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« on: March 18, 2020, 11:31:34 PM »

This board is so quiet that we're not even discussing the pandemic and how it's affecting us. Are you and your family members self-quarantining? How's that going? What are you doing to keep busy? Check in and discuss...

We're hunkered down and staying in. The Nashville area has been hit pretty hard so Saturday was the last day I went out to get supplies. Planning on utilizing Amazon and local grocery delivery until things look safe out there... could be a few months (or more - gulp).
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2020, 12:20:30 AM »

Thanks for starting this thread, Matt. I've been meaning to start one like it.

Hard to believe, but just a week ago, everything was still near normal in the New York area. I was going to my job at the New York Public Library every day, planning to take in a public reading there in a few days, stopping at a nearby gym a couple of times a week, enjoying the televised Spring Training games and looking forward to going to Opening Day of the baseball season in a couple of weeks, thinking of picking up a ticket to The Flying Dutchman at the Met, anticipating Act Three of Tristan und Isolde at Carnegie Hall next month, making plans to get together with friends for dinner at a Greek restaurant near me, wondering when I could get over to the Gerhard Richter exhibition at the Met Breuer, and when I would find time to catch three or four movies that had recently opened.

In the blink of an eye, all that was gone.

Now I'm home from work (trying to work from home, but there are limits on what I can do), with no baseball, no opera, no concerts, no museums, no movies, no gyms, no restaurants ... no nothin'. The City That Never Sleeps has slipped into a coma.

I'm still going out running in Central Park every day. At least they haven't shut that down. Yet.

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2020, 01:20:30 AM »

Same here, very quiet..
 I saw William Shatner  live here in London on Monday night, by Tues all theatres and venues closed..
All my work (concerts) has been cancelled and it's just a case of laying low till this thing passes I guess...
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2020, 01:32:35 AM »

My wife and I both work at the same casino on the Las Vegas Strip and the Strip is shut down. Sunday was my last day and it was rather surreal. My first grade daughter's school also closed Monday, so the three us plus the dog are home, social distancing. So I had been planning the writing of my next novel and I've jumped into that. I have never seen The Sopranos and it's available on Amazon Prime, so this seemed like a good time to start it. School is still going on, with assignments posted on google classroom, and it's a lot of work, a couple hours a day at least. It feels like good timing, where she can do much on her own but needs our guidance, so we're all involved.

To everyone, stay safe and take this virus seriously. If we can't contain it, our health care system will collapse. And a big thank you to all those in the health care system.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2020, 07:18:30 AM »

I was wondering about our board members as well. My classes are all going online for work. I've been keeping an eye on the cases in Ohio to see where they all are. Yesterday a couple cases popped up closer to where I am. I hope we can contain it soon.
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2020, 10:26:02 AM »

Glad everyone is staying in and staying safe. :)

I watched Contagion this week, and it's pretty accurate to what we're dealing with now (though the death rate for those getting the virus there are higher than with COVID-19).

Doug, I really loved The Sopranos -- it's a good long series and should keep you busy for a few weeks!

Maybe we should do a Movie Night to be social while quarantined.

Like KC, I'm still getting out there to run every day -- but I go early now, before most people are out. It's a bit nervewracking even passing someone on the narrow trails. But, it's vital to stay strong and healthy throughout this.

A local business of ours does restaurant delivery, liquor store delivery (wow!) and grocery delivery. I have a big order of Nashville Hot Chicken coming tonight. Grateful to all those in the health field, but even more so to those low-wage workers on the front lines in our grocery and drug stores and the restaurant workers still open for delivery/takeout.
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2020, 12:09:17 PM »

Netflix recently started listing a top 10 list that I guess is based on the most watched shows/movies, and the 1995 movie Outbreak has been in the top 10 recently. I haven't seen that or Contagion.
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2020, 06:23:06 PM »

"Outbreak" is a very entertaining movie, Another Wolfgang Petersen thrill ride. "Contagion" is much more accurate, but much less fun to watch.

I'm doing okay. I have the flexibility to work 100% from home in circumstances like this, so I've been doing that for the past week, and I plan to continue doing so. I've been socially isolating as well. I'm not really worried about getting the virus myself. I think I'd likely recover fine, but I don't want to unknowingly transmit the corona virus to older, sicker people who may struggle. As a result of that concern, I've been inside my apartment since Saturday. I've only left once to get food at Trader Joes, since I'd completely run out. I bought 2-3 weeks worth to be on the safe side.

I'm finding the experience to be kind of hard. I live alone, and so it's been difficult for me to not go outside and to be all by myself all day every day with no one to talk to or keep me company. But, I'm trying to do the right thing, so that's what I feel I have to do.

I'm quite worried about my investments, since most of the little assets that I have are in index funds in the stock market, and the market is collapsing. But, I'm trying not to think about that too much since I don't think there's anything I can do about it. I'm hoping the markets will rebound quickly once people start to feel safer and the scale of the threat becomes more defined.

In my opinion, and I did take epidemiology and lots of other public health courses, this is likely going to last a minimum of 2-3 months before it becomes manageable, and that's a best case scenario. It could go on much longer. I am kind of worried about how we as a country will be able to function if the threat remains for that long and people are afraid to go outside, can't go to work, or don't have the disposable income to contribute to our economy. I'm skeptical the measures the administration is taking to lower interest rates and provide Americans with $1,000 will improve things macro-economically. This is because the economic downturn is caused by uncertainty around the virus, fear around how long it might last, and it's implications on society. So, the proposed remedies don't really address the cause of the problem.

