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The official Coronavirus containment thread

By Daditude

10 months ago

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Post #193 Name of disease and of the virus Posted by Pinball_Gizzard (10 months ago)

Post #209 Explains why you need social distancing Posted by Pinball_Gizzard (10 months ago)

Post #239 Comment on seasonality Posted by Pinball_Gizzard (10 months ago)

Post #251 Avoid ibuprofen Posted by Pinball_Gizzard (10 months ago)

Post #370 Info on chloroquine Posted by Pinball_Gizzard (10 months ago)

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Post #693 Important info and advice Posted by ForceFlow (10 months ago)

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#1 10 months ago

This will be the official coronavirus thread. All others will be closed and redirected here. This decision has been made unanimously by the entire mod team.

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#6 10 months ago

This is a great website for anyone who wants current updated numbers:


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#7 10 months ago

Current U.S.A. numbers:

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#398 10 months ago
Quoted from Pinball_Gizzard:

Well, I suppose there's not much of a way to KNOW anyone on the internet is anything they claim to be. However, I know Daditude personally and he can vouch for my identity if he likes. Also, this is what I looked like at work today (please excuse the peeling sunburn):
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If that's not enough, then I guess you don't have to take my advice.

Pinball_Gizzard (a.k.a. Rick) is a personal friend of mine, and I can vouch for him. He is a doctor of internal medicine, and I am certain he is the MOST QUALIFIED person on this website to speak about the coronavirus and its' effects.

#474 10 months ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

Just got off the phone with my dad. His friends are down in Yuma. He's late 70s, has serious medical issues, no insurance and was like, yeah maybe we'll come back in a few weeks. Just clueless

I hope he is able to stay inside and be safe. He is the exact demograph that I worry for the most.

#500 10 months ago

I am curious to see what the numbers look like after the weekend. A lot of people seem to be getting out...at least where I live.

#581 10 months ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

4 US states are lagging on taking strong action on the coronavirus — including Texas, the second-largest state in the country.
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" Texas, which has a population of nearly 29 million and is the second-largest state in the country, hasn't yet closed schools, bars, or restaurants in the state, or forcibly limited the size of gatherings and groups...
" At a press conference over the weekend, Abbott said he believed individual city governments would make the best decisions for their communities on decisions like closing schools and limiting bar and restaurant services.
But as the Texas Tribune reported, some experts have warned that such "patchwork" policies that allow various practices across the state can lead to confusion.
It "makes people feel that they don't really know what's going on and that the people who are in charge don't really know what's going on," Mary Bassett, director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, told the Texas Tribune."
There are 3 others states mentioned in the article. It is not just Texas.

This is old info (for Texas, anyway).

All bars, restaurants, gyms, and theatres are closed in the state...and have been.
Schools have been closed for some time now, and most have officially ended the school year (they are doing it online, of course).
Every business except grocery stores has been limited to 10 people of fewer.

#593 10 months ago

Large cities and metro areas have been closed for a week or more now. Most other places were following suit, but some of the rural areas were trying to hold back.

#595 10 months ago
Quoted from BobSacamano:

Don't question or confront misleading and potentially harmful information.

I have no problem with conflicting views/opinions, and I'm not a big fan of censorship.

I only ask that posters not intentionally troll or hand out misleading inaccurate information.

#614 10 months ago
Quoted from GPS:

When in the bloody hell will Ohio Shut it down. What are they waiting for????? Shut it all down!

Apparently, the only thing that shuts down in that state is their NFL team.


#620 10 months ago
Quoted from BobSacamano:

Can I pay your bills when you're gone?

Why wait? You can pay my bills now

By the way, I love the Seinfeld avatar and username reference.

#622 10 months ago
Quoted from RWH:

Ohio has been shut down...…………………..days ago

So...you are saying they are quitters??

#639 10 months ago
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#989 10 months ago

Newest Covid-19 numbers by country:

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#992 10 months ago
Quoted from vicjw66:

I actually laughed after he called me a bigot against people from Utah, just a few posts below where he posted about Californians.

