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Welfare check-in: How are people faring with the shelter in place orders?

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I'm starting a new contract on Monday as a (software) test analyst - my work laptop isn't ready yet so I spent a few hours today ensuring (with a bit of help from my new clients IT helpdesk) that I can log on to their vpn from my trusty old desktop. 

Then I did some shutter work and concreting to replace a rotted wooden window sill in our outside loo.

These things are actually more pleasurable without the attraction / distraction of being able to go out to places and meet different people.

I'm starting to get into the lockdown but it's odd that I'll be working on a highly pressured project with people I may never actually meet in person.

Welcome to the oceans in a labelled can
Welcome to the dehydrated lands
Welcome to the self-police parade
Welcome to the neo-golden age
Welcome to the days you've made
You are welcome

Bit of Hawkwind from their golden age!

So thanks for asking, Dave. How are you doing?

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I've been blessed to keep working. I'm a graphic designer so moving my office to home may be an added blessing. More relaxed. When all this blows over I will probably keep working from home since there's no significant benefit to moving back to the office besides fellowship. Connectivity to the office server is painfully slow though.

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Retired for 3 years, on disability, so for me, things haven't really changed. No stimulus cheques, no Emergency Benefit cheque... what I got is what I got. Luckily, it's enough.

I still walk the dogs daily, but the only real differences are very little traffic, and very few people wanting to pet the dogs. I'm a people person, so that took a bit of getting used to.

We've always stocked up when buying groceries and supplies. Years of living paycheque to paycheque taught us how to stretch the funds and minimize the trips. We both know how to cook and bake, so we've got that going for us, which is nice. Lots of booze in stock... :)

The scariest part for me is that my wife is a RN in a long term care home, and with her being immuno-suppressed to a degree and me being compromised in various ways, if she gets the bug, we're in trouble. So... we do all we can to stay safe, which is the best anyone can do.

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2 hours ago, DonW said:

...Bit of Hawkwind from their golden age!

So thanks for asking, Dave. How are you doing?

Man, I'd forgotten all about Hawkwind. So thanks for that.

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Saw them a few times, mainly at the Hammersmith Odeon in the mid / late seventies. Something else!

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I am disabled due to MS so no big change for me. My wife is still working and going to work so we are blessed there. My 15 year old son is out of school for the year doing his work on the computer. We are living in uncertain times and all you can do is live one day at a time and be thankful for what you have and being alive..  Prey it passes soon

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I've been retired for 10 years and the hardest part is having the Mrs. home 24/7. Even the dog is confused. LOL! But we'll all come through this together as long as we be careful and follow the medical guidelines. 

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Pretty much nothing has changed for me, I maintain supermarket refrigeration so the work is still needing to be done when something happens. Kinda been been Same Stuff Different Day.

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We have it better than many.

My wife and I both continue to work.

She has been reduced to teaching her nursing students on line making it much more frustrating and time consuming.

If I had to guess, I would say that she spends upwards of 60 hours a week sitting in front of her computer in conjunction with her job.

 

I am still working in a part time valet position at a local cancer center.

We are no longer parking patient's vehicles, but we are still helping patients in and out of their vehicles, helping to guide them around the building, and helping the nurses now stationed in the entry of the building, with the COVID 19 screening process

I am very lucky to still be working as almost the entire "guest services" staff throughout the entire Sanford Health system has been laid off indefinitely.

It's sad to say, but the patients in our facility are sick and frail enough that my job is still warranted in these tough times.

It's also a little scary because you could say that my job puts me at the very point of the front line and there have been a couple of close calls in recent weeks.

 

It's hard on everyone, but we have been lucky at least with the employment aspect, and we can't complain too much.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

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In addition to the Plague, last Monday morning this area got slammed by an EF-3 tornado, winds estimated at 160 MPH.  I woke up at 3:30 AM with my phone screaming "Tornado Alert - Take Shelter Immediately."

Poked my head out the bedroom door to lightning, thunder and buckets of rain.  I heard a roaring noise that I thought was a train on the nearby tracks.  But was probably the winds from that twister.  It scored a direct hit on the high-voltage transmission lines serving this region.  Over 30,000 people had no power for several days, and some still don't.  The little town closest to me looks like a war zone, with trees, power poles and pieces of buildings scattered around. Only one person was killed as far as we know, a security guard in a plant that had its roof torn off

The weather experts are forecasting more of the same for today, from East Texas to the Carolinas.  Heavy storms, possibility of tornadoes.  So if you live in that area, keep your head down!

