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COVID-19 Health Check-In

Original post by zufrieden, Mar 21.

Although this site shows signs of being on its last legs as a discussion forum, those of us who have been friends for over a decade should nonetheless stay in touch.  Given that the situation today is one of somewhat (though by no means totally) justified hysteria over another outbreak of Corona Virus (SARS was the first and, at the time, most important), you may wish to check in and let everyone know how you and your other friends and relatives are faring.   My family is so far doing well - although my youngest brother and his wife were exposed recently and are in self-maintained quarantine.

Let us know how you are doing - wherever you are in the world - and, by all means, express your frustrations, concerns and how you are keeping up the supply of grog.

Finally, a reading suggestion:  A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (of Robinson Crusoe fame) published in 1722 and based on recollections of the London Plague of 1665 ( a year prior to the Great Fire which destroyed, inter alia, the original St. Paul's Cathedral).

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 4.

Glad you stopped by Al.  I wanted to do the Tempranillo virtual tasting last Tuesday, but I didn't have one bottle of it in my fridge.  I have been trying to not buy wine since I've told Terri (we're both off work currently) that we need to watch the spending.  There was some sort of rebuttal regarding wine ;)

I'll keep my eyes open as I usually see your events posted on Facefart.  

Zuf, I'm going for a bike ride now, but let's talk tomorrow.  I'll try to come up with a few interesting tangents we can run away with!

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 4.

Well, stay healthy - all of you.  And do check in from time to time.  It is a convenient way of keep in touch.  Some of you may wish to contact Big Al and join his small, but interesting band of wine-lovers.

However, I still think there is still some use to keeping this communication open in addition to any other channels you may follow.  Some still may be more comfortable in well-known lodgings - however emptied.

Z.

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Reply by duncan 906, Apr 5.

Hope everybody else is still OK I have been watching the Queen's address to the nation which was just so dignified. Her Majesty has more dignity in her little finger than the US President does in his entire body. She normally only does an address to the nation on Christmas Day The UK seems so much better organised than the US at the moment. Lots of workshops out there are busy making ventilators.The Army has built a 4000 bed hospital in East London in 10 days and is nw building another in Birmingham with others planned.Sadly we have had a lot of deaths and the Prince of Wales,the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary have all caught it. However unlike in the US  nobody is attempting to pass the buck

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 7.

As you may know, our Prime Minister's wife - Sophie Gregoire - also caught COVID-19 while she was, against all good sense - travelling abroad in, I believe, late February.  She seems to have contracted it while attending a function in London (UK).  For the record, Canada's Federal Government was entirely remiss in its efforts until about 4 weeks ago when it was clear there was a potential for a much more serious problem.  But the time required to explain this in detail is not available to me just now.  Maybe later, when I publish a Journal of the Plague Year...

Still, we are doing much, much better than our friends south of the border (and I have many friends and relatives there and in the UK) where contradictory, almost demented, proclamations by the President and his son-in-law continue to confuse.  The states with the least compliance with social distancing are those most distant from anything approaching rational intellection: places like Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Tennessee, and so on.  States in the Deep South that now have millions of immigrants from the North and abroad - like Louisiana, Georgia and Texas are doing much better.  The latter two states have the money as well.

I live on Vancouver Island - like @DVogler - and although there are approaching 900,000 inhabitants here now, we have fewer than 100 cases locally, so far as I am aware at the moment (a few days back).

In the UK, although Johnson has not tried to blame anyone (maybe Jeremy Corbyn was behind it all as I am sure some writers in the Daily Telegraph think), he has been really, really obtuse in his immediate reactions to the problem and did nothing personally to protect his own person and that of his girlfriend - to say nothing of the innocent one in the womb.  I do not hold a high opinion of this man Johnson.  If you investigate beyond the puff pieces available to the public (including Wikipedia... try Rationalwiki for a breath of fresh air - even if laced with sarcasm, however deserved) you will come to know that he is a complete and utter fraud.  As is Raab.  And both are held in serious contempt and excoriated across the Channel for good reason.  Of course, Trump loves the guy.  Why?  Well, because he is a wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.  Trump is no wit.

I fear for my ancestral homeland.  I agree that it was nice that the Queen at least tried to re-introduce some ritualistic dignity to public life.  It is risky to voice opinion even if based on the best facts available - especially if it concerns a foreign country (sounds supercilious, at the very least).  All I can say is the world cannot be returned to some mercantilist nightmare envisioned by the low-IQ set in Washington or London.

Duncan, you really should investigate Raab.  You may have nightmares, but at least you'll know the man for who he is - even if you tend to vote Conservative or SDP (Labourites probably revel in such disclosures).  Most of my relatives probably lean to the centre in the UK; they do not embrace the effects of multiculturalism, as it were, notwithstanding its complete irreversibility.  I, for one, accept it; it cannot be undone.  And in the long run, it is inevitable - even if air travel is going to take a permanent hit from recent developments.

