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Title: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 07, 2020, 07:47:47 am
Hello Forum members, we have several members who have started a covid-19 thread of their own, but I thought I would start a General thread where we could each share how this covid -19 pandemic is affecting us personally.
For me , and my Son & Daughter , we are all involved in the trucking industry, and therefore are working daily. as many of you know I am a truck driver for FedEx Freight, and although working everyday, the number of businesses that are open are fewer and farther  between ...therefore there are less businesses to pick up from and less freight to deliver, routes are being combined & the talk of layoffs is in the air , I have enough seniority (hopefully) to see me through this time. I can see the sting  of financial difficulties & closures starting to affect people directly.
If your circumstances are good or bad...please with as much cander as you wish ,share with us...we're all in this together 😷
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Steamloco on April 07, 2020, 09:49:04 am
I'm retired so being home a lot is nothing new. Bad part is not getting out to do anything even though I didn't get out much before this hit.
Family things, birthdays, holidays, and all are nixed. Otherwise, I'm in good shape. I'll be glad when this is over and everyone can get back to the "new" normal. There's going to be lasting changes from this.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 07, 2020, 12:21:02 pm
I just made a delivery at a florist,  I really didn't think they would be open , & they weren't. ..but I've learned to always check around back before giving up & I found the owners & completed the delivery. ...they told me they were only allowed to supply flowers for the funeral business. ...and they were busy 😳
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: RedRyder on April 07, 2020, 02:49:42 pm
I have been to my office just once in the last 3 weeks. I went in at 7:15 am, got together what I needed to keep working from home and was out the door before 8:00 am. The regular co-workers usually show en mass from 8:15 to 9:00 am. Things may be very different going forward. I work for UBS Financial Services and they just nearly seamlessly transitioned form 7,000 people coming to offices daily in the U.S. to an average of about 450 people in daily attendance. I have a feeling that every major institution that just made this transition will take a long hard look at their real estate costs and ask themselves why are we paying for all this prime real estate when we might do just fine with half of what we support right now. My point is many of the office jobs have, in a few weeks, been successfully moved to employee's homes. It may very well be the next major trend. I would not want to be an owner of prime office buildings in major cities right now.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 07, 2020, 03:16:41 pm
Good point Gil , I imagine  this time in history is going to be a catalysis for a good many changes
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jim on April 07, 2020, 09:30:30 pm
G'day all, Jenny and I are in day 20 of isolation. We use Zoom each day to talk to our children and grandchildren, they only live a few minutes walk away   :'(

Currently in Stage 3 Statewide lockdown in New South Wales which means no unnecessary being out of the house. Police are stopping people and asking what reasons they have for being on the road, if not in the 'prescribed list' a very hefty fine and/or 6 months jail.

Allowed out to walk for exercise, but not supposed to stop or sit down anywhere.

A few cafe's/restaurants in NSW are still open, but doing takeaways only.

Social distancing, we all have to stay 1.5 metres away from all other people who we don't reside with.

No groups over 2 allowed outdoors (even in your own home) unless they live permanently with you.

Government paying wages to those who aren't working and other massive generous stimulus packages.

Weddings, only can have 5 people. Funerals can have 10.

All sounds very onerous, but so far its put Australia in a good position, but there's no end it sight. If the government take their foot
off the brakes, infections will start to rise and then sky rocket and deaths will rise. Prime Minister has told us to prepare for this for a
long long time (6-18 months).......until 'herd immunity' slowly builds or a vaccine is invented.

Most people are following the restrictions, there's always some Richard Craniums and the police are onto them pretty quick. This 4 day Easter break
is going to be trying as its a time when most Aussies go away for a holiday. The Prime Minister has warned that if the restrictions are ignored it could
be catastrophic for Australia and increase person to person transmissions that aren't traceable.

I'd be lying if I didn't say that from New Years Eve 2020 has been one shitty year.

Please look after yourselves and your precious loved ones everyone. Seeing the worldwide figures of new infections and death totals each day......those figures are chillingly sobering.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 07, 2020, 09:49:21 pm
As I was reading your story Jim , I was thinking about the fires, then floods , and now the deadly virus that has us all on edge to one degree or another,  almost reads of biblical plagues doesn't it 😢
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Maxwell on April 07, 2020, 09:51:55 pm
Bruce, there maybe good news for UPS & Fedex that Amazon decided to stop it’s own delivery carrier.
As for me, working full time from home managing my employees to provide safe reliable utility services without risking their own safety. Two days ago, we got a call from a major hospital adding utility equipment & wing to accommodate the overflow of COVID-19 patients. Had to send a crew in full hazmat protection gear to energize equipment; very difficult to work in full Hazmat suit and do physical work in a very hazardous environment. We got the job done, but the key is to disinfect the hazmat suit very well before taking it off.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jim on April 07, 2020, 10:08:10 pm
As I was reading your story Jim , I was thinking about the fires, then floods , and now the deadly virus that has us all on edge to one degree or another,  almost reads of biblical plagues doesn't it 😢

Just waiting for the locusts Bruce !
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 07, 2020, 10:10:13 pm
Very interesting Mike, I've always thought to myself  (when I see folks in full hazmat suits) that it must be very difficult to work in those outfits,  glad you folks got the work done at the hospital. ..heroic work imho👍.
As an aside ,FedEx discontinued their association with Amazon awhile back , Amazon is a notoriously ruthless customer. ..paying little for delivery services & using they're massive shipping volume as leverage, UPS is having the same problem with them now.. only making mere pocket change per package , USPS is in the same trap,  Pres Trump mentioned today (with the proposed Dem, bailout of the post office) that the post office should quite hauling Amazon pkgs. for cheap.
Just a little shipping insider info.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 07, 2020, 10:12:24 pm
As I was reading your story Jim , I was thinking about the fires, then floods , and now the deadly virus that has us all on edge to one degree or another,  almost reads of biblical plagues doesn't it 😢

