On Friday, I donated blood. I generally do a couple-three times a year, mainly because they come to my gym, and what the hell, why not.
Around the same time, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Libertarian Fantasy America, was tested for coronavirus, and before receiving his results (which were positive, but you knew that), worked out in the Senate gym and went swimming in the Senate pool.
And all I can think is: OK, the Senate has a gym, no surprise there. But THE SENATE HAS A POOL?
My workout today was a Social Distancing Boxing Workout, held on one of the local high school football fields (artificial turf, no less):
At least I got something done. Sitting indoors, marinating in my own worries was making me nuts. I did get out, responsibly. Went to the Eastern Market, where the doors were propped open to permit the free flow of air, and advice was as close as the banners hanging everywhere:
Because Americans are natural entrepreneurs, some were taking advantage of the current crisis:
I saw the market’s executive director, although I didn’t recognize him at first. He had a bandanna pulled over his face in lieu of a mask. “This is hard for me,” he said. “Because the last time I saw someone wearing a bandanna like this, he had a shotgun and was robbing my bar.”
Saturday night I cruised around, chasing tips about illegal speakeasies. I’m sure they’re out there; Detroit has a long, storied and proud history of flouting liquor laws. I didn’t find any, but I found Woodward Avenue quiet enough that I could get a shot of the installation on the front of MOCAD:
Man, I sure hope so.
Otherwise, I followed the news and cooked meals and otherwise tried to keep things chill. Because otherwise I would just get furious — an emotion I’m sure many of you are familiar with.
So, so angry. Another workout tomorrow should help. You?
beb said on March 22, 2020 at 9:54 pm
Don’t forget the alcohol in the DIY hand sanitizer.
I’m in favor of Rachel’s suggestion of not broadcasting any more of Trump’s press conferences.
But is the Senate pool Olympic size or munchkin sized?
Getting infected couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy. I can only hope that McConnell is next.
Suzanne said on March 22, 2020 at 9:56 pm
I am watching Pandemic on Netflix and drinking Jameson’s Irish Whiskey and trying to keep my children from freaking out.
alex said on March 22, 2020 at 10:35 pm
I’m getting ready for beddy bye.
Working out is so not me but I might benefit from de-stressing through some kind of calisthenics. Maybe need to find the right Pandora playlist and put on some comfier shoes.
Managed to pull together today both a pantry and a home office. The only thing I don’t have are fucking onions. There are none to be found anywhere. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
60 Minutes had a segment on Hungarian nationalism under Viktor Orban and it’s the Handmaid’s Tale writ large. They’re offering subsidies on minivans to people who make white babies. Well, white as Hungarians are, anyways. When confronted with the fact that its ethnocentric policies sound just like Adolf Hitler’s, the government goes ballistic just like Donald Trump, blaming the media. Foreign media obviously. Theirs doesn’t have the freedom to talk about it except under the government’s terms. They call ours the “culture of death” although I can’t say their assessment is totally without merit, at least insofar as ammosexuals and nihilists hold sway over politics in the bunghole of a banana republic we’ve become.
Joe Kobiela said on March 22, 2020 at 10:57 pm
Started my tour in Boston this week flew out on Delta with maybe 30 others on a plane that can carry 200+, spent 2 night on Nantucket in a b&b only guest were 2wheels up crews. One grocery was open and a couple of carry outs. Flew a couple off the island to Morristown N.J lady was freaking out trying not to touch anything wouldn’t even take my hand to help her down the steps. Now back outside of Boston in a Hilton with only one floor open and 10 guest, flying down to Savannah mid morning on Monday. I fly a lot of celebrities and athletes, most are pretty nice I can usually tell by the way they treat the line guys and lady’s behind the desks. Tom Brady’s wife and kids are my favorite super friendly and well behaved the kids never trash the plane and look us in the eye when thanking us, they were raised right. I managed to get a nice run in on Nantucket and two runs in N.J exercise helps, get out and at least walk and get some fresh air.
susan said on March 22, 2020 at 10:58 pm
This is what the Real Leader of the Free World sounds like.
Sigh. How low Amurkkka has descended.
