Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 16, 2020 14:27:12 GMT
Adding more to the coronavirus situation, an appointment I had with my local Department of Labor office for tomorrow to help me with finding work has been cancelled. The office is closed to the public for the week as they assess how to help their clients, while also trying to reduce the spread of the virus.
Between this and all the restrictions, closures, and cancellations of many public events and gatherings, guess this is gonna be the new norm for a while.
After shutting down schools (oddly enough community colleges are still going physical) and then libraries and city hall last weekend, they issued an executive order to make restaurants, bars, and small pharmacies do deliver. CVS, Walgreens, and other big pharmacy with groceries aren't affected by the closures.
Work has gone insane over the Coronavirus. We work in an emergency essential office with connection to the local government as such, most people can't work from home. Those who can't Telework are mad at the company because they have to come into work and our work does involve a fair amount of interaction with the general public. I've got employees wanting personal dust masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, etc... but there simply isn't enough supply for everyone to have their own private lysol zone. Then I've got other employees who are threaten to sue the company or quit because they are "forced" to work in a potentially contaminated area. Its been a nightmare.
I'm spending 75% of my time dealing with employee problems and ensuring facilities are cleaned properly all the while my normal work is being backlogged. I've got over a hundred tasks and requests for normal work activities that I simply haven't had time to get to.
Then my kids are stuck at home since daycare is closed. Thank God my husband can work from home but the kids are still insane when I get home. I'm juggling work overload, hyper kids, normal home life and to top it all off crazy people keep buying all the F$%&ing Toilet Paper! Some of us have to work during the day and can't go to the store until the afternoon at which point the place is completely picked over.
Moral of my sad story. Don't be a jackass to other people. Not everyone gets the luxury and it is a luxury, of staying home during this health crisis. Some people still have to work, raise their kids and buy groceries during their normal schedule. Don't be that person who buys 50 rolls of toilet paper "just in case" or if you do, at least give it to someone who actually needs it, like an elderly person who has a legitimate reason not to go out right now. Be thankful you're in a position where you don't have to worry as much as others and do your part not to make their lives any harder then they already are right now.
"No matter what happens...I shall gift this world and the world beyond with apocalypse..."
Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 18, 2020 14:25:09 GMT
As of Monday night here in New York, public gatherings and venues have been further restricted. Crowds no larger than 50 are allowed to be together and non-essential businesses like theaters and gyms have been ordered to close until further notice. Bars and restaurants can do take-out or delivery orders, but are barred from allowing customers to eat on the premises.
Some local employers near me have chosen to close down as a precaution against the virus. Depending on the employee's position, they may either be working from home for the foreseeable future or they are temporarily laid off (depending on how long things drag on with the pandemic). Obviously, have some nervous over the uncertainty this brings on their expenses and how they will find child care for their kids, since many schools and daycare centers are shut down due to coronavirus. And like others, a few of my local stores are out of certain essential items like toilet paper and certain foods because people are hording stuff fearing stores will be getting shut down next.
If there's a benefit to this for me, I work remotely in a freelance role creating and building online courses with a company called iDesign. There's a good likelihood that if the pandemic drags on for a while and schools/ colleges remain closed, there will be a greater demand for online courses to be developed and would mean more work for me in the weeks and months to come. I was using the job as my main means of income while looking for more regular work. But some are saying we may be heading for a recession as the coronavirus is hitting the economy in certain sectors hard. If that is the case, it's likely to make my job search more difficult for the foreseeable future and I may be working in the remote role more.
EDIT: Just got word that my state is now requesting employers restrict the number of their employees going to work by 50% as of today. Essential services like stores, pharmacies, and healthcare offices are exempt from this.
I wish my pharmacy was included in. My hometown priortizes the larger pharmacies and the hospitals. A lot of local pharmacies on my end are ransacked and now, business is dying. Not a lot of local pharmacies do delivery or drive thru.
It's been hard. It brightens my day when one of our patients wrote a thank you card.
Our inventory is hit hard.
During this time, the neighborhood groups on Facebook are helping each other out.
I feel bad for the parents who can't afford to work and take care of kids. Daycare services were deem non essential. Plus, a lot of daycare services are privately run.
I lost my part time job serving the after school program. I still have my other job. Some of my friends work at home. They have that safety net. I feel bad for my other friends who can't work. They had to go moved in with their families as it will lighten up the financial burden, pooling all the resources they have.
The state governor is probably considering extending the closure of K-12 schools to the end of the year. I feel that might be overkill because it's required by school board to have certain # of school hours for 8th and 12th graders to graduate. Not a lot of families have computers at home or even internet or use social media on top of the language barriers.
For the last 2 days, I had to quarantine myself. I don't think I have COVID-19. I have a mild fever but no significant loss of smell or short breath. To protect my co workers and my family, I'm staying home until I get better. I get back to the pharmacy as soon as I'm healthy.
Old Man Dream: For the Pixar films from the poll I did up to yesterday, I'll be watching A Bug's Life first.
Jan 10, 2021 3:35:28 GMT
Taka: I'll be back later tonight. Hopefully, my internet will get better and stay stable. It's randomly disconnecting.
Jan 11, 2021 0:32:01 GMT
Old Man Dream: Something I hate doing when I had initially promised, but having second thoughts on the Pixar movie viewing I promised. Four months going through the retrospective has me itching to want to dabble back into older anime titles again.
Jan 12, 2021 1:28:38 GMT
Old Man Dream: Yeah, sorry guys. But I'm reneging on this. Been immersed enough in Disney the past four months and want to get back deep into things with anime. Maybe down the line, I'll do a Pixar retrospective if I have enough a case of anime burnout. But back to anime
Jan 12, 2021 1:43:22 GMT
Taka: Ok, my involvement with the Index Collab has finally concluded. Thank you and hopefully, we get more new members joining the site.
Jan 13, 2021 2:44:44 GMT
Taka: I was going to work on the simulcast guide. Getting internet problems again.
Jan 14, 2021 3:28:10 GMT
Taka: I'm not sure when to do the seasonal derby for Winter 2021 since Netflix or other companies might pop up a new anime.
Jan 16, 2021 1:47:06 GMT
Old Man Dream: Guess even with Weathering with You, Shinkai's still dabbling into his typical storytelling involving long-distance relationships, at least when it comes to Hina and Hodaka's circumstances. Only about an hour into the film thus far.
Jan 16, 2021 15:40:36 GMT
Old Man Dream: Hmmmmm.... And can't believe I'm saying this with my indifference for both: Your Name > Weathering With You.
Jan 16, 2021 18:32:40 GMT
Old Man Dream: Done with the film. Think there's enough with this where I can put a review together. Expect something up sometime later today.
Jan 16, 2021 19:19:02 GMT
Taka: Planning to watch Weathering with You. I don't remember if I watched all of the older Shinkai films. There is a shift from the sad romance to happier romance if I'm not mistaken.
Jan 16, 2021 23:09:22 GMT
Taka: Watching the Maleficent live action movie.
Jan 20, 2021 5:05:31 GMT