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Posted: 22 Mar 20, 00:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Katy, couldn’t agree more on the Rudi thing. More power to him, I hope he does well with his projects but, it’s getting tiresome for me. Also not holding my breath on his book cuz that also seems to be dragging on.

HI JB, you been missing girl ;). Yes, as of yesterday, Illinois is on lockdown (as I call it), and I am now out of work until 4/8. I am fortunate enough to work for a company that is small enough and (occasionally) generous enough to pay us for 3 weeks max before we have to dip into our vacations. Of course, I brought home my laptop and will continue to work as I do the acct, payroll and HR stuff. My husband, unfortunately, works for a government contractor and his employer has gotten an exemption for their 2000+ employees to continue to work as they are “necessary for national defense”. He even got a letter sent home to carry with him in case he gets stopped. Pisses me off....my hubby is a bit older than me and this outside him at risk. Not to mention my mom as, if he brings it home, I can spread it to her and I’m the only family she has to help her. I am trying to get him to use up his vacation. *sigh*

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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 00:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I watched Rudi today and he did marginally better than the last time. He reminds me of the students I used to have who could not sit still. He showed off his office again, but then settled into answering questions. He did talk about the corona virus a bit. It was disconcerting to watch him repeatedly touch his nose and mouth after he showed off the sanitary station he has by his front door. I have noticed that I touch my face much more often than I ever knew too but watching him was an additional reminder for me. He talked a lot about the chapters he is working on and I have to believe "chapter" has a different meaning for him than it does for most of us. I guess we'll find out soon enough. Nothing new today but he did say that one chapter will be about Jim and he might have said some of Freddie's other lovers too. Sorry, I wasn't paying close enough attention.

My state is on lockdown too as of tonight. If you are "caught" out you have to be able to prove you are on essential business. I was hoping to make a quick trip to the grocery store this week but now I don't know. You are lucky you can do your job from home Amidds. Are all 2000+ of your husband's fellow employees in the same building? It's so hard to believe that he has to carry a letter with him in case he is stopped. I hope he considers your situation and decides to use up some vacation.

I hope all of you are well. Be safe...………...

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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 04:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I am also in Illinois and have one of those letters as I work in the tranportation industry for a manufacturing company that sells steel products. I am a quality engineer, and could work at home, but there is only so much email I can read and respond to. Our company's business software works well remotely, but I rarely use it. I need to use and maintain our custom quality inspection database and also have access to the company network files, and this does not work well remotely at my company. Also, I would feel guilty abandoning our inspectors. Why should I get to safely work at home while they risk going to work? It would seem like I thought that the lower level people who perform the real work are "expendable" while I safely work in luxury at home. I am in my upper 50's and have diabetes, but even so, my risk of death is probably eaily less than 5%.


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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 05:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

St. Jiub, speaking of diabetes, even though you're under 60, your diabetes would be considered an underlying medical condition that places you at greater risk for complications from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Seriously, take advantage of the "luxury" of being able to work from home. Not all are afforded the same.

Katydyd, it was awesome to hear John Deacon's voice - after all these years - from the YouTube livestream. His son, Cameron, has type 1 diabetes, formerly known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or juvenile diabetes. Cam wears an insulin pump. That's why John expressed concern how Cam's "blood sugars are up." He IS quirky, but I do like him. I've watched his YouTube videos.

BTW, I have a vested interest in diabetes because of my family history. My late father had type 2 diabetes, even though he was slender. My sister had gestational diabetes. My 1st cousin has type 1 diabetes from the age of 8. It's in my blood.

Anyway, I'm sharing a humorous image of John Deacon that was posted earlier in a private FB group by another QZ member. I do NOT treat COVID-19 lightly, but the image made me laugh. I hope nobody gets offended.

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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 14:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The photo is funny and with a good message, Jo T.--thanks!

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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 15:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

St. Jiub, just be careful! You have some risk factors, as do many of us. I'm exploring some options now for having groceries delivered.

