So are we all hermits now?

It’s a fairly unpleasant day here at the Gulch, cool with lots of wind and spitting rain. So I’m staying in and declaring it baking day; just got the bread out of the oven and in between bread duties I’m sitting around watching YouTube videos. And based on the evidence of those videos and a text from Big Brother, I get the impression that everybody in the whole country is staying home and binge-watching Netflix for the duration.

Of course when I go a week barely talking to a soul, that’s just a regular week. Not sure how long the wheels are going to stay on if everybody does that, but depending on where you come down on the question of how dangerous the new virus is it might be the smart thing in the long run. Really don’t know, and like I said “self-quarantine” doesn’t really call for much of a lifestyle change on my part.

What are you guys doing about this?

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16 Responses to So are we all hermits now?

  1. Wyowanderer says:

    My place of employment is closed, but I’m still working daily, along with my team. Otherwise I’d be hunkered down and relaxing.

  2. Judy says:

    Joel, I don’t know who is the bigger recluse here, you or me. I live in the Phoenix Metro area and the biggest change for me is the annoyance of not being able to order what I want from the grocery store and pick it up the same day. They are out of lots of things and the wait time is now days. My order yesterday was of 17 items, they were able to subbed 6 items with different brands and were completely out of 5 items. The lunacy reminds me why I retire early and why I’ve always been happier in my own company than most people. If you want to be anonymous a big city is the place to be in my experience.

  3. Robert says:

    “What are you guys doing about this?”
    Went shopping amongst the infected horde and tried to not breathe. MY shopping was done a long time ago but my clients don’t plan ahead. Dammit. Four grocery stores had many impressively empty shelves.

  4. Norman says:

    I’ve decided to work toward an advanced degree in hermiting. I’m retired now, so the degree of difficulty for it is pretty low, and this whole thing gives me the perfect e̶x̶c̶u̶s̶e̶ reason to do it. As long as direct deposit and Kindle downloads keep working I’m pretty much set.

    Seriously, food I’ve got, unlike those delightful idiots the media adores, including itself, I’ve been buying a couple extra cans, boxes and rolls every grocery trip for years, there are two 3 ft stacks of unread paperbacks on the bookcase just begging for my attention and there’s enough scotch on hand to take the edge off but not so much it’ll impair my reading ability. This is one of those incredibly rare times when one can simply disappear for a month without friends or relatives filing a missing persons report and I don’t intend to squander it.

  5. Robert says:

    “This is one of those incredibly rare times when one can simply disappear for a month without friends or relatives filing a missing persons report and I don’t intend to squander it.”
    Oh, man, consider that phrase stolen. Oh, wait, I’m not sure I have any friends, and my relatives check in around the holidays. Huh, guess I’m good for un-noticed hermiting.

  6. TK421a says:

    Our fearless leader has declared a state of emergency in Ontario. Last week at the local grocery stores there was a run on hand sanitizers and toilet paper caused by the fog of information that’s out there. I went to town today for a few things (and I’m nosey) and the shelves were mostly restocked.

    Just about all the restaurants in town are closed, with many offering curbside pickup if you call ahead and give them a credit card number. Generally, people are making do.

    I’m not looking forward to the next few weeks when the Kung Flu hits the supply chain and real shortages start to pop up. Farmers, truck drivers, hydro workers, shippers, etc. are all people, and people get sick.

  7. Anonymous says:

    My lifestyle is much like yours, Joel. Isolation is the norm, so this is having zero effect on my lifestyle. I haven’t seen another person since I went into town last week. The phone and internet are my tethers to the outside world. I’ll be going to the post office tomorrow, but only because Ian’s book is there waiting, and if I don’t pick it up in a timely manner they’ll send it back. And when I do go into town, I usually can’t wait to get back to my little corner of the outback.

  8. Jim Price says:

    Well now . . . . That anonymous post is mine, and I have no idea how it got posted before I intended. Anyway, here is what my little part of heaven looks like.
    https://photos.smugmug.com/The-Prime-Suspect/Miscellaneous-Stuff/n-9KSL9/i-2jczFkZ/0/1635edba/L/i-2jczFkZ-L.jpg

  9. Spud says:

    Hasn’t really affected my lifestyle much here. An accident took away my ability to work and much of my mobility about five years ago. I’m slowly recovering some of my strength and able to walk short distance now. Yet still don’t get out much…
    No pity party going here tho, as I rather prefer the isolation. Which is pretty much total.
    Except for this woman who keeps showing up every day after she gets off work. Comes here and cleans up after me then even cooks dinner for me…
    I’m a fortunate man, been married to her forty two years. Damned if I know why she keeps coming home to me…

  10. Mike says:

    Hoping I get laid off work. I could then start retirement 10 months early. MY wife and I are hiding from every one anyway. They all only want us to do something for them or they want to borrow.

  11. Malatrope says:

    Virus? There’s a virus going around?

    Huh.

  12. M says:

    Gardening, online education, working and living life. Never been much of a social butterfly, so the “change” in lifestyle is interesting from my perspective only in now I guess it’s considered mandatory to do what decades ago I just fell into.

  13. TS says:

    I live on a mountain in North Idaho. I can go weeks without seeing anyone other than the hubs. Not really a change here either. Aren’t we all blessed?

  14. Jean says:

    We are retired. A couple days ago, we pulled out the Babylon 5 tapes and started watching those in the evening. Not much has changed for us.

  15. The Old Man says:

    Joel, as I have proclaimed many times in the last 2 months – “I’ve been training for this since I retired in 2012. The Post is closed but the Lovely Bosslady of 48 years is still with me.”
    Even with a comorbidity I think I’ll survive – and if not my grandchildren will get an unexpected boon. We’re survivors dammit – act like it!

  16. Ben says:

    This unexpected culling of my generation could finally be the solution to the looming Social Security deficit. So look on the bright side.

To the stake with the heretic!