Just waiting for the locusts Bruce !
I'm hoping we don't get to the 1st born Son 😢
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Scalex on April 07, 2020, 11:10:04 pm
Hi guys  I have not posted for a long time  been  busy with life work and  kids growing up to fast but Covid 19 has seen us in lockdown here in New Zealand my work is closed  and  unfortunately won't start again until lockdown is over so two weeks in and I have  repainted most of inside of my house  and  yesterday I steamed one of my  Jensens for the first time in ages  it was great fun and with 2-3 weeks of lockdown to go there should be many more steamings. Stay safe out there  everyone.
Regards Andrew
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 08, 2020, 06:06:38 am
Hi guys  I have not posted for a long time  been  busy with life work and  kids growing up to fast but Covid 19 has seen us in lockdown here in New Zealand my work is closed  and  unfortunately won't start again until lockdown is over so two weeks in and I have  repainted most of inside of my house  and  yesterday I steamed one of my  Jensens for the first time in ages  it was great fun and with 2-3 weeks of lockdown to go there should be many more steamings. Stay safe out there  everyone.
Regards Andrew
Hello again Andrew, it is good to hear from you , I hope you all continue to stay well & safe, I remember you having probably one of the finest collections of Jensen's in New Zealand....sometimes we just need to pull em' off the shelf and fire them up , that rekindles the memories & fun all over again.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Scorpion2nz on April 08, 2020, 01:54:38 pm
Well I  ( like Scalex ) am a Kiwi here in New  Zealand
Yes we are in a lockdown but i think to many are not taking it serious enough.
I am still working as I am a Farmer .
It is the perfect storm here for us .
We have a Fairly serious drought here in NZ this summer and autumn
Normally we send fat lambs to works to feed the world but take off at other end is slow .
Works are going slow as workers are spaced apart so the kill chain is slowed down.
So we have extra mouths to feed on farm and having to buy in feed ( a rare occurrence here for us )
Due to drought we have dried milking cows off ( 2 months early )  i have less spare time now as more feeding
out on top of usual jobs .
The boss is in his 70s and his wife have MS bad ( wheel chair hoist etc ) they are both vulnerable if CV 19 gets them .
My wife is prone to serious chest infections due to complications of Premature birth.
 This leaves me to be gopher  for groceries and farm supplies so no enforced holiday for me .
I have done 1 grocery foray ( a lot of shelves were bare )and 2 farm supply trips since lock down started .
Bonus is I am still getting paid .
Down side ?? Wife getting a bit touchy as can not go out and two house bound teenage daughters !!!!
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Empire man 202 on April 08, 2020, 08:47:18 pm
Yea Boss we're all in this together Glad you still have work to do and hope every one still has some to do we will get through this in time my prayers go out to the whole world friends or foe at this time. we are still hunker down at the farm kids and grandkids every one but my wife Alison she is working in the E R back home she said its not to bad yet I hope it stays that way. we have been here almost 30 days now ant saw anybody so far . Good luck and prayers to every one
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Belugawhaleman on April 08, 2020, 09:19:29 pm
Well, I'm at home mostly. I'm out occasionally for errands; food, pharmacy, Ace Hardware etc. As long as I have
no symptoms or fever I'll visit mom twice a week. My old workshop is at mom's and I spent some time there preparing
for my Empire B30 chimney project. I've been eating too much, sleeping too little, and watching too much television.
I have,however,been reading a lot which I enjoy and is a much healthier and productive pursuit than my other endeavors. Tomorrow, I have a "telephone office visit" with my doctor scheduled. This will be odd as he is not much
of a talker......I predict a lot of awkward silence followed by a promise to visit again in 3 months and feelings of
Little accomplished. Anyway...... I hope you all,and your loved ones are fine. Mine are, thank God. I hope the world
pulls through this weird situation.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jasper on April 08, 2020, 09:41:11 pm
Positive side is springtime and construction workers and farmers are very busy. Flowers blooming and lawn mowers are running. My immediate neighbors seem healthy .
Negative side is robbery and some criminal activity in urban areas up 20%. Gangs are wearing medical style face mask and rushing businesses to rob and loot. Gangstas are open firing in many driveby shootings in what is normal revenge kills. Social justice community activist are asking for more early release from jails and are questioning if the virus is racist. Today a USPS mail truck was hijacked at gunpoint.
State Health officials are saying the next week may be the pandemic surge. Several nursing homes have been hard hit with 15-20 workers infected and several patients deceased.National Guard has been called and US Army Corp of Engineers is converting some local motels to extra hospital beds. Several law enforcement and many public transit drivers have tested positive. A school bus driver helping give food to kids died of the virus. Next 10 days will be interesting . One final sign of hope is that 40 infected patients who had been hospitalized were allowed to go home today.




Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 08, 2020, 09:59:12 pm
Well, I'm at home mostly. I'm out occasionally for errands; food, pharmacy, Ace Hardware etc. As long as I have
no symptoms or fever I'll visit mom twice a week. My old workshop is at mom's and I spent some time there preparing
for my Empire B30 chimney project. I've been eating too much, sleeping too little, and watching too much television.
I have,however,been reading a lot which I enjoy and is a much healthier and productive pursuit than my other endeavors. Tomorrow, I have a "telephone office visit" with my doctor scheduled. This will be odd as he is not much
of a talker......I predict a lot of awkward silence followed by a promise to visit again in 3 months and feelings of
Little accomplished. Anyway...... I hope you all,and your loved ones are fine. Mine are, thank God. I hope the world
pulls through this weird situation.
thanks for the encouraging words Paul , I have my 3 mo. Visit coming up with my doctor at the end of the month & kind of wondered how it might come off.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jim on April 08, 2020, 11:50:44 pm
I had my 'telephone consultation' with my Doctor this morning and my Doctor then forwarded all my prescriptions to the pharmacy and an hour later Jenny and I were able to drive into town and when there, telephone the chemist and said we were outside and one of the ladies brought it out wearing gloves and a mask and dropped it into a bag that I was holding opened.

