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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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BudHyett 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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barra posted this 31 March 2020

We are much the same as everyone else.

Like being braced for the cyclone that is about hit but unsure what will happen.

Stores have been stocked with some additional reloading and fishing gear.

The town is slowly winding down on the shopping frenzy and we are officially in lock down.

measures have been put in place and the local hospital has been hit a few times by overwhelming hordes of people worried about being effected and they had a run on drunks and stoners when the pubs shut.

Grog is limited like food items just as the bonus $750 gubment handout came into effect.

God bless my wife who is a A&E nurse at the local hospital.

Not only are they coping with the extra load and daily changes in protocols but also propping up the takeaway food Industry as well.

The best I can do these days is fall over tits up on the concrete and nearly twist my new knee off and gingle gangling my hip,back and shoulder.

A lot of ammo has been bought from shops and all the others stuff as well.

TP and sanitiser is elusive at best.

God bless the real important people the Nurses ,Coppers,Firemen and the little ‘ol lady making sandwiches for the ses volunteers and every one else on the coal face doing the job that needs to be done.

I just gotta keep at home For a while and behave.

 The shooting ranges are shut.

I may even have to clean my mess up in the shed ...and become a gardener. But all really wanna do right now is bugga off fishing to the reef when the weather clears.

errrgghhh.

 

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GP Idaho posted this 31 March 2020

Things are semi-normal around my place here in the Boise valley. Governor Little has issued a stay at home order for Idaho but so far we haven't been affected as severely as some areas. I.m going about my business as needed, just cutting down the odds by not going out unnecessarily.. I'm here by myself a lot at home anyway so this isn't TOO unusual. Still check on my elderly dad, visit with the kids or go shooting with close friends. Here's hoping all here weather this and live to shoot another day. Best to all, stay well. Gp

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OU812 posted this 31 March 2020

Here in Georgia I am well and still employed. Couple of days ago I received paper work from my employer and Homeland security stating that I am an essential worker. I am supposed to show law enforcement if I am ever pulled over. Tomorrow I will be attending a graveside funeral service for my wife's step father who died of natural causes unrelated to virus. No more than 10 people allowed. Stay safe everyone. On

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JeffinNZ posted this 01 April 2020

Out getting some vitamin D and exercise.

Cheers from New Zealand

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OU812 posted this 01 April 2020

Nice shirt. I have one of those.

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Michael S posted this 01 April 2020

  Hellow from  Farmington, Missouri,

   In the habit of finding the bright spots of each situation we find our self's in.  

1) gas is 1.56 a gallon reg unleaded

2) any one who TP ed a house in Halloween is now feeling real stupid, and regretful. 

3) Lowes still has the 5 gallon jugs of water for sale, for 5.89 with exchange

4) my canceled surgery scheduled at the VA on March 31st and what my wife had taken off of work for, made the date open for our youngest to go into hospital for his scheduled surgery present OP that was done today.

5) with the VA shut down I don't have to drive 9 times this month. 

6) there is a lot of spaghetti nuddles on the shelfs at the store. 

  On the bad side) , our sons surgery was delayed by a day because of new cov 19 protocol at Cardnal Glennon hospital in STL and only one of us can be up there with him and no visitors for the week or more he is up there.

 Driving up the hospital at 3am Tuesday morning we were only vehicle on road for the 2 hr drive up. On my way home at noon Tuesday there was normal traffic volume. 

  My wife who is a mail carrier says the package volume picked up last month to Christmas volume 

GOD, United States of America, US Marine Corps, Family, Self

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Glenn R. Latham posted this 02 April 2020

Like OU812 I got a "hall pass" from work so I'm still working, wife is a special ed teacher (K-6) and it's been a real handful figuring out how to make lesson plans for all her charges (teaching from home of course).  Today a classroom teacher wanted her to make a complete ciriculum for one of her students because the teacher doesn't want to put forth some extra effort - sheesh!

A few weeks ago we canceled all matches and meetings at the indoor range, a week later had to lock the doors with the new "stay at home" order.  Then the outdoor range shut down.  Bummer.  Guess I'll get a lot of casting and loading done.  Put a new rear sight on the 03-A3 tonight, old one looked like it had been used as a hammer before I bought the rifle.

