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Today I'm celebrating my 15th (full) day of being married. My wedding was just over 2 weeks ago. That's a large part of why I've been so quiet lately - last minute preparations, followed by time spent

We said goodbye to Ella Cat  today.  She had been with us an amazing 20 years.    She and her siblings were found by a Nun  just after they were born under a parked car.  The household

Oh, I almost forgot to share my good news: my work got a grant so they can pay me for 100% of my pay while they’re closed! I don’t have to deal with unemployment!

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1 hour ago, kristof65 said:

Info like this and the date the schools are closed through are what I was looking for as justification to cancel now, as opposed to later. 

Trying to figure out what was current for Washington was getting confusing, as I've been paying more attention to Iowa. 

I just sent the email to everyone involved telling them I'd like to cancel and reschedule at a later date - I'll see what objections I get, if any.   I didn't detail my reasons yet, but I have a half page list of what I feel are reasonable justifications. 

 

Under current circumstances, I think people will fully understand.

 

So our govnah is thinking of pretty much shutting down the entire school year or extending it into summer (along with the stay at home order, which doesn't really matter in this town*....<_<)  & going with online learning. My son is suppose to start the 3rd next month, we shall see. He is really bored right now & I totally understand why. At least he is a senior this year so he won't have to put up with the extended school year for very much longer. Thou it does cancel out various senior year activities (for him that would be graduation ceremony stuff).

 

*I say this, as I walk  to & from work. Going up to work last night, cop car drives past me twice, didn't stop to ask why I was out. Same with coming home at 430 am........sigh.

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3 minutes ago, haldir said:

*I say this, as I walk  to & from work. Going up to work last night, cop car drives past me twice, didn't stop to ask why I was out. Same with coming home at 430 am

I don't know how much bigger your town is than ours (Winterset is about 6k), so maybe this isn't applicable.  We've only been here three years, but I can already recognize the faces of just about everyone who has worked at our supermarkets since then.  I know from dealing with one of our officers here when my mailbox got ran over that he recognizes far more people in town than I do, but ESPECIALLY the ones at the supermarkets and restaurants, even if he doesn't know their name. 

So maybe they didn't stop because they already know you're a grocery store worker. 

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Just now, kristof65 said:

I don't know how much bigger your town is than ours (Winterset is about 6k), so maybe this isn't applicable.  We've only been here three years, but I can already recognize the faces of just about everyone who has worked at our supermarkets since then.  I know from dealing with one of our officers here when my mailbox got ran over that he recognizes far more people in town than I do, but ESPECIALLY the ones at the supermarkets and restaurants, even if he doesn't know their name. 

So maybe they didn't stop because they already know you're a grocery store worker. 

 

Considering I don't dress like a grocery worker on Sunday & Monday nights due to it's my short shifts, who knows. Anther good example is Saturday night, the parking lot where our store is located is  a stop/start spot for the "cruise" (if you can it  that anymore) but there was group of about 10 cars gathered around & a  cop car drove past the parking lot & did nothing about it. Again, seeing a Rent A Center open while in the drive thru at Taco Bell the other night confirmed, no one is this town cares. (along with the @$$hats that won't give me space while in a checkout line).

 

While not trying to turn this discussion into Bzzzzz stuff, this side of the state is red, West OR is blue. Makes you kinda wonder....

 

btw our town is around 11k, but overall it feels smaller with the lack of variety of businesses & such here.

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Just now, Glitterwolf said:

Our medics have discovered that about 90% of the IC Patients is overweight.

It seems people who are overweight have more problems beating the virus.

 

 

It seems like whatever medical problem you may have is a huge factor in suriving coronavirus infection. I did see a 90+ year old WW2 vet beat it here (or at least over in Portland, OR area). Grand Kudos to him!!

 

On lighter news:

"& goats will inherit the earth........."

 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/31/europe/wild-goats-wales-streets-lockdown-scli-gbr/index.html

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I got word from one of my managers today that the state's coroner office raided all of our field offices for PPE. While we have nothing that would protect a medical worker, I imagine they aren't operating under the same kinds of hazards as folks caring for active patients.

