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HVB

Been checking for updates. I guess Talanall is on hiatus. If it's too many games, just update the one my character is in :)

Board Rider
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I've been here. It's been cold. And lonely. I'm waiting for spring.

Fixxxer
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I had a computer issue that kept me effectively away for a few days, but that's resolved.

Edit: Incidentally, the Archive had a birthday this past week. We've been doing this odd thing we do for close to 20 years now.

Talanall
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I succumbed to a heady mixture of holiday travel, seasonal depression, and stuff related to venison hunting season. None of those things are unusual for me to deal with from November through January, but things got a little intense this year.

I am now recovering, and will be back to what passes for normal around here very soon.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

deadDMwalking
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Talanall wrote:

I succumbed to a heady mixture of holiday travel, seasonal depression, and stuff related to venison hunting season.

I'll take your silence on stalking animals bare-chested through the forest with a knife clenched in your teeth as confirmation.

Talanall
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I was not bare-chested. But I did grow a Beard of Sadness.

It's funny. People who find out that I hunt are about evenly split between, "Really?!? Talanall? Hunting? Are you SURE? Is he going to be okay?" and "Sounds like him, alright."

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

deadDMwalking
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For anyone who's surprised I'd just ask them, "If he doesn't hunt animals, how is he going to get the tallow he needs to fashion his own candles. One doesn't read medieval manuscripts by fluorescent!"

I imagine they'd smack themselves in the head and exclaim, "Of course! It's obvious now!"

Fixxxer
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That's... actually, that makes a lot of sense.

Talanall
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Tallow comes from beef and mutton. It also smells terrible, and would only be used in inferior candles. The good stuff is made of beeswax.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Darker

There you go. Barechested beekeeping. That's a man's hobby right there.

Fixxxer
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In the preview, I read this as "barechested barkeeping." Having known many, many bartenders in my life, I was both extremely aroused and extremely frightened.

catalyst
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Checking in. Forgive me, for it has been many years since my last post.

drumandfight
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Checking in to say that I hope everyone is healthy in body and mind; also, I miss most of you.

Talanall
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I'm well, but have been kind of scrambling around lately. My wife is a physician, and currently provides general wellness care to a couple of different facilities that serve as prison/county jail/ICE detention sites. Given your personal background in corrections, I think you know that anyone who's incarcerated for any appreciable length of time basically has to be treated as immuno-compromised. So professionally, she's very busy trying to keep an eye on her patients. They're vulnerable to COVID-19, even if most of them are relatively young.

She's virtually certain to catch it, being a medical provider, so I've been at some pains to ensure I'll be able to support an extended social distancing period with minimal departures from home to obtain supplies. I'm in a rural part of Louisiana, and there are no reported/confirmed cases in either my locality or in the immediate vicinities of the prisons she cares for. But the only really organized testing efforts underway in Louisiana are centered on the hotspots in New Orleans, which is on the other end of the state from me. That may change as the National Guard begins to mobilize to run drive-through testing, but I'd be shocked it efforts made it out this way any sooner than two weeks from now. Maybe longer. It's not really clear how long the supply situation regarding test kits is going to take to unfuck itself, after all.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

HVB

This is crazy. I am now so glad that I made it back to the US in January and not quarantined overseas. I'm in Westchester County in NY and there are so many restrictions in place. I work at a day spa, so I am out of work with no pay and just praying that all of the businesses forced to close will be able to reopen when this is over...the economy is a nightmare I can't even imagine what can be done to help.

That being said, I am still allowed to take my dogs to the beach, so I'm fine :)

Fixxxer
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As with many states, my governor has declared that restaurants and bars are closed to the public, any may offer only takeout and delivery services. Being really good at my job, I'm one of the lucky ones who was asked to try to run the place in that manner with a skeleton crew of only myself and one server (to answer the phone and pack togo containers in bags). It's work. Many, including my significant other, have been laid off until the state rescinds the shutdown. Being in a progressive area as populated as Portland, local government, most utilities and many apartment rental offices are offering any kind of assistance they can to people who are in a less fortunate situation than I'm in, so there's that.

