What are you doing while in isolation?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Paulabass, Mar 18, 2020.

  1. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    South Bend, Indiana
    Well, I can't really call it "isolation", since I live alone, anyway. I have no kids, and I've been divorced for... gee, 22 years, now. So, for me it would be "self quarantine", and... ain't happened yet. They seem to think that banks are still essential; banks think their central vaults are essential; so, off to guard the vault I go. But, they have a surprisingly generous self quarantine policy (up to two weeks, paid, with no loss of vacation days), and it's pretty easy to take it. Especially since the governor and the CDC say that old farts like me should stay home. But, I'm obnoxiously healthy - for an old fart - so, we'll see how it goes. If I do wind up at home?
    - Lots of yard work and maintenance to do;
    - My '06 Harley Sportster need it's carburetor re-built;
    - Lots of clean up inside the house; getting pretty cluttered. Looks like a bachelor lives here... :rolleyes:
    - After that, I have an exercise machine around here somewhere I could set up, and I could definitely use the exercise;
    - I have a golf practice net that needs to be set up in the back yard; my swing sucks, so I really need to work on that;
    - Lots of bass and guitar maintenance to be done; and, of course,
    - Practice, practice, practice....:whistle:
  2. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    I'm 7 years retired, cooking low sodium food (high blood pressure with the gain of 20 lbs), cleaning out closets to make room for various gig bags and equipment sitting in my music room, trimming fret ends with a new file, doing online rehearsals with my uke group (I play bass), watching lots of TV, and much more Facetime conversations.
  3. Could be a chance to catch up on some songwriting.
  4. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    A few months ago I gave up on the idea of playing classic rock gigs (after 30 years) and decided to get into jazz/fusion. I knew that it would take probably a year of solid, daily practice just to become adequately competent enough to play shows but that's what I've been doing. Now I just have more time available, although I already typically play 10-12 hours per week. Will probably bump that up to 15.

    I work in a small factory with only 8 employees. We're still going to be open but with some major changes. In order to keep everyone physically separated we'll be operating 2 short shifts per day with 4 people working 8am - 2pm and the other 4 working 2pm - 8pm. There are 4 separate work areas in different rooms in the building so every employee will be isolated from each other. We will need to be diligent about hand washing and sanitizing surfaces like common bathrooms and doorknobs and stuff.

    No one is allowed to use the fridge or even be in the lunch room.

    At home, in addition to learning and practicing playing jazz, I'd like to tackle a couple of really heavy science textbooks that I've put off for awhile because I knew they'd be so difficult.

    The easier one is The Structure of Evolutionary Theory by Stephen J. Gould (2002). It could be described as everything we know about natural selection and the science of evolutionary theory by the turn of the millennium. I'd read (and partly skimmed) the book a few years ago but now I'd like to give it a more thorough going through.

    The much more difficult text is truly a massive tome titled The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Roger Penrose (2004). This one is, without question, largely beyond my ability to properly understand, but I should be able to grasp enough to make it worth my time.

    Regardless of what else I do during the time this pandemic plays out, I can't make a habit of watching lots of TV or videos. A little bit is fine, but It's too easy for me to fall into the trap of getting lazy and blowing off other activities that are far more worthwhile.
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  5. mike o

    mike o Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Monroe, GA
    Grrrrr. I can’t sit still. Gigs and rehearsals cancelled til further notice for two bands I’m in. Went and purchased a cement mixer. Started installing stone landscape borders in mortar. Learning/re-learning some old funk tunes. Started rewatching Breaking Bad. Season one is much better the second time! Where in pollen season in Georgia so exterior power washing and cleanup will happen soon. Beats watching the news or listening to the wife talk about covid19. I can only take so much.
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  6. My wife and I started early with the self isolation. It's just us two, plus her handicapped mom who lives about 3 miles from us.

    Definitely keeping up with chops and finding challenging stuff to play. Cool thing is that these chop upkeep periods are lengthier, more uninterrupted, than usual. Have been enjoying that aspect.

    We've started sorting through old boxes of stuff and pictures that have followed us for years/decades. We're older gits, so plenty of printed photos to sort and store properly. Don't tell her I said she's a git LOL.

