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Pandemic (non political) Thanks

Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:00 am

I know the virus has been quickly banned by Czar Uok. This is not a political nor virus thread. Though I would love a toilet paper meme thread.

What has the current pandemic made you thankful for?

Me personally. WA a cop overnight, the streets are crazy empty. While I am not entertained work wise, the social community willing to face adversity is impressive. Right wrong indifferent its impressive. Society said fuck off differences, we can work on this one thing together.

Kind of neat, plus no one out we caught a ton of car thief's last 4 days.
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:13 am

It'll become political because people can't help themselves. I'll give this one chance, and one chance only. The first dope to come out and say something deliberately provocative earns this thread a lock and no future COVID-19 threads will be tolerated.
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:42 am

WiFi

Living in a less populated area

Freezer full of wild game

Living outside of town on an acreage.

Being able to work remotely.
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:29 am

Thankful for still being able to make a buck, even though clients not allowed to report in, no home visits or community visits to be done.

Thankful no one in the family has contracted it (fingers crossed).

Thankful for Amazon Prime, netflix and hulu.

Thankful that I have a sense of humor.
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:18 am

Thankful that nobody in my family is sick as well.

Stay safe bear fan brethren.
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:50 am

I'm just going to come out and say it. If anyone makes this political, you are risking a permanent ban. I don't care who you are or how long you've been here. If you can't help yourself, then maybe sit this one out.

Now that we have that out of the way...

I'm thankful to work for a company that has spent the last few days looking for ways to help the communities we are in.

Thankful that my wife and kids are healthy and safe, and I hope it stays that way. I am however a little worried about my folks. My mom is awaiting open heart surgery, and it's been postponed until June. Her heart condition is pretty serious, so we are keeping a pretty close eye on her health. I just want her to make it through this. My dad is diabetic, so there's concern that he'll be able to continue getting his medicine. Thankfully they live in a small town where they aren't seeing a lot of the issues that larger areas are.

Thankful that even though I live in North Dallas, that it's been pretty quiet, that people (for the most part) have been kind and have kept their shit together.
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:04 pm

I'm thankful I no longer am reliant on public transportation since my retirement ... though the other side of that coin is I believe all the low levels on infinite germs and such over 30 years actually helped my immune system be tolerant of many things

I am thankful for Netflix and other streaming services to make being housebound comfortable

I am thankful that in spite of now living through a Stephen King story, those around me have kept their shit together and have made successful attempts at humor and levity while still accepting the seriousness of it all

I wish you all well in however you are dealing with this
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:24 pm

My thanks to those in law enforcement (mmmc)...food and energy supply systems...soon to be overwhelmed medical system...actually anyone working--together. Because in the large urban systems, harder times are coming in the near term.

People here have been cool in terms of social manners, but I am a bit alarmed by the amount of disinformation and poor or questionable information being disseminated...and the hoarding behaviors...and the compulsive, somewhat irrational cleaning behaviors--more focus should be on bolstering our immune systems because most of us on the seaboards or cities will contract the virus before there is a vaccine...and the downright cowardice not facing mortality ...or seeking facts... or working for the common good. Social distancing? I get it. But, with the internet--which will be even more sought as a social refuge--people need to chill with their provocations and reactions. But questioning is needed; and it seems like web censorship is diminishing, which is good.

Exciting times. I'm looking forward to the unexpected with the bravest heart I can muster.
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:19 pm

wab, positive thoughts to you and your parents. My father in law is 88 and down in FL. I hope he can make it back up here with no problems.
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:50 pm

I'm thankful this has forced my employer to allow me to work from home. Being an accountant, and this being busy season, I am still working a lot of hours but my commute is zero minutes, I can work in sweatpants and a hoodie, and I get to have every meal with my wife and son. The word is we might be working from home for at least a month so I'm going to enjoy every minute.

Like wab though, I worry about older family members. My mom has an autoimmune disease, has diminished lung capacity due to asthma, is in her mid-60's, and stereotypically thinks everyone is worrying over nothing and is not really taking any extra precautions. I get it, for most people if you catch it it's nothing serious, but me and my brothers have tried to convince her that she shouldn't be taking it so lightly but she's stubborn and won't listen.
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:15 pm

Xee...

this illness is incredibly easy to pass on (probably because it was manufactured with "gain of function" properties)...and durable outside the body...so, I tend to believe most of us in densely populated areas are going to be exposed eventually if we haven't been already...so much conflicting info as to its pandemic span, so I guess we should accept NIH head Collins' and Fauci's worst case scenario that it might not be conquered for several months...

which leads me to focus on boosting immune response more than unlikely avoidance...

