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Economics & Investing / Re: Keurig-like machine for soft serve ice cream
« on: January 18, 2021, 08:31:23 PM »
I saw a restaurant soft serve machine for sale on FB Marketplace from a restaurant that closed down. Have to say I was a bit tempted to pick it up.

Been a bit warmer than normal here. Quite a bit of rain but not much snow other than one decent storm a couple weeks back. Temps have been 40-45 rather than 25-35 we normally see.

Last Wednesday we had a big windstorm blow through here. Thousands of huge pine trees down around the city. We were without power for a couple days but some people are just now getting power back. One of the parks here had well over 100 trees blown over.

Hardware & Technology / Re: The changed future after CV-19
« on: December 18, 2020, 05:10:21 PM »
>Ghost Kitchens

I had seen a few articles about ghost kitchens even before COVID. Makes total sense. Why pay for all the overhead of a dining room, large menu, diverse options, etc. when you can just get a small kitchen and crank out a handful of dishes and do them reasonably well? They can also focus on food that travels well and has little degradation if delivery takes 15-20 minutes. They can also make sure things make sense economically and focus on higher margin foods when the delivery services take their 20-30%

There have been a number of restaurants around here that have done some pretty amazing pivots as well. One used to do kind of upscale burgers and modern takes on classic dishes. Over the last couple weeks they have shifted to making burritos you can just grab and go. They only need a 6-10 ingredients on hand and one or two people can crank them out at a good pace. There are a lot of restaurants here that do a lot of whining and complaining but the ones who have been able to adapt, change their menus, swallow their pride a bit and focus on what kind of food needs to be cooked vs. what they want to cook, etc. seem to be doing reasonably well.

Water Cooler / Re: Trav says ship your presents early this year.
« on: December 10, 2020, 06:00:52 PM »
Just saw some pictures from one of our warehouses. Pallets and pallets and pallets of boxes all ready to go but no trucks to pick them up. We got shorted on our allotment of trailers for the past couple days so things are just piling up.

Water Cooler / Re: Holidays meet Covid = Mega Superspreader
« on: December 09, 2020, 05:54:48 PM »
The previous daily record in our county was ~200 confirmed cases and yesterday we had 694 or something like that. There was a big outbreak at the prison here (about 700 confirmed cases) and those are going into the daily numbers for the last couple days and probably more hitting today so it is a bit artificially inflated but even taking those cases out we are still not trending well. I think the post-Thanksgiving surge is hitting here and I expect some big numbers this week.

I would guess the spike after Christmas will be worse. The governor extended the "no social gatherings with people outside of your home" recommendation for three more weeks. The people who ignored that for Thanksgiving will ignore again for Christmas and there will also be another group of people who sucked it up and complied for Thanksgiving hoping they could do a larger gathering for Christmas will ignore it this time and go ahead with their plans.

Web Development / Re: WordPress themes??
« on: December 09, 2020, 05:47:21 PM »
>>I have been using Genesis for many years

Same here. Been pretty much using it and some of the child themes exclusively for the past few years. No idea if it is the best or not but it is what I am at least reasonably comfortable with.

Water Cooler / Re: Trav says ship your presents early this year.
« on: December 07, 2020, 07:08:59 PM »
Just got word that FedEx and UPS have been tapped to move huge amounts of vaccines so they are capping all merchants at their current contracted express volume. Basically once it gets to the last week before Christmas merchants won't have the same ability to get expedited (next day, 2 day, etc) shipments out on time.

Get your shopping done this week.

Water Cooler / Re: Trav says ship your presents early this year.
« on: December 03, 2020, 07:29:39 PM »
FexEx was 34% over network capacity yesterday. And that will probably get worse over the next couple weeks. Don't order anything after the 15th and expect it to arrive on time unless you pay a premium for expedited shipping. And even then don't hold your breath. It will probably be OK but if it REALLY needs to get there order it now.

Water Cooler / Re: Queen's Gambit
« on: November 29, 2020, 06:40:27 AM »
>usually I'm good with dark, but my wife doesn't like dark shows

My wife is the same way but she really enjoys it. Not really that dark. We are about 5 or 6 episodes in and I really like it so far.

There was a place here in town that was showing the new "outdoor" dining space they built. It is basically plywood walls and a sheet metal roof. There is about a 1 foot gap between the walls and there are openings at the top of the ends between the walls and roof. Technically it complies with what is considered outdoors since there are some gaps in the walls but for all practical purposes it is indoors. Ridiculous.

Hardware & Technology / Re: The changed future after CV-19
« on: November 16, 2020, 08:09:36 PM »
>rent commercial kitchen space

This will be huge. Locally here there is a guy who has been working with restaurants to partner them up with other food producers that can utilize their facilities during times the restaurant is closed.

My wife and I have been looking into some commercial kitchen space recently. There are some shared kitchens but they are all pretty limited in what they can do. But if we could get some space a day or two in an existing restaurant kitchen that would be ideal. She has been making and selling out of our home but we have had some interest from restaurants that want to sell her biscuits but in order to do that we would need commercial space.

In the local food groups I am in there are at least a couple dozen people doing the same type of things. Stay at home moms selling cheesecakes, guys selling some bbq on the weekends, people selling ethnic foods that are hard to find in restaurants here (tamales, lumpia, empanadas, etc.). Easy, affordable access to commercial kitchen space will definitely help grow a LOT of small businesses. Most of these people don't want a normal restaurant but just want to be able to sell their products for people to take home and eat.

Water Cooler / Re: Holidays meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« on: November 13, 2020, 10:23:18 PM »

Our governor put out a statement last night urging people to not do Thanksgiving with anyone outside their household. That is going to be a TOUGH sell for most people.

Water Cooler / Re: So I'm now acclimated to 78f/ 25.5c
« on: October 29, 2020, 02:17:44 PM »
>wearing parkas

It isn't Alaska cold here in Spokane but temps in the winter are regularly in the teens, single digits, or even less at times. So 45-50 degrees here is still "throw a sweatshirt on the kids and head to the park" weather. When we did our 5 year sentence in Florida we were constantly amazed that when it was 60 degrees our kids would still be in somewhat light clothes and other kids on the playground would be wearing big jackets, mittens, and stocking caps.

Water Cooler / Re: I'm pretty tired of hearing about
« on: October 26, 2020, 03:03:02 PM »
>murder hornets

They got the first nest here in Washington:

Across the border in Idaho the hospital is at 99% capacity, they just moved back to "red" which is their version of bad, and of course yesterday they just lifted the mask mandate. I just don't understand.

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