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Staying safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Now, for the past several days now, lots of people have been talking about the Coronavirus Outbreak that’s been sweeping through our country in one form or another … and they have been seen stories about it just about every day for the past few days or so.  Now, the Coronavirus is in Pennsylvania and it’s also in Allegheny County, so a lot of people, including myself, are doing whatever they can to stay safe during this Outbreak.  That means a lot of us will have to stay home as much as possible for the next few days or so … and many of us won’t be able to work for a while.

This past Friday, for the first time in quite some time, I was able to stay home for the entire day on a Friday.  I was not able to work at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville then since the store would be closed for the next few days.  I am doing everything I can to stay safe during this Coronavirus Outbreak … and I hope you guys are also.

Now, as you may have guessed, I write all of my blog posts at home on my computer, which, of course, is in my “computer room.”  I generally write four or five blog posts on my blog every week … and I will still write blog posts for you guys while I’m in my “computer room.”  I know you guys like my posts a lot … and I hope you guys will like the posts that I write down as we continue to deal with this Outbreak.

Enjoy your day … and stay safe as we continue to deal with this Coronavirus Outbreak.  We will try very hard to get through it.  Yes, I will continue to write my blog posts at home.

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Joseph’s Moment Of Peace: I need some “me time” in my “computer room” at 6:00 on weekday evenings!

Now, I am no longer taking my evening walks around National Hill.  In a matter of days, it will be harder for me to stay indoors after 6:00 in the evening, since it will be getting darker after that time in just a few days.  Now, I am actually giving myself a little “me time” in my “computer room” at 6:00 on weekday evenings.  To me, it’s very relaxing … and it’s beneficial to me since Brady has eaten up my “me time” over the past few months or so.  I have to watch Brady on certain days … and it eats up my “me time” in a big way.  In this day and age, having “me time” is important, even if it’s just for a short time.  You can probably do it in a private room in your house or apartment.  Maybe you guys can give yourselves “me time” at 6:00 on weekday evenings, just in case you had a tough day in either work or school.

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I saw one of my co-workers at Bridgeville Giant Eagle three times today!

This afternoon, at around lunch time or so, I went to Bridgeville Giant Eagle … and, while I was there, I happened to bump into one of my co-workers three times … and her name is Sue Cagni.  She works with me at Bridgeville T.J. Maxx.  We have both worked there in one form or another for nearly 13 years.  She is both a terrific co-worker and a terrific friend … and I sometimes see her there whenever I work there on any given Friday.  Will I see her at work this Friday?  Maybe.

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Joseph Is Not Watching PCNC Anymore

We are already one week into the year 2020 and the 2020s … and some parts of the new year and the new decade have not been good to me, especially when it comes to the shows and channels that I watch on a daily basis.  On New Year’s Day, I was not able to watch PCNC after being able to do so for the last three or four years or so.  It was on Comcast Channel 35 for a few years or so.  For a few days or so, a message appeared on a black screen while I was able to watch Channel 35 for, maybe, a “split second” or so … and, on Monday, the channel officially disappeared from our cable lineup.  Since I’m not able to watch PCNC anymore, I now have to change my weekday viewing habits a little bit.  In the mornings, I will watch The Hallmark Channel and CNN … and, in the afternoons and the early evening hours, I will watch just CNN.  That may be a good thing for me in this case, because, later this year, CNN will celebrate its 40th anniversary on the air.  CNN is on Comcast Channel 32.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to watch PCNC in one form or another in another location at some point this year, but, until then, I won’t be able to do so in my own home.

Just so you know, PCNC is short for Pittsburgh Cable News Channel … and CNN is short for Cable News Network.

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Vanna hosted “Wheel of Fortune” alone last night!

37 years ago this week, on December 13, 1982, Vanna White and Pat Sajak started doing “Wheel of Fortune” together.  At the time, the game show aired on NBC Daytime … and the current syndicated version of the show would premiere a few months later on September 19, 1983.  Now, Pat would actually host the show while Vanna would show us the letters that were in the puzzle board.  Now, if you were watching “Wheel of Fortune” last evening on your local station, you may have noticed something a little bit different.  Vanna was hosting the show alone while Pat was recovering from surgery.  Now, Vanna will host the show alone for the next few days … and, then, as we start both a new year and a new decade, things will be back to normal again.

Now, this will not be the first time that Vanna has hosted the show instead of Pat.  In 1996, she hosted the last few minutes of an episode of the show while Pat had laryngitis.  I don’t usually watch the show by myself, but since last night’s episode of the show was a rather interesting one, I decided to watch the first few minutes of the show on WPXI, which is the station that has been carrying “Wheel of Fortune” in Pittsburgh for more than 30 years.  I just watched the first round of the show yesterday evening … and, in my opinion, Vanna did a fantastic job in hosting the program.  Yes, Pat also does a fantastic job in hosting “Wheel of Fortune.”

So, as the next few days go by, we’ll see how the show goes as Vanna fills in for Pat for the next few days or so.  The show will still be fun to watch, nonetheless.  Yes, she also hosted the version of the game that you would play on CD-ROMs … and I remember seeing her host that version of “Wheel of Fortune” several years ago.

