Thur. April 2, 2020 – time is flying by

Cool and beautiful again, hopefully.

Yesterday was about as nice a day as we ever get. Low 70s, light breeze, sunny and blue sky. Just a great day. I spent some time on the phone with a friend, and sat outside the whole time.

I also got some more food moved from the pile under the tarp, to the shelves on the back patio. The clips I ordered came in, and after spraying the bag, and leaving them in the sun for an hour, I built another section of shelf. I was able to move a whole pallet in the driveway after moving the last of the bins of food from it. I’ve got several black bins left to go through, and there is sure to be more spoilage in them. Then I can get the new shelves, and the old shelves organized. We really are settling in for the long haul.

More of the same on the list for today.

Dinner was taco night, with costco canned chicken, chicken taco mix, and all the fixings. No rice or beans yet. Wife and kids prefer to eat the tacos and not the sides. I’m trying to ease into the pandemic diet adding things slowly. Being mostly low carb lifestyle, all the pasta rice and beans will be a big change. Frankly, so is eating canned veg, with the exception of Costco canned corn. I’ve tried adding some over the last couple of years, but the corn is the only one that stuck. Turns out I’ve got an awful lot of corn and peas.

Kids are settling into the new routine. It really helps that we’ve read “The Girl Who Owned A City”, and the Little House on the Prairie books. It gives the girls a frame of reference that is outside of their dad just talking about prepping. The kids in Little House are grindingly poor and don’t even know it. My kids are stunned by how little they have. The protagonist in Girl Who Owned a City is smart and resourceful and saves the day for everyone. She just gets things done and is a good role model. I’d like to think Swiss Family Robinson is in the mix too, but neither has specifically referred to it. I like the idea of disaster as adventure and the way they just keep improving their situation. Hopefully, that attitude is percolating in their little brains.

Well, stuff to do, including maybe a haircut for me. We’ll see how brave I get…

Stay in, stay safe,

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

61 thoughts on “Thur. April 2, 2020 – time is flying by”

  1. A Surgeon’s Perspective on Masks for All

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKmsqn0cOjI

    My mask protects you, your mask protects me.

    I have resisted my wife’s demands that I wear a mask, telling her that every mask I hoard is one that a health care professional can’t have. I will continue to resist as long as her brother, who is on the front lines as a MRI tech at an Orlando hospital, has enough PPEs to spare, which at this time, he definitely does not!

    If they can send $1,200 to every adult in the USA, then why can’t they send a box of N-95 to us. Problem solved. Everyone back to work as long everyone is wearing a mask. (Put one in your pocket to give to the person that forgot his or hers.) That is a goal worth working toward!

  2. @Lynn – I found my copy of 3rd ed. Hillegass if someone on your team wants to take a look at Mac OS GUI development. 4th ed. really hits the sweet spot of new enough material (ARC, blocks, Grand Central Dispatch) to be useful while not drinking the Swift Kool Aid, but 3rd ed. is still a decent intro.

    Lots of web pages talk about building a VM which will run a “Hackintosh”, mostly based on Snow Leopard, the bastard stepchild Mac OS X release. Still, Snow Leopard with the paid 4.2 of XCode is modern enough to experiment.

  3. Had a doctor’s appointment today. They called and said they really don’t want healthy people coming into the office. Rescheduled for May 11. Bets on that taking place.

    I tried to file for unemployment due to the schools closed, no subbing. No dice. I did not make the minimum required.

    TN is close to going on lockdown. Does going to church to do the broadcast count as essential? I would think so.

    The major of Knoxville has said the city will fine people who ignore the “Safe at Home” order. What law does that violate? Apparently city workers will be allowed to issue citations. That is really wrong as they are not sworn law enforcement. A judge, in a court, is the only person that can assess fines. The Knoxville mayor is overstepping her authority.

    I see a lot more government control, a lot more officials lording over others when this is all over. The power grabs are increasing. Soon to be laws of the “Because I Said So” variety by mayors, governors, and law enforcement.

