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Red_Dragon

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Posted: Jul 18, 2020 - 6:02am

So far, so good.

We've been using Amazon and Chewy a lot, and cardboard has become an issue. The recycling bin is stuffed all the time.
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Posted: Jul 18, 2020 - 4:42am

My wife was furloughed from her job yesterday, through mid-September they say “unless....”.  We can deal with a few months but if it becomes permanent God knows. Others were outright dismissed, so there’s that. The company is keeping her healthcare going, which they pay for. She’s very stoic but I know it’s a blow for her, this is her dream job. Keeping our spirits up. Fortunately my job is rock solid.
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Posted: Jul 18, 2020 - 3:25am

Still plugging along.  Still making things work.

However, I got a text last night from my employer saying that they would like me to return as things are really picking up.  OK, that $600 per week extra goes bye, bye at the end on next week, but the regular unenjoyment continues and being of the age and risk group I'm in, I can choose not to go back to work if I don't feel safe.  The state has made that provision for old at risk people.

I am willing, if they can guarantee me at least two days a week and the biggest term is no more neck ties.  This has been a sticking point over the years, but there is no way in hell I'm going to wear a cootie catcher anymore that gets washed maybe twice a year, maybe.  Ties are not designed to be cleaned once a week and they are not cheap anymore.  If I wasn't face to face with the public, perhaps, but under these current circumstances, the days of wearing neck ties is done, over, kaputski.

I'll soon find out.
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Posted: Jul 3, 2020 - 2:44am

 buddy wrote:


 kurtster wrote:
A few observations.

HTH at some level for anyone who might get in this situation.
 
Damn man, quite a discouraging account.  Thanks for sharing the information. FFS this had been going on for months now, it shouldn’t be this f’d up. 

PCPs in Denver, at least with my provider UC Health (largest in the city) started seeing regular patients again a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t tested the system yet but likely will next week. I started experiencing pretty bad leg pain of various tours several days ago. It might be a reaction to some med changes (which I’ve stopped taking) but who knows. 

Sucks getting old, no?

 
Still beats the alternative, eh ?

Depending on what you are able to do, better show up sooner than later.  You stay in more control if you get a head start and don't let it get worse before you go in.  And stay more in control by getting seen by a Wed. at the latest if going in.  You don't want to start out in the hands of the weekend crews.  They just kind of hold you together until Monday when the regulars come back to work and all services are up and running.
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Posted: Jul 3, 2020 - 2:29am



 kurtster wrote:
A few observations.

HTH at some level for anyone who might get in this situation.
 
Damn man, quite a discouraging account.  Thanks for sharing the information. FFS this had been going on for months now, it shouldn’t be this f’d up. 

PCPs in Denver, at least with my provider UC Health (largest in the city) started seeing regular patients again a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t tested the system yet but likely will next week. I started experiencing pretty bad leg pain of various tours several days ago. It might be a reaction to some med changes (which I’ve stopped taking) but who knows. 

Sucks getting old, no?

kurtster

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Posted: Jul 3, 2020 - 1:42am

A few observations.

I see fewer and fewer people wearing masks, here in the Cleveland area.  It's mostly old people like me or people who are working.  It's across the board for everyone else.  No other determining factors, other than age and being at work. 

Wednesday we learned a little bit about the current state of getting sick and getting treatment ... and testing.

Monday, P started getting sick with fever and fatigue and threw in the towel Wed morning and called our PCP to go in.  It went downhill from there.

Call back resulted in we don't want you here without being tested first. 

Um, ok where ?  Um, the best we can do is another facility twice as far away at 8.45 tomorrow.

But I'm sick.  I need to be seen now.  Well, then you better go to the ER at the other hospital chain in town then. 

But what about the Covid test ?  Um, call ahead and make sure they have the test available and tell them that you are coming in.

Hello is this the ER ?  Good, our PCP said to call you to make sure that I can get tested for CV.  Can you do it ?

Um, yeah.  Good, how fast do we get results ?  Um, maybe in 24 hours ...  Can I speak to someone who knows a little more ?

Nurse, yes we have the test but we can't say how fast they come back.  Ok, TY.

Sigh ...

eff em, we're gonna go here cuz if you're going to get admitted, this where we want you to be.  If we go there, they'll transport you to the other place that nearly killed you last time.

Let's go and just present you as is with symptoms and tell them that your PCP said to go in.

