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  1. I'll join others in saying bed counts are a terrible metric. Entire departments had to be re-tasked to processing lab work, paper shuffling, and other support tasks so the limited number of registered CCNs could spend every waking moment chasing crash calls, removing blockages from tubes (a frighteningly dangerous procedure for all involved since droplets and aerosol get everywhere), or just watching in forlorn desperation as another patient's oxygen saturation slips away to nothing.
  2. I appreciate everyone using curbside. I even have some grace for those using regular BOPIS (Buy Online, Pickup In Store), at least it minimizes contact time and "initial viral load" can be a big determining factor in how bad of a case a given person gets. Also, here's an example of one of the most awful behaviors being displayed throughout all of this: "Ah, these gloves have done their job of protecting ->me<-, now that I'm done with them... ...to hell with everyone else's safety."
  3. It has been a wild ride for me. I work for *big box home improvement retail store*. When stay at home orders went into effect here, we were considered one of the essential businesses allowed to remain open. I received a letter stating I was part of our essential operation team to keep in my car so that I could be "allowed access to the area." I felt a mixture of concern and relief by the implications of that. I had seen videos of Wuhan and other places in SE Asia portraying life under lockdown, so I knew it was serious, but comforted that we might be taking it seriously. As implementation of the orders went into effect, however, it seemed to only drive more and more people into our store. I would not call the purchasing patterns anything remotely resembling "essential." This was our parking lot on the first weekend of people "staying at home." Around this time, my roommate expressed concerns about their comorbidities and given my potential for exposure, asked if I would allow them to isolate. So I gathered some personal things, toiletries, computer, and my models and tools. Everything else is still at the house. I moved in with my partner (who works for the same retailer, but a different store). I work the garden department specifically. In the midst of increasing cases and deaths, we began seeing double-digit growth in sales year-over-year. On a Saturday of a non-holiday weekend, we shattered our department sales record. One. Hundred. Thousand. Dollars. Not the whole store, just the garden department. I consider myself somewhat lucky. For reasons unrelated to the pandemic, I had agreed to be one of the two "recovery" people for our spring/summer season. This meant working overnights doing the grunt work to get the department put back together each night. This was my "pick line" of mulch and soil for that record-setting day. 30-some pallets of product. This doesn't include the hardscapes (wall block, pavers, edgers, and bagged rock) which was another dozen or so. The former supervisor for this department is retired and works 2 days a week, but has been using his emergency hours, personal hours, and vacation hours to avoid coming in (given he and his wife's age plus her medical issues, nobody holds it against him). Two other associates with nearly 20 years experience each who carry the department in terms of institutional memory and expertise (one has a degree in horticulture of some kind, the other has been doing freelance landscaping for a decade or so) got totally burned out by aggressive customers rather quickly. They now spend as much time as possible in the yard (open air) watering or pair up to drive/spot equipment, doing basically everything they can to avoid being inside the building. I hear the lawn equipment aisle is a madhouse. The amount of pack-down I have been doing on my overnights speaks to that being the case. Local parks also became overrun with bored people. The coworker who does the landscaping reported spending 10 minutes every morning getting through the traffic jams around the parks when going to and from various clients' homes. Here is a shot of the parking lot full, cars up around the bend are pulled into the grass, and traffic is backing up. Almost like a big tailgating party on a holiday weekend, only happening every day of every week. My counterpart recovery person declared symptoms a few weeks back. I only stumbled across this information when the night manager "mentioned it" by saying I should ask around if anyone is looking for work because this person "won't be in for a few weeks." I took this as a way of letting me know what was going on without getting into HIPAA issues. This was 2 days after they had been ordered to stay home for the required 2 weeks (or provide a negative test result). I pressed management on the issue of not alerting me, as I would clearly fit the definition of "close contact" and was given hollow reassurances along the lines of "they probably just are scared to get on the bus" (this person doesn't have their own transportation). I told them it was quite interesting that they could be concerned enough to cover their own liability in the matter, but not bother to go any further and, in fact, tell me I had nothing to worry about. This remains a sore point for me and I feel more than a little betrayed by people I thought might care about me as a human person. The next morning I began a scramble to find a way to get