Corona Confinement – The Big Q: #21

The Big Quarantine – Monday, April 6, 2020


The Day in Not Much, Thank you for Asking: In a nutshell, the internet is acting up today and it is making my listening of music very challenging. The blue-all blue-blue sky part of my jigsaw puzzle continues to make me cranky. And a character in the book I’m reading was befallen by a terrible accident that I did not see coming.

The sun is shining. My windows are open. I did 16 push ups and felt like I did 1600 of them. My biggest decision of the day is white wine or vodka tonic for happy hour. I’ve got cheese set out coming to room temp and I’m going to open a new pack of crackers.

People, stop me if I’m going too fast.

All in all, this has been a very decent day.


The Day in Remembering a Typical Monday: I have worked part-time at TJ Maxx for 20 years. No matter what full-time job I’ve held, I always work in TJ’s. Monday is a typical shift for me. I do not miss my previous office job one iota, but every now and then during the confinement, I do miss working at TJ Maxx.

I’ve been in contact with a few fellow associates and we think when the store finally opens we will be right back to the beautiful shit show that is a day of TJs. We cannot wait.  I’m not alone and wanting to get back to shoving as many candles as possible on the shelves. People need those candles. And they need the thrill of poking around for the perfect one.

I think I’ll go into my pantry and put every thing on one shelf to remind me of stocking the food aisle. Sigh!!


The Day in Cooking: After a weekend of indulgent take out food, I’m limiting my food indulgences to chips and brownies. Let me note for those taking notes, Happy Hour food is medicinal, not an indulgence. It is time for me to cook an adult meal. A meal I will eat at any given time over the next two days so I can’t call it breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is just a meal.

When I did my initial stock up, I bought and cooked up a turkey breast, which I froze in portions. My frugal streak was activated. Throughout confinement, I’ve been eating turkey on sandwiches or cut into cubes and dropped into salads. Today, I took some of the saved bones and skins, and cooked it down for broth. My frugal is so strong.

I’m having a Thanksgiving soup: Turkey stock, wild rice, and green beans. The apartment smells great and I’m patting myself on the back for using up my shelf-stable ingredients.


The Day in Diversion: Today I was thinking about Busby Berkeley. If you know who that is, one, you are old, and two, you are right to be wondering what’s happening in my brain.

Berkeley was a film director who did his most influential work in the mid to late 1930’s. He was known for extravagant dance numbers. Many were filmed from above and looked like living kaleidoscope images.

You might not know the movie version of 42 Street or Gold Diggers of 1933, and you probably don’t need to. They have not held up well over time but the dances are spectacular. If you have seen The Big Lebowski, the trippy  dream sequence is a love letter to Berkeley.

If you have time, and the wherewithal, check out this clip of Young and Healthy from the 1933 film 42 Second Street. It’s quite tame by Berkeley standards, but you’ll get the gist. Oh, and Dick Powell was a real dreamboat for the time. Ain’t he swell?


The Day in Miniatures: Let’s Dance.


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CDC – Cases in the United States

Updated April 6, 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: 330,891 (Yesterday = 304,826)
  • Total deaths: 8,910 (Yesterday = 7,616)
  • 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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