Just as well though. I got my electric bill today, and it was $298.00. $20.00 of that is the new "customer fee" the EMC has added to everyone's bill, though they have a hard time explaining what the money is for. $19.00 was sales tax, which the county splits with the state.
But primarily it was just high power usage up during the very cold spell, keeping all the outbuildings heated. The kids were here during that cold period, so we were running oil radiator heaters in the house as well, 24 hours a day, to augment the propane heating system. Those are big electric energy consumers. I usually keep the house at about 68 in winter, but while they were here we had to keep my daughters bedroom at 80+, because of the monitor lizard. The rest of the house we kept about 78, which is what they are used to up at their apartment. It will balance out if this warm weather holds up awhile, and if not, it's the cost of doing business. I need my shop, my barn storage space, and the apartment. Sometimes they cost me money to maintain.
Obama is no more come Friday. I can hardly believe it. After 8 years of that despicable individual, it's hard to believe things may actually change. But Obama is leaving the country in a complete shambles, and his Legions of the Mentally Deficient are doing all they can to make sure it stays that way.
I saw an interesting story on Fox this morning. Turns out all these self proclaimed celebrities who have been announcing they will not attend the inauguration, were never invited in the first place. They try to give the impression that they were begged to participate, but it's a bald face lie.
And the Moon Bats are still prating about "The Russians hacked the election." The news is telling everyone who will listen about "secret evidence" but so far not a shred of evidence has been produced to back all this B.S. up. And, as Trump pointed out, if the Russians did hack the DNC and Podesta, no one on either side has claimed the emails made public were forged or false. No one has claimed that the actual process of voting and tallying the votes was tampered with. And if it was the Russians who exposed the corruption and venality of the DNC, and the idiocy of Podesta, I stay "Roll on, the Russians." I like knowing that stuff. It confirms me in the opinion I already had of the Hillerites, that they are low life bottom feeders, cheats and liars.
I've been keeping up with the news from Chicago, although it's being overshadowed by all the smoke and mirrors the Dimmies are deploying, trying to keep the turmoil over the election going. Chicago has got to be the prime example of Democratic social engineering in action. It's been run by Dims for ever, and the last few years the High Priest of social engineering, Rahm Emanuel, has been the Mayor there. It's more of a failed state than Libya or Syria, in it's own right. And getting worse. This despite some of the strictest "gun control" laws in America.
Truer words were never spoken. And it's worked out just as well as Obama's little "change America" projects.
Pictures of Aleppo and Chicago, side by side. What more can I say?
I've been watching lots of YouTube videos. posted by groups planning to disrupt the inauguration. The news media, for what's it worth (which isn't much) has been saying as many as half of the two million people expected to show up may be there solely to raise hell, cause trouble, and just generally show out. I don't see how the police or anybody else can keep a lid on that, especially in D.C. But I intend to watch the proceedings from the mountain top, over the satellite TV link, with great interest.
A friend of mine sent me a copy of the "operations order" for this bunch in the picture above. Dispassionately, it was well written and logical. Not all of the snow flakes are drifting in from college campuses or from fortune 500 offices. These particular individuals strike me of being more the "Spartacists" types who almost took over Germany for Communism in 1919.
So, nothing particularly exciting here on the home front, but it's going to be an exciting week on the national level. Most of us can't do much besides sit back and watch the melodrama unfurl.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
The Left Wingers should remember, there are an awful lot of very angry Veterans out there.
Cite: 1966, "Dictionary of Military and Naval Quotations" edited by
Robert Debs Heinl, Category: Home Front, Page 149, Column 2, United
States Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland.
Marcus Flavinius: To his cousin, Tertullus, in Rome. 2d century A. D.
(Flavinius was a centurion, 2d Cohort, Augusta Legion.)