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Everything posted by swamprat

  1. When my father was alive we had no need for any membership club, because he belonged to the biggest membership club of all. The US Military. When I was a kid we would drive up to Ft. Knox twice a year and get bulk items, visiting my grandparents in E-Town on the way. When we combined households so I could take care of my parents, he got me an ID that would let me on MacDill AFB. I would gas up, get Dad's meds at the Pharma-Care, and shop at the commissary and BX. No membership club can beat those prices, especially in the BX where there was no excise or sales tax charged.
  2. With the Bolts not allowing fans to attend the games and Fox pulling it's channels from YouTube TV, the lone sport that I care to watch anymore is all but unavailable to me. When Fox decides to stream on its own, I will subscribe, but I am not switching to their desired provider AT&T just to watch.
  3. The Pfizer vaccine requires 2 doses, the second 3 weeks after the first, and it DOES NOT prevent getting the virus, it is supposed to just lessen its severity. I know 2 people have come down with symptoms and tested positive since receiving the 2nd dose. However, their symptoms are not severe.
  4. Just because the Bolts won the Stanley Cup and the Rays made it to the World Series, I would love to see the Bucs be the first team to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium. It would be fantastic to see them win it, too. Tampa Bay would then match LA who won the World Series and the NBA Championship. Sorry , Big Guy, but I have not watched a single NFL game all season. Just for grins, before I responded to your post, I did watch the highlights of the regular season games against NOLA. The Saints are a bad matchup for the Bucs. Having said all that, since I'm not that excited abo
  5. Neither. BJ's Warehouse. Better selection. Lower prices. Lower member rates.
  6. I don't know how they are going to work this, but Dallas postponed their first 3 games due to a Covid outbreak last week. That includes the first of 2 games in Tampa, the Sunday game. Dallas will open their season against the Lightning on Tuesday night.
  7. For this season, anyway, each team will only play 8 games against each of their division rivals during the regular season. They will primarily play a 2 game series when a team visits their opponents location to reduce exposure. Chicago, who played in Tampa last night, will play the Bolts again on Friday night in Amalie Arena.
  8. Sponsored divisions? Why not? The Discover Central Division: Carolina Chicago Columbus Dallas Detroit Florida Nashville Tampa Bay The Mass/Mutual East: Boston Buffalo New Jersey NY Islanders NY Rangers Philadelphia Pittsburgh Washington The Honda West: Anaheim Arizona Colorado Los Angeles Minnesota San Jose St. Louis Vegas The Scotia North: Calgary Edmonton Montreal Ottawa Toronto Vancouver Wi
  9. At the 2021 home opener, this evening, the Lightning revealed the 2020 Stanley Cup banner but did not raise it. They announced that they would raise and hang the banner when the fans could come back to Amalie Arena to see it live. Oh yeah, the Bolts beat the Blackhawks 5-1.
  10. Mike Lupica needs to stick to sports books. I love the Jessie Stone series and this book may have killed it for me. It was worse than awful.
  11. I was at Disney Springs the other day with my son-in-law and grandson to meet my daughter-in-law and those grandkids for lunch and gift exchange. Overhead announcements warned of being escorted out if patrons were not wearing masks and not wearing masks properly. The staff was all over telling non-compliant people to mask up or leave. Orange County Sheriff's deputies were the security, not some security service. Makes sense given they have a precinct office right in Disney Springs. Lots and lots of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, New York, and Ohio plates in the garages and school
  12. Also, those getting sick in Florida, anyway, are not getting as sick. Hospitalization for COVID in the major hospitals in Tampa Bay are averaging under 10% with COVID. Tampa Bay as a whole is running around a 7% positive to test ratio. Deaths to positive tests ratio has gone back under 2%.
  13. UM-Lowell is a contender in the college hockey world.
  14. The numbers from late June and the month of July eschew the ratios upward. Yesterday, Florida performed 108,000 + tests with 8,000 coming up positive. 7.4% rate. Unlike the numbers you and CWB reported, as of yesterday, the hospitalization numbers down here in the Tampa Bay area show a little over 9% of available beds (13,000+) in Tampa Bay are filled with Covid patients ( approx. 1,235) and only 12% ( approx. 148) of those patients are in ICUs and only 3% of those in ICU are on ventilators (approx. 5). The survival rate is currently over 99%. I do not know the infection number of staffs
  15. In my area, the testing rate has increased dramatically in the past few weeks, leading to dramatically more positive cases, yet the positive case to test ratio remains around 13% and the death to positive case ration has dropped below 2% again.
  16. Stuffing if it is cooked inside the bird. Dressing if cooked on the stove top or baked separately from the bird. Mrs. S does both.
  17. My daughter's practice is shutdown this week after a medical assistant started showing symptoms Monday last. The MA had vacationed the previous 2 weeks, the first of those in Orlando. For what it is worth, my daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and the remainder of her staff tested negative.
  18. And then there are the Toronto/Tampa Raptors. 😄 I just hope they don't screw up the ice for the Lightning. The Maple Leafs have not sniffed a Cup Final in 52 years and have only made the conference finals twice since the Raptors came to town in 1995. Yikes!!!
  19. Local hospital numbers from yesterday morning, from Tampa General (1000 bed level one trauma hospital) and BayCare (15 hospitals with 3480 beds). At TGH 46 Covid patients, 18 in ICU. 4% of total bed count. Drug overdoses outnumber Covid patients 10 to 1. Trauma 2 to 1. BayCare reporting 309 Covid patients, 40 in ICU. 8% of total bed count. These numbers are down from a month ago. It may be coming, but I'm still not seeing hospitals being overwhelmed. In fact, the total admittance in local hospitals is lower than previous years. That may be due to reduced elective surgeries or
  20. The Code Rats are 5-4. Looks like I lost Kyler Murray, last night, and McCaffrey is out for the season, now. I am projected to win handily this week, but my luck has not worked well for me of late. Replacements for Bye players have been killing me.
  21. Dressing Balls. Taters and gravy. Green Bean Casserole. Mrs. S's Pumkin Dump Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream.
  22. It's been awhile. Good for another read.
  23. Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall has resigned following an internal investigation into allegations of physical and verbal abuse, the school announced Tuesday. The school and Marshall agreed to a contract settlement of $7.75 million to be paid over the next six years. "This was a difficult decision, but one I feel was necessary for my family, the university and, most importantly, the student-athletes," Marshall said. "I remain grateful for my years spent at Wichita State. I wish to thank the coaches, student-athletes, the university, the community, and all of Shocker Nati
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