Things I Know

I took June off, because I had a few other things to do. But I did jot down a few comments along the way.

Had cataract surgery in June.  Doing the other eye this month.  Well, I’m not doing it, the surgeon is.  Except for the endless supply of eye drops I’m enduring for months, recovery happened surprisingly quickly.  And I do see better.

The guy wandering around Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s neighborhood in June, with a gun and burglary tools, told cops he wanted to kill Kavanaugh.  This reminds me of something I already knew.  One of the consequences of the internet is that there’s very little privacy anymore.  This means it’s entirely too easy to find out where someone important lives in case you want to kill them.  After I read about the threat against Kavanaugh, I found out where he lives.  It took about a minute.

You don’t always need the internet to do it either.  I’m not sure it applies to the president, but in New York State where I live, everyone running for election to any office up to and including US Senate, has their name and address published in Newspaper legal ads a little while before election day.

I was once nosy for a living and I’m still pretty good at it.  When I’m bored, I sometimes look for people I used to know.  It’s harder to find women because they still usually change their name when they get married.  I’m pretty sure (about 99-percent) I know that the first girl I ever dated lives on a horse farm in Missouri.  Her name, address and phone number are on the internet.  I did it as an exercise.  I have no intention of contacting her.  But being a stalker or even an assassin is a lot easier than it used to be.

I ordered my new garage doors in white last fall, after it was too cold to paint them. I forget how much money I saved ordering them this way instead of getting them finished in dark green, to match what’s on the house. I’ve now started on the project, and since it’s clearly going to take at least three coats of paint to cover them, I’m beginning to regret whatever it is I saved.

Here’s another thing I used to know but had forgotten.  When you mask something and paint it, remove the masking tape while the paint is still wet.  Do that even if you’re going to have to mask it again to apply a second coat.  If I had remembered that I wouldn’t have to sand and repaint the bottom panel of one of those garage doors.

I said it on Friday, but never even 15-20 years ago.  I was sitting in the waiting room at my doctor’s office and decided I wanted to read the book I brought with me, but I couldn’t.  The book’s battery was dead.

Author: Tom

I know by ABC's, I can write my name, and I can count to 100.