How are you doing $$ wise not working

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  1. Scott Rodriguez

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    My wife and I are both “essential” so nothing has really changed for us thank God. But we’re gonna be devastated if Football at USC gets cancelled. I know it sounds selfish considering it all, but as parents it’s depressing
     
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    I'm in Power Generation, soooo still working. Actually, I'm working a bunch of OT because we need to fix stuff.
     
  3. pumpman

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    Continues to look good as the firm I own designs and analyzes real hardware for the world's manufacturing firms, interesting that not many engineers can actually design and analyze real live hardware anymore......all the better for my firm.
     
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    My hours are reduced...had 32 hours billable for the first 80 hr period...2nd pay period had almost 80 hours billable...we do accounting consulting, predominantly small business/entrepreneurs that needs help to get their financial records fixed....we helped clients filled out their SBA/PPP applications last several weeks, as an example.

    Wife and youngest son who moved back home last year are both working from home remotely since mid March....most of my work is also done remotely, unless I need to meet a new client to set up the remote work.

    I cant beleive Im yearning for the normal commute traffic...it would mean life is back to normal.....sorta miss the sports talk show guys during rush hour ....been listening to Keyshwan last few years....lol

    At the end of the day, my family is lucky in that it appears I wont have to worry not making bill payments.....

    I feel for those business owners that are in limbo, and those that have lost their jobs..we try to keep buying from small businesses to help out, like restos......tough times for sure....
     
  5. Damien

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    Good for her, I can only imagine the reaction if there is an internet outage or power disruption.

    We talk about all the time and with the weather warming up, hopefully people will be able to go to the beaches and be running the A/C all day to keep cool. Power losses/brown outs will be the next big impact, especially for those with an electric car. :)
     
  6. BlemBlam

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    I service, remodel and repair swimming pools, so I’m considered essential. My wife is a HS and College Math teacher and she’s still getting paid, so we feel incredibly blessed. A couple of my customers have stopped their bi weekly service because their businesses have had to shut down but I told them I’ll still come once a month and they can reimburse me when they get back to normal.
     
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    I’m in TV and mostly work daytime shows...totally unemployed. Wife works for a school hot lunch company so she’s working 10 hours her week. I have kids in private high school and a mortgage and all that good stuff. Unemployment with the extra $600/wk has really helped both of us. Funny how much you save not driving, not eating out. It’s boring and I’ll hopefully work by July. Wife and I have had internal melt downs of stress but we know we will get through this with probably just a little debt and a bit less savings. Enjoying seeing my kids a lot since I usually work like 60 hour weeks.
     
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    My wife is a nurse, so she is busy. It looks like hospitals were given some sort of boost by the state and she got a couple hundred more on her last paycheck. We are not sure if that was a one-time bonus, or if that is something continuing for the foreseeable future.

    FOr my job, our entire work force was forced to go to telework. For the engineering side of our job, it has been a pretty easy transition. We are getting great training using Microsoft Teams for all of our meetings. For the technicians and other staff who are more physical / hands on at work, they have had to shift to "special jobs" and in some cases, "paid furlough"-like status until they can get back to work.

    I had never liked the idea of telework. I thought I wouldn't be focused enough. but that hasn't been the case. I actually find myself cutting my time short on my breaks, and I am actually getting more hours then normal in while working while I would normally be commuting an hour each way. When things return to normal, i will probably be a 40% teleworker from here on out.
     
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  9. Peete2Affholter

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    Really, the concept of telework is something that I've wondered why it hasn't become more widespread sooner. Everyone has a computer and can fairly easily set up a connection to their office.

    Bit we are still stuck in that 19th-century factory worker mentality of having to physically come to our place of work and do our work there - even when our physical presence is totally unnecessary for getting our assigned work done.

    I guess we as a society just enjoy our working day as a routine and a chance to socialize with our coworkers, even if none of that is actually relevant to our work.
     
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    Im with most...i find myself putting in more work while being remote....ive always had the work ethic passed down from my parents, and used to think remote work was for those wanting to play around a bit...lol...

    Its been a revelation...
     
