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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #41
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I do a lot of radio listening, a lot more than before last week. I've always been a radio geek. Now I wish I got my Ham license. It was something that I began maybe 25 years ago but joined the Navy and let that old hobby go by the wayside. Anyway...
I've cleaned a lot of stuff. The house, dishes, laundry. I got a bug-out-bag ready for Bethanne and myself each. I built a table a few days ago. We walked a few miles west over to our grave garden in the Woodlands Cemetery and spent a long afternoon there getting things ready for the summer. There are a lot of bulbs that have come up. A few different types of narcissus are coming up. Our rose "bush" got trimmed back to a rose stick.
One of these days soon, I need to change the oil on my car. I also have 800 feet of 35mm film to bulk load. Then there's ~300 rolls of exposed film to develop, mostly 35mm but some 120 in there as well
Aside from that, we're taking a lot of photos of our cats.

As for the future, we're both wondering what the heck is going to come of the last few months of our master's degree programs, respectively. Current law says that we have to be licensed to legally engage in tele-health without direct supervision but it seems like the ACA has relaxed the rules a bit in order to bring counseling to millions of people who need it. Supposedly the VA is going to stand behind me and make sure I have the funding to support the rest of my program, no matter how long it takes, we'll see.

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I'm here at work.

Financial industry is deemed "essential" so my company, being the ubbbber frugal our infrastructure can't handle everyone working from home, or sharing video over Skype. SO....we are running one week for half, sanitize, then one week at home.

On the VERY positive side, this is one of the first times in twelve years I have a full time job.

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I'm wasting the day surfing the 'net...as usual.

The governor has ordered residents to stay at home as of 5:00 pm today until otherwise notified. We will only be allowed to shop for groceries, carry out food, drugstore items and other items deemed necessary(?). We can still go for walks and go outside but no visiting recreational areas. I was to have another back procedure done today but it was postponed because it has been deemed "elective". So I've called in to request another prescription for pain killers. May as well make plans for the worst. But I have an adequate supply of single malt scotch on hand...for emergencies.

We have had lots of rain lately and our landscape guy hasn't been able to get our lawn mowed. He also does another yard on our block. Guess which houses have grass and weeds up to the knees with no mowing likely in sight now. Maybe that means I'll have a new outdoor activity--target practice on snakes and pests living in my front yard jungle. I guess I could try my hand at some wildlife and nature photography.
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I'm wasting the day surfing the 'net...as usual.

The governor has ordered residents to stay at home as of 5:00 pm today until otherwise notified. We will only be allowed to shop for groceries, carry out food, drugstore items and other items deemed necessary(?). We can still go for walks and go outside but no visiting recreational areas. I was to have another back procedure done today but it was postponed because it has been deemed "elective". So I've called in to request another prescription for pain killers. May as well make plans for the worst. But I have an adequate supply of single malt scotch on hand...for emergencies.

We have had lots of rain lately and our landscape guy hasn't been able to get our lawn mowed. He also does another yard on our block. Guess which houses have grass and weeds up to the knees with no mowing likely in sight now. Maybe that means I'll have a new outdoor activity--target practice on snakes and pests living in my front yard jungle. I guess I could try my hand at some wildlife and nature photography.
In Victoria, we've been strongly recommended to stay at home and only go out for shopping and other essential activities. I agree with this completely, as it will help stop the the spread of the virus and we can get back to healthy and normal sooner rather than later.

Today, I'm doing what I always do, edit at home. Aiming to finish a project tonight. Today will include some laundry and cleaning, too. It's actually a lovely day today, with some warm sun and a cool breeze. Would be good for a walk, or at least some outdoor exercise. Might sweep the paths, there's an idea. Rambling now, hahaha.
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I'm wasting the day surfing the 'net...as usual.

The governor has ordered residents to stay at home as of 5:00 pm today until otherwise notified. We will only be allowed to shop for groceries, carry out food, drugstore items and other items deemed necessary(?). We can still go for walks and go outside but no visiting recreational areas. I was to have another back procedure done today but it was postponed because it has been deemed "elective". So I've called in to request another prescription for pain killers. May as well make plans for the worst. But I have an adequate supply of single malt scotch on hand...for emergencies.

