Idle Thoughts As We All Remain on Idle…


With our gym closed, I’ve taken to aerobic walking around our condo development each morning. I keep seeing the same people at the same times, and it reminds me of working full time again. It’s like saying hi to Barry from accounting six times a day as we pass one another in office hallways.

Rumor has it that Dr. Fauci is on the outs at the White House for being too honest. Yeah, who among us didn’t see that coming?

I’m tired of singing “Happy Birthday” twice when I wash my hands. I’m going to switch to “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” to make things interesting. (DISCLOSURE: Shamelessly stolen from blogger “Paprika Furstenburg” at Good Humored. Check her out because she’s hilarious).

Tensions are starting to be somewhat frayed by all this togetherness. Overheard just this morning in my own home: “I’m going to start practicing social distancing in the bedroom if you don’t learn to put away all of your toiletries.” To protect the innocent, I’m not going to reveal the parties involved in this discussion.

Henceforth, I’d like to be known as the “Novel Blogger.”

Forget the S&P and the Dow. None of my lottery tickets have won a stinkin’ cent since all of this started. There’s your economic forecast for the day, my friends.

I’m too afraid to venture out, but we also have just two half-full bottles of wine left. Critical decisions will need to be made over the next 24 hours.

According to an article in the Washington Post today, wealthy people who own second homes are being asked by residents in those communities to stay away. Good lord, the lengths some people are resorting to protect their toilet paper!

We had a previously scheduled teleconference with our financial advisor today. I knew I was in trouble when we spent 20 minutes on how difficult it is to find good take-out restaurants at the moment.


This retired librarian is definitely inspired by all the artists who are creating videos of themselves performing songs to keep everyone entertained. In the same spirit, I’m going to post one of me cataloging my book collection.

I keep receiving emails from different companies letting me know how they’re there for us during this time of crisis. I’ve gotten them from our bank, a couple of airlines, our electric utility, etc. My favorite so far is from the cable company, which fired off a text message telling me to look for an email from them tomorrow sometime between 1 and 4pm.

Just think: there’s only 69 more days till hurricane season begins!

Me-TV, the cable channel which shows all those classic programs, is now featuring the Flintstones each evening at 6:00pm. It bothers me that I’m fully aware of that.

Two concurrent headlines at the moment: (1) “Trump wants ‘country opened’ by Easter” and (2) “New York’s rate of infection is doubling every three days, and help isn’t arriving quick enough to flatten the curve, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo” Yeah, this is all going swimmingly.

Keep washing them hands, everyone. Please.

Until next time…

44 thoughts on “Idle Thoughts As We All Remain on Idle…

  1. I’m so glad to hear you say that you are tired of singing Happy Birthday twice while washing hands. I know I need to change the song, but I just end up singing Happy Birthday in my head and I can’t get rid of it!

    Low on wine…..yikes! I went to Costco over the weekend and took the opportunity to stock up on some wine. I ran into the husband of one of my co-workers who saw my wine, told my co-worker, who then reported to our work team that I had a “cart full of wine” when I left the Costco. All in good fun, of course, but I will gladly accept the ridicule in exchange for having sufficient quantities of wine on hand! Stock up!

    Take care and be safe!

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    1. Oh, those awful ear worms, Tammy! I just hope now it won’t be replaced with “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” now!

      Ah, yes. We should stock up on the wine. If nothing else, it gives the toilet paper industry some competition. 😉

      You be well and take care too!


  2. The Flintstones are on at 6:00 p.m.? This is valuable information. I wonder how long it takes to sing their theme song? Suppose it’s 20 seconds or more? That’d be a good tune to sing whilst washing my hands. Might sing it regardless of its length. I’m a rebel.

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  3. I’ve switched from Happy Birthday to Mony Mony a week ago. The problem I have is that my rump bounces around. Very distracting! We will have a grocery run in about 2 days. There are cases in my county now so I’m more nervous (but still hungry). Having our first take-out meal today. Fittingly, it’s from a Chinese restaurant. I do what I can! Stay safe Marty!

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    1. To paraphrase a favorite blogger of mine, “rumps be crazy.” 😉 Hey, we all do what we need to survive this, eh? We went to the store yesterday, so I like to think we’re good for at least four days. Or until my lovely wife runs out of milk. Which could actually happen at anytime, so I’m never quite sure. Good on you for getting Chinese food. Stay safe yourself, Kate!

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  4. I’ve been using the word, eerie, to describe the lack of people and traffic. Idle, however, describes us as well as the economy and basically the entire world right now. You get A+ for picking a great word for your post. By all means, put your toiletries away and pick up some wine and milk. You both need to be able to survive this. Think the birth rate and the divorce rate will go up in nine months? 🙂

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  5. Best line? Just think: there’s only 69 more days till hurricane season begins!

    I would have LOL’d but then I would have scared the cat from my lap.

