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COVID-19 Discussion Board / Pregnancy and Covid
« on: February 01, 2021, 05:14:08 PM »
I've seen a number of posts suggesting that there is an increase in pregnant women being hospitalized, vented, or experiencing complications recently, possibly related to the new strains. Stories I've heard and tehillim requests I've seen seem to possibly back that up. Does anyone have any documentation on the subject? Stats, studies, articles... anything.

Deals/Deal Requests / Deal Needed: 24" Boys Bike
« on: November 26, 2020, 04:29:37 PM »
If anyone bumps into some great Black Friday bike deals, please send them my way. Ideally looking to spend under $100, but willing to go up to $150 for the right deal.

Credit Cards And Finance / Citi 5% CB on $500 Online Spend 11/24-30
« on: November 22, 2020, 04:17:12 PM »
Got it for my Double Cash, don't know if it applies to other cards.

Politics / Lame Duck Trump
« on: November 05, 2020, 01:50:22 PM »
Assuming Trump has lost, what do you expect to be rammed through between now and Jan 20?

Credit Cards And Finance / Chase Giving 5x points on Amazon and Grocery
« on: October 28, 2020, 07:09:27 PM »

Just Shmooze / Mass Exodus From Liberal States
« on: October 23, 2020, 08:49:15 AM »

Over the last 4 months, my community in FL has grown over 5% (maybe even close to 10%). People have moved here from all over NY, NJ, MA, and MD. There are currently 15 more families looking to move in, but there are no houses for sale within decent walking distance to shul. My community is far from a hot commodity. Others around here have seen a much greater influx in recent months, with hundreds of families moving from CA alone.

Have you recently moved to FL?, or are you in the process of making the move? Do you know others who have moved already? Where have they moved to?

Just Shmooze / Which Will Be The Uglier Contest?
« on: October 22, 2020, 04:42:43 PM »
So many good viewing options tonight.


I actually got an email about this last week.

Amazon & Walmart Deals / Similac Formula 3-packs $70 - 94
« on: October 13, 2020, 01:30:24 AM »

Clip $30 coupon for first S&S
2 additional $5 coupons add in cart at checkout

COVID-19 Discussion Board / TPA To Offer Covid Testing
« on: September 30, 2020, 01:27:58 PM »

"This is the only airport in the whole country that is doing these tests for anybody, going to any destination, on any airline, only TPA is doing this and we hope others will follow. Testing is the key to getting people back to travel."

According to Tiliacos, testing will be available every day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be open to all ticketed passengers who are flying or have flown within three days and can show proof of travel. The PCR test will cost $125 and the antigen test will cost $57.

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Chochom Einov B'Roishoi
« on: September 25, 2020, 08:40:13 AM »
The second wave is no longer a theory. Europe is seeing record cases, and the frum communities of NY and NJ are being touched in ways many didn't think possible even a month ago. This post isn't a post-mortem on how we got here, and it's not a mussar shmooze on what we could be doing better now to slow the spread. This post is about the future.

Regardless of our personal feelings, the reality is that governments will impose lockdowns in the coming months. We saw crazy numbers over the summer coming out of FL, TX, and CA, with weeks of over 10k new cases per day in each of those states. The reasons vary, from additional testing to younger patients, but the reactions are inevitably the same: closures and lockdowns. They may work, or they may not. They may be misused and abused. They may not be followed by the general public. But they are coming, because it is the only tool that we have to prevent hospitals from overloading during a surge in cases. Given what we saw over the summer, and given what we're seeing in Europe (and our communities here) right now, a surge is coming, and lockdowns right along with it.

We were all impacted in previously unimaginable ways during the early months of the pandemic. Aside from the illness itself, we were blindsided by the closures of shuls, schools, and businesses. Without getting into the messy details, suffice to say the damage to our families, our finances, and our infrastructure are still being felt today. Again, this post isn't intended to be a post-mortem.

Chochom einov b'roishoi: we need to look to our future pragmatically. We have the gift of having a pretty good idea of what's headed our way, and we have the benefit of having experienced it in the recent past to help us prepare for it. Whether it's preparing your family or business for possible upcoming shortages, or working with your schools and shuls to create resources that were sorely needed in March and April, the time to act is now. With preparation, we can help mitigate the challenges ahead, and maybe even create some opportunities for our communities and businesses to grow.

I don't have a lot of answers, or even a lot of ideas. I just hope this post sparks positive, proactive conversations that benefit us all.

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