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Loretta
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Posted: 24th Mar 2020 03:18
I am in Tucson, Arizona, USA and we are not yet in mandatory lock down. The Virus cases are low here but rising , so we are only going out if necessary and practicing Social Distancing like everyone., I hope.

I just wanted to say that I wish everyone a safe passage through this crazy time.

Please be safe, stay healthy and Game Guru On!
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Posted: 24th Mar 2020 06:47
I’m in ne uk and am in total lock down isolation for 12 weeks at least.

It is very strange and surreal as you say ... almost like being in a movie somehow

Hope you and everyone stay safe ... reckon it’ll get even more weird before it gets better.

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Posted: 24th Mar 2020 07:02
In the Netherlands we are in lockdown and it will last until june for now, so enough time to be busy with GG.
For me, i'm getting better with the day and feeling less tired now, but many members of my family are having flu like symptoms.
Crazy times indeed, because there is no way of knowing if this flu was, or is due to cov19.
We'll just act as if it is and thus stay home, better to be on the safe side.

Be save.
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Posted: 24th Mar 2020 07:36
In Catalonia (geographically in Spain).
Well, the AIDS virus is already quite controlled, so the pharmaceutical industry needed extra income, but as always it got out of hand, and here we are all suffering the consequences.
I am personally confined at home, taking advantage to work on my projects, my town seems like a ghost town and the supermarkets are beginning to look like the empty supermarkets in Venezuela.
So, be very careful, I need you all in good health and willing to work with GGMax in September.
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Posted: 24th Mar 2020 12:47
yes same here, where i work closed down, for at least 3 weeks, cannot go out at all, unless essential
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Posted: 24th Mar 2020 16:04 Edited at: 24th Mar 2020 16:17
Quote: " cannot go out at all, unless essential"


That's not quite correct. The UK isn't in full lock down quite yet (unless it's changed since last nights PM announcement). You are allowed to leave the house for the following reasons:

- Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible
- One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk, or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents' homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school
- Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home

(this is for the general populace, there are different restrictions (mostly voluntary) in place for those on the extremely vulnerable list, and the NHS will contact them directly)

Quote: "I’m in ne uk and am in total lock down isolation for 12 weeks at least."


I assume you are in the extremely vulnerable category have received your letter from the NHS instructing you to isolate for 12 weeks, that's a bummer, hope it all goes well for you.

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Posted: 24th Mar 2020 16:25 Edited at: 24th Mar 2020 16:35
yes essential shopping only Belidos...... drastic measure for peacetime, as much as Boris is not my choice of leader, he is doing a good job..... he is paying my wages for the next 3 weeks, if not more, if the government didn't step in, society here in the UK would more than likely collapse. Well done Boris.

Everyone here keep safe...

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and exercise once a day

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Posted: 24th Mar 2020 17:55
Similar situation in Michigan. We're currently in a 3-week lockdown, State-wide. Keep your immune system boosted, and drink plenty of water, as well as getting plenty of rest and sleep.
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Lock Down starts Thursday here in south Africa.
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Posted: 28th Mar 2020 12:03
Yeah, Australia is almost in complete lockdown, 1000's have lost their jobs and are on the stimulous package from the government, only go out for essentials is the best thing to do, starting to use law enforcement to get people to practice social distancing in some states.

Don't go anywhere unless you really need to even if you are allowed!

Stay out of Covids way

Head over to my freebies thread and get yourself a bunch of fpm's for GG created using HM2GG I just posted the other day - that'll keep you entertained

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Posted: 28th Mar 2020 17:50
Thanks OldFlak! I will do that!

Thanks everyone for checking in!

Stay Safe !

I Wish you ALL Well !
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Some of you know that i am a volunteer (carpenter) in a dog shelter in spain.. i normaly live, work in the netherlands, but i am stuck here, not allowed to travel anymore.. but we have 160 dogs to take care off each day, so more then enough work..
i hope everybody stay save..
and i hope to be back soon by my wife and children.

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yep it's crazy (and lazy) times for most of us, wishing you all the best
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Posted: 30th Mar 2020 17:45
Here in Italy, we cannot leave the houses, only out of necessity with a self-certification, it is allowed to go out to buy food.
I will take this opportunity to have some fun on the PC, hoping that it will end soon.

