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  1. All the cases were women and may possibly be related to a rare genetic variant. I'd like to point out that there are six cases THAT ARE KNOWN. The complications appear a week or two after inoculation; it's entirely possible that there are many more cases that weren't identified as being related to the J & J vax.
  2. I have one on my commuter bike and constantly tell myself I'll put the extra on the mtn bike, so this is a good reminder to do that. The one on the commuter bike gets a fair amount of use, but walkers with ear buds are a constant problem. Sometimes they hear the bell, sometimes they don't. I really worry for women who use them while walking/running on trails or anywhere really because their situational awareness is zero.
  3. My neighbors are going to wait for a month before doing any aggressive trimming. Their trees didn't die, but about half of the branches didn't leaf out. My neighborhood was built out in the early 70s, so the trees are mature for sure.
  4. Many yards in my 'hood have Arizona ash trees -- giant shade trees -- and many of them didn't make it.
  5. "Potential reduction in neutralization by monoclonal antibody treatments" From the FDA Web site: "Monoclonal antiboies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system's ability to fight off harmful pathogens such as viruses." So: Some of the COVID variants show varying degrees of resistance to monoclonal antibody treatments. Monoclonal antibody treatment can be very effective against COVID and Regeneron (brand) has demonstrated that monoclonal antibody treatment can be effective in preventing infection in people who have been exposed to COVID.
  6. Yup, and this for many of the variants: Potential reduction in neutralization by monoclonal antibody treatments. B.1.1.7. is no slacker either: ~50% increased transmission, likely increased severity.
  7. You had me at 4-car garage! What an amazing place. Bears will visit you! WIKI: Brevard is a city in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States, with a population of 7,609 as of the 2010 Census. It is the county seat of Transylvania County. Brevard is located at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest and has become a noted tourism, retirement and cultural center in western North Carolina. ...and this: Best wishes as you move into this new and exciting stage of your life.
  8. I've been in a vaccine study since August (J & J Janssen two-dose study). Our study was unblinded in January; I got the actual vaccine. Hubs is a month past his 2nd Moderna jab. I've done a few things in the last few weeks that I've put off for a year, like go to the dentist, but still very cautious. I simply won't eat indoors in a restaurant, but I did start recently going back to a regular Tuesday morning social ride on the Southern Walnut Trail with post-ride outdoor maskless socializing -- it's an older group and we're all vaccinated. Also considering some outdoor dining with others who are vaccinated. I meet my trainer once a week now at the very well ventilated Hyde Park Gym, which has stringent mask and social distancing protocols in place. My concern right now are Covid variants that have become common in the US, some of which are ~50% more transmissible than original Covid and have a tendency to infect more young people and children. We're are about two-weeks past the Spring Break super-spreader events and I don't know how well my vaccine works against variants. So, I'm just as paranoid as I was a year ago. My patience and tolerance with the anti-vaxx crowd and people who are "waiting to see if there are problems with the vaccine" is zero. Fortunately, I don't personally know anyone who is holding off or refusing to vax.
  9. Turkmenistan King Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov rides his bike: John Oliver has quite a bit to say about this guy:
  10. Thanks for this reminder. I've gotten numerous ads here and there (FaceBook) about the amazing trails at Mr. Nebo State Park.
  11. I hate to disappoint, but the opening is years in the future. TP&W is glacially slow in opening new parks. They are still in the resource inventory and design phase and trying to raise 9 million (!) dollars. Too bad it's so far away; they are very happy to have volunteers participating in the process. Potential for a stellar mountain bike trail system is excellent, though. If you're a map or road nerd, it's just off State Highway 16, a few miles north of IH 20. Highway nerd alert: Highway 16 starts in Zapata by Falcon Reservoir on the border with Mexico, up to San Antonio and then through Helotes, Pipe Creek, Kerrville, F-burg, past Enchanted Rock, Llano, San Saba, Comanche, across IH 20 and then the new state park is to the left. State Highway 16 continues almost to Wichita Falls and that's it -- 542 miles.
  12. Usually a massive suffer-fest of cobbles and crappy weather, right? I always use Trip Advisor to sus out when a budget motel is sub par or is a reasonably priced but nice accommodation. It's a very fine line.
  13. The red oak in the front yard still shows zero signs of life. The red oak in the back yard has leafed out for the most part, although more towards the end of the main branches. The little branchlets (4-5" long coming off a main branch) show no signs of leafing out. My monster rambling rose, with a 2" trunk where it comes out of the ground, is dead. My two smaller rambling roses are putting up some fresh growth.
  14. This looks wonderful and that's some serious mileage each day. Did you motel it or stay in a B n B? Any gravel?
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