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Re: Anyone else finding it rather tough at the moment (Zurich)

This milk-of-human-kindness business reminds me of the cartoon with two identical glasses with identical amounts of liquid in them, one saying to the other: „Lucky you. You‘re half full.“

German lesson for those with time on their hands, in ascending order of difficulty:

Geteiltes Leid ist halbes Leid. (Proverbial; is there an equivalent in English or do Brits just do the stiff upper lip thing?)

The poem above my desk in the years when it was hard to see the light at the tunnel: https://gedichte.xbib.de/Wedekind_gedicht_An+mich.htm

And the incomparable Georg Kreisler, interpreted by his ex-wife, on the connection between moaning and Sympathie. I’m never sure how well that translates to sympathy, though all the dictionaries say so. https://open.spotify.com/track/5D47m...QX6XIjZtasFypg

Last but not least, Jane Gardam’s Old Filth. Meaning perhaps it‘s a transcultural thing? I have a pet theory that what ends up as the Russian Soul at the Asian end of Europe actually starts getting more intense and dramatic with every mile east of the Channel. Not necessarily a bad thing. Just takes all kinds, and so on. Some of us work in health care, at risk not only of picking up infections but of passing them on to their geriatric patients. Some of us have young teens cooped up at home, isolated from their peers for weeks by quarantine or school policies. Some of us are single mothers, with dads at risk and/or behind borders. All of these apply to me. I am privileged not to have lost a loved one so far, and blessed in my lovable and uncomplicated offspring. But...

„God damn it, you’ve got to be kind!“

(This is what happens when people can‘t go out any more. Begging your pardon.)
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Old 09.02.2021, 11:06
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Stop wining and take up some self-development shit you never had time for.

Like becoming supercool at cooking. Or making a six-pack instead of a beer belly. Or so some strategic work. Or become a 2000+ rated chess player
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These two are not mutually exclusive.

Just saying.
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Old 09.02.2021, 11:46
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Stop wining and take up some self-development shit you never had time for.

Like becoming supercool at cooking. Or making a six-pack instead of a beer belly. Or so some strategic work. Or become a 2000+ rated chess player

Seriously, best time ever for self-polishing, no distractions.
When one gets home from work and family and homework is taken care off?
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Old 09.02.2021, 11:57
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Stop wining and take up some self-development shit you never had time for.

Like becoming supercool at cooking. Or making a six-pack instead of a beer belly. Or so some strategic work. Or become a 2000+ rated chess player

Seriously, best time ever for self-polishing, no distractions.
I don't consider it whining. It's reaching out to see if others are feeling the same stress levels. They are. It's important to acknowledge that things have changed, and in a sense, mourn the loss of our "old" way of life in order to adapt to the new.

Sure, most of our problems are FWP in Switzerland, but they are our problems and we have to work through them. Together is a good way to get through.
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Old 09.02.2021, 12:29
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Stop wining and take up some self-development shit you never had time for.

Like becoming supercool at cooking. Or making a six-pack instead of a beer belly. Or so some strategic work. Or become a 2000+ rated chess player

Seriously, best time ever for self-polishing, no distractions.
Easier said than done?

I know some ... ahem ... overweight people and wondered if the Coronavirus would prompt them to do something about their weight and health in general. Quite the opposite.

And just because people are working from home does not necessarily mean that they are not working. I know many in my company who feel they are doing more than ever.

But then, I also have some friends who seem to be cruising at the moment with not much work the last 6 months and are loving every minute of work from home. Coincidentally, they don't have kids, so life is great for them.
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Old 09.02.2021, 12:32
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Re: Anyone else finding it rather tough at the moment (Zurich)

Why don't all the people on EF who are dying to socialize and are feeling lonely set up a Zoom group and just chat all day long? Don't forget to invite the OP too
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Old 09.02.2021, 12:38
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Why don't all the people on EF who are dying to socialize and are feeling lonely set up a Zoom group and just chat all day long? Don't forget to invite the OP too

Because it can get recorded and it is an identifying thing, ya see..It is like asking people to have a real photo as an avatar
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Old 09.02.2021, 12:47
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Because it can get recorded and it is an identifying thing, ya see..It is like asking people to have a real photo as an avatar

Socializing comes at a cost You all could wear masks


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Socializing comes at a cost You all could wear masks


Because we don't already wear them 12hrs a day?