tested myself. As was typical at the time, I was basically told no because I was not in "close contact with a person who has a lab-verified case." That has been a big catch-22 in all this, of course. If you can't get tested unless the other person has been tested, where does the chain even begin? By some stroke of luck (rare for me) my mom happens to work for a small marketing firm that was handling promotional materials for a testing campaign in our area. I got an appointment for a drive-through test and completed it. The literature my mom had proofed said 24-48 hours for results. The website I signed up through, as well as the personnel on site said 3-5 days. Also, the test shown in the video on the website was no longer the test they were using. It was a shallow nasal passage scrape, not the deep nasopharanx scrape, and so has far more chance of false negative. I called their number and there is a recording and you can leave a message (not even waiting on hold). The message declared some sites are experiencing delays because of a "data transfer error." At the end of the full 5 days, I called and left a message. They did call back quickly, but told me "that store is experiencing some issues" (uh, the "store" has nothing to do with it other than providing parking lot space and even "the site" probably has nothing to do with why results are delayed, don't blow me off! ugh, ok). They said it could be as much as 7-9 days. It was also indicated they are counting by business days (because really, what's the rush, right?). This is now 8 business days since the test (12 calendar days!!!) and still no results. People could be well into rigor mortis and still not have results at this pace. I am decidedly "not comforted" by this... I stepped up my own safety protocols (well, other people's safety, really). I worked alone, masked and gloved, all equipment I used was left with notes every morning to disinfect/sanitize thoroughly, etc. My coworker cleared their 2 weeks and has returned. I appear to be healthy, but asymptomatic spread is real, so who knows. I'm fairly convinced there was no underlying concern, but the minimal (even counter-productive) response of nearly every entity I interacted with on this potentially very high-risk situation have shaken my confidence. For reasons far too personal and complicated to go into, my partner and I are no longer together and I now have those personal belongings travelling with me piled on a loveseat in my dad's den and I sleep on a couch across from it. He is 73 and I hate that I've been left in this position. Needless to say, I've had no time for modelling through all of this. Our state-level order was lifted a couple of weeks ago and the city orders are phasing out. I fully expect that we will see a second wave in perhaps June/July. I have already told my managers I am totally happy to stay on nights as long as possible. Should I be put back on day shifts, I will be holding my 80 emergency personal hours for the next peak. The rest of what I might share is appropriate for another forum I frequent, so I'll respect the purposes of this thread and leave it at that. Please stay safe, everyone. Please do all you can to support local small businesses, artists, and each other. We are all experiencing this together and the only way we will get through it is: together.
  4. It is not only tragedies that delay me, but the season turning brings on competing attention of my green thumb with yard and garden work. Nevertheless, I have overcome my procrastination and put the new paper and ink cartridge to work. Now to start working on steadying my hand after about 20 years since hacking away at plastic starships. This may be a task that calls for a bottle of single malt. Or maybe I'm just making excuses to buy a bottle of single malt. Wish me luck!
  5. Things are on hiatus a moment. We had a very sudden and tragic loss of a fur baby, Miska (Inuit for "Little Bear"). This is a before/after composite I made for a social media fundraiser on my birthday for Unleashed Pet Rescue where we adopted her from. Just a week shy of a year after adopting her, she went for an unplanned romp. We have learned not to chase after her, because then she thinks we are "playing" and we end up on dangerous streets and she's distracted from what's happening around her. Usually within a half hour, she is on the porch wanting back in. The odds did not favor her this time, sadly. Neighbors who heard it and came outside to investigate report that she expired very quickly, she thankfully did not have to suffer. She was very skittish with me in particular (we suspect abuse in addition to clear neglect). While many breakthroughs in bonding were made during her time with us, one of the recent vehicles for doing so was the model. I would be consumed with it a bit and she would take those opportunities to come sniff me or lay down on the bed behind me, watching with keen fascination. So it is difficult to get into working on it without "the sads" hitting me right now. I also have to give a much increased amount of attention to the other fur baby since he doesn't have his all-day play buddy, now. I have picked up some 65lb. paper stock and a new ink cartridge, so once I move through some of this grief, I will be ready to move into the initial stages of fairing.
  6. Here's a visual reference. Note all the char but you can see where I sanded the bottom right corner showing top layer, glue, and middle layer.
