Category Archives: Wildcard Wednesday

The Nashville Christmas Bombing

This is kind of old news in the 24 hour news cycle world, but some of you outside of the US may not have heard about it. Heck my friend in Hawaii hadn’t heard about it due to the volcanic eruption on the Big Island taking up all the news space there.

Long story short, on Christmas morning, an RV loaded with explosives went off in downtown Nashville. This was around 6am local time.

Right – Bombing RV as captured by security cameras in Nashville. Left = RV photographed in suspect’s driveway by google maps.

After about a week, the case was all but declared wrapped up. The suspect was named as Anthony Warner; a 63 year old subcontractor for AT&T who allegedly was a 5G conspiracy theorist and detonated the bomb to take out the AT&T network control center in Nashville.

Warner supposedly died in the blast, and was the only person to die. Prior to the bombing, Warner had given his car away. He told the recipient that he had cancer. He also gave away his house in the Nashville suburbs to a woman from California.

The bombing did indeed succeed in damaging the AT&T network, knocking out phone service for a large part of the Southeast. It took us two days to get phone service back at all.

ANYWAY… All wrapped up with a pretty little bow on it, right? Guy is mentally ill, MAYBE physically ill as well, blames AT&T for all his problems and blows up their network center, taking himself with it in the process.

BUT…

The Die Hard Theory:

You knew it was coming… LOL

Seriously though, there are a few things that don’t add up with the bombing.

First, the RV that blew up at 6:30 AM arrived at it’s final resting place at 1:22am or thereabouts, per a timeline in The Tennessean newspaper. So it sat there for a little over 5 hours before detonating and taking Warner with it.

WHY?

Seriously, why wait 5 hours if you’re determined to blow up AT&T and martyr yourself? The chance of being investigated by a random police patrol over that 5 hours and having the plan foiled seems risky at best.

There’s also the question of mysterious bursts of gunfire heard at 4:30am and then again at 5:30am. The police didn’t show up until the 5:30 incident and shortly thereafter the RV began broadcasting via loudspeakers that it was going to blow up.

The gunfire may not even be connected to the bombing. But if it was, why draw attention to yourself, especially two hours before you detonate?

The loudspeakers CAN just be written off as the guy had a bit of conscience and wanted to keep others from getting hurt while he lashed out at AT&T.

Why not just blow the thing up earlier though? I guarantee you there was NOBODY on those streets at 2am. Nashville isn’t like NYC. In my time around there, it was pretty dead by 10, and probably a ghost town by midnight. This was Christmas Eve / EARLY Christmas morning too. Not Friday night party time.

Another interesting note: The blast also knocked out first responder radio capability and all alarm / security systems in the area. AT&T’s network wasn’t fully shut down until noon however.

So yeah… WHAT IF this guy was pulling a Hans Gruber?

Han’s original plan was to make it look like he died in an explosion so nobody would come looking for him and all those bearer bonds. Warner giving away his house and car could have just been a move to sell his “death”.

What could he have been after? Who knows? Data from AT&T’s network maybe? Information is worth more than gold in today’s society after all. There are banks and jewelry stores in the area as well as other high end stores. There’s quite a few possibilities there.

Admittedly, that includes the possibility that it all really was as appeared. I do remember saying as soon as I heard about the blast and single body though that the police will quickly sweep it under the rug as the bomber died in his own blast.

Let’s face it also; it wouldn’t be the first time a real life crime was inspired by something in a movie either. A bombing in an upscale area of downtown that’s deserted on early Christmas… It’s almost too perfect to be a coincidence, LOL.

So did our bomber blow himself up, OR is he sitting somewhere having the last laugh as police and AT&T are too embarrassed to admit they were out-maneuvered?

I have NO clue.

This much I DO know however. AT&T has had JACK to say on the matter, AND should be ashamed of itself for an apparent total lack of a disaster recovery plan / capability for it’s network. 2 weeks later and my service is still sketchy and with no 5G available.

…and Some Days the Antelope Gets You

An old video, but I just saw it featured on a cable TV show earlier today. Funny as hell too. Antelopes are very territorial OR this one has NFL / WWE dreams:

Am I the only one that thinks this video needs to be set to the Theme from Cops? Bad boys, bad boys… Whatcha gonna do when the come for you?

🤣 😂 🤣

Treatment, Days 1 & 2

For those who read my recent “Decompressing” post, we opted to go ahead and do the spinal decompression treatments.

