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    Quote Originally Posted by Seshmeister View Post
    They could be hounds under those masks...
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    Rumblings about concerts being played at drive-in theaters (current and former) as people stay in their car. I heard this on a Canadian station and it was mentioned in Cuomo's daily Corona briefing...

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    That could work up to a point, I see that in Germany there is a culture of drive ins and people are doing it already for movies.

    The essential problem though is that for live music to work a lack of social distancing is precisely what it requires. Same goes for live comedy and dancing in a nightclub - anyone who has experienced any of these when they have not been busy (I certainly have from the stage ) knows there is a tipping point you need.
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    Closest drive in theater is about 20 miles away in Shelton. Haven't been there since the 1990s but from what I remember, I can't imagine live bands playing there at all. Though the casino down the road from there gets the occasional previously big name acts, so who knows... they might be willing to take their shows to the outdoor stage.
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    Really wish these guys were still on the radio....


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    Put your hands in the air like you don't care....

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    I'm really conflicted on this whole wearing masks business... as I understand the common science on this is the masks don't protect you at all from micro or aerosol droplets containing the virus, just large droplets. They "may" just reduce the amount on contagion an infected person might spew, plus reduce the range of dispersing it.

    At the grocery store about 98% of people are masked up... went to the Ace Hardware store today and less 20% were wearing masks. I was like to hell with it but my wife insisted I stay masked... SMH
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    Being we've been told to not touch our faces, if you're not wearing eye protection I think just a mask is useless.
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    I was actually shocked to see how many people were not wearing masks last time I was at the grocery store. At least they were all keeping their "social distance" from each other.

    As far as eye protection goes... I'm usually wearing sunglasses when I'm out running around. The would at least keep the airborne buggers from floating head on into my eyes, though I guess there's still the slight risk of them sneaking in from the sides. Oh well, it's not like I'm gonna put hand sanitzer or alcohol wipes in my eyes, so not much more I can do about that.

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    Most everyone here has a mask on, there is the occasional asshole but places like Target and Walmart are pretty strict. Local stores like Tops and Wegmans are rationaling meat and Target only allows 1 pkg. of toilet paper per customer...

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    I went to the store this morning. Had a bandana in my jacket pocket. Did not wear it.

    All these people crying about masks are the same people bringing all their fucking kids to the store and not watching them, they're clogging up the aisles. Again, it's probably selfish of me to say so, but I like to shop in the middle of the night while there is no one else in the store. I can get in and out with minimal interaction and in less time than I can now. But since people can't be trusted with toilet paper, I gotta go during the day with everyone else.

    People are driving worse, too. Like 7 MPH under the speed limit during the day when it's not raining or snowing. Fucking stay home if you're scared!

    I do not believe we are all in this together. I refuse to believe the media has our best intentions in mind. I am LOL at everyone who has been anti-government the last three years and now decides that the government is our savior.

    I'm not saying I am rushing out to go shopping or to the bar when things get going again. Most of the time I am somewhere during off hours when there aren't many people around, and plan on staying that way.

    Plain Dealer had an article about gyms and fitness centers re-opening. Or more like not re-opening, seems our governor is okay with the next health crises being diabetes and obesity. The comments on the article just amaze me. "OMG stay inside!" "You don't need to go to a gym!" "Buy some weights and exercise at home!" The article states:

    Yet, once gyms do reopen, they may face an uphill battle. A recent survey of 1,005 adults conducted by the Washington Post showed that 78 percent of Americans do not support the reopening of health clubs. The survey was conducted between April 28 and May 3.
    I'm convinced that 78% is obese and aren't going to the gym anyways.

    I did not lose 40 pounds just to have our 120 year old governor tell me I gotta sit inside and get fat again. Fuck that. I'm going outside.

    I've about fucking had it with this whole thing.
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    I'm waiting for a cycling trainer I ordered from Amazon. It sounds like we're closed for another month 'til the 6th at least..