We get there and they take her in and test her immediately with a one hour test and I get one, depending, cuz I've been to all kinds of offices in the past two days and that would be a hell of a lot of contact testing in the hospital chain.

She test's neg for CV, I'm told I can come in and see her.  I'm told she's neg after I get in, but hey, yay !  Finally get to see a doc and she's going to be admitted for lung issues.  Me, bye, I'm outta here, feel better and I'll talk to you in the morning.

She's still there and might come home later today, Fri.

So anyway.  What I got out of this is that PCP's don't want you anywhere near their shop, if CV is a possibility.  If you think it is, head directly to the hospital you want to be in just in case you are getting admitted.  Don't go to a satellite ER cuz you never know where they are going to send you.  And you'll end up with an ambulance bill.  Once they plant an IV in you, they have just assumed control over your body and walking out has drastic consequences.  Just show up where you want to be and say I hurt here and let them test you for whatever is needed.

Our local area just doesn't have it's shit together with quick tests.  If you find out that someone you had recent contact with has it, you can get a test and wait for the results, but if you are actually sick with something that ain't getting any better, go straight to the ER and let your PCP know where you are after you get there.  And if at all possible, to the hospital you want if you're admitted.  You'll save a lot of time and aggravation.

HTH at some level for anyone who might get in this situation.
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Posted: May 8, 2020 - 2:52pm

Between the $600 a week xtra with the unenjoyment and a check for $2400 for the two of us, we're doing ok.  Better actually.  No Trump did not sign it.

Trying to pay down debt and spending time trying to lay in PPE supplies for the future.  Found masks, now have to get some more gloves.  Been using nitrile gloves since my transplant, always had em laying around the house.  Grabbed some whenever I went to the doc, which is twice a month.  Now I have to get my own because things are tight now.  Haven't touched a gas pump handle with bare hands in over 11 years now.  Having run a truck stop, I can think of few things filthier than a gas pump handle.  We never cleaned them.  Just replaced them when they broke.   

Face masks are in the shortest of supplies at the doc's.  During my last visit on Wednesday, all the office chatter was about, where is this, do you have any of that and how soon do we get more.  Supplies are very, very tight and there is a lot of improvising going on.  It's constant reordering because they never get enough stuff to last more than a few days at a time.

Survival is going to depend on having PPE.  I feel somewhat safe when I'm out with a mask and gloves on.  Been wearing a glove only on my right hand for in and out things for using door handles in stores. For big trips its gloves on both hands for the cart. Not worried about going out, just don't if I don't have to.  Been grocery shopping a couple times a week and to Microcenter a couple of times.  Very doable.

Going back to work doing what I do, eh, still not so sure about that.  Things at the shop are picking up and the doc is doing eye exams.  I'll be popping in soon to see what's up.  Need a haircut and haven't shaved since I checked into the hospital on March 15th.  Getting pretty scary looking.  Christopher Lloyd scary looking ...

And my records are starting to sell much more often now.  People with lots of time on their hands.  Helps offset the cost of the PPE, which ain't cheap.
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Posted: May 8, 2020 - 1:46pm

Ventured out for a few neccesities today... awful lot of unemployed people panhandling on the corners. This country is a train wreck.
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Apr 23, 2020 - 3:11am



 kcar wrote:


 That email reads like a pile of goddamned busywork. Does  Health Class Teacher actually teach stuff or does s/he just send kids scurrying all over the Web on little errands? You might want to tell Teach to concentrate his/her reminders/tips/clarifications/etc. into one or two messages a week. The current message torrent sounds very counterproductive. 

It can be hard to motivate yourself and keep a schedule with remote learning. A lot of students especially young ones take their cues from what their peers are doing. If your approach works for your son, it's a good one. 

Hope the school system isn't using Zoom. I haven't read much about the platform's problems but I keep seeing headlines and mentions of Zoombombing. There's no way that kind of crap should be happening. 
 

Last fall, his guidance counselor sort of sighed when he saw Charlie's spring schedule... said this class was going to be a problem... it was sort of manageable in the classroom (could keep it contained, more or less, to the classroom and not have it spill over into the rest of the day). Did you see how she's got deadlines and projects due Saturday and Sunday? What a mess.
 
