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  1. I came to this thread to reiterate exactly this! Most anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers that I know of are losing their minds over yet another Fall and Winter season with reduced social outlets. It is as if not being able to go to Peet's coffee and hang out with their friends or have a Spa day to unwind from the stress of the pandemic is the end of their world. The truth is that this is still a novel virus and even though we had zero hopes of solutions 2 years ago, we have a vaccine available around every corner of our country these days. There are other mitigations and cures in the pipeline. They will be duly completed, tested and released for general use when the time is right. Until then, I consider it my patriotic duty to my country and the decent thing toward my fellow human being to not become a hospital statistic of Covid. I respect HCW who are doing their utter best to deal with the repercussions of politicians meddling with medical advise. People have lived alone in the prairies long before us and survived a lot more hardship than being told to wear a mask in Walmart or to order curbside pickup of food or to stay home and watch Netflix and surf the web on a smartphone. To me wearing a mask is no big deal (I double mask). To my teen, wearing a mask is no big deal too. Better times will come. We need to learn to be more patient: https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2021/09/27/pfizer-tests-pill-that-could-prevent-covid-infection/?sh=32e14cbe39fc
  2. Try sparkling mineral water. It is supposed to make you feel full and is an appetite suppressant. So is a teaspoon of chia seeds soaked in water.
  3. yes. I agree with your older son. These MIT OCW lectures take quite a bit of time to go through and for a non-STEM kid it is not necessary to do such a course on top of a high school calculus course. The youtube channel "Patrickjmt" has good coverage on various calculus topics and should be a good supplement to his schoolwork. Just ask your son to correlate each school math topic to the correct video lessons and he should be good to go.
  4. @Roadrunner Another by the same professor, but this course is labeled as OCW Scholar version which tend to be more complete: https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/18-01sc-single-variable-calculus-fall-2010/
  5. The Patrickjmt channel mentioned above is good. Another choice is the MIT OCW and edx courses by MIT. https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/18-01-single-variable-calculus-fall-2006/video-lectures/ if you poke around, coursera has many single variable calculus courses as well.
  6. Please read about Intermittent Fasting. It really works even if you follow a moderate version of it. There is a book called “The Obesity Code” that describes in great detail how it works by restricting when you eat rather than what you eat. There are support groups online for it as well. Good luck. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VVK39K8
  7. I don't know for sure if it is OK to feed it to them. I dug out an old bag of walnuts and another bag of almonds (costco sized, bought when there was a family crisis and then forgotten for 3 years) and not wanting to waste them, I put them inside my compost pile. Needless to say, the raccoons and the squirrels are going nuts (pun intended) over my compost pile, digging it in a frenzy and competing for the nuts. They have been at it for a few days and look healthy and happy. So, no harm in giving it to them is my conclusion based on my observations.
  8. But, don't you have to visit someone's profile page in order to PM them? Anyway, I am always clicking on "find content" of the profiles of so many old posters looking for their curriculum recommendations from years past (some of them are no longer actively participating on the WTM boards.) Funnily enough, I seem to have read a lot of books in my youth where the characters angrily "stalked away" ...
  9. @Corraleno, I agree with you. From the beginning of this pandemic, even when many americans thought that only Wuhan people would die and it was all fine and dandy on American shores, the first thought that went through my mind was that if only 1% of Americans were affected in this pandemic, then it would mean that the Public Health policy people had managed to contain the pandemic with very minimal damage. But, statistically, that would also mean that 3-3.2 million americans would be sick or die - as raw numbers go, that is a staggeringly big number and deaths on that scale would affect every corner of america. Some people look at percentages and say that the CDC claims that 99.7% survive and go to Costco and harass their staff about it (real story that I was witness to) and that Covid is just the flu while not realizing that 0.3% of dead american population is = 900,000 dead americans - and the probability is that many of those covid deaths are in their zip code.
  10. The numbers are worse in Mississippi I dread the Fall season, considering that is when the predicted wave was supposed to happen and it is still only the end of summer. Roughly 1 of every 320 Mississippians have succumbed to the coronavirus. https://apnews.com/article/health-pandemics-coronavirus-pandemic-mississippi-acf7115c4992cd29af82495ed522ea3a
  11. 10 minutes in smaller places like Trader Joe's and ethnic grocers. 20 minutes at Whole Foods and Costco. This is mostly because I make a list, plan my routes inside the store mentally, start moving fast when I hit the store. I don't make discretionary purchases in the store anymore - so, no buying snacks that look good, stopover at the bakery section etc. I save the browsing and buying fun stuff for online shopping!
