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Staying In Touch With Friends During the Pandemic

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Two of my best friends are Pat F. who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Don McK. who lives in Philadelphia.  In normal times Pat and I visit Don in Philadelphia.  Don has lived in a cooperative in center city Philadelphia that has a guest suite.  Pat and I rent that guest suite in the spring and fall. This year Pat and I will not be visiting Don for our schedule visit at the end of next month (May).  This will be the first spring in five years that we will miss. Hopefully we can still visit Don next November, where I plan to join the celebration of the defeat of the Criminal in the White House.  The operative word here is "hope" to visit.  In the meantime we're staying in touch by FaceTime. Pat and I have been FaceTiming since we met in 2013.  Just recently we figured out how to do a three-way by FaceTime.  Sometimes it's tricky to make it happen but somehow we stumble into it.  Last night was one of those times.  Don is quarantined in his tenth floo

Staying In Touch With Friends During the Pandemic

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Two of my best friends are Pat F. who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Don McK. who lives in Philadelphia.  In normal times Pat and I visit Don in Philadelphia.  Don has lived in a cooperative in center city Philadelphia that has a guest suite.  Pat and I rent that guest suite in the spring and fall. This year Pat and I will not be visiting Don for our schedule visit at the end of next month (May).  This will be the first spring in five years that we will miss. Hopefully we can still visit Don next November, where I plan to join the celebration of the defeat of the Criminal in the White House.  The operative word here is "hope" to visit.  In the meantime we're staying in touch by FaceTime. Pat and I have been FaceTiming since we met in 2013.  Just recently we figured out how to do a three-way by FaceTime.  Sometimes it's tricky to make it happen but somehow we stumble into it.  Last night was one of those times.  Don is quarantined in his tenth floor apa

Coronavirus Pandemic Update April 26, 2020

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New proposed airline seating arrangements These days of sheltering in is feeling like Ground Hog, very repetitive.  As much as I have complained about living in a tourist area of the country, I have to admit I wish I would see that onslaught of vehicles speeding down Route One to  Rehoboth Beach.  I miss the energy.  Even though I avoided most of the seasonal tourist craziness, I did get a peripheral enjoyment of witnessing (and making a living at the hotel) of all the folks taking a few days (or weeks) off to partake in our coastal delights from the many and varied restaurants, shopping outlet stores and of course, the warm sands and gently rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The few times I did partake was perhaps a occasional late Sunday afternoon when the weekenders, headed back north and west back to their jobs, gave up the boardwalk for a few hours to us locals.  These pandemic days the only jobs left are first responders, grocery check out clerks, and here in Delaware, li

Tipton Family Genealogy 52 of 67 Pigeon Roost Tour April 29 1996

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Taking a break from my usual coronavirus pandemic update posts here folks.   What I'm posting today is an old VHS video that I took in the Spring of 1996 when I visited the mountains of western North Carolina, my father's hillbilly roots. Not much has changed since he left that Appalachia area in 1930 with his parents and eight brothers. He was ten years old at that time. The video I'm posting is raw, no fancy intro title or ending, just my shaky, huge, should hugging video camera.   After I left my job at the Philadelphia bank where I worked, I flew down to Atlanta Georgia to apply for a job at Sun Bank. While waiting for an answer after my job interview, I took a sideline visit to my brother John and his wife who lived (and still do) in Greenville, South Carolina. John only lived about two miles from Pigeon Roost, North Carolina, near where our father was born. On this trip we visited a distant cousin, Horace Tipon and his wife Margie. At their house we looked a

Ticked Off Vic: A Message to the Government | VicDiBitetto.net

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Yesterday on Twitter I happened to come across this video which expresses my feelings exactly about how the government and big business is handling the coronavirus and helping the average person get through it.  As I've said before, I am very fortunate in that I am only suffering some inconveniences during this shutdown of our economy because of the coronavirus pandemic. Our home is paid for, we receive Social Security payments as a base income. I have a few small bank pensions to supplement our Social Security income. I'm even receiving unemployment benefits for a few months. I just can't imagine those people who have families to house and feed. Meeting mortgage and or rent payments. Small business owners trying to hang onto their businesses in which they worked so hard to be successful.  I think back to previous episodes of my life when I did live from paycheck to paycheck. What would I have done if I lost my job?  This morning I was thinking of my eight weeks of

