Anger Over Response and Handling of Covid-19 in the U.S.

I don’t understand why Trump needs people standing around him wishing a foot or two? What kind of message is this sending to People? The message I see, is Trump has other things on his mind than Covid-19. Everyone is doing a, “wonderful” job, “wonderful” people, sounds like wonderful bullshit.

According to news I heard, the first identified case of Covid-19 happened long before the Centers for Disease Control on January 20, 2020. The very first case, a young man with no ties to anyone traveling, and eight more people to follow were discovered by a Doctor in Snohomish County, Washington on or before December 2019.

The Doctor was silenced by her superiors and finally by President Trump as the administration dragged its feet (according to what I heard), and pretended for weeks everything was fine. Now the country is almost out of control with over 20,000 cases of Covid-19 in New York alone.

The hype about testing. All the testing in the world is not going to cure anyone of Covid-19. All a test will do, is tell the lab, and then your doctor if you test positive for the virus or not. It has no effect on your or my mortality.

Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States and head of the U.S. Public Health Service made an announcement on Monday, the 23, that the Covid-19 pandemic may not peak in the U.S until May or possibly later.

Why is Trump ignoring what his content expert is telling the country? Why is Trump even considering allowing businesses to open in a perhaps three weeks?

Sanitizing your home. Obviously you do not have Covid-19 in your home. If you did, and you are practicing self quarantine, you would know by now. All the hype about sanitizing your home and how to do it is just that, hype. You are in your home, you are staying away from people, no virus is sneaking in. The virus is not alive.

Use your Brain first and then your Feet for Covid-19

Magic pills. As of this writing there is no pill or concoction that will keep you from being infected or cure you of Covid-19.

Every Hoarder should be ashamed of themselves. All Hoarder’s have done was make it very difficult for people who live paycheck to paycheck to find and buy the basic items for cleanliness.

Trump finally got around to passing a law allowing for prosecution. Another example of too little too late.

Too many people are acting as if they are ignorant of the pandemic. At the parks, I see people gathering on the walking paths, talking, oblivious of the people who are out walking or bicycling. Step off the walking paths if this is you.

People meandering through the grocery store in an effort to stay away from home as long as possible. If this is you, make a list, fill it, and leave.

Keeping a six foot distance does not mean, ignore. You can smile and talk to strangers. Keep a respectful distance when you are out and about.

Over Exercising is not doing you any good. As Madonna said in her tweet yesterday, Covid-19 is the great leveler, it doesn’t care about you, me, or anyone else. Hurting yourself trying to get in shape (again) is not going to save you. Do you really want to go to any hospital right now because you hurt your self exercising?

In closing, we have to use our brains first and our bodies second. Covid-19 is a killer, plain and simple. Think about what you are doing, both inside and outside your home, like the panel on the ATM machine or the Card Payment machine as examples.

DYI – Common Scale Verification Weights You Already Have

If you use a small scale, it is a good idea to occasionally verify the scale. You do not want to cheat yourself, have an angry customer, or have to resend a package because the weight was off. Here are a few simple options you can try out.

If you live in the U.S.A. you can use quarters. Each quarter weighs for all practical purposes .2 ounces. That means there are five quarters to 1 ounce. Every five quarters you add is another ounce. Keep your quarters into a snack size bag and you won’t have to count them out, or be inconvenienced by going to the bank to get quarters.

You May Use Quarters for Weight Scale Verification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A package of meat from the store will also get you close. All cuts of meat and hamburger meat sold over the counter is weighed for proper pricing. The package of whatever meat you buy will weigh the printed weight. When you are going too use the meat, weigh the meat by itself on a piece of plastic wrap on your scale. If there is no liquid left in the packaging, your scale will be calibrated to the meat market scale. This method also keeps the butcher shop honest.

If you buy prepackaged meat or any other product, there is always a range of weight. A pound of lunch-meat is rarely 10 ounces. Usually it will be somewhere between 15.5 and 16.5 ounces. Same with canned goods, or bottled liquids. The wight they show is part of a range of acceptable weight, usually, but not always no the lighter side of the weight. Because the products are packaged at high speed, the manufacturer wants and overall correct weight, not a precise weight on each item.

If you really want to get exotic, a dry measure cup of table salt weighs about 10.6 ounces. If you use granulated sugar, a dry measure cup weighs about 4 ounces.

If you have a very light weight plastic bottle with a seal-able lid, you can use water to verify your scale. One-quarter cup of water measured correctly is 2 ounces. One cup of water is 8 ounces. Two cups of water is 16 ounces, or one pound.

