I know a guy…

Fred E sent me this. You might find it useful.

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Does this happen to you?

Before my cataract surgery I had two pairs of glasses – well three if you count sunglasses. One pair was progressives for everyday use. The others were up close glasses for drawing. I had about 20/500 with bad astigmatism. Now, since cataract surgery four years ago I have about twenty pairs. Usually 150 diopters  for casual up close, 250 for computer and 300 for drawing. But sometimes I can’t find any of them. I have to search the house. And after a while they all seem to congregate in one spot, like those nature movies of elephant seals piled on top of each other on some beach in Patagonia.

Incidentally, we’ve decided to hunker down for a few weeks. This situation we find ourselves in, well, Ive never seen anything like it. One would think that the mass anxiety that seems to be permeating society these days must be what it was like during the Great Depression or World Wars.

 

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Dr. Bombay

Remember this from 1998?

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Monday

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Here’s good advice

Here’s good advice from my friend, Dr. Fang in Seattle. He is a renowned pulmonary specialist:

CNN Article

Dr. Fang was a founding member of the Piranha Club when he lived in Philadelphia.

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Too bad Dr. Pork is retired. He could handle our current situation. This is from this month in 2001…..

You know why the first three panels are what we call throw-away panels, right?

 

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People are going nuts.

Here’s the toilet paper shelf at Publix…

I’m surprised they had some paper towels. People are going nuts. Consider that here in the USA over 30,000 people die each year from gun shots. 30,000 die each year from the flu. About 36,000 die in traffic accidents. About 480,000 die from cigarette smoke. No big deal. But when a new disease pops up we all go out and load up on toilet paper.

 

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Monkey’s fist

I’ve been corrected. the knot is better known as a monkey’s fist. I remember now.

I went out to try to buy toilet paper today. Whew! No luck! I’m worried. I only have about 23 rolls stockpiled.

I also wanted to get some hand sanitizer:

But not to worry. It looks like most of the fatalities are old people.

WAIT A MINUTE! THAT’S ME!

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Knots

I was looking through my book of knots. When I was a Boy Scout I could never figure out a sheepshank. I don’t know why they call it a “sheepshank”. As far as I can tell it’s nautical knot.

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But it reminded me. This is a Gordian knot (Of course named after Alexander the Great’s famous knot untieing trick) My father made this while he was in the navy in 1917. It’s about two inches in diameter.

 103 years old and I still can’t untie it.

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Wednesday

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My dear sainted mother…

made this.

Notice the dead frog and the desiccated sea horses. The fossil sharks teeth are from Venice Beach I think. Whenever there is a rough storm there it uncovers them. And notice the six pointed starfish. Those two round things in the middle are sand dollars. They’re all over the place down here.To the left of the large sand dollar are little doves. The are from the middle of a sand dollar when you break it open. I’ll see if I can find a write up of The Legend of the Sand Dollar. It has to do with Jesus.

Since we lived on an island in Florida, and back in those old days the beaches were covered with shells it was easy to do. You can’t imagine how deep the piles of shells were. Since those days they’ve replenished the beach at least twice. When they do that they pump in sand from a several hundred feet off shore. The beaches on Anna Maria Island are now very wide. But when they did that they killed just about all the little critters that live along the tide lines. And they covered up all the shells that once lined the beach.

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