In $1200 sure that Jack Doe is another sighting of our favorite friend:
Poppy is in the flower den monitoring the forum like:
Yep, here we are this morning. Stopped to take a picture with Alcatraz Island.
Loaded up for a trip to Wally World but it was closed for some reason.
The NCB family loaded up the station wagon this morning to drive down to San Mateo for our casual pandemic test. It was so odd driving through East Bay and San Francisco with such light traffic. Zero wait at the Bay Bridge toll, which was wild (first time ever for us).
The testing center was surreal. Everyone in full out PPE. Each station they held a sign informing you to keep your windows rolled up. Had to press our IDs and cell phones against the window and talk to the staff through the glass. Confirmed our name's and DOB were correct and they put our test kits on the windshield under the wiper blades. Pulled into the building and an extremely serious doctor had us roll the windows down half way while he shoved a swab all the way down our nasal cavities. It was the least enjoyable part of my day so far.
I remarked at the exceptional irony that our health care provider couldn't provide us a test, but our email and web search company could free of charge.
I'll invest it in some personal defense lessons at my local martial arts studio:
Mardi Gras, mixed with a lot of people who will straight-up defy the orders to shelter in place or social distance (look at the Baton Rouge church with 1200+ person services), and a group of inactive people that have Crisco slowly coursing through their veins. Mix in the poverty and people living in close quarters, especially within New Orleans, and it's gotten really bad.
Mrs. NorCal's mother is a nurse about an hour from NOLA and is really bad there - all 17 ICU beds are taken with confirmed or suspected CV patients.
Funny - we're actually rooting for a positive test result. That way we know we had it and don't have to worry anymore avoiding the invisible boogie man.
Timing is great for me since I now am finally starting to have a mildly sore throat and body aches, after my family started early to late last week. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