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In Germany (Bavaria) we should stay at home... only allowed to go out for food, medical, work...
The only good thing at the moment, I can work from home with a notebook. Now I save 2 hrs. everyday which I don't have to spend in the car.
My wife have to stay at home, can not go to work. Most shops are closed.
And yes, now I can play around with GG But with the lastest release my levels always crash
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Here in California, we still have people thinking it is a priority to return there Amazon packages. Fake eyelashes, shoes, clothing. No real need to be out. but still they keep bringing them in for return.

And they treat us UPS Store workers, like we are spreading the virus around.

Stay home people!!!!!
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We have our stay at home orders in Arizona as of last evening.

Hope GGMAX Alpha is ready soon.

Good Health All hope all of those who can't get home will get there soon.
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Same here in Catalonia, here we tried to take care about times ago, but as always and for everything we has to get the spanish goverment agreement and green light, so now spain is the firts places with more people infected.

I'm at home working on my project and I'm very happy with the results so far, I've hope to publish something here as far as possible.
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Posted: 17th Apr 2020 00:30 Edited at: 17th Apr 2020 00:35
I want to share with the community the situation in my concentration camp in Russia. At the moment, my government has set up crowded places for cross-infection in the form of metro lines and pass points. This is real genocide. The police beat pensioners and kicked them into cars for going to the nearest store for groceries.

Most hospitals refuse to accept seriously ill and injured people. (One example is the refusal to hospitalize an elderly woman who fell from the second floor).

The police grab everyone in a row and write crazy fines in violation of the law in order to report to their superiors (they have some kind of competition who will write the most fines).

Police officers beat parents in front of young children.

There is absolutely no help from the state to any of the people, even if you are unemployed.

The President announced the introduction of preferential mortgages at a rate of 6.5%.
Concessional loans were promised to enterprises but in reality they are issued only to businessmen loyal to the government.
The government also announced the introduction of a new tax of 13% on private deposits with banks if the deposit exceeds 1,000,000 rubles (approximately $ 13,300).

I do not know how to survive in this country ...
Forgive me for such a negative. But life here was hard and now it has become generally unbearable.
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Posted: 17th Apr 2020 05:19 Edited at: 17th Apr 2020 05:26
SOOO sorry to hear that OldPMan! I hope the government leaders there
in Russia accept some support from other countries. I hope it ends soon.
CRAZY! Maybe if possible, making games would be something to keep you
occupied? But that probably isn't much help for such serious circumstances.
Anyone when you waiting for MAX, and stuck in place, so, maybe do this
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Posted: 17th Apr 2020 13:16
I'm actually wondering if it is save for you to be writing this OldPman.
Once i was so happy with all the changes for the better such as the ending of the cold war, the lifting of the iron curtain, Germany reunified and Russia moving towards freedom and democracy.
The latter sadly never happened it seems.
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there are a lot of dinosaurs (old school) in Russia goverment, I see so diffucult to get democracy system yet at Russia. It is the same here in Spain, alot of franquistas (Supporters of the regime of the dictator Franco) in the power.
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Posted: 29th Apr 2020 10:37 Edited at: 29th Apr 2020 11:29
Hello everybody !
I think that the other day anti-extremism officers will come to my house. This will happen for posts on social networks with the following content: "It's time to open the hunt for gold unicorns." I posted such a comment in comparative form with a speech by the president.
Yes, yes, I'm not joking!

My posts were related to the fourth speech of the President of my country on unprecedented measures of support for the population allocated by the state since the outbreak. Let me voice these unprecedented supportive measures that personally consulted me. Since I did not have official employment, I turned to the state employment center for help in finding employment. I was registered at the employment center and two weeks after applying I was given unemployment status. I was assigned unemployment benefits in the amount of 1500r. I will convert this amount into dollars - 1500 rub = $ 20.2 attention, per month. The president from the TV screen promised all those with minor children assistance in the amount of 3000 rubles = $ 40.4 per month. But as it turned out, this assistance was intended only for those who lost their jobs after March 1, 2020, and only if you were officially employed and can prove it with documents.
My utility bills for the previous month amounted to 3,000 rubles = $ 40, and this taking into account the fact that I saved a lot of money in heating and using electricity. This amount does not include rental housing which in my village is $ 50. And the state offers me to somehow exist on $ 20.


