Coronavirus Reality Check

I was so encouraged to watch President Trump’s press conference last evening (Mar. 23). He made it clear that the USA can not shut down indefinitely. If we continue with the current “shelter in place” and “social distancing” for several months waiting for the virus to go away, the US economy collapses, businesses shut down, the supply chain disappears, and we all ultimately end up living in caves or huts made of twigs and leaves; and we forage for roots and berries for food.

The current situation is that most social interaction is eliminated. People are staying put in their homes. Businesses are running at reduced capacity, Most forms of entertainment and professional sports are canceled. Businesses are shutting down or severely limiting their business. This is all being mandated by various levels of government. These are all necessary short term measures, not a long term way of life.

The reality is that Coronavirus is a new virus that the medical community does not currently have a vaccine for or drugs to treat the symptoms. There is a lot of effort by various drug companies and government agencies to find effective drugs and vaccines. They will most likely develop the required drugs and vaccines; within the next 2 years or so. These developments will help the next time we have an epidemic of Coronavirus, perhaps in 10 years or so, but they will likely be too late for the current pandemic.

The current pandemic is very fast moving. Ultimately the entire population of the globe will be exposed and that fact can not be avoided. The majority of those exposed will recover on their own without the need for hospitalization. Some number will have serious symptoms and will require hospitalization, but will recover. A very small percentage of people, with weakened immune systems, because of old age or preexisting illnesses, will not survive. By the way, I am one of those high risk people.

The problem is that this country does not have sufficient medical infrastructure to handle a sudden rise in the number of people needing hospitalization; for any reason. The sad reality is that the US has spared no expense to prepare itself for a global war, but has given little effort to preparing for a global pandemic. This reality will likely never change.

Some people think that we just hide at home and wait it out for a few months, the virus will go away and they will never be exposed. Not true. After you filter out all the useless hype the news media are spewing, the official reason for all the “social distancing” is to “flatten the curve” not to eliminate it. The medical infrastructure, as it existed at the start of this pandemic, could not handle the projected need for hospitalization of the serious cases. Therefore all the special effort being practiced now is to spread the load on the medical infrastructure from a big peak spread over a few weeks to a much lower peak spread over several months. At the same time we need a breather to beef up the medical community’s capacity. The same number of people will get sick. The virus is not going away, a cure is not imminent, it will not magically disappear when summer comes. The plan of attack is we slow the spread down until the medical infrastructure catches up. We also prepare to better handle a future pandemics a few years from now. This or some other unknown virus will come again someday.

Eventually the majority of the global population will be exposed to Coronavirus. All we can do at this point is fine tune the rate of exposure. And that process seems to be working. Have faith in God. The world is not coming to an end.

Time to Flush

I built my cabin in Lake LaRose, Nova Scotia in 1975; the year my twins were born. Off and on, over the intervening years I have made gradual improvements to slowly upgrade it from “rustic camping” to relatively modern creature comforts. However, one constant in those 44 years has been the sanitary facilities, old faithful, the outhouse (privy, head, latrine, john, or whatever you want to call it).

Finally it is time to replace the old outhouse with a modern flush toilet. This summer I have saved up enough money to get a septic system installed. What with all the mindless government rules and regulations they are not cheap these days. I contacted http://www.robbiebent.com/ for the job. Robbie Bent is well respected in the area and I received good recommendations on his work before I contacted him. Earlier this summer they came and dug a test hole , did the design, and submitted all the paper work to the Provincial Department of Health (got to feed the bureaucracy and their paper mill) for their approval and issuance of the required permit. On September 10, 2019 they started the excavation. See the pictures below>

All done in less than 2 days. Now I just have to schedule a trip to Nova Scotia to do the hoop-up of the interior plumbing to the new septic system. Then, no more late night trips down the path to the outhouse. We can all flush to our heart’s content. I’ll miss the old outhouse; just a little.

WordCamp US 2019

I'm attending WordCamp US 2019!

WoredCamp US is a yearly gathering of people who use WordPress software to design web sites. I attended last year in Nashville. his year’s session was held in St. Louis on Nov. 1 – 3, 2019.

Attending Word Camp US 2019
Attending Word Camp US 2019
Word Camp US 2019 Closing
Word Camp US 2019 Closing

Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada

Took a walk around Digby yesterday just to enjoy the sunny day. Digby is a city in Nova Scotia established in 1783 by a group of United Empire Loyalists https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Empire_Loyalist. Have a look at the town’s web site for details. The history can be found here – https://www.digby.ca/town-history.html. See also the Wikipedia write up on the town ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digby,_Nova_Scotia

Digby bills itself as the “Scallop Capitol of the World”. Certainly the best tasting scallops are harvested by the Digby scallop fishing fleet. I always enjoy seeing the scallop boats tied up at the Digby wharf.

