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So this is what I've heard about over the last 2 hrs.

Someone in my office building - not my office has notified that they are positive for Coronavirus.

Someone who lives in a neighborhood a mile down the road works with someone positive for coronavirus.

So both grocery store and work had at least some "low" level risk of coming in contact with this.

I'm quarantining myself now. I'm not particularly worried about getting it or recovery if I do.  But I figure if I'm not comfortable seeing my Mom in person due to her age that I'm not going to force that risk on a stranger.

 

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8 minutes ago, Kiki777 said:

I’m not on social media, but this almost makes me want to join so I can troll these people.  Please tell me these posts get at least a little negative feedback.

I don't specifically know, because I'm not really on social media, either; from what I hear from friends who are and are railing about this stuff, they do, and it seems like more negative than positive.

I am on my neighborhood's Nextdoor group, and everything posted there of emptied shelves, folks lined up before opening, stores having to limit their hours so they can restock, etc. has been in the vein of "What in the name of common sense and decency is wrong with these people?" and garnered similar "selfish jerks!" replies.  But these are local stores, so obviously some neighbors are among the problem and just not stepping forward to admit it because posted sentiment calls out their behavior for what it is. 

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15 minutes ago, Bastet said:

am on my neighborhood's Nextdoor group, and everything posted there of emptied shelves, folks lined up before opening, stores having to limit their hours so they can restock, etc. has been in the vein of "What in the name of common sense and decency is wrong with these people?" and garnered similar "selfish jerks!" replies.  But these are local stores, so obviously some neighbors are among the problem and just not stepping forward to admit it because posted sentiment calls out their behavior for what it is. 

I can see how there is a domino effect to all the hoarding: there is a certain tampon I buy (sorry, TMI).  This specific brand/size combo is harder to find, but I know from trial and error what works for me, and what leads to embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions.  The store I always get it from was completely out of it.  I finally found them at my drugstore but bought 2 boxes (a 3 month supply for me) instead of just 1.  It’s one of the products I cannot do without, but I still feel terrible that I bought that extra box out of panic.

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3 hours ago, Bastet said:

Everyone hugged my parents (and most hugged me; there were, of course, some people close to my parents who aren't close to [and a few not even known to] me, so we just said hello) at my parents' anniversary party last night, but everyone also asked for permission first -- as someone who does not hug just anyone and everyone, I wish this would become common practice in non-pandemic times, too.
 

I wish that and also that people would always wash their hands the way they say they are now. (And I hope they really are washing their hands that way now.)

I've been getting a lot of emails from companies I've shopped at (online mostly, but some in person) about what they are doing. They say things like they are paying extra attention to cleaning restrooms and dressing rooms, and I just think, "Shouldn't you do that anyway?"

The most useful one I got was from Domino's, which has a contactless delivery now. You can instruct the driver to leave your pizza on a table outside your door and get notified when it is delivered.

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41 minutes ago, auntlada said:

I wish that and also that people would always wash their hands the way they say they are now. (And I hope they really are washing their hands that way now.)

I've been getting a lot of emails from companies I've shopped at (online mostly, but some in person) about what they are doing. They say things like they are paying extra attention to cleaning restrooms and dressing rooms, and I just think, "Shouldn't you do that anyway?"

The most useful one I got was from Domino's, which has a contactless delivery now. You can instruct the driver to leave your pizza on a table outside your door and get notified when it is delivered.

I, too, have been getting a lot of these emails. Taco Bell and Jimmy John's assured me they are stepping up their cleaning regimen, as did my former employer. That's hilarious, because we never had sufficient cleaning supplies for the front end at a normal time, much less during a viral pandemic. The weirdest email was from my car/renter's insurance company.

Who I noticably haven't heard from? My doctor's office nor my health insurer!