Quoted from Utesichiban:

Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't you the one that started boasting about how you and your state are subsidizing all of us rednecks in the hinterlands (followed up with religious slurs)? Maybe not your exact words but that is clearly how it came across.
I lived in So. California for 3 years when I first graduated from a college and still have many friends there. I enjoyed my time there and feel the weather and recreational options are great.
We still visit 1-2x a year but have no desire to live there again given the crowds , cost of living, and terrible state and local taxes.
I would have been nicer in telling you this if not for the fact you felt the necessity to pull out your superiority complex and put others down in this thread that live in smaller states.

Take it to PM gentlemen.

#1065 10 months ago
Quoted from RipleYYY:

you'll get your answer in +/- 2 weeks... :/

Rick has been pretty amazing about sharing info and answering questions on here. I can't imagine how busy he is right now.

#1224 10 months ago
Quoted from Eightball88:

They have Whacking Day in Oklahoma?

Yes, but it's not what you think.

#1333 10 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

I must be a dog then. Woof woof.

I told my 3 dogs that they better start looking through the classifieds. We need the income.

#1395 10 months ago
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#1715 10 months ago
Quoted from phil-lee:

Our collective mental health will win this one, we must stay sharp! Not sink into a party mode of too much alcohol
and stimulants.

Look into "kratom"
You can thank me later.

#1718 10 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

This is true BUT...we are more divided than ever politically so something has got to give eventually. The shit will hit the fan eventually and people will have to choose their side.

I choose NFL. When is it starting...?

#1773 10 months ago

Here are the newest numbers:

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#1776 10 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

The news just stated again that German Chancellor Merkel did indeed test positive.
But look at that chart above. Almost 25,000 cases in Germany and only 94 deaths. That is a way lower fatality rate than anywhere else. The question is why?

Large quantities of alcohol?

#2020 10 months ago

Wow! Italy just announced a death toll over 6,000 and nearly 5,000 new cases on top of that.

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#2240 10 months ago
Quoted from beergut666:

Nope. There are another seven bottles of bourbon, two bottles of Irish, two bottles of Scotch, three bottles of tequila, and four bottles of vodka not pictured.[quoted image]

Sounds like a fun Monday night.

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#2711 10 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

My grandma went thru it and the first wave. She said she ate an onion a day and never got sick.


#2713 10 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

Don't I get one of those highlighted important posts yet?

You have to write something important first.

#2721 10 months ago

Street art.

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#2733 10 months ago
Quoted from Gunnut40:

Dammit! You ruined my check list for everything I was going to post on pinside.

We could always use more humor...especially in this thread. Do you have any memes?

I love the game room pics too. Got any?

#2742 10 months ago
Quoted from Gunnut40:

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Oh!! I see a lot of real estate where pins can go!

#3069 10 months ago
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#3090 10 months ago
Quoted from Utesichiban:

Oh brother. Give it a rest.

I believe he was just joking. At least...I hope he was.

#3099 10 months ago
Quoted from guitarded:

How could anyone not get that?

I'm fluent in sarcasm.

#3373 10 months ago
Quoted from Zablon:

Are the recovered US numbers really only 616? I thought it was way higher than that...if not..that's scary...

I think those numbers have to be unreported. I can't imagine it is that few.

#3386 10 months ago
Quoted from jimjim66:

Serious question, what are the rules of moderation about politics on this thread?


"Discuss Politics and religion: Each to their own when it comes to these hot-button topics, but they have absolutely no place in the world of pinball. Please discuss them elsewhere."

I can tell you that we realize this subject is tied into politics somewhat, so it can be a bit difficult to divide the two for some. If you quote a political leader or share information that has come from a politician, we don't find it to necessarily be an issue. If you cast dispersions about political figures or parties, you will be moderated. We want information, not bickering. If you are not sure, you probably should not post it.

#3393 10 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

They should allow "one" thread where people can discuss politics. People who don't like discussing that could simply just not come in and participate in the discussion. Just my opinion.....

I will bring it up for discussion among the moderators.

#3405 10 months ago
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#3414 10 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

It was freezing in new York today. When is summer coming again?
It’s as if global warming has finally caved to the anti-science crowd and has given up.

It was 85° here in Texas today. I am sure we will get our 100+ days of 100+ degree heat, just like EVERY summer. Hopefully we won't have as many cases. I really feel for those that live in the big apple, though.