My older son lives in KY and manages a Donatos pizza place, so he is still working delivery. His wife is a teacher and is at home. My son here is considered essential so he's still working, though I wish he wasn't. My DIL here is a supervising nurse at a nursing home/rehab so she's still working. She said it was rough this weekend since they allow no visitors except for people who are actually dying and they only are allowed one at a time. I can't imagine how heartbreaking that is.

JO, I think humor is essential now. It's always been my way of coping so I appreciated the image of John.

I'm attaching another video of Cameron's. He shares his top 10 Queen songs. I really do get a kick out of him. I'm not sure if this is the video where he talks about his diabetes and learning disability, but he's very open about both. Actually I think that might have been in a video where he was introducing himself and answering personal questions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDC7FYUu2bI

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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 16:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

BTW, TUHI, haven't seen you in a while. Hope all is well with you.

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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 16:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

St Jiub, I work for a steel contractor - I wonder if our companies do business together???? NOT taking what you said personally so I hope this doesn't sound like an attack.....my husband is one of those "lower level" employees due to a work injury he sustained years ago where 3 of his discs were compressed. He took a year to recover and had to start entry level in his 50's for this new company. I hear what you're saying about "why should you get to stay at home when others have to risk it" BUT, that's just doing our part in not spreading this. His company had an employee show up with Corona. They cleaned the one area this person spent most of his day - none of the other areas where he could've come into contact with the other 2500 employees who share space. They do have a responsibility toward their employees if they want them to come in, I don't see my husband taking that risk right now when he can bring it home to me and then my elderly mother who has NO ONE else to help her. We are literally her only remaining living relatives within 500 miles. This does NOT make us any more important than anyone else but makes me grateful that he has vacation accrued and can take some while the company implements additional measures to keep their employees safe.

Jo T., love the pic. Makes you wonder if John has incredible foresight lol! John "Nostradamus" Deacon

Katy, will keep your working relatives in my thoughts. It's unfortunate that anyone has to take a chance being out there right now and I know how difficult it is to worry about them!! Was very thankful to hear that my daughter's hospital has put an end to all visitation and non-essential personnel except in very limited situations where they are tested, then walked through a washing/PPE routine under the watchful eyes of managers. I hope this keeps her safer. Unfortunately, she is also a trained ICU nurse so she will prob be recruited back to that area if/when things continue to worsen which will up her exposure again. *sad emoji*




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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 16:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I watched Rudi's IG yesterday too...I feel like he answered pretty much the exact same questions as last week, very little new information. I feel like he likes showing everyone the people/groups he has worked with, that seems to be his main focus. It is an amazing list, for sure! It really doesn't make sense for him to share a lot of info before his book comes out, so I'm not sure why he does these videos.

Our Governor just announced a stay at home requirement, so I guess I'm now officially at home! Oddly, now that I have been told I HAVE to stay home...all I want to do is go out, LOL! My husband owns a construction business, so this is not good for him but I guess we are all in the same boat. He is also a commissioner in our county, and I can say being in government and trying to do what is right for everyone while also juggling economy and ongoing business concerns, as well as medical status and trying to keep government going while not putting people at risk....it is a hard job. I feel for all our government officials having to manage this...it is 24/7 and full of stress.

I have to say, I am amazed that Cam Deacon is 27...I would have guessed about 17. I think I am at that age where everyone under 40 looks like a teenager to me!




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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 17:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I want a hamburger right now but I'm so afraid to get one in my state they will deliver them to your home through this tragedy.I would be thinking the whole time with every bite about the virus so I guess I will cook at home.I have a damaged immune system so I do have to be careful.People are hoarding food and toilet paper like crazy.The stores are gonna have to put limits on the stuff they can purchase.Well enough of that I hope everyone Is well and stays well and is still able to work you too St Juib.

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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 18:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I forgot about Rudi's live. I mean, I watched it (kinda) but couldn't get into it. Probably won't bother again. I agree, not sure why he's doing these. However, Katy, your recaps are so awesome - are you a writer?