  11. woohit42

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    Well, our firm does landlord/tenant law, plaintiff's attorney, so we're screwed due to all of the eviction restrictions and the courts being closed. I worked from home for awhile but was eventually laid off. Unemployment with the additional $600 per week is getting me through this. I'm not sure when we'll be called back as there will be a period of time after things start opening up where the eviction ban will still be in place.
     
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    How many weeks have you had the extra 600 added?
     
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    Two weeks. My first unemployment payment didn't include it. I understand that it'll be added through July. I just hope that we'll be back up by then.
     
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    Maybe mostly unrelated....

    When I go to Vegas, it is pretty noticeable that the older the hotel is, the older the cocktail waitresses look. I joke that when a hotel/casino has decided that their cocktail waitress staff is too old to attract a desired clientele, that is when they decide to implode the hotel and rebuild from the ground up, allowing them to lay off the entire staff and start fresh with younger cocktail waitresses.

    Do you think that businesses will take these massive layoffs and use them to "restructure" their workforce? simply not hire back people that they have wanted to get rid of but couldn't for one reason or another? Not bring back staff with longevity and higher wages, and bring in a newer staff that can be paid less as an "entry-level" wage?
     
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    The first week for me didn’t either but the next two did. My dad and also my wife had the 600 added later in the week, like last Thursday!
    interesting fact is that some people are making MORE than they would if they went back to work. My wife’s company has delivery drivers that definitely won’t come back until after July since they’re getting paid so much to not work.
    In my case there’s no point in getting a job that pays $25/hr as it’s the same check. So...I’ll sit on my ass and hope TV resumes soon.
     
  16. SGVFlip

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    In my case, reduced hours so eligible for unemployment... i got partial for the first week, zero for 2nd week with no kicker from the feds....

    The 2nd 2-weeks ended last Friday, I put in a normal full pay period, so nothing from edd.

    This week looks like no billable, so was wondering if that fed addition has kicked in....

    Thanks for the info....hard to email EDD these days...
     
  17. wes4usc

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    I am a solo practice primary care doctor, so my office continues to operate. Business is down quite a bit, but being solo and frugal, I run a very lean operation, so my overhead is very low compared to the huge clinics that currently dominate medicine here in Orange County. We are doing OK because of that. Plus, I am nearing retirement and my home expenses are minimal (kids all done with college and on their own, house paid off, etc.) and we don't live very lavishly, so we are OK financially. (My wife is my office manager - she says "this must be what its like to be semi-retired".)
     
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    Stay safe man. Appreciate what you do.
     
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    I work in healthcare, resident treatment facilities, so nothing has changed, my wife works for the federal government so she is still working full time from home. I hope all stay safe and healthy, great to hear about a lot of you eating in and cooking. It does save a lot of money not eating out. I do feel for the restaurants though, especially the mom and pops. Got a feeling this is going to last awhile, I wish everyone the best.
     
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    So far, so good here, but I feel for people in industries that are struggling.

    My husband is essential for the Air Force so he is as busy as ever, but the base still wants social distancing so he has his team alternate coming in.

    I work as an RTI specialist for school, so I am in a strange position. I don't have a classroom and the classroom teachers don't want the parents overwhelmed with work from "special" teachers, so I am trying to find ways to keep busy. This is a very underprivileged district, so I have been helping school kids get lunches and devices for online learning.

    #1 kid has been lucky enough to work from home. When his office moved from Santa Monica to Burbank a few months ago, he had already negotiated working from home 2 days/week because of the change in commute. So when the shut down came along, he was already set up to work from home.

    #2 kid is also lucky to work for an amazing company in the Silicon Valley. Not only is everyone in the company still employed and working safely from their homes, but they went out and hired college students who had had their offers rescinded from other employers. As sad as the whole missing graduation thing goes, can you imagine the sucker punch of thinking you had a job lined up only to have this happen? I feel so sorry for this year's college grads.

    #3 is a PhD student and hasn't missed a beat, both taking classes and teaching from the safety of his apartment. Unfortunately, his roommate has some sort of immunity concern, so she doesn't want him leaving the apartment at all -- not even to get some fresh air. Michigan was pretty early on in the shut down process, so he has been in that tiny apartment for a long time. I do worry about him getting a little stir crazy, but he has been able to keep in touch with friends, so all is good.

    Can't complain. We are blessed, indeed!
     
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