Worked well.

Then went and did the same for 4 litres of undercoat from the paint shop (doing lots of odd jobs in lockdown!) and the same in the autoparts shop.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Belugawhaleman on April 09, 2020, 12:55:58 am
Well, I'm at home mostly. I'm out occasionally for errands; food, pharmacy, Ace Hardware etc. As long as I have
no symptoms or fever I'll visit mom twice a week. My old workshop is at mom's and I spent some time there preparing
for my Empire B30 chimney project. I've been eating too much, sleeping too little, and watching too much television.
I have,however,been reading a lot which I enjoy and is a much healthier and productive pursuit than my other endeavors. Tomorrow, I have a "telephone office visit" with my doctor scheduled. This will be odd as he is not much
of a talker......I predict a lot of awkward silence followed by a promise to visit again in 3 months and feelings of
Little accomplished. Anyway...... I hope you all,and your loved ones are fine. Mine are, thank God. I hope the world
pulls through this weird situation.
thanks for the encouraging words Paul , I have my 3 mo. Visit coming up with my doctor at the end of the month & kind of wondered how it might come off.


I hope all goes will with your doctor's visit Bruce.
My visits are uneventful because I usually have so little to report. My doctor is really quite good an gets my prescriptions
to my pharmacy straight away.........It's just that he's so quiet! At times it's a bit unnerving. Anyway, despite my tendency towards being .........well, fat, I'm healthy enough and have little to complain about...healtwise that is.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Belugawhaleman on April 09, 2020, 12:58:14 am
I had my 'telephone consultation' with my Doctor this morning and my Doctor then forwarded all my prescriptions to the pharmacy and an hour later Jenny and I were able to drive into town and when there, telephone the chemist and said we were outside and one of the ladies brought it out wearing gloves and a mask and dropped it into a bag that I was holding opened.

Worked well.

Then went and did the same for 4 litres of undercoat from the paint shop (doing lots of odd jobs in lockdown!) and the same in the autoparts shop.


Sounds  like great service Jim. I hope you and yours are doing well!
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jim on April 09, 2020, 01:14:31 am
Thanks Paul, yes it worked really well. I hope they continue this way when this pandemic is over!

Stay safe and yes mate I'm watching my weight as well....its hard to not overeat and I'm fat enough already!

Someone sent me this earlier today, it gave me a chuckle.....I've cleaned up the F bomb.

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Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Woe is me on April 09, 2020, 08:10:58 am
  In some ways I'm a little more fortunate than others, and in some ways, less.  Being single with no kids leaves a person plenty of opportunities to do what you want, when you want to. Like hunting and fishing. Being locked up alone sucks. Don't get me wrong, I love kids, playing on the floor with em. Taking them out by the flowers and pointing thing out like insects and the patterns in flowers and nature. I love to see the long stare of awe and wonder in their eye's as their imagination is opened for the first time,,,, and for a lifetime. I always looked forward to the Big 3 Holidays, Thanksgiving,Christmas, and Easter. The family gets together for fun and games, good food, and reflecting.  Thanksgiving, no problems, Christmas had a hiccup. The niece who's house we gather at was surprised by her in-laws a month before, that they're all going to Florida for Christmas. The rest of us decided to wait and due to scheduling problems, have it on the 11th of Jan. and that fell through do to the flue. Well there's always Easter.  We can't even go to church.

 We all keep in touch, we're all healthy so far. I worry the most about my niece in Wyandotte Michigan, Detroit area. She's a healthcare worker who goes to peoples houses to check on them. Some are known to have been exposed, some not. She is one of the workers you here about who has to use supplies over and over and over because of the shortages. Her husband is in the physical therapy and sports medicine business. Well with no sports, his work load is way down so he stays home more with their kids. Three girls, 6, 4, and 2. I worry the most for those five. They're in Michigan's hot spot.

I'm well, and my yard is looking good since I raked and dethatched. I just hope the neighbors dogs don't like it, they're a strange bunch.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GGnY90GjWE



Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: jkbixby on April 09, 2020, 08:32:36 am
Things have changed for me, not necessarily for the worse, in that since I take care of the maintenance and nighttime building security at our community church my workload has decreased quite a bit - truth is it wasn't a lot to begin with but is a necessary evil that takes a couple of hours/trips a day. However, it's really sad that the only folks there every day now is our senior pastor and the secretary, not the normal bunch of folks for worship, bible study, meetings, fellowshipping in general - I even miss all the different sports teams that have their meals/meetings in our hall (and sometimes make a little extra work for the janitor and me). The pastors with help are putting out almost daily emails and have YouTube/facebook videos a couple of times a week but it's just not the same. I and a lot of our folks are looking forward to an end to this so we can get back to normal as I know folks all over the world are. Oh, and I'm looking forward to a haircut - at this rate it's looks like I might have a homemade butch cut or a ponytail in the not too distant future, neither of which would be my first choice.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Dr.Rev.DelmarMacReady on April 09, 2020, 09:08:08 am
I'm a bit of an isolationist anyway, so this wasn't a big hit personally. (Thers a difference between lonely and alone) Work is off, but hey- more time to work on things I WANT to work on. The worst part is being unable to check on my 96 y.o. grandmother and my Ma other than by phone. I worry about my older brother and his family, but they are in a rural area, and learned well from my father to BE PREPARED.

Bruce- thanks to you and your fellow teamsters for helping keep this nation running. You guys are taking risks every day so we can all stay at home and be safe. I'm obliged to you all.

I've wondered when the thieves would come out around here...though likely they will stay away from me. I've made it quite clear to the local meth heads they will not walk away from my property- they will be catfish bait.