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Some people are so selfish.   A passenger on Jet Blue from JFK to West Palm Beach (or Palm Beach) told the crew he had just been confirmed with Covid.   However, the article says another passenger was sitting next to the man's wife, and she said he was told the results before they got on the aircraft in NYC.     That resulted in a two hour session for the passengers on the aircraft with health officials briefing them, and collecting contact information, and how to quarantine.  Also,  a total clean of the aircraft, two terminals, and hundreds of people now at risk.   Jet Blue banned the man for life, and I hope every other airline in the world does that, as well as Amtrak.      What a selfish, cruel person he is.    If I was around that person, and later was diagnosed with Covid, I'd sue the jerk.  

 https://www.businessinsider.com/jetblue-bans-man-with-covid-19-for-telling-crew-after-flight-2020-3

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1 hour ago, auntlada said:

They say things like they are paying extra attention to cleaning restrooms and dressing rooms, and I just think, "Shouldn't you do that anyway?"

I suspect they usually clean maybe once or twice a day, at the beginning and end of the day, and are stepping it up to multiple times a day.  On the other hand, I'd be willing to bet good money (if I had it) that my employer never cleans the stair railings, and certainly not things like elevator buttons.  I plan on wiping down door handles/knobs when I go to work tomorrow.

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I was going to post something to follow up on my previous posts here, but have moved it to the new COVID-19 thread.

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18 hours ago, CrazyInAlabama said:

Amtrack (or is it Amtrac?)

Neither, it's Amtrak.

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I wanted to stay inside and do some more spring cleaning (well, 'wanted' probably isn't the right word, but I really, really need to get it done), but it is 74 degrees outside with low humidity (blue sky, slight breeze) so I felt compelled to go outside and mow the yard.  I started to put it off until I get home from work tomorrow, but now I'm glad I got it done--even though I had to stop and rest three times (bad knees).  I got in lots of good healthy steps, too! Now my yard looks like the neighbors' yards (they had both mowed, which made my yard look worse). 

Now I'm drinking a big glass of lukewarm water (I was too tired to get ice out of the freezer and just filled up the glass at the sink) and thinking about dinner (which my lazy-bum cats should have been busy cooking for me while I was outside instead of napping, ha ha!).

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Because of how difficult it was to compile a good collection of pictures for the slideshow at my parents' anniversary party - a) back in the day, people didn't take as many pictures (given what it cost to develop them) and b) if you didn't know what you were doing (which no one in my family did), a good percentage of what you did take didn't turn out well but you didn't know that until it was too late, c) there are pictures we know exist but can't find, and d) even in the digital camera era they haven't taken all that many pictures - I have been particularly tickled ever since the party by how many guests have emailed me to ask for the slideshow. 

We had it running in the background of the cocktail "hour" (90 minutes) on three TVs around the room on a loop (about ten minutes worth of photos, repeated) so people could catch everything at their leisure rather than being made to stop and watch at a specified time.  Everything - the venue, food, flowers, cakes, music, slideshow, toasts - was noted in the "we had such a great time" feedback that night and the next day, which is, of course, the all-around experience we sought to offer.  But the "Aww, can I have those pictures for posterity?" touch me.

And, aha!  I have finally found my spare keys.  The set went missing last week; I wasn't worried - based on my (in)activity in the short time between when I noticed its absence and the last time I used it, I knew it was lost at home somewhere - but I was annoyed because I don't have clutter, so why I couldn't find the damn keys anywhere in the house, garage, or game room was baffling me.  I just took the scraps from washing and prepping the produce I bought today out to the compost bin, and there sat the keys on top of it.  Mystery solved.

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So far during the work from home week, I've figured out Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and have a webinar scheduled to watch every afternoon. Today is Open Education Resources. And I taught myself to cast my laptop to my TV. Unfortunately, the tiny work laptop doesn't have that capacity. But by far the most important thing I've learned is that I can have a small glass of wine with lunch.

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Chewy.com is so bogged down with orders that shipments are delayed and now expected in 5-8 days.

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I order my girls' food from Only Natural Pet, and they seem to be operating on a fairly normal schedule. They also allow coupons, unlike Chewy.

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On 3/10/2020 at 2:28 PM, ABay said:

In case someone hasn't had enough COVID 19 talk, I was looking at stats for this compared to H1N1. The number of people who caught H1N1 2009-2010 was around 60 million worldwide (CDC webpage) and COVID 19 is currently under 115,000 (CNN). I don't know what that means. COVID is not as virulent or containment efforts are working?

