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May 10, 2021 - 6:48:57 PM

donc

Canada

6566 posts since 2/9/2010

After more than a year of partial confinement many of us are about to get sprung. For many of you that day has arrived already. For a few others they were not aware of any danger and they were able to do as they pleased with as many friends as possible. I'm not interested in hearing from that that third group but I am interested in what others have planned or what they have recently enjoyed again. In this country we don't make vaccines so we've been caught up in a few vaccine shortages . Fortunately those problems have been resolved and hopefully we will now catch up in a few short weeks. Being able to hug my grandchildren has to be # 1. Getting together with friends in homes or restaurants is priority #2. Being able to get on the ferry to Vancouver Island to see my younger son again is also a #1. #3 would be able to leave town and wander the province for a week or two . #4 would be to jam with friends again. How do others plan to celebrate in the weeks and months ahead ?

May 10, 2021 - 7:08:42 PM

Owen

Canada

8612 posts since 6/5/2011

Celebrate???  I'll cross that bridge if/when I come to it....  I see several more months of same-old same-old..... unless our mediocre experts [esp. our provincial ones] have been misleading us.

Edited by - Owen on 05/10/2021 19:13:42

May 10, 2021 - 7:17:50 PM

donc

Canada

6566 posts since 2/9/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

Celebrate???  I'll cross that bridge if/when I come to it....  I see several more months of same-old same-old..... unless our mediocre experts have been misleading us.


Honest reaction Owen but I'm encouraged by the news out of Britain. They were in much deeper than us  but today the death count is in single digits.  Parts of the U.S. are also entering the on-ramp at full speed. My neighbor Dr. John is heavily into the research and analysis of our Covid local issues. His opinion is that Covid-19 is here to stay but most of it will become as relevant as the common cold for those who get vaccinated. 

May 10, 2021 - 9:46:05 PM

chuckv97

Canada

57537 posts since 10/5/2013

I’ll be camped at yonder border/bordre soon so’s when they open it up I can high tail it to AZ for a few weeks in the desert that I missed badly this winter ; 100*F (*# celsigrade) be damned - full speed ahead!

May 10, 2021 - 11:18:58 PM

Paul R

Canada

14498 posts since 1/28/2010

Well, just yesterday (Monday) I was out in the country taking one of my acoustic guitars (with a pickup, Chuck) to our luthier to have the output jack securely re-fastened. I was able to try a zither banjo while I watched him work, and we chatted for a bit. I told him about my and my wife's experiences registering for our vaccinations, and gave him suggestions. Then, on the way home, I was able to make similar suggestions to the clerk at the grocery store, since her age group has just been given the go-ahead for the vaccine.

I suppose the vaccine will become a yearly routine to cope with mutating forms of the virus, like the flu shot.

Since I can cycle and maintain social distancing, better weather means more time getting out of the house. However, it will be good to see friends more often, and it would be sooooo welcome to make music with others, and to go to concerts.


May 11, 2021 - 1:19:55 AM

m06

England

10022 posts since 10/5/2006

Friends. Music sessions. Music sessions. Friends. Music sessions...

Our Covid restrictions relax next Monday. We can then meet indoors in groups of up to 30 people. I'm raring to go but need to be sensitive to those among my friends who have said that they are anxious about getting together in larger groups.

Since lockdown started here the regular pub venue for our OT session has closed and reopened under new management as a gastro pub. Pub restaurant business = no other pub activities. That means I'm busily engaged in the next few days in trying to arrange a suitable new home for our session. We have an interim 'stop-gap' community hall venue for next week but it will be nice to find somewhere permanent that has the atmosphere and welcome that our previous session home had. After 14 months without indoor sessions, to say that I'm motivated to do that is an understatement!

Edited by - m06 on 05/11/2021 01:29:55

May 11, 2021 - 2:04:42 AM

257 posts since 5/25/2015

I'm a little wary of doing much until I've had my second dose next month - once that's done I'll be straight over to see my parents for the first time in 18 months. I'm hoping to hear that our local session is kicking off again soon after that. The pub has been renovated while it was shut, but its still community-owned so I'm just hoping they still want the sessions when it re-opens. It seemed to bring in a few extra punters on a Sunday evening.

May 11, 2021 - 2:25:53 AM

3466 posts since 4/22/2018

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Originally posted by gentrixuk

I'm a little wary of doing much until I've had my second dose next month - once that's done I'll be straight over to see my parents for the first time in 18 months. I'm hoping to hear that our local session is kicking off again soon after that. The pub has been renovated while it was shut, but its still community-owned so I'm just hoping they still want the sessions when it re-opens. It seemed to bring in a few extra punters on a Sunday evening.