Yes, it went something like that, LOL.

That’s the purpose of the post today; to let those who were curious actually know what’s involved. I’ll post updates as I progress through treatment and let readers know if this actually IS effective, or just another scam.

Let’s backtrack a bit though, so as to give readers the full picture.

How We Decided I Should Do It:

We put a great deal of debate and research into the decision. I have to say that we went with it in spite of the doctor also, not because of him. Quite honestly, he comes across as knowing his stuff, but completely devoid of any empathy. Kind of like Dr Strange before his car crash and trip to Nepal.

I only mention it because deciding if you feel comfortable with the doctor IS something you have to weigh when considering any sort of treatment.

At any rate, I’ve tried just about every other non-surgical option. Conventional chiropractic treatment helps, but is only holding the line at this point. Acupuncture was doing great things for the pain, but apparently not much for actual healing. The way things were progressing, it was either this or wait for surgery at some point in the future. Surgery, even laser surgery, has some ugly long term issues that I do not want to deal with.

So, I spent half a day trying to wade through the cesspool of misinformation that is the internet. Everyone out there has their own opinion on treatment, and all others are scam artists. Here’s what I was able to piece together though:

If you cut out all the crap with big pharma supported doctors and sites saying it’s voodoo, and people doing the treatments saying they’re a miracle cure… You’ll find out that the treatments seem to work for 80 to 90 percent of patients. What I could not find is how the treatments hold up long term.

I imagine long term viability would be a difficult study anyway, given that you’d have to see who was taking care of their back afterwards and who was abusing it.

Long story made short; most of the unbiased sites said the odds were good it would help, and it’s far, far cheaper than surgery.

The Actual Process:

Keeping it simple, the idea is to physically stretch the spine, allowing herniated discs to return to their normal shape, and pinched nerves to heal. So, while that picture of the rack at the start of the post was a joke, it’s not TOO far fetched.

The technology today is computer controlled and loaded with resistance sensors also. When the table detects added resistance from your muscles tensing, it backs off briefly and then begins again. As far as what the tables look like now, I found one video on YouTube. It’s an ad, but it’s good in terms of explaining how the table works and showing what it looks like. If you want to see the neck area part of the video, jump to 6:30. They start with lumbar (lower back) first.

This actually looks very similar to the table I’m getting treated on, and I think may be the model before the one I’m getting treated on.

Treatment plans can go anywhere from 20 to 30 sessions. They start out at 20 minutes, and after the first few times, increase to 30 minutes.

It’s pain free also, during the session. My neck was sore afterwards today though. It was the kind of pain like when scar tissue tears and starts to break up. For those who have never experienced that joy, it’s a cross between the feeling of overdoing it at the gym, and pulling muscle. It was muscular though. The constant stabbing pain of the pinched nerves in my neck has diminished substantially. So, overall, it’s a promising start.

The Homework:

Yes, there’s homework. Most of it is simple stuff though. Drink LOTS of water to rehydrate treated areas. Keep ice packs on it to reduce swelling and inflammation also. Five times a day minimum. I was also given some nutritional supplements to help promote healing and nourish the area. I’m also supposed to be getting a set of exercises (most likely basic stretches) to help rehab my neck and some sort of home traction gizmo as well. Hope THAT works better than the Pronex did… Why I haven’t gotten the exercises yet is beyond me also. If I don’t get them soon, I found a yoga program specifically for neck rehab that I’ll be using anyway.

I’m also supposed to stay away from sugary drinks and caffeine. Given that the average can of Coke has more than enough sugar to cause inflammation, I’m reluctantly cooperating there, LOL. I’m taking this seriously because it is expensive and may be my last best shot at getting healthy again.

A classic Henny Youngman joke

The Cost:

No I didn’t forget. I was keeping you reading. 😀

Everything all total, for 24 treatment sessions for the neck and a half dozen adjustments for my lower back, came out to a grand total of $3800 (roughly). Yes, we pressured the doctor down some there also. Crazy expensive, but surgery can run upwards of $150,000.

My Opinion Thus Far:

Overall, so far so good. My only real issue thus far is that the doctor won’t listen to a damned thing he’s told. My back and neck were pretty badly out of adjustment when I started treatment. I think that accounts for some of my soreness also.

