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COVID-19 Health Check-In

Posted by zufrieden, Mar 21.

Although this site shows signs of being on its last legs as a discussion forum, those of us who have been friends for over a decade should nonetheless stay in touch.  Given that the situation today is one of somewhat (though by no means totally) justified hysteria over another outbreak of Corona Virus (SARS was the first and, at the time, most important), you may wish to check in and let everyone know how you and your other friends and relatives are faring.   My family is so far doing well - although my youngest brother and his wife were exposed recently and are in self-maintained quarantine.

Let us know how you are doing - wherever you are in the world - and, by all means, express your frustrations, concerns and how you are keeping up the supply of grog.

Finally, a reading suggestion:  A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (of Robinson Crusoe fame) published in 1722 and based on recollections of the London Plague of 1665 ( a year prior to the Great Fire which destroyed, inter alia, the original St. Paul's Cathedral).


Reply by dvogler, Mar 21.


Terri and I are physically okay, but she's been off work for a week (dental office closed indefinitely) and I'm now laid off for a while as well.  We have more work than we can handle, but are having trouble with suppliers.  I'd say let's have a bottle, but as you know, our Provincial Health authority is advising against socializing.  Or is four people still okay?

I may try reading Finnegan's Wake.

Reply by duncan 906, Mar 22.

I have had a very boring weekend here in London. All the pubs,restaurants and concert venues are closed but that is the only way to stop the spread of this disease. I went to a wine shop in Walthamstow [] this afternoon where the American lady who runs the place was telling people not to touch any bottles.She was also refusing to take cash and insisted on credit card. I have watched several videos on Youtube about the 'Spanish'flu of 100 years ago [which actually started in Kansas of all places] However in spite of everything I am OK

Reply by zufrieden, Mar 23.

To DV: Good luck with Finnegan's Wake.  I never tried to read it through... but you could try the poor man's Joyce (Ulysses) which I love.  Glad to see you are both OK, all is fine here.  I would have loved to meet for that Bordelais tasting, but maybe distance (in time) will make the heart grow all the fonder.  Let's hope.

To Duncan: Don't fixate too much on past plagues.  The current situation would probably supply you more with a dose (no pun intended) of what we should all have known about our leadership.  I think we now recognize that the know-nothings in power - who care nothing for you - have been shown to be emperors without clothes. 

We have also learned what might happen in a "true" crisis - such as a war, earthquake, or other such disaster.  This is not a real-life dramatization of The Andromeda Strain or Pandemic - only its grey penumbra.  We forget the annual epidemics of Asia-provenance plagues which kill millions and cost the economy untold billions every year - yet, did we close anything down then

I have not checked this morning, but at last look, there are 7.72 billion humans and 350,000 cases of COVID-19 (most verified by testing and symptomatic diagnoses, something not done since SARS).  More to the point: the failure to close the financial markets (but everything else except hospitals and grocers, or, and liquor outlets, of course) should be sufficient evidence for everyone to know just where our gods reside, and from whence could come the Twilight of the Idols (Götterdämmerung)...

Stay safe and wash the bottles before opening them.

Reply by jackwerickson, Mar 23.

My wife and I are staying in,actually mandated in Dallas, we hit most of the alerts for the virus age,heart,and COPD. Did spend yesterday doing inventory of my wine, now I know factually what I have. I am trying to taste 3 different bottles a day,making use of the Coravin. Everyone stay healthy.        

Reply by dvogler, Mar 23.

Thanks for checking in Duncan and Jack.  You guys be careful!

Reply by zufrieden, Mar 25.

Take care, Jack.  I appreciate you checking in because we are all friends here.  With luck (generally in spite of our leadership... I don't want to linger on negativeist philosophy, because we need optimism now, but remember those Republican Senators who used insider information to sell stock before the fall in world markets began around February 20-24.  What consummate assholes.  Sorry, I could not hold back on that one.

Anyway, when this is over, I plan to take a long tour of the USA - sort of a last one - like the tours of the Civil War battlefields by Ambrose Bierce just before he disappeared into the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920.


Reply by jackwerickson, Mar 26.

Zuf agree with you 100% please do not forget one of the assholes was Dianne Feinstein a high ranking Democrat, unfortunately we have elected leaders that have for years have used insider information,I think it was only a couple of years ago that congress even looked at it and theoretically banned it,it is amazing how many elected officials we have that never worked,outside of government, that became millionaires. Senator Kennedy from Louisiana made a statement the other day “the brain starts developing in the womb and stops when elected to office “

Reply by vin0vin0, Mar 26.

Just thought I'd take a quick glance at the Forum for any signs of life, glad to hear you all are safe and sound (or at least safe).

The CFO and I are fine, she's working from home and as for me the golf course is still open.

We got our shelter in place mandate on Tuesday effective today. Hit the grocery early this morning, produce and meat departments are pretty much bare.  Picked up some asparagus, a couple t-bones and some pork ribs but no seafood and no chicken (which were the things that were actually on my list).

Z, when you get to touring the US, please plan on hitting the Carolinas, plenty of Civil War battlefields here and more importantly, a decent supply of good vino in my cellar.

Take care everyone, hopefully we'll all come out the other side unscathed.

Reply by zufrieden, yesterday at 1:06am.

Very generous offer VV, which I hope someday to take up.  As for the remark concerning politicians, yes, the Donkey Party contingent (with Feinstein in the lead, apparently) has little or no higher ground than members of the GOP - the elephant that never remembers.

Take care now.


Reply by EMark, 22 hours ago.

I apologize for not dropping by occasionally. 

And thanks for the "Snooth Forum Beta" tip.  I can't believe how well that worked.

We are doing well in SoCal.  We have really been trying to stay in place here in the Diamond Bar Adobe.  I will dash out, tomorrow to restock my bagel supply.  The neatest bakery/coffee roastery opened locally last summer.  It is a family-operated business, and I truly hope they can hold on.  The bagels are absolutely amazing.  Of course, their other breads and pastries are equally good.  Peggy insists that their carrot cake is the absolute best she has ever had--and Peggy's opinion on topics like cake is not to be scoffed at.

Since we really don't have a real good idea of how long this is going to go, I am making sure that we do not run out of fermented grape juice.  Here is today's delivery in quarantine in my garage.

The three stacked boxes were delivered by FedEx, today.  The yellow arrow is pointing to a bag with six bottles of Chardonnay that Peggy ordered from a grocery delivery service.

Reply by duncan 906, 3 hours ago.

At least this has become a topic on the forum that people are actually responding to. I was begining to think that this forum had somehow died E.Mark Nice to hear about your local bakery but I reckon that Edwards Bakery in Willesden North London would give them a run for their money

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