MHZ, right after I posted my last comments, I got word from the owner of my company that we are declaring ourselves an "essential" business. Myself and my assistant are going to continue to stay home until 4/8 but, that means all other employees are going in. As I mentioned, my work is also in construction, not sure how we would be deemed essential according to the official IL explanation but, my boss is going for it anyway. Point being, I would assume maybe your husband could do the same? And, who would questions him if he is the commissioner lol? Yes, it really is a balancing act that would be very tricky for anyone to make decisions on. I don't envy them having to decide between people's health and, basically, the good of the economy and these people's livelihoods after this is over? The one thing I have learned that keeps me feeling strong about staying in is the permanent scarring on the lungs that this could do to anyone, at any age, like pneumonia :((((

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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 19:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi Katy--still around, I check in from time-to-time, but didn't feel like I had much to add. But that little bit from Jo T. was great, so had to weigh in and chortle a bit.

My son lives in Amman, Jordan and is in lock-down. We talk every day. He's fortunate because he lives on the ground floor of his building and has a nice, walled-in porch. We spoke this morning (morning--my time, his time--late afternoon) and he'd been reading outside because the weather was lovely.

I'm fortunate to have some space and an extensive garden--both to work and seek refuge in.

I've never seen the Rudi "lives"--sheesh, I hope he quit smoking sometime in the last few decades! In all those out-takes from Queen videos, he always had a cigarette in-hand, so hope he managed to dispense with that bad habit.

I've seen one or two of Cam's videos--"vlogs" I believe they're called? He's very sweet, if quite young for his age. Still, there's a kindness there that I find charming.

Here in Austin, we're mostly hunkered down, if not completely locked-down. I'm glad SXSW was canceled a few weeks back! Our local leadership is good, the state? Not so much.

Stay safe and be well all of you!!

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Posted: 23 Mar 20, 22:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hello Everyone,

The song "Don't Stop Me Now" just finished playing on our local radio station! That certainly was a pick-me-up. It has been snowing fairly steadily for a while now...it's quite peaceful and lovely. It's a bit of a visual respite from all the uncertainty in the world. I stepped outside just to breathe in deeply. Cold, fresh air always seems so clean, doesn't it?

Nice to see so many friendly faces here again...although under extraordinary circumstances. I work for a not-for-profit agency and have been working at home since last week. I'm fortunate that my agency has been wonderful throughout this ordeal. They understand that most people will not be able to work regular hours from home...especially those who have children to care for at the same time. We can flex our hours any way we like. The management has encouraged us to take good care of ourselves, mentally and physically, and just do the best we can to get our work done without stressing about it. I work as a Navigator, helping people sign up for health insurance, so I am expecting an upswing in calls as people get laid off and their insurance ends.

I am also in a "lock down" state. I can hardly believe the pace at which this pandemic has touched everyone. I have been drawn to watching the news...but one can only watch so many stories about how bad things are.

I have enjoyed listening to Brian May's little "microconcertinos". I love watching him play guitar. It reminds me of how much I want to learn how to play the electric guitar myself. That shouldn't be difficult at all...I am only lacking the electric guitar...and the musical skills! :)

Hey JB050....Ha, Ha...No, I am not working from home in my PJ's...my wardrobe is far more sophisticated than that...I have been wearing baggy sweatpants and a Freddie shirt!

Jo T...Thanks for the funny picture of John Deacon. It made me chuckle.

TUHI...Welcome back. Your "oasis" sounds wonderful.

To all you lovely QZ folks. Thanks for sharing your stories and advice. I wish you and your loved ones the best as we all struggle through this new reality. A special shout-out to all the men and women working in our nation's hospitals, clinics, and doctor's offices. You are amazing!





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Posted: 24 Mar 20, 01:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow, you guys are on a roll. I like that our little community is sharing our way through this crisis. So many comments I want to reply to, but I think it might be impossible. So, a few...….