One last and easiest method, where you do not have to bother with measuring and finding the weight, is after your scale is verified, pick a couple of nick-knacks, piece of unused silverware, glass, coffee mug, or any rarely used household item and weigh it. Write down the item and the weigh. Use a variety of weights depending on your scale. This way when you next go to verify your scales calibration, you will have the items handy, and the weights verified.

Of course if you need ultra precise weights for your scale calibration, you will need to purchase calibrated weights. If you are selling through a web page on the internet, adding an ounce to the shipping weight will be sufficient for almost any calibration verified scale.

Using a little creativity, you will never be surprised to find your online customer had to pay out of pocket for additional shipping because your scale was off, or have a package returned because the postage was not adequate.

Are Valuables in Your Locker Only Worth a Cheap Lock?

This is an important post if you use a locker without a padlock in a public place. I was oblivious to the difference in lock quality until I started going to the gym again. The wall poster showing recommended locks, and a notice that locker theft does happen, was a wake up call. Before that day, I was one of the people who thought any cheap lock was okay. I now know what is in my wallet is worth far more than the price of any lock I buy.

Lock choices I see in the gym locker room run the gamut from cheap children’s diary locks, TSA approved locks, three dollar padlocks to top of the line $150.00+ locks. Care to venture a guess as to what the most common locks are? Any lock under $8.00 for some reason. Though one of the gyms has a poster of locks they recommend and cheap locks are not on the approved list. I guess most gym locker users figure the poster is for other people and not them.

How much is your wallet or purse worth?

Some people, mostly Women feeling especially robbery conscious, park their car, open their trunk, and put their purse or other valuables in the trunk of their car. The idea is brilliant, except, there are probably thieves sitting in a car looking for someone doing this. A Woman recently arrested here in town is known to have broken into twelve cars in the last few months, and suspected in many more. The police cautioned of groups that specialize in robbing cars at gyms.

When conditions were right, the thief was in the car, into the trunk through the back seat and walking out of a big box store thirty minutes later with over one thousand dollars of merchandise, paid for with stolen credit cards. The big box store had videos of this happening, yet the Woman was successful several later times after she was found out. I imagine any credit cards not used were sold to another thief to use. Who knows about drivers license, medical cards, insurance cards, etc.

Back to the gym, the cheapest of lock can be opened with a shoelace. Other locks can be easily shimmed. Combination locks can be opened as quickly as forty seconds. You may take a look on youtube for lock videos if you wish. I did and I was shocked.

That was the day I put my $8.00 combo lock in the drawer and went to a lock shop and bought a serious lock. I started online, but customer ratings and review numbers are not an indication of how a secure a lock is. They are really only a price point ratio, imo. So I went to a brick and mortar store.

As the store owner told me, even the lock I bought isn’t impervious to being opened without a key. Due to the construction, I was told it can not be shimmed, and would take a professional some amount of time to pick it open. More than the minute or so, a group of thieves in a gym have. The object, I was told is making other lockers with cheap locks on them easier targets; which is the real purpose of a good lock.

How much should you pay for a lock? I am not the person to ask. I can say after shopping online, I went to a local locksmith and looked at a large selection of locks before making a purchase. I was shown about ten different locks, and eliminated five right away because I saw them shimmed on youtube videos. Of the four locks left I was told they were good locks, and it was more likely the locker would be damaged before the lock could be picked.

What does a stolen identity cost?

Of those, two locks were just too large for a gym locker. That left two locks to choose from. I asked if one had an advantage over the other, and which one would the business use. You need to decide what is the right lock for you. If you are using a cheap key or combo lock, it is only a matter of time before the contents of your locker will be stolen. How much will it cost to replace what would be taken?

Senior HIT Weight Exercise Update

If you want to… So much follows those few words. Little partial phrases like: lose weight, feel younger, get flexible, be stronger. Well, you get the idea. This is a followup to my post, “Over Fifty? Exercise is not an Option”. You really do not have to read that post to benefit from this one. But you may want to….

In the book, “Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley & Henry S Lodge, M.D , the authors postulate over two-thirds of, “Old Age Disease” is avoidable, and is brought on by lack of exercise. Imagine that, over seven out of ten people in a nursing home are there because they choose to be, not because they have to be.

I do not have references for this, but information should be easy to find if you search on, ‘exercise and aging’. One study I read, took ten people out of a nursing home who were wheel chair bound. After some weeks, most of them were out of their wheel chairs and could dance and enjoy lawn games outside! One man was climbing trees again! Current estimates on aging say that after sixty, almost thirty percent of your life remains! How do you wish to spend those years, living life, or getting ready to die?

