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Thursday October 1st 2020

I woke at 0030 and went back to sleep, but at 0130 I was awake and got up. 

I had lots to do, so I puttered around tidying and packing until 0430 when it was time to leave.

I drove the Merc to YYC, parked in the bargain lot and headed into the terminal.  Security was not an issue today and I boarded the Dreamliner without delays.   We lifted off at 0730, right on time.

I had ordered a snack when I booked thinking I would have a decent meal.  Usually I get a chicken wrap and that is usually edible, bordering on good.

That was a mistake.  The snack consisted of cheese and crackers and apple slices, but the rest of it was junk food, high in fast carbs, exactly what one I do not need when sitting inactive for three hours.

We touched down on schedule and I walked a mile through the terminal to the Enterprise booth.  Minutes later I emerged from the underground and looked for way out of the maze and the route to Sudbury. 

My GPS wanted to take me via the excessively expensive toll road but I know the alternate way home, so once I was clear of YYZ, I drove up 27 and over to the 400. 

Mercifully, the 400 construction seems to have reached a point where it is not impeding the flow and I was in Sudbury right at at six.

Mom was glad to see me.  We visited a while, then I went upstairs and watched The Burden of Truth on Netflix until midnight.

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We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
Abraham Lincoln

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Friday October 2nd 2020

I woke at six and then rolled over and slept until 0840.  That was a good night's sleep.

I got up, had breakfast, visited until ten-thirty and was about to go grocery shopping when I realised that my van does not have a current license sticker and spent a half hour trying to find out what happened as I had renewed online in May and the sticker was to arrive by mail in two weeks. Apparently it didn't.

The website said that the old sticker was fine until the end of August bt this October.  I decided to drive Mom's car to Service Ontario to get a replacement by found that the process has stalled and the old sticker is good indefinitely.

So I went home and had lunch and a nap and diddled around a while, then drove to Costco to get my tires filled.  The van tired go down when sitting.

I bought a roast chicken for supper and returned to 1207.  I spent the evening browsing, organising, and watching more video.  I was in bed around midnight again. Having come from the West Coast and Alberta, midnight here is nine or ten in the west and my body clock.

Word tonight is that Trump has covid and is in Walter Reid.

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Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
Sam Levenson

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Saturday October 3rd 2020

I woke at six and got up. I had coffee and then drove to Walmart for groceries...

I returned and put things away, then we had lunch.  After lunch I did various chores, napped, and visited a bit.

I made supper and here I am now at the keyboard, listening to PJ Rourke and Conrad Black debating the debate.

And now, from Trump...

He does not look too bad.  I'm a bit sorry he decided to take measures unavailable to the general population because having special treatment reduces his value as an example. He is the same age as I am and has about the same BMI.

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Netflix's "Social Dilemma" Is Pure Deflection
Because The Best Lies Always Contain Some Truth

The Absurdity of Covid "Cases"

Meet the Award-Winning 'Hero' Rat
Who Has Helped Save Countless Lives

Scott Adams (Dilbert) is an interesting fellow known for
his insight into organizations and people.
His conversation with Jeff Beck is quite fascinating.
You Don't Become Hitler at 70 | Scott Adams | The Glenn Beck Podcast

I watched video and went to bed at eleven.

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Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow.
Pain nourishes your courage.
You have to fail in order to practice being brave.
Mary Tyler Moore

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Sunday October 4th 2020

I woke up at six.  I was thirsty and I have a headache.  I took two aspirin and the headache has faded but I an wondering... 

There are plenty of reasons for headache, but I don't get them often, so I checked the symptoms for the virus.  After all, I was in an airplane on Thursday. If I caught the bug, I'd be coming down with it about now.

Shared Symptoms of COVID-19 and Flu
According to the CDC, similar symptoms of the illnesses include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills.
  • Temperature equal to or higher than 38 C
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (rare)
  • Feeling very unwell

At this point, I just have a headache and it has faded.  I think I will stay upstairs this morning, though, and just go down for coffee and eggs until I see if I get any other symptoms.  I still have my sense of smell, and, if anything, it is sharper today.

Maybe I'm just more aware.  Potential  danger sharpens the senses. My SpO2 measured by my oximeter is ranging between 94% and 99% and mostly 96%, so that is normal. My nose always runs a bit and I always cough a bit in the morning. Nothing unusual there.

