Revealed on March 18th, 2020 |
by Randy Weeks
By the point this subject of The Native Voice hits the streets, nobody might have a view from The Balcony. I’ve by no means seen a time during which such a big a part of the USA was on shutdown. Covid-19 (the Coronavirus) is probably going the largest well being risk to humanity in my lifetime. Whereas the Coronavirus is not any laughing matter, I’ve been advised by a number of those who we may use a little bit of levity and humor proper now. In that spirit I proceed, albeit briefly…
I went to Walmart over
the weekend. The one bottled water left was the top quality, costlier
sort. I’ve been that means to start out consuming alkaline and electrolyte infused
water anyway. All preventive nutritional vitamins/dietary supplements had been gone. I used my final
vitamin C tablet Sunday. Fortunately I discovered some with zinc at Walgreen’s. There
was no rest room tissue―not one single roll―and the cabinets of child wipes had been
practically empty. I lucked out and located rest room tissue at Oxford Chevron West on
Freeway 6. It was exhausting as hell to get it off the wall dispenser within the males’s
room and I used to be practically arrested after I sneaked out of the ladies’s restroom, roll
in hand! (It’s ironic to me that we’re having a run on rest room tissue.)
It has been reported,
even by CNN, that the gross sales of Corona beer are down considerably as a result of
Coronavirus. In line with Snopes, that’s faux information. There isn’t any identified
connection between the virus and the beer. Corona beer, identified by some because the swill
of Mexico, is definitely from Mexico, not China. For what it’s price, after I
drink beer, Corona Mild is my first alternative. In actual fact, the one piece of visible
artwork I’ve created as an grownup is predicated on Corona Mild.
Contemplate this: vaccines
infect us with a small quantity of a illness so we are able to construct an immunity to it.
If Corona beer had something to do with the Coronavirus, doesn’t normal logic
say that we ought to be consuming extra of it so we are able to construct a better immunity?
Simply to be on the secure facet, I picked up a six pack in the present day and am training
preventive care proper now. An oz. of prevention and all that…
We’re being advised to not
collect in teams of ten or extra, to not journey except we’ve to, and to not go
to bars or eating places. Whereas we’re all feeling the affect of the Coronavirus,
these within the hospitality and journey industries have been particularly exhausting hit from
the get-go. I can hear the sound of restaurant and bar doorways being locked and
sense the vacancy within the pockets of those that reside from shift to shift. These
of us within the counseling occupation are actually required to conduct periods on-line
or by phone.
All that being stated,
let’s look on the intense facet of life. My good friend and Hollywood filmmaker, Mark
David (Mark directed Texas Coronary heart, a film made in Oxford and Charleston
that utilized many locals on- and off-screen, together with moi), stated it
eloquently in a Fb put up:
“The corona virus has pressured to me to spend the previous few days
hanging out with my spouse, lighting candles, taking part in the acoustic guitar within the
nook I haven’t picked up in a 12 months, speaking to my growing old mom a number of occasions
a day, spending an hour a day on the telephone with my sister who’s throughout the United
States, cooking at residence, washing my canines twice this week and having a number of
conversations with strangers on the grocery retailer that I usually wouldn’t speak
with. As a lot as I hate this pandemic and its results on our well being, economic system
and significantly the movie enterprise, I can’t assist however discover the irony in that I’m
appearing like a human once more.”
Mark, you’re not appearing. You’re being.
Anyone wanna guess in opposition to me that the start charge will spike
9 months from now? And may you conceive of some doofus naming their new child
“Corona”? It’s gonna occur. Mark my phrases.
In closing, I increase a Corona Mild in a toast to all: “Let’s
assist one another, let’s not panic, let’s discover humor the place we are able to, let’s
harvest the nice from the dangerous, and let’s all watch out on the market.”
…and that’s the distant view from The Balcony.