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So how is everyone doing, really?

Old lady H · · Boise, ID · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 1,275
Lee Chandler wrote:

As a school teacher I disagree with this. Please do not start, "unschooling" your children. I acknowledge schools are not perfect and all kids learn differently, but most high achieving schools have found ways to address the aforementioned and are generally doing a pretty good job of it. I akin statements like, "pull your kids from school let them learn on their own," to anti-vax type stuff. 

Respectfully, there is more than one way to do everything, including learning, and we look to agree on that. I am not saying take your kids out of school, but that is the reality people face now, kids at home. Yes, online learning is happening, our teachers here were on this ahead of being told they had to, but it may or may not be going swimmingly for everyone out there. Rather, I'm simply saying this is a viable option for some kids, and some families. 

Please don't kneejerk into dismissive stereotypes. I would hope a teacher would know better than that.

I'm that old lady that makes it a point to vote for school bonds. I'm old enough to have helped my cohorts in high school win the right to vote at 18, and I've voted every election since.

There's more than a little support for teachers and education from my side of this.

Personally, other than tetanus now and then, my last vacs were in high school. And included small pox! My son is totally up to date, and then some. He's an EMT.

Best, Helen

EDIT to add, for the record, I loved school. My son did too, until a certain point when he had to change schools and it totally fell to pieces. Again, it isn't always the best choice, all the time.
Mark Straub · · Berkeley, CA · Joined Feb 2010 · Points: 25
Lena chita wrote:

I think at the time when these books came out, they were amazing, but tastes change with time? Or maybe it’s me who is changing.  I’ve read the Dune series as a young adult, and loved them so much! I made a mistake of trying to re-read them a couple of years ago, and I wish I hadn’t. It took a lot of the glow away. I wish I has just remembered the books as I had experienced them first .


But speaking of fantasy series... if you haven’t read Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller chronicles: Name of the wind and Wise man’s fear, that is, hands down, my favorite of the genre. 

 

Thanks for the tip!  I've heard about that series from a few people now and it's definitely next up on my list.  Dune is my favorite book of all time actually, and I remember hiking up to the Steck-Salathe debating with my partner whether the next few books in the series were great or rubbish (I loved them, but they are different in style).  

On a similar note, fingers crossed that GRRM can finally sit down and finish Winds of Winter!
Ty Gilroy · · Ontario, CA · Joined Feb 2018 · Points: 10

Other than having a narcissistic wannabe dictator in charge of my country. I am keeping well and trying to be positive!

Etha Williams · · Somerville, MA · Joined May 2018 · Points: 324
Franck Vee wrote: Guys please, this is an island of soothing humanity in the midst of chaos. Let's try to keep it this way.

+1

Old lady H · · Boise, ID · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 1,275

It's spring here, sunny, about 42 now.....but I'm an optimist and have a tank top on under the sweatshirt for the yardwork this afternoon! Onion sets and spuds that need garden space prepared so they can get planted. Flowers too...just..cus.

I'm sneezing a lot, but hey, if all the plants in southern Idaho would stop trying to procreate with my nose, we'd be fine.

Best, Helen

Joe Ko · · Portland, OR · Joined Feb 2018 · Points: 0
Ty Gilroy wrote: Other than having a narcissistic wannabe dictator in charge of my country. I am keeping well and trying to be positive!

I agreed until I realized you're from Canada.

To the point, I'm using it as a time to recover and catch up on house work I'd put off to climb. The rain keeps the stoke at bay and I'm lucky enough to work from home so I'm making out okay.
Franck Vee · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 91
Joe Ko wrote:

I agreed until I realized you're from Canada.

To the point, I'm using it as a time to recover and catch up on house work I'd put off to climb. The rain keeps the stoke at bay and I'm lucky enough to work from home so I'm making out okay.

Yeah. We have a bit of a tendancy for drama sometimes.

Although to be fair, they did do a bit of a dick move (slipping power grab into measures that were already mostly agreed to by opposition parties). The thing is we have a minority government in Canada right now too, so the government NEEDS support from other parties to get... anything really done. So it's not as bad government-wise, but we still have our concerns....

Etha Williams · · Somerville, MA · Joined May 2018 · Points: 324
David K wrote: I'm trying to choose my reactions to events with love and not fear. Buying supplies, but not so many that I don't leave enough for the next person. Social distancing, but not so rigidly that I yell at people when they make mistakes. Avoiding risks, but not so much that I won't bring groceries to a sick friend.

I've also found that this has been a good opportunity to practice this. Recognizing that we're all going through this simultaneously has helped me soften my reaction when someone says or does something that annoys me or that I don't agree with. Trying to be kind to others has also helped me be kind to myself. And it's been heartening to see so many other people practicing the same.

