Segregation.

We’ve been working hard on this trip, very hard. When we first arrived 10 days ago one of our primary missions was to find a decent bar which had good food where we could hang out at the end of the day and unwind. I had particular requirements for this watering hole. It had to be clean, it had to be staffed with friendly and attractive servers, it had to have good quality food and drink, and ideally it had to be within walking distance of our hotel. This search turned out to be much harder than I had anticipated.

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Computer shopping in the USA.

I’ve been having computer problems. This is the explanation for my lack of posting the last few days. I have lots to talk about but my equipment is letting me down. This is where you guys chime in with something along the lines of a carpenter is only as good as his tools or some other crap like that. My laptop screen packed it in yesterday after 9 years. I suppose that’s a good run but it could have chosen a better time. On top of that my pale Moon browser is doing crazy things with WordPress. I can hardly use the site it’s so bad. I’d use another browser but I don’t have my account password with me and the darn thing is long and complicated, like most of my relationships.

What I’m trying to say in a long winded way is that the posting has been light for a reason. It’s outta my control, folks. So I’ve decided to pick up a laptop while I’m over here. I know that in the past I’ve received a few comments and suggestions on what to buy from my regular readers. But like I said it’s difficult to even scroll back and find those past comments at the moment.

So any suggestions would be most appreciated. I need to purchase it at a physical store. I’ve seen a Best Buy down here but I don’t know if that’s a good retailer. The laptop has to be able to handle recording podcasts, but I’m not going to use it for gaming or anything like that. Something reliable, comfortable, fairly powerful, and maybe even a bit sexy. I’m assuming a solid state drive is the best idea. This laptop will be my blogging tool of choice for the next few years, so in a way you’re all slightly invested in this.

PS, I’ve finally discovered where the hawt chicks are in this town. And I have to say that I’m impressed. Very impressed.

Sunday lifting thread – working out while traveling.

Since I got into powerlifting and I educated myself on the subject, my choice of gyms that are suitable for my needs has been severely curtailed. For example, it took me many months to find a good gym in Holland which is a 30 minute drive from my house on a good day. Coming home from work the commute to the gym and then to home adds significantly to the length of my travel, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The right gym is a gift. My gym is large and spacious with top quality equipment dedicated to serious lifting. It is always clean and it has good light. The temperature is just right; just a little south of comfortably warm. The instructors are knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. The clientele are the same. Nobody wanders into this gym by accident; you have to want to come here. It is a destination.

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Falling into the groupthink trap.

Victor Davis Hanson’s new book, The Case for Trump, has been released. I have not yet read it, (I will very soon), but some people already have and are very impressed with it. Smitty has been tweeting some quotes from the book and this one in particular caught my eye.

We should be careful not to fall into the same trap with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The disease at the heart of the empire.

Note: the hawt chicks & links thread will return at the end of the month.

One of the things that is noticeable in this part of the USA is the sense of imbalance. Everything is oversized; the cars, the cups, the road signs, and of course the people. There are a lot of really big people down here, and I’m not alluding to bone density. I am in Louisiana but I assume that this is the norm all around the country. You first encounter the fatness on a trip to America at your own local international airport. The boarding lounge for your flight will contain a fair number of Americans returning home, and it is here that you first understand that in many ways you are about to enter an alien world. There are all types of fatties; every race and supposed gender is represented among the legions of the overweight.

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