Back to the OP, this weekend I did notice a fair number of classic cars on the roads which did make me a bit jealous as I miss driving mine dearly. Yes I'm making assumptions about what they were doing but I don't believe it's essential that you cruise the high streets in a Model A Ford. Oh well, my classics are staying in the garage. Instead of going for a drive I went for a bike ride and wow the bike paths were loaded with people. Loaded. Makes me think in these crazy times where most leisure activities have been cut, people are taking the opportunity to rediscover simply going for a walk/bike ride which is a positive thing.
My friends relative pinched a nerve in his back, and asked to be taken to the hospital since he's in searing hot pain. He got to the hospital, saw what it looked like, and had my friend take him back home. He said it scared the hell out of him how it was overrun, and looked like ET where everyone is all kitted up and things are sealed.
It's why I'm not driving. That's all I need. Make a mistake, stack the car, and end up in a hospital right now in NorCal? ExCUSE me seriously? Please and THANK YOU? (gotta keep the Letterkenny vibin)
It seems they've closed down the bars and restaurants, so people are congregating in parks and beaches. Won't be long before those get completely banned as well. I get going outside and taking a walk, but if too many people do that all at one spot, then we have the same problem.
Here is my issue: I have a 76 year old mother who is locked into her first floor apartment for weeks and needs some socialization. She lives 5 hours away in a state that is now "shelter in place". My state will probably have that order in a few days as well.
I am thinking about driving down to talk to her through her first floor window (closed window and talk on the phone) so she doesn't get even more depressed. I have sort of preplanned the trip: bring my own food, I would only need to stop once for gas. Outside contact would be extremely minimal. My wife and I have a box of latex gloves left over from when her dad was alive so staying clean to pump gas wont be an issue(had dementia and incontinence issues)I have been trying to get her to download Zoom, but she wont. She has an android, I have an iPhone, so easy video calls are out. I think me talking to her through the window for an hour would be more uplifting then a phone call or video call.
Will I even get stopped? if so, will I be arrested or fined?
Is it worth the minimal risk to bring an hour of happiness to a shut in?
Set up a meeting on Zoom. Even if it takes the two of you an hour long phone call to figure it out, it’s better than being shut in.
I don’t think you’ll get fined, but who knows. Enforcement of that seems to be all over the map.
Another issue is that she had terrible internet and cell reception in her apartment. Half the time my calls never get answered and when they do, call drops happen. A lot. She isn't on a national carrier for some reason, just a state cell carrier.
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Meanwhile the restoration shop we're sending our Bus to has been trying for weeks to arrange shipment of the car from Sonoma to Silverton, Oregon. Finally got an update from the shop owner this morning regarding the situation and he said "I have talked to a few truckers and they said they are talking the next few weeks off. Don’t understand why, no one is in the truck with them while they drive. We do have it on the board so I am hopeful soon. " Yes there are worse things in the world right now, but it would have been nice knowing at least the Bus is making progress while the rest of us ride out the quarantine.
Single folks definitely need socialization...but dammit, so do I. Even living with someone, we hardly see each other through the day (work in different parts of the house) and then may or may not be in the same room during the evening, unless we have Zoom/FaceTime gatherings with friends/family.
I'm on a daily with both of my parents, either FaceTime or phone. Mom is one state away and recently had surgery, so I'm especially concerned about her, but all of them are squarely in the age danger zone.
WA state went to shelter in place last night (about a week too late, IMO). Won't change my behaviour other than I'll just be doing delivery from restaurants instead of having gone to do pickup twice in the past 2 weeks.
Not driving at all unless it's important for the same reasons Brendan stated. Last thing I need is someone in an Excursion to run a light and t-bone me, sending me to the ER...especially given certain ER's here have waiting lines out the door right now. (No joke.)