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flak monkey

posted on 28/4/20 at 12:18 PM Reply With Quote
What are you looking forward to most?

Lock down.... for some it's almost life as normal, for others it's a living nightmare. I genuinely hope it's not too bad for you.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, looking at some other countries around the world where things are slowly starting to return to normal. My educated guess is we will be on lock down of sorts for another month or so before things start returning to normal very slowly with some impacts carrying on through summer. I expect people will be wary of travelling, especially flying, for some time

For us, it's not too bad. Our circle of friends is tiny, we live in the middle of nowhere, don't have kids and have a reasonable amount of land. We moved back in November last year so have plenty to do on the house.

My partner was furloughed for 4 weeks, but I am still working - I have worked from home for almost 3 years now anyway, so very little changes. The industry I am in has been hard hit but will pick up again, albeit likely one of the last. Many projects (even those driven by regulatory updates) have been pushed out by 12 months.

It will be interesting to see what the lasting soci-economic impacts are and whether companies and employees change their way of working in the future.

The things I miss most are going for a quick drive or ride and getting out to do some PSG or clays. But in the scheme of things, we have it easy.

As a little online community I hope we can support each other to a certain extent.

So, what are you looking forward to most once this madness passes?







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SJ

posted on 28/4/20 at 12:40 PM Reply With Quote
For me it's getting the kids sorted out - my two eldest should have been starting GCSEs and A Levels next month. As it is they will get assessed grades which is far from ideal.

For me there is little impact as I work mostly from home if I'm not travelling so life has actually been easier for me, plus the Covid has driven huge demand resulting in best Q1 ever. Might not last though.

Personally I miss the international travel and events, so that's what I'll most look forward to when life returns to normal

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jps

posted on 28/4/20 at 01:12 PM Reply With Quote
As a parent of young children (3 and 6), I don't have much of a social life, so in a lot of ways the 'getting out and about' impact is fairly low. The big impact for me is both my wife and I trying to WAH, whilst keeping the kids entertained/trying to 'school' to some extent.

I live in a small village and pretty much back onto woods/heathland/etc - so have mainly done my time looking after the kids by getting them out enjoying nature on their daily walk (usually a couple of hours). Getting them out of the house is the only way to keep them from disrupting the wife whilst she is working.

Luckily my employer is good about me doing the best I can to cover my work, whilst accepting i'm not getting the hours in I would be normally. But it's not a situation I like. So (sadly!) I think the thing I am looking forward to most - is getting the kids back to school/nursery, so I can do the best I can at work!

I will look foward to going out with the wife for a meal at some point, or even just to get a takeaway. But we're both well aware that the COVID risk doesn't look like it will be gone until vaccination is really rolled out, and that's going to be 12+ months off I would expect, if it even proves possible. So I think we'll voluntarily limit a lot of our activity until then, even if the 'official' limitations are lifted.

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JC

posted on 28/4/20 at 01:25 PM Reply With Quote
I'm a Pilot. I don't anticipate ever returning to the old normal as there will be many fewer airlines in business by the time meaningful international travel resumes
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David Jenkins

posted on 28/4/20 at 02:47 PM Reply With Quote
Before all this started my wife and I used to have regular (at least once a week) days out across Suffolk, Essex or Norfolk - just drive somewhere nice, walk around as much as possible, then find somewhere to eat and then return home. Maybe go to some special place, or tour around an antique shop, or other stuff like that.

ATM I'm getting cabin fever and really missing all that - a once-a-week trip to the supermarket is no substitute...





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nick205

posted on 28/4/20 at 02:55 PM Reply With Quote
As a parent with three kids (one of14 and twins of 12) SWMBO and I are looking forward to them getting back to school and socialising (in person) with their relatives and firends.

SWMBO works in food retail so is still going out to work full-time.

Me working at home - I'm very much looking forward to being back at work, seeing different people each day and being called upon for less decorating!

I genuinely wonder/worry what shape the economy (not just the UKs) will be in after this. I'm sure there'll be dramatic and fairly long lasting changes.

I hope the working from home period will encourage more employers to make use of video conferencing technology to reduce travel time, cost and environmental impact. It strikes me that the technology is there, but not used as much as it could/should be.

To LCB members I hope you, your relatives and friends all stay safe and well.

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jps

posted on 28/4/20 at 03:21 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by David Jenkins
Before all this started my wife and I used to have regular (at least once a week) days out across Suffolk, Essex or Norfolk - just drive somewhere nice, walk around as much as possible, then find somewhere to eat and then return home. Maybe go to some special place, or tour around an antique shop, or other stuff like that.

