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JeffinNZ posted this 29 March 2020

Calling all forums users:

How are you all doing?  What is your local situation?  Need any help?  Whatcha upta?

Here in New Zealand we are on  nationwide lockdown for the next 4 weeks.  I am working from home; currently still employed.  My wife Sheryl is a nurse and going to work as 'usual' doing long hours.  Schools closed of course so my girls are doing learning from home.  We as a nation have today had our first death from the bug and 450 odd cases. 

In spare time I am keeping my vegetable garden going and moving into the autumn phase in the greenhouse so as to keep supplies up for the family.  Cleaning, home maintenance, and soon loading and gun cleaning.  Allowed out for a run around the suburbs (did 11km yesterday).  The city is eerily quiet.  So quiet I didn't like to fire up the leaf vac yesterday as it would have disturbed the peace.  Even the broom was loud.  Strange times indeed. 

 

Cheers from New Zealand

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beagle6 posted this 29 March 2020

Jeff

Glad to hear you are well. Surprised to hear the virus has spread to NZ. God bless your wife for her heroism in caring for the sick. I live about 100 miles north of New York City which is the epicenter of the virus in the US. People are streaming up here to escape the city. On the one hand, I can't blame them, but on the other, it is scaring us. At some point you have to leave your home for necessities and it is scary. I'm a combat veteran and not easily scared, but this is different.

Stay well

beagle6

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Boschloper posted this 29 March 2020

Here in New Hampshire we have an un-enforceable "stay at home" order. The wife and I spent the day bird watching (her hobby, I enjoy the time outdoors with her). There were lots of folks out and about, joggers, families out for walks, bicyclers, all of us out enjoying a nice day. I have been doing a lot of casting, tomorrow after church (online) I will get out the powder coat. I am working from home, my company is considered essential so we will not be closing down. Just wish things would get back to normal.

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John Carlson posted this 29 March 2020

Somewhat less affected on the northern plains, so far.  "Social distancing", businesses restricted to 10 customers at a time, schools closed, most food places are drive-thru or delivery only.    Some of the politicians are chomping at the bit to get tougher so I expect it won't be long.

Holding public office should be viewed as an obligation to serve, not an opportunity to rule.

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JimmyDee posted this 29 March 2020

Over the past four weeks, I've spent time in Cincinnati, Ohio and Dallas, Texas.  The governor of Ohio ordered business closings and stay-at-home isolation about three weeks ago.  The Dallas County Judge (a common title for county executives in the south and southwest) ordered the same about a week ago.  Bars, pubs, restaurants, retail stores, theaters, &c are most affected -- along with their employees.  "Essential businesses" like grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, and others still operate.

Grocery stores almost immediately ran out of sanitizers, toilet tissue, bottled water, eggs, canned meats, and other.  Gun stores started doing a bang-up business and popular ammunition (9mm and 5.56/223) sold out in days.

Schools didn't wait for orders; virtually all of them closed down weeks ago.  Two weeks ago a number of corporations started work-from-home initiatives.  The big corporate campus I work on was empty -- and there are usually close to 10,000 workers there every day.  That's typical.

Retail stores have started installing acrylic shields between cashiers and customers.  Some stores limit the number of customers allowed inside: check-in at the door, put your phone number on a queue, and you receive a text when it's your turn to shop.

On-line shopping is hit and miss: some goods are readily available, deliver on other is more than a month away.

Grocery stores have started to recover; toilet tissue, paper towels, and eggs can be found on the shelves a few times a week but still sell-out occasionally.  Most set limits on how many items of certain goods you can buy and I've witnessed more than one heated argument between cashiers and women with a cart full of toilet paper and "a large family."

The roads are very uncrowded, airports seem empty, and the one third of flights that are still operating are less than half full.  Fares are great.  Uber and Lyft drivers tell me that their income has shrunk terribly but some on-line articles I've read say that the drivers who are still working have more fares than ever.  I think that both are true and the differences are regional.

