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Title: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on March 22, 2020, 07:40:51 PM
Hey everyone! I know we all donít really post much anymore but since most of us are stuck indoors for the foreseeable future, I thought it would be nice to open a new thread to see how everyone is doing. How are you coping?

So check in and tell us how you all are doing!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 23, 2020, 01:07:36 AM
Hey!  I'm so glad to see someone post here.  This whole situation is surreal.  School has been out for a week now, and it still feels so weird.

My district wasn't equipped for full-on online learning because we're not one-to-one with technology yet and, since I teach in a low-income area, not all our students have a computer or even internet at home. We sent home paper "remote learning packets" that the kids are to work on. For me, working from home so far basically equates to sending daily communication and just being available to answer questions from parents or students as needed. I've been spending a few hours each morning talking to the kids on Google Classroom and have started recording myself reading so we can continue our class read-aloud. I genuinely miss seeing my students, but it's also nice to be able to spend my time interacting with the ones who actually care about learning and not disciplining the ones who don't give a shit.  And of course I'm loving not having to get ready and put on real clothes in the morning.

Other than that, life doesn't feel much different for me yet.  I had to go to work last Monday and chose to go to work Thursday and Friday to help hand out packets, so I've basically only been quarantined for the weekend.  But being an introvert, I'm more than happy to practice social distancing and live like a hermit at home by myself.

My sister was sick last week and tested negative for the flu.  They refused to test her for Corona because she hadn't traveled or had any known exposure.  There are not many tests available in my area, so apparently they're only testing people sick enough to be hospitalized, which was not her.  She self-isolated for a week and is feeling a lot better now, so I'm not sure if she really had it or was just being paranoid.  I'm betting there have been a lot more cases than they're reporting, though, especially since they're not testing a lot of people with symptoms.  So far everyone else in my family has been fine, thank goodness.  I haven't actually seen my sister in weeks, so if she did have it, I wasn't exposed.

How's everyone else doing?


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: FrickingKaos on March 23, 2020, 07:02:09 AM
I'm doing okay. I still have to work because I work in a grocery store. Hours got severely cut at my evening job. I work for ShopRite and they're giving us a 2 dollar raise that started today and ends in May. We also get free breakfast and day crew gets free lunch. It's nice considering I usually work 48 hours a week and am now working 54 hours. I had to cancel my trip to Disneyland that I was doing in May. So far my town only has one case that I know of
When I'm not working I stay at home. Everything is closed here. There's a cerfew after 9pm so we have to show a special letter in case we get pulled over by the police proving where we work.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 23, 2020, 11:31:47 AM
I'm glad they're treating you well at ShopRite, Tracy!  Thank you for helping keep people supplied with what they need during this.  I'm so sorry you had to cancel your trip. Hopefully you'll be able to reschedule for when this is over.

Oh wow... no curfew here yet, but I could see one being enacted if they think people aren't taking the lockdown order seriously enough.  I wish people would just follow directions and stay home.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on March 23, 2020, 05:34:15 PM
I have to say Iím really grateful that I am not living alone anymore. I do t know what I wouldíve done during this whole isolation thing. Not so much the being alone part, I enjoy my alone time, but the shopping part. I wouldíve never been able to do that!

Tracy I give you so much credit for showing up to work and dealing with all the crap Iím sure you have to put up with. Anyone working in retail are the real heroes in this! I hope you get to go on your vacations! Iím hoping that things will settle down by September because Iíd very much like to still go to my concert. Weíll see I guess.

Have they extended the amount of time youíll be out of school, Julie? Iím thinking they are going to say this is it. Washington announced today that their school year is over. I canít even imagine being a senior in high school or college and finding out the school year is over. How will that work? Do we just act like this year didnít happen and just restart next year? And what about all the education majors who still have to student teach to get their degrees?

If I was still teaching, I wouldíve had to use Zoom to do group lessons online but a lot of my former colleagues are saying there is a delay and sound problems. Plus so many kids do t have access to a computer and a ton of them left their instruments at school not realizing how long theyíd be off.

As far as me dealing with things, honestly since Iíve moved up here I rarely leave my house. I used to go grocery shopping once every two weeks but since I have 2 auto immune diseases I havenít left at all since this thing started. Ironically enough, Iíve not felt well for the last week. I have a cough and sore throat and headache. Thereís really no way I couldíve caught this thing though. Iím worried about my mom. She lives alone and is also high risk plus sheís undergoing chemo for breast cancer. She seems to be doing well so far.

I wish people would just stay home and listen to all the medical experts out there. It doesnít help that we have such a joke of a president who lacks empathy and only cares about himself and his money.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 23, 2020, 09:22:29 PM
I'm glad you've got your sister around to help with things like groceries, Mare!

I pray this is all over by summer so the tour isn't affected.  I'm sure that sounds selfish to others outside our fandom, but I know you guys understand.

Our school closure has gone from March 31 originally to April 8 now.  Our spring break is April 4-13, and they haven't changed that on us, so we will tentatively go back the 14th... but I could see them extending it.  Our district is sending out a survey to parents tomorrow about internet and available devices at home, so I know they're looking ahead and trying to assess needs for true e-learning.

My kids are in the same boat as far as leaving things at school.  We had no idea when we left that Friday that this would happen so quickly or at all.  I would have at least had them take home their library books, etc. if I'd had any indication.

I'm glad to hear you're staying put.  The last thing you need is to be exposed to this thing.  I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's breast cancer.  I hope she continues to do well!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on March 26, 2020, 02:51:24 PM
Hi everyone, I've been working from home since last week but having to pop to the office twice a week to drop things off, it's weird seeing the place empty and I actually miss going. It's nice that I don't have to bother with work clothes or straightening my hair in the morning though, and my office is set up in the spare bedroom.  Work has been busier than ever though and really stressful,  I've been mentally drained and in bed early every night with a book.

We've been on lockdown since Monday and only allowed out for exercise once a day, essential food shopping and work.  All shops apart from supermarkets,  pharmacies and DIY shops have closed.  It's just like something out of a movie.

My daughter's college probably won't be back until September,  but don't know for sure.  She also works part time in a supermarket and says it's been hell, the customers have been so rude.  They are also getting a pay rise until May, and so they should!

We are having to be careful here as my husband has cardiomyopathy and so higher risk if he got the virus, but with Holly working in a supermarket it's quite hard to distance but he doesn't want to stay at my parents house (they are totally isolating for 12 weeks as told by the government due to my mum recovering from breast cancer and stepdad had health issues).  The government have said all people over 70 or with serious health conditions have to stay indoors for 12 weeks to help the NHS cope with the virus and to prevent them getting it.

Stay safe everyone, scary times!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 26, 2020, 06:34:18 PM
It really does feel like a movie. Surreal. So weird. My state is on lockdown, too, but our rules aren't as strict as yours. All "non-essential businesses" are closed, and people are encouraged to stay home unless they need to get something or go to work, but they aren't policing when you can and can't leave your home.

Most of the colleges around here have gone to online classes for the rest of the semester and have cancelled graduation in May. I don't think they've made decisions about summer classes, but a lot of those are online anyway.

That is scary with Holly having to go to work. I hope you all can stay safe and avoid getting it!  I don't know anyone personally who has had it, but there have been more cases popping up in my area. They're still not testing people unless they have to be hospitalized, so I'm sure there are a lot more cases than are being reported.  My sister started feeling better this past weekend and went back to work yesterday (with a mask on), and no one else in the family has gotten sick, so we're hopeful that whatever she had, it wasn't the rona.

Hang in there, everyone!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on March 26, 2020, 11:01:37 PM
We are in lockdown too, but not as strict either although it really should be because NY is getting pummeled with this thing. My county has over 200 confirmed cases with a few deaths. Tests are scarce though. I went to the doctor today, just a physical wit a new primary care doctor and it was a very bizarre experience. Iíve never had to wear a mask before. Those things arenít comfortable. Even how few cars were on the normally very busy streets where I live was kind of surreal.

I donít know anyone whose had it, thankfully but im sure itís just a matter of time. Schools are closed until April 20th here but I have a feeling that will be extended.

Today was supposed to be opening day for baseball and Iím all 😕


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 27, 2020, 08:33:13 AM
It's so sad about baseball. :(  I did enjoy re-living the 2016 World Series on MLB Network the other day.  Looking forward to the living room concert on Sunday.  I'm so curious about how that's going to go.  Originally I wondered if they were just going to show old performances from IHeartRadio, but it sounds like they're really going to do it from their homes.  That'll be interesting trying to get five guys in five different places to sing in sync, but if anyone can pull that off, it's our Boys. I'm not sure if they're actually doing it live or if it'll be pre-recorded - anyone know?


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on March 27, 2020, 12:21:32 PM
Hi everyone!

We are in lockdown in here too! School are close for a month now and wonít open until may and maybe only next year.

I cannot leave my house because it is too dangerous because of my degenerative illness and itís tough for my mental state.

I donít know if the backstreet boys concert in september gonna be able to play because center Bell gonna be close for many months.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 27, 2020, 06:09:51 PM
Hi Stephanie!  Hang in there.  I know a lot of people are struggling with being stuck at home for so many days.  I see this as a good opportunity to catch up on reading, watching shows, and writing without the guilty feeling that I should be socializing or doing something "productive."  This is a time when it's socially acceptable to be a lazy shut-in, and I am so here for that!

I really hope this doesn't affect the tour.  It seems like if everyone would just stay home and away from each other like they're asking us to do for a few weeks, it should stop the spread.  But people are stupid, so who knows.  I'm sure the Boys would reschedule if they had to postpone.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on March 27, 2020, 07:54:55 PM
Thanks! Yes I work on two different fanfics right now.

I think the boys need to postpone Quebec tour because it is very bad here right now.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 27, 2020, 08:05:05 PM
Good for you!

We still have almost 4 months until the North American dates start, so hopefully things will be better by then. I really hope they're better by May so the Australian tour can go on as planned, too.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on March 27, 2020, 08:22:18 PM
Yes I need to do something because Iím so bored.

Here in Quebec the 2 show are in five months.



Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 27, 2020, 08:28:07 PM
That's nice that your show is later in the tour.  Even if they had to reschedule some dates, they may not have to reschedule all.  Mine are at the very end of July, beginning of August, which is perfect for me as a teacher because I'll still be on summer break, so I'm really hoping those stay as is.  But of course I will understand if they end up having to cancel or reschedule.  Safety first - especially the Boys' own safety!  With as many fans as they meet and handshakes and hugs as they give, we don't want to risk them being exposed.  We must protect them at all costs!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on March 27, 2020, 08:42:59 PM
Yes safety and health first! I think about Brian a lot!

I hope for you that you are gonna be able to return to teach soon.
Here I donít think school gonna be back until september.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on March 28, 2020, 12:56:38 PM
Even our Prime Minister has the virus now!

Wales isn't hit as bad as England yet, London and that surrounding area seems to be worst.  There has been one death at the hospital in my town so far.  They aren't testing here either unless you are admitted to hospital with it.  I think one of my work colleagues has had it, he went off sick just before we started working from home and had all the symptoms, luckily he is ok now though.

I saw about the boys doing a show and wondered how they will do it, I hope someone can upload it somewhere so I can see it too.

Anyone watching any celebs isolation videos? I've been watching Gary Barlow doing duets with other singers via facetime or whatever they use. He did a good one with JC Chasez and others are good too.  Madonna however is just cringeworthy lol


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on March 28, 2020, 03:57:14 PM
Here my favorite group in Quebec give almost each night a show live from their homes!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on March 28, 2020, 08:33:37 PM
Itís a nice distraction to watch some of those videos. I admit I havenít really watched many of them though. Iíve only watched the What the World Needs Now one from Berklee. Then my friend Andrea started a group called song of the day where a lot of people we went to school with are posting songs and the profits are going to help Vegas musicians. After the Berklee video on our alumni page we were thinking about answering with our own song but they decided to do the song of the day instead.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 28, 2020, 10:38:05 PM
I haven't watched too many celeb videos.  I did subscribe to the Instagram of celebrities reading picture books, the one AJ, Nick, and Howie did.  That was cute.  I wish Brian and Kevin would have participated too.

I saw that about your PM, Steph.  I wish our president would get it...


