Safer at Home

 

And there you have it.

As of Thursday night, only essential businesses can remain open. Gas stations, grocery stores, anything to do with healthcare, delivery people exempted.

Any gathering of 10-plus people are now illegal. Gatherings of up to nine must honor the six-foot “safe distance.” There’s either going to be a baby boom nine months from now or every wife now has a perfect excuse. (I hope it’s the former.)

All I can say that had this happened years ago when my house was smaller? Four small children and a husband trying to work from home? “Safer At Home” might have been a title but not a description.

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  1. RightAngles Member
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    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

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  2. Annefy Member
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Right? But a really slow moving one …

    Not to be shallow – oh forget it. I’m shallow. But I had no idea my apocalypse wardrobe would be sweatpants. I’ve been saving all my motorcycle leather goods for … this?

    Edited to add: and the price of gas is down. And everyone is worried about toilet paper. Who saw that coming?

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  3. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Right? But a really slow moving one …

    Not to be shallow – oh forget it. I’m shallow. But I had no idea my apocalypse wardrobe would be sweatpants. I’ve been saving all my motorcycle leather goods for … this?

    Edited to add: and the price of gas is down. And everyone is worried about toilet paper. Who saw that coming?

    I did. It is a known secondary effect  of the virus. that was known in January. 

    I stocked up a month ago. Still have 30 day supply of food and TP and have not eaten into that yet. can shop for basics still. 

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  4. Annefy Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Right? But a really slow moving one …

    Not to be shallow – oh forget it. I’m shallow. But I had no idea my apocalypse wardrobe would be sweatpants. I’ve been saving all my motorcycle leather goods for … this?

    Edited to add: and the price of gas is down. And everyone is worried about toilet paper. Who saw that coming?

    I did. It is a known secondary effect of the virus. that was known in January.

    I stocked up a month ago. Still have 30 day supply of food and TP and have not eaten into that yet. can shop for basics still.

    Oh honey. I don’t want to brag, but … 

    Wait. TP was a secondary effect of the virus? Or just feeling a deep psychological need to have some?

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  5. Hoyacon Member
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Me too.  I’m expecting Ernest Borgnine, George Kennedy, or Richard Chamberlain any minute.

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  6. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Right? But a really slow moving one …

    Not to be shallow – oh forget it. I’m shallow. But I had no idea my apocalypse wardrobe would be sweatpants. I’ve been saving all my motorcycle leather goods for … this?

    Edited to add: and the price of gas is down. And everyone is worried about toilet paper. Who saw that coming?

    I did. It is a known secondary effect of the virus. that was known in January.

    I stocked up a month ago. Still have 30 day supply of food and TP and have not eaten into that yet. can shop for basics still.

    Oh honey. I don’t want to brag, but …

    Wait. TP was a secondary effect of the virus? Or just feeling a deep psychological need to have some?

    Secondary effects needing TP. 

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  7. Annefy Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Right? But a really slow moving one …

    Not to be shallow – oh forget it. I’m shallow. But I had no idea my apocalypse wardrobe would be sweatpants. I’ve been saving all my motorcycle leather goods for … this?

    Edited to add: and the price of gas is down. And everyone is worried about toilet paper. Who saw that coming?

    I did. It is a known secondary effect of the virus. that was known in January.

    I stocked up a month ago. Still have 30 day supply of food and TP and have not eaten into that yet. can shop for basics still.

    Oh honey. I don’t want to brag, but …

    Wait. TP was a secondary effect of the virus? Or just feeling a deep psychological need to have some?

    Secondary effects needing TP.

    I don’t have a weird obsession with TP, but circumstances have found me well provided. Which makes me very popular with neighbors. If you need some, come on by and I’ll throw you a roll.

    I kind of feel like this is my golden hour. Golden Hour defined as : avoiding the grocery store for as long as possible. People who don’t want to go to the store have two options: 1) send a loved one 2) if I have to go, I’m buying everything.

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  8. Annefy Member
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    I had an epiphany. I feel like a rat in a maze.

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  9. Sisyphus Member
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    Irwin Allen, phone your office.

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  10. EJHill Podcaster
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    I have 3 boxes of MREs in my basement. Eat enough of those and you won’t need any toilet paper.

