Coping with Coronavirus

I'm fully expecting a decision by our public school system to shut down today and my daughter has been wanting me to help her increase her vertical and power for volleyball. She's an 11U player that is playing on a 12U team and wants to move up to 13U with the rest of her team which means heavier ball and higher net. So, looks like a great time to do some bonding and work on a strength training program at home. I'm thinking doing squats with the 4 year old sister on the back, laying down presses of baby sister, etc. Good time for all!

Curious for those at big companies (or small ones) that are currently having mass WFH if there has been any effort to do "social" or other non-work activities.

I know we are all working hard, but a lot of being at work is also the watercooler, the organized and impromptu team lunches, etc. Most of us are at work 8+ hours a day and that provides a lot of the social interaction especially as you get older, and that gets taken away with WFH.

Some ideas that have floated around here are like zoom meeting non-work lunches, organized online games and other things along those lines. I think this is all new ground for many companies, and trying to figure out how to do more than just squeezing as much productivity out of folks working from home is going to be very important.

We had a weekly Wed lunch Smash Brothers game in the office. Might try moving it online.

My core group of lunch cohorts from other dayd is still talking about eating out together somewhere on Friday. Assuming we can still do that.

I got an email this morning from our local art house theater (we only have one here; it's a small city) about the state-mandated closure of theaters, bars, restaurants, etc. In short, they're closing, and odds aren't great that they'll open again. They're going to try to weather the storm, but the closure is coming at the worst possible time. Spring is already a really hard season for movie theaters, and a forced closure of indefinite length could very well be the nail in the coffin.

I'm heartbroken. In normal times, I go out to the movies at least once at week. I have a special needs child, and my movie night out is my respite night. It's a huge boon to me for my mental health and has been for years. It's been tough to not go to the movies during the pandemic when I've most wanted that kind of stress relief, and now I'm crushed that when this is all over one of my favorite theaters might no longer be there. (Hell, let's be honest: this could kill the entire industry if it stretches on long enough.)

I'm just completely bummed out about this.

We plan on sending 50 bucks or so from each of our paychecks to the great little coffee shop that's only a year old in our blue collar town outside of Asheville.

Sydhart, weighted squats with an “up into a jump” can help. Use like a 30 pound kettlebell or the plate from underneath an outdoor umbrella, something like that, held to the chest. Watch the spine, engage the core and butt - you don’t want to stress the lower back doing it.

Burpees and mountain climbers would also help, I suspect. Frog jumps too, maybe.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm heartbroken. In normal times, I go out to the movies at least once at week. I have a special needs child, and my movie night out is my respite night. It's a huge boon to me for my mental health and has been for years. It's been tough to not go to the movies during the pandemic when I've most wanted that kind of stress relief, and now I'm crushed that when this is all over one of my favorite theaters might no longer be there. (Hell, let's be honest: this could kill the entire industry if it stretches on long enough.)

I'm just completely bummed out about this.

I’m not in the same situation personally, but my wife and I love film. We probably see 30 - 40 movies in theater every year. I share the same concern and it also makes me profoundly sad.

I think the world is going to look much different when this is over in so many ways.

Universal announced that they will put their current releases on streaming services so you don’t have to go to the theater... Which is not reassuring for the theaters...

But Fast 9 still delayed?

I'd pay $20 to watch that one.

Stele wrote:

But Fast 9 still delayed?

We'll see. They're doing a simultaneous release for Trolls World Tour, which is expected to be one of their big money-makers for the year. The movies they're making available for streaming now weren't really expected to rake in a lot of cash, but Trolls was an early tent pole. They may revise their stance on Fast 9 depending on how things are looking in a few months and how well people take to the streaming releases.

But it's hard to gamble a billion dollars in box office revenue on streaming. You can only launch once.

I'm a few hours outside of Vancouver, BC in a mid-sized town. Myself, wife, and little kids (3.5 y and 7m) have pretty much been constantly sick since early December. Staying home hasn't been that difficult for us since we've already been doing it for months on end. The biggest problem is my wife is Japanese and her whole family is in Japan. She's feeling even more isolated than usual and very concerned that she can't see her family. We constantly talk to them and get updates. Were planning a trip in October but have no idea if that will be viable. My in-laws have never met their grandson.