I've read that some medicinal mushrooms, which can be obtained in pulverized capsule form, have anti-viral properties: Reishi, Cordyceps and Turkey Tail. Also, licorice tea. Astralagus. Fresh garlic and oregano. Boswellia (frankincense) is good for stressed lungs.

Of course, the old standbys of getting good sleep, clean air and water also really matter. Let's hope this virus is susceptible to rising ambient temperature, but no one seems to know yet, which I find a bit strange not knowing much about viruses.

Best wishes to your families.
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:05 am

This malaria drug that is being touted is a positive sign. Nothing really about it on pub med, so I dont understand how it may work. But hopefully it does.

I'm also fairly thankful for the money I'm saving. Wifes not out buying 10 dollar coffee, and getting nails done. I always have 2 weeks of non perishable food so normal shopping hasn't caused a budget crisis. Its been a nice familial reset.

As for the old people. I hope l your gparents or parents do well. I worry about that with my old man.
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:19 am

Xee wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:50 pm
I'm thankful this has forced my employer to allow me to work from home. Being an accountant, and this being busy season, I am still working a lot of hours but my commute is zero minutes, I can work in sweatpants and a hoodie, and I get to have every meal with my wife and son. The word is we might be working from home for at least a month so I'm going to enjoy every minute.

Like wab though, I worry about older family members. My mom has an autoimmune disease, has diminished lung capacity due to asthma, is in her mid-60's, and stereotypically thinks everyone is worrying over nothing and is not really taking any extra precautions. I get it, for most people if you catch it it's nothing serious, but me and my brothers have tried to convince her that she shouldn't be taking it so lightly but she's stubborn and won't listen.
I sincerely hope all of our parents take precautions. Some of them likely had parents, relatives, or friends impacted or killed by an outbreak in their lives, and shouldn't be quick at all to dismiss the warnings.

As far as working from home goes, I hate it. My home desktop is bitchin', but it's stifling being in the cooped up home office with the wife and dog. Chances are excellent I'll move my portion of the office into another room or maybe the basement or something.
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:48 am

mmmc_35 wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:05 am
I'm also fairly thankful for the money I'm saving. Wifes not out buying 10 dollar coffee, and getting nails done. I always have 2 weeks of non perishable food so normal shopping hasn't caused a budget crisis. Its been a nice familial reset.
LOL...amen, sort of...

wife is down in FL taking care of her mother...with all the more vulnerable retirees, thankfully, the virus hasn't struck there as hard yet, so she's still been able to get around and wield our Visa like a saber. And even if they start quarantining, there's always shop at home...damn ecommerce!
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:32 pm

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As far as working from home goes, I hate it. My home desktop is bitchin', but it's stifling being in the cooped up home office with the wife and dog. Chances are excellent I'll move my portion of the office into another room or maybe the basement or something.
Hey, now I'm curious, Post a pic of your battle station! After I clean off my desk a bit and make it presentable I'll share one as well.

And I completely get that the feeling of being stifling. I'm super lucky in that we live a in split level home and during the day, I pretty much stay entirely in the bottom level and my wife and son stay upstairs. I've got comfortable workstation, a bathroom, and my coffee station is right next to my desk so the quality of my daily joe has gone up considerably compared to the stuff we had at work:

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I think I'm in the minority though compared to what I'm hearing from coworkers. They either don't have a dedicated workspace or they now have to be teachers to their kids while trying to work from home at the same time. It's definitely a challenge for a lot of people.
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:14 pm

Xee wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:32 pm
UOK wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:19 am
As far as working from home goes, I hate it. My home desktop is bitchin', but it's stifling being in the cooped up home office with the wife and dog. Chances are excellent I'll move my portion of the office into another room or maybe the basement or something.
Hey, now I'm curious, Post a pic of your battle station! After I clean off my desk a bit and make it presentable I'll share one as well.

