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On 3/15/2020 at 11:03 AM, Pato del Muerto said:

Also, I’ve been growing broccoli sprouts hydroponically in the kitchen  for a while now. Each batch takes about a week. 

 

This intrigues me. How do you do this?

 

 

We bought a 250 dollar gift card from our favorite locally owned restaurant. We've used it tonight for takeout, but will probably save most of it for later, when (if) things get back to normal. 

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4 minutes ago, High Plains Drifter said:

 

 

This intrigues me. How do you do this?

 

 

We bought a 250 dollar gift card from our favorite locally owned restaurant. We've used it tonight for takeout, but will probably save most of it for later, when (if) things get back to normal. 

It’s on the previous page, further down. 

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I gave a young girl taking and delivering orders outside the Whataburger a $20 tip this morning. God bless these people keeping us fat and happy. 

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On 3/18/2020 at 4:11 PM, Pato del Muerto said:

I bought this set of stacked trays and bag of broccoli seeds on amazon. 
Put seeds in clear trays. Every morning and every evening, empty the bottom green tray of water and put about a cup of fresh water in the top. There are weep holes that the water drains down each tier and maintains humidity. I’m at day 3 I think for the batch in the picture I just took. 
 

I’ll add an amazon link if I can find it but I’m sure there’s plenty of stuff out there for different scale growing. 

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@BurntEyes and others, updating the pic. Today is harvest day, 4 days later. Then I do it again. 

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6 minutes ago, Pato del Muerto said:

@BurntEyes and others, updating the pic. Today is harvest day, 4 days later. Then I do it again. 

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Werd. I've got the seeds and planters already ordered from Amazon. After a quarantine and good cleaning of said products I'll be on my way to some tasty sprouts. Seriously, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'm unexpectedly excited about it.

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Just as an update, I'm seeing a lot of posts, discussion, etc. of folks doing right by each other.  Neighbors helping out older neighbors, that sort of thing.  And people all over doing their best to lighten the mood, to share some joy and laughs with people however they can -- just being good and decent to each other.  It does the heart good to see it.  It's what we MUST see more of.  It's not just the only way we get to the other side -- it's how we can be the kind of society we want to see on the other side.

Keep it up, folks.  It's going to be a long haul.  Keep it up.  We have to.

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Just now, Brisketexan said:

Just as an update, I'm seeing a lot of posts, discussion, etc. of folks doing right by each other.  Neighbors helping out older neighbors, that sort of thing.  And people all over doing their best to lighten the mood, to share some joy and laughs with people however they can -- just being good and decent to each other.  It does the heart good to see it.  It's what we MUST see more of.  It's not just the only way we get to the other side -- it's how we can be the kind of society we want to see on the other side.

Keep it up, folks.  It's going to be a long haul.  Keep it up.  We have to.

This is America, more or less. I hope you step away from the ledge some and see that. Even the people you probably think, on some level, are racist, cruel shitheels probably aren’t all that bad most of the time and in most situations. 

At least that’s what I tell myself because dwelling on anything else is counterproductive 

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1 minute ago, Wulaw Horn said:

This is America, more or less. I hope you step away from the ledge some and see that. Even the people you probably think, on some level, are racist, cruel shitheels probably aren’t all that bad most of the time and in most situations. 

At least that’s what I tell myself because dwelling on anything else is counterproductive 

I'll suggest that as a society, we regularly come to forks in the road when we need to decide who we are.  There are plenty of times we've chosen to be utter shitheels, racist pieces of shit, etc.

And there are times when we have chosen to be what we claim to be, what we aspire to be.  We are at one hellacious fork in the road.  We have a choice of who we want to be, both during this crisis, and once we are out on the other side.  Some folks have chosen well -- I hope that momentum builds.  Momentum is a helluva thing.

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On 3/22/2020 at 12:30 PM, Pato del Muerto said:

@BurntEyes and others, updating the pic. Today is harvest day, 4 days later. Then I do it again. 

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We are doing the same. Love them! 

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49 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:

I'll suggest that as a society, we regularly come to forks in the road when we need to decide who we are.  There are plenty of times we've chosen to be utter shitheels, racist pieces of shit, etc.

And there are times when we have chosen to be what we claim to be, what we aspire to be.  We are at one hellacious fork in the road.  We have a choice of who we want to be, both during this crisis, and once we are out on the other side.  Some folks have chosen well -- I hope that momentum builds.  Momentum is a helluva thing.

Momentum doesn’t exist- ask the numbers nerds and Herman. 

Counterpoint- people don’t change. Your perception might- or the situations they are put in and their incentives for behaving a certain way might- but by and large they don’t change. 

As to what you are talking about with the decision to do right or wrong that’s universal throughout every culture and the struggle since the dawn of time that’s always been observed. 

I think the trajectory has been, on balance to get better and there’s some cognitive dissonance in the past 10 years especially brought on by the revolution brought about by social media and our interconnectedness. We will figure it out. 

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5 hours ago, Constant said:

Drew Brees donating 5 million dollars. 

Good g'n dude.

 

And here, because the UK regularly produces legends.  This is just some good energy poured right out into the universe.

