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BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide

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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Mar 21 - 02:42 PM

The graphics (charts) are beautiful in that article that Donuel linked to about the Icelandic quakes. I find it interesting how often weather people end up reporting on these geological events, though geology and weather are generally not linked. But with the atmosphere being impacted by eruptions, and because weather bureaus are the most up-to-date sources of reliable information on things like weather, they step up to the task.

Our weather here in Texas has improved significantly and now we're into the pollen season, though many plants that would be budding now were damaged or killed in the mid-February freeze. There are still plenty of large oak trees around to pollenate the air supply (and upset my sinuses).

Yesterday I mowed the lawns for the first time in 2021. Mostly weeds so far, the turf grass is still dormant. And I have to go out and trim out dead brush from many of my shrubs and see what sprouts back from the roots.

Last year at this time I was beginning to go out and start driving after knee replacement surgery, so this year I'm hoping to get a lot more done that was too painful before.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 07 Mar 21 - 09:51 AM

Thought of you, skarpi, npr was talking about no covid in Iceland.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Mar 21 - 10:13 PM

Skarpi, here's hoping the Mudcat still has YOU tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 06 Mar 21 - 03:33 PM

Jahérna ? big one in New Zealand hope you are all save there ,
we had 2584 earthquakes last 48 hours over here , and its´not going away
people are getting tired , both Covid and then this , all though Iceland is now at the moment Covid free , unless at the border where people who are coming from abroad have Covid 19 , well all around the world we have trouble , so stay save , watch your health , watch out for your love one´s
what you have today , you may not have tomorrow..
all the best Skarpi Iceland .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Mar 21 - 05:30 PM

meanwhile on the other side of the world -
New Zealand tsunami warning: evacuations follow swarm of earthquakes

Tsunami warning for Norfolk Island after three earthquakes hit near New Zealand Residents on Norfolk Island are being warned to move to higher ground after three earthquakes near New Zealand triggered a tsunami warning for the south Pacific territory.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Mar 21 - 07:40 PM

thanks for the link, Donuel. 14000 earthquakes is not something I can visualise or understand

I have once felt an earthquake way back in 1989. I was at work & near the windows when the world moved & the lights went out - some of my colleagues were in inner rooms, & some must have been in the toilets or lifts. Everything was back to normal for us very quickly as Sydney was about 150 km (100 miles) from the epicenter, but 13 people died in Australia's worse earthquake disaster


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Mar 21 - 02:55 PM

https://www.severe-weather.eu/news/iceland-earthquake-swarm-reykjanes-eruption-fa/


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 02 Mar 21 - 10:29 PM

Newest update, 14000 Earthquakes in just over a week and magma is rising in a champer, so likely there is a eruption coming up near our capital Reykjavík. All the best from Iceland Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Mar 21 - 08:14 PM

Keep checking in!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 Feb 21 - 07:52 PM

There is a thread up above the BS section, by the way,
regarding Mudcat member
Leadfingers,
a/k/a Terry Silver.
He's alive, following a potentially deadly accident last year,
but he isn't using computers/ getting to the Internet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 26 Feb 21 - 03:54 AM

Stay safe, Skarpi!
We have had a few earth tremors here in SW Edinburgh too, but they are caused by blasting in the local quarry!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 24 Feb 21 - 02:37 PM

Well , we have Iceland as Green Country in Covid 19 , and we thought now we can Relax a little bit ..but no , since ten this morning on the South west corner of Iceland we had till now 1000 + Earthquakes the strongest 5.7 and they said on the news few min ago , that the big one is yet to come that could be 6.5 + I live now in the Eastern Region of Iceland so at the moment I can´t feel for this , the strongest I have felt is 6.7, what we fear at this moment is that a magma is on it´s way up, and it will start a eruption near the Capital of Iceland Reykjavík .
take care all
all the best Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Feb 21 - 11:11 AM

The stories are now coming out about how awful it was in some places - as miserable as those of us were in our cold houses, prisoners were stuck in cold drafty buildings with broken windows, not enough blankets, frozen water lines, non-flushing toilets. When you consider that Texas, like almost all states, often imprisons people who can't afford cash bail (before they've even had a trial to determine guilt or innocence) this is the abomination that is the "criminal justice system." It was torture for everyone stuck in those situations.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Feb 21 - 10:06 AM

It's still snowing in Stratford, Ontario, where we're used to it and equipped to deal with it. Thank God.