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I wonder why I'm not worried for my future.  I guess that is just how I am.  I am fatalistic. I don't worry much about things I cannot change. (But I sometimes wonder if I can change them.)

I looked up the word fatalistic and was confronted by the meaning. Maybe I am not fatalistic?

How can I be fatalistic and also believe in free will? Maybe I sense that fate exists but changes with context*, and understand the case for parallel universes, paradoxes, etc.  Some things are beyond our comprehension but we sense them. Hello rabbithole.

*(Inversely analogous to how the speed of light appears constant from any observation point moving in any direction or speed).

The concept of fate is and has been central to philosophical and religious debate, sometimes resulting in shunning of friends and family and wars.

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I recall when I my ultralight was falling and going into a ground loop thinking quite calmly, "So, this is what it is like to die in a plane crash."  Obviously, I did not, though.  I walked away from the crash.

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I've noticed lately that I feel that I am approaching the end of my life. If not, then I am approaching a personal sea change of some sort, a paradigm shift. I don't find the thought of death at all disturbing but a huge political shift worries me.  Death is easy.  Life is hard.

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Until recent years, I was never even aware of my age and had to think to reply when asked. However at this stage, everyone thinks it is a big deal if they know.  If they don't, people assume I am much younger--if they think about it at all--and are surprised when/if they find out.

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Of course I don't know the future and I am perfectly happy to be alive with no desire to make an exit.  Life is good, but everything passes. Holding on to people, places, and things is futile and only causes pain.

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As for anything beyond death, I have no clue. People speculate, but I have learned not to believe anything without solid evidence and without multiple sources. 

There are entire political systems selling promises of life after death, but where's the beef?  I don't have to look far to see that people believe the craziest things and are often willing to kill or die for them, and then there is Twitter...

I'll find out in due time--or I won't.

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I do worry about people around me, though.  Mom would be happy to leave the planet and says so, so I don't worry about us, but her care workers and neighbours are in the middle of life and active.  They work with other disabled people and have families. If I am sick and have exposed them, they may be required to self-isolate for two weeks and that would be hugely disruptive for them and the people they serve.

This is how contagion works and we are are seldom aware of how things spread and only stop when the process cannot reach susceptible hosts. This can be due to physical distance, or decreasing numbers of susceptible individuals in a population.

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Jose sent me this link as an example of false assumptions leading to false conclusions and yellow journalism.  Without knowing the timeline and the chronology of each infection, nothing can be concluded--honestly, at least--but that does not stop the MSM from presenting sheer speculation as fact.


Correlation does not imply causation.

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At 0910, my headache is better now but I feel a bit disoriented.  That is not unusual when I sit at the keyboard wearing reading glasses too long, though.

I have had a few migraines lately and they can cause disorientation, memory glitches and, of course, headaches. Even doctors don't understand these things and have to guess.  If I have the Chinese flu, I guess time will tell.  I should know by tomorrow.  So far, it does not look likely, although the timing is right.  I wonder how Trump is making out?

Should I go get tested?  Ha ha.  Should I even ask?  The tests are flawed, and, does it really make sense to go stand in line for an hour or two with a bunch of people who think they have the WuWHOFlu?  I'll pass. If I get sick, then I'll take appropriate action, whatever that is.

The above chart makes the flu and colds look worse than SARS-2.

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Enough of that.  It is overcast and cold out and I am isolating upstairs, so this is a perfect chanced to catch up on the books.

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British Columbia’s Seamounts Are Becoming Uninhabitable
This is the only aspect of increasing atmospheric CO2 that I wonder about.  I also wonder, too, how objective these reports are.

"The deep ocean, where changes usually manifest over millennia, is losing oxygen at an unprecedented rate."

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At four this afternoon, my headache is gone.  I've been tired and slept an hour this afternoon. Otherwise, I seem normal.

And for the few people left on this planet with a sense of humour, here is your daily chuckle

Quote of the Day
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
Napoleon Hill

Word of the Day
Fatalistic

Relating to or characteristic of the belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable.
"many have an almost fatalistic attitude toward their own health" · "he gives a fatalistic shrug at the bleak future"

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Monday October 5th 2020

I woke up at six and feel fine. No headache. No congestion. No pains. No fever.

