This Summer

Discussion in 'Mos Eisleys Space Bar' started by RossKean, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    What a difference a month makes...
    In February, the coronavirus was an odd Chinese illness and wasn't something that was expected to affect anyone's plans for this year.
    I was looking forward to retirement in May and was casually planning some riding trips, some work around the house and contemplating a move to Nova Scotia.

    Quite abruptly, shit has happened. Travel is pretty much off the table for some time. US border is closed and I don't feel especially comfortable with hotel stays right now, even if restrictions are eased. Provincial and national parks are closed as well. Ferry to Newfoundland is allowing only 250 passengers per crossing (one quarter of capacity) although a ride to the Rock wouldn't happen until late June anyway. Will we be through this by then?

    Retirement investments have taken a shit-kicking although I expect they will eventually bounce back - unless this whole thing has precipitated a crash that lasts for years, which is possible. Pension income will be OK unless a round of the government trying to spend us out of a recession precipitates major inflation.

    I am still working for now and even those in the NB provincial government who are told to go home are still getting paid (for now). I am in a department that is deemed to provide an essential service so we are asked to keep coming to work. If things get really bad, even retirement may be postponed if staffing levels drop too far. As bad as it is starting to look in Canada, it is looking much worse south of the border. Canadian economy is so closely tied to the American economy that an extended recovery period there will affect us in a similar fashion.

    "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?"

    I guess we will get through it but it won't be soon - I expect to see the current severe restrictions to begin to improve the statistics in a couple of weeks in many regions but six to eight weeks before we can relax a little and start getting back to normal. No idea when they will start schools up again - some talk about not until after Easter; maybe later. Some decent weather would sure help!

    A couple of decent links for statistics:
    https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

    And one article that is a bit optimistic compared to others but I am a little skeptical.
    https://medium.com/six-four-six-nine/evidence-over-hysteria-covid-19-1b767def5894
    Edit: Strike that last link - it was taken down. I think it falsely portrayed an overly optimistic interpretation of the situation. You can search for it as a repost elsewhere on the net but I wouldn't bother, other than as an example of data being manipulated to show what you want. Figures can lie and liars can figure.

    Edit: Apologies. I will make my next post a little more positive!!
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2020
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    The missus has asthma so we're self quarantined and some are saying we need to for 12 weeks.
     
  3. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    I was really looking forward to this summer. I have a boat load of vacation saved up and was going to get some better luggage and try and get out for some extended trips to places I haven't ridden before. Have a feeling all this will be put on hold now since everything is completely turned upside down. Still hope to get out for some trips but at this point I'd say they will be just back and forth to the cabin. Even though its disappointing its hard to feel sorry about it given the state the world is in right now and how bad its affecting everyone, have to put it in perspective. If it keeps getting worse and runs into this summer I'll just have to start making plans for 2021 instead :)
     
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    You...planning? Sorry, that made me laugh out loud. :p
     
  5. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    After the events of the past month methinks planning anything is beyond my thought process. Purchases, work, travel and normal life has taken a back seat to keeping family safe and healthy.
     
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  6. Trash

    Trash Well-Known Member

    I have already planned and booked a couple trips for the upcoming riding season.
    Whether they actually happen is a question that will not be answered for some time, I suspect.
    Given the current situation, I am not too concerned either way, as there’s nothing I can do about it anyway.
    As murph says, the priority at the moment is keeping those around us healthy.
     
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  7. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Was going to do loop around Nova Scotia... Planning stealth camping around the island now.... Still a few roads left untravelled.
     
  8. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    My planned trips now are on the island so easy to make decisions as we see how this all develops. It would be pretty easy to maintain good social distancing on the road.
     
  9. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    They'er asking people to wear 'doggie bags' on their hands when they pump their own gas here in BC now. Shortage of masks and latex gloves here.
    The closer I get to Summer, the further away it seems.
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2020
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  10. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Nova Scotia just announced a 14 day mandatory self-isolation for anyone entering the province from anywhere. I suspect other provinces will do the same. Sincerely hoping that this will blow over before we hit summer.

    I have no expectation that the pandemic will be over by then but if we get into a regular infection rate at a reasonable level as opposed to exponential growth, perhaps restrictions will be eased. I don't see restrictions being completely lifted until a viable vaccine is available. Even then, I think we will be living in a different world with respect to contagion control/awareness practiced by most people. Perhaps good news with respect to annual deaths from influenza.
     
  11. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    Labrador has been on my agenda since last year. Hoping 2020 will be the year for that. Isolation and stealth camping should still be possible within the Province and be low risk.
     
  12. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Is the Tenere up to the challenge? :p
     
  13. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Assuming that travel within the province and travel through Quebec aren't restricted.
    At this point, it is anybody's guess.
     
  14. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    25 to 40+ cm on the way for St. John’s for Tuesday night. Welcome Spring!
     
  15. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Tender???? He still got that thing?????
     
  16. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Crap! We're supposed to get some as well Monday night into Tuesday but only 10 cm or so - at least until they change their minds.
    -3 °C overnight and +7 on Tuesday - maybe it will change to rain early and melt everything???
     
  17. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Good thing we got the panels put back in the greenhouse
     

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