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  1. I seriously want to move to New Zealand.
    16 points
  2. Seems appropriate meme :
    15 points
  3. Honestly I think Americans tend to overestimate their degree of freedom and underestimate other countries' freedoms. I think some of the difference between countries is more along the lines of communities being able to work together and co-operate and also less paranoia about their government. I'm sure many of you will disagree and therein is how much difference cultural differences make.
    13 points
  4. I don't think that it is anti-Christian to view worship services differently than movie theatres of the same capacity. It aknowledges that religious worship gatherings are unique. Church services (and I imagine other religions too) have elements of closeness, warmth, and family-like behaviour. They involve celebration, worship, and even a shared eating experience that are completely absent among individuals who happen to be gathered in a room to view a screen. If people want to, perhaps they could stream a worship service *using* a movie theatre as the venue. As long as the people acted like an audience (no singing along, no sharing the Lord's supper, etc) and didn't socialize afterwards (no matter how much the love one another and have missed each other), they could probably have that movie-theatre-equivalent experience. But, imagining that, I think we can all notice that it isn't a normal way to worship and/or go-to-mass. The normal ways we worship are different from the normal way we go to movies -- even if the group size was the same.
    11 points
  5. 7 points
  6. He did reach out...to me. I work in healthcare, know his medical history, and have time research right now. (I am off work due to Covid). LOL I am not doing it *for* him. I am asking if there are options that I haven't thought of ie one idea I hadn't thought of is Healthshares. I have heard of them, but never used them. It is a good thought to research. Our family works as a team, support each other, and advise each other. We don't say "every man for yourself, go away, figure it out on your own!" I go to him for advice all the time. I would hate for him to tell me...'don't bother me, go look it up yourself". That would be a horrible way to treat each other. I will show him what I find out, he will make the decision himself. I told him what I found, he told me what he found and he told me what direction he is currently thinking. I suggested another avenue, and he is going to look into it, because he hadn't considered it as an option. He will make the decision and pay for it himself.
    7 points
  7. I don’t like every meme posted here but that’s ok. If we only post memes that every person likes, we will post zero memes.
    7 points
  8. NZ opens up today. Business: All businesses are allowed to operate as long as they can meet social distancing rules of 1 meter. If they can't (hairdressers, chiropractors, etc) then they must use PPE which is available to them through the government, and follow strict cleaning rules. Pools, badminton halls, libraries, etc will be open but with numbers limited to size of facility with social distancing. Schools: All schools will open Monday. The Ministry of Education is currently working with schools to lay out individualized plans. Social: Five categories have been used. 1) If the goal is to stay with your own group and not interact with other groups (movies, restaurants, etc). These can open. Group size restricted to 10, but the facility can have as many people as allowed under social distancing rules. So you could have 100 people in a movie theater because the individual groups don't desire to interact with other groups, and they will be socially distanced. 2) If the goal is to socialize/interact with friends or acquaintances. (Churches, Weddings, birthday parties, etc). Group size restricted to 10. This means that churches can't open (unless for just 10 people) because the goal is to be *with* others and interact/socialize with them. The churches are on board with this. 3) If the goal is to socialize with strangers (bars). These are currently forbidden. When they open next week, they must follow the 3S rules: patrons must be seated, separated, and single server. Group size restricted to 10, but bars themselves can have multiple groups as long as 3S rules are followed. 4) Sports: Contact sports restricted to 10. Non-contact sports require social distancing. 5) Funerals are a separate group because these life events cannot be delayed. Group size restricted to 50, but with VERY strict social guidelines in place. Things like no food or drink, staggered viewing, social distancing, etc. One more thing: The entire public has been asked to keep track of who they are in contact with. And all stores, cafes, restaurants, etc must keep a register of all people who are in the facility each day. With a strict disposal schedule of 3 weeks. These policies will be reviewed in 2 weeks.
    7 points
  9. I don't think "easy" and "AP Chem" go together. At least if you want something that prepares her well.
    7 points
  10. I agree there is something to exposing our immune systems to some germs. Obviously hospital settings, etc are places for much more extreme germ control. I try to be reasonably cautious but I have not used a single Clorox wipe this entire time and my family is on our first 1/2 full 2oz bottle of hand sanitizer. We use soap and water almost exclusively.
    6 points
  11. Call parents about packet and chromebook return-done Interview for teaching position-done Get documents ready for interview-done Cook dinner-maybe pancakes-done Weed Exercise Prepare exterior door for painting What else?