    Wife has had Amazon Prime for years. About 2 weeks ago, thru my Playstation 4 (PS4), I started looking thru their TV/Movie selections. WOW! We've got plenty to watch.

    Will be ordering games for the PS4. I love to play, wife loves to watch. We enjoy only the horror games and I've seen a few in their selections. Sure miss the the Fatal Frame series and loved the early Silent Hill games.

    For future consideration...

    "Watching paint dry" is a phrase I've heard for a long time. Might have to try that, see if it'll be a thing for me.

    Have to sew up another Wonder Woman uniform for my wife. The Golden Lasso of Truth is still in good shape, so that saves me some work. Nothing like being tied up and made to tell the truth, right guys? Can I get a whut-whut!

    For outdoor activities, I think I'll piss off some ants out in the yard. Eyeball one for a bit, pick it up and put it back where it started. I'm seeing hours of potential fun here while getting a little sun, too.

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  7. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Don't create no problem, won't be no problem.
    Well them little tiny foot switches have really be an issue with bare-feet with my pedals. After all who needs shoes in social distancing? Welcome to the world of hanging in the house. Tee shirts and sweat pants

    So to get rid of the problem, been adding foot-switch caps on the pedals. Thought it was easy, but a real pain in the butt since all foot-switches are not the same. Found that out the hard way.

    But I finally got there. And can play with the pedals barefoot. All I can say is, I'm happy, and my toes are happy too.

  8. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Been connecting with friends and family via chat and phone. Had a Google meet up with my son, daughter-in-love and grandson. Re-doing a sloppy pickup replacement project, watching some movies, doing a lot of reading. Playing cards with mrs slo and she almost always beats me at casino :help:. Bought a stationary bike on Craigslist last year, really happy I have that now. Going for walks, cooking and working on two novels I am writing.
    Here is the link to one: Steve Mowles' Blog
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  9. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Yesterday during my third afternoon nap I was a bit chilly. I pulled my coat over me. I discovered I could slide my legs down the arms of the coat. With my feet sticking out the ends, I did a little pantomime with them based on the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliette.
    ....on re reading this post perhaps I'm more bored than I priorly admitted.
  10. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    I have been playing Scrabble with my housemate a few times. I usually win at Scrabble but he has this weird strategy where he either makes up words that don't exist or actually thinks they exist; I can't tell if he's pulling my leg but it makes me doubt whether I should challenge him because he is so sure of himself, and what if I'm wrong? So he's been kicking my behind in Scrabble so far.
  11. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Put together a shelving unit in the garage and doing some much needed organizing and cleaning. Friday I'm moving and I'll be able to play drums and bass again.
  12. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Moving, and social distancing sounds difficult. Be careful and be safe!
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  13. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    I put off an arthroscopic procedure on a knee last Thursday. given where I live Mayberry or Green Acres, going to visit a urban hospital... I just couldn't wrap my head around that...

    My wife and I work from home. As many of my clients are kinda on lock down, I'm busily polishing Business Intelligence workshop materials. New offerings for when this all calms down. So to an extent this is business as usual for us. No rehearsals or gigs is a drag but it will pass.

    No sound company season may be a blessing give my my left knee.

    Walking the dog - easy to stay isolated out here in Mayberry (Underwood). Riding the bike as much as possible.

    Finally getting time to spend on my Source Audio signal chain.

    Texting with peeps all over the place to stay in touch...

    actually seems kinda busy... we're now 10 days into social distancing.
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  14. Yay!
    Rusty will finally get some answers. ;)
  15. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Dude, Hooterville's just down the hill... Yel_wink.gif
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  16. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Vids, or it............. :smug:
  17. blastoff99

    blastoff99 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA, USA
    I called up the local county humane society and asked if they are trying to clear the shelter and need foster homes. Yes and yes. Tomorrow I go meet Abby, a senior English bulldog (mix, I assume) who doesn't like dogs or cats but does like scritches, walks, and belly rubs. As long as she doesn't bite me in the ankle or something, she'll be my new pal for awhile.
  18. Snowed this morning. Cleaned a closet. Snow melted afternoon. Minor yard work.
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  19. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
  20. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    It'll just be my girlfriend and I going to my parents to get things I have there.
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