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  1. As a younger lad, I supported myself by learning how to cook in some of Bloomington's finer eateries. I've almost always (oddly) been a morning person, so I thrived at short-order breakfast things. I'm a bit of a foodie, but breakfast is sacred to me. I love Sundays because it gives me that space to create (or recreate) dishes that I've learned over the years. Usually nothing fancy, but occasionally I'll whip up a full-meal-deal for a get together brunch - home fries, eggs, quiche, hollandaise, B&G, etc. It's my forte and now I'm hungry and need to check my breakfast food supply. 😀
  2. I do content development for corporate learning and development orgs. We work primarily with Fortune 500 companies who have their own internal learning and dev departments. I love the job because it involves a little bit of everything that I'm good at - writing, problem solving, basic design, client-engagement, etc. I could stand a few more $ in my paychecks, but the flexibility and variety of work are definite perks.
  3. I don't think the goal has ever been to have every single person in a geographical area tested. But to get to a statistically meaningful baseline, it has to be more than 2%. I'm not a public health expert or a statistician, but I would imagine at least in the range of 20-25% testing of a geographically-bounded set of a population would help us get a better grasp on what we're dealing with.
  4. Are we though? Every piece of information that I'm seeing tells me we're not nearly at the levels of testing that we need to be. Indiana, for example, has roughly 6.8 million residents. As of today, the state has tested ~130,000 people. That's less than 2% of the overall population. That's not going to cut it. We may be seeing "more testing", but on a per capita basis, we're way behind the curve. I'm not going to ascribe blame here, but this is just a fact.
  5. I was reading a Bloomington sub-Reddit thread on this company's predictions for Monroe County and a couple of folks were arguing about their methodology and it's flaws. I'm not a data scientist, so I can't judge one way or another. But just anecdotally as a resident of Monroe County, I have to question their conclusions. Because there are basically no students in Bloomington right now, all other things being equal, Monroe County is just kind of your average Indiana county across the state in terms of population. The positive test rate has remained relatively low compared to other counties, hov
  6. I can't believe air travel is still a thing. I plan my essentials trips (which are already rare) like I'm going on a top secret mission into enemy territory. I can't imaging going through a TSA line and then sitting in a flying canister breathing recycled air for however long. This thing is going to drag out until everyone gets serious and stays the hell home.
  7. I've been doing rough "back of the envelope" calculations each day since the Indiana Department of Health started providing and updating their daily COVID dashboard. From what I've seen, positive results compared to the total number of tests administered have been hovering around 15%-16% (it spiked to over 17% yesterday) for the past couple of weeks. The death rate is concerning as it is currently sitting at around 2.5%, which is high. I suck at stats, but given that we've only tested a tiny fraction of the state's overall population, and that this thing is at least 2-3 weeks away from its pea
  8. It's not what I feel, it's just what I'm hearing second hand. I honestly don't know and really hope this isn't the case, but it could have something to do with the way the state finances their public universities and the general economic malaise that will most likely get worse before it gets better. Again, this is just what I've heard and am praying that the IU system stays intact across the board.
  9. I live in Bloomington and my ex (who I stay in close contact with as we are co-parenting a teenager still) holds a relatively high-level position at IU. She is part of several teams within the university administration trying to navigate this mess. The primary concern, of course, is the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff, which the university as a whole is doing the best that they can in that regard. However, she is really feeling the stress of this event and has broken down in tears several times over the last couple of weeks. She believes, as do I, that IU will survive thi
  10. I'm a bit behind you, but also from Chesterton originally! Here are mine: 1. My username (BEKA) stands for Brian Evans Kicks A**. My favorite era of IU basketball (I was a little too young for the 75-76 teams) 2. When I first moved to Bloomington, Garcia's Pizza and Karma Records were 2 of my favorite hangouts. 3. I was in middle school and there are two things I remember about March, 1981 - Ronald Reagan assassination attempt and IU winning the NCAAT. We were on our way back from a family trip to Pennsylvania and listened to everything unfold on the AM car radio the day it
  11. My favorite time of year ruined by something not visible to the naked eye. I get it, but damn if this isn't a huge bummer. Stay safe everyone.
  12. Are you serious? I respect this board and the intelligence of posters here, but this is pure conspiratorial BS. This is an actual pandemic that needs to be taken seriously. Italy (which we're way behind on reported/tested cases) is basically screwed. The goal is to flatten the curve on medical facilities being inundated with Covid-19 cases. We need to be cautious, if for no other reason than other vulnerable members of our society are susceptible to this virus. This isn't a political conspiracy. Facts are facts.
  13. This team is actually pretty good when they play hard and stay focused. The problem is they can't do it for 40 minutes. 30, maybe 32 minutes per game, but they have no killer instinct and just appear lost for 8-10 minutes every outing. That said, I love the energy and toughness that Race brings, especially on the glass - even if he missed a wide-open layup.
  14. I don't know how long it's been since my alma mater (Chesterton) has played for a sectional championship, but they'll get their chance today against Valpo. The Trojans have put up a pretty good record this year going 23-2 so far. Their only losses were by 1 point to Munster, and they got kinda clobbered in a holiday tournament by Blackhawk/Furst.
  15. My vote is for a guy that looks like Gene Hackman walking around with a severed ear asking random people if they know "who's ear" this is.
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