Wednesday Bag o’ Returned Mail

Clipboard014Is mail forwarding no longer a thing? I don’t know if people have gotten out of the habit of filing change-of-address forms with the post office, or if the post office still tracks stuff like that. Twice now, Christmas letters to a half-sister have come back marked undeliverable. The first time, two years ago, we called my other half-sister (they both live in the same town), got the new address, and reposted the letter. Apparently the first half-sister moved again after that, because it happened again last year. Donna called her yesterday, got the new address, and dug out an Easter card to send along with the letter that came back. She left it on my desk so I could write a note and sign it. Reader, forgive me, but the note wasn’t one of my best. The spirit had done up and left me.

Most everything’s shut down here, but the air force base is still open to retiree scum. We have an appointment there Friday morning to get Donna a new military ID card, and will swing by the commissary afterward to see if it has any of the things we need. We’re still in good shape, food- and supply-wise, but I’m beginning to wonder if the American consumer supply chain is as robust as politicians claim it is, because it sure doesn’t seem to be catching up with demand.


The motor (pronounced mo-tor … I love that ad!) has been sitting on its centerstand for a couple of weeks now, hooked up to a trickle charger. The other day, feeling bad for the both of us, I took it for a spin through the neighborhood. There’s no prohibition against riding, not that I’ve heard of, but I worry that if I go on a long ride something will happen that’ll require me to seek help, thereby risking exposure. My son’s still going on long rides from his home in Las Vegas, occasionally with motorcycle buddies (keeping mutual distance, to be sure), but he tells me it’s getting harder: Nevada has closed the scenic roads around Lake Mead to all but residents, and California’s starting to barricade side roads in Death Valley.


Our daisies are almost bright enough to light the driveway at night. Many an evening, when we were at Armed Forces Staff College in Virginia, we’d party with classmates at the NAS Norfolk officers’ club, which marked its circular driveway with blue recessed taxiway lights. I envied those and at one time thought about installing them alongside our driveway here, but realized if I did I’d become the living embodiment of a stereotype: How do you know someone’s a pilot? Don’t worry, he’ll tell you!

Polly Index: still working, still getting overtime shifts. And still in good health!

My Hash House Harrier brothers and sisters, unable to gather and run trail in these shelter-in-place days, have taken to virtual hashing on social media. Which is good. And not so good.

I long ago left most of the older, unmoderated Facebook hashing groups, which had turned into sex talk message boards. I know I come across as a prude here, but the sex talk that drove me away from those groups wasn’t merely degrading to women, a lot of it was downright misogynistic, as bad as the anti-Semitism and racism the wanna-be nazis spout.

So someone started a new Facebook hashing group in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and I naively joined. In my defense, the new group started out strong, with hashers from all over posting greetings, introductions, and favorite hashing photos. Sadly, it didn’t take long for the nasty boys to show up.

Why don’t our sister hashers shut these assholes down when they start posting that crap? Also, too … where are the moderators? Even if these groups don’t have their own moderators, you’d think Zuckerberg’s censors would remove, for example, a bukkake photo copied from a porn site, like the one that greeted me when I opened Facebook this morning.

Ah, well. I guess I am a prude. Gotta ask, though, you ladies who put up with this shit, are you perchance the ones who voted for Trump? Oh, and now hashers are explaining Rule #1 (there are no rules) to me. Huh, Flying Booger didn’t know that (insert sarcastic face emoji).

2 thoughts on “Wednesday Bag o’ Returned Mail

  • I saw the remarks on your comment on that group and was so disappointed in them. Specially those whom I’ve known for some time. I guess back in the day of hash-l there was plenty of that drivel but social media seems to have increased it all by several orders of magnitude.
    I was invited to join but never did. Still I get notifications but I can’t post. I’ll likely turn those notifications off like other hash groups to which I’ve been added only to later remove myself. perhaps we start a group of our own, hash prudes and old farts? Minimum age 50?

    We have a group that gathers in the week leading up to Camp Clearfork, minimum age 40 unless unanimous consent from the entire group. We just want peace and quiet while we enjoy the company of dear friends. (and we want those kids to stay off our lawns!)

    JRB Langley / Fort Eustis has restricted access to retirees to Monday and Tuesday unless you have an appointment or a certified emergency (not sure who makes that call – the gate guard?) We don’t shop there much anyway, but the commissary has been remarkably well stocked so far. Kroger and Costco will accept my money just as eagerly.

    I planted a rose bush 20 years ago. Never pruned it, never fertilized it, never did anything but in spite of my horticultural neglect it continues to thrive. She has no less than 20 buds growing and we should see blossoms in the next week or so. I keep thinking of cutting her back and trying to cultivate new plants from the cuttings. I saw it on youtube, it must be possible right?

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