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March 17, 2020

Shelter in place from the storm

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

It’s feeling pretty grim out there.   Here’s the full Alameda County order because it’s helpful to read it yourself rather than just get a summary from press releases and such.   Because, personally, I was a little taken aback when I read the press release from the City of Alameda which contained this:

All modes of travel are prohibited except that which is necessary to accomplish essential activities, where social distancing of at least six-feet can be maintained.

Because “prohibited” is a really strong and scary word.   It does use that language in the order but it’s buffered by language that explains the prohibition in more detail.

While I’m glad that the Bay Area governments are taking the matter very seriously, I wonder how effective this is going to be if people in Florida are still pretending like nothing is going on in the world and still Spring Breaking on the gulf coast.

Anyway, best of luck to everyone during this time.  I’ve already set out schedules for #1 daughter and #2 son in addition to whatever school work they’ll be getting from their teachers.

This would be a good opportunity for the family to pick up Charterstone again though.  We might actually finish it by the end of this.


  1. East vs West…wife went shopping at Luckys on Sunday looking for a St Pattys day corned beef…just about all the meat counter was sold out…and everyone was running around like Armageddon was upon them so we decided to try Nob Hill. Meat counter was totally full and everybody was calmly doing their shopping.

    Comment by Jack — March 17, 2020 @ 8:04 am

  2. They cancelled Wrestlemania? That is grim. Actually we are nowhere near grim…In the 1919 Spanish (racist?) flu epidemic 6,000 people died in the Bay Area, and they actually ran short of coffins. It hit children especially hard. All public gatherings were banned and everyone was required to wear masks.

    And isn’t it ironic that last week they called not going to Chinatown “xenophobic” but this week it is prohibited by the authorities…BTW, Elon Musk is keeping his Fremont plant open. To quote him… “The corona virus panic is dumb.”

    Comment by Nowyouknow — March 17, 2020 @ 8:17 am

  3. Hi all, I’d like to add that we are posting updates multiple times a day and are trying to get things up as quickly as possible. Later today we will post a deep dive of the Order, but meantime last night we posted a video of the Mayor providing additional details and we have a link to the video and the script for that video at Thank you for your patience as we work to keep this page updated!

    Comment by Sarah Henry — March 17, 2020 @ 10:18 am

  4. I just went outside for the first time since the lockdown. Took a little jog, maintaining my distance between anyone else I saw. My observation? Alamedans are NOT taking this seriously.

    In the short time I was out I saw the following:
    1: A surprisingly large amount of traffic. I find it really hard to believe all of those people were only going out for essential groceries
    2: At least 5-6 houses with contractor trucks pulled up. One was putting up a new fence. Another house was getting painted. Another was something else. Last time I looked getting cosmetic work done on your house is not “essential”
    3: What appeared to be several families and their children playing softball.

    That tells me the city needs to do more than just suggest or tell people to stay in. If people can’t act like responsible adults then they need to start enforcing it instead. If that means the police drive around the tell the contractors, the people playing softball or the teenagers in their cars cruising around to go home then so be it. Because at this point NONE of the quarantine means a damned thing.

    Comment by john doe — March 18, 2020 @ 2:27 pm

    • do you really think people get thier house painted, or thier roof replaced or thier fences done because they like the cosmetic look . or do you think they are in the process of maintaining the homes. iI call that essential

      Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — March 19, 2020 @ 1:40 pm

      • Putting up a decorative fence is not what I would call “essential”. Getting a house painted is not “Essential”. Unless your roof is about to cave in or you have a pipe that has burst and is spewing water then nothing else is essential. People really need to look at the overall big picture and stop thinking of just themselves.

        Comment by john doe — March 19, 2020 @ 3:33 pm

  5. Stonemaier games are pretty sweet.

    We own Scythe and Charterstone. I’ve played Scythe and LOVE it but you need the right people for it.
    Charterstone is fun but we’re only one game into it so far.

    I’ve been eyeballing Tapestry and thinking about it – there’s a good daily deal over at that I’m currently resisting.

    All that said, the >real< thing I enjoy from Stonemaier are the Treasure Chests filled with bits/miniatures that work as upgraded resources.
    Very pretty and strangely tactile-y rewarding.

    Comment by David — March 19, 2020 @ 12:35 pm

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