The province-wide lockdown has been relaxed for now in the Huron-Perth region, and we can contemplate such exciting activities as eating in a restaurant (carefully). So far, most people still prefer to eat at home and get their exercise outside. Three or four patches of the ice on the Avon River have been cleared for skating, and the other day I saw a bunch of kids playing pond hockey. People also ski in the parkland along the river and around the Festival Theatre. Walking the dog is a major social experience, a rare opportunity to interact with strangers. (I'm a cat person, but I always greet dogs. The dogs politely acknowledge me, and the human at the other end of the leash will usually say hello back.)

The little group of women who meet at my house to play tunes has expanded to four. Fiddling, picking and strumming resume on Thursday.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 22 Feb 21 - 09:24 AM

You go, Stilly.

We were supposed to get more ice but it is just cold, cold rain.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 09:16 PM

congratulations, Maggie, you are prepared for emergencies & resourceful.

My battery radio is dead, & my phone is a stupid phone, besides the battery doesn't last long. I have 2 good torches & a couple of camping lights I kept after selling my camping gear (I prefer on-site vans & hotels these days for festivals!) & all use AAA batteries & I always have a good supply of them, but anything beyond a short blackout or a notifications of upcoming repairs to water pipes would be beyond me in my apartment on the edge of Sydney's CBD. I do have warm bedding & clothes, but we are more likely to need a bit of cool here.

Some years back I came home from a festival to a blackout, & as my neighbour only had tea lights, I lent her a torch & a camping light. The power was back later that night.

I've been looking at pics of snow in Texas & Greece & other freezing places, & hope life gets back to a comfortable level soon.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 05:24 PM

No suburban wilting flower are you. You sound like the pioneer heroine in the movie 'Texas Ice' the movie.
I used to store alcohol to burn in huge bowls for heat but candles are safer and long lasting. I have a huge generator and a portable one.
Iains had a stream powered generator. I need to get an electrician to wire the furnace for generator functionality. I wired the old one myself but we have a new system now.
Yep your storm was tragic for more folks than a hurricane. Politiclly we know who to blame and how private corporate greed is at its heart.
It is callous of me to say but Texas was more prepared to fend off an imaginary invasion of UN troops with the National Guard than their preparations for cold weather.

I just thought about the demise of millions of lovely TX house plants ;^/


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 01:59 AM

Stilly are you being stoicly funny or did you not suffer consequences from the Texas cold snap in terms of cold or thirst?

Those were the most miserable four days I can ever remember, frankly. I had some yogurt cups and ate oatmeal cooked over Sterno for many meals because they were the easiest to manage and I spent three nights sleeping in a clothes closet with my dogs. They thought it was a camping trip, but I knew different. Time dragged with the only pursuits being reading or writing or flipping through the phone while trying to not run the battery down much, when not trying to figure out more ways to warm the house. I made a point of taking photos to document the weirdness of the situation. I have to pull them together and see what they add up to. I'm still putting the house back together.

I was fortunate in several ways: I grew up in a cold climate and I have a lot of backpacking and climbing gear. Frankly, the most helpful thing was Richard Bridge's message that offered this tip that was an "aha!" moment and I started pulling bricks in from the yard and made a trip out to the greenhouse for clay pots. I built six of them around the house and was able to keep the temperature at about 50 degrees (it had been steadily dropping)—several friends described their houses as in the high 30s indoors. I had a lot of candles in jars I used under those pots to radiate heat. I walked around with an old AM/FM cassette player that ran on AA batteries and headphones and listened to public radio during the day and a classical station in the evening.

My part of town didn't get hit with the boil order for tap water, but I had already filled four stock pots and two large plastic tubs with water for drinking, cooking, washing, and flushing. Lots of things occurred to me and my neighbors as the event evolved. We shared ideas, we checked on each other, text and calls. And when my elderly next door neighbors, who have a generator that their son would come over and start then refuel, seemed to need another heavy duty cord to run through their house I offered the one I use for my electric trimmer (weed whacker). They realized that had an unused bank and outlet on that generator and ran my cord from their generator to my back door. I was able to plug in my freezer overnight and save everything, and during the hours that I was up and in that room it ran (intermittently) a lamp, a radio, an electric kettle, and charged various things. I had a radiant oil heater plugged in in the kitchen when the power finally came on.

