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I used to like being around people until I moved down here. People are so stupid around here that I have lost patience with them. But, another thing was my health changed & I started finding that the more time I spent around people the more often I got sick. My immune system sucks when it comes to viruses & after being constantly ill for 5+ years I found the best way to avoid getting sick was to avoid people.

The weather isn't helping me right now. I went outside to get some stuff out of the truck- spent about two minutes out there-- and the pollen started getting to me. I just took some allergy meds and hope they will help. It's also very hot and humid again. I started sweating in that short time & the moisture was clinging to me.

In a bit I'm going to head to the Samsclub in Lake Charles to see if they have water (the website claims they are in stock). I tried calling to find out if it was there but they now have a robo system only & the system said they can't answer questions about items being in stock & best way to find out is to go to the store. They have suspended the curbside pickup options as well.
 

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I'm about to start a new project, redoing one of the kids' closets. For this project I need to figure out the best way to divide up four 2x4s into the various lengths I need (all between about 25" and 18"). What's the best way to do that?
 

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If anyone is still out there, I'm still alive. Food is running low. Down to only 4 days of fresh vegetables, 6 days fresh dairy, and 22 days of frozen vegetables until I switch over to my 314 days of canned goods/non-perishable staples. My hands are a bit irritated form all of the sanitizer and my butt is super clean - 21 rolls of TP remain, but they're Mega-rolls so they should last a while. Down to 999 rounds of ammo (dropped 1 round down the heating vent while doing daily inventory). Power still on, but for how long? Missing human interaction but I've befriended the neighbor's dog... for now.. (I'm soaking her food in curry paste in an attempt to marinate her from the inside-out in case I have to eat her). Dark days ahead. News is all bad. Neighbors have attempted to leap from windows to their death, (or near death... most have single story homes so they've hit a few scrapes from trampling their own landscaping). Blew through most Netflix series so may have to rewatch some again...Basic Survival is a definite challenge. I vow to persevere to the end! Please, if there is life out there, communicate with me to help preserve my sanity
 

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If anyone is still out there, I'm still alive. Food is running low. Down to only 4 days of fresh vegetables, 6 days fresh dairy, and 22 days of frozen vegetables until I switch over to my 314 days of canned goods/non-perishable staples. My hands are a bit irritated form all of the sanitizer and my butt is super clean - 21 rolls of TP remain, but they're Mega-rolls so they should last a while. Down to 999 rounds of ammo (dropped 1 round down the heating vent while doing daily inventory). Power still on, but for how long? Missing human interaction but I've befriended the neighbor's dog... for now.. (I'm soaking her food in curry paste in an attempt to marinate her from the inside-out in case I have to eat her). Dark days ahead. News is all bad. Neighbors have attempted to leap from windows to their death, (or near death... most have single story homes so they've hit a few scrapes from trampling their own landscaping). Blew through most Netflix series so may have to rewatch some again...Basic Survival is a definite challenge. I vow to persevere to the end! Please, if there is life out there, communicate with me to help preserve my sanity
I really don't know what's worse, watching all the elections stuff before I knew where in the world Wuhan was or all the hysteria on now about their bat soup fooie.
 

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I managed to get the water. They only had 1 case of the kind I wanted but they had a ton of the smaller cases so I got 4 of those and 1 of the large one to make it last awhile. They had someone sanitizing the carts at the beginning, people were all spread out, and there was constant cleaning going on.

We commented to the employees that it must be nice to know they are "essential" so they have to work and it would be even nicer if they got paid appropriately for that. Most of them are hired only part-time so they don't get benefits.

One of my oldest friends posted a letter he received to give him an excuse for police (should they ever stop him) to show that he is an essential employee & they need him to come to work. He works security at some wellness center I believe. He's been having to work through this whole mess & gets about minimum wage for his troubles. He can barely afford his diabetes meds.

