Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Entertaining During Self Isolation - a Brigid Hijacked Post

I know I haven't posted on here, with your good graces, in a long time, but I couldn't resist this.  Home Entertainment During Self Isolation. - Cheers, Brigid.

Double damn

I had mentioned that my Son-In-Law is on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, where there had been an outbreak of the Kung Flu.  It looks like things are spicy:
Theodore Roosevelt captain makes urgent plea for individual quarantine sites as COVID-19 cases multiply

The commanding officer of aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt is urging the Navy to step up its response to COVID-19 and secure individualized isolation for the ship’s crew as COVID-19 cases aboard the ship continue to multiply, according to a new report. 
“Sailors do not need to die,” Crozier wrote in the letter. “If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors.”

Crozier said the situation would be different in a time of conflict, because “in combat we are willing to take certain risks that are not acceptable in peacetime.” 
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas said that the Navy “doesn’t disagree” with Crozier, and noted that the Navy has been working to remove sailors from the Roosevelt for days. But limited space in Guam is created some challenges, he said. 
“The problem is that Guam doesn’t have enough beds right now, so we’re having to talk to the government there to see if we can get some hotel space, create some tent-type facilities there,” Modly said in an interview with CNN Tuesday.
SECNAV getting involved does not suggest that this is no big deal.  I'd think that a Navy ship at sea is a pretty good petri dish for the Red Chinese Virus.

Hat tip to The Queen Of The World, who has pretty sharp eyes for family stuff.

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So what happens when you shut down a country's economy?

Interesting things:
The ‘conservative’ Spanish newspaper/site abc.es. has a report about the food situation in Italy (in Spanish) which indicates the following, something our media seems to ignore, per my translation:  
‘Increasing woe in Italy due to the coronavirus: almost 3,000,000 people need food aid’ 
There’s a 10% uplift there, as the report gives a breakdown with more details. 
In Campania more than 530,000 people need food, almost 9% of the region’s population. More than 364,000 in Sicily, almost 283,000 in Calabria. Even Lazio has more than 263,000 people in need. One analysis says around 2,700,000 people need food aid. 
There is much discussion of raids on pharmacies and supermarkets, with police guarding them. 
And this is interesting:
And how long here before our food supply chains might disintegrate, when people have to laboriously shop 2 meters apart, queueing to get in, queueing to pay, as the capacity of the shops to serve customers is throttled, whether or not the products are limited or in short supply. Is there any modelling of how long this can go on, never mind if it should at all?
Here in Maryland there is a State-wide shelter in place order.  You can't go out except for urgent business, or you face a year in jail.  Can't wait until you need a reservation to shop at the supermarket.

Sky News Reports on Biden's Cognitive Decline

It would be funny if it wasn't sad. The Democratic Party has to know this is isn't viable. My bet is on Gov. Cuomo of New York taking it at the convention.

Monday, March 30, 2020

In My Front Yard

We live in town, but there is a river just a couple hundred yards away with a lot of undeveloped land on either side and a lot of the area has gone back to scrub. This barred owl showed up in a tree while I was working in the yard and I managed to get this shot just before dusk.

Coming To America

Italy is crumbling, the hospitals are overwhelmed, and violence and riots are coming.

We won't be far behind. Get your mind wrapped around the possibilities. Normality bias will slow your response to a rapidly deteriorating situation.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Disinfecting Your Groceries

Something most of us had not thought of. If the virus can live on surfaces for 3 or 4 days, how do you deal with the groceries when you bring them home?

Spread the word

Joe Diffie, Rest In Peace

Dead at 61 from Coronavirus.  I posted about him in the early days of this blog, on the topic of shuffling off the mortal coil.  I didn't expect to dust it off so soon, for someone taken from us far to young.  His music sure made me smile, and I hope that you've gone to Glory singing this.

Rest in peace, Joe, and thanks for all the great music.

(Originally posted 4 April 2009)

Joe Diffie - Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox

Matt G has a serious post about what he wants done after dies. The comments are serious as well, and well worth a read - the whole subject is one that a true adult should address
square on, without flinching.

Until JayG arrived:
I've got one word and one word only for after I shuffle off this mortal coil:

Both of my reader's will be shocked to discover that I have more than a little of this sort of sense of humor myself. Which leads us to today's Saturday Redneck.

Joe Diffie was something of a Country music sensation during the 1990s, with 2 platinum and 2 gold albums, with 5 songs reaching #1 on the US Country charts and 17 in the top 10. His specialty was songs with a sense of humor - sometimes called "novelty" songs - like his 1994 song Third Rock From The Sun.

But today we're interested in his album from the previous year, with a song that hit #5. Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die). I love this video, because it captures the 1990s so well - mullets, big hair, and Larry The Cable Guy style ("wife beater") shirts. It's also completely slapstick comedy.

Matt G, there's a serious discussion on the serious topic of passing on from this vale of tears. Unfortunately, it ain't here.

Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (sognwriters: Howard Perdew, Rick Blaylock, Kerry Kurt Phillips)
Well I ain't afraid of dyin', it's the thought of being dead
I wanna go on being me once my eulogy's been read
Don't spread my ashes out to sea, don't lay me down to rest
You can put my mind at ease if you fulfill my last request

Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die
Lord, I wanna go to heaven but I don't wanna go tonight
Fill my boots up with sand, put a stiff drink in my hand
Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die

Just let my headstone be a neon sign
Let it burn in mem'ry of all of my good times
Fix me up with a manequin, just remember I like blondes
I'll be the life of the party even when I'm dead and gone

Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die
Lord, I wanna go to heaven but I don't wanna go tonight
Fill my boots up with sand, put a stiff drink in my hand
Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die

Just make your next selection and while your still in line
You can pay you last respects one quarter at a time

Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die
Lord, I wanna go to heaven but I don't wanna go tonight
Fill my boots up with sand, put a stiff drink in my hand
Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die

Oh, prop me up beside the jukebox if I die

What the media is not reporting about the virus

38 year old Michigan Man says drug combo recommended by Donald Trump saved his life:
Santilli said he became seriously ill March 18 “with severe cardiac and respiratory issues” and was admitted to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in metro Detroit.

According to Gruber, “Santilli said the biggest problem was waiting for test results that took four days to come back. In the meantime his condition worsened by the hour, and he thought he was going to die.”

“Santilli says he was slowly drowning and was convinced he ‘would not live until midnight.’ That’s when doctors made a decision he says changed everything,” Gruber said.

The survivor said the drug combination began to work “within a few hours.”

Santilli credited Trump for his survival.

“Donald Trump recommending that medication combination saved my life and a lot of other people’s lives,” he told Gruber.

Santilli criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) for her recent threat against doctors and pharmacists, and believed it is a “terrible decision,” adding, “She is sentencing people to death.”
Confirmation today from a larger study in France, too.  If I get this damn thing (assuming I haven't already) then I don't care if the combo isn't "proven" - I'd want it.

Oh, and the Michigan Governor is a twit.  If this combo actually shows that it saves a lot of lives, I don't see how she gets re-elected.  Dumbass.

Oh, and it sure would be nice if the media would actually cover stories like this.  Eventually they will have to, if the drug combo turns out to be effective.  But this is why way more people trust Trump about the virus than trust the media.

Requiescat in Pace

I have been thinking for several days about this post. We are in the midst of an unprecedented event. Someone is dying of Covid19 every 9 minutes in New York alone. All of us have been affected.

These deaths aren't statistics. They are people. People that had lives, families, friends, and dreams. And people continue to die of other things every day as well. The gunblogging community has had some recent losses and now there's been another one.

Say Uncle's wife died suddenly from a heart attack. I don't even know Say Uncle's name. I'm just a reader. But he posted a family picture. They look like they were in their 40s, with three teen-aged children. In the middle of their lives. And now she is gone. There are no words of comfort that don't sound like meaningless barking. I know.

May you find peace and renewed life.

The Basilica of the Hagia Sophia as a musical instrument

The Hagia Sophia was for a thousand years the most famous church in Christendom.  Built by the Roman Emperor Justinian I in Constantinople, the church is unlike anything that came before, or since. When the Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453 and finally put an end to the Roman Empire, the Hagia Sophia became a mosque for a while.  Ataturk turned it into a museum in the 1920s.  You can visit it if you find yourself in Istanbul.

But there is to this day a ban on any musical performance there.  Since the Eastern Orthodox liturgy is sung, there has been no way to know what it sounded like back in Justinian's day.  Except now the science of acoustics and digital signal processing has brought this sound back to life after more than 500 years.

This is a very unusual edition of my Sunday Classical posts - the focus is less on the music than on the building.  The experience of the divine was captured in a unique way in the church, one that could not be experienced in the same way anywhere else in the world.  The architecture merged with and changed the sound in a way that was entirely sui generis; the rising (or setting) sun lit the interior in a way that was described as liquid gold.  While we cannot experience that today, we can get a feel for what it must have been like with the musical recreations of the group Cappella Romana, electronically enhanced to match the acoustics of the Hagia Sophia.

This is a very different experience from western church music, which we have seen here many times.  There is an outstanding (and long) discussion of this experience and how they recreated it at the podcast Byzantium and Friends.  It covers different aspects of the religious experience in that church - the sound, the decoration, the lighting, and how they all came together as much more than the sum of the parts.  I expect that Peter Grant, Lone Star Parson, Rev. Paul, and maybe Tim Wolter might want to listen to it despite the length (over 60 minutes).  Other people might want to click through that link which will lead them to a documentary about how the sound was recreated, which is included on the DVD of Cappella Romana's performance of Lost Voices Of The Hagia Sophia.  I expect that the DVD experience will far surpass MP3, because of the surround sound effect.

