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  1. In Topic: COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV)

    29 July 2020 - 11:39 PM

    View PostMalankazooie, on 29 July 2020 - 04:34 PM, said:

    Listening to local radio on the trip in this morning, there was a discussion about "maskne", and topical treatments to apply to your skin to alleviate this condition. I have luxurious, olive skin (great genetics from my mom), so don't have a problem with it. Also, I do something called, "the laundry." People should look into this life changing technology. You can buy these machines that will clean your clothes thoroughly and quickly, so you no longer have to dip them in a river and slap them against a large boulder.

    Any you savages suffering from this new phenomenon known as face mask acne - aka maskne?

    No, but's it's not unthinkable. People have different skin types (though yes, you absolutely should be washing your mask reguarly, by hand works just as well as machine washing, and you can boil it afterwards for at least five minutes to kill anything the washing didn't manage to just in case). It can get really humid beneath the mask which in turn can aggravate/cause acne.

    Case in point, I had to switch to disposable masks as of this week because my number of asthma attacks skyrocketed once it hit 25°C here (from having none at all ever due to a well-maintained meds regime to two a day, and no, I don't have the 'Rona). Since I'm sensitive to heat for unrelated reasons and humidity always makes it more difficult for me to breathe, the humidity and fabric barrier together were not fun. You can't really take deep breaths with a mask, at least not the kind you need for physical activity (like running across the damn main train station of a big city because out railroad company thinks being on time is a vague suggestion at best). The disposable masks, as much as I hate the waste I'm creating his way, are at least light enough that I can do a brisk walk without ruining my entire day.

    Another problem I've encountered is that my lips are chapped and dry beneath the mask and I cannot do anything about it because using lip balm and wearing a mask is nasty.
  2. In Topic: What's messing with your groove?

    23 July 2020 - 01:26 PM

    I wrote an email complaint in to the company that handles the local bus services because for the past two or so months the bus on one particular route at a particular time when driven by one particular bus driver has been stinking to the high heavens of cigarette smoke. This dude used to always smoke at the bus stop which coincidentally is the end/start point of that route and the timetable allows the drivers a brief break there. Well, guess what, he doesn't smoke at the stop anymore, but every time I board the bus at that station when he's driving it STINKS of cigarette smoke. I'm talking "like walking into a wall of cigarette stink" stuff. I'm also the only passanger in 70-80% of the time on that route at 7.30am.

    The answer? "Well, we wouldn't want to point fingers to anyone and besides, smoking is not allowed inside busses. Maybe it's the remnants of a smoker boading the bus and exhaling. Also, the time given is not specific enough to investigate."

    Uhm, what? I can tell quite well whether a smoker just walked by or someone's been smoking in a closed vehicle, thank you very much. Customer support, my ass :admin:
  3. In Topic: COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV)

    17 July 2020 - 06:27 PM

    And for some good vibes, here's a picture of Merkel teaching the prime minister of Bulgaria how to wear a mask properly:

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    Not gonna lie, Not-giving-a-fuck-because-she-doesn't-want-to-be-reelected-Merkel may be my favourite Merkel and I've always been for her.
  4. In Topic: COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV)

    17 July 2020 - 04:04 PM

    View Post20 Days of Sheep, on 16 July 2020 - 11:31 PM, said:

    View PostMacros, on 16 July 2020 - 10:26 PM, said:

    Shit this stuff ain't hard.

    Crow crinkles at the eyes is a smile

    It can be with social distancing.

    Get a pair of glasses if you can't see that far?

    Seriously, I realize it's taxing for a lot of people. I may not really 'get' it, but on an intellectual level I understand and respect that people have different lives and needs. But the fact that so many Americans staunchly refuse to even try to deal with it and find ways around the need to interact in order to stop a fucking pandemic partly because "muh, can't see people's smiles, how are we to interact?!!11" is mind-bogglingly, borderline insane. Do you guys think the rest of the world is all loners or what? No, people sucked it up (for the most part, anyway *sigh*) and dealt with social distancing and masks for a time so now we are reopening again without a major new virus wave (and that's despite having a lot of our own homegrown idiots around).

    If you've got such trouble dealing with it, you need to work on your mindset because otherwise you'll keep getting more and more miserable by the day. This thing isn't going to go away any time soon, especially if the US keeps chugging on like this, so get used to the idea of the long haul. The right mindset about these things makes it - masks and all - so much easier to bear.
  5. In Topic: COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV)

    15 July 2020 - 08:47 PM

    View Post20 Days of Sheep, on 15 July 2020 - 08:26 PM, said:

    I’m so sick of these fucking mask and plexiglass. Everyone raising their muffled ass fucking voices to communicate already pissed off at the this heat dome scorching down on us and having your own hot ass air trapped in your face is a right misery to deal with.

    Don't go anywhere unless absolutely necessary. Boom, problem solved. Iirc you don't work, unlike other people who have to wear a mask all day, so be glad you don't have to. You're a big boy and surely can go a couple months without truck sex.

    For what it's worth, I have asthma and I almost hyperventilated in my mask yesterday because I had to run the entire length of the train station to catch my train (because I do have to work again) and I still wear a mask in public. So if I can do it with my compromised lungs, you can as well with your healthy ones.

    P.S. Real smiles can be seen in one's eyes. I've yet to be in a single situation where I couldn't tell if someone was smiling or not with a mask on and they've been mandatory here since April. MInd you, some people have very pretty eyes, well worth looking into.


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    15 May 2020 - 17:50
    2 birthday rep because the first was a cyrillic copy paste that came out looking like swearing, sorry
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    15 May 2020 - 17:44
    and again O Puckiest one of all! Hope it's a great day
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    16 May 2019 - 08:39
    Happy birthday Puckster
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    King Lear 

    28 Jun 2018 - 19:20
    Same. We're mutually terrible at this. It works XD
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    King Lear 

    27 Jun 2018 - 22:41
    Love you the mostest <3
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    King Lear 

    27 Jun 2018 - 21:24
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    16 May 2018 - 09:20
    Happy birthday, hope you have a good one
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    King Lear 

    14 Nov 2016 - 17:27
    I'm in the US (so still with the ugly stuff, but less with ground refusing to still) I'm okay, and it looks like all friends and family are okay (if a little bit traumatised, apparently it's not a pleasant experience even for those who are not injured or have any property damage or anything).
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    King Lear 

    21 Aug 2016 - 07:38
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    King Lear 

    09 Apr 2016 - 13:12
    One day we will chat again!
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    King Lear 

    12 Feb 2016 - 23:05
    Hugs back to you! Hope you're doing well <3
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    King Lear 

    01 Oct 2015 - 05:10
    You are the slinkiest
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    King Lear 

    21 Sep 2015 - 10:06
    You know, chat's refusal to make sounds when people enter or leave, or show the number of comments when I'm in another tab is extremely inconvenient. Anyway, *hugs*
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    King Lear 

    18 Sep 2015 - 11:43
    Noooooooooooooooooo I missed you
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    Tiste Simeon 

    26 Sep 2014 - 19:40
    Appreciate that. Truly I do. Thank you. :)
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