My hands are still painful from the chapping of doing everything that involved really cold water. Smearing Vaseline (petroleum jelly) and wearing acrylic gloves over it is helping. I should have worn gloves doing those chores, but didn't think of it till too late.

People died of cold and of carbon monoxide. Now people are hungry and don't have water. It's a really rough winter in Texas this year. The kind of thing that novels and movies are made about.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 08:40 PM

Extremes are the norm in the days of climate change. Stilly are you being stoicly funny or did you not suffer consequences from the Texas cold snap in terms of cold or thirst? ONLY 1.4 million people were stricken. I recall many a 3 dog night in the upstate NY Catskills, Buffalo and Rochester. I even went to the original 'Hail Fredonia'.
They were all cold but I discovered later that 60 below F is deadly dangerous in minutes by instantly reaching inside wool and parkas and not letting go.

I haven't heard from gillymor.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 08:40 PM

Those songs take me back to my giddy youth!

Rob - Aussies have also been known to make a spoonerism of "no worries" with another word in the middle, so it becomes "no wucking furries".

Probably not in polite company though......


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: robomatic
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 06:35 PM

I always thought the '#' dog night was originally an American indigenous thing, probably Eskimo. But antipodean language is quite infectious. When I was young you'd never hear a Yank say 'no worries'. Now I hear it all the time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 06:23 PM

Three Dog Night is a term well-known here, as is the band.

Mama Told Me Not To Come

Joy To The World

Never Been To Spain

One Is the Loneliest Number

etc. They were a big deal when I was a teen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 10:43 AM

Steve et al.,
the entire figure of speech as I learned it was:

happy as a clam at high tide.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 05:20 AM

There used to be a band called "Three Dog Night".


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 02:52 AM

we have an old saying in Australia about a cold night being a 3 or 4 (or higher number) dog night.

sandra in sunny Sydney (26C/78F close to 7pm)


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Feb 21 - 11:08 PM

You know clams are happy because they're always smiling.

Maggie, glad you're re-electrified, and I hope everything keeps improving!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Feb 21 - 10:44 PM

Power came back tonight in North Texas after being off for four days during a week of sub-freezing weather - Tuesday overnight it was below zero. I think I got a screenshot of -1 on my weather app.

The house got down to the high-40s, but after Richard Bridge sent a tip about using candles and terracotta pots (and as a gardener I have a lot of those pots!) I set up six of those stations around the house. I used jar candles to prevent wax spills or anything tipping over, and was able to keep the indoor temperature at around 50o. Many people were a lot colder in their houses. To keep us all warm (myself and three dogs) I moved clothes out of the closet and dug out backpacking gear. I made a stack of inflatable "Thermarest" pads for me and left one for the dogs and built a pallet for them that was beside mine. The first night they were a bit puzzled and we made a couple of trips out during the night, but Tuesday and Wednesday night they had caught on and were perfectly content to sleep in there with me. There has been snow on the ground since Sunday, but with temperatures so cold, it stuck around. Hopefully it will melt by the weekend (and then comes the mud). We're still being careful about using much power; I'm going to wait to do any laundry until it's warm again (this weekend).

I had to throw out a lot of food from the fridge and the frozen vegetables in there were all sodden. There is meat that defrosted but was always cold and that will get cooked tomorrow and either frozen as part of other dishes or eaten this week.

Stores are going to be empty for a while because they lost power and will be tossing all of the defrosted and warm food; everyone who has food left in their houses needs to keep eating it for a while until the marketplace catches up with the demand of millions of households that had to throw out a lot of food all at once.

We don't have a boil order here (so far) but in places where there was so much demand (because of water main breaks or because millions of people had water dripping) the water pressure dropped and they safety of the supply couldn't be guaranteed. I have four large stock pots filled with water in the kitchen (so if the order comes I have good water to use for the day or more it takes to test and certify the water safe again.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 18 Feb 21 - 05:51 PM

Snow, ice, it is winter here. I am enjoying it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Feb 21 - 07:34 AM

How can you tell if a clam's happy, Joe? :-)

Up north (in England that is), we used to say "as happy as pigs in Shudehill." All of that last word, except for the first two letters, is a euphemism...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Feb 21 - 07:28 AM

The mutant strain of the new white republican clams seldom think of the damage done to non white clams and the nation. I'm sure the white tribes 'drove' to the wooded suburbs to live in a shell. Joe you sound like Bill Mahre regarding regulation glitches but loves Humbolt County.
Stay pandemic and fire safe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Feb 21 - 12:02 AM

Maybe I shouldn't gloat, but it's lovely here in Northern California...

