April 14, 2020 — Let’s face it, COVID and coronavirus is about the only conversation topic there is these days. So, we might as well have something interesting within that to discuss. Here are a few topics we hope we can generate some good Member comments on.
Is there coronavirus in your community? A member asked this question:
“I’m amazed this topic hasn’t come up yet – have there been any instances of the COVID-19 in any of your communities? If so, how was it handled? Have the managers and members of your community proactive or pretty much self-care? In light of this pandemic, how would you evaluate the Pros & Cons of the medical systems in your area. My concern is for those looking for a place to retire what things are like during stressful times. Thank you.”
Cruises – would you still be willing to go on a cruise? The horror stories associated with cruise ship passengers unable to get off of the boat that is infected are scary. But many people have saved up their lives and really looking forward to taking a “world ” cruises. Would you take a cruise, and if so, has your thinking changed about where and how long you would go? Please comment below.
What is your favorite cocktail based on location, or drinks named for places? Since hopefully we are all sheltering in place, here is a chance to do a little armchair traveling and have some fun at the same time. For example, if your favorite libation is a Manhattan, that won’t need not much explanation. Is yours Irish coffee, or maybe a tea or coffee? So, in the Comments section, please share your favorite cocktail that involves some geography. It’s even better if your drink ties to a retirement trip you want to take. If you have a secret recipe, please share it. Armed with these cocktail ideas, now you can have a Zoom travel-themed cocktail party with your friends. BTW, Zoom meetings are easy and fun, if you haven’t had one yet. You can also Facetime with more than 2 people too.
Stimulus payments coming this week or next. One small piece of good news is that the first batch of stimulus payments are on the way. People who have Social Security numbers who are already signed up for direct deposit will likely see those payments in their accounts this week or next. The payments are $1200 per adult and $500 for each child under 17 (phased out gradulally if your individual income is more than $75,000). Checks mailed to recipients without direct deposit could take much longer given the volume to be sent. Social Security recipients should get their payments even if they haven’t made enough money to file tax returns in the past few years (but SSI recipients might have to file a form)
What are your questions about the coronovirus, of any type? Please post them in the Comments section below, along with your favorite “location-based” cocktail. We can’t wait to see them! (Note: because we seemed to be getting into a tit for tat your facts vs. my facts discussion on this we have closed down discussion to leave it on a positive note! Thanks to all for your interesting comments, but now let us move on to topics more germane to retirement.