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  • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    The picture that you posted is that of a tennis court. Halfmiler2's post, and my response, related to platform tennis, which is played on a court that is one-third the size of a traditional tennis court. It's also played with paddles, not tennis racquets.
    Platform Tennis (a.k.a. Paddle Ball) is primarily a northeastern sport played outdoors in the winter months to compliment the tennis season. It was invented back before WWII in Westchester County, NY. The court looks like a small tennis court on a platform (with heaters to melt snow and ice) and the court is in a wire cage - a ball is played off the cage. It is almost always played as doubles, and requires very quick reflexes. Because of the smaller court, players can be of a very advanced age.

    The other racquet sport that is recently popular with oldsters these days is pickle ball which has become very popular in Florida and now spreading elsewhere. I have only seen it a couple times but it seems to be played with sort of a wiffle ball on a hard surface the size of a badminton court.

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    • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
      The Metropolitan Opera in NYC has canceled its 2020-2021 season.

      https://www.cnn.com/style/article/me...rnd/index.html
      And now it's been announced that Broadway theaters will remain closed through the end of May.

      https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/09/broa...gh-may-30.html

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      • Originally posted by tandfman View Post

        And now it's been announced that Broadway theaters will remain closed through the end of May.

        https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/09/broa...gh-may-30.html
        That's not a surprise. But sad to hear.

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        • Headline - 1 in 4 Americans aren't washing their hands regularly

          https://www.livescience.com/hand-was...-pandemic.html

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          • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
            Headline - 1 in 4 Americans aren't washing their hands regularly
            That ain't me. Its 0821 here in New Hampshire and I've already washed my hands 9 times today - twice with soap for 2-3 minutes, and the others with hand sanitizer. I've gotten in the habit of counting and usually do it 20 or so times per day.

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            • Former NJ Governor Chris Christie was released from the hospital after a week after being admitted with a positive COVID-19 test.

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              • Meanwhile...

                At a Mike Pence rally in The Villages, Florida. I’d say about a quarter of people here are wearing masks. People have pushed their socially distanced chairs together. The Villages is America’s largest retirement village, aka the most vulnerable to Covid-19

                https://mobile.twitter.com/Josiensor...02123134930945

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                • ‘What are we so afraid of?’

                  Tony Green, on dismissing, denying, contracting and spreading the coronavirus

                  He called it the “scamdemic.” Then inside his family, a weekend get-together turned into six infections, and then nine, and then 14, and it kept getting worse.

                  https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...r/?arc404=true

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                  • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                    Headline - 1 in 4 Americans aren't washing their hands regularly

                    https://www.livescience.com/hand-was...-pandemic.html
                    This is based on self-report. The real number could be lower. And many people scrub their hands for 5-10 sec with soap. There are few who scrub for more than 20 sec as recommended by CDC.

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                    • Lit's most famous hand-washer...Jaggers: "his hands always smell like soap, and he washes his hands constantly, like he's trying to wash away the grime, the corruption, and the horrors of those he works with everyday." Great Expectations

                      Canada
                      has a ten person limit for indoor Thanksgiving tomorrow (25 if held outdoors eh) as per Covid rules.

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                      • https://www.ecobriteservices.com/201...d%20sanitizers.

                        As a 79 year old I go out sparingly. When I get into the car after being out I use alcohol sanitizer. I hardly ever wash hands at home unless exposed to something from outside. This article seems to say 60%+ alcohol sanitizers are almost as good.

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                        • On 60 Minutes tonight they asked a COVID expert whether a mask/social distancing or a vaccine is a more effective preventative measure and she unhesitantly said, 'a mask/distancing'.

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                          • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                            Headline - 1 in 4 Americans aren't washing their hands regularly

                            https://www.livescience.com/hand-was...-pandemic.html
                            But apparently 99 out of 100 Americans have been using hand sanitizer regularly, given how fast it flew off the shelves earlier in the pandemic, and how many liquor producers and chemical companies jumped in to fill the demand.

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                            • Originally posted by Atticus View Post
                              On 60 Minutes tonight they asked a COVID expert whether a mask/social distancing or a vaccine is a more effective preventative measure and she unhesitantly said, 'a mask/distancing'.
                              I assume that she said that because right now, there is no vaccine. I certainly hope that once there is an vaccine that's been tested and proved effective, those of us who've been vaccinated won't have to worry about social distancing and will be able to hug our grandchildren again without endangering them or ourselves.

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                              • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                                I assume that she said that because right now, there is no vaccine. I certainly hope that once there is an vaccine that's been tested and proved effective, those of us who've been vaccinated won't have to worry about social distancing and will be able to hug our grandchildren again without endangering them or ourselves.
                                Nope, the question supposed that the vaccine was available. Because vaccines may only have a 50-60% effectiveness rate (plenty of people get the flu that had the shot), masks / distancing will still be a thing once the vaccine is available.

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