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Ted BSN

ICU/CCU

Happily married, no children. Been a nurse for a long time. Been a composer/musician for even longer. Life is good!

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  1. Good Morning! And. . . Hello, Sixty! L O L! Recently woke up. Already had First Coffee. Plan on enjoying the day with my beautiful Amy. Gonna do some video-recording stuff together. Here's something that I hope to brighten your day. This is a lovey song produced by music students who cleverly performed and sung this song with each of them from their own home, practicing Social Distancing. Apparently these are students of my alma mater, Berklee College of Music!! I'm so very proud of them!! Enjoy the video. . . and I hope you all have a pleasant day. Peace and Blessings to you all! Ted
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    Friday March 27, 2020

    (((NSIME & Hubby)))
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    Friday March 27, 2020

    Good Morning - Recently woke. Currently on Second Coffee. Oddly enough, it tastes better than First Coffee. I wonder why???? I think I'm going to ponder this for awhile. It'll pass the time away. . . . L O L! Yesterday, the sun was out and the temperature was warm. It was a beautiful day outside, yesterday. Amy and I went for walk on one of our local nature trails. It was good exercise, and provided nice opportunities for photo and video taking. We weren't alone on the trail. We certainly were not the only ones needing to enjoy the pleasant day. This particular trail is through a wide-open field that is hundreds of acres in size. (It provides beautiful views of ponds and the surrounding Berkshire Mountains.) Interesting to note was the wide berth everyone gave each one another while passing each other on the trail. People were thoughtfully practicing "Social Distancing". Well, I need to clarify that. The small groups of people were giving other small groups of people wide berth. The groups themselves?? Not so much. Families stuck together. Groups of friends seemed to stick together, well within the 6' distance that is recommended. Oh well. It was nice to get out. Social Distancing was practiced by Amy and me. And a beautiful day was enjoyed and appreciated. I am Very Grateful to be living in the area where I live. I can not imagine living in a place like New York City with millions of other people are concentrated in a relatively small area, especially during serious and dangerous times like these. I am grateful. . . (A long time ago, I used to sell home-made baked goods down in NYC, out on the open farmer's market. I met a whole lot of very nice people. However, NYC is crowded. On those beautiful days when the sun was out and the temperature was warm, the open farmers market places were wonderfully crowded with people enjoying the day, and buying the farm goods and home-made baked goods that the market had to sell.) Today??? It looks like another sunny day outside. Amy and I might go for another hike on another local nature trail. (There are several of them to be found near where we live.) But now that our video studio is up and ready to go, we plan on doing some fun and creative video recording. As mentioned yesterday, we plan on video-recording one of the old routines by our Too Live Nurse troupe. Below is a link that I made of our portable video studio. It's only 2 minutes long. At the very least, it'll occupy 2 minutes of your time as we all stay in our homes and practice Social Distancing. L O L! In the meanwhile. . . Peace! And, Be Safe! Ted
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    Thursday March 26, 2020

    Good Morning - Tweety - I can't imagine being alone & single and being issued a stay-at-home order. This might sound corny, but how about long phone conversations with your best friends, and family? There is, of course, the internet and the whole "social media" thing. But these are no substitute for human to human contact. Feel free to "Facebook Message" me and others anytime if being alone at home becomes too much. We're still practicing Social Distancing, verses being issued a Stay-at-Home order. Luckily for us, living in a rural, well-wooded area, it's easy for us to go outside for walks. Yesterday, Amy and I did just that. We did our usual power-walk thing, which is exactly 2 miles long (which includes a steep hill that's about 3/10ths of a mile long, including our 1/10 mile long driveway). The walk makes for a good work-out, especially as we trudge up the hill on our way back to the house. Of course, I balanced the whole work-out thing with spending a good amount of time on my fat butt in front of my computer. Yep. I probably spent about a total of 3 to 4 hours farting around on the internet doing that "social media" thing (punning around on Facebook, sharing photos and music, debating politics, etc.) (Speaking of puns, I do consider myself a great Master Debater, especially to when it comes to politics! L O L! ) (Sorry for the off-colored humor. All of this "social distancing" is making me a little wacky. ) As I mentioned yesterday, with all of this extra time that I have being on vacation and "social distancing", I set a goal to do creative things like write music, take photos, and do videography stuff. So, over the next few days, Amy and I decided to video-record one Too Live Nurse bit. We decided to do "Foley Catheter Insertion: Male", which is one of the bits on our humor album, "Ineffective Individual Coping". So, last night, we turned our dining room into a video-recording studio, complete with a green screen. This "creative project" might end up looking terrible. But, at the very least, it'll be a fun project to do together. I might take pictures of our green-screened video studio and share them. It took a few hours to transform our room, and it looks pretty cool! I received an email from my Pastor that "regular" church services will not resume until May. This means no "regular" church service for the first Sunday of Easter. However, the church services will be broadcasted via the internet using the ZOOM program/App. I'm still reluctant to download the program onto my aging computer (which has sensitive audio/video editing programs loaded in it). However, I'm going to see if a ZOOM app exists for my iPhone, and load it onto the smartphone is possible. Plans for today will include more farting around on the internet, a walk outside with Amy (possible on a nice near-by nature trail if the weather is nice), and possibly compose a new rock-jazz instrumental, and even possibly start video-recording something fun and funny with Amy (as mentioned above). Take care, folks! Ted
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    Wednesday March 25 2020

