Day 48 – Stories of COVID-19 and Sheltering-In-Place

It all gives me a screaming headache…which is a shame on such a beautiful day. If I had some hydroxychoriquine I’d take a dose and lie down to rest. I’m fresh out, though, so I guess I’ll just swig some Lysol.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 – Live to Blog Almost From My Deck

#alonetogether and together alone

So far in 2020, this has to be one of the most beautiful days we’ve had. It is a little on the cool side or I would be on the deck. The Amish Made Poly chairs are wiped down and are ready for our hineys. I can’t wait!


Blue Skies, Blue Angels & Thunderbirds

Today the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds did a flyover Baltimore and Washington as a salute to the frontline workers who are caring for COVID-19 patients. It was a nice gesture and we expected we could get a very close view of them. At the link above you can watch the fly over from Baltimore in a 10 minute video. There is no sound, though, so you can enjoy their flight without the noise of the jet engines.

At 11:45 AM they were scheduled to fly from Baltimore down into Prince George’s County to fly over one of the hospitals just outside of Washington, DC. Laurel, and the UM Laurel Medical Center, the state’s only exclusively COVID-19 hospital, are en route. We were ready and waiting at 11:30 AM as the flyover began in Baltimore. By 11:40 AM we were standing on the deck. We thought we might even hear the jets before we saw them. We heard nothing but kept scanning the skies. At 11:43 I spotted two flocks of birds in the distance to the East. They were flying an unusually tight formation and heading due South. I picked up the binoculars and saw it was the “flyover.”

Indeed it was a “flyover” but it was far more like a “fly past.” They completely missed coming by the Laurel hospital, and the Laurel Gardens Ice House which is serving as the state’s temporary morgue for COVID-19 patients. I was deeply disappointed and mildly irritated.

I always enjoy watching the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds perform but that’s not why I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed that the people working in these two facilities apparently don’t count. It’s not that they haven’t been front line workers during the pandemic. The UM Laurel Medical Center was being prepared for closure. It was to be razed and replaced with a new building. Operations were at a minimum. The people working there now, and at the Ice House, were likely reassigned from other UM facilities where they gained their experience in caring for COVID-19 patients. They have been on the frontline but, now, they are forgotten and disrespected.

As disappointing as this is, I’m not surprised. The flyover was purely political and part of the “smoke and mirrors” game of which we’ve become much too accepting over the past few years. It is yet another in a series of things designed to make it seem as if something of real substance and importance is being done…when only the bare minimum, if anything, is actually being done except when it benefits a select few.

It all gives me a screaming headache…which is a shame on such a beautiful day. If I had some hydroxychoriquine I’d take a dose and lie down to rest. I’m fresh out, though, so I guess I’ll just swig some Lysol. As I’ve heard somone on TV who plays at being a doctor say, “What harm could it do?”


The Adventures of Chickenman – Episode 17

In our next exciting episode of Chickenman, the Fantastic Foul is, finally, summoned by the Police Commissioner to fight the diabolical forces of evil in Midland City that are wreaking havoc.


Help Yourself!

Several weeks ago I started building out a page on my website titled Work in the Time of COVID-19. On this page I have put a number of free resources especially for nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and their leaders. I will continue to add items as I come across them and will update others when I can. Let me be clear:

  • All of these resources are free of charge.
  • I am not posting anything that should cost you any money.
  • You are welcome to share them with others and distribute them as widely as you like.

There is only one thing I ask.

The pieces I have done in collaboration with Patrick Jinks, Charles Weathers, Cayci Banks, and Forrest Alton need to be credited and links provided to each of our websites: 1000 Feathers, The Jinks Perspective, The Weathers Group, and Tenacious Change, LLC. The videos, the articles, and the things yet to come are a labor of love. They are not copyrighted. They are in the public domain for you and others to use. We only ask for credit and links.

On my Work in the Time of COVID-19 webpage I have already done the crediting and created the links. If you wish, you can simply share the link to that page to save yourself the effort of crediting and linking. However, if you want to embed the documents and the videos on your own website, please remember to credit and link. That’s all we’re asking. And that’s it! Thank you!


For all the Boot Scottin’ Garth Brooks fans!

To my friend Howared in Indianola, Iowa: Remember when we did our best to learn to line dance to this? My knees still hurt!


Stay safe, be well, keep calm, keep washing your hands, keep wearing a mask, and don’t get too close to your imaginary friends either!

Tom

Author: Tom Klaus

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