Quarantimes 2: Quarantine Harder

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Continuing from the last thread - let us know how you're holding up in this extremely normal and very standard year of 2020. We'll do our damndest to offer solidarity.

This is a place to check in on covid news and all, but also to talk about the things you're doing to self-care and destress. So uh, how're you all doing?

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  • QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    Not great! (A LOT of first world problems follow, I am quite thankful to know I'm not winning any grief olympics) We had a whirlwind move Atlanta to Boston in November, then got so caught up in new house, new jobs and dealing with my first new england winter (wans't a fan) that we didn't get out much. Then the weather turned but covid set in so by my count I have...no actual in person friend group in boston. At all. Just my partner, my co-workers, and my sister in law and her bf. All lovely people but I'm the sort who always needs at least a couple independent groups of people that don't intersect much. My partner is great but can't be everything, nor should they be. Co-workers are good but...it's work right? I like to keep that a little seperate. Sister in law+bf are also lovely but again, I need my own game night group or SOMETHING. And I can't go to game nights, can't go to concerts, I stopped drinking about a month ago and just ugh. I'm profoundly lonely and I'm not depressed but I am fuckin' SAD about how the US is handling corona, and police brutality, and I can't even give the time of day to thoughts of climate change cause I'll just curl into a ball, keening and wailing until I curl up and consume my self uzumaki style. Didn't help that I got loopholed into being "essential" in a big hurry so I got all of a week of...lighter work as my quarantine vacation, making me oddly resentful of all the "oh I'm so bored" people while of course I'm SUPER fuckin thankful to have a job and income etc. And now I find my fave manager is leaving the company and the awesome tech who was about to be assigned as my report is also leaving, during a hiring freeze, making it real fuckin' unclear how I'm supposed to advance/develop the proof I can manage people when I have no people to manage. So instead of thinking about protests in the area, mutual aid, or even just keeping up with the work I'm behind on I'm back to conniving ways to get a report under me because I can't move forward until I tick that box.
    OH and our current car is basically unsafe to drive and the process of replacing it has been a terrible comedy of errors of carvana trying to string us along while they rush to fix a car, then a dealer having no idea how overpriced they are, then securing a car with carmax only for it to somehow be sold out from under us and maybe, MAYBE we'll really get the one we have an order on now, who knows! I just want to be able to drive and get groceries, considering that smaller walking trips are a bad idea because again, PANDEMIC. I'm going batty, I hate it, and people suck.

    In only slightly "lighter" news, after they decided all lab work was essential and I kept seeing the CEO around the office for no fuckin reason with no mask (I have NEVER seen that man put a mask on) I used my little discretionary budget to get a print of the demon moloch factory from metropolis to put up at my desk, just as a pretty reminder that any company will absolutely feed you into the maw of a hungry demon to keep things going.

    And if I get one more fuckin' ad for biden or trump I'm going to shit directly into my modem.

    If anyone read this rant...go get yourself a glass of water, maybe stretch, you need to make healthier choices too, and you deserve to be happy.

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  • Blackbeard7Blackbeard7 Registered User regular
    edited July 15
    back to work in a limited capacity (less hours/staff) but otherwise doing fine. I live alone and play video games all day normally anyway so the rest of that is not impacting me terribly pandemic-wise

    my (small) family is not doing anything stupid so errybody is safe on my end

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  • MulysaSemproniusMulysaSempronius but also susie nyRegistered User regular
    Having been through the worst of it, NYC is.. getting a bit back to normal. Summer camps are open, and my kids are doing so much better not being stuck at home. I'm going into work occasionally, and it's good to be getting things back on track there. Outdoor dining at our local diner once a week. And we have tickets to go to the zoo at the end of the month.
    Of course, I'm checking the numbers daily and ready to pull back if needed. I know things will spread from the southern states and we'll lock down again. But for now, the infection rate and numbers are low.

    If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing
  • HenroidHenroid Seize the Memes Registered User regular
    In a weird way, the time I spent in rural Texas kinda normalized this for me. I was isolated, VERY far away from all my friends, and for my first near-year there I wasn't licensed to drive so I was stuck at home. Even then, the town didn't exactly have a lot as far as places to go and things to do, so even when I started working there I was just... spending my free time at home.

    'Course I have severe social anxiety now and the pandemic is definitely having me like "not going to be close enough to anyone's breath now"

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  • sponospono Mining for Nose Diamonds Registered User regular
    My wife and are both burned out from work but there's nowhere we can go on vacation so I guess we'll just keep on burning

    At least our daycare is still open and being smart about things. I have friends with young kids who are home with them all day while trying to work from home and it just sound impossible without parking the kid in front of the TV for hours at a time

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  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    We are having an outbreak on the other side of the country.

