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  1. If you have a moderate understanding of both what you want, and whether it can be accomplished (and what things cost), I'd say building is the way to go if you have a decent parcel. The cost can come out pretty equal, with the large advantage of literally living in a house exactly as you want it. You need a reputable builder/engineer. 

    I possess none of those qualities, and will never attempt such a thing. My buddy, who had worked for a contractor as a teen, bought in on a development and designed his whole place with the builder, and its absolutely everything he wanted. Sure it cost $600k! but so did everything else in the development. 


    To the "remove statues with votes" crowd, the slightly problematic statue pictured here will be getting removed from my fine capitol city! 

    A statue that depicts a freed enslaved man kneeling at Abraham Lincoln's feet rests on a pedestal, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Boston. The statue in Boston is a copy of the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman's Memorial, that was erected in Lincoln Park, in Washington, D.C., in 1876. Three years later, the copy was installed in Boston. Calls are mounting for the removal of both statues. (Steven Senne/AP)

  2. I don't understand anything you just said, but congrats!

    I gotta tell ya, I like shaking hands. Gonna miss it. As a referee, on a 3 game set, I could shake well over a hundred hands. Some of it has transitioned to fist bumps and stuff, but the forearm bump looks and feels real weird. I could go for lots of bowing. Maybe we can get that going. 

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  3. Because of lackadaisical formatting, I don't know what you're quoting, and what's a sentient thought from you, but right after the part that you quoted:

    "Carrie Williams, a spokesperson for the Texas Hospital Association, also said Texas has enough hospital capacity, though she added that hospitalizations numbers are "definitely a concern."

    “Right now we’re in good shape, but if this trend continues, it’s not sustainable,” she said."


    The media has done a terrible job with everything for a long time. Rich people long ago figured out that buying the news is a good thing for them. There's no good answer for it, and it's impossible to tell what is real, and what isn't, especially for anyone who actually wants to know what's going on. Look at the insane cops + Shake Shack story. If you wait a very short 12 hour  overnight period before anything goes public, no parts of that story ever hit the media. The cops weren't sick, the manager knew it was a poorly cleaned machine, no one vomited or felt ill. Instead, an aggressive sergeant and his boss hit their local reporters immediately, based on assumptions, the story goes viral, the truth comes out, everyone mocks the cops who did nothing wrong, and it's all a big dumb joke, and it only makes the police force look stupid, even though they started the whole thing.

    Again, I don't know what parts of your post are you speaking, but to say no one cared about the reporting numbers isn't true. It's only true based on the news you consume. I follow very leftish sports twitter people, and few actual news people of any side, and there hasn't been a single day where I'm not getting 3rd party retweets about the increasing case numbers. The two things to watch were the states that held big protests, and the states the reopened under ominous circumstances. California managed to be both, but the rest of the states that reopened with skeptical policies are all seeing huge increases in positive cases.

    And the googling a random number + cases thing seems really stupid to me. There's 32k new cases in the country today. Spread it over a week that's 200,000 cases. You can make a lot of 3 and 4 digit numbers out of 200,000, especially when factoring the inconsistencies in reporting, as different counties/town/cities voice their totals their own way. 


    Also, the point of ICU beds running full capacity at non-Corona persons isn't the point; the point is that they're full, and only 10% of those are COVID related. The system, as designed and mentioned by Strat, is that it stays consistently busy.


    You also managed to include an extra zero in one of your quotes, that throws your point off by a factor of 10: "Among people <70 years old, infection fatality rates ranged from 0.00% to 0.26% with median of 0.05% (corrected, 0.00-0.23% with median of 0.04%).


    Sketchy, Brv.

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  4. Arizona is starting to run low on ICU beds. Houston is at 97% capacity. 

    The anti-mask rhetoric might be mostly to blame. Something simple everyone can do, and it's become a politicized thing about rights and manliness. 

  5. I've quite enjoyed working 12-4 for my regular pay, in my solo office, with 3-5 other people in the building, while being closed to the public. Gonna be a bit miserable those first couple weeks we're back to "normal."

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  6. No, not in today's world. 

    Look how hard and objective Stratty has been on himself. The man is putting in serious work to play that miserable dating game, and he's getting results. Sitting around judging women in 2020 for....wanting to text? That's not gonna get it done, pal. 

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  7. Good point. Wouldn't want to be with someone of the opposite sex who you can carry on a conversation with about lots of different topics. 


    And you DEFINITELY wouldn't want to be in a long term relationship with that person. 

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  8. I don't mind my wifes service, but the church is 35-40 minutes away, there's Sunday school for an hour after, and they have a coffee hour during that time that's mostly just for bitching about various things (liberals, each others personal lives). So it's a 3 hour commitment from start to finish, with a bunch of people I don't feel the need to spend much time with. The pandemic has been a welcome release from that schedule.

  9. Depends what level of service we're talking. If it's just the basic ~45 minutes, in and out type deal, it can be a decent way to just kind of meditate. If she's more involved and you're going to have to join the "community," then it sucks a lot more. 

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  10. It's a weird time man, I don't think most people are quite themselves. Go along with it, see what happens, don't put too much stock into anything either way. Maybe things get 20% more normal in a month, and you can sit 6 feet away from her at a bar. I don't know. 

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  11. If anyone saw the Brockton, MA protest last night, that city is one street over from me. My buddy lives right next to the police station, so his building was on camera for much of the evening. He took in a little tear gas, but didn't mix it up. ❤️ the police state!

  12. The St. Paul mayor said it's all out of state white people doing the rioting, and there's some decent evidence it's the same across the country, which...asks a lot of questions, and all of the answers are real shitty. 

  13. Not that you have any choice in the matter, but "virtual date" sounds much worse than a regular date. At least with no texting, you'll have a full arsenal of stuff to chat about. Maybe some light-hearted race riot talk.

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