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    Now the beer distributors are going nuts! Possibility of closing after today. Like sheep, I got my 2 cases this morning. Think I will get toasted and watch the sky fall. I swear it`s a inner ploy to make people instant hoarders. And the stores rich. $$ After it`s over, the question will be asked "Why did I buy all the stuff?`
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Clean View Post
    Am I seeing that voting was cancelled/delayed for your state?
    Yeah, once again our Governor did the Right-but-Hard Thing, he cancelled the election at the last minute.

    Strange times we are living in.
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    That is one of my questions during this unprecedented pandemic event: What are you doing now?
    Accumulatorette and I have it easy- retired, always stocked with staple goods, no pressing need to go/do. She did go to her Neuromuscular Therapy, but that`s one guy, who`s not showing any signs of infection.

    I feel bad for my pals at the local Denny`s; most of those people are living hand-to-mouth and being off is gonna hit them HARD

    Ditto my BFF`s daughter, who`s been doing the "homeless gig-economy" thing in CA and wouldn`t go home to Mom when she had the chance. Asthma, other issues...she`s taking the Young & Immortal thing a bit far IMO, but she`s (presumably) a grownup.

    Heh heh, yeah... this reminds me of the Ancient Chinese Curse: "May you live in interesting times."

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    Re: Dealing with the Corona Epidemic

    Just a quick heads up from Autopia Headquarters. Everyone here is doing fine and staying busy. The plan as of now is to continue normal business operations with the exception of closing our front lobby/pick up area. Please understand that this precaution is necessary to limit contact during this time. Instead of using the pickup option, we request our local customers to call to place orders - we`ll get them shipped out same day if possible and delivery should be next day. Hang in there everyone and I`ll update further if the plans here change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PA DETAILER View Post
    Now the beer distributors are going nuts! Possibility of closing after today. Like sheep, I got my 2 cases this morning. Think I will get toasted and watch the sky fall. I swear it`s a inner ploy to make people instant hoarders. And the stores rich. $$ After it`s over, the question will be asked "Why did I buy all the stuff?`
    Yup, I was among the "sheep" who has hoarded/stocked up on "necessities" for normal every-day living. BUT, like many of you, you still cannot get or find those items dealing with this pandemic, like face masks or hand sanitizer or sanitizing wet-wipes. Paper products like toilet paper and toweling are ALMOST non-existent, which is really ironic because Green Bay Wisconsin is the toilet paper producing capital of the world. I worked at a paper converting machine manufacturer in the engineering department, so I know what is involved in the production of both of these items, as well as wet-wipes. The "problem" is that you just cannot "step up" production on existing machines as they usually run at just under max capacity. What is needed is having more machines AND more material to convert and that just is not happening to meet current demand. The other problem is logistics of shipping and delivery. There are only so many docks at paper plants and there are so many trucks available to get that product out. Also given that paper making plants and converting machine lines still require human workers to produce these paper products AND as this pandemic spreads (or "washes through" the American people, as President Trump described it) there may be limited humans to product and deliver these products, only compounding the shortage.
    Is it any reason WHY the American consumer has panicked and bought what they could, with the mentality it MIGHT not be available later when I need it. Paper products, however, is a "minor" inconvenience compared to not being able to get food to eat. Seeing empty shelves of canned goods or frozen veggies or empty meat cases is mind-numbing and, quite frankly, a scary reality that most Americans have never experienced, save those of you who live in hurricane-prone areas and see it this stocking-up-buying hysteria before such a weather disaster event is predicted to hit in such an area.
    What REALLY is scary is that the sales of guns and ammunition is in much the same panic-buying as daily personal-care items and food. These are not 2nd-Amendment proponents or gun enthusiasts; these are common, ordinary American citizens arming themselves out of concern and fear of what tomorrow may (or may not ) bring. Am I concerned? Hey, the police and the National Guard cannot be everywhere at all times.. you figure it out!
    Crisis and disasters bring out the best in the American spirit and society in general where we come together and help our neighbors. But we have also seen what happened in New Orleans in early September 2005 after Hurricane Katrina when mob mentality and individual personal survival leads to absolute chaos and a breakdown in "social civility" when the government agencies cannot (or will not) meet the societal needs of those going through such a disaster. Let us hope and pray history does not repeat itself. Like what has been said, Americans and the society as we know it are in uncharted territory.
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    Re: Dealing with the Corona Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by PA DETAILER View Post
    Now the beer distributors are going nuts! Possibility of closing after today. Like sheep, I got my 2 cases this morning. Think I will get toasted and watch the sky fall. I swear it`s a inner ploy to make people instant hoarders. And the stores rich. $$ After it`s over, the question will be asked "Why did I buy all the stuff?`
    I`ve seen these morons with baskets full of beer and wine. I couldn`t imagine facing a situation like this drunk. Buying alcohol is the last thing I`m thinking about

