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  1. [...] Yeah, you are using this forum for wish fulfillment on something that's already closed in a way that you didn't like. I am paying attention to what politicians and public officials of all strips are actually doing right now. But after I call out uncomfortable facts, you're shutting me down with the typical "opinions may differ" and "how dare you use this sacred forum to disagree with me" tactics that have become part for course for inside the Beltway "opinion leaders," even if it's just just a thread on a foodie blog by two people with zero formal medical or public policy training
  2. Meanwhile, in the Hamptons...https://nypost.com/2020/03/19/we-should-blow-up-the-bridges-coronavirus-leads-to-class-warfare-in-hamptons/
  3. I wear pajamas pants around the house and they typically have generous pockets, but phones and wallets have a tendency to slide out during movement. Have you considered a vest? They're quite nice for carrying odds and ends, and provide extra bit of warmth without much constriction. https://www.exofficio.com/womens-sol-cool-flyq-vest/2076-3155.html?dwvar_2076-3155_color=9999&dwvar_2076-3155_size=000006M&cgid=#q=cool flyq vest&start=1 I snagged a couple of these from Costco for $20 each. They're great for travel and running around town too.
  4. What about a cell phone armband? I find that even when big enough, pants pockets never work well while doing physical work. The phone can slide out, potentially get damaged, or just be hard to hear/use.
  5. What are you planning for this gardening season? It was supposed to be a light gardening year for me because we were expecting to move house, but now we're definitely staying put. Started tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant about 3 weeks ago. Some greens are almost ready to transplant. Started another 2 tray of greens this week. Have about 50 lbs of seed potatoes coming. Garlic in the ground, some spinach and beets not doing a lot yet, but should start taking off nowish.
  6. I'll match your patent troll with https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2020/3/17/21184308/coronavirus-italy-medical-company-threatens-sue-3d-print-valves-treatments
  7. You could grab the wipe to use on your hands at the door. Alcohol based hand sanitizer and wipes are not very effective anyways, they take minutes to work on a surface, so they dry out before sanitizing the surface. Why are idiots out there acting as though hand sanitizer is going to protect them from this thing? If that's the case, why did so many hospital workers, who have years of training at washing their hands before and after every procedure, getting infected? But this is probably the absolute worst moment to panic shop. The infections are already in the populace, supplies are l
  8. This is pretty comprehensive. https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/dont-panic-the-comprehensive-ars-technica-guide-to-the-coronavirus/ When assessing your personal risk, remember that 80% mild cases is everything that doesn't put you in a hospital bed. In Italy and China, this typically means you stay home or at a quarantine center until you have trouble breathing and need supplemental oxygen. Almost 90% had fever. Minor can still mean weeks of recovery time, especially if you are required to quarantine yourself afterwards to protect family and coworkers from infection. Why wo
  9. Hell no. Younger people without risk factors are not immune, just somewhat less likely to require hospitalization when infected. They can still get it and spread it to others. And some of them will still get very sick and strain hospital resources at a very bad time. And infection spread in the US at this point likely means that what's happening in Italy right now is likely inevitable in 10 days. The tens or hundreds of thousands of infections already happened, they just aren't symptomic or very sick yet. If you do get infected and very sick after this point, you likely will not make it d
  10. The US is just 7-10 days behind Italy, and it will be much worse here than Italy or Wuhan, unless warm weather saves us. The lack of government preparation and seriousness is stunning. That flight ban to Europe will protect them from us, not the other way around. Even with warm weather, we are likely looking at quarantine in southern hemisphere this summer and return this fall. Nevermind deaths and health, we have a hugely fragile global economy that won't survive this the way that 1918-1919 societies did. Honestly, I'm a little shocked that you people are still talking about eating a
  11. For anyone who still thinks this is just a bad flu. This is from one of the best prepared places in the world, in terms of free access to quality healthcare and social cohesion. Remember that we live in the land of gig workers and hospital balance billing.
  12. If your workplace accommodates telework, make sure you prepare to use it. Buy some staples, rice and pastas and condensed soup and sauces. Avoid scheduling travel if at all possible. If you depend on meds, beg your doctor to give you an extra refill and do it now. This is the basic stuff just to handle the supply chain disruptions. I had hoped that we could get some warning before getting into pandemic mode. The speed and suddenness of the outbreaks in Iran, RoK, and Italy suggests otherwise.
  13. We were really impressed by Bar Crenn from a visit a year ago. It's a la cart but the portions are small (kind of like Bar Mini but fancier), might have the tasting menu but maybe not really vibe that I think you're going for.
