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Posted: Posted April 7th
Edited April 7th by S.O.H.
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Hello guys I hope you are all doing well. How is everyone doing in this pandemic?

I survived 14 days of quarantine in a motel 6. By day 12 or so I started feeling the affects of being alone with no social interaction. I am back with my parents for the foreseeable future. That in and of itself had been one hell of a reverse culture shock. My family is loud, their Spanish is fast, and cultural norms are unsurprisingly different than where Ive been the last 6 months.

Adjustment has been challenging for me I have anxiety and have had one or two panic attacks now that Ive been back. To keep me busy Ive bought a Switch lite, a small fortune of games, a guitar, and several books in spanish. I am also jogging 5-6 miles when it is not raining.

I feel sad most days and my parents are worried. As of right now it will be a year or longer before we can go back to our countries of service. Our Program Manager told us yesterday that returning to our old sites will be on a case by case basis as this virus has scared a lot of different communities and foreigners have been ill received/ targeted/ heavily discriminated against. I think I will be fine as my community (and the surrounding communities) heavily rely on tourism. But it is a matter of time and waiting.

As of right now I am somewhat loss as to what I should do. But I think that is the general consensus world wide.

Work wise the K-12 system along with colleges and universities are shutdown till Fall. I dont need the money but would like to work at some point in the next few months.

I am also not sure if I should take this time to do grad school and just get it done. I really enjoyed teaching in Guatemala. But I am not sure if I enjoyed teaching by itself or teaching and the development work aspect of it.

I guess its time for needed self reflection.

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Sorry you're having a hard time, SOH; I feel for you. Glad you're looking for ways to cope / take care of yourself. My door's open if you ever need to reach out.

What books in Spanish did you get?

Posted April 7th by Ceta
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I've been having headaches and chest pain on and off for a while now which has been bothering me a bit too much to do anything and it somewhat worries me but it may well also just be a somewhat normal thing for me sometimes. It hasn't really effected my life like at all because I'm too introverted lately or whatever. I know introvert and extrovert are really broad labels but it's been quite noticeable that there are the people who are just fine with this and then there's the people who are losing their minds over it.

Posted April 7th by Grey Echelon
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There's just too much uncertainty for me to feel any level of confidence about the future. Like, feasibly I can get my job back whenever we re-open, which would be great. But I'm not sure what reason I have to believe we'll be able to re-open in May.So much of the country is still refusing to take this seriously, and our president is literally forcing states to compete with each other. But there's uncertainty all around. Getting my job back would obviously be ideal, but there are questions around whether we'd be expected to take a pay cut. That would suck given the rates of everything else have gone up in the past few months and - apart from being able to defer a few of those payments - no one's bills are being canceled during this unprecedented time. On the flip side, not having a job is obviously not ideal either. But who is going to be hiring? With so many people in my direct circle, I'm not sure it makes sense to take a job at places like Trader Joe's or any other essential businesses where you interact with patrons all day. Apart from the stories coming out of workers there literally dying and getting sick, it's just too big a risk given all the people close to me that are at greater risk.

So, there's a lot of anxiety around that, which isn't really helping. I've also just had my first connection to a COVID-19 death. Colleague's father passed away from it, and my friend's mother was exposed, too. The growth in my town especially is concerning. I do feel sadness for all those with direct connections to folks with it. And to the medical workers who are over-worked and under-prepared. It's just so stressful, and means they have to be isolated even more. At least for me, I've not left my house for weeks. Feasibly, I could get in my car and visit any friends who have done the same. Was kinda the point of all that. But my friends in the medical field can't because they're always exposed.

But mostly I just feel sadness at the fact that this country is not going to see anything wrong on a systemic level and we're going to go right back to how things were before this. I think "the other side of this" is making me fret even more. I keep hearing people say that things can't go "back to normal" and I want so badly to believe that, but I don't see how we don't return to the same problematic policies and attitudes that made this problem so much worse than it needed to be.

Posted April 7th by Jet Presto
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Still got my job. Things are awkward at work, but it's still work.

I can't go in the bookstore anymore. This make me sad. I've been wanting to read up on world history.

