Miami Beach

It’s not a shooting this time – but a tragedy all the same. A condominium collapsed yesterday in Miami Beach. Scores are missing as of this writing.

The blame game, as is the case with mass shootings, will no doubt follow once everyone is accounted for. Some say the building was sinking for decades since it was erected in 1981 – but it’s too late now to do anything.

I’ve been watching one of the Miami stations off of a couple of Roku devices that were recently on sale. The music is somber, and WPLG (the station from Miami I’ve been watching) is spending its time showing the faces of the missing.

Each with families, each hoping for their recovery. Let’s hope for the best – but regrettably prepare for the worst.

Sports And The Closet

Carl Nassib became the first NFL player to come out as gay on social media yesterday. I think it’s something the sporting world is more or less ready for.

I have considerable doubt that he’s the first-ever gay NFL athlete, however. I can’t tell you who the first such player was because that probably will never be commonly acknowledged. But if a percentage of athletes in other sports are LGBT, it would make sense just from a statistical standpoint that athletes in more common sports are as well.

As I said, I think society is ready for it – that it can be dealt with maturely.

Thinking Of My Mom On Father’s Day

It’s the strangest of Father’s Days in my world. As many of you know, and have followed the blog for a long time – this is the 31st Father Day without my own, having passed 30 years ago. My mother is deteriorating. Somedays she’s in good spirits – sometime she’s in a foul mood from the word go.

She has Alzheimer’s – all of the symptoms I’ve been able to look up. She nor I have the money to help get her more care. I cannot leave the house for employment, nor can I find decent employment at home, though I continue to search for a legit enterprise for that – I haven’t given up. Leaving my Mom alone could lead to her cooking and forgetting to turn off the stove, leading to a fire. Or, as is her wont as of late – she could simply wonder off out of the house.

She denies anything is wrong with her, because I have tried to tell her what’s wrong straight up. Her mother and father had Alzheimer’s before her – meaning I have a 50/50 chance of catching it later on in my life.

There’s documentation from a car sale that needs signing to avoid a driver’s license suspension (though she’s unlikely to drive again), as is her lease coming due. She has problems singing things – and they both come up in the coming days. I don’t have power of attorney over her – when she was whole, she’d never allow that.

So over these next few days – I need some prayers we can get through them. A fourth stimulus check would probably help as well – though there’s also inflation that would also rear it’s ugly head.

Take Me Out To The Virtual Ballgame

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve developed a hobby of playing lower-tech sports games and airing them on YouTube at night, occasionally in the afternoons.

I’ve been wanting to pick up another such game for baseball. Out Of The Park is usually my jam, but I think the only drawback is that it can do everything – and sometimes what you want to with it is too complex.

Enter Action PC Baseball by Dave Koch Sports. One of the things I enjoy with the football games is the historical set, where you can use almost anyone who played in the NFL from 1940 onwards.

The baseball game has a similar set, using anyone who played in the MLB from the game’s inception in 1876. To me that’s the “porn” of these games. How would the best handle the best? How would Gerrit Cole handle Babe Ruth?

Anyway, I enjoy tinkering with these sort of things.

Flap On, Flap Off

The conclusion of the flapper replacement story proved mostly anticlimactic.

I didn’t get the part until Sunday, so I played bathroom attendant most of the weekend – putting the loose or floppy flapper back on its moorings every time it was used.

Studying the instructions of the new flapper thoroughly, I got the new flapper in place in about 20 minutes. I accidentally detached a valve from the stopper mechanism to the flapper pipe but fixed that with a bit of trial and error.

I thought replacing the flapper would fix other problems too. You see – ahem – the toilet would get stubborn if you used the toilet to answer the more complicated part of nature’s calls if you get what I mean. Since I replaced the flapper, that seems to have gotten way less complicated, and my plunger appreciates the downtime.

All in a day’s work, I guess.

My Kingdom For A Flapper

My latest house adventure involves one of those devices you don’t normally think of in life: a toilet flapper.

Late last night, I discovered that my flapper – a piece of rubber that goes over the drain that releases an empty tank of clean water that goes into the toilet after you flush your waste out – was malfunctioning. The right half of the flapper wasn’t setting back in place over the drain, and was going off randomly in the tank. The mechanism thus acts as if you never removed your hand from the flush handle, and it keeps going and going until I manually go into the tank and restore it to its right place.

Before last night, I didn’t know any of this – but some quick research modern times allows me, and I have the problem analyzed in 15 minutes. The solution: buy a new flapper for five bucks at Walmart.com that I will get delivered today or tomorrow.

Prior to a few years ago, I was nowhere near a master of plumbing and/or toilet repair. So far this year, I’ve figured out how to install a new toilet seat – and with any luck in the next couple of days, I’ll figure out how to detach a faulty flapper and fix up a new one.

Until then, I have to play toilet attendant. To be continued.

Aircheck: WTVT-TV, 1975

If you haven’t heard yet, long time WTVT weatherman (better known these days as Fox 13 in Tampa) Roy Leep passed away yesterday (June 1, 2021) at age 88.

This video was released by Fox 13 yesterday – what appears to do a demo tape of sorts of the WTVT weather studios. What’s amazing about this is that it was shot in 1975. Cable TV was relatively new, as were computers and domestic use of videotape.

Leep must have gotten so many requests from schools and the generally curious to tour the facilities that he found it easier to just show everything on videotape – such as tape was in the mid-1970’s. For its era, it was very impressive!

The number of youngsters Roy inspired – who knows. I imagined he inspired the minds of many, and impressed upon us the importance of taking weather seriously when it threatens us.