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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 12:01 am 
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Are you shitting me? It went right in the fucken bucket! :)


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Officially on lockdown here in Oregon until July 6th. A few things are starting to open like SOME state parks, but not all. The actual date for beginning to reopen is May 16th, with a very gradual start.
Oh well, I'm fairly comfortable in my new routine; which doesn't vary much from the old one.

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 10:21 am 
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This coming Monday our government are going to decide whether to remain at
Alert Level 3 or drop to Level 2. The moaning minority have described Level 3
as Level 4 with KFC.....
My response to these "people" is: are you and yours alive?
then shut the f@#k up!

The leader off the opposition National party, who's numbers are dropping like
a stone, heads up a committee investigating every nitpicking aspect of
the government's response to "the virus", even calling the lockdown illegal.....
It's an election year and he's in trouble, at this point the scumbag will say
and do anything for a headline.....

Level 2 will allow gatherings of 100 people or less, everything can reopen
provided social distancing can be achieved, "hey punk keep your distance"
will be the new normal for sometime to come. We will also be free to travel
throughout the country however the boarders will remain closed to all but
quarantineable kiwis and the outside world will remain off limits.....

The majority of businesses were able to apply for subsidies to stay afloat and
pay staff a percentage of their wages during the lockdown. A list of what
companies received has been made public, so folks can see who got what
and dob in their employer(s) if they feel they haven't received a fair shake.
This "self policing" system has worked well in most cases with very little abuse
having been reported, so far.....The subsidies will be stopped or extended in
June, depending on how things are going virus wise. When the dust settles
there will be audits by inland revenue to recoup any overpayments and
publicly prosecute abusers of the government's lolly scramble.
No doubt there will be a spike in layoffs once the subsides end,
especially in the tourism sector.

Personally the cave dwellers received approximately 80% of our usual income
and actually saved money during our 35 day lockdown, no car use and the
inability to spend on random rubbish saved our bacon.....
Fingers crossed for the future.....

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 10:53 am 
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The only thought that's been banging around in my brain the last week or so about NZ is, "I wonder if anyone thought of locking down to 4 again after you'd been at Level 3 a week and then waiting for the death count rise in 14 more days," (about 10 days from now), to see what kind of spread is happening on the island...if low, go for more, if high, stay at 4.

The island's unique as incoming people can be quarantined/shut out...and maybe it's true SARS-CoV-2 can be eradicated with lockdown and then kept off the island until vaccine, (in that herd immunity is not your route).

Not that staying at 4 is a good option, but if it prevents thousands of deaths as happened in my state, which is about the population of NZ....once the cat is out of the bag, it's not going back in.

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 2:31 pm 
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I'm still working full time. my workplace is considered an "essential financial service".
the people who can do their work from home, are doing so. does not apply to me, though.
they take our temperature (laser gun to the forehead) every morning in the parking lot, even before we get out of our cars.
the whole place smells of lysol and bleach. there are hand sanitizers and clorox wipes everywhere.
as for now, I guess I consider myself lucky to work in an environment, where the employer is doing everything they can to keep us safe.
mrs. gravy is already retired. she's happy that she doesn't have to leave the house.
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well, a couple of people have quit for fear of the virus, and some have used all their sick leave and vacation time and stayed at home for a couple of weeks now.
but, the rest of us keep working, and today we received some good news from management; we are all getting a ten percent pay raise, as a thank you for showing up to work and doing what we are supposed to.
of course, it's a temporary raise, though. when all this is over, they'll take it away from us... but, still, it felt like a nice reward for going in every day.
it seems like a couple of people get sent home every day after having their temperature taken, and they are encouraged to go and get tested.
so far, I have been under the critical limit every morning.
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and, now the governor of our state announced a mandatory wearing of masks, starting tomorrow. you will have to wear one in grocery stores, liquor stores, fast food places and on public transportation.
I don't have a mask, but mrs. gravy pulled out some bandanas from her dresser, so I guess I'll have to use one of those. mrs. gravy does not leave the house, unless she really has to.
but, I won't have to wear a bandana for that long, since my workplace ordered masks for us yesterday, which we will receive in about a week and a half. washable cloth masks.
it's going to be 'wear-your-mask-to-work'-day every day after that, and we will be free to use them outside of work as well, of course.
we will also be able to get additional masks for family members at a low cost.


well, we've been wearing our masks at work for a couple of days now. it took a while getting used to, for sure.
getting the mask on just right, so the straps aren't too tight or too loose behind your ears.
and, I wear glasses (as several other people at work), and at first I got condensation on my glasses from wearing the mask too high up on my nose.
but, with some adjustments, I got it to work pretty good, so I can wear it without losing my breath.

but, it sure feels weird having to wear that thing eight hours a day...