We have had lots of rain lately and our landscape guy hasn't been able to get our lawn mowed. He also does another yard on our block. Guess which houses have grass and weeds up to the knees with no mowing likely in sight now. Maybe that means I'll have a new outdoor activity--target practice on snakes and pests living in my front yard jungle. I guess I could try my hand at some wildlife and nature photography.
Pretty much the same here! But only a little rain. Our landscape guy came by as he's just returned from his usual winter stay in Mexico where he's building a house. But our lawn has not yet come awake...

On a one-mile walk today around the neighborhood for exercise I encountered a dozen or so people out and about. Said hi to a geology prof from the uni, gave a young man directions, met a retired orthopedic surgeon also out on exercise... And found a piece of mail in the street from the state employment security agency addressed to a house half a block up, so rang the doorbell and delivered it by hand... my "good turn for the day."

Otherwise, low traffic volume, unusually quiet out there...
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I've got 100 feet of TMax100 coming to feed my Leica habit. My exile in Main Room is not so bad I think. I'm on a 20 acre property, so there's quite a lot of external room, and the weather is very warm at the moment in West Aus.

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i got laid off starting this monday...i want to head downtown and photograph the near empty streets while it's still legal to do so...but i feel kinda selfish going outside...undecided so far...
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Tom did not hesitate to go in the woods and yes, he did wipe on poison ivy.
This is eerily similar to a story told to the class by Mr. Burkhart, a science teacher I had in Jr. high school. I was in 7th grade when he shared the story of someone who "had to go" in the woods and used some poison ivy for TP. Of course, we 7th graders laughed ourselves silly when he told us about it.

I still remember this incident even though it's been over 50 years ago.
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I have been
-taking very long walks with my dog
-buying takeout at restaurants to help local business (one of them is offering 1/2 off)
-working on some knitting projects that need to be completed by April 30th
-working on client tax returns (but not too hard as the tax deadline has been pushed back to July 15th)
-watching TV but not watching the news all the time
-uploading the images from my Ghost Towns of the Mojave workshop, which was just completed on March 14th
-post processing the images from the Ghost Towns workshop
-taking advantage of seniors only shopping hours at Costco
-making my own hand sanitizer
-washing my hands frequently throughout the day
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I will probably tackle repairing my Rolleimarin underwater-housing fully. And also tackling a bunch of other camera and lens repairs. I guess I could also try shooting macros inside. I dunno...
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i got laid off starting this monday...i want to head downtown and photograph the near empty streets while it's still legal to do so...but i feel kinda selfish going outside...undecided so far...

DO IT. You will regret not taking this opportunity. I'll be doing it as part of a project, and I'll keep doing it until/if we are told to stay indoors otherwise.
Just keep yourself well protected, don't touch anything, wash hands etc etc.
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i got laid off starting this monday...i want to head downtown and photograph the near empty streets while it's still legal to do so...but i feel kinda selfish going outside...undecided so far...
Sorry to hear that news, Joe, but if it's any cold comfort I think you're in plenty of company. We're under "stay at home" orders but that still allows solitary walk-abouts without needing some approved reason. I was out today with my camera for a 1-mile bit of exercise. Hopefully your situation will be similar.
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i got laid off starting this monday...i want to head downtown and photograph the near empty streets while it's still legal to do so...but i feel kinda selfish going outside...undecided so far...
I agree with the others--try to get out as often as possible. Other wise you'll have cabin fever and start climbing the walls. With my back problems, I still try to get out and wander up and down the block at least once a day, always taking a camera and almost always finding something to photograph. It's interesting how many times I've seen the same thing without noticing it and then one day it's suddenly different and worth taking a picture.

The good news is my lawn guy called me and said he is coming today to do the yard work. I guess since he's outside and not socializing with the public, he's comfortable working.
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I planted the spring garden yesterday, tomatoes and peppers, squash and cucumbers next. It was 87f yesterday afternoon. My son & I are going to go out today somewhere isolated and shoot the cameras, and the gun.
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I am on my second week in house: being in a more risky age group my wife and me preferred to stay home even a few days before the mandatory request.

My workplace has never been so clean and organized!



I spend time on the internet, I have many books to read or read a second time, many photos to reorganize in the LR catalog which I share with my wife, i like drawing, one hour daily exercise on the stationary bicycle hoping to stay fit enough...



To be honest I feel ok at home, of course I miss the long walks in the nature and the expresso at the cafeteria behind the corner !
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Was in quarantine due to a flu that began 2 weeks ago, and have been able to go out during this week. The flu itself lasted only a day but full recovery and residual coughing took its time.
Don't really want to catch something similar again anytime soon.

