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  2. Shannon, I'm glad you checked in. I was thinking about you in the nursing home the other day, so it is good to hear from you. On Friday, I took a long drive to be out of the house and see something different. Ended up at a very obscure historical marker way off the beaten path (had to go down a long dirt road then hike a quarter mile to get there). It was lovely to be outside, to not have anyone else around, but also sobering. Stopped at a grocery store on the way home. It was brisk business. They had people stationed outside wiping down the carts with cleaning solution before pushing the cart toward customer. The workers had gloves, I saw a couple of masks. There were exactly ZERO paper products and only a few cleaners, stuff like toilet gel, nothing else. However, I found hamburger which has been scarce, so I was happy. Weirdly, I could not find the spreadable butter (Land o' Lakes w/ Canola) that I like. Very little tub butter in fact. Got regular old sticks instead.
  3. Just went to the grocery store on Saturday, and it was fairly crowded, with all the employees wearing gloves and some of them wearing masks. Still a lot of items that are not in stock, and a lot of bare shelves everywhere . Some of it is hoarding, and some of it is simply because you need more groceries when everyone is home because of the lockdown. Most of the shoppers seemed to be keeping their distance, and I only saw one guy with a shopping cart that was totally filled with toilet paper. May you get a raging case of diarrhea and actually need all that. So sorry for everyone who is sick, the health workers who are trying to do their best, and all the people who have lost their jobs.
  4. Thanks, Shannon. It sounds like you've had a much rougher time than I have. Not being able to see your family when you've been so ill just sucks. (Hugs right back) Nixie, I'm so sorry about your friend. I hope she recovers soon. This virus is so awful and unpredictable.
  5. All I can say is everyone needs to be extra aware of their health. I found out yesterday someone I've known since kindergarten is hospitalized, sedated, and on a vent. She has Cororna and double pneumonia. She'll be 43 soon, if I remember right her birthday is around Mother's Day. She was being super careful, her son was born with a heart condition, and she used to be a nurse. So in theory, she should have been the last person the get sick. But from the sounds of it, the symptoms hit her really fast. She was just posting on Facebook last week and was perfectly fine as far as she knew.
  6. Oh goodness mockingbird, I hope you are better soon. I am in a nursing home in North Carolina and it is crazy here. I had pneumonia two weeks ago, most the people in my hall had it. They kept us in our rooms and they just let us out Tuesday to be shut back in the next day. The second someone has a fever they worry it’s the virus, it is scary. None of my family can visit. (Hug)
  7. Last week
  8. Basically, I'm treating it like I would treat the flu. Unfortunately, my headaches have been pretty severe, so she did have to prescribe something for that. I also asked her for something anticpating the worse cough I might get and she was good with that. Vagueness abounds in all the information about this virus. The symptoms are all over the place, and many are so non-specific you would have to be tested to know what's up. You might have a hangnail or you might have COVID. Good luck with that. The treatments are the same generic cold and flu treatments. Day six and I haven't gotten any worse. Fever is gone and I mostly just have some dizziness and weakness that's flu-like and the ever-present headache, of course. But today is the first day I didn't feel worse than the day before. I will lay around in bed watching crappy TV and sleep whenever. It would be a perfect time for BB.
  9. Let's be very careful about recommending medication to each other, please. HT is not a medical site and I doubt that most of us are medical professionals. Thanks!
  10. Mockingbird, can I ask what your doctor recommends for your symptoms? All I see on the news is "treat the symptoms" which is far to vague to be useful. The best tips I've found researching online so far are: https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/03/17/protect-yourself-from-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1UmxQYxfWKoEAEUGhOjebt_YEzSrSsfiLQuAnhLM48Q72LYtFNuveN5nM
  11. Ah. Well, hopefully you will remain symptom free for the two weeks. Keep us in the loop as to how it goes!
  12. It was my primary care, who strongly feels I should be tested. Unfortunately, the answer she got from the state was that the criteria is: She is prescribing me anything I might need now or if my symptoms worsen, but the testing criteria here is pretty strict.
  13. Was it your primary care that said you couldn't have a test? I would suggest you contact your county or state health department and tell them what you wrote here about being exposed, your symptoms and your underlying conditions.