Cornoravirus (Covid19) Pandemic Update Monday April 20, 2020

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My homemade rubber band biker kerchief mask Bill and I just got back from our weekly shopping expedition. This time I had to get some rubber bands for make my face mask out of my biker bandanas. Click on the link below for instructions how to prepare your own no sew bandana face mask. No sew bandana face mask instructions My blogger buddy, Dr. Spo very generously sent me a face mask for which I am very appreciative. Very stylish and safe but it kept falling off my face because I had to tie it with strings on the back.  I have several of these biker bandanas that I brought at Royal Farms several years ago. I've always liked these bandanas, they brought back memories of my bar hopping days where you put a certain color bandana out of your back pocket to indicate what kind of sexual activity you were into sexually. Red kerchief in the back right pocket, one thing and same red kerchief in the back left pocket, something else. You can look up the different meanings on the web.

Coronavirus Pandemic Update Friday April 17, 2020

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Me and Bill face masked at Ace Hardware Trump wants to open up the country to get the economy going again. He's convinced a thriving economy is the only way he can get reelected. Of course he doesn't care how many die by sending people back to work before we have stopped the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump only cares about himself and getting reelected. The only way we're going to get the economy going again is testing.  TESTING! TESTING! TESTING! We need testing and tracking. That is the ONLY way we're going to get back to normal.  Now that I have had my say, let's take a break from this all consuming coronavirus news, which is scaring us all to death.  A few months ago I came across a wonderful cucumber salad recipe which I will share with all of you now.  I discovered it as a leftover salad from an event at the hotel where I used to work.  Where I hope I can go back to work someday. Yes, I do miss working at the hotel even though at times I

Pandemic Monday April 13, 2020

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Recent photo of a smog free Los Angeles during the Great 2020 Covid19 Pandemic Before the Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 hit this country, I would have been in the air this morning on my way to Palm Springs, California. My flight was scheduled to take off from Philadelphia International Airport 5:00 AM.  I would arrive at the Dallas/Fort Worth International's airport at 7:46 AM, a few minutes from now. Then my flight from Dallas/Fort Worth was scheduled for takeoff from 9:00 AM and arriving in Palm Springs at 10:13 AM.  I would meet Pat in Palm Springs to help him prepare his condo for a VRBO rental. All that is on hold now. Right now, as I type this blog post, a driving rain is beating against my windows and thunder is booming in the distance.  I wonder if my flight would have been delayed, probably.  I've already cancelled my plans to visit Philadelphia at the end of May with Pat. I've also cancelled by flight to Buffalo, New York at the end of summer. Once

Easter Sunday During the 2020 Pandemic

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Bill takes in a quiet Easter Sunday morning in our neighborhood during the Great Coronavirus Pandemic. So quiet, so peaceful.  Nothing more needs to be said.

Coronavirus Update Delaware April 11, 2020

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My new custom made mask by Dr. Spo This Easter Sunday I was scheduled to fly out to Palm Springs to help my Canadian Travel Buddy Pat prepare his condo for updating. Of course I cancelled that plane trip a couple weeks ago. I also cancelled my plans to visit Philadelphia with Pat the end of next month. I've also cancelled my plane trip to Canada via way of Buffalo, New York for my annual visit to Pat in Hamilton, Ontario. Life is on hold now folks. But I realize I am in a much better position than many of our fellow human beings on this earth, all of whom are affected by this pandemic. Cars lined up at a food bank in San Antonio Texas yesterday This morning I was talking to my longtime friend Lar on FaceTime. We're both retired now and have a base income from Social Security and modest bank pensions. I asked Larry, "Can you imagine going through this pandemic when we were young an dependent on our weekly paychecks for food and rent?"   Neither one of us h

