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2020-05-23 7:18:00 AM  
My five-year-old has been allowed to play video games and his schoolwork has been reduced to whatever we can fit into the day around our jobs and everything else.

Needless to say, he told me he's having fun and loving being home. I, on the other hand, have carved out 3AM-3:15AM as my "me time" to scream into a pillow huddled in the laundry room.
 
2020-05-23 8:15:43 AM  
If your children are enjoying it, then clearly you've not yet reached the phase of having them mow the lawn by hand

with a pair of scissors

and a tongue depressor for digging up dandelions

/should keep them busy for a while
 
zez
2020-05-23 8:20:31 AM  
Well that was a humblebrag of an article
 
2020-05-23 8:25:56 AM  
Wow, an author founds a group, made up of parents who drank his particular brand of Kool-Aid and they respond in a way that suggests he's right.

/ what were the odds?
 
2020-05-23 8:29:42 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: My five-year-old has been allowed to play video games and his schoolwork has been reduced to whatever we can fit into the day around our jobs and everything else.

Needless to say, he told me he's having fun and loving being home. I, on the other hand, have carved out 3AM-3:15AM as my "me time" to scream into a pillow huddled in the laundry room.


Username checks out
 
2020-05-23 8:30:46 AM  
Can't really call it panic drinking if I was doing it before the crisis started, I guess
 
2020-05-23 8:32:30 AM  
After 9 weeks, my 5 and 8 yr olds have had about enough of this. Yesterday morning they came down from their rooms with bags packed to run away to the Amazon. Even stole my wife's phone while she slept because they knew they'd need it.
 
2020-05-23 8:36:52 AM  
And yet, when this thing has finally run its course, they will all be forced back into the same bullshiat... being indoctrinated instead of learning. Typical...
 
2020-05-23 8:40:44 AM  
Life for most children is more-or-less the same as it was a couple of hundred years ago.
 
2020-05-23 8:44:38 AM  
I'm not set up with a home office but have been working from home...in the living room...with three kids, a baby and my SO who is furloughed...I need to go back to the office as soon as it is safe for my sanity....I'm cool with just 1 day a week or something.
 
2020-05-23 8:46:11 AM  
Its affecting people without kids too. I've only been getting around 10 hours of sleep instead of my usual 12.
 
2020-05-23 8:52:59 AM  
I think that everyone's a little stir crazy,  but I'm not sure that anyone in my house is freaking out. Though, I do see that a lot of my peers aren't handling it well, but those people were nuts to begin with.
 
2020-05-23 8:54:37 AM  
My kids have found new ways to hide schoolwork they've skipped doing. They resist bike rides. When I wake them up, they usually roll over and go back to sleep. I've taken to physically removing them from their beds like they're invalids.

Before quarantine, they got up in the mornings, got themselves ready for school, and generally excelled at life.

/so, yeah, this has been great
//go ahead and criticize
///I'm sure it's my fault
 
2020-05-23 8:55:03 AM  

gunsmack: Wow, an author founds a group, made up of parents who drank his particular brand of Kool-Aid and they respond in a way that suggests he's right.

/ what were the odds?


That's every facebook group, forum, and subreddit ever. The lengths some people go-to to fit in though...it's...off-puting.

It's the super defensive ones of the groups that make me cringe the hardest. Go to any forum where someone asks a question. Instead of answering it, they find a reason not to. For example, "what do you guys think of this make and model of a product?" Response: "that modal is shiat and you wood now its shiat if you new what a serch button was." (sic)

Ahh. fark the modern day internet where any casual can easily access it. I know it sounds elitist, but the old internet was better. It took some skill to figure out where to go...not much, but in order to figure it out, you had to read, not be guided through by a friend. It did a reasonable job of keeping a huge influx of mouth breathers away.

I'm not that old, I was just given a junker 386 at an early age where friends were non-existent and time was cheap.
 
2020-05-23 8:56:22 AM  
I'm not gnawing on my fingernails.  My jointer does a great job!

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2020-05-23 9:00:13 AM  
I kinda feel guilty about how little my small family has been impacted.

My wife and I aren't especially social people, so our recreational activities haven't changed.  Just like before I can goof off on my computer, go out on the boat or kayak, and swim in the pool.

