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  1. The stories about Nick Cordero’s severe COVID-19 health challenges that were posted here several weeks ago really made me sad for him and his family, and I keep checking in periodically on his wife’s (Amanda Kloots) updates, hoping for good news, but it’s such a battle for the poor man. According to the latest People article, he is still in the ICU, still on a ventilator, still battling a host of health problems (from infections to blood pressure issues), etc. Except now he is somewhat conscious because he can respond to questions with his eyes to some extent. I give his wife a ton of credit for her positive attitude. In some other updates, she said that they let her in to see him a few times in person, which is good. I wonder if she has to get a COVID test each time she enters the ICU. I can’t imagine being semi- (or periodically) conscious, in a hospital, and not knowing anyone around you, so I’m glad for Nick’s sake that his wife can visit.
  2. My work is being very cautious about sending people back, which I greatly appreciate. They are not committing to hard dates, and are hiring consultants to help rethink what in-office working can safely look like. My brother’s work, on the other hand, seems like it is a mess, as he just went back this week. No temperature checks of employees (which I know doesn’t solve the asymptomatic issue, but may help with the “sick person continues to go to work” issue, like at Great Clips in Missouri). No increased distance in their open plan office space, and his cube is right next to others. It makes me worried for him and grateful that my work is being thoughtful about this.
  3. So deeply sorry for your loss, @sadiegirl. There’s just no words in a situation like this, but know that this Internet stranger will be thinking about you, and you too, @Yeah No.
  4. What an awful ordeal you’ve been through this year, @Yeah No. You have my deepest sympathies for your loss, and it was very kind of you to take time to write a piece to help me keep things in perspective. It sounds like your father lived an amazing life, and it’s true that he lived his life on his terms, and you can’t shoulder any guilt or second-guessing over that. My father is only 69, but just in really poor health, and I wish that I could bubble wrap him up, but he’ll do what he wants, too.
  5. Speaking of grocery shopping a few posts up, just had to get this out (anonymously) somewhere: I’m fighting a feeling of fury at my father because he just chose to share that he had been going to the grocery store once a week for the past couple of weeks. (I’d been buying him groceries through Instacart, but he’d been putting me off, and I’m going to visit him in a few days (I’ve been 100% self-isolated), so I guess he felt he had to tell me.) He’s generally in very poor health, which is why I wanted his groceries delivered, but he was always deeply unhappy with the quality of produce selected by the Instacart shopper (as I think some have mentioned; I actually have been very happy with my own Instacart experience), and he would complain bitterly to me about it; the fact that Instacart didn’t go to his preferred grocery store (and so didn’t have some of his preferred brands). Plus he is not tech savvy at all, so I had to place his orders, and I don’t think he liked that. He said he’s only been to the grocery store and pharmacy, but I would not be surprised if he had been a few other places and just didn’t tell me because he didn’t have to. I know I shouldn’t really be feeling so deeply angry, because everyone of sound mind (which he is) can make their own decisions; there are plenty of elderly people who have no choice but to go out and so it’s not like he’s not doing something millions of other similarly situated Americans are not; he said he went during senior hour and made sure it wasn’t crowded; lots of recent articles have said with social distancing, grocery shopping is a relatively lower risk activity; this disease may be with us for years, etc., etc. I don’t even know why I’m so angry, quite honestly. I’ll probably get over it after a night’s rest. It’s just that if he got sick, I know that with his prior health conditions, he would get sick enough to become completely unable to care for himself. And what I am I supposed to do with that? And you read about that symptomatic Great Clips worker who just kept going to work, and you wonder if any grocery store workers are doing the same. Ugh. I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight.
  6. That’s fair. I just vaguely remember what seemed to me to be a thorough evisceration of BvS by what seemed to me to be the majority at the time (things like mercilessly ripping on the “Martha” scene, or Lex Luthor’s Jolly Rancher scene), and I didn’t track the source of such huge support for Snyder to see that type of vision through. I personally thought Man of Steel was okay (some things I loved; some I absolutely hated, so it evened out), and I strongly disliked most of BvS, except for some of Batfleck and also the Lois and Clark relationship, so I will at least look forward to seeing the Clois proposal scene that was in the trailer for Justice League but didn’t make it into the final film. People seem surprised that WB would shell out “$30 million” for this (I bet it will be $50 million easily), but some of these streaming services are paying tens of millions per marquee show, so the budget doesn’t surprise me too much.
  7. Where did the portion of the fandom community who have beaten this drum for years derive such faith that Zach Snyder was in the process of executing an epic masterpiece with Justice League before it was torn from him all those years ago? Does this same fandom contingent just absolutely love Batman v Superman? If they do, then I guess that I can understand why they want The Snyder Cut, but I thought B v S was pretty strongly disliked. The few movie news related channels that I follow on YouTube are going nuts for this, though.
  8. There was some headline this week that she had revealed on her social media that she accidentally severely fire-damaged her home gym. I agree with @Pete Martell that the show needs to Leave Britney Alone. Someone with that level of mental health challenges doesn’t need this show’s attention.