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on March 29, 2020, 06:32:41 AM
Not to turn political but I think the only way Trump will take this seriously is if his ass gets it. Not even someone from his family. He only cares about himself, although I think if he did get it, he wouldnít tell anyone because it would make him appear weak. If anyone has read ďThe InstituteĒ I hope thereís a huge circle of kid psychics saying his name over and over again.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 29, 2020, 01:48:44 PM
I agree, Mare - and I could totally see him trying to hide it if he did get it.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on March 30, 2020, 08:10:35 PM
itís me or Brian look very sad in the video of living room concert?


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on March 31, 2020, 06:49:09 AM
I thought he looked happy.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 31, 2020, 09:20:16 AM
I don't think he looked sad.  And, relatively speaking, he sounded great!  I don't know that he's ever going to get back to the way he used to be able to sing, but he has come a long way from how he sounded 10 years ago.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on March 31, 2020, 09:23:26 AM
Speaking of the living room concert, I love how Nick's looked like a professional quality music video, while the others were all more what I would expect from a living room concert.  Oh Nick LOL.  Kevin's kids were so cute, and I loved Brian in his PJ bottoms.  It was perfect!

It's funny how people outside the fandom are talking about how impressive it was that they were able to sound that good being in five different places, but I would expect nothing less of them.  Since it wasn't live, all they really had to do was sing their part along with the music.  As many times as they've performed that song, they should be able to do that even without the other four around.  But I'm glad to see them getting the respect they deserve.  ;D


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 01, 2020, 04:54:55 AM
Catching up. The short version is my life has gone full blown crazy. I manage the front end of a Target so we're considered essential. When the crazy first blew up I ended up working 60 hours that week. Which is insane. Now I'm down to about 45ish hours which still isn't normal (I usually just do a solid 40) but closer to normal LOL. I'm tired and I'm being very careful since I take care of my dad and he's 73.

Ironically this has helped drive me back to fanfic as stress tends to do with me LOL.

Speaking of the living room concert, I love how Nick's looked like a professional quality music video, while the others were all more what I would expect from a living room concert.  Oh Nick LOL.  Kevin's kids were so cute, and I loved Brian in his PJ bottoms.  It was perfect!

It's funny how people outside the fandom are talking about how impressive it was that they were able to sound that good being in five different places, but I would expect nothing less of them.  Since it wasn't live, all they really had to do was sing their part along with the music.  As many times as they've performed that song, they should be able to do that even without the other four around.  But I'm glad to see them getting the respect they deserve.  ;D

I loved the performance! Nick's amused me because the Vegas weather has been perfect for that sort of thing so of course he films it in his backyard by his perfect pool lmao. Kevin and his boys totally stole the show though. I do think it's hilarious that the producers thought the Boys sounded TOO GOOD synched up together. They've done the song for over twenty years now.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on April 01, 2020, 05:23:33 AM
Itís funny because while we were watching, my sister insisted they were lip syncing and I kept telling her she was wrong. It was very fulfilling to share that article with her lol


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 01, 2020, 08:53:26 AM
I can see why people thought Nick in particular was lip syncing because he sounded perfect, almost like the recording... but Nick is just that good!  Judging by the quality of his videography, I'm also guessing he did several takes and sent in the best ones LOL.  They all sounded great; it was just easier to tell that the other four were singing live.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 01, 2020, 09:02:44 AM
Catching up. The short version is my life has gone full blown crazy. I manage the front end of a Target so we're considered essential. When the crazy first blew up I ended up working 60 hours that week. Which is insane. Now I'm down to about 45ish hours which still isn't normal (I usually just do a solid 40) but closer to normal LOL. I'm tired and I'm being very careful since I take care of my dad and he's 73.

Ironically this has helped drive me back to fanfic as stress tends to do with me LOL.

Thank you for your hard work through this!  Hang in there!  Have things calmed down since the stay-at-home orders started?  Are people in Vegas following directions?  Do you have toilet paper in stock? LOL

I was so happy to see your new story posted!  Fanfic is a great distraction from all this.  I think this hobby is part of the reason I seem to be having a much easier time coping with quarantine than a lot of my "real life" friends.  I'm a homebody anyway, so that helps, but I just see this as more reading and writing time and a valid excuse to be lazy!  I hate the fact that it's due to a pandemic, but I'm kinda loving working from home.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 01, 2020, 09:13:34 AM
My little city is on full lockdown right now the prime minister just declare this morning!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 01, 2020, 02:52:54 PM
Thank you for your hard work through this!  Hang in there!  Have things calmed down since the stay-at-home orders started?  Are people in Vegas following directions?  Do you have toilet paper in stock? LOL

I was so happy to see your new story posted!  Fanfic is a great distraction from all this.  I think this hobby is part of the reason I seem to be having a much easier time coping with quarantine than a lot of my "real life" friends.  I'm a homebody anyway, so that helps, but I just see this as more reading and writing time and a valid excuse to be lazy!  I hate the fact that it's due to a pandemic, but I'm kinda loving working from home.

Things are calmer since the shutdown. But that's compared to the crazy. So it's still wild for this time of year. Vegas from what I've seen is following the order, minus the Strip Club Little Darling that got nailed for their drive thru stip show lmao. The cops are shutting down businesses that don't comply and I got my essential letter today because they're enforcing it for citizens to stay home. Vegas is handling it better than the rural parts which is typical. We could've easily become NYC but our governor was on the ball and shut us down early.

Fanfic is a good sanctuary right now. There's a lot in these times I can use to fuel my new story and writing has always been my escape in hard times. No need for that to change now.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 01, 2020, 04:19:59 PM
I'm glad things have calmed down a bit.  Hopefully the stay at home order will help.  I think our governor has done a good job taking it seriously and handling it, too - not that he had much choice because Chicago seems to be one of the epicenters for the virus.  It's all radiating from there.  We have a few cases in my area, but it's not spreading the way it is up around Chicago.  Makes sense, with as heavily populated as it is there compared to here.  All the more reason to stay away from people!

There was a story in the local news last week about an adult movie store that got busted for offering curbside pick-up of porn LOL.  I get supporting small businesses, but sorry bro.  People who consider that "essential" can get it online.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on April 01, 2020, 08:52:51 PM
Iím glad things are settling down for you as well, Rose. Grocery shopping is ridiculous still. No one has toilet paper and there are no available pick ups or deliveries from the grocery stores which sucks because My sister and I are both not feeling great so we canít leave. I couldnít grocery shop anyway with things the way they are. It would be nice if they gave people Who are handicapped their own hours as well. Although I hear that itís crazy during senior shop times as well!


Weíve been sheltering in place for quite awhile now here in NY. We think Cuomo is going to decide that schools will remain closed for the rest of the year. We have 500 confirmed cases in The county were I live with 9 deaths. Itís annoying to see all the people ignoring the shelter in place rules. They are now going to ticket people just hanging out.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on April 02, 2020, 05:49:25 AM
Update: I managed to get a delivery time. Tuesday between 10 and noon. Kind of like waiting for the cable guy but Iíll take it lol

And I forgot to comment on the pick up porn, although I was just going to say wtf?


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 02, 2020, 08:10:35 AM
Yikes... I have never done the grocery pick-up, but thought this would be the perfect time to try it.  Now I'm thinking maybe not, if it means waiting that long.  I'm glad you got a delivery time, though.  At least you don't have to rearrange your whole schedule to be home for it LOL.

We're officially out of school through April 30 now.  People are still talking like we'll be back on May 1, but I'm not sure.  Part of me thinks, "What's the point?" when there would be less than a month of school left, but it would be nice to see my kids in person before the end of the year. I really hope they're given an opportunity to at least go in and clean out their desks and lockers. I don't wanna be stuck doing all that myself over the summer!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on April 02, 2020, 11:07:06 AM
It would be nice for the kids to get in to see each other even if itís for a few weeks. The Superintendent of Buffalo schools just announced today that most likely the kids will not be returning to school.

I feel bad for the high school seniors.

As for the grocery thing. We had never tried Instacart before but we did the pick up last time and it was so easy and great to not have to go inside. They brought it out and loaded it into the car. Thereís still no pick up times available but at least delivery is an option. Iím just grateful that the Instacart people arenít striking here. I can see why they might be refusing pick up because they arenít the o es who bring it out to the car so they do t get a tip. For delivery at least they do.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 02, 2020, 11:24:10 AM
In Quebec school is suppose to be back on may 1, but the worst case itís gonna be next year.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 02, 2020, 01:41:50 PM
Nevada is debating closing it for the year. For now it's May 1st but I think they'll call it.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on April 02, 2020, 02:36:29 PM
Iím pretty sure all these kids are done for the year.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 02, 2020, 04:10:49 PM
So sad.  Our school talent show was supposed to be tonight.  I'm co-sponsor of the student council, and that's my big event to plan, literally my favorite part of the school year.  I'm feeling it today.

Our "spring break" starts Saturday, which doesn't mean much now.  I'm glad I didn't have any big spring break trips planned this year.  I was going to drive down to St. Louis for a couple days with a friend and her kids, but that's not happening now.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 02, 2020, 05:54:20 PM
I'm wondering if anything we planned will be able to happen this year, at this point.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 02, 2020, 06:25:33 PM
Ugh... please let this be over by summer!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 02, 2020, 06:41:58 PM
Here's something that gives me hope for this to be better by summer: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/china/   If you look at the charts for China, where this all started, the curve flattened or dropped about a month into the epidemic.  It's been about three weeks since things started getting bad here in the States, and the dates for UK and Canada look similar.  If people will just stay quarantined for the rest of the month and stop spreading it, our numbers should look much better by May.

That being said, if the last four years have taught me anything, it's that at least a quarter of the people in this country are complete morons, so it will depend on whether or not we can get those people to follow directions.  Sigh.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 02, 2020, 07:52:28 PM
Yes it is pretty bad here in Canada! Quebec is too!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 03, 2020, 02:19:18 AM
Yeah, it's the idiots that have me worried.

Just got word we're installing plexiglass in the store. And I spent the day in a very uncomfortable mask to try and get my cashiers on board with it cause we also got word we're being sent PPE. (We had gloves and were cleaning but Target wants to strongly suggest the masks now.)

I have more comfortable ones a guest gave me but I'm trying to show them we can all do this together. It sucked lol.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 03, 2020, 09:22:11 AM
Ugh, the mask sounds awful, but if it keeps you safe, it's worth it.  The plexiglass sounds like a good idea!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 03, 2020, 03:26:52 PM
It's basically for the areas you can't socially distant, so like the service desk, the checklanes and electronics. I've been joking we're a step away from putting everyone in bubbles LOL.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 03, 2020, 04:36:18 PM
LOL Becoming the Bubble Boy doesn't sound like such a bad idea.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 04, 2020, 03:54:39 AM
Right? You can roll, bounce and if someone sneezes on you, you're safe! LOL.

Someone find me a giant plastic bubble.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on April 07, 2020, 07:46:57 AM
There are stupid people over here not listening to the lockdown rules, especially around the south east of England, where people were sunbathing and playing in the parks there!  That's probably why they have the highest number of cases and highest death rate.

Where my daughter works they haven't been given any PPE but they have put Perspex screens up around the checkout areas.  It makes me worried for her and also worried it will be brought home too, but she hates customers at the best of times so is doing her best to stay away from them lol.  She would like a giant bubble too :)

Our PM is now in intensive care as he's deteriorated :(



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Post by: Mistral on April 07, 2020, 01:40:35 PM
Here our prime minister said that everything is on lockdown until july because we have ten thousand cases just in Quebec


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Post by: RokofAges75 on April 07, 2020, 04:18:20 PM
Scary times.  I heard about your PM yesterday, Steph - I know he may not be popular, but I do hope he'll recover.  Sending positive vibes for your daughter, too - I hope she stays safe!  It's frustrating when you and your family and friends are all following the directions and staying home and away from each other, and then you see or hear of other people doing the exact opposite. So dumb!

Wow, Stephanie, July?!  Ugh... that is not good.  Obviously, we'll do whatever we have to do to flatten the curve, but I really hope things will be looking better by summer.


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Post by: Mistral on April 07, 2020, 05:48:46 PM
Yes until july! Itís take what itís take to stop the covid-19. They work on a vaccine in Canada and they hope to be able to send it by next year


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on April 08, 2020, 07:06:44 AM
Wow lockdown until July? That is awful!  But if that's what it takes then it has to be done.