They do use Zoom. I've used it before this a few times and it's fine. Maybe Zoombombing is a problem for meetings with public IDs etc. but I get the impression that smaller groups aren't really going to attract bad actors from the outside world. Anyway, I haven't had any reports of bad experiences yet, and there are a couple dozen Zooms a week our house is participating in. If it happens once, I'm sure the hosts will implement the Waiting Room feature and do other things to lock down meetings. 
kcar

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Posted: Apr 22, 2020 - 10:22pm



 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
The boy was foundering with the remote learning thing, not doing too well with the self-direction etc. I've been trying to help sort out what needs to be done when but so many things were being missed. This week, instead of doing an hour of math, 30 minutes of English, Science etc. every day, I switched him to Monday: Do all of this week's English and when you're done, you're done for the day. No English to work on, great! You're done. Tuesday is math day. Wednesday is Science day. It's working pretty well, but I have just come to realize WHY his schedule was so hard to keep track of: his one-semester Health class teacher is just chumming all of our email, text, online calendars etc. with multiple messages every day. Here is just one message: imagine getting a dozen of these each week, plus having to check the calendar and class website to keep it all sorted out:

Good afternoon everyone! I just wanted to clear some things up about the Health Promotion Project. This is completely separate from Mr. Mollett's Health Careers project (which is due tonight). The Health Promotion project does not have anything due until Saturday, April 25th. By Saturday you need to access the Teen Crisis link on canvas under the Health Promotion Project module. To submit this assignment in the text box you need to type 1 thing you took away from watching the Ted video. Then you also need to tell me which Campaign you choose to use from the DO SOMETHING website. Then on Sunday, April 26th the Health Promotion information tracker is due on canvas. You will download the word document and fill out the questions then save the document and upload it to the canvas. Lastly, on Tuesday, April 28th the final piece is due which is the Advocacy project. I will be in health class with you on Friday, April 24th to walk you through the project through screen share.
The new schedule just puts this one class in stark relief. I'm going to tell him not to let this one interfere with his core classes, because this teacher has an amazing ability to fill every available moment.
 

That email reads like a pile of goddamned busywork. Does  Health Class Teacher actually teach stuff or does s/he just send kids scurrying all over the Web on little errands? You might want to tell Teach to concentrate his/her reminders/tips/clarifications/etc. into one or two messages a week. The current message torrent sounds very counterproductive. 

It can be hard to motivate yourself and keep a schedule with remote learning. A lot of students especially young ones take their cues from what their peers are doing. If your approach works for your son, it's a good one. 

Hope the school system isn't using Zoom. I haven't read much about the platform's problems but I keep seeing headlines and mentions of Zoombombing. There's no way that kind of crap should be happening. 
ptooey

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Posted: Apr 22, 2020 - 1:53pm



 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
The boy was foundering with the remote learning thing, not doing too well with the self-direction etc. I've been trying to help sort out what needs to be done when but so many things were being missed. This week, instead of doing an hour of math, 30 minutes of English, Science etc. every day, I switched him to Monday: Do all of this week's English and when you're done, you're done for the day. No English to work on, great! You're done. Tuesday is math day. Wednesday is Science day. It's working pretty well, but I have just come to realize WHY his schedule was so hard to keep track of: his one-semester Health class teacher is just chumming all of our email, text, online calendars etc. with multiple messages every day. Here is just one message: imagine getting a dozen of these each week, plus having to check the calendar and class website to keep it all sorted out:

Good afternoon everyone! I just wanted to clear some things up about the Health Promotion Project. This is completely separate from Mr. Mollett's Health Careers project (which is due tonight). The Health Promotion project does not have anything due until Saturday, April 25th. By Saturday you need to access the Teen Crisis link on canvas under the Health Promotion Project module. To submit this assignment in the text box you need to type 1 thing you took away from watching the Ted video. Then you also need to tell me which Campaign you choose to use from the DO SOMETHING website. Then on Sunday, April 26th the Health Promotion information tracker is due on canvas. You will download the word document and fill out the questions then save the document and upload it to the canvas. Lastly, on Tuesday, April 28th the final piece is due which is the Advocacy project. I will be in health class with you on Friday, April 24th to walk you through the project through screen share.
The new schedule just puts this one class in stark relief. I'm going to tell him not to let this one interfere with his core classes, because this teacher has an amazing ability to fill every available moment.
 

