First off, I hope that you and yours are all safe – no matter where you are or who you are.
Today was the last school run for a bit and both kids are now at home. True also for Muggins here and the Ever Lovely Mrs J. Sadly, Mrs J is run down from a bad cold – no, not COVID, thankfully! – but other than that, we soldier on.
How is the virus affecting us? Well, like a lot of families, there’s been the disruption to regular life due to folk panic buying. There are four of us in the house – two adults and two teens (of which one is man-sized plus, I should add, bless ‘im) – so we do eat, drink, and use things up. Loo roll was a slight issue as we – like a lot of folk – get ours on a regular order from Amazon. We didn’t stock pile, so when our order was cancelled, I did have to visit a few shops. We weren’t quite at the stage of well, I guess we best look for leaves! so there is that to be thankful for 🙂
I’ve been working from home since… actually, I’ve lost track. I think it might have been last week. Frankly, the lack of travel has thrown my internal clock (careful how you type that :-), so I’m a bit sixes and sevens at the mo. Since the traffic issues near us, not having to struggle through the bridge repairs to get to work, that’s been a blessing. Oddly, with the lack of travel am I starting work earlier and finishing later. I am trying to take a lunch break, because A) it’s good for me mentally, and B) I can get out with the dogs and get some fresh air. Plus, most of my work was helping set up remote working, so I’m kinda in my element. In a strange way, it almost feels like things have aligned to make what the team and I do relevant.
How does the play into Trans related things? Well, you would think that working from home on the long term would very much play into my favour. That would have been true where it not for the Ever Lovely Mrs J’s firm sending folk home and, of course, the school closures too. Ah well, I’m sure I’ll be fine.
The bigger question is around Chams. Before the start of this week, I wasn’t sure if we should shut or not, and frankly, I’m not yet decided either way (it is really a group thing, even if I and Val have to open the place up). As I’ve said in the forum, the Centre’s manager has reassured us that we can hold our bookings and if we don’t go, we won’t be charged. That’ll certainly help avoid a big hit to the funds. Luckily, we have a few quid saved for emergencies! There is very much a need for people’s physical safety and there’s also the mental health aspect: if you can’t dress at home and you can’t go to Chams: what next? I think what we’ll do is run next week’s meeting and talk to those who don’t use the forum to keep in touch. Then, we’ll see how it goes. I have a strong suspicion that numbers will be very low that it will cost us to open.
On a personal note, it feels a bit… silly in a way… to be thinking about… my need to dress up (?) when A) there’s folk who’s lives are at risk, and B) truth be told, it is not about ‘dressing up’. For the latter, it is so much more than that. Yes, you could look at it through a cold lens of logic, but like a lot of things in life, the reality is more nuanced. Being out is a time where I express who I am and it keeps me settled. I’m not yet hearing the proverbial clock ticking and currently, the need-to-be-pretty rev counter is bumbled along on a low rating. Hopefully the measures we’re putting in place will help us stay safe and things won’t be too bad for too long.
On the upside, I’m hoping that folk get used to working from home and maybe, just maybe, we can all stop driving and flying so much. I think that might be one of the best outcomes for the planet. Plus, I have heard of random acts of kindness to folk. That’s got to be a good thing right? For my own part, when I listen to colleagues through the teleconferencing software, people seem more relaxed, more jolly even, now they are not in the office.
The road ahead seems unknown and unknowable, but at least we can travel in hope and be with those we love, virtually or in the real.