Checking In - Hi! How Is Everyone?

Last Update: March 22, 2020

Hi Everyone...

Just popping through here, it has been some time, so wanted to check in to see how things are going for everyone. Nothing special to say, no words of wisdom or tips for this or that today. Rather, just a quick "hi" to all...

In these days when so much is being turned on its head, it is important to not let the "social distancing" turn into social isolation completely. The many ways we have to communicate (to include the community blog site we have here) means that although physically we may be separated, we still can be together.

That is what I am doing right now - just saying hello. Here we are hunkering down in Dubai, as is the case in many parts of the world, taking stock of what the changes mean, and somehow the small group that is immediately around me is pulling together, as I would expect.

This is a diverse group, from the Philippines, Ukraine, Germany, Scotland, and the USA. There is also a second circle of friends from England, Australia, Russia, Italy, and other countries. All of us share a wanderlust spirit...We are all in this together, too...

Our ages also differ greatly, from as young as 26 (with young children) to as old as 63 (I am the old guy by the way)...But as we pull together to support one another, the age differences, the countries of origin, the backgrounds of each of us are not reasons to shy away, rather offer rich grounds for growth and support, even in social distancing times...

I hope that no matter what situation each of you here is in, that you can make the best of it. Try to get along with one another as much as possible. If you do have people that are poisonous, perhaps delete them from your life for a bit (hopefully you are not in a position where you are social distancing with them!)...

By the way...

Taetske inspired me to say hello with her post on rain and her lovely life in Spain (do check it out, it is like a breath of fresh air), and perhaps we can all do the same. There are lots of things to be thankful for, and we can appreciate the many small things...Plus, we can share these moments here, just like we used to do when writing letters and cards - remember that???

I am thankful there is still beer available, for instance. It is nice to sit in the back area with a cold beer, as the sun sets, and hear the birds and enjoy the plants, flowers, and yes, the pool (only looking at it for the moment, still a bit cool for this old man)...

So, please do be thankful for the little things...It makes everything so much better (along with helping others as possible, which I am also doing in many small ways - costs little but raises everyone's mood a bit - a good thing)...

Cheers from rainy (at last and only for a couple of days!) Dubai! Stay safe and eat your oatmeal! Mom knew her stuff, and that is what she would say!

How is everyone else coping? Drop a note below and say hi, and let us know...It would be great to hear from you!

Dave : )

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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Dave,

From the rainy south of Spain, we say hello to you. The air is clean and Michael finds relief from his alergia.
As only one person is allowed per car he will be doing the shopping tour on Wednesday. I will continue the big cleaning spree, for sure never a dull moment.
Semana Santa has been canceled the same as El Rocio. I have been there, it was quite an adventure.
https://tammytourguide.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/el-rocio-spains-strangest-town-andalucias-wild-west/ere once
Tourism is very important for Spain so this situation is an extreme blow to the economy. https://www.thelocal.es/20190705/spain-set-to-break-tourism-record-this-summer-again
Our President is going to use 20% of the GDP to alleviate things. This seems to be our worst week and hopefully, the curve is going down after that.
Stay safe and healthy.

Greetings from the south of Spain,

Taetske
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DaveSw Premium
Hey There, Taetske...

It sounds like things will get better soon there, I most certainly hope so. You and Michael stay as safe as possible, I think that the one person shopping rule makes sense...

People's nerves are getting a bit frayed here on this platform as well, it seems...I have spoken with Canada, the USA, Germany, and soon will be calling Australia to talk to family and friends...

I have this service called Crazy Call (and it costs crazy money) that allows free calling within the USA and Canada (believe it or not it saves money)...

Hunkering down, making stuff happen as possible, and looking for this to last 12 weeks. I think that is what it will take to flatten the curve enough to open things up again and let the second wave and etc. happen...

I do have some logistic problems I am dealing with as well, working through these tonight. My days and nights are all messed up with the time differences I am dealing with...

Staying off Facebook has actually been a blessing, less negativity to deal with, and fewer people that seem to have lost their senses, hehe...

Take Care!

Dave : )
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NicholaJames Premium
Hi Dave,

I am doing okay all things considered. I am in the USA. I have been home for over a week now. I work at a school for children with special needs and our school is closed so we are doing online teaching. We have no idea how long this will last.

Everyone is ordered to stay at home. Only people who have to be out for work or if you need to get food and other supplies. We are in one of the worst storms of our lives, but we have to have faith and know that we will get through this storm.

Thanks for your concern about our well being! Wishing you the very best. Be safe!

Kind regards,
Nichola
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DaveSw Premium
Hello there, Nichola!

Thanks for popping through and letting us know how things are going for you. Online teaching is happening in a lot of places now, and it does require some adjustments both for teachers and for the students.

I am close friends with some school faculty and they are getting trained on how to put lessons together, etc. and online teaching will begin shortly here as well.

Funny thing is, I am now teaching online as well, and have leveraged this into a learning opportunity for myself. I had not been actively teaching for 25 years, so jumped on learning how (I started before all this came up)...

You are right that this is a storm that will require a lot of our reserves of nerves and patience. There will be a lot of lessons we can glean on a personal level from it too I think...

Stay safe there, this is the time when we can all give just a little bit more and make things just a little bit better for someone else. If we all do that (and leave some dang toilet paper for others!) it will be easier to get through this!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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NicholaJames Premium
Hi Dave,

You are welcome. Indeed we all have to adjust to one thing or another. I hope that after this social distancing that this crisis will bring us closer to each other in the end. It's great that you got a jump start on your online learning. Our school is using zoom to do the online teaching. It's very interesting and most of the kids are doing well with the change.

