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re: Yard

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by » Tue Mar 17, 2020 06:34 pm

Well my bad news came rolling in last night.  Kansas City closed all bars, restaurants, shcools, etc. and advised against any meetings of more than 10 people.  Nursing homes won't allow visitors.  That means I won't have any work for at least a month because we took off the first 2 weeks of April before all this started.  Even the PX on the nearby Air Force base is out of toilet paper.

The toilet paper problem is a conundrum.  You don't want to be a hoarder but if you want to have any for the next few weeks you have to stock up.  Cheri is in charge of the toilet paper department.  I don't have any idea how much we use or how much we have.  I've told people that if we run out, I'll just start using the bills I won't be able to pay.

My singer is in a near panic because we won't be playing, and she works for a school.  That's 2 of us with no income at all.

To be fair though, I do have a good book called "The Great Influenza" by John Barry, about the "Spanish" flu pandemic at the end of World War One.  The close quarters and transportation of millions of troops all over the world spread the thing to even the most remote places.  It was made worse by the war censorship in every country involved, except Spain.  Being the only country who could freely talk about it, it was called the Spanish flu.  Not talking about it in the news media meant a lot of misinformation circulating, which of course, made the problem worse.  The real problem was, that what started out as a virulent flu, mutated into the killer it became.  Some people would be dead within minutes of the first symptoms.  Others lived longer through symptoms worthy of any horror movie.

Caskets had to be hastily made of wood.  Funeral homes had stacks of bodies in caskets on their front porches because there was no room inside.  Bodies went unburied for weeks because there were not enough grave diggers.  Doctors and nurses were getting it and dying.  Thousands of dogs, including family pets, were killed in Arizona because of rumors they were spreading the flu.  Towns would post armed guards on their highways to keep people from passing through, which didn't work anyway.  Entire towns, even Eskimo villages ceased to exist as everyone in them died.  Johns Hopkins medical center was created specifically to deal with the problem.  It killed a far higher number than the Black Plague and a far higher percentage of human life on Earth, and the symptoms were sometimes even worse.

Eventually, the flu killed so many that it was starting to run out of people to infect.  So, it mutated again, to a less deadly strain.  Within 2 years, in 1919 it just disappeared.  It was such a horrible time, few people ever talked much about it and the full horror of it was largely forgotten.  Most of the people in full panic now, have no idea how bad that pandemic was.  At any rate, being familiar with that history, it's hard not to draw some comparisons.  As long as this thing doesn't mutate.  John

re: Yard

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by » Tue Mar 17, 2020 01:15 pm

Glad you are well and stocked.

On the 13th the diocese of Helena dispensed the obligation for SUnday service. I went to mass Saturday evening and it was about 1/4 of the usual numbers there. Not sure if I will go this week yet. But I will not go to the gun league this evening, which is a shame as it is the last one this seasin and I was doing so well.

We have food and toilet paper, but like you no hand sanitizer or good chemical wipes. We DO have plenty of bleach and I ordered spray bottles on Amazon and we also have plenty of surgical gloves.

I suspect it is scarier for you in a major metropolitian area like Chicago. Though I am seeing the pressure mounting out here. last night someone at the light in front of me was sitting and not going while the oncoming cars were all in the turning lane. So after about 6 or 7 cars I honked before the light turned red again and they floored it. Then they kept driving to my right honking and yelling. So now comes road rage. I suppose I could have not honked, but I felt that 7 cars was plenty for them to continue from the light and allow others to be on their way. Perhaps it is the NJ/NY driver in me and I should have just sat there happy to not go? Eh.

I am still coming in to work since I work alone in a rented building, I am still isolated here AND able to work this way, though I DO need a few supplies for the office so I will have to go to the store over lunch and get printer paper and a few other things, but that should be about my last store trip for the week.

re: Yard

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by » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:44 am

I too love navy beans.

Here in Chicago, and the whole state, all schools, restaurants and bars (effective last night at 9pm) are closed until end of month.  Who knows what will happen after that.  Our primary is today and judges are quitting left and right as most are older and they are concerned about Covid 19.  My church closed down but is streaming a service on Sundays thru probably after Easter I heard.  I'm pretty well stocked on food but no hand sanitizer or disinfective wipes can be found anywhere.  Toilet paper goes quick.  Laila has litter and food for at least two months so she's good to go.  Made sure she was stocked up before me!

Well, you guys take care and stay safe and well!



Peggy, Laila and Angel Minchie

re: Yard

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by » Mon Mar 16, 2020 06:06 pm

I love navy beans!


And I agree on the quote about people.

I bought 2 large packages of toilet paper, only because everyone else is buying them out and I do not want to be without any. But I just bought 2 and that was almost 2 weeks ago. I suppose I am happy I did since there is now none to be had.

To quote something I heard "This lent we are all giving up toilet paper, like it or not".


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by » Mon Mar 16, 2020 05:27 pm

My yard has been busy lately.  There are a lot of stray cats in the neighborhood, a lot of birds, and I have a new squirrel living in the big tree in the back yard.  The cats are probably something of an irritation to the squirrel but he doesn't seem very worried about them.  Next to my shed is a lean-to which has a basket of old clothes in it, and I'm sure one of the neighborhood cats have adopted it as a home for the cold weather.  If I go near it, she runs out in terror, so I stay away from it.

I'm afraid to put out cat food because if they start gathering here in large numbers, I'm liable to have a problem with the city taking them.  Still, I throw out whatever leftovers I have.  The cats take wha they want, the birds take what they want, and the squirrel, well I have no idea what the squirrel is eating.  One thing I have learned though, nothing, and I mean nothing, will eat navy beans.

I'm officially sick of the cold weather now.  It hasn't been bitterly cold but 30s and 40s, with a lot of rain.  This weekend I'm looking at a high of 70 and a low of 25.  25?  Really?  Of course, all this rain and drizzle makes everything feel colder than it is.

The virus scare has everybody in a panic.  I played last weekend at a place where we can usually expect about 150 to 200 people and this week we only had about 50.  It seemed as though everybody wanted to shake hands, or maybe I was just more conscious of it.  A friend of mine suggested maybe you're just supposed to "bump" hands now instead of shaking them, which I thought was a great idea.  I christened it "the Corona Bump".  Salad bars have closed down.  The schools have canceled every extracurricular activity.  They're out this week for Spring break anyway but there's no telling what they'll do next week.  The stores are bereft of everything non-perishable and a few things that are..  There are few canned goods left, no hand sanitizers, toilet paper exists but it's hard to find, and curiously, I can't find cat food!  I probably have a month's worth anyway but I was surprised there's none in the stores.  There's plenty of milk and meat, I guess because you can't keep them long and people are acting more like they're preparing for a seige.

I rarely go to Wal-Mart but I do on occasion.  The 24 hour Wal-Mart is now closing, I think from 11:00 at night to 6:00 AM.  Why, I really don't know, although one worker said it was to give them time to restock shelves, which really doesn't make sense because they do that around the clock anyway.  Oddly, everyone there seemed friendlier than usual yesterday.  Or maybe that was just a matter of perception too.

I'm not sure how all this is going to affect my business but it can't be good.  It always reminds me of a line I often quote from "Men In Black".  "A person is smart.  People are dumb, panicky animals."  That may seem a little harsh, but when I see every person in a check-out line holding a bale of toilet paper, it does come to mind.  John

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