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Sound off: who among us is "essential", and who isn't?

B P · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2019 · Points: 0
Rob WardenSpaceLizard wrote: Well, my job is the definition of nonessential.

Film tv and stage, production rigging, grip and lighting work.

There is not a god damn thing happening

Not true, where would we be right now without Netflix?

B P · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2019 · Points: 0
Max R wrote: Respiratory therapist, Adult critical care specialist. AKA- the person that intubates, and runs the ventilators. And unfortunately, there’s not enough of us to run the predicted amount of ventilators.

RT's  intubate in OR?


Not trying to sound like a dick, but I just haven't seen that before.
Trevor Taylor · · Seattle · Joined Jun 2018 · Points: 251

Actuary, which insurance is considered essential but I have been working from home for almost 3 weeks now. Honestly though my job is so unimportant relative to everything else it is laughable.  I probably benefit from this whole thing, I am getting paid my normal wage and since no one is having auto claims our loss ratio good, which means I will get a bonus at year end. Maybe house prices will come down?

N H · · Burlington, VT · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 718
gtluke wrote:

Curious what pumps? My company sells fairbanks morse in NYC.

I wouldn't say we have a single type of pump per se because anything that is made is a unique solution to fit the requirements of the specific application for the plant. I don't want to get too specific about our contracts but suffice to say there's tons of applications in any given plant that require a pump. Lots of different fluids being pumped around. 

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 312
Bill Schick wrote: If you spend all your days posting to these forums - you're not essential.

Retired..... essentially expendable.   

Meow sure would · · Hell · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 985

Data analyst.. beginning of March i stopped remote work and moved to full time in the office, was jazzed to have new coworkers, a cubicle (instead of a couch), even enjoying the commute. Lasted one week b4 everyone was moved to fully remote.. now I’m back on the couch. At least I’m used to fighting the cabin fever..

Darren Mabe · · Parks, AZ · Joined Dec 2002 · Points: 4,095

I'm a window cleaner. Possibly not essential.

Kyle Wills · · Chicago, IL · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 1,055

In the Navy. Our shop has worked out a minimally manned rotating schedule that gets me in the office about once a week. More interestingly my impending movement overseas continues to be complicated. Am I happy I am not leaving in a few weeks, to a location far from desirable, Yes. Is it totally screwing up all my plans for when I was supposed to return, absolutely. Did my plans involve supporting my wife on immensely challenging athletic endeavors where she was counting on my for support and will now likely not even be in the country for leaving her at total stressed mess. Yes.

Still happy to be getting paid and being at command trying to do the right thing with its personnel. Hope everyone gets back on their feet soon.

While I'm up on this podium, I know they're still sending recruits to bootcamp... never too late to join (well I mean if you're over 35 you'll be applying for the reserves... so for many of you I guess yeah there is a too late to join point in time) My time in the Navy has given me plenty of time to climb or pursue other passions, and when my heart exploded and my medical bills skyrocketed with the implantation of a pacemaker after 6 cardiac ablations.... I was also thanking my lucky stars for the health coverage.

Cosmiccragsman AKA Dwain · · Las Vegas, Nevada and Apple… · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 136
Darren Mabe wrote: I'm a window cleaner. Possibly not essential.
COOL. 3 window washing climbers so far
on this thread. I've had my own window washing business
for 29 years.
With my back surgery I had in February and this covid-19,
it's the longest vacation I've had in those 29 years

Edit: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, Kyle Wills!!


Max R · · Bend, OR · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 240
B P wrote:

RT's  intubate in OR?


Not trying to sound like a dick, but I just haven't seen that before.

Negative. Never said O.R. ICU and ED yes. 

Mateo San Pedro · · OR · Joined Apr 2011 · Points: 255
Max R wrote:

Negative. Never said O.R. ICU and ED yes. 

I think his question meant in the State of Oregon, not in the operating room.

wj gee · · Boulder, CO · Joined Mar 2018 · Points: 0

I'm an archivist working in a museum. While my work is not essential either by official designation or by my own reckoning, a good portion of my work can't be done remotely since I'm dealing with physical records (papers, photographs, etc.). This is a particularly interesting situation for me because I'm a grant-funded employee working on a firm deadline. I'm not sure what will happen if I run out of things to do from home. I may not be able to finish all of what we've promised to do. In that case, it's up to the federal granting agency to determine the consequences but so far they've been silent on the issue. I imagine a lot of other grant-funded employees are in the same boat.

As someone with a library science degree, I worry about people who rely on library services and live in areas like mine where libraries are closed. Libraries provide an array of services beyond book borrowing: internet access, ESL classes, technology training, job searching and resume workshops, tax help, others. People in lower income brackets rely more on these services and, because they are disproportionately effected by the current crisis, are probably in need of them now more than ever.

More broadly, I share @Danny Poceta's concern but with regard to the long-term health of the museum, library, and cultural heritage sector. 

Darren Mabe · · Parks, AZ · Joined Dec 2002 · Points: 4,095
Cosmiccragsman AKA Dwain wrote: COOL. 3 window washing climbers so far
on this thread. I've had my own window washing business
for 29 years.
With my back surgery I had in February and this covid-19,
it's the longest vacation I've had in those 29 years

Edit: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, Kyle Wills!!


My customers still let me work though

Rob D. · · Brooklyn, NY · Joined May 2011 · Points: 30

(soon to be WFH) kindergarten teacher.  Non essential. 

Max R · · Bend, OR · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 240
Mateo San Pedro wrote:

I think his question meant in the State of Oregon, not in the operating room.

Ah! I actually live in Bend, but work in SF. RT’s are licensed to intubate in any state. It’s dependent on hospital policy. 

Artem Vasilyev · · Portland, OR · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 125
Max R wrote:

Ah! I actually live in Bend, but work in SF. RT’s are licensed to intubate in any state. It’s dependent on hospital policy. 

How does that work? You drive all the way to the bay area to go to work?

Vic Davalos · · Rhode Island · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 5
a beach wrote:

My boss actually referred to it as a badge of honor that construction is still working and sees it as we are some how keeping the economy afloat.

My brother is a union plumber and he's working on a mall renovation that's considered 'essential'.  He was telling me that the running joke on his job site is that they're still working because they're 'disposable', not 'essential'.

Max R · · Bend, OR · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 240
Artem Vasilyev wrote:

How does that work? You drive all the way to the bay area to go to work?

I fly. 5 days on shift, 2 weeks off. Not flying currently though. Staying down here in the trenches for a bit. 

Artem Vasilyev · · Portland, OR · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 125
Max R wrote:

I fly. 5 days on shift, 2 weeks off. Not flying currently though. Staying down here in the trenches for a bit. 

That is a nice split... I would kill for 2 weeks off. Obviously the work has its hazards, but dang. Nice! 

Trevor Taylor · · Seattle · Joined Jun 2018 · Points: 251
Max R wrote:

I fly. 5 days on shift, 2 weeks off. Not flying currently though. Staying down here in the trenches for a bit. 

Where do you sleep or are you there 24 hours? Is that pretty normal? I imagine living in SF but working in healthcare would be hard.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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