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Went out for the weekly grocery trip.

Rubber gloves just thrown on the ground everywhere. Like 5 feet away from garbage cans.

The vitriol in my body will kill me before 'rona does.

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We got hazard pay only because the union got involved last week and threatened walkouts.

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35 minutes ago, Niners Fan in CT said:

We got hazard pay only because the union got involved last week and threatened walkouts.

Must be nice. We can't utter that word while inside the plant and on company time. It's more of an unspoken role, though - since there are signs posted up in break areas, hidden behind coat racks and shit, that tells us we have the right to form a union and whatnot.

Hell, if we walked out right now, nothing would be affected, since all I've been doing on my shift is playing Switch for like 10 hours, with the other 3 1/2 spent doing the work I actually have to complete.

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6 hours ago, The Natural said:

Any good books/videos you can recommend for learning electric guitar? Cheers.

If you have a game console or PC, get Rocksmith and learn that way.

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Welfare caseworkers in my state have been testing positive for COVID-19 while the Commonwealth is tight-lipped about safety measures, even to our union.

We’re on staggered shifts of two days on, two days off, and our offices are closed to the public, but we’re still panicking about how to keep ourselves safe.

On the upside, I just won a free download of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie from the radio station, so at least I have some entertainment.

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They should include a special edition that has the original Sonic animation just for the hell of it.

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well, got a working phone so now I can work at home and not blow through all my carry over sick time so if things eventually normalize, maybe i can go someplace other than my apartment.

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I had just started making my vacation plans for my 50th birthday.

now, I will be lucky if I can leave my house to go to work by then and will have spent all my vacation time on sitting at home. 

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This morning I’m confronting that my Dad is probably going to die without me seeing him again. He’s been in bad shape for many years, and frankly, he’s held on much longer than anyone could have predicted. I’m afraid to visit him because getting him sick would speed up the process and his wife is chronically ill as well. Even if I end up visiting him with the precautionary measures his home health aids use, I definitely can’t bring the grandkids to visit, and that would be the one thing that could lift his spirits now. As sick as he’s been he was never in pain, and now he’s in agony, so I guess it’ll be a mercy. I just wish I could do something for him to put him more at ease. 

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@odessasteps I will drink one to your health, buddy.  I did not realize I am older than you since I am so much prettier than you. 🙂

@(BP) I'm going though something similar, so I do not envy you, my friend.  My dad has Lewy body dementia and his ratio of lucid days to fugue days are favoring the fugue.  I fear that his mind will be so far gone when his health goes to complete crap, that he won't recognize any of us on his final day..   It's not a good feeling.  My thoughts and prayers are with you, man.

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Diseases suck and I hate them.

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I work in a state hospital (ny) and it's madness. 

My uncle died and we can't have a proper ceremony \ service 

Fishing season opened up for trout, bro and I didn't catch shit and I now look like sick Nick mondo from all the thorns brambles  and brush we tromped to and back to the spot

. Also I've developed an interest in amateur radio communication so I'm learning alot. I'm on CB, listening to shortwave and studying for ham license.

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On a somewhat pathetically amusing note, I had a dream I was sword fighting someone and dove and ended up rolling out of bed. That's gonna bruise something I'm sure. Thank the gods for fat and a thick rug.

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2 hours ago, Ryan said:

On a somewhat pathetically amusing note, I had a dream I was sword fighting someone and dove and ended up rolling out of bed. That's gonna bruise something I'm sure. Thank the gods for fat and a thick rug.

Could have been worse, you might have dreamed about eating a ten-pound marshmallow and awakened to find your pillow missing.

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It's Semi-safe, since it's all censored and what-not. Just have to have a loose working environment.

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Having been deemed an "essential job" but with restaurants not having any sit down business and only having carry-out, delivery and drive-thru our core food service customer base has been decimated. Main thing keeping us going as of late has been delivering to small grocery stores and Walmarts. The small market where I work was jam packed with people for the first two weeks. If social distancing had been observed that line would've been to the Indiana state line(three miles away). The amount of masks and gloves being tossed on the ground has made me really begin to dislike my fellow humans. Been having a bit of "social anxiety" as well. Here is to everybody coming out of this thing unscathed.

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Posted (edited)

My dad is on his way out.  Not COVID, just his body deciding it was done with chemo and shutting down.  He's on a vent and sedated in the ICU.  My sister is freaking out because she can't see him (the entire ICU is patients-and-staff only, they even made the public elevators not recognize that button) and they won't even let her spend time in the waiting room.  My brother and I are not local; Aaron, who has been a pastor for over a decade and is VERY used to the "my elderly loved one is dying" cycle, has kind of shut out his own emotions in favor of being the caregiver/counselor.  I'm sitting in an apartment alone and crying.  Yesterday I was terrified that he would need me for in-home care, and I was gonna have to move to an exurban town where being a disabled non-driver meant relying on other people to leave the house.  Today, I'm terrified that I'm going to say goodbye to someone who can't talk back over Skype video, if I even get that.  I'm glad I saw him in January and that we'd been talking daily during the lockdown, as it's at least something.