  4. “If they can send $1,200 to every adult in the USA, then why can’t they send a box of N-95 to us. ”

    –because you can create money out of thin air, but not masks….

    n


  5. Does going to church to do the broadcast count as essential?

    lol! Some ProgLibTurd will screech “separation of Church and State” since the goobermint ordered the shutdown. They are truly stupid.

  6. Amazon is still delivering on time. I ordered some food prep gloves with a 2 week shipping, but arrived in 3 days. I use them for quick messy jobs. Cheaper than other gloves. I almost ran out using them to pick up packages outside after spraying and sunning. They aren’t form fitting, but I don’t need that for certain jobs.

  7. @Ray
    We have been on lockdown in NJ for at least two weeks now. We had the discussion about whether going to church for the Pastor and camera man was an “essential” function. My stand is that it was because (a) it helps achieve the goal of having people (congregation) stay at home and (2) freedom to practice religion. But the key was reading the Executive Order 107, section 2 sent out by NJ:

    All NJ residents shall remain at home … UNLESS (7) leaving the home for educational, RELIGIOUS, or political reasons; ….

    Caps added for emphasis. There are quite a few exceptions in the document.

    So we have done this for the last two Sundays and will continue until we are once again able to congregate. There has been no challenge by local authorities.

  8. My brother sent a link to a recorded Zoom video, I guess family and friends, of Dr David Price a New York Pulmonary specialist, which, whilst a little overlong (about an hour) I found interesting – talking about his practical experience of the New York crisis and his ‘rules’ for staying safe. I found it worthwhile, you might.
    https://youtu.be/YitWZj9QhdQ

  9. The real reason, no one wants to pay what the market wants, except overseas buyers.

    Plus, I doubt many masks get made in this country these days, even by 3M. Medicine is a racket in the US, and the supply chain involves a lot of “beak wetting”.

  10. There is one domestic manf left, in TX. Early on he did an interview talking about how his business shrunk as customers started chiseling for pennies.

    3M is learning the downside of manf in China- the chinese gov seized 3M’s plant and all of its output.

    n

  11. USA infections, doubling down to 5 days. USA deaths, doubling still every 3 days.

    Italy infections down to 8 days, deaths doubling 8 days.

    Spain infections, 8 days, deaths 6-7 days.

    Germany’s chart is not smooth. Something funny going on there. 8 days for infection, 3-4 days for deaths (death chart is smooth).

    France, 7 and 5.

    UK, 5 and 3.

    Swiss- chart is funny, 10 days to double, 5 days for deaths.

    n

    (worldometers.info numbers)

  12. Back from Publix and Walmart. Neither was busy. Everything in stock. Cereal stock was low, as was tp and paper towels. Both were limiting meat to 2 of each type. We’re good for the next two weeks, three if I can keep the wife out of the store. In reality, we are good for many months, it would just be less variety, and obviously much less fresh.

  13. There’s only 3 bodies visible in the video. The title is a bit misleading. Piled. Really? Considering how many people die in NYC on any given day anyway I would imagine they’re frequently collected in a large refrigerated truck.

    The consistent pre-virus stat I’ve seen was that someone died for whatever reason every ~10 minutes in NYC.

    Up until Tampa built a new morgue ~ 15 years ago, the bodies used to be stacked in a refrigerated truck out back. Austin just built a new morgue, and, from what I understand, the situation was similar until the building was completed.

  14. 3M is learning the downside of manf in China- the chinese gov seized 3M’s plant and all of its output.

    The US Government could probably do the same thing with Smithfield if the cr*p hits the fan with regard to food supply down the road, but the Chinese know Americans are intrinsically honest and polite.

    When we lived in Vantucky, we were just a few blocks north of the train line that took grain from the Midwest and coal from Wyoming to the barge loading facilities in Portland sending both to China. The trains ran non-stop.

  15. @greg, where is the quote from?

    “There’s only 3 bodies visible in the video. The title is a bit misleading. Piled. Really? Considering how many people die in NYC on any given day anyway I would imagine they’re frequently collected in a large refrigerated truck. ”

    — ‘cuz NO. The audio says it’s the second load. And there are several on gurneys waiting to be loaded into the truck, and the other video of them DRAGGING a body into the truck? That’s not normal.