Over here those considered very high risk have been asked to stay indoors for 13 weeks.  But the rest of us are coming up to three weeks in lockdown.

Yes, our PM isn't for everyone, lol, a bit like Trump.  But throughout this virus crisis he and the government have come across as doing the right thing for the country, which is good.

I hope this vaccine doesn't take a year like they've predicted.



Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 08, 2020, 09:14:38 AM
Yes itís sucks a lot, but we have more and more cases. The number of death climb very fast here


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Post by: RokofAges75 on April 09, 2020, 05:48:09 PM
Itís official the center Bell in Montreal gonna be close for the next two years, so no bsb in september

Two years??  That seems excessive.  Where did you hear that?  I'm having trouble finding any kind of official news source reporting that.


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Post by: Mistral on April 09, 2020, 07:03:22 PM
In a french sport web news


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Post by: julilly on April 10, 2020, 09:23:56 PM
Oh haaaai


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Post by: RokofAges75 on April 10, 2020, 09:38:17 PM
Oh haaaai

Hey!!  Welcome back!  How have you been doing through all this?


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Post by: julilly on April 10, 2020, 09:50:10 PM
Hey!!  Welcome back!  How have you been doing through all this?

Someone sent me a meme earlier that summed up very well how I'm feeling:

"I'm a homebody but DAMN... I did like going to one or two places."

Today marked a month of working from home, which isn't terrible but I could go a couple days without actually speaking to anyone if not for Zoom meetings. We just hit 1,500 cases in Alberta today and 61% of those are in my city, so it's been a bit crazy.

How are you guys holding up?


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Post by: RokofAges75 on April 11, 2020, 12:56:39 AM
That quote is so me too LOL.  I'm a total homebody, so quarantine life suits me, but I do miss my family, my friends, and my students.  As well as simple things like going to the grocery store without feeling like I'm risking my life.  I went yesterday morning for the first time in almost a month, and it wasn't too bad.  The store was well-stocked with everything except paper products (and baking powder - the only item on my list I couldn't get LOL), there were no lines, and people kept their distance.

Thankfully, there are only 45 confirmed cases in my area.  Most of the cases in Illinois are coming from the Chicago area, and I'm a couple hours south of there.  In reality, I bet there's been a lot more cases than what's being reported because of the lack of tests.

Stay safe!


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Post by: mare on April 11, 2020, 05:35:31 AM
We are almost on our last roll of toilet paper. There is none anywhere!! We managed to find a 4 pack online at Walmart. It wonít get here until April 23rd.

Because of my immune system, I havenít left my house since early February with the exception of going to the doctor once. Basically quarantine is my usual way of life so Iím okay with it, but my sister has been home for a month. The two of us share a one bedroom. We get along really well but I miss my own space. Is it weird to miss being all alone? Lol

We have I think over 1,600 cases here in Buffalo specifically the county where I live including someone in my apartment building so even opening our front door is a little scary. This whole thing seems surreal.

Happy Easter/Passover everyone!


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Post by: RokofAges75 on April 11, 2020, 01:46:49 PM
I still do not understand the toilet paper thing!  Not sure it's so much a hoarding situation at this point as just the suppliers falling behind in production/distribution because of the demand due to hoarding at the beginning.  That's the only aisle that was still pretty picked over when I went grocery shopping on Thursday.  I've looked on Amazon, and it's the same situation there - you can find off-brand toilet paper for expensive prices and expect to get it in May.  Not helpful.

Has your sister tried going to the stores first thing in the morning (or after senior hours if they're doing that)?  Or tried dollar stores, hardware stores, less obvious places than grocery stores or big box stores?  I've heard of people having better luck at Dollar General and places like that.



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Post by: julilly on April 11, 2020, 02:21:11 PM
Grocery stores here are slowly but surely getting their stock back. Still low on cleaning supplies but the hardest thing to find is flour and yeast because everyone is making bread! I did see an article this morning quoting the CEO of Walmart saying the new focus of hoarding seems to be hair dye and clippers lol


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 11, 2020, 02:32:27 PM
Here in Quebec we have 12 thousand of cases and all the dry food is gone on the store


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Post by: RokofAges75 on April 11, 2020, 02:54:21 PM
Grocery stores here are slowly but surely getting their stock back. Still low on cleaning supplies but the hardest thing to find is flour and yeast because everyone is making bread! I did see an article this morning quoting the CEO of Walmart saying the new focus of hoarding seems to be hair dye and clippers lol

:D at the hair products!  I'm afraid to try trimming mine, so looks like I'll be growing it out.

The only thing on my list I couldn't find at all the other day was baking powder.  The yeast was all but gone too.  I just make beer bread instead - super easy, no yeast required, and really good!  I always seem to have a few random bottles of old beer shoved in the back of my fridge.  I did get a bag of flour!

One non-essential thing I have not yet been able to find is Kraft Mac & Cheese LOL.  I like to keep a few boxes on hand for easy emergency meals, but the stores have been out of basically all boxed mac and cheese every time I've been.  The first time I tried grocery shopping right after the schools were closed, there was no cheese of any kind in any store, period.  We like our cheese in the Midwest LOL.

The nice part of living alone is I don't feel the need to obsessively disinfect things around my house, as there's no one else I can infect, so I haven't run out of cleaning supplies yet.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 12, 2020, 03:07:10 PM
Hi!

We have about 2,700 cases. 2,000 cases are in Clark County but when you think about Vegas' population of 2.7 million it could be way worse.  That said the numbers are probably off because of testing. So far we haven't turned into NYC so I'm thankful. I've also heard there's a theory the virus doesn't do well in heat. IF that's true then Vegas will in that aspect do okay.

We still can't keep toilet paper lol. Vegas as a whole is on lockdown and so to run my front end I have to have someone doing a headcount cause we have a limit of how many can be inside, someone outside for Order Pickup and one of our entrances is closed off so everyone goes in and out the same way. Some have a really hard time with that despite the barrier, the giant sign and the person saying NO lmao. Drive Up orders where you pull up in your car exploded too, it's nuts. I'm constantly jumping in to help my team with it.

I need sugar and for some reason I'm having a hard time finding that lately LOL. I'm not out yet but with times being what they are I start looking early so I have the luxury of not store hopping for what I need all day. We are slowly getting supplies back in and still have a list of limits to try and keep it that way. I just wish people would stay HOME if they don't need to go out.

Alcohol is the new hoarding item for Vegas LOL. Now that the liquor stores are closed it's flying out the door. Which...okay I can understand it.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on April 12, 2020, 04:25:07 PM

Has your sister tried going to the stores first thing in the morning (or after senior hours if they're doing that)?  Or tried dollar stores, hardware stores, less obvious places than grocery stores or big box stores?  I've heard of people having better luck at Dollar General and places like that.



With everything going on, my sister is afraid to leave the apartment. Sheís always been kind of a hypochondriac so this thing has really not helped with that phobia. Itís actually kind of funny sometimes. Just to see the look on her face if she happens to cough or her stomach starts to hurt. Sheís convinced she has it about ninety  times a day lol

I would go out, but as a diabetic with MS, Iíd probably drop dead the second I left the apartment with my sister yelling at my corpse ďSee! I told you so!!Ē Lol


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 12, 2020, 06:38:04 PM
With everything going on, my sister is afraid to leave the apartment. Sheís always been kind of a hypochondriac so this thing has really not helped with that phobia. Itís actually kind of funny sometimes. Just to see the look on her face if she happens to cough or her stomach starts to hurt. Sheís convinced she has it about ninety  times a day lol

I would go out, but as a diabetic with MS, Iíd probably drop dead the second I left the apartment with my sister yelling at my corpse ďSee! I told you so!!Ē Lol

LMAO this mental image is lovely.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 13, 2020, 01:41:11 AM
With everything going on, my sister is afraid to leave the apartment. Sheís always been kind of a hypochondriac so this thing has really not helped with that phobia. Itís actually kind of funny sometimes. Just to see the look on her face if she happens to cough or her stomach starts to hurt. Sheís convinced she has it about ninety  times a day lol

I would go out, but as a diabetic with MS, Iíd probably drop dead the second I left the apartment with my sister yelling at my corpse ďSee! I told you so!!Ē Lol

Aww... I get the hypochondria thing; I have always been kind of a closet hypochondriac too, and teaching has turned me into a germophobe.  I haven't been freaking out about the rona though.  It's definitely scary to hear the stories about it, but maybe because it's not as widespread around me and because I've been staying home, I don't worry much about getting it myself.  I'm sure if I was an essential worker and had other people living with me, I would be a lot more concerned.  You have every reason to stay put.


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Post by: Rose on April 13, 2020, 03:23:48 AM
Aww... I get the hypochondria thing; I have always been kind of a closet hypochondriac too, and teaching has turned me into a germophobe.  I haven't been freaking out about the rona though.  It's definitely scary to hear the stories about it, but maybe because it's not as widespread around me and because I've been staying home, I don't worry much about getting it myself.  I'm sure if I was an essential worker and had other people living with me, I would be a lot more concerned.  You have every reason to stay put.

And see I've never been a hypochondriac or a germophobe but this whole thing is turning me into one. I think that's why I've been writing more, because I need a way to turn my brain off. When everything escalated and got crazy, I won't lie I had a hard time sleeping the first couple nights. Because my mind just wouldn't stop. I'm doing good and I'm being very careful, to the point where I can't do much more. But I'd be lying if the thoughts didn't sneak in still sometimes.


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Post by: RokofAges75 on April 13, 2020, 12:02:14 PM
Totally understandable!  Writing is a good distraction.


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Post by: julilly on April 17, 2020, 05:04:56 PM
Totally understandable!  Writing is a good distraction.

Sims has been my distraction this week lol


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Post by: mare on April 17, 2020, 08:59:04 PM
Sims has been my distraction this week lol
Sims has been my distraction this week lol

Mine has been Trivia Crack 2


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 17, 2020, 09:05:42 PM
Me is the game supercity


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 18, 2020, 08:25:25 PM
Sims has been my distraction this week lol

I thought about getting back into The Sims, but then I probably wouldn't get anything else done LOL.  I used to play that game for hours without even realizing how much time had passed.

Though when my friends outside the fandom ask how I've been spending my time, I should probably just say I've playing The Sims.  That's basically the same as writing fanfic, right?  You create characters and then mess up your lives... and if you're like me, you torture and kill them for fun LOL.  My favorite method was creating a tiny, enclosed room, putting a fireworks launcher inside, and then removing the door before making my Sim light it.  I was virtual pyromaniac.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 18, 2020, 08:27:15 PM
Mine has been Trivia Crack 2

I just downloaded that last night during virtual happy hour LOL.  I haven't played it yet though.  I was into the original Trivia Crack for awhile when it was super popular.


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Post by: mare on April 18, 2020, 08:30:18 PM
I just downloaded that last night during virtual happy hour LOL.  I haven't played it yet though.  I was into the original Trivia Crack for awhile when it was super popular.

You should look for me on there to play a game lol


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 18, 2020, 08:33:38 PM
So Illinois officially cancelled school for the rest of the year.  It's sad to think I won't be going back until (hopefully) August and probably won't see my students in person until they're fifth-graders.  There are certain aspects of online learning that I enjoy - mainly the fact that I can stay in my pajamas and drink coffee, eat breakfast, and use the bathroom whenever I want to - but otherwise it's all the worst parts of teaching, like planning and constantly communicating with parents, without any of the fun parts.

These kids are missing out on so many fun experiences that happen near the end of the school year that just can't be replicated virtually, and that makes me sad.  At least mine will have two more years at our school, so unless they move over the summer, we'll see each other again next year.  But I feel for the kids who are graduating or moving on to another school next year and may not see their teachers or classmates again.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 19, 2020, 12:11:26 AM
Here in Quebec I donít think the school gonna open until next year because we have almost 20 thousand cases.
Iím gonna have my birthday in total lockdown and itís suck a lot!


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Post by: mare on April 19, 2020, 02:28:10 AM
So Illinois officially cancelled school for the rest of the year.  It's sad to think I won't be going back until (hopefully) August and probably won't see my students in person until they're fifth-graders.  There are certain aspects of online learning that I enjoy - mainly the fact that I can stay in my pajamas and drink coffee, eat breakfast, and use the bathroom whenever I want to - but otherwise it's all the worst parts of teaching, like planning and constantly communicating with parents, without any of the fun parts.