Right, 300,000 were hospitalized, 12,000 died.  Most that get this flu are over it in a week, healthy ones....those with health issues...most will still recover, it'll just take longer.  I think the stress of this is going to make more people sick than in 2009 when it was treated normally.   All this hullabaloo is making it worse.  Those losing work time, etc.  Not good at all. 

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We went for a walk today and stopped under a cottonwood that was dropping stuff because my son liked the way it made the ground look. And now my nose is running more and my eye is watering, and I realized I haven't taken allergy pills in several days because I wasn't going outside. Only I went outside today.

I had been wondering lately if I really needed to take them. I guess I have the answer.

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4 hours ago, AnnaCody said:

Right, 300,000 were hospitalized, 12,000 died.  Most that get this flu are over it in a week, healthy ones....those with health issues...most will still recover, it'll just take longer.  I think the stress of this is going to make more people sick than in 2009 when it was treated normally.   All this hullabaloo is making it worse.  Those losing work time, etc.  Not good at all. 

I think we personally have to be gratefully what we have. I kind of upset my mom because I did my daily walk around the neighborhood and she does have health issues. Okay. I know all the precautions, but I want to do my daily exercise and see the neighborhood. Am I wrong? Probably, but I have this boredom that creeps in and I need the air to get out of my stuffy apartment. I know all the local hangouts do takeouts only, but I just figure I need something to do. I don’t want to go crazy. Even the casino near me is closed until further notice. I love to walk and do something productive. Am I bad?

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HOLY GROCERY STORES, BATMAN!

I thought I could place an online order for food that I need--like veggies and fruits, and instead of having it delivered, just pick it up, curbside. Nope. Not only are the pick up times sold out for the next two weeks, but so are the delivery times.

So. I called my local store and asked if their hours had changed. Nope. Still normal hours 6:00 am to Midnight.

So I'm going to go on Sunday, at six, and do a quick grab and go. I've run out of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. And I want to make some veggie dishes.

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2 hours ago, GHScorpiosRule said:

HOLY GROCERY STORES, BATMAN!

I thought I could place an online order for food that I need--like veggies and fruits, and instead of having it delivered, just pick it up, curbside. Nope. Not only are the pick up times sold out for the next two weeks, but so are the delivery times.

So. I called my local store and asked if their hours had changed. Nope. Still normal hours 6:00 am to Midnight.

So I'm going to go on Sunday, at six, and do a quick grab and go. I've run out of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. And I want to make some veggie dishes.

A lot of the stores in my area are now having seniors only hours, usually the first hour they are open. You might want to check with your store if you are going early.

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On 3/15/2020 at 8:26 AM, Kiki777 said:

the stores keep running out of water, which forces my father to go out, from store to store, until he finds some.

I recommend using a gravity water filtering device.  Berkey is one of the best.  You clean your tap water and leave on the countertop until you want to use the water.  It comes in a range of sizes depending on how many people are in the household.  I've heard about some army guys who used these things in the field - they used them to turn the worst pools of water into safe and delicious drinking water!  You save a bunch of time and money not using bottled water so much!

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I just had a thought today.  There has been a small silver lining amidst all this coronavirus misery:  Zoom!  I keep hearing that more and more folks are participating, setting it up, so they can still "get together" with their friends, church/synagog services, coffee groups, AA mtgs., book clubs, in addition to the people using it for work.  My cousin said that her just-turned 5 year old grandson is participating in a Zoom get together with his little pre-school classmates today (the kids are finding this whole shutdown thing very confusing).  My lunch group will be using Zoom for the first time tomorrow.  Hope I can "join" them (I've been studying the tutorials on youtube)...at least I downloaded the Zoom app and have a password. This should be interesting.

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I used it for the first time for a work meeting last week. We are considering using it for a Cub Scout meeting.

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We have a wonderful local indie film house, which obviously is closed down for the duration. Today I got an email for a streaming they're doing of Fantastic Fungi, a documentary about mushrooms that my husband (who's taken I don't know how many rounds of adult-ed mushroom classes) saw in the theater last year and totally loved. So you watch the film, and then there's a webinar discussion over Zoom, with a shroom expert and the filmmaker.  I just registered there as well--I think Zoom must be booming with all this new streaming activity.  I'm looking forward to this being a fun time.  It has to be better than yet another episode of PD Cam.

