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By jimgon (Fri Jun 05, 2020 at 10:09:17 PM EST) (all tags)
Stuff inside.  

I don't have much to say.  Everyone on Mastodon and Twitter knows my schtick.  

I seem to be at something like week twelve of working from home.  I've totally lost interest in the work aspect.  Turns out that when you aren't in an office all day that's forty miles from home that you can do quick errands and dishes and laundry and have spare time later in the evening and on the weekend.  I wasn't aware this life could exist.  Factor in that 80% of my normal workday is bullshit work and being focused is very difficult.  Also factor in that the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes has been on hiatus due to the restrictions too and that means I've had a lot of free time.  

Super Mega Corporation plans to start the process of having people return to the office in July depending on how the statistics are looking.  I can return any time after the official opening.  No particular time table with the exception that telecommuting is not permanent.  

I am and have been a contrarian about the whole reopening thing.  The reopening process will not stop at this point.  The politics just aren't there anymore.  I had always figured Memorial Day was the break point and for a lot of states it has been.  Massachusetts was no exception.  ICU bed capacity is in decent shape.  Testing has increased considerably.  At this point if there's a second wave it would be manageable from a healthcare industry perspective.  From a care perspective they've progressed to understanding the disease better and have a better grasp of treatment approaches.  It's not the chaotic panic of March.  We are beyond that.  From a political point of view people are exhausted and civil disobedience would begin to spread.  Governors are under pressure to let up while they can do so in a controlled manner.  Second wave?  There won't be another round of closures.  In March Governors had the benefit of most people thinking it would just be a couple weeks and people acclimated as it became a couple weeks more every couple weeks.  Do a shutdown again now?  People will go into it knowing it's three months minimum.  They won't go easily.  And if you have Republicans pushing people to resist?  Yeah, politically it isn't happening.  The only exception here is that the healthcare system manages it and doesn't collapse. If the healthcare system collapses then all chips are in and all Hell breaks loose.  My money is that the healthcare system manages it.  

Over the last year I've been spending a lot of time exploring religion.  I rejected Christianity many years ago.  I explored many types of spirituality over the years.  This last year?  Started exploring Judaism.  Turns out I find it really interesting.  I'm not very focused on what I explore.  I'm like a kid with a new toy.  Turns out there's a lot on You Tube with rabbis explaining Judaism and giving a lot of teaching.  I'm currently reading Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg's "Surprised by God" and finding a lot of insight. The twelve week lock down period has freed up my time a lot to delve more into it.  I couldn't guess where it will go, but I do know that I'm open to wherever it does. 
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yup by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Jun 07, 2020 at 08:05:12 PM EST
Memorial Day was always going to be the lynch-pin.  July 4th is a Saturday this year so look for even more out there.

October and November will be interesting as people move back inside.  A winter lockdown may be easier to do than a summer one.


I've been missing my cube, at times by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Jun 09, 2020 at 10:18:32 AM EST
I was asked to do the work from home bit permanently, usually it's good.

But with the heat and the family being around a lot, sometimes I miss my climate controlled cube with co=workers and high powered multi-function devices. My commute was only 20 minutes each way.

Since I was considered essential, my life didn't change too much, I still get back to the corporate campus once or twice a week. It did change with the girls around more.

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