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Shameless request from a former IT geek

2020-03-17 by: Andrew Armstrong
From: Andrew Armstrong 
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Having spent 20 years in IT I had many jobs: tech support lackey, entry
level programmer, contract software developer, linux systems admin, IT
consultant, software architect, software integration specialist,
director of software development, director of customer integration,
etc... During all this I earned a pretty damn good living and I was able
to work from home.

Prior to this for many years before I started these jobs I had a lot of
other service industry jobs: burger cook, dishwasher, pizza cook, pizza
delivery driver, assistant manager in a restaurant, kitchen manager in a
restaurant, manager in a restaurant, bartender, etc.... Those early jobs
did not pay nearly as well as the computer jobs did and I depended on
tips to pay the bills, pay the rent, and just to survive in general.

Now I own a brewery in Knoxville and I have made the tough decision to
close my tap room to customers and I am only doing crowler sales to go.
I don't know if we will be able to survive this pandemic but I realize
that we must #flattenthecurve so I am going to do my part.

I know that many of you like myself when I was in the industry have
disposable income. I am asking you to think about these people that
can't work from home, who live day to day, and who don't have the
resources to survive this crazy pandemic.

There are many ways to help support local businesses with service
industry workers, I urge you and beg you to please do so.

--=20
Andrew Armstrong





=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ Which brewery? On Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 11:30 PM Andrew Armstrong wrote:

=============================================================== From: Andrew Armstrong ------------------------------------------------------ I really don=E2=80=99t want this to be a shameless plug for my own self inte= rests but since you asked Next Level Brewing Company. We=E2=80=99ll be happy= to sell you some crowlers to go but the hardest hit are going to be mom and= pop type restaurants. Please consider spending some money their way.=20 Andrew Armstrong=20

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ Understood. I'm not particularly afraid of the virus as I'm not high risk and I'm more likely to get it at the hospital I work at than anywhere else. We dont eat out much but we definitely try to go to the local shops. We love the bbq place over at the 4 way inn on asheville highway. Since Cardin's closed they stepped up their menu and picked up a lot of business. Maybe offer a roll of TP with each to go order over $50 ;) -B On Tue, Mar 17, 2020, 8:35 AM Andrew Armstrong wrote: nterests sell you

=============================================================== From: Billy ------------------------------------------------------ It=E2=80=99s not you. It=E2=80=99s them. That=E2=80=99s why we flatten the curve. When we look back on this, we=E2=80=99re going to see that the largest mecha= nism for infection will be the =E2=80=9Chealthy=E2=80=9D 19-30 crowd that di= dn=E2=80=99t understand why they had to stay home since they didn=E2=80=99t f= eel sick, but yet were still infectious and carriers. Here=E2=80=99s a model of human behavior as it relates to infections using s= imple math: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/ However: =E2=80=9CIf you want this to be more realistic,=E2=80=9D Harris said after s= eeing a preview of this story, =E2=80=9Csome of the dots should disappear.=E2= =80=9D - Drew Harris, a population health researcher and assistant professor= at The Thomas Jefferson University College of Public Health.=20 --b nd I'm more likely to get it at the hospital I work at than anywhere else. ve the bbq place over at the 4 way inn on asheville highway. Since Cardin's c= losed they stepped up their menu and picked up a lot of business.=20 nterests but since you asked Next Level Brewing Company. We=E2=80=99ll be ha= ppy to sell you some crowlers to go but the hardest hit are going to be mom a= nd pop type restaurants. Please consider spending some money their way.=20 e s

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ chanism =E2=80=99t understand why till In my neck of the woods, the clueless under 30s are running a distant second to the Boomers who are literally saying "well, the symphony canceled the audience and are doing a live broadcast instead, so the regulars who sit in our section are getting together at my house for a watch party". Seriously But this is my anti-vax borders on believing that this is all a Gates Foundation hoax mom, so... I guess I'm torn between really not wishing suffocation from phlegm filled lungs on anyone and believing that self-determination is a thing. Dan

=============================================================== From: Russell Campbell ------------------------------------------------------ World of Warcraft perfectly predicted our coronavirus panic. = https://www.wired.co.uk/article/world-of-warcraft-coronavirus-corrupted-bl= ood = mechanism for infection will be the =E2=80=9Chealthy=E2=80=9D 19-30 = crowd that didn=E2=80=99t understand why they had to stay home since = they didn=E2=80=99t feel sick, but yet were still infectious and = carriers. using simple math: after seeing a preview of this story, =E2=80=9Csome of the dots should = disappear.=E2=80=9D - Drew Harris, a population health researcher and = assistant professor at The Thomas Jefferson University College of Public = Health.=20 risk and I'm more likely to get it at the hospital I work at than = anywhere else. We love the bbq place over at the 4 way inn on asheville highway. Since = Cardin's closed they stepped up their menu and picked up a lot of = business.=20 wrote: self interests but since you asked Next Level Brewing Company. We=E2=80=99= ll be happy to sell you some crowlers to go but the hardest hit are = going to be mom and pop type restaurants. Please consider spending some = money their way.=20 wrote: entry IT able of pizza in a jobs on to go. realize

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ Here's an interesting map if you haven't seen it yet. https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740= fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 chanism =E2=80=99t understand why till g simple r seeing a =9D - Drew Harris, e. s. interests o sell you e a s

=============================================================== From: Aaron welch ------------------------------------------------------ Yeah, I am seeing way more boomers on this side of the country ignoring the guidance and doing whatever they want. There was a case of a guy in Kentucky having to be forced quarantined, AFTER testing positive, by the local mayor and sheriff. They literally had to post officers outside his house to prevent him from leaving. This pandemic is bringing out the best and worst in us all. -Aaron echanism n=E2=80=99t understand why still ed --=20 Aaron Welch Chief Mechanic @ Geek Ventures 423-505-9999 n2nightfall@gmail.com "Enabling people to do great things with their own ideas."

