Author Topic: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation  (Read 6096 times)

Offline ChEng

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #60 on: May 26, 2020, 07:36:30 PM »
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/25/report-national-lockdown-in-italy-drives-30-increase-in-divorces/
Report: National Lockdown in Italy Drives 30% Increase in Divorces
I've heard stuff like this before. Not this specific country, nor this specific number, but that domestic troubles have gone sky high.

That is why I changed my schedule to spend a full hour for breakfast with my wife, and another hour for lunch, followed by an hour specifically for playing games, talking, or otherwise spending time with her. We also spend 20-30 minutes, several times a day, sitting on our swing, enjoying each other's company. You don't get to 40 years of great marriage without putting a lot of work into it - but it's well worth it. (Ephesians 5:25 - "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" - I'll gladly give myself up for Mrs. ChEng.)

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #61 on: May 26, 2020, 07:41:29 PM »

You don't get to 40 years of great marriage without putting a lot of work into it - but it's well worth it. (Ephesians 5:25 - "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" - I'll gladly give myself up for Mrs. ChEng.)

Congrats on the 40 years!  Lots of wisdom here.

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #62 on: May 27, 2020, 04:25:53 AM »
Congrats on the 40 years!  Lots of wisdom here.
Thanks, actually 40 this December, I've been blessed with a great gal. And that wisdom was hard-earned; I often say that I wish I had the body I had when I was a kid of 20, but I would not be willing to give up the wisdom to get that body.  ;)

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #63 on: June 30, 2020, 03:31:22 PM »
If the schools stay closed into the fall, we might find ourselves transitioning to All on-line education a lot sooner than we once thought.
Think of the money we would save! No need for school buildings. No buses.
The more dedicated teachers could monitor the on-line programs.

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #64 on: June 30, 2020, 09:49:23 PM »
We're actually hoping it continues online in the fall... it will make it easier for our younger son to take a couple of courses remotely from his old university while he waits to transition here in another state...


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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #65 on: July 01, 2020, 07:24:42 AM »
If the schools stay closed into the fall, we might find ourselves transitioning to All on-line education a lot sooner than we once thought.
Think of the money we would save! No need for school buildings. No buses.
The more dedicated teachers could monitor the on-line programs.

think about more people on unemployment, think about more latchkey kids home alone as both parents work one or more jobs each, think about how easy it would be for kids to skip their classes, but i will bet you that there will still be school sports, as god forbid that those programs like football will be cut

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #66 on: July 01, 2020, 08:15:43 AM »
We are opening all our schools in fall.  In fact, we should be removing all remaing business restrictines starting Friday.  That's the advantage of doing widespread antibidy and active virus testing, proper contact tracing, quarantining only those ill, and not promoting riots.  In other words, putting science above politics.

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #67 on: July 01, 2020, 01:45:45 PM »
In fact, we should be removing all remaing business restrictines starting Friday.

Well, the governor decided to keep some of the reduced bar, restaurant, entertainment venue restrictions on for another two weeks because of potential issues with surrounding states.  Otherwise our restrictions are off on Friday.

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #68 on: August 03, 2020, 06:29:11 PM »
Misc information I have heard in this area about schools this fall.

First was overhearing a few parents talking at an event I was at a few weeks ago, their children go to a very small private school, and they were talking to an employee about how their kids could play outside without masks and not have other random people walking by freak out, as the play area is right next to a relavtively busy street.  The takeaway is that this group (1) wants their kids to stay in school like usual, no restrictions (2) they are not at all worried about the virus being spread in this way as they figure we all need to get it and this area does not have any overwhelming issues, almost no deaths, only a very small number of people ever hospitalized. 

Second thing was 2 days ago where a parent of school aged children told me that the large homeschool charter school now has a waiting list of 600 students.  Unless there are new state restrictions, the only thing holding them back is logistics and hiring.  Getting thru the paperwork to enroll them and hiring enough teachers and support staff.  So, certainly credentialed teachers are a hot item.  I have no idea how the every 3 or 4 week in person meetings are done.  Maybe some  are meeting outside with masks on, etc... certainly that is very easy to work around -- I just found out, they went to ZOOM meetings for the remainder of last spring, so that is also an option if things close down more again.  The hold up is hiring. 