We had our first covid-19 death in town. One of the prison inmates who was in his early 40s was taken to the local hospital & didn't make it. He might have lived if they'd taken him to another hospital, but the local hospital is full of people who are slow & inept. The cardiologist is an absolute quack. At least the "angel of death" doctor finally died & he's not killing patients from the nursing home anymore. Staff from the nursing home complained people would be sent to him with minor stuff-- and leave dead or comatose. Happened to a friend of mine who went in over some leg pain. One day he was fine, next he was unable to open his eyes or speak.

Allergies are still giving me trouble & I'm run down, but I know I could be worse. Been talking to friends online & watching stuff on the DVR. Haven't felt like online gaming much. Can't stream Netflix or anything like that because of bandwidth restrictions.

I'm hoping we'll hear from Gary soon. I'm worried about him.
 

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What is Gary's user name? Is it Gary? Let me know and I will send him an email.
 

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What is Gary's user name? Is it Gary? Let me know and I will send him an email.
I sent him a private message several weeks ago and he hasn't replied back. I would guess we pissed him off trying to arm chair quarterback his wife's condition. I'm sure his doctors had a better handle of what's going on with her than the opinions thrown at him here. Sometimes well meaning intentions don't get relayed well.

I've sent prayers of healing for his family, hope others can too.

Yes, his user name is Gary.
 

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I'm hoping he's been quiet bc his wife is getting help and not because the worst happened. Hope he & his wife are both OK.
 

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I just sent him an email. I'll report back if and when I get one
 

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I managed to get the water. They only had 1 case of the kind I wanted but they had a ton of the smaller cases so I got 4 of those and 1 of the large one to make it last awhile. They had someone sanitizing the carts at the beginning, people were all spread out, and there was constant cleaning going on.

We commented to the employees that it must be nice to know they are "essential" so they have to work and it would be even nicer if they got paid appropriately for that. Most of them are hired only part-time so they don't get benefits.

One of my oldest friends posted a letter he received to give him an excuse for police (should they ever stop him) to show that he is an essential employee & they need him to come to work. He works security at some wellness center I believe. He's been having to work through this whole mess & gets about minimum wage for his troubles. He can barely afford his diabetes meds.

We had our first covid-19 death in town. One of the prison inmates who was in his early 40s was taken to the local hospital & didn't make it. He might have lived if they'd taken him to another hospital, but the local hospital is full of people who are slow & inept. The cardiologist is an absolute quack. At least the "angel of death" doctor finally died & he's not killing patients from the nursing home anymore. Staff from the nursing home complained people would be sent to him with minor stuff-- and leave dead or comatose. Happened to a friend of mine who went in over some leg pain. One day he was fine, next he was unable to open his eyes or speak.

Allergies are still giving me trouble & I'm run down, but I know I could be worse. Been talking to friends online & watching stuff on the DVR. Haven't felt like online gaming much. Can't stream Netflix or anything like that because of bandwidth restrictions.

I'm hoping we'll hear from Gary soon. I'm worried about him.
My stepson has stocked nights at Walmart for 3 years. They only give him 32 hours a week so they can consider him part time. The full time employees, if there are any, are getting a $300 bonus. He will get $150.
 

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My stepson has stocked nights at Walmart for 3 years. They only give him 32 hours a week so they can consider him part time. The full time employees, if there are any, are getting a $300 bonus. He will get $150.
My local Walmart has very few "full time" employees now. In order to be considered full time they have to work full time hours for 12 weeks straight. So they work them full time for 11 weeks and then give them 1 or 2 fewer hours on the 12th week to reset the timer & say they only work part time. That way they don't have to provide any of the same benefits & the legislators won't do anything about it. They also look for excuses to fire longtime employees (even manufacturing things to fire them illegitimately) so they can make them re-apply at lower pay and reset their progress so they don't qualify for benefits/bonuses. They love to fire people around Christmas.

