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    At least with BC skiing, as opposed to...

    At least with BC skiing, as opposed to sidecountry, a certain level of fitness and skill is required to get into trouble.
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    As my old pharmacology prof used to say,...

    As my old pharmacology prof used to say, benzodiazepines are alcohol in pill form.

    Re sleepers--I've tried melatonin, which doesn't seem to help, although my wife swears by it even though it...
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    Sigh. There was a time when there was a lifetime...

    Sigh. There was a time when there was a lifetime warranty on Craftsman hand tools.
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    Line the capitalists up against a wall and shoot ...

    Line the capitalists up against a wall and shoot them my grandfather used to say.
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    American Legion, not Foreign Legion, genius. : --...

    American Legion, not Foreign Legion, genius. : -- )
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    I'll take cicadas over vuvuzelas any day.

    I'll take cicadas over vuvuzelas any day.
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    My recently retired Serbian plumber recommended...

    My recently retired Serbian plumber recommended Hansgrohe. We went with that, although I'm disappointed the sprayer head is plastic. Maybe other models have metal.
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    how do you get in when the power is out if the...

    how do you get in when the power is out if the garage is detached with no pedestrian entrance? Is there an option to route the pull release (the red cord) to a key accessed fixture on the outside?
  9. Exactly. A little bit. A lot's worth here and...

    Exactly. A little bit. A lot's worth here and there is all it takes. Also depends on the neighborhood. A neighborhood in Manhattan needs a park a lot more than a neighborhood away, where the green...
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    To me this is not a racial thing, it's a dog...

    To me this is not a racial thing, it's a dog people vs cat people thing. Dogs get in trouble for doing a little harmless pawing around because it might be bad for the little birdies, while cats are...
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    don't they have the right to choose to wear a...

    don't they have the right to choose to wear a mask? And the pro mask crowd--I include myself--hasn't done a very good job of framing the issue in a way that appeals to the right. As usual we're all...
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    Home burglaries are down because people are home...

    Home burglaries are down because people are home all day. Once people are foreclosed and evicted and sleeping in their cars car burglaries will go down too.
  13. They're only hot until they open their mouths. ...

    They're only hot until they open their mouths. No woman is beautiful enough to overcome a Joisey accent. (And no woman is too ugly to be improved by an Irish one.)
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    Would you rather he call the real police to deal...

    Would you rather he call the real police to deal with it? What do you think the chances are they would come? The guy was trying to protect wildlife. Seems like that's worth calling out someone. ...
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    NM--50% of Covid cases are Native American. 11%...

    NM--50% of Covid cases are Native American. 11% of the population. Heard on the PBS news last night.
  16. Agree. One of the easiest ways towns can handle...

    Agree. One of the easiest ways towns can handle the affordability issue is through zoning. Traditionally people have fought development that they perceived as too and even today developers are...
  17. my wife's cousin has that job in Malibu for Bob...

    my wife's cousin has that job in Malibu for Bob Dylan
  18. Do bots post the same thing in 2 different...

    Do bots post the same thing in 2 different forums?

    I generally agree with not responding to trolls, especially to their opinions, but when there's a particular factual error--like masks reduce...
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    We enjoyed the Loire. I think my favorite part of...

    We enjoyed the Loire. I think my favorite part of the French countryside is Normandy and Brittany, but of course there's a huge part of France we haven't seen and never will, alas. Mont Saint...
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    He was talking about masks being harmful to the...

    He was talking about masks being harmful to the wearer and I was contradicting that, but of course we wear masks to protect others, not ourselves. Thanks for clarifying. (And of course protecting...
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    They looked at 455 contacts of 1--let me repeat...

    They looked at 455 contacts of 1--let me repeat that--1 person who was an asymptomatic carrier. We do not know what protective measures were in place at the time of contacts, except for ER...
  22. To me investment means putting money into a...

    To me investment means putting money into a company to help it get off the ground or expand. Most of what passes for investment in this country would more fairly be labeled speculation.
  23. Thread: Memorial Day

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    Not soldiers killed in battle of course, but...

    Not soldiers killed in battle of course, but Holocaust survivors also appear to have an increased suicide rate as they age, compared to their peers. The common threads are harrowing, prolonged, life...
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    All the little kids in the neighborhood riding...

    All the little kids in the neighborhood riding their little bikes running me off the sidewalk. The little fuckers can get sick afaic, then they'll have to stay home. ; - )
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    Most of the employees at my Safeway are not...

    Most of the employees at my Safeway are not wearing masks. Except for the produce guy who wears his below his nose. They do wear gloves though--same gloves all day.

    We're not allowed to bring our...
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    Weed just isn't the same after it's been sprayed...

    Weed just isn't the same after it's been sprayed with clorox.
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    "How's my husband, doctor?" "He's fine. He only...

