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Old 03-21-20, 10:41 PM
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What's your Isolation Obsession?

Currently mine is analyzing minutiae of bikes I'll never purchase.
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Finding an effective antiviral agent to target a noncoding RNA structure embedded in coronavirus genomes.

That, and obsessively worrying about the pandemic, the collapse of the economy and society, etc. I'm not riding my bikes enough.
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Old 03-21-20, 11:03 PM
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beer supply is low. Need to reload the beer fridge. Tomorrow’s mission.
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I put some flower bulbs in the back yard to occupy my mind for a couple hours. A squirrel keeps digging them up, there's one in particular it really likes. I'm training the cat to hunt squirrels.
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My cats have killed squirrels. I really hate that.
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Old videos by The Distillers.

New videos by The Distillers, because Brody is still da queen.

Old classic boxing videos.

Finally finishing season 3 of Deadwood, mostly during indoor trainer sessions.

Rearranging my apartment and decluttering. They replaced my old carpet with wood grain flooring so it seems like a good opportunity to change things up after umpteen years in the same place.
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Personally i feel we are at our best when we serve others in need in situations like this. While being mindful of the taking the right precautions i’m working with groups that get the elderly needed grocery and/or pharmacy items, getting needed hygiene supplies to the homeless and food items to the less fortunate (especially children not getting meals at school anymore) through our community food pantry. A simple act of kindness can go a long way. With today’s coronavirus climate, it can mean even more.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Old videos by The Distillers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tnvf9RPUaQ

New videos by The Distillers, because Brody is still da queen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rER4t3cUQhE

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the kiss with Shirley Manson 1:55
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Old 03-23-20, 07:58 AM
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Neglected bike maintenance, yardwork projects under my wife's supervision, re-organizing my bike clothing bins (a la Marie Kondo), and not watching any television news
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Old 03-23-20, 08:17 AM
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Watching the financial markets, waiting to jump in with some fresh cash. I thought the markets would run into some financial hick-ups and take a dive, but I never expected something like COVID-19 to come along and 'tank' them so badly and so quickly. On the plus side this'll really improve my retirement portfolio. .

My employer's gotten really bad at keeping employees informed, so I suspect early this week (if not today, Monday) we'll all be sent home to either take time off or work from home. IF that happens I'll be doing a lot more gardening and bicycle riding.
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Old 03-23-20, 09:04 AM
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Thinking about all the chores that I could be doing around the house but can't due to this intermittent rain. With all this free time and having the wife at home I'd really like to get the windows on the house cleaned and start getting the ground ready for some Spring planting. Also, some medium level maintenance on all the bikes in the garage. Also, scouring Amazon Prime for movies that both of us would enjoy. Our taste in movies is not the same, so finding the right one can take some time.
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Now is not the time to be training cats to eat squirrels. With all the hoarding going on there may be a slight food shortage in the coming months.
I have been having a devil of a time trying to keep the local squirrels at bay here. They eat tomatoes right off the vine. They eat the fruit off the trees . They are even tearing open the trash bags. I'm ready to start thinning the herd. In my youth I hunted enough to keep the entire family in fish,squirrel, rabbits and ducks. We had big red squirrels but I'm betting these little grey's we have taste ok also.
Note - If you wish to live trap these pests, there is no bait better than a half handful of salted in the shell peanuts.
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Old 03-23-20, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
Currently mine is analyzing minutiae of bikes I'll never purchase.
I spent several hours analyzing new refrigerators. Just like I did back in early December. Our fridge is making a horrible noise when the compressor turns off, the thing was used when it came with the house we bought back in 2006.

I ran into the same ol' road block. What my wife wants and what I'm willing to pay for are two different things. I really don't want to buy a stainless fridge when all the other appliances are white. Plus, I'd rather buy a plain top freezer fridge for < $900.00 than a > $1200.00 SxS with water/ice dispenser that requires a $43.00 filter to be changed every 6 months.

Because my wife's work hours just got cut by 20%, and my live at home stepson got "furloughed", I put the purchase on the backburner again. The stay at home daughter will be doing online college classes, and the other two stepdaughters are still working at the moment.