All this talk is a downer. I'm gonna go work in the shop, and get a smile back on my face.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 09, 2020, 09:23:01 pm
Very interesting insight from many different places & people, I thank you all for a peak into your own situations. FedEx decided to close down because of Good Friday (they have never done that before) do to low freight levels, hence I get a 3 day weekend out of it.  I have 2 Jensen plants that I hope to finish tomorrow...& maybe my latest EBay box of a hodgepodge of goodies including the 1950's Jensen #55 engine will show up, I intend to bring you all in on the opening of the box & a quick glimpse of the contents 😊👍
Please feel free to add to this thread folks, it's therapeutic .
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jim on April 09, 2020, 09:46:14 pm
A Happy Easter to one and all, please stay safe.

This is the quietest Good Friday that I have ever known.

We just did a 'Corona Birthday' for our youngest son Tom. With the lockdown, we aren't a allowed to visit....even family.

Jenny and I got in our car and oldest son Jamie and Haylee and two children James and Ruby got into their car and we pulled into Tom & Jemma's driveway
and started to beep (blast) our horns. Out came a surprised Tom (Jemma knew in advance) and we popped streamers and poppers out the car windows and all sang Happy Birthday
obeying the social distancing laws :)

Left poor Tom to clean up all the streamers when we drove off :)

We have a Zoom (online video meeting) get together for the whole family planned for 4.00pm this afternoon and Tom will blow out candles on his cake that Jemma has made for him.

How much we take for granted, this pandemic is making me appreciate the small things in life that its easy to miss being so busy and focused on things that don't always matter all that much.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Stoker on April 09, 2020, 09:51:42 pm
Well I hate to admit it but I've been taking lessons from the cats and just pretty much lay around all day. Reading a lot, mostly in the morning, taking care of chores like taking out the trash, emptying the catch bucket and bringing in the wood, along with a whole lot of not much else.

I have just finished reworking an alidade that didn't need too much reworking, but as soon as the whether actually clears up and settles down, I'll take it out and check its calibration by performing a two peg test with it. Its a self indexing model that is sort of the last gasp of the optical/mechanical type of map making surveying instrument that plotted our world as we know it ..... but no more in this new digital age. I actually far prefer much older instruments, but figured I needed a representative sample of the end of the line as well.

I did get up to this scene this morning:

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Which quickly altered to this as the day wore on:

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Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 10, 2020, 05:43:13 am
A Happy Easter to one and all, please stay safe.

This is the quietest Good Friday that I have ever known.


How much we take for granted, this pandemic is making me appreciate the small things in life that its easy to miss being so busy and focused on things that don't always matter all that much.
I agree with that whole heartedly Jim, having much the same thoughts myself...
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Woe is me on April 10, 2020, 06:59:34 am
Well I hate to admit it but I've been taking lessons from the cats and just pretty much lay around all day.


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Gee Stoker, with a view like that out the back door, laying around is all I would want to do. In a hammock, with a drink, and a smoke, a good smoke. ::)
  Stay safe.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Damnfmaschine on April 10, 2020, 07:51:42 am
As I was reading your story Jim , I was thinking about the fires, then floods , and now the deadly virus that has us all on edge to one degree or another,  almost reads of biblical plagues doesn't it 😢

Just waiting for the locusts Bruce !

They are waiting for their turn after the army worms Jim.....
https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-04-01/fall-armyworm-outbreak-in-multiple-northern-territory-regions/12110308
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Nick on April 10, 2020, 08:51:45 am
Army worms are terrible!! We get them every so many years at our cabin
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jim on April 10, 2020, 06:56:13 pm
Youngest son Tom did a COVID-19 skit for his birthday yesterday :)


https://youtu.be/XFtxZTEF0xA
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Stoker on April 10, 2020, 07:51:05 pm
Ha ha!

Very glad to see you folks haven't lost your sense of humor ....  even after all that you have been through!!!
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jim on April 10, 2020, 08:35:06 pm
Ha ha!

Very glad to see you folks haven't lost your sense of humor ....  even after all that you have been through!!!

It was a funny Daniel and great to have a smile :)

Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 10, 2020, 10:06:31 pm
Ha ha!

Very glad to see you folks haven't lost your sense of humor ....  even after all that you have been through!!!

It was a funny Daniel and great to have a smile :)
Love it....you folks ROCK !
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Roscoe on April 11, 2020, 08:36:40 am
Like to send a big THANKS to all the front line workers out there sacrificing there health to keep the rest of us safe. To all the Doctors,Nurses and all those in the health care industry on the front lines risking it all sometimes with there own life’s. To all the Truck Drivers delivering food & goods necessary to keep us alive. The Pharmacist, Grocers,Baggers,Police,Fire and First Responders and my pizza delivery guy. My daughter & sister-in-law are both nurses and I can’t explain how afraid I am for them other than it leaves a pit in my stomach. For this I & THE NATION THANK YOU ALL!!!
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Raphael on April 11, 2020, 08:54:12 am
Bonjour,
I work as IT project manager in a public administration which has been clever enough to imagine that the workspace could be mobile, so we started last year to give a laptop to all the agents. Morality; we are able to telecommute and ensure 100% of our activities while being confined to the home.

It is very weird to work and live in the same place, so, despite the fact I am confined, I manage tp find some room and some time to escape in my passion:
https://youtu.be/Wzb2Y0TZU1U
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Woe is me on April 11, 2020, 09:10:06 am
For everyone's sake and especially your's Raphael lets get through this. I singled you out Raphael because that is a crappy way to have to
steam up a boat.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Woe is me on April 11, 2020, 11:50:26 am
Army worms are terrible!! We get them every so many years at our cabin


Army worms?  What are those? Never heard of them.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 11, 2020, 01:10:16 pm
Army worms are terrible!! We get them every so many years at our cabin


Army worms?  What are those? Never heard of them.
Same here, not really familiar with them ?
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Nick on April 11, 2020, 04:11:02 pm
Army worms are terrible!! We get them every so many years at our cabin


Army worms?  What are those? Never heard of them.
Same here, not really familiar with them ?

