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2020-06-29 8:45:16 PM  

Another Government Employee: I just got back from a trip to Asheville NC. I stayed at a campground where my nearest neighbor was 50 yards away (at least until the final day). A couple of nice hikes and no Atlanta traffic.

It can be done.


Just don't come into the city...

My hotel has been full for the past two weeks, though at a GREATLY reduced rate ($20-$30 lower on the weekdays, more than $100 lower on weekends). That doesn't stop people from demanding discounts because breakfast is curtailed, of course.

The pool is full every day. People want to access the fitness room every day (gyms closed by order of the governor). Every day, people get mad at me for telling them restaurants are mostly takeout-only. The guy who works at the convenience store down the road had someone tear down his plexi wall and punch him a few days ago (he told them to wear a mask or leave the store).

Mask usage among customers ranges from under 10% to just over 50% on any given day. I have seen three people flash those stupid farking "FTBA" cards today, even though I'm not mentioning the word "mask" to anyone unless they ask about it. I got fed up and told the last one of those three to go ahead and call the DoJ number on the card so they can see what happens when they confess to a federal crime.

More than half of the cars in my lot right now have FL or TX plates.

And I just had a customer scream at me because I wouldn't let her family play board games in the lobby. There are multiple signs in the lobby stating that customers are not allowed to gather.

We're farked
 
2020-06-29 8:52:20 PM  

lolmao500: And this folks is why borders between states should be closed.


Why? I've been in quarantine since mid-March but I'm planning a family vacation this year. We're going to take the trailer and go to the smokey mountains and then travel the blueridge parkway. Nothing we're doing requires us to get within 20' of another person other than a slight possibility of passing someone on a trail. Most folks in this country take more risks on a daily or weekly basis then we'll take on the entire trip. If I didn't have the trailer we'd be doing the same trip but using a tent, the big difference there would be frequent grocery and ice stops instead of a single curbside grocery pickup mid-trip in the RV.
 
2020-06-29 8:57:30 PM  

in flagrante: Priapetic: A big country?

Stay alive?

I'm not expecting to grow flowers in a desert.


Why go on vacation when dreams stay with you, like a lover's voice across the mountainside?
 
2020-06-29 9:04:36 PM  

Jgok: Another Government Employee: I just got back from a trip to Asheville NC. I stayed at a campground where my nearest neighbor was 50 yards away (at least until the final day). A couple of nice hikes and no Atlanta traffic.

It can be done.

Just don't come into the city...

My hotel has been full for the past two weeks, though at a GREATLY reduced rate ($20-$30 lower on the weekdays, more than $100 lower on weekends). That doesn't stop people from demanding discounts because breakfast is curtailed, of course.

The pool is full every day. People want to access the fitness room every day (gyms closed by order of the governor). Every day, people get mad at me for telling them restaurants are mostly takeout-only. The guy who works at the convenience store down the road had someone tear down his plexi wall and punch him a few days ago (he told them to wear a mask or leave the store).

Mask usage among customers ranges from under 10% to just over 50% on any given day. I have seen three people flash those stupid farking "FTBA" cards today, even though I'm not mentioning the word "mask" to anyone unless they ask about it. I got fed up and told the last one of those three to go ahead and call the DoJ number on the card so they can see what happens when they confess to a federal crime.

More than half of the cars in my lot right now have FL or TX plates.

And I just had a customer scream at me because I wouldn't let her family play board games in the lobby. There are multiple signs in the lobby stating that customers are not allowed to gather.

We're farked


I did a two hour urban hike...

I didn't go into too many establishments, but it looked like masking was about 50% (I did have my on). I wasn't comfortable with dining though and went back to my campsite for steak.
 
2020-06-29 9:16:19 PM  
Headline in the local paper yesterday: "Tourism and covid rebound."

Yeah, sure. We're all being careful. I met a family today from Alabama who were doing a many-state tour of about 10 national parks in two weeks.
 
2020-06-29 9:39:45 PM  
I am going on vacation in two weeks. It will be to a hike in site on the north shore (MN). I'll hike in the woods, eat my own food and see, hopefully, no one. One has to get away sometimes. No restaurants, no local shopping (sorry local economy) and no interactions. My biggest question is what books to bring...

And YES, I am an introvert!

