So the stationary bicycle has become an occasional ride. I REALLY NEED to lash myself into more of that. I wonder how I can hook up the bicycle to the TV such that if I don't ride I don't watch. Not mechanical enough for that. Yesterday I went to a birthday party. That is in the top five of ways to get the COVID 19. I was among the oldest there, so I did the expected thing- sit and carp. The gal the party was for is starting Chemo tomorrow, her second go-round. This may be her last b'day party. Makes me sad. Think I'll have another whiskey.

I have been bad. For some strange reason, rather than blogging, I've been doing other sequestration stuff like binge watching stuff and enjoying the fruit of the vine. Well some of it is whiskey.. That's my new diet. fewer calories than wine or beer and good kick. Being unsociable is now the IN thing, huh? Being more sedate has required me to watch those pesky daily calories. I noticed that when my PJs got tight. IMAGINE THAT! I did get out the stationary bicycle and my intent was to ride it while binge watching. Good idea, huh? That lasted for three episodes of Money Heist. I found my self skipping lots of scenes with sappy background in that. The plot really started to drag and I'm not sure I'll watch Part 5. Especially when one of my favorite characters got killed. I am lucky that my financial advisor bought Netflix and Zoom. Those have done well enough that enough I can see my way through this and keep up my medicinal buying.

Cinco de Mayo without much Mayo. Margaritas kill COVID 19, right? Been binge watching stuff, like 8 hours a day. EMERGENCY I ran out of Cheetos and the grocery store is scary. These masks are heaven sent for ugly people. Don't know what you have until it's too late.

Wow! Three weeks and the COVID 19 is still the big topic in the news. This is the longest attention span Americans have maintained in decades. So I bought stocks. With the market in the toilet it's the time. Real bargains on Boeing and American Airlines. Too late for Amazon. If I win, it means MORE WINE. Am I sequestered? Well yes for the most part. Still have to shop for groceries at times. Seems kinda funny to see all these people walking around in masks. Some look like med staff, others like bandits. MY mask has huge lips on it. I'm trying to send a message. Stay healthy

Time to go fly my kite! Weather is perfect and it's a great outdoor activity. If you have kids, they'll like it too. People strolling by walking their dogs or their kids. I think this is a time out for America.

 The changes taking place under the shadow of COVID-19 are pretty amazing. People are discovering that most of what they need is at home. With the average American attention span of 3 weeks, I wonder what next crisis will be presented by the news media. They can't keep beating this. Wuhan is supposedly healed and the curfew has been lifted. What happens next there will be interesting, though we may not get the real story, just the party line. Meanwhile, New York has plateaued, maybe. Arizona has declared that anybody coming to the state from NY, NJ or Conn has to self-quarantine for 14 days. As if that will work. I can't imagine the governor thinking that people from there will do that. They didn't do that in their home states, why here? 

So what am I doing? Binge watching stuff and eating bonbons. The weather has been great for getting out, so I have been doing that. It is strangely quiet taking a walk without traffic. Here we are with gas prices lower than they've been for years and no place to go. If this is the start of the stay-at-home decade, perhaps it's a good thing. We were at a run-amok pace with the service economy representing 85% of the jobs. We made nothing and fed off each other. Somehow that seems like a shaky basis. Time for another glass of wine. Where's my remote?

I just got this from my friend RL Clayton. Thought I'd pass it on. I'm looking for my heating pad now.

