How Are You Doing?

We’re all riding out one of the most difficult periods of our lives together. And we wish our readers well.

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  1. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Thanks for asking, Alva. The same to you .

    I am one of the most fortunate persons I know. Having recently retired, I have a stable income, a great home, and a loving partner. I am not troubled by isolation, except for not visiting my son and granddaughter in Grand Junction.

    From my perch, here at the edge of the world, I am as safe as I can be. We visit the local market once a week, during senior hour, then the PO…then home. All my shows since the beginning of March have been cancelled….so, I am little affected.

    Both my Cat and I are compromised and in a high risk category, so we are particularly keen on staying home.

    I hurt for all the folks who are really feeling the wrath of  Mother Nature now. Perhaps, we need to take this time to rethink the way we have been doing things.


  2. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Likewise, I am financially comfortable with my social security and Denver Post pension unaffected by the slump.  Even my 401 k is in good shape, its long obama boom buttressing it to withstand the Trump Slump.

    so far Instacart and King soopers deliveries are keeping me going.  I've lost 40 pounds since January but that is by design.

    My son-in-law is a police officer and somewhat at risk.  But so far, so good.  My 19 year old granddaughter lost her waitress job and is living with us.  So my family is together and life is good.

    I am, however, ultra weary of Trumpstink.  I hope I live long enough to see fascism dethroned in this country and maybe a life filled with social change crowned by a woman president in 2024.

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      Good for you, V.  This 'pause' let me really focus on my health and dealing with my Lyme's now that I'm not living in an airplane. I've lost 20 pounds in the last 8 weeks and feel great.  We've been forced to use technology like Zoom to get the work done and its has gone smashingly well. My two oldest grandkids (Elizabeth schools) have adjusted well to home-schooling; they were both inducted into their Junior Honor League chapter and we got to watch that via YouTube with their sponsor conducting the ceremony live from the stage at EMS and the inductees on Zoom from home reciting their pledges.  What a world they're experiencing.  It's still a mystery when DC will open up but working with the agencies remotely has gone pretty well.  We have another grandbaby on the way so everyone is hoping to keep mama in good health and that we aren't in the middle of a second wave when this one arrives (September).  My dad opines this has been a great exercise to get him ready for the rest home – and my mother has grown tired of cooking every day! (she just finished up her chemo for breast cancer so she's taking this very seriously).  Our local Catholic parish streams Mass live so our church community has found a way to stay intact – literally *no one* that I know holds Ben Kucks opinion that we all need to rush back to the four walls of the church. I could probably use some cooking tips from skinny but I've muddled through and have been surprised just what I can whip up.  Thank you Adam Smith for InstaKart and Amazon (never thought I'd say that). 

  3. 2Jung2Die2Jung2Die says:

    I'm OK, thanks for asking, but worried about a relative who got it while working (being intentionally non-specific about place and profession here). A number of fellow workers and clients at this workplace also have been sickened, though I don't know of any deaths yet. My relative has not been hospitalized, but is generally miserable with a number of the familiar symptoms. I've always taken this very seriously since I learned a bit, but it's more real for me now, and hopefully I will not need to consult Jungian theory on how to treat my own anxiety.

  4. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Just fine.

    1. Income is stable. SS pension UI retirement funds.
    2. We are healthy.
    3. Our daughter (and her husband) and 1.6 grandchildren are healthy.
    4. Sprouts delivers food.
    5. We have plenty of wine.
    6. We have socially-distanced adult beverages with the neighbors.
    7. We are spending money on improving our house and nesting.

  5. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Good to see the reactions …. and Voyageur, I'm impressed by the loss of weight in this time of quarantine.  I've NOT lost 40 pounds (or even the pound a week) that was intended ….

    I'm lazy enough to avoid work and fortunate enough to be able to afford to do so. Volunteer gigs can be done in my house, on my computer, or in a highly hygienic medical facility.  My spouse got back from the second of her long-planned trips a whole week ahead of the state's lockdown, and fortunately, she continues to put up with me.  We have friends to conference with and a few we can see at appropriate physical distances.  The closest person we know with a case of COVID is a friend who had moved to Crested Butte.  As one of my introverted friends reminded me, we of the introverted disposition have been preparing for this our entire lives.

    Hope others will be able to stay well and find your own balance in this time of change.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      In discussion with my Cat, it occurred to me that what has happened to us is what happens when you can’t make a word in the game of Scrabble. You turn in all the tiles you have, lose your turn, choose new tiles, and try again to make a word.

  6. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    As my wife said, I'm so happy that now I have an excuse for not meeting people. To be a bit more serious, my wife & I are fine and so is all of my extended family. My biggest worry is my mom and she's being very careful.

    So far my company is fine. Sales are down but not by too much and existing customers are not only sticking with us, but many of them are expanding their use of us (fewer employees means automation is critical).

    My company can go pretty much forever with reduced sales and our existing customers (we have an annual renewal rate of 95%). So we'll probably make less this year, but we'll make it through – with no layoffs & 2 new hires.

    February was scary though, not only did sales stop but prospective customers looking at us stopped.

  7. dan axelrod says:

    We've discovered that we don't miss what we've done without. Inadvertently living lean and mean and loving it. Have all we need and saving a buttload of money. 

  8. The realistThe realist says:

    Doing okay here and fairly content with staying at home most of the time. We go out too often, though, for groceries etc. Grocery stores do not deliver here – and our closest food store has had an outbreak of COVID-19 among employees (so I generally drive at least 10 miles for groceries). Way too many out of state license plates already in this resort community – I dread what it will be like June, July, and August.


