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Old Posted May 11, 2020, 2:45 PM
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Yesterday afternoon I went for a walk with my wife along Rue Jacques-Cartier which is a riverfront street in Pointe-Gatineau that has been set up with docks, benches, landscaping, paths, etc.

It's one of the narrower points on the Ottawa River between Ottawa and Gatineau. You can see various lookouts in Rockcliffe Park on the other side, and the U.S. ambassador's residence and some other large residences loom over the cliffs on the Ottawa side.

There were quite a few people on the Gatineau with binoculars waving to family members on the Ottawa side doing the same thing.
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Old Posted May 11, 2020, 2:49 PM
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^ Interesting. I went for a bike ride around the neighbourhood after dinner yesterday, and I noticed several crowded driveways with more than three cars parked. I didn't see much of that at Easter, but it appears that quarantine fatigue may be setting in around here.
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^ Interesting. I went for a bike ride around the neighbourhood after dinner yesterday, and I noticed several crowded driveways with more than three cars parked. I didn't see much of that at Easter, but it appears that quarantine fatigue may be setting in around here.
I noticed that yesterday as well - my walk took me up through Cardinal Glen and there were definitely a lot of extra cars around, with very few people outside. I concluded that there were a lot of Mother's Day visits going on.
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^ Interesting. I went for a bike ride around the neighbourhood after dinner yesterday, and I noticed several crowded driveways with more than three cars parked. I didn't see much of that at Easter, but it appears that quarantine fatigue may be setting in around here.
Humans are social animals.

One can only spend so much time alone/with the same people, so I'm not surprised that in absence of a crisis in places, people want to get out, especially with spring starting.

People joke about being hermits in the modern era, but for most people it's really bad to be socially isolated. Which is one of the weird ironies of this as compared to most things - generally those who have better social connections tend to be healthier than the isolated.
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Old Posted May 11, 2020, 3:56 PM
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Between the Marie Kondo frenzy last year and covid-inspired decluttering this year, the thrift stores must be absolutely exploding with stuff these days...
Except that they aren't accepting any stuff right now, so you need to hold on to it for the foreseeable future...

I suspect more is being diverted to the landfill these days.
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Old Posted May 11, 2020, 5:34 PM
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^ Interesting. I went for a bike ride around the neighbourhood after dinner yesterday, and I noticed several crowded driveways with more than three cars parked. I didn't see much of that at Easter, but it appears that quarantine fatigue may be setting in around here.
I think a lot of families got together for Mother's Day. Probably not a crazy amount of contact, but definitely a few family groups together.
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Old Posted May 11, 2020, 6:20 PM
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Humans are social animals.

One can only spend so much time alone/with the same people, so I'm not surprised that in absence of a crisis in places, people want to get out, especially with spring starting.

People joke about being hermits in the modern era, but for most people it's really bad to be socially isolated. Which is one of the weird ironies of this as compared to most things - generally those who have better social connections tend to be healthier than the isolated.
It's funny given that it's never been easier to be social while still physically isolating yourself. But people just want to have that close, in-person contact even if they know the risks.

I know this is grim, but the cold reality is that there will probably be more than a few moms (older ones in particular) who will be getting trips to the hospital as belated Mother's Day gifts...
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remember that old Mazda slogan/jingle that went on for fucking centuries?

zoom-zoom-zoom!!!

I am sick of Zoom.
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Old Posted May 11, 2020, 8:07 PM
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remember that old Mazda slogan/jingle that went on for fucking centuries?

zoom-zoom-zoom!!!

I am sick of Zoom.
Indeed, I never realized how much I missed people's non-digital, non-cornball backgrounded faces!
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Old Posted May 11, 2020, 8:09 PM
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remember that old Mazda slogan/jingle that went on for fucking centuries?

zoom-zoom-zoom!!!
And yes I remember it, I found it quite annoying, ranks up there with Family Happens At Swiss Chalet in irritatingness for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foQFjhIvfag

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Old Posted May 11, 2020, 8:17 PM
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remember that old Mazda slogan/jingle that went on for fucking centuries?

zoom-zoom-zoom!!!

I am sick of Zoom.

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Old Posted May 11, 2020, 8:19 PM
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Amazon and Netflix are accomplice's!
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Old Posted May 11, 2020, 8:55 PM
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haha, But of course even though Fred (aka Captain Obvious) got all the credit, it was Velma who did the sleuthing. Daphne was a bag of hammers, and Shaggy (zoinks!!) and Scooby only cared about food.

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haha, But of course even though Fred (aka Captain Obvious) got all the credit, it was Velma who did the sleuthing. Daphne was a bag of hammers, and Shaggy (zoinks!!) and Scooby only cared about food.

And don't know how a window works.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wqd1lqLJs4
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Old Posted May 12, 2020, 4:13 AM
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I'm not going to lie, until Covid and working from home (now turning into a fit drunk unemeployed at home) I had never heard of ZOOM.
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They've certainly capitalized on the opportunity. I've already paid for 2 months of premium just to avoid having to start new video calls every 30 minutes when playing poker with friends.
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What I'm loving is everyday is like a Saturday. The day I get crap done around my place and get caught up on chores. Today I painted, planted some ferns (they better not freeze tonight), prepped meals for a week, worked out, walked my crazy dog 4 times and ran errands. Now I can't sleep so I'm having some local Whiskey and it doesn't matter because tomorrow is another Saturday.

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Old Posted May 12, 2020, 5:12 AM
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Just got put on hiatus last Friday from my job, will be going back in September.

Now I have to supposedly create a garden or some shit, as mandated by wife.

Also, I saw that Scooby movie with my kids just to ogle Linda Cardellini.
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Old Posted May 12, 2020, 5:22 AM
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Ya, I'm off until September as well. I've been off for tow weeks now. My job depends on the entertainment industry in California to get back up to speed. If I had a car I'd drive out west right now, but as it stands I'm stuck in Toronto with my Psycho rescue dog.
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Just got put on hiatus last Friday from my job, will be going back in September.

Now I have to supposedly create a garden or some shit, as mandated by wife.

Also, I saw that Scooby movie with my kids just to ogle Linda Cardellini.
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