Digby Scallop Fleet-1 20190727
Digby Scallop Fleet-1 20190727
Digby Scallop Fleet-2 20190727
Digby Scallop Fleet-2 20190727
Digby Boaedwalk 20190727

A stroll along the boardwalk is a great pastime on a sunny afternoon.

Digby is also home to the Wharf Rat Rally on the first weekend of September each year http://www.wharfratrally.com/ which is the largest annual motorcycle rally in this part of Canada. https://partners.novascotia.com/sites/default/files/Karla%20Kelly%20image%20for%20Tourism%20NS%20event%20page%20Wharf%20Rat%20Rally.jpg

If you want to explore more of the Maritimes you can take the ferry Fundy Rose from Digby to New Brunswick https://www.ferries.ca/nb-ns-ferry/

Cabin Painted

As of last year my cabin in Lake La Rose, Nova Scotia had not been painted in over 30 years. It was looking pretty nasty.

Cabin in 2017

So last year Sean Moreside (Donna’s Nephew) and Dwight Moreside (Donna’s Brother) helped me paint it. However, we ran out of time and did not get the porch floor painted. This year I painted the porch and it makes the place look much better.

Just for grins, here is a video clip that I made in 2015 after I got the storage shed.

The Jimmy Flynn Comedy Show – Digby Arena – July 6, 2019

On July 5th-7th, 2019 Digby Nova Scotia presented the annual Lobster Bash. It is billed as a celebration to promote the Lobster Industry in South West Nova Scotia. http://lobsterbash.ca/. At 9:00 pm Donna and I attended one of the events, a comedy show by maritime comedian Jimmy Flynn. This post covers our impression of the show. You can read about Jimmy on his web site at – https://www.jimmyflynn.com/jimmy-flynn

Donna and I Waiting for the Show to Start

Before the show his wife was selling Jimmy Flynn merchandise. I just had to get a bobble-head doll. Jimmy offered to autograph it.

I just had to get a picture with Jimmy.

LeRoy Rice with Jimmy Flynn
LeRoy Rice with Jimmy Flynn

We had a really great time at the show and enjoyed his brand of humor; we laughed a lot. His show is billed a “adult entertainment” and it certainly is. Anyone who is offended by “off color” or “sexually explicit” humor should stay away. We were not offended

Blow is a clip of some of the cleanermaterial that I recorded from the show. It will give you a taste of his country style humor. I loved it

Clip from show in Digby Nova Scotia

He also sings. Here is a YouTube of one of his songs :- https://youtu.be/M6qxlYSzByk

Here is a YouTube video of one of his acts:- https://youtu.be/wqosshe2sOY

If The Jimmy Flynn Comedy Show comes to your area, go and see it, you will have fun.

Traffic, People Simply Don’t Understand

I went into Atlanta a couple of times last week. The first trip was to the Auto show at the Georgia World Congress Center. I drove to the nearest MARTA (subway/train) and caught a train downtown. A very pleasant ride. The next day my wife and I drove through Atlanta to visit our daughter. Traffic was terrible! The irony of the traffic situation in Atlanta became very clear. Everyone who has to drive in and around Atlanta complains endlessly about how bad the traffic is. They keep asking the Department of Transportation to build more roads, widen existing roads etc. While you are actually in that horrible traffic, hardly moving at all, you notice that you are surrounded by cars with one occupant and lots of tractor trailers. People will not car pool and they will not take public transit. Companies continue to ship freight all over the country by tractor trailer even though that is the most inefficient way to do it.

Seems that everywhere except Georgia, governments realizes that public transportation is essential to a well run city to both prevent traffic congestion and lower pollution. You could pave the whole state and still not have enough roads for all those single occupant cars. Asking for more roads is not the solution! Recently in the news, Gwinnette County held a referendum on extending Atlanta’s public transportation system (MARTA) into that county. As with all such referendums in the past, it failed. People in Georgia have always opposed public transportation. You can not have it both ways people! Where is the logic; you demand less traffic, but refuse to car pool or use public transit. You get to choose one or the other, not all of the above!

The number of tractor trailer that are clogging up our highways annoys me greatly. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates started investing in railroads a few years because they knew the reality. For moving freight, trains are hundreds of times more efficient than trucks. However most long haul freight goes by truck these days. This may be convenient but it is expensive and polluting. Freight moved between cities should be done by train, and trucks only used for local deliveries. We endure higher than necessary prices because companies will not ship goods by the most efficient means and we endure higher that required levels of traffic on our roads. A looser all the way around.

Bottom line, don’t complain about the traffic and then refuse to do the logical things to fix it.