  9. I find it very cute that Mikey has been able to make the show a family affair. It seems that he and his son really enjoy it. I thought that I had built up a crunchy outer shell to Mother’s Day (my mom died years ago), but I guess with the pandemic and all, my emotions are more fragile, because I started ugly sobbing when Kristin thanked moms in the monologue. For my mental health, I therefore noped out of Boyz II Men to my last channel watched, which was a CNN town hall just as Anderson Cooper said something super bleak, and I actually laughed because at that point karma was just teasing me. Great at-home effort by the cast, though.
  10. Thanks so much, @doodlebug, for answering my medical questions. What absolute torture for his wife, his family and him and his poor body. I understand why all along, the family and medical professionals have been doing everything they could for Nick, given that he is so young, was so healthy and had just had a baby. I just hope that if his recovery is not meant to be, his and his wife’s agony is not prolonged further.
  11. The “Big Dominican Lunch” sketch had me laughing throughout. Not just the ceiling iPhone, but the one dish with the seven meats being called a “genocide” by PETA. And Kenan saying, stone-faced, “I was shot” when the other guy (could not place him?) asked how he was looking so good. Brad Pitt in that wig reminded me of a young Val Kilmer. That Bartenson’s sketch felt very true to life. I’ll have to see if a Van Helsing DVD pops up in my next fruitless Instacart order search for toilet paper. Have a good night, all. I’m going to go drink some Dasani and eat mint Pringles. And I won’t use a straw: we’ve got to save the “turtels”!
  12. His story is so terribly sad. What could be the reason that he had not awoken, despite receiving no sedation for almost 2 weeks and the MRI showing nothing? Can someone remain in a coma or wind up in a chronic vegetative state without the MRI showing some medical evidence of what happened?
  13. All this talk of suckage, and I just had to do it. I really am so sorry, @Spartan Girl. It’s a huge stress that’s been placed on you, and I hope that they bring you back ASAP. A virtual hug to you.
  14. I vacillated on where I wanted to put my comment because I binged the whole series and I just have some thoughts on the themes as a whole, so I guess here is as good a place as any. When I watched this first episode, I was wondering if Kenya Barris was a miserable, horrible person who just didn’t fully see it in himself, and whether he was framing himself as the misunderstood, put-upon hero of his story, or if this was like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” where this is a heightened version of himself, playing on his worst instincts or impulses and letting things unwind from there. The only way I could watch the series was to assume the latter, and I think that’s right because of something like how he was slow to take off his watch and phone before thinking about going to rescue his wife in the ocean in this ep, or how the hotel clerk gave him a terrible room because he hated Kenya so much, or how he was such a dick to Angela from the Office in that writer’s room meeting in th other ep (which was the funniest of those 3 examples). But it didn’t always feel clear about how I was supposed to view his character. I found this series quite watchable, though. There were some deeply interesting concepts (like the commentaries on linking the “because of slavery” theme to the episode topic), and also many genuinely funny moments. Particularly liked in this episode how he watched blackish and murmured “such a good show” a couple of times. But there were a couple of things that didn’t work for me, too. The framing device never really gelled for me. You really can’t imagine the parents being so candid about deeply personal things with their child in the context of a film school submission, and you can’t imagine them allowing a documentary crew such unfettered access to their lives. If I could have taken this series back to the drawing board, I would have maybe had Rashida Jones’s character frame the story, maybe by vlogging as a side project while she tries to find herself (and maybe reviewing but not posting the most revealing footage at the end of the day). Rashida is by far the best actor on the show, but I also felt that maybe if Kenya could have stepped outside of himself a little bit, he could have seen that telling the fictionalized story of his wife is really compelling: the complications of being biracial, career woman, nearly died in childbirth: there’s a lot to unpack there, but I felt to do that, you would have to be all-in in telling this from her POV, not his. I didn’t fully follow what the source of the marital strain was. He didn’t like that she didn’t go back to being an attorney, had become a stay-at-home mother and that she wasn’t contributing to the family income? But he also didn’t like her pursuing a new career (and resented her working vacation) because she was farming out things like cooking and taking kids to school and not being present enough for the family? So which way did he want it? If she were still a full-time corporate attorney, he never would have seen her. I guess they smoothed it over in the end. Eh. I’d still give the show like a “B” overall. I found it very interesting, which sounds a little backhanded, but I don’t mean it that way. It made me think, and it made me laugh.
  15. I’m really sorry for your disappointment, @Camille. Congratulations on running the NYC marathon last year, though. What an amazing accomplishment. I read a good article on CNN.com a few days ago about how this is a grief process for many people, in many different ways (lost loved ones, lost jobs, lost life milestones like graduations that you can never get back, weddings postponed, lost events and routines, etc.) And the psychologist interviewed said that just because someone else had a “greater” loss doesn’t make one’s feelings invalid or diminished: that it’s a real and legit grief process you have to go through (and they were saying that as a parent who had lost a child in the past). I just got a really disappointing piece of news myself and was just thinking about that article in relation to all of this. Might go have a nice cry at the end of the workday, but back to work for now!
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