Coronavirus Pandemic Update April 9, 2020

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Good news and bad news today folks.  The bad news first: The coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, killing thousands of people and throwing millions of other people out of work. My hearty goes out to those survivors who lost their loved ones and, even worse, couldn't be with them at the time of their passing. That's one of the many cruelties of this pandemic, those who are dying do not have the final comfort of having their loved ones holding their hand when they pass from this life. That has always been one of my great fears, dying alone without my loved one to hold my hand as I pass.  Bill and I are doing fine here. Testing is still unavailable for us here in southern Delaware unless we're showing severe symptoms and jump through the hoops to get a doctor's note. The only way this country is going to control this pandemic is to TEST EVERYBODY FOR FREE WITHOUT HOOPS. What's so hard about that? I don't hold out much hope for that common sense soluti

Coronavirus Update Delaware April 5, 2020

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My "making do with what I have" face mask while shopping at my local supermarket Still here folks. I don't know whether or not Bill and I are positive for the coronavirus. Tests are not readily available here in southern in spite of what the Liar in the White House proclaimed last month "Testing is available for anyone who wants it."  Just another of the thousands of Trump lies. I don't think I'm positive but I understand that one can carry the virus and not know it.  The only way we're going to get control over this pandemic is to have testing available for everyone. Also to have face masks available for everyone. That face mask I'm wearing in this photo that I took a few days ago when I was shopping at my local supermarket is to keep sawdust out of your nostrils while doing woodwork.  I found a packet of them in the basement while I was placing my jumbo pack of toilet paper. Viola! Help is on the way with a more stylish face mask f

Scrabble - If It's Not Broke Don't Fix It

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For the past five years, on of the small pleasures I have is playing on-line Scrabble with my Travel Buddy Pat.  I find playing on-line Scrabble a relaxing and learning experience as well as fulfilling my competitive gene. I not only stay in touch with Pat when we're not together on one of our quarterly travel outings, but I find playing on line Scrabble reduces my stress. Especially at this time of the world wide coronavirus pandemic I especially found playing a welcome retreat from worrying about what is going to happen to us and the world. So it was with great frustration this morning I found that the Scrabble game on Facebook is changing. Beginning June 1st it will be Scrabble Go. I play Scrabble both on my iMac and my iPhone. I discovered this change this morning when I couldn't use the Scrabble app on my iPhone. I tried to load the app again but I was directed to this Scrabble-Go app. It wasn't the same as my old app. For one thing it didn't have the color

Unemployment Up 6.6 Million and Other Thoughts During This Pandemic Crises

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The unemployment insurance report came out this morning setting a new all time record with 6.6 million people filing for insurance payments.  Last week's unemployment insurance report was three million, setting a new all time record that was quickly eclipsed by the report this morning's report.  Last week I filed for unemployment insurance last week. Yesterday I received a notice from the Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance. I will be receiving about two-thirds of my pay at the hotel where I've worked part-time for the last thirteen years.  I didn't even think I was eligible for unemployment insurance because I only work part-time. But when my manager called me last week to inform me I was being laid indefinitely he suggested that I file for unemployment.  I took his advice and now I'm glad I did.  I am one of the lucky people in that I have other sources of income such as Social Security and several small pensions. But those payment just about cov

Connecting With Friends During Coronavirus Pandemic

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During this science fiction movie come to life, how to we stay connected with friends?  Thank God for FaceTime! Last night I talked to two of my best friends, Pat (who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) and Don who lives in Philadelphia.  In normal times Pat and I visit Don in Philadelphia twice a year. Our next visit was due the end of May. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic that has most of the world staying home and avoiding social in person contact, I doubt that our May visit will occur. I hope we can make our November visit, that was the one where I plan to celebrate the defeat of Trump. However, that visit may not happen either. We may not even be alive then. And I'm not joking, we literally may not be alive.   Last night for the first time I was able to figure out how to do a multiple FaceTime on my iMac. Before yesterday I was only able to do a three-way on my iPhone. Now I can do it on the big screen.  I talk to Pat several times daily on FaceTime but