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    Default The official COVID-19 pandemic SILVER LININGS thread

    OK, there is so much bad news I thought it might not hurt to have a place to share some good things coming out of this dumb pandemic. No insults or arguments allowed in this thread.

    I will start with a few:

    1. I am getting more exercise
    2. I think I have a much deeper appreciation for things that matter - relationships with family and friends
    3. Some good opportunities to serve. When we do carry out we try to leave a $20 tip each time and the recipient almost always tears up. We have had some touching experiences connecting with neighbors.
    4. Our immediate family is closer than ever
    5. Hardly any spam callers
    6. Working from home is mostly awesome
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    Clean air. My wife and I go hiking most evenings and it is remarkable how much nicer the air quality is in the valley lately.
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    "It's no secret that the great American pastime is no longer baseball. Now it's sanctimony." -- Guy Periwinkle, The Nix.
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    pelagius came back to brag about weightlifting.

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    I agree about item #1 more exercise. It's much easier to exercise in the morning when I don't have to worry about getting to the office at a specific time.

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    As I mentioned in another thread, no waking up early to drive my daughter to early morning seminary!

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    * I have seen my kids more in the last 3 weeks than perhaps any non-vacation 3-week period since they were born.

    * In the days, weeks, and years BC (Before COVID) usually a couple times a week I would be sitting in my office, dreading whatever was left on my plate that day, and I would wonder how my daughter's day is going, or I would be wishing I could just hug my kids and tell them I love them. Now I just walk out of my office and hug my kids and tell them I love them and ask how their day is going.

    * I have golfed 18 holes at least twice a week for the past 3 weeks. Fingers crossed that the Gov. doesn't shut down the courses.

    * I've noticed that when i'm out for a walk and I see some other people out walking, they and I are both a little more likely to give a friendly smile or a "hi there".

    * I purchased and installed an 86" TV for the Superbowl, not realizing that just 6 weeks later we would be suddenly be watching a LOT more TV
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    If there was ever a time where I could come to Utah and help my ailing parents (mainly my dad) it was due to this. Because last minute flights were so inexpensive I could fly out and be with them when he unexpectantly went into the hospital.
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    My hair was getting shaggy so I had my wife give me a haircut with our clippers we bought years ago for kid haircuts. She did such a great job that I may not pay for a haircut again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    My hair was getting shaggy so I had my wife give me a haircut with our clippers we bought years ago for kid haircuts. She did such a great job that I may not pay for a haircut again.
    I've been thinking of just shaving off what little grows on my head. It would save me time and money.
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    We may have the greatest sports month ever in the history of the world. Everything is being postponed. What are the chances we get The Masters, the NBA Finals, beginning of the NFL season, college football, very shortened baseball season/playoffs, Tour de France, British Open, etc. All in the same month?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    My hair was getting shaggy so I had my wife give me a haircut with our clippers we bought years ago for kid haircuts. She did such a great job that I may not pay for a haircut again.
    I was just thinking this morning that for folks (like me) who have cut our their own hair for years, this was the day of our great power! People running around not knowing what to do with their shaggy hair, when for me it is completely BAU.

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    I couldn't help but chuckle remembering that you did a similar thread with Luke Worthington. I know you're not comparing Luke to COVID-19, but my twisted mind naturally went there.

    The commute is right across the hall instead of 45 minutes.

    I've been able to smoke meat for dinner each Sunday, and our three kids come over for Sunday dinner each week.

    I love spending Sundays with Sister Diddley. We're usually going in separate directions.

    I'm always jealous of the missus getting to watch our grandkids. Now I see them every day. The grandson will come in and just sit on my lap as I'm working. It makes the day so much better.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    My hair was getting shaggy so I had my wife give me a haircut with our clippers we bought years ago for kid haircuts. She did such a great job that I may not pay for a haircut again.
    My military haircut is not hard, and I only pay for haircuts if I'm TDY for an extended period of time.

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    I have a beard for the first time in 5+ years.
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    Between HFN and HBCoug half the kitten population in the US has been eradicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    pelagius came back to brag about weightlifting.
    Yes!

    Definitely another silver lining is a lot of our old timers coming back to check in. If Mark Grace and DDD come back, you will know it is truly the last days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    My hair was getting shaggy so I had my wife give me a haircut with our clippers we bought years ago for kid haircuts. She did such a great job that I may not pay for a haircut again.
    We bought a hair-cutting set at Sam's Club in New Orleans about 15 years ago. I've only gotten a haircut in a barber shop about 15 times since then, usually while overseas. Every single time I've asked me wife to do it topless and every single time she's said "no."
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    We bought a hair-cutting set at Sam's Club in New Orleans about 15 years ago. I've only gotten a haircut in a barber shop about 15 times since then, usually while overseas. Every single time I've asked me wife to do it topless and every single time she's said "no."
    Keep trying. You never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Keep trying. You never know.
    I concur with The Dude’s recommendation. You may strike it lucky.

