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Tonight after a delicious Easter dinner of ham, asparagus, scalloped potatoes and jello/fruit salad, I took Mr. Bear for a walk. As we got close to home, a 5-year-old neighbor kid came running out, "Hey Jim!, Guess What?? I said, "What, Hayden? He showed me two little dinosaurs. He told me they had come in little eggs. "Guess What? What Hayden? "I have 5 dollars I can spend on ANYTHING on Amazon. And some other money- I can buy lots of other toys!" He's a real money grubber- ask him if he wants to help and he says, "What's it pay?" I told him that if I found a reason to go to the dump, I'd come find him. He said he'd like that, 'cause he's a 'trash guy'. They just moved in next door from California. Mom, Dad and 4 boys under maybe 8-9 years old. We've had a pretty quiet neighborhood- a bunch of retirees and single seniors. It's fun to hear the playing of boys and dogs and wonder what mischief they're getting into. Mud pies, ladders, ropes, a trampoline. Lots of yelling and laughing. So far no tears.

Jim
 
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My neighbors grandson comes everyday in the morning and leaves in the evening. Both his parents are working from home now but him being home is a distraction. They are lucky grandma and grandpa can watch him. Just hearing or seeing him outside running or laughing makes me smile.
 

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Tonight after a delicious Easter dinner of ham, asparagus, scalloped potatoes and jello/fruit salad, I took Mr. Bear for a walk. As we got close to home, a 5-year-old neighbor kid came running out, "Hey Jim!, Guess What?? I said, "What, Hayden? He showed me two little dinosaurs. He told me they had come in little eggs. "Guess What? What Hayden? "I have 5 dollars I can spend on ANYTHING on Amazon. And some othet money- I can buy lots of other toys!" He's a real money grubber- ask him if he wants to help and he says, "What's it pay?" I told him that if I found a reason to go to the dump, I'd come find him. He said he'd like that, 'cause he's a 'trash guy'. They just moved in next door from California. Mom, Dad and 4 boys under maybe 8-9 years old. We've had a pretty quiet neighborhood- a bunch of retirees and single seniors. It's fun to hear the playing of boys and dogs and wonder what mischief they're getting into. Mud pies, ladders, ropes, a trampoline. Lots of yelling and laughing. So far no tears.

Jim
Wow. Ok.

Or some people have a strong background in epidemiology, public health, and infectious disease and are literally rendered speechless by this mindset.

You probably aren’t contagious. But you could be. In which case you would not be a drop in the bucket. You’d be the precipitating event that starts the tsunami that hits that town hard.

Enjoy your trip. Hopefully you get what you want out of it.
 

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BOO BOO BOO . I didn't really like your post. I get your point but we are all aware of covid. I'm certain Jim's interaction was fine.

Today we went to a nursing home and stood outside of the window of a covid infected family member. She really had her smile on as the kids were playing and the adults were chatting. We were doing the 6 foot or better distancing. The window was open about 6 inches so we could talk. She was about 6 ft from the window. She has some symptoms but isn't coughing or sneezing. Mostly just dying.

Before you post about our family gathering, we did consult a real doctor.

Bill
 
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I get your point
It is not my point, it is heathpack's point and politicians' point, which I strongly disagree with.

And if we are to return to something resembling an economy, we will have to STRONGLY disagree with the illusion presented by the epidemiologists. They are (theoretically) right but their theories and "models" deny the economic realities and the epidemiological realities of recurrent spikes.
 
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It is not my point, it is heathpack's point and politicians' point, which I strongly disagree with.

I really didn't see anything good with your quote out of context. Usually your posts are good but that one was a real stinker, imo.

Bill
 

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I am really confused by @CO skier ’s post.
 

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I can't figure how Heathpack's reply to CO_Skier got into this thread, but it's not important. FWIW, little Hayden and I maintained our spacing. He and his brothers and family are still home schooling. Yes, DW and I are extremely cognizent of our risk. We both are over 70 and have other heart, lung and immunocompromise issues. We know that we are a CV19 diagnosis from the grave. But we cannot, will not retreat from living.
 

