Covid-19 Buzz Cut – Done – 05.31.20

Getting WAY longer.  Note the Andy Rooney eyebrows.  The time had come to go back to my barber.


Meanwhile in Oklahoma…we’re reopening but nearly nothing appears to be pre-Covid.  The outside world feels different from all of the behavioral changes.


Screenshot_2020-05-31 COVID-19 Oklahoma State Department of Health

One of the changes at the barbershop was opening on Sunday mornings for cleaning and taking a few customers for haircuts by appointment only.  Business at the shop has been slow which tells me the customers here are still pretty much staying at home and sheltering in place.  They may have discovered the joys of cutting your own hair.  Or maybe money is tight, less frequent trips.  Or worse…

But for me this visit was about trust.  Trust in a man who has cut my hair for nearly fifteen years.  This is a man who would not put himself, his customers nor his business at risk.

Thanks Kevin.  I’ll see you again in a couple of weeks.
























Covid-19 Buzz Cut Week 4 – 04.25.20

Getting longer…starting to pop out all over.


Meanwhile in Oklahoma…we’re getting ready to reopen.


Screenshot_2020-04-25 Coronavirus in Oklahoma 3,193 confirmed cases, 194 deaths

We have an estimated population of 4,000,000. Doesn’t look like we’ve tested a lot of people…

A week ago I was having one hell of a time contemplating the future.  One of the things I wrote was:

Online ordering and curbside pick up or delivery are probably here to stay.

Earlier this week I placed an online order with a Big Box Store, drove down to their parking lot and got my groceries delivered into my trunk.  The store however did not allow me to buy wine in this fashion.  So today I placed an online order for chardonnay at the wine shop, drove down to their parking lot and got my wine delivered into my trunk.  I can get used to this.

Retail shopping will be changed forever.

Restaurants and other out of home dining options will be changed forever.

Barbershops will all do very, very well from the pent up demand.

But I needed one more home-style buzz and The Boss graciously volunteered.

These were the instruments used, an old beard trimmer and an old pair of scissors.


And here’s the result.


I should be OK for another few weeks.

Stay safe.  Stay home.























Substantial coronavirus spread seen before symptoms show up — Science Chronicle

A study published in Nature Medicine found that people infected with novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) start shedding the virus two-three days before symptoms show up. Studying 77 pairs of injector-infected pairs, the researchers estimate that 44% of secondary infected people can spread the virus even before symptoms show up. In a study published recently, researchers […]

Since the proportion of pre-symptomatic transmission is substantial, maintaining hand hygiene and social distancing can play an important role in containing virus spread in the community.

via Substantial coronavirus spread seen before symptoms show up — Science Chronicle

Covid-19 Buzz Cut Week 3 – 04.19.20

Getting longer…


We began our shelter in place behavior one week before the state formally declared the shutdown.  So we’ve been home for a month.   In no specific order, here are some of the changes made, some of which could last longer than the than this first shelter in place order.  I’m pretty sure a lot of us are going through the same shared experience alone together.

Restaurant meals zero. No lunch out on Saturdays. No pizza nights. No fast food bean burritos. Nada. During the past month we have not even ordered take out curbside or delivery. No restaurant food period. The silver lining? I’ve lost 10 pounds. My jeans fit a hell of lot better than they did just a month ago. I’m cooking more and eating less. Frugality has extended to our home cooked meals. I know lots of people who waste too much food. They refuse to eat leftovers, they toss them away. We’ve been eating more leftovers, sometimes planning our daily menu with specific dishes from the freezer. We are spending less money on food, eating healthier, all while reducing the quantity of UFO’s (unidentified frozen objects).

Online ordering and curbside pick up or delivery are probably here to stay.