    6 points
  12. Good morning! Breakfast is done as well as posts in bible study groups about the next study. lunch and dinner school with ds laundry pay bill/update checking records research for another co-op class not sure what else
    6 points
  13. Greetings, ITT. This Good Morning is brought to you by Tylenol and coffee. ☕
    6 points
  14. Good morning! Not too much is going on today. coffee/paper water front garden soil engineers coming today school with ds3 ds3 hit with a friend read/handwork work in sewing room? not sure what else Have a great day!
    6 points
  15. Good morning! I need to work on the house today. When we are always home, too much disorder really makes me restless. A tidy house is restful. Pick up and clean up. Vacuum - before anyone is online or in a conference call! Tutoring prep Tutor Weed one flower bed. Cool chx stock Some AHG emails. Figure out dinner. chx tortilla soup and a green salad. Extra rice and beans for ds bc he is ALWAYS hungry! Walk. Be the second leader in an AHG zoom meeting tonight.
    6 points
  16. Coffee, meds, breakfast psych webinars- two of them watch Sjogren's presentations Dance Class Church bible study meet with house cleaner contact rheumatology staff re: physical therapy/aquatic therapy finish my painting sew finish planting (planted two yesterday) bird feeding and put up hummingbird feeder check on worms read my bookclub book actually finish my first day of big trip planning plan beach vacation
    6 points
  17. Dh’s company announced their plan today and we’re rather shocked. They will only be going back in to the office in phases but only if they see improvement in numbers of cases and deaths. When they see improvement they will allow 10% of workers back and it will be voluntary and go every two weeks from there. They will not have more than 50% of workers back in office until there is a vaccine or effective treatment. No one will be forced to return to the office prior to vaccine or treatment. Also, masks will be required unless you are sitting at your desk, so in all common areas. Dh started in the office but then we moved out of state, so he’s been working from home for a few years. We didn’t expect them to basically decide to wait for a vaccine but I’m glad no one will be forced back and can continue at home.
    5 points
  18. We'll see if this works. It might be a huge fish. Uploading stuff at home is impossibly slow. Anyway, this is his mugshot after we captured him.
    5 points
  19. Logged fasting bloodsugars fed Neko and Juliet fed myself medicated myself medicated Juliet Load #1 in the washing machine made bed showered and dressed brushed teeth by the time I did all that, load #1 was in the dryer
    5 points
  20. It seems that people often adjust their behavior despite, or without, official orders though. So if people perceive there to be a risk they may continue with measures to protect themselves and others. I saw an article that linked 70 cases of covid with the protest held in Wisconsin on April 24th I think. I wish there was someone keeping track and reporting these things without an agenda. The Daily Mail article linked above stated the number of cases per day for the last 5 days, in Texas but didn't say what they were before then, or at least I didn't see that - please correct me if it is there. If they were lower before then it would strengthen their case about what they think is happening, so it makes me suspicious that they haven't risen as much as they are trying to imply. Do they think we are stupid and won't notice an omission like that? Maybe I'm the stupid one lol and didn't see it but it was there. I'm really worried about what is going to happen and it seems almost inevitable that it's not going to be good, but inaccurate and biased reporting don't help. Then again, I ask myself, why would the Daily Mail want to inflate figures? I guess to sell papers etc? I honestly hate what the media has become! It's so hard to sift through for truth.
    5 points
  21. Catch up on language arts grading clean out car plans for 2020-21 make lentil soup
    5 points
  22. Morning. I live. I've been having all sorts of fun today, getting writing cabin stuff updated, preparing for tomorrow's counts, hoping I'm not messing stuff up too badly! And in the middle of yesterday's wildness, the boys come in with the news that there's a really weird fish in our creek. It is a really weird fish. He looks like a baby whale shark, all fat, flat, and covered in spots in patterns. I think it's a plecostomus that someone "released into the wild" which kind of makes him ours since he's now in our creek. Obviously, he can't stay there. So I've been emailing Game and Fish to get confirmation on his identity (we do have some similar looking fish in the state) and then tracking down a pet store to take him because I don't even own a goldfish bowl. So once I get word that I can catch him and deal with him myself, we'll all be down there in boots with the nets trying to catch the slippery devil.