Ay-yi-yi

One of hiccup's biggest struggles has been getting her co-teachers to grok that parents are ALSO just in damage control mode right now, and they don't need every minute of their time monopolized by trivial school busywork. Case in point...
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Posted: Apr 22, 2020 - 1:46pm



 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
The boy was foundering with the remote learning thing, not doing too well with the self-direction etc. I've been trying to help sort out what needs to be done when but so many things were being missed. This week, instead of doing an hour of math, 30 minutes of English, Science etc. every day, I switched him to Monday: Do all of this week's English and when you're done, you're done for the day. No English to work on, great! You're done. Tuesday is math day. Wednesday is Science day. It's working pretty well, but I have just come to realize WHY his schedule was so hard to keep track of: his one-semester Health class teacher is just chumming all of our email, text, online calendars etc. with multiple messages every day. Here is just one message: imagine getting a dozen of these each week, plus having to check the calendar and class website to keep it all sorted out:

Good afternoon everyone! I just wanted to clear some things up about the Health Promotion Project. This is completely separate from Mr. Mollett's Health Careers project (which is due tonight). The Health Promotion project does not have anything due until Saturday, April 25th. By Saturday you need to access the Teen Crisis link on canvas under the Health Promotion Project module. To submit this assignment in the text box you need to type 1 thing you took away from watching the Ted video. Then you also need to tell me which Campaign you choose to use from the DO SOMETHING website. Then on Sunday, April 26th the Health Promotion information tracker is due on canvas. You will download the word document and fill out the questions then save the document and upload it to the canvas. Lastly, on Tuesday, April 28th the final piece is due which is the Advocacy project. I will be in health class with you on Friday, April 24th to walk you through the project through screen share.
The new schedule just puts this one class in stark relief. I'm going to tell him not to let this one interfere with his core classes, because this teacher has an amazing ability to fill every available moment.
 

Yeah, I'd put that one in the "deal with it later" pile, too
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Posted: Apr 22, 2020 - 1:18pm

The boy was foundering with the remote learning thing, not doing too well with the self-direction etc. I've been trying to help sort out what needs to be done when but so many things were being missed. This week, instead of doing an hour of math, 30 minutes of English, Science etc. every day, I switched him to Monday: Do all of this week's English and when you're done, you're done for the day. No English to work on, great! You're done. Tuesday is math day. Wednesday is Science day. It's working pretty well, but I have just come to realize WHY his schedule was so hard to keep track of: his one-semester Health class teacher is just chumming all of our email, text, online calendars etc. with multiple messages every day. Here is just one message: imagine getting a dozen of these each week, plus having to check the calendar and class website to keep it all sorted out:

Good afternoon everyone! I just wanted to clear some things up about the Health Promotion Project. This is completely separate from Mr. Mollett's Health Careers project (which is due tonight). The Health Promotion project does not have anything due until Saturday, April 25th. By Saturday you need to access the Teen Crisis link on canvas under the Health Promotion Project module. To submit this assignment in the text box you need to type 1 thing you took away from watching the Ted video. Then you also need to tell me which Campaign you choose to use from the DO SOMETHING website. Then on Sunday, April 26th the Health Promotion information tracker is due on canvas. You will download the word document and fill out the questions then save the document and upload it to the canvas. Lastly, on Tuesday, April 28th the final piece is due which is the Advocacy project. I will be in health class with you on Friday, April 24th to walk you through the project through screen share.
The new schedule just puts this one class in stark relief. I'm going to tell him not to let this one interfere with his core classes, because this teacher has an amazing ability to fill every available moment.
kurtster

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Posted: Apr 7, 2020 - 3:58pm

 Steely_D wrote:


 kurtster wrote:

I'll be 69 by then and still in a high risk group, forever actually. 

Nope, it is time to get away from working directly with the public. 

To think that is still safely possible for me, is delusional on my part. 
 

There's no optician component to all these online eyeglass folks, I'd think?
 
That is correct.  They just take orders and fill them.  No optical knowledge is required other than to able to read a prescription, which are just a series of numbers.  No one is required to be formally educated with these online services or know what these numbers mean.  Cutting lenses to fit inside of frames just requires someone to know how to operate what are essentially CNC machines.  

A couple of weeks ago Warby Parker closed all of their brick and mortar stores that did require licensed opticians in face to face transactions. 
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Posted: Apr 7, 2020 - 2:19pm

 kcar wrote:


You might not have to chuck the optician's gig. Consider that people will still need other professions requiring close contact with individuals—dentists for instance. And if you chose to start trucking again, you could go back to optical work once a vaccine's developed. I keep seeing estimates of 18 months to 2 years for that. 

