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  1. I'm not sure anyone really thought that - at least not anyone who was analyzing data and working over any actual records.  Our extensions at work have only been at 2 weeks at a time, but that's really only because there's no way to issue something beyond 2 weeks.

  2. God, I hope people get over it.  We don't need to get more attached to social media than we already are.  This whole thing is honestly just ridiculous and annoying at this point above and beyond anything else.  There will be a "new normal" - I think that's pretty much been settled on.  What exactly that looks like is up for anyone's guess.  Bottom line is, however, that it is extremely doubtful that any public gatherings of any type are "gone."  What I do hope they enforce better though, is cleanliness.  I have to say, anime cons have got to be some of the most nasty places I've ever been, and I've been in moldy, asbestos infested tunnels before... 

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  3. We got served the biggest crackdown of restrictions I think that's been seen yet earlier today when they shut down all public spaces excluding outdoor recreation and sales vendors today.  Then amidst all of this, there are numerous companies posting suspensions on payment programs, interest charges, etc.  On top of that, it sounds like federal stipends are in the works too.

    There were a large number of closures issued on post today, but I don't imagine the restrictions on our day-to-day will get much beyond what we have currently.  I look for them to put 75% of the workforce on remote-duty and the rest of us report on rotation.  

    The U.S. has done this before - not in the memory of anyone who is alive today, but this has happened before - at a much more critical time, with much more restrictions, and a much deadlier pathogen (at the time, it was - not anymore).  I think we should be optimistic that we aren't dealing with quite as many variables this time as the last time something like this happened.

    I've said this to a bunch of people - every situation can have a silver lining if you look for it.  Every situation can have opportunity.  Sometimes it's hard to see that, and other times it's not prudent to see them right away.  I think a lot of people who haven't been faced with that situation or scenario before are about to learn how to do it.  I've looked at it this way though: as long as the church bells ring, the radio stations are on, and people are outside enjoying life - then I can do the same in my own way - somehow.

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  4. On 3/12/2020 at 5:01 PM, Anime loveer said:

    Thanks , i did the speech today , it wasn't so bad . But i think my was kinda bad comparing to some of the other student's speech in my class

    That's both the point and not the point of such assignments though.

    It's practice to help you hone in on certain skills while giving you a chance to grow through comparative experiences with others in your class.   Most instructors are more interested in student progression over immediate ability to articulate material.  So, you gave the speech - and you found some things from classmates that you enjoyed.  If you took notes, you should be able to incorporate those lessons learned into a future assignment and make it even better.

  5. Depending on where you are, there's still plenty you can do.  Especially to make things seem a lot less restrictive.  Iowa currently has one of the tightest restrictions in the U.S. - it isn't stopping people from going out for walks, jogs, hikes, etc.  Actually, I've been seeing a lot more of that lately.  That was probably the greatest indication to me that things weren't quite as abnormal as I had previously thought.

    Interesting times, but they don't have to be as scary as government, news, and other people make you think they are.  Don't even get me started on the people claiming "unprecedented" status.  On a global scale perhaps, but...Western Europe and North America have done this dance before.


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  6. 3 minutes ago, Nyxnine said:

    I can imagine, historian with the military? That's awesome about the research material. I'm like Belle from beauty and the beast wandering into libraries hahahah awestruck *-*

    That's to bad about the forced break :/ hopefully it will end positively and you'll be able to spend more time on personal affairs vs work.

    Do you like to read anything not pertaining to work? Or are they all similar in style to what you read on the job?

    Yes.  We are a minority group within a minority group as far as careers go.  Our office is actually one of the larger "Historical Sections" across DoD that isn't aligned with a training branch.  

    Research material is fun and all - sometimes.  Other times you realize you have a great big goose egg if you don't have the Rosetta Stone for it.  In my particular lane, most of these materials are technical reports that include things like ballistics data, mathematical equations, firing tables and analysis, and technical data.  That stuff can burn your hands - so to speak - too if you're not careful.

    As for the break, it's not really a break.  We have telework policies in place.  The problem is that productivity crashes when you don't have access to your archives or other data systems.  That and I don't well in "breaks" - idling isn't my friend.

    Most books that I do read double either or.  To give you an example of this, when they shipped me out to D.C. to do orientation with CMH, they also let me have my own personal pick of stuff in their publication room.  Whatever we could fit in our hands and lug back with us to the hotel room (and fly home) we got to keep for ourselves.  My haul - I was rather proud of.


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  7. Reading comes with my career.  I have several bookshelves full right now - work has another three libraries for me to pull from.  I've been trying to compile a list of my materials lately but it's been slow coming.  From the looks of things, I'll be home a bit more in the coming days - so chances are I might have a chance to do that.  At least I pulled a huge amount of research materials before I left today...

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  8. I think we did this when I was in grade school, but I know I don't remember it - and I certainly don't have it anywhere.  I was a sad kid - so it probably would have been really weird.  That being said, these are great ideas - and I think that it should be a more widespread thing.  Maybe I should write something to my future self for when I retire..."would you just go to the damn Hawaiian Islands already?"

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  9. I dabbled a bit on response to this.  Like I had told you, I first glanced across this when I was at work - so now having a better chance to sit and look, I've muddied over this a bit.

    I'm going to echo a bit of what Terra said in that "most people having some kind of experience similar."  That is true.  Sometimes it's the happiest people you know, or the successful people you perceive that struggle with things the most.  We (being us as human beings) tend to put a lot of emphasis on "stuff."  We have a fascination with it.  Whether that's a nice car, a good job, a degree, a boy/girlfriend, experiences, things of obsession, things of possession...stuff.  What I don't ever consider stuff is family - you can't choose them, right?  While it's true, often times I've found that I had to source out a lot of who I was depending on to others.  Friends, and sometimes even co-workers.

    I'm very sorry to hear that your mother reacted in that way.  Whether there's a backstory or not, that's a painful reaction. 

    My bottom line here is this: you aren't alone with any of this.  You have a pretty decent group of misfits friends in those of us here though.  We're also tradable!

    But all joking aside - you might be surprised how much you aren't alone in your strife.  I know it's hard to see when you're down, but we're all kind of in this together.

    I got your six, battle buddy.

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  10. Reality is a fickle thing.  I'm not sure how other generations have reflected on their younger years (namely the Generation X crew).  I'm sure they probably have and did, but perhaps the reason it seems like the younger crew is more nostalgic is because we have platforms that we reminisce on.  We're more comfortable using them.  I'd hate to think that something happened to make us actually be so forlorn about our younger (tweens/teens) than other generations.  The shocking thing about that is none of us who are in positions to make the changes to go back actually do so.  All they do is drive forward ignoring the "no bridge ahead" signs. 

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  11. Characters are a driving point for most people, whether they know it or not.  I would venture to gather that a lot of fans will like series that are notoriously bad just because of a character's looks or mannerisms.  I'm not saying that's always the case, but it drives a lot of people.  Likewise, a character sets the tone for the series.  You can have a great story brought down by poor execution by the characters.  You can have great characters that can't shoulder the burden of a terrible story.  If I'm not caring about the characters and their growth, you don't have me.  

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  12. 3 minutes ago, Wedgy said:

    Why are these tours only 15 minutes? That seems so counterproductive if they make it a point to have you there to try to educate.

    It's not that they're always 15 minutes.  This tour just so happened to be.  The group was stuck on a strict schedule, and the planner...lets just say wasn't the greatest at planning.  Most of our engagements range from 45 to 90 minutes (we do have plans for 30 minutes too).  It just didn't work out that way this time.  The group was late - which didn't help either.

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