I work for a newly opened (1 year in April) brewery manufacturer. I have no idea if we'd be able to survive even two weeks of complete shut-down. I know I'd be okay if there was a shutdown since I have some savings but would prefer not to dip into that. As it stands, it's business as usual and have enough work to keep us busy for a long time. Just started a giant brewery so that is expected to keep us going for a few months regardless. Problem is I haven't had any new customer communication in 5 days and, as a company, we've already had 3 potential projects put on hiatus. We have about 30 employees.*

*I use "We" when referring to the company as my Dad is the majority owner and I've known most of my coworkers for 10-20 years. In some cases, they baby sat me. I'm 34 in a few weeks.

DSGamer wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm heartbroken. In normal times, I go out to the movies at least once at week. I have a special needs child, and my movie night out is my respite night. It's a huge boon to me for my mental health and has been for years. It's been tough to not go to the movies during the pandemic when I've most wanted that kind of stress relief, and now I'm crushed that when this is all over one of my favorite theaters might no longer be there. (Hell, let's be honest: this could kill the entire industry if it stretches on long enough.)

I'm just completely bummed out about this.

I’m not in the same situation personally, but my wife and I love film. We probably see 30 - 40 movies in theater every year. I share the same concern and it also makes me profoundly sad.

I think the world is going to look much different when this is over in so many ways.

Do they have a membership program? Pick your favorite's and sign up?

Wife’s mental health is already suffering at the prospect of being cooped up with our loud, stir-crazy special needs child for months on end. Her two main escapes were going to the gym every day and eating out alone, even if just fast food, after I got home from work. Unfortunately for me, she tends to get angry and irritable when she’s depressed or anxious, and I bear the brunt of it.

I’m not sure it will bother my son too much at least. Nowadays he’s more likely to get fussy and upset away from home than at home.

I was getting a really bad headache and started to wonder if I was in trouble. Then realized I hadn't taken my allergy pills or heart medicine today. Oh, my body mocks me.

MaxShrek wrote:

I was getting a really bad headache and started to wonder if I was in trouble. Then realized I hadn't taken my allergy pills or heart medicine today. Oh, my body mocks me.

I had the same problem. I had a headache and felt pretty achy... but I have a new mattress I'm adjusting to and haven't slept great the past few nights while we're breaking it in so it's likely that. Hard not to be overly paranoid!

So in something less crappy, I've had a bunch of time to work with my 6yo on riding her bike with no training wheels. She rides well, stops ok (controlled crashing is more accurate), and now just need to get her to start by herself.

Rat Boy wrote:

Good news, everyone! Now we can watch CATS in quarantine!

Thanks, you made me remember this Onion article all the way back from 1998:

Land Before Time VI Released Straight To Landfill

If it's not the butthole cut, I'm not seeing it:

A VFX producer friend of a friend was hired in November to finish some of the 400 effects shots in @catsmovie. His entire job was to remove CGI buttholes that had been inserted a few months before. Which means that, somewhere out there, there exists a butthole cut of Cats

#ReleaseTheButtholeCut

More BBC content:
Coronavirus: How can we stay in virtual touch with older relatives?

Age UK, the charity for older people, adds that the choice of technology should be as "user-friendly as possible" for those unaccustomed to controlling video-chat software.

"Something integrated like a video call app on a smartphone, tablet or a laptop with a built-in camera, for example will often be more straightforward," adds Caroline Abrahams, its charity director.

"Older people may also prefer physical interfaces like a mouse rather than a touchscreen or trackpad.

"To protect people's privacy it will be important to ensure that any new devices are secure and not likely to be hacked, and that anyone using a new device has access to ongoing support to help them learn how to use it and deal with any issues or problems."

*edit

Losing track of where to post what about the Covid19 Covfef20 Corona Wutan Clan virus thing.

MaxShrek wrote:

The governor of New York and the mayor of NYC need to be slapped. Morons.

What did they do?

Think you want the other thread

lunchbox12682 wrote:
MaxShrek wrote:

The governor of New York and the mayor of NYC need to be slapped. Morons.

What did they do?

They're contradicting each other with what should be going on to deal with the covid19 covfef20 situation. They've been arguing for years about how they disagree.

A reminder of the purpose of this thread:

"This pandemic is going to be a tough time for us wherever we are. The goal of this topic is to suggest and discuss coping mechanisms to get us through this. I expect it to primarily focus on mental health but could also include physical health, diet and exercise, hygiene, recipes, shopping tips, techniques for working from home, how to keep yourself or your kids entertained, and more. Venting related to the above topics is encouraged!

Try to avoid: infection/death statistics, politics, etc.
"

Edit - Not helpful. Removed.

Please, guys