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#3528 10 months ago
Quoted from Blitzburgh99:

The home delivery places should have a “surprise item” option at check out. You select a dollar amount and they just toss in something random for that price into your delivery. Would be like Christmas or your birthday, where you get something totally random that you may have never used or tried before. Gives grocers a little boost to their revenue like a spontaneous buy at the checkout.

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#3555 10 months ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

Wondering if NAVL / Beltman / Precision are shut down or are they still moving product? Anybody with recent contact using one of these pinball delivery companies please provide an update. I've heard truckers are still trucking.

Beltman is still operating.

Michelle Bianchi
cell: 630-344-3093 michelle.bianchi@beltmann.com

#3623 10 months ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

I agree--you need to let peeps ripen for a couple days before they're ready to eat.

I have never heard of that in my life.

They taste pretty "ripe" to me already, lol!

Truthfully, I've always wondered who actually bought them...
I guess we now know.

#3875 10 months ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

Better put troops at the border. Damn those Canadians and their Chinese steel [quoted image]

Strange Brew!!!!! Yes!!!!!!!

#3895 10 months ago
Quoted from goingincirclez:

I'm actually worried about is Travish. Anyone heard from him? He took a lot of flak for a poorly worded title but has been gone for a while.

I reached out to him to make sure he was ok. He responded accusatorily asking why his thread was shut down. I responded and asked again if he was doing alright, and he continued asking about the thread.
I am 99.9% sure he is completely fine.
He deactivated his account right after.

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#3907 10 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

Somebody remind me when it's Friday.

It's Friday

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#4125 10 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Yep. Thai place and mexican joint on our block got our business this week. She's heading to the bakery now to pick up a nice fresh Challah!

Yes, please support mom and pop restaurants. Experts are saying that over 50% will close and never open again.

#4136 10 months ago

Thread Notice:

I truly appreciate everyone pitching in with information, insights, anecdotes, and even injecting humor. I am really sorry that some have gotten too political and it turns others off. I hope that you are all enjoying the thread, however, and can look past some of the frustrations that we are all feeling surrounding these circumstances.

I am very glad that we are able to keep this thread open to share information with everyone. It has been difficult for the Mods. Please bear with us. We truly want to be fair to all, in order that everyone can enjoy.

Please use the abuse report for anything you feel warrants it. You can also use the moderator feedback form. Heck, send me a PM...i will get back to you.

Thank you all for being part of this thread and sharing with us. My thoughts go out to you all.

#4200 10 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

Well, you finally passed my ass up.

I wish there was a way to view all the too thread posters simultaneously

#4338 10 months ago
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#4353 10 months ago
Quoted from roffels:

That's the trick though - imagine everyone wearing masks, healthy or not, to prevent spread of infected droplets - that would help the greater population, right?

I would think it would help somewhat. Of course, if they are worn incorrectly...there would be little (if any) benefit. From what I understand, proper handwashing and not touching your face are the most effective things.
I would think it would be more helpful to keep it from spreading to others (if a carrier were wearing a mask properly), than healthy people wearing them.

Pinball_Gizzard (a.k.a. The Doc) is the real expert, however.

#4354 10 months ago

Just curious, but what is everyone doing on this shut-in Friday night??

I'm watching a movie with my kiddos. We ate dinner together earlier (a real rarity, unfortunately), and played dominos as well.

When the kids go to sleep, I have Ozark season 3 in the queue to watch on Netflix with the wife. Season 3 dropped today! Yeah!

#4361 10 months ago
Quoted from vicjw66:

My biggest worry is that my 2 1/2 year old gets socially stunted because of this. I used to take him either to the gym’s daycare or the playground almost everyday so he could socialize with other kids. For 3 weeks he hasn’t been near another child. Kids need to be around other kids.

Sounds like he has the opportunity to work on his pinball game and go pro.

#4371 10 months ago
Quoted from tomdotcom:

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Add some ice cream and hot fudge and you've got a party!!

#4374 10 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

Same here but I got sidetracked by of all things the Tiger King.....WTF??? Crazy ass show let me tell ya!

My wife was watching that earlier. It's insane!

#4376 10 months ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

Man all week all I've heard about is this tiger king show. Might have to fire up Netflix and check it out this weekend.