    5 points
  23. Howdy, happy Thursday! It's cold and raining, but at least I'm not conflicted about using my natural light/air conditioning (aka open window facing east). Yesterday I got some good work done, but not enough. We watched movies / Kdrama episodes most of the evening for someone's birthday (until 2am). Then I forgot to set alarms to wake up this morning and send out the work that was due yesterday. Got up at 10:30. Oops. So I have lots to do today again, and hope I can prioritize and focus well. Done: I guess I'm caught up on sleep. 1 coffee so far. Woke the kids and got self ready for the day. Caught up on emails, calendar, news, electronic school stuff, and social media. A little reading. To do: Lots of client work! Make the kids finish their work. Make health appointments? Kid2 has horse riding this afternoon. Kids have Confirmation zoom this evening. Pay bills etc. Basic house cleaning, maybe some laundry? Yoga, TKD practice, walking. Whatever else gets done.
    5 points
  24. Good morning! It's gloomy and raining here this morning. I need to get a lot done today! My list is basically a repeat of yesterday's. office work - bills & banking vacuum main floor & upstairs cut Butterscotch's bandage off - He's been running around in the rain and the bandage is soggy and coming unraveled. Vet says we can remove it. Recheck appt. is tomorrow. Schwan's delivery go through Subscribe & Save list dinner: leftovers
    5 points
  25. I don't like this one. I could imagine a scenario where I leave my mask on in the car. For example, needing to stop at the pharmacy on the way home from grocery shopping. If my mask is placed well and not fogging my glasses I'd probably just keep it on. I know this is meant to be funny but knowing people might judge me makes me sad. Eta: Irl, if I were chatting with someone or a friend posted this I'd say/post the same thing. Some people probably do think a mask in the car is stupid until someone says "no, there are possible reasons". Here on the Chat Board I felt free to chat but apparently was supposed to scroll on by. I'm case there was confusion, I don't think this should be taken down or anything.
    5 points
  26. A fun interruption to our day: Blue Angels flyover midday. We need to drive a couple miles to see it and ds will likely be late for his online class, but that's ok.
    5 points
  27. Just wanted to update. First, my son ended up taking the exam at the campground. We had a small problem with wifi, but we got it working OK and he had no further problems. Four problems had graphs that didn't show up, and at first we were concerned that it was an issue on our end, but it wasn't, so he e-mailed the teacher that he had put down random answers for those 4 problems. She didn't respond for a couple of days, so we didn't know what would happen with that, but she eventually e-mailed the class confirming that there was an issue, and she was going to drop those problems. Furthermore, she curved the test 12 points which allowed my son to get a "B" in the class. His finally class grade was 79.88, and she rounded up to a "B". I was happy for that, because he was maintaining a "B" in the class until everything went online, and then he struggled. I was even worried for a while that he might fail the class. I did speak with his disability advisor when the test wasn't posting. He had tried to contact the teacher several times himself, and given the time issue, I thought it was time to escalate things. I had FERPA authorization, thank goodness. The disability advisor was very helpful, and she tried to speak with the teacher to no avail. However, she could not really do anything further. She could not give him more extra time on the test since WiFi issues would not be considered a disability issue. I do think her call to the teacher was what eventually got the teacher to post the exam, though, as the exam posted shortly after she called so maybe the advisor was able to leave a message. At any rate, by the time the test posted, it was too late for my son to take the exam and for us to get to the beach before dark, so we took our chance on the wifi and headed out on our planned vacation. I don't know what the rules are for how late a teacher can post exams, but the fact that the teacher kept changing things was highly problematic, IMO. What if my son had had a flight to take? What if he had planned on working? I do know that the official schedule said that last Thursday classes met on May 7, and for the community college this is the last day of any particular class -- there is not a separate exam week or anything. At any rate, all's well that ends well. Thank you all for your input!
    5 points
  28. I love painting. It really soothes me. (walls, not ceilings) But to keep me busy, it's not really an option because I painted everything in the house LAST SUMMER! So what's left is the yucky ceilings (which I'm dreading) and the exterior stuff. I did have my dh remove all our exterior light fixtures and I dissassembled them, cleaned them, primed them, and spray painted them. The old ratty, rusty brass from 19 years ago is now a classic matte black. My dh offered to purchase new ones, but everything I saw was very trendy. I don't follow trends, don't want to replace them in 5 years. I just wanted a basic light that looked classic. So I took my oldies and spray painted them. Done. Rather than spending 300-400 on lights I was not happy with, I spent $70 on paints and primer.