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My oven just made a horrible sound and way too much smoke came out of it when I opened the door.  This is not what I needed right now.

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I'm considering giving my son a piece of writing to correct as part of his schoolwork. I don't want to write it, though. Anybody know of a site that might have something like that? (I can't give him the stuff I do for work.)

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42 minutes ago, auntlada said:

I'm considering giving my son a piece of writing to correct as part of his schoolwork. I don't want to write it, though. Anybody know of a site that might have something like that? (I can't give him the stuff I do for work.)

Check out the Daily Mail website. Their articles are polluted with bad grammar, misspellings, and run-on sentences -- sometimes in the headlines.

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44 minutes ago, auntlada said:

I'm considering giving my son a piece of writing to correct as part of his schoolwork. I don't want to write it, though. Anybody know of a site that might have something like that? (I can't give him the stuff I do for work.)

What type of corrections? Grammar, spelling, punctuation? How old is he?

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He's 8, but reading at a middle school to junior high level. He also likes to correct people. It's possible he got that from me.

I forgot your first question. I'm thinking all three of those things. I've been giving him the grade-appropriate grammar worksheets, and he finishes them in a minute or two. I'm not concerned about him falling behind; I just want something that will keep him occupied a little longer.

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11 minutes ago, Giant Misfit said:

Check out the Daily Mail website. Their articles are polluted with bad grammar, misspellings, and run-on sentences -- sometimes in the headlines.

And you can play a bonus round of "spot the racism".

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Dictionary.com has all kinds of quizzes that he might enjoy.  Here's one I saw the other day.  They rate it for middle-schoolers, so he shouldn't find it boring.  It's not correcting, but it is competing, which sounds as if it'd be in his wheelhouse as well.

If you poke around the site, you should find other wordie things he might enjoy.

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On 3/22/2020 at 4:57 AM, magicdog said:

I recommend using a gravity water filtering device.  Berkey is one of the best.  You clean your tap water and leave on the countertop until you want to use the water.  It comes in a range of sizes depending on how many people are in the household.  I've heard about some army guys who used these things in the field - they used them to turn the worst pools of water into safe and delicious drinking water!  You save a bunch of time and money not using bottled water so much!

And discarded plastic bottles are a huge environmental problem.  (I've used a Brita for years  because the tap water here tastes awful and the waste and expense of bottled water is terrible.)

On 3/26/2020 at 5:15 PM, auntlada said:

He's 8, but reading at a middle school to junior high level. He also likes to correct people. It's possible he got that from me.

 

Do you know the book "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" by Lynne Truss?  It might not appeal to him, but take a look on Amazon if you don't know it and see what you think.

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Day 3 of staying at home with Mr. Angeltoes.  So far we are not candidates for an episode of Dateline but it's come close.  He stays in the living room watching loud TV or out in the yard fiddling with his garden.  I take a thirty minute walk every day and also have a stack of books from the library and have made it a goal to read 100 pages a day.  When he comes in from the garden, I go out to my lawn chair with a book.  Or I stay in the bedroom, do crosswords and watch my shows.  He and I pass each other in the kitchen and ask stimulating questions such as,"Did you see/feed the cat?"  Our daughter is at her house with five kids under the age of ten.  She calls once a day to vent (with chaos going on in the background).  I'm sure the calls will increase when homeschooling starts on Monday.  My closet keeps waving to me that it would like to be cleaned out but that's not happening yet (or ever).   I try to refrain from over-snacking all day so that I don't look like Bobo the Bear when we rejoin the world.   At night, Mr. A and I come together and have watched about a billion episodes of Family Feud.  I'm supposed to go back to work on the 5th but we'll see.

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So I went to Safeway at 11:00 pm on Saturday night. I saw only three other customers. So, okay, late night is the best during this time.

Maybe this should go in peeves, but it irked me that I couldn't find condensed milk in the aisle where it was supposed to be. Turns out I didn't need it after all (I couldn't remember if it was half and half or condensed milk for my mother's Kheer recipe). But what I did want was lemon juice. And I couldn't find it. Just managed to find lime juice in those small plastic lime shaped bottles. Yes, there is a difference between the two, but when it comes to what I need it for? lemon or lime will suffice.

