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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Simon in Coronavirus   
    I have my own opinions on the subject, but out of respect for Simon's admonitions I will, for once, keep them to myself.
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from tkdguy in Coronavirus   
    'Excuse me, which way to the nearest bank?"
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Lawnmower Boy in Do you use CBR?   
    Someone offered me CBR, but I refused. My building and my health insurance don't allow me to use it. Pity -- it's supposed to be really good for muscle pain if you can live with the brightly-colored Bohemian monkeys constantly borrowing your computer so they can get back to work on War and Peace (I keep trying  to tell them that's plagiarism, but I just can't get through to them).
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from clnicholsusa in Do you use CBR?   
    Someone offered me CBR, but I refused. My building and my health insurance don't allow me to use it. Pity -- it's supposed to be really good for muscle pain if you can live with the brightly-colored Bohemian monkeys constantly borrowing your computer so they can get back to work on War and Peace (I keep trying  to tell them that's plagiarism, but I just can't get through to them).
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from aylwin13 in Do you use CBR?   
    Someone offered me CBR, but I refused. My building and my health insurance don't allow me to use it. Pity -- it's supposed to be really good for muscle pain if you can live with the brightly-colored Bohemian monkeys constantly borrowing your computer so they can get back to work on War and Peace (I keep trying  to tell them that's plagiarism, but I just can't get through to them).
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Trencher in Do you use CBR?   
    Someone offered me CBR, but I refused. My building and my health insurance don't allow me to use it. Pity -- it's supposed to be really good for muscle pain if you can live with the brightly-colored Bohemian monkeys constantly borrowing your computer so they can get back to work on War and Peace (I keep trying  to tell them that's plagiarism, but I just can't get through to them).
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    Michael Hopcroft reacted to Simon in Coronavirus   
    Sadly, not much good to update:  she's been moved to hospice.
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Pariah in Coronavirus   
    "The Crystals speak to me!"
    "And what are they saying?"
    "Buy more Crystals."
     
     
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Lord Liaden in Coronavirus   
    Which is the worst thing we can possibly do. Take it from someone who has a great deal of trouble finding hope: it's going to be difficult, but we have to try.
     
    I'm not going to say "or we let Covid win" because Covid has no consciousness. It's a virus, something that we know about. It will take a while before we get the vaccine, but in spite of the obstacles the greatest minds on the planet are working on that Grail. That in itself is cause for hope. Our way of life will change, but it has changed before. It wasn't that long ago that cigarettes were health necessities , people drank cocktails on their lunch hour, and corporate head offices and boardrooms came equipped with a wet bar. It wasn't that long ago we locked up as many mentally ill as we could find, not out of concern for their welfare but because we didn't want to have to see them anymore.
     
    Positive change is possible. I would like to think that some degree of positive change is inevitable. It never happens by itself, and sometimes it takes terrors and tragedies to make us take a hard look at them and think "This might be a good idea after all" or "Seriously? How long did we let this go on unchallenged?" And it does not come without cost -- a lot of people have died from this disease, and there will be many more before this has run its course -- we are only in the first wave. But there will be an end.
     
    There will be things we will miss, but also things we didn't know we would ever want.
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Pariah in Coronavirus   
    Which is the worst thing we can possibly do. Take it from someone who has a great deal of trouble finding hope: it's going to be difficult, but we have to try.
     
    I'm not going to say "or we let Covid win" because Covid has no consciousness. It's a virus, something that we know about. It will take a while before we get the vaccine, but in spite of the obstacles the greatest minds on the planet are working on that Grail. That in itself is cause for hope. Our way of life will change, but it has changed before. It wasn't that long ago that cigarettes were health necessities , people drank cocktails on their lunch hour, and corporate head offices and boardrooms came equipped with a wet bar. It wasn't that long ago we locked up as many mentally ill as we could find, not out of concern for their welfare but because we didn't want to have to see them anymore.
     
    Positive change is possible. I would like to think that some degree of positive change is inevitable. It never happens by itself, and sometimes it takes terrors and tragedies to make us take a hard look at them and think "This might be a good idea after all" or "Seriously? How long did we let this go on unchallenged?" And it does not come without cost -- a lot of people have died from this disease, and there will be many more before this has run its course -- we are only in the first wave. But there will be an end.
     
    There will be things we will miss, but also things we didn't know we would ever want.
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Pariah in So, your two statements... What are they/would they be?   
    Another idea to throw out is:
     
    1. Powers are flashy and exciting
    2. Super-fights in controlled conditions are a popular spectator sport that sometimes spills out into the main world
     
    Any major problems with these?
     
    I have about a week to settle on statements for my Roll20 game that my players are likely to agree to. I don't know if they would go for something like "60s Batman with real superpowers", but I know I would enjoy it. I have to find a statement set that I'm reasonable sure my players would want to play.
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Pariah in Implications of no free recovery   
    I would go further and simply say that END completely recovers between fights. I am assuming that after a fight anyone, including a superhero, takes some time to catch their breath, re-hydrate and/or eat when possible, and do whatever they normally do to get back up to speed physically.
     
    Think of it as the halftime break or post-game recovery of athletes who exert great energy during a match and at a certain point are send back to their locker rooms to rest, replenish their fluids (and some probably take the opportunity to take a bathroom break), and replenish their energy for the second half. After the game is over, they players get a chance to shower, change into street clothes, and so forth. Professional teams usually provide a post-game meal, because a player in a team sport expends a lot of energy. During a match, of course, players will take recoveries on the bench (or on the field in some sports) in most team sports quite frequently. And in their years playing the sport they will have learned how to manage their energy. Likewise, energy management is one of the first things an effective superhero learns. They may easily exhaust themselves in a fight but they are almost always ready for the next one.
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Duke Bushido in So, your two statements... What are they/would they be?   
    Another idea to throw out is:
     
    1. Powers are flashy and exciting
    2. Super-fights in controlled conditions are a popular spectator sport that sometimes spills out into the main world
     
    Any major problems with these?
     
