On isolation

Given the nature of our job(s) Mrs S and I naturally tend to self-isolate. We have ‘top-up’ shopping trips once a week for milk etc, and once every two weeks to keep the freezer topped up. Bulk perishables (Flour, Oats) are bought once a month on, and non-perishables bought in bulk for three or six months. Our larder / supply cupboard is kept stocked on that basis. It’s how we manage our budget. Going to the shops every other day seems such a waste of time and effort when we could be doing other things.

This makes us less vulnerable to outside influences like well intentioned people with clipboards, or walking around with tablet computers asking questions. Note; if you see one, cross the street, speak gibberish if they approach and never, ever open the door to one. Shoot on sight if you have to, but avoid them at all costs. They’re nothing but trouble. I don’t care how ‘socially useful’ the government or NGO (They all seem to be NGO’s nowadays masquerading as ‘charities’) thinks they are. They’re not. The only thing these people and their managers are good at is creating shortages. At that they excel.

These clipboard wielders, whether they know it or not, are monsters of the worst sort, leaching off the life force of other creatures and turning it to dust. Especially Charity Muggers, or ‘Chuggers’. Yes, behind the well formed features and pleasant voices, they are like the Angler fishes bait. Beware.

Despite looking like one of my jobs is going to disappear in July, I’m still ahead of the curve regarding home working. For the last few years I’ve video conferenced, shifted data and money around the globe, invested in various markets, planned and booked entire trans-continental and even Australian road trips. All without leaving my desk. The logistics look complicated but aren’t that hard. Once you get a handle on all the online resources, it’s relatively straightforward. Therefore the number of people I physically come into contact (or even within two metres of) on a day to day basis is one. We chafe occasionally, but we’re in the third week of our self-imposed isolation and doing okay. Hang on a minute Bill three weeks? Yes, three, bordering on four. We reduced our contact from 3rd March and shut the door completely to visitors March 10th and have only made five forays since.

Let me explain. We’ve been self isolating since Covid-19 first poked it’s ugly head outside of China. In the first instance this was to protect Elderly Friend and latterly to protect ourselves. Apart from Mrs S, the only close contact (Within a metre) I’ve had in all that time was at arms length at the checkouts, with a sanitary masked driver signing for a delivery on our doorstep and handing over a coupon at a gas station to a guy wearing a sanitary mask and gloves. So we’ve had a bit more practice than most. We also go shopping with disposable gloves on. I would mask up, but I don’t want to get shot by the local cops who might mistake me for a potential robber.

Being a massive introvert, which is something that may surprise anyone who has actually met me, I’m quite at home, if you’ll pardon the pun, with self isolation. The hardest thing for me is to fake being social. Okay, I can fake the hail-fellow-well-met thing for an hour or two, but then I have to go indoors and shut the door on the world. Some people can’t do this, without the constant push-pull of human interaction they wither. Me, I like my own space and get annoyed when people butt in without invitation. Especially if I’m busy having an enjoyable conversation with dining / boon companions.

Financially things are getting better. The pound has regained the losses it sustained in the last two weeks, the markets are back on the upswing. Give it another week and then perhaps some of the harsher restrictions can be lifted. In rural areas there need be very few. Only cities currently need a solid quarantine. Then again, in their ignorance the powers that be are managing to screw up by being far too draconian. Like with Police stopping cars to fine drivers for making ‘unnecessary journeys’ or harassing widely spaced dog walkers in public parks with or without drones. Seriously? How is that ‘promoting social distancing’? Can a person in a car spread the disease? The simple act of an officer stopping a car may lead to interactions where the disease is transmitted for heavens sake! What idiot thought that up? Then there’s restricting the number of buses and trains, then expecting people to have room to breathe. The People who make these decisions show themselves incapable of running a bath, let alone having any public responsibility. Khan, Trudeau, we’re talking about you. Go to the top of the class and then jump off.

Like I said before; when someone says “I don’t know what all that fuss was about.” then you’ll know the worst is over. Like with the much vaunted ‘Earth hour’ I missed that nonsense yet again, simply because I was just too damn busy getting on with my life.

Again on the upside, a cheap combination Hydroxychloroquine / Zinc treatment for Covid-19 is showing great promise, so our self imposed isolation may be coming to an end in the very near future. All right, such a treatment won’t stop anyone catching the virus, but it may well save the lives of those who do.

Hey ho, the Daffodils are out. My Tulips are getting ready to flower and I can see the Fuchsia is budding. Spring is coming, and with it better times.

6 thoughts on “On isolation”

  1. Bill, at the risk of you labeling me as a tinfoil hatter, I offer you these 3 videos. Of course people will come to their own conclusions but watching them with a non biased, open mind, I think there are far too many coincidences to ignore. I don’t know anything about stock markets to comment but I have believed for a while that the biggest financial crash in history is on its way, a country cannot go on if 90% of its work force cannot go to work. There is a financial reset coming.

    The aforementioned videos tell 10 storylines which all interlink with each other perfectly. Parts 1 and 2 are 17 minutes long. Part 3 is 13 minutes. Links are in ascending order.



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    1. Yes. I’ve watched many of these videos. They’re full of drama and wavy hand theorising on the back of ‘Mathematical models’, but say little of import when it comes to real trends and data. They’re like all the claims that Socialism is a good idea. Then you look out at countries that have tried Socialism. ‘Nuff said?

      Nowadays I tend to rely on my own instincts and judgement when it comes to investment. The world is changing, that much is true. I work from home, my broker works from home. IT network support guys can manage whole data centres via VPN’s. People can and do run businesses while sipping latte’s in coffee shops (Although they’re having to do it from home at present). The information moves, trade happens. For example; one of my ‘jobs’ is all video conferencing and managing logistics. There I’m as busy as a bee on amphetamines. Deliveries are being made, the economy is in slowdown, but has not ground to a halt. The only way for that to happen is if we’re all dead, and that ain’t gonna happen this time around. Unless there’s an inbound meteor I haven’t heard about.

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      1. Yes I see where you are coming from, I’m usually a bloke who believes what he sees too but I’m coming across too many coincidences. I’ve watched a fair bit of that kind of thing since I’ve been off work at home, which began 2 weeks before the official lockdown was announced as the company I work for suddenly shut down and sent us home with pay. So perhaps some things are beginning to fog up my mind a bit. I have until the end of April to go so you could say the lockdown for me is 6 weeks at least.

        The bit I said about the reset, fair enough there’s a lot of people who can still work from home, however the cup you drink coffee from or the laptop you use, those servers, all have to be physically manufactured somewhere in the world. I’m a welder, I make 14 ton diggers and can’t do that in my living room. My wages are now paid by the government as a furloughed worker. That, the lack of manufacturing and inability to export is going to crash economies across the globe. It seems to me that its going to make 2007 – 2011 look like a picnic. The hysteria over this virus far outweighs its danger and I do think that there is a secret war going on, involving the USA, in the background. The hysteria is manufactured that’s for sure, and the media have constantly been fanning the flames.

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        1. It’s tough. There’s no denying. All I can do from my end is put my money into companies which will produce when the restrictions are lifted, not hide it under the figurative mattress or squirrel it away in commodities like Gold or precious metals. That and have a little faith that the worst is almost over. If that puts me in the soup kitchen queue with everyone else, then so be it.

          But you said it best; “The hysteria over this virus far outweighs its danger” You know that, I know that, but will the politicians make the hard calls that are needed? This total clampdown is not the right way to do things. But we’re just two random guys on the Internet.

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