    Good Morning! It's a cold, wet, cloudy day outside, this morning. It snowed yesterday. Got about 3" of the yucky white stuff. Although it's cold outside, the temperature is above freezing which is melting the snow on the ground. I'm happy to have the snow melt, but id does make things muddy and messy for walks. I spent most of the day, yesterday sequencing (recording) a composition that I wrote earlier this year. I was having problems composing a new composition. Instead, I decided to re-orchestra/re-arrange an already existing composition. For this particular version, I explored "fusing" together the sound of a light orchestra with the sound of a larger-sized jazz-band ensemble. The titled of this piece is, "Cautious Determination - Version 2". L O L! Today?? Amy and I plan on going for a power walk. Where we go will be determined by how wet things are with all of the melting snow. Overall, we're coping well with the whole "Social Distancing" thing. Amy, especially, is enjoying it! (She's more of a loner than I am. L O L! ) Like everyone else, we're concerned for the world. We were supposed to be in Italy now. Amy has been in communication with the travel-agency people in Italy. They're doing the best that they can, given the situation their country is facing. (They're located more in the southern part of Italy, which, apparently, is experiencing less deaths than the northern part of Italy is experiencing.) It's just so sad. . . Anyway. . . Amy and I plan on doing one creative project together during our time sequestered in our home. If/when we finish this project, I'll happily share here for your entertainment. In the meanwhile, below is a link to the 2nd version of "Cautious Determination". Just click on the link for a listen. . . Peace, folks! Be safe . . . Ted
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    President Trump National Scandal

    Trump should shut the hell up!! He should just stop talking. Better yet, he should resign as President and allow someone with the know-how, and who actually gives a damn, to be President. (Although, I don't put much trust in Pence, either, given some of the policies he put in place in his own state.) Although I'm not a real fan of our state's governor, as President, New York State Governor Cuomo would ensure that all appropriate measures would take place in dealing with this whole Covid-19 thing. Both my wife and I were impressed by his recent speeches. It is nice to have a politician speak candidly and intelligently (unlike Trump).
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    President Trump National Scandal

    Trump needs to go. . . resign. . . whatever. . . for the good of our country.
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    Art and Music

    Another Randy Rainbow political satire. . . via song. Enjoy!
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    Monday March 23 2020

    Good Morning - It's nice to read that ZOOM is working out for most people. Joe, our church is doing the same thing with ZOOM, too. I have an aging computer with no camera connected to it. Also, I am very cautious to install a program onto it that might mess up my somewhat well-functioning audio and video programs. (These program can be finicky sometimes, which ain't cool.) I'm going to research and see if ZOOM can be safely loaded onto my iPhone. Maybe, then I can participate with our on-line Sunday Church Service, and other on-line activities. Had a nice and relaxing day, yesterday. Amy and I went for one of our walks. It was chilly outside. But the sun and fresh air was refreshing. Currently, it is cold outside, overcast, and it is beginning to snow. We're supposed to get 3 to 5 inches of the nasty white stuff. I wish Spring would just come and stay with us, and not allow the snow to take place. (Whine!!) Last night, we watched BlackKkKlansman. Wow! It was a really well-written and directed movie! It was also very disturbing. It was the first time I watched this movie. I held off on watching it because I knew it would be disturbing. I highly recommend watching it, though, if you haven't already done so. I was up early this morning scoring music to another one of those educational videos. It came out nice, I must say. We're going on Day 3 of our vacation/stay-cation. I'm going to enjoy this time while it lasts. In about 11 days from now, I anticipate returning to work to a mini-hell as the pandemic presents itself in this area of the world. (We already had our first few cases of patients that were presumptive positive with this virus.) Hope all stay safe. . . Peace. . . Ted
  10. Good Morning - It's a quiet 5:38 AM (EST) in this part of the world. Sunrise hasn't happened yet. It was chilly outside, yesterday. But it was also sunny. Around 2:00 PM, yesterday, the temperature reached the mid-40s. So Amy and I went for one of our usual 2+ mile walks in our area (practicing social distancing, of course). The fresh air and sunshine was refreshing and invigorating. I'm looking forward to the season of Spring to fully present itself: mature leaves on the trees, flowers beginning to blossom in Amy's gardens, fresh green grass on our lawn, and the sound of birds chirping their spring songs. We watched our New York State governor give a speech, yesterday. To be honest, it was the first time I ever heard one of his speeches. To say the least, our governor is a bit "controversial", especially for those who oppose strict gun-ownership laws. But his speech, yesterday, was honest, informative and inspiring. Amy and I were impressed! (I think that our conversation regarding his speech, yesterday, was the first time Amy and I ever talked about our current New York State governor! L O L!) At the very least, we both felt comforted and relieved that current governor is at our state's helm. Not sure what the weather will be like today. Hopefully it'll be sunny and warm. We are supposed to get snow tomorrow, though! (Ugh!) After I'm done typing here, I'm going downstairs, get me First Coffee, and watch the news for the weather forecast. I hope all are doing well during this unique and surreal time in our lives. Peace, folks. . . Ted
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    President Trump National Scandal