No kids so none of the school closings, etc. are relevant to us at all.  No pets so we don't have to worry about the psychological effects on them due to their owner's shifts in behaviors.

All our favorite local restaurants do takeout now so we just go pick up whatever we want and bring it back.  Picnicking on my dock or deck feels like an improvement over having to sit in a room to eat.

I'm in IT and worked from home before, so mandatory work from home isn't a change.  I'm in healthcare which hasn't really been impacted by the downswing.  Plus they are far more likely to ask me to run the company than to leave it.

Oddly home maintenance  is listed as an "essential service", so the maid, lawn crew, and pool guy come over as normal, so that's all taken care of.

I did get a bit annoyed at my hair growing out, but my wife bought some clippers on Amazon and actually did a pretty decent job so that problem has been solved.  She won't let me do hers though.

So I guess I'm realizing that I live in a different America than other people.  This could go on forever, and I'd barely notice.  I might prefer it, personally, if it was just me... no vacationing tourists is a definite plus.

Except the maid is worried about her parents in Costa Rica, and the pool guy's brother in law died of COVID-19 in NY, and the old German lady who runs our favorite place for roast duck is struggling to keep things going.

We try to pay everyone extra, and listen to their issues, but there is no way that that could ever be enough to offset everything that's going on in their lives.  So for their sake we definitely want this to end soon.

It's just... I almost don't feel like an American.  Just somebody who happens to live here, observing Americans.  I don't like that feeling.
 
2020-05-23 9:08:05 AM  

SomeAmerican: I kinda feel guilty about how little my small family has been impacted.

My wife and I aren't especially social people, so our recreational activities haven't changed.  Just like before I can goof off on my computer, go out on the boat or kayak, and swim in the pool.

No kids so none of the school closings, etc. are relevant to us at all.  No pets so we don't have to worry about the psychological effects on them due to their owner's shifts in behaviors.

All our favorite local restaurants do takeout now so we just go pick up whatever we want and bring it back.  Picnicking on my dock or deck feels like an improvement over having to sit in a room to eat.

I'm in IT and worked from home before, so mandatory work from home isn't a change.  I'm in healthcare which hasn't really been impacted by the downswing.  Plus they are far more likely to ask me to run the company than to leave it.

Oddly home maintenance  is listed as an "essential service", so the maid, lawn crew, and pool guy come over as normal, so that's all taken care of.

I did get a bit annoyed at my hair growing out, but my wife bought some clippers on Amazon and actually did a pretty decent job so that problem has been solved.  She won't let me do hers though.

So I guess I'm realizing that I live in a different America than other people.  This could go on forever, and I'd barely notice.  I might prefer it, personally, if it was just me... no vacationing tourists is a definite plus.

Except the maid is worried about her parents in Costa Rica, and the pool guy's brother in law died of COVID-19 in NY, and the old German lady who runs our favorite place for roast duck is struggling to keep things going.

We try to pay everyone extra, and listen to their issues, but there is no way that that could ever be enough to offset everything that's going on in their lives.  So for their sake we definitely want this to end soon.

It's just... I almost don't feel like an American.  Just somebody who happens to live here, observing Americans.  I don't like that feeling.


I work with a few guys like yourself and have a couple friends in similar situations. The things I have had to adjust to, they have not. It makes for conversations about the day to day life changes a bit odd as they can't relate.

I find myself actually talking with my sisters more about the home life chaos.
 
2020-05-23 9:09:06 AM  

SomeAmerican: I kinda feel guilty about how little my small family has been impacted.

My wife and I aren't especially social people, so our recreational activities haven't changed.  Just like before I can goof off on my computer, go out on the boat or kayak, and swim in the pool.

No kids so none of the school closings, etc. are relevant to us at all.  No pets so we don't have to worry about the psychological effects on them due to their owner's shifts in behaviors.

All our favorite local restaurants do takeout now so we just go pick up whatever we want and bring it back.  Picnicking on my dock or deck feels like an improvement over having to sit in a room to eat.

I'm in IT and worked from home before, so mandatory work from home isn't a change.  I'm in healthcare which hasn't really been impacted by the downswing.  Plus they are far more likely to ask me to run the company than to leave it.

Oddly home maintenance  is listed as an "essential service", so the maid, lawn crew, and pool guy come over as normal, so that's all taken care of.

