After resisting earlier calls to enact a stay-at-home order, the governor here in Florida finally issued one earlier this week. It mirrors those of other states, allowing citizens to go out to grocery stores, visit a healthcare provider, fill up a car at a gas station, etc. Noticeably different, however, is that it also allows houses of worship to hold services. I wonder if choir members will all wear masks?
Our financial advisor continues to make me a little wary. Yesterday I received an email inviting us to check out his new Etsy store.
I had a long-scheduled appointment with my doctor this week for an annual physical. I tried to get it postponed, but they said they wouldn’t renew my meds unless I came in for it. They assured me, however, that no sick people are allowed into the practice. Sure enough, I went through two “checkpoints” outside where they screened me with a temperature check, followed by an interrogation about my current state of health, the health of those living in my home, and my recent travel history. I can remember when the only thing that worried me about visiting the doctor’s office was the prostate exam.
We learned from Jared Kushner this week that the medical supplies found in the Strategic National Stockpile are not intended to go to any of the states. He explained that states should be taking care of their own needs. I can just tell that this man has a bright future ahead of him in public service.
We haven’t been to the grocery store in over a week. It wasn’t toilet paper the last time, but canned pumpkin which managed to flummox my lovely bride. So she ordered some on Amazon instead. Technically speaking, folks, this is not hoarding. I’m just sayin’.
We have a local fish market here that we absolutely love. It’s a tiny place, but they have an amazing selection of fresh fish and seafood. I was curious if they were open, so I called the other day and listened to a new voice mail announcement they had made. They’re currently closed until at least April 18th, pending business and health conditions in our community. They said that when they do reopen, they’ll try some new approaches to selling: i.e., enhanced phone orders, one customer in the store at a time, running wrapped orders out to cars, etc. As happy as I am to hear this, I nevertheless have a nagging fear that when I arrive, they’ll merely hand me a fishing pole and be done with it.
It continues to be nice that so many entertainers are offering up special videos for us from their homes. Sometimes, though, I have to laugh at the little things I’m catching. For instance, Graham Nash recently performed a few songs from his Manhattan apartment. I really enjoyed; it includes a rare rendition of him singing Stephen Stills’ “4+20.” But at around the 7:00 minute mark, I swear I hear a clothes dryer in the background! Proof that famous people are indeed just like us. I hope he remembered the fabric softener sheet.
Prior to COVID-19 forcing us to stay home, we purchased a brand new car. Gorgeous received a follow-up call from our saleswoman the other day, who was reaching out to make sure everything is going okay with it. She also asked that we recommend her to any of our friends who might also be looking to buy a car. I guess it’s something we can mention to all those people that we’ll be sitting next to in the pews, eh?
Wherever you might be reading this, I do hope you and yours remain well. Please continue to stay home, wash your hands often, and stay six feet from others if you do have to go somewhere.
Unless, of course, you’re in a house of worship here in Florida.
Until next time…