After 17 years of martial arts, I’ve amazed every past chiropractor by being able to tell them exactly what’s out, where and by how much. I know my own body.

If nothing else, you’d THINK that part of the procedure would be to do an adjustment before hand so that everything moves more freely. That in turn would logically give the machine better results.

So there you have it; the full scoop thus far… from the rack to the Rock. I’ll just have to hope for the best, work through the rehab and raise hell if the doc doesn’t start listening.

Social Commentary: Let’s Define Some Terms

As I mentioned in my last post, I dropped the ball on defining some of the terms in me What the Elites Fear post. I don’t blame Jyvur Entropy (free blog plug removed for trolling) there. Terms like “Elites” are kicked around by everyone from hard core marxists to conspiracy theorists to libertarians. Everyone has a different definition also; dictionary be damned.

For my new readers, I’m a moderate who leans conservative. What that means in plain English, is that I see the flaws in the extremes of both sides of the political debate. I believe strongly in honesty also. If I see a good idea come from anybody, doesn’t matter if it’s Trump or Pelosi, I’ll give them credit while still holding them accountable for their bad ideas.

Being a free thinker, I’m an acquired taste. People that dogmatically follow any given ideology have a hard time following me and sometimes say I sound like two different people. Such is life.

All of that MAY be somewhat irrelevant anyway. I’m not sure I’m going to continue with social issue posts. I’ve found them a big distraction from my creative writing, and a mood killer as well.

Regardless of if I continue, I do need to go back and define a few terms for readers.

Let’s start with the dreaded “elites”.

For starters, as I was using it yesterday (and in other posts), I was referring to the super rich who have more money than God, and a god complex about what they think that entitles them to do. George Soros is a great example. So are Mark Zuckerburg and a handful of other tech billionaires. Just examples though, NOT the entire list. These people use their money to screw with people’s lives and freedoms, try to indoctrinate others to their ideologies, and generally don’t care who they run over to increase their wealth and power.

There are others as well… Top level executives that sit on the boards of interlocking corporate directorships and are nameless to the vast majority of people. Interlocking corporate directorships are when board members of one company sit on the board of one or more other companies as well.

One great example of how this can create a conflict of interest is when Brand X does something horrible, and Media Company A white washes the whole situation because Mister Smith is on the boards of both corporations. Or maybe “Retail Company A” won’t carry some new start-up’s product because Manufacturer X sees it as a threat to their market share and there are people who sit on both companies’ boards of directors. Note investopedia says interlocking directorships are a COMMON practice too.

Capitalism… PURE capitalism, is a wonderful thing. It’s created more millionaires and lifted more people out of poverty than any other economic system out there. How these people make their money is nothing close to Adam Smith’s idea of capitalism though.

OK, I got off track there BUT I think it’s worth leaving the two paragraphs intact to show you don’t have to be Mark Zuckerburg to screw with the populace. It also shows that one can be a good American and capitalist, and strongly disagree with the way mega-corporations do business.

Then we have the politicians.

Do I really need much explanation here? They’re ALL whores for sale to the highest bidder, even if they come in with genuine good intentions. That’s why I believe in term limits all the way down to city dogcatcher. Get people out before they become corrupted. They spend more time fund raising and campaigning than they do legislating. Ultimately it always becomes about the perks.

Great movie, BTW… If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend it. The scene pretty much shows what independent thinkers already know; the issues are a smoke screen that enable politicians to keep the base fired up and at each others’ throats while they collect money and laugh behind our backs.

The Media…

This goes beyond trainwreck to “Death Star remnants crashing into Endor”.

First there’s the reality that many journalists are biased. Factor in the power and influence of their corporate overlords and those interlocking directorates, and you’ve got a real mess. My previous rants against the media have been because I can’t find a single story online, be it Fox, MSNBC or NPR without thinking “Where’s the supporting evidence?”, “That’s a blatant lie”, “That’s completely misrepresenting what was said”, or “You’re playing on emotion and not reporting facts”.

Combine that with networks carrying commentary shows disguised as news like Rachel Maddow or Hannity and the waters really get muddy. Call them on something and the reply is almost always the same too; you’re a racist or a marxist.

The Whole Illuminati / N.W.O. Conspiracy Theory

Sadly if you’re a free thinker, this is often the defense used by the corrupt and their (usually) well meaning supporters; you’re a conspiracy nut.