Advise from a retired respiratory nurse. 
CORONA Common Sense 
Since they are calling on Respiratory therapist to help fight the Corona virus, and I am a retired one, too old to work in a hospital setting. I'm gonna share some common sense wisdom with those that have the virus and trying to stay home. If my advice is followed as given you will improve your chances of not ending up in the hospital on a ventilator. This applies to the otherwise generally healthy population, so use discretion. 1. Only high temperatures kill a virus, so let your fever run high. Tylenol, Advil. Motrin, Ibuprofen etc. will bring your fever down allowing the virus to live longer. They are saying that ibuprophen, advil etc will actually exacerbate the virus. Use common sense and don't let fever go over 103 or 104 if you got the guts. If it gets higher than that take your tylenol, not ibuprophen or advil to keep it regulated. It helps to keep house warm and cover up with blankets so body does not have to work so hard to generate the heat. It usually takes about 3 days of this to break the fever. 2. The body is going to dehydrate with the elevated temperature so you must rehydrate yourself regulaly, whether you like it or not. Gatorade with real sugar, or pedialyte with real sugar for kids, works well. Why the sugar? Sugar will give your body back the energy it is using up to create the fever. The electrolytes and fluid you are losing will also be replenished by the Gatorade. If you don't do this and end up in the hospital they will start an IV and give you D5W (sugar water) and Normal Saline to replenish electrolytes. Gatorade is much cheaper, pain free, and comes in an assortment of flavors 3. You must keep your lungs moist. Best done by taking long steamy showers on a regular basis, if your wheezing or congested use a real minty toothpaste and brush your teeth while taking the steamy shower and deep breath through your mouth. This will provide some bronchial dialation and help loosen the phlegm. Force your self to cough into a wet wash cloth pressed firmly over your mouth and nose, which will cause greater pressure in your lungs forcing them to expand more and break loose more of the congestion. 4. Eat healthy and regularly. Gotta keep your strength up. 5. Once the fever breaks, start moving around to get the body back in shape and blood circulating. 6. Deep breath on a regular basis, even when it hurts. If you don't it becomes easy to develope pneumonia. Pursed lip breathing really helps. That's breathing in deep and slow then exhaling through tight lips as if your blowing out a candle, blow until you have completely emptied your lungs and you will be able to breath in an even deeper breath. This helps keep lungs expanded as well as increase your oxygen level. 7. Remember that every medication you take is merely relieving the symptoms, not making you well. 8. If your still dying go to ER. 
I've been doing these things for myself and my family for over 40 years and kept them out of the hospital, all are healthy and still living today. 
Thank you all for sharing. We gotta help one another.

I use a Netti pot to clear my sinuses then lay down with a heating pad over my face and a zinc lozenge in my mouth. Deep breathing bring the heated air into your lungs. Viruses doesn't like that. This works really well with colds. Should work with COVID 19.

CORONAVIRUS! I'm being bombarded by it as the new CRISIS. Is it really a crisis? In a year, it will be like any other virus. We'll have it floating around and people will get it and get over it. Some will die, those with other complications or compromised immune systems, like with the flu viruses. The point is that we can buy time to develop treatments and vaccines to if we follow guidelines to prevent the rapid spread. That being said, we are a social species and we will have to become a loner species. I'm not sure we can make that transition. Not only are we genetically prone to being social, but basically our whole economy depends on different forms of social interaction. WHAT A HUGE CHANGE! Who will be the big winners? Online services, streaming, delivery services just to start. Who will be the big losers? Transportation, public sports (let's see what the Olympics does), restaurants, public entertainment, cruise lines. We are looking at the start of big changes to our society, and they will be viewed as temporary, but after months, the habits will become ingrained.. We won't go back to the old normal for a long time, if ever. So, buckle up, Buttercup.

My friend R. L. Clayton will be at the Tucson Festival of Books this year. He's been invited to share the Big Brother-Big Sisters booth #448. Go see him. He sent me a blog from this website (rlclaytonbooks.com) that I want to share with you. It struck quite a tone with me. I loved his Evolution River Series and I', right in the same corner with Kiki Russell in his Dead Series. Here's the blog:

 

THE EVOLUTION OF EVOLUTION 

By R. L. Clayton 

Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language defines Biological Evolution as the continuous genetic adaption of organisms or species to the environment by the integrating agencies of selection, hybridization, inbreeding, and mutation. In plain terms, life adapts to survive, and that’s evolution. 

But other things evolve: Society, technology, language. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find things that don’t evolve. One thing that is evolving is evolution itself. Evolution is the response to changes in the environment, but humans have reached a unique turning point where the ability to genetically adapt the world’s flora and fauna can be controlled through genetic engineering. We can change things by design, rather than in response to the environment. 

