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Pedestrian Mar 13, 2020 5:59 PM

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Originally Posted by The North One (Post 8860874)
Why is a city mayor meeting with a president of another country in the first place?

Happens all the time. It's diplomacy. Usually it's because the mayor is trying to get business for his city by schmoozing the leader of a country that might either buy products made in his city or have a company from his country build a factory in the mayor's city.

Pedestrian Mar 13, 2020 6:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Crawford (Post 8860739)
Not in Germany. Definitely in the bathroom.

Mine's (laundry machines in a hall closet more or less designed for the purpose in both locations. Truth, justice and the American Way!

sopas ej Mar 13, 2020 6:08 PM

I was wondering if/when this would happen:

The Los Angeles Archdiocese (the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the US) is telling parishioners not to go to Sunday Mass, lifting the obligation for the next 3 weeks.

Proof that even churches don't think prayer is enough? :P

hauntedheadnc Mar 13, 2020 6:15 PM

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Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 8860903)
I was wondering if/when this would happen:

The Los Angeles Archdiocese (the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the US) is telling parishioners not to go to Sunday Mass, lifting the obligation for the next 3 weeks.

Proof that even churches don't think prayer is enough? :P

I've always been taught that prayer only works when coupled with effort and common sense. I'm reminded of the 1885 smallpox outbreak in Montreal. If I recall my history correctly, the Protestants weren't hit very hard because they accepted vaccination and called off church services, while the disease went wild with French-Canadian Catholics who refused vaccinations and refused to stop congregating at church.

My church, by the way, has called off services for two weeks and will be livestreaming sermons instead. I also just checked the local news and saw that tailgate and farmer's markets across the region are shutting down, restaurants are starting to offer parking lot pickup for orders so you won't have to come inside, flights at the airport are being cancelled for the next two months... But Biltmore House wants you to know they're still open and cleaning the place very thoroughly every day. Come spend your money.

Pedestrian Mar 13, 2020 6:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 8860903)
I was wondering if/when this would happen:

The Los Angeles Archdiocese (the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the US) is telling parishioners not to go to Sunday Mass, lifting the obligation for the next 3 weeks.

Proof that even churches don't think prayer is enough? :P

Don't they know that H*ll is a crowded place where it's hard to "social distance"?

sopas ej Mar 13, 2020 6:54 PM

I'm no longer a practicing Catholic (I've become Buddhist/Atheist), but this is a big deal for Catholics. And it's Lent right now. And for a Catholic, prayer and worship are the same thing; prayer isn't just asking for things; a (devout) Catholic recites traditional prayers every day. It's almost like being a Muslim. That's what church bells are (originally) for; they are calls to prayer.

10023 Mar 13, 2020 7:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Crawford (Post 8860664)
Wait, in the UK, you wash your clothes in the kitchen? Odd.

Well, most English people can’t cook, so they had to come up with something else to do with the space.

hauntedheadnc Mar 13, 2020 7:07 PM

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Originally Posted by 10023 (Post 8860987)
Well, most English people can’t cook, so they had to come up with something else to do with the space.

You shut your sass mouth.

10023 Mar 13, 2020 7:08 PM

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Originally Posted by hauntedheadnc (Post 8860988)

Case in point.

hauntedheadnc Mar 13, 2020 7:11 PM

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Originally Posted by 10023 (Post 8860995)
Case in point.

Nuts to you, buddy.

destroycreate Mar 13, 2020 7:26 PM

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Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 8860967)
I'm no longer a practicing Catholic (I've become Buddhist/Atheist), but this is a big deal for Catholics. And it's Lent right now. And for a Catholic, prayer and worship are the same thing; prayer isn't just asking for things; a (devout) Catholic recites traditional prayers every day. It's almost like being a Muslim. That's what church bells are (originally) for; they are calls to prayer.


We've got bigger fish to fry than some rosary bead ritual right now.

Dariusb Mar 13, 2020 7:27 PM

I've heard that a national state of emergency may be declared today by the president.

dave8721 Mar 13, 2020 8:28 PM

Schools closing in Miami-Dade starting Monday. Parents and businesses will be scrambling even more.

Obadno Mar 13, 2020 8:32 PM

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Originally Posted by dave8721 (Post 8861099)
Schools closing in Miami-Dade starting Monday. Parents and businesses will be scrambling even more.

My office is going to begin voluntary work from home on Monday

dave8721 Mar 13, 2020 8:38 PM

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Originally Posted by dave8721 (Post 8861099)
Schools closing in Miami-Dade starting Monday. Parents and businesses will be scrambling even more.