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    In the meantime I`m crushing it until the country shuts down or I succumb to Chinese Flu

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    Here`s a informative article that I`ve been emailing folk

    https://foreverozone.com/coronavirus...ck-treatments/

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    My work just shut down for a minimum of 2 weeks, but with 2 weeks sick pay for everyone that`s not essential.... My crew was deemed essential, so no vacation.
    Well it pays the bills, that`s one less worry.


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    I voted yesterday...the place was empty.

    With all the bars and restaurants closed here, there was no St. Patty`s day celebration.

    I stayed home and had an "Irish seven-course meal"!

    A Potato and a six-pack of beer!

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    Re: Dealing with the Corona Epidemic

    It`s not the virus that kills (for the most part), it`s the stupid. You may never get the virus, you WILL encounter some form of stupid. Stay calm, stay safe and don`t go out unless you have too.

    Side note - I have been actively trying to buy quality products for years (Flex, Rupes, Scangrip, Kwazar, etc for years.) From this point on I WILL NOT BUY A PRODUCT from CHINA (I don`t care if it costs 3-5x more) unless there is no alternative. China is now almost on 10th outbreak in the past 100 years. I`m done with funding cheap suppliers that put good products out of business, simply due to cost. I understand that there are plenty of components inside may us made products but at this point, I will do everything in my ability to find any product that isn`t made in China. This really is the straw that broke the camels back for me, in past I always tried to buy quality products but would settle here and there, no more. This whole situation is caused by this downward race to the bottom, it`s time we REALLY start to value products we buy both in the immediate and the long term.
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    At $21.99 it will remain a secret to me.
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    Re: Dealing with the Corona Epidemic

    While I`ve transitioned from, uhm...accumulating...stuff to "store it at the store by not buying it until you need it", this is a good example of why it pays to stock up on essentials when they`re on-sale, and staying far enough ahead of the curve that being sequestered for a while isn`t a problem.

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    I`m not looking for sympathy, but my wife and I both work as managers in grocery stores. The last week has been complete hell. Everyone inside the supply chain is doing everything possible to try to keep up and just help the general public. People look at empty shelves and just blame the store. When demand quadruple overnight, the system isn`t built to handle it. Stores and warehouses only can hold so much. Product is delivered by trucks, which the only are so many of, which are driven by people limited by federal law. Products can also only be produced at a certain rate. Personally I run a Dairy dept. My company had completely exhausted two of my major suppliers in milk and eggs. Do you think you can tell a chicken to start laying eggs three times faster?
    Thankfully we work for a company that understands we have kids at home, and school is closed. We`ve both been working irregular hours to keep both home and work intact. It`s been a scramble for us to find child care, while still working as much a possible to keep the public feed. I`m sure that my story can be repeated in every supermarket in the US right now. Everyone who works in food retail and retail support is doing their best to keep everyone feed and safe. We understand that people need certain items, and are prioritizing those items. Limits are in place so we as an industry can try to help as many people as possible.
    I appreciate everyone whose been patient to us. Thanks for listening to my little rant. I`m sure my story isn`t the worst out there. Think about the family that owns a small restaurant that just got blocked from in store sales by the government. Or the people who can`t work due to restrictions.
    Sometimes someone`s inconvenience is someone else`s real problem.
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    Stay safe everyone. Follow the guidelines the government has issued. Check on your family and neighbors by phone. We`ll beat this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonnie View Post
    Is it me, or does there seem to be less "chatter" on this forum and interest in detailing in this forum.
    Given the fact that some Autopians may be working from home and that requires more time or are now full-time parenting 24/7 with the school-aged children home or just trying to procure (AKA, buy) living necessities that are in short or non-existent supply (like toilet paper or anti-bacterial soap or wet-wipes or some foods), it may be that the time-restraints are not conducive to participating in this forum OR they are just too busy on "other" social media platforms.

