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Another cozy evening chez Badger. I’m playing violent video games while Uncle B listens to early music. I’m blowing stuff up to the mellifluous strains of Vivaldi.

It’s all very Stanley Kubrick.

We’ve made it through another week of quarantine, y’all. Have a great weekend doing more of the same!


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 1, 2020, 8:28 pm

Low tech! Why don’t you get a nice Mech and save the Innersphere!

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: May 1, 2020, 11:33 pm

Yeah, well, when you start listening to music and Uncle B starts thinking about shooting things up, that’s when I’ll know that things have gone bad.

Comment from Syracuse1989
Time: May 2, 2020, 2:08 pm

We have personally decided to end our own lockdown. Had a few friends over last night and will be having dinner with other friends at their house this evening. One of our state’s major newspapers reported earlier this week that 75% of all new cases that week were in nursing homes. The state was forced by actual reporters who were dogged about the story to begin revealing that information on nursing homes rather than just lumping in those numbers with everything else. We’re done. We’re not in nursing homes and have no contact with them.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: May 2, 2020, 3:25 pm

We are still in lockdown and will remain so until May 15th. Hopefully.

But, even if the “Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)” is lifted, we will still be in a “General Community Quarantine (GCQ)”. Which means, because I am 60+ yo, I will still be forbidden from leaving my home.


And I’ve got a molar that is going bad, with a temporary filling that has fallen out, and there are no dentists and will not be any dentists for the foreseeable future.

Double Ugh.

I just hope, when the lockdowns are finally lifted, there is no resurgence of this damn bug.

I miss ice cream. And fresh bread. And … And …

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 2, 2020, 5:09 pm

“Quarantine” is when the liberty of sick people is restricted.
“Despotism” is when the liberty of healthy people is restricted.

My friends, we’re not looking at quarantine.

Comment from Pupster
Time: May 2, 2020, 7:19 pm

Hey Tim, where you be at?

Comment from Teej
Time: May 2, 2020, 10:27 pm

I accepted a voluntary lay off from my employer. We’ve been working from home since sometime in March, and California has no set date to reopen (and a power mad governor). Beginning to wonder how I’ll get into the office to get my stuff. Pretty sure I’ll never get to say goodbye to coworkers in person. Weird way to retire.
Course, better this way rather than find out they’re all glad to see the back of me.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: May 3, 2020, 12:30 am

My tyrant governor has extended lock down till at least the middle of May and just instituted a mandatory mask when you leave your house. Next week I’m quite certain that he will continue lockdown thru Memorial Day…can’t have the prols enjoy a few rays of sunshine on the beach.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 3, 2020, 12:58 am

@Armybrat – I sure hope the govt relaxes its control over all aspects of our lives by July 4 so we can celebrate the good fortune of living in a free country.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 3, 2020, 1:06 am

Idle thought: Isn’t it somewhat jarring to realize that the Dead Pool Round 129 is still open, and has been since the 7th of February, given that most of the picks are well over 60 years old and we’ve been told repeatedly how deadly dangerous the ChiCom Flu is for anybody in that age group?

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: May 3, 2020, 3:17 am

@Pupster – Metro Manila, Philippines (Taguig City, specifically). Which means President Duterte is calling the shots – and if you try to break any of the rules, he will “call the shots”. Being a foreigner living here, I just have to shut up and take the abuse, or else face deportation or worse.

Here’s the notice my wife received:


Special Announcement!

After the 15th of May, if the ECQ will not be extended anymore, we should all assume that a GCQ will be imposed on ALL of the regions affected by the COVID-19. Let us help Malacañang in informing people of the new normal we have to follow. Familiarize yourselves to avoid confusion.

General Community Quarantine (GCQ) Rules:

1. Selected workers in non-essential services are allowed to go to work.

● electronics
● exports
● manufacturing
● e-commerce
● delivery
● repair services
● maintenance
● housing

2. Half of employees work from home, 50 percent are working on site:

● Finance
● Business process outsourcing (BPO)
● Non-leisure trade and service

3. Will remain CLOSED:

● Schools
● Amusement centers
● Leisure facilities
● Gaming
● Tourism services

4. NOT permitted to leave the house:

● Children (0 to 20 years old)
● Elderly (60 years old and above)
● People with high-risk health issues