I went down and had coffee, then made stirred eggs and went back up.  I lay down again and slept until 0835.

I noticed the doctors said that they had put Trump on supplementary oxygen when his SpO2 fell below 94 and wondered. 94 is in the normal range I thought.  In fact, I thought 88 was a red line when asleep.  Hmmm.

Today is a new week and this should be interesting. The chattering classes have been at work full on lately and for every opinion, there is a counter and every fact, is countered by rank speculation.

Sid came with coffee and muffins at ten and visited until lunch.

Jordan Peterson Returns After Year-Long Disappearance, Near-Death Battle With Addiction

Nothing much else happened all day.  I assisted Mom from time to time and did some deskwork.  At one point, I went out and took the charger from the boat and put it on the van to top up the battery seeing as it is not being driven much.

I made supper, did some reading and watched some video and was in bed around eleven.

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Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!
Admiral David Farragut

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Speculation

the activity of guessing possible answers to a question without having enough information to be certain:

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Tuesday October 6th 2020

I woke up at six and found I was a bit stuffy.  I had my oximeter nearby and took a reading. My SpO2 was running around 91-94%.  Also my heartbeat was as low as 44.  I thought that was interesting.

I have not bothered with the oximeter for a year or so, and back when I did I don't recall any issues but I will look back.  What triggered my interest is that the news said that when Trump dropped below 94% they administered oxygen. Up to that point, any transitory measurement above above 90 was AFAIK okay and 88% was the minimum at which point the oximeter alarm was set by default.

After I wrote the above, I got an email from a long-time reader which is much appreciated and well worth offering here:

Allen,

I am glad you are feeling better. I am an RN in the US and have worked for 20 years in a long term acute care hospital. I have a lot of experience with monitoring people’s oximetry numbers.

Our standard Oximetry parameter order says “Keep patient’s O2 saturation above 92%”. The machines are set to alarm when it dips below that. Whilst many things have changed during my time, that parameter hasn’t.

When the alarm goes off the first thing I do is look at the patient for signs of distress - if there are any I increase his/her oxygen supply. If there are no signs of distress the second thing I do is check the probe to make sure the contact is good - things that can affect the reading include poor circulation, sweat, movement, tremors.

When we used to see chronic COPD patients - usually very sick people - some of them might not get above 90-92% on oxygen and the exertion of getting up to the commode would drop them to 80-85%. They would have to move very slowly to avoid this. You are not one of those!

The O2 sats of people who have sleep apnea may will drop until the safety reflex in the brain triggers a breath. Could that be happening in your case?

On to your heart rate.

Strong young athletes, like soccer players, may have a resting pulse rate as low as 44. If we assume that the ship has sailed on that one, and that your probe is good and the reading is accurate, it could be a number of things.

Bradycardia is the technical name for a slow heart rate. If you drop to 44 occasionally when you are sleeping, and have no symptoms, in my opinion it is not such a big deal. The heart is a marvelous pump and the systems that generate impulses originate in different places. The sinus node normally initiates beats and generally operates in the 60-100 range.

The Sinus nodes of the hearts of those trained athletes may operate at a lower rate than this generating a rhythm called “sinus bradycardia”. If the sinus node is not generating the impulses that trigger the heart rate they may be being generated from other places in the heart that act as back-up pacemakers.

If the medical establishment and the patient are not comfortable with the risk of one’s one inherent back-up pacemaker failing, a mechanical pacemaker may be an option. If you have no cardiac symptoms other than an occasional heart rate dip at night you probably don’t need one.

No piece of medical information is complete without a caveat. I am not a doctor, or a cardiac nurse. I am just giving information that I have gleaned over the years. For the best advice I would call your cardiac clinic.
 

Thanks for that.

As mentioned here, I went trough a cardiac evaluation back in January for my Marine Medical and came out okay.  My cardiologist put me on 2.5 mg bisoprolol after my minor heart event back in 2015 and I am still on it. 

The exact reason for that prescription is unclear as it has the effect of slowing the heart and also lowering blood pressure. I seem to recall the cardio, a man of few words, saying something about rhythm, too, but have not seen that mentioned elsewhere.