Enough for now... back to counting body bags.*

(*for those of you who recall the Viet Nam War and the incessant death counts on private news networks during the mid to late 1960's).

 

Z.

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Reply by jackwerickson, Apr 8.

Still doing ok haven’t left house in two weeks mowing the lawn every other day doesn’t need it but haven’t anything else to do. I am opening my good wines most are 10-13 years old not sure will be able to restock my my collection damn sure can’t buy wines that need 10-15 years to to be drinkable. Pray everyone is safe and following the restrictions your location has stay safe 

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 8.

I nominate Zuf for a weekly reality check (or diatribe, depending on whether you disagree :)   )

I enjoyed reading it!  

Jack, I'm glad you're drinking your good wine.  Don't worry about replacing it!  Most wine is meant to enjoy relatively immediately (this could mean now to a few years out).

Enjoy and please, give us the occasional note on any stand-outs!

 

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Reply by DNath991, Apr 9.

Man, it's been a while, but I suppose my current cause of action may be somewhat circumstantial. I do miss this place, and all of the information and banter regularly on offer. Glad to hear most are doing well during these uncertain (read, potentially deliberate) times. I digress and remove my foil hat...

 

All is fairly well here in Downtown Los Angeles. The usual amount of hysteria seems to have subsided for the most part, although many of the basic grocery necessities still remain as rare commodities at the moment. Personally, I stay a bit distant from all of the brouhaha-triggering daily news media, and only check in every now and then to get updates with regard to global and local social activity. Besides, I can't stand to bear a second of the urine-brewed rhetoric from Gavin Nuisance, aka California's grief-in-command. Also not looking forward to the face-covering mandates pending official effect this week. Not due to some morbid disregard of our communal health, but rather I rue the notion of what this shift in social behavior may produce in the aftermath…

 

Wine (and Belgian ale) remains as the usual glimmer of positive light through all of this. Fortunately they’ve been congregated into the category of ‘essential goods’, so our regular rotation maintenance has been unaffected thus far. Couple that with F1 and Blancpain GT reruns on our media drive and things have remained as a semblance of normal in our abode. Most of the wine is enjoyed here at home with the wife, however, there is a small faction of us here in DTLA that have allianced a Rebellion and get together every once in a while at each others’ residence to cook and sip together. As with many, business has come to a screeching halt for the most part, especially in our primary industry (media production), but I’m used to working from the home studio. Fortunately we have a small amount of ancillary projects from other sides of our company to tide us through for the interim.

 

Be well everyone. Great to see so many are keeping the forum alive, you can’t perform social distancing much better than this! (-;

 

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 9.

Nice post.  Who knows?  We might still have a small group of die-hards to discuss all and sundry and, of course, wine.  Keep safe everyone... I know not a few of us are over the age of 60.

Z.

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Reply by jackwerickson, Apr 16.

We are still doing ok. I did buy some wine 3 bottles of George’s Vernay Condrieu the average price from Wine-Searcher was$128 and I got it for $69 had tried not to buy wines but since I like Condrieu and the price was right I ordered 

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 16.

Jack, I have not had Condrieu in years.  The price used to be relatively high, say 30 years ago, but not stratospheric.  Maybe I should be a bit adventurous and see if I can find something similar.  Don't run the lawnmower into the ground, now.

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 16.

I just checked the Georges Vernay 2015 price here in Victoria.  We are looking at a price of about 195.00 US per bottle.  So I'd say you got a hell of a deal...

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Reply by jackwerickson, Apr 18.

Zuf my lawnmower is using more gas than my cars

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 18.

Always jump on a deal Jack!  Good for you!

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Reply by EMark, Apr 23.
We are still doing ok. I did buy some wine 3 bottles of George’s Vernay Condrieu the average price from Wine-Searcher was$128 and I got it for $69 had tried not to buy wines but since I like Condrieu and the price was right I ordered 
 
Good job, jack.
 
my lawnmower is using more gas than my cars
 
You own a lawnmower?
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Reply by jackwerickson, Apr 24.

EMARK I am old school,as well as being old,I actually enjoy mowing and doing yard work, the exception is cutting the bushes I hie that out. I mow the courtyard every day, the puppies don’t want their private parts touching the grass.itis small I can edge, mow, and put everything up in 20 minutes. I spend 7-8 hours sitting  on the patio when the weather allows just piddling and drinking wine

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Reply by EMark, Apr 24.

Good for you Jack.

I grew up in suburban and urban houses where green lawns were I more than just acceptable, they were societally mandated.  So, I had to mow lawns quite a bit as a kid.  I could not believe how fast grass grew in Wisconsin.  I had to mow it twice a week.  I was convinced that Wisconsin was the Dairy State because it had so much grass for cows to eat.

When my wife and I became landed gentry in the 1970a we bought a townhouse,  The association, of course maintained all the common areas, but each unit had a back yard that was, maybe, 25 X 25 feet.  We cemented roughly have of that for a patio.  The rest was where my wife could do some gardening.