Girlfriend is working from home...kind of...while the school district fumbles around and tries to get their teachers to do productive things.

Honestly, the biggest pain in my ass right now is all the work I've been needing to do on my car. Cracked axle, busted motor mounts, oil leak, brakes, etc. I'm getting it all taken care of over a period of weeks.

Posted April 7th by ndfu6sdgh
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My colleagues that wish that they were the one's laid off are fools. Few things in life are more anathema to human happiness than endless leisure, and that's even setting aside the very real financial anxiety that would follow from unemployment. I have always been thankful for whatever job I've ever had, but it is certainly more true now than it has ever been. This is what it means to have purpose.

So I'm doing well. Not being able to see family is no fun, especially since it's nearly Easter, but my life is not otherwise all that much different. I don't worry any more about getting the disease than I do getting in a car wreck. Danger exists for all of us and at all times, but these possibilities don't generally prevent us from carving out some sense of normalcy. That is what will have to happen with COVID-19 as well. We don't know how long this disease will remain with us or whether or not it will come back later, but one thing that is for certain is that we will not tolerate this mandated isolation forever.

Posted April 7th by Famov
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That is what will have to happen with COVID-19 as well. We don't know how long this disease will remain with us or whether or not it will come back later, but one thing that is for certain is that we will not tolerate this mandated isolation forever.


If you or a loved one are at risk you are going to have to learn to tolerate quarantine for the foreseeable future. Like you I am not worried about the disease. But I am worried about obtaining it and transmitting it to my parents who are extremely at risk. Social distancing my self from the rest of the world seems like a small price to pay for now.

Posted April 7th by S.O.H.
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Ya that's basically my main worry that something happens to my older relatives but to a lesser extent if I'm one of those unlikely and just unhealthy enough ones who die of it even though they aren't in the age range but I at least know it won't be because of me if my older relatives get it.

Edited April 7th by Grey Echelon
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Still got my job. Things are awkward at work, but it's still work.

What do you do?

But who is going to be hiring? With so many people in my direct circle, I'm not sure it makes sense to take a job at places like Trader Joe's or any other essential businesses where you interact with patrons all day. Apart from the stories coming out of workers there literally dying and getting sick, it's just too big a risk given all the people close to me that are at greater risk.

Yes a lot of my friends are jumping at those essential business jobs. The chance of infection in one of those heavily hit areas is to great.

What books in Spanish did you get?

Thanks Ceta

I bought Eso (Steven Kings "IT" the spanish edition), La Sombra del Viento.

And a handful of books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

El Amor en los tiemps de Colera, Cien años de soledad and El general en su laberinto

I had my Language Proficiency Examination/ Interview for the Peace Corps today. My first one I scored Advanced Mid. My second one I scored Advanced High. I am hoping that I stay at Advance High or Score Superior (the highest level you can score in the Peace Corps) my goal is to gain a better mastery over the Spanish Language. Hoping these books help!

Edit I continue to be Advance High. My score just came in. I am happy with my score but will continue to work hard to one day reach the superior level.

Edited April 7th by S.O.H.
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very bad.

Posted April 7th by poptart!
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I have a lot of the same problems some of you guys have; except for me they’re not “problems”, they’re just the way things are when you’re disabled/retired in Michigan.

A friend of mine said there was a general curfew here.
They were wrong, as it turns out; Flint Mich is the only town in SouthEast Mich with a general curfew.
There’s a general curfew in Canton Miss; but that’s the wrong state.
There are curfews for little kids and teenagers here in Canton Mich, but I’m neither.

I’ve been relying exclusively on InstaCart to do my shopping. They’re swamped. I couldn’t even connect to them to order anything last Fri Sat Sun. I tried again at daybreak Mon and ordered a load of groc. But they won’t be able to deliver it until after nightfall this coming Fri!

Everything else is as you might expect.
I’ve been collecting parodies of pop songs about Corona COVID Quarantine etc.
I don’t get most of the hip hop, but I do get some of it. I get most of the tunes and songs that are sung instead of rapped, but not all of them.

My youngest first-cousin’s youngest daughter just turned 32 y/o.
Shit, I’m old.

I’d like very much to get older, please!


Edited April 7th by chiarizio
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