That Tourist Elephants In Thailand Are Suffering Because Of Coronavirus Is Absolute Bloody Poppycock.
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Yes, of course, tourism has been badly hit and coffers are drying up. That we all understand.
Elephants, in Thailand or anywhere else, are NOT fussy, picky eaters. They do not need grains, elephant food, supplements or anything fancy.
They will just eat foliage. Any foliage. Yes, they will eat lots of it. Yes, LOTS. They will tear down and eat most green or yellow (think banana) foliage that they can get their mighty trunks on.
Yes, I know my elephants. I grew up in Ceylon where we had plenty of wild and domesticated elephants. I know my elephants.
I also spent 3 Summers in Thailand. So, I know Thailand better than most.
Elephants in Thailand cannot BLOODY starve. There is too much food ALL around them. Yes, the Thai will have to manage how the elephants get access to that food.
NO. NO. NO. They should NOT be let FREE! They are domesticated elephants used to being with & around people. You can’t cut them loose. Yes, they can and should be taken to parks, open wilderness that Thailand is (still) full off or vegetation should be shipped to them.
They have the money. They made PLENTY when the tourists were coming.
Plus, Thailand is NOT a poor country. They can well afford to take care of the poor elephants.
Got that. SMILE.
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I have worn it for 4-days now, side-by-side, on the same wrist, as my $700 Garmin Fenix 6. Step count on the Fitbit Charge 4 has tracked that of the Fenix pretty well. Within 1%. That is amazing for a Fitbit.
And then GPS. Wow. Am I blown away. You have two GPS tracks above.
I would contend that on the longer walk the Fitbit GPS tracked my path better — with more detail. I walked with the dogs and they drag me from side-to-side of the road — and these are DIRT ROADS in the woods with hardly any traffic. So, crisscrossing is not an issue.
Then having the ‘heart rate’ & ‘pace’ overlays on top of the GPS track — brilliant & magic. Love it.
I am humbled. As many of you know, I am a Garmin MAN — and I even own Garmin shares (and have done so for a longtime). Yes, I owned Fitbit too, but that was NOT pretty.
No, I will NOT be wearing the Fitbit Charge 4. SMILE. Slightly too small for my liking. I will be sending it back, with my compliments, to my friends at ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ who were kind enough to ship me this for evaluation. Job done. I am pleased. Nice tracker.
Well done, Fitbit.
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Not just my wife.
This is SPECIFIC to this 1 incident
New Hampshire Red Cross.
This does NOT apply to the Red Cross as a whole.
My wife is a Red Cross blood donor. During this COVID-19 pandemic she has been trying to do her bit by giving blood (as often as she can).
She had two appointments cancelled. We understand. In each case, however, she received an e-mail the day before telling her of the cancellation.
She was all excited when she got today’s appointment — though it was on a Saturday, in Wakefield. Wakefield is a 50-minute drive, one-way. But, she was fine with that.
She tends to have a low iron count, so she for the last week she was doing all these things the Red Cross tells her she should eat: like eating bowl fulls of Cheerios, taking more multivitamins, drinking even more water etc. etc.
She was checking her e-mails for cancellations. NOTHING.
She checked again this morning. NOTHING.
We left around noon for the 1pm appointment in Wakefield.
We get there. The parking lot is EMPTY. Nobody there.
She calls the Red Cross. It is 1pm. They CONFIRM she has a 1pm appointment in Wakefield.
The building we are at — standing outside — happens to also house the Wakefield Police. I tell my wife to talk to the police. They won’t let her come in. She has to talk through an intercom. They make some calls. They said that others had called too. They eventually tell her that it is CANCELLED. It is now 1:30pm.
She is very upset. She is close to tears. I am glad I went — and I did so hoping to walk around Lovell Lake while she gave blood.
She is very upset. (Did I already say that?)
We come home. We have wasted OVER 2 hours.
She calls the Red Cross again. She gets an Arizona call center.
They initially CONFIRM that she still has a 1pm appointment. It is now past 2pm. Then they check another system and says: “Ooops! Sorry. It was cancelled this morning!”
She then gets the above cancellation e-mail. It is time-stamped 2:36pm — for what WAS a 1pm appointment.
NOT BLOODY GOOD.
She is very upset. Ruined her whole day.
Yes, we understand that in the scheme of things, this is relatively minor.
But, it would have been so easy to avoid it.
At best they would have had 60 appointments — BUT, I doubt that. It was probably under 40.
If they sent that gentleman an e-mail at 9:33am they could have sent my wife one too in that time period.
Somebody at New Hampshire Red Cross should explain. Somebody at New Hampshire Red Cross should be …
And in case YOU are wondering why I do not donate blood.
They don’t WANT MY BLOOD. Not good enough. I used to give blood, here & in the U.K. And NO, I do NOT have ANY infections. My blood is GOOD. They just don’t want it.
Have a guess. It is because I am British. I kid you bloody NOT. Go check. They will not accept blood from anyone who has any connection with Britain.
Try and remember. Remember? Mad Bloody Cow!