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  • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
    A home-owner telling the prime minister and the media to move off his just re-seeded lawn is hilarious and, especially on this day and in this week, that they all dutifully did so is also deeply democratic.https://mobile.twitter.com/mhar4/sta...85294031523841
    That is priceless, I have been battling all of nature's lawn gremlins these past few weeks, im no where near his caliber but for me the fun is the process more than the lawn, nothing quite like the smell of fresh cut grass.

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    • Originally posted by DrJay View Post
      The hardest thing about wearing a mask? In the produce aisle, it's almost impossible to open the business end of the plastic bags without wetting your fingertips on your tongue.
      I've always found that the hardest part of the produce bags is figuring out which end to try open in the first place!

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      • Originally posted by gh View Post

        I've always found that the hardest part of the produce bags is figuring out which end to try open in the first place!
        Amen! Fortunately, my local markets have moved to bags that have a big OPEN on the appropriate end.

        My goto to open them is to touch something in the produce section infrastructure that is wet from the mister.

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        • Meanwhile....self service in Oregon is out again....at least in Eugene.....Hooray!

          Fortunately I didn't need gas for 3 months so I never had to pump my own....

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          • Originally posted by gh View Post

            I've always found that the hardest part of the produce bags is figuring out which end to try open in the first place!
            I can recall more than 20 years ago, pulling a bag open and dropping a few apples in only to find out I had pulled the bottom of the plastic bag apart. The plastic bags today at the grocer leave no ambiguity about which side to open but it wasnt so when I was hurrying young 20something.
            Last edited by user4; 06-04-2020, 09:20 PM.

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            • Don't listen to new Better Days (One Republic). Brutal earworm.
              If you want nice listen to "Survivors" Volvo, You tube narrated by D.Sutherland. Soothing.
              Last edited by Adam$; 06-04-2020, 09:27 PM.

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              • Meanwhile...

                Katherine Anne Porter wrote about the 1918 virus...Pale Horse, Pale Rider...she lost her fiance.....also Mary MacCarthy and her brother the actor Kevin MacCarthy lost both parents to the Spanish Flu....

                https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/0...-flu-pandemic/

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                • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                  Meanwhile...

                  Katherine Anne Porter wrote about the 1918 virus...Pale Horse, Pale Rider...she lost her fiance.....also Mary MacCarthy and her brother the actor Kevin MacCarthy lost both parents to the Spanish Flu....

                  https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/0...-flu-pandemic/
                  I had trouble getting thru that book. Not a fan of it. Better books on the 1918 pandemic are by John Barry and Gina Kolata, if you're interested.

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                  • Went to my 3d Doctors appointment. Half the staff had masks. Not the R.N. or the M.D. No questions asked re COVID symptoms. Doctor ( ortho) man handled me to check on neck muscle issue, so he was as close as one can get. So in 3 different visits I would give a B, A, C+. When my wife went we had to call from car and only she was allowed in. Is the A.M.A. suggesting guidelines? Maybe "suggesting" is the wrong word. Prescribing?

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                    • Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post

                      I had trouble getting thru that book. Not a fan of it. Better books on the 1918 pandemic are by John Barry and Gina Kolata, if you're interested.
                      I don't get your point. It's a novella not really meant to be a history.... I'm sure there are better books on WW1 than A Farewell to Arms...

                      I've read Crosby's book...plus lots of articles.

                      The historian Alfred W. Crosby considered Pale Horse, Pale Rider to be such an exceptional depiction of the suffering caused by the influenza that he dedicated his book about the 1918 epidemic to Porter. The author Robert Penn Warren said "Pale Horse, Pale Rider" was “at the top level, you know, in that collection of the world’s short novels.”
                      Last edited by Conor Dary; 06-09-2020, 10:05 PM.

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                      • Originally posted by jeremyp View Post
                        Went to my 3d Doctors appointment. Half the staff had masks. Not the R.N. or the M.D. No questions asked re COVID symptoms. Doctor ( ortho) man handled me to check on neck muscle issue, so he was as close as one can get. So in 3 different visits I would give a B, A, C+. When my wife went we had to call from car and only she was allowed in. Is the A.M.A. suggesting guidelines? Maybe "suggesting" is the wrong word. Prescribing?
                        went to my clinic yesterday: you can't get in the building without answering a verbal questionnaire about health and exposure (no temps taken though), swabbing your hands with sanitizer and and putting on one of their masks even if you're already wearing one. Once in side, all the waiting rooms have had half the furniture removed and there are no ancient magazines to read. Mask stays on for duration of visit other than for a quick slip of thermometer into your mouth in exam room. All staff fully masked at all times.

                        Amazing how much I missed being able to "read" what the doctor was thinking because of the covering.

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                        • Originally posted by gh View Post
                          Amazing how much I missed being able to "read" what the doctor was thinking because of the covering.
                          In a similar way I have the same realization about my level of hearing loss. Although I do not consider myself an adept lip-reader, my audiologist once commented that I manage pretty well considering the measurable hearing loss.

                          It is suddenly much more difficult to follow a conversation when the other parties are wearing a mask. Keeping a distance also hinders accurate hearing. Since mask-wearing and social distancing may be with us for a while, once my concern over visiting a doctor’s office during a pandemic subsides, I will probably go get a pair of hearing aids.

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                          • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                            Meanwhile...

                            Katherine Anne Porter wrote about the 1918 virus...Pale Horse, Pale Rider...she lost her fiance.....also Mary MacCarthy and her brother the actor Kevin MacCarthy lost both parents to the Spanish Flu....

                            https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/0...-flu-pandemic/
                            Recently I read 1918 by David Cornish, a straightforward fictional history of coping with the Spanish Flu as seen through the eyes of a Boston doctor. Worth a read if interested.


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                            • Dined in yesterday for first time since March at Laurelwood....with a Laurelwood Manhattan....the best cocktail in town...

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                              • meanwhile in Britain.....

                                Boris Johnson announces single adult households will be allowed to form 'support bubbles'

                                Elderly people living alone will be able to form a bubble with the household of an adult son or daughter, allowing them to visit and even hug their grandchildren.


                                https://www.standard.co.uk/news/poli...-a4465431.html

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