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Blog Post Number 1,225

Today, I am writing my 1,225th blog post … and it’s going to be a personal post this time.  Now, on October 16th, I went to Katsur Dental, which is located in Collier Towne Square, for the first time since the Spring of 2018.  My dental appointments usually go fairly well, but it didn’t go so well this time around.  I have to get two more of my upper teeth removed … and I have to get at least one filling.  I will be getting my two upper teeth removed at a later date at the same oral surgeon’s office that I went to in October of 2015 whenever I had my wisdom teeth removed.  Now, it could be hereditary.  My father, James Pratt, had some teeth removed at a young age … and he had false teeth whenever he was in his 30s.  Yes, I will have false teeth while I’m in my 30s … and I feel ashamed about that.

I don’t know when I’ll be getting my two upper teeth removed yet … and I may switch dentists next year.  I will be getting partial dentures in the near future.  I wonder which ones I should get.

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Joseph’s wisdom teeth have been gone for four years now!

Four years ago today, I got my wisdom teeth removed at the oral surgeon’s office in Peters Township, which is in Washington County.  The procedure went fairly well … and I’ve been doing fairly well since then.

I was able to recover nicely after I got my wisdom teeth removed back in October of 2015.  I had my stuffed lamb with me while I was recovering from my surgery that weekend … and I have him again as I celebrate this anniversary.

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Joseph’s Flashback: I thought it was just a train ride!

In 1998, I went to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with my relatives … and I was able to visit the Magic Kingdom while I was there.  Now, I have ridden on train rides at various amusement parks for as long as I can remember … and I did see a train ride while I was at Disney World.  It’s called the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  The ride is in the Frontierland section of the Magic Kingdom.

Well, innocently enough, I go on what looks like a train ride, but not long after I get on the so-called “train ride,” I find out that I’m actually on a … roller coaster!  Can you believe that?!  Now, I had never ridden on a roller coaster in my life until then … and I have not ridden on one since I rode on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disney World 21 years ago.

Will I ride on another roller coaster again?  I don’t think so!

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Our new silver Chevrolet truck

Now, yesterday afternoon, we said good-bye to our red Chevrolet truck after nearly six years.  It was at our house from December 11, 2013, until September 17, 2019.  It was a red 2013 Chevrolet truck.  Now, after we said good-bye to that truck, we were able to replace it with a silver 2019 Chevrolet truck.  We purchased the truck at a Pittsburgh-area Chevrolet dealership.

Now, before I show you our new silver truck, let’s take a moment to say good-bye to our red Chevrolet truck.

OUR RED CHEVROLET TRUCK (December 11, 2013 – September 17, 2019)

Now, I’d like to show you four pictures of our new silver 2019 Chevrolet truck.

I have not been inside of this truck yet, but, hopefully, I’ll be able to go inside of it sometime soon.  Of course, I will also tell you how many miles is on the truck’s odometer whenever I get the chance to do so.  I can hardly wait to go inside of this truck.  I will try to show you the inside of it in a future blog post.

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Tunch And Joseph

During the second half of my blog’s fifth year, I will give you some chances to revisit some of my past blog posts … and, during the month of July, I will give you chances to revisit posts from my blog’s fifth year. Today, I will give you a chance to revisit a post from January of 2019 … and it is called “Tunch And Joseph.”

Now, just one week before I wrote this blog post, I happened to bump into Tunch Ilkin while I was working in the front part of Bridgeville T.J. Maxx. I was cleaning the shelves that were near the line that goes to the cash registers … and Tunch just happened to walk inside of the store whenever I did just that. Tunch was a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers for more than a decade … and he also does a Steelers-themed radio show called “Tunch And Wolf.” He also does commercials for Colussy Chevrolet, which is located in South Fayette. Anyway, meeting Tunch Ilkin in person was probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me … and it is an experience that I will not forget.

Next time, I will give you a chance to revisit a post from May of 2019 and it will be about one of the classiest people that I have ever known.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around July 16th in previous years …
Joseph’s tea might have some “zing” in it (July 16, 2018)
Look who I bumped into! (July 16, 2017)
How does Joseph make his videos? (July 17, 2016)
Revisiting a lesser-known blog post: The “cool dude” is back … and he just bought some new flip flops! (July 16, 2015)
I am celebrating two milestones on Facebook today! (July 18, 2017)

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If you’re wondering why the title of today’s blog post is “Tunch And Joseph,” let me explain the reason why I called it that.  There’s a radio show called “Tunch And Wolf” … and, in it, they talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers.  It’s a little play on words or something like that.  That’s why I called it “Tunch And Joseph.”

Well, anyway, I’d like to tell you about the celebrity that I met while I was working at Bridgeville T.J. Maxx last Friday.  While I was working near the front of the store that morning, I noticed that Tunch Ilkin, who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1980 until 1992, came into the store … and he happened to notice that I was working near the front of T.J. Maxx.  While I was working late that morning, I happened to meet Tunch Ilkin in person … and I was able…

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