Widespread Panic

March 13, 2012


Yes, it is true. Our household has stocked up on cat food, cat litter and cat bribes, aka “kitty treats.” These items were, in fact, near the top of the doomsday list. As noted before, circumstances change literally overnight these days. In the current A&J appearing today in newspapers and at GoComics, Arlo and Janis are discussing whether to go out for the evening or stay home. It would be embarrassing for me to admit how recently this particular comic strip was drawn, but suffice to say I hadn’t the slightest inkling that when it actually would appear, in the very near future, going out to eat would not be an option. I guess they stayed home. Truly interesting times.


60 thoughts on “Widespread Panic”

  1. But maybe they have a nice “evening out” on the patio? You know…lantern, radio, something to drink…..talk and look at the sunset then the stars…..
    UNLESS it is raining, as it has done for about forever here. THanks again for the laughter!

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  2. People can still laugh about it. I saw a post offering a case of toilet paper and two cases of Purcell for a boat. At least I think it was supposed to be humorous. I think in about three weeks nothing is going to be funny. Sigh

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  3. At Hillcrest Med Center Main in Tulsa this morning for Jackie to have a bone density study. We went through two checkpoints with a locked door in between to travel about 150 feet to get to the study center. We’ve been here about 30 minutes and have seen only one person who was obviously not a hospital employee. We also have an oncology appointment later this morning at one of Hillcrest’s clinic buildings just down the street. Guessing we’ll have to be screened again and get another wrist band there.
    I’ve gotten into secure military sites with fewer checks. No doubt the Novel Coronavirus is being taken seriously here.

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  4. Well, in addition to taking a scheduled day off (scheduled several weeks ago) and having it turn into a day of reduced hours for a few on campus because of the virus, things got totally shutdown by an earthquake this morning though few in the county could feel it.
     
    https://www.ksl.com/article/46731610/earthquake-updates-57-magnitude-shake-hits-utah-airport-evacuated
     
    It was centered near Magna, a community to the NW of SLC. No word yet on whether the earthquake or renovation workers had taken the trumpet from the angel’s hand.

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  5. They seem to be screening pats and visitors prior to entry to each office in the physicians’ building

    So many folks wearing masks, I feel as though I’m caught up in the world’s largest Halloween party. Perhaps I am.

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    • The local minor league team here in Missoula were called the Osprey and in fact there is an osprey nest on a tall post just outside the outfield fence. Then the team got bought and the owners changed the name to The Paddleheads (local slang for a moose). The outrage was palpable around here.

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  6. I don’t know about quarantine since I work from home, but the facility I work for in Tennessee has put strict access control into place for everyone trying to enter the hospital itself.

    And Facebook seems to have taken a dislike to me today. It took away my login photo and told me to log in using email and password. Then it claimed the password was wrong. When I used the code it sent me and set a new password I found they had assigned someone else’s FB account to my email address and I still can’t get to my own page.

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    • Last night, Jackie (and several friends) got dinged by FB for several posts being “spam”. Which they weren’t, by any standard. FB finally admitted it was a problem with their spam filter. Some thought it was because they had sent many employees home due to COVID-19 concerns and turned it all over to their filter, but FB denied that. My takeaway…AI isn’t always I.

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  7. Jerry, my suggestions for a pandemic song list are all from The Wall, by Pink Floyd. Is There Anybody Out There?, Goodbye Cruel World, and Comfortably Numb.

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  8. To all the (mostly) young knuckleheads (aka “disease vectors”) crowding onto resort-area beaches and into bars for Spring Break: What part of “social distancing” do you not understand? (Hint: The “distancing” part, obviously.)

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    • Knuckleheads gonna knuckle. I’ll spend the evening remembering all the straitlaced things I did from 19 to 23 years old. No underage drink, waiting until wedding vows to rub up against each other, always prudent about my money. Glory days, Never once did anything that might be harmful to myself or my friends. Thank God all my elders cautions had been absorbed so thoroughly. They never had any cause to doubt my actions.

      I figure I’ll allow these youngins the same level of freedom I took for myself. And then I’ll maintain my social distance from them. It may turn out we need the antibodies their young and fit systems will make available to the rest of us. Nature has a way of working that is often better than human intellect can stumble upon in a lab.

