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Thursday, March 26. 2020
How are our readers dealing with this current mess?
Your work situation, getting outdoors, shopping, exercise, masks, level of fear, etc.
As for me, working from home (no choice), shopping every other day, using Purell, and exercising in the barn. No socializing. Riding and hiking this weekend. Not paranoid, just going along with the general tendencies.
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Working from home. Trying to reach an 800 number for conference calls with a cell phone is a real pain. About 90% of the time I get a "That call cannot be made now" message. Calling with a land line is easy peasy.
No panic but just being prudent. Still exercise every day, just not at our regular gym. We do a 2-3 mile walk every day and I ride my bike at least three times a week. Still observe cocktail hour but it is just the two of us. Miss the grandkids big time. The biggest thing to remember is to not put yourself in a situation where you could be compromised.
It reminds me of the daily advice we received when I was working overseas in some less-than-safe countries. Our security guys reminded us every day to be aware of our surroundings and to not put ourselves in a place/position where the bad guys could do something.
Small business owner with 50 employees.
38 working from home.
8 waiting on internet installation.
4 not interested.
3 of the 4 18-20 year-olds.
1 71 year old.
I played rec hockey 3-4 times a week. All the rinks are closed. I'm a little more tense than before.
In the northwest burbs of Chicago...I go out once a week to get fresh food and add a few more supplies to my pantry. My business, in home speech therapy for developmentally delayed toddlers, is limited to audio only telephone consultation of about 15 minutes per week per order of our state run early intervention program, so very very little income. They won’t allow telepractice which would actually work great if we were only allowed to do it by the backward state of Illinois. On the positive side, my family is eating much more healthy thanks to all home cooked nutritious meals, we are getting out daily for walks, doing yoga, I’m shedding some pounds, and I am knocking out a lot of quilting projects like never before.
As the Mrs. stated " Our lifestyle is now trending". Still go for long walks with the dog each morning, wave and say hello to folks along the street. Our driver goes home every day and does errands so he is our point of weakness. Socializes with the rest of the staff, Great folks, but mostly stays outside outside in his office and with the cars and we wipe down each delivery so maybe we're not too nuts but used to being with ourselves. Glad to have so many books as the TV will drive me over to the dark side.
So.... back in the 90’s I was a fervent believer in climate change.... until all of the models failed, and they continue to fail. The Wuhan flu has all sorts of models accompanying it.... and the “fog of war” modeling going on is not that good. We are destroying the economy. The real suffering has yet to begin.
Wife and I own a small retail business with two employees along with a very small profit margin. We’re in Washington State. Our “nonessential” business is closed for at least two weeks maybe more. Our two “nonessential” employees get to go home for the duration with no pay (They can file for unemployment). All thanks, to our ambitious Governor!
We’re going to get a lot of spring cleaning done and my honey-do-list will get a huge jump start. Our home library is also well stocked (I just can’t resist a good book buy at the thrift store), so there’s lots to read. Plenty of fishing tackle to work on too. Going to hike the beaches if they let us and there’s lots of wood to split. I’m an old guy but still have plenty of steam. I’ll put the backyard fire pit to work and start burning all that windfall that’s accumulated, and the hot ashes will do our brats perfectly. Cheers!
Found out this morning that NO recreational fishing or shell fishing will be allowed through at least April 8th. That’s right. NO FISHING! I guess the fishies are susceptible to the coronavirus. And of course we just have to shut down city, county, state and national parks too. Yes, I’ve heard and read the rationalizations from our betters. Bovine poopie!
Our dog’s still on the job though. She’s an old girl but still insists on looking out for us and our property. Funny watching the old lab on the deck surveying the landscape for any potential threats. Our TP is safe and so are we! God bless her! And all your readers too.
Sucks. Gym closed, no social life, work disrupted, crashed markets.
Still have a God to talk to.
Still have wine and beer, and good olde Maggie's Farm.
