Arriving somewhere (but not here)

Well, here we are smack dab in the middle of the second phase of this historic and scary coronavirus. I can’t help wondering what the third phase will look like. I prefer to think positively so I am hoping it will be all about vaccinations, recovery and restart plans.

All in all, here in British Columbia things have not gone as badly as they could have nor did they go as well as they should have.  

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Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks that we will probably never shake hands again like we did in the past. Nothing will be back to normal because many people did not outlive the virus, businesses that were thriving one year ago will be gone forever and one way or another we have all been affected by this pandemic.

I don’t think we should have to add the year of 2020 to our age because we didn’t use it. Not only that, I want to apologize to the year 2019 for any complaints I may have made about it.

I went to my Google mentor and asked about what was in store for us in the future. There was lots of information about AI or artificial intelligence, which is superior intelligence demonstrated by machines as compared to our human natural intelligence. The prediction is that in less than 10 years computers will become more intelligent than humans.  I am thinking that I will need to update my computer.

From there my search moved on to health care and the subject of the Tricorder X; to keep it as simple as I can here is what l learned on this very controversial subject.

About eight years ago, the Qualcomm Foundation, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, launched the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize that set off a competition within global scientific and medical communities to create a device - with a promised purse prize of $10 million to the first successful team - to build a medical tricorder intended to work with a phone to do a retina scan, take a blood sample and a breath sample with the capability to diagnose 15 different medical conditions.  The device must be lightweight and have a consumer-friendly interface.      

Apparently, two finalist teams are now in the consumer testing stage of the competition. All of this is based on a medical tricorder seen in the TV show Star Trek from 50 years ago.

To make a long story short, I have to say I am not really surprised with any of this because, not even in my wildest dreams, have I ever imagined myself entering a bank, wearing a mask and asking for money – even if it is my own money. 

November birthdays that I know about: Nell Glass turns 100, Lucille Dunn turns 100, Eva Buchi (93), Noreen Rustad, Jim Rustad, Shirley Bond, Rita Svatos, Mary Kordyban, Ginny Jenkins, Lorraine Anderson, Ann O’Shea, Karen Loehndorf, Maurice Mingay, Ken Royston, Bev Kelly, Maureen Braun, Jeanette Hawkenson, Darrell Rutledge, Carron Dunn, Robin Wright, Wendy Schmidt, Helen Eberherr, Ed Parent, Gale Russell, Maureen Suter, Ken Dahl, Margaret Toyata, Andrea Palombo, Myrna Lemke, Barbara Fairservice, Pat Collicutt, Dolly Girard, Bill Smith, Agnes Lavale, Lindsay Hick, John Sunley, Fred Schaefer, Bill Heather, Marlene Arndt, Neil Hunter, Janice Rivers and Christine Nicholson.  

November anniversaries that I know about: 58 years for Elmer and Maureen Braun,54 years for Vern and Verna Wright, 52 years for Roland and Edna Rouleau, 50 years for Roy and Heather Potts and 44 years for Larry and Kelly Flath. 

December birthdays that I know about:  Chuck Chin, Bill Bosnich, Wendy Foresterling, Elaine Swaykoski, Adrian Girard, Marion Valle, Edith Kosheiff, George Weinand, Sandra Rees, Wendy Girard, John Husberg, Erika Harder, Judy Schlesier, Ingrit Gohl, Dirce Pandolfo, Marg McLachlan, Wilfred Vogt, Terry Burgess, Shirley Byman, Alcide Gauthier, Elaine Sokolowski, Belen Pankonin, Robert (Archie) Nicholson, Lucy Young, John Warner, Faye Sibley, Joan Watt, Shirley Michaud, Bob Michaud, Maureen Bricker, Carol Haugland, Doris Banzer, Margaret Leveridge, Esther Monroe, Catherine Halladay, Fred Bagg, Nora Larsen and Molly Rustad turns 99. 

December anniversaries that I know about: 66 years for Eldie and Georgina Ward, 64 years for Don and Marion Vaale, 64 years for Alcide and Margaret Gauthier, 63 years for Charlie and Joyce Burkitt, 59 years for Malcolm and Elaine Lamb, 58 years for John and Eva Werlberger, 58 years for Roy and Shirley Green, 54 years for Mario and Emma Mauro, 53 years for Bill and Shirley Smith and 37 years for Armand and Gert Lefebvre.

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