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Estacada resident discusses life in quarantine, books and virtual meetings in latest installment of Q&A series

COURTESY PHOTO - During quarantine, David Bugni has enjoyed rereading books like "Sometimes a Great Notion" by Ken Kesey.

As part of a new series called "Checking In," the Estacada News spoke to local resident David Bugni about day-to-day life during quarantine amid the COVID-29 outbreak. Answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.

Estacada News: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your daily life?

David Bugni: Like many others, we've been self-quarantining and staying home. I've been busy with projects around the house and a lot of reading. We have 84 acres of forestland, so there's always projects to do there, like trimming trees and trail maintenance. The benefit of that work is that you don't need to be around anyone.

EN: You're involved with the Friends of the Estacada Library and the Clackamas River Basin Council. What's meeting virtually like?

Bugni: It's great that we're still able to meet as a group and keep the organizations humming along. It's interesting how organizations are adjusting to not having everyone there in-person — as long as they're available in real time for a Zoom call, it's fine.

EN: You mentioned you've been doing a lot of reading. What are some recent books you've enjoyed?

Bugni: Luckily, we have a well stocked bookshelf. We usually go to the library. I've been rereading some classics I like — "The Overstory" by Richard Powers and "Sometimes a Great Notion" by Ken Kesey.

EN: What do you miss most about life before quarantine?

Bugni: Every week, we'd go to Nina Bradford's yoga class. She's started one on Zoom, but it's not the same as being there in person, or being at the library and talking to people there. With Zoom, it has to be preplanned. You can't just go to the library or the grocery store and encounter people you didn't expect to. I miss those spontaneous social interactions.

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