They are a yellow striped worm that later turns into a moth. A lake that I visit every year gets them and they travel around the lake to a different section each year and make it full circle every 6-7 years. It's easy to spot where they currently are because they strip all the leaves off the trees. One year they were so bad you could't even see the car tires through them and it looked like the wheels were moving on parked cars. Thankfully they don't carry the coronavirus ;) at least not that I know of! :D

(https://www.officeofsteamforum.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fentnemdept.ufl.edu%2Fcreatures%2Fveg%2Fleaf%2Fyellowstriped_armyworm01.jpg&hash=228472f949ad5fe2df8c6e3ee12dfa70451fd34d)
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 11, 2020, 04:48:26 pm
looks like what we called Catawba Worm around here, great for fishing & my Grandma used to have a tree that leaned out over the pond & it was great fishing in the spot cause all the fish knew that as well  ;)
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Woe is me on April 11, 2020, 05:06:42 pm
Yeah we have something similar but  with tufts of hair on them called "Tent worms".  They are every year and usually by poplars.
 They build nests in the crotches of young trees and bushes.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Billy on April 11, 2020, 07:08:45 pm
Those worms look like Gypsy moth caterpillars. There was a huge outbreak in CT when I was a kid back around 1980. They were absolutely everywhere. You'd hear them popping as cars drove down the street.. Not a pleasant time.

Billy
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: CBWho on April 12, 2020, 12:01:53 am
For my family, there has been levels of cabin fever. Luckily, we can have groceries delivered but it's difficult to delivery windows since they are so busy. Having the little boy at home 24x7 gets stressful as both mommy and I are trying to work from home at same time.
I already work from home in analytics on a laptop (smaller office closed years ago to save $$) but our transactions are way down so top brass is freaking out. Been extremely busy on emergency work projects due to the down turn. In my area, people do go for walks and for drives. Some people seem to take it very serious some not (Target parking lot was packed and when I drove by I didn't see mask wearing...)

I never have lots of free time but now I have even less... A lot less... But at least I am fully employed...
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Belugawhaleman on April 14, 2020, 01:19:04 am
Just ran out of Denatured alcohol for my engines. Should I go to Ace Hardware or not?  :-\
I have electrically heated engines and gas fired engines but they just don't have the allure of
meths fired engines.  I'll wear a mask and gloves and go to buy some. To me it's a necessary
Item.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jim on April 15, 2020, 10:22:17 pm
Do many people in the U.S think like these protesters?

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/protest-for-people-sick-and-tired-of-coronavirus-lockdown-in-michigan-20200416-p54kby.html#comments
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Nick on April 15, 2020, 10:31:09 pm
Do many people in the U.S think like these protesters?

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/protest-for-people-sick-and-tired-of-coronavirus-lockdown-in-michigan-20200416-p54kby.html#comments

To be honest, besides many being out of work, life isn't that much different in my area at the moment... a few less people at the stores and more wearing masks, but everyone is still out and about... Our Minnesota stay at home order is kind of pointless, you're still free to do what you want. They have given a few fines/tickets, but they have only been added on to other fines. Say you get a DUI, they add on a fine for breaking the stay at home order. So no protesting here yet...
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story
Post by: Jasper on April 15, 2020, 10:47:05 pm
Do many people in the U.S think like these protesters?

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/protest-for-people-sick-and-tired-of-coronavirus-lockdown-in-michigan-20200416-p54kby.html#comments
Yes. Many people still believe the USA has both a Constitution and a Bill of Rights too. We started the country protesting the tax on tea ... seemed like little thing , kinda grew into bigger issues.
https://babylonbee.com/news/china-impressed-by-michigan-governors-totalitarian-policies
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Belugawhaleman on April 16, 2020, 12:48:45 am
I don't know what the stay at home policies of the State of Illinois are  exactly but my life also hasn't
changed that much either. I mean, I still go as I please and have only just started wearing a mask. I visit mom
twice a week and still no authorities have tried  to stop me on the road. Yes, I think many feel the way the folks in Michigan feel ,but I haven't seen any other protests outside of Michigan.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 16, 2020, 06:16:44 am
The protest have started, on a very small scale, I suppose its to be expected the longer this quarantine goes on, as small business people see their livelihood go down the drain , they feel very frustrated. I myself believe there can be a happy medium somewhere more towards the middle.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Dr.Rev.DelmarMacReady on April 16, 2020, 08:00:09 am
I wish there was a bit more common sense involved in this protest. It is awful being out of work, but it ain't so great taking a life-robbing easily transmittable virus to my mother or grandmother. Having a tantrum won't make this go away any quicker, only safe practices.

Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: crazydoug on April 16, 2020, 12:28:49 pm
I used to wonder where protesters found the time to protest, i was always too busy making a living to go off protesting. At least now i know they have the time cause they are off work, but i would still find other things to do. I am semi-retired, and although self employed I no longer have any employees, so life has not changed much for the wife and I. We go to work, even if we are only selling to online customers at this time. Then we go home, watch a little more TV than we normally do, then it's out to the shop. We did miss not getting together with our son for Easter though. Small town life means no lines at the P.O. or the Dollar General ever, so social distancing is not much of a problem. We do seem to be buying online more rather than go out, plus many businesses are closed anyhow.
I see some friends have started receiving their covid -19 checks from the gov't. I do feel the big cities are far more effected both physically, socially, and economically, and I pray for all those who are so much more effected than myself.
Now, it's back out to the shop to work on my current engine build.
i sure hope we will get to go to some engine shows this season-fingers crossed!
crazydoug
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Nick on April 16, 2020, 01:18:43 pm
i sure hope we will get to go to some engine shows this season-fingers crossed!
crazydoug