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  9. In my neck of the Deep South woods, the Common Wisdom, prior to Hurricane Katrina, was that one should stockpile enough food, water, and supplies to be self-sufficient for 3 days. By Day 10, I had decided that CW wasn’t always wise.
    Just sayin’…

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  10. When I went to do our bi-weekly shopping last Friday I had no idea that the hoarding mentality had struck our little town. There was no cat litter and no large bags of kibble, only a limited selection of 3# bags. That’s not to mention all of the human that were unavailable: canned goods, baking staples, paper goods, vinegar and olive oil (who hoards olive oil?), produce, chicken or pork (plenty of beef, though), granola bars, the list just goes on forever.
    Luckily our larder is fairly well stocked and my wife managed to find litter one town over so we’re in no danger of going hungry.
    The new theme song for U.S.A, maybe planet earth, is, “Am I Going Insane” by Black Sabbath!

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  11. Oo! Oo! I forgot to hoard olive oil! Thanks, Bryan. 🙂

    Who hoards olive oil? Perhaps someone who has read the alternate history novel “The Years of Rice and Salt” by Kim Stanley Robinson, in which a character wards off starvation by drinking a huge jar of olive oil. I won’t get into the plot, which involves almost the entire population of Europe dying of the Black Death in the 14th Century.

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  12. Went shopping at place with the round circles.
    No paper goods
    No Vitamin C – all the other ones
    No problem with “feminine” products – which I would think would
    have a run (unless they are already held at a reserve level.
    Pizza selection was minimal which I can understand.
    (No going to the Pizzeria, Kids home, no going out to eat)
    Other wise not too bad.
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    3 months reserve is CW here. Preppers go for a year.

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  13. Stopped at a local market (the smaller of the two in town) on the way back this afternoon. Not many shoppers at that time, but several categories of product were sparsely stocked. Sliced bread, eggs, ground beef, potatoes, and paper products were the only ones I noticed being out of stock. The cashiers told me they had been busy but not swamped. They expect to be resupplied tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday.

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    • Effective tomorrow (Friday), our local bank (for personal and business) will close their lobby and all transactions will be via their drive-in lanes. Hate that; gonna be hard to flirt with the tellers from twenty feet away and with bullet-proof glass between us. 😉

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      • Of our local eateries, about 25% are voluntarily closed to dine-in, but offer some combination of carry-out, curbside pick-up, or local-area delivery. Most of the ones remaining open are also offering carry-out, curbside, or delivery. So far, the State seems be leaving closure orders for food places up to local authorities. We were in Tulsa Wednesday, and all dine-in, bars, and etc. have been shut down by the City.
        Life comes at you fast sometimes.

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  14. Mn all “eat in” at establishments has been suspended by the State. Carryout only.
    Our local coffee shop “Ruby’s Roost” (not a chain) has been allowed to have 5 people in the shop,
    for carryout.
    The State is easing money for Unemployment. On news unemployment applications went from
    500 a day to 2000 an hour.
    I hope lessons are being learned – though I fear the public has a short memory.Q.E.D “quod erat demonstrandum”

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  15. We plan to do a weekly shopping in the morning; I will report if I remember.
    A friend, retired nurse, told me (after Tuesday’s fall) to expect to find more and more aches in places where I may not have realized I had places. She’s right so far. Both knees and a shin complained starting yesterday, while a wrist, upper arm and the other shoulder piped up today. They’re minor stuff when compared to other people’s problems, so I am grateful for nothing more serious.

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  16. So much for the beginning of spring. Here in Tulsa it was nearly 80 on Wednesday. Today it started out at 51 at 530am and is now down to 42 with a forecast low of 30 tonight.

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  17. I’m happy to report that we’re got rain here during the night… the snow line is just a few hundred feet above us on the mountains on the east side of our valley… and I suspect the homes up on the bench (former shoreline of prehistoric Lake Bonneville) have snow.

    The health department in two counties in Utah upset our governor by enacting stricter ordinances than the state has on people getting together in groups of more than 10, making it a class B misdemeanor. My daughter’s husband’s family does that whenever they have dinner!
     
    https://www.ksl.com/article/46732521/gov-herbert-calls-for-repeal-of-salt-lake-county-utah-county-health-orders

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  18. Brief shopping report from N. Illinois: all “Mexican” breadstuffs were gone (large Latin community here); so was my beloved rye bread but other breads were available. Meats limited, but not gone; had no problem buying a half ham. I did not get to the TP/tissue/towel aisle, but watched a number of shoppers check out, and no one seemed to be buying any such; perhaps the store was out. Bottled water was available, and I did not see anyone buying inordinate quantities – good. Women’s products were readily in evidence, though the stacks may have been smaller than usual – I can’t say I keep track. Soft drinks had loaded shelves – mostly water and with better taste. No shortages noticed in the usual boxes, jars, and vegetation.

