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  1. That was hard to read. Thank you for sharing. My mom died too young also although not due to smoking. As you say, the young ones don’t know what’s going on. I am glad your mom told you and your siblings she was dying, even though you may not have understood. I did not get that talk. I don’t blame my mom or dad, yet it still haunts me. One day, she was just gone. No chance to say goodbye. Ugh. This is the opposite of encouraging. Sorry.
  2. Take your time with the PPE and you’ll find you get the hang of it quickly. Annoying yes, but you adjust to it. Just have to slow yourself down and take the time to do it right.
  3. I remember my grandpa had a free standing ashtray that stood on the floor. He smoked Winstons. Died of pulmonary heart disease, surprise. He had a full head of white hair. Except it wasn’t white. It had that tan discoloration from the nicotine. My dad smoked Pall Malls. Then he quit and took up Tiparillos. Claims he never inhaled. Sure. It’s hard to remember just how prevalent and socially acceptable smoking was.
  4. To those of you who have quit smoking - well done! I have a question for you. Does the desire to smoke also go away with time? Or is it always kind of there somewhere?
  5. You’ve taken some big steps. You know you want to quit. You know it’s bad for you. Do you have a support system - someone to call when you’re having a craving? Use your support system. And know that with time, the cravings will lessen. They will. And you can do it. Just one “no” at a time. We’re pulling for you !
  6. The 1918 influenza did, and that’s the pandemic the experts are comparing this too.
  7. In so many ways, yes you’re right, medicine has advanced. And we are so lucky for that. We don’t have to worry about an outbreak of polio every summer. Or TB (although...that’s changing). A heart attack or blockage is not a death sentence. But in some ways things haven’t advanced much at all. Covid is an example. Unfortunately. I am praying a vaccine will be developed. Just saying it won’t surprise me if it isn’t, and this thing goes away “the old fashioned way” by burning itself out. And the sooner the better on that.
  8. There was no vaccine developed during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Life returned to normal. So, I strongly disagree with this statement. It is just as likely a vaccine will never be developed for Covid as it is there will be. Yet life will return to normal either way. Why? Because these pandemics eventually burn themselves out. I personally think that’s what will end this. Not a vaccine.
  9. Those kids in the high school band gotta have some serious chops to play Pomp And Circumstance for 6 hours straight.
  10. Beautifully stated. Thank you. I also don’t agree that somebody needs to “protect you from yourself”.
  11. I haven’t thought about this much (refer to previous post concerning my attention span), but does testing/contact tracing actually work when you’ve reached the point of community spread? With community spread i.e. coming at everyone from all directions, it may just be a very large exercise in futility. Not saying all is lost. Not saying that at all. Just that maybe plan B is what we should be doing versus plan A. Plan B being something along the lines of - isolate the vulnerable, keep working hard on treatments and vaccine, slowly open things back up for the under-60 crowd. Just a thought, d
  12. Instead of shutting this thread down, how about one of you who just can’t stop themselves from injecting your political views start a different thread and have at it.
  13. You would have no way of knowing this, but your first sentence right there made me burst out laughing. This is because I know I have a short attention span. So touching on things is about as good as you’ll get from me haha.
  14. I wonder how many thousands of undiagnosed cancer cases have occurred since the Covid quarantine started. My point? The idea was to flatten the curve and not overwhelm hospitals. Good job has been done in both areas. Zero Covid deaths at the expense of cancer deaths, diabetes deaths, suicides, etc. is not logical at all. A balance is needed. I’m glad to see some reopening occurring. I hope a spike in Covid doesn’t occur. Doctors shouldn’t be getting laid off during a pandemic. I hope to see an opening up of so-called non-essential procedures. I personally know of a friend who fell and thinks
  15. When the disease affects different age groups so differently, the one-size-fits-all approach seems very unnecessary to me. I have two immediate family members in the medical profession. One a nurse working with Covid patients. We are on the front lines. I am not being flippant about this. When zero percent (per the local media, not making this up) of the population under the age of 40 in my state (WI) have died of Covid, and when the curve is flattened, it is time, at a minimum, to send them back to work. Oh, and the other kid in the medical field? He was laid off a week ago because “no elect
  16. To be clear - I’m not defending them. BUT at the same time, it’s kind of scary how quickly we all gave up our liberties. At some point, “consent of the governed” will become a dominating factor. You cannot run people out of business. The goal was to flatten the curve so as to not overwhelm the hospitals. It was not to drive cases to zero. Let’s keep sight of that. If the curve has been successfully flattened, it’s time to start the opening up process. Perhaps on a voluntary basis. So old coots like me can stay hidden away if desired.
  17. Dom Deluise? Ok I know, he’s deceased. I guess that leaves the Kool-Aid Man.
  18. Well, likely more people were out and about watching Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flyovers without proper social distancing. And as the flyovers are continuing in cities across America, more still to come. So I wouldn’t just pick on one group. Also I see Remdesivir is showing promise. So much so that Dr Sexy err Fauci is excited about it. And so much so that even the NYT says it shows “modest benefits”. Coming from that source it’s practically a ringing endorsement! Interesting that none of you mentioned it. This is the encouragement thread after all.
  19. Last year of mandatory color presentation was well before 78 or 79. Might have been 73 or even 72.
  20. I was on my treadmill listening to Sergio Mendez on Spotify, enjoying the old familiar tracks. Then the song “Like A Lover” came on. And I had one of those - “hold on a second” - moments. I Know that song! Where have I heard it. Oh yeah - Blue Devils 1984. What a show. I had no idea that BD closer was a Sergio Mendez song. Hah. Now I know. I missed large portions of 1984-1986 driving around in large squares in the North Arabian Sea demonstrating the value of nuclear powered navy ships. So I never saw any of those seasons live. But that 84 BD show was smoking hot!
  21. I did attend Preview of Champions. Prelims during the day and finals at night. Remember those days? Anyway, my take on the booing was not so much that people didn’t like Star, rather, people REALLY loved Cavies. So it was more a disappointment that Cavies didn’t win versus not liking Star. But oh boy, yes I remember the booing. It was at Prelims. And more than the booing, I remember the announcer’s reaction. Right over the public address system - “That’s uncalled for!” Remarkable. Dressing down the crowd over the PA system. Never saw it happen before or after. The crowd reaction at the night