I can’t recall exactly when I curtailed my beer consumption. It was probably around the time I came down with a nasty gut bug when most foods were not appealing and I stopped drinking alcohol. The malaise lasted a week and I lost five pounds which I immediately realized weren’t truly lost just hidden somewhere when I started drinking beer again. Correlation is not causation but since the weight gain was immediate I concluded there was causation. So I pretty much stopped drinking beer. I drink whiskey now instead of beer. For longevity, of course.

Online ordering and curbside pick up or delivery are probably here to stay.


The 90+ Study
Major findings

Researchers from The 90+ Study have published many scientific papers in premier journals.  Some of the major findings are:

People who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.

People who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.

Over 40% of people aged 90 and older suffer from dementia while almost 80% are disabled. Both are more common in women than men.

About half of people with dementia over age 90 do not have sufficient neuropathology in their brain to explain their cognitive loss.

People aged 90 and older with an APOE2 gene are less likely to have clinical Alzheimer’s dementia, but are much more likely to have Alzheimer’s neuropathology in their brains.

I borrowed clippers from my oldest son and buzzed my head three weeks ago. I don’t think I’ll do that again. I miss my barber. So I’m letting my hair grow out until he’s allowed to reopen. This could get ugly. But for some of us (like my younger son) not going to the barber or stylist doesn’t matter much at all.

Screenshot_2020-04-19 Our Team - Forum Phi

I haven’t been to the gym and to be brutally honest I don’t miss the lack of exercise.  I have some weights at the house and I’ve managed to go for a walk or two.  But what I really miss are the social aspects of being in the gym with all of the others going through their routines.  Besides, I still need to maintain a BMI > 25 and <29.9 (see point #3 in the 90+ Study findings above).

Happy Sunday everyone – you may have lost track of the days of the week, but in any case we hope you have had a peaceful weekend… we have been keeping up our daily routine, filling the hours with walks, naps, book-reading, occasional outbursts of yelling at the tv, face-timing, zooming, cooking and day dreaming.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

I find myself reading more, writing more and as Mary says day dreaming more.  With movements restricted we all have more time to day dream and think long and hard about what we want the world to look like when we all start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Shelter in place orders does not mean all will comply.  Easing restrictions for businesses and gatherings does not mean everything returns to “normal”.  There are structural behavioral changes that all of us are have made.  Nothing will return to “normal” and the best we can hope for is to make the right choices for us all.

“Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

Spock in The Wrath of Khan

I’ve never liked cruises and you won’t find me on a floating petri dish anytime soon.  Flying has lost its appeal as well.  We’re already talking about driving instead of flying for our next trip to Colorado.

Enough meandering.  Time to think about that longevity drink and what UFO to have for dinner.  Stay safe, stay well, stay home.

Stay home for these folks.  Please.



Unusual Presentations of COVID-19

“Even in a bad flu season, you never see something like this; it’s just unheard of,” said Harlan Krumholz, MD, a Yale cardiologist…”When they get to the ICU, we are seeing lots of people with acute kidney injuries; lots of people developing endocrine problems; people having blood sugar control issues, coagulation issues, blood clots. We are just waking up to the wide range of ways this virus can affect people. Our ignorance is profound,” but physicians “recognize that this thing has the capability of attacking almost every single organ system, and it may or may not present with respiratory symptoms.”

Read the entire Medscape article at Unusual Presentations of COVID-19

This shit is real and it is scary.

But hey, let’s go to the beach!


Photo credit: as noted in the photo but stolen shamelessly from the Twitter feed #FloridaMorons


Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 at Two Family Gatherings — Chicago, Illinois, February–March 2020

Investigation of COVID-19 cases in Chicago identified a cluster of 16 confirmed or probable cases, including three deaths, likely resulting from one introduction. Extended family gatherings including a funeral and a birthday party likely facilitated transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in this cluster.

Citation for this article: Ghinai I, Woods S, Ritger KA, et al. Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 at Two Family Gatherings — Chicago, Illinois, February–March 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 8 April 2020. DOI: icon.

Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 at Two Family Gatherings — Chicago, Illinois, February–March 2020


Covid hosp rate by age