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  1. Thanks all. We are still trying to decide. I really like the idea of hitting some of the state parks where an AS will go but the 5th wheel would get really tight in a hurry. And like @pop pop said, I really don’t like getting off at every other exit to feed the beast like when pulling the 5th wheel. Aerodynamics in the 90s did t seem to be their top priority.
  2. The cost seems to be THE negative side. Then again, I’ve seen on this forum the advice of “buy once, cry once” multiple times.
  3. We are thinking of downsizing to an airstream. As we are getting older, dragging a fifth wheel seems to be more of a chore. Who has airstream experiences to share? Mark
  4. I ordered a new truck in august 2019. Got email few weeks ago that it would be built in 2023. Not holding my breath yet.
  5. @Danger Rane https://www.fda.gov/media/144246/download This is the study data submitted by Pfizer to the fda. Curve on page 58 is a good visual representation of effectiveness of vaccine. Either way, I pray for us all and hope everyone stays safe
  6. @Danger Rane“The vaccine requires two shots to be effective, and has to be re-administered every year” sorry, this is incorrect. Per Pfizer data, curves start to diverge at 14 days. Yes a second dose at 21 days was used in the study and is what is planned. There is currently no plan for it to become a yearly vaccine. Might it? Absolutely. The studies are going to continue to monitor levels. So far, the data only goes out about 140 days.
  7. mhmd

    Masks??????

    This is an interesting read. They wrote a follow up article which I have copied and pasted below. I will attempt to attach the link but given my level of technical proficiency..... well we will see. “ We understand that some people are citing our Perspective article (published on April 1 at NEJM.org)1 as support for discrediting widespread masking. In truth, the intent of our article was to push for more masking, not less. It is apparent that many people with SARS-CoV-2 infection are asymptomatic or presymptomatic yet highly contagious and that these people account for a substantial fraction of all transmissions.2,3 Universal masking helps to prevent such people from spreading virus-laden secretions, whether they recognize that they are infected or not.4 We did state in the article that “wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection,” but as the rest of the paragraph makes clear, we intended this statement to apply to passing encounters in public spaces, not sustained interactions within closed environments. A growing body of research shows that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission is strongly correlated with the duration and intensity of contact: the risk of transmission among household members can be as high as 40%, whereas the risk of transmission from less intense and less sustained encounters is below 5%.5-7 This finding is also borne out by recent research associating mask wearing with less transmission of SARS-CoV-2, particularly in closed settings.8 We therefore strongly support the calls of public health agencies for all people to wear masks when circumstances compel them to be within 6 ft of others for sustained periods. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2020836
  8. Those are further along than ours at the moment. They are hard to harvest. I know I pick several gallons just to get enough for a pie or two. The same thing happens with strawberries.
  9. @Lumber_Jack , all of our catalpa trees are around creek bottoms. Google doesn’t say that is a requirement. Is that just a fluke of our farm? mark
  10. I think Kevin Collins works Blount county. Google lists him as Collins land surveying. 865-577-1140. He has looked at multiple sites for me and has been quite helpful.
  11. Santayana would be proud @DaveTN
  12. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/04/21/838794281/study-raises-questions-about-false-negatives-from-quick-covid-19-test a quick little read to entertain you this morning.
  13. It should not be assumed to be a false negative. It is all in the context of the situation. Rarely do we (humans) make a decision based on a single point of information. The test is just one point of information. Symptoms, disease activity in the area, timing, and yes our own experiences all combine to form a picture. Do we get the picture wrong sometimes? Absolutely! However, when you see this number of deaths congregated, most likely you have a common cause. Have some of these deaths been from something other than covid. Probably. “Tens of thousands” is highly unlikely. Stay safe. A high percentage of us on here (older, male, other medical issues) are at greatest risk with this thing.
  14. I think you have come to the wrong conclusion. The goal of social distancing is to slow the spread of the illness. By itself, it will not halt the spread of the illness. Now, as to how this could occur, there are multiple possibilities. Coronavirus is a large family of viruses. Although most common colds are rhinovirus; coronavirus, parainfluenza, and rsv are all fairly common agents as well. It isn’t clear if he has covid-19 or one of the other coronaviruses. Any test will have a false positive and false negative rate. Recently, the cdc has said perhaps as much as 20% of our current tests are falsely negative. I have not seen any of the labs quote their false positive rates. It is not clear if the covid-19 virus has a transmission vector other than humans. If it has an animal vector, this may be the mode of transmission. Recent MIT research suggests a much greater distance of spread than the 6 feet that we use when discussing influenza. Lastly, there are many things that I known that have been proven totally wrong. Therefore, absolutely nothing I have said may, in the end, be correct. In a handgun class I took a few years ago, the instructor kept talking about time and distance. That seems to be good advice here, also. Spend as little time with crowds as possible and stay as far away from crowds as possible. May you all stay safe.
  15. A shout out to @GlockSpock and @Lumber_Jack for their efforts in getting the wife and I some new old tunes for the turntable. I appreciate their efforts. Mark
  16. I am not an electrician. Does that mean they have a shared neutral?
  17. Local guy there by name of bill Andrews. Run like the wind AWAY from him!
  18. Blood onto the iris needs to be seen ASAP.
  19. If I read your post correctly, you probably have a subscleral hemorrhage. If your not seeing red (literally not metaphysically) from the experience or the redness does not cross into the iris (colored part of eye) this is probably your diagnosis. Subsceral hemorrhages generally resolve spontaneously within a few days without any specific treatment. Good luck with your recovery.
  20. Having an old house, we will get a nest in the walls every year or two. Tape a shop vac hose right under their take off point, fill the shop vac with couple of gallons of water, turn it on and come back in couple of days to empty. Not as sexy as a gallon of gas, but the house still stands. We had one nest of bumble bees in insulation or kitchen. They would walk out to ledge in kitchen to take flight. A glue trap in their walk path for about a week finished hem off. Interestingly, the bees got smaller as the week went along. I suspect the last few days were the juveniles trying to find momma and poppa.
  21. “Just fyi, if you are getting lamps that work with ballasts (which I don't suggest) your ballast has to be electronic and not magnetic. “ Now maybe that is why they wouldn’t work for me. There are a lot of smart people on this forum.
  22. Tried two different brands. One was used with ballast in place. Second pulled the ballast and wired straight to the plastic clips. Neither worked or looked worth crap. Total of 28 fixtures so I really wanted it to work.
  23. Tried two different led bulbs. Then just bit the bullet and put up new fixtures. More money but much less frustration. Mark

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