Another cynical statement by the president, in an address to the nation, he announced a new holiday to be celebrated on April 28. It will be a celebration in honor of the ambulance worker’s day. This is at a time when doctors directly working with infected people do not have elementary remedies. They are tricked into paying wages. Unions that directly assist doctors are forbidden to do this help, hospitals are forbidden to accept help from unions if this help does not come from unions owned by a member of the United Russia party

My indignation knew no bounds!

In order not to be unfounded, you can see for yourself the people's love for the president by clicking on the links that are now in the trend of the Russian segment of YouTube and look at the ratio of likes to dislikes.It’s strange that this time the likes and comments statistics weren’t turned off this time on YouTube channels owned by the federal media.
(in three previous appeals by the president to the nation, statistics and comments were turned off)

Here are the links to the video in the trend of the Russian segment of YouTube:

1 # trending: Just federal media.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCUvveABIOU

3 # in trend: The main military propaganda channel of the Russian Federation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06rqeOvq9gg

32 # in trend: The main federal news channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvZSpw54XkU

From television screens and news channels on YouTube owned by the federal media, the president is trying to convince the hungry that they are actually well fed.

And I'm really not joking at the moment saying that I’m waiting for the police from the department for countering extremism. The word unicorn is consonant with the Russian word United Russia (a member of the United Russia party, this party is a monopoly of power). On the basis of such comments in Russia, at present, thousands of criminal cases are being conducted across the country.
Quote: "

единорог = unicorn
единорос = a member of the United Russia party

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In general, these are the things.
In fact, I just decided to share information as a person who wants the world to know about the real situation of dells in Russia on the part of the population, and if you have a journalist in Russia among friends or relatives, I’m ready to give a great interview for him and tell everything about myself and share your fate and current situation.

At the moment, unemployment benefits are not transferred to my bank account and I do not have money even to buy bread. This is not a request for money, it is a desire to make clear to the world community who our president really is and how he relates to his own people. The desire to push the world community to refuse to have any business ties with our president and I urge the most severe sanctions against him and members of the United Russia party (friends of the oligarchs).

Here is the image that displays my account at the national employment center. The red arrow shows the amount that the state has appointed me in the form of benefits as unemployed.


The attachment contains screenshots of the YouTube channels shown as an example above in my text, in case these channels close their statistics by the time this text is published.I am very surprised, but everyone in the country is very impressed that this time the statistics have remained open and people have the opportunity to comment.


Please contact me via PM with a journalist from any European country or the USA and I will fully tell about my life in this country from
my childhood to the present day.
I still have some time to spare and my Internet will probably work for about two more weeks or a little less.
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Loretta
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Wow! I knew it was bad, but.... So sorry OLDPMan.
I hope that it improves soon for ALL.
Your a brave soul.
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Posted: 30th Apr 2020 10:24 Edited at: 30th Apr 2020 10:25
@Loretta , Thanks for the support.
Hello !
I want to note that my post has nothing to do with asking for financial assistance, I just want people to know how things are in Russia in these days of the pandemic.

In fact, I have not yet described a lot in my previous post. What the police do is something incredible. Among them very often come across individuals who, with particular frenzy, are eager to fight with the population. In our country, there is a special internal army created exclusively for dispersing demonstrations and peaceful rallies. The name is Rosgvardiya. It currently has about 300,000 military policemen. (Most of them are young people) On the government procurement website, this structure announced a tender for the purchase of 57,000 offensive grenades. They recently purchased several hundred flamethrowers. In Russia, the population is very intimidated, all protests or rallies take place in an exclusively peaceful manner, but the Federal Security Services let out into the crowd as many provocateurs who commit unlawful acts to justify violent actions against peaceful demonstrators. They beat women, the elderly, and minors. Recently, before the terrible days of the pandemic, there were several significant cases. One young man was brutally detained a couple of kilometers from the place of the planned rally coordinated with the authorities and broke his legs. And the guy just went for a morning run.
Another case. Particularly demonstrative. The guy was tried for an empty plastic cup thrown towards the Russian guard and he was sentenced to several years in prison.
Russian actions are particularly peaceful protest in order not to give an occasion to the authorities to use force. But this does not stop them. Regime soldiers act with particular cruelty in arrests.

