Interior crocodile alligator

(If you don’t understand the post title, don’t worry about it and don’t ask.)

(Also, fun WordPress fact: if you change the size of an image, it will not display as centered once you publish even if it is resized and centered in the editor.)

Just a couple of things right now, mostly so that I can say I actually posted today, now that it’s nine PM: First, I left the house for the third time since all hell broke loose, and had both my wife and my son with me, since we were dropping food off for both of our dads and the boy hasn’t seen either of them in too long. We talked about when the last time the three of us had been in the car together on the way up to my stepfather’s, and determined that it was very likely in February. The trip home from Chicago on our anniversary, specifically. Insane.

I beat Nioh 2 yesterday, which somehow took ninety hours— I am a completist, and wanted to do everything— despite making progress at a pretty damn solid clip. I’m tossing around writing a full review despite having raved about it in a few posts already; suffice it to say it’s a spectacular fucking game; better than the original, I think, which was a game that I absolutely loved. I have been gaming since the Atari 2600 and I think we are reaching the point where the PS4 is my favorite game console I’ve ever owned.

Tomorrow is the last day of Spring Break, which is going to be weird, since I’m still not actually going back to work in any meaningful fashion. I’m going to try and get all of next week’s lessons set up by the end of the day so I can sort of set it and forget it; we’ll see how well that works. Anybody have suggestions on how to teach stats to 8th graders remotely? Because right now … yeah, it’s gonna be kind of challenging.

I am also going to try and get something up on Patreon tomorrow. Stop laughing, goddammit.

9:07 PM, Sunday April 12th: 555,398 confirmed infections; 22,023 American deaths.

Woo Saturday!

scary-easter-bunny-6I sold nearly sixteen thousand moneydollars worth of furniture and furniture-related services and accessories at work today.  The boy is at his grandparents’ so that he can do an egg hunt in the morning, because I’ll be damned if I’m going to allow any pagan bunny nonsense in my house.  I am watching Into the Badlands with my wife and sipping on a very small bottle of moscato.

Yes, I am drinking the alcohols.  Not many of them!  But I never drink the alcohols so this is a bit of an event.

Happy Easter, if that’s your thing.  I don’t have to work tomorrow, so … thanks, Jesus, I guess?

Something something fertility celebration

My mom got my son a couple of Matchbox cars Hot Wheels for Easter.  This is one of them.   I find it vaguely alarming:

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Well, okay, not alarming from this angle.  This is just a cop car.  No biggie.  From this angle, though?:

photo 1Can’t have a cop car without carefully-molded machine guns and grenades in the trunk. Because military hardware is the first thing we should think of when we think of “police” nowadays.


(Not for nothin’:  this is my 500th post.)

Inactivity alert

Going to be in Grand Rapids all day, eating tasty food and hobnobbing (yes!  I am a skilled hobnobber!) with the wife’s side of the family.  I may throw up a post when I get home, especially if something entertaining happens, but it may be a slow day around here.

Happy Easter, if you’re into that sort of thing.

All we wanna do is get by today, heyyyyy

I tried to wake up optimistic today:

It didn’t work terribly well, to be honest; I spent most of my morning shower intermittently cursing like a psychotic at students who, needless to say, were not in the shower with me (left as an exercise to the reader: would it have been better if they were?) and did not walk into the building in anything remotely resembling a good mood.

I dunno.  It got better.  Today was a big day; one of the things that ensured that I was actually hauling my ass into work despite any number of reasons to not want to was the district walkthrough we had today; hordes of muckety-mucks from downtown that spent the morning roving around and comparing the decorations on the wall to a long, complicated checklist of things that they wanted to see.  These types of walkthroughs are always about what’s on the walls, not what’s going on in between them; needless to say, my principal claims that good things were said about me and my classroom at the follow-up meeting he had to go to this afternoon.  So, yeah, there’s that.

I am trying to decide if I want to go on a lengthy rant about how ridiculous it is that I have tomorrow off.  Don’t get me wrong; despite Monday and today going relatively well, Tuesday and Wednesday were shitty enough to relegate the entire week to insanely shitty status, and that all by itself makes me perfectly happy to have this only be a four-day week.  Plus, while both my wife (a state employee) and I have tomorrow off, day care is open.  So we get a day together without the boy, which is wonderful.  So I’m not complaining, except for the part where I think it’s genuinely insane that everything’s closed.  I’ll grant that I’m not super in touch with Christian culture but they don’t even seem to care about Good Friday all that much and it certainly doesn’t have the nearly-secular-by-now status that, say, Christmas has.  Easter does, but that’s on a Sunday.  Why the hell is this a federal holiday?  Today’s Holy Thursday; we don’t have that off.  Is Good Friday only specialer because it’s Friday, so everybody figures what the hell?  Especially when we’re going to have to be in school until June 15 or whatever because of the snow days?


I’m still gonna enjoy sleeping in; I still haven’t really recovered from the goddamn DC trip.  But I’m going to be pissy about it while I’m enjoying it.