These kids are missing out on so many fun experiences that happen near the end of the school year that just can't be replicated virtually, and that makes me sad.  At least mine will have two more years at our school, so unless they move over the summer, we'll see each other again next year.  But I feel for the kids who are graduating or moving on to another school next year and may not see their teachers or classmates again.

Thatís unfortunate. I saw that announcement on the news and thought of you. Iím glad I havenít had to deal with online teaching, but at least itís a way to still connect with your kids. I really feel bad for the seniors. I know back in Bethlehem, they are thinking of doing a drive thru ceremony. Pre taping speeches by the valedictorian and principal and then doing a slide show of the seniors at the local drive thru theater. They still havenít made the call for Up here.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on April 19, 2020, 02:29:29 AM
Here in Quebec I donít think the school gonna open until next year because we have almost 20 thousand cases.
Iím gonna have my birthday in total lockdown and itís suck a lot!

Sorry to hear that! Hopefully youíll still manage it o have a nice birthday.


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Post by: julilly on April 19, 2020, 03:03:36 PM
Unlocked!!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 19, 2020, 03:33:05 PM
Thanks!!


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Post by: RokofAges75 on April 19, 2020, 03:56:23 PM
Thanks for unlocking!

A drive-thru ceremony sounds like a great idea.  I know some of the high schools and colleges around here have talked about doing virtual ceremonies or rescheduling proms and graduations for later in the summer.  I guess that will depend on what things are like this summer.


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Post by: mare on April 19, 2020, 05:16:43 PM
Oops! Didnít realize it was locked. Guess thatís what happens when you post at 3am lol sorry guys!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 19, 2020, 05:58:29 PM
I hope things gonna be a little bit better this summer because right now Iím not going to work this year at all


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 20, 2020, 04:39:20 AM
I thought about getting back into The Sims, but then I probably wouldn't get anything else done LOL.  I used to play that game for hours without even realizing how much time had passed.

Though when my friends outside the fandom ask how I've been spending my time, I should probably just say I've playing The Sims.  That's basically the same as writing fanfic, right?  You create characters and then mess up your lives... and if you're like me, you torture and kill them for fun LOL.  My favorite method was creating a tiny, enclosed room, putting a fireworks launcher inside, and then removing the door before making my Sim light it.  I was virtual pyromaniac.

I sim, basically to torture them. A friend sent me links to some mods though and you can install it so your sims have to deal with a zombie apocalypse (biting and killing zombies included), a possessed child, and a serial killer mod lmao where they can come in randomly and you fight to survive. Or you can be the killer. So ya know, Sims have evolved thanks to tech savvy fans LOL.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 20, 2020, 04:40:12 AM
So Illinois officially cancelled school for the rest of the year.  It's sad to think I won't be going back until (hopefully) August and probably won't see my students in person until they're fifth-graders.  There are certain aspects of online learning that I enjoy - mainly the fact that I can stay in my pajamas and drink coffee, eat breakfast, and use the bathroom whenever I want to - but otherwise it's all the worst parts of teaching, like planning and constantly communicating with parents, without any of the fun parts.

These kids are missing out on so many fun experiences that happen near the end of the school year that just can't be replicated virtually, and that makes me sad.  At least mine will have two more years at our school, so unless they move over the summer, we'll see each other again next year.  But I feel for the kids who are graduating or moving on to another school next year and may not see their teachers or classmates again.

See I feel so bad for the kids and students on this. And it's why those who aren't taking this seriously are infuriating. Like you're why we're going to be stuck doing this longer!


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Post by: RokofAges75 on April 20, 2020, 06:08:06 PM
I sim, basically to torture them. A friend sent me links to some mods though and you can install it so your sims have to deal with a zombie apocalypse (biting and killing zombies included), a possessed child, and a serial killer mod lmao where they can come in randomly and you fight to survive. Or you can be the killer. So ya know, Sims have evolved thanks to tech savvy fans LOL.

OMG... amazing!!  I really haven't played Sims since The Sims 2; I'm sure it's a lot different now.  I'm kind of afraid to get back into it because of what a distraction it would be, but all that sounds awesome.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 21, 2020, 06:38:01 AM
I knew you'd love the serial killer one lol.


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Post by: RokofAges75 on April 21, 2020, 04:18:10 PM
Of course!  I would want my Sim to be the serial killer... ideally while dressed up as a clown, Gacy-style.  The zombie apocalypse mode and possessed kid sound awesome too!


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Post by: julilly on April 22, 2020, 07:49:21 PM
OMG... amazing!!  I really haven't played Sims since The Sims 2; I'm sure it's a lot different now.  I'm kind of afraid to get back into it because of what a distraction it would be, but all that sounds awesome.

It's so very different now. You can multitask! lol

I've seen lots of people removing the doors from their Sims' houses so they have to be in quarantine too  :D


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 23, 2020, 03:01:14 AM
This is all making me want to Sim lmao.

Death to Sims!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 23, 2020, 09:22:01 AM
It's so very different now. You can multitask! lol

I've seen lots of people removing the doors from their Sims' houses so they have to be in quarantine too  :D

 :D


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on April 23, 2020, 09:32:53 AM
I've never played Sims, in fact I don't play anything.  But it does sound like fun.

No sign of lockdown being lifted here at the moment, but Wales does have the lowest deaths of the UK and they are falling, so it's looking more promising here.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 23, 2020, 06:03:01 PM
Our stay at home order just got extended until May 31.  Not surprised.  They are also mandating masks or face coverings in places where social distancing isn't possible, like stores.  On the flip side, they're going to start re-opening some of the state parks and allowing golf and fishing and stuff like that with restrictions (like no more than two people fishing together).


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on April 23, 2020, 08:13:59 PM
So...I'm sure all of you saw my mayor make national news for being a moron and offering up Vegas as a control group LOL. Thankfully it's not up to her. And no one who lives here is that shocked she wants the Strip open so badly even though she has no say there as it's not technically Vegas, it's an unincorporated part of Clark County. It's all about the money for her, her family has had mob ties for years and they still have investments in the casinos.

Our Governor closed schools for the rest of the year. He hasn't stated when we're reopening yet but he's basically said it won't be until he thinks it's safe on the advice of medical experts. What I think will happen is the state will reopen slowly. Starting up north and in the mining areas. Vegas will be last due to the kind of city we are, and I think the Strip will be the last part to be allowed to open.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 23, 2020, 08:26:58 PM
Here in Quebec we have 22 thousand cases and our prime minister gonna talk next week about their plans for the school, but the parents will not be obligate to send their kids to school if the school open by the end of the school year.

Our government to open very slowly the regions where they hardly have cases.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 23, 2020, 11:43:55 PM
So...I'm sure all of you saw my mayor make national news for being a moron and offering up Vegas as a control group LOL. Thankfully it's not up to her. And no one who lives here is that shocked she wants the Strip open so badly even though she has no say there as it's not technically Vegas, it's an unincorporated part of Clark County. It's all about the money for her, her family has had mob ties for years and they still have investments in the casinos.

Our Governor closed schools for the rest of the year. He hasn't stated when we're reopening yet but he's basically said it won't be until he thinks it's safe on the advice of medical experts. What I think will happen is the state will reopen slowly. Starting up north and in the mining areas. Vegas will be last due to the kind of city we are, and I think the Strip will be the last part to be allowed to open.

What an idiot. I'm glad your governor is handling things well.

You should have seen the comments on the local news' Facebook posts by the idiot Trumpers who live in my area.  I should know by now not to click on the comments because they always make me cringe so hard.  People are pissed that the whole state of Illinois is on lockdown for another month because "All the cases are in Chicago. We don't have any cases here. Why can't Chicago just stay closed and downstate open up?!"  Um, yes we do have cases down here, and we'll have more if people keep denying reality and acting like they're invincible.  I kind of wish some of them would follow their leader's advice and inject themselves with disinfectant, but I don't think most will - not because they're smart enough not to, but because they still don't think the virus is a problem!  I'm still seeing comments that say things like "It's just a flu!" and "Bring it on!  If I get it, it will just make my immune system stronger."  And when these covidiots are presented with facts and firsthand accounts from healthcare workers on the frontlines, they claim it's just a liberal hoax to cause a panic.

I get that some people are just stir-crazy, and others have legitimate reasons to be concerned about money and jobs and whatnot, but they don't seem to understand that saving people's lives is the priority here.  They're more concerned about their rights as a 'Merican.  Jesus, is it really that big of a deal to cover your face when you go into a store?  If you don't like it, stay home!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 24, 2020, 01:28:26 AM
Yeah people are stupid here too! They donít understand that people like me not gonna be able to leave our house at all because we can die because of covid-19.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on April 24, 2020, 10:20:23 AM
I know... people are so selfish.  Some won't care until they or one of their loved ones gets it.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on April 24, 2020, 11:36:10 AM
Iím gonna begin my 8 weeks confine at home monday


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on May 01, 2020, 09:21:34 AM
They may say that we have to wear face masks here too when going out to shops, so my mum has been busy making them as she has nothing else to do as unable to leave the house for 12 weeks.

I don't mind wearing one if it helps protect me and other people.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on May 01, 2020, 11:33:34 AM
Here too we need face mask when we go to buy food and we have almost 30 thousand cases only in province of Quebec


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on May 01, 2020, 02:56:25 PM
Same here with face masks and they finally decided no school for the rest of the year in NY.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on May 01, 2020, 04:04:31 PM
Little school gonna open on may 11, high school are close for the rest of the school year and college too are close


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 01, 2020, 04:34:53 PM
Same here with the masks.  Luckily my mom sews, so she's been making them.  Our governor said today that certain regions of the state may be able to start opening back up before others, if they meet certain criteria involving declining cases and capacity of hospital/ICU beds. There's a big difference between what it's like where I live in central IL and what it's like up around Chicago, so we'll see.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on May 02, 2020, 12:18:24 AM
Well the Stay At Home got extended till the 15th, no surprise. We as a state also teamed up with California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado - aka the smart west coast states so that's encouraging - for a reopening plan they're going to form together to try and contain the spread since our governors know if one becomes a hot spot, we're all sunk. I missed the Vegas special but I did see Nick's intro asking people to stay home and stay safe and I got a small kick out of Gov Sisolak introducing Nick LOL.

Part of our reopening plan basically states that casinos will be the last priority, which duh. But the Trumper locals are pissed. It's so dumb cause no one will travel anyway so why worry about them right now. But they've been pissy in general since we finally went from purple to blue in 2018 lol.



Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 02, 2020, 12:56:48 AM
I haven't seen the Vegas special yet either. Anyone know if it's been posted online yet?  I've been out of the loop this week.

It's smart for bordering states to band together on this.  The idiots down by me are threatening to just drive to neighboring states with less strict guidelines to do whatever it is they're so desperate to do.  Great way to bring the virus back to us so it takes even longer for us to reopen.


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Post by: Rose on May 02, 2020, 02:50:36 AM
I haven't seen the Vegas special yet either. Anyone know if it's been posted online yet?  I've been out of the loop this week.

It's smart for bordering states to band together on this.  The idiots down by me are threatening to just drive to neighboring states with less strict guidelines to do whatever it is they're so desperate to do.  Great way to bring the virus back to us so it takes even longer for us to reopen.

Nick didn't perform, bummer. But I have his speaking part posted on the TDS channel.

https://youtu.be/4OmAV0x2kUI

I agree about states banding together. Especially since Trump isn't going to help. Everything is falling to the governors. I know conservative Nevadans are bitching saying we're turning into California. We're not but I'd be fine with that lol. I saw the Huntington Beach protest videos on Twitter though and it's just so stupid. Why is science so hard for them?


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Post by: mare on May 02, 2020, 05:16:27 AM
The east coasts are doing the same thing. At least a good portion of the governors know what theyíre doing. We thank God for Cuomo up here.


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 02, 2020, 12:55:12 PM
Nick didn't perform, bummer. But I have his speaking part posted on the TDS channel.

https://youtu.be/4OmAV0x2kUI

I agree about states banding together. Especially since Trump isn't going to help. Everything is falling to the governors. I know conservative Nevadans are bitching saying we're turning into California. We're not but I'd be fine with that lol. I saw the Huntington Beach protest videos on Twitter though and it's just so stupid. Why is science so hard for them?