 

We're not being allowed into any of our buildings unless there is an emergency we need to deal with. So I have no idea what we lost. But I managed to get a bunch of new field equipment for interns last year (lots of waterproof boots, coveralls, gloves, safety glasses, etc.) that I'm guessing are all gone now.

 

That's fine, they need it more than I do and we've suspended hiring interns for now. And I've got all my personal PPE here at home in the event I need to respond to any problems. It's going to make it difficult to gear back up though. The state credit card I use to buy gear just got suspended because tax revenue just dropped off a cliff. So if we do end up with interns, or a field season for that matter, they're going to have to pick from the pile of discarded equipment I've got in the bed of one of our trucks. 

 

I'm starting to suspect I'm going to be out dealing with problems soon though. Since we suspended field operations a few weeks ago it seems that every yahoo in the state has decided it's open season on clean water. I'm getting a rash of complaints ranging from people altering streams and flooding their neighborhoods to a trailer park diverting their untreated sewage to a scenic river. 

 

Going to be an interesting year in environmental protection. 

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1 minute ago, kristof65 said:

I'd say the cops ignoring the other stuff puts a different spin on things then. 

I think for a lot of people reality isn't sinking in

 

I think this right here is the biggest factor. We have 1 confirmed case in our county, we are isolated from OR, even thou we are in OR. I think once that number starts to climb, it'll finally sink into the people here, besides the closures of local businesses (ex FLGS, who is taking the virus seriously) & the Chicken Little shoppers....ugh.

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Got an email late last night that I will be getting the position I interviewed for last January. Starting training and paperwork this week. 
 

Sadly, it doesn’t look like I will get to do any medical equipment drawing. Would have helped my mental well being. 

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2 minutes ago, kristof65 said:


Just got an announcement from FedEx that they're going to be adding a temporary surcharge on all international and parcel and freight shipments until April 6th. 

 

Good thing I don't usually do FE (not my preferred shipper)

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1 minute ago, haldir said:

 

I think this right here is the biggest factor. We have 1 confirmed case in our county, we are isolated from OR, even thou we are in OR. I think once that number starts to climb, it'll finally sink into the people here, besides the closures of local businesses (ex FLGS, who is taking the virus seriously) & the Chicken Little shoppers....ugh.

Sad thing around here is that many of the businesses that took it seriously earlier are the ones who got shut down as non-essential. 

For example, my not so local FLGS closed their game room and went to ordering w/ curbside pickup even before the governor ordered the restaurants to do the same.  Now all those restaurants are still open, but the FLGS was ordered closed as a non-essential. 

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34 minutes ago, kristof65 said:


Just got an announcement from FedEx that they're going to be adding a temporary surcharge on all international and parcel and freight shipments until April 6th. 

Sounds like Price Gouging to me.

GEM

30 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

Sad thing around here is that many of the businesses that took it seriously earlier are the ones who got shut down as non-essential. 

For example, my not so local FLGS closed their game room and went to ordering w/ curbside pickup even before the governor ordered the restaurants to do the same.  Now all those restaurants are still open, but the FLGS was ordered closed as a non-essential. 

I give it a week and a half at most before we start seeing cases of Cabin Fever cause a noticeable uptick in assaults and related antisocial activities being reported.

Places like the FLGS and Neighborhood Tavern are very important to the mental health of a community, which is going to become just as important as the physical health for the long haul.

GEM

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So, out of curiosity, has anyone with a pantry done an estimate of how long they could go?  My partner thinks we should shop; I wanted to make sure that if we go out, we’ll only be doing it for something with a reasonable level of need.  We’ll run out of fruits and vegetables, both fresh and preserved, before anything else, it looks like...but if one would accept that as long as one had calories, protein, and multi-vitamins one is good, I think we’re able to ride out the likely lockdown.
 

Cracking my last bottle of black currant mead tonight...

 

 

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