• fever! in the morning, fever all through the night

    From Maurice Kinal@2:280/464.113 to Nancy Backus on Tue Mar 24 21:02:43 2020
    Hallo Nancy!

    I trust you are well, and not affected much by the coronavirus...?

    The entire world here has seriously impacted, especially Vancouver where there have been 13 deaths last I heard. Nobody that I know has got it thank goodness
    and where I am has been procticing social distancing as a matter of course for the last 20 years I have been living in this location. We're not exactly hermits as such but wee tend to keep to ourselves along with being neighbourly and friendly. So far so good.

    We are fine here, but there are lots of restrictions and closings
    to try to stem the spread of the virus....

    That sounds very familiar. I do wonder aloud whether it might be a bit of overkill but then again even without any viruses the hospital system has been under strain for decades so something like this is a potential nightmare if and
    (probably) when more cases start showing up in emergency rooms.

    $90...? They run about $60 or so here....

    Definetly your brand is in the $90 range. Glenlivet is around the $60-$70 range.

    I remember when one could get a good single malt for $30

    Same here but a long, long time ago in a land far, far away.

    Nostalgia, no doubt... ;)

    I concur. Them were the days ... as long as I only reflect on the good times that is. The reality is that $30 back then is probably worth more than $90 is today for day to day items. The *only* thing I can think of that is cheaper are computers and associated parts, and in most cases the more modern equipment
    is vastly better.

    Prices don't get rounded here...

    Here they are rounded down to the nearest nickle.

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    Het leven is goed,
    Maurice

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  • From Nancy Backus@1:229/452 to Maurice Kinal on Tue Mar 31 18:01:16 2020
    Quoting Maurice Kinal to Nancy Backus on 25-Mar-2020 04:02 <=-

    I trust you are well, and not affected much by the coronavirus...?

    The entire world here has seriously impacted, especially Vancouver
    where there have been 13 deaths last I heard. Nobody that I know has
    got it thank goodness

    We've had some deaths in our county, but NYC has been hardest hit... my youngest brother lives and works in NYC, but last I talked to him he was
    still fine... I know of a couple people locally that got it but so far
    only mild cases...

    and where I am has been practicing social distancing as a matter
    of course for the last 20 years I have been living in this location.
    We're not exactly hermits as such but we tend to keep to ourselves
    along with being neighbourly and friendly. So far so good.

    I had to chuckle when I read that... from what you've said all along, I
    did get that impression of your neighborhood... :) Our neigborhood used
    to be more gregarious in the past but now tends to be more socially
    distanced as well... :)

    We are fine here, but there are lots of restrictions and closings
    to try to stem the spread of the virus....

    That sounds very familiar. I do wonder aloud whether it might be a
    bit of overkill but then again even without any viruses the hospital system has been under strain for decades so something like this is a potential nightmare if and (probably) when more cases start showing up
    in emergency rooms.

    Pretty much my take on it too... I'm hoping that perhaps the
    pencil-pushers that keep telling the hospitals that they had too many
    beds will have a wake-up call with this.... Every flu season a doctor
    friend of mine complains that they have to airlift severely ill patients
    to other hospitals because there are no beds left here.....

    $90...? They run about $60 or so here....

    Definetly your brand is in the $90 range. Glenlivet is around the
    $60-$70 range.

    Here Glenlivet's at the lower end of that and Macallan at the higher
    end, not that much difference between them, usually....

    I remember when one could get a good single malt for $30

    Them were the days ... as long as I only reflect on the
    good times that is. The reality is that $30 back then is probably
    worth more than $90 is today for day to day items.

    I suppose so, for at least some things....

    The *only* thing I can think of that is cheaper are computers and associated parts, and in most cases the more modern equipment is
    vastly better.

    The same obtains with other electronic stuff, by and large...

    Prices don't get rounded here...

    Here they are rounded down to the nearest nickle.

    Probably if there was rounding, they'd round up... except that that
    loses the psychological advantage of staying below that next dollar....
    so maybe it would be rounded down here, too...

    ttyl neb

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  • From Maurice Kinal@2:280/464.113 to Nancy Backus on Wed Apr 1 09:10:29 2020
    Hallo Nancy!

    We've had some deaths in our county

    As far as I know, which isn't much, there haven't been any in this neck of the woods. At least one of the neighbours has heard otherwise but they have an inside source and I certainly am not going out on a limb over it. Another neighbour is in self imposed lockdown but doesn't believe he actually has the virus and is just being cautious given that he works with troubled youth. Also
    there are now restrictions as to visitors being allowed into the area as well as closing down schools, public parks, etc.

    I did get that impression of your neighborhood...

    :-) Yes it hasn't been too much of a lifestyle change here ... as long as you don't go anywhere.

    I'm hoping that perhaps the pencil-pushers that keep telling the
    hospitals that they had too many beds will have a wake-up call
    with this

    I am not sure that will solve this particular problem and perhaps setting up temporary hospitals in parks and the such is a better strategy. Also there has
    been talk of using cruise ships for temporary hospitals if needed. Things like
    this might be the way to go instead of building more infrastructure that nobody
    can afford given that these types of catastrophes are temporary. Also there is
    a critcal shortage of trained medical people to staff existing hospitals wo building bigger isn't going to make anything better methinks. Also, also most of the deaths I've heard about are in senior's care homes which are also short staffed.

