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oyster  ·  11 minutes ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 1, 2020

I’ve been hearing everyone applying for EI now just gets switched to CERB if their application is still processing.

oyster  ·  17 minutes ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 1, 2020

1. No

2. Outbreak at the nursing home my sister works at so we’ll see

3. Thankfully no

4. Laid off like 2 weeks ago now but honestly since my job is 95% interacting with traveller it was a bit of a relief. Financially I’ll be fine, I’ve been thinking about getting back into gardening for something to keep me busy.

oyster  ·  35 minutes ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ignore the Pressure to be Productive During This Crisis

I think the problem is other people are trying to define what being productive looks like for every person. I’ve got a stack of books to read so I’m more than happy taking it slow and just reading for now. My boyfriend is a pretty high energy, sociable person so he’s been pacing around waiting for the snow to melt so he can start yard work which mostly sounds like lighting everything on fire at this point. For him, all the advice going around is good advice but I think other people end of feeling bad they aren’t being “productive” enough.

oyster  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What’s in the $2 Trillion Senate Coronavirus Bill

Ya, definitely nothing more than a casual observation but it just seemed like every other country was talking about their socialist response to this and then along came loud mouth Trump trying to one up everybody.

oyster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What’s in the $2 Trillion Senate Coronavirus Bill

I did notice this was all being discussed at the same time as Canada, and some European countries started to get the ball rolling on their socialist relief packages. Personally, it seemed like Trump didn’t want to be outdone while every other country was saying you get a cheque and you get a cheque. It’s also the one time his base won’t be against government assistance and it’s likely they need it to now. CERB is doubling what I will receive a month as a tipped worker and I’m just saying Trudeau would have to fuck up big to lose my vote at this point. Trumps out here buying votes.

oyster  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It’s Okay That You’re Not Okay

Everything here went full crazy in the matter of a week, in another week I’ll be driving home across the country. Trying to prep for a 3-4 day trip where I can’t really stop anywhere because who knows how long restaurants or hotels will stay open. I mean, I just got laid off from a restaurant in a hotel so I’m not optimistic. I know I’m capable of driving 12 hours a day, I’ve done it before in less comfy seats but fuck. That’s all I got, just Fuck.

My work is trying to be helpful and give housing where they can, a lot of people have lost their housing very quickly so they’re offering hotel rooms but that’s short term. They also aren’t kicking anybody out, but strongly recommending those who can leave do because they might be forced by parks eventually. I’m leaving so hopefully the people who really need it can stay. The whole thing has been surreal honestly, it’s like I’m trying to cling to normalcy while also planning a road trip and wondering if I should get jerry cans in case some gas stations start to close.

So happy I have a dog right now though.

oyster  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The state of the restaurant industry

I would rather my work just close at this point, we only serve tourists and you can tell everybody is about to snap or has snapped but doesn’t realize. It’s a mix of anxiety from the potential financial loss or getting sick from all the visitors but nobody wants to talk about it out of fear of looking silly. Everybody is just a time bomb at this point.

oyster  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 11, 2020

Just saying, you use isopropyl to clean bongs so your local pot shop might have 99% as well as online retailers for a better price.

oyster  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Grocery Stores Start To Cut Hours As Coronavirus Prompts Surge In Panic-Buying

Everyday I work there is some new protocol. Despite mass cancelations they’re encouraging us to use as much labour as it takes to clean properly which is great, but man how would a small business handle that ? You don’t typically want to increase labour when revenue drops. Today they took tables out of the restaurant and blocked some off so everybody was farther apart, felt freaky as hell. Anyways, my new life goal is to get to a point where I’m so comfortable that I don’t understand how events like this affect my life. So many people either getting laid off or having their hours cut drastically, I’m lucky to be where I am honestly.

I’m pretty sure the point of stocking up is so that you have enough food in case you get sick so you don’t have to bring your nast ass germs to the store. Like I routinely have enough food to last me weeks because I can’t always get to the store but I also made sure I have NyQuil and Kleenex.

So basically just act real smug if anybody questions it. Just trying to be considerate and not spread germs.

