||[Jan. 3rd, 2019|10:21 pm]
Warning: more complaints (in case anybody's getting tired of them.) Last night my tooth was aching again, and today my ingrown toenail was giving me a bad time, so I hobbled about all day. I still managed to go for a short walk up the block about sunset, but it took longer than usual. I'm also getting some cramping in my neck, probably as a result of not having had an adjustment in two months. I really need to find a good chiropractor soon. Aside from that, and being too cold all day, I was only moderately miserable. At least I don't have the norovirus. |
The big RV that was parked in the driveway for the last week or so was gone this evening. I don't know if this is temporary or permanent. I never found out who was in the thing, but I think they were the ones who were hogging the washing machine and dryer. If it wasn't them then one of the other tenants must have been doing it, and I can't look forward to better access when doing my laundry. I hope it was the RV-ers.
One of the trains is going by on the other side of town right now. Damn, those things are loud. The horns blow almost constantly as they pass through the old part of Chico, which has several crossings close together. Though I'd rather live in the older part of Chico than out here in this 1970s neighborhood across the freeway I keep thinking how much louder the trains would be there. I wonder if the charm and walkability would be worth the extra noise. Several trains a day pass through the town, so there would be frequent annoyance. But then I'm stuck here with a one year lease, so it's just an academic question for now anyway.
Still no pictures of any of my cats among those trapped by the volunteers today. If the rain due Saturday starts on Friday night, tonight will be the last dry night for quite a while, and I don't know how many of the trappers will be wanting to go out in the rain, or how many cats will venture out of whatever dryish hiding places they've got. It's likely to be way more miserable up there than I am down here, and that's pretty miserable.
Just heard an loud engine in the driveway and it looks like the RV is back. Ah, well.
Shopping is almost a certainty happening tomorrow. I hope I can get to all the stores this time. Between them I should be able to get sale items that will last me through most of January. I have no idea what my gas bill will be here, so I want to economize on groceries as much s possible, just in case. Tonight I just had soup for dinner, it being so cold, and I don't have beer with soup. Maybe I'll drink the beer now. It might help me get to sleep. I'm eager to get under the warm, if recalcitrant, covers. I really wish I could find some old-fashioned wool blankets, though. The stores around here have nothing but heavy comforters, synthetic fleece, and twisty, snaggy vellour blankets these days.
Any army surplus stores? A possible source of wool blankets.
I believe there is one in the south end of Chico, but I've never been there. There were actually two military surplus stores in Paradise, one of which sold wool blankets custom made for it, but I believe both of those stores burned down (I know for certain at least one did.)
I have a tendency toward ingrown toenails, so I feel for you. They can hurt so much that they throb at night, keeping me from sleeping. And, during the day walking is painful - especially if my shoes are not roomy and / or push down on them. My nails naturally curve sharply inward.
When things have gotten unbearable (and that's happened twice), I've had the toe nails cut away from the side by a doctor (with the use of local anesthesia - I couldn't do it without it), but they always grow back in the same fashion. What helps most is to keep the toe nails cut straight across and not too short, and I also think keeping my feet from getting too dry and scaly helps.
I had an ingrown toenail (on the other foot) cut out when I was about thirteen or so, and it was a very unpleasant experience. It never got ingrown again, but it grew back crooked and is always trying to slice open the toe next to it if I don't keep it well trimmed.
The big problem with the one I have now is that it is ingrown on both sides, so the nail looks like a tube sticking out of the end off my toe. I've been unable to find any tools for trimming my nails that work as well as the set I lost in the fire (I had the drawer they were in open to get a stash of money out just before I left, and have been kicking myself ever since for not grabbing those clippers, too.)
Ran across this today, don't know exaclty what it means for any of us, though.
In an effort to shield itself from billions of dollars in potential liability costs for its role in California's deadly wildfires, utility company PG&E is considering filing for bankruptcy protection for parts or all of its business, Reuters reports.
The backdrop: The company's equipment was linked to 17 wildfires in 2017, and has been in crisis mode since it disclosed an outage minutes before last year's Camp Fire began. PG&E said on Friday that it's shaking up its board of directors and is reportedly looking to sell its natural gas division to raise cash, according to NPR. With Friday's losses, PG&E's share price has dropped 60% since the Camp Fire broke out. A spokesperson told Axios PG&E "does not comment on market rumor or speculation."
This does not surprise me. Media here are full of ads from lawyers offering to sue on behalf of property owners. But PG&E's big worry is probably the big insurance companies, which have already shelled out billions to their policy holders. They will want to recover as much of that as they can, and if PG&E can be blamed they will devour it.
I don't see any way out for the utility. The morning of the fire my brother-in-law got a call from a PG&E employee he was doing some work for, an the guy said he wouldn't be around that day because he had been dispatched by the company to Pulga because a downed line had started a fire. When we were on the bus being evacuated a few hours later a woman was talking to someone on her cellphone about the downed power line that had started the fire, so that information had already spread about as fast as the fire did. PG&E is probably toast, as it were. I wouldn't be surprised if some of its executives ended up doing time, once the State Attorney General's office gets involved.