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#96645 - 04/13/20 03:36 AM How are you coping with the coronavirus crisis?
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Hi everyone
It would be great to hear from you on how you are coping with the current crises especially if you are in lockdown.
I was thinking that it would be fantastic to hear from members who were active contributors to the forum in bygone days - what about posting an update of how you are so that generate some discussions on times past and present.

Arturo and OsoMajor - how about it? Whatever are you up to now? Let's get the ball rolling!
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#96646 - 04/13/20 06:57 AM Re: How are you coping with the coronavirus crisis? [Re: robbieroy]
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I do miss posting on MadridMan. I started posting in January, 2001 and the site was very active back then. Maybe some of the old time posters will respond.

The situation here in NYC is very bad and the quarantine will be in effect for quite a while. I am glad that I got to visit my friends in Fuengirola/Málaga for the month of January.
I was supposed to return next week for a month but that trip has been canceled. I don't know when I will be able to return. Hopefully before the end of the year.

It was through MadridMan that RobbieRoy and I first made contact and we met in Fuengirola. Maybe we can meet again next year. Since we share the same birthday, perhaps we can meet on January 14th. Now that I am retired, I usually go there for the months of January, May and October.

Hopefully this post will generate some discussion.

Take care and stay safe... Arturo

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#96648 - 04/14/20 09:14 PM Re: How are you coping with the coronavirus crisis? [Re: robbieroy]
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Loc: Garden Grove, California
Hey Guys, what started as an inquiry a week ago is hopefully going to bring some life back into the website. I'm sure many old timers as well as newer members would welcome back the great conversations and topics we used to have here.

I personally stopped posting and even stopped visiting MM site a few years back. I felt I didn't really have much more to add than my personal opinion on topics as I've never been to Spain,[title of a Three Dog Night song :)]. That and for other reasons.

Because of the virus crisis in Spain and how hard it was hit, I thought about Scott and how he was doing. So I decided to send him a message to see how he was coping but never got a response. I visited MM site to check things out and that's when I noticed that it pretty much looked abandoned. I thought that Scott may have moved the site to another platform of social media but I really couldn't see anything that might have indicated that such as a notice to inform members of a new location and such.

The only activity I found was Rob's posts about his van travels. So I took a chance and messaged him to get some clues to see what happened to the MM site. I wasn't expecting a response since I wasn't sure he would check his messages or whether the message board was still working. But lo and behold Rob did respond. We've talked about the site's good ole days of activity and meeting friends through it.

We both wondered about all the people we've gotten to know and wondered how they were doing, where they're at now and how they are coping with the pandemic in their part of the world.

I live in Southern California, in Orange County. Our state has been hit hard by the virus. So far we have 22,348 confirmed cases state wide, 810 recovered, 687 deaths to date. LA county is under 10,000 at 9420 cases and 320 deaths. Orange Co. is at 1283 cases with 19 deaths. Numbers keep changes so they may be higher. California was the first state in the US to impose a statewide lockdown. For the most part the majority of the population has been very cooperative. At first there were some that weren't taking the lockdown seriously but the governor cracked down on violators and businesses that were staying open.

Since I am a transit bus driver my job is considered an essential
agency to keep the population moving and getting people to work, doctors visits or hospitals, grocery stores, etc. So I have not been impacted as far as working. However, we have had a tremendous reduction in service where we are running on a Sunday schedule 7 days a week. Currently we are not collecting any fares and all passengers are riding free of charge. Since many businesses are closed as well as schools our ridership is extremely low. The other day I only had three passengers on my bus on a bus trip that is approximately 25 miles one way! Unheard of for this particular line since it services Disneyland!

So far myself and my sons are doing well, they are still living at home with me keeping me company since my wife past away some 14yrs ago. I'm concerned for them as both have some health issues. My older son has several medical problems and my younger son has asthma, although he hasn't had an asthma attack in a few years, thanks in part to medical cannabis. Prior to using it his asthma would flair up at least once or twice monthly. My other son also uses cannabis and it has been a God send for him! But that's for a different topic. So, we've been staying at home only going out for groceries or work. We haven't even visited family or friends since the lockdown. We just chat over the phone to keep in touch. We have two little dogs and we walk them for exercise. I love to cook so we've had some really nice dinners since we can't go out and eat! I make a great paella, fabada, chilendron and fideua. Anyone hungry!

