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Old 01-16-2021, 08:48 AM   #141
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Yesterday I played 9 holes of golf after getting my cv19 shot. First time in years I walked carrying a bag. Felt great and my mutt enjoyed walking with me. No after effects from the shot btw other than a slight sore arm this morning. Last night I tried a meal kit from 'Home Chef' for the first time and it was very good. It was a Mediterranean Shrimp with Couscous and Feta Cheese dish. I was skeptical as to how fresh the shrimp would taste but was pleasantly surprised. Not cheap but I'm just trying one shipment a month(2 dishes = 4 meals). Will give me a little variety.
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Old 01-16-2021, 09:30 AM   #142
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Music Lover, the cabin life should be an exciting new journey. I have one at the ranch and enjoy it so much. When I'm not there I want to be there, and would be there full time but my wife doesn't care too. That is totally okay with me thou.
I'm always doing things to improve and add things here and there and have fun doing those projects.
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Old 01-16-2021, 09:44 AM   #143
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I worked out, did the almost final touchup of drywall mudding, and spent a ridiculous amount of time researching acoustic guitars on the internet and YouTube. We just bought a cabin and I'm now looking for an cost effective but still decent 2nd guitar that I can leave at the cabin for noodling around and campfire jamming....one that I pass around without worrying if it gets a ding.

Lots of nice used guitars on my local craigslist. No need to pay 2 times as much for new.
Can get a nice taylor or similar for 1/2 of new.
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Old 01-16-2021, 10:13 AM   #144
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Celebrated receiving my last severance payment from MegaCorp by doing my first on-line cooking class. It was hosted by a restaurant in Cartagena, Colombia and we made empanadas, patacones and arepas. It was a lot of fun for $15 for 2 hours and gave us our dinner as well. Since COVID means that I couldn't go to Colombia this year, at least I was able to bring Colombia to my home. I will be trying another class in the future.
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Old 01-16-2021, 11:13 AM   #145
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Lots of nice used guitars on my local craigslist. No need to pay 2 times as much for new.
Can get a nice taylor or similar for 1/2 of new.
Actually, I have a pretty nice Taylor but I don't want to haul it back and forth and since I'm really a bass player who occasionally likes to play guitar I really can't justify a 2nd higher end guitar that may not get used that much.

I've also been looking for used guitars but still like doing the research...there are a lot of good reviews by skilled players that know a lot more than me.
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Music Lover, the cabin life should be an exciting new journey. I have one at the ranch and enjoy it so much. When I'm not there I want to be there, and would be there full time but my wife doesn't care too. That is totally okay with me thou.
I'm always doing things to improve and add things here and there and have fun doing those projects.
I've never owned a cabin before...my GF and I have been using the family cabin but her parents are aging and it will probably be sold in spring. We thought about buying it but it's worth too much and the taxes are high. The place we bought is a third of the price and a third of the taxes.

Also, one of my bandmates owns the cabin next door so we'll know some people out there...that's also why I'm looking for 2nd acoustic guitar to leave there as I'm sure there will be a lot of campfire playing.
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Last night I tried a meal kit from 'Home Chef' for the first time and it was very good. It was a Mediterranean Shrimp with Couscous and Feta Cheese dish. I was skeptical as to how fresh the shrimp would taste but was pleasantly surprised. Not cheap but I'm just trying one shipment a month(2 dishes = 4 meals). Will give me a little variety.

Glad to read this. Coincidentally, I picked up one of those Home Chef kits yesterday as an impulse buy at Harris Teeter (grocery store), a chicken meal. Iím looking forward to trying it!

Cost be damned. Virus begone!!
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Started doing my state taxes and discovered an error in the instruction booklet for Connecticut's Form 1040. I will call the Dept. of Revenue Services on Tuesday to discuss it with them.
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Got a late evening call yesterday--previous employer is calling all retired nurses and nurse managers to come back to gear up for Covid vaccine clinics.

My answer--if I get my vaccine first, you bet I will be there!
I go Tuesday for my first shot and Thursday have online orientation.
I get to set my salary, number of days I will work, and when I plan to start (I told them not until both shots are in my arms!)
But the prize is getting the vaccine.
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Old 01-16-2021, 12:41 PM   #151
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Got a late evening call yesterday--previous employer is calling all retired nurses and nurse managers to come back to gear up for Covid vaccine clinics.

My answer--if I get my vaccine first, you bet I will be there!
I go Tuesday for my first shot and Thursday have online orientation.
I get to set my salary, number of days I will work, and when I plan to start (I told them not until both shots are in my arms!)
But the prize is getting the vaccine.
Interesting, makes me wonder if I would be willing to return to work if I was offered the vaccine. Would be tempting as I've just spent the past 4 1/2 hours calling to try to get an appointment at a mass vaccination site next week. Unable to get through even though I've made 347 attempts so far. They are taking calls (assuming you can get through) until 8pm or until all 9,000 appointments are filled.

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I am looking forward to returning this time (#4!).
Mass vaccination clinics is true Public Health!!
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Interesting, makes me wonder if I would be willing to return to work if I was offered the vaccine. Would be tempting as I've just spent the past 4 1/2 hours calling to try to get an appointment at a mass vaccination site next week. Unable to get through even though I've made 347 attempts so far. They are taking calls (assuming you can get through) until 8pm or until all 9,000 appointments are filled.

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Wow. That's tough. I did the online thing Tuesday and bet I tried a 100 times. System overload. Lucky to get through. I know some who called instead of trying online and they got...."you are number 6000 in the que". Ha.
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Gorgeous weather on the west coast today. Went out this morning on my mountain bike for 3-1/2 hours, 30 miles and 3,500 ft of hill climbing.

Before I left this morning I put a pork shoulder on low and slow heat for pulled pork. A little later going to take about a pound of that lovely pork, 1/2 dz tortillas and other fixings out to a local brewery to enjoy with my favorite porter and beautiful wife.

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Helped my daughter put a border of paving blocks around a couple of vegetable beds, and ordered a couple of paint samples for the living room walls.

Our outside work was interrupted by afternoon rain, and we'll have to continue tomorrow.
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Wow. That's tough. I did the online thing Tuesday and bet I tried a 100 times. System overload. Lucky to get through. I know some who called instead of trying online and they got...."you are number 6000 in the que". Ha.
Unfortunately registration for this mass vaccination site is via phone only and they don't put you in a que, you either get through to a live person or get a busy signal. I ended up getting a busy signal 659 times and never got to make an appointment.
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Managed to register online for Covid vaccination. No indication of how long the wait will be. But I expect months. This is in Norway. We are among the slowest to roll out the vaccine. But fortunately the epidemic hasn't been as bad here as in some other countries.
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.......... I ended up getting a busy signal 659 times ...........
You need to learn persistence.
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You need to learn persistence.
And I will need to learn patience - projected timeline for us to get vaccinated is between July and September (and we are over 60!). Since this is a government estimate, I am planning for an even longer wait. Thankfully, we have enough COVID safe activities to keep us occupied until then.
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Got a late evening call yesterday--previous employer is calling all retired nurses and nurse managers to come back to gear up for Covid vaccine clinics.

My answer--if I get my vaccine first, you bet I will be there!
I go Tuesday for my first shot and Thursday have online orientation.
I get to set my salary, number of days I will work, and when I plan to start (I told them not until both shots are in my arms!)
But the prize is getting the vaccine.
There is a huge need for qualified staff. Thank you for being willing! : )
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