Obsidian_Spoon
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Things are just starting to really set in here in Austin. They just closed the insides of all restaurants and bars a couple days ago. Both my partner and I still have jobs at the moment, though my partner and all of their coworkers were sent home first thing this morning and the shop was closed. It's not yet clear if they'll reopen on Monday or not, but the place is a progressive print shop that mostly runs web stores for Democratic candidates, and has promised a minimum of 80hrs paid leave to the employees.

Mine and our roommate's job (we work together) is still open. We work in the fab department of a company that sells flight simulators. All of the office personnel are working from home now, leaving just the shop crew. It's eerie having half the building empty. The company has promised to "take care of us" and "do the right thing" if we get shut down, but hasn't been clear on what that means exactly. While the board of directors all have a strong Republican ideology, they do pay 100% of our healthcare deductions, so they're not awful. ::shrugs:: We'll just have to see what happens.

Board Rider
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Where I live in Southern California it's a mixed bag. We have a mixture of panic shoppers, young people who don't care and continue to live their best life, the worried who pack hospitals, and those who go to work.

I go to work as I am a federal employee. I work with a bunch of ex military so much of the day is planning for the worst and critiquing all of the processes.

Admittedly, not much as changed as my day to day is concerned. I am lucky. Just trying to dodge the VID and come through clean.

Take care out there everyone. Things will probably get worse here before they get better. I'm really crossing my fingers that things don't go too far sideways.

Darker

I'm in Alabama and things are just picking up here. Yesterday the state just shutdown dine-in restaurants and bars and it's going to get much worse here than other places. Less than a week ago they finally stopped turning people down for testing unless they had traveled abroad and spring break for major universities just concluded. We are behind on nearly everything we should be doing, but because we weren't testing the numbers were low and therefore the response was limited. My parents both work in healthcare in the state as well, and due to lack of preparation and general government dumbassery, they've been exposed to patients in hospitals that have now tested positive. They've been told that quarantine for unprotected exposure does not apply to healthcare workers, so now they are forced to go back to work knowing they could infect their patients. So, unless you have something life-threatening, don't go near a doctor's office or hospital.

I work for a university and have always taught online, so I'm still employed for the moment. I can work at home, but my wife is a graduate teaching assistant and may not have her assistantship we were counting on supporting us for this summer. But we are still better off than most right now.

In positive news, I'll defend my dissertation on Thursday. It's going forward virtually over video conferencing. I'm hoping to be done soon, though spring graduation has been canceled, so I may not walk and be hooded until late summer or fall.

deadDMwalking
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I feel a little guilty that I'm in a very good position. I don't think that my job will go away even though there may be fewer things I'm needed for as my customers reduce the number of transactions they're running (I help government and higher education customers process payments). I've been working from home for the last year, so business as normal in that regard. My wife is a professor, her classes will be online, and we've had major disruption in travel plans. The kids will be home for at least 2 weeks (spring break ends today, but the schools are closed at least through April 3rd). We've taken our 4-year-old out of daycare; as a result we're not terribly exposed to the possibility of contagion. While Tennessee has more than 100 cases, they're primarily concentrated in Nashville; there are only a small handful of cases where I am, and I'm hopeful that the increasing restrictions on business openings came in time to spare our corner the worst of it. It isn't clear that everyone is taking it seriously, so probably things will get much worse...

We didn't do any panic shopping, but we try to keep stores in place generally. I'm annoyed we ran out of Cup o' Noodles - I usually buy them every time we run out, but we have a fair bit of canned soup, beans, chili, etc.

Since we have so much more time at home, we've adopted a puppy (yesterday was 1 week), so we hope that ultimately this will feel like a positive thing for the kids. I think they'd like to see their friends and we won't be able to celebrate birthdays the way we'd like to (May, June, July), but life goes on. We're just going to continue trying to make the best of things, minimize our exposure and wait until things return to normal in August... hopefully.

Fixxxer
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Tell us more about this puppy.

deadDMwalking
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Well, normally I travel some for work and my wife was going to spend 6 weeks in Europe (two different trips) so we figured we'd have time for house training now and maybe not later. We also figured that if things get really bad, having a dog might be good.