Every time I am in the doctor's office my systolic BP is 145 or so but at home it is generally around 115-125 and I use several devices to confirm the number. My EKG is almost normal with a slight glitch after my MI (I'd have to look up the exact anomaly)

What I have noticed since I was young was that it takes me a while to warm up.  When windsurfing, I'd be draggy going out through the break but then my metabolism would pick up and I'd shred for hours.  I wonder about my sleep.

I don't have apnea if my APAP machine can be believed, but my metabolism slows down as the night passes and my best sleep is often had when I get up for a while halfway through the night.

The slow heart and low oxygen today was an anomaly and I wonder the cause.  Allergy? Food? Too much or too little coffee? Something else?

Anyhow, I'm inside today.  The weather is crappy out and Mom's helpers are cancelled for a few days so I am her caregiver right now.  I'll go out shopping a bit later before supper.  Ontario is starting to panic again and the 'cases' go up a bit and are talking lockdown, stay home unless you need to go out, etc. etc.  It is one of those things that if you hear it enough, you start to believe it.   AFAIK, the deaths are more or less steady and typically people who were at risk of early death anyhow.  Maybe even people in hospices?

At any rate, I'm not looking to emulate Trump and for one thing, I don't have Walter Reid to fall back on.  Whether he needed that magic show or not, we'll never know.  I'd have been happier if he sat in his study and recovered naturally as it would have proven something, but I guess when you get sick your focus changes and you reach for any support available.

I'm going to go back to the books and organising my notes.  I have too many balls in the air and sometimes I drop one.

I watched video after supper and went to bed around eleven.

I had decided to wear the oximeter and set the alarm at 89%.  One hour after I fell asleep, the alarm woke me.

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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
Eckhart Tolle1

Word of the Day
Bradycardia

Bradycardia is a condition typically defined wherein an individual has a resting heart rate of under 60 beats per minute (BPM) in adults, although some studies use a heart rate of less than 50 BPM.[1] Bradycardia typically does not cause symptoms until the rate drops below 50 BPM. When symptomatic, it may cause fatigue, weakness, dizziness, sweating, and at very low rates, fainting.

During sleep, a slow heartbeat with rates around 40–50 BPM is common, and is considered normal.

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Wednesday October 7th 2020

The alarm woke me again another hour later, so I got up and decided to unload the data, seeing as this device records and charts the readings.

I did some work with it last year on May 4th and more data is shown, running through May 10th and beyond.

When I look back, I see that I dropped to the eighties biefly when asleep back then, too.

Maybe I need to see a sleep professional and not one hawking APAP machines.  APAP does not seem to do me much good.  My hypoxias are more related to centrals that obstructed airway.

I was groggy and had to install the software and then remember how to use it, but I got it done. 

What I learned is what I already knew: as I sleep, my metabolism slows down to the point where I am groggy and I have to get up and wake up until my metabolism speeds up again. Coffee helps.

Exactly why this happens sometimes and sometimes not, I have no clue. I have noticed in the past that I always sleep much better the first few nights in a new location, like a hotel or boat or even coming home.  Why?  Maybe because I don't fall as deep asleep?

Additionally, I have commented before how, when I cannot sleep or am sleeping poorly, I sometimes drink coffee, then sleep well after.

I went back to bed and slept until 0845.

It rained all night and the morning is dull again.

“THIS GRAVY TRAIN IS COMING TO AN END”
NEWS MEDIA BEGINS TO CONTEMPLATE
 A POST-TRUMP WHITE HOUSE


This is hilarious.  The media created Trump the personality and have been dining off him for years.
What will they do next if they destroy him???

“There are Trillions at Stake.”"
A very important article to understand why Trump is getting such a rough ride from the media

What George Carlin stated...
It was true then and is even more true now.

I was around home all day.  It was dull and windy out.  I tried out the new charger and do not know what to think.  It always says 14.7 Volts.

In the evening, I watched the vice-presidential debate.

Pence, I thought, acquitted himself well and looked presidential. Harris looked, well, a bit insane: triumphant and patronizing, then really sober when she realized she was screwing herself into the ground.  Reminds me of the interview with Bernie on Joe Rogan when he got going. Same look: possessed.

Then I browsed the web and watched some video and went to bed around one.

