Corona Confinement – The Big Q: #17

The Big Quarantine – Thursday, April 2, 2020


The Day in Go-To Meals: My eating is off. What I eat. When I eat. Epic cravings. Lack of interest in food. Starving. Longing to sit at a bar and eat with people. Food is an emotional centerpiece for me, for sure.

One of my favorite things to make is Asian inspired stir frys. Back when I first started this style of cooking, soy sauce was the only condiment I used. It was a very “Good Housekeeping,” Midwestern version of Asian food. I liked it, but it wasn’t even close to what I was getting at even the worst, cheapest, dirtiest Chinese restaurants. That’s what I wanted to cook.

That’s when I embraced Asian condiments. I should note I’m using the generic term Asian because I’m pulling Eastern influences from Thai to Chinese to Korean and applying them all to my Midwestern kitchen. The sauces that made the most difference were fish sauce (Thai) and oyster sauce (Chinese). Like soy sauce, they both add a umami flavor that adds richness to the dish.

My favorite thing about these and other eastern Asian condiments is that they are already aged and fermented. I used to ask the guy at the Asian market in Findlay Market how long X-sauce would last. He would just shrug and say, “It’s already rotten, so it lasts until it’s gone.” That’s a solid, honest answer.

I have two favorite stir frys. One is sliced pork and green beans. The other is chicken/peppers/onions. I use all my stir fry techniques: hot pan, everything cut about the same size, and each ingredient in individual containers laid out on the counter. Once the pan is hot, the meal comes together in less than 5 minutes.

When the last vegetable goes in and gets stirred around, I can turn down the heat and sauce the heck out the dish. I’m sure anyone’s Eastern Asian grandma would have a heart attack watching me pour in soy sauce, drizzle out drops of fish sauce, plop out a thick bit of oyster sauce, and then hit it with a squeeze of sriracha. Oh, and then I turn off the heat and drizzle on some sesame oil.

I don’t know what it is, but it is freakin’ great! And comforting.

Simple and saucy!


The Day in Another Bell Curve: I’m not surprised that there are people who don’t get the serious potential of Covid 19. It’s so human. Look at the how early adopter versus laggards turn to technical innovations and you have a decent metaphor for how people are processing Covid.

When something new appears, there will always be “innovators” who jump in and start using new information immediately. They aren’t always right, of course, but history doesn’t move forward without them. These were scientists and epidemiologists who realized something was happening in China by the end of 2019.

Soon, a few more people start paying attention. These are the early adopters who are starting to make sense of what the innovators saw. Those people have been inside there homes for a while.

Then the late majority people show up(which I think is where we are now). They are starting to be swayed by the early data. Weirdly, for this example, instead of saying, “Oh, yeah, I get it” and simply embracing the concepts that we need to tackle and solve the Covid issue, the Covid deniers/the flatten the curve deniers/Trump’s base, appear to be angry at and suspicious of everyone who preceded their epiphany about what is happening. And, of course, rewriting their own prior dismisals.

Finally the laggards should show up. They should come around when people they personally know suffer physically or financially. The laggards will have to see it with their own eyes and even then the conspiracy/deep state/libs/fake news will be the problem. Humans!

early adopter
Science and math…it works. [Graphic from Wikipedia under the entry Diffusion of innovations]
The Day in Miniatures: Guys, Georgia did not know how this Covid thingy worked until like earlier today.  Who is in charge of this distribution list?

See no evil
Live, from Georgia



Peace to you! Be safe! Do good things!

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CDC – Cases in the United States

Updated March 31, 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: 213,144 (Yesterday = 163,539)
  • Total deaths: 4,513 (Yesterday = 2860)
  • 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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