Glenn

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RicinYakima posted this 02 April 2020

One of my shooting friends just passed from the virus today. Aged 68 and in good health until last Friday. Stay close to your friends, this will go on for another 16 months.

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cfp4570 posted this 02 April 2020

Here in the southernmost part of Illinois, cases are trickling in; none in my county YET, but I'm sure it's not far off. I'm a machinist at a company that sells and services equipment in the mining, construction, and transportation segments, and therefore still deemed essential and still working, however, the company announced today that we will be doing two-week rolling layoffs soon. My wife works full time at our local hardware store and is also still working. They have been very busy lately; I guess people are catching up on their projects while they're home. Luckily, we live in a very rural area and don't get out much, except to work. Turkey season opens Monday and I expect an influx of hunters to our area and I would be lying if I said that people traveling in doesn't concern me. Usually I look forward to the Turkey and deer seasons and driving around to the various camps to shoot the bull over a beer. Although I will say most people are taking the social distancing very seriously. I have avoided Wal-Mart and just use our local grocery and Dollar General more than ever. We did have a little excitement here this week, the USDA animal services killed 25 feral swine from the Shawnee NF using a helicopter and shotgun. I could hear the shots from my house. Stay healthy everyone!

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GP Idaho posted this 02 April 2020

Sorry to hear of the loss of a friend Ric. The first person I know is now fighting the virus but seems to be improving. Came off the ventilator yesterday. We are lucky here in S.W. Idaho in that the Owyhee mountains are as close as most folks are to their shooting range. One can set up targets out on BLM ground in the foothills and have a very good day while still social distancing. Gp

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RicinYakima posted this 02 April 2020

We only have Dept. of Natural Resources, state owned land, and no Federal lands except Forest Service. All state land, including DNR is on quarantine now. And our governor stops shooting for fire danger from May thru October. And the woman from New Jersey who is the head FS Ranger, naturally shuts off recreational shooting at the same time. Not easy living in a state that borders the Pacific Ocean.

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JeffinNZ posted this 02 April 2020

Formal Friday working from home.

Cheers from New Zealand

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Boschloper posted this 03 April 2020

You do clean up good!

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Shopdog posted this 03 April 2020

Well,my "wellbeing" got a bump...

Just joined the CBA! Went for 2 years.

Just not as tech savvy as most folks on these boards,and that's OK. Much more at home standing in front of one of our machines,or at the loading bench. Now it's figuring out posting pics from a phone.

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Ross Smith posted this 03 April 2020

You need a phone like mine, it can't send pictures.

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admiral posted this 03 April 2020

Formal Friday working from home.

Don't you have any CBA ties?

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tony1960 posted this 04 April 2020

Just another day in work, no place for a tie. It might be exciting though getting caught in a centrifuge.

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Glenn R. Latham posted this 04 April 2020

Formal Friday working from home.

I couldn't look that good if I hired all the costume and makeup artists in Hollywood!

Glenn

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barra posted this 05 April 2020


close as I get to work these days doing it hard.

Got my limit of coral trout and come home.

Food in the freezer for a while at least.

coming into the harbour it sure didn’t look like Armageddon on such a beautiful day.

 

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Boschloper posted this 06 April 2020

Being under a very loose stay at home order, and working from home, and my local range being open, and only 3 miles away, I spent all of last week at home because the weather was absolutely miserable. Looking much better this week, I am making plans to shoot some of the ammo I loaded last week.

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Shopdog posted this 06 April 2020

More good wellbeing....

Put an oversized EGW firing pin stop in my Colt/Caspian 45 commander this a.m. The reason or purpose is to change the factory bttm LARGE radius FPS,"back" to how Mr. Browning designed it.... that is,VERY small radius.

The reason the factory changed it was to make the slide easier to "rack".... the result though is more muzzle flip as there's a marked reduction in how cocking the hammer on recoil is absorbed through the slide dynamics.

With a tighter,"original" radius,the hammer slows the slides rearward speed. But that's all been discussed before. The "bump" in the wellbeing is that coming back upstairs after function testing 25 rounds(indoor range)..... and asking the Mrs. for an "opinion" on how loud it was...

