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How is the reopening going in your land?
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NotMyCircus
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Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 4:35 pm
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So you’re moving to the Belly of the Beast, huh? LOL   

Just kidding…we’re not nearly in the shape that NYC is in. In fact, traffic is pretty much normal. The only people asked to shelter in place at this point are the elderly (65+ years old) and the medically fragile. People are walking and biking around like normal. My housemates did warn me to avoid the dollar store and gas station down the road from us because the Fieldale plant is across from them, so the workers tend to go to those stores. That plant has had quite a few COVID cases. I think about half the cases in the hospital are Latinos (probably from the chicken plants).

I actually feel pretty safe outside the city limits. It’s the crowded stores I avoid like the plague. You guys should be fine down here. I look forward to meeting you!

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Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 5:38 pm
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When we get there NMC… I will have Elsa give you my phone number – email address – and we will def get together. You can show me around that place and teach me your southern ways. I can’t wait 🙂 

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One thing I’m noticing, as states reopen, is that people are now policing each other–or expected to do so. 

I haven’t seen this out here in rural Georgia but folks here tend to mind their own business. It’s in the cities, especially Atlanta, where I think people will call each other out. film social gatherings undercover, whatever. I guarantee you once the nightclubs open, young people will pack them exactly as did before, and tell nosy citizens to fuck off. 

Sorry, but I am NOT calling the cops on you or confronting you in public if you’re not social distancing, wearing a mask, whatever. GTFOH with that nonsense. I have no time nor energy to babysit anyone, especially adults. It’s bad enough that store employees are getting yelled at, threatened, even KILLED just for asking people to follow rules that their employers and governors put in place. 

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As I work in a grocery store, pretty much everybody in town who’s mobile (some barely) comes through. I have seen it all. The whole gamut of human choices, beliefs and behaviors. Overall, it hasn’t been pretty. It’s not gonna get better. People are people. They (we) are all gonna continue behaving true to character.

This quote recently summed it up for me:

“Crisis doesn’t change people; it reveals them.” — Eric Walters

I have been getting to know my fellow townsfolks, let me tell ya!

(Bearing in mind that, each in their/our own mind and perception, every single person is well intentioned.)

* Not sure that I agree with the first part of the quote, btw.

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JoFrance said
NJ said we are not reopening until June 6 now.  This is just ridiculous.  The Governor needs to stop treating all of NJ like a suburb of NYC.

Our Lowes and Home Depot have never closed, but all of the smaller places, clothing, shopping, etc., are still not allowed to open.  Restaurants are takeout only.

Last weekend, they opened several parks at 50% capacity and they filled up right away.  There was no picnicking, no playgrounds or anything else to do there except walk and practice social distancing.   They might have allowed some fishing.  Big whoop!  I can have more fun in my yard.

I don’t think this lockdown is going to fly for much longer in NJ.  We’re all adults, understand the risks, know how to keep safe and we want our freedom back.

  

Wow, June 6th. That’s rough.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 9:33 am
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In NC, state parks will open today w/ restrictions on groups. Most retail stores, incl. the mall w/ 50 % capacity only and masks recommended.. Our county has a mask rule. I’m thinking hair salons and dentists, etc. prob mid June.

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My gov. shut our county down till June. Some counties are opening up in spite of him. Makes me happy. I’ve had enough. By June it will be 12 WEEKS!!!

The majority of cases were in nursing homes, the others tended to be people with comorbidities. That should be the discussion now.

Additionally, we were all happy to “flatten the curve” and do our part, but not for 3 months. That is too long. Even my nurse relative – who is working in a nursing home with covid patients – has said it’s become absurd at this point. Besides that, they keep changing the requirements to reopen – it went from not overwhelming health care to “now we need to test everyone and trace them.” Um, no. 

I hate the division. I don’t understand how it ended up along political lines for the most part, like you’re a Trump person if you want to reopen, and a Democrat if not. Can’t people just think for themselves? I don’t fit in one of those boxes, personally.

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We are starting to open up slowly. I am 64, have type 2 diabetes and asthma. I am very much aware that if I get it I might not survive. So I am doing as much as I can to not get it. Saying that we all cant live in a bubble forever. Healthy people should have the freedom to live their lives. The economy has to start back up.

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Closed. 

The Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot are open. I have only been out twice. I did all my shopping in January. The food is here. We are not hoarders. I just prepped early. Of course you need fresh things… like bread, milk and eggs. We have those things ordered and dropped at the door. Bring them in and wipe everything down with Lysol wipes and then let some of it sit as per how long virus can stay alive on cardboard…plastic. ….

My husband will not go out. He is on BP meds and needs to lose some weight. Has some breathing difficulties too… so he knows his risk. 

We have to move to NMC’s hot spot. Whoa…

We don’t have the cases other areas do. We are 5 hours South of Chicago. And, while we have some…. its nothing compared to other areas. His job wont open until the Gov of the state releases us from the GOV prison we are in. And, this Gov has no intention of letting go. He is like a dog with a bone… holding on for all its worth. 

So, other than the stores mentioned… nothing is open. Small business has been destroyed in our community. Some will never recover. Probably most. 

We have all our ducks in a row. He is still working every day M-F from home. We have completed so many home projects. Almost all the painting. Back deck is gorgeous, the wrap around front porch painted. Two rooms upstairs. The air conditioner got a re-vamp. The brick arch going into the basement did too. The yard is pretty… put down extra grass seed. How did we do all this… there are people willing to come in and do things outside. They need the work. 

So, next… I need a new kitchen floor and the front panel to my dishwasher replaced as the dog did a scratch fest on it… grrrrr 

Other than that… we order a dumpster next week. It will sit on the street as we do the PURGE next week. Then, after everything I have no plan of hanging onto goes… we will have a better idea of what they will pack for us (company is moving us) so they pack, they put it on a truck, they drive it down. 

My children are not speaking to me. And, they are not allowing their children to speak either. This started to hurt me. But, seriously… how do people you have devoted your entire life to turn their back when you could really use the support. 

We won’t know anyone. We will be alone, together with no friends or family around. And, my grown, adult offspring are acting like we are doing something directly TO them. I don’t even know how to respond to any of it. So, I just keep moving forward in a place where we are locked down… with nothing to do but what we can to to leave once we are released. 

I haven’t seen my grands in almost 2 months. The calls stopped. The texts stopped after my youngest sent a text that said – You aren’t actually leaving us are you? Attached – a picture of him and his two kids. 

We have no choice. If we stay, we lose everything. 

So, landlocked. And, discarded like trash. I will never get over it. I will have a very hard time ever forgiving it (fixed planets – and ya know how a Scorpio be!) 

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Monday, May 11, 2020 - 8:09 pm
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Wishing you lots of luck in your new home. Glad you have the $$$’s to repair the place before you go. Hopefully you get a reasonable price on it.

Hate it when loved ones use the kids. Don’t have any myself, but seen what some people can do (speaking of my active duty days).

I’d move and not look back. Sooner or later the grandkids will call…. even if to ask for $$$’s help. Then you can *help* them learn to budget. Grandmas…. just aren’t a walking mat. Maybe mail some cookies.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 1:40 pm
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((((((((soup)))))))))

These transits are no joke. You’ve got company out there, that’s for sure.

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(((((Soup)))))  Saturn/Pluto–between a rock and a hard place. 

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Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 5:41 pm
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You are right. And, I am tired of giving to, and loving people who in any other situation would be kind and loving back. In this case I will no longer be in place to provide free babysitting and money from the money tree, so, no longer useful. We will see who shows up on mothers day. Husband said, if you don’t hear from them… I am changing the phone numbers. He just refuses to watch it any longer. I agree with him. 

Damn, I wish I had that 8 thousand dollars I poured into private school … as a starter… 

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Monday, May 11, 2020 - 8:13 pm
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Soooo….did your family call you yesterday? 

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Actually, been meaning to say, and give credit where credit is due, that the ONE GROUP in my town who has (surprised and) impressed me the most throughout this pandemic is THE TEENAGERS.

There is a high school close to my grocery store and, pre-pandemic and school closures, they would traipse through our store daily, multiple times a day, in pods.

Since the closures, I barely see ANY of them, EVER. You would think, adolescence being the stage of feeling invincible and being rebellious and all that, that all those teens would be coming through the store to break boredom, get their fix of junk food and socialize (grocery stores are the in spot to socialize now, for adults anyway). Well, there are no TEENAGERS to be seen!

I am also not seeing them at the beach or around town (outdoors) (I live downtown and near the beach). I have no idea what they are doing, and where. Are they really holing up at home, or are they having house parties that I don’t know about (because that’s off my radar)?

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