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  • RIP Those Who Died in 2020

    I'm not looking to hijack this thread with a lot of personal stuff, but my mom died last night. I'm OK. It was not a surprise. She had advanced dementia and has been deteriorating for some time. I found out on Thursday that she was in severe decline, and surprisingly, they actually let me into the nursing home to be with her. I was able to spend a lot of hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. She looked comfortable and peaceful and hospice did all they could to make sure she was cared for. It's not easy, but I hope she's at peace now after some difficult years. I'm not a religious person, but she was. I would love to think she's reunited with my dad though. And I'm glad she was protected from COVID, because I had been endlessly worried that she would suffer even more since the start of this pandemic. She was a good mom and she lived a good life. <3
  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    So yesterday, Florida reported 11,433 new cases, for a 17.7% positivity rate. Disney World reopens at reduced capacity today. They are taking the precautions they can, but it still seems incredibly risky to me. Florida's unemployment system is terrible though, and a lot of workers have no choice but to go back to work. They're doing temperature checks, but not testing. Universal Studios has already been open since early June, but I haven't seen much about attendance. Nobody is doing contact tracing, so it's not like anyone is tracking outbreaks. It's so widespread that it would be pointless now anyway.

    As in many places, they're planning on opening schools here the first week of August. I don't have kids, but I sure wouldn't want to be sending them off to school if I did, and the teachers I know are legitimately freaked out. Gov. DeSantis said the other day that if you can go to Home Depot or Walmart, you can go to school. Because, you know, that's the same thing??? A large warehouse you can get in and out of quickly vs. a small space with at least 20 kids packed in for hours and hours, 5 days a week.

    Not feeling optimistic here. Oh, and my mother's nursing home had 3 employees test positive. I don't know what capacity they work in, and they're all quarantined now, but the way this rips through nursing homes is so scary. She has advanced dementia so she's not going to know to be worried, but I dread the thought of her suffering alone if she gets it.

    Ugh, sorry to be such a downer. I'm just so fed up with how we've been abandoned by state and federal government, and at the idiots who won't wear a fucking mask. There's actually a restaurant here advertising a party today with free food for "patriots" and no masks allowed. WTF is wrong with people?!
  • Hamilton

    Dee said:
    Whew, this was great. Leslie Odom Jr and Daveed Diggs especially were amazing; LMM was really the weakest singer on stage, but he had enough moxie to carry him through. 

    I’m always in awe of people who can rap - I would be tripping over my words by the second line. 

    I guess the guy who wrote the book that inspired LMM to write this must be doing okay. 
    They figured out that if Hamilton was sung at the average rate most musicals are, it would run between 4 and 6 hours, but it delivers the words at an average of 144 per minute and up to 200 words per minute in places! I thought this video had some great stuff analyzing the style in which the different characters rap and how it relates to their characters. Someone else on YouTube did a whole series of videos breaking down all kinds of intricacies of a bunch of the songs. I'll have to see if I can find that. It's really an impressive feat.
    Daveed Diggs' performance and the roles of Lafayette/Jefferson are definitely my favorite!

    I got to see the national touring cast do the show about a year and a half ago, and I absolutely loved it, but I am so happy to get to see the original production like this, especially with the ability to cut between close-ups and wide shots.

    EDIT: Found it! If you look up Howard Ho's channel on YouTube, he has a series of "How Hamilton Works" videos that are really interesting.

  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

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  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    Wow @cdrive! I thought Florida was in bad shape (well, we are, but TX and CA are worse off obviously). That is scary. Stay as safe as you can.
    Yesterday they issued a mandatory mask order in my county (Orange). The governor won't do anything, but at least the county is trying.