It is one of the top watched shows on Netflix, maybe #1. It has TONS of buzz. It's a real train wreck, but you can't look away.

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#4400 9 months ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

This relates to the study of Beer and Water, with a New story in Archaeology on Beer:
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I could use some of that beer about now...minus the lead, of course.

#4401 9 months ago
Quoted from Oaken:

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Like doggos?
This is a picture of my Chug (part chihuahua, part pug). Her name is Penny lane.

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#4434 9 months ago
Quoted from Coindork:

Governor Coumo today stated that in NY they are working on a test for the antibodies (people exposed and recovered).
He stated it’s not ready yet, but they are working on it.
If that can be developed that would be a huge leap forward.

That's great to hear!

#4501 9 months ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Sometimes you have to be blunt about this social distancing.

More often than not with some.

#4600 9 months ago
Quoted from cait001:

one thing that gets me is the math looking at the global numbers:
Deaths: 30,835
Recovered: 141,468
So of all the people that got Coronavirus to the point where they have been tallied and are now through with it, 17.9% have ended in death.

We are pretty early into it in a lot of areas, however. I would consider it inconclusive.

#4661 9 months ago
Quoted from arcademojo:

3 taps for Ohio!
Governor DeWine Announces Closure of ALL Alcohol Sales in Ohio
Time to flee that state also.

That will cause problems....

#4663 9 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

No doubt. How dumb

If they do that here in Texas, all hell will break loose. I'm not even joking...Texans will flip out.

I'm glad I stopped drinking.

#4668 9 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

I'm not sure what the point of it is?

Quoted from beergut666:

They tried it in Denver earlier in the week, lasted a few hours until things started to get out of hand. Lines running down the block outside of every store with people trying to buy before the closures. The more you try to restrict things, the more people will panic, and it will lead to acts of vandalism too. It is in the public's best interest to keep these stores open.

It seems like pick up or delivery would be good options. They already have both here, I'm not sure about Ohio.

I have a pretty well stocked bar, and with me not drinking, I guess I could have a burgeoning business opportunity?

#4673 9 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

No doubt. How dumb

Quoted from beergut666:

They tried it in Denver earlier in the week, lasted a few hours until things started to get out of hand. Lines running down the block outside of every store with people trying to buy before the closures. The more you try to restrict things, the more people will panic, and it will lead to acts of vandalism too. It is in the public's best interest to keep these stores open.

Quoted from Who-Dey:

You can still buy it at a store surely though cant you? I think he just shut the bars and restaurants down for dine in.

It looks like it was a prank. I thought it was a joke by arcademojo, but the statement was a joke all together (rick rolled!)

#4678 9 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

What if I would have rioted and did something really crazy??

We would have offered you bail money in exchange for Pins.

#4693 9 months ago
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#4696 9 months ago
Quoted from metallik:

Bats are too cute to eat!

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#4712 9 months ago
Quoted from Coindork:

We have bats flying around in the back yard quite often. They do flybys on the lights grabbing moths and other insects.
I find them highly entertaining and enjoy watching them.
It’s really cool during the summer here.
If we turn the pool light on at night it will attract some moths and the bats will scoop them up out of the water.

1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that roost under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas comprise the largest urban bat colony in the world.

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#4714 9 months ago
Quoted from Oaken:

Anyone know why Connecticut was hit with the threat of a federal quarantine? Doesn’t seem like much is going on there number wise compared to other states that would warrant a fed lockdown.

They may be trying to get ahead of everyone evacuating New York.

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#4721 9 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

I have a feeling that those charts are going to get so scary eventually that people arent going to want to look at them.

I should have posted the linear curve. It's already scary.

#4723 9 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

I have a feeling that those charts are going to get so scary eventually that people arent going to want to look at them.

Quoted from Daditude:

I should have posted the linear curve. It's already scary.

Ok....here it is.

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#4743 9 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

That don't look like oepreroni

What is an oeperoni?
Must be one of those fancy California toppings

#4745 9 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

That don't look like pereroni

Quoted from o-din:

Only because we are waigng for the sexy bug shti to happen,

Are you drunk? Lol

#4748 9 months ago

Nothing wrong with that. The question is...what are you drinking?

Also, do you think it protects you from covid-19?

