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Niagara's Journal
Niagara's Journal
April 9, 2024

(Update:4-10-24 AM) I'll most likely be noticeably absent from DU momentarily.

Yesterday, I prepped a bunch of friendly road trip food for myself and I made Hello Dollie treats for my passenger. I ran the dishwasher and completed a load of laundry.

I knew that we had an awesome community here on DU. I hadn't expected so much love and support and it's greatly appreciated. Thank you, DU!

I now have the vehicle loaded up and will be headed out shortly. Peace and love to you.


My 97 year young grandmother has succumbed to dementia. I didn't say anything right away since I knew that I would have to wait for details on final arrangements.

I have long distance driving ahead of me, almost 400 miles each way.

I'll have my phone on me so I might sneak in on occasion and I'll most likely will be able to rec a few OP's here and there.

It hasn't really hit me yet which is odd for me. I haven't really figured out what my emotions are right now. I'm actually dreading being around all my cousins, aunts and uncles. I've cut ties with them eons ago because they're politically toxic.

I need to go finish preparing road food and packing.


November 18, 2023

Oh, John Francis Bongiovi Jr. AKA Bon Jovi.

This is an OP that was inspired by bigtree's OP.


America has an absolute Rock Star (in more ways than one), that created a restaurant named JBJ Soul Kitchen. This is a non-profit farm to table community restaurant that feeds those in need.

Bongiovi is from New Jersey and that's where both locations are for his foundation.


October 1, 2023

Dad Jokes.

Once upon a time, I use to be a Cafeteria Assistant at a public school. I would tell my lunchtime students jokes every Friday.

I came across some of the jokes that I would share with them. If you don't like what you see, keep scrolling. There's absolutely no reason to be rude. Thank you.

Q: Why did the turtle cross the road?

A: To get to the shell station

Q:Why do crows sit on telephone wires?

A: So that they can make long distance caws.


Q: Why can't the bicycle stand by itself?

A: Because it's two tired!


Q: Why did grandma put wheels on her rocking chair?

A: So she could rock and roll.


Q: Why did the man run around his bed?

A: He wanted to catch up on his sleep.

August 15, 2023

Will your star membership end this week or between now and August 2024?

Right now, I'm currently seeing quite a few of gold star members.

Last August for the Summer Fund Drive I was able to gift two wonderful members star memberships. I would love to do this again for other members. The problem is I don't know when other members star memberships expire, I would imagine quite a few in August. I'm sure some DU'ers would prefer to purchase their own star membership and that's okay too.

We're missing a few members that I would like see here more often as well.

I'm going to finish getting ready so that I can get to work. If you would like to reply in this thread what month/year your star membership ends so that possibly other members can gift, please let us know.

I'll check back later.

Have a marvelous day, DU!

August 20, 2021

Adding on to irisblue's Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center OP.

Which can be found here: https://democraticunderground.com/100215761473

I wanted to add a link and to the gallery that contained larger images of the Covid crisis at Ochsner's Medical Center.

Here's to all medical and hospital staff everywhere that are overwhelmed, tired and frustrated. You are all hero's. This includes food service, housekeeping, janitorial, clerical, porters, volunteers, and whoever else that I forgot to mention.

May 17, 2021

My experience getting my 2nd Pfizer vaccine today at UB-South Campus.

I was disappointed when fellow DUers were posting that they got their vaccines, but didn't share any of their experiences about the process that they went through or how the workers were treating them. So, I wanted to share my experience here on DU.

First, I will admit that it took me awhile to find a Pfizer vaccination location. The vaccine websites made it sound like a person had to bring all this paper work in to prove residency, not too mention a printout of your confirmed appointment. In reality, all a person needed to bring was a drivers license (or state issued I.D card), insurance card and the vaccination card if it's a second vaccine being done. Obviously, if a person doesn't have insurance, you just simply let them know. With both appointments, not one person looked at my appointment confirmation printout.

The location was at University at Buffalo South Campus by appointment. As I drove into the parking lot today, the electronic flashing sign was also welcoming walk-ins besides appointments, so that was wonderful to see! And just like my 1st time, they had National Guards that greet each vehicle and asks if it's their 1st or 2nd vaccination. If it's the 1st time, the National Guard will direct the driver where to park and to follow the large signs directing towards the vaccination building.

Once one has parked their vehicle and walked up to the designated building, there's a person in regular street clothes that takes each persons temperature and asks if their experiencing any Covid symptoms and if they have come into contact with an infected person. 3 weeks ago, there was a State Trooper at a podium that looks for names with their appointment times and highlights the information on the paper. Today, there was a National Guard doing that job. This is all done outside before going in through the doors.

Once I was inside the door, there is another person standing at another podium asking for names with appointment times and highlighting the information. Once a processor person is free, the person at the podium will direct a person to a numbered table. There are 6 different people working and processing at 6 different tables so the line moves quickly. That person then will take your I.D, health insurance card and will write information down on a piece of paper and will direct a person to another large room where the vaccinations are taking place.

Once at the entrance of the vaccination room, a National Guard ask if it's for the 1st or 2nd vaccination. The room has 2 separate que lines. Line 1 on the far right is for the 1st vaccine. Line 2 in the middle is for the 2nd vaccine. On the very left is the exit line where a person walks so that they can exit the building without blocking any vaccine que lines.

Once a vaccine table opens up, and there are several of them, a National Guard will have the person follow them, and will also take the paperwork and hands it over to the person giving the vaccine. They have the name of the person, address, phone number and birthday up on a computer screen, and at that time the person confirms that all information is correct and spelled correctly. Questions are asked if there are any known allergies or any known autoimmune diseases. I was then given my 2nd dose and directed to recovery room #2.

There are 4 recovery rooms all together, and they have chairs spaced out 6 feet apart. Once a person has waited the 15 minutes, the person in that room acknowledges the person leaving and tells them to have a good day and each seat is sanitized. The last time I waited my 15 minutes in room #4, but today I waited in room#2. I also noticed an EMS gurney with medical bags and supplies sitting on top of the gurney. I also noticed an EMS person sitting down and watching the room. I actually didn't see that the last time, it could be because I was in a different recovery room.

Once my 15 minutes was up, I told the person working the recovery room to have a great day and left.

My experience may not be the same as another persons experience. This was on a college campus and I thought it was extremely organized and that everyone was polite and helpful. It was also a extensive relief getting vaccinated. Thanks for listening.

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