  9. kwtreekwtree says:

    I get to see this little face a lot, so life as a new grandma is good.  I was struggling for a while with low substitute teacher pay and high housing costs, but it’s resolved for now, with Ss, PERA, temporary unemployment payments. I don’t recommend my solution ( moving in with adult children), but I finally have an affordable apartment of my own starting next week.

     I miss live concerts, dining out at ethnic restaurants,  street protests. It feels like we should be well into the civil  unrest  phase of the current outrages, and “virtual” protest feels about as effective as the 8 pm community Howl. 

    Four members of my extended family were exposed to Covid. The one with the worst symptoms, my sister, tested negative. . My son in law, who was recently released from Jeffco jail for a DUI, has no symptoms. 
    CV19  is rampant in the jail, but nobody’s getting tested or treated. All they do is isolate inmates. But a letter writing campaign, legal motions, and phone call from my rep ( Thank you, Senator Storey) got him released. 

    My son, a mechanical engineer who programs robots to make precision parts, was exposed to CV19 at work, probably got it but recovered, wasn’t tested, is still working since his work is deemed “essential “. He quarantined, but never was tested.

    I’m actually pretty healthy, also losing weight with walking up 3 flights of stairs daily , walking the dog, and chasing a 1 year old baby. I’ve been sewing masks for family and nursing home staff. I’m trying to grow my online teaching client base.
    I have six ideas for writing projects for any one I publish. So y’all get to keep on reading, skipping, or nitpicking my stuff. 

    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      We’re okay, too. Karen’s working from home, and I’m going a little crazy with her under my feet constantly. At this rate, I’ll be doing fall, rather than spring, cleaning, but thems the breaks. I’ve got cabin-fever something awful, but what are you gonna do? In addition to her regular job, Karen’s taken on a hobby project. She bought herself a low-end, discontinued 3-D printer to see if she wanted a good one (she does). She’s been making these little gadgets used to crimp the seam binding around non-medical cloth masks. 

  10. Gilpin Guy says:

    Thanks for asking.  I have discovered that I suck at jigsaw puzzles.  I do still enjoy working through GO problems where you can go inside your thoughts for a while trying to use the rules and logic to arrive at the solution.  I’ve tried playing online games and it is a lot of fun but I get real nervous when I play.  Stay safe my literary buddies and hold good thoughts towards those who have the tough jobs in these times and I don’t mean Trump or Pence.

  11. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    Fortunate that I am in a financially secure retirement, but somewhat fatalistic in the knowledge that 50 to 60% are likely to one day be infected.  My family are safe so far, but with them in Georgia and Florida, I worry that may not always be the case.

    Much of my world has always been virtual, so it hasn't changed my routine all that much, even if I were still working.  I take the obvious precautions when I venture to the grocery store or pick up take-out.  The expressions of stress and gratitude on the faces of the employees when I pickup our meals is bittersweet.

    The impact on my wife however, the extrovert businesswoman, has been much greater than for me.  Luckily her PPP loan came through in the second tranch, thus preventing her from having to lay off anyone.  Her business took a deep breath in March, but fortunately, like David's, has continued at only a moderately reduced level.  She's realized she had a lot of non-personnel overhead that could be cut out (namely, travel).  Having returned from an extended client roadtrip in NYC in mid-March, she has swiftly adapted to Zoom meetings to assist her clients in this difficult time.

    Counting the days until November to finally spread some hope for a better future once again.

  12. Genghis says:

    All's well here. I'm working 6-7 days per week, the vast majority of that time spent right here at home. Gotta keep the Social Security flowing for all y'all retirees. 🙂 It's my wife, stepson, stepson's girlfriend and three dogs. We're all corona-free for the time being, and my wife has taken the lead in ensuring it stays that way.

    Coming up on the twelfth anniversary of heart attack that necessitated quintuple bypass surgery and pacemaker implantation. Every day alive from that day to this has been a bonus, and I long ago got comfortable the idea that each day may well be my last. The only thing that really bothers me about contracting the bug is the possibility of infecting someone else. That would be intolerable.

    The bad news is that our dog Flossy got a cancer diagnosis last month. Generally speaking, I can't stand other human beings and have always preferred the company of dogs. Flossy, who my wife named after Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider (who passed last week), is probably the best canine friend I've ever had. The vet says she could have several good years or could be gone in a month or so. It's all about maximizing the good times, an activity with which I've gained quite a bit of experience over the past dozen years.

  13. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    @Pols: nice of you to ask. 

    Same stuff; different day. Doesn’t matter if it’s January or May. Always have to be TCB (Takin’ Care of Business), whether inside or going out. But, “Shelter-in-Place” is manna from heaven for us introverts. Always something to do around the house. Personal library has 1,100 books plus 700-800 retained journals & periodicals of all kinds. Now lots of yard work and spring cleaning. Only downside is hyper-extending my bad knee on March 25, when I was 2 miles from the house, now requiring a hinged brace for my long walks.

    “Takin’ Care of Business”  Bachman-Turner Overdrive (from Canada) 1974

  14. ParkHill says:

    SS is almost sufficient; unfortunately my business income is down which was about 25% of my income. That won't be back until a vaccine is distributed, hopefully in 9 months time.

    Elderly parents are totally isolating, even though I've been very remote.

    Several close or close-is people have had CV-19, even with a negative test result. 

    Two people I know within 1 degree of separation have died. One, a business colleague from a few years back; He's a good person, and did not deserve to die only a few years into retirement.

    It is interesting to watch the public take to wearing masks… or not. At Whole Foods, Sprouts or Trader's, it is 100% – for at least a month; At King Soopers 99% (finally); At Home Depot 80%, but this is an educated college town.  

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