Mine was something 58. 59 got called; 57; 56, 60-something, others...the very last draw was number 58. So I got in, and that was it. Two guys had to go home; I have no idea if they came back for the noon course or what.
Today's class was entirely within the classroom, which is held in a trailer like those used at construction sites for temporary offices. Power comes from a generator; the restrooms are port-a-johns and there is no running water.
Tomorrow we'll start with the riding portion of the course. An hour of class instruction and three hours of riding instruction, they say, will be the norm from now on.
...so I have to go to the web site and register as a walk-in, but that's not such a big deal. I just have to make sure I'm at the training site at 7:45 every morning for the rest of the week. I managed to get to the place in Rantoul on time, even when driving from the bunker, so I can do this.
And if all goes well, next Monday--or even Friday afternoon, come to think of it!--I can go to the DMV and get the "M" added to my list of certifications. That'd also mean going to get plates and insurance on the Suzuki so I could go riding. Whee!
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It looks like someone has been listening to me: there is a new fast-food restaurant of some kind going up on the SE corner of Steger Road and 394. It looks like it might even be a Wendy's!
Ohh, man, please, please let it be a Wendy's....
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But because I've been in a classroom all morning learning about protective gear and motorcycle controls, I haven't seen the news or anything.
Oh dear God. (DJIA ticker at CNBC.com.)
As I write this sentence we're off 421 points from close-of-business Friday. I went to check some other things, saw that it had gone to -471, and had to edit it to add the italicized word, because it's droppin' like a stone. (And now it's -512. Shit.)
...and there's a link to someone saying, "Hey, the market ought to stabilize at these levels!"
12,750 about three weeks ago, to 10,900 and change now--that's a drop of 1,850. You need to go back to October of 2010 to find a DJIA that low.
Yeah: even if some of the American public was fooled by the "debt limit" crap of the past couple of weeks, S&P was not--and the markets are not.
The usual DOOM! post over at Ace of Spades HQ.
Down 516 as I type this. It was down less than that for a bit.
Google's ticker if you don't like CNBC's, and why would you?
Naturally the Democrats are trying to say the downgrade is the GOP's fault even though the debt ceiling was raised and it was raised before August 2 was over. The Democrats got everything they wanted except tax increases.
Well, the downgrades are the GOP's fault...but not just the GOP. The Democrats had complete control of the government from 1/20/09 until 1/20/11, and had control of the House of Representatives from 1/20/07 until 1/20/11. They are not blameless, no more than the GOP is, and in fact considerably less than the GOP. It was Democrat policies that ballooned federal spending starting in 2008, after all.
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As for me, I finished off the bratwurst and potato salad, and had a Pepsi, and the headache I'd started getting because I went from 7-1 without eating anything is now receding.
I had a bratwurst on a bun with a can of Pepsi Throwback when I got up at 6; I had most of a McSkillet on the way to the class--and that was it; no food to eat and only a jug of semi-sugared lemonade to drink in the meantime. (The way I make it, with one pack of Crystal Lite and one of regular Country Time in a liter bottle.)
Tomorrow I may bring a snack or two with me; and then again I might just do as I did today. WTF, it's not like I starved to death or anything.
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Do I need to remind you all that Warren Buffett is a Democrat?
"'...[I]f I've got a printing press, my debt is good,' says Buffett." Sure it is. You might be paying off that debt with dollars that are worth approximately their weight in toilet paper, but who cares, right?
This is a real bank note from Zimbabwe. You might be able to buy a loaf of bread with that. That's the result of running that printing press: each dollar is worth less, and you can keep going until there isn't room on the bill for all the zeroes you need and you have to invent new ordinals ("one kajillion gazillion trillion googolplex dollars", perhaps).
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Tenth dan? Why, Jigoro Inokuma (Yawara's grandfather) is only
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What's the deal with the strikeouts? It's a running gag in Yawara! that Jigoro is always correcting people and telling them he's one dan higher than they thought; so someone says, "the fifth-dan Judo master Jigoro Inokuma," he'll interrupt and say, "I'm sixth dan!"
And it keeps on going. So that in a later episode someone said "the seventh-dan Judo master" and all he had to do was hold up eight fingers, and that was enough to make me laugh my ass off.
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I managed to get to bed close to 1 AM and actually slept from perhaps 1:20-ish until just before 6 AM. Ideally I'd like to remain awake and then go to bed this evening, but I don't know how I'll do. As long as I'm at the place tomorrow before 7:45 it's all good, though.
But it means I'm too tired to do anything else right now. I got perhaps 4.5 hours of sleep, which is pretty good, but now I feel like I'm about to go face-down. Argh etc.