What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

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What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

Post by JohnBG » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:59 pm

I work remote, have for 7 years so that's not new. But curious what folks are doing to pass the time in isolations, beside Soviet Steeds, Smirnoff, and Netflix.

My son and I finished painting the exterior of the house about 2 weeks ago so I'm almost caught up on "honey doos"

I took up axe throwing as a hobby and built my own target range in the backyard.
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Re: What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

Post by Speedbump » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:36 pm

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Re: What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

Post by Lofty » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:58 pm

I've been running little errands here and there. The N99 mask is put on as I walk toward the entrance of the store in question.

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Re: What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

Post by chaos2 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:04 pm

Not too much different than normal times, but lots fewer cars to deal with.
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Re: What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

Post by a1930ford » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:10 pm

I learned that I am ambidextrous and no longer need to rely only on one hand.
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Re: What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

Post by a1930ford » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:26 pm

I enjoy reading the crap that our city leaders post to amaze myself daily at how badly they handle a lot of this virus stuff. This newspaper posting was on the local tv channel as well. The police chief here somehow thought these two arrests for a violation of the shelter-in-place directives was a good PR move to show that the local cops were taking this seriously and will be out strong in enforcement. It was a horrible PR move and actually made his police force look outright silly, instead. So far, these two have been the only reported SIP tickets they have written. You judge for yourself though.

You can't really make this stuff up. This is a really pretty bad PR example for the police to trot out during this crisis as the "first two arrests made against violators of this shelter-in-place ordinance. I feel for the police in having to do this sort of stuff and deal with it on a daily basis, but it comes across as basically making the police look a bit silly for what these idiots were both cited for. Our local police seem to be on the spot in catching those who violate the shelter-in-place orders about town. The news actually printed these first arrests as if it were something to be overly concerned about and the cops had done their due diligence in enforcing the law to the letter.. Do you think these two individuals would actually follow any rules or are even going to pay any fine they were given for their normal, everyday behavior as a crazy person?

"WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Two shelter-in-place citations were issued in Wichita Falls over the weekend. The first citation was issued 9:13 a.m. Sunday at the Stripes on Holliday. Police responded about an individual that has previously been barred. When police arrived they found a woman who was making threats against the store staff. She then left the property but was found sitting across the street.
The second situation was issued Sunday at 10:55 a.m. Officers were called to 902 Broad, the previous location of Pump Jack Diner, to investigate a woman who was naked, in only a blanket, and defecating on the property. The officers found the woman on the property and issued her a citation for violating the shelter-in-place ordinance."

Can you just imagine who many tickets they would be writing in Austin, Houston, LA, NYC, Seattle and Frisco? Crazy people are not going to suddenly obey any rules and regulations of society. They are nuts and it is laughable that the cops charged them with the shelter-in-place citation instead of taking them to a nut house where they both belong and locking them up. :-)

Texas tall tale about social isolation with animals:

I took my dog out to be my comfort pet today as I shopped for groceries, but I made him stay in the car so he could "socially-isolate" from everyone. When I came back he had pooped up on the dash. Nothing I could do about it as the cops do not write tickets anymore when people do that at the front doors of shops and businesses these days, and it is a learned behavior from them, I suspect. :-) ..................................................I am only joking about the dog incident, guys.

Well, reading the silliness above is a good entertainment when isolating in place. I also learned how to play Ace Deuce with cards, which I had never done before. It can be a solitaire game or played with a partner. I have not played backgammon in years and I am trying to remember the rules for it. I am about as bad as the Police Chief in Young Frankenstein when it comes to playing darts, so that is out for me. I am presently working on a couple of bicycles with two-stroke engines for them. I have one with a friction-drive and a four-stroke engine, but I prefer the little bumble bee whine of the two-stroke ones best. None are fully complete, as one needs some new shifters and they are presently on order. I took apart each motor to check that the piston was inserted correctly. If you have ever done any work on these, then you know what I mean, as the Chinese are often simply not good at putting the parts in correctly. So far, so good though and I hope to get them up and running before long. Unfortunately, with this shelter-in-place order, going to get anything mechanical and not considered as essential is not going to be as easy as it was when life was more normal. I use YouTube a lot to watch videos on these bikes or other interesting stuff. With my Roku unit, I can put the video onto my large screen tv and enjoy. I picked up a Kendle for reading, but I am not all that tech-oriented and Best Buy is only dealing with curb service right now. I have no clue as to how to make the Samsung notebook work as it should, so it sits in it's case at present. :-(
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Re: What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