What about all those people at home with their children?  Here, spring is upon us and i see lots of families riding bicycles and enjoying time in parks.  I hear, however, that that is not the case in the big cities: people are very distrustful and are beginning to treat others aggressively.

I've heard that people from southwest Ohio, where restaurants are closed, are not warmly welcomed when they cross the river to visit restaurants in northern Kentucky, which are not closed.  I can understand their anxiety: if they're supposed to be staying home, why are they risking the health of their neighbors?

A few friends of mine with children and grandchildren living in New York City are putting them up in the midwest for a while.  Everyone I know is trying to isolate themselves for two weeks after traveling -- heck, I'm not even seeing my wife after two weeks away -- but I'm afraid that many travelers are not that responsible.

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tony1960 posted this 29 March 2020

Welcome to the wide world of the pandemic, fear, anxiety, loss of trust. How we can be told to stay home, and then hold a local election right in the middle of this is crazy. Unlike the US, we get fined for not voting.

We are no different down her in Aus, we've closed borders, cross a state line and you are in immediate lockdown for 14 days. $13,000 fine for leaving the house, and I believe they have caught a dozen or so. No pubs, coffee shops, retail stores are closing by the day, a bit like Maceys shutting up shop indefinitely.

Most of the initial panic buying has slowed down here in Brisbane, Barra and Pisco may agree in their part of the country. I haven't heard a plane fly over our place in a good week. Normally we are on the north south corridor from all points north.

All our ranges are closed until further notice, my finger is getting awfully itchy. I just need 10 minutes to test some ammo and then i'll be happy for a week or so. Every case I have had been polished out of existence, weren't this clean coming from the factory.

Where I work is involved with research and we have a trial starting soon looking at Chloroquine (it worked in China), so being deemed essential staff means I don't even get to work from home unless I'm sick. We have been warned, it's a matter of when, not if.

 

Everyone stay safe, think before acting. Hope to see you all back online after all this is gone, the snow might be falling up there first.

 

Tony

 

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mashburn posted this 29 March 2020

Hello from Southeast Oklahoma,

Little has changed here, people are going about their daily activities, that is, those who are brave enough to venture out. Schools are closed for the rest of the year and all athletics are cancelled. My 18 year old Grandson is as nervous as a whore in church because he is so disappointed that he isn't getting to enjoy the last of his senior year activities. He is catching up on his hunting however. When he can outwit his parents, he seems to be keeping his girl interests going. He came over about a week ago and helped me cast bullets. My wife went to the dollar store yesterday, and was looked at quite strange because she was wearing a mask and gloves I go to town and the post office but I try to limit my loafing to a minimum. Today we heard that there is one case of the virus in the county, so maybe we are going to get worse A friend of mine called today wanting me to go out to the U.S. Forrest service rifle range tomorrow, but my wife talked me out of it, because he is a gad about and she's afraid he may be contaminated and didn't want me near him.. I always have enjoyed living in the rural area of SE Oklahoma, but now it is a very good feeling to be more isolated. To make things worse, our only grocery store burned on Christmas morning, so now we have to drive to a more populated area to get groceries.

To make things worse the thermostat on my convection oven appears to have gone out this afternoon. If so, I'm not going to drive to a town of any  size that sells such a item. I'll just order one from amazon or other outlets. What a time for my oven to go out. It was keeping me occupied. My oldest son and his family are holed up on their ranch over toward the Arkansas line but my youngest son and family live in the Oklahoma City area. He is working from home but his wife is a pharmacist and must go to work, which isn't the ideal place to avoid the virus.

I wish the best to all of you people living in populated areas and I'm afraid that our time isn't far off.

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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Bohica793 posted this 29 March 2020

Here in LA (Lower Alabama), they have closed just about everything including the beaches although we have not been ordered to stay at home yet.  I spend my time working the garden, casting, loading and shooting.  My range is a private club with very limited membership of which I am the range master. We rarely have more that three people on the range at the same time and most days I have it to myself. 

The local grocery stores have been stripped of sanitizer, bleach, vinegar, hand soap, TP, paper towels, chicken, cheap cuts of meat (you can get all the tenderloin, prime rib and porterhouse you can eat), rice, dried beans and most canned vegetables.  Seafood is still abundant as it is locally sourced.