And I completely get that the feeling of being stifling. I'm super lucky in that we live a in split level home and during the day, I pretty much stay entirely in the bottom level and my wife and son stay upstairs. I've got comfortable workstation, a bathroom, and my coffee station is right next to my desk so the quality of my daily joe has gone up considerably compared to the stuff we had at work:


Coffee Station.jpg


I think I'm in the minority though compared to what I'm hearing from coworkers. They either don't have a dedicated workspace or they now have to be teachers to their kids while trying to work from home at the same time. It's definitely a challenge for a lot of people.
Here ya go. Desks's a mess and the lighting sucks.

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That's the upstairs office. I've also got a 2019 Macbook Pro I'm borrowing from work with an external monitor and a headset so I can work out of the kitchen since my wife also works in the office (her desk is to the right of mine and far better organized).
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Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:19 am

the least you could have done was remove the 7UP can for the candid
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Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:25 am

Seems like a great crank station you got there.
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Drone7 wrote:
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the least you could have done was remove the 7UP can for the candid
Diet Mountain Dew, but close. And I’m not cleaning up shit.
mmmc_35 wrote:Seems like a great crank station you got there.
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Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:36 am

I stand corrected...

none of my business, but I would avoid aspartame (etc) ...even caffeinD

Diet Mountain Dew may well be the riskiest diet soda because it has the greatest number of questionable additives. Not only does it contain aspartame, ace-K, and sucralose, but it also has more caffeine than most diet sodas, and it gets its color from yellow #5, which has been shown to cause hyperactivity in some children. As a kicker, Diet Mountain Dew also contains the emulsifier brominated vegetable oil (BVO), which has been shown to leave residues in body fat and the fat in the brain, liver, and other organs. The FDA in 1970 declared BVO not "generally recognized as safe," but permitted its use on an interim basis pending additional study, and it hasn’t budged from that status since. PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have pledged to remove BVO from any of their drinks that contain it, but they didn’t say when that might happen.
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Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:31 pm

All those reasons are why I drink diet dew
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mmmc_35 wrote:
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All those reasons are why I drink diet dew
:)

ok...I understand the hold of CaffeinD...it's the other stuff that I would be concerned about...over the years

you're still young?

but little things add up...and life goes fast
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Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:11 am

36, I work night shift 10p to 6a, chew, eat dorritos, been exposed to wide arraignment of chemicals, have 4 kids and a crazy wife. I also deadlift 500 run 2 miles in 15 min and work out fairly regularly to the point of nausea. It's a yin and yang man everything's killing me, a diet dew a day isn't the first or last thing on the list. I literally run on cortisol. Laugh but yes I should probably fix a few habbits.

That said I am not thankful for gyms being closed.
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mmmc_35 wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:11 am
36, I work night shift 10p to 6a, chew, eat dorritos, been exposed to wide arraignment of chemicals, have 4 kids and a crazy wife. I also deadlift 500 run 2 miles in 15 min and work out fairly regularly to the point of nausea. It's a yin and yang man everything's killing me, a diet dew a day isn't the first or last thing on the list. I literally run on cortisol. Laugh but yes I should probably fix a few habbits.

That said I am not thankful for gyms being closed.
LOL

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Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:57 pm

Probably not, masculinity has many metrics. I dont know where redlining fits.
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Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:11 pm

Oh, you'll settle down. Happens to us all after our prime...I'm well after :?

Worked graveyards too for almost 30 years. They say it shortens life expectancy. But I believe it greatly prolonged mine. :)

I have only 3 kids and a crazy wife, so maybe that helped too. ;)
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mmmc_35 wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:11 am
36, I work night shift 10p to 6a, chew, eat dorritos, been exposed to wide arraignment of chemicals, have 4 kids and a crazy wife. I also deadlift 500 run 2 miles in 15 min and work out fairly regularly to the point of nausea. It's a yin and yang man everything's killing me, a diet dew a day isn't the first or last thing on the list. I literally run on cortisol. Laugh but yes I should probably fix a few habbits.

That said I am not thankful for gyms being closed.
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Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:57 pm

gosh, I'm sick of pussies wearing face masks
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Drone7 wrote:
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gosh, I'm sick of pussies wearing face masks
And we're done here.
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