    Probably if there was rounding, they'd round up... except that
    that loses the psychological advantage of staying below that next dollar.... so maybe it would be rounded down here, too...

    I would guess that they would round down especially given the latest economic crisis due to covid-19.

    Stay well.

    Het leven is goed,
    Maurice

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  • From Nancy Backus@1:229/452 to Maurice Kinal on Tue Apr 7 09:36:42 2020
    Quoting Maurice Kinal to Nancy Backus on 01-Apr-2020 16:10 <=-

    We've had some deaths in our county

    As far as I know, which isn't much, there haven't been any in this
    neck of the woods. At least one of the neighbours has heard otherwise
    but they have an inside source and I certainly am not going out on a
    limb over it.

    We've also had numerous other cases that people survived from...

    Another neighbour is in self imposed lockdown but doesn't believe he actually has the virus and is just being cautious given that he works
    with troubled youth.

    We have a friend that is likewise in self imposed lockdown, but in her
    case she's just paranoid about getting the virus... alternating with
    thinking she's already infected and might be a carrier....

    Also there are now restrictions as to visitors being allowed into the
    area as well as closing down schools, public parks, etc.

    I don't think there are restrictions locally as to people being allowed
    into the area, but there are state-wide against coming or going, as
    there are in a number of other states.... Schools, colleges, restaurants
    and bars, concerts, plays, churches (any place where there would be any
    sort of gatherings) and non-essential business are all closed down....
    churches are livestreaming services, schools and colleges are doing
    distance learning via the computers, restaurants are allowed to do take
    away and delivery only... Not sure about our public parks, but any
    collections of people would be frowned upon... But grocery stores and pharmacies are deemed essential still, so we've been able to get food
    and meds... :)

    I did get that impression of your neighborhood...

    :-) Yes it hasn't been too much of a lifestyle change here ... as
    long as you don't go anywhere.

    Just as well our next cybertoast isn't for quite a while... you'd not be
    able to get out to get yours...

    I'm hoping that perhaps the pencil-pushers that keep telling the
    hospitals that they had too many beds will have a wake-up call
    with this

    I am not sure that will solve this particular problem and perhaps
    setting up temporary hospitals in parks and the such is a better
    strategy. Also there has been talk of using cruise ships for
    temporary hospitals if needed.

    Down in NYC, they've got a Navy medical ship and have opened up a
    convention center to be temporary hospitals... they've needed the extra
    space, and even now are at capacity... but at least it's workable

    Things like this might be the way to
    go instead of building more infrastructure that nobody can afford
    given that these types of catastrophes are temporary. Also there is a critical shortage of trained medical people to staff existing hospitals
    wo building bigger isn't going to make anything better methinks.

    Agreed on the scope of what we are facing right now, that we don't need
    that sort of capacity long-term.... But what had happened here was that
    needed beds and staffing had been cut to non-flu season levels, so that
    even during flu season there's been a severe shortage for our
    hospitals... I just think that they should be able to get back to that
    level of preparedness....

    Also, most of the deaths I've heard about are in senior's care homes
    which are also short staffed.

    Not so much anymore... that is, the deaths are happening within the
    general population as well now.... I do agree that senior care homes
    are short staffed, though....

    Probably if there was rounding, they'd round up... except that
    that loses the psychological advantage of staying below that next
    dollar.... so maybe it would be rounded down here, too...
    I would guess that they would round down especially given the latest economic crisis due to covid-19.

    Meanwhile, much is in short supply anyway.... and we aren't likely to be
    losing our pennies anytime soon.... ;)

    Stay well.

    And you, too, my friend.... :)

    ttyl neb

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  • From Maurice Kinal@2:280/464.113 to Nancy Backus on Wed Apr 8 10:36:02 2020
    Hallo Nancy!

    but in her case she's just paranoid about getting the virus

    I think that is a very common 'problem' even in this neck of the woods. Also I
    believe the mask situation is way out of hand except I don't see it doing any harm, other than it being symptomatic of paranoia or at least false precaution as it pertains to this particular virus. Wash your hands is still the best preventive messure.

    But grocery stores and pharmacies are deemed essential still, so
    we've been able to get food and meds... :)

    Same situation here although there is a shortage of supplies. I heard one woman in Nanaimo complain that she had to make five different stops to get everything she needed. Myself I found the limited quantities one can purchase at one time to be a hinderance to the 'just stay home' message.

    Just as well our next cybertoast isn't for quite a while...
    you'd not be able to get out to get yours...

    You would think so but apparently liquor stores are an essential service ... not that it really matters to me personally ... or at least for another 211 dagen. ;-)

    I just think that they should be able to get back to that level
    of preparedness

    For sure. It should have been taken care of over a century ago. It isn't like
    this wasn't a real possiblity of happening.

    much is in short supply

    Yes, especially common sense. Mind you that always is in short supply methinks.

    Stay well and we'll talk soon.

    Het leven is goed,
    Maurice

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