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#1 charliefarlie37

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Posted 24 August 2020 - 08:18 AM

We're still in such strange times, how you all doing?

#2 jonlad

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Posted 25 August 2020 - 09:04 AM

Struggling on!  no furlough here, just two of us trying to work from home and look after little ones - and older "at risk" relatives alike - so its been an incredibly busy time. 

 

Still, we have our health which is worth a lot!

 

How are you doing CharlieFarlie?



#3 charliefarlie37

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Posted 25 August 2020 - 04:20 PM

Struggling on here too, I've been working right through it all as I was classed as a keyworker, posed some problems with keeping safe at work but we did all we could.
My partner was able to work from home, unfortunately she suffers with anxiety and the current situation has only amplified this which was to be expected.
My son stopped going to school at the end of March and will soon be going back after the summer holidays.

As a family we just do the best we can, it just shocks us at the way some people ignore advice given and basic common sense things.

I guess only time will tell what's going to happen

#4 blacktulip

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Posted 25 August 2020 - 08:09 PM

I struggled to adapt back to work life but I've been back since the end of June and back in the swing of things. I design and sell bathrooms and it's has gone completely bonkers. I'm struggling to keep up. I've totally lost interest in the mini as a result.

#5 jonlad

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Posted 26 August 2020 - 09:16 AM

 I'm struggling to keep up. I've totally lost interest in the mini as a result.

 

Similar here, I had a few projects on the go - house renovation, mini, a couple of other old vehicles that I was trying to keep driveable by charging battery, regularly running them until hot, moving them so the tyres didnt flat spot etc - all gone by the wayside now and I'm thinking they'll need new tyres, batteries, full belt service and who knows what else if and when we want to use them again.

 

I know who to talk to if we need a new bathroom though   :gimme:   haha



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Posted 26 August 2020 - 11:13 AM

I have been on leave / furlough since the third week of Mar and I won’t be back to work until November. I have never been off work that long in 40 years.

Been through the whole redundancy thing, my work area has completely closed and now my daily commute has shot up to 172 miles per day from 98 when I start back. My industry (Aviation) has had the arse kicked out of it. My company (Virgin) has had some good news which will help in the short term but still leaves the future uncertain if things do not pick up.

But the house has been fully decorated, we have sold a lot of stuff that has been sitting around. I’m selling some of my mini spares although trying to find where I have stored them is a pain. Not touched Paddy at all but hopefully I will be back to doing some Bits next month.

I’m grateful for the furlough scheme and without it we would be in deep do do’s. At least my wife’s job is safe and she is spreading her wings with it.

It has made us assess life in general and for the better as it goes and has helped us to make some life decisions. Upwards and onwards.

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Posted 26 August 2020 - 03:52 PM

Had the first month off to get a few things done at home but worked continually since then.Things just dont seem the same anymore,maybe they never will.As already said onward and upward.



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Posted 26 August 2020 - 06:08 PM

My job has continued as normal (lorry driver supplying chemicals and seed to farms) during lock down managed to safe a good chunk of money which I’m now spending on the mini!! Two things have cheesed me off firstly had saved for three years to go to The Bahamas for my twentieth wedding anniversary next month which has been cancelled. Also at the start of lockdown us lorry drivers were called heroes for keeping the country moving, already back to being the scum of the earth for holding people up!!! On the bright side my hands have never been cleaner👍

#9 Cooperman

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Posted 27 August 2020 - 07:15 PM

Since my wife has a long-term lung disease we have to be very careful.
The only places I go to are a couple of local shops and the gliding club. She mostly stays home where she feels safe.
It is anyone's guess how long this will go on for but in our case we just need to continue partial shielding.

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Posted 27 August 2020 - 10:16 PM

No real change here other than I've been working from home since March and will likely carry on doing so....likely forever.

 

I've spent more on the Mini than I have done in years because I want to get a specific project finished (the 998T). We've just had our first socially distanced, limited numbers meet with the local Mini club and we're still prepping for the IOW run in a few weeks. Oh, and the service parts I bought for the R55 Clubman at the start of lockdown are still sat waiting to be used/fitted (I've burnt 2 tanks of fuel in 5 months, not many miles pressuring the service counter).

 

While we're not back to normal, it's starting to feel a little that way. There's a few big decisions we're holding off, but it's not hurting anything at the moment.


Edited by Icey, 27 August 2020 - 10:18 PM.


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Posted 11 September 2020 - 07:27 PM

I am a self employed home builder. Sold my last house March 18th.

I haven't started any more because I wanted to see how the economy would shake out. Lumber prices have more than doubled in the USA since January. That will add about $25,000 USD to the cost of a build. I may start back up in 2021.