I go for no cell phone, no internet, no work calls and true and wonderful alone time in nature making miles on the trail. It is a glorious thing to enjoy a nice meal overlooking Lake Superior.
 
2020-06-29 9:49:26 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: in flagrante: Priapetic: A big country?

Stay alive?

I'm not expecting to grow flowers in a desert.

Why go on vacation when dreams stay with you, like a lover's voice across the mountainside?


Another promise fallen through.
I've never seen you look like this without a reason.
 
2020-06-29 9:54:15 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Was supposed to head to the UP next month, that's off.

Basically, it's going to be a long slow grind of a year. I've already written off thanksgiving and christmas, unless something changes.


The UP cottage rentals are all booked out.  Hotels still available.
 
2020-06-29 9:57:48 PM  

Another Government Employee: I did a two hour urban hike...

I didn't go into too many establishments, but it looked like masking was about 50% (I did have my on). I wasn't comfortable with dining though and went back to my campsite for steak.


Probably a smart decision to avoid dine-in. Most of the local-owned restaurants are being as strict as they can about masking, but many of their customers seem to be actively flouting the rules.

One waitress friend told me about a guy who threw a fit when they told him to mask up as he walked to the bathroom. He started yelling and said "what, you want to watch me piss too?" They kicked him out, but that resulted in several minutes of him loudly ranting without a mask while standing between several tables full of customers who were "actively eating or drinking", and so were unmasked per NC's allowed mask exemptions...

I've been getting take-out in town and eating it at home.
 
2020-06-29 10:02:17 PM  

rcain: We all saw the movie Idiocracy did we not?



Except in Idiocracy, the public, including the President, actually listened and tried to implement given advice. We are worse than Idiocracy level at this point.

/'Murica, it's got what Covid craves.
 
2020-06-30 12:00:56 AM  
We scrapped a family trip we had planned to two nearby states because they're not wearing masks, the bars are open like nothing is happening, and cases are spiking up there.

We're going to stay in Illinois and venture into Wisconsin to places requiring masks. I have no desire to being covid back as a souvenir if I can help it. Picnic lunches at the car and take out for dinner.
 
2020-06-30 12:06:47 AM  
I have two coworkers who seemed intelligent who are in multistate road trips right now. They know why they shouldn't do that. They chose to do it anyway.
 
2020-06-30 12:58:59 AM  
We're Americans.  We don't do "inconvenience".
 
2020-06-30 1:35:18 AM  

in flagrante: Priapetic: A big country?

Stay alive?

I'm not expecting to grow flowers in a desert.


But you can live and breathe and seeeee theeee suuuun iiiiin wiiinteeer time...

/you're all awesome
 
2020-06-30 1:41:17 AM  

Jgok: Another Government Employee: I just got back from a trip to Asheville NC. I stayed at a campground where my nearest neighbor was 50 yards away (at least until the final day). A couple of nice hikes and no Atlanta traffic.

It can be done.

Just don't come into the city...

My hotel has been full for the past two weeks, though at a GREATLY reduced rate ($20-$30 lower on the weekdays, more than $100 lower on weekends). That doesn't stop people from demanding discounts because breakfast is curtailed, of course.

The pool is full every day. People want to access the fitness room every day (gyms closed by order of the governor). Every day, people get mad at me for telling them restaurants are mostly takeout-only. The guy who works at the convenience store down the road had someone tear down his plexi wall and punch him a few days ago (he told them to wear a mask or leave the store).

Mask usage among customers ranges from under 10% to just over 50% on any given day. I have seen three people flash those stupid farking "FTBA" cards today, even though I'm not mentioning the word "mask" to anyone unless they ask about it. I got fed up and told the last one of those three to go ahead and call the DoJ number on the card so they can see what happens when they confess to a federal crime.

More than half of the cars in my lot right now have FL or TX plates.

And I just had a customer scream at me because I wouldn't let her family play board games in the lobby. There are multiple signs in the lobby stating that customers are not allowed to gather.

