Tuesday, December 1, 2020

COVID Skiing

A face covering is required.

Once all the hassles are dealt with, the awesomeness remains!

Only four people allowed into a restroom that usually takes 20+.

No eating indoors. Take the food out to the car.

Also, I skied single which meant that I could ride up a quad chairlift by myself or with one other person, each of us sitting at opposite ends of the chair. 

There are many more COVID skiing issues, but this is a quick report. A few turns will get me through this pandemic.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Photo Essay of the New Cat Stuart


COVID requirements mandated a Zoom interview to see if we were suitable cat parents, then we picked up the guy in a box and took him home. Zero time bonding at the shelter or even looking at the dude. Really big unveil when we opened the box for the first time.


Smart-ass video to arrive tomorrow.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

No Joke: Beware of Scams on Craigslist

 Back when the kids were, well, kids, we used Craigslist quite a bit to trade baby gear.

Generally, we had good experiences, although some people would say they were stopping by to pick up an item and never show up.

Today, after ten plus years not using Craigslist, I needed to sell some Subaru wheels and so returned to post an ad. There were 3,000 postings in the wheels/tires section of the Portland Craigslist. I had no idea if that number represented a glut of used wheels or an active market.

Low and behold, with an hour of posting someone contacted me via text that she was interested in purchasing the wheels. Oh, and could I please send her the Google Voice verification code that had just been sent to my phone. This way, she explained, she would know if my ad was legitimate.

For a moment this sounded like an appropriate step to take when thinking about a purchase. Lucky for me I did an internet search, and the first ten items were articles telling how this was a scam. The would-be-wheel buyer wanted to steal my Google Voice account. She would then be able to use a phone number to do crime and the digital trail would lead to me.

We’ll see if I sell the wheels and keep the fraudsters at bay. I suspect I’m fresh bait for the more experienced scammers.  

Friday, November 27, 2020

Why the Internet Sucks

Every seven days I get on average 1.5K views of my blog. This is an astounding number given the irregular posts and paucity of quality content. Who the hell would read this?

When one digs into the stats a bit more, checking out the referring sites, the picture becomes less rosy.

I assume that hits from these specific sites, used by actual people, are the true number -- only 116 brave souls checked out Portdaddia in the last seven days. The remaining 1,524 hits are likely from bots that crawl the internet looking for spam opportunities or other weaknesses to take advantage. Around 1,116 hits come unattributed from China.

I enjoy the connection with actual people blogging provides. For years my mother responded (by email, because she couldn't figure out the comment section) to most posts until her Alzheimer's overwhelmed her. Other friends and family glance at the blog from time to time to see what current delusions I suffer under.

These statistics are another reminder that the main purpose of the internet is for commerce. My life is improved with modern communication technologies but it's good to keep in mind that AI is constantly scanning us. 

Thursday, November 26, 2020

I’ve Become A Hardcore Gamer

 It’s cold and wet outside. There is a pandemic. So, in the spirit of trying to keep current and pass time I downloaded Assassin’s Creed Valhalla onto my computer.

As this is my second video game in a decade, I am entitled required to declare that I am a hardcore gamer.

I told this to my family who barely looked up from their devices.

What got the kid convinced that civilization was ending was when I told him I had read a review about the game in the New York Times.

Elsewhere I read that one could play the game in “Dad Mode” and not have the action be a non-stop gore fest. Whatever. Perhaps a gore fest could be cathartic.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A Normal Discussion of Normal Weather

I own two bicycles – one for rain, and one for dry roads. The rain bike has fenders on it and is the less premium of the two bikes. Today I didn’t get rained on, but the wet leaf muck was so severe I had to hose off my bike after I came home.

Forty some degrees and damp is the normal weather for these parts at this time of year. I’m glad some things aren’t so shocking and out of whack. I feel good that the weather this week appears normal. We all need some normal after this year.

I’m also happy that it’s snowing in the mountains. Ski season will start in five days -- also fairly normal.