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    I have my old mountain bike on the trainer downstairs. It's loud with the knobby tire but I have the PA system down there too


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    I got slicks on mine, I have a set of rollers, but those are fucking hardcore. Like you have to balance and even with no tension there's a fair amount of resistance, too old for that falling shit...

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    I had road tires on that bike for the longest time but when I got the Raleigh from my stepfather a couple years ago I went back to knobbies on the mountain bike.

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    Gyms and fitness centers is a tough one... keeping up your health/weight is a great thing. The challenge though is sanitizing the equipment and then there's groups of people with high respiratory activity all in an enclosed space huffin and puffin along... One asymptomatic person with a high contagion load has a heavy workout and the whole building gets a massive exposure.

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    I go to the gym at midnight and I'm the only one there. Cleaning crew might be in.

    It's usually empty between 11:30 pm and 3:30 am. Older guy shows up around 3 am to use the treadmill, then some other people filter in but by then I'm just about ready to leave.

    There are times I pull into the parking lot at the grocery store, see how crowded it is, and say "ugh" and leave. I get skeeved out on my own, I don't need the government to do it for me.

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    Friend of mine from the old 'hood is in Kuwait. She and her husband were long time military and are now contractors. They've had a 4 pm to 8 am curfew for around 75 days and she says they are now on full lockdown. Grocery shopping will be allowed once a week (maybe by appointment, I didn't see details on that) and they're allowed to walk in the neighborhood for two hours every evening.

    She says, "Unfortunately, Kuwait has found out a few things during this: 1. It isn’t safe to have 10 people living in a 1 bedroom apartment. And 2. Shouldn’t expect their people to follow self quarantine. Or curfews. Expats are pretty much following rules."

    Which makes me think of the Mexican population in my hometown...sometimes 15 living in a small house. Kind of surprised that the county health department only reports between 41 and 50 cases in our shared zip code.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twonabomber View Post
    I go to the gym at midnight and I'm the only one there. Cleaning crew might be in.

    It's usually empty between 11:30 pm and 3:30 am. Older guy shows up around 3 am to use the treadmill, then some other people filter in but by then I'm just about ready to leave.

    There are times I pull into the parking lot at the grocery store, see how crowded it is, and say "ugh" and leave. I get skeeved out on my own, I don't need the government to do it for me.
    You may not but a lot of do. In any case, any gym I've ever gone too sees a significant drop in summer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by twonabomber View Post
    I go to the gym at midnight and I'm the only one there. Cleaning crew might be in.

    It's usually empty between 11:30 pm and 3:30 am. Older guy shows up around 3 am to use the treadmill, then some other people filter in but by then I'm just about ready to leave.

    There are times I pull into the parking lot at the grocery store, see how crowded it is, and say "ugh" and leave. I get skeeved out on my own, I don't need the government to do it for me.
    You also don't need the government to tell you not to drive when you are drunk unfortunately we need the government to try and stop those that will in case they kill us.

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    Yeah, and the state does a shit job of protecting us from drunk drivers.

    I could go on...

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    Now the tattoo shops are arguing that if hair salons and barbers can open, they should be able to open. Governor says day cares can't open yet, a plan was to be announced yesterday but has been delayed.

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    Pretty close to the same here, with partial re-openings likely by early next week...

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    Some parts of NY that are more open and with lower population densities, are set to open Friday, May 15. The Finger-Lakes region, the Southern Tier, and Upstate. At least another two weeks for here I am guessing...

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    Last week we had state parks and barber/hair salons open. This week it's restaurants and large retail/malls with limited capacity. Next week pools...

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    Here - in Frogland -, mainly due to economical necessity, all businesses except restaurants have re-opened since last Monday.
    Primary schools are re-opening this week, and secondary schools will next week.
    The restart for high schools has been postponed to June... just before summer holidays.
    I won't describe everything in detail, but after a 2-month quarantine, a few steps forward feels good, though many people fear a resurgence of the virus, which would be dreadful and stupid, after all the effort put into keeping it from spreading.
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    My county is at zero active, confirmed cases and holding with all the surrounding counties the same or 1-2 known cases with no new positives in over a week or more.

