Coronavirus: How ya doing?

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Re: Coronavirus: How ya doing?

Post by jonas » Wed May 13, 2020 12:51 pm

Sounds like you're thinking about it in a healthy way, g5a, even if it’s tough going. Glad to hear you’re somewhat back at work, keep checking in here at GLONO, the three of us will keep the message board alive. :-)

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Re: Coronavirus: How ya doing?

Post by Jake » Wed May 13, 2020 2:03 pm

Don't forget Murph! 4!

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Re: Coronavirus: How ya doing?

Post by jonas » Thu May 14, 2020 7:51 pm

Four indeed! My apologies.

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Re: Coronavirus: How ya doing?

Post by Jake » Fri May 15, 2020 1:17 pm

Week 9, folks. How ya holding up?

I feel like the natives are getting restless. On the one hand it's feeling more normal to not leave the house, but on the other hand it's getting harder with no real end in sight. No coherent plan.

Personally, I'm getting a little sloppy with my distancing. For example, my father-in-law came over this week to pick up a table saw. I helped him load into into his truck without really even thinking about it, and we weren't wearing masks and definitely did not keep our six feet. Which makes me wonder if we're just getting more and more willing to accept 1,800 deaths a day as the status quo. Which is...well, yikes.

Starting to worry more about my dayjob as the industry is taking a beating. It seems insane that giant corporations are laying people off in the middle of a pandemic, but that's what giant corporations do. I can't even imagine how bad it would suck to lose my job (and insurance) at a time like this. I know a lot of people are already in that boat and I feel for them. Here I am whining about missing brunch while people are really hurting out there.

Still haven't gotten any notification that my Jason Isbell concert in June has been cancelled or rescheduled, but it can't be long now, I assume...

So anyway, those are my thoughts for another Friday in lockdown. Keep on keeping on, everybody!

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Re: Coronavirus: How ya doing?

Post by jonas » Fri May 15, 2020 6:28 pm

I got one of those music text updates a while back and managed to quickly grab two front row seats to Steve Earle on June 12th. At this point I’d just as happily skip it, but I sure would like to get my money back. if he does end up holding it, not sure I want to go.

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Re: Coronavirus: How ya doing?

Post by worpswede » Tue May 19, 2020 4:10 pm

I've smoked more pot during the month of April 2020 than I've ever smoked in my entire life. I've switched from combustible flower to vape cartridges just to be a bit more clandestine with my increased intake. I alternate between indica and sativa strains during the day to provide specific enhancements to my new work-from-home lifestyle. It helps to cloud over the week and numb the reality that at least half of this country is actively out to destroy our union. I got a great big jug of Crown at Costco while stocking up on toilet paper, coffee and beef jerky, but have yet to open it. My wife has been all about the take-out margaritas and white claw variety packs. She rarely smoked weed before this year and has now become a daily user. She prefers the weed with cute names like honeydew lemon purple panda sasquatch and may have even downloaded the Leafly app.

When I'm not high, I alternate between existential dread and anger. The most vicious thoughts are focused for Republicans. Iowa's governor has provided nothing but vague directions and questionable data, blatantly shilling for her donors, her president, and her far-right constituents. I keep reminding myself to be patient, that statistically things will swing back to more reasonable and progressive governance, but it's easy to be distracted and overwhelmed by the blatant ignorance that rules our country at the moment. I'm very appreciative that my Dutch-owned company has advised us that they will not be listening to local, state or federal guidelines and will continue to follow work-from-home protocols until they deem it to be safe for their employees. When we do return, it will be slow and staggered. The company has already declared 2020 a shitshow, so they've implemented aggressive expense savings measures to try and stop the financial bleeding. I am taking on a new role next week that is a lateral move for me, but more "essential" to the company with hopes of maintaining a bit of job security while they cut costs.

I worry about the kids. My 16yo son is showing signs of restlessness and has been more vocal about going out. I can't blame him, but I'm grateful that he isn't pissy about being told "No." He's just wrapped up his school year with "virtual" classes that were slopped together by the school district to show compliance with State testing. My 13yo daughter has been hogging up the bandwidth with gaming and I heard her trash talking someone the other day with "Girl, you don't know what the fuck you're talking about!" I let it go. There was no real coordinated effort by the school district to salvage any remaining part of her school year.

I miss my (extended) family and friends. I worry for their well-being. I miss going to shows, record shopping and dining out. So far, Parquet Courts, Robyn Hitchcock, and some Andy Warhol film event scored by Kim Gordon have all been cancelled. Jerry Seinfeld's show next month has been postponed. We're still on for Fred Eaglesmith (June 12th-so on the fence with this one), Squeeze, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Vampire Weekend for later in the summer.

I'm nearly to the point of not giving a shit about HBO's Westworld after the disappointing S3. I've tried to binge Ozark, but I haven't been able to fully commit to it. I was more impressed with Better Call Saul, which also presented itself as a pandemic favorite. Otherwise, it's you tube car restoration shows or lawn care care videos. I'm also present during the Grateful Dead streams of their old shows, much to the dismay of my family. I hear constant ridicule from them about the length of their songs and the shortness of Bob Weir's shorts.