Post by cheeseheadmike » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:03 pm

Besides dealing with the ineptitude of my employers Customer Service department, by phone, on a daily basis, I am bouncing between my new house and my old place. We are working on getting the old place ready to list; sure picked a lousy time to do that. Real glad that we own it free and clear.
As far as being cooped up for the last month under what I have been calling house arrest, I am telling my boss and coworkers that this is just practice for my upcoming retirement.
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Re: What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

Post by El queso » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:31 pm

I'm fortunate to have a job and employer that allows me to work from home. Aside from that I've been kitting out my new KTM 790R, prepping the old KTM 990 for sale and getting the dirt bike prepped for the post isolation riding frenzy. And picking weed in the garden...
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Post by Snakeoil » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:38 pm

Replaced the crosshairs in a vintage Lyman Jr. Target Spot rifle scope for a shooting buddy. He had it wrapped in an old rag when he gave it to me. So yesterday I decided to make a wood custom fit case for it.

Finish sanding tomorrow and the a couple coats of poly. I have no hinges nor latches on hand and not interested in going to the hdwr store to gey any right now. Maybe I will make them from scratch. That should fill a little more time.
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Post by Bilgekeeldave » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:49 pm

I retired from steam boat engineering not long ago and my wife is a math professor for a local college, she has been teaching online for a few years, so nothing has changed for us. Our home is in an isolated community about a twenty minute drive to the store. We generally shop once a week, it's not hard to stretch that to two weeks or more. We have been getting the yard in shape. I discovered a giant mouse nest in the trunk of the Dnepr. The mice shredded an old bedspread, it filled the whole trunk and it plugged up the shop vac a few times before I got it all out.

We want to get the vegetable garden in, but that my not happen this year.
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Post by rougaroo » Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:16 pm

Like many of us perhaps, I have for years had things to do around the house that always stayed at the bottom of the list because of almost anything else I could find to do. That's why they stayed down there forever. Now, unfortunately, there isn't any reason not to do them.

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Re: What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

Post by Desantnik-VDV » Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:35 pm

JohnBG wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:59 pm
I work remote, have for 7 years so that's not new. But curious what folks are doing to pass the time in isolations, beside Soviet Steeds, Smirnoff, and Netflix.

My son and I finished painting the exterior of the house about 2 weeks ago so I'm almost caught up on "honey doos"

I took up axe throwing as a hobby and built my own target range in the backyard.
John, try throwing your Russian spade. Spade is that short shovel found on 2wd sidecar.
I don't want to encourage everyone taking their shovel and trying it. It may bounce back and hurt you or cause some other injuries.

Here is a guy explaining in English:


Here is a better video, not that boring:


I use to throw that in the army. Also AK74 bayonet: https://www.cncwarrior.com/AK74-Brown-B ... /24550.htm

If I had an old solid wood door in my back yard or some fresh lumber like you I would be doing that.
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Re: What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

Post by tgtrotter » Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:53 pm

:) I wanna throw an axe too:) jelly

I could say watching more Porn :puter: but the 55 sites I got now.....jk lol.

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Oh yeah. Going to the Lake every day with the dogs.

The way I see it. Everyone's shop and home should be spotless by the time This passes. Not mine. I'll do what I can and be happy.
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Post by Wildhorse Cafe » Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:31 pm

I split my time up helping with spring cleaning to keep the wife happy. Riding and accessorizing the Urals. Bicycle riding watching the news and fetch with the dogs.
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Re: What's everyone doing to pass the time in isolation?

Post by windmill » Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:14 am

My wife is a in home health care provider, and I'm a city P&D driver. Other than no traffic, its pretty much life as usual for us.

Its odd going through ones normal daily routine in an environment where everything else is completely different. Such is the life of those who are expendable......oh, I mean......essential.
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