Wife and I are fine as is our daughter's family here in South Jersey. Panic buying appears to be subsiding. We have all the supplies we need.
Actually, we don't know anybody who's sick.
I'm just hoping for an injunction resulting from the suit against our Governor who decided that it was a public health issue to close the gun ranges. I'm sure he means to open them by Christmas of some future year, currently unspecified.
We live in tiny California beach town just North of SF on the Marin County coast.
My CPA wife's tax practice is an essential service, and I am her support staff. We have a small office for just the two of us, and we're busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest, working like the IRS deadline change never happened.
Venture out for groceries every ten days or so, early in the AM for
geezer hours at the Safeway over ithe hill.
Locals are being prudent & laying low, but being a beach & resort town, the place is flooded on weekend and even during the week with stir crazy Bay Area residents who are completely unclear on the concept of "shelter in place".
All the local schools are closed, and today the basketball court in the mid town park has a bunch of sweaty kids playing and bumping into each other, and other families with little kids having a picnic on the lawn.
Retired in Oregon, east side of the Cascades. Not doing a damn thing differently other than that forced on us by the government.
And what the government has forced is not directly on us but is indirect like not being able to sit and drink at the local breweries but we can still fill growlers.
I might be one of the few yuppies on this site-- I'm working full-time for a tech company in Austin and am extremely grateful to have a job. Ours was one of the first companies to go full-remote across all of our offices globally 3-ish weeks ago. No end in sight for us, and management has been extremely supportive of the adjustment. I'm a much better worker in-office, so this has been an adjustment for me and an exercise in self-discipline like never before.
I'm usually doing crazy things like aerials off of sailboats or such nonsense, so I'm mainly trying to not let this ordeal get me all out of shape. Yoga almost every day and climbing the stairs of my building a few times. Reading a ton, and not letting myself watch TV except for the occasional Fox News livestream. Practicing some foreign languages for fun on Duolingo (language app) and working on some independent but career-relevant studying.
My heart is breaking for all the local businesses that are feeling the pinch right now. Austin has such a vibrant small business scene, it's hard to imagine what will be left of it if this lasts a long time.
Just curious - I bought Duolingo for my grandkids. Is it a useful program for adults as well?
TL;DR-- yes, I'm finding it useful! Brushing up on my French and Spanish, and just started on basic Italian (if the country is still there for me to use it someday)
The long answer-- I didn't know that you could buy it! Is that like a desktop version or online subscription? I just use the free app on my iPhone. The graphics are a bit childish but it's the same type of learning as you might find on Rosetta Stone. I highly recommend turning the audio settings to your liking, they can be obnoxious. The app uses word matching, pronunciation, translation-style exercises, etc. You get 5 lives (you lose one when you make a mistake), and you can buy more with points you earn as you go along. It has ads but they're bearable, and you can pay for the premium version that's ad-free and probably has more perks I'm unaware of.
I think it's an online subscription service. my wife is actually the one who bought it for the grandkids. I think she got the idea from our daughter.
I lost my job in 2008 and despite thousands of applications, I couldn’t find another. I’ve gotten by in the gig economy following Scott Adam’s idea of having multiple skill sets. Now with the quarantine, all of my scheduled business is gone. I’m not allowed out to try to sell my services. The governor has just announced a shutdown extension. If I get the promised $1200, I can hold on a couple of months. After that, who knows.
Working from home and getting more work done as there are NOT the constant interruptions that happen in the office.
I find this whole "panic - the sky is falling" a bit much.
Wearing my own tinfoil hat I think his is a way for the MSM and the Democrats to hurt the little guy so they stop supporting Trump. (and I hope that backfires on them!)
Lastly, I do think I will use this as an opportunity to stress to my boss and the powers that be - I get more done by working from home! How about making that a permanent reality?
