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He knew he was a loooooser

Hi everyone, sorry I’ve been absent. I came down with Covid the day after Thanksgiving. It’s not serious at all. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I had it because it feels like a cold. But I got a test just to be sure and was shocked AF when the red line appeared. Yes! I was getting FOMO. Now I can say that it took me almost three years to get it. In the meantime, I’ve had the vaccine, boosters and the bivalent vaccine. I credit that for my mild symptoms. No fever, still tasting everything, no aches and pains. Just a cold. I’ve notified my contacts. Im isolating. I’ve got my DayQuil/NyQuil pack and Kleenex. Should be back at the gym by the end of the week.

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.

Now, back to the post:

George Conway tweeted this today. I’m assuming that KellyAnne was testifying before the Jan 6 committee or a grand jury or something:

What annoyed me about this quote is the idea that he lost to “Fucking Joe Biden”, as if the presidential election was some kind of popularity contest. This would be a misreading of history on Trump’s part.

We Democratic primary voters started to realize that we needed a candidate that everyone could get behind quickly and who wouldn’t cause any major divisions. We selected Joe Biden because we felt he would have the greatest appeal. But he was chosen not because we thought he would be dynamic or charismatic. He was chosen to be the Dutch boy with his finger in the dike. He didn’t have to be wildly popular. He just had to be solid enough to hold back the sea.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Trump saw the election as who was liked more. It’s his personality disorder. He can’t see the world in any other way.

But what did surprise me was how good Biden turned out to be. He really was the right person at the right time. I think he will be very well reviewed by presidential historians. Apart from Afghanistan, he’s made excellent decisions and I’m grateful that he’s been in charge for the last two years.

Better yet, if anyone asks me what it is about Biden I like, I can list a bunch of accomplishments not least of which is calming the waters that were stirred up by Big Orange’s tempest. It’s pitiful that his approval rating is still low. He deserves better. But as I said, he will rank pretty highly in the most effective presidents list someday.

And Donald won’t.

Thanksgiving Week Wordles

I hope that everyone had a reasonably nice Thanksgiving!

I tried to stay away from listening to or reading the news. We just went through a grueling election process, and then of course there are all the consequences, plus more upsetting events. So I will just recount my week playing Wordle.

For anyone who is interested, I have played Wordle 315 times, according to the statistics. I have missed the answer only two times; one when I was just starting and did not play it with much of a plan, and I got down to jerky (like beef jerky) or perky, and I guessed jerky, and it was perky,

Then the rather infamous one which their stats showed was the least answered correctly of any they have had. That was parer, which I guess is a kitchen tool that pares potatoes and apples. I and all the other players were faced with pa – er, which gave one many choices, which one could not eliminate enough of by trying to use words which had two or three of them . There was pacer, pager, paler, paner, paper, parer, pater, paver, pawer, and payer. As Beata has noted, answers like that do not test vocabulary or skill, it is just a mater of trying to figure out what word they chose. My final guess was paver, which seems a better word than parer, but so was payer. Blah.

Now I also had the one I wrote about, where my fourth guess was shrub, and I saw the spaces light up green, and I thought they all had, so I turned it off, only to find the next day that the word was shrug, which I certainly would have gotten with shru- and two more guesses.

Then I have actually forgotten to do the game a few times lately. On election day, and on a few other occasions. Wordle does not count those as wrong guesses, but you lose your streak. My one big streak was 202, until the shrub incident.

Here is briefly how Thanksgiving Week Wordle went. It was mostly pretty easy, maybe they had sympathy during the holidays, or they are running out of words1

Monday was the hard one, at least for me. After three tries, I had o, a, and i, not in the right spots. I had eliminated a few consonants, but I had no idea where to go next. What letter started the word? One of the vowels? Something else? I thought of oi combinations, then io. Not radio, no r or d. I went through consonants in my head; b, f, g, h, on to x, z. I could think of nothing, but then I thought of m, and then suddenly I thought of Axiom, and that seemed right, and it was my fourth guess .I was proud of this one, I thought it was hard.

Tuesday was pretty easy I had i, e, and r, and then p, And the p was first. So it was pride or prime or price, but I had eliminated c, so either pride or prime, and I just thought that Prime was more likely, so I got it on my fourth guess.

Wednesday was about as easy. I had e, d, r, and i by the second guess, and d was not fourth, so it had to be first, d r i – e, and so Drive. I got it on the third guess, which is unusual for me, I most often get it in four, or then five, with three being less likely, and six less than that . I have only gotten it in two guesses twice, I think.

Thursday was Thanksgiving Day, and not one of my best guessing moments. After two guesses, I had a, e, t and s. The t was not first, so not tease. A was third. E was not last..So not state or stale or stave. I suddenly thought of yeast, and I thought that was the word! But it was not, though it showed – e a s t. So I thought, either least or beast! And rather than test out both letters in a word like blank or table, I just guessed least. NO. So I guessed beast. NO! That was five guesses! Fortunately, the only word left was the obvious one, Feast1 Sigh. At least it is a nice word,

Friday’s word was not as pleasant, but it was easy. By three tries, I had i, c, h,t,y. All the letters! And Itchy had to be the answer!

Saturday was also easy, as I had all the letters by three guesses again. e, a, c, l, n. Clean!

Sunday showed me the letters a p , h, and y, after three guesses. Happy! Thanksgiving! Feast!