    It's very encouraging but I find myself concerned that we still have no preventative vaccine, no definitive proven treatment strategy and just optimistic possibilities in the pipeline.

    The flatten the curve to buy us time has done so from a treatment perspective... but I just don't see people willing to accept the changes necessary to prevent another and potentially worse outbreak from popping back up.

    I support the hell out of anyone's right to make choices... but I've grown tired of assholes making their bold stands for freedom without any considerations for their own personal responsibilities in contributing to resolving the crisis surrounding them.

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    Starting to see supply chain disruptions from all this... my electric power washer died. Couldn't find a replacement locally. Ordered one on-line at Walmart... order sat in preparing shipment for 7 days, cancelled and ordered the same from Amazon which took 3 days to process but is in transit now.

    We also decided to buy a freezer after purchasing a half a beef from a local rancher... nobody has freezers in stock except $4000 commercial units. Ended up deciding to buy a new refrigerator instead and that took some searching and finally found an available one via Home Depot, but had to order it and it's shipping from Dallas and won't be here until 1st week in June. Thankfully the steer won't be ready to become dinner until mid July...

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    I can't even get my fucking indoor cycling trainer delivered, it's like someone at UPS shoved it up their ass or something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seshmeister View Post
    They could be hounds under those masks...
    Full on strip club reopens, we know where Nitrous has been :

    Pole dancing and hand sanitizer: Wyoming strip club reopens with 'masks on, clothes off' party
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    May 17, 2020, 1:42 PM EDT
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Cleo counts out crumpled dollars, straightening the bills as she stacks them neatly on her bare leg.

    “Twenty-two dollars,” the 23-year-old exclaims. “Not too bad!”

    All around her, more than a dozen nearly naked women are dancing on the stage and swinging from a brass pole as music thumps and customers shower the dancers with money. It's like any other night at this rural strip club on the Colorado-Wyoming border, with one notable exception: While the dancers are all wearing barely-there outfits, every one of them is wearing a mask.

    Some are bandannas. Some are surgical masks. One looks as if it was swiped from a construction site. They're a seemingly odd accessory for women wearing a mix of g-strings, bikinis and lingerie.

    Boston, a dancer at The Den strip club in Cheyenne, Wyoming, tries on a new mask during the club's reopening Friday night. The club hosted a "masks on, clothes off" party to celebrate.

    But this is the time of coronavirus, and following state rules, the women are wearing them as they feel out their first night back in business. For Cleo, that $22 is the first income she has earned in weeks. And she's ready to make more, even if it brings her far closer to customers than the state's 6-foot-social distancing guidelines.

    "I feel like my makeup is sweating off under this thing," she adds from behind her bandanna, then looks up as the music changes. "Oh, that's my song. Gotta go."

    Cleo, who didn't want her legal name used because of potential harassment, clambers up onto the stage and begins spinning around the pole, her 5-inch-high shoes banging together as she bends backward to rest both her feet and head on the floor to a scattering of cheers and whoops.

    Welcome to The Den, one of the first strip clubs in the country to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. To celebrate its grand reopening, the club threw a “masks on, clothes off" party Friday night.

    Dancers at The Den strip club in Cheyenne, Wyoming, pose for a photo in their masks during the club's reopening Friday night. The club hosted a "masks on, clothes off" party to celebrate.

    Because Wyoming has had so few coronavirus cases, state health officials on Friday allowed most businesses to reopen, including sit-down restaurants and bars, which is how The Den is licensed. Likely due to its large size and small population, Wyoming has had few coronavirus cases. Officials say they've confirmed just 541 cases, with another 175 listed as probable, and only seven deaths.

    “I’m super-excited. I’m a little nervous because the virus is still out there, but I’m glad to be able to go to work, because a lot of people can’t yet,” says dancer Doris Craig, 20, between performances. “The stimulus money was nice, but that’s going to run out, and I don’t like to feel like I’m dependent on the government.”