Retired Air Force "telephone" colonel, teaching full-time at UT San Antonio. We officially went "all online" March 11th; fortunately we have a web-based course management system that includes integrated video conferencing. I'm furiously converting lecture slides to YouTube videos so my students can learn independent of the university computer and its limited bandwidth (33,000+, please don't all log in simultaneously). Office hours are video conferenced, 12 hours a week. So far, only the hot dogs are showing up.
The wife and I live in a quiet 'burb that's sprouted walkers, runners and cyclists from dawn to dusk. The "stay at home" directive from the city allows repairmen, service techs, and the yard and pool guys to stay on the job. The city just finished bulk trash pick-up, so the neighborhood looks freshly trimmed and scrubbed.
Stores are pretty well stocked, but there is still a long queue for the 8am openings, and limited supply of paper goods (the wife scored some Viva paper towels, but there was no Charmin to be had); there are some oddball shortages--the small "street taco" sized corn tortillas are nowhere to be found, and there was a run on fresh carrots a week ago.
We do miss bars, restaurants, and live performances. Otherwise, life in San Antonio is pretty good.
I have many packages (12 rolls per) of Charmin Extra Soft. Wife and I were setting up an AirBnB, but ran into some issues regarding cleaning staff and were left with a boatload of supplies (like TP). I would gladly sell you a 12 pack, but my state government would prosecute me for price gouging a.k.a. the name given by envious people to charging market prices for critical supplies that are in high demand and short supply.
Thanks, but no thanks on any Gray Market Charmin tissue. My wife--just "born again" as a prepper--is treating TEOTWAWKI as one giant puzzle, demanding to be solved. Today's challenge: can Angel Soft successfully substitute for Charmin? Will it be a bum deal? Will Charmin get wiped off the shopping list? Stay tuned.
Last week, when everyone everywhere got serious about queueing for store openings, I chatted with a fellow outsie the commissary, just back from a business trip. A prescient colleague of his had handed him a jumbo suitcase filled with TP as a going-home souvenir; he could hardly believe his good fortune.
Often times, WalMart will have RV toilet paper in the RV (sporting goods) aisle even though the regular TP issued out. You can also check RV stores.
Venturing out every few days to supermarkets, which are doing better and have recovered to high-standard Third World stocking levels. Toilet paper still coming from the stockroom with the cart being emptied before reaching the destination shelves by the Poo Piranhas (today). Stores not particularly busy, otherwise. Other trips to vet, P.O.: traffic light, not empty.
Neighborhood has lots of runners/cyclists/dog walkers/walkers, nice to see, also parents hanging out with their kids.
Daughter & S.I.L. with us having bugged out of Big City before S.I.P.; both working virtually and very busy, long hours. We have good internet, full pantry & freezer, and lots of room.
Somehow all of this feels surreal, like a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel. Waiting for the part where the bodies start stacking up, but hoping (with some confidence) for much better.
Can't visit Mother, the nursing home is locked down tight. My better half had to retire from surgical medicine because of a rare autoimmune lung disease, so our household is extremely high risk. We generally did social distancing except the gym, that's now closed. Our pastor and family are stricken and isolated at home, so far haven't required hospitalization.
I'm recovering from orthopedic surgery, physical therapy was canceled, I'm doing what I can at home. I do the shopping now, it's like a military excursion with intense planning for avoidance and disinfection, that's tiring. Trying to teach Mother to use FaceTime at ninety seven, over the phone and not in person, is tiring, but she craves some visual contact. Much of life is on hold, and even our weekly food bank deliveries are not permitted. Yes, I'm worried, too many people could be very sick or dead, and so many have lost livelihoods.
Visits to parents have stopped. Both hers and mine are in nursing homes and visitors are not allowed. Otherwise. except no Sunday church service, nothing changed for the wife and me.
Our daughter works at a grocery store, so we don't really have to shop.
We babysit for one of our sons, and the wife keeps up with school work for our daughter's first grader and kindergartner. I do yard work.
