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« Reply #80 on: September 22, 2020, 01:03:14 AM »

Covid cases on the rise here... new, stricter lockdown measures being re introduced..
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« Reply #81 on: November 18, 2020, 04:57:38 PM »

Same here, Gant. I'm actually in Chicago now, and businesses haven't been closed, but there's a stay-at-home order, so make any sense of that, if you can. I am guessing the local government is just trying to not have to pay businesses any remedies for closing them down, but they're taking away their customers instead. Very few people on the trains, no indoor seating at restaurants (and much too cold here now to eat outside).

It looks like a vaccine is just a few weeks away.  Let's hope distribution is well thought-out and that we can put all this behind us soon.
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« Reply #82 on: November 18, 2020, 07:44:10 PM »

Matt, you've moved to Chicago, or is this a vacation of some kind? What are you doing there?

I'm really struggling. I'm still finding all the social isolation to be pretty damn horrible. I wish there was something to give me an emotional boost, but there just isn't. Not seeing anyone for months at a time and leaving my place to go run an errand once a week or every two weeks is just really difficult. I'm thankful that I still have a job and have been able to work from home for the entirety of the pandemic, but beyond that, things are pretty bleak. I don't really have any friends in the DC area, and so if I'm not at work, I don't see anyone, and being on Zoom meetings isn't the same at all. I think the pandemic has actually reinforced the loneliness I already experienced, but at a much more intense level and with no real solution. To make matters worse, I have 17 work vacation days that I need to use  by the end of the year, or I'll lose them, and I can't really see myself using them with COVID. I have nowhere to go. I asked a few people if I could come visit and they said no, and I can't take a vacation during COVID. It feels unsafe, and I've been so diligent about trying to protect others from the virus during all this time that I don't really want to completely give up on that now when cases are rising just because I'm tiring of all the isolation.

The vaccine news is definitely a bright spot. Assuming the preliminary reports are accurate, the 90-95% efficacy is much higher than I was anticipating. I think the Pfizer vaccine is going to have limited utility and uptake because of its extreme refrigeration requirements that most facilities don't have, but the Moderna vaccine doesn't seem to require the same refrigeration levels, so I'm hopeful that that may have a wider applicability. It would be better to have a one shot administration rather than two because a lot of people may not do the full course, especially if they experience even mild side effects from the first dose. I think it's quite possible, if enough people take the vaccine, that we could be starting to live something closer to normal life over the summer, since after they start giving it to people, it's going to take quite awhile before we reach the vaccination percentage threshold to bring about herd immunity. That's still at least 7 months months away, and that's a best case scenario.
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« Reply #83 on: November 19, 2020, 05:13:13 PM »

Matt, you've moved to Chicago, or is this a vacation of some kind? What are you doing there?

Just helping a friend through a tough time. I'll be back in TN soon.

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« Reply #84 on: November 28, 2020, 04:51:11 PM »

Hi there.  I hope everybody is doing well.  Not sure if I've mentioned this, but in September I moved back to Malden.  I decided to do this because I wanted to be closer to my kids again.  While Tina understood, she decided to end our relationship.  That's a nice way of saying she broke up with me.  Oh well, her loss.  8)

Just kidding....a little.  8) I didn't ask her to come with me for two reasons.  The first being she enjoys living in New Hampshire too much for me to ask her to leave.  The second is because it's something I had to do alone.  I've learned that I probably shouldn't have even moved in the first place.  Well, I'm not going to beat myself up over past mistakes and bad judgment.  The best thing to do is to try to improve and move forward.  Endeavor to persevere, you know?  Something I've been attempting here as well, for years.

As a result of the move, I've been working in the office again.  If not for having to undergo learning a new system recently implemented, I'd go back to working from home.  Like everyone else here, I'm sure, I can't wait for this pandemic to be in the rear view mirror, a thing of the past.  Like my separation and divorce.

My cousin invited me to spend Thanksgiving and my birthday with him and his family.  I had a great time and am now back home for the rest of the weekend.  I should be closing on the sale of my property in Maine next month, finally. 

I was fortunate to visit with my kids over the summer, outside where they live.  I would bring us all something to eat and we?d play afterwards.  My moving has had a positive effect on them and I thank God for that.  There had been difficulties prior my return and that was a difficult, stressful thing to endure. 

Unfortunately, with the pandemic rearing it's ugly head again, we've had to resort to video visits until the numbers go down again.  So, I'll weather this storm too, all the while saying prayers and crossing my fingers. 

I do that for all of you, too.  Let me say what I have felt all along here:  I care about you all and wish you nothing but the best.  I consider it an honor and a privilege to be here and interact as a member and Eastwood fan. 