  14. For once, we strayed from the tried and true Littler and ate at Sushi Mon, Mothers and Sons, and So-Ca. Mothers and Sons is the standout. It's toe to toe with Inferno Pizzeria's pasta tasting for my best pasta-centric meal of 2019. The antipastas and desserts were also outstanding. It would hold its own against any fine dining establishment in DC.Sushi Mon is pretty good, worth seeking out if you're in the area and craving sushi. It's just below elevated sushi that show the signs of a master at work. Everything was well prepared and fresh, the prices were good for the portions and select
  15. And now we have also been to ZZQ. We were driving south on I-95 and bet on getting quick enough service to reach our destination on time. There was no line on Friday at around 1:45. The service was friendly and efficient. We ordered pork ribs, brisket (mix of fatty and lean), hab sausage, hot guts, pulled pork, pastrami, small buttermilk potato salad, small jalapeno mac and cheese, 2 pickled jalapeno, and banana pudding. The order also came with a health stash of pickles and pickled onions.Overall we're really impressed. All the meats were moist, perfectly textured, and deeply flavorful.
  16. I generally think that people saying boorish things are just boors and not usually monsters. However, hitting on waitrons is really icky. They depends on your tip to live, so it's essentially an employer/employee relationship. Unwanted (or even wanted) sexualized remarks play out the same dynamics as a boss making that type of remark to their employee.
  17. I think it's outstanding for a fast food sandwich. It's like an In-n-Out burger, none of the components are fancy, but all the elements balance themselves out well.
  18. We ate well...and too much. The two trip gems were Jacqueline and Berlu. Jacqueline is a lovely seafood place with a very lightly applied Steve Zissou theme. Good (fresh, well shucked) dollar oysters during happy hour (limited to 1 dozen per person). Good drinks, good vibe and service, really really good seafood at a good price with nice preps, and large-ish menu. It's so good that we went there twice in 2 days, even though we had tasting menus booked on both days (Roe and Berlu). Berlu is a fantastic experience and great value right now. Each of the 8 courses was at least as
  19. We ate well and expensively during a shortish SoCal stay for a family function. Sushi Nekosan - this is where the cat titans from Isle of Dogs dine, if they're okay with being seen at a hole-in-a-wall place. The fish (and A5 Waygu) here is impeccable and beautifully presented and well worth the (not cheap but not expensive) price. If this is an indication of the level of SoCal sushi then sign me up now for a return trip! Fishing with Dynamite - Also impeccably fresh and beautifully presented. The hot dishes are great. The raw bar is exceptional. It's a bit pricy but a wonderful
  20. In Bellingham, we had very nice meals at Hokkai ramen and sushi. Their ramen is comparable to the top tier DC options. Really delicious takoyaki and pretty good sashimi and karaage. Bantam 46 had very very good crusty crispy fried chicken, great service, and very nice bar program. We stopped by Taylor Shellfish for bivalves and I learned to shuck oysters. The drive there is lovely and the guys at the store are great. The view is very PNW in a very good way. Oysters were very fresh and tasty, but no discount buying from the source. We went on an overcast Tuesday and it's relatively
  21. Finistere in Port Townsend is likely to be your best restaurant option on the Olympic Peninsula. It's not better than very very good modern American restaurants elsewhere, but it does everything well, it's not expensive, and it's a very pleasant place to sit down for a meal. Return trip to Willows Inn was technically fine but a definite let down. Fewer courses, courses of just random minimally-prepped veggies displacing the magical proteins that used to come out of their smoke house (still magical but far fewer in number), and a substantial uptick in prices. The current trend of se
  22. That BBC shengjianbao recipe looks sketchy. I suspect this one is closer to the real thing. https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2015/04/sheng-jian-bao-pan-fried-pork-soup-dumplings-recipe.html
  23. Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything is good for covering the basics. It's unfussy and recipes have few ingredients, so it's easy for a new cook to follow. If he is scientifically minded, Kenji Lopez Alt's book and Cook's Illustrated Cookbook are good at explaining why in a rigorous way.
  24. I meant that persimmons in general are not fast to fruit as peaches or plums. The Just Fruits trees are big, so it might be a year faster to fruit. I think Silver Spring is safely zone 7. My experience was from something of an urban heat island part of SS, but I successfully fruited pomegranates, so I think it's fair to say 7B or 8A for parts of SS (also parts of DC, Arlington, and Alexandria) Not warm enough for true semitropical plants, but hospitable for pomegranates, figs, and hardy gardenias. But this is in the ground with good placement. Anything in a pot of your deck should
  25. The non astringent varieties are marginal in most of DMV, though might be fine in warmer spots in or near DC, you can probably grow them where you live as that's practically zone 8A. The astringent Asian varieties will be fine anywhere in DMV. There are also some American and American x Asiatic persimmons with smaller fruits and greater hardiness. Edible Landscaping will have region appropriate varieties for sale. Just Fruits and Exotics are price but have big health plants. They're pest free plants, though not particularly precocious, maybe 3-5 years to bear.
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