This was before today's rampant pandemic.

Of course, at the moment, Russian society has abandoned any political protests because of the pandemic. But already in the conditions of a forced regime of self-isolation and without declaring a state of emergency and in the absence of state assistance to the population, there were a couple of hunger riots that were dispersed. When the president addressed the people, one of the officials declared these people responsible for the spread of the infection. In biological terrorism, one of the organizers of this hunger riot has been declared, and he faces life imprisonment. At the same time, the state does not recognize its own responsibility for organizing cross-infection of people during the introduction of access control at the entrance to the metro and in the organization of queues for obtaining travel permits.

Even in the best hospital in Russia (Kommunarka), which was redesigned to fight against COVID-19, doctors are deceived and do not pay them the promised promised remuneration for their selfless and heroic work. Dismissing doctors record video calls to the government. Many hospitals simply have inhuman conditions. In one of the hospitals, sick doctors were placed in a room intended for drying clothes. They were there in unsanitary conditions on three-tier beds put together from boards. And you know what happened after they recorded the video message and this became public? The head doctor of this hospital on television explained that it was most likely a production shoot, but made a reservation that he was actually not aware of what was happening.
Several chief physicians have already thrown themselves out of the windows of their offices due to the fact that their hospitals were trying to turn them into hospitals for combating coronovirus, but the chief physicians of these hospitals themselves stated that they were not ready to receive such patients and the doctors did not have protective equipment, but they did not listen and the doctors could not stand the pressure on them and could not assume such responsibility. The result is described above.
 But everything is even worse than I describe. Much I dare not write here. All the same, this is a forum where there are many minors.

Forgive me for the wave of negativity. I just share the current situation in my country. I saw how the actions of your states were described above and in what calm tone it was described. I couldn’t do that.
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Posted: 30th Apr 2020 11:02 Edited at: 30th Apr 2020 12:01
Just now, the President’s Mustache ( as our people call press secretary of Putin ) made a statement on possible direct payments to the population in connection with the epidemic. It was he who only now and only allowed such an opportunity.
They begin to recognize that there were no measures to support the population.

This is already causing a nervous laugh)))

After 5 minutes, a rebuttal came out.
Here is a quote from the federal media
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A spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, called the news with his words that the Russians might be provided direct financial assistance against the backdrop of the difficult economic situation due to coronavirus as the “erroneous presentation of information”. He stated this in the course of communication with reporters, Interfax reports."

“It wasn’t,” the Kremlin spokesman explained.



Meanwhile, there are more and more video messages from hospital doctors about the criminal actions of public servants, dishonest heads of clinics and criminal hiding of data on the extent of the spread of infections. It was released just last night.


And here is a video about doctors about which I wrote above. Inhuman conditions. These are ill doctors with suspected COVID-19


There are more and more such videos every day
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OldPman, thank you for the information Its a lot and I hope that this doesn't cause you trouble.
Its so hard to process all that is going on in the entire world and especially hard to have friends who we can't reach out to hug and support.

Please be well my friend, and please do what you need to do to stay safe.

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Posted: 30th Apr 2020 18:48 Edited at: 30th Apr 2020 22:18
Thanks for the kind words. Very grateful. I noticed that you live in the USA. Can I ask a question?
On television, the government tells us that measures to support the population in the form of payments to the population do not help in the USA and Europe and they do not help the economy, we are told that direct payments to the population are absolutely senseless in that they accelerate inflation and that in the USA they threw money away help people because 27 million Americans will not be able to pay for their treatment if they get COVID-19, so connecting to a ventilator costs $ 75,000, while in Russia it’s free.
My question is, do Americans really pay $ 75,000 to use these devices? Does the government’s true financial assistance to the Americans bring no result and are a waste of money?
I apologize if my question is inappropriate?
Edit: I mixed up the amount announced in the video - not 75, but 72 thousand dollars for connecting the patient to the ventilator.

Here is a video in which Vyacheslav Volodin tells Russians that American citizens in the amount of 27 million will not be able to receive treatment from COVID-19 because they do not have medical insurance.



