Comforting Fast Food

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/2.5, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“McDonalds Meal” Cedar Park, 2020

We rarely get fast food, but tonight we didn’t plan anything for dinner at home and when Bay suggested we get something from McDonald’s, the idea sounded really attractive. I guess it is a connection to when life was more normal before COVID-19. We ordered our food online, then I went to pick it up. The restaurant’s dining room is closed, but the drive-thru was open and there were parking spaces designated for pick-up orders. I parked in space #3, clicked on the “I’m here” option in the app, and in a few minutes, the food was delivered out to the car. Very convenient!

I don’t know if it is because of the new process that the pandemic has forced on the McDonald’s, but the food wasn’t the freshest. Everything tasted as usual, though, and after Koa put his chicken nuggets in the toaster oven, he said they were good! I guess even though we don’t go to McDonald’s often, we have our usual preferences: Mariko likes the Filet-o-Fish, Bay will get a “fancy” chicken sandwich, Koa will get the chicken nuggets, and I’ll go for a burger or some sort. It’s definitely a comfort food, and once in a while, fast food can’t be too bad for you!

Fountain Pens In Use

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/2 sec, ISO200
“Smiling Pen” Cedar Park, 2020

Part of my work-from-home routine includes writing notes using my fountain pens, but I have pretty much narrowed down my in-use pen line up to three: Pilot Metropolitan (M) filled with Pilot Namiki Blue/Black ink, LAMY Safari (B) filled with Iroshizuku Ama-iro, and Pilot Kakuno (M) filled with Iroshizuku Chiku-rin. The black, blue, and green combination looks nice on the pages, and my notes are actually kind of fun to look back on! I tend to prefer thicker lines, so I retired my Pilot Metropolitan (F) and replaced it with the Kakuno medium-nib as my green ink pen. I really like the Kakuno because it’s all about fun – even the smiling face on the nib gives off a happy vibe! You can see it in the photo above. That’s my home notebook, and a short list of ukulele songs that I practice.

I hope you had a good day!

🎶 Yogee New Waves – SAYONARAMATA

It’s the start of a holiday weekend (here in the US). Time to get the positive vibes going!

COVID-19 Data for Texas?

I’ve been checking the COVID-19 Dashboard for the county I live in daily, and I’ve noticed that there have been changes to the way the data is presented. Any of the more alarming charts showing unfavorable trends have been removed, and replaced with more favorable-looking charts. For instance, today’s chart shows an increasing number of tests given (that’s good), and also shows the percentage of positive cases as a result of the testing, which is somewhat flat at 7%. (screenshot below from 2020-05-22)

However, they don’t show a chart that combines that data, which would show an upward trend.

Just 10 days ago, “Cases Over Time” was one of the charts being shown (screenshot from 2020-05-12), but has since been removed:

This chart, which shows no downward trend, is not supportive of the Texas government’s efforts to re-open the state. And my guess is that there was some kind of government communication to the owners of state dashboards to only show certain charts that support (or not damage) their cause. I don’t think this is an unreasonable suspicion given the fact that data suppression/manipulation was going on in Florida. I’m not saying the data for Texas is being manipulated, but the presentation of that data is – and in a way that supports the argument that Texas should open sooner rather than later.

I’ve found another resource for data here, and with a little digging, you can find data presented in ways that you can pick and choose to support different viewpoints. For instance, here’s a screenshot of today’s trend (2020-05-22), which is not very encouraging:

We’re not out of the woods yet, folks. We might still be lost in the middle of the woods. 😟 Please keep practicing social distancing, wash your hands, and stay home if you can!

Green

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Green” Cedar Park, 2020

As seen on today’s walk to the mailbox a couple of blocks away. The detail on these cypresses is amazing.