Quote of the Day
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi

Word of the Day
Oximeter

Oximetry is a procedure for measuring the concentration of oxygen in the blood. The test is used in the evaluation of various medical conditions that affect the function of the heart and lungs. How is oximetry done? This is done using an oximeter, a photoelectric device specially designed for this purpose.

What Is Pulse Oximetry? Test, Measures, Definition, Readings

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Thursday October 8th 2020

I slept well and got up at eight. maybe I have been going to bed too early.  I seem to sleep better when I wait until midnight local.  Of course, that is only nine, West Coast time or ten in Alberta.

I'm cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving and wanted to get one while the selection is good. We wanted the smallest available. I drove to the SuperStore and got a stuffed turkey and potatoes, then retuned to 1207 and wrapped the turkey in quilts seeing as it should be cooked from frozen and our freezer is full. We plan to eat Saturday, so it won't warm much by then.

At the store, I noticed everyone was masked without exception.  I don't find that sight comfortable--it looks ridiculous in fact--and worry that this is just a game of Simon Says. Just the same I put one on. If it is a fad, why not be fashionable.  After all we all wore bell-bottoms, didn't we?

As for the evidence in favour of masks, it seems that whatever you want to believe, there is 'strong' 'evidence' in your favour and the popular press is happy to print convincing-looking articles to bolster your prejudices.  The downsides can apparently be ignored or discounted until it is time for the same media to switch positions, which they tend to do.

Me?  I simply don't know.  I can see both sides and my instinct is to not wear a mask except when I am performing surgery or something equally sensitive.

Here is an article that makes some plausible points.

"The science supports that face coverings are saving lives during the coronavirus pandemic, and yet the debate trundles on. How much evidence is enough?"

How much evidence is enough? Rhetoric is a dead giveaway of a slanted article. As one who has written magazine articles and also written and economic study, I am acutely aware how tenuous any argument can be and the pressure to write what people want to read. Fact is that no matter how well I present a case I never believe in it 100%. I'm a doubter, and my doubts more often than not prove out.

Face masks: what the data say
Seems Nature magazine is convinced.

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Here we go again.
 This a story that won't go away no matter how the MSM ignores it.
COVID-19 Is 'Unrestricted Bioweapon':
Whistleblower Releases Second Paper Alleging 'Large-Scale, Organized Scientific Fraud'

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Jose sent me some good references about infectivity and PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) Cts (cycle thresholds) yesterday and I have been digesting them.  Although I do nothing all day, it seems I have no time and when I do I am uninspired.  Now, finally...

Here are articles that get into some of the subtleties of infection and transmission.
The government and MSM story has been a blunt instrument, mandating draconian measures.  That can be understood since at first they were acting out of ignorance, but now we have better information.

Charting a Coronavirus Infection

One number could help reveal how infectious a COVID-19 patient is.
Should test results include it?


Viral cultures for COVID-19 infectivity assessment.
 Systematic review
 

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I got around, too, to looking at the oximeter recordings and I can see by the reports the nights I slept better and worse. Strange.  I compare to the reports from May 2019 and they are not too much different.

Oct 5-6 2020                       

Oct 6-7 2020

Oct 7-8 2020

                                                                                                           

Looking at what my nurse friend wrote a few days back, I wonder about the excursions to 88 and even 85 momentarily.   If the care home sets the threshold at 92, I would trigger an alarm several times a night.

Interestingly my APAP machine did not register any significant number of events, but the oximeter averages about 3 to 4 O2 events per hour on average and 4-5 slow heartbeat events per hour. 

Obviously I don't have a clue what I am looking at.  I wonder where to get a better insight.  My impression is that finding a good sleep doctor is like finding a good mechanic and I'd prefer one who does not sell gadgets but merely prescribes them when needed.

What I do know is that for some reason on some nights, my metabolism slows excessively as on the Oct 6-7 night above. I think it may have to do with what I eat or exercise of both.

I tend to eat before bed and if I am not sleeping well, I eat a banana or have coffee and breakfast and sleep much better after.  We're told not to eat before bed, but for me that could be wrong.

That brings up a pet peeve.  'Science' these days uses averages and statistics excessively.  Time was when we were considered to be individuals and events were considered to be unique. Just because on average a study discovers something does not mean that the conclusions apply to everyone or even anyone.  In fact the recommendations arising from interpretations of data can be exactly and diametrically wrong for some or even most of us in sub-populations due to the tendency to posit a single population for convenience.  

