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...2020 has just absolutely reeked. ( I would use stronger language but don't want the moderators to spank me).

I live in the burbs of Nashville. On March 3 we had a tornado hit. I remember losing our lights just after midnight when I got out of bed because the dog was scratching at the door, frightened from the thunder. The wind chimes outside my window were going crazy, making a huge racket. Then I heard what I describe as the sound of a heavy rainstorm on the roof of a large metal building, such as a Home Depot. In my half asleep state I just thought it was only heavy rain, but now realize I was hearing the tornado passing only about a half mile away.

We escaped with relatively light damage, a tree falling on and crushing an old metal shed where I kept my lawn equipment. Fortunately my mowers were undamaged except for a bent handle, so I didn't have to replace those. I did lose some other infrequently used equipment, had to dismantle and scrap the shed, cut up the tree, and then lay out a bunch of green to buy a much larger and better wooden shed. That kept me busy for a several weeks.

We were without power for 8 days afterwards. But not far from my house, some of our neighbors got hammered, suffering some serious damage to lots of houses. I have never seen so many big downed trees. It was miraculous that no one in my immediate area was killed.

I could not work from home since we had no electricity. My office in another part of town was effected due to it being close to the tornado path and being without power for the rest of the week. My wife was in the same boat. We spent the rest of the week cleaning up, helping neighbors, keeping food on ice so that it didn't spoil, and cooking as much stuff from our freezer as I could using my propane grill. I learned it was easy to grill a formerly frozen pizza, as well as waffles, etc. etc.

Then when we finally got power back and things seemed to be settling down for us, The Plague hit. Panic city, panic buying, closed stores, shortages and long lines at grocery stores. Petty little tyrants in the form of governors and mayors banning this, that, and everything else, all in fear of some terrible, all powerful flu bug. It is a depressing thing watching cherished liberties that you take for granted come under attack. Not to mention the thrashing that our retirement funds took.

And now this George Floyd thing is the next act. It should have been a regrettable and isolated incident, one rogue cop who did what he did for unfathomable reasons. His action was instantly condemned by nearly all, and he should be held accountable.

But then the radical elements in society jumped onto the incident, and quickly transformed it into a racial thing, deliberately fanning the flames of racial animosity. Riots, looting, violence, all completely unnecessary and detrimental to all.

And now the American Taliban is also taking advantage of the racial strife, using it as a pretext to resume the removal and destruction of Confederate monuments wherever they can. As if these old monuments can hurt anybody, or their removal would make anybody's life better. It doesn't matter, the sharks have tasted blood and they are taking all they can. How long until they start demanding the destruction or renaming of monuments to some other old evil slave holders named Washington and Jefferson, among others.

Will it never end? I know things could always be worse, but that is what I'm afraid of. What's next? I'm so worn down by it all.
 

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My wife and I can relate to your "So far..." thread and completely agree. We have been through many bad episodes of late and wonder what is next? Going through personal loses, shutdowns, economy turned off and watching the capital building and downtown Columbus looted. Now we have this perceived social adjustment forced on us from the left. It does give you pose to think what is next? So far we have had a eye opener for sure. With the elections coming up and the next wave of who knows what makes us prepare more and be be much more attentive to our surroundings.
 

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Thing is I don't see the yr ending any better than it started.
With the "19" issue on top of the election it's a long way from over.
If Trump wins the antis will throw one tantrum after another, and if shotgun joe wins they'll bully him into whatever they can dream up.
 

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Maybe "what is next" should be on everyone's mind. I am no conspiracy theorist, nor am I an alarmist, but everyone should be prepared at all times as though this could be the end of the world. Not because it is, because I don't think it is. I say this because even if the world goes on as it is for another 1,000 years, MY end of the world could come at any time, AND you never know. Be ready; Jesus could return today. Does He know you?
 

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I guess some years are uneventful and others not so much.

hey OP did you hear Yellowstone calderas are becoming more active? That’ll really ruin this year.

On the good side those 4 Asteroids missed us


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"Will it never end? I know things could always be worse, but that is what I'm afraid of. What's next? I'm so worn down by it all. "

No it will not ever end, I don't think we have seen real disorder yet. There is a change coming and 50% of the people will not like what will be thrown in front of them. To many folks out there trying to divide us up into to many tribes.
 

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In NH 82.1% of COVID deaths were people in long term care facilities. If you find yourself in one of those then you aren't real healthy to begin with but is that reason enough to lock up the entire state. I think not.

There is an intense hatred for President Trump by the socialists/communists that want to control every aspect of our lives and their anger is pent up and seething. Trump proved capitalism works and the economy was firing on all cylinders prior to COVID. More hatred from the left that has taken over the Democrat Party. They have taken the murder of a black man by a bad cop and painted a broad brush over all LEO's just to create more unrest, those that wish to bring down this country a.k.a. Soros are paying people to revolt and the media who are part of the haters willingly participate short of violence.

What it all boils down to is come November we all need to vote as if our rights and ultimately our freedom depend on it. They do. In the meantime carry and protect yourself because the threat hasn't been this large since the late 60's.
 

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And on top of that, you're going to need to change your avatar...


Cause, he's not allowed to have his guns anymore :rolleyes:

I've been fortunate, for the most part. I've been able to work from home, but the protests on my front step (almost literally) have been a source of anxiety...

Keep your head up and press on.

On my work laptop, I used P-Touch tape to cover the webcam. The tape pieces contain a Shakespeare quote I live by:
"Once more, unto the breach..."

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I guess my Buckwheat and our gang avatar is really pushing the envelope if Sam has to run gunless from now on.....Maybe we can find some pretty flowers or something.
 

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Let me point out that the day or year you are having is based more on your attitude than on circumstances. I have come to the conclusion that there are no good days or bad days. Days are just days. Some of them are more pleasant than others, but any day I draw breath is a good day. The day I no longer draw breath will be a better day.
 

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I used to watch some NASCAR races and kept up with pro football. Things I liked that entertained me. Given the recent news, I could care less if NASCAR dried slam up and Colon Kapernick never threw another football. But that's just me. We all have our values, I guess. I am fortunate to have found comradery amongst you folks and can entertain myself with things that recoil. Try to stay positive everyone. Stock ammo!
 

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We are retired although my wife still likes, liked, to teach part time in a small school about 20 miles from home. The China Virus threw a big monkey wrench in that for the spring semester as you all know. She got renewed again for next year but how she will teach is up in the air. Our lives otherwise are controlled by us, basically. We choose to wear our face masks, practice social distancing and stay home for the most part. i work in the shop and she reads and talks to our daughter and grandkids and we both work in the yard. The only thing that sorta surprised us was the shortage of toilet tissue and $10.00 a pound ground beef. We saw no lines anywhere in town (small college college town with population about 15,000 + another 5,000 when school is in term). The elders shut down Church services but recently opened them back up under rather austere circumstances, so we don't go to services yet. So for us, the days are like food. All food is good. Some is just better than the others. Oklahoma just became Constitutional Carry so I do, a lot, just because I can. I keep a low profile and just sorta ease around without making any waves. Easy to do for a 72.8 year old guy. Everybody keep the faith and think about what you might do to make your lives less stressful. Self-quarantine offers many opportunities to repair stuff you'd normally throw away and affords time for you to cross many items off your honey-do and other lists.
 

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Someone once said,

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart!

I have overcome the world.”
 
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