Hello my friends, how are you doing today?
I titled this piece ‘My Prison, Day III’ simply because many of us might feel like we are stuck. The unknowns are probably the worst part of this ‘event.’ The news will drive you up the wall, and it is mostly crap. From channel to channel, the contradictions outweigh the usefulness of the media itself.
Many of you are on Spring Break. Stay home.
You can live your life how you choose but learn from what is going on today. Since you are not in classes, take advantage of what is happening today and learn from it. Some countries might very well sweep this event under the rug and blame the whole thing on some natural occurrence.
The deficits of this event are showing up in record numbers. These need to be corrected and if you don’t pay attention to what they are they will not be fixed. Corruption from business practices to our national security are exposed to you, right now.
A few days ago before the market tanked a senator sold over a million dollars in hotel stock without warning us the American people. Insider trading earns you three hots and a cot at least in club cupcake. Ask Martha Stewart how that works.
However, Pandora’s box was opened, the minions of evil are out and about, and we have to deal with what is. Flattening the curve in this country will allow our medical people to save more lives.
Social distancing means stay at home if at all possible. It is more than merely staying a few feet away from other folks. Today I spent a few hours on Google Hangout with some friends just to interact, laugh, and show to ourselves that life can go on.
Many of our younger folks have been doing this for years through video games and programs that allow them to communicate with their ‘team.’ Maybe you who know how to do this should show your parents how, and oh, by the way, invite them to play your video game with you.
I mention that last bit because we are in a kind of time out. The things that we do with impunity like happy hour, or dinner with friends or the show, the play, or yes, the opera, we cannot do.
What did we do when we were sent to our rooms?
We were supposed to reflect on why we were sent there, but, usually, we found some way to entertain ourselves if we didn’t pout. Friends, you can pout, or you can use this time to eat a meal with your family. Spend time in the kitchen with your spouse or children. Talk about your fears and anxiety and listen. You young people listen too. Your parents might not share the fact that they are scared, but only a fool would not be worried.
I have not played a board game in tens of years; I was wondering how long it would take to get one delivered through Amazon. I never did learn to play that military game that takes forever to set up. My brother had it, and I never learned it. I don’t recall the name of it, but I bet some of you do know the game I am speaking about. Just maybe it is time to dig it out and try to engage your spouse or significant other in something that you can control.
I joke about prison, but that is what this is, a mini prison sentence. Through no fault of our own, we are under house arrest. Violating that could be deadly, not only to you but to those that you love.
Too many of you are now jobless and financial worry has to be high on your mind. My day job has been shut down too, I get it. Not only has the influx of funds been curtailed, but our 401’s and other savings have been devastated. You are not alone. While the politicians argue about some form of money to each American, it will not be enough, no matter what it is.
I can control my writing. I have over 30 novels out there on Amazon and other places. I also have several works in progress. I can use the time to work on them. I am a writer, so I live in my cave. I tease that I have a lair, but in truth, it is an office about the size of a prison cell. Now I have everything I might want at my disposal, except my ability to have that margarita with my favorite Mexican dish. Think about how good that will be when this is over.
I was teasing my friends today, telling them how this was beginning to get real; I ate my last thin mint Girl Scout cookie!
We will get through this, and I am looking for creative ways to keep my sanity through it. Tell me what you are doing to pass the time while we commiserate or visit. You choose.
I choose to look at the upside in that very few people are ringing the bell, and traffic seems a whole lot less. I waved at my neighbors today, who I hardly ever see.
Much Love -TW