To a large degree, I think the whole Illuminati thing is nonsense. Note I said “to a large degree” however. Just because the vast majority of the stuff on the topic out there is completely insane doesn’t mean it’s all false. Look at the Georgia Guidestones:

courtesy of Wikipedia. Link above.

Somebody spent a TON of money to erect a monument that spells out the New World Order philosophy in plain English, and permanently buy the land owner’s silence on who it was. There’s remarks from Kissinger, Soros, and several other politicians and super rich spouting similar ideas too.

Many of the same ideas show up in the extreme views on climate change and other social issues as well, including a need to drastically reduce the Earth’s population (AKA Genocide).

So yes, there’s a LITTLE truth there. I don’t believe they’re this all power shadow syndicate running the world, but they wish they could be. The best way to hide what they’re doing is to bury it under a pile of seemingly related crap so deep that no sane person would give it any credit either.

Is Your Keyboard Skanky and Nasty?!?

Now there’s an attention grabbing headline! It’s Wildcard Wednesday and I’m going to talk about cleaning your keyboard. Not just cleaning it, but DEEP cleaning it.

Shaddup Silk, I have compressed air. I’m fine.

Think so, eh? The trouble is that keyboard keys are essentially hollow shells. That means it’s easy for gunk to collect underneath them that even a can of compressed air, or all the hot air in a political blog post, will NOT dislodge.

I used to do alot of eating at the desk while I worked. Between that and the two cats, my keyboard got pretty nasty. Canned air wasn’t doing anything to help it either.

The shot is blurry, but you get the idea. Mine doesn’t look that way, you say?

Five Shocking Facts About Your Dirty Keyboard:

Courtesy of RealBusiness.co.uk

(1) A computer keyboard can typically have 7,500 bacteria per swab. The figure for headphones is 2,550 and for the bottom of a handbag it’s 2,520.

(2) Research by Which? magazine, carried out on keyboards and office technology at its own offices, revealed that a keyboard can harbour more harmful bacteria than a lavatory seat

In fact, one keyboard had so many germs that it had to be taken away and put into quarantine, after it was discovered that it had 150 times the acceptable limit for bacteria. It was also five times as dirty as a lavatory seat.

(3) The Royal Society of Chemistry found that in some offices mice are not only scurrying over computer keyboards at night looking for food, but they’re then leaving their droppings in them.

(4) According to Peter Wilson, a consultant microbiologist at University College London Hospital, sharing a keyboard can pass on diseases and illnesses between those who work in offices. “If you look at what grows on computer keyboards, and hospitals are worse, believe it or not, it’s more or less a reflection of what’s in your nose and in your gut,” he said in a BBC interview. “Should somebody have a cold in your office, or even have gastroenteritis, you’re very likely to pick it up from a keyboard.”

(5) Microbes find the kind of plastic on keyboards and computer mice very comfortable and easy to live in. In fact, anything with grooves, crevices and little spaces that can hold dirt and specks of food are perfect for them.

Pretty gross, huh? In fact, the keyboards at the debt collection office I once worked at were so disgusting that I repeatedly got sick from them. I finally started buying anti bacterial wipes and deep cleaning the keyboard I was stationed at.

So, the solution for me with my home keyboard was to start by taking a photograph of the keyboard on both sides so I had a permanent map on key replacement. Even on a standard QWERTY keyboard, the position of some specialty keys might vary slightly.

From there, I popped off all the keys and wiped them down with Simple Green and placed them near the keyboard body in the same layout they would be if installed. After that, I wiped down the body of the keyboard with a paper towel that I sprayed some Simple Green on.

That got rid of the cat hair and worst of the remaining crumbs. I lightly moistened the tip of Q-tips and used those to scrub out the remaining gunk. Afterwards, I reinstalled the keys and plugged the board back into the PC. Then I had the lovely, sparkling clean keyboard you saw in my lightsaber post:

Oh and yes that Corsair keyboard is metal and has old school switches. It’s built 80s style and I can bludgeon you for commenting about how nasty my keyboard was. 😀

I guarantee you that your’s is nearly as bad too, LOL.

So let’s say you’ve got a cheap keyboard, you’re not sure it can come apart without damaging something AND you don’t want to spend money to replace it? What then?

Well, there’s the idiot answer that one old IT instructor had of wash it in the shower and hang it up to dry out. O_o Personally I don’t think you’ll ever get all the water out and are risking a major short circuit that way.