I did get a bit annoyed at my hair growing out, but my wife bought some clippers on Amazon and actually did a pretty decent job so that problem has been solved.  She won't let me do hers though.

So I guess I'm realizing that I live in a different America than other people.  This could go on forever, and I'd barely notice.  I might prefer it, personally, if it was just me... no vacationing tourists is a definite plus.

Except the maid is worried about her parents in Costa Rica, and the pool guy's brother in law died of COVID-19 in NY, and the old German lady who runs our favorite place for roast duck is struggling to keep things going.

We try to pay everyone extra, and listen to their issues, but there is no way that that could ever be enough to offset everything that's going on in their lives.  So for their sake we definitely want this to end soon.

It's just... I almost don't feel like an American.  Just somebody who happens to live here, observing Americans.  I don't like that feeling.


Nice humble brag. No one cares.
 
2020-05-23 9:12:20 AM  
People who enjoy parenting will continue to enjoy parenting.  People who were never really into parenting, will continue to not really be into parenting.
 
2020-05-23 9:12:57 AM  
Ah, but just wait until this COVID-19 business is history.

The kids who grew up with it will be all agoraphobic and mysophobic.  Freak out at all these strangers who keep wandering closer than 2m, and won't even wear marks to boot.

And using a subway in rush hour? Fegeddabuddit.
 
2020-05-23 9:14:37 AM  
there's a bunch of kids who grew up in warzones that are perfectly stable mentally. kids adapt to their environment get a 4 year old around the table while your eating the guy next door because of famine and after a few day he'll be choosing is favorite meat part with a smile on his face.
 
2020-05-23 9:15:34 AM  
My five-year-old begs me to help clean the garage and do chores. It's farking heaven here.
 
2020-05-23 9:16:47 AM  

FarkingReading: My kids have found new ways to hide schoolwork they've skipped doing. They resist bike rides. When I wake them up, they usually roll over and go back to sleep. I've taken to physically removing them from their beds like they're invalids.

Before quarantine, they got up in the mornings, got themselves ready for school, and generally excelled at life.

/so, yeah, this has been great
//go ahead and criticize
///I'm sure it's my fault


I'm not sure how it would work with kids but had a fun technique for dealing with depressed patients that wouldn't get out of bed: I'd lift the mattress to roll them out of bed. They'd be up and active in an instant, well before there was actually any danger of their rolling onto the floor, cussing at me that I was crazier than they were. It was amazing how quickly their mood changed without pharmaceutical assistance, how they'd evacuate the floor and get on with their day. What's more, after doing it a couple times word spread that all I had to do was touch the bottom of the mattress, implying the threat...
 
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2020-05-23 9:17:41 AM  
Of course, the children are the most likely to survive so why shouldn't they be chill?
 
2020-05-23 9:39:19 AM  
Nice break from worrying about being shot every day.
 
2020-05-23 9:57:26 AM  
Being single and somewhat introverted I don't think I've ever been this productive in my life now that I have almost no social obligations. It'd be great if my being comfortable wasn't tied to the deaths of tens of thousands.
 
2020-05-23 10:13:26 AM  

FarkingReading: My kids have found new ways to hide schoolwork they've skipped doing. They resist bike rides. When I wake them up, they usually roll over and go back to sleep. I've taken to physically removing them from their beds like they're invalids.

Before quarantine, they got up in the mornings, got themselves ready for school, and generally excelled at life.

/so, yeah, this has been great
//go ahead and criticize
///I'm sure it's my fault


16 year old played Overwatch until six a.m., AGAIN. Tempted to just flip the beaker box.

11 year old very active and getting into all kinds of mischief.

Both pretty much over school as soon as everything went online. If you need me I'll be in the garden 🌻🌸🥕🌶🥬🧅🍅🌞
 
2020-05-23 10:20:08 AM  

SomeAmerican: I kinda feel guilty about how little my small family has been impacted.

My wife and I aren't especially social people, so our recreational activities haven't changed.  Just like before I can goof off on my computer, go out on the boat or kayak, and swim in the pool.

No kids so none of the school closings, etc. are relevant to us at all.  No pets so we don't have to worry about the psychological effects on them due to their owner's shifts in behaviors.