  14. I am currently on day 5 of symptoms. So far, I'm doing ok. Low grade fever started today and I have a mild dry cough. Generally not bad (yet), except some killer headaches. I'm not eligible for a test, though, because I can't point to a specific documented case I was directly exposed to and I'm not hospitalized. This despite having a serious underlying condition. So Friday the 13th I went to a small dinner given by that chef I know who was a judge last season on Top Chef. He was cooking Portuguese food and had a Portuguese wine maker in town providing the wines and I WAS planning a trip to Portugal in the fall. There were only 4 tables in the whole room, far apart. The tables were rectangular and set up for 6 people each. I had the seat in the corner farthest away from people. They brought the Portuguese guy and some rep from a wine distributorship to our table, because 2 people had cancelled. The rep was a woman who sat next to me and told stories of her enormous wealth for 3 hours before finally saying she's sure she had the virus, but was recovered. I asked when she had it and she said "a couple of weeks." I couldn't get her to be any more specific than that. Then she almost got strangled by me by saying, "We're all healthy here." I also went grocery shopping - at the cesspool known as Walmart. I really can't say which of those things gave me the virus.
  15. My money is on Natalie. Not only is she in fabulous shape, she's been mostly quiet this season. I attribute this to her intestinal fortitude (aka BALLS). That being said, I do love my homie Boston Rob and would love to see him win.
  16. So glad Fisty is being safe, hope everybody else is staying safe thru this stupid pandemic. I retired last year after working from home for the past 10 years so used to being home. NYC and Washington State taking it worst but the news of the nursing home in NJ sounds horrible, Norman Ok has the same thing happening. So far I have not been sick and none of my family. I hope it clears up before BB starts this summer, such sad news about Canada, I was loving all their tweets. I know not many people watched CBB with Tamar Braxton but when she was sleeping and not getting caught she wore Full visor sun glasses, so I got me a pair from Amazon to be safe outside, ha! Everybody stay safe.
  17. Yeah me three. If it had been someone else there instead of Rob, I would guess Tyson might have found at least one more. Then he could have purchased some jelly to go with his peanut butter.
  18. I was sorry to see Sandra go, but not at all surprised. Like the Queen she is, she was all "Hike up a mountain for some rice? I don't THINK so!" and set sail back to some air conditioning and Applebee's. Long live the Queen! P.S. I hate Wendell but these dumbasses deserve to lose to him. (Except for maybe Sophie and Sarah; I do like them.) #TEAMDOUCHE
  19. By the end of this episode, Magpie declared herself to be on #TEAMDOUCHE. I am on #TEAMANYONEBUTDOUCHE. This is now enmity is born. Who the douche in question is becomes apparently on this episode. We actually start off on Jurassic Island in nightvision as Parvati describes her ouster to the rest of her fellow exiles. She calls herself lame for being voted out before the merge, but in the middle of her story, guess who joins them? The Queen herself, Sandra. Parvati cannot help being a little bit pleased about Sandra’s ouster. At first we don’t see Boston Rob’s reaction to it, but as the Queen describes how her booting came about, Rob gives a sly little satisfied smile at how Sandra managed to outsmart herself by being strategic rather than her tried and true “anyone but me” strategy. She knows this is how she blew it, allowing the fact that she liked Denise to color her emotions and change up her game play. And as the exiled players sit around the Reem Daly Memorial Fire, they describe to her how life goes on the island, including Tyson mentioning climbing up the mountain every day to get a cupful of rice. Sandra immediately starts looking around for the exit sign and telling them in no uncertain terms she will not be starving for twenty three days, only to lose in the challenge to get back in the game. Everyone and their puppy knows there is no way Sandra is winning a challenge. Not a physical one, not a puzzle one, not a fire making challenge, nothing. She will never make it back into the game and as her last act ever for Survivor, at least until she takes over Jeff Probst’s job in an unforeseen coup, she lights her torch and marches out to the Reem Daly Memorial Surrender Monkey Flagpole and taps out. Here’s to you, Sandra Diaz-Twine. You have given me a lot of hours of entertainment over the years, you have always and ever been yourself, forthright and direct, tough, no-nonsense, and amusingly brusque. Others may try to take your place in the annals of Survivor legend, but they will ever fall short, and you will still be there on the sidelines to remind them they are pale imitations of the true Queen. Sele, post tribal council. Yul is discomfited by Wendell’s behavior before the vote, specifically his stated willingness to vote how Parvati wanted him to vote. Being an adult, being an upright, Dudley Do-Right kind of guy, Yul pulls him aside and talks about what happened during