Corona Confinement – The Big Q: #10

The Big Quarantine – March 26, 2020

The Day in (Not) Opening Day, #Fauxopening Day – Part 1, The Mood: Living just blocks from Great American Ball Park, home of probable 2020 World Series winning Cincinnati Reds, this day, the scheduled Opening Day of Baseball is pretty sad. But it is temporary and we know it.

The melancholy of Paul Simon’s lyrics, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio / Our Nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you” keeps playing in my head. We could use a unifying hero, but most of us know someone who is doing heroic things during the Covid Era. I’m holding on to the positive work because that will get us through this.

I went out for walk about the time the parade would have started. People were wearing their Reds gear, and the folks I gave a shout out to were optimistic about the Reds. Hope springs eternal. A new Opening Day is coming.

Probably sacrilegious to post a picture of a Yankee on a Cincinnati-based site on Opening Day…but the world is upside down.

The Day in (Not) Opening Day, #Fauxopening Day – Part 2, The Virtual Celebration: For a itty-bitty taste of the what Opening Day in Cincinnati is like, check out the Arnold’s Bar and Grill Facebook page. They are doing their traditional baseball card giveaways, and providing baseball themed entertainment. No lie, when I watch local celebrity Jim Tarbell play Take Me Out to the Ballgame on a harmonica while standing in front of the American Flag, I teared up. I’m tearing up right now.

The Day in (Not) Opening Day, #Fauxopening Day – Part 3, The Food Situation: Opening Day for me, in addition to the hoopla, is my traditional day to eat my first brat of the New Year. Brats eating season runs from Opening Day to Oktoberfest. (This is not to be confused with Port-a-Potty season which also ends on Oktoberfest, but doesn’t start until Memorial Day.)

My Covid stock up didn’t include brats (#Fail), and anyway, tonight I feel like making Split Pea soup, which I’m going to call Split-Finger Fastball Pea soup. And I hope this is NOT going to be an Opening Day tradition.

The Day in (Not) Opening Day, #Fauxopening Day – Part 4, The Miniatures: Here are two miniatures that have totally been waiting for this day. 


The Day in I Can Explain: One thing I’m not short of here alone in my apartment is the sound of applause. That’s not because I’ve brought in a studio audience or a group of Covid deniers, it’s because every time I win the solitaire game I play on the computer and forget to turn of the connection to the blue tooth speaker, the entire apartment rings with applause. I hope the neighbor on the speaker wall who is working from home has to explain the applause. 



Peace to you! Be safe! Do good things!

Covid 19 Info

If you want to help local bars and restaurant and their workers, please check out the links below:

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Restaurant Workers Relief Program:

This organization needs funds and donations to keep feeding furloughed restaurant workers for the Restaurant Workers Relief Program. All donations go right back to the restaurants in your city that are feeding people in need.⁣

We need supplies: diapers, baby food, tampons, toilet paper, canned food, and shelf stable food.⁣

We can only buy in limited amounts so we need you to help us⁣
Please order online at @amazon @target @walmart @instacart @meijerstores or any delivery service, buy supplies through your account and ship it to the local restaurant that is giving in your city.⁣

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CDC – Cases in the United States


Updated March 26, 2020

These numbers are updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*
  • Total cases: 68,440 (Yesterday = 54,453)
  • Total deaths: 994 (Yesterday = 737)
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)

* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.


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