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Life in a Time of COVID19

Postby papa » Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:14 am

Hello, Zoli and all Polarhomers!

I'm sorry I haven't been active on Polarhome recently. I hope none of you have suffered from the Wuhan Flu or its economic and social effects too much.

Here in Japan, although back in March and April everyone feared the worst, we have not been as hard-hit as other places. Government restrictions were relatively mild and basically voluntary (Japanese are good at cooperating with authorities). Although there have unfortunately been some deaths as well as losses of jobs and businesses, things have remained fairly calm and have returned to near-normal. (Japanese loved wearing surgical masks even before the Wuflu.)

The one exception to normalcy is that my company, whose conservative managers never thought anyone could actually work without the Eyes of Management peering over their shoulders, started to allow tele-commuting in March for fear of the spreading plague, and I have only been back to the office four times since then. Personally, I really enjoy working at home, and the two hours per day recovered from commuting time are a big bonus. I know I am lucky to have the kind of job where this is possible, but I would not mind this arrangement permanently, or at least until I retire in a few more years.
David "papa" Meyer
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