MY solution is to take something like a credit card or frequent shopper card (be careful if there’s a magnetic strip on it), wrap a antiseptic wipe around it and use that to wipe down in between the rows of keys. You’ll be shocked at how much gunk you push out and how much crud comes off the keys themselves. This is how I cleaned the previously mentioned keyboard at the slave pits.

I really need to do a post about that job and how to avoid scumbag collectors…

Anyway, there you have it. How and why to clean a keyboard. Make sure to unplug it from the PC also.

Time to Take Up Arms!!!

Well, that ought to scare the hell out of the people monitoring the internet, LOL.

Nothing sinister or violent planned here however. The shell for my first lightsaber finally arrived from Ultrasabers.com today.

Any good Star Wars geek should recognize this as Jaro Topal‘s lightsaber that was inherited by his apprentice Cal Kestis, protagonist of the game Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. Well, technically the restored version from about 2/3 of the way through the game. 🙂

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy For Ever” – John Keats

I only ordered the shell at this point because the things are pretty pricey if you buy a nice hilt and quality electronics. Anywhere from $500 to $1000. Hilt designs tend to sell out quick and then half the time the companies will just move on to different designs.

Long story short, I wanted this hilt while it was still around, AND I’m going to have to build mine piecemeal since money is limited.

I did, however, get the plug for the emitter array that you can use when you don’t have the polycarbonate “blade” installed. I got the belt clip as well.

This pic still shows the protective plastic covering over the stand (used for shipping)

So, now I need the L.E.D. emitter array, the polycarbonate blade, the sound board, power switch and battery pack. Also to find my soldering equipment to put them all together when the time comes.

For those of you who are curious, the thing is fairly beefy, as the second picture shows. It’s made of aircraft grade aluminum and is 1/8″ thick (or about 1/2 cm thick). What caught me more by surprise is the overall size. Granted, by lore, this thing was created and carried by a Lasat originally, but… The thing is 16 inches long and as thick as one of the old mag light flashlights carried by police that used D Cell batteries.

It looks even larger in the picture since it’s sitting higher up than the tape measure in the picture. At any rate, it’s big enough to be the hilt for a Zweihänder. I was thinking of getting two of them, connecting them together and making a dual bladed lightsaber staff; something along the lines of my final lightsaber for Jedi: Fallen Order:

Between the handles and blades, I’d have a saber over 8 feet long if I did though, LOL. That gets just a little unwield-able. Clearly an alternative design will have to be found for such a staff.

Now, for those like Joanne (how can you not love somebody who names her blog ‘JediGirlBlog’? 😀 ) and Master Mandalorian who may be drooling over this goodie… Let me give you all a brief education.

Buying a Lightsaber:

There are three major companies that make these mock ups (as well as a few others who are really small and/or dying out). All three make models designed for rigorous dueling. There are hobby dueling leagues out there too! All three manufacturers have various blade color options, OR you can buy a multi-L.E.D. emitter that will let you change your blade color. Changing colors also takes one of the higher end sound boards, as those control the L.E.D. emitter also.

The three major companies are:

  1. Ultrasabers.com
  2. SaberForge.com
  3. VadersVault.com

In terms of durability, they all seem to be fairly comparable. There’s a lightsabers reddit where you’ll find fans of all three. The general consensus is that they rank in other details of quality in the reverse of the order I have them in.

Ultrasabers: makes good sabers overall, and their premium sound board may be the best on the market currently. They get knocked on reddit for being heavy and unwieldy by duelists, and occasional quality issues as well. They’re also the most affordable, particularly for their very plain style hilts.

Note here: If you might be interested in dueling for fun, weight and balance make a HUGE difference. I’ve taken traditional fencing classes myself and learned this first hand. The sabers that the school had for student use were very low end. When I bought my own from Leon Paul in England, it made a massive difference. I was suddenly much faster and more accurate. Angled handles on foils (like Count Dooku had on his lightsaber) help even more.

SaberForge: Makes sabers that are said to be a little lighter, thinner so as to be easier to grip, and better balanced. They cost on average about $100 more for something comparable from Ultrasabers.

Vader’s Vault: These are the Rolls Royce of lightsabers. Everything is top of the line with serious attention paid to every detail. You pay for it also. Some of the features they offer, like removable covers to display the lightsaber crystal chamber, just can’t be found anywhere else.