My fingers are crossed too! Steam School was cancelled for me and the earliest show I go to (beginning of June) has already been cancelled  :-\
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Woe is me on April 16, 2020, 02:32:52 pm
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Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jasper on April 16, 2020, 04:22:41 pm
I wish there was a bit more common sense involved in this protest. It is awful being out of work, but it ain't so great taking a life-robbing easily transmittable virus to my mother or grandmother. Having a tantrum won't make this go away any quicker, only safe practices.
I like the old Thomas Paine version of Common Sense and The Rights of Man.
Perhaps you are aware that some of the news stories, like the one Jim referenced , are heavily biased and do not contain the complete reasons for those peaceful and orderly protest?  Imagine if you took your mom and grandmother on Easter Sunday to attend a religious service in the parking lot of a church. Stayed in the car . Then you and your family was arrested and jailed as criminals ?  Or maybe mom and grandma buy seeds for their garden and get thrown in jail for disobeying an order of the governor. . Or maybe your mom wants to have her hair done but the mayor forbids it (the same mayor thenhypocritically goes out to her own hair stylist). What if some authoritarian politician was seeking media attention, grandstanding, and even pursues higher political office and forbade your mom and grandmother from getting a valid medical prescription from their family doctor ? Or forbade you to go visit them at their house under penalty of arrest?  Would it be a “tantrum” to stand peacefully in protest and remind the media and government that you are willing to work together but you do not want be deemed criminals by an overly zealous authoritarian regime. Ok, so maybe your mom and grandma wouldn’t do serious jail time. Maybe some “re-education” camp for the old folks. Common Sense Camp in iron letters over the entry gate. Re-education work camps are quite popular in some parts of the world.
I live near Ferguson,  Missouri. I have seen how outright media lies and a radical government agenda can set an American city on fire. I have seen rioters (aka protesters) loot , burn, and threaten the innocent.
 I truly wish this horrid plague does not drive us further into anarchy .
I don't mean to bust your b#lls on this thread. Just trying to show what’s missing in biased news propaganda. God Bless you for taking care of your mom and grandmother, I wish mine were still around.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: classixs on April 16, 2020, 05:17:17 pm
Just got this in a FB message, and found it pretty fitting at the moment  :)

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Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jim on April 16, 2020, 05:36:34 pm
There's been some rumblings that people have lost their freedoms here in Australia, but for the most people are ok with it because its helped keep our death toll and infections really low.

There's always a few aholes though, very confronting to read that a minority of the younger think its a baby boomer disease only. Even going so far as to call it the "Boomer Remover" along with comments like
"the baby boomers have locked up all the real estate and houses and it will be good for them to be thinned out to allow us into the market". Thankfully, those with such thoughts seem to be in the majority and they mustn't have parents, uncles, aunts or grandparents that they cherish.

Our Prime Minister is talking of lowering restrictions in four weeks, with the knowledge that if infections rise quickly, we will go back to these same restrictions. He's preparing us for the long haul until a vaccine is made. There will be no herd immunity for Australia, social distancing will be the new norm for a long long time.

Stay safe everyone, seeing the worldwide numbers each morning, the deaths and infections are just staggering.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Woe is me on April 16, 2020, 05:55:51 pm
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Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 16, 2020, 06:21:28 pm
Being in that I started this thread and knowing a bit about our policies,  I feel its time to center the topic back to what we're  all going through on a daily  basis , and not " who's to blame". I just finished running my route for FedEx freight today as a truck driver, delivering and picking up goods like I always do , I interact with dozens of people's daily, washing my hands more than frequently. while driving today I heard President Trump call truck drivers hero's. ..I am NOT a hero...just an average guy doing his job...along with millions of other people who still have to (required to) earn a living. 😉👍
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jim on April 16, 2020, 06:57:07 pm
I heard President Trump call truck drivers hero's. ..I am NOT a hero...just an average guy doing his job...along with millions of other people who still have to (required to) earn a living. 😉👍

I reckon the average people like yourself that are keeping the countries of the world running are the hero's of this pandemic Bruce.

Me, I'm holed up inside our home riding this out (and it looks like its going to be a long time) I'm not doing anything positive for the country (except hopefully not getting the virus and keeping a hospital bed freed up).

The figures below are just from the last 24 hours (yesterday) its hero's like yourself on the front line that are keeping people holed up at home in food, medicine etc etc

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Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jim on April 16, 2020, 07:08:46 pm
Around 20 years ago, Jenny and I spent ages stripping back paint from a lot of furniture pieces and staining and refinishing them.

Forward 20 years and Jenny and I are now sanding back these same pieces of furniture to get a nice keyed finish for the four coats of sealer, primer, undercoat and top colour.

I've learned to cook some very good spicey vegetable dishes.

I even fold and put away my clothes now instead of just throwing them on the floor.

I need to get some new music, we've listened to everything a LOT now.

The dogs always look buffed and polished with the twice weekly baths....(they run when they know what's about to happen).

The SUV looks great polished and the tyres blackened and wheels shined.

Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Belugawhaleman on April 16, 2020, 07:16:30 pm
Zip

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Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 16, 2020, 07:18:30 pm
I actually believed I am fortunate to be able to get out everyday & go to work, I would certainly get many projects finished up & am a bit Jelous of not being "forced" to stay home, although things are different in many ways, my day still remains more normal than I expected it to be (so far)  :)
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Dr.Rev.DelmarMacReady on April 17, 2020, 08:52:27 am
I wish there was a bit more common sense involved in this protest. It is awful being out of work, but it ain't so great taking a life-robbing easily transmittable virus to my mother or grandmother. Having a tantrum won't make this go away any quicker, only safe practices.
I like the old Thomas Paine version of Common Sense and The Rights of Man.
Perhaps you are aware that some of the news stories, like the one Jim referenced , are heavily biased and do not contain the complete reasons for those peaceful and orderly protest?  Imagine if you took your mom and grandmother on Easter Sunday to attend a religious service in the parking lot of a church. Stayed in the car . Then you and your family was arrested and jailed as criminals ?  Or maybe mom and grandma buy seeds for their garden and get thrown in jail for disobeying an order of the governor. . Or maybe your mom wants to have her hair done but the mayor forbids it (the same mayor thenhypocritically goes out to her own hair stylist). What if some authoritarian politician was seeking media attention, grandstanding, and even pursues higher political office and forbade your mom and grandmother from getting a valid medical prescription from their family doctor ? Or forbade you to go visit them at their house under penalty of arrest?  Would it be a “tantrum” to stand peacefully in protest and remind the media and government that you are willing to work together but you do not want be deemed criminals by an overly zealous authoritarian regime. Ok, so maybe your mom and grandma wouldn’t do serious jail time. Maybe some “re-education” camp for the old folks. Common Sense Camp in iron letters over the entry gate. Re-education work camps are quite popular in some parts of the world.
I live near Ferguson,  Missouri. I have seen how outright media lies and a radical government agenda can set an American city on fire. I have seen rioters (aka protesters) loot , burn, and threaten the innocent.
 I truly wish this horrid plague does not drive us further into anarchy .
I don't mean to bust your b#lls on this thread. Just trying to show what’s missing in biased news propaganda. God Bless you for taking care of your mom and grandmother, I wish mine were still around.

