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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    Yes I paid $1.99 a gallon two days ago at Costco. Of course it took half of my 401k to fill the tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    Yes I paid $1.99 a gallon two days ago at Costco. Of course it took half of my 401k to fill the tank.
    . . . because your stocks or funds are down so much? Ugh, had to think about that one for a minute.

    This is one time I am happy I am pretty conservative. Though I have had significant paper losses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    . . . because your stocks or funds are down so much? Ugh, had to think about that one for a minute.
    Now I get it. Slow there, sorry.
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    Truthfully (and I’ve never let truth get in the way of humor - unless it helps) I haven’t looked at my funds since this debacle started. And don’t plan to unless I need some money in the checking account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    Yes I paid $1.99 a gallon two days ago at Costco. Of course it took half of my 401k to fill the tank.
    Along the same lines, this XKCD from a couple of days ago.
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    Heard from my mom this morning. She wants to know if she can call me sometimes so she has human contact, which means she's definitely taking reasonable precautions for a 76-year-old woman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    Yes I paid $1.99 a gallon two days ago at Costco. Of course it took half of my 401k to fill the tank.
    So that's say.. a hundred thousand gallons?
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    I wish.

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    Our new electric bikes are starting to have a good effect on us. Today we did a pleasant 23 km cruise around the river parks. I only used electric assistance for less than 200 metres of that 23 Km. But that little bit of assistance means that I don't get bogged down on short steep hills. It also means that we can now build up the distances travelled as we know that if we get tired or a really strong head-wind blows up we can just turn on the power and still get home. Since my knees became a bit wonky and made climbing any sort of a hill a bit of a hassle - being forced to drop to bottom gear and climb very slowly - I have felt restricted in riding more than short distances.

    My wife who has never ridden regularly is still using the motor assistance, usually on the lowest setting, most of the time, but is slowly building up the distances she travels without assistance. She is much happier now she can keep up with me on the flat and can pass me on slopes when I have to change down and work a bit harder. Her main problem has been recovering from a bad graze on her knee from a fall in her first couple of weeks of riding when she was still getting used to her bike. She ended up needing antibiotics and is still dressing the wound.

    All this being said, I must admit that Perth is not a very hilly place anyway. The highest hill in the greater city area is just 93 metres above sea level.

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    Hold on to your butts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Hold on to your butts.
    I think the tax alone in our state is close to that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Hold on to your butts.
    I doubt we've hit the bottom. Being almost completely at home, I'm doing almost no driving, as are millions of others. The airlines are using a lot less fuel. It will be one of the few bright spots in the economy (except it won't be a bright spot for laid off oil workers).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    I doubt we've hit the bottom. Being almost completely at home, I'm doing almost no driving, as are millions of others. The airlines are using a lot less fuel. It will be one of the few bright spots in the economy (except it won't be a bright spot for laid off oil workers).
    And down she goes, one day to the next. Saw two different stations with this price. Not to say there aren't higher prices, but almost none are over $2 here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    I doubt we've hit the bottom. Being almost completely at home, I'm doing almost no driving, as are millions of others. The airlines are using a lot less fuel. It will be one of the few bright spots in the economy (except it won't be a bright spot for laid off oil workers).
    Many of our restaurants are converting to a drive through service. I would like to be sure the alcohol based wipes are effective for wiping down buttons, fuel nozzles, food containers and all that kind of stuff. I guess credit cards can get infected inside the automatic machines too. Watching Italy, we have a long way to go in UK and USA. !
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    Italy does have a culture with a lot of physical contact. Things are less huggy and kissy here in the US, and about to get far less so. Still, we do have lots of Spring Breakers mingling closely at beaches in many locations and countries, then returning home, to look forward to.
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    I don't know how we're handling this, but we officially close on the thirtieth. Graham has agreed to pay another month's rent on this apartment, which will bring us to living in this complex--two different apartments--for exactly sixteen years to the day. My plan right now is that we'll pack stuff, and then every day, the kids and I will put a few boxes in the car and then go to the new house, where I will put things away properly and they will run around and get their energy out. Until the time when we've officially got the furniture there, at which point we'll come over, pack a box or two, and head home again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I don't know how we're handling this, but we officially close on the thirtieth. ...
    This makes me happy, too!
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    Yes, congrats on the new house.
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    Huh... maybe the one place a tail-dragging T. rex with “bunny hands” can be excused?
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    My oldest niece got a scholarship to go to the university she wants to go to.
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    The local SPCA is out of dogs. All of them were adopted. That's awesome. (Facebook link.)
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    People need some company.
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    Also, dog-walking has been accepted in several countries as a valid reason to break "stay at home" lockdowns.
    My brother tells me that there are some pretty exhausted looking Spanish dogs, who can be seen out in the street with a different "owner" at hourly intervals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    My oldest niece got a scholarship to go to the university she wants to go to.
    Awesome.


    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    The local SPCA is out of dogs. All of them were adopted. That's awesome. (Facebook link.)
    Also awesome.
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    We went for a walk around our block yesterday, possibly for the last time. At the time we went on a Monday, you usually see dozens of people, but we hardly saw anyone. Hoping that means most of the local offices are closed and everyone's working from home if they can.
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    My new project manager's daughters are spending their time at home making cotton surgical masks. They're homemade so not prefect, but they are giving them to a veterinarian they know so the vet can donate his factory-made masks to the local hospital.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    My new project manager's daughters are spending their time at home making cotton surgical masks. They're homemade so not prefect, but they are giving them to a veterinarian they know so the vet can donate his factory-made masks to the local hospital.
    That's just lovely.
    I scored a 12-pack of store-brand TP today. I feel guilty for buying it but it made my wife feel better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I scored a 12-pack of store-brand TP today. I feel guilty for buying it but it made my wife feel better.
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