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kurtster

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Location: drifting
Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 4, 2020 - 12:27pm

 Steely_D wrote:
Kurt mentioned books down there, and I’ve been using Libby (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/...) for quite a while now. A free program that gives you access to the library on your electronic device. I’m reading “Old Man and the Sea” and listening to “Bad Blood” (about the Theranos debacle). All free. 
 
Yeah, I just got amazon prime because I'm starting to get more stuff from them.  Unfortunately, Patty is a book person.  She's tried the kindle thing and it just doesn't work for her.  She wants the tactile experience of turning the pages, looking ahead to see how many more pages are left before a chapter is done and she can put it down and go to sleep.  Things like that.  She can do 2 to 4 books a week when she gets going.  I'm ripping and she's reading.  It goes together very nicely.  We are both absorbed with self indulgent activities at the same time that compliment each other.  She reads so much that getting books any other way is prohibitively expensive.

One thing that is getting harder to do is keep track of what day it is any more.
Steely_D

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Location: Biscayne Bay
Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 4, 2020 - 11:51am

Kurt mentioned books down there, and I’ve been using Libby (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/...) for quite a while now. A free program that gives you access to the library on your electronic device. I’m reading “Old Man and the Sea” and listening to “Bad Blood” (about the Theranos debacle). All free. 
triskele

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Location: The Dragons' Roost


Posted: Apr 4, 2020 - 8:49am



 miamizsun wrote:


 triskele wrote:


 miamizsun wrote:
been walking/biking/exercising everyday

still have to be close to a computer from 9-5 for client service

been reading some at night (watching very little tv)

using a meditation app daily 

trying to limit my grazing

caring for two of my favorite sentient beings
 

Which meditation app are you using?  Thanks....
 

there are several good ones out there 

calm, headspace, etc.

i use waking up from sam harris

for two reasons

it's all about the practice (no politics, etc.)

he's a good instructor and it's a simple process

lessons are easy to implement and follow

lots of other content and it s outstanding (conversations with other practitioners, etc.)

i was an early contributor/adopter to the project so when this went live i was given a lifetime membership

however if you can't afford the program send an email and ask for free membership and it will be granted

and that's for any reason (example, nobody turned away for financial reasons)

most apps give a free trial so explore and find one that works for you

good luck and stay safe


  




 

thank you.. you too
miamizsun

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Location: (3261.3 Miles SE of RP)
Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 4, 2020 - 8:03am



 triskele wrote:


 miamizsun wrote:
been walking/biking/exercising everyday

still have to be close to a computer from 9-5 for client service

been reading some at night (watching very little tv)

using a meditation app daily 

trying to limit my grazing

caring for two of my favorite sentient beings
 

Which meditation app are you using?  Thanks....
 

there are several good ones out there 

calm, headspace, etc.

i use waking up from sam harris

for two reasons

it's all about the practice (no politics, etc.)

he's a good instructor and it's a simple process

lessons are easy to implement and follow

lots of other content and it s outstanding (conversations with other practitioners, etc.)

i was an early contributor/adopter to the project so when this went live i was given a lifetime membership

however if you can't afford the program send an email and ask for free membership and it will be granted

and that's for any reason (example, nobody turned away for financial reasons)

most apps give a free trial so explore and find one that works for you

good luck and stay safe


  




miamizsun

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Location: (3261.3 Miles SE of RP)
Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 4, 2020 - 7:19am



 whatshisname wrote:
Personally, best view things positively as a daily challenge rather seeing a crisis.


 

that's smart/wise

i know from experience and observation that it's easy to sucked in and sit there plugged into some bilious negative media

but that confirms biases and drives ratings so there you have it

we'll eventually realize feeding our grape the wrong diet is at best non-productive/not helpful

and at worst it's destructive mental health issue and contagious/conducive to non-rational thought/thinking

(this space is reserved for some sort of cliche)

peace  




triskele

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Location: The Dragons' Roost


Posted: Apr 4, 2020 - 5:46am



 miamizsun wrote:
been walking/biking/exercising everyday

still have to be close to a computer from 9-5 for client service

been reading some at night (watching very little tv)

using a meditation app daily 

trying to limit my grazing

caring for two of my favorite sentient beings
 

Which meditation app are you using?  Thanks....
kurtster

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Location: drifting
Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 3, 2020 - 11:17pm

Rather well at this point in time, having overcome a lot to get this far.  I now work no days a week rather than two or the occasional three. The most challenging thing right now is Patty's grieving of her daughter.  Their are no rules for grieving.  It is different for everyone.  I have my albums to distract me for now.  And having to keep the balls in the air.  It'll hit me later. The Goodwill is closed and she is cut off from her book supply which is her usual source of comfort.  Otherwise we have been living the "shelter in place" life for many years already.  Making do with what we have the best we can.  Not much else has changed.  We can keep the balls in the air for 2 or 3 months before we hit critical mass.

