Well, I guess the highlight of the day is getting food delivered so we can safely not go anywhere for another week. Mrs. McP was really weirded out the last time she went to the store. We’re gonna try to do nothing but delivery until further notice. This is getting nuts. Do you still have toilet paper?
Needless to say, didn’t play. I really want to, though.
I get toilet paper through Amazon subscribe and save, so I get…eight packages of 12 rolls every six months, or something. We fortuitously and coincidentally had a delivery not that long before all this started, so we’re good for a while. I’m sure we won’t be getting another shipment of that anytime soon, even if we tried.
I played a bit last night.
You have a steady stream of toilet paper????
You are a goddess among mortals.
On that, I was trying to find someone’s teacher’s email, so I typed “Baker” into my hotmail search bar and the only thing it turned up was “naked zeus.”
Not sure how you got there, hotmail, but it seemed strangely appropriate.
I plan to exchange it for food on the black market in the days to come.
Naked Zeus! Making an appearance even where least expected.
Always expect naked Zeus.
I’m just setting up a zoom for Meatball, negotiating nana time for all of them, getting homework done…..
I WANT TO BE ISOLATED!
And now we are at the point of the day where I sit here and hear Nugget talking to his friend while playing Minecraft (with sound), Meaty watching Pokemon on his ipad, Mrs. McP on a call, and Junior calling me every ten seconds.
Isolation my ass.
I read today that a weird side effect of all this is that many places are finally quiet. People are hearing birds and other sounds in cities and learning that there are more birds and shit. I know why this is.
The noise has gone inside. Specifically, it has gone inside my house.
Yeah. I was reading another piece that mentioned that everything is MORE for everyone right now.
If you live alone, you’re REALLY alone ALL THE TIME. If you have a family, you REALLY have a family ALL THE TIME. Whatever you normally do in your home, you’re now doing it ALWAYS.
Like, the basics of your life are now amplified.
It was interesting. More kid time! More home spouse time! More home time!
Which is in some ways a good thing (at least we’re all at home together, we have each other, etc.), but can also be incredibly stressful and exhausting. Hm.
There is certainly a lot of weird. I read today that seismic activity has gone down because there are fewer trains and shit working. The earth is literally shaking less. They’ve already noticed stress hormone levels have decreased in whales because of cruise ships not sailing. The whales are singing more. And, in a weird irony, the WHO estimates that the drastic drop in surface air pollution has SAVED 73,000 elderly people and 4000 kids in China alone over the last two months.
It truly is an introvert’s nightmare. I read that even for people that live alone all the zooms and facetimes and shit mean that you HAVE to connect. You can’t say “Uh….I have plans.” Plus, if you say “Uh….not now,” you think you’re messing with someone’s need to connect to maintain their mental health.
I don’t WANT to do ANYTHING always. Always sucks. So very much.
Wow, seismic activity? Huh.
Meanwhile, you know what’s gone way up? Dishes. We run the dishwasher every single day, at least once, because we’re all home eating and using dishes ALL THE TIME.
Normally, we’re out of the house for lunch, and run the dishwasher every two or three days.
So consumption of detergent, and hand soap from all the handwashing (and, yes, toilet paper) is up.
But whale song also up, I really can’t feel too bad about. Nice break for them.
Earth: SHUT UP HUMANS.
Humans: Fine, we’ll talk nonstop over the internet instead.
But yeah, always is too much time for anything. Breaks are so key. And we do not have them right now.
DUDE the dishes. SO MANY DISHES. I thought Mrs. McP was a tad off when she stockpiled dishwasher pucks. She was right.
I still don’t know why she bought all that body lotion.
Two or three days? Dude. We’re on the daily plan normally. We’re twice a day now, easy. Three boys eat a lot. And I tend to make a mess cooking.
Yeah, you have more, bigger kids–I can see that. Mine are still eating normal amounts of food. Or sometimes no food if they decide they hate everything.
Good call on the dishwasher pucks. Another subscribe and save item I’d recently received!
Dude you would have been so fucked if that subscribe and save shipment hadn’t arrived.
Day actually got nice.
Now, if the dude from shipt managed to score me some toilet paper, what a day it’ll be.
Dude the shipt shopper got SIX CHARMIN MEGAROLLS!!!!!!!!!
And a nice tip.
But you know what the store didn’t have any of? White rice. Hmm.
Hm. People holing up eating plain rice? Or holing up cooking recipes with rice, I guess. I don’t have to assume their lives are so pathetic they can’t mix their rice with something.
But I will anyway, just to make my own life seem more exciting.
I dunno. It’s weird. Last week Mrs. McP got some of the last stuff. Maybe cuz some countries have stopped exporting?
But pounce on rice if you want rice, I guess.
But if I have to choose between TP and rice, I pick TP.
I don’t like white rice anyway. Too dry. Maybe they still have brown? Check for brown for me next time. Ha.
Good point about countries exporting, though. I’ve read that’s going to become an issue with all kinds of goods, not just food, once the currently-underway container ships have all come in. There might not be any more for a while.
I mean, half the things we buy are made in China, and China is…not making things right now. We’re going to notice that at some point.
Actually, according to my sister in law who is in clothing supply chain management, other way around. For a few months, nothing came out of China thus fucking the US and Europe, and now China is scrambling because they ARE making stuff and no one is buying it because the US and Europe are all shut down.
This is all so weird.
Oh, interesting! True, though, China was shut down but they’ve kind of come out the other side. (Which is hopeful. I mean, if they were still reporting thousands of deaths a day at this point, the future would look a lot grimmer: this suggests that there will indeed be a point where it tapers off, even though we’re perhaps at the mid-point right now and it doesn’t look great.)
They probably want to get back to work, and now we’re all “sorry, our stores are closed and our customers don’t have any money.”
Exactly. They’ve gotten their factories back online, and now have no customers. Now, people like my sis in law are worried that the likes of Kohl’s and Macy’s won’t make it and there’ll be this total glut of things like clothes flooding the market cuz China is still making stuff as if there will still be stores.
Good thing we have competent, thoughtful and civic-minded leadership to guide us all through it!
It’s going to be fine.
I read some movie theater chain might not be able to reopen. Forget which one. Not as if we ever go to the movies anymore anyway, what with kids…but I’d like to someday!
Everything is going to be great. We’re gonna love it.
I dunno, man. We did that thing where we bought a movie on Amazon (Onward, which was good but not Pixar’s best) and it’s very civilized. Twenty bucks, don’t have to drive, don’t have to shell out for popcorn, you can pause every time a kid has to pee. I mean, it loses a little something in the experience, but it was surprisingly satisfying. If that becomes the new normal, not complaining.
Oh yeah, I want to see that. Next time it’s my turn for movie day!
And I agree, for the most part watching at home is fine. Very convenient, cheaper snacks, no strangers coughing in other rows…
I had some fun times going out to the movies, though. It’s just a different experience. Maybe a niche-market, special-occasion-only kind of experience in the future. I guess that certainly wouldn’t be the biggest tragedy in the history of movies.
Meh. Something will fill the void. It’ll likely be fine. They said television would kill movie theaters in the fifties, said that VCRs would kill movie theaters in the 80s, said Netflix would kill them in the 2000s. And yet they abide.
Happily, the vast overhead of movie theaters doesn’t apply to video games, which we’ve always played in our houses.
We must cling to video games.
These shall not forsake us just because we can’t leave the house.
Thank the three D’s:
Digital Distribution and Delivery.