A pandemic diary: the ugly, the bad, and the good

April 15, 2020

Though I try to avoid cliches, today’s title fits like an old shoe, the one I can never find because some lunkhead (guess who) knocked it under the bed. But I digress. Here’s the latest.

The ugly: A trip to Lowe’s and Home Depot to pick up a few critical items for our new house, which we didn’t want to ask our builder to collect. Despite all the pleas to stay home, on a Wednesday morning both parking lots were so packed that it felt like a Saturday morning in the good old days (a couple of months ago). Some of them were contractors but I’m sure most were just bored, risking others’ lives to finish their honey-do lists and buy things like plants.

At Lowe’s, everyone waited outside at six-foot intervals, with no one allowed in until someone else left. Even so, there seemed to be an uncomfortable excess of people in the place, walking too close to us, entering through the exit, and generally acting like the virus doesn’t exist. Maybe half the customers wore masks. All the employees did, but some put them so low on their faces that their noses and even their upper lips were uncovered.

The bad: We got home and found WalMart had suddenly cancelled today’s grocery delivery because of “unexpected demand.” Well, damn. We have food on hand. I just hope this isn’t an omen of worse disruptions to come.

The good: Our stimulus payment hit the bank account. I’m glad we didn’t have to wait longer than necessary, unlike the millions of low-income people whose paper checks will be delayed because Trump wanted his name printed on them. When I worked for the IRS as recently as 2015, this kind of political meddling was unthinkable. No more.

More good: My cousin Chan, who’s a great photographer, is sharing some of his pictures. The one just below was taken at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

That’s all for today. I think. Of course, the world could change in the next few seconds. Take care and be safe.

Originally published at http://davesswan.wordpress.com on April 15, 2020.

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