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  19. Here’s the explanation of an unpopular point of view:
     
    https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/10/18/price-gouging-during-a-natural-disaster
     
    I believe in the economic principle that supplies will be sold first to those who offer the higher price. And that individuals will still buy what they need at the higher price… and leave other stuff for other people instead of hoarding it all. After all, if you were out of TP wouldn’t rather pay a few $ more and get a small amount rather than face an empty shelf with no TP on it because it all sold out at the regular price?

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  20. Another episode of “Life In The Slow Lane”: I hit the other (and larger) food market in Eufaula at about 8:30 this morning. They weren’t too busy then, but I gathered from talking to the stock lady and cashier that they’d had a mini-run when they opened at 7:00. (Some stores are reserving their first hour of business for seniors and immune-system compromised folks.) I didn’t walk the entire store, as I was there only to look for items the other market didn’t have yesterday afternoon. The bread section was picked clean, and they had no ground beef at the meat counter. Fresh chicken and pork, beef roasts, milk, eggs, and canned goods and produce seemed to be in good supply. I didn’t check for paper products, but I suspect that particular cupboard was bare. They expect resupply Saturday, so no particular worries for now. A sign on the door said they would be closing for a short while this evening for cleaning and sanitizing of the facility. Good plan, I thought.

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  21. Also, LITSL: At the hospital Wednesday, face masks were available at the check-in table. However, they were the old-style surgical masks with the pair of strings on each side to tie behind your neck and head. (Ever watch an episode of M*A*S*H? I suspect these may have been sitting in Central Stores at the hospital since the Korean War-era.) I took one just for the halibut (the CDC says they don’t do any good, anyway, as they don’t seal around the moth and nose, as do the N95’s…like the staff was wearing), and discovered there’s a reason why you used to see surgical nurses in the movies tying them for the surgeons in the OR…it’s pretty hard to do it yourself.

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  22. Ghost, the only thing those masks are good for, according to what I’ve read about the new virus, is if you’re infected they will prevent you sneezing the germs anywhere but into the mask. If you aren’t infected, they won’t stop you potentially inhaling the infection when others sneeze.

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  23. Ghost, despite the high temps being bad in the 40s today I saw three lithesome young lasses of college age running around in very short shorts and flip-flops. That’s definitely a sign of spring in my book!

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  24. Two things.

    #1 Today’s (03-21-2020) reminds me of Fibber McGee and Molly’s closet.

    #2
    And somewhere in the darkness
    The gambler he broke even
    But in his final words
    I found an ace that I could keep

    You gotta know when to hold ’em
    Know when to fold ’em…

    Rest In Peace Kenny

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  25. Not to make light of the situation but in perspective:
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    90 people die per DAY in traffic accidents
    294 WWII Veterans die per day
    800,000 die from heart failure per year
    609,000 die from Cancer (About 2% rate)
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    This was a quick scan, your results may vary.

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    • As of this morning…
      Worldwide reported deaths: 11,921
      Worldwide confirmed cases: 287,239
      Worldwide mortality rate: 4.15%, which is terrible, but we don’t have an accurate count of actual cases.
       
      Here in the US…
      National reported deaths: 275
      National confirmed cases: 19,931
      National mortality rate: 1.38%, which isn’t quite as terrible, but we don’t have an accurate count of actual cases.
       
      Until we get mass testing of significant populations, we’re just guessing. And it does look like some existing drugs (like chlorophine) can CURE this scourge. The first step is to replicate the human trials in France and other places. The second is to prevent the FDA from awarding a patent on this existing drug to some profiteering “favored” company.
       
      https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/19/what-is-chloroquine-trump-and-elon-musk-have-touted-for-coronavirus.html

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  26. Old Bear, I agree with the significance of the fatality numbers you list. The biggest issue with COVID-19 is that it is a contagious cause of death. I can’t catch heart disease from my barber… Also, the other concern is that as a pandemic, it (along with all those other issues you list) can seriously overburden the healthcare system so that suddenly, a garden-variety bacterial pneumonia may be fatal, since the care and resources necessary to cure are otherwise occupied. So, I’m following the guidelines to isolate both for my benefit and for the rest of society. #flattenthecurve

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  27. Borrowed from Facebook:

    I’m on a work conference call at home with 20 people on it. Someones dog started barking. Then my dog started barking. Then EVERYONES dog started barking.

    Everyone lost their (stuff) laughing and the meeting host had to apply global mute, it took a few minutes to get things back under control.

    This is officially the best meeting I’ve ever been on.

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