Thanks!  I wonder why he didn't perform something?

Ugh, now some of the Republican mayors and congressmen in my area are pushing back against our Democratic governor, calling him a dictator for extending the stay at home order, even though he already relaxed some of the requirements and expressed that there might be the possibility of opening up some regions of the state before others.  I get they're concerned about jobs and the economy, but isn't that what unemployment and the stimulus checks are for?  It's not like people who are out of work have no way of getting money, and some of them are making more from collecting unemployment than they would be if they were working.  And the economy will bounce back once everything opens back up.  I think all that is just an excuse to disagree with a leader from the opposite party.  If Pritzker was a Republican, they would support his decisions, and the Dems would be the ones complaining.  I hate politics.

It's scary how many people ignore or outright deny facts, logic, and science.  The anti-vaxxers, the flat Earthers, the "climate change is a hoax" crowd, and now these Covidiots.  WTF?  It's like we're heading back into the Dark Ages with all these ignorant people.


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Post by: mare on May 02, 2020, 03:30:54 PM
It is scary. I really do try to see it from the whacko side but I honestly canít ever wrap my head around why anyone thinks that all the people who have died is an ok amount because we didnít hit as much as predicted. I am trying to limit my news watching because I feel it elevating my blood pressure.

The truth is some of these jackasses (mayors mostly) want companies to open so this way people who were unemployed can no longer claim because their companies are now back in business. Itís disgusting.


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 02, 2020, 05:14:22 PM
It is sad to see how many people care more about money than human life.


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Post by: Rose on May 03, 2020, 01:36:13 AM
I mean my mayor went viral for her push back LOL.

Yeah and I mean Texas is opening because they don't want people trying to claim unemployment. Which, what the fuck? Why is money more important than lives? I watch people say they don't care if their families die and that even they're willing to die for the "freedom to live". And if it was JUST them then you know what, fine. But these morons don't seem to understand how science works and that their stupidity can easily infect and possibly kill others. Blows my mind.


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Post by: Rose on May 03, 2020, 01:38:14 AM
OH and I just saw Missouri is saying it's okay for concerts to come back! That is literally the LAST thing that should come back. I love concerts and I hate that all our plans this year are basically fried due to Covid but come on. Science! A concert would be a hot bed for this shit to spread and start all over again. I swear to God these red states are going to be why we'll be on lockdown for ages.


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Post by: Mistral on May 03, 2020, 09:17:45 AM
In province of Quebec our prime minister said the researchers say we have a year and a half to be in a pandemic state because people to respect the lockdown. Our government want to begin to open slowly school for kids, daycare and shop with outside doors.


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Post by: Carter-Orange on May 06, 2020, 03:58:31 AM
Well we now have the highest deaths in Europe, which is shocking :( I think Wales has the lowest in the UK though, which is something to be thankful for.

No sign of lockdown ending and it's been over six weeks now. 


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Post by: mare on May 06, 2020, 10:05:51 AM
Weíre one of the only states still in lockdown. Phase one for NY starts on the 15th if numbers are still declining. Up here in western NY our numbers keep going up though.

It seems like all the countries are taking turns with being the highest numbers. Hopefully the murder hornets will stay away from Wales!


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Post by: Mistral on May 06, 2020, 10:51:49 AM
Quebec have the most high number of cases in Canada and we have almost 50 thousand cases. People donít respect the lockdown more and more with the time.


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 06, 2020, 10:04:54 PM
Sorry, everyone!  Our stay-at-home order is still in effect until the end of May, but our governor did announce a five-phase plan to reopen the state.  We're currently in Phase 2.  In Phase 3, gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed, and we have to get to Phase 4 to be able to go back to school or have gatherings of up to 50 people.  Big events like concerts won't happen until Phase 5, and I doubt that will be this summer.  They're also going to allow different regions of the state to be in different phases, depending on the numbers in that region, so it's likely my part of the state will gradually go back to "normal" before Chicago just because we have fewer people and significantly fewer cases.


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Post by: Carter-Orange on May 07, 2020, 02:50:24 AM
I wish they would do it by region here, but doesn't seem that they are.  Some parts of the country have very little, while others have very high cases.  Our PM is making announcements on the weekend about easing out of lockdown.  Work have told us we will probably be going back in about four weeks, some have started going back this week, but that's because it's harder for them to work from home.

I don't think my daughter will be going back to college this school year though, but we will see.

My son is finding it hard being completely on his own, he lives about 20 miles away and isn't working at the moment due to the restaurant being closed.  He is getting 80% of his pay, which is a good thing, but he's lonely and bored without his work.


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Post by: mare on May 07, 2020, 09:14:37 AM
Thatís what theyíre doing here. By region and in phases. My sister was told to stay home until the end of May and then theyíd reassess. This country is opening up too fast and weíre going to be back at square one within a few weeks.


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Post by: mare on May 07, 2020, 09:16:32 AM
I wish they would do it by region here, but doesn't seem that they are.  Some parts of the country have very little, while others have very high cases.  Our PM is making announcements on the weekend about easing out of lockdown.  Work have told us we will probably be going back in about four weeks, some have started going back this week, but that's because it's harder for them to work from home.

I don't think my daughter will be going back to college this school year though, but we will see.

My son is finding it hard being completely on his own, he lives about 20 miles away and isn't working at the moment due to the restaurant being closed.  He is getting 80% of his pay, which is a good thing, but he's lonely and bored without his work.

Aww, Iím sure itís hard being stuck in lockdown alone, especially if youíre a social person. I could easily do it but Iím sure most would have difficulties. Iím a mole woman lol


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 07, 2020, 09:38:30 PM
Aww, Iím sure itís hard being stuck in lockdown alone, especially if youíre a social person. I could easily do it but Iím sure most would have difficulties. Iím a mole woman lol

This whole situation definitely favors those of us who are homebodies and introverts anyway.  I rarely get lonely, bored, or stir-crazy.  I'm completely content in quarantine and enjoying the fact that it's finally socially acceptable to be a hermit.  I do miss being able to go out to eat and do stuff with family and friends, but we've been having virtual happy hours about once a week, and that's been a good way to catch up.  Half my friends are online anyway, so no change there.  I feel for people who are more extroverted and like being busy because I know this is much harder on them.


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Post by: Sakabelle on May 09, 2020, 01:41:52 PM
Heyyy it has been a minute!

Sorry to see that some of us are having such a rough time with this. Especially in Quebec - everytime I see the news about things over there I get so sad. You are two provinces over from me (I am in Manitoba for those who don't know) and the situation could not be more different. We have 30 active cases and have successfully been flattening our curve for the last 6 weeks or so. Things are slowly starting to open back up. Still not sure how I feel about that. Sadly, the re-opening does not include being able to go visit family or anything like that. But we have been having "distancing beers" with my father in law which has been really nice. We are also going to have a "distancing lunch" with my mother in law tomorrow for mother's day. My mum and dad are pretty worried so we haven't done anything like that with them. Some days I have driven over to their place and they visit with Liam through the window of my car. We do pick up groceries for them and my Grandma every couple of weeks as my sister lives a couple hours out of town.

Very challenging time for my husband and I as we have a three month old. I am personally quite extroverted (as I am sure a lot of you know who have met me in person lol) so this is... quite rough. I was feeling quite isolated from world before this having been on mat leave and not really knowing what to do with myself.

Has BSB postponed their summer tour? I haven't been keeping up with them much. I had tickets to see the 3 1D guys who are touring North America solo this summer -- Niall cancelled his tour completely, Louis has postponed indefinitely and Harry hasn't said a word yet but I assume it's gonna be postponed as well. We have tickets to Harry's show in Vegas and a TON of my 1D friends were going to be there. It was sort of going to be like the BSB cruise where a bunch of people who hadn't met in person were finally going to meet after talking online for a long time. Naturally I was dragging Julia with me LOL. Quite disappointing to have that be pushed back but obviously it makes sense. Niall's second album was actually released the day that everything went upside down over here, it was so weird. Like one half of my twitter timeline that week the world was slowly shutting down, the other half was losing their minds over all his promo stuff he was doing. He was doing an album release show in LA that night (March 13) and I knew some people flying to LA for that show. In between the time they boarded the plane and landed the show went from still being on to being cancelled and Niall went home to the UK. Crazy!! We got four albums from those guys in the space of four months so it's nice to at least have new music to tide us over during this weird time.

I also couldn't quite believe it when they closed the Canada/USA border except to trade. Historic, for sure. I don't even think they did that in the days after 9/11. Not that I'd be crossing the border right now, but I live 45 minutes from North Dakota, I have spent a lot of time there in my life and it's so weird to think I'm not allowed in!!

Hope everyone in here continues to be safe and well.


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Post by: Mistral on May 09, 2020, 02:08:37 PM
Yes Quebec is very bad right now and now I hope our prime minister close everything again to stop the virus continue to increase again. I live an hour for Montreal and this is like the worst place to live right now. Because of my health I cannot go out at all and I begin my 3 months inside my home.

I don’t think the show in Montreal gonna happen because Bell center gonna be close until 2021 and all theater, show center are close in Quebec for the rest of the year.


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Post by: mare on May 09, 2020, 03:15:17 PM
Hey Steph! Welcome back and congrats on baby Liam. Heís adorable!

BSB has postponed their Australia and New Zealand dates, but as far as I know, they havenít really made a call about everything else. I was supposed to go see them in September which wouldíve been the first time in years. Iím sure thatís most likely not going to happen. It seems like most concerts are postponing for an exact year to the date so maybe thatís what BSB and the 1D guys will end up doing as well.

I have noticed a new thing on FB were the MAGATs are now complaining how certain things are being taken off Facebook that contradict the stay at home orders. Why are people so dumb! The thing is, Iíve seen some pretty smart people posting crap like that! 


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Post by: mare on May 09, 2020, 05:22:30 PM
NY is going to start there phase one opening on the 15th, but we were just notified that Buffalo will not be part of that because our numbers are still going up. Our county has the second highest number of cases so we have to wait longer.


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 09, 2020, 11:09:11 PM
Welcome back, Steph!  Good to see you on here.

I think the Boys are waiting until they have rescheduled dates to make an announcement about the North American tour, like they did with Australia.  AJ mentioned in an interview last week that their plan is to reschedule, not outright cancel, any dates that they have to.  Nothing about the North American tour specifically.  I bet it will be June before we get an official announcement, but I'm expecting it to be postponed.  Disappointing, but I'd rather wait another year and still have BSB events to look forward to than have it completely cancelled.


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Post by: Rose on May 10, 2020, 12:16:35 AM
Welcome back, Steph!  Good to see you on here.

I think the Boys are waiting until they have rescheduled dates to make an announcement about the North American tour, like they did with Australia.  AJ mentioned in an interview last week that their plan is to reschedule, not outright cancel, any dates that they have to.  Nothing about the North American tour specifically.  I bet it will be June before we get an official announcement, but I'm expecting it to be postponed.  Disappointing, but I'd rather wait another year and still have BSB events to look forward to than have it completely cancelled.

I haven't heard anything officially but I'm pretty sure that's the case. AJ is saying postponed and they didn't announce the Aussie leg delay till they had all their ducks lined up in a row. So I bet they'll announce it once all the new dates are locked in.


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Post by: Carter-Orange on May 11, 2020, 04:46:49 AM
Welcome back Steph :)  Harry has rescheduled his tour here for next year, my daughter and her friends were due to go to the show in April, they were gutted but at least their tickets will be transferred to the new date.  Hope you get some news about rescheduled dates soon too.


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Post by: Sakabelle on May 11, 2020, 08:35:09 AM
Hey Steph! Welcome back and congrats on baby Liam. Heís adorable!

BSB has postponed their Australia and New Zealand dates, but as far as I know, they havenít really made a call about everything else. I was supposed to go see them in September which wouldíve been the first time in years. Iím sure thatís most likely not going to happen. It seems like most concerts are postponing for an exact year to the date so maybe thatís what BSB and the 1D guys will end up doing as well.

I have noticed a new thing on FB were the MAGATs are now complaining how certain things are being taken off Facebook that contradict the stay at home orders. Why are people so dumb! The thing is, Iíve seen some pretty smart people posting crap like that! 

Thanks Mare :) Yeah, we kinda like him haha!