Indeed there is a shortage of the basic necessities because the selfish ones are now hoarders and the unfortunates are left wanting. As you have mentioned, I hope that we all get the personal lessons from this crisis and in the end we become better humans. Be careful and stay safe!

Wishing you the very best!

Kind regards,
Nichola
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks so much, Nichola...Hang in there, this too will pass. I do watch the numbers pretty closely, and it looks like things are ramping up over there...

Just do the best you can, and I am thinking of everyone that is going through so much at the moment and praying for them all. It does bring to mind just how blessed we have been...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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NicholaJames Premium
You are welcome. Thank you for everything! Will do!
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gnoose Premium
Dave,
Thanks for checking in. It certainly is nice to be able to share life with our friends here in WA. No armed security paroling the streets, but still get a questioning look at the store. Seniors time is early morning before normal operating hours. I may be a senior, but I'm not dotard, not yet.

Stay safe
Greg
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Greg...

I agree with you that checking in to see how friends are doing is a good thing. We are from all over the globe, and each is going through our own version of this.

Similar yet different. The common thread I hear is the uncertainty and stress that most are experiencing. It can be helpful to touch one another even if via a few words or a call/video call...

That special time for seniors for shopping is such a great idea. I predict they will add that in many areas as just keeping a distance helps, and it makes sense for the more vulnerable too (like us!)...

You take care too and hang in there. One thing about being older is that we are more likely to have been in stressful situations more often than some of the younger ones, so we can handle this better and serve as a leader to those people...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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gnoose Premium
2 of my kids live in another state. We Skype each other frequently, sometimes many times through the day. My grandkids are always asking questions about the state of affairs, and are starting to come to grips with the social life they have grown up with transforming into something new.

Not only family, but friends of mine who I've met in various places in my country, but other countries as well. It's so good to be able to be in touch so easily, and in these days, so safely.

Better times Dave
Greg
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DaveSw Premium
Yes indeed, Greg...I just sent a video greetings to my youngest grandchild, he is 5, and spoke to his mother (my daughter)...It was kinda cool, actually...

So far today, through the magic of the internet (and for paying for a US-based phone number) I have spoken with family or friends in a number of countries...

You betcha, better times are coming. This is just a temporary thing...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Dmorrow Premium
Thanks for the refreshing post Dave. I have been somewhat isolated for a while now but I had a few close friends who came to visit etc. Now, with the restrictions we’re under everyone has been asked to self isolate so my friends aren’t able to visit!
I’m in South Carolina and people have gone nuts here, hoarding toilet paper and wipes after they cleared the shelves in the stores and acting like they think it’s the apocalypse! It’s really nice to hear from people who use good sense. None of my friends are doing that but so many people here are. My friends still call or text to see if I need anything when they go to the store and just to check on us. It’s nice to hear about communities and other groups where people are also kind and caring.

Blessings,

Debby
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Debby...

It sounds like you are experiencing what many are across the globe. Most certainly it is a different experience and surreal somehow...

At least you were able to have some kind of connection with your friends, that is a bit of normalcy if not the exact kind of contact that you or they would prefer.

With the further restrictions that have been put in place, it will be harder to maintain that contact for sure. Maybe they could all get together using Facetime, Skype, or similar?

I could see even having a coffee klatch or tea time with all on a group chat - that might help the isolation go a bit better. Here it is the same, slowly they are closing down everything.

The tendency everywhere to take all the toilet paper and hand sanitizer on the shelves is a weird thing. Not sure what people are thinking. I would go for the meat myself hehe!

One of the few Government functions during this crisis as I see it will be to keep the supply chains running so people have food and supplies so it should not be a problem.

There are a lot of wonderful, loving people out there who have not had to go through something like this. I am hoping it brings out the best in them all.

Do take care of yourself and check in once in a while, and if there is anything any of us here can do, let us know. Even if it is lending an open mic or a screen share conversation once in a while, I am sure someone is there!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Dmorrow Premium
Lol, they’ve cleared the produce, meats, and many other aisles in all the stores. It just started with the toilet paper. Stores are now taking actions though and, hopefully, things are going to get better. I am not in need. My husband hunts and fishes and e have plenty to make bread and stuff. He’s getting ready to plant the garden and we will have veggies to share so we’re doing great. I just hate to see people go without because others acted like pigs.
Y’all keep going as long as it’s allowed and support one another. I’m sure you’ll find ways to stay in touch even if things change

Blessings,

Debby
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LindaF Premium
My thoughts to Dave we are blessed here in so many ways. We have friends all across the globe not just in our own back yard the internet has united a lot of people here at WA and we are blessed to be able to feel the friendship and know for a surety what is happening right now isn't just a scare factor as I have heard other say. But all said and done we will learn a lot from this the world is getting small and small every day. Stay Safe Dave from BC Canada
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, there, Linda!

Yes, one thing about this community here is that they are truly a global bunch. BC must be getting Spring-like I would imagine? I love that time of year, it is rebirth right in front of our eyes!

I spent a lot of time in Ontario (we have family there and a cabin), Canada and it is such a beautiful place. The government seems to be doing a pretty good job so far with this virus and I hope that continues...

I appreciate you stopping by and I will do my best to stay safe and keep this tiny island of friends immediately around me as safe as possible! At least until they tell me not to, hehe (I am trying not to be a pest)!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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LindaF Premium
yes, spring is here and everything will be in blossom very soon. Borders is only how makes them as far as I am concerned there are no borders or walls.But many mountans to clime
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DaveSw Premium
Absolutely! Take care! : )
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