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What's different for you?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by RovingMike, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Chums, I need some real examples for the day job of what has changed for real people. I know we're only just into isolation and shortages, but some have been at it longer than others.
    So think behaviour changes, consumption changes, values changes and give me as many as you like as one liners, not long descriptions.
    What are you especially looking forward to doing again when its all over?
    What have you realised is not as important to you as you thought?
    What have you tried that's new for you (products, activities, brands etc)?
    What have you discovered that surprised you?
    What will you be happy to go on doing without (seriously)?
    Will you be out of a job in forseeable future? How will that impact things?
    What might you cut down on, or cut out entirely?

    Anything you can jot down will be a great help.

    Many thanks.
  2. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Shopping for more stuff on fewer occasions.
    Not working with a volunteer group in the park.
    Not leading walks for 'Walking for health' though had already been cutting back on that.

    Looking forward to reversing the above changes

    Tried combinations of food that was available rather than what I had planned.

    Not really surprised but I expected to miss social contact more. I'm a bit of a loner but not a hermit. We'll see how that goes.

    Paid employment is not applicable. I'm retired.
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  3. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    With the caveat that Julie's illness has preoccupied my mind:

    We've become more food efficient (less waste, better portion control) and tried more variety.
    Surprisingly, the television has hardly been on despite being in full isolation.
    I haven't missed our pub suppers as much as I thought.
    I'm confident both of our jobs are secure (agriculture and food retail).
    The one thing I'm really missing is my camera-wielding nature rambles.
    The thing I'm most looking forward to is hugging my wife once her quarantine ends tomorrow.

    There'll probably be other things, but that's a start.
  4. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    Lunch and coffee out (all cafes, pubs and restaurants are closed, here).
    Nothing - I'm not a materialist.
    I've had to change to a different bread - family is shopping for us, and we get what they can get.
    I'm retired, on a pension.
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  5. Dan S

    Dan S Well-Known Member

    Getting out, I'm missing that a lot. Walks with the family, or on my own, are my fuel.

    We live fairly frugally anyway, but having to think ahead food wise has been difficult.

    I'm not sure what work will be like when it's all over. I'm a luxury for most people, so probably the last thing on their mind.

    I'm hoping that the world will see all the unnecessary things we do in it, all the things we can actually live without. But it's a big hope.
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  6. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    I’d like to think next time we have a pandemic, we’re better prepared!

    The wife is a NHS nurse, and I work for the family business which typically doesn’t involve the general public.

    I’m going into work alternating shifts, so I’m working alone. Typically I could work from home a few days, but I have service jobs to do.

    In short, our jobs haven’t really been affected, or put at risk of redundancy. If anything we could be better off because the demand for extra shifts at the hospital.

    I’m more of a city lad, but this ongoing pandemic makes me want to distance myself and live out in the sticks, so a move to more rural or maybe a quiet beach could be a reality soon.

    In short, I want to take note and learn from this pandemic. The thought of running out of toilet paper is enough to break most of us!

    I think a lot of people will have stockpiles now.

    And it ain’t over yet.....
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  7. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    We are far too selfish
    Be thankful for the enjoyment of being able to enjoy walking in fresh air
    Life can be short
    There is always someone in a worse off position
    Does it really matter

    my battery is about to die
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  8. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Primarily the loss of the freedom to move around at will without any significant worry.

    The reaffirmation of my dislike of the totally self-centred attitude of oh so many people, but then there's the kindness of others.

    In terms of what I will be pleased to be able to return to doing, the simple pleasure of a wander with a camera, even though I quite often don't actually use it.
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  9. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    Working for a large hardware chain , I'm still working , so most of my day hasn't changed .
    Keeping a good distance from people is hard work , especially the coughing and spluttering ones .
    Gotta wonder if some people are for real .

    Food shops haven't got the basics in when I'm able to get to them on the way home .
    They won't allow you in before I go to work .
    Government wants you to go to the shops just once a week .
    Untill the shelves have something on them throughout the day I'm not sure how you do that .

    I don't go to the pub too often , so that's not really missed , I'm quite happy having a few glasses of rum , whiskey or home-brewed beet in the evening at home . But we did meet up with friends quite often , where one of us would cook a meal and have drinks in the house usually stopping over the night .

    With friends helping out vunrable elderly parents as well , self isolation as best they can is really important .
    ( As in , really a matter of life and death !)
    So socialising is missed .

    Some of them are really struggling as they are all self employed and are now not earning .
    Government hasn't come up with anything for them .
    Fortunately their other halves work for firms and are being paid still .
    So half the monthly income is better than non .
    I can imagine some people are finding life exceptionally hard at the moment , with no sign of things improving .
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  10. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Reminds of the sugar shortage many years ago when that started I decided to give it up until the shortage ended,but in fact I never started using it again.
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  11. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    “What will you be happy to go on doing without (seriously)?“

  12. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    You should have numbered the list!

    1. Two things - wandering around with a camera, and shopping at my convenience and not having to worry if I have enough of everything.
    2. Cooking everything fresh every day - I am now batch cooking and freezing stuff like spag-bol, beef stew, even mashed potato (with lots of extra butter and cream).
    3. Whilst boiling the kettle for my first cuppa, I have a glass of Saudi champagne (50% apple juice, 50% soda) but as any particular fruit juice cannot be guaranteed, I now vary it.
    4. That the Cypriot population is far more disciplined in obeying government orders than many other countries, judging by foreign press reports.
    5. Long check-out queues! (Not going to happen)
    6. Semi-retired, but my remaining clients are in essential industries, can be mostly serviced from home anyway, and I need to see nobody on my biweekly visits.
    7. Nothing in particular.
  13. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Thanks all, lovely stuff. Keep it coming, it is all going on a sheet of verbatims and will be widely seen (but without names or sources).
  14. AGW

    AGW Well-Known Member

    When out walking....everyone gives everyone else a wide berth
    ...but they are strangely friendlier than before.

  15. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    That's the truth. Gabi's business has evaporated and left her paying for two consulting rooms she can't use. She will give up Harley St for sure. Lucky I keep putting off retiring.
  16. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    No hugs
    No going to the shops
    No hugs
    Weather awful, so no gardening at the moment
    No haircut - only self mutilated
    Afraid for teeth and dodgy filling
    No hugs
  17. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Big hug.
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  18. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Big appreciation, thank you!
  19. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    What are you especially looking forward to doing again when its all over?
    Getting back out on the golf course
    Going to see some live music
    Band rehearsals

    What have you realised is not as important to you as you thought?
    The weekly big shop

    What have you tried that's new for you (products, activities, brands etc)?
    Heinz beans-Didn't like em'

    What have you discovered that surprised you?

    I'm more reliant on the internet than I thought I was.

    What will you be happy to go on doing without (seriously)?

    My £60 per month Costa Coffee habit

    Will you be out of a job in forseeable future? How will that impact things?
    Not at the moment

    What might you cut down on, or cut out entirely?

    Definitely my daily Costa fix on the way to work
  20. Dan S

    Dan S Well-Known Member

    The realisation that so many managers are actually surplus to requirement. When they needed to step up and make important decisions, they just didn't have the skills. The workforce have been left to find basic business solutions because the managers are incompetent.
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