    Also, NO they’re not collected in a 53ft trailer. They’re collected from the hospital’s morgue by funeral homes, in their normal vehicles, individually and with as much dignity as possible. This video means the hospital morgue is full, and/or they don’t want the infectious covid patients mixed in with ordinary deaths. It also means the guys doing the moving are not the normal guys.

    FWIW, NY alone with 92K+ cases is higher than all the rest of the world, except the USA (in total or without NY counted), Italy, and Spain. That’s starting from none about a month ago. None to 92,ooo in four weeks.

    n

  16. @greg, where is the quote from?

    “There’s only 3 bodies visible in the video. The title is a bit misleading. Piled. Really? Considering how many people die in NYC on any given day anyway I would imagine they’re frequently collected in a large refrigerated truck. ”

    Post got deleted, apparently. I think it referenced images in a Daily Mail story, and, as I’ve noted before, anything from that source needs to be weighed carefully.

  17. I cut my hair with a beard trimmer yesterday since the Super Cuts has been closed. The wife says that it looks just fine. I suspect that I am growing a mullet in the back now since I do not have a mirror for the back. I usually get a trimmer guard #1 cut every 2 to 4 weeks at Super Cuts.

  18. The local Costco is only allowing 75 people at a time in the store now. You have to queue up outside and they have tape markers so you wait in the line 6 feet apart. Though, as noted everywhere, once you’re inside the store nobody cares how far apart you are.

  19. @Lynn – I found my copy of 3rd ed. Hillegass if someone on your team wants to take a look at Mac OS GUI development. 4th ed. really hits the sweet spot of new enough material (ARC, blocks, Grand Central Dispatch) to be useful while not drinking the Swift Kool Aid, but 3rd ed. is still a decent intro.

    Lots of web pages talk about building a VM which will run a “Hackintosh”, mostly based on Snow Leopard, the bastard stepchild Mac OS X release. Still, Snow Leopard with the paid 4.2 of XCode is modern enough to experiment.

    We are ok. Junior Senior programmer is converting our user interface to UTF-8 with calls to the UTF-16 Win32 API. Over 3,000 calls, it is a mess. Then we have to figure out how to do the calculation engine.

  20. People will be taught a very important lesson which they promptly will forget. Shiny !

    Physical Gold is already Unobtanium with Silver headed in that direction.

  21. I cut my hair with a beard trimmer yesterday since the Super Cuts has been closed. The wife says that it looks just fine. I suspect that I am growing a mullet in the back now since I do not have a mirror for the back. I usually get a trimmer guard #1 cut every 2 to 4 weeks at Super Cuts.

    Shoulda bought that Suck Cut in the 90s when you had the chance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LrJDt-fPQI

    “It’s sucking my will to live.”

    Yes, there really was a product like that, the Flowbee … Wait, they’re still around?!?

    https://www.flowbee.com/


  22. I usually get a trimmer guard #1 cut every 2 to 4 weeks at Super Cuts.

    I get my locks trimmed every 3 to 4 months. Ten+ years in the USAF, with some jerk weed telling me I needed a haircut, and having to pay again, the day after I got a haircut, regulation cut, just because they did not like the cut, did not sit well. That one year I served with EDS I got a haircut every three weeks but that was by my own choice and the job dress code. Such code I could chose to ignore if I did not want to work for EDS. Not the choice Uncle Sam gave me.

  23. Police in Knoxville are now stopping people asking to see their travel authorization even though such a requirement does not exist. Seems there are a few officers who are overstepping their authority. Sheriff advises people who are stopped to see their travel authorization to get the officer’s name and badge number and report the incident. I would personally press charges against the officer and file a complaint. No reporting, charges.

  24. @lynn:

    I cut my hair with a beard trimmer yesterday…

    Amusing. I was looking at my beard trimmer for that same reason this morning. For the last decade a friends wife has cut his hair – and mine, but these days…

    Maybe mullets will be the new thing and we’ll be trend setters!

