Category: covid

A stand at dawn

Anzac Day 2020

Dawn over Nelson on Anzac Day 2020.

We don’t usually go to the official services on Anzac Day – while we commemorate, we don’t celebrate. Don’t get me wrong, I am eternally grateful to those who served and fell, the pomp and ceremony isn’t my cup of tea.

This year we did. We all got up and stood at our gate at dawn, looked at the stars, got uncomfortably cold and reflected on history and the stupidity of war. We felt the sadness of all those lives lost and the damage done to ordinary citizens.

We heard the last post played a few times from the surrounding neighbourhoods, as well as on the RNZ broadcast on our phone. Maybe half a dozen neighbours stood on our street, sharing a historic moment before all retreating to our bubbles.

Coronavirus lockdown day 31

I guess we wanted to mark history – the first time there haven’t been services, is the time we should remember.

Four weeks down

Coronavirus lockdown day 28

So busy again, keeping on keeping on. Today though, I was ever alert, watchful and waiting for the alcohol delivery … The driver had to sight ID, so I taped it to the door in the hope that if I didn’t hear the knock, the package would be left with the ID.

In the end it didn’t matter, but it was a really weird situation. I was outside picking feijoa. I head a car pull up, and make a call – the volume was so loud I could hear it across the road. Then I realised it was my phone!

So I ran to get the guys attention, and sure enough, result. but then when I got inside – there was a bottle of Malibu in the package (Which had a life size copy of my driver licence photo taped to the package). So I sprinted outside to let him know of the mistake.

Long conversation short, like some Cold War spy exchange, I left the bottle on the ground and backed away. Crouched, he crept forward, took a long lunge toward the bottle, retrieved it, and put it in the boot of the car. The music was still going really loud, so the neighbours were all looking by this stage.

The driver shouted a cheery ‘Seeya!’ and we went our separate ways. Tomorrow the rest of the order should arrive.

A week, then two weeks, then …

Coronavirus lockdown day 26

Today was a Monday, as usual. Couple of meetings, bit of editing, then a flurry to get everything done before the announcement.

At 4pm we huddled around the wireless (internet, not radio) and listened once more to Jacinda and Ashley. We’re totally on a first name basis now 🙂

Anyhoo, one more week of 4, then two weeks of 3. Which means by the middle of May we might be at 2. I was really impressed by a line today – save lives, then save livelihoods. I think that suns it up nicely.

You can’t have an economy without people in it. That means we’ll just have to hang tight. One bubblemate will have a birthday under lockdown, and potentially, I could too, if things go pear shaped. Let’s hope not!

Level 3 won’t be that different to four, other than we might be able to order a few more things online. So we’ll keep on keeping on. I’ve been luck that I’ve been able to pick up extra work, and I’m hoping it might stay around.

It will take time for the other bubblemates to adjust to school and work changes, and then just when they have, it will change again…

Stuff seeking donations – should we save the media?

They are all over at the moment – large orange banners asking for money. There’s a lot to admire about the fourth estate, and throughout history many noble causes championed and fires under the seat of power have been lit. But there’s also hot-take clickbait, gotchyas, paparazzi and questionable ethics all over the place. I don’t think they can claim any moral high ground in the 21st century.

Papers in the past were part of the historical record. Now, not so much. No local sport, no local court, highly selective reporting of issues, no subs. Also, their main revenue was classifieds – real estate, jobs and buy/sell – which all migrated to trademe, which the newspapers took a stake in, and then sold again. So really, lots of it is their own fault. Sure, the model needs to change, but so does the content.

This column struck a chord with me – brutally honest, it asks: is it worth saving the media?

A well-thought out and reasoned column – in other words, an expert I agree with 🙂

The day before the big call

Coronavirus lockdown day 25

I had a day off of sorts. Not much computer work, just chilling. It was nice. Sought out the sun at times, avoided rain at others. Bit of filling up the rubbish bin.

Tomorrow, though, work to do and a bit of a wait to see what happens about the lockdown level…

Friday on my mind

Coronoavirus lockdown day 23

A good Friday, in the sense the work week had rounded out, jobs were done, and there was an end of week catch-up with friends.

We played online 500. Everyone’s the same – staying put, hoping it’s going to be over, half-working, half-wondering what on earth the future holds.

Bit of rain, hoping the citrus and pumpkin plants keep growing.

Not much else to report – except perhaps a toothache. Hoping it calms down, a bit and holds off. We’ll see.

Feedback is good

Coronavirus lockdown day 22

Today was a good day – not one, but two pieces of unsolicited and positive feedback.

Nate Fakes @

So that means tomorrow it might all fall apart, but today was good. We take the wins where we can get them!

Three strange weeks

Coronavirus lockdown day 21

Different day, same old shoes; Different week, same old blues. It’s getting harder to remember what we did each day. Ther was admin, emails, a headache that came and went. Feijoa fell and the sun shone.

I went to the supermarket, only the second time driving in three weeks. It was quiet, and most people just kinda stumbled around. We’re easily spending $50 or $60 more on groceries. No one-thing seems super expensive (except perhaps tip top ice cream at $7.50 for 2l) but everything seems to have gone up a little bit, so the overall bill mounts up a bit quicker.

To be honest though, I’m just thankful there’s stuff to buy and that we can afford to shop.

Twisteddoodles summed it up best:

Yes! It might also gradually increase in speed as the lockdown continues…

Balance? There is no balance.

Coronavirus lockdown day 20

Today was a run around, email, chase the tail, task, task, re-task kind of day. Took some time away from the computer, persistent slight headache kind of day. Felt like everything was out of balance. Plus it was cold as a well digger’s duck.

I was reading recently about how there is (or should be) no work-life balance. There’s only life, right? You do work so you can have a life, not the other way around. If you did get your life magically in balance – you’d try and capture that; and stop. You’d hope you didn’t get it out whack again.

The problem is that doesn’t allow much room for change, and everything is change at the moment. It’s also a false dichotomy – suggesting there are only two possible and mutually exclusive alternatives. In an infinite universe, anything is possible, as the saying goes.

So if work life balance is wrongly framed, our focus on balance is misplaced. Humans like the binary choice, but there’s a wide spectrum of possibility for us to choose from. How we solve what work and life look like is a question for many generations to come.

That was randomly philosophical, wasn’t it?