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  11. Stad Coolidge
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    Annefy: Safer At Home

    Maybe not in our househols.  The longer this goes on, the closer an eye I’m going to keep on my wife!  Perhaps I should practice social distancing at home.  Hehe . . .

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  12. iWe Coolidge
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    I am taking this opportunity to catch up on all the medical stuff that I usually avoid because of the long wait times.

    Everyone has cancelled their appointments in abject terror. So all the doctors’ offices are open and empty. So I got a physical yesterday (first in 7 years), blood work this morning, and a scan this afternoon. No waits, no hassles. The staff seem happy to see SOMEONE.

     

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  13. MichaelKennedy Inactive
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    The shutdowns and economic freeze need to end in a week.  I agree those of us over 70 or with pre-existing conditions need to self isolate but that is little or no hardship on us.  People under 50 will see an illness like flu with a mortality of about 0.1%.

    I am in favor of on line college for reasons other than illness.  We now have drugs that are effective and should be available in a week or two.  Chloroquine and its hydroxy version are right now back ordered by pharmacies but millions of doses are being shipped right now and millions more will be available in 2 to 3 weeks.

    The risk of mass bankruptcy is too high.  Politicians see this as an opportunity.  Instead of sending checks to people, cut taxes as Trump is doing and make interest SBA free loans.  A corporate tax holiday would be better than a $50 billion airline bailout.

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  14. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Annefy: Safer at Home

    The Morley, the merrier.

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  15. Brian Watt Member
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    Annefy (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Right? But a really slow moving one …

    When disaster movies were all the rage in the 70s, I thought a movie about dozens of people trapped on an unmoving department store escalator was a fantastic idea – Escalator 1974! – complete with singing nun, frantic mother with children, and rescue teams tossing down ropes to the “stranded” escalator riders. Of course, I was in high school at the time and not the son of wealthy Hollywood movie producer…and eventually in 1980 the movie Airplane was produced. 

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  16. drlorentz Member
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    Annefy: All I can say that had this happened years ago when my house was smaller? Four small children and a husband trying to work from home? “Safer At Home” might have been a title but not a description.

    It’s not so bad. In my neighborhood, all the kids are playing outside, there’s tons of people down by the beach, and it’s a beautiful day. Not that I’m in the least bit happy about Gov. Nuisance’s order, mind you. I went to a coffee house to get a coffee and a pastry to consume by the Pacific, which is very pacific today. The WSJ is still being delivered to my door. I’m baking some bread using a new recipe.

    Meanwhile, this is what passes for essential work: resurfacing the street. They must have been doing it this morning while I slept.

    @Annefy might recognize this intersection.

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  17. Brian Watt Member
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    Sing it with me…

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  18. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Right? But a really slow moving one …

    When disaster movies were all the rage in the 70s, I thought a movie about dozens of people trapped on an unmoving department store escalator was a fantastic idea – Escalator 1974! – complete with singing nun, frantic mother with children, and rescue teams tossing down ropes to the “stranded” escalator riders. Of course, I was in high school at the time and not the son of wealthy Hollywood movie producer…and eventually in 1980 the movie Airplane was produced.

    The Big Bus came out in 1976.

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  19. Brian Watt Member
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Right? But a really slow moving one …

    When disaster movies were all the rage in the 70s, I thought a movie about dozens of people trapped on an unmoving department store escalator was a fantastic idea – Escalator 1974! – complete with singing nun, frantic mother with children, and rescue teams tossing down ropes to the “stranded” escalator riders. Of course, I was in high school at the time and not the son of wealthy Hollywood movie producer…and eventually in 1980 the movie Airplane was produced.

    The Big Bus came out in 1976.

    I had a better concept.

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  20. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Right? But a really slow moving one …

    When disaster movies were all the rage in the 70s, I thought a movie about dozens of people trapped on an unmoving department store escalator was a fantastic idea – Escalator 1974! – complete with singing nun, frantic mother with children, and rescue teams tossing down ropes to the “stranded” escalator riders. Of course, I was in high school at the time and not the son of wealthy Hollywood movie producer…and eventually in 1980 the movie Airplane was produced.

    The Big Bus came out in 1976.

    I had a better concept.

    Did your escalator have a piano bar?