In the late 1980s we bought a single family home,  So, now, everything is on me.  We put a pool in the back yard,  So, the backyard is mostly concrete,  Out front, we widened the driveway, a bit, and constructed some planters around the perimeters.  We filled a big swathed adjacent to the north side planter with concrete with some steps down to the street level,  (Our community is in the foothills and all the properties are on terraced lots.)  That left a fair-sized patch in the middle that could have been sodded, but, again, I wanted no part of maintaining a lawn,  We put various bushes and flowering plants on that patch,  One of our choices was a low-growing juniper,  That turned out to be incredibly fortuitous,  It took years but the three junipers that we planted spread over that entire patch, and, pretty much drove out most of the other things.  There are some lilies, dutch iris and daffodils that pop up each year, and, thankfully, they look pretty nice.  Anyway, I think my patch junipers looks better than any of my neighbors lawns.  Of course the really good news is that it is extrememly low maintenance.  In the summer, I turn on the sprinkler for 15 minutes once or twice a week.  Every other year, or so, when I decide that the juniper is infringing a bit too much on the walkway or the driveway, I spend about 20 minutes trimming it back,

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Reply by jackwerickson, Apr 24.

The life of Riley 

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Reply by GregT, Apr 24.

So now there's toilet paper all over. Apparently with the relaxed grooming and dress standards, people aren't wiping with their former vigor and they over-bought.

The issue for bakers is yeast. And it's not even the manufacture of yeast - it's the packets that are in short supply. Who knew our supply chains were so interwoven?

As to the queen's address - we're lucky here Duncan. We now have Megan and Harry. The funny thing is, the US media doesn't really give a shit about them any more than the American people so they should settle in well.

A buddy of mine who's a wine maker did a virtual tasting yesterday and just told me he's going to be a few blocks away tomorrow at a restaurant doing another one. I'm not quite sure how that's going to work but I like his wines so what the hell.

Other than that, we're still alive. Trying to exercise at home.

We're renting so don't own a lawnmower. We have some guys come over every other week.

Here's another California thing.

In California, if you're doing construction, it's illegal to make dust. You have to keep wetting the place down. So they're replacing the sewer system in front and they've dug up the entire street. Every evening they come by with a big truck and spray down the street. That way, for about five minutes, the dust won't blow around. For the other 23 hours and 55 minutes of the day? The dust blows freely.

You can be fined if you don't do the wet down. So the cost of construction is obviously increased. And since southern CA is a desert and water is expensive, you should waste it freely.

But what about leaf blowers? On Saturday, our guys come. On Monday, the guy on the left has his guys come. On Tuesday, it's the guy across the street. On Wednesday, it's the other guy across the street. On Thursday, it's the guy behind us. And on Friday, it's the guy on the right of us.

So leaf blowers, which collectively raise FAR more dust than any construction site other than a rock quarry or cement plant, remain legal. Those little coronavirus particles that we're all social distancing away from? Those drop to the ground. Leaf blowers stir them up and blow them back into circulation.

We called the city and asked about them. We were told that landscaping was an essential business. So we asked what ever happened to brooms and rakes. We never heard of leaf blowers when I was a kid. The lady at the city didn't know from brooms and rakes. She said you need leaf blowers to "clean up".

But that's OK. I'm sending out rays of love just like the mayor said to.

Stay sane and healthy you all!

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 25.

 Greg, staying sane BEFORE the COVID-19 "thing" was difficult; now, forget it.  As for the leaf-blower, what a joke:  blow leaves, dust and dried dog feces onto someone else's property or up somebody else's nostrils and into their bronchiole.  But maybe injecting Clorox might work.

This is what happens when you "trump" common sense, common (evolutionarily determined) emotion, and whatever else has emerged to support our flourishing in this world.  Landscaping.  Well, this is hardly an essential service, while maybe housecleaning the government of fools indoctrinated into the general idoicy of the prevailing metaphysics (leave everything to the business elites and all will be well) is!

Well, like not a few of you, I have reasonable dollar resources - even if reduced by the idiotic, incompetent response to a purely foreseeable debacle that we have seen develop before us over the last five months or so.  And so I say:  if you do not (or cannot0 protect us, you will, well, go down.

Z.

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Reply by EMark, Apr 26.

Greg, as always, your essays make for great reading.  I'm glad to read that you are doing well.

Peggy's source came through.  She now has a stash of yeast.  We just finished off a pretty good loaf of focaccia bread.

I agree with your sentiments about leaf blowers.  They totally suck--check that, blow.

A few years ago while we were in the depths of the latest draught, the water companies were providing subsidies for people to replace their lawns with something draught tolerant.  Some people in the city of Glendale found themselves in trouble when they did so.  It turns out the municipal code in Glendale mandated grass lawns,  I don;t know if that has been changed since,

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