Monthly Archives: August 2014

Washington County:  It’s very bucolic

HT to my friend Jim, who noted this on the FB.

Huffpo notes some nice educational trends, and it’s hard to argue with that.   I would note what they are missing.  Washington County is bucolic as all get out, and people dig that.


Along with sand and time, it’s like knowledge falling through the hourglass….

I’m so deep.

Up top is a peacemaker clone revolver, one of the first, as it left the factory in 1956.

Bottom is a barrel and frame I had sent out for work, that I just got back.  I needed the front sight stuck in its slot and soldered, then the barrel blued.

So my young gunsmith with a production bluing shop put the sight in backwards, and did a good job of soldering it permanently.  I’ve seen this on bubba’d up guns from back in the day you see here and there.  But it didn’t even occur to me that a pro gunsmith would not know which direction the sail on the sight points on a Colt single action style revolver.  But it happened, because the guy is young and this stuff is not relevant anymore.

I’m not angry at all, just bemused.  I do have to fix the sight, but I think I got it figured out.

Wanted : Vat 69

I skimmed Band of Brothers this summer. I missed it ten years ago, did not have cable then. It’s excellent, of course. But I didn’t get deeply submerged in it now for one reason or another. As an American born after, I do know plenty about THE WAR.

In Band of Brothers Ron Livingston drank Vat 69 whiskey. I think that’s wonderfully retro, and I know they still make it. I’m looking for some. I struck out at the first store I went to.

Lollie arrest #stribpol FNB Building

I walked down the Skyway through FNB building again, cuz I like to eat the calzone in the Galtier food court. Re Lollie a couple corrections form me are in order.

First… I don’t know why I was seeing elevator doors in that common space, cuz there’s no elevator. I was delusional in my initial recollection. The point remains, there is this broad space in the skyway in which there’s some café seating, ostensibly for people to …. wait around. It’s a waiting lounge of some sort, and there’s no way it’s ‘employee seating’. It screams semi-public or public space.

Other correction is, that deli is not a D’ Brians. It’s called “Real Meal’

Anywho, in all of the reports I read the right questions are being contemplated.

I will note additionally, that weeks ago in our discussion of Ferguson I observed that being a metropolitan patrol officer in a city or first tier suburb is about a $100k job these days.

I was wrong. These three officers that arrested Lollie – Hayne, Schmidt, and Johnson – seem to be consistent at around $85k.

See I’m snarking there. And it’s not that I don’t like it that people earn good money. But it seems to me these were $40k jobs twenty years ago. And not that the jobs haven’t gotten harder here, because they have, most certainly. But the quality of policing certainly isn’t any better for the money. These 3 certainly seem abysmal.

Lollie, @joshtpm, St. Paul

Among others, Josh at TPM was getting all indignant about this yesterday on the tweeter.

You know who uses the skyway a lot? ME! Notice I call my blog Zingy Skyway Lunch.

I diverted briefly off my normal walk this morning from my parking ramp to work. Instead, I walked through the skyway to the First National Bank building. I wanted to see where these skyway chairs that one can trespass on might be.

The skyway here runs through the second floor of the First National Bank building. There’s not a lot of public facing business in this spot of the skyway. There are a couple of what appear to be governmental bureaus, for instance an economic development outlet. Also a receptionist desk, where some rent a cop type receptionists sit. Also, a hair salon and I think one of these cheesy lunch places. I think it’s a D Brian’s, which is nearer to the Endicott skyway outlet.

But ….. there is a row of chairs arranged in café style seating in a broad expanse in front of the elevator doors in the FNB building. It might be that the elevators themselves are a secured entrance to the floors above, and the café seating is there so visitors can wait pleasantly for an escort to guide them up. Note, the FNB building is not the home of FNB, which probably got absorbed by another bank a long time ago. The FNB building is just a big ol’ downtown legacy building, subdivided for commercial office space.

There’s nothing else of note in the skyway there, and particularly, there’s not what appears to an ‘employee’ area that isn’t barred by a locked door in the first place. So I’m left to assume Lollie was waiting for his kids here in the café chairs, this a spot that screams ‘sit here for a moment while you need, as this is a public place’. It’s either lunch seating for the aforementioned D Brian’s, or it’s a place to wait while your escort arrives from the elevator.

Now, I can anticipate there might be a landlord and police explanation that says this isn’t supposed to be seating for patrons of the daycare center. Thus if you’re doing that and you do not leave when asked, you’re ostensibly trespassing. But that’s unmitigated BS policy by the landlord. It’s discriminatory, and so transparent that I feel not much obligation to belabor it now. I do look at it as less racial than it is a class thing, but it’s unacceptable either way. No doubt the guy got asked to leave because he’s young black man that didn’t appear to be a professional type.

In weeks past as we discussed Ferguson I noted that police routinely abuse their power to book ‘offenders’ for disorderly conduct. They did it here, obviously. It’s also a bit alarming to observe how this lady cop plays ‘good cop’ until a big old creep man cop can arrive to muscle and tase this guy. I think you expect more from ladies, rightly or wrongly. But you also hope I guess that the slot they fill on the patrol roster is more than just ceremonial / superficial. If this gal is so willing to abet this system, why can’t she club and tase the guy herself?