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Started by col2001 on Mar 22, 2020 10:46:08 AM
Alternative Reality 2020

The year that never was.

col2001 - 22 Mar 2020 10:47:39 (#1 of 48)

I was looking forward to seeing Educating Rita next week.

A small thing, I know.

col2001 - 22 Mar 2020 10:48:47 (#2 of 48)

In August, a large family gathering for my mother's 90th birthday.

JennyRad - 22 Mar 2020 11:35:26 (#3 of 48)

Ooh. The question is, do I assume the alternative reality in which I was still made redundant, or do I assume it's so alternative that I stayed in the job?

Assume redundancy: I was looking forward to going and having a few days with my best friend and her toddler, once the redundancy happened and before my next set of lectures started. And probably I'd have found an interesting new job reasonably quickly, which would have accelerated my learning and been both terrifying and fun.

Assuming no redundancy actually makes 2020 a pretty boring year; work, study, study, work ... gosh, that sounds good!

SinnerBoy - 22 Mar 2020 13:04:44 (#4 of 48)

My daughter is unlikely to have a birthday party, next month. She'll be seven, we're letting her know gently.

She's already missed her friend's birthday sleep over and another party.

bossab2 - 22 Mar 2020 13:50:43 (#5 of 48)

My child has been abandoned by the education system to an exam free vacuum.

Maximum stress followed by nothing to do.

jamalade - 22 Mar 2020 16:08:19 (#6 of 48)

Yes Sinner. Heartbreakin.

My 50th birthday party was organised by my sister apparently for next week. I was on the phone with her last night when she told me.

hailesaladdie - 22 Mar 2020 16:25:07 (#7 of 48)

After the hailesalassie's serious illness last year, this was going to be the year to make up for it: get out and about and enjoy every possible bit of time we could with our amazing 3yo. We were going off on a trip to where we met, going to my little sister's wedding (half the invitees flown in from Donegal - yes, a lively one) and then a laid back summer holiday, just us, the coast, some bikes and some excellent food, over in France, echoing but not replicating the wonderful one we'd had two years prior (we had to cancel last year's). Dedicate lots of time to her octogenarian mum (the loveliest person you could hope to meet) while we still could.

But sometimes it's the little things that get you. The little one had been excited for a month, taking non stop about the chicks they were going to hatch at nursery. When I had to be quarantined, it was the day before they hatched. He was heartbroken. We can't explain why he's not allowed to go to the playground or why we can't go out on the bike, or to any of his favourite places.

Thing is, it won't be long before it's not the little things that will get us. It'll be the big things.

bossab2 - 22 Mar 2020 16:45:16 (#8 of 48)

At the most recent update I've been given till September before I die.

It could be a dull last few months.

scottscott - 22 Mar 2020 17:53:27 (#9 of 48)

That is such a moving post, hailesaladdie.

Re- your little-one. Being so loved, I'm certain good memories will prevail.

Macpaddy - 22 Mar 2020 18:04:25 (#10 of 48)

# 8 Are you being serious, Bossab?

bossab2 - 22 Mar 2020 18:33:17 (#11 of 48)

Yes. I was told six months ago that I had 6 months.

I 've had a bit of a reprieve, but bollox will I be living in isolation for the next 6 months.

Shadrack22 - 22 Mar 2020 18:42:31 (#12 of 48)

I won’t be in London over the Easter weekend. Nor will I be on a Greek island for the second half of May. I’m already doubting whether I will be in East Asia for work in September and October - the March trip was obviously cancelled. The landmarks that punctuate the year are swept away. My brother has a significant birthday next month - celebrations on hold. No cinema visits. No raking around in bookshops. No day trips to certain places. No eating out.

But I’m lucky. These are just minor inconveniences compared with what some people are going through.

levelgaze - 22 Mar 2020 18:55:44 (#13 of 48)

I was plotting with MsGaze for me to leave my job and join her full-time in the business we started last October, which has been pretty successful and could benefit from me adding to it. I was just waiting until after April, in case the (pretty generous) redundancy packages were offered again.

Now my job feels like a lifeboat, in the short and long term.

sympforthedevil - 22 Mar 2020 19:15:57 (#14 of 48)

Well, my plan was to carry on mainly working from home and looking after my mum, not really talking to anybody else and getting depressed. So, no change really.

Winner - 22 Mar 2020 19:27:46 (#15 of 48)

My life hasn't actually changed at all apart from not eating out.

mingmong - 22 Mar 2020 19:31:39 (#16 of 48)

Mine neither. But I already worked from home, and have always had a tendency to keep my distance socially.

The big change is going to come tomorrow, when we start having to homeschool the Minglet. God only knows how that's going to work out

Ebadlun - 22 Mar 2020 19:45:17 (#17 of 48)

My little band had nearly filled up the summer, with a gig nearly every week, and the prospect of more bookings coming in.

We played our last gig two weeks ago with no inkling that it was our last gig (for months at least)

Tagyourit - 22 Mar 2020 19:56:57 (#18 of 48)

My life hasn't actually changed at all apart from not eating out.

I think it's hit my son (17) most. His school has closed, his A level exams have been cancelled, his rugby is over for the season, he's not able to meet up with his friends in meatspace, he's wandering around like a lost soul, it's not been made better for him with LadyTag and myself working from home which limits his opportunities for usng his Xbox etc.

Agaliarept - 22 Mar 2020 20:00:18 (#19 of 48)

My first ever solo holiday. It was only walking the Pembrokeshire coast for 5 days but now Mrs Rept is jobless that’s out the window.

Still I had fun looking at AirBnBs...

sympforthedevil - 22 Mar 2020 20:11:53 (#20 of 48)

Sorry to hear that, Ag.

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