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18 hours ago, Argentee said:

Is it wrong that I keep picturing Sephy in a mousie onesie? :lol:

Not at all, especially if you send me a picture of the mousie onesie you’re thinking of so I can get it ::D:


12 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:


Washcloth + washing machine...big deal..

That isn’t very practical when you don’t have a washing machine in your home.

11 hours ago, Inarah said:


Hmm, seems like Martha must have eaten all those Christmas cakes. Shocking news. Just shocking.

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4 minutes ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

@ub3r_n3rd has a throne of skulls because it offers good lumbar support.


You'd think a throne of Lumbar Vertebrae would offer the best lumbar support, but...



Overlord:  UBER!  What is best in life?


Ub3R_N3rD: "...Skulls for Lumbar Support..."

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It looks like all the dust is starting to settle at Asmodee NA/FFG.


After all the layoffs and closures, the RPGs are going to a studio in Europe.  Imperial Assault isn't dead!  But won't see a new release for some time.  Q4 is the target to see Clone Wars era Armada.


It's good to finally see some good news out of there.


2 minutes ago, redambrosia said:

Hmm, seems like Martha must have eaten all those Christmas cakes. Shocking news. Just shocking.

It's the contact high from hanging with Snoop Dogg...constant munchies.



I think that was my first merged post!

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More news/thoughts on virus stuff; I'm putting it in a spoiler so those that are tired of hearing about this whole mess can skip it, I totally won't blame you. 



Made a discovery backwards earlier today; rather than reading about stuff online and then seeing the effects locally, this time MrBoot popped out this afternoon to get a couple of salad ingredients and returned home almost immediately. The parking lots for both grocery stores near us were packed SOLID, with cars circling. I was very confused, and wondered if my area had also had a zombie apocalypse and nobody had mentioned it yet.


Turns out just a few hours earlier, the governor of WA state formally closed all K-12 schools starting March 17th through to April 24th. So...yeah. It's a thing. Local friends were posting pictures on Facebook of the lines inside various stores, 20-30 minute waits at the checkout, etc.

We ended up venturing out around 9pm partially just to see what was left (but also because salad; MrBoot makes EPIC salads ::D: ). It was...well, weird is the only way I can describe it. Even that late, there were still lots of people in Winco, and it was fascinating to see what was totally gone and what was untouched. Rice, flour, sugar, canned beans/fruits/most veggies, pasta were among the ones I was expecting to be totally gone. Peanut butter was a slight surprise, as was red and orange bell peppers (but not green...?). I was surprised at how much wasn't gone, actually. Still plenty of produce, though perhaps not what you were originally looking for. Still some bread, plenty of ice cream and snack foods, with all the candy practically untouched. Zero frozen veggies, but quite a few premade frozen meals still around. Several unwrapped pallets of bottled water were stashed around, waiting to be uncrated. 

It was just...again, just a very weird experience. I saw upper-level stock areas bare that I've never seen empty before, long stretches of shelves with nothing on them but maybe a few dented cans or a lone box. I'm sure those of you who live/have lived in more disaster-prone areas have probably seen this kind of thing before, but it's a first for me. It's just...surreal, like the two of us had accidentally wandered onto the set of a post-apocalyptic movie during one of the opening scenes, the part where the reality of things is setting in and everyone is suddenly realizing "oh wait this is really happening."

So...yeah. Gonna be something to tell the young whippersnappers about someday, I guess. I wish I'd thought to snap at least one photo myself, but honestly I was too absorbed in observing the goings-on to think about it until later.


The only really important bit is that all WA state K-12 schools are now closed until April 24th.


--OneBoot :)

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10 hours ago, OneBoot said:

To my surprise, our local Winco (supermarket) still had plenty of TP. It was definitely thin, but there was even still a few name brands. No cleaning wipes or sanitizer to be found anywhere, of course. So I went old school and grabbed a bottle of spray cleaner and a pack of paper towels LOL. Not virus-related, we really were just low on both.


An employee at MrBoot's work has been tested for the virus, results to follow "next week" but the company shut down that building and is doing cleaning anyways just in case. I'm still not concerned, MrBoot doesn't work in that building, has been working from home 95% of the time for the past two weeks anyways, and the only time he's at work is to record measurements in an area with limited contact with other people. If one of us gets it, I doubt very much that it will come from his work.


Somewhat related: I think I've figured out how one would code this thing, though I'm not positive whether the secondary code would be B97.29 'Other coronavirus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere', or B97.21 'SARS-associated coronavirus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere'. I may ask a more experienced coder, just out of morbid curiosity.:rolleyes:


--OneBoot :)

I bet they give it its own code eventually. 


