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Where is everyone? Are you depressed? Who is depressed?
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 8:01 pm
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I’ve been very busy lately, working. I’ve also been to an outdoor nursery (for food plants) and a small family-owned butchery. The goal is to get away from using the grocery store for some of my food. I keep hearing about food shortages, meat plant workers getting sick (Smithfield just closed a plant because almost 300 people got the virus!). 

Another thing I’m doing is saving and repurposing stuff. It’s like the “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” mentality of the Great Depression is kicking in, LOL. My Virgo grandmother was very practical and frugal, and she grew up during that era. I learned to reuse grocery bags as trash bags from her.

Jupiter in Capricorn. Opportunities born of hardship and challenge. I’ll admit I’m rather enjoying the challenge! 🙂

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Smithfield Foods and Tyson have for some years now been shipping their pigs and chickens to China to be slaughtered and processed then returned to US for distribution and sale. Why this makes financial sense is unclear.

Now their US workers have COVID19 outbreaks…

What’s in your meat?

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 11:03 pm
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“What’s in your meat?” is exactly one of the reasons I went to a butchery today. Yes, I know the risk of contamination is always there so I handle the meat accordingly. But at least I can SEE who’s handled my meat, from gutting the animals to getting them packaged. And the meat is similar in cost to the grocery store. 

The decision to involve a country thousands of miles away in our food production makes no sense to me. Especially one with no regulations. Oh wait….it’s cheaper. yell

Workers getting sick at the plants, then plants shutting down–this will disrupt the supply chain. Another reason I’m turning to local options. Potential meat shortages like we had last month. 

I have fish in my freezer right now–from China. I’m scared to eat it. 

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It also helps, btw, that my visits to clients (home care) take me through a lot of countryside and the weather is fantastic right now. I have to wear a mask all day and be extra careful, but I can deal with that. 

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Having found a few coherent words in another topic, here goes:

“Where is everyone?” Staying home, going out only for necessary errands.  While out for errands, keeping at least 6 feet/ 2 metres away from others – the few of them there are.  My son called (after months of no news) because, when I called my sister, she asked about that, and then told him to call his mother. lol

“Are you depressed?” Yup.  Just a fact – not “because” the virus.  Working towards climbing out of depression, one foot before the other.  (Made worse though by being cooped up, leading to thoughtless comments, at home, like, “Why does no one in your family call you?” Not a mind reader.  Let messages… guess they’re preoccupied.)

“Who is depressed?”. Many people, from what I see on my forays to and from the grocery stores & pharmacy.  So, I’ve been greeting people who happen to be outside when I am, applying a long time philosophy, of maybe it’ll cheer them a little, at least.  Invariably, of course, though it always surprises me still, that I too am momentarily in better cheer.  The fact that I forget this ( mercurymoon, neptune) makes me laugh (jupiterscorpio).

Isolation – feeling isolated – is like a soap bubble, easy to pop.  The bubbles continue coming… still soap, still popable.  That’s my idea, about “The Important Societal Problem of Social Isolation, among the __.”

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I have been gone a few days.

A couple of days were spent calming my sister, the Cancer Moon. I have a Cancer Moon, too. It takes me a few days to recover after helping her feel better. As a Virgo, she goes over every small detail in duplicate, expecting my response. I take it on as my job as her older Capricorn sister. 

As to the cause of this recent event, I put it upthread under Doc Circus’ post. Sister was robbed while at work. She is a pharmacist.  The robbers debated taking her as a hostage. She told them her heart was about to beat out of her chest, she was sure to have a heart attack if they took her, and she had a family to support. She knew she would not be seen alive again if they took her. They left without her.

Her pharmacy school taught the students what to do when robbed. Let them take what they want, personalize themselves to the robbers to lessen chance of harm. 

Over 20,000 pills were stolen. Taken were narcotics, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs, Hydroxychloroquine, and azithromycin. The last two were locked up to keep workers from stealing them for Covid-19. I think the robbers had a shopping list. The concentrated liquid morphine was not taken. 

I sincerely hope everyone has less stress than my sister.

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Friday, April 17, 2020 - 10:37 am
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Thanks for sharing this, Sue Ellen. I’m sorry for what your sister has gone through (and is still going through, I’m sure).  But real reports from real people are more important than ever, these days.

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Thank you, Elsa. 
Sister feels better. She has been allowed to take some time off work. Security measures have been updated. She refuses to work alone again. She was alone during the robbery. Detectives have talked to her, who in turn are in contact with both DEA and FBI. 
As a Virgo, she was able to describe the wrinkles and lack of wrinkles around the eyes of the robbers. Everything else was covered. “At least they wore PPE.” That was a health concern. With her health problems, she has stayed home or at work. Her son does the shopping. 

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I gotta say: the best humour I have seen in a long long time has come from the current situation. 

I spent half the night scrolling through social media last night and literally laughing out loud, over and over and over. 

It was a much needed opportunity to decompress after yet another demanding and depleting week in the trenches. 

Intelligent and bang on comedic observations have healing power. 

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I’m well. Just observing from my hut on the periphery, as per usual. 

You all have been a source of my loving thoughts, and I’ve had you all in my heart. Love you guys. 

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This coronavirus business is having a negative effect on my family and friends.

Some of them haven fallen into dark moods. Taken their frustration out on each other. Experienced health scares. The news and the business closures have a lot to do with it. 

I’m starting to wonder if we should just reopen everything now, roll the dice, and take our chances. May as well. C’est la vie. The horse is out of the barn now. 

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Are not people taking chances daily anyhow?

Heart disease is the #1 killer in the US, but I don’t see any actions to curb meat & liquor consumption. The same for driving cars, etc.

Why not legalize drugs, in a similar fashion to what Portugal has done, which would impose some form of oversight and control?

This has allowed many to exercise that which has been largely ignored: death. Seems many are fighting the inevitable, especially under the degradation of the comforts that civilization has “given”.

The Dalai Lama once said, “Civilization is the act of voluntary renunciation”.

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We’ve been shut in for 6 weeks now in NJ. I can entertain myself, but geez, everything in my life is on hold (like everyone else’s). Open the stores and the parks and beaches. Let people go back to work before there is nothing to go back to.

I live in NJ and its not in the NYC area most affected. We don’t have a large amount of cases where I live. 52 in my town of like 15,000 people. Whoever those people are, I’m sure they’ve recovered by now but that is never reported. What the hell happened to them? Who were they? Were they in nursing homes? Why can’t we know that information?  I’m starting to not trust what is going on.

I think I can keep myself safe and I don’t need the nanny government. I’ll wash my hands, use hand sanitizer, must wear a mask and I have gloves. There ya go. Our Governor is saying its going to go on for weeks more. NO! It isn’t necessary everywhere in NJ.

There is going to be a lot of civil disobedience if they don’t open things up soon.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 7:37 am
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I agree JoFrance, tension is building.  

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I am here and not depressed! 🙂

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