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#573499 - 04/18/20 05:06 PM How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic?  
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We are hanging it there. The Bryant boat we purchased last summer went to the shop over the winter for overdue maintenance. The boat has less then 75 hours on it, and it ran great into the fall, however the only maintenance that had been done were oil changes and such. The professionals are going over it with a fine tooth comb so that when things get back together. Rhena's sister does canvas work and is reworking the canvas for the Mach 1. The plans are to have the boats ready for good times on the water with our 10 grandchildren when things return to normal.The Mach 1 went through the shop last summer after we hit a log and dumped the gear love in the lake. I thought I had killed the outdrive. When the technition got the boat in and did an inspection, it turned out that the damage consisted of a hose being ripped in two. I underwent surgery to fix my rotator cuff that I tore when I fell off of our camper at the lake landing on my shoulder in August. I returned to work March 17, just in time for this pandemic. I am a nurse at the tribal hospital owned by the Cherokee Indians. Lucky for me they did a survey to identify employees who are at high risk for complications or death if we happen to catch COVID-19. At 64, as a cancer survivor with heart failure, high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes I won the contest. Being really fat doesn't work in my favor also. So they have me in charge of maintaining contact with the families of patients who are hospitalized. It's an important job since the hospital is on lockdown. I am not supposed to enter the rooms where infected patients are, so it requires good comunication between thier assigned nurses and I. We are doing that electronically. Like everyone else we are concerned about the world economy, and how long the US can sit idling and still recover. At least we both still have jobs, however with the Tribe's casinos shut down there is a limit to everything. We have lost two family members to the pandemic. Both were up in age and in poor health. We certainly would have preferred that their lives ended from natural causes instead of a pandemic. We hope that everyone is hanging in there also!


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#573500 - 04/19/20 09:36 AM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Glad to hear you are still working. We are holed up at home and rarely go out, except for groceries. We have done the curbside pickup a few times which is nice. We have N95 masks that we wear inside the market if we go in and hand sanitizer in the car.
Our daughter and boyfriend have been here all week and they are heading back to their condo today. They live in downtown Knoxville and kept themselves in their place for 3 weeks before coming out here. They work remotely and have been for sometime.
We were able to get COVID-19 test kits and the results were negative. Our county has 1 active case and no deaths.
A few times last week when the weather hit the 70°'s we took the boat out to cruise the lake.
I am very thankful we live in a place where we can walk the dogs, take the boat out and be away from everyone. A whole lot of folks are without a job, very little money and have deaths in the family and unable to be with them when they pass. Count my blessings every day.


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#573503 - 04/19/20 12:07 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Charles - Sorry to hear that you have lost two family members. Please accept my condolences.

We are sheltering in place at our lake home in WI. Luckily we are both able to work from home and have secure jobs (I work in Health Care IT, so my workload is actually picking up as we are working on COVID related projects). So far, we are healthy, as are all of our friends and family. One upside is that I finally have time to work on all of the projects that I have been wanting to do.

#573504 - 04/19/20 12:26 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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There are definitely some tough times & sorry for to hear of your losses Charles & anyone else who is in the same position.

All things consider we have been very lucky with both of us still employed & healthy.


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#573505 - 04/19/20 12:59 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Charles, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of two family members. Up in age or not it's a loss that weighs heavily on you.

We're also hunkered down at home. My big daily outing is to walk the dog down at the river. I keep him leashed for about a hundred yards as we walk down to the river, then I let him go and just walk along with him as he ducks in and out of large brush piles, sniffing and barking at whatever monsters lurk in those piles.

I have made a few trips to Lowe's to pick up sprinkler parts but always wear my mask and use the hand sanitizer we keep in the truck. When we go grocery shopping Tina always does the shopping while Sailor and I wait in the truck. We also make trips to see Tina's mom. She's 104 and lives in an extended care facility. They don't allow any visitors in the building so we stand outside her window and try to communicate by yelling back and forth. We can't hear what she's saying so she has taken to writing notes. We're going to take note pads with us so we can answer her back.