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If with direct payment is meant, social benefits, this is common practice and of course financial assistance helps the economy.
Those who lost their jobs can continue to live in their houses, pay the mortgage or rent and other bills, buy food/needs.
This helps the little entrepreneur to runs his business and adds to the gdp, without customers, no business and most likely a shrinking economy.
Money is the liveblood of an economy, hence it is not wasted if those who have lost their job are receiving social benefits and even companies are aided in order to survive this crises.
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Everyone understands that payments are real and direct help to both people and the economy as a whole.
Only we are told that this is a lie. Our government openly considers Russians to be complete idiots ..
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OldPman
Many people have gotten and will get a stimulus checks from our Government, and yes its helping . And its not enough to last long.

Most are getting around $1200 to $2000 American Dollars.

The low interest loans for companies will really help and I am very happy they arranged those even if it too is only a temporary fix and doesn't take care of eveyone.

With regard to hospital bills they are not charging us for the Covid 19 Test , if you can get one.
But If you test positive and are hospitalized and lucky enough to have health insurance the estimated cost is $21,936 to $38,755, US Dollars depending on the cost-sharing provisions of the health plan.

If uninsured, expect to pay anywhere from $42,486 to $74,310 US ... in hospital costs.
I did some research and found those figures On CNBC 's web site.

Thing is, this world is never going to be the same.
Nature is finally forcing us to change or be extinct.
I hope that this is a change for the better.... a Trekkie optimist, lol.

I wish so many didn't have to suffer .

Why is it we only learn the hard way?

On a more positive note, my spouse and I are doing well.
We are both retired, and healthy so it makes it a little easier.

I hope this answers your questions.

Please stay well and safe OLDPMan.
I will be thinking about you and yours please continue to check in.
Oh and I will also be playing with your models! Love your work.
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Loretta,
Thank you very much for the detailed answer.
One most important question remains.
People in USA who do not have insurance and currently do not have the means to receive treatment, will they be denied treatment or is there a way to get some kind of deferred payment or maybe a medical loan? Can there be such a situation that a person will be denied medical care?
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Most of the time the people are treated and then sent bills after the fact. A federal law called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) requires almost all hospitals to provide treatment to all patients who need emergency medical treatment regardless of whether the patients have health insurance. There have been and are some exceptions.. depends on the hospital policies.
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If I understand correctly, a person in the United States will receive emergency medical care in case of a life threat. It reassures me a lot. Any life will be saved in the USA if it is in the power of modern medicine. The issue of money is not the most important in this case.
I am grateful to you for your time and information. Bad days for everyone, and I can’t even do creative work in such a tense atmosphere. My friends have always reproached me for thinking too much about things that I can’t influence.
For some reason, I am less concerned about my own problems than the problems of society as a whole.
I want to wish everyone good health and good mood!
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Good Health and mood to you too, OldPman.
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Sorry to hear that duffin. Hope things improve soon for all of us.
Good Luck!
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I'm here in Canada (Toronto, Canada). We have been encouraged to stay home, however its not law. You cannot be outside with people who don't live with you, in close proximity. However, this hasn't really been pressured by the police. There are more police outside at times then there are citizens in my area. Yet I've not seen anyone get a ticket.

It's a ghost town here in our biggest city, everyone has been respecting the recommendations. We can go to stores whenever we like really though we must be at a distance from other people with a limited number of people under any roof of a business. Most businesses are closed but are starting to re-open.

We are required to wear masks and gloves in some stores. Especially big ones like Walmart. We respected the early recommendations early on which has led to good results. I hope the new cases of contraction stay low.. as they consider reopening. I honestly think its too soon to be opening some of the businesses around here. A couple of people here have COVID19 in my neighborhood.

The only good thing to come of all this is that violence has gone down. I was almost shot a couple of months back the gangs here have gotten so bad. But it seems all crime has stopped since the voluntary lockdown.

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Wow, Teabone I just never put Toronto and Gangs together.
Sounds like New York City. I lived there of nearly 20 years.
Happy to be in Tucson, AZ now. I am also happy to hear that the violence has gone down.
One of the things that has made me happy is that pollution from cars has gone down here.
I am saddened to think that smog will be back soon.
We are starting to open up here which I think is INSANE.. but they are doing it.
I am staying cautious and staying home 99% of the time.
My trips these days are in Virtual Reality .
I am glad to hear you are doing ok, stay well and safe!
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Quote: "I was almost shot a couple of months back"


You insulted Canadian beer again didn't you?

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