Hat tip to Peter Grant, who posted about this a couple weeks back; I ran across the podcast which adds a ton of depth to what he wrote about.  If you, like me, are a history nerd, then this is a great way to spend some time while you are isolating at home.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Queen Of The World explains things

TQOTW posted this on Facebook, and I thought I'd reproduce it here in full:
Warning - rant ahead!
One of the most isolated places people can be right now is jail, especially if no visitors are allowed in. So why are jails and prisons releasing prisoners due to the virus??? It’s happening all over.
Cities are refusing to arrest criminals due to the virus.
Suddenly places notorious for supporting more gun control laws are seeing gun and ammo sales go thru the roof.
Blaming it all on the virus that the media has blown out of proportion.
In the beginning the democrats wouldn’t listen to Trump. Later they blamed him.
It’s time to wake up!!!
Yes the virus is real, yes people die. But it is still no where near the numbers seen every year related to regular flu virus.
So why would the media and the liberals want to blow this up?
Think about it - the economy was going better than it has for many, many years. Jobs were brought back to America. Unemployment was way down. Women, blacks, and Latin Americans were supporting Trump. Crime is going down. There was no Russian collusion. There was no improper phone call with the Ukraine. Illegal immigration was waning.
And now we’re seeing democrats trying to take advantage of emergency aide efforts by tacking on all kinds of bills to support their everyday causes and thereby holding up whats needed now. Blackmail! Give us what we want or screw all the people that need help right now! Instead, if they have their way, people will need to first become desperate and then HAVE to rely on the causes they’re trying to tack on now. (Example: Unemployed, homeless, and hungry - I need planned parenthood because I can’t care for a baby now)
They tried scandals, they tried collusion, they tried Impeachment, they fought allowing illegals in, they pushed gun control. This is the only means left to reverse the economic growth, reverse the unemployment, reverse support for the president.
And it’s a misuse of power, a lack of concern for the people of this country, and a purely evil political agenda!
Think beyond the daily headlines, ask why there is so much conflicting data, have you heard of any prison deaths due to the virus, why wouldn’t every politician put aside their political agendas and differences and do all they can to help people and the issues related to this virus now, how and why can anyone blame the president for this - how can you blame AMYONE for this? They didn’t blame Obama and didn’t go this overboard - why?
Why hasn’t the CDC been held more responsible for their enormous blunders?
So many questions to be asked and they come to you if you think it thru instead of taking whatever the media throws out there as gospel.
Releasing criminals is where this rant started. Just one more attempt at reversing the winning we’ve been enjoying over the past 3 years.

I wonder if I have had - and recovered from - the Kung Flu

I had respiratory trouble - graduating to bronchitis and then pneumonia - last month.  It's actually been a long slow recovery over the last two months.  Given the reports that Kung Flu cases are underreported by a factor of ten, I am really wondering if I caught it and (mostly) recovered.

I guess the only way to tell is a test for the presence of antibodies and nobody is going to do that as I (mostly) feel better and am (mostly) asymptomatic.  This is a good example of what I've been talking about - the data are notoriously incomplete.

Thursday, March 26, 2020


My Son-In-Law, a Chief on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, is in quarantine.  One of the men on his crew tested positive for the Kung Flu, and so now he's in (sort of) isolation.  He feels fine, but I guess we'll know more in 7-14 days.  I hope it turns out like this:

Wonder what's happening in the People's Liberation Army Navy?

It Didn't Seem That Important

There are no good solutions

pessimal/pes im l/adj.[Latin-based antonym for optimal] Maximally bad. “This is a pessimal situation.” Also pessimize vt. To make as bad as possible. These words are the obvious Latin-based antonyms for optimal and optimize, but for some reason they do not appear in most English dictionaries, although ‘pessimize’ is listed in the OED.
Aesop writes about how everything seems to be going wrong about the response to the Kung Flu:
Pandemic suppression may indeed fail.

Probably because too little, too late, and kabuki theater screening at airports, when we should have shunted everyone into mandatory quarantine for 30 days before entry was allowed, starting in early- or mid-January.

If only the CDC hadn’t pooch-screwed the test kits so hard that the dog will never walk right again.
You're going to need a bigger blog post to list everything that the Fed.Gov, State(s).Gov, and Local.Gov are doing wrong, not to mention the Solons who run the Hospitals (and who are threatening to fire nurses who wear masks).

