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how are you supporting businesses now?

Annael
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Mar 25, 5:55pm

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how are you supporting businesses now? Can't Post

I thought we might have a separate thread on this.

Some things I'm doing:
- ordering books online from my local indie bookstore. They put the books in a bag with one's name on them and put the bag on a rack outside the door; they have also volunteered to drop them off at people's homes. (I will be taking the advice I got today to "sterilize" my new books in the oven at 175F for an hour.)
- ordering out from restaurants we usually patronize. Again, they either put the bags on a table outside the door or deliver. (I wear gloves and dump the food onto hot plates.)
- donating to my favorite arts organizations whose productions I'd normally attend. Many of them are streaming videos for free, but usually with a button for donations.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

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Ataahua
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Mar 25, 6:28pm

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Unfortunately we can't until NZ's lockdown ends in a month. [In reply to] Can't Post

Due to all but necessary stores being closed, we can't order any online goods from NZ businesses, except food deliveries, as there's no one at the premises to pack the items. We can buy from overseas still but often it's a two-week delivery period - likely to be longer right now as emergency goods get shipping priority.

But after the lockdown I bet there'll be a huge retail rush.

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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grammaboodawg
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Mar 27, 11:11am

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I wish the shops I frequent were open. [In reply to] Can't Post

What great suggestions on how to support our community/local stores. Sadly, I rarely went to restaurants even when I could... but I have thought of going once a week just to support them. No bookstores here. The only places open right now are the franchise drive-thrus; gas stations; stores and banks (window only). But the extra effort to support those who are staying open is important.
My vet (Dr. Pol) is also staying open. Pickle (my dog) is due for heartworm testing and meds to protect him from buggies. I pull into the parking lot and call to let them know I'm here. They come out to the car and take Pickle into the clinic, then bring him back.




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Greenwood Hobbit
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Mar 27, 11:21am

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I think by the time this is over [In reply to] Can't Post

we might have got out of the habit of doing certain things like going out for a meal/coffee, browsing local book or gift shops etc - but it'll be more important than ever to get out there and support the small independent local businesses that have survived when we're out and about again. Livelihoods are at stake. I usually use my local shops, plant nurseries etc regularly anyway because they're very convenient, but I rarely use local cafes because I'm on a limited budget and they feel too close to home! Maybe I'll change that in future.


dernwyn
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Mar 27, 1:36pm

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You're right about that! [In reply to] Can't Post

When we've gotten the "all clear", it's going to be very important to head out and support our local businesses!

At present we're doing more local take-out than usual. I've never heard such happy voices when I call up and ask to place an order.


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Otaku-sempai
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Mar 27, 1:47pm

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Drive-up and Mail Services [In reply to] Can't Post

The game store we currently frequent (Dragon Snack Games, 3909 Maple Rd., Buffalo, NY) has instituted curb-side pick-up for the duration. I've also ordered some reading material thru Barnes & Noble.

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Starling
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Mar 27, 9:22pm

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No takeaway food for us [In reply to] Can't Post

Everything is closed.A number of people may have woken up on Thursday morning and realised that they don't know how to cook.




dernwyn
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Mar 27, 9:47pm

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Hopefully they know [In reply to] Can't Post

how to pour a box of cold cereal...I'd been told that my grandfathers didn't know how to boil water.

We have loads of prepared single meals in our grocery stores. If take-out closed here, I can see those disappearing off the shelves very quickly!


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ElanorTX
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Mar 28, 8:18am

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I never learned to cook from scratch [In reply to] Can't Post

just to assemble meals from ingredients. Now I can't even buy taters or fresh bread. Mr. E can make grilled cheese with frozen bread; otherwise we depend on take-out. I am particularly worried about a couple of my favorite waitresses who need their tips, but I don't know to give them extra money.

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."



dernwyn
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Mar 28, 2:12pm

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Getting tips to the waitstaff [In reply to] Can't Post

I wish I knew how to do that, too. I know places prefer if you pay by card, but the take-out receipts don't have a place to write in a tip. And right now paper money is frowned upon.