Broward just closed school as well

hauntedheadnc Mar 13, 2020 9:01 PM

I've spent half the afternoon writing a court report, only to find that the North Carolina court system is shutting down for at least thirty days. Nearly all cases will be continued until after April 16.

Steely Dan Mar 13, 2020 9:19 PM

illinois' governor just officially closed all schools state-wide, joining a long list of other states.

with a 4 and a 5 year old, this will certainly complicate things for us.

sopas ej Mar 13, 2020 9:23 PM

Per the LA Times, so far, in southern California:

- Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, postponed until October
- Stagecoach, April 24-26, postponed until October
- Disneyland and California Adventure closed through the end of the month
beginning March 14
- Smorgasburg L.A., on hiatus through March
- CIF state basketball championships, canceled
- USC spring football, suspended
- UCLA football practices, canceled
- L.A.-based talk shows halt live audience tapings
- Reality shows, game shows halt production
- Cancellations hit L.A. Phil, L.A. Opera and Center Theatre Group
- Pasadena cancels ‘nonessential’ city events
- Los Angeles Times postpones Festival of Books and Food Bowl
- RuPaul’s DragCon L.A. 2020, canceled
- E3 2020, canceled
- Santa Monica and Malibu schools to close two days for cleaning
- Several local farmers markets will temporarily close
- L.A. Archdiocese says Catholics don’t need to attend Sunday Mass for three
weeks
- Los Angeles school district to close all schools

Docere Mar 13, 2020 9:46 PM

As of midnight tonight, Toronto is shutting down libraries, recreation centers and childcare facilities.

WonderlandPark3 Mar 13, 2020 10:01 PM

never seen anything like this in my 50 years on this planet. even LA riots, 9/11 or Northridge quake

adding to the LA list

Most TV/Filming shutting down, and some office staff work from home
Universal Studios tours closing tomorrow
WB and Paramount tours also closed
Getty Museum closed
LACMA Museum closing tomorrow
Magic Mountain and Knotts amusement parks closing this weekend
WonderCon postponed
Long Beach schools closing for more than a month till 4/20
Too many concerts to name now postponed and cancelled

Spirit airlines has $75 fares ROUND TRIP LA to NYC (even departing tomorrow), unheard of even after 9/11, but then again everything is closing up shop


and my friend in Toronto just sent me this letter he recieved:

To date almost all IATSE 873 productions have halted filming as a precautionary measure to
avoid the potential spread of the covid-19 virus.
If your show has suspended production, our advice to members and permits is to start the
process of filing for Canada Employment Insurance for those that qualify.

craigs Mar 13, 2020 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by hauntedheadnc (Post 8860551)
I'm a social worker, and got a grim email this morning from the state Department of Health and Human Services:

-- Expect a spike in occurrences of domestic violence, child physical abuse, and child sexual abuse, same as occurs on holidays or any other occasion when there is forced togetherness.

-- Expect children to go hungry if the schools close, because a lot of families cannot make up for the meal(s) the child won't be getting at school.

-- Expect a lot of foster families to request respite, where the child is temporarily housed somewhere else, or a change in placement where the child is completely removed from that foster home and placed in another. Expect this due to complications in finding childcare if the schools close.

-- Visits between parents and children go on, even if all of the staff but one is out sick.

-- "Deep clean" any rooms or facilities used for visitation. No further guidance.

-- In-home services and investigations continue. If one staff member falls ill, find another, and keep going until you run out of staff.

-- Many children are in the care of elderly kinship caregivers. Prepare for these caregivers to be ill or to die.

-- Expect the illness to sweep group homes and psychiatric residential treatment facilities

-- Fewer than 3% of youth who age out of foster care end up getting a 4-year college degree. Many of those who do, are living on college campuses -- if those campuses close their residential facilities, those youth will be effectively homeless.

Basically, the thrust of the email's gist was, "SURPRISE!! Here's a nasty present -- have fun figuring out how to deal with all of this! :))

San Francisco is shutting down all public libraries and park & rec facilities to convert them to K-5 daycare facilities.

jtown,man Mar 13, 2020 11:11 PM

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Originally Posted by The North One (Post 8860364)
I'm so glad that I have a bidet.

SO bourgeoisie of you.

tayser Mar 13, 2020 11:26 PM

All non-essential organised gatherings of 500 people or more are 'advised' to stop/postpone Australia-wide now... this means large religious gatherings, sporting events, conventions and the likes.

Schools are only shutting down if a case is found at the school / could change.

After friday's COAG meeting and the F1 Grand Prix getting cancelled, there's been a torrent of cancellations.

