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23 hours ago, Notes_Norton said:

Our 12 year once a week restaurant is advertising our return in October.

Well, at least they want you back again. <Sigh>

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On 5/10/2020 at 5:12 PM, DeepEnd said:

Well, at least they want you back again. <Sigh>

That's definitely a good sign. Hopefully by October we'll get the 'all clear'.

Normally at this restaurant, which is mostly outdoors, on a dock over a salt water lagoon we quit mid-May and return mid-October. It's the rainy season and the exact dates depend on the rain.

I'm looking forward to gigging again. An outdoor restaurant is ideal, as the germs will not be confined to a building.

Time will tell what the new normal will be, and we'll do our best to adapt no matter what that new normal is.

Notes

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We went to dinner at a place in a town about 30 miles away and my wife booked us a gig there for July. Ironically it was a place we were booked at last year but had to cancel because I was in the hospital with a urinary tract infection.

So now we have a gig in July, one in June and still have one for May 22nd if places open up. We're both very busy with other things so once a month is typically good for us, don't like more than twice.

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Still nothing until October. But May starts the slow season. Too bad if this COVID thing had to come, it couldn't have waited until our money season was over. Doesn't the virus know my world revolves around me? :D :D :D

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11 hours ago, ggm1960 said:

. . . So now we have a gig in July, one in June and still have one for May 22nd if places open up. We're both very busy with other things so once a month is typically good for us, don't like more than twice.

Best of luck but I wouldn't hold my breath for a May gig. June is iffy enough. My regular "gig" is Sunday mornings and I have no clue when worship will resume. I'm on staff for the local (St. Louis) science fiction convention, scheduled for the first weekend in October, and we're not sure there'll be a con at this point. ☹️

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14 hours ago, DeepEnd said:

Best of luck but I wouldn't hold my breath for a May gig. 

We're supposed to find out today if the governor has any plan to extend restrictions. There was never a "shelter in place" order here. It started as a two week shut down in mid March ostensibly to "flatten the curve" and keep hospitals from being overwhelmed. It then got extended through April. May 1st it was extended to certain counties that were identified as "hot spots", mine being one. Today we should know if that continues.

At the U of I Hospitals and Clinics yesterday they had 24 C-19 inpatients with total to date being 161.  

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23 hours ago, ggm1960 said:

We're supposed to find out today if the governor has any plan to extend restrictions. There was never a "shelter in place" order here. It started as a two week shut down in mid March ostensibly to "flatten the curve" and keep hospitals from being overwhelmed. It then got extended through April. May 1st it was extended to certain counties that were identified as "hot spots", mine being one. Today we should know if that continues.

At the U of I Hospitals and Clinics yesterday they had 24 C-19 inpatients with total to date being 161.  

I wish Michigan would go by each county rather than applying the shut down to the entire state.

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From a commerce perspective the shutdown, as it were, was not extended except for bars and casinos and albeit with some various restrictions (social distancing, half capacity, etc.).

The report I saw yesterday, one that goes out to U of I Hospital & Clinic employees, was that the number of inpatient C-19 cases was down to 22. The peak never reached 50 I'm told and the total number of cases to date still stood at 161. This is the largest employer in the state and a major trauma center for a state of over 3 million people so even if I used the overly conservative estimate of serving an area of 500,000 people the numbers just don't add up to the over reaction I've witnessed. That, of course, is my opinion to which I'm entitled based upon the numbers and perhaps explains why I've never felt any great concern.

Note that I don't set out to serve as a role model and, in fact, have likely often been considered a bad example. Everyone must operate within the confines of their own comfort zone.

Edited by ggm1960

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yes, but as you said, "a state of over 3 million people"...NYC and the Los Angeles 'metro' area have a populations six times that of your state.

You are fortunate to be where you are, and maybe yes, they over-reacted on the side of caution at the outset. But who knew? How would you have felt had they not 'erred on the side of caution'...and done nothing, only to have thousands of cases?

Nobody likes this, except the ones who were 'shut-ins' before...but I have to believe that despite the Administration's rush to re-open, the real experts are more in tune to the potential hazards. They may not happen, but the possibility of a second and third wave of the virus is enough to keep me wearing a mask at the store and happily barbecuing four times a week. My zipcode has the highest number of reported cases in our county, which does not make me comfortable AT ALL...I see too many people out and about with no masks...are they right?

I think they are suicidal!

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4 hours ago, daddymack said:

yes, but as you said, "a state of over 3 million people"...NYC and the Los Angeles 'metro' area have a populations six times that of your state.

You are fortunate to be where you are, and maybe yes, they over-reacted on the side of caution at the outset. But who knew? How would you have felt had they not 'erred on the side of caution'...and done nothing, only to have thousands of cases?

Nobody likes this, except the ones who were 'shut-ins' before...but I have to believe that despite the Administration's rush to re-open, the real experts are more in tune to the potential hazards. They may not happen, but the possibility of a second and third wave of the virus is enough to keep me wearing a mask at the store and happily barbecuing four times a week. My zipcode has the highest number of reported cases in our county, which does not make me comfortable AT ALL...I see too many people out and about with no masks...are they right?

I think they are suicidal!

I did make a point of mentioning that others are not particularly encouraged to follow my example. It's also not possible for others to instill feelings I just don't have into me. I could go on with the reasons but I would mostly be repeating things I've already written. Take the extreme example of a serial killer who stands stolid in the courtroom while the victims family members are allowed to express their anger and hurt towards him. I suspect a lot of the frustration they feel stems from the fact that they'll never be able to reach him on an emotional level.

I feel what might be a similar vibe coming from many people out there these days and the wedge it drives between people makes me sad.

I do live in a less dense population but we do not exist within a bubble here. My wife and I actually believe we may have had what's now known as covid-19 back when we traveled to the east coast for a few days at new years. It's the last time either of us has had any type of illness. In late February we traveled to Cancun Mexico for a week. I'm sure 1000's of others traveled to and from this area before things really began to shut down in mid-March. Back when I was in regular band rotation it was not uncommon for me to get bronchitis at least twice a season.

I'm not a big follower of media outlets and usually read the stories with skepicism and a questioning manner. I'll bet that for every doctor you can find that would tell you to wear a mask, I can find one that would tell you it's not much use or that it might even be unhealthy for you. This may not make sense to some but I often get a better takeaway from the headlines and stories I don't see. Right now Wisconsin is a great example where I'm awaiting to see more about what's happening there.

EDIT: I got carried away a little and, trying to get back on topic, wanted to mention that the May 22nd gig is canceled. We do have the June and July gigs still on though as they were both booked post apocalypse and both are in smaller towns outside our county.

Edited by ggm1960

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A short read on herd immunity from a guy at Johns Hopkins who can actually do the math
 

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/from-our-experts/early-herd-immunity-against-covid-19-a-dangerous-misconception

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