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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 3:39 am 
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Location: >>==> Wellington, New Zealand.
Locally pretty much every one is now open for business, provided they can provide
"social distancing" for their customers and staff.....

Barbers and Hairdressers were cutting hair on the stroke of midnight on the day that
Alert Level three became Alert Level Two.
Many bars pubs and clubs will be open from tomorrow with extra security to ensure distancing rules
are adhered to, the tango will be banned from the dance floors of the land with these
new no touching rules.....
The cafe's and coffee carts are back in full swing, and entering your favorite bank
wearing a mask is now acceptable behavior, although a crash helmet is still a no no :mrgreen:

All schools are now open or though many of the children are being kept home by
their fearful parents, both of our local primary schools have had less than a third
of their kids showing up. One of the fully staffed high schools had one pupil
arrive for lessons, home schooling has become the new normal and may continue
to be so for the foreseeable future.....

Workwise we are flat out most days and long may it last,
over half the staff have chosen to remain on their respective sofas
collecting the government wage subsidy, which has just been extended
for a further eight weeks. Their nonattendance is endangering the companies
very existence, and their cards have been well and truly marked, I suspect that once
the subsidy's end and these lazy bastards return to work, if there is any work left
to return to, they will be the first ones to get the chop if and when the forecasted
recession hits home.....

The work place has never been cleaner what with all the hand
and surface sanitizing going down. I've reorganized how my tasks are
performed, effectively locking myself away and masked and gloved if I'm forced
to leave the inner sanctum which, thanks to almost anal pre planning, is rare.....

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 4:24 pm 
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^Glad to see you're getting back to normal GG!^

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 5:08 pm 
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cory1984 wrote:
^Glad to see you're getting back to normal GG!^


Cheers Cory

Everybody's adapting, most shop assistants are now behind a screen of some kind,
some switched on advertising companies have had screens manufactured with a number
of different logos around the screen's frame, Coca Cola and Red Bull to name a couple are now in your face at the counter of most convenience stores.....
I bet the tobacco companies are spewing that they can't take advantage of this groovy new advertising trend :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 12:46 am 
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We are now permitted to travel within 100km of our homes as the crow flies. Being in Lyon is nice as this allowed us to pack up and go climb a mountain in the Chartreuse mountains with a nice view of Mont Blanc.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 6:09 am 
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We have moved into "Phase 1" of reopening here in the capital city of Oregon.

Phase 1
First reopening stage, allowed in specific counties that qualify. Includes limited reopening of restaurants and bars, personal services, gyms, and malls. Gatherings of up to 25 people allowed for recreational, social, cultural, civic or faith events – with physical distancing requirements.


Good to see things getting back to the way they were.

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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 8:36 am 
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May 13th kiwis were given permission to travel nationwide.....bye-bye bubble!

How's the new Acadianmobile?

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 11:51 am 
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Gray_Ghost wrote:
May 13th kiwis were given permission to travel nationwide.....bye-bye bubble!

How's the new Acadianmobile?


Well, Phydeaux 3008 has not arrived yet. I guess the factory has a backlog of orders. I'll post a pic as soon as it's baptised.

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 10:45 pm 
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Gray_Ghost wrote:
May 13th kiwis were given permission to travel nationwide.....bye-bye bubble!

How's the new Acadianmobile?


Well, Phydeaux 3008 has not arrived yet. I guess the factory has a backlog of orders. I'll post a pic as soon as it's baptised.


Excellent!

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so, after having been working 10-hour days for a couple of months now, I finally had enough.

had a talk with my supervisor, told him I'm getting too old for this shit, and after a little bit of discussion, we decided that I could go down to a 35-hour week, with the option to put in overtime voluntarily.
(that means, if I feel like it... at least to me, it does)

so, as of last monday, I am now leaving work at 3:00 pm, instead of 5:30.
I get to spend some more time with mrs. gravy and our old cat.
and I can spend more time outside in my patio chair, watch a car go by now and then, and look at the farm field across the road, where something is slowly growing.
(we're guessing it's soy beans this year, but what do we know...)

I guess I can almost call myself semiretired now... 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:33 pm 
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Lumpy Gravy wrote:
so, after having been working 10-hour days for a couple of months now, I finally had enough.

had a talk with my supervisor, told him I'm getting too old for this shit, and after a little bit of discussion, we decided that I could go down to a 35-hour week, with the option to put in overtime voluntarily.
(that means, if I feel like it... at least to me, it does)

so, as of last monday, I am now leaving work at 3:00 pm, instead of 5:30.
I get to spend some more time with mrs. gravy and our old cat.
and I can spend more time outside in my patio chair, watch a car go by now and then, and look at the farm field across the road, where something is slowly growing.
(we're guessing it's soy beans this year, but what do we know...)

I guess I can almost call myself semiretired now... 8)

Way to stand up for yourself! Glad to see you're getting a well deserved break! 8)

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Way to stand up for yourself! Glad to see you're getting a well deserved break! 8)
thanks. appreciated. 8)

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Nice LG, that sounds a lot better, must be like having a half a day off every afternoon 8)



We started opening up non-essential with restrictions here in Connecticut, restaurants with outside seating and such, so I hope the virus got the memo.

