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Hey guys, As an adjunct to the Coronavirus thread, this is a separate thread to talk about how are we coping with living in this new reality. What’s your situation like? Are you shut-in and working at home? Do you have to go to work as an essential worker? How are you dealing with avoiding potentially contracting the virus? How are you dealing with cooking, getting and food? It must be challenging too helping the kids and elder family members, etc.
So I’ll start it off. I work in Silicon Valley in California, the first state to enact the stay-at-home order. And I’m in the heart of one of the harder hit areas. I work for one of the larger tech firms, not Apple or Google, our CEO very early on had employees in China work from home as the virus was hitting hard there in January. The US office in Silicon Valley started to give employees the option to work at home if we were uncomfortable in early March, but as of the week of March 9th, the CEO said our safety came first and all US offices are closed except for essential personal and the entire workforce is working at home and using Webex a lot. Then the mayors of San Francisco and San Jose and other Bay Area cities collectively announced on Monday March 16th for a shut down of all non essential workers. Then later in the week, California’s Governor enacted the statewide order for all but essential workers to stay home. Things changed super fast.
I used to work freelance so this wasn’t a problem as I have a room already set up as an office with computers and desks and a TV and stereo. I have all my CAD software and Adobe software for doing my job. The Windows PC is set-up to connect to the work network. And my own Mac’s are going too for other projects. Tech tools are making working remotely so easy now.
This past Tuesday/Wednesday was tough in that there was so much panic buying that the local grocery stores were left with no foods! Finally on Thursday I was able to get the basics, but still I need a few other things. I have plenty of toilet paper that I had already purchased a few weeks ago. So I didn’t need to worry about that.
Today, I actually started to feel the anxiety of the situation. I am not looking forward to going out. Especially to the grocery stores. I can’t help but fear that food containers are contaminated by other people handling them. Though it’s low risk likely, but you never know. I worry getting the virus and passing it onto my older parents.
There’s the dread of going to the grocery store and the uncertainty of finding what you need. And it seems so much like simple shopping for items is harder now. This must be sort of like in Europe during World War 2.
I can’t help but want to watch the news and daily news briefings, but I should probably take time away from that and find some balance. One of the nice things about working at home is I have time to work out. So maybe by the time we go back to work, I’ll be buff. Ha, ha!
One thing I’d started doing late last year was convert my blu ray and DVD collections of TV shows and films to MKV files and using Plex to stream them. That’s been nice and I’m still working on converting. So I have plenty of things to watch. I stream the new Star Trek series from CBS All Access. But no Disney+ by choice. I do have a free trial of Apple TV+ which I haven’t indulged in yet. Other things I’m going to do is use some of the time to cleaned up junk in the house.
I’m planning on trying to buy a instant pot. I don’t know how to cook, in that I haven’t had to really cook too much. If I have a recipe and can get the ingredients, I know I can cook. I just don’t do it enough to know all the tricks. So maybe I can get some experiences now. Any one have recipes?
Part of my anxiety is dealing with packages. If I don’t need to open it right away, I’ll let it sit in the garage for a few days. A friend suggested getting a UV light that kills the virus.
I’m living by myself for now, but I do go check on my parents. I text or call friends. So for me, cabin fever isn’t a big problem as of yet. More my anxiety is just trying to avoid coming into contact with potentially infected people or infected things. So I wash my hands a lot.
So I have a job and I hope that doesn’t change, and I can work at home. Luckily I really enjoy my work. I have time now to do more work-outs, something I’ve wanted to do. And I have some time to try to tidy up the house. And maybe learn to cook more. So hopefully the anxiety of this new life will be eased by these other activities. I suspect we are going to be in this lock down situation for a month or two at least. It feels like Charlton Heston in The Omega Man. Or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I never imagined a pandemic would envelope the world.
I hope you guys are dealing with this well and things are going well for you.