5. ONLY shops catering to NECESSITIES will be allowed to re-open in malls. Malls will limit entry of shoppers.

6. Airconditioning will be limited in malls. WIFI will not be provided. NO loittering allowed.

7. Priority construction projects can resume

8. Nonworkers are allowed to buy food and go out to avail of essential services

● Allowed will be people who are 21 to 59 years old.
● EXCEPT again: children, elderly, vulnerable people

9. Public transport can operate at reduced capacity.

10. Local government units shall ENFORCE CURFEW for nonworkers.

11. Airports and ports can only operate for the unhampered DELIVERY OF GOODS.

Plans of going out or reunions after May 15 are still not entirely possible. You are REQUIRED to bring an I.D. that specifies your AGE and ADDRESS wherever you go. Checkpoints will still be in place. You will still be questioned if you defy the rules.

We need to abide by the guidelines. Be aware that we are trying to avoid a second wave which is considered to be more damaging than the first.


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 3, 2020, 11:21 am

Panic Theater will continue – you WILL remain in your seats until the next fear act is prepared.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 3, 2020, 2:56 pm

Texas has started to open up, and I think it’s a good thing. When you look at the statistics, New York and New Jersey have 40 percent of U.S. cases between them. Here in Texas, yeah, we have it but as stated by Syracuse1989, it’s largely those in Nursing Homes, or with serious underlying conditions.

My current attitude can be summed up thus:

How long can we hide under the bed waiting for the monster to go away?

Comment from Pupster
Time: May 3, 2020, 4:22 pm

Here’s the notice my wife received:

Jesus. Sorry dude, I was going to swing by with a pizza and beer, but you are a bit more than a tank of gas away. I bet you never thought you’d need a fake id to buy beer again.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: May 3, 2020, 11:42 pm

@UncleAl…Boston has already canceled the 4th concert on the esplanade. So Memorial Day will be locked down, the 4th of July is cancelled. I’m sure the tyrants and fraidy cats will work to destroy fall- the only reason people tolerate the shitty winters in New England. I’m trying to hold my shit together until we abandon the tyranny in Aug. I’m struggling.

Comment from AliceH
Time: May 4, 2020, 2:33 am

Our State-wide stay at home order ends midnight tonight. Yay! Major cities will keep their own lock downs a while, which makes sense since they account for 80% of all cases, and nearly all the ones in the last week or two.

Not that it affects me much either way. I just prefer staying home and avoiding people by choice.

Comment from AliceH
Time: May 4, 2020, 2:37 am

Plus, I still haven’t been able to lay my hands on a mask. Three different orders outstanding for weeks now.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 4, 2020, 1:57 pm

@AliceH — You might try a homemade mask. You’ll likely do better than this lady.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 4, 2020, 7:00 pm

I just want to know what all the maskwearers and social distance folks are going to do come Flu Season in the fall.

Embrace the fraid, buy into the lies! It’s worse than the Black Plague! Only, uh, we stopped it by wearing masks they told us wouldn’t help! and standing a few feet away from one another, sort of.

Oh, and it’s looking like we were already dealing with it almost 3 months before we panicked.
“Science”! Computer Models! Experts!

Comment from AliceH
Time: May 4, 2020, 8:55 pm

LOL, Uncle Al.

I’ve tried 2 or 3 versions of no sew masks but the fabric I have is too heavy and the hair elastics I’ve been able to get (3 kinds) are too small. I planned to try cutting to size and hand sewing a prototype with bias tape instead of elastic as a backup, but I really want a recognizable usable mask for primary use.

Comment from Pupster
Time: May 5, 2020, 12:18 am

Hey Alice,

Mrs. Pupster has been making homemade masks out of materials on hand, shoot me an email pupstersez at g mail if you want one or two.


Sadly, all the Crown Royal ones are gone, but we could still fix you up.

Comment from BJM
Time: May 10, 2020, 1:32 am

@ Pupster…wowzer! Now THAT’s a mask!

@Alice, I found the pony tail hair ties very uncomfortable. Cut the elastic off some old panties, the elastic tops from knee high hosiery, or strips from an old tee shirt… cut an 1″ wide by 10″ long…stretch to form a 12-13″ tube and Bob’s your uncle! All three work great.

Here’s a link to a YT mask that is really easy to make by hand or sewing machine and looks & works like a proper mask.

I made a stack from old Yukata (lined Japanese sleeping kimonos in very soft fine cotton) The classic blue & white patterns make unique masks…not in Pupster’s league, but still pretty nifty.

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