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hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 14, 2020 08:50AM
I don't know much about how Dallas coped with the flu in 1918 other than generally about like the rest of the country. Perhaps others on here have some specifics on that. Was medical infrastructure improved as a result, for example? Did Dallas suffer more or less than other cities?

I remember the flu epidemic in the late fifties, and how many young people were ill. Seems that young people are mostly spared the worst of the illness in this case. However, schools are closed here in Washington to reduce spread. From what I read, children are not getting sick, but are infected and thus a source of infection to others.

Dave McNeely
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 16, 2020 01:39AM
Just used Walmart's Internet Order-Pickup at Store system and found many items limited and A LOT "OUT OF STOCK" even including cat food. March 16, 2020 at 1:07 a.m.

I use a Neighborhood Market Walmart that is usually open form 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. I just got an email informing me of reduced operating hours, but it failed to state the new hours. It also informed that the entire stocking team would work during closed hours at night and early morning to reduce direct contact, both for the employee and the customer.

I am on a very reduced calorie diet and even many of the frozen diet meals I usually purchase are shown to be "OUT OF STOCK".

Panic buying, I am told there is no toilet paper, paper towels and facial tissue to be found in and around Dallas. I also saw a posting there has been a large increase in ammunition sales, AMMUNITION, now really.


I am not completely useless, I can always be used as a bad example.
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 16, 2020 07:25AM
Well, the world seems to be in a panic mode. What will it take to restore sense? Who knows. The majority of public facilities here in Washington have been closed, schools, libraries, theaters, now all public gatherings of 50 or more have been shut, and yesterday we were told that all restaurants and bars are to close. The run on supplies seems surreal. And of course, the selloff on securities is self destructive, but here we are. Ammunition? Maybe some believe that they'll have to resort to shooting feral cats for food.

I am greatly concerned for those who depend on regular income from a job or gigs to make ends meet, when they do meet. My barber for example operates a one woman shop and I am sure that without the money coming in from customers, something will have to give in her life. I doubt that it includes a lot of extras to begin with.

Perhaps we have gotten a bit overboard on this?

Dave McNeely
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 24, 2020 10:58PM
Well, y'all have probably heard this by now, and I hesitate to bring up politics, but it's so vile that I'll try to report without cursing. It seems that our mumble-mumble Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick opines that it might be a great idea to let seniors die in order to save the economy. argungffssspft
Sure you mumble-mumble, and I think you should step in front of a train.FFS Grrrrrr!
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 25, 2020 07:49AM
Saw that. It seems clear that my earlier assessment of "Perhaps we have gone a little overboard ..... ." was ill advised. We are in a world of hurt so far as sickness and death, and we all need to listen to and heed the experts.

So far as the "let them die" sentiments of the Texas Looey Gov., well, fortunately your Gov has different ideas.

Dave McNeely
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 26, 2020 12:13AM
Dave

Well I started preparing in early Feb. Of course I got non-perishable food supplies and just had a feeling it would get really bad. So I also stocked up on TP, a 60oz bottle of hand sanitizer, a case of isopropyl alcohol, a box of surgical gloves, already had a box of 50 dust masks (better than nothing). I can use the alcohol for wiping down surfaces and/or for an alcohol stove. I have solar rechargeable camping lights, a couple of solar chargeable power banks to keep my portable devices charged.
I think I could protect myself for a couple of days if forced. So if I'm to be sacrificed, what is that saying? "I’ll give you my TP when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!" Actually, I was thinking of one less jocular. “Do not go gentle into that good night, / Old age should burn and rave at close of day; / Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” - Thomas Dylan

Stay Safe Dave,
Frank



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/26/2020 12:24AM by Frank.
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 26, 2020 09:49AM
Once the yoke settles in place, it’s hard to get out from under it.

Remember the Alamo.
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 28, 2020 11:22PM
Remember the Texas Revolution preserved slavery.
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 29, 2020 04:58PM
Frank Wrote:
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> Remember the Texas Revolution preserved slavery.


That's a lot of what the rebellion was about, despite the fact that the immigrants knew that slavery was illegal in Mexico when they accepted the grants and came. Of course, Santa Ana's government was despotic and was not providing a lot of government support for them that had been promised.

Dave McNeely
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 30, 2020 05:13AM
Dave

I have a huge problem with racism and slavery and the glorification of either.