Working from home, using zoom for calls and "meetings", cameras on!
My usual routine has me on a plane and away from home two to three days a week. I often work from home otherwise so that part has not been a challenge. It is unusual to work in my home office for, hmmm, 14 days in a row. Very GroundHog Day vibe. I have to say I've sometimes lost track of which day of the week and date it is.
Interesting to note that my days have been exceptionally full of calls and meetings. In a weird way I feel more connected.
Completed a mandatory 14 day quarantine today. Was in a meeting with someone that has subsequently been diagnosed as Covid positive. I am presumed positive. C'est la vie.
It's weird, but my life hasn't changed much. I've been an "essential" employee since I joined the military in 1983, through a fire/EMS career, and now as a forensic investigator. Away from work I'm an introvert. My heart goes out to.all.those who are homebound against their will. We try to look out for the neighborhood. At 55 years old, I'm one of the younger folks in our neck of the woods.
I should've added, it's driving my teens a bit nuts. I worry a bit about .y wife, as she has young Parkinson's disease. But we're good.
Driving for FedEx. Not a damn thing has changed. We deliver critical supplies (trampolines, shoes, basketball hoops). I was oping for a 2+ week vacation when Commie Kate Brown issued her stay at home order. Been working 6 days a week for the last 15 months.
We generally have a good supply of food and sundries always. I've been out shopping or getting drive-through something like four or five times. We are NOT having spin-the-bottle or post-office parties.
We are readers. We have lived through quarantines in the Fifties, and polio warnings. We are okay, Jack.
My state has about 1000 confirmed cases and 7 deaths. General consensus of people I talk to is why are we shutting down the economy for something that will likely kill fewer people than an average flu year. Kids on our street, including mine, play outside all day everyday. I have yet to see toilet paper in the stores, but it can be bought sporadically. I shop when I need something. I go to work 2 days a week and work from home for the rest. I'm a little worried about my mom getting sick. She 73. But she's not worried. Her advice? You can't stop living. She wants the baby tomorrow while my wife and the older ones go fishing. The older ones are staying the night with her after that.
Schools are out for the year. The Bishop closed all masses to the public until at least April 8th (priests are to continue mass), and most or all other churches are closed. All entertainment places are closed by decree and restaurants are pick-up or delivery only.
I'm in a small IT dept. of 4 people and the CIO. We're in a major transportation hub, so we will stay open. Our dept. rotates 1 person in office per day and the boss stays home, just in case. Many other staff are working from home. Maintenance and similar roles have split up shifts. The general goal is to not have everyone get sick at the same time. That would be bad. We have 1 confirmed case at our work. She was very essentail, so her and her dept. were already highly seperated from everyone else. No one else has been reported as sick yet.
My neighbor is a bartender and lost her job. Talked to a self-employed plumber today and he's hurting. I'm more worried about the unemployment and the huge federal debt than 80,000 people possibly dying. I'm reminded of the Groucho quote. "The surgery was a success, but the patient died."
this ^^^ the panic is causing the pandemonium, more so than the virus. I can't help but wonder if Italy being an older (both in history and in average age of population) country with less modern infrastructure (even just spatially, everything is so small and made to fit 500 year old buildings!) if that's contributing to the devastation and cluster**** we're seeing over there.
Here, the screeching halt feels like total overkill. If this stimulus bill gets passed, it'll probably help kickstart the economy for Main Street but at what cost in the long term? The precedent it sets is dangerous, particularly when you factor in a bunch of know-nothing Bernie nouveau-socialistas who'll gleefully take the stimulus checks and argue that socialism does work and this whole episode becomes "evidence" (even though it's not at all that). That scares me a lot more than the virus, even on behalf of my loved ones.
Correction: 248 confirmed cases in OK. I don't know why I said 100. I knew that didn't sound right even as I typed it.
