The Last Tango in Albuquerque. For now, anyway.

Well, kids, there you have it: Stay the (You Know What) Home.


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30 Responses to “STFH”

  1. Stan Thomas Says:

    And, in merrie England tonight : “From this evening people must stay at home except for shopping for basic necessities, daily exercise, any medical need and travelling to and from essential work.”

    So we still get to go out for a ride …

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The guv’s presser is all over the place. I’m waiting to see a complete report on what is and isn’t allowed under her new edict. But it feels like we may be taking a slightly more draconian direction than merrie olde England or California.

      • asgelle Says:

        Having seen it and read the order, I don’t think it’s that strict. It sounded like she was saying that while she is requesting people limit themselves to required trips, police would only enforce separating groups of more than five (why she thinks a family of six or more living together is O.K. at home, but needs to be separated outdoors is another question) but leave individuals or small groups alone. Later, and it was in the context of the large families, she talked about families going out to the park as being allowed; so I think exercising alone is permitted. I also think the reason she seemed all over the place is she was trying to conflate what the order said with how she would like people to behave which was more strict.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    And so it goes. I am going to hit the grocery tomorrow and then stay at home, concentrate on barre chords, and avoid driving the smarter half to violence. Hard to sleep with one eye open all the time.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Fuck this shit.Right now I wish I lived off in Lincoln County somewhere so no one would bother me.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Actually, it doesn’t look like they will chase you down and arrest you for riding your bike unless you are dumb enough to be riding in a group.

    Here’s the order.

    I FURTHER ADVISE the public to take the following preventive precautions:-

    New Mexico citizens should stay at home and undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety, or welfare.-Retailers should take appropriate action consistent with this order to reduce hoarding and ensure that all New Mexicans can purchase necessary goods.-Avoid crowds.-Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips and cruise ships.

    Click to access COVID-19-DOH-Order-fv.pdf

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I don’t see “bike shops” in the “essential” list. I do see gas stations, automobile repair facilities, and retailers who generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of automobile repair products. Some folks I know are gonna eat shit here.

      “Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips and cruise ships.” The first shouldn’t cause me any undue hardship (see “I’d rather push my Subaru,” etc.). Also, I don’t see any cruise ships working the Rio Grande.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Cuomo did that in New York too. Fine if you drive. Sucks to be you if you ride a bike.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I sent Secretary Kunkel a message.

        Dear Secretary Kunkel

        I read your emergency order. For someone who is car-free, the order means that person will not be able to buy spare parts for a bicycle or get it repaired for the next few weeks. I find that a glaring omission.

        Bicycles are more than toys. We have been attempting to get people out of their cars and into human powered transportation for quite some time now and this order sends the message that human powered transportation is irrelevant.

        Could you amend the order and include bicycle shops?

        Khal Spencer
        Santa Fe
        League of American Bicyclists cycling instructor

        • Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

          Hard to believe a bike shop guy couldn’t put up a sign advising anyone who needs their bike for something essential to contact them so they can “come ’round back” and get their pedal-powered transportation-device put back into service while the spandex clad, carbon fiber crowd stays home, jacking around with Zwift until the OK is given to resume normal (as in just-for-fun) activities.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          A couple shops I know about in Colorado have gone appointment-only. I think that might be workable for any shop owner who was willing to become a one-person shop for the duration. Of course, like any other workaround, it could be abused.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Good man y’self. Jesus. Like the IBD wasn’t already bent over the desk with its drawers puddled around its Sidis. And think about being the poor sod who just sprung for an e-bike only to have it develop the hiccups with all the shops shuttered.

        Wait a sec … I think I see a loophole. We encourage New Mexico’s bike shops to declare themselves churches. That way the congregation can still assemble and the plate can be passed. Also, no taxes. WINNING!

        On a more serious note, the League of American Bicyclists is campaigning to support the idea of bike shops as essential businesses. You can learn more and take action here.