ATM I'm getting cabin fever and really missing all that - a once-a-week trip to the supermarket is no substitute...


David, you're still free to go for a drive to somewhere to take a walk, although I appreciate the advice for the over 70s (no offence meant - I have no idea how old you are!!!) is to stay at home. I am getting more inclined to hop in the car to go elsewhere for a walk with the kids, and I know that there are plenty of places in Essex/Suffolk where I can do so and also make sure i'm nowhere near other people...


Nick - it's been a bit of a face/plam moment for me, getting in touch with one of my mates who lives a few hours away and going "while all this is going on, let's have a 'virtual trip to the pub', aka having a chat on Facetime whilst having a beer". And then realising I could have basically been doing that with him for the last 10 years!

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SJ

posted on 28/4/20 at 03:45 PM Reply With Quote
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I hope the working from home period will encourage more employers to make use of video conferencing technology to reduce travel time, cost and environmental impact. It strikes me that the technology is there, but not used as much as it could/should be.



I really doubt it.

Companies might try at first but as soon as someone hears the competition have flown out to meet the customer and you are trying to do it over Skype all bets will be off.

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ReMan

posted on 28/4/20 at 03:51 PM Reply With Quote
My cars, Bikes, Pubs, and the family/grandchildren
Not necesarilliy in that order!
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nick205

posted on 28/4/20 at 03:57 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by SJ
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I hope the working from home period will encourage more employers to make use of video conferencing technology to reduce travel time, cost and environmental impact. It strikes me that the technology is there, but not used as much as it could/should be.



I really doubt it.

Companies might try at first but as soon as someone hears the competition have flown out to meet the customer and you are trying to do it over Skype all bets will be off.



I know you're right, I suppose it's hopeful thinking on my part. I've worked in sales for over 15 years now and the competitive force will certainly move people to secure business.

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theconrodkid

posted on 28/4/20 at 05:59 PM Reply With Quote
sad to say, the only things i am missing is cuddles from my dog walking friend and......a haircut





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David Jenkins

posted on 28/4/20 at 06:03 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by jps


David, you're still free to go for a drive to somewhere to take a walk, although I appreciate the advice for the over 70s (no offence meant - I have no idea how old you are!!!) is to stay at home. I am getting more inclined to hop in the car to go elsewhere for a walk with the kids, and I know that there are plenty of places in Essex/Suffolk where I can do so and also make sure i'm nowhere near other people...



We have done that, a bit... trouble is, you can drive for miles with no idea how busy it will be at the destination. We went to Landguard Point near Felixstowe Port the other day, and I think the nearest person to us was the captain of the tug that was passing by us in the middle of the harbour channel! Afterwards I think we met about 4 couples on the very long and wide wide beach, so we were able to stay far apart (it's a bit too remote and rugged for most casual walkers).

Fortunately the police haven't been too assertive around our neck of the woods regarding isolation, but I'm not sure I want to take the risk too often.

And I have a couple of years before I reach 70!





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big_wasa

posted on 28/4/20 at 06:22 PM Reply With Quote
Iíve only been off a week and loved it.

Iíve made a new exhaust and completely rewired the kit and topped up my vitamin D levels

Iíve now been told I could be off a few weeks but if the weather stays like today itís going to be hell. And I would sooner be at work .

If itís nice again the Indy will hit the road this year if I can get it motd.

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steve m

posted on 28/4/20 at 06:42 PM Reply With Quote
Shall we come back to you Big was in 6 weeks time and ask how you are ?????

We have been self shielding for 6 weeks due both of us having underlieing health issues, and I am going f*c*iNg MAD

I actually drove to tescos today to do click and collect, (very very safe) and that's the first time my car has started in two weeks

Im sorry to say, but if this going to continue till sept oct etc, I don't think I will bother waiting to see the outcome





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daviep

posted on 28/4/20 at 10:55 PM Reply With Quote
Being able to return home from work to see the wife and kids. I am in Norway for work but due to the travel restrictions if I leave Norway I will be laid off as I will be unable to return to work when required.

Been here 8 weeks already, wife is doing a brilliant job at home with the kids (5 & 7).

No end in sight at the moment.





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Slimy38

posted on 28/4/20 at 11:23 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by SJ
For me it's getting the kids sorted out - my two eldest should have been starting GCSEs and A Levels next month. As it is they will get assessed grades which is far from ideal.