    It still feels weird that we don’t really have many cases in my state.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    My daughters daycare teacher tested positive but there was a 5 day lag from test to result, during which the teacher lead the class and held my child over 2 days

    Our pediatrician’s daughter is in this class too and is Facebook friends with my wife- they had a nice chat about the situation. We’re all isolating for 14 days from last exposure (which ends next Friday) and he’s going to help us with testing if we develop any symptoms...he was reassuring though that our kids are probably fine and probably don’t have the baby strength to infect us, so we just need to be cautious but not super anxious.

  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    Ah nice, corduroy time

  • JuggernutJuggernut Registered User regular
    The testing time fucking sucks. It took almost 5 days to get my first set of results and then almost a week the next time.

    Like, we still don't have our shit together.

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  • WotanAnubisWotanAnubis Registered User regular
    I live in a tiny apartment building (it's actually a bit more complex than that, but I don't feel like explaining right now). And there's someone living here who has symptoms that may indicate that they're infected by the coronavirus. But, it being the coronavirus, it may also be a some other disease.

    They were tested yesterday, and now we're all just waiting for the test results. Until the results are in, the building's on lockdown and nobody's allowed to leave. If it does turn out to be COVID-19, we won't be allowed to leave for at least two weeks.

    So... that's fun.

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  • 3clipse3clipse I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular

    Right in line with Trump's strategy of just pretending it does not exist.

    I imagine we will see many hospitals just self-publish their numbers.

  • 3clipse3clipse I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    In other news, Walmart has announced that they will be requiring people to wear masks in all their stores, so that's going to lead to some serious shitshows.

  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    i certainly hope hospitals just say fuck you to that and report them to cdcc anyway

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  • JayKaosJayKaos Registered User regular
    I don't actually know how long my last couple tests took since both times I was supposed to check a website, and after a week of nothing showing up on the website I called and the results were available. Next time I'll just call every day till something shows up.

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  • StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    i certainly hope hospitals just say fuck you to that and report them to cdcc anyway

    Overall me too, but even that is a bad solution I feel.

    Not all hospitals are going to do it, for one reason or another. I can imagine a lot of medical professionals wanting to report, but hospital administration is going to be a lot more gun-shy. And potentially for good reason - continuing to report it could lead to some form of retaliation, whether in an official sense or just a bureaucratic coincidence that certain supplies don't get delivered or what have you.

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    Straightzi wrote: »
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    i certainly hope hospitals just say fuck you to that and report them to cdcc anyway

    Overall me too, but even that is a bad solution I feel.

    Not all hospitals are going to do it, for one reason or another. I can imagine a lot of medical professionals wanting to report, but hospital administration is going to be a lot more gun-shy. And potentially for good reason - continuing to report it could lead to some form of retaliation, whether in an official sense or just a bureaucratic coincidence that certain supplies don't get delivered or what have you.

    Sure but throwing Trump's bullshit back in his face is pretty important to do right now, too.

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  • QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    The hospitals can be denied federal funds like medicare if they don't play ball. It's a hell of a nose to cut off to spite someone else's face. They'd be right in many ways to do so, but it's not nearly that simple.

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    The CDC is a non-political organizational nerve center for pandemic response, even if this gets subverted as much as it can the administration is succeeding in doing massive, irreparable, tangible harm by fucking this up. All in the name of Trump's insane fascist propaganda efforts. Fucking god I am so angry.

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    The hospitals can be denied federal funds like medicare if they don't play ball. It's a hell of a nose to cut off to spite someone else's face. They'd be right in many ways to do so, but it's not nearly that simple.

    Oh, I know. It's absolutely not a simple decision to make. Almost as if like HEY hospitals shouldn't even have to make that sort of decision

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  • QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    Yeah my partner is working on coronavirus projects right now. Lots of shades of "oh god this is how climate scientists have felt for years, we do all this work, give all of our advice and watch it all be ignored, what is even the fucking point?"

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  • 3clipse3clipse I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Airbnb-asks-people-to-donate-money-to-hosts-15407730.php

    Airbnb asks people to donate money to landlords, backlash ensues
    Airbnb's latest attempt to appease hosts and customers amid a tumultuous year was met with a searing backlash on social media.

    The online vacation rental marketplace, headquartered in San Francisco, initiated a feature this week offering customers the chance to donate money and "kindness cards" to hosts.

    "Today we're introducing a new way to connect with your favorite hosts. Now you can create personalized kindness cards that make it easy to send a message of appreciation or encouragement, with the option to add a contribution. We hope these cards will make hosts smile, and bring a little joy your way," a message from the company to customers read.