I would add to his list:
  • Failure to designate a single hospital in a city/region as the Kung Flu Medical Center, and isolating all patients (and a significant portion of the PPE) there.  At the very least this will slow the spread of the virus among medical workers and protect capacity for non-virus emergency care.
  • No centralized procurement of cloth masks (of course these are not as effective in preventing infection as disposable ones, but given the massive mask shortage a million cloth masks that can be washed in bleach daily isn't nothing.  Probably more important for general population and first responders, but not nothing.
  • No non-crappy models of Kung Flu disease spread.  Granted, all computer models are always wrong to a greater or lesser extent, but what we have right now makes the climate models look like Nostradamus.  Add in the terrible data being fed into the models and you are better off simply ignoring all model output.
  • The entire western world is being driven into a depression.  Millions are out of work, with more on the way.
  • The pain is falling disproportionately on the working poor.  Since a lot of these live in proximity to the Gimmedat community, their suffering will inflame anger in the group most likely to loot and riot.  I think we're two weeks away from the first big one, probably less than that.
  • The Fed.Gov is ramming through a $2T, 2000 page "bailout" law that is guaranteed to be larded with goodies for everyone other than the people who are most hurt by the shutdowns.  If 50% of this money does anything other than line the pockets of well-connected special interests it will be a miracle.  This by itself will do further damage to the economy, putting more people out of work or raising inflation (hurting the working poor).  Or both at the same time.
Quite frankly, I can't imagine how things could be worse.  Aesop's worst case scenario of a melt down in the medical community seems to be happening, and every government response I see looks like another toe gets shot off the Body Politick.


It may be that there just is no solution.  I wish I could be more optimistic, but I don't see anyone doing anything remotely sensible.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Is the Italian medical system infected?

The data out of Italy are really interesting.  The pattern of deaths there suggest that very old, very sick people catch the virus in the hospital.  In other words, the virus is simply the coup de grace for very sick elderly patients.  If this is the case, there are very strong implications for the US:
We have to, must, keep the virus out the medical system. 
  • We need to seriously quarantine the sufferers away from other sick people.
  • We need to set up testing facilities at all medical centers and test the medical personnel daily.
  • In areas with a number of COVID-19 infections, we need to set up separate field hospitals. There are a number of commercial versions of these that are expandable by adding modules, and are pathogen-tight, with airlocks at the doors, HEPA exhaust filters and negative air pressure maintained throughout. We know how to do this stuff, we’ve just got to do it.
  • We need to test in-hospital patients at the time of their arrival and continue to test them at intervals during their stay.
  • We’ll have to be very careful with visitors to patients in the hospitals
It’s a big job, and we absolutely have to do it.
Note that we should be doing all of this anyway, but The Powers That Be seem too busy threatening to fire nurses that wear N95 masks.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

So Nancy Pelosi waved the white flag

Ooooooh kaaaaaaaay:
House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Panderville) just announced she has dropped procedural blockage and will allow a vote on the Senate’s version of the COVID bill instead of holding the nation hostage by demanding what some commentators called “racial and gender pay equity provisions, diversity on corporate boards, increased use of minority-owned banks by federal offices, and a grab-bag of other diversity-themed requirements.”
So Congress was was working on a deal which presumably contained pork out the wazoo, and Nancy came in at the last minute saying "you have to eliminate the letter 'Q' from the alphabet or we won't pass EMERGENCY ZOMGVIRUSOMYGODWE'REGOINGTODIE!!!!!11!!!eleventy!!!!"

It looks like the GOP cunningly  agreed to her plan.  Oooooooh kaaaaaaay.

so now that the Senate has passed it, can we see what's in it?  Asking for a friend.
Senate (n)
A body of elderly gentlemen charged with high duties and misdemeanors.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Coronavirus flotsam and jetsam

Here is a bunch of stuff that doesn't really play together, but I've tossed into a sack for you.

Italy has had extremely high influenza deaths for a long time.  This study is of the 2013-2014 and 2016-2017 flu seasons in Italy.  They had a much higher mortality rate than in the US - fully 50% of our total deaths from a population about 20% as large.  Not precisely Coronavirus, but it sure seems related.  (Hat tip: Aaron)

The virus may have been here weeks - or maybe months - before it was identified as Coronavirus:
So to recap: The current coronavirus “curve” cannot be accurate since it does not include suspected cases of the illness before late February. (It’s unclear why scientists have not yet produced any models that attempt to calculate the virus’ presence here until testing was available.) A big increase in symptoms very similar to coronavirus occurred a few weeks after the first case was recorded, a timeline in accordance with the estimated trajectory of the illness’ spread. And roughly 70 percent of those expressing flu-like symptoms did not have the flu. So what was it?

It’s not unreasonable, in fact, it’s necessary and responsible, to consider that COVID-19 has been in the states since the first of the year; that people suffering similar symptoms to the flu actually had COVID-19; and that the peak of the outbreak occurred last month. The number of people now testing positive for the virus does not mean that the outbreak is accelerating because the data is incomplete.
I've been talking about the gaps in our data for a while now.  This certainly seems plausible; if so, then it might be good news for both speed of infection and lethality.  Or not.  I guess we'll see.