    Given that there are more restraints on public gatherings and the cancelling of almost all sporting, musical, and theatrical events, it would seem that we should have a little more time for "other" things.
    That is one of my questions during this unprecedented pandemic event: What are you doing now?
    Myself, I am in TOTAL mourning for basketball`s March Madness, especially at the High School level. These young people will never get this time back in their life nor will High School Sport Associations allow more eligibility. No "15 minutes of fame"; no "off-the-bench hero"; no "last-second game-winning shot"; no "small-town Cinderella-team story or championship" that these young people would have remembered for the rest of their lives.

    I certainly do not enjoy watching the news nor following the economic news that has all but ruined my now poorly planned retirement account, at least according to my instincts and hindsight, even under the watchful eyes and advice of a long-time trusted financial planner. It is not their fault and we have ALL been blind-sided economically and socially by this event.
    It`s been an interesting time. I`ve been on the quiet side lately as I haven`t been able to pursue any personal detailing between winter (non-heated garage) and using what free time I have for home/family life. Being such a hobbyist at this, I don`t feel I can preach much if I`m not practicing myself.

    Then Corona/Covid 19 comes in. I work at an independent auto repair shop. We`ve been feeling some hurt from an industry wide slow period (confirmed by our contacts at other shops/dealerships), and now everyone is hunkering down and sitting on their wallets (understandably!). This last week has been a big question mark as to what the future is here. Ultimately it`s been decided we`re laying off the other 2 techs for now, closing for a week, then reconvening to see how we proceed. Right now I`m anticipating a 35% pay cut, which I`m still trying to wrap my head around.


    Quote Originally Posted by Britsdaddy View Post
    I`m not looking for sympathy, but my wife and I both work as managers in grocery stores. The last week has been complete hell. Everyone inside the supply chain is doing everything possible to try to keep up and just help the general public. People look at empty shelves and just blame the store. When demand quadruple overnight, the system isn`t built to handle it. Stores and warehouses only can hold so much. Product is delivered by trucks, which the only are so many of, which are driven by people limited by federal law. Products can also only be produced at a certain rate. Personally I run a Dairy dept. My company had completely exhausted two of my major suppliers in milk and eggs. Do you think you can tell a chicken to start laying eggs three times faster?
    Thankfully we work for a company that understands we have kids at home, and school is closed. We`ve both been working irregular hours to keep both home and work intact. It`s been a scramble for us to find child care, while still working as much a possible to keep the public feed. I`m sure that my story can be repeated in every supermarket in the US right now. Everyone who works in food retail and retail support is doing their best to keep everyone feed and safe. We understand that people need certain items, and are prioritizing those items. Limits are in place so we as an industry can try to help as many people as possible.
    I appreciate everyone whose been patient to us. Thanks for listening to my little rant. I`m sure my story isn`t the worst out there. Think about the family that owns a small restaurant that just got blocked from in store sales by the government. Or the people who can`t work due to restrictions.
    Sometimes someone`s inconvenience is someone else`s real problem.
    Britsdaddy - Thanks for sharing your side of this. I know it`s hard when all you hear is the ridicule for "why don`t you have this?!), but please know how much it means to people when you do have the things people need. When I went grocery shopping on Sunday (kind of a last pass fresh produce stock up; we do mainly fresh cooking) I was fully prepared for barren shelves and trying to come up with 2nd/3rd game plans.

    I will confess I had a very emotional response when I walked in the doors and was greeted with full bins of produce - they had seen it coming and had bulked up what they could (I managed to keep it together, but it was a strangely powerful sight). At that moment, while the future is still unknown, there was a sense of relief that if people calm down we can hopefully get through this.

    I`ve got a 5 year old daughter. When starting a family, you think through things like "What will it be like when she figures out boys?" or "Geez, I hope she likes me at least most of the time...". At no point did I ever think through the prospect of trying to figure out life through a global pandemic.

    Last night putting her to bed, she mentioned she`d like to go to the zoo sometime. I said we`ll have to see. "Or maybe the aquarium. Not the one we went to for family birthday, the other one we`ve been to with the tubes you walk through." (Referring to the aquarium at the Mall of America, which the whole mall is currently closed). It`s hard trying to explain to a 5 year old that the mall is closed for now because of the sickness that`s going around while making it sound relatively normal so she doesn`t panic. "Do you think InnerActive (indoor play place we just had her birthday party at) is closed too?"

    Yep kiddo, I think that`s closed too.

    Sorry, just kinda brain dumping. It`s a crazy time right now.
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