I tried disinfecting some paper money at work - I have a maintenance-quality spray disinfectant there, I used it on some bills yesterday and they held up, then slid them into a plastic bag without touching them. But then the problem is, I've been touching the bag!

There's got to be a solution...


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N.E. Brigand
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Mar 29, 6:18am

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My line of business is shut down for a while. [In reply to] Can't Post

I work in theater, and we had to cancel the final two shows of our seven-show season (which would have been playing now through May), and we have no idea what the world of theater will look like in the fall, when we would normally start a new season. That uncertainly meant, sadly, that we had to lay off dozens of people.


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Mar 29, 7:31am

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Sorry to hear that. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm afraid many in the arts and other "non-essential" gig economy workers are going to have a hard time getting things going again after this. I wish you all the best. Heart

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Annael
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Mar 29, 3:16pm

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so sorry to hear that [In reply to] Can't Post

it's an especially tough time for the performing arts.

But better safe than sorry. My choir was to have had a rehearsal on March 9, which was cancelled. We've now heard that another choir in the area, one directed by a friend of mine, held a rehearsal on March 10. Half the choir came down with COVID19 and one of them has now died. My friend is devastated.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967
my blog: https://jodybower.com/myths-archetypes-in-film/


dernwyn
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Mar 29, 4:31pm

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My friend told me about that two days ago [In reply to] Can't Post

When he was delivering fresh eggs to us (his son keeps chickens). He's a bass in our choir, and sings in the local Capella Cantorum. He told us about that chorus meeting on March 10th, and of the 60 in the chorus, he said that 45 came down with the virus - and one had died.

Don't know if his numbers are accurate, but for even one member to die from this, that's devastating for the entire choral community! All of our sympathies to your friend and everyone in that chorus, we grieve with you. Frown


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Ataahua
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Mar 29, 6:27pm

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OMG, what awful news. [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope your friend has some support at her home and isn't self-isolating alone.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


Ethel Duath
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Mar 31, 1:31am

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I am so sorry [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't imagine how she must be feeling. I'm glad she has a friend like you to hopefully keep her head above water.
Prayers for everyone in her choir.



grammaboodawg
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Mar 31, 11:01am

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Oh man... I'm sorry, NEB [In reply to] Can't Post

Even knowing this might be coming, it's so hard. I've worked many jobs that all of this would be a horrible hit. I hope they're eligible for the federal aid coming, but even that's going to be a long wait. Hopefully they'll discover some actions that can cut the length of isolation and get them all back.




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grammaboodawg
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Mar 31, 11:04am

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OH! oh no. [In reply to] Can't Post

This virus is so insidious. How could we know the danger in the early days. I'm so sorry...




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grammaboodawg
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Mar 31, 11:07am

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I'm glad they're able to keep open [In reply to] Can't Post

It's got to be difficult for them to have the extra level of running; but it's better than closing altogether. My veterinarian is doing the same thing. People wait in the car while the workers fetch the pets or bring out meds.




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Annael
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Mar 31, 6:00pm

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it's now 2 people [In reply to] Can't Post

Here's the scariest part to me: no one got sick until three weeks later! Clearly the incubation period is longer than they thought at first.

The director's male btw. He and his wife & I sang together years ago. They met when he sang Frederick and she sang Ruth in a production of "Pirates of Penzance." He directed a special "summer choir" in our town one year, and that inspired him to get his PhD in Choral Directing (while she got her MFA in Vocal Performance; she now sings with the Seattle Opera Chorus). He directs two choirs, one for the local community college and then the Chorale. A nicer guy you could not meet. My heart aches for him and for all of them.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967
my blog: https://jodybower.com/myths-archetypes-in-film/


dernwyn
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Mar 31, 11:40pm

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That is heartsickening. [In reply to] Can't Post

To lose yet another member - this is all a shock.

What a wonderful story about how that couple found each other. Have they been able to stay healthy?


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Annael
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Apr 1, 5:02pm

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he tested positive [In reply to] Can't Post

but hasn't been ill; nonetheless, they have been basically living separately in the same house, for what good it might do.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967
my blog: https://jodybower.com/myths-archetypes-in-film/

 
 

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