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  1. I haven't really bought anything specifically for quarantine but...

    I've been trying to clean out my chest freezer because it's 25 years old and we don't plan to take it with us when we move. I've been freezer cooking in order to use the stuff I had stocked up previously. And I was doing a pretty good job. Then the virus came and there were meat shortages at the grocery store so I gradually built my stock back up. We're closing on the new house May 12 (unless coronavirus changes that) so it's a delicate balance between enough and too much. If we weren't moving and getting rid of the freezer, I'd definitely have stocked it more.

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  2. On 3/25/2020 at 11:35 AM, Plum said:

    An older person reminded me of a time when people had odd and even days for gas. Maybe something like that could be put into action to space out the number of people in a store at one time. 

    I was a newly licensed driver during that time. Gas stations were also closed on Sundays. We actually had two different times of gas shortages in the 70s. In the early 70s there was rationing and gas stations ordered closed (Nixon's orders) on Sundays. Later in the decade there wasn't rationing but there were shortages and hours long lines at gas stations.

    On 3/28/2020 at 9:23 AM, Plum said:

    Instacart’s Gig Workers Are Planning a Massive, Nationwide Strike

    On Monday, workers say they will refuse to accept orders until Instacart provides hazard pay of an additional $5 an order, free safety gear (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and soap) to workers, and expands its paid sick leave to include workers with pre-existing conditions who have been advised by their doctors not to work at this time. Workers say the strike will last until Instacart agrees to these terms.




    Yes, I was going to post this. 

  3. Unlimited - East Central Florida. The other option in my area does cap usage but that cap is so high few people reach it, let alone go over it. 

    Many companies that do cap usage are waiving it during the virus. I'm surprised yours isn't. Does your state have a regulatory agency that covers internet providers? If so, maybe people in your community can appeal to it.

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  4. That sounds like quackery. Perhaps she's sincere and really believes what she says but that just makes her a sincere quack. 

    People who truly have a sensitivity to the emotions of others can't stand in the middle of the store and say some random person is experiencing such and such. If they do, they're no different than quack psychics who make broad statements knowing there's a high likelihood someone in the audience is experiencing what they mentioned. People who are really empaths don't make those kinds of statements.


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  5. My niece had a VRBO in Key West and they were planning to go on her kids' spring break. Last I talked to her she was still fighting to get a refund. It's ridiculous. Airbnb told all owners to give refunds (they're going public so they probably want to look good). Some girlfriends and I had an Airbnb reserved earlier this month for a short getaway and we were able to get a full refund. VRBO is leaving it up to owners and I'm hearing that a lot of owners are refusing. Those owners refusing refunds are going to cause VRBO to have a bad reputation after this is all over. People will not forget. I understand that those owners are also losing money but these are not normal times. 

    That is so nice of you to refund them out of your pocket. I hope you can eventually get your money back.

  6. I've seen a lot of talk about it on social media, mostly facebook. I watched the trailer and it just didn't appeal to me. Though we stream everything (no cable or satellite) we haven't run out of things to watch yet. Maybe if we do...but probably not.

  7. 55 minutes ago, Laura Corin said:

    The UK government has asked all early stage real estate transactions/searches to stop, and late stage ones to be given extended completion dates.

    Not using UK legal terms but I think we're late stage for the new house and somewhere in the middle for this house. I would be less concerned if they let us extend the closing on the new house. 

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  8. 10 hours ago, Liz CA said:

    May largely depend on where you live. In NY, CA, FL etc. nothing much is moving because people are under SIP orders. If you are in one of the few states where you are still okay leaving your home and are just advised of common precautions, real estate may still sell. I would check with a realtor to find out if they have any clients interested walking into other people's houses right now.

    Florida is not under a statewide SIP order though some counties and individual cities are. Mine isn't. I've definitely been concerned about people walking through my house at this time but I imagine they're also worried about going into someone's house. Our loan officer for the new house had a good point. Houses are online with photos and virtual tours. People who want to physically look at a house are likely to be truly interested because most people don't want to go traipsing through a stranger's house. I don't think she was just saying it to make me feel better. Our loan is approved regardless of whether or not we sell this house, so she'll get her money. I don't know if what she said is true but I'm hoping it makes sense. 

    I've been wiping down doorknobs and surfaces after someone comes to view the house. I also leave small bottles of hand gel on the kitchen counter and in each bathroom in the hope it will make potential buyers feel a bit better about coming in. 

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  9. We're in a similar situation. We had a contract on a new house before all this hit. It's being built and we have a closing date of May 12th. Our current house is on the market but we've had no offers yet. We can handle two mortgages for a short time though it will be tough. If dh gets furloughed though we're in trouble. So far that doesn't seem to be a possibility since he's essential but we can't rule it out. I feel for you. We're in the boat together.

