Peter Rukavina shares his life experiences about belonging to a community and navigating his way through challenging times.
My friend Peter has a conversation with Cynthia King, about life and death on PEI, landing in and joining a community, belonging and actively creating community. Taking in podcasts is not my thing, but I very much enjoyed listening to this one.
This morning Y and I were reading a book together, which had a drawing of a medieval castle on one of the pages. “I would like to have a castle too!“, she said. I decided to unearth the old Playmobil guard/prison tower (It had a sign saying Schuldturm) I have from when I was in primary school, 40 years ago.
I put it together, and my hands remembered the configuration I mostly used (the balcony originally should be on the bell tower but as a kid I thought that was an odd place to have a balcony). I went through the Playmobil figures to find the guards, and also added a queen. Y took to it immediately, and then of course dressed as a queen too.
Duckduckgo tells me this tower was set number 3445, which came on the market in 1977 and was on sale until 1993. I bought it about 1979-1980 when I was around ten, from my own money (I collected old newspapers around the village and sold them to a recycler). 56,80 Dutch Guilders I paid. An online tool tells me it would be equivalent to 61 Euros now, serious money still for a 10-year old. I remember the price distinctly, just as I remember what I paid for the Playmobil pirate ship (98 Guilders, set 3550), and for pallisade Fort Union (47,50 Guilders, set 3420).
40 years on, the guard tower can still delight. 57-odd Guilders well invested, I’d say.
While I was busy in the garden, two coots in the watercourse behind our house were fighting over who would get a partner.
(If you click through you’ll see a video. It appears that Flickr doesn’t facilitate video embeds.)
Google has released the statistics for the mobility and location data they gather a.o. from all the mobile devices that share their location with them. Below are the results for our region.
It shows nicely the beginning of the soft lock-down, starting with the announcement on March 12th, that from the 13th working from home was the default, and from the evening of March 15th the closure of all restaurants, schools etc. You see the enormous decline in use of transit, the drop in general retail and recreation, the drop in workplace presence due to skiing holidays and then the work from home measure, and the peak in grocery and pharmacy visits right after when the lock-down measures came into force, resulting in empty shelves in the super markets. This type of data is probably not extremely useful on a day to day basis, but it is useful to get a general feeling for how well people are complying with measures, as well as to detect the moment when things get back to their regular patterns. I know e.g. debet and credit card transactions similarly can be and are being used to determine e.g. if a community has returned to normal after for instance a hurricane or another emergency.
Hard to believe that this time last month I wrote “just another month. … Covid-19 had no impact.” Then came the lockdown. I didn’t even mark the date, just got on with it. I was immediately surprised by how well Italians were taking it, with orderly lines outside the open shops and supermark...
Reading Jeremy’s monthly notes about March and the shift into Italian lock-down, I got intrigued by a mention of how his ‘7-minutes’ had increased. 7-minutes? No idea what he meant, but a quick search in his own blog surfaced the first mention of it in his September 2019 notes:
“Finally downloaded an app for the 7-minute workout thing. I’ve been looking at the regime for ages…”
Which led me to YT to find a video of what those 7 minutes entail, or the 7:50 as the vid I found left slightly longer pauses between exercises. This may come in handy as we finish up our third week of lock-down, of what will be at least 7 weeks in total (but I think likely 4 more until June 1st). Luckily ideas can still be easily transmitted from locked-down Rome to locked-down Amersfoort.
With stores around the world either being closed or lacking customers because of lock-downs, putting more effort on digital ordering and home delivery or store pick-up. A bookstore in our city started same day home delivery of any book they have in the store, next to their regular central online ordering process.
Boris Mann shows a great example of stores you maybe don’t normally see online. They went around the shop taking pictures of the shelves and sharing those online so customers can find the items they need. What will remain of such steps once we leave our houses again? Revert to the previous mode, or the start of evolving towards more mature digital means? First data on Dutch online retails suggests that many households who previously only bought online 1 or 2 times per year (holiday packages usually), are now doing so much more. It is likely that many of them will not revert fully back.
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