People are moving away in droves because of high taxes and "Democrat Party" leadership, but I'm happy as a clam.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 17 Feb 21 - 11:53 PM

Hey all , The big Cold weather system is flowing over US and Europe and it´s cold with snow in places witch are normal with out snow and cold , but the pandemic is still out there , and yesterday our Government nearly closed our border , to enter Iceland you have to show a test that you are Covid free , and it has to be less than 76 hours since you got the test , and you have to stay in a quarantine house for five days also , so no one is going to go through that , for 12 days no one has the virus in Iceland ,
and let´s hope that it will stay like that, please stay save and warm .
All the best Skarpi Iceland .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 07 Feb 21 - 09:28 PM

Yay Iceland, skarpi!

We had a lovely snow here in Charlottesville this morming that was all melted away by sundown.

In 2 weeks we'll know if the Super Bowl has set back any recent progress on our part of the pandemic...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 07 Feb 21 - 02:41 PM

On the Covid Map yes we are green , on the Weather Map it gone white with snow,
we are not getting enough of Vaccine , so we have to have strong action on our border, hope you are all feeling well , and taking care of you self .
all the best Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 29 Jan 21 - 09:03 AM

excellent to know Iceland is green


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 29 Jan 21 - 03:28 AM

today Iceland is painted Green , it means that we have no cases inside our counrty , just at the border and two who where in quarintine jee I hope I spelled that right . but its not over yet stay save , If we the Humans could spread Love and Kindness as fast as this Coronavirus is doing , I think the world would be a much nicer place to live in .
All the best and love to you all , Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 27 Jan 21 - 08:18 PM

New England has a blanket of new snow,
Senator Bernie Sanders's mittens are the bee's knees,
and we're still wrestling with the coronavirus --

although other areas of the US have it much worse than we have.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 27 Jan 21 - 03:00 AM

yes it has a litle alcohol 75 to 90 prosent


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Jan 21 - 07:43 PM

"Spritt"
has rubbing alcohol in it, Skarpi?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: fat B****rd
Date: 24 Jan 21 - 02:51 PM

Apparently I, aged 73, and others similar will be getting a Blue envelope containing details of my first jab this week :-}.
anyway best thoughts and good wishes from Charlie in Dunfermline to everybody here x


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 24 Jan 21 - 02:34 PM

it seems that we here in Iceland will not get a vaccine for the Nation in time , so I hope that Iceland will close it´s border so we can protect our Nation , we only have got about 13 thousand Vaccine cups , that mean s that
only about between 6 to 7 thousand people , it seems other nations that have billions of dollars can get this before some other´s . So Mask , soap , and what we call Spritt :) for some month´s ahead .
Take care all ,
all the best Skarpi Iceland .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jan 21 - 12:41 PM

There is a modified hug I see, leaning in, heads turned away, no talking, but it's risky. It was written up in the Consumer Reports Health Newsletter. Mostly elbow or fist bumps. I have hopes that the Inauguration doesn't turn out to be a super-spreader event, because as careful as people were with masks, they were closer proximity than six feet.

I got my first shot last week, the two-dose Pfizer variety. They told me I would get the second shot in February and "don't call us, we'll call you when the appointment is set." The less time the spend answering phones the more time they can be out giving the vaccines.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 24 Jan 21 - 09:28 AM

I have 3 sisters 65 and older. The two in the States are having their first jabs. The one in Tasmania isn't, Tasmania hasn't had a case since April. Go, ozzies.

I am still in my 50s and nowhere near any jab. No comorbidities.

And a year ago I was on a mental ward. Still fine out here! Amazing.

Good to hear how all y'all are doing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Jan 21 - 09:54 PM

Today I was in a public parking lot, alone with my car,
and masked as always.

I saw two grown men shaking hands ...

I thought we were supposed to wait to shake hands
until social distancing was no longer necessary.
Their hands were bare.
At least their faces were masked.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 Jan 21 - 07:19 PM

Keep this thread going!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Bugsy
Date: 19 Jan 21 - 02:59 AM

Only Just noticed this thread. Me and Mrs Bugsy are still rolling along on the comparatively safe and Covid free environment of Western Australia.