We're both still healthy except for me being an old fart, diabetic and undergoing chemo treatments and have a good support system around us so we feel very blessed.

Take care all of you. Be safe.


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#573510 - 04/20/20 10:22 AM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Sorry for your loss Charles. It's tough.

My wife is a nurse and does discharge planning. She has been working through this and effectively avoiding entering rooms at the hospital most of the time. She did have to get tested due to illness which led to quarantine for her and for us until the results came back. That was fun.

We are holed up at home like most. I do the shopping which is now every 10 days when I run out of fresh fruits and veggies. Freezers are full of meat from fall hunting so no issues there. When I do go, I wear a mask. Both of our boys have asthma tendencies with their lungs so bringing it home has potential consequences.

I'm not traveling for work right now which is good as the kids are out of school. That means I am their home school teacher while doing my day job and working on the place. It's a challenging balance, but it is what it is. The alternative is them being in childcare which increases exposure risk.

A positive thing is that I am slowly checking stuff off around the property. It has led to some expenditures on things for the place, but my goal is to knock this stuff out. Right now, our travel ban is through the end of May so that gives me a time frame to get some stuff done.


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#573513 - 04/20/20 08:41 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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We have been self-quarantining since this all began. Mostly because of our age--way above 60.

My time last week was consumed trying to find one laptop computer I purchased from Best Buy. Details are too long to go into here, but I can easily say that Best Buy has been messing up really bad. Actually, since the first computer never arrived--actually was never got transferred to the carrier. Best buy ordered a second computer and it was supposed to arrive today, but, like the first one, the carrier had received the shipment data and a label was created--never the package. Between Best Buy customer service, OnTrac, and Best Buy's warehouse, the computer never got shipped. And, this is about 11 hours of waiting on hold and talking to people who should be able to take the issue and resolve it.

Today, the wait time for a call back was 1 hr 46 minutes. I am Currently on hold once again. This time, the customer service rep has recommended to cancel the order on the second computer and order another, but have it shipped to a Best Buy store who should be able to be more helpful if that becomes necessary. I have even recommended that they check other warehouses for a visual check of their inventory. Then order it. Waiting for results to find out if a third computer can be sent overnight? Overnight only if to my home. Soonest delivery to store is Friday.

Now into this over another hour. Waiting for supervisor . 3 hours later. Finally got someone to tell me that the box was "shipped". But, that means only that a label has been printed. So, if the warehouse has actually handed the box to OnTrac, I may finally get the computer tomorrow.

My wife says that I have been very courteous throughout. That's good to hear, but I am running out of it. Things are sure mixed up with this COVIC-19.


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#573514 - 04/20/20 09:58 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Customer service today can be painful. Would think they would try harder as the stores are shut down.


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#573515 - 04/21/20 12:26 AM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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I've had similar "luck" with Best Buy when taking computers in to them for repair. There is a computer repair outfit here in town. I'm friends with the owners but am reluctant to take laptops in to them for repair. I recently took my laptop into this shop after I got an error message saying my battery was getting low on power and should be replaced. This on a HP laptop that was just over a year old. Well guess what--they wanted $70+ for the battery plus almost $200 in labor costs to do the replacement. So, let's see how that penciled out. Nearly $300 (with tax probably over $300).

When I told them I could buy a brand new HP laptop at Costco for not much more than that they reminded me that I'd still have to pay to have files transferred over to the new machine.

So, being the resident BABC Cheapskate, I chose door #3. I'm still using my year old laptop. I'm not sure what happened but I never did get the battery error message again. So I made lemonade out of lemons. Happy as a pig deep in shi!

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#573516 - 04/21/20 09:56 AM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Haven't been impressed with HP laptops, but I'm really ignorant about computers, so what do I know. We might be in the market for a laptop so your feedback would be nice.
With our partial down time (admiral and I are both getting less hours but still gainfully employed in high exposure jobs) the kids have actually hardwire networked the house, and I now have rooms that I could put another computer into and keep the admiral off mine. Included her she-cave sewing room. I put one down there, I'll never see her. Is that a bad thing?

