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    You need to stay home now so we can all go to Aruba later. You need to stay home now so you don't unintentionally infect others because you could have Covid-19 and not have any symptoms. You need to stay home now to protect those who can't as well as yourself. Yes, there are parts of the country that appear to be reaching the plateau but it's too soon to get overly confident and start opening things up again. The next few weeks are the most critical. It looks like we might be starting to tame the beast, but the beast is still everywhere. It's just having more trouble getting to us because of the stay-at-home orders and social distancing.

    No one likes it; everyone is getting bored; everyone is getting anxious; everyone wants to get back to work; everyone wants to get back to "normal", whatever that is going to be. But you know what I want more than anything else? To live through it. And I want all of my friends and family, and all of you, your friends and family, to live through it and for all of us to be around when we get to the other side of this thing so we can start writing trip reports again. And protesting in a crowd without gloves and masks doesn't help. It's stupid and selfish and disrespectful to those who are trying to protect us and save our lives. So if being bored, not getting to hang out with my friends in person, not being able to go see my family, not seeing my co-workers every day because they have to work from home so my boss and I can be in the office and keep the business going, not being able to travel, is the price I have to pay for a few more weeks so I can do all those things hopefully by summer, I'm okay with that. Because I want to be okay when this is over.


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    great posting!
    thank you.
    very well said.
    Quote Originally Posted by LisaGrn View Post
    You need to stay home now so we can all go to Aruba later. You need to stay home now so you don't unintentionally infect others because you could have Covid-19 and not have any symptoms. You need to stay home now to protect those who can't as well as yourself. Yes, there are parts of the country that appear to be reaching the plateau but it's too soon to get overly confident and start opening things up again. The next few weeks are the most critical. It looks like we might be starting to tame the beast, but the beast is still everywhere. It's just having more trouble getting to us because of the stay-at-home orders and social distancing.

    No one likes it; everyone is getting bored; everyone is getting anxious; everyone wants to get back to work; everyone wants to get back to "normal", whatever that is going to be. But you know what I want more than anything else? To live through it. And I want all of my friends and family, and all of you, your friends and family, to live through it and for all of us to be around when we get to the other side of this thing so we can start writing trip reports again. And protesting in a crowd without gloves and masks doesn't help. It's stupid and selfish and disrespectful to those who are trying to protect us and save our lives. So if being bored, not getting to hang out with my friends in person, not being able to go see my family, not seeing my co-workers every day because they have to work from home so my boss and I can be in the office and keep the business going, not being able to travel, is the price I have to pay for a few more weeks so I can do all those things hopefully by summer, I'm okay with that. Because I want to be okay when this is over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaGrn View Post
    You need to stay home now so we can all go to Aruba later. You need to stay home now so you don't unintentionally infect others because you could have Covid-19 and not have any symptoms. You need to stay home now to protect those who can't as well as yourself. Yes, there are parts of the country that appear to be reaching the plateau but it's too soon to get overly confident and start opening things up again. The next few weeks are the most critical. It looks like we might be starting to tame the beast, but the beast is still everywhere. It's just having more trouble getting to us because of the stay-at-home orders and social distancing.

    No one likes it; everyone is getting bored; everyone is getting anxious; everyone wants to get back to work; everyone wants to get back to "normal", whatever that is going to be. But you know what I want more than anything else? To live through it. And I want all of my friends and family, and all of you, your friends and family, to live through it and for all of us to be around when we get to the other side of this thing so we can start writing trip reports again. And protesting in a crowd without gloves and masks doesn't help. It's stupid and selfish and disrespectful to those who are trying to protect us and save our lives. So if being bored, not getting to hang out with my friends in person, not being able to go see my family, not seeing my co-workers every day because they have to work from home so my boss and I can be in the office and keep the business going, not being able to travel, is the price I have to pay for a few more weeks so I can do all those things hopefully by summer, I'm okay with that. Because I want to be okay when this is over.
    Very well said. Sadly, there are too many Coidiots out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    great posting!
    thank you.
    very well said.

    Andrea, Lisa, Robin and everyone else,

    All of you have said it so very well. And no, none of your concerns could be considered rants. They are the opinions of people doing their best during very difficult times. Nobody likes this but we, that is the whole world, have to use care, compassion and common sense.

    This virus has no loyalty to any country, race, gender, political party or anything else. It doesn't care if you work hard or you've never worked a day in your life. In my judgement, it follows the path left open to it. Those who protest or just ignore physical distancing are making that path wider and more welcoming.


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    One thing about all that is going on is that for the most part people are doing their part, going the extra mile and are supporting each other. Those on the front lines are not walking away. They put themselves at risk. A local boy had a drive by drop off for pasta and sauce in place of birthday gifts. People are making masks and donating them or charging a small fee for them. Restaurants are donating food to those on the front lines and others are helping restaurants out by buying and donating meals to those on the frontlines. People who can are making donations to food banks, or pantries. People are shopping for their elderly parents or neighbors. Personally, I wish I could do more, but with a hubby compromised, I have to put him first. Here is a link to a story that aired last night. Yes, these people probably make a ton of money, but they also did not leave their job for a month. https://6abc.com/business/delco-work...-gear/6115590/

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    I'm with you, Robin. I wish there was more I could do for those on the front lines like your son.
    I have a dear friend (almost 90!) in one of the local nursing homes. No cases there yet but I worry so much about her and the others. I talk to her on the phone at the end of each week and tell her everything I've been doing, which ain't much but she gets a kick out of it and gives her something to look forward to. Before this crisis, I used to go visit her fairly regularly because her daughter and son don't live nearby (but they come as often as they are able) and would take big batches of cookies for her to share with the other residents and staff. I called the home a couple of weeks ago to see if I could drop off goodies for everyone, but they said not yet because of possible contamination from the box, etc. I was momentarily offended but quickly slapped myself out of that dumb thinking. I get it. So far they are doing well through all of this and it's mainly because they really locked down the place early. As soon as I get the "all clear", those folks are going to get all kinds of treats from me! LOL!


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    Today it became official that school is out till September! We will continue our fake online learning till the school year is out. Less than 50 percent of my students did their assignment this week....what will it be next week?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    Today it became official that school is out till September! We will continue our fake online learning till the school year is out. Less than 50 percent of my students did their assignment this week....what will it be next week?
    That's crazy Jay. My wife has all ELL students and lots of those kids have some big issues at home. She's got a couple with no internet access! That puts online learning down the tubes.
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    We have a high ELL population in the town I teach in also...these are crazy times and some families just can't make it work and I understand that and feel awful for them.
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    That's crazy Jay. My wife has all ELL students and lots of those kids have some big issues at home. She's got a couple with no internet access! That puts online learning down the tubes.

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    Is ELL the new term for SPED?
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