[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.