I've been in negotiation for a few years with a neighbor who is a landscaper, and this pull back in business has finally lit a fire under his butt to get started on redoing our yard. I currently have no grass, most of the trees and bushes are gone from the yard, and the rest of the curbing and sidewalks should come out today. Doing my part to keep money flowing through the economy.


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#573517 - 04/21/20 11:31 AM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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My wife & daughter have HP laptops & they have been pretty good. Wifes is 2 years old & daughter is going on 1 year. I have a 2 year old Acer. Me personally i prefer the Acers. This is my second one. In between my Acer's I bought a Dell & have not good luck at all & it lasted about 18 months before total failure.

GFC you could buy a replacement battery online & replace it yourself pretty simply.

Moving documents is pretty easy as well these days. We have a external hard drive we use to back up things & it makes simple task of these projects.


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#573518 - 04/21/20 11:45 AM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Wife, daughter and I have each purchased a Microsoft Surface at different times. We are all very impressed with zero problems. I would definitely buy another if needed.


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#573519 - 04/21/20 12:23 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted by captkevin
GFC you could buy a replacement battery online & replace it yourself pretty simply.

Moving documents is pretty easy as well these days. We have a external hard drive we use to back up things & it makes simple task of these projects.


Kevin, this HP is different from any I've had before, and I've used HP for about 20 years and had good luck with them. In most of them the battery is visible on the back of the computer and easy to just pop out. This one is internal and requires some disassembly to get to it. That's why the computer repair shop said they needed to charge a 1 hour minimum charge for the labor....at $200/hour.

No thanks. I guess they're not aware I'm the resident BABC Cheapakate.

I do have an external hard drive and I've moved my files from one laptop to the next but it's a bit more difficult to move program files.


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#573520 - 04/21/20 12:47 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: MarkHB]  
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Originally Posted by MarkHB
Wife, daughter and I have each purchased a Microsoft Surface at different times. We are all very impressed with zero problems. I would definitely buy another if needed.

Must be a different Surface than we used on the airplane. I think the company was penny wise and pound foolish by buying the cheapest ones that Microsoft built. I think all of them that we got were warranty returns.
I did like the User interface better than the iPad we've since switched to, but what a nightmare with battery life and making sure it actually charged when you plugged it in. I'm sure the newer generations Surfaces are light years away from what we referred to as "The Wonderslab"



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#573521 - 04/21/20 02:49 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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I do IT support for a local doctors office as a favor to a friend. One of the doctors had a problem with her laptop at the beginning of this "adventure" and asked for advice on how to replace it. With all the people beginning to work at home and needing to upgrade their computers, I was worried that she would have problems getting one, so told her to head over to Costco with her PPE on and just buy the one she liked the best. We were setting it up in an hour, so she was quite happy about it.

My wife had a Surface for work and it was a real dog, constantly having problems and very slow and with a short battery life. When my older daughter wanted to move off her Mac and get a Windows machine, we debated over the options. Our choice was an i5 based Surface that has been great for the two years she has owned it. The i7 version was a bit faster at the expense of battery life, which led us to pick the i5 version. My wife and I are going to need a new laptop in the near future and I would consider a Surface, though I suspect we will take GFC's lead and buy something a bit less expensive.


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#573522 - 04/21/20 08:59 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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just after midnight this morning, I gave the computer one more ting to do. That was to check the tracking. Found that OnTrac had received the box and it should be delivered late today.

The laptop we are replacing is an HP. It has a touch screen that we thought would be good. But, the cursor seems to like hiding in something like a partial bubble(s) to the right-hand side of the screen. Very intermittent. Could work fine for an hour or so or as little ast immediately at power on. I would suggest that unless it is really important, do not purchase a laptop with a touch screen.
Sometimes, we could pull the cursor out, sometimes, not. I had a professional IT guy update all the OS and drivers to see if we could determine if it is software or hardware. After over 3 hours, same symptom. We decided the trouble was resident somewhere between the touch pad and the touch screen. He was surprised that it was not possible to disable the touch pad and touch screen.

By the way, while I was writing this, a computer was delivered to our door.