All the churches have cancelled services.  Online only.  Considering this is the Bible Belt, this is extraordinary.

The local attitudes range from just the flu to biblical apocalypse.  Most of us are exercising common sense and chuckling at the mass insanity that surrounds us.

I have upgraded my carry piece from a Glock 43X to a Glock 45 with two extra magazines.  I haven't seen it yet but I am sensing a gradual change in attitudes towards distrust and paranoia.  An acquaintance of mine related his experience of a woman going postal on him at a gas station.  I fear this situation is not going to end well. 

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MarkinEllensburg posted this 29 March 2020

I make my living as a truck driver. The company I work for is in the import/export container business. We haul a large range of products. Small grains is a substantial part of our exports. The ports have less volume now. I believe I heard our ship volume is less than half of what it was. I still deliver and pick up from the ports 5 days a week so although it is different my work is the same. Lots fewer vehicles on the roads. Seems many of the bad drivers are still there though.

Recreational opportunities are mostly nonexistent now with all of the state lands shut down. I have taught my youngest to fly fish and right after he has found success, out fishing me last trip, we can't fish.

My local range is private and has remained open to members only. Social distancing required.

I missed the memo about the panic buying and when I went to do my normal costco shopping a week ago it was too late. TP is a rare commodity. Sad because it is made locally (in trucking terms, meaning less than a day's drive away). I usually shop right after paydays which happen every two weeks. I have lots of freezer space but limited pantry room.   Wanted to cook some beans but the stores are all out.                                                                                 

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RicinYakima posted this 29 March 2020

Less than an hour's drive from MarkinEllensburg,

One town between us has declared the LGS an essential business. But you can not buy guns in the state because there is no way to mental health background checks anymore. One of my shooting friends from Richland, WA, is on a ventilator for last 4 days. Thought we had lost him, but rallied the last three days. Riot in the jail because they wanted out, 14 escaped and 14 arrested within a week.

Forty percent of the jobs in my country are agricultural/ food related, so with other government jobs only 40% of the people are working from home or not working. Help wanted signs everywhere for people to work. With Mexican border closed means a shortage of farm workers. Labor shortage will be a big deal here in a month. Conversations I hear at the once a week trip to the grocery, are folks are going to draw their unemployment checks, with bonuses, and extra three months and not work.

Being retired this is pretty normal for me, except for coffee with my friends 4 days a week and buying fresh fruit and produce as often. Harder on the wife as she belongs to two bridge clubs and quilting guild and volunteers at the church. Pantry and freezer are full and TP not an issue. When wife and I moved West, we only got to town once a month, so have always been well supplied with essentials.

Am getting the shop clean up and yard work done early.

Ric in Yakima

 

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tlkeizer posted this 29 March 2020

Greetings,

Where my wife and I live in south central interior Alaska we are doing fine.  People from urban areas have invaded out grocery stores since they bought out local stores in the "big cities", but after a day or so of that our local store managers put limits on stuff so we could all still have food and necessities available.  Thank you store managers.  We filled oil tanks before the shutdowns, and have about 30% of our wood left, so have plenty of fuel both liquid and wood.  American Legion has closed for use (being the commander I had a lot o do with that),  churches are having services by internet or on the radio or both, and the governor has issued a stay at home decree or be jailed or fined except for needed travel.  On the news last night there was a segment of past pandemics and how like control measures worked, promising and interesting.  All in all, except for not going to the range, our lives here at home have not been adversely affected very much, hope to keep it that way.  I am running out of empty cases to work with, so when the weather warms up (below zero today when I got up and only 6 above at noon) and we are able to wander about freely again I plan on doing a lot of "unloading".  Actually, we are blessed with good health and sufficient food stuffs and shelter without panic buying affecting us (so far).  

God Bless.

