Thursday, April 2, 2020

HOW ARE YOU?


Fear factor
If you're like me, you're scared. Yesterday
even our President was visibly unnerved.
Rather than attempt to dodge a reality slap,
he finally told the truth. Confirming that by
conservative estimates at least one hundred
thousand Americans will die of Covid 19
over the next weeks. A shocking revelation
given that until now, honesty has not been
Mr. Trump's forte. However that is not what
terrifies me. Rather it's the inability of some
Americans to join our President in accepting
reality. And instead doing whatever they can
to minimize the impact of "staying in place."
Spin doctors
Over my life I've found that even the worst of
times have a breaking point. Just when you
think it couldn't get worse - it does. And then
suddenly you find an opportunity for change.
Which almost always is for the better. Over
the last years we let politics to divide us. The
result being divisive derision. Causing few if
any to be willing (or able) to see things from
another perspective. Hence we've been lost
in the translation of hateful diatribes from all
political sides. Unable to communicate we've
been spinning in the American equivalent of
the tower of Babel. With no end in sight.
Crisis management
If you're like me, you have to learn the hard
way. Could it be that this crisis is some form
of divine intervention? Did we have to face
a viral pandemic in order to end our discord?
Who knows what will happen next? Experts
estimate that within a week three thousand
of our family, friends, and neighbors will did
on a daily basis. Which suddenly proves that
our political bantering has been for naught.
An exercise in futility. Can some good come
out of something so bad? Is this crisis just
another wedge that further divides us? Or
will it help us all to finally learn our lesson?
Alternative route
As of today I'm afraid, uncertain, and unnerved.
I freak out at every random cough, sneeze, or
sniffle. I watch Frank like a hawk for any signs
or issues. I worry about my children and their
children. I fret about our extended family and
friends. I wonder when, where, and how it will
get worse. Do you feel the same? Faced with
insurmountable odds, theres little we can do
beyond hunker down. Along with reaching
out to each other via all communication tools
available. While I know "this too shall pass"
there seems to be no end in sight. Therefore
all we can do is sit tight and hope for the best.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

THE JOKE IS ON US



Once is not enough
Today was my Mother's favorite "holiday."
April Fools Day allowed Ethel to torture all
around her. Enabling her to leverage love
and trust to terrorize with countless pranks.
Thus post a lifetime as prey to my mother's
caprice, I miss her most every April first.
One of the key attributes of an April Fools
joke is the element of surprise. Of suddenly
being confronted with the unexpected. Or
convinced that purposeful fiction is fact. A
phenomena that for many Americans is not
limited to one day a year. Sadly millions are
manipulated by falsehoods on a daily basis.
Fool's gold
One could play the fool like spring breakers
on a beach. The mistake we make is taking
any thing at face value. Or worse, ignoring
reality. Some use our vulnerability to their
advantage. Hence one must fact check prior
to reaching a conclusion. Separating facts
from fiction in our search for truth. We all
know that anyone can twist the data to our
disadvantage. Therefore one must dig deep
to find impartial illumination. Which is very
hard work. Hence the reason so many opt to
do whatever they're' told. Placing our trust
in the unwashed hands of dirty scoundrels.
Deferred engagement
When it comes to gossip it's best to err on
the conservative side. Not as in politics but
in reserving our judgement. As relates to
our current Coronavirus crisis - ultimately
the truth will find us out. However in the
meantime, better to over react than risk the
lives of millions.  Conspiracy theories and
hidden agendas aside we need to take care
of ourselves. Which means that we all must
set our respective skepticism aside. And to
behave in a hyper conscious manner for the
good of all mankind. So please don't be an
April fool. Otherwise the joke will be on us.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Here today, gone tomorrow?


More or less
One of the greatest joys of urban living is being
in the company of strangers. The sheer volume,
variety, and vastness of a mass of humanity - all
crammed in tight spot. Resulting in a cacophony
of creativity, innovation, and engagement. Said
chemistry can be addictive. Even when at times
the intimacy of living with millions of others can
be challenging at best. Somehow it's all worth it.
That is until a crisis like a Coronavirus pandemic
hits a city. Suddenly all that makes urban living
great becomes questionable. Shutting down the
things that makes a city a city. Leaving residents
to go solo. Suddenly all alone in a crowd.
Go fish
This morning the Washington Post conjectured
that our current viral outbreak may change the
way we live forever. Apparently a plethora of
urbanites are fleeing their cities. Hiding away
in rural retreats. Isolating themselves from all
that they love and for the time being have lost.
And along the way dealing with a reality that
proves there are times when there is no safety
in numbers. Left with only their own devices,
they're binge watching Netflix. Working their
way through whatever stockpiles they've got.
What happens when they run out of Bordeaux?
Will they go back to where they came from?
You can go home
Having literally been there, done that, I know
the benefits of living far away from it all. Yet
even this blogger occasionally misses city life.
Hence I question whether most of those who
are currently hiding will stay put. Will they
shift to their new reality? One where most of
what they've historically taken for granted is
only available via the internet or FedEX? One
thing is certain. Over the next months they'll
come to appreciate the joys of rural life. And
realize all they lack in said Arcadian nirvana.
Will they stay put? Or return back to the city?
Which is exactly where they belong.

Monday, March 30, 2020

SICK & TIRED OF IT


Change for change's sake
Lately I've thought quite frequently of that
famous scene from the 70's sitcom "All in
the Family." Deep in the throes of his wife's
menopause, Archie Bunker hit his breaking
point. He explodes telling Edith - "If you're
gonna have a change of life you gotta do it
right now. I'm giving you just thirty seconds.
Now come on change!" Wishful thinking as
the natural ebb and flow of life's challenges
can at times resemble an oncoming tsunami.
Hence while most of us are sick and tired of
Covid 19 there is nothing we can do about it.
Except sit at home and ride out the storm.
State of delusion
America is in a state of passive aggression. In
that avoiding confrontation may be the most
powerful way to combat said onslaught. Yes,
it would be easier if we could see our enemy.
Which is why it's easy for some to continue to
argue to the contrary. Pointing out that per the
CDC - 34,157 died of common flu last year in
the USA. However stating said fact omits the
big difference between Covid 19 and common
viral impact. Old fashioned flu has a mortality
rate of .01% of those infected. Whereas sadly
the Covid 19 rate hits about 1%. Whereas the
"Spanish" Flu rate back in 1918 was 2%.
Over and out
Hence the reason America is hunkering down.
In the end nobody will benefit from being able
to claim "I told you so." For now the lives of
innocent folk lie at the heart of such conjecture.
Some argue business as usual - the public be
damned. But if they're wrong, thousands will
die in the balance. Therefore while we're bored,
frustrated, scared, or angry we have one choice.
To embrace our new reality. And freely accept
that putting everything on hold preserves life
as we know it. Said medicine may in truth be
worse than the cure. However now is the time
to swallow our pride and stay at home.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

7th Day Surprise: HIDE & SEEK


WHO ARE YOU?

In times of crisis we all show our true selves.
The good, bad, and the ugly.

WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?