OK, well, Disney does THAT at Galaxy’s Edge, BUT those sabers are Toys R Us quality compared to what’s offered by any of these three companies.

Styles:

All three companies offer designs based on lightsabers seen in various parts of the Star Wars franchise. Everything from various movie lightsabers, and sabers from The Clone Wars and Rebels, to styles used in the game Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Kyle Katarn’s saber from the Dark Forces / Jedi Knight games. Some custom designs as well. You may have to shop around between the three to find exactly the style you like. Saberforge had the saber I bought, for example, but only the damaged hilt version used early in Jedi: Fallen Order.

Overall, after doing some pretty extensive research, I’d recommend SaberForge as a first choice. The way you can get leather wraps and powder coating as well as the slightly better balanced hilts just make them a slightly better option than UltraSabers. I like that if you want to build your own, that SaberForge has a wide array of individual hilt parts also. They are who I’ll be using to build a custom saber staff.

Of course, if money is no object, shop Vader’s Vault, lol.

As an added note, both SaberForge and Ultrasabers offer individual parts to kit bash your own unique blade together. I do *NOT* know how cross compatible their parts are however. Some of UltraSabers’ entry level models have hilts that won’t accommodate their own mix and match parts also.

One last thing: These companies all pretty much hand craft to order. Even my empty shell took 3 weeks to get. Patience is a virtue. I’ve heard of some orders taking months to be completed, with Saberforge and Ultrasabers both having iffy reputations for their customer service departments. Depending upon who you talk to, they either both stink or are amazing there. Forewarned is fore-armed.

And even if you’re just buying a piece at a time like me, it looks excellent sitting at the Silk Cords command center:

How to Build a Working Lightsaber… Sort Of…

I find all kinds of weird stuff on the internet and YouTube. Its part of why I hate the direction YouTube is going. No politics for this post though…

One of the craziest YouTube channels I’ve seen is called HackSmith. It’s a handful of science geeks with a love of sci-fi who devote their channel to figuring out how to build real world versions of things like Iron Man’s armor and a lightsaber.

Obviously, they’re not going to get things just like the movies, but it really is amazing what they can come up with.

Take a look at their construction of a 3000 degree Kylo Ren proto-saber.

So does that look like a hot time or what? LOL

China Lied, People Died…

Back to the Coronavirus war… My recent “Analyzing a News Story for Bias” post had links to multiple stories about the existence of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and it’s probable role in the COVID-19 outbreak.

Funny… If the lab doesn’t exist and is fake news, why does it have a website and how come you can look up it’s location in Wuhan on Google Maps?

I’m going to keep this one short because I’ve found a 13 minute video that pretty well documents the whole situation.

Take a look if you’re not afraid to have your beliefs challenged.

WOW, OK, so WordPress is apparently getting into the Fascist silencing game. Fine… I’ll hide the link by embedding it.

COVID-19 Burnout

Keeping up with all the news facts and figures related to the Coronavirus is exhausting. There’s no way I could even keep up with debunking all the manipulative and false news stories out there. Same with all the political bite biting as well. The anti-Trumpers have gone from demanding he seize absolute power to screaming that he has n right to dictate a re-opening timetable. AND, just to be fair, Trump also acting like his old jackass self trashing Anthony Fauci via Twitter. There are legit reasons to criticize him, but that’s not the way to do it or the tone to use.

In short, I’m tired of it. Everything is COVID nowadays, and it’s all drama and infighting. Between all of this nonsense and moving related work, I’m physically and mentally exhausted. A 2300 mile drive will be heavenly by comparison, LOL.

Here’s the deal with the blog for the next week or so:

I’ve got to shift more to finishing up moving responsibilities. We’re rapidly running out of time. I’ll try to do what I can but I’m going to be much more scarce for the immediate future.

HOWEVER… I *do* have a handful of posts ready to go. First is the next part of my Solutions Saturday category. Scheduled to auto-post on Saturday just after midnight local time.

I also have some posts set up and ready to go that I’ll manually post as I pass various checkpoints on our route Eastward. Think of it as Oregon Trail in reverse, or maybe the Cannonball Run, LOL

For now, I leave you with the ULTIMATE cat meme:

Yes, forget ancient aliens, Atlantis and all those other conspiracy theories… The truth is that the world is a Cat playing with Australia. O_O