We're farked


Literally, I'm sobbing big tears after reading your comment. I'm sick of it for YOU.
I'm so damned exhausted from all this. Since February, I work at Sam's Club, it's been non stop assholery in more ways than I've ever seen in my 59 years of life.
I'm sick of listening to people biatch about every little inconvenience they just "can't take anymore"... Stay home for Nevada? Yeah what a joke. I've seen the same faces spending hundreds of dollars several times a week on non essential items all while complaining the economy is farked...
I'd find myself in a blissful state of mind if I could have some time away from the bs to process all this crap. Just a couple weeks at home, not at risk of getting covid from the non mask wearing selfish jerks would be a blessing.
I'm sorry you are being treated like you don't matter and everything is all your fault. That pisses me off! I'd happily punch one of 'em for ya. I'm so tired though I don't know how effective my old lady jab would be. 😒
It's not a lot to say most people are inherently evil and horrid.
I want OFF this hellfire planet.
 
2020-06-30 6:23:34 AM  

poodebunker: Jgok: Another Government Employee: I just got back from a trip to Asheville NC. I stayed at a campground where my nearest neighbor was 50 yards away (at least until the final day). A couple of nice hikes and no Atlanta traffic.

It can be done.

Just don't come into the city...

My hotel has been full for the past two weeks, though at a GREATLY reduced rate ($20-$30 lower on the weekdays, more than $100 lower on weekends). That doesn't stop people from demanding discounts because breakfast is curtailed, of course.

The pool is full every day. People want to access the fitness room every day (gyms closed by order of the governor). Every day, people get mad at me for telling them restaurants are mostly takeout-only. The guy who works at the convenience store down the road had someone tear down his plexi wall and punch him a few days ago (he told them to wear a mask or leave the store).

Mask usage among customers ranges from under 10% to just over 50% on any given day. I have seen three people flash those stupid farking "FTBA" cards today, even though I'm not mentioning the word "mask" to anyone unless they ask about it. I got fed up and told the last one of those three to go ahead and call the DoJ number on the card so they can see what happens when they confess to a federal crime.

More than half of the cars in my lot right now have FL or TX plates.

And I just had a customer scream at me because I wouldn't let her family play board games in the lobby. There are multiple signs in the lobby stating that customers are not allowed to gather.

We're farked

Literally, I'm sobbing big tears after reading your comment. I'm sick of it for YOU.
I'm so damned exhausted from all this. Since February, I work at Sam's Club, it's been non stop assholery in more ways than I've ever seen in my 59 years of life.
I'm sick of listening to people biatch about every little inconvenience they just "can't take anymore"... Stay home for Nevada? Yeah what a joke. I've seen the same faces spending hundreds of dollars several times a week on non essential items all while complaining the economy is farked...
I'd find myself in a blissful state of mind if I could have some time away from the bs to process all this crap. Just a couple weeks at home, not at risk of getting covid from the non mask wearing selfish jerks would be a blessing.
I'm sorry you are being treated like you don't matter and everything is all your fault. That pisses me off! I'd happily punch one of 'em for ya. I'm so tired though I don't know how effective my old lady jab would be. 😒
It's not a lot to say most people are inherently evil and horrid.
I want OFF this hellfire planet.


Thanks, seriously. While it sucks that service workers are having to deal with this shiat, it does help to know I'm not alone.

I've been working in hotels for 30 years now, so I've learned to let things go as soon as I can. Still, I've had to stop and take a breath a lot over the past few months.
 
2020-06-30 7:37:13 AM  
I'll keep this short.  On my hiking forum, there was a reasonable thoughtful guy asking for advice about hiking/quarantine.  He layed out his route and his initial plans.

Four guys from my state gently destroyed his plans.  14 day quarantine on arrival in state, lack of water, elevation, afternoon thunderstorms, hut/shelter system shut down, fragile alpine environment, it's a 20 day hike under perfect conditions, rangers out preventing camping near shelters/above the ridgeline, lack of convenient side trails leading to lower/flatter camping spots.  The minimum availability/state of the hospital rooms in the tiny mountain towns, etc.

At this point he became devious selfish guy, stated he planned to quarantine at home, then travel through our virus laden country delivering the virus to us, he'd make a series of shorter hikes, and take shuttles to various lodging and grocery stores, abandoning his minimal contact plans.  He went into full "Rocket Raccoon" mode where he was like ."But what if I want it more than the other person."

People will be reasonable until the first sign that they might be mildly inconvenienced.
 
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