Australians also now have a level 3 warning for international travel which means the government advises to defer all non-essential international travel worldwide. China is level 4 (Do Not Travel) - suspect that might include other countries soon.

Minato Ku Mar 13, 2020 11:31 PM

Things were running pretty normally in Paris.
Even if many events have been cancelled and there were less tourists, life was normal.
Streets were busy as well as public transportation.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...40587776_c.jpg
Avenue du Général Leclerc by Minato ku, sur Flickr

I said "were" because next week all schools, high schools/universities will be closed until further notice.
So from next week because of this, public transportation will have to run at lower frequencies because many workers will have to guard their children.
Many workers will be working from home.

10023 Mar 13, 2020 11:58 PM

So in London... I left work, went to the gym which was much less busy then normal. Then a full restaurant. Then the pub next door which was packed. A rather stressed out bartender said it had been busy since early afternoon with people “working from home” who were by that time very drunk.

Typically British response to this kind of situation, really.

hauntedheadnc Mar 14, 2020 1:59 AM

Shit got real... I was just looking at Twitter, and all the breweries are closing to the public. No breweries, no music clubs, no shows, no farmer's markets, no drum circle... The great hush is settling.

WonderlandPark3 Mar 14, 2020 2:14 AM

Go out and patronize restaurants, this is going to be devastating to small businesses. Just went for drinks and appetizers at a Peruvian place that should be hoppin' full on a friday and it was crickets, our group of 3 and 1 other table of 4 in a place with probably 35 tables and bar seating. Really feel for them.

hauntedheadnc Mar 14, 2020 2:29 AM

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Originally Posted by WonderlandPark3 (Post 8861486)
Go out and patronize restaurants, this is going to be devastating to small businesses. Just went for drinks and appetizers at a Peruvian place that should be hoppin' full on a friday and it was crickets, our group of 3 and 1 other table of 4 in a place with probably 35 tables and bar seating. Really feel for them.

That's my plan unless and until things get truly apocalyptic. And if it looks like they're going to, then I'm going to buy a passel of gift cards so the places I care about will have my money while they need it.

I've also noticed this is bringing out the best in some people. Some people are offering pet food, milk, paper goods, canned food, preserves, even frozen breast milk for free here on the Facebook exchanges to others who need it.

xzmattzx Mar 14, 2020 2:34 AM

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Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 8860903)
I was wondering if/when this would happen:

The Los Angeles Archdiocese (the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the US) is telling parishioners not to go to Sunday Mass, lifting the obligation for the next 3 weeks.

Proof that even churches don't think prayer is enough? :P

You can pray anywhere. But in Catholicism, the Mass is the highest form of worship. The technology age allows us the wonders of doing things virtually, like work form home, or in the spiritual case, watch the Mass on TV or on a Youtube channel (the latter being completely at your convenience!) if it is not reasonable to get to church.

AviationGuy Mar 14, 2020 2:52 AM

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Originally Posted by hauntedheadnc (Post 8861494)
That's my plan unless and until things get truly apocalyptic. And if it looks like they're going to, then I'm going to buy a passel of gift cards so the places I care about will have my money while they need it.

I've also noticed this is bringing out the best in some people. Some people are offering pet food, milk, paper goods, canned food, preserves, even frozen breast milk for free here on the Facebook exchanges to others who need it.

Same here. My favorite restaurants are really hurting, so I've made sure I've patronized them nearly every day. Also have increased tips. I know that not everyone can do this, but I hope that those who can will do their best to help small businesses.

AviationGuy Mar 14, 2020 2:59 AM

I had been hearing a lot about empty shelves in Austin grocery stores today, so I was dreading my trip to my usual store. I had bought extra groceries a month ago, but was starting to run a little low. But my usual store (Randall's) was in good shape except for household products. Stockers were extremely busy restocking canned goods and rice/pasta, so there was plenty when I was there around 5 p.m.. The checkout lines were extremely long but everyone was friendly and considerate to one another (unlike the way people usually are at the store).

sopas ej Mar 14, 2020 3:29 AM

This evening I went to our local gourmet market Bristol Farms, and there were no panic shoppers.

I guess nobody panic-buys pricey cheese.
https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...a5&oe=5E90450D
Photo by me

I went to Bristol Farms to get kefir. Mmm, mmm!
https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net...94&oe=5E90BCD1
Photo by me

Pedestrian Mar 14, 2020 3:49 AM

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Originally Posted by craigs (Post 8861296)
San Francisco is shutting down all public libraries and park & rec facilities to convert them to K-5 daycare facilities.

Cause it makes so much sense to congrate kids with adult minders and NOT teach them anything.

Well, at least it means the teachers will survive (if not the babysitters at the library or the librarians).