We adopted her from the humane society. They didn't have either parent so we don't know what we've got (or how big she'll get). She's probably a lab mix, but what the mix is is hard to say. I wouldn't be surprised if there's some pitbull - her face is a little wide and wedge shaped, and she has bull dog-like hind legs.

We're calling her Molly. She's black except for some white on her paws and chest.

Fixxxer
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....tell Molly that I love her.

HVB

Awww puppy!!!!! Is there a picture? I like my dogs more than my kid most of the time :) I read that a lot of people are adopting dogs since they expect to be home for awhile. I taught mine to ring bells when they need to go outside, it worked extremely well for housetraining.

Fixxxer
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My mother's dog rings bells when she wants out.

Obsidian_Spoon
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Update: They issued a shelter-in-place order for Austin.

My partner Emory's work closed because of it. They're giving all of their employees 120hrs of paid time off, and possibly more if they can if this lasts longer than 3 weeks.

My job, however, is refusing to close, and is making us continue to come in to work. They're claiming we fall under "essential businesses", which we absolutely do not. They want to continue bringing in profit as long as they can though, and don't care if any of us get sick doing that. They also haven't made any clear claims as to whether or not they'll pay us sick leave beyond what hours we already have accrued, and I'm beginning to think they won't. I guess to that effect, I'm glad I still have an income, but I'm risking getting sick and bringing it home to Em.

On a positive note, I too have an adorable pupper, though he's been with us for over 4yrs now. I haven't a clue how to upload an image onto here, so I just changed my profile picture to a picture of him wearing a tie. His name is Kenshō.

HVB

So cute!!! I made my dogs my picture too, hope it works.

My husband's boss just texted that she has Covid-19 and could have spread it. It's been a week but now I feel like I'm just getting psychosomatic symptoms. I'm most worried for my mother who is a nurse and has asthma there are infected patients in her facility.

We havent been told to shelter in place, despite being the hardest hit atm. We shall see.

Fixxxer
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Images can't be uploaded, but they can be displayed via linking them. This post has instructions:

https://www.dndarchive.com/forums/read-first/how-format-images-site

At the end of the day, you can just copy/paste the text and replace the URL with the URL your image resides at. Like this:

Everyone, meet Gilgamesh.

HVB

Hello. I don't think it matters since the games aren't currently running, but I will be traveling to SG not sure how long. But I can still be online if anything happens :)

deadDMwalking
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Where or what is an SG?

Fixxxer
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Singapore, unless I miss my guess.

Darker

StarGate.

HVB

Yes, was Singapore.

Fixxxer
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There hasn't been much activity in the games in the past 2 weeks, but I felt I should mention that starting on Friday I'll be away from my PC for 10 days. I'll have my phone with me and can check in in the evenings, but die rolling has always been a problem on my mobile device, so... blah.

drumandfight
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Take a set of die with you and honor system that shit.

Where you headed?

Fixxxer
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Tennessee. Got some properties to go look at in the Memphis area.

HVB

I am traveling, but if anything happens I will check my phone...

MinusInnocence
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Hurricane Ida update: I live a few miles outside New Orleans and decided to pack up and leave Saturday at 4am. It normally takes 5 hours to get to Houston but this time I didn't arrive until 12:30pm. Everyone is accounted for, healthy and safe. Collin's mom wants to head back tomorrow or the day after that; I also planned to stay until at least Wednesday, but depending on what we find when I get there I may just put together a larger suitcase and hit the road again.

I've been working remotely for the past six years and my current job has been doing the work from home thing since before I started there. So as long as I have Internet and can charge my laptop I'm good. I may or may not have a place to live next week, but right now the situation is mostly out of my hands. The Kenner/Metairie area where I live is projecting at least 3 weeks without power and probably until the weekend before the water comes back on; I hope to get in touch with the front office at my apartment complex tomorrow so I know what I'm getting myself into when I return.

If things are upside down and it looks like it will stay that way for a long time, it looks like I'm Florida-bound for awhile. I am sitting on over a week of paid time off, so that's pretty great. All things considered, my cat isn't crazy about road trips, but we'll live.

"Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists." - H.L. Mencken

HVB

I am just watching this on the news right now and was thinking about you. I checked here and I'm glad that you got out of there and hopefully have things figured out in terms of what to do next.

Talanall
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My mother lives across Lake Ponchartrain from New Orleans; my hometown is called Hammond.

In the middle of the night last night, the eastern eye wall of Hurricane Ida basically came north along Interstate 55. Hammond was subjected to a couple of hours of wind at ~100 mph. My brother and mother both are safe, and as far as I know their homes are basically still sound; there was no flooding anyplace too near them, but the storm downed trees everywhere, and about 98% of the county they live in is in the dark right now. Fortunately, there is still working water and sewerage where they are.

I don't know exactly how long it'll take for the lights to come back on there; they weren't hit as hard as people on the coastline, where the winds sometimes were sufficient literally to collapse sturdy brick structures. But there are countless downed trees, and the prevailing practice here is not to bury power lines. So those are under the downed trees. Some of them are live. My mom lives on a US highway, down the road from a major hospital, and she is on the same electrical grid section as the hospital. The hospital will of course receive priority in getting power restored, so that holds out some hope for a speedy relief for her; temperatures are expected to hover in the low 90s Fahrenheit starting tomorrow, which is pretty unpleasant and verges on truly dangerous.

I'm going down to help them clean up, bringing supplies of ice, gasoline for generators, etc. as soon as the roads are safe for me to do so. The storm has littered most of the Interstate highways with downed trees, so I'm waiting for those to be cleared. That probably will happen tomorrow; interstate routes like I-55 get the utmost priority when this kind of thing happens.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

MinusInnocence
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I made the trip back from Houston to Kenner yesterday (a 5.5 or 6 hour drive took 9 hours). Finding gas on I-10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans was a pipedream, so I filled up at Buc-ee's in Baytown leaving Houston and stopped again just outside Lafayette. The interstates are mostly cleared by now, but anywhere near where the storm passed through is pretty wild when you get off. A lot of the exits starting outside LaPlace are washed out still but signs have been up to that effect explaining it so people don't go barreling down to their deaths.

In town, most of the large debris has been removed from the roadways but there's still lots of little junk littering the lanes (shingles and other more substantial stuff that you probably shouldn't be driving over. Cops have major intersections blocked off to facilitate work crews getting to and from places, so it was a little tricky when I finally got back to town to make all the stops I needed to check off my list.

My apartment has running water but the pressure is very low (the entire parish is under a boil advisory). No lights, which was to be expected, and no damage to the outside either; there was only a little bit of water that seeped in under the door during the storm and it didn't make it past the entryway, I was able to mop it up with a towel in no time.

Collin's mother's house, which I inspected this morning after packing the car up again, has no damage to the exterior and doesn't appear to be missing any shingles at all on the roof; doesn't look like any water got in anywhere. Part of the fence is gone, but that's the worst of it. The neighborhood is a disaster, though. The electrical poles still standing are leaning down over the roads or people's houses and lots of wires are loose on the street. There's no telling when power will be restored there.

I left NOLA this morning around 7:30 or 8 and got to Pensacola around lunch time. I got almost to Mobile before I saw gas stations without hour long waits; if you're driving on I-10 and see people backed up on an exit ramp all the way back onto the interstate, with cops directing traffic into and out of the gas station parking lot, that means they're not out yet. Otherwise, you have to keep driving. I was able to make it all the way to Buc-ee's at the state line and fill up though.

I'll be in Pensacola until further notice. My boss called today just to let me know to remove my paid time off from my time card - he is explicitly not looking over anyone's shoulder to make sure they're accurately accounting for their time this week. So things are going pretty well, all things considered. I'm healthy and safe and can work anywhere there's a reliable Internet connection.

"Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists." - H.L. Mencken

Fixxxer
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Man, I don't miss hurricanes at all. I'm glad to hear you guys are doing okay given the circumstances. @Aladdar, did you and yours weather the storm okay?

HVB

So we got tons of rain from the storm but minimal winds fortunately. A lot of flooded roads and no train or subway service due to flooded stations.
No work for me today or tomorrow because the building could not be accessed and no electricity.

