Corona Confinement – The Big Q: #29

The Big Quarantine – Tuesday, April 14, 2020

[Every time I key in the date, I start typing Mar. … My brain is a month behind!]

The Day in Ghosts: My apartment building was built in 1908 as Woodward High School. Later it was Cutter High School and then the School for Creative and Performing Arts. William Woodward and his wife Abigail Cutter donated the land in 1826 to build a school for the poor.  Their remains are buried on the Broadway side of the building. A house built on the property in 1832 was a stop for many fugitive slaves as part of the Underground Railroad network.  Good Samaritan hospital began on the same property.

My point is a lot of souls, tortured and otherwise, have made their presence known on this land. Which brings me to my three ghosts.

The building manager will tell you that when they were renovating the high school into apartments, they would often bring police dogs through for security checks. The dogs would not enter any of the apartments on the corner of the building where my apartment is.

One of my neighbors said she saw pans moving in her apartment, which seems pretty intense. I occasionally see something move out of the corner of my in my place, which is not intense. What I do sense though is three distinct smells that should not be present in my apartment. They are my ghosts.

  1. The smell of an overly sweet rose (who I picture as a school teacher in a gingham dress)
  2. The smell of wood burning smoke (I want to associate the smell with black smith, but that isn’t historically accurate. Smoke from a wood burning stove would fit, but it’s not as exciting.)
  3. The smell of an unwashed teenage boy (not gross, but right where you would say, “Son, maybe you should take a shower.”)

I’m writing about this because the unshowered teenage boy was in my room last night and I realized I hadn’t sensed any of my old gang in a while. Of all the times for the ghosts to turn shy was when I needed them most. I hope they are reading over my shoulder!

woodward and cutter
Woodward High School. The statue and the gates are gone, but William Woodward and his wife Abigail Cutter are still interred. (Photo from

The Day in Civic Duty: Last week I emailed Hamilton County Recorder candidate Eric Wolterman because his office offered to send the form to request an absentee ballot. I don’t have a printer at home and have had trouble getting through to the Board of Elections. As of this morning, I had not received the form and I was starting to get nervous. I asked a friend to drop one off to me while she was out. Of course, on the way downstairs to meet her (in the parking lot, of course) I checked my mailbox where, indeed, I had received the application from Mr. Wolterman’s office.

Long story short, I’m voting for my friend for County Auditor because she’s more efficient than Wolterman. I’m kidding of course, and I will probably vote for Mr. Wolterman in the general election in the fall. The upcoming election to which I’m requesting a ballot includes primary races for his position others. I vote issues-only in primaries. To vote for primary candidates in Ohio, you have to declare a party. I declare I would never be associated with either party. Both Dems and Reps (Liberal and Conservatives) are full of it in their own unique ways!

Absentee Ballots Galore
Absentee Ballots Galore

The Day in Miniatures: Still feeling strong. The strong man below is a Rose Tea Figurine, made by Wade pottery. You may have seen this style of miniatures because they are very abundant. Rose Tea is an American Tea brand, and as far as I know, they still include figurines in some of their packages.

Rose Tea Weight Lifter.jpg
He might not be able to dead lift 2 tons, but he looks great!


Covid 19 Info

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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 April 13, 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: 579,005 (Yesterday = 554,849)
  • Total deaths: 22,252 (Yesterday = 21,942)
  • 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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