COVID 19: How are you handling the changes?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by CashCow, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    There is no similar thread on Battle Scooters yet, so I thought I would reach out and see how we are all affected by the virus.

    I have given up on attending the VCdM Rally in Greece, beginning late May.

    The 7 Bridges Scooter Club has postponed our annual Bridges Ride.

    My family has postponed a memorial service for my father, who passed away on March 6.

    The city of Jacksonville is now forbidding restaurants or bars from having more than 50 people inside. I am quite certain that we will be following the trend and having them all be closed soon.

    Work continues, and I can still commute the mile to my little office. I hope that can continue.

    How are you affected?

    Bill
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  2. Salth2ofish

    Salth2ofish Been here awhile

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    We are a small office as well, so I may be able to keep scooting to work. Unless they pull a San Fran lockdown. Right now here in north Carolina, schools are closed , restaurants and bars are closing due to new regulations 10 people or less. As far as my family, all my family is home, except me 8 hrs a day if I keep working straight thru. Depends on how the quarantines go. No sickness around us.
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  3. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin? Super Supporter

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    Not much has changed for us. We’re still in FL and have decided to stay until things settle down a bit. There is no sense in going home to empty cupboards, stripped stores, and over an hour’s travel to the good hospitals.

    I’m still going on rides with Mugsy and/or Ivy, or a couple of friends here at the RV park. I’m not going shopping or to places with any kinds of crowds. I avoided stopping at big bike week stops or walking down Main Street.

    That’s really about it. The good news is our dogs are better company than most people, so this is a well traveled path for me :lol3
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  4. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    I'm still commuting on my scooter. I work in front line medicine (CT Tech) and I've pretty much accepted that I'm getting Covid 19. At 55 I'm just hoping I get to congratulate my daughter who graduates from college in May. Honestly, my mind is not in a good place. My wife works in front line healthcare also. This whole moment in time feels like a bad dream.
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  5. Salth2ofish

    Salth2ofish Been here awhile

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    Tastroman aka “ sunshine”.... come on man, lighten up a little. Use you and your wife’s professions to continue to help people. In return you’ll be blessed with good health. Speak positive think positive
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  6. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    We will all be exposed to it eventually. Good luck.
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  7. Redoubt

    Redoubt Socialist Distancing

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    Last minute prepping on the PCX.

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  8. Salth2ofish

    Salth2ofish Been here awhile

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  9. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    I guess I'm fortunate to have been permanently laid off from my job back in January. My company closed our plant and moved to China and Missouri. I've been drawing a check ever since so I don't have to leave the house for work. My wife works in a office helping the VA's but she may be forced to work from home.
    My 13yr old son is digging the time off since they have closed schools for two weeks but I'm gonna put his ass to work outside if the weather ever clears up. The weather is a bummer here in west KY, just rain, rain, rain.
    This is such a unbelievable time in history. I hope all off you can stay safe and keep your loved ones healthy.
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  10. rdhood

    rdhood Been here awhile

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    I'm a software developer, so nothing changes for me as far as work. As long as we can keep the pantry stocked, we can hunker down a long time. Personally, I believe that all of us are going to get this virus, and everyone will know somebody who dies from it. We cant stop it. We're just trying to save a few lives by spreading it out .I have stuff planned for summer, but we'll see what happens. Until then... scooting solo in the mountains, camping close by for breaks with the family instead of traveling somewhere. We'll manage
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  11. Blue&Yellow

    Blue&Yellow but orange inside...

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    Coronavirus is bad enough, but I honestly think it's made much worse by all the news outlets milking it for all its worth and people not being level-headed about it. The way things are going there's a very real risk the economic fallout from this is going to be worse than direct effects from coronavirus itself. I have some friends with small businesses, some in the tourist industry, and some of them are starting to get real nervous about how their businesses are going to survive the summer season and how they're going to put food on the table in 6 months or so. There's been a lot of cancellations and companies aren't booking hotels or conferences or anything. If the whole economy stops, like really stops, for 6-12 months we might have another 1930's depression on our hands. And if we get to that scenario that's going to be very painful and cost a lot of lives too I'm sure.

    Encouraging people to stay at home and shutting down borders... I suppose it makes some sense but it also seems a bit like an "easy out" for politicians to take. A bit like "look at me, I'm a powerful leader you can trust, look at me taking decisive action and looking out for you". But what's the price down the road I wonder? It's always hard to speculate about the best course of action but I have to wonder if the best thing wouldn't be if everyone just went about their daily lives as much as possible but upped their personal and workplace hygiene to 11. Remember 9/11 and when Bush encouraged everyone to go shopping? I'm kind of thinking that maybe he was onto something there. So if you can maybe try to support your small local businesses in times like these.
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  12. ScooterJon

    ScooterJon Been here awhile

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    I, of course, have to be in one of the few businesses that still manage to operate in this environment, at least so far...food delivery. Good in that money can still come in, but bad in that not even an apocalyptic national emergency affords me any time off. My roomie, on the other hand, gets paid 32 hours a week to sit on his butt and enjoy time off. That being said, with the stock market crash, people are being tighter with their money so my business has plummeted despite the need for delivery so I may end up in a no pay sit at home situation shortly....

