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  1. My in-laws who live in Ukraine, introduced me to this Georgian cognac. They generally always shoot it after a toast, and they like to toast everything! Headed back there for two weeks over Christmas, so we will go thru many of these bottles!
  2. The Blue Jackets (team I followed) released an assistant coach and two players who refused to vax up. Easy to get 99% when you fire those who refuse….
  3. Found some additional photos I didn’t post. Insulated the whole inside, and lined with mahogany play. Look at that steady temp over a 24 hour period (the chart doesn’t look like it but staying within .8*). Humidity coming up and leveling out nicely.
  4. Finally got it finished up! Currently has 650 sticks in, could probably fit anywhere between 850 and 1000!
  5. This is my main problem with the mandates. The gov leaning on business to enforce what they can't do. Yesterday Fauci said, "screw you freedom, yes I think businesses should mandate vaccines". He is a gov official, and in the same interview he said "yes, I don't believe we will see a national mandate" (because they can't). To me that is a problem and a terrible precedent having businesses act as agents of the gov to enforce something the gov can't do, but under the cover "it's private business". I wouldn't say my position is anti-vax. Yes, at this time I have chosen that the vax is not for, and my wife chose the same, but that is subject to change as the situation changes. Who knows, maybe covid mutates to become as deadly in the young as the old. Maybe after a few years, more long term data is out on everything. But coercion, mandates, bribes, and "screw your freedom" is not the way. If an elderly person asked me if i should get the vax or not, I'd say the stats say you have a pretty good risk of dying from covid. I wouldn't say I'm anti-vax, but I am anti-mandate. I know many people who have had the vax, that are also anti-mandate. In disagreements like this, I try and figure out what is the fundamental difference that causes there to be a different point of view. Like in Inception where they try to strip down the idea to it's simplist form, what is that simplist form here? Both sides can spout everything from talking points, experiences, stats, and even agreed upon facts, but there is a fundamental difference that is hard to bridge. Best I can come up with on this topic is a difference on some level of "self government" v "community duty". I'm sure others see it a different way as I am looking at it from one POV. I'd welcome any other views on what one thinks the fundamental difference is...
  6. Very interesting, thank you for posting. Took my whole lunch and read it in it’s entirety. A few things the interviewee said that stuck out to me is that the shot more like a therapeutic instead of a vaccine. The other things that I recall is a few times mentioning that we don’t get the whole truth from .gov. Also, there is no denying the shot saved lives. It’s going to be interesting going forward I guess….the interviewee said herd immunity ain’t happening in the near future, which is what the shot was supposed to lead too. That’s not me crapping on the shot cause I acknowledged it saved lives, especially the elderly. It’s just, doesn’t seem the end is in sight. Thank you for sharing. It obviously goes without saying brother I hope you make a full recovery, sooner rather than later and can get back on the field. I wish it was better known what causes this to effect people differently, especially comparing you to your wife. Is it really just random, or is there something else that is underlying and what is that? Either way, hope you get back to 100% 👍
  7. I was about to type the same reply, but then I realized I was on FoH at work too😏
  8. The problem is the general messaging from .gov is we can't mandate vaccines, but (wink and a nod) all you business should. When business are doing something at the urging of the .gov, that's one in the same to me. I said earlier probably on page 4, from covid .gov has figured out they can privatize everything they want to do, but can't. That is a terrible precedent, imo.
  9. If my reply/what I implied is not what you meant by saying “unvaccinated are the problem”, I did not mean that but that is how it came across. I would welcome a better explanation. And yes, I agree with you on choice. You can choose to smoke a cigar with me or not, same as I can choose to agree with your terms or decline. My terms are no terms. In the same way as it relates to El Pres’ OP, I think businesses can mandate legally, but I don’t think they should. Mine won’t. Employees and patrons then have their choice. No matter what one chooses, I’ll respect that.
  10. Our US House Representative came by our small business for a “dog and pony PR” tour a few weeks after the first PPP was passed to see how it helped small business stay open. One of the topics that we brought up that he was for was liability protections for business. It was shot down in Congress, and I see why now unfortunately.
  11. So conform, just do it, or you're the problem and shall be cast from society as unclean. Again, the world has lost nuance and there is nothing that is right for everyone. Someone who is 75 years old who is against the vaccine, I'll say "yea, you might want to reconsider" as covid is much bigger risk for them. I'm 33, my wife is 26, and we are getting ready to try and grow our family and are both healthy. For us, the right choice is not to take the vaccine as covid is statistically zero risk for us. Covid is also statistically zero risk for those who took the vaccine. That is all good!! If society looks down on us for that choice, I guess that's fine but it's not good. It will further divide and cause a parallel economy. That's why mandates are bad. The underlying issue is it's time to stop living in fear of covid cause everyone is adults and can make their own choice. To me that means, whether you have the vaccine or not, I don't care. I'd take 10 random members from here and smoke a cigar around a table with you, and not care whether you took the vaccine or not, or will give me covid. Would you do the same with me?
  12. I believe businesses can legally, but I don’t believe they should. I don’t like how, at least here in the states, when .gov realizes they can’t do something, they pressure/influence/demand private corporation to do it instead. It is a terrible precedent that the gov has figured out since COVID began (that personally I think is of questionable legality at best). Stats do show the vaccine really protects you from getting seriously sick. I think most people who haven’t taken the vaccine understand that, but for a variety of reasons don’t want to get it. People who are vaccinated shouldn’t really care if someone isn’t vaccinated, cause they themselves are protected from serious COVID. It’s on the person who chose not to get it. My wife and I are young and healthy, and soon will be trying to grow our family, so the risk reward calculation for us says we’d rather not chance the unknown long term effects of the vaccine. We’d rather get covid, and natural immunity. It’s obvious now that the vaccine is not a way to zero COVID, as it will likely be with us forever but getting more contagious but less deadly. I believe this counters the argument that you should be mandated to get the vaccine for public health. If you get the vaccine, you have almost no risk for serious covid so if someone chose not to get it for whatever reason, it’s on them. The world today has lost nuance. There are groups that should absolutely get the vaccine, but that doesn’t mean everyone should be mandated. They chose not to get it, likely doing a risk calculation, and people should respect that choice Covid is probably going to keep getting more contagious but less deadly, as viruses generally mutate this way. They don’t like to kill their host as that is their vector for transmission. Everyone is going to get or be exposed to Covid, it’s unavoidable. This is where nuance comes in, so bear with me. What is the acceptable death rate before we live our lives not in fear and with restrictions that don’t even stop the spread? It seems now the goal is zero deaths with covid. How come we don’t have the same goal and restrictions with the flu or common cold? Today I will likely do many things that have an associated death rate with it, but I do it anyway. It’s a complex, nuanced, risky world made up of 8 billion individuals, and for this reason, I don’t think mandates are generally good. I believe businesses can legally ( for employees, patrons is questionable), but shouldn’t (to answer the original question 😂)
  13. EPM JUL 19 HUHC First one out of the box. Had trouble picking up any distinct flavors, but was very nice.

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