=============================================================== From: Sudo Bash ------------------------------------------------------ A few years ago, the Government identified the tipping point to global riots, anyone remember what it was? Here's a hint: https://ibb.co/dtJdDNL (Had to use an image host because the message limit is 200 K)

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ Another option: Buy gift cards from these places. You can use them later. A good friend of mine runs a restaurant/bakery/coffee shop downtown (Chattanooga), and I also host his website. We talked this morning, and his business has completely dried up. He had to lay off 15 people yesterday, and another 15 people today. He had no choice. I know him, and I know that he felt awful having to do that. He's not a jerk, and he legitimately cares for his neighborhood, for his business, his employees and the community at large. He asked me to get some more links added to his website as quickly as possible so that people could place orders online (and buy gift cards online), so that people can do everything online, and just go into the store front to pick up their order. e. s. interests o sell you e a s --=20 David White

=============================================================== From: Cybertech ------------------------------------------------------ Can this business name/website be shared ? seems like we could help him out possibly. Its really no ones fault and he is not the first or last local small business being forced to layoff cut back close the doors etc. k se. ss. be happy to d y le f a a bs .

=============================================================== From: Adam Jimerson ------------------------------------------------------ There was a guy in Jamaica who escaped from a quarantine center, by saying he needed to go "collect a bag". The police eventually caught him and he is now back in quarantine.

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ As Andrew pointed out, I think that it would be great if people would support any local restaurant right now. I also don't think that the owner of this place would be excited about everyone / the internet knowing that he had to lay off that many people. I'm happy to share that info with you privately. Feel free to ping me off-list. Also, Daniel Ryan partnered up with someone else recently to launch https://chatt.us. ere ess. f l be happy to nd ry T of za n o o. e --=20 David White

=============================================================== From: Andrew Armstrong ------------------------------------------------------ I saw the chatt.us and I am working with other breweries and restaurants here in Knoxville to do something similar. This helps the service workers and that's great but we also have to make sure the businesses stay open so they have a job to come back to so I encourage you to do both, use chatt.us as well as support your local bar/restaurants by getting food to go or buying gift cards. If you have the means leave a hefty tip on the to go orders and if you can ask that the tip be pooled with all workers so that those who may have been laid off (hopefully temporarily) can still get some $bread$ to buy some of it. -- Andrew Armstrong

=============================================================== From: "Mike (meuon) Harrison" ------------------------------------------------------ That needs a www in front of it to work for me: https://www.chatt.us and yes, I venmo'd Stacey at the Big Chill.

=============================================================== From: Laura DeVilbiss ------------------------------------------------------ Dan Ryan was asked to help on this project by Don Sayers, who came up with the idea. Thanks for sharing this! Cheers! On Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 1:10 PM Mike (meuon) Harrison wrote:

=============================================================== From: Gary Hasty ------------------------------------------------------ I so love this idea...don=E2=80=99t live near my old Chattanooga haunts but w= ill be tipping. Any thought of opening it up for other locations to use? I=E2= =80=99d be happy to toss on one of my unused domains.=20 te: ://chatt.us.

=============================================================== From: Billy ------------------------------------------------------ If you=E2=80=99re in the Kennesaw neck of the woods from Burnt Hickory Brewr= y: Hello everyone.=20 =20 First of all, Let me say that this is a very weird time. It would be hard to= find a time in recent history that was similar. Once you think you know wha= t is going on? It changes. At BHB we are trying to roll with punches and ad= apt to reflect the need of our loyal consumers,neighbors.and community.=20 =20 That being said, Here's what you need to know about what's going on at BHB.= =20 1. We are open. We are here for our hometown. The crew is here making sure t= he beer is being brewed ,canned and ready for you to pick up. We have plent= y. We are practicing social distance at BHB to ensure that you can safely pi= ck up our beer at the brewery. =20 2. We've set up a drive up BEER TO GO tent and table in the parking lot. Yo= u can pull up and pick up any beer we have pouring. We can fill crowlers and= growlers of the specialty drafts (while supplies last). Just ask. We are he= re to help you make the best of this unprecedented time in our hometown. =20 3.We encourage you to purchase gift cards. These gift cards can be used at a= ny time during this challenge by anyone who has them. Gift them to your favo= rite nurse or first responder!=20 =20 CURBSIDE hours are 12-8pm =20 Questions? Call or email the brewery. =20 Info@burnthickorybrewery.com=20 770 514 8812.=20 =20 Remember, as much as we need your help during this challenging time? We are h= ere to help you as well. Remember are here to help everyone make it through= this difficult time so stay relaxed and safe. Please practice safe social d= istance as you may be a carrier of Covid 19 without showing any symptons. St= ay relaxed and stay safe. The only way thru this is to think rationally and b= e smart.=20 =20 Stay safe y'all. --b rote: the idea. Thanks for sharing this!=20 rote: ps://chatt.us.

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ I asked Daniel about it on Twitter. Of course he's already on top of it: https://serviceindustry.tips/ -- David White

=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ Side note... I'm not a beer snob, which is obvious from the fact that after the second time seeing the word "crowler", I had to look it up. Once might have been a typo, but twice by two different people? Nah! Carry on, and drink up! Jeff ewry: w e s ur e h

=============================================================== From: gary hasty ------------------------------------------------------ excellent...can we get atlanta added? would love to get out to some folks

=============================================================== From: gary hasty ------------------------------------------------------ actually Kennesaw, GA and Marietta, GA are top of my list for several friends in the industry

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ I'm not involved in the project in any way. Use that link on the website to get in touch with him and get the cities added.

=============================================================== From: gary hasty ------------------------------------------------------ I just did