Lost in a Lost World (Page 4)
Zanjan: Fortunately, the sanitation dept is still accepting garbage. I still can't understand how they figure garden centers are an essential service - they're going to open here at the end of this month. Seeds and bulbs can be ordered on line. Trees and bushes can be planted in the fall. So what if you don't have a hanging basket of petunias this year?
Zanjan: Personally, I'm looking forward to the day when the pandemic is over and people emerge from their caves sporting their own versions of a haircut.
ghostgeek: I got my hair cut just before the lockdown and only go to the barbers once every two to three months, so it shouldn't make much difference to me. I guess I'm already a bit of a hermit.
ghostgeek: Here it seems you can go out to buy tools to mend your garden fence but you're not allowed to buy brushes and paint for your kitchen. Can't see the logic of that one myself but as I'm one of the "little people" I suppose I shouldn't expect to.
ghostgeek: Can't buy a scratch card either. Perhaps they're afraid a lucky winner might jet off somewhere else.
Fractured fairy tale: Were got another month to go . But the Hardware shop is open.
They said Some Stste in America was having trouble paying a lotto winner .
So mabye there knoced them on the head for the time being
ghostgeek: Could be everyone's going to go toasty, like what happens at the South Pole:
Toastiness begins almost immediately after arrival on the ice, developing slowly over the months. It can manifest itself in a variety of ways, appearing on any given day, disappearing just as suddenly the next.
The most common symptoms include crankiness, a shortness of temper (often resulting in largely unprovoked outbursts of anger), apathy, a loss of focus, extended daydreaming, and the "thousand mile stare", where a toasty person gazes off to infinity, eyes slowly glazing over, completely unaware of their surroundings or the passage of time.
[ http://australyear.blogspot.com/2008/07/toast.html ]
Zanjan: Why do they have to come up with a new word for an old problem - it's called "Going Bush", a form of madness experienced by many isolated pioneers, back when they were first building our country. They lived alone in a one-room sod shack or two room log cabin, living off the land and didn't even get mail. Gotta admire their guts.
I heard on the news that abused wives, shut up with their abuser spouse during isolation should go on-line and use a visual hand signal to let people know they're in trouble. What happened to the cell phone? They can text.
Meanwhile, the WHO has put out a warning advising people to avoid drinking and drunkness during this time. Whaaatt? Was there ever a time when that came highly recommended?
The government has announced that on-line gaming is a healthy way to spend your time in isolation. It connects one to the community. They didn't specify if "gaming" included gambling. I wonder what we'd do without the government's advice on personal matters.
Today, I noticed the marijuana store is open in town (it's legal here). Apparently, weed stores are an essential service. The store is only one week old. I guess getting stoned is ok with the WHO.
Fractured fairy tale: Its Rediculas Why do We need these Organizations to tell people what they shouldn't be doing anyway . Just cos things are Legal . Don't mean you should be doing it.
What type of Idiots would gamble all there Money away online.
Pleanty I suppose. They reckon the Online gambling is Booming
chronology: Zan, I was in Walmart last week and a Guy stacked up his shopping kart with around 15 cases of beer that the store had on offer. The security woman told him he couldn't just buy all that booze. In the glass recycling bin near me there has been doubling of the amount of alcohol bottle's thrown in it every week since this crisis began.
What I find odd is people have been buying top shelf whiskey and Vodka, not bargain stuff. I must admit I would rather have a cup of tea or coffee. Am a little miffed these days as one of my passtimes is blending fruit smoothies. But with the chaotic food supplies lately it is difficult to find the right mix for smoothies.
Curiously folks in Europe must be surprised at the food insecurity in England. They will tell you England never ever had food insecurity for as long as anyone can remember. It has been common in all European countries to have food shortages and even food riots. But England never ran out of food. It must worry some European's to see even England scrounging around for food. Thing's must be really bad if England is forced to live like every other country, they will tell you.
ghostgeek: Food insecurity in England? Still managing to load up my basket with fruit and veg on my shopping trips. Apples, oranges, grapes, dates, plums, bananas, tomatoes, oninons, courgettes, broccoli, asparagus, peppers, black cabbage, beetroot, radishes, beans, mushrooms and the odd carrot. Even noticed they seem to be packing more in some of the packets than they used to. Plenty of cheese too, though bread supplies seem a little intermittent. Getting stocked with fruit juice as well. Not bad for a country where people are scrounging around for food.
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ghostgeek: Canned soup is returning to the shelves as are cans of beans. Managed to get brown rice, pot barley and wholewheat pasta. Even supplies of cider have been adequate. And that holy grail of civilised life, packets of loo rolls, are there for the having.
chronology: Ghost, you are quite correct. Things are pretty much back to normal now. But a few weeks ago it was empty shelves no milk, no eggs, no bread, really felt like a mouse in church, not a guy in a supermarket
chronology: Ghost, you will have to go to Newcastle. I hear they plan to dump 50 million pints of beer as no pubs are open.
Just imagine ghost. Going up there and being given the keys to a pub and being told to drink all you want.
Zanjan: I didn't know beer had such a short expiry date. I thought everything bottled or canned lasted at least two years.
I hope you're scrubbing your produce well - people's hands have been all over them, squeezing and poking.
Our province has a fine of $1,200 for NOT social distancing, also a fink line you can call in to report someone who's not social distancing, or might be infected. One customer got caught buying more than her customer limit; somebody called it in and the customer refused to return the items. She got fined, something like $700.
Hate to say it but sounds mighty Nazi to me.
ghostgeek: Don't know what it's like in Canada but in UK pubs there's quite a bit of cask beer sold. Probably lasts about a week before it goes manky.
ghostgeek: Not that I touch the stuff myself, never having developed a taste for beer. So no trip to Newcastle for me.
ghostgeek: Yes, people have been snitching in the UK as well. I guess it's part of human nature. Had a few more noddies rolling around in cars than usual. One even stopped me for looking in a shop window. Seeing as the shop was closed, its window was completely covered and I was walking, it seemed a rather pointless intervention but I suppose the long arm of the law has to be seen to be doing something.
chronology: Folks in the north East seem to just love beer, the more the merrier. Two people I knew both had weird night's up there. One guy told me he got drinking with some locals but he just couldn't keep up with their appetite for beer. All he remembers of the night was waking up in the morning in the club car park. Another Guy went pub crawling with some locals. Going from bar to bar. But for some reason he was struck with a big panic attack and just jumped in a taxi and went all the way home. The taxi fair was a hefty one. Should have waited for the Train.
It's just the culture up there to drink as much as possible when they are out for the night.
Zanjan: "cask beer"........here, they're called "kegs", which hold about 15 gallons- it's cheap draft (aka horse piss); anybody can buy one, then sell the empty keg. I had a BBQ made out of one, back in the day when we used charcoal briquets - before the government told us charcoal caused cancer and banned them. People still got cancer. Liars!!
Chron: "All he remembers of the night was waking up in the morning in the club car park"
Right, that old story the guys told their wives after sleeping with another woman. We're on to them. This is a world where you can always find a fink when you need one.
Zanjan: At least with closed shops, the virus has kept looters at bay. On the sadder note, even with government loans, small business is dying and we're seeing permanent closure of the mom and pop shops.
There's a sobering look at entrepreneurship - to the rule "find a need and fill it", now add "in the essential services". They're the only people still working.