Week Ending 4/18/20

Another week of bullshit……………………………….

As always, first the chronology:

4/12/20 – Sunday – Up a little early this morning. Kathy was doing things in the kitchen and woke me up. Usual morning routine then downstairs to do the blog. Upstairs to get cleaned up. Julie, Mike and the kids came over to check on the elderly. As a thank you we fed them a late lunch. They took off and I went back downstairs to work on Python. Stopped to chat with Mike on 2 meters. Another HAM Dave jumped in. A nice chat around. Did some computer updates then upstairs to do chores. Bed, TV, computer research and sleep.

4/13/20 – Monday – Slept in a little today. Up and usual morning routine. Chores around the house. Lunch. Got things together and went out to the range with Mike. Unfortunately the range was closed. So stopped at the dog food store on the way home and picked up things for Bella. Home and a nap. Up for dinner. Downstairs and chatted with the guys on 2 meters. Computer updates. Upstairs to bed, Computer work, TV and sleep.

4/14/20 – Tuesday – Up at the usual time and usual morning routine. Out to the Morton building and married off gas cans. Loaded the empties in the truck and headed out. Got oil at the autoparts store, sent package at post office, gas in gas cans and home. Started doing maintenance on golf cart. Wrong spark plug. Back to auto parts store. Finished up work on galf cart, lubricated overhead door and cleaned up the shop. Inside for late lunch. Chores and a nap. Up for dinner. Chatted with the guys on 2 meters. Upstairs to bed, Big Bang, computer work/research and sleep.

4/15/20 – Wednesday – Up at the usual time and usual morning routine. On the radio to see where Mike was. Went down and picked him up at the auto repair shop and spent some time with him. Dropped him off and home and had lunch. Worked on rebuilding the server. Kathy came home and we went to pick up Pizza at Hometown. Down and chatted with the guys on 2 meters. More computer work. Bed, Big Bang and sleep.

4/16/20 – Thursday – Up at the usual time and usual morning routine. Kathy was already out to watch the grand children today. Stripped bed and started laundry. Worked on getting my server rebuilt between loads. Also cleaned up the kitchen. Had a light lunch. Kathy came home and we had dinner. Downstairs to chat with the guys on 2 meters. Finished up a few things on the server and put it under the desk where it’s new home is. Upstairs, chores, bed, Big Bang and sleep.

4/17/20 – Friday – Up at the usual time and usual morning routine. Then out with Kathy to run some errands and up to Mike and Julie’s. Mike and I put the air hose reel on the bracket I made and attached the bracket to the wall. Then we ordered lunch from Texas Roadhouse. Ate a late lunch then down to Kroger for prescription. Stop for gas and Tums. Home and had some dessert. Down to my room to find some tax information that was missing. Chatted with the guys on 2 meters. Upstairs to bed, computer research, TV and sleep.

4/18/20 – Saturday – Up a little early and usual morning routine. Fixed some minor issues on the server. Still have a few more to resolve. Had lunch and cleaned up then did paper work to clean up my desk. Upstairs for a little nap. Kathy came in with the grand children. Had dinner. Downstairs to chat with the guys on 2 meters. Spent time with the grand kids. To bed, computer updates, TV and sleep.

Now the specifics:

A couple weeks ago a guy I used to work with in security posted a link and said New York State was reinstating people’s EMT certifications.  So last week I filled out the form and this week I got an email with an attachment from the New York State Department of Health reinstating my EMT certification from now till the end of the year.  So, I am an EMT again.  Should I call people and ask to come back?  No, I don’t think so. lol


I finally got over to my son-in-law’s place and we got the air hose reel mounted using the bracket I fabricated.  It does look nice if I do have to say so myself.  Now I just have to find the place with all the material to get the air to it.

Friday my tax guy called and said he was missing some forms.  I think it has to do with my rearranging things the end of 2018.  Monday I have to call the bank people and see if I can get the forms quickly.

I think the fan I ordered for my Megexcel server is being held up in China.  They froze all exports and I think my fan got caught in that.  So, I had my friend Mike have his son flash the bios on another computer I had here at the house and I got that back on Wednesday.  So I spent a lot of this week configuring it and restoring it to take the place of the computer with the bad fan.  All is up and seems to be working at this point.  Another accomplishment for the week.

OK, on to COVID-19.  I’ll try to keep to the facts this week and not rant.

First, I am glad to see that a lot of people are admitting that the data they reacted to was bad.  They are now admitting that the models were wrong and things are not as bad as was predicted.

The response is still mixed.  From the state of Connecticut mandating that everyone must wear something covering their face in public or face a $500 fine or time in jail to Florida who is now starting to reopen the beaches.  There seems to be no consistency across various states.

I have seen the gamut of emotions this week.  Fear, frustration and stupidity.  I posted a thing on Facebook that says “Fear does not stop death.  It stops life.  And worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles.  It takes away today’s peace.”.  I copied it from someone else’s page because it is so true.  Fear is a terrible enemy.  Sometimes it is difficult to control but at this point I personally believe it is our worst enemy.  Much more damaging than COVID-19.  People are very frustrated in that their lives have been so adversely impacted by the knee jerk response of the politicians.  And the worst part of it is the businesses that were barely making it are now going out of business.  Logan’s Steakhouse is one such business.  They fired everyone and said they will not be in business any longer.  So those people are now permanently out of work.  Then there are the thousands of others that are very capable and little to no chance of being affected by the virus that want to work but can’t because the business they work at is not considered essential.  These people are being devastated by either the loss of their savings and/or they are going deeper in debt to sustain their life.  Very sad in deed.  Then there is stupid.  You just can’t fix stupid.  If you don’t believe me, post something innocently on Facebook and watch the influx of stupid comments.  Or go to a grocery store parking lot and watch the people.  Enough said.

OK, that’s it for this week.  I hope I toned it down a little.  Hope this finds everyone safe, healthy and with peace of mind.  Hang in there, this can’t last much longer.  Blog at you again next week.

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