Even if the population under study is homogenous (fat chance) chances are close to 100% that you do not fall right in the middle and quite good that you are out on one side or the other-- or that the distribution is skewed!

What if you are an outlier and the conclusions are totally wrong for you? How would you know? 

While real scientists realise the inherent doubt in such tools and take the conclusions with a grain of salt, understanding what they really mean and dive into the data and examine the methods, ranges and outliers, popular science writers are not always that educated and often write articles implying a study proves something whereas it may only provide some insight from a certain angle.

Once funded and begun, there is a lot of pressure to complete and publish even if it is discovered halfway through that the premise is flawed.  Probably 90% of studies are either useless or just plain wrong, but which ones?

I went into my boat in the afternoon and looked to see how the new charger is doing and see it is still charging.  It charges far longer than my older automatic charger before saying, "Full". 

This is a three-stage charger and supposedly will keep the battery in top shape. I really don't know if it is topping up the battery or destroying it. We'll see if it ever stops the absorption phase.  It finally did on the van battery after a day, so maybe it will with this one, too.

I cancelled the care workers for this week, so I am taking care of Mom and that keeps me busy. There is not much to do, but I'm on call all day.

I made supper, then went upstairs and spent time studying, then watched video until midnight, then went to bed with the oximeter on my finger.

Quote of the Day
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
Jim Rohn

Word of the Day
Skew

  • suddenly change direction or position.

  • make biased or distorted in a way that is regarded as inaccurate, unfair, or misleading.

  • statistics: cause (a distribution) to be asymmetrical.

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Friday October 9th 2020


Pan and zoom to see your region.

I slept very well, got up at 0745, and took the oximeter to the laptop to download the file and somehow blew it.  I think I lost the file. The procedures with this oximeter and software are somewhat unintuitive and I should wait until I wake up to try.

Tomorrow, I cook the turkey, but today I have nothing much scheduled except I promised to meet Bill at the boat ramp where he plans to float his new boat briefly to take the weight off so he can adjust his new boat trailer.  I also really should take a long walk.  I've been inactive lately.

Somehow, I have been feeling a bit 'off' for the last few days but this morning I see my weight has dropped five pounds from the day I arrived and I feel better today, so I hope this keeps up.  Covid (The WuWHOFlu) is not he only virus out there and maybe I contacted something in my travel or maybe it is just old age creeping up on me.

Looking at the Windy.com weather model map (above) and panning around, as I do  each morning, I see a low over the entire Baja, and that Norbert has been trying to develop south of Cabo for a day or two, but seems to have stalled.  Anything can happen. Norbert has been slow developing and may not turn out to be a worry, but the hurricane season is not over and there is a hurricane breaking over the Louisiana coast today (right). 

Calgary spared as voluntary restrictions come to Edmonton amid surge in COVID-19 cases

This is an interesting article, if we ignore the biased writing, the weasel words, and the obsequious toadying up to the mob.
New declaration calls for 'focused protection'
 to achieve COVID-19 herd immunity.
Critics say it would be deadly
It seems everyone in the MSM has to pay lip service to the current 'consensus' and deprecate any non-conforming views.  Sad.

Some people can see and speak clearly
A warning letter from the niece of Osama bin Laden

"Being Pro-Trump Has Caused Me More Grief Than Being Osama bin Laden's Niece"

Perspective of the Day

Looking down on the world from the north.
North America is not all that big when we look from this angle.

After lunch Bill called and we went for a ride up to Staples, then took a short hike on the shore of Minnow Lake.

he dropped me at 1207 and I made supper, then attended to Mom and spent some time watching Joe Rogan clips.

Quote of the Day
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
Tony Robbins

Words of the Day
Weasel Words

A weasel word, or anonymous authority, is an informal term for words and phrases aimed at creating an impression that something specific and meaningful has been said, when in fact only a vague or ambiguous claim has been communicated. Examples include the phrases "some people say", "most people think”, and "researchers believe". Using weasel words may allow one to later deny any specific meaning if the statement is challenged, because the statement was never specific in the first place. Weasel words can be a form of tergiversation, and may be used in advertising and political statements to mislead or disguise a biased view.

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