  25. Johns Hopkins shows 998,047 worldwide cases as of lunch time…

    WUWT’s main is redirecting to the Google main page now. They’d been ad-jacked yesterday at Eschenbach’s Coronavirus plot page…

  26. In New York, citizen’s arrest is allowed for any violation — not only felonies and misdemeanors but any violation. With tens of thousands of laws, codes, and regulations on the books, unlawful detention, including traffic stops, under color of law but without reasonable grounds for suspicion is a violation.

    Cops treat it as a joke or as “resisting arrest” when they are told they are under arrest. They stop treating it as a joke when I tell them to turn around, lean against the car, and tell me where all their weapons are.

  27. Well, that was nerve wracking.

    I just finished giving myself my first ever haircut. At least from the front it doesn’t look bad. It helps that I’ve been getting a clipper cut for the last 15 years and know what guards to use. Since I don’t have a hand mirror, I didn’t clean up the back of neck area, but I did do around the ears and sideburns.

    After giving it a good rub to get everything standing again, I can see a couple of places that are a bit longer. In a day or two I’ll go over it again, but I wanted to stop while I was ahead….

    n

    (bought the clipper and guards as preps. they’re not too expensive, <$50 for a wahl. My dad gave me crewcuts with clippers sitting on the tablesaw in the basement until I got to junior high.)

  28. Beard trimmer for the win around the ears. I manage the rest ok enough with scissors to not look like an ax murderer. Too much, anyway.

    I tend to give myself whitewalls. Needs practice. And when you oops! one side, might as well make the other side match.

    It’s just hair. In a month you do it all again.

  29. I have my refund. Return accepted on the 25th, the bank said pending yesterday and into the account today, the 2nd. Nicely done.


  30. Since I don’t have a hand mirror, I didn’t clean up the back of neck area,

    Wife. Or let the girls learn. It’ll grow back.

  31. Rush Limbaugh was blaiming the lack of N95 manufacturing on Obolacare today. The 3% medical device tax apparently forced all mask and PPE manufacturing offshore. Lovely. Obolacare, the gift that keeps on giving.

  32. Rush Limbaugh was blaiming the lack of N95 manufacturing on Obolacare today. The 3% medical device tax apparently forced all mask and PPE manufacturing offshore. Lovely. Obolacare, the gift that keeps on giving.

    The bill had to be “revenue neutral”, but, like a lot of other big companies, 3M has cr*pped all over their employees in recent years, emphasizing stock buybacks and spinoffs to enhance short term revenue so the healthcare bill provided an excuse for some questionable corporate antics.

    I have a front row seat for the show from 3M’s passive toll tag disaster. I’m sure that’s not the only product line affected.

  33. Intermittent spotty rain has kept me from doing any real work outdoors. I did pick up after the dog, and replant the onion starts. Dang squirrels dig around them and they end up lying there. Same for the potato towers. I’m looking for some wire mesh to keep them off the onions.

    I got 4 more buckets out of the garage and by the new shelves. Freaking lot of sugar, considering how little we use.

    n

  34. “Disaster in motion: 3.4 million travelers poured into US as coronavirus pandemic erupted”
    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/disaster-motion-34-million-travelers-poured-us-coronavirus/story?id=69933625

    “Travel data of passengers arriving in the United States from China during the critical period in December, January and February, when the disease took hold in that country, shows a stunning 759,493 people entered the U.S.”

    You have got to be kidding me. I wonder if only 10% of the 759,492 travelers from China were infected. That would be 76,000 infectious mobile disasters.

    Hat tip to:
    http://drudgereport.com/

  35. Whelp. While messing with the dash of my truck, I decided to replace the burned out bulbs in the a/c controls. I looked in the shop manual and sure, no user replaceable parts as far as the individual switches. But the lamps are replaceable. How about a part number jackasses?

    Not the same lamps as the instrument cluster. That would be too simple. They seem to be a thing called T5 Neo Wedge. On eBay, LED version is 20 of ’em for a bit over $7 with sales tax. The OEM lamp, as far as I tell w/o a part number, is incandescent, perhaps Halogen, and $14. Each. Yeah, no. I don’t need the lights that much. I mean, the temp knob is “right there” at the end of my arm. For anything fancier I can click on the map light.

    In the instrument cluster? Something different. No idea what the heck they are called. Not “914 wedge base” for sure.

