How is Coronavirus affecting you?

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  1. Lean'n'mean

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    ^^^^^Well back in early feb there was a doctor on TV (I know there's a lot of 'em lately :rolleyes: ) who said that this thing is with us for good now & will likely be seasonal. Today I heard some eminent specialist say the same thing. No one knows anything for sure & no one knows the right course of action to take but the longer it lasts, the more chances the barriers that hold back chaos will fall.
     
  2. Lean'n'mean

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    If the virus is on the hands, it's certainly on the money too.
     
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  4. belfastboy

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    Being very frugal there are some things I will only buy at Costco as the price is so much cheaper than even the large grocery chains. I have avoided Costco for 3 weeks now due to the lengthy lineups. But this morning I determined it was time. Arrived at 8:10AM with a collapsible stool, a book and some patience...dutifully took my place at the end of an already lengthy line....or so I thought. I was in the store by 8:40AM and out the door by 9:10AM. I am thinking in the event of a disaster we need to turn over the relief effort to Costco. They had the shit organized out of this potential mess. We were allowed in a few at a time to avoid clumping. At the end of each aisle was an employee holding a large font sign reminding us that social distancing was in effect and all the shoppers complied. They had signs outside listing items NOT in stock and a list of popular items IN STOCK.
    They allowed patrons that only needed the pharmacy for drop off or pickup to gather at the head of the line.

    A guy stood in front of the TP and you signalled Charmin or Kirkland and he loaded the one package allowed into your buggy as you slowly pushed passed him. Next to him was the guy loading paper towels....same drill.

    Any thoughts of shortages were quickly dispelled as the shelves were full of everything (except wipes, sanitizers and bleach.) Abundance was very evident. All the shoppers were friendly, solicitous and following the rules. I saw absolutely no evidence of panic and everyone seems to be making the best of the difficulties....handling it with grace, humour and good will. I came home inspired and very hopeful based on what I observed this morning.
     
  5. belfastboy

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    Oh, and I bought enough Costco items that I should not have to do this again for 2 months. It was fun ….just not that much fun!!!
     
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  6. Lean'n'mean

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    It was garbage collection day today & they only took the household trash bag & left the stuff for recycling, presumably because the recycling plants are closed down. There is going to be a lovely fragrance of 'eau de poubelle' wafting through my house before this is over. :D
     
  7. vitanola

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    I think that I knew her. Blanche Poubelle. What a broad!
     
  8. ChiTownScion

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    A number of stores here have the first few hours reserved for we of the Senile Citizen persuasion, and I have mixed feelings about that. That whole, "I'm Old So I'm Entitled" mentality goes against my egalitarian grain, and I'd feel awful if my chance to acquire, say, a gallon of milk came at the expense of someone's child. On the other hand, I willingly pay significant taxes to support schools that educate someone else's kids (Indeed: I look upon it as a moral obligation mandated by the social contract.) so perhaps there's a balance in it.

    There's a significant Mexican American population here and the grocery stores usually feature whole aisles devoted to Mexican foods, and there's no shortage of tortillas, beans, salsa, and chili spices. My wife was "raised Texan," so tacos, tamales, enchiladas, burritos, and all the other Tex Mex goodies are a staple in this house. The shortages of some canned and prepared foods would have been a real hardship to my late mom (She was the type of Irish for whom Spaghetti-o's was haute cuisine.) , but since my wife was schooled by a woman who had to make do on an Army officer's salary making food from scratch is a skill that is serving us well.
     
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  9. Trenchfriend

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    29.056 confirmed cases, 119 death, here.

    453 recovered (minimum).
     
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  10. Stormy

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    Is my company legally obligated to notify me if I have POSSIBLY been in contact with an infected coworker? There have been 2 cases of coworkers who tested Positive for Coronavirus. These coworkers have been in-and-out of the company crew room. Staff has not been notified by the company.
     
  11. belfastboy

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    Yes, my wife is of good Prairie stock and her mother taught her all the necessary skills of making things from scratch. We used the last of our tortillas last night and I was going to venture out to our local Hispanic shop....but my wife said not to bother we have corn meal and she advised she would make them from scratch this time. We had her homemade granola for breakfast, she has fresh bread baking in the oven while she spins wool on her wheel. I am thinking come the apocalypse we might be okay......along with the occasional Amazon delivery.
     
  12. Frunobulax

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    Are you farming the sheep for the wool?
     
  13. belfastboy

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    We considered that but as we live in a townhouse complex with damn bylaws.....apparently sheep are not allowed which I think is totally unfair as my neighbour has both a cat and dog......and what bloody good are they?
     
  14. Bushman

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    Last Saturday, my store got an order from the local health department to stop letting customers in to window shop and buy nonessentials. The state's stay-at-home order hadn't even been in effect for FOUR HOURS. A local LEO was posted outside our door ensuring we were abiding by that order. Then yesterday, I came in to find a line at the paint desk, the garden center open, and plenty of window shoppers. I hope our managers are proud when we're the first store in our district to get shut down for defying the Governor's orders. Thankfully, I have the next two days off. Now I get to practice some of that "social distancing" I've heard so much about.
     
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  15. belfastboy

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    I shopped at Costco this morning. The company has done a stellar job of organizing the throngs of shoppers so that the 'distancing' is easy and they have brought in extra staff to encourage/enforce the social distancing required. A truly amazing job by them. I am thinking that FEMA type agencies could be disbanded and disaster relief turned over to the Costco and Walmart's of the world. Their shelves were filled to the brim....no shortages except for wipes, disinfectant and bleach.
     
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  16. tonyb

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    Good sign. We adjust.

    I haven’t left the premises since last Wednesday, and I have no real need to for at least a few more days.

    I don’t have to be told how fortunate I am. Many millions are sweating the 1st of the month. I know a few, and would have been among them, had this happened a few years ago.
     
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  17. Benny Holiday

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    Welcome to the new 'normal'. I feel like the human fly.
     

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  18. SteveFord

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    It's being detected in my neck of the woods: went from 1 case to 14 in this county since yesterday.
    It looks like this virus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours SO I'm very glad I wash my hands after opening up a box containing, oh, I dunno, a hat or a motorcycle seat or something.
    State govt. has extended our work at home by another week, the states are talking about extending unemployment benefits past the current 26 weeks.
    Shades of post Dubya.
    Just saw part of tonight's news conference and we should all forget about this nonsense and get back to business as usual.
    I don't think so!
     
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  19. AbbaDatDeHat

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    Hey GHT:
    Those things are little keychain tools for emergencies. Cutters, screwdrivers, bottle openers stuff. The safety pin in the John Wayne is to keep the blade from opening as they are known to do. Highly recommended safety feature.
    Your recollections reminded me of the days you could pull the keys out of the ignition while the car was running and go open the trunk. Ahh...simpler times.
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  20. Lean'n'mean

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    1.8 Billion people are now under house arrest across the world.
     

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