      • SAO’ Says:

        You gotta move to Philly:

  5. B Lester Says:

    Yup, yup, yup. We closed our appliance factory last Friday for three weeks. Today was the first day that salaried office staff only would be reporting to work. Alternating days with half of us on line and half in person. On my way home from the office about an hour ago, I got a text. EVERYONE STAY HOME,STARTING NOW! Wisconsin governor just changed the rules.

    Hoo boy, I’m glad I’m not in IT. We have probably half the VPN bandwidth we need. Dunno how this is gonna work.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeech. How many employees are affected? And yeah, the whole work-from-home thing has its limitations. Even in my business, where we mostly just make the shit up.

      • B Lester Says:

        We have about 600ish unionists on lay-off here in Wi and Az now, so they’re good. I’m in planning and supply chain, about 100 folks still getting paid. Mfg eng staff is still on site. All else should be gone. Probably another hundred plus.

        This is a palace of a manufacturing company compared to some of the shitholes I’ve worked in. They play the long game- not interested in f-ing people short term. That’s the difference twixt public/venture capital vultures and a family owned business.

        Just celebrated my second anniversary here two weeks ago. Not many places willing to pick up a 60-ish materials manager cast off by venture capital fuck-ups. I think I’m reasonably lucky.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Man. The numbers are gonna be staggering. You start thinking about “How does this get made?” or “How does this get here?” and pretty soon you start thinking about a whole bunch of people slumped at the kitchen table puzzling out how they’re gonna get by for the next few weeks or months.

          Here’s hoping you folks can get back to work sooner rather than later. It’s hard to find a good place to work. Don’t ask how I know (seven daily newspapers and God only knows how many magazines).

  6. JD Dallager Says:

    Aaah, the challenges of writing policy/laws and anticipating/mitigating how the public will “legally” and “literally” dance around the spirit and intent. I don’t have the talent, much less intellect, to try such an endeavor. Not to mention the enforcement challenges associated with violators.

    I do however have a layperson’s understanding of “public choice theory”: individuals ultimately do what is in their own economic best self interests. One for all and all for one is a noble ideal that historical human behavior doesn’t always validate.

    I also adhere to Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech presented at the Sorbonne in 1910 and outlining the responsibility of leadership in a democracy. Please look it up. Short version: It’s not the critic who counts. Not the person who points out where the strong man stumbles or the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the person in the arena, marred with blood, sweat, and dust. Who strives valiantly again and again….and errs and falls short. Because there is no striving without error and shortcoming. But who in the end, should they succeed, achieves the high ground. And IF they fail, they at least fail daringly, such that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. (Sorry, paraphrasing from memory).

    Stay engaged, follow the spirit and intent of guidance, offer constructive solutions where appropriate, and use best judgment/commonsense for the benefit of all.

    Stay safe and healthy!!!! 🙂 🙂

    • khal spencer Says:

      Hear, hear. But if the goddamn washing machine breaks, you have another public health problem. These folks cannot think of everything, but they have to be flexible.

    • khal spencer Says:

      And, what about people who count on the local laundromat?

    • Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

      There’s the rub, as they say: “..and use best judgment/commonsense for the benefit of all.” Everyone wants an exception for their personal situation. “American Exceptionalism” will help this virus spread while Don the Con tries to tickle another boner out of the stock market. I fear it’s gonna get a lot, lot worse for the USA before it gets better. Stay safe. Stay home.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        “Best judgment” and “common sense” seem in short supply in the best of times, which this is not.

        In the meantime, music: “Amazing Grace” sung to the tune of “House of the Rising Sun.”

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          Here’s just a little fact that surprised me. “House of the Rising Sun is of uncertain origin, before 1923, and is in the public domain. It probably started in England and new lyrics invented to reflect the current surrounding of the artist. It was first recorded in 1933 and has been covered, and the lyrics modified, many many times.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          It’s a good one to play, too, innit? One of the first tunes I learned waaaaaaaaaaay Back in the Day®, when I was a hairy young wastrel instead of a hairless old wastrel.

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