This is ridiculous. People who have been living around here forever said they've never seen anything like this. The flash flooding to this extent is something new around here but twice this week there have been record high rainfall in the area, so I'm guessing with the climate change we should expect more storms like this...

Aladdar
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Yeah, we just got a small amount of rain here in Pensacola. Actually the days after the Hurricane were worse than the days of it. It was far enough west that we were fine.

Fixxxer
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HVB wrote:

This is ridiculous. People who have been living around here forever said they've never seen anything like this. The flash flooding to this extent is something new around here but twice this week there have been record high rainfall in the area, so I'm guessing with the climate change we should expect more storms like this...

A few years ago, I'd have said that even people who live in the beach-bound southwest only have to deal with this sort of thing every decade or so, but the unfortunate reality is that it's getting bad enough that every year somewhere between Miami, FL and Beaumont, TX gets completely wrecked. Climate change is really hitting back, hard.

Talanall
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I went down to my hometown on August 31, traveling down I-55 from Jackson, MS toward New Orleans. Around 20 miles south of Jackson, it began to be clear that something had happened. By the time I got to Brookhaven, which is about 70-80 miles north of my hometown, damage was beginning to be evident; Brookhaven was also the northernmost area that still had reasonable availability of gasoline and other necessities without a long queue.

About 15 miles farther south, in McComb, was where I would see my last working electrical light that wasn't on a generator for roughly the next five days.

My mom and brother escaped without any structural damage to their houses, and no roof problems; my mom owns a rental property next door to her that used to belong to my great-grandma, and that lost a window, but otherwise they were unscathed. Damage was widespread throughout the area, though; it's pure luck that they weren't missing pieces of roofing material. A tree fell on her car.

But she and my brother were safe. I spent Wednesday through Saturday working on cleanup around my mom's place; through the immense generosity of a close friend of mine who has a standby generator and a mother-in-law suite at her house, Mom and I had a cool place to sleep and the ability to get a hot shower and a decent meal. That was a rarity; as of this morning 81% of my home county was still in the dark.

Friday night, the lights came back at my mother's house; as I'd hoped, the local power utility worked feverishly to get the nearby hospital back onto the grid, and it brought her with it. About an hour and a half later, I went outside to a breaker panel to try to figure out why her HVAC system started working when I turned its breaker off (but now wasn't working) and why half the lights in her house had gone out again.

It turns out that the breaker to her HVAC system had caught fire. We evacuated the house, called 911, and were fortunate to learn that the fire had gone out on its own and the house wasn't going to burn down.

Yesterday was Saturday; I was at the end of my resources, so I entrusted Mom to the care of my brother, whose home was also intact, albeit still unpowered, drove home to my wife, took a shower, and then slept for fourteen hours straight.

My other brother drove down from Missouri, and my understanding is that they have secured the parts needed for repairs, as well as the services of a competent electrician. So my mom should be lit up and able to get cooled properly sometime pretty soon; probably Tuesday. The rest of the county probably is going to take much longer; if you're not on the same section of grid as a hospital, supermarket, fuel station, hardware store, or something like that, then you're not high priority right now. I'm hearing that the most remote parts of my county may be waiting for as much as a month.

If the information that has been relayed to me is accurate, then the fire at my mother's probably was caused by faulty wiring in the breaker panel; it had been modified to allow a portable generator to pigtail onto it for emergency power, but the "electrician" who performed the modification hadn't troubled to use a breaker of the proper size for the load involved. We're really lucky that the whole mess didn't catch fire sooner, possibly in circumstances where I wouldn't have noticed something was amiss until it was much too late.

We're also really lucky that the breaker caught fire before my mother and I turned in for the night, or I might not be alive to write this.

Obviously, I am glossing over a lot of stress from being in an emotionally difficult, noisy environment for days on end, the emotional consequences of having a close confrontation with my own mortality, etc. If you've had similar experiences then you know how that stuff goes; if you don't, then I think you should count yourself lucky.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

deadDMwalking
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Understand the stress; glad that everyone is (relatively) okay. Best wishes for everyone.

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