I have heard from quite a few people about the coronavirus and how they are reacting to it. It seems like some people are ignoring it completely, thinking it’s just the media crying wolf again, while other people without any symptoms are self-quarantining themselves in their RVs or homes and avoiding the public as much as possible. Others seem to be taking reasonable precautions like washing their hands, using a disinfectant, and things like that, but are not saying the sky is falling. How about you? Are you taking precautions? If so, what are you doing?
No matter what your politics are and no matter who you want to blame, or excuse, for the growth of this disease, there’s no question that there seems to be as many opinions as there are people. And so are the ways folks are reacting to it. I heard from someone yesterday who is in Verde Valley in north-central Arizona who says they have not left their motorhome in over a week already, with no plans to leave until absolutely necessary. He’s concerned because they have one more week on their stay before they have to leave the campground they are in, and he doesn’t know where they’re going to go or what they’re going to do. I know someone else who canceled a planned cruise to Alaska because of fears of what might happen.
Then there are some who seem to be delighted by what is going on for some twisted logic. A doomsday prepper I know seems absolutely giddy at the prospect of a widespread pandemic that would wipe out millions of people because it will prove he was right all along and the end of life as we know it is coming.
I also talked to a regular blog reader who is down here from Pennsylvania for Bike Week. He had suggested we get together while he and his wife were in town, but he canceled, saying they don’t want to take a chance of going out any more than they have to. Really? You’re down here for Bike Week among thousands and thousands of bikers from all over the country, even all around the world, and you’re afraid to go someplace for dinner? No problem, my friend, we’ll catch you next time around.
And, of course, we’ve all heard about shortages of toilet paper, paper towels, bleach, and other things like that all over the country. Terry and I were at Walmart Wednesday and there were a few empty shelves in that department, but nothing dramatic. I told Terry that one good thing about having bidets on both of our toilets is that we don’t have to worry about toilet paper nearly as much as some people.
But we seem to be fortunate, at least so far. Last night my daughter Tiffany called from a Walmart near her in northern Arizona and showed us shelves completely empty of flour, sugar, crackers, canned goods, bread, and milk as people buy everything in sight and horde it. We see the same nonsense here whenever they say a hurricane may come ashore.
Now, me being the twisted individual I am, I have discovered a way to get a giggle or two out of what really is no laughing matter, courtesy of something I saw on Facebook. Miss Terry and I were in a store the other day and a fellow shopper seemed to be hovering over me. Everywhere I turned, I bumped into the guy or he bumped into me. I’m sure it was all perfectly innocent, but still, a man needs his personal space, right? So I coughed loudly into my elbow and said, regretfully, “Damn, I wish I hadn’t taken that cruise to China.” Not only did that gentleman disappear, but so did two other shoppers who overheard me.
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Thought For The Day – Remember when you said to yourself, “Well, at least it can’t get any weirder,” and then you woke up today and it was?