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    Well, aside from preferring other tools than...

    Well, aside from preferring other tools than "security-schmecurity" Zoom ;), we've done a couple of FaceTime-like sessions over the past weeks. At 4-1/2 and 2-1/2, these kids have attention spans...
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    I'm already having second thoughts about the cruise our college friends are planning to take in four years. But that's four years away, by which COVID-19 can be a bad memory or a fire that refuses to...
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    @Alan, @Tradd, and @dmc, thank you for the info!...

    @Alan, @Tradd, and @dmc, thank you for the info! Satisfies my curiosity.
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    Not that it's a stipulation of getting or...

    Not that it's a stipulation of getting or spending the money, but I'm wondering if most of those are still made in the U.S. or if their production been farmed out like so many other products?
  5. I think the just-in-time household goods...

    I think the just-in-time household goods inventory is a thing of the past. I could fairly easily keep a couple of months worth of TP, paper towels, hand & dish soap, laundry detergent, Tylenol, etc.,...
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    The only notable price increase I've seen lately...

    The only notable price increase I've seen lately is in the price of a dozen plain ol' white factory eggs at the local grocery store; went from whatever they were charging to more than $3 a dozen. At...
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    If you have enough savings to ride this out, at...

    If you have enough savings to ride this out, at least for a little while, I'd sit. The asymptomatic nature of COVID-19 means we have no idea (at the time) if we are either exposed to the virus from...
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    Giving it away. As mentioned in another thread,...

    Giving it away. As mentioned in another thread, we are lucky enough to not need the money so we'll be offering it to people who can use it -- some local indy restaurants, some businesses run...
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    Grandchildren! (five years ago I never thought...

    Grandchildren! (five years ago I never thought I'd say that but...)

    Go dancing again (if we remember how by then).

    Join friends for lunches and coffee and drinks and be social in real life.
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    Buying stock with dollar cost averaging? Sure (we...

    Buying stock with dollar cost averaging? Sure (we are). Tax loss harvesting or culling the duds from a portfolio? Okay (that, too). Going all in enough to put a lien on our home? No way.

    Even...
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    A friend and I were talking yesterday (via phone)...

    A friend and I were talking yesterday (via phone) about his mother and my MiL being in (different) assisted living facilities but being in lockdown in their rooms with no communal activities (not...
  12. We've thought about this as well. When they...

    We've thought about this as well.

    When they first closed barber shops and hair salons, I contacted my barber shop and asked if I could prepay for a couple of months of haircuts to tide them...
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    When I went on my last grocery run, it was a...

    When I went on my last grocery run, it was a figurative search-and-destroy mission. Get in, get what's on the list (that was available), get out. I picked produce from the back of the box/display,...
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    Yeah, that doesn't hit the news here unless it's...

    Yeah, that doesn't hit the news here unless it's done in spectacular fashion.

    I think we've mentioned/discussed this in one of these threads, but it will be really interesting to see what happens...
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    Hmm. OK, brussels sprouts, a couple of meat...

    Hmm. OK, brussels sprouts, a couple of meat sticks DW "rescued" from the stuff she had in her office's refrigerator, and a whole cucumber.

    I'll slice up and sauté the brussels sprouts, cutting up...
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    Odd, since shelter-at-home went into effect, we...

    Odd, since shelter-at-home went into effect, we haven't had as big a problem with people shooting at each other as we usually have. *shrug* I suppose we're no different up here than anywhere else.
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    Tough call. We live within one air mile of four...

    Tough call. We live within one air mile of four (!) hospitals. One has pretty much become an add-on clinic for the homeless shelter that is adjacent to it because their overhead is so high they can't...
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    It's been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone.... :) ...

    It's been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone.... :)

    DW is still at work, so she moves into her "office" around 8 and works through till about 4 or 5, when she's done, in pretty much every sense of...
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    It makes sense for this to be a kind of farmer's...

    It makes sense for this to be a kind of farmer's winter for you. You do beautiful work; I hope more people see it when you feel better and we can all get out of our houses.
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    SQ, are you no longer selling jewelry on-line? ...

    SQ, are you no longer selling jewelry on-line?

    DW also has been losing track of what day it is -- and she's sitting in front of her computer all day, working, with constant reminders. I suppose...
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    Garlic-cinnamon chicken two nights ago and keto...

    Garlic-cinnamon chicken two nights ago and keto chili last night (no beans, thickened with pumpkin; DW likes it way more than regular chili). That'll feed us several times. Something sweet for DW...
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    Different state, of course, but we have friends...

    Different state, of course, but we have friends of ours moving this month from their single-family home to a 55+ "community" and the move fits within "essential travel" here.
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    I can't see this ending well. I cannot envison...

    I can't see this ending well. I cannot envison BiL traveling that distance without significant exposure and then where does he go? Even without COVID-19 as a factor, bringing him up to your place...
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    That guy probably thinks he's protected. He...

    That guy probably thinks he's protected. He isn't. None of us are protected from him, either. So even if everyone in the country had a pile of masks right at hand, without proper instruction and some...
  25. I hope it goes great, Tradd!

    I hope it goes great, Tradd!
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