    Well, I’ve ordered an instrument cluster. That was more complicated than you would think. For some reason you can’t just get a cluster from the junk yard. Because the VIN has to match between the cluster (aka body computer) and the engine computer and the ABS.

    Then there is stuff like speed sensitive door locks, manual or auto transmission, and oh!!!! Remote door locks! (Which is contained in a module that snaps onto the back of the cluster.)

    Of course the part number varies with different options. And of course the dang sticker was nothing more than a trace of dried out 20 year old self-stick label glue. But the seller on eBay narrowed it down and after calling the dealer, yep…. “buy this one”.

    I seem to recall a car missing a tach. After a trip to the junk yard and running a wire, it had a tach. It doesn’t seem to work like that anymore.

  36. I guess they’ll be forcing nurses to work for pre-Covid wages next …

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8181431/Federal-officials-distribute-half-million-medical-supplies-seizing-hoarders.html

    The federal government will pay the unnamed owner of the hoarded equipment ‘pre-COVID-19 fair market value’ for the supplies.

    Maybe instead of seizing personal property, the federal government should have been replacing the run down stockpile, or paying ‘market’ price NOW. 4A gone, 2A under threat, 1A pretty well restricted. 5A they use themselves so that one will likely stand. 10A LONG GONE.

    n

  37. Maybe the feds can insist that Hamptons rentals be rented for “pre-covid” market prices?

    Even before the state-wide lockdown yesterday, Florida suspended all vacation rentals for 30 days. They were probably worried about Amelia Island and Destin, just inside the Florida borders off I95 and I10, respectively.

    One errand tonight, Post Office. Didn’t even leave the car.

    I make a point of getting out for a drive every night. Make it too easy for them, and we’ll end up like VA, where Governor KKKlansman has a lockdown in effect until June 10.

  38. Our society services are starting to fail. We are no longer getting trash recycling services as of today in Fort Bend County. Maybe across the entire Houston area. WCA and Republic are blaming infected trash truck drivers.
    https://wcawaste.com/covid-19-updates
    and
    https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/313/Solid-Waste-Recycling

    Of course, with China and others no longer taking recycled trash, I have been expecting them to stop picking up recycled trash. “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste” say many dumbocrats.

  39. Maybe it was the Prestige Ameritech guy they were interviewing when this whole mess got started, and I could be mis-remembering that they were the only ones left.

    Or the 3m plant could have been making something else or a more sophisticated respirator.

    In any case, I’m glad they are getting production up.

    n

  40. No announcement in Houston about trash pickup. They are city employees though, not contractors.

    We even did ‘heavy trash/tree waste’ day last week.

    I’m pretty sure we’re all actually single stream recycling and that they’ve just been landfilling the green bins for a while. They still use the green trucks for the green bins, but no indication of where they take it. In our neighborhood we only get recycle pickup every other week anyway, which is just about right for me.

    Given the slowdown in china, the difficulty shipping, and the absolute crash in local scrap prices, I’m betting on “landfill” as the destination for all our recycle.

    n

  41. Our society services are starting to fail. We are no longer getting trash recycling services as of today in Fort Bend County. Maybe across the entire Houston area. WCA and Reublic are blaming infected trash truck drivers.

    The recycling centers require a lot of manual labor to sort plastic, paper, metal, etc. The machines sorting with stereoscopic vision systems can’t classify crushed bottles yet.

    In San Antonio, diapers in the recycling are a problem in some neighborhoods. The machines definitely don’t know what to do with those.


  42. The machines definitely don’t know what to do with those.

    Send them to Nancy Pelosi. She is full of shirt(-r).

  43. Just bought $100 face value junk silver

    I sincerely congratulate you. I do note that the cost is approximately double the official “spot” price per ounce. Another round or two of “stimulus” will make that a bargain.

    Survivalblog reports major freeze dried food suppliers are suggesting 8-12 week delivery for an order today, without guarantee. Berkey Water Filters are months behind. Guns, ammo are flying off the shelves like a Democrat was in power.

    Prepping is main stream now.

  44. I think, based on a couple of guys here, many people who considered themselves “preppers” or ‘prepared’ have found some gaps that need filling.