    5 points
  29. I agree. Also, they could've had a negative test but have exposure plus a series of really striking symptoms. Doctors diagnose things on clinical evidence only (meaning symptoms not tests) all the time, and no one questions it. What is allowed to be counted as COVID is more stringent than plenty of other conditions.
    5 points
  30. I find the whole concept of falsely putting covid on death certificates so hard to understand. What are the reasons a Dr would want to put false information on there? If it is financial then that is Medicare fraud and the consequences of that are so dire that I find it hard to believe someone would risk it. It is hard to tell from the example above what was going on. I know from my own experience that there are people who"s test comes back negative, but there are a number of false negatives. My cousin's husband had 2 negative test and then a positive one. They repeated the test because the dr was sure he had it from his clinical signs.
    5 points
  31. My antibody test came back negative. So my "something" that made me sick for six weeks was not COVID19.
    5 points
  32. I thought for several years now many fitness experts and physical therapists have recommended against sit ups due to the strain (and very real potential for injury) they put on the spine? ETA: DS24 is very into fitness and he won't do sit ups. I *think* he does some crunches, though.
    5 points
  33. I’m not an expert (but I have taken personal trainer courses.) I wouldn’t really wage a guess as to what’s going on there without seeing your crunches, planks, and sit ups. But I will say that there are a million great core exercises out there, so there’s no specific need to master the type of sit ups that we were taught in elementary school.
    5 points
  34. I’m so sorry about your grandmother. And I agree. Yes, if the care home is considered their “home” and they don’t need hospital care, where else would they have been sent? The care home *is* home, and ostensibly should be able to manage their care. That’s standard. Of course there could have been some other arrangement made as the realization about how vulnerable the population was, and quickly, but the care homes should be responsible as well. I wish separate locations had been designated for covid patients, like I wish we had maintained an adequate supply of PPE, ventilators, supplies, and on and on with the “hindsight is 20/20” wishlist. I have a FIL in nursing long term care, a MIL in assisted living, and am caring for an elder in my home, so am no stranger to these scenarios playing over and over in my head. FIL’s facility fairly quickly built a quarantine section with reverse ventilation, and established standards (nursing care that works on quarantine side never see patients on other side, separate entrances, etc). They have maintained steady at one case (contracted when patient went off site for medical needs), though we are all nervous. But one could say it was only luck, that they didn’t have an outbreak prior to getting it built. It was all moving pretty fast by the time people were taking action.
    4 points
  35. Obamacare increased coverage. Before Obamacare, it was up to the insurance company, they could cover college students, most did up until age 23, but they weren't required to do so. Now, because of Obamacare, any young adult, whether or not in college, can stay on their parent's plan until the age of 26.
    4 points
  36. Well, I think in this case it's more the system of government. I'm not necessarily talking about freedoms, per se, but who can issue what orders. I have seen people advocating for Trump to be able to mandate nationwide shutdown measures, and honestly, I'm glad he specifically, but also the office of chief executive in general, does not have the kind of power that the NZ Prime Minister appears to have. But that doesn't mean I don't think governors or local authorities shouldn't be able to put those measures into place.
    4 points
  37. It could be a big problem across the board if lots of incoming freshman defer this fall. Schools may just not have room to admit many new freshmen the following year. I know our state universities are already struggling with space and this won’t help. My own dd wants to defer since classes will probably be online and I’m wondering if colleges will change the rules for it since so many are expected.
    4 points
  38. Pulling out this quote separately just for discussion. I don't agree. I think that if a family has access to a group plan, then people in that household should be able to buy into that group at the group rate. Not that the employer should have to subsidize it, but that they should have the option to pay and continue on that plan. The benefit would be more people on the plan to decrease rates overall, and that those people will hopefully have better deductible/out of pocket max numbers. I think it is ridiculous that there is insurance that has a $5000 deductible (or larger for families) and that we as a society think that is ok. I work in healthcare and see how this impacts peoples access to medical care.
    4 points
  39. I agree. I work with many students that are "on the spectrum" and it was very well done.
    4 points
  40. That’s very interesting. I am growing distressed by the implication that since it primarily affects older people and those with underlying conditions it’s somehow ok. Besides it not being accurate, the lives of sick people and people with existing conditions and old people are important too. Someone with asthma or high blood pressure isn’t more deserving of death other people. Young people aren’t more valuable than old people. As you point out, it’s simply not true that these are people that would have otherwise died this year,
    4 points
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