I just think it's rather odd that a nation that prides itself on its virility should feel compelled to strap on forty pounds of protective gear just in order to play rugby.

Giles ,'Beneath You'


Natter 77: I miss my friends. I miss my enemies. I miss the people I talked to every day.

Off-topic discussion. Wanna talk about corsets, duct tape, butt kicking, or physics? This is the place. Detailed discussion of any current-season TV must be whitefonted.


DavidS - Nov 20, 2020 8:37:39 am PST #19 of 15296
"Look, son, if it's good enough for Shirley Bassey, it's good enough for you."

Ahhh, new thread smell. I dig it.


Katerina Bee - Nov 20, 2020 8:37:58 am PST #20 of 15296
Herding cats for fun

Hello new thread! I shall still pursue the foamy goodness wherever I may find it.


Laura - Nov 20, 2020 8:51:58 am PST #21 of 15296
"Against all evidence, I keep thinking the assholes are outliers." - James Holden

This is a quote from my brother's email when I wrote him considering a visit since it has been so long.

.... we'll be here. Be forewarned though, we are not as passionate about masks, testing and sanitizers as you are.

Yeah, I love ya bro, but maybe next year. I feel bad because my sister depends on brother and his wife to take her to doctor's appointments, shopping, and so forth. She goes as little as possible but she still shares a vehicle with them at times.


Sparky1 - Nov 20, 2020 8:52:59 am PST #22 of 15296
Librarian Warlord

I basically get myself tested every two weeks, and the appointments have all been booked here, too. So the last time I went, I went as a walk in. The appt line had people waiting, but I basically walked right in past those people. One one anecdote in favor of just showing up to a site that allows walk-ins.

My niece is an ER physician at a large University hospital in Ohio (not Teppy's city) and when I spoke with her last Sunday, she thought they would be out of beds next week. They were already refusing all transfers. She also said they have plenty of PPE, so that's not a worry, but what is a worry is that the doctors and nurses are getting sick, too, and they won't have enough staff to care for patients at this rate.


Laura - Nov 20, 2020 8:55:14 am PST #23 of 15296
"Against all evidence, I keep thinking the assholes are outliers." - James Holden

Oh, in fun news, DH brought me in a nice big stalk of bananas from the yard and I have peeled and frozen enough for at least a couple months of flavoring for our breakfast oatmeal or blender drinks. The Florida bananas are little, but so sweet. Totes yummy. Hmmm. daquiris?


Laura - Nov 20, 2020 8:56:50 am PST #24 of 15296
"Against all evidence, I keep thinking the assholes are outliers." - James Holden

but what is a worry is that the doctors and nurses are getting sick, too, and they won't have enough staff to care for patients at this rate.

Not only sick, but completely exhausted and weary. It is very worrying.


Steph L. - Nov 20, 2020 9:05:26 am PST #25 of 15296
He does keep running, very poorly, for brief and agonizing stretches of time. It still sucks unbelievably, like how come digging your nails into your cuticles until they bleed counts as “self-harm” but making your entire body hurt is considered “healthy”?

My niece is an ER physician at a large University hospital in Ohio (not Teppy's city) and when I spoke with her last Sunday, she thought they would be out of beds next week. They were already refusing all transfers. She also said they have plenty of PPE, so that's not a worry, but what is a worry is that the doctors and nurses are getting sick, too, and they won't have enough staff to care for patients at this rate.

One of my friends works as an OR nurse for Cincinnati Children's Hospital -- she said that today, the main campus location had 27 OR nurses call in sick today, and their ER is so full they have squads on diversion.

When healthcare workers are sick enough to call off, things are FUCKED.


Jessica - Nov 20, 2020 9:07:27 am PST #26 of 15296
If I want to become a cloud of bats, does each bat need a separate vaccination?

Tim talked to PCP in person, told him the circumstances around his co-worker testing positive (ie, their work shifts only overlap for 2 hours, Tim's interaction with co-worker was minimal, Tim always wears a mask, co-worker did not wear a mask). PCP said that he doesn't think Tim needs to get tested.

That surprises me even more knowing I was required by the state health dept to get tested, respond to daily health check-ins and quarantine for 14 days after a MUCH lower-risk potential exposure.

My town is now a Yellow Zone after being in Phase 5 for most of the summer. Doesn't change my daily routine at all but I am worried about families whose kids were in the hybrid program, and local businesses making it through the winter.


Jessica - Nov 20, 2020 9:08:06 am PST #27 of 15296
If I want to become a cloud of bats, does each bat need a separate vaccination?

Also, you guys, this thread name.

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Topic!Cindy - Nov 20, 2020 9:14:26 am PST #28 of 15296
What is even happening?

Epic thread title, Epic.