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Cambridge, New York
When did the impact of COVID-19 first occur to you? How did your reaction to COVID-19 change between then and the first case in your town?
March 12 at Stratton Mountain. There were very few people skiing and when we went to lunch in the Stratton Village, it was like a ghost town. My reaction did not change much. I thought it would be over by Memorial Day so obviously I was wrong on that.
How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?
I am working from home almost exclusively
How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?
I am feeling good. I am lucky that my wife and kids are home and I get to spend more time with them now than when I was leaving for work every day. To relieve stress I concentrate on three things every day: Eat, Move, Sleep. I try and eat right, get some type of exercise every day, and make sure I get enough sleep. This will boost my immune system and I think health is as important now as it ever was.
What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?
I have not been able to socialize as much and I miss parts of that. What surprised me is how many people I see out and about walking. It seems like people need to get out of their houses and going for a walk through the village is a great way to do that.
Are you working from home? What adjustments or challenges are you experiencing?
I am working from home. I am surprised at how easy the transition has been. The biggest challenge has been sometimes my broadband lags and I may experience delays during a presentation or conference calls.
Do you have children at home? How’s it going?
Yes. My children (15 & 12) have been home. They went through the homeschooling portion of the quarantine without much disruption. Now they are right into summer and we will see how that goes as they generally have a camp or two that they attend. I think the biggest thing they miss is the daily face to face interaction with their friends.
Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?
We have a dog at home. I think that she has been very happy to have the whole family home every day and all the attention she has been getting.
What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?
Connection with friends and family. I made more of an effort and noticed other people making more of an effort to connect with friends and family.
Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?
What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?
Maintain your physical and mental health at all times. This pandemic and lockdown affected the people who were not healthy most of all.
How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?
I hope that people start to take their physical and mental health more seriously. That is something that only you can control and with all the things that have been completely out of our control during this pandemic, we need to choose ourselves and control our own thoughts and actions.
Southern Adirondack Library System
“Jim,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed August 10, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/138.