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 3:41 pm 
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We are being told that the contract tracing is (finally) up and running,
there were a few slip ups at the beginning before the virus was being
taken seriously, and the boarders were tightened up.

The clusters have been traced to 35 individuals, several of which have
been branded as super spreaders who visited schools retirement villages
a wedding and a cafe.....

Personally I think we went from level 4 to level 3 a little early,
and those folks that are out and about appear to be quite Blaise
about distancing and hand sanitizing, very few people are wearing masks.

There's a lot of talk from the Government about staying the course,
using the analogy of "after reaching the top of Everest, the descent is
the most dangerous part of the climb, and we don't want to have to
climb back up the mountain" I almost choked on my coffee, such a kiwi
example Sir Edmund Hillary, the New Zealander that conquered Everest
he's on our five dollar note.....

On our first day back at work we had an extremely comprehensive
health and safety meeting, by the middle of the week, based on what
I was seeing, I requested a refresher as the lads didn't appear to be
taking it seriously and their "out there" rubbing shoulders with the
great unwashed, then returning to base to infect those of us the office.....

Roll on Monday to see what our future holds.....

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Coronavirus:
Hundreds of surfers descend on Lyall Bay, Wellington.

Andre Chumko·15:44, May 9th, 2020

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Hundreds of surfers were out at Lyall Bay in Wellington on Saturday, taking advantage of the good weather.

Surfers took to a popular Wellington beach in their hundreds on Saturday, making the most of the unusually-nice autumn weather in the capital.

One person at Lyall Bay, on Wellington's south coast, said there were about 200 surfers earlier in the morning catching waves there. He described the scene to Stuff as "madness" and "crazy".

Under coronavirus alert level 3, the Government has permitted surfing, as long as it's within 200 metres of the shoreline and social distancing is maintained.

A police spokeswoman said police had not logged any jobs for the Lyall Bay area on Saturday morning, and there were no reported issues.

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The weather was perfect for surfing in Wellington on Saturday.

"Surfing is permitted under Alert Level 3 as long as people are adhering to Alert Level 3 restrictions," she said.

Paul Dalton, chief executive of Surf Life Saving New Zealand, said it had been fascinating to look back at the level 4 lockdown period, where surfers were told to stay out of the water.

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Hundreds could be seen out.

"What caused the most grief across whole country [was] not being able to get out on the water or on the beach [for many people]," he said.

"The lockdown highlighted the passion we have for the beach and getting out in the waves.

"Some people love coffee and can't do without it, [some can't do without] being out on the waves. They get that feeling of enjoyment and everyone has their own thing out on water, whether it's a surfboard, paddle board, kayak.

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Surf Life Saving New Zealand said it was to be expected, as people realised how much they missed the ocean in level 4.

"It's a real part of personal identity."

Dalton said the beauty of living in New Zealand was that there were coastlines and natural environments all around. "When you take it away, that's a hit. We connect emotionally and physically [to it]."

While Surf Life Saving New Zealand clubs are closed in level 3, Emergency Call Out Squads remain on standby to respond to any incidents.

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Surfers ride waves at Lyall Bay.

Dalton wanted to remind people as the weather became colder, and water temperatures dropped, not to remain in the water for extended periods, and not to overestimate abilities.

Huge recent swells on Wellington's south coast were a good reminder and "classic example" of surfers underestimating conditions - decisions that could cost lives, he said.

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The forecast was fine for Sunday, as well.

MetService forecasted fine spells for Lyall Bay on Saturday afternoon, with cloud expected to return in the evening. There were northerly breezes, and a high of 17°C (62.6°F).