Of course, naturally, the aisles where toilet paper is, still cleaned out. I was shocked to see that ALL the frozen pizzas were cleaned out as well. I went down that aisle as a short cut. I'm not buying anything frozen. All fresh produce--fruits and veggies. I was hoping to see some loose potatoes, but all they had were bagged ones. Five pounds. Not even a two pounder, but FIVE pounds.  So I'm going to have to make at least three different potato dishes within the next week or two.

I'm set for the next month.

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I've had "Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" stuck in my head for days. Specifically "CBS and Warner Brothers, RCA and all the others. Life is a rock but the radio rolled me..." Please make it stop.

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50 minutes ago, ABay said:

I've had "Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" stuck in my head for days. Specifically "CBS and Warner Brothers, RCA and all the others. Life is a rock but the radio rolled me..." Please make it stop.

You want this one instead? It's been in my head today.

 

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Sheesh ..I played a CD of all the Dixie Chicks hits & those songs stayed in my head for almost a week. Just about drove me crazy. So I finally played a CD of feng shui music that helped cure me.

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Hi all, I'm back after, what, a month and a half? Been keeping busy with getting my life back in order. 

The two month room rental I had ran out, so I had to find another. Luckily I was able to find a room for less than the going rate (the housing market is tight because of the fires two years ago), and it's located in the middle of town close to everywhere I might need to go.

On the less positive side, the house is a bit crowded, with 7 of us occupying 6 bedrooms (every room that could be has been converted to a bedroom) plus 3 in tiny cottages in the back lot. And did I mention that there are only 2 bathrooms total?

The housemates are a motley crew, to put it charitably. The owner is something of a local celebrity, running for various city government offices every chance he gets. Seems like a nice enough guy, with a fine disregard for the minutiae of city building codes.

My room is a spacious 10.5 x 12 feet. My previous landlord/housemate donated some furniture to me since we were all moving out at the same time, and somehow I've managed to shoehorn all of it in: A full futon & frame, desk & office chair, recliner, two small file cabinets, a mini-fridge, a folding clothes drying rack, a floor lamp, a side table, and misc small items. In a 10.5 x 12 room! I think I think I inadvertently warped space to do it. I may post pictures once I get everything tweaked to my satisfaction.

Also, I've been back to work for several weeks now. Yay! And it's an "essential service", so I'm not getting laid off.

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I'm starting to feel like I'm under house arrest! My printer broke, so I had to order a new one. And stupid Staples, which is one minute's drive from me, won't deliver. So I had to pick it up myself. So I wrapped my face like I was a bandit in the 1800s, and drove out to pick it up.

My weather app says it's 50, but it felt like it was 75! It's gorgeous, the sun is shining, and I'm PEEVED that I'm stuck inside.

But I need the printer. Need it to scan documents and sign electronically, because I have no artistic talent and the numerous attempts to "draw" my signature on adobe look like that of a five year old.

On a positive note, my cooking skills are improving!

I made the most delicious egg curry and cucumber raita earlier this week. Tonight it's gonna be chole (chick peas) and bhatura. And some basmati rice. Because the grocery store didn't have any loose potatoes last weekend, when I went, I ended up having to get a bag. That was...five pounds. So I'm going to be making a lot of potato dishes in the next week or two. 

And I'll be making kheer tomorrow.

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12 hours ago, GHScorpiosRule said:

Because the grocery store didn't have any loose potatoes last weekend, when I went, I ended up having to get a bag. That was...five pounds. So I'm going to be making a lot of potato dishes in the next week or two. 

Geez, five pounds of potatoes is about a week's worth of potatoes here. 😁

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Here's how the day started:

- Got up. It's cold and raining.

- Made my morning trip to the bathroom. On the way, one of the roommate's dogs, George, bit me on the ankle.

- While in the br, one of the roommates gives me hell for taking too long.

Total elapsed time: 10 minutes. Maybe I should just call in sick and go back to bed.

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Has anyone heard from @walnutqueen recent!y? She hasn't posted in a while and hasn't responded to a message I sent yesterday.