Linda said on March 23, 2020 at 12:48 am
I gave up on the gym about a week before the big lockdown, because my gym was full of snowbirds coming back from Florida and I got a spider sense that this was a germ pit.
Dexter Friend said on March 23, 2020 at 2:16 am
Joe, after the spring game back when Tom was at M, I was waiting for my little grandson to get his football covered in autographs, and struck up a conversation with a guy maybe a little older than me, projecting what the new season would be like in that fall season, and a security kid came, “Mister Brady, Tom is ready for you to come get him now.”
TV took my mind off the virus, The Simpsons’ take on CBD and weed sales was hilarious. I watched the cliffhanger episode of Homeland, this being the final season, and I have seen every episode in the series. The skimpy John Oliver show was a repeat of last week’s, but Curb was again funny enough to take my mind away for a few minutes. Curb now goes away for another hiatus.
Carla Lee returned from her Florida vacation; the county she was in had like 1 positive so far, so I hope all ends well. Things are so sad when I descend from my TV pink cloud that I can’t even fake happiness that Weinstein and Rand Paul are positive-Covid19.
I am a tad off-kilter as I cannot find the add-hot-water-eat little paper envelopes of oatmeal which I eat before leaving the house to get the Labbie out quickly. Just habit…now I must cook the 1-minute oatmeal and scrub the pan instead. Hardly a sacrifice but in the morning I need a tight routine to get that dog out fast-like. Anyway, the Columbus daughter and her husband sent even more food back for us in case the supply evaporates. I listen to big city AM radio on my phone and in New York, the supply is there, it’s just the workers simply cannot stock the shelves fast enough. I heard that most grocery stores and Walmart-type big stores are struggling to keep shelves stocked at 40%. And how many financiers are lying awake shaking and dreading trying to make headway by tele-businessing on the stock market. I heard all trading for now will be via tele-trading. Maybe they altered the plan, helifino.
TGF said on March 23, 2020 at 8:59 am
Thanks to Sherri for the f2f meeting yesterday! I’d play again if others are game.
Regarding Rand Paul — Duke ought to revoke his medical degree for a) traveling extensively, then NOT self-quarantining, and b) being so careless as to use the Senate gym & pool post-test & pre-results. And all this in a country where all we’ve got is sumpin sumpin kinda test reliability — false negs, false pos, delayed pos…
Liked the pics Nancy — thanks.
Julie Robinson said on March 23, 2020 at 9:44 am
Rand Paul has exposed himself as the egocentric jerk everyone here knew he was. Normally I’d say there are worse things, but thinking of how many people he exposed after he knew I can’t make that joke anymore.
A story about the Capitol pool, with picture: https://www.bustle.com/p/women-senators-say-the-capitol-pool-used-to-be-off-limits-to-them-for-the-most-absurd-reason-8807643. Old school, but I’d swim there sans Senators. I kind of love the individual cubbies and changing pods.
Alex, if you go to the cluster Kroger on Dupont Road right when they open at 7 am they are pretty well stocked. But if you want something in particular, go there first because the stuff flies off the shelves. By the time we got to dairy they were out of eggs. Last Friday they had a huge mound of onions and I was relieved to buy some. I mean, how can you cook without onions?
diane said on March 23, 2020 at 9:52 am
The Zoom event sounds cool. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it. If there is another one, I will be there if I can.
JodiP said on March 23, 2020 at 10:39 am
Glad to hear about the zoom event. I don’t have much time these days, so I hope it continues to happen for you all.
I went for a walk with a friend and our dogs yesterday. Ohterwise, we are moving ahead with the painting project, so getting the area ready. Starts Wednesday.
Stay well, all!
JMG said on March 23, 2020 at 11:07 am
Supply situation here in suburban Boston is hit or miss. The local supermarket has had no paper goods either time I went this week, including this morning, but everything else was in normal or close to normal supply except of all things, quinoa, which was cleaned out. I did score a six-pack of paper towels yesterday when I went to Walgreen’s to pick up a prescription refill.