tribal. Wendell states that this is how he treats his friends in real life as well, he is very upfront and honest with them about how he feels and what he believes and apparently he gives no fucks how they feel about it. This becomes self-evident as the show goes on, but we will get there. In the meantime, Yul greets the sunrise with a lot of doubt now about Wendell’s commitment to the alliance, and his integrity within the game. How about if we see how Wendell treats women overall, especially one he has previously knocked boots with, shall we? At the fire the next morning, Michele and Wendell talk with Yul in the background overhearing the conversation. Michele expresses how she believes the effect his actions and words will have on the others in the alliance, and she makes her point in a calm and non-accusatory way. Wendell immediately warps into a PAD: Passive Aggressive Dick, and expresses his thanks to her for “schooling” him on how he should speak at tribal council. Yul blanches at the way Wendell condescends to her, and I have a very hard time imagining Yul ever speaking to another person in such a way. It’s unnecessary and it is especially cruel as there is no need for Wendell to be that way with her, other than he can. It is a misuse of power. Yul talks with Michele later about the disrespectful way Wendell speaks to her, and how disappointed he is that Wendell is one way with him (respectful, adult) and another way with her (condescending, snide). They agree that Wendell is shady AF, and to my eyes he has zero respect for women in general. And what do we learn? That Michele tried to, as she put it, “repair some of the damage in our relationship” by giving him one of Parvati’s fire tokens. WHAT?? Those fire tokens were for you to use, not to try and get your ex-boyfriend to still like you. He is a user and a jerk and Parvati probably screamed at her TV when she saw that. I know I did, along with every sensible person watching this show. What a dumbass move. You give him valuable coin with nothing…NOTHING…in return. GAH! I’m done with Michele now. And by the end of the episode I’m doubly-done. The morning of Day 17 dawns over Jurassic Island, now minus one Queen. To recap in the recap, the Exiles are currently Natalie, Amber, Danni, Ethan, Rob, Parvati, Tyson. Because a big deal is made out of this later in the episode, it is notable that six out of the seven exiles are what is being referred to as “old school” Survivor players. I have been unclear about what the dividing line is between old school and new school and a quick Google search left me with more questions than when I started. So we are going with my personal definition which is, “Do I remember them winning?” If the answer is yes, then they are old school. Sorry, Sophie. Ethan is struggling with some depression issues and dark thoughts…well, as dark as Ethan gets. Parvati, though, talks him through it and includes insightful comments like “Fasting is really good for the body” (sure, just ask the Donner Party and a few Somalis circa 2011), and “Do you want to do some yoga?” Ethan says he will be okay, but I suspect he may not last too much longer and we will see another Reed Daly Memorial Surrender Flag hoisting before the season is over. Speaking of which, a box has been left for the exiles. In it are seven rolled up messages which say, “Scattered on top of the island are four fire tokens. Follow the trails to the natural ends, then the search begins. There is no limit as to how many fire tokens one player can find.” Boston Rob takes off, running up the hillside like a scampering rabbit. Tyson tells us that he saw Rob go, but figured that “as a portly chap” like Rob, Tyson would have no trouble passing him on the uphill part of the trail. He finds a fire token almost immediately and calls himself amazing. Oh, Tyson! He is one of those personalities that if you take him and what he says literally, you will find him insufferable and a lout. I just hear the self-deprecating laughter behind those statements. Try it my way, Tyson-haters. It is a lot more fun. Back to the fire token hunt. We know Tyson has one, because he shows everyone what it looks like. Everyone else is unable to find any tokens and once they all gather together again they all seem disappointed and sad. Natalie demands everyone “frisk” to prove they don’t have fire tokens and I wonder why you would ask that of Danni, because the girl is so slender she is barely there herself. There is a whole lot of fabric waving and pants dropping but no tokens other than Tyson’s are to be found. The consensus is that the other three were never going to be found. However….