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About RocketMan275

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    North Alabama
  • Interests
    Enjoying retirement.
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    The ship is the destination.

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  1. We will fix a wonderful dinner or maybe order delivery to our wonderful balcony overlooking the country club next door. We will play one of those wonderful youtube videos taken from a cruise ship balcony. Now if I can get one of the waiters from the club to come serve...
  2. Lot's of 4* & 5* Mariners who are in bed before sun down and who spend their days napping in the Crow's Nest.
  3. Eliminating cruise directors would be last on my last of terrible changes. Can't remember the name of a single cruise director on any of the cruises we've taken. We simply do not need a Master of Ceremonies for a cruise.
  4. Those that put their hope on a vaccine may be very disappointed.
  5. If HAL cancels their cruises through 30 November, then we will cancel our 9 December cruise.
  6. A point for all those pinning their hopes to resume cruising upon the development of a vaccine. No vaccine for a coronavirus has ever been approved.
  7. No vaccine has ever been approved for any coronavirus. What happens then?
  8. BP readings can fluctuate all over the place. Different time of day, different reading. Stress and other things can affect it as well. Plus, all too often, readings are not taken correctly. In most doctor's offices, they call you in from the waiting room, sit you down, and immediately take the reading. Very Wrong. According to Mayo Clinic, you should be relaxed and seated for at least five minutes prior to the reading.
  9. Along the lines of visiting places that track you, I don't visit websites that block me when I'm using an ad blocker. Too many choices to put up with that.
  10. I get a tickle out of those websites that tell me: "If you don't turn your ad blocker off, you won't be able to enjoy all the features of our website." Sorry, bud, but you're ads are not an enjoyable feature. I don't check my BP all that often. I used to do it quite frequently. (Warning big brag coming). I was taking two BP pills per day and my BP was 165/80. I lost 65 pounds since late January. I no long take any BP medications and my BP has been running 135/70 which isn't bad for a mid-seventies guy. I have been using a set of scales with an app for tracking weight because I find that useful.
  11. If given a choice, I avoid places that track me. One of the first things I do when I get a new phone is turn off all the tracking features I can. Too many apps employ tracking as a means of collecting sellable. For example, I bought a thermometer that allowed me to monitor the temperature of meat cooking on my grill from my cell phone. I no longer use it because it wanted to access my location. Now why, pray tell, does a thermometer need to know my location? Answer: the app sells the data. I really see no reason to give the app developer an avenue to send me more ads about the special at the Starbucks I see ahead. I guess I've had too much opsec training to be indifferent about being tracked.
  12. First, one can turn off much of the tracing. It's not clear that one can turn these apps off if these apps are adopted as a public health tool. Second, I would like an explanation of how one uses bluetooth to measure range. Signal strength isn't a good measure. Since CDC said that contagion requires prolonged contact (>15 minutes) in a poorly ventilated and enclosed space for contagion, it would appear those factors are substantial roles.
  13. There are multiple tracking apps being developed by multiple organizations. Some use GPS. Some use bluetooth. https://www.wsj.com/articles/america-is-reopening-coronavirus-tracking-apps-arent-ready-11592845646?mod=hp_lead_pos13 The problem with bluetooth on a cell phone is it has a range of 33 feet. CDC says maintaining a six foot separation to avoid infection. IOW, the cell phone would detect an infected person at over five times the CDC recommendation overstating the degree of exposure. Nor does the app determine if the infected person is wearing a mask that is supposed to protect those around him. CDC also states that infection requires prolonged (over 15 minutes) contact in a poorly ventilated enclosed space. It's not at all clear how the apps would consider masking or ventilation. It's one thing if the app only informs the wearer of the potential contact. At worse, it might cause a number of persons to seek unnecessary testing. It's another thing if the app reports to local authorities who, BTW, are behind the development of these apps.
  14. I must admit there are no good answers in the face of this virus. I do think it's important to have these discussions rather than just accept what the 'scientists' have to say.
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