Hoping you are all staying safe, Especially our 'Catter friends in the USA & UK.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Jan 21 - 09:08 PM

Wish we could hear from a newer Mudcat member named
Lost Chicken in High Weeds,
a picturesque name if ever I heard one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 16 Jan 21 - 12:41 AM

Also here in Australia, our town hasn't had a case of covid since April 2020 - nigh on nine months. Several highways pass through here so of course we can't shut ourselves off completely from the outside world, but people here are sensible - although mask wearing is rare; we may see just one or two when doing our weekly food shop.

If we are told that we cannot set foot outside without wearing a mask, then I will stay home. It's not about my 'personal liberties' or such rubbish - I cannot breathe with one on; it goes back to childhood trauma. Masks are also a problem for those (like Himself) who wear both glasses and hearing aids, as there is only so much 'real estate' behind one's ears - and of course masks make it difficult for the hard-of-hearing who, while not completely deaf, rely partly on lip reading to understand what is being said.

We can travel within our state so are hopefully planning a trip south to visit family in early April. The weekly Zoom chat is not the same as being together, and it has been over a year since we were in the same room - and will be two years since we met up with son's parents-in-law.

Goodness knows when we will be able - if ever - to be with our Canaussian son and his partner again. People are finding it difficult to return from overseas because of cuts in numbers; mandatory quarantine means that all arrivals have to isolate in a hotel for two weeks at their own expense. If we ever go to Canada again (which looks very unlikely) we may have trouble getting back home, and if our son comes here he will be faced with the same issues.

So......we just sit here, and read, and I sew, and I knit, and I sometimes play music when the mood strikes (which isn't very often).


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Jan 21 - 08:35 PM

In my areas of Maryland, you simply will NOT see anyone in a grocery store or restaurant without a mask. The groceries provide wipes and other disinfectant and insist on 6' distance at checkstands. All that with plastic barriers 4' wide between you and checker.

I take a ziplock bag with Clorox wipes and wipe 'most' items as I shop. Others are washed at home or just set aside for a day.

   I am well above the limit for vaccine, but our county is only getting about half the doses they ask for. I am in Tier B...(over 65) and they don't expect to get to that group until early Feb. I am not worried, as I simply do not need to go out except to that safe grocery or my HMO..Kaiser Permanente..which is even MORE careful and screens everyone at the door with a thermometer and disinfectant.

   I'll be fine...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Jan 21 - 08:10 PM

skarpi, Mother Nature is certainly picking on Iceland.

Australia is in a better position than many countries, but we also have immortals who don't wear masks cos it's "fake news." Some even wear MAGA caps & also M(Australia)GA caps. One almost-famous young woman gets more "fame" by fighting against sensible measures. I think she was once on a reality show, but won't give her more air.

Here in Sydney we have finally been ordered to wear masks on public transport (instead of just Strongly Encouraged) & in indoor venues - shopping centres, clubs, pubs etc plus individual shops. Fines apply.

It's good to see a carriage/bus full of masks. I never felt silly in my mask, & I once had a lovely conversations with THE other wearer as we were waiting for a ferry a few months ago. ps. at least 6 other masks got off that mid-week ferry with maybe 50 unmasked, perhaps the earlier commuter ferries had more masks. As many folks as possible across the country worked from home, but not everyone can.

As I live alone ever since day one, I've made sure I go out each day to get the paper & a few groceries. I've also visited a few friends & had a few visitors, mainly my neighbour who doesn't have a printer, & the friend who sorts out my computer. I've also travelled to more distant suburbs to get something I couldn't get locally. In August I was able to attend the first 2020 concert (socially distanced & disinfected) of another club, no singing along allowed, but humming inside masks is singing without words, so we could participate!

In October we were able to celebrate our Club's 30th birthday in a small registered club (socially distanced, masked & humming) as our council venue was not available. I'm currently booking small acts for our return to our venue in late February, our hall is currently restricted to 35(socially distanced, disinfected & masked.) The hall normally takes 100, so I've left choirs to the later part of the year, hoping we will have larger audiences: 20 on stage + 15 audience wouldn't pay the rent, let alone the artists.

I don't think of my life as restricted - masks, hand sanitisers & leaving contact details in shops & other places are not restrictions. I just choose what I want to do - as I said, life in Australia even with the lockdowns we have had, is less painful than in other countries. Our vaccine program will start late February.

sandra


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