We are on the verge of the Genetic Age. Humans have moved through many ages: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, The Industrial Age, the Atomic Age, the Electronic Age, to name a few. These ages represented the development of technology that changed human society, and who could have foreseen what changes these developments would bring? That is where we are now with the Genetic Age. Who can foresee all of the results that the design and control of life will bring? 

With human evolution, we look back through fossil records, plotting out the evolution of humans from ancestors to today. What about looking forward? We will all be dead, but where will humanity be in 1000 years, or 10,000 years? Will there be physiological changes? Will we have bigger heads to accommodate bigger brains? Will we have connections to the internet built in? 

One key point is that species evolve–individuals do not. Individuals adapt, but evolution occurs generationally. Or does it? In the Genetic Age, we have the ability to change ourselves fundamentally. Whether we are curing diseases with designed cells and viruses or fixing genetic defects in vitro, we are changing ourselves. That is a basic change in evolution. 

Perhaps we need to consider a new definition of evolution, and a new definition of species. If we create new species of life, who is the evolved species? Is it what we’ve created, or is it us, the creators? 

The imagination runs wild. What if we could grow a house, or have a plant that would consume pollution and emit oxygen? What if we could grow replacement organs for ourselves, or in the extreme, change our own DNA to what it was when we were twenty? It’s not only possible, much of it is already happening. 

I will not argue whether it is right or wrong. That is opinion. Trying to stop these changes will only delay them or drive the technology underground where we really don’t know what’s happening. These things will happen, because that is the path of evolution, and we must embrace it. Species that do not evolve become extinct. 

The next step of evolution has already begun. It’s here with marvelous advancements in fighting disease and improving our lives. What parent would not want their child to be born with a defect that would impair them for life? Who would not want the chance to survive cancer? Articles appear weekly in the media telling of these advancements. What’s different with the Genetic Age is that we have the ability to change humanity. 

We know that to remain solely on Earth will insure extinction when an event occurs creating change greater than the ability to adapt. It has happened many times in the past, and will happen again. We have dreams of colonies in space and on other planets, but the truth is that we were designed to live on Earth. Existence elsewhere is feasible, but hugely expensive and not truly possible without support from Earth. A new evolutionary step is required for survival. 

With deep introspection, we realize some uncomfortable truths about humanity. Like every species on Earth, we are in competition for resources with other creatures and with ourselves. The basic drives so integral to us could be our undoing. Humans were not made to live in heaven, but need competition and conflict. Yet the march of evolution continues as the descendants of descendants must move out into the universe, expanding and growing. 

The fanciful Evolution River Series (www.evolutionriver.com), eerily logical and realistic, presents one description of the journey along the path of evolution. Do you really want to see where evolution is going? Perhaps this series is right, perhaps not, but it is a good read, and it will make you think. It will make you look at evolution with a new perspective. Evolution is evolving. 

Arizona author, Bob Clayton, will be at the Tucson Festival of Books (http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/)  February 14 and 15 from 9:30 until 4:00. I’ll be in the Big Brothers-Big Sisters booth #448.

Well, I'm still struggling with the new web host, but making progress. I got to the part where I can blog with only 2 or 3 missteps. The wine and eggnog hasn't helped. I had to drink up the eggnog so it wouldn't spoil, of course. I did go to the mountains last month. FROZE MY BUTT OFF. (Well, it doesn't appear to be smaller) When I got there, the house was 36 inside, so it took me a whole day to warm the place up to 60. Spent 1-1/2 hours digging my way into the driveway. Got stuck twice. Thank you Claudine for pulling my lame butt out. I owe you some fresh bread when I bake up there. Thank GOD! for electric blankets. In the morning I'd jump out and go turn on the heater then jump back in until my skin didn't feel the chill. Then I'd start the fireplace. I went through a wheelbarrow of wood a day. The other thing that was EYE OPENING in the morning was sitting down on a toilet seat that took my breath away. Better than 2 cups of coffee in waking up. That time made me appreciate the valley warmth.

As you can see, I've changed the page. It was due. This was my first attempt at setting up a web site. and though adequate, it wasn't as good as it could be. So give me comments back as to what you think. Also, Hostbaby pushed me out and put me with Bandzoogle. So far my limited ability with sites has been a hindrance, but I'm struggling through.