1. How is the Coronavirus situation where you live? What's closed down? Have you gone out much? Are you (Oh, what's the trendy term now " Self-distancing "?) staying inside as a precaution or actually infected or is anyone else you know? I hope, if so, you're well. Let's...well, exchange comments.
  2.   I am now in Portland, Oregon. The Govenor, and then, locally, Portland declared a state of emergency. I saw the comment made that Oregon was the furthest behind on dealing with CV of the 3 West Coast states.
  3.   I went out yesterday ( Sun.), I am ill and had sleep to make up to-day (Mon.) and ended up not going out - I may go out across the street to a all-nite grocery tonite-early Tues. I have not heard of a regular medical appointment Tues. being cancelled.

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That sucks, Jeff. 

That stinks!!!

Aw, no, Jeff. I'm sorry, man.

That's terrible! Stay strong! 

Sorry to hear it. Let's hope this year turns around for everyone, and soon.

That sucks, Jeff. So sorry to hear that

I don't know what to say. All my best to you and Tracy.

So sorry to hear about this Jeff.  I recently went through some tough life developments as well and this whole pandemic thing certainly hasn't helped.  I know you will be ok though.  Hang tough my friend.

Jeff, that’s terrible news.

Thanks for all the well wishes my friends. I have mentioned from time to time that I work in the airline industry which, as you all know is being hard hit by the corona virus.The company's goal was to reduce payroll by 30%, but that difficult to translate into an actual headcount. First they offered a couple of buyout packages. Not enough people took advantage of those, so they started making cuts from the top down. Managing directors and directors were reduced by 40%, then managers by 33%, finally my level by 24%. I tried to prepare myself as best I could (I know this day was coming for about two weeks), but up until i found out yesterday I really thought it could go either way. 

My last day at work was yesterday, but my last day on payroll is September 30, 15 days before what would have been my 30th anniversary.

Don't know exactly what I'm going to do yet. I thought I'd feel better today, one way or another, but so far I've just traded one kind of anxiety for another. i still plan to be around here, but probably not as much as I have been in the past.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

I lost my job today.

"You're not wanted here."

It's one of the most painful things that can happen to a man.  The damage to the wallet is bad enough, but it also goes to one's very soul.  Even when you know it was nothing you did or didn't do, even when you know it was due to something beyond your control, even when you know it wasn't personal, it's a hit alpha to your sense of self-worth.  You're on the outside now, looking in.  The next morning, everyone else had a place to go---except you.  Not literally, of course---there are others suffering the same circumstance---but that's how it feels:  that you're the only one left out in the cold.

I will tell you this, my friend:  you are still you, with all of the talents and skill and personal abilities you possessed before.  That hasn't changed one whit.  And, somewhere, there's another place at which you can apply those abilities.  There'll be some readjustments---out with the old, in with the new---but you'll get there.

You may have to find a new path.  That's what Cheryl did in April of 2019 when she was told at her job, for no fault of her own, "We don't want you here."  When all of the related doors for her line of work wouldn't open for her, she went in a different direction from the kind of work she had known---and, now, she wouldn't change back, if she could; she enjoys it that much.

The point, Jeff, is that line I love so much from the film The Edge:  "What one man can do, another can do!"

And you will, too.

It's just hard to believe right now, after just having been kicked in the teeth, I know.

Our fingers are crossed for you and Tracy.

Thank you.

That helps.

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