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@soup 

Saw this on Facebook today and it gave me a giggle.

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We’re under a Gemini Moon, and I don’t feel like talking much today. Seems everyone’s kind of quiet.

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@notmycircus people really are traumatized. I have not been this busy for years. I took down my email consults so I can catch up and am still juggling.

Further, I see this increasing, at least into next month... maybe the end of the year.

I was going to retire! Seriously. But there is no way. I can really help people and you just don't quit when you're needed - I know you know!

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@elsa I'll try to add my 2 cents worth any time I can remember something worth contributing

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@elsa Yep, I know! I'm busy trying to help my clients hold their lives together, even with drama going on in the background. Rehabbing my housemate's arm. Stocking the pantries. Getting supplies together in case I have to set up a sick room at home  this winter. Gotta keep going. (If I do relax, it's because my blood pressure runs high these days and I get tired easily.) 

My comment wasn't meant as a criticism, but as an observation. My husband was a Gemini "Chatty Cathy" Moon, and as Marilla in Anne of Green Gables said, he "could talk a hind leg off a mule". It just seems strange that the opposite is happening. Yesterday my housemate was buzzing around doing housework, but communication with her was kind of slicey/dicey at times. At one point she was ready to kick me out of the house!

Anyway, the phrase "periscope down" crossed my mind today and that's kind of what I've been doing. Little time or energy for silly things. Stay busy, stay very, very busy. The ark door is closing. Keep moving!

 

(I have had to rewrite this several times. Not that it matters--I'm just trying not to be excessive with my words today. People's time is valuable right now, and I am trying not to waste it.)

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today we were all given the option to have the Covid booster shot/  mine was completely painless

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@okscorpiogal One of my home care clients and his wife are going for their booster shots and flu shots as soon as they’re able. They had some pretty gnarly side effects from the first shots (back in late winter) but after that it was back to normal. 

This Delta is something else. My morning agency is now requiring us all to go back to wearing masks at work, taking our temperature every morning and filling out a questionnaire to monitor for symptoms. I know two people who were exposed to CV last week, including one of my clients. It’s going around like the clap. 

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Forgot to mention that even if we’re fully vaccinated, we still have to do all this. They’re not playing around.

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Just heard one of my roommates complaining about how bad her and my other roommate's bed is and that they need a new one. Kind of in disbelief because the bed I have is literally a single mattress on the floor next to my cat's litterbox and there is a dent in the mattress and I had to flip it over a while back because I was sleeping on wires that decided to poke through the mattress and my back was starting to hurt because of that. Their bed is fine, I've sat on it.

Makes me feel bad for complaining about the fact that I do need a new bed and they both know it. Unfortunately I can't afford it and need to make do with what I have.

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@purplestargirl If they get new beds/mattresses, you could likely inherit one of their bad but actually good ones?

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@sophiab I wondered the same thing. After my husband died, I donated his mattress to one of his family members who needed it for health issues (it was a queen-sized hospital bed). My parents donated their king-sized bed to me after they bought a new one.

If your roommates balk at just giving you their old mattress—well, good luck to them trying to sell a used mattress, especially during a roaring pandemic. 

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@notmycircus 

That's true. It would be a lot better than my current bed. It's just a top twin mattress that slides all over my bedroom floor.

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@sophiab 

I'd be okay with that if there really isn't wrong with the bed itself.

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@purplestargirl It's the mattress that's the valuable part. You can always build a base if the bed frame or divan base is broken. People upcycle packing crates and similar to make bases and they can look really nice. I would sit back and wait, see where they go with their complaints!

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I heard on Catholic radio (which may not be a good source), 60 million people left their jobs in the last 4 months.

Also, there are 11 million job openings and 9 million people looking for work.

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@elsa We were talking about this last night. Husband said economists have been trying to tell people about the great 'retirement' for years. Many of these folks are boomers that are just done. They no longer want to wait it out till an older age. They are not happy about the new way of working.... from home.... and all the tech they have to learn to do it. They are tired, will take the loss, and just stop. 

Others have decided that they no longer wish to work for people that crap all over them for minimum wage at a ff restaurant because frankly, these kids know they can make more producing content for the internet on their own. (I don't know if this is right or not)

I do know a lot of young and middle age people live with and or off their parents ... more than probably ever before so they feel they have a choice? Personally I would rather pick shit with the chickens than live with/off my mother (parents) but... that is a personal choice. (not that I don't love her, I do) 

At any rate, there is a mass exodus of boomers... they are done. And, there are not enough people to fill those jobs. Also, many waiting for boomers to retire are now filling those positions, sadly I think at a much lower rate of pay..... 

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Lots of people also refusing to take the 'you know what' and are being let go because of it. Look at NY right now... other states are following. 

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@soup Yep, boomers in a position to retire are doing so, unless they want to keep working, which some do.  Ben, for example.

I know a good number of people who have lost their job over the deal... and a good number who are facing this in the next few weeks. 

So far, everyone I know of has been okay with the job loss or has found another job. Some of the new jobs are better than the one they lost.

A lot people are okay... or think they are, for now, because they have made a lot of money in the stock market and/or crypto.  I hope they are taking profit and putting some aside but most probably are not. They think it's best to ride it out... they also do not want to pay capital gains taxes to the gov. which is universally despised at this point.

There is a lot of effort put into making one set of people despise the other v/notv. I don't think it's working. It looks like it's working but there are a lot of bots / shills all over.  Either way, reversals are coming. Uranus and Saturn will be squaring off, in the near future.

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@elsa One day (I hope sooner than later)  we will learn that united we stand...

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My boomer friends that are still working in their early sixties are ready to call it quits. They're sick of the grind. A lot of them actually enjoyed working from home. No commute. Commuting where I live means hours on the road everyday, but now the companies want them to show up in the office again and they don't want to go back. Plus you have to be masked in public areas of the office. Who wants to work like that?

Its so thankless working for many companies today. They don't appreciate their workers at all so they deserve the great "retirement", especially from many key people in their organization. My one friend is 61 and is a hands-on finance director. She always worked so hard for them but now the company wants her to help implement a new billing system, a huge project. She was hoping she could ease into retirement, but that isn't going to happen now.

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