Is there a Central Authority for medical coding? Does FDA or HHS do that?

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On 3/12/2020 at 7:25 PM, Crowley said:

I'm really worried about the effects for all the lower wage workers who find themselves suddenly out of jobs. Airport service workers, arena workers, restaurant workers... And this is only the start. 


I'm also concerned that many smaller restaurants, shops, etc. will simply go out of business if things lock down for very long. :unsure:

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Just back from doing our weekly shop and it's absolutely crazy out there. No loo roll, soup, hand sanitizer, cola(?!?), pasta or washing powder in any of the shops we tried. It's so bad, it reminds me of the annual Christmas Eve madness. People are either running around like mad or stalking round with grim faced determination. 


I'm not really concerned about catching the lurgy as I don't have any underlying conditions, but I will self isolate at the first sign of a temperature and a cough. I know too many people with health problems that could be affected by me passing it on and it's not like I don't have a massive Netflix and mini backlog that need my attention. 


My housemate is getting really stressed though, apparently they've organised a surprise early birthday present for me sometime in the next week and it involves going somewhere with a fairly large crowd of people. It's looking like large gatherings might be banned here soon, so we're hoping that we'll actually be able to go it (whatever it is). Fingers crossed.

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I dropped in to our local Trader Joe’s Friday morning at opening and it was packed. Lines all the way up the aisles to the back. I was just there to get eggs, fruits & vegetables, but we really needed them since college kid is coming back for spring break. It took 45 minutes, which is beginning to sound like it wasn’t too bad.


Yeah, we’re also on a road trip to pick up said college kid. Which means we are way far from home in a hotel in a strange and strangely quiet city, where half the people are wearing gloves and wiping down everything and the other half are eating, drinking, and being merry. Everyone seems jittery.


With any luck we’ll have college kid in the car in a couple of hours and be able to skedaddle back to the family compound to hunker down and be supportive of our neighbors,


Music in my head: “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” “Don’t Stand So Close To Me,” “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

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Well the University Lady C works at has shut down for the semester as well. Online classes only, the dorms are still open for the international students, so they aren't hung out to dry. The bank I work at is considering closing down the lobby area and doing drive through service only. So we are relaxing today here and fighting with a robin who is determined to build a nest under our gazebo. Not gonna do Starfinder tomorrow, my fellow players have enough brains to stay home if they think they had been exposed, some of the other groups who play there have sounded like Nurgle Unanimous meetings.

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On 3/12/2020 at 6:39 PM, Crowley said:

Well, someone at work is being tested for coronavirus, and we all got sent home, and told to telework tomorrow. I expect to be back in the office Monday, and then teleworking again for... as long as this lasts. 

Well, I was wrong. The office is closed, as is the warehouse, and run center, for the next 2 weeks. On top of that, no organized events for the next month. Still have to telework though. Need to wrap up the FY, and then get ready for the audit. 


Chinatown was weird. Emptier than it's ever been. Food was great, and there was plenty to be had at the grocery store. I'm good on coffee for the next 2 months, good on rice for at least a month. Still need to pick up a couple of things for chili, and I'm dreading going to get it at the coop. NYC still hasn't closed the schools, but the libraries are now closed for the next 2 weeks, and anything currently out won't be due till the middle of April. 


And still, I have to study for a test in a month. At least for the next 2 weeks, I don't have to spend any time on the subway. 



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Since I'm now working from home for the foreseeable future, I thought I'd pick up some supplies to brew a few batches of beer. Unfortunately the local homebrew store had a run on ingredients over the last couple of days and they're out of nearly all the products I was looking for. Guess all the other homebrewers had the same idea. Oh well, there's always minis to paint to fill the time. 

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39 minutes ago, Pingo said:

I dropped in to our local Trader Joe’s Friday morning at opening and it was packed. Lines all the way up the aisles to the back. I was just there to get eggs, fruits & vegetables, but we really needed them since college kid is coming back for spring break. It took 45 minutes, which is beginning to sound like it wasn’t too bad.



That sounds like a normal Friday at TJs here. Ours was out of paper products, etc last week.    I'm planning to swing by on Monday and see what is left. I like to have some of their frozen meals in stock.


Only 4 cases reported here, it's not belived to be wild yet, but schools are shut down at least for spring break.  I think everyone is watching the west coast to see how things play out.


Game group doesn't want to meet this weekend for various reasons, so I guess it's a paint day, but I am not feeling that enthused about it.


Everyone take care.


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