You can freeze milk, just gotta shake it when it thaws. Bread too, just have to toast it to make it better.

I dunno, we’re still at under 30 confirmed cases in Canada and y’all just shot up to a possible 600 like nothing. I’m only worried that I work in tourism so option 1) is everybody brings their nasty germs and option 2) is nobody brings anything and I’m poor.

oyster  ·  36 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Holy wack

Looking back now I realized I had just turned 23 when I started applying for jobs in Banff. I guess it’s just that age when everybody is finishing school or watching other people finish school and wondering wtf is next. Good luck in Toronto, but might as well start applying for jobs before you get there.

oyster  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Holy wack

Back during college round 2 I was sitting in a coffee shop and overheard a guy who was just finishing school say something alone the lines of “ I’ve done everything I was supposed to do, I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am, but like where am I ?”

Anyways, I got the fuck out of my hometown so although I still might not know where I am it’s not the same place forever. Where are you gonna go ?

oyster  ·  173 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9, 2019

Planting mint in a pot works well, you can even plant the pot in your herb garden to keep the roots contained.

oyster  ·  173 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9, 2019

I closed the email app I use for school before my assignment sent, spent weeks wondering when the prof was going to send me back my mark only to find out the email sent the next time I opened the app which was way too late. So ya, stay tuned to find out if he’ll accept it or if I am just destined to fail all the time.

oyster  ·  223 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 21, 2019

A friend has been posting lately that she keeps playing cards she finds because they tell a fortune as they can be used in place of tarot cards. She’s been doing this for a while but just started posting more recently and I thought it was interesting. My 26th birthday was last week and the bar I was at gives out playing cards when you leave for a moment so you can get back in if there’s a line. I didn’t need to take one as there wasn’t a line but I thought it would be fun. I shit you not this guy hands me the 10 of spades and when you quickly google that you read a lot about death, endings and hitting rock bottom so que me fucking leaving. It hit me moments later this was my first birthday, first milestone without my mom and the full weight of every motherless milestone started to be a real thing instead of this abstract painful thing I knew to expect in the future when I got married or had kids. The ending had already happened and this was the first realization of that. I’m not sure if I read this card correctly but this had clearly been weighing on me although it hadn't really entered my mind that day so I feel as though it served its purpose. Anyways, the door guy is probably still very confused by how he made me so upset, I’ll have to remember to explain next time I see him.

I’ve developed a bit of an interest in tarot cards now. I still only own playing cards but they’ve proven quite useful in the 2 tarot spreads for questions like where am I now ( feeling trapped )/ what’s blocking me ( fear from within, fear of setbacks ) because that’s weirdly accurate. It’s also weirdly comforting. So I decided to ask what’s next with the 10 of spades in mind, what comes after this ending and I received the Joker.

This is also known as the Fool in tarot decks, one of the only cards you can see as upright or reversed. This one was upright and in this position the card represents new beginnings, opportunity and potential. I know this stuff seems silly but this has been a trip.

Now the idea of getting a “real” deck is seeming less appealing, I'm feeling very connected with these cards.

oyster  ·  223 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A Love Letter to Anyone Who Struggled to Shower Today

Hey kid, this post is about people with disabilities and touches on how something seemingly simple to somebody like you and me can actually be very difficult.

A while back I had a family of 3 sitting at my bar: mom, dad and their daughter who happened to have Down Syndrome. I told them what city I was originally from and they asked me if I found it was accessible for somebody like their daughter or if the people were accepting/kind. I responded I wanted to say yes but I could really never know and that there’s probably so many small things I don’t even think about that make her life more difficult. I had a great conversation and got a very nice tip, but I also realized I likely wouldn’t have responded that way years prior as my first instinct really was to say yes.

Life isn’t just about trying to be the funny guy, sometimes it’s cool to have a little compassion and expand your horizons.

oyster  ·  224 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hi Hubski! What are some of your private rituals?

I recently started the same ritual before a trip, I’ll clean everything and have all my laundry done but having roommates makes it trickier. I can only guarantee my own room and nothing puts me in a sour mood faster than the rest of the house being a disaster after a solid 12 hours of travelling.