Jakash said on March 23, 2020 at 11:50 am
In case you missed it, a friend of nn.c. won the internet last week:
Connie said on March 23, 2020 at 11:55 am
Lockdown order effective midnight, for next THREE weeks.
basset said on March 23, 2020 at 11:57 am
The online meetup would have been fun but I was wary about downloading Zoom. I see FaceTime can do multiple connections for those of us who use iPhones.
Was going to go put out some game cameras in the woods today, waiting for nicer weather though.
Deborah said on March 23, 2020 at 12:01 pm
Some people started a local Website (or maybe it’s a FB page I haven’t actually checked it but LB has) that people can visit to read about what’s available at various grocery stores. You can add your experience if you shopped somewhere. They probably have those for many communities by now. Apparently Trader Joe’s had people lined up for an hour (social distancing) before it opened and they only let 10 people in at a time. They’re rationing how many paper supplies you can get, only 2 and that means 1 TP package and 1 paper towel package or 2 TPs or 2 Paper towels. I’m going to wear a pair of those black disposable plastic gloves whenever I need to shop next. NM has 65 cases statewide that have been confirmed, I’ve read that the real numbers are probably 10 times more than reported because of lack of testing.
My husband finally decided he’s not going to go to CA to see his granddaughter, I had decided on our trip down to NM that I wasn’t going to go but he felt really bad about not going and was going to deliberate for a few days before making his final decision. We were originally scheduled to leave tomorrow. Now we have to return the rental car to the Albuquerque airport tomorrow.
basset said on March 23, 2020 at 12:06 pm
Going back through the “today in history” posts just now I found one from myself in 2005 asking for information on Dayton… we had just bought a new Camry and I was dying for a road trip so I took Basset Jr. up to the Air Force Museum.
Connection with today… that same car is out in the driveway right now and should hit 300,000 miles in the next few weeks. Just keep the oil changed…
Deborah said on March 23, 2020 at 12:07 pm
We were able to join the zoom call by phone with no video, so LB and I could at least chat. I haven’t loaded the app and could still do this by calling in. I do this for our condo association meeting too.
Jeff Borden said on March 23, 2020 at 12:08 pm
Late last night, the Orange King blasted out an all-caps tweet suggesting the cure for coronavirus might be worse than the disease if it brings the economy to a standstill. All the bloated tumor has to run on for reelection is the stock market and anti-immigration so, naturally, he wants to revisit restrictions in 15 days. That is highly counterproductive to beating this thing if the experts are to be believed, but the stable genius knows better. Damn, what a fucking moron.
Jeff Borden said on March 23, 2020 at 12:14 pm
TGF said on March 23, 2020 at 1:02 pm
Was in a webinar this morning where a well-meaning economist called COVID19 a black swan. Don’t let anybody get away with that — https://www.ted.com/talks/larry_brilliant_my_wish_help_me_stop_pandemics/transcript?language=en#t-535025
TGF said on March 23, 2020 at 1:09 pm
The very articulate woman who, while sick with COVID19, managed to get the plug pulled on Ohio’s primary is interviewed here — https://www.wvxu.org/post/local-mom-has-covid-19-despite-testing-negative-virus Audio will be posted by ~4:00 PM EDT.
Her story underscores many of our blindspots to good management — asymptomatic carriers, crappy tests, constraints in official case counts…
And here’s a smart-thermometer mapping site she mentions — https://healthweather.us/
Julie Robinson said on March 23, 2020 at 1:12 pm
basset, we’ve got a 2005 Camry in our driveway too, not as many miles as yours though. It replaced a Corolla from 1988, which lived for at least another five years after our ownership. The interior is showing its age more than the mechanicals or exterior. We are religious about oil changes and maintenance, and the only other things it needed were tires and batteries. Sexy, maybe not, but practical can be sexy too.
Jakash said on March 23, 2020 at 2:13 pm
Well, I give Neil Steinberg lots of props, generally, but his column about toilet paper today is a disappointment. Statistics that make no sense to me at all, and have no consistency.
This statement, from the source he contacted at Georgia-Pacific is completely inscrutable. “Women have more occasions [to use toilet paper] per day than men: 6.5 for women versus 3.7 for men. The actual amount used isn’t different: both using six sheets on average per occasion.”