All our favorite local restaurants do takeout now so we just go pick up whatever we want and bring it back.  Picnicking on my dock or deck feels like an improvement over having to sit in a room to eat.

I'm in IT and worked from home before, so mandatory work from home isn't a change.  I'm in healthcare which hasn't really been impacted by the downswing.  Plus they are far more likely to ask me to run the company than to leave it.

Oddly home maintenance  is listed as an "essential service", so the maid, lawn crew, and pool guy come over as normal, so that's all taken care of.

I did get a bit annoyed at my hair growing out, but my wife bought some clippers on Amazon and actually did a pretty decent job so that problem has been solved.  She won't let me do hers though.

So I guess I'm realizing that I live in a different America than other people. This could go on forever, and I'd barely notice.  I might prefer it, personally, if it was just me... no vacationing tourists is a definite plus.

Except the maid is worried about her parents in Costa Rica, and the pool guy's brother in law died of COVID-19 in NY, and the old German lady who runs our favorite place for roast duck is struggling to keep things going.

We try to pay everyone extra, and listen to their issues, but there is no way that that could ever be enough to offset everything that's going on in their lives.  So for their sake we definitely want this to end soon.

It's just... I almost don't feel like an American.  Just somebody who happens to live here, ...


Wow.  Just wow.
 
2020-05-23 10:37:53 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: My five-year-old has been allowed to play video games and his schoolwork has been reduced to whatever we can fit into the day around our jobs and everything else.

Needless to say, he told me he's having fun and loving being home. I, on the other hand, have carved out 3AM-3:15AM as my "me time" to scream into a pillow huddled in the laundry room.


*laughts in child-free*
 
2020-05-23 10:42:28 AM  
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2020-05-23 10:47:41 AM  

jimjays: FarkingReading: My kids have found new ways to hide schoolwork they've skipped doing. They resist bike rides. When I wake them up, they usually roll over and go back to sleep. I've taken to physically removing them from their beds like they're invalids.

Before quarantine, they got up in the mornings, got themselves ready for school, and generally excelled at life.

/so, yeah, this has been great
//go ahead and criticize
///I'm sure it's my fault

I'm not sure how it would work with kids but had a fun technique for dealing with depressed patients that wouldn't get out of bed: I'd lift the mattress to roll them out of bed. They'd be up and active in an instant, well before there was actually any danger of their rolling onto the floor, cussing at me that I was crazier than they were. It was amazing how quickly their mood changed without pharmaceutical assistance, how they'd evacuate the floor and get on with their day. What's more, after doing it a couple times word spread that all I had to do was touch the bottom of the mattress, implying the threat...


First read that as "depressed parents."
 
2020-05-23 10:50:35 AM  
My kids (5 and 6) have become increasingly wild and belligerent. I think they're sick of us and each other and need some other outlet for their energy. But on the other hand the older one has basically learned to read and is working through 1st grade math. So there's that.
 
2020-05-23 10:55:13 AM  
My dog has never been happier.
 
2020-05-23 11:07:45 AM  
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2020-05-23 11:09:13 AM  
I'd be loving it if I wasn't 3000 miles from my terminally ill mother who's at high risk of dying whether or not this pandemic quarantine loosens up.

What does any of this have to do with anything?
 
2020-05-23 11:20:31 AM  
It's because they don't know what the hell is going on. And that's ok. Up to a certain age, little kids should feel secure, not worrying about rent or food.
 
2020-05-23 11:33:47 AM  
I've been back in the office since May 4. The only one of the 3 other people who are also back in the office who has a kid is here almost every day, all day long, even though I suspect she doesn't have to. I am convinced she comes to work to get away from her (1) kid and husband. Which I find sad. Unfortunately, she sits close to me (we have assigned cubicles), which is beginning to annoy, since we're usually the only people here. I'd actually be less distracted at home.
 
2020-05-23 11:36:20 AM  

bfh0417: SomeAmerican: I kinda feel guilty about how little my small family has been impacted.

My wife and I aren't especially social people, so our recreational activities haven't changed.  Just like before I can goof off on my computer, go out on the boat or kayak, and swim in the pool.

No kids so none of the school closings, etc. are relevant to us at all.  No pets so we don't have to worry about the psychological effects on them due to their owner's shifts in behaviors.