Hector smile
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#96651 - 04/16/20 11:15 PM Re: How are you coping with the coronavirus crisis? [Re: robbieroy]
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My son went to Target this morning to buy a few items and found a 12 pack of toilet paper on the shelf, only one left. He grabbed it just in time as another shopper turned into the aisle and saw him taking it. Not too happy according to Jake.

There's plenty of meat, produce, booze, dairy on the shelves, but toilet paper! Seriously of all things to horde!!! If there's anything that's gonna stick to my mind 10yrs from now when my grandchildren ask me, Grandpa what was the worst thing about the great pandemic of 2020? And I'll answer...I couldn't wipe my @$$ cuz we didn't have any toilet paper!!!
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#96653 - 04/18/20 03:32 AM Re: How are you coping with the coronavirus crisis? [Re: robbieroy]
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It is great to read some new posts by long standing members of the forum. Thanks for your updated Arturo and OsoMajor.

Like Arturo I too am now retired and thoroughly enjoying it. I was in the fortunate position to be able to accept early retirement due to the impact of the 2008/9 worldwide slump.

For a short time I was able to continue travelling to the South of Spain but then a change in personal circumstance meant that Andalucia was no longer the attraction that it was.

During this period very good Spanish friends of mine who have always remained in touch move to Galicia and repeatedly encouraged me to come and visit.

This I did and they dragged me to the golf course nearly every day. This is how I got into golf.

All this has been documented in these posts if you are interested.

http://www.madridman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=93491#Post93491

http://www.madridman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=94975#Post94975

And

http://www.madridman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=94240#Post94240

Unfortunately Dominique became ill two years ago so I did not visit. Now Fernando is undergoing medical treatment for cancer. Please pray for them is you are so inclined. We still keep in touch regularly.

I too had booked a holiday and was die to travel to Israel in March but the trip was cancelled.

Now during the Coronavirus crisis I've settled into a new routine - what is your lockdown routine?

I wonder what happened to
Pedmar
Eddie
Book lady
Puna
Fernando
Calibasco
Steve Robinson
Antonio and
Esperanza

Where are you now and what are you doing?
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#96656 - 04/19/20 05:15 AM Re: How are you coping with the coronavirus crisis? [Re: robbieroy]
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Hello, old timers! Great seeing some of you here. Sorry to hear that life has been challenging for you, but hope there are many many good days ahead.

Yeah, I essentially stopped accepting new registrations to the message board, because 99% of them were on spam lists. That, plus now I'm working full-time elsewhere and have little spare time to dedicate to maintenance. I'm so sorry!

We're going on our 5th week of no-school/classes and 4th week of lockdown in Spain - I think. All the days run together. I'm tele-working and working twice or three times more than before, but at least I'm working, so that's good. I typically go out twice a week to do the shopping, but that's all. Three coworker's had a parent die from "The Thing" and an uncle from my circle of Spanish friends also died from "it", so it's quite present. Apart from that, we're doing the best we can and wondering and worrying that all those quaint, mom&pop bars and establishments, the same ones which give Madrid and Spain it's charm, won't survive the long shutdown - and will have to shut down.

As for the others you list, robbieroy, Pedmar posts in the shoutbox from time to time.
Steve Robinson is living in England again as of ... 8 years ago.
Antonio is married and has a family.
Esperanza is happy and healthy in New York and doing well, along with her family.
Cascade, another one here, is doing well in Florida.

OsoMajor, take EVERY precaution possible in your job.

robbieroy, I enjoy your photos!! Thanks for posting them. As I just mentioned to you in a private message, our circle of friends spent a wonderful 9 days traveling all around Scotland last summer. It's so beautiful. We even visited the Isle of Skye, Stirling and the William Wallace monument, and Loch Ness - to name ONLY a few. We stayed in a cute little town called Aberfeldy and drove for hours and hours every day.

I don't check in very often here, really, but I'm happy to see some of you are still here. One of these days I'll revitalize MadridMan.com on the whole, but the message board will always be here.

Saludos, MadridMan
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#96659 - 04/21/20 09:55 PM Re: How are you coping with the coronavirus crisis? [Re: robbieroy]
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Loc: Garden Grove, California
Happy to hear from you Scott and glad to see you're doing well. That was my main reason for coming back to visit Madridman. I was wondering how you were doing considering how hard hit Madrid and the rest of Spain is being impacted by the virus.

