gallon in central Texas, then back up to about $2.20 in Florida. Clearly grading with distance from the Texas refineries and with a “Special Bump” for Kalifornia… Looks like about $1 / gallon ‘extra’ just for us, for?…
In good weather I run to Reno Nevada first as it is the quickest shortest route out of State. But crossing the Sierra Nevada and Rockies in winter is not a good idea. Even I-40 through Flagstaff (at 7000+ feet) is a snow risk. Yet “Crossing the Los Angeles Basin” during curfew, lock down, et. al. is a risk of it’s own. I might not have enough time to make the border. So I’m going “overland”. Into Arizona fast, then a right turn and run to I-10 and warmer flatter land. Small mountain exposure, but not too much ( I hope ). Avoiding the long climb to Flagstaff, following the Colorado River. Gas drops $1 / gallon as soon as I’m over the border, plus no “curfew” to worry about, so I can drive at night.
As opportunities present, I’ll post updates (probably short comments here from the tablet ‘somewhere with WiFi’…). Tablet typing is full of ‘creative spelling’ as it doesn’t sense finger position as well as I’d like, then creatively ‘corrects’ the spelling sometimes. As a touch typist of some speed, I find it horribly slow.
It looks like I’m chasing one storm, but in a day or two will be chased by another. IFF I’ve timed it right (and I usually do), I’ll get across the country without weather problems. If not, I’ve got chains and such in the car. But really, once on I-10 in the land of warm, the odds of snow drop a LOT. (But not to zero, as I experienced not that long ago…) But there’s still a risk of a decent downpour or three. (I have cold weather gear, food, and a stove in the car, just in case I get stuck. Oh, and a tent. Not snow rated, but something if I need to hike out of somewhere and have shelter along the way. Otherwise the car is a great tent ;-)
Will This Never End? – POTUS
As of right now, weather looks decent in D.C. on the 6th. I guess we’ll find out then if this is likely to end soon.
I’m packing my “motorcycle suit” and helmet “just in case”. A very nice set of tough nylon with impact pads in all the right places. Not dirk proof but will slow fatter blades a lot, and blows to joints just get softened dramatically. The helmet is full face with visor. IFF “crap breaks out” and I’m in the middle of it, I can put that gear on and be quasi-armored against hand attacks, rocks, bottles, etc. Plus, it’s black, so I can “be among them” in their uniform, sort of. Hopefully enough I can just walk out of any Aw Shit without incident. It’s also VERY warm, so nice cold weather gear.
I suspect no matter the result of Jan 6, that “this” is not going to end for at least 4 years.
Will This Never End? – Brexit
The E.U. “agreed a deal”. Parliament to decide if they like it. Scots saying they will vote “Nay”. N. Ireland seems peeved (don’t they always? I can say that as my ancestry is from both sides… ;-)
So in a day or two we ought to know if it is a deal, or a WTO Exit. In either case this one ought to end in a few days.
HOWEVER… Seems the idea floated about is a “Provisional approval” vote to then be reviewed after the new year holidays are over and maybe kinda sorta approved, but maybe with changes, and some more “negotiation” and… I guess they like the spendy bit on room service, dining out, bar tab, etc. at the “negotiations”…
My attitude stays the same:
“For God’s Sake, man, just leave already. Take your sovereignty and leave.”
Until you sign some “treaty” or contract, you have liberty to do what you want and to make, or not make, dumb agreements. Once signed, you are committed. It is perfectly fine to just “Walk Away” and negotiate free of threats.
I’ll likely be “celebrating” the new year somewhere in a rest stop along I-10 in the middle of Texas. As drinking in a parked car is a bad idea, and bars are likely not going to be empty enough to take another Californian, it will most likely be celebrated with a tin of canned stew and a bottle of water, then a nap in the sleeping bag on the passenger seat. I’m OK with that. But do hoist one for me, OK?
Now it’s time to load up the last bits in the car and “let the adventure begin”.