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  21. Brian Watt Member
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Right? But a really slow moving one …

    When disaster movies were all the rage in the 70s, I thought a movie about dozens of people trapped on an unmoving department store escalator was a fantastic idea – Escalator 1974! – complete with singing nun, frantic mother with children, and rescue teams tossing down ropes to the “stranded” escalator riders. Of course, I was in high school at the time and not the son of wealthy Hollywood movie producer…and eventually in 1980 the movie Airplane was produced.

    The Big Bus came out in 1976.

    I had a better concept.

    Did your escalator have a piano bar?

    No…but it did have a disco.

    I’m kidding, of course.

    It was a full ballroom.

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  22. Percival Thatcher
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Sing it with me…

    No.

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  23. The Reticulator Member
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Right? But a really slow moving one …

    When disaster movies were all the rage in the 70s, I thought a movie about dozens of people trapped on an unmoving department store escalator was a fantastic idea – Escalator 1974! – complete with singing nun, frantic mother with children, and rescue teams tossing down ropes to the “stranded” escalator riders. Of course, I was in high school at the time and not the son of wealthy Hollywood movie producer…and eventually in 1980 the movie Airplane was produced.

    I was going to correct you on the date, but I see that the film from 1970 was called Airport. By 1980 I was already 10 years out of college. College kids heard that a movie was being filmed at the Minneapolis-St Paul airport, and would drive their cars past the terminal, for reasons that are now hard to fathom.  (Yes, I did it, too, at least once.)  Maybe we were hoping to that our vehicles might get in the film.  Maybe it was like buying toilet paper, and we did it because everyone else was doing it. 

    I eventually did see the movie, but it might have been on TV or on a recording at home. As far as I know the ’61 Chevy station wagon that I had got from my dad was not in it. 

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  24. Ralphie Inactive
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    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):
    The shutdowns and economic freeze need to end in a week. I agree those of us over 70 or with pre-existing conditions need to self isolate but that is little or no hardship on us. People under 50 will see an illness like flu with a mortality of about 0.1%.

    It seems obvious.  We have put the cart in front of the horse. The horse is the working sector that pulls everyone along, and we’ve shut them down. And as you have said it is not the hardship on retirees to stay home.

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  25. Misthiocracy ingeniously Member
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    Annefy: There’s either going to be a baby boom nine months from now or every wife now has a perfect excuse.

    I read recently that it’s actually a myth that there are mini baby booms nine months after a crisis where people are stuck at home.  Somebody went through the actual data for births after power blackouts, and found no spikes in the number of births.

    It seems couples stuck at home don’t get amorous.  Considering how much my beloved and I have been getting on each other’s nerves, this makes sense to me.  ;-)

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  26. Sisyphus Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Sing it with me…

    No.

    Thank you.

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  27. Sisyphus Member
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    Misthiocracy ingeniously (View Comment):

    Annefy: There’s either going to be a baby boom nine months from now or every wife now has a perfect excuse.

    I read recently that it’s actually a myth that there are mini baby booms nine months after a crisis where people are stuck at home. Somebody went through the actual data for births after power blackouts, and found no spikes in the number of births.

    It seems couples stuck at home don’t get amorous. Considering how much my beloved and I have been getting on each other’s nerves, this makes sense to me. ;-)

    Of course you are getting on each others nerves. In movies, that always leads to conjugation.

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  28. Brian Watt Member
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    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    Misthiocracy ingeniously (View Comment):

    Annefy: There’s either going to be a baby boom nine months from now or every wife now has a perfect excuse.

    I read recently that it’s actually a myth that there are mini baby booms nine months after a crisis where people are stuck at home. Somebody went through the actual data for births after power blackouts, and found no spikes in the number of births.

    It seems couples stuck at home don’t get amorous. Considering how much my beloved and I have been getting on each other’s nerves, this makes sense to me. ;-)

    Of course you are getting on each others nerves. In movies, that always leads to conjugation.

    Particularly in French movies…they do love to conjugate…especially with verbs.

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  29. Ultron Will Inject You Now Coolidge
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    But its in 8K!

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  30. Ultron Will Inject You Now Coolidge
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I feel like I’m in a disaster movie.

    Me too. I’m expecting Ernest Borgnine, George Kennedy, or Richard Chamberlain any minute.

    The Poseidon Adventure. The highlight was Shelly Winters doing a triple Lindy through that big glass window. If my memory serves me correctly of course.

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