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  10. On 3/24/2020 at 3:27 PM, mmasc said:

    If you guys live in a neighborhood with lots of houses, how are the sidewalks/outdoors looking where you are?
    Kids playing alone? (Or w/ siblings only)

    1. Kids playing all together with neighbors?

    2. People taking walks?

    3. No people anywhere?

    4. What about your own kids? Playing outdoors in just your own yard? Playing with a select neighbor or two? Staying inside completely?

    I’m curious and would like to compare to my own neighborhood if anyone is willing to share. 

    I live in a suburban neighborhood with lots 1/2 - 1/3 acre. We have a mix of kids, empty nesters, and elderly. Some are working parents some are stay at home or work at home parents. 

    1. I'm not seeing kids playing with neighbors. I've seen siblings outside playing together but not with other kids.

    2. Families are taking walks or bike rides together. Individuals are taking walks and observing social distancing if they see someone else while on their walk.

    3. People are outside gardening, mowing lawns, etc. Neighbors who would normally walk over and talk to each other are waving and yelling from across yards.

    4. N/A Adult child at home.

    I love my neighborhood and is one of the few things I'll miss when we move. There's a facebook group and people are posting that they'll help our elderly and immune compromised neighbors in any way necessary. We have a nightly 7pm walk out the door and wave. Ask your neighbors if they're okay. We have bear hunt in progress. It's made the social media rounds and is based on the children's book We're Going on a Bear Hunt. You put a stuffed bear in your window and families with kids drive around the neighborhood looking for them. This helpfulness isn't new. During every hurricane we help each other. Those who stay watch the homes of those who left, as well as checking on each other both before and after the storm. I wish I could bring these people with me to our new neighborhood. ❤️


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  11. On 3/23/2020 at 6:05 PM, katilac said:

    I've lived in two different cities in Florida. Beaches can be closed. They are in fact being closed right now in many cities, it's just that Gov. DeSantis is refusing to issue a statewide order. He said on March 19 that limiting gatherings to 10 was sufficient. He absolutely did not tell people to stay off the beaches, but rather said that people need a place to go and that it wasn't practical to close most things down long-term. State parks were just closed today, after a lot of pressure. DeSantis has publicly stated (within the last five days) that he doesn't think 'stay at home' is viable for long and that people will get quarantine fatigue. So, again, still lots of disagreement in government about what needs to be done. 

    My county is over 70 miles long and trying to keep people off of our beaches is impractical, though I wish they would find a way. Some of the beaches are in city limits, some within the county. One is a state park, one is a national park, one is a county park. One is on a U.S. Air Force base. Currently all the beaches that are parks - regardless of municipal, state, or national, are closed. The public parking areas and access crossovers to the beaches are closed and alcohol has been banned on all of the ones that normally allow it (not all do). However, there are several impediments to closing our beaches. One is with 70+ miles of beaches it's not possible to patrol them all. Another is that even though public access is closed, people who live on the beach and have private access can still get on the beach. If you happen to be in a hotel on the beach you still have access unless the hotel prevents you from going. There are also several small roads that dead-end at an access point. If you can find a place to park you can walk to the access point. Again, patrolling is difficult in a 72 mile stretch of beaches.


    On 3/23/2020 at 6:05 PM, katilac said:

    I wonder if you are thinking of the former governor, who did indeed publicly ask people to stay away from the beaches? 

    I was thinking of our former-former governor the other day - Jeb Bush. I didn't vote for him for either term but was impressed with his handling of the 2004 hurricane season. Anyone who was here then will not forget his press conferences and updates and "hunker down!" 😂 I really think if he was our governor during this time he'd be doing a much better job than DeSantis.

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  12. On 3/23/2020 at 7:41 PM, Plum said:

    I was just thinking we should watch Monk. I hope it’s still on Amazon. 


    Yes it is. Ask me how I know. 🙂 

    20 hours ago, Spudater said:

    Idon’t know how to make a meme, and it would prob not be ok bc it would have a celebrity pic, but

    every time I use more than three squares of toilet paper I think of the parks and rec episode “Treat yo’self”

    I think of Elaine in Seinfeld - "I can't spare a square". 

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  13. 14 minutes ago, Happymomof1 said:


    Yes, but to be fair he is the future king of England.  To me, heads of states, presidents, pm's and such should be tested regularly.


    1 minute ago, Laura Corin said:

    According to this article, he met criteria for testing in Aberdeenshire, due to his age and health


    That part of my post was sarcasm. I do understand the need for heads of state to be tested (which technically he is not yet). There are people in many countries, including the UK, who meet the criteria yet get turned down for testing. 




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