2020... is it hard for you too?

Discussion in 'Community Center' started by Smiling, Aug 29, 2020.

  1. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    That substitute teacher is substituting, not driving. He substitutes by remote learning every day, either from home or by driving to the school and doing the remote from there. Yesterday he drove to a high school in our neighborhood and we saw him for lunch. He said he needed to change his direct deposit and he wanted a school's clerk to do it. I believe him, but I think he was getting bored at home. He said there was a skeleton crew at the school. He saw the principal and the office clerk, a few security guards — no Chicago cops — a few maintenance loafers, and a half dozen teachers. Some of them didn't bother masking. Well, teaching an empty classroom and walking to the toilet, I wouldn't bother either!
  2. The Amazing Virginian

    The Amazing Virginian Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    2020 has been bad for me, but not as bad as for many others. I worked from home already, so no real change there. I've seen a slight slowdown in business, but nothing catastrophic. Kind of amazed that my clients keep sending me work.

    Worst thing for me is not even related to the Wuhan Chinese Flu: my sister's only daughter died at 30 years old in an auto accident in August, and my sister (who is divorced from her drunk ex-husband) has been devastated in too many ways to list. She is angry at God and feels she has nothing left to look forward to in life now that she will never see her daughter give her grandchildren. I have tried to help her, but with limited success.

    Also tough on my daughter who is a college sophomore 2000 miles from home with no "real" classes due to the Wuhan Chinese Flu. and very little opportunities for social interaction with fellow students.

    The people I feel the worst for are the young people aged, say, 14 to 24. They are being denied soooooo many momentous and formative experiences of their lives (at least around here) which they will NEVER get back. High school sports; high school band, orchestra, music, clubs, intramural programs, proms, homecomings, dances . . . meeting new friends . . . graduation festivities. All gone. Freshman year in college? No. College graduation ceremony? No. Good jobs when you graduate college with that shiny degree? Mostly no. A crumbled economy and mountains of national debt awaiting you.

    This whole thing has messed up pretty much everyone's life, and I'm angry about it every day, and I don't understand why everyone else seems resigned to accept it and are not angrier and demanding explanations (and apologies) from China for how this all happened. I don't believe it was intentional, but if I accidentally crash my car into yours and kill your kids, at least I would have the decency to feel miserable about it and apologize. They . . . don't.
  3. Charlie_K


    Jul 16, 2012
    I never got to experience such things growing up either, even long before this wuhan crap developed. Missing out on such never did me any harm.
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  4. The Amazing Virginian

    The Amazing Virginian Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    You literally don't know that. You only know what and where you are now. You have no idea what and where you would be if you had those opportunities. Especially the meeting new friends part.
  5. Fire King

    Fire King Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 1, 2020
    This. Making Lemonade.

    Yes it is hard. Staying objective and not getting bogged down in the politics of it all has worked for me. Seems everyone wants to take a "side".

    My perception of the type of folk on this forum is: they are a hardy lot who are prepared for the world through experience and preparation.
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  6. Charlie_K


    Jul 16, 2012
    Maybe not. But I can make an educated guess, based on what I've read about the experiences of others who did have such opportunities.
  7. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    A part of me really feel guilty saying this, but this is the best year of my life. The bad parts have been really bad, but the good parts are just that good for me. A year of extremes, in every way.
  8. Charlie_K


    Jul 16, 2012
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  9. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    I really hate my job but I know I should be thankful I have one. 2020 has made it worse and Microsoft Teams is the worst.
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  10. Billy The Hungry

    Billy The Hungry

    Aug 11, 2020
    My dog died. Dad had a massive heart attack, but survived. Wife lost her job due to Covid. I'm losing my job in about a month (not covid related). Bills are stacking up and not getting paid. I have had some weird health problems pop up (probably due to stress).

    But all in all, I still have a lot to be thankful for. God provides. It'll all be okay!
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  11. The Amazing Virginian

    The Amazing Virginian Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    You stuck with Microsoft teams, too? How did that happen? Did Microsoft pay off all the IT guys to cram it done everyone's throats? I truly despise it, and so do my counterparts at my clients, but management is forcing it upon everyone it seems.
  12. The Amazing Virginian

    The Amazing Virginian Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Wow. Sorry to hear about all that. Some real tough breaks. But as long as you're confident it'll all be okay . . . then great. Hoping for a better 2021 for you . . . for most everyone.
  13. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    Initially we used Zoom. It worked sooooo much better. Teams is a shit-show with new problems almost daily.
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  14. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    It is my opinion that software is chosen by people who do not think about the common worker bees of the company, They just fall in love with some concept and the fact that the concept has nothing to do with what most of their workers do on a daily basis never occurs to them.

    Well of course. It's a Microsoft Product.
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  15. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Back on topic.
    I still have a job, but we've had huge layoffs due to the downturn in aerospace. The few of us that are left can't possibly begin to cope with the flood of work that those we've lost used to perform.
  16. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    My business dropped to about 15 percent of where we were last year.

    Food and commodities production will likely show negative impact next year. Our AG sectors usually only produce enough product to sustain one year’s supply.

    Plants and animals that we eat need constant and continual cultivation. There are no secret and hidden food storage facilities that keep enough food on hand to meet a year’s worth demand to meet the global supply chain requirements.

    Buckle up everyone!
  17. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    On the flip side, spending more time with family has been good, despite the loss of income.

    We have been refocusing on what things are important, and appreciating the little things more.

    Taking more time talking with The Man Upstairs.
  18. The Amazing Virginian

    The Amazing Virginian Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Wow. How did we get here? Even Jacob and Pharoah managed to stock up seven years worth of food for a famine.
  19. Wasty

    Wasty Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    I cannot go into restaurants (only for take away), cinemas or visit concerts. Family visits are virtual (to keep my elderly father safe), Social gatherings with friends from all over are also virtual.
    These were the only issues here. I go to the office everyday, work normal 40hrs. My wife works from home, no issues with that, as she does not have to commute 2hrs every day.
    However, the diesel price dropped under 1€ - that was positive. When shopping - wearing a mask is tolerable, and distancing is quite good when at the register.

    So here in Germany, even with quite high numbers and the second lockdown, we cope fairly well. Businesses that were shut down are getting 75% of last years revenue.
    The flu season pretty much is not happening this year as everyone washes his hands and is quite compliant with DHM (distance hygiene mask) recommendations / rules.

    There is nothing to complain about, so many people have it harder.
  20. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    I've been alone for almost 10 months now. I used to enjoy my solitude but even for me this is hard.

    The worst thing is not being able to travel to see my family. My Mom turns 90 in January and I won't be there for that. It looks like I won't be able to see them until 2022. Very tough.

    Here we have had a lot of political unrest, crime and economic problems which I am sure will only get worse. Covid has exposed all the weaknesses of a one party state. Along with that comes huge future insecurity.

    I had a lot of plans this time last year. One of the hardest things is putting everything on hold indefinitely.:confused:

    However all in all when I look at the situation of others I consider myself very lucky. Hopefully this time next year all will be different........:thumbsup:

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