Like Husker Du said, you gotta keep hanging on.

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Re: Coronavirus: How ya doing?

Post by Jake » Wed May 20, 2020 11:55 am

Thanks for the update. I totally get the existential dread and anger. It doesn't feel healthy to be carrying around these bad vibes. Using a chainsaw around the yard is the only thing I have found that really helps.

It'll be interesting to see what happens here in Michigan with the governor "opening up" the northern region. There are several very, very good restaurants in Traverse City (as well as a historic movie theater owned by Michael Moore). My family often drives up there to walk around and eat in the summer. But I think I will be holding off for at least a couple of weeks to see how it goes... As much as I would love some Mama Lu's tacos or the pulled pork sandwich from Taproot, I'm not quite ready to be that close to people...

But I trust that my governor is making decisions backed by science and that she cares about the lives of old people and black folks, so I'm really hoping it goes well.

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Re: Coronavirus: How ya doing?

Post by DJMurphy » Sat May 23, 2020 12:44 pm

Jake, I gotta ask you, have you or your loved ones been affected by the massive flooding in Central MI?

What's Derek Phillips up to these days? Anything musical? You guys close at all these days?

Poor you, you've gotta deal with both massive rains and Da Pretender Prez visiting you (Trump).

Here in MurphTown, we had to say goodbye to our cat Simon, which hurt. He was such a great cat. I discovered one of my grade school brothers died of a heart attack in Arizona. No proper goodbyes to him, although he knew I loved him, so there's that. I sometimes wonder if they are the lucky ones, that they no longer have to have front-row seats to the shit show. But then again, they won't be able to witness life's little beautiful moments anymore, either. Like seeing John San Juan play a live stream event last night and seeing him play me the Hushdrops song "Macho", and dedicate it to me. Absolutely priceless moment. He then played my all-time favorite Hushdrops song, "Vague". It was a one-two punch of amazing music.

BRING BACK LEPPOTONE ELECTRICAL RECORDS!!!

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Re: Coronavirus: How ya doing?

Post by Jake » Tue May 26, 2020 9:52 am

Murph! Thanks for asking.

My family has not been affected by the crazy dam-busting flooding, thank goodness. The lakes and rivers all across the state are pretty high, but we live up on a hill and it would have to be a catastrophic, Noah's ark level disaster for us to get wet. The ground is saturated everywhere though so trees are tipping over left and right. I am getting handy with a chainsaw and sometimes I think it's the only thing keeping me sane. I may work up the courage to try splitting wood soon. Which, if I can pull it off, would be by far the manliest thing I've ever done in my life. (I am not optimistic.)

DP is good. Super busy with his dayjob, but have you not heard his band Daystar? They are right up your alley: Big Star/Wings-influenced power pop. They released a full-length last year, which is great and you should totally get the vinyl because they put together a really lovely product. The rest of the band is still in Portland, but they are still recording remotely. In fact they just released a bitchin' cover of "Child of the Moon."



We are as close as ever, which means we I.M. each other on Slack all the time but hardly ever see each other in real life, ha ha. Our wives are currently trying to arrange a socially distantly responsible get together.

As for Leppotone, have you listened to the Lower Leisure Class? It's basically a Leppotone supergroup featuring members of the Sinatras, the Sleestacks, and King Tammy. Their album is absolutely worth picking up: Stories from The Lower Leisure Class. Here's my favorite song from it:



And this is my second favorite song:


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Re: Coronavirus: How ya doing?

Post by grounded5am » Wed May 27, 2020 4:22 pm

Well, I'm still stuck at home mostly with the occasional long lapse at work. I would like to be at work full time. Being at home doesn't help my low energy levels and basically makes me want to be catatonic. If I'm not in bed I'm horizontal on the couch. I am trying to do better by making myself go on the computer and make the rounds on the internet. However, I am also trying to avoid the P on the internet. There's only so much one can do on the internet before hitting the p. Much like Worpse and his friend Mary jane. I try to avoid any recreational fun especially since I'm on some pretty heady prescribed meds anyway. Don't want to mix anything and feel any worse. Or worse yet feel nothing. HA! I have moved on to the new Car Seat Headrest, which I like very much. But I fear I may move away sooner rather than later. I've been like that lately with my music. Very jumpy, trying to get the next BIG fix that will calm my nerves.

That's not always a good thing, but in these trying times whatever doesn't do me in will work for me. I miss going out. Especially now, as the summer movie season would've started. In that regard, I have taken it upon myself to have my own summer movie season by watching a lot of movies on 4k that came out in the summers' past. One a week for 3 months and maybe watching one or two twice. Make it like going to a real movie with snacks, start time, and everything. Anything to get rid of the doldrums and shake things up. To sum things up, I am hanging in there but I really need to see some sort of end to this tunnel soon. LOL. Hope everyone else is doing well and hanging in there. Any good music recommendations that I can purchase are gladly welcomed.

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