Bloody hell

Sure, it's a little blurry. So was I.

Sure, it’s a little blurry. So was I.

This is either my impression of Ebola sweeping the nation or a quick iPhone shot through the windshield while zooming past Santa Fe on the latest 12-hour U-turn from Duke City to Bibleburg and back.

The maple in the front yard has commenced the annual leaf dump.

The maple in the front yard has commenced the annual leaf dump.

The Old Home Place® still stands, and I had a chance to chat with several of our former neighbors while trying to see how much stuff I could cram into a Subaru Forester without actually causing its rims to bottom out on the driveway.

This took my mind off what blithering eejits we’ve become over this Ebola business. Seems you don’t actually have to have the disease to shit yourself over it.

Tell you what, though. I get sick in Texas, I’d rather see a barber than a Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital sawbones.

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21 Responses to “Bloody hell”

  1. GJ_John Says:

    I think that if I caught the ebola bug I’d head straight for Texas. I just love the idea of puking and shitting all over that state. And it’s not like the health care provider makes a difference, I hear the chances of survival are just a crapshoot anyway.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    You work too hard.

    You can have my ebola panic when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Well, I don’t know about that … but I do drive a lot, at least lately. Something like 5,000 miles since we started house-shopping. The old Subie rolled over 100K on the odometer on the latest leg. She’s gonna need a little love under the hood here directly.

      The next trip will be a doozy. We need to clean up The Old Home Place®, move all the furniture from The House Back East® into TOHP, and then clean up THBE so our former neighbor Judy can get settled in as our permanent tenant there. Then we list TOHP on Airbnb as a vacation rental. Oy.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    This wouldn’t be Marv’s partner Judy, would it? If so, the THBE will be singing again.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The same. Have I not mentioned this yet? Judy decided she didn’t like living in Chicago and asked if she could buy back her old place. We were up for it, but Judy’s kids were not, and so she’s going to rent it instead, banking the proceeds from her condo sale back in the Windy City. She’ll move in first week of November. Good news for Judy, us, and the neighborhood.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        With apologies to veloben, I understand about Chicago and surrounding area. I hail from Waukegan, but have been gone for over 30 years. Haven’t visited in 7 years. Place has changed so much I hardly recognize it.

  4. bromasi Says:

    Next time I get sick I’m heading to my cats vet.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    100k? Just breaking that Subie in, Patrick. You might check the change interval on the overhead cam drive belt, though. I think factory spec plugs are supposed to be changed at either 30 or 60k intervals. I put synthetic oil in our Imprezas and they seem impervious to age.

    The old Tacoma I bought this year, by the way, just rolled over 321k.

    • Debby, north of Crestone Says:

      105K miles on the timing belt. 2011+ non-turbos are chain driven, no timing belt. Just keep an eye on the oil level…

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Herself’s 2002 Outback is well over 200K and still ticking along, although it is going through the oil. Must be burning it, ’cause I don’t see any leakage. She’s hoping to get another year out of it, and it seems she will. Can’t kill the buggers. Toyotas either.

      I confess I miss driving a truck. It gets wearisome, being eye-level with lug nuts at stoplights.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Our 2002 Outback Sport (same flat 4 cyl engine as the Outback, I think) was plagued by two collapsed timing belt tensioners. First one was fixed under warranty. Second cost us a few hundred bills. You could tell it was the tensioner because the engine sounded like two rats shaking cans of marbles when you started it up. The 2009 is purring along fine as is the ’07 WRX. The 2002 was hammered to hell and gone in the 2009 hailstorm up this way or we would still be driving it. A friend of ours bought it for their daughter and the ’02 is haunting the roads up in Colorado these days.

  6. John Dallager Says:

    That and the timing belt/chain replacement interval. Great cars Subies!! 🙂

  7. Ira Says:

    Let’s compare some numbers, shall we? Last year there were more than 30,000 deaths in the US from motor vehicle accidents. There were more than 11,000 from firearms. To date, there has been 1 death from ebola, which was contracted in Africa, and that counts as an epidemic?

  8. David R Says:

    World wide an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 people die from the flu every year. Every single year…

    • Larry T. Says:

      Yep, meanwhile parents who should know better are keeping their kids from vaccines for crackpot reasons. But if course we mock the poor folks in Ebola-land who fear the health workers are spreading the disease like some voodoo curse. Every day reminds me of how glad I am to be on the right side of the Atlantic Ocean at present. And the USA political election stuff is just warming up I bet?

  9. Steve O Says:

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/why-an-ebola-flight-ban-wouldnt-work/

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