MHZ, I know what you mean when you say now that you can't go out, it's all you want to do. I usually treasure the days when I can just stay home and hang out, but now that that is all I can do, I want to go out and be with friends. Well, actually I want to go anywhere! I almost drove to the post office today instead of just putting the mail out in the box just so I could be out.

TUHI, can you share more about your garden? I used to do a lot of gardening, but now I prefer to set up my deck for hummingbirds with lots of hanging baskets to attract them and a feeder on my window. I do have a couple of big pots of basil and patio tomatoes though the raccoons tend to go after the tomatoes. Oh, and I have a large tub with a fairy garden in it that my granddaughter made last year. I hope we are able to be out and about again when it's time to get plants because it's my favorite part of spring.

Rainbow, I love the mini concerts Brian is giving on Instagram every day. LOL, you've got a lot of time on your hands right now. Maybe it's a sign that you should get that guitar and go for it! Did you notice that Roger is giving drum lessons on his Insta?

TUHI, there is something endearing about Cam. He always seems so happy and upbeat and he has a beautiful smile.

One more thing. TUHI, I hadn't heard much about the virus situation in Jordan. Since your son is in lockdown I'm assuming the situation there is not good either. I'm glad you have the chance to talk to him daily, I hope it offers some comfort.

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Posted: 24 Mar 20, 01:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

We got fortunate today, Amidds, construction was designated by the governor as essential. So things are still going, although some of the suppliers are shutting down or slowing...so if there is no wood there is no construction! But there are still things that can be done, so we are thankful not to have to shut down and have those consequences. In theory the commissioners (there are 3) could designate certain businesses as essential, but they can’t really vote on anything that might benefit themselves. And trust me...people are VERY vocal if they think commissioners have overstepped! Lol! My husband is painfully honest though, he could never do it anyway.

I love Brian’s concerts too, his Last Horizon solo today brought tears to my eyes. Have you listened to Roger’s drumming instruction? That’s pretty cool too.






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Posted: 24 Mar 20, 04:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Funny JoT.

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Posted: 26 Mar 20, 05:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sir Elton John is hosting a corona virus relief concert featuring other artists on Sun. to benefit Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/elton-john-coronavirus-relief-concert-billie-eilish-mariah-carey-iheart-973070/

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Posted: 26 Mar 20, 11:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks Jo! Normally I'm a news junkie with the news on constantly in the backgroun, but I'm pacing myself lately and I look forward to a break of any kind.

I got up very early this morning with the intention of dashing to the grocery store, but I just can't do it. I'm going to try Amazon Fresh delivery. Another friend used it and she said the convenience of having groceries dropped off on your porch with no contact with the driver was great. I realize there is still risk, but I hope it will be somehow safer. Needless to say I'm having trouble getting a delivery time but I will persevere. If I can't get one in the next few days I'm going to have to go out.


UPDATE: I was able to schedule the grocery delivery for this morning. I will let you know what I think in case anyone else is looking at this option.

Stay safe all.

On a Freddie related note (another escape at this time) we are discussing Peter Hince's book over on the book thread.

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Posted: 26 Mar 20, 14:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think everyone is taking this Corona virus scare a little too far my husband works at the hospital and they have set up tents to care for infected patients outside the hospital.Him being in law enforcement he is seeing everyone in a sheer panic if they just get the sniffles.He has been spit on almost had to shoot someone he didnt want too but he said those measures may happen to protect the facility.I just wish everything would return to normal.Im having to homeschool my grandson the best I can because no more school for the rest of the year he is 4.

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I’m having to homeschool my grandkids too, and I will tell you it’s no picnic! The second graders stuff is fine, it’s the kindergarten stuff that is hard. It’s really the teacher’s instructions that are complicated. These kids have iPads with different apps on them to use....it is never clear which app she is to use for each assignment, and then of course each one has login and passwords and for a kid that can’t keep track of the 2 shoes on her feet there’s no way we can ever find ways to get into the apps! I hate to complain to the school though, I just try to negotiate as best I can. It sure isn’t what I expected though...all I did in kindergarten is color and eat paste!




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