I’ll scrooten it anyway. Men are not using 6 sheets “per occasion.” Most “occasions” they’re using none. If they’re using TP 3.7 occasions a day, I’d have to suggest that they aren’t “average.” And perhaps this is TMI, but if I could get through a TP-worthy “occasion” using only 6 sheets, I could make it almost 2 months on one double-roll, for crying out loud.
I was interested to have somebody plumb the depths of the timely issue, but this didn’t cut it, alas. YMMV.
I have to believe that this TP thing will get back to normal soon. Folks who are stockpiling a hundred rolls of TP now (that’s a year’s supply for one person, according to the article) aren’t going to need to buy any more for quite a while, are they?
jcburns said on March 23, 2020 at 2:25 pm
I’m working on the new nn.c feature “Today in nn.c commenters car history.”
jcburns said on March 23, 2020 at 2:27 pm
An Atlanta meteorologist is broadcasting weather segments from her kitchen. That’s not unusual in these days, but using a potato as an iPad stand gives it a MacGyver-y touch.
Dorothy said on March 23, 2020 at 2:45 pm
My daughter set up a Zoom chat for 7 PM tonight for me and as many of my siblings who want to join.That will be fun. I’m betting on at least three of them being unable or unwilling to join in.
Suzanne no disrespect intended but the last thing I’d want to watch these days is a movie called Pandemic. Not while I’m living in the middle of one. But lots of people are saying they’ve watched that in the last week or so, and some other end-of-days types of shows. I don’t need to increase the frequency of my nightmares.
A cute story since we are not having many of those these days. My daughter’s partner was walking their 14 year old Cocker spaniel yesterday. As he passed this one house, a boy around 8 years old had his dog on the porch on a leash. To be friendly, J said to the boy “Hey that’s a nice dog. How old is it?” The boy looked very seriously at him and said “I’m not allowed to tell you. My mother said not to talk to strangers.” “Oh that’s okay” said J – and he moved on down the sidewalk with Gracie the Cocker. Then the boy piped up “The only thing I”m allowed to tell you is my dog’s name! But please don’t ask me how old he is!” I think this went on for two or three more sentences coming out of the kid’s mouth which amused J no end. My daughter and I agreed that the kid could have just said “He’s 5!” And then he could have ended the conversation. And yet he did not.
basset said on March 23, 2020 at 2:53 pm
I forget exactly where I heard about the “three squares a day” approach to TP… one to wipe up, one to wipe down, one to polish.
Car history… Jr. is driving the Camry, we bought a new made-in-Indiana Subaru back in November, a big touch screen in the middle of the dash controls just about everything and there are still menus on there I haven’t used.
And… more high mileage, Chrysler products only though: https://www.allpar.com/old/club/index.php
Sherri said on March 23, 2020 at 3:09 pm
This was a big surprise. My interactions with Cyrus Habib had always left me with the impression that he was very ambitious.
Suzanne said on March 23, 2020 at 3:16 pm
Pandemic is a documentary series. It makes it very clear that there is no way people didn’t know something like the conoravirus pandemic was coming; experts have been warning about it for years. It’s very interesting and very, very anger inducing.
Indiana has now tested 1,960 people in the state with a population of 8.3 million.
Gee, no wonder it’s spreading like wildfire.
alex said on March 23, 2020 at 3:16 pm
I can’t imagine shitting more than one time per day, although some people do, I suppose. And if it’s the crappy 1-ply stuff at the office, it takes a lot more than 3 sheets. I use 2-ply at home and use a lot more than 3 sheets.
Maria said on March 23, 2020 at 3:51 pm
Sherri @29: I have known lots of Jesuits, liked and admired almost all of them, many of whom are driven, goal-oriented, individualistic people. In other words, ambitious, like their founder, Ignatius of Loyola. I can absolutely see someone like Habib being attracted to the Jesuits. I think Jerry Brown attended a Jesuit seminary for a year or two.
Julie Robinson said on March 23, 2020 at 4:02 pm
Making bread now. I had to wait until Dennis was off all his conference calls since the mixer is three feet from his “office”.
