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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2020, 10:53:35 AM »
Since I don't have any actual friends, I have 3 Emotional Support Drinking Dummies I set-up around the table at pool-side and we discuss non-stressful topics while we get plastered. I try not to argue with them because it upsets me, and because they usually win. The bastards never buy either. Oh, I also drink a lot. Did I already mention that?
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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2020, 11:34:18 AM »
^My daughters have done some sleep away camp and long trips with other families for about a week. When they're here, which is all the time for the last four months, they usually drive me nuts 4-5 times a day. When they're gone, the house is lonely. Same for all parents and families, I would hope.
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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2020, 12:22:13 PM »
Itís called fatherhood. O0
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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2020, 01:14:37 PM »
I am having a good time. Nothing really changed for us as we are retired. We do not eat out as much. The news is not really any more depressing than it has been for years. It's just that now people are trapped at home and are being subjected to a constant bombardment of newsworthy (alarming, depressing) stories...same stuff my retired b-tt has been hearing for years. Nothing new, the threatening clouds just wear different skins. Remember, it is rarely as bad as the hysterical talking heads make it out to be and things take longer to fall apart than they theorize. I have been watching the country fall apart in slow motion since the Johnson Administration. For a long time our spirits have been lifted by doing as others have mentioned - limit news intake, read the news rather than listen to it, stockpile some food and other supplies and be helpful and cheerful. It's just as easy to be happy as it is to be fearful. And I am cheerfully looking into body armor. Odd that JH would mention that. Shopping is Fun!
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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2020, 01:30:50 PM »
^Wow two great sig-worthy quotes in just one post:

'I have been watching the country fall apart in slow motion since the Johnson Administration.'

I am cheerfully looking into body armor.

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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2020, 01:53:58 PM »
My wife tells me my body doesn't need armor, more like fortifying she says. Not really sure what she means by this.  ??? Must be something good though because she laughs when she says it.
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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #21 on: July 27, 2020, 02:52:39 PM »
And I am cheerfully looking into body armor. Odd that JH would mention that. Shopping is Fun!

Let me know if you want any feedback or advice. I researched the $hit out of the various plates available on the market before I committed to mine. I am happy to report that I'm thrilled with the set I settled on, although admittedly, I have not been shot while wearing them. 
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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2020, 05:04:49 PM »
yet
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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2020, 05:08:31 PM »
Since I don't have any actual friends, I have 3 Emotional Support Drinking Dummies I set-up around the table at pool-side and we discuss non-stressful topics while we get plastered. I try not to argue with them because it upsets me, and because they usually win. The bastards never buy either. Oh, I also drink a lot. Did I already mention that?

I have dogs at home.  I never drink alone - even when the wife is out of town.

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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #24 on: July 27, 2020, 05:09:44 PM »
I find it all pretty fascinating.

Parts of it remind me of the reformation in Europe in the 16th century.

It reminds me of 1968. Which having lived through it seemed more chaotic. I will agree that is an arguable point.

I have limited my TV news intake for years. TV is good for updates on immediate emergencies but not so much for the type of long form analysis that you really need to understand complicated situations. I love my local newspaper.

Staying busy at work. Not an issue since I can work from home. The problem is learning to disengage to get some downtime.
Home projects. A common theme.
Trying to get back to studying for my FAA written test.

Life goes on. My daughter left this week for a new job in Boston. She is smart and tough and she will do fine but that's still 1500 miles away from home.  :'(

Dr. Quest:

Congratulations on you and Ms. Quest on successfully raising a productive daughter who moved out of the house!

Although perhaps a little sad at this moment, the alternative is far, far worse.

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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #25 on: July 27, 2020, 07:44:36 PM »
And I am cheerfully looking into body armor. Odd that JH would mention that. Shopping is Fun!

Let me know if you want any feedback or advice. I researched the $hit out of the various plates available on the market before I committed to mine. I am happy to report that I'm thrilled with the set I settled on, although admittedly, I have not been shot while wearing them.

Just out of curiosity, what model/brand of body armor did you get? 

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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #26 on: July 27, 2020, 08:01:50 PM »
I find it all pretty fascinating.

Parts of it remind me of the reformation in Europe in the 16th century.

It reminds me of 1968. Which having lived through it seemed more chaotic. I will agree that is an arguable point.

I have limited my TV news intake for years. TV is good for updates on immediate emergencies but not so much for the type of long form analysis that you really need to understand complicated situations. I love my local newspaper.

Staying busy at work. Not an issue since I can work from home. The problem is learning to disengage to get some downtime.
Home projects. A common theme.
Trying to get back to studying for my FAA written test.

Life goes on. My daughter left this week for a new job in Boston. She is smart and tough and she will do fine but that's still 1500 miles away from home.  :'(

Dr. Quest:

Congratulations on you and Ms. Quest on successfully raising a productive daughter who moved out of the house!

Although perhaps a little sad at this moment, the alternative is far, far worse.

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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #27 on: July 27, 2020, 08:51:48 PM »
I have neuropathy caused by my lifelong battle with TMJD, and have finally been ordered by my doctor not to drink for.....a long while.

So....lots of more game whoring and getting into restoring my Kenner Star Wars collection with original parts.  Not collecting new carded or loose, but taking what I had from the 70's on and trying to find original accessories ect.

It's going to be a fun but expensive side hobby.   Might get me into collecting missing pieces.
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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #28 on: July 27, 2020, 09:00:39 PM »
Damn that's tough Sir Andrew but your health is priceless and so has to be priority one.
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Re: What Are You Doing to Cope With Depressing News in 2020?
« Reply #29 on: July 27, 2020, 09:10:31 PM »
Yeah, not happy about it but it is what it is. 

It's hopefully not permanent.  The pain's pretty sucky, numbness in the extremities and pins and needles everywhere else. 

If we can get it under control I can drink occasionally again.   I told my Doc I'm having Scotch on the holidays and he said, on our remote call, that's fine but be careful. 

I'll fill it with other game/hobby related vices.

I'll probably cheat here and there too.   >:D