(insert dramatic music here)…Boston Rob, of course it is Boston Rob, has managed to find the other three tokens and hidden them in his jockstrap. We see film of him finding the tokens. He says with finding three out of four, if he were batting in the major league he would be batting .750 and I’m suddenly sad there is no opening day baseball today. Also the Houston Astros are cheaters and the Dodgers should retroactively be awarded the 2017 World Series trophy. Dakal beach. Tony runs like an idiot on the beach, much to the amusement of Jeremy, Kim, and New Queen Denise. Tony thinks Denise is a new target for his protection and he is highly focused on having a meat shield. He is so careless with his words, he even tells her that she is now in that role. Jeremy, though, feels Tony is still the biggest threat out there. Kim is concerned about having a plan moving forward when the inevitable merge comes, and she, Jeremy, and Denise commit to having a bond together once that happens. Yara beach. Turns out Adam is a whiny bitch. Oh, wait, we knew that already. He and Yosemite Ben have a little tiff because Ben keeps asking if Adam has the hidden immunity idol. I’m assuming Yosemite Ben is obsessing over this a bit because he has been unable to find the token. If only he looked in Sophie’s bag! Then he would find it! Meanwhile, Adam complains about the tone being used to interrogate him and Yosemite Ben immediately reframes his question/demand in a falsetto that would put Tiny Tim to blame. This whole segment is here to show us how Adam is acting like a teenager. He is mad that the rest of his tribe is only pretending to look for an idol to humor him when he is certain that either Sarah or Yosemite Ben has that idol. Just grow up, ya whiny brat. Immunity Challenge time! Probst is wearing a Behr Paint Rushing Stream shirt, for those keeping score at home. We are down to three teams of four, so no one has to utilize the Sandra Sit-out Memorial Bench. Probst also explains that two tribes will have immunity once again, leaving only one going to tribal council. The challenge is going to be a very physical one for the most part: a large VERY heavy shallow disc will have to be carried by all members to a water tower where they will have to fill the reservoir then carry the disc over some obstacles while spilling as little water as possible. Once they get the disc to the end of the course, they will pour the water in a bucket in an effort to drop a bag full of puzzle pieces, which will then be assembled on the disc. First two tribes to finish win immunity. Survivors ready? GO! There are two approaches: hare and turtle. While Sele and Dakal both hare the course, it is Yara being a turtle who manages to get their puzzle pieces first. They were slow and steady and barely lost any water. Sophie and Yosemite Ben begin work on the puzzle, followed by Dakal getting their pieces with Jeremy and Denise working on the puzzle. Sele is last and the second time watching this I noticed that Michele was carrying the puzzle bag but had momentarily gotten in the way of the guys moving the disc to the puzzle platform. Either Nick or Wendell can be heard saying, “Get out of the fucking way” though the last two words are not heard, we can only hear the beginning of it. Nothing passive about that, just an aggressive dick there. I went back a couple of times and I really am not certain which one said it, but I know for sure it was not Yul. Michelle and Wendell work on Yara’s puzzle, which….not Yul? Really? Or Nick? So Yara finishes first and has time for Yosemite Ben to stand at parade rest, watching the other two tribes like it is a tennis match. Sele is getting their puzzle done, but never, ever count out Denise on these things. She and Jeremy are in sync and as I stopped the playback for a minute to get some thoughts down, the screen is stopped on her, showing some amazing muscle definition. I think she might even put Jeremy to shame, girl is so fit! Wendell alerts Probst that they are almost done and Nick cautions him to concentrate on the puzzle. Wendell declares that he needed Jeff’s attention and yeah, dude. We can all see you need attention. And in one of my favorite moments of the season so far, Dakal finishes their puzzle a second before Sele does. Suck on that, Wendell. Post challenge on Sele beach. Yul is not happy that Wendell did focus completely on the challenge and feels that this momentary lapse could have been the difference between winning and losing the challenge, and he is not wrong. The long and short of it is between voting out Yul or Wendell. Nick seems to favor voting with Yul and booting Wendell, because it was his inattention on the puzzle that blew it for them, which is exactly what Yul just said. Wendell wants to vote out Yul and Michele just wants Wendell to put her digits back in his phone. Honestly, there were a number of cringe-tastic moments here. Wendell wants attention from Probst, but Michelle wants attention from Wendell. Unfortunately for us, as soon as Yul said Wendell was for sure going home, I knew it was going to be Yul. Michele says something to Yul about wanting her fire token back, so Yul tries to come up with some strategy to get them back. His plan is that telling Wendell he and Nick are voting out Michele, while in reality, they would vote out Wendell, with the idea being that Wendell would bequeath his fire tokens to Michelle. Yul also requests that he would like one of those fire tokens as “compensation” for having his name written down. Nick listens to this plan with a poker face, but he is not liking the, as he puts it, dark path Yul is headed down here. I think Yul’s mistake might have been bringing it up with Nick. He should have kept it strictly between himself and Michele. And even then, it is a crapshoot. There is no guarantee that Wendell would give his tokens to Michelle because you know perfectly