Please, everybody, Take Care and Stay Safe.  Lets make it through these crazy times together!!

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« Reply #85 on: December 27, 2020, 11:16:25 PM »

I?m determined to come out of this with something to show for it....
I?ve thrown myself into drum practice, specifically Jazz drumming...at least an hour a day, sometimes more and
I?m really feeling the benefit... I?ve no idea when I?ll be able to return to performing again but I?m quietly surprised how I?m able
to improve  technique, speed etc at my age 😊
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« Reply #86 on: December 28, 2020, 10:09:04 AM »

I'm just seeing your post, Jed. It sounds like this has been a time of tremendous change for you, which can be very hard, but which also may present you with new opportunities. It's very nice that you are now closer to your children, and I hope that your relationship will continue to get better now that you'll have the opportunity to re-establish those bonds of connection. I'm sorry to hear of the end of your relationship, and I hope your sacrifice pays off!

Grant, it's great that you are spending the time to hone and get better at drumming and seeking to turn this challenging time into something more positive!
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« Reply #87 on: December 30, 2020, 05:16:44 AM »

Thanks AKA23... Im really enjoying it...
Im also catching up with a lot of reading and trying to improve my chess playing..

I?d be interested to hear what everyone else is doing with all this down time...
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« Reply #88 on: January 02, 2021, 05:23:12 PM »

A couple of weeks before Christmas we all but gotten rid of the virus here in Australia. The only infections were people coming back from overseas and its mandatory for them to hotel isolate for two weeks on their return.

Things looked like it would be a normal Christmas, then bang!! A flight crew member from the USA flight brought the virus back in. For some stupid reason flight crew members didnt have to isolate only passengers. Anyway, everyone's Xmas plans went out the window as the state borders got closed and restrictions were brought back in with how many people you can have in your home etc.

We're not in total lockdown like at the beginning of this pandemic and hopefully things won't get that bad again but it looks like we're a long way from getting back to life as we once knew it, if we ever will?
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« Reply #89 on: January 02, 2021, 06:25:04 PM »

How's the vaccination situation Down Under, SK?
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« Reply #90 on: January 05, 2021, 10:15:14 AM »

Thanks, AKA.  Yes, things are going well.  I was unexpectedly introduced to a nice woman Christmas Day over dinner.  We hit it off and have been talking and seeing each other regularly.  Her name is Cydney.  The attraction is not only physical but, most importantly, intellectual.  We enjoy each other?s company and have even begun watching the Dirty Harry movies together.  I love how things are with Nicholas & Nina and can?t wait to be able to spend more time together when this pandemic passes.

Sorry to hear about the setback, SK!  I?m crossing my fingers it won?t last and that you?ll be back on track soon. 

My thoughts and prayers are with you all as we continue to endure.  I believe we?ll all endeavor to persevere. 🙂


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« Reply #91 on: January 05, 2021, 02:43:54 PM »

How's the vaccination situation Down Under, SK?

Still six months away I reckon.
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« Reply #92 on: January 05, 2021, 03:34:07 PM »

Vaccinations rolling out here now with 1.3 million having had the jab, but my youthfulness will mean Im a long way down the list..
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« Reply #93 on: January 05, 2021, 11:20:18 PM »

Still six months away I reckon.

Why such a long wait? Or do you mean for you personally?
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« Reply #94 on: January 05, 2021, 11:50:49 PM »

Why such a long wait? Or do you mean for you personally?

None of the vaccines have been approved yet. I think the government is waiting to see results from the UK and USA first before committing to millions of doses. With such low numbers and deaths compared to the rest of the world, we?re not rushing into anything unproven.
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« Reply #95 on: January 06, 2021, 11:54:07 AM »

Ah, I see. Makes sense.
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« Reply #96 on: January 15, 2021, 07:39:52 AM »

Hi everyone. I thought I'd drop by to share my b-day on past wednesday. It was the first time I "broke" quarantine rules, it was just me and four close friends and we took all the cares. We have lived in a crazy, crazy world and being alive and healthy is a true blessing. I cant believe I am almost 50! When I first joined here I was so young and naive. Many of you are still here too, amazing.
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« Reply #97 on: January 15, 2021, 10:10:18 AM »

Happy belated birthday, Aline!
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« Reply #98 on: January 15, 2021, 10:21:06 AM »

Happy belated birthday, Aline! You look wonderful in those pictures. I hope you and your friends will all stay safe and well!
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« Reply #99 on: January 15, 2021, 10:44:00 AM »

Thank you so much, Chris! :)

Thank you, KC. You always so kind to me :smitten:
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