 

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5 minutes ago, Jantrix said:

Keeping busy, but sadly not on models.

 

Looks terriific, quite a back yard you have there!

What do you plan to grow?

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I haven't left the house since I returned home from the hospital & rehab after my surgery.  I'm in what is considered the "high Risk" category due to my age and various medical issues so being "sheltered-in-place" is no big deal for me.  I'm waiting for the urge to get back into working on models again.  Also looking forward to being able to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant (Emiliano's) again, whenever that will be.  Thankful that we're staying alive and somewhat healthy.

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1 hour ago, Jantrix said:

Keeping busy, but sadly not on models.

Man, you've got a beautiful place there. Are you off grid?

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1 hour ago, DonW said:

Looks terriific, quite a back yard you have there!

What do you plan to grow?

Nothing fancy, just the simple vegies that the wife and I enjoy. The basics.

19 minutes ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

Man, you've got a beautiful place there. Are you off grid?

Thanks. We are the last home in the canyon with electricity. However, I have a 10 year plan to be off grid by the time the place is paid for. Solar and wind are no brainers here. I've added a 12V solar system for lighting the barn/barnyard that works perfectly. We are getting our first heffer (belted Galloway/Angus crossbreed) this month and another when shes weaned this fall. We will breed them via AI and harvest the babies after two years. I'd really like to be as close to self sustaining as possible, as soon as possible. My wife and I aren't awesome savers/investors, sadly. So this is the retirement plan.

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9 minutes ago, Jantrix said:

Nothing fancy, just the simple vegies that the wife and I enjoy. The basics.

Thanks. We are the last home in the canyon with electricity. However, I have a 10 year plan to be off grid by the time the place is paid for. Solar and wind are no brainers here. I've added a 12V solar system for lighting the barn/barnyard that works perfectly. We are getting our first heffer (belted Galloway/Angus crossbreed) this month and another when shes weaned this fall. We will breed them via AI and harvest the babies after two years. I'd really like to be as close to self sustaining as possible, as soon as possible. My wife and I aren't awesome savers/investors, sadly. So this is the retirement plan.

Good luck in living the dream!

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1 hour ago, DonW said:

Good luck in living the dream!

I've found that it is the dream for some, but for others, not so much. Which I do understand. Not everyone has the fortitude to harvest an animal or the generally icky daily mainteneance, on top of the standard 40 hour grind. a large part of farming is poo management. My biggest goal is just to keep it as small as possible when it comes to animals.

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8 hours ago, Jantrix said:

Keeping busy, but sadly not on models.

 

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Looks like at least your still building . ?

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8 hours ago, Jantrix said:

... a large part of farming is poo management...

Sounds pretty much like life in general to me.  :D

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This staying at home is getting old, and yes I am too. However I thank God as I'm not bed ridden, have my family here, a roof over our heads, and food on our table. So I'm doing well, now if I can finish a model or two???

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I'm retired so I this is not a huge change. Although I miss going to our local casino which is temporarily closed.

I find setting daily goals helps a lot. While having breakfast make a list of what I want to get done.

Keeping trips out of house to minimum. Too many high risk health issues to not be careful venturing out.  When I do go out I wear a mask. Bring something to disinfect my hands from things I've touched. Change clothes when I come home and wash hands. Gonna be a ritual for the future till things come down.

Taking the time to get things done around the house and get some quality modeling time. Dealing with this one day at a time.

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I am still what is called "essential" here in my second career. Still working nights, 8pm to 6am, four days a week. Casinos are shut down, but we still have to ride heard on them. Command switched manpower around and I work alone. That couldn't be better! If something comes up and I need assistance, I call the Highway Patrol to assist. 

My commute time has been halved, I'm using little or no gasoline and life is good so far. 

I have completed three builds and am working on another as we speak. 

My lovely wife is slowly going stir crazy, but her condition is such that any exposure to anything, even the flu, could kill her. We have been exercising great care and for the most part I have done all the shopping. 

We do miss eating out every now and then though.

G

 

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Happy to hear you're doing well Wayne. It was short but so good to meet you in Vegas those many years ago.

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Our daughter says her 4-year-old is acting out because he is not used to having older siblings home every day.  Little kids and pets sometimes have a hard time adapting.

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