Wednesday Motivational – Please Do Whatever You Can

theeWeeBabySeamus

theeWeeBabySeamus

An unapologetic, even if often manic-depressive (it’s a requirement given his choices of sports teams), fan of NC State University, the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles.When not parked in front of the computer and/or TV, can often be found on the golf course shouting obscenities to no one in particular.
theeWeeBabySeamus

We’re living in odd times right now.  This virus isn’t going to be the end of mankind.  I promise.  But it has changed just about everyone’s way of life.  At least for the time being.

Restrictions on social interactions.  Restrictions on travel.  Nearly every sporting event cancelled or postponed.

And school closings.

When this thing first kicked in I predicted it would hit both of the U.S. coasts.  I told several people that the Pacific Northwest would get hit first, but California would follow soon after.  New York was an easy prediction.  I also thought Atlanta would get hit hard but so far they either haven’t or they’re lying.  And then from there it would move in both directions toward middle America.  Then Chicago and Tejas would go down.

I was mostly right.  West Virginia was the last holdout.  Kinda surprised by that.  But they got it a coupla days ago.

But even as bad as it is, I am extremely pleased that it hasn’t gotten any worse than it has.  Illness and mortality wise that is.  There is still a lot unknown about how this could go.  But for now it’s much less worse than I thought.  At least so far.

However because of the hysteria which is still firmly in place, and apparently will be for at least weeks if not longer, there are social and economic aspects to deal with.  Cities shutting down.  Businesses closing which may never be able to recover.  People who have to figure out both how to make ends meet because of lost employment, while also figuring out child care options while they try to find new jobs.

Here in North Carolina they have closed the schools until at least May 15th.  That’s a big deal for a couple of reasons.

First, the child care issue I already mentioned.  But it’s more than just that.  A lot of these kids are from underprivileged families.  They live paycheck to paycheck, and even just barely that.  Their children get their food, their meals, at least breakfast and lunch, from assistance.  Meaning they don’t eat unless they go to school.

The choice of closing the schools may or may not be the right thing to do as far as the virus transmission is concerned.  We’ll see.  But to a hungry kid that distinction doesn’t matter.

Here, they have begun handing out “meal packs” no questions asked.  I personally have donated to the cause, both monetarily and non-perishables.  Dave and meself went to the store (which fortunately wasn’t yet cleaned out at that point) and drove them up ourselves.

If your area is doing the same thing, I challenge you to do the same if you’re able.

If you can help, please do.  It doesn’t take much.  Every little bit helps.

And I promise that if you do, you’ll feel pretty darned good about yourself.  And putting food in a hungry kid’s belly is never a bad thing.  It’s worth the effort.

And if YOU need help for whatever reason?  Be it medical or otherwise?  Don’t be too proud to ask someone.

The world can be a shitty place.  But there are a lot of good and decent people out there nonetheless.  Find them if you need to.  There’s no shame in that.

theeWeeBabySeamus
theeWeeBabySeamus
An unapologetic, even if often manic-depressive (it's a requirement given his choices of sports teams), fan of NC State University, the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles. When not parked in front of the computer and/or TV, can often be found on the golf course shouting obscenities to no one in particular.
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My job is providing benefits to people. I’m basically keeping households fed. And in return I have to be inconvenienced and don’t really feel at risk, especially with this entire state shut down. It does make the homeless more visible, which frustrates me about how this is a fucking fixable problem. Fuck. Anyway. I’m trying, bro.

Gumbygirl
Gumbygirl
Unsurprised
Unsurprised

And you want to give us UGA or the Braves? We’d prefer a team that doesn’t choke in the playoffs.

Damn

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

You don’t have to wear pants to give generously, either.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Viva La Tabula Raza
Viva La Tabula Raza

A scene from what is now a previous social era. Might as well tint it in sepiatone.

Gratliff

3 cases in my county with 200 tests pending. Cool cool cool.

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

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Horatio Cornblower

Day 10 of the quarantine and my wife has done her hair and make-up like Olivia Newton John and is dancing around the house to ‘Physical’.

The pets are terrified, daughter mortified.