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Sorry, unless you did contact tracing for Jim and the 5-year-old-neighbor-kid for 14 days, you have no idea the "interaction was fine."
Look. we maintained spacing. I know it's difficult, but we can't live in a bubble. We do our best. No hugging, no face-to-face. So please. don't take this personally, but chill.
 

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Look. we maintained spacing. I know it's difficult, but we can't live in a bubble. We do our best. No hugging, no face-to-face. So please. don't take this personally, but chill.
That has been my position from before MARCH 1 !!! and to this day. Let us get back to something resembling a "normal" economy. I am soooo Chill.
 

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My simple pleasure today was a rack of lamb purchased on sale at Aldi's.
I've prepared leg of lamb, but this was my first 'rack' -- turned out perfect and delicious. I will not report the one person who enjoyed it with me or the distance between our chairs.
 

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Why does a simple thread like this, like many others have to get hijacked and go in attack mode and go political? :shrug:

There are plenty of other thread to continue doing that In.

My simple pleasure would be to have a thread without any attacks or politically inclinations.
 
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I am really confused by @CO skier ’s post.
When we reach the peak of the ostensibly "flattened curve" and the "other side," we just reach the point where the economy was shut down with the governors' SAH orders.

A virtually dead economy with more than 95% of the population unexposed to Covid-19. In other words, 12-15 weeks of SIP orders that gets us to back to ground zero. Now what?

Face the same, ineffective shutdown of the economy, or face Covid-19 like the Swedes did weeks earlier?
 

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I'm done here. Goodbye!
 

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My simple pleasure today was a rack of lamb purchased on sale at Aldi's.
I've prepared leg of lamb, but this was my first 'rack' -- turned out perfect and delicious. I will not report the one person who enjoyed it with me or the distance between our chairs.
Aldi’s has a rack of Lamb, wow. This store is continuing to impress me. Never went there, but started buying from them recently with Instacart and their no name brands are always available, have been great quality and low priced. Wonder how they do it.
 

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My simple pleasure today was having an easter egg hunt with my grandchildren via facetime. We had a blast. I also enjoy seeing and hearing the kids across the street riding their bikes and having fun. I very much enjoyed and appreciated @Passepartout 's post. I would rather enjoy what I have than worry about what I cannot do right now.
 

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Thanks everyone for the positive comments. The joy in a kid's face lights up my life far more than any doom, gloom and negative commentary.
Glad you came back.

One of my favorite sayings seems appropriate now...
Keep your face always towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind.
 

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Passepartout, as you get older you missed the simple pleasures of life
having family dinners, mom cooking your special food dishes and that coconut cake, dad throwing that baseball, playing catch with you, neighbors talking to one another and yes enjoying seeing your son and your grandchildren smiling and having fun. Now I even missed my grandson playing Madden Football on his Play Station black box and pushing buttons on my MAC computer.. LOL.:ROFLMAO:

Also, your neighborhood sounds liked our just a bunch old retirees. LOL:wave::hi:
 
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My simple pleasure today was having an easter egg hunt with my grandchildren via facetime. We had a blast. I also enjoy seeing and hearing the kids across the street riding their bikes and having fun. I very much enjoyed and appreciated @Passepartout 's post. I would rather enjoy what I have than worry about what I cannot do right now.
Wow! You do not see many children riding bikes anymore. I am going and looked in my room over the garage. I have two (2) ten speeds bikes and fixed them up for the spring/summer. They will need new bike tires and some polishing up.

Now this is going to be a new project for the old man.
 

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:) My favorite simple pleasure is opening up a box of European chocolates or truffles, and savoring them , one by one 'til I've had my fill for the moment:). When I first open the package/box, my toes feel like they are curling from the lovely aroma of chocolate.....
 
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