All our favorite local restaurants do takeout now so we just go pick up whatever we want and bring it back.  Picnicking on my dock or deck feels like an improvement over having to sit in a room to eat.

I'm in IT and worked from home before, so mandatory work from home isn't a change.  I'm in healthcare which hasn't really been impacted by the downswing.  Plus they are far more likely to ask me to run the company than to leave it.

Oddly home maintenance  is listed as an "essential service", so the maid, lawn crew, and pool guy come over as normal, so that's all taken care of.

I did get a bit annoyed at my hair growing out, but my wife bought some clippers on Amazon and actually did a pretty decent job so that problem has been solved.  She won't let me do hers though.

So I guess I'm realizing that I live in a different America than other people.  This could go on forever, and I'd barely notice.  I might prefer it, personally, if it was just me... no vacationing tourists is a definite plus.

Except the maid is worried about her parents in Costa Rica, and the pool guy's brother in law died of COVID-19 in NY, and the old German lady who runs our favorite place for roast duck is struggling to keep things going.

We try to pay everyone extra, and listen to their issues, but there is no way that that could ever be enough to offset everything that's going on in their lives.  So for their sake we definitely want this to end soon.

It's just... I almost don't feel like an American.  Just somebody who happens ...


You have a maid...you lost most people's sympathy to your whining.
Ruling class needs to suffer more.
 
2020-05-23 11:36:44 AM  

SomeAmerican: I kinda feel guilty about how little my small family has been impacted.

My wife and I aren't especially social people, so our recreational activities haven't changed.  Just like before I can goof off on my computer, go out on the boat or kayak, and swim in the pool.

No kids so none of the school closings, etc. are relevant to us at all.  No pets so we don't have to worry about the psychological effects on them due to their owner's shifts in behaviors.

All our favorite local restaurants do takeout now so we just go pick up whatever we want and bring it back.  Picnicking on my dock or deck feels like an improvement over having to sit in a room to eat.

I'm in IT and worked from home before, so mandatory work from home isn't a change.  I'm in healthcare which hasn't really been impacted by the downswing.  Plus they are far more likely to ask me to run the company than to leave it.

Oddly home maintenance  is listed as an "essential service", so the maid, lawn crew, and pool guy come over as normal, so that's all taken care of.

I did get a bit annoyed at my hair growing out, but my wife bought some clippers on Amazon and actually did a pretty decent job so that problem has been solved.  She won't let me do hers though.

So I guess I'm realizing that I live in a different America than other people.  This could go on forever, and I'd barely notice.  I might prefer it, personally, if it was just me... no vacationing tourists is a definite plus.

Except the maid is worried about her parents in Costa Rica, and the pool guy's brother in law died of COVID-19 in NY, and the old German lady who runs our favorite place for roast duck is struggling to keep things going.

We try to pay everyone extra, and listen to their issues, but there is no way that that could ever be enough to offset everything that's going on in their lives.  So for their sake we definitely want this to end soon.

It's just... I almost don't feel like an American.  Just somebody who happens to live here, observing Americans.  I don't like that feeling.


I could have almost written this. Except, we do have kids but one is grown and away and the other is an early teen and he's not terribly social either. He's heads down building more RC cars and 3D printing stuff. Including an RC car. Meta.
 
2020-05-23 11:40:12 AM  
Also, I am the maid and the gardener in our instance LOL.
 
2020-05-23 11:47:30 AM  

m57lyra: Also, I am the maid and the gardener in our instance LOL.


Maid, Gardener, personal chef and steamstress.
 
2020-05-23 11:47:39 AM  
A reminder that basically CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING.
And when you're young enough you have no frame of reference by which to measure danger, value, loss, risk ,etc.


The super short version is:
Ignorance is bliss and most children are ignorant.
 
2020-05-23 11:50:39 AM  

alice_600: m57lyra: Also, I am the maid and the gardener in our instance LOL.

Maid, Gardener, personal chef and steamstress.


Yes sorry, I am also the personal chef. (I made Welsh Rarebit last night! It had all the food groups - cheese AND bacon!)

Turns out I am also a seamstress. I made all our masks.
 
2020-05-23 11:52:10 AM  
Of course kids are OK - they don't have kids about which to worry.
 