    The silver lining is I may have some time to finally bleed my Smax’s brakes. I got everything I need so I’m happy about that.
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  13. longhaul747

    longhaul747 Long timer

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    I am doing okay so far. Been staying home more but when the weather allows it won't stop me from going for a ride. I do find myself being more careful where I ride though and going to the shopping mall so I can people watch is mostly off the cards for now. Back when I made better money I was eating out constantly and a big part of my riding was riding to whatever restaurant I wanted to eat at. It was all part of the adventure. I am now eating at home pretty much 99% of the time and slowly learning to cook some great stuff again. I was a better cook back when I was in high school then I am now. Its amazing what you forgot in the kitchen!

    My work did cut my overtime and that certainly puts a squeeze on things but I hope that scooter riding makes up for that.

    My wife is a bar tender and Washington closed down restaurants and bars. So she is no longer working as of last night. Its supposed to last only 2 weeks but I have a feeling it will be extended. She makes more then I do so its a pretty serious blow. Obviously no bike purchases until things return to normal but I do have a workable budget if we are careful. Heaven forbid if I loose my job at the same time and its a possibility. I am not one of those pro socialist people but I feel a lot of people will need some sort of bail out. Life is so expensive now days and this virus came out of left field. Plus the government is the one shutting down peoples work. Its not like this was financial irresponsibility you could see a mile away. If they don't step in and help the normal Joes out there we will very likely head for a deep recession or worse!
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  14. dirtmarine

    dirtmarine Been here awhile

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    Spouse and I live outside KCK on a few rural acres, retired so not a problem to stay home. KC is like most of your reports, many places closing, some specific shortages, but plenty food available. Returned a too large helmet to Revzilla today via UPS - UPS store seemed normal but few people and noticeably less vehicle traffic.

    I take all the precautions before and after entering a business and prior to going into house. My XMAX and bicycle sit quiet as weather wet, cold and my half mile of gravel road is gooey. Looks like another week to ride but plenty of room to walk dog around property and work out in our "gym". People apprehensive as there is sense that we don't know where this is going or end up. I used to manage a paramedic organization and glad I'm no longer in that business. God bless all the medical and related folks as it has to be tense and hazardous. Almost everyone is affected and face their individual challenges. Be safe, this to will pass.
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  15. MiniBike

    MiniBike Still here...

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    Sorry for your loss, Bill.

    We’re well stocked, so just trying to stay out of the chaos. Last week, we were in NC stocking up my mom (she doesn’t drive anymore). The stores there were about the same as the stores here. We were lucky, on our last day there, they initiated a lockdown on the Senior Apartments she lives in. If we’d arrived later, we wouldn’t have been able to see her until who knows?

    I wish they hadn’t closed Hanna Park though. With this weather, the beach beckons. :jkam
    Fingers crossed that they don’t cancel Riding Into History next month.
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  16. Pathfinders

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    Still going into work every day. My interaction with others at work has always been limited. I work with robotics, instrumentation and CNC machines in a very small maintenance group so unless I want other people around I don't see them. I am the only person in the shop on 2nd shift.

    Just read that they cancelled the 2020 Isle of Man TT. This is getting serious.
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  17. Trucker jay

    Trucker jay Been here awhile

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    I drive a flatbed hauling sheetrock/lumber I can see being shut down and only food medical supplies rolling. Stay home pull the engine out of miata and get the old truck cleaned up to sell. Told mom I would see her in a month or so (lives 5 minutes away) just don't want to take the chance of passing it to her. Getting groceries Saturday normal food stuff if they had it but was thinking I needed to get a lot of potatoes pinto beans eggs corn meal and flour
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  18. bensgone

    bensgone Been here awhile

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    20 hours of driving per shift × 70 drivers to keep groceries in our stores. Crazy! Building a battle scooter to relax. Therapy.
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  19. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    Lab technician at a school a "bunsen burner monitor". Still open here in the UK, but many are closing, doubt we will make next weekend.
    I keep my distance avoid getting too close, and wash my hands every chance i get. going in the car to work now "use bikes Normally" 30 miles each way . I live remote so we could self isolate. Part of me wants to stay away from all this, but part of me wants to catch it now be in a better chance of receiving medical care if i need it. Where as avoiding it now in a week or two it will be busy in the hospitals and no help available perhaps.
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  20. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Thank you. Please keep up the good work.
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