Today is a day of minor aggravations:
The power keeps going on and off. There is no reason I can see for it. No weather issues, and nobody has crashed into a power pole as far as I can tell from the scanner. Most of my gear is on battery backup systems, but it's still aggravating as hell. I called the electric membership cooperative and they told me they are "checking on it." That means they have no clue why power out here is being interrupted, so they will come out to this section and start shutting down pieces of the grid while they try to find the problem.
I don't like Google. But "Blogger" is a Google system, and all my email accounts are set up as Gmail accounts. So to make the last great act of defiance, I would have to shut down the blog, and set up seven Microsoft email accounts, and change all those addresses....
And if I did all that, Google wouldn't know, wouldn't care, and the net result would all be negative for me.
I wish more people would take up blogging. I know from the comments that there are a lot of people out there with a lot of interesting thoughts and experiences to offer, but when I click on their names on a comment, to find their blog, it will just say "on Google for 3 years" or something like that, but there's no blogs or profiles.
Then there are a lot of good blogs that used to be almost daily, and now people post once every four weeks, or so. When that happens, I get out of the habit of checking to see if they have posted, and I lose touch.
Even my hate mail, which used to be good for a few laughs, has fallen off to almost nothing. When the trolls start finding you not worth a line or two of invective, maybe it's time to shutter the doors.
We have people in this county now who feel they are being discriminated against. What it's really about is asserting dominance and wanting control. People tell you things that have happened to them in town, petty nonsensical things that show the offended are clearly looking for excuses to be offended.
Here's an example. A Korean woman working in a business in town. An old veteran who came in and spoke some Korean asked her how she was in Korean. But in Korean, there's a subtle difference between how a higher status person and a lower status person inter relate. He asked her how she was using the form that implied she was of a lower status. She got mad and told the other people in the shop he was a "racist." It's "racist" that Walmart doesn't have an Arabic speaking assistant manager. It's "racist" that Walmart called the Sheriff's Department and had three "black youths" who were harassing people in the parking lot removed from the property. And on, and on, and on.
Even the little old Lady at the library tells me she's wondering how all this will end up. Thanks so much, money grubbing bastards in Atlanta who arranged to dump all this trash on us up here.
Well. I guess I better go do something entertaining, like balancing bank statements, or paying bills, or washing the truck, or replacing shakes on the roof the cats tore off last night, or trying to clean up the destroyed trip wire system that's laying out in the woods after the storms.....
On the upside:
I have switched my search engine to "Duck Duck."
I opened a "Private Internet Access" account. I am not entirely sure what it does for me, but it seems to be a wise precaution based on the recommendations of friends using it.