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  1. On 5/20/2021 at 3:21 PM, Beechwoodfan said:

    Flew to Florida last week.  Airlines still require the masks but are filling up those middle seats.  Our flight was 100% full.  Seems a bit hypocritical.

    Florida is awesome!  There are very few masks around Vero Beach and it feels great to be acting normal.

    It is time.

    A few businesses still ask you to wear masks, but that is getting fewer and fewer. I still wear one when in Publix or BJ's, the only brick and mortar places I actually shop at. I am only required to wear a mask at work in conference room meetings, now. 

  2. On 3/6/2021 at 10:22 PM, Bluto said:



    I can't wait for this book to come out (May 4th, 2021)

    Here are some impressive endorsements, indeed.

    “Reading Project Hail Mary is like going on a field trip to outer space with the best science teacher you’ve ever had—and your class assignment is to save the world. This is one of the most original, compelling, and fun voyages I’ve ever taken.”—Ernest Cline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One

    “Brilliantly funny and enjoyable . . . one of the most plausible science fiction books I’ve ever read.”—Tim Peake, ESA astronaut and internationally bestselling author of Limitless

    “Thrilling doesn’t even begin to describe Project Hail Mary, which is undisputedly the best book I’ve read in a very, very long time. Chock-full of the mind-blowing science in death-defying situations that made Weir a star with The Martian, this tour de force even transcends that work as it becomes a profoundly moving celebration of friendship and sacrifice. I cheered, I laughed (a lot), I cried, and when the twist arrived and the book revealed its true target, my jaw hit the floor. Mark my words:
    Project Hail Mary is destined to become a classic.”—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Recursion and Dark Matter

    “Two worlds in peril, a competent (but flawed and human) man, a competent alien, unending scientific puzzles to unravel, with humanity itself at risk, this one has everything fans of old school SF (like me) love. If you like a lot of science in your science fiction, Andy Weir is the writer for you.”—George R. R. Martin, New York Times bestselling author of A Game of Thrones

    “I loved The Martian, but I actually find Project Hail Mary to be Mr. Weir’s finest work to date. It’s somehow both exciting, yet also personal. I’m constantly amazed by how well Mr. Weir continues to write wonderfully accessible science fiction without compromising either the science or the fiction.”—Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Stormlight Archive series

    Project Hail Mary.jpg

    I am about 3/4 through this one and I highly recommend it. 

  3. I always keep one of my monitors on this video feed. I find it immensely fascinating. It has been going off pretty often today.  At the time of this post, it was dormant looking. However, 5 minutes prior it was spewing up a few hundred feet and pouring lava.


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  4. ORLANDO, Fla. - The largest-free standing White Castle in the world will soon open in Orlando and FOX 35 got an inside look at the restaurant on Tuesday.

    White Castle will open its highly anticipated Orlando location on May 3, 2021. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m., when doors officially open to guests. They will stay open until 1 a.m. but anticipate that they will be serving the line until about 4 a.m.

    "The Orlando Castle will be open for take-out, dine-in, and drive-through service from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on grand opening day, then reopen on Tuesday with regular operating hours, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days per week. At some point in the future, White Castle will operate 24 hours per day," the company previously said.
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  5. * The Florida Turnpike exit at Yeehaw Junction is the southern end of the longest stretch of limited-access highway without an exit in the United States (the next interchange to the north being 48.9 miles away at Kissimmee/St. Cloud) and the northern end of the second-longest such stretch (the next exit to the south being 40.5 miles away at Fort Pierce).

  6. I dropped it when it hit $74 a month (with sports package) and they quit showing the Fox Sports channels. I already had Showtime, BritBox, Acorn, Hulu basic (not Hulu TV), and Friendly TV mostly for Mrs. S, who hardly watched YoutubeTV at all. I only watched YoutubeTV for sports, so I was chucking chucking out $100 a month for TV that, for the most part, wasn't being used. I added CBS All Access so she gets all the TV Shows she wants, and I'm only out $47 a month. (I have Amazon Prime for my business and I'd have it regardless of TV offerings, so the cost of that is not part of the equation.)

    I have an antenna if I need to see local channels, which is never. 

    I simply do not watch television shows anymore. They bores me to tears, for the most part. I prefer to read a good book. I have NHL TV so I can watch the Lightning (think VPN), but I don't watch live college or pro sports much anymore.

    I can catch most high school sports and can get highlights of most college games I care about on YouTube proper (I still have USF season tickets for football, but I'm not sure how much longer I will do that, either.) If I really want to watch a sporting event, I have 100 sports bars I can go to and share a meal with friends and family while watching.

    Priorities change as you get older, I guess.

  7. 1 hour ago, swamprat said:

    Mrs. S has had both of her shots. Until this morning, I did not qualify by age. My primary employer informed me that now that I qualify I have to get one.


    1 hour ago, theguru said:

    Wow, have to get one to work, slippery slope. 

    Thursday at 2 PM. Pfizer. Second dose April 8 at 2 PM. About 3 miles from where I work. 

    My understanding is that it's an insurance issue for them. If I get it, spend an inordinate amount of time in the hospital, and/or die. Their rates go up. 

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  8. For the most part, every where I go people are wearing masks. I continue to wear one indoors and outdoors in large crowds. I have never and will never require people to wear one around me. However, many people at work, and in my side business, put one on when I have to work directly with them.  


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  9. Three time Pro Bowler, Vincent Jackson, a former Buc and Charger WR, was found dead in a hotel room in Brandon, FL where he had been living since January 11th.  He and his family resided in South Tampa, where many former and current Buccaneers live. Brandon is about 18 miles east of South Tampa. 

    His family had reported him missing on January 10th and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department found him in the hotel on the 12th. 

    After assessing his well being, the missing person's report was cancelled. 

    He was found today, with no signs of trauma. The investigation is still underway. 


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