BTW, been meaning to ask, there used to be a writer at the DMN with your name. I think he would be several years older than you but I have wondered before if that is you or possibly a relative?

Frank
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 30, 2020 07:06AM
Frank Wrote:
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> Dave
>
> I have a huge problem with racism and slavery and
> the glorification of either.
>
> BTW, been meaning to ask, there used to be a
> writer at the DMN with your name. I think he would
> be several years older than you but I have
> wondered before if that is you or possibly a
> relative?
>
> Frank

Hi Frank, Actually, he wrote for the Austin American Statesman (still does?) but was also published in a lot of other papers. He is supposed to be a distant cousin. However, I do not know him, nor do I know whether he in fact is a distant cousin. Just that someone in my family said that he was, and claimed to know the exact relationship. My father had 4 brothers, his father had seven, and ties just eroded over time.

Dave McNeely
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 30, 2020 07:14AM
I agree with you concerning racism and slavery. That extends to the apologists for the Civil War, which despite all claims to the contrary, was about slavery -- aka the "the preservation of a way of life," and "states rights." No state has the "right" to deny people their freedom, except in the context of criminal justice, nor to deny them their civil rights.

Dave McNeely
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 30, 2020 10:59AM
Probably worded that wrong, not 'at' the DMN but I think had a regular column. Also for Texas Monthly. I didn't I ever read his DMN column since DTH and DMN were mortal enemies and I couldn't let myself give them any succor.

Aren't you in Washington state? Has it gotten worse there? What shortages are you noticing most? I haven't been outside in about 3wks except for a twice weekly garbage run. Of all places, I have found that YouTube is a great resource for pandemic diy ideas. Since TP is scarce as hen's teeth, the best idea I've seen is to install a $30 bidet sprayer from Amazon.

Be safe Dave
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 30, 2020 11:58AM
Hi Frank, Yes, I am in Washington State, just outside of Spokane (40 miles from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 100 miles from Canada).

Things here in NE Washiington are about like in other rather isolated parts of the country. We've had a hundred or so cases of COVID-19, I think 4 have died, in our county (population about half a million). From what I've read, there has been some improvement in Seattle area, original hotspot for COVID-19. Of course, everything shut down here, like elsewhere.

Bonnie and I have stayed in, like you. I went to the post office Friday, and will again on Friday, as we get our mail via PO box because of criminals who steal mail from rural delivery boxes. We always have ample food and toiletry items because we buy in bulk, and because we have a big freezer, where we store our garden produce (I grow a 3/4 acre garden) plus fruit that we get from the pick your own farms that are abundant here. Eggs are seemingly unavailable from grocers here, but I always buy 6 dzn at a time from a neighbor. No TP or other personal supplies in grocers. Can't start outdoor planting yet, snow just off late last week (and we may get snow this week, per forecasts), but am getting plant starts underway under grow lights. Plenty to do. Working on my old VW Vanagon Campmobile (aka VW Bus), hoping to use it a lot this summer.

Will probably lose the deposit we put on a trip to Tanzania, because travel insurance doesn't cover travel not taken due to pandemics. But some folks are really hurting financially. Old retired folks like me, though we may take a hit, aren't going hungry or struggling to pay rent and so on. We benefited from the great success of financial good times when we were in our working years and also from living in a somewhat socialistic country. I for example was able to attend the almost free pubic universities in Texas to earn degrees that then provided my livelihood. Same for Bonnie. A lot of those things have been being taken away in recent years, so the young folks now don't have the same advantages.

Dave McNeely
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 31, 2020 11:11AM
Ben S. Wrote:
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> Once the yoke settles in place, it’s hard to get
> out from under it.
>

Definitely true, Ben. It took the Civil War to get African Americans out of slavery, the Civil Rights movement to establish in law that they share all the same rights as other Americans, and the fight goes on, decades later. We need to lift that yoke.

Dave McNeely
Re: hoping everyone is ok in these trying times
March 31, 2020 07:04PM
Even more deplorable, Black 'Men' were given some voting rights in1870, yet Women of ANY race could not vote 'til 50yrs later. Both are still often treated as third-class citizens in some places. My wife was a Women's Rights activist and she would be apoplectic that the ERA still has not been ratified.
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