Matt and KC, I hope you get to run outside soon! Stay safe in Ohio Christopher, and England, Gant! Let's try to support each other through this here on the board!
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2020, 11:01:43 PM »

We're still business as usual down here for the moment. There's been a few cases and it does increase daily but almost all of the infected are people who have returned from overseas. As long as others who return self isolate for a mandatory two weeks, it will slow the spread. Haven't heard from Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson for a couple of days so hoping no news is good news.

The panic buying in the shops has been embarressing to say the least. Fighting over toilet paper is just bizarre. Over filling your shopping trolley with packs and packs of toilet paper is just dumb. There isn't a shortage but once it hits the shelves, it's gone. Now it's pasta, long life milk, frozen veggies etc.

We've just finished summer and heading for winter so it could get a whole lot worse. Apparently after today, no international visitors for up to six months are allowed into the country and domestic flights should only be taken if necessary.

So the advice is stay home if not at work.
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2020, 11:56:10 PM »

Yeah,  the panic buying and fighting in the supermarkets is embarrassing and awful. Extra security has been brought in
and there's even talk of the police having to get involved.. People are talking about invoking the wartime/blitz spirit in London but I guess even then there was a certain amount of bad behaviour..

Although all my concerts have been cancelled I do have other incomes that are unaffected so far..

As for lockdown I guess the only thing to do us try to be positive and keep busy. I've got a ton of jobs to do round the house, a stack of books to read and films to watch. I can practice drums and keyboards and I'm also going to start an online French speaking course.. If things drag on for a long time then there's always Game of Thrones ;)


It'll be cool to come on here more often and be in touch with all you guys and support each other...
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2020, 12:25:36 AM »

All pubs, clubs and restaurants closed down now till further notice...
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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2020, 02:46:42 AM »

I've been asked to take part in some streaming concerts which might be fun...
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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2020, 09:37:18 AM »

Ohio now has a stay at home order. It had already been suggested that we not go out unless we needed to, so not much will change except you can get into trouble if it's blatant that you're breaking the order.
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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2020, 02:13:43 PM »

Same here as of tonight.. No going out apart from essential shopping, medical care and caring for vulnerable family members.
We're allowed out for exercise but not in groups of more than two...
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2020, 01:39:20 AM »

I seem to have become addicted to "The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross" on you tube..
I don't paint but there's something very calming about thus guy..
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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2020, 07:18:17 AM »

I've only left my apartment once in the past couple of weeks, but I think I'm going to go out today and go to the grocery store. I am going a little crazy being inside for so long! I'm going to wear some gloves. Wish me luck! I am keeping those of you who are in the UK in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing for a speedy recovery for your Prime Minster, Boris Johnson. I have some family members in the UK, and one of them is going to be treating corona virus patients soon in the hospital. She's going a little crazy being at home with the family 24 hours a day! My brother, who is also a physician, volunteered for a corona virus response team at his hospital, and he's already seen some corona virus patients. I talked to him a week or so ago and he said they were woefully unprepared.
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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2020, 09:54:42 AM »

I used to love watching Bob Ross on PBS. There's some collections of the show on Netflix as well.

Are you in DC, AKA? My mom and I went to the grocery this morning. It wasn't very busy, which was nice. And for the first time in a few weeks I saw toilet paper on the shelves. Maybe a sign that things will at least be available when we need them.
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« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2020, 08:04:16 AM »

We finally have some beautiful weather in middle TN, so the park where I run has been quite crowded, groups of people hovering around the narrow paths like there's no such thing as social distancing. I wish people would take this more seriously. I don't go out for any errands - I'm utilizing food delivery and Amazon/Whole Foods. Tomorrow marks 2 weeks of quarantine.

The number of reported cases in NY is more than alarming. KC, I'm glad to hear that you're doing okay. Keep checking in with us. We're thinking of you.

Things are picking up rapidly in TN. A friend of mine got it and was in the hospital earlier this week, but has been able to go home. She's not giving details of how she's doing, but she has said it is terrible and to take it seriously. I'm actually relieved that my father isn't around for this -- he had asbestosis and was on oxygen, plus he wouldn't survive staying home. He always had to be out at the bars trying to pick up women. He was severely lonely since my mother passed away. I'd be beside myself with worry for him if he was still around.

As for what we're going to keep boredom at bay -- has anyone watched Tiger King yet?
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« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2020, 08:53:09 AM »

Christopher, I live in a suburb of Maryland. I work in Bethesda.

KC, we are definitely keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and safe out there!

I started watching "Criminal Minds" on Netflix, and I'm also watching Season 3 of "Ozark." If you have HBO, "Succession" is also pretty entertaining!
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« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2020, 05:51:42 PM »

Unfortunately it looks like a lot of people here, teens through to 40's are just not getting the message yet about staying home. At least we've got a chance to slow this virus as we see what's going on in Europe and The States and we're probably a few weeks behind in getting to a stage where hospitals will be over run. Watched 60 minutes last night and New York hospitals using trucks as make shift morgues is not a sight you'll forget in a hurry.

We didn't leave the house this weekend. Made a conscious effort to stay home and we started tidying the house, room by room. We'll do the same next week. We did actually go out once, to buy a fold up table that my wife can use as a desk so she can work from home.

I thought a quick trip to the hardware store, grab a table and be out in minutes. And we did. I just couldn't believe how many people were there. I've never seen the carpark so full. Plenty of people around. They had tape on the ground at the registers to keep your distance and only four people to an aisle but I was shocked at how many people are still going about as if everything is normal. I felt really uncomfortable until i got back to the car.

I still have to go to work as I'm classified as essential and I'm grateful I still have a job because there are 1,000's losing their jobs daily with most things closing down.

But after yesterday, I'm just going to go to work and home each day. To the supermarket sparingly for anything we need.
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