    While other bars and restaurants across the country are slowly reopening with strict distancing and safety protocols, establishments across Wyoming are taking a looser approach based largely on the widespread sentiment here that the coronavirus is mostly an urban illness affecting elderly people in nursing homes. At The Den, hand sanitizer is everywhere, but dancers are also touching patrons and exchanging cash, which can carry the virus.

    The Den owner Kim Chavez says she doesn't feel completely secure in reopening, but she felt she had no choice but to open alongside other bars in Cheyenne, some of which started serving at 9 a.m. The Den shut down just after Easter, and performers, who are all legally considered independent contractors, went without pay until they began working again Friday night. Several said they applied for unemployment, but most said they scraped by on savings and the generosity of friends and family. Federal stimulus programs, including the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program, specifically bar adult-oriented businesses and performers from applying for help.

    “We knew that once our doors closed, we were screwed until we could reopen,” Chavez said. “If I’d gotten the PPP I might not have opened today. This is a risk we’re taking.”

    Echo, a worker at The Den strip club in Cheyenne, Wyoming, watches performers onstage during the club's reopening Friday night. The club hosted a "masks on, clothes off" party to celebrate.

    As the crowd builds, Chavez walks the club’s rooms, restocking hand sanitizer and greeting longtime customers. She and her husband, a former police officer, have owned the club for 15 years, and they say they've worked hard to create a welcoming environment for dancers and patrons alike.

    For their part, the dancers said they missed the money – they can earn more than $1,000 on a good night – but also the sense of camaraderie they share. The Den has about 25 dancers on rotation.

    After running a thick stack of bills through a counting machine, Chavez squirts sanitizer onto her hands and looks over the crowd.

    “That was the hardest part about being shut: worrying about the girls,” Chavez said. “It was heartbreaking because you know every girl’s story.”

    It's a pattern repeated for thousands of performers across the country, said Elizabeth Thomas, president of the International Entertainment Adult Union. Thomas said stripping or dancing is a fallback way for many women to pay the bills when other jobs are scarce, so they were hit harder when those jobs vanished.

    More than 36.5 million Americans have applied for unemployment since the pandemic began and businesses across the country closed and laid off workers. The federal government doesn't specifically track the number of people working in the adult entertainment industry.

    Cleo, a dancer at The Den strip club in Cheyenne, Wyoming, works the pole while wearing a mask during the club's reopening Friday night. The club hosted a "masks on, clothes off" party to celebrate.

    In addition to the loss of income, Thomas said, many dancers she has talked to have desperately missed the attention they get when working. They are, after all, performers.

    "It's been very, very difficult. Most of us don't have anything else to fall back on," Thomas said. "You wonder why the food banks are so busy? There's no way for these girls to pay their rent."

    Several of The Den's dancers said they tried to earn money performing online, but that's a surprisingly hard niche to break into, Thomas said, because there's already so much free content, and because online performers who've spent years building their followings garner most of the views.

    "You're competing with millions of other girls," she said. "And it's harder to do – you have to talk, text and be a pretzel."

    As The Den's parking lot fills with pickups and SUVs, the mostly male crowd inside grows. Chavez says the crowd is a mix of regulars and unfamiliar faces. Oil and gas companies have large operations in the area, and many of the men look as if they've come in from the oilfields for the night.

    None of them are wearing masks, and they're clearly looking for a much smaller social distance than Americans have become accustomed to as dancers wrap their legs around them from the stage. Thomas, the union president, said she's worried that customers won't feel safe returning to clubs, although The Den was about as busy as usual for a Friday night, Chavez says.


