Definitely saved on not going out to eat as often (we get carry out/delivery when we do) and on gasoline.
My hobbies are cheap because I have already acquired the materials to do them. A clarinet and music books (I have purchased 1 book the entire time, largely because I have an entire catalog already). And a laptop to do language lessons on and watch shows and read in the languages.
I have a question. Why are so many DeVore/Bailey v. Pritzker fans absolutely convinced that a Governor can only issue one, 30 day emergency declaration, and cannot issue subsequent declarations? This seems to be the heart of their arguments - 30 days, no more.
The law of parsimony would clearly suggest the statutes do not rule out additional declarations. After all, a hurricane or a tornado could create conditions that require more than 30 days to resolve. If the Clinton power plant were to rupture and spill, 30 days would be insufficient to control the event. Similarly, a public health emergency does not watch the calendar and self-eradicated at 30 days.
I do not understand the argument that a governor only gets one, 30-day declaration.
- Jose Abreu's Next Homer - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 10:00 am:
So Rizzo rags on MLB about being in the clubhouse during the rain delay, but what about these guys flying via airplane…isn’t that like the same thing?
Equally as important to the money we’ve saved by being at home, is the realization of what we had been spending on that we can now live without. I really don’t miss dining out, realize that I have more than enough clothes that I don’t need to go to a mall, and the hair trimmer I bought thinking it would only be necessary for a month or two has convinced me that I never need to pay someone to do this again.
Now some folks will likely go right back to doing the same things after this is all said and done. But not everyone. And it’s enough to disrupt the economy and certain industries for a long time to come. This is also the consequence of not focusing on the virus as our first priority. We’re developing spending habits that may likely stay with us for a long time to come. For some that we’ll be a good thing. But it will also carry consequences for others with it particularly since our economy is heavily driven by consumer spending.
The one thing I did spend money on was a Traeger wood pellet grill. That thing is awesome and definitely keeping me out of restaurants. Of course will I be so eager to hang out by it for hours when we trade summer heat for winter chill…not sure, maybe I can just put a mask on and sit closer to it for warmth.
I’ve saved money on not eating out / take out as much, but that is about it. Still take long drives, often at night, so still racking up miles and gas, just maybe not as much gas since not driving the classic cars as much.
But I’ve been spending a whole lot on refreshing a house that will go on the market soon; have to write a big check later today for the new roof.
Interesting article from June that speculates whether COVID-19 is actually affecting the weather. It uses the early summer heat wave in the Arctic Circle as an example.
With it July 31 and already on the 9th tropical storm or hurricane of the year (Isaias), plus this month’s heat in much of the state, I am actually wondering if COVID-19 and subsequent reductions of carbon emissions during the lockdowns is affecting our weather. Both in good and bad ways, depending on how you look at it: