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Off-Topic / Re: Back to school
« on: March 19, 2021, 03:20:51 am »Message ID: 1353312

   Please, open the schools again if it is safe to do so.
   Kids need to learn with classmates present. Socialize.
   It is their mental health what is at stake too.

My daughter's school had two weeks of hybrid sessions back around Labor Day when they started the school year, then they went to full time 5 days a week (with the option for kids to stay home and do Zoom/Google if they chose - which some did elect to do). They put rules in place and for the most part the kids and teachers all followed the safety protocols.

The school has had several isolated incidences of COVID over the past six months (maybe about 10 or so). We get a email notice of each incident, so they are keeping us informed, but they do not identify the student or teacher that triggered the notice.  On ONE of those general notices we got a follow up letting us know that the student/teacher who was COVID confirmed was someone who might have had close contact with our daughter (we found out later that it was a cheerleader - so there definitely was some close contact issues with our daughter who is also on the cheer squad).

But our daughter has been fine and has not gotten the virus from being at school. There have been no mass outbreaks at her school from any of the isolated incidences - which tells me that most, if not all, of the transmissions took place in the infected students' homes or other contacts outside of school.

Our daughter has been able to have a mostly normal school year, interacting with her friends and classmates on a daily basis. She has participated in close to normal seasons of marching band and junior high football and basketball cheerleading, and she is going to be in the high school's annual musical production this weekend. All four of those activities have required the typical lead up schedules of after-school practices and rehearsals.

COVID is a serious and dangerous issue - it is not fake or something to make light of. But with the proper precautions, there is no reason whatsoever for any of these schools to have forced kids to stay at home for so long. I have no issue with any parents who make the informed decision to keep their child at home through all of this mess, but I have serious issue with the schools who failed to give parents and students the choice. I am thankful that my child attends a school where we were given that choice. Those of you who did not have that choice should be calling for the termination of your school administrators and the dissolution of any teacher's unions serving your district.

Off-Topic / Re: Yum chik -fil- a
« on: March 19, 2021, 02:51:10 am »Message ID: 1353310
Well it's a couple of Chick fila's near me, the line is always so long!

I have two thoughts on that long line.

First, it reinforces how good their chicken is that so many people want it.
Second, in my experience, they have been the most efficient I have ever seen in managing those long lines quickly.

We have an Arby's in town and also a Steak 'n Shake right across the street from Chick-fil-A. I have waited OVER 25 minutes at Arby's and SNS in lines of five cars or less (at Arby's once for 20 minutes when I was the only car and it was not a complicated order).  I've never waited that long in one of those huge Chick-fil-A lines that probably have 20 -30 cars in them.

Off-Topic / Re: What? some iinfo for vax people
« on: March 17, 2021, 04:09:00 pm »Message ID: 1353258
You can check those facts if you know how to use the internet to do searches.

Nah. That's too hard. It's far more easy to just take the mass media talking points as gospel truth and vomit back the catch phrases to sound like we know what we're talking about.

Kind of like when Trump was on that phone call last November and issued the directive in Georgia to {QUOTE} "find the fraud" - except that it was not an actual quote despite being repeated over and over again as such.

Off-Topic / Re: What? some iinfo for vax people
« on: March 17, 2021, 10:33:30 am »Message ID: 1353232
I try to not respond to political issues with my opinion. ***
Biden has done more in these 2 months to handle covid than Mr T ever did.

Just curious to know what Joe Biden has done in these two months to handle covid. In your "political opinion" I mean...

Off-Topic / Re: I am not 82 years old . . .
« on: March 16, 2021, 03:10:37 am »Message ID: 1353152
I'll need to remember this one. I am rapidly approaching 50 in less than a month and I came to the realization a few weeks ago that I am closer to 80 than I am to 18. But you've reminded me that I am going about this calculation all wrong!  ;)

Off-Topic / Re: Yum chik -fil- a
« on: March 16, 2021, 03:03:18 am »Message ID: 1353150

This statement is ridiculous and patently untrue. You would never be asked your opinion on religion or what faith you are if you patronize Chick-fil-A. They do NOT discriminate against anyone. Do you think all the Christians have to show their "I am a Christian card" to get served there? 

I am so very blessed to live in a city where both Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby have recently opened new locations within the past two years. They are both within a half mile of each other, and while I eat a lot more chicken than I do crafty things, I make it a point to patronize both stores, primarily because of the short-sighted, hypocritical, cancel culture, propaganda spreading like this that you are responding to. And although I haven't done it yet, my next pillow purchase will be from Mike Lindell's MyPillow company.