    Seriously, though, the other world leaders need to host an intervention – the man at the head of the US government is not only risking his constituents’ lives, he’s threatening the entire globe.

    be well, Marty

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  6. I’m am so grateful for your crazy sense of humor during these scary times (your humor is always appreciated, but now more than ever). I swear, if the orange one gets rid of Dr. Fauci, I may lose it. If that happens, my hope is that he won’t be silenced (somehow, I doubt that he’d sign a non-disclosure agreement). I’m afraid that I’m stuck with Happy Birthday. I’m horrible with song lyrics, but I know that one for sure. Just to keep things interesting, you could use the monkey version (Happy birthday to you, you live in the zoo,,, etc.). Always a favorite among 6-year-olds.

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    1. Always good to have alternatives, Janis! I just know for sure that I’m staying away from Barry Manilow’s “At The Copa” (I have my limits). I fear Dr. Fauci isn’t long for keeping his job; but imagine how important he’ll become if he’s untethered from government service. We haven’t heard the last from him for sure.

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  7. I’ve been singing “burn to death.” It makes me laugh while I’m making up the rest of the words.
    I’ve been making quilts.
    I thought, “well this is smart. Making quilts out of ties…one of the nastiest things on the planet.”
    Oh well…guess I’ll wash my hands and head to church on Easter! NOT!

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    1. lol This one made me laugh, Laurel. “Burn To Death” was what I thought the Four Tops were singing when I was young, and they were actually singing “Bernadette.” 🙂 Tie quilts? Why not? Just keep washing! Yeah, in spite of Trump wanting the churches brimming with congregants on Easter… I. Don’t. Think. So!

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      1. LOL! Don’t you remember the posts I did about mis-heard lyrics? That was yours!
        Ah! Me thinks this self-quarantining has affected your memory. I will pray for thee brother…bwahahahah! Also…remember, you made me an honorary Jew…😬

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  8. Great title, Marty! I have a few projects on the go and I don’t feel idle. Between the Face Timing, Video chatting, Zooming, I have not had time to get out of my pj’s and it is 6pm here. Just kidding. I did change into some slouchy clothes an hour ago.

    Very funny on seeing the same people and saying hi a few times. SNL had a very funny skit about this years ago.

    Huge laugh on your social distancing/bedroom comment. We did cave in and buy some box wine a week ago. Desperate times require desperate measures.

    Hang in there, Marty. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger……..I don’t know whether this is truly a supportive phrase.🙂

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    1. Whew! Glad you changed by 5:00, Erica! 😀 That reminds me of my Dad, who for some reason hated when us kids were sick with colds, coughs, flu, etc. He actually would say, “Put some clothes on, [child’s name], you’ll feel better.” For some reason, Gorgeous loves that anecdote.

      Re: whatever kills you. That just made me lol. I think you’re close, but I’m trying not to test it! 😆

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  9. I know you must really miss being able to go to the gym, Marty. We have a walking path behind our house, and it has never been busier. We have noticed a lot of new walkers and families walking together. It really is a nice way to get some exercise and fresh air, and clear the mind of all the news and Flintstones reruns. I am just wondering if you have any wine shops within walking distance?

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    1. I do miss the gym for sure, Joe. It’s part of a whole morning routine that usually includes stops at the grocery store, library, etc. So this has definitely stopped us from participating in our usual activities. But hey, that’s a tiny price to pay for staying healthy and safe. We do have a convenience store within walking distance of us, plus another one about two minutes up the road. So that’s helpful; not the greatest wine offerings, but beggars can’t be choosy. 😏

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  10. That’s so funny Marty!!! Can’t believe you sing Happy Birthday too. Mr Wanderer was singing it the other night whilst he washed his hands. Made me laugh as it’s not how long you wash it for it’s how thorough you wash them covering all bits of your hands 😂

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  11. I’m giving WordPress a dirty look ‘cos I’ve been missing the notifications of your blog posts. Of course, it may be that my in box is overwhelmed with all those “here for you in this difficult time” kinda messages you mention.

    The one I particularly liked was from our rental agents (we’ve recently relocated to a new part of the world, so renting seemed a wise move). They were at HUGE pains to point out to their tenants that the news about the government putting regulations into place to help out renters, as well as those with mortgages … wasn’t actually true. It didn’t matter how they tried to word it (hint: they didn’t try very hard), the not so subtle underlying message being – be sure to pay up! Rumour is that with courts not sitting, there’ll be no evictions for non-payment for a few months yet. Luckily, we’re not in that position, but I’m sure others are not so lucky.

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    1. Oh, I know what you mean about missing posts from bloggers. I noticed that yesterday when someone posted a “Part II” and I knew I hadn’t ever seen the “Part I”!!

      Ah, it sounds like you may have entered out shores here? I do look forward to reading about your adventures. Yes, I too have wondered about all those so-called protections that have allegedly been enacted to help those who are struggling to pay obligations. Everyone is all in the correct spirit at the start of Troubles; but it’s after all that goodwill eventually leaves, as it always does, that people begin to get greedy again. I fear for those who continue to struggle in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

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