Day 2 – and I’m already getting bored

Which is probably a good thing. Better bored than sick – Right?

London – and the UK in general – has finally started taking this thing seriously. Which is very good news. Countries like Iran – that didn’t take it seriously – are having someone die every 10 minutes – as per the latest from CNN

Everyone I know is either voluntarily self-isolating – or being mandated to do so by the government. I think this is likely a good thing, but it’s really really going to hurt small business. Actually, it may hurt any business that came into this period anything but flush with cash.

One of the CNN reports actually Refered to the Great Depression in terms of the impact this is having on the economy. But since we’re in this together, it would make sense to paddle together – so I’m thinking if you are in business – talk to your supply chain. Better to not pay them today, then for you to go bankrupt tomorrow – and so on down the line.

Canada in general, and Quebec in particularly have made downsizing the number a company must pay easier. They have removed the delay on getting Un-employment benefits – so employers can be frank with their staff. “We need to let you go – so go on Unemployment – as soon as we can, we’ll hire you back”. This works, at least in a country like Canada, in a good way. The company stands a much better chance of weathering the storm, and the employees are protected.

Think ahead. Plan for folks ordering on-line, wanting delivery to their doors with no touching, etc. I think there’s potential here for businesses to flex and change and stay in business. But being able to Flex? That’s tough.

Meanwhile – as a retired lady – stuck in the Caribbean, I’m entertaining myself by Skyping my family and friends, playing bridge on-line, and reading a book. Thank goodness the library was still open, although that might not be forever. Or even correct tomorrow!

Which would be easier if the Bridge sites weren’t finding the sheer quantity of folks trying to use them almost impossible for their servers to cope with. Which is actually kinda funny if you consider what this must mean in terms of ways to handle boredom.

Maybe my number of followers will go up?

Hope beats eternal here in St. Croix. Signing off to take a walk on the beach – and incredibly happy she’s able to do so – they are closing beaches in Pensacola… The Soup Lady

2 thoughts on “Day 2 – and I’m already getting bored

  1. Hopefully you will be able to continue your schedule re lots of outdoor activities. Always knew that l enjoyed social encounters but never thought l would find it so jarring when they were cut. Luckily Al and l are able to enjoy being confined to a restricted area and structure. Chris wrote that Taiwan has had a drastic increase (30 cases last week to 100 case as of Thurs) due to return of Taiwanese student from their studies abr. A warning to us of what can occur.These returnees contaminated family and friends in Taiwan. Restrictions have been extended and reintroduce. He is concerned about our movement about Montreal. I continued to reassure him. Are there many people hankered down around you and Victor? Sent from my iPhon

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    • People here are more work like usual except government and the stores on company street. They aren’t taking the social distance concept as much to heart as I’d like – but I’ll blog on that. It’s interesting being on an island at this time. And the news from Taiwan is frightening because the government didn’t consider the impact of returning students.

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