Which Pub is your local Mark?  I grew up in Selby and have had many a great night out in York when we headed out to 'the bright lights' smiley

May 11, 2021 - 2:35:04 AM
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I'm not rushing anywhere soon to be honest. My dad is chomping at the bit to see my kids and he is coming over next week after the restrictions ease. He's wanting to take us out for a meal, but to be honest, I'm more comfortable with us getting a take-out. I've been fairly lucky with my work being deemed as 'essential' I have been able to travel (albeit not as much as usual) throughout the lockdowns and my 'work' with the rescue team is via the police so I've also had chance to get out and about more than most so I've not felt as isolated as many people.

For me, the most important thing is making sure my kids get out and about and get to do fun things with their friends, their pandemic experience has been much more difficult than mine.

May 11, 2021 - 3:00:05 AM

257 posts since 5/25/2015

quote:
Originally posted by Wet Spaniel
quote:
Originally posted by gentrixuk

I'm a little wary of doing much until I've had my second dose next month - once that's done I'll be straight over to see my parents for the first time in 18 months. I'm hoping to hear that our local session is kicking off again soon after that. The pub has been renovated while it was shut, but its still community-owned so I'm just hoping they still want the sessions when it re-opens. It seemed to bring in a few extra punters on a Sunday evening.


Which Pub is your local Mark?  I grew up in Selby and have had many a great night out in York when we headed out to 'the bright lights' smiley


The Golden Ball - it's not right in the centre; just off Skeldergate, if you know where I mean.

May 11, 2021 - 3:10:13 AM

3466 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by gentrixuk

The Golden Ball - it's not right in the centre; just off Skeldergate, if you know where I mean.


I do know where you mean.  That;s not a pub I've ever been into - I will resolve that next time I'm visiting my dad!

May 11, 2021 - 3:19:01 AM
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4078 posts since 12/6/2009

pandemic? what pandemic?

May 11, 2021 - 3:28:48 AM

257 posts since 5/25/2015

 
Originally posted by Wet Spaniel

Well worth a visit if you can - they usually have a great selection of local beers and it still has the old-style layout from the 1920s: Welcome - The Golden Ball (goldenballyork.co.uk)

May 11, 2021 - 3:40:36 AM

3466 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by gentrixuk
 
Originally posted by Wet Spaniel

Well worth a visit if you can - they usually have a great selection of local beers and it still has the old-style layout from the 1920s: Welcome - The Golden Ball (goldenballyork.co.uk)


Thanks Mark, I never need much convincing that visiting a pub is a good idea smiley

May 11, 2021 - 4:50:04 AM

figmo59

USA

33415 posts since 3/5/2008

Personally...

I'll be happy...
When people stop claiming that 2 feet to yer right. N.. sitting at the table...
Causes you to be ...safe...with no mask..

But.. if you stand up..n move 2 feet to yer left...
The virus will ..git ya...

Just friggin ..nuts....

May 11, 2021 - 6:58:38 AM

2342 posts since 7/20/2004

We're approaching herd immunity around here. Wife and I are both fully vaccinated and it's wonderful to gather with family again and to visit with neighbors without worrying about social distancing or masks. This Thursday my old farts coffee group is going to meet at an outside venue, sans masks, for the first time in over a year.

May 11, 2021 - 7:34:58 AM

950 posts since 9/6/2019

Not much is going to change with me. I have been going out, albeit with extra precautions and staying well away from other folks, and pretty much getting on with my life throughout this whole thing. I'll just be glad when I don't have to make myself look like I'm fixing to rob the joint when I go in a store. Early on in all of this I made the joke that if I walked into a store six months earlier wearing a mask they would call the cops on me and now they'd call them if I didn't have on a mask.

I've been fairly lucky. Folks all around me were getting the virus but I managed to avoid it as far as I know. Then again, for all I know I had it and was one of the lucky ones who was asymptomatic.

May 11, 2021 - 8:13:20 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

25927 posts since 8/3/2003

I actually walked into the bank this morning maskless. First time in over a year. Told the teller I'd got the vaccine so I wouldn't give her anything and she said the same. We both felt like it was time to unmask.

Still wore a mask to the grocery store because of a sign in the window "masks required" but saw a lot of people bare faced. Maybe I'll try maskless next time.

What's changed for me? I feel like I can go places now that I was hesitant to go before. Son, his wife and I went to a Chinese buffet last weekend and didn't wear masks, didn't have to have our food spooned out to us by someone, just walked up to the buffet and chose what we wanted.

Will be getting back into one of my needlework clubs soon. Haven't been because some of those women wouldn't wear masks and I didn't want to be around them.

Looks like things are getting back to some semblance of normal. Hope it lasts.