 
I'll be 69 by then and still in a high risk group, forever actually. 

Nope, it is time to get away from working directly with the public. 

To think that is still safely possible for me, is delusional on my part. 
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Posted: Apr 7, 2020 - 1:48pm



 kurtster wrote:

Thanks.  There is an optical lab in Youngstown we use that is looking for phone reps and I could jump right in, but that is an hour + each way with tolls and roughly 110 miles roundtrip daily.  Might take a hard look at it though.  There are few things that I can physically do anymore.

I could always go out on the road and drive a big rig if need be, but it would take me away from my docs.  But a year behind the wheel could allow me to sock away enough bucks for 5 to 10 years.  Couldn't do any loading or unloading as physically I'm totally worthless.
 
You might not have to chuck the optician's gig. Consider that people will still need other professions requiring close contact with individuals—dentists for instance. And if you chose to start trucking again, you could go back to optical work once a vaccine's developed. I keep seeing estimates of 18 months to 2 years for that. 

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Posted: Apr 7, 2020 - 1:31pm

 Proclivities wrote:


 kurtster wrote:
It's becoming increasingly clear that without an effective vaccine, my days of being an optician are pretty much over.  So at age 67 it is once again time to reinvent myself to be employable for something that will keep the kitty's kibbles coming through the door.

Maybe a customer service rep based at home ?  Anyone know of a good outfit looking for part time phone reps, or where is a good place to look for these gigs, let me know.  Seriously.

I only need 1k a month to keep the balls in the air, but I need it.

I tried looking about a year ago and everything led to worthless click bait sites.
 

It seems like the whole work environment dynamic as we've known it, can be changed forever.  I guess we'll see, but in the meantime where does everyone go?  If I come across something that seems reasonable/reputable I'll let you know.
 
Thanks.  There is an optical lab in Youngstown we use that is looking for phone reps and I could jump right in, but that is an hour + each way with tolls and roughly 110 miles roundtrip daily.  Might take a hard look at it though.  There are few things that I can physically do anymore.

I could always go out on the road and drive a big rig if need be, but it would take me away from my docs.  But a year behind the wheel could allow me to sock away enough bucks for 5 to 10 years.  Couldn't do any loading or unloading as physically I'm totally worthless.
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Posted: Apr 7, 2020 - 12:53pm



 kurtster wrote:
It's becoming increasingly clear that without an effective vaccine, my days of being an optician are pretty much over.  So at age 67 it is once again time to reinvent myself to be employable for something that will keep the kitty's kibbles coming through the door.

Maybe a customer service rep based at home ?  Anyone know of a good outfit looking for part time phone reps, or where is a good place to look for these gigs, let me know.  Seriously.

I only need 1k a month to keep the balls in the air, but I need it.

I tried looking about a year ago and everything led to worthless click bait sites.
 

It seems like the whole work environment dynamic as we've known it, can be changed forever.  I guess we'll see, but in the meantime where does everyone go?  If I come across something that seems reasonable/reputable I'll let you know.
steeler

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Location: Perched on the precipice of the cauldron of truth


Posted: Apr 7, 2020 - 12:52pm

There are no excuses for not getting things done inside the house!

Still, procrastination reigns.
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Location: West OZ


Posted: Apr 6, 2020 - 8:22pm



 kurtster wrote:
It's becoming increasingly clear that without an effective vaccine, my days of being an optician are pretty much over.  So at age 67 it is once again time to reinvent myself to be employable for something that will keep the kitty's kibbles coming through the door.

Maybe a customer service rep based at home ?  Anyone know of a good outfit looking for part time phone reps, or where is a good place to look for these gigs, let me know.  Seriously.

I only need 1k a month to keep the balls in the air, but I need it.

I tried looking about a year ago and everything led to worthless click bait sites.
 


True but so sad .Recently retired and as i have some good carpentry skills and an eye for finishing detail ( a watchmaker btw) a local coffin maker hinted I might want to help out .
Usually they imported flat packs from , guess who.  Now that's off they are making up their own and kicked into 8 day a week production to meet expected demand
But the traveling 180 kms to and fro would be a killer for me ,excuse the pun.


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