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Twenty years ago on 23rd March 2000, I became a member of the Motley Fool. It is the place I call “home” on the internet; where I found like minded people. We’ve shared weddings, births, grief and disasters. Along the way, I’ve learned so much from you all about life, friendship, investing and money management. You taught me to budget, to quarantine my money into separate pots, so that there will always be funds available for the important things in life - holidays, parties, hobbies, time spent with family/friends - as well as paying the bills.

In 20 years, I’ve gone from living pay-cheque-to-pay-cheque to having investments and savings. For example, BigSis phoned me today from Australia, worried about how we are coping financially since Britain is heading into lock-down. I proudly told her that we have a good emergency fund, enough to cover the mortgage and bills for well over 6 months, as well as investments if we need to raid them. I learned that from you, my dear Fools.

While many of us may feel that “It’s the End of the World as we Know it” is a more appropriate song for washing our hands in the current crisis, I will be singing “Happy Fooliversary To Me!” tomorrow. In the meantime, just wanted to post and say “Thank you” to each and every Fool I have ever encountered on these boards. I’ve met several Fools in person when they’ve visited London (Tconi, QASteph, Hippoflipp, WranglerJan) and many more via email and FB. I value all of you.

Thank you for being part of my life for the last 20 years.

- Pam


PS: We really are OK for now. My DH works for a local city council as an IT trainer and has been working from home for the last week. He’s drowning in work, writing “how to use the interwebs” guides for both staff and elected officials. Me? I’m in the process of transitioning to Systems Accountant (SunSystems) at an engineering firm in their Highways Maintenance division. (We’re transitioning to Sun because the division is up for sale, so will need an independent system.)
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And yes, I realise that I forgot Snippee and MrSnarkyPants from my list of Fools that I’ve met.

- Pam
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Fun times! <3

For us: so far, so good. My wife has been working from home for about a year; a whole bunch of her clients canceled when everything began to shut down, but she just picked up a 90 day contract to do communications for a state-funded health system's COVID-19 response, so she should be okay for the short term.

My job? Not sure. The city/county is mandating work at home starting tomorrow, so the plan is I'll go home and work from there. A skeleton crew will stay in the office to process orders; we make broadcast equipment, so we're critical infrastructure. However, I'm not sure how many orders we'll be processing in the short term beyond the one that came in yesterday and will ship at the end of the week. We just don't know.

And that's why it's a weird, hard time.
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Fun times! <3

For us: so far, so good. My wife has been working from home for about a year; a whole bunch of her clients canceled when everything began to shut down, but she just picked up a 90 day contract to do communications for a state-funded health system's COVID-19 response, so she should be okay for the short term.

My job? Not sure. The city/county is mandating work at home starting tomorrow, so the plan is I'll go home and work from there. A skeleton crew will stay in the office to process orders; we make broadcast equipment, so we're critical infrastructure. However, I'm not sure how many orders we'll be processing in the short term beyond the one that came in yesterday and will ship at the end of the week. We just don't know.

And that's why it's a weird, hard time.


Fingers crossed for you and Mrs Snarky.

For now, my job is safe, but who knows? I’ve been contracting with the Swedes since 2016 and I was meant to go Staff on 1st April this year. That seems to have been put on hold, not because of Covid-19 but because the big bosses announced at the start of the month that they’ve put our division up for sale.

In some respects the sale makes the finance software project that I’m on more urgent and important. We’ll need to divorce ourselves from their finance systems, so might as well go stand-alone. However, nobody in Management wants to make any decisions (e.g. why are we bothering with the shared services facility, when they’re just duplicating work already done in the business?). Oh and our software supplier is so understaffed that we’re at least 3 months behind schedule because they can’t deliver all the modules promised in a timely manner. (Seriously, we are missing the subcontractor tax module, which means we can’t pay subbies from our system.). Senior Management is also so weak that they may be tempted to capitulate and axe completing the project, which will make the sale an even bigger nightmare.< shakes head >

- Pam
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