    I know I did, and I’ve been ramping up as if it was my job for months. I’ve been in full on acquisition mode since at least October of last year. I was buying battery chargers, camping and fishing gear, hunting gear, gun parts and gear, medical supplies, cleaning supplies, all kinds of things that I could resell but really meant to keep.

    I still haven’t got everything I’d like. For example, a Kel Tec Sub 2000 would really fill a gap. Or another Shield for my wife. Or a revolver just ‘cuz… I’d love to have a suppressor and a nice hunting or target rifle, Remington 700 maybe?

    I’d like to have some batteries and a battery charge controller for my solar panels. I did get a big inverter, like you’d have in a motorhome or bus.

    I need to get the whole house gennie connected. How long have I been saying that? Hurricane season is coming….

    And it took spending around $4k in a real hurry to get my medical and food preps to where I wanted them for a 3 month isolation. (about $1400 was drugs)

    So I totally get it that people got caught out. Lights are still on and the brown truck is still running. Get yourself up to speed!

    n

  45. Nick, real glass hand mirrors are available at our local Dollar Tree. They range from a couple inches to something like 6×8″, mounted in plastic holders. Cheap source. You can also get a package of glass mirrors of assorted sizes, usually 2×2″ up to 4×6″ or so, at Michael’s or other hobby stores. I use ’em for lots of things around the shop. I have an old plastic mirror that is badly scratched; it has the advantage of surviving drops to concrete floors. You might also consider a mirror mounted on an articulated arm and stand, which would be handier for haircuts.

    I also hot glue bits of bendable wire to the backs of the cheap ones. The wire makes an adjustable stand. Some have the other end of the wire glued to rocks or magnets. These are handy for hands-free work. Imagination is helpful.

  46. Guns, ammo are flying off the shelves like a Democrat was in power.

    If we have mail in ballots for the November election, we will have a 50 state vote for dumbocrats.

    Rush Limbaugh expounded on length today that the dumbocrats are not going to allow the USA to reopen until the end of the year at the earliest.

  47. Prepping is main stream now.

    We have moved from prepping to hoarding. We are in the middle of the disaster now.

    Note, hoarding is not bad in my book.

    And, our HEB is almost stocked again. Just needs Charmin and Bounty.

    ADD: The authorities are already seizing people’s “hoarded” properties, namely medical supplies. It may be time to start burying food and other important items.
    https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nj-gov-orders-state-police-to-commandeer-needed-medical-supplies/

  48. @Ray: This crisis is a great opportunity for every branch of government to flex its muscles and expand its power. I can’t even say that they’re wrong to do so – the problem will be taking that power away after the crisis. No government organization and certainly no politician ever voluntarily gave up power.

    Re the “shocking footage” of bodies: What are the actual death statistics as compared to normal deaths in New York at this time of year? Have they actually exceeded the level of a flu outbreak? Or is this just click-bait journalism? I ask, because here someone has finally published such statistics. And our number of deaths is still within the bounds of a bad outbreak of the flu. Which means that the restrictions are having their intended effect, and is just a generally useful measure for keeping things in context. Something journalists rarely seem to do…

    Speaking of journalism… My wife is doing a batch of translations of published articles from various sources. She’s shown some of them to me – when you stop skimming and actually pay attention, it’s pretty shocking. The articles contain grammatical errors, spelling errors, punctuation errors – the whole lot. Worse, the actual content is often disjointed and nearly incomprehensible. Her translations may actually be “off” in a sense, because they do not reflect the abysmal quality of the original writing.

  49. “What are the actual death statistics as compared to normal deaths in New York at this time of year? ”

    -the linked article has numbers

    n


  50. I sincerely congratulate you. I do note that the cost is approximately double the official “spot” price per ounce. Another round or two of “stimulus” will make that a bargain.

    Spot is around 14.50, and they’re getting 24.50, so they’re getting a ten buck premium.

    I bought anyway, on the same logic you stated.

    A couple of years back I had eight $1000 face value bags stashed away, bought at around 11.50 per oz. Wish I’d held on to them a little longer. Story of my life.

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