I'm actively going outdoors but activities are focused on nature, still having some limited social contact keeping distances.

Have quite some work at home things that I should deal with, but cabin fever easily takes toll on me and I become unproductive if locked up. Helps to be out just 2-3h out a day.

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i got laid off starting this monday....
Sorry to hear. I'm hoping that Canada has smarter package to help folks out up there than we have down here.

File for Unemployment today! Don't wait.

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Been out for walks everyday, my neighborhood is usually pretty quiet, much quieter this last week. We are now under a stricter stay at home order, but outdoor time is encouraged as long as we are able to keep away from others. That’s easy enough here.

I don’t have much ability to concentrate on my photography, that part of my brain needs more calm than is within reach right now. My wife is an OR nurse and has been called into work in the new Respiratory ICU twice, going back again Saturday. Bedside nursing again after ten plus years in the OR. That is the main reason for my stress level being where it is. We are both over 50, so we’ve eliminated any other interactions with people.

I have been able to play music, so have been recording a bit. My mind is able to get caught up in the sound and so that has been a godsend.
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i got laid off starting this monday...i want to head downtown and photograph the near empty streets while it's still legal to do so...but i feel kinda selfish going outside...undecided so far...
Sorry to hear about your layoff. I hope UI and finances are OK and both you, and our world return to normal with good health.

As for going out to photograph, I feel the same misgivings and have decided to stay very close to home and isolated. Now, here in the Kootenays, I have the advantage of being rural and away from people, but if I was in a city, I think I would stay away even if just to be respectful of others and solidly behind the "community" effort.

In the meantime, my son and I have taken to re-editing old files and scanning old slides to make new digital "prints". We've even found some of my mom's pictures from NYC circa 1948. We have a plan to build a makeshift lightbox studio and make some Peter McKinnon style product shots. I'm sure you can come up with ideas for some stay at home activities.

Having said all that, I still must leave home today to retrieve our last child coming home from a university. She was a residence advisor and late getting away. I'm meeting her 3hrs away at the only regional airport with incoming flights today. So, even the best efforts are broken. Still. do everything you can to isolate. Stay safe. Be sensible. Be kind.
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I'm basically doing what I normally do because I work at home. Except no work because I can't get parts! Watching quite a few youtube videos! So I went out this morning & created a few photographs in the Asaph Wild Area of Tioga County, PA.



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We've extended spring cleaning "for the duration" and have found a lot of things we'd forgotten and have a mountain of stuff to take to the charity shops once we are allowed out.


The old car brochures must be worth a bit...


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I've added a diet to my list of things. Nothing serious, but if I'm only going out once a day for exercise (no hardship in the current sunshine) and somewhat bored, better to fight the temptation to stuff myself.

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Here we go!

I’d rather die with scotch on my breath
Than live with the thought that
I had to many restrictions and regrets
I’ll probably leave this world in a mess
Whilst I slip away in a dark dirty place
But what’s the point of being too proud
When the rest of the boys died singing…
To loud
And yet to the moment of this despicable
Virus, named after a beer not even,
Her highness
Well, all I can say after all is said, is
Nothing is lost if all are not dead
And, just because I ramble and rattle with
Not so poetic brittle and prattle
At some point it comes to an end
Let us all hope that just for a moment we’ll
All be the light at the end of the tunnel
I’ll drink to that!
The beginning to the end. If we’re not,
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I'm on furlough pay as my job is in hospitality which is closed in the UK, managed to get three months off paying the mortgage so actaully better off than when I'm working. 2 kids to home school, weather is good so they are in the garden playing, as soon as the weather turns poor again they'll catch up. Want this to be their best ever summer.

We're very slowly painting inside and out as well as summerising the garden, e-learning, dog walks and bike rides. 90% sure we all had the virus a few weeks ago but following all guidelines and shopping once a week at 6am when the local tescos opens.

Made our conservatory into a home gym just before all of this as the wide is doing her personal trainer course, managed to get a full set up before everywhere sold out.
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Photographed my last job on March 11 and I have no idea of when I will be working again. Have some money put away for a slow down but never anticipated a full stop. But health is always the most important thing.

I've been going back through years of raw files that I never processed. What I am finding is I did miss a few during the first time processing but not as much as I thought.

