08 April 2020

Keep Calm and Zoom On

Am surprised, possibly alarmed, at how little difference the lockdown is making to my life. OK, it's stopping us from going to Tasmania, or anywhere else, but it doesn't seem to make much difference to the day-to-day.
Now that we're out of quarantine, we're going to the usual shops to buy the usual things. Today we'll go to the market and I guess that it will feel different when I realise I can't buy gozleme for lunch, or go to La Lapa for coffee. Or buy plants for the spaces in the garden that need filling after summer.
Wine and coffee have been on-line purchases for some time, so that's two essentials covered.
Music is different, restricted. I'm very sad that the Piers Lane/Goldner quartet concerts aren't going ahead.

04 April 2020

Quarantine: last days

Days 12, 13 and 14 have slipped by, mostly taken up with more preparation for launching U3A Port Phillip into the on-line Zoom world.
Annoyingly, both the Guardian and the ABC posted articles about Zoom's security, or lack thereof, with a truly annoying headline in the Guardian saying "Zoom is malware". Just because it doesn't encrypt all the traffic doesn't make it malware. It makes it a risky proposition if you're using it for Board Meetings in a multi-million dollar company, but not if you're transmitting classes to a dozen or so people, which will be of little or no interest to anyone else.
End of rant, but it's made a lot of extra work for me and my team, answering anxious emails and writing pieces called "Keep Calm and Zoom On".
When not on U3A things, we have continued to phone and email friends and rels, and receive same.
Today we decided we were close enough to the end to risk going into the guest wing next door, making all the beds and clearing out the fridge, so it is now ready for guests, if we're ever allowed to have any again.
We have had a succession of birthday gifts for Peter dropped on the doorstep today - oddly enough they all seem to contain food items and a bottle (or two). Just when we were wondering whether the stocks in the house would last until we can safely go visit our wine store. Thanks to all, very welcome.
Tomorrow is Peter's big day, and we're Zooming from 10:00 until 19:00. A marathon. Just as well it's also the end of daylight saving - we may need that extra hour of sleep.
A couple of things to share:
Donald Trump says no one could have expected this:
Yes they could: https://www.ted.com/talks/bill_gates_the_next_outbreak_we_re_not_ready?language=en
And if you don't mind a few expletives, this is very funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hks6Nq7g6P4

01 April 2020

Quarantine Day 11

Good things about being in quarantine:

  • No one cares what you look like (except possibly from the neck up if you're Zooming)
  • No one knows whether your house is clean
  • No one knows if you stay in bed all morning
  • You never have that sinking feeling that you should be somewhere but you've forgotten where
  • You can't be late
  • You probably won't get the virus (if you haven't already got it)
  • Nice neighbours shop for you
  • You're probably OK so long as you don't put the bag the food came in over your head
  • You have an excuse for writing a boring blog every day
  • Friends keep calling/emailing/texting to see how you are
Bad things:
  • Can't go for a walk
Once the exercise bike arrives, we may never leave home again.