TK

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JeffinNZ posted this 29 March 2020

Yesterday Mrs Jeff threw me out of the house.  She said the  vacuum needed a rest and I should go for a run to burn off energy like I did Saturday.  So I did; in the drizzle.  Came back full of endorphins and more manic than when I left!  That'll learn her.

Cheers from New Zealand

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Ross Smith posted this 30 March 2020

Rural central Utah still OK.

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Bud Hyett posted this 30 March 2020

Western Washington state is almost closed. I went to a doctor's appointment on Wednesday and was amazed at the lack of traffic. Being 75 and on chemotherapy, I am careful. I am spending time casting, cleaning brass, sorting brass and ergonomically arranging my new reloading shed. We will get through this disruption and the magnitude of this will slightly alter our lives in the days ahead. I see where quinine coupled with other drugs is effecting a cure. 

This below is the text of an email and Facebook post (Bud Hyett) that was put put this Noon, the URL reference to the grocery stores are for the Everett and Marysville, WA, but people should look at the concept. With creative thought, we can help others.

March 29, 2020

 

Brethren,

How is everyone doing? In these troubled times, we are reaching out to see how our brethren are coping and to see if there is a way to help them. Personally, I am high-risk, chemotherapy and 75 years old; two brethren have called me and offered to pick up what I need. (One mentioned he would hand it out the pickup window on a 6-foot long stick.)

 

One possible method for groceries is on-line shopping and pickup; the brother can stop, have the groceries delivered to him, they are already paid for, and he can proceed on:

·       Safeway (3.95 to 4.95 extra charge): https://www.safeway.com/shop/lp/grocery-pickup.html

·       QFC (Free): https://www.qfc.com/i/ways-to-shop/pickup

·       Fred Meyer (Free): https://www.fredmeyer.com/i/ways-to-shop/pickup

·       Albertsons (?): https://www.albertsons.com/

·       IGA (?): https://iga.queue-it.net/?c=iga&e=iga&t=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.iga.net%2Fen%2Fonline_grocery&cid=en-US&l=IGA – They require you to follow their process by first picking a store.

·       Winco (?): https://www.wincofoods.com/work/order-online-at-wincofoods-com

·       Walmart (?): https://grocery.walmart.com/?adid=1500

·       Haggen: No information

·       All sites are full, some offering the next available slot for this service out to April 1st.

This is a partial listing, as an example, since many groceries are offering this service now. Please send on to anyone you know who is in a like situation.

Farm boy from Western Illinois, living in the Magical Pacific Northwest

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BigMan54 posted this 30 March 2020

Hello from So cal,

Here the sheeple are all in a panic. Crowding into the grocery stores and anywhere else you can buy TP and bottled water and anything/everything else.

Los Angeles Cnty Sheriff tried to close the Gun Stores. 

LA County Attorney shut him down. He tried to usurp "control" of the entire County by Declaring an Exreme Emergency. 

LA County Supvrs shut him down. 

All the County and all Cities within have closed all public venues of all types.

My City of Torrance started a program for over 60's to get groceries & other essentials; $70. for about $50 worth of who knows what. 

Wife is shopping twice a week. Daughter is working from home. Wife starts new job on Thursday. 

Me, I'm sitting on My tokhas just watching TV, doing a bit of loading, gun cleaning. Going to plant some flowers tomorrow. Haven't left the house in 19 days. 

Thank the Good Load I gots lots of ammo to load, lots of guns to clean and lots of OLD TV programs to watch. 

Might even finish painting the patio.

 

Long time Caster/Reloader, Getting back into it after almost 10yrs. Life Member NRA 40+yrs, Life S.A.S.S. #375. Does this mean a description of me as a fumble-fingered knuckle-draggin' baboon. I also drool in my sleep. I firmly believe that true happiness is a warm gun. Did I mention how much I HATE auto-correct on this blasted tablet.