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My wife is an ER doc, with PPE running low. Covered my last coronavirus story and hung up the cameras a couple weeks ago and wed myself to the sewing machine (brings back the Muppet days). If anyone is interested in making masks, for your local hospital, or for yourself, family, and friends, I've posted a PDF on How-To below:

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Ive been reading a lot . And found two very actual poems written in the last century
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My wife is an ER doc, with PPE running low. Covered my last coronavirus story and hung up the cameras a couple weeks ago and wed myself to the sewing machine (brings back the Muppet days). If anyone is interested in making masks, for your local hospital, or for yourself, family, and friends, I've posted a PDF on How-To below:

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Stay Safe Everyone.

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Thanks for the link Tim. We are packing up here and moving, closing on our house Tuesday, and working in the financial industry (essential but NO WHERE near as dangerous as many).

Please pass along a big thank you to your wife and co-workers. I'm hoping that this wake-up call to the future starts our business thinking about BCP vs short term profitability (and even long term profitability frankly).

I'm hoping that production of masks will ramp up enough that we can get them too. While they are not perfect, it would not hurt.

Please stay safe, healthy and thanks again.

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I have a newborn (from 3 weeks ago) so that takes a lot of my time. I'm generally a color photographer, but I had a lot of B&W photography (post-processing) that I was neglecting. I've taken the time to learn how to post process B&W better and to work on that backlog since I was semi up-to-date with my color photos. It's been good, but I miss being out there photographing. I've done some still life too. Other than that... a lot of internet.
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The magpie and the myna bird
Drinking water with each other
So much time yet so few words
They sure winked at one another

Eying each other for some time
Bird brains all a fire
Neither could recite nor concoct a rhyme
Seems they lacked enough desire

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Would we know

Would we know
When the day had come
When the particles no longer,
Collided
When the sea wind stopped
And all should be forgot
Would we know
When that day arrived

Would we know
That the chase to be the best
Was as meaningless as
The trophy
When time stood still
Despite our will
Would we know
When that day arrived

Would we know
Where the exits are located
And stay close by just in case
Be prepared to jump
Or man the pumps
Questions to ponder before we try
Would we know
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Interesting article on street photographers making the most of quarantine: https://thenextweb.com/corona/2020/0...s-coronavirus/

And some of the photos are pretty great!
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You and Mom shouldn't have as much trouble as some adjusting to the "shelter in place at home" rules since that's what you normally do anyway.

I couldn't argue with that!
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My wife and I have said the same thing about ourselves. We've only been out to buy groceries and prescriptions...but that's what we normally do anyway. Of course I get out and walk around the neighborhood with my cameras but lately even that has become short lived.
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I've gotten back into reading fiction. Something I love to do but for the last few months I've been negligent. I've belatedly discovered Gabriel Garcia Marquez and I'm intrigued by his books as well as the magical realism genre. So I've been spending some quality time with the Kindle and paperbacks.

The wife and I also enjoy streaming British TV detective series episodes. We've really gotten into several of them.

It's increasingly becoming difficult to find anything that grabs my interest photographically. I still get out with my cameras but more often than not I come back with nothing. Maybe this is a time to just give it a rest for a while.
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Yep, Dogman, groceries and prescriptions. I alternate walking one day with cycling the next. People seem more friendly these days and more willing to exchange greetings . . . at a distance, of course.
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I live close to Olympia, capitol of Washington state, and downtown the streets are deserted. Very easy to avoid contact with the few folks out walking. Getting ready to bring a tripod and home made 4x5 and shoot some paper negatives.
Something to do that does not require a whole load of fancy or expensive equipment.
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Yep, Dogman, groceries and prescriptions. I alternate walking one day with cycling the next. People seem more friendly these days and more willing to exchange greetings . . . at a distance, of course.

YES ^^^
If the crisis due to the Corona virus pandemic as bad as it is for all the people who suffer and potentially die and their loved ones, for our population, I guess in each country around the globe, there is some positive effect. Until a couple of weeks ago the vast majority of people was self centered and only caring about themselves. People passing each other staring ahead not noticing anybody.
Suddenly we are all in the same boat. Unvoluntarily but pretty much everyone has to face the same issue in daily life. And ... in general people react more friendly and wish "stay healthy" to strangers and they actually mean it. Of course you have one or the other jerk fighting about toilet paper and shouting or worse at the cashier when they are only allowed to get one pack but these are not the majority. Tough time bring out the best and worst. Luckily the latter seems to be the minority.
Along these lines... stay healthy everbody!
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