Weekend Plans Post: Batchin’ It In A Time Of Covid


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  1. DensityDuck says:

    I’m reminded of Dave Barry; “[M]arried guys assume that all unmarried guys lead lives of constant excitement involving hot tubs full of naked international fashion models; whereas in fact for most unmarried guys, the climax of the typical evening is watching an infomercial for Hair-in-a-Spraycan while eating onion dip straight from the container. (This is also true of married guys, although statistically they are far more likely to be using a spoon.)”Report

    • Jaybird in reply to DensityDuck says:

      One of my buddies only very recently terminated his bachelorhood. He got married somewhat later in life… he was in his mid-30’s when he got married. (Well, when *I* was a kid, getting married at 26 was being “a late bloomer”.)

      Anyway, he was a quintessential engineer/programmer. He was one of those School Of Mines guys who puts together cubesat designs for fun. Prior to his marriage, his constant excitement involved putting stuff together after taking it apart. But, for fun, when he had a vacation… he did THIS: 70000 TONS OF METAL.

      A cruise with 120 concerts on it!

      He was talking about what he was going to be doing and someone asked “think you might meet anybody?” and my quip was “remember the ratio at the School of Mines?”

      Anyway, no. He didn’t meet his wife-to-be on the Heavy Metal cruise.

      But he did go on it. (And it wasn’t the first time he went on it.)Report

      • DensityDuck in reply to Jaybird says:

        On the one hand, you wonder why they don’t just hire a bunch of girls to, y’know, hang out on the boat, and then charge extra for the “Yes There Are Chicks” version of the cruise.

        On the other hand, dudes who go on a cruise like that are, probably, honestly not doing it for the chicks, so they’d think of that as a distraction. “I wanted to hang with LaBrie but this girl grabbed him and dragged him into her room and nobody saw them for the next seventy-two hours!”Report

  2. Jaybird says:

    Oh, and I got my flu shot.

    Get your flu shot.Report

    • Fish in reply to Jaybird says:

      I had a doctor’s appointment two weeks ago, and she was all like, “Hey, you want your flu shot while you’re here?” and I’m all like, “Yeah, I want you to save me an extra trip to Target or Walgreens or wherever!”

      So yeah…I got my flu shot.Report

  3. Michael Cain says:

    Last push to put everything in boxes for the movers on Monday…Report

  4. fillyjonk says:

    Probably going to be working, at least part of the weekend. By choice. Because the existential dread seems less dread-y when I am busy, and “busy” these days is “writing exams or prepping new material to teach”

    This afternoon I have to go out and get a (long delayed by various things, mostly my own inertia) set of soil samples for an ongoing soil invertebrate study. I am hoping the eventual manuscript of this is looked on favorably and not “I know there was a pandemic on but why didn’t you sample in August or September 2020”

    I turned in my absentee ballot yesterday, so if our cases are jacked to the moon in early November or there are other worrisome shenanigans going on I won’t worry about “how do I vote safely, or do I just sit this year out (I know, I know, Kristin, if you’re reading this: but if my choice is voting where my votes tend to go against the predilections of those living around me, and so they cancel me out, I’d rather not stand in line for an hour in front of some unmasked coughing guy and maybe risk my life).

    Other than that, IDK. I should probably do a “big” stock up trip soon (more laundry detergent, maybe more TP, more canned goods, more of the small comforts of life) because I do suspect November through perhaps next March is gonna be ugly, case-wise, and I’ll probably be spending a lot of time at home (sigh) again.Report

    • Michael Cain in reply to fillyjonk says:

      Re stocking up, I’ve noticed that the local supermarket chain is starting to run short on assorted things again. Not as bad as it was last spring, but there are some noticeable gaps on some of the shelves. Not just us; my niece, near Omaha, has all of her relatives buying the biggest available package of her preferred disposable diapers if they see them.Report

      • fillyjonk in reply to Michael Cain says:

        The Brookshire’s (probably the nicest fanciest grocery this side of Dallas and where I went today) had signs up telling customers the limits:
        – four cans of vegetables (I know not if “of one kind” or “four of ANY kind”)
        – two cans of beans
        – one pack of TP.

        I mentioned to the young woman at the checkout “Just tell me if I went over any of the limits, I can have you pull that item, I won’t be mad” and she looked at my stuff on the belt and said “No, you’re fine, but thank you for paying attention to the signs.”

        I imagine they’ve taken a fair amount of crap in recent months. She did note the restrictions were worse earlier on. (Interestingly, I don’t remember the Kroger having limits, but they are in a less upscaley area – this is where the wealthy folks from N. Texas have their lake homes and I wonder if some of them are “bunkering.”)

        I did get my allowed two cans of beans; I figure it’s always a good idea to have beans on the shelf. There’s a lot you can do with black beans. And I got more TP even though I’m probably good for a year, and please God, let us be on our way out of the pandemic by October 2021….Report

  5. Reformed Republican says:

    I’m going to attempt to make an apple pie, including the crust, from scratch. With lattice top.

    Other than that, no specific plans.Report

  6. Slade the Leveller says:


    Got this guy all assembled this weekend. Wood filler and paint to go.Report