    I must say that the New York State governor is demonstrating leadership to this dreadful situation, too. During his speech yesterday, he showed honest statistics, was accountable to what New York State was doing for its citizens, was honest in presenting our state government's short-comings, and reminded the state citizenry the importance of practicing "social distancing". His speech was fact-driven, well articulated, compassionate with a sense of authority. Both Amy and I commented that our governor should replace the incompetent fool who is our current President. Damn. . .
  12. BCgradnurse - Sad to read about your fiancé and your friends. Yesterday was not a happy day. Hope your fiancé finds work soon, and hope your friend recovers quickly. Hope you keep well, too! (((Hugs))) Tweety - Sad to read that the beaches are closing. Those partying students acted thoughtlessly and foolishly. As for your co-workers lessoning the PPE supplies. Shame on them! Our hospital has taken an extraordinary and unique measure of putting Regular isolation masks (not the N-95 ones) in our Omnicells. The N-95 masks are locked up, and handed out individually. It seems like your hospital needs to set extreme guidelines for the use of PPEs to ensure an adequate supply until more arrive. Joe - Glad to read that you're getting together with J.. Finding a dinner-date spot might be a challenge, though. Hope work is kind to you today. Edited to Add: Amy got home from grocery shopping as I was typing out this post. Oh my gosh! You know how some people are hoarding toilet and tissue paper?!?!? Amy's hoarding specific brands of ground coffee, and half & half cream (both organic, of course)!! To be fair, we normally keep a "healthy" supply of each of these items (which is, more than likely, more than the average household). But right now?!? We have about 8 bags of our favorite brand coffee stuffed in our food pantry, and 7 quarts of half & half in our refrigerator (both organic, of course). (By the way, neither of these items are in short supply at the grocery store.) We may very well run out of toilet and tissue paper in a few days. BUT, we'll have enough coffee to last us for MONTHS!! L O L!
  13. Good Morning and Happy Spring! It's 3:35 AM (EST) in this part of the world. . . . Been up for a couple of hours, now. Just relaxing in my studio, surfin' the internet, editing video, and now typing here. I double-checked and apparently Spring sprung around 11:50 PM, last night (just before mid-night). I like spring. It's one of my favorite seasons. Hope all are doing well with the Social Distancing thing. I know that it's only been a few days since it has been encouraged that we all practice Social Distancing. It seems that we all will be asked to continue on with this for the next few weeks, if not longer. As I've been sharing, these are surreal times for the world. My hope is that we all make the best of it. Yep. I'm going to work tonight. Apparently, there are two patients in our teeny-tiny ICU. So, it is highly doubtful that being On Call will be offered. When Amy got home from work, last night, she shared that her hospital is suspending "elective surgeries". (Amy is an OR Nurse.) Because she works "per diem", it will be unlikely that she'll be needed for the foreseeable future. She's taking 3 weeks off from work, anyhow, because of our (now-rescheduled) travel-vacation plans. So, Amy is fine with this. We have some savings that can help us out, should her hospital continue on with this suspension for several weeks or months. Still, it adds to the "unknown". There's so much "unknown". I'm looking forward to the next 13 nights off from work, which starts Saturday. Amy and I plan on doing some hiking when the weather is nice. I have two work-related video-recording projects already planned next week. Amy and I also plan on doing one "creative project" together during our time off from work. I wish to share another music video from Pat Metheny. This music video is titled, "Letter From Home". It is peaceful music. . . warmly contemplative. This instrumental features both Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays. This video showcases how the two of them, and the rest of the ensemble, intently and intimately listened to each other as they played this song. About a month ago, Lyle Mays passed away. He was a talented pianist. His playing was musically artful and inspiring. Lyle Mays will be sorely missed. This song, "Letter From Home" is a favorite of mine. I've been listening to this beautiful instrumental a lot, lately. It helps calm my mind. I hope it does for you all. . . Peace, folks. Ted
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    President Trump National Scandal

    Speaking of scandals. . . Senator Richard Burr Sold a Fortune in Stocks as G.O.P. Played Down Coronavirus Thread Senator Kelly Loeffler Dumped Millions in Stock After Coronavirus Briefing
  15. Tweety - Just saw a lovely picture of you and your new canine-family-member, Waffles! Congratulations!
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