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07:43 pm: Not Sleeping

I got up so late yesterday that I got offline just in time for the late news. I read the paper and then planned to go to bed early. As I stood up, I realized I hadn't taken the evening BP. I figured I could just sit for another 15 minutes petting Spirit and then go to read in bed. I picked up my glass of iced tea to get more ice and realized I hadn't had the rehydration fluid yet. So I picked the shortest of the DVDs I had here and took the BP and finished the drink.

I went to bed to read at 2am and planned to read until 5am and set my alarm to 1pm. I was actually awake until just before 10am and when the alarm went off, I just stayed in bed. Junie started bashing me about 3pm, and I got up at 3:30pm. I'll try to stay up long enough for a regular sleep time and hope that works.

I'm washing bed linen at the moment -- as usual, Loki and Junie are very unhappy as I take layers of the linen off the bed. They move to the next and then the next and when the mattress pad is the only thing there, they come to sit out here.

When I was a teenager and we lived here, on special days we went to Giffords, that had the most wonderful ice cream. Recently the man who was the ice cream wholesaler and owned the four stores sold the stores to an investor with the agreement in the contract that they would continue to use Giffords. When he took his kids for cones, he found them using a premium version of a grocery store ice cream. Now they're fighting over breach of contract and the stores are almost gone, just like many times in the past.

Years ago, Congress said the tracing of gun sellers' illegal sales couldn't be made public by investigators. Fortunately, the WashPost has worked on that and has a very interesting article about Maryland's gun stores that sell the largest number of guns used on crimes.

Some large companies that got tax money to bail them out are now giving big donations to candidates, mostly Republicans. Some of the companies haven't paid off their debt yet, either.

It turns out I'm not part of the New Elite -- are you?

A nuclear powered British sub ran into rocks off the Isle of Skye. The really bad part of it is that an identical sub ran into the same rocks eight years ago.

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From:tavella
Date:October 25th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
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Gifford's! We went to the one on Lee Highway when I was young, though it closed before I was even a teenager. Ceiling fans, black and white tile, wrought iron tables, it was the very essence of a old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 25th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
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That's the one we went to, too! Yeah, and the ice cream had an obscene amount of fat, which is why it was so good!
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From:tavella
Date:October 25th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Did you live in Arlington? We lived over on Nottingham, near Reed.

I found a chowhound link that reminded me of how when you got the sundae, the chocolate sauce (so good!) came on the side in a little pitcher so that you could apply it as you ate instead of melting the whole sundae.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 25th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Yes, we were close enough to Stratford (now H-B Woodlawn) to go through the tunnel under Lee Highway and then I walked to Washington-Lee for two years.

I had caramel, but yes, it was cool that you could add it when you wanted. I do the same thing with dressings at restaurants.
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From:dd_b
Date:October 25th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
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The problem with "gun trace" data is that the police record when they have "contact" with a gun, rather than when a gun is actually used in a crime. If they temporarily impound a gun used by a homeowner in self-defense, that goes into the trace database. As I understand it, the trace data doesn't record what KIND of contact, so you can't tell if the gun was in the possession of a criminal, or if it was actually used in a crime, from the trace data.

Hence, it's useless, and hence the push for forbidding using it for much of anything.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 25th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Fortunately, the WashPost didn't use the police record. The article says how they got the info. Today has Virginia's and I'll put that in today's post. (I knew you'd comment!)
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From:dd_b
Date:October 25th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
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It might actually be useful, maybe, to trace guns back to the source; if it wasn't well-known to everybody which stores were sloppy and which stores were strict (which it is, generally). If so, then probably the formal gun trace mechanism should be amended to generate useful information (it seems like what they do now is basically stupid and a waste of time). In fact, it should be either eliminated, or fixed, seems like! (People generally on my side of the issue will often fight on principle against anything resembling registration and tracking, which might make this hard to implement; dunno if it would be seen as a sane compromise or not. Maybe with a sunset clause and a call for evaluation then to see if it had in fact been useful?)

"Gun trace" generally refers to the federal system that goes back to the police reports. If they got something from a truly independent source then of course it doesn't have the same flaws.
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