A lot of the reaction is making things worse.  Case in point: shutting down Universities:
In particular, it is clear that the mortality rates for people aged 18-25 from COVID-19 are trivial -- and would be even more trivial except that we don't measure most of the COVID-19 cases in this age group because they are so mild (this from the South Korean experience where they had more measurement and they found many asymptomatic cases in this age range). When in university, these students are gathered together in a pocket of other people in their same age range and also with minimal mortality risk.

By sending these kids home, you have created a massive diaspora of folks from one of the US viral hotspots (Boston) all over the country. Students that would have been living with other low-risk people are now living with parents and grandparents who are very much at risk. Add to this the anecdotal evidence I see on the news and social media of young folks of college age flaunting quarantine and social isolation rules, and I believe that Harvard and other institutions have increased risk rather than decreased it.
There's a whole lot of bureaucratic ass-covering on display here, most of it from people who consider themselves to be out "betters" (cf: Harvard and Yale).

Congress is an assembly of idiots (I think that the formal term for a gathering of morons is a "Congress of idiots".  Well, it should be.):
Sen. McConnell unveiled a roughly $1 trillion stimulus package on Thursday to help “mitigate the economic pain that tens of millions of Americans are already feeling”.

That trillion dollars won’t put the wheels back on. It won’t get us rolling again. It just pays us for the losses already suffered.

Do you ever think how many ventilators and hospitals and test kits and testing personnel we could buy for A TRILLION DOLLARS OF YOUR AND MY GAD FARKING TAX MONEY!!

Typical ventilator cost US$25,000, in normal times. Say you have to pay double in scarce times. Say we want a half million of them, big number, more than we’ll ever need, but why not? How much of our trillion pinche dollars of tax money remains?

Ninety-seven percent. We’ve bought a half million ventilators and have hardly dented the pile.
BTW, there's a daily update of Coronavirus statistics at that page.  Check back for the latest on what we know, which is starting to get better.  This is interesting:

Iceland has tested all 300,000 Icelanders, so they have the best (most complete) data, and they're only up to 0.2% of the population.  I expect the USA percentage to be much higher than shown (see first link at the top of this post), but there's still more that we don't know than we do.  The Surgeon General is warning us that this week will be ugly; liquor stores are classified as critical services so maybe he knows something that we don't ...

Local Sit Rep

Thank you to those who took the time share their reports. At some point anecdotes become data points. We'll do this again in a few days. Your sharing seems to me to be worth more for getting a feel for how things are around the country as any mainstream news reporting.

From the readers, a snapshot of America the week of 3/22/2020, in the early days of the COVID19 pandemic.


Blogger Jess said...
Southeast Texas is about the same, except the traffic is around 50% of the usual volume. Most people are looking for paper goods, but they can be found at local outlets for a Texas grocery chain. Supplies are limited, so customers are only allowed small amounts.
March 23, 2020 at 4:49 PM
Blogger Richard said...
Tried the senior shopping hour. Cluster. Too many people and they were limiting access so you had a crowd of old people standing in the rain and violating social distancing. Bailed and went to Wal-Mart which didn't have senior shopping today. Less crowded, decent but not great stock. No onions for some strange reason. Got my perishable stuff otherwise.
March 23, 2020 at 4:52 PM
Blogger Tim Wolter said...
Wisconsin. Spring has arrived and the birds sound a little happier with less traffic noise about. Bars and restaurants closed. Grocery and liquor stores well stocked. General mood is Resolute. Patience will last about two more weeks, after that, not sure.

March 23, 2020 at 4:56 PM
Blogger JustPeachy said...
Rural N. FL here. Hot. Sunny. Without the usual trips into town, I'm getting so much done at the house! Planted fig trees, doing a little gardening and yard cleanup. Neighbors have seized the opportunity and low-traffic quiet to buzz around our dirt-road neighborhood racing their souped-up go-karts.

No idea what it's like in town: haven't been there in nearly two weeks!

Unfortunately, Mr. Peachy works in the medical field, so we get exposed to all the bugs anyway-- we're self-isolating for everyone else's benefit, and have been passing around a nasty cold. The plague? Who knows? Only way we'll be going in and getting tested is if someone needs to be hospitalized.
March 23, 2020 at 5:06 PM
Blogger NITZAKHON said...
Southern NH.

Went to get OJ and a few other things but meandered around to check it out.

Pasta, rice, beans, paper goods, canned goods, soups, pasta & sauce - still more-or-less bare. Meats, low. Fruits and veggies at normal. Milk was well-stocked and they've made a good comeback on bread. Cleaning supplies were still essentially nil.
March 23, 2020 at 5:11 PM
Blogger Greybeard said...
No panic. But our son just started "ride-sharing" and the impact on his fares is dramatic... reduced by at least 60%.
No paper products on shelves. No ammo for the AR-15 I just bought.
And our flight back to the MidWest in a week is questionable.
March 23, 2020 at 5:16 PM
Blogger Comrade Misfit said...
SE CT: Flour and yeast are almost unobtainable. Some days, there was no meat in one store, another store would have some. Canned goods vary. Paper towels and TP are spotty.

