Mike’s Musings

Random thoughts, opinions, ideas and prognostications on the day's events.

I had to do something today I had hoped I would never have to do again-file for unemployment. It took almost two hours on the website, but ultimately I did get through and did what I had to do. The only thing about my previous unemployment experience was that I knew what to expect, and I already had an active account on the website. All I can tell you is that if your state has online filing unemployment, you should take advantage of it. It may be frustrating, and you may get timed out even after you think you’re almost done and have to start again. Just do it. It’s still a lot better than the first time I ever had to file when a company I worked for many years got taken over and then downsized most of us out. This was long before online anything, so I had to physically go down to the Unemployment Office in person and do everything we do on our laptops today. Just think how much worse it would be if that system were still in place. You would have to get on the line outside the building at 4:00 AM and hope you even got in the door by lunchtime. So cheer up. It could be worse. A lot worse.

Spending a lot more time working on my book and hit my self imposed goal again yesterday but took some time off for some Skype time with our granddaughter. Part of her bedtime stalling was that “I want to read a story to Papa!” So Margie and I got on Skype, and she read the story. And then another one. And yet one more. She finally tired of the ruse and blew us a kiss goodnight, but I don’t know exactly when she went to sleep. She did not seem in the least bit sleepy. I’ll have to ask my daughter later.

We are at the point now where we are not leaving the apartment for anything unless it is unavoidable. I will probably make one of these inevitable trips tomorrow to the laundry and the bank. Some things still need to be done, but taking the types of precautions, I usually make fun of germaphobes for doing. Oh well, I guess the whole idea now is to stay safe. I can’t wait until we get to live again rather than just stay alive. 

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