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  1. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Enjoying all the spoof music videos with the COVID-19 theme. Today: a guy using his household items to sing 'You Can't Touch This.' Or the Queen Bohemian Rhapsody spoof. The Quaranqueen to ABBA's Dancing Queen. 
  2. What are you watching right now?

    Another oldie helped pass the evening at home: The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) post-WW2 Americans in Paris played by Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson and a young Roger Moore. Bitter sweet love story with intrigues, jealousy, career and family ups and downs, fast cars, fast ladies, lots of booze, illness, broken hearts, many unfullfilled creative and personal dreams but a little happiness in the end. Script is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's story 'Babylon Revisted,' which was set in post-WWI and had no happy ending. 
  3. What are you watching right now?

    The Fast Lady (1962) -British comedy film: and I can't stop laughing. The smooth mover lady's man/car sales man with a horrible little moustache, the Scottish man with a bike that gets bent out of shape, the rich snob with a beautiful daughter (Julie Christie). If you need a laugh, give this old film a try. 
  4. What made you smile today?

    Hair too long up front, I took the scissors to the 'fringe.' I was conservative but the result made my husband say, 'one of the first corona apokolypse hairstyles?' 
  5. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Enjoying the quiet here in the village and decided to wait til the neighbor starts his lawn mower to then start mine as well. If we mow at the same time we're done at about the same time and then we have the same quiet time to enjoy again.  
  6. Here in my sunny village, where as far as I know no one has had COVID-19, I have felt relatively safe and so lucky, but one of  Dr. Duc Vuong's You Tube videos burst my bubble about that false sense of 'it might skip us.'   Last night the usual group of four or five neighbor kids were playing in a group after dark out on the fields. No parents are taking any responsibility about that here. I guess when they themselves are dead from COVID-19 they won't have to take responsibilty for their kids anyway, but why start early on that road? Go on, let them play til they are orphans or 6 ft. under beside you, you idiots.   The fact is that I still work in food 'delivery service'.  I just feel every day I go to work it is COVID-19 Russian roulette. Kontaktlos my ass! No distancing on the job from customers in cars that are under 2 metres from our service window and no distance in the building itself between the worker/at time the boss even, on my side (elbows bumping elbows for six hours on end). No proper protective gear beyond gloves only alcohol to wash our hands/gloves with because that's all there is. We wear one or two pairs of gloves in six hours and most workers don't ever wash the gloves after each customer touches them when passing money to us or us handing them the card reader, which they hold with bare hands. Hundreds of contacts a day with people from all over (according to their license plates). Terrible. All this for burgers, soft drinks, ice cream. People, wake up. Do you really need this? And by the way, that well meant Trinkgeld you give me is like money towards my future burial. I don't want it.    Some of Dr. Duc Vuong's Videos Common Questions about COVID-19 Answered How COVID-19 Kills What It's Really like to care for COVID patients in ICU
  7. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Renter's burial was yesterday. I didn't attend as only two people plus funeral director were allowed, so of course the immediate family were the two. Renter's wish had long been and was, she'd said, in her testament: sprinkle my ashes into the Rhine. For some reason, perhaps a German law or perhaps current restrictions, her ashes were buried in the cemetary at the end of our street instead. 
  8. To wear a mask or not to wear a mask. Here is the lowdown:   My father and mother sat and made one cotton mask for him and one for her this week using a pattern published in their Oregon newspaper. My father is the caretaker for my Mom but he wears a mask when he goes grocery shopping, picks up her meds, etc. Only one mask. I think it will get washed once a week. He tried some mask from a hardware store and complained he couldn't breathe very well as he tried to do the shopping. He has COPD. And asthma. Hence the switch to a cotton mask, it might be more breathable but...I sent him this info from WHO about masks. It seems at this point he could just skip wearing it at all. 
  9. Coronavirus

    The article and its internal links (click on highlighted text) does reference mainly reputable medical journals like The Lancet, Journal of Forensic Medicine, etc. 
  10. Coronavirus

    Today my husband mused from his repose on the sofa, cell phone in hand, 'did you know that some people have died who had no symptoms of COVID-19 but were found to have the anti-body in their body?'    In this article from March 13,2020 it mentions more symptoms experiened by people with COVID-19 and the fact that it can infect the brain and in this way cause respiratory failure. People who recover from COVID-19 can also have irreversable lung damage. Autopsies of victims in China suggest COVID-19 works like a combination of SARS and AIDS. Yikes.  
  11. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Enough time on my hands to listen to and watch a whole album's worth of Everything Everything one song/vid after another. I love this band!  Have some Photoshop Handsome 'My teeth dazzel like an igloo wall' to get you smiling. 
  12. The 'Corona Honeymoon' is over. When supermarket shopping I now automatically turn my face from people I pass as I make my curved 2 metre way past them. I rarely look in people's eyes anymore but more at masks and also some weird behavior in the supermarket. Gobsmacked, poorly slept/spring allergy/Spring tiredness zombies passing time at the odds and ends bins of stuff at Aldi Süd, like this is their holiday now so 'f*uck it, I've got all day out of the house to stand here turning over this crap in search of a nugget of gold that might fit my super restricted budget.' 
  13. Coronavirus

