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October 2, 2020, 9:15 pm.

October 2, 2020, 9:15 pm.

This was the moment I learned that my youngest son, Steven , had died.

I still don't have all the details yet, but my oldest son, Scott called me to tell me the horrible news.

What we know currently, is that his wife texted him yesterday afternoon and he didn't respond..
She called and he did not answer. She got home from work a little after 8pm and found him on the Iiving room floor.

An Amazon package was delivered after 5pm and was inside the house, so whatever took his life must have happened during that 3 hour time frame.

He was ALWAYS on his phone,(or near it) so whatever it was, was fast and overwhelming, leaving him no opportunity to use his phone.

My heart is broken, but at least I had 3 glorious weeks with him and his brothers recently, when they worked on my house.
I called him last night and we talked for half an hour .
He was always my political-talk buddy.

He was a sports fanatic, and traveled to every world cup (Germany, Rio de Janeiro, Russia) he could.

He was a good friend to all who knew him(and he knew everyone), a great brother to Michael and Scott , a loving husband to Maria and was our little "Beebs"...my last baby.

He would have turned 42 on Dec 15th. He was one of a kind.

need to update my payment info..can't remember how

I've clicked and clicked and can't find the page..my debit card apparently got hacked, so I'm trying to update all my auto pays..

hellllllp

Paging Jeff Bezos!

Jeff Bezos should set up a testing fund that any state can draw from to ensure that they can continue testing, and they should also have to report their findings, so we can have an accurate count.

He would go down in history as a lifesaver, and it would piss off the orange one too..

Trump's playing games by cutting funding, so someone needs to call his bluff..

There should be NO presidential debates this time around

Trumpie seems interested in having MORE...

Biden should just say no thanks. Trump refuses to wear a mask...his toadies are too afraid to.. and why on earth risk it?

Just give each candidate a topic, and allow them to state their case on each one..

This could be done on several presidential issues.. several times.

Georgia's voting "plan" worked perfectly.

IT WAS PLANNED TO BE THIS WAY..

Mass confusion. sealed ballot envelopes, dodgy machines, sketchy polling place planning,long lines..

It's designed to "appear" modern, innovative, but in practice, it works just the way they planned it..

During the next few months, there will probably be more "cullng of the herd", and by November, there will be another "miraculous" republican victory..

First there was Watergate...and now we have another "gate"...BabyGate WH Edition

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/white-house-adds-new-fencing-around-perimeter-n1225296

Have you heard the new Trump song? Bunker Boy

https://mashable.com/article/bunker-boy-song-donald-trump-courtney-jaye/

Amazon did not "invent" home delivery

Younger people fell in love with the idea, and older folks re-embraced it. That's why Amazon succeeded.

Home delivery used to be the norm.

Early Boomers were probably children when it started to end, but people living in my grandparents' era were delivered to..

Grocers delivered, and if necessary, most neighborhoods had a Mom & Pop "store" in the downstairs front room of their house where you could get some canned foods/spices/candies.

There was a bread truck that made scheduled deliveries and also sold from the truck.

Pharmacies delivered. Doctors made house calls.

Milk, cheese, butter was delivered.

Ice Cream was delivered, and of course, there was "the ice cream man" who sold it individually from his truck.

People ordered from Sears, Penneys and Mongomery Wards catalogs and their merchandise was sent to the closest store or was delivered through the mail

People living in larger cities had meals delivered from take out places.

Back then people only had one car (if they even had a car) so deliveries made sense. Actual in-person shopping was an event. "going downtown" was a special day involving window-shopping, real shopping, and eating at a restaurant.

Produce was often grown in back yards or people knew someone who grew stuff.

Post-WWII advertising agencies (Think Mad Men) created the NEED for bigger, better, shinier, and just MORE MORE MORE.

We were told that we DESERVED better. Fattened up by the war machine, our factories were raring to go and with the rest of the world in shambles, we had "the only show in town"..

We had become consumers, and we've never stopped, until recently.

It will be interesting to see how eager people are to go back to the way things were recent;y, or how many will have had enough time to start to back off the mega consumption and may have learned to appreciate the unscheduled free time. Maybe also they will put more value on what they have instead of what new shiny thing they "want".

114,600,000 US citizens make under 50K a year

(I googled to get the number)

x $2K a month for 12 months comes out to roughly 2T (my son did the math)

How much easier would this have been..

Many Mom & Pop businesses don't make 50K a year..

This would have been waaaay cheaper than what we've done, and there would be breathing room without so many desperate people.

People would be able to have a cushion for a year..could shelter in place

A dilemma ahead for too many people

Your boss calls you and says, we're back in business. Show up for work .

You live in a state that was not particularly efficient about setting boundaries or speedy at sending people into lockdown.

What do you do?

Schools are not going to reopen. Your daycare options may be limited.

If you are no show, and it's legal for the business to operate, you may be fired. If you are fired for cause (refusing to show up for work), you are not entitled to unemployment payments.

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