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#573525 - 04/22/20 10:27 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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Jack, glad the computer has arrived!

We have not had the same experience with touchscreen laptops, mostly from Dell. They seem to work well.

I actually don't use a laptop because I have an Android tablet with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. It does enough of what a laptop does that I have not felt the need to get a laptop for the limited traveling I do. The main reason I got it was that I use it for the primary navigation computer for our boat, with the dedicated chart plotter as a radar and instrument display and backup navigation device.
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#573526 - 04/22/20 11:35 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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The only HP's of any kind I've had 'any' luck with are a couple of old '98 era Pavillion's. I have a 2005-ish HP laptop with Vista- when it was 3 months old it was taking 22 minutes to boot up. I swear. In fact, me pissing and moaning about the POS is probably archived here on ABC. The main problem was HP bloatware. I finally offloaded all important data to a backup drive and did a full restore. Then I went thru the programs and registry and deleted anything and everything that spelled out "HP" or "hewlett packard". Was a totally different computer, but Vista was problematic just like WinME was. When Win8 came out the wife got me an HP desktop. Was completely useless to me. I couldn't connect not one of my machines to it, and MS added F--- Y-- ware to it to make it impossible to force Win7 on it without a whole new motherboard. Why bother? 3 years ago(?) when TurboTax forced us to use a Win7 or 8 computer, I at least had a use for it. Before I got TT fully installed the hard drive blew its brains out. That computer is now part of my dead computer pile. And about a year ago one of my customers, to help pay off her bill, gave me her HP laptop, which she just had restored and upgraded to win10. It's very pretty. For 2 minutes I had high hopes... but they were soon dashed to bits. I have NEVER in my LIFE used such a slow-[censored] computer. My old Apple IIe would at least draw a circle in 12 seconds. This thing, it's literally a 4 to 8 second wait from every button-click to something happening. My old E-machine hyperthreaded single-core Intel running XP32 will blow its doors off. And I HATE laptops anyway, how does anyone use them? The keyboards suck, and I can't type without turning off the mouse pad, which doesn't work- I have to connect a separate mouse & keyboard just to use the things, and their screens hide half my on-screen info, so I have to make everything smaller, then I can read anything, so I hook up a separate monitor...

Sorry for the rant-- everything I do around here requires computers... OLD computers-- to work, either because of old software, hardware, or both.... I have 18 machines now, only 5 of them have a USB port! And one of those won't work with a 64bit computer... Seen a computer lately with a printer cable port? or a serial port? Nope, it's USB or Ethernet (laugh) or do without. I'm forced to keep old computers going, and with win7 just killed off, it just got harder. So I have a special hate-hate relationship with Microsoft and computers in general. And whoever thinks computers should drive cars for us, but that's another story...

Whew! Ya'll might think being cooped up has me on edge, but we've been cooped up for going on 5 years; the last 3 I've been working 17 hours a day trying to keep ahead of the work. This 'lockdown' is about as much a nuisance to us as putting the toilet seat down ALWAYS instead of MOST of the time... wink

Biz is still great, but we HAVE lost a lot of the 'background noise' work that I've been trying to figure out how to eliminate anyway. If I'd known it was easy as unleashing a killer virus on the world.. whistle

I'm looking forward to a LITTLE free time to get the dam SkipperLiner finished up. Still have to discuss with the harbor owner and now State officials to see if they'll let me put our own dock in. If that's a no, then I have to see if Provo boat harbor will let us rent an end cap... and if THAT don't work... idn

But we're not sick!!! grin

#573527 - 04/23/20 10:13 AM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: Frantically Relaxing]  
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Originally Posted by Frantically Relaxing
But we're not sick!!! grin


See, Fr, there is a silver lining in all of this. You and i and many others on BABC are in an endangered species by virtue of our age. My immune system is T.U due to diabetes and this chemo I'm getting so I have to be extremely careful.

We all should count our blessings every morning when we wake up and easily inhale that first deep breath. Be safe all.


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#573533 - 04/23/20 03:56 PM Re: How's Everyone Weathering the Pandemic? [Re: CharlesS]  
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