Coronavirus Tales

I had a nice set of clippers for my beard. Using the 7 or 8 guard for it every couple weeks to keep it from getting wild.

Had to break down and try that 8 (1 inch) on my head 2 weekends ago. It's not ideal, a little shorter than I like, but it looks and feels better. I was a 3 on the sides, scissors on top cut for years now.

Looks like I could replicate a close to my usual cut with just clippers because they make 10 and 12 guards at 1.25 and 1.5 inches. But... sold out everywhere online. I spent an hour looking after I did this cut myself and can't find anything longer than the 1 inch I have available.

So I'll stick with this for now. And maybe after too, saving $15 every 5 or 6 weeks. Could cut it myself every 3 weeks and look a lot cleaner too.

I have a weird, cowlicky head that sends my hair all over, so length isn't the most helpful barometer, because much of it defies gravity. About two weeks ago, I reached the point where it was best to just comb it straight back, which for about a day and a half gave me some real 80s Villainous European Hans Gruber energy, but that quickly deteriorated into a state where I'm fighting against looking like Eraserhead, and settling for Anime Character. Before long, given my side wings, there's a good chance I'll look like Claremont-Miller Era Wolverine, but at least there should be a brief period of middle seasons Marcus Kane before that.

Is anyone aware of any desk/piano stand combos? I'm starting to settle in to the realization that I'll be working from home likely for years, but I still want to buy a digital piano possibly.

One of our local drive in theatres in Middletown, NY, is opening soon, double feature of Sonic the Hedgehog and the original Bad News Bears.

MaxShrek wrote:

One of our local drive in theatres in Middletown, NY, is opening soon, double feature of Sonic the Hedgehog and the original Bad News Bears.

I would really dig a drive in theater right now.

EDIT: Although, where do you pee? Hmmm.

DSGamer wrote:
MaxShrek wrote:

One of our local drive in theatres in Middletown, NY, is opening soon, double feature of Sonic the Hedgehog and the original Bad News Bears.

I would really dig a drive in theater right now.

EDIT: Although, where do you pee? Hmmm.

Empty the bottle, then fill it back up.

I had a haircut appointment one week before the shutdown in my area. But I rescheduled it because I had developed a cough and didn't want to risk that I had SARS-CoV-2 and would spread it. But then the shutdown hit and now my hair is twice as long as I like it.

My wife woke up this morning feeling unwell. Sore throat, hot and cold all night, body aches, overall blah. She doesn’t think she has Covid, but I told her she needed to get tested and needed to act as if she has it until we know. 24-48 hour turn around. False results aside, a negative result will be helpful as a positive. She’s not going to handle isolation in her room well for the day, though.

I hope it is nothing. Let us know.

fingers crossed Antichulius!

Thanks. So far whatever it is seems mild but I’ve read enough reports of it turning quickly to know nothing is for sure. But we’re all acting as if we’re all infected until we know for sure.

It’s a lot to be working from home, home schooling, caring for an isolating spouse, a 3 year old, disinfecting high contact areas, and trying to keep a bit of sanity to the day. Alone.

Antichulius wrote:

It’s a lot to be working from home, home schooling, caring for an isolating spouse, a 3 year old, disinfecting high contact areas, and trying to keep a bit of sanity to the day. Alone.

Hang in there.

I have a dentist appointment today to begin the process of fixing a tooth I broke the week all of this started. Yes, I am a master of good timing. My dentist was willing to see me the week after it happened but I figured better to play it safe for all of us. Now they've "reopened" a bit with the changes but more importantly they have their contact protocols defined for what I'd consider the safest way of having such a high contact thing. One person at a time checks in, the dentist and helper only sees one person at a time with full sanitizing and such between, etc. Sure, the risk isn't zero for any of us but it's a level I feel like I can live with.

Given the long tail of this, I think every single person/family will have to define what level of additional risk they're going to allow themselves. I'm not going the Texas route -- viruses don't care about your personal freedoms, though if they had thoughts I imagine they'd be thinking "yaasssssss" -- but neither do I think the near absolute isolation we've enforced on ourselves is sustainable indefinitely.

We live in interesting times. Which, frankly, stinks.

So my state is reopening this weekend.

What movie should I go see? Yes movie theaters will be opened.

Is it too late to change my religion to some virus cult with a cool name? I just can't with people even though I know logically many people are doing the right thing.

Every day I am amazed I have the will to get out of bed and put on my everything is fine face.

Stealthpizza wrote:

So my state is reopening this weekend.

What movie should I go see? Yes movie theaters will be opened.

Maybe you should go to one of those theaters where everyone gets his/her own personal booth.

For safety.

Hrdina wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

So my state is reopening this weekend.

What movie should I go see? Yes movie theaters will be opened.

Maybe you should go to one of those theaters where everyone gets his/her own personal booth.

For safety.

Minnesota is easing restrictions on Monday. There's still many in effect so we'll see if people can handle it or just ignore all of it.

I'm in Maryland, Stealthpizza. Just do your best to maintain isolation for at least a few weeks, while we work out whether this is a good idea or not. Remember the weather will be nice, most likely, and *everyone* will be out and about.

Stealthpizza wrote:

Is it too late to change my religion to some virus cult with a cool name?