To my knowledge, no arrests are being made in my area for doing any of those things, and in fact quite The opposite. Churches were encouraged to have drive thru services. I have already been to purchase my spring plantings and seeds(no police involved), and at least one barber shop is opening in defiance of the DoH order to close.
These clowns were just rubbing around in each other scream spittle. Hard pass, thanks.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Nick on April 17, 2020, 08:57:59 am
I have already been to purchase my spring plantings and seeds(no police involved)

I bought all of my seeds about a month ago because I was worried about the stores running out... I have a feeling there will be a lot more gardens planted this year. I usually wait till May to buy my seeds and get them at half price when the stores clearance them out and I plant on Memorial weekend so I don't have to worry about any freezing at night. I think I will plant a little earlier this year and may have to cover a few things with sheets at night.

I did see a video of a Wal-Mart in Michigan where the garden center was roped off, but nothing like that here yet... I also live two houses away from a local flower shop that I buy all my tomato/pepper plants from and they have now opened back up as they are considered "essential" along with the mowing/landscaping businesses.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: jkbixby on April 17, 2020, 09:52:33 am
A friend of ours sells hay to a fellow in Michigan. When he came down to pick up a load with his truck and trailer he was stopped and fined $750.00 for trying to cross the border - unbelievable! I'm not a farmer like these guys but I'm sure he needed it to keep things going - Michigan seems to be taking this a little too far.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Stoker on April 17, 2020, 10:45:01 am
Covid free ..... for a few hours!


Well today marks my 14th day of sequestration, so I can say that I'm virus free at this point.

However, today I also must go to town to pick up a prescription for my Lady, as well as check the mail for the CSD I hold offices for, so my quarantine clock will then have to be reset.

Damn!

Should probably hit the grocery store while I'm down, as we are now nearly out of all produce and perishables, but actually still have plenty of good food in the freezer along with canned and dry goods, so will likely hold off for a couple of weeks or more yet. Which will again reset my quarantine clock just as I have completed another proper quarantine.

Oh Hell ................... Oh Well .... here we go again!!!

Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Jasper on April 17, 2020, 11:39:04 am
Dr. Rev —- all the hypothetical scenarios I used were based on actual events that folks were ‘protesting’ . From Michigan, Kentucky, Nevada , Chicago etc, people are very disturbed that some politicians and leaders are “never letting a crisis go to waste”. ( I can cite them by reference) I remember a while back when some innocent kid was falsely labeled and berated by the media as a smirking clown because some guy banged and chanted with a drum around him. I have seen first hand all hell break loose in a once peaceful community, it is almost unbelievable to wake up one day and wonder if the press or some activist has labeled you an ‘enemy’ to solely advance their agenda. I truly hope you and yours stay safe and free. I hope that we can get along despite our perspectives .

I choose to read both virus  ‘crisis’ perspectives of the reactive media spectrum by perusing MSNBC and Huffington Post then the opposite perspective of Breitbart News (or the Gateway Pundit) .  The middle ground is becoming a no-mans-land. Our local TV press is a mixture of virus case tallies (thousands infected and growing still) and sad daily death reports (slowing a bit) Not extreme, but very sad. My good friend a local physician has just come down with the virus and is in quarantine. He was working so hard for his patients that he got over stressed and exhausted. I pray for his recovery. My daughter works in law enforcement, they are being over-stressed severely. I worry so much for her because she is so accident prone. She survived many risky military missions years back , only to get badly injured on a disaster recovery mission as she exited a Blackhawk helicopter. Hit by unknown object is what her teammates kidded her her with. She gets her clumsyness  from me.

I admit I am getting itchy about getting hit with unknown objects now too .... just anxious I think . I think i will go in the basement  bunker and see if I can get my wooden steam engine working. I will try to post pics if i do.


Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Dr.Rev.DelmarMacReady on April 17, 2020, 04:28:13 pm
No argument there are people high above my pay grade taking great advantage of this- as it always has been. Sadly, mankind for the most part is a self-centered pr*ck.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 21, 2020, 11:46:42 am
I was just thinking, after I left the Honda plant in Greensburg In. just now...they have been running a skeleton crew for the last 3 weeks , now they have laid all those people off & there is just one bone in the skeleton left working, this plant "had" over 2,300 people employed 😨
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Stoker on April 21, 2020, 12:50:52 pm
Sad for all those workers, but makes me glad to be out of the workforce at this point. However, I may find that I need to go back to work when the realities of this unimaginably huge "Relief Package" hits the economy, and my fixed income, in the form of inflation, interest on the national debt and the taxes that logic dictates will be needed to keep the guberment afloat.

This will certainly all be very interesting to see unfold!
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Empire man 202 on April 21, 2020, 01:14:20 pm
Wow boss That's bad and getting worse . We ant been out in the world in over 35 days now but from watching the news it don't look good . But we have one good glimmer of hope if anybody can pull the economy back together I think god and trump are the best to for the job
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: RedRyder on April 21, 2020, 03:42:57 pm
The governor of Connecticut says he will sign an executive order keeping the state closed until at least May 20th.