Gasoline has dropped a lot. At some stations, it's headed towards two dollars a gallon.
March 23, 2020 at 5:33 PM
Blogger TommyG said...
North West Georgia restaurants are carry out only but are allowed to sell take out alcohol with food. Grocery stores still out of paper goods low on cleaners, meat , beans and flour. Local ammo reloaded was out of 223 and 45’s Saturday. They had 4 500 round boxes 9 mm 3 250 round cans of 308, 1 250 round can 300 blackout and a spam can of 7.62X39. The counter guy said they normally had between one hundred and one hundred fifty thousand round in stock. They sold their last AR last Thursday.
March 23, 2020 at 5:35 PM
Blogger Jerky Dave said...
Here in northern Michigan, nothing unusual. But we still have snow on the ground and folks don't get around too much anyways. Biggest difference is bars and churches are closed.
March 23, 2020 at 5:35 PM
Blogger Borepatch said...
Maryland, Home Depot. Open (Governor just closed all "non-essential" businesses; don't know if THD is essential or not).

I asked if they had any dry wall masks. The guy said that they get them in small deliveries, but somehow doctors and nurses happen to be there when they come in and buy the whole stock. That actually made me feel better.

Grocery store: no paper products, half the meat gone but a lot still there. Produce aisle looks normal. No butter or milk or juice.
March 23, 2020 at 5:47 PM
Blogger Beans said...
Gainesgrad, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Alachuacountystan, State of Florida.

Mostly things are back on the shelves, even some toilet paper. Bottled water is being limited, which sucks, because I normally buy 3 cases of water at Walmart and use it all month long.

Overall, Florida is looking better and better, except... We just got the countywide Lockdown Order, starting at midnight tonight, because the Univerisdad de Beijing, located in Gainesgrad, FL (otherwise known as the University of Florida) has a small but not insignificant population of Communist Chinese students who have either come back from Wuhan from winter break, or had relatives come here from Wuhan in front of the quarantine there. Yay open borders, ya rat bastiges.

And to top it off, a not-so-small (but utterly intellectually insignificant) number of regular students participated in Spring Break activities and went drunken-sexin-partying and... now we have supposedly adult students with Wuhan Communist China Corona Covid-19 Flu symptoms.

What is it about entitled leftist posterior orifices that makes their 'fun' so much more important than my safety, at the same time said posterior orifices are wanting to take my guns, my right to self-defense, my ability to drive a private vehicle and and and. They can partay and drink and drunk and mess around because it's their right to drink to excess while underage (which, nowhere in the Constitution I can find a right for) while my 2nd Amendment rights are already hosed and are being more hosed every day.

Other than that, gee, stay inside and hide from the world. Sounds like a normal day to me.

I just now have to make sure that when I go out amongst the great unwashed and intellectually challenged and socialist leftists (but I already said that by saying 'unwashed and intellectually challenged,') I make sure to take a shower and wash all over and rinse out my mouth and sinus passages with salt water.
March 23, 2020 at 5:55 PM
Blogger Goober said...
We don't have Coronavirus tests, so the news keeps saying that there are no confirmed cases here, but I've got multiple employees out with Dr recommended quarantine periods with illnesses that have very much COVID19 symptoms. It looks like there's likely hundreds of cases here, but since there's no tests available, no confirmations.

Supplies are easy to come by, we never had a panic buy here in North Idaho.
March 23, 2020 at 6:18 PM
Blogger Ed Bonderenka said...
Ypsilanti MI.
Went to the store Saturday.
No paper goods
No "shortages" of anything else.
I was only buying some fruits and vegetables and yogurt.
And chips. Must have chips.
The food shelves had some bald spots, but not East Germany yet.
I'm waiting on a call from work to see if I come back in tomorrow in response to Governess Whitmer's over reactive, unconstitutional "stay in place" order.
March 23, 2020 at 6:21 PM
Blogger drjim said...
Northern Colorado

I haven't been out much, but my wife informs me things are returning to normal. Stores are getting stocked again, and she hasn't seen any "bad behavior" by anybody in the markets. I went down to the little convenience store near here to grab a Reese's "Fast Break" candy bar and a bag of Chili-Cheese Fritos, and the owner said his business was about normal. We laughed about the Great Toilet Paper shortage, and then he looked around and asked me if I needed any! I'm a semi-regular customer there, and he said he was keeping some hidden in the back for "good customers" like me.

