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Once upon a time, you could leave home and find an open bathroom when you needed one. How so much has changed with CoVid. Below are a few tips from the LA Times on managing your bladder during the pandemic .
Do some shopping...find a parking space, sprint through the parking lot and then pray there’s no line, but you can be reasonably certain that these stores will keep their restrooms open and clean.
Visit a park…If the park is big enough to have a recreation center, it will also have restrooms, which are typically open from dawn to dusk. And the bonus--those restrooms are usually near the parking lots, so you won't have to run too far to get relief.
Digital Mapping…Use your GPS to find the nearest pit stop and then call ahead to make sure it's open.
Invest in a portable urinal…Consider the screw-top urinal for your car. One of Amazon’s top picks is supposedly spill-proof and even has a glow-in-the-dark lid so you can find it at night. For women, consider a pee funnel (FUD) such as the Tinkle Belle, Amazon top-rated Sunany that features a funnel tip small enough to fit inside an empty water bottle, the GoGirl, Amazon's bestseller, the Easy Peezy, and the Shewee, one of the earliest FUDs on the market that's available in 10 colors.
There are also plenty of compact, portable toilets on the market, some that cost as little as $19.99. Then again, I have a friend that uses an empty Snapple bottle.
Look for rest stops...State-maintained rest areas are still helpful on long trips, provided they’re not closed for maintenance.
Pack a bag...Because accidents happen, have a little bag in your car with wipes, tissues, plastic bags (one for damp garments, another for soiled tissue) and a change of clothes. Also, an extra pair of shoes in case your pee funnel slips. Some extra hand sanitizer would also be helpful, along with a towel to wrap around yourself if you must go somewhere in wet pants to change.
Tired of being cooped up at home? Are you ready to jettison away for a vacation despite the CDC's warnings that staying home remains the best way to avoid getting sick because no form of travel is completely safe.
Consider these travel insights from AARP.
Delta Airlines announced that it will continue to keep the middle seats open past its original end date of September 30, to allow for social distancing between strangers.
Southwest, Alaska and JetBlue are also temporarily blocking middle seats; United and American are not doing so.
Disneyland in California has delayed its opening, with no new date announced; it had planned to open July 17. Disney recently opened its four Orlando theme parks.
Most of the US National Parks are open or are in the process of opening. Zion and Yosemite National Parks have implemented a ticketing or reservation system to limit the number of visitors.
Europe continues its ban on American visitors. However, Americans can fly to Ireland and Great Britain, but are required to quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
More Tips at: https://www.aarp.org/travel/travel-tips/safety/info-2020/coronavirus-and-travel.html?cmp=EMC-DSO-NLC-TRVL-TRAVEL--NMCTRL-072120-F1-4727511&ET_CID=4727511&ET_RID=22549025&encparam=TXUU51fhUbMJtIgXGB3zVUcNv1632st7CSdd49SOF0k%3d
A team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging in Germany, have uncovered a link between high iron levels in the blood and the aging process. Their findings revealed that having high amounts of iron in the blood was linked to age-related conditions like Parkinson’s and liver disease, and made it harder for the body to fight infections. The bottom line: maintaining healthy levels of iron in the blood could be key to aging better and living longer.
Myth Buster…A recent study concluded that one “dog year” does not equal seven “human years,” and that the relationship between dog years and human years is not linear, but is based on a logarithmic formula. Age in human years = 16 * ln (age in dog years) +31. (ln means “natural logarithm). This formula was derived from the concept of the epigenetic clock, or the aging of the DNA in one’s genes, as a determinant of biologic aging.
Based on logarithmic curves, younger dogs age relatively “faster,” meaning that a one-year-old dog is equivalent to approximately 30 years in human years, but later in a dog’s life, the relative canine aging compared to human years slows. With that, a 4-year-old dog is more like a 52-year-old human (as opposed to a 28-year-old) but a 9-year-old dog is closer to 66 years in human years, and a 10- or 12-year-old dog levels out at about 70 human years.
We express many different emotions using our faces, and that CoVid mask you hopefully wear when leaving home covers up the part of the face that Americans may find most pleasing and rely upon to distinguish friend from foe.
This is because Americans value high energy positive emotions like excitement and enthusiasm, which tend to evoke big open smiles, according to a Stanford University psychologist. And this may be why some Americans don't wear them because it makes them feel disconnected from others.
So, what is the workaround on this? Wear a mask and learn to smile with your eyes and voice, and to read the eyes and voices of others.
Last year on the 4th of July, I was one of the Boston-By-Foot guides that led 3-hour tours of Boston’s Freedom Trail. So much for last year. This year our country is at a turning point. Do we remain a democracy or do we slip into more chaos and dissent?
Below are the 10 hallmarks of American Democracy as presented on the Rachel Maddow show in November 2016.
A free and independent press.
An independent judiciary, that do have the power to correct the other branches.
An excellent and professional military that is not used as a political force against our own people, and that answers to the civilian leadership.
The freedom and ability to participate as citizens in our civic life, including free and fair elections.
An advanced and mature civil society, with organizations to advocate for change and to protect the weak.
The freedom of assembly to organize and to speak out.
Openness to immigrants.
No official religion.
No official language.
No king, but instead a democratic process and a peaceful transition of power.