2020-05-23 11:58:02 AM  
I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure labor laws don't apply to streaming on Twitch. I mean, if they're at home playing video games anyway.....

/ I am a horrible person
 
2020-05-23 11:59:51 AM  

NotThatGuyAgain: I'm not gnawing on my fingernails.  My jointer does a great job!

[Fark user image 425x566]


Dude!  I did that cutting a pineapple once.  My sympathy.
 
2020-05-23 12:05:43 PM  
Who knew that Mennonites invented pierógs?
 
2020-05-23 12:07:06 PM  

m57lyra: SomeAmerican: I kinda feel guilty about how little my small family has been impacted.

My wife and I aren't especially social people, so our recreational activities haven't changed.  Just like before I can goof off on my computer, go out on the boat or kayak, and swim in the pool.

No kids so none of the school closings, etc. are relevant to us at all.  No pets so we don't have to worry about the psychological effects on them due to their owner's shifts in behaviors.

All our favorite local restaurants do takeout now so we just go pick up whatever we want and bring it back.  Picnicking on my dock or deck feels like an improvement over having to sit in a room to eat.

I'm in IT and worked from home before, so mandatory work from home isn't a change.  I'm in healthcare which hasn't really been impacted by the downswing.  Plus they are far more likely to ask me to run the company than to leave it.

Oddly home maintenance  is listed as an "essential service", so the maid, lawn crew, and pool guy come over as normal, so that's all taken care of.

I did get a bit annoyed at my hair growing out, but my wife bought some clippers on Amazon and actually did a pretty decent job so that problem has been solved.  She won't let me do hers though.

So I guess I'm realizing that I live in a different America than other people.  This could go on forever, and I'd barely notice.  I might prefer it, personally, if it was just me... no vacationing tourists is a definite plus.

Except the maid is worried about her parents in Costa Rica, and the pool guy's brother in law died of COVID-19 in NY, and the old German lady who runs our favorite place for roast duck is struggling to keep things going.

We try to pay everyone extra, and listen to their issues, but there is no way that that could ever be enough to offset everything that's going on in their lives.  So for their sake we definitely want this to end soon.

It's just... I almost don't feel like an American.  Just somebody who happens ...


Same here - could have written this.... I don't think he (or she) is whining, just being an observer outside the mainstream of what seems to be happening, or at least what's being shown on the news
 
2020-05-23 12:07:35 PM  
Training the next generation of snowflakes to live in moms basement
 
2020-05-23 12:09:18 PM  

cwheelie: m57lyra: SomeAmerican: I kinda feel guilty about how little my small family has been impacted.

My wife and I aren't especially social people, so our recreational activities haven't changed.  Just like before I can goof off on my computer, go out on the boat or kayak, and swim in the pool.

No kids so none of the school closings, etc. are relevant to us at all.  No pets so we don't have to worry about the psychological effects on them due to their owner's shifts in behaviors.

All our favorite local restaurants do takeout now so we just go pick up whatever we want and bring it back.  Picnicking on my dock or deck feels like an improvement over having to sit in a room to eat.

I'm in IT and worked from home before, so mandatory work from home isn't a change.  I'm in healthcare which hasn't really been impacted by the downswing.  Plus they are far more likely to ask me to run the company than to leave it.

Oddly home maintenance  is listed as an "essential service", so the maid, lawn crew, and pool guy come over as normal, so that's all taken care of.

I did get a bit annoyed at my hair growing out, but my wife bought some clippers on Amazon and actually did a pretty decent job so that problem has been solved.  She won't let me do hers though.

So I guess I'm realizing that I live in a different America than other people.  This could go on forever, and I'd barely notice.  I might prefer it, personally, if it was just me... no vacationing tourists is a definite plus.

Except the maid is worried about her parents in Costa Rica, and the pool guy's brother in law died of COVID-19 in NY, and the old German lady who runs our favorite place for roast duck is struggling to keep things going.

We try to pay everyone extra, and listen to their issues, but there is no way that that could ever be enough to offset everything that's going on in their lives.  So for their sake we definitely want this to end soon.

It's just... I almost don't feel like an American.  Just somebody who ...


Add on - the maids don't come, but we still send them a check every other week, same with the wife's hairdresser & her spin studio.... we want them to be in business when this is all over.
 
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