#4750 9 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

If you are not drunk, you are seriously missing all the opportunities investing in pinball futures.

I haven't been drinking for over 5 months now. I had an unpleasant doctor visit, and it started a health change for me. Bad news is no alcohol. Good news is I've lost 76 pounds.

#4821 9 months ago
Quoted from Pinball_Gizzard:

This would cause severe burns in the trachea. Remember, UV light is what causes sunburns.

Good to see you back, buddy!

#4942 9 months ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

GM didn’t pussyfoot. They’d already forged ahead while the publicity tour was busy trashing them, after telling them (after telling them no because of the cost). This information is readily available in select, high quality newspapers. Not sure if TV news has covered it because I don’t watch TV news.
Liberty University also open for business! God help them.
Liberty University Brings Back Its Students, and Coronavirus, Too

That's GREAT news!

#5095 9 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

My gf has a friend who tested positive for the virus and is in ICU fighting for her life as we speak..

I'm so sorry to hear that. I wish her the best.

#5121 9 months ago
Quoted from arcademojo:

How is that xenophobia? It said "people that visited China." Not people from China. Are you saying only Chinese visit China? I'm hearing a little racism here.

Quoted from cait001:

please take your trolling elsewhere.

Please take it to PM gentlemen.

#5123 9 months ago
Quoted from Jaybird815:

Sounds like a stew to me.

Only if you are in Louisiana.

#5150 9 months ago
Quoted from phil-lee:

Looks nice there! I watched an epic fight with a crow and a copperhead snake today, the crow won and flew off with the snake dangling. Took 20 minutes, I didn't even know they ate the things. Snake was small, maybe a foot long.

I caught a bass before that had a baby copperhead in it's stomach. I've also caught a bass that had eaten a bird. I'm not sure how those 2 things came to be, but I will tell you that a bass will eat ANYTHING.

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#5202 9 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

Don't feel bad, almost the entire world was wrong about this, but of course, they all need somebody to blame but themselves.

I thought we were blaming bats just a couple pages back?

#5204 9 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

No not at all. We are blaming people that are dumb enough to eat one..

We are just using it as an excuse to post baby bat pics

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#5221 9 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

I only have three cases of Jack, so I have decided to try to stretch it a bit.

Quoted from Coindork:

We had a wedding at our house a few months back for my niece.
Long story short they left a shit load of beer and booze behind afterwards.
No rationing going on here.

It's tough not drinking these days...at least for me.

#5224 9 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

At least I'm sober enough to change the channel when Joel Osteen comes on.

Do you ever get caught up in the infomercials though?
I was almost convinced to get a slap chop the other day.

#5227 9 months ago
Quoted from Who-Dey:

I used to be a HUGE drinker and I dont miss it at all. The hangovers started hurting worse and worse and I just decided it wasn't worth it. It would have killed me for sure if I would have continued drinking as much as I was anyways. I still drink a few beers here and there, I just dont drink to get smashed anymore. I do miss my wild partying days though I wont lie but you cant be 18 forever.

I literally haven't been drinking at all for 5 months. I'm not saying I won't ever again in the future, but I'm not for the time being.

I have been sleeping much better, however.

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#5462 9 months ago
Quoted from RWH:

Scammers are already at work contacting people posing as IRS agents and asking for their bank transfer numbers so that they can receive their money from the government. Simply no line these guys won't cross is there.

I had my identity stolen a few years ago. They stole my tax return and opened some credit cards...who knows what else?

I have been desperately trying to get unemployment, but all the offices are closed, they don't answer ANY calls (despite me trying hundreds of times...yes...hundreds), and I can't get through online because it says my SS # has already been used.

I'm hoping it is just a web glitch, but it could be scammers again.

My wife and I both lost our jobs, and we have 3 kids and a mortgage. We desperately need to get unemployment.

#5484 9 months ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

That sucks daditude...filling mine tomorrow. Not looking forward to the process but anxiety level was greatly reduced when my governor told me to officially stay home this morning.
I almost feel essential again

I'm sorry to hear that.
If I may suggest, I would recommend going online and seeing if you can get through now. Early evening seems to be the best time to get on there. I'm pretty sure all phone lines are completely down, and all the offices are closed (at least in my State). Early morning is the absolute worst time to get online for it.