    "How's my husband, doctor?" "He's fine. He only looks dead. He's just a crisis actor. You can take him home now. Need help getting him in the car?"
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    We'll know in a couple of weeks. Interesting...
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    Neighbors threw a movie party last night for the...

    Neighbors threw a movie party last night for the block--set up a screen on the front lawn and we all sat 6 feet apart in the street. Couple from across the street sitting 6 feet apart from each...
  29. Thread: Memorial Day

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    My dad lost a cousin during the battle of the...

    My dad lost a cousin during the battle of the bulge. 20 years later his parents--my great aunt and uncle--talked about him constantly. It's a wound that never heals.
    My dad made it through ok,...
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    Hmmm--my kid's old band uniform is hanging...

    Hmmm--my kid's old band uniform is hanging upstairs in the closet. I wonder if he'd be pissed if I cut it up.

    "If you can read this mask you're to close."
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    Fuck all you quoting jgb. I work hard to not...

    Fuck all you quoting jgb. I work hard to not read what he writes but then I stumble across his quotes in the posts of the people I respect.

    Hey I have a proposition. You young folks let us old...
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    The food and wine are of course marvelous but I...

    The food and wine are of course marvelous but I think to get the full benefit of the South of France you have to live someplace cold and gloomy, like England, or Germany. As a Californian some of...
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    And more than anything, avoid gatherings,...

    And more than anything, avoid gatherings, especially indoors. That's where the cases are spreading--whether the carrier is local or from out of town.

    And BTW, for once Trump set a good example....
  34. Turning onto Donner Pass Rd (I think they call it...

    Turning onto Donner Pass Rd (I think they call it Truckee Way now) from Glenshire Dr can be dicey due to poor sight distance and speeders, although the new roundabout at Stockrest Springs Rd has...
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    The reason I keep tooting the horn is because...

    The reason I keep tooting the horn is because this incessant blaming of out of towners and demands they stay away create a false sense of security among locals--as long as we keep "them" away we...
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    3 out of 4 clusters had only locals, and the 4th...

    3 out of 4 clusters had only locals, and the 4th had locals and outsiders, but outsiders are the problem?
    People who think that where they live is safe from the virus get careless, and then blame...
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    How is telling someone they can't infect other...

    How is telling someone they can't infect other people different than telling them they can't shoot them. I take it back. Telling them they can't shoot someone infringes on their second amendment...
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    Save the plastic and wire thingies that seal bags...

    Save the plastic and wire thingies that seal bags of coffee. Sew them into the top seam of homemade masks to seal around the nose. That will help with the fogging and also reduce leakage of virus.
  39. Good explanation. The false negatives are also...

    Good explanation. The false negatives are also worth mentioning. A negative can be "false" because the person is infected but hasn't made antibodies--either too soon or immune suppressed. That is a...
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    Better not hear any complaints from you when the...

    Better not hear any complaints from you when the bunnies start eating your garden. (my wife loves bunnies. her bunnies liked to bite me when I fed them. No more bunnies.)
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    My diagnosis is spinal stenosis. Lot of that...

    My diagnosis is spinal stenosis. Lot of that going around. Golf is bad for it too. Notice all those football coaches bending forward with their hands on their knees on the sidelines. They're not...
  42. I was wrong about the significance of a positive...

    I was wrong about the significance of a positive in a disease with a low prevalence. Skizix and jono are right. If 1 % of the population has the disease and the false positive rate is 1% the chance...
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    I don't have any specific knowledge re...

    I don't have any specific knowledge re hydroxychloroquine but it would make sense that the risk of the drug--which is that it slows electrical conduction in the heart--would be higher in patients who...
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    It will be very interesting to see how many of...

    It will be very interesting to see how many of the exposed people will eventually test positive. The article doesn't say but I hope that every one of the customers and coworkers is tested. That is...
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    silent retreat sounds appealing. Silence is...

    silent retreat sounds appealing. Silence is highly underrated.
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    Costco? If not there I guess you could always...

    Costco? If not there I guess you could always smoke the carcass of a meat plant worker.

    Take a 1 gal plant, stick it in a pot with 4 gal of dirt and charge for a 5 gallon plant.
    Take a 5 gallon...
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    He does a great show. First time I saw him he...

    He does a great show. First time I saw him he had Washboard Hank with him--in addition to the washboard he had a colander on his head and various pot lids strapped to his body in various places--all...
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    She was indeed. Sadly, she had dementia towards...

    She was indeed. Sadly, she had dementia towards the end of her life, although she continued to come in to the restaurant almost til the end.
    A lot of the waiters were older people from Italy,...
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    We have 90 year old casements--push open, the...

    We have 90 year old casements--push open, the screen pushes out with the window and then the latch pulls the screen back in while the window stays open. We also have Pella casements that crank open....
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    Biba, the best restaurant in Sacramento, has...

    Biba, the best restaurant in Sacramento, has closed for good. 34 years in business. Upscale Italian. Biba the owner passed away a few months ago but the family intended to keep it running, until...
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