I'm more thinking of what comes next when we get on the other side of the worst of this assuming that we get there.  And I'm not planning on us not making it through.  My job has forever changed and I have to think real hard if I want to go back and play frogger with this thing and work forehead to forehead with the public anymore.  I was worried about that for several years after my transplant but got over it.  This be different, lot's different.  Due to circumstances beyond our control I will have to keep working forever to bring in more than we get from SS to make it work.  Or inherit something.  So more than anything, I'm watching the progress of treatments and progress towards a vaccine.  My job used to be the perfect job to fade away on.  Nothing physical, no heavy lifting, etc.  Now, doing it puts me right directly into harms way.

As far as passing time, I'm doing exactly what I began planning to do in earnest back about 5 years ago.  I've got no one to pass my collection on to.  The plan was to get everything sorted out, learn how to properly digitize my collection in high rez and sell it off.  The perfect thing for someone to do in their retirement when killing time gets challenging and you have limited means.  All the big bucks are done being spent acquiring the tools, equipment, material, and software.  That and the knowledge has been put together.  The only thing missing was the time to do it.  In keeping with the state motto of my place of birth ... Eureka !!
whatshisname

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Location: West OZ


Posted: Apr 3, 2020 - 9:03pm

Personally, best view things positively as a daily challenge rather seeing a crisis.


miamizsun

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Location: (3261.3 Miles SE of RP)
Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 3, 2020 - 5:17pm

been walking/biking/exercising everyday

still have to be close to a computer from 9-5 for client service

been reading some at night (watching very little tv)

using a meditation app daily 

trying to limit my grazing

caring for two of my favorite sentient beings
Red_Dragon

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Posted: Apr 3, 2020 - 4:05pm

I ordered 4 N95 masks on February 26. According to the tracking site, they shipped on February 27. Expected arrival date in April 8. I'm not holding my breath.
buddy

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Location: Rocky Mountains
Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 3, 2020 - 3:22pm

I work remotely from home for a large company, so that's nothing new for me.  My wife is now also working from home. I have a permanent office setup for my work, she is working in the 2nd bedroom/office.  My dogs and cat are used to me being part of the pack, so now they mostly hang out with my wife.  We've been sheltered in place in a gradually more stringent way for going on 3 weeks.  We take the dogs for walks in the neighborhood.  I try to limit going to the grocery store to once a week now, but I hadn't heard about shipt so I may try that. I get prescriptions from the drive up at Walgreens.  On nice days we spend some time on our front and/or back patio after work, wave at the neighbors.  Early on I had been ordering pickup food from restaurants but pretty much just cook now. We've been getting Green Chef paleo and keto meals for quite awhile, so 3 meals are delivered each Monday.  When I couldn't find toilet paper anywhere a couple of weeks ago, a colleague on one of my teams in San Antonio FedEx'd 18 rolls of Charmin to me, pretty nice of her.  Binge-watching some series in the evenings.  Reading Ray Wylie Hubbard's autobiography & "Testimony" by Robbie Robertson. I've also noticed about a week ago that I'm calmer, that it feels like life has slowed down, not in such a rush to do anything. No traffic outside & we're in  an urban Denver neighborhood that can be a little noisy.  Emotionally, I've been coping well. Of course I'm concerned, saddened by the suffering and loss of life, angry with our inept federal government taking no responsibility while criticizing the states, but I can't control any of that so I'm taking things one day at a time, doing the next right thing, keeping my TM meditation up, keeping in touch with my higher power & spiritual sources, the Bhagavad Gita, various poets and inspirational writers. And as always, RP is playing at my desk via Alexa pretty much all day.
Steely_D

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Location: Biscayne Bay
Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 3, 2020 - 3:17pm

Avoid all anecdotal reports, for your own mental health. Once we get some good controlled studies under our belt, that'll be worth knowing about.

The feeling that we need to know, every 15 minutes, about every minuscule piece of information about this - that's making the nation anxious and insane. The news is there to gather eyeballs, and they're reporting every little inconsequential thing like it's important, and trying to keep track of it (Azithromycin? Ozone? Ibuprofen? N95?) isn't something people really need to do.

Maybe get a summary once a day in the evening, and otherwise go plant your spring garden, or learn to whittle, or crank up ALL of Tales From Topographic Oceans...but move away from this for most of the day, because it's a marathon...

If you're doing OK, then take advantage of this open space on your calendar, and not be immersed in the doom culture more than a little bit. Imagine later when you look back on this period and your closet is still full of crap that you really did have time to clean out, and it turns out that you didn't do anything during this period other than collate other peoples' postings.
Red_Dragon

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Posted: Apr 3, 2020 - 2:56pm

I started working at home on March 19, P's employer sent her home the following week. We've subscribed to shipt for grocery delivery, and that's going reasonably well. The state liquor commission has relaxed rules to permit deliveries during the crisis, so a guy on a bike brings us booze now an then. I have occupied the dining room table with my work rig, and P is set up in the guest/multipurpose second bedroom. The cats took a week or so to settle into us being in their house so much, but have now - like us - established a routine. We take at least one, sometimes two walks per day around the neighborhood. So far, so good.
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