Nothing changes for me. Check cows as usual. By gas at the cardtrol. I don't come in contact with anyone but my wife, brother and his family.
I come and go as I please. My wife misses dining out. She still gets her nails and hair done.
My sister is a small animal vet. Here is what she says, "We have been quite busy here. However, it is a real nuisance. We have to have a staff member get the pet from the car, bring it inside, and all communication is done via cell phone. People have been very understanding, and for the most part, very cheerful about the whole process. Takes a lot longer, though, and can be very frustrating to get enough help, as staff members are tied up holding animals which the owners would have done previously.'
Retired and living in a small community outside of New York City, many homes here are second homes for New Yorkers, and New Jersians. Many have left there primary homes to wait the pandemic out here in the mountains. A little scary for some of us. Just yesterday they closed the commuter bus lines in and out of NYC, you could hear a huge sigh from many here in Pennsylvania. I spend my days, weather permitting, building a Nature Trail around our lake. About five or six of us working together, mostly full time residents, we distance ourselves as much as possible and enjoy the hard work and a few beers at the end of the day. Don't need to shop except for fresh veggies, milk, etc every couple of weeks. This too shall pass. Hang in there everyone and stay healthy.
Self-employed building inspector in Idaho. Continuing to work. Usually had minimal face to face contact with people anyway, so no change there. Local folks are pretty self reliant - most think the panic is an overreaction.
Visited the local grocery store yesterday. Saw a very limited supply toilet paper on the shelves. Rice and pasta are also limited. Everything else seems readily available. They have stopped selling bulk food items that are not indiviiually wrapped.
I think the lock down here will be lifted by April 15th or there about. Fingers crossed.
Get up every morning and the son and I go milk and feed 60 dairy cows and all the young stock, then repair equipment for spring work, in other words, life goes on as normal except when i have to get parts and supplies, good grief, call and look through glass doors, receipts slid through the door crack, crack window enough to slip clip board out for your signature. Then go out to where the supplies are and the guys out there are like ,meh, whatever. Fresh air and sunshine (when we get it), still the best thing, quarantine me and I still will have to milk the cows, people got to eat and the cows will get very sick if i don't
Mine is an essential service so I am still working. I don't have very much direct contact with people, if I need to I will take necessary precautions. I have gloves and a respirator that I can wear. Excercise is: lunges, push-ups, wall squats, jump squats, jump rope, bike riding and walking.
Very little change in our own lives, as we are retired, long used to our own company, and prefer being home to almost every other activity. I have no cause for worry about ourselves, but it's sickening to see the job loss. My tourist town was just beginning to bounce back from a bad hurricane in 2017, so seeing the restaurants and hotels slammed again is hard. My hope is for a fairly short extreme quarantine followed by the "sharp, v-shaped recession" others also are hoping for. At least we have reliable telecommunications, which is better than the storm aftermath, and the local grocery stores are keeping up reasonably well with the demand. My own contact with most of my county always tended to be more by phone and social media than face-to-face anyway, so my job is not much changed. Things feel fragile, though.
Working from home for an Israeli hi-tech company. They gave out laptops long ago as we have offices in the States. But they beefed up the servers. We are out in the country, but my coworkers in the city can use their lunch stipend from work to order food: all restaurants are closed except for takeaway or delivery.
Many of my neighbors and both my adult children are on vacation-without-pay from their jobs. So I am grateful for the income and the daily structure.
Unlike many blase young people, my kids and children-in-law have been spooked by close exposures: some idiot entered my grandson's kindergarten after returing from abroad, and something similar happened to our DIL's mother, who supervises early child care in another city. So they are taking isolation seriously. We video call our grandchildren.
In our small community people still go jogging and take their kids to the park, despite the recently imposed requirement to stay within 100 meters of one's house. I also do yard work - and am grateful that I don't live in an apartment. A recent humorous video circulating Israeli social media shows 2 people disguising themselves as trash bags to take a walk in the city...