 

Edited to clarify the elevator thing. obviously there are elevators going to ICU but the ones visitors can access don't

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I'll be curious to see what my daily bus trip will be like after the sanctions are lifted.

 

On the best of days, people are packed in like sardines during rush hour.  I can only imagine that the bus will be a mix of people screaming "stay six feet away from me" as dozens of people pile onto the bus.

 

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On ‎4‎/‎2‎/‎2020 at 11:14 PM, Bigbosseli said:

I work in a state hospital (ny) and it's madness. 

My uncle died and we can't have a proper ceremony \ service 

Fishing season opened up for trout, bro and I didn't catch shit and I now look like sick Nick mondo from all the thorns brambles  and brush we tromped to and back to the spot

. Also I've developed an interest in amateur radio communication so I'm learning alot. I'm on CB, listening to shortwave and studying for ham license.

Keep strong, man, and I am sorry for your loss. 😞

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On ‎4‎/‎4‎/‎2020 at 7:21 PM, Cliff Hanger said:

My dad is on his way out.  Not COVID, just his body deciding it was done with chemo and shutting down.  He's on a vent and sedated in the ICU.  My sister is freaking out because she can't see him (the entire ICU is patients-and-staff only, they even made the public elevators not recognize that button) and they won't even let her spend time in the waiting room.  My brother and I are not local; Aaron, who has been a pastor for over a decade and is VERY used to the "my elderly loved one is dying" cycle, has kind of shut out his own emotions in favor of being the caregiver/counselor.  I'm sitting in an apartment alone and crying.  Yesterday I was terrified that he would need me for in-home care, and I was gonna have to move to an exurban town where being a disabled non-driver meant relying on other people to leave the house.  Today, I'm terrified that I'm going to say goodbye to someone who can't talk back over Skype video, if I even get that.  I'm glad I saw him in January and that we'd been talking daily during the lockdown, as it's at least something.

Yeah, I'm also not sure if I am ready to be the representational generation of my family, but it will happen sooner or later.  My father's brother died of kidney disease five years ago and his sister is not doing well either.  We're trying to figure out who will rep our immediate family if my aunt dies since the service will be limited to ten people.   I'm the oldest, so it will probably fall on me and I will gladly accept the honor.

My dad's been in a mental wellness assisted living facility for about a year now thanks to his dementia and the neurological decay caused by his disease will eventually kill him.  I'm still trying to make peace with it.

Things are rough all over so find joy in little stuff so you don't go fucking crazy.. like the bad ass, old school sci-horror marathon coming on tomorrow on Turner Classic Movies.

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I have so many relatives, this is nearly impossible except in my immediate case as an only child, but they're doing fine. I have like 120some relatives through my cousin's kids and it keeps growing. Stupid farmers.

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He's still in very rough shape, but is conscious and stable. On O2 but not a vent, getting nutrition thru his nose because he's aspirating too much to eat or drink safely and he's not strong enough to get the stomach tube installed.

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The plea by that one White House doctor to not even leave the house to buy groceries for the next two weeks has gone over like a fart in church with most of the people I talked to at Walmart and Target the last two days.

 

Washington state cancelled school for the rest of the year, with the state superintendant cautioning they may have to cancel classes in September as well, which, from what I've read on message boards over the last two hours, has essentially guaranteed he shouldn't even bother running for re-election.  (When he announced the initial closures last month, when asked by a reporter how substitute teachers, custodians, para educators, cafeteria workers, and other hourly school employees were supposed to pay their bills, his response was essentially "Wow, that's a tough one.  I guess some of them could deliver food to handicapped kids or something.")

 

This whole "distance learning" thing has been a complete shit show so far, lots of teachers either providing half-assed lessons, or they're not technologically profecient to begin with so they're struggling to do stuff on Zoom.  

 

I just remember this one woman in line in front of me at Safeway two weeks ago: she had three kids with her, all horsing around and out of control, and she just looked SO exhausted and like she wanted to burst into tears.  

 

More and more Washingtonians are starting to ignore the "shelter in place" rules and going out and about.  I've seen a couple hair and nail salons have re-opened "under the table," and even the sole porn shop near me re-opened this weekend, arguing that they are an essential business for some reason or another.

 

It's nowhere near as bad here as in Italy where they're on the verge of rioting in the streets over everything being shut down, but attempts by Gov. Jay Inslee to keep things under control are starting to fall on deaf ears.  As we get closer to May 1st and rent being due, more and more people will start pushing for Inslee to start re-opening some businesses and letting people get back to work as many face down bankruptcy and homelessness.

 

I guess in that aspect, we're lucky that we were hit first.  After the surge this week, as the curve flattens (and Jesus Fucking Christ am I sick and tired of hearing that phrase), we'll probably be the first state to start easing up.

 

There certainly is very little tolerance for any sort of continued "shelter in place" order that extends beyond May 5th among the common folk, and this state certainly doesn't have the National Guard capability to enforce martial law, not that our wet noodle of a governor would even have the guts to do that.

 

Arenas and sporting events will probably be cancelled through August, but hopefully we can get most restaurants, theaters, bars, offices reopened by early June with major restrictions on how many people per room.

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