The Big Quarantine – Saturday, April 4, 2020
The Day in Dashed Plans: Hey. My friends were supposed to get married tonight and I had a Zoom happy hour instead. I’m off my program. But will get back tomorrow. Here’s today’s draft. I think it’s fine.
The Day in Distance Ain’t No Thang: Truly one of the saddest parts about confinement is not being able to be around your people. Living downtown, the extra layer of sadness is that we are sooooo close to each other and still can’t see each other.
Today a couple of my friends did a full-on social, I mean, within the guidelines, of course. We took 6ft and added 4 floors. Then we recreated a modern balcony scene of love sick fools shouting accolades at one another. It was fabulous, I mean, as fabulous as we could muster up given the guidelines. Also, Romeo wasn’t kidding, you can really project a lot of love and affection in a balcony scene. I was keyed up. If, perchance, I ran into a Montague or a Capulet I was ready to rumble. Or am I thinking of Tony and Maria?*
Additionally, using the height advantage Leslie and Leo showered me with paper airplanes. It was the Covid version of the Dayton air show, complete with both horrific crashes (no one was harmed) and spectacular flights of fancy.
*Side note on West Side Story, I actually have a favorite joke about the show. It’s this: Tony goes through the Puerto Rican section of NY City screaming Maria and only one window opens. (Rim shot)
The Day in Wings: I’ve almost worked my through my list of supporting my most visited/favorite normal time bars and restaurants – The Taqueria is next…my enchilada craving is starting to fire up. Today I went to the weekend wing pop-up at Knockback Nat’s. My regular bartender Brook was at the window and it’s fair to say we missed each other, not as old friends, but as people in the neighborhood who make each other’s lives better. Also, Nat’s fall off the bone smoky wings brought me a lot a culinary joy when I tore into them at home.
Funny, too, how just a brief walk downtown also gave me glimpse of the part I don’t miss. The only guy I saw in the parking lot next to Nat’s was just standing in there in one of the spots having a piss. When I told Brook and the other guy working at Nat’s they laughed and said, “Oh, he woke up?” Apparently, he’d been sleeping in the shrubbery. I don’t miss the random peeing, but I do miss the matter of fact dismissal from those of us used to seeing this on a regular basis.
The Day in Charitable Updates: If you read the blog yesterday, you know that one of the benches on the hill I walk daily was stocked with trail mix and garbanzo beans. Today, the trail mix was gone. One sad can of garbanzo beans remained. I don’t think any of us has to have a degree in marketing to understand the consumer preference.
Today In Miniatures: There’s no way to keep love down.
— Enough for today, tomorrow I’ll have something compelling to say about my visit to Boomtown Biscuits. #RiskItForTheBiscuit
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CDC – Cases in the United States
Updated April 4, 2020
These numbers are updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.
- Total cases: 277,205 (Yesterday = 239,279)
- Total deaths: 6,593 (Yesterday = 5443)
- 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.