May 11, 2021 - 8:43:12 AM

11934 posts since 1/15/2005

It's funny, but I never felt like I was in a bunker and continued my life (and routine) pretty much as usual. I took all the precautions when I was around others, but visits to Lowes, Home Depot, and even the grocery store were about the same other than wearing a mask and washing hands more often and using my aloe/grain alcohol mixture on my hands. All fo my projects were outdoors, so no problem visiting them, as none of them even slowed down. I realize I was fortunate, but I was not going to isolate myself.

We did not go to restaurants other than for take-out, but we did not do a lot of that anyway. We suspended our Friday hamburger lunch meetings with several high school buddies for about 8 months, but go together for drive-way/porch socials. All in all I can't complain.

May 11, 2021 - 8:46 AM
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57397 posts since 12/14/2005

Just 'cuz I've had MY two shots, doesn't mean the virus ain't IN my airways, so I wear the mask pretty much everywhere.
Lots of places have "MASK REQUIRED" signs.
Am really looking to have the jams re-open, and to get paid gigs at various places.

May 11, 2021 - 9:09:54 AM
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Eric A

USA

1196 posts since 10/15/2019

We gathered for Mother's Day. Everyone within the walls was vaxxed. First huggable gathering in over a year.

Not sure when I'll actually sit inside a restaurant again, but we do have a trip scheduled for June, so some decisions to be made there.

May 11, 2021 - 9:13:59 AM
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Eric A

USA

1196 posts since 10/15/2019

In our entire extended family we have one guy who won't vax. It's going to be interesting how to deal with that. Personally, I won't get near him indoors and won't allow our elders to either. If he wants isolation, he's going to get it, good and hard.

May 11, 2021 - 12:10:40 PM

Brian T

Canada

18161 posts since 6/5/2008

Long before it became the order of the day, I went to the pub for supper by myself.
The place has a single fairly isolated seat at the bar. Call ahead and I'd be left alone to eat and drink and play with some of my salt collection (which the bar staff enjoyed as well.) I didn't go very often so I felt that I could afford to be a big tipper. That has not gone un-noticed.

Maybe we get lucky and I can go again in June. Maybe.

Other than that, Covid has had no effect whatsoever on any of my routine activities each month.
The housekeeper is required to wear a mask in my house. Same for my grocery shopper. The gardener guy does as he pleases, kind of like the old days. He's in and out of the house and shed for tools, no big deal.

I'd like to bust out of here and spend a couple days shopping in the city.
Mostly for bulk foodie things that I know that I will never see here.

May 12, 2021 - 12:08:21 AM
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2275 posts since 1/16/2010

When this all started last March/April....and governments/businesses mandated that people remain in solitary confinement in their homes...my place of work, the railroad, required the opposite. They threatened that if anybody were to not show up for work on time, they would be reprimanded and potentially terminated. So...While the majority of the world was isolated and quarantined...I was venturing out and getting the much needed freight through...working 70+ hour work weeks...and I continue to do so to this day.

I know a lot of folks have died from the corona virus...it’s a real thing. But the only way it ever effected me or my family was to drive the price of lumber up for a raised bed garden project, and the price of steel up for a metal carport project.

I’ve gotten along just fine without a vaccine through the whole thing...and have worked more than anybody else I know throughout the whole ordeal...healthy as a horse.

I was very apprehensive and sometimes even a little afraid of getting sick....but I had to continue working to provide for my family and the nation in these trying times...it was my duty, and I was happy to risk my health for the betterment of others. Haven’t so much as had a cold since this all happened however....maybe I’m immune?

May 12, 2021 - 3:27:24 AM
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950 posts since 9/6/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Eric A

In our entire extended family we have one guy who won't vax. It's going to be interesting how to deal with that. Personally, I won't get near him indoors and won't allow our elders to either. If he wants isolation, he's going to get it, good and hard.


I don't really understand this fear. If you are vaxxed you should be protected from him, right? Also, being vaxxed doesn't stop you from getting, or spreading the virus, it just stops it from killing you if you do get it.

May 12, 2021 - 5:10:05 AM

figmo59

USA

33415 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Banjonewguy
quote:
Originally posted by Eric A

In our entire extended family we have one guy who won't vax. It's going to be interesting how to deal with that. Personally, I won't get near him indoors and won't allow our elders to either. If he wants isolation, he's going to get it, good and hard.


I don't really understand this fear. If you are vaxxed you should be protected from him, right? Also, being vaxxed doesn't stop you from getting, or spreading the virus, it just stops it from killing you if you do get it.


Ostracizing...

Is a very real human trait..

N.. quite possahbly..

The ..Root..

Of Racism.....

If ya don't ..look like us... sound like us..behave like us..

Or..think like us...

You are to be ..shunned..

 

 

Very common  trait...

... n it goes  brawdder than just the Leagle defanation...that people get hung up on...

Just me observations...

 

 

Another form might be... not answering posts...  ?

Edited by - figmo59 on 05/12/2021 05:13:24

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