 

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If there's a thread for stuff to do during isolation that's not geared towards kids and teens, point me in the right direction. For now I'll just share this here - we are huge Geeks Who Drink pub trivia fans, and if anyone else is too you probably saw that they had to lay off just about all of their staff. But, because they are awesome, they are going to do livestreams of quizzes on Twitch, and you can donate to help keep those going - right now it's basically run by volunteers. They did the first one tonight and while it's not quite the same as doing it at an actual bar, it was still fun and brought a small sense of normalcy to our lives. Twitch channel here.

I'm hosting a virtual game night for our friend group this weekend using the

Jackbox games and GoToMeeting. Not sure how it'll turn out but it should work in concept. Will report back.

ETA guess I wasn't the first with the idea. Here's an article explaining it https://ftw.usatoday.com/2020/03/jackbox-how-to-play-friends-hangouts-zoom-coronavirus-quarantine

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Had to go to Parkland ER while at work and was talking with a nurse that had her mask on. She showed me her headband that had a couple of buttons sewn on the sides so the mask could attach there - instead of on her ears all shift. Something simply brilliant about it. 
 

She said an anonymous donor dropped off 500 headbands. These are exceptional times and we are still exceptional people. 

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I grew up Catholic, Jesuit-educated, even though I'm actually a member of the PCUSA these days....but I really like Pope Francis.  And his words today are truly beautiful, and capture the essence of the Gospel and of our humanity:

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Pope Francis's beautiful meditation today on fear and hope, during his prayers for an end to the #coronavirus, and his extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing.

"For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing” (v. 38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.

Good on you, Pope Francis.

We are one humanity, and only together can we do this.  Which I have long thought is a truth - of society, of the Gospels, of humanity.  We are all in this together.  We are called to be in community with each other -- and in the grand scheme, I am only as safe, healthy, and prosperous as my fellow man is.  Kindness is our call.

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Got a call last night from my pastor.  Our church supports quite a few local food missions, one being The Gospel Cafe.  The mission funded food projects have been decimated by the grocery runs.   They got a huge donation of hot dogs and hot links to feed people literally anything they can, but they couldn’t get buns.  Pastor asked me to see what I could find through the restaurant channels, and one of the Bread route owners I’ve met before got us hooked up on his entire allotment of hot dog buns. Should get Gospel through the next week (sorry store shoppers).  
 

Dropped off 15 racks of buns at 9 this morning.  Made my day.  

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Just now, Trey3216 said:

Got a call last night from my pastor.  Our church supports quite a few local food missions, one being The Gospel Cafe.  The mission funded food projects have been decimated by the grocery runs.   They got a huge donation of hot dogs and hot links to feed people literally anything they can, but they couldn’t get buns.  Pastor asked me to see what I could find through the restaurant channels, and one of the Bread route owners I’ve met before got us hooked up on his entire allotment of hot dog buns. Should get Gospel through the next week (sorry store shoppers).  
 

Dropped off 15 racks of buns at 9 this morning.  Made my day.  

Every little bit counts.  All of it. Good on ya.

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5 minutes ago, Trey3216 said:

Got a call last night from my pastor.  Our church supports quite a few local food missions, one being The Gospel Cafe.  The mission funded food projects have been decimated by the grocery runs.   They got a huge donation of hot dogs and hot links to feed people literally anything they can, but they couldn’t get buns.  Pastor asked me to see what I could find through the restaurant channels, and one of the Bread route owners I’ve met before got us hooked up on his entire allotment of hot dog buns. Should get Gospel through the next week (sorry store shoppers).  
 

Dropped off 15 racks of buns at 9 this morning.  Made my day.  

Awesome, way to go!

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9 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:

Every little bit counts.  All of it. Good on ya.

Absolutely.  That’s the point of this thread.   We can all do a few things, make a phone call or two and make things happen.   We just gotta do it.  So many small things, but let’s remember that the most vulnerable in society are even more vulnerable now.   Let’s remember our teachings and help each other out, because this is and will affect every single one of us.  

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I've decided that the next time I go to the grocery store, I'm going to buy some gift cards and give them randomly to workers at the store.

I'm thinking maybe $10 - $25 cards, totaling $100 per trip. We are going maybe once a week, so this is less than I'm saving by sheltering at home.

It's not a lot, but it's something.

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So I've been fighting back the tears a good bit today.  As the days have gone by, I've seen more and more images of doctors and nurses weary, and exhausted.  And not exhausted as in "tired from a long shift."  Nope, something altogether different.

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I've always voraciously consumed history books, so many of them about conflict (WWII, Vietnam, etc.). In most of them, there is an image as old as human history: an exhausted soldier, slumped and spent after battle - after the horrific task of simply doing his duty, and seeing and experiencing what no human should ever have to. And the haunting part of every such image isn't the physical exhaustion -- it's seeing the sapped mental energy, the shattered emotions.

I've spent my life looking at such images of people wearing camouflage and helmets. Now...I see the same, but the spent souls are wearing scrubs and masks. The fight is the same. The duty is the same. And the costs...so dreadfully the same. The debt that can't be repaid....the same.

I'm not sure what I feel most strongly.  It fucking shatters me to know and see what healthcare professionals are going through right now.  But that they are continuing to step up, day after day, at risk of their own lives, at risk of their own mental health and wellbeing, to do what has to be done for all of us -- well, that inspires me.  It's the best of what we are, and what we can be.  

Maybe I'm just having a day.  Maybe it's been a long week.  But I can't get it out of my mind.

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