    "Airbnb has lost its f---ing head, why would I donate to my host? I can't even afford one house." Twitter user olenskae fumed.

    The absolute gall of this. Get fucked Airbnb and get double fucked anyone who's squatting on multiple properties as your main income model, I hope you all go bankrupt together.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Christ, those assholes.

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  • GustavGustav Registered User regular
    edited July 15
    The people that got themselves into a lot of financial trouble by buying loads of houses for Airbnb's provided one of the few solid joys in this crisis

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    I remember a tweet thread at the start of the shutdown from a guy who found out his friend rented houses to furnish them and list them on airbnb without telling the actual owners what he was up do. Then thanks to the quarantine all his airbnb agreements got cancelled and he was on the hook for a 5 digit figure in rent. Get fucked wannabe slumlord.

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  • GustavGustav Registered User regular
    I've had enough friends evicted to make airbnbs out their homes to do nothing but laugh sinisterly at all of their failures

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    The CDC thing is stupid but the CDC isn’t where we get our data on cases and deaths

  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    The CDC thing is stupid but the CDC isn’t where we get our data on cases and deaths

    Well then, I am glad that they are too incompetent to do something stupid.

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  • JuggernutJuggernut Registered User regular
    I wonder if I can get booze delivered to my door?

    I haven't drank in almost two months but I guess I'm looking at least another 10 days of isolation and I'm starting to think I'd rather not spend them concious.

  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    Better use something else like WoW

  • JuggernutJuggernut Registered User regular
    If I'm gonna ruin my life I'm gonna do it the old fashioned way: with alcohol, and schemes.

    Also my computer is borked so I couldn't if I wanted to.

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  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    Platy wrote: »
    Better use something else like WoW

    World of Warcraft?

  • JuggernutJuggernut Registered User regular
  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    Brainleech wrote: »
    Platy wrote: »
    Better use something else like WoW

    World of Warcraft?

    Nerd crack

  • SleepSleep Registered User regular
    Don't drink while you know you've got this. To my understanding drinking fucks up your immune system response to this. Eat and Rest. It's like you're in a constant workout trying to kick this fuckin bear of an infection.

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  • HenroidHenroid Seize the Memes Registered User regular
    Brainleech wrote: »
    Platy wrote: »
    Better use something else like WoW

    World of Warcraft?
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    Warcraft of Warmraft

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 16
    I’ve complained about this before, but if I go completely mad working at home it will be due to this. So - I live one block away from a train line, and there’s at least five or six street crossings close by. The trains run pretty much 24/7, and they’re legally rrequired to honk for at least 15s at each crossing.
    That’s already kind of a cacophony, especially during morning peak hours when you can get a train every five to ten minutes for an hour. But some of the freight train drivers fucking lean on that horn for upwards of thirty seconds at a time, at an absolutely deafening volume. Annoyed and sleep deprived, I finally decide to look up track fatalities, cause come on, there is no way this is necessary. These drivers must either love the noise or be totally paranoid. How many people have actually got run over?

    ...oh, a lot,
    Like, a lot a lot. Many, many every year, One from last year stuck with me because it was so fucking dumb - three guys “standing on the rail lines chatting“ (as you do!?!?) while a freight train moved past them on the parallel tracks six feet away (!!!), so they didn’t hear the one coming down the line they were standing on. One of them leapt out of the way in time, which is how we know the backstory. The other two got totally cleaned up.
    “Were the barriers down?” “Yeah, but we climbed over them” (of course). “Didn’t you hear the other train honking?” “Oh yeah maybe but it’s like white noise, you know, you hear it so often?”

    So, I’m a little more forgiving of the paranoid honkers now, because fucking hell. OTOH if you’re so inured to train noises that you literally ignore one coming right at your head, I dunno if any amount of warning is gonna be enough to avoid incident.

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Man, that's bonkers. Trains here don't have to honk when they go through a crossing. I can get why that would be driving you mad, I don't think I could handle that.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 16
    Man, that's bonkers. Trains here don't have to honk when they go through a crossing. I can get why that would be driving you mad, I don't think I could handle that.

    Yeah that law was a new one to me. Seems like either it’s a compound of social and infrastructural issues that make track loitering a bigger problem here than elsewhere (the homeless encampments are often near the tracks, for example), or that other places have developed different mitigation strategies.

    it wouldn’t be anywhere near as much an issue if I wasn’t working at home because I’d be out of the house during peak train hours. I wonder if noise complaints are going to go up this year ...

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    I wonder if maybe it's an ancient law from back before there were heavily developed areas with many street crossings enveloping the railroad right of ways

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