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 30 March 2020

while waiting for my shop to reach 50 degrees f. i have been playing quite a bit with the * Roku * chip i put in my tv ... ( $50 one time and goes in a hdmi port ) .   must be a million old movies and outdoor shows on it for free ...  including you-tube, which even has cast bullet and gun reviews, plus lot of " old geezer " music .. harry james through willy ...

you need wifi, and right now it is hard to find a roku stick.  streaming is not as smooth as Dish, but lots of free stuff.  and you can add $$ network streaming if you want.  youtube-tv is the best ( $66 a month for 3 tv or computers at a time. ) . ( ... note: you don't need a roku to stream youtube-tv. on your computer or smart phone )  .

and yep, i would rather be shooting and fishing ... sleeping wastes 1/3 of our lives ... tv doesn't help that situation much ...

ken

 

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Brodie posted this 30 March 2020

 Since I had shoulder replacement surgery on 2/20 and came home 2/21, I have pretty much been house bound since then except for a couple of Dr. appointments, and twice weekly visits to the physical therapist.  I expect the PT to end soon as they are starting to gear up for the full viral assault.  

Currently there are: "919 cases of cov-19 in Arizona, 68 in Coconino County, 23 in Flagstaff with 2 deaths so far.  I live out of town in an area called Doney Park.  Mostly people are just hunkering down and following guidelines.  Some fools are of course doing as they always have and ignoring what might keep them healthy.

Govenor Ducey has ruled that Gun stores are essential businesses, and may be really needed when the TP runs out.  Grocery stores are starting to sell on line and you can pickup the goods without leaving your car.  Apparently a few will even deliver (in town).

I hope that the internet stays up.

Mark me alive and well for now.

Brodie                                                                                                     

B.E.Brickey

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John Alexander posted this 30 March 2020

From the high desert in central Oregon -- things here about like others above have mentioned. Everything shut down but essentials.

it is encouraging to hear that other members are being sensible about keeping themselves and others save which should lower the transmission rate and maybe avoid what could be a real mess.  The scary part is that the testing has been so little and so late that we don't have a real handle on the numbers of case.  Hope that will be improved soon.

We have the usual minority who are panicked and willing to hoard in spite of maybe causing a hardship on others in the community.  Selfishness seems to be the operating mode of some.  Nine mm and 223 ammo as well as primers have disappeared.  What happened to all that stuff that got stockpiled when Obama got elected?  We haven't had a Zombie Apocalypse in the meantime.

I know the average age of our members is over thirty so good luck to all.

John

 

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cbshtr posted this 30 March 2020

A friend of ours is recovering from the virus in the hospital. Unfortunately her daughter was here a week ago but so far we are doing well. Living in New Jersey with a government that hates guns except to protect themselves causes the blood to boil periodically. I know of at least three law suits against those in charge for shutting down everything gun related and snuffing their noses at the Second Amendment. Not sure if they really think we are as stupid as they want to believe. Biggest phonies I have ever seen in New Jersey and I'm in my 6th decade. I work for my township public works so I'm in every day but the rest of the family is going stir crazy. Haven't seen any rise in mischief yet, but I did bring up another 10 round magazine and 30 extra rounds just in case. And just like everyone else there are a lot of empty shelves in the stores but it is getting better. Prayers are out that we all make it through this ordeal.

Robert Homan

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cbshtr posted this 30 March 2020

Okay. Just read an email that because of the President's guidelines for gun stores the governor reluctantly  just reopened gun shops and NICS but ranges are still closed. One step in the right direction, anyway. 

Robert Homan

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Shopdog posted this 31 March 2020

This is interesting;

Wife is a child development guru for the state(Va) and is following directives and staying home.

I'm retired and spend days balancing shooting (both indoor/outdoor ranges here),handloading,developing accuracy tooling,and hike/hunting with an incredibly smart 77 # Doberman.

Wife has been non stop "meetings" on computers doing conference calls and you name its. Here's the rub..... I can't be "blasting" full charge CB loads while "those people" are all being,on the phone,so to speak.

Don't know when it's all going to be over but,can't wait. Going to cast up some 225415's (NOS,"lighter version" mould from the black/white box period) today.

Otherwise,things aren't too terrible here. Lots of closings,and grocery stores are "iffy". Weather has been gorgeous,very picturesque and "Easter" like.

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