What are you reading?
All regional and national papers. I am not an avid book reader.
What are you watching?
News, politics and good movies.
What music are you listening to?
Classical music, e.g. Andre Rieu. Enjoy all music.
What are you cooking?
My wife is a great cook, I watch and lick the spoons, then enjoy the food.
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How are you staying fit, both physically and mentally?
I walk most days and also have an exercise bike in the lounge room. I am a positive person and know we will see this isolation end. I am phoning and emailing more than normal. IT is great, e.g. Zoom, Skype etc.
What's the one thing keeping you sane?
Knowing we will come out of this situation. A great relationship with my wife because of the isolation. Cleaning out wardrobes, tidying outdoor sheds and gardening.
What do you miss doing most?
Personal contact with family and friends, having a beer at the local pub, having a restaurant meal and coffee, celebrating special occasions in my role as a councillor, meeting face to face and sport is high on the list, e.g. local football etc.
What is the first thing you hope to do when restrictions are eased?
Catch up with all family members, give them all a big hug, go to the local pub, go for a drive and catch up with friends. Continue to be aware of the return of the virus.
Are you working from home? If so how's that going, if not what's work like for you now?
I am semi-retired, but most shire work is done from home. I look forward to returning to office.
What's your advice for others to cope with the crisis?
Be positive, look at the good things that are happening to you, communicate by phone or emails, etc. Go for a walk, exercise, do things at home that you would not normally do. 'The sun will come up tomorrow'.
- Cr Rob Gersch is mayor of Hindmarsh Shire Council
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