Re-opening took a life of it's own at work because Connecticut/New York/New Jersey are all opening at the same levels at the same time, causing a flood of on site requests hammering my boss (who is a cool guy), wanting on site service in the hot zone. He stays firm, we've lost 6 people into quarantines from exposures and 4 were positive, one got really sick, and another was feeling pretty bad Friday; 'customers had their way we'd be like butterflies going from one site to another, pollenating.

I pollenate sometimes, I can say no, but I haven't yet, I've been pretty much into every place I've gone.

Lol, I made a Covid Free zone at one of my customers, usually a fixture at some, and then disappearing for two months, they're all, Hey Chuck, how ya doin...and coming over and standing around, which turns into hanging around me instead of "over there" where I can hear you just fine and tell dirty jokes from 10 feet away thank you...

so I made Covid Free zone...

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The second one is kinda a psychological barrier; it is really easy to get through, but they get the idea:)




I don't know, I'm thinking they'll be a second wave, a few parts of the NYC area have 50% people with antibodies, but most parts are no-where near that, yet.
The area is well seeded and non-immune. Connecticut is down to about 40 people a day dying, but reopening seems to be based on maintaining a flat plateau of an acceptable death rate, (I guess 40/day is a good number).

Kudos to NZ :)

Personally, it's a pain in the ass, but I've been getting caught up on a crapload of stuff.

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Nice LG, that sounds a lot better, must be like having a half a day off every afternoon 8)
yeah, it's great. thanks, baddy. 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:47 pm 
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Location: >>==> Wellington, New Zealand.
It's all about the work life balance, it's easy to fall into the long hours rut,
before you know it you've been working ten to twelve hour days,
six days a week most weeks and the mofos have come to expect it.....

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Good for you gravy, I am still basically under house arrest...lol...but our company is really reluctant to bring everyone back to our many buildings across the country and especially the Head Quarters in Plano which when at normal capacity has to hold 2 or 3 thousand people.

The news is reporting and to some degree it has been known for years that when employees can work from home the company saves money and the employee is more productive.


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Location: >>==> Wellington, New Zealand.
Wellington is a government city, a huge number of public servants and contractors have
been saving money on fast food and petrol/commuting while working, apparently very
successfully, from home for the last couple of months. Now that the lockdown has all but
ended, there's been a reluctance by some employers and some employees to return to
the city, the downstream effect is the café lunch bar coffee cart operators are struggling
to exist in some government and council precincts that for all intents and purposes have
become little ghost towns. There's a hope that when the retail stores bars and theatres
get back up to full speed the people will return.....

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Lumpy Gravy wrote:
baddy wrote:
Nice LG, that sounds a lot better, must be like having a half a day off every afternoon 8)
yeah, it's great. thanks, baddy. 8)


Well done, LG. I know how you feel. Got to summon up the energy to do something similar, if this continues much longer. But if you don't complain, you can't complain.

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But if you don't complain, you can't complain.

ok...

1. i never had a breathing problem until i started wearing the mask.
it still feels awkward and uncomfortable.

2. i find it more difficult to hear/understand what people wearing masks are saying to me.

3. i miss facial expressions.

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Caputh wrote:
But if you don't complain, you can't complain.

ok...

1. i never had a breathing problem until i started wearing the mask.
it still feels awkward and uncomfortable.

2. i find it more difficult to hear/understand what people wearing masks are saying to me.

3. i miss facial expressions.


My major problems are that ...
a) I have nice colleagues who keep on sewing masks for staff that tend to fall off, as my ears are the wrong shape. I am too polite to not wear them, but wish that I didn't have to.
b) Sometimes my glasses steam up when I wear a mask, sometimes they don't. I have yet to discover and remember the exact position of the mask to exclude the possibility that my glasses might steam up.
c) My glasses tend to fall off if I am wearing a mask. This means I run through the supermarket, tilting my head like a premenstrual Maria Callas.

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lapsed maps wrote:
ok...
1. i never had a breathing problem until i started wearing the mask.
it still feels awkward and uncomfortable.
2. i find it more difficult to hear/understand what people wearing masks are saying to me.
3. i miss facial expressions.

agreed.


Caputh wrote:
My major problems are that ...
a) I have nice colleagues who keep on sewing masks for staff that tend to fall off, as my ears are the wrong shape. I am too polite to not wear them, but wish that I didn't have to.
b) Sometimes my glasses steam up when I wear a mask, sometimes they don't. I have yet to discover and remember the exact position of the mask to exclude the possibility that my glasses might steam up.
c) My glasses tend to fall off if I am wearing a mask. This means I run through the supermarket, tilting my head like a premenstrual Maria Callas.

my workplace ordered masks for us, and I guess they are ok (meaning they serve their purpose), but most of us at work can't stand wearing them.
and, I have the same problem as you, caputh, with my glasses steaming up, and trying to adjust those straps behind my ears, without making my glasses fall off...
most of us are just letting the mask cover our mouths, even though we are supposed to cover our noses too.
it's just really frustrating... and, are they really necessary? do we really need them?... I doubt it...

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