The really bad down side is that I own 45 building lots and I just got the property tax bills in the mail. There goes $25k USD dollars out the window.

 

Other than cars, I enjoy shooting and hunting.

 

There is a ammo shortage in the USA and ammo prices have tripled if you can find it. Guns are out of stock at most retail outlets as well. I was wanting to buy a new Glock 30S for a carry gun as my other .45acp, a Ruger P85 is a pain to conceal and carry. 

 

I have plenty of ammo, but I enjoy shooting 100-200 or so rounds per week. I don't want to deplete my supply if I can't replenish it.

 

On the bright side, I was searching in my garage for a brush the other day and found a box of 1,000 rounds of .223 and a box of 10 AR15 30 rounds mags that I had forgotten about. The UPS guy delivered them at the garage door a couple years ago and I tossed them on a shelf and forgot about them.

 

I moved them into the house on top of the gun safe.

 

Deer season starts tomorrow and runs through January 31 and we have a lot of deer and liberal bag limits. You can kill 12 deer on private property and about as many as you want on public land(limit two per check in hunt and you can go to 2 or 3 check in hunts per week).

 

Venison is excellent table fare and I like to keep the freezer stocked. The only red meat I'll buy are ribeyes.
 



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Posted 14 September 2020 - 06:26 PM

I bet when you really ask people how there feeling and give them a moment to pause and think, a lot of people will say that (so far ) its been challenging, to say the least.

 

I personally haven't stopped, working in the food industry the company has been busier than ever. The boss somehow managed to get contracts to supply the NHS and get our product into the packs sent out to those who were shielding.

So far from being in lockdown we were working our backsides off.

 

That's part of my struggle. All we heard about for 2 1/2 months was 'everyone's in lockdown'. Everyones learning new skills, making cakes (if they could find flour), doing the garden, getting DIY done and jumping around to Joe Wicks.

There seamed to be a pressure for those who were working to do all this as well, there was just no let up on the news.

 

However, by my very basic calculations there were something like 9 to 10 million furloughed. that leaves about 20 million still working (all be it quite a few from home) 

 

Since the lockdown eased there appears to have been a change in peoples attitudes to one another. There are those still too scared to go out (like my mum ), those who dont care and go to raves and parties and those who are trying to do the right thing to get the country moving again but observing the 'rules'. Although if you can make sense of the rules then your a better man than me.

 

I do realise that there are more challenging times ahead, not least when the furlough scheme ends and more people lose their jobs. The damage to our kids education taking a toll in the future and the mental health implications for many adults.

 

It will take time, but we have to keep helping each other if we can. This forum is a great tool for that.



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:11 PM

Totally fed up with the whole situation, worked right through as a police officer, probably been busier than at any time throughout my 24 years service to date.

Members of the public, or at least the ones we deal with are idiots, no idea about or total ignorance or downright refusal to adhere to the rules that most normal law abiding citizens do to try to keep this in check.

The infections rates are rising, things are going to get worse again before they get better.

I havent seen my parents in over 6 months.

And wearing bloody masks is [email protected], I put off going into any shop unless I really need something. New house under construction is nearly 4 months behind schedule  :mmkay:

But at least we are all healthy, that's the main thing.



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 06:25 PM

I bet when you really ask people how there feeling and give them a moment to pause and think, a lot of people will say that (so far ) its been challenging, to say the least.

I personally haven't stopped, working in the food industry the company has been busier than ever. The boss somehow managed to get contracts to supply the NHS and get our product into the packs sent out to those who were shielding.
So far from being in lockdown we were working our backsides off.

That's part of my struggle. All we heard about for 2 1/2 months was 'everyone's in lockdown'. Everyones learning new skills, making cakes (if they could find flour), doing the garden, getting DIY done and jumping around to Joe Wicks.
There seamed to be a pressure for those who were working to do all this as well, there was just no let up on the news.

However, by my very basic calculations there were something like 9 to 10 million furloughed. that leaves about 20 million still working (all be it quite a few from home)

Since the lockdown eased there appears to have been a change in peoples attitudes to one another. There are those still too scared to go out (like my mum ), those who dont care and go to raves and parties and those who are trying to do the right thing to get the country moving again but observing the 'rules'. Although if you can make sense of the rules then your a better man than me.

I do realise that there are more challenging times ahead, not least when the furlough scheme ends and more people lose their jobs. The damage to our kids education taking a toll in the future and the mental health implications for many adults.

It will take time, but we have to keep helping each other if we can. This forum is a great tool for that.

Absolutely bang on




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