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The Stoats of Science!




Stoats as a Unit of Measurement. Get your poster here. No, not my work.

A reminder:

American           British
Weasel              Stoat
Least Weasel        Weasel

First lambs today! I could hear them yesterday, but not see them, so I went in search of laa bam at dusk today. I couldn’t get close enough for photography, though — the mamas didn’t like the look of me at all.

The lockdown continues apace. It’s as quiet as Christmas morning out there. We’re doing fine, though we’ll run out of fresh milk soon. My spies tell me the shop in town has plenty of everything. May go for a field trip soon.

Welcome to Week Two of the Plague!








Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 30, 2020, 8:41 pm

Beware the zombie lambs of March.

We’re trying to keep our panic levels up!
But I’m not sure it’s working.
Clearly Dr Fausti needs to make another lambs flying out of his butt Scientific Wild Ass Guess about the numbers of zombies this thing will create.

For those not in the trade of totally making shit up as you go along – Scientific Wild Ass Guess is shorthanded to SWAG, very useful in programming and far superior to a plain old Wild Ass Guess (WAG).

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: March 30, 2020, 9:31 pm

Local Walmart has a special hour of shopping for seniors; 6am to 7am. Daylight isn’t until 7:30 am. Old geezers like me shouldn’t be driving during hours of darkness.

I have enough anxiety about going to Walmart that I don’t need to worry about driving under poor visibility conditions. And the geniuses who design roadways put a round-about right at the entrance to Walmart, replacing a traffic light. Now it is almost impossible to exit the Walmart parking lot because the traffic doesn’t ever stop; it is now a continuous flow. And they have rearranged the product placement on the shelves so much over the last year that I can never find what I want. Might have to shop elsewhere even though everything elsewhere is 15% more expensive.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 31, 2020, 12:55 am

Wha? No weasel cuteness factor? That would be an 11 fer sure.

@Durned…didn’t ya love the way Trump handed Acosta his ass…again. I was very impressed with today’s presser. American business is amazing when push comes to shove. Sew 50,000 masks a day? We have the cotton, why not? sez Mike. 3D Print face shields? Sure says GM, how many ya need? Set up a hospital in 2.5 days? Seabees:”Hold our beer”. We’ve forgotten what ingenuity and strength we possess, a prosperous, easier life made us (looking at you Brits too) soft and whiny. Nobody pulls together and kicks ass better than our two peoples.

@Skandia Yeah, who’s the genius that decided seniors should shop at 6 AM? I get that they are letting us have first go at the restocked shelves and theoretically a less crowded safer environment, but I ain’t rising at the butt crack of dawn and driving country roads in the dark for groceries…maybe if Amazon runs out of chocolate…maybe.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 31, 2020, 1:16 am

I went out shopping today; at 8 a.m. I am kind of ashamed to admit that a WholeFoods is our closest grocery but that’s life in the suburbs of Dallas. It was interesting. Even WholeFoods had some pretty empty shelves. They had limits on the amount of things you could buy on some surprising (to me) things – potatoes, and onions, and salmon for example. Milk and egg limits didn’t surprise me. They had a reasonable stock of both but not the usual huge variety. Almost no prepackaged bread. Bakery was slightly limited. All the bulk bins were removed. I happened to see the Produce Manager and asked how the supply chain was holding up… not so great was his reply and “we don’t know what we can’t get till it doesn’t show up”.

I said, “Thank you for being here”, and he actually seemed to appreciate it, so I went out of my way to say that to every person working there that I encountered. Everyone seemed to appreciate it. There was somehow an unspoken feeling that they were putting themselves (somewhat) at risk and yet doing what they felt was a duty to society. I was kind of proud of them.

The America we like to complain has vanished, hasn’t vanished at all… it’s just quietly doing it duty….

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 31, 2020, 1:29 am

3,500 stoats per bison. I will remember that handy conversion for the rest of my life!

@DurnedYankee – As for those panic-mongers, I’d like to find a way to start a rumor amongst them that you shouldn’t use hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes on your face, but that applying duct tape and leaving it on for an hour or two, then removing it with a sharp pull will remove 100% of viruses and bacteria. (I’ll leave out the part about it working by removing the top layer or two of your skin.)

Sorry about that. I’ve been in a dark humo(u)r mood all day. |-: At least I’m not offering anybody infected to cough on them for money.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: March 31, 2020, 1:33 am

We’re approaching week 3 of everything is shut down, the husband is unemployed and we’ve cancelled vacation plans for this summer because husband no longer has any vacation. But I did discover that the packies in Boston are still open because they were afraid of riots if they were shut down like my hairdresser and nail salon were. Massachusetts is about to discover real ugly times if hair and nail salons are not allowed to re-open soon!!! And I’ll probably leading the mob!!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 31, 2020, 2:32 am

@Uncle Badger – I just bumped into this YT video this evening and for obvious reasons instantly thought of you and Mme. Ermine in your Stoatly Wayne Manor. It’s BBC so you have quite possibly seen it, but others here may not have.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: March 31, 2020, 10:59 am

Some Veg – yeah I’ve noticed the problem now isn’t not enough time to stock the shelves between mad rushes. The problem appears to be not enough stock. Mrs D works in supply chain, I should see if her bosses have any insight.

BJM – Acosta – I see him sitting there slouched asking a long and stupid question and I’m glad Trump nailed his sorry butt. He’s calling it like many of us see it. These privileged media handwringers….grrrrrrrrrrr

Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: March 31, 2020, 11:35 am

Nice to see the family. Bob and Dot are looking well, a little thin maybe.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 2, 2020, 3:24 pm

We all need to get our inner badgers under control occasionally, do we not?

Comment from drew458
Time: April 3, 2020, 12:45 am

One nice thing about early senior hours is that the kids working then don’t proof anyone with gray hair. So I can sneak in, even though I’m a couple years too young. Kind of like going to bars when I was 16, but nowhere near as much fun.

One bad thing about it is that you can’t go to the Cracker Barrel next door for the early bird old guys breakfast. Getting a major dose of coffee, carbs, and grease is much less fun when you have to eat it in the car.

I wore my mask in public for the first time today. 30 seconds in and out of the store. My glasses steamed up instantly, and I almost lost my hearing aides when I took it off later.

The Confirmed count in my county has passed 130 of our 125K population, 0.1%, out here on the rural NJ edge of the NY Metro area. If I go shopping tomorrow, I’ll really stock up, because when the real wave hits we’re not leaving the house. Period. And the wave is coming. Crivens. Better get extra cat food.

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