For me there is little impact as I work mostly from home if I'm not travelling so life has actually been easier for me, plus the Covid has driven huge demand resulting in best Q1 ever. Might not last though.

Personally I miss the international travel and events, so that's what I'll most look forward to when life returns to normal


My daughter was also revving up for her GCSE's, on target for decent grades so she can get into college in September. Hopefully the school will do the assessment ok, but we're expecting her to miss a lot of the prep work she would have got for college. Open days, inductions, that sort of thing.

My son is midway through primary school so not so much of an impact there. My wife doesn't work, and I've been able to work from home so all that is fairly similar to normal.

I've never been a hugely sociable person, but I do miss just being able to go to the local shop or go visit friends and family. Which is odd, because I reckon I saw most family members maybe half a dozen times over the past year!! I guess you don't miss it until it's gone.

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Mr Whippy

posted on 29/4/20 at 06:56 AM Reply With Quote
1. Flying my RC planes, particularly bad due to the fantastic weather.

2. Going camping with the kids

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Mr Whippy

posted on 29/4/20 at 06:57 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by daviep
Being able to return home from work to see the wife and kids. I am in Norway for work but due to the travel restrictions if I leave Norway I will be laid off as I will be unable to return to work when required.

Been here 8 weeks already, wife is doing a brilliant job at home with the kids (5 & 7).

No end in sight at the moment.



That's a very tough time for sure

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big_wasa

posted on 29/4/20 at 07:05 AM Reply With Quote
Yep compared with some of you guys I have been very lucky indeed so far.

This is the longest period ive ever had away from work and my tiny mind can't comprehended being six weeks in already.

I miss not being able to just go and get consumables like welding gas.

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David Jenkins

posted on 29/4/20 at 07:24 AM Reply With Quote
Getting hold of materials for various projects is getting to be a PITA - I can mostly find what I want from ebay, but at the moment the delivery services are struggling and it can take 3 times longer to get what you want. Many other places are so overwhelmed that they've stopped taking on-line orders - or they're short of staff and can't do it.





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02GF74

posted on 29/4/20 at 09:37 AM Reply With Quote
I'm at that age and point in life where IDGAF about work/career etc and am contemplating retirement. Changed jobs at start of 2018 and it pays well, not too taxing on the brain and not that much to do. I don't like WFH as I like to keep work/non-work very separate but I miss the daily cycle commute by bike and although in the office we are quiet, I still prefer that to being alone.

Once this is over, and it is difficult to see when or how as the virus won't have gone away until there is a vaccine, I look forward most to driving somewhere to go out on the mountain bike, with the occasional stay at hotel over weekend and seeing friends.






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Deckman001

posted on 29/4/20 at 09:49 AM Reply With Quote
I'm looking forward to getting my kit back in the garage, Considering i sold it over ten years ago and slowly forgot about it, having seen it and bought it back this year in a sorry state, i now can't wait to see it again once the garage has set it up having sorted the Dif issue found on it's maiden drive to the garage

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nick205

posted on 29/4/20 at 10:17 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mr Whippy
quote:
Originally posted by daviep
Being able to return home from work to see the wife and kids. I am in Norway for work but due to the travel restrictions if I leave Norway I will be laid off as I will be unable to return to work when required.

Been here 8 weeks already, wife is doing a brilliant job at home with the kids (5 & 7).

No end in sight at the moment.



That's a very tough time for sure



Agreed, that does seem a rather tough time compared to a lot of folk!

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SJ

posted on 29/4/20 at 10:44 AM Reply With Quote
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quote:
Originally posted by Mr Whippy
quote:
Originally posted by daviep
Being able to return home from work to see the wife and kids. I am in Norway for work but due to the travel restrictions if I leave Norway I will be laid off as I will be unable to return to work when required.

Been here 8 weeks already, wife is doing a brilliant job at home with the kids (5 & 7).

No end in sight at the moment.



That's a very tough time for sure



Agreed, that does seem a rather tough time compared to a lot of folk!



Absolutely! makes my life look easy.

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daviep

posted on 29/4/20 at 01:22 PM Reply With Quote
To be honest my wife is definitely having a harder time than me, but as long as her and the kids are healthy and happy then I will be OK.

There are so many people who I am sure are having a harder time than myself and my family, I think frequently of the thousands and thousands of families who have suffered bereavement or are confined in an unhappy home. I am very grateful for what I have.


Take care and look after each other.


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