Since the lockdown here in our area of the country (California), we've experienced quite a reduction in service as many are staying home since schools are closed as we as many businesses. Not many people are riding the bus right now. Our transit agency has taken precautions on many levels to protect both our passengers and drivers and other employees. For example all riders must board at the rear of the bus with exceptions for wheelchair or other disabled riders need to board in front. The front half of the bus is roped off to protect the drivers from close contact. We're wearing face masks, gloves (optional). We have hand sanitizer dispensers which I use frequently especially when having to have contact with passengers in wheelchairs. So, I feel relatively safe but you never know. I get concerned when someone coughs or sneezes. That's when I start breathing in very shallow even though I'm wearing a mask! I've learned to relax and not panic when breathing less deeply. I've been doing this for many years now. It's a technique I've borrowed from yoga. It seems to help.

It was nice hearing from you Scott. It's been several years since we last communicated. Take care and let's see if Ohio St. and SC we'll get to play again soon! smile
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#96660 - 04/22/20 03:41 AM Re: How are you coping with the coronavirus crisis? [Re: robbieroy]
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The lockdown continues here in Scotland with folks allowed out of their homes for the following purposes:
- Exercise - alone, or with members of your household
- Shopping for basic necessities
- Any medical need, or providing care for a vulnerable person
- Travel to or from work, but only when you cannot work from home

The wearing of masks is not recommended but a few people do wear them. I put on a mask and gloves when I go to the supermarket because some folks walk against the recommended direction and do not adhere to the 2 m rule.
I've been on public transport once since the lockdown and work a baskand gloves on that occasion too.

I've got into a daily routine of doing some exercise - either cycling



or walking



in your morning for around an hour. It is thus that is providing the current batch of photos that I'm posting!





After lunch I tend to do things around the house and garden- cutting the grass, weeding or cleaning the paths.



Yesterday I washed the car and I am thinking about washing the van today.
Later in the afternoon I like to have a glass of wine or a beer



before prepping the evening meal.



Before the lockdown I had started to learn Hebrew but let us drop after the holiday to Istael was cancelled. I might take that up again. Arturo - are you still learning Spanish?

I still help out at our foodbank and we have been busier than ever.





Let's have an update about what you are up to.

RR


Edited by robbieroy (04/22/20 03:44 AM)
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#96676 - 05/07/20 02:18 AM Re: How are you coping with the coronavirus crisis? [Re: robbieroy]
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Arturo, OsoMajor and MadridMan - how are you all coping with the lockdown in your part of the world? What are the positives and negatives as far as you Re concerned and how has your life chance cince the lockdown began?


Edited by robbieroy (05/07/20 02:19 AM)
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#96731 - 06/22/20 04:51 AM Re: How are you coping with the coronavirus crisis? [Re: robbieroy]
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My friend Rafa and I met downtown in Madrid's Plaza Mayor for a "relaxing cup of café con leche" at one of the terrazas. They'd spread out the tables and there were STILL NO TOURISTS downtown. Sure, you could hear English spoken, but I'd bet they were English teachers living here for a year or two.

We always wore our masks, as did everyone on the street. Sadly, there's a constant tension in the air as well. It's one thing to sit at a terraza with magnificent views of the Plaza Mayor, but it's quite another thing to actually be able to enjoy it comfortably.

We then walked through the nearly empty Puerta del Sol and I darted in to the ABSOLUTELY EMPTY, but operating, La Mallorquina. I took a quick photo, but they asked that I not. Odd.

We then walked up the Calle Montera where most of the terrazas were bustling and people were walking up and down.

Crossing Gran Via, there were even more people. We walked through Chueca to the Plaza and there the few tables available were all full.

Finally, we walked to Paseo de Recoletos (the lower portion of the Castellana) and had a beer on the totally modernized terraza of Café Gijón.

So, in short, everyone was wearing a mask and no one was wearing gloves - except me! I'm not sure if that's because gloves are scarce now (I know you can't buy them any longer at the pharmacy in my neighborhood) or if there's really no need.

Slowly, it seems things are getting back to normal. I fear most for those older bar owners at the more traditional bars, if they'll survive or if they'll re-open. I'm ready to go back to visit them and call them by name. Hope they're still there when they re-open.

Saludos, MadridMan
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