    I can neither confirm nor deny that I’ve had success in this endeavor in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    We bought a hair-cutting set at Sam's Club in New Orleans about 15 years ago. I've only gotten a haircut in a barber shop about 15 times since then, usually while overseas. Every single time I've asked me wife to do it topless and every single time she's said "no."
    Haha. My bucket list just got a little longer.

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    We are eating better home cooked meals

    I'm getting a lot more fresh air

    Every time a conference calls ends a few minutes early, or I have a spare 10 minutes or so, I clean up around the house. Spic and span lately.

    My sisters forced me to buy Animal Crossing, and I've got peach trees.

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    I ran 30 miles last week. On pace for about 35 this week.

    It has been fun being around the family. Kids are great. Can't wait got my son to home from his mission so we are all here.

    I am going to have a garden this year. I tore down a fence in my back yard and have repurposed the lumber into planter boxes. They are small but we will see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    I've been able to smoke meat for dinner each Sunday, and our three kids come over for Sunday dinner each week.
    We're doing brisket again today. This time I bought the biggest one Costco had. It was 18 pounds before I did any trimming. Put it in the smoker at 10:30 last night on high smoke (~220). Let it cook for about 5 hours, put a piece of foil over the pan, and it's now in the inside oven cooking at 225. It stalled around 6:30. One probe says 162 and the other says 165. It's coming up on 11 hours of cooking. We're planning on eating at 4-4:30 or so. How long do I let it cook work through the stall at 225 before I decide I need to crank up the oven?

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    Also, was scheduled to work this weekend which would have meant missing out on the historic GC. The virus changed that, and today I get to watch GC and eat brisket.

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    It’s stalling even though it is foiled? That is strange to me. I’d check to see if you have any tears in the foil and maybe put a cup of water in the pan so you get some steam action. It shouldn’t be stalling if there is enough moisture in the surrounding air.

    Were it me I would set the oven at 250 now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    We're doing brisket again today. This time I bought the biggest one Costco had. It was 18 pounds before I did any trimming. Put it in the smoker at 10:30 last night on high smoke (~220). Let it cook for about 5 hours, put a piece of foil over the pan, and it's now in the inside oven cooking at 225. It stalled around 6:30. One probe says 162 and the other says 165. It's coming up on 11 hours of cooking. We're planning on eating at 4-4:30 or so. How long do I let it cook work through the stall at 225 before I decide I need to crank up the oven?
    With the brisket at 165 at C-6h (Consumption minus six hours), I wouldn't be too worried. I would probably start cranking up the heat if it were still stalled at C-2h.

    Of course, I'm not much of an expert on brisket, so probably better to hear from most anyone else on CS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by All-American View Post
    It’s stalling even though it is foiled? That is strange to me. I’d check to see if you have any tears in the foil and maybe put a cup of water in the pan so you get some steam action. It shouldn’t be stalling if there is enough moisture in the surrounding air.

    Were it me I would set the oven at 250 now.
    I didn't see any tears, but I added another layer of foil.

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    I love having my kids home.

    My son feeds for me, and the kids all pitch in to help during this busy time of year. It has allowed me to spend a lot of time on research and conference calls re: the impact on the cattle industry, and my street cred in the industry has risen as a result.

    Yesterday we skipped the evening session and went for a cookout in one of the prettiest places in the valley. It's like a mini Zion's.

    Great idea for a thread, JL. Fortunately, we don't have any cases of COVID-19 in our county, but please stay safe, everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    I love having my kids home.

    My son feeds for me, and the kids all pitch in to help during this busy time of year.
    That's the way ranching was supposed to be, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    I love having my kids home.

    My son feeds for me, and the kids all pitch in to help during this busy time of year. It has allowed me to spend a lot of time on research and conference calls re: the impact on the cattle industry, and my street cred in the industry has risen as a result.

    Yesterday we skipped the evening session and went for a cookout in one of the prettiest places in the valley. It's like a mini Zion's.

    Great idea for a thread, JL. Fortunately, we don't have any cases of COVID-19 in our county, but please stay safe, everyone.
    Perhaps a discussion for another thread, but I'm very interested in your views on the effect this will have on the beef industry.

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