  12. I understand and I am a lot like him because of how infectious this virus is and in my case I decline to eat around others but that is unsustainable for an athletic kid. Talk to his teacher and get permission for him to move away from the table and sit at least 20 feet away in the sunshine (lots of UV rays) and eat by himself. He could still talk to his friends if he wants to carry on a conversation. In my local middle school, I see many kids using the football field to spread out to eat lunch and they are more than 12 feet away from each other while still talking to each other. I feel sorry for your son. These are circumstances that are hard to navigate even for adults, let alone a 11 year old.
  13. This is correct. It is pretty extreme to throw 1 TBSP into a smoothie on the get go. I eat chia daily and consume it in moderate quantities but I mostly only eat soaked chia seeds. I always soak them in water for 6 - 12 hours in the fridge before consuming them. If you eat raw chia seeds, then you should drink copious amounts of water as they will swell up in your stomach. Here are some delicious ways for you to consume that costco size bag of chia: - keep 2 TBSP of chia soaked in 8 oz of water in a container in the fridge. Start and end your day by drinking a cup of water with a little soaked chia seeds added to them. - if you make your own salad dressing, add 1 TBSP to it and shake and store it overnight before consuming - make a breakfast or dessert chia pudding (my family's favorite are mango with cardamom and saffron: something like this with the aromatic spices added on - https://lovingitvegan.com/mango-chia-pudding/ or cherry with almond extract: something like this - https://getinspiredeveryday.com/food/sweet-cherry-almond-chia-pudding/ ). I make a batch and store them in the refrigerator in 4 oz mason jars for snacks. - add a TBSP of ground chia to your baking mixes and pancake flours
  14. I am sorry. You are a kind and patient friend (much more than l could be in those circumstances).
  15. Two local conservatories in CA have made the policy to only conduct classes for wind instruments (and performances) in the open patios of the college. They are taking several other strict precautionary measures and this is one of them.
  16. There is a precedent of a former president mandating vaccines for the troops: https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/GW&smallpoxinoculation.html (I posted this in another thread)
  17. Its about time. The vaccine is free, available at a convenient location near everyone, it has been given to 5 billion people already, it is approved by the FDA and we need to end this pandemic. My patience wore out a long time ago.
  18. my teen informs me that people who say that mandatory vaccination is Un-American (a.k.a anti-vaxxers) should be informed that the great american hero, Gen. George Washington ordered the mass inoculation of the military that was taking part in the civil war. We owe our Freedom partially to this inoculation. (apparently, his Speech and Debate group took up this topic for research as their first topic of the year) https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/GW&smallpoxinoculation.html
  19. As an aside, until about a month ago, I was hesitant to even use the terms anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers and anti-science in order to not offend. My young niece who is a Pediatric ICU doctor pointed out that this attitude of mine amounts to coddling of people who cause deliberate harm to others and disrupt the lives of others. That is why I decided to call a spade a spade and use the proper terms when I speak of them. @SeaConquestthank you for your service and good luck on your job interviews for those ICU positions.
  20. Or might have gotten a job offer from a certain TV network and used this as a way to go out with a bang and start her new job with high viewership ratings … my cynicism has reached new levels after seeing the extent of selfishness during this pandemic from people who don’t care about the welfare of their fellow man.
  21. Any recommendations for a handmill? Thanks!
  22. I have the Hario Japanese pour over coffee dripper and have used it for several years and it still makes the best tasting coffee for me (I have a Keurig, a drip coffee machine and also make my own cold brew): https://www.amazon.com/Hario-Ceramic-Coffee-Dripper-White/dp/B000P4D5HG
  23. Many hi-tech businesses have moved or are in the process of moving to Texas (mostly Austin and Fort Worth). Apparently, there was a financial component to that decision that prompted the big move for a lot of big businesses recently. I wonder how this decision impacts the wave of relocations to that part of the country and the economy there. It will be interesting to watch in the coming months ...
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