Lions, and tigers, and...viruses?

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Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:26 pm Post

So how're y'all holding up? Making TP forts with your pets, yet?
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Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:07 pm Post

Now see, if this were the plot to A Quiet Place, I would get the desire for as much acoustic padding as possible. :D

Otherwise, kind of like this:

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Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:37 am Post

Not enough TP to make a fort. No pets. I've never thought of myself as a social person—but I miss so much already. Hockey games. My writing group. My favourite coffeehouse. (Yes, I can go there for takeout, but it's not the same as settling in with a monster Americano and people watching when I take a break from writing.)

I'm desperate enough to watch old Dodgers games on TV....

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Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:44 pm Post

Yeah, we freelancing introverts, too, so it's kind of life as usual. Fortunately one of the big Bruins fans is putting games up on his youtube channel, so that scratches the hockey itch. We're OK on toilet paper for the moment. Hopefully people will stop panic-buying by the time we run out.
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Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:03 pm Post

This is when being an antisocial b*stard pays off!

really, most of my life is spent face on screen working with people halfway around the world 24x7. The part that isn't doing "that" is fishing, sailing on a 12' fishing I built or hiding from phone/pager under my bed. to me this is more "I glad to see you all in my world" than "I'M STUCK LIVING IN A SMALL WORLD"

Don't get me wrong, NiaD will be a welcome change of pace.
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Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:01 pm Post

garpu wrote:Yeah, we freelancing introverts, too, so it's kind of life as usual. Fortunately one of the big Bruins fans is putting games up on his youtube channel, so that scratches the hockey itch. We're OK on toilet paper for the moment. Hopefully people will stop panic-buying by the time we run out.


Bruins games??? Please post or PM the URL! If I can't get LA Kings I'll for sure watch Bruins.

(And the Kings were actually winning before the "pause"...) :(

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Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:36 pm Post

I'm mainly just annoyed that all of the apocalypse movies I've watched and games I've played got it wrong - although they are apparently they are making The Last of Us into an HBO series, which gives them a chance to redress things and have it start, shortly after the news of the Cordyceps virus breaks, with people mass-buying toilet paper and cereal.

Really, though, things aren't great - UK schools have just been closed and exams cancelled, which really puts a huge question mark over what is going to happen with my son's qualifications, as he's in his GCSE year. Of course keeping people safe is the most important thing, but who'd have thought we'd be living through something like this?

On the plus side, I have been self-isolating for years, like others here!
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:23 am Post

Yesterday I was watching the sobering news become ever more sobering and saying to my wife that Wow, This Changes Everything, and she said How, for you, exactly? You've been sitting in the same chair pecking at a keyboard since the Disco Crisis. And you primarily socialize with trees.

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Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:48 am Post

Ahab wrote:Yesterday I was watching the sobering news become ever more sobering and saying to my wife that Wow, This Changes Everything, and she said How, for you, exactly? You've been sitting in the same chair pecking at a keyboard since the Disco Crisis. And you primarily socialize with trees.

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Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:06 pm Post

Ahab wrote:Yesterday I was watching the sobering news become ever more sobering and saying to my wife that Wow, This Changes Everything, and she said How, for you, exactly? You've been sitting in the same chair pecking at a keyboard since the Disco Crisis. And you primarily socialize with trees.

I would have replied "but now there is no one else to bear the burden of the trees sorrows".

And kudos to Mrs Ahab for not prefixing "trees" with "dead".
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:58 pm Post

Yeah...I don't see how a lot of things can go back to "normal" after this. I mean, optimistic estimates say only 1.1 million Americans will die, if we all lock down everything weeks ago. And...yeah. I keep thinking back to my great-grandmother's stories of the Spanish Flu. Thankfully, she was too young to really grasp the horror of it, so we were left with the stories of not being able to play hide-and-seek in the Chicago Art Institute, where the marble kept things cool in the summer.
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:02 pm Post

It is an interesting experience when all around you look at the latest death stats for the words " old/elderly with underlying health problems/issues" and, when found, breathe a huge sigh of relief.

I tend to point to myself and say, hang on they are ME. ..Age 63 with heart disease... but otherwise fit as a fiddle.

Breathe a sigh of relief at my death and I will fucking haunt you! :-)
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:04 pm Post

The loss of an entire generation would profoundly hurt those left behind in many, many different ways. Plus, it says to those vulnerable that they're expendable, which they very much aren't. Or: why we're sitting our asses at home on a 65-degree, sunny afternoon.

Of course, it's allergy season, so we've both been sniffly, coughing, and feeling like something's coming on. Occam's razor, when the parking lot next to our place is covered in yellow tree gunk, right?
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Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:59 am Post

It is also "regular flu season" here ... that means every sniffle, cough, fever is fostering panicked screams of "I HAVE MEXICAN BEER VIRUS!!!!"
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Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:24 pm Post

Jaysen wrote:It is also "regular flu season" here ... that means every sniffle, cough, fever is fostering panicked screams of "I HAVE MEXICAN BEER VIRUS!!!!"


It's even more amusing when you're afflicted with seasonal allergies, as I am. You get the hairy eyeball every time you sneeze. :shock:

I must say I've never seen anything like this. The library I work at has just moved to its new location and was actually scheduled to open last Monday...until the board called that off. We on the staff worked last week answering the phones and helping patrons with as many online resources as possible and were going to do the same this week, but now the local government has closed all county buildings so we can't even go in.

Since I've been griping for a while about always having to go out somewhere when there's a ton to be done at home, I'm not going to complain much. Who knows, I might even get some writing done. :mrgreen:
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