    1920s in America was both liberal (women got the vote, migration of African Americans out of the South and into the North) but also conservative (Ku Klux Klan, stricter immigration laws, Prohibition). 
  14. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    I watched it at night and it hung up at the beginning of a few episodes but then went smoothly within a minute or so. Maybe try it again/hang in there? 
  15. The quiet lone walks over fileds and through woods near my village are slowly being 'invaded' by, at the moment, small family groups where we have to pass like in the supermarket on the narrow paths to get past one another. Also speed freakin' mountainbikers are barreling down the woods paths not really aware that people also walk those paths, and how narrow they are. Hmm. Glad others are realzing it's a wonderful thing to get out in nature but I do already miss seeing next to no one, ever, when I go out. Maybe they will give it up, like the new year's resolution, when the biting flies and mosquitoes kick in.  
  16. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Tired of zapping around tv stations, I went online and discovered the ARD Mediathek and enjoyed watching a 4 part mini-series based on a novel by Siegfried Lenz called 'Der Überlaufer' last night. Got a bit of hand quilting done on the cat's small blanket while watching/listening too! 
  17. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

  18. What made you smile today?

    Seeing the two black lambs are now three black lambs in a field I pass on my drive to work.  Baa-baa-black sheep. 
  19. Why are you unhappy today?

    Though happy to still be employed, am unhappy that my shift leaders, younger than me, have decided I am suddenly not a useful worker nor trainable! One is constantly undermining me by blaming me for his mistakes! He even called the boss and loudly proclaimed that I was useless on the shift and then turned around and sent me home 1.5 hours early.   When I asked my boss if someone could please train me on one particular station that I am struggling a bit with, I received no comment and each shift leader I asked just spoke to me as if they already thought I was too stupid to learn anything new.   Instead of doing the lighter work, which I am also more efficient at, I have been given heavier jobs more often, despite having an Artzt attest that says this kind of work should be minimized. It's all about the 'buck' and not about the workers well being now in the struggle to keep our workplace from going belly up. One shift leader even said, 'I don't know what to do with you now your sation is pretty much closed,' and though I told him, 'I'm great at the XYZ station' I didn't get assigned it, as that was his prime spot!  I get the feeling some mobbing is going on in hopes we older workers will just fold and quit. Well, I'm not quitting boys!
  20. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Planning  the planting of the yearly vegetable garden and at least, so far, buying the seeds/starter plants. It was too cold to plant til now so tomorrow is the day to 'dig in.'   Noticed how nice my man looked from 2 metres behind as I stood with my solo cart at the REWE check out.   Is it really necessary for a couple going shopping to use two carts? One for me and one for you? I ran into this at REWE and Aldi Süd but not at the Baumarkt (we could share a cart). Who cares if couples shopping are closer than 2 metres from one another anyway?   Next thing you know, we'll need to wear tags on our fronts that say: I'm with: HIM/HER and then has the photo of your partner/kid whatever on it. :P
  21. Why are you happy today?

    White flour was back on the shelf at REWE! Bought one bag, albeit it wasn't the Ja! brand so it cost more than I'd usually pay. 
  22. Playlist for the Corona Apocalypse

    The Smiths Panic
  23. Not so long ago, a covered face (Vermummung) was forbidden in Germany and a few other countries (including Austria, which now requires all people in Austria to wear a mask) and that had to do with hiding your identity.  Now I guess that's been scrapped so people can go in public wearing a mask for health purposes? The mask wearing will certainly lead police to have problems identifying criminals by using face recognition software. Hopefully no criminals will take advantage of the mask wearing to go do some stupid things. 
  24. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Still going to work but...lots less to do on the job and mainly a lot less stress and certainly less industrial noise and all for the same pay. 
  25. Re: Masks.   SWR2 Radio this morning mentioned all Austrians must wear a mask.  A crafty co-worker who likes to sew came to work wearing her own home made mask.    When I make my own masks, one will say: 'FCK COVID-19' on it, I'll write it with black indelible marker; others may sport whiskers like a cat face, etc. I mean to have fun with it while I can.    How to make your own: (two videos)   A caution which might make you think twice about wearing one all day long: