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How are you spending your time?

  • Maintenance around the house

    Votes: 14 33.3%
  • Maintenance on the bike

    Votes: 12 28.6%
  • Netflix and Chill

    Votes: 9 21.4%
  • Nothing has changed, just working as usual

    Votes: 22 52.4%
  • Catching up on some reading

    Votes: 5 11.9%
  • Online - reading forums

    Votes: 8 19.0%
  • None of your business but I did renew my Viagra prescription

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Started a new project (see below thread for description)

    Votes: 4 9.5%
  • Riding as usual

    Votes: 11 26.2%

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Since many folks in the forum are in some phase of isolation and I thought it might be interesting for folks to share how they are spending their time.
 

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I voted Working, no change, but that isn't complete. Work continues, on a construction site on a pharma plant. No hand shakes. Virtual meetings over in-person. Not doing much at night...staying in.
 

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Since I have some extra time (no commute) I decided this was the year we would tap the maple trees to make some syrup. It gets the kids outside and it has turned out to be a fun project. We have 20 trees tapped and we are getting about a gallon of sap a tree per day right now.

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Instead of working you can change that to riding since I'm retired. It's a challenge now finding a family restaurant that's still open for business, but they're out there.
 

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Doing virus tourism^ supporting local businesses^^. Rode around virus free* areas of Ga doing a survey of alcohol, toilet paper, and bleach. Found plenty, so I get to spray my hands (and face in case one of the bastards are clinging to it) every time I touch something.

About to ride virus free* counties of N. Ga, East Tennessee, and SE North Carolina to see what's going on there.

I was at the last two Tails of the Dragon, and all y'all that didn't meet me know that I am an introverted germaphobe who doesn't hug and avoids large groups. Look who the normal one is now!

^I realize that some will be appalled and that I may be vector #1 in these counties. We'll know in two weeks.
^^ Or destroying if I am vector #1. We'll know in two weeks.
*I realize that "virus free" may only mean "incubation period incomplete."
 

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Working from home. During my lunch break today I welded up some steel targets and drove the SXS around the property to see how much spring work I have to do.....During my lunch breaks of course
 

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Working from home. During my lunch break today I welded up some steel targets and drove the SXS around the property to see how much spring work I have to do.....During my lunch breaks of course
Of course! Of course I had to go gather more sap and get the propane bottle filled, and filter some concentrate on our weekly conference call....
 

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Aaaah, removing the straw from the gas tank......
 

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We're staying home as much as possible, which I don't mind, but it's driving my wife stir crazy. I keep busy with home projects and by being a reassuring voice to our kids and grand kids. I noticed that when I stopped watching the stock market and limited my consumption of the 24 hour news cycle that my mood, and my vocabulary, improved greatly. I've also been reading the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. Check it out if you like action and adventure books. Utah had a significant (to us) earthquake yesterday which escalated the collective anxiety around here. As is often the case, calamity brings out the best in most people and I've been moved by the number of random acts of kindness and patience that have been offered while maintaining the appropriate social distances...for the most part. Here's to a speedy return to normalcy.
 

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I have a past customer who seen some of the wood/steel work I did for my sisters as well as my wifes dining room table and they gave me the task of building some benches for their patio.
You can click the thumbnail and view full screen.

For a recap. My sisters table with bench. 2x4 tube steel with beetle kill pine top.

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The table I built my wife. 3x3 tube steel with hickory top. This thing is heavy, takes 3 grown men and a small boy to move it.
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My other sisters end tables. 2”x1/4” flat bar and white oak for wood. Theres something like 52’ of flat bar used to build these two tables. I finished these a couple weeks back.
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I will photograph and post the benches in the next day or two when I get them completed. Just applying the wood finish now. After that its assembly which should take place tomorrow.
 

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Working from home as usual. No travel plans presently. No maple trees to tap.:confused:

Wife is working at home as well, which is not usual.

I just completed an RFP (hate those) so I took a longish lunch today and took advantage of some clear weather. I washed the car, then took the dog to the groomer. The groomer has a small lobby, and there was a sign insisting on one customer at a time in the lobby. So I waited outside. No big deal.

I have an idea for another thread. Hmmm.... Must be winter, or a quarantine.
 

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I'm driving up to Cleveland, OH to pick up my new to me 2018 GTL! Then riding her back the LONG way....Bad part is, it's supposed to be 35 degrees for a high temperature Saturday! ???

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I have a past customer who seen some of the wood/steel work I did for my sisters as well as my wifes dining room table and they gave me the task of building some benches for their patio.
You can click the thumbnail and view full screen.

For a recap. My sisters table with bench. 2x4 tube steel with beetle kill pine top.

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The table I built my wife. 3x3 tube steel with hickory top. This thing is heavy, takes 3 grown men and a small boy to move it.
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My other sisters end tables. 2”x1/4” flat bar and white oak for wood. Theres something like 52’ of flat bar used to build these two tables. I finished these a couple weeks back.
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I will photograph and post the benches in the next day or two when I get them completed. Just applying the wood finish now. After that its assembly which should take place tomorrow.
Really nice work.

Juan
 

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Still turning wrenches... Today I pulled a standard transmission out of a 2000 Ford Ranger for a neighbor; needs a clutch. I swear my 2-post car lift is used more by friends than me. With all the stuck/rusted 20 year old bolts took twice as long to get it out as it should have. Will be doing another friends pick-up next week; e.g. front end work, sway bar, upper & lower control arms, ball joints, etc. @Jonnybow coming down in a couple of weeks for annual maintenance/tires on his bike. Etc, etc, etc, retired life is great! :)

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