She smirk smiled and said she could hardly hear it and had been on a phone conference during the period. Then said,"fuggetaboutit" which translates well for this hillbilly.

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Brodie posted this 06 April 2020

Has anybody heard from Giorgio?

B.E.Brickey

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JeffinNZ posted this 06 April 2020

Good point. I’ll ask Ed.

Cheers from New Zealand

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tlkeizer posted this 07 April 2020

Greetings,

Barra, looks like you made it to the reef.  Which reef and where?  Not much reef fishing in south central interior Alaska, but we do have plentiful ice fishing yet.  Probably warmer where you are (ha).  Were you trolling, drifting, casting and retrieving, or bottom fishing with jig and bait?  Your reef trout look kind of orange, is that their normal coloring?  Glad you had a good day out on the water, I am anxious to do the same but will have to wait a couple months yet unless I want to fish early king salmon in the sound outside Valdez, but weather then and there can be really crappy with rain and all; if it is windy I don't bother as wind and waves and 18 1/2 foot boat are not really good combinations on the ocean, as I am sure you well know.  Anyway, just a tad bit jealous, go catch another mess for me.

On the continuing this thread, my wife and I are still well, as are my brothers and families across the nation.  Pray all of you out there remain healthy.

TK

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JeffinNZ posted this 07 April 2020

Brodie:  Ed reports Georgio is doing well.

Cheers from New Zealand

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Ed Harris posted this 07 April 2020

Gee, Jeff, I didn't know you were such a handsome devil!  You look like an extra from "Mean Streets" who rousted Al Pacino and threatened to break his legs if he didn't pay up!  You need an 1883 RIC Bulldog .450 to go with that coat pocket!

73 de KE4SKY In Home Mix We Trust From the Home of Ed's Red in "Almost Heaven" West Virginia

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barra posted this 08 April 2020

tlkeizer

To answer a few questions.

 I live in Far Nth Qld Aust.

The summer heat has lost it’s edge and we are now in Autumn. 28-30 C with humidity.

The Great Barrier Reef is only 30 km’s away out from Mourilyan harbour. I have a beat up ancient home built ex net/pro dory centre console about 18’
Been murdering fish for many years up and down the coast before I got it. It is shallow and heavey, rides like a brick ,built like a tank (no plates are without dings).
It maybe slow;  But a least it’s wet.

The redeeming features if any are it’s not worth stealing and good to fish out of. Ha

I cleaned it once and couldn’t catch any fish for ages.

 I’m more a hand line and pilchard fisherman when it comes to reef fishing.

 I do catch some hard bait (fresh fish for whole or slab bait as well.)

A 55 -80 lb Schneider line ,9/0 hook and a sinker. Throw in swivel and a couple of finger stalls and a wooden reel to wind it on and I’m happy as a new born under a woollen blanket.

 I do keep a rod with a floating pilchard out for Spanish mackeral or tea leaf trevally for the relations.

 The coral trout are my favourite fish as you get a good recovery off them.They are generally willing biters and fight off over fish for your bait. They are excellent on the tooth. I target them from about 42-45 cm

There  a family tree of them but the common trout will be from green to red.

they are related to cod and think they are the boss of the bommie and are also curios.

They aren’t dumb thou and the thriving live coral trout market has pros working it hard. Plucking everything.

There was two passion fruit trout in the box as well.They have spots all over them.

there was a couple of greenies in there but the red esky reflected off them.

They fight hard and will brick you in a flash. (Take you into the coral reef and holes)

But once you get them up a few metres or so they usually come up lots easier.

They don’t try and pull your ring out all the way up like some of the other bigger reef species like red emporer do ,so it is easier on ageing worn out bugga like me. Ha.

People troll /cast lures and do slow jigging with irons and all sorts of  plastic rubbery things.Bottom bouncing on the reef with a rod can be not for the faint of heart. By the time you take all the spring out of the rod and line even using braid they can have you bricked before you have even set the hook.

One must be vigilant and crank with tip down and rip it into them if you want to be successful.I am superstitious and once you loose one , they will go off the bite and you may as well move to the next bommie.