Regarding helping others in this crisis, family members and good friends will be helped as usual as needed. Many will lose work if they haven't already, and most of them live paycheck to paycheck.
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Old 03-23-20, 12:38 PM
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Yup everything is different right now. In someways better I notice people being more polite and civil around here. I know it might be different elsewhere. I can really sense the anxiety and extra caution people have. As of now there are no Covid 19 cases nearby but that will probably change. Luckily I got a stash of bike parts and stuff so I don’t have to purchase anything bike related. Just concentrating on beer and food. I can ride in isolation because my bike routes are rural and I might come across a walker/runner or some kids just cruising around on their bikes. Appliances all working as of right now. But yeah I had a deep freeze that was making that death noise it lasted a few weeks then let’s say it got stinking. I strapped it to the bucket of tractor and chunked it way in the back and let nature take care of it ( buzzards ). It was a hand me down from 1984 lasted a few years. The beer fridge was going to get thrown away from my neighbors company I was like I will take it! Cleaned it up and has been a great garage fridge since. Corporate waste lol. Now to pass the time as everything is locked down.

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Watching the financial markets, waiting to jump in with some fresh cash. I thought the markets would run into some financial hick-ups and take a dive, but I never expected something like COVID-19 to come along and 'tank' them so badly and so quickly. On the plus side this'll really improve my retirement portfolio. .

My employer's gotten really bad at keeping employees informed, so I suspect early this week (if not today, Monday) we'll all be sent home to either take time off or work from home. IF that happens I'll be doing a lot more gardening and bicycle riding.
As predicted, today my employer implemented "Work-From-Home" or leave time for the next two weeks (minimum). I got stuff to do that should take two weeks, after that things will get a little slim and I'll probably have to take some leave time.

On a positive note: The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped another 3% today. Over the last two weeks its dropped about 35% (insane!! ), and earnings reporting season is next week. I just hope investors have already factored in the coronavirus' effects on companies earnings as part of that 35% drop or the next few weeks are not going to be pretty.
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Yup everything is different right now. In someways better I notice people being more polite and civil around here.

It's the same around here. Everyone I talk to has the feeling that we're in it togehter, that we all have something in common we can relate to -- not getting sick, not getting anyone else sick.

I know it must be different other places but here it's a nice feeling of everybody on the same side.
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^ One of the click-bait headlines on my google feed read something like "How Joy Division is Perfect for Coronavirus."

How is Joy Division not perfect for ... anything?

So I've been watching a ton of Curb Your Enthusiasm (went back to season 1), been slowly building up a couple bikes, and also working in the garden. The forecast says we'll have 60° sunny weather up here in the Pac NW in a week ... can't get here soon enough.
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^ One of the click-bait headlines on my google feed read something like "How Joy Division is Perfect for Coronavirus."

How is Joy Division not perfect for ... anything?
edit - oops, missed the word NOT I'm sure this song was on the list, covered by the Pumpkins


...with D'arcy looking as strangely cool as ever. I sent this video to my daughter learning the bass during all this for inspiration


....along with some interviews from our namesake who I'm sure you'd endorse. When Kim Deal answered the ad from Black Francis she didn't even have a bass but liked Husker Du & Peter, Paul & Mary

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Obsessed with weed eating today, This will take all day and by the end of the day I will be dead dog tired. Full body workout .. thawing out some chicken to put on the smoker. While the chicken is smoking I will address all the physical damage caused by the weed eater with peroxide and band aids and find dried blood where you don’t even realize you were bleeding. But the place will look good and I can sit in a chair with a cold beer listening to some tunes. Then hit the sack and be out cold in seconds to wake up the next day feeling like a got run over by a dump truck. Then get on my bike to get the blood flowing to sooth the sore muscles. That is about it for the recent obsession .
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Tough choice here, eh
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... my daughter learning the bass during all this...

When Kim Deal answered the ad from Black Francis she didn't even have a bass.
Laura Lee as well. I think she joined Khruangbin not knowing the instrument. She's really good now.

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^ Very nice indeed. Added to my spotify queue. Thank you for sharing
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