40days. It’s been that long since the start of the community quarantine. 40 days doesn’t seem that long with today’s available technology. I’ve been in contact with friends almost everyday. I work with my office mates virtually for more or less five days in a week. The only difference is that I can’t go out.
But this morning I was able to take a walk — a short one — and the air was cool and sweet much like the air I wake up to in San Pablo. I know this is not going to last so I’m just savoring the moment along with the quiet.
Tanghali. It’s after lunch and normally, in the province, the street traffic dwindles to a drop or two. The people noise fades in the background and a restful quiet settles. But here is the city the vehicles almost never cease.
I spent the rest of the afternoon and early evening watching an early series that piqued my interest and made me think of relationships of people today.
I was about to upgrade my workstation OS to the latest Ubuntu release but the paranoid in me decided to go through the net one more time and I found this from linux config:
Upgrades from 18.04 LTS will not be enabled until a few days after the 20.04.1 release expected in late July 2020.— linuxconfig.org
So. Since I don’t don’t want to risk messing up a properly working workstation I can wait until late July 2020.
I did read that a fingerprint login will be available for the 20.04 LTS release so I’m looking forward to that feature. Another welcome addition I am interested in is the kernel lockdown security feature.
I’ve been reading so many things. Too much maybe. “Everybody wants to rule the world.” The chinese communist party comes to mind right now.
The neighborhood is so unusually quiet even with the hard lockdown covering the entire district. So music.
There are malicious people online. They take advantage of a form that they can put their trash in not knowing it goes back to them. So I’m taking out my input form and leave the bots out to dry.
The hard lockdown is about to end but there’s an 8:00pm curfew so the hard lockdown essentially extends until tomorrow at 5:00 in the morning. Nothing happened. Except maybe I’ve cleaned up the back-end of this blog a bit. Maybe. There’s another chance to improve things tomorrow.
Canonical just released the latest Ubuntu — version 20.04 and I’m seriously thinking of forcing an upgrade this weekend. New features look good on paper especially the ones which are related to security. Historically, the auto upgrade for Long Term Support versions will only be available a few weeks after the upgrade is released but apparently it is already available. But I am praning and will wait for a bit until maybe this weekend so there is no disruption of work.
There are two people in fatigues manning the intersection at the corner. I am not sure if they’re police or army. There should be something there to indicate the difference. One of these days somebody will complain about that.
It’s hot today. I heard from the Manila Mayor’s report that one of the reasons why they’re conducting this 2-day hard lockdown so that city officials can do a house to house rapid testing of the residents of the Sampaloc district to determine who are actually infected by the virus. This will help them map the area of covid-19 infections more effectively. That would make sense. I just wish they don’t visit us in the early afternoons because my thermostat say’s it’s 38℃ where I’m sitting which says the room has a slight fever.
It has generally cooled down but still warm. I has been quiet and because of that the day has been restful.
It’s too early in the day to read about quantum computing and edge computing storage but here I am blowing my mind to slush before the workday has started. Interesting reads though.
I forgot to mention that I got the DSWD relief package yesterday. The barangay tanod didn’t come back so I went to the barangay office and got it from there. We’re essentially ready for the 2-day total lock down in Sampaloc. Well, maybe we have to throw the trash at the barangay bin before the lock down starts.
It is early afternoon already but we have not opened the DSWD relief box yet. Maybe in a little while.
Well, we opened the relief box. There’s about 2kg of rice sealed in a plastic bag, and six canned meat — meat loaf (3), luncheon meat (2), and corned pork. I am not familiar with the brands so I don’t know how they taste like.
There are two large repair trucks in front of the house and it looks like they’re set to repair the electric main lines of the neighborhood which means the electricity might get cut some time in the afternoon or evening.
The repair trucks were here to just trim the trees whose branches were touching the electricity wires. They do that regularly in our area but this is the first time in a while that I have seen them doing it again.
There’s a flurry of activity as the day closes. There are a lot more motorcycles on the streets most of whom are either picking up or making deliveries. Tonight at 8:00pm starts the hard lock down of the district of Sampaloc. I wonder how will that be. I am in no way nervous or anxious. Just curious. I am near the edge of the district so I expect I’ll still be hearing vehicular noise the hard lock down.
A thought just occurred to me that a hard lock down doesn’t equate to a holiday. Even if my district is on hard lock down and since I’m working from home I still have work tomorrow.
I decided to exercise first and then have a mug of coffee. My sleeping hours have been longer these past few weeks maybe because of the quiet and the cleaner air.
I read that the lock down in Sampaloc is going to be for 48 hours. Two days. That is not actually long. I don’t know what that will accomplish.
I had a quick chat with an office friend. I wanted to see and check if they’re okay. We should check on our friends because they are … friends.
I remember reading that we have 17 testing centers but for our population. If we’re going to do mass testing there must be more testing centers and more labs to process those tests.
I am seriously thinking of getting pandesal.
I did get pandesal. And canned tuna. And cup noodles. So yeah, meryenda/dinner was good. But every time someone goes out, every time we go back, the shoes or slippers has to be disinfected and the clothes get shed and put in the laundry and the person immediately takes a bath. I’m not entirely sure that what we’re doing is correct but I sure makes us feel cleaner.
It is almost 6pm and the barangay kagawad has not come back with Mayor Isko’s relief goods. Maybe tomorrow?
It’s going to be dark soon and the quiet follows shortly after. I look forward to that part of the day when the blanket of hush falls on the neighborhood.
And the streets start to quiet down. There’s just this dog barking in the distance. It feels surreal though because it only gets this quiet in the province.
So guess it’s time to pack up the day.