Ughhh the MAGA people on FB... don't even get me started lol. They're bad here too, and there was a rally at our legislature on Saturday with people wearing MAGA hats. You live in Canada, idiots! I've seen people I previously thought were pretty smart posting about how the virus was lab created etc etc... I just have to shake my head because there is no point arguing with that level of stupidity. I am sure it stems out of feeling like you have no control in the situation and wanting to have some level of it, but damn that is not the way LOL


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Post by: Sakabelle on May 11, 2020, 08:41:26 AM
Welcome back Steph :)  Harry has rescheduled his tour here for next year, my daughter and her friends were due to go to the show in April, they were gutted but at least their tickets will be transferred to the new date.  Hope you get some news about rescheduled dates soon too.

Thank you :) Yeah I'd seen that about the Europe dates! I had friends who were planning to go to the London show and they had to push their travel plans back. I think Louis did the same with rescheduling Europe because I had another friend who was going to travel from the US to go to all his UK/Europe dates and he posted they were rescheduled I think a day or two before she was supposed to fly out. Crazy. I am sure Harry's show will be fun when Holly does get to go though! He did manage a couple shows before this all went down and the tour looks insane, good setlist, stage design etc. His shows are definitely the best I've seen out of the lot of them.


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Post by: Carter-Orange on May 11, 2020, 09:17:46 AM
Thank you :) Yeah I'd seen that about the Europe dates! I had friends who were planning to go to the London show and they had to push their travel plans back. I think Louis did the same with rescheduling Europe because I had another friend who was going to travel from the US to go to all his UK/Europe dates and he posted they were rescheduled I think a day or two before she was supposed to fly out. Crazy. I am sure Harry's show will be fun when Holly does get to go though! He did manage a couple shows before this all went down and the tour looks insane, good setlist, stage design etc. His shows are definitely the best I've seen out of the lot of them.

I'm sure his shows will be amazing when you eventually get to see him, he seems like more of a showman than the others, although I'm also loving Niall's music too.  Holly is hoping for a 1D reunion some day. 


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Post by: Sakabelle on May 11, 2020, 05:11:36 PM
I'm sure his shows will be amazing when you eventually get to see him, he seems like more of a showman than the others, although I'm also loving Niall's music too.  Holly is hoping for a 1D reunion some day. 

Yeah I like Niall's music more than Harry's since it leans a bit more pop, but Harry's live shows were way more fun last time around for sure. I have seen some stuff swirling around about a reunion or sorts for their 10 year anniversary in July but I'm not holding my breath for anything substantial. Maybe by the time the 20 year hits they'll all be able to agree on reunion terms lol


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Post by: carterkid on May 11, 2020, 09:13:39 PM
It's just boring,boring,boring around here! :'(


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Post by: Mistral on May 11, 2020, 10:10:44 PM
Itís boring here too!


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Post by: Carter-Orange on May 12, 2020, 03:02:28 AM
I'm really not finding this lockdown hard at all.  I know a lot of people do seem to be struggling, and that is awful for you if you aren't managing very well.


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Post by: Carter-Orange on May 12, 2020, 03:04:28 AM
Yeah I like Niall's music more than Harry's since it leans a bit more pop, but Harry's live shows were way more fun last time around for sure. I have seen some stuff swirling around about a reunion or sorts for their 10 year anniversary in July but I'm not holding my breath for anything substantial. Maybe by the time the 20 year hits they'll all be able to agree on reunion terms lol

Yes, I suppose we will have to see what happens regarding a reunion.  But like you say, can't see anything much for July


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Post by: mare on May 12, 2020, 05:15:01 AM
Iím more anxious about the reopening than I am about the lockdown. By the time this is over, my car registration and inspection will be expired which means the hassle of switching over to NY will be a huge hassle.

Iím not a huge fan of people so this has been nice lol


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Post by: Carter-Orange on May 12, 2020, 08:37:45 AM
That sounds like a hassle Mare :(  Cars are a pain in the arse at the best of times lol (well in my case that is)


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Post by: mare on May 12, 2020, 11:33:08 AM
I really want to sell it and be done but I am still paying the stupid thing off. I barely drive! Itís such a waste of my money.


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Post by: Carter-Orange on May 13, 2020, 05:54:24 AM
Wow yes, that is a complete waste of money then.  Hope you haven't got too much left to pay off.  I'm hardly driving mine at the moment due to working from home, so haven't had to put any petrol in for two months, so it's saving me some money at least.


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Post by: Rose on May 14, 2020, 04:48:00 AM
See I'm on the other end. I wish I could be bored LOL.


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Post by: mare on May 14, 2020, 05:55:56 AM
Wow yes, that is a complete waste of money then.  Hope you haven't got too much left to pay off.  I'm hardly driving mine at the moment due to working from home, so haven't had to put any petrol in for two months, so it's saving me some money at least.

Same! My car has only been driven twice since February and one of those times was my sister using it. I havenít put gas in since early January. Lol


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 14, 2020, 11:13:38 PM
Wow yes, that is a complete waste of money then.  Hope you haven't got too much left to pay off.  I'm hardly driving mine at the moment due to working from home, so haven't had to put any petrol in for two months, so it's saving me some money at least.

I went almost two months without having to fill up my tank too - so nice!  Except since demand is down, gas prices have gone way down too... I'm sure they'll go right back up again once people are getting out more.


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Post by: Carter-Orange on May 15, 2020, 09:22:47 AM
Yes, prices have gone down here too, which would be great normally but as we can't go anywhere it's not helping much lol


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 19, 2020, 07:00:02 PM
Well, it's official:  the North American leg of the tour has been postponed too.  I knew it was probably coming and think it's the right decision, but it's still disappointing to hear.  I'm glad they're going to reschedule though.  Hopefully we get some new dates in the announcement next week.

Mare, do you think this is all because you were actually going to go to a show for the first time in years?  Or is it because I faked sick to stay home from work to buy these tickets because no one else could?  LOL I'm kidding, but ugh... I should have known it was all too good to be true!


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Post by: Mistral on May 19, 2020, 07:22:04 PM
Montreal concert is cancel too! I hope we are gonna be able to keep our tickets for next year


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 19, 2020, 07:35:34 PM
It sounds like that's the plan. They said hang on to your tickets because they'll be coming back, and there will be an announcement next week, which I'm guessing will have the new dates.  They're probably still trying to finalize things.


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Post by: Mistral on May 19, 2020, 07:41:08 PM
I hope because I donít want to loose my ticket and I cannot wait for the next date for next year


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 19, 2020, 07:42:32 PM
I know.  At least we'll still have something to look forward to, even if it takes another year.  This year sucks.


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Post by: Rose on May 19, 2020, 07:53:29 PM
Well, it's official:  the North American leg of the tour has been postponed too.  I knew it was probably coming and think it's the right decision, but it's still disappointing to hear.  I'm glad they're going to reschedule though.  Hopefully we get some new dates in the announcement next week.

Mare, do you think this is all because you were actually going to go to a show for the first time in years?  Or is it because I faked sick to stay home from work to buy these tickets because no one else could?  LOL I'm kidding, but ugh... I should have known it was all too good to be true!

I think back to February and how we had everything perfectly lined up, and I'm sad LOL. Adult me knows this is the right move, no way can anyone social distance at a concert. I knew it was coming. But this still really sucks.


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Post by: Mistral on May 19, 2020, 07:56:47 PM
Very sucks! My job in summer camp not gonna open this year, the football team not gonna have a season and no christmas market because of the covid-19. So I lost my 3 jobs!


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 19, 2020, 08:00:53 PM
I think back to February and how we had everything perfectly lined up, and I'm sad LOL. Adult me knows this is the right move, no way can anyone social distance at a concert. I knew it was coming. But this still really sucks.

I know!  I think that's the worst part, knowing how perfectly this would have worked out.  I hope the new dates will be similar/close together.


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 19, 2020, 08:01:47 PM
Very sucks! My job in summer camp not gonna open this year, the football team not gonna have a season and no christmas market because of the covid-19. So I lost my 3 jobs!

I'm so sorry!  That is terrible.


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Post by: Mistral on May 19, 2020, 08:08:31 PM
Thanks.

We have so much cases of covid-19 in Quebec so our prime minister decide to keep school close outil september.


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 19, 2020, 08:19:59 PM
We are finishing school online this week, and no decisions have been made yet about the fall.  We usually go back in mid-August.  I really hope we'll be able to do in-person learning in some capacity.  I think down here we probably will because there aren't many cases in my part of the state, but we have so many idiots trying to sue the governor for "taking away their freedom" that I worry it will get worse before it gets better from more and more people just flat-out ignoring the guidelines.


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Post by: Mistral on May 19, 2020, 08:25:18 PM
Here no one can goes in others area of Quebec, so the tourism suffer a lot. No one can go in the others provinces of Canada. Borders between provinces are close until fall. Canada/USA borders itís close until the beginning of July.


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 19, 2020, 08:44:05 PM
Canada is wise to keep the border closed because the U.S. is full of morons.  You don't want them coming your way! LOL


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Post by: Mistral on May 19, 2020, 08:48:32 PM
Yes, Canada can be wise sometimes.

Many high school exchange program not gonna be able to send theirs students for the school year in Canada this year because of the covid-19.


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Post by: RokofAges75 on May 19, 2020, 09:03:27 PM
That is sad, but probably a smart decision.  We don't want anyone spreading it from country to country or getting stranded far away from home if we were to open up, then have to go back under quarantine.  There were already foreign exchange students who couldn't go back home because of travel bans.


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Post by: mare on May 19, 2020, 09:04:23 PM
Well, it's official:  the North American leg of the tour has been postponed too.  I knew it was probably coming and think it's the right decision, but it's still disappointing to hear.  I'm glad they're going to reschedule though.  Hopefully we get some new dates in the announcement next week.

Mare, do you think this is all because you were actually going to go to a show for the first time in years?  Or is it because I faked sick to stay home from work to buy these tickets because no one else could?  LOL I'm kidding, but ugh... I should have known it was all too good to be true!

A little from column A and a little from column B 😕 lol
Honestly I still feel like this entire pandemic is my fault because for the last decade Iíve been saying that 2020 was going to be MY year! Turns out God was like... ok if you insist. Sorry guys

As far as the tour, my date said it was cancelled. I hope that changed to postponed.


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Post by: Mistral on May 19, 2020, 09:09:53 PM
Same thing for Montreal itís said that it is cancel. I hope we are gonna have another date next year.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 19, 2020, 09:11:24 PM
From what I've seen people sharing on Facebook, they all say cancelled right now.  I think it's just because they haven't announced the rescheduled dates yet.

2020 is no one's year.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on May 19, 2020, 09:21:01 PM
Yeah 2020 sucks a lot! Because of that stupid covid-19 I cannot leave the house at all because Iím a risk because of my illness. Iím stuck between the four walls of my home since march.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on May 20, 2020, 05:10:39 AM
Over here things are a little different between the countries.  England are allowed to travel anywhere in England for exercise etc, but have to stay in their own houses overnight.  They are also allowed to meet up with one other person from outside of their home.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are still on the stricter lockdown.  We aren't allowed to travel anywhere apart from essential stuff like food.  Not allowed to meet up with anyone outside of our homes.  Some places are starting to re-open again, like DIY shops and a few takeaways.  We are allowed out for exercise more than once a day now, which is great.

Shame about all the cancelled tours, hopefully they will be re-arranged after this pandemic is over.  I was due to be seeing Westlife next month, that was cancelled and refunded while other shows were rescheduled in other parts of the UK.  I'm also due to be seeing Phantom of the Opera in December and have wanted to see it for years!  I bet that will also be cancelled :(

I think I may have jinxed this year too!  On 1st January I said this was going to be a great year with lots to look forward to.  I should have kept quiet lol


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on May 20, 2020, 05:43:37 AM
We are in phase one of reopening here and one of things open are shops with curbside pickup. How the hell? I mean I get food curbside pickup but how do you go shopping for everything else with curbside pickup? I mean besides the big chains like Wal-Mart and Target. These smaller shops without even a website are opening up for curbside pickup. ďYeah, I want that one thing hanging on the third rack. That one.Ē Wtf?