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My neighbor was out to buy some essentials. Some guy cut him off, gave him the finger. So he returned the favor. So he was continuing on his loop when the guy pulled up behind him at a red light. He got out of his car and approached A’s (don’t want to use his real name so that’s how I’ll refer to him). A half opened his window and the guy began to scream at him and SPIT in A’s car. A continued on to the liquor store. Evidently the guy behind the jerk saw the whole thing. A asked him if he saw anything he could have inadvertently done to warrant his vocal and physical attack. The driver said no, but felt that some people may be so unhappy with distancing and being at home all the time that he might have had pent up hostility. I asked A if he got the license # of the jerk. He didn’t, but I felt with this virus that it could be considered assault.  Be careful out there. Don’t open your window to anyone who approaches it (other than law enforcement). 
Stay safe and be well. 

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1 hour ago, ABay said:

Has anyone heard from @walnutqueen recent!y? She hasn't posted in a while and hasn't responded to a message I sent yesterday.

I asked about her a couple of months ago on another thread.  At that point she hadn't posted since a month before. I think the consensus was that she hadn't left voluntarily. So she may not be able to respond to PMs.

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On 3/24/2020 at 8:24 PM, ParadoxLost said:

My oven just made a horrible sound and way too much smoke came out of it when I opened the door.  This is not what I needed right now.

Same thing happened to me, but I live in an attached condo where if one condo goes on fire, four more will too.  I was baking something that splashed, smoke was in the kitchen, alarm went off and the fire dept. came.  Talk about embarrassing.  Now, I’m afraid to use the oven.  Our alarms are connected to the firehouse.

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4 hours ago, ABay said:

Has anyone heard from @walnutqueen recent!y? She hasn't posted in a while and hasn't responded to a message I sent yesterday.

I was wondering also.  Also, what about Reality Police?  Last I heard she was in the hospital.  I also Pmd her .. no answer.

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3 hours ago, Mondrianyone said:

I asked about her a couple of months ago on another thread.  At that point she hadn't posted since a month before. I think the consensus was that she hadn't left voluntarily. So she may not be able to respond to PMs.

Well, if that’s the case, I didn’t leave voluntarily either, but got back on after a few weeks, but under certain conditions.  It can be done, if you really want.

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3 hours ago, Mindthinkr said:

My neighbor was out to buy some essentials. Some guy cut him off, gave him the finger. So he returned the favor. So he was continuing on his loop when the guy pulled up behind him at a red light. He got out of his car and approached A’s (don’t want to use his real name so that’s how I’ll refer to him). A half opened his window and the guy began to scream at him and SPIT in A’s car. A continued on to the liquor store. Evidently the guy behind the jerk saw the whole thing. A asked him if he saw anything he could have inadvertently done to warrant his vocal and physical attack. The driver said no, but felt that some people may be so unhappy with distancing and being at home all the time that he might have had pent up hostility. I asked A if he got the license # of the jerk. He didn’t, but I felt with this virus that it could be considered assault.  Be careful out there. Don’t open your window to anyone who approaches it (other than law enforcement). 
Stay safe and be well. 

 

3 hours ago, Mindthinkr said:

My neighbor was out to buy some essentials. Some guy cut him off, gave him the finger. So he returned the favor. So he was continuing on his loop when the guy pulled up behind him at a red light. He got out of his car and approached A’s (don’t want to use his real name so that’s how I’ll refer to him). A half opened his window and the guy began to scream at him and SPIT in A’s car. A continued on to the liquor store. Evidently the guy behind the jerk saw the whole thing. A asked him if he saw anything he could have inadvertently done to warrant his vocal and physical attack. The driver said no, but felt that some people may be so unhappy with distancing and being at home all the time that he might have had pent up hostility. I asked A if he got the license # of the jerk. He didn’t, but I felt with this virus that it could be considered assault.  Be careful out there. Don’t open your window to anyone who approaches it (other than law enforcement). 
Stay safe and be well. 

Haha, not really funny, but it is.  My husband yells at everyone on the road and curses.  I said “someday, someone will get out of the car and come at you”.  His answer was “I have my bat under my seat”.

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