ROGirl said on March 23, 2020 at 4:57 pm
It took the governor’s order for my office to close. Shit finally got real.
Deborah said on March 23, 2020 at 5:27 pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is making an announcement right now, closing all retail and businesses are to shut down except for those deemed essential. Groups larger than 5 are not to be allowed. You can walk your dog or take walks with your family as long as there are no more than 5 in your group. She is so much more articulate than Trump, her clarity is enormous.
Edit: sorry about how confusing this comment is, I’m trying to type while listening.
David C. said on March 23, 2020 at 6:13 pm
Our Governor ordered most everything closed down by midnight tonight. It really seems to be the only way to stem the tide. At work, we’ve been deemed essential by the Department of Defense. Most everyone in the offices is working from home, but the plants run on. I don’t know how you maintain social distance on a production line.
Sherri said on March 23, 2020 at 6:21 pm
Texted a friend to wish her happy birthday and found out she has one parent in the hospital awaiting COVID-19 test results and another parent ailing at home. Both parents have congestive heart failure, the one in the hospital also has a blood clot in his lung. She’s an only child, has gone up to take care of them, and can’t bring anybody else to help until they get the test results back. Oh, and to top it all off, she fell and broke her wrist a few weeks ago, so she’s doing all this with a cast on one arm!
As she said, if she weren’t living it, it would be funny. She’s my oldest and dearest friend, and I’m on the other side of the country and all I can do is offer moral support to someone who knows she might lose both parents very quickly.
Deborah said on March 23, 2020 at 6:48 pm
I can’t say enough about how clear and concise NM’s Gov Grisham was in her announcement. She answered questions extremely well and deferred to medical professionals when she felt she needed to. It was very impressive. So unlike Trump at his stupid pressers where he can barely read and then goes off script into never never land, bragging and telling lies. There were no sycophants at Gov Grisham’s presser. It was so refreshing to hear a professional tell it like it is.
We went grocery shopping this afternoon before the announcement in case things were clamped down with more extreme measures than we expected. I’m so used to buying groceries in small batches for a day or two. Buying for a whole week is more prudent these days. I picked up some things for the elderly couple upstairs too.
Edit: still no TP available. But we have enough for awhile.
alex said on March 23, 2020 at 8:52 pm
Yippee! I have onions finally! The nice pre-peeled kind as a matter of fact. Both white and sweet yellow.
And I’ve got my office set up at home but don’t have any ergonomically correct chairs. So I’m sitting in my IKEA Poang chair with keyboard in lap and we’ll see whether it fucks up my neck or back. I’d bring home my office chair except that I know it doesn’t raise up high enough for my work table.
I’m on the clock right now so need to get back to it.
Heather said on March 23, 2020 at 10:25 pm
In the “presser” today (really they’re just serving the same function as his rallies at this point) Trump was talking about letting people go back to work because of the economy. A few million people dead as a sacrifice to the gods of capitalism is OK with the pro-life party. Also the party that warned that Obamacare would lead to death panels.
Deborah said on March 23, 2020 at 11:06 pm
A friend sent me this link today. Soooo funny https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p8oxndup1QM
jcburns said on March 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm
Heather, exactly right. Trump has hit upon these conferences as a reelection strategy, the replacement for his rallies. This is so cynical, so…Trumpian.
Jeff Borden said on March 24, 2020 at 10:48 am
Before I begin my first online teaching ever in 20 minutes, I wanted to pause and direct a hearty “fuck you” to Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor of Texas, who on Fucks News last night said he is willing to die to save the American economy for his children and grandchildren. If this isn’t the ultimate fusion of capitalism and nihilism, what is? Let the frail olds kick off to keep our economy humming. And to think these same conservative pricks suggested Obamacare would create “death panels.” Well, Danny boy, I plan on living to 90 and voting for every fucking liberal leftie I can while I’m still drawing breath.
Suzanne said on March 24, 2020 at 10:57 am
I saw that Lt Gov’s statement. So now, death panels are fine.