I have been working from home for about 5 weeks. My computer situation turned out as convenient as imaginable given the current situation.
When this started I was nearly done transferring close to 3 terabytes of stored pictures, films, and other data to a computer with a lot more storage.
The older machine held 3 terabytes on 2 internal drives. The transfer is to a machine my son put together with slightly used but clean motherboard.
It has a 128 GB solid state hard drive for the operating system and anything else needing to boot up quickly. Then there are two 4 terabyte disc drives.
8 TB should hold off the storage monster for a while.


Then as the transfer was about to wrap up, I found myself working from home. For this reason, I have left the older PC and the newer both on my desk in the Office of Steam. This way I could easily dedicate one machine to my business work station during market hours and still have another set up next to it for personal tasks, e-mail, this forum, and sometimes looking up things work related without interrupting a work in progress on the work screens.


Here is a picture of my expanded work station(s).


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Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Empire man 202 on April 21, 2020, 03:54:34 pm
I like them engines very nice Boss
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on April 21, 2020, 04:20:06 pm
I think I'd  have to get a bigger desk for all those monitors, or maybe even a bigger room 😉
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Nick on April 21, 2020, 05:19:36 pm
I think I'd  have to get a bigger desk for all those monitors, or maybe even a bigger room 😉

What monitors? all I see is flywheels  ;D
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Stoker on April 21, 2020, 05:58:31 pm
Looks like information overload from here Gil .....  and whenever my brain gets overloaded like that, my mind seems to wander. With all that mechanical delight within easy viewing range, it's obvious where my mind would wander off to .....  until my body got up from behind the desk and wandered off there too!!!
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: SteamerJ on May 21, 2020, 01:42:35 pm
I’m a little late to the party here. I work for a medical device manufacturer and my life hasn’t changed much except for having to wear those damn masks. I live in Pennsylvania and I’m tired of our dictator governor! It just came out that 2/3s of our deaths were from nursing homes that Wolfe required to take in infected patients. Meanwhile our top health official who I was absolutely mortified to see on TV. (google Rachel Levine) He moved his mother out of a care home and then moved the coved patients in. We should have protected the elderly and other high risk people and let everyone else make there own decisions. I don’t do anything different including not using sanitizer or anything else. My wife is a teacher and I think that she brought it home before we even heard about it. She has students from China and they all went back there for Christmas break. We both had all of the symptoms and didn’t think anything about it. We are both fine.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Nick on May 21, 2020, 01:48:21 pm
Good to hear from you John, we were also very sick back in December (3 out of the 4 weeks) and it likely came home with our oldest from preschool. Would love to know if we had it, but not really liking the idea of having the swab done  :D

I believe something like 80-90% of MN deaths have also been in long-term care facilities.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: SteamerJ on May 21, 2020, 01:55:09 pm
Florida handled it the right way. They protected the elderly and care faculties while letting everyone else basically make their own decisions.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Tony Bird on May 22, 2020, 04:12:52 am
Hi,

Just caught up with this thread. "What's your story?"  Well very lucky really.  My wife and I though in a vulnerable age group are in good health.  In a way we have been in isolation more than most; as we often do we spent a month in Madeira in February on returning to the UK we went into self isolation as cruise ships often visited Madeira after Tenerife which had Covid-19.  With what we call lock-down starting just before we finished isolation we haven't met family or friends since before we went away.

Being retired and reasonably well off we don't have any personal worries.  We live in a small city Cardiff which is the capital of Wales; it has a population of about 360,000 which means it is large enough to have all amenities and small enough to drive across in twenty minutes.  Cardiff has a lot of green spaces and parks, we live barely a mile from the city centre and have small fields and woods a short walking distance away.  We never down sized after the kids left home so the house is more than large enough for my  wife and I to pursue our interests.  Most of our food is delivered but we do visit the supermarket about every ten days or so in the times when they allow people above a certain age in.

Our worries I expect are similar to others namely our children and grandchildren.  Both our son and daughter have children.  Our son is shielded which means because of  lung problem it is suggested he doesn't leave home for some considerable time after lock down has finished it also means that if he had no means of getting essentials the local authority would supply them.  As he is married can work from home and lives in a small village in England this isn't too much of a problem.  He is self employed and has about enough work until maybe early next year after that who knows?  Our daughter lives in Central London which like New York has had many deaths.  She also is self employed and works as a set and costume designer in the theatre so it out of work; her partner is a doctor so is working being an essential worker means that their daughter can still attend school.

Other than not be being able to socialise and visit family, sometimes being bored and not be able to travel the country in our camper van things are good.  The spending of more time at home has put up expenditure on food for the relatives in the garden but as we have a lot of time to watch them the money is well spent.

I was self employed from the age of 22 so had 40 years of not having anyone to blame!  I was in partnership with my brother and we survived the 3 day week and two resections mostly by out lasting our competitors.  At least in those times we could do something to survive; if we were still working I don't think we would survive, we might but on average we had 15 staff who I think would be out of work.

It will come to an end later rather than sooner I think.  Hopefully we will learn from it?  They will be much criticism and recrimination.  But Hey-Ho 'Nothing is impossible' for those who don't have to do it.

Blimey!  Did I write all that, must be stir crazy?

Do take care and stay safe.

Tony. 
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: St Paul Steam on May 22, 2020, 09:56:26 pm
This was a very interesting read Tony, I really enjoy the insight to how other peoples live & how they're dealing with our current situation, especially folks from other countries. thank you.
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: RedRyder on May 23, 2020, 09:27:29 am

The governor of Connecticut says he will sign an executive order keeping the state closed until at least May 20th.



Here is an article as a follow up to my post of one month ago.


https://patch.com/connecticut/across-ct/ct-reopening-here-s-what-s-open-what-still-closed
Title: Re: Covid-19 , what's your story ?
Post by: Nick on May 23, 2020, 10:16:58 am
I have a relative whose grandpa recently died of cancer and his death was listed as the first in that county to die of Covid-19

As of yesterday, our state fair for Labor Day weekend was cancelled, followed by the state's largest threshing/steam show, going to be a long summer...