Sunday, October 24, 2021

Tails from the Back Seat: On the Road Again

One, two, a one, two, three, four
On the road again
Just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is making music with my friends
And I can't wait to get on the road again

From Snowflakes (Missoula, MT)...

...To Sunshine (Salt Lake City, UT)

On the road again
Goin' places that I've never been

Quintessential boondocking (Springville, UT)

Seein' things that I may never see again
And I can't wait to get on the road again

Starting at $19/hour! Wonder how much a burger costs? (Moab, UT)

On the road again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We're the best of friends
Insisting that the world keep turning our way
And our way
Is on the road again

Backseat Best Buddies

I just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin' music with my friends
And I can't wait to get on the road again
Just get in the car and drive!


Saturday, July 31, 2021

A Thought Experiment


A simulated conversation with the CDC:

ME: CDC, should I get a jab if I already had Covid?
CDC: “Yes, you should be jabbed regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.”
ME: Oh, so we don’t know how long natural immunity lasts. So, how long does jab-induced immunity last?
CDC: “There is still a lot we’re learning about jabs and CDC is constantly reviewing evidence and updating guidance. We don’t know how long protection lasts for those jabbed.”
ME: Okay, but wait a second. I thought you said the reason I need the jab was because we don’t know how long my natural immunity lasts, but you’re saying we ALSO don’t know how long jab immunity lasts either. So, how exactly is the jab immunity better than my natural immunity?
CDC: …..............

ME: Uh … alright. But, haven’t there been a bunch of studies suggesting that natural immunity could last for years or decades? The New York Times just reported a study showing this.
CDC: Yes. 
ME: Ah. So natural immunity might last longer than jab immunity?
CDC: Possibly.
ME: Okay. If I get the jab, does that mean I won’t get sick? In the UK, the NHS is reporting that they are entering a seasonal spike and that half of their infections and hospital admissions are jabbed people. Isreal is reporting the same results. Is this happening in the U.S.?

CDC: We stopped tracking breakthrough cases. We accept voluntary reports but aren’t out there looking for them.

ME: Does that mean that if someone comes in the hospital with Covid, you don’t track them because they’ve been jabbed? You only track the un-jabbed Covid cases?
CDC: That’s right.
ME: Hmm. Well, if I can still get sick after I get the jab, how is it helping me?
CDC: We never said you wouldn’t get sick. We said it would reduce your chances of serious illness or death.

ME: Oh, sorry. Alright, exactly how much does it reduce my chances? According to your data, I have a 99.7% chance of surviving a Covid infection.
CDC: We don’t know “exactly.”
ME: Oh. Then what’s your best estimate for how much risk reduction there is?
CDC: We don’t know, okay? Next question.
ME: Um, if I’m healthy and don’t want the jab, is there any reason I should get it?
CDC: Yes, for the collective.

ME: How does the collective benefit from me getting jabbed?
CDC: Because you could spread the virus to someone else who might get sick and die.
ME: Can a jabbed person spread the virus to someone else?
CDC: Yes.
ME: So if I get jabbed, I could still spread the virus to someone else?
CDC: Yes.

ME: But I thought you just said, the REASON I should get poked was to prevent me spreading the virus? How does that make sense if I can still catch Covid and spread it after getting the jab?
CDC: Never mind that. Also, if you stay un-jabbed, there’s a chance the virus could possibly mutate into a strain that escapes the jab's protection, putting all jabbed people at risk.
ME: So the jab stops the virus from mutating?

CDC: No.
ME: So it can still mutate with the jab?
CDC: Yes.
ME: This seems confusing. If the jab doesn’t stop mutations, and it doesn’t stop infections, then how does me getting jabbed help prevent a more deadly strain from evolving to escape the jab?

CDC: You aren’t listening, okay? The bottom line is: as long as you are un=jabbed, you pose a threat to jabbed people.
ME: But what KIND of threat??
CDC: The threat that they could get a serious case of Covid and possibly die.
ME: My brain hurts. Didn’t you JUST say that the jab doesn’t stop people from catching Covid, but prevents a serious case or dying? Now it seems like you’re saying jabbed people can still easily die from Covid, even after they got the jab, because they caught from an un-jabbed person! Which is it??

CDC: That’s it, we’re hanging up now.
ME: Wait! I just want to make sure I understand all this. So, even if I ALREADY had Covid, I should STILL get jabbed, because we don’t know how long natural immunity lasts, and we also don’t know how long jab immunity lasts….
…And I should get the jab to keep a jabbed person from catching Covid from me, but even if I get the jab, I can still give it to a jabbed person anyways. And, the other jabbed person can still easily catch a serious case of Covid from me and die. Do I have all that right?

ME: Um, hello? Is anyone there?

Bonus question for the Internet...

I have found more than a dozen of controlled, randomized, peer reviewed studies from all over the world showing that masks do not have any impact on controlling the spread of viruses including Covid. I have been searching relentlessly for a controlled, randomized, peer reviewed study that does show masks stop or slow the spread of viruses/Covid. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could send me a link to such a study.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

See the darkness but don't dwell in it...

 ...Just have fun with it.


If you are a delicate flower, don't read any further.

Left Wing Logic (then and now)

Monday, May 31, 2021

Tails from the Back Seat: Chapter Three

After 14-1/2 years of love, laughter, and loyalty, Jake retired peacefully in Quartzsite this Spring.
Taking over the post of Top Dog is well-trained Wesson and her "sidearm" Smith :-)


Monday, March 22, 2021

Tails from the Back Seat: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

An Ode to Wesson from Jake

Not by birth
But family fate
My sister Wesson 
Is quite a mate 


She's always spunky
And ready to play
It doesn't matter
The time of day

All year round
In snow and sun
Wesson's my girl
Who wants to have fun

As her big brother
There's been much to teach
Poise, Pride, and Confidence
All within reach

Sometimes she's silly
And sometimes she's cool
But let me tell you
She's nobody's fool

Not shy in the slightest
No challenge too great
Her play pals fall often
For taking her bait

A winner by nature
Right from the start
And still to this day
She wins everyone's heart


A clever young pup
And one Halloween
She wanted to be 
A Super Dog Queen

A tablecloth folded
The corner all ate
Resulted in being
The perfect blue cape

She's dashing and daring
And fast on the double
Especially when
She knows she's in trouble

She can act tough
And be quite a poser
But that's just a fake
'Cuz everyone knows her

She's friendly and sweet
And my favorite pal
She likes to have fun
She's one heck of a gal

Happy 4th Birthday, Wesson
Love, Jake


Come on, Jake, she's ready to take the picture

Okay, We're ready now


Hey, wait for me

Sometimes guys just wanna have fun too!


Standing in this cold snow is NOT amusing

Neither is laying on this hot sand


Who says you never get a second chance... make a first impression!!