Put millions of Jews in one place and you WILL get paranoia. Nobody except my wife listened to the reassurances that there was plenty of food - especially with the big family holiday of Passover approaching. So I joined many in doing my holiday shopping early, including shopping lists for my married kids. Most of us had masks or kerchiefs and surgical gloves. Most food stores have a hand-washing station at the entrance. Some have imposed limits on how many can enter at one time, but I look at the photos of people in Northern climes standing in orderly queues and just laugh...
Passover is in 2 weeks - and even the most non-religious Israelis gather with extended family. This will be a major test of public will/obedience.
I work for an essential service, so I'm working every day. I wash my hands a little more frequently but other than that, I'm not doing much else.
Company wide we've gone to all online meetings, cancelled travel to meetings and those things, but work goes on.
I still go play golf for my exercise.
As with others above we are retired so not much has changed. Because my career kept us, to a large extent, in fairly remote places, we developed the habit of shopping by the month and we still do that. We were in good shape, then, when the panic buying started. Still doing well in that respect as we can hit the geezer hour shopping when we run low. The joke going around in Montana is that the social distancing requirement of six feet seems a might close...but we'll do what we have to.
The Governor just did the lockdown drama but it doesn't seem much different than what we had been doing. Perhaps different for the young and those still able to work. Infection rate rising more rapidly but moreso in some areas than others. Gallatin and Yellowstone counties. Not sure what to make of that. Overall we feel lucky to be in a large low density state. I still get to the woods 5 or 6 times a week and am beginning to see small signs of spring between the snow squalls. I think we'll make it.
No panic. Only changes are not being able to go to the gym or Church. Everyday activity remains the same, prepping for the garden, making forms for the next concrete pour. Get to spend more time with my grown kids.
Am in Honolulu. One son in lockdown in Bay Area. Cannot go outside his apartment. Son here unemployed, both the restaurants he worked at shut down. We are under a lockdown shelter-in-place order until the end of April, subject to extension. Police are stopping people going outside and issuing warnings, citations and arrests if you cannot show valid reason for being out. Tourism industry shut down, all persons coming into Hawaii subject to 14 day quarantine, remaining tourists must stay in their hotel rooms (although most hotels have shut down--we had 40 hotels shut in one day). We have shut down our offices, although trying to keep the law firm operating online, but receipts from clients have dropped to zero. Partners no longer getting draws, we are trying to get enough receipts in that we can still pay employees, or at least keep people on health insurance if we have to furlough them. Grocery stores cleaned out of a lot of items, last time I went no meat, bread, pasta, frozen foods or paper goods. May sound extreme but we are a small isolated group of islands and an out of control increase would be a nightmare. We haven't seen the explosion yet, although cases are steadily increasing.
Here in the Big Sandbox, "working" from home in my employer-provided apartment in the One Owner City in the desert. Our big energy project is down to "essential personnel" who are locked down at the site - not me but I have a company laptop and decent internet. Otherwise, work is slowed overall but the pay is unchanged.
We laid in a full pantry back in early February with first news from Wuhan so run for groceries maybe once a week.
The world's busiest airport in Dubai shutdown as did Abu Dhabi's. There's a 8 pm to 6 am curfew while the government "sanitizes" public areas. Get to hike out in the desert when no one is around.
Wife is completing her house quarantine in a province of the Philippines. She arrived just before they stopped all passenger traffic. I'm sending some extra money so she can help her family members who are unemployed. She's also buying a 50 kg sack of rice to share with her poor neighbors. I won't get to see her until April 15th at the earliest when flights inside the Philippines are expected to resume so she can make it to Manila and then back here - hopefully.
We are under a "Stay Home" order in Vermont. It is challenging. Here is how we are managing at our household: Hunkering Down. Closing quote: "to sum up, we are hunkering down here and we are grateful for our fortunate circumstances. I have plenty of ingredients for making switchel!"