    Cleo, a dancer at The Den strip club in Cheyenne, Wyoming, counts her tips after a performance while wearing a mask during the club's reopening Friday night. The club hosted a "masks on, clothes off" party to celebrate.
    Munching on a slice of freshly delivered Domino's pepperoni pizza, with her white bandanna temporarily hanging around her neck, dancer Breauna Grover says during a break that she's not worried about getting sick. At 24 years old, the self-described conspiracy theorist says she believes the virus poses little danger. Besides, she says, she missed the customers and dancers to whom she has became close over the past two years.

    "That's why it's so great: People have to pay attention to you because you're naked," she says with a laugh.

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    Western New York will begin limited, Phase-I reopening tomorrow, meaning "non-essential" retail can reopen but with curbside delivery, most manufacturing, construction, and wholsale trading can resume. Phase II is two weeks away with a general reopening of hair salons and such and in-store retail. Phase-III will be dine-in restaurant and pub service...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZahZoo View Post
    Starting to see supply chain disruptions from all this... my electric power washer died. Couldn't find a replacement locally. Ordered one on-line at Walmart... order sat in preparing shipment for 7 days, cancelled and ordered the same from Amazon which took 3 days to process but is in transit now.

    We also decided to buy a freezer after purchasing a half a beef from a local rancher... nobody has freezers in stock except $4000 commercial units. Ended up deciding to buy a new refrigerator instead and that took some searching and finally found an available one via Home Depot, but had to order it and it's shipping from Dallas and won't be here until 1st week in June. Thankfully the steer won't be ready to become dinner until mid July...
    Anything dealing with food storage or growing food is out of stock. Good luck buying a roto tiller right now. I got a few head of black angus down in Utah. They will be bringing them up here to graze them over the summer. You get a premium for free range beef.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZahZoo View Post
    My county is at zero active, confirmed cases and holding with all the surrounding counties the same or 1-2 known cases with no new positives in over a week or more.

    It's very encouraging but I find myself concerned that we still have no preventative vaccine, no definitive proven treatment strategy and just optimistic possibilities in the pipeline.

    The flatten the curve to buy us time has done so from a treatment perspective... but I just don't see people willing to accept the changes necessary to prevent another and potentially worse outbreak from popping back up.

    I support the hell out of anyone's right to make choices... but I've grown tired of assholes making their bold stands for freedom without any considerations for their own personal responsibilities in contributing to resolving the crisis surrounding them.
    You can’t keep people locked up. Especially when their livelihood is being ruined. If you are at high risk due to age or health issues you have to be extra careful but people with a healthy immune system should be able to keep things running taking precautions. COVID19 is not deadly. It’s the secondary infection that goes into pneumonia that is. If you get on a Z-Pack early enough it usually prevents the pneumonia from setting in. The thing is the whole thing became politicized and some people were out to make a lot of money. The whole thing became a pooch screw as a result.

    The reality is everyone is going to seek their own interest for good or bad in such a situation.

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    Pretty amazed at the crowds this Memorial weekend drew here in this tourist community... lots of out of state plates filled the parking lots around the lake. Tons of boats out... which we took advantage of too. It will be interesting to see if we have any measurable spikes in a week or two locally. We were at 0 active cases for about a week... then one new active positive a week ago and holding in our county.

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    I went down to the beach Sunday to catch the sunset. Pretty good crowd for that time of day.

    Our park system announced there will be no lifeguards, no concessions, and no kayak or paddle board rentals until they can find a way to do those things safely. They also said bring your own water, the fountains and showers may not be turned on. Bathrooms are open though.

    With the lake level high again this year there isn't a lot of beach between the water and the parking lot. Could fill up quick.

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    I think most stuff outside is pretty safe as long as you are sensible and avoid crowds.
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    With all the knotheads feeling couped up and wanting to get out... the challenge is avoiding crowds. Plus it appears a lot of people just don't have a grasp on the concept of social distancing... even when they mark the space on floors to give you a flippin clue...

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    In a fucked up way I kind of think it's encouraging. If this is how bad the virus is with all these idiots maybe it's not that impossible to avoid catching it. Routinely in bar restrooms before this kicked off I would put hand washing at way under 50% of guys.

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