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charlestonsouthern

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Posted: 09/14/20 06:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Stop it! You're making too much sense." No it does not; not in a national and international emergency; everyone needs to pull together to protect each other; yes, in these times, you are your brother's keeper. Just because this very serious issue is being bantered about in the arena of politics, that does not make it the REAL thing of life and death. The scientists, who have been working with infectious diseases for some 30 years, have managed to prescribe instructions to help save our lives; we should listen to them and only them. And if you need to speak with someone more personal, speak with your family physician (also in the category of a scientist), and he or she will take the time to explain how critical the instructions are for you and let's say your best friend. We have lost already two friends to Covid (leaving a widow and two sons) because they would not leave the Florida Keys and return home; they had the same opinions you presently do. By the way, I could not be more proud of Canada and its citizens in how you as a group have handled this emergency; Early on, I wish we could have had that kind of leadership.

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I see no sense in trying to play Whack-a-Mole (The greatest arcade game ever. No one has ever played Whack-a-Mole and not laughed the entire game) with my travels. Within fractions of a percent, you are just as likely to become infected in Michigan or Vermont as you are In Florida or Arizona or California. There is scant evidence that locking yourself in your home with minimal contact with the outside world is significantly safer than engaging in activities while taking reasonable precautions. I am not aware of any studies that have shown Essential Retail employees (grocery store, hardware store, Walmart,etc) or truckers, or delivery drivers or many other people who have daily, yet limited in duration, contact with the public suffer infection rates higher than the general population. Fear of COVID is not going to prevent me from traveling to warm climes.

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Posted: 09/14/20 09:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Enough Political commentary, Snowbirding will be different this Winter. Please keep all politics out of it. Lots of good info here. I would prefer not to close or delete the thread.

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We have been doing the southern scene for over 15 years and yes it is warmer mostly. We will miss that BUT if I am going to be confined to a trailer or motor-home without human contact it would be liker jail. On the other hand we have two homes in Michigan and although we do not frequent the northern on in the winter anymore we could. One main stay home in southern Michigan is 2500 sq ft and has a hot tub room and a separate wood shop attached to the garage. A home theater, fire place with plenty of fire wood, I have my office and computer room the wife her sewing room with room for her rather large quilting needs. Plus family which maintain the same anti virus plan as we do. SOOOOOOOO in the end we are giving up the sun and warmth for a much larger environment with lots of stuff to do in any season.
Bottom line just going south is just not a huge draw and the mixing with thousands of seniors in the public places is not a a good thing for us.


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Posted: 09/15/20 04:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m happy for you Tomman. 15 years! I might feel the same...however we only got in 2.


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We're leaving in a week and a half for Florida. Haven't been North for a winter in the past 10 years and don't plan to start this winter. Our Home Base here in Western NY (Rochester/Buffalo area) no longer has any central heat as we sold our wood furnace shortly after starting to winter in Florida.
We have a large lot in Florida and won't be confined to our 43' Fifth Wheel, but we'll pretty much stay on our lot reading, gardening, and relaxing during the day.


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Wapiticountry, a reply to your 9/14/20 posting is located under "Around the Campfire" Sticky (initiated by Moderator): "2019-20 Coronavirus Pandemic Postings" pages 52-53.

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I suspect a LOT of northern folks will pass up on being a little warmer in order to be a LOT safer and healthier.

I also suspect the health insurance companies that are currently offering snowbirds health coverage to those leaving for much higher risk areas will reconsider that position soon.

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Dave

It is strange that Canadians can fly in if they have a park model, stay the winter, then fly home, but driving in a self-contained RV (often stopping only for fuel, using their own 'facilities') to their destination is fearful, while college students have frat parties, football tailgates and some candidates are doing indoor rallies, all of which really can spread the disease. Unfortunately logical thinking is no longer part of the curriculum in any institution of learning from K through grad schools!

I agree with you Barb it totally defies any form of logic, but I'm wondering if the underlying issue here is the government's concerns of having to bail out airlines when this is all over, and the less the better? I seriously don't know, but it does make you wonder what the ulterior motive is in all this stupidity of what's allowed and what isn't.

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A good friend of mine, a chef by trade, has for many years now worked at a very high-end restaurant in Muskoka near my cottage during the summer, and at another high-end restaurant in Florida for the winter.

He was speaking with his Florida employer and explained his concerns about staying safe, the owners position was don’t worry about it, stay up there & safe, it doesn’t look like anyone is coming down here this winter anyways.

The local propane supplier was in to fill my tanks on Sunday, when I commented on working Sunday the driver stated they have been swamped with calls from people who normally lock their places down for the winter and head south but who are saying they will be here for the winter and so keeping the heat on. He also said they’ve bought two more trucks and hired two more drivers to keep up with demand, they don’t feel this winter will be the end of it either.

Time will tell.

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