Offers / Re: Travel Survey had nothing to do with travel
« on: March 15, 2021, 12:42:35 pm »Message ID: 1353121
In my experience, most if not all of the survey topics and estimated completion times are complete and total B.S. I've stopped looking for topics or times that fit my needs and usually pick my survey attempts based solely on the reward amount displayed (which is also never a guarantee).

Off-Topic / Re: Don't like rude
« on: March 15, 2021, 12:36:53 pm »Message ID: 1353120
So far I've ignored four people here. Half of which just give off the vibe that they are generally unpleasant individuals given how they respond in their posts.

I wish that the ignore feature would actually hide threads of that ignored user from being displayed rather than just mask the text of the posts of the users being ignored.

Off-Topic / Re: Sign of the Times
« on: March 15, 2021, 12:22:26 pm »Message ID: 1353117
I know that this was an older post and likely no longer an "issue" but when you mention "college age" and "throwing up", my first reaction was binge drinking...

Off-Topic / Re: Yum chik -fil- a
« on: March 15, 2021, 12:09:45 pm »Message ID: 1353116
Havenít gone to one matter how good it tastes because the company is based on serving only the good Christian folk! This is America, not China,Russia,Iran,..........discrimination should be in the past for an advanced, enlightened nation such as ours!
Let's find more woke people to bash this fine business simply because it promotes Christian values! What an absolutely ridiculous and asinine argument to not eat at Chik-fil-A...
 ::) ::) ::)

Off-Topic / Re: Did you/are you getting the COVID shot?
« on: March 11, 2021, 07:46:48 am »Message ID: 1352903
In my state, they just opened the vaccine to the 50 year old age group today. I am still one month shy of that milestone birthday. So I am in a wait and see pattern. I expect Ohio to possibly open it up to the 40 or 45 age group before I am officially part of the 50 group, but either way I plan to be "on the waitlist" by mid April - if not before.

Off-Topic / Re: cryptocurrency
« on: March 11, 2021, 07:12:57 am »Message ID: 1352899
I found an informative 15 minute video online that explains the theory behind cryptocurrency without getting into the technical nuts and bolts of it all. It is explained by conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro - so if that turns you off, sorry for you. But for what it's worth - it does de-mystify the topic to some degree if anyone is interested.

Off-Topic / Re: cryptocurrency
« on: March 10, 2021, 08:22:36 am »Message ID: 1352763
I wish I understood it but it seems like a ponzi scheme.
With a ponzi scheme, you pay in a specific amount of money - all of which goes to other investors who bought in before you and you only get paid back a higher return when other people fall for the same scam and buy in underneath you.

Cryptocurrency is more like buying stock. Your return depends on whether the stock rises or falls and whether you take back a profit at the peaks rather than the valleys. So in a sense it needs other people to buy in as well for your value to go up, but you can get in or out anytime you want and take your profits (or losses) when you choose.

There is risk, but there is nothing ponzi about it.

Off-Topic / Re: Observations on Trumps speech last night
« on: March 10, 2021, 08:05:12 am »Message ID: 1352759
I think it was refreshing to hear something from a [former] President.

Joe Biden has yet to address the American public with anything more than a few words here or there. He hid in his basement through the entire campaign and now seems to be afraid (or his people advising him are afraid) of giving any meaningful press conferences. He is hiding behind a completely incompetent press secretary who has to "circle back" to answer questions that a pimple faced 10th grade debate club member could answer in her sleep.

We are halfway through March and we have yet to receive a SOTU speech from Joe or any inkling of one being scheduled. It is by no means a requirement so he is not breaking any rule there, but it is a definite departure from protocol.

At least we have the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drama to keep us occupied!

Off-Topic / OPEN REQUEST to Janesue
« on: March 08, 2021, 07:06:07 am »Message ID: 1352685
Hey Janesue,
Love your enthusiasm, but a little less enthusiastic with the volume of your posts! Is there any chance that you might tone down the frequency of your thread creation? You are literally burying dozens if not hundreds of worthwhile forum topics with each new nonsense post/poll that you create. Don't get me wrong, some of your topics have the potential to lead to meaningful discussion, but there is such a thing as overkill. Would you consider backing it down just a notch so that the rest of us have a chance to read and write as well? I'm not asking you to stop posting altogether.  :)
 :peace: :peace: :peace:

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