well that Wendell will be a Bitter Betty at being voted out, something he has never experienced on Survivor. So far. Hey, I live in hope. Nick and Michele talk and they list the reasons for booting each of the other two, and agree that they will decide. Well, yeah. When the other two are gunning for each other then you two are the ones with the power. Nick asks Michele if she regrets dating Wendell and after some hemming and hawing, she says yes. Oh, honey. You are going to regret it even more when you see this show as it airs and Parvati texts you with WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?? over the fire token gift. Michele bemoans the years she spent thinking she didn’t deserve her win, which, yeah. Everyone was disappointed with your win and knows it was only due to the asshole jerk alpha males who were humiliated by a gay gardener with a thick accent and a big-brained nerd-girl. As Sele heads to tribal council, a song with actual words is played over them and I am having a really, really hard time getting ahold of songs with words in English on Survivor. This is very discomfiting. Make it stop. Tribal Council time. Probst is wearing a Behr Paint Aruba Blue shirt, for those keeping score at home, and I really want to paint my bathroom this color. The talk is the usual stuff about losing the challenge, then moves on to questions about pre-existing relationships. Yul diplomatically mentions that when you are on the beach for a short amount of time you have to spend a lot of that getting to know the other people, but if you already have that relationship, that work is already done and you don’t have to do the work. Michele acknowledges that she and Wendell do create a lot of tension, but that Wendell has made it very clear that he is there just for himself, which really isn’t so bad because other than Rob and Amber, they are all there just for themselves, but also that Wendell doesn’t care what happens to her in the future. While she is speaking, Wendell manages to smirk and smugly smile the entire time and otherwise ham it up. At a pause, he interrupts and says, “Let me correct you…” which Probst LOVES because it gives him an opportunity to pounce on Wendell’s language. Essentially Jeff is all, ooooooh he said he is going to correct you! How does that make you feel? At least Wendell is smart enough to know that was a stupid thing to say and changes it to, “Let me correct what I said or how you interpreted it.” Which is NOT ANY FUCKING BETTER, YOU BUFFOON! The thought of being quarantined with Wendell is right in line with my idea of hell, because that condescension in his words, his voice, his expressions, his mannerisms is all kinds of infuriating. I swear to heaven above I would vote for Reem Daly over this jackass. He says to Michele, “I care for you and your future.” No one believes this. GAH! Let’s just get to the vote. Probst goes to tally the votes. No idols were used and I don’t think anyone on this tribe actually has a hidden immunity idol, do they? Probst reads the votes and breaks my heart. Yul. Wendell. Yul Hyung. Yul. Sigh. Of course he takes it like the adult he is and wishes them luck. At the token boxes, he divides his two tokens between Sarah and Sophie. I wasn’t sure why that was until I checked my previous notes and saw that of the original Dakal tribe that Yul started on, Sophie and Sarah were on it and still in the game. Though that group also consists of Tony, Nick, and Kim. I kind of wish he had given both of them to Kim, just to see what she would do with them. I am, however, thankful Tony wasn’t even in the running. Did you figure out who #TEAMDOUCHE is about? Next week: Drop! Yo! Buffs (again). As the camera pans over the challenge course, I paused the video and counted: eight spots on an obstacle course. Looks like the first challenge for the exiles to get back in the game will be happening next week. Any bets on someone other than Boston Rob?
  20. I still love Rob. I giggled a little when he grabbed all 3 fire tokens.
  21. I've been tired of him for a long time; however, that was impressive. I'm sad the old-school players all seem to be on Extinction...especially Yul.
  22. Team douche? Heh. So, we get the merger next time, and that should add an interesting dynamic to the whole thing. In the meantime, they really need to thin out the herd on Exile (or Extinction). Whatever they call it, more people need to go besides Sandra. Boston Rob getting three tokens in one day was impressive, but I'm kind of tired of him now.
  23. On another subject, I knew that the current season of Hawaii 5-O was about to happen, but now I find out it's the end of the entire series. There's a two hour series finale coming up, and I'm going to miss all those folks. It was a nice ten year run I'm also going to miss that weird thing they had with the bad guys driving Fords, and the good guys driving Chevrolets.
  24. Now that Yul is gone, Denise is the only one left I give a shit about. And that's only because she outplayed Sandra. I might also like Jeremy because he's from Massachusetts.
  25. These people are idiots for not getting rid of Wendell before merge, and now he's going to immunity-run his way to the end. #TEAMDOUCHE
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