 I prefer the one on one battle with a hand line. But sometimes resort to a rod every now and again for a different pace on things.

 I brain spike my fish and cut their neck ; straight into a salty brine which will stiffen them up quite well by the time you get back home.

 I like crushed ice and sea water. If you throw a handful or so of salt in as well you can bring the temp of the brine to - 20C? It burning cold and will freeze the fish whole but also burns though the ice.

  I’m lazy and just fillet of a side and cryovac that skin and all. Skin and de-pin bone when I cook it.

They bring $50 kg / fillet in the shops.

 I can tell what fish it is and not some white bag of something non descript mystery bag..keeps better too.

I don’t have to do battle with bears but the tax man or the man in the grey suit (sharks) are prevelent for some and more for others.

 I have had crocs take my fish on the odd occasion but not out on the reef thou.

Hope it helps fill in some time for you while you are frozen.Dreaming of warmer weather.

Yes I do enjoy my fishing.. I used to fly fish for Barramundi in the gulf when I lived there long before it was more known and people thought I was a bit daft or loopy.

ha

Bruce.

 

 

 

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Rich/WIS posted this 08 April 2020

Here in SE Kentucky we are not in a "hot zone", two cases in the county to our North and 9 in the Counties to our West.  After the initial panic stores have pretty much everything in stock and a few items are rationed (TP, eggs and milk).  Retired so don't need to worry about work (or income) and other than once or twice a week for groceries and trips to the range (private club) fill my time casting, loading and doing yard work.  Lakes here are apparently still open as I see  lot of boats on the road when I go to town.  Laurel Lake (6000+ acres) is nearby and so people who are home from work are taking advantage of their situation.  Have my own pond and don't need to go out to fish.  Actually the shelter in place order hasn't changed things things much for me, routine is the same as before CV hit.  Only difference is restaurants are closed so if I want to eat something other than my own cooking it is drive through or order and pick up.  Family members in WI and NC are all fine so no worries, daughter and daughter in law working from home, one son is Mr Mom other works construction and is not around people.  Other daughter in law is an RN at the VA and worry a bit but plans are for the local hospital to handle CV and if needed the VA will take non CV cases, so she is relatively safe.  Mr Mom is in the Reserves was alerted for possible activation two weeks ago but doesn't think it will happen. Only concern is how long this will last, supposed to go to WI end of May for grand daughters birthday and will have to see how it goes, if can't go it won't be the end of the world.

This CV is serious stuff.  Don't underestimate the threat and take reasonable precautions.  Hopefully it won't last too much longer and we and our kids and grandkids can all talk about how we survived the great 2020 Pandemic.

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Shuz posted this 08 April 2020

Since my wife and I are retired, the stay at home mandate has not affected us all that much. I am very fortunate to have a shooting range here on my property where I live, so I have been doing more shooting now than ever because of the shutdown. .

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tony1960 posted this 09 April 2020

Hey guys, just for info.

 

https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2764367/effectiveness-surgical-cotton-masks-blocking-sars-cov-2-controlled-comparison?searchresult=1  

stay safe wherever you are.

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Ross Smith posted this 11 April 2020

So far the county where I live in central Utah still has no cases, but. Like Shuz I'm glad I'm retired. We are still advised to not socialize etc. Keep the faith. I'm caught up on casting bullets and tying flies.

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Qc Pistolero posted this 11 April 2020

Up here in Quebec,Canada,things are horrible.They closed all shooting ranges.All my friends and I were thinking they'd ask to contribute by shooting all them covid things with our 38-55 and 45-70(well,didn't they say that it is a large virus...so it needs large caliber no?).But we are running into a major problem;we can't go out at the range to kill those virusses and all my friends and I are running out of empty brass to reload.What are we gonna do if we can't empty out these shells?

Joking aside,we are doing well.As far as I'm concerned,being retired for almost 5 years,the local drugstore asked me to help out for deliveries since their regular delivery boy is over 70 and forced into preventive confinement.so I was volunteered to deliver pills;going back to work after almost 5 years of easy life ain't funny.But it is a tough job and somebody's got to do it!Just wondering if I'll get a medal for this?

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Ross Smith posted this 12 April 2020

I'd hold out for some metal.

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