Coven-19

I’m super disappointed that theaters are opening. I really wanted Universal, Disney, and others to double down on big budget home rental movie streaming on release day. I would gladly pay upwards of $75.00 to stream the next Star Wars movie at home on release day. Or any other movie that interests me.

I have really got to get myself together and stop getting out of bed 5 minutes before early morning meetings and throwing a hoodie on over my pyjamas. Working from home is great but holy crap you need to keep on top of your discipline for things like getting out of bed.

Now I’ve got 20 minutes for a quick shower before the next one........

Shower at night before bed so you're not sleeping in filth.

RawkGWJ wrote:

I’m super disappointed that theaters are opening. I really wanted Universal, Disney, and others to double down on big budget home rental movie streaming on release day. I would gladly pay upwards of $75.00 to stream the next Star Wars movie at home on release day. Or any other movie that interests me.

Small, independent theaters are re-opening, but the chains are all remaining closed until July. There are also still no major feature films scheduled for release before then. I'm not sure what these theaters that are opening are going to screen; I suspect classics.

As far as Disney goes, don't expect them to blink any time soon. Everything they release makes a billion dollars in box office sales, and they're not going to readily give that up. Universal released Trolls World Tour for same day movie streaming and saw a good enough return on it that they've said they'll be doing that with future movies, but that's caused a spat with theater chains that may cause Universal to back down. We'll see.

Short version: the theater thing isn't sorted yet, and we'll see what the late summer and fall bring.

Yeah. Trolls: World Tour is the only example to go from at this time. The article I read said that they made 80% of the projected theatre revenue by doing the streaming rental. That is a promising number when you consider that it’s never been done before and a great deal of people didn’t really know that it was available.

Disney released Onward to Disney+ and that was a big budget Pixar production. Pretty darn good movie too. Pixar doesn’t mess around. Hamtilton the movie is also going straight to Disney+ but I’m not sure if that had been planned to be a theatrical release.

For the first time since lockdown began here in MD, I could hear I95 traffic from my house. It's a mile and a bit, straight line, and it's always been a background noise source, there if you listen for it. I'm gonna miss the quiet, subtle though it was.

I guess I should say the context is that the state will reopen stores and such, with restrictions, tomorrow, so doubtless there is some preparation going on.

RawkGWJ wrote:

Yeah. Trolls: World Tour is the only example to go from at this time. The article I read said that they made 80% of the projected theatre revenue by doing the streaming rental. That is a promising number when you consider that it’s never been done before and a great deal of people didn’t really know that it was available.

Disney released Onward to Disney+ and that was a big budget Pixar production. Pretty darn good movie too. Pixar doesn’t mess around. Hamtilton the movie is also going straight to Disney+ but I’m not sure if that had been planned to be a theatrical release.

Onward is on Disney+ in the US, it’s not in Europe where it’s gone for early rental/purchase release first.

However Rise of Skywalker did come out on Disney+ last week (May 4th etc. etc) so I’m hoping it’ll be the same for Onward.

Antichulius wrote:

My wife woke up this morning feeling unwell. Sore throat, hot and cold all night, body aches, overall blah. She doesn’t think she has Covid, but I told her she needed to get tested and needed to act as if she has it until we know. 24-48 hour turn around. False results aside, a negative result will be helpful as a positive. She’s not going to handle isolation in her room well for the day, though.

Today was 48 hours with no result yet, so my wife called the number they gave her to call after 48 hours. The recording: we will not even talk to you unless it’s been 5 days.

I was feeling fortunate we could get a test so quickly and that day. But if we’re looking at a week to confirm, then it almost feels like what was the point? We’d probably know either by it getting worse or by it getting better by then. The value of using testing to inform behavior is severely reduced with such long lag. So in the end, it’s greatest value is to add to the count?

I’m sure it’s not as bad as all that, but my annoyance is front and center. I was geared up for 2 days of this and then a reassessment. Not 5 days.

Antichulius wrote:

My wife woke up this morning feeling unwell. Sore throat, hot and cold all night, body aches, overall blah.

I'm curious: any fever? I'm playing the "is it covid or allergies?" game and have some chills and itchy throat but no fever.

ColdForged wrote:
Antichulius wrote:

My wife woke up this morning feeling unwell. Sore throat, hot and cold all night, body aches, overall blah.

I'm curious: any fever? I'm playing the "is it covid or allergies?" game and have some chills and itchy throat but no fever.

No fever that we know of. I was worried her temperature regulation issues were part of it, but she hasn't complained of it since.

But better news since I last posted: my wife was able to find results online (not that they made much sense to her) but with results "in hand" she was able to get someone to talk to her and decipher the results for her. At least it wasn't 5 days.

Anyway. Her results are negative. So we can go back to the semblance of normal of trying to avoid catching it.

ColdForged wrote:
Antichulius wrote:

My wife woke up this morning feeling unwell. Sore throat, hot and cold all night, body aches, overall blah.

I'm curious: any fever? I'm playing the "is it covid or allergies?" game and have some chills and itchy throat but no fever.

My wife was like that earlier this week, but given she's overworked right now, we think it's allergies and burnout.

Glad she's negative, Antichulius.

Our only update is we got a freezer delivered contactless today. We're pretty excited. Time to stock up a little bit.