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2 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

At least it isn't The Furure's So Bright. ( Thanks Grump, I liked that song until you told me what it's about. <_< Yeah, nuclear bombs ARE bright.)


Maybe something cheery, calling back to childhood? Ring s ring of posies, a pocket full of posies?

Not to rain on anybodies parade, but;  You do know that this little rhyming song started as a response to the Black Death?

"Ring around the rosies"

The characteristic pox that erupted on the victims skin.

"A pocket full of posies"

To combat the stench of death

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down [dead].

Ashes = achoo, the sound of a sneeze.  Which transmitted the disease through aerosol of the sputum.

The long snouted mask that Doctors wore during the plague were developed to give the Dr. a chance of having air to breath that wasn't contaminated by aerosol-ed virus.


Sorry to be a downer.

We now return you to the normal festivities.

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Panic buying isn't helpful. Small preparations are - enough so that instead of hitting the grocery store every few days, you can go every week or two. So yes, some folks are over-reacting on that front, but a bit of preparation is good. It is annoying and frustrating, but the measures being put in place are the ones that will prevent hospitals from being overrun. It isn't as much about stopping people from getting sick right now - it is about controlling WHEN people get sick. Slow it down, because otherwise everywhere will be like Italy and Iran which have overflowing hospitals and they can't treat everyone.


I get sick a lot. I exist with a Constitution score of 8 - not on death's door, but not on the strong end. This thing will come for me. It will suck, and I'll be coughing my guts out when it does. I'd like to know that the hospitals are ready for it, and that means we have to participate to help them.


The best case scenario is that in a few months we can go "that felt overblown" because it SHOULD if we're successful. If we're successful, bad things don't happen, and the preparation looks silly. If we fail, more people get hurt.

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4 hours ago, Pingo said:

half the people are wearing gloves and wiping down everything and the other half are eating, drinking, and being merry. Everyone seems jittery.

Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die. How’s that for a song for The End Times :lol: 



Hubby and I are taking a rest day. He works too hard and doesn’t sleep enough. We’ll get our boxes of books tomorrow. I’m just working on transferring some characters from 2nd edition to 5th edition. We’ve got a chill vibe going on here, which is why neither of us want to go to the store for ice cream :rolleyes:

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2 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

Maybe something cheery, calling back to childhood? Ring s ring of posies, a pocket full of posies?

@PaganMegan, you do know that the song is believed to originally be from the time period of the black plague, right?  We all fall down, was not so innocent....

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I'm going to support the pie shop today for pi day. Small businesses still need help, I need pie, and I can get there just by walking and not using public transit. I'll put on my make-up (I don't touch my face if I have it on - thus it is War Paint), and march on over there all sanitary.


The virus has done wonders at mitigating my stress over an evil physics professor potentially harassing me. A few days ago I was so angry and irrationally scared about that I decided to not go on the treadmill alone because I would have run until I hurt myself out of frustration. This? This isn't specifically out to get me. It will eventually. But it isn't malicious.



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1 minute ago, Marvin said:

The Great Plague origins of that rhyme are fascinating but likely a myth.


Kind of comforting to know kids weren't actually chanting about death on the playground at least lol.


... that makes it less interesting. Bah.

I say as the one who likes morbid humor, and did as a kid too...

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2 hours ago, TGP said:

What does ignore etc. mean?

Is she refusing to do online teaching or something? (I could see a teachers union taking a... •/wasn’t in the contract/• ...stance.)

generally the teachers unions have been more than willing to trade "ok we'll do online teaching during the emergency" for "if we have to miss 2 weeks after the general closure ends due to being individually quarantined for this virus it doesn't get taken out of our sick days or put on short term disability" 

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11 hours ago, OneBoot said:

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. 


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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 :)


OR is taking a 2 week spring break. My son goes back on the 1st (or whenever the next 2 weeks ends). He did say the teachers asked the students if they wanted online classes (due to they have chromebooks) but he said everyone voted no due to no home internet access.......:poke:. He's a senior but they may have to make it up in the end or not due to it being a pandemic incident.

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37 minutes ago, Cyradis said:


... that makes it less interesting. Bah.

I say as the one who likes morbid humor, and did as a kid too...


Oh, I was super disappointed when I learned about it. Not much is cooler for a kid than finding out nursery rhymes are basically actually Dethklok songs, and to have that stripped away...

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54 minutes ago, NebulousMissy said:

I have a dilemma... A deep dilemma...


It's Pi Day.


I'm on keto.


Do I break my diet? Or do I abandon mathematical and astrophysical solidarity?


Break for a day. It is PI DAY. Get a more healthy pie like a quiche instead of an apple or chocolate one. Quiche counts. 

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