  7. Thank you very much for that, I think that's much more within my skill (and knowledge) range and a good bit more detailed than what is available out of the box with this kit. I did take a stab at doing the cross-cut overlapping corners. I think with a little more work on technique and I'll be up to it, but the basswood is not going to hold its edges at this scale. I expect that would have some disastrous implications around the time the shrouds come into play. So I'm definitely growing more comfortable with the idea of variables desired for woods in different parts of the ship :9. ETA: upon inspection, the tops and transom windows are on a 3-ply board. Very stiff. I almost suspected a thin ceramic layer in the middle. I sanded the safest corner, there are 3 layers, the glue reminds me of liquid nail. I was already considering a denser wood for the crosses and the rail, maybe something in between seems appropriate for the planking, as well given how much torque these can end up taking.
  8. Dmitry, thank you for sharing your experience with this kit. I have also seen from other build logs this level of attention is needed for the hull and also where I saw many people wisely using the time to knock out high-repetition tasks that happen down the road, as well. As to camera, I do see that this phone does have a pro camera mode and many features I am familiar with from my experience with production work. I never even hunted for it since upgrading some time ago. I have an older but versatile DSLR floating around somewhere, so I may dig it out when the time comes. Limited depth of field is one thing I notice in a lot of pictures as the builds get bigger and the shots wider. Thanks also for you words of encouragement and all of you dropping likes as you munch on the popcorn!
  9. I quite enjoy seeing this build coming together, she looks supremely impressive! Since diving back into this myself, I've become quite drawn towards the 17C Dutch designs. There's a few books I have my eye on, Ab Hoving's among them. Someday down the road I imagine a scratch build, perhaps also informed by any literature I can cobble together about common pirate "hacks." Your quality craftsmanship and wealth of improvisational solutions are an inspiration for me as I cut my teeth on this hobby. I also appreciate the natural color palette, pleasant and interesting without being "busy."
  10. Nasty weather thwarted my plans to get some card stock paper to copy plans onto (and other tasks down the road). But, as I've read in many other logs, when fairing is proceeding slowly, use the time to knock down some later tasks! So apparently I didn't flip over the laser cut sheet that has the tops and transom windows, they got scorched pretty badly. Once again, just an opportunity to learn another scratch technique. I figure I'm going to use up a lot of stock wood from this kit on practice attempts. My next acquisitions are a stand/sit desk (long term I have a bunch of 2x6 I will make into a sturdy, stained, and sealed top) and a rotary tool. Then I'll start planning out some custom wood acquisitions. But, anyways, I've given the crosstrees and trestletrees a go. First attempt (on bottom) quickly taught me to mark and cut them as pairs so they'll run square. The second one (on top) is much better. I don't think I would have been happy with just scoring the laser cut piece, anyways. Notching the planks where they overlap in the corners is going to be quite a feat to try, though. One big question I have, however, is the rim piece. In the kit this is also a single laser cut part and lays over the top of the planking. Is that accurate? Looking at a few scratch builds I tend to see multiple pieces of wood that appear to be wrapped around the outside and oriented perpendicular to the planks (tall/narrow rather than short/wide, so to speak). Thoughts and resources welcome.
  11. It has been a busy-ish week, so I've only had a bit of time to sand and file around the joint and clear a groove for the midships bulkhead. The vertical shims were 1/16" filed down a bit to match plan. When I added the 1/32" in the horizontal gap to dry fit test it "snapped" together and held the pieces together. Judging by eye, I will probably need a 1/32" shim in the forward wall of the channel for the middle bulkhead. I am starting to go through the bulkheads one at a time. Comparing to plan, verifying center, double-checking the reference line, testing symmetry, and other (pre-)fairing type tasks.
  12. "When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest." (unknown/various attributions) Thanks for choosing the former and welcome to MSW!
  13. Well I've not made it 43 pages, but you've done an amazing job. Being of similar era and same manufacturer as my current build, some of your early steps have already helped me visualize what's coming up. Good luck getting her last pieces together, it looks incredible!
  14. Wood filler around the joint and repairing the "B" bulkhead. I seem to have lucked out by only breaking "B" as it is the middle of the 3 forecastle bulkheads and I can inconspicuously install a brace. I tried to dab a little filler around it, as well. Alas, it got tacky on me before I made it that far, will do it properly once the brace is added later. Plus I shouldn't go manipulating (or adding potential reactants to) it while the glue is setting anyways. Patience!
  15. Big thanks for the support! She is pleasing to the eye and seems to be a not-overwhelming kit for stepping up to a new level. Thanks also to the thumbs-ups out there, they are appreciated :9.

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