A month before my post I referenced above, I had slowed way down. Bending to the floor was a process, not a movement. My shoulders and hips hurt, I had ghost pains, and I was more tired than I should be. When I wrote the post, I had about a month at the gym doing High Intensity Training with Weight Machines. I was feeling slightly sore in places I had forgotten about, and was wondering if it was all worth it as I wasn’t noticing a lot of improvement. Then the changes started!

I kept at it, and I can say it was worth every minute I have spend in the gym. I am more solid now. I have more strength and energy, and I sleep better. The only pain or discomfort I feel lately is the night of and day after the gym when some of my muscles are complain about the workout.

I am slowly working my down to failure at 5 – 8 slow repetitions using the weight machines. On most of the weight machines I have doubled or more the weight I am able to manage at the end of my first month. I thought I was done adding weights until I received a flu shot a few weeks ago. This years flu shot had me feeling less than stellar for almost a full week. Not really sick, just not good, nor energetic.

When I went back to the gym after a week of no gym, to my surprise, I almost doubled some of the weights. I think I am going to take a week off in the future every six or so weeks to let my body really recover. I think being older, real recovery takes longer. I was resting three days between HIT Weight Training, but maybe that is too fast for me just starting out. I will know more next long break.

Weight Training Machines are your Friends!

Weight Training Machines are simple to use, usually have pictures of how to use them. Stick to the basic machines, no need to try them all. Some could get you hurt, especially those that stress knee or shoulder joints should be avoided. Search youtube for weight machines to avoid for more. Start with the minimum weight, and add ten pounds only when you go through three workouts in a row with no pain or soreness.

Move slowly. Slow motion is safe motion. Do not jerk and move rapidly like most of the people you see around you in the gym. Most of them are working their way to pain or injury, and will stop going. Don’t go there! Slow and steady movements, maybe three to eight seconds each direction, and after some months, others will be looking at the amount of weight you move!

After ensuring I am loosened up, I use two leg, and one arm weight machines. Then I use a stationary bicycle for thirty to forty minutes depending on the amount of time I have, keeping my heart rate up. Next I do an ‘Ab’ crunch machine, and three upper body and arm machines. I am done in an hour or less. If I wanted to cut the time to thirty minutes, I could do weights one day, and cardio on a second or third day.

I have gained so much! I thought HIT Walking is an excellent exercise, but it doesn’t hold a candle to HIT Weights. As I mentioned I have little pain, except minor workout soreness. I have flexibility I never saw while walking, even HIT Walking. The floor is no farther away now than it was when I was twenty. Balance and body awareness is much improved! I have also lost a few pounds while watching my muscles grow.

Sleeping as I mentioned is improved. I do wake up occasionally the night of going to the gym, but it is tired muscle from exercise, and not nerves getting irritated because there is so little muscle to hold joints in place. Whether you are a Teen, Forty or Sixty Plus, you set your life direction by the amount of exercise you do each week – exercise, not work. If life in a wheel chair in a nursing home sounds good, don’t bother exercising. If you want to enjoy life as you did before you started school as a child, get out there and and play with some weight machines!

Over Fifty? Exercise is not an Option

Okay, time to come clean and do some sharing. I don’t like being old. I especially do not like feeling old. If you have read anything in any of my Diet and Exercise posts, you know I am a big fan of walking. Exercise is so important for us all and especially the over fifty crowd.

As my Doctor saw I turned fifty he said, “The good times are over, get used to it.” I was devastated. He must be joking. I’m only fifty, I am not getting ready to go make my funeral arrangements. Once the shock of what he told me wore off, I started investigating.

It does seem around fifty is when, if we allow it we start to degrade and fall apart. It gets worse. How fast we degrade and fall apart is totally dependent on how little or much we do to keep body in good condition. It like what the caption on one of my diet and exercise cartoon posts:

“What fits your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day?” – Randy Glasbergen February 20, 1957 – August 11, 2015

I didn’t believe it then, but I am a member of the choir now. Simply put, enough can not be said about the importance of real exercise for everyone, especially for people over fifty. Think about how you feel. Everything is getting a little harder, a little more frustrating?

Standing in a static position used to be a non issue, suddenly after thirty seconds something starts to hurt? After a minute, it really gets painful! Yard work that used to be so relaxing, has taken on the proportions of a mammoth undertaking? No pun intended, but if it is strenuous yard work you are doing, you may start to feel feel you are on the way to the undertaker.