Pedestrian Mar 14, 2020 3:51 AM

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Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 8861536)
This evening I went to our local gourmet market Bristol Farms, and there were no panic shoppers.

I guess nobody panic-buys pricey cheese.
https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...a5&oe=5E90450D
Photo by me

I went to Bristol Farms to get kefir. Mmm, mmm!
https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net...94&oe=5E90BCD1
Photo by me

My Safeway was out of Lifeways strawberry kfir (basically, my daily breakfast staple) the other day.

austlar1 Mar 14, 2020 4:01 AM

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Originally Posted by AviationGuy (Post 8861507)
I had been hearing a lot about empty shelves in Austin grocery stores today, so I was dreading my trip to my usual store. I had bought extra groceries a month ago, but was starting to run a little low. But my usual store (Randall's) was in good shape except for household products. Stockers were extremely busy restocking canned goods and rice/pasta, so there was plenty when I was there around 5 p.m.. The checkout lines were extremely long but everyone was friendly and considerate to one another (unlike the way people usually are at the store).

I went to Randall's (Mopac/Wm.Cannon) mid afternoon. I found the few items I wanted, but shelves were rather picked over. I was also at Central Market where I improvised my way through the place. There was plenty of food, but the shoppers were semi frantic and rude as hell. I pity the check out crew. The parking lot at the regular HEB (Brodie/William Cannon) was overflowing with cars waiting in all aisles for parking. I thought I might prefer to starve first. It is amazing how a couple of local covid-19 cases can inspire a heretofore indifferent population into panic shopping mode. A younger person texted me today offering to do grocery shopping for me. I am 73 and vulnerable (I guess), but I am not quite ready to go into complete lockdown. Once there is confirmed local transmission of virus I will likely reconsider.

Just read that one of the persons who tested positive locally is the wife of University of Texas President Gregory Fenves. Another member of his household is presumptive positive. This brings things a bit closer to the bustling 50,000 student campus which is scheduled for spring break starting Monday and has been extended through the end of March.

Steely Dan Mar 14, 2020 4:17 AM

My wife just got back from a planned "girls dinner" at our favorite Mexican place in the neighborhood.

She said that other than their six person table, there were only 3 other tables seated.

At 8:00pm on a Friday night??????


Fuck.


So many small businesses are gonna close.

chris08876 Mar 14, 2020 4:28 AM

Asian restaurants are really suffering too. Chinatown for example in NYC has seen in the range of an 80% decline.

This is probally replicated across various metros.

Pedestrian Mar 14, 2020 4:30 AM

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Originally Posted by austlar1 (Post 8861563)
The parking lot at the regular HEB (Brodie/William Cannon) was overflowing with cars waiting in all aisles for parking.

I wish we had HEB. I have to order these from them online because they are one of the few stores in America that sells them:

https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-aubx...on&imbypass=on
https://www.pastacheese.com/sacla-it...lives-10-05oz/

Hope they aren't out of those. It would be time to contemplate ending all the misery. Come to think of it, if the virus spreads to Southern Italy and there's nobody to harvest the tomato fields . . . .

jtown,man Mar 14, 2020 11:52 AM

This whole thing has just reminded me how dumb people are in the US at least.

I went to Costco to pick up a prescription and there was probably 15 people line for each gas pump- I JUST got gas 15 minutes earlier at a BP with zero lines.

Then I walk in the store. No kidding, the lines backed up from one end to the other. Everyone had water and paper towels(they ran out of tp). LUCKILY no one was in line for the pharmacy. However, there was a huge display of Preparation H wipes, fully stocked. The poop-hoarders totally missed that opportunity.

Anyways, they were out of my prescription(happens a lot, not related to Corona), so I went to a grocery store about 2 miles away. Peace. Quiet. One employee I started talking to said they have plenty of toilet paper and that its been relatively calm all morning.


So, within two miles you have people freaking out standing in line for 1-2 hours for paper towels and water bottles while they could just go down the street and wait in short lines and get something that won't hurt their asses.



No, not everyone needs to be registered to vote.

Acajack Mar 14, 2020 12:24 PM

Lots of bare shelves and cops to maintain order in my city's grocery stores yesterday.

montréaliste Mar 14, 2020 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by jtown,man (Post 8861677)
This whole thing has just reminded me how dumb people are in the US at least.

I went to Costco to pick up a prescription and there was probably 15 people line for each gas pump- I JUST got gas 15 minutes earlier at a BP with zero lines.

Then I walk in the store. No kidding, the lines backed up from one end to the other. Everyone had water and paper towels(they ran out of tp). LUCKILY no one was in line for the pharmacy. However, there was a huge display of Preparation H wipes, fully stocked. The poop-hoarders totally missed that opportunity.