Avenge my death.

SonOfSpam

Put on a dress and sing “Hopelessly Devoted to You” in a high-pitched breathy fashion.

That’ll learn her.

Dunstan
Dunstan

And yet, no pics posted?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

[porn theme starts playing]

The Maestro

Glad to see so many sensible folks here in this community. I live in a basement apartment with Lady Maestro, and the lack of natural light is gonna start getting to us in a couple weeks, I think. I’m just hoping that we’re still allowed out for walks and such in a few weeks from now. Things aren’t spectacular up here north of the 49th parallel, but they’re downright terrifying below. My heart goes out to each and every one of yinz.

rockingdog
rockingdog

Truth:
If you are staying home to save lives you ARE being productive.

SonOfSpam

Gonna get worse over the next few weeks. Hopefully ONLY a few weeks. Depends on people’s behavior, and the bloviating cumguzzler-in-chief ain’t helping. Sincere thanks to all healthcare pros and supply chain people. There are heroes among us, even moreso than I whilst social distancing.

Viva La Tabula Raza
Viva La Tabula Raza

I had my Navy ship’s ballcap on at the grocery the other day, young kid at the checkout said “Thank you for your service,” I told him I appreciated his current service a whole lot more, as what he was doing had a larger component of danger than anything I faced when on active duty.

Dunstan
Dunstan

I thought that, like Donald Trump, you Navy guys had to face the dangers of a wide variety of sexually transmitted infections.

SonOfSpam

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Viva La Tabula Raza
Viva La Tabula Raza

I’m too modest to bring that up, though I contemplated it (three doses in 2.5 years – 1 in Thailand [during my first liberty call, no less!] and 2 in the Philippines.
Actually, I did have the Druze Militia hurl some artillery at me on the beach in Lebanon once, I think 1983, but at 24 years of age that was more exciting than scary. This shit now is scary.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Thank you for your…. servicing.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

Then you gave him a hug, right?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

*Struggle hug

SonOfSpam

Is there another kind?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Viva La Tabula Raza
Viva La Tabula Raza

Nah, just an elbow tap. At 60, I’m at the lower end of the most vulnerable age range, and I do take this shit seriously.

BC Dick

SonOfSpam

can’t believe he ripped off Club Nouveau smdh

litre_cola

This was truly awful.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

and WEIRD.

Dunstan
Dunstan

Not to be a wet blanket, but Atlanta hospitals are reporting that their ICUs are swamped, so that prediction is coming true too.

nomonkeyfun

Thank you, tWBS.

Also, thanks Dave for surviving and helping out with the delivery. If you were an asshole like some BMWs I’ve known, you would have hit a pothole and ejected all of the food onto to the street.

If you are able to, please give money to your local soup kitchen or food program. They are under a lot of stress right now.

If you live in a locked down area, offer to volunteer, but don’t get upset if they put you on a wait list. There are a lot of good people who suddenly have extra time on their hands and want to help.

The place where I help out, is creating multiple teams of volunteers, so if the people currently there need to be quarantined, there is a team in place to take over. The pastor at the church hasn’t been there for the last two weeks. She is staying away, so she can lead the other teams of volunteers.

So please give what you can if you can. If you need help, please just show up and ask for it. People want to help for selfish and unselfish reasons.

Finally, a word about donations, in general. This is not to criticize what anybody has done or will do. These groups can usually get items at wholesale price or below. They also know what they need, whether for a soup kitchen or a food pantry program. Cash will let them get more or get exactly what is most urgent from week to week.

This below is from the Pastor where I help out, explaining exactly why they prefer cash to goods, generally.

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/12/nyregion/12bigcity.html

Gratliff

Some of the more efficient organizations can fill warehouses with what we spend on groceries a month. There’s just no way to match what they can do in bulk. Always give cash.

Don T

Parents do seem to enjoy lording largesse over ungrateful brood. Then again, kids are the worst.

Gratliff

A means-testing stimulus bill based off 2018 tax returns in the middle of massive layoffs and probably historic unemployment with a one-time payment. Gonna be a lot of people needing a lot of help here shortly.