I took my brother for his court case today but the courthouse doors were locked tight. There were a bunch of legalize notices on the door, but none of them said anything about court being canceled. There were guards inside but the glass was tinted so it was hard to see them. After reading all the notices & standing there for 10 minutes, a nervous looking man approached the door & said "There's no court today!" There were no written notices, nothing on the website, and no signs to indicate that, but they wouldn't let us in. So we went back to the truck and saw a couple pull up. We told them if they were there for court, they weren't letting anyone in the building. The woman was enraged because she had called and been told that there was court that day for certain. Her husband went to the door and tugged on it & took pictures of the signage. One of the guards inside came to the door and sprayed disinfectant on the inside as if he was afraid a guy on the outside touching the handle would get inside. So, there must have been people going and tugging on that handle with no signs to indicate the place was closed. If they try to say he no-showed for court, I will be seriously pissed off. But we go the names of the other couple and exchanged contact info so we could be each other's witnesses that we showed up & were denied entry to the courthouse. It's a total clusterf***. You'd think they would at least have given notice, but this place is so disorganized and unprofessional.
 

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They are having video court here for prisoners.
 

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We in Kommifornia chose an easier option. We just opened all the jail doors and let the crooks walk away.
 

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Is there any legal recourse if they try to say he didn't show up if they denied him entry & didn't send any notice about what was going on? I'm worried they will accuse him of not showing up because that is how stupid they are.
The woman we met told us that they charged her twice for the same thing-- that she'd already gone to court, been charged, pled out, paid her fines, and then got charged again & accused of not going to court over a case she'd already wrapped up. She said she's been paying the fines/fees for 7 years now & had to pay double because they double-dipped on her. She must have had a really lousy attorney (if any attorney at all).

We can't do video stuff on our connection & it was never brought up as an option.
 

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@zannej: I think taking photos and videos of the locked building, selfies of yourself standing in front of it, etc. and emailing them to yourself so they're doubly timestamped is a prudent idea. If you can find anything online that verifies the building was locked, or of other people also saying it was locked, take screenshots. If needed, these can be sent to a lawyer or judge.

Yesterday I started cutting up the 2x4s into the various necessary lengths (which, by the way, I ended up using a spreadsheet to figure out) for my kids closet project. When I pulled the trigger on my neighbor's miter saw to make cut #3, it gave a quick moan and then would not turn on after that. I tried everything. I unplugged, I jiggered, I knocked, I swore. I scrambled around trying to troubleshoot the power cord, I unscrewed what I thought might be fuses from the top and bottom of the motor (but I don't think they were; I put them back), I texted my neighbor to see if he had any history of issues with it (he told me I've used that saw more than him at this point). I wrote down the model number and went inside and tried to look up a manual, a troubleshooting guide, anything. An hour later I still had no clue what was wrong. I was terrified at the double expense of having to buy my neighbor a new miter saw and also still needing my own, which meant having to buy one for me too because surely my neighbor was never going to let me borrow his tools ever again.

Finally I thought to go back out and check and see if anything else plugged into that outlet was working. Nothing else worked. I looked over at the breaker box on the far wall of the garage and saw a tiny orange square...then I slapped myself in the face, had a laugh, texted "Nevermind, I'm an idiot" to my neighbor, and finished my cuts.

Today if I have time I'll assemble the parts.
 

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Yeseterday I got the "parts assembly" done -- by which I mean creating a few rectangular frames that will become both steps and the tops of shelving units. Yes, steps: my kids are going to have a two-story closet. This was both a practical solution to better use all available space in a way that's accessible to two very short people, but I also decided it was an opportunity to make their closet a kind of fun, otherworldly place that caters to the young imagination. Because in a way that's what kids' closets often are anyway.

I''ll probably have to wait until the weekend to do the actual installation, because otherwise the only time I can do it is during the younger one's nap, and he'd never sleep through the sound of a light construction project like this.
 

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It might be good that I can't drink with my meds. I am bored.
 

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@Rusty: I hear ya. I gave up drinking at home for nine months in support of (and kind of by the request of) my wife, for reasons you can figure out. And now that bars are all closed and I can't go hang out with my friends, that basically means no drinking at all.

So instead, I decided this lockdown is a good time to pick up new hobbies, or pick old ones back up as the case may be. I got back into playing correspondence chess online. It's perfect because I can check in now and then throughout the day, spend only a few minutes each time, and I have several chess games going at once. I'm sure they have this for lots of other games too.
 
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