Stay TF (Ten Feet) Away 5K

Today I participated in a fun social distancing event. The event, Stay TF Away 5K was a fundraiser for a local running shop, Wildside Running.

I have been speed walking for a few years since I can no longer run like I want to. I do distance cycling instead. I do like to get out and speed walk through my neighborhood so this gave me a chance to time myself and help contribute some money to a good cause. I like supporting local businesses.

Building a platform bed frame for my truck

Today I completed a quick project for my truck. Last week I got a great deal on a slightly used Leer fiberglass truck bed topper for my 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 mega-cab. I have been wanting one for some time and decided to get it. The main goal for the topper was to serve as an additional protected and secure place to store items when my wife Sylvia and I go on long trips or shopping.

I watched a few YouTube videos and decided to build a platform that could double as a sleeping area plus provide more storage options for gear. My goal was to use as much wood as I had on hand and the platform had to be able to be removed and installed without any tools.

I did have to buy some 2x4s, but the sheet goods were left over from the repairs that I did a few months ago on the platform bed that we use each night in the house. I used construction screws for the joinery as I had plenty on hand. I used 2×4 joist hangers for the supports that also keep the side rails in place.

The nice thing about this platform is that if I need to use the whole bed for something, I can easily take all of the wood out of the bed and strap it on the roof racks above the cab and put the large item in the truck bed.

Shopping during the Albany Dougherty County Georgia shelter in place restrictions

Today for the first time in 2 weeks I had to go shopping at Sam’s Club. The last time I was in Sam’s Club I was wearing a mask and Goggles and there was no one in sight that was protected. This time when I went to Sam’s Club they were a few of people that were wearing mask and gloves but the majority of the people were not observing any type of social distancing and they were not wearing any type of protection face or hand protection.

I cover my hair and my ears. I wear goggles that seal against my face to protect my eyes. I am wearing a face mask that has a ventilator that allows me to breath out without pushing the mask away from my face so that when I breathe in the ventilator closes and air can only come through the filter. My body is completely covered and I have disposable gloves on. I take all of these gear off before entering my house. My truck interior like the seat, after a few hours, will be decontaminated because of the heat generated from sitting in the sun.

Albany, Georgia and Dougherty County Georgia are the hotspot for a large portion of the COVID-19 cases in the state of Georgia for the population density in this rural area. If you look at any other statistics or any of the graphs it shows that Albany Georgia has the highest number of colonel virus cases and the state. It amazes me that there are a lot of people that are still walking ran like there’s nothing to be afraid of and are not taking this seriously.

Sylvia watched some YouTube videos that discussed how to decontaminate your food packaging after you shop. I will post one article to reference scientific facts about COVID-19, but I would strongly suggest that you educate yourself and take the precautions that you feel best to meet your needs.

Neeltje van Doremalen, a virologist at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and her colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana, have done some of the first tests of how long Sars-CoV-2 can last for on different surfaces. Their study, which has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that the virus could survive in droplets for up to three hours after being coughed out into the air. Fine droplets between 1-5 micrometres in size – about 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair – can remain airborne for several hours in still air.

It means that the virus circulating in unfiltered air conditioning systems will only persist for a couple of hours at the most, especially as aerosol droplets tend to settle on surfaces faster in disturbed air.

But the NIH study found that the Sars-CoV-2 virus survives for longer on cardboard – up to 24 hours – and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless-steel surfaces. (Learn how to clean your mobile phone properly.)

Covid-19: How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

By Richard Gray17th March 2020

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200317-covid-19-how-long-does-the-coronavirus-last-on-surfaces

Only time will tell if all of the protocols that I am following are really working. This blog post is just letting you know what I’ve done to protect myself while shopping at Sam’s Club. If it works you’ll hear more from me, and if it doesn’t well, you will not.

When there are no tests, then there is no pandemic.

Rand Paul said today…

I did not quarantine while awaiting a coronavirus test because I did not meet the criteria for quarantine. In fact, I did not meet the current criteria for even being tested, much less quarantined.

I have not had an encounter with anyone that health officials recommended quarantining or testing.

I took the test because my wife and I had traveled extensively during the weeks prior to COVID-19 social distancing practices, and I am at a higher risk for serious complications from the virus due to having part of my lung removed seven months ago.

I did attend Louisville’s Speed Art Museum charity ball on March 7. Unlike the other Kentucky government officials there, I had zero contact or proximity with either of the two individuals who later announced they were positive for COVID-19. The event was a large affair of hundreds of people spread throughout the museum.

The Metro Louisville Communicable Disease department announced that “those who public health officials consider at higher risk from possible exposure are being notified,” according to the museum’s director, Stephen Reily.”

Read more on USA Today

Fables become reality

I am reminded of the fable “The Emporer’s New Clothes“. As a child, I was amazed about how the Emporer’s staff let him parade around naked to his subjects until a babe pointed out the truth.

The ruse that the tailor told to the Emporer was that only the very sophisticated people could see the clothes played on people’s vanity. In reality, it takes a truly self-aware person to realize their failings and that they may know everything or that they have made a mistake.