When did all this happen? Where did these pains, creaks, and cracks come from? They started the day you sat or laid down on the couch instead of going out and doing something! Little by little we tone down our activities from the mostly physical, to couch surfing.

What I have read many times in books is true. Up until the last hundred years, we had to work for our food. We had to hunt and gather. We had to walk miles and carry heavy pieces of meat back home. We had to carry all our gathered fruits and vegetables, sometimes miles back to our home. After a few days lounging around, we had to do it again.

As we grew older, we aged little – on the inside. Not like today, where it is acceptable too slowly degrade to a cane, a wheel chair, a hospital bed, and death. A few generations ago, if we did not hunt and gather, we didn’t live long enough to get old. We exercised as a life style, not for something to do.

For some people growing weak and decrepit is acceptable. That’s what their folks did, so it must be normal. In just a few generations we have forgotten, what it’s like to live a full life until almost the end and then fall apart quickly. Why anyone would want to live the life of someone in there late eighties for the last twenty years of their life is beyond me!

The More you exercise, the better life you live!

I know from repeated personal experience, if you want to feel twenty years younger in a few weeks, start walking three to four miles every day, and/or join a gym and use it. It is amazing how those painful joints, creaks, and cracks go away in a few weeks of exercise. Those heavy boxes, suddenly are twenty pounds lighter. Yard work is no longer punishment. Wow.

In short the joy in life is back! All it takes is a three week start on a life long plan of getting as much exercise as you can manage. You may feel like you have been hit by a truck when you start. If so, take two aspirin, and slow down. It took all your life to get in this bad of shape, take a few months of going slowly but steadily to get your body back a healthy state.

Find things you like to do that can be counted as real exercise. Mix weights with some walking, rowing, hiking, anything that gets your heart beating faster for more than a few seconds.

While you are doing all this, you may want to think about foods you are putting in your mouth. Just like the old computer saying, “Garbage in, Garbage out”, the food you eat effects you more now than it ever did.

I used to have pizza and beer some days for lunch and dinner, but those days are long gone. As Clint Eastwood said in one of his movies, “A Man has got to know his limits.” This applies especially with eating. I like feeling my heart beat.

Women, until menopause, it is thought (or was) have a somewhat natural immunity to bad diet and lifestyle. Men never did, it just gets worse faster over fifty. Sitting at a desk all day, typing, does need the calorie intake of a day laborer. You do not need a doughnut to start your morning. On the other hand, a day laborer over forty, should find something healthier to eat than burgers and fries.

So back to me, my come clean and share. This spring, I was walking over fifteen miles a week, and doing HIT – running and walking, feeling really good. That lasted until about the end of May. Then it started getting really hot on the walking path. Then it got hotter. A few days later, it became no fun. Baking in the sun, feeling the hot asphalt through my tennis shoes. I stopped walking because I didn’t want to be up at five to do it. – Like I couldn’t go out at eight or nine. What a sad excuse…

The end of May, June, and July came and went. By the end of July, I was starting to feel old. I hurt, the couch hurt, the bed hurt, my knees hurt. One shoulder and ankle joints were occasionally cracking as I moved. I was really feeling old. I was falling apart fast.

Three weeks ago, I had enough. I joined a gym for the whopping fee of $13.00 a month! Weight machines, stationary bicycles, treadmills, rowing machines and a shower to boot! In just a little over twenty-one days, I can’t say I feel like I am twenty. I can say I feel like I am forty again.

If I hadn’t been walking all these years, I would have thought how I was feeling was normal. Thankfully, due in part to my old doctor and his doom and gloom statement, I knew it was a small matter of exercise to knock off a few decades of how I feel.

I am working on what exactly is the best plan for the gym. Should I do cardio one trip and weights the next, or do them both on the same visit? I am not sure yet. I do know that in a month from now, I will have refined what I do and how I do it.

I want to have fun and feel young again. I want to have a low pulse rate, be as flexible as is reasonable, and be able to pick and move heavy items when I need to. In wrapping up, at any age, you define your own health and fitness. They are a package deal. The older you get the more important they become. Once you reach or drive by fifty, you have two choices.

You can choose to keep as fit and by default as healthy as you can be, or you can develop age and sedentary related problems as you slowly fall apart, living in pain while you wait to die.

While I wrote this for anyone over fifty, it applies to the younger crowd as well. Do you want to live your best live, or just survive? The choice is yours.