A COVID-19 Update
I gave an update on how the COVID-19 was affecting things on my end. Minnesota’s governor Tim Walz has issued an emergency executive order that puts the state on a Stay At Home status. He has asked Minnesota businesses that aren’t considered essential to shut down or have their employees work from home and Minnesotans to stay home as much as possible.
I work in janitorial which is considered essential, so I still have work. However, some of our customers have closed their offices and are working from home, so we have had to make some adjustments. I’ll still be going into the office each day and cleaning my buildings, doing what I can to disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
Governor Tim Walz has been very impressive in his handling of this crisis, unlike some American presidents I could mention.
There are many aspects of this COVID-19 crisis that are troubling. There’s the high infection rate, the high mortality rate, the effect on the world economy, and there’s no baseball. Last Thursday would have been opening day, but this crisis has put the game on hold.
I miss baseball already.
That’s where YouTube steps in. There are full games archived on the video streaming site! So far I have watched Game 1 of the 1988 World Series between the Oakland A’s and the Los Angeles Dodgers featuring the miraculous Kirk Gibson game-winning home run game. I’ve seen the home run many times, but I never watched the entire game. My friend Michael, a Dodgers fan, joined me through texting in watching as well.
Yesterday, I watched Game 5 of the 1987 ALCS between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins. That was the game in which the lowly Twins defeated the mighty Tigers to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1965. Spoilers! The Twins won that World Series.
Watching those games gave me a feeling that life is normal again, at least for a little while.
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Call It Physical Distancing
Speaking of my friend Michael, he pointed out that calling what people throughout the world are doing by keeping apart from each other and staying home social distancing is wrong. We should be calling it physical distancing. World leaders aren’t telling people to cut off all contact with others, to become hermits, they are telling us to avoid physical contact and closeness in order to curtail the spread of this invisible enemy.
We can still make use of our phones. We can Skype or Facetime. We can text and email. We can shout to each other from across the street. We can still be sociable, but from a safe distance.
And, I have noticed that there has been a move to switch the phrase to the more accurate one.
A Tale Of Toilet Paper
Sure, we could be considered part of the problem, but the company I work for is a janitorial company and we buy toilet paper in bulk to supply our customers. Toilet paper has become scarce due to panic. A couple Wednesdays ago, the boss’s wife told him to get out there that day to get toilet paper, despite the fact that we had planned to go the next day. She insisted and he did what he was told.
It’s a good thing the boss listened to his wife.
Crashing By Design
Ok, it wasn’t by design, but I wanted to use a Pete Townshend song title. It was by accident that I crashed and fell over my shopping cart in the parking lot of the supermarket. It was one of those smaller carts so its center of gravity made it so that the sudden stop sent me head over heels.
I was not drunk!
A Dimland Radio ARGH!
I can’t stand the Fox show The Masked Singer. I don’t watch it, but somehow it still finds a way to invade my life. ARGH!
A Cool Thing
The Colorado Symphony gathered together through the magic of the internets to play Ode To Joy. It’s beautiful. And it’s very cool.
Don’t panic. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe.
These are scary times. But we are in these times together.
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Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle
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