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It's The End Of The World As We Know It

I mean, if a government "shelter in place" order isn't enough to get me to update my journal, what is?

Well, it's the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak and trying to avoid getting COVID-19. Last Friday, my company decided to ask most people to work from home, a few days after other companies in the Bay Area had already done the same. Then there was a county-level Shelter In Place order that went into effect a few days ago, and today a statewide order for California appears to be going into effect.

Pandemic... there's studying them, and then there's living in one. At least the Internet is now considered an essential utility.

I did go out to the store yesterday to restock my fridge. I had put it off one day, dipping into my freeze-dried camping meal stash from Burning Man, but decided I should try and save them just in case. (Hoarder mentality?)

The store had a lot of empty shelves; while I'm accustomed to my favorite sweet tea in the refrigerator case being out of stock, there were empty shelves in bread, milk, and eggs, and a lot of bare spots in other places. But still, found some salads, frozen/microwave entrees, frozen meal kits, and other supplies. The biggest "sacrifices" from what I might otherwise have picked up was getting "mini-bagels" as regular bagels were sold out, and getting some Coffee-Mate instead of the sold-out half & half.

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What to do...

Right now I'm thinking I'll try to go into work on Monday rather than getting a nothing-done start this week. But with my parents having left this morning, my family has now all returned to West Virginia. And I'm not sure what to do with myself...

My parents helped me get some unpacking & setting up done while they were here. Especially my dad, who put the "earthquake bolts" on the top of my bookshelves & found a shim to keep them level. So there are now some books out there, and a glass cabinet waiting for stuff. And my mom ended up cleaning I think everything in the apartment before she left.

We also put some framed stuff up on the walls yesterday. Wallace & Gromit are again keeping watch over the TV area. And the hallway has stuff on both sides, including a display of Dee's finished, framed cross stitch pieces. And I had to hang up the framed Apple share that I got for my birthday in 2005. It's definitely making it feel like someone lives here...
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Did you know...



That's Dee & I's song. :`) I'd never seen the video for it before, we'd only listened to it. I had it as a ringtone for when Dee called me. Back in college ('97), we both used IRC to chat, and could trigger the song to play on each other's computer. Now that's an excellent memory...
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LiveSPAMal

Wow, it seems the anonymous, spammy commenters have found my journal! Hey, welcome folks!

Oh, and by the way - everything you post is gonna get deleted. XP
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It's been a year since my last public entry... and I'm back from my second burn for a week now, and just getting around to updating! I had such a blast and so many great experiences this year... so I guess you should expect more silence? LOL!
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Back from the Burn!

Spent an amazing week in the desert. Trying to recover a bit this early afternoon before tackling the unloading this afternoon, and getting the rental cleaned & returned tomorrow. Looking forward to Decom, but missing home.
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Things You Don't See Every Day

It was a low traffic day on the drive to work, but that doesn't mean that there weren't odd things to see in traffic. For instance, there was a convoy of 5 buses heading in the opposite direction that was lead by a police car with its lights on. This resulted in all OTHER traffic staying behind (not passing) this car, creating a 65 MPH (I assume) logjam.

The officer in the car, seeing this I presume, had their window rolled down and their arm out the window, trying to wave people to go past. I didn't see many takers, though... *laughs*
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Just a test of your friendly Ping.fm systems!

I've been trying out Ping.fm lately for updating my status on the various sites that I'm on, but it's only been for statuses so far. Well, no longer. I'm trying a blog post through Ping.fm so I can see how it gets posted everywhere. Hopefully I can get it all figured out!
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Hokie Football Ramblings

After a game against I-AA Furman, there's not a lot to talk about as I didn't see the game or listen to any coverage. Since I didn't see the game, I really don't know what happened. I expected Furman to be held to 7 points, but I also expected the Hokies to score more than 24. Next week's game is the first ACC tilt of the season, so hopefully it was enough of a tune-up.

The best news from the weekend, though, was ECU's defeat of WVU. First off, it seems every college football writer will now reference WVU along with ECU, and might also mention Virginia Tech. It doesn't make it better that the Hokies lost the opener, but at least the 'eers can't harass any Hokies much about it. (This is most important because my sister went to WVU...)
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Hokie Football Ramblings

First off, congratulations to the East Carolina Pirates. I think they just gave every other Hokie opponent a playbook on how to beat our team this year. And shown that BeamerBall, by itself, isn't a lock to win a game. It probably shouldn't have been as close as it was, but I'll take it! The big question for those Pirates is if they can do it again next week against the Mountaineers....

And now I wonder how the coaching staff & team will respond to this. Early reaction on the main board I check (TechSideline) is calling for our offensive coordinator to be replaced, and lamenting the poor performance of our 5th-year (aka redshirt senior) quarterback. The program has a 'phenom' waiting in the wings, who didn't redshirt last year because the redshirt junior quarterback was struggling. The coach wanted to redshirt him this year, but after today's performance the TV commentators are calling for him to play.

I'm agreeing with the commentators. The way I remember it, Michael Vick was a redshirt freshman (aka 2nd year in program) with a new group of receivers and a mediocre running back, but it changes how defenses have to cover your team. That gives everyone else just a little bit more opportunity to do something game-changing. And it worked in 1999, although that team had a solid, veteran defense. With the current quarterback, we just don't have it. That QB can be good when his accuracy is there, but it's hit and miss and (right now) it's missing. And the pattern has been that it's miss when he's the clear #1, but hit when there's competition. If the new 'phenom' can live up to his billing, there is the chance that this season becomes, "Why didn't we play him the first game so we'd be undefeated?"

I think the board people have a point, though, about the offensive coordinator's performance. As a fan, it seems that we do not have an offense that takes creative use of the talents available. I think Ricky Bustle (the coordinator for Vick's run) was much better in that regard. The current coordinator was on staff then, and may be great as a position coach, but I think a new coordinator would be a great change to have been made over the off-season. I don't know that making that change right now will help the team at all, though. The most I would predict is that the head coach may give much more direction on game strategy et al and provide less free reign.
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