So. How’s life under this lock down?
It’s all so new. It’s all so weird. And yes, it’s all too scary and real. Actually, let me scratch that. It’s not real yet. I think it will get really “real” when someone we know get the virus.
In the meantime we are doing what we can to lock ourselves down. The most hardcore person in our family is my daughter. Has only gone out to walk the dog. Nothing else. Wife has taken over the lead role as the grocer / shopper of the household. She is a dentist and has been asked to not work at all except emergencies. So far, she has been handled those scenarios via the phone. She is going crazy with boredom. She wants to work, she can work but has been told by the authorities, STAY HOME!
In my case, I have been working from home since 2012 so this is not new to me. The only thing new to me is that the house is always “full”. There is always someone or the other barging into my room. Wife / daughter always assume that I am available to do shit like “can you take the garbage out?” / “the tv is not working” / “can you clean some of the big utensils?” I love them to bits but come on! Am working!
Our daily routine is fairly common for suburbia. Day starts at 7AM and ends around 10PM. In between there is critical decisions like what to eat for lunch and dinner. Should we drink tonight or not? Should we take dog out for a longish walk or just around the block? Should I go for a run? Which tv series should we start watching?
Work has been insane lately! Am not sure where the work is coming from given that the global economy has slowed down substantially. Projections are at -3%!! IMF is estimating a loss of $9 trillion!! (visualize this : $1 million stacked up with $100 bills will be 1 m high. $1 billion stacked up with $100 bills will be 1 km high. $1 trillion stacked up with $100 bills will be 1,015 km high. Yes, someone did the calculation). So that is a very, very big number. Regardless, the company I work for is chugging along at a high speed. I sometimes have to stay up till midnight to meet with teams in China and HK for conferences. I am expecting there to be a slowdown in my work, eventually. But at the moment, it’s all-work-no-play mode here.
We did have a holiday in Feb just before the lock down. In hindsight, thank god we took that vacation else we would have gone mad by now. We went to St. Lucia with our friends for 7 days. Could not have asked for a better vacation. Sun, sand and friends. Had tonnes of fun.
That’s it for now. Let’s see if this quarantine will lead to more posts. Here are some recent pictures of the family and friends.