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on May 20, 2020, 05:46:06 AM
The closed borders are having an Effect on Buffalonians who regularly commute across the border for work. I think itís a good idea though.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 20, 2020, 10:48:41 AM
Over here things are a little different between the countries.  England are allowed to travel anywhere in England for exercise etc, but have to stay in their own houses overnight.  They are also allowed to meet up with one other person from outside of their home.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are still on the stricter lockdown.  We aren't allowed to travel anywhere apart from essential stuff like food.  Not allowed to meet up with anyone outside of our homes.  Some places are starting to re-open again, like DIY shops and a few takeaways.  We are allowed out for exercise more than once a day now, which is great.

Shame about all the cancelled tours, hopefully they will be re-arranged after this pandemic is over.  I was due to be seeing Westlife next month, that was cancelled and refunded while other shows were rescheduled in other parts of the UK.  I'm also due to be seeing Phantom of the Opera in December and have wanted to see it for years!  I bet that will also be cancelled :(

I think I may have jinxed this year too!  On 1st January I said this was going to be a great year with lots to look forward to.  I should have kept quiet lol

That seems strange that England has looser restrictions than the rest of the U.K.  I would have guessed it would be the other way around, since England has a much higher population than the other three countries.  Doesn't seem fair to Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland!

I said in the other thread I'm not superstitious, but this was my thirteenth year of teaching, and I remember thinking at the beginning of the school year, "Hm... is it going to be a lucky 13 or an unlucky 13?"  I had a pretty good class this year, but I guess it turned out to be unlucky. :(  As for 2020... ugh.  This year sucks.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 20, 2020, 10:52:35 AM
We are in phase one of reopening here and one of things open are shops with curbside pickup. How the hell? I mean I get food curbside pickup but how do you go shopping for everything else with curbside pickup? I mean besides the big chains like Wal-Mart and Target. These smaller shops without even a website are opening up for curbside pickup. ďYeah, I want that one thing hanging on the third rack. That one.Ē Wtf?

I'm not sure how that would work without a website or at least a Facebook page.  How do you even know what there is to order for pick-up? LOL  For stores that already have a website, it's not much different than online shopping.  You can just order online and pick it up at the store instead of paying for shipping, and it will be quicker if it's something they already have in stock. 


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on May 20, 2020, 05:43:11 PM
My state hasn't made a call yet about school for the fall yet. Nevada is weird cause I mean it's 90% rural and then Vegas and Reno lol. So the cities tend to be smarter but we do have our share of Trump morons who want their freedom *eye roll*. We're going to be hit hard because tourism is our lifeblood so even after we reopen it's going to hurt cause who is going to travel when there's no shows or anything? Nightclubs are saying they won't reopen till 2021. I guess you can come here to gamble? LOL. And we do have gorgeous nature but that's not why people come to Vegas lol.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on May 20, 2020, 06:28:43 PM
Here in Quebec the high school, cegep and university their students gonna study online in the fall.
The little school gonna open, but donít know how they gonna do to receive all the kids.




Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on May 21, 2020, 03:44:18 AM
That seems strange that England has looser restrictions than the rest of the U.K.  I would have guessed it would be the other way around, since England has a much higher population than the other three countries.  Doesn't seem fair to Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland!

I said in the other thread I'm not superstitious, but this was my thirteenth year of teaching, and I remember thinking at the beginning of the school year, "Hm... is it going to be a lucky 13 or an unlucky 13?"  I had a pretty good class this year, but I guess it turned out to be unlucky. :(  As for 2020... ugh.  This year sucks.

It is strange considering England has had a much higher death toll than the rest of the UK.  Our lockdown gets reviewed on 28th so we'll see what happens then, but I don't expect much to change, maybe a few more shops will open.

A few drive through McDonalds re-opened in the south of England, the news showed queues for miles!  People must be mad waiting that long just for burgers lol



Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on May 21, 2020, 07:14:14 AM
Especially McDonalds lol


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 21, 2020, 12:49:14 PM
It is strange considering England has had a much higher death toll than the rest of the UK.  Our lockdown gets reviewed on 28th so we'll see what happens then, but I don't expect much to change, maybe a few more shops will open.

A few drive through McDonalds re-opened in the south of England, the news showed queues for miles!  People must be mad waiting that long just for burgers lol


Wow, that's crazy!  Most restaurants here with drive-thru or takeout never closed down (just can't dine in), but our governor announced restaurants can open up outdoor seating starting next Friday, so I imagine those places will be crazy.  I'm going to stay away until it calms down.  I did hear Starbucks drive-thru lines have been crazy since they opened back up, as most of them around here were closed initially.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on May 21, 2020, 08:36:16 PM
Here all the restaurants are close, but many choose to do boxes or take out for their clients. We didnít when the restaurants gonna open again, because things change everyday here.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Sakabelle on May 21, 2020, 09:18:40 PM
Wow, that's crazy!  Most restaurants here with drive-thru or takeout never closed down (just can't dine in), but our governor announced restaurants can open up outdoor seating starting next Friday, so I imagine those places will be crazy.  I'm going to stay away until it calms down.  I did hear Starbucks drive-thru lines have been crazy since they opened back up, as most of them around here were closed initially.

Restaurants here opened up their patios a couple weeks ago - I have yet to see anyone actually sitting on one and I drive by quite a number of them daily. They also opened up golf courses a couple weeks ago so my in-laws are happy LOL. My brother in law is a doctor and he has basically been in the hospital, sleeping or golfing these days.

Our Premier announced today that schools will be going back a few weeks early to make up for lost time and it's not clear if teachers will be paid extra, or how they're even going to manage that. There was something mentioned about them losing their PD days which is ridiculous. I have a lot of friends who are in education here and they are pretty upset by this decision. Very bad judgement by the government for a lot of reasons. I hope they reconsider after all the pushback they're going to get.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on May 22, 2020, 02:06:24 AM
Some restaurants here have started a limited delivery service, but I think they are being overwhelmed with demand as I hear there are long waits for the food.  I'd rather wait until they re-open and things have calmed down.

Steph, they should pay them extra if they are having to go back early.  It's not clear what's happening with schools here either though.  England are going back next month but not sure about Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on May 22, 2020, 05:59:32 AM
Pretty much all the states here are in the process of opening while some of the dumber states (pro Trump ones) are seeing their number of cases rise again. I give it about two more weeks before we are right back where am we started only this time orange Hitler wonít close anything down.

NY was talking about doing the same thing. Starting the school year early, especially if it has to start online. This is all insane!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on May 22, 2020, 08:34:32 AM
Orange Hitler lol


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on May 22, 2020, 12:50:00 PM
Orange Hitler lol

If the show fits lol

On another note. I still havenít received an email concerning my BSB tickets and whether or kit they concert has been postponed or cancelled


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Sakabelle on May 22, 2020, 07:02:41 PM
Some restaurants here have started a limited delivery service, but I think they are being overwhelmed with demand as I hear there are long waits for the food.  I'd rather wait until they re-open and things have calmed down.

Steph, they should pay them extra if they are having to go back early.  It's not clear what's happening with schools here either though.  England are going back next month but not sure about Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Absolutely they should pay them extra for having to go back early! We have a very conservative government in power right now in Manitoba so there have sadly been cuts to education, health care and public services. It's really sad - and they are intent on continuing the cuts even through this pandemic and moving forward with the budget and plan they had for the province before this all started. It was a bad plan before and its even worse now. Frustrating.

Mare, I feel like Ticketmaster emails might be coming in order of when the shows were? I just got the email for one of my concerts a couple days ago, and that show was supposed to be on June 9. Not sure when your BSB show was but maybe they're prioritizing sending out the emails for shows that were to happen a bit sooner? I worked for Ticketmaster years and years ago and unless something has drastically changed there, that place is definitely a shitshow with all this mess lol.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 22, 2020, 11:11:14 PM
Our Premier announced today that schools will be going back a few weeks early to make up for lost time and it's not clear if teachers will be paid extra, or how they're even going to manage that. There was something mentioned about them losing their PD days which is ridiculous. I have a lot of friends who are in education here and they are pretty upset by this decision. Very bad judgement by the government for a lot of reasons. I hope they reconsider after all the pushback they're going to get.

That is ridiculous!  How disrespectful toward teachers.  Just because we haven't been physically going to school for the past two months doesn't mean we weren't still working and at least attempting to help our students learn.  In some ways, we had to work harder to figure out all this new technology on the fly and then help our students and their parents navigate it, too.  In other ways, it was easier, sure, but I don't think anyone on either end would say remote learning was easy or ideal.  Teachers and students deserve to have their summer vacation as originally planned and should start fresh in the fall.  Starting early is not going to make much of a difference in what the kids learn, but it could make a huge difference for teachers' morale and rate of burnout.  I know everyone's worried about the kids falling behind, but they're all in the same boat.  Teachers are aware of this and will adjust their instruction accordingly to catch them up next school year.  We are used to working with kids of all ability levels and backgrounds anyway, so it's not a big deal.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 22, 2020, 11:11:59 PM
That could be true about Ticketmaster emails coming out in the order of shows.  My shows were back to back, and I got the emails on back to back days.  They were July 31-August 1, so toward the beginning of the tour.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on May 22, 2020, 11:28:45 PM
Has anyone else found themselves doing more online shopping right now? I'm so burnt out on stores cause of work, I've been ordering practically all my non-essentials online LOL.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 22, 2020, 11:57:44 PM
I go through phases.  I did spend $130 on the Backstreet Boys store about a month ago, which I would normally never do.  Happy birthday to me!  I also bought a couple of quarantine-themed sweatshirts on Amazon to commemorate the occasion.  Otherwise, I've probably shopped a lot less, online or otherwise, than I normally would.  I didn't buy any spring clothes because I have basically been living in loungewear, so that saved me some money.  I haven't been to Target in over two months, which is huge.  I tend to be the "go to Target for one thing and end up spending $100 after wandering through every aisle and buying a bunch of stuff I don't need just because it's cute" type of shopper, so my debit card is happy to get a break.  I still buy stuff on Amazon, but not any more than usual.

Then there's the fact that stuff I really could use is out of stock.  I saw an Office Depot ad on Twitter a few weeks ago for office chairs under $100, and my office chair at home is literally falling apart - the fake leather is peeling off, and I'm always having to re-adjust the height because it randomly sinks down - so I actually clicked on the ad, found a chair I liked for a good price, and ordered it.  Then I got an email saying the chair was actually on backorder and would be delayed... okay, fine... and then they randomly cancelled my order without telling me and blamed it on my credit card being declined, which is bullshit because I didn't even pay with a credit card.  I paid with PayPal, and I had plenty of money in my account to cover the balance, but thankfully they didn't charge me.  I tried to just place a new order, but now all the chairs they're advertising, including the one I wanted, are conveniently out of stock.  I contacted Customer Service like two weeks ago and never got a reply, so Office Depot's on my shit list now.  I thought I'd buy a chair from their competitor, Staples, but most of their chairs are out of stock too.  I guess everyone decided they needed a new chair now that they're working from home, and chair manufacturers must be considered non-essential.  Oh well.

I'm just really glad my desktop computer survived online learning.  It's like 9 years old, super slow, and makes odd noises... I just know it's going to die on me one of these days, but I can't quite bring myself to buy a new one yet.  I mostly write on my Chromebook and only use the desktop for making graphics and stuff like that.  If we don't go back to in-person learning in the fall, I will probably bite the bullet and get a new one.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on May 23, 2020, 02:47:50 AM
Oh, that could be it. My show isnít until September 11th, so if they are going in order, that would make sense. Thanks Steph!

I havenít spent money on anything since this pandemic. The only thing I have bought were a few books with gift cards. That seems to be the only thing I ever really buy for myself these days without feeling guilty.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on May 23, 2020, 07:04:01 AM
I go through phases.  I did spend $130 on the Backstreet Boys store about a month ago, which I would normally never do.  Happy birthday to me!  I also bought a couple of quarantine-themed sweatshirts on Amazon to commemorate the occasion.  Otherwise, I've probably shopped a lot less, online or otherwise, than I normally would.  I didn't buy any spring clothes because I have basically been living in loungewear, so that saved me some money.  I haven't been to Target in over two months, which is huge.  I tend to be the "go to Target for one thing and end up spending $100 after wandering through every aisle and buying a bunch of stuff I don't need just because it's cute" type of shopper, so my debit card is happy to get a break.  I still buy stuff on Amazon, but not any more than usual.

