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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #420 on: April 06, 2020, 07:14:57 PM »
We're holding up okay here. Our work was also deemed "essential" but I convinced the boss that I can do just as much from home as I can from the office so I've been working from home for 2 weeks now.

It's been a little stressful as I just started this job in November and we are a start up business. Our parent company is keeping us a float right now and I'm hoping that lasts. Who knows though. Thankfully my wife is a principal of a local high school and is fairly secure in her job.

Other than that, I do my best to stay away from the negative news. I try to check in most mornings on the news and then again after dinner. Other than that, I do my best to stay away. It's the only way I can stay sane. That, and beer. But we all seem to have that same vice. Am I the only one that has found themselves considering one at 9am on a Monday?
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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #421 on: April 07, 2020, 03:52:11 AM »
So how's everyone doing? I'm starting to go a bit stir crazy and starting to feel the effects of social distancing.

I just want to go to the Circle K and buy an f'ing chocolate bar. I know it's still allowed, but I'm obviously avoiding frivolous trips like that.

A couple of days ago I had what felt like a bit of a temperature. Then the next day I coughed a couple of times. I was absolutely terrified. Thankfully so far (touch wood) it hasn't amounted to anything.

My work shut down, but has been allowing us to work from home. This is week 3 now of that. We have a call today to discuss "furloughing" staff - basically the government has promised to cover 80% of small businesses' salaries for 3 months if they are unable to work. The company will likely make up the rest of that so anyone on the scheme will still get 100% salary. The idea of getting paid 100% to do 0% may seem inviting but I think I'd go stir crazy. It also would make you feel vulnerable if you were able to do nothing for X amount of time. Why bring you back when this is over? Maybe they don't need you...

In the ~3 weeks I've been out to the shop 3 time I think. Shopping is strange. Limits on how many people there are in the shop. Queuing outside. Empty shelves like I last remember seeing in Soviet Russia on TV.

I also live in quite a small village where a lot of people know one another. We tend to go out for a family walk each day around lunchtime just to get some daylight and so on. It's a bit weird pushing the pram along and people stepping out onto the road to avoid you. Conversely a lot more are making eye contact and saying hello now. It's spookily quiet in general though, the roads especially.

One benefit of it all is getting to spend so much more time with my 18 month old. I've been trying to teach him to whistle the last few days. He's got the idea but not quite mastered it yet, but it's hilarious to watch
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Re: Coronavirus
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« Reply #422 on: April 07, 2020, 07:46:42 AM »
I've been working from home for ten years already, little has changed for me in many areas. Three kids at home is driving my wife nuts though.  And miss going to the gym, but it's going to be warm enough to run outside soon.

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #423 on: April 07, 2020, 09:09:00 AM »
And miss going to the gym, but it's going to be warm enough to run outside soon.

I actually built a pretty well equipped home gym so it's worked out quite well. The gym I'm a member of has been continuing to send out workouts for people to do (and also loaned a certain level of equipment to members as required) so I've made sure that every day at 4pm I "go to the gym". It's nice to have that to focus on and give some kinda normality.

They've also done a few live group classes by Zoom to try and keep the community aspect going though I haven't done any of those yet
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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #424 on: April 07, 2020, 10:35:26 AM »
I think I lucked out a bit here.

10 weeks ago, my wife and I welcomed our first baby girl amidst the early rumblings of Covid-19. It was a bit stressful at first but we were largely isolated as a matter of course for the first two months since it was the middle of flu-season and vaccinations don't come in until then. As I was about to come off parental leave (good gravy, Ontario gives up to 8 wks for non-mothers), the pandemic crisis response elevated and my work has the luxury of getting most of its people off-site and working from home. So the transition back to work (and back to inane forum posting) has been relatively seamless and I get more time helping out with the kidlet. AAAAND we had a built-in excuse for turning down visits from people we were too tired to deal with  :)

I hope people (and governments) come to appreciate all the front-line folk more after this (hopefully) passes: nurses, docs, EMTs, grocery store staff, food services, teachers, sanitation workers
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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #425 on: April 07, 2020, 10:41:08 AM »
10 weeks ago, my wife and I welcomed our first baby girl amidst the early rumblings of Covid-19.

