Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – What Are You Doing?

What are you doing during this self and government isolation and quarentine?

I went to my new gym today. Also known as a walk outside. I walked a mile.

As of yesterday, I have done all of the laundry, including the bed linens, and the area rugs. The cat is eyeing me suspiciously.

Since my self-imposed social isolation last Friday, March 13, I have read three books.

The Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903 – by Nat Brandt.  Not a pleasant story, but I learned more about theatre than I ever knew. I never noticed that theatre doors swing outwards. Think about that. The doors of the Iroquois swung inwords. I read these books because I like to see the reforms that result from tragic situations.

18 Tiny Deaths – The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics by Bruce Goldfarb. Another forgotten woman in history.  Her passion for this unknown field made crucial in roads into forensics, crime and the way we view the world today.

Home Front – by Kristin Hannah I like books by this author. They tend to be about women and the paths life takes them. In Home Front, we get to see the world of a military mom who is a helicopter pilot called into action.

Currently, I am reading Erik Larson’s new book about Churchhill The Splendid and the Vile.  Spoiler alert: England wins.

I am keeping a journal about the virus. This is something I have never seen in my lifetime. You are living history. I would especially urge parents to have their kids do this. Someday, these will become primary sources for sociologists, historians and others who study social/psychological issues.

Something else to journal about includes the things for which you are thankful. This can really put things in perspective for you.

The Great Toilet Paper Hoard puzzles me. I have not seen indications that the COVID19 virus causes gastro-intestinal issues requiring extensive lengths from the TP roll. Remember, it is not necessary to make a catcher’s mitt to wipe your butt. However, I must say I found a roll and half of TP this morning that I did not know I had and did a little dance.

In conclusion, I recall a lunch topic from many years ago. The topic was camping and things that went wrong. We discussed the usual – rained, wild animals, eating the cookies from the campers next door (Big Bang Theory reference – The Adhesive Duck Deficiency Episode).

One of the people said when he was a Boy Scout, they went on a camping trip and forgot toilet paper. After a round of “Oh No’s and What did you do?” he smiled and said, “We are Mexicans. We had enough tortillas for weeks!”

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