And the patriarch of the DIL's side of the family just had a new calf yesterday up at the ranch, so life goes on....
March 23, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Blogger Unknown said...
Michigan,lower peninsula, right in the middle of the mitten,but on Lake Michigan. I have been pleasantly surprised at the way that most people have been handling things. While some stores have been more cautious than others, with X taped in blue on the floor, and 6 feet between them, to separate people, most of them have not gotten that serious yet.
The people themselves have been showing nothing but kindness,generosity, and patience with each other and with the workers in the businesses that I have been in. It makes it really stand out if you happen across the odd one who is less than nice and positive with someone. But one runs across that type on occasion during normal times,so this is no different.
Supply chains seem to be holding up pretty well. The people have stopped meeting the stock people at the door with the carts of toilet paper, and taking it before it hits the shelves. The Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer,has announced today that at midnight tonight, the state will be under another step in our quarantine. This is meant to keep us home unless we simply must go out. The food stores,medical and other places determined to be needed for maintaining life and limb,sort of,will continue to remain open. Gas stations will be open,as will restaurants, with only take out or deliveries still being ok.
One interesting thing, we have a convenience store on our corner,a pretty big one, and they are only letting one person in at a time. They have a line outside the door, and let one person in,and wait until they leave, before letting the next one in. Like I said,some are taking this more seriously than others.

March 23, 2020 at 6:32 PM
Blogger libertyman said...
Southern NH here as well. Just got back from WalMart, some things in low stock, I didn't bother looking at paper goods, but got a few staples. (Inadvertent pun, I guess)

The dog likes "Frosty Paws" -- dog ice cream -- none was to be had. Are people hoarding dog treats now?

I might go to local Market Basket for "old people" hours tomorrow morning, as I have the credentials. They open at 05:30.

Our college has put academic courses on line, but we will still have labs, albeit with fewer students per lab. Snowing here just now, do online courses get snow days? Last week was spring break for us, so that was a help to get ready for this week.

Hanging in there, hoping this ends well, and soon.

March 23, 2020 at 6:37 PM
Blogger BobF said...
Central Florida, this morning:
Publix grocery, changed hours to 8-8; no refunds; special age 65+ only from 0700-0800 Tue & Wed. Plenty of meat, milk and other dairy, eggs, veggies, fruit, seafood. No water, TP, paper towels, alcohol, sanitizer of any type, VERY little pasta, rice, flour. Weird -- no Campbell's soup but plenty of Progresso. (?) So much beer shelves and coolers were full and it was stacked in the aisles. Frozen items probably 80% stocked.
Hospital physical therapy: therapist had not heard of governor's executive order that no non-essential/emergency procedures are to be performed. My dentist has closed the office; oral surgery cancelled.
Restaurants: Dining rooms closed by governor's edict. Take-out and delivery only.
Gun shops: Open. CCW approval system shut down; sneaky bastards.

If this shows anything it is why so many idiots have no hurricane prep.

NO theme parks (Disney, Universal, etc.) are open, so few tourists. Can't blame jackass driving on tourists now, can we? Left turn lane, accelerates across three travel lanes to his right and makes a right turn into CVS. Not unusual here, believe it or not. But a FL plate and not a rental.
March 23, 2020 at 6:43 PM
Blogger B said...
NW Indiana here, about 60 miles outside Chicago. Straight south of Lake Michigan.

Stores are pretty much stocked. Few shortages. TP and other products available. Meat, veg, etc all available in pretty good quantity, if not as much as before.

Home Depot/Menards/Lowes all open. No paper masks (I looked, but I don't need any, having stocked up before the ebola event that didn't happen).

Some other stores open, limited hours. Some clothing stores that have an online presence closed, Best Buy online only..no Geek Squad.

Restaurants are take out only, or delivery, and in the city they can deliver booze too. Likker stores open, but some stock getting low.

Gas stations/Convenience stores open. Oddly they are not selling their locally produced donuts and cookies, all other items available.

The governor has issued a "No Travel Unless You REALLY Need To" order, but it has no force of law until he declares an statewide emergency. Folks are pretty much staying home in my area. I did have to go to menards to get a fitting for my Hand Sanitizer experiment...

The other day my local meatmonger was out of their house brand thick cut bacon, so that is an issue...

Other than that, things are really not too bad. Traffic in town is about 1/2 of normal, at least for the time I was out.

March 23, 2020 at 6:57 PM
Blogger lee n. field said...
Rural NWIL. We have one case (as of today) in the county.

I'd call conditions "almost normal" at this point. Spotty shortages at the grocery stores I've been in. No one seems to be panicking.

Walmart seems normal when shopping there.

Gun shop (when I was by Saturday) was busy, but had good stock.

I will probably go back in to work tomorrow. My job (computer tech) is specifically singled out in our dear governor's decree, as necessary, and I do have some customers that I certainly would provide that level of care for (sheriff and county 911). Half the business is working from home.
March 23, 2020 at 7:16 PM
Blogger LL said...
Rural Northern Arizona - The regular grocery stores are stocked adequately. Big Box is doing even better with literal mountains of toilet paper.

There have been reports of hoarders arriving from California and emptying the shelves in other Arizona locations such as Kingman and Wickenburg, but we're a little too far removed from that.

