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Old 05-21-2020, 05:03 AM
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Default What has your virus lockdown been like?

I will tell you a little about me. I work for a big financial corporation. I have to have papers signed and notarized. Hence, I can't just work from home. For the last month and half, I"ve been going into work 1 day a week and working the other 4 from home. Because I have to come and work in the office at all, the corporation I work for gave me a $1,000 bonus plus 5 extra vacation days.

Here is the bad part. I never thought I would say this but I hate working from home. I don't have the right computer chair and I only have 1 monitor. It's harder to see my work and I have been making stupid mistakes. I also need to be around people and I feel ostracized. I talk to people on skype but it's not the same.

Yesterday I recieved some really bad news. It looks like they are not bringing us back to work until July 1, which sucks. I was dumbfounded and there isn't going to be much of a summer movie season either. Most of the big movies have been pushed back.

This whole thing is depressing. What has your experiences like?
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Old 05-21-2020, 06:40 AM
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Mixed emotions for me. I'm an Assistant Headteacher for a large secondary school (its probably the equivalent of a High School administrator in the US). I'm normally a workaholic. I've had to go into work 3 days a week on a 4 week rota (3 days in, then 3 weeks off) to supervise children of key workers. Its nice to go into work and see some other colleagues. My wife was furloughed (on full pay thankfully) so we've all been off together as a family. I've had to have quite a lot of Zoom meetings and various other work to do at home, but not too much. Because I'm a workaholic I feel guilty not doing as much as I would normally do.

I've occupied myself with jobs around the house. I've redecorated our bedroom, tidied the attic and done a lot of work in the garden (yard). We normally grow a lot of fruit and vegetables but decided to really go overboard this year due to food shortages in the shops a while back (thankfully things have settled now). The wife and I have started watching a lot more films than normal. We tend to pick something out to watch every evening. Once a week we have a family quiz on Zoom (7 different households). The quizzes are fun but frustrating- the wife and I are regularly 3rd every single week.

Luckily I chose to book a domestic holiday this year as a change from going abroad. We have a holiday house in the English countryside booked from 1st August for 18 people (extended family). I'm hoping restrictions will be eased by then to allow us to get away into the country. That's just what we need right now. My worry is there'll be another surge in this virus. Cases have been dropping but so long as its still around I cant see how it can not spread. I wasn't too worried as I didnt know anyone that had caught it. However someone I know recently told me his sister died of it. That really hit me, even though I didn't know her. Schools here are due to part open to more students next month. I'll be expected to go in. I'll be happy to go into work but I cant see how kids interacting with each other aren't going to spread it around. All along we've had about 20 kids of key worker families going into school. Even keeping those 20 kids apart has been impossible.

Thankfully the weather in the UK has been brilliant. If it had rained and been cold as it often is things would have been really miserable.

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Old 05-21-2020, 05:06 PM
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I too am in the UK under different circumstances....I live alone as my husband is in a care home, obviously I have not been able to visit him for over two months now.
I live in a large village where most people are friendly so if I go for a walk I will meet lots of people to say hello and chat with.
My neighbours are very community spirited and the cul de sac in which I live had a street party for VE Day...that was fun, although singing ” We will meet again” was a bit much (for me)...
Each day is different as I have hobbies and there are god knows how many jobs to do around the house.
My children ring me and chat everyday and my granddaughter videos me.
I cannot wait for lockdown to be see everyone and go walking in some hills.
In the mean time, where is that ukulele.
Ps the weather is brilliant and has been since early April..imagine lockdown and awful weather...
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Well, it's Autumn here. Cold, rainy and windy days. You can hear people's chats on the street and I live on a second floor. We have been on lockdown since March 20th. Longest lockdown in the world so far. 66 days, and we still have 2 more weeks.
I have been busier than ever. Doing things at home I have been postponing for a long time, and home working 4 days a week and going into work the remaining day.

Trying not to think too much about my 3 international canceled trips. Domestic flights are all canceled here until September, so there's no much hope of any fun for 3 more months. Luckily refunds are still coming.
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