Peter G · · A place with no rock · Joined Oct 2018 · Points: 0

Bored and stressed, but at least I'm still working and employed. My stress reliefs used to be skiing and climbing, now I can't do either! I hate going to the grocery store as no one has concepts of personal space. Had someone try and push my out of the way yesterday and I was getting bananas, just because they wanted some and the store was almost out.
And to make matters worse I'm down to 2 rolls of TP at home, maybe I should have bought some a couple weeks ago when I was laughing at everyone else...

chris blatchley · · sammamish, wa · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 6

my eating has gone to shit... i started this out around 156. i now weigh 164 this morning. there's nothing to do but snack on the chips and salsa, watch tv, bake a cake and eat half the damn thing. work on the woody then drink a beer. fuck

jessie briggs · · van down by the river · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 442

I’m doing ok now, but this past week has been one of my worst. Living full time in a van makes me feel outcast right now and on top of that our electrical issues continued to the point where our van almost burnt down. Now we have no lights or refrigerator and we are sort of stranded. Pretty much out of money and our seasonal gigs aren’t going to be happening. It did stop raining for a day though, so that is nice. We are away from town, where I want to be, so my mind feels a little better and we have enough food to last a month or so. Hopefully everyone else is hanging in there, I definitely feel the effects on my mental health being stuck inside a box with maybe 40 square feet that’s mostly taken up by belongings and food. 

David K · · New Paltz, NY · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 145
jessie briggs wrote: I’m doing ok now, but this past week has been one of my worst. Living full time in a van makes me feel outcast right now and on top of that our electrical issues continued to the point where our van almost burnt down. Now we have no lights or refrigerator and we are sort of stranded. Pretty much out of money and our seasonal gigs aren’t going to be happening. It did stop raining for a day though, so that is nice. We are away from town, where I want to be, so my mind feels a little better and we have enough food to last a month or so. Hopefully everyone else is hanging in there, I definitely feel the effects on my mental health being stuck inside a box with maybe 40 square feet that’s mostly taken up by belongings and food. 

Yeah, the coronavirus basically ended truck life for me. Luckily my friends had a spare room for me to retreat to. I hope you find a way to make it work for you.

Jim Bouldin · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2020 · Points: 0
Nat Vorel wrote:

Take this to another thread. The whole point of this thread is how you’re holding up and coping with what’s going on, and what you’re doing with your time, not your opinions on the virus.

No dude, that's pretty much exactly what she did, that is, responded to the question of how she's doing.  If you don't like the particular answer, that's your problem.

wendy weiss · · boulder, co · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 10
Peter Gilbert wrote: Bored and stressed, but at least I'm still working and employed. My stress reliefs used to be skiing and climbing, now I can't do either! I hate going to the grocery store as no one has concepts of personal space. Had someone try and push my out of the way yesterday and I was getting bananas, just because they wanted some and the store was almost out.
And to make matters worse I'm down to 2 rolls of TP at home, maybe I should have bought some a couple weeks ago when I was laughing at everyone else...

Grocery shopping is stressful, though so far I've found people to be courteous and keeping their distance. As for getting toilet paper, I don't know the situation in other places, but here in Boulder Target has been getting a supply and putting a decent selection out every morning when it opens. People start standing in a socially distant line starting about a half hour before the doors open and there's enough for everyone to get a package. Don't know if that tip will work in other places. 

James S · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 84
wendy weiss wrote:

Grocery shopping is stressful, though so far I've found people to be courteous and keeping their distance. As for getting toilet paper, I don't know the situation in other places, but here in Boulder Target has been getting a supply and putting a decent selection out every morning when it opens. People start standing in a socially distant line starting about a half hour before the doors open and there's enough for everyone to get a package. Don't know if that tip will work in other places. 

Grocery shopping is stressful? And you are giving tips on how to get TP??? 

First world problems to the max. Life must be tough in Boulder.

Franck Vee · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 91
wendy weiss wrote:

Grocery shopping is stressful, though so far I've found people to be courteous and keeping their distance. As for getting toilet paper, I don't know the situation in other places, but here in Boulder Target has been getting a supply and putting a decent selection out every morning when it opens. People start standing in a socially distant line starting about a half hour before the doors open and there's enough for everyone to get a package. Don't know if that tip will work in other places. 

That's one good thing about social distancing - hopefully it'll help us make more orderly lines... I've noticed the same here - grocery lines look pretty neat.

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
James S wrote:

Grocery shopping is stressful? 

If you're in one or more covid-19 risk groups it sure is.


David K · · New Paltz, NY · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 145
Marc801 C wrote: If you're in one or more covid-19 risk groups it sure is.


Even if you aren't in one of the risk groups it is. I'm not in any risk groups, but I live in a house with a person who is in two risk groups, and if I get covid-19 they are going to get it too.

It's impossible to keep 6 feet apart when the grocery store aisles aren't even 6 feet wide.
Wayne Curr · · Unknown Hometown · Joined 8 days ago · Points: 0

Just laying around the house, smoking pot, lots of sex, drinking coveffe, walking the dogs, climbing in the garage. Basically high school in a remote town all over again, only this time with arthritis.

Raymond Toney · · Bayfield, CO · Joined Aug 2019 · Points: 0

Finished a thoughtful and very honest book, The Philosopher and the Wolf, Lessons From the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness, by Mark Rowlands. I feel better, more alive and hopeful. Much laughter and crying. It had been getting dark. Thanks, Mark. 

Relatedly, as you may have heard, Colorado now has a resident pack of wolves that migrated in, likely from Wyoming or Idaho. First pack since the last was killed here in my neck of the woods in the 1940s.  I somehow find comfort in that development. We are going to be ok.

Maybe I need to read a good novel next.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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