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I made a cryptic remark about my job in the previous post. To clarify: I am currently on furlough, with 80% of my pay forked over by the government. The furlough scheme is expected to continue until October, though at some point the government will reduce their share to 60% and my employer will have to cover 20%.

When that happens, I expect to be laid off. Or return to work on a tiny fraction of my usual hours. Me, and many hundreds of thousands of other people, I expect.

The problem is, we operate out of a very (VERY) old building. It simply cannot be made flu safe – the doorways and stairs are too narrow and we can’t just be slathering sanitizer on a historic building. Every single one of us is in the ‘at risk’ category, for one reason or another. Mostly age.

I’m fine with it. When things return to normal, I will be rehired. Meanwhile, I still have enough of a buffer to pay my liquor bill.

So. Boring.

Several days ago, I heard a cat eating out of a bowl in the kitchen. Dry kibble eaten out of a ceramic bowl makes a distinct clinking sound. Sure it was that wascally neighborhood cat who dips in the kitchen window and steals food, I let out an almighty howl.

This made big cat (pictured) rocket across the room, across my bare foot, cutting three impressive gashes as he went. Holy jeez, did it bleed.

Turns out, it was Welly in the kitchen all along. And I got a neat scar!

You know, I wouldn’t mind if this cat had a bit of my food. He’s a farm cat, and they tend to be deliberately underfed, poor bastards. But this is a big intact male who beats up my cats and sometimes pisses all over the kitchen for good measure.


Comment from Drew458
Time: June 23, 2020, 9:08 pm

UK still on total lockdown? What for? This thing is 98% over, over there. Especially your corner.

Barber shops finally opened here in NJ yesterday, with a list of 23 asinine requirements, including Karen-ing and contact tracing. It’s insane, but every hair shop in the state was full up.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 23, 2020, 9:29 pm

The really sinister thing over here is that under the latest proposals they are going to make anyone entering a pub register. The excuse is so that they can be traced if there’s a further outbreak. So why not visitors to cinemas, restaurants and museums?

We need some hangings. And fast.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 23, 2020, 10:05 pm

Didn’t you know? Covid only infects people at family gatherings, churches or some other CIS Normie gathering where no one is complaining about things that really matter like slave owners who have been dead and gone for well over 200 years.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 23, 2020, 10:27 pm

The lockdown is more or less lifted as of July 4 (heh heh…Independence Day). But I guess they’ll extend the furlough scheme for businesses who feel they can’t open. That’s us.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: June 23, 2020, 11:22 pm

My husband works for an international hotel chain. He was furloughed at the end of April. He was indefinitely laid off as of June 30. Lucky for us he retired from the military reserves this month. I was planning on working for another couple of months until my hospital decided to eliminate my raise and and my pension contributions. So I will work this weekend and then I am retired!!!
We’ve moved up the movers to haul our stuff to the Sunshine state a bit earlier…and there it is.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 24, 2020, 12:03 am

Speaking of hangings, those of you who have heard of NASCAR, an American car racing series, made have heard recently about the horrible racist scandal they have recently had – in the racetrack garage assigned to a certain Black driver, a noose was discovered – clearly a racist action. NASCAR swore to ban whoever did this from the series for life, and there was a parade held by the other drivers in support of the victim.

The FBI was called in to investigate, and after a week of interrogations got to the truth and motive behind the noose.

Turns out it wasn’t a noose, it was merely a loop tied in the rope that pulls down the garage door and it was just there as something to grab on to. Then, there’s photographic evidence that the door pull loop was there last October… while the Black driver was only assigned (more or less randomly) to this particular garage last week.


So I urge you all to carefully examine your garage door pulls in case some racist has tied a loop in it in hope that someday a Black visitor to your home will discover it and be intimidated by it… and then you’d have some ‘xplainin’ to do.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 24, 2020, 2:12 am

We used to tie hangman’s nooses in venetian blind pulls as kids.

Yeah, I saw the “NooseCar” noose photo. Big threat to a GI-Joe, or maybe an Elmo doll.

The media would have you believe we are a nation of giant pantywetting sissy babies.

Armybrat! Congrats! I’ve taken up “mountain biking” and just finished converting a broken Ikea table I found on the curb into footrests for the chairs on our screened porch. It positively amazes me now how much time there is in a day.
A considerable portion of which goes into NAPPING!

It’s been like the summer of my senior year before I started Community College and had to grow up, back 1000 years ago.

Comment from Pupster
Time: June 24, 2020, 6:43 pm

Thanks for the update on your status Stoatie. I’ve only known you for 10 years or so but I’m concerned about your well being. Mrs. Pupster has scored a pretty sweet gig as “marketing manager” for a couple of co-op grocery stores, she does their social media posts, emails and takes care of their web pages all from the comfort of home. Sometimes she could use some help / contractor assistance if you are looking for billable hours.

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