Sunday's forecast for Lyall Bay was mostly fine, with a high of 17°C (62.6°F) again.

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Teaching the 11th and 10th class and envigilating full time for the whole of next week. Plus, we have to teach the other classes online in whatever free time we might otherwise have. This is certainly a much larger workload than we usually have. That is, unless you're under 60 or have a health condition, which I don't. Plus it seems as though the school can check up when we were online and thus 'active'. Both they and the pupils can now contact you and expect a reply 24/7. The fact that all the things you do offline for school (e.g. preparing oral exams, which just took up my weekend) don't register as work is not particularly amusing, either. Also, I recently held a telephone conference with my class, only to notice that a very mute 'guest' was also logged in - if the school admin is logged in, I would like to know it. :|

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I'm lucky because I've been able to carry on doing what I would have been doing anyway. Sure, the world has gotten freaky and I'm well aware of what's happening, particularly when I go shopping, but aside from that nothing much has changed for me. I've been doing a little less work on my music because I've been building a new veranda on the back of the house, but that's done bar two slat wall sections and paving the floor. The other three wall sections will have blinds. I wasn't taking the opportunity due to confinement, it's been in the planning since October last year.

Things have been pretty well contained in South Australia with only 4 deaths and no new cases for a while now.

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Well, one new case in South Australia on May 7th, a guy returning from the UK. Other than that, no new cases since April 22nd. Australia wide there were 18 new cases yesterday and a total from the start of 6,966 cases and 97 deaths.

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Lumpy Gravy wrote:
well, we've been wearing our masks at work for a couple of days now. it took a while getting used to, for sure.
getting the mask on just right, so the straps aren't too tight or too loose behind your ears.
and, I wear glasses (as several other people at work), and at first I got condensation on my glasses from wearing the mask too high up on my nose.
but, with some adjustments, I got it to work pretty good, so I can wear it without losing my breath.

but, it sure feels weird having to wear that thing eight hours a day...


I'm having a couple of days off. it's really nice not to be at work having to wear that fucking mask...

enjoying being confined. 8)

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This weekend I'm dealing with it by royally fucking off...

Fucking off on line, and if I get really ambitious I'm going to build a model of a 1966 Olds Cutlass S just like I had in 1972...I haven't built a model in 50 years, so I'm going to focus, focus, and try to get back to how I used to paint them years ago...cuz if you fuck up the paint, you can either flat black it and start over again - and the paint will be too thick...or throw it away cuz it's not worth building with fucked up paint.

So a high pressure weekend...Oh yeah, I have to work an hour of garden sometime in the two days, but that's as bad as it's gonna get.

I'm workin on the on-line part right now :)

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A Lennon's song sung by Depp with Beck on guitar. It might help. . .

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Very nice, Beck 'n' Depp, who would have thought it.....

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I knew Depp played guitar, but didn't know he could sing too!


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LOTS of teaching last week. More hours than normal; got loads to mark, as we're rotating subjects, I've got oral final exams for the whole of the week after next and I don't know when I'm going to see 'em again before the summer holidays, which begin at the end of June. Germans (sensibly in my view) are keeping schools for pre-secondary school kids still fairly closed - little kids are very difficult to keep apart. Restaurants have reopened, but with very distant tables. Looks like we might be able to go to France for our summer holidays after all, as they're talking about opening the German-French border without too many restrictions by the middle of June. As long as a second wave doesn't return, we've done ok here...

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I miss my trips to the historic Tastee Diner in Silver Spring, Maryland. I would get breakfast there, once or twice every week.

My order would be either:

two eggs (scrambled) with grits, two biscuits (with apple butter), water, and coffee

OR

a waffle (well-done) with hot syrup, melted butter, water and coffee

The soup-of-the-day every Monday is lentil. I would pick up two (with biscuits) - one for me and one for my 91-year-old mother. She sure does miss her soup.

menu :arrow: https://www.tasteediner.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Silver-Spring-Final-Menu-20190729.pdf

Yes, they even serve scrapple!!! I used to love that stuff before I became a vegetarian. 8)


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