|Full Participants in the Record 2018 Flu Epidemic|
From Wikipedia: Influenza A or
Seasonal H3N2 flu
|New Years Day was an inspiration. we felt encouraged and positive about 2018. The day was sunny and we took a long walk along the water front, you always see a few seals, eagles and other interesting seabirds.|
|And you see some interesting ships entering or leaving the Port of Seattle. This particular ship at the Grain loading port was the rustiest vessel I have ever seen in Elliot Bay.|
|The home port of Monrovia explains|
|The tools adjust and grip easily, and with the short handles it is easy to get a full turn.|
Just as I was about to walk out of the condo on the way to my daughters family's house to help with with our grandson I heard a horrible crash out the window. As I walked out the street this was the scene. This intersection has occasional crashes due to drivers making illegal left turns. The street is on a steep hill so the drivers heading East can't see the intersection until they are right at the intersection, and the drivers heading West can not see the oncoming West bound traffic until they are in the middle of the intersection. This is why it is illegal to make a left turn here. But so many are in a hurry and they want to take a short cut. So I assume the uphill, East bound white SUV turned left knocking the West bound car right around into the front of the bus that was following it downhill. So the moral to this story is not hard to decipher.
Two days later I felt like I was getting a serious cold. There is one of those Immediate Clinics near by and since the Flu was really starting to kick up I thought it best to go and make sure. One quick nose swab later and yes I had Influenza A H3N2. There was a drug store right next door and since my symptoms were just under 48 hours I got some TamaFlu. The whole Seattle family had flu shots so fortunately neither my grandson nor I ended up with a worse case but never-the-less the flu left most of the remainder of January 2018 in a coughing fog. It is now the middle of February and I finally feel normal again, the flu symptoms just seemed to drag on.
Living in a very International city seems to insure exposure to the latest virus's of the world with over 5,000 flight in the air over the US at any given moment and well over 100,000 flights per day. Just check out this link to see the flights over planet Earth right now: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-map-of-every-passenger-plane-in-the-skies-at-this-instant-39070996/ With nearly 50 million passengers traveling through SEATAC, the Seattle International airport in 2017 you can easily see why every destination on the planet could be infected by the virus you are carrying right now. Our biggest fear is now is boarding our upcoming alaska airlines flight to Seattle. We will look very much like the picture above wearing our face mask as we board our upcoming flight to Austin. I always thought the one or two Asians that boarded a plane we were on were protecting the rest of us from a cold or whatever they had, and now I know they were protecting themselves. Americans should adopt immediately the custom of wearing face mask anytime they are traveling in crowded confines.
|Finally emerging from Influenza A H3N2 I went to check on SNOWBALL and do a couple of small projects. on the return ferry ride home a stunning rainbow with the pot of gold being the City of Seattle.|
|The last weekend of Janurary we took a walk to the Amazon Sphere's that were now open to the public to tour.|
|The building blocks.|
|The evolving plans|
|This is a model of the South Lake Union Amazon campus, North is up, the spheres are in the lower left=hand corner or the SouthWest corner of the campus.|
|You can see the Spheres here in this closeup of the South West Corner of the Amazon campus.|
|These pics come from the Visitors Center. If you want to tour the Spheres then there is a three month or longer wait list at|
|You get a Peek of the Spheres work spaces on a constantly changing large screen inside the visitor center.|
|Right across the street from the Spheres the construction continues on the Seattle campus.|
|We plan to come back in the near future and shop at Amazon Go.|