Anyways, they were out of my prescription(happens a lot, not related to Corona), so I went to a grocery store about 2 miles away. Peace. Quiet. One employee I started talking to said they have plenty of toilet paper and that its been relatively calm all morning.


So, within two miles you have people freaking out standing in line for 1-2 hours for paper towels and water bottles while they could just go down the street and wait in short lines and get something that won't hurt their asses.



No, not everyone needs to be registered to vote.

Exact same thing in Montreal Costcos. My wife noticed all of that two days ago. No more toilet paper, the poultry and meat sections were empty and the lineups for the cash registers all the way to the clothing section. The gas station was nuts too. I went to a supermarket yesterday and some sections like the asswipe emporium were a clean sweeped.

Slike being in a movie for chrissakes.

10023 Mar 14, 2020 12:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Steely Dan (Post 8861577)
My wife just got back from a planned "girls dinner" at our favorite Mexican place in the neighborhood.

She said that other than their six person table, there were only 3 other tables seated.

At 8:00pm on a Friday night??????


Fuck.


So many small businesses are gonna close.

All because of completely irrational panic fed by media.

Acajack Mar 14, 2020 1:11 PM

It varies though.

Went out for dinner last night and the crowd was 80-90% of a typical Friday night.

Though one of my kids works in another restaurant with an older clientele and customers were rare.

Centropolis Mar 14, 2020 1:14 PM

i’ve stopped drinking (immune system) and have a bug out box that can be taken to the country or at home with a two week food supply, 3M face masks and a respirator with particulate light weight pancake-type cartridges/tyvek/nitriles. i had a case of MREs that i used up and threw out in british clbia last year since i didnt think id use them.

basically just waiting for the wave and limiting exposure to the boomers i actually like (since im out and about still).

Centropolis Mar 14, 2020 1:22 PM

americans arent going to let a good panic go to waste without going apeshit its what we do best

*starts stringing perimeter wire*

sopas ej Mar 14, 2020 1:28 PM

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Originally Posted by 10023 (Post 8861699)
All because of completely irrational panic fed by media.

For reals. I think people need to manage their FEARS better.

sopas ej Mar 14, 2020 1:31 PM

From the Babylon Bee:

Nation's Nerds Wake Up In Utopia Where Everyone Stays Inside, Sports Are Canceled, Social Interaction Forbidden

March 12th, 2020

https://babylonbee.com/img/articles/article-5749-1.jpg

U.S.—The nation's nerds woke up in a utopia this morning, one where everyone stays inside, sporting events are being canceled, and all social interaction is forbidden.

All types of nerds, from social introverts to hardcore PC gamers, welcomed the dawn of this new era, privately from their own homes.

"I have been waiting my whole life for this moment," said Ned Pendleton, 32 -- via text message, of course -- as he fired up League of Legends on his beefy gaming PC. "They told me to take up a sport and that the kids playing basketball and stuff were gonna be way more successful than us nerds who played Counter-Strike at LAN parties every weekend."

"They all laughed at me. Well, who's laughing now?"

To prepare for the onslaught of the deadly disease, nerds are changing absolutely nothing and are expected to rise up to rule the post-Coronavirus society, as they are the ones best adjusted to being sheltered in a basement, garage, or room for many days at a time marathoning Halo, Half-Life, The Legend of Zelda, Red Dead Redemption, or Horizon Zero Dawn. They're also ready for any post-apocalyptic wasteland, as they've played many, many hours of Fallout and are adept at killing bloatflies and collecting bottlecaps.

Of course, many nerds are running out of hygienic products, but they say that's "not an issue."

Source: https://babylonbee.com/news/nations-...9jGJNmejku5JIE

Centropolis Mar 14, 2020 1:33 PM

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Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 8861712)
For reals. I think people need to manage their FEARS better.

im a hazardous materials manager and manage a superfund site so my entire career is managing small disasters so im enjoying this on some fucked up level.

https://media3.giphy.com/media/Xu9jvFb5qv0fm/giphy.gif

10023 Mar 14, 2020 1:52 PM

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Originally Posted by hauntedheadnc (Post 8861000)

To each their own. I don’t like sweets. More of a cheese course guy.

10023 Mar 14, 2020 1:53 PM

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Originally Posted by hauntedheadnc (Post 8861477)
Shit got real... I was just looking at Twitter, and all the breweries are closing to the public. No breweries, no music clubs, no shows, no farmer's markets, no drum circle... The great hush is settling.

So. Fucking. Stupid.


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