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COVID19 has changed the lives of many people overnight with business closures, shortages, school closures, social distancing, etc. What has everyone been doing to stay busy and stave off boredom?
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Sharpening chain saws, chipper blades, knives, chisels, anything with an edge.
Organizing stuff in my shop which I haven't gotten around to when other issues were more pressing
Chipped up some limbs & shredding some leaves
Lots of planning for future jobs
More TV & Web Surfing than usual
Internet research on several things
Inventoried my ammunition stores
Re-familiarizing myself with some firearms I haven't touched in a while
Repairing an old Roto-Hoe Shredder
Buying supplies for future projects
Eating more take out food than usual
Staying in touch with family and friends
 

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Probably a little different for me since I’m retired. However, I ordered a relay, grommets, wire, etc to redo my light bar. I’ve bought a few little tools like wrenches, extensions, online. Otherwise, I have some little projects to do like split/stack firewood, build/put up birdhouses. Also thinking about some overseeding of the yard and some of my fields.
 

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Probably a little different for me since I’m retired. However, I ordered a relay, grommets, wire, etc to redo my light bar. I’ve bought a few little tools like wrenches, extensions, online. Otherwise, I have some little projects to do like split/stack firewood, build/put up birdhouses. Also thinking about some overseeding of the yard and some of my fields.
I too am retired, and truth be known my work on minor projects has been at least in part due to being partially laid up from foot surgery. Were it not for that I'd have spent a lot more time in the woods killing vines, reducing blow downs from winter and splitting firewood. The doc has had me wearing this silly post surgery sandal which keeps me from doing a lot of things I'd otherwise be doing. I guess if I ahd to be laid up from surgery I couldn't have chosen a better time since we're supposed to stay home anyway.
Side note: My wife just told me that the county where I live is going to impose stricter rules on businesses to reduce people moving about in public. Apparently some computer model has told them that if they don't impose more restrictions now they will ahve missed the opportunity to limit the infection rate. To me it sounds a lot like the global warming computer models that haven't been right yet. Alas, I think some people have forgotten how to exercise critical thought. I leave with that, this isn't supposed to be a political thread, just something to provide ideas to others who are trapped at home and bored to tears. Who knows, maybe it will save some relationships.
 

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Conversations in this COVID 19 world seem kind of like the scifi zombie/apocalipse. Anyway, some people will be better off staying home and some will be worse off. :D We are doing ok, but I have property to run around on. Wife does the store shopping which gets her out at least a little.

I dislocated my collarbone last year which was really a pain and restricted what I could do for months. Mainly the reason why I still have projects to do. Totally freak accident.

Our state(MT) has closed restaurants/bars/casino and anywhere people congregate. Not really a problem although we do like going to restaurants from time to time.
 

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As some know I own a small ATV/UTV repair shop in a small rural town in big west central Texas. The only change for my family is our two year old's daycare is closed so my wife is working from home (accountant). Restaurants are take out/delivery only (state mandate) and the liquor store is drive thru only. My customer base is ranchers, farmers and hunters and they never stop working. They can't. Rural living has some drawbacks but with the current state of things I feel very fortunate.
 

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Living the rural life has some definite advantages.
 

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My business is across the yard from my home. So for my its been business as usual. Although last Friday I had 8 customers at once. My girlfriend's work has allows her to work from home several days a week. But now its full time working at home for her. Three computer monitors she looks like a bookie. lol. After the 8 customers cleared out I went into the house for a snack she says to me "Are You Trying To Get Killed !!!" 8 people at once. lol. No I'm not. I'm trying to make a living.
I drove over to the Dunkin Donuts at 2 pm today to get a coffee with my daughter(school is closed of course). They have drive thru only. No one allowed inside. On the way there my daughter pointed out folks lugging TP from the Dollar General. So stopped on the way back and they had a lot of TP , three or four brands. I got a couple packs just in case.
All in all. Everyone's is afraid. I came down with a head cold , runny nose , two days ago. So I hope its nothing more then that. Everyone use common sense and stay safe.
 

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I've been working on a good friends Honda pioneer 1000 about all week, he bought a crap load of parts and dropped it off, got to install my first set of 814 shocks on it, was pretty impressed, rocker switch panel, side lights, roof rack, shocks, 5 point harness, new flip windshield, stereo, he loaded me up😁
 

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I’ve just been going to work as usual, they deemed us essential so life as usual, wife works in the medical field so she’s working also, we live out in the sticks so we don’t get out much anyways, it’s just work then home.
 

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Work as usual for me. I work remotely when I’m not traveling to visit my dealers. Obviously, travel is off now which I am good with. My wife works from home as well which is nice as we are both here to help manage our 4 year old daughter since her school is closed. They have us on “lockdown” as of today in Idaho. I need my mountain hiking and riding fix.


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My wife is off work, works for the Arizona school system, so she is home and redecorating etc. I've been doing a little gun smithing, installed trigger jobs on four Ruger single action revolvers two Wranglers and two Vaqueros, had to head out to one of the national forests to test fire the four of them. Had a little company for that but we were socially distance correct - were out of sight of each other. Reduced the trigger pull on all of them from over 4lbs to just under 2lbs. I was concerned that the reduction on the two rimfires would result in failures to fire, but that was not the case, used 5 different brands of ammo to test and all worked perfectly. All in all pretty successful.

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I see New Hampshire has just ordered a 'stay in place' order. I just finished two orders for New Hampshire this week. One couple coming tomorrow for their order and a second guy from New Hampshire coming Saturday. SO. I hope neither cancel or reschedule. But whatever. It'll be here when their ready for it.
 

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Spending way too much time in front of the TV. I'm "semi-retired" and working in the oilfield. The price of oil has taken and huge drop so work has slowed down (we are essential, woo-hoo). There is a little, very little, service work going on. On top of this virus BS, and the price drop, we have had way too much rain, in most places if you get off the gravel you bury a truck. Mostly I am in the wait and see mode.
 

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Since the bs started I have been on a couple of rides and done some minor maintenance. Someone mentioned spark arrestors so I had to pull my 5 year old spark arrestor and check it out. Needed a replacement the screen on mine was compromised and I broke the bolt taking it off.
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I've never checked my spark arrester. I suppose I could.
I see LL Bean has closed all their stores including the Freeport store that never closes. They had to have locksmiths come in and add locks to the doors. As they never closed. There was no locks.
Most stuff there now days is from China anyway. Uncle Henry calls it LLwalmart. So no big loose in the closing.
 

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Working the same as I always have but also watching civilized society wash away like a beach in a hurricane.
 

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Crazy times Marty.
I went to the hardware store this morning. A table and cones set up at the door. I had my shopping list for black iron pipe fittings, off the owner goes, and brings it back outside. Unbelievable really.
 
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