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This is the how-to I wish I had when I set up my Prosody XMPP server. I have no idea why in tarnation no search engine would show it to me.
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us, covid-19, mild peace of mind
In my case, at least, the perception was that public testing was hard to get, that available tests were few, and that I might wait weeks to schedule a time for a guaranteed test.
Some of those things are likely still true for the uninsured who rely on government-offered, no-cost testing.
If you are at all insured, or can swing the cost of a traffic ticket, it's not like that. There are tests out there.
us, covid-19, mild peace of mind
I discovered something recently, and it really helped me out.
Many, many of those suburban, doc-in-a-box places? They have covid-19 tests that are fully covered under most insurance.
I'm not insured; I paid $175 for mine.
For that $175, I got a same-day appointment (scheduled online), with in-car, curbside antigen testing and a 15-minute turn-around on results delivered, again, to my car.
Oh, no, I COULD add more absurdity: maybe put a dot of nail polish on there so it's easily identified.
The five most useful knives in my drawer? Gonna call it $25 total. (All the same knife, though. 😹 I love that Thai-style, 5-6" blade. Incredibly versatile.)
I was gifted a ticket to a Ring of Honor event a few years ago when a buddy couldn't use it. A different friend got me on Toyota Center's papering list for WWE events.
When folks who love wrestling find out that you also love wrestling, you're in. We're always glad to find more folks who share the love.
So what i really enjoy about wrestling is the idea of a fictional evolving story that often is about incorporating the reality and perceived reality into its pantomime in order to make its audience buy into the story of these people going from zero to hero.
A great example of it is two months ago a lot of Black wrestlers became more vocal about racism within the industry, a lot of the discussion became focused at the second largest US promotion, AEW due to their declaration that they are trying to be the new inclusive wrestling promotion constrasted with the fact that while they have quite a few Black wrestlers, many of them were being underutilised or as jobbers (those who lose a lot to make others look good).
At the time the arguably top Black wrestler in the promotion was Scorpio Sky, who was one of two people in the entire promotion to pin the Champion but he never won the title and he mainly worked in a trio doing midcard work.
Suddenly however, Sky was no longer part of the main tv show in his normal trio role, and started appearing only a singles competitor on their secondary B show which is meant for like, lesser unimportant matches.
Every week for the last two months Sky wrestled on the B show, putting on good matches, but no storyline, no character development, and as it went on fans kept on bringing up the fact that AEW was wasting him, giving him nothing but spinning his wheels.
Right up until last night where Sky breaks the shows usual format, grabs a mic in frustration and cuts a promo (something that doesn't happen on the show) on how he's been shoved down in the B-show, his talents ignored, how he pinned the champ, and how he's done taking the scraps he's given.
And all the fans suddenly realised they'd been played hard by Sky and AEW. In a time where everyone's always figured out the story five weeks in advance. We'd bought it all.
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