Please keep me (and this thread) posted on what happens either way. Or you can always PM me.

I wish you the best.

#5503 9 months ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Quick question but since I’m kinda new to this forum stuff (Guess one positive of this virus)
But for my future posting reference - Is it a pinball table or pinball machine?

Machine. Some people actually get offended by calling it a pinball "table."

I don't care either way, but it seems like most people referring it as a table are older and just calling it that because it was called a table in the earlier days by some.

#5527 9 months ago


The History of Pinball in 10 Funfacts
Stories History The History of Pinball in 10 Funfacts
The story of the pinball machine goes back as far as the 1700s, and it is a story worth telling. By means of 10 funfacts this Catawiki story leads you through the rich and surprising history of the famous pinball machine!

1. Bagatelle is the ancestor of pinball. To understand the history of pinball we need to go back to France, the 1700s. It were the years of the Aristocrats, playing croquet as a social pastime. But they got tired of waiting for the rain to stop, so the French came up with the idea for a game called Bagatelle. This “ancestor” of the pinball machine was nothing more than a board with wooden pins and a ball, but it was such a great success French soldiers brought Bagatalle to America during the American Revolution in the late 18th century.

2. Pinball was officially invented in 1871It was the inventor Montague Redgrave from Ohio who turned the century old Bagatelle game into the first pinball game. He was granted a US patent for his “Improvements in Bagatelle”, which included a coiled spring, a slope and (smaller) marbles. The “Parlor Table Bagatelle” game got popular in bars, where high scores would earn you pride and maybe a free drink.

3. “The coin” helped pinball become successfulThe pinball machine became real popular during the Depression in the 1930s, due to the need for low cost entertainment. The first automatic pinball machine comes from 1931 and it was then coin operated games found their way around the US.

#5533 9 months ago

It's been raining all day here, so I haven't even been able to go out and walk the dogs. Between that and the issues with filing for unemployment, I am definitely feeling down.
I should probably go play some pinball to lift my spirits.
Here are some pics of my modest game room and doggos. Hopefully they bring some smiles to someone other than just me.

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#5542 9 months ago
Quoted from Pinball_Gizzard:

Hey! I recognize that Pin*Bot!

I still love it! Thank you.

Quoted from Gryszzz:

Awesome room, awesome doggos!

Thank you so much! We are all big dog fans in our household. I like my game room, but it certainly pales in comparison to many in the game room thread. I guess it gives me something to aspire to.

Quoted from Reality_Studio:

California has mortgage deferment for a few months, you can quickly apply online, check and see if you guys have it over there. You still own the money of course, but at least you wouldn't have to pay it for the next three months which would give you time to get your employment sorted.

Thank you for reaching out! Fortunately, I could actually get through the line to them to push my mortgage back. I will have to pay it back though (at the end of the forbearance), so I don't want to do it longer than I have to.

Quoted from beergut666:

That's an awesome game room!

Thank you! I need to get it better cleaned out (you can see the play field's stacked up and the cocktail arcade in the middle), but at least I can get to my pins now. I actually have another arcade and 2 more pins in other rooms that I had to find a spot for. Yikes!

I envy these guys with room for 30 pins.

#5563 9 months ago
Quoted from cait001:

Can we all do gameroom posts here now? Sounds like a great way to close out a Monday

Yes, please share what you are doing with your downtime.

#5574 9 months ago
Quoted from cait001:

this isn't everything, but I've been making the most of my tiny (145 sq ft) gameroom.
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That is definitely the nicest smaller size game room I've ever seen!! The play field's and arcade marquees make it pop! It looks incredible.

#5592 9 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

Now that i have a nice well seasoned base, it is time to make the sauce. Or add the sauce and let it simmer while I get the noodles ready.
If you guys would rather wait to see the final product, I can do that too.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Yes! Let's see those skills!

#5597 9 months ago
Quoted from Sinistarrett:

Dogs and Pinbot! Heres my dog Jasper in the game room.[quoted image]

I love it!!!

#5608 9 months ago
Quoted from swampfire:

Wow, I recognized that immediately - Jack In the Box? I remember swapping out those 10 drop targets for sure.

It is a Jack in the box. Nice call!

