Some thoughts while sippin’ a Corona thinking about Covid-19…

I’m an occasional beer drinker. Lately seems to be the occasion, namely, Corona Extra long-necks seems an appropriate brew.

Admittedly, not being one to take things seriously at first I scoffed at the thought of the Coronavirus altering my lifestyle and the foolery of people buying up all the TP and paper towels and hand-sanitizer.

But now more than ever this thing has got my attention.

Well here is something to think about (and if I’m thinking about it, I’m certain I ain’t the only one who is), before we ever got hit with this virus there has been a lot of psychopaths out there shooting people and running people over and it’s been making the headlines. The well known Columbine shooting incident is a perfect example and of the kind of psychopath-ism I’m referring to, or more recently the jack-noob who went on a shooting spree at the concert in Las Vegas.

So, with all the attention this stupid thing’s been getting, and the death toll rising, what if the “sport” of causing worldwide catastrophes becomes the new bright-and-shiny-objective of organized terrorist groups and/or solo bad-acts? To get people sick and cause chaos and death and destroy economies.

And I don’t suggest this lightly, I mean this is a genuine concern. With the amount of damage COVID 19 has unleashed in such a short time and the damaging effect it has had on schooling and business’… I’ll take a wild guess and say that there are those who’ve also taken notice with wrong intentions in mind. And even if they have to suffer because of some evil plot unleashed on the greater society they may consider it “worth-it!”, as the old saying goes, misery loves company.

Just saying, something to think about.

The solution? I honestly do not know, but I am thinking about it! What thoughts or concerns do you come up with? You can tell me on the contact form.

Be well,

“uncle” Abe Yankee

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How steroid infested pig-meat processing facilities can motivate healthier choices

I’ve been reading a book I discovered on Amazon, purchased and downloaded called “When There Is No Doctor” by Gerard S. Doyle. It’s pretty good.

The theme is preventative care and what it means be remain healthy during the good times and ways to plan ahead so you have needed supplies and even training, as a way of going in strong when health and safety are potentially compromised.

What the book is not is a step by step how-to manual.

As for not heeding danger, take for example the Chinese conglomerate owned pork processing plant recently shut down in the midwest United States because employees contracted the virus and spread to each other, all while the corporate white-collars knowingly kept hush-hush about it, to keep production levels up and liability costs down. Eventually leading to the plant being shut down which then left local pork farmers unable to sell and overstocked with steroid infested slaughter-hogs once slaughterhouse workers were home, sick with COVID 19, and processing at a sudden halt.

That is the exact opposite of preventative care…

If you’re a regular guy like me, who works hard enough but has a bit of a lazy streak at times and who doesn’t always eat the best. Let this be a warning and hopefully a motivator.

Taking a walk, swim, or bike ride, cutting (way-way) down if not altogether curbing junk food and alcohol from our diets, and don’t even mention smoking (and vaping) since that’s just downright stupid, could mean the literal difference between life or death next time the proverbial “turd” hits the fan-blades.

Taking a first-aid or CPR course in spare time is a way to remain in charge of yours or loved ones well being in a pinch. Courses are offered by the Red Cross and American Heart Association a simple Google search and few minutes on their site can get pointed in the right direction as to discovering where and when free workshops are held.

And just as a personal side note, a few years ago I was overweight, not super fat but certainly considered a fat a** by my co-workers as they ungraciously reminded me from time to time, and I can tell you from personal experience that just modifying my diet had a tremendous effect on my waistline by changing my body chemistry causing me to burn fat as fuel instead of sugar by bigtime-reducing carbohydrates, and increasing fruits veggies, healthy fats and proteins.

And that’s not dieting advice.

All that said to encourage you and any other soul unfortunate enough to come across this post to plan ahead for the worst but always maintain hope for the best and, check out the book I mentioned in the first paragraph if you’re interested.

All the best,

“uncle” Abe Yankee

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A fix for rolling eyeballs

There are those unprepared who roll their eyes when they see someone buying in excess items normally taken for granted like, but-wipe, and the larger-sized 2.5-gallon water jugs at the supermarket.

But I bet them same eyeballs ain’t rolling no more, once something like an international pandemic hits the fan-blades and goes flying everywhere and getting on anyone within six feet, splat! Like a cough or sneeze spray…

Then suddenly everyone’s eyes are fixed on buying up all the toilet paper and beef jerky before you, and all you can find on the shelf is one 24 pack of water bottles and a bag of frozen lima beans if you’re lucky!

I’ll admit it, I’m usually not one to take much too seriously too often, but over recent years, since about 2015, I have slowly but surely begun prepping for trouble (because it just makes sense too).

And you should too!

Oh but wait, you do.

Well, in either case, here is a shortlist of items any good-old red-blooded American humanoid should keep on hand concerned of being holed up and unable to access a well-stocked store should normal life suddenly become zoo-life.

To help you prepare for “next time” I decided to share the following, is a list of medicine cabinet items I keep on hand for my family, any brand names mentioned are not an endorsement, as follows:

Bandaids – a variety of sizes
Vaseline – wound dressing, skin irritation
3M Paper Tape – breathable wound dressing
Traction gauze
Plain gauze
Reinforced skin closure bandages – keep healing wounds closed
Blunt tip surgical scissors
Wound wash – painless formula
Iodine – messy but effective
Hydrogen peroxide
Rubbing alcohol
Burn gel
Body lotion – no dyes or fragrance
Extra bar soap
Shampoo and conditioner
Hand soap
Flushable wipes
Extra butt wipe (TP)
Extra tissue
Nail clippers – big and small sizes
Electronic thermometer for fevers (on the lookout for a tradition glass one)
Extra lip balm
Extra dental floss
Extra toothpaste
Extra mouthwash
Extra toothbrushes
Oragel – canker sores
Cotton balls
Foot powder
Poison-ivy soap
Calamine lotion
Cold + flu pills
Allergy meds
Sinus congestion meds
Cough drops
Pepto Bismol – indigestion, nausea, diarrea
Milk of magnesia – constipation
Epsom Salt
Homeopathic drawing salve
Empty travel-sized squeeze bottles – for personalized hand sanitizer totes
And last but not least, 2-3 first aid kits

Now as you can see, that’s a good lot of stuff we have, a nice bunch of items we keep on hand for life in general.

Adding surgical a boxes of gloves and N95 face masks are on my list of next items keep on hand. Because you never know when you might them…

Maybe you keep a larger store of stuff than we do, maybe less.

Either way, it’s a good idea to not get caught without your proverbial britches in a worst-case scenario.

Having a few first-aid items will keep you prepared during a tough spot and help to protect a healthy lifestyle as well as maintain morale.

Hope that helps,

“uncle” Abe Yankee

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