Most people here have 10K+ rounds for each caliber that they shoot already so the demand has been steady and reasonable. Supply of illegal weapons, claymore mines, RPG-7's delivered by cartel types still remains steady even though the demand is constant. Availability of Ruchnaya Granata Oboronitel'naya, also delivered by drug cartels requires a wait time because demand is strong on the Rez., where they will be needed for fishing when the ice clears in the high country.
March 23, 2020 at 7:41 PM
Blogger LSP said...
N. Central TX -- Everyone walking around with a gun despite no shortage of goods on the shelves, we're prepared, but DFW metrosprawl a disaster.

Supermarkets limiting to 15 customers a time. Neiman Marcus shut, except for my sisters who have to "pull stock" bizarrely.

Highland Park Village shut. A DISASTER for 30k millionaires everywhere, and the real ones.

Baynets fixed.
March 23, 2020 at 8:15 PM
Blogger ProudHillbilly said...
Near Harpers Ferry, WV, which is a commuter area for D.C. Haven't been out for anything but a dog walk today. Yesterday I was in 2 grocery stores. Both were good on fruits and veges but meat and tp were, as they have been for days, stripped. Also no rice or beans, minimal soups. Pet food very thin. I keep wondering how certain shelves could be stripped so bare so soon after deliveries.

We are out every day on long walks but despite the largely good weather few people seem to be outdoors.
March 23, 2020 at 8:35 PM
Blogger Observer said...
Voldamart run today to replace defunct toaster oven and some fresh vegs.
Food: Lots of empty space on fresh meats but still plenty of meat; no fresh whole chicken. Lots of empty space on canned meats but plenty of canned meats, but little canned chicken or tuna. Normal fresh vegetables and fruit.
Outside of the grocery area store was virtually deserted.
Supplies: NO tp, few rolls paper towels, plenty of Kleenex, minimal detergents, No hand sanitizers.
Ammo: Very minimal 22LR, No 223, No 7.62x39, small amount 308. Plenty of common hunting ammo: 243, 6.5 Cred, 270, 280, 30-30, 30-06, 7mm mag, 300 win mag; even 45-70 and 338 Lapua.
March 23, 2020 at 8:43 PM
Blogger Differ said...
Suburban north Metro Atlanta. Stores have most of everything except TP; wife did a top-up shop this afternoon on rumors that gov Kemp was going to enact statewide lockdown; he didn't.
Drove 60 miles north to Resaca to hike on the Pinhoti trail Saturday afternoon. The folks we met were the usual cheerful and cordial hiker and dog walker types.
Lots of vehicles with Ontario tags northbound on I-75; heading home from Florida no doubt.
Working from home is odd, but at least I have a job. Brother-in-law and all three of his adult sons have been laid off from various businesses in TX.
Things may be from in a few more weeks.
March 23, 2020 at 9:15 PM
Blogger Rick C said...
Just outside Dallas, to the north. I went to Kroger yesterday and Walmart today. Typical crowds. A handful of people with masks. Half the store empty: nearly no meat (except steak and sausage), no bread, cereal, baking stuff, canned goods, frozen aisles nearly empty.

There's small signs at the register telling people to limit items (it doesn't say which) to one, but no enforcement.
March 23, 2020 at 9:16 PM
Blogger ambisinistral said...
Central Gulf coast of Florida. Went out today, less traffic than usual. Stores are pretty well stocked except for the bizarre toilet paper hoarding. People were all calm. Restaurants are all carry out or delivery. Entertainingly -- in the local strip mall a comic book/video game store was open, I guess they self-identify as a vital industry.

As an aside, a little over a month ago my son opened a food truck. It was going OK and he was about to hire a part time cashier for it. Well, that's all on hold now. Bad timing for him (and the poor coed who have got some spending money).
March 23, 2020 at 9:34 PM
Blogger Antibubba said...
Sacramento, California: It's a ghost town. Virtually no traffic, very few people on the street--even most of the homeless and shamblers have disappeared as indoor accommodations are found for them. The stores have gone back to regular-to-light shoppers. Availability of items vary--tonight my neighborhood grocery store had no eggs, prepared meat and cheese products, and juice. Fresh meat was available, which was unexpected. There were paper towels, but no TP. I was fairly well stocked beforehand, so I didn't panic buy, though I did pick up a package of toilet paper because I could.

Some restaurants are still open, carryout only. Food delivery services are very busy. My workplace is open but deserted. The owner does not want to close, but we're already down to no overtime. Given that I am exposed to customers and their cars I wear a mask and gloves (and put down a seat cover) when dealing with them. I'm not paranoid about getting Covid-19, but my wife is in home health care, and it'd kill me (and my wife) if something happened to them because I was careless. Most middle aged and older folks are maintaining a safe distance; younger ones are either clueless, or amused by precautions.
March 24, 2020 at 12:11 AM