Today with this Coronavirus spreading unchecked in the United States I am reminded of this parable and hope that as a society we take a hard look at the emperor’s new clothes and see them for what they are, smoke and mirrors.

When there are no tests, then there is no pandemic.

https://andersen.sdu.dk/…/TheEmperorsNewClothes_e.html

The Night My Netgear Orbi Died

As a retired IT geek that started working on the Internet before it even had a browser that would load pictures, I am not amazed at what can happen to network equipment. Last night my Netgear Oribi wireless router died. I will not go into the details of explaining the green blinking light syndrome, but you can Google the forums for the many instances of this problem. The dead Oribi is not why I am writing this blog entry.

8 years of retired Cisco Meraki Equipment
8 years of retired Cisco Meraki Equipment

I bought the Oribi a few months ago as I was coming to the end of a wonderful ride with the Cisco Meraki networking equipment. I thought at the time it would be a nice start to getting back into consumer-grade networking after having lived with enterprise remote office networking equipment for almost eight years. Well, last night that all ended. It was late after many failed attempts to reset the Oribi, I went to bed with the decision that I would build a Linux firewall router in the morning to keep my network up until new Ubiquiti equipment arrives via Amazon on Saturday.

Open Source to the rescue!

So I have not done this Linux fire drill in a long time, but I started at about 10 AM today and I have the wired network up and running. I am using an old hub so only 4 devices can get on the Internet, but that is enough for all of the streaming media devices, Plex server, and my laptop to get some work done. So as a tech guy who is retired, it is a joy to have to do a fire drill every once in a while just to get some mental exercise.

Guest Bathroom is Finally Finished

I started remodeling our guest bathroom sometime in 2018. It is now February 6, 2019 and I am finally getting time to document the project with this blog post. I am using Word Press 5.0 for the second time to write a blog post. I normally create pages for websites using Beaver Builder, but I do have two personal blogs that I have not been updating too often lately. Well this is the first maiden voyage using the new Word Press Blocks interface.

I am also trying another new technique for adding images to my websites. I am using a public link from my Google Drive as a source for the images in this post. I have web hosting with SiteGround, but I want to conserve server disk space so I found a way to generate a public link to the image from my Google Drive. You can find out how I did it here. This link will also help me to rember how to do it again later.

Guest bath vanity number one
Guest bath vanity number one

Photos of Construction

Why I wear a Santa Hat during the Winter Solstice Season.

Sometimes I have to ask myself and ponder why where Santa Claus hat during the holiday season.

Today I was in Sam’s Club and there was a long line of people checking out and as I getting getting close the door two older women with to shopping carts that were overflowing with stuff cut in front of me. The woman behind me and I we each had one item and I heard the women behind me mutter “I can’t believe they’re cutting in line”

The 2 older woman heard this and they turned around and looked at me and said “Oh do you wanna go first?”.

I replied “if I was in a hurry I would have never come in here you’re fine”.

As they proceeded to go to get their items checked I looked at the woman behind me and I said “this is why I wear this hat because it really makes me a much nicer person during this time of year” and she just smiled and laughed and we both walked out of the store together .

A Beautiful Fall Walking Tour of Cumberland Island, Georgia

Sylvia, some friends and I went on a walking tour on Cumberland Island this weekend. It was a wonderful trip. We were in historic Saint Marys for an annual bicycling event on Saturday 11/2 and decided to take the island tour on Sunday 11/3.

We took the ferry to the island for a few hours and returned later in the late afternoon. I took some pictures of the flora, horses, and ruins of the Carnegie mansion.

Walking on Atlanta's Urban Trails

Freedom Trail

Today I had a wonderful time walking on the trails in Atlanta. I have been wanting to explore the trails when I discovered them when I made my first trip to Atlanta shortly after moving to Georgia back in 2010. Today while my wife, Sylvia, visited the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, I when on a nice walk on the trail.

Pond at Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

This is one of the times when I really wish that I had dragged my bike to Atlanta, but I had prepared for a nice walk so I took off heading east on the trail.

Atlanta Beltline Trail

  • Atlanta Belt Line Artwork

The real excitement for me was to discover that the new Atlanta Beltline Trail connection was right near the Presidential Library. Seeing first hand how the integration of an urban rail-trail fit so nicely into living and business environments were fascinating.

Walking on Atlanta’s Urban Trails

Freedom Trail

Today I had a wonderful time walking on the trails in Atlanta. I have been wanting to explore the trails when I discovered them when I made my first trip to Atlanta shortly after moving to Georgia back in 2010. Today while my wife, Sylvia, visited the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, I when on a nice walk on the trail.

Pond at Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

This is one of the times when I really wish that I had dragged my bike to Atlanta, but I had prepared for a nice walk so I took off heading east on the trail.

Atlanta Beltline Trail

  • Atlanta Belt Line Artwork

The real excitement for me was to discover that the new Atlanta Beltline Trail connection was right near the Presidential Library. Seeing first hand how the integration of an urban rail-trail fit so nicely into living and business environments were fascinating.