#5617 9 months ago
Quoted from vicjw66:

Correct, I got the additional amount mixed up. It is $600 additional, not $200. This could have some pretty bad unintended consequences. Unless you make a very good living, it creates a big incentive to try to get fired or otherwise become unemployed.
It doesn’t really seem fair that an essential worker is busting their ass working while someone is being paid significantly more not to work. Especially in low wage states. I think you might see a revolt among employed grocery workers. This was not well thought out at all.

Quoted from Blitzburgh99:

People who are unemployed would rather be working than getting the extra money. Why? Because they would have health benefits. Unemployed = lose your health coverage. And COBRA is unaffordable. Way more than $600 a month for a family of four.
If some folks get more than if they are working, then let’s chalk one up for the peasants for a change.

The average unemployment is about $450/week. They give "up to $600" extra per week depending on your situation and earnings from the last several months from your job.

#5629 9 months ago
Quoted from vicjw66:

In many cases you are correct. I was thinking mainly of those younger workers who don’t care so much about the healthcare or else don’t get health benefits from their employer. Again, this will be more of an issue in low wage states. They tend to be the same states that feel healthcare benefits are frowned upon. $600 extra per week to not work is a pretty big incentive for someone who might normally make $500/week total. They see their friend, who made about the same $500 now getting paid $1100 to not work, and they are going to be a little upset and motivated to join them in unemployment. We shall see.
We shall see.

That is not what is happening. It is "up to" 600 extra a week.

#5643 9 months ago


"How much will I receive?

It depends on your state.

Benefits will be expanded in an attempt to replace the average worker’s paycheck, explained Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, a public policy research group. The average worker earns about $1,000 a week, and unemployment benefits often replace roughly 40 to 45 percent of that. The expansion will pay an extra amount to fill the gap.

Under the plan, eligible workers will get an extra $600 per week on top of their state benefit. But some states are more generous than others. According to the Century Foundation, the maximum weekly benefit in Alabama is $275, but it’s $450 in California and $713 in New Jersey.

So let’s say a worker was making $1,100 per week in New York; she’d be eligible for the maximum state unemployment benefit of $504 per week. Under the new expansion, she gets an additional $600 of federal pandemic unemployment compensation, for a total of $1,104, essentially replacing her original paycheck.

States have the option of providing the entire amount in one payment, or sending the extra portion separately. But it must all be done on the same weekly basis."

Quoted from vicjw66:

The average is much less than $450/week. I believe that is the max. From what I’ve just read it is not up to $600 extra but is $600 extra.[quoted image]

You can average it out if you like, but it is about about 450 per week. Where I live (Texas) it is 521. These are "max numbers per week, " btw.

Note it is "Eligible workers" for the 600

#5659 9 months ago
Quoted from vicjw66:

So I was right.

About what exactly? You said 200...it is 600. You then said 450 was below average...it isn't. You said you thought 450 was amongst the highest...it isn't. You said everyone on unemployment gets 600...they don't.

#5695 9 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

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Are you eating 6 meals a day, or what?? Lol
FYI...im extremely jealous!!!

#5721 9 months ago
Quoted from cait001:

What are those flappy things?

That's what some people call flippers.

#5722 9 months ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

The odin cooking channel was a nice break

I'm waiting on his sushi show.

#5729 9 months ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

there are a lot of places in the midwest where $1200.00 will put a roof over a frugal person for 3 to 6 months.

Really? I need to find a place like that.

#5740 9 months ago
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#5918 9 months ago
Quoted from wolfemaaan:

Actually you’re wrong. Show me your stats here. Vast majority. Pretty sure last time I checked, you didn’t cure anything. So quit grandstanding

He is a certified doctor of internal medicine who I can personally verify and vouch for since he is an actual real-life friend of mine.

#5928 9 months ago

Moderation Notice:

I am absolutely NOT having any misinformation/lies spread on this thread.
Pinball_Gizzard (Rick) is a certified doctor of internal medicine and a personal friend of mine that I fully vouch for. You can absolutely take what he says to the bank.

If ANYONE has a personal problem with anything he says about this subject or any related healthcare questions pertaining to it, you had better PM him first or send a moderator feedback thread to even ask first.

I will NOT tolerate it from anyone.