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #69 on: August 18, 2020, 03:08:52 PM »
As this mask business continues, it's going to change how we interact with people. So much of our facial expressions are now covered. Is someone smiling, or not? You need to smile differently for it to show in your eyes, too.

Also it's going to change how we evaluate a person's appearance. Is that girl pretty? Is that guy handsome? Harder to tell when all you can see is eyes and maybe hair.
Saw a girl at work, didn't look too bad, until I saw her without the mask. :-(

(maybe some clever person can come up with a mask smiley? )

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #70 on: August 18, 2020, 03:15:04 PM »
As this mask business continues, it's going to change how we interact with people. So much of our facial expressions are now covered. Is someone smiling, or not? You need to smile differently for it to show in your eyes, too.

Also it's going to change how we evaluate a person's appearance. Is that girl pretty? Is that guy handsome? Harder to tell when all you can see is eyes and maybe hair.
Saw a girl at work, didn't look too bad, until I saw her without the mask. :-(

(maybe some clever person can come up with a mask smiley? )

you mean like this?
 

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #71 on: September 14, 2020, 10:25:04 AM »
Super weird day at school. My kiddo is starting kindergarten and she's 50/50 in school and distance learning (because kindergarten at distance works so well). It took about 45 minutes to get the Chrome Book for her distance learning that I should have had last week but the school relied on survey data and didn't reserve the computers for those of us who requested them with the survey.

The more eye opening part is that I had to go to the "media center" to get the computer. While there the teachers were on a Zoom meeting in preparation for tomorrow being the first day of school. It was pathetic and pedantic. I've done kickoff meetings in the real world where we laid out responsibilities and got everyone grounded on tasks and made sure we wouldn't waste time and money. This was worlds apart. So bad that at one point an administrator asked everyone to hold up fingers. 1 meant worst possible case and 5 meant ready to go. Lots of ones. As in the school employees feel every bit as prepared as any rando off the street. Sad part is one guy proudly raises 5 fingers and when prompted said he loves teaching and can't wait to get back in the groove because this is his life's calling. I couldn't help but wish he was my daughter's teacher.

It is eye opening how disastrously unprepared they are.

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Re: Miscellaneous side-effects of the COVID-19 situation
« Reply #72 on: September 21, 2020, 04:12:29 PM »
Here's a real weird one out of left field that's come up. Several years back I spent about $800 on a set of Powerblock adjustable weights that go from 10-90 lbs. I have a bench, kettlebells, battle ropes, a heavy bag, double end bag, Bulgarian bag, sledge hammer and tire, medicine balls, box jumps, agility ropes, and probably stuff I'm forgetting.

I did all this because I detest working out with other people. Public gyms are basically where women bench the bar and in between sets read and idiot guys collect all the dumbells so they can superset down. No thanks. Besides I doubt the local gym would let me do half the stuff I do.

One of the weird things I'm up to is discovering new workouts and exercises. My wife was VERY grateful after her gym closed that we had options. I have had friends text their jealousy.

I basically built an at home training camp because I like to work out by myself. Never thought it would be a pandemic prep. But to be able to burn off some steam with a variety of workouts and keep the mind focused is awesome.

This is getting stranger than ever. I can't speak for other states but Minnesota has had very confusing "on again, off again" rules for gyms. People are giving up on it and many friends are asking me about my training because I'm the guy who always did workouts which were unconventional. Now my slip bag, jump rope, kettle bell, and sledgehammer workout looks normal. My sister in law even asked to come over and try boxing my heavy bag. Her kickbox cardio class got cancelled and now she wants the real thing.

I always felt a little out of time because I was the guy who made a Bulgarian bag, used medicine balls, made box jump boxes, etc. I got hard into these oddball workouts in my 20s because lots of fighters (boxing, wrestling, and MMA) were deep into this stuff. If you want to see goofy training look at how boxers do rounds of workouts.

My wife added some step workout stuff and our basement looks like a training camp. I had to build a plywood shelf unit to hold all our goofy weights, kettlebells, bands, medicine balls, and other stuff. It's been a big transition for my wife who used to "need" group classes but now finds the freedom to do whatever you want at home is actually a more freeing option. And she got an online workout group for a fraction of the gym cost with all kinds of options that use our home gym.