Congrats man.

If you've mentioned this before and I've already congratulated you then I rescind this one.
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« Reply #426 on: April 07, 2020, 10:57:11 AM »
Congrats man.

If you've mentioned this before and I've already congratulated you then I rescind this one.

Haha, thanks. No rescission required.
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« Reply #427 on: April 07, 2020, 11:13:38 AM »
Congrats herman...get out your wallet, they're expensive.

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #429 on: April 07, 2020, 11:44:02 AM »
Things have been good on my end through this.  Have been working from home for a month now.  I sleep better, don't have to deal with traffic, saving money not spending on gas/TTC/food. The kids can get on each other's nerves, and moreso on my wife's (she's off from work and watches them while I'm working), but being with them 24/7 has been great.  We're getting more time with them we otherwise wouldn't.

Does it suck that we can't go to the park and it aches me I haven't played hockey twice a week and seeing the guys?  Sure does.  But to be able to halt life for a bit and actually make it seem like time goes by slowly, it's a nice change of pace.

I'm not overly anxious about the virus itself.  My wife is because she is concerned about the kids' safety and hers (she has an underlying heart valve issue).  I think it is tense times in general being kooked up in the house all the time.  What gets me anxious and jittery is grocery shopping.  Seeing people acting super strange and wearing masks/gloves -- it spooks me out.

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #430 on: April 07, 2020, 12:23:15 PM »
I'm still working. Out of the house 4-5 days a week. The hardest part for me is having to quarantine myself in my own home (because I love with my parents) and not being able to see my kids (for their own safety).

I actually look at work as a source of relief, but also a source of anxiety because of how exposed I am.

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« Reply #431 on: April 07, 2020, 12:49:39 PM »
I've been working from home for ten years already, little has changed for me in many areas. Three kids at home is driving my wife nuts though.  And miss going to the gym, but it's going to be warm enough to run outside soon.
They just outlawed outside exercise in France, no running there. Although you may be able to set up a Marathon course in your backyard.
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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #432 on: April 07, 2020, 01:00:11 PM »
Herman, I didn't know about the recent fatherhood, congratulations, as Frank says get out that wallet.  My guy is 27 now and still costing me.  LOL

Arn, I do commiserate, every time I think I have a headache coming on or cough your mind starts racing. Funny thing when I was down south before the advent of the wave, I developed a sore throat which is only going away now (been home since March 15).  10 days ago I was shaking in the night and my wife took my temperature and it was 103F,  then we found out two days later the thermometer was not working correctly. Whew.   I tell you that you can work into symptomatic feelings even though nothing is wrong with you.  It's easy to get freaked out.   

I think what is affecting me is Boris Johnson is only 55 and  he has taken a turn for the worse and I am 63 but not quite as overweight as him.
 

New book is coming out, its called "2020" written by Stephen King, directed by Quentin Tarantino.
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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #433 on: April 07, 2020, 01:20:36 PM »
They just outlawed outside exercise in France, no running there. Although you may be able to set up a Marathon course in your backyard.

Just for the record, I believe this applies to the city of Paris only. And it's a ban during the day:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52202700

Elsewhere in France you're allowed to job/exercise but only within 1km of your home. That's been in place for a little while now.

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #434 on: April 07, 2020, 01:29:07 PM »
Congrats herman...get out your wallet, they're expensive.

Herman, I didn't know about the recent fatherhood, congratulations, as Frank says get out that wallet.  My guy is 27 now and still costing me.  LOL

Thanks, guys (and for the heads up)! She's the first grandkid for both our families so she's gonna be spoiled rotten unless we can instill the virtues of asceticism early on.
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