Maybe opening one's window and talking to folks passing by might be better. Reciting some weird poetry or playing ukulele.

Ok. I just saw your pics. Don't open the window. Somebody could throw something at you.

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Re: Anyone else finding it rather tough at the moment (Zurich)

For me what really helps in this creasy time is SPORT.
I’m jogging 3 times a week and that’s helps tremendously otherwise I would go nuts for sure!
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Old 09.02.2021, 13:26
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Re: Anyone else finding it rather tough at the moment (Zurich)

Well, Thursday is the start of Carnevale!

https://www.facebook.com/events/3665028066907936/

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Old 09.02.2021, 13:27
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Actually I’m super busy at work... “lockdown” hasn’t given me much free time! What is sending me over the edge is not being able to visit family in the U.K. .... I’ve just read that the U.K. are planning on making testing and quarantine more “difficult” .... I’m supposed to be going back in April, looks like it’ll be another cancelled trip and another 6 month wait
You have my sympathy.. It's extremely difficult not being able to see family back in the UK..
The new measures of tests and quarantine complicate things so much.
I haven't seen my family in fourteen months.Looks like it may be an even longer wait to see them now sadly.

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Re: Anyone else finding it rather tough at the moment (Zurich)

Basically our lives are being put on hold so that we can extend the lives of a bunch of 70/80 year olds who were going to die anyway......heaven forbid that we might miss out on a future Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos from that dynamic group of people who spend their time hobbling from one doctors appointment to another.

What is so amazing to me is how risk-averse we have become as a society and how arrogant we are to think that we can eliminate all risk from life. The other day I was thinking back to how the Spanish got into boats and sailed across the Atlantic to discover what is today Latin America. Today it would never happen: health and safety, unions, people on strike, high red tape and regulation, an army of bureaucrats and lawyers ready to pounce and delay everything.

Now look at the people leading us: Simonetta Sommaruga, some public sector lackey who trained as a pianist and dropped out of university to become a career politician. Not one of them has any private sector experience and no concept of profits/losses or how to run anything.

I spend my evenings watching Youtube videos of Brazil where people are out socializing and enjoying themselves and getting on with life while we sit here and rot away.
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Basically our lives are being put on hold so that we can extend the lives of a bunch of 70/80 year olds who were going to die anyway......heaven forbid that we might miss out on a future Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos from that dynamic group of people who spend their time hobbling from one doctors appointment to another.
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You have my sympathy.. It's extremely difficult not being able to see family back in the UK..
The new measures of tests and quarantine complicate things so much.
I haven't seen my family in fourteen months.Looks like it may be an even longer wait to see them now sadly.
Now the old and sick folk in the UK are vaccinated I'm just going to go this summer. Done my bit in doing nothing for a year. I'd just go if I were you.

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Why don't all the people on EF who are dying to socialize and are feeling lonely set up a Zoom group and just chat all day long? Don't forget to invite the OP too
Zoom sucks! I Zoom all day everyday at work and with friends (ugh, even have an online facial to attend next week) & it isn't the same thing, at all. Written communication can feel far more personal and special than "can you hear me now" "oh you just cut out" "you are frozen again ... " "hold on, shut up cat!"
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Basically our lives are being put on hold so that we can extend the lives of a bunch of 70/80 year olds who were going to die anyway......
While we're at it, we're also doing this for the obese people, those with heart problems, diabetes, cancer, and also the random healthy people who have seemingly lost their lives to Covid. Which is then most of the population, not just the 70/80 year olds which you don't seem to care much for.
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Stop wining and take up some self-development shit you never had time for.

Like becoming supercool at cooking. Or making a six-pack instead of a beer belly. Or so some strategic work. Or become a 2000+ rated chess player

Seriously, best time ever for self-polishing, no distractions.
This, this and this (though I'd have have worded it a little more constructively ). There's possibly never going to be a better time for self-improvement than during this pandemic.

Losing weight, gettiing fit and healthy, indulging in (most of) your favourite hobbies, learning new skills. It's a personal development goldmine.

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Basically our lives are being put on hold so that we can extend the lives of a bunch of 70/80 year olds who were going to die anyway......
How exactly does lockdown have any effect whatsoever on 70/80/90/100 year olds?

It effects those younger!

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