Observations from the Great Self-Isolation [Update]

By | March 25, 2020

[March 25, 2020]  This past week was a turning point in the United States and most of the West.  Finally came the realization that the Coronavirus pandemic is a problem more massive than anyone, except for a few conspiracy theorists, could imagine.  Like last week, I’ll be writing about a few of my observations from the great self-isolation.

One thing I won’t be doing, and that’s sitting back and watching soap operas on television.  Nor, for that matter, am I watching on-demand movies and sitcoms.  I’m not watching tv that much nor listening to the radio.  The Internet, however, is one thing that is getting more attention from me, especially YouTube videos.  I found that Prof. Jordan Peterson’s videos to enlightening.  His series on the Bible is very educational and highly recommended.

I’m one of those people; “seniors with underlying conditions.”  In my case, I just had one gigantic kidney stone removed, and a week and a half later, the stint removed.  The latter was in the urologist’s office, and wow, the “procedure” was – how can I say it – educational.  Fortunately, I was in the chair for only about 10 minutes.  Most important is the fact that the entire staff was professional, exceptionally clean, the office immaculate, and everyone I talked to was both caring and knowledgeable.

Here, without further ado, are some of my latest observations:

  • The Coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to adopt new and innovative ways to be social (and I don’t mean through social media). Some of us realize that, yes, we have neighbors, and communities are coming closer together.
  • The great toilet-paper drought continues. I just returned for my third unsuccessful trip to the local grocery store.  Next time, I’ll wait in line at 7 am when they open.
  • Starvation is a long way off. Americans have the opposite problem being around the refrigerator all day long.  We are getting fatter by the day.
  • Americans remain willing to pay top dollar to keep their older pet dogs alive. News from Reuters goes into the ins and outs of keeping elderly (more mature) dogs around for their final years.  This behavior says something good to me abour our relationship with animals.
  • Our government, with the most expensive and experienced experts on Earth, continues to limp along, playing catch-up with this pandemic and always working from behind the Eight Ball.
  • City folk continue to escape big cities and are flooding rural areas, deserts, mountains, and various secluded places. Residents, at those locations, do not want them there.
  • No one is asking the question, “What happens when we run out of doctors?”
  • Our young Millennial generation is finally getting the message to hunker down. This generation might be our most irresponsible generation, but they are not stupid.  Many are headed home to mom and dad.
  • … and last, Pot Shops and Liquor stores are being allowed to stay open, but gun stores for forced to close. Go figure.  I guess we know what kind of government we have when they define “essential” as getting a drug-induced high but that defending yourself from home invasions is a “luxury.”

If only our political elites would pay closer attention to the impacts on the real people, we might make more progress.

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

24 thoughts on “Observations from the Great Self-Isolation [Update]

    1. Wesley Brown

      Hi Terri, I saw this somewhere and Bill Gates was spot-on. Thanks.

  1. Gil Johnson

    NEW YORK, March 24 (Reuters) – The worst of the coronavirus outbreak will hit New York state faster and harder than previously thought, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday as the World Health Organization said the United States could emerge as the epicenter of the global pandemic.

    1. Drew Dill

      Gov Cuomo is working thru this okay but he needs to act better, give better reasons why he is doing one thing or another, and stop blaming Trump or anyone else for what’s happening in NYC. Also, NYC actually has a mayor. Where is the NYC mayor? Cuomo, talk to deBlasio (the mayor). Maybe you guys can generate some action at your level instead of making excuses for what’s happening.

      1. Kenny Foster

        Good point Drew, maybe we should start a meme about how the NYC mayor is missing in action.

  2. Bart Rhodes

    “We should put politics aside and meet the moment, like governors all across this nation are doing,” Democrat and US presidential candidate Joe Biden said in the livestream, talking about the response to the coronavirus pandemic. He then listed off several state executives doing what he deemed a good job from both parties, including Democratic Govs. Gavin Newsom of California and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, plus Govs. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Larry Hogan of Maryland, who are Republicans. The list included “Gov. Charlie Parker in Massachusetts.” And this guy is actually running for President of the United States.

    1. Ed Berkmeister

      Please don’t get me started on “slow Joe” Biden. He is like the great grandfather who you never saw except in his last years in bed with a ventilator.

  3. Scotty Bush

    Good article, Gen. Satterfield. Thanks. Great comments too from our readers. This forum helps make the ideas presented, into something more understandable.

    1. Doc Blackshear

      Yep, just what I was thinking, Scotty. BTW, if you live in a large city — get out now while you can! If you live in a rural area with all these city folks are coming to, make sure you have an ample supply of guns and ammo. Not that there is a relationship betw the two. Ha Ha Ha Ha

      1. JT Patterson

        Of course not, Doc. We would never think such a thing. ?

      2. Doug Smith

        Yes, and we are non PC. That’s why I say, the Murderous Barbarian Chinese Communist Wuhan Coronavirus whenever I can.

  4. Len Jakosky

    Chinese virus!
    Chinese virus!
    Chinese virus!
    … this cannot be said often enough. We need to hammer home the fact that the Communist government and its lapdog communist party is fully responsible for letting this pandemic out.

    1. Eric Coda

      There are no globalists in foxholes …but the chancelleries of power are not there yet. The best way to save the western world from the Chinese virus would be to quarantine its entire politico-media class.

  5. Max Foster

    Barriers are going up all over the world and not just at national borders. In Rome, the government has just banned the populace from fleeing the city for their country homes. In Madrid, people, having observed the deteriorating situation, decided to hightail it out of there for their rustic retreats. On the edge of the city folks have ran into one of those barriers – a Civil Guard roadblock – and are being turned back: They had left it a couple of hours too late. We’re in last-train-from-Berlin mode: timing is everything.

    1. Yusaf from Texas

      Shocking to hear but Spain and Italy are being hit really hard. Just like NYC and SF in the USA. What’s next on the horizon? Let’s just hope that some terrorist group doesn’t decide to use the pandemic as an opportunity to strike.

    2. The Kid 1945

      We are starting to see this in The Big Apple (New York City for the uninformed). Mayor de Blasio – the worst mayor in the history of the city – is lashing out to everyone for it not being his fault. Stupid ideologue.

      1. Roger Yellowmule

        Yeah, I’m really interested in how this works out with NYC being the new epicenter of the US coronavirus pandemic.

  6. Tom Bushmaster

    Socialist and anti-American Sal Alinsky said never let a good crisis go to waste. So look very carefully at who and what the American political left is rooting for.

  7. Janna Faulkner

    As for me and my house, we have been doing alright under the circumstances. The main mantra in our abode is to be grateful that everyone we love is well and focus on that because everything else is secondary. Today is humpday but in reality it’s just another day in the “great self-isolation.”

  8. Army Captain

    Good update, Gen. Satterfield. Made me laugh a little this morning. I appreciate a little humor in the middle of this pandemic.

    1. Harry Donner

      Right and I will add one item from Spain (which is one of the most infected countries). Spanish soldiers going into nursing homes are finding dead elderly just laying around. The country has promised an “investigation.” Guess where that will go.

    2. Dennis Mathes

      Thank you Army Captain for being part of the solution and not part of the problem. Our military has a role in all this, although I’m not so sure what that role may be. Keep up the great work you and your soldiers are doing for us.

  9. Nancy B

    Hey, Gen. Satterfield, great ‘update.’ Once again, this is why I keep coming back to your website. Hooray for the newest update.


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