Then there's the fact that stuff I really could use is out of stock.  I saw an Office Depot ad on Twitter a few weeks ago for office chairs under $100, and my office chair at home is literally falling apart - the fake leather is peeling off, and I'm always having to re-adjust the height because it randomly sinks down - so I actually clicked on the ad, found a chair I liked for a good price, and ordered it.  Then I got an email saying the chair was actually on backorder and would be delayed... okay, fine... and then they randomly cancelled my order without telling me and blamed it on my credit card being declined, which is bullshit because I didn't even pay with a credit card.  I paid with PayPal, and I had plenty of money in my account to cover the balance, but thankfully they didn't charge me.  I tried to just place a new order, but now all the chairs they're advertising, including the one I wanted, are conveniently out of stock.  I contacted Customer Service like two weeks ago and never got a reply, so Office Depot's on my shit list now.  I thought I'd buy a chair from their competitor, Staples, but most of their chairs are out of stock too.  I guess everyone decided they needed a new chair now that they're working from home, and chair manufacturers must be considered non-essential.  Oh well.

I'm just really glad my desktop computer survived online learning.  It's like 9 years old, super slow, and makes odd noises... I just know it's going to die on me one of these days, but I can't quite bring myself to buy a new one yet.  I mostly write on my Chromebook and only use the desktop for making graphics and stuff like that.  If we don't go back to in-person learning in the fall, I will probably bite the bullet and get a new one.

While I've always been a homebody I've been getting things for my desk that I've put off forever. Because on my downtime that's more or less where I am, on my computer writing, or simming, or watching random YouTube videos. These days I do write primarily on my chromebook but if I need to make graphics or upload videos for something I'd switch over to my desktop. I got a new desk chair cause mine finally wore out and after that came in I find I'm using my desktop more too just because it's comfortable. Target still has some nice ones if you need a new chair. Mine's a serta brand one. Bought a new desk lamp and a cushioned mouse pad too LOL. I could use a new desk as I got the one I have currently when I moved into my apartment 5 years ago, I was broke at the time so I got a cheap one LOL. But I'm being picky and haven't found one I liked yet.

I noticed at work anything tech related has basically sold out. Everyone realized they weren't prepared to work from home and ran out to buy things. Amazon has been a god send too. The day after Nevada shut down, one of my pantry shelves broke. Maintenance at my complex is really awesome normally but due to the shutdown they were only doing essential repairs like A/C or plumbing, so that was out. I ended up buying this rolling shelf that's made to fit that weird space between your fridge and counter and it created a lot of new space and helped me reorganize the kitchen LOL.

I'm doing crazy hours right now, plenty of OT but nowhere to go so I'm buying nonessential luxuries I brushed off before this cause I wanted to go on trips instead basically LOL. I mean I did just buy two things from the BSB store though cause of the sale and cause I decided what the hell haha. My stimulus check is basically sitting in my savings, probably till next year when the DNA tour comes back.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on May 25, 2020, 05:01:12 AM
I've not bought much since lockdown, apart from essentials and a couple of new tops online.  My husband however has decided to learn to play the guitar! So he's bought all the equipment and is constantly on YouTube learning.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 25, 2020, 12:14:01 PM
That's awesome!  Good for him.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on May 25, 2020, 05:06:35 PM
I've not bought much since lockdown, apart from essentials and a couple of new tops online.  My husband however has decided to learn to play the guitar! So he's bought all the equipment and is constantly on YouTube learning.

That's pretty cool!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 27, 2020, 02:21:34 PM
In case you haven't seen, they announced the new North American tour dates!  https://www.backstreetboys.com/news/299193  My three are the same weekend as originally scheduled, just a year later, which I couldn't be happier about!  I was hoping they'd stay in the summer, even if it means waiting longer, so I wouldn't have to worry about missing work or being super tired traveling to and from shows on school nights, since they're all about a 3 hour drive from where I live.  Plus, Rose was planning to fly out to go to three in a row with me, and now she still can!  I hope the new dates work for everyone else too.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on May 27, 2020, 03:24:16 PM
Mine will be in July now instead of September. Hopefully itíll work.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 27, 2020, 03:28:39 PM
I hope so!  At least you don't have to wait as long as if it was September of next year.  I like that they're starting in early June instead of July.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on May 28, 2020, 03:30:30 AM
That's great news that they were able to reschedule and the dates are all suitable for you :)

I had an email yesterday to say I'll be getting a refund for Phantom of the Opera as it's been cancelled :(  The show is not until December! But I suppose the tour of it starts way before then, so they have to cancel the whole thing.  Disappointing for everyone though.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on May 28, 2020, 07:16:08 AM
Aww Iím sorry Steph, that stinks!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 28, 2020, 10:50:34 AM
Oh no, that is disappointing!  This whole year has been one disappointment after another.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on May 29, 2020, 02:45:38 AM
Awww!

Yeah this year has been a downer.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on May 29, 2020, 08:53:57 AM
Seems the rest of the UK are easing restrictions a lot more than they are here.  It was announced today that from Monday we can meet up with one other household outside, but still can't travel anywhere, and no other shops are opening yet.  We are way behind England who can drive wherever they want in England. 

How is the lockdown easing going where you live?



Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Mistral on May 29, 2020, 10:23:41 AM
Me I cannot leave the house at all because of my degenerative illness I am too much at risk to have it if I leave the house.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on May 29, 2020, 12:11:28 PM
We entered "Phase 3" of my state's reopening plan as of today, which means restaurants are open for outdoor-only seating, many stores and attractions like zoos are re-opening at limited capacity with masks required, and gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed.  If things go well and we don't see a spike in new cases, we can move to the next phase at the end of June, which would allow schools to reopen in August... but they warned us that we could also go back to "Phase 2" if things worsen.  So we'll see.  There are still people complaining about having to wear masks and threatening to travel to neighboring states with fewer restrictions - like Missouri, which made the news last weekend for all the people partying at Lake of the Ozarks, completely ignoring the fact that we're in the midst of a pandemic.  I'm curious to see what their cases look like in the next two weeks.

It doesn't seem fair that Wales is so far behind the other parts of the UK when you have fewer cases, Steph.  It seems like it's still a lot stricter over there than it is here, and my state is one of the stricter ones because of the high number of cases in the Chicago area.  But now that school's out for the summer and my concerts have been rescheduled, I'm okay with us being behind so we can watch what happens in the other areas that have already reopened and hopefully not make the same mistakes.  And if there aren't big spikes in places that reopened early, great!  That would be a good sign.

Rose, I saw a commercial for Vegas tourism last night, advertising a different but more intimate Vegas experience.  I took that as a good sign too.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on May 30, 2020, 12:22:27 AM
Yeah Vegas' new focus is to try and cox people back but make them feel safe.

Phase 2 just began today but protests sparked so that might hurt the new phase since I have a feeling cases might spike as a result. So far, we're still doing good. Testing went up so our numbers did too but not an extreme amount. The crown prince of Abu Dahbi had to donate tests cause we couldn't get them from Trump lol.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on June 01, 2020, 03:02:03 AM
Trump wouldn't supply tests? That is awful.

We have our own idiot in charge of the UK though


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on June 01, 2020, 08:46:26 PM
It figures, just when retailers start to open back up, everything is closing early because of all the rioting and looting going on.  I support the protests, but I hate to hear about more violence and vandalism... and also hate how those acts are being blamed on the Black Lives Matter movement when the actual protests against police brutality have been mostly peaceful and lawful.

It did make me laugh a little to see a report in our local news this morning that the local zoo was broken into last night, and someone released two donkeys, then returned them safely.  Of all the random things to do - free the donkeys? LOL WTF?  Glad no animals were harmed.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on June 01, 2020, 09:41:29 PM
My favorite looting report was the woman who stole a whole cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and was walking down the street with it. I guess sheís my evil spirit animal lol


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: alota_cookin on June 01, 2020, 10:05:48 PM
Hi all! Iím checking in from good olí Michigan.
Itís been forever since I have been on here! I forgot how much I enjoyed this little family!
We are doing ok here. Since I work in a nursing facility, my kids have been doing school from home and everything in Michigan had been insanity...my days havenít been boring! Lol.
The past week or so I actually started writing again, just to de-stress some. I was super happy that I was able to log in to the forum since Iíve had no luck logging in to AC.
Iím glad to see that you all seem to be doing ok, for the most part! 🥰


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on June 01, 2020, 11:21:09 PM
My favorite looting report was the woman who stole a whole cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and was walking down the street with it. I guess sheís my evil spirit animal lol

Haha!  If I were going to loot anything, cheesecake would be a good choice.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on June 01, 2020, 11:26:44 PM
Hey, welcome back, Kristal!  Long time no see!  Thanks for being an essential worker through all this.

Writing is a good way to de-stress.  I didn't write all weekend, I was so distracted by everything else that's been happening, but I finally forced myself to sit down and try tonight, and I feel so much better.  I know we need to pay attention to what's going on in the world, but it's nice to turn off the TV, close the social media apps, and just escape for a little while.

I hope you're able to get your AC account figured out.  There's been a lot of issues with the site the last couple of years because the platform it runs on is no longer being updated or maintained.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on June 02, 2020, 02:46:21 AM
Welcome back Kristal, good to see you are ok and that writing is helping you to de-stress :)

Julie, I saw on TV about the cheesecake, it even made it to our news lol.  I think if I was going to take something (not that I would of course), it would be something sweet :D

It is nice to turn the TV and social media off and try and forget all the bad stuff that's going on in the world right now.  I've enjoyed reading and listening to music instead to escape it all.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: mare on June 02, 2020, 07:56:28 AM
Hi Kristal! Welcome back! Sorry your having problems with the site. Like Julie said, we are working with a very old server and the spam attacks are slowly killing us.

Thanks for being an essential worker.

Last night in Buffalo someone drove a car over two Policemen. 😕  I woke up very anxious this morning, I think last night Trump finAlly sent me over the edge!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Carter-Orange on June 02, 2020, 08:16:22 AM
Oh god, how awful!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Sakabelle on June 02, 2020, 11:35:11 AM
Hey Kristal! Welcome back. Glad to hear youíre doing well.

I have been writing a bit as well, just working on a fic with a couple friends for fun and writing random bits of it here and there. Itís a fun way to de-stress.

I saw that cheesecake thing too. Hilarious lmao


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: RokofAges75 on June 02, 2020, 01:12:06 PM
Last night in Buffalo someone drove a car over two Policemen. 😕  I woke up very anxious this morning, I think last night Trump finAlly sent me over the edge!

Awful!  A white man was arrested for running his motorcycle into a crowd of protesters around here.  No one was killed, thankfully, but one woman was sent to the hospital.

There have also been several stores looted and vandalized, including a Family Dollar, of all places.  I don't condone looting, of course, but if you're going to loot, wouldn't you want to snag some expensive stuff, not crap from the dollar store? LOL


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: alota_cookin on June 02, 2020, 02:16:13 PM
Uh oh! I tried resetting the password but I never get the email...so maybe I’ll just have to make a new account or something. Lol
Thanks for all the welcome backs! I missed you gals!


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on June 03, 2020, 02:56:13 AM
It figures, just when retailers start to open back up, everything is closing early because of all the rioting and looting going on.  I support the protests, but I hate to hear about more violence and vandalism... and also hate how those acts are being blamed on the Black Lives Matter movement when the actual protests against police brutality have been mostly peaceful and lawful.

It did make me laugh a little to see a report in our local news this morning that the local zoo was broken into last night, and someone released two donkeys, then returned them safely.  Of all the random things to do - free the donkeys? LOL WTF?  Glad no animals were harmed.

LMAO okay honestly the randomness of it makes me love whoever that person was.


Title: Re: Quarantine check in
Post by: Rose on June 03, 2020, 03:02:27 AM
Wow welcome back! Thank you for what you're doing. Essential working is so stressful.

So far my Target had to close early Sunday/Monday. Tuesday though we went on as normal. I work on the opposite end of Vegas, up towards the mountains. So so far we're low risk in terms of a protest or looting happening nearby But protocol right now is if there's multiple protests in the city then we shut all the stores in the city down early. My team gets paid for the hours they were scheduled too even if we shut down early so, there's that. It sucks though cause I'm the closing front end leader so many of my cashiers are younger and they're just scared with all this happening.