Also, I still have people on my Facebook feed claiming this is all media driven hype to thwart Trump’s re-election. How stupid do you have to be to believe that the IOC suspended the Olympics just to piss off Trump? I think we’ve come up with a new reality tv show: Stupid & Deluded.
alex said on March 24, 2020 at 11:11 am
How stupid do you have to be to drink fish tank cleaner because it contains one of the ingredients Trump says will cure COVID-19? How stupid do you have to be to believe anything that fucking twit says?
Well I’m loving my home office. My neighbor lent me a leather office chair that is ergonomically perfect for my needs and doesn’t clash too badly with my decor either. I could get used to this. In fact, I hope our office decides to keep this setup because this is such a pleasant workspace and I dread the idea of going back. And I have a nice 9th-floor window office but I like the scenery here much better.
Sherri said on March 24, 2020 at 11:22 am
I’m sure Dan Patrick is considered a very Pro-Life politician, as the reality of many of the pro-lifers is exposed: it was never about the sanctity of life. It was about power.
Scout said on March 24, 2020 at 12:12 pm
The idiot who ingested the fish tank cleaner was from Arizona. Of course he was. His wife, who also ingested it is in critical care. MAGA, amirite?
Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego, has been incredible throughout this crisis. She took early measures to close down bars, restaurants and non-essential business. She’s a Dem, naturally. The Republican Gov, Doug Ducey (Douchey), is more half hearted. The R’s are all so very afraid of their hillbilly idiot base.
Fauci was missing from last night’s televised clusterfuck. That is worrying. Especially now that the official party line is ‘what’s a few dead grandparents anyway as long as my stock portfolio recovers’. Fuck them all and may they rot in eternal hell.
Jeff Borden said on March 24, 2020 at 12:22 pm
Amen, Scout, amen.
The party of life. . .so dedicated to preserving it the governors of Ohio and Texas are calling for a halt to all abortions because they are “elective surgeries.” How gallant of them! But Team Fetus apparently would be more than happy for me and my wife to croak so long as their 401-Ks recover and their orange idol retains power. Who knew Ebeneezer Scrooge moonlighted as a Republican strategist: “If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”
Jakash said on March 24, 2020 at 1:16 pm
“How stupid do you have to be to believe that the IOC suspended the Olympics just to piss off Trump?”
Stupid, delusional or brainwashed enough to have witnessed the last 4 years and think that Dolt 45 is a “great president” who “tells it like it is.”
Deborah said on March 24, 2020 at 2:34 pm
Stop what you’re doing and go listen to the Terry Gross interview on Fresh Air with Max Brooks. I listened to it on my drive down to Albuquerque with our Jeep to pick up my husband at the car rental place where he returned the rental car that we drove down from Chicago in. Max Brooks is Mel Brooks and Anne Bancrofts son and by an odd fluke of his having done extensive research for science fiction books that he wrote about zombie pandemics etc, he has become an expert on pandemics. What he had to say in the interview will blow the top of your head off. Really, just go… Listen to the interview right now and send a link to everyone you know. This needs to go viral, immediately. I just got back from the drive and I haven’t even checked online to see if the interview is even available there yet. It was taped yesterday. Do it!
Deborah said on March 24, 2020 at 2:45 pm
It is available https://www.npr.org/2020/03/24/820601571/all-of-this-panic-could-have-been-prevented-author-max-brooks-on-covid-19 listen to the whole thing. It’s unbelievable.
basset said on March 24, 2020 at 3:05 pm
“Opened up and raring to go by Easter,” huh? Gotta have priorities.
Meanwhile, the Second Amendment Foundation has sued the New Jersey governor and state police superintendent, “asserting violation of civil rights under color of law by shutting down firearms dealerships in the Garden State under a COVID-19 order, preventing citizens from exercising their rights under the Second and Fourteenth amendments.”
The quote is from the Outdoor Wire, news release distributors for the outdoor industry.
Sherri said on March 24, 2020 at 3:51 pm
The Second Amendment Foundation is a bunch of nutcases who think the NRA is too soft on gun rights.
Deborah said on March 24, 2020 at 4:52 pm
Let the old people die https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FYkAC-DRAxQ&feature=youtu.be
Suzanne said on March 24, 2020 at 9:59 pm
Read this and weep