    I have about a week to settle on statements for my Roll20 game that my players are likely to agree to. I don't know if they would go for something like "60s Batman with real superpowers", but I know I would enjoy it. I have to find a statement set that I'm reasonable sure my players would want to play.
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Pariah in In other news...   
    Anything that poses a threat to honey bees is a problem. We don't need to add any more hazards for our leading rural pollinators.
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Iuz the Evil in Coronavirus   
    I imagine either restaurant prices will have to soar to bring in enough to make payroll on reduced capacity, or restaurants that weren't interested in takeout and delivery before will be interested in it now.
     
    I miss going to a hole-in-the-wall pizzeria, putting down $4, and walking out with a floppy slice with a think layer of delectable cheese hot out of the reheat oven. And I'm going to miss walking to the bus stop while nibbling at it.
     
    I'm going to miss conventions. The one I bought a badge for recently is scheduled for November, which is right when the second wave is expected to crest. I can;t imagine crowding that many people in a medium-sized hotel for three days. I don't even know if that medium hotel will still be in business.
     
    I'm hoping these things aren't lost good, but I'm not optimistic about it.
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    Michael Hopcroft reacted to Iuz the Evil in Coronavirus   
    I walked down to the local hot dog eatery today, decent foot traffic in the place. Hot dog with kraut & mustard, and a Racer 5. Everything was very weird, plastic barriers and a laminated hot dog placard that said "clean me" to leave on my table after. Masks and gloves all around, and you can only take off your mask when eating. Everyone standing on floor markings, and they'd pulled half the tables out so social distancing was in full effect. Hand sanitizer required before completing your order. The workers were just happy to be at work again.
     
    Was a good hot dog. It reminded me of better times than this.
     
    I want this to be finished, I miss fear not being a constant element in every human interaction I see around me. This may be the most depressing thing I've ever witnessed, and I want to be able to hug my friends again. And go to parties, and hang out with folks listening to good music. To be able to travel, and not have to constantly track where my mask is before I go out. To be able to see my mom without worrying about her maybe getting sick accidentally. And none of that is going to happen any time soon. This disease is taking so much from us, and this is time we will never get back. The world is on pause, full of terror and danger, and it's appalling, for going on months now... with probably more than a year to go.
     
    God, this is awful. Tastes like despair.
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Pariah in Coronavirus   
    Clackamas County, just south of Portland, is scheduled to reopen tomorrow. Portlanders sometimes refer to it as "Clackistan" because of the conservative and unruly politics that seem to be popular there. (We just had our primary elections in Oregon. We won't know for sure how the county will decide until the general election in November.) Portlanders and residents of Eugene are much more liberal than the rest of the state, but the Portland metro area is so populous that it's tended to dominate state politics in the last two decades, mch to the frustration of the eastern, rural part of the state.
     
    But I digress.
     
    It may be a good sign that they have a favorable metric. That said, I don't think I want to go there to get a haircut just yet. No offense to anyone who makes their living cutting hair (it's not your fault there's a pandemic on) but I might not want to see a barber for a while if I can figure out how to do a self-inflicted buzz cut. My first two attempts were not too good.
     
    While there are many things I would love to, and probably will, do again, anything requiring close, personal contact will take some convincing. What I'm looking forward to is getting back to church, not because I've been a good boy (I haven't) but because there are a lot of people there I miss seeing.
     
     
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    Michael Hopcroft reacted to Logan.1179 in In other news...   
    Longtime Jazz coach Jerry Sloan dies at age 78, complications from Parkinson's 
     
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Dr. MID-Nite in A Thread for Random Movie Lines   
    (As the protagonist of The Time Machine heads into the future, never to return.)
     
    "There are three books missing."
    "Which ones?"
    "I don't know -- but which three books would you take?"
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Coronavirus   
    And I just had my first coronavirus nightmare. I received word that a family member had died and I had no0t been there for them. I hadn't even known. Nobody had told me.
     
    It was so startling that I did not sleep again the rest of the night. I am having some health issues today and am seeing a practitioner this afternoon. But when I get there, I'm going to put a couple of emergency contacts on my file so that doesn't happen to me, because the thought of dying silent, alone, and friendless breaks my heart.
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Armory in Coronavirus   
    I'm not sure anyone has the patience to wait that long. Or, in many cases, the ability. Everyone needs food, most people need shelter, and the bulk of us unlucky sods need clothing.. How do we meet those needs is a society significantly less productive than we were before the virus hit?
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Coronavirus   
    I suppose I've passed a milestone -- my first Coronoavirus nightmare. I was awakened by a dream in which I found out a family member had passed from it, without my being there or even knowing they were sick. Which is entirely in the realm of possible events.
     
    I did not get back to sleep, so if at some point today I mention fluorescent-orange four-winged penguins carrying four-inch-long dachshunds on their heads and playing the kazoo, you'll know why.
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    Michael Hopcroft got a reaction from Starlord in In other news...   
    Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash musical Hamilton will be streaming of Disney+ starting in July